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30/11/2013

Hera - Wilder Ritt

Der Skipper muß wohl doch auf Diät gesetzt werden. Habe es geschafft mitmeinem Leesegel zu segeln – aus der Koje quer durch die Kammer. Die Ösen desSegels sind bei vollem Körpergewicht einfach ausgerissen. Unser Etmal waren 180 sm. Die Nacht brachte uns Starkwind und Böen von über40 kn, so dass wir zweimal reffen mußten. Unsere Geschwindigkeit betrugzeitweise bis zu 12 kn. Die Crew sieht ziemlich geschafft aus und die meistenhaben heute aufs Frühstück verzichtet. Wir haben uns nun doch entschlossen, Mindelo auf Sao Vincente anzulaufen,um Diesel zu bunkern und Montag dann den Passat südlich des 15. Breitengrades zusuchen.   Stefan  . read more...


30/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Saturday 30.11.13 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth Sailing the Atlantic!  We have seen some ‘action’ since we last reported. Having graduated from the fore cabin to the galley floor last night as the boat was being thrown around so much, our current helmsmen, Mr Pike, has just commented 28Knts now seems quite light!The Ocean ‘stretched’ yesterday - all day we enjoyed beam reaching in 20 kts  and in the evening she flexed her muscles and gave us a brief taste of her potential strength & power delivering a steady 30 kts (gale force 7) most of the night, gusting up to 40kts at times (gale force 8). A black dark night with heavy rain at times spray being whipped off the top of ever bigger waves, wet with low visibility, luckily not too cold but full oilies and a fleece! – this isn’t what we signed up for. read more...


30/11/2013

Amaris - Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic

Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic Amaris Sails the World11/25/1316.26.04N38.34.85W Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic It is horribly difficult to believe we are sittingin the middle of the Atlantic with a mere 4 knots of wind.  Of course weare doing everything possible to sail the boat - but lack of wind, waves, and alot of sun seems to give us a little time to get a few chores or to do itemscompleted. For example...  while bobbing here in theAtlanticI reorganized our trash - which has now beensitting in the 80 degree weather for a weekmade a batch of yogurt - who would have known itwould be so easy Shawn scrubbed the shower and watched 18 episodesof "How I met your mother."  Seriously. Ross knitted.  And we then sat around for anhour. read more...


30/11/2013

True Colours - testing conditions.

Position 17:36.45N 023:35.35W   Another testing day for the weather.  We have had no wind (motoring atslow speed to conserve fuel), light wind (A sail  set and worked well forat least 1 hour till the wind shifted), full genoa Etc Etc.  After somethought we decideed that our preferred route took us past the Cape VerdeIslands, so we would stop to refuel and renew some provisions.  With fullfuel, and perhaps a couple of extra cans, we could motor at 6 rather than 4.5knots, and given the forecast light winds may not lose any time overall. Added bonus, we would be on land for Toby’s birthday.   So, believing the weather forecasts we had, we took a route east of therhumb line to avoid an area of high winds (25 kn+)  So what did weget?  Since 10.00. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 6: Code 0 sail is now of zero use

I have not had the time to write over the last couple of days (though Yvhas). So, consider this a three day update.  The winds have generally been kind to us – our average speed so far is over8 knots. We had a bit of a setback early this morning – at 6am on Yellow Watch(my watch) - when our Code 0 sail (the largest, downwind genoa) blew up. Itlooks as if the luff rope parted sending the sail into the sea. Luckily, we wereable to grab all the disperate parts and stuff them in the forward locker. Thissail wont be seeing the light of day until it can be repaired in St. Lucia.   We are seeing dolphins every day now – sometimes just a glimpse. At othertimes we are enthralled by an elegant acrobatic display lasting a few minutes.We also have a small bird (an egret, we think) visiting. read more...


30/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 30 November Not what it says on the packet!

The title refers to the weather and sailing conditions.I do not expect any sympathy, after all I’m sure it is cold, wet and miserable at home and sailors would relish sailing in shirt sleeves at this time of the year in the Solent.It was warmer yesterday and remained tolerable overnight, a  fleece was quite adequate.Today was warm enough but with 100% cloud cover and frequent light showers.This evening it rained quite heavily for about 6 hours which has soaked the cockpit cushions!The wind is another matter.According to the pilot charts, the prevailing winds in this area at this time of year are NE, a comfortable run in sailing terms.We have had several days of weak SE –S- SW winds meaning our intended heading, SW until the butter melts, has been difficult to achieve. The wind in. read more...


30/11/2013

Pannikin - First few days

--Sunday 24th NovemberThe atmosphere in the marina this morning was one of excitement & relief that the big day was finally here.The crew on board PANNIKIN had breakfast (bacon on toast) & a couple of cups of tea & coffee.Only a few odd jobs needed to be done – dressing flags to be brought down, front water tank topped up & the gas bottle we’d been using during the week exchanged.We also bought a few more oranges & potatoes.The Gran Canaria marching band began at about 11am playing music & marching up & down the marina & the pontoons.Plenty of locals were wandering about the marina checking out boats & taking photos.We had plenty of PANNIKIN crew shots taken be Richard next door on SARAH JANE, so hopefully we will have a good photo for everyone.A lot. read more...


30/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Tough milk run! Day 7 on Scarlet

Hi all, excuse lack of blog, been a bit busy last few days!We have got our A3 spinnaker back in one piece (well we had fixed this a few days ago), bit pointless as this is apparently a non spinnaker upwind event this year!Repair looks good, 3rd time this poor sail has been beheaded!Could be a good luck omen as the last 2 times were the 2007 fastnet (where we won class 1 on line and hcap) and the ARC 2011, where we also did rather well!Certainly this year is a different race to 2011! I have already seen more than 2 years worth of rain on this trip, where as in 2011 we had only one light shower the whole crossing!90% of the 2011 crossing we were being propelled by out trusty big red runner, this time, while we have breifly used all 4 kites, we have been under white sails for 75% so. read more...


30/11/2013

Challenger 3 - where's the sun gone!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } DAY 5 What a great start to my 62nd year at the helm of a 72ft vessel crossing the atlantic & the other fine crew members sing happy birthday just after midnight.Love to all the family back home in sunny somerset Kiah and Harvey you have a late night pass with permission to be as naughty as you wish to be, love from Grandad Kieron A safe and happy voyage to all those at sea29th11 2013 N21deg 51min  W 25deg 00min run 728 NMKieron HiscoxDay 6 ‘Not what we paid for’ says the crew! Apparently they were expecting sunshine and down wind sailing. Well so did I but can’t see that happening for the next few days!Its been raining and overcast for the last 36hrs and to make it worse we’ve been beating for most of it! The winds been up. read more...


30/11/2013

Free Spirit - Reasonably rough conditions in Area Hotel (Free Spirit 62)

Rougher conditions this past 36 hours out on the Atlantic, winds from the south gusting to 35 knots and for the past 12 hours in the 25 - 30 knot area. Seas are 3 - 4 metres again from the south. We're steering 250 so getting wind and waves over our left shoulder, we're running with 3 reefs and the gennie furled up similarly, boat speed around 9 knots although surfing conditions are great so we're getting 12 - 14 down the back of waves :) Boat is performing beautifully, we cleared our bilges this morning as she's taken a bit of water, but decks have been awash with spray (not not blue water so far) numerous times so not surprising. Only bugs are really just the Raymarine chart-plotter below-decks (although the one at the helm has taken to giving us mild electric shocks when we hit. read more...


30/11/2013

Manali - Got up, fell out of bed

1030 UTC Saturday 30 November 2013, 101 nautical miles from Mindelo Oh what a night! Two visitors arrived together this morning – Atlantic Dawn and her sister Atlantic Gale. The strongest gust this morning has been 43.6 knots after a night of 25 knot winds gusting to 34. Manali has weathered it exceptionally well, being pushed south by a north easterly although she will not stop rocking and rolling.  The other 4 members of Team Manali Atlantic had about 88 minutes’ sleep between them, what with the racket and no peace from the pitching. Good as gold though and nothing that a bowl of porridge has not cured.  It’s been a bruising ride (literally) for about 13 hours with no sign of slowing for at least 6 hours.  No breville toasties on the lunch deck. read more...


30/11/2013

Aspen - Log 6 Saturday 30 Nov; We Found Wind!

Early this morning we finally found our E winds!After 2 long days of beating into southerly winds the squalls and rain increased with a vengeance before we found the wind.And guess what?Now it is time to reef the sails!Surfing down the waves at nearly 10 knots is something Aspen should not be doing!Yet it is howling at a consistent 26 knots right now.All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


Free Spirit - Reasonably rough conditions in Area Hotel (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Reasonably rough conditions in Area Hotel (Free Spirit 62)
31/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Team Update 2

VQ Ocean Team Update 2. Great day slightly overcast with boat reaching 24 knots at one point while Lucas at the helm.This came after an interesting night helming for Tom who was all over the place as he got wind/direction display confused.Almac on the bow spotted large shape below the surface which swam under the boat - a WHALE! and fast. It stayed with us for about 10minutes - amazing to see such a large form speeding alongside us as a light grey shadow- didn't quite get our Tom Hanks eye to eye moment but  still left everyone on the boat in good spirits.Ig was last of the crew today to get his duck in the heads although any camaraderie at his success after such a long period constipated ended when he threw the paper out of the hatch the wrong side and it landed in front. read more...


30/11/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle finally busted through

At around 8 pm last night we finally busted through the hole and found a sailable breeze after motor sailing for the last 3 and a half days.thank god as it was doing our heads in, stooging along at 5.8 knots.We started with 250 litres of fuel and still have have around60 litres left. It will be very interesting to top the tank up in s/l and calculate the final consumption, but we are guessing around 1.9 litres per hour.The "green death" has done a wonderful job, never missing a beat. Guess all that motor sailing in the med has paid off.The breeze swung last night as forecast from wnw to nnw allowing us to crack sheets, and didn't "the shell" love it , effortlessly accelerating to the low 7's in 10 knots of breeze at 40 degrees apparent in a nice flat sea. The "humm" has finally returned. read more...


30/11/2013

Adina - Day 6 - Sailing in a washing machine and a new quiz!

Day 7 has dawned on Adina and we are sailing in the winds to the east of our route that we have been chasing. 17-20 knots we're ticking along nicely. That said the sea state is somewhat akin to a washing machine and sleep was one thing a little lacking last night.We found the winds yesterday morning after a night in which Susie and Neil saw dolphins creating phosphorescence in the water (after much discussion Susie was the one who cracked the spelling of that one!). Made us all very jealous!Gareth woke up with a dyson in his bed after Lindsay had cleaned her bunk - perhaps she was making subtle hints?The afternoon session saw some enjoyment of brownies made for the crew by Jos Sheffield. Jos - they were magnificent - can we get some sent to St.Lucia please?? Susie has hidden some for. read more...


29/11/2013

Jambo - becalmed again

After a good night sail we ran into a hole again with no wind . The generator also gave up -Tom and I have established that it isprobably an impellerand whilst we have a spareits fitted in a totally inaccessible placeCarol baking bread , Tom fishing and Lord Charles reading as we are not going anywhere fast.So much for NE trade winds!Just been visited by a huge school of dolphins - fantastic sight in their natural environment. Lots of showing of with some bigleaps out of the water.. read more...


30/11/2013

Jambo - bare poles

We don't Adam and Eve it !! Sheeting rain and no wind meant we had no option but to sit out a black night under bare poles!Spinnaker up now and making progress again but where are those trades?. read more...


30/11/2013

Dragonfly - Sch..... Nacht die 2.

Der Tag war ereignislos. Viel Wind, wir fahren mit gerefften Segeln. Die "Merryn" eine Grande Solei 50, die schon seit über 3 Tagen auf unserem AIS und teilweise auch in Sichtweite ist, holt jetzt auf. Heute hat sie uns schon 4 sm abgenommen. Aber zu viel Segel ist mir zu riskant. Dann lieber einen Platz velieren. Bei ihrer Segelgarderobe haben wir auf Dauer eh keine Chance gegen sie.Später taucht noch ein AIS-Signal auf. Die "Feel good". Die finde ich nicht in meiner ARC-List. Die geht auch Richtung Nord-West weiter. Die Funkrunde ergibt, dass wir weit auseinander liegen. Einige Schiffe aus der Funkrunde sind Richtung Süden abgedreht, einige sind noch in unserer Richtung unterwegs. Die "Sleipnir" har den Autopilot kaputt. Bei dem Wetter von letzter Nacht, möchte ich nicht die ganze Zeit. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 6 - The 1st shower

Having sorted out he water maker and successfully filling the depleted tank, Skipper announced that showers may now be taken.  However, she wants to be cautious until the water maker proves to be reliable, therefore only ONE person can shower each day!  The girls drew lots to see who would get the 1st shower – Sally won.  (Mike is exempt on the basis that he would not use nearly as much water as the girls and can therefore have his shower anytime – he hasn’t rushed off to have one yet!.)  Insert photo. Kathy and Carol will arm wrestle to see who gets tomorrow’s shower! The weather has been drizzly all day so the crew decided to do some knot practice.   Sally astounded all by doing a one handed bowline – straight off with no practice goes!! . read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 6 - The 1st shower
Blue Dolphin - Day 6 - The 1st shower
30/11/2013

Aditi - At Sea Day 6; that was a stupid decision!

By 5am our starboard primary winch had packed up, so had the headsail furling hydraulics again, and by 8am the generator refused to charge the batteries. Running the engine for charging & the wind died. 48 deg C in the engine room so not that keen on checking the hydraulic fluid levels. Got there in the end. OK.Dull overcast day. Motoring. So started fishing. Running 2 200lb lines and it's Priceon v.s Marigold Ray. In the port corner Priceon is a professional deep high speed trawl lure. Hold the line at 6 knots and the vibrations go straight through your whole body such that you think you have just retired from 30 years road drilling! Price 22 euros. In the starboard corner we have Marigold Ray which is a squid made with a length of dyneema cover inserted into a pink marigold glove. read more...


30/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 7 ­ Aquatic Creatures

Day 7 – Aquatic Creatures Well!! What an exciting day we’ve had today!! My 5am shift usually sees the sun rising at around 7am, today it was 45minutes late – a sign we are shifting between time zones & well on our way. At around 8am as it was getting light I spotted a few fins near to the boat swimming in the opposite direction – one turned around & joined us for a brief few seconds before scooting off to catch up with its buddies. I just love dolphins, in all my years sailing no matter how many times I see them its always as magical as it was the very first time I saw one! They are so majestic! Later this afternoon I was watching a film down below with Matt when my mum, who was on watch, started shouting about dolphins – we ran up on deck & there were what seemed like. read more...


30/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Greetings From the Green Dot

Seems like I started something with the Hunger Games analogy.I now understand we are a green dot, not I must say after some 30 years in the Army, my favorite colour.I also understand we are 35th out of a fleet of 36.26 of the fleet are rated as faster than us by WCC - so they have to beat us by a country mile (to mix the metaphors) in order to get above us in the final rankings.Then there are the engine hours.As this is a Rally we are allowed to motor but the game makers add in a fudge factor to negate any advantage this might bring. As an aside: ONE. - I hate motors - I grew up on a boat were in order to start the wretched thing you had to put a piece of special wadding into a plug on the side of the engine and turn a handle - alright it was an old boat even then.I grudgingly admit that. read more...


29/11/2013

Hanami II - En attendant Eole ...

Vendredi 29 novembre 201323:05 UTC15 05 N - 45 25 WEncore une journee peu ventee, quoi que ca se soit un peu leve en fin de journee puisque nous avons pu couper le moteur et avancer au pres a la voile dans un peu de vent. En general 9 a 10 N mais avec, de temps a autre, sous les nuages, des rafales a 18-20.Ce matin a la vacation radio beaucoup d'autres bateaux etaient dans des zones sans vent. Ca va nous ne sommes pas seul. Ca on le savait deja car depuis hier un bateau est devant nous, qui nous a rattrape hier soir quand nous avons voulu avancer avec les viles seules. Il est toujours en vue, parfois a babord, parfois a tribord, essayant de tirer des bords dans le vent d'ouest..Faire du pres dans les alizes, c'est rare, mais il y a une depression bien visible sur les fichiers. read more...


29/11/2013

Anettine - 28.11.2013

Fin seiling i mellomvind hele natten, men veldig mørkt. Tross relativ god fart gjennom natten viser rapporter at vi fortsetter å falle på resultatlistene.På morgenen hadde vi en helt utrolig genaker seilas. Vi traff på vår første ordentlige Squal (et lite værsystem med opptil dobling av vindstyrke og gjerne masse regn).Førsten hadde ror vakt og fikk gleden av en lang fin dusj i friskt ferskvann. Den første siden start!Kapteinen fant det betimelig å gjøre ferdig noen oppgaver nede.Etter regnet seilte vi i utkanten av selve sgualen i sterk vind og kunne i en lange periode nyte genakerseiling i godt over 9 knop. Etter en flott formiddag ble detvindstille igjen. Vi tok ned seil, spiste, badet og sov. Først sent på kvelden kom det 2.-4 m/s vind, motvind! Det er vel første gangen det blåser. read more...


30/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - windless and fishless but great muffins

The last few days have been unexpectedly calm, sometimes with brilliant sunshine, sometimes, like today, dull and damp and this evening it has rained steadily. Hopeful that this would be good fishing weather and having heard of the success on some of the other yachts, we have had 3 lines out with a selection of different lures.  No luck so far!The lack of wind has unfortunately meant that our ideal of a zero engine hours crossing has had to be abandoned. We finally admitted defeat at noon on the 28th and started motoring as at that point we had only made about 340 miles in 4 days. At which rate it would have been some time in the New Year before we reached St Lucia! The up side of the calm weather was that I did some baking and Caroline’s birthday muffins went down a treat. Current. read more...


29/11/2013

Hebe - Day 6 29.11.13

19:08:72N 028:13:87WOur thoughts and prayers tonight are with the wife and children of Nicholas of Alayat 3 who died today. It is as if the entire fleet is weeping for Nicholas as it has rained incessantly all day. God bless him and may he rest in peace.The crew of Hebe raised their spirits by having Spanish sirloin and mash for supper.  We are all well if rather soggy. Cockpit speakers are not working, we are in serious need of some ABBA for the helmsman. Janie LaxS/Y HEBE. read more...


29/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Lagoon Friday

Hi,   une belle journee pour le loch avec pas mal de miles , mais une meteopourrie depuis la nuit ; averses tropicales, plus de 30 knts de vent la nuit, lebateau foncait comme un camion dans le noir, impressionant. Ce n etait pas unebelle journee pour bronzer mais il fait nettement plus doux. L` eau de mer est a24 degres, la pluie est tiede et meme mouille la nuit on  n a plus froid. Avec le vent et le bateau qui tape dans les vagues, le bruit etaitassourdissant la nuit, avec beaucoup de `slamming`, et pas grand monde n a pudormir. Quelques bons moments, on a meme vu Laurent en pleine nuit sur la plageavant, rince dans les vagues. Onaurait dit Francois Cluzet dans `Solitaire`   A nouveau des dauphinssous la  pluie, JH en a compte jusque trente !   Ce ne. read more...


29/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 28

Position 15 Grad 21 Minuten N53 Grad 23 Minuten WWetter : sternenklare Nacht, kein MondWind NO 6 , Seegang 3-5 Meter Der Watermaker ist kaputt. Sein Motor läuft nicht an. Wir können kein Trinkwasser mehr machen. Das ist gar nicht lustig, die Luv hat jetzt ein wirkliches Problem. Sofort wird die Order ausgegeben: „Wasser sparen.“ Aber sowas von! 200 Liter sind noch da. Nur 200 Liter für sieben Mann und noch sind es über 500 Meilen bis St. Lucia. Wenn wir in eine Flaute segeln sollten und darin tagelang hängenbleiben – nichts Ungewöhnliches in diesen Breiten – dann wird es wirklich eng.Nicht, dass man schon ans Verdursten denken muss. Für die für unerlässlich erachteten drei Liter pro Mann und Tag reichen eine ganze Weile. Dennoch ist der Sparbeschluss für die Crew eine gewaltige. read more...


29/11/2013

Webster - Log 9 - Rain and song writing

Friday 29th: Started the day with downloading the wider gribs to look at the weather further afield. Still need to proceed south and variable weather to be expected en route. No gales in our bit thankfully.Carrying on with a 220 course just in case we need to tuck into Verdes which is looking increasingly likely the more fuel we use in flat spots. 1000 saw it start to rain and in varying degrees rained all day. Must have effected SSB reception as all we heard was interference which was a shame as wanted to glean other boats' intentions. Wind dropped to nothing again and engine on at 1400 but because it was raining hard we went below having set a waypoint at Sao Vincent on 190. However, some two hours or so motoring later we discovered we were actually steering 270! The boat clearly wants. read more...


29/11/2013

Free Spirit - Friday 29th November

No, No tradewinds to be found but we did catch a fish for diner.  Another  mahi mahi….mmmmm…lovely.. read more...


29/11/2013

Moondancer - Friday 24th November 16.45

Rain rain rainSo here we are In the Sea of LoveWhere everyone would love to drownSarah You're the poet in my heartNever changeNever stop87. read more...


29/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 6 Rain and the ARK

Day 6 Rain and the ARK This is Peri and Thornton the ship’s cats here.OK we now get it. Our captors/owners started going to a shed in N.Wales 3 years ago and continued to go there every Saturday for 2 years. We had no idea what they were doing but parcels started to arrive at the house from Mailspeedmarine, Force 4, MarineSuperstore and ebay activity was significantly up. With that clue and the numerous boat magazines littering the house we guessed they were building a boat. But why? And then it hit us. North Wales is very rainy and this ARC thing was really code for the second ARK. This was confirmed when we learned it was all being coordinated by the “Bishop” or Andrew to his friends. Unlike the first ARK this was going to be a collection of small boats each taking two animals. As two. read more...


30/12/2013

Idea of London - Playmates, and position reports, 26N 31W

Good evening.I hope this finds you all well.Certainly our US readers will be well fedat this point.We on the other hand have been well entertained.After a very slow night, the morning dawned slowly with the sun peeking inand out of the clouds.Mid morning we found ourselves having a little playdate.We were surfing along down the swell minding our own business when awhale made an appearance.I came right over to the boat and as we surfeddownt he wave it too was surfing just under the surface, and quite literallyjust under our bow.The two crew who just happened to be sitting up on thebow at the time looked straight down at it's tail as it lead the boat downthe wave.Needless to say there was much shouting and pointing attracting,naturally, the entire off watch cameras in hand.The whale stayed. read more...


29/11/2013

Skyelark of London - A fishy day!

The weather is getting ever warmer as we approach 1000m knm (horah!!!!!!!) andcontinue to head south under light winds and on a calm sea, we should pass the Cape Verde's to starboard some time tomorrow evening and then Captain Em's plan (the crew have complete faith!!!)is to turn right to St Lucia !! The crew are in relaxed spirits, reading and fishing!In fact it is fishing that has certainly produced both the highs and lows of the day so far! Horatio ( a fine blue Danish fishing lure belonging to Peter) succeeded in attracting the first Dorado of the day which was subsequently made into an excellent Norwegian fish soup by Wiggo. Sadly and much to Peter's sorrow Horatio was then taken by a monster from the deep on the next cast never to be seen again!!! Gloria ( my fine pink lure) was. read more...


29/11/2013

Hada - Hada - Friday 29 November - Happy Anton, Happy Hada

We are happy to report that the last day brought a marked change in weather.  The glassy seas around us vanished, and while still calm, we got that much awaited pick up in wind. We have now been sailing for about 24 hours, and are really glad we stuck to our strategy!More good news.  Even though we are still more easterly than the others in the fleet, our ranking has climbed… the next 48 hours will determine whether our strategy will pay off further.  Exciting!Last but not least:  In the wee hours of this morning, Anton hooked a 15 pound Black Tuna!  It has already been filleted and will feed the the five of us two major rounds of sashimi!As the picture shows, Anton was beaming with his catch.Happy Anton, Happy HADA crew! HADA Anton hooking a 15 pound Tuna. read more...


Hada - Hada - Friday 29 November - Happy Anton, Happy Hada
Hada - Hada - Friday 29 November - Happy Anton, Happy Hada
29/11/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 6

Dolphins, and Downpours, and Lightening oh my.   The last 2 days have a rollercoaster.   Yesterday, we slowly worked our way out of the dead zones and got 14-20knots of wind to continue on course. In the distance a rainbow. And, at the end of the day, we caught a 10 lb tuna. And had about a 1/2hour visit with a pod of dolphins off the bow. Tried to get the go-pro on a hook under the water. Still awaitingresults.   Today, constant rain, shifting winds, recalibrations and course correctionsand sail configurations. Just constant overcast, grey and dull. Then one remembers that we are crossing the Atlantic. And the rain doeshelp wash the boat.   No wind.A holding pattern. Then we sail once again. Hunting for trade winds.   Wail. Dolphins just swam by the window.. read more...


29/11/2013

Golondrina - Man pitted against the beast

Mark and 'Rattie' Davis thought it would be a brilliant idea to go fishing in the Atlantic Ocean – ‘Man pitted against the beast’ – surely there could only to be one winner?  The tackle and lures were chosen with meticulous attention to detail.  What our two hunter/killers didn't really discuss was what to do when 2 rather angry Dorados weighing in at some 2 kilos each, came on board whilst they’d rather be back in the sea!  ‘The night of the flailing winch handle'  - soon to be made into a horror film - saw scales, blood and assorted fish body parts flying  in all directions until calm eventually ensured.  How Mark, Stu and Owain didn't manage to stab each other is anyone's guess.  Dave's contribution to the melee was to light the stove and slice a. read more...


29/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 5

2013-11-29, 1500Am Vorabend sind wir noch eine Zeit lang mit dem kleineren Wingakergefahren.Sehr Stimmungsvoll im Abendlicht. Die Nacht durch mit Genua. In denMorgenstunden haben wir die Genua ausgebaumt und das Groß mit Bullenstandergesetzt. Manchmal spinnt das GPS, dann laufen wir 11 knts ;)Ich bitte jetzt um Mithilfe; Wir haben zwei Fische gefangen. Einer hat einedurchsichtige Kappe und lange gelbliche Strähnen. Der Andere hat dreiSchlitzaugen . Und hier meine Fragen: Ist der Erste, der berühmtePastafisch? Sollten Fische auch bei Tag leuchten, oder haben wir unsverfahren?Viele Grüße, Euer v.M.HausenP.S. Der Pastafisch hat mich gebissen ;)P.S.S. Keine Angst zu Hause: auch der Körperpflege der Crew wird gehuldigt.Wer kann schon im November im Atlantik baden gehen :-)DSC00164_1. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 5
Selivra - ARC Tag 5
29/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 9 - a birthday catch!

After our swim last night everyone was ready for a drinkand some delicious Foccacia and Jamon nibbles. Following this Yoyo cooked asterling three course meal of gazpacho, chicken and lamb koftas with quinoa andbaked apples for pudding. The cooking standard is getting higher by the day!   We kept motoring until about 10pm when the wind began topick up. Victoria, Sam and I did the shift from 10 until 1am and saw someamazing dolphins swimming in the phosphorescence - very difficult todescribe such a spectacle! They stayed near the boat for a long time,ducking and diving and hunting their supper!    At midnight Nick came on shift, and we sung him a happybirthday - he had a very enjoyable early morning birthday sail and saw yet moredolphins. The wind continued at. read more...


29/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Friday 29.11.13 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth. Blog subject today: The size of your ‘backside’, Weddings, Memory, Those that went before! After a beautiful day yesterday Jane served up Rum punch sundowners at 1830  breeze arrived on queue early evening, had a leisurely Crew dinner, fried chicken strips in breadcrumbs (have we reached Kentucky?), with freshly made ratatouille, fresh vegetables potatoes, followed by hand whisked chocolate mousse and cream – another proposal declined! Breeze slowly strengthened through the night – we have now had 12 hours of SE’s with a 2 hour spell of 25/30 knts power reaching ...Fra where is the code zero stowed? 0600 Couple of reefs expertly executed by our skipper (fresh from his bed) in his briefs, Nyaminyami didn’t lose a knot of boat speed and he didn’t even get. read more...


29/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 5 - Cold Porride but for a Good Reason

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 64 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 519 nautical miles.The poorest distance covered, to date. The wind was very light, and we were totally becalmed between 2100 last night and 0300, this morning. A little breeze came, and we then managed a poor boat speed of 2 to 3 knots.Still battling on.I came on watch a 0200 and was leaning over looking at the instruments, when something brushed passed my face, and landed on the cockpit floor. A bit of a surprise. It turned out to be a small sea bird, that was very tired and distressed. The bird was brown and had a fan shaped tail, that had a white, V, from the middle of the back to the top of the fan tail. It also had webbed feet. I tried to give it some water, but it was not interested. It went. read more...


29/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 6 - Pootling south...

HappyBirthday Samuel!!... Samuel is my adorable nephew who is 9 years old today sothis blog is dedicated to him. Hopefully the rest of you lovely readers willenjoy it too!   After a long day of tactical motoring south we were finally rewarded withthe wind picking up during the night. Skipper Matt’s long hours of weatherexamination have truly paid off with reports of some boats likely to hit stormsup north, many giving up for now and heading into the Cape Verde islands &others wallowing down south.   I don’t think we have explained our watch system to you folks at home sohere goes... we have 2 watches, imaginatively named ‘heads’ & ‘tails’ (guesshow we figured who was doing the first watch!!) During the day the watches runfor 4 hours – 8am to 12noon, 12 to 4pm and 4 to. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 6 - Pootling south...
Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 6 - Pootling south...
29/11/2013

Manihi - Un temps de chio.... mais vendredi, jour du poisson !

19:27.60N 24:30.40W   9:30 Heure locale Il pleut. Une petite pluie fine et un plafond bas. C'est comme en Bretagneun jour où il ne fait pas beau. Mais heureusement il y a des jours où il faitbeau en Bretagne ! Donc, il pleut. Mais les vents sont avec nous. Toute la nuitnous avons filé à 7-8 Nds au SW (c'est là où nous voulons aller) ; et ce matin,ça continue et devrait se poursuivre toute la journée.   Pas possible de bronzer sur le pont. Journée bricolage et activitésdiverses en perspectives. Deux tâches de circonstance aujourd'hui : les deuxchio..., toilettes, demandent une intervention. A l'avant, ça n'évacue plus, età l'arrière le piston de la pompe couine (très) désagréablement. Pascal etBertrand sont en train d'y remédier. Bernard s'est mis à faire des épissures surdes. read more...


29/11/2013

Miciadue - Heute ist alles dabei - von Flaute bis 6,5 Bft

Die Nacht war ruhiges Segeln angesagt.Teilweise fast Flaute. Es war bedeckt und daher stockdunkel. Der Horizonz war gerade noch erkennbar. Eindrucksvolles Plantonleuchten konnten wir im bewgeten Wasser seitlich und im Kielwasser des Bootes beobachten. Gegen frühen Morgen setzte Regen ein, der fast bis mittgas anhielt. Wir haben die Gelegenheit genutzt, einige Liter Regenwasser zu sammeln, um unsere Wasserreserven ein wenig aufzustocken. Mehrere Delfine gesichtet. Bis über 6 Bft frischte es gegen Mittag auf. Großsegel und Vorsegeln mussten gerefft werden. Wir laufen seitdem mit ca. 6 bis 7 kn auf Kurs 240°. Anfang der Woche hoffen wir auf den Passatwindgürtel zu stoßen. Die Fehlersuche an der defekten Lichtmaschine haben wir aufgrund des Seegangs erstmal verschoben.. read more...


Manihi - Un temps de chio.... mais vendredi, jour du poisson !
Manihi - Un temps de chio.... mais vendredi, jour du poisson !

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