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15/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 12 Dec The Rig

Thu 12 Dec 14:57.511N 48:00.025W Distance travelled in 24h 147 miles.   Brendan is well experienced now in moving the two genoas from reaching torunning. To go from reaching to running the jib sheet and the lazy/back up jibsheet have both to be moved out of the amidships deck tracks to outside thestantions and the jib sheets put through the blocks at the ends of the twinspinnaker booms. This involves clambering about very carefully on the plungingforedeck, safety line clipped to the jackstays.   We learned of the need for these blocks at one of the ARC seminars in GrandCanaria. On the passage down from Lagos to Lanzarote we had badly damaged thejib sheets by chafe as they ran directly through the pole ends. Thankfully wehave no sign of chafe up to now with this. read more...


15/12/2013

Adina - Day 21 Singing our way to St.Lucia

Day 21 and more Atlantic mountains and more wind. Minds are definitely swinging towards thoughts of the finish line - one moment thinking of the joy of making it, next moment the relief of making it!And more 40 knot squalls - one person tends to stay upstairs and steers the boat through high winds and lashing rain while the rest stay dry down below. We have had two reefs in the genoa and two in the main sail. Again for our non-sailing friends, this is just a measure of how much of the good old white handkerchief you leave out.Three weeks on and we started having no idea that we would be plagued by light winds to start and clobbered by heavy winds to finish. We live on our little Adina island oblivious to all. Indeed we had no idea of the sad passing of Nelson Mandela until it was posted. read more...


15/12/2013

Jambo - new record

Big seas and winds today but Carol driving the boat and hit 11.1 knots - having the spinnaker up in 35 knotsdid seem excessive ! Actually she did this surfing down a rather large wave. I was asleep at the time to be woken by Nick and Tom sounding like screaming banshees as Jambo ( hull design speed 7 knots ) hit a new record.... go girl!. read more...


15/12/2013

Miciadue - Nun schmelzen die letzten Seemeilen dahin

Die letzten 42 sm liegen vor uns. Die Zeit verläuft so schnell. Heute hatten wir - wie gestern - 6 bft und relativ unruhige See. Wir bereiten uns nun langsam auf die Ankunft vor. Flaggen setzen, Startnummer wieder am Seezaun montieren, ARC-Flagge setzen, notwendige Unterlagen ausfüllen usw.. Wir hoffen noch heute anzukommen. Wir haben es jetzt aktuell 15.30 Uhr (= UTC minus 4 Stunden). Je nach Wind und ggf. noch notwendigen Manöver könnte das klappen. Und wir werden noch den Kühlschrank wieder einschalten, um den (echten) Champagner zu kühlen. Es gibt eine Flasche für die Miciadue und eine Flasche für die Crew. Wir sind nun bester Hoffnung, die letzten Seemeilen noch gut hinter uns bringen.--. read more...


15/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 21 - Oh what a night!

The night was terrible.  The winds continued to build and were gusting up to 35kns.  Sleeping was impossible (except for Sally who seems to be able to sleep through anything).  The crew wondered why they ever thought this would be a good idea!  The boat was tossed all over the place.  It was like being in a washing machine – on spin!!  Looking out at the seas was scary as the waves were huge – at least double decker bus size.  The only upside was the speed – the fastest time recorded was 12.1 Kts but that was only from surfing down a big wave. Doing anything was a huge task and opening cupboards was positively dangerous.  How did a jar of olives manage to hurl itself out of the cupboard, losing its lid on the way, scattering olives and all. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 21 - Oh what a night!
Blue Dolphin - Day 21 - Oh what a night!
15/12/2013

Magic - Tag 22: Zieleinlauf

15.12.2013, 15:15 Uhr OrtszeitPos: 14° 04,8' N, 060° 57,8' WKurs: nach Sicht und Seezeichen (Betonnungssystem B)Hurra, wir sind da! Gesund und munter.Strahlender Sonnenschein.Alles gut.Kennzahlen des Tages:Loggestand: 2993smReisezeit: 21 Tage, 6 Stunden, 15 MinutenTraditioneller Begrüßungsrumpunsch: 10Olaf. read more...


15/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Blog Friday 13.12.13 - 1200hrs

The crew of Nyaminyami2Nyaminyami II Blog Friday 13.12.13 - 1200hrs By Chris Haworth & the Crew of Nyaminyami II Blog subject today: What have we got out of this trip? Another brilliant days sailing yesterday in an Easterly 15/20Kts sea state still lots of rolling in particular, probably my last night watch  between 0200 and 0600 wind and sea state the same as during the day so savoured the stars and all the marvellous things I have described about being out here! – Another good 24 hr run of 175 miles, now only 75 miles to go yeooooo! This morning we have the spinnaker up in 15/20kts heading straight for Rodney Bay and the finish! ETA unchanged at either late to day or early hours tomorrow GMT probably 2000/2200 local time – were going clubbing West Indies. read more...


15/12/2013

Moondancer - Sunday 15 December 15.20 (GMT - 3)

--Last Tango in Paris / Last Fanta in the AtlanticDont worry Marlon Brando isn't after us with a pound of butter, it's worse, we are getting to that point in every seafarers life that he dreads the most. The last Fanta in the fridge!There is still plenty of booze aboard and I for one intend leaving the boat dry.The Jamesom's could be a problem especially after being practically dry for so long.Well to the sailing situation it was looking so good on Friday 13th then the lazy jacks gave way and we removed what was left of them. Then the great storm of Friday 13th, more like Saturday 14th came in.it was on my watch of course when I was hit by 6 squalls in 3 hours on the midnight til 3. I woke the fellas up about 2.30 and it got worse until it was just one continuous storm. The waves were. read more...


15/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 22 - Not that far to go

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 195 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 3002 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 214.The wind is out of the east between 25 and 30 knots, pushing us along at a nice 8 to 9 knots. The sea state is still a bit lumpy, and that is not going to change for the rest of the journey. The sun is shinning.Last night and early morning was free of squalls, which is a good thing, as the wind speed typically increase by a 1/3, at the front of the squall, with a lot of rain.Yesterday we were hit by a lot of squalls, making it a very demanding morning to get through them.It has been too rough to fish, but we will give it a go this afternoon.We keep getting flying fish, landing in the cockpit, especially at night. They are only little, so we throw. read more...


15/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 21:The wind is still very strong so I am still not allowed to fish.Dad said that it will probably be like this until we get to St. Lucia which is good because we will get there quickly but bad because no fishing.Robert and I made more Christmas decorations instead.Because it is so windy we were able to play the Wii today and watch a movie without running the generator.We only have 6 apples left so Mum took down the apple net today as well which we are all happy about.It was hanging above the table and we were always bumping our heads on it.We had sausage and bean stew for dinner, it was nice and a good change from chicken.. read more...


24/11/2013

Keoma - Sunday

Last breakfast ashore, nice shirts!Mad down on the pontoon, bands playing horns blowing, no going backnow!Mike and Trace. read more...


15/12/2013

Manihi - ON L'A FAIT !!!!

14:04.42N 60:56.98W   12:00 heure locale - Profondeur 4.2 m Cette nuit à 1h45 du matin nous passions la ligne d'arrivée.YEEEEEEEEEEEEEEES !!!!!!!!!!! La journée avait été plus que difficile. Arrivésau ponton, nous avons été accueillis avec un punch et une corbeille de fruits !Charmante bienvenue à 2h du matin, non ? Bref la seule information importante dela journée, celle qui compte le plus, celle que nous n'oublierons pas, c'est queNOUS AVONS TRAVERSÉ L'ATLANTIQUE !!! Alors aujourd'hui, dimanche, jour duseigneur, nous allons savourer noter plaisir ... y compris le blogueur !!! Reposbien mérité pour tous (enfin, nous trouvons !) et donc une pageexceptionnellement courte !  Maintenant que nous avons le wifi, nous mettrons quelques photos sur leblog  pendant les jours qui. read more...


15/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 22 - Jeder Traum geht mal zu Ende

15.12.2013Sonntag, der 3. Advent, 12:30 Uhr Bordzeit. Der Wind weht nach wie vor mitüberwiegend 25-30 kn (6-7 Beaufort) aus E-NE – unsere Segelstellung istunverändert: platt vor dem Laken mit ausgebaumter Genua. Es ist heiß.Petra, Katharina und Udo haben eine Borddusche bereits hinter sich.Gepützt haben sie selbst; die Pützer hatten heute frei, der Seegang war zustark. Stefan hat auf eine letzte Borddusche verzichtet. Er will dieFreude steigern auf die Marina-Süßwasser-Duschen auf St. Lucia (wirempfehlen ihm, bis sein Deo aufzubrauchen). Dietmar ist allein am Steuerund im Cockpit und tut etwas für seinen Teint. Alle anderen sind vor derSonne geflohen, sitzen im Salon und tun etwas für ihren Kreislauf, essen,snacken.Kurz vor 12 haben wir die letzte 3-stellige-Meilendistanz genommen;. read more...


15/12/2013

Starblazer - 15 December A squally day

We are now in ARC weather forecast area Romeo. If you thought Romeo was lovely, a star crossed lover, cruelly misled, think again.Yesterday’s forecast was possibly the most threatening we had received.Squalls all day, winds of 20 – 25 knots gusting 27, swell 4 metres, waves1.5 to 2 metres from a different direction; it was time to be a little more cautious. When John came on deck at 0800 we decided it was time to reef the mainsail which, unfortunately, means one of us has to go to the mast while the other helms. I’m not keen on helming in relatively calm conditions, we did not have relatively calm conditions!It took about 30 minutes to sort out what we were doing, in which order and to execute the plan.I pulled two reefs in, making the sail significantly smaller, we reset it and off we. read more...


14/12/2013

Amokura - Arrival Day St. Lucia

Triskaidekaphobia.   Appropriately enough the ARC ended as it had begun.   Remember the start? As the gun sounded, ARC control announced that there was a squall coming upon the fleet. And we began fashionably wet.   Our finish:   Early AM Friday the 13th. Approaching and rounding Pigeon Island, white out squall in 32 knots ofwind. It went flying by, then another less intense hit us. Then another.   As we changed sail configurations, and pinched toward the finish line, thefourth squall came through. Our conversation at the start......wouldn’t it be funny if we had to getour wet weather gear on for the finish? We learned. Never make suppositions with the sea.   Then the rain passed. The seas calmed. The ARC welcoming committee guidedus to our berth. Can’t say. read more...


15/12/2013

Arkouda - Other observations regarding Friday the 13

As you may or may not know, sailors are a superstitious lot.They have all kinds of idioms, i.e., no soil on a boat (just heard that one in Cape Verde) never leave port on Friday, and I am sure many others.I am sure that Friday the 13th falls in there somewhere.Besides the mishap of taking on water, and the boat that lost their mast (they are both doing very well, due to an outstanding crew) another boat had an engine fire that had started, been put out, and then re-ignighted.Scary stuff, but the boat and crew make it to Barbados safely.I had been smug about the lack of problems that we have had, only to wake up the gremlins that seem to reside in Arkouda's electrical system.We noticed last night that our AIS was out.It had worked a few days ago when we passed close enough to sv Aspen to. read more...


15/12/2013

Albatros - Albatros Dec 12

As we approached our peer E20, we were welcomed with Rum Punch.We started with the Swiss team 'Boingo live' in Las Palmas nov 24th, 1pm and we ended the Atlantic crossing within 2 minutes of each other.We couldn't believe it!!!The arrival celebrationcontinued on our boat until the day started with sunshine, then we went straight to a very very enjoyable breakfast in the Cafe Ole @ the boardwalk. We sleep later.......A journey with lots of excitement, surprises but also risks and austerity ended here in Saint Lucia. The friendly local people sets a remarkable difference to what we sometimes experience in western europe. Thanks everyone for watching, following and supporting ourcruising adventure.'The Albatrosen'Skipper Manfred, Michael, Mike, Christopher, Clemens, Alfredo, Walter, Nic,. read more...


14/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 20 Pigs to the rescue

Day 20  Pigs to the rescue As there is far too much rolling and being thrown about I’ve got some ugly bruises to contend with.  On one of the days I had to stay in bed and dose myself up with Stugeron and paracetamol.  I refused to eat or drink so when I finally surfaced at 6pm I was told I had to have something. The only thing I could face were chewy sweets but there were none left in Week Three’s snack box.  Did this count as an emergency?  The skipper was asleep so I gathered the rest of the crew (all two of them) to have a vote. Fortunately, they saw the situation as an emergency so I went to retrieve the emergency snack box from it’s hiding place. Only two of us knew where it was hidden but as there aren’t many places to hide things on the boat I think there. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 20 Pigs to the rescue
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 20  Pigs to the rescue
15/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 22 - 15th Dec

Now only 155nm to St Lucia, plus a few miles further to Rodney Bay which is on the west side of the island :)We are so looking forward to arriving, and escaping this rough sea! Last night was full of squalls and showers, not what we ordered. No matter, not far now.. read more...


15/12/2013

Abraxas - 15/12/13 Getting closer now

Just a quick blog tosay that we expect to arrive in St Lucia early hours of Tuesday, probably about0300hr.  The wind has remaining t about 20-25 knot often gusting over 30knots.  Crew are all fine but increasingly looking forward to  avariety of pursuits ashore.  These include Drew wanting a pizza, Karenwanting a warm shower and everyone wanting a well earned rest.  Lookingforward to seeing Ness, Andrina, Dorcas, Marc, Arabella and Frances when theyarrive on 21st December – at least we will be there before you which wasquestionable when we had such light winds initially. Abraxas still holdingup well  little further to report at present but hope allwell.>Nick. read more...


15/12/2013

Magic - Tag 21: Einmal werden wir noch wach...

14.12.2013Pos: 15° 14,9' N, 056° 52,8' WKurs: 271°Mit der Navigationsmelone (hatte mit einem Edding 3000 aufgezeichnete Hilfslinien zur Darstellung der Prinzipien der astronomischen Navigation) essen wir unser letztes Stück Obst. Der Einkauf war rückblickend doch ganz gut. Selbst die Bananen sind dann irgendwann reif geworden. Ein paar Orangen hätten wir uns noch mehr gewünscht, oder Äpfel – Basics halt. Dafür haben wir noch Auberginen, zu denen uns die Rezepte fehlen. Insgesamt war die All-inclusive-Verpflegung hier an Bord super. Ein besonderer Dank geht an die Köche.Süßwasser haben wir noch in so großen Mengen, dass wir ab jetzt damit Duschen könnten. Der freiwerdende Stauraum kann langsam wieder seiner ursprünglichen Verwendung zugeführt werden. Zum Beispiel mit Fendern, aus denen. read more...


15/12/2013

George - Arrived at last

We arrived at 11.48 utc last night. The pleading, screaming and crying has faded away, Things have stopped crashing about (except Mason) all is calm, all is quiet and still, the work of the day over, the dust has settled....at bloody last! 20 days at sea. The guys are now sleeping in there beds dreaming of what tosh they are going to right in there final blogs tomorrow! TB. read more...


15/12/2013

Aspen - Log 22 Sunday 15 Dec; Life in the Fast Lane

I normally write the daily log sitting in the cockpit and staring out at the endless sea.Not today!Right now the crests of monster waves are sending sheets of water horizontally across the usually dry cockpit, soaking everything in its' path. Instead I am down below watching for other sailboats and ships as well as looking at our speed indicator.12.8 knots has been the highest I have seen so far as we careened and surfed down a wave.Just think of that, 12.8 knots.Aspen usually travels at 4-6 knots, sometimes with the help of her beautiful engine. Today we have a scrap of jib out for steering and a scrap of main out for power and stability. That is all.Yet with only that amount of sail we averaged 6 knots for the last 24 hours.An average of 6 knots! Aspen can't and doesn't go that fast,. read more...


15/12/2013

Second Wind - A chance meeting

The Atlantic is a big place.People watching the ARC on the fleet tracker could be excused for thinking that the yacht get to see each other often but, for us at least, that is not the case. Up until yesterday it had been 10 days since we saw any sign of humanity, no Yachts, no ships, not even the twinkling light of an overflying aircraft. It is strangely serene being isolated in this way and perhaps one of the experiences people look for from the event.Last night started out like any other but with the added spice of big winds, big seas and a sprinkling of squalls. In the middle of this maelstrom we spotted the single green light of another yacht. It gives you a lift to see that you are not alone out here doing battle with the elements.The lights got closer and at dawn we established. read more...


15/12/2013

Aditi - Day 19: What da ya mean worse?

After yesterday's pounding we awoke to an ARC forecast that said things were going to get worse! Bigger winds & waves. What da ya mean worse - did you see yesterday?So along came dawn and the usual roll of squalls. Then the wind started climbing to settle in the 28-33kn band with squall peaks again at 39. But the sea state was so much better than yesterday at 2-3 metres that this was a breeze. We were gliding along and having adjusted the auto-pilots max rates of turn and sensitivity levels upward the previous day all was well. We were keeping a speed that would get us to the Vegas Party!Then came 14.00hrs. No change to wind but the swell racked it up a couple of notches and we were on our way back down memory lane - almost, but yesterday was worse. But given the forecast we set the. read more...


15/12/2013

Webster - Log 23: More of the same old, same old...... just windier

Saturday 14th December: Position 14 41'N 53 57'W. Have had the best part of 30 knots of wind all day and big seas throwing us around. We noticed a particularly horrid squall cloud at first light looming from behind and it was already blowing hard enough to have all three reefs in the main and a couple in the genoa. Nothing for it but to take the main down completely and it was a good job we did - it blew over 35 knots! The wind has hardly abated much all day, minimum 25 knots, so we have continued with poled out genoa and a scrap of main to balance us and have set the auto pilot which has managed alright today with essentially a storm rig set. Still doing 7 knots. The sun has been out though so it doesn't seem as bad as it actually is! Forecast is for 25-30 knots of wind for the. read more...


15/12/2013

Firefly - Tired and emotional in Antigua

After arriving in English Harbour we have been having a lazy time. The first day and night was spent in Nelson's historic dockyard . We then had the luxury of a night ashore at Nonsuch Bay resort where Barney Greenhill our one man heroic support team is based. After enjoying his hospitality, food, pool and drinks cabinet Paul and Peter sailed Firefly from English Harbour round to Nonsuch Bay - a distance of just over 10 miles. She is now anchored off the resort and should be here for over a week waiting for Susie, then Janeto arrive and Paul to get in some kite surfing. Barney and Murray spent the day sight seeing and visiting Salcombe ex pats Graeme and Lesley Shove. Murray is leaving on a jet plane on Tuesday and this will sadly bring to an end our association with 60's folk music.. read more...


14/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz Arrivée

14 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC14°28 N60°52 WArrivée19 jours, 8 heures, 59 minutes, et 10 secondes!Nous voilà avec Avel Biz dans la marina de Rodney Bay, secoués par cetteétrange aventure entre dépassement et plaisir!L'arrivée futmagnifique: grand soleil, 25 nœuds de vents, avec, en prime,un départ au lof devant le photographe. Mettons ça sur le compte del'euphorie.Un grand cri de joie lorsqu'on franchit la ligne d'arrivée, ça y est, onl'a fait!les photos ici: http://photoaction.com/arc13/arc13.htmAprès être allé saluer nos amis britanniques du bateau comité, on affaledéfinitivement la grand voile.En s'engageant dans le chenal (red right return, rouge à droite, vert àgauche: bienvenue aux Antilles), on se laisse féliciter par lesplaisanciers, les locaux, on se sent comme des grands. read more...


Avel Biz - Avel Biz Arrivée
Avel Biz - Avel Biz Arrivée
14/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Twenty

First there was Pollux. The 8.5 meter Pogo had broken her mast more than 600 miles from St. Lucia and was requesting nearby yachts to deliver any available diesel so she could continue on her way.Then, there was Koa. The catamaran had a 20 in crack near her propeller shaft and was taking on water. A rope had caught in the shaft during the night, causing the leak. Bilge pumps were keeping up, barely, with 480 miles to go.And finally, Texel. The 35 meter Classic Schooner had a fire in her engine room and needed assistance just 100 miles from St. Lucia.We woke up today to find these ARC Fleet Advisories in our SSB email inbox. The news, plus a look out the porthole at the rough seas, did not augur well for the day. By day's end, our premonitions were borne out. We are now sailing along. read more...


14/12/2013

Surya - Aangekomen

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Surya - Aangekomen
Surya - Aangekomen
14/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 11 850n 60 33 670w

Logday 21 - could this be our last day at sea?!   Hi all,   I may be writing our blog for the last time and again I ask you to indulgeme while I dedicate this to my other adorable nephew Oliver who is six today.Happy Birthday Oliver!!   So even the chorizo is no longer and as we have been speeding along prettyfast, the fishermen amongst us have shied away from reeling out after‘Sailfish-gate’. Luckily it seems our provisioning worked out just about rightand having enjoyed the Atlantic treats of Mahi-Mahi & Bonito earlier in thevoyage we have a couple of spare supper options left which will see us well fedand hopefully safely into port tonight.   Funnily enough we had pictured our arrival into St Lucia cruising inglorious sunny skies, steel band playing, hula. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 11 850n 60 33 670w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 11 850n 60 33 670w
14/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Final log / report from Athena at Sea

Final log /report from Athena at SeaTaff(Skipper) Last night I was trying to get an uninterrupted fourhours sleep my watch mate Myles was covering for me. In the middle of the watch we suffered a knock down, theboat over on her beam ends, flattened by a huge wave, she slowly righted herselfbut down below was a mess of broken crockery, jars of jam and Worcester sauceand glass. The crew were fantastic and worked as the team they are to clean up.Thank goodness they had reduced sail earlier furling the main, to help ease thepressure on the rig. It is so easy to enjoy the speed of a big following sea anda powerful Auto Helm which has been faultless even through the violent moments. This has been a good trip with a powerful boat, akaleidoscope of new memories and new experiences and friends.. read more...


14/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 20

ARC Tag 20, Samstag2013-12-14, 15.00Hi Folks again,This is the live Weather Report not from Joe Z. but from Selivra !GRIB Files lügen nicht, aber sie sagen auch nicht die volle Wahrheit.Bisher hatten wir noch keine durchgehend stabil ruhige Nacht, irgendeinemehr oder weniger aufregende Action gab es immer – so natürlich auch letzteNacht. Der Wetterbericht und die GRIB sagen stabile Verhältnisse voraus.Aber der Reihe nach ! Die unangenehme Kreuzsee (Dünung und Welle kommen ausverschiedenen Richtungen) von gestern Mittag läuft am Nachmittag aus undunsere lieb gewordene Dünung (bis 4m) kommt wieder aus NO bis O und schiebtuns vor sich her. Der Nachmittag wurde richtig gemütlich, Sonne, angenehmerWind mit 25 kts der uns mit 7 kts auf der Dünung surfen lässt und zu feierngab es natürlich auch. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 20
Selivra - ARC Tag 20
14/12/2013

Golondrina - It's all over..

So here we are having arrived in the Caribbean actually standing on something solid.Even when arriving late in the evening the St Lucian tourist board play a massive welcome to every crew with baskets of fruit and bottles of rum.It's now time for sitting down, sleeping, relaxing, sleeping, drinking, sleeping, more drinking, sleeping....Yes I know Stuarts wearing a garland... It was a pressie from his girls ...Once again a massive thanks for all the messages of support.The crew.image.. read more...


Golondrina - It's all over..
Golondrina - It's all over..
14/12/2013

Adina - Day 20 and some big rollers in the fairground of the Atlantic

So Day 20 on Adina...golly it's starting to feel like groundhog day! Where is that finish line??Most used expression today had to be "Wow - look at that one!" in reference to yet another mountainous wave rising above the stern. Winds of 25 plus knots all day long and big Atlantic waves. On a cheerful note, we haven't seen dolphins in a few days now so they enlightened the mood and squealing ensued. Putting a gopro on a boat hook to capture them nearly resulted in the gopro being lost due to the force of the water. But they were magnificent - belly rolling and putting on a real show.Cooking right now requires real courage and with the heat is a guaranteed sauna session. Lindsay knocked up some duck pancakes - ok, it wasn't Harold and it was chicken. Harold did partake in a photo shoot.. read more...


14/12/2013

Shenanigan - Can we fix it...?

…yes we can! We decided that the jib (whisker) pole was worth trying tosalvage to use.We spent the morning (13/12) hacksawing, hand drilling andbolting and from an extending bent, snapped pole we created a slightly stillbent, non-extending pole which is doing a grand job keeping us goose winged.Sailed reefed during the night though as winds reached and maintained 36knots for most of the night. Jib back out and going well. We would like toshare with you the ‘Ode to Shenanigan’ that our friend ‘Basher’ Dave emailedus...Five hundred miles to go on Compass Two Six OhIt seems a lot, but far it's notProvided Trades will blow.You've suffered calms, you've weathered stormsThe jib's been torn by galesBut mending sails is just the normWith handy 'No More Nails'.Shenanigan, you're on your wayWith. read more...


Shenanigan - Can we fix it...?
Shenanigan - Can we fix it...?
14/12/2013

Miciadue - Mit riesen "Schritten" dem Ziel entgegen

Die Temperaturen werden von Tag zu Tag angenehmer. Blauer Himmel mit ein paar Schäfchenwolken und Sonnenschein. Schauergebiete mit entsprechendenden Böen (Squalls) sind heute Morgen in einiger Entfernung an uns vorbeigezogen. Der Atlantik bietet uns heute eindrucksvolle Wellenberge mit einer Höhe von über 4 m. Am Ruder bedeutet das harte Arbeit. Nach einer Stunde muss der Rudergänger abgelöst werden. Die Arme werden lahm und die Konzentration lässt nach. Aber es macht riesigen Spaß. Von achtern angetrieben mit 6 - 7 Windstärken und von Wellen mit 4 - 5 m Höhe erreichen wir kurzfristig Geschwindigkeiten mit über 10 kts wenn wir die Wellen "heruntersurfen". Es könnte fatale Folgen haben, wenn man als Rudergänger hier einen Fehler macht. Mit der derzeitigen Geschwindigkeit kann es sein,. read more...


14/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Final Blog Draft Saturday 14.12.13

By Chris Haworth.                                                                                          This is it our Final Blog! Our final days sailing was a classic trade wind day, 20/25kts all day, spinnaker up all day, cruising and surfing averaging circa 8.5 kts in glorious sunshine ...this is the life!  We crossed the finish line in the. read more...


14/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 21 - Not that far to go

Hello Everyone,Less than 400 miles to go.The wind has been 25 - 30 knots from the east, even bigger in the squalls.Boat and crew coping well.Keeping the message short today to allow for other duties. Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake). read more...


14/12/2013

Free Spirit - 14th December (Peter's Blog)

Disaster! Worse things do happen at sea but this was prettybad.  We lost our Parasailor sail today.  We were already in direstraits concerning our sails.  The genoa, which is the main working sail,was all but destroyed in the storm of 30th November.  Somehow we managed toput it together again adequately enough for it to continue pulling usthrough the water for another 10 days before she suffered further severe damageduring a squall in the middle of the night on 10th December.  At this timewe were in strong winds and heavy seas and it was decided to park it on theforestay until we reached our destination.  In the meantime we rigged thestay sail as a poor, but better than nothing, substitute for the genoa. Thisworked reasonably well.  We. read more...


14/12/2013

Koala - Dec 14th: Friday the 13th part 2

Yeah, I know, I didn't mention Friday the 13th yesterday. I thought it better not to. We're a superstitious bunch us sailors, and it did prove to be a tough day elsewhere in the fleet. One boat caught fire, one was dismasted and another was taking on water.So our late evening was tame by comparison, but at dusk it started looking a bit squally and cloudy, so we dropped the main in about 30 knots of breeze and carried on overnight under poled out genoa. Partly because the genoa is more stable like that, but mainly because I really didn't fancy dancing on the foredeck with a 16ft aluminium pole with 12 ft swells in the dark!Also, after saying that we had not seen a boat for a week, we had two last night. One turned out to be Second Wind, one of the boats from our net who we knew was. read more...


14/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean

After their 3rd night of strong winds (gusting to F7) and rain the crew are feeling tired.  They ‘wake’ though to the most beautiful day yet, bright sunshine and sparkling seas.  To complete the spectacular scenery a large pod of dolphins arrive.  They are extremely lively, jumping and  turning, diving under and around the boat and guiding the boat at the bow.  To get  abetter view the crew go, precariously, up to the bow (Mike and George were left to mind the helm).  The girls sat with their legs dangling over the side and each time the boat lurched from side to side their feet were dipped into the warm waters. They all agreed that It was like being on a fair ride but even better ‘cos it wasn’t!  (Insert photo)  (They laughed in the face of. read more...