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03/12/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - et de dix!

Bonjourtous, ici le team Capital-Conseil.com! La viebord est réglée comme du papiermusique en ce dixime jour en mer! Les quarts de nuit se passent vite et bien, trois équipes de deux personnes, chaque quart durant trois heures. Pour les manuvres de spi on demandeun troisime équipier de se lever ponctuellement. la mi-course nous étions 2mes en temps compense juste derrire Caro la bte de 65 pieds. A ma connaissance, en temps réel, nous sommes 5e de notre classe. Ceux devant font 65, 70, 72 et 78 pieds! Difficile d'aller les chercher... Le Nauta 78 n'est pourtant pas loin!La viebord prend forme, les quarts s'enchaînent et on prend un rythme. Baromtre1017 hecto pascals, un temps d'alizés sauf que... On attend demain la 4me dépression du séjour! Et dans ce cas dépression = absence d'alizés. read more...


03/12/2013

Golondrina - A fair tale from the sea..

Once upon a time a long way from land, especially anywhere called St Lucia was a little boat called Golondrina who had a happy little crew and a captain called Gareth.  He was a jolly sole having come from a land of dragons and every now and then he would speak to the crew in a funny language that no one really understood but they all nodded and carried on. The other crew were Spin-lock (he used to be called Mark but he recently found that if you drape wet clothes on a life jacket it fills full of air and everyone laughs), ' Jack the Rat' who is becoming slightly more blood thirsty than a Victorian mass murderer when dispatching fish and lastly 'strangely welsh', a young lad whose head is on upside down .. Either that or it's a thick beard.  Finally 'Eco Dave' our new. read more...


03/12/2013

Dragonfly - Kaum Wind

Die Nacht war total ruhig. Kurz nachdem Hajo mich abgelöst hat, fängt es heftig an zu regnen. Aber das bekomme ich schon nicht mehr mit. Tief und fest schlafe ich durch bis zum Morgen. Der Tag ist wie gestern. Mal Wind mal kein Wind. Seit ca. 4 Stunden steht jetzt allerdings der Genaker. Der Wind ist zwar nicht beständig, aber es sieht gut aus, dass wir auch mit dem Leichtwindsegel durch die Nacht kommen. Heute Nachmittag hat noch ein Mahi Mahi angebissen. Ich habe ihn schnell draußen und ausgenommen. Hajo übernimmt das Filetieren. Wir haben noch jede Menge Kartoffeln, die langsam weg müssen. Also gibt es zum Abendessen frischen Fisch mit Kartoffeln. In der Funkrunde berichten fast alle von gutem Wind und alle kommen gut voran. Um 17.25 UTC schaue ich auf unseren Computer. DTD ist 1429sm. read more...


03/12/2013

Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life

Afu has caught the first fish in Defyr!! It looks like this:afu-with-fish. read more...


Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life
Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life
03/12/2013

True Colours - Off Again

Position 16:43.11N 025:20.84W   Toby and James off to do some last minute shopping, Doug and Andrej havingbreakfast at the marina bar.  T & J decided to go to the local petrolstation to see if they had any jerry cans – result!  They had 10 litrecans, but Toby noticed they had oil for sale in 20 litre cans at the same costas the empty 10 l ones. quick question and from the garage came 2 empty 20 litrecans for about a fiver;  filled with diesel and back to the boat giving usanother day’s motoring if needed.   Another queue for the cash machine to pay the supermarket which would notaccept Mastercard or Visa, and then back to the boat and off. Left at 11.00 am;  quick sail past Rainbow and last chat to Oli, thenout to sea.   Initially motoring in little. read more...


03/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle

Photo taken of "joy of shamrock "after wemetfor breakfast."image1. read more...


La Rochelle - la rochelle
La Rochelle - la rochelle
03/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 10 – back to normal-

Position 3.12.2013 11:00,The day started superb, our chef cooked us a nice breakfast, lots of eggs ham and bread. After all the experience we faced during the last days, we come back to normal routines. The moral of the crew improved rapidly. Now everyone talks on these adventures, like it was a normal event.Paul did some cloth washing; Brian started to prepare the rod again with a new lure.The whole night we had a pleasant ride thru the waves with 7 to 8 knots. Azzurra is now running on Track which means strait to St. Lucia without need to being watched. The waves hit us from the side, NE which is more comfortable than from the front. It looks like we left all the squalls behind us for now; however, there will be more on our way. Today we change our time to UTC minus one.Every day so. read more...


Azzurra - Day 10 – back to normal-
Azzurra - Day 10 – back to normal-
La Rochelle - la rochelle
La Rochelle - la rochelle
03/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle parasailing

With the wind dead square to s/l and lacking any real grunt(6-12knots), motoring not an option and the main requiring 8 knots apparent so as tonot impale itself in the rig , we decided to fully test the parasail and here are the resultsTest boat----- Bavaria match 42 weight fully loaded 9 tonnesPara sailor----125 square metresTest parameters----- wind 6-12 knots parasailor on pole , no main and dead squareSea state----swell2-3metresseas slightWind speed------- boat speedUnder 6 knots. Burn carbon. 6 knots6 knots. 4 knots. ( needed to be heated up to 160 apparentto fill kite8 knots. 4.8 knots10 knots5.8 knots12 knots. 6.4 knotsWe had a very brief squirt of 14 knotsgenerating 7 knots of boat speedParasailor versesmainsail and kiteWith the ability of the parasailor to be flown dead square. read more...


03/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.3rd.Dec

3rd December - 300miles west of Cape VerdeHighlight of the Day -Catching and landing a Yellow-fin tuna,., enormousin proportions according to Chief Fisherman Scott,.. enough for a starteraccording to Head Chef FinLowlight of the day- Seeing a really massive tuna escape with our lucky lureSea life spotted - Whales, 30min dolphin on the bow display. Tuna, the weeone and the one that got awayWeather & sailing - Calm surreal conditions for Atlantic- 8knots of wind,close hauled last night averaging 6knots. Kite out during day to to top7knots.HOT. 28degrees in the shade24hr Log- 136nmAmazing Facto of the Day- At 40 tons Mustique can still sail at 8 knots in 8knots of breeze!Food.snack of the day - Scott's massive tuna lunch, awesomed up by Fin,chillis & avocado saladScott's daily. read more...


03/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 10

Dancing with the Squalls   A quiet but very rolling night. Downwind with next to none.   Today began the dance. Slight breeze, gennaker up. Squall on the horizon, winds up, gennaker down.   Back to slight breeze. Gennaker up. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Smoother sailing and sail changes to mix up the pattern of the day.   So we revert to time worn boat patterns:   Food. Yes the gigantic three days’ worth of potato, onion, egg, and celerysalad. Luckily (?) we still have enough potatoes to rebalance the boat ifnecessary. and Superstition: What can we blame for the fickle winds? A crew member leavingthe cockpit. Perhaps the inquiry into what the synoptic weather mappredicted. A dinner suggestion. Laundry. A random comment on how well things wereprogressing.. read more...


Arkouda - Overlooking the Marina in Sao Vicente
Arkouda - Overlooking the Marina in Sao Vicente
03/12/2013

Shenanigan - Problem with laptop

We have lost half of the screen on the laptop we are using for the internet so may not be able to send many more logs. As soon as we are able to we will resume.We are trying to get another laptop set up but this is proving difficult.. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Lufada de isco! / Dec 3rd - Lufinha Jr becomes bait!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Lufada de isco! / Dec 3rd - Lufinha Jr becomes bait!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Spi (balão) a bombar! / Dec 3rd - powered by the spinnaker!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Spi (balão) a bombar! / Dec 3rd - powered by the spinnaker!
03/12/2013

Firefly - Shark!!!!

You will be pleased to read that we are already extremely careful to ensure we do not fall overboard. However, what better way to make us even more vigilant is to see a huge shark. Well we only saw the fin pass the boat about 10 meters away this morning but it was massive, very light grey, based on the size of the fin the fish must have been 15 to 20 feet long. As a little aside but to make sure he /she knows we are on the side of the shark, lets hope the beautiful creature never gets caught, killed and have its fin made into an oriental soup - come on Greenpeace and other similar organizations, we all need to get behind you in a world wide campaign to save the shark, just like was achieved with saving the whale!Firefly is bombing along goose winged with about 15 to 20 knots of breeze on. read more...


03/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 3-11-2013

Hello everyone in chilly Europe!I hate to say this but it is bloomin’ hot out here and we are loving it! Our speed has picked up from yesterday thank god – only doing 3knts was very tedious especially when we had to point north to get the boat going. We were heading for New York for quite a lot of the time. Lots of the crew weren’t too happy about that as we hear the weather isn’t as good there this time of year as it is in St Lucia! Everyone still having a great time (well, at least I am!) and getting on really well. During the night watches there is a lot of laughter going on. We had our last pre-prepared meal last night which was sweet chilli pork. We definitely saved the best till last. So we are onto to tinned food tonight. We have eaten extremely well and it has been helped by the. read more...


03/12/2013

Koala - Dec 3rd: Wind would be good

There is a continuing theme out here at the moment. The wind continues to be light, but reasonably steady from the NNE. We are making some progress with the cruising chute up today. Unfortunately, it is a bit temperamental in the light breeze and swell, so we (well, mainly Julia) are hand steering all the way, but anything to get some miles in. Yesterday, we managed about 120 from noon til noon, which is not bad considering, although a long way short of what we were hoping for by this stage of the journey. Last night, I finally sussed out what to do with this piece of mystery cured meat that I chose when we were going round the super markets. I thought it was cured, but it was actually salted pork loin, so I cut some thin slices, boiled it for a bit to get rid of some salt, and the. read more...


03/12/2013

Miciadue - Fangfrische Makrelensteaks zum Frühstück

Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang das große Ereignis. Endlich hat mal jemand angebissen. Wir haben eine ca. 65 cm große Goldmakrele gefangen, die uns der Skipper sehr schmackhaft zum Frühstück zubereitet hat. Danach haben wir mal wieder ein Bad im Atlantik genommen. Der weitere Tagesverlauf war ruhig. Wir laufen 270 Grad bei 2-3 bft mit ca. 4 kts. Daran hat auch der zwischenzeitlich gesetzte Genaker nichts geändert. Der Motor muss uns jetzt Unterstützung geben, um dem 1768 sm entferneten Ziel näher zu kommen. Wir hoffen noch auf einen Thunfisch zum Abendessen.. read more...


03/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 9 - Happy Birthday Matt

Last night I watched the sunset on the horizon in front of us, while Jackoand Rob spotted shapes in the clouds – there was a dog with a very large head, agorilla eating a banana and a rabbit riding a motorcycle. It was the last sunsetof the 36th year of my life. Yup, today is my birthday - yeeeeeehaw! Thismorning, as the sun rose behind us, the crew wished me a happy birthday and itwas decided that today we should celebrate by having a pirate theme day. Lo andbehold, Mel’s backpack was full of pirate hats and eye patches. With the help ofsome magic marker tattoos and a few bruises from last weeks rocky seas, we’vetransformed ourselves into a motley crew of sea faring pirates. Why arepirates called pirates? Because they “arrrrgh”.  I have had somepretty memorable birthdays in my. read more...


03/12/2013

Manihi - Droit devant ... enfin presque !

15:46.62N 32:38.10W   9:50 Heure locale Depuis hier nous faisons cap sur Ste Lucie. Le cap géographique c'est au270. Mais il y a un courant de sud-est (SE) qui nous est en partie favorablemais nous fait légèrement dériver vers le nord. Du coup nous faisons un cap unpeu plus sud au 265 pour compenser. Le vent avait bien baissé cette nuit jusqu'à5-6 nds - on s'est un peu trainé - puis est remonté à 8-10 noeuds. C'est pasterrible mais maintenant on n'a plus trop le choix !  Le vent est au 150. Ce matin nous avons essayé plusieurs combinaisons devoiles pour trouver la plus efficace. Successivement : GV (grand-voile) +génois, GV + spi asymétrique tangonné sous le vent, GV + spi asymétrique +génois tangonné au vent (original !), la même mais sans la GV, GV + spiasymétrique tangonné. read more...


03/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+9 Alizés ?

Bonjour3 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC22°25,9 N34°07,7 W162 milles en 24hAlizés ?Ça y ressemble fort.Grand soleil, mer bleue, vent portant, petits nuages blancs, gros nuagesnoirs de temps en temps, poissons volants. C'est parti.Mais nous n'avons pas réussi l'opération grande lessive. Nous n'avons que120 litres d'eau douce à bord utilisables pour la cuisine et la toilette.L'eau de boisson étant en plus en bouteille.Nous avons un dessalinisateur à main. Il est prévu à l'origine pour lescommandos de l'armée américaine donc utilisé à l'arrêt. En route, nousn'avons encore trouvé le moyen de faire plonger le capteur. Il reste ensurface dans le sillage. Xavier a essayé plusieurs techniques à base demanche à balai sans succès. Nous cherchons à bord quelque chose de lourd etpas fragile pour. read more...


03/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 10 - 03.12.2013 - Goldmakrelen, Mani Matter und endlich Wind

Gestern Nachmittag war schönes Wetter. Nach den letzten grauen, nassenTagen haben wir dasrichtig genossen. Einzig der Wind will noch nicht soganz, wie wir das gerne hätten. Passat ist nicht in Sicht und wir müssenden Wind zusammensuchen. Pauls Windprognosen und seine Einschätzungen, woden Wind anzutreffen sein könnte, habenbis jetzt immer voll ins Schwarzegetroffen.Der Wind ist das zentrale Thema. Reichen uns 20 Tage oder doch nicht? Essind immer noch etwas mehr als 1600 Meilen bis St. Lucia, also noch mehrals die Hälfte und jetzt sind wir genau zehn mal 24 Stunden unterwegs. Eswird uns immer wieder bewusst, wie unheimlich gross die Distanzen sind. ZumGlück haben wir sicher genug Vorräte.Gestern Abend wollten wir ein Stück unter Motor fahren, aber der Motorstartete nicht. Paul hat das. read more...


03/12/2013

Milanto - Fwd: Blog Day 8

As the sea finally started to calm down and the winds dropped to around 20 knots late Day 7, we secured an extra birthday gift for Vale by way of catching a monster fish. Another Dorado, it was huge. John E expertly landed it into the safe hands of John 'the butcher/ fishmonger/don't look under the new patio' Lobek, who clinically attended to it before passing it on to Gianni to work his culinary genius.We enjoyed an excellent meal, relieved at last that Day 8 would be calmer. Indeed that night was uneventful; no major squalls, a mere smattering of rain, no high seas, and a decent nights sleep around  the watch rota. This morning was bright and sunny and we have taken advantage of the relatively flat sea to attend to those duties  impossible during the gale. Cleaning the cabin,. read more...


03/12/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Catch of the day

We have finally picked up a bit of wind and making nearly 5 knots in aWesterly direction. Slow but steady and only 2020 miles to go!We also finally caught our first fish on the trip; a Dorado weighing 10kg.,which for us, with our fishing knowledge, is a real monster. Carolineprepared 5 fish steaks with Hollandaise Sauce, potato wedges and ratatouilleand it was calm enough to eat it from proper plates, even with proper fishknives and forks. A real treat and a great meal. We will be eating fishagain tonight and the next night as our freezer is still having problems. Itis keeping frozen food frozen but does not freeze food. It is becoming areal problem, although the other day it was working fine.Today 03 December we are heading a little more towards the South West in thehope of finding. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - Catch of the day
Golden Spirit of Islay - Catch of the day
03/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 8/2 - Auf Rasmus

01.12.2013Uh, wir sind erleichtert. Das Ausklarieren verläuft reibungslos; obschon Sonntag ist und dazu noch der erste Advent – was hier sowieso keinem auffällt. Wir sind mit anderem beschäftigt. Alle telefonieren mit Zuhause, checken Mails. Wir bekommen auch Feedback zum Blog: Schreibt mehr, postet Bilder – und wir geloben Besserung.Katharina und Petra gehen duschen (die Männer auch, aber später), Andreas, Dieter und Dietmar und Udo versetzen den Holepunkt für die Achterkausch an Reff 3 bugwärts und die Reffleine für die Genua neu. Dieter kürzt die Großschot um ein beschädigtes Stück und stellt den Großbaum-Niederholer neu ein. Petra und Dietmar ergänzen die Proviantvorräte und kurz vor dem Auslaufen checken wir den Gennaker. Alles klar, mit dem Teil können wir arbeiten.Was wir noch. read more...


03/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 10 - Pancakes, Genaker und echte Hitze

03.12.2013Wir haben den Wind wiedergefunden. Gestern am Spätnachmittag und die ganzeNacht ca. 12-15 kn, heute Morgen etwas weniger, ca. 8-12 kn. Seit Stundenbeschäftigt uns der Gennaker. Tackleine und Barberholer (beidesSpezialzubehör für dieses Segel) haben wir improvisiert und seit 10 Uhrlaufen wir unter dem großen bauchigen Vorsegel. Der Erfolg ist mäßig, mehrals 6 kn Fahrt in der Spitze sind nicht drin. Für gute Sicht auf alleSchoten und Segel haben wir das Bimini zusammengerollt und die Sprayhoodflachgelegt. Das bedeutet maximale Sonneneinstrahlung ins Cockpit. UndSonne haben wir heute reichlich. Bei gefühlten 35 Grad kommen wir alle insSchwitzen. Allerdings beklagt sich niemand. Kein Wunder. Wissen wir doch,wie das Wetter zuhause ist. Gerade kommt die Ordner von Stefan:. read more...


03/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 9 - Searching for wind...

02.12.2013Es ist 10:30 Uhr, seit 17 Stunden laufen wir unter Maschine. Wir suchenden Wind und haben deswegen 235 Grad angelegt. Das war die Empfehlung vondem Eigner. Das Meer ist spiegelglatt, in der Nacht reflektiert es dieSterne im Wasser. Die Wachen können wegen des verschwommenen Horizonts diePositionslichter nicht von den Sternen unterscheiden. Apropos Wachen. Wirarbeiten in einem 3-Wachen-System. Eine Wache besteht aus 2Crewmitgliedern. Wache 1: Dieter und Dietmar (unser neues Double-D-Team).Wache 2: Petra und Andreas. Wache 3: Katharina und Udo. Die Wachenbestehen aus 4-Stunden-Schichten, zwischen 16 und 20 Uhr sind dieSchichten nur zweistündig. So ergibt sich eine tägliche Verschiebung,keiner ist auf die ‚Hundewache‘ 00:00 – 04:00 Uhr festgelegt).Jetzt knallt die Sonne vom. read more...


03/12/2013

Meltemi - 8.Tag - Es geht uns gut

Es geht uns gut - Wir haben alles, was wir brauchen:Passatwind, Sonne, Sternenhimmel, Angelglück, leckeres Essen, und..und.. und..Gestern mittag hat Thomas uns mit leckeren Häppchen verwöhnt.Am Nachmittag haben3 Mahi-Mahi an unsere Angelschnur angeebissen. Der Erste war uns zu klein und wir haben ihn zurück in die Freiheit entlassen. Der Zweite war wohl zu groß; er ist uns von der Angelschnur abgerissen. Den Dritten haben wir uns geholt, gleich filetiert und mariniert. Er steht jetzt auf dem Speiseplan für heute mittag. Wir hatten ein romantisches Abendessen im Cockpit bei Kerzenschein.Die Nacht war ruhig; schwacher Wind und wieder ein toller Sternenhimmel.Heute ist es richtig heiss. Die Sonne sticht.Wir haben zum ersten Mal den Spinnaker gesetzt, der uns jetzt mit dem Passatwind nach. read more...


03/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 9: Blue Ocean doing well

Despite the loss of our code 0 light wind sail we are doing well – in termsof our position in the fleet. It is always difficult to work out what is reallyhappening as we get a bewildering variety of reports from friends, family andARC control at different times of the day – some are adjusted for TCF and othersnot. Of course, none of these reports take into account motoring hours (whichwill only be adjusted at the end). We have no way of knowng how much motoringthe other multihulls have done; but we have kept ours to the minimum.  We are currently waiting for the tradewinds to finally kick in – as theGRIB files are predicting. We motored a bit but are now sailing again (if weonly use one engine can we half the engine hours!). Though I fear that thecurrent following wind may just be a. read more...


03/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #10: Same ol', same ol'

Well, we thought we would check in to report that there isn't much to report!We continue to make progress despite light trade winds, heading now on a course directly to St Lucia which is a HUGE morale booster.The weather is hot & sunny with big billowy clouds above, perfect for drying the damp shoes we brought with us (and just discovered - ugh) from Las Palmas.The waves are gentle which at least a few of the crew appreciate. Rumor is that we will soon put up the gennaker, Midsommar, and we'll then also be the prettiest sailboat around. (The fact that there isn't another boat to be seen on our 30-ish mile horizon is irrelevant!)Lyell worked hard yesterday, producing a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies which is such a treat.We also have a new host of jokes making the rounds. read more...


03/12/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Skipper catches a fish

What a fish! Fantastic! It only has taken 3500 miles since leaving Plymouthto catch it. It was such a beautiful fish I nearly put it back! But it tastedgreat! We have now settled into a normal routine of living on the boat. Aftergoing through hell, gusting 50 knots of wind, we are now in heaven, 7 knots ofwind sailing at 4.5 knots. Life is good.   Musings from two old sea dogs and a youngone fish. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Skipper catches a fish
Arcarius of Plymouth - Skipper catches a fish
03/12/2013

Calypso - "Splash & Dash"

Jensen would not have been impressed with our pit stop but we popped into Mindelo, St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands for some diesel (and departed having left behind our rubbish which made us feel a bit guilty).Whilst there we met up with fellow travellers "Aditi" (Claire was generous enough to serve us with cold drinks which were most welcome) and "Silver Slipper" where skipper Bumble (the dog) was content as were her humans.Light winds overnight made for slow progress and we finally resorted to engine at 08:30 GMT.Weather warm with blue skies.Approx 1975nm to run to St Lucia. Current position 16 07.80N & 26 59.46WFair winds to all.DJD & P 12:00 GMT 03.12.13. read more...


03/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

jabberyachtyTwas brillig and the slopping seasdidst slosh and slap upon the shipall flimsy was the fitful breezeand the drooped sails a'dipBeware the forecasters my friendsthe lines that point, the high and lowbeware the news of trading windswhile feeble vespers blow.We sailed our spangled barques abroadlong time to reach the windward islewhile breathless fickle breeze conspiresto torture every mile.Slip slap slip slapthe struggling sail goes taught and jerkswhile grumbling in the barkys bowelsthe iron mainsail worksAnd will we make the windward isleof course we will my sailing friendsa frabscious day twill be we saywhen we reach the other end.. read more...


03/12/2013

Moondancer - It's all better now

Hi AllCurrent position: 17 37'.366N 029 16'.444WWe had better day yesterday fixing the boat instead of breaking it. Spent the morning with my head in a cupboard trying to work out why we had lost most of the electronics on the boat. After spending 2 hours testing and rewiring the main Raymarine board I’d managed to achieve a big fat zero. In fact I’d appeared to have made the problem worst. The original problem would blow a fuse after about 30 minutes. It was now blowing them instantly. With three blow fuses and only one 5amp fuse left Paul was starting to give me the look (you've made it worst you fool). With only one fuse left the pressure was on. If I blow this one we'd have no auto-helm, wind instruments and speed information, none of which are life threatening but with 2000 miles to. read more...


03/12/2013

Annabella - Log 8 - 3rd December

Position: 17 18.38N 30 32.94WDistance since blog 6: 96NMDisappointing 24 hour run with very light winds of 4 - 7 knots for the duration (giving boat speed of 4 - 5.5 knots). On the positive side the wind has shifted (veered) from NE to E which is where we would like it. We have tried goose winging with main sail and big genoa but it was taking us off course. The solution to our dilemma is more wind. Expectations are that it should happen sometime today. 1760NM miles to go.We encountered our first commercial vessel for a number of days at 0200GMT. The Regno Marinus passed 2.5 miles to port on a course of 051 degrees. We now have Ocean Venture, an Ocean 60, 5 miles to port and slightly ahead and currently doing 5 knots. We seem to be keeping pace with boats that we would have expected. read more...


03/12/2013

Adina - Day 9 More weather, bugs and a surprise cake

To start with the serious stuff. A few have been asking about our strategy so a quick old reminder.Looking at grib files, weather routing suggested heading south from the start to avoid light winds and head winds to the west. A few days in, two weather routing experts suggested staying east of 20W and south of 15N. Our same course but more southerly. We followed this as did a few more although some have now cut through the islands. We opted not to as the weather looked lighter in the islands but a forecast is a forecast. Some yachts chose to hit the engine from the start and motor through the light winds, re-fuelling in the Verdes, and are now way in front while others have taken the head winds on. We've been trimming and seeking wind. To quote Tom Cunliffe "Set out on a great circle. read more...


03/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 9 - 1000 miles

The crew celebrated reaching the 1st 1000 mile mark with the long awaited bottle of red wine.  It was savoured by all and went well with the chilli. It rounded off a very enjoyable day which began with clear skies and calm seas and remained that way all day.  The girls all wore their swimsuits for the 1st time and Mike Was threatening to don his ‘budgie smugglers’.  He didn’t - but he will!    Mike got his fishing gear out and spent the afternoon staring off the back of the boat hoping for a nibble.  Quite what he will do if he ever catches a fish is not clear.  Mike ordered up all of the necessary paraphernalia, wooden board, knife, landing net, vodka.  Vodka!!??   Apparently that is  to kill the fish – whether Mike drinks. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 9 - 1000 miles
Blue Dolphin - Day 9 - 1000 miles
03/12/2013

Jambo - Hot and steamy!

Winds still a major problem so motoring into The Cap Verdes ,Mindelo,Sao Vincente to get some fuel before we make the last jump across.The trade winds have failed to materialise and progress is very slow - time to get the fishing rod out again!. read more...


03/12/2013

Hera - 15. Breitengrad

Bei leichtem NNE Wind segeln wir wie prognostiziert seit gesternAbend  gemächlich den 15.Breitengrad entlang Richtung Westen.In der Nacht konnten wir das Phänomen beobachten, an Backbord denPolarstern und an Steuerbord das Kreuz des Südens direkt über dem Horizont zuhaben.Heute mußten wir eine sich auflösenden Naht am Großsegel nähen. Um 13 Uhrwird die Borduhr um eine weitere Stunde auf UTC-2h zurück gestellt.Irgendein Crewmitglied schlug vor, für die Borduhr eine neue Zeitrechnung“nach Rasmus” einzuführen. Als  schiffssichernde Maßnahme haben wir dafürin Mindelo noch einmal reichlich Port getankt. Seit heute arbeitet auch unsere Bordbäckerei, nachdem gestern der ersteVersuch mit selbstgebackenem Brot erfolgreich verlief.   Stefan  . read more...


03/12/2013

Challenger 3 - Squalls, sunshine and fish

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } DAY 7Still more rain but this time it come with wind in the form of a squall so we had to run down wind with it by the time we finished are 6 hrs watch the rain had just about stopped to leave a clear night.The night watch has been uneventful apart from hitting the 1st 1000mile mark!! We are beating with full main yankee 2 and stay sail still no trade winds lets hope they are near?! The crew are all a little bit happier this morning as the sun is out and we can have some hatches open as well and start to dry every thing out after all the rain we have had. The crew have been doing a great job of keeping the boat clean and turning out some great meals in the tricky conditions with the boat at about 30 deg it makes life a little bit hard.I hope this. read more...


03/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 4 – Tuesday December 3rd 2013

Athena log 4 – Tuesday December 3rd 2013 –1200 hrs., 15 54 N; 30 00 W Well here I am again, anothercrossing, another blog, another crew. I ask myself what qualifies me forskippering another crew of “Motley’s” across this wonderful powerfulocean. So often I hear, when I mentionanother ocean passage ahh well everyone has done it these days, it’s easy.  My rejoinder is often quick and cuttingas I say “name one” and in truth they cannot. There are a lot of us that areserial ocean crossers, so because of repetition we considerably reduce theactual volume of participants. This ARC is the 28th, a brief guesstimation ofthe full number excluding the repeats and the reduced numbers in the earlyyears, I recon about 32,000 people have enjoyed the fun of participating, fromevery nation under the. read more...


03/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 03.12.13 - 1000hrs

By Chris Haworth. Blog Subjects today: Nature, Creation + Love (yes..I’ve been on along solitary night watch!) Since yesterdays report things have been pretty stable – wind from the north 10/15 knots pretty steady all night circa 6 kts bt speed with 40% main and repaired Genoa –  heading due west all night trying to stay in ‘fast lane’ (thin band of slightly stronger wind).  After yesterdays exertions (repairs etc) Jane decided we all deserved Rum Punch ‘sundowners’ at about 1900hrs (as we have moved west it is now getting dark 1.5 hrs later than when we left!) Dinner was Freshly caught fish 2 x 3.5 lb Dourada (expertly gutted and filleted by Fra) rice and fresh veg. followed by fresh pineapple fruit salad and cream  + coffee. Hoisted spinnaker at Sunrise. read more...


03/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 3 December Are we there yet?

The question refers to the elusive trade winds, not St Lucia which is still nearly 2,000 miles away.We had been heading SW or thereabouts since we left Las Palmas, initially to follow the tried and tested route to find the trades.When it became possible we put in a bit more southing towards the end of the week, to avoid strong winds forecast for the northern area and, hopefully ,to find the trades.Now we have turned right!We had a very boring motor for about 27 hours then, just as we finished dinner, the wind increased to about 10 knots from the NE.Engine off, genoa out, we altered course for St Lucia.On Saturday John set the Hydrovane up to steer us by windpower, we had only tried it successfully once before.Just like last time, it coped with the fairly weak winds before we ran out. read more...



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