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Abraxas - A Fishy Tale Photo
Abraxas - A Fishy Tale Photo
29/11/2013

Hera - Auf der Suche nach dem Passat

Seit gestern Abend sind wir bei Südwest wieder unter Segeln auf Kurs. Dadie Anzahl unserer Motorstunden doch sehr überschaubar war, sind wir auf einenTankstopp nicht angewiesen. Wir hoffen nun, westlich der Kapverden auf denPassat zu stoßen, auch wenn auf unseren Wetterkarten davon bisher weit und breitnichts zu sehen ist.  Nordwestlich der Kapverden muß sogar mit Westwindgerechnet werden. Jede Kursentscheidung ist augenblicklich einVabanque-Spiel. Nach einer hackigen Nacht hoch am Wind liegen die Freiwachen alle ziemlicherledigt im Salon herum. Draussen sieht es grau und regnerisch aus. Aber wirsegeln in die richtige Richtung! Eine Menükarte gibt es heute nicht. Der Skipper hat sich ein schlichtesaber ordentliches Bauernfrühstück gewünscht.   Stefan. read more...


29/11/2013

Arkouda - Day 5 --Motorboat Motorboat...

3:00 AM on Friday MorningThis is absolutely the blackest night I have ever spent on the ocean, or anywhere for that matter.  There is absolutely no delineation of the horizon, no stars, no moon.  Besides our navigation lights the only thing I can see is an occasional splash of a white wave as Arkouda disturbs the water as she passes through.  It is a little eerie, and leaves me with a rather vague sense of loss.  It's not so much that without our compass I would not be able tell our direction, i(which is absolutely true!) ts more of a feeling that the world is somehow muted, cloaked in cotton.  Its a bit like being in a heavy snowstorm without wind-- you are unable to tell your direction and everything is hushed.  I can still hear the swish of water as it. read more...


29/11/2013

Duplicat - Day 6 -Where's the sun?

First of all day 5 was a flat calm, warm day and because of the calm seas we saw so much wildlife.Pods of dolphins, groups of humpback whales at close quarters, pilot whales and two turtles who were drifting on the surface very close to the boat.The smooth seas provided an opportunity for some housekeeping (boatkeeping) including washing down, baking, cooking and generally relaxing. The disadvantage of all this was a day's motoring, the consequence of which leaves us with a dilemma.Bad weather is forecast to form out to our west which we had anticipated and altered course towards Cape Verdes - we now have to decide whether to stop for fuel for the remainder of the journey which may delay us further as we may arrive over this weekend.Or carry on with what we have hoping that the trade. read more...


29/11/2013

Abraxas - 27/11/13 A FishyTale

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29/11/2013

Free Spirit - Thursday 28th November

I think we must be in the doldrums.  Although spirits are high, the sea isdead calm and there is no wind.  Wemotor all day in a hazy existence. The fishing lines are put out and then theCaptain orders bacon and eggs, just in case we don’t catch a fish any timesoon.  A turtle pops up to say aquick hello and the dolphins drop by and then ……we see three whales!  They are some way off the boat but thesplash they make is spectacular. At the end of the day the wind picks up a little and so with fullsails and a calm sea we manage first 4 knots out of 8 knots of wind, building to7 out of 10.  Through the night thewind gets stronger and stronger and the boat goes faster and faster (SOG 9kts!)  We must be flying!  Could these be the tradewinds?. read more...


29/11/2013

XAR - Femte dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, "vinden har kommit tillbaka"

Senaste dygnet, det femte avverkade vi 158 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 748 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 2 110 NM.Stiltjen höll i sig till efter lunchen, torsdags lunchen serverades av Rolf och Mats och blev en god tonfisksallad. Med värme och sol kunde vi sätta stora spinnakern i 0,5 m/s och kunde komplettera medströmmens 1 knop med 0,5 knop båtfart. Tyvärr så tog det ytterligare 2 h innan vinden fyllde på och då kom den från ostsydost. Byte till lila gennaker och flera timmar med 2-4 knop väntade oss. För ovanlighetens skull så hade vi sällskap av 2 båtar under eftermiddagen, vi lyckades inte identifiera dom dock. Ingen av dem hade aktiv AIS sändning. Vi har sällskap av en hel del delfiner både natt och dag. Fantastiska hopp som de kan göra. På avstånd tror vi att vi siktat några. read more...


29/11/2013

Hanami II - Le passage de la ligne, mais, laquelle?

Samedi 29 Novembre 201310:46 UTC15 10 N - 44 24 WEt bien depuiis 2 jours le vent nous a globalement abandonne et donc lachement laisse tomber.La moyenne s'en ressant et le niveau de la cuve a gasoil aussi mais cela, ca se gere.Pas de vent et des grains la nuit. On devait s'y attendre car fin novembre c'est encore tot en saison et les alizes restent un peu faibles, surtout si, comme c'est le cas, une depression un peu basse sur l'Atlantique les contrecare.Mais tout cela n'est pas grave car a defaut de zephyr nous avons le moral et aussi, chose rare depuis le depart, du POISSON.Nous en sommes au second tazard et la dorade coryphene qui s'est echappee nous laisse penser que nous allons en attraper d'autres. Marie pourra alors tester et nous faire decouvrir les recettes polynesiennes et. read more...


29/11/2013

True Colours - A tale of two fishes

After a relaxing dinner the wind increased to 7 Kn, so time to kill theengine and see how we could progress under sail. Our motoring speed had beenabout 5.5 Kn (fuel conservation), and on the broad needed to get to our nextwaypoint we could just about match that.   Time to download more grib files – horror – on our course we are runningdirectly to a forecast storm with winds approaching 30 Kn on the nose.  Andthen where we planned to turn to go west, instead of trades helping us, it isshowing light winds on the nose.  What has happened to the weatherpatterns!  So a quick change of course to port to miss the projected storm,and we found ourselves doing 8 knots heading towards the Cape VerdeIslands.  We were able to maintain this speed through the night,. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer's First Fish of 2013 29 November Joyce's 3.2kg Mahi Mahi
Starblazer - Starblazer's First Fish of 2013  29 November  Joyce's 3.2kg Mahi Mahi
28/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic

Our new friend we spent the day with20131128_162914. read more...


Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic
Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic
29/11/2013

Aspen - Log 5: Friday 29 Nov; Yacht Convergence Zone

We both predicted it would happen and it did at midnight last night.4 yachts converged on the Rumb line on the way to a waypoint 200 nm from the Cape Verde Islands.Of course this was on the Admiral's watch so she kept things under control onboard Aspen.There were 3 red lights all appearing at the same time within 1 nm of us.Only 2 had AIS so the 3rd yacht was kind of a mystery.We are now spread out upon the ocean once again under overcast and cool skies with rain every now and then.After some nice sailing for 6 hours the wind has once again died.All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


29/11/2013

Meltemi - 5.Tag Total verkehrt

Gebucht war Nord-Ost - wie ich vermute; sind wir denn total auf der falschen Route? Ein strammer Süd-West uns entgegen bläßtund dabei kübelweise Nässe von oben ergießt,und das noch bei Nacht es wär besser bei Tage dann hätten wir Berge von Wäsche waschen können - schade!Es ist wie es ist, uns macht das nichts aus wir segeln weiter gen Westen voraus. Die Stimmung ist gut, der Chefsmutje weiß Rat er hat für alle Fälle immer was parat. So lernen wir Segel für Segel der Meltemi kennen, es ist nicht immer einfach im Schiff dann zu pennen. Die Hoffnung bleibt mit unser größter Rat so warten wir weiter auf den Nord-Ost-Passat.. read more...


29/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 5 - Maintenace

Carol sent an email to Mastervolt to ask whether or not the battery situation was a problem.  Mike is still very concerned.   To take his mind off things he set to work servicing the generator.  Kathy volunteered to be his oily rag.  Not the easiest access! Today Mike is cook of the day but due to his engineering tasks Kathy kindly provided lunch (best BLTs ever).  He did serve up a very enjoyable stew for supper though.  He is short of the mark though compared to the girls! On deck there was no wind so Sally and Carol took the opportunity to lay on the foredeck and contemplate the universe.  They were amazed at the view, in that there was just sea looking like molten lead and fluffy clouds that appeared to sit on the sea at the horizon,. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 5 - Maintenace
Blue Dolphin - Day 5 - Maintenace
29/11/2013

Adina - Day 5 - let's talk about wind, let's talk

Day 5 dawned with sadly no wind and us motoring. Which we don't really want to do - we are here to sail an Ocean!Each day the skippers get together for a chat on the radio around 1pm. It is now clear there are a lot of boats that motored from day 1 and are heading to the Cape Verde islands to refuel. There are some of us trying to squeeze every last drop of wind into our wonderful sails. We are only motoring when there is no wind as we have to appreciate crew have flights to catch. There are even purists who haven't touched their engines - heartfelt respect to them. This explains our position. Today we heard that two weather routing experts advised staying east of 20W and to go south of the Cape Verde islands to 15N to find the treasure of trade winds. This has always been our intended. read more...


Azzurra - Franz is enjoying the No Wind period
Azzurra - Franz is enjoying the No Wind period
29/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 5 first fish caught

We had a rough night. It was hard to get some sleep when the waves jump you up in your bed.Wind was ok with 10 to 20 knots providing us a wet but good reach. Our course is hard on the wind 270 to 290 degr.According to the latest Grib file we will have to go through some no wind area and some dirty weather. Hope we can pass the bad part before it reaches us. In the morning the wind went asleep.If this continuous we have think about a plan preventing Scurvy. It is a pain for a successful team to be that far behind, will cont’ to try hard. No wind since 13:00, Log showing Zero Knots, we will have a quiet knight and comfortable sleep.Since starting we made 415 Miles, if this would be a business we would be bankrupt! Even our big Genaker falls down.We used the time to practice. We are ready. read more...


29/11/2013

Webster - Log 8 - What a difference a day makes - part 2

Thursday 28th: Morning all...here we are after a gorgeous sunrise on a course of 255 with a lovely breeze blowing us in the right direction. But, like all good things they come to an end and by 11am the wind started to drop off again, so we cleaned the boat inside and out, washed the tea towels and generally did housekeeping. By noon the wind had gone completely! The grib files were suggesting wind after 12 hours or so to the west so we decided to invest some fuel budget in getting over to it. Having temporarily turned off the engine at 1300 for the SSB net we took the opportunity presented and myself, Carl and Albert dived over the side into a mill pond. The water was a lovely temperature.Set off again under engine and were surrounded by dolphins again.Carl made a chicken stew for tea,. read more...


29/11/2013

La Rochelle - half way la rochelle

La Rochelle and crew celebrate their halfway mark with a delightful dinner. Tonight's fare consisted of tender seared sirloin of pork served in an apricot and black pepper jus with French beans and baby new potatoes.....followed by fresh pineapple set in a watermelon gelatine topped with creme freche and a smattering of dark chocolate.......culinary delights abound......and satisfied crew all round....Nigella eat your heart out . For those uneducated , meat and 3 veg followed by pineapple and jelly and a slab of chocolate.Yesterday motored all day , breeze light and variable, but came across a patch of northerly at 10 knots, screamed along for a hour under main and asso at 7.5 knots , but it was short lived, breeze died out to bugger all.Stopped for lunch, again and took another dip in. read more...


29/11/2013

Surya - De eerste dagen

Dag 1 is meestal chaos. Niemand voelt zich volledig fit. Er wordt nauwelijks fatsoenlijk gegeten. Iedereen valt maar ergens neer of ligt te pas en te onpas wat te slapen. Gelukkig weet Jos voordat het donker wordt nog een soort canalonis uit de supermarkt in de magnetron warm te krijgen. Volgens het etiket is de inhoud van één doosje voldoende voor twee personen. Als de voorziene rolletjes weg zijn, barst iedereen nog van de honger. Dan maar nog eens dezelfde hoeveelheid. Zodra het donker is geworden beginnen we aan onze eerste wachten. Jos begint om 18.00 uur, Mario om 20.00, Roy om 22.00 en Jac om 00.00 uur. Daarna moet Jos om 2.00 uur weer zijn kooi uit enz. enz. Iedereen zit dus twee uur in z`n eentje aangelijnd in de kuip. Vanaf `s morgen 10.00 uur tot. read more...


Surya - De eerste dagen
Surya - De eerste dagen
29/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - NADA!

Still no wind!We managed to avoid running the engine until about 0600 this morning when we had completely stopped.Then the fan belt broke and Skipper had to put on a new one. Much swearing and sweating and all careful stowage decimated in order to find spares and tools turning 41 foot home to 41 foot shed in 5 minutes flat! By the time he had fixed it the wind had returned albeit SE but we will take whatever is on offer even if it means a beat to St Lucia! From our radio talk this morning everyone else is 'in the same boat' and feeling rather frustrated.At least we have no deadlines to meet until 21st December when family arrive in St Lucia and we have oodles of supplies of everything.There are much worse places to be marooned...mustn't grumble!From the forecast it looks as though. read more...


29/11/2013

Northern Child - Northern Child Blog and humour

Distance to go 2087 nm @060029/11/13 Distance Travelled so far 757 nm Position  (satat nav station trying to type at 25 degree heel angle) 22 23 684 N 25 08 079W   Lunch today we are going for a wrap option ofvaried fillings ham cheese peppers tomatoes Dinner will be baked fresh Dorado caught as thesunset last night  The day yesterday was a challenge as the winds werelight and the sun very hot we ghosted along at 3-4 knots for most of the day. Asevening came so did the breeze as predicted 15-20 knots on the beam (that's theside of the boat). News of our placing is creating quite an atmosphereon board everyone trying to do a little bit more we have a great wind angle andcan feel Northern Child surging on with a will to eat the ScarletOyster. There is a weather system. read more...


29/11/2013

Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole

If our last post (Nov 25th) closed with “… and happy to be underway”, this one must start with “hoping to get going soon!” After some amazing sailing this past monday in beautiful weather and nice winds, Stuart’s reel went “whiiiirrrrr” and we hooked a Mahi. The boys wrestled to pull him in; alas, we hate to admit the little fish got away just before we got the gaff from below deck to secure him.  Arghh. Undoubtedly such a defeat could not be endured for long, and we’ve since caught a nice little tuna, which made a great meal - turned in sesame seeds, pan roasted, alongside a serving of wasabi mashed potatoes (pressure cooked) and beautifully sautéed eggplant!   Hail to the chefs Ed & Anton! Monday night also saw us with our first real setback:  our A2 gennaker (used. read more...


28/11/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper Day 5

Day 5 on the Silver Slipper. Sorry that we have been soquiet onboard but we are having too much fun. At 09.47 this morning we had done500 miles. Our course is very erratic if you are following us on yellow brick aswe are chasing the wind and intend to go south round the east of the Cape Verdesand try and catch some Easterlies to St Lucia, a long way round but its wherethe wind seems to be. Although disappointed with the lack of wind and no signof the trade winds, we have managed to keep our spirits up by catching fish,swimming in the Atlantic, candle light (torch) suppers becalmed as the sunsets,flying kites off the stern, making silly home movies, learning to play theguitar, cooking, telling jokes and generally having a great time. Not the sortof sailing we had all planned and dreamed. read more...


29/11/2013

Milanto - Blog day 4 27 Nov

Night of day 3 quite eventful with strong winds and high seas requiring two reefs in mainsail but progress was good both distance and direction. Wind 25 knots at times.Rest of day was over cast and squally. We caught a big one just as dinner was about to be served. 30 knots of wind and heavy rain for about 20 mins. In addition we were now heading in the wrong direction and it looked like we might be in for another rough night so we stayed reefed down but it did not materialise and by morning the skies were clear and we were becalmed.Karl and Nick on the 3am to 7am watch had a night fright, we were keeping an eye on a yacht on our port beam right on the horizon. When when we next looked there was an orange glow where the yacht had been it looked like a fire ! Then the glow turned into two. read more...


Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
29/11/2013

Aditi - Day 5 at sea; Talking Filty

Motoring toward Mindelo during all of today's daylight hours but as soon as darkness fell we picked up a 7-10-12kn southeasterly so are doing over 6-7kn under full sail (unusual as we normally reef at night being a family crew). It's totally dark. Staring into the blue black of the radar at 1.30am and hallucinating over the pretty colours of orange and light blue which could be a boat, waves or rain! Amongst flashbacks of a Pink Panther in 12 inch heels not counting sheep but counting filters...how many are there on this boat? 3 watermaker, 2 hydraulic, 2 eng oil, 3 fuel, 3 water pumps, 1 fresh water, 2 sea strainers, 1 bilge. 17 perhaps?Talking of radar let's talk visibility. I was getting a large number of echoes last night at about 6am and I knew one was an ARC yacht due to the AIS. read more...


29/11/2013

Idea of London - Message From the Crew guest writer

VQ Ocean Race Team update.Almac here. It's been an eventful few days already!Go off to slow start hampered by low winds on first eve driving us further south than we wished.Caught up somewhat and then ran into a big squall on second night which was really testing - all hands on deck in pitch black to bring down the kite with boat racing along at 24 knots just on mainsail - sheet rain and crashing waves made for a sleepless wet night for all. Generator packed up so no cooked food norhot coffee - tepid boil in the bag from the hot water tap....conversation already dominated by ideal menus for once we step off the boat. Trying our ingenuity for concocting menus - today we started with some hummus from tinned chickpeas - followed by some Tom Ka warm (and seriously spicy) noodle soup. read more...


29/11/2013

Hebe - Day 5 27.11.13

20:14:18N  025:15:04Happy to announce this evening that as from 4pm we found a good southerly breeze and turned RIGHT heading straight for the Caribbean! The butter never did melt and we're still in anoraks but things are a lot better than last night when we had to motor very noisily and smellily all night. The sea was like an oil slick lit by the stars. We watched Venus set in the west and Jupiter rise in the east, a very sweet little cradle moon shone at the end of the night. Imo and I tried to sail once imagining some wind but the sails just flapped and woke everyone up. It was a funny old day with dead calm sea, we thought we'd caught a monster fish but it bit through the line. Apparently Haig has caught tuna and had sashimi, rats and double rats.Anyway Peter has been whistling. read more...


Hebe - Day 5 27.11.13
Hebe - Day 5  27.11.13
28/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

22,30    20 N 33W   Une journee qui a commence tres calmement avec du soleil, une temperaturequi monte, et une mer d`huile>. On a failli aller se baigner, et notrehesitation nous privera peut etre de toute occasion  bain oceanique, parceque le vent s`etablit peu a peu depuis l`apres midi> La nous sommes a 22-24knts de vent, et sans vague encore formee le Blue Ocean trace a 10-11 knts. Lameteo s`annonce bien avec un vent qui devrait rester etabli pour les deuxprochains jours, a peu pres au travers, Fred en pleine forme  a sorti une magnifique dorade coryphene, etLaurent un thon avec une aisance qui trahit l habitue des peches de notable.   JH n`aurait sans doute pas tarde a faire de meme, mais avec 15 kg au moinsde poisson dans le frigo, on n a pas. read more...


28/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 4

2013-11-28, 1500Nach dem großartigen Abendessen(Kartoffelauflauf mit Faschiertem, Zucchini,Tomaten usw., das Ganze mit Käse überbacken) waren wir dann alle einbisschen schläfrig. Und leider nicht nur wir, auch der Wind ist eingeschlafen und so mussten wir die Nacht über motoren.Um Mitternacht, beim Wachwechsel, haben wir dann mit einem Gläschen Rum aufden 60sten Geburtstag von unserem Chefnavigator, Gunther, angestoßen. Auch hier noch mal alles Gute von der Crew und vom Skipper (und vom Benny). Die restliche Nacht verging mit „entspanntem“ Motoren und keinen Besonderheiten außer einem Ausweichmanöver, als ein Frachter auf Kollisionskurs war (habenwir aber mittels Radar und AIS alles gut im Griff gehabt).Beim ausgiebigen Geburtstagfrühstück gab es dann für den Gunther noch T-Shirts als. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 4
Selivra - ARC Tag 4
28/11/2013

Dragonfly - Super Wind

Den ganzen Tag dümpeln wir vor uns hin. Kein Wind. Hin und wieder versuchen wir die Segel zu setzen, aber es reicht nicht.Heute haben wir die Uhr um eine Stunde umgestellt und es wird auch langsam merklich wärmer. Nachts brauchen wir die dicken Jacken nicht mehr.Hajo kümmert sich wieder uns Abendessen. Grade als es auf dem Teller war, rauscht meine Angel ab. Den ganzen Tag muckt sie nicht, aber wenn das Essen auf dem Tisch steht....Ich springe sofort auf und bin rechtzeitig da, bevor der Fisch die komplette Schnur gezogen hat. Leider hat er nicht richtig zugebissen und läßt sofort wieder los. Ich hole die Angel ein, ist ja auch schon spät. Nachts wird nicht geangelt. Wieder am Tisch, hat Volker schon abgeräumt. Dabei war ich noch lange nicht fertig. Nach dem Abendessen kommt etwas Wind.. read more...


Dragonfly - Super Wind
Dragonfly - Super Wind
28/11/2013

Idea of London - Blast Reaching, 27N 28W

Hello World,For all those of you in the US or with US interests =Happy Thanks Giving. Probably one of the best holidays in the history of holidays.Just Food, and Love and Family.No cards, no music, no costumes.Just fill your belly with Turkey and stuffing and pies and and.Then fill your hearts with Love and family.And wine.I almost forgot the wine gotta have the wine too. So for those of you celebrating:Happy Happy Joy Joy.Bring you back out to the water:Last night was some of the most unbelievable sailing.We were blast reaching through the night.Wind, 14 - 16 knots.Wind angle 40 degree's, and the boat ripping through the ocean at a rate of knots averaging 12 - 13 with peak speeds regularly topping out over 17.A couple of drivers even managed to get her up into the 20's.Just. read more...


28/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 8 - And the hammerhead said..

We had another super supper cooked by Yoyo last nightwhich included a Marbella chicken with apricots and olives with pasta and forpudding some rum flambé banana pancakes - some 5 star cooking forsure! Sam, Victoria and I then settled in for our watch at 7pm,which really was some champagne sailing. The night skywas spectacular, blanketed with stars and this is when Sam'sstar-gazing app on his iPad became our entertainment for our shift.Meanwhile, the boys and Yoyo settled in to watch a film, Zero DarkThirty in the saloon (yes this is a luxury cruise - although a 4am shift isnever ideal!).    At about 1am it started to get very choppy and the windpicked up to about 12 knots - those who weren't on watch certainly started. read more...


28/11/2013

Zingara - hallo liebe freunde

hallo liebe freunde und beobachter dieser 2013 er ARC!nun sind wirbereits 4 tage auf dem gr teich, wo s lang geht, weiss keiner so genau.eine ungewoehnliche tiefdrucklage zwingt uns zum pokern, und wir sind volldabei. eine kleine moeglichkeit, totaler flaute zu entgehen, liegt inunserem kurs weit noerdlich der normalen route. nachts wird teilweisemotort, das stabilisiert etwas die segel. wie wird der freitag? wir rechnenmit wind, das hauptfeld duerfte zeit zum schwimmen haben. so, genug fuerden moment, wetter heute war traumhaft! also, tschuess bis spaeter, skippero captain ? ernsti. read more...


28/11/2013

Bella - New restaurant open for one night only ...

.. here's us dining chez Bella of London this evening! Our kitchen is open and taking orders for any fellow competitors looking for drive thru' dining options out here in the Atlantic this evening. Marinated, roast pork chops with tasty, veggy couscous and cherry clafouti for dessert. Well done, Roy! We're just missing the Sauv Blanc :o(28112013 ARC PM4 001. read more...


Bella - New restaurant open for one night only ...
Bella - New restaurant open for one night only ...
28/11/2013

Shelduck - Thu 28 Nov Cruising Skipper

Thu 28 13:00 22:46.888N 19:43.912W Distance travelled 103 miles in24h.   Our Skipper is in ‘cruising mode’ and it seems we have taken one of themost easterly routes south to avoid the rain further west.  We may havesailed an extra 20-30 miles to avoid the rain, but it means we have stayeddry!  Don’t want a warm muggy sauna like cabin before its unavoidable...   We were able to do some motor sailing through the night but we were mostlymotoring in 3-5 knots of wind directly on the nose. The wind frees at sunriseand follows the sun round to be on the nose again at dark. We topped up thediesel from jerrycans on deck, 40 litres at 08:08 and she’s using 1.6 litres perhour at 2,000 rpm.   When the moon rose last night it was very tropical looking, like a hugebanana on. read more...


28/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log Day 5

After a delicious Dorado supperprepared expertly by Niki, David and Fabio the evening watches got off to a goodstart.  However as the nightprogressed, so did the clouds and it wasn’t long before some heavy showers setin and whoever was unfortunate enough to be on the helm got a good soaking.  The early hours brought little wind andwe found ourselves bobbing around and not making any progress.  Just before dawn Matt made the decisionto turn on the engine and so we motored on into Thursday morning, a littledisheartened at the lack of excitement.  Our spirits were brightened veryshortly afterwards when a pod of 6 dolphins appeared and played at the bow.  The word must have spread through thedolphin population that we needed some entertainment as we were joined later. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log Day 5
Great Escape of Southampton - Log Day 5
28/11/2013

Windleblo - Day Three

We caught a fish!It was a five pound dorado caught using a magic lure. The lure is magic because it was given to us in Cavtat, Croatia, by the captain of a Dutch boat who said it had been given to him with the caveat that as soon as he caught a fish, he had to pass the lure along to another cruiser, which he faithfully did, and we were the beneficiaries. Martin prepared the dorado as a starter for our evening meal.So now that we have caught a fish we will have to pass the lure along. But probably not before we catch a few more as we have about 2,300 miles to go before we are stopped near another boat. Perhaps the lure will then continue to make its way around the world.Other highlights today:John Hoopes put in his first service as SSB radio Net Controller for the Noon ARC radio net,. read more...



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