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Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
Jus' do it 5 - Photo from ARC 2012
15/12/2012

Rafiki - The aftermath of an 11 hour gale

Cally writes:Thursday 13th December 2012Sailing this ocean is like moving seamlessly through a series ofdifferent rooms. We are in a completely different "room" now, to thescary black one we were in last night.Today the weather has been beautifully sunny and mercifully cool, bycomparison to the horrible, close stickiness we had before the gale.We have had fun this afternoon averaging 9 kts with the spinnaker andare making good progress, ahead of a forecasted hole in the wind,which is set to last for the rest of our journey to St. Lucia.It's a pity that this will mean motoring (unless we want to be at seafor an extra week!) - especially as our aim in not using our enginethrough our last calm was to manage to sail the whole way.Ironically, if we had motored then, we would have got ahead of. read more...


15/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 16 - the finish! - an ode at the end...

Wednesday 16th December 2012It's been doom and gloom since we lost our boomand the rain has never stopped falling,we've been soaked to the skinbut we'll take it on the chinas the sea has been our callingAs food supplies dwindlepower's low on the kindlewe wonder how far we've to gothe sails are in tattersbut the racing still mattersnever heed the carnage belowWhen we hear "land ahoy!"you can imagine our joythe end of the voyage is nearcocktails, rum on the beachit's almost in reach!and we're just about out of boat beer......The final hours.......We try hard to reach Rodney Bay before sundown but are less than an hour too late. We cross the finish line at 1818hours local time and are we glad to hear that horn!There are however, a final few challenges - the headsail furler is jammed so we. read more...


15/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 15 - yahoo wahoo 2!

Tuesday 11th December 20121200hrs GMT (12th) - miles in last 24 hours - 163POSITION - 14'26 N, 059'45WAt last we get what we asked for - a lovely sunny day, puffy white trade wind clouds and a landed wahoo!There's not quite enough wind - 10-15 knots, 6-7 knots boat speed. Still hopeful we'll get in Wednesday pm in daylight.We enjoy our fish with fried potatoes and salad - McPhail's favourite meal. We're all pretty exhausted now - the watches and helming are taking their toll and we're all looking forward to getting there. Three of the crew have come down with colds so Gordon is on constant contamination alert - no drinking out of bottles!. read more...


15/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19

As predicted we’re now in motorboat mode. We had some gentle sailing for afew hours yesterday afternoon but the wind evaporated and we’ve been at slowengine speed ever since. Still the sea is calm so we aren’t lurching aboutuncomfortably and the stars were superbly bright last night (the moon is just atiny crescent, from the bottom, so looks like a Cheshire Cat grin).  Rich cooked the last of our fresh steak last night in a delicious Italianbeef stew and we sat in the pilothouse watching War Horse on the laptop whilstConstance the electronic autopilot kept us pointing towards Saint Lucia.   Today has dawned hot and sunny so we stopped the engine and the three chapsjumped over the side for a swim. Wow, really warm water! We were surprised tofind dozens of little rubbery Klingons. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19
Maunie of Ardwall - A Motoring Maunie on Day 19
15/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 19 by Lon

180 miles to go!!! The countdown has started!!!We just hope our engine won´t decide to give up, because there isabsolutely no wind. The engine stopped twice in the past 2 days, we had tochange the filters ourselves for the first time. I don´t think it was easycrawling into a boiling engine room while the boat was rolling a lot. Mumand dad only had the 3 of us for assistance as Robert fell quite badly justbefore. As always the 3 of us weren´t exactly taking things very serious soour help was pretty useless, we basically just handed them buckets andthrew things overboard. Luckily the second time we had to change afilter Robert was able to help out, and the rest of us just slept rightthrough it. For some reason these things always happen at the mostinconvenient times, like during dinner or. read more...


15/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos

Here are a few photos as promised. The sailing shots from the ARC finish were by Tim Wright. We are all enjoying the hospitality and glorious weather at St Lucia, still trying to fix various faults on the boat as usual! Hope the weather in Scotland is not too Baltic! Dave Sturrock. read more...


Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
Ceilidh of Lorne - Ceilidh Photos
15/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 18 Solslikking

En tålmodighetsprøve, risiko for hjerteinfarkt og sekunder fra å bli gal!Tripptelleren har tatt ferie sammen med speedometert, og vinden – ja, den er eteventyr for seg selv... Med kort avstand til land ligger vi fortsatt er ute ådupper og venter på at seilene atter skal fylle seg opp. Etter mye klaging,sutring og forbannelse over værguder og værmeldere (ja, for det er jo deresfeil!), tar vi oss selv i å ligge på dekk og slikke sol, med en pils i hånden,et blikkstille hav og skyfri himmel – og bare klage! Vi kommer frem til at vihar det faktisk bare bra. Å klage over denne tilværelsen blir i ganske mangentilfelder bare feil.  Vi nyter dagene i sola, med godt selskap og godehistorier. På nattevakten ligger jeg og ser på stjernene, styrer roret med beinaetter relativ peiling på Stella. read more...


15/12/2012

Hera - Ölige See

ImLaufe der Nacht ist auch der letzte Lufthauch eingeschlafen – der Alptraum einesjeden Seglers: Eine ölige See soweit das Auge reicht.Fürdie letzten Stunden unserer Atlantiküberquerung hat sich Rasmus endgültig zurRuhe gebettet. Da hilft auch kein Sherry mehr.Umdie unerträgliche Hitze im Cockpit zu ertragen (Zum Glück konnte ich gestern denAutopiloten wieder zum Leben erwecken.), werden wir wieder ein Sonnensegel ausBettlaken aufspannen. Die Lust zum Rudergehen hat erheblich abgenommen.Malsehen, ob es mit den Eiswürfeln aus dem Tiefkühlfach wird. Gestern Abend hattenwir unter einem phantastischen Sternenhimmel dank Henrys Apple eine tolleDiashow aller bisher von der Crew geschossenen Fotos.Noch138 sm bis Rodney Bay! Stefan. read more...


15/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 18: Wo die Frustration keine Grenzen kennt...

(in Anlehnung an U2´s famosen "Where the streets have no name" Hit).Dieser Blogeintrag wird geschrieben am 15.12.2012, Morgens zwischen 5:30 und 8:00 Uhr. Also einen Tag später als die Ereignisse selbst. Aber etwas Abstand von den Dingen ist ja bekanntlich immer gut.Der Tag begann mit der Erkenntnis, das wir handeln müssen. Die ganze Nacht sind wir ziellos durch die Flaute getrieben und die "Wettervorhersagen" (...werde ich ab jetzt immer nur noch in Anführungszeichen setzten) melden einvernehmlich Flaute bis Montag.Also handeln!Also irgendwie die Leine aus dem Propeller bekommen!Die Sonne geht auf und mein Plan zur Lösung dieses Problems steht:Ich binde mir einen Rettungsknoten auf den Bauch (spezieller Knoten mit einer Leine um Menschen am Oberkörper abbergen zu können), daran machen. read more...


15/12/2012

At Last - New Blogs Posted!

At Last just updated their blog for their trip from Richard’s Bay to Cape Town.  Please visit the site at www.sailingatlast.com.. read more...


Murphy - ... and lunch at Spinnakers restaurant, looking out towards Pigeon Island
Murphy - ... and lunch at Spinnakers restaurant, looking out towards Pigeon Island
Murphy - Breakfast with champagne
Murphy - Breakfast with champagne
Murphy - .... and finding it - St Lucia on the horizon
Murphy - .... and finding it - St Lucia on the horizon
Murphy - looking for land...
Murphy - looking for land...
Murphy - The last happy hour - at the wheel
Murphy - The last happy hour - at the wheel
Murphy - The last happy hour at sea
Murphy - The last happy hour at sea
15/12/2012

Murphy - If* (a picture paints a thousand words...) – Supplementary log Days 17 and 18

A few images from our last day at sea andour first day onland Footnote: * If, originally by Bread and famously reprisedby Telly Savalas Andrew,Lucinda, Jake and Jeff Friday ,14th December 2012 in StLucia. read more...


15/12/2012

Johanem - Shooting Stars and Land (very nearly) ahoy.....

I am sure that each of us will include the sky at night on our list of highlights from this trip .... we have spent hours trying to identify the constellations, tell the time from the stars, work out just how large the universe is and, of course, wonder how many other planets have intelligent life and how many of them have "people" bobbing about in a boat looking up to their sky to see us! To top it all, last night we were treated to one of the most spectacular displays of shooting stars that any of us have seen. Apparently, Dec 6 to 16 is the best time of the year to spot Shooting Stars, and the Atlantic has to be the best place to see them... on our watch last night we must have seen 25 or so, one or two leaving massive trails in the sky. A fantastic finale to our time on board. And it. read more...


15/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - NO WIND and what have we learned 2?

This trip does not come easy. Escaping to the Westof 50degrees made us miss the thunderstorm but it left us with nowind. The engine has been running since last night and itmakes about 24 hours (Im writing at UTC 23). Local time on board is minus 3hours now from UTC. Makes it easier with daylight and when we get to StLucia. So today we had lovely sunshine, big swell, no windand 28 degrees C. Not sailing is boring but also less work, forsome. For the technician on board it is always check andcheck. And having a propeller rotating under the boat can mean a lot of messwith rope, fishing nets etc. So far the sea has looked extremely clean. We seeno floating debris or anything. But our friends on Kaminante have had a bigrope in their propeller. Diving off shore with a pounding 40 ton. read more...


14/12/2012

Spirit - Final days of the crossing

The past few days have seen a mixture of heavy squalls and beautiful sunshine with everyone on deck reading, lazing in a hammock, practising with sextant (James!) or fishing!Stewart has been very active and the competition between Alan and James for the best lure is hotting up!Alan landed the largest fish so far with James' most productive lure.It was gutted and filleted by Dave, battered by Jenny and eaten by everyone within a few hours.Sighted another yacht nearby and chatted with skipper of Reboot on his way to St Maarten with 3 female crew members.It has been amazing how few vessels we have seen on this crossing.Maintaining average speed of 10 KN. Flew spinnaker for a couple of days until both spinnaker poles broke in a heavy squall while double poling.Ceremonial cutting of ham. read more...


14/12/2012

Sunrise - 13.12.2012 - 16. Tag auf See

Der Morgen begrüßt uns an unserem letzten, ganzen Tag auf See mit einemphantastischen Sonnenaufgang, riesigen blauen Wogen und einem frischenWind. Die Stimmung ist gut, auch wenn morgens der Wunsch nach baldigerAnkunft am größten ist. Die Intensität dieses Wunsches folgt, wie fastalle Dinge auf unserer Reise, einem Rhythmus. Morgens, wenn uns dieMüdigkeit der Nachtwachen in den Knochen steckt, ist der Wunsch, St. Luciabald zu erreichen am größten. Das Tagesgeschehen drängt ihn in denHintergrund und spätestens beim Anblick des mit hawaiianischer Musikuntermalten Sonnenuntergangs ist er vergessen. Wir könnten ewig so weitersegeln!Es hat fast den Anschein, als wolle die See uns verabschieden. Wir hattenfür einige Minuten Besuch von einer kleinen Delfinschule, eine riesigeGoldmakrele, 104 cm. read more...


14/12/2012

Sunrise - 12.12.2012 - 15. Tag auf See

Nervosität an Bord, Spannung in den Gesichtern, wir belauern unsgegenseitig. Ist er ein Konkurrent ? Verhindert er mein Glück ? Was istlos ?? Der Skipper hat uns darüber aufgeklärt, dass wir uns ja ininternationalen Gewässern befinden und er daher Trauungen an Bordvornehmen kann, an diesem magischen Datum. 12.12.2012. Und alle wollenDirk heiraten !! Unseren athletischen, braun gebrannten Dirk,Schnuckelchen. Diplomatisch weisst er darauf hin, dass er glücklichverheiratet ist und auch ansonsten unmöglich eine Wahl zwischen seinenBordkameraden treffen möchte. Wir beschliessen also alle, unserenbestehenden Status beizubehalten.Bei schönem Nachmittagswetter haben wir dann noch eine schöne "Patenthalse " hinbekommen. Wie das so geht. Der Wind dreht ein wenig, dieWelle kommt etwas seitlicher,. read more...


14/12/2012

Bardeau - nearly there

Today was brochure sailing. Very hot very sunny sea flatso we decided to stop so that the motleys could test el illustrious skipper theory in 4000 meters of water that ancient primeival motley-eating beasts still survive in these unexplored regions. It was also time to say goodbye to polly the repeating parrot and the remains of Doris. We had kept the remains of everything nasty on the tuna taken out of the freezer and attached to polly with a long line. I stabbed the chum bag ready to set up a shark trail but to my disappointment the motleys who were now in the sea swimming round the boat asked me politely to wait until they had finished. Laughing wildly I allowed them this favour. Anyway, once the cowards had reboarded..not waiting I suppose wasn't really an option we launched polly. read more...


14/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 15 Wind hole

Position: 13:09.098N 53:04.322W Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-14 – 19:30 UTC When is sailor not a sailor? We could get into a discussion about “every port” or perhaps spinach. I am really referring to the use of mechanical propulsion. In Kirk’s language vapourdrive or warp drive in our language a 75hp diesel. Specifically its use instead of wind power and sails. Last night we fell into a wind hole with the gribs showing the same for at least 48 hours. Our will finally cracked in the early hours doing 1.5 knots with a true wind speed of 5 knots albeit in the right direction. The interminable clunk – clank with the rolling caused by the persistent swell and the flogging of the sails does eat away at your resolve to obey the covenant according to Ainsleus. So on went the engine. read more...



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