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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...


28/11/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 4

Rain drenched clothes - 1 guard rails full Leaky hatches mended - 1 Broken toilet seats mended - 1 Bruise review: 20% coverage due south. 10% coverage due north.   Day 4 ... what a day. After a great night of sailing with fair winds andamazing star coverage, the boat awoke to the doldrums effect - we can't be thatfar off course surely?! Bikinis were out in force from early morning as the crew maintained someserious tan-watch. By mid-morning, with sleep caught up, the girls broke out therubber (gloves) and deep cleaning (the boat) followed. A little magic and fairydust and Hotstuff is sparkling once more on the millpond that once was known asthe Atlantic. A visit to Charlotte's grocery was in order to see what survived a night ofbeating upwind. After trawling our way through the. read more...


28/11/2013

Free Spirit - 28 Nov Richie's log

25 Nov to28Nov (Richie’s log) I am writingthis at 10:00 on 28th Nov. The sea has a completely calm, flat,mirror-glass look about it this morning and the air is totally still. Having hadan uncomfortable, rocky night last night, we are now in the doldrums. We areheading in a south, south westerly direction to try and catch the trade windswhich will take us across to the Caribbean. DOLPHINS! … a large pod of dolphinsjust appeared about 100 metres away but they didn'’t come and play – just goingabout their daily business… We are about 280 nautical miles west of a placecalled Nouadhlbou on the west coast of the Sahara and have travelled 530NM,mostly south from Gran Canaria. TURTLE! … a little turtle was just swimmingalong 3 metres away aahhh … and we are about 300NM north of the Cape. read more...


Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Nachrrag - Erster Fisch
Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Nachrrag - Erster Fisch
28/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 5. Tag - Nachtrag - Erster Fisch!!!

Heute haben wir unseren ersten Fisch gefangen!!! Eine Dorade - die wird morgen gebraten:-)! Leckerschlecker!Tom. read more...


28/11/2013

Diva - Hobbypsychologenwetter at its best - Segeln kann so schön sein.

Die Nacht begann mit erheblichen Drehern auf der Kreuz bei 10 bis 15 Knoten Wind. Der Himmel heiter und im Zusammenspiel mit den wie Atompilzen (Cumulus Nimbus) in den Himmel ragenden Schauerzellen und Regenbögen, ein für mich beeindruckender Anblick. Ich nannte diese Dinger nachher eine mobile Waschstraße. Erst drehte der Wind bis um über 100 Grad, briste stark auf und dann Schauerte es heftig. Ergebnis Rauschefahrt und Schiff sauber.Ein anderer Teilnehmer der ARC war uns lange auf den Fersen, verschwand dann jedoch in der Dunkelheit. Gegen Null Uhr ging der Wind für eine halbe Stunde auf Null. Dann kam die nächste Waschstraße und es folgte 15 Minuten Rock´n Roll mit bis über 10 Knoten Fahrt, bei so gut wie keiner Welle. Der heftige Regen dabei störte nicht. Daraufhin folgte die TOTALE. read more...


28/11/2013

Skyelark of London - Sweet sailing off Africa.

So, yesterday we got all cleaned up and had our first fishing success from which Dan prepared an excellent light lunch of baked fish and couscous salad. Just beautiful. This morning we woke up to yet another amazing calm day off the Moroccan coast enroute to the Cape Verde Islands. An impromptu rebuild of the fishing rod for improved stability and the reading of several pages from several novels by various crew members filled the morning, with Kit even getting the sextant out and having a play.Fleet updates indicate that our strategy of going south fast and direct might pay off in the long run so we are quite pleased with team Bower on the strategic front as well. Light winds overnight forced us to proceed under engine until midday at which point Skyelark spread her wings once more and. read more...


28/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water

Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water As we went to bed on day 4 the bilge was full of water and the water tank gauge empty! I remembered Chris Tibb’s session on Management of Emergencies and his helpful words to the effect “It will all seem better in the morning”. So nothing for it but to go to bed. It didn’t stop me catastrophising in my sleep. Will we die of thirst? In the morning I remembered that the ship was nearly sinking as we left port with the hundreds of coke cans in the bilges. We will not go without fluid but our teeth might rot! My wife is the ace bilge detective having lovingly painted every one in the refit. We turned on the second water tank and water started to gush into the bilge. In a flash she said “It’s coming from under our bed” How did she know this from looking at the. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 5 No Water and Lots of Water
28/11/2013

Millport II - Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 1:Today we left Las Palmas on our boat Millport II.We started sailing around with all the other boats in the bay waiting for the start.I thought it was really exciting but my Mum was a bit scared to have so many boats so close to us.We heard Joel count us down over the radio and after a boom from the Warship we were off!I have never seen so many sail boats at once, it was amazing.Lasagne for dinner, yum yum.Day 2:Today Dad put up the wisker pole so we could go fast.We saw dolphins and lots of other ARC boats.Hurray, I got to watch a DVD before bed.Day 3:We are not going so fast today, there is not much wind but the sun is shining.We decided to try out our new fishing rod and wow we caught our first fish.It was bright green and Dad said it was a MahiMahi.It was only about a kilo so we. read more...


Joy of Shamrock Quay - Swimming Mid Atlantic
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Swimming Mid Atlantic
28/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 27.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Now it is a funny thing this competitive spirit and I have often contemplated whether it is ultimately a force for good or bad? We have all observed it’s manifestations in many situations sport, business, working life, personal life. You often hear people say things like...”Life is a big competition” and there is no doubt that it has driven humans to all sorts of achievement and good outcomes. However, it seems to me it can also be the source of bad things stress, destructive pride, feelings of failure when unsuccessful etc. And perhaps even wars! So here we are on the adventure of a life time enjoying the Ocean, time to think about who we really are – maybe to listen and get to know our inner self better ! – And yet Graham Francis and I cannot help ourselves. read more...


28/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 5 - Mother's Work is Never Done

Not much to report on the sailing front; the  sea has been glassy calm all day with no  wind. We trundle on at 8  knots towardsour decision point off the Cape Verde Islands, no one else in sight. A pic ofthe captain  at work taking the noon  sight has been posted. Pleasenote the highly technical instrument in his assistant David’s left hand. So onto domestic matters.   Every five days one of us is not on sailing watch - instead we are on‘Mother’ watch and standby. This does not mean  a  day of rest.Preparing breakfast, lunch, and tea; tidying and cleaning the boat; and doingany other chores means that mother is usually run off her feet – althoughwith  the water rationing, there is no clothes washing and washing up is acommunal effort in. read more...


28/11/2013

Aditi - Rotting vegetables and chocolate cake

Day 4 at seaFollowing a dawn calm reaching into a southerly wind at up to 6 knots before reefing down as darkness fell to make 4 to 5kn on a course of 220 deg. Rain showers, which missed us, disturbed wind flow and gradually reduced boat speed to 1-2kn. Motoring again until 7am when sails were set for a couple of hours before wind dropped to 5kn. Back under motor. Perhaps the downside of the ARC, as in any rally, is the fixed departure date which has not coincided with a suitable weather window. The option to divert to Mindelo and see Cape Verdes whilst waiting for a weather window is very attractive. An ARC Plus Plus is forming. Alongside yachts Saphir and Catara for almost 24 hours.We thought we had a crew member with seasickness upon departure but turns out that it is a stomach bug. read more...


28/11/2013

Anettine - 27.11.2013

Vi ser på listene at vi heldigvis ikke er de eneste som har blitt lidende av vindstille.Vi fikk en veldig fin start på seildagen og kunne nyte soloppgangen under frisk seilas, men så løyet det igjen.Resten av dagen jaktet vi vind, men måtte nye oss med 2-3 m/s. Vi faller stadig på resultatlisten og vet ikke om det skyldes at de andre er bedre til å seile i liten vind enn oss eller om de andre har bedre forhold. Vi har ikke sett noen andre båter på 4-5 dager.. read more...


28/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 4 - Stars or Planets

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 116 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 455 nautical miles.A little improvement over yesterday. The wind was still very light, however improved in to the late evening, going lighter again in to this morning.Still battling on.As we are heading west, we see a very bright low level star in the night to the south west. As Peter is the astronomy geek on-board, he has some computer software with him, where he can put the position of observation in to the computer application, and it shows an expected picture of the night sky. So, as it turns out,the star is not a star after all, it is actually the planet Venus.We had another sighting of dolphins swimming with us last night. Not sure what species, but they had a funny tail like a seal!Any ideas. read more...


28/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch Luv Nr. 27

           Position 15 Grad 31Minuten N 49 Grad 19 Minuten W Wetter :sternenklare Nacht, kein MondWind NO 4-5, Seegang 2-3Meter„Und was macht Ihr, wenn einer von Euch Nachts über Bord geht?“ Eine immer wieder gern gestellte Frage. Einer von uns geht also über Bord? Michael darf das auf keinen Fall sein. Er am allerwenigsten. Ohne ihn wäre die Luv fahruntüchtig. Außer Michael weiß niemand, wo was in den 87000 Schapps und Schränken, Schubladen und sonstigen Behältnissen der Yachtverstaut ist. „Michael! Wo ist mein Sonnenhut?“ Michael weiß nicht nur, wo das Utensil sich gerade mal wieder versteckt hat, er holt es auch und übergibt es:“Bitte sehr.“ Michael ist der gute Geist der Mannschaft. Er hat den Kaffee schon fertig, bevor nach ihm. read more...


28/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Day 5 - shark thursday

No news has meant no comms.Our Doctor operated with skill over three days to bring it back to life today so duly awarded with praise.In someways its sad to say we are back in the world!.(Good news was saw my new grandaughter for the first time!).Had some fantastic ocean sailing and more 200+ mile days which has ended abruptly in a dead calm 275 miles nnw of Cape Verde islands. In true OV spirit we dropped sail and swam at dawn,fished and caught 4 dorado in an hour and had to stop as it wasn't sporting anymore. What became the highlight of the day was when Ian hung the carcasses on a line and sure enough along came sharkey an hour later, a big 7' blue and with grace gently took his lunch.Then the fun started as we fed him most of our catch and pro cammed it feeding off the back. It now. read more...


28/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Where are the Trade Winds?

We have had a very frustrating 48 hours with little wind and sails flogging. Graham has taught us how to play poker with Monopoly money (his rules though) and this has kept our minds off the flappy cloth thing dangling limply off the bow. At 3am this morning we took the decision to drop the Big Fella and put the motor on with less than 4 knots of true wind we were bobbing at 1.5 knots for over two hours with no flow over the rudder.This is the kind of decision that Jez and I find very difficult and, I have to say, depressing not only because of our love of sailing but also that we are tight farmers.We tried sailing again this morning when our wind increased from 2 to 6 knots, but that soon dropped again making sailing impossible. Three very unhappy bunnies!!So to cheer us up, we decided. read more...


Merlyn III - Noonsight
Merlyn III - Noonsight
28/11/2013

Surya - Surya 4 dagen onderweg

De schipper is 3 dagen ziek geweest (bacteriologische infectie), vandaar pas na 4 dagen een eerste berichtje in het log van Surya. Na 2 dagen antibiotica komt hij nu weer een beetje boven water, maar het is nog lang niet over. De dokter heeft verzekerd dat het goed komt.Het vertrek van de 225 boten uit Las Palmas is altijd een feestje. Iedereen is een beetje opgewonden, toch spannend zo`n oceaan oversteek. Er worden de laatste foto`s gemaakt van de bemanningen in hun beste outfit, er loopt een drumband over de steigers en de kades staan vol met honderden uitzwaaiers.Vrij snel na de start zag het er al helemaal anders uit. Een dikke zwarte lucht pakte zich samen boven de vloot en het  begon te regen. Er stond en koude strakke noorder wind en iedereen was al snel in de. read more...


28/11/2013

Miciadue - Es gibt immer wieder Überraschungen

Die letzten 24 Stunden waren ereignisreich. Gestern gab es selbstbelegte Pizza. Ein Teil des Belags landete seegangsbedingt hinter dem Herd. Das Ergebnis konnte sich aber dennoch sehen lassen und war ausgesprochen lecker. Leider ohne Thunfisch - weder frischen Thunfisch noch aus Dosen. Die konnten wir trotz unseren Stauplans nicht wiederfinden. Endlich fand dafür unser Schinken Verwendung. - Heute Nacht hatten wir eine heftige Schauerböe. Stunden später dann Flaute. Die nutzten wir für ein erfrischendes Bad im Atlantik. Als wir später unsere Bordbatterien überprüften, mussten wir feststellen, dass die Lichtmaschine nicht lädt. Das Ergenis unserer Messungen: Die Lichtmaschine ist offensichtlich defekt. Jetzt heisst es, nicht nur Wasser sparen, sondern auch mit dem Strom sparsam umzugehen.. read more...


28/11/2013

True Colours - We think we may have seen a ripple!!!

There again, maybe not.     Position 21:32.20N 021:45.30W   After a decent wind through the early part of the night, at 05.00 itstarted to drop, and by 07.00 the engine was on.  Needed not only to makeprogress but also to generate electricity. The sea is now glassy, with true wind showing as 1 kn, with very occasionalpuffs as high as 3 Kn.  So we are motoring, but do not expect enough windto sail until about 02.00 tomorrow, and then it will be very light, maybe 6 kn –but we think we can beam reach, and follow the backing wind down until we reachan area of more substantial winds.  But we may have to start to rationfuel, electricity and water, and then food.  What happened to the winds weall expected????   On consequence is that our arrival. read more...


28/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 5 - Hoch hinauf

28.11.2013Jetzt hat uns die Flaute doch ereilt; nach der unruhigen Nacht (allehingen in den Leesegeln) ist das gar nicht so schlecht. Auch Udo hat dieChance zur Decksdusche genutzt (es war herrlich). Seitdem sieht die Frisurauch wieder besser aus (Gelächter der Crew).Vielleicht noch etwas wichtiger: Wir können die Flaute für notwendigeReparaturen nutzen - unter Maschine und Autopilot. Dietmar ist der Helddes Tages. Im Bootsmannsstuhl an Saling 2 polsterte er die Ecken ab. Daswar nötig, weil sie uns ein Loch ins Segel gescheuert hatten. Das Lochhaben wir im Anschluss auf dem Deck mit Zange, Nadel, Faden, Tape,Segelstoff und Frühstücksbrett nach allen Regeln der Segelmacherkunstgeflickt. Wird es bis St. Lucia halten?Kulinarisch ist ein weiterer Höhepunkt zu vermelden: Dieter kann nicht. read more...


28/11/2013

Golondrina - Thursday

It‘s unlikely that anyone watching the 'fleet tracker' isn’t asking the question "What on earth is Golondrina doing ? I thought they were going to St Lucia not South Africa ?" .. So here's what's happened – Today at about midday we noticed Dave's Ipod speakers (and no-one’s knocking his choice of music - we really do like all of those smashing tracks!) has been sitting next to the compass and something about magnets makes them go odd, so and after a very pleasant fisherman from Senegal gave us a few tips about left and right, we're now firmly heading in the right direction. So wouldn't that be a story to tell your kids?   The truth is - we've been monitoring the weather systems and have skirted around a number of them which other fleets have ploughed. read more...


28/11/2013

Ayesha II - Another day dawns

Hi from Ayesha, current pos 20.42.446N 023.09.877W heading towards the Cape Verde islands.Very light winds indeed today, better sailing conditions are forecast albeit not until tomorrow.Picture shows Leslie and the amazing sunrise we had today a gloriously tranquil start to the the day, we all like to do the dawn watch to see the sun coming up after very dark nights as the moon has nearly gone.Caught our first fish yesterday, a mahi mahi and it made for a very pleasant lunch in the cockpit today.--DSCF3383. read more...


Ayesha II - Another day dawns
Ayesha II - Another day dawns
28/11/2013

Moondancer - we've been so busy

Done over five hundred miles now. We’re all starting to get in the swing of it all. Night shift a drag... Night shift a drag … Night shift a drag … Night shift a drag .Having to crush all our cans and put them in separate bags… Fanta orange is the favourite fizzy… not going to last more than a couple of days at this rate.It's nice to see Pauls making a big effort to eat healthy on the trip with a staple diet of 3 Mars bars a day. Go Paul….Yesterdays Atlantic creation was Burger and chips, unfortunately the chips never made it. The chef decided they weren’t up to standard and we had to settle for burger between two slices of bread. Not up to his normally high standards but he’s very particular about his jockey’s whips.My turn to cook tonight , and chef made it easy for me with precooked. read more...


28/11/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena Log 2

Athena log 1– Thursday 28th November 2012 – 1200 hrs I think I will remember the nightsthe most.  Gazing up at the starfilled sky, the great clear form of Orion moving across heaven.  It will be at the top of the mast atabout 2 am, half way through my watch by then.  That’s also when the sky will begin tolighten, as the moon begins to rise and climbs out of the eastern sea.  It will have no top on it.  Only it’s lower quarter to act as alantern.  ‘Tis enough...  For now, the sea is black dark to thedistant horizon, whose line divides the slightly lighter, dark grey sky;occasionally the flicker of a distant vessel’s lights.  It is hypnotic to gaze at.  Even though we are only three days out,I think I will remember the nights the most. . read more...


28/11/2013

Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Swimming Mid Atlantic

On a lovely morning on the Atlantic 650NM SW of Gran Canaria what better thing to do than drop the sales and have a Swim in 5000m of sea water. Can you believe it the temperature of the water was 24C. The Aurora Crew needed some relaxation after 4 daysof variable weather sailing and in preparation, we hope, for some good winds the next two days. But as soon as we saw Zulu behind us, on the horizon, we decided to get on our way! Swimming Mid Atlantic 4 Swimming Mid Atlantic 5. read more...


Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swimming
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swimming
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swim
Aurora - Catamaran Aurora (57) - Mid Atlantic Swim

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