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25/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

20,30 a bord. Le vent s`est releve a 25 knts et le bateau, au portant, abien accelere. Genois en ciseau ou code 0, on marche entre 8 –11 knts sans tropbouger. L`apres midi a d`abord ete belle et ensoleillee avec la breve vision debaleines, l`une tout pres mais quelques secondes seulement . Ensuite un petitpeu de pluie et puis la nuit. Avec elle et sa  perte de support visuel, ilsemble que la kine de Dominique n`aie pas ete suffisante... Mes carbonarazucchini ne sont pas passes chez chacun  :( Avec la meteo qui semble s`ouvrir un peu a l`ouest on a repris une routeplus directe vers Saint Lucia - we`ll see. L`option du Cap Verde semble moinsnecessaire ?On ne sait pas voir les logs des autres bateaux, peut-etre on va arriver ase logger mais on a leurs positions par un systeme. read more...


25/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...

We are over 24 hours and 100 miles in – we’d like to be further butthe wind decided it was a school night last night so went to bed early! We hadfun playing dodge the fleet in the dark so kept ourselves amused, althoughwallowing around in the early hours getting excited when we could make 1 knot ofspeed isn’t quite what we all had in mind!  So time to introduce our illustrious crew...   First and foremost in skipper Matt – a cheerful, chatty typewho will answer any question you have – just be careful what youbelieve! Next comes Mike, our first mate – a super sailing engineer (IT& otherwise) who never-the-less admits a penchant for cheesyeuro-pop. Then there’s Pippa, Mike’s lovely partner who’s alreadylooking after everyone far too well – us girls have got to get these. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...
Great Escape of Southampton - Log day 2 - Let us introduce ourselves...
Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich
Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich
25/11/2013

Diva - Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich

Eingelebt & Routine stellen sich ein, der Wind teilweise auch Nach der Wachübernahme gestern um 24h ließ der Wind stetig nach und ging auf Null zurück. Dafür wurden wir westlich von Marokko beim Rückwärtstreiben durch einen beeindruckenden Sternenhimmel, einer Menge von Sternschnuppen und einem Mond belohnt, der uns eine perfekte Sicht bescherte.Seltsamerweise wurden wir morgens früh gegen 2:30 von einem Segler unter Toplicht bei Null Wind mit deutlicher Fahrt durchs Wasser überholt. Ein Schelm wer etwas Böses denkt. Der Morgen begann dann mit einer leichten Brise und gutem Wetter, der Wind nahm jedoch wieder ab, was uns nicht wirklich nach vorne brachte. Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, die neue Angel ist auch draußen jedoch bislang ohne Erfolg. Selbst Vögel haben wir hier draußen. read more...


25/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 2

We had a rather difficult first night with hopeless winds and at times managed barely two and a half knots. The weather patterns have been disturbed by some big storms in the Northern Atlantic which has displaced the Azores High. However, things have greatly improved  and are presently sailing with a poled out jib and main on the preventer downwind. We have been averaging around 7.5 knots although the wind drops at night. We have around 165 miles on the log; still quite a long way to go. Last night crew morale was greatly improved by a delicious fish stew created by Jonathan and tonight David produced an excellent spicy Sheppard's pie.  So far we have had no technical problems with the boat and all is well.  The attached photo shows a small proportion of the food. read more...


Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave
Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave
Merlyn III - Day 2
Merlyn III - Day 2
26/11/2013

Skyelark of London - 26 Nov - Day Two - On the Ocean Wave

Skipper promised, and Skipper seems to have a good strategy.We got a good start and kept nice winda little by staying a little offshore. Though most of the yachts took more South-westerly course from Las Palmas, we are heading South..South.. South towards the Cape Verde Islands. Nice downwind sailing almost from the start, except a few hours motoring last night due to little wind, we are now cruising 8.5 knots at 2.5 m waves. Almost Goose wings. Great!Fishing is so far nothing to write stories about. As the Norwegian onboard I must regret it, but today There was nobite at all. Food, by the way, is excellent onboard.We are optimistic heading for our way point at Cap V somewhere, to go straight towards St Lucia.WiggoDay 2 Happy hour onSkyelark. read more...


25/11/2013

Idea of London - White Sail Reaching, 27N 18W

Hello hello everyone,For those of you following our tracker you've seen that we had quite aninteresting night of it. Gybes and tacks, sail changes, and periods of notonly not going the direction we wanted, but not going anywhere at all.The stars were out bright and strong unil a blanket of clouds was laid overthe sky. Quite a while later the moon rose and managed to shine throughthe breaks in the clouds. It lit up large swaths of the sea, and even laterinto the night the clousds cleared which allowed light back into our world.The sailing may have been painful at times, but there's no questioning thebeauty of night time in the ocean.Our breeze was, for most of last night and today, very light and fickle. Inthe middle part of the afternoon it finally filled in to a steady 12 - 16knots.. read more...


25/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 5 on the Ocean

GrahamFirstly a big thanks to all our followers, supporters and fans. Apologies for not updating our log sooner.The crew on Joy are now fully into our daily and night time routine. The asymmetric spinnaker has now been up the whole time since our last report less a couple of hours this afternoon. Hand steering is the only option to guarantee best speed and prevent the spinnaker getting wrapped, so one of us is on the helm all the time. Daytime is fine as we are all up and doing odd jobs, cooking, cleaning, reading, trimming sails etc. Night time is more difficult as we each take it in turns, 3 hour watch at a time. The last hour of the 3 hour watch is a real struggle. Loud rave type music is my choice for staying awake, how skip manages to sleep next to the speaker is a mystery. Quality. read more...


25/11/2013

George - 24 hours in and a good start

Hi from SY George.Well, we have just had our second evening meal aboard and the sun is going down on what we are calling day 2.We enjoyed the start yesterday, Tim, our skipper started in very good shape and we were going well right up until the bit where the wind died...fortunately, we came out of it better than a lot of the others, including some of the top racing fleet, it definitely paid to go out away from Las palmas in the short term.We have seen lots of dolphins, had minor gear failure problems, had sunshine and heavy rain, light winds and strong winds and are now going great guns down towards the cape Verde Islands doing over 8 knots in a good breeze from dead behind. It seems amazing how spread out the fleet is already, with only one or two boats visible at a time.The watch. read more...


25/11/2013

Dragonfly - Flautentag

Fast den ganzen Tag Flaute. Wir motoren durch die hohe Atlantikdünung und verbrennen unseren Treibstoff schon zu Anfang unserer Reise.Zwischendurch kommt immer mal wieder Wind auf, aber der hält nicht lange an und wir holen die Segel wieder ein.Um 16 Uhr rufe ich zu meiner täglichen Funkrunde die deutschsprachigen Segler auf SSB und erfahre, daß wir wohl die Ausnahme sind. Fast alle anderen haben 15 bis 20 kn Wind. Kurz nach 13 Uhr melden sich beide Angeln. Hajo hat einen schweren Fisch dran, ich einen "kleinen". Dafür bekomme ich ihn rein, während der von Hajo wieder verschwindet. Edwin holt den Wodka (zum Betäuben) und Hajo steht mit dem Gaff bereit. Nach kurzem Kampf haben wir den Thunfisch an Bord und auch schnell filettiert. Der reicht für zwei ausgiebige Mahlzeiten.Nach der. read more...


25/11/2013

Free Spirit - Sunday 24th November 2013

Well this is it!  The day has arrived!  Today we set sail for S Lucia!  After 19 full on days in Las Palmas we are ready to go!  Yes!!  Our days have been filled with seminars, safety inspections, briefings, problem solving, lists of jobs to be done, repairs and boat shopping and oh yes…. a few parties.  All of this we did without hardly stepping foot outside the marina – except for one day when Peter and I hired a car and spent the day touring the island.  We discovered just what a spectacular island this is with mountains reaching to dizzying heights and canyons plunging to dizzying depths below.  I even started to think  “I feel safer at sea”…..(I know)…Anyway, back to our departure.  We have had the most amazing “send off” . read more...


Free Spirit
Free Spirit
25/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 2, 25 November 2013 Position 26.34.600 North, 15.41.537 West

As promised by the weather man, we had good wind starting out, but almost no wind once we reached the end of the island. Franz did his usual fantastic job in the kitchen, prepairng are spaghetti for dinner, and frankfurters and mashed potatoes for lunch today. Brian is proving to be an excellent yachtsman and a valuable assistant to Manfred. We have currently logged just over one hundred miles versus our goal of 180, but we are picking up better winds now and as we continue heading SW and hopeful the trade winds will develop into a broader band by Saturday or Sunday.Paul Wheeler, aboard Sailboat Azzurra. read more...


25/11/2013

Vild Luxus - Første døgn på Atlanten

25. november 2013Hej alle.Så kom afrejsedagen endelig for Crew Vild Luksus, efter utallige forberedelser og indkøb til turen over Atlanten.Der var flag fra utroligt mange forskellige lande i hækken på de mange både i Las Palmas, akkompagneret af levende hornmusik på broerne i de sidste timer inden afrejsen, de sidste hilsner blev givet og det sidste proviantblev båret om bord på bådene.Festivitassen blev ikke mindre før starten, da folk i hundredevis stod på broerne og så de mange både glide ud af havnen, og hvor dommerbåden var intet mindre end en kæmpe kanonbåd der afgav startskud med øredøvende brag!Det var et stort øjeblik for os alle på Vild Luksus, da vi endelig gled ud af haven, "next stop St. Lucia", ca. 2.800 sømil væk, hold da op!!! Men ude ved starten føltes det helt. read more...


25/11/2013

Firefly - Rock and roll Monday

Monday morning broke to a beautiful warm and sunny day out in the ocean. If the Boomtown Rats had experienced Monday mornings like these they wouldn't have had the inspiration for their hit single! We were accompanied last night with more dolphins and a star filled sky punctuated by shooting stars. Sunday's Northerly wind stayed with us all night, peaking at 25 knots. We have been broad reaching and have posted our best noon to noon run so far at 178 miles. The slight sea state of the first few days has developed and while we are going faster, we are now really rocking and rolling. Life on board is however manageable, its warm enough for tee shirts and shorts in the cockpit by day, a light sweatshirt being required for night watches. Our food and water is holding up well. Sausage baps. read more...


25/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Log Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas

Blue Dolphin says goodbye to Gran Canaria. Photo taken by the boys on Nye Holder.  Our ‘adopted sons’. CarolIMG_2341b. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Log Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
Blue Dolphin - Log Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
25/11/2013

Manihi - Les premières 24 heures

26:16.05N 17:17.88WCa y est ; nous avons passé nos premières 24 heures en mer. Les premiers miles se sont passés avec moins de vent qu'on nous l'avait annoncé et la fin de la journée fut bien calme ; le début de la nuit aussi avec le vent qui tombe complètement et reprend dans des directions inattendues obligeant à des manœuvres répétées ! Vers minuit enfin un vent régulier de NW s'est établi autour de 15 Nds. C'est resté comme ça jusque vers aujourd'hui midi. Nous avons bien avancé avec le spi asymétrique. Depuis le vent a tourné N-NE et nous sommes revenus sous génois ; ce qui devrait continuer pendant la nuit.Coté équipage, les Manihi Boys se portent bien après cette première journée. Personne malade ni mal en point. Bon début tout ça ! Les quarts se sont enchainés sans problème cette. read more...


25/11/2013

Annabella - Log Day 2 - Finding our Feet

Having spent the last week preparing the boat (which we know something about), buying the food (which we know little enough about) we were very pleased to leave the dock and start the ARC. The weather at (and after) the start was livelier than we had anticipated with gusts in the 20s. We then got hit with a downpour which lasted for over an hour. During the soaking we found the furled twin headsail configuration to be a bit of a challenge until we figured out what to do with the sheets. Boat speed was 8-9 knots for the first few hours and that continued for most of the night. We are currently averaging 7 knots with main and headsail with wind from NNW. We followed the ARC advice to head south until we reach approx 20 degrees N to pick up the trade winds and then head west with the. read more...


25/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - The Theroy and the Practice

Those of you glued to our little icon on the yellow brick will, I am sure, have noticed we have not actually been heading directly to St Lucia since about mid night last night. Let me (Colin) try and explain. Firstly, the shortest route across the Atlantic is, on most maps, not a straight line but what is known in the trade as a great circle route. The construction of a great circle route requires special charts or an electronic chart plotter that can do the maths for you. So we left Cape Verde with a series of marks on our charts that took us first very slightly north and then with a series of small adjustments southward to produce something that looks like a small tangent of a very big circle. Then there is the weather. In theory the trade winds (those constant winds which in days gone. read more...


25/11/2013

Defyr - Day two: Weird winds

Last night and today winds have been mostly all over the place. From 2m/s to 15m/s. We should have used the engine, but it would have felt like giving up already the first day, so we just continued with 2 knot speed. Right now we have the mainsail and genoa out as "virsikirja", which means that we have the sails on different sides and going great speed: 7,2 knots!Crew rotation is working fine with five of us, so there's actually possibility to do something else than just sleeping during the time of.We have also started a small betting on our arrival. If you want to join, send us an e-mai of your estimation.Later!Kaija the "First Mate". read more...


25/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Blog Monday 25.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth & Graham Pike. After the excitement of yesterdays start and first few hours we settled down to our first night at sea – for me effectively the first nights proper sailing ever. I have read about the night sky at sea away from light pollution of the land – we have all at times in our   universe – the thought of star light arriving here from stars dead and gone years ago – is there anybody else out there? what would they be like – would they be ‘intelligent’? understand love? Teach and share their resources/experience with us? Save us from ourselves or exploit/enslave or destroy us?  – what would the human race do to others? (whales, dolphins, fish on our own planet!).Star Gazing – Mind boggling – good to have time and peace to do so! Back to the. read more...


25/11/2013

Hebe - Day 2 25.11.13

25:53:15N  17:40:12WGentle rolling seas, not much wind so motoring quite a bit which is dull. Andrew has his usual de tox headache, after the partying of the last week its no surprise. The fruit is swaying in the net with some going off already.  I guess its pretty hard to provide so many yachts with the provisions they need, must have started stocking up months ago.Harry has mended the light in the compass. I spent practically the whole day asleep, why do we do this boating lark? With six of us we get 3hrs on and 6 off so can crash out. I look forward to being capable for more than 3 hrs.Andrew and Peter on dinner duty tonight ha ha!!!Janie Lax. read more...


Defyr - Day one: Defyr's captain Alf and crew (Tuomas, Fredrik, Kaija and Juha) ready for the journey.
Defyr - Day one: Defyr's captain Alf and crew (Tuomas, Fredrik, Kaija and Juha) ready for the journey.
25/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Start and day 1

2013-11-25, 1500Whow what a start ….A grandiose scenery at the Marina, the music, people on the quay and morethan 200 vessels going through the gate to the start line. First sun, thanmuch more wind as expected and rain. The start under the eyes of theSpanish Royal Marine was very exiting. The first 24 hours are behind us,the vessel and the crew worked very well and we lookingoptimistically forward.Und jetzt in unserer Muttersprache :Whow was für ein Start …Aber alles der Reihe nach - es war eine für uns Newcomer, First Mate MrsDagi, Charly, Frank und Gunther, und die "alten Hasen" Hans-Peter (oder HPder Skipper) und sein persönlicher vierbeiniger Leichtmatrose Benni,schon einmalige Situation! Wann wird man schon von mehreren Musikkapellen mitkanarischen Klängen und vielen hundert. read more...


Selivra - ARC Start and day 1
Selivra - ARC Start and day 1
25/11/2013

Hebe - Day 1 24.11.13

Left Las Palmas at long last on a glorious day amid the racket of brass bands, cheering crowds and fond farewells to all our new boaty friends, flags, photos and excitement. All 240 yachts then jostling together to get out of the narrow marina entrance, then off to the start line and the big gun and off we go. A quite unexpected squall then obliterated the entire fleet and we all got a thorough soaking and one boat broke their boom, it was all rather hectic, and not the start we wished.Weird weather after that with the sails up and whizzing along followed by wind holes everyone stopped dead and all the boats just sitting bobbing about.Unevetful first night. Sarah'e spag bol quite delicious.Janie Lax. read more...


25/11/2013

Hera - Kurs Kapverden

Die erste Nacht nach dem Start bescherte uns in Lee von Gran Canaria zeitweise kurze Flauten, so dass unser erstes Etmal bei nur 130 sm lag.Die Taktik vom Start weg direkt Schmetterling zu segeln machte sich bezahlt und wir konnten uns zum Einbruch der Nacht gut plazieren.Wie erwartet haben wir heute nur noch ein halbes Dutzend Mitsegler gesichtet. Von der ARC haben wir bisher noch keine Positionsmeldungen bekommen, so dass wir augenblicklich nicht wissen, wie gut wir liegen. Ich habe bei der Crew erstmal Optimismus erzeugt, indem ich erklärte, dass wir uns wahrscheinlich schon im Feld der Racer bewegen.Die Handlungen der Crew bei den Segelmanövern werden inzwischen sicherer und die Küchenteams spielen sich in der Pantry gut ein.Sollten wir in eine mehrtägige Flaute vor dem Erreichen der. read more...


25/11/2013

Selivra OLD - ARC 2013

2013-11-25, 1500Whow what a start …. A grandiose scenery at the Marina, the music, people on the quay and more than 200 vessels going through the gate to the start line. First sun, than much more wind as expected and rain. The start under the eyes of the Spanish Royal Marine was very exiting. The first 24 hours are behind us, the vessel and the crew worked very well and we looking optimistically forward.Und jetzt in unserer Muttersprache:Whow was für ein Start …Aber alles der Reihe nach - es war eine für uns Newcomer, First Mate MrsDagi, Charly, Frank und Gunther, und die "alten Hasen" Hans-Peter (oder HPder Skipper) und sein persönlicher vierbeiniger Leichtmatrose Benni, schoneinmalige Situation! Wann wird man schon von mehreren Musikkapellen mitkanarischen Klängen und vielen hundert. read more...


Selivra OLD - ARC 2013
Selivra OLD - ARC 2013
25/11/2013

Miciadue - alles im grünen Bereich

Wir laufen mit Butterfly 240 Grad bei 4 Windstärken und bedecktem Himmel. Heute Nacht hatten wir eine kleine Flaute. 135 sm liegen bereits hinter uns. Wir haben nur ein Problem: Wohin mit unserem großen Vorderschinken?. read more...


25/11/2013

Shine - Day 2

They're off. A couple of hundred boats milling around in circles then at 13:00 we were away..............in the rain.Frantic reference to the brochure revealed no reference to oilskins or rain for this particular cruise, but thankfully this was short lived and we were soon roaring along at 12 knots in sunshine.A little local knowledge is a wonderful thing, and many thanks to Jorge for letting us know that standing off the island would pay dividends.Many unfortunate souls sailed straight into the inshore wind hole and waved us on our way.At writing we have been informed that we are leading the race having opted to go further north than any other boat, and have managed an impressive 200 miles in the first 24 hours.A long way to go and many surprises ahead of us, but so far so. read more...


25/11/2013

Beetle - Day 2

What a fantastic start for the ARC 2013.Within hours we sailed dead dead downwind, broad reaching, reaching, beating. Today we have had a beam reach since 5 am this morning. Doing +7 knots all day - slowing a knot or so the last hour.We still have about 5 other vessels visible.Thanks to every one in Las Palmas: Rolnautic, the local rigger, the Yanmar shop, dive shop, fishing shop, Cortes Inglés, Hyper Dino, all taxi drivers and all the restaurants we frequented.Also thanks to the yellow shirt, whom we will meet again on the other side.Can't wait to the steel band extravaganza.BeetleN26.15, W17.01. read more...


22/11/2013

Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter

Sun,shorts, and Duran Duran "Her name is Rio" on repeat, the weather this morning is great after an night of different wind forces, now the sun is up and so is the cruising shute, the great big wave hammeringmachine called Skyelark of London is skipping along with 9 knots of speed, the crew is happy and enjoying them self. No fishing though, hope tomorrow will be the day when we haul Moby Dick in on my lucky lure, yes mine is off course the best, I named it Horriatio the squid. Times up and I don't want to waste any more time talking to you when I could sit in the cockpit sailing away!bye :-DPeter!blog 2. read more...


25/11/2013

Second Wind - 25 Nov - first blog

Welcome to the first blog of Second Wind. Having spent two weeks in Gran Canaria doing all those little jobs which one does before an Atlantic crossing, and a slightly bigger job (when the rigging inspection uncovered the fact that the standing rigging replacement carried out only 2 years ago in Greece was not so hot). We are now on our way. With our clothes (but not our enthusiasm) dampened by a wet and windy start. We have had a mixed bag of winds, not necessarily abiding by the forecast and we are presently hard on a HEADWIND.At least we have a great view of the rest of the fleet from our slot down the back.All on board fit and well so far.. read more...


Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter
Skyelark of London - 25 Nov - Day One - Hi from Peter
Manali - Off to a flying start chasing down the French
Manali - Off to a flying start chasing down the French
25/11/2013

Incisor - Daily blog

We are 24 hours into the race and already we have seen a whole host of different conditions – upwind, downwind, no wind, lots of wind! The atmosphere on the pontoon was one of nervous anticipation, with everybody eager to set sail. The conditions were excellent at the start line with 15 knots of wind from the north west as a Spanish naval ship fired the gun to set us off. It was a spinnaker start and there was little room for manoeuvre as the other yachts in our class jostled to make an early lead. We made good progress through the fleet, soon catching a number of multihulls which had set off before us. But the satisfaction wasn’t to last long as a squall came through forcing us to take down the spinnaker to be replaced with our number 4 jib. It was with this headsail – and with Franz at. read more...


25/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 1 - Lost in Space

24.11.2013Logbuch-Eintrag Nr. 1 der Enterprise alias Queen F.:Der Atlantik – unendliche Weiten … davon merken wir noch nichts. Nachbeeindruckender Verabschiedung mit div. Blaskapellen und noch mehrZuschauern ist Gran Canaria um 20 Uhr an Stb. noch sichtbar. Aber nichtnur das! Vor, neben und hinter uns kreuzen die anderen, kommen uns z.T.erschreckend nahe, die erste Kollision konnten wir erfolgreich verhindern.Endlich haben wir es erlebt: das Manöver des letzten Augenblicks.Ausgeführt vom Skipper persönlich.Die erste warme Mahlzeit auf See haben wir nach dem Sonnenuntergang zu unsgenommen und genossen. Petra war Smudje. Mojo verde heißt das Zauberwort;da macht es auch nichts, dass die Kartoffeln mit Meerwasser gekochtwurden. Die Mannschaft fügt sich dem Wachplan, obschon wir in. read more...


25/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht 1. Nacht "Sweet as a Candy Cane"

Nacht vom 24.11 auf den 25.11.2013Die erste Nacht während der ersten ARC mit diesem Skipper und der Crew liegt hinter der Queen Frederica... Und alle sind froh, dass sie so positiv verlaufen ist. Der Skipper, als er dann doch völlig uebermuedet einschlief in seiner Koje, traeumte nur ganz selig von Zuckerstangen, und zwar einem ganzen Haufen. Zack, als der herrliche Traum aus war, gabs aber keine... Die schönsten Sachen gibt es auch auf der Queen scheinbar nur imSchlaf...Aber der erste Morgen war für alle ganz toll: Endlich kein Land mehr in Sicht.Hoffentlich werden alle Morgenanbrüche so schön, wie der erste.AHOY. read more...


25/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 1 - Finally off on our trip

Hello EveryoneDistance logged today - 100 nautical milesThe last morning before the start was a rather hectic one.We decided to check the Genekar sail, that had been recently repaired, to make sure that it had been packed properly. When we unpacked it, we saw that the sail-maker had not repaired the sail! So at 10:00 am, it was a dash to the sail-maker to have him make the repair. We got the sail back on-board 15 minutes before we left for the start of the rally. A little too close for comfort!In addition to that we got the Genekar halyard wrapped around the rigging, so I had to go up the mast, to the top, to release the wrap.After all of that, we proceeded to the start.As we left the marina entrance we had a great send off. A band was playing and spectators were packed at both sides. read more...


25/11/2013

La Rochelle - Starboard Tack

We have been on starboard tack for 3 days now, all to hard to jibe.The Bavaria curve as we call it has been kicking in every night, with the breeze clocking left 30 degrees or so, enabling us to point at where we want to go, screamed along last night averaging 8 knots with louvre again doing a wonderful job, for a person who is blind and drives on feel. The breeze should continue to go left today enabling us to keep on our rhumb line.The radar is working wonderfully well, allowing us to dodge a couple of squalls last night. Our chartplotter has a gremlin and resets every 12 hours, can't figure out why, but enables us to keep on the "new" rhumb line nicely.Analogy: cruising boat under15 knots = mini moke going up a hill towing a caravanCruising boat over 20 knots = mini moke going down. read more...


25/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 2 - 25.11.13 - Erste Nachtwache und erstes Windloch

Nach einer sternenklaren Nacht fahren wir frühmorgens in ein Windloch. Alsich erwache hört sich das Schlagen der losen Segel beeindruckend laut an.Wir machen gerade noch um die zwei Knoten Fahrt. Egal welchen Kurs wirsegeln, es wird einfach nicht mehr Wind. Aber die vielen Manöver helfenetwas gegen die Müdigkeit. Nachdem wir nicht sonderlich viel geschlafenhaben, Kämpfen Hans und ich ziemlich hart gegen die Müdigkeit.Ein wunderschöner Sonnenaufgang, das Licht und die Wärme wecken dann dieLebensgeister wieder. Trotzdem bin ich froh wieder liegen gehen zu können.Als ich erwache riecht es nach Kaffee. Es ist 10:00 Uhr, alle sind amFrühstücken, aber Wind ist immer noch nicht viel mehr da…Ein Vogel hat sich als blinder Passagier auf der zweiten Steuerbordsalingniedergelassen und scheint sich. read more...


25/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 1 - 24.11.13 - Los geht’s

Bereits frühmorgens, noch vor der Dämmerung, beginnen sich kurze Kolonnenvor den Duschen zu bilden. Später braucht‘s dann etwas mehr Zeit bis zurletzten ausgiebigen Dusche.Das Wetter ist gut und gleichzeitig mitsteigender Spannung nimmt das rege Treiben auf den Stegen und Schiffen zu.Das doch für einige Zeit letzte gemeinsame Frühstück wird genutzt, um dieAbschlussarbeiten zu besprechen. Abwaschen, danach Wassertanks noch einletztes Mal vollmachen, verschiedene Check’s wie „Frisches Brot da?“, „Gaskomplett?“ und „Alle Rollen der Crew klar?“ sind erledigt und klar. Allefreuen sich, dass es losgehen kann.Das Ablegen vom Steg erfolgt um 11:30 UTC. Seit gut einer halben Stundespielt eine Blaskapelle von Las Palmas Lieder zum Abschied. Das Auslaufenaus dem Hafen erfolgt in enger Reihenfolge. read more...


25/11/2013

Amaris - Cape Verde Islands

Cape Verde Islands Cape Verde IslandsAmaris sails the globeNovember 15-20Like skinning cats, there are multiple ways of crossing the Atlantic. We chose to cross with a "rally" of other boats that would all cross together.  Whereas we thought this would create a group of boats that "safely transit together" we have learned that you may or may not see another boat each day.  There is truth however that if something goes terribly wrong - there are others within a hundred miles that could re-route to help you.  Certainly there is no hope of help if you run out of mayonnaise... (Fortunately - this is not the case for us... yet)The rally we joined left from Las Palmas in the Canary Islands (750 miles south of Gibraltar) and finishes in St Lucia in the. read more...


25/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 1 - The first 24 hours

Hi all, Well we are off at last after a lot of preparations, jobs lists and shopping!  The start line for the ARC was as great as ever, lots of boats around and a fantastic warship as one end of our start line to see us underway. We were not early but not too late for the start which was nice and found a lovely spot with few boats around us just after the start to sail down towards the south of Gran Canaria. Unfortunately as we were heading down the coast the breeze dropped down and we ended up drifting, I fear we may have got a little too close to the land and just did not see the light winds until it was too late.  Overnight the breeze eventually picked up to allow us to sail upwind before slowly shifting behind by this morning. We have had an unfortunate incident with. read more...


25/11/2013

Pandora of Feock - Pandora

Great start with good wind when, at the south of Sao Antao, we noticed a tear in our mainsail.  Now an intelligent crew would have repaired the sail in the wind shadow south west of the island, but we were more concerned at finding some wind and it was a little rough .   We spent the first night sailing with only a jib and found that most of the fleet had passed us by next morning!  However we had learnt by our mistakes as we repaired our hole in the chute immediately.   On a more positive note we are making better headway with chute in light winds. Fishing  has not been successful as we have returned more fish to the ocean than landed on the boat.   We have seen various birds (which we do not know the names), flying fish and porpoises. read more...



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