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27/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4

A good 24 hours aboard Great Escape.The log shows that we have made 135NM, noon to noon – and mostly in the right direction. Last night we had mostly light windsfrom the SE and we made decent progress to the S. Weather was beautiful withbright stars and a late moon. Highlight was a visit from a whale which surfacedabout 20 feet from our starboard quarter. We think it was a pilotwhale. In the morning the wind veered S andwe took down the #3 (smaller) jib and replaced it with the #2 (bigger) jib. Havebeen having a fantastic sail all day to the W. Pippa claims top speed of the dayof 9.3 kts, but even us lesser helmspeople have kept the boat moving at a steady7+ kts all morning. Yesterday Jan was all talk about hisfishing prowess, but at lunchtime he delivered as we hooked – and landed. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4
27/11/2013

Dragonfly - Unglaublicher Sternenhimmel

Nach Hajos neuem Wachplan habe ich heute von 19 bis 22 Uhr Wache. Der Abend ist so schön, dass ich schon ankündige bis mindestensb23 Uhr zu machen. Der Tag war ruhig. 3 Segelyachten fuhren hartnäckig unseren Kurs und blieben in unserer Nähe. Erst als der Wind weiter rechts dreht und wir immer weiter nach Norden gehen müssen, sprechen die sich untereinander über Funk in portugiesich ab und fahren gleichzeitig eine Wende. Das bringt sie ziemlich direkt nach Süden und sie machen nicht soviel zum Ziel gut wie wir. Wir diskustieren eine Weile und stellen Berechnungen an. Letztendlich entscheide ich, doch auf mein Telefonat mit Martin zu warten. Der hat von zu Hause aus bessere Informationen und kann uns bei der Strategie helfen. Die Flaute läßt sich nicht vermeiden, die Frage ist nur: Wie. read more...


27/11/2013

Jade - Days 3&4 Dorados and Dolphins

Yup, Keith's fishing skills came into play today as he landed not one but two dorado. For lunch we marinaded them in cajun spices and for dinner in lemon and garlic with sauteed potatoes. After the excitement of all that we were then very pleased to spot some dolphins. Noah and Ferne were not keen to partake in fish eating so they've had sausages.There's little wind which gave Keith and Alex time to fix a minor prob we had with our main sail. Something broke and now it's fixed but it meant we had no main for 24hours when it would have been useful hence our slow progress. All we need now is some wind and we'll be off!! Much loveMichelle and all the crew xx. read more...


27/11/2013

True Colours - Wizard Wednesday

Position 22:34.50N 020:34.13W   After the slow start to the day, things picked up well.   Some light clouds quickly cleared and we had bright sunshine all day. Thewind gradually veered and we ended up close hauled doing around 6 – 7 Kn in 10Kn of breeze.   Watermaker on for six hours, but only served toreplace the water we used during the day on showers and other domestics.   No fish today – not even a bite, so fish stew will have to wait.  Chefof he day was Andrej;  saksuka (traditional Turkish dish) which followedtortilla wraps mid afternoon.  High standards are being set!!   Apart from a yacht on the distant horizon at dawn, we have seen no otherboats until 10 minutes ago, when a tanker travelling in the opposite directionmade a 5 degree. read more...


27/11/2013

Diva - Ein schöner Tag – so langsam vergisst man zu Hause

Nachdem sich Jack Sparrow in der Nacht mit einer sechsstündigen Flaute mit anschließendem Regen verabschiedete, riss der Himmel auf und ein schöner Tag begrüßte die acht Uhr Wache bei 4-5 Bft aus Südwest Norddrehend**Greetings JMS **. Der Teil der Crew der in Luv schlief, hat sich eine neue Gekko-Schalftechnik entwickelt, die es erlaubt auch bei starker Krängung sicher im Bett zu bleiben. Dabei klammert der Unterarm an den rechten Rand der Matratze und mit den Beinen bildet man ein breites V um nicht wegzurollen. Bei mir versagte der Klettverschluss der Matratze und ich rutschte samt der kompletten Garnitur unter den Salontisch.Die ersten Gemüse wie Champions ermüdeten ihrer Frische und wurden Neptun geopfert. Einige Avocados und Tomaten müssen jetzt definitiv weg. Den ganzen Tag gegen. read more...


27/11/2013

Golondrina - Wednesday

The past 24 hours has been a mixed bag of luck.  At first light we saw a sail ahead on the horizon and set that as an object as it appeared to be on the same course as ourselves, so with favourable winds and the spinnaker set we hunted her down and past her about 4 pm yesterday afternoon, which increased morale after a really hard night on Monday, involving the consumption on many "man up" pills! But with bright sunshine and good winds, Gareth decided to turn SW and we ran all day and night with the spinnaker flying.   The warm winds from the coast of Africa meant the evening dress code was shorts and flip flops.. Plus the customary life jackets - so at least there was a sense of decision making.   So this morning our luck ran out and we entered the Azores. read more...


Golondrina - Wednesday
Golondrina - Wednesday
27/11/2013

Skyelark of London - Day 3 - writing the brochure

Gentle downwind sailing, barefoot, shorts and t-shirt, lazy days in the sun, cocktails on deck at sunset, daily dolphin shows and fresh fish for lunch. That's what the brochure promised and that's what has been delivered over the last 24 hours!You may have noticed on the Yellowbrick tracker that we have opted to continue to head south. The idea is to keep the wind behind us and avoid the windless area to the west of us. I am happy to report that we are gently gliding along on a beam to broad reach in a flat calm sea.Shorts and t-shirts are the norm in the afternoon sun and I don't even know where my shoes are stashed away, as I have not needed them since Las Palmas. Life on board has been good. Mom, you will be pleased to know that I have not suffered from any seasickness and as far as I. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 3 - writing the brochure
Skyelark of London - Day 3 -  writing the brochure
27/11/2013

Amokura - Log Day 3 Amokura

5...4...3...2...1  we are In perfect position to clear the yellow,gigantic blow up mark as an armada of yachts on our left block our plannedstart, they are aligned and racing for the second bobbing marker. To stay on ourcourse  would be the equivalent of crossing the M-5 at rush hour, so ourunplanned gybe put us on course with the fleet headed toward the line. Maneuvering 34 tons of boat in a seaway full of similar beasts rushing around asthough they were a bunch of nursery school kids on the playground is a bit offun and something never to be forgotten.  We are the first Discovery 57 to cross a line, she is our first boat andthis is also our first time.   After the start, the fleet  spread out and the squall we werewatching hit us with 30 kt winds.  We. read more...


27/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 4: 'A painted ship upon a painted ocean'

We have had to switch the motor on, the last thing any of us wanted to do.We made only 90 miles in the last twenty-four hours in winds always below 10knots.  That makes 350 miles in 3 days.  The winds are forecast to satsub-10 kn forecast for the next three days  at least, and to swing roundsoon to head us - under the malign influence of two lows, one of which separatedfrom a monster storm in the mid Atlantic. Both are almost stationary and havepushed the trade winds, such as they are, down to about 15degN rather than20degN where we might have expected them.  We were at 24degN when wedecided – over 500m north. At the moment the trades are not forecast to re-assert themselves properlyin our part of town, the eastern half of the Atlantic, for the next five days. read more...


Boingo alive - Enterprise "Boingo alive" in full function
Boingo alive - Enterprise
27/11/2013

Boingo alive - Enterprise "Boingo alive" in full function

27.11.13 - 15.00 UTC / 25°29,12N 022°50,63WThe days of "first experiences" in open sea are the three behind us - but as expected, our "enterprise" is ready for everything to come and nothing can stop us now!The downwind sail got its first damages perfectly fixed by our sewing team Felice and Sandra with their circumnavigation tested, old Bernina (see picture). Great job!And there's the fishing - a story on its own! Yehuda, our skilled fisherman, caught finally "Verdia", our very first Dolphin (see picture). She was big enough for all of us and we enjoyed a very delicious fish meal prepared by Jürg. After three days on sea we know, that we'll have approx. two fish on board out of five fish on the hook. For the moment the fishing is inactive (by order), because we have already enough on. read more...


Boingo alive - Enterprise "Boingo alive" in full function
Boingo alive - Enterprise
27/11/2013

Balearia - shower

Balearia crew is enjoying the sail at average speeds of 8.8 knots in these difficult winds. Constant changing of sails keep the crew busy!Yesterday night we all freshed up with a tropical shower, so all good!. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina What do cats dream of at sea?
Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina What do cats dream of at sea?
27/11/2013

Starla - Log Day 3 - Celebrating the Sun but not the Wind

Hello EveryoneDistance logged today - 77 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 340 nautical miles.As you can see from the distance logged for the day, we had very light winds. It is a case of being in the right place at the right time. We do have weather forecast information and the wind has been generally lighter than that forecast.We had decided to take the more traditional route, which is south west, towards Cape Verde and then turn west in to the trade winds, to cross in a more westerly direction to St Lucia.The forecast is not good for the trade winds at the moment. As the major weather system that drives them, called the Azores high, is located very north, toward Ireland (No, it is not now called the Paddy high!). Needless to say, the high should be over the Azores!! So it. read more...


27/11/2013

Idea of London - Suspended Animation. 29N 25W

Hello World,Coming at you live and direct from 500 miles out in the ocean Rupert Spiegelberg is our introductee of the day and he comes to us out NY, NY but that is not his home.Rupert is from London and still calls London home. He's made his way over to the US to help start up the US branch of the company he works for developing apps and websites for all us techies.He's here on IDEA to make a long standing dream come true.To participate in a long ocean sail, and get away from it all.Have really enjoyed himself yesterday he's happy to announce that his "Sea Legs". have finally arrived. There was some sort of glitch in the delivery service, and I guess it took a while for them to find him out here.He's now happily moving around the boat getting ever more involved in the manuvers, and life. read more...


27/11/2013

Hebe - Day 4 - Jacket Potatoes or Dinner Jackets

27. 11 1322:02:7N 22:24:8WAfter a very dark night we ventured into the unknown, no moon or stars to guide us, but good breeze on the beam and the sea gentle. Later a small quarter moon appeared and made all the difference, then a wonderful morning with sunshine  at last.  We are enjoying the momentary pleasure of being fifteenth in the fleet yay !   Heading southwest and motoring out of dead patches.  Sarah has taught Andrew how to use the Swiffer and Cillit Bang.  On Mother Watch this morning Andrew was busily swiffing and banging (sounds like a brothel) and scrubbing the heads, his new name is Jonny Bogbrush.  Meanwhile Peter in the pinny dusting aimlessly listening to Pink Floyd.  . read more...


Mustique - Praying for tuna
Mustique - Praying for tuna
27/11/2013

Mustique - ARC Day 3

Highlight of the Day -sailing 10knots close hauled...Lowlight of the day- con't from above- .....in wrong direction Sea life spotted - Lord Rob Lucan Weather & sailing - Night of squalls and variable winds and calm. Now beating south into SW15knots. 24hr Log- 140nm Amazing Facto of the Day- One can be becalmed under a squall! Food.snack of the day - Highly awesome taste bud sensation of Fin's Irish Stew Awesomeness of the Day- Having 6 portions of stew between 4 of us! Crew Vibe- somewhat frustrated by wind Crew members who still retain sufficient levels of sanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckiemustique2. read more...


Mustique - ARC Day 3
Mustique - ARC Day 3
27/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 3 Ɔn the boot'

The winds dropped dramatically during the night and the crew had to revert to engine power.  Carol spent a long time working out how many engine hours we could afford to use but agreed that we had to engine until at least we had a puff of wind (which turned out to be all night!) Welcome entertainement was provided by StarBlazer who invited all boats in the vicinity to join him for a virtual happy hour.  At least 4 boats participated and the crew of BD enjoyed virtual G&Ts followed by a bottle of virtual Pinot Noir.  If they are still in range tonight they are going to order cocktails!!  They needed something to alleviate the detox headaches. Sally rose to the challenge of the cook off by producing a fabulous Greek salad for lunch followed by Jamacian. read more...


27/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 7 - Hen's back blogging!

After a few days on the rolling seas,we have now all got our sea legs - thank God! We awoke tobeautiful sunshine, little wind and flat sea, which was definitely a welcomerelief to some on board. It really is incredible/scary to not see any landor boats for miles, just us and the sea!  Some scramblies and bacon were the order of the morningthen it was into bikinis and off with the shirts for our first bout ofsunbathing. With the little wind we had, there was an attempt to fly thegennaker which much to the annoyance of Haig and Sam was not a great success sothe motor went back on. The boys put up the awning, which was anice relief from the hot sun - none of us want to be burnt to a crisp onthe first sunny day! Yoyo made a healthy and delicious lunch,. read more...


27/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 3

2013-11-27, 1500Hier meldet sich die First Mate von Bord!Nach der dritten Nacht gewöhnt man sich an den neuen Schlafablauf und wirbegannen nach einer ruhigen Nachtfahrt (nur kurz unterbrochen durch einenzum Glück glimpflich verlaufenen Absturzes unseres Segelwachhundes Benny)bei Sonnenaufgang mit dem Setzen unseres genialen Wingackers.Bei leichtem Wind nutzten wir jeden Hauch und konnten somit auf einstörendes Motorengeräusch verzichten. Weit und breit der Atlantik undmitten drin wir mit unserem Segel, das uns zügig weiter bringt. Nach vielFingerspitzengefühl am Ruder war es um 14.00 Uhr an der Zeit mit einemperfekten Bergemanöver unser "Baby" zu bergen.Das tiefblaue Wasser, das uns umgibt lässt uns gar keine andere Wahl: wirmüssen einen Stopp einlegen und hinein! Was für ein traumhaftes. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 3
Selivra - ARC Tag 3
27/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+3 Allo Houston

Bonjour27 novembre 2à13Position à 12h00 UTC25°42,4 N22°08,3 W143 milles en 24hAllo HoustonHier à bord c'était un peu l'ambiance Appolo 13, comme dans le film.Récupération de matériel puis utilisation de choses non prévues.D'ailleurs, notre modification de la fixation du gennaker semble très bientenir.Mais le plus fort, c'est la girouette électronique qui était complètementfolle depuis la veille du départ. A la demande du chantier Pogo-Structureset de son responsable technique, nous transmettions régulièrement lesdonnées indiquées par notre centrale de navigation. Il a contacté lefabricant. Il semble qu'il y a un problème d'aimant décollé dans le capteurde tête de mat, un truc impossible à réparer.Ils ont trouvé et nous ont indiqué une procédure absolument pas prévue parle manuel. Nous. read more...


27/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch der Luv Nr. 26

Position 15 Grad 48 Minuten N46 Grad 22 Minuten WWetter : leicht bewölktWind NO 4-5 , Seegang 3 Meter  Eine gar nicht so herrliche Nacht auf See : White Squalls im Passat   „Und wieder beginnt ein herrlicher Tag auf See.“ Irgendeiner kommt garantiert mit diesem Schnack, und recht hat er: Es ist noch nicht heiß, die Sonne beginnt den Horizont erst pastellblau, dann rosa bis glutrot zu färben. Wieder ein Sonnenaufgang, den Caspar David Friedrich sich geschämt hätte, zu malen. So kitschig schön. Das erste Licht des neuen Tages verleiht den Passatwolken eine ungeheuer präzise Plastizität. Der erste Kaffee in der Mug dampft, wir unterhalten uns entspannt über Gott und die Welt. Wegen solcher Momente fahren wir mit der Luv zur See. Heute Nacht dagegen hätte sich die Crew. read more...


27/11/2013

Shine - Day 4:Sushi and Sunshine

Dear wives,Many thoughts from us all as you meet for dinner this evening.We know you will all be very concerned for our welfare but do try and draw strength from each other.Stick together through this, and remember that while we are putting ourselves through this dreadful ordeal, it is only possible knowing that you are behind us.Our currently position is about 350 miles west of Nouadhibou off the coast of Mauritiana, heading due west.Light winds last night meant a few hours on the engine but thankfully we were under sail again by midnight. Gently increasing wind through the night gave us a beautiful dawn and a glorious day's sail under blue skies.We appear to be blessed with significant computer /electronic brilliance on board.Team TJM set to this morning and solved some teething. read more...


27/11/2013

Athena of Southampton - Blog 1 - Wed 27th November 2012 - 0430 hrs.

Athena (of Southampton) Blog 1 – Wed 27th November 2012 – 0430 hrs.                                                                                                             At last time to sit and begin our blog. Following 4 frantic days of work before we. read more...


27/11/2013

Firefly - More light winds

Knowing what the temperatures are like in the UK we don't expect any sympathy but could do without these rain squalls. The dark patches on the water in front of us looked like much needed breeze only to be disappointed and saturated in one go. We have all been caught out over the last two days. Fortunately they are over quickly and back to sunshine and a chance to dry out! As forecast we continue to be short of wind but we did sail part of the evening in 10 knots of breeze, and just after mid day we are A sailing again. The rest of the time we are motoring with Paul keepinga close watch on fuel supplies; we have plenty at the moment. Long range radio connections continue to be a challenge so hope you get this log soon.Considering how large this ocean is, we continue to be surprised at. read more...


27/11/2013

Manihi - On est partis au près !

23:31.96N 21:52.10WDepuis cette nuit les vents sont de sud ; ce qui nous oblige à naviguer auprès. Nous visons un cap au 240 (SW) pour passer entre les Iles du Cap Vertet une dépression qui va se former à 300 miles au NW des iles. Nous devonscontinuer à tenir ce cap pendant les deux jours qui viennent. Naviguer auprès c'est quand le bateau s'efforce vaillamment de remonter contre le vent.Il y arrive, mais au prix d'un inconfort certain ; il gite et son contactavec l'eau est disons ... viril !!! Mais la mer a pitié de nous. Elle estcalme et réduit la violence de l'affrontement !Dans ces conditions il est compliqué de cuisiner. Les feux à gaz sont montéssur un axe qui leur permet de pivoter pour rester à l'horizontale en tempsnormal. Dans les conditions actuelles ils jouent plutôt à la. read more...


27/11/2013

Bella - Port & Starboard ...

Check out Port & Starboard ... all the best submariners on the Conqueror looked like this, don't you know! Well done, Roy & Mike :o)27112013 ARC PM1 002. read more...


Bella - Port & Starboard ...
Bella - Port & Starboard ...
27/11/2013

Northern Child - Log 27 Nov

Star date captains log 1300 hours 27/11/13After a safe start we headed off east to avoid the island wind shadowintending to dive south as soon as we were clear. With a mix crew on boardthe early stages where to say the least a little difficult. First night wasspent as many drifting around trying to make way in very light airs howeverthe wind gods appear to be smiling down on us currently at 23 19 394 North21 50 512 west with a strong force four from SSW making between 7 and 9knots over the ground. The team consists of many talents and a mixture ofexperience everyone on board in great spirits as we eat our way through themountain of food on board the vessel gets faster hope the mountain lasts.With 2274 miles to go it's a long way to the finish anything can happen justreceived an email. read more...


27/11/2013

Jambo - Becalmed

After a cracking start we sailed into a hole-nothing so we tried our hand at fishing and nick caught a 20 pound Mahi Mahibut failed to land it as it bit through the line just as Tom was about to gaff it on board - must rig up the wire trace next time. They are spectacularly colouredfish all greens blue and yellows and I am told they are good to eat but loose their colour once killed very light winds this afternoon so we are trying to head for the NW corner of the Cap Verdes,  but the forecast for the next 48 hours is very unhelpful.Looks like a bit of a slog for the next few daysTo add to our issues we have found a small water leak in the engine cooling system which should not be a problem if the wind picks up and we can use the tow generator. we also have the Panda generatorto. read more...


27/11/2013

Annabella - Log 2 Wednesday 27th

Missed the Tuesday blog because we had lots of sail changes yesterday and I was on galley duty. After the first night of sailing a bit too fareast we made up some good ground on Monday night and yesterday averaging 7 knots+ to where we gained about 60 places. The boat goes well with the twin headsails poled out (no main sail) and when the wind is behind it's your only man. There is some complexity when the wind shifts and you try to get back to the main and genoa configuration. Initially, we tried to tack one of the twins on to the other and sail as one, but that gives rise to sheeting issues. In the end,we now just drop the twins and hoist the standard genoa. With the furling it all takes a bit of time, but it is a much more flexible arrangement. Conor and I now get to do lots of. read more...


27/11/2013

Ula - Day 4 - 27th November

No sail changes and significant periods of motoring lead to a general sense of boredom today. Much snoozing. F2-3 veering onto the nose making southward progress impossible without the engine. Still heading for Cape Verde, (although a stop for water now not necessary). We will continue south, perhaps as far as the 10 degree latitude in order to find the trade winds.Cabins, galley and saloon hovered after lunch, cockpit washed down and windows cleaned. Passed close to a large weather buoy, not sure we would have spotted it as easily in the dark. 21.15.16N 20.55.45WStaring at the 360 degree emptiness of the ocean one can understand the historical misconception of being able to “fall off the edge of the world”. For a 13 year old lad going to sea for the first time in the 16th Century the. read more...


27/11/2013

Anettine - 26.11.2013

Det går opp og ned her i verden. I går ettermiddag løyet vinden helt. Vi klarte bare å holde 1-2 knopps fart. Andre båter var ikke å se, så vi var veldig spent på om det bare var vi hadde seilt oss inn i stilla. Først på kvelden fikk vi vind igjen og seilte greit gjennom natten.På morgenen viste posisjonsliste at de fleste båtene hadde lavere fart en tidligere, men også at vi raste nedover lista!Vi seilte med 4-5 knops fart hele formiddagen, men så løyet det igjen.Det tok oss4 timer å komme ossnoen hundre meter nordover til et skysystem hvor det var litt vind. Denne økte etter hvert og vi kunne holde 3-5 knop gjennom natten. Vi har ikke sett andre båter. Er vi akterutseilt eller har andre også hatt vindstille?Anettine. read more...


27/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 4.5 - erstes Fazit

Liebe Freunde des Hochseesegelsportes,jeder von Euch wird das schlagende Herz kennen, bevor man sich auf großeSeereise begibt.Vor der Abfahrt hatte ich absolut erhöhte Herzfrequenz, doch jetzt nach 4Tagen auf See senkt legt sich die Unruhe etwas.Schiff und Crew kennen sich jetzt genauer als vorher und wir bewegen unsin Richtung St. Lucia. Endlich... JuhuCan´t wait to get there und das erhabene Gefühl zu spüren, wenn man eineTrans-Atlantik-Regatta hinter sich hat.Aber Vorsicht; noch sind wir ca. 70 Millionen Meilen vom Ziel entfernt.Bis dahin kann man noch viele Zuckerstangen essen und oft "Hänsel undGretel" lesen und viele schöne Träume haben.AHOY und geht endlich segeln. read more...


27/11/2013

Pelican - log 07 Nov

So after sail damage we decided to starton the boat seems the diode has stopped splitting its self however nothing a stainless steel bolt and a layerinsulating tape could not fix ,then five minutes after the main sheet shackle lets fly ohhum good old lorry man's hitch and a new one is fitted. great then it rained hard any way I want to know how I have got two retriever paw prints on my bed andif know a dog paw printseen the damage oncream carpet and I know it has nothing to do withsailing just the thoughts of an idiot. read more...


27/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 4 - Endlich Dusche

27.11.2013Eigentlich sollte gestern Abend eine Flaute einsetzen. Doch wir rauschenmit 6-7 kn hoch am Wind mit 240 Grad in Richtung Kapverden. Die Stimmungan Bord ist prächtig, die meisten sitzen im Cockpit und ratschen, lesenoder schauen aufs Wasser. Hin und wieder fletzt sich der ein oder andereauf dem Vorschiff und auch unter Deck ist es sehr angenehm. Das Steuernist leichter geworden, der Seegang weniger und andere Schiffe tauchen nurselten auf. Was noch fehlt, ist die Delphinschule und vielleicht einAngelerfolg. Erfolgreich hingegen verlief die erste Dusche an Deck:Katharina saß auf der Badeplattform (selbstverständlich mit Lifebelt) undnach 3-4 Pützen sagte sie: „Jetzt kann ich mich wieder riechen.“ Wir siesowieso :-)‚Sunny‘ in der Coverversion von – ja von wem eigentlich – ist der. read more...


27/11/2013

Manali - One for the green and gold

13:00 UTC Wednesday 27 November, UTC The Atlantic Ocean, West of Mauritania, heading towards the Cape Verdes Abyssal Deep Thrilled, excited and surprised !  The feelings aboard when Team Manali Turre reported we were still hanging out in the front lines. For those who have asked, no you should not put money on Manali, not too much anyway.  There are a lot of bigger faster boats behind us but we are very proud of our jump out of the starting block. Might as well tell the truth, some were dancing on the deck with delight. Back to business. Not sure where we sit this morning as last night was a mess.  It was a good learning night (aka frustrating).  Soft variable winds, slopping about, raining.  For Ian, it was immensely enjoyable as he just thrives. read more...


27/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 27-11-2013

Hello from the mighty Incisor!Today has been a beautiful day with 10knts of wind and not a cloud in the sky – this is definitely what we signed up for! And the day is set to get better with chicken fajitas for lunch! We have even had bacon sandwiches for breakfast so don’t worry that we are starving out here because we are eating like kings. The motto on board for the food is, when its gone it gone (WIGIG). We have passed a large pirate looking ship today which got everyone all very excited with cameras at the ready with a lot of waving going on, it’s only been 4 days and we are already getting excited to see other people!Last night was light and a little chilly, but when you have to get up at 3 in the morning to come on watch and you are a little grumpy because you are out of your. read more...


27/11/2013

Manali - Live Update : boat passes boat Australia v England

14:23 UTC Thursday 27 November24 14’.633N  022 13’.705W Just reeled in and passed a 36 foot Beneteau (Karmaland?).  They’ve been in sight for 12 hours and it’s taken us a while.  GB flag so one up for the Colonials.  Sadly not an ARC boat so we did not have too much to chat about.  Nice seeing you though!. read more...


27/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 3 + 4 - 26.+27.11.2013 - Meeresleuchten und Delfine

Tag 3Der Wind hat Gestern Nachmittag doch wieder zugenommen. Wir kommen gutvoran und das Wetter macht auch mit. Allerdings fahren wir lautWettervorhersage in eine Flaute hinein, der wir nicht ausweichen können.Hoffentlich hält der Wind noch etwas an. Zu Abend gab es Bratwurst mitKartoffeln. In der Nacht herrschte Finsternis, da der Himmel bewölkt war.Dies erschwerte das exakte Steuern, da das Vorsegel, die Wellenund derHorizont nicht mehr zu sehen waren. Allerdings konnte zum Ausgleich dasMeeresleuchten beobachtet werden. Das ganze Kielwasser und immer in densich brechenden Wellenkämmen leuchte das Wasser türkisgrün auf. Eingigantischer Anblick. Nirgends würde ich in diesem Moment lieber sein.Später entdeckten wir noch die ersten Delfine. Sie hinterließen eineleuchtende Spur im Wasser.. read more...


27/11/2013

Free Spirit - Tuesday 26th November

Not a lot of wind. Parasailor out but progress is slow as we headsouth towards Cape Verde Islands and such a long way to go! Highlight of the day was voted to be chicken curry. Highlight ofthe night was the moon appearing at one in the morning to light and glint on thewater for Andy and Richie on their watch.. read more...


27/11/2013

Miciadue - Bilderbuchsegeln

Letzte Nacht hatten wir ruhiges Segeln. Es gab den ein oder anderen Regenschauer. Heute ist es wieder aufgeklart. Die Sonne scheint, der Wind - ca- 4-5 Bft. - dreht weiter südlich, so dass wir hoch am Wind laufen. Den Atlantik haben wir zwischenzeitlich für uns alleine. 360° um uns herum tiefblaues Wasser mit klarem Blick bis zum Horizont. Auf dem Kartenplotter sehen wir nur noch die AIS-Informationen von einer ca. 15 sm entfernte Yacht. Fische scheint es im Atlantik nicht mehr zu geben - zumindest werden unsere Köder ignoriert. Also gibt es Nudeln nur mit Tomatensoße. - Danke für eure Grüße!--. read more...


27/11/2013

Hera - Rasmus fürchten und verehren

Es ist unglaublich; aber es bestätigt sich immer wieder, wie dieseemännische Praxis beweist. Wir hatten es 11.10 Uhr auf der Borduhr und unsertägliches Zeremoniell somit um 10 Minuten verpaßt. Sofort ging der Wind runterund es fing an zu regnen. Kaum war der erste Schluck über Bord gegangen,frischte es wieder auf und die Sonne kam heraus. Der heutige Wetterbericht derARC für unsere Position ist ein einziger Witz. Statt 1-7 kn aus NE haben wir15-20 kn aus Süd. Das bringt uns zwar ordentlich Fahrt hoch am Wind aber demPassat nicht näher und somit für die nächste Zeit unbeständiges Wetter. Da hilftdann nur noch, auf Rasmus zu vertrauen.Die Backschaftswache scheint sich noch nicht richtig einig zu sein, denndem Skipper liegt noch keine Menükarte zum Absegnen vor.   Stefan. read more...



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