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08/12/2012

Indulgence - Singing in the rain

Saturday 8th DecemberCurrent Position: N 17o 30'.573 W 44o 12'.916 Current Speed : 7 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 983 nmIt began as a promising morning, with bright blue skies and a salt water shower to start the day. So far, I've been smothering myself in factor 50, as red hair and freckles do not agree with the sunshine and this morning called for LOTS of factor foxy. Denis showed us all his guilty pleasure by turning up Frank Sinatra very loud on the mp3 player and dancing in the cockpit with his new sunhat. Priceless moment.Well, well, well, the day was purely out to fool us all, as ever since we've been looking out at rain, rain and more of the same. We all feel right at home. We passed a milestone today. Less than 1000 nautical miles left on the clock. They are ticking. read more...


08/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Almost there

We have about 65 miles to go to the finish line in St Lucia, though naturally not in a straight line, with several gybes to keep us occupied. The waves are now fairly well aligned, but yesterday afternoon and during the night, there were periods when we had swell coming straight on despite sailing downwind. It's rather strange slamming into the sea with the spinnaker flying. Quite testing too for those trying to sleep.The boat we have been racing closely with over most of the Atlantic is The Kid, a slightly bigger and faster boat. We have managed to mostly stay in touch all this way. Yesterday afternoon their speed had dropped significantly and it transpires that their big spinnaker is out of action (there is often a good story attached to spinnaker disasters.. we shall have to wait. read more...


08/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 11 und 12: Im Westen nichts neues....

...jedenfalls sehen wir kaum noch andere Boote und hören auch keine Funkanrufe mehr mit. Absolut einsam!Wir stehen nun ca. 1.250 Seemeilen vor dem Ziel und laufen seit gestern (Freitag 7/12/2012) fast ausschließlich unter Motor. In der Nacht haben wir zweimal versucht mit dem wenigen vorhandenen Wind zu segeln, aber außer aufwendigen (...und aufregenden!) Segelmanövern kam dabei nicht viel heraus.Also weiter mit dem "Brüllaffen" unten in der Bilge. Das ist schon merkwürdig nach 10 Tagen "Ruhe" (...nur im Sinne der Akustik!) dieses laute Teil nun an der Backe zu haben.Aufgrund der Lautstärke musste Hendrik seine Koje räumen und ins Deckshaus ziehen.Dadurch, das kein Segel (und kein tiefer Schwingkiel) das Boot stabilisiert rollen (schaukeln von einer auf die andere Seite) wir wie blöde.. read more...


08/12/2012

Marlin - 1/2 des Atlantiks geknakt.

Hallo LandleuteHeute ist fuer uns ein bessondriger Tag.. Wir haben die haelfte der Strecke hinter uns gebracht. Dies war heute morgen einen Grund zum feiern.. Wir haben heute um 10:00 Uhr ausgediegen im Cockpit bei fast flacher See und nur 5-10Kn Wind, mit einem Glas Sekt angestossen. Heute war ein sehr guter gemütlicher Tag. Alle haben die Seelen in der weite des Atlantiks baumeln lassen, sowie deren Gedanken und zum teil auch an die geliebten welche zuhause geblieben sind... Zwei Stunden nach dem herlichen Fruestueck haben wir noch ein Wellnessbad in der Maennerrunde genossen. Mann stelle sich, tiefblaues Wasser welches herliche 26-28° warm ist. Und dies noch in der mitte des Atlantiks. Das macht mann nicht alle Tage.. Anschliessend haben wir wieder die Segelgesetzt (Parasailor &. read more...


08/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 11 on Skyelark

8th December"Dear Father and Mother. I write You to tell You I am doing well. My duties on this fine fishing vessel have shown to be in the filleting compartments on the port side. The working conditions are excellent as I have not yet cut myself. The boat often rolls back and forth - not too much of course - which makes it necessary for me to hold the fish with one foot as I fillet and skin the fish. I did cut my finger though, but given the fact that that must have been my own fault and not caused by any helming not being carried out correctly, I found no reason to raise this to the Skipper. The helmsmen, Bob, Dave, Gerard and Phil do all a very fine job, so I just need to accustom myself to the new conditions.I do now realize how spoiled I have been, working at an office desk.I am. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 11 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 11 on Skyelark
08/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours

Well - Thursday night nice steady 20 knots S2 and main - sudden unexpected increase in wind but manageable for most of the time - all helms struggling with round ups and broaches - all sail outofable (if that's a word). Then spin halyard broke in am leaving us short of halyards. Too unstable to replace - rehoisted on remaining spin halyard (currently topping lift). Change to assy 5 - another halyard loss - then to boomed out #2 - slight lull - Trevor up mast - externalised two new halyard - S2 back up. Noted slight damage to starboard spreader 2. Wrap of S2 - down - 4 hour repair of damage by Nic. Continued on. Weather good and sunny - 13 - 15k - making good progress - 270 degrees. Overnight steady downwind - trouble free progress till 0400-0800 watch - with S2 - wrap (this time by Wrap. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat  IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat  IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
Heartbeat  IV - Saturday morning.....A busy 48 hours
08/12/2012

Baringo - Sat 8 Dec 2012

Dear All, after a Thursday night and Friday (6th and 7th Dec) characterized by three things: rain; rain; and more rain - and a fourth namely such varibale winds that we were turning in all directions - we finally as of about 1800 hrs Friday (6th Dec) picked up a strong and steady north east breeze and have been making steady and comfortable progress since then. Crew morale is as always excellent and was improved by a celebratory slice of Christmas cake (generously donated to crew supplies by Brownen Richardson - my sister) as we passed the half way point in the rain on Friday. The crew sweepstakes on the most accurate forecast for the time at which we would cross 40 degrees W , was won by Professor Andrew Peacock - despiet the very best efforts of one helmsman to steer 270 / due west and. read more...


08/12/2012

Mary Jo - Yesterday and today

16 deg. 38 mins. North, 041 deg. 37 mins. West  First Mate's Log, Stardate:- 1630/08/12/2012 GMT,Current Epoch.  A beautiful sunny day, wind's dropped; a vast horizonand a tall sky. The big lines of white and grey puffyclouds sit low over the water in the distance in all directions so that you can see their full, towering heights; theycast big pools of shadow over portions of the sea.There is rain under some of them.I had a shower under one such just yesterday, windswept,cooling, fresh water straight from the sky - a gift toone who was parched.... It is very hot now, for the first time - panting likedogs, sweat providing the only cooling possible.Luckily we still have a fridge and so the water is cold;mixed with a little lime squash and concentrated lemon juice, one has,. read more...


08/12/2012

Bardeau - Need an Arctic Arc

Last night watch went badly. I sat watch with motley Dave, who along with other still awake motleys was much amused when the illustrious skipper nodded off on the bench and rolled onto the cockpit floor. I told them I was testing them to see if they were awake enough to notice I had fallen asleep.So it's Saturday. Doesn'tfeel like...it feels very much like all the days gone before...except heaven has opened up a furnace....Mr Frog the digital barometer is wearing sun glasses and smiling, and is giving a late pm shade temperature of 33C. Motleys are all upstairs fishing and sunbathing whilst we sail gently along in a light breeze at 5 knots with the cruising chute up. Lunch went from being cooked, to a light snack. Wish we were heading for the Arctic like last night when the wind swung. read more...


08/12/2012

Ace at Sea

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08/12/2012

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 10 - Sail repairs at sea

18:22.3N  46:30.8W   Friday, day 11 at sea.   "Spinnakers were made for man to put up, andGod to bring down..." Qu: Laurie Smith (famous racingsailor)   It all started with the decision to launchBarbara.  All our sails have names and Barbara (also known as BigBabs) is our big kite.  She is the largest spinnaker in our wardrobeand is a b*tch at the best of times.  Used in the right conditions andhandled with respect, she will give us another 2 knots of boatspeed.  However, Babs is also moody, temperamental and prone to savagebursts of anger.  Unfortunately, she was is such a frame of mind todayand the price we had to pay was high.   At 0900 hrs, whilst Mike was on watch, weprepared Barbara for. read more...


08/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 12 - Due West Finally!

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08/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 12 and Maunie falls into the hole!

The wind hole that we’ve been trying to avoid acted as a something of amagnet to Maunie so, despite our best efforts, we fell into it at 18.00 lastnight and took the decision to motor through it for about 14 hours (the Fleettracker will show a very straight line where we had the engine and autopilotrunning). The wind hole was also full of very heavy rain – Rich described it ashis wettest sail ever! Listening to  the SSB radio net, lots of other boatsmotored between 12- 15 hours though the hole.   Eventually the weather cleared and we emerged this morning into sunshineand, thankfully, a reasonable (but not quite strong enough) breeze so we hoistedthe Parasailor at 10.00 UTC and we’re currently trundling along at about 5knots, enjoying the silence after all hour of the engine. read more...


08/12/2012

Selene - Everlasting battery

We seem to have an everlasting battery.We have kept the instruments running for the last 36 hours over two nights and all days yesterday whilst sailing with the kite as it helps to know TWA, VMG and heading to get the most out of our downwind performance. The instruments use only 0.4 A of current and the voltage has only dropped from 12.1 to 12.0V at this load over 4-5 days now since we lost the alternator.The drain from the computer charger puts the drain up to 4A, but this is only for the 20-30mins it takes to write and send the blog and download messages and gribs.I have been reading Nigel Calder's Boatowner's Mechanical and Electrical Manual to try to diagnose the problem.It seems that 12.7V in the starter battery really ought to be enough to crank the engine, so it is possible there. read more...


08/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 14 - Something fishy

Day 14The last long weekend cometh.It is abundantly clear to me now that Flying Fish are the dimwits of themarine world.Fish are not known for their brightness in any of the species its true;I only know of one Fish who once attained greatness.He was aWeatherman, and he got it horribly wrong with a hurricane in October1987, and he lost it.It's the stuff of legend.I don't imagine thatthere are many Einsteins of the fish world (team mammal seems to haveall the brainiacs down there), so to be bottom of the pile of your tribein the underwater brains department, is not a good start.When you lookup in awe to your cousin the squid for his brains (at least they cansquirt ink and stuff you know) it's simply a case of:"Just face itfish face, you is thick." When you see a flying fish at a distance,. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 14 - Something fishy
Milanto - Log Day 14 - Something fishy
08/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 14: Chocks Away!

Ahoy hoyThis mornings mini crisis was caused by the main halliard becoming detached due to a faulty shackle.  Mr Big had the cunning plan to send up the topping lift with a fisherman's gaff attached to snag it. The plan worked brilliantly and much slapping of backs ensued until halfway down the halliard twisted and caused an internal jam which bent the gaff straight and destroyed said cunning plan.  My understanding of the consequence of this is now that we cant use the big flappy thing until and if we hit a flat calm stretch of water and can send up fearlessly Lucky Lucky Lachie in the bosun's chair to recapture the elusive halliard.   Our jib  though is doing us proud on its own though, so who needs the big flappy thing.Saturday morning it seems is clean the boat morning so all hands. read more...


Bristolian - Day 14: Chocks Away!
Bristolian - Day 14: Chocks Away!
Murphy - A mid Atlantic swimming party
Murphy - A mid Atlantic swimming party
Murphy - Help!
Murphy - Help!
Murphy - Ready for the Off
Murphy - Ready for the Off
08/12/2012

Murphy - The wind and the Sea - Log Day 12

WindyWind, which one can't actually see and is therefore probably not real, is fundamentally different from other real stuff., like the sea, say, which is a three dimensional thing – i.e. it moves up, down and sideways and, in my experience based on the passage so far, often all three at once. Wind on the other hand has two dimensions – speed and direction – and is cunningly designed so that one or the other is always wrong. It is for this reason that for the last day or so we have been motoring – for much of that time the wind has effectively had no dimensions at all – neither speed (or at least not enough) nor direction. Right now the speed is enough to turn off the motor, but while the direction according to the prophet Grib is supposed to be from the north-east, it's actually from. read more...


08/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 12 Great Escape 15 19N 44 18W

Dia 12Hoy  hace un dia esplendido como ayer con algo mas de viento, esto es bueno para la navegacion. Acompanado por la luna y las estrellas nos sentimos como en casa eso si, tenemos ganas de llegar a Santa Lucia y continuar la Aventura del Caribe.[As yesterday, today is a splendid day, with some more wind – this is easier for helming the boat.  With the moon and the stars as company, we are feeling at home, such that we are looking forward to arriving in St Lucia and to continue the adventure of the Caribbean.]  Gregorio. After the trials and tribulations of the last few days this was probably the first day where the crew could relax, take some sun and finally step off the roller coaster that has been our home for the last 12 days. Phew!We spent the day motoring in a. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 12 Great Escape 15 19N 44 18W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 12 Great Escape 15 19N 44 18W
08/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 11 Hai på kroken og ingen propell

Det endret seg fort i går fra atlanterhavsidyll med god seilevind til mordor stemning med regnskurer og blikkstille hav. Vi benyttet anledningen til å dykke ned under båten for en status på propellen og Eirik hoppet i vannet. Halvveis, midt i atlanteren, ingen vind og opp av vannet kommer Eirik med nyhetene vi fryktet – propellen er borte!!!. Okei, hva gjør vi nå? Vi spiste lunsj, Eirin hadde laget en steike god omelett. Det er liksom ikke så mye man kan gjøre, propellen er og blir borte så det eneste vi kan håpe på er nok vind til å komme oss til kai før jul. Stemningen er god ombord tross alt og litt galgenhumor må til i en slik situasjon. Litt ut på dagen får vi en videresent e-post fra våre “konkurrenter” Rabalder der de spør etter vaier. De kan ikke seile og har problemer med riggen. read more...


08/12/2012

Sunrise - 07.12.2012 - 11. Tag auf See

14° 30,8' Nord, 040° 14,5' West. Wir befinden uns mitten auf dem Atlantik.Nördlicher als das nördlichste Südamerika, westlicher als das westlichsteNordamerika, südlicher als das südlichste Südeuropa und westlicher als daswestliche Westafrika. Bis zum nächsten Festland ( Brasilien ) sind es 840Seemeilen und bis zu uns nach hause sogar 3480 Seemeilen.Und wir gehen schwimmen !! Beigedreht, Fender an Leinen rausgehängt undKöpper vom Schiff ins 3500 Meter tiefe erstaunlich klare und warme Wasser.Kein Gedanke an Meerestiere, nur pure Freude. Herrlich, nach dem Motto:Ein gesunder Geist braucht eine saubere Hülle.Die Nacht vorher war viel Aktion im Schiff. Mehrere Squalls ziehen überuns hinweg. Der Wind nimmt auf bis zu 30 Knoten zu, Regen kühlt unserekonzentrierten Gesichter, der Lärm nimmt zu. read more...


08/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 7. detsember - 11 päeva Atlandil

Reedene päev Atlandil algas täieliku tuulevaikusega, mis märkis kahe kõrgrõhkkonna vahel kiiluks oleva madalrõhkkonna keskpunkti jõudmist. Kuna kätte oli saabunud hommikune akude laadimise aeg, siis otsustasime mõttetu lainetes kõlkumise asendada mootorpurjetamisega, kuid paistis, et Vana meie plaanidega nõus polnud. Seega esimese hooga katelt käivitada ei õnnestunud. Remondimeeskonna uurimisel selgus, et viga on suhteliselt lihtne: nimelt käivitusakust olid jäädavalt lahkunud tööd tegevad elektronid. Proovisime käivitada tarbeakude pealt, kuid need olid ööga nii tühjaks kurnatud, et proovimiseks see jäigi. Viimaks saime mootori tööle vöörivindi akuga. Töölepingu ühepoolselt üles öelnud käivitusaku plaanime St Lucias laevast maha kirjutada ning kuni uue ametivenna hankimiseni, ülendasime. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 11: written by Adolfo

What a day !!! Everything goes soooooooooooo slow that if it continues for another 24 hours I might have to get into the sea and swim with sharks for excitement ;-) If I had my iTunes and iPod with me I would have to build a playlist for today including the following songs:- "Travelling without moving" by Jamiroquai- "Quiet Nights of Quiet Starts" by Stan Getz- "Shooting Stars" by Maverick Sabre- "Move me no Mountain" by  Soul II Soul- "When the sun(wind) goes down" by Fleetwood Mac- "Staring at the Sun" by  U2- "Dont Stop the Party" by The Black Eyed Peas- "Where did we go wrong?" by  Incognito Yes. All of that. We are simply stucked in a no/little wind zone and we make barely any progress with this. Northern Child is a heavy solid boat that has given us. read more...


08/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 10 - 7/12/12

Daily Run    93mDTT             73nm Lunch          Pizza and Corn on the Cob   Dinner          Chicken wrapped in Parma Ham with Roasted Vegetables Well I think the mileage says it all - bob, bob, bob went Northern Child........  The wind has been under 6 knots for that last 24hrs making slow going at best.  The positive side of this very light wind and hot sunny weather is that we have been able to get all of the wet waterproofs and sails out on the deck to dry.  We have also blitzed the boat, cleaining every surface, ceiling and floor space.  Once dried,. read more...


08/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 11

During the day we have around 7 knots of wind. It´s a nice break from thehigh waves and 30 knots of wind that we had for the first 8 days. Using theengine, our speed is around 6.2 knots. If we calculate our ETA in anoptimistic way, we should be there in 8 days. Now that the sun is comingout, it´s boiling. We´re finally getting a chance to tan and relax! It´simpossible to stay out in the sun for long, and as there is very littleshade, it´s very refreshing to take a shower outside on the deck. Daddoesn´t quite realise that we´re in the middle of the Atlantic and that itis unnecessary to use 5 pans to cook dinner. ``But I have to cook this meatin the small pan first`` and ``but this pan is more stable on the table``are his excuses. We were all hoping that we would lose some weight on. read more...


08/12/2012

Lancelot II

Date: Sat 8th Dec 2012 Time: 12:50UTCPosition: 15’34.8N 48’25.8WSOG: 8-10 knotsCOG: 282 MWeather: Big Nasty SquallsWind: All over the place but mainly ENE 18-25 Well – what a night ! (aren’t they the words to a song somewhere?) We finally inched away from our almost surreal, flat calm sea and  wall stars at night  with the wind and our boat speed building  using our light weight spinnaker.  The afternoon was great with sunshine and a lovely warm breeze. We were all thinking of stepping ashore at Rodney Bay and our first rum punch ... However at about 16.00 we encountered the first squall with heavy rain. it was great to get the shampoo out and wash our hair in the pouring rain.  Jacko’s 21.00 to midnight watch saw more squalls on the way  and. read more...


08/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - 1,000NM to run!

ARC Day 11 Ceilidh continued to make great progress in the last 24hrs with a Daily Run of 193NM At 00:20 this morning we had exactly 1,000NM left on the rhumb line route to St Lucia. The wind gods had favoured us yesterday with a 20-25knot NE breeze filling in as against a 10-14knot forecast. We did have another joust with our code 0 gennaker in 10knots of breeze which gave us plus 8knots boatspeed for 2 hours. However as the wind increased to over 16knots we went for a furl and drop. This time the process was executed perfectly with all 6 crew involved. Just shows practice makes perfect with this sail. Overnight sailing was very difficult with full cloud cover and a quartering swell making it hard for all watches to hand steer.  Our forward. read more...


08/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Nice sailing in the mythical trades!

Hi All,Just been having some good sailing conditions, touch wood, boat behavingwell. Last night was a little dark at times with some cloud, but seems ourspeeds have been pretty good. Several surfs to 16.1kn, exciting stuff.By our calculations we have slipped back to 1st in class b, hopefully we canstay there this time!The thai green prawn curry was a little hot last night, but so far there hasnot been a big queue for the heads so we may have got away with it!The fishing is not really working out so we will need to go for a sushidinner on arrival.Need to get back to the sunbathing, so will sign off.380 dtg, so may be in before light on Mon.CheersRoss. read more...


08/12/2012

Mad Fish - Dodgy weather

Sorry I have not written for a while. We went through the bottom end of a low pressure system a couple of days ago that resulted in the wind going through 360 degrees, (making sure it paused at 35 knots when dead on the nose) with associated rain etc.However, we believe we got away with it quite lightly as we kept wind and progress was ok. Talking of which we are very happy with the progress we are making toward St Lucia. We were hoping for a crossing time of three weeks. This looks well within our grasp and we have half an eye on making the party next saturday night. We shall see.After 12 days we have finally got the spinnaker up and we are making around 7.5 knots with nice surfs up to ten knots. We will break through the 1000 miles to go in about an hour. Emma has made scones to. read more...


08/12/2012

Katherine - DAY 11 'Two For One'

Great day on the water. The wind came in and with Katherine's Headsail and Main restored we have been able to sail though out the night averaging 9 plus. The lack of battens – three on the deck and only three top remaining has only caused issues with her stability with wind and and wave movements – an annoying occasuinal luffing and slapping that keeps the watch person on their toes to stop.  We haven't been overly successful on the fishing side and apparently the number of flying fish that we have caught don't count as Islay’s crew believe we have the advantage of an airstrip for landing. However we may have just gained the upper hand in this competition with the catch of not one but two fish on the one line with a combined length of 1m. During the night we started our last. read more...


Katherine - DAY 11 Friday 7th Dec Two For One "14:41.45N 55:55.85W
Katherine - DAY 11 Friday 7th Dec   Two For One
08/12/2012

Capricho - Día Nº 11 - 7.12.2012 ... al agua patos

Día Nº 11Posición actual : Latitud 21º 17,0’ N ~ Longitud 45º 28,5’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 161 MN Velocidad promedio : 6.7 NudosVientos suaves de 13 a 16 nudos, sol pelao, mar en calma ... al aguapato!!!Anoche, después de tanta vaina, fue una jornada deliciosa, fresca ycalmada; muy reconfortante físicamente para todos, pésima para la regata.Los vientos amainaron desde ayer, pero se fueron alineando a soplar delNorEste lo cual nos lleva en dirección directa a Saint Lucia; además loestán haciendo en forma estable aunque no muy fuerte.En la guardia de las 04:00 a 07:00 estuvo realmente movida; bajo ladirección de Romain y al despunte del alba bajamos la mayor, recogimos elfoque para colocar el genneker... baja aun mas el viento e igual pa’bajo elgenneker, a subir el spinnaker (esta. read more...


08/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG Day 11- Major Setback-RACE OVER

Friday 7th December 2012 1200hrs GMT (8th December) - miles in last 24 hours -  POSITION;15' 55' 591 N, 048' 49.223W Late morning we decide to hoist the genaker - the big white blooter. We even got 9 knots wind from the N and we're cruising along nicely at 7/71/2 knots. It's still a fairly flat sea, the sun is splitting the skies and it's hot, hot, hot - we could do with some more breeze. In the afternoon the wind dies away, then starts to fill in again from the N , 13-15 knots. Speed increases to 9-10,1/2 knots - everyone enjoyijng the sail. We decide to play safe, however, and drop the blooter before sunset. With all hands on deck the drop goes well without a hitch. We commence our watch system for the night. At approximately 0215hrs in 20 knots of wind, Gordon and Annie. read more...


08/12/2012

Hera - Bergfest

Gestern18.00 flog der Sektkorken, mit dem Klaus fast einen fliegenden Fisch im Flugerlegt hätte. Dieverbleibenden 1400 sm schmelzen im Passat wie Butter dahin. Ja, wir haben ihnwieder - mit 15 kn aus Nordwest.Heragleitet von Rasmus beflügelt mit 8 kn über Grund, der allerdings 4000 km unteruns liegt, auf ihrem Sollkurs von 260 Grad dahin.Eswird von Tag zu Tag wärmer und Henrik hat soeben verkündet, ab sofort im BikiniRuder zu gehen. Stefan. read more...


08/12/2012

Ostrea - dr father in law

hi all,Yesterday when we were mid Atlantic, furthest away from land, we heard a request for a scalpel and local anaestetics on channel 16 on our VHF. We reacted and with the help of our friends from Oojah, we were able to talk to the crew of SY Johanem who had a medical emergency. One of their crew members had a big triple fishhook deep into his upper lower arm and we were only 25 miles away. We decided to both alter course and meet in the middle to operate the patient and free him from the hook. In the pitch dark we (Jan and myself) rowed to the Johanem with our medical kit. It was good to be off the boat after 11 days and to meet some other people again after so long at sea. Jan injected the anaestetics and happily got the hook out after a while. We stayed for one quick beer with the. read more...


18/11/2011

Morning Star - Michael blog 3

Morning Star Log 3 Sun to Tues Well Neptune sweemed to be unhappy with us. Winds remained below 10 kts and out of the southeast. That's the direction we need to go. We either tack back and forth in light winds or start the motor. Cptn decided on motor.  By Tues we had had enough of the engine. The noise became like white noise so wekind of got used to it but we keep waiting for the winds to improve. Hard to believe but the ocean was calm enough at times that you could water ski on it.  Tues 1045 first water tank empty of 4 Tues 1245 second water tank empty Tues 1345 3rd water tank is empty!! We have one tank left and it holds about 60 gallons. We stopped the engine to look for the leak and of course we found it.Couldn't have ask for a worse spot,behindthe engine which is still. read more...


08/12/2012

Rafiki - Consolations of being becalmed

Friday 7th December 2012Cally writes:Last night Andy managed to steer us round the edge of the lightningand we escaped major squalls, while Phil had a couple of patches of nowind at all. It was unbearably hot.There was lots of bed swapping,as the kids sought out any airy bit of the boat they could find.Initially the morning loomed remarkably grey.We all feltheavy-headed and soporific.Towards mid-morning there were heavy rainshowers and it was wonderfully refreshing to take to the foredeck andget hosed down by them!The sea is relatively flat and calm and soyou can see for miles across the horizon.We’ve also continued tohave a small harvest of flying fish each day on the deck – we assumethey are leaping out of the water to avoid being eaten, oblivious toRafiki being in their path.They are. read more...


08/12/2012

Rafiki - Past Halfway

Thursday 6th DecemberCally writes:We reached our halfway point at about 3am this morning!We celebrated this afternoon with a fantastic Mexican meal prepared byAndy and the kids.They have been planning it ever since Andy firstdecided to join our boat and in Las Palmas, Andy and I picked up somecostumes to add to the party atmosphere.Chief Rob was in a figleafskirt and flower garland, as was Mini-chief James; Andy, Phil, Emilyand I wore grass hula skirts and flower garlands.Emily and I hadflower bikini tops to add to the look – all very fetching!As ever on this boat, the party centered around food, so here’s the menu:- fruit cocktails, served with pineapple slices and cocktail umbrellasand 2 of which were inside coconut shells;- starter: nachos with melted cheese, tomato salsa and sour. read more...


08/12/2012

Rafiki - Evading the Doldrums Effect (or not quite)

Thursday 6th DecemberEl Capitano Roberto writes:Today, we continued on about 245deg on port tack and will probablycarry on this way until tomorrow afternoon. This will mean we havebeen on the same point of sail for over five days and about 1000NM onour log (probably nearer 900 in reality)! We have recently beenmaintaining our course to avoid a ridge of high pressure to our westwhich has generally light and variable winds which we are keen toavoid, even if it means sailing for longer – it beats motoring orbeing becalmed. We also heard report on our radio net this morning ofboat who have sailed through this ridge experiencing heavy squallswith strong winds and rough conditions in between calm patches, not ahappy combination.As well as receiving email forecasts and downloading data. read more...


08/12/2012

Meltemi - 07.12.2012 - 11. Seetag - Nachtrag: Nikolaus-Gruesse

Position: 20-44N / 051-16WCOG: 255 deg (nein, wir wollen nicht nach Puerto Rico, wir halsen gleich. Der Blinker ist schon gesetzt!)SOG: 7,1 kn679 nm to goLiebe Meltemi-Freunde,es ist jetzt kurz vor Mitternacht und ich moechte die Highlights des heutigen Tages fuer euch imverschneiten Deutschland noch kurz zusammenfassen. uebrigens: Die Wassertemperatur betraegt bei unsaktuell 27 Grad! Wir sind also auf dem richtigen Weg ... Heute haben wir Bergfest nach Breite gefeiert (nicht zu verwechseln mit dem Bergfest nach Laenge), nachdemwir mit Meltemi den 21. Breitengrad 08 Minuten noerdlicher Breite unterschritten haben. Aktuell befindenwir uns zwar nicht mehr im Geschwindigkeitsrausch der ersten Tage, denn das geben Windstaerken um 15Knoten und Windrichtung ganz einfach nicht her. Trotzdem. read more...


08/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 8 - We're over halfway!

19:21.5N 42:44.0W PLEASE NOTE: THIS POST WAS SUPPOSED TO BE POSTED ON 6th DECEMBER BUT DIDN'T MAKE IT. DON'T WORRY, WE'RE WELL BEYOND HALFWAY NOW! WE DID IT! Yesterday we reached the halfway mark in this marathon of a sail. We all woke up in a very good mood as we knew today we'd it the halfway mark. For breakfast Jags (who was on Mother duty) made porridge and added currents and apricots to make a smiliey face (ah bless...). By lunch time we past half way so our celebratory lunch was pizza and dinner was steak, followed up by a cigar and some rum. The sun shone dowm on us all day, the wind was steady and we were sailing fast.  All in all, it was probably our best day so far. .... And then the night came down on us.  The night shift. read more...



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