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03/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #10: Same ol', same ol'

Well, we thought we would check in to report that there isn't much to report!We continue to make progress despite light trade winds, heading now on a course directly to St Lucia which is a HUGE morale booster.The weather is hot & sunny with big billowy clouds above, perfect for drying the damp shoes we brought with us (and just discovered - ugh) from Las Palmas.The waves are gentle which at least a few of the crew appreciate. Rumor is that we will soon put up the gennaker, Midsommar, and we'll then also be the prettiest sailboat around. (The fact that there isn't another boat to be seen on our 30-ish mile horizon is irrelevant!)Lyell worked hard yesterday, producing a batch of delicious chocolate chip cookies which is such a treat.We also have a new host of jokes making the rounds. read more...


03/12/2013

Arcarius of Plymouth - Skipper catches a fish

What a fish! Fantastic! It only has taken 3500 miles since leaving Plymouthto catch it. It was such a beautiful fish I nearly put it back! But it tastedgreat! We have now settled into a normal routine of living on the boat. Aftergoing through hell, gusting 50 knots of wind, we are now in heaven, 7 knots ofwind sailing at 4.5 knots. Life is good.   Musings from two old sea dogs and a youngone fish. read more...


Arcarius of Plymouth - Skipper catches a fish
Arcarius of Plymouth - Skipper catches a fish
03/12/2013

Calypso - "Splash & Dash"

Jensen would not have been impressed with our pit stop but we popped into Mindelo, St Vincent, Cape Verde Islands for some diesel (and departed having left behind our rubbish which made us feel a bit guilty).Whilst there we met up with fellow travellers "Aditi" (Claire was generous enough to serve us with cold drinks which were most welcome) and "Silver Slipper" where skipper Bumble (the dog) was content as were her humans.Light winds overnight made for slow progress and we finally resorted to engine at 08:30 GMT.Weather warm with blue skies.Approx 1975nm to run to St Lucia. Current position 16 07.80N & 26 59.46WFair winds to all.DJD & P 12:00 GMT 03.12.13. read more...


03/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

jabberyachtyTwas brillig and the slopping seasdidst slosh and slap upon the shipall flimsy was the fitful breezeand the drooped sails a'dipBeware the forecasters my friendsthe lines that point, the high and lowbeware the news of trading windswhile feeble vespers blow.We sailed our spangled barques abroadlong time to reach the windward islewhile breathless fickle breeze conspiresto torture every mile.Slip slap slip slapthe struggling sail goes taught and jerkswhile grumbling in the barkys bowelsthe iron mainsail worksAnd will we make the windward isleof course we will my sailing friendsa frabscious day twill be we saywhen we reach the other end.. read more...


03/12/2013

Moondancer - It's all better now

Hi AllCurrent position: 17 37'.366N 029 16'.444WWe had better day yesterday fixing the boat instead of breaking it. Spent the morning with my head in a cupboard trying to work out why we had lost most of the electronics on the boat. After spending 2 hours testing and rewiring the main Raymarine board I’d managed to achieve a big fat zero. In fact I’d appeared to have made the problem worst. The original problem would blow a fuse after about 30 minutes. It was now blowing them instantly. With three blow fuses and only one 5amp fuse left Paul was starting to give me the look (you've made it worst you fool). With only one fuse left the pressure was on. If I blow this one we'd have no auto-helm, wind instruments and speed information, none of which are life threatening but with 2000 miles to. read more...


03/12/2013

Annabella - Log 8 - 3rd December

Position: 17 18.38N 30 32.94WDistance since blog 6: 96NMDisappointing 24 hour run with very light winds of 4 - 7 knots for the duration (giving boat speed of 4 - 5.5 knots). On the positive side the wind has shifted (veered) from NE to E which is where we would like it. We have tried goose winging with main sail and big genoa but it was taking us off course. The solution to our dilemma is more wind. Expectations are that it should happen sometime today. 1760NM miles to go.We encountered our first commercial vessel for a number of days at 0200GMT. The Regno Marinus passed 2.5 miles to port on a course of 051 degrees. We now have Ocean Venture, an Ocean 60, 5 miles to port and slightly ahead and currently doing 5 knots. We seem to be keeping pace with boats that we would have expected. read more...


03/12/2013

Adina - Day 9 More weather, bugs and a surprise cake

To start with the serious stuff. A few have been asking about our strategy so a quick old reminder.Looking at grib files, weather routing suggested heading south from the start to avoid light winds and head winds to the west. A few days in, two weather routing experts suggested staying east of 20W and south of 15N. Our same course but more southerly. We followed this as did a few more although some have now cut through the islands. We opted not to as the weather looked lighter in the islands but a forecast is a forecast. Some yachts chose to hit the engine from the start and motor through the light winds, re-fuelling in the Verdes, and are now way in front while others have taken the head winds on. We've been trimming and seeking wind. To quote Tom Cunliffe "Set out on a great circle. read more...


03/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 9 - 1000 miles

The crew celebrated reaching the 1st 1000 mile mark with the long awaited bottle of red wine.  It was savoured by all and went well with the chilli. It rounded off a very enjoyable day which began with clear skies and calm seas and remained that way all day.  The girls all wore their swimsuits for the 1st time and Mike Was threatening to don his ‘budgie smugglers’.  He didn’t - but he will!    Mike got his fishing gear out and spent the afternoon staring off the back of the boat hoping for a nibble.  Quite what he will do if he ever catches a fish is not clear.  Mike ordered up all of the necessary paraphernalia, wooden board, knife, landing net, vodka.  Vodka!!??   Apparently that is  to kill the fish – whether Mike drinks. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 9 - 1000 miles
Blue Dolphin - Day 9 - 1000 miles
03/12/2013

Jambo - Hot and steamy!

Winds still a major problem so motoring into The Cap Verdes ,Mindelo,Sao Vincente to get some fuel before we make the last jump across.The trade winds have failed to materialise and progress is very slow - time to get the fishing rod out again!. read more...


03/12/2013

Hera - 15. Breitengrad

Bei leichtem NNE Wind segeln wir wie prognostiziert seit gesternAbend  gemächlich den 15.Breitengrad entlang Richtung Westen.In der Nacht konnten wir das Phänomen beobachten, an Backbord denPolarstern und an Steuerbord das Kreuz des Südens direkt über dem Horizont zuhaben.Heute mußten wir eine sich auflösenden Naht am Großsegel nähen. Um 13 Uhrwird die Borduhr um eine weitere Stunde auf UTC-2h zurück gestellt.Irgendein Crewmitglied schlug vor, für die Borduhr eine neue Zeitrechnung“nach Rasmus” einzuführen. Als  schiffssichernde Maßnahme haben wir dafürin Mindelo noch einmal reichlich Port getankt. Seit heute arbeitet auch unsere Bordbäckerei, nachdem gestern der ersteVersuch mit selbstgebackenem Brot erfolgreich verlief.   Stefan  . read more...


03/12/2013

Challenger 3 - Squalls, sunshine and fish

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } DAY 7Still more rain but this time it come with wind in the form of a squall so we had to run down wind with it by the time we finished are 6 hrs watch the rain had just about stopped to leave a clear night.The night watch has been uneventful apart from hitting the 1st 1000mile mark!! We are beating with full main yankee 2 and stay sail still no trade winds lets hope they are near?! The crew are all a little bit happier this morning as the sun is out and we can have some hatches open as well and start to dry every thing out after all the rain we have had. The crew have been doing a great job of keeping the boat clean and turning out some great meals in the tricky conditions with the boat at about 30 deg it makes life a little bit hard.I hope this. read more...


03/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 4 – Tuesday December 3rd 2013

Athena log 4 – Tuesday December 3rd 2013 –1200 hrs., 15 54 N; 30 00 W Well here I am again, anothercrossing, another blog, another crew. I ask myself what qualifies me forskippering another crew of “Motley’s” across this wonderful powerfulocean. So often I hear, when I mentionanother ocean passage ahh well everyone has done it these days, it’s easy.  My rejoinder is often quick and cuttingas I say “name one” and in truth they cannot. There are a lot of us that areserial ocean crossers, so because of repetition we considerably reduce theactual volume of participants. This ARC is the 28th, a brief guesstimation ofthe full number excluding the repeats and the reduced numbers in the earlyyears, I recon about 32,000 people have enjoyed the fun of participating, fromevery nation under the. read more...


03/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 03.12.13 - 1000hrs

By Chris Haworth. Blog Subjects today: Nature, Creation + Love (yes..I’ve been on along solitary night watch!) Since yesterdays report things have been pretty stable – wind from the north 10/15 knots pretty steady all night circa 6 kts bt speed with 40% main and repaired Genoa –  heading due west all night trying to stay in ‘fast lane’ (thin band of slightly stronger wind).  After yesterdays exertions (repairs etc) Jane decided we all deserved Rum Punch ‘sundowners’ at about 1900hrs (as we have moved west it is now getting dark 1.5 hrs later than when we left!) Dinner was Freshly caught fish 2 x 3.5 lb Dourada (expertly gutted and filleted by Fra) rice and fresh veg. followed by fresh pineapple fruit salad and cream  + coffee. Hoisted spinnaker at Sunrise. read more...


03/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 3 December Are we there yet?

The question refers to the elusive trade winds, not St Lucia which is still nearly 2,000 miles away.We had been heading SW or thereabouts since we left Las Palmas, initially to follow the tried and tested route to find the trades.When it became possible we put in a bit more southing towards the end of the week, to avoid strong winds forecast for the northern area and, hopefully ,to find the trades.Now we have turned right!We had a very boring motor for about 27 hours then, just as we finished dinner, the wind increased to about 10 knots from the NE.Engine off, genoa out, we altered course for St Lucia.On Saturday John set the Hydrovane up to steer us by windpower, we had only tried it successfully once before.Just like last time, it coped with the fairly weak winds before we ran out. read more...


03/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 The Brochure and a Dilemma

Day 11 The Brochure and a Dilemma It finally happened. After 11 days of all sorts of weather I awoke to the brochure picture. The sun came up from right behind us, as we are going west now, and within an hour the sky was full of “fair weather cumulus” All we need now is 5 more knots of wind and we will be flying. Talking of which, we flew the Parasailor yesterday in very light wind just to make sure we knew how to rig and set it. The crew took some photos and it would be hard to not notice we are from the “Land of our Fathers” with all the Welsh references. Today we hope to fly it in anger and see if we can up our speed.I have a skippers dilemma. When to brake into the week 4 snack box! Steph who is responsible for provisioning has dutifully dived up the sacks into 4 week boxes and the. read more...


Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 The Brochure and a Dilemma
Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 11 The Brochure and a Dilemma
03/12/2013

Aspen - Log 9 Tuesday 3 Dec; Cape Verde Islands

Ah yes, the Cape Verde Islands - birthplace of the deadly Atlantichurricanes.Columbus even sailed through these islands beginning withhis second voyage to the new world and today finds Aspen sailing throughthese same islands as well.At 0700 this morning we changed our course to 270 degrees - direct toSt. Lucia!At 15 degrees south, where we are, the chocolate has finallymelted and the sun is warm once again.Sail on, sail on and sail safe Aspen!Steve and Maria. read more...


Surya - surya@surya5408.com
Surya - surya@surya5408.com
Surya - even lijnen netjes hangen
Surya - even lijnen netjes hangen
Arkouda - Land Ho--Sooner than expected! Sao Vicente, Cape Verde in the Distance!
Arkouda - Land Ho--Sooner than expected!  Sao Vicente, Cape Verde in the Distance!
02/12/2013

Jade - How quickly a week goes...

Well that's 1 week under the belt and routines are beginning to fall in place. For instance, we spend 2 hours a day (before lunch) all huddled round the SSB radio listening to the ARC weather forecast and Net Contoller chat. Something new yesterday as Noah and Ferne opened the first window on their advent calendars. This has sent them into Christmas mode and they are now midst writing their Christmas lists (again!)We are about to sail past the Cape Verdes - avoiding lots of low pressure out there - then we'll turn right and hit the Trade Winds (hopefully). Lots of love to allMichelle and all on Jade xxxx. read more...


03/12/2013

Arkouda - Days 7 and 8

Land Ho--We arrived around 2 pm to Sao Vicente, Cape Verde.We had these grandiose plans of anchoring, dropping the dingy down (much harder than usual due to all the extra straps to secure it to the davits,and trying to replace the 90 lb outboard motor we had removed to keep it safe for passage) going into town to buy a courtesy flag, check in, and find the other Ark boats.We sailed in in light winds and glorious sunshine, intrigued by steep cliffs and all of the birds.We arrived at the anchorage, found a likely spot and dropped our hook.Oh my God, what is that smell? I say sewage, Sean thinks burning trash...either way we are NOT sleeping here! Up goes the anchor and we spent at least an hour motoring around the anchorage to find a spot where A) there was enough room and B) didn't. read more...


Surya - Alles lekker bol
Surya - Alles lekker bol
03/12/2013

Surya - Dag 10 begint

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Surya - Dag 10 begint
Surya - Dag 10 begint
03/12/2013

Free Spirit - Monday 2nd December

It’s my Birthday today!  Here I am 69 yearsold in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean! Wow!  What a way tocelebrate!  {make of that what youwill}…..   Anyway it has been alovely day in every way.  I startedwith a pampering session – that is to say I had a shower, shampooed and blowdried my hair – such luxury!  Then Ihad my first Birthday present…… A fish from Alex…..another beautiful mahimahi.  As if this was not enough hethen donned snorkel, mask and flippers and dived under the boat!  Oh what drama!  What a palava!  Just as the fish had been landed theengine was put in to gear to start moving forward again when BANG!!  Don’t like the sound of that, said Peter,we  could be in trouble……{Anotherdread realized – the. read more...


02/12/2013

Pannikin - Days 7& 8

Sunday 1st December – Day 7Boat speed during the night was slow as we only had a very small headsail out because of the rough conditions with the wind around 35kts and gusts up to 40kts and with a long way to go we thought it best to be a little conservative. There was heavy rain squalls and the waves and swell were up as well. Every so often a wave would slap the side of Pannikin and the helms person would get a little more wet, if that was possible. John was suffering from seasickness and Dr Andrew gave him a shot and sent him to bed for the night. The morning wind slowly veered around onto the nose, but eased making a weary crew a little more comfortable. By mid morning we were not getting very far without a mainsail so we had to attempt a sail change – not an easy exercise with an. read more...


03/12/2013

Webster - Log 11- Touch and Go

Monday 2nd: Mindelo is a bit of a weird place, Albert describes it somewhat more strongly. Woke to sunshine and heat, much warmer than on passage and the boat was a bit humid. We set about cleaning the fridge, making provision lists and assembling the information for registration so the boat looked like a bomb had hit it. Jeremy was up top doing the washing using up the remnants of the water in the tanks ready to refill. I took off for the immigration office which was some hike away and I'm glad I did so when I did because a number of skippers came into the office after me and it took forever. They were in for a long wait and a 7 Euro bill. Then it was around the corner to the Police office to check documents again - yet another crew list to write out on the prescribed form and a few. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - 350 Miles from St Lucia

14.40.34N56.29.85 WAtlantic Ocean - 350 Miles from StLuciaWe are on the downhill leg of our crossing. Well, Archimedes would disagree saying that the Earth is round - but you getthe drift.Hard to believe the long legs we have sailed to gethere.  700 miles from Gibraltar to the Canary Islands, 850 miles from theCanaries to Cape Verde (of which we sailed all 1150 miles), and now this finalleg 2100 miles to St Lucia.  Ugh.  We need a Pina Colada, a shadetree, and A CHEESEBURGER!The weather has been anything but supportive ofthis last leg.  Today we sailed through a low pressure cell.  Windscontinue to be light, but our Spinnaker - which we set two days ago - keeps uscharging towards our goal.  Shawn and I enjoyed a cup of coffee on thefront of the boat. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - The last 24 hours have improved.

15.24.25 N51.55.46W Atlantic Ocean - 550 miles ENE of StLucia The last 24 hours have improved.  Now whensomeone passes gas-the smell actually blows away!   Yesterday we had all reached rock bottom, hungour heads in shame, and started our motor.  We realized things could onlyimprove - the concern was how long would it take for us to get wind.  Turnsout - last night at 1825 we turned off the motor for a nice "quiet" dinner andto watch the sunset.  The winds and boat built speed over the next fewhours and we were able to get some miles in motor free!  In fact - today at1600 (4pm) we swapped out the main and code zero for our spinnaker - the sail wehope to have take us the rest of the way to St Lucia.  Imagine thatspinnaker set - Ron. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - I Give Up. I Quit.

Amaris sails the world15.49.12N47.49.74WAtlantic Ocean I give up. I quit. I ask for a refund.  THEREIS NO WIND! It is day 10 and still no wind.  Whereare these famous trade winds.  We just had e-mail contact with our friendson "Joy of Shamrock Quay" who started their motor 30 hours ago - and were ableto stop to sail for 3...  before taking a dip in the water and restartingtheir motor. In previous days, I was calculating potentialwind angles and selecting sails based on predicted winds.  Now I havestarted calculating how far we will get with our limited amount of fuel - theanswer...  about 40% of the way.  I figure we can run our engine forabout two days straight.  Fingers crossed wind will fill in between now andthen. And. read more...


03/12/2013

Amaris - Becalmed - The Reprise

Becalmed - The Reprise Amaris Sails the World 16. 13. 60 N46.17.93WAtlantic Ocean Becalmed - the reprise After a day of bobbing in the Atlantic - we had anice bit of breeze late yesterday that took us into the night.  Itstopped.  And again we are bobbing.  We actually have started aimingfor the squalls as we know there is a little bit of wind in them (caused by thecooling of air from the descending rain).   On a bright note - we were able to throw allcaution to the wind (or lack there of) and jump off the boat into the refreshingbath water of the Atlantic.  The water was perfect!  And no one waseaten by a shark. Apparently, the crew has become restless and hasstarted a mustache growing contest.  It isn't pretty... Thankfully,. read more...


03/12/2013

Hanami II - Terre pas encore en vue mais ca approche ...

Lundi 02 XII 201323 09 UTC14 19 N51 44 WLes Antilles pointant le bout de leur nez sur l'ecran la notion de temps reprend de la force a bord et vient se superposer au rythme des quarts. On recommence a compter en jours, 4 jours avant Ste Lucie par exemple, alors qu'il faut reflechir pour savoir depuis combien de temps nous sommes partis et quel jour nous sommes.Ce matin lors de la vacation radio, dans les bateaux joignables, il y en avait plus derriere nous que devant. On ne regatte pas mais c'est agreable a entendre.Demain c'est nous qui coordinerons la vacation radio. Nous en aurons coordonnees quatre, c'est pas mal et ce devrait etre la derniere.Pour ne pas fausser notre compte de jours restants, le vent semble avoir repris un peu de vigueur: entre 9 et 15 noeuds toute la journee mais. read more...


03/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - What a night on Tatt av vinden

This night it feels like somebody stole the trade winds. We are below 18N,and the sea is absolutely calm. Until one oclock we had just so much wind thatthe autopilot kept us on course, and during the day we had a light 8 – 10 kn. Afantastic day! But nothing beats the bright skys with all its stars. It is thenight of no moon. The moon is on the same side as the sun, and the sky is leftto the stars and the planets alone. We saw Venus as bright as we never did. Itruled entirely in its part of the sky. I woke up one hour before I should turnin at midnight UTC. When I saw the beautiful scenario over me, I brought thenight carpet with me to the cockpit, lay down on my back, and took the sight allin. In deep breaths. I felt so lucky, and so humble in the middle of theuniverse, in this soft. read more...


03/12/2013

Surya - Kitesurfers

Over die kitesurfer die we enkele dagen geleden langzij kregen hebben we van het thuisfront inmiddels de volgende informatie ontvangen:"In de HTC Atlantic Kite Challenge steken zes kitesurfers non-stop de Atlantische Oceaan over. De groep is vertrokken op de Canarische eilanden en hoopt in 2 á 3 weken via de Zuid-Atlantische route naar Puerto Rico in het Caribisch gebied te surfen. De deelnemers zijn initiatiefnemer Filippo van Hellenberg Hubar (NL), Max Blom (NL), Camilla Ringvold (NO), Bruno Sroka (FR), Francisco Lufinha (PT) en Eric Pequeno (VS). De kitesurfers wisselen elkaar tijdens de 6.000 km lange tocht om de twee uur af en kiten dag en nacht. De groep wordt op deze langste 'downwinder' ooit begeleid door een catamaran, een Lagoon 500 van ruim 15 meter, genaamd de. read more...


Surya - Kitesurfers
Surya - Kitesurfers
02/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 6

Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 6     No. of Italian Canapés – 3 each No. of washed ladies - 9     Fairy ARC spa opened with the arrival of the sun today. We decided that Hotstuff was too heavy in the now light winds and a removal of grime was necessaryfor proper weight distribution. Operation complete - skipper is happy toannounce that 9 clean women can now finally sail in the right direction(!) andhave topped a speed of 11.7 knots upwind. Impressive!It's been a day of new beginnings. A new word 'clean' was added to our dictionaries. The Laundrette opened at dawn - read ahead to understand bucket and washingprocess... The Great ARC bake off started. Jo and Nikki kicked it off with a stunninglemon drizzle cake. They went for the rustic style of a. read more...


02/12/2013

Shine - Day 8 : Inadequate undergarment

Notwithstanding the ongoing depression at having lost the fishing rod,we have had a beautiful sunny day sailing in favourable winds,which appear to beimproving all the time.Quite a busy make-and-mend morning spent repairing and drying sails,servicing the outboard ,rigging the hammock etc, whichwas followed by our first foray into kite-land since last Thursday.With a bit of luck, and if the forecast holds, this could well be us to the finish line.We are now officially over half way, and unfortunately Michael missed the revised order that it's thongs at the finish, not half way. Every cloud has a silver lining, however, as having had a dry run, he now has a week to work out how he is going to accommodate his other testicle, as accommodate he must !Kite staying up all night , so stand by. read more...


02/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 12 - What a difference a day makes!

After some dodgy weather for the past few days, it was awelcome relief to actually see a full sky of stars on shift last night. We had acontinuous breeze of about 10-12 knots for most of the night, and the windshifted round to the north. This meant we were at last actually pointing westtowards St Lucia. There were a lot of shooting stars reported and a beautifulsunrise at about 8am this morning - we are going back in time, so haveadjusted meal times according to when the sun rises and sets.   Blue skies meant only one thing - time to do somewashing and air all of our damp clothes! They were getting a bitsmelly in the boat with not much ventilation. We had our last bit of tuna forlunch with some more delicious home made bread. We attempted to. read more...


02/12/2013

Hebe - Day 9 2.12.13

17:11:58N034:51:43WThis awesome picture shows Harry mending our torn main sail, Peter at the helm holding the boat steady. The rest of us holding lines and our breath.All well now and today was brilliant, definitely getting into trade winds as the wind has trickled around to the north east. Wind died earlier so we drifted along, lit the barbie and had a few beers, all alone in the Atlantic with nothing to the north of us but the Arctic and the Antarctic to the south. We were so tempted to dive in and have a swim but Harry and Imo have had two close shaves with sharks appearing and didn't want to tempt fate……scary! Sarah and I are planning our mid point party, fancy dress and games, pictures to follow. Its amazing how little time there is what with helming, cooking, cleaning, fishing. read more...


Hebe - Day 9 2.12.13
Hebe - Day 9  2.12.13
02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 16 30 990n 28 52 770w

Log Day 9 Not another day in theoffice. The last 24 hours has seen steadyprogress to the West with sunny skies and gentle breezes from all round thecompass, but mostly enabling us to sail in the desireddirection. We have now travelled over 1,100 NMand have less than 1,900 NM to go to St Lucia. The unsettled weather of recentdays seems to have moved to the North East and we are hoping for cooperative –if light - winds for the next 48 hours, and Matt continues to promise that thevaunted Trade Winds will at some point arrive to waft us on a “conveyor belt” toSt Lucia. Away from sailing the boat, the mostexciting event of the last day was Matt and Mike succeeding in fixing the watermaker by ingeniously utilising the boat’s fresh water pump to bypass the watermaker’s failed primary. read more...


02/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eight

I had the 4 - 6 a.m. watch last night (UTC). At this longitude, that was well before dawn. There moon was new, the sky cloudless, and the sea glassy. I took the bimini down to open the cockpit to the sky. The Milky Way was as dense as I have ever seen it. Several shooting stars crossed the sky. Priceless.As dawn came, the wind remained elusive. We motored on. It was my turn as Galley Master, and I fixed the guys walnut banana pancakes with syrup, sausages and coffee. Afterwards, we killed the motor and coasted to a stop. Then, we dove over the side for a swim. The water was perfect -- not too cold and not too warm and perfectly clear. It was weird knowing the bottom was 4,000 meters below. A few laps around the boat got the heart going. It felt good to get a bit of aerobic exercise.The. read more...


02/12/2013

Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort. Nachtwache extended.

Als Erstes:Heute erreichte uns eine Meldung der Rennleitung, dass die französische Yacht Pinkas zwischen Gran Canaria und Cap Verde vermisst wird. Die Crew der Diva wünscht unseren Sportsfreunden eine sichere Heimkehr trotz der extremen Bedingungen. Morgens um vier Uhr beginnt meine Nachtwache. Kein Windhauch, absolute Stille, Null Knoten, die Genau eingeholt, den Bullen gesetzt und gewartet. Gespenstische Stille, nur Sterne undkein Mond. Die nächsten Menschen zu uns - außer auf einem Boot oder im Flugzeug, sitzen in der Raumstation ISS. Ein Windhauch schiebt uns mit 0,5 Knoten geräuschlos durch das spiegelglatte Wasser. Aus dem Hauch wird Wind und wir segeln friedlich durch die Nacht. Da die Dämmerung an diesem Morgen so schön ist, komme ich gar nicht ins Bett, sondern segele zusammen. read more...


Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort. Nachtwache extended.
Diva - Ruhe – was ein schönes Wort.  Nachtwache extended.
02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 17 11 240n 26 35 750w

Log Day 8 – The Quantum ofSausage... So after the events of Friday nightchronicled by Jan in yesterday’s blog last night was pretty quiet aboard  the Great  Escape. We had a few sharp rain showers,flashes of distant lightning and thunder and during the night about a dozenflying fish landed on the deck one of which struck Fabs (as Fabio is now known )on the back as he sat in the cockpit in the dark. Everyone seemed strangelyreluctant to remove them and, having done so, I now know why….they areespecially smelly – once touched never forgotten. We have had a lovely sail today; amodest SE  to E wind, clear skiesand it is certainly warming up….even had to erect the bimini. We’ve seen pods ofhunting dolphins and several whales which Peter claims can be identified by theshape and. read more...


02/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 18 17 190n 24 44 970w

 Great Escape’s progress over the pastseveral days may have been glorious, wet, frustrating but never could it bedescribed as ‘oceanic’. That was about to change. In the early hours of Saturdaymorning the wind began to build. Standing orders required notifying the skipperof a blow of over 20 knots. Since this occurred at watch change just about thewhole crew was in the cockpit putting in their 10 cents’ (6p) worth. As the windcontinued to build and the boat increasingly difficult to handle – we werehurtling into a black abyss and about 8 knots – Skipper ordered the mainsailtaken down. We would progress using the headsail alone. Peter and Jan were selected for theEVA and ventured out into the blustery black night to lower the sail armed withsafety tethers sail ties and head lamp. The. read more...


02/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Seven

We had just finished a scrumptuous Shepherd's Pie prepared by Coach when it happened.Sounding a bit like the raw whir of a dentist's drill, all of a sudden the drag on the fishing reel sounded off. In a flash, John jumped from his cockpit seat and grabbed the rod. A strong force bent the rod and fought with him as he worked the reel. Less than ten minutes later, the winner of the wrestling match between man and fish had been decided. John and Coach held big grins for the cameras as they hoisted their trophy, a ten kilo tuna. We hastily filleted the fish and stuck him in the fridge, wrapped carefully in plastic, wishing we had caught him just a few hours earlier. Tomorrow's menu was clear. Tuna for breakfast, tuna for lunch, tuna for dinner.The lumpy seas gradually diminished as we. read more...