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08/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Stowaway foods, A Skyelark review!

We are entering our final week at sea, and it's fair to say that thesupplies are dwindling, the last of the fresh fruit was eaten this morningand all but the frozen veg is gone. We now look through the fridge onlypicking the most 'ripe & ready' produceto go into today's lunches so thatwe eke out a bit of freshness for everyday.On a yacht that prides itselfon excellent food, and with a hungry and demanding crew-what are we goingto do?Usually we would turn to our stores of pre made and frozen meals, lovinglyprepared in Las Palmas and enroute, or the long life cupboard staples suchas bacon and pesto pasta! This year however we have a new plan, we havekindly been given a supply of pre made, ambient ready meals from Stowawayfoods. Having heard that sailing with Skyelark is all about. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - São Francisco 4 no meridiano do Tratado de Tordesilhas (fim séc. XV) / 8th Dec - São Francisco 4 at the Tordesilhas Treaty meridian (XV century)
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - São Francisco 4 no meridiano do Tratado de Tordesilhas (fim séc. XV) / 8th Dec - São Francisco 4 at the Tordesilhas Treaty meridian (XV century)
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - O último atum pescado do lado Português, 10Kg / 8th Dec - The last tuna fished on the Portuguese side, 10 Kg
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - O último atum pescado do lado Português, 10Kg / 8th Dec - The last tuna fished on the Portuguese side, 10 Kg
08/12/2013

Adina - Day 13 Up and down with the Parasailor

Day 13 and the crew kindly chose not to wake Skippy and let him catch up on sleep - he's looking a lot better for it and full of mischief again.The wind forecast for the day was for anything from NE to SE, and added to that the sea state has become confused from these differing angles. So it was time to get the parasailor down and hoist it on the other gybe. It also gave us a chance to check everything over. Much to our surprise, the tacker that holds it to our forestay was half way through losing it's holding, with its webbing wearing through. Susie bought out some hot hair ballooning webbing and did a very good job of reinforcing it. Plus the boys fitted shoft shackles to reduce wear on it. Back up went the parasailor. Then the wind shifted and back down came the parasailor. So to the. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - Um Kitesurfzucho em pleno oceano atlântico! Ai tubaralho... / 8th Dec - Kitesurfing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
São Francisco 4 - 8 Dez - Um Kitesurfzucho em pleno oceano atlântico! Ai tubaralho... / 8th Dec - Kitesurfing in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean!
08/12/2013

Incisor daily blog 8-11-2013

Hello everyone!Well, we are certainly eating up the miles today. We haven’t been under 9knts all day! We keep telling ourselves, only a Fastnet and the delivery back to go! We have been reaching most of the day which makes it feel as though we are going even faster. After a lighter patch last night the wind is back up to a steady 13knts and due to increase this evening and through till we get to St. Lucia. All those boats North of us are now getting into that light patch we have been trying to avoid this whole time so hopefully we should cover some ground against them in the next few days. We have had lots of sail changes today and we really are getting pretty slick at them now! Derek likes to keep us busy you see. No idle bodies on this boat that’s for sure.Derek has been carrying out. read more...


08/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Fourteen

Seasickness. Coming from the Rocky Mountains, I have often likened this dreaded sailor's disease to altitude sickness, at least in one respect. Just as altitude sickness is only cured by coming down to a lower elevation, for coastal cruisers seasickness is only cured by returning to calmer waters.I've never fully understood how, but apparently its the inner ear that's the culprit with seasickness. Somehow, the random motions of a sea tossed boat cause the inner ear to get mixed up. The consequences are the signature symptoms of seasickness -- lethargy, headache, nausea. As I said, for the day sailor the only cure is to head back to port. But for the blue water sailor, happily there's another solution. Time. After a few days at sea, the inner ear adjusts and, mysteriously, the symptoms of. read more...


08/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary - Days 13 - 15

Day 13:It is still windy today which is good.We bought some more bananas in Mindelo so we had porridge with bananas, raisins and honey for breakfast. Mum said today that I am not to fish anymore until all the meat on the boat is gone because it will otherwise go bad.Its only a few days so I don't mind too much.We had Brazilian chicken for dinner again tonight - yummy.After dinner Karen taught Robert and I now know how to play a game she brought called Bean Farmer.Its a really good game but Robert won.Day 14:Fried eggs and beans for breakfast.I had to have another shower this morning, I didn't think I was that smelly though.This afternoon Dad decided to change the sails because the wind was not as strong.It was really bouncy when we turned the boat around into the waves which made me feel. read more...


08/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 9: Mum and Dad said that they sailed through a line of squalls last night.They told me that they were really glad to have radar because they could sail the boat between them. There is not very much wind again today.We found another flying fish on the deck, it was only a baby one though.Brazilian Chicken with sweet potato mash for dinner tonight.Day 10:Last night Dad decided that we would go to Mindello in the Cape Verde Islands.There is still no wind and the forecast is for no wind for the next few days.Because we had not planned to go there, we had no courtesy flag so Mum, Robert and I made one.It was fun, we coloured in some paper, then glued some white and red strips and gold stars to it. We laminated the paper and Dad hoisted it up the mast,and it looks a bit strange like the. read more...


08/12/2013

Blue Ocean - 500 miles to go!

500nm to go ! Toujours 30 knts de vent, belle houle de 3m, le bateau avance a 10 knts demoyenne avec quelques beaux surfs.   Le spi affale en urgence a 06,00 pour cause de `night squall` n`a pas eterehisse depuis, on est sous grand voile full et grand genois.   On a un bateau en contact AIS a 20 nm, l`Aurora – on ne devrait pas tardera revoir des bateaux.Vers 09,00 la balancine s`est rompue et notre voltigeur Darius est monte enchaise de calfat jusqu`en tete de mat : a 22 metres au dessus de l`eau, dans lahoule et avec la vitesse du bateau, ce n`etait pas rien d`eviter de setransformer en pendule... Durant la nuit, grosse prise sur la ligne, mais gros poisson , tresdifficile a ramener, surtout avec la vitesse du bateau. La ligne a fini parcasser et on ne saura pas si c`etait un. read more...


08/12/2013

Merlyn III - Best To Be Optimistic

Bestto be optimistic   Wentto sleep to the sound of Billie Holiday; woke to the sound of the diesel enginepowering us through another morning of light winds.  Hopespring eternal and as our wives were preparing to take off from London, weopenly welcomed leaden skies and distant squalls urging them to get behind us.Our short term wishes were answered with stronger winds and heavy rain coming inon the beam - we creamed along at 8 knots and crossed our fingers as it wasahead of the forecast winds; the oft repeated the story of yesterday’s wind forecast moving tantalisinglyahead of us, when reviewed the following morning!Yetwe are aboard an extremely comfortable yacht that rides the waves beautifully,with good food and good company. Truly away from today's, yesterday's and. read more...


Merlyn III - Best To Be Optimistic
Merlyn III -   Best To Be Optimistic
08/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 15 - Over half way

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 128 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1722 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1339.It is a nice feeling to be over half way and counting down the distance to St Lucia.Yesterday afternoon we had light south westerly breeze 5 - 8 knots. This persisted through the night. This morning the wind is in the west and we are pushing north west to get more breeze further north. Not a direct route, but this should pay off in the long term. The wind will lighten in the south.We did not catch any fish, but had two bites from Tuna. One got off a long way behind the boat, but the other, Brian managed to get right behind the boat. The fish then dived deep and managed to get off. We really thought that we had that one. A big one it was, honest!So. read more...


08/12/2013

XAR - 8 Dec

nu har vi varit på havet i 14 dygn och kan nästan känna att vi snart är framme, torsd hoppas vi. alla mår bra. tyvärr har datorn havererat som ni kanske märkt. hälsn fr xar i tio knop. read more...


08/12/2013

Firefly - A flying fish came to visit

Peter started his morning watch at 9.00 AM to see an extra body on deck! A flying fish had taken a wrong turn and landed in the cockpit. Sadly it was too latefor itand was buried at sea-and they don't make good fish stew!We are expecting consistent North Westerly winds from now on into Antigua with good winds of 15 to 20+ knots. Our last 24 hour run is our best yet,194 miles, just missing the holy grail of 200 nm a day. This should make sailing the last 630 miles (yes we are counting them down)a fun sail and those days of drifting a distant memory! Yesterday evening we were called up by one of the Mini Transat single handed sailors on board Marcel Forever. We were the first people he had spoken to since he left Lanzarote a day before us. Marcel was making good progress to Guadalupe 13th. read more...


08/12/2013

True Colours - Happy Together (Clue)

Position 14:35.36N 036:51.40W   For readers of this blog (assuming there are any) who are both old enoughto remember 1960s/70s hit music, and are also fond of puzzles, the subjectheader of this piece may had told you what is to come – others, you may have toread to the end.  But on to the blog...   All on board seems to be getting a bit repetitive.   Sailing through the night watches, with the wind gradually dying, until theengine went on at 02.00.  Come dawn, a breeze reappeared, enough to set theasymmetric and give a consistent 6 knots of boat speed, but then the windstarted to fade, perhaps a little earlier than we had expected, and the enginecame on again at 12.00.  Looks like we will be motoring for possiblyanother 24 hours, but after that it looks like. read more...


08/12/2013

Koala - Dec 8th: Ahh... Sleeep....

Had a great night last night. Both of us got our full allowance of sleep and feel much better for it. This 4 hours on 4 off pattern is fine when you get to sleep when not on watch, but gets pretty tiring when you can't! Because we are trying to get some more south in to avoid an area of light winds up ahead, we were on a bit of a tighter angle to the wind. Koala sailed herself beautifully all night without a single adjustment and making 6-7 knots to the south west as well. We should have a good daily run today although our 24 hour VMG will not be quite so good as we have not been pointing directly at St Lucia.We are now down at 14 degrees N and it is getting hotter. Today is a port tack day (sails out on the Starboard side) which means that we will not get any shade from the sails as we. read more...


08/12/2013

Free Spirit - And the winner of our 'stanchions' challenge is......!

Hi all - I'm pleased to announce the winner of our 'Stanchions' challenge is Ian Chester from Ontario, Canada You'll recall the story of a week or so ago, when we were struggling to find exactly 4 additional stanchions to extend our life-lines to comply with ARC rules. The afternoon that this obstacle appeared, 4 'as new' 640mm stanchions (posts) appeared in the dumpster beside our berth, something that felt so unbelievable we did a quick check amongst ourselves before posting the story that no 'short-cuts' had been taken (which would clearly shorten the odds)!! We hypothesised that 4 such posts might be dumped once every five years, and speculated on the odds of us looking for them just when they were being dumped, in between collections! I've inserted Ian's response verbatim below,. read more...


08/12/2013

Dragonfly - Genaker futsch

Wieder eine ruhige und dunkle Nacht. Meine Wache geht bis 4 Uhr. Hajo löst mich ab und ich gehe in die Koje. Nach zwei Stunden wache ich auf und merke, dass der Wind zugenommen hat. Ich ziehe mich an und gehe an Deck. Wirhaben guten Wind und laufen über 6 Knoten mit Groß und Genua. Wir warten, bis es etwas heller geworden ist und setzen dann den Genaker. Super! Endlich wieder ein guter Speed. 8 bis 9 kn. Euphorisch rechne ich schon unsere Ankunftszeit für Donnerstag hoch. Alle sind guter Laune. Bis, ja bis der Genaker wieder herunter kommt. Diesmal endgültig. Der Bergetrichter hängt noch nit ein paar bunten Fetzen oben, der Rest liegt im Wasser. Einmal längs und einmal quer gerissen. Nicht mehr zu reparieren. Zumindest nicht mit Bordmitteln. Still bergen wir die Reste aus dem Wasser und. read more...


08/12/2013

Avel Biz J+14 Vie à bord

Bonjour8 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC20°10 N47°19 W170 milles en 24hVie à bordDepuis hier, nous sommes sous génois et grand voile haute, à 70° du vent. Caglisse sans effort. Les fichiersnous annoncent du vent fort et portant àpartir de demain. Le bulletin météo de l'ARC, quand à lui, prévoitl'installation des "vrais" alizés à partir du 13. Caramba, encore raté.Comme nous recevons beaucoup de questions sur notre organisation à bord,voici quelques précisions.Depuis le début, nous avons adopté un système de quart "souple". Sansconfondre les genres, j'ai lu ça plusieurs fois. Dans les grandes coursesen double, Jacques Vabre, Barcelona, beaucoup de coureur adoptent cesystème. En pratique il y a toujours quelqu'un officiellement de quart maisc'est lui qui sent quand il a besoin de passer la. read more...


08/12/2013

Skara Brae - the trades at last

Finally we have the wind at more than a whisper and in the right direction:-) After a wee night of rain and Squall, the wind shifted from south to north and went from 6kts to 12kts so we are already belting along at 7.5kts average and as the trades deepen we will get faster towards St Lucia and the long awaited beer.We are officialy a dry boat - with all beer, wind and spirits depleted, unless you count shirleys 1/2 bottle of Baileys Irish Cream - which will get tanned tonight LOL.All books on board have been read and swapped - and we are now reading sailing books - which maybe we should have read before we started this journey LOL.After 2 weeks at sea we have covered 1860nm (200 more than planned) we have 1150nm left so at 7.5kts avg we will be there in 6.5 days but we. read more...


08/12/2013

Miciadue - Fisch satt

Rückblickend war der gestrige Tag einer der schönster der Überfahrt. Wind, Sonne, strahlend blauer Himmel, über 30 Grad und wir haben auch noch eine 80 cm (!) lange Goldmakrele geangelt. Unser Skipper bereitete zum Abend den Fisch in drei verschiedenen Geschmacksvarianten zu: Mit Orangen, mit Pesto und mit Currysauce. Die letzte Nacht war ätzend. Gegen 23 Uhr ließ der Wind nach und wir mussten wieder motoren. Dazu gabs dann noch Regen. Der Atlantik war platt wie ein Ententeichs - kaum zu glauben. Heute Morgen endlich wieder Wind. Den brauchen wir auch dringend, denn der Diesel wird zusehens knapper. Dem Wetterbericht nach solls ab jetzt ausreichend Wind geben - endlich der so lang erhoffte Passat? Wir hoffen, dass das nun auch so eintritt. Wenn ich jetzt auf den Garmin sehe, fange ich. read more...


08/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Yahooooo - Wahoooo

Just as weask for any private food cashets to be declared andpooled for the common good, our last two meat meals allocated and the sundowners becoming a shared glass of water passed around for the traditional cockpit 'together time' discussing days events, crew differences sorted, weather tactic and routing talk,bad jokes etc., the shout went up 'big fish on'!! Slowly and skillfully and on a hand line we, (ok Ian ) pulled in the catch of the voyage for sure with this, ( see pic) superb specimen of a Wahoo, the fastest predator of the ocean.We soon had 20 generous steaks and crew moral soared. Out with the hand rolling sushi kit and wasabi and all were happy except non fish eating Bill who resorted to soup again.Tactics now as waiting for wind to fill while sliding south.20131207_192507. read more...


Ocean Venture - Yahooooo - Wahoooo
Ocean Venture - Yahooooo - Wahoooo
08/12/2013

Diva - Der Kiel glüht – die Zeitmaschine heißt Diva

Links Wasser, rechts Wasser, vorne Wasser, hinten Wasser und unten auch. Oben Sonne. Ein Leichtwind der zum Nachmittag immer stärker wird. Javier und ich sind noch immer dabei die Elektrik in den Griff zu bekommen, was ein spanischer Kabelsalat. Die See trägt Schaumkronen und der Himmel lacht ***Greetings JMS***. Volle Beseglung und mit 8-11 Knoten Rauschefahrt immer noch Richtung Westen. Zum Mittag gibt es handgemachte Burger aus frischem tiefgefrorenem Hack Zwiebeln, Tomaten und Mama Sitas Spezialsauce. Danke Claus Bocuse Deine Küche ist super. Spülen bei Seegang ist genau wie Kochen eine Angelegenheit für den Zirkus. In der Nacht ist schlafen so gut wie unmöglich, die Wellen werfen die 24 to. Diva wie ein Spielzeug hoch, runter, nach Backbord und Steuerbord. Wo sind die. read more...


08/12/2013

Lancelot II - Vampires and Werewolves.

Goodafternoon all me lovely's another fine day here in mid Atlantic,beautiful sun,perfect wind angle and strength. We agree we have every piece of sail cloth upand we require a cheese burger and coke and Jacko a mojito and swimming pool andhis quote for the day is “Steve i want you to send it to St. Lucia!!!”. This isa good plan.  I was thinking the other day, bacon is not bacon and sausages aren'tsausages any where else in the world, they just don't taste the same, the thingsyou eat on board are properly completely different than at home. We have managedto make up various concoctions of food and I have managed to do the same withcondiments... very proud of myself, I have achieved greatness throughcondiments. My sugar addition has now gone down and my man boobs have nowdisappeared. read more...


08/12/2013

Webster - Log 17 B: A Skippers Lot - ARC 2013

We had a sea toilet all blocked up with goo,and trying to clear it was quite a to do;A hose was produced to blow but not suck,or otherwise waits there a mouthful of muck!So the loo it was pumpedand pumped yet some more;And the pipe it was blown to create a furore;Then out came the tank's contents with a rush and a gush,out onto the deck and straight into my mush!Please help me I cried,as I wiped clear my eyes;I meant to blow only but got a surprise;As Carl pumped the loo handle I forgot not to suck;and I uttered the words "Oh deary me,....deary me" (Like hell!)So the moral of this story,it is fair to assume;Is not to put down there what has not been consumed;Or some poor old Skipper, me this time, next you,Will at some time or other get covered in Poo!!.. and we have a water. read more...


08/12/2013

Manihi - Le dernier faux-plat !

9:00 heure locale - Profondeur 3650 mC'est un dimanche de printemps. Vous êtes parti vous aérer un week-end auski. C'est bon. Le soleil, l'air pur, le silence des montagnes. Une vraidéconnexion du boulot et du reste. Maintenant il est 16h et il faut rentrer à lastation. Et puis il y a une heure et demi de route pour rentrer, sans compterles bouchons. En haut du dernier télésiège, il faut prendre sur la gauche enlongeant une petite arête pour atteindre le haut de la dernière descente. Ladernière descente. Elle est à 400m. Et ce faux-plat, qui d'habitude vous y amènetranquillement, les jambes détendues avant le dernier effort, il vous paraitplus pénible aujourd'hui. C'est le printemps, la fin de journée. La neige estlourde et un peu "soupe". Ca n'avance pas ! Il faut pousser sur les. read more...


08/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 15 - Happy Birthday

08.12.13Wir haben ein Geburtstagskind an Bord: Udo. Als er heute Nacht um 0 Uhr schlaftrunken seine Wache antreten will, sitzt die ganze Crew und Skipper im Salon, spielt ‚Happy Birthday‘ von den Wise Guys. Andreas schenkt gekonnt ein und alle stoßen zusammen an. Petra hat sogar einen Geburtstagskuchen gebacken, er schmeckt herrlich. Geschenke gibt‘s auch: eine von Katharina aus einem Tetra-Pack gefaltete Geldbörse mit zwei Fächern (er ist Kassenwart an Bord) und einen Korken als Glücksbringer. Glücklich entschwindet Udo zu seinem ‚Dienst‘ ins Cockpit, der heute in erster Linie aus ‚Sterne-gucken‘ besteht. Sternschnuppen sind auch dabei Bereits gestern haben wir die Uhren umgestellt; um 18 Uhr noch mal eine Stunde zurück auf 17 Uhr. So bleibt es beim Sonnenuntergang gegen 18:15Uhr. Damit. read more...


08/12/2013

Meltemi - 13.Tag Durchwachsen

Eine konnte es nicht lassen,uns die Erinnerung an den Nikolaus zu verpassen.Sie zückte den Glühwein aus der Kiate,wir tranken ihn bei gleichbleibender Hitze.Die Tage war da noch so'n seltsames Ding,wir segelten oft einfach nur so dahinin Boxershorts, Bikini und Mann oben ohnewir wünschten uns Abkühlung zu unserem Wohlebei Wassertemperaturen von 28 Gradist das nur kurz möglich - schad.Und dann ging der Wind zurück auf Null Knotenda hat sich das Schwimmen im Atlantik angeboten.Heute am 2. Adventkommt von Rasmus das verspätete Nikolausgeschenk.Der Wind nimmt zu auf bis zu 20 Knoten,Das ist für uns das Signal zum Fieren der Schoten,Wer's versteht, weiß, der Wind kommt von hintenund dann 800 Meilen hinter der Kimm wird St. Lucia uns winken.. read more...


08/12/2013

Mustique - Reasons to be Cheerful.....

I guess its my time to write the blog......I cant believe that we have been at sea already for two weeks, but there are still quite a few reasons to be cheerful.Reasons to be cheerful..Part 1.We have passed the 1000 miles yet to go mark!!This means that even if we only manage to maintain the same speeds that we have for the last week, we should be in St Lucia by the weekend.Reasons to be cheerful.. Part 2.Its Sunday and its Sunday roast time.Especially with this day in mind, I managed to sneak into the freezer a whole leg of lamb, and as I write, this is slowly away in the Ramoska - I even managed a sneaky visit to Marks and Spencer's before we left to pick up a jar of mint sauce.Reasons to be cheerful.. Part 3.We have wind!!!!OK, will, it still early days, but we are working our way. read more...


08/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 15 - 08.12.2013 - Nach Flaute kommt der Wind

Der gestrige Nachmittag war von einem monotonen Motorengeräusch geprägt.Eigentlich sollte die Flaute erst später auf uns zu kommen. Am frühen Abendlegten wir wieder eine Badepause ein. Der Atlantik als eigener Pool, einelustige Vorstellung. Das Wasser ist warm und klar und wir können dasUnterwasserbereich der Sunrise betrachten. Keine Schäden, fast kein Bewuchs– Alles Super!Später wirft Ernst noch eine Flaschenpost über Bord. Wer weiß, wo diese malangespült wird. Wir schauen der Flasche noch kurz hinterher, bis sie nichtmehr in den Wellen auszumachen ist. Abends bereitet und Christoph einleckeres Chilli con „Fisch“ zu.In der Nacht so gegen 0400 UTC beginnt der Wind wieder leicht zu zunehmen.Wir rollen die Fock aus, setzen das Großsegel und schalten den Diesel aus.Endlich Stille – lautlos. read more...


08/12/2013

Shenanigan - Squeals and Squalls

In the early hours of this morning Brian was woken up by a high pitched scream - it was me screaming! Brian leapt up Christopher stayed oblivious. I was defending myself in the dark against flying fish throwing themselves at me from the deep dark sea. Now wide awake Brian decided to stay up with me. We looked at each other we looked at the sky ummm... we said to each other that looks like a sqaull coming. We can't go round it, we can't go under it and we go over it oh no we've got to go through it!So we did singing - to the tune of 'Do you know the Muffin Man?'- Chris Tibbs the weatherman weatherman weatherman, Chris Tibbs the weatherman hadasquall rule of thumb - but neither of us could remember what it was! We got wet! We have been informed from home that we are now last in the fleet -. read more...


07/12/2013

Incisor - daily blog 7-12-2013

Hello Everybody!There is great excitement on board as we have just cracked the 1000 mile barrier! At bloody last! It’s all downhill from here.During the night it was the night of sail change. We put sails up down round and round back and front, all over the place! It involved lots of string work and everyone is now capable of making a macramé hanging basket holder. We took the main down and put it back up again, took the spinnaker down, put the staysail up, took that down and put up the wind seeker, then put up butch and now have the spinnaker back up. The night watch went very very quickly considering there was absolutely no wind which is usually very tedious. Everyone’s spirits are still very high and there is a real team spirit on board.  Alex is the man of the match today by. read more...


08/12/2013

Duplicat - Sunday 8 December

Big maintenance job yesterday with a deck fitting which holds the spi sheet and port main preventer which had sheared being replaced, with loads of boxes being dragged out to find just the right size of nut, bolt, eye etc. needless to say nothing matched but a double eye has been expertly fitted by skip and first mate.Managed to sail all day with kite up, fished, lost a big mahi mahi, hooked a small one which we threw back.We have had all sorts of strange animal life come aboard, flying fish, a largish squid found on the coach roof rain gutter (glad that was discovered before it started to honk) 2 locusts, and yesterday a poor little egret far from where he should be tried to get aboard but with no luck.Awarded ourselves a Superbock sundowner on a normally dry ship because it had been a. read more...


08/12/2013

Annabella - Log 13 - Sunday 8th December

Position @ 1000GMT 13 15.48N 40 43.23WDistance to St Lucia: 1180NMDistance since last log: 156NM We are now as south as we want to be and need to head west. Great winds yesterday and we were achieving 8+ knots of boat speed at times. Distance travelled is less than actual because of some weaving about trying to take advantage of the wind shifts. However, we now feel that we are on the down slope with light at the end of the tunnel (below 1000NM to go is the next milestone). Tomorrow we re expecting 15+knots from the north/north east and in preparation we have taken the twin head sails off the furler and hoisted the large genoa again. The spinny has been up for a few days now and continues to give us great service (not bad for a virgin sail and one some of us didn't know was on. read more...


08/12/2013

Zingara - blog 08/12

Guuuten tag ihr lieben, uns gibt es noch! Das sat phone war geblockt, daher keine infos. Tja, nach reichlichen wetterkapriolen auf unserer nordroute wird s nun so langsam caribisch, 28 grd wassertemp, 28 grd i schatten.Richtig gut. So, genug f d moment, bis spaeter, zingaras crew. read more...


08/12/2013

Albatros - Day 14

Saturday morning tiered on our patience because of low winds. The Blitzer (Genacker) was up and suddenly the wind increased substantially which brought us to a nice speed between 8 to 10 knots. We were quite reliefed catching up speed after hours of 'slow motion'At dec 7th, 1300 UTC, we were at postion 18.24N, 46.30W, dec 8th, 1300 UTC we were at position 17.42N, 49.26W. We heard from home, that we are currently on position 3 within our group.During Saturday afternoon we had again visitors along the boat. They looked like the dolphins we observed in earlier days but they were more than double the size.Sunday morning is great sailing wheather with boat speed of 8knots in average. We are heading around 270degrees towards Saint Lucia.. read more...


08/12/2013

Hera - Seglers Horror

Seit heute früh ist der letzte Windhauch eingeschlafen. Sturmtiefs nördlichvon uns trennen uns von dem Hoch über dem Nordatlantik und bringen den Passatzum Erliegen. Dieser Zustand soll sich bis zum 12.12. fortsetzen. Nun lechzenwir nach dem Fahrtwind, den uns der Diesel bringt. Die mogendlicheSalzwasserdusche im Cockpit hält nicht lange vor. Im Augenblicklich besteht inder Crew daher auch nicht das dringende Bedürfnis, Weihnachtsweisen zum 2.Adventzu lauschen. Das Hämmern des Diesels wäre da auch etwas störend. Einen gutenEffekt hat das Ganze – der Generator liefert Energie für unsere Kühlschränke undheute Nachmittag gibts endlich wieder kaltes Bier.Stefan. read more...


08/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #15: Diesel sailing

Today marks the start of our 3rd week of sailing across the Atlantic and we are currently making progress not with the sails but with the motor.The winds are so light and are coming from directly behind our stern, so that we cannot carry any sail without them flopping as the boat rolls on the ocean swells.Flopping makes the sail unhappy (not to mention the Captain!) so we have elected to burn some of the dinosaur juice we stocked up on in Las Palmas for its intended use: moving us through the light air.The weather reports ("gribs") indicate that the wind should fill in nicely ahead of us and, with any luck, we should have the sails up for the rest of the ride into St Lucia.FINGERS CROSSED!In the meantime, I thought I would share with you some of the funny things that go on on Edelweiss. read more...


08/12/2013

Shine - Day 13: Wind !

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08/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Blog Monday 08.12.13 - 1200hrs

Blog Subject of the day: (There can only be one)– FREEDOM! The subject simultaneously entered both mine and Grahams mind after we delighted in being joined by about 30 dolphins on Friday afternoon. It was not the classic encounter of dolphins jumping the bow wave, zipping around and alongside the boat as we were only doing about 1.5 kts in a flat calm!  They appeared someway off on our starboard side and a gentle tapping of the winch handle (on the winch) attracted them over – they were just lazily swimming along probably at no more than walking pace in several groups but all roughly together. As they got closer we realised just how many they were. They varied in size and It seemed to us there were several females with their young and a ‘big daddy’ (we reckon about 15ft long). read more...


08/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 15. Tag - Wieder auf See

Nach einem letzten Banana-Milchshake in der gemütlichen Floating Bar in der Marina von Mindelo, haben wir gestern um Punkt 13:00 abgelegt - jetzt nur noch zu dritt, nachdem Jürg leider heimfliegen musste. Mit einem voll gebunkertem Schiff mit neuem Wasser, Schokolade, Brot, Chips, Diesel etc sind wir mit gutem Wind und Sonne zwischen Sao Vincente und Santo Antao durchgesegelt. Super Segelbedingungen und anschliessend eine klare Nacht mit einem prallvollen Sternenhimmel- was will man mehr? Heute wissen wir es: anhaltenden Wind:). Aber die Wetterprognosen meinen, dass es ab Mittwoch wieder besser aussieht. Bis dahin werden wir uns mit Motoren, Motorsailing und Segeln versuchen.Liebe Grüsse an alle von Tom, Sandra und Fritz! Tom. read more...


08/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 15 06 76 N 40 03 23 W

Good progress today. The jib was poled out overnight. We steered to thelight of the new crescent moon before it and neighboring Venus set aroundmidnight. Then nothing but blackness until dawn at 6.30 am. .We have adjustedthe ship’s clock to more nearly reflect local time so we are now GMT –2.    The spinnaker is hoisted at first light – the pattern ofthe last several days. And then an  easterly of about 15 knots propels usdirectly toward St Lucia at 6-8 knots. It has been sweltering. A sprinkle ofrain this morning was welcome relief.  Rations are holding up and we are still eating well, although theproportion of fresh food is diminishing rapidly. We still have half a head ofcabbage, some onions and a few eggs.So, when are we going to get there. We have yet. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13 15 06 76 N 40 03 23 W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 13  15 06 76 N   40 03 23 W
08/12/2013

Free Spirit - Friday 6th December

Still no wind.  Spirits are low with still1200 miles to go.  The ARC forecast of 19th December for our arrival in StLucia didn't help!  That means another 12 days at sea!  To add to ourtroubles the 2nd gas bottle ran out today!  This means we have only enoughgas for 6 more days, calculated on our present consumption. So now we have toration and conserve what little gas we have.  Cooking  is becoming areal challenge. Sushianyone?. read more...


08/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Day of reckoning

As the last nautical miles fly (226 remain at this moment) by it is natural that we are excitedly reckoning up how many miles we have done and how many more to be done.We are also reckoning up how much wear and tear has been sustained to ROT (Resolute of Thames - affectionately abbreviated by our Ozzie friends aboard Fanny Fisher) and what a list of priority repairs and replacements to be faced when we arrive.Looks like our Christmas funds will be casually wiped out..but heigh ho!Skipper reckons ARC should initiate a sea-miles reward scheme.Seamiles hard won on their rallies could be converted into points and what do points make? Prizes! Yes, you get the picture.Skipper had in mind that these prizes would comprise anything from free coffee or cocktails at any appointed hostelry or for. read more...


08/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 15 – waiting for NE wind-

Position Sunday, 08.12.2013 09:00 UTC:19”56’.627 N, 038”25’.993 WDTW St. Lucia: 1334 smWe are on the edge of a big deep pressure area with lots of squalls and heavy rain. It is a wet course. Most of it we were able to navigate around. Some of it hit us. It is just some sweat water coming from above. The major part of water, salt water we get from the downer part. Due to the healing resulted by the upwind course we are unable to empty the bilge. We have to wait until we run a downwind course. It looks that this will not happen before Sunday noon. We will continue South until the wind will let us. North seems not to be an option; we would run into a heavy storm. The whole day we run thru more or less dirty weather. During the night we are unable. read more...


Azzurra - Day 15 – waiting for NE wind-
Azzurra - Day 15 – waiting for NE wind-
08/12/2013

Aspen - Log 15 Sunday 8 Dec; The Days Go By

It looks like I said it was Friday yesterday for this log when in fact it was Saturday.Wow, how time flies when we are rolling along with the seas.The winds are still very light and we are making slow progress as you can see from our position report with the ARC fleet tracker.We don't believe the Trade Winds actually exist, at least not any longer.The oscillation of the north pole must be the cause for the winds to have disappeared or maybe the magnetic poles are starting to reverse themselves as they have done so many times in past geologic history as evidenced from the core samples taken along the Mid-Atlantic Ridge that we are now nearly sailing over.Whatever the reason there is just not a lot of wind out here and the miles creep by for. read more...