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Murphy - A message for the Suttons
Murphy - A message for the Suttons
18/11/2011

Morning Star - Carl blog2

Fri Nov 18 @15:30 Three hundred forty seven miles to go.Should be there sometime late Sun afternoon.We're moving along nicely at about 7.5 kts in 14 kts wind about 70 degrees off our bow, a nice point of sail.We've been on this tack forever.Life at 15 to 20 degrees of heel can be wearing.A period at closer to 25 degrees was downright aggravating. Fortunately spirts are good even though we're abstaining from spirits.I only do very terse, rude messages from the navigation computer which hooks directly to the email outlet.Trying to keep from sliding in the chair onto the keyboard is a challenge which soon grows tedious.  Yesterday we caught 3 dorados aka mahi mahi fish.We let the last one go as it was getting later and the fish was small.The two Johns are our fishermen, and John Kraft. read more...


Murphy - A message for the Jameses
Murphy - A message for the Jameses
05/12/2012

Selene - Wednesday 5th December

The good news is my hair no longer needs washing, the bad news is we are heeling at an angle of 45 degrees again and pushing upwind in 18kts of breeze from the SSW. We have been through another depression last night with rain like stair rods. Not cold, but variable winds swinging round the compass. An inadvertent gybe took out Kevin's glasses but luckily nothing worse and he and Bob could barely see the instruments anyway the rain was so dense and both being spectacle wearers. New captain's edict - if it is raining cats and dogs put lenses in so you can at least see what is coming.Anyway through that and into clearish skies now with the odd small squall. We are anticipating a shift later this evening and then, hopefully following winds all the way to St Lucia. Unfortunately that probably. read more...


05/12/2012

Sunrise - 04.12.2012 - 8. Tag auf See!

Heute möchte ich von etwas berichten, über das Herren in unserem Altervermehrt zu sprechen beginnen. Die tägliche Verrichtung. Anders als imtrauten Heim, handelt es sich um ein besonderes Ereignis, dessen Verlaufzum Beispiel im Cockpit beginnen könnte. Aus den der folgenden Schilderungzu entnehmenden Gründen, handelt es sich um einen Akt, der gerne bis zumletzten Moment hinausgezögert wird. Aber ich kann nicht mehr.Heil gelange ich, vorschriftsmäßig rückwärts den Niedergang hinabsteigend,auf den Boden des Salons. Die Nächte Welle, der nachlässige Griff und dieReste der nicht ordnungsgemäß beseitigte Vinaigrette erledigen den Rest.Rückwärtiger Sturz in den Salon, krachender Aufprall in der Naviecke.Glück gehabt, nur ein Fußnagel eingerissen und eine Beule im Hinterkopf.Aufgerappelt. Durch. read more...


05/12/2012

Poco Loco - Dag 8

Dag 8 - 017.01.410N - 037.03.622W Dag afstand 178Zoals de weerberichten doen beloven begint vandaag de wind en de golven af te nemen. Aan het eind van de middag komt de wind niet meer boven de 20 knopen uit. Zouden we eindelijk eens een rustige nacht krijgen. We vissen wat, maar vangen nog steeds niks. We gaan gewoon te hard en veroorzaken alleen maar hazenlippen bij de vissen want het schip blijft maar 9 tot 11 knopen varen. Overdag varen we met de code zero/gennaker en voordat het donker wordt zetten we het grootzeil en de genua op. We hebben geen zin om s 'nachts een zeilwissel te doen in het donker als we in een squall (heftige regenbui met extra wind en golven) komen. Als ik om 23:00 aan dek kom voor mijn wacht is het bloedheet, ik trek mijn jas maar weer uit en doe voor het eerst. read more...


05/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 4. detsember - Esimene nädal Atlandil

Esimene nädal Atlandil on nüüd täis. Me ise just arutasime hommikul, mis nädalapäev täna võiks olla, kuid siis vaatasime tõsisemalt numbreid ja nüüd saame statistika huvilistele pakkuda järgmiseid andmeid: läbitud distants 1108 nm, keskmine ööpäevane läbisõit 160 nm, keskmine kiirus 6.6 kts ja maksimaalne kiirus 12.4 kts. Eile öösel kurtis Daniil, et sai vahis millegi libeda ja külmaga vopsu vastu pead ning oletas, et see pidi lendkala olema. Kuna lambi valguses süüdlast ei leitud, siis oli plaanis pressiteates kasutada väljendit „kinnitamata andmetel“. Hommikul aga avastati roolimehe lähedusest knaabist lendkala esmapilgul elutu keha, mistõttu peab Daniili juttu uskuma jääma. Tiibadega amfiib eluka surma põhjuseks lahkamise sooritanud tohtrihärrade Indreku ja Ülo ühisel kinnitusel sai. read more...


05/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 8 Fiskelykke

Vi fikk en fantastisk dag i går med strålende sol og mindre sjø enn tidligere. Det var særdeles god stemning på øverste dekk, og frivaktene ble brukt på å ligge som slakt i solsteken. Dette resulterte i et utmerket eksempel på et vestskille på min nå rød/bleik-stripete overkropp, til stor underholding for de andre. Eirik sin fiskelykke slo til, og vi halte ombord ikke mindre enn tre fisker. De grønnlige fiskene var av ukjent sort og navn, men kapteinen gjenkjente den ene som spiselig etter beskrivelse fra noen i marinaen. Og med det var kveldens meny satt, denne gangen med noe uten kylling... Linn satt igang med filetering og tilberedning av fiskemiddagen, imens Eirin og meg trakk ned i kinosalen for ukens andre visning av den übercoole Ford Fairlane, etter anbefaling av de to andre.. read more...


05/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 9 17 20N 36 56W

Day 9Our first angling success came to Graham with a 2 kg dorado, which was brought on board amidst great celebration and joy – it may be a tiddler to some, but this catch spelt some fresh fare to have the following evening!  It was at this point the Norwegians came into their own (they know their fish!) with Jan bringing instant death with an unusual fist down the throat approach followed by an upward yank, prompting his father, Kaare into action, wielding a knife, topping and tailing the beast spilling its guts on the floor, all completed within the bat of an eye.  Our attempts to catch a second dorado ended prematurely with the loss of our fifth lure – therefore settling for a future fish soup rather than a large fish dinner.  Maybe not akin the drama of the ‘The Old. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 9 17 20N 36 56W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 9  17 20N 36 56W
05/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Lighter & warmer conditions

ARC Day 8 Ceilidh continued her great turn of speed with a daily log run of 198NM, our total run since Las Palmas is now 1,547NM. We adjusted our course South from the rhumb line So we are now steering 230M with a wind angle of 120T which has accelerated our speed in slightly less wind of 16-20knots SE. Last night was dazzling clear and the first night for several days that we did not suffer squalls or rainfall. Today is the warmest so far with full sunshine and everyone taking deck showers. We are approaching the mid point this evening which will leave 1,420NM to go toward St Lucia so will have a small celebration for this. Now some very sad news from on land. The father of 2 of my previous ARC crew on Flyer of Lorne Brian & Alan McCann has passed. read more...


05/12/2012

Fidelis of London - day 8, nm 153, by Jeske

Goede morgen,Nog onder de indruk van het wavesurfen de laatste dagen met ons 35 ton wegend schip,varen we nu weer rollend met toch nog 5,9 knoopskses vooruit, je voelt alleen veel minder de snelheid..we hebben zojuist de genua uitgeboomd aan bakboordzijde en het grootzeil staat helemaal uit over stuurboord.Gister middag hebben Janneke en ik voor t eerst brownies gebakken, enkele blackies maar daar houden vissen weer van..De brownies smaakten zeker naar meer..Vanmiddag doen we surprise aan boord, onze 3 pubers, van 16,15 en bijna 13, zijn nog net zo vol van sinterklaas als dejonge crew van 6, 4 en 1,5 jaar oud aan boord van de Ostrea..Morgen is mijn lieve mamske haar 65e verjaardag, allen aan boord van de Fidelis wensen je alvast een VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY..Good morning,Still impressed by. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 8: 4/12 (17.2N 38.4W) - written by Adolfo

It feels as if we have just started a new trip: it is warm, very warm, wind has droped to 15 knots and sea is now calmer to a more traditional atlantic swell AND we have have been sailing with the Spinaker up for most of the day.... last but not least we have had a small rum punch to celebrate coming past the half way point ;-)As we have been complaining about the conditions to date being hard and "not what is said" on the brochure we must admit that today was just like we all imagined. A great day.Quick run of events in last 24 hours:- I experienced a really weird sensation that I would define as a "black out" (not passing out but getting totally disoriented at the helm when everything around you is 100% dark). My head was spining and I felt I was going to be sick overboard as a result.. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 7 - 3/12/12 - Up, up and away.........

Daily Run    198nmDTT             178nm Lunch           CheeseburgersDinner           Thai Green Chicken Curry and Rice So the last 24hrs has seen many changes and all very good ones!  Firstly, the conditions are doing what they are supposed to with a moderating wind and sea state.  I know I keep mentioning this, but I can't fully explain what a joy that is after 5 hard days at sea.  The sailing through the night was very pleasant with a beautiful starry night for the 0200-0600 watch.  There was one surprise visitor during that shift which was a flying fish that almost. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 7: 3/12 (19.1N 35.2W) - written by Adolfo

Today is a special day: it is end of week one on board Northern Child and we will be crossing the midpoint of the rally sometime soon Everyone on board will be happy to start counting down days. We are tired from little to no sleep followed by sessions at the helm in strong waves and winds, getting wet with spray and finding it hard to dry cloths outside the noon-4pm time bracket. NOw we approach the Weest Indies side of the race we expect more heat and dryer conditions This was always going to be a challenge and an adventure. A week in it feels that way with most of us needing a break or pit-stop. One that will only come when we get to St. Lucia or at least when weather changes a bit. This is an Atlantic crossing after all ;-) Last nite, we had a bit of a scare when. read more...


05/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 6 - 2/12/12 -The Oily Black and the Humour Lack

Daily Run    241nmDTT             132nmDTG (distance to go to St Lucia)            1601nm Lunch           Pasta CabonaraDinner           Chinese Beef Stir Fry So the last 24hrs have seen us dive quite considerably South, hence our distance to target being only 132nm.  In doing this, for now, we have sacrificed our lead on some other baoats in our fleet who have taken a slightly more direct route.  However, there is method to the plan and I am hoping that our tactical move South will start to pay in the next 48hrs.   Hopefully we will. read more...


05/12/2012

Hera - Aufholjagd

Nachden Positionsmeldungen von gestern Mittag haben wir gegen einen Großteil desFeldes einen Tag aufgeholt.Wiropfern Rasmus täglich 11.00 Uhr die notwendige Menge Sherry, dass das so bleibt.Hatten auch gestern wieder ein Etmal von knapp 180sm.Gesternsind wir von einer Delphinschule eine ganze Weile begleitet worden. Der Himmelist fast ständig bedeckt, was das Rudergehen in der Nacht nicht ganz einfachmacht. Dafür bleibt uns am Tage die pralle Sonne erspart.Heutefrüh gab es ein üppiges Frühstück mit Rührei und gebratenem Speck. Janrückt  durch seinen Einsatz in der Pantry immer mehr in die Position desChefsmutje auf – einer der wichtigsten Posten,wenn es um ein “Lucky Ship”geht. Stefan. read more...


05/12/2012

Proteus of London - Blog 5.12.12 - Sail repair day!

Spirits aboard Proteus are high as the log reads 1700nm, meaning that we are still averaging over 200nm a day which 8 days into a trip is very pleasing. The wind has been remarkably kind to us for the last couple of days, staying at the higher end of the forecast speeds and keeping us moving nicely. However we are due for head winds by early tomorrow morning, although forecast to be light and dying of to almost nothing this could come assomewhat of a shock after so many days of downwind sailing.Today is also the day we must fix the tear in the leech of the mainsail and get the batten back in, not easy considering the batten is about 20ft long and even with the sail down the pocket it must go in is about 9ft above the deck! Just to add to the challenge we can only access the batten. read more...


05/12/2012

Proteus of London - ARC blog 05.12.12

Monday 3rd December (cont)As suggested in the last blog we did indeed go fishing. Tosh caught a perfect sizedDorado, which we had for lunch less than an hour after he caught it.Afternoon entertainment was provided by Oli having a haircut on the backdeck......Tuesday 4th DecemberWe were escorted by Whales (estimated size 25m). Unfortunately, they wereswimming just below the surface and moved too fast to get any decentpictures.Tosh caught another (slightly larger) Dorado but as dinner had already beenmade, that one went in the freezer.Wednesday 5th DecemberVery overcast today but the upside of that is we still have good winds,rather than the lull that was predicted. After eight days we've completedwell over 1700 miles. We can almost smell the rum...... read more...


05/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 8 - an ode to our Tuesday....

Tuesday 4th December 2012 1200GMT (5th December) miles in last 24 hours - 214 POSITION; 17' 00'.008 W , 040' 24.856 W Big BANG, there goes the vang,right on cue in late afternoon,Skipper says "==it!", McPhail says "That's it!"as the boom, it veers to the moon... There's then a debachle,while they find the right shackle,a right sprachle all over the deck,Gordon's concern is the angle,as the boat bits, they dangle,rum fuelled crew say, "och, what the heck?" But the vang boys succeed,the repair is complete,and McPhail gets back to the fishin',another new lure,this one's for surefor a wahoo we're all a'wishin' Annie    . read more...


04/12/2012

Karma Daze - Bowling along in the Sun and The Waves

It’s amazing how a good night’s sleep with no squalls can cheer one up.  Today has been a wonderful sailing day with ESE winds at around 25 knots and the waves a little kinder, but they do seem to have increased in the last half an hour again.  On deck is very pleasant – below decks continues to be a challenge.  But dinner is in the oven - lamb chops tonight.  The green bananas remain stubbornly green – no doubt each meal during last week will include a banana. Currently on schedule to reach St Lucia 14-15 days from now, wind permitting.. read more...


05/12/2012

Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec "17:42.22N 41:44.27W"

A number of firsts in the last 24 hours- first time since we’ve launched the boat we haven’t had to wear overalls and thermals must be heading in the right direction- the number of miles to go are less than what we have sailed- Lees had her time in the office crossing the Atlantic!- The wind finally dropped enough so we could get out the A3 – the Brolga is flying and we are sailing! Back to 10 kn boat speedAt midnight we added another first - in twelve years of sailing we've never damaged a sail now we have another failure on this trip. The A3 literally split last night with no warning or change in wind strength.So we are running out of options in our sail wardrobe back to the trusty staysail and wallowing for the moment in an awkward swell at 5kn Boat speed and 15-20 wind Still. read more...


Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec "17:42.22N 41:44.27W"
Katherine - Day 8: Tues 4th Dec
05/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 9 18N 33W

Another cloudy morning but the sun is trying to put in an appearance and it is still very mild.  Fortunately the sea state has calmed a little with the wind and so it's making for a more comfortable, if slower, passage.  The forecast for the next few days is for diminishing winds so we may well be flying the gennaker within a short time. Currently bowling along at around 6.5 knots with the foresail poled out so not complaining! The whisker pole has been in permanent use since we left the Canaries and is proving its worth. We've been able to overcome the low battery situation by some judicial power management.  The basic problem was the draw for the fridge and so now we are just running the freezer and switching on the fridge whenever the generator is running. . read more...


05/12/2012

Islay - Times goes by...

We are 8 days at sea now and living the passage maker's life.A typical day starts with your shift, in my case at 0400: cup of coffee with previous watchman Marcel: check our position, the weather, sea state, and new e-mails. During the shift time passes by quickly as you may read a book or just look at the billion stars. At 0800 Peter is awake and joins me in the cockpit. I go to bed for a few hours.At 1200 the Yellowbrick tracker transmits our position to the ARC organisation. We put our position in the log and make a nice cross on the large map on the wall. So far the daily distance was good with 175/196 NM. Peter makes lunch; bacon and eggs or even wentelteefjes. Around 1300 we download mail and the fleet positions. Marcel made a new app to convert all reported positions to an app. read more...


05/12/2012

EH01 - Blog 3

Morning all from EH01, life on the high seas is treating us fairly well at the moment, we have good wind, a slight sea, and are making a steady 9 knots, more or less pointing at our destination. We crossed the half way mark yesterday so to celebrate we had a small tot of rum each, as well as some cold cola, both of which went down a treat. Now it's a case of looking at the numbers fall off the distance to go counter, pretty soon we'll be at 1000NM to go, and after that the miles just seem to disappear.We had some marginal excitement over the last few days. When reefing the other day a batten in the mainsail started to shake itself out, so it was a case of very gingerly dropping the main until it was low enough for me to  climb up and take it out, thankfully we didn't lose it!. read more...


05/12/2012

Ntanda - Blog Day 9 - Mostly moist

Ahh, trade wind sailing; tropical sunshine, 24 hour spinnaker runs, fishing for tuna and sunbaking on the poop deck.....Ahh, trade wind sailing; pissing with rain, horrible confused seas, ligtning storms, pitch black so you can't see the front of the boat, nor the horizon so helming is a tad difficult and bailing the wheel well 'cos the good ship Ntanda's butt plugs prevent it draining - Oh happy days! More fruit cake please!!Great sailing yesteday though. Asymetric up all day (mojo restored) and efficient drops and hoists for the numerous and rather large squalls encountered. Not sure yet who gets to wear 'The Dress', Dover or Kites. Dover for spiking the Asym the other day and leaving the safety stop on after a particularly special broach or 5 yesterday for spiking the wrong Tylasker,. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - Ytterligare en dag på Atlanten

19:26.53 N 37:04.42 W Nok en fin dag ligger bak oss. Kjører nå med full gennoa og 3 rev i storseilet. Ikke noe spesielt som skjedde i går. Bare veldig hyggelig. Fikk tatt til båtpuss, men ellers var det en lat dag. Værvarselet for de neste 48 timer, tyder på at vi kan få litt lite vind. Helt ned til et par-tre knop. Om det skjer, kan det bli litt kjedelig å ligge å drive. VI får tenke på om vi da skal ta motoren til hjelp. Foreløpig har vi bare brukt den til lading en dag, da vi hadde problemer med generatoren. Av oppgaver i dag, blir det å få liv i det elektriske toalettet. Det sluttet å virke i natt. Ellers er EPIRBen (nødpeilesenderen) falt ut av de gummipakningene som holder den. Det er et lite mysterium hvordan det er mulig. Vi merker at vi kommer lengere. read more...


05/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - What a treat -Heart Beat N17.52 W30.07

Starting off the journey with stomach problems at both ends, sailing along the African coast and then start your own route put's us behind and... lonely. The rest of the fleet is 100 miles away.We haven't had any radio contact for almost a week. Email with friends and family back home is great, but we need some reassurance that we are at least in the right waters.We have probably seen more ships than anybody else, but they have no ARC flag and do not want to chat. So today my face was all smile, our boats name was called up!  SALSA! With a wonderful Spanish soft voice.YES! WE ARE HERE! WHO ARE YOU?- Salsa, Salsa, Salsa, this is Heart Beat, over.No 234 a Spanish participant was only 10 miles from us. They had no AIS transponder but a receiver.- How has it been? Over.- Dreadful start. read more...


05/12/2012

Caryali - jennaker good morning

passata una notte meravigliosa navigando e' proprio il caso di dirlo a gonfie vele. niente squalls niente cambi vele . abbiamo superato meta' del percorso e a prestosecondo il nostro geonav mancano poco piu' di 1400 miglia alla isla bonita ..sainta lucia... ma ancora per fortuna non siamo impazienti di toccare terra stiamo bene. stamattina sembra ci sia un buon vento per il jennaker e quindilo stiamo armando per acompagnarci in questo secondo pezzo di oceano.. read more...


05/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 10 - Super sky

12 degrees 42 minutes South right now... and as we sail into the dawn, the sky has just spoiled us one more time. We are sailing now with the Northern Star to Starboard and we can clearly see the Southern Star on our Port side. It sort of give us a sense of the miles we've sailed... And then the there's the sunrise... awesome sunrise!. read more...


05/12/2012

Meltemi - 04.12.2012 - 8. Seetag - Grosses Programm

Position: 23-50N / 042-18WCOG: 250 degSOG: 6,2 knNoch 1.180 nm to goLieber feste Segeln als Feste feiern!Als Mitglieder von Europas grosser Yachtschule sind unsere Prioritaeten eindeutig!Rumpfgeschwindigkeit ist das Ziel!Bei vertretbarer Belastung von Crew und Schiff.Vor-vergangene Nacht haben wir das dritte Fest verpasst.Gesegelte 1.000 Meilen - verpasst.Bergfest nach Laenge (33-40W) - verpasst.Bergfest nach voraussichtlicher Strecke (1.342 nm to go) - verpasst.Da bleibt nur noch das Bergfest nach Breite (21-08N) uebrig.Natuerlich bieten sich noch viele andere Gruende fuer eine Feier an:1.111 nm to go,1.000 nm to go,999 nm to go,das erste Mal Reggae im Radio (MW oder UKW),der erste Green Flash beim Sonnenuntergang (bislang haben wir noch keinen Sonnenuntergang gesehen),die ersten. read more...


05/12/2012

Trompeta - Sailing the Wild Coast

The locals here call the East coast of South Africa the wild coast because of the sea conditions and often strong winds. We left Richards Bay a week last Monday in the wee small hours in the company of Zoe who was our sailing companion for the trip. Arrived safely in Durban later that evening after an uneventful passage. Only stayed one night in Durban and left the following day to sail down the East coast to Port Elizabeth some 475 miles from R Bay. In the event we had excellent sailing conditions with wind behind and a good 3 to 5 knots of  Agulhus current to whisk us along. The toughest part was the lumpy seas around Bashie Point near East London. The boats were going so fast (we were doing 11 to 12 knots at times!!) we decided to make for Mossel Bay. read more...


05/12/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 10

Eventful day today.Early morning brought a shift in the wind forward so just before daybreak we prepared to drop the A4 we sailed with through the night. As the sock was coming down closing the gennaker we saw the boom swinging backwards and forth around the gooseneck. It had came loose. One of the screws holding the pin in place had unscrewed and so the big pin joining the boom and the gooseneck came out letting the boom free.Fortunately, in the middle of such bad luck, we think because of the angle we were sailing at, the boom remained practically in place and after about 15 minutes of pushing it up and down we managed to squeeze the pin through and the boom was back in place with little damage. A task that took me about half an hour back in March with the boat on the dry, we managed. read more...


05/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Midnight

Stunning clear night sky, zero light pollution out here, millions of stars. The wind is quite light and Surfing Petrel is gliding along leaving a trail of phosphorescence in her wake. It is still warm on deck, but a welcome relief from the baking heat of the day. We have seen dolphins several times over the past couple of days. Their squeaking can be heard from inside the boat. Other than the dolphins and the occasional flying fish, we have seen no other wildlife for days. The weather for the next couple of days looks complicated. The trade winds are due to go on strike again. Our ETA in St Lucia will not be improving. Position reports, or 'school reports', as they are called on board, are available every four hours and eagerlyawaited.Time to pick up the midnight school report now.... read more...


04/12/2012

Poespas - day 8

Day 8Yet another day at sea for us. Last night we decided to change our heading somewhat in order to give everyone a good night's rest after more than 36 hours of running downwind which turned out a tad rolly. So we gybed the genoa and set off in a WSW direction on a broad reach, under reefed genoa, main and mizzen. Whilst there was indeed less rolling, we were nearly caught out a few times by rogue waves. One of us on night watch thought he was hallucinating, seeing flashing lights. Turned out to be the automatic light attached to the life buoy that had activated itself, by having been temporarily immersed.So this morning we set course due west again. What a right decision that proved to be! It put us right onto the great circle track to St Lucia, and as the day progressed, the sea. read more...


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Johanem - (no subject)
04/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - hoorah

Just reached half way mark & captain has allowed us all a glass of champagne to celebrate. As it is a special occasion John & I have served the crew Ribeye steak which they all seem to have really enjoyed.We have found the cooking far from easy with the constant rocking & rolling of the boat. No matter how careful you are things go flying all over the place much to the amusement of the others but not to us 2 cooks we have to try & keep a sense of humour but I think today I may have got the Gruffalo award rather than the captain!! Anyway we have had no complaints about the food which keeps us going when we are slaving away. The trip today has been the same as the last few with fairly heavy seas & the wind behind pushing us along but this is forecast to change in. read more...


04/12/2012

Little Pea - ARC Blogorama 6 - Jet Lag?!

21:28.6N 36:35.3W We have been on the same course now for a few days and the last vessel we saw was the one we nearly collided with. The days are starting to merge into one, as the weather becomes more consistent. We took out reef 2 which we had put in after the reef 1 line snapped, and by the end of the day we'd even shaken out reef 1 to show our full main sail for the first time of the trip. We are very much into the swing of our routine. Each crew member has their turn being 'Mother' once every 4 days for 24hrs. During this time the crew is relieved from all normal deck watch keeping duties to tend to the 'house keeping' on board. Washing, Cooking, cleaning and bilge checks are just a hand full of the jobs Mother has to get done throughout their watch. Today was Minkey's. read more...


04/12/2012

Johanem - 4 December

Evening AllAnother fine day's sailing on board. We have been at sea for one week today and the routine on board is now well established. Breakfast in bed for the owners followed by a sauna and jacuzzi, some gentle retail therapy in the on board boutique and then a snooze before drinkies before lunch etc etc' I wish! In fact its a non stop routine of rigging checks, sail changes/trimming, boat cleaning, more rigging checks in a relentless attempt to squeeze out that extra quarter knot of boat speed!We clocked up around 165 miles in the 24 hours to noon today and, fingers crossed, we may reach the half way mark tomorrow. The crew are at a fever pitch of excitement with a virgin being sought for the usual half way sacrifice to Neptune (no volunteers so far), the bottle of cava being checked. read more...


04/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PvS 04.12.12

Liebe Peterfans,The race is on! Und damit es auch gehört wird, hier nochmal: THE RACE ISON!!! Wir haben 1350 Seemeilen, also die Hälfte der Strecke, in 6 Tage, 23 Stunden und 37 Minuten geschafft. Anders gesagt: unter einer Woche!ARC Peter Rekord. Zumindest was die erste Halbzeit betrifft. Undseitdem? Der Alte dreht durch! Die feinsten Segel, die normalerweise der Nord Atlantik, der Biskaya und Regatten vorbehalten sind, mussten heute, zack, zack, zack, aus den tiefsten Stauraumen hervor. Und sie lagennatürlich nicht oben, für jederman leicht zugänglich. Das Vorpiek musstebis auf die Bugspitze leer geräumt werden: Spinaker raus, an den Weihnachtsbaum vorbei, hinter den Flossen und Taucherbrillen der Familievon Reibnitz rein in das tiefste innerste des Vorpieks, dort wo Meerjungfrauen. read more...


04/12/2012

Venomous - Daily Log

View from the back of the ship!Having spent the past week driving it like we stole it, we have found our way to the computer and thought we might as well put pen to paper! We have been nicknamed the meerkats as all we have been doing is sticking our heads outside and then running to the back of the boat. We have been fed very well and lots of tea, we have even been told off for being in the galley (brilliant!). As well as driving we have been doing lots of splicing keeping the halyards all working. As for the sailing I think we are doing ok and pulling through to the front of the fleet but the next few days will tell the tail if being the furthest South will pay off and of course having an extra night in the dock not getting beaten up.Right got to go as we can hear the skipper. read more...


04/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few

Ahoy hoyLife, like the Atlantic rolls on.  Kodachrome Ali donned his David Attenborough hat before snapping this passing stowaway - a thousand miles from anywhere and looking right shagged out.Boatwise we are making good progress in the right direction, with that large Gin & Tonic shaped carrot driving us relentlessly on.Go North Paddy was running a helming school for novices today. Good fun, but he thought my handbrake turn unnecessary. The Kat was up next and any jokes about rear view mirrors and applying lippy would be sexist and highly inappropriate.Petit Pierre has got the crew scratching their heads with the introduction of a rather tricky quiz.  Actually half of them were scratching their heads anyway due to the need for a good scrub.News from the galley: . read more...


Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few
Bristolian - Day 10: Egrets, I've had a few
04/12/2012

Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence

To celebrate Joleen's birthday this afternoon, the boys onboard Indulgence dressed up in their finest for dinner. In the 'Best Shirt Competition' Joleen found it impossible to pick a winner, and so is asking YOU, the public, to help us decide who should take crowning glory?????From left to right, we have John Hanly, in a beer stained crew neck. Aidan Heffernan wears an authentic Hawaiian number with cream chinos and Denis Nagle sports his cleanest t-shirt and recently purchased Canarian sombrero. Results must be in by Friday, 17:00 UTC. Many thanks for your co-operation. Joleen and the crew xxPS: please vote for Aidan or he will be upset!. read more...


Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence
Indulgence - Please help us judge the best shirt competition onboard Induglence
04/12/2012

Orion - Fisk....

Dag 8.HeiDa har vi seilt i 8 dager. 1400 nautiske og snart halvveis. Fisket min foerste dorado for 10 min. siden.Ca 5 kg og en muskelbunt av en fisk. Den ligger allerede i ovnen.Ha en trivelig kveld.Hilsen fra 19 grader nord.Rune. read more...


04/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Tuesday 4th

We have been sailing for one week now and it has been the great washing and bathing day. We learned that being pulled at more than 7 knots after the boat is quite a challenge and only the very strong boys Alex and Rune tried it out. Placing the steel bucket for washing close to the compass turns it 30 degrees and we could have ended in Brazil! Henrik. Last night I was softly singing under the stars when a flying fish that was so impressed with the quality, threw itself into my chest showing its appreciation and then another one did an hour later, so now all you people I have sailed with in the past that have said to the contrary, Ha Ha!!! I have being trying to use the weather to our advantage to make a fast passage, however it has to be fun and safe so we have slowed a little to let. read more...


04/12/2012

Cheri - Wal getroffen und verletzt

Gestern um diese Zeit haben wir Cape Verde verlassen und sind wieder auf dem Weg Richtung Karibik. Bereits 2009 hatten wir auf der ARC 2009 Kontakt zwischen der CHERI und einem Wal. Heute (04.12.) erneut, allerdings mit vermutlich dramatischeren Folgen für den Wal.Um 16:15 h rief der am Ruder stehende Jens ganz erschrocken: „Wale !“ Vielleicht 15 Meter quer vor uns tauchten zwei große Wale auf und sofort wieder unter. Der eine Wal tauchte aufgrund der geringen Entfernung nicht schnell genug weg, denn es ging ein spürbarer Ruck durch die CHERI und hinter uns fing das Wasser an, große rote Flecken zu bekommen. Zweimal tauchte noch ein breiter Rücken und eine Schwanzflosse hinter uns auf, dann sahen wir nur noch die gefärbten Wasserflecken und entfernten uns schnell. Sofort suchten wir an. read more...


04/12/2012

Katerina - Wet n wild

A few days since our last blog. There are 3 reasons for this:a. wind-up to 42 knotsb. waves up to 5 meters or so and c. rain, mainly from squalls that rush in, dump half a ton of water on your head and then disappear! Blue water sailing huh - we're still in full oilies at night. So whilst these conditions have prevailed balancing a laptop whilst gripping the sat phone between your teeth trying to get a signal has been, to say the least, a little tricky. However, bit better now so here we go with a quick update of the highlights: Friday 30th Nov - our 25th wedding anniversary. A huge pod of dolphins arrived and gave us a spectacular acrobatic display. These were the first dolphins of the trip and we haven't seen them since. Now as the same thing happened on my 60th birthday in July I. read more...



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