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30/11/2012

El Mundo - Friday 30th November

Well here we are another 200 miles or so further west than yesterday withanother Oyster 56, Purusha, showing on our port bow about four miles away.Funny how one can leave Las Palmas together, sail four days and near 600miles and end up in the same bit of ocean almost within shouting distance.From the roll call today there are two other Oyster 56's (Dreams Come Trueand Mariela) within a few miles of us, so the race is on to St Lucia - lastone in buys the beers.Last night was a beautifull moon-lit night and today has been sunny butquite chilly - those of us of a more delicate nature (me!) are wearing afleece to keep warm. The wind is gusting Force 6/7 and the sea is heavingjust as it was yesterday - with the not so occassional Matterhorn and MountEverest looming up astern of us. But we are. read more...


30/11/2012

Bardeau - The Book

Oh woe....oh woe Mr and Mrs Nash. You know not what you did. Yesterday was jelly babies. Today has been horrible. We call it the Book of Chairman C. It is a small Mao Tse Tung type red book of sailing...but it's blue. It's full of sailing wisdom. Sailing useless wisdom and anecdotes. From lunchtime until tonight we have been fed useless info instead of jelly babies. Where is the Cadbury's? Where are the Mars? A little blue book????? Did I really upset you that much?Anyway today has been like yesterday, which was like the day before...which in itself bore similarity to the day before. In fact so boring is it that we all sit in the cockpit discussing with excitement our sleep patterns, hygeine regimes, and the present chafing situation. Gerry the Rigger told us all to check for chafing for. read more...


30/11/2012

Coyote 2 - Blog: Day 4

Day 4: Another gorgeous day on the Atlantic. Downward 15-20 knot winds, food, laughs, dancing, singing and even brief exercises to burn a calorie or two.The crew is getting accustomed to the routine. Practicing charts, knots and helming.  No other boats seen around us today.   Fishing was almost successful with 2 tuna caught, one released and one big yellow tail escaped while ripping through the 30 pound line as we were getting it on board. Maybe more luck tomorrow... Communication is finally working.  We were sad to hear some boats had to make it back. In the meantime, we are getting ready for dinner and the weekend... Nav lights are on!. read more...


30/11/2012

Orion - 4 th.day Orion

Three days on this adventure and we're really going strong indeed. 6 nationalities and a common goal willmake the crossing unforgettable. South and west is the challenge but the weather dictates the decision in this situation. we were told we were placed 3rd in our division few days ago, but it is impossible to follow the race position without more reliable info. Meanwhile we continue our quest for St Lucia and the Caribbean islands. DOMINGOCooking is an interesting experience at sea and concocting meals that everyone will enjoy is a challenge! My pork casserole was not a big hit but was later rescued by a more competent chef... It is getting warmer now and the layers are coming off. Lots of sun cream today and more shots of the sun with the sextant. Practice, lots of practice. BARBARAWe. read more...


30/11/2012

Oranda III - ORANDA III Gran dilema

El tercer dia en la mar, buenas singladuras, ahora hay que decidir si seguir corriendo el paralelo con los vientos hasta que lleguemos a la previsión de calmas o comenzar a hacer sur hacia el calorcito y sortear las zonas de calma al sur. el ultimo día 192 NM que no esta mal.De pesca no hablamos, aún no hemos estrenado la caña, tiramos de las proteinas congeladas, hoy fabada antes de que empiece el calor.Buena proa a todos.--. read more...


30/11/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - PVS 30.11.12

Liebe Peterfans,Wir hoffen es geht Euch blendend auf dem festen Land! Wir machenweiterhin gute Fahrt und haben nun 600 Meilen in etwas über drei Tagehinter uns. Derzeit sind es noch 2100 vor uns. Wir segeln seid demletzten Eintrag mit böeigem nordöstlicher Wind und dieser schwankt, jenach Regenwolke welches über uns rauscht, zwischen 20 und 35 Knoten.Kleine Unterbrechung: Der Schekel am Steuerbordfall ist während demSchreiben des ersten Absatzes gebrochen und die Genoa kam der Wacheentgegen gerauscht. Großes Glück dass die Genoa das Wasser nicht berührthat und sich wie ein Mundharmonica auf die Schot zusammengefaltet hatund so ohne Schaden wieder an Bord geholt werden konnte. Innerhalb vonfünf Minuten ist die Genoa jedoch, unter Einsatz eines der zahlreichenFällen an Bord und mit Hilfe. read more...


30/11/2012

Capricho - Dia 4 - Cambio de guardias

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 427ºN ~01,1’26ºW~06.9’              Distancia recorrida : 209 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8+ NudosVientos del :  E-NE                                        Velocidad del viento : 22+ NudosEstado de Animo :  continua Alto.  He publicado en el Blog el articulo que escribió Clemence Rebours en la revista www.actunautique.com . “Ala, que pena” que no les envié la traducción al español, pero el que la necesite me contacta –fuera de micrófonos- para darle los nombres de unas traductoras simultaneas. (pilas! : Chia y Vivian después que tengamos el marranito cuadramos la comisión!!!). Hemos encontrado la forma de subir unas fotos de baja resolución que les dará una idea de lo que estamos viendo. Anoche. read more...


30/11/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 3

Tack för era kommentarer på vår blogg! Vi får dem per mail och det kännsverkligen roligt att höra av er och veta att ni tänker på oss där hemma. Enhöjdpunkt på dagen med högläsning för hela besättningen.Vi har fortsatt bra vindar runt 20-25 knop från nordost (inte OSO som viskrev igår. Fingrarna slant lite). Prognoserna säger att vi kommer att haliknande vindstyrka fram till och med söndag, men mer vridande mot ost. Vi ficken väldigt gungig natt och hade lite svårt att sova ordentligt. Det är liteunderligt med vågmönstret, då det under många timmar kan vara harmoniska vågorfrån ett håll och sedan plötsligt en period med ytterligare vågor från annathåll. Det är då ett lätt irriterande oförutsägbart gungande kommer och det blirsvårt att hitta en bra och avslappnad sovposition.Vi har ställt. read more...


30/11/2012

Rivendell - Logs 4/5 "When it rains it pours"

28 Nov 2012 The last time we chatted we had pulled into Puerto de Mogan to have our sailrepaired. Pedro our sailmaker referred us to Jose, who worked at the localNorth Sails loft.Puerto de Mogan is a quaint village strictly for tourists(mainly British, Germans and Scandinavians) expensive stores and restaurantswith either pricey European goods or cheap Chinese merchandise. We spent acomfortable evening at the dock.Wednesday afternoon Jose showed up withthe repaired sail. We got a late start, put the sail back on track whilemotoring out to sea. We soon hit some very choppy seas and Bruce took a badspill in the gally.He fell and slid about 9 feet (3 metres) and hit theoven with his right shoulder.The hot safety glass shattered - it was allover the place - Bruce has some bad bruises and a. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 4: 30/11 (25N 26.2W)

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30/11/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 4 and Maunie's first catch

A little additional news from today for you – at lunchtime Fergus announcedthat he thought it was time to go fishing so he attached a green plastic squidlure to the new line, purchased in Las Palmas and loaded onto the sea-fishingreel mounted on Maunie’s aft rail. Between us, what we know about ocean fishingcould be written on a matchbox so there was not much confidence of a result, itmust be said.   35 minutes later, though, the reel started screaming so we wound in the150m line to land a beautiful 4lb Dorado. A shot of cheap vodka into its gillsfinished it off in a humane way and Fergus ‘Robson Green’ McDonald gutted andfilleted it very expertly. So we’re looking forward to our fish supper.   From now on blog entries won’t have as many photos, due to limits on satphone data. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - Day 4 and Maunie's first catch
Maunie of Ardwall - Day 4 and Maunie's first catch
30/11/2012

Skyelark of London -

Day 4We had an amazing night sail last night, for the first time in was actually dark since thefull moon was hiding behind the squall clouds -we literally couldn't see the sails in front of us, helming was by instruments alone which is a very different experience.Morning broke with clearing skies and another beautiful day; with the sun shining and trade winds blowing at a steady 25-30knots we are cruising along nicely with poled out headsail and a deep reefed main at a respectable 8-9 knots, the miles keep ticking by and we should pass 1/ 4 of the way in the next 24hrs - a bottle of Dr Dave's Cava is on ice! There is a general feeling that we are going to fast, it's not the exciting sailing that worries us, but the realisation that our adventure could be over to soon.Life onboard is. read more...


Skyelark of London -
Skyelark of London -
30/11/2012

Stormvogel - 4. Seetag: Wir erzeugen grünen Strom!

Die Seekrankheit ist auf dem Rückzug und wir haben heute wie geplant unseren Schleppgenerator ausgebracht.Das Teil kann man sich wie einen großen Dynamo vorstellen, den wir an der Heckreling montiert haben. Daran haben wir heute eine 30 Meter lange Leine befestigt und daran dann die "Turbine". Das ist ein massives Metallteil bestehend aus Propellerschaft und Propeller.Sauber über Bord geworfen - keine Finger und Ösen darin - und schon dreht das Teil und erzeugt grünen Strom. Ausgelegt ist die Anlage für maximal 8 Knoten, wenn wir eine Welle runter surfen haben wir auch mal 10 drauf - dann springt die Turbine aus dem Wasser wie ein Fisch ;-)Ferner haben wir heute die Segelstellung drastisch verändert. Wir haben das Großsegel geborgen (gar nicht so einfach bei der Welle und dem Wind) und. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 3 - 29/11/12 Record Breakers

Daily Run    243nmDTT             207nmLunch           Avocado & Prawn PastaDinner           Spaghetti Bologniese with fresh Parmasan  So the large seas and strong winds continue, with the odd respite in the conditions allowing a few hours of relative relaxation.  It is fair to say that I keep telling the crew that these conditions are much rougher than normal and 'normally' there is a nice rolling Atlantic swell making the steering and living aboard very comfortable.  Needless to say, I am getting a gentle ribbing from the crew about the conditions continuing to be heavy and they are starting to. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 4: 30/11 (25N 26.2W) - written by Adolfo

Typing earlier today with a cup of coffee after a long hour at the helm with 30 knots of wind and large waves towering over the boat. Not a pretty sight. I wish I could send pictures or films. Now I fully understood the subtle difference between an "ocean certified boat" like Beneteaux, Jeanneau, Dufour,.... and a "designed for ocean yacht" like this Swan..  What a difference in stability, control and dynamic between rudder, transom and waves.... Impressive ! I must admit that I can't stop thinking about those people I saw in Gran Canaria ready to join the ARC with smaller boats, small crews and "mediterranean boats". If we are feeling tired and a bt down due to taxing sailing conditions I can only imagine how they must feel by now.... In their case it certainly feels nothing like. read more...


30/11/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 3: 29/11 (25.5N 23.5W) - written by Adolfo

Guess what ? We have just seen a Rainbow... a very special rainbow with monlight instead of sunlight. Cool or what ? Yes, there is a bit of rain here and there and we are back wiyj strong winds of 25-30+ knots which helped us beat the speed record once again, this time 21.4 knots. Well done Northern Child. ! We will changing course tomorrow to bear more southerly tack around 200-220 degrees to try to avoid a low pressure depresion developing ahead of us. We could have done that today but we missed the slot before sunset and the exercise to reset the poles, genoas and rigging requires vissibility and able hands... so we will do that after breakfast ! We are on track to have another 200+ miles day today. This would make around 600 miles in 3 days. read more...


30/11/2012

Anastasia - Around the Cape

Save all photosWantto save all these photos at once? Learn how Online pictures are available for 30 days  34:53.4S 19:42.6E   Yes, we are now back in the Atlantic!  Wegybed around Cape Agulhas, the southernmost point of the Africancontinent, an hour ago, closely followed by yacht Brizo.  We have hadbrilliant sunshine and an easterly wind of around 30 knots to push usalong.  The waves have been quite boisterous so we have just beentaking it easy, with a double reef in the mainsail, cruising at about8 knots.     We are now heading back up north, hugging thewestern coast of Africa so the mainland will give us some protection from windand waves and hopefully the weather will get warmer with every miletravelled.  We. read more...


Anastasia - Around the Cape
Anastasia - Around the Cape
Anastasia - Around the Cape
Anastasia - Around the Cape
30/11/2012

La Medianoche - What a wonderfull start

Wouw.Wouw.Wouw! Fast over the line and with good speed and spirits heading first south and now west. The first day at sea was nothing but a perfect ten! With surfs up to 16 knots, a beautifull rainbow, dolphins in the sunset, 208nm/24h - what else could we ever wish for? Since it got a littler rougher and last night saw us with reefed main and genoa in rainy squalls up to 38 knots from the ENE. But as long as the wind is not slowing down our progress west is very much appreciated. A broken halyard shackle sent me up in the mast yesterday - and I can tell you: even on a catamaran its rough up there in this breeze! But we are all well and happy, though still getting into routine before we start fishing tomorrow. Fair winds from La Medianoche, Mareike. read more...


30/11/2012

Ntanda - Blog day 4 - South then!

So it's day 4 on Ntanda, or is it day 5? (thatsounds familiar....) I guess officially it's day 5 as we started on Sunday, butit feels like day 4 and as far as clean T shirts go its definately day4. It's been a somewhat wild ride so far, squalls aplenty and a sail plan alternating between 2 sail reaching, poled out headsailand occasional dabble with the kite. We've had a couple of wild broaches andsome serious 'rock n role' - never a good thing when you've got2000+ NM to go. It all got a bit serious yesterday when wediscovered rather large amounts of water inthe bilges. We had been raising eyebrows at each other for some time over theamount of wet pumps we did every watch change and this came to a head when abilge check showed us awash. So kite down and the next. read more...


Murphy - The genoa pole restored
Murphy - The genoa pole restored
30/11/2012

Indulgence - The Little Drummer Boy

Friday 30th November Current Position: N 23o 51'.57W 22o 02".32 Current Speed : 6.8 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 2273 nm* * * * * The Little Drummer BoyFirstly thanks to those who have commented on the blog posts so far. Our communications are limited, so we are posting these messages via sat phone email, which in turns appears here on the blog, with twitter and Facebook alerts to these new posts. We are receiving the comments posted back to us here directly on the site, so big thanks to Robert, Eric, Angela, Jean, Julie, Des, Helen, Kate and Suas for your words. We had an entertaining evening yesterday as John read out all the comments as we were having a sundown dinner. I can imagine it to be not to dissimilar to a scene when families would huddle around a radio listening. read more...


Indulgence - The Little Drummer Boy
Indulgence - The Little Drummer Boy
Murphy - Jake on the trapeze
Murphy - Jake on the trapeze
Murphy - Sailing in the sunshine
Murphy - Sailing in the sunshine
Murphy - A wondrous thing of bolts and lashes
Murphy - A wondrous thing of bolts and lashes
30/11/2012

Murphy - Glorious tradewind sailing - Days 3 and 4

What  a change – a Northeast breeze (around force 5) has set in, withthe rough seas moderating and today (Friday) it seems as though we are in forsome extended tradewind sailing in bright sunshine. The jumpers and jackets havebeen abandoned and teeshirts are the order of the day. This is definitely whatwe all signed up for.   Good and bad news on the equipment front – it seems to be the way ofthings:The good news is that an ingenious use of bolts and lashings (and ducttape of course) has restored our genoa pole, enabling us to sail closedownwind on a course that is headed straight for St Lucia by the shortestroute.The less good news is that we have lost the autopilot as something seemsto have gone wrong with the motor unit that drives the rudders, so we are allgetting used to. read more...


30/11/2012

Ailsa - Blog 5 will the butter melt

Position: 22:04.374N  20:02.701W   Captains log; Stardate 2012-11-30 – 09:00 UTC   The truly amazing thing is that 24 hours after departurethere was not another yacht to be seen. Have the Klingons had a yacht fest?? Orhas Captain Kirk screwed up his navigation in a major way. I always wasinterested in Mauritania. That was the country that fielded half an athlete atthe Olympics who, who competing in the modern pentathlon did rather well withthe Kalashnikov but not much else?Well, fearful that we might be late for the rum punch wehave engaged warp drive, unleashed our secret weapon (inner foresail on a Hoytboom) and set off West – at least SW.As you can see from the photo the old sea dog tale of“head south till the butter melts” has yet to come true. Still we are blest witha. read more...


Ailsa - Blog 5 will the butter melt
Ailsa - Blog 5 will the butter melt
30/11/2012

Spirit - Sun is shining

Sun is rising as tea arrives for the change of watch.This day 3 of our Great Atlantic Challenge.By the third morning Spirit had covered 460 Nautical Miles with average speed around 10 Knots. There was plenty of excitement on the 1st night as Spirit ploughed through 7 metre waves with winds gusting to 35 knots and foaming on both sides of the bow.Record speed at the moment is 18 knots with David at the helm.So far we have enjoyed dinners ofConfit de Canard and David's Spaghetti Bolognese.No Pot Noodles on this boat!Yesterday Ian performed an excellent Trapeze Act walking along the Boom to make an adjustment to the Preventor.Don't believe any stories that Alan made him walk the Plank!Man overboard procedures were rehearsed which I am pleased to report were not needed.Able Seaman Mike. read more...


30/11/2012

Jay Jay - Day 4 30 November 2012

Day 4 23N 21W   A fine day, sunshine and scattered cloud around, winds force 4-5, althoughthe swell is throwing us about quite a bit. An improvement in Phil - he hasstopped being sick and can keep his food down. We think that he is over theworst now and things should get better for him from here.   We are staying on our planned route, heading down south-westwards to thewaypoint we set off the Cape Verdes, at which point we will turn off westwardstowards the Caribbean.   So far we have seen turtles, flying fish and dolphins, but no whales yet.We haven't tried fishing yet as we are eating the fresh food first. When we arein the <20 latitudes, then I will have ago.. read more...


30/11/2012

Morpion - Point Journalier 25°24 N: 23°02 W

Début du message transféré :Date: 30 novembre 2012 14:47:40 HNECObjet: Point Journalier 25°24 N: 23°02 WBonjour tout le monde !Bon ben voila, on est dans n otre 4ieme jour de mer et tou continu de bien se passer. Bon, on a du vent, et de la mer. Rarement moins de 25 noeudsde zef et plus de 3 metres de houle encore aujourd'hui. C'est sportif maison s'y est fait et ca devrait aller mieux par la suite. Hier on a pris unejolie Dorade coriphene, elle est passée en sushi. Parfait. On a pri uneoption de route Nord, on continu a tirer a l'ouest encore une journée puison piquera cap au sud afin de passer sous la zone de pétole qui est entrain de s'installer au milieu de la zone atlantique. On vous fait a tousde gros bisous, et à très bientôt!. read more...


30/11/2012

Ace - Ace at Sea

Memory of dolphins hurdling along side is eclipsed by long surfs  on 25 kts 0f wind that gradually tapered off to the point where the spinnaker appeared on deck for the first time. As soon as it was rigged the wind picked up to 25 kts.  A reef followed by a jibe south and prep for a 2nd reef led to the discovery of a minor problem with the jib furler. we lowered the main for the night but not before Fred got his run of +20 in +30 kts of wind.Rob, Chris and Peter cooly and capably handled this series of  maneuvers.  A long rolly night under jib alone and mostly light winds. Steering with 25 kts a lot easier than steering with 15. all mitigated by a near full moon that brilliantly illuminated a silver and black sea scape. Daylight brought Chris and Rob to the bow and. read more...


30/11/2012

Sunrise - 29.11.2012 3. Tag auf See

Arbeitstag. Der Skipper scheucht uns über Deck, Putzen, Wasser umstauen,Steuerseil nachstellen, Segellatte einstellen und noch eine sehr spezielleReparatur über die wir später berichten, da diese noch mindestens einenweiteren Tag in Anspruch nehmen wird. Das verbesserte Wetter hilft unsdabei. Der Wind weht mit 15 Kn aus NO und die Sonne erfreut unsere Körper.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut aber unter unserem Kiel wird sie sich baldändern. Wir haben unsere Angel montiert, wir gehen auf Jagd.Gleich beim ersten Catch hat eine ca. (wirklich) 70 cm grosse Goldmakrelegebissen. Nach langen, intensiven und sportlich fairem Kampf mit Roberthatten wir sie endlich Längsseits, doch die tapfere Makrele gab nicht aufund konnte uns dort noch vom Haken springen. Wir haben sie dann mit einemerstklassigen,. read more...


30/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 3: Watches and pleasant weather

 Watches take a bit of getting used to. They start at 6am with 3 x 4 hour watches, then at 6pm it changes to 4 x 3 hour watches.  So at night you have to power nap for approx 2.5 hours in between watches and literally de-kit at the top of the companion way stairs and throw yourself face first into bed, shut your eyes to try and get to sleep, during the day you get 3.5 hours sleep in between.  It’s really quite amazing what you learn to be able to sleep with; life jacket, sails, grab emergency bag, bananas hanging 2 inches from your face, coats, flags, water bottles, oh and mostly at an angle or rolling around. Much more stable in the vom department thank goodness, so Sam on mother duty today, Cathy looking a lot more human, Jackie, Caroline and Blatch on the helm for. read more...


30/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 2: The Vom Trapp Family - the hills are alive to the sound of barfing

Since day 1 was such a raging success with immense weather, maximum sea sickness, broken fridge, ripped main sail, bimini attempting to go overboard and jerry can making a run for it dangling off the port side, day 2 was proving to be a resounding success. The watch system started and so did operation clean up.  Jackie was on mother watch as she was the only crew member who could manage to make a whole meal and cuppas without going green, so definitely deserves the ‘Guts of Steel’ award for keeping us all fed and watered. J rustled up egg fried rice with stir fried veg then bacon, mash and beans which wasn’t bad going considering 90% of the meat had just gone overboard. Day 2 thankfully also saw the vomit count subside somewhat and replaced with ‘near barf experiences’:. read more...


30/11/2012

All-Linn - Dag 3

Vi har allerede begynnt og fantasere om hvor fantastisk det blir å se landigjen, kanskje litt tidlig?...Vi har hatt en ganske tøff seilasen og i går fikkvi nesten en reprise av første døgnet med mye vind og store bølger. Vi går tovaktlag og innad i vaktlagene tar vi en halvtime på roret hver i de mestkrevende timer. Vi har styrt båten manuelt siden vi dro og autopiloten blir kunslått på for og holde den ved like (enn så lenge). Vi seiler godt og det følesbra, vi skal være glad for den vinden vi får-blikkstille er ikke et alternativ.Mye bevegelse i båten enda, og kroppene våre venner seg så smått til å blislengt hit og dit. I går så vi delfiner i selskap med noe vi tror er hval, menav den mindre typen hval. Vi blir aldri lei synet av delfiner, det er likespennende hver gang. Vi har sett. read more...


30/11/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Eight men in a boat

Date: Fri 30th Nov 2012Time: 13:00 UTC Position: 22’39.3N 26’09.1W SOG: 8.0 knots COG: 272 approx Weather: Sunny morning, scattered rain clouds, unsettled!! Wind ENE 20 knots   Day 5 at sea.   We’ve all settled into our routines and the days are slipping by quickly...   There was lovely warm wind last night and  at last we’re in the sun.Everyone is drooping themselves on various parts of the deck and looking forwardto more of the same  Sam produced a mean Green Curry last night and there’s  bangers andmash tonight.  Great boys food.  Oscar is trying to find out where we are using a sextant. Just in casereaders are worried at this news – we do have a standby GPS if required !  Progress has been good – circa 900 miles to date and  Jacko. read more...


30/11/2012

All-Linn - Dag 2 på havet!

Det er en deilig følelse å komme på havet igjen, men tanken på å ikke seland på 3 uker, er noe skremmende. Rutiner begynner som smått å bli innarbeidet.Hvem vasker doen, lager lunsj og middag, vasker opp? Ja, det er et lite kapittelfor seg selv. I 3-4m rullebølger blir alle oppgaver ombord en smule vanskeligereen hjemme. Det er vel litt av sjarmen med å være på tur.  De første dagenehar vi forsøkt å gjøre måltidene så enkle som mulig, med ferdigpizza til lunsj,og en noe mer avansert kyllinggryte med koskos ala Eirik til middag. Det bleogså fort en luksus nattmat. Vi forlot Las Palmas som et forsyningsfartøy,bunkret opp med mengder diesel, vann og mat til et helt fotballlag, så nå spiservi og drikker taktisk i forhold til trimmen på båten.     Etter startskuddet gikk har. read more...


30/11/2012

Coyote 2 - Our First Days At Sea - Hello :)

Hello Family and Friends from the band of international adventurers onCoyote 2.  After two lumpy days heading west, we spent much of yesterdaymaking our way south, surfing our way towards the Cape Verde Islands – or awayfrom a depression in the north – take your pick.  Last night we turned westagain and are enjoying sunny trade wind sailing today.  We’re all having agreat time, despite some initial sea sickness (gotta love the patch). We’ve seen dolphins, had a salon session at Poseidon's Hairdressers, and havebeen blessed with beautiful full moon sails (its bright spotlight has shone on afew of us ‘closing our eyes for a second’ during our night watches).  And,we have just caught our first fish – a small tuna who is happily back in thesea.  Laughter &. read more...


30/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4 Great Escape 24 59N 23 32W

Day 4 Yesterday’s fishing drew not a sprat, only hard labourresulting from the two tangled lines used, but David and Graham’s creative spagbol, as threatened in yesterday’s, log hit the spot – almost as good as Kaare’sbanana bread at lunchtime, which was closer in taste to a peshwari nan – yumyum! Around 2.30 am on one of the graveyard shifts David andGraham witnessed a shard of light at around 1 o’clock on starboard side, no morethan 100m away.  David described itas the shape of razor fish shell, long and thin broken at its tale and thecolour of bright golden, which sharpened as it hit the water.  Graham, on the helm, described it as abright golden ball with a red tail exploding as the waves swallowed it up.  Our initial thoughts were of a flare,but falling rather than. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4 Great Escape 24 59N 23 32W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 4 Great Escape 24 59N 23 32W
30/11/2012

Fidelis of London - day 3, 130nm position 23.44N 20.34W 12.35 UTC

Goede middag, vandaag een berichtje van Jeske, we zijn nog aardig aan het rollen, maar op een paar druppels na, houden wijhet goed droog..er waren wel wat squalls ten westen, die hingen helaas boven het hoofd van onze vrienden aan boord van de Ostrea..Ik heb de wacht van 04h tot 08h en van 16h tot 20h.vanochtend om 04h, eerste 2 uur met mijn schatje captain Marco, we kletsen een beetje bij en genieten van het mooiemaanlicht dat op de golven van de zee schijnt en dan 2 uur met Lonneke, samen zingen we lekker met groovy muziekje mee, om07 uur mail ik onze positie, wind en golven en koers door aan ons weermannetje en specialist Chris Tibbs, en om 10h krijgenwe een weerbericht met route advies op maat terug..perfect.Via de ARC ontvangen we ook nog een uitgebreid weerbericht.na de wacht ging. read more...


30/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Going West

Ceilidh  had a further 8knot average daily run giving us 192NM on thelog this morning.   We gybed to the West at 13:45 yesterday having reached latitude 23N andhave been making a course of 275M which is on the rhumb line to St Lucia, happydays!   We continue to see fresh NE winds of F4-6 putting plenty of drive in oursails.   We mainly have had 1 or 2 reefs in the main although just recently put inthe 3rd reef after a large broach caused some angst among the crew.   We also still have autopilot issues and are hand steering most of the timeas our chain drive keeps jumping on the drive sprocket.   We have checked out the steering system alignment and tension once againand are closely monitoring the integrity of the system.   Ceilidh is proving a real. read more...


29/11/2012

Fabiola - BLOG - Day 2

The wind is dropping as we head further south.It is now a game of tactics to track the best course to find the wind the Fabiola needs in abundance. We are heading South West towards the Cape Verde Islands.A low pressure system is starting to develop in the Atlantic to the North West of our location and will start to pull the winds in towards it as it tracks North East.This literally sucks out the air / breeze from other systems that we need to power us West.What we need is for someone to interrogate the competitions tracks, boat-speed and decide if we are taking the right path... Amores 2 and Northern Child have probably taken some time out of us.As we are sailing early this evening it is evident that Mildred our Hydrovane self-steering) is not happy.She is making a grinding noise.I give. read more...


30/11/2012

Bristolian - Day 6- Missed the Cape verde isles

Continue to make good progress with main and big jib.At present too much wind. for Gennaker, photo attached.Gastric juices flowing in anticipation of Friday night is curry night extravaganza.Heads have been serviced accordingly.After the success of Monday night at the Movies (In Bruges) the next film, Fargo, is currently being wound on to the reels.Moving close to a westerly direction now, so any concerned that we were going to run through Cape Verde can relaxphoto. read more...


Bristolian - Day 6- Missed the Cape verde isles
Bristolian - Day 6- Missed the Cape verde isles

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