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19/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 379; A Cloudy, Rock and Rolly Day on the South Atlantic; & Other Boat's Poem and Rhyms Are Listed; Sunday, January 18, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. The wind is 22 knots and its cloudy and dark out. A light, misty rain falls briefly at 6:30 AM. The wind is 11/14 knots and we're moving at 5.6 knots thru the water and 5.6 knots over the land. A short while later (7:11 AM) the wind has increased to 19/22 knots and we're moving at 7.0 knots thru the water and 7.7 knots over the land. The clouds are so thick I can't see when the sun rises. And the boat is rocking and rolling a fair amount. What you'd expect with winds around 20 knots going dead down wind wing-on-wing. At 7:50 PM with the wind 23 knots I put a reef in the main sail. The boat was starting to round up; and the rock and roll was getting to be a bit much. By 8:10 AM the wind is down again to 13/15 knots so I shake the reef out of the main. But at 9:30 AM the. read more...


19/01/2015

Exody - Days 4 & 5 - Santa Marta Welcome

Thursday 15th was press day for World ARC at Santa Marta and,as it happened, Exody's timely arrival at lunchtime suited them all perfectly - so we had cameras and notebooks vying with customs officials, event organisers, marina staff and WCC yellowshirts all at our busy finger pontoon. Martin kindly helped out with the Spanish interviews - the TV reporter's face in particular was a picture of inscrutable non-comprehension when faced with my enthusiastic response in English.This after being escorted in and welcomed by radio from more than two miles out by two coastguard/marine police vessels, one of which led us all the way into the marina.What a welcome - Colombia and Santa Marta have pulled out all the stops for the World ARC fleet!The new-ish and attractive marina, home mostly to large. read more...


19/01/2015

Exody - Day 3 - Closing Colombia

Crew recovering from bugs and back to normal duties and appetites - weather less squally but the night quite windy with much over 25 knots and the morning seas rough. We tried our shorter pole with a furled/reefed genny but not very effective, so since Monday night have been mostly under main alone ranging from full sail to double reefed - less sail usually best!Now on Tuesday we are bowling along with average days runs so far of just over 170 miles and average speed just over 7 knots for the first three days.As we close the Colombian coast from our position 50/60 miles north of Aruba at the morning roll call (the most northerly boat in the fleet by quite a way), the equatorial current has reduced.We are hoping to maintain the average without it's help and our northerly position has. read more...


19/01/2015

Nexus - One day to go, and fish on!

We had a nice sail through the night, making good progress. The wind is up and steady over 20kts from the stern, so we're sailing down wind and a bit to lee so we'll probably have to switch the Gennaker over to the starboard side at some point to make our wind angles. Very nice downwind sailing with 200 nm to go! We had a bit of excitement this morning, one of our large reels started singing...finally! However when we started to tighten the drag, we saw a huge marlin erupt behind the boat! Mike estimated it at 300lbs as it made a huge splash as it tail walked and surged behind the boat. We couldn't stop it from taking line out, it was too powerful, and eventually it jumped high one last time and broke the line with it's bill. We got most of the line back wth the broken end heavily. read more...


19/01/2015

Starblazer - 19/01/2015 - A month on the hard

IJust like most sailors back home, Starblazer came out of the water in mid December.There the similarity ends!When the rain stopped the average daytime temperature was in the mid 20s, quite unlike December and January in the UK.We removed the fuel tank though it was too big to go up through the companionway so we strung it up sideways in the saloon.John set about putting new sealant in the gap between the forward end of the keel and the hull while we were held up in slings then tightened the forwardmost keel bolt when the boat was lowered back onto the keel.Christmas Day was spent largely in the cockpit, inside the tent, as the saloon was rather a no-go area though we managed to rig up the TV to watch the 2013 Christmas Edition of Downton Abbey!We are rather late converts, having. read more...


18/01/2015

Nexus - What a difference a day makes!

This morning we had a large squall line pass through, and brought us fresh winds and we've been sailing well all day in beautiful partly cloudy skies and moderate following seas...just magic after so many days of bobbing, motoring and just sailing around 5kts making very little progress. We were all excited to have the kind of sailing day we all love on board, and we celebrated crossing the prime meridian (00 00.00E/W) this morning...and it's the first time Finnbar has been in the Western Hemisphere! We'll have to add that ritual to his upcoming equator crossing ritual next month! We're now making good progress, and anticipate arrival in around 2 days time in St Helena, but everything can change quickly so we're not counting on it! We've been fishing all day and haven't caught a. read more...


18/01/2015

Celebrate - Celebrate's Pre-departure Briefing

THE PRE-DEPARTURE BRIEFING by Jay AilworthThe pre-departure briefing was short and sweet,There were certain expectations I would have to meet.The captain and mate alone are an accomplished crew he says,But for this trip we decided to bring along you.I was simply to be used as an added tool on their belt,He had no idea how bad I felt.Here I thought I was a sailing rock star for hire,Only to find out I am nothing more than a spare tire!. read more...


18/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 378; An Ode to the South Atlantic; We Enter the Tropics; & a Good Day Sailing; Saturday, January 17, 2015

Up at 6:45 AM. Solid, low cloud cover; but not cold at least. Rain showers all over. The weather looks threatening. I slept great, almost 6 hours of sleep. A rarity. Maybe the longest solid sleep, time wise, in the entire circumnavigation while under sail.I turned the engine off at 7:49 AM; and at 7:58 AM put the whisker pole back out on the port side. The wind is 10/11 knots and we're moving at 4.2 knots thru the water and 4.4 knots over the land. At 8:10 AM I put the canvas insert connecting the bimini and dodger back in, as it looks like rain is coming. At 8:20 AM the wind is 20/22 knots and we're moving at 6.0 knots thru the water and 6.5 knots over the land. The rain that hits is misty and light. Not a big deal. At 9:00 AM we're under 700 miles to St. Helena (690). We've already. read more...


18/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 10. Tag - Immer weiter

Immer weiter segeln wir und immer näher kommen wir St.Helena - jetzt sogar mit ein bisschen mehr Wind:-). Alle sind nach wie vor gut drauf, freuen sich aber bald anzukommen:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


17/01/2015

Celebrate - Rhyme-time on the SSB Net

Today was “RHYME-TIME” and the radio-net assignment was to report in with a rhyme. I received the terrific entries below via email and also received wonderful on-the-spot rhyming reports from: Adela, Ghost, Polaris, and Sweet Pearl.*****FROM Merlyn of PooleThere once was an Oyster called 'Merlyn'But not the sort having a pearl in,She had a great dayBeen sailing awayMain fully out no need for furlin'*****FROM American Spirit IIAn Ode to the Southern OceanDavie Jones has nothing on me, Because we are where we should be, Sailing over the ocean,With a nice gentle motion. As we continue to sail,There is no need to bale,As we've missed that giant sperm whale.While other boats make the mad dash,American Spirit II is content to watch another green flash.*****FROM Folie a Deuxcaught and released. read more...


17/01/2015

Celebrate - Deep Blue

DEEP BLUE by Jay AilworthInland dwellers have heard the ocean is blueBut in their mind's eye they really have no clue.Coastal waters are always green,A true blue can never be seen.A transition takes place somewhere many miles from shore,Suddenly all around is blue and green no more.The cobalt depths shame the azure sky,Overhead clouds create shadows of dark indigo dye.It feels as though one can see into its depths forever,No landlubber will see this mystical color ever.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


17/01/2015

Ayama - A Slower Day

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17/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 377; We Video a Green Flash Sunset, No. 28; & Celebrate the Half Way Point of the Leg with a Great Dinner; Friday, January 16, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. The wind is 13 knots and we're moving at 6.7 knots thru the water and 7.2 knots over the land. We're still motor sailing. The wind is behind us, on the port quarter. We tried to sail, but were going too slow. I'll wait until sunrise and see what the wind does.The sun rises at 6:57 AM Cape Town start time. Its cloudy on the horizon, so no green flash, despite there being a big, green hue in the clouds around the rising sun.Iput one fish line in the water at 7:20 AM; and at 7:21 AM I turn the engine off. The wind is 12/14 knots and we're moving at 5.3 knots thru the water and 5.9 knots over the land. At 7:30 AM I put two more fish lines in the water. Saphir is 3.4 miles behind us on the port quarter. Their sails are visible in the sunlight.At 8:49 AM I'm forced to put the. read more...


18/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 376; Moby Dick Lives! - We Encounter Our First Giant Sperm Whale; Thursday, January 15, 2015

The wind goes light and we have to turn the engine on at 2:25 AM. Even though I'm off watch until 6:00 AM, the engine is located in the aft cabin where I sleep. So if it goes on in the middle of my night, I usually wake up. The wind picks up enough at 7:00 AM that I turn off the engine at that time. An our later I put 2 fishing lines in the water, one on a rod and the other a hand line with a coke can as an alarm when we get a hit.At 8:25 AM the wind is 14/15 knots and we're moving at 6.3 knots thru the water and 6.7 over the land.Its sunny and clear.Saphir pops up on our AIS at 9:00 AM, 7 miles aft on our starboard quarter. The AIS doesn't give me their boat name because I'm not receiving all their data, but their MMSI number is listed, and I look it up in my rally directory and see. read more...


17/01/2015

Nexus - Too slow for Russ...

Well we sailed almost all of yesterday and well into the evening, but 4.5kts was too slow for Russ, so the noisy motor came on for a few hours. Fortunately the wind came up in the early morning and we pulled the sail back out...now it's dying off midday again and we're looking motoring for a little while. 5kts really is my threshold of pain, even though the boat was sailing nicely at 4kts, it would take us another week at that rate. We'll sail again as soon as the wind goes back to 10-12kts, but unfortunately it's now swung directly behind us so there's no opportunity to heat up the sails with apparent wind angles, it's just a down wind slog. Interesting weather pattern today, this morning we had 12-15kts of wind and horizon to horizon cloud cover but as the wind died off, the clouds. read more...


17/01/2015

Celebrate - Over the Horizon

OVER THE HORIZON by Jay AilworthCape Town lies 700 miles in our wake,To reach St. Helena leaves another 995 to make.Adela is in the northeast 140 miles aheadShe got so far out in front while we were anchored and in bed.Slowly we are catching the Fleet,With good winds CELEBRATE is swift on her feet.Now flying fish frolic alongsideThe blue horizon empty and wide.Off to starboard we see a leviathon blowOblivious to us he crosses our bow thinking thoughts we will never know.We look forward to a wonderful dayAs we motor sail nicely making way.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


17/01/2015

Firefly - Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove, Mercury Bay

New Zealand's north island has been bathed in sunshine since the New Year and the good weather looks set to continue. After a week spent on Great Barrier Island Firefly took us south to the Coromandel Peninsula and we have cruised down the east side reaching as far south as Hot Water Beach, near a large town called Whitianga. Although the winds have been light there has been a continuous swell coming in from the east and despite our best efforts to find sheltered anchorages, we have not had a still night at anchor. With the weather very settled there is little wind about although with 'Windguru' (their forecasts are the best out here) and a good internet connection we have managed to find just enough to sail, albeit quite slowly on most occasions. Hot Water Beach was a highlight as. read more...


17/01/2015

Luna Quest - Friday, 16th January

Noon Position: 12.42N 73.11WDaily Run: 144 milesWith wind strengths around 22 knots, a double reefed mainsail and a few rolls in the genoa, we were just making 4.5kn towards Santa Marta. A strong 2kn counter current prevented us from making an early morning landfall and so we took the reefs out which made Luna Quest power along at 8kn on a broad reach into the current, which had set up a very lumpy sea with plenty of water mounting the decks. The wind then strengthened to 32kn (near gale), which proved too much for the Hydrovane. We had to help her from time to time, especially as we neared the coast to find the entrance to the bay in which Santa Marta Marina lies. At 09.40 this morning we found ourselves accompanied by a naval press boat that took many shots of Luna Quest thundering. read more...


16/01/2015

GarliX - Kolumbien - Santa Martha - geschafft!!

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, 840 sm gesegelt / 103h /Durchschnitt 8,2 kn = unsere bisher schnellste FahrtNun hatten wir die ganze Zeit so viel Wind…. und die letzten 20sm müssen wir wegen Windmangel doch noch motoren. Ist bloß blöd, dass „wenig Wind“ nicht gleichzeitig „wenig Wellen“ bedeutet. Vor uns ist die Küste Kolumbiens - hohe Berge im Nebeldunst. Aber es ist ein schöner Anblick - wie wohl jedes Ankommen ein Erlebnis ist und alle Widrigkeiten der vergangenen Tage vergessen lässt. Obwohl wir nicht soviel „Katastrophen“ verzeichnen können. Wir hatten wesentlich mehr Wind und höhere Wellen, als auf dem Atlantik, was das Leben an Bord entsprechend „lustig“ - soll heißen akrobatisch gestaltet hat. Wir hatten immer zwischen 18 - 30kn Wind und wir. read more...


GarliX - Kolumbien - Santa Martha - geschafft!!
GarliX - Kolumbien - Santa Martha - geschafft!!
16/01/2015

Nexus - Ghosting along at 5kts in light air....again.

We'll it's another slow and beautiful day in the South Atlantic. We've got 10kts from the stern which we're making about 5-6kts on and just ghosting along. We got hot yesterday and stopped for a swim party in 7,250ft of the clearest blue water we've seen in a while. It was a refreshing break, and as we got back on the boat, a very large sea turtle swam by! No joy on the fishing so far, and we're now trying everything in the tackle box on the rods. Mike and I spent the last two days resurrecting two old reels we found in the bottom of the fish locker...we're proud to say they've gone from "salt licks" to serviceable fishing gear! I'm sure some lucky fisherman along the route will appreciate them. We're all looking for wind, but there is apparently a gale blowing far south of here and it's. read more...


16/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 8. Tag - Gemütliches Vorankommen

Die einen spekulieren auf den Schweizer Franken, die anderen auf den Wind. Wir gehören zu Letzteren. Mal ist er da, mal nicht; das bringt uns aber nicht weiter aus der Ruhe, weil wir nehmen das ganz gemütlich und gemütlich kommen wir voran. Die Hälfte war gestern; gefeiert wurde im kleinen Kreis. Ist sowieso nicht sehr viel los hier; keine Menschenseele wohnt hier, wie auch, wenn es kein Land gibt. Nein, wir haben kein Sonnenstich, aber haben es ganz lustig;-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


16/01/2015

Celebrate - Ode to the Sea, Wind and Birds

Rolling Rolling Rolling by Jay AilworthI came on watch to find the masthead fly going berserkSpinning to every point of the compass like some insane jerk.The diesel keeps up a steady droning while side to side the boat is rolling.A reefed main has the rigging creaking and groaningWe would rather have wind with the lines and wires singing and moaningBoats ahead tell us there is wind on this trackAll we can do now is bemoan its lack.Above hangs a daytime half moon in a sky of azure blueBestowing a sense of future things to view.Sea birds swoop and soar with amazing graceSilently mocking our meandering pace.Until next time...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


15/01/2015

Allegro - 5ªFEIRA, 15 DE JANEIRO DE 2015

Ontem o dia decorreu semelhante aos anteriores em relação ao vento e estado do mar.Pela hora do almoço, enquanto cozinhava, a Margarida desequilibrou-se com um movimento brusco do barco, e caiu desamparada, batendo com as costas nas escadas, parecendo ter-se magoado bastante. O Luís esteve a observá-la, achando que terá fracturado uma costela flutuante. Passou o resto da tarde e noite deitada, com alívio progressivo da dor e mobilizando-se cada vez melhor. Hoje tem continuado a melhorar, mas quando chegarmos deverá ser observada numa urgência.Ao fim da tarde e durante a noite o tempo foi melhorando progressivamente. Foi o primeiro por do sol que não se escondeu atrás das nuvens, e a primeira noite sem “squalls”. O vento, regular, com cerca de 20 nós e algumas rajadas ocasionais atingindo. read more...


15/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 375; The Wind Dies and We Start Motoring; & We Use the Satellite Phone to Send and Receive Emails for the First Time; Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The wind dies at 4:20 AM and we're forced to turn on the iron jenny, i.e., engine. I get up at 7:00 AM; and at 7:30 AM the wind is still light at 6 knots and we've motor sailing at 5.9 knots thru the water and 6.7 knots over the land. The clouds are solid, low overcast; with some rain showers visible around us. At 9:20 AM we put two fish lines in the water; one on a pole and the other a hand line. The hand line itself has a string tied around an empty coke can, so that when the line is pulled (a fish hits it), the coke can will make noise so we know to pull the line in. Tim from Ghost hosts the 10:00 AM net. Folie a Deux appears to be the only boat 100% still sailing, with 14 knots of wind. They're closer to the coast and have more wind. Most of the boats like us have wind at 10 knots or. read more...


15/01/2015

Luna Quest - Thursday, 15th January

Noon Position: 12.42N 73.11WDaily run: 141 milesWhen Henri Charrierè (known as Papillon) managed to escape from French Guyana’s inhuman prison camp in the 1930s, he fell upon a litoral tribe in Guajira in Colombia that lived a life far removed from civilisation. The tribe nursed his terribly scarred and sunburnt body and adopted him as one of their own. He lived with them for well over a year fathering two children by the chief’s two daughters.We passed the headland of Guajira yesterday, where the winds had been forecast to be accelerating along the coast, but we found the opposite and were lulled into a false sense of security overnight when a changed wind direction headed us for the coast. We were not able to maintain our course for Santa Marta without much banging and crashing of the. read more...


15/01/2015

Nexus - 830nm to go, no wind...

Motoring in flat calm with 3kts of wind from the stern, we're concentrating on fishing but no joy yet. Pulled GRIB files again today, it looks like we'll get a little wind on Friday then again on Sunday but it looks like this high pressure ridge is here to stay. The fleet is spread out, we're about 35-40nm south and south west of the leaders with the rest of the fleet spread out across a wide area around us. Everyone has their own voodoo on looking for pockets of wind to sail in, even if it exists mostly in their imagination. Still, it's a nice day out, sunny and not too warm. We're working on puzzles and resurrecting some old salt encrusted fishing reels we found in the lockers. If we get them in good shape, they'll make nice gifts for the local fisherman we may meet along the way in. read more...


14/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 374; A Great Day of Sailing in the South Atlantic & Saphir Almost Collides with a Whale; Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Up at 7:00 AM. At 7:10 AM we jibed from port to starboard tack as wind has gone to southeast at 164 degrees. The wind is 13/14 knots and we're moving at 4.4 knots thru the water and 4.7 knots over the land. The sky is a solid overcast and our COG (Course Over Ground) is 008 degrees, just east of north. Even at this slow rate of sail I'm OK with it. As long as we're going 4 knots, its OK. At 8:39 AM the clouds are clearing from the east. Its sunny now. I've taken off my pants and long sleeved shirt and put on shorts and a short sleeved shirt. The days continue to be warm and the nights cold. At 9:30 AM the wind is 11 knots and we're moving at 4.6 knots thru the water and 4.3 knots over the land; with a COG of 025.Tim from Ghost hosts the 10:00 AM net. At 10:20 AM Joel and I have. read more...


14/01/2015

Ayama - 14th January The Final Leg to Santa Marta

We are having a wonderful sail.After a beautiful starlit night with one spectacular shooting star Ayama is nowon course for the turn to Santa Marta, 137 miles to the Marina, calm seas anddoing 7 to 9 knots in 22 to 26 knots of wind and also 1 knot of current with us.We are in sight of the Colombian coast and a few ships passing us. We haven’t seen any of the other yachts yet but we are all looking hard as the first to see one gets a double tot of rum!Everybody is very relaxed in the sunshine apart from Per who is feeling the cold and just had to put his fleece on…these hardy northern Swedes.I have killed the jumping spider that was in my bunk so hopefully no more bites!Apart from a few birds that is all the wildlife we have seen.. read more...


14/01/2015

Exody - Day 3 - Closing Colombia

Crew recovering from bugs and back to normal duties and appetites - weather less squally but the night quite windy with much over 25 knots and the morning seas rough. We tried our shorter pole with a furled/reefed genny but not very effective, so since Monday night have been mostly under main alone ranging from full sail to double reefed - less sail usually best!Now on Tuesday we are bowling along with average days runs so far of just over 170 miles and average speed just over 7 knots for the first three days.As we close the Colombian coast from our position 50/60 miles north of Aruba at the morning roll call (the most northerly boat in the fleet by quite a way), the equatorial current has reduced.We are hoping to maintain the average without it's help and our northerly position has. read more...


14/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Weds 14th January, somewhere off Columbia

A great afternoon and evening sail, in company withour fellow World ARC boat Garlix, an XP44 from Germany.  The sailing wasgreat until about 1000 this morning when the wind started to drop, and drop anddrop, from expecting 25 to 30 knots, which we had last night and a fastpassage in. The wind then eventually dropped to only 5 knots, from deadbehind with a 1.5 knot tide against us, so  we reluctantly at 1438 UTC-4  started to motor, so at least we could be in tonight rather than face anight of the same as the day, it isnt a race apparently!   Looking forward to getting to Santa Marta now, somebig mountain ranges we can see already.   Will let you know tomorrow how we geton,   John. read more...


14/01/2015

Luna Quest - Wednesday, 14 Jan. 2015

Noon Position: 13.11N 71.18WDaily run: 165 milesAfter a cracking sail yesterday, the wind seems to have abated, which we are glad of since we are nearing the headland of Colombia, where the winds accelerate into a current counter to the northeasterly equatorial current, which sets up a nasty chop of a sea in windy conditions. With a bit of luck we may arrive in Santa Marta on Saturday.Our fridge has packed up. Luckily, it is a top loader, so that it will keep cooler for longer. Unfortunately, its malfunction has drained the batteries to 10.5 volts, so that today we have switched everything off to give them a chance to recharge fully by solar power. Great excitement was had last night when a ship was sighted, but did not appear on our new AIS B transponder. It gave us an opportunity to. read more...


14/01/2015

Celebrate - Continued Odes of Passage to St. Helena...

MORE ODES of PASSAGE REPAIR by Jay AilworthAuto Von Driver is truly dead,We found his still smoking body under the Captain's bed.While the ramifications are unconflicted The ship's doctor has determined death was totally self-inflicted.A thorough report will take a while,However there will be no murder charges to file.His body has been removed and ready to bury,I think we should name the new driver, Harry.The Captain worked late into the night,it amounted to a heavy weight fight.The mate has to step in to lend some aidAs wet, slimy, and slippery hydraulic connections were made.As the battle waged it became time for a break,The physical exhaustion too much to take.Soon after a cup of soup which seems a feastwith a great sigh the Captain re-enters the den of the beast.Much later the final. read more...


13/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 373; A Good Day of Sailing; the Auto Pilot Turns Itself Off Again; & Green Flash No. 27; Monday, January 12, 2015

Up at 5:15 AM. Black clouds on the horizon, so nogreen flash this morning at sun rise at 6:05 AM. The wind is 16 knots and we're moving at 5.8 knots thru the water and 6.2 knots over the land. We're on the rumb line to St. Helena; and the wind is 183 degrees. At 7:45 AM we jibed from port to starboard as we were going 20 degrees to the left of St. Helena.At 8:25 AM I found a 6 inch squid just outside of the cockpit on starboard. Took a picture and buried it at sea. The wind is 10/11 knots at 8:30 AM and we're moving at 5.5 knots thru the water and 4.7 knots over the land; an .8 knot of current against us. I put the dodger/bimini insert back in at 8:35 AM. Hard to do by yourself, and fraught with danger as one slip while standing up and you're overboard. Breakfast at 9:20 AM consists of. read more...


13/01/2015

Ayama - Ayamas blog 2

Day3 We had a night of squalls so a busy night reefing on Sunday night.The moon is waning and doesn't appear until the early hours so the first few night shifts are very dark. We are all settling down to a sort of routine, and Sofia, Per and I are feeling less queasy.Anna is a star and produces delicious meals even though it is sod's law that the sea becomes rougher as soon as she goes into the galley.We are still flying along and did 163 miles yesterday despite having to reef during the night. We had to do a minor detour around some fishing tackle, a pole with a light on it and a couple of buoys and probably a tangle of nets or rope under the water.Amazing all this ocean and we nearly hit it. After a day of squalls we had a peaceful night and the sea calmed down a bit.A couple of ships. read more...


14/01/2015

Nexus - Very Light Wind Sailing But All Is Well

Very light and variable winds of 10-12kts from behind greeted us this morning, so we're putzing along at 4-6kts this morning...Russ is twitching and reaching for the ignition keys every now and then buttrying to ride this out as long as we're making decent progress. Another beautiful day, and we have two lines in the water but no joy so far. We expect the wind to die down more by tomorrow so we're anticipating some motoring but we may deploy "Fat Albert", our largest Gennaker, later this morning to extend our sailing time a little longer, but the wind may be too inconsistent to keep it filled. Decisions..decisions..that's sailing, but all is well.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 09:00 at 25 36.6'S;9 17.7'E. read more...


13/01/2015

Allegro - 3ªFEIRA, 13 DE JANEIRO DE 2015

SAINT LUCIA - SANTA MARTA, NA COLÔMBIAQuatro dos sete a oito dias previstos para esta perna são passados. Não se pode dizer que tenham sido agradáveis, mas também não foram muito desagradáveis.O vento tem estado entre os 15 e os 25 nós, com rajadas pouco frequentes de 30 nós. O mar, bastante desencontrado, torna a viagem muito “mexida”, com ondas altas de sueste e outras de noroeste. Como resultado, o barco não pára de oscilar de um lado para o outro. Temos apanhado alguns “squalls”, o mais trabalhoso e molhado, hoje de manhã. Já se esperava.A adaptação da tripulação está-se a fazer, muito facilitada pelos petiscos do Rui e também da Margarida. Agora, em vez de um, temos três cozinheiros a bordo; o Ricardo ainda não se revelou, mas deve-se estrear nos próximos dias. A Margarida e o. read more...


13/01/2015

Exody - Day 2 - Bugs, Broken Pole, Breeze

We were not happy campers on Monday morning! Two out of three crew had bad nights with tummy bugs, one bad enough not to be able to keep watch so we were all rather drained!It was a squally night by which time we had already settled into to our downwind rig of single reefed and poled out genny. However the front end of a 5am squall backed the genny and, before we could regain control, had taken apart the telescopic pole into its two pieces and broken the end fitting.We managed to secure one part of the pole that was loose on deck but the other part, hanging as it was from the end of a flapping genny and tethered by guys fore and aft, was dancing on the foredeck like something demented taking stabs at the deck, risking both the hatches and the fuel cans.With the genny furled I managed to. read more...


13/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Day 3 of our world ARC 2015

A great sail yesterday afternoon, then in theevening the winds started to build until by midnight it was approx 25 to 30knots from pretty much dead astern, interesting. Since the boat was oftenrounding up in the waves we put a third reef in (for those not into sailing thisis reduciing considerably the area in the big sail at the back). Thisimmediately made the boat a lot more stable and didnt siginificantly reduce ourspeed. We have had between 1.5 and 2 knots of tide with us, joy, but later todaywe will probably have the tide against us as we turn a bit more south to go downthe Columbian coast for approx 160 miles. We have just made our coursecorrection to go to Santa Marta, but we are staying a bit further out than weneed to since the forecasts indicate the wind going a bit north of. read more...


13/01/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 12 Jan. 2015

Noon Position: 13.10N 68.25WDaily run: 155 milesThe wind has picked up to over 30kn and Luna Quest is bowling along at speeds in excess of 8 knots, but yesterday was a great day for resting. The rig was firmly set and the 20kn of wind kept a steady course westwards under a cloudy sky, but no squalls of any note were experienced. A few flying fish landed on the deck, but otherwise the decks were dry. We may be one of the last boats in the fleet on our way to Santa Marta (Colombia), but we should make it before the fleet sets off again Tuesday next week for the San Blas Islands (you can find the itinerary of the World ARC 2015 on the web site of the World Cruising Club). We expect to arrive either Saturday or Sunday, just in time for a shower, a meal ashore and taking on fresh water. The. read more...


13/01/2015

Pentagram - Leg 1 Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia.

?0440, Tues 13/1/15 - 23nm N.E of ArubaWe arrived in Rodney Bay slightly later than we would have liked due to the "Christmas Winds", blowing 45 knots in Barbados & around the islands. Oh well, there's worse places to get stuck, could have been Skeggy!A warm welcome greeted us when we finally arrived by both the World Cruising Club team & a cheery "Ahoy Pentagram!", as we cruised past to our berth from John, Stella & Brian on Exocet Strike. We had met them in September in A Coruna, Northern Spain. Our first landfall after leaving the UK. It was great to see some friendly & familiar faces.The start of the first leg went well & we crossed the start line in around fifth place with two reefs in the main & a full genoa. Not too shabby a start as there are just the two. read more...


13/01/2015

Juno - Chafed sheets

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Juno - Chafed sheets
Juno - Chafed sheets
13/01/2015

Celebrate - Unexpected Anchoring & Odes to Passage on the way to St. Helena Island from Cape Town, South Africa!

Odes by Jay AilworthCape Town is now in our pastCelebrate is leaving Table Mountain astern very fast.Our boat heeling and heaving to a beam sea.Deep dark Africa slipping away in our lee.Auto Von Driver is at the helm on a day cool breezy and sunnyWhen from below the mate calls:"I smell something funny".Auto Von Driver has rolled over and died The apparent victim of electrical suicide.A well found ship CELEBRATE has a spareAn island is up ahead and we will make repairs there.Now steering by handWe make our way to this tiny speck of land.Behind a rocky windswept point lies a smallSheltered bayWe will soon have our repairs underway.Our anchor now safely down we takeA moment to look around.Small buildings, a pier and a tall red and white Striped lighthouse are the only sights around.Out of. read more...


13/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 372; No. 3 Green Flash Sunrise, Our 26th So Far; We Catach a Fish; A Manta Ray Jumps; and a Whale Blows; Sunday, Januaryt 11, 2015

I wake up at 5:00 AM, after 4 hours and 50 minutes of continuous sleep. A rarity on a wildly bouncing boat. Sleep in the aft cabin like flying in a plane in weather. When the plane goes up, you get positive g forces on your body; when it goes down, you get negative g forces, like weightlessness. Unless you're really tired, its sometimes hard to sleep when you keep going from negative to positive to negative... g's. Isn't sailing fun?! Because its still dark out, I know the sun hasn't risen yet, so I get up and go to the cockpit in my long underwear and socks. Once I convince myself that the sun isn't rising for a little while, I go below and get dressed and come wait for the sunrise.At 5:58 AM the sun rose, and I saw my 3rd Green Flash Sunrise; Jeanine saw her first; and now we have a. read more...


13/01/2015

Nexus - Good sailing night, light wind morning

Still sailing but only making 5-6kts in very light winds from behind. The wind picked up yesterday afternoon and we were enjoying several hours of 10kts on a beam reach but it's now shifted behind us and dropped. Just above my 5kt threshold of pain...we're resisting the urge to motor and get there as the sailing is peaceful and we have a beautiful day. So we've turned our attention to fishing and enjoying this beautiful day, we'll see if the wind comes up later as it did yesterday! 1180 miles to go and all is well.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 08:45 1/13/2015 at 27 22.0'S;11 23.4'E. read more...


13/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 3 - St. Lucia - St. Martha / Kolumbien - Halbzeit

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm - jetzt HalbzeitWir schaukeln uns durch die Karibische See; es ist etwas unangenehmer als über dem Atlantik. Wir haben mehr Wind und höhere Wellen, die ungleich der Windrichtung sind. In den letzten zwei Tagen hatten wir Etmale (zurückgelegte Strecke in 24h) von rund 200sm. Das ist richtig viel, wenn man dann bedenkt, dass wir z.B. in der ganzen letzten Nacht nur mit zweifach gerefften Großsegel und ohne Vorsegel durch die Nacht geschossen sind. Wir haben Ostwind 18-25kn; in Squalls höher. Nur um die Geografiekenntnisse aufzufrischen…. - wir segeln vorbei an Venezuela (links), und rechts an Puerto Rico, Dominicanische Republik, HaitiEin mittleres Problem hatten wir auch noch…. der obere Blog von der Fock hat. read more...


12/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 4. Tag - Mal schneller, mal langsamer

Mal haben wir mehr Wind, mal weniger, mal segeln wir schneller, mal langsamer. So ist das eben. Das Wetter ist aber sehr gut (das heisst blauer Himmel und Sonne) und wir relaxen gut:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


12/01/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, Jan.12, 2015

Noon Position: 13.14N 65.43WDaily Run: 122 milesThe sail trim we had so studiously set up in the Easterly trade winds the day after our departure took us too far south when the winds backed to the Northeast. The sail set became untenable in the rising winds and if left unchanged for the night, we would have been set uncomfortably close to the coast of Venezuela. At 3.30pm we decided to reverse the poling out of our foresails. The genoa that had been poled out to starboard was poled out to port and the staysail on the opposite side. Our mainsail remained securely inits stack pack. At 5.40pm the new sail configuration lifted our speed to over 7 knots and enabled us to sail a course well north of west. A truly exhausting exercise, but completed 20 minutes earlier than the 2 hours it had. read more...


12/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Monday 12th Jan 2015

Another day, lots of squalls and lots of wind. Notthe most pleaseant sailing, but very fast. Had a line jam in the furler earlierso we couldnt furl the genoa, found out just before a 35 knot squall hit, notfun. Took an hour to sort that ot, then we gybed, since the wind had gone southof east and it would take us to our planned position (waypoint). We took a whileworking out all the ropes etc, then as soon as we gybed we needed to back again,total time spent / lost was approx 2 hours. Currently the wind is a bit shiftybut its between 25 and 31 knots, bit full on, twoo reefs in the main and thegenoa half furled. More anon.. read more...



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