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12/12/2014

Helen - The last word

Thank you for following our adventure and thank you Helen for making it happen.The end, Philip. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - Joe's reflections

Crossing the line was both a great sense of achievement and the realisation that something which had been a long standing dream had finally been achieved.I don't remember exactly when Philip raised the prospect of crossing the Atlantic in his own boat, but it was many years ago and ever since them it was my long term objective to part of the experience. Philip put a great amount of effort into planning and preparing Helen 575 for the crossing and all his efforts were appreciated by all the crew.The crossing itself was great fun and in the main lived up to expectations. The only thing missing on occasions was a lack of wind, but when it was with us Helen 575 performed extremely well. There was also a lack of wildlife, but overall I don't think we could have had a better crossing.Many. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - Reflective blog

Well I've sailed the Atlantic. Not bad for someone who used to feel uncomfortable on a canal boat! A personal challenge achieved.All those years ago when with Helen and Philip chatting in the evenings on various caravan sites across Europe the conversation would often include Philip's wish to own his own boat and sail across the Atlantic. Joe was always keen to share this ambition but I always thought I would join Helen and fly to meet them at the end of the voyage.However Philip became the owner of Eve and introduced me to ocean sailing. I don't think anyone can be more surprised than me to find that I actually enjoy it. Even the 2.5 days of sea sickness I sometimes have to endure does not turn me off ( but don't ask me if I enjoy sailing during those days!)In no way can say I can. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - 1st mate

For a PYD skipper to be a first mate is not an everyday opportunity. I ate well and tried to dry my boots out throughout the trip and then they stuffed tinsel in them.I couldn't write my blog because I had a Christmas Fayre to go to and needed to see Jaqs, so I asked the skipper to do it for me.Paul. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - I am not a fisherman

Hello there, we are coming to the end of the trip now. In the first few days I wasn't feeling too well and dreaded the thought of being at sea for 17 days but now we are nearly there I wouldn't mind another day out here. 2,800 miles of sea with a broken fishing rod, lots of lures gone and all the line broken. I should have put a hook in one of those flying fish and claimed that I had caught something. I am grateful to Philip for inviting me on the journey, it's one I won't forget.Mark. read more...


12/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - LAND AHOY!

14:14.115N 060:30.577W   Now playing: Final Countdown - Europe   LAND AHOY!!!! After over 18 days at sea we canfinally sea land again, and it's St Lucia - we hope! All that's left to do nowis shower with the water we've been desalinating all day, get into our best crewkit and replenish our rum stock in Rodney Bay. Oh, and there's the small matterof crossing the finish line...   We'll be back tomorrow with a racesummary.   OUT.   Jags, Minkey, Ben andMike. read more...


12/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 18

A beautiful day in the tropics except no wind.And, that is the near term forecast, too.Still have seen no commercial traffic in over a weekNo more whale tales, no fishing yarns -- just making a ditch through the ocean.Thanks to all who keep up with us and answer our questions.Still Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


12/12/2014

Sandvita - Land i sikte!!!

För första gången på 18 dygn ser vi land, i detta fall framför oss. Vi har nu endast 32 sjömil kvar till St Lucia, en sån kort sträcka har vi inte tänkt på länge. I förhållande till 2800 som vi nu nästan gjort är det fjuttigt. Vi har korsat Atlanten!!!! Atlanten som varit snäll mot oss, kanske för snäll. Resan har tagit ett par dagar längre än planerat men vi har aldrig haft över 15 m/s och vissa dagar alldeles för lite. Om 3-4 timmar är vi i mål, vilket större delen av besättningen längtar efter. Där vankas öl och romdrinkar. Jag skulle dock kunna tänka mig ett tag till härute även om det ska bli gott med den kalla ölen, färska grönsaker och GLASS!!Detta är vårt sista inlägg från havet, nästa gång vi hörs är vi i Karibien. Over and OutFör Sandvitas besättning, Anne. read more...


12/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Horizonte 360 grados

Viernes 12   Sol y sol y calor de 30 grados. A poco másde 50 millas de Santa Lucía. Todavía podemos disfrutar de un horizontede 360º pero no por mucho tiempo. Esperamos llegar de madrugada del Viernes alSábado. Hemos revisado las notas de pilotaje para llegara Rodney Bay que está en la cara este de la isla. Al otro lado de ladirección de la que llegamos. Además del faro de Cabo Marqués en la costa W deSanta Lucía que veremos a babor tenemos el faro de Isla Cabritos al S deMartinica. En mitad del canal entre las islas más o menos hay una boya de medidade olas. Ya en la costa E de Santa Lucia tenemos referencia de otros dosfaros y la linea de llegada que está 24 horas activa. Según las posiciones quenos facilita la ARC en las proximas horas entraremos nos 20. read more...


12/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - NEWS UPDATE The Hot Stuff Oscars

The critics are hailing last night's Hot Stuff Oscars as "outstanding" "asweet success" "magnificent". With over nine million fishy views it has to have been one of SEA&SKYTV's most popular shows yet.Celebs from all areas of the globe attended the red carpet event to witness the presentation of the fiercely contested awards. Countries represented range from Scotland, USA, England to Dubai, Germany and Canada. Some contestants travelled even 2700 miles across treacherous seas just to be there last night. Hello Magazine was happy to report that contestants took the dress code very seriously. The paps were snappy happy as black tie dresses, jewelry and make up was dug out from duffel bags and hit the decks. St. John's was happy to report that due to the decision this year to leave. read more...


12/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's adventure continue with the "HAZE" family.

Bonjour à tous,La 17e journée à bord de Morning...OUPS...I guess I am almost bilingual now!...Let's go back to english...Day 17 started great with the wind blowing around 20 kts but unfortunately faided away in the afternoon to a mere 15 kts...not quite enough for us...we slowed down to 5 kts of SOG. But the bright side of this is that Demi showed me how to make bread since we are running out of fresh produce. We mixed all the ingredients together (please read we made a total mess in the galley!) and shape the dough to make it into a delicious loaf of bread. I can tell you that there is nothing like the smell of hot bread in the galley...miam miam! In the evening, we watched an episode of "Modern Family" on the IPad and went to bed early (me and Rebecca) as we were both tired...Demi took. read more...


12/12/2014

Frisco - Log day 17 Mahi Mahi

This morning Bill Currie was rudely awakened by yells from Fred, Bill come and gaff this fish !! An early morning Mahi Mahi will make a pleasant change from the recent canned meat for dinner. Bill our resident Anatomy Professor and tuna fishing buddy knows just how to fillet the fish to exclude all bones and waste a minimum of fish. Twenty minutes later, fillets in the fridge Bill was snoring again !!The crew is starting to miss the comforts of home and guessing when we will make port. There has been more than one discussion on the space now available for beverages in the refrigerator. Today the clouds have cleared and we are sailing West insunshine and 18knot winds behind us, another day in Paradise !From the good ship Frisco, weight loss spa and alcohol and tobacco detox. read more...


Frisco - Log day 17 Mahi Mahi
Frisco - Log day 17 Mahi Mahi
12/12/2014

Louise - Blog 14 - 18th Day at Sea

I want to move faster, and the crew feels the same. We had a sunny day anda lovely night with the moon and the stars. The crew does a lot of reading and eating. They try to get their sleep toowhich can be difficult as my movements are not stable in the swells and low windspeed. There is not much we can do about it. Put on some music and look at thebright sides. 666 nm to go, and friends are waiting for us when we arrive. On behalf of Louise, Carina    . read more...


Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 2
Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 2
Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 1
Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 1
12/12/2014

Vagaris - Preventative maintenance

We've 400 miles to go and we're currently barrelling along in 20 knots of wind, so it's a bit rolly. Over the past few days however we've had very light winds from dead astern, so have been smoothly sailing downwind on the Parasailor. We took it down earlier after a 24 hour run to check for chafe and found the halyard severely chewed at the top. Upon investigation it seems the last time we hoisted it the articulating sheave it runs throughafter exiting the top of the mast could not swing left and right as it was trapped to one side by the spare gennaker halyard. The halyard thus exited at an angle and chafed on the side of the block. Since we'd ordered the halyard a bit longer than necessary this was easily fixed by cutting the chafed 1/2 metre from the line. This is something to look. read more...


12/12/2014

Tinia - Day 18

Tuna surprise for dinner - we were surprised to find no VENISON in it. Apparently some food has gone missing in storage so there's gonna be a serious cabin search going on - plank is being set up for the offender.If anyone runs a postcard company and needs pictures of sunsets please get in touch we can sort you out with a shot of any kind of sunset you require.A lovely but slightly deranged sea bird has taken a liking to us and been following for 3 days now - not sure exactly what kind of bird it is but its got of lot of energy . Had a nice dolphin pod visit us last night at sunset - beautiful.Chef doing what he canOh what a manSunday looks like Coq Au Vin de Cahors.(a poem by all of us). read more...


12/12/2014

Hera - Tropische Nacht

Susanne, Jürgen und Werner hatten mit ihrer Nachtwache den Schwarzen Petergezogen. Ununterbrochene Regenschauer, von teils kräftigen Böen begleitet,zeigten deutlich, dass wir uns mittlerweile  in den Tropen befinden.Frank und Michael bewiesen gestern als Smutjes vom Dienst großenEinfallsreichtum bei der Verwertung vielfältiger Konserven. Sie zauberten einenNudelsalat a la FraMi, von dem die Crew nicht den kleinsten Krümel in derriesigen Schüssel ließ. Doch wie es scheint, würde ein Großteil der Crew dietägliche Bordroutine gerne gegen ein faules Leben am Swimmingpool mit demCocktailglas in der Hand eintauschen. Bis St. Lucia sind es ja auch nur noch 260sm.   Stefan. read more...


12/12/2014

Aretha - Who let the dogs out? The Final Night at Sea

Position: 14 19 North, 59 26 West.We’re due North of Barbados. She lie 63 miles away. Memories from way back are conjured up of staying in the Colony Club, sauntering around art galleries in Bridgetown and the Jolly Roger pirate cruise complete with copious amounts of Mount Gay rum listening to the track “who let the dogs out” which was reigning high in the charts at the time. Music afficiando’s will probably be able to tell me the year. Happy memories indeed.We have a full on magic show here right now. A magic show creating memories. An assembled and slightly random collection of my own memories as they happen:1) Having yet another Roast meal on board. We’ve been pretty much having them every day for the past week to make sure we use up all the food. Jani tells me there is enough for. read more...


11/12/2014

Domini - I'm Sorry - I Haven't A Clue

Welcome Back Boatbloggers,People often ask us, "What do you actually do during those miles and miles of empty sea?" Well, no one's actually asked us that yet, but I'm sure they will.And our answer will be, apart from the thousand and one tasks that need to be done to keep everything shipshape, we play silly games in the style of I"'m Sorry, I Haven't A Clue."In last's night's game for example, the contestant's were asked to come up with the names of films that they have seen which are connected with our transatlantic crossing. Here are just a selection... • The Winches of Eastwick • Shallow Halyard • Reef Encounter • Pinnochio  featuring Bimini Cricket • Anchorman • Full Metal Lifejacket • Boom Raider • About A Buoy • Meet Me In St Lucia • Ice Stanchion Zebra • Ocean's 14 •. read more...


11/12/2014

Meltemi - Angekommen mit Schiff und Seele

Moin zusammenam Mittwoch frueh, nach 15 Tagen 23 Stunden und 52 Minuten sind wir, mit allen Segeln die wir setzen konnten, ueber die Ziellinie geschossen. Alle froh und gluecklich festen karibischen Boden unter den Fuessen zu haben. Gleichzeitig aber auch ein wenig Wehmut das damit die Reise, ein Traum und die schoene Seegemeinschaft vorerst Zuende geht. Allen die unsere Reise, unsere Blogs und unsere Tracks mitverfolgt haben, vielen Dank fuer das Mitfiebern.Unser Raetsel loesen wir am 15.Dezember 2014 um 12:00 UTC auf. Bis dahin schickt weitere Lösungen.Ein letzter Hinweis noch:Wir haben 120 Dosen Bier eingekauf, wovon aber mindesten 80 Dosen noch ungeoeffnet in St. Lucia angekommen sind.Vielen Dank allenMonikaInesAlbrechtAlexanderAndreasNilsundSchipper RuedigerPSFisch, wir haben Euch. read more...


11/12/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 18 - Antennenlos ... durch die Nacht... - der neuste Hit auf dem BearBaloo

Vor ein paar Tagen hat sich unsere AIS – Antenne jetzt endgültig von unsverabschiedet, das Kabel hat sich komplett gelöst und die Antenne baumelt wiewild oben herum. Mein Versuch den Mast zu erklimmen hat ja leider nicht geklapptund uns bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass sie nicht aufs Deck fällt bevor wir in ST.Lucia ankommen. Ohne AIS über den Atlantik zu schippern ist aber eigentlich auchkein Problem, denn so viele Schiffe trifft man hier nicht und das Radar geht zumGlück noch. Bei uns an Bord gibt es jetzt einen neues (umgedichtetes) Lied:“Antennenlos ... durch die Nacht...” Wir haben uns in den letzten Tagen in der Positionsbestimmung durch Sextantgeübt, wenn also die Technik ausfällt (siehe z.B. unsere AIS-Antenne) dannwerden wir St.Lucia mit den alt bewerten Methoden doch noch erreichen. read more...


11/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - It's all getting a bit smelly...

14:33.9N 57:45.3W   Now playing: I drove all night - RoyOrbison   As we enter our final 24hrs at sea, things arestarting to pong a little onboard as we have all run out of deodorant. Astemperatures hit the high 30s on a daily basis, not even numerous salt waterwashes a day are keeping the stench away.  Our Little Pea deck shirtsare infused with sweat, salt, diesel and bilge.  We are a shabbysight.  We have sailed Little Pea hard for almost 3 weeksnow.  We've battled to hold onto our group lead positionand, only now, as we make our final approach towards land, canwe think about scrubbing up and slipping on or Little Pea polo shirtsbefore walking into the sailor bar in Rodney Bay with our heads heldhigh...  . read more...


11/12/2014

Jo - 14:29:26N 59:55:18W

Thursday 11th December 2014 It’s been (and continues to be) exhausting. God knowshow two handers or single handers do it! At the moment the heat is as sapping asanything else. Picture frying burgers for lunch when the temperature is 33°Cbelow decks. Despite airing bed clothes/ sheets they still feel limp and clammy;nice! I can understand some people back in the UK not exactly sympathising withthis viewpoint! There is a party mood coming on with less than 100 nm togo. It’s been a good ride, but our attention has definitely turned to arrival.We’re preparing ourselves and the boat; form filling (Ebola, customs, sailinginjury report form and YW Atlantic gear test questionnaire), repairs andmaintenance as well as trying to stow everything back in its original place nowthat we’ve used 80% of. read more...


Jo - 14:29:26N 59:55:18W
Jo - 14:29:26N  59:55:18W
11/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - En aguas caribeñas

Jueves 11   La noche y el día muy parecidos a los de ayer encuanto a viento 15-20 nuedos y mar de fondo del NE de 2-3 metros. De buenamañana suena el AIS. Nos cruzamos con el velero AELFGIFU que va en la claseregata también. Ellos van amurados a babor y nosotros a estribor, así queenseguida nos separamos y perdemos de vista. Llevamos días sin ver barcosen el AIS. El hidro se ha desprendido del soporte, lo vemnos que haquedado arrastras de los cabos. Lo subimos abordo y comprobamos que hansaltado las 4 soldaduras del soporte. No podemos repararlo. Por suerte hayalternativa para generar corriente. Arrancaremos el motor para cargar bateríascada cierto tiempo. El consumo que llevamos, además de la electrónica es sobretodo de la nevera y el piloto automático que consume. read more...


11/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Whale update

Yesterday, we were so excited to see a small whale and commented in our blog.Later, he brought his mother or dad and another sibling along side for a view of the odd creature floating slowly in a westward direction.They stayed well after dusk with an occasional breath sound noting their presence.Outside advisors have guessed that this may be a Minke whale and the description fits well.It is about time for supper and Scott is hard at work on a vegetarian dish to add in. They may be waiting for my entre' but I am way to busy with the Antares daily log.To each based on their needs, from each based on their skills (or something like that).Until later, we remain Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


11/12/2014

Tanoa - Endspurt

Endspurt! Nur noch gut 300 sm. Samstag oder Sonntag sind wir da, je nach Wind. Wird auch Zeit, denn bis auf ein paar Möhren und Apfelsinen ist uns die Frischware ausgegangen.Das Angelglück war uns seit dem Wahoo leider nicht mehr hold. Lediglich Seetang hat sich in der Schnur verfangen. Soll zwar essbar sein, müssen wir allerdings nicht probieren. Der Tang verfängt sich auch immer wieder im Wassergenerator, so dass dieser sich nicht mehr dreht. Dann heißt es hoch holen, sauber machen, wieder runter lassen, manchmal alle halbe Stunde, manchmal auch nur 2 x pro Tag.Vor einigen Tagen hat sich der Motor unserer Selbststeueranlage verabschiedet, die Dauerbelastung war wohl zu viel. Wie gut, dass wir einen Ersatzmotor dabei hatten. Außerdem ist der Keilriemen der Steuerbordmaschine gerissen. read more...


Thula - nearly there
Thula - nearly there
Thula - like coiled springs...
Thula - like coiled springs...
11/12/2014

Thula - day 18

While the day before yesterday was already rather uneventful, making it hard for me to come up with an original blog entry, the day yesterday was even more uneventful. There is, to be frank, nothing at all that I could possibly write about (Dieter suggested that I get into the psychological effects this crossing has had on us or any philosophical insights about the meaning of life that might have come to us in the last weeks – but I think I’ll rather leave it to him to write about these things in his memoirs). This is not even meant in a negative way. Quite the opposite, we all greatly enjoyed the last day of our normal, unexciting boat routine before we would eventually have to (not only mentally but also physically) get started with our preparations for the arrival in St Lucia: filling. read more...


11/12/2014

Wiki - Final Count Down!

Nachdem uns gestern Nacht bei Windprognosen von 2-3 Beaufort Squalls überraschten, konnten wir uns beim Bergen des Parasailors auf dem Vorschiff an einer zusätzlichen Dusche erfreuen. Ansonsten bezaubern die sternklaren Nächte mit Delfinbesuchen. Leider haben wir heute die Marke von 300 nm (DTW) geknackt und unsere Reise neigt sich schon dem Ende zu. Dafür freuen wir uns jetzt auf das Inselparadies St. Lucia und den Rumpunsch. Liebe Grüße von der WIKI Crew(Ines - die Grüße sind angekommen - und hier nun ganz liebe Grüße zurück an alle in HRO - CO). read more...


11/12/2014

Libeccio - Blog: Weds Dec 10th

Today:  Slalom in Squall Valley; meet TGPYLTF’s sister;  inspiredby the Pogues;  Water Water Everywhere..;  Greetings fair readers, we hope that you are riding the euphoria of thearrival of “hump” day - Wednesday—the day in the week that signals the comingweekend is closer than the one just passed... I wonder who really thinks thatway. In any event, we hope it was a good one for you.  It seems the most common way for you to read this blog is over your morningcuppa, so grab your coffee, tea (for Lorraine it has to be from Serious Coffee,go on, have the blue berry muffin as well) and then we can start. This Blog is alittle later than usual as it was written on the 04:00 –07:00 watch, but, italso means that the author had to tidy up after dinner (another master. read more...


Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 1
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 1
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 3
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 3
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 2
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 2
11/12/2014

Vagaris - 10000 miles

No, we haven't taken a wrong turn, that's the number of miles we've sailed in Vagaris since new in March 2012. Given the general similarity ofdaily activities onboard, this was enough to spark a mini celebration of canapés and for those who wanted it, a small glass of white wine (the bottle for which had previously been used for risotto). The crew savoured the flavour and immediately began longing for more exotic alcohol when we arrive. Indeed, a couple of nights before, Kath had kept herself occupied during a night watch by writing down as many different types of alcohol she could think of, then their respective ingredients and then the drinks they were used to make. This was a big list, but was augmented by the rest of the crew with gusto later!When calm, we've started an evening. read more...


11/12/2014

Louise - Blog 13 - 17th Day at Sea

I’m still making my way to St. Lucia. I did not tell you that a few daysago a seam in the main sail broke so we are only having the fog/jib and themizzan. But we make progress, and the crew are still in good mood. I let themuse the sattelite phone to call Jan’s daughter and Carinas mother. They werehappy talking to them. I do not expect us to arrive St. Lucia before the finishing line closesd on19th December. If the weather Gods and Neptun are kind to us we might be able toattend the price giving ceremony. Still 764 nm to go. On behalf of Louise,Carina. read more...


11/12/2014

OOROO1 - Floss has joined the Marlin Club !!

Floss hooked and landed a 1.5m Marlin (bigger than her) at 6 knots !! Greateffort, however ... the Marlin had the last say when it gave her a jab in thefoot .. ouch !! “That’s it” she says “ throw the big sucker back”. Score16-11-7. Got a hookup of a different kind today ... The Parasail managed to getcaught on the spreader bar during a regular sail adjustment so it was all handson deck controlling an out of control sail and up the mast for Mike on the openseas. Interesting times !! Managed to get a game of cards in with our secondsunset before a busy night with lots of squalls coming through, almost like theAtlantic giving us one last taste of what she is like. Dolphins paid a nightvisit, zooming around the boat leaving trails in the phosphorescent waters,great sight. Trade winds are. read more...


11/12/2014

Sanuk - Squalls

Mycket Squalls just nu. Det är små lokala regnväder med en hel del vind i. Inga problem och vi får båten avspolad från salt.Vi seglar på med dygnsdistanser på 150-170 sjömil per dygn. Jag har gissat på att vi är framme den 16/12 kl 19.00Kanske mer realistiskt med förmiddag den 17/12. Den som gissar rätt blir bjuden av varje enskild besättningsmedlem på valfri drink. Detta måste ske vi ett och samma tillfälle så att de som inte vinner har något att roa sig åt. Vi är ju sju ombord...Igår firade vi mindre än tusen sjömil kvar med en flarra Moet. Alla mår bra och längtar fram.Olle. read more...


11/12/2014

Aretha - Almost there

Another night spent dodging squalls and gybing. Plenty of rain showers too.The finish line in sight now. Currently at 14 27 North, 57 22 West.Strange feeling on board now as this close knit team are now heading in their separate directions. We have much to plan for the next stage of our voyage and have to get Aretha safe, fully cleaned and shipshape for the next stages of our journey across to Panama and beyond. Jani and Paul have their lives in England planned and are leaving us the day after arrival to enjoy a well earned break at Sandals. It will be great to arrive in St Lucia and we’re very much looking forward to a Rum Punch, swapping stories with friends and the week or so of events that the ARC organisers have planned. The awards ceremony is on 20th December - we’ll head South. read more...


11/12/2014

Hera - Sherry für Wind

Vorgestern haben wir Rasmus einen Deal angeboten: Verdoppelung seiner 11Uhr Sherryration für ordentlichen Wind bis zum Zieleinlauf. Bis gestern Mittagschien Rasmus akzeptiert zu haben. Nachmittags lief es aber wieder zähflüssig,so dass wir abermals Seegras unter Generalverdacht hatten. Da kam schon mal der Gedanke auf, die letzten sieben Flaschen Sherry seibstzu trinken. Alleine dieser Gedanke half jedoch. Die Nacht sind wir gut vorangekommen – keine 400 sm mehr bis Rodney Bay. Das würde rein theoretisch sogarunser Dieselvorrat hergeben. Doch keine Sorge – dank Sherry werden wir PidgeonIsland stolz wie ein Schwan umrunden.   Stefan. read more...


11/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 17 – land i åtanke

Kära bloggen,  som du vet så lider vårt ARC, och därmed bloggen, mot sitt slut. Detta ären förbryllande tid för vår besättning och tillvaron ombord känns lite vilsen,vag och trevande. "Kommer jag att passa in i civilisationen igen?" Ingen vet.Vad vi vet är att vi aldrig mer kommer att ha icke röda byxor, och att vi iframtiden kontinuerligt kommer att referera till tiden före och efter atlanten,samt att i mesta möjliga mån referera till oss själva som "långseglare".Apcoolt.  Dagen har förflutit snabb-sakta (typ som de senaste 15 dagarna...) med enmassa av allt, och en hel del av ingenting. Fokus har varit på boat speed ochbevaka vår plats i fältet under större delen av dagen (ärkerivalen Cluck och vårhomeboy Malavilha) samt mat. Värdigt så avslutades vår. read more...


11/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Day 17 - So near yet so far.....

As I write this we are under motor with Chris on the helm about 150 miles out from St Lucia.Yesterday was a good day with solid mileage, the Parasailor working well in winds of 12 - 15 Knots and Harry keeping us on a good course. As we approached nightfall after a good day we were confident that with the winds we would make good progress over night. Over confidence is not something I would accuse any of us after this trip, but we retired (except for those on shift!) feeling pretty good.Alarms went off at 01.40 as Rob was having problems. The Parasailor had blown out in 15 Knots of wind! So Jon, Nigel and myself lowered the sail and moved on to the Jib which was giving us about 6 knots. By the 7am the wind had shifted so that we could not maintain speed and direction so we went on to the. read more...


11/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The Tales of Nine - Weed paranoia

  "The sails are white, the hull is grey, Hot Stuff is sailing great today. The waves are high, the waves are low, we did have 2800 miles to go. With the sun on our backs, and the wind in our hair, our jolly crew is nearly there. Saint Lucia is beautiful, we will drink a cocktail with a toast to the experience with Girls for Sail." Warming up for the Hot Stuff Oscars tomorrow night, we have just tuned outof SEA&SKY TV with a fun filled evening of 'Hot Stuff's Got Talent'. (as ifyou didn't already know!) Our three watch groups wowed the audience. The 'Wind Chasers' kicked offthe show with 'The Mystical Monkeys' showing us their mind blowing card tricks,palm readings and personality analysis through handwriting. Our crazy 'Diamondsin the Rough' revealed what has really been going. read more...


11/12/2014

Domini - Are we there yet Dad?

Hi Boatbloggers,After a fast morning's sail, the wind has dropped and we're mooching along at about 4 knots. It's hard not to get impatient when we are so close, and to avoid the temptation of looking at the log every couple of hours to see how many (or few!) miles we have done.And we can't wait to get to St Lucia. Not just for the obvious things like cocktails on the beach and so on, but all the little things as well... • Standing up without holding on • Sitting down without holding on • Eating without holding on • Cooking without holding on • Washing without holding on • Sleeping without holding on550 Miles to goKeep on trackin'Ju & LynX. read more...


11/12/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 16

Very light air during the day threatened to push backour ETA at St. Lucia on Thursday by more than a couple ofhours.  We first tried the a-symmetrical kite to give us someadditional power, but it forced us to sail a bit too high a course for ourdestination (we will visit Cuba on some other occasion!), so the afternoonwatch changed it to a symmetrical spinnaker and correct our course toa 270 degrees or due West, a bearing straight for the twoPitons.  Winds are picking up to to a nice 20 Kts as I write this andour current ETA is now around 2 PM local time Thursday.    Another treat this last night at sea is the factthat we have a relatively late moonrise and clear skies dotted with millions ofstars, an equal delight for. read more...


11/12/2014

Starblazer - 10/12/2014 - Whangarei

Our trip south from Opua was interesting. We motorsailed on Sunday as far as Bland Bay, an almost circular bay with good protection from SE through W to NE but with, allegedly, variable holding.Our anchor set instantly and we enjoyed a very peaceful night.The forecast for Tuesday was for a 15-20 knot headwind so we decided to bash on all the way and anchor somewhere inside the Whangarei basin.We had a good sail in a freshening wind until we approached Bream Head where the seas were chaotic and the wind couldn't decide where to blow from.The 'iron tops'l' aka the engine was pressed into service until it cut out.O.K. We thought, the rough seas have stirred up rubbish in the tank, the filter is probably blocked.John had installed a bypass system through another pair of filters for just such. read more...


10/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 17

Hello from AureliaWe are now in the home straight. We are 150 km off Barbados and only 220km from St Lucia - a walk in the park!It wouldn't be a normal day on board without a drama or two and today is no different. We have a slight problem with our rudder and thanks to a GoPro camera we have been able to verify that there is something wrapped around it. Although we are not moving that fast due to wind the swell is too big for one of us to dive under nd clear whilst moving so we are keeping our fingers crossed until we reach St Lucia.Ralph has developed sailor's bottom (don't ask) apparently quite a common complaint from transatlantic yachtsmen. I will take his word for that.Pasta again for dinner tonight. I think we will all be avoiding Italian restaurants for a while.Tomorrow will be. read more...



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