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02/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg two - day 13: Spinnaker sailing

The wind was light all last night so our progress was much slower than we had hoped. So this morning we raised the spinnaker and got moving faster again. Unfortunately the wind changed often so it was necessary to make numerous sail changes. The most challenging time was just at dusk when we found ourselves in the midst of numerous squalls with lots of rain and wind shifts. We all got thoroughly soaked making some sail changes. It took until 11 pm for the squalls to pass by and the wind to become steady again. With less than 300 miles to go now, we are getting eager to arrive! image1. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg two - day 13: Spinnaker sailing
Purrr-fect - Leg two - day 13:  Spinnaker sailing
03/12/2014

Helen - Day 9 - Big Dog day

Today was the second and last day of doing some office work at sea. It all went very smoothly thanks to the technology of IT@sea and my only regret was having to miss the Christmas party,It was also the day of reaching the middle of our journey, 1400 miles done and 1400 to go. We celebrated in style with scones, clotted cream and jam washed down by tea and a fizzy drink.Trade wind sailing is about heading west with the wind behind you from the east. Today was the first day for us when we were fully in the trades and the conditions right to use our biggest sail, the asymmetric, or Big Dog as it is called by Paul.It was exhilarating to have the Big Dog out for a while giving us an extra 1.5 knots of speed but it was put back in it's kennel before dark to avoid the next squalls.Philip. read more...


03/12/2014

DreamCatcher - 2nd December

We have only used the engine for propulsion on two occasions, totalling 1 hour and 38 minutes on this 14 day, 2100nm leg, from Mindelo....until today.We struggled to fill the sails through last night and into this morning. Then the forecast suggested weakening winds....and the forecasts have nearly always delivered less wind than predicted.....so with only five knots of wind at around 3pm, the engine, which was running to charge the batteries, was put into gear. Where it still is, and probably will be for most of the night, until we approach the strait between Martinique and St Lucia. We are currently some 70 nm from the waypoint, then another 13 or so into Rodney Bay, St Lucia. M. read more...


Vagaris - Parasailor up at last
Vagaris - Parasailor up at last
02/12/2014

Take Off - Halfway!!

The wind is really consistently blowing hard today and from time to time itblows very hard. We sail with the spinnaker however at night we feel more securesailing only with the genua. We are speeding pretty much quick ahead surfing onthe waves and this afternoon we peaked 14,7 knots on a surf! Hopefully this willhelp us catch up our lost 5th place.   Today is also a big milestone - at 17h30 we passed 1350 NM – halfway !! Wecelebrated of course with some cava. Very convenient as it was just on time forthe sundowner. It doesn't really feel like we've done 8,5 days and it feels likewe have less ahead of us. As we’ve said earlier, time flies. If the windcontinues we are in for St Lucia much  earlier than predicted.   We've also had some interesting issues to deal with among. read more...


02/12/2014

Take Off - How to handle garbage?

We are very proud to say that we so far are still on our first garbage bag,counting on 7 people over 8 days. Everything that is perishable goes into thesea, We cruch flat all aluminium and metal. And when it comes to the biggestelement in amount – plastic.... we cut it into small pieces. Eggboxes,biscuitbags, milkboxes, all the plastic from our vacuumed meat and fish etc.Amazing how much space one saves just by cutting! And how scary to see how muchplastic we consume. However the best part is that the kids are now fighting forwho gets to cut ;–). Luckily we have 2 pair of scissors.. read more...


02/12/2014

Aretha - High Drama at sea aboard Aretha

It’s dark. The radar is showing 3 large squalls rapidly bearing down on us from astern. We can feel the first drops of rain and the wind is increasing.We’re under pressure.The genoa has wrapped itself around the forestay and has a large billowing bag at the top of the sail and the bottom of the sail. The middle of the sail is tightly knotted. The furling gear has jammed and we can’t reduce sail. The noise of the flogging sail adds to the pressure.We need to think and act fast as the wind is about to increase from 20 to 30-35 knots and we’ll be in trouble unless we can reduce sail.How, you may wonder did we end up in this situation?We were sailing fast downwind. The sails were set well with the mainsail to starboard and the genoa poled out to port. Our careful radar watch spotted the. read more...


02/12/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 13 - So Near Yet So Far

Yesterday's champagne, delicious though it was, might have been premature. After a rather slow, wallowy day where progress has generally been at 5 kts or under we have put another bottle of champagne in the fridge - whether for celebration or to treat the Sargasso Lassitude that can afflict mariners in our situation, the bottle's fate is sealed.The fleet is even more spread out today. Some yachts failed to respond to the radio roundup because they have already arrived in St Lucia and are no longer interested, and others simply because they could not hear the net controller. Still, it has been a nice ritual to keep going through as part of our daily routine. The midday position email tells us what we need to know, which is generally that we're doing OK. There a few yachts that have. read more...


02/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog Tuesday December 2nd

Today we discuss: what exactly do we do each day?; Why Bill is everybody’sbest friend on the boat; Party planning gets underway;  After the travails of yesterday, we were treated to a relatively quietnight. While the front continued to provide many opportunities for us to getwet, we succeeded in evading them all. As well, the wind was generally steady,the seas relatively flat so we all had relaxed watches and restful sleeps- thekey word is relatively. Imagine that your bed has springs attached to each ofthe four legs ( or posts for those with four poster beds) and that this wasattached to a flat bed truck/lorry that drove over a gravel road with pot holes,sloping sides and sleeping policemen (speed bumps to our North American friends)scattered randomly but in close order. The result. read more...


Philocat Ena - just started with the blue one
Philocat Ena - just started with the blue one
02/12/2014

Philocat Ena - Tuesday - little winds and very sunny hot weather

Still fighting with the pink kite, repairedbut came down 2 twice. Wedecided to surrender for now and started to fix the blue one that seemed animpossible taks before. But time and the desire to move faster can makewonder happen.Sven needed to climb the mast to get the spinnaker halyard down again.Spooky, in the middle of the Atlantic ocean with waves and wind around you.Peter and crew20141202_142159. read more...


Philocat Ena - Tuesday - little winds and very sunny hot weather
Philocat Ena - Tuesday - little winds and very sunny hot weather
02/12/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child - Day 9

We are now well into the trade winds with  good20-kt easterlies, the occasional squall, and a very gentle swell. This allowedus to take bets on when we will arrive in St. Lucia.  Our Dear Leader Chris, presumably in the know, counts on having his first island rum on Tuesday,Dec. 09.   Dr. Ian, our allegedly erudite but more pessimisticcrew member, puts it at a more cautious Friday the12th.  In any case, with the mid-point here, the countdown hasstarted.   Today also we successfully negotiated afirst  time change of two hours. As a result of this  we have reverted to a sunset about six pm and sunrise aboutseven am again as we had in Las Palmas. We will have one more time change ofcourse shortly before. read more...


02/12/2014

Cheri - Dienstag, 2. Dez. 2014

Von Energieanfaellen und SchlemmerkuechenBis um 5 Uhr nachmittags blieb gestern der Spi stehen, also insgesamt 8 Stunden. Dann frischte der Wind auf 30 kn auf, undwir mussten ihn schleunigst bergen, was nicht ohne Hektik, aber doch sicher gelang. Für die Nacht stellten wir wieder aufGross mit ausgebaumter Genua um.Da wir, so der Chef, sehr haushaelterisch mit unserem Wasser umgehen, erlaubte er uns bereits zum zweiten Mal, beim„Duschen“ am Schluss sogar den ganzen Koerper mit Suesswasser abzuspuehlen. Das liess sich die Crew nicht entgehen und anDeck wurde „geduscht“ was das Zeug hielt: Drei Kuebel Salzwasser und etwas Suesswasser pro Person. Auf einem Schiff lerntman, sich mit wenig zufrieden zu geben.In der Schicht von 24 - 03 Uhr spielt der Wind verrueckt. Er wechselt die Richtung. read more...


02/12/2014

Lancelot II - 2nd Nov Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   We are over half way! 1296nm to St Lucia for us. This morning we sawMilanto behind on the horizon briefly but I think they went more westerly.Southenr Shild are only ten miles ahead so we are working hard to try and catchthem up. Ross and Scarlet Oyster are still 180nm ahead but we have taken anotherfew miles from them over night. Profile are on a more westerly course then us sothey are nearer but not overtaking us. Currently we are at 20deg37’192N039deg14’226W and we’ve just dropped the code zero as there is squall linescoming. Catherine, Peter and Chris have had a busy afternoon trimming and so Ithink they are probably secretly quite happy its drop time. Now its dinner timeand Zuzana is doing a sterling job in the galley- every yacht should have one. read more...


02/12/2014

Time Bandit - Almost There

Lat 1340.0NLong 57 29.0WThis is getting painful. So near yet so far. The wind is dropping hourly and right now, 4pm on the 2nd we're struggling to make 4 knots. Every time we calculate when we will get it its 3 hours farther out....and the engine keeps giving me a look! The new mainsail is slatting and crashing and knocking itself to pieces. If it continues much longer we will have to at least reef it or maybe even drop it. The GRIB says we should have 10 knots. The forecasters say 16 while we actually have 6. The full rig is up, mainsail, poled out genoa and gennaker and we will probably leave it that way at least until the moon sets about 02:00. All in the search for speed.The lead boats have been in for a couple of days and we're simply jealous. However, the weather has finally. read more...


02/12/2014

Allegro - Terça-feira 02 de Dezembro de 2014

Hoje o dia acordou com um magnífico nascer do sol a que se seguiu uma manhã e uma tarde quentíssimas.Vento é que nada, ou quase nada, porque só raramente chega aos 12 nós. Tantas milhas para fazer e tão pouco vento.Há bocado fizemos uma tentativa para pôr o barco a andar com vento. Depois de passado o squall, rapidamente passámos para os 2,1 nós. Ainda pensámos em tomar um duche com água doce mas o squall acabou por passar mais longe.Depois das comunicações falámos com o Mané - estão bem, cerca de 150 Milhas à nossa frente (mais ou menos um dia) têm tido algumas avarias mas poucas e pouco importantes. Ainda bem! Também não têm comunicado com ninguém …Vamos ver o que a noite nos reserva...Até amanhã!. read more...


02/12/2014

Rhumb - Log day 8

The day dawned full of high hopes fulfilled when Pepe, our illustrious Raymarine Engineer appeared dockside with our new drive unit. On the down side though, the Dometic engineer after much coaxing eventually arrived and proceeded to take our cooker apart, but it became pretty obvious that we had more of a clue about how it didn't come apart than he. No screws, just rivets keeping the offending part well beyond reach. Anyway, after much huffing and puffing and scratching of heads and the afternoon marching on, we took the big decision to go without nice fresh bread and instructed him to put it all back together asap so we could make our getaway.With much cheering and with gay abandon, Rhumb left the fueling berth at 16.15 and we headed west. A slow start on a course of 250 with very. read more...


02/12/2014

Captain Blind - 8eme jour : fini la sieste!

Après 2 jours sous le soleil et poussés par un alizé modéré, les conditions ont drastiquement changées cette nuit ..Successions de grains , certains avec vent fort et pluies nombreuses et intenses.. Cela a entraîné des changements de voile fréquents entre spi medium, spi lourd et genois... heureusement que nous avons des jeunes (et des bons) à bord. Yoann s'est un peu désespéré que nous ne puissions suivre son rythme... mais il va vraiment vite et son efficacité est impressionnante pour Patrice et moi.L'anglais félon est toujours là à moins de 1 mille.. son navigateur doit être au repos car il n'a rien à faire!! On va à droite, il va à droite, on va à gauche, il va à gauche!On n'a pas encore essayé la marche arrière , mais c'est une idée.La journée tire en longueur et pas d'amélioration. read more...


Frisco - No showers eh Fred.
Frisco - No showers eh Fred.
02/12/2014

Aglaia

Life has fallen into the regular routines of life at sea aboard Aglaia.Highlights being is it an odd or even day as showers are only every other day for us and leading to discussions of is it better to shower in the morning or evening to replace talks of European Economic conditions and future power generation options.Yes life at sea reduces thing down to sleep, eat and washing.Talking of eating, our chef continues to stun and amaze producing amazing fresh beautifully prepared dishes day after day even whilst the boat is surfing down waves at 12 knots.Our German is taking over the black market aboard managing the trade of Pringles, chocolate and other goodies people have brought along and establishing new values for each item, although the chef has threatened to destroy his market. read more...


02/12/2014

Tanoa - Rauschefahrt

Letzte Nacht und heute früh ging es unter Sturmspi mit Rauschefahrt die Wellen hinunter. Spitze waren 16,3 kn über Grund!! Jetzt ist es ruhiger bei 4 Bft. Uund mit dem großen Spinnaker.Unser Speiseplan richtet sich jetzt nach dem Reifegrad von Obst und Gemüse. Immerhin wurde für 4 Personen eingekauft, leider auch schon einiges weg geschmissen. So habe ich heute zum Kaffee einen leckeren Bananenkuchen gebacken und Hans macht einen Auberginenauflauf. Morgen wird vielleicht endlich einmal geangelt.1257 sm gesegelt, noch 1510 sm vor uns. read more...


02/12/2014

Pelican - pelican now without mouse

Hi there been a little remiss of late in the old lo dept due to prior moreengaging play time ,replacing top batten and repairing batten pocket repairparsail that had been going  up and down the mast like a yo-yo and a fewother bits an pieces . Oh if any jag landrover peps are following this young mrhinder  yes him with the shoes that can walk around the aft deck two daysafter he fumigated the boat i guess that is what did for the mouse gee you couldall most chew on the smell ( email him keep it short). Of saiing interest yep weare still sailing the bits of the boat we have not destroyed towards StLuciahope to pass half way some time around 5 boat time 4 utc so still for nowplodding on .. read more...


02/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 8 End of fresh meat, Andy dressed for night out

Today saw the rest of our fresh meat supplies get tossed over the side as we suspected the defrosted supplies. Tonight is Costco canned chicken breast with mashed potatoes and caned veg.The sea state has calmed a bit so we plan to try the new Parasailor spinnaker tomorrow morning. Also if conditions permit we will attempt recovery of the jib halyard and swivel.This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.DSC00251 (2). read more...


Frisco - Log Day 8 End of fresh meat, Andy dressed for night out
Frisco - Log Day 8 End of fresh meat, Andy dressed for night out
02/12/2014

Meltemi - 10.Tag - Von zweiSqualls in die Zange genommen

Mit seit 40 Stunden gesetztem Spi in Richtung Sonnenuntergang gesegelt. Dabei ist der beste Platz auf der Meltemi der Bugkorb. Der linke Fuß nach Backbord der rechte nach Steuerbord. Den Kopf abwechselnd in Richtung Sonne oder nach unten zur Bugwelle. Gelegentlich "kuehlt" eine hohe Bugwelle die Fueße mit 26 Grad warmen Atlantikwasser. Dazu Musik durch Kopfhoerer - Entspannung pur!Nach Sonnenuntergang Abendessen: Es gibt Zitronen-T-Hai-Curry. So langsam muessen die Frischfleischreserven (insgesamt 15 Kilogramm + 7 Huenerbeine) aufgebraucht werden. Besser wird das Frischfleisch nach 8 Tagen auf See nicht, außderdem wollen wir unser Angelglueck versuchen und die Pastafraktion darf natürlich auch nicht zu kurz kommen. Aber dazu halten wir euch natuerlich auf dem Laufenden.Ab 23 Uhr drehte. read more...


02/12/2014

Jo - 20:28:60N 37:16:54W

Tuesday 2nd December 2014 Yesterday before dinner we had an unexpected visitor. Ihave it on good authority from our resident ornithologist (George) that it was aLittle Egret. As we were approximately 600 miles off shore at the time, we allagreed that he is an unfortunate nominee for the Darwin Awards! His chance ofsurvival might have been higher if he’d have stopped for a break, however, heinsisted in circling the boat at least 2-3 times, most probably assessing hisoptions before deciding that stopping was not one of them. Perhaps it was thesmell; I can’t say I blame him! We’ve maintained a steady rate of approximately 170 nmper day, not stellar, but we’ve opted for an easier ride to avoid gear failure.The wind for the past 24 hours has deviated no more than 10°either side of. read more...


02/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC 14 Blogoramma - BRIAN IS BACK!

20:54.8N 36:15.2W    Now playing: Shaddy's Back - Eminem   We're now starting to make more progress south, andwe can certainly feel it on board as the heat rises day by day. Yesterday wasour first full sunshine day, so we took advantage and relaxed a little whilstBen conjured up some more culinary delights with meatballs in a tomato and whitesauce being a particular favorite. We also took advantage of the favorableconditions to enjoy our first "sun downer" of the trip - a couple of G&Ts.Party over, and we were stacking the washing up on deck, when a flying fish cameout of no where, crossing the cockpit. Hitting a pile of tumblers it sent themflying conveniently landing in the washing up bowl. However, we were now leftwith a fluttering fish on the deck, being. read more...


OOROO1 - No more Bananas !!
OOROO1 - No more Bananas !!
Jo - Guess What it is
Jo - Guess What it is
Jo - Little Egret
Jo - Little Egret
02/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - the simple life

It was a bloody good day to go sailing yesterday (search 'It's a bloodygood day to go sailing' by the Wolverines on YouTube.) Boat insanity has startedto kick in as we blasted this song at full volume on repeat and jigged about thecockpit. The more time we maidens spend at sea ... the more we lead a simple life.On-board we have no communication with the outside world except for essentialcomms, navigation, weather and ARC race updates. We have therefore forgotten ourphones, internet and Facebook! So how do we spend our time amusing ourselves? We have two maidens Boyd andAmanda as our entertainment Queens. A fun packed three weeks indeed! As soon as"Hot Stuff" airs on deck we all go a little bit wild, muster up top and the funand games begin in the sunshine with only each other, the clouds. read more...


02/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 9

Hello from a tired Aurelia. Big seas and lots of noise down below ensured thSpat none of us slept so we are most definitely running on empty! Spirits are high though as John H caught Mahai-Mahia (King Fish) so dinner will be good tonight. We have plenty of fruit, veg and dried food but our goal is to catch 1 decent sized fish every day and we can stay away from the tins. It is another glorious day so hoping tonight will not be to bad as we all need sleep.Bye for now,J.McLeish. read more...


02/12/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 9 - Oben ohne über den Atlantik

Die Sonne scheint, der Himmel ist fast wolkenlos und unser Bear Balooschaukelt vom Parasailor gezogen angenehm in Richtung St. Lucia! Mitdurchschnittlich 15 Knoten Wind machen wir 6 Knoten durchs Wasser. Das Wasserhat auch angenehme 26 Grad, man merkt, dass wir weiter in den Süden kommen. Esist sogar so warm, dass wir schon oben ohne rumlaufen und uns in der Sonnebräunen! Wenn das bis St. Lucia so weiter geht, kommen wir alle als Brathähnchenan. Sonst gibt es nichts aufregendes zu erzählen, außer dass ich vor zweiTagen versucht habe, den Mast zu erklimmen, da sich eine Antenne (natürlich malwieder an der Mastspitze) gelockert hatte. Die See war einigermaßen ruhig undich dachte mir, dass das zwar schwieriger wird als sonst aber sicher machbar ist(hab ja auch schon von ein paar gehört, die. read more...


02/12/2014

Albatros - Schiff "Albatros" 02.12.14

Die "Albatrosen" begehen Bergfest und melden: Blister weg, Genua ersetzt, aber die Stimmung bleibt super. St. Lucia wir kommen!Stellt schon mal den Rumpunsh kalt. Herzliche Grüße Manfred Kerstan & Crew der "Albatros". read more...


02/12/2014

Profile - half way party blog

The two sides continue the battles. Green Watch vs Dirty Watch. WhilstGreen continue a valiant and just battle to ensure an honourable and rewardingpassage, Dirty’s subversive tactics are antagonising the battle for justice,sabotaging key boat equipment prior to Green appearing for watch,claiming creditfor all food delivery efforts, and generating fictitious speed records(2,000,000 knots was the last reported fastest surf). But we’re having our moment of parle – the half way party. A bottle ofchampagne, panatone cake, and a bumper gift of chocolate from Tim and Ollie. Allhistoric and future conflicts and differences momentarily parked to celebrate atruly epic achievement: the half way mark (not distance, likely not time (whowould know!?!) but certainly mentally). The furthest many of us. read more...


02/12/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - Bergfest

The first half of our journey is sailed and we are all having a wonderful time and feeling well, as is Peter. She is a fantastic ship and is sailing an average of 8 knots. Very good galley, always fresh fish served on the wake with up to 12 knots. And last but not least the daily shower over the decks is a highlight.Tonight we will celebrate our Bergfest. One for all and all for one, St Lucia we are coming.Best wishesJuergen. read more...


02/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 13 Nur noch mit Genua, endlich Ruhe

Gestern und bis jetzt eher schwachwindig. Haben entschieden, um das Gross zuschonen, es gar nicht mehr zu setzten. Aktuell segeln wir nur mit derausgebaumten Genua. Der Speed ist 1-2 kts weniger, aber es geht trotzdemVorwärts! Seit dem Bergen des Gross ist das Bootsleben komplett anders, esherrscht Ruhe, kein Schlagen mehr! Kein konzentrierter Steuermann mehr, derdas Schlagen des Segels zu verhindern sucht. Jeder hat nun Zeit, gemütlichNachtessen vorzubereiten, ein Glässchen Wein dazu zu trinken, jetzt ist esso wie es sich jeder von uns vorgestellt hat, Zeit zum lesen und abhängen.Nach all den vergangenen Problemen, geniessen wir diese gemütliche Zeit anBord. Nebst der Schäden am Gross hat auch das Bimini einiges abbekommen undmusste auch gepatcht werden. Da wir nur noch die Genua oben. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 13 Nur noch mit Genua, endlich Ruhe
Paroya - Log Day 13 Nur noch mit Genua, endlich Ruhe
02/12/2014

Easy Rider - Day 14 the final lap!

Well our trip is fast approaching an end....there is a feeling of elation as we can see St Lucy now and strangely a kind of sadness as we have come to the end of our adventures together. I allude to the voyage.....not the adventure that awaits at the bar.It has been an eventful crossing.......a lot of cheeky twists to keep us alert and frequently surprised by the very sudden changes that can occur when you just aren't looking for them.Our crew.......what can I say??? At the risk of sounding cheesy, they have be exemplary. Good sailors, full of optimism and best of all, full of humour. I shall miss Neil and Max a lot when they depart but will always rememberthe adventure that we have shared...Thank you both for joining us. Last one to the bar is a rotten egg!Soy n DavidAnd Neil, please be. read more...


02/12/2014

EH01 - The countdown has begun

G'day all,Since yesterdays blog the good ship EH01 has had its foot to the floor in a wave of fresh pressure. After another stunning sunset the crew settled into their night watches with the fractional spinnaker still hoisted and full main. Another beautiful moonlit night made it feel like we were working in daylight. The crew really have worked so hard in perfecting their driving skills and I could hear the calls of 'GRIND' and 'HOLD' through the night.As the sun rose this morning I was so pleased we had managed to keep up such good boat speed through the night. The usual pre dawn hole in the wind didn't even appear. All was going too well... I knew I should not of decided to go and get some sleep. I was quickly awoken by the shouts of 'NICK, NICK, NICK... we have wrapped the. read more...


02/12/2014

Monomotapa - 2 December

Monomotapa 2 December Yesterday the conditions were suitable for deploying the spinnaker, the wind is steady from the east, with a suitable heading to St Lucia.After a briefing from the skipper we were allocated position and tasks and soon after the hoisting of the spinnaker it was adjusted to it"s optimum performance.We have also reduced our watch periods during the night down to 3 hours as helming down-wind with rolling seas takes extra concentration. During the day we are down to watches of four hoursPanne, Panne: News from the mid-Atlantic Italian kitchen is that supples of extra virgin Tuscany olive oil are running dangerously low. The consensus from the crew is that we are prepared to wait for our next trip to Tuscany to get our tasty extra virgin. Henrik's ambitions to loose some. read more...


02/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 8. Tag auf See

Ich bin neben dem letzten Etmal die Etmale der Vortage schuldig geblieben, also:28.11. 11:00 UTC 181 nm 29.11. 11:00 UTC 192 nm 30.11. 11:00 UTC 175 nm 01.12. 11:00 UTC 192 nm und heute 02.12. 11:00 UTC 189 nmund wenn man bedenkt, dass wir an jedem Tag versucht habe, das Beste herauszuholen, wird deutlich, dass die 200 nm in 24 Stunden für uns recht schwer zu überschreiten sind. Und dann kommen natürlich an jedem Tag besondere Handicaps dazu.Jetzt sind wir soweit südwestlich vorangekommen, dass wir die Zonen der „Tropical Squalls“ erreicht haben. Es handelt sich hier um Wolken, auch in Linien, die mit hoher Energie Feuchtigkeit aufnehmen und als extrem starken Regen mit heftigen, plötzlich einsetzenden Sturmböen abgeben. Squalls können sich recht schnell bilden, lösen sich aber genauso. read more...


02/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 8 2/12

Day 8 02/12 Position 1200: 21* 06' 98N 038* 41'52W Daily Run: 164Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1343Nm (Overhalfway!!!!)   It is done. We have passed our major milestone. We're now over halfway toSt. Lucia, showers and rum! (yaaahhrr!) We've dug out 8 cans of beer from the stash under the floorboards and abottle of wine, which are now chilling in the fridge ahead of tonightscelebrations. If you're on a nearby boat why not sail by for a toast? And ifyou're stuck on land, raise a  glass with us at 1900 UTC! The days are now hot and the nights mild (full follies are no longernecessary). After the sweaty 1000-1400 watch Bounty had her first bucket showeron the trip and reported afterwards: "I feel born again. It was like in a 5 starhotel."We still spend most of our off-duty hours. read more...


02/12/2014

Southern Child - day 6 30/11

Day 6 30/11 Position 1200: 22* 40' 43N 032* 59'32W Daily Run: 171Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1663   So, we're sailing along! We got the spinnaker up this morning for the firsttime, which feels great, and are going about 8 knots in 17 knots of wind. Withthe constant grinding and trimming of sails we're suddenly 2 crew membersshorter, but fret no. Our skipper cooked up real tasty bacon sandwiches foreveryone, together with our cooking hero Marlinspike.   Highlight of the day: With the kite already covered, thehighlight must be the highly anticipated rock-paper-scissors contest oflast night. As we had decided to turn the clocks back an hour we decided to havea social hour of everyone together. Even on a 40ft boat you barely get to seeeach other! The qualifiers kept everyone. read more...


02/12/2014

Hugur - Hugur alone on the huge ocean

Still we are alone on this ocean NO ships what so ever visible on the horizonTomorrow will hopefully be our finish in St Lucia. So this nice adventure of sailing double handed over the Atlantic is coming to end. We feel quite relaxed and rested after the silk treatment the ocean has offered us.Second day of bread baking (since the bread we bought in CV and froze just finished 2 days ago) nice smell of newlybaked :)Better start sorting the garbage and getting ready for the life on land (where are my shoes?) Also time to pack deep down the fleece (that we used the first nights at sea and duvet)All is well on board Hugur, bring it on St Lucia. read more...


02/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 8 - Downwind

Downwind sailing is not as easy as it should be - especially when the jammers aren't holding as they should.....This morning we launched the Parasailor but can't get a good sail down wind, we have to bear off about 10 degrees, which is frustrating. Harry also can't hold the course so manual healing is in order, and at night back to the main. Not very efficient at all.During the night we ran main only and had some chafe on the shrouds - meaning a little repair work today. Fortunately, structurally the sail is sound as it is on the batten.So, todaywe hope that the porpoises we saw earlier this morning were a sign of good luck - and today we have a good run. One more flying fish on deck this morning, spotted it after the porpoises had gone otherwise we could have made some friends!. read more...


02/12/2014

Oynas - Dec 2

Three sixty degree views of sea all aroundSwooshing through water the predominant soundThrough cloudy days and starry nightsOynas dances on, her skirts blown tightAboard, only the intrepid traveller will go. read more...


02/12/2014

Thula - day 9

Having experienced a slight dent in the group morale the day before yesterday, we fully recovered in the course of the day yesterday. The waves had finally calmed slightly, giving us a little rest from all the acrobatic balancing acts that we had been performing the last couple of days. The wind was nice and steady at 15-20 knots coming from behind, enabling us to switch our sails to the “Schmetterling” or wing-to-wing position, which was quite nice for a change and rendered the sailing significantly smoother. While the well-known “mountain celebration” (Bergfest) will probably only be held on Tuesday evening we nonetheless had a good reason to celebrate a little already on Monday. Dieter finally received the call that the sale of one of the Ammer Partners ventures had eventually been. read more...



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