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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...


25/11/2011

Lady - Post Race Net Control

I understand that the Nanny Cay Caribbean 1500 office has closed.Thanks for all you did, Andy and Mia!Have a great vacation! I have been monitoring the SSB net since I left Nanny Cay, on Wednesday, and have had communications with Wavelength and Surprise. Tonight, 1900 Wavelength 20 52N 64 14W.Sailing, but not really fast, Surprise was at 20 28N 64 11W under power,wind E 8-9. Surprise estimates they will reach Nanny Cay about 1400-1500 tomorrow afternoon (Saturday, November 26, 2011) Wavelength thinks that they will get there tomorrow, but it may be after dark. Wavelength is uncertain if their VHF radio works. Charlie gave them advice on entering Nanny Cay after dark, and suggested to them that they tie up at the fuel dock either day or night if their radio does not work. Jenny. read more...


02/12/2014

Nisida - Dat 8 ARC 2014 2nd December

Yesterday afternoon we had vistors, at least 2 possibly 4 whales about 6 meters long in the waves around Nisida. Fantastic to see, if a little worrying in case they came too close. This lasted about an hour & made the afternoon goes very quickly. Chilli for dinner. We are now running with poled out genoa which is working very well if a bit rolly. Good progress overnight in a steady 15-18kt E breeze, The sun tans are coming on, shorts & t-shirts are now fine overnight. Having now passed our half way point thoughts of arrival in Rodney Bay are growing with the crew now discussing activities in St. Lucia. Sweepstake has been done for closest finishing time some more optimistic than others!Jake. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - The Blind leading the?... Scarlet Day 8 Blog

Yesterday evening saw champagne sailing conditions, and even a visit from a pod of dolphins.Halfway was toasted with champagne courtesy of Ross' girlfriend Sarah. We continued our pursuit of our worthy rivals, Captain Blind, into a star-studded night. Their preferred course to St Lucia, very much mirrors what our own routing is saying, it would seem foolish to split from our strongest rival given that we currently have the upper hand, so we continue to keep them in our sights.After the moon set the darkness gradually engulfed us, and by 0500 a huge black cloud was right above us. Winds from all corners of the compass gusted up to 30 knots. Our trusty co-skipper Mark jumped out of bed and onto the helm. As a well-oiled machine, we changed from our biggest recently patched up. read more...


Thula - day 9
Thula - day 9
Thula - sushi fun
Thula - sushi fun
02/12/2014

Milanto - log Milanto

Good afternoon, This is Herbert again, on board of MILANTO on her cruise to St.Lucia.Our position now is 24 47 475 N, 36 08 161 W, bearing 258 at app. 8Kts, still 1490Nm to go, 1157Nm already done.What a day? Pure sunshine, rainbows in the morning, 20Kts of wind. washing t-shirts on board, breaking a spinaker and enjoying Valerio's birthday party on board with a cake done by Carla a well as a beautiful chilli to protect him and the ship. Josef got a necklace of real chillis to protect him from accidents on board. Champagne and singing. We swapped now to the bigger spi - let's see what the night will bring with this.The last days have been calm and comfortable, at last we left the rainclouds and the cold behind us, as well as the crosswinds. the fishing-bet between Josef and me is. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 8. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 8. Tag auf See
02/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Nos acercamos al ecuador de nuestra travesía

Lunes 1   Las previsiones facilitadas por laorganización son acertadas. Los vientos van rolando a E y nos llevan arumbos más altos. Después de varios días amurados a estribor, vamos a trasluchary cambiar de bordo. Continuaremos la marcha amurados a la otra banda. Elcambio de amura y de asiento del  barco se nos hace extraño. Ahora todo seinclina al revés de lo que estábamos acostumbrados incluyendo la litera. El díacomienza despejado y con buena temperatura. Nos duchamos en la bandacon agua salada que recogemos en cubos que lanzamos por la banda. El aguaestá templada. Utilizamos jabón para agua salada y al final un breve aclarado enbañera con agua dulce de los depósitos del barco. Alfinal de la tarde cogemos unrizo a la mayor. El dia se. read more...


01/12/2014

Louise - Blog 6 - 8th Day at Sea

All well on board. The night offered almost smooth sailing but still a bit cloudy, however it’sgetting warmer. Panic was about to spread in the night as the fridge stopped working! Itturned out that it is fitted with automatic de-iceing and the poor thing felticezy and had started de-iceing. This absolutely a very bad option! We might have to buy a new fridge. We do have our freezer running as well and a lot of canned and dried food,so not to worry, we won’t starve and water supply is ok too. After our night watches we started our day together with a nice cup of theand a wrap.The big jobs of today were: changing a schakel where the sail is attachedto the boom, and change of oil-filter for the generator. The latter made bothall of us sweat. Working in the engine room is hot and offers you. read more...


02/12/2014

Xanadu - Log 4; Xanadu flying!!!!

Well its been a busy boat on Xanadu we have been super busy thus no time toblog.  The crew are all in tip top shape and all still laughing and joking; it isa real pleasure to be sailing on this boat.  I can report that all heads are in working order still. Though an emergencyrepair had to be carried out on the pole end as when we gybed it would notdeploy the pin that locks in the guy. Andy and Iain where straight on it andfixed in 15mins.  The other day we saw a whale early morning was some sight he/she crossedabout 1/2 mile in front of us. it was breath taking.  Fish are still flying and numerous are found on the bow in the morning.   Our evenings seem to be the busiest with spinnaker changes and the odd gybein the dark always entertaining and something to get. read more...


El Mundo - 01/12 - Enjoying the Atlantic Roll
El Mundo - 01/12 - Enjoying the Atlantic Roll
El Mundo - 02/12 - Strange weather around these parts
El Mundo - 02/12 - Strange weather around these parts
El Mundo - 01/12 - No Amanda, it's not a urine sample
El Mundo - 01/12 - No Amanda, it's not a urine sample
El Mundo - 01/12 - Lincy's leek and bacon quiche
El Mundo - 01/12 - Lincy's leek and bacon quiche
02/12/2014

El Mundo - 02/12 - First bit of chafe

The wind was consistent most of the day, with a fewminor squalls taking the wind gusts up over 30 knots. During the night it wasmore variable, with patches of very light wind and heavy rain. This isn't whatthe brochure said.....where are all those balmy days with heady,strong Trade Wind sailing?! Forecasts are not overly encouraging, so Iguess we'll just have to enjoy our time out on the water. Lincy cooked a very tasty leek and bacon quiche forlunch and we caught two Dorado, so we enjoyed very fresh fried fish with anolive and tomato couscous and ratatouille. I must say, that was the best dinneraboard yet. During the afternoon rig check we found that theYankee (foresail) sheet was suffering chafe where it runs through the jaws ofthe pole. We had to furl in, then go up the forestay. read more...


02/12/2014

Sanuk - 29/11 Söderut...

Dom snackade om att passadvinden var etablerad och att det var raka spåret till Västindien. Hm... 180 nm från Cap Verde kan vi äntligen sätta kurs mot St Lucia. Anneli fick feber igår men Anders gjorde häxblandning så sjukskrivningen är slut. Nu efter frukost har vi alla lite pyssel. Jag och Anneli syr lite kardborre på kudde. Anders borrar sönder förpiken. Dom andra snillena spekulerar. Bergman vilar i vanlig ordning. Allt är med andra ord toppen. Hade en Guldmakrill på kroken igår igen, denna fick vi ända in till båten innan den rackarn släppte. Igår seglade vi förbi en herrelös surfbräda mitt ute i ingenstans och gissa om fiskedraget fastnade i den så linan gick av. Oddsen på den nån?Ha det bra alla i vintermörkret. Nu smälter smöret och dags för reggae.Oj nu tiobira.Olle. read more...


02/12/2014

Easy Rider - 28/11 Day 9 - Things that go bump in the night

Since we are very close to the tropics we get pretty much 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. What happens in the long hours of darkness? Well it's 95% routine and 5% of sweat when the squalls hit. Firstly our shift pattern changes such that Captain Dave, Cabin Boy Max and Midshipman Neil do 3 hour shifts, 9.30-12.30, 12.30-3.30 and 3.30-6.30 respectively, Soy does a split shift at the start and end of the night. This works pretty well as a fixed routine.However what has not been so evenly distributed has been the arrival of squalls,these take on a more threatening feel at night, it's pitch black and suddenly the wind speed doubles and waves are fiercer and the person on the helm is hanging on to keep the boat in a straight line preferably as downwind as possible to keep the. read more...


02/12/2014

Easy Rider - 27/11 Cabin Boy's Log - ... what day is it?

Aboard the good ship Easy Rider,A mis-fitted crew sat inside her.With half way just nailed,The Atlantic they sailed,An Easterly blowing behind her.The captain Dave wanted to win,So they set every sail to begin.Along came a squall,And pissed on them all,And left them all needing a GIN!At sundown they needed to think,So a bottle of gin they did sink.A fish flew in side,A hatch open wide,And landed right into Soy's drink!So dinner was flying fish stew,After which Neil had a poo.So massive a dump,It ruined the pump,And totally messed up the loo!With rods and lines set to succeed,Some fresh fish they really did need.The rod bent up double,And with toil and trouble,They pulled in a HUGE bit of weed!With no fish to eat only meat,And really in need of a treat,A cake was supplied,Which Max. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Blog 02/12

Midpoint celebrationsAfter 7 days, 1 hour and 30 minutes of sailing we have made it halfway across the pond! The milestone was celebrated with a bottle of the finest champagne, pepperoni sandwich and ABBA pounding in the speakers. A modest party arrangement it may seem for such a longed-for occasion but after all we are racing and I have heard that there will be plenty of rum punch waiting for us in St Lucia.Yesterday's highlight was to catch up with our main competitor 'Captain Blind' who is currently placed just after us at a 2nd place in our class. Captain Blind is located 10 nm ahead of us but given that they drive a faster boat we are beating them on handicap. Since the contact we have been tailing their boat, copying every of their moves. Rumours say that they on his own blog. read more...