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01/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - Running out of the madness and into the sunshine

Our most sincere Arabian apologies dear avid readers, for we forgot towrite for the last two days; we have been caught up in our own worldon-board. Hurrah! We are moving again! And fast! And downwind! And there are longslowww drawn out Atlantic rollers. Hot Stuff and maidens are now as one. Words could never justify the sensation of standing at the helm of HotStuff, be it in the sunshine of day or under the star laden moonlit sky atnight. Today after a restless night of very low winds we have been soaring along(Diamonds in the Rough came through in the end with a whopping 10 knots woopwoop as we write this!). She feels as though she is breathing; a quick breath inas she is swooped up by a wave and then she relaxes with a sensual breath out;the rigging resonates with a delicious hummmm as. read more...


11/11/2014

Starblazer - 11/11/2014 – The Good, the Bad and the downright Ugly.

Last night was lovely. The seas were a flat calm, the wind a gentle zephyr, the sky was clear, the moon very bright and the engine a mighty motive force towards our waypoint.I don’t think it was as cold as Sunday night but it was nevertheless quite chilly.Today started with very little wind but by mid-afternoon it had filled in from the west and built quite quickly to 20 knots.That allowed us to sail quite fast, rolling just like on the Atlantic crossing.We have made excellent progress and our ETA came forward from Thursday midday perhaps to Wednesday midnight.We have now reviewed that and hope to arrive at about 1800 tomorrow, to achieve that we are making best speed with the help of the engine because of the ‘Ugly’.I have had another productive day, experimenting with baking a carrot. read more...


30/11/2014

Aretha - Almost one week out

Tonight we are thundering along. There is no need for deck lights. The moon is half full and lights up the sea in front of us and the deck. You can clearly see the seas ahead and more importantly pick out the clouds and spot squalls. I’m grateful there are none in sight.Squalls at sea have a different meaning to squalls on land. Here in the tropics you can see them and the massive energy release of wind and water. They are like dark grey stacks on the skyline. To sail under one means heavy downpours (which can be great if you’re short on water and want a shower) and fierce winds. It's not uncommon for 20 knots of wind to become 30-35 knots in a heartbeat. Get the sails wrong and you’re overcanvased and in a bit of a pickle. Either pinned on your side or flogging/ shredding sails or. read more...


30/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 11 - Lazy Sunday

After night watches in which we had an exciting time with winds up to 30 kts for a short while under a squall cloud, a mystery yacht crossed us heading north and a merchantman appearing directly ahead of us and passed relatively close by, in keeping with the Keep Sunday Special campaign we have consciously done not a lot today. Lydia gets no rest though and, thanks to the continuing favourable wind, we have rumbled along nicely all day and, for the second day running, topped the leader board in our division for 'Velocity Made Good' (VMG) by half a knot over our nearest rival with an average of 6.5 kts.Despite the lazy Sunday routine shipboard life goes on. Real men don't make fire - they make water. And touch wood the water maker has done its bit every day to ensure our tanks are topped. read more...


30/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 7 - Spinnacker söndag

Kära bloggen,   Idag har vi för första gången fått uppleva nöjet att segla spinnaker på vårfärd västerut. Snacket om att sätta spinnakern har pågått sen dag ett så det varinte direkt små leenden som uppstod när strumpan, efter mycket om och men,äntligen hissades. Succén var ett faktum direkt, nu är klockan strax efter 20.00och dagen har framför allt bestått av 8-11knop och tillvaron i ruffen är just numer eller mindre vågrät. Dock inträffade ett mindre avbrott när det upptäcktesatt en latta trängt igenom storseglet och stod ut som ett svärd föröver. Efteren snabb överläggning beslutade kapten att lattan skulle tas ut, vi påbörjadeatt ta ner storen och allt gick bra fram till dess att storen skulle hissasigen. Den satt fast i rullbommen och ville inte ge med sig en tum. Efter. read more...


30/11/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

p:22 27.2'N:-34 15.5'WDag 7 - NattevaktNettene om bord er tid for refleksjon, om man ikke sover da. Vi gaardognkontinuerlig 4 timers vakter med 2 personer på vakt hele tiden, men med mulighet for en til aa ta en liten ”nap” i cockpit.Nettene er langer her soer, og slik sett det eneste som minner om at det er foerste sondag i advent.Fra klokken 19 til kl 07 er det kullsvart – og vi ser ikke annet enn en svart vegg for oss, med mindre det er maanelyst, da ser vi overgangen mellom sjoe og himmel i to toner av svart.I 4 timer sitter vi da i moerket – gjerne to omganger pr natt, fra 18-24, fra 00-04 eller fra 04-08.Med vindstyrke opp i kuling, boelger hoeye som hus og 9 knops seilfart – har vi overlatt vaar skjebne til baatens konstruktoer, baatbyggeren og elektronikken vi styrer etter.Paa en. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
30/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 329; We Arrive in Mossel Bay; Sunday, November 30, 2014

Joel is on watch from 12:00 AM to 3:00 AM. He turns on the engine at 3:00 AM, which wakes me up. I'm glad to hear it, because it means the strong winds are dying. Good. The wind is 12 knots instead of gusting 27/28 like it did from 9:00 PM to midnight during my watch. Jeanine does the 3:00 AM to 6:00 AM watch. I relieve her at 5:40 AM and immediately roll in the mainsail as its back winding. Once I do that our speed increases from from 5.3 to 6.0 knots. There is a heavy fog along the coast, and the sun is obstructed by the fog. With the wind only blowing 2-3 knots, at least its not cold out. We're 7.8 miles off shore. Joel gets on the SSB at 9:00 AM for the net but like last night, no one is there. Breakfast at 9:02 AM is bacon, eggs, chilled pears and bread. At 10:00 AM the wind is 3/5. read more...


30/11/2014

Meltemi - 7.Tag - 1. Advent mal anders

Nach einer Flauten-Nacht heute zum 1. Advent strahlender Sonnenschein und 30 Grad im Schatten (voll Schadenfreude hören wir, in Deutschland hat's 0 Grad...??!). Dem Tag angepasstes Kaffeetrinken im Cockpit in Bade-Shorts und Bikini, dazu Weihnachtsmusik aus den Lautsprechern. Der Rettungsring macht Karriere - und wird zum Adventskranz ernannt. Eine Kaffeerunde unter Spinnaker! (Zuerst hatten wir ihn auf links gedreht hochgezogen... Aber egal, es hat ja keiner gesehen.)Am Kaffeetisch philosophiert Alexander derweil munter weiter. Noch immer säßen wir inmitten dieses blauen Kreises aus Wasser. Seit Tagen, ganz allein. Und wir im Mittelpunkt. Was erwartet uns dahinter? Alexander erklärt die Theorie, die Erde sei rund, kurzerhand für Unsinn: Wir zumindest sehen doch nur eine Scheibe! Nein,. read more...


30/11/2014

Wiki - Rendevous with Ripple II in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean

Ein ereignisreicher erster Advent: wir starten mit Schwimmkerzen und einem gemütlichen Brunch in Shorts in den 1. Advent. Schwache Winde helfen uns zu einem erquickenden Bad bei bescheidenen 5000 m Wassertiefe. Keine Haie in Sicht. In Sicht ist aber auf dem AIS eine Lagoon450 aus UK: Ripples II.Ein kurzer Funkspruch und ein Rendevous mitten auf dem Atlantik war perfekt:Wir bekommen zwei neue Dieselfilter, die wir aus "unerfindlichen" Gründen benötigen (der Skipper schweigt beharrlich zu dem Vorfall).Viele Grüße von der WIKI Crew!Special Thanks for the outstanding assistance and kind support to the crew of Ripples II. Due to the fantastic manoeuvre and accomplished handover we are going to sleep well tonight!! We wish the Crew of Ripples II always fair winds and a great passage across the. read more...


Wiki - Rendevous with Ripple II in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
Wiki - Rendevous with Ripple II in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean
30/11/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio blog Sunday, Nov 30th

Today we discuss: dodge ball Atlantic style; Izzn’t it wonderful; secretsfrom the Clare family; recipes from down under; Saskatchewan Bars; and a shoutout.  Isn’t it always the way- you figure that nothing more is going to happen soyou cheat just a little and complete the  blog a couple hours before theend of the day—i am sure it happens to you all the time. Well, last night was myturn at the stove and so I thought I would sneak in an early close on the blogwhich would give me time to complete my culinary masterpiece around 18:00, whichwould be before my 19:00 – 22:00 watch. This way I wouldn’t have to getpermission to stay up past my mandated bedtime (something about becoming agrumpy old git- me?) . So, complete the blog- hit send and then all heck breaksout. We obviously. 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...


30/11/2014

Take Off - First Advent

Pos 20:50.27N 32:13.32W Heading 277 speed 7,5   4 weeks to go for Christmas! This we will celebrate at the sundowner with Glögg that we brought fromSweden (we received it as a farewell present – very welcomed!) and pepparkakorwe bought at IKEA in Las Palmas. Miam miam... This morning the sea showed to be a bit calmer however the wind has beenspeeding up more during the afternoon continuing to bring along more waves. Butat  least it is from behind nowadays and we have finally been able to carrythe spinaker... We have taken our second sample of water to help the MarineMicroplastics tocomplete their research of how much microplastics there are in the sea and howthey affect our environment and in the long run our health. We are more than 100boats that have signed up for this and we. read more...


30/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 328; Two Humpback Whales Tandem Breaching;, Seals & Green Flash No. 23; Saturday, November 29, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. Breakfast at 5:25 AM consisted of bacon, eggs, chilled fruit cocktail and bread.Started engine at 6:08 AM; and departed the marina at 6:13 AM ten minutes after Civetta II departed. Called Port Elizabeth Port Control on VHF Channel 12 and received permission to depart the port. Entering and leaving a port in South Africa is like a plane taking off or landing at an airport. Its very controlled. At 7:04 AM we had our first whale sighting; a whale on the surface, perhaps sleeping, only 150 feet to starboard of Civetta II. I called them on the radio and told them what I saw.At 7:14 AM Joel pointed out to me that we had just passed 34 degrees south latitude; and that we were only 6 degrees or 360 miles from the 'Roaring 40's' of sailing fame. We passed by a fishing fleet. read more...


30/11/2014

Jo - 20:50:01N 31:36:96W

Sunday 30th November 2014 It was all looking so promising, charging along at 8-9knots ever since we left Las Palmas. That all changed last night when we seemedto enter a vacuum. The sails flogged and sea flopped us from side to side.Because it was night and everyone needs their sleep, rather than make anydrastic changes to the sail plan, we furled the genoa and motored with theengine in search of wind. By 03:00 the wind had returned and we were sailingagain in 10 knots of wind on a beam reach heading approximately 270 degrees; arhum line for our final destination. There was purpose again to our venture.Ever since then, a pattern has emerged of wind steadily building and then dying,interrupted by the occasional small squall of no more than 20 knots. Currentlywe are bobbing along at 8. read more...


Jo - What would the RCC make of this signal?
Jo - What would the RCC make of this signal?
Jo - Alastair with lunch
Jo - Alastair with lunch
30/11/2014

GarliX - Atlantiküberquerung - gut für Leber und Augen

Wie ist das nun - solche Atlantiküberquerung…Es schaukelt und wackelt einfach immer. Es ist NIEMALS ruhig!… also ausgesprochen gut für alle Bürostuhlhocker und deren Muskeln in der Lendenwirbelsäule. Diese werden hier wunderbar trainiert!! Keine Schmerzen mehr - überhaupt keine!Dieser Fakt kann echt lustig sein… z.B. beim Kochen - da ist man schon ganz schön unterwegs um an den Herd zu kommen, oder um Milch in den Topf zu bekommen. Oder auch beim Duschen - eine Hand duschen, eine Hand einseifen, eine Hand festklammern…. da ich Mädchen bin, darf ich mich ja hinsetzen, bei den Männern ist das anders. Die müssen sich noch den Eimer über den Kopf gießen… nee, nee. Es ist natürlich auch gefährlich… deswegen einfach IMMER Schwimmweste anlegen, wenn es nach vorne geht, oder in der Nacht. Da gab. read more...


30/11/2014

Antares - ARC Day 6

Today was eventful if not satisfying.Thirty minutes after raising the spinnaker, we had a 20Kt+ gust across the bow and the spinnaker spit from tack to top.There is not enough tape or suture to make it whole. RIP.We continue to enjoy Joe's great meals and the company of the Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


30/11/2014

Reina - Log 9 "PLEASE? NO MORE BANANAS!"

“Ahoy men! Did you all have your bananas today? Jeroen, Jack, Rory did you eat a banana? Harry, Jarrod, Arie! Please take a banana otherwise I have to throw them in the rubbish bin!” Chef Floss encourages the crew to eat bananas. As many other competitors of the ARC she bought a lot of fresh green bananas. Enough for one month and by the look of their green colour you might believe they would at least stay good a fortnight. Well, they don’t. After two days we left Gran Canaria the bananas were yellow. Two days later they got freckles and it took no more than another day they became totally brown. And soft.We have eaten them for breakfast in our yoghurt. For lunch in a fruit bowl and after dinner as desert. Baked with ice cream. Now everybody is totally finished with bananas. The rest of. read more...


Reina - Log 9 "PLEASE? NO MORE BANANAS!"
Reina - Log 9
30/11/2014

Defyr - Day 6 - Mastwalk at Night

We were sitting in the night watch with Rimpiläinen. It started to get dark as the moon was hiding behind the clouds. We had only 5-6 m/s wind and it was coming almost directly behind us. Even so it rather looked like we were heading to New York instead of St Lucia. We had hoped to get more wind and from better angle, but this is what we had. With this 5 knots speed our estimated arrival to New York would be in three weeks. So we more or less let the autopilot do the work and chatted this and that. Wind lowered even more and turned behind us. "What an earth is happening with our genoa." First it hovered towards deck and then slipped into the sea. Rimpiläinen run off to collect the sail and I run inside to put on decklight and wake up others. The shackle of the genoas halyard had broken.. read more...


30/11/2014

Sanuk - Mot Cap Verde

Strul med laddning och trasig vattenpump på motorn. Vi beslutade att gå till Cap Verde för rep. Ingen fara men att gå 2000 nm utan stöm lockar oss inte. Alla mår utmärkt och vi ser fram emot en natt i en stilla båt. Räkna med att vara framme sent imorgon kväll/natt. read more...


30/11/2014

Sandvita - Dag sex och sju

Jag vaknar till med ett ryck, slår upp ögonen och beskådar den mest fantastiska stjärnhimmel jag någonsin sett. Inte ett moln på himlen gör att man tydligt ser jordens rundning och man inser hur liten man är i denna glaskula till jord. Jag har nog aldrig sett så många stjärnor förr. Försöker orientera mig bland stjärnbilderna och finner snabbt Orions bälte.-"Få se nu, Karlavagnen, Karlavagnen. Där! Men den är upp och ned. Ser jag i syne? Nä, det verkar stämma. Märkligt.."Jag har somnat på en av tofterna i sittbrunnen och vaknat till då båten krängt till. Det är ännu några minuter kvar tills jag ska styra så jag gosar in mig under fleecetröjan och seglarstället och bara njuter av att vara här. I en liten segelbåt, mitt ute på stora Atlanten. I början kändes havet bara stort, kallt och. read more...


30/11/2014

Pelican - were do i begin

I know what your going to say but boat speed at 14 knts apparent  wind19 knts 90 deg off yep you can guess the rest blown chute into three parts greatsea anchor though unlucky no my third attempt at such goings on .woke up thismorning the boys had put the goose neck on the deck dont no nufink they say fourhrs later  boom on the mast even sorted the twisted reefing lines out , sonw the sun is out the sky is blue (thats a song ?) so boat clean and shower dayboat fine at time of blog parasailer up and pulling at 9 knts  . read more...


30/11/2014

Cheri - Sonntag, 30. Nov. 2014

Unter Spinnaker Richtung KaribikNachts um drei Uhr ist es erneut soweit. Der Halbmond steht wieder genauim Westen tief ueber dem Horizont. Wir segeln unter Genua und Grosssegelganz friedlich auf der Lichtstrasse direkt in Richtung Mond. Und das beiherrlich angenehm kuehlen Temperaturen. Dafuer lohnt es sich, in denfruehen Morgenstunden aufzustehen.Es wird ein Tag, welcher der Bezeichnung „Barfussroute“ alle Ehre macht.Strahlendes, heisses Sommerwetter, ein paar Wolken am Horizont undgleichmaessiger Seegang. Wir segeln unter Spinnaker, den wir vormittagsum 10 Uhr gesetzt haben, Richtung Westen. Es herrscht richtiggehendeFerienstimmung an Bord. Im Augenblick gibt Juergen Jetti gerade einenEinfuehrungskurs ins Steuern unter Spinnaker. Sie schlaegt sich nichtschlecht, auf jeden Fall hat es. read more...


30/11/2014

Weirkraken - Day 5 & 6

Day 5Steady progress being made. As far as we know from our spy in Dublin!!we are still in 3rd place. Grumpy Cabin Boy has now recovered andconsequently been restored to his rightful role as Entertaining CabinBoy. Flying fish made their first appearance as two kamikazied on Deckmakiing Captain Rupert wonder at the misfortune of crashing into ourBoat when they have a whole ocean to play in. Otherwise an uneventfulday.....Day 6 - Shirt ChangeToday's exciting news is that both Captain Magnus and First MateArchie changed their T shirts for the first time on this trip. It is agood thing that the XLNT crew spend most of their time outside! Liz ismaking a slow recovery from the trauma of finding out that the gas isrunning out due to her 24 cups of coffee a day. She was found by MarcoPierre Anne. read more...


30/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 30th Blog

Hello Lancelot II fans   Sorry for the blogorama silence for a bit – we’ve had a bit on! Anyway,currently we are buzzing along under the S4 with Milanto on the horizon at22deg15’078N 032deg45’988W.   So heres what we’ve been up to... At 1am (why is it always 1am?) on the 29th we managed to break a steeringcable. We woke up poor Jacko in Hamble for advice on getting the system apart(thanks Jacko!) and three and a half hours later had a spectra strop repaireffected which, after a few sessions of re tightening, seems to be holding well,thank goodness.   So we spent the 29th being a bit cautious and retightening the cablesfrequently but the wind was kind and we put in some good westing so not tooshabby a day in the end.   Going in to night watches, all we wanted was an. read more...


30/11/2014

Profile - profile blog

There was a massive shock last night green watch where given a night offwatch so they got a whole 9 hours sleep, there where 2 unusual suspects on boardof which we havent seen past 8.30 pm most nights hehe .I feel there is a littlecompetition between watchs and obviously the best one is winning (ill give you aclue its not green watch ) , all though we are still struggling to get Olegsfingers of the helm .Nicky is still oglin me which is quite nice but gettingtiring now bless her . Obviously chief extraordinaire  is still knockingout some amazing culinary delights but now run out of fresh food so boil in abag coming up after i would say tomorrow or the day after but dont worry im sureill be able to spice it all up quite nicely . Im trying to sort out our half way oscar speech so. read more...


Helen - Can cleaning duties
Helen - Can cleaning duties
30/11/2014

Reina - ALL HANDS ON DECK!

"BANG!" With a very loud noise the Code1 sail comes of the mast. For a few seconds it is waving alongside the boat and then its falling into the sea. Fortunately at the bottom it holds to the yacht. "ALL HANDS ON DECK!" Captain Cripps, who at that moment is standing behind the helm, shouts it very loud and everybody understands that this is not a joke. Within seconds the whole crew is on deck pulling the sail aboard. A heavy job. But they succeed. They also manage to get the Code1 in its bag and put the whole thing aside. After this the A2 sail is hoisted and Reina is brought back to an average speed of 11 knots. Time to have breakfast and think things over. The problem appears to be the halyard swivel. The loop is broken. The rest of the daylight is used to make a new loop and. read more...


Reina - ALL HANDS ON DECK!
Reina - ALL HANDS ON DECK!
30/11/2014

Aislig Bheag - Log day 6- We will sail 500 miles and sail 500 miles again just to be the ones that sail 1000 miles to be stuck in the middle of an ocean

Well we passed the 1000 mile mark, that’s nautical miles at 9:17 thismorning. That’s after a frustrating night of light winds and big swells. Wespent the morning taking down sails and putting up downwind sails and for awhile we put a spurt on but that was more due to squalls going through. It’s alot hotter sea temperature 25.7 C and at least we can do a bit of sunbathingwaiting for the next squall. Eilidh spotted something orange in the water and wediverted to investigate. Thankfully it was just a plastic container. Skippercaused a bit of amusement doing a fancy dance early this morning but he was onlywaiting for Duncan to finish putting his make up on in the loo.   After lunch we had a lovely, impromptu crew sing-song. Videos to come at alater date!        . read more...


Aislig Bheag - Log day 6- We will sail 500 miles and sail 500 miles again just to be the ones that sail 1000 miles to be stuck in the middle of an ocean
Aislig Bheag - Log day 6- We will sail 500 miles and sail 500 miles again just to  be the ones that sail 1000 miles to be stuck in the middle of an ocean
30/11/2014

Helen - Day 7

The crew of Helen have settled into a standard routine of watches, sleeping,eating and general housekeeping. It's the latter point I would like toexpand on, as today a couple of us were assigned the task of searching thatbig hole at the back of the boat (the LAZ) to check what drinks were storedthere. After some rummaging the appropriate box waslocated but when openedthe contents revealed a cocktail, the likes of which would not be shown inany book I'm aware of, swilling around in the bottom. It transpired thatsome of the cans had either exploded or simply developed holes. This led toa deep and meaningful discussion on the quality of aluminium cans used bythe various companies supplying both soft drinks and not so soft drinks. Wedid not come to a definitive conclusion, but by the end of. read more...


30/11/2014

Captain Blind - 6éme jour ....English breakfast

Ah ce maudit anglais !depuis qu'il nous a repéré hier soir il a décidéde nous filer le train, c'est de bonne guerre, mais cela manque un peu depanache pour un brillant sujet de sa majesté....la possibilité de le larguer par une option différente s'éloigne de cefait , s'il a décidé de passer sa semaine dans notre sillage....Le rythme s'est ralenti aujourd'hui avec un alizé faible et des vitessesqui chutent à 7,5 nds env. De plus cet alizé oscille , 4 empannages depuisce matin Il fait de plus très chaud et difficile de rester au soleil dans lecockpit ou sur le pont ...Ce matin inventaire des vivres restantes, et prévision de rationnement sinous arrivons après lundi...sauf pour la bière en quantité suffisantequoique raisonnable comme il convient !Nous venons d'entrer dans le royaume des. read more...


30/11/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC 14 Blogoramma - Steady going now

22:44.7N  031:09.3W   Tune of the day: "Driftwood" - Travis   Day 7.  Now we are into trade windsailing.  The wind has swung around to the NE and dropped off.  Ourpole is out and we are currently running dead down wind with the gentle pitchand roll that is worlds apart from Life at 45 degrees.  Order has beenrestored down below, we enjoyed the sunrise this morning rather than look at itwith a sense of relief.  Underwear has been changed and we've fixed thethings that were broken.  We finally got the diesel out of our bilgesand repaired the rubbish bin after Ben fell on it.  We evenwashed some clothes.   We had our first sighting of real sealife lastnight when a small pod of "something big with dorsal fins" briefly. read more...


30/11/2014

King's Legend - Kings legend: how to catch a fish ...or two.

How to catch a fish .. or two.27-29 November 2014When it comes to crossing the Atlantic it is important to select a well-balanced crew with various specialism (YachtingWorld November 2014). We are so lucky to have a crew were every person fits in the right place. Here is our dreamteam crew:Gijs en Femke: skipper and mental coachGeleyn: communication/navigation officerDick: deck mate and first trimmerMichel: marketing/strategic officer and 2nd fishing managerHans: fishing managerGerhard: Gopro/IT specialistSjoerd: senior safety officer and story tellerAfter 3 days and nights at sea we are sort of getting used to the rhytm of waking up in the middle of thenight andsleeping at daytime. Coffee, tea, cookies, chocolate helps us through the night. During the day everyone has its ownseparate. read more...


30/11/2014

Lande Catty Sark - appunti di navigazione del sesto giorno

È iniziato ilsettimo giorno e pare che l’aliseo sia finalmente arrivato. Non mancavacerto il vento (che è stato sino’ora sostenuto) ma abbiamo avuto quasisempre cielo coperto. Adesso invece è tutto limpido con un sole che cominciaa picchiare. Ma si sa, il vento raramente arriva dalla direzione giusta eadesso è ovviamente perfettamente di poppa e ci costringe e bordeggiare digennaker. Abbiamo fatto 1180 miglia in sei giorni con una media di ben oltreotto nodi che per una barchetta di 12 metri vuol dire planare quasi dicontinuo. In classifica ci sembra di non stare male, davanti solo un gransoleil 43  molto tecnico con albero maggiorato in carbonio e velespaziali e un Oystier 46 da regata. Resta un mistero il perché li dobbiamopagare!!!. C’è da dire che il posizionamento è merito. read more...


30/11/2014

Charisma - Weniger als 2.000 sm bis St. Lucia

Wir sind jetzt 800 Seemeilen von Las Palmas entfernt und haben die 2.000 Seemeilen Restdistanz nach St. Luciaunterschritten - bisher ohne Schäden. Über Funk hören wird immer wiedervon anderen Yachten, die Bruch melden oder die Unternehmung sogar ganzabbrechen. Für uns steht die Substanzerhaltung an erster Stelle. Daserklärt auch den etwas defensiveren Auftakt im Vergleich zu den letztenARCs. Der Sprinter ist kein Marathonläufer und für den ist dieKurzstrecke nur ein Teilabschnitt. Wir segeln Marathon und haben nochviel vor uns - in jeglicher Hinsicht.Der Wind variiert in Richtung und Stärke mehr, als die Grib-Daten esvermuten lassen. Wir haben mit unserer Segelstellung einen gutenKurs-Koridor gefunden, bei dem es Spaß macht den Atlantik zu überqueren.Das Wachsystem der Charisma. read more...


30/11/2014

Domini - Squall Alley

Hi Boatbloggers,We've just been hit by a whole series of squalls, one after the other.You know, when we talked about trade wind sailing, I always imagined us lounging in the cockpit, perhaps a sundowner cocktail in hand, with the smell of hot bread wafting up from the galley as the freshly caught fish sizzled on the bar-b-que.And now here we are. It's four in the morning, it's cold and wet, and I'm hiding behind the sprayhood in my woolly hat and oilskins, nursing a mug of Cuppa Soup.And right now, there's nowhere else I'd rather be.Ju. read more...


30/11/2014

Firefly - North to Whangaroa

Firefly is still cruising in the Bay of Islands and with the arrival of Barney and Juanita we now have a crew compliment of 4. Last week we had a spell of glorious weather but recently the wind has been blowing from the south west and its been showery and chilly. During the next week we are planning to head north and will anchor of the Cavalli Islands and then move onto Whangaroa. Since arriving in New Zealand we have not gone far - just out into the Bay of Islands and have then been back into Opua Marina a couple of times in order to utilise the exceptionally good yacht services on offer. There is a real 'mend it' attitude in New Zealand that is really refreshing. As an example, our high power Balmar alternator failed in Vanuatu and we have been running on the spare one we have. So we. read more...


30/11/2014

Magelanus III - Dancing with the dolphins

Was it a whistle? Not sure, but no doubt, dolphins were back! They crossed under the hull, they turned around, they jumped, they looked at us (yes, they did turning on the side!), and did I hear them whistling? Maybe, but, for sure, they danced! We danced together. Ten minutes of pure joy! ENE winds continue to mark our pace. Yesterday we opened the genoa and sailed for two hours on a different course, in an attempt to accelerate. We did accelerate and enjoyed the beating. But our two engineers made their calculations and we realized we were slower to the target. So, here we go again in an almost transom… the absence of a spinnaker pole eliminating the use of a sustainable genoa not allowing more than the familiar 5-6 knots. But we are below the 700 miles to. read more...


30/11/2014

Exody - Day 20- November 29th - Flying Fish Attack

Good still to have company with Paroya's sails visible abeam at daybreak - and still on the horizon at sunset - she has pulled ahead steadily under her main and genny to our genny and yankee- but we are still happy not to have a mainsail hoisted.On watch last night Kathy took a direct hit on the back from a flying fish about 25 cm long - yes we do have an aft cockpit boat with fairly low freeboard -instead of keeping it for breakfast she forgave it and returned it to the waves.Just three days ago five knots was a serious disappointment but it's now the new 'must reach' target and as night falls we are pleasingly up to 5.5 knots with 16 knots of easterly wind directly astern - its been down at 12-14 knots most of the day - so a slowish but very pleasant day - only 118 miles noon to noon -. read more...


29/11/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 6 - Zlozymy im propozycje której nie moga odrzucic

Dzień 6 - Złożymy im propozycję której nie mogą odrzucić Jeszcze na Kanarach przesympatyczna żona równie sympatycznego dziennikarza z miesięcznika żagle doradziła mi aplikację  google sky. Dobrze że dziś w nocy sobie o tym przypomniałem. Nie ma nic piękniejszego niż widok gwiazd na środku morza gdy niebo jest bezchmurne. Nie da się tego opisać jakim blaskiem rysuję się droga mleczna, jak wyraźne sa gwiazdy. Pierwszy raz namiastek tego niesamowitego widoku poczułem gdy jako dziewiętnastolatek włuczyłem się po południowej Afryce. Do dziś pamietam tego białego siedemnastoletniego golfa. Prowadził Mały, nadal mój serdeczny przyjaciel obecnie również ojciec chrzestny Róży. Gdzieś w nocy pomiedzy Pomiedzy Sun City a Pretorią, wśród  wpalonych traw na otaczających drogę polach po raz. read more...


Frisco - Deposed Blog Boy, and Dough Boy.
Frisco - Deposed Blog Boy, and Dough Boy.
30/11/2014

Frisco - Log Day 6 Fun with Electronics

As murphys law will have it, your most valuable piece of equipment will fail when you need it most. Our AIS system which sends messages to ships showing where we are, and presenting a display to us of where the ships are has stopped working. But more importantly each crew member now has a AIS beacon on his life jacket so that we can recover him if he falls overboard. To locate a "Man Overboard" we would use the AIS system to show us where the beacon is, updated regularly.Preliminary investigation showed a proprietary rubber moulded connector providing power input and NEMA data signals out had degraded or melted near the power input pins. We are in the process of pulling the unit apart in the attempt to supply power by an external pair of wires. There is no sign of any overheated sections. read more...


30/11/2014

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 sanddwiches 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. read more...


29/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 10: finally a beautiful sailing day

Saturday,Nov 29 turned out to be one of the most beautiful sailing days so far. The horrible swell and wind chop subsided and the boat sounded much quieter. We added a full mainsail to our double headed jibs and moved along nicely under sunny skies. The past two days had been overcast with even a few small squalls with light rain, so the sunshine today was great for charging batteries with the solar panels. Just before lunch we enjoyed another dolphin show with dolphins surfing down the swells and playing at the front of the boat. We enjoyed a fun cocktail hour playing our favorite game of Shut The Box. Paul won too many times!We even took time to shoot some photos on the front trampoline.. read more...