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04/12/2014

Hugur - We have arrived in Paradise

Wednsday 3 dec.0909 over the finishline for Hugur and crew, wery happy after thisamazingly beutlyful crossing of the Atlantic ocean 14 days Yey We havearrived in paradise.Nice rum punch and fruits await us on the doc , thank you Santa Lucia .Next explore island and other islands around St Lucia and then prepfor the World Arc in January.Thank you all .. read more...


04/12/2014

OOROO1 - Big Buddies !!

OMG !! The whales escorted us across the Atlantic for most of the day. Wethink they were Blainville’s Beaked whales and they seemed to love the rattlingmirrored teasers. They played like dolphins surfing the waves, circling the boatand zooming around, breaching beside the boat and lying on their side checkingus out. One even surfed between the hulls. Parasailed all day and night in lighteasterly trade winds and reducing swell. Got smoked again by a Mahi Mahi at 8knots and lost another of Mikes pink skirts. I’m thinking a bit of linemaintenance may need to be done !! Now we have the BIG rods out so no excuses.Enjoying the sunshine and had our first Atlantic salt water shower on the frontof the boat courtesy of the captain spraying us down after we soaped up. Crossedthe 20 deg lat line and. read more...


OOROO1 - Whale of a time ....
OOROO1 - Whale of a time ....
03/12/2014

Louise - Blog 8 - 10th Day at Sea

I have to be a bit nice and easy going today, the crew has been workinghard. In the night squalls came and we needed to get all sails down.When the weather was bright again in the morning all was ready to make a goat setting the genua. It all went so very well. Down she went, halyard changed,and we started hoisting. Up she goes, and up she goes, a little down, and upagain ... and then no further. She was stock 1 meter from top ..... you shouldhave seen the crew! they were so sad. Well what to do, secure the sail again,and just  be happy that the genua and the forstay did not break. Thoughtotally exhausted they set the main sail and we could all “relax” and enjoy thesun and a well deserved cup of tea (they are getting kind of English) and a wrapwith beef. Thus well feed they checked. read more...


04/12/2014

Domini - A long way south...

We saw The Southern Cross last night, so I guess we really must be a long way south.The wind has really died overnight, so unless it picks up, I don't think we'll get very far today.We'll keep you posted.Ju & LynX. read more...


03/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg two -day 14: Only 200 miles to go

Some of the larger and faster boats have already arrived in St Lucia so we are getting eager to see land. Late this afternoon, we hit the milestone of less than 200 miles to go. So we celebrated with rum punch and a plate of cheese and crackers. Today was a great sailing day with moderate wind pushing along in the right direction. We hope this situation lasts so the final 200 miles are pleasant. Our navigation software is now estimating our arrival sometime late Thursday after midnight. We have started to access our supplies. Water will be just right but Dave will probably make some tomorrow just so we have extra in the tanks. Normally he runs our water maker every 3 days just to make drinking water. We have been using our water tanks for showering and cooking. We will have lots of. read more...


04/12/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 10

It was not to be I guess. Despite our new autohelm drive, over the past few days we have experienced an ever increasing incidence of the autopilot not holding a course and dropping out conpletely. We have managed this by re-engaging it each time, but following a tedious downwind run today where it was continuously losing its fix, we seriously began losing confidence in the system and the thought of continuing further out into the big blue yonder was cause for grave concern. Inevitably, we took the only sensible decision possible and headed back to the Canaries - not sure whether it will be Tenerife or Gran Canaria as yet.So there we have it, our ARC adventure is over and we are desperately disappointed it has ended in such a way, but thankful that we have taken a decision which ensures. read more...


04/12/2014

Hera - Petri Dank

Leider läßt uns Rasmus trotz 11 Uhr Sherry etwas hängen. Er hat wohlbeschlossen, sich  mal zwei Tage auszuruhen. Damit ist unser Vorwindkursnicht länger zu halten und wir gehen auf Steuerbordbug zielstrebig südlichRichtung 15.Breitengrad. Kurz vor Sonnenuntergang rauschte die Leine der Schleppangel währendunseres Segelmanövers für den neuen Kurs plötzlich aus. Axel hatte ein paarMinuten mit einem zehnpfündigen Thunfisch zu kämpfen, bis er ihn an Bord hatte.Mit Franks Hilfe zerlegte Axel das prächtige Tier umgehend in saftige Filets,die nun im Tiefkühlfach lagern. Nun ist es heute Aufgabe der 2.Wache mitSusanne, Werner und Jürgen daraus einen Gourmetschmaus zu bereiten. Der 13er Viura Savignon Blanc ist jedenfalls schon kaltgestellt.. read more...


04/12/2014

Aretha - Past the Half Way Mark

Progress continues at pace on Aretha.We’re now over half way to St Lucia. As of right now, we have exactly 1,255 miles to go and we’re at 18 32.479 N and 39 38.787 W.This is proper trade wind sailing. Consistent 10-15 knots of breeze and heading downwind at a steady 7 knots. Alan the autopilot is doing all the hard work steering the boat and we’re enjoying life on board.It’s definitely hotter - shorts and T-Shirt are almost too warm at night on deck. Hearing how cold it is in the UK makes us grateful to be here.We ran the water maker again today and in the space of 6 hours topped up our tanks with c300 litres of water. Amazing bit of kit and essential for our travels and plans into the Pacific.The children had a cocktail party on board today making their own cups fashioned from half an. read more...


04/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - 25 things that have surpised us at sea.

1. Just how hard it is to sleep with constant waves. We assumed it would beso relaxing to be rocked asleep like a baby. Somehow it doesn't always quitefeel like that ... 2. How big the boat feels even though there are 9 of us living in a 12meter by 4 meter space. 3. Just how much cleaning it takes to keep Hot Stuff clean, balancing onall fours - or three - or upside down - or in a yoga pose - scrubbing thefloor/heads/deck/galley/bilges. 4. How easy it is to live a 'simple life'. No news, lots of conversation,no materialism LUSH. 5. How frustrating it is to sit on a sofa with reggae hammocks hitting youon the head continuously. Take note to avoid cabbages which pose a serious riskof concussion. 6. Just how precious water is. A very humbling experience for us WesternWorld folk who now. read more...


04/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 10 - Poprosze czternascie razy Atlantyk i Dago

Dzień 10 - Poprosze czternaście razy Atlantyk i Dago Jak umysł schizofrenika dwubiegunowego pogoda dziś od rana poczęstowała nas obfitym już prawie karaibskim słońcem. Jest powiedzenie że pogoda zmienia się jak w kalejdoskopie. Jest to absolutnie prawda w stosunku do tak przeze mnie ukochanych mórz i oceanów jak i do gór za, którymi absolutnie nie przepadam i ostatnio nawet zdecydowałem że będę w życiu unikał na tyle ile się to da. Ani one nie są głeboko błekitne, ani mokre, ani słone. Nie buja więc zupełnie używając nowo podchwconego na rejsie hipsterskiego określenia nie wiem o co "come one". Sztormiaki i inne ubrania schną na siatkach w których wypływając z Las Palmas trzymaliśmy podwieszone pod dachem fly bridga owoce. Owoców jest już coraz mniej ale i tak dziś zdecydowaliśmy sie z. read more...


Vagaris - A small seasonal concession
Vagaris - A small seasonal concession
Vagaris - Just another beautiful sunset
Vagaris - Just another beautiful sunset
03/12/2014

Vagaris - It's Christmas time....

Most places except here. We feel remarkably and refreshingly detached from the run up to Christmas. It's great not being assaulted by Xmas jingles and commercialism. We have two seasonal concessions on board thought. We have advent calendars reminding ourselves that some alleged wise men supposedly travelled a long way once upon a time to see a new born baby. AdrianSy Vagaris. read more...


03/12/2014

Vagaris - Fabulous day

Today was the first day where everything settled down and was good. The wind was consistent, the swell was regular, the sky was blue, the clouds were small and puffy, the sun was hot the squalls stayed away. We ate Spanish omelette with tomato and bruschetta bread for lunch and sweet potato, leek and feta pasta for supper. We even dug out the fishing lines and tried trolling (unsuccessfully) for fish. I also found a fishing rod I'd bought ages ago and it actually seems quite good, so we've set it up and although have stopped at night, will continue with it in the morning. We've sailed from early this morning on the parasailor, knocking off the miles on the correct course to our destination. The wind has been light at between 8 and 12 knots but we've been able to sail all day and have. read more...


03/12/2014

Take Off - Crazy night!

The night from tuesday 2nd of dec to wednesday 3rd of dec was by far thecraziest night for Take Off in the Atlantic. Wind speeding 25-30 knots non-stoptill late this morning. If only the waves had followed the same path as thewind, however they came from both sides roling the boat pretty heavily leavingall of us quite sleepless. We all felt that we were now tired of the strongwind. We are really looking forward to some more normal sailing tempo. Accordingto the weather forecast these strong winds were not predicted so we didn’t evenknow when to look forward to more calm weather. Finally at around lunch todaythe wind dropped steadily to 20 knots allowing us to sail with the spinnaker sothe boat sails more smooth through the waves. And what a lovely afternoon we’ve had today! Sunshine,. read more...


03/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 10 – Ömsom vin ömsom vatten

Kära bloggen,   idag var en händelserik dag. Euphoria stångar vidare västerut, känns attdet är andra halvlek nu. Andraplatsen i vår grupp 1E är ett faktum, dock så harlite incidenter lett till två avbrott i framfarten under dagen. Det ena var p ga a) ett smärre missöde med spinnakern (som är på verkstaden under däck i dettajust nu) och b) 1 000 mm Mahi mahi som skulle plockas upp. Oktan Karlsson stodför kraftutladdningen när människa ställdes mot fisk, idag gick människansegrande ur bataljen. Alltså reduceras ställningen till 5-1. O. Karlsson är vidmycket gott mod, och stod givetvis för kvällens måltid. Magiskt, fantastiskt,episkt och utsökt ger inte måltiden rättvisa. Det är något visst med egenfångadmat! Så nu har vi mat för resten av seglingen, woho. Spinnakern är lovad attvara. read more...


03/12/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 14 - We've Arrived!

Packing away the laptop computer from the cockpit yesterday evening after a screening of 'Stupid Crazy, Love' and regaining our full night vision, it became apparent that the lights of Martinique were just visible on the horizon.These grew throughout the night watches and were joined by those of St Lucia as well as a flurry of commercial contacts that emerged from the gap between the islands, including a Carnival cruise liner that was lit up like a Christmas tree.So at long last, with the hankee safely on deck, both poles stowed and the >main raised for a final, short beat towards the flashing orange light of the committee boat, the optimists sweepstake bid became the winner and Lydia crossed the ARC+ finishing line at 0500 and 20 seconds local time. (Matthew was 15 minutes out in his. read more...


03/12/2014

Sojourner - Day 9

Hi Folks,We made a decision earlier today to take a more southerly heading rather than directly toward St. Lucia in order to avoid some low wind areas ahead of us.I think that will be a good decision in the long run but even where we are the winds have been only 10 to 12 knots so consequently our progress has been slow.The good news is that today has been sunny, warm and without much in the way of squalls.Pete made an Irish stew from scratch for dinner which was delicious.We are in somewhat of a hurry to cook up some things in the freezer that had thawed unexpectedly and thus the stew beef today and chicken likely tomorrow - unless of course Bob catches another fish.We have an order in for tuna. Also, we switched over to our second water tank today which was somewhat earlier than. read more...


03/12/2014

Captain Blind - 9eme jour ...enfin libres!

Retour de belles conditions depuis hier soir , nuit étoilée, bateau glissant à belle vitesse sous un alizé de 15/20nds ,idem pour la journée...Ce fut donc douche pour l'équipage, petite lessive et un peu de lézardage au soleil , rien à voiravec les 36 h précédentes.nous espérons ces conditions jusqu'à dimanche environ , où le contournement d'un système de calmes devra être négocié aumieux , notre navigateur s'y prépare!Côté de notre petit chien , il a décidé de nous laisser et de décider lui-même de sa route . Il doit également avoir unproblème d'AIS car nous l'avons perdu en visuel mais aussi sur l'écran !Nous avons pu lire son dernier log où il se justifiait de sa stratégie en arguant que les 2 bateaux avait les mêmes anglesoptimum, et que c'est simplement cela qui les faisait nous. read more...


03/12/2014

Libeccio - Log: Weds Dec 3rd

Today we discuss: a little ahead of ourselves; whale of a time opus 3;Izzy’s back; the Lanai is open; Now this is what the brochurepromised!     Greetings from the not only good, but, great ship Libeccio. Following arather wet and windy start to last evening, we find ourselves under sail,heading due east with the sun about to set over the horizon typing the log. Allthat is missing is that rather cheeky and slightly pretentious bottle of (fillin the blank with your favorite plonk) and all would be complete. Some wouldargue that the log should not be shared with the sunset, but, dear readers—youare worth it!  When we last left you we were still engaged in the dodge squall game andfeeling, frankly, pretty full of ourselves— the score was Libeccio: alot—squalls:. read more...


03/12/2014

Meltemi - 11.Tag - Grauer Himmel Ãber der MELTEMI

Der Wind brachte die MELTEMI in den Nachtstunden ein wenig vom direkten Kurs nach St. Lucia ab. Dazu bescherte die Morgendämmerung der MELTEMI und der Wache Monika und Alexander eine heftige Suesswassrdusche, nachhaltig genug das Cockpit zu reinigen und die Segelanzuege zu testen. Aber es waehrte nicht lange bis der Wind wieder in unsere Richtung drehte, an Staerke zunahm und Ines mit einem Speed von 10,4 kn beinhahe die Topscorermarke erzielt hätte, wenn nicht Teamkollege Nils diese Marke mit 10,6 kn noch eingestellt haette... trotzdem redet man noch miteinander. Die Situation entschaerfte sich durch eine zwischenzeitliche Topspeed von Andreas mit 10,9 kn. Über den ganzen Tag blieb es grau und ab und zu regnete es kräftig.Andreas hat gestern erstmals auf diesem Toern die Essenswuensche. read more...


03/12/2014

Take Off - Conclusions after 9 days

Yesterdaywe celebrated 1350 NM with sparkling wine. Conclusions so far: Weatherforecast ?? Grib files? Does not relate much to reality. Forecast last 24h until now has been 13-18 kn. However we have been sailingin 25-30 kn during the whole night and still now in 22-25kn. Lesson to learn:sail were you are  Rig check: amazing how this constant pressure affects materials.Only after two days of sailing we had to reinforce the rudder installationdue to the fact  that the bolts were broken. So bigger wholes were drilledand bigger bolts i place. Thanks to Nils preparation of spare parts we are stillin the game. Finaly it has been a pretty tough start and continuing sailing these last 9days. We are really looking forward to more stable wind ! Nils is really longing for fishing! We too. read more...


03/12/2014

Weirkraken - Log Weir Kraken cont

Cato needs entertaining - Day 9When Archie was winched up the mast the hoist (we call it his nappy) had given him the "cool" idea of future diversions. So today he requested to be secured to the mast in his nappy and hung overboard on the side of the boat, where he spent a happy hour reading his book and taking photographs of us taking photographs of him. The Code Zero unfortunately got torn again during the night. We took it down straight away to prevent further damage allowing Rupert and Andy to hone their sticky tape skills. We have decided to store it away until the winds are a bit lighter and we can use it tactically nearer the finishing line.Weir Kracken is classed as a pleasure craft in the Arc. We would like to think of her as a sleek racing yatch. In fact we can however report. read more...


03/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Por fin, alisios sol y calor

Martes 2 / Miercoles 3 (10º día denavegación)   El tiempo es más estable y la mar también.Aprovechamos los roles de viento entre el día y la noche para trasluchar y tomarel bordo más favorable en nuestra ruta a Santa Lucía. Hemos pescadoun Guahoo (Peto) por la tarde. Y  por la noche un dorado de 4 o máskilos. Tenemos pescado abundante para hoy y mañana. A la noche nos hemos guiadopor Sirio para mantener rumbo durante un buen rato. La luna se va llenando elumina todo el campo visible La superficie del mar, es un espectáculo y el cielotambién. Es diferente a lo que vemos el resto del año en nuestra casa en latitud45º norte. La polar está mucho baja en el horizonte. El carro de la osa mayor,según la hora, puede estar muy bajo y no ser visible. Otras estrellas. read more...


03/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 9 First test of Parasailor

Today the seas calmed down enough to fly our new Parasailor. This a sail that has a horizontal slot cut across a spinnaker with parachute wing shaped structure inserted. This sail is amazing in that it can fly at many wind angles, including dead downwind, without a pole. We purchased a dealer demo unit in Las Palmas and have been waiting to try it. In very light winds 7.5 knots, it will move Frisco at 4.2 knots whereas all other sails would hang like sacks and stop movement.DSC00267 (1). read more...


03/12/2014

Reina - Log 11 WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR DINNER TODAY?

Tonight we have Sunday roast with vegetables, stuffed potatoes and creamy leek. For desert brownie with fudge and ice cream.” That’s what Chef Floss Cripps told us last Sunday. Yesterday we had pork stew with quinoa. The day before chicken curry with rice.Every day starts with a nice cup of tea with honey and yoghurt with muesli and fruit. For lunch sandwiches, ham + cheese toasted in the pan or pasta. Today we celebrated the fact that we passed the border of 1.000 miles with a delicious hamburger for lunch.Unfortunately we did not yet have sushi made from fresh tuna. Just because we cannot catch any fish. Reina is always going faster than 10 knots. We try to launch a lure and see it fly over the water. That’s not the way to catch a fish. So we are very lucky to have Floss aboard. Oh. read more...


Reina - Log 11 WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR DINNER TODAY?
Reina - Log 11 WHAT DO WE HAVE FOR DINNER TODAY?
03/12/2014

Aglaia -

What can I say about the last 24 hours then?Halfway point came and went very quickly with us now having just 1202 miles remaining to run having covered nearly 250 miles over that time.Now without a mainsail and just using two poled out headsails in 25 knots of wind we were very happy to spend the night surfing down waves at 15 knots and an over 10 knot average speed.Back to the halfway party now, as ever a very special meal was prepared and devoured in record time with eyes darting left and right to see who might not manage to finish the mountain of food in front of them.Marinated breast of chicken with herb crush potatoes and roasted Mediterranean vegatables followed by freshly baked rich chocolate cake.Luckily the sailing was very exciting through the night or we would have all passed. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - A Minor Drama

We continue our fast passage across the Atlantic today, tracking just south of the greater circle route, with another 24 hour run of over 200 miles. All is well on board with everyone settled into the watch system and the routines of offshore sailing; and then we had a minor drama.I was down below answering emails when I was called up on deck. Sitting on the aft deck, Fatty had noticed a large red object being dragged just behind the boat, and a few metres further behind, something white being pulled along behind it.   We guessed that this was a fishing net that had got wrapped around the propeller and my first thought was that I would have to dive under the boat to cut it free. Now, at this stage we were making nine knots through a moderate sea four miles deep, in 15 knots of. read more...


03/12/2014

Cheri - Mittwoch, 3. Dez. 2014

Von Lueftungshutzen und StirnlampenAuf dem Deck der Cheri stehen vier Lueftungshutzen. Das sind etwa 30 cm hohe Trichter, welche den Wind einfangen und unter Deck leiten sollen, ohne dass Wasser eindringt. Leider werden sie immer auch fuer andere Zwecke missbraucht. Wenn man an Deck irgend etwas Kleines schnell und sicher verstauen will, bietet sich so ein Bonsai-Sousaphon buchstäblich an. So landet ein unglaubliches Sammelsurium von Gegenstaenden darin. Juergen raeumte sie gestern mal aus. Was da nicht alles zum Vorschein kam: Kameras, Sonnencreme, Waescheklammern, Taschenlampen, Gummibaerli, Sonnenbrillen usw. Als Juergen die vor sich ausgebreiteten Fundgegenstaende kopfschuettelnd betrachtete, meinte er: „Das ist ja schlimmer als in einer Damenhandtasche!“Gestern frueh war bekanntlich. read more...


03/12/2014

Pelican - pelican ferther ramberlings of the village idiot

Hi can any one out there explain why as you sit back chilling with gin andtonic in hand jollying along  at ten twelve knts with parasail along comesthe nasty fairy  and kicks you in the n...s ho   humm thats theway the mop flops. So last night squall rain an other squall more rain more windyou get the picture>Important stuff we are eating our last avercardo well thethe one the mouse had not  chewed ,veg on the way down not sure the samecan be said for some of the crew  at least they are movable ballast(wellsome are) lol got to go now lunch is served. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - Life on Juno by Kez

With all this talk of the difference of having two girls as part of this crossing compared to two years ago (clean heads, delicacies for supper etc), I thought I might correct any impression that Fatty and I spend our time cleaning and cooking. In truth there is a very fair division of labour, with Paul a more than dab hand in the galley and Frewie was even caught yesterday baking bread. The best thing about being Mother for the day, and in total charge of all meals, washing up and cleaning the cockpit, is that for the next two days we can legitimately do nothing in the galley and just listen to the crashing of pots and pans without feeling in the slightest bit guilty. We have a very good routine with pretty much three hours on and six hours off throughout. Catching up on sleep is. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - A day on the ARC on Juno by Paulus Windsor

It is perhaps the wrong approach but I can’t help drawing comparisons with my previous Atlantic crossing on Juno in 2012. It all comes flooding back – the bruising of various part of the body, sprained wrists from grabbing a rail at the last moment as we twist off the top of a wave and the plates, food and other accompaniments that are one moment securely placed on a table or work surface, are launched into midair on a port or starboard trajectory the next.However, some things are very different. The introduction of female crew members to replace Oxy, Andrew and Stephen has been a revelation. No longer are we able to leave the cleaning of heads until after the first week – it seems now to be of daily importance. In fact I find it easier to shower with the Jif cleaner as it enables me to. read more...


Juno - An unwelcome attachment
Juno - An unwelcome attachment
03/12/2014

Juno - Reaching under Spinnaker

It is 10pm Juno time and I am on watch until midnight. We are on a broad reach and I have rigged a new sheet on our big genoa that reeves around a block on the port quarter, allowing the clew of the sail to rise, opening up the slot between the mainsail and the genoa, improving our downwind speed by a precious fraction of a knot. I have realised that ocean sailing is a long game, not won by short sprints, but by sustaining above average boat speeds over the length of a passage.There is a big swell running from the north east tonight and I estimate the waves to be around four metres from trough to crest. The period between these waves is about twenty seconds; at 15 knots that’s around 100 metres from crest to crest. Even in the moonlight I can make out the rolling sweep of these lumbering. read more...


03/12/2014

Juno - Half Way

We have now covered almost 1,500 miles since we left Las Palmas a week ago, around half way to St Lucia. We celebrated this milestone last night with Dark and Stormies at happy hour, followed by chicken curry served with accompaniments created by Thermo, our high tech galley slave. This tropical mood has been brought on by a marked rise in temperature as we work our way south towards to the equator.When dinghy sailing, one tacks or gybes every few minutes; on a yacht in the Solent maybe once an hour in the rain; on Juno in the Atlantic we do this once a week and today was the big day. We have been heading west, or just south of west for the past week with the wind coming from the north east, filling our sails from the starboard side of the boat, hence the term starboard gybe. As the wind. read more...


03/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Less than 1000 to go!! Scarlet Day 10 Blog

Hi All!As of this morning we are now through the 1000dtg mark, this is good news asour distance to waypoint on our helm display cannot go beyond 999,unfortunately this display has succumbed to either heat exhaustion, or itperhaps drowned in one of yesterdays squalls!Our worthy adversaries on Captain Blind are sailing slightly quicker than wecan manage, and choosing similar angles, occasionally they will lift offmore to the S, but on balance we are trying to do the same thing ie sail aslow as we can with speed in these lighter winds.From their blogs itappears they are getting wound up by our apparent following tactics!We are sailing to our angles, as to do otherwise would give them anadvantage, it seems that both boats like the same angles!Hopefully afterrum in st Lucia they will cool. read more...


03/12/2014

Tinia - Day 9

The argument regarding the length of a nautical mile has just ended. Don't worry - only one of us claimed a nautical mile is less than a land mile. Lots of equations and numbers , times , dates etc being talked about.....all relating to a possible arrival date.We have decided to eat dinner later tonight - one fish caught already and hoping for another. Lost a nice one from the line this morning. 1000 miles gone2000 to goThe sky is aboveThe sea is belowAs is the chefWho's having a goAt saving the steakBut it's a no no *.(a poem by JW)*it was actually more like:'come on guys - its fine - what's wrong with you lot?' -'there's no way I'm eating that! - it stinks - get it overboard'. read more...


03/12/2014

EH01 - Zoom Zoom Zoom

Hola,After yesterday mornings fun and games we had a fantastic day and nights sailing. The winds have truly been in our favour over the last 24 hours with a constant 15-20 knots blowing at around 120 degrees off our port side. Pure GLAMOUR sailing.Yesterday evenings sunset was another to remember. The sun shining bright red through broken squalls gave us a stunning back drop whilst we were eating our dinner. I was trying to work out roughly how many sunrises and sunsets at sea I had seen yesterday... Its funny that no matter how many you get to see, you never get bored of them!As always the crew have been working hard keeping the spinnaker flying for over 48 hours now. This is harder than it sounds as its not just the trimming and driving that you need to be concerned about. Constant. read more...


03/12/2014

Jo - 20:01:26N 40:01:60W

Wednesday 3rd December2014 Whilst crossing the pond, we’vesigned up to assist a study into marine microplastics. You’ve probably heardabout concerns regarding micro and nano plastic particles entering the foodchain. There are huge areas of floating plastic (the size of small countries) inthe oceans which are slowly breaking down and releasing small particles ofplastic which then enter the food chain. Not enough is known about the extentand concentration of these particles and what effects they may have upon thefood chain. We are one of a number of boats in the ARC fleet who havevolunteered to take samples of sea water  every three days, noting date,time, sample ID, location (lat and long) wind speed wind direction and watertemperature. There is a strict methodology to the taking of. read more...


Jo - Our trade winds ‘barn door’ rig
Jo - Our trade winds ‘barn door’ rig
03/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 9. Tag auf See

Unser Etmal war super - 189 nm in 24 Stunden - zwar bei 22 - 28 Knoten Wind in der Nacht, aber leider einer unruhigen Welle, so dass wir überwiegend gerefft fahren mussten. Die rechnerische Durchschnittsdistanz von Gran Canaria nach St. Lucia beträgt 2700 nm. Heute Nacht haben wir uns auf unter 1350 nm genähert, also theoretische Halbzeit.Einige fragen sich, warum wir nicht einfach auf direktem Kurs nach St Lucia segeln. Das hängt nicht nur mit der Suche nach dem besten Windbereichen zusammen, sondern auch mit dem Umstand, dass ein Segelschiff mit Wind direkt von hinten - platt vor dem Laken - langsamer ist, also versucht man, vor dem Wind zu kreuzen.Das Leben auf dem Schiff wird immer mehr zum Alltag.Kochen und Brot backen gehört zu den Highlights. Unsere Vorräte sind noch reichlich. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 9. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 9. Tag auf See
03/12/2014

Lancelot II - Dec 3rd Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Hows everyone doing? Hope you are writing us all lots of lovely messagescos we want to hear from you – send them to info@sailinglogic.co.uk and they’llget to the boat. Thanks Sophie – we are also looking forwards to seeing in youin the bar! Thanks Peter, Kat, Robert and HAPPY BIRTHDAY Lizzie!   Last night was a looooooooooooong night. We dropped the kite at dusk andwere under the No 3 and Full main for the night as we had squall cloud aftersquall cloud roll us. Cue lots of very tired and grumpy sailors and wet kiteverywhere. Good breeze though and we were bombing along, sometimes even in theright direction. David won the nights round of ‘Top Speed’ with 14.9 knots –sounded like we were exploding from my bunk inside the boat.   Anyway, now the wind. read more...


03/12/2014

Monomotapa - 3 Decemeber

Monomotapa 3 DecemberThe opposite watch to Giuliano's watchhave all agreed that he needs steering lessons after waking us all up during a mad spinnaker roller coaster ride. We ride the spinnaker during the days but go to butterfly rigging during the night in order to get any sleep at all. Or we will try to run the spinnaker as long as there is moonlight.It is reasonable challenge to do it with moonlight but without, we run the risk of breaking the rigging of the boat. When flying the spinnaker yesterday we had an unfortunate accident, the wind caught the spinnaker in the bag with the lines attached. As the spinnaker was being blown over the side we had no option but to haul the sail up to avoid any damage to the sail on the side of the boat dragged along by the water. During hauling up. read more...


03/12/2014

Reberth - PS

Of course, arrival time is all weather dependent!!!. read more...


03/12/2014

Reberth - One more night!!

This blog is meant to be used to tell those who read it about our trials and triumphs.!! There have been some of each on this trip. This mornings’ disaster was the pancakes for breakfast. Not the best I have to say but they were devoured, with the crispy bacon and maple syrup. The highlight of the morning were the dolphins swimming at the bow.If any family members are reading this they will know that we tend to come up with song titles for events, well, I think you can get the picture from the email title. All being well we will reach landfall tomorrow, Thursday, during daylight hours, after, we hope, a starry starry night. Last night saw the ocean flatten out from the rolls and we had a lovely smooth sail after some motoring. We are sailing!! On that note, its goodbye for now.one more. read more...


Reberth - One more night!!
Reberth - One more night!!
03/12/2014

Exody - Day 23- 2nd December - Welcome to Scotland !

But for the cabin temperature at close to 30 degrees celsius, the whole day could have been somewhere in northwestern Europe in our home waters - solid grey sky, rain, much cloud, little or no sun - the cockpit seats did not dry for the day!Along with one other boat Meise - 30/40 miles behind us we seem to have got lucky with a path between the squalls delivering a consistent patch of good easterly winds 15-20 knots for most of the day. Mate and crew got soaked on the early morning watches, including sterling foredeck work by Marian recovering our loose luffed yankee - a challenge to catch it and not dump it in the sea!We've been on genny alone ever since as it gives more flexibility to deal with windshifts.The forecast had been for an 'easing' of the trade winds so we had been. read more...