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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...


30/11/2014

Thula - day 7

Day 7The good ship Thula is now happily in the trade winds.  With both spinnakers set we are reaching along at 9 knots.  Any crew not standing watch has found a comfortable spot on deck to pass the time reading or sleepi. With 1,825 miles to go we should reach halfway  sometime on Tuesday.mike  . read more...


Thula - happy crew
Thula - happy crew
30/11/2014

EH01 - The day that never ended...

Morning all,It was a mixed old day yesterday... firstly let me apologise that I am writing this after about 30 hours with little to no sleep so please excuse typos, poor grammar and brevity.Since my last blog it has been a day/evening of two halves! Yesterday afternoon was spent champagne sailing with the spinnaker full all afternoon. All of the crew have now had plenty of practice driving with the kite up and several are really starting to excel at it. We hardly dropped below 9 knots SOG yesterday afternoon/evening and the crew were looking to push our VMG up as always. As the sun started setting and we tucked into our first boil in the bag meal of the trip (Swedish meatballs) the decision was made to fly the spinnaker throughout the night under the agreement that everyone would. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 11 Power Management
Paroya - Log Day 11 Power Management
30/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 327; Last Day of Safari Includes Cheetah and Eland; & a Special Dinner with a South African Couple; Friday, November 28, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. Light breakfast; then we depart on our last range ride at 6:00 AM.The first thing we see, only a couple of hundred yards from our compound, is a small herd of Common Eland Antelope. This is the largest antelope in Africa and has an ox-like appearance with a fawn to tawny-grey color. The male or bull develops a large 'dewlap' on its throat and lower neck.This dewlap is a large sagging sack of skin. Males are twice as large as females, reaching a weight of up to 900 kilos or almost 2,000 pounds. In ancient days, the African Bushman, to become a man, had to hunt and hill an Eland; a task that took three days of tracking after it hit the animal with a slow acting poison shot from an arrow. A minutes later we drove up to a group of 15 Zebras. A good start for the day. Next we. read more...


30/11/2014

Makena - Meet Kai

November 29, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon: 417miles to go14° 37.2' N53° 48.9' WWe made the entire 24 hours of this day, without a single sail change. Images that some future cruisers have of setting sails in the trades and going days on end without making adjustments, just don't fit reality. With squalls, wind shifts, best course to destination and oftentimes, changed destination due to weather conditions, lots of sail changes and adjustments occur. Throw in a few nearby boats and nearly any sailor will tell you that attention to sail trim seems to improve with the proximity of neighboring boats.One of those rare days where our VMG was good enough with the simple sail plan of gennaker to starboard, genoa to port and no mainsail. VMG low sevens. The. read more...


Makena - Meet Kai
Makena - Meet Kai
30/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 6 - First flying fish of the trip!

Noon position yesterday was 2341 N, 29 24 W so just above the tropics (20 N). Weather grey and dull....what is going on here?Trick of the day? The electronics came back on line, no reason why...although we believe that it may be because Jon had a shower...The main news of the day is that we have passed the first 1000 NM atsea and our first date line so the ships clock went back one hour. A first for us. So, only a few more miles to go to St Lucia!I guess w ecan get at least another 7 curries in before we get there. I guess all of the yachts within a 100 NM no exactly where we are.One heads still blocked....no one prepared to go over the side and poke through the hull fitting - where we expect the blockage to be.Expect it will be one of Rob's toys....This morning we had two yachts within. read more...


30/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomotapa

Monomotapa 30 NovemberAnother excellent meal last night, home made pizza or in our case boat made pizza, preceded by tortia chips with guacamole and salsa dips.Thank you Antonella. Gin and tonic served on deck to celebrate that we have passed one third of the distance. Any excuse for a reason to celebrate with a drink, we had to switch on the autopilot as nobody wants to drink and drive, on a boat you really do spill it !! Both the ocean and the boat wre baptised with G&T in the hope of favourable winds and good speed.We are now well adapted to our watch rota and we use our off watch periods to catch up with any lost sleep from during the night.The temperature is slowly rising and during the night watches some of us have dropped the long sailing trousers and just go with the sailing. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 30/11 - Message from our 'Foreign Correspondent'

We just completed the first 1000 miles.....onlyanother 1800 to go! The weather is somewhat changeable...one minutewe're drifting with the sails flapping, the next there's 25 knots of wind andwe're struggling to hold course. In one day we've had rain, run and completecloud....but it is getting noticably warmer. We made 165 miles in the last 24hours, so a bit slower each day and the forecast is for lighter winds for a fewdays....a bit frustrating as we would ideally be into the regular good sailingof the Trade Winds by now. We caught 2 more Dorado yesterday, both returned tothe sea as we are apparently now fishing for Tuna...not that we've changedanything! Saturday night was 'curry night' and we all enjoyedone of Amanda's chicken curries acompanied by her vegetable curry and pilaurice.. read more...


El Mundo - 29/11 - Our 'Foreign Correspondent' at work
El Mundo - 29/11 - Our 'Foreign Correspondent' at work
El Mundo - 29/11 - Watermaking....another black art
El Mundo - 29/11 - Watermaking....another black art
El Mundo - 29/11 - Flying fish on deck
El Mundo - 29/11 - Flying fish on deck
El Mundo - 29/11 - When the wind blows....
El Mundo - 29/11 - When the wind blows....
30/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 6

The Alternative Ships Log.Another day in port, but a truly international day though, in the Canaries, watching England beat the Aussies in an Irish bar. For those non sporty types, they were actually playing at Twickenham and not in the bar, otherwise there wouldn't have been enough room and the Guinness would have been 4 times the price! All this swiftly followed by Sunderland vs Chelsea and a further 4 pints of Guinness.Back to the boat eventually to another failure, probably the most serious though, as the new cooker which was installed but one week ago in Las Palmas couldn't keep its oven flame going, so by way of improvisation we had "Alternative Deconstructed Cottage Pie". For those culinary minded amongst you, that means taking the potato topping off and placing it under the. read more...


30/11/2014

Nisida - Day 6 Arc 2014

Last night brought some threatening looking clouds but came to nothing, wind has been between 7 & 15 kts so progess has slowed a little. Tt was a sloppy night as the wind came & went but the swell remains. Mega hot Thia curry last night brought tears to a few eyes. We had our first Flying fish in the cockpit quickly dispaced back to the sea after blinding the poor thing with torch light.All on board getting more settled in every day, withg all having a welcome fresh water shower this morning. We will soon be half way in miles but maybe not in days as the lighter winds look like they may last a few days.. read more...


30/11/2014

OOROO1 - Stormy Saturday !!

Wild wild 24 hours on board OOROO. The day delivered everything. Gennakerup for a couple of hours in the morning through numerous small squalls, then itdecided to blow 24 knots in one squall and never stopped. 3.5m swell kept thecat creeping over the waves. The Jensens were making a plan of attack for whenthe Lagoon snapped in half. Jensens reckon they would survive longer as theywere on the side with all the food. 3 reefs in the main for most of the day andnight. Storms and rain. Wind dropped off about 4.30am so up went the all roundersail and now struggling to get a couple of knots out of the Atlantic. Fishing4-2-0.  (4 touchups, 2 hookups, 0 onboard). Mike got spooled in seconds andlost his favourite Bubbletrail lazer 6”skirt. Mike is claiming a 200kg tuna..... Flying zucchini. read more...


OOROO1 - It's raining fish !!
OOROO1 - It's raining fish !!
30/11/2014

Philocat Ena - Tag 7 - Geräusch 319

Eine Freundin riet mir vor der Abfahrt, ich solle mir Ohrenstöpselanfertigen lassen, da man sonst beim Segeln nicht gut schlafen könne, es seija alles so laut. Das ist durchaus richtig, nur würde ich nachts meine Ohrenverschließen, wäre das nicht anders, als sich bei Tage die Augen zuzuhalten.Die nächtlichen Geräusche sprechen ja mit einem. Es gibt die bösenGeräusche, wie schnelle Schritte oder gar rufen an Deck, dann weiß man, dassman schnell kommen muss, es gibt die vielen normalen Geräusche, die mit derZeit zu Bekannten und Freunden gar werden, das Rattern der Winschen, dasKnirschen der Taue, das Flattern der Segel. Das Klicken des Travellersgehört ebenso dazu, wie das Ticken der Wasserpumpe. Viele Nächte hat esgedauert, bis diese Geräusche vom Feind des Schlafes zum Freund. read more...


Philocat Ena - Tag 7 - Geräusch 319
Philocat Ena - Tag 7 -  Geräusch 319
29/11/2014

Sanuk - Äntligen en firre

En stackars mås flög in i fiskelinan igår, vevade in och han hade snott linan runt vingen. Bergman gjorde en hjälteinsats och befriade stackarn som lyckligtvis kunde flyga vidare.Sen jäklar fick vi napp. Jag kämpade i säkert en kvart med att veva in, vi fick ta ner alla segel då det är svårt att veva in en baddare i 8 knop. Väl uppe så mätte den blå tonfisken 75 cm lång och 20 cm hög. Anders sa att den vägde som en cementsäck. (25kg). Så nu har vi verkligen fått fågel, fisk och surfbrädan som mittemellan. Anders fileade firren och nu har vi mat för tre middagar för sju personer. Vi smakade den även rå. Snacka om färskt. Den var alldeles varm inuti. Micke gjorde sen en grym middag.Alla hälsarOllePs. Simon kan du maila ställningen varje kväll tack... read more...


Sanuk - Äntligen en firre
Sanuk - Äntligen en firre
30/11/2014

Hera - Backe, backe Kuchen

Nein, es war doch Brot ,aber ohne sieben Sachen, das Gerd und Michaelgestern in einem ersten Feldversuch aus einer spanischen Backmischung gebackenhaben. Leider können wir hier kein Foto davon ins Netz stellen, um den Erfolg zudemonstrieren. Die Großserie kann also starten. In der Nacht haben wir den 30. Längengrad überschritten und unsere Bordzeitum eine Stunde zurück gestellt. Mit 12 kn achterlichem Wind dümpeln wir imSchwell dahin. Passatwindsegeln ist etwas anderes! Ein Drittel der Strecke liegtjedoch hinter uns. Soll man den Wettervorhersagen glauben schenken, wird sich ander jetzigen Situation die kommenden Tage nicht viel ändern. UnserAnkunftstermin ist also noch schwer vorhersehbar.   Stefan. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 10: finally beautiful sailing day
Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 10:  finally  beautiful sailing day
30/11/2014

Log Day 6 – Squall

Dear Blog,After more than four days on a close haul starboard tack we could finally ease our sheets and spend some time without heeling. How much easier it is to perform the simplest tasks without this constant fight with what is up and down. We used this opportunity to clean the cockpit, to check our vegetable inventory and prepare two good meals (chili con carne and bulgur with sardines and mackerel fillies).One of the main queries of the day was of course how much progress we had made over the past 24 hours. During the afternoon we were informed that we have gone up one position (which makes for a 3rd place) and that we had managed to log 182 nm yesterday. Not bad at all.We have continued our efforts to catch a good sized BM (Blue Marlin), unfortunately without real success yet. The. read more...


29/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 10 - Its the Weekend ........ and a Disaster!

Saturday night at sea. Delicious smells of steak wafting from the galley after a very quiet day of steady progress in the right direction but Lydia has sadly joined the long and growing list of great maritime disasters.......... We've run out of beer! Or at least we think we have. The obscene pile of Superbock lager in 25cl bottles that came onboard on Mindelo and went straight into the bilge (not the dieseley bit thank goodness) has now gone, and our only remaining hope is that the Mate remembers where that last case of Heineken was stowed. His normal encyclopedic (bit not always entirely logical to the rest of us mere mortals)knowledge of where stuff is stowed has on this occasion failed him and we are contemplating putting him under mild hypnosis to tease this vital information out of. read more...


29/11/2014

Magec

Desde Magec, les informamos que a bordo del Dios del Sol Guanche todo va Perfecto. Tanto es así que estamos pensando en arriar el código 0 para tardar un poco más. A día de hoy hemos entrado en la zona de los Alisios, navegando al 250º y con casi 1000 millas a nuestras espaldas. Les saluda una tripulación bien alimentada y bien orientada. From Magec, we are glad to inform you that on board of the God of the Sun, (the ancien God of the sun in the Canary Islands was named Magec) everything is going PERFECT. So , actually we are thinking about take down the 0 code , to stay some more time on the sea. Today we had catch the trade winds on our sails, heading at 250 º and with nearly 1000 miles on ours backs.Best regards for all,A well feed and well headed crew.. read more...


29/11/2014

Aretha - 10 Events from Team Aretha - Saturday 29th November 201

1) We had a pod of dolphins alongside Aretha today - our first since we left Las Palmas;2) Another first. Our first flying fish on deck - a good 8 inches long. Only discovered after someone stood on it!3) Fish number 2. Another Dorado. Caught at first light. Filleted and sliced for fresh sashimi followed by Dorado curry;4) Bluebell played guitar to the crew at our evening meal tonight - it was a piece she’d written herself;5) We ran the water maker today for the first time. Immensely satisfying to know you can make fresh water at sea;6) Hot showers all round. The rise in energy and well being is palpable;7) We’re in the hottest weather yet now. The boat is warming up down below and at night we’re in shorts and T shirts only. No thanks to any English Novembers.8) We’re firmly in the trade. read more...