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29/11/2014

Aretha - The Darker Side of Life at Sea

You all know it’s not all sunsets and champagne sundowners.For all those thinking this all sounds too good to be true, here’s the top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t sail across the Atlantic and you wouldn’t enjoy life at sea:1) Your home continually moves. lurches and wobbles around. Perfect for developing your balance - a nightmare if you like stability;2) Hot showers only every 5 days. Managing water and power means it’s not always hot showers on demand;3) No Facebook (hooray:))4) No popping to the shops if you run out of milk5) If it breaks you fix it. No plumbers on call out here.6) Limited Privacy. A boat is a small place and you can only get a tiny amount of privacy7) You’d best like your crew. 24 hours a day is pretty intense. Those with small children will empathize.8) You wear the. read more...


29/11/2014

Aretha - 10 Events from Team Aretha - Saturday 29th November 2014

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...


29/11/2014

Makena - Meet Phillip

November 28, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon: 587 miles to go14° 53.1' N50° 54.3' WA scramble of activity as the sun broke the horizon. Last time we sailed under Tequila Sunrise, we noticed a few little holes. Knowing that little holes can become tape to tape tears in the blink of an eye, and usually at a very inconvenient time, we decided to make some repairs. We lined the sail up, attaching the head at the port bow pulpit, stretching the sail, still inside the sock , around the starboard deck and into the cockpit. We had to stretch it out to be able to easily raise the sock. Raising the sock, while stuffing the sail into it's bag, we worked our way up to the holes. Ten repaired holes later, we reversed the process, pulling the sock down, following. read more...


Makena - Meet Phillip
Makena - Meet Phillip
Makena - Meet Phillip
Makena - Meet Phillip
29/11/2014

Cheri - Samstag, 29. Nov. 2014

Samstag, 29. Nov. 2014Von fliegenden Fischen neuen FrisurenGestern musste Corinne endlich dran glauben. Nach tagelanger Hänselei wegen ihrer (ueber)langen Haare verpasste ihr Jettimit Hilfe einer Heckenschere und einer Gefluegelschere einen neuen Haarschnitt. Jetzt herrscht wieder Ruhe an Bord.In der Nacht verirrten sich die ersten fliegenden Fische an Deck und verendeten. Angehoerige unserer Tierschutzfraktiongaben den toten Fischen ein ehrenvolles Seebegraebis. Ein weiter Fisch landete in einer Tasche am Heckkorb. Er konnte lebendseinem Element zurueckgegeben werden. Max was not so amused. Er hätte die Fische gerne als Koeder für die Angelrutegebraucht.Heute gibt es zum Fruehstueck Kraeuter-Ruehrei mit Speck à la Ronny. Als es die Crew riecht, hält es keinen mehr in der Kojeund sie. read more...


29/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 6

Everyone in good spirits as we were able to solve our technical challenges. Big thanks to Vicky Baker who provided much needed long distance technical support. Thanks also to Tracey for finding Vicky! Great day sailing being followed by dolphins for a couple of miles. A shark popped its fin up to say hello and Ralph jut got hit in the shoulder by flying fish. He made a bit of a drama of it.J McLeish. read more...


29/11/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog Nov 29th

Today: student body right; are we there yet? Saturday morning at the Rushhousehold;  now THAT is a fish story; Sparking answers to our quizyesterday;   Today was THE big day, after waiting for days upon days and travelingapprox, 750nm as we wound our way south, we have now executed the verychallenging “turn right”.  In fact, when Mike made the maneuver, no onenoticed as all it took was, stay with me here- to turn the steering wheel to theright about 90 degrees! The sails stayed on the same side of the boat as thewind stayed on the same size of the boat- all that really happened was we“shook” out our reefs in both the main sail and the genoa. So why had we waitedso long to make this daring change? Simply, the winds were coming from the wrongdirection (so coming from the. read more...


29/11/2014

Captain Blind - 5eme jour ...les alizés !

bonjour à tous ,tout va toujours bien à bord de Captain Blind.Ce fut une journée de glisse sous grand spi avec un vent de 15/20 nds à9/10 nds de vitesse. L'équipage a effectué quelques bricolages et remisesen état nécessaires après les 48h de reaching et vent fort...Le régime est typiquement celui d'alizés avec les grains la nuit quiétaient accompagnés de pluies la nuit dernière.Une bonne nouvelle à l'heure de ces lignes , nous venons de repérerScarlet Oyster sur l'AIS , il croise 7.5 milles derrière nous ...Toutefois nous lui devons 9h à l'arrivée, et cela deviendra missionimpossible si le rythme continue comme cela , il nous faudra une aidevenue d'options différentes sur les derniers jours..Nous remercions tous ceux qui nous envoient leurs encouragements,continuez , mais ne mettez pas. read more...


Vagaris - Cruising
Vagaris - Cruising
29/11/2014

Northern Child - nc blog

Our crew has fully settled in after 5 full days at sea, the evening is getting close and we are getting set for night no 6.  My watch will start in 20mins being the 18hrs until 22hrs stint, 4 hrs of sleep and then again from 2am to 6am ........... short interruption, lots of excitement on board as c.50 dolphins just arrived and have been showing off around the boat, one youngster jumped 2 meters out of the water, what an amazing show!...... excellent vibes in the crew.  We are getting more used to the night shifts and the bumpy ocean road. Although you might think a crossing is hard work, today was more a 'day at the beach', relatively light winds, blue skies, magic views with the odd black wolf in the form of a squall. This. read more...


29/11/2014

Milanto - Milanto blog day 5 29th November

Good morning!This is again Herbert from MILANTO on her course to St.Lucia. This is our fifth day on board already. Unbelievable - time went so fast, just in a blink of an eye. I promised myself to write a blog/log everyday, but I can't keep that up. There is so much to do in the daily routine. Handling sails, cooking, repairing, fishing, night - and dayshifts and trying to catch up with the sleep. Josef did win our bet regarding the fishing yesterday - he caught a MahiMahi, in brilliant gold and white, appr. 80 cm long, which Carla prepared with great effort for todays dinner. Thank you Carla for this. So, what else can I tell you? The ride till yesterday was bumpy and partly with high waves, but not really bad. since last night we are on a beam-ridge course, with calm winds and cruising. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
29/11/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

[s][c1]p:22 37.8'N:-30 51.0'W[t]Dag 6[b]Opplevde i natt en rekke "squalls", dvs skyer med kraftig vind og regn. Plutselige vindoekninger fra 15-20kn til 30 kn +.Uproblematisk ettersomvi ser disse paa radar i forkant og kan tilpasse seilfoering og kurs.Noken dag med fine seilforhold.Vinden inn forenom tvers, 15-22 kn.Mye soli formiddag, overskyet i ettermiddag.Soloppgang er her ca 5.30 ogsolnedgang ca 17.30 (UTC).Bildet er tatt ca kl 17 (UTC) i dag.Vi holder fortsatt god fart.Over 180 nm i snitt pr doegn siden start.Det kom i dag en baat inn på AIS'en, etter flere dager uten aa ha settnoen tegn til andre baater.Kristin har bakt bananbroed og skal lage chili til middag.. read more...


29/11/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC14 Blogoramma

23:13.2N  029:25.5W   Song of the day:  "The Fear", by LilyAllen   Day 6 - Today was our day to fix the bigheadsail halyard which we broke 2 days ago.  Unable to resolve theproblem yesterday due to really big seas making it dangerous to try toclimb the mast, today Mike was hauled back up the mast after we deemedthe climbing conditions to be "more favorable".  This is actuallyquite is quite ironic because he can't actually climb and was thereforewinched up the mast by Minkey like a sack of potatoes.  However, it wasstill quite hairy and the whole experience was quite grueling for Mike (although extremely entertaining for the rest of us).  When we finally broughthim back onto the deck he was. read more...


29/11/2014

Ekaterina - Finally up Blogging!!!

Well a quick summary of the 1st 6 days. We decided on the more direct Westerly route rather than heading south. It has proven a good decision! After getting out near last from the start, we are in a very good position passing the sub 2000 mile mark last night. We are on a direct course for St Lucia and have been averaging 150 mile days which is better than we expected for the boat. We think we have escaped most of the low pressure system which tracked down over the Canaries in the last day or two. Its been very rough the last 24 hours, as the wind turned to the northwest and we were beating in to it with a large swell on our beam. Very unpleasant!! combine that with water leaking into the cabin over my bunk!! But hopefully we have passed it now and gradually approaching the trade winds. read more...


29/11/2014

Louise - Blog 4 - 6th day at sea

Sorry for not giving my crew time to write in the blog, however we are allsafe and sound. Today Jan woke Carina for urgent attention. Our genua haleyard broke and weneeded to secure the genau. Hard job with northernly winds around 30 kts, swelland wave heights 7 to 8 m, but they made it. Until today the genau has been theonly sail, we have been using, but speed up to 9 kts, even with reef – soundscrazy/feels good.Our current sail setting  mizzen and main sail in 2 reef gives us aspeed around 5 kts wind 27 kts. The commander is sleeping. His done a great job. Don’t underestimate a youngman. The weather the last days has been a challenge, but we got the table backin place, the cock has been busy in the pantry, not as much as she would havewanted to, but when we bend to the northern. read more...


29/11/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 6 - Unser lausiger Autopilot

Unser sehr unzuverlässiger Autopilot hat leider die Angewohnheitentwickelt, einfach mal mir nichts dir nichts auszufallen! Dummerweise tut erdas meistens Nachts (sehr ungünstig) und hält uns damit vom Durchschlafen ab. Ermeldet immer: Kursdaten fehlen, keine Ahnung warum.Wir hoffen, dass er über den Atlantik noch durchhält. Das ist schon einseltsames Phänomen, dass er immer nachts nicht funktioniert (das letzte malsogar für eine ganze Stunde nicht, dann darf ich Autopilot spielen, was mirallerding sehr viel Spaß macht). Kaum dämmerte es gestern, schaltete er auchschon wieder ab. Wir haben ihn jetzt auf den Namen Günther getauft (weil daseinfach total lustig klingt, wenn wir ihn dann schimpfen). Das ist jetztsozusagen unser Insiderwitz: “ Günther war schon wieder unartig!”.. read more...


29/11/2014

Take Off - Långa nätter

Position24:04.63N23:14.19W Solsken och ca 2m sjö. Havet  känns oändligt idag, en lastbåt siktad om syrbord imorse men inga medseglare syns till.Idag har vi en ganska lugn dag på den kistallblå havet med mindre vind. Igår kväll tog vi beslut om att ta en mer sydlig kurs och stack ifrån Matilda, en engelsk 50 fotare vi seglat nära hela dagen och bytte några ord på VHFen med innan vi skiljdes åt. Vindprognosen visade att vi mer norrut skulle stöta på nordvästlig vind vilket skulle tvinga oss att falla söderut ändå. Bara att hålla tummarna att vår strategi håller och att vår genväg mot passadvindarna fungerar.Under natten upplevde vi vårt första squall med kraftig vindökning och ett par regnstänk.Johan tyckte att det såg ut som en dimbank i mörkret och mer hann vi inte fundera. read more...


29/11/2014

Meltemi - 6.Tag Resets und Highlights

Bei NO WInd, bedecktem Himmel aber angenehm warmen Temperaturen überschreitet MELTEMI mit flottem Speed das 1. Drittel der Distanz zum Ziel. Weitere Besonderheiten folgen umgehend; nämlich die Kompensation von 2 Zeitzonen durch Verlängerung von 2 Tagwachen um 1 Stunde und die Neueinteilung der Wachteams. Als besonderes Highlight des Tages erwies sich jedoch die 1. Dusche nach Start in Gran Canaria, natürlich mit reichlich Seewasser aus der Pütz und sogar minimaler Süsswassernachspülung - Wellness pur und unvergesslich mitten auf dem Atlantik. Kulinarisch begann die Nachtfahrt mit einer Paella a la Monika nach mallorkinischem Rezept. Selbst die Nachverkostung bei jedem Wachwechsel entlockte Lobeshymnen. Frisch geduscht steigt bereits dei Spannung auf das Erreichen des Bergfestes. Die. read more...


29/11/2014

Allegro - 6ªFeira, 28 Novembro 2014. Fisher Panda.

Desta vez não teve graça.Eram cerca de 18 horas. O gerador estava a trabalhar há cerca de 1 hora, agora com um ruído estranho e diferente do habitual.Por baixo dos paneiros, era só água! Não sabíamos se era doce ou salgada. Estava por baixo do salão, a meio e dos lados, na casa das máquinas, na zona do corredor da cozinha, e, menos, nos camarotes de BB e EB, e no WC da proa.Não tinha gasóleo, mas tinha uma tonalidade cinzenta escura e um sabor salgado.A casa das máquinas, essa, estava francamente quente, com uma atmosfera fumarenta, densa e húmida.Depois de esvaziada toda aquela água, e de verificarmos que não se refazia, começámos a ficar mais sossegados.Tudo fazia pensar tratar-se de um problema com o gerador (entretanto, logo desligado). Mas dentro da sua caixa, tudo estava bem.Foi. read more...


29/11/2014

Profile - Profile Bog

Profile Blog:Day something on the Big Brother Beneteau Boat. Rich continues as master chef, though Giles is a challenger on the scene, whilst Ollie and Tim have discovered the Nutella. Nic’s recovered from the black death (perhaps a result of her heavy sea bath on the cockpit floor, anticipated and watched by all, except her), Oleg’s now inseparable from his beloved helm, Paul’s on his 59th pair of glasses and Forest took the last bath in the bucket (we’re all clean now). Having lost all our fishing lines sushi is off the menu, unless Oleg’s offer to punch all flying fish in sight is upheld.We’re past the 1,000 mile mark so marked by a marvellous Oscar acceptance style speech from Rich, and despite the weather’s best attempts to becalm us,and we’re confident of arriving just before Tim’s. read more...


29/11/2014

Philocat Ena - Day 6 - another hard day of strong wind sailing

No winds keep us busy relaxing, reading and fishing no fish.hard day. read more...


Philocat Ena - Day 6 - another hard day of strong wind sailing
Philocat Ena - Day 6 - another hard day of strong wind sailing
29/11/2014

EH01 - Living life on an angle...

Hello All!Day 6... A trickier nights sailing last night. The forecast had suggested the wind going aft yesterday evening but it still had not appeared. We spent most of the night with the wind on the beam until the early hours when the wind seemed to die completely. We spent a few hours frantically trimming with the worry that it might just be us who are stuck in a hole... We have worked so hard over the last couple of days to keep our VMG up so we can keep chasing down the top boats that just stopping for a few hours is fairly gutting!! Just as it started to get lighter we started to feel the faintest of breezes starting to fill in from the north east. We were quick to hoist our spinnaker and started sailing away at what felt like a rapid 4-5 knots. Whilst myself and the crew were. read more...


29/11/2014

Exody - Day 19 - 28th November - Where's the Wind?

The trades faded a bit during the afternoon following a reasonable days run at noon UTC of 140 miles. We sighted a small Dutch ship in the morning - the Flintamar - only our second ship sighting of the whole rally - she was headed for London and we deduced from the reciprocal of her course that she was probably out of Suriname on the south american mainland.In the late afternoon we got our loose luffed yankee up properly which helped keep speed above 4 knots and also got the towing generator back out to help with the 'balance of power' at the expense of the opportunity to fish- have still not yet worked out how a fishing line and a towing gen can both be deployed simultaneously. The fridge had turned itself of again and so I have done a much more careful calculation of electricity in and. read more...


10/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 5 - Stary pasat Krzysztofa K.

Dzień 5 - Stary pasat Krzysztofa K. Dziś na pokładzie po raz pierwszy pojawiły się nie śmiało tu i ówdzie jakieś książki i czasopisma. Wiem, co co niektórzy mogą myśleć, że autor mógł mieć na myśli ale proszę o nie stosowanie nad interpretacji. Wspominając o czasopismach miałem na myśli nie jakieś tam pospolite świerszczyki tylko bardziej tematykę marynistyczną w stylu yachting magazine. Choć pewnie kiedyś świerszcze też wyjdą z trawy i spod materacy, dziś już słyszalem kawał o myśliwym, misiu i fajce, kto nie zna to jego strata ale ewidentnie atmosfera się rozluźnia. Zasłużyliśmy bo przez ostatnie półtorej doby ostro nas przetyrało. Znowu cudem udało się naprawić po raz wtóry code zero ale to już naprawdę chyba po raz ostatni bo sprawy poszły już tak daleko, że zaczeliśmy do napraw. read more...


29/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 5. Tag auf See

194 nm - tja - wir haben echt gekämpft - aber mehr war nicht heraus zu holen - zudem liefen wir gegen 04:00 in ein Windfeld mit nur 2 Knoten und hatten erst 2,5 Stunden wieder Wind über 10 Knoten - unser absolutes Minimum.Unsere HR 54 wiegt 26 Tonnen, und ist damit zwar ein absolut solides und mit Boatcategory A Ocean vom Deutschen Lloyd  für alle Seegebiete weltweit zugelassener Cruiser, doch geht das auf die Performance, wenn man bei so einer Fahrtenyacht überhaupt noch davon sprechen sollte. Gleich große  Schiffe wie vom Typ Hanse oder Sun Odyssey wiegen gerade einmal die Hälfte, und Gewicht kostet Geschwindigkeit.Wir versuchen dies mit Taktik und extrem aufmerksamen Steuern zu kompensieren. Dafür steht Uli am Tag bis zu 10 Stunden hinter dem Steuer und versucht durch. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 5. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 5. Tag auf See
29/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Sexto día de navegación

Sábado 28Los días se pasan rápidos y se pierde la cuenta si no llevamos anotaciones como esta bitácora. Conectamos con Iridium para bajar la previsión meteorológica en texto que nos proporciona ARC muy completa y detallada. También nos bajamos los GRIB para ver los mapas de viento y olas. Con esto vamos planificando la ruta que que hoy hemos mantenido al 270 (ortodrómica) mientras el viento y la ola lo han permitido. Luego hemos vuelto a un rumbo más bajo 250 y más confortable. Hasta el momento hemos avistado delfines, tortugas, dorados, peces voladores, golondrinas de mar, gaviotas . . . Es increible lo de las aves en mitad del mar. Los cielos parcialmente nublados y con algún chubasco. De noche la estrella Fomalhaut nos a servido de referencia para mantener el rumbo a la rueda.Paradoja. read more...


29/11/2014

Oynas - Nov 29

With a lull in the wind we went to the bowOynas is dressed in her twin headsails nowThe first she has worn this combinationWill she be faster? A smoother sensation?With the seas and winds dropped 'twill take time 'til we know. read more...


Miss Malin - Log day 6-Not a single boat in sight!
Miss Malin - Log day 6-Not a single boat in sight!
29/11/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 6-Not a single boat in sight!

Our sixth day at sea and we start to get into our routines, I think.Watch passes at night, breakfast cooking before getting off the lastmorning pass, dinner cooking, etc. But also time to talk to each others,read or listen to music.I now recognize most of the sounds the boat makes, but I still use earplugs to sleep better. It has been pretty difficult to sleep well with theboat rolling and bumping into big waves all the time.The wind comes and goes today, and we got some rain as well. We had theengine on during the night when the wind died totally. We all enjoy when wecan sail and avoid the noise of the engine.Soon we have made a third of the passage and we can look forward to thenext little thing to celebrate, halfway!Lots of love to all back home from a smiling Mats!. read more...


29/11/2014

Tanoa

Auch nach 5 Tagen haben wir immer noch unbeständigen Wind. Das Reffen und ausreffen nimmt kein Ende. Immerhin kommt der Wind jetzt aus NE und wir müssen nicht mehr am Wind segeln. Damit nehmen auch die Schläge gegen das Schiff ab. Es wird wärmer, der Himmel ist aber leider bedeckt und grau.Unser letztes Etmal lag bei 170 sm, das beste bisher. Leider haben wir heute noch keine Positionsmeldung erhalten, wissen also nicht, ob wir aufgeholt haben oder zurück gefallen sind.Heute gibt's Geralds Lieblings-Apfelkuchen, die restlichen Birnen, die überreif waren, wurden zu Birnenkompott verarbeitet und Hans backt frisches Brot. Gerald hatte heute Nacht den ersten fliegenden Fisch an Bord. Da er noch lebte, durfte er wieder ins Wasser. Er war zwar groß, für uns drei hätte er allerdings nicht. read more...


29/11/2014

Xanadu - Log 3 xanadu blocked heads and wipeouts

Well life has set in at  30 degree angle on Xanadu. We have finallyfixed the heads, well Andy did over two days.The final offending baby wipe hasbeen extracted. May we offer advice from the experienced. Always ask the culprithow many offending items have been placed in the first place!!! we thought 2 wasreasonable but we never expected 4!!!The days are passing quickly and the nightsa little longer. we are all starting to wonder what our first drink with be whenwe hit land. Last night Iain experienced a flying fish to the forehead anexperience he will never forget. Val has just made a chow mein and a beef stew,smells fab.   Team xanadu out.   . read more...


29/11/2014

Milanto - Log

Good Morning!This is our fifth day on board already. unbelievable - time went so fast, just in a blink of an eye. I promised myself to write a blog/log everyday, but I can't keep that up. there is so much to do in the daily routine. handling sails, cooking, repairing, fishing, night and dayshifts and trying to catch up with sleep. Josef won our bet re the fishing yesterday - his MahiMahi, in brilliant gold and white, appr. 80 cm long, which Carla prepared  for todays dinner. Thank you! So, what else can I tell you? the ride till yesterday was bumpy  with quite a lot of high waves, but not really too bad. Since last night we are on a beamridge-course, with calm winds and cruising is now comfortable. There is not much I can tell you, that is not written. read more...


29/11/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted aboard Morning Haze (Day 3,4 and 5)

Hello family and friends,Our 3rd day at sea was occupied making many sail changes. The wind was very inconsistent in strength and direction and we kept adjusting the sails, using the whisper pole, taking it down again...after all that work, David decided to modify the reefing system to make it simpler and more efficient on the crossing...we went from single to double line reefing.Our 4th day at sea was great and I am happy to sail with Morning Haze as they love fishing...and me too! We caught two more Mahi-Mahi and we made ourselves a great dinner. As a bear I always thought that there was nothing like the taste of a good salmon...now I can confirm that's not exactly true and I must confess that Isabelle is a fantastic cook. In the afternoon I helped Rebecca and Demi taking water sample. read more...


29/11/2014

Frisco - Log Day 5, Repairs etc.

Another day in Paradise. Cockpit filled with wave on Starboard beam, hatch boards not in place so took a few gallons down below and into the bilge. The bilge alarm went off as expected however it did not stop. On inspection the water level was not dropping or rising. Further inspection revealed that the strainer was missing and that crud had blocked the pump and damaged one of the diaphragm valves. Repairs were effected and bilge pumped out. Paul having learned about letting go of plates on the galley counter, had not yet extended the lesson to the saloon table. His portion of a wonderful creation of ground meat and tomato sauce ended up in Georges lap.This morning provided some welcome sunshine to dry our deck clothes and energise the solar panels. We are moving along at approx 6.5. read more...


29/11/2014

Easy Rider - Easy Rider.....Head Chef.....Soy

A LITTLE TREAT FOR MY CREW.On impulse I decided that a little treat was in order for the crew.....they had been hankering for a rice pudding and...hey how difficult could that be? Had all ingredients bar pudding rice - cooking rice stuck me as a suitable substitute.Got a recipe that was idiot proof...or so it purported....threw ingredients together in 10 mins flat..banged in a low oven for 2 hours and felt very very smug.slight hickup as Max accidently turned off the gas but as will be revealed that was not entirely a bad thing.Turned the gas back on and added a bit more milk as the pudding looked a bit dry. well parched to be honest.After a little rest had a peek and the rice had fused into a solid mass and all the milk (2 litres) had vanished....ah well I thought we will have rice. read more...


29/11/2014

Tinia - Day 5

The food just gets better - caught a 15lb Mahi Mahi that we just ate with capers and fennel for lunch. The fish made quite an amazing site coming out of the water. No point in continuing the fishingas we remain heavily laden with food. The guitar is fixed - had our first session today and the set list is encouraging. DiscoveredMatt has an amazing falsetto voice.In the day the seas okBut in the night the sea seems meanerI hope the weather comes round furtherOr we'll end up in ArgentinaA poem by JW.. read more...


29/11/2014

Nisida - Day 6 Arc 2014

We made cracking progress yesterday and into the night in 18 kts of breezefrom the North giving us our first 24hr run over 200NM. This morning is adifferent storey as we now only have about 7kts of wind and 4kts of boatspeed, hopefully not for too long! Jake had a night off last night & has gotup without being given a nudge for the first time since leaving Las Palmas.It will be a fridge clean out day today as something has gone a bit smellyin there!Plan is for Thai curry tonight so expectations are high for a very tastymeal. We really should try to fly a spinnaker in these light winds but theswell will make it almost impossibble to keep it full and not wrapped aroundthe forestay!. read more...


29/11/2014

Paroya - Log Day 10 Water Management

Da das Boot nur einen Kapazität von 300 Litern für Wasser hat, ist dasRessourcen Management entsprechend wichtig. Abgewaschen wird nur mitSalzwasser, was jedoch dazu führt, dass die Abtrocktücher selber nicht mehrtrocknen wollen, da sie voll Salz sind. Somit müssen diese zwischendurch malmit Süsswasser ausgewaschen werden. Die Pumpen für die Spülbecken sindabgeschaltet, Wasser kommt nur über die manuellen Pumpen, was z.Bfliessendes Wasser während dem Zähne putzen verhindert. Die körperlicheHygiene wird mit periodischen Salzwasserduschen sichergestellt, am Ende derDusche dann noch kurz mit Süsswasser das Salz abspülen. Von unseren 300Litern haben wir zur Halbzeit noch ca. die Hälfte, sollte somit aufgehen.Heute gibts wiedermal Dorade, diesmal im Backofen, mit Oliven, Knoblauch,Zwiebeln,. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 10 Water Management
Paroya - Log Day 10 Water Management
29/11/2014

Helen - Day 6 - 200 Nautical Miles

As a delivery Skipper by trade the 200 Nautical Mile day, while not unheard of, is a fairly rare beast.Caution is always the watch word.Not too long ago I was having a beer with another PYD skipper who was banging on about this panacea.I was able to answer that ' sure I have had a 200 mile day before', but what about consecutive 200 mile days ?I have to confess that I did get a little bit giddy when the Skipper informed me, at 11am on Friday morning, that we had completed exactly 200 Nautical Miles in the previous 24 hours.The chase was on!A full day of Champagne sailing followed on Friday, and continued into the early hours of Saturday.We had a Swedish boat in our overtaking sights ( called Cluck) until the wind dropped.We danced around with Cluck for at least 7 hours until Philip. read more...


29/11/2014

Defyr - Beginning of the crossing

Defyr has had a bit of a radio... I mean log-silence for the first few days. That is due to Head of Communication (that would be me) beeing seasick and mostly feeding the fish over the reels. Having eaten yesterday, I now feel strong enough to take an ipad on our hands.We had a really good start. First we hit the acceleration zone and then we got jammed to a total windshadow. So everything went as Chris Tibbs told us. Anyway we managed to make quite a shortcut, as almost the whole cruising fleet headed to Africa. So when we left Canarrt Islands behind us, we were first in our class. No need to mention there were lots of cheers in our boat. I guess it was wednesday, when we got an email from home saying that we were first in the cruising fleet! We celebrated like we didn't know, that we. read more...


29/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomotapa

Monomotapa 29 NovemberThis night we got our first catch of flying fish on the deck. We still have much food on board so no one wanted to cook them. Apparently your fingers smell badly for a number of hours after touching them. The night wascloudy and at some points rainy. One of the watches had a squall which gave them good practice.The wind was gusting up to more than 30 knots and the direction was continuously changing, we had to reef down (reduce sail area) for the main sail and genoa to ensure that the boat was nder full control. This morning we have fair winds at a good angle which gives us an average speed of around 8 kn/hour over ground. We have now sailed 5 days and in about another 3 hours, one third of the distance is sailed. That leaves 1840 nm to go. If we can keep up this. read more...


29/11/2014

Philocat Ena - Saturday Update of Philocat

Losing the feeling for time completely. Every morning we make a game out ofguessing time and date as well as day of the week.As there is no more wind we entertain ourselves by spending some timefishing, sewing, may be even showering. We promised ourselves to latest geta shower when we have reached half- time. Yesterday evening we had a first try-run on our repaired "pink" light windspinnaker. It went well but we needed another reinforcement in the middle ofthe kite-head and as life goes it was in the middle of the night that we hadto get out our fixing tools and get everybody on deck to help. But evensailing with the light wind spinnaker above wind speed could not fix ourworst ETMAL during the whole cruise :-(This morning there are still very light winds (0-10 knots) and no more. read more...


Philocat Ena - Saturday Update of Philocat
Philocat Ena - Saturday Update of Philocat
29/11/2014

Hot Stuff - The Tales of Nine - Living Life Sideways

 Before we embarked on our journey on-board Hot Stuff across the Atlantic weheard about the famous trade winds. "Don't worry, it will be downhill all theway" chirped all those who told us the Atlantic would be an easy ride. As wecurrently beat our way upwind across the Atlantic we maidens are experiencinglife at an angle of around 45 degrees .... whilst been kicked around by mothernature ... not the easy ride in the brochure! A freeze frame from on-board today: Feeling more and more toned by the day, we have all been practicing variousyoga positions in attempt to keep upright. Amanda the scribe for todays blog hasjust spotted maiden Linda, who is perfecting the 'Flamingo' pose.We have one crew member in the loo, using those leg and bum muscles to thefullest and holding on for dear. read more...


29/11/2014

Jo - 21:13:80N 27:50:61W

Saturday 29th November I should have done this trip as a Movember fund raisingexercise; most of us are looking a bit shaggy!  I wouldn’t dare cast aspersions on thehygiene or otherwise of the rest of the crew, but I for one am going to treatmyself to a strip wash using a whole pint of water. It’s slowly getting warmerand everything is ripening rapidly! Every now and again, a banana falls onto aslumbering Alastair or the table in the saloon from above, someone picks it upand carefully transfers it to a growing pile of over ripe bananas for what is tobecome banana bread. This sounded like a gd idea until we realised nobody knewhow to cook it! So if anyone who’s reading this blog (1 or two people?!!!) canemail me the recipe, I’d be eternally grateful (plain text with no pictures. read more...