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11/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Whale update

Yesterday, we were so excited to see a small whale and commented in our blog.Later, he brought his mother or dad and another sibling along side for a view of the odd creature floating slowly in a westward direction.They stayed well after dusk with an occasional breath sound noting their presence.Outside advisors have guessed that this may be a Minke whale and the description fits well.It is about time for supper and Scott is hard at work on a vegetarian dish to add in. They may be waiting for my entre' but I am way to busy with the Antares daily log.To each based on their needs, from each based on their skills (or something like that).Until later, we remain Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


11/12/2014

Tanoa - Endspurt

Endspurt! Nur noch gut 300 sm. Samstag oder Sonntag sind wir da, je nach Wind. Wird auch Zeit, denn bis auf ein paar Möhren und Apfelsinen ist uns die Frischware ausgegangen.Das Angelglück war uns seit dem Wahoo leider nicht mehr hold. Lediglich Seetang hat sich in der Schnur verfangen. Soll zwar essbar sein, müssen wir allerdings nicht probieren. Der Tang verfängt sich auch immer wieder im Wassergenerator, so dass dieser sich nicht mehr dreht. Dann heißt es hoch holen, sauber machen, wieder runter lassen, manchmal alle halbe Stunde, manchmal auch nur 2 x pro Tag.Vor einigen Tagen hat sich der Motor unserer Selbststeueranlage verabschiedet, die Dauerbelastung war wohl zu viel. Wie gut, dass wir einen Ersatzmotor dabei hatten. Außerdem ist der Keilriemen der Steuerbordmaschine gerissen. read more...


Thula - nearly there
Thula - nearly there
Thula - like coiled springs...
Thula - like coiled springs...
11/12/2014

Thula - day 18

While the day before yesterday was already rather uneventful, making it hard for me to come up with an original blog entry, the day yesterday was even more uneventful. There is, to be frank, nothing at all that I could possibly write about (Dieter suggested that I get into the psychological effects this crossing has had on us or any philosophical insights about the meaning of life that might have come to us in the last weeks – but I think I’ll rather leave it to him to write about these things in his memoirs). This is not even meant in a negative way. Quite the opposite, we all greatly enjoyed the last day of our normal, unexciting boat routine before we would eventually have to (not only mentally but also physically) get started with our preparations for the arrival in St Lucia: filling. read more...


11/12/2014

Wiki - Final Count Down!

Nachdem uns gestern Nacht bei Windprognosen von 2-3 Beaufort Squalls überraschten, konnten wir uns beim Bergen des Parasailors auf dem Vorschiff an einer zusätzlichen Dusche erfreuen. Ansonsten bezaubern die sternklaren Nächte mit Delfinbesuchen. Leider haben wir heute die Marke von 300 nm (DTW) geknackt und unsere Reise neigt sich schon dem Ende zu. Dafür freuen wir uns jetzt auf das Inselparadies St. Lucia und den Rumpunsch. Liebe Grüße von der WIKI Crew(Ines - die Grüße sind angekommen - und hier nun ganz liebe Grüße zurück an alle in HRO - CO). read more...


11/12/2014

Libeccio - Blog: Weds Dec 10th

Today:  Slalom in Squall Valley; meet TGPYLTF’s sister;  inspiredby the Pogues;  Water Water Everywhere..;  Greetings fair readers, we hope that you are riding the euphoria of thearrival of “hump” day - Wednesday—the day in the week that signals the comingweekend is closer than the one just passed... I wonder who really thinks thatway. In any event, we hope it was a good one for you.  It seems the most common way for you to read this blog is over your morningcuppa, so grab your coffee, tea (for Lorraine it has to be from Serious Coffee,go on, have the blue berry muffin as well) and then we can start. This Blog is alittle later than usual as it was written on the 04:00 –07:00 watch, but, italso means that the author had to tidy up after dinner (another master. read more...


Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 1
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 1
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 3
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 3
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 2
Vagaris - 10000 miles - photo 2
11/12/2014

Vagaris - 10000 miles

No, we haven't taken a wrong turn, that's the number of miles we've sailed in Vagaris since new in March 2012. Given the general similarity ofdaily activities onboard, this was enough to spark a mini celebration of canapés and for those who wanted it, a small glass of white wine (the bottle for which had previously been used for risotto). The crew savoured the flavour and immediately began longing for more exotic alcohol when we arrive. Indeed, a couple of nights before, Kath had kept herself occupied during a night watch by writing down as many different types of alcohol she could think of, then their respective ingredients and then the drinks they were used to make. This was a big list, but was augmented by the rest of the crew with gusto later!When calm, we've started an evening. read more...


11/12/2014

Louise - Blog 13 - 17th Day at Sea

I’m still making my way to St. Lucia. I did not tell you that a few daysago a seam in the main sail broke so we are only having the fog/jib and themizzan. But we make progress, and the crew are still in good mood. I let themuse the sattelite phone to call Jan’s daughter and Carinas mother. They werehappy talking to them. I do not expect us to arrive St. Lucia before the finishing line closesd on19th December. If the weather Gods and Neptun are kind to us we might be able toattend the price giving ceremony. Still 764 nm to go. On behalf of Louise,Carina. read more...


11/12/2014

OOROO1 - Floss has joined the Marlin Club !!

Floss hooked and landed a 1.5m Marlin (bigger than her) at 6 knots !! Greateffort, however ... the Marlin had the last say when it gave her a jab in thefoot .. ouch !! “That’s it” she says “ throw the big sucker back”. Score16-11-7. Got a hookup of a different kind today ... The Parasail managed to getcaught on the spreader bar during a regular sail adjustment so it was all handson deck controlling an out of control sail and up the mast for Mike on the openseas. Interesting times !! Managed to get a game of cards in with our secondsunset before a busy night with lots of squalls coming through, almost like theAtlantic giving us one last taste of what she is like. Dolphins paid a nightvisit, zooming around the boat leaving trails in the phosphorescent waters,great sight. Trade winds are. read more...


11/12/2014

Sanuk - Squalls

Mycket Squalls just nu. Det är små lokala regnväder med en hel del vind i. Inga problem och vi får båten avspolad från salt.Vi seglar på med dygnsdistanser på 150-170 sjömil per dygn. Jag har gissat på att vi är framme den 16/12 kl 19.00Kanske mer realistiskt med förmiddag den 17/12. Den som gissar rätt blir bjuden av varje enskild besättningsmedlem på valfri drink. Detta måste ske vi ett och samma tillfälle så att de som inte vinner har något att roa sig åt. Vi är ju sju ombord...Igår firade vi mindre än tusen sjömil kvar med en flarra Moet. Alla mår bra och längtar fram.Olle. read more...


11/12/2014

Aretha - Almost there

Another night spent dodging squalls and gybing. Plenty of rain showers too.The finish line in sight now. Currently at 14 27 North, 57 22 West.Strange feeling on board now as this close knit team are now heading in their separate directions. We have much to plan for the next stage of our voyage and have to get Aretha safe, fully cleaned and shipshape for the next stages of our journey across to Panama and beyond. Jani and Paul have their lives in England planned and are leaving us the day after arrival to enjoy a well earned break at Sandals. It will be great to arrive in St Lucia and we’re very much looking forward to a Rum Punch, swapping stories with friends and the week or so of events that the ARC organisers have planned. The awards ceremony is on 20th December - we’ll head South. read more...


11/12/2014

Hera - Sherry für Wind

Vorgestern haben wir Rasmus einen Deal angeboten: Verdoppelung seiner 11Uhr Sherryration für ordentlichen Wind bis zum Zieleinlauf. Bis gestern Mittagschien Rasmus akzeptiert zu haben. Nachmittags lief es aber wieder zähflüssig,so dass wir abermals Seegras unter Generalverdacht hatten. Da kam schon mal der Gedanke auf, die letzten sieben Flaschen Sherry seibstzu trinken. Alleine dieser Gedanke half jedoch. Die Nacht sind wir gut vorangekommen – keine 400 sm mehr bis Rodney Bay. Das würde rein theoretisch sogarunser Dieselvorrat hergeben. Doch keine Sorge – dank Sherry werden wir PidgeonIsland stolz wie ein Schwan umrunden.   Stefan. read more...


11/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 17 – land i åtanke

Kära bloggen,  som du vet så lider vårt ARC, och därmed bloggen, mot sitt slut. Detta ären förbryllande tid för vår besättning och tillvaron ombord känns lite vilsen,vag och trevande. "Kommer jag att passa in i civilisationen igen?" Ingen vet.Vad vi vet är att vi aldrig mer kommer att ha icke röda byxor, och att vi iframtiden kontinuerligt kommer att referera till tiden före och efter atlanten,samt att i mesta möjliga mån referera till oss själva som "långseglare".Apcoolt.  Dagen har förflutit snabb-sakta (typ som de senaste 15 dagarna...) med enmassa av allt, och en hel del av ingenting. Fokus har varit på boat speed ochbevaka vår plats i fältet under större delen av dagen (ärkerivalen Cluck och vårhomeboy Malavilha) samt mat. Värdigt så avslutades vår. read more...


11/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Day 17 - So near yet so far.....

As I write this we are under motor with Chris on the helm about 150 miles out from St Lucia.Yesterday was a good day with solid mileage, the Parasailor working well in winds of 12 - 15 Knots and Harry keeping us on a good course. As we approached nightfall after a good day we were confident that with the winds we would make good progress over night. Over confidence is not something I would accuse any of us after this trip, but we retired (except for those on shift!) feeling pretty good.Alarms went off at 01.40 as Rob was having problems. The Parasailor had blown out in 15 Knots of wind! So Jon, Nigel and myself lowered the sail and moved on to the Jib which was giving us about 6 knots. By the 7am the wind had shifted so that we could not maintain speed and direction so we went on to the. read more...


11/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The Tales of Nine - Weed paranoia

  "The sails are white, the hull is grey, Hot Stuff is sailing great today. The waves are high, the waves are low, we did have 2800 miles to go. With the sun on our backs, and the wind in our hair, our jolly crew is nearly there. Saint Lucia is beautiful, we will drink a cocktail with a toast to the experience with Girls for Sail." Warming up for the Hot Stuff Oscars tomorrow night, we have just tuned outof SEA&SKY TV with a fun filled evening of 'Hot Stuff's Got Talent'. (as ifyou didn't already know!) Our three watch groups wowed the audience. The 'Wind Chasers' kicked offthe show with 'The Mystical Monkeys' showing us their mind blowing card tricks,palm readings and personality analysis through handwriting. Our crazy 'Diamondsin the Rough' revealed what has really been going. read more...


11/12/2014

Domini - Are we there yet Dad?

Hi Boatbloggers,After a fast morning's sail, the wind has dropped and we're mooching along at about 4 knots. It's hard not to get impatient when we are so close, and to avoid the temptation of looking at the log every couple of hours to see how many (or few!) miles we have done.And we can't wait to get to St Lucia. Not just for the obvious things like cocktails on the beach and so on, but all the little things as well... • Standing up without holding on • Sitting down without holding on • Eating without holding on • Cooking without holding on • Washing without holding on • Sleeping without holding on550 Miles to goKeep on trackin'Ju & LynX. read more...


11/12/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 16

Very light air during the day threatened to push backour ETA at St. Lucia on Thursday by more than a couple ofhours.  We first tried the a-symmetrical kite to give us someadditional power, but it forced us to sail a bit too high a course for ourdestination (we will visit Cuba on some other occasion!), so the afternoonwatch changed it to a symmetrical spinnaker and correct our course toa 270 degrees or due West, a bearing straight for the twoPitons.  Winds are picking up to to a nice 20 Kts as I write this andour current ETA is now around 2 PM local time Thursday.    Another treat this last night at sea is the factthat we have a relatively late moonrise and clear skies dotted with millions ofstars, an equal delight for. read more...


11/12/2014

Starblazer - 10/12/2014 - Whangarei

Our trip south from Opua was interesting. We motorsailed on Sunday as far as Bland Bay, an almost circular bay with good protection from SE through W to NE but with, allegedly, variable holding.Our anchor set instantly and we enjoyed a very peaceful night.The forecast for Tuesday was for a 15-20 knot headwind so we decided to bash on all the way and anchor somewhere inside the Whangarei basin.We had a good sail in a freshening wind until we approached Bream Head where the seas were chaotic and the wind couldn't decide where to blow from.The 'iron tops'l' aka the engine was pressed into service until it cut out.O.K. We thought, the rough seas have stirred up rubbish in the tank, the filter is probably blocked.John had installed a bypass system through another pair of filters for just such. read more...


10/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 17

Hello from AureliaWe are now in the home straight. We are 150 km off Barbados and only 220km from St Lucia - a walk in the park!It wouldn't be a normal day on board without a drama or two and today is no different. We have a slight problem with our rudder and thanks to a GoPro camera we have been able to verify that there is something wrapped around it. Although we are not moving that fast due to wind the swell is too big for one of us to dive under nd clear whilst moving so we are keeping our fingers crossed until we reach St Lucia.Ralph has developed sailor's bottom (don't ask) apparently quite a common complaint from transatlantic yachtsmen. I will take his word for that.Pasta again for dinner tonight. I think we will all be avoiding Italian restaurants for a while.Tomorrow will be. read more...


10/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 337; We Take a Full Day Tour to the Cape of Good Hope & a Penguin Colony; and then to Merlyn of Poole for Dinner; Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. My whole body is sore from sleeping on the lumpy and uneven sofa bed in the Holiday Inn Express hotel. At 7:30 AM we go downstairs for our free breakfast, which consists of eggs, bacon, sausage, fruits, juices, pastry, toast, coffee, tea, etc. Today we're taking a full day tour along the west coast of the peninsula down to the Cape of Good Hope and Cape Point; and a Penguin colony near the Cape in Boulders National Park. Our van picks us up at 8:30 AM; Joel, Jeanine, Jack from Civetta II and myself; then we pick up the Folie a Deux crew, Tim, Tracey, Brian and Lucy at 8:45 AM; and finally we pick up Vlado at the Royal Cape Yacht Club at8:50 AM.The first spot we drive by is called Camps Bay, Cape Town's best beach. Surfing is big here and there's a lot kelp floating on the. read more...


10/12/2014

Helen - Day 17 - nearly there

We will have completed 17 days at sea exactly by 7am local time tomorrow ( GMT - 4) and we expect to cross the finish line shortly thereafter. Time for a little reflection on the Rally and our yacht.The ARC is a fantastic way to cross the Atlantic for amateurs like myself. The organisation, the support and the checks on boats before departure and of course the social programme. We thoroughly enjoyed the events in Las Palmas and know that there will be no time for Blogs when we get into St Lucia.I know that I can sail the Atlantic without joining the ARC but if there is a next time for me then I am sure that it will be with the ARC, simply because it's fun.The Yacht Helen was ordered with the ARC and crossing oceans in mind. At 59ft she is as big as an amateur like me wants to handle but. read more...


10/12/2014

Frisco - Log Day 15 A squall or two

Last evening we experienced a couple of squalls somewhat more intense than others. The first event was at the end of the day when we were still flying the Parasailor. We had in past evenings left the Parasailor up and managed to handle small squalls of 30 knots. As this somewhat larger and darker mass approached we discussed using it as gauge to determine the limits of our new spinnaker. As it approached we stood around in the cockpit telling stories of how we were caught with too much sail up in squalls in years gone by. A few seconds later the wind hit in full force pulling Frisco upwind and knocking her over so that we were standing on the cockpit coaming. As we cast off the sheet allowing the spinnaker to thrash around three menscrambled forward to douse the spinnaker with a snuffer.. read more...


10/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - Melinda calling

14:59.7N  054:59.4W   Tune of the Day:  You stole the sun from myheart - Manic Street Preachers   Day 17. Less than 350 miles to go and it lookslike its a straight run into St. Lucia with steady trade winds behind us. We had a fast, albeit slightly tense, nights' sailing last night and Melindaperformed well for us until the squalls started coming in at 0200 hours, atwhich point we put both her and ourselves to bed for the night.  Thismorning we brought her back into action and she's been flying most of the day,hurling us towards land.   The great thing about closing in on land is that weare now starting to spot other yachts.  Having spent over 2 weeks out herewith little more than the odd whale and lots of flying fish, we are now. read more...


10/12/2014

Sandvita - Dag 17 (2014-12-10)

Så var det dags för mig "SjörövarAbbe farfars far de e än ....... " att skriva blogginlägg från Atlanten. När jag börjar skriva detta så har vi seglat i 16 dagar 7 timmar och 48 minuter. Vi har nu bara ca 365 sjömil kvar av totalt ca 3.000. Om vi håller vår fart på ca 7 knop så bör vi gå i mål på fredag kväll. Det blir perfekt timing då det på lördag 13 december är nationaldag på Saint Lucia. Är det någonstans man ska fira Lucia så måste det ju vara där.När jag bestämde mig (= blev erbjuden) att följa med på denna resa så var det några saker som ploppade upp i huvudet: Delfiner som hoppar längs med båten, land i sikte och hur kommer det att kännas att vara ute på Atlanten med dess vågor, långt från land och så länge. Delfiner fick vi uppleva i förra veckan. Det var flera hundra som. read more...


10/12/2014

Jo - 14:49:21N 57:25:71W

Wednesday 10th December2014 ....only 2 more big sleeps and weshould be there! However, at the moment we are ‘bobbing’ again; around 10 knotsof wind and a boat speed of between 4-5 knots.  The wind is just north of east and weare on a heading of about 225 (SW), trying to keep the boat moving by sailing150 off the wind under poled out genoa and main. It has become unbearably humid,with interludes of colder rain showers which are very refreshing. Yesterday PM we decided as the seawas relatively calm, we’d tackle the broken forward heads (WC).  By a process of elimination, we deducedthat the problem was a blocked pipe between the WC and the holding tank. Arelatively easy problem to fix you would have thought. Without going into toomuch detail (!) between a coat hanger and a shower. read more...


Jo - 14:49:21N 57:25:71W
Jo - 14:49:21N  57:25:71W
Jo - 14:49:21N 57:25:71W
Jo - 14:49:21N  57:25:71W
10/12/2014

Albatros - "Albatros" 09.12.14

"Albatros" 09.12.14Einmal werden wir noch wach, heissa (?), dann ist Ankunftstag!Es sind weniger als 100 sm bis St. Lucia. Die Dokumente für die Einklarierung sind vorbereitet, die letzten Wachen liegen vor uns. Der Atlantik macht uns mit einem Bilderbuch-Segeltag den Abschied schwer. Happy Sailing! Coole Drinks gibt's später. Ein Blog noch, dann ist das Abenteuer vorbei. Gruß von den "Albatrosen". read more...


10/12/2014

Albatros - "Albatros" 08.12.14

"Albatros" 08.12.14Albatros im Endspurt. Noch 270 sm und wir werden den 1. rum punsh auf St. Lucia trinken. Heftige Diskussionen über den Einlaufzeitpunkt erfüllen das Boot. Und dann noch die Frage: welche Zeit ist relevant? UTC? Oder ostfriesische Echtzeit? Oder was sonst? Schauen wir mal...Wir melden uns wieder, wenn auch nicht mehr so oft. Die "Albatrosen". read more...


10/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - No news, good news

Miércoles 10   Los vientos se recuperan a medida que entramos másen la zona Romeo. También abundan los chubascos. Muchos los sorteamos porquepasan de largo por nuestras proa. Pero alguno nos toca atravesar. Esta nochehemos salido a chubasco por turno de guardia. Durante el día estamoslibrando hasta el momento. Aunque hace tanto calor (30º) que hubiéramosagradecido un remojón para refrescar. De menú hemos tomado jamón, menestra deverduras y queso de postre.A poco más de 300 millas de Santa Lucia, seguimos conMayor (retenida) y Génova y sin incidentes de ninguna clase. Lo cual son buenasnoticias.No news - good news.. read more...


10/12/2014

Antares - ARC`2014 - Day 16 A Whale of a Day

Winds are lighter today as our forecaster had predicted.Otherwise, it is a breezy, sunny, BEAUTIFUL day.About 1 PM, a long, slender swimming mammal appeared on our windward side.As of now, the 5-6 meter long swimmer has stayed with us swimming under the boat, in front of the bow then returns to our windward side.It seems as curious of us as we are about him/her. This has continued for over 2 hours.We have called this our first official whale siting as it has a white belly, white on the inner surface of fins behind the head and is very large for a dolphin.It is solitary, has a very small dorsal fin and only broaches with its dorsal surface every 10-15 minutes.If anyone has a firm idea about this unidentified swimmer, please post it and maybe our stateside watchers can forward your id.What. read more...


10/12/2014

Sojourner - Sojourner, Day 12. No, 15. Huh? Day 16?

What the heck happened to Day 14???We suppose that once we hit the trade winds, each day is pretty much like the next.....running wing & wing, Monika the windvane (origins of that nickname undoubtedly lost in the annals of time) doing all the driving, dealing with the occasional squall, and finding reasons to have celebrations.Which are coming more frequently; first there was the "less than 2000NM to go" celebration, then the 1/2 way (1333.5NM) celebration, then the "under 1000NM" celebration, then the 2/3 of the way (889NM) celebration, then the 3/4 of the way (666.7 NM) celebration.....you all get the drift.In all that time we have seen two boats; a German couple (non-ARC) headed to T&T that we traveled within sight of for 24 hours, and then Vagaris as we passed them Monday. read more...


10/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 5

Goodmorning, We have fish back on the menu a fourth Mahi Mahi, each one just theright size. Just as well because the fridge has large gaps starting to appearand it really is too early to be opening tins of Fray Bentos pies. We hadan excellent run overnight with full sail set all night and speeds of 8.8 kntsfrom time to time resulting in a 24 hour run of 146 nm. And 614 nm torun Thesun rose on another glorious day with very few squalls which missed us and nowit is just more of the same – down wind sailing in the sun – yea hah (atechnical term my family know). Sunsights continue to be taken with a best result so far of 1.5  nm from our GPS lat long position – welldone Simon. Offnow to do my daily deck checks and watch our friends the flying fish then maybea siesta on deck. David  . read more...


10/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 16 10/12

Day 16 10/12 Position 1200: 14* 52' 55N 058* 19' 59WDaily Run: 142Nm Distance to Waypoint: 158Nm   All going well ths will be our last full day atsea! Woop woop!! It's 9-toe Jo's birthday today, but her wishes for wind thatwould carry us to land today resulted in a measly 11 knots, so we expect toarrive tomorrow instead. In this last blog post we'll summarize ourexperience by answering these 3 questions; 1) What about this trip was better than youexpected? 2) What was harder? 3) Would you do it again? So, here we go; Laaahhhhrrrs 1) The food! I didn't expect all thischocolate and pringles. 2) Getting enough sleep, especially in thebeginning, It's really hard to wake up seven times a day. 3) Yeah, guess I would. On my own boat would becool. It's a very good experience.. read more...


10/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 16. Tag auf See – und der letzte Tag der Ost–West Atlantik-Passage

194 nm – und wir dachten, nun doch noch einmal die 200 nm zu erreichen.Wir haben den Wind von hinten direkt St Lucia – klingt gut, wäre auch mit dem Leichtwindspi gut, aber so kreuzen wir vor dem Wind unter Gennacker und Groß. Die Nacht war extrem stressig – wir haben jeder maximal drei Stunden geschlafen – permanent bildeten sich Squalls, die per Radar beobachtet werden mussten – bei Erreichen der 2 nm runter mit dem Gennacker, abwarten, ggf. Regen und Starkwindböen durchziehen lassen, dann wieder hoch. Das ging so 6 oder sieben Mal – genau kann sich keiner von uns mehr erinnern! Spricht für unseren Zustand.Aber wir haben heute einige Marken erreicht – so unter anderem beim Schreiben dieses Reports die 100 nm bis St. Lucia unterschritten – d. h. bei diesem Wind noch ca. 15 Stunden bis. read more...


10/12/2014

OOROO1 - Straight Lines and Tight Lines !!

Well we’ve crossed the Tropic of Cancer, sailed over the Mid Atlantic Ridgeand the Canary Basin, crossed waters as deep as 6,380 metres and are now sailingjust below 15 degN. Celebration last night as we got our first sunset on theAtlantic, shortly lived by another rain cloud, but we’ve had a spectacular full moon and beautiful starrynights with phosphorous waters. 2200 songs on Floss’s ipod andwe’ve been through them about four times. Fishing hasreally picked up now !! Two Mahi Mahi on board yesterday with Tess’s name allover them, one 92cm and one 65cm both at about 6 knots. Score is 14-9-5. We hada Captains lunch yesterday with beef teriyaki surprise served. Many discussions have been had about thecurvature of the earth and how it affects our direction and they have all endedgenerally. read more...


10/12/2014

Monomotapa - 10 December

Monomotapa 10 DecemberWe have arrived, crossed the line at 07.05 a.m. local time (5 hours behind the UK)We have been carefully watching the boat positions as we approach the finishing line, and it is quite amazing that after 2,758 nm and more that 16 days that there are more than 35 boats within a 100 nm distance, about 12 hours sailing.We very much hope that you have enjoyed our blog , and that you have found it informative, interesting and humorous - thanks to our on-board Entertainment Team: Henrik and Trevor for keeping us smiling...For those of you following us on our Facebook page we plan to send some more photographs as soon as we reach a suitable cafe/bar with a wireless network. Special, and very big thanks to Natty for managing our Facebook page and acting as a focal. read more...


10/12/2014

Louise - Blog 12 - 16th Day at Sea

I’m still sailing, sorry for not writing to you the last few days, butthere is not much to report.No dolphins but flying fish entertain us. Funny creature but it is so sadin the morning finding some of these nice fellows dead  on deck, had theybeen alive they should have visited our frying pan. Else the sun is shining, a few showers, wind from different directions andof different force (today the highest gust was 32.1 kts). Nights are stillbeautifull with the full moon and lots of stars. And we all enjoy the silence,no motor noise (apart from the generator running some hours to keep or batteriesup), just the sound of the sea and wind. Oh I nearly forgot we have seen anotherboat. She was a passenger ship destination Barbados (this AIS system isgreat). All is well on board and we are. read more...


10/12/2014

Thula - day 17

Day 17The sixteenth day of our journey lies behind us and again we got one little step closer to our final destination. By now, we are only about 350 more miles from the shore – a tiny distance taking into account all the miles we have travelled so far. On the one hand, it is evident that we are all awaiting our arrival in St Lucia with great anticipation. After all, the reunion with family and friends, a motionless and spacious bed, a sinfully long shower, some private time and an unrestricted activity radius are all prospects that appear very attractive after almost three weeks at sea (we are probably the only boat on which the departure from the boat will result in a immediate downgrade in the food variety and quality; yesterday, on day 16 (!!!) of our trip, we, for example, had an. read more...


Thula - sunset
Thula - sunset
Thula - still a happy crew
Thula - still a happy crew
10/12/2014

Zulú - 10 December

1230UTC ZULU AVISTA TIERRA AMERICANA 3HORAS PARA LLEGADA ABRAZOS. read more...


10/12/2014

Take Off - A winning strategic decision!

Time: 9 dec 19.30 Position: 13:58.46N 59:35.25W Speed: 9 knots Distance sailed: 2610 NM Weather: ENE guessing windspeed 17-20 knots, beautiful night!   I was told today that I have missed out on giving our position in the blogso I guess that on the blog’s map we haven’t moved much.   So for our last blog on our way to St Lucia – these last 24h have beenheavenlike! This morning the wind took more speed just before sunrise. I couldhear the guys in the cockpit shouting “wouahhhhh we are surfing at 16,4knots!!!!” with Johan stearing. Johan has actually always been the lucky one tomanage to stear during the speed toppings?... The rest of the day  the windhas been stable at around 12-15 knots and spinacker 3 has shown to be moretenance than we thought it would be.   Every. read more...


10/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's journey continue (day 15 and 16)

Good morning to you all,Finally the wind pick up on the evening of the 7th and the sail are not flapping against the rig anymore! This morning (day 15) Morning Haze is sailing along nicely on a broad reach although not exactly on target as our B&R rig prevents downwind sailing. So we will have to "tack our way down". This will obviously increase our mileage but it's strange... we don't care as we are enjoying the ride! In the evening we met again with Cygnus Pena and David was able to speak with Carsten the skipper, in order to get the weather forecast...it had been a few days and it's nice to know what is ahead of us. We were happy to know that everybody is fine aboard Cygnus Pena. When we left Las Palmas, David and Carsten made a bet for a fishing contest between the two boats...so. read more...


El Mundo - 09/12 - Skipper Finally Relaxes
El Mundo - 09/12 - Skipper Finally Relaxes
El Mundo - 09/12 - The 'El Mundo' logo flies
El Mundo - 09/12 - The 'El Mundo' logo flies

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