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09/12/2014

Thula - day 16

Day 16Following the rather eventful night, the next day started off as if nothing had ever happened. Winds were again down to a pleasant 16 to 20 knots, giving us a decent speed. The sky was still largely cloudy but we could already make out the first sunbeams fighting their way through the layer of clouds in front of us. By lunch time at the latest, pretty much all the clouds had disappeared, resulting in even the most fearsome rabbits to re-emerge from their hole. The sun has by now become so intense that we decided to put up the Bimini above the cockpit. With all the seats comfortably cushioned and equipped with extra pillows, the beige canvas sheet above our heads and relaxed music running virtually all the time (much to the disliking of some of the more, say, “elderly” crew members). read more...


Thula - sundowner
Thula - sundowner
Thula - sunset
Thula - sunset
Thula - swim call
Thula - swim call
Milanto - milanto racing div catch of the day
Milanto - milanto racing div catch of the day
09/12/2014

Lande Catty Sark - appunti di navigazione

Nove dicembre Alle 12.30 UTC siamo a 25 miglia da St Lucia,Praticamente arrivati!!! Siamo molto contenti di come è andata, con la piùpiccola barca del raggruppamento regata siamo sesti in reale della classe B. E’stata un’edizione ventosa e con l’aliseo che è comparso solo da due giorni,medie molto elevate. Ma soprattutto ci siamo divertiti e siamo stati beneassieme. Rimandiamo le considerazioni più tecniche a dopo l’arrivo, per adessoringraziamo tutti quelli che ci hanno seguito e sopportato. Alla  fine pensiamo si possa affermare cheabbiamo difeso decentemente l’onore della nostra bandiera e soprattutto quellodel club della prostata.. read more...


09/12/2014

OOROO1 - Light Winds

Sunshine is back !! Will be great to get some amps out of the solar panels.Starting to feel the Caribbean heat and humidity building each day. Deck showersare a daily occurrence now. Water temp is 28.2 deg and water was alive withphosphorous last night. Awesome full moon to keep us company and one yacht onthe horizon. Had pumpkin soup and fresh Mahi Mahi for lunch ... yuuummmm ..Parasail still up so we are purring along. Quiet day on the water which waswelcome after the previous hectic 24 hours. Spent the day drying everything outafter a night of torrential rain. Lots of reading got done and a great catchupon sleep. We are now fully detoxed after 15 days alcohol free so getting readyfor our Rum Punch at St Lucia. Only 460nm to go !!. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 09/12 - Relationships All At Sea

We have packed the kite ready to hoist if we getany light airs, either to use or just to be able to refurl on the torsion cable.Also, we have a small fresh water leak into the bilge and spent a couple ofhours trying to trace it yesterday afternooon, without success but finallylocated it first thing this morning....a faulty high pressure release valve onthe hot water tank. So now trying to clean it and then to replace the 500 litresof water that disappeared from our fresh water tank overnight. Caught one more Dorado (14th) on the remainingrod yesterday but the weed is still bad so it was good that wecaught anything at all.Dinner was fillet steak in a green peppercornsource with french fries and a tomato salad. This is the last of the salad butplenty of apples, oranges,. read more...


El Mundo - 09/12 - Searching for the water leak
El Mundo - 09/12 - Searching for the water leak
El Mundo - 08/12 - Lincy log keeping
El Mundo - 08/12 - Lincy log keeping
El Mundo - 08/12 - 'Packing' the spinnaker
El Mundo - 08/12 - 'Packing' the spinnaker
El Mundo - 08/12 - The morning after...
El Mundo - 08/12 - The morning after...
09/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log = Day 15 - Becalmed

What a different a day makes. After the storms of Sunday night, on Monday during the day the winds steadily calmed until by evening there was none at all. So the Iron sail was cranked up and we started to motor. This went on for most of the night - although about 2am we did raise the parasailor and were able to motor sail, albeit slowly. This has put us back time wise and it now looks likely that we will make landfall somewhere on Friday...Incident of the day? The self tacking Jib car has broken.Selden will be getting a call as it is only 6 months old!! Luckily we are able to rig as a normal Jib as we have cars on the coach roof for the purpose - so just a few changes in the sheets required.Dinner was based on beef, with every vegetable possible included...An interesting Chris. read more...


09/12/2014

Aglaia - The Wind Gods

The wind gods have been toying with us all night, offering a little breeze and then making that breeze take us off in the wrong direction.Boat speeds have been averaging 5 knots over night with only about 2-3 knots of speed taking us closer to St Lucia.Spinnaker poles have been up and down, genoa and staysail set in every conceivable setup to keep us moving though the calm night.This morning has dawned to be clear and sunny but once again with light winds coming from directly behind us, we have poled out the genoa and are making best speed directly towards St Lucia, currently about a 5.5 knot average.This means that we are now around 40 hours from arrival if maintain similar speeds for the rest of the run and with the forecast for a slight increase in wind maybe we will arrive a few. read more...


09/12/2014

Lancelot II - 9th Nov Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   Sorry for the radio silence over the last few days– had a few sat phone /computer issues to resolve but now back up and running  - thanks Allie inthe office and Zuzana for rebuilding the comm port. Hopefully you were allfollowing our lovely yellowbrick and knew we were ok and going in the rightdirection.   This is going to be pretty short as the Captains Full log will be comingshortly...   Currently we are 13deg57’672N 057deg50’992W under poled out headsail andfull main and about 175nm from the top of St Lucia so we should finish some timetomorrow morning with a bit of luck. Our friends on Palpatine have been on onehorizon or the other since yesterday morning (they zig and zag about a bit, likeProfile on delivery trips...) and now we also have. read more...


09/12/2014

Hera - Squalls

666 sm noch bis zur Nordspitze von St. Lucia. Je näher wir der Karibikkommen, desto häufiger rücken uns die Squalls auf die Pelle. In der Nacht konnten wir glücklicherweise einem Monster von 40Quadratmeilen ausweichen.Eigentlich könnte man so eine gewaltige Süßwasserduscheimmer wieder gebrauchen. Man muß sich noch nicht einmal bewegen, um den Schweißaus allen Poren zu treiben. Zwischenzeitlich mußten wir die Kühlschränke ausschalten, da wir eine Zeitlang die Batterien nicht laden konnten. Wir hatten eine Portion Seegras imPropeller, das Alex mit seiner GoPro zweifelsfrei identifizieren konnte – tolleUnterwasseraufnahmen. Am nächsten Tag konnten wir den Propeller mit ein paarMaschinenmanövern frei bekommen. Je tiefer wir in die Bilgen vordringen, desto mehr Schätze an Proviantkommen noch. read more...


09/12/2014

Meltemi - 16.Tag - Die Maenner der Meltemi und der Kampf mit der Natur

2000 Jahre Evolution, aber veraendert hat sich nicht wirklich etwas. Maenner bleiben Jaeger und Sammler. Seit ueber zehn Tagen ziehen wir nun schon erfolglos eine Angelleine hinter uns her. Noch in Gran Canaria war die Koeder-Sammlung ergaenzt worden - um noch mehr Kraken und kraken-aehnliche Gebilde aus Plastik, in gelb, orange, auch in disco-glitzern. 10, 15 Zentimeter lang. Riesige Koeder in den Augen von Monika und Ines... doch die Maenner der Meltemi waren ueberzeugt: Wir ziehen 'raus auf den Atlantik und grosse Fische sind unser Ziel! So mancher Fisch wird wohl verdattert geguckt haben, was da an buntem Plastikzeugs also die letzte Zeit mit zehn Knoten so durchs Wasser gebrettert ist. Dann endlich! Sonntagabend ist es soweit, es tut sich was am anderen Ende der Angel. Sie biegt. read more...


09/12/2014

Take Off - Wet and dry

Last night  the guys sailed zick zack in between the squalls so the3rd spinacker was set up and down 6 or 7 times. In the long run there was noquality in neither the sailing nor the sleeping...  so they decided to dropit and rely on the genua. This morning was more grey than grey and we entered a big squall. More rainthan wind and it rained heavily (buckets!!!) for 1½ hour. We had installed awindscoop to catch in fresh air from the top through the roof into the saloon.However the windscoop turned more into a waterscoop and it was pretty wet insideas outside the boat. Luckily once the sun shows up things starts to dry quitequickly. A few days ago we really wished for less wind, well we got it this morning.The wind was weak however the waves still strong which is really. read more...


08/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Log: Monday, Dec 8th

Today: It’s Party time!; Setting a new speed record; Lets do the time warp again...;Beginnings and Endings; Greetings from the content crew on Libeccio, we hope that the Monday morning blues were not too bad and that you somehow managed not to hit the snooze button so many times that you missed your train into work, or didn’t get the kids ready for school on time, or missed your class or .... hey, its not like yo-- u didn’t know it was coming.So, how was our day you ask? That’s very nice of you to enquire. The best way to answer is to say that, for the second time since we left Las Palmas, we were popping the tops on a few beer (well, 4 to be exact, one for each of us)...its party time once again. Why you ask? That’s very nice of you to ask. Gosh, you are a very polite person. We are. read more...


09/12/2014

Juno - Almost there

On the ARC in 2012 Kim brought with him a gift from Dr James Ashby, a close friend of his from Cornwall. If you have ever fished for crabs as a child you would recognise it immediately: a wooden frame wound with heavy monofilament fishing line, a large brass swivel impregnably attached to the end. When Mitchel, our grumpy fishing reel, gave up and cast all my best lures to the deep on our last Atlantic crossing, it was this hand line that came in to its own; we wound it onto Mitchel, despite his sulky protests, and hooked a big Dorado that we were able to winch in with no fear of the line breaking. I am ashamed to say that when I was presented with my new rod and reel, the trusty hand line was relegated to the box of shame, almost forgotten in the depths of the lazarette. The box of. read more...


08/12/2014

Captain Blind - terre , terre !

Nous venons d'apercevoir la soufrière sur Ste Lucie ...on arrive dans 4/5h , plus que 32 milles .....ce fut une journée chaude et tranquille , sous spi , dans un vent léger glissant vers la fin de cette traversée. Nous ne terminerons pas devant nos valeureux adversaires anglais, bien que leur ayant repris près de 20 milles en 2j, mais nous en avions trop perdu avant !Nous célébrerons sûrement cela au ponton de Rodney Bay ce soir (arrivée vers 21/22h locales) Nous remercions tous ceux qui nous ont suivis, et vous raconterons cela de vive voix une fois rentrés , mais avant nous allons profiter un peu de la chaleur des îles..Patrice, Yoann, Donatien et Yannick. read more...


Juno - Dorado
Juno - Dorado
08/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 15 – No candy mood

Dear Blog, As you might have noticed the Euphorian crew sent a distress mail earlier today. Tomake a long story short we have gone short on candy. Aboard Euphoria this iseven worse than going short on coffee. The good thing however is that in realitywe have not gone short at all. Out of pure consideration of the well-being ofboth crew and skipper, my dear wife Catarina delivered a quite significantpackage of mainly chocolate well before our departure in Las Palmas. The packagewas hidden away for special moments and the plan has long been to open thepackage on December 9, i.e. tomorrow. So, the situation is under control. Withstrict monitoring and control over the next 72 hours we should make it to RodneyBay.Inan unusually creative moment last night I found the crew crunched up around. read more...


08/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 14. Tag auf See

183 nm in den letzten 24 Stunden – das ist für die Verhältnisse sehr gut!!Ich hatte über die Besonderheit geschrieben, dass wir offensichtlich frontale Gewitter um uns herum sahen.Dann waren wir aber auch schon mitten drin – und wir angekündigt, alle Hauptschalter aus. Nur unter „Whisky Kompass“ und mit der Windanzeige am Masttop  ca. 5 Stunden im Extremregen bei ca. 25 kn Wind, also windmäßig ok, aber von oben bis unten klatschnass, wer zieht schon volles Ölzeug in der Nähe der Karibik an, und daher sau kalt! Wohl überschätzt! Dann ging es in der Nacht mit Nordseefeeling weiter, und erst am Morgen stellte sich das Normalwetter wieder ein.Dann die üblichen Positionsrangeleien mit Maravilha, Southern Child und  Euphoria. Gegen 10:00 Uhr den Para bei 16 kn gezogen, und deutlich. read more...


08/12/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child Blog Day 14

With apologies to the weather gods for having suggestedyesterday that the ARC was reminiscent of a "bus ride", I takeback everything I wrote in yesterday's blog.  Within hours of sending the blog, cloudscovered the sky for the first time since we started on Nov.  24, and notmuch later we were in the midst of our first Tropical Revolving Storm(TRS).Winds increased from a steady 15 to 20 kts toas much as 40 kts within a minute, changing direction from East to South East with lightning all around us lightingup a pitch dark sky. As a sign of the wind's brutal force, theheadsail pole track broke off the mast creating a moment of concernfor the safety of the sails and crew, but thanks to expert sailing ofArie, we. read more...


09/12/2014

Domini - LEAK IN BOAT!!!

I thought that might get your attention.I should be working on a tabloid, because while that headline is strictly speaking true, it does somewhat overdramatise the situation . But be honest dear reader; if I had put "Boat Has Leaky Tap!" which would more accurately reflect the true position, would you have even got this far?But let me explain...From early on in our voyage, we had noticed that the fresh water tanks were going down much faster than we expected. Tank No 1 went down to just 1/4 full in just over a week. We suspected a leak, because we had been quite careful with our water consumption, not taking showers, using the salt water tap which feeds directly from the sea wherever possible and so on, but a quick check couldn't find anything amiss. So we though it was simply. read more...


08/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 14 - Windy!!

Another good day of downwind sailing.It is hard to know whether to start a watch in foul weather gear but often, it is needed during the watch.But, more rain brings more wind so we are not complaining (much).Hard to believe howlittle ship traffic we have seen (I am a first time ARC participant). Our last ship actually hailed us on VHF to ensure a safe passing.This was a first for our captain.Maybe they were just lonely.The finish line is not quite in our sights but we are on the downhill side of the ARC.Keep the light on for us.For the Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


09/12/2014

Aretha - Major gear failure causes setback on Aretha

High drama onboard Team Aretha today.Sailing downwind this morning in 15-18 knots of true wind. Alan the autopilot (our eighth crew member) throws up an error message - MOT Error. We’ve had this before and its not a welcome sight. Within seconds the sails are starting to flog as Aretha rounds up towards the wind. Alan has stopped working and we have to hand steer.It’s important to convey just how key the autopilot is. When I raced before in the BT Challenge with 18 crew, we had no autopilot - we had 18 crew all eager to take a turn at the helm. When you are short handed as we are, its critical and i estimate that Alan the autopilot is steering Aretha some 80-90% of the time. If we had to hand steer for an ocean passage, there wouldn’t be much time for anything else.Nichola and I are on. read more...


08/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - A tiro de piedra

Lunes 8   Seguimos avanzando a buen ritmo hacia Santa Lucia.Por la ortodrómica, por así decirlo, vamos por un atajo. Tenemos previsión deque los vientos dacaigan más adelante por esta ruta y también de que rolarán alnorte. Doble contrariedad porque no podremkos hacer rumbo tan bueno yavanzaremos más lentos. Pero tenemos otra fuente de información meteo queconfirma el role pero no el descenso de intensidad de viento, aunque estaanuncia aguaceros. En fin, veremos lo que ocurre finalmente. En el menú dehoy hemos tenido dorado a la sartén. Es un pescado exquisito y Joseba lo preparade cine. Por la mañana a las 8.00h hemos avistado una ballena en proa apocas esloras. Hemos caido a babor y nos hemos apartado de su curso. Loúltimo que queremos es molestar a una ballena en. read more...


08/12/2014

Helen - Day 15 - Indigo blue

Yesterday was a grey day and the Atlantic Ocean was as grey and uninviting as you have seen in the movies. Today we have sunshine and a brilliant indigo blue Ocean. Unfortunately there is no wind so we are using the engine for a while.The sea temperature is 34.6 degrees centigrade, nearly warm enough for a bath! There are small areas of sea weed, otherwise it is crystal clear. It will be interesting to hear about the water samples that we are taking to assess the degree of pollution from plastics.Whilst talking about the environment, we are proud of our re-cycling on board. Only food waste goes into the Ocean and with very hungry sailors, there is not much of that. We are re-cycling all plastics (washed), cans (crushed), bottles ( empty) and paper (read).We are currently just over 400. read more...


08/12/2014

Charisma - Lenzen vor Topp und Takel

Das angekündigte Seegewitter hatte es in sich. Gemäß den aktuellstenGrib-Daten und unseren Wetterbeobachtungen hatte es zunächst denAnschein, dass wir bereits auf der Rückseite der Gewitterzelle waren. Um00 UTC löste ich in unserem bewehrten Wachzyklus Gerd mit seiner Wacheab, ab 02.00 UTC waren Ulli und Steffi im Cockpit. Das Großsegel hattenwir für die Nacht ins erste Reff gebunden, die Genua auf Backbordausgebaumt. Die Böen nahmen bei mäßigem Süd-Ost-Passat zu und es wurdeaufwändiger zu steuern. Trotz Vollmond war der Himmel nur eine tiefgraueWolkenschicht. Die schwarze See veränderte sich im Seegang, wurdebockig und ruppig. Die Charisma tanzte auf den Wellen, dann nahm derWind zügig auf stürmischen Starkwind zu und wechselte die Richtung. Ichkam in pechschwarzer Nacht zunächst nicht. read more...


08/12/2014

Jo - 16:37:79N 53:20:18W

Monday 8th December 2014 HowSamuel Pepys did this for all those years I don’t know! One thing is for sure,even though he was pre the internet, more happened in London then, than happensin the middle of the Atlantic now! No dolphins, no whales: just flying fish anda new one; sea weed. Actually we saw that for the first time a few days ago, butI was holding back on it in case we needed a lead story! We’d (no pun intended)like to know where it comes from? Experts as we are in sea weed, our first guesswas the Sargasso Sea, however, the currents we are experiencing are from thesouth and the Sargasso Sea lies to the north, hmmm. There are no fish in this sea or else I’d have caughtthem on a daily basis, right? We’re using squid type lures on the surface and 3’down but still no joy. Are the. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 14. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 14. Tag auf See
Helen - Indigo blue
Helen - Indigo blue
Jo - 16:37:79N 53:20:18W
Jo - 16:37:79N  53:20:18W
Jo - 16:37:79N 53:20:18W
Jo - 16:37:79N  53:20:18W
08/12/2014

Monomotapa - 8 december

Monomotapa 8 DecemberMonday morning and start of the working week, NOT! Progress during the last 24 hours has been painfully slow, even we had seen the forecast we were still hoping that some reasonable mileage would be attained.It is in no doubt a question of so near yet so far. Henrik our master fisherman ( he is theonly person on the boat that knows anything about fishing) caught a fish yesterday. Fortunately Henrik also has some knowledge of the types of fish, as it turned out to a blue blowfish. Which as well as being a Japanese specialty is also highly poisonous. The Japanese apparently like the effect of the poison which affects the nervous system and causes some kind of temporary paralysis. Or is it just the danger of eating it that provides the attraction?So we decided that fish. read more...


08/12/2014

Sanuk - Vi har det bra

Guldmakrillen va lite liten men vi tänkte att den får duga till middag. Femton minuter innan den skulle i pannan så rasslade det till i rullen igen och vi hovade stolt in en ännu större Guldis. Snacka om färsk fisk. Vi fick en underbar måltid i solnedgången. Annars seglar vi på med 150-165 nm per dygn och vadslagningen om när vi är framme har börjat. Tyvärr har några gäster fått boka om till ett senare flyg än tänkt, men så är det i oceanseglarbranschen. Idag har havet visat stora vågor och lite sqwalls.Men alla mår toppen och Bergman har snart fått liggsår.Hälsningar numera under namnet15 knops Olle. read more...


08/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - once upon an invention

  We reached another milestone today; we have been at sea for a whole twoweeks. Time has absolutely flown past and since Christmas Day came and went with1000 miles to go, it feels like Hot Stuff is racing to the finish line.We had a slow end to the week last week with four consecutive days of onlyabout 8 - 11 knots of breeze. It feels like the less wind there is the harder wework. Spinnaker up, spinnaker down, spinnaker pack, up, down, pack, up, trim,down, pack - over and over - to keep our boat speed above 5 knots. Thenyesterday we felt that familiar tug on the helm, that hum under our feet and shewas off! Back up to 15-20 knots of breeze and Hot Stuff is flying.The crew are unrecognisable from the day we set off. Everyone is helming,trimming, reefing, furling, setting the pole,. read more...


Frisco - Log Day 13, Nice view up here.
Frisco - Log Day 13, Nice view up here.
08/12/2014

Thula - day 15

Yesterday, we already “celebrated” our second advent at sea. This, to be honest, I only just realised as I sat down to type this up. Since every day basically follows the same routine here at sea, we didn’t even pay attention to the fact that it was a Sunday – and that Christmas is in fact approaching really quickly. The only item that occasionally reminds us of what time of the year it is, is a little cardboard calendar that Philippa has brought with her and which is placed near the entrance. From the early advent morning on, the previously bright blue sky was for a change speckled with thick, darkish clouds. While it was quite pleasant to be able to stay outside for some time without being fully exposed to the glaring sun, the clouds also brought with them a warm, sticky, humid. read more...


Thula - wahoo!
Thula - wahoo!
Thula - bit of rain
Thula - bit of rain
08/12/2014

OOROO1 - Fish, BBQ, Muffins and Squalls

Another great day to be alive on the Atlantic !! Gennaker up in the earlymorning to give us some speed through the light winds and after checking theGRIB files the Captain decided we should head South to 15 deg. This should getus on better stead for the trade winds for the remainder of the sail into StLucia while hopefully dodging some squalls. About 20 dolphins joined us for acruise and frolicked in and out of the bows. Fishing hit fever pitch yesterdaywith the excitement of bringing in a 90cm Mahi Mahi by a very excited Jeno. Mikewas on the gaff and together they landed him at 8 knots. a lot of skill requiredto surf a big into the back of OOROO at that speed, gaff him and get him onboard. Mahi Mahi on the menu. Fishing status is 10-7-3. Some toothy crittersdecided to steal another two. read more...


08/12/2014

Cheri - Montag, 8. Dez. 2014

Der zweitletzte TagAm gestrigen Nachmittag hatte der Wettergott doch noch ein Einsehen und schickte uns besseres Wetter. Er muss wohl unsereKritik von gestern Mittag gelesen haben. Der Himmel klarte auf und endlich kriegten wir wieder mal richtig karibischeVerhaeltnisse. Um 17 Uhr setzten wir den kleinen Spi (wenn man dem mit 240 Quadratmetern ueberhaupt noch klein sagen kann)und haetten ihn gerne ueber Nacht stehen lassen. Doch daraus wurde nichts, weil wir einerseits wegen des leicht drehendenWindes den noetigen Kurs nach St. Lucia nicht mehr einhalten konnten, und weil anderseits der Wind die Puste ausging. Um 19Uhr blieb uns nichts Anderes uebrig, als den Spi herunterzuholen.Zum Abendessen servierten Ronny und Jetti Bratwürste mit Kraut und zum Dessert Apfelstrudel. Da die. read more...


08/12/2014

Profile - Blog

2 weeks down and getting closer....under 400 miles to go if we can keep thecrazy Russian following a bearing    The last 24 hours has seen some learning curves for all us crew. Afterbobbing up and down in a wind hole for what seemed like weeks the clouds loomeddark and ominous ahead of us and the Green watch took to the decks for a nicepower shower, with cool as hell Tim at the helm with his cuppa, whilst everyonebraved the storm.   After a good soaking of the main galley and little dry clothing left, Ollieappeared in his baywatch shorts to wolf whistles and much joy.  From actionman to lifeguard babe and much reddening of the face.   The wake up call came for the Beautiful Watch to decant from bunks postdeciding to wrap the spinnaker around and around and. read more...


08/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 14 08/12

Day 14 08/12 Position 1200: 15* 45' 58N 054* 19'61W Daily Run: 135Nm Distance to Waypoint: 395Nm   Two weeks on the water! No chance to get bored out here. The horribleweather intensified after yesterdays 0600-1000 watch and continued into the day.The wind picked up again and soaked to the bone we had to drop the maincompletely. It kept raining throughout the afternoon, but not continuously andunder more controlled forms. Everyone's foulies had leaked somewhere and was notmuch fun putting back on.In the evening the weather finally stabilized and offered us a pleasantnight with decent winds. And today? Beaming sun and 12 knots of wind. Time todry out all those clothes!! The wind is coming from the perfect direction but wecould some more speed for sure, so we've put Laahhhrrrs at. read more...


08/12/2014

King's Legend - The night of the lightning

December 8, position 14.41.296N & 058.13.220WThe night before we ran into heavy weather.Squalls hit us with winds over forty knots and more. Rain in tropical quantities. Lightning and thunder all around us, from midnight to daylight.Luckily enough we have some fine sailors on board. “Bear away”, “release the main” “follow the wind”!It all worked out fine. With the lighting all around us and blinding us; with rain coming straight at us and no visibility at times we decided to drop the sails and sail with only our staysail and engine running.Trying to avoid the worst. It was scary and exhilarating at the same time.By the way today we have our first steaming hot day of the crossing with a touch of Trade Winds (not much: eight to fourteen knots).Femke. read more...


08/12/2014

Pelican - plodding pelican

Well what can i say i am as surprised  as you dear reader as at thistime nufink broke, the kit of boat parts still travels on west ward bound at ourregulated speed around 9 Knts .ONly item of minor intererest unless your outhere is that big old full moon lighting our way west at night .so there it iscould say some of us have showered but some have not there is also a couple ofold codgers trying to grow beards (there should give up )still they will lookgood as santa little helpers but gray beard not a good look sorry.......... read more...


08/12/2014

King's Legend - Was this a dream?

I had a dream last night, while crossing the ocean. I am on a submarine,with a crew of eight. To a tropical destination we are heading, sharing theburdens of our plight.We lie in our bunk beds, quietly listening to the ocean. There is life onthe surface, way above our heads. It is hot and humid, and almost no air tobreath. We are resting to recover; the day ahead is almost there.And than, something changes, nothing is the same; I hear water gushing, afew inches from my head. There is a distant rumble, and urgent footsteps onthe deck. I hear the sounds of storm and rain approaching; and who knowswhat lies ahead?The sails are wildly flapping, like a war about to start. Is this oursailing yacht or part of my submarine night?Wildly I veer from left to right, hold on to a handrail, just. read more...



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