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12/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 19

Final thoughts as we approach St. Lucia.   Sunsets:   The recipe is this.Slightly tumultuous seas and a clear western horizon. As the sun sets, the reflection paints all the wave caps a spectacular goldalong the sunlight path from boat to ocean’s end.   Night sky:   With all the apps available, finding the constellations can beentertaining. We have noticed, however, that Ptolemy seems to have names quite a few ofthem. And given their appearance with the name he chose, one wonders what kindof night he was having at the time. On this crossing, we have decided to name our own sets. First, everything looks like the big or little dipper. Must be about 10 ofthem in the sky. Second, pick a category. Not fair to have everything be a stick or a pairof eyes. One time we would. read more...


12/12/2013

Adina - Day 18 Rolling Around

So we've got pots of wind now - sadly it's right from astern of us so we are having to gybe (zig-zag) along our planned line to St.Lucia. That'll mean a day or more extra to get to St.Lucia (factor that into your quiz answer from yesterday). At the moment the waves are too rolly and all over the place to risk going wing-on-wing (one sail to the one side, one sail on a pole to the other side). That said, we are going to give it a try today once the sea calms a bit. Everyone is trying hard to remain upbeat, it is becoming a little trying, we still have a while to go yet, but we know the rum will be waiting!As mentioned the seas are rolly and spin the boat left, right and centre, cork screwing her around. It's hard to sleep and there are certainly some black baggy eyes around. It was 'Scrub. read more...


12/12/2013

Magic - Tag 17: Die Meilen purzeln

10.12.2013Pos: 17° 58,6' N, 045° 02,0' WKurs: 280°Wir sind auf direktem Kurs zum Ziel. Ab heute ist die Distanz zum Ziel nur noch dreistellig. Wir laufen unsere bislang schnellste Tagesdistanz. Die Zeitverschiebung macht sich inzwischen deutlich bemerkbar. Da die Bordzeit bis zur Ankunft noch nach UTC läuft, erlebt die 0600-0900-Wache schon einige Tage keinen Sonnenaufgang mehr.Der Bordalltag läuft prima. Immer samstags wird gebadet. Wäschewaschen läuft parallel, da es hier keinen „Waschkeller“ gibt, ist der Platz zum Wäscheaufhängen eben begrenzt. Das Wasser für diese Aktionen nehmen wir direkt aus dem Atlantik. Die Wassertemperatur steigt täglich. Man merkt deutlich, dass wir unserem Ziel immer näher kommen.Kennzahlen des Tages:Entfernung zum Ansteuerungspunkt: 947smZeitzone am. read more...


12/12/2013

Miciadue - S**t happens sometimes

Am Morgen steigt die Sonne mit tiefgelben Farben hinter einem Wolkenberg hervor. Es scheint ein schöner Tag zu werden, nachdem wir in der Nacht teilweise ein wenig Regen hatten. Die See ist immer noch extrem unruhig. Die Miciadue rollt heftig hin und her. Bei der Zubereitung des Müslis schleudert eine Welle die Milch mit Haferflocken aus dem Schälchen in hohem Bogen auf den Fußboden der Pantry. Es bildet sich ein hervorragender Gleitfilm auf dem Boden, der das Arbeiten in der Pantry bei dem Seegang noch spannender macht. Beim Reinigen des Fußbodens reißt eine weitere heftige Bewegung den 8l-Trinkwasserbehälter aus seiner Befestigung, der dann ebenalls herunerfällt und umkippt und kurze Zeit später fliegt auch die Dose mit gemalenem Kaffe auf den Boden. Natürlich springt der Deckel auf.. read more...


12/12/2013

Dragonfly - Endlich ruhiger

Die Nacht fing ruhig an. Meine Wache begann um 1 Uhr Bootszeit. Vorher habe ich noch ganz gut schlafen können. Die Wellen waren nicht mehr so wild. Um halb zwei fing es an zu regnen und gleichzeitig kam der Wind. Bis 40 kn. Schnell habe ich das Stagsegel wegenommen und die Genua gerefft. Ich dacht, das ist gleich vorbei und du kannst wieder ausreffen. Um 3 habe ich mir dann erst mal trockene Sachen angezogen mit dem Ölzeug und um 4 hat Hajo übernommen. An Schlaf war nicht zu denken. Die hohen Wellen waren auch wieder da. Heute morgen, war der Wind ruhiger. Plötzlich meldet sich das Funkgerät. Thomas von der "ADRIENNE" ruft uns. Er ist am Horizont zu sehen und hat unser AIS-Signal empfangen. Er selber sendet allerdings keines. Mit notdürftig gesetztem Groß (sein Baum ist gebrochen),. read more...


12/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

Rock and Roll.Having experienced light winds (and no winds), for much of the journey, the words "if only the Trade Winds would set in" have often been on our lips.Well, now they have set in and things are starting to rock and roll!Today we have Easterly winds of 25 kts fusing to over 30 kts and the sea, in response, has taken on a confused pattern of waves of around 3 metres in height.Several things happen in these circumstances. Firstly the boat, trying to make its way down wind takes on a rocking motion, rolling from one side to the other and back about once every four seconds. The severity of the rolling is variable, sometimes almost negligible and sometimes building to a crescendo where anything that is not tied down takes on a life of its own and leaps from one side of the boat to. read more...


12/12/2013

Jambo - flying fish attack!

Lots of fun in the night aswe enjoyed a fast sail towards St Luciawith flying fishcutting in front of our bow wave - one large one got his sums wrong and nearly hit Carol in the cockpit - now getting a slap in the face with a wet flying fish at night may not sound that funny but her reaction was - lots of girlie squeals. Just to show how nice she is she threw it back - the boys wanted it for the pot.. read more...


12/12/2013

Mustique - The lonely night watch

The night watch is an interesting place. It has all the trials and fun of sailing during the day but with a degree of pitch-black darkness thrown in for good measure. I do the 0300-0600 watch and I have not seen the moon for 3 weeks. I am starting to take it personally!The night watch starts with a cup of coffee, a digestive biscuit (or three, if the rest of the crew haven't hidden them from me), life jacket on, clip on to the boat if conditions are rough, and then the traditional handing over ceremony of the MOB bracelet, which the skipper had kindly invested in before our trip. This operates via GPS and sounds an alarm if anyone becomes more than 20m apart from the boat (i.e has gone over board). It's a nice safety net on top of all the other safety nets!A quick summary and handover. read more...


Mustique - The lonely night watch
Mustique - The lonely night watch
12/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 19 - Shake Rattle and Roll

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 187 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2414 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 730.As you can see from the log, we bettered yesterdays best ever daily distance by one mile.The wind has been 18-25 knots from the east. We are still sailing south east, below the direct course for St Lucia on port tack. At some point we will gybe on to starboard tack and make out way back up towards the direct route. One small but important repair was carried out yesterday. The dingy outboard motor is clamped to a bracket, which is clamped to the hand rail of the boat. The bracket is a hard wood 25mm thick board, through bolted in two places on to the bracket that has tubular clamps to the handrail. One of the through bolts had come undone, meaning. read more...


12/12/2013

Surya - Nog maar 120 Nm.

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Surya - Nog maar 120 Nm.
Surya - Nog maar 120 Nm.
12/12/2013

Manihi - Plus que 400 miles !

14:40.47N 53:54.14W   10:315 heure locale - Profondeur 5050 m   Le coin des lecteurs Quelques uns de nos lecteurs assidus nous ont fait remarquer que le blogétait publié de plus en plus tard dans la journée. Nous sommes honorés del'intérêt porté au blog que manifestent ces signes d'impatience. Je vois deuxexplications à ce fâcheux contretemps jugé trop répétitif. Nous nous éloignonsde la France vers l'ouest et sommes maintenant avec un décalage horaire de 5heures. 14 heures sur le bateau, c'est 19h en France. Par ailleurs la connexionsatellite qui envoie le blog, ne peut s'effectuer que lorsque tout les mails àenvoyer sont prêt : le blog, la demande de fichier météo, les mails perso del'équipage ... Les conditions météo actuelles nous laissent moins de tempsqu'avant (quarts de. read more...


12/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 18 - Final Blog, St Lucia bound...

Today's blog will be the last!!!   Yesterday, knowing that I will write today's blog, I wondered what new orinteresting I could possibly write. All seemed to be said, the look back overthe 18 days done, the outlook to what we will do on St. Lucia also. But then,thanks to Mother Nature, the subject for this blog came in form of what Jackocalled a “tough night”...  We have seen strong winds during this crossing,the waves have been big before, we went through dark nights, and rain too, wasnothing new. Last night it all came together. Sometimes I was just glad that itwas too dark to see anything, so I didn’t know how big the waves were, theywould have frightened me for sure. When Steve did ride down the waves, there wasnothing than foam all around the boat and all you could hear. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 12 Dez 15h00 UTC (11h00 locais) - Terra à vista!!! / 12th Dec 15h00 UTC (11h00 local) - St Lucia in sight!!
São Francisco 4 - 12 Dez 15h00 UTC (11h00 locais) - Terra à vista!!! / 12th Dec 15h00 UTC (11h00 local) - St Lucia in sight!!
12/12/2013

Meltemi - 17.Tag Geburtstag

Zum Wachwechsel um 02:00 Uhr Bordzeit haben wir mit frisch gebackenen Schokosplitterkuchen, Kerzen, bunten Luftballons Renates Geburtstag gefeiert. Die ganze Crew hat gesungen.Herzlichen Glückwunsch Renate!(ganz ganz lieben Dank für diese wirklich tolle Überraschung. R )Endspurt, jetzt sind es nur noch knapp 75sm und die Crew ist in den Vorbereitungen für die Zieldurchfahrt. Bei 8-9 kn sollte das nun schnell gehen. Unsere Startnummer 72 (war durch hartes Segeln ausgerissen) ist repariert, die Flaggen klariert und die Getränke kalt gestellt. Die Planungen, was zu erst zu tun ist, laufen. Vor der Reise haben wir darüber gesprochen, dass man nach so langer Zeit auf See das Land riechen kann- wir sind gespannt!Etwas macht sich Lethargie breit, die letzten Stunden der vergangenen Nacht waren. read more...


12/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 19 - Blauwassersegeln

12.12.2013Unsere Etmale verbessern sich, seit Montag haben wir 145, 140 und 158 smdurch’s Wasser gemacht. Über Grund waren es 164, 151 und 173 sm. Jetzt, um12 Uhr Bordszeit (14 Uhr UTC) liegen noch 608 sm vor uns. Neuerdings gehenwir davon aus, am kommenden Montag in St. Lucia anzukommen, das wäre der16.12. Der Countdown läuft. Stefan berichtet, dass es bei anderenLangstreckenseglern immer wieder zu Ankunftsdepressionen kommt. Wieso das?So einem Segelprojekt geht eine intensive Vorbereitung voraus, monatelangbereitet man sich vor, beschäftigt sich damit und erzählt darüber. Wenn esdann losgeht, liegen tausende von Seemeilen vor einem. Rechnet man dieFlauten dazu, scheint es langsam voranzugehen. Und dann steht auf einmaldas Ende vor der Tür. So auch bei uns. Jetzt, wo die Manöver. read more...


12/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 12 December Why do things go wrong in the dark?

Or, things that go bump in the night....Tuesday evening we were still sailing on a reach, i.e. the wind is comingover the side of the boat. The wind was expected to veer (go clockwise)which would bring it round to the stern and we could alter the sails to rundownwind.Unfortunately the windshift happened overnight and, with only oneperson on watch, it isn’t possible to set up the pole to hold the genoa outto the side.The alternative is to alter course to keep the wind on thesame angle, simple but it meant we were sailing fast in the wrong direction!This means for every mile we sailed only a proportion was to the waypointresulting in a disappointing day’s run of 155 miles.All night the rig had been making funny noises, the sails were also noisyand the swell was throwing the boat all over. read more...


12/12/2013

Pannikin - Day 14-17

Sunday 8th December - Day 14Throughout the night we kept the spinnaker flying which gave us some boat speed but certainly not enough to break any records, and after sail for so many miles without seeing another boat we passed two within half a mile which gave us some comfort to know we are not out here all by ourselves.Once again quiet conditions greeted the crew in the morning and by mid morning the breeze dropped right out forcing us to start the motor again, much to the displeasure of all on board. The smooth seas made it possible for Steve to bake some scones for morning tea and fresh bread rolls for lunch. Yumm. Andrew then cooked up some very tasty rissoles to go on the bread rolls. Losing weight on this trip does not seem to be a high priority on Pannikin.TheUV strip on the old. read more...


12/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 12-12-2013

Only 29 miles to go!! It’s all getting very exciting, we still can’t see Martinique yet as it is cloudy and squally today but in the next couple of miles we should start seeing the outline. Since we have hit 60 miles we have been imagining the rest of the race as a round the island race, at the moment we think we are at St. Catharine’s point quickly heading for Bembridge Ledge! It would be nice if all round the Island races were this sunny all the way round! We are still going along with just a main up as we are going dead downwind with up to 25knts and making a steady 12knts towards St. Lucia. When we get to our waypoint which is at the northern tip we will reach down into Rodney bay and head for the finish line.We apologise for not writing a blog yesterday but. read more...


12/12/2013

Duplicat - Thursday 12

Big milestone this morning, our distance to go has reduced to 3 digits only as we get below 1000 miles to go.Last night the wind increased slowly to 30 knots but has dropped back to 25 knots with much steadier seas from behind.This next 999 miles is going to be quicker but a bit more lively than the last.Thanks to all our friends and family who email us, it's lovely to hear from you all and let us know what's going on in the world outside this small boat.----This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.half way. read more...


Duplicat - Thursday 12
Duplicat - Thursday 12
12/12/2013

Arkouda - I can see for miles and miles--can you see me?

11:12 UMT, 13 11.6 N, 41 30.6 W SOG 7.8 kts, COG 289 TI wanted to post this last night, in the wee hours of my night shift when the boat is quiet and world at at peace, but last night we saw another boat, headed the same direction.Sean had not spotted her until he had gone inside to wake me and looked at the radar.She was six miles off our starboard beam, (right side) and not a dot big enough to track with the radar.No lights either, think I will try to wake up!Is it really a boat?By the time I had coffee, and and tucked Sean into bed we picked up her on AIS, yep, 5-6 six miles off our beam.Another ARC boat, an American (there are pathetically few of us in this event) boat named Aspen, Marie and Steve from Golden, Colorado.How exciting, my favorite double handlers, finishing their. read more...


12/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 19 - 12.12.2013 - Surfen in der Dünung

Gestern Nachmittag wurden einige Meergetiere gesichtet, unter anderemkleine Wale und eine verdutzte Meeresschildkröte in der Nacht auch wiederfliegende Fische. Der Wind pustet kräftig aus Ost mit 15-25kn. In der Nachtgab es abwechselnd Duschen mit Salzwasser und mit Regenwasser. Insgesamtfühlte es sich im Schiff an wie in einer Waschmaschine, so dass der Schlafbei vielen etwas kurz kam. Die rudergehende Wache konnte jedoch eine Fahrtdurch die vom Mondschein erhellte See genießen, solange es nicht geradeeinen kurzen Schauer gab. Im dritten Reff ging es mit zunehmender Dünungsurfend voran.Seit langem haben wir auch wieder ein Schiff gesehen, die Swan Valhalla.Diese Jacht hat uns schon in der Nähe der Kap Verden begleitet. Die Sonnebrenntvom Himmel und beim Durchgehen der Vorräte könnte man. read more...


12/12/2013

Webster - Log 21 - Sooty pays a visit

Wednesday 11th December: Position 14 30N 45 28'W. A fairly uncomfortable night rolling around like crazy still averaging over 7 knts with two reefs in the mainand a boomed out genoa, occasionally reefed in gusts. We have experienced some quite big seas running and has got rough on occasion which has meant life on board, particularly below deck, has been challenging. No-one got much sleep (except Carl who could sleep for England A team) and there are a few tired faces around this morning. The whole day has been like being on a rollacoaster and we have had numerous rain squalls to keep it interesting as you can't tell which ones will carry a 40 knt punch, luckily not many. The course has not really allowed flying the spinnaker and besides it has been generally too windy so mostly have had. read more...


12/12/2013

Avel Biz J+18 Tout schuss

12 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC14°50 N57°43 W190 milles en 24hTout schussEt bien, jusqu'au bout cette Transat n'aura pas été un long fleuvetranquille.Nous sommes dans des "fresh to strong trade-winds" comme dit la météo del'ARC. Traduisez du vent portant avec 30 nœuds réels établis en permanence,des grains violents, une houle de 4 mètres, des déferlantes qui submergentle bateau à intervalle régulier, des surfs dans des gerbes d'eau quifinissent dans le cockpit, le bateau qui ricoche dans les descentes avecdes claques sous la coque.Tout est trempé, nous, les habits, l'intérieur (il faut dire qu'une légèrefuite persiste au niveau du puits de quille). Il y a toujours quelqueslitres d'eau qui se baladent quelque part. Nous essayons de faire un localde séchage dans la soute arrière en. read more...


12/12/2013

Beetle - Beetle - day 19

Forget what I wrote on day 14 - about not being able to achieve hull speed. 2 hours later the trade winds kicked in big time. During the night we reached 34 knots of true wind and seas to match. Following seas, but still quite massive waves.The weather forecast informed, that the the Trade winds would persist in the western grids with a fresh to strong force for the next several days.The next couple of days the wind abated to about 24 knots true, which gave us a more reasonable 16 knots (8 m/s) apparant. Last night we didn't have any moon, and the sky was filled with dark clouds.We had one reef in the main and the genua 1/3 rolled in hoisted on the pole. The wind rose to 44 knots true and we made an unvoluntary gybe. We had a boom preventer attached, which held the sail, but we were. read more...


12/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day18 - Blue Dolphin meets a Whale

Just as the crew were getting really fed up with the sea state, which was tossing the boat all over the place, a whale appeared!   He stayed for about an hour, swimming around and under the boat, occasionally coming to the surface for air. Fantastic.  It perked everyone up and is the highlight of the trip so far.  The crew christened him Abraham! George seems to be having a bit of a hissy fit and keeps making a loud clunking noise.  The crew are doing a lot more hand steering to try and appease him as losing the autopilot would be bad news, losing the steering would be disastrous!!!  Although BD is on course, without steerage they could end up anywhere in the Caribbean (or S.America come to that).  So far so good. Having cracked the ‘sun. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day18 - Blue Dolphin meets a Whale
Blue Dolphin - Day18 - Blue Dolphin meets a Whale
12/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Thursday 12.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth. Today’s Blog subject: Blog writing! Yesterday was, I am pleased to say, another groundhog day! A brilliant days sailing in a ENE 18/22Knts sea state still big and disturbed bowling along, rolling, yawing and pitching ....quite difficult to sleep at times without wedging yourself is some corner of the cabin/bunk.. dozing in fear you will be tipped out at any moment! But the wind is warm, and it is mainly sunny in daylight hours (although we did have a couple of showers ..that passed quickly!). A bit ‘stuffy’ down below (because the hatches and air vents are mainly closed due to spray coming over the deck)..especially when the cooking is going on..I mean, Jane, really?  Last night was some serious action with  steady 30kts from 1000hrs to 0600hrs. read more...


12/12/2013

Hera - Rauhe Nacht

Keine 600 sm mehr bis zum Ziel; das GPS spricht von 83 Std. In der Nachtmußten wir ein zweites Mal reffen, nachdem die Windgeschwindigkeiten bis 35 knerreicht hatten und unsere Geschwindigkeit 9 kn überschritt. Wenn man achterausschaut, ist es insbesondere für die Crewmitglieder, die so etwas noch nichtmitgemacht haben, ein grandioser Anblick, wie die See sich aufbaut und wirWellenberge von 4m abreiten und die Welle hinunter surfen. Bis auf ein paar Schauer blieben wir von Squalls verschont. Das Wetter sollbis Sonntag dank Rasmus so anhalten – viel Wind, viel Welle, vielSonnenschein. In Anbetracht unseres Notriggs werden wir jedoch lieber aufGeschwindigkeitsrekorde verzichten und die Segelfläche klein halten. Das Cockpit mußte heute früh geschrubbt werden, um den Schleim von. read more...


11/12/2013

Jambo - stonking wind and confused seas

Well we got wind - plenty of it - force 6 but with a very confused sea from the depression to the North.Tried every combination of sail plan to try and get comfortable but it still feels like we are living in a washing machine but being chased by some impressive waves.Carol had a cracking spell on the helm but kept lookingbehind at the wave chasing us - not a good thing to do so we had to fit a neck brace so she could only look forwards.Sleep in short supply so here is hoping for a calmer night.. read more...


12/12/2013

Shelduck - Tue 10 Dec Half Way!! Celebration Dinner & Sea Water

Tue 10 Dec 14:56.403N 42:51.249W Distance travelled in 24h 160 miles.   We’ve covered a massive 160 miles in the last 24 hours.  The wind hasbeen strong and we’ve been reaching steadily. It would be great if we could keepthis up.   This morning we reached HALF WAY from Cape Verde to St Lucia. To celebrate,Gabby prepared and served a 5 course gourmet dinner (such as can be produced ona wildly bucking yacht 16 days into a voyage in the middle of anocean...).  To start we had some Habas Fritas to nibble (Spanish deep friedbroad beans – nicer than they sound...) followed by a plate of cured Spanishmeats to share (Lomo curado, Serano ham, variety of salamis) and Ovedio cheese;then a dish of spicy chorizo risotto accompanied by boiled egg wedges and thelast of the fresh. read more...


12/12/2013

Shelduck - Mon 9 Dec It Really IS a Small World...

Mon 9 Dec 15:05.755N 40:06.070W Distance travelled in 24h 132 miles   We had another demonstration of the incredible smallness of the world inMarina Mindelo Cape Verde a week ago today.  As Neil was paying for thediesel the young man taking the money asked if we wanted a berth and he decidedto take one, if only for a few hours.  Two young men arrived in aninflatable and helped us into the berth.  We were just settled when weheard from an approaching inflatable “Hello Mr Hegarty”! Who was it but DaveHennessy with whom Neil’s previous yacht ‘Beagle’ had had many a joust in theRoyal Cork Yacht Club October Leagues some years ago and whom Neil last saw whenDave entertained Neil and Anne with music and song in a pub on the Isle de Croixduring the ICC Brittany Cruise in. read more...


12/12/2013

Shelduck - Sun 8 Dec Watch Keeping, Wind? & Fabulous Sunset

Sun 8 Dec 15:08.355N 37:49.002W Distance travelled in 24h 120 miles   Anne and Neil keep one watch, Brendan and Gabby the other.  We havethe day split up into 5 watches. Two four hour watches from midnight(00:00-04:00 and 04:00-08:00) followed by two six hour watches (08:00-14:00 and14:00-20:00) and finally a four hour watch from 20:00 to midnight. We find thesix hour watches during the day pass more quickly than the four hour nightwatches and they also afford a good break to avoid fatigue and sleepdeprivation. The system rotates the watch times over a 48 hour cycle and dinneris cooked for all by the 14:00-20:00 watch. This Sunday evening we have the lastfresh roast which is beef, cooked by Gabby and Brendan. We still have some baconto cook over the next week.   No wind –. read more...


12/12/2013

Shelduck - Sat 7 Dec It's a Small World

Sat 7 Dec 15:09.749N 35:42.080W Distance travelled 24h 138 miles   Back on the 18 Nov while waiting in the queue for the bus tour of GranCanaria we met Jane who we discovered, like Anne, was a recent widow and proudowner of a Nicholson 35 yacht.  We were then found by Francis Williamsowner of the Swan 44 Mk II NYAMINYAMI II. He and Jane are now partners, anothertwo yacht couple. Karen, Francis’ wife died 18 months ago of cancer. Anne andNeil first met Karen and Francis in the Azores 2009 at the RCC/ICC Rally, onwhich Brendan crewed for Neil on the outward leg.  They were on the returnof their Atlantic Circuit having done the ARC in 2007. We met them again at theRCC Norway meet in 2010 at Skudneshavn when we were on Anne’s boat TamO’Shanter, also crewed by Gabby and. read more...


12/12/2013

Firefly - Arrived Antigua

Just before midnight local time we dropped anchor in Freeman's Bay English Harbour, Antigua.We sailed through the narrow(ish) entrance in moonlight -you Don't think twice and were confident its going to be all right as we made our way through lots of other anchored boatsand found what appeared to be the last space available. It was a great delight to get out of the Atlantic swell and sip a glass (or two) of malt whisky in a level cockpit.For the first night in 19 we slept in level and almost stable bunks.Paul, Murray, Peter and Grateful (very pleased to be here). read more...


12/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #19: A whale of a playdate!

Hello again from (yes, still) the Atlantic!We continue to make good progress, now with a steady, strong wind at our stern (20-25 knots) pushing us along well, with only our jib up.The waves, however, cannot seem to make up their minds where they'd like to come from: either they come from behind us on our stern in which case Edelweiss surfs up and down them (wheeeee!) or else they come on her side and we get to roll back and forth (booooooo!).Either way, we're happily watching the miles tick down.... now under 480 miles to go.The highlight of the last 24 hours has to be the sighting of some big whales, frolicking with us.While we were surfing down some big waves yesterday afternoon, Stuart noticed them surfing right behind us. (And, by "right behind us" I mean that their spray when they. read more...


12/12/2013

Annabella - Log 17 - Thursday 12th December

Position: 14 10.20N 52 29.36WDistance to St Lucia: 491.8NMDistance since log 16: 198NMScreaming along at 9 knots + towards St Lucia and will break 200NM in 24 hours since we put the twin head sails up yesterday at about 1300. Recording lots of 10s and at one stage 12.3 going down a wave. VMG and boat speed the same so we must be doing something right. Forecast is for wind to hold and if it does we may be looking at Saturday night arrival. However, reluctant to count our chickens. We are now looking forward to the positions download to see if we made any ground on 3rd and 4th in class.Today is day 18 and we had originally targetedtoday for arrival. We probably lost one day due to our own inefficiencies and a couple of days to light winds. Nevertheless, it has been very enjoyable. read more...


12/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto Blog 10th & 11th December

Two days seemingly rolled into one.10thWe are 300 miles out of St Lucia. The Trade Winds are behind us and we roll with the waves and the wind that is steady around 15 knots. Mr Norris is still confined to his bag and we take turns at the helm  to get the optimum ride down the waves to maintain a fast pace. The swell is huge, but regular. It sometimes feels we are 50 feet  above the ocean as we crest a wave, before gently - and occasionaly crashingly - slide down the other side. The sun beats down and the temperature down below suggests another uncomfortable night trying to sleep in between watches.11th150 miles to go. This will be our last day at sea. Another beautiful day for sailing. Big swell, consistent wind and bright clear skies. We make good progress at. read more...


12/12/2013

Zingara

Tag 18 auf dem wasser! Wollten wir nicht am 18. Tag ankommen? Ja, so hattenwir gedacht, wie 2011 in dieser zeit die strecke absegeln zu koennen. Nungut, das richtige wetter kommt nicht auf bestellung! Kaum zu glauben, unslaeuft die zeit davon. Was wollten wir nicht alles an bord erledigen. Egal,das ziel vor uns, der kuehlschrank fast leer, die segel in schmetterlingposition, so lassen wir uns die letzten 3 tage im passat nach st luciatreiben. Leider war unsere berichterstattung etwas mager auf dieser ARC2013, die gruende hatte ich ja bereits dargelegt.So, ihr lieben in derheimat, seid recht herzlich gegruesst vom 29 grd warmen atlantik, position16grd 49N, 053grd25W, Cpt Ernsti u Crew. read more...


12/12/2013

Aspen - Log 19 Thursday 12 Dec; Anyone for Luge?

Trying to describe the sail beginning yesterday goes something like this:Imagine yourself on a 2 person luge, the kind of sled they use in theOlympics and the sport that only certified crazy people attempt.Theluge careens down a slippery tube, bobbing back and forth, twistingturning and screaming at a velocity approaching the speed of light attimes before coming to rest with hopefully both of the occupants stillhanging on.Sailing in 25 knots of wind is not that difficult - it is the seas thataccompany the wind that causes the problems.Aspen is currently runningdown 20 foot waves, careening back and forth like a luge but withmonster hills thrown in and getting tossed around like she was abath-tub toy.The seas smack her from nearly every direction sendingspray everywhere.The waves are much. read more...


12/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 19. Tag - Jetzt geht's los!

Seit gestern haben wir endlich den lang ersehnten Passatwind: 10-20 Knoten aus Nordost. Und so purzeln die Meilen nur so. Wir sind uns zwar bewusst, dass wir die Zweitletzten sind, aber wenn es so weiter geht, werden wir die Zweitletzten:). Fritz hat sich einen steifen Nacken geholt; nach ein bisschen Salbe und einer vollen Nacht Schlaf, ist er aber heute wieder munter. Dann hatten wir diese Nacht noch Besuch von 2 Gästen, denen wir allerdings zu trocken waren, so dass sie zur Leiche erstarrt sind - zwei Fliegenfische sind auf unserem Deck gelandet und haben es nicht mehr ins Meergeschafft. Ansonsten nascht Sandra Reiswaffeln und Tom schreibt intelligente Blogeinträge. Liebe, sonnige, dreissiggradige Grüsse von uns allen. Tom. read more...


12/12/2013

Skara Brae - blog Skara Brae 12th dec

nothing much to report, still belting towards the Carribean at 8kts with 520 miles left, so a sunday arrival, but looks like tosh will miss his flight which is on sunday at an airport on the other side of the island from where we make landfall. still have the occasional squall and some very large seas - which have the habit sneaking in a monster wave that either picks us up and surfs us along at 16knts or catching us at the wrong angle and spinning us around by about 90 degrees which plays havoc if you are in the process of doing anything involving, eating, sleeping, cooking or visiting the heads, which just about covers all our activities! So there have been a few bruises and breakages.Andrew seems to be the most prone to being in the wrong place at the wrong time having. read more...


12/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w

LOG DAY 18- SPEEDRECORD Well, an excellent day of sailing,with less than 550nm to go, we are smashing them out ! It still feels we havethe ocean to ourselves as no sightings of any other vessels for over threedays. Ok so there is NOW a new speed recordof 13.2 knots to beat! I’m afraid I have to claim this one and shall bereceiving my crown upon arrival. Skipper Matt has suggested a pair of ‘SPEEDOS’for the prize to which uncle Pete (Peter Bacon) replied ‘ah something I cansupply from my personal collection’ It is fair to say Uncle Pete is not only aspecialist in speedos but is also an established Speedo wearer across the globe. Other news.. Jan is still rocking hisgreen head bandana, with comments that he is intending to represent a conventionof Makhi Makhi !!! Pip and Mike are on. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 23 310n 51 44 140w
12/12/2013

Aditi - Day 17

Having got under headsail only in the early hours the wind built to 18-26kn Easterly so we are following our great circle route on 268 degs. The sea was a mess all day with a 10ft cross swell hitting us beam on. In the morning I got thrown out of my bench and across the cockpit about every 3 minutes, by pm I could hang in for 5 to 10 minutes and now 16hrs on I can mostly remain seated! But just when you think it's all coming good the sea builds again...Today's problem child? As it was getting dark (of course) found the engine exhaust syphon breaker was leaking. It has pinholes around a mounting bracket weld and this is an issue with salt water leaks and a pulsing exhaust flow that we can feel through the floor. Have removed and bounded it with silicone tape. The arrivals snagging list is. read more...


11/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 20 - Rolling in the deep

Guest blogger - SkipperSam          Miles are ticking down, 470 odd to go. Trades arefluctuating between 80 and 115 deg on the stern, keeping us going in a vaguelyright direction 285/290 heading. Reefed main, poled out genoa, mizzenstowed is quite conservative for winds gusting 30 plus, and a choppy swell,perhaps 10/11ft coming in from the NE quarter, helping us to rollquite merrily. Life down below is a challenge just now, and sleep is difficultfor some. Running 3 hourly watches, and hand steering continuously, thenights are longer in these Latitudes then are the days. The moon is now waxing,and so the very dark nights of earlier in the crossing are a thing of the past,and we can now even see the squalls coming. Barreling. read more...


11/12/2013

Merlyn III - Getting closer and still rocking...

The Boat that rocks has taken on its own meaning on Merlyn lll – less musicand more motion as we ride the Atlantic rolling from side to side, as well ascontinuing to make positive forward progress to St Lucia, about 230 miles -around thirty hours away depending on the wind strength, setting us up for avery late or early morning landfall on Thurs/Friday morning. The twin boom rigis doing its job but can’t counter the waves that seem to come from twodirections at once, providing a corkscrew motion that swings the back of theboat around – anything unsecured or not on special anti-slip matting goesflying..... Excellent vegetable curry from Iain last night, used up most of the spicesand lasted till lunch today. Will miss the totally clear and amazing night sky,enjoyed a huge shooting star at. read more...


11/12/2013

George - 500 miles to go....Diver required?!

I am in shock this morning, last night we lost the propeller off the towed generator. For those who don't know what a towed generator is it is a rope with a propeller attached to it, the other end is attached to a alternator that generates electricity as you sail along, it is specially good for sailing downwind. We have now rigged our high speed prop but it only works at speeds over 6 knots... if we go less than that we will slowly lose power and eventually go 'dark' on the bright side it didn't happen on my watch! TBVery lively 24 hours and no place for humour. All Tim's boat and passage preparations, of which there were many and many pennies spent, were all worth it as the boat has put up with quite a hammering through a rather squally night, so all credit must go to Tim and George,. read more...



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