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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...


11/12/2013

Hebe - Day 18 11.12.13

14:09:46N060:38:30W FINALLY at sunset this evening Hebe sighted Land Ahoy. After days of rolling seas and gusty winds, today has been tantalisingly slow. We have been nursing Hebe along, her main damaged and out of use, and boiling heat. We have sweated the day out in desultory fashion wondering if our navigation is correct.  Another meal done in the microwave with dishes flying around, and then as the sun parted the mist and haze there was our first view of the Pitons of St Lucia. We won't be in for a few more hours and are longing to taste the rum.  Lets hope the bar's still open. Andrew has champagne chilling in the fridge.Shekina has beaten us and already tucking into steaks ashore.  Rats and double rats! In anticipation Sarah decorated all our water bottles,. read more...


Hebe - Day 18 11.12.13
Hebe - Day 18  11.12.13
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Visita de kitesurf ao Oyster Reach / 11th Dec - São Francisco payed a little visit to fellow ARC SY Oyster Reach
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Visita de kitesurf ao Oyster Reach / 11th Dec - São Francisco payed a little visit to fellow ARC SY Oyster Reach
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Último fim de tarde da travessia, nas calmas de spi sem vela grande / 11th Dec - Last sunset of the crossing, very smoothly only with the spinnaker up
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Último fim de tarde da travessia, nas calmas de spi sem vela grande / 11th Dec - Last sunset of the crossing, very smoothly only with the spinnaker up
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Um novo ângulo do São Francisco, para a despedida do Atlântico! / 11th Dec - A new angle of São Francisco, before saying goodbye to the Atlantic
São Francisco 4 - 11 Dez - Um novo ângulo do São Francisco, para a despedida do Atlântico! / 11th Dec - A new angle of São Francisco, before saying goodbye to the Atlantic
11/12/2013

Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials

It’s official – we are Trade Wind sailing! Consistent winds and some very big waves and swell. As you can see from the photo Christopher is enjoying our new found speed with a beer and a pizza. Serving meals has become interesting – a little like being in Fawlty Towers as rather a lot is ending up on the floor – poor Manuel we keep blaming him! Last week we had to take the jib down as the UV edge strip was shredding and catching on the forestay.We took off most of the offending strip and tried to tape the exposed sail edge.Sail tape didn’t hold but duct tape did! Unfortunately, this too has now come off.I am pleased to report though that the bit of UV strip we managed to salvage by sticking down with ‘No More Nails’ is still holding! While we are on the subject of wear and. read more...


Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
11/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Seventeen

There's something about sailing at night that arouses the senses.During the day, we keep the bimini, our canvas cockpit "roof," over the cockpit to shield us from the sun. At sundown, the bimini folds away, opening the cockpit to the night sky.Just after sunset today, a waxing moon hovers directly overhead. The sky is clear. The moon shines like a big spotlight, bathing the boat in soft light. Soon, my evening watch is over and John starts his. I turn in for a couple hours sleep as one by one the planets and then the moon follow the sun over the western horizon.My next watch is at 6 a.m. on the ship's clock. But that's 6 a.m. Universal Time. We've now moved more than 37.5 degrees west of the Prime Meridian, which means my watch starts at 3 a.m. local time, well after moonset and well. read more...


11/12/2013

Second Wind - A fish supper

Charged with the responsibility of catching fish for the ships kitchen and not knowing much about sea fishing,my reading and research led to the purchase of a travel adapted boat rod, multiplier trolling reel, high breaking strain lines with miscellaneous traces, swivels and lures etc.For the first week nothing happened, then suddenly the reel screamed! The boat was doing 7 kts one way and whatever I had hooked was going like a train the other! Result broken line and broken reel. However our resourceful skipper has a huge collection of spare parts on board and is apparently able to repair almost any mechanical device, so I was soon able to fish on.Next day, another take on a small lure resulted in a much smaller fish which I was finally successful in reeling in! Simply cooked by baking. read more...


11/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 17 - Less than 1000 miles to go

The crew celebrated yesterday as they have less than 1000 miles to go.  They enjoyed a bottle of red (just the one) with their meatballs.  They all agreed that having broken the 1000 mile barrier feels significant. The wind continued to blow and Blue D made great headway – at last.  The crew’s spirits were lifted. BS. read more...


11/12/2013

Dragonfly - Endlich ruhiger

Die Nacht war mal wieder der Horror. Hohe Wellen, starke Böen und ewiges Geschaukel. Erst heute vormittag wurde es etwas ruhiger. Die Wellenhöhe nimmt kontinuierlich ab. Nur hin und wieder noch ein paar Wellenkombinationen, die uns völlig aus dem Kurs werfen. Wir optimieren die Segel und sind mit dem Speed ganz zufrieden. Alle anderen sind zwar schneller, aber wir kommen so auch ans Ziel. In der Nacht überholen uns die Marrylin III und die Merryn. Beide sind mit Spinaker unterwegs und wir haben nichts entgegenzusetzen.ARC-Rally-Control meldet vorgestern, dass eine Segelyacht etwas östlich von uns von der Crew aufgegeben wird. Die Crew wird von einem Motorschiff aufgenommen. Heute kommt dann die Mitteilung, dass es sich nicht um ein ARC-Schiff handelt. Es treibt jetzt führunglos über den. read more...


11/12/2013

Jade - Day 18 - Making a splash

Well we are going along very nicely now, thank you very much.The days are rolling into one with highlights (apart from the glorious sun, lovely waves and good company)not varying at all. Apart from yesterday that is... oh, a very exciting day indeed. We saw:2 sticks 1 plastic round shaped object1 birdIt's all go here!We're all fine and happy. Kids being troopers.Tomorrow a special, secret treat... Magnum ice creams... ssshhhh! Michelle and all the crew of Jade xxx. read more...


11/12/2013

Manihi - Des grains de folie !

14:54.17N 51:47.66W   8:30 heure locale - Profondeur 3750 m Em - por - tés par la houle, qui nous traine, nous entraine ... Tiens, çapourrait faire une chanson, ça !   Ca devait arriver. Avec un régime de vents qui se met de plus en plus àressembler à des alizés, des vrais,  il fallait bien que tôt ou tard qu’onnous serve la spécialité locale, le grain ! Nous avions été épargnés jusque là ;à peine quelque petites ondées au milieu d'un ciel généralement bleu. Depuiscette nuit, c'est un défilé continu. La mer ne s'est pas calmée ; toujours unegrande houle de NE (3 à 4 m), hachée par un clapot de 1 m à 1 m 50 qui vient s'ysuperposer. Un vrai rodéo ! Et par dessus arrivent les grains avec leurs accélérations et changements de direction de vent.   Depuis 2 jours le. read more...


11/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 16 & 17 & 18 – Last Lure-

Position Wednesday, 11.12.2013 19:00 UTC:17”21’.387 N, 047”40’.924 WDTW St. Lucia:788 smWe try hard! The last two days we made some good mileage 154 and 164sm,however we have no idea on our position in relation to all the otherYachts. According to the weather forecast we now should have sufficientwind taking us to St. Lucia. Right in the moment we run with 5 to 6 knots.The wind speed is about 15 knots. The waves, 4 meters high, are comingfrom starboard, giving us a hard time as they shake and roll uscontinuously. Especially the Genoa is flapping back and force. In a fewhours the wind hopefully will follow the forecast and increase to 25mknots.The whole day it’s sunny. We celebrated our last 1000m miles with‘Weisswurst’. Brian learns something about Bavarian food and habits. We donot know. read more...


Azzurra - Day 16 & 17 & 18 – Last Lure-
Azzurra - Day 16 & 17 & 18 – Last Lure-
11/12/2013

Adina - Day 17 Friendship bracelets and halfway party

Day 17 and we had wind - lot's of it. Against that, the washing machine style seas were back. On a boat things tend to take twice as long to do as you move all over the place. When the seas really start going things take four times as long and you have to plan for it and factor it in. Cooking becomes far more difficult so you have to watch the weather and plan ahead, cook a few meals in advance. Overnight, Gareth and Susie had left a drive belt glued up to test on our broken electric furler in the morning. Sadly it didn't work but they didn't give up. During the day various models appeared, Blue Peter was being pushed to the maximum. A new very clever model then came out. Using blue 1.5mm diameter rope they formed coils and Susie sewed the coils together into a belt. It was stiff with a. read more...


11/12/2013

Skyelark of London - 500 miles to go

Dear friends and family,As you will remember, I promised you that we will be in St Lucia on the third Wednesday after leaving Las Palmas. As you can see on the Yellowbrick tracker, we are currently NOT in St Lucia, in fact, we have another 500 miles or so to go.Remember to enter our competition for the best prediction on our arrival time and date. The closes time wins a rum punch! (T's & C's apply, prizes cannot be exchanged for cash, prizes must be collected in person from the ARC office in St Lucia before 25 December, competition closes 21 December)Before leaving Las Palmas, I had a list of items that I wanted to see or be able to do during this trip. My list is coming on pretty well!Things that I have seen:1 Dolphins2 Phosphorescence3 Dolphins swimming through. read more...


11/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 17

2013-12-11, 17.00Moin moin,Kaffee kochen bei Seegang ist eine haarige Angelegenheit. Bei dem Worthaarig ; Benni, unser struppeliger Bordhund scheint in den letzten Tageneiner Spontanmauser zum Opfer gefallen zu sein. Gerade glaubte ich genugEchthaar für meine Großtante mütterlicherseits zusammen zu haben, sieleidet auch unter der altersbedingten Mauser, da fegten in den frühenMorgenstunden gleich mehrere Squalls über uns hinweg. Das Haar, welcheszuvor zum Trocknen über das ganze Schiff verteilt war, ist jetzt bei denFischen, schade.Die Squalls haben wir dann in vollen Zügen genossen. Eine leichteSüßwasserdusche mit anschließender Fönwelle mit bis zu 48 knts, Wellegefühlte 3 Meter hoch.Dazu sensationellen Sonnenschein und ein doppelter Regenbogen.Das Beste ist der Speed, mit Spitzen bis. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 17
Selivra - ARC Tag 17
11/12/2013

Koala - Dec 11th: Bit green

The 40 degree celebrations had to be put on hold as the act of writing this log made me feel so rank, the idea of any food or drink was unappealing! The motion last night and this morning was pretty stomach churning with 10 ft cross swells mixing with 6 ft wind generated waves. It has calmed down a lot today and the boat has assumed an easier rolling and yawing motion. I am pleased to report that I have regained my mojo.We are running down wind in about 20 knots of breeze with poled out genoa and main making 6.5 to 7 knots. Long may it continue! Forecast looks good for the next few days.Anyway, going to keep it short today. Hopefully celebration will go ahead today!. read more...


Magic - Offshore-Bordadventskranz. BAM-T1 zugelassen. Brennt nicht lange aber hell.
Magic - Offshore-Bordadventskranz. BAM-T1 zugelassen. Brennt nicht lange aber hell.
11/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 10

Today again we greeted the morningwith good coffee as the sunrise revealed a very grey and confused sea. We’ve been flying along at between 7.5 and 9.5 kts with the occasional squall requiring us to get a quick reef in only to shake it out soon after to maintainspeed. We are really clocking off the miles to St Lucia now. It’s been fantastic sailing in the moonlight with glimpses of stars between the clouds while all night making steady speed. Now that the dawn has arrived we can see our true speed in the wake as we rise and surge forward with the sea on our quarter. Sanding with head above the sprayhood is like riding a runaway train as we surge forward. Yesterday we watch an intensely blue sea build small mountains of blue and white, works of art almost and then destroy them in an. read more...


11/12/2013

Mustique - ARC 11.12.13

444.4 miles to St LuciaDay 17 aboard Mustique.Highlight of the Day -Discovering that Becki had in fact not demolished all the digestive biscuits and one pack remained destined for cheese. Lowlight of the day- Discovering that we are sailing so fast that we must slow down to reach St Lucia in the daylightSea life spotted - SHARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Weather & sailing - 20-25knot ENE Trade winds make for perfect downwind sail with the occasional surf! Beautiful blue skies with the odd fluffy24hr Log- 146Amazing Facto of the Day- As we now sailing due west the sun sets 15mins later every day.. today we exercise the power to change time and rewind one hour for another bonus hourFood.snack of the day - Chicken curry beefed out with the strange looking massive. read more...


11/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 18 - You get what you want

11.12.2013Wir haben uns mehr Wind gewünscht – und gestern Nachmittag haben wir ihn bekommen. Quasi auf Knopfdruck. Während alle entspannt im Cockpit sitzen und ratschen, lesen, dösen, sieht Stefan achteraus eine markante Wolke. Sagt mal, ist das ein Squall? (ein Squall ist ein sehr lokales Wind- und Regengebiet, meist in Form einer dunklen Wolkenformation, die parallel zur Horizont steht. Sie kann sehr unangenehm sein und in diesen Breiten laut ACR jederzeit auftreten)? Wollen wir vorsichtshalber reffen?‘ Keine Reaktion außer: ‚Nein, ein Squall sieht anders aus.‘ Zwei Minuten später steigt der Wind von 12 auf 29 kn. Die Queen F. luvt dramatisch an und das Reffen wird sehr sportlich. Die Fockschoten rauschen aus, wickeln sich ums Vorstag und die Fock-Reffleine ist nicht bedienbar.. read more...


11/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 18 - Downwind best day yet

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 186 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2227 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 900.Not that much to report today, a steady day of downwind sailing in a big confused Atlantic swell. We managed to cover the best day distance completed to date.The wind has been 18-22 knots from the east. We are 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. No fishing because of the conditions, and the fact that we have a couple of days supply in the fridge. The provisions are lasting well thanks to the supplement from the fishing successes. The fresh water is lasting fine as well, and we still have 120 liters of emergency. read more...


11/12/2013

Surya - Trade winds

Trade WindsNu zitten we echt in de “Trade Winds”. Een strakke wind van 20 tot 25 kn. net een beetje noordelijker dan oost. De zeilen hebben de laatste dagen over bakboord gestaan, maar omdat de wind steeds meer ruimde, kropen we steeds verder omhoog. We zouden in Antigua zijn uitgekomen. Daarom hebben we onze wat noordwestelijke koers van 285 graden over de grond om 13.00 utc verlaten en liggen nu een koers 265 graden voor.Nu varen we “Goose Winged” zoals de Engelsen dat noemen. De volle Genua helemaal over stuurboord uitgeboomd en het volle grootzeil dwarsscheeps over bakboord. De wind bijna recht van achteren. Er kwam zojuist een squall voorbij. Hij raakte ons niet maar de wind nam wel toe tot 25 kn. over dek. Surya accelereert dan tot 10+ kn. Goed voor een paar leuke plaatjes vanuit. read more...


Surya - Trade winds
Surya - Trade winds
11/12/2013

Miciadue - Was essen wir heute?

Bis auf ein paar Zwiebeln und Kartoffeln sind unsere Vorräte an frischem Obst und Gemüse aufgebraucht. Fisch ist heute gar kein Thema. Nach den Fängen der letzten Tage hat keiner mehr Bock auf Fisch. Morgen früh erst wollen wir wieder die Angelen raushängen. Essenswünsche wie "Ich könnte heute auf ein dickes saftiges Steak" oder "Ich möchte einen frischen Salat mit Schafskäse" laufen leider ins Leere. Unser Mittagssnack war statt dessen fertiger Milchreis mit Zimt und Pfirsiche aus der Dose und hinterher noch eine Lindt-Schokolade. Heute Abend wird es wohl dann wohl zur Abwechselung mal Nudeln geben (hatten wir zwar gestern erst ...). Ansonsten segeln wir auch. Noch 700 sm. Wir laufen bei bestem Wetter, nur die See ist etwas unruhig.. read more...


11/12/2013

Albatros - ALBATROS Day 18. / 11.Dec.

Our position is 14.48N, 58.48W with a ETMAL of 197nm for the last 24hours. Because we are faster than expected we will probably arrive in St. Lucia in the early morning hours of Thursday. For the wellcoming it might have been better to arrive during day light.We are all happy to have Saint Lucia in close distance therefore we are exercising our 2 songs. The last night is about to come and the major topics are the planning of the landfall. Everyone is developing his ideas.Our 2 songs for everyone who wants to try and join our Albatrosen choir:Song 1: Vogu Lisi (acc. original Swiss folclore song)Wen i nume wuesst wo ds Vogu Lisi waerDs Vogu Lisi chunnt vo Adubodae haerAdubodae ligt im Baerneroberland, ds Baerneroberland isch schoenja ds Oberland ja ds Oberland, ds Baerneroberland isch. read more...


11/12/2013

Firefly - Less than 100 miles to English Harbour

Back to sunny skies, slightly calmer seas and around 20 knots of wind as we rock and roll the last part of our voyage.Yesterday was the roughest of our trip, with winds around 35 knots, and 5 metre waves, some with breaking crests and many unpleasantly steep.The day ended with 2 reefs in the main and the jib reefed down to resemble a pocket handkerchief, with a squall of heavy rain soaking us as we put the reefs in!Firefly handled the conditions well and apart from a couple of broaches in particularly steep waves, we all came through the day safely.Even Murray's pasta bake stayed safely in the pan in the oven!After over 19 days at sea, we are all looking forward to this evening to hurry sundown to a night at anchor, and a stationary shower followed by a few drinks tomorrow (as we shall. read more...


11/12/2013

Starblazer 11 December Not quite straight there.

The noon run from Monday to Tuesday was a startling 170 miles, all in the right direction.Thoughts turned, somewhat prematurely, to an eta.There are far too many what ifs so a bookie should almost certainly make money on us!The first dampener was the wind which veered a little and dropped.We had to steer north of our desired course to keep the sails safely filled, and it was slower.Q, aka Horace the Hydrovane, was put to work to give the power hungry Autopilot a rest.Just before I went off watch the wind shot up from 15 to 25 knots, the boat rounded up and Q couldn’t cope.I must put in a word of mitigation for Q, it’s a wonderful bit of kit with a very helpful service team.The difficulties encountered are caused by bits of the boat getting in the way, like the arch we fitted this spring,. read more...


10/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 10-12-2013

The evening started out so clear with, for the first time a moon lighting up the way. But as the night progressed the big black clouds started to come over and bring lots more wind with them. We had gusts of up to 30knts. We just had to survive the night before we could get butch down. But the gods of the black clouds decided differently and blew a gust our way forcing us to take him down. After being practically stationary and heeled right over for 2 minutes in the gust, we managed to damage the steering cable. As the gust passed and had had time to gather our thoughts and got back on track our steering cable actually broke. Luckily we have the full proof plan of having two steering wheels so we were able to keep on going while Derek, Rich, Hazel and Kat fixed it (with the help of Josh. read more...


11/12/2013

Meltemi - 16.Tag

die letzten Tage hat uns der Passat guten Wind gebracht, der mitlaufende Seegang bringt die Hüften ins schwingen und so grooven wir uns gen Karibik. Aktuell sind es 243 nm to go.Die Crew wird langsam nervös, steht doch die Nominierung der besten Wachmannschaft bevor.Jede Wache hält sich natürlich für den ungeschlagen Sieger. Der Skipper registriert hier natürlich jede Verfehlungund lässt sich seine Entscheidung nicht anmerken. Bestechungsversuche werden natürlich dankend angenommen. Ebeso steht die Wahl zum Mister Meltemi steht noch aus. Insofern wird feist um die Gunst der Damen als Wähler gebuhltDie Platzierung des Wettkönigs scheint gelaufen zu sein.Hier hat sich Crewmitglied C unerreichbar an die Spitze gesetzt.Top des Tages gemeinsames Duschen am Heck mit der PützWasser 29°C mit. read more...


11/12/2013

Hebe - Day 17 10.12.13

Barrolling along violently corkscrewing which has led to an eventful day on Hebe.Champion helmsman Sarah, clocked the highest speed…..13.5knts. Witnessed by us all rather astonished in the cockpit, she didn't have her hands on the wheel at the time. The men now all desperate to sail ever faster….Things in the galley have been hotting up all afternoon. Andrew and Peter 's turn to create a hot meal with no gas.  Lots of culinary ideas flowed in from all over the world (Thanks Ian from Ontario) first of all the potatoes flew out of the microwave along with the sweet potato and the glass revolving plate which catapulted into the stern cabin and smashed. Lots of unmentionable language. Amazingly they produced a very tasty little Spanish stew. To celebrate our last night on the ocean wave. read more...


11/12/2013

Duplicat - Wednesday 11th 14.31N 41.19W

Be careful what you wish for!We now have 20/28 knots from E but still a long northerly swell on the quarter. Last night was fairly peaceful early on 20 knots with just a full main, lovely moon and stars and then before midnight the first of the squalls. One crept up from behind and gave us a quick swipe of 30 plus knots which facilitated a quick main drop and half the jib pulled out.Now in daylight we have one reef and the code zero up which seems to be happy for now.Dinner may be a more modest affair than previous days but the miles are dropping away now and tomorrow will be our 'less than 1000 to go' celebration.. read more...


11/12/2013

Ocean Venture - Gadget man

For those requesting pics of Windy Millar, aka gadget man,rollin hitch, rapid response man etc, here he is kitted for action asseen on each watch. Other events: doctor attended to crewmans back this morning after boat rolled while having both hands full and flew across cabin.Most injuries are caused below decks and our onboard doctor is compiling photos of minor injuries on this trip to write an article for prevention or treatment while sailing.Even old hands are sporting some colourful bruises.Just had 214 mile run in last 24hrs and prompted changes on the sweepstake for correct ETA.All going well.. read more...


11/12/2013

Avel Biz - J+17 Madame, c'est quand qu'on arrive

Bonjour11 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC17°15 N55°34 W161 milles en 24hMadame, c'est quand qu'on arrive.Chers enfants, je suis la nouvelle institutrice.Asseyez-vous et prenez vos cahiers.Aujourd'hui, nous allons faire plusieurs exercices, mathématiques, sciencesnaturelles, gymnastique et rédaction. Nous commençons.GéométrieUn père et son fils sont sur un bateau et vont du point A au point B,distants de 346 milles.Sachant qu'il ne peuvent aller tout droit à cause du vent arrière, calculerl'allongement de route qu'entraine chaque écart d'un degré.Réponse : Ca fait beaucoup, c'est une histoire de cosinus et ils ont intérêtà essayer d'abattre le plus possible (en gardant de la vitesse, bien sûr) siils veulent arriver à Rodney Bay avant l'heure de fermeture du Club.Sciences. read more...


11/12/2013

Annabella - Log 16 - Wednesday 11th December

Position : 14 00.64N 49 09.72WDistance to St Lucia: 685NMDistance since Log 15: 190NMAnother good 24 hours under full main sail and genoa heading slightly north of destination. Wind is now from the east (trade winds) which enables us to fly the twin head sails. We have just spent about 90 minutes changing and stowing main and genoa. Cracking along now at 8 knots + in 12-13 knots of wind. The change over probably cost us about 12 miles, but we had made overnight gains on the other boats in our class so still optimistic that we can catch one or two ahead. Motion of the boat has changed with the new sail configuration with more pitching from side to side. Lots of squalls about which show up really clearly on the radar. Very humid with lots of cloud and big swell.The unidentified. read more...


11/12/2013

Nyaminyami II Blog Tuesday 10.12.13 - 1200hrs

 By Chris Haworth and Graham Pike. An absolutely fantastic days sailing yesterday! Spini up at Dawn – 15 kts form NE in morning sunny and warm 20kts most of the afternoon Graham and I competing for fasted top speed surfing down waves regularly in the 10kt bracket and at the time of writing I had an 11.1 kt and he claims a 11.11kt....              Hang on the instruments only read to one decimal point!   24 hr run = circa 170 miles – Leader has ‘gone’ but very close between 2nd and 3rd...But were not racing!Overnight mixture of stars clouds and a few squalls up to 30knts at times - now got reef in and slightly furled genoa. Goose winging at average bt speed of 7.5kts (breeze slightly moderated now to. read more...


11/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 18 - 11.12.2013 - Nichts Besonderes

Die Tage vergehen wie im Flug, kaum ist man aufgestanden, hat seine Wachengestanden, kommt schon die Überlegung „essen oder schlafen?“ Am gestrigenNachmittag war nichts Besonderes, außer die Sonne, die unerbittlich auf denRudergänger brennt. Da ist gute Vorbereitung angesagt, Sonnencreme,Sonnenhut, Sonnenbrille und genügend Wasser. Die, die können verziehen sichan einen der wenigen Schattenplätze, außer Paul, der sitzt am liebsten ander prallen Sonne um Vitamin D zu tanken. Auf dem Vordeck seitlich sitzend,im Schatten des Großsegels, kann man wunderbar dem Wogen der Wellenzuschauen. Ein wirklich überwältigendes Schauspiel! Abwechselnd sieht manan hohe Berge und in tiefe Täler in unterschiedlichen Formen.Zum Nachtessen kochte Ernst einen feinen Pilzrisotto, war lecker! Beimgemeinsamen. read more...


11/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 17 - rum punch and salad

Today is our 18th day at sea. With less than 350 nautical miles remainingin our journey across the Atlantic, it is beginning to feel like we are nearingthe end. While we are trying to not count our chickens before they hatch, talkon the boat is turning to topics like: “Where are the nicest beaches in St.Lucia?” ... and ... “I can’t wait for my first Rum punch when we hitland!” ... and ... “Remember salad?”  It seems that as each day passes, the weather gets hotter, the wavesbigger, and the flying fish are getting bolder. Just last night, in yet another“I-aint-never-seen-that-before” moment, a flying fish jumped out of the water,under the side rails, over the top deck, skimmed my lap, went through thecompanion-way hatch and down into the saloon. He flopped around inside the boatfor a. read more...


11/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae Blog Day 18

Another intersting 24 hoursAfter repairing the Gennaker finally and putting her away - we were sailing along nicely at 9-10kts with the spinnaker out, this we kept this up for 1/2 the day.But of course nothing ever stays the same when you are sailing along nicely - the wind had been gusting to 25kts then going back down to 18kts all day, but then it went to 25kts and kept climbing, I rallied the crew (who were all sleeping at 4pm in the afternoon! (nightwatches wipe everybody out)).By the time they had got up and had put their safety gear on the boat was surfing at 16kts! with wind blowing at 30 - 32kts.So we put into action our "get the Feckin Spinnaker down fast" plan, which we had actually practiced lots of times over the last days - and it worked, we had it down in 10mins! Which was. read more...


11/12/2013

Webster - Log 20B - to the tune of "One Wheel on my Wagon"

With apologies to the original songwriter, whomever that may have been:Full sail on our wagonand we're really flying along,The spinnaker's causing quite a stir,and we're singing this happy song.One reef on our wagon and we're getting into the throng,The spinnaker wrap caused quite a flap and we're now humming this very contrived song.Two reefs on our wagonand we're rock and rolling along,The ocean seas are after meand we're muttering this crappy song.Three reefs on our wagonand we're just clinging right on,These Atlantic swells are causing Helland we've stopped singing this Bloody Song!! We have got to stay sane somehow but fear we may be too late.........line up the men in the white coats.Charlie - Webster. read more...


11/12/2013

Freebooter - A Visit from the Flying Squad

Sailing with two crew for long passages is about settling into routines, most notably at night. We tend to work on 3 hour watches, one person on deck and one asleep below. Last night about 0130, I was in the cockpit reading my Kindle when I got thumped on the leg, followed by a lot of flapping. By the noise, I assumed a bird had made a bad landing, and reached for the torch to assess the situation. No, it was a flying fish that had managed to clear about 4-5 feet of hull and coming just to assault me!Crossing the threshold of 1,000nm to go seemed a major milestone. Not sure why, but it made the destination much closer, and as we reduce that by each 100nm, the measure becomes the number of days before we reach land. As I write this, there are about 750nm to St Lucia, probably about 5 days. read more...


11/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Wednesday 11.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth Some of the more observant amongst you will see I have started to lose track of the days as yesterdays Blog should clearly not have been entitled ‘..Tuesday 15.11.13..’ It’s a bit like that out here! In fact it was a bit of a ‘Groundhog day’ yesterday ......... An absolutely fantastic days sailing!  Although it was not Spini up at Dawn – too windy at 25kts from slowly veering E ..we carried on all day and all night under reefed main and slightly furled Genoa goose winged. Given the repaired state of our sails we are probably a little more cautious that we were as we don’t want to shred them again or undo the repairs! However we are still making a good average speed of about 7.5kts and we will settle on that for the time being.  Dinner was Rum. read more...


11/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #18: cruising!

St Lucia beckons but we are trying to stay focused on the here & now.We have under 650 miles left, which is only slightly more than our previous biggest crossing (to Porto Santo/Madeira), so it feels quite manageable.The seas are still confused, with waves coming at us from all directions (making necessary, for instance, the wedged sleeping positions mentioned earlier) but the wind has been constantly behind us and is pushing us along nicely, with only the jib up.We are happy to report finally a night with NO flying fish!I was seriously contemplating wearing the climbing helmet (which we have for going up the mast) at night to protect myself.Looks like that may be unnecessary - whew!Yesterday we did see some fun sea creatures - bigger than dolphins with blunt heads and dark grey. read more...



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