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04/12/2013

Hanami II - Une visite inttendue.

Mardi 03 XII 201300:10 UTC14 22 N53 52 WAujourd'hui le vent s'est un peu leve et nous avons navigue toute la journee sous spi sans probleme aux alentours de 5N de moyenne. Pas de quoi se faire arreter pour exces de vitesse bien sur mais avec la petole des jours derniers ce n'est pas mal.A 18h, comme d'habitude on remet les voiles croisees et le vent nous fait la grace de monter de facon assez reguliere a 15N et nous continuons a filer nos 5N, voire plus. Souhaitons que cela dure toute la nuit.Il reste 418 miles a couvrir et ce la devrait nous faire arriver samedi dans la journee.Autre surpise, non pas un poisson mais un cetace. Une baleine dont la bosse et le jet etaient bien visibles au raz de l'eau nous a croises sur tribord vers 17h.C'est rare en mer et sur Hanami 2 c'est la troisieme. read more...


04/12/2013

Milanto - Fwd: ARC 2013 Day 9 - Dec 3rd Milanto blog

Best laid plans and all that, some squalls over night meant we had to drop the spinnaker and consequently lost ground, but first light today, it was back up and we have been enjoying a steady wind and 8 knots speed. Also last night was a spectacular heaven. Thousands of stars with shooting meteorite debris burning up on entry. Quite a show.The morning has been very warm. Up with the washing line and all doing their best washer-woman impressions (Karl's was alarmingly realistic...). Milanto looks more like a sea gypsy caravan site than a finely oiled racing machine. Other chores have included greasing winches and er, putting electronic navigation equipment in the oven - recently fixed by way of a Heath Robison intervention - in order to dry it out. Flying fish skimming by and two close. read more...


03/12/2013

Shine - Day 9: And then there were three

As per yesterday's prediction, we spent a rather frustrating night fluctuating between no wind,and rain squalls with high wind. Consequently,kites various were up and down like a whore's drawers culminating in the destruction of the S3 spinnaker .Ironically, this occurred in light wind so it undoubtedly had a weakness.However, three more in the locker before we take to the oars, so the race is still on, and we are still in a good position. Importantly, the Fabulous Baker Boys continue to churn out a couple of fresh loaves every morning, which is greatlyappreciated by the rest of the crew. Less good news is the rapidly dwindling beer stores, so at some time before St Lucia, dailyHappy Hour may well have to comprise the ingredients thatwe have the most of.........malt whisky, milk and. read more...


03/12/2013

Anettine - 2.12.2013

En stund før soloppgang passerte vi ytterligere en båt, og det var kanskje en til bak han.Det var vanskelig å se i mørket.En grei begynnelse på dagen som inntil kvelden forløp uten de store hendelser. Vi benyttet muligheten til å sove så mye som mulig.Vi seilte med spinnaker hele dagen og bestemte oss for å kjøre med den hele natten. Det var delvis overskyet og det ble veldig mørkt når solen gikk ned.Vi koste oss med stor fart hele kvelden. Undertegnede tørnet inn i 2200 tiden. Rett over midnatt ble jeg purret av førsten. Fra køya kunne jeg høre at det gikk veldig fort. Når jeg kom opp viste det seg at vi hadde kjørt inn i et stort squal.Vi logget kontinuerlig mellom 9-10 knopp i den sterke vinden. Førsten ville ha hjelp til å stoppe pendlingen for å unngå at vi mistet styringen på. read more...


03/12/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 14

Light winds again for the last coupe of days has slowed progress once again. despite a forecast of 13-18 knots we barely have had 10 and probably averaged 8, only just sailable for us. At least there is not much swell so the sail isn't collapsing quite as much as it has done. Yesterday was quite cloudy and as the evening approached those clouds turned very black so we were on high squall alert.Sure enough, at 10pm I switched on the radar for a quick look and was shocked to find an enormous area ahead showing yellow and red! It took up 3/4 of the radar screen with another smaller one behind. It was showing 6 miles away with a diameter of 16 miles, and within 10 minutes had reduced to 3 miles away, so I woke Jez and Graham to help douse and drop the Big Fella and get the genoa out incase. read more...


03/12/2013

George - At long last!!

Yet again I am happy to announce Steve has won a further two stars. One for washing the rancid fridge and another for getting the SSB radio to work! This unfortunately has started mutterings among the rest of the crew... it's not that the rest of the crew aren't as good, Steve is just a bit better? An unfortunate example of this is for Mason (the person responsible for navigation) to ask if anyone else has noticed that in this part of the Atlantic there was 14 degrees of variation? This probably accounts for him claiming the instruments were wrong... I wonder where we really are?....TBHello again from SY George.We are at last sailing down wind with NE winds which we hope are start of the real trades.At current 17.31N 32.07W and in more wind than over the last two days at 12 knots. read more...


03/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 9

2013-12-03, 20.30Zehnter Tag an Board und mehr als 1100 Meilen gesegelt!In der vergangenen Nacht wechselten wir aufgrund von stärkeren Windböen vonWingaker auf Genua. Gesegelt wird bei uns – wie kann es anders sein – ausder Hand. Es ist schon ein unglaubliches Gefühl wenn man unter dembeeindruckenden Sternenhimmel alleine am Ruder steht, an Bord ist es leise,dort und da hört man einen kleiner Schnarcher oder ein zufriedenes Seufzenunseres Benny, die Dirk summt und die Wellen geben einem das Gefühl voneinem größeren Meeresbewohner angeschoben zu werden.Nach unserem morgendlichen Kaffeedoping ging es dann schnell. Der Wind istgünstig und unser Wingaker wird noch vor dem Frühstück gesetzt. Seit diesemZeitpunkt sind über 10 Stunden vergangen, die Kap Verden liegen weit hinteruns, Kurs ist. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 9
Selivra - ARC Tag 9
03/12/2013

Beetle - Beetle - day 9

Well, it's been some days since the last log. I assume some of the boats in weather grid Hotel will know why. Yesterday monday was actually very nice, but we spend all day cleaning the boat and drying clothes.The previous days didn' t resemble Trade Winds very well to say the least. It was the usual SW winds, that made any southern progress impossible - unless one fansied sailing SE.3 days ago we had serious wind forces and a sea to match. Sea water as well as fresh water (rain) was flushing over the boat. Everything below deck was wet. All clothes are wet. Foul weather clothes, shoes, socks, trousers - even the contains in the laundry bag was soaked.Beetle was pounding through the waves beating as much southwards as possible, since we were earlier on advised to be south of grid Charlie.. read more...


03/12/2013

Skyelark of London - sunny sailing

Gently sailing during the night and the first part of the day, the Spinnaker was raised in the afternoon. All in all bringing us another 150 miles west towards St Lucia. Onlyanother 1600 miles to go! Though the lure Gro Harlem  Bruntland, named after the famous Norwegian prime Minister and President of  the WHO were fishing all day long, we had no catch today. Hopefully she will  do a better job tomorrow.We have kept our Christmas celebration alive with reindeer sausage, "flatbroed" and a little red wine as sundowner, followed by Dan and Em's superb Chilli Con Carne. We have had a beautiful, warm day at sea, followed by a deep purple sunset and a bright, starry night. Life onboard is good to us!Wiggo. read more...


03/12/2013

Free Spirit - 3rd December

Free Spirit blog - 3rd December. Andy'sbit...   So... how are things so far? This is day 10 at sea,or at least I think it is - yes, I know this because we haven't had a beer for10 days now - a most unusually long time. Well, OK we did have a glass ofchampagne for Carole's birthday yesterday. We were going to give Carole the dayoff from domestic tasks yesterday too. Sadly, we all failed spectacularly. Thisis probably because the meals that keep comig up from her galley would beappreciated in the finest London restaurants - thanks Carole, we love you! Sadlythough, I don't think this voyage is going to do my diet muchgood...   Navigationally this ARC crossing has had all thehallmarks of perfection :)) No trade winds to be seen, squalls, weatherfronts and a full on storm!. read more...


03/12/2013

Merlyn III - Re: Day 10 - False dawn but enjoying the stark beauty of being truly away from it all...

 Beautifuldawns but what did the shepherd say about ‘Red Skies’ – well all started wellwith a pleasant breeze and we thought the promised trade winds had arrived early–  good to be ahead of the weatherman for a change but .... the steady 12knots plus are now well below 10 and we are going at a slow jog. So we havedeployed our genoa out on a pole and as the attached photo shows, it looksgreat. The twin fishing lines are deployed for a tasty catch, however the onlyvolunteers to date, have been a few small and rather bony flying fish – they’renot on the menu yet!  We arere-purposing food on the turn and enjoyed a delicious banana cake from David,whose final shape was dictated by the gimbals on the oven not being free thusgiving it a distinct lilt.  We’vetried to inspire. read more...


Merlyn III - Re: Day 10 - False dawn but enjoying the stark beauty of being truly away from it all...
Merlyn III - Re: Day 10 - False dawn but enjoying the stark beauty of being truly away from it all...
03/12/2013

Rosa Fascia - The Run to the Finish!

Where has the time gone?? These past days have just flown by and now it seems we are about to have our last full night at sea prior to our arrival in St Lucia.Things have gone well for us - perhaps not quite as optimal as they might have been but nevertheless it has been a good sail. Most importantly, it has been thoroughly enjoyable and the four of us on board Rosa Fascia have been sharing a special experience. A bit of a shame that it will soon come to an end! But then, there are always the rum punches that we have been eagerly awaiting!!Our fish meals have been few and far between, reflecting the success we haven't had with our fishing line! But Jack caught a nice one today so Amanda is preparing that for dinner. We have eaten so well all trip!! Have had a few flying fish looking. read more...


03/12/2013

Free Spirit - A Free Spirit (62) competition for maths experts!

In the lead-up to departing Las Palmas the ARC coordinators do safety checks on all boats. Free Spirit had a number of things to attend to, most challenging was extending the life lines - the two lines of wire rope with stainless stanchions (posts) running down either side of the boat. ARC's quite sensible rules are for the life-lines to wrap around the stern and bow of the boat, providing full protection from being swept over-board in rough weather. Ours tapered down to the gunwales about 2m from the stern and 1m back from the bow, leaving large gaps fore and aft to fall through. We realised this just 4 business days days to go, and the prospect of sourcing the four additional stanchions we needed from the UK in that time seemed remote, so we spent most of the morning scrambling around. read more...


Free Spirit - A Free Spirit (62) competition for maths experts!
Free Spirit - A Free Spirit (62) competition for maths experts!
03/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Nine

"Last night I had a dream," said Coach upon waking in his Irish lilt."It was you and me, John, and we got into a fight against a Polish crew," he went on. "We were holding our own, but the tide was turning against us when the Slovenians arrived to help us. With their help, we ruled the day."With that odd confession, the crew was up and running.A bit earlier, I had the dawn watch. As the sky brightened, the first boat we had seen since the Cape Verde Islands appeared on the horizon. It was another ARC boat, Queen Frederica, a 50-foot Beneteau Cyclades. We looked her up on the ARC boat list and noted she carried a German flag. About that same time, we unfurled the gennaker to increase boat speed in the (still) light air and pulled away.We waited until the sun rose in the sky a bit, and. read more...


03/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 10 - Baking Bread

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 146 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1109 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1853.The map on the web site is not receiving our position information, so the map is incorrect, also our fleet position. We are working to put the situation right.The wind has been in the north, and north west, 8- 12 knots, so we have made steady progress. Their is a chance that we may run in to a lull tomorrow. We hope not.The night brought a few squalls along with some rain, however today has been sunny all the way.Once again, at breakfast time, we set our fishing lines and within 10 minutes we each had a fish, yes, more Dorado.We had fried fillets last night for dinner.We had to move our dingy around, that is strapped to the deck, as it was fouling. read more...


03/12/2013

Duplicat - Mindelo Cape Verdes

Well we arrived here Saturday night just as it got dark.The fuel dock is a nightmare, long enough for a 16ft dory so we tied the bow to it and the stern to a pontoon behind.We filled the cans and topped up the main tank and realised we had used 135 litres of diesel already. Sadly one of crew members will leave tomorrow as there has been a close family bereavement and another crew arrives on Wednesday (he should have left from Las Palmas with us but was ill - now recovered) and our plan is to leave Wednesday afternoon for St Lucia.We are so glad we decided to turn south on Wednesday to avoid the bad weather which seems to have reeked havoc on some of the fleet. We had 30 plus knots of wind on Thursday night/Friday morning but thankfully from the stern quarter not the head seas which we. read more...


03/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 08 770n 31 12 400w

Log Day 10 –Stardust   Due to circumstances beyond ourcontrol, the last few blogs did not send on time and we are still havingproblems sending our marvellous photos. We have come to the conclusion that the computer is tired of Fabiosneaking his way into all the pictures! The last 24 hours has been trulyglorious, hot sunshine, clear skies and calm seas.  The stars last night were breath-taking,we all spent most of our night watches staring at the skies in awe, the onlylight pollution our own navigation lights. Jan seemed to be especially mesmerised as he made the call to changecourse to avoid a particularly low and bright star, mistaking it for a mastlight.  The ambience of the nightwas perfectly sound tracked by David’s ipod, which I have personally voted topof. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 08 770n 31 12 400w
Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 08 770n 31 12 400w
03/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 13 - Mahi-mahi: so good they named it twice

It was another clear starry evening, with shootingstars and satellites spotted. Unfortunately the wind dropped so we motored forthe majority of the night, meaning that not much was going on during the shifts.So much so, Victoria and I decided to watch some Pulp Fiction on the iPad whilstSam sat watching stars with the helm on autopilot!  There was some brief rain this morning but it thencleared to reveal another beautiful and sunny day. Sunbathing and bookreading was on the cards for most members of the crew. The wind has stayed atabout 8-10 knots for today, and as it has turned round to the north, so it wasthe perfect opportunity to fly the spinnaker - which has been up for the wholeday.  Nick saw an opportunity to put out his lucky lure - withthe hope of. read more...


03/12/2013

Northern Child - blog in long form

SushiIn the Sky With DiamondsFrom Les Chambers Dawn.Lat: 22.53, Lon: 36.13. We’re on a broad reach in light airs at 7 knots. There’sblood on the lazarette there’s blood on the binnacle. Guts, still pulsating,sluice around in the well of the rear cockpit. The helmsman’s monkey cage is soredolent with gore he’s had to move forward a tad and steer from forward of thewheel.   Murder most foul isunderway this day on Northern Child. DearRosa,Wehope you are well. Your daddy has reported that you find our blog boring incomparison to others. This story, as it happened is for you. Warning!! Parentalguidance may be required. Besprich Dich mit Deiner Mutter (consultMother). We hada relaxed night watch broad reaching in light airs, so just before dawn weplayed out Mark’s 400 lb fishing line. read more...


03/12/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - et de dix!

Bonjourtous, ici le team Capital-Conseil.com! La viebord est réglée comme du papiermusique en ce dixime jour en mer! Les quarts de nuit se passent vite et bien, trois équipes de deux personnes, chaque quart durant trois heures. Pour les manuvres de spi on demandeun troisime équipier de se lever ponctuellement. la mi-course nous étions 2mes en temps compense juste derrire Caro la bte de 65 pieds. A ma connaissance, en temps réel, nous sommes 5e de notre classe. Ceux devant font 65, 70, 72 et 78 pieds! Difficile d'aller les chercher... Le Nauta 78 n'est pourtant pas loin!La viebord prend forme, les quarts s'enchaînent et on prend un rythme. Baromtre1017 hecto pascals, un temps d'alizés sauf que... On attend demain la 4me dépression du séjour! Et dans ce cas dépression = absence d'alizés. read more...


03/12/2013

Golondrina - A fair tale from the sea..

Once upon a time a long way from land, especially anywhere called St Lucia was a little boat called Golondrina who had a happy little crew and a captain called Gareth.  He was a jolly sole having come from a land of dragons and every now and then he would speak to the crew in a funny language that no one really understood but they all nodded and carried on. The other crew were Spin-lock (he used to be called Mark but he recently found that if you drape wet clothes on a life jacket it fills full of air and everyone laughs), ' Jack the Rat' who is becoming slightly more blood thirsty than a Victorian mass murderer when dispatching fish and lastly 'strangely welsh', a young lad whose head is on upside down .. Either that or it's a thick beard.  Finally 'Eco Dave' our new. read more...


03/12/2013

Dragonfly - Kaum Wind

Die Nacht war total ruhig. Kurz nachdem Hajo mich abgelöst hat, fängt es heftig an zu regnen. Aber das bekomme ich schon nicht mehr mit. Tief und fest schlafe ich durch bis zum Morgen. Der Tag ist wie gestern. Mal Wind mal kein Wind. Seit ca. 4 Stunden steht jetzt allerdings der Genaker. Der Wind ist zwar nicht beständig, aber es sieht gut aus, dass wir auch mit dem Leichtwindsegel durch die Nacht kommen. Heute Nachmittag hat noch ein Mahi Mahi angebissen. Ich habe ihn schnell draußen und ausgenommen. Hajo übernimmt das Filetieren. Wir haben noch jede Menge Kartoffeln, die langsam weg müssen. Also gibt es zum Abendessen frischen Fisch mit Kartoffeln. In der Funkrunde berichten fast alle von gutem Wind und alle kommen gut voran. Um 17.25 UTC schaue ich auf unseren Computer. DTD ist 1429sm. read more...


03/12/2013

Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life

Afu has caught the first fish in Defyr!! It looks like this:afu-with-fish. read more...


Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life
Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life
03/12/2013

True Colours - Off Again

Position 16:43.11N 025:20.84W   Toby and James off to do some last minute shopping, Doug and Andrej havingbreakfast at the marina bar.  T & J decided to go to the local petrolstation to see if they had any jerry cans – result!  They had 10 litrecans, but Toby noticed they had oil for sale in 20 litre cans at the same costas the empty 10 l ones. quick question and from the garage came 2 empty 20 litrecans for about a fiver;  filled with diesel and back to the boat giving usanother day’s motoring if needed.   Another queue for the cash machine to pay the supermarket which would notaccept Mastercard or Visa, and then back to the boat and off. Left at 11.00 am;  quick sail past Rainbow and last chat to Oli, thenout to sea.   Initially motoring in little. read more...


03/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle

Photo taken of "joy of shamrock "after wemetfor breakfast."image1. read more...


La Rochelle - la rochelle
La Rochelle - la rochelle
03/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 10 – back to normal-

Position 3.12.2013 11:00,The day started superb, our chef cooked us a nice breakfast, lots of eggs ham and bread. After all the experience we faced during the last days, we come back to normal routines. The moral of the crew improved rapidly. Now everyone talks on these adventures, like it was a normal event.Paul did some cloth washing; Brian started to prepare the rod again with a new lure.The whole night we had a pleasant ride thru the waves with 7 to 8 knots. Azzurra is now running on Track which means strait to St. Lucia without need to being watched. The waves hit us from the side, NE which is more comfortable than from the front. It looks like we left all the squalls behind us for now; however, there will be more on our way. Today we change our time to UTC minus one.Every day so. read more...


Azzurra - Day 10 – back to normal-
Azzurra - Day 10 – back to normal-
La Rochelle - la rochelle
La Rochelle - la rochelle
03/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle parasailing

With the wind dead square to s/l and lacking any real grunt(6-12knots), motoring not an option and the main requiring 8 knots apparent so as tonot impale itself in the rig , we decided to fully test the parasail and here are the resultsTest boat----- Bavaria match 42 weight fully loaded 9 tonnesPara sailor----125 square metresTest parameters----- wind 6-12 knots parasailor on pole , no main and dead squareSea state----swell2-3metresseas slightWind speed------- boat speedUnder 6 knots. Burn carbon. 6 knots6 knots. 4 knots. ( needed to be heated up to 160 apparentto fill kite8 knots. 4.8 knots10 knots5.8 knots12 knots. 6.4 knotsWe had a very brief squirt of 14 knotsgenerating 7 knots of boat speedParasailor versesmainsail and kiteWith the ability of the parasailor to be flown dead square. read more...


03/12/2013

Mustique - Mustique.Arc2013.3rd.Dec

3rd December - 300miles west of Cape VerdeHighlight of the Day -Catching and landing a Yellow-fin tuna,., enormousin proportions according to Chief Fisherman Scott,.. enough for a starteraccording to Head Chef FinLowlight of the day- Seeing a really massive tuna escape with our lucky lureSea life spotted - Whales, 30min dolphin on the bow display. Tuna, the weeone and the one that got awayWeather & sailing - Calm surreal conditions for Atlantic- 8knots of wind,close hauled last night averaging 6knots. Kite out during day to to top7knots.HOT. 28degrees in the shade24hr Log- 136nmAmazing Facto of the Day- At 40 tons Mustique can still sail at 8 knots in 8knots of breeze!Food.snack of the day - Scott's massive tuna lunch, awesomed up by Fin,chillis & avocado saladScott's daily. read more...


03/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 10

Dancing with the Squalls   A quiet but very rolling night. Downwind with next to none.   Today began the dance. Slight breeze, gennaker up. Squall on the horizon, winds up, gennaker down.   Back to slight breeze. Gennaker up. Rinse and repeat as necessary. Smoother sailing and sail changes to mix up the pattern of the day.   So we revert to time worn boat patterns:   Food. Yes the gigantic three days’ worth of potato, onion, egg, and celerysalad. Luckily (?) we still have enough potatoes to rebalance the boat ifnecessary. and Superstition: What can we blame for the fickle winds? A crew member leavingthe cockpit. Perhaps the inquiry into what the synoptic weather mappredicted. A dinner suggestion. Laundry. A random comment on how well things wereprogressing.. read more...


Arkouda - Overlooking the Marina in Sao Vicente
Arkouda - Overlooking the Marina in Sao Vicente
03/12/2013

Shenanigan - Problem with laptop

We have lost half of the screen on the laptop we are using for the internet so may not be able to send many more logs. As soon as we are able to we will resume.We are trying to get another laptop set up but this is proving difficult.. read more...


21/11/2011

Pajarito - Day 11 - Patience

Have patience, grasshopper, for Tortola will come.We've reached 22 degrees north latitude and are approximately 200 miles north of Tortola.So close, and yet so far!We're all pretty anxious to get into port.We expect to reach our waypoint 35 miles north of Tortola by midnight tomorrow (Tuesday) night.And we should be in port early Wednesday morning.This schedule works very well since we'll be coming into port in the daylight. The sky, the seas, and the temperature all seem much more tropical now.The seas have lain down a little bit.The 14 ft. swells which we've been wrestling with the past 24 hours have calmed down a little bit.The low pressure system we've been monitoring for the past 5 days has been kind enough to wait awhile before forming into a tropical storm.The storm is expected to. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Lufada de isco! / Dec 3rd - Lufinha Jr becomes bait!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Lufada de isco! / Dec 3rd - Lufinha Jr becomes bait!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Spi (balão) a bombar! / Dec 3rd - powered by the spinnaker!
São Francisco 4 - Dia 3 Dez - Spi (balão) a bombar! / Dec 3rd - powered by the spinnaker!
03/12/2013

Firefly - Shark!!!!

You will be pleased to read that we are already extremely careful to ensure we do not fall overboard. However, what better way to make us even more vigilant is to see a huge shark. Well we only saw the fin pass the boat about 10 meters away this morning but it was massive, very light grey, based on the size of the fin the fish must have been 15 to 20 feet long. As a little aside but to make sure he /she knows we are on the side of the shark, lets hope the beautiful creature never gets caught, killed and have its fin made into an oriental soup - come on Greenpeace and other similar organizations, we all need to get behind you in a world wide campaign to save the shark, just like was achieved with saving the whale!Firefly is bombing along goose winged with about 15 to 20 knots of breeze on. read more...


03/12/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 3-11-2013

Hello everyone in chilly Europe!I hate to say this but it is bloomin’ hot out here and we are loving it! Our speed has picked up from yesterday thank god – only doing 3knts was very tedious especially when we had to point north to get the boat going. We were heading for New York for quite a lot of the time. Lots of the crew weren’t too happy about that as we hear the weather isn’t as good there this time of year as it is in St Lucia! Everyone still having a great time (well, at least I am!) and getting on really well. During the night watches there is a lot of laughter going on. We had our last pre-prepared meal last night which was sweet chilli pork. We definitely saved the best till last. So we are onto to tinned food tonight. We have eaten extremely well and it has been helped by the. read more...


03/12/2013

Koala - Dec 3rd: Wind would be good

There is a continuing theme out here at the moment. The wind continues to be light, but reasonably steady from the NNE. We are making some progress with the cruising chute up today. Unfortunately, it is a bit temperamental in the light breeze and swell, so we (well, mainly Julia) are hand steering all the way, but anything to get some miles in. Yesterday, we managed about 120 from noon til noon, which is not bad considering, although a long way short of what we were hoping for by this stage of the journey. Last night, I finally sussed out what to do with this piece of mystery cured meat that I chose when we were going round the super markets. I thought it was cured, but it was actually salted pork loin, so I cut some thin slices, boiled it for a bit to get rid of some salt, and the. read more...


03/12/2013

Miciadue - Fangfrische Makrelensteaks zum Frühstück

Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang das große Ereignis. Endlich hat mal jemand angebissen. Wir haben eine ca. 65 cm große Goldmakrele gefangen, die uns der Skipper sehr schmackhaft zum Frühstück zubereitet hat. Danach haben wir mal wieder ein Bad im Atlantik genommen. Der weitere Tagesverlauf war ruhig. Wir laufen 270 Grad bei 2-3 bft mit ca. 4 kts. Daran hat auch der zwischenzeitlich gesetzte Genaker nichts geändert. Der Motor muss uns jetzt Unterstützung geben, um dem 1768 sm entferneten Ziel näher zu kommen. Wir hoffen noch auf einen Thunfisch zum Abendessen.. read more...


03/12/2013

Lancelot II - Day 9 - Happy Birthday Matt

Last night I watched the sunset on the horizon in front of us, while Jackoand Rob spotted shapes in the clouds – there was a dog with a very large head, agorilla eating a banana and a rabbit riding a motorcycle. It was the last sunsetof the 36th year of my life. Yup, today is my birthday - yeeeeeehaw! Thismorning, as the sun rose behind us, the crew wished me a happy birthday and itwas decided that today we should celebrate by having a pirate theme day. Lo andbehold, Mel’s backpack was full of pirate hats and eye patches. With the help ofsome magic marker tattoos and a few bruises from last weeks rocky seas, we’vetransformed ourselves into a motley crew of sea faring pirates. Why arepirates called pirates? Because they “arrrrgh”.  I have had somepretty memorable birthdays in my. read more...


03/12/2013

Manihi - Droit devant ... enfin presque !

15:46.62N 32:38.10W   9:50 Heure locale Depuis hier nous faisons cap sur Ste Lucie. Le cap géographique c'est au270. Mais il y a un courant de sud-est (SE) qui nous est en partie favorablemais nous fait légèrement dériver vers le nord. Du coup nous faisons un cap unpeu plus sud au 265 pour compenser. Le vent avait bien baissé cette nuit jusqu'à5-6 nds - on s'est un peu trainé - puis est remonté à 8-10 noeuds. C'est pasterrible mais maintenant on n'a plus trop le choix !  Le vent est au 150. Ce matin nous avons essayé plusieurs combinaisons devoiles pour trouver la plus efficace. Successivement : GV (grand-voile) +génois, GV + spi asymétrique tangonné sous le vent, GV + spi asymétrique +génois tangonné au vent (original !), la même mais sans la GV, GV + spiasymétrique tangonné. read more...


03/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+9 Alizés ?

Bonjour3 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC22°25,9 N34°07,7 W162 milles en 24hAlizés ?Ça y ressemble fort.Grand soleil, mer bleue, vent portant, petits nuages blancs, gros nuagesnoirs de temps en temps, poissons volants. C'est parti.Mais nous n'avons pas réussi l'opération grande lessive. Nous n'avons que120 litres d'eau douce à bord utilisables pour la cuisine et la toilette.L'eau de boisson étant en plus en bouteille.Nous avons un dessalinisateur à main. Il est prévu à l'origine pour lescommandos de l'armée américaine donc utilisé à l'arrêt. En route, nousn'avons encore trouvé le moyen de faire plonger le capteur. Il reste ensurface dans le sillage. Xavier a essayé plusieurs techniques à base demanche à balai sans succès. Nous cherchons à bord quelque chose de lourd etpas fragile pour. read more...


03/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 10 - 03.12.2013 - Goldmakrelen, Mani Matter und endlich Wind

Gestern Nachmittag war schönes Wetter. Nach den letzten grauen, nassenTagen haben wir dasrichtig genossen. Einzig der Wind will noch nicht soganz, wie wir das gerne hätten. Passat ist nicht in Sicht und wir müssenden Wind zusammensuchen. Pauls Windprognosen und seine Einschätzungen, woden Wind anzutreffen sein könnte, habenbis jetzt immer voll ins Schwarzegetroffen.Der Wind ist das zentrale Thema. Reichen uns 20 Tage oder doch nicht? Essind immer noch etwas mehr als 1600 Meilen bis St. Lucia, also noch mehrals die Hälfte und jetzt sind wir genau zehn mal 24 Stunden unterwegs. Eswird uns immer wieder bewusst, wie unheimlich gross die Distanzen sind. ZumGlück haben wir sicher genug Vorräte.Gestern Abend wollten wir ein Stück unter Motor fahren, aber der Motorstartete nicht. Paul hat das. read more...



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