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30/11/2013

Skara Brae - we hate Squalls!

1st update!After a slow start due to no winds - we managed to get south of 20N hoping to find the trade winds the wind arrived as expected and we had a nice 15kts on our tail allowing us to goose-wing along at approx 8.7 kts but as per usual the best laid plans tend to mean nothing when sailing!It seems it wasn't the trades we were in but a vigorous squallAs the squal increased so did the wind then the rainwhen the wind passed 25 knts we put 1st reef inwhen it reached 30kts we put the 2nd reef in when it reached 35kts we tried to put the 3rd reef in - but to no avail, the main sail would not go up or down.While trying to remedy this situation the main sail managed to detach its self from the mast - being left held on by only the halyard and the 2nd reef! Seems the boom. read more...


Azzurra - Day 7 we love sailing
Azzurra - Day 7 we love sailing
29/11/2013

Merlyn III - Day 6 29 November

The daily routine has evolved quite comfortably. After breakfast David and I download various weather maps and Grib files. Unfortunately these have not made pleasant reading as basically the trade windshave disappeared under the baleful influence of a double depression. Our strategy has changed from sailing across the Atlantic to getting across the Atlantic . The trade winds are unlikely to be re-established until the middle of next week and in the meantime winds will be pitiful and in some cases Westerly. However, we carry around 1300 litres of fuel and we have a good engine. So far we have logged 43 engine hours and over the next four days we could well need to log significant additional engine hours to make any progress before we have any kind of reliable wind. In view of this we are. read more...


30/11/2013

EH01 - ARC day 7

Blogfrom EH01Title:Crash, Vang, Boom! Yourjoining us live from EH01 surf contest, with the main contender Skipper AndyMiddleton at the helm racking up some amazing speeds with just a hanky sized No4 headsail and no main. He has been averaging 7kts with a surfing best for todayat 12.5! With entrants from the known surfing worlds of Australia, Scotland,Ireland, Wales and even Russia its going to be a tough contest! All contendersare hopeful and are looking forward to tonight's surf comp in the pitchblack. Thesunshine downwind cruise as promised by our sales team hasn’t happened yet. Wehave had some hefty winds, some big swells. We have been parked up for 4 hours,to then being smashed by heavy rain for 10 hours and now are in the middle ofbeen battered by all kinds of weather from. read more...


30/11/2013

Manihi - Nuit agitée

17:54.90N 26:18.40W9:00 Heure localeNous l'avions vu venir dans les fichiers météo ; ce n'était pas complètement une surprise. Mais ce fut (un peu !) plus fort que prévu cette nuit. Notre route était entre le Cap Vert et une petite dépression locale à 200 miles au NW des iles. Quand hier soir après diner le vent a forci (20-25 nds d'est), nous avons pris un ris, puis le deuxième étant coincé, nous avons carrément affalé la grand-voile et continué avec seulement le génois réduit à 1/3 ! Tout ça pour être tranquille pendant la nuit. En fait la dépression s'est trouvée plus près de nous et le vent a soufflé à 30 nds (force 7) en moyenne toute la nuit. Avec le pilote automatique, Manihi s'en est sorti majestueusement ! Bon, ça secouait un peu ! Maintenant, le vent commence à mollir autour de. read more...


30/11/2013

Adela - Mid atlantic report

We have now reached the half way point, having had our fair share of incidents. The rigging is holding, but then we have had little wind, however we have put safety lines around the back stays and fore stay just in case.Over the first week the wind just kept on dropping. We are now becalmed and I am sure I noticed the true wind indicator give a negative reading! The decision was taken to press on and start the engine as no-one wanted to swim and our efforts at fishing with a hopelessly inadequate line are frustrating. We have now been motoring for 2 days and, if the weather forecast is accurate, we hope to get some wind tomorrow.I am having fun experimenting with the SSB radio, the aerial is now balanced nicely by the new remote ATU, and although electrical noise from the chart plotter. read more...


30/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 7 - Segeln ist kein Ponyhof

30.11.2013Alles fing so schön an: Delphine am Vorschiff, Wale etwas weiter weg, eineSkatrunde unter Deck und keine dauerhaften Schäden nach Stichflammen aufdem Herd. Am Horizont allerdings auffallend dunkle Wolken …Und jetzt wissen wir, was unser Wetterbericht unter Flaute versteht:zunächst tatsächlich wenig Wind, ab 20 Uhr auffrischende Winde mittropischen Regenfällen, Winde in der Nacht bis 33 kn, heute Morgen füreine Stunde auf 40 kn (im Maximum Windstärke 8, in Böen 9) ansteigend. ImMoment 3. Reff ins Groß, kein Vorsegel. Katharina surfte die Wellen mit 10kn hinab. In der Nacht hatten wir zudem ein kleines Vorsegel gesetzt.Erfreulich: Das von Andreas und Udo genähte Groß hält! Ein dickes Lob auchan unseren Skipper Stefan. Er hat sich die nasse Nacht für und mit uns umdie Ohren. read more...


30/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Nacht 6.5 - Team findet sich

Das erste Mal hatten wir letzte Nacht wirklich schweres Wetter und ganzheftige Regenschauer. Und alle haben mitgeholfen, diese Schweren Zeitenfür Crew und Schiff gut zu meistern. Und das ist ein ganz tolles Gefühl:Nach heftigen Stunden an Deck und am Steuer kann man sich beruhigt in dieKoje legen; denn man weiß, das an Deck eine Crew ist, die alles für einengeben wird...40 Knoten Wind sind selbst für gestandene Seeleute keine Kleinigkeit mehrund erfordern beim Steuern und beim Arbeiten an Deck absolute und 100prozentige Konzentratiion.Wir alle sind froh, dass diese "Handvoll Sturm" erst einmal hinter unsliegtAHOY und geht endlich segeln (Stefan, Schiffer). read more...


30/11/2013

Sojourner - Halfway celebration

Sojourner crew enjoying boat drinks after passing the halfway point,image1 image2. read more...


Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
Sojourner - Halfway celebration
30/11/2013

Sojourner - First hot meal

Captain Dennis served up our first hot meal since getting underway. All enjoyed hearty soup for dinner.image1. read more...


Sojourner - First hot meal
Sojourner - First hot meal
30/11/2013

Duplicat - Saturday and it's still awful

Last night under a double reefed main and no jib we steadily watched the wind increase to 32 knots from our port quarter. Poor old skipper woken up from his slumbers to help get the main down and we rolled out some jib.We kept this sail plan up during a very bumpy night until now and we have rehoisted a triple reefed main to keep up our average speed for a daylight approach to Mindelo.We made the decision two days ago to head more south, away from any possibility of strong headwinds , we were wary of not having enough diesel for the trip across to St Lucia as we had motored through flat calms already but now we are definitely pulling in and probably staying until this storm to the north and west of us releases its grip on the proper trades.As I type the boys are having fun seeing who can. read more...


30/11/2013

Anettine - Log 30 November

Vi har endelig fått litt vind, men det er motvind. Ut på dagen krysser vi kurs med Marsails (HR43), kun noen meter fra hverandre.Vi søker begge mer vind og diskuterer over VHF. De velger å gå nord og vi sør. Vi mener det er lurt å seile styrbord halser da vinden vil dreie slik at vi får løft mot St. Lucia. Marsail forteller at de har brukt motor i tre dager og er i ferd med å gå tom for diesel.Det skal vist være mange som har benyttet motor, så de foreløpige listene er misvisende.Vi har ikke benyttet motor så her kommer det endringer i vår favør.Vinden øker og vi får en kjempefin og morsom kryss. Dette er skikkelig seiling.Litt før solnedgang legger vi oss på styrbord halser for natten. Vi forventer at vinden vil dreie 30 grader i løpet av natta slik at vi står opp til St.Lucia.Skal vi. read more...


30/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 7 - 30.11.2013 - Erste Woche auf See, gut Wind

Gestern Nachmittag hatten wir zum ersten Mal Funkkontakt mit der QueenFrederica, dem zweiten Schiff vom Skipperteam. Dabei erfuhren wir, dass siedie Kap Verden anlaufen werden und daher ca. 3 Tage verlieren werden. Diesdrückte etwas auf die Stimmung, zusätzlich zu dem grau in grau desAtlantiks. Dafür haben wir gegen Abend endlich wieder Wind.Kurz vor 18Uhr tat es einen Schlag im Kochbereich, die Innenscheibe desBackofens, zum Glück aus Sicherheitsglas, zerlegte sich in hunderte kleinerScherben. Wir hoffen dass wir weiterhin Brot backen können, falls nichthaben wir jedoch ausreichend anderes Essbares an Bord. Beim Einholen derAngel zappelte zum ersten Mal ein Fisch am Haken, konnte sich jedoch kurzvor dem Boot wieder losreißen. Wieder kein frischer Fisch außer bisher zweifliegenden. read more...


30/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 6 Dorado Whow !

The night was calm, almost no wind. Early in the morning 5:30 some windshowed up giving us a ride with 6 knots, however it died after 3 hours. Sowe were back to the weather forecast.It looks like we are still punishedas we followed the ARCweather God’s advise going south to Cape Verdes.Nevertheless it was our decision. Everything bad also has something good.We most probably made a new negative record. This record is a good reasonfor another happy hour two drinks for one and after a Board Party.It became true. Brian had a nice catch this morning; a small Dolphin alsoknown as Dorado or Mahi Mahi, just enough for an appetizer.Itimmediately was put on the Menu.We decided to have an early Brunch.The Brunch Menu of today: Dorado in pieces done in Butter covered withflower and eggs and drops of. read more...


30/11/2013

Free Spirit - 29 Nov Richie's log

Friday 29 Nov (Richie's log) Those trade winds are proving to be quite illusive.The problem is that a big low pressure system has plonked itself to thesouth west of us, and it isn't budging. Does that remind you of a typicalEnglish summer forecast? The weather is pretty similar here too, youwouldn't think we're in the tropics!Last night we were duped into thinking we mighthave found the trade winds though. We were creaming along and our boat wasloving it! The wind had 'backed' (the direction the wind was coming from hadchanged in an anticlockwise direction) from a southerly to asouth-easterly, allowing us to sail with the wind behind us westwardsas we are expecting to once we do catch the tradewinds.The boat was beatifully balanced and, sorry for. read more...


30/11/2013

Monster project - Log Day 7 - The Story So Far!

Firstly, apologies for the lack of communication coming off of the boat. I promised daily updates at the start of the race. The plan was to move this to a "beginning, middle & end" feature but life onboard has been tiresome and tough. Everything you can imagine that could have happened has happened.All the crew are exhausted and these boats are often described as "Man Eaters". It's doing just that. Easily burning through 3 helmsman in a 4 hour watch. The constant hassle of repacking the enormous kites inside a 70 foot boat. And the constant screaming and banging of the boat hammering along crashing through waves with the screech of the rudders every time the boat goes above 15 knots. But not all plain sailing with a few sail issues, debris issues anda minor keel issue. The boat is. read more...


30/11/2013

Meltemi - 6.Tag - der Skipper hat an der Uhr gedreht

Der Skipper hat an der Uhr gedreht, ist es wirklich schon so spät? Nein, denn er hat sie zurückgedreht. Heute um eine Stunde.In den letzten 12 Stunden (20:00 bis 08:00 Uhr) haben wir mehr als 90sm gesegelt, am Wind, bei S um 6."Wir segeln dem Teufel ein Ohr ab!"Kutterfock, Großsegel mit 3 Reffs, dafür 8-9kn Fahrt. Es regent dabei auch nur einmal, seit gestern früh ohne Unterbrechung, dafür wie aus Eimern. Einige neue Erkenntnisse gibt es auch:"Nachts sieht man den Regen zumindest nicht." "Wenn es stärker regnet, werden die Wellen kleiner." "Barfuss-Route deshalb, weil alle Schuhe nass sind." "Dafür ist das Wasser (von oben oder untern?) wenigstens warm.""Jetzt sind wir aber wieder langsam geworden, nur noch 7,7kn!"Liebe GrüßeEure Meltemi-Crew. read more...


30/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+6 Coup de vent

Bonjour30 novembre 2013Position à 12h00 UTC23°57,0 N2°30,8 W7115 milles en 24hCoup de ventEt bien vous parlez d'une transat dans les alizés.A part la température (26° quand même) le reste n'évoque pas les îlesenchanteresse. Tout est gris et lugubre, la mer aussi bien que le ciel. La seuletache de couleur, c'est le bel orange fluo du tissu à voile du tourmentin (lepetit foc de tempête).Le vent a fraichi continuellement depuis hier. Nous avons beaucoup manœuvré.Trinquette, Grand Voile à 1 ris, puis 2 ris, puis 3 ris, pour finir dans la nuitsous tourmentin seul. Xavier s'est bien battu sur la plage avant avec la toilequi battait fort, juste éclairé par sa frontale.La dernière fois que ça m'est arrivé au large c'était pendant la Mini Transatavec Véro. Ça remonte à quelques années (1983) et. read more...


30/11/2013

XAR - Sjätte dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, rekorddygn med 201 NM

Senaste dygnet, det sjätte avverkade vi 201 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 949 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 965 NM. Nytt dygnsrekord.Vår plats i fältet baserat på hur många distansminuter man har kvar till mål har förbättrat de senaste 3 dygnen. Hoppas trenden håller i sig. Dygn 1 24:e Dygn 2 37:e Dygn 3 57:e Dygn 4 91:a Dygn 5 82:a Dygn 6 72:aDen fina bidevinden fortsatte fram på eftermiddagen, sydostlig vind med 5-7 m/s o kurs 220 grader. Helt molnigt under fredagen. Lunch intogs av kockarna Lars o Peter, denna gång helkonserv från Blå Band från den blandade påsen. Allmänt tycker de flesta att dessa är godare än det frystorkade även om dessa också är ok. Eftermiddagens stora händelse inträffade omkring kl 1500 och det var att styrbordspiedestalens svetsar på sidorna gick av.. read more...


30/11/2013

Arkouda - Day 6 Headed to the Verdes

The decision to head for the Verdes has been finalized.We spent the day motoring yesterday and into this evening--we could have headed south a 100 miles to find better wind, over the ridge of pressure, but we have already added many extra miles in futile search for winds in the right direction.We have sometimes found them, set the sails, only to have the wind shift again.We spoke with a weather router via email today, and he does not see the trades re-estaablishing until about Dec 3.We might as well do some sight seeing, and little shopping.Time to find out the history of these islands!We are still doing great, and all systems are WORKING!All that hard work in Lanzarote (and in Turkey, and Thailand...) has paid off.I have noticed that nothing really seems to break while we are. read more...


30/11/2013

Keoma - Keoma Day 7

Well, after days of praying for wind it has arrived by the truckload!  Steady breeze built through the night from 15 – 20 kts through to30  by day break. This brought about the corresponding sail changes fromkite to scrapet of headsail and the reefs went in, all good fun in the dark and5m swell running through.  The menu might be a bit less sophisticated todaydue to the sea state, not sure the best silver wear will stay on thetable! All eyes on todays position log, has our southerly trajectory paidoff?   Mike & Team Keoma   Our skipper has evidently seen a shark this morning, last night was bumpyto say the least, followed by an even bumpier morning but at last pointing inthe right direction. Problem is the wind is due to drop again tomorrow so thereis talk of. read more...


30/11/2013

Shine - Day 4: Mother Nature bites back

Neptune clearly has internet access.After four days of our sunshine cruise, he has evidently been reading the blog and has decided it's time to show who's in charge around these parts.Last evening developed rapidly from a comfortable 15 knots to 25 across the deck with the resulting need for a reef in the main and a change to staysail. High winds and lashing rain was the order of the day throughout the night, and in truth, the day hasn't been much better. All well, however and spirits high.Jeremy's vigilance with the weather programming (ably assisted by Jorge on dry land) has put us in an excellent position versus the other boats in our class....................................(12 hours later)A spicy night but happy to report we now have comms and weather forcasting.All aboard fit and. read more...


30/11/2013

Annabella - LOG 5 Saturday 30th

Position: 19 42.663N 24 15.859WDistance since last blog: 150 NM ishWell, what a difference a day makes! contrary to yesterdays lack of wind, but in line with the forecasts we have been receiving, the wind picked up during the night and we are now experiencing 25 - 30 knots of breeze. During the night we put two reefs in the main and furled the genoa to2 reef equivalent. We have been competing to see who can get the most speed on the wheel. Conor and I are on 10.1 and 10.4 knots respectively and Peter is trying to catch up. (Otto just managed 12.3 knots going down a wave) We should have good winds for the rest of the day with less this evening and tomorrow looking light enough. We are now below 20 degrees latitude and will continue SW for another 60 - 100 miles. Hopefully by then the. read more...


30/11/2013

Free Spirit - Saturday 30th November

Saturday 30th November What a grey day, windy and wet.  The ARC control team had warned thatthere was a band of squally weather and the advice was to continue west to getthrough it as quickly as possible. Sadly this turned into a storm of 50 knot winds.  Dinner was a disaster as the microwaveoven door flew open and flung out our dinner of chicken pasta all over thegalley floor.  Luckily no one washurt and luckily no one was hurt when the table came crashing down off thewall.  But then the nightmarestarted….in the black of night with the rain lashing down and the wind gustingto 54 kts….the genoa blew out!  Allhands on deck!  Does that meanme?  No, Carole, you staythere.  Shall I switch on the decklight?  Yes – I did somethinguseful. . read more...


30/11/2013

Hera - Wilder Ritt

Der Skipper muß wohl doch auf Diät gesetzt werden. Habe es geschafft mitmeinem Leesegel zu segeln – aus der Koje quer durch die Kammer. Die Ösen desSegels sind bei vollem Körpergewicht einfach ausgerissen. Unser Etmal waren 180 sm. Die Nacht brachte uns Starkwind und Böen von über40 kn, so dass wir zweimal reffen mußten. Unsere Geschwindigkeit betrugzeitweise bis zu 12 kn. Die Crew sieht ziemlich geschafft aus und die meistenhaben heute aufs Frühstück verzichtet. Wir haben uns nun doch entschlossen, Mindelo auf Sao Vincente anzulaufen,um Diesel zu bunkern und Montag dann den Passat südlich des 15. Breitengrades zusuchen.   Stefan  . read more...


30/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Saturday 30.11.13 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth Sailing the Atlantic!  We have seen some ‘action’ since we last reported. Having graduated from the fore cabin to the galley floor last night as the boat was being thrown around so much, our current helmsmen, Mr Pike, has just commented 28Knts now seems quite light!The Ocean ‘stretched’ yesterday - all day we enjoyed beam reaching in 20 kts  and in the evening she flexed her muscles and gave us a brief taste of her potential strength & power delivering a steady 30 kts (gale force 7) most of the night, gusting up to 40kts at times (gale force 8). A black dark night with heavy rain at times spray being whipped off the top of ever bigger waves, wet with low visibility, luckily not too cold but full oilies and a fleece! – this isn’t what we signed up for. read more...


30/11/2013

Amaris - Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic

Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic Amaris Sails the World11/25/1316.26.04N38.34.85W Becalmed in the middle of the Atlantic It is horribly difficult to believe we are sittingin the middle of the Atlantic with a mere 4 knots of wind.  Of course weare doing everything possible to sail the boat - but lack of wind, waves, and alot of sun seems to give us a little time to get a few chores or to do itemscompleted. For example...  while bobbing here in theAtlanticI reorganized our trash - which has now beensitting in the 80 degree weather for a weekmade a batch of yogurt - who would have known itwould be so easy Shawn scrubbed the shower and watched 18 episodesof "How I met your mother."  Seriously. Ross knitted.  And we then sat around for anhour. read more...


30/11/2013

True Colours - testing conditions.

Position 17:36.45N 023:35.35W   Another testing day for the weather.  We have had no wind (motoring atslow speed to conserve fuel), light wind (A sail  set and worked well forat least 1 hour till the wind shifted), full genoa Etc Etc.  After somethought we decideed that our preferred route took us past the Cape VerdeIslands, so we would stop to refuel and renew some provisions.  With fullfuel, and perhaps a couple of extra cans, we could motor at 6 rather than 4.5knots, and given the forecast light winds may not lose any time overall. Added bonus, we would be on land for Toby’s birthday.   So, believing the weather forecasts we had, we took a route east of therhumb line to avoid an area of high winds (25 kn+)  So what did weget?  Since 10.00. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 6: Code 0 sail is now of zero use

I have not had the time to write over the last couple of days (though Yvhas). So, consider this a three day update.  The winds have generally been kind to us – our average speed so far is over8 knots. We had a bit of a setback early this morning – at 6am on Yellow Watch(my watch) - when our Code 0 sail (the largest, downwind genoa) blew up. Itlooks as if the luff rope parted sending the sail into the sea. Luckily, we wereable to grab all the disperate parts and stuff them in the forward locker. Thissail wont be seeing the light of day until it can be repaired in St. Lucia.   We are seeing dolphins every day now – sometimes just a glimpse. At othertimes we are enthralled by an elegant acrobatic display lasting a few minutes.We also have a small bird (an egret, we think) visiting. read more...


30/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 30 November Not what it says on the packet!

The title refers to the weather and sailing conditions.I do not expect any sympathy, after all I’m sure it is cold, wet and miserable at home and sailors would relish sailing in shirt sleeves at this time of the year in the Solent.It was warmer yesterday and remained tolerable overnight, a  fleece was quite adequate.Today was warm enough but with 100% cloud cover and frequent light showers.This evening it rained quite heavily for about 6 hours which has soaked the cockpit cushions!The wind is another matter.According to the pilot charts, the prevailing winds in this area at this time of year are NE, a comfortable run in sailing terms.We have had several days of weak SE –S- SW winds meaning our intended heading, SW until the butter melts, has been difficult to achieve. The wind in. read more...


30/11/2013

Pannikin - First few days

--Sunday 24th NovemberThe atmosphere in the marina this morning was one of excitement & relief that the big day was finally here.The crew on board PANNIKIN had breakfast (bacon on toast) & a couple of cups of tea & coffee.Only a few odd jobs needed to be done – dressing flags to be brought down, front water tank topped up & the gas bottle we’d been using during the week exchanged.We also bought a few more oranges & potatoes.The Gran Canaria marching band began at about 11am playing music & marching up & down the marina & the pontoons.Plenty of locals were wandering about the marina checking out boats & taking photos.We had plenty of PANNIKIN crew shots taken be Richard next door on SARAH JANE, so hopefully we will have a good photo for everyone.A lot. read more...


30/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Tough milk run! Day 7 on Scarlet

Hi all, excuse lack of blog, been a bit busy last few days!We have got our A3 spinnaker back in one piece (well we had fixed this a few days ago), bit pointless as this is apparently a non spinnaker upwind event this year!Repair looks good, 3rd time this poor sail has been beheaded!Could be a good luck omen as the last 2 times were the 2007 fastnet (where we won class 1 on line and hcap) and the ARC 2011, where we also did rather well!Certainly this year is a different race to 2011! I have already seen more than 2 years worth of rain on this trip, where as in 2011 we had only one light shower the whole crossing!90% of the 2011 crossing we were being propelled by out trusty big red runner, this time, while we have breifly used all 4 kites, we have been under white sails for 75% so. read more...


30/11/2013

Challenger 3 - where's the sun gone!

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) } DAY 5 What a great start to my 62nd year at the helm of a 72ft vessel crossing the atlantic & the other fine crew members sing happy birthday just after midnight.Love to all the family back home in sunny somerset Kiah and Harvey you have a late night pass with permission to be as naughty as you wish to be, love from Grandad Kieron A safe and happy voyage to all those at sea29th11 2013 N21deg 51min  W 25deg 00min run 728 NMKieron HiscoxDay 6 ‘Not what we paid for’ says the crew! Apparently they were expecting sunshine and down wind sailing. Well so did I but can’t see that happening for the next few days!Its been raining and overcast for the last 36hrs and to make it worse we’ve been beating for most of it! The winds been up. read more...


30/11/2013

Free Spirit - Reasonably rough conditions in Area Hotel (Free Spirit 62)

Rougher conditions this past 36 hours out on the Atlantic, winds from the south gusting to 35 knots and for the past 12 hours in the 25 - 30 knot area. Seas are 3 - 4 metres again from the south. We're steering 250 so getting wind and waves over our left shoulder, we're running with 3 reefs and the gennie furled up similarly, boat speed around 9 knots although surfing conditions are great so we're getting 12 - 14 down the back of waves :) Boat is performing beautifully, we cleared our bilges this morning as she's taken a bit of water, but decks have been awash with spray (not not blue water so far) numerous times so not surprising. Only bugs are really just the Raymarine chart-plotter below-decks (although the one at the helm has taken to giving us mild electric shocks when we hit. read more...


30/11/2013

Manali - Got up, fell out of bed

1030 UTC Saturday 30 November 2013, 101 nautical miles from Mindelo Oh what a night! Two visitors arrived together this morning – Atlantic Dawn and her sister Atlantic Gale. The strongest gust this morning has been 43.6 knots after a night of 25 knot winds gusting to 34. Manali has weathered it exceptionally well, being pushed south by a north easterly although she will not stop rocking and rolling.  The other 4 members of Team Manali Atlantic had about 88 minutes’ sleep between them, what with the racket and no peace from the pitching. Good as gold though and nothing that a bowl of porridge has not cured.  It’s been a bruising ride (literally) for about 13 hours with no sign of slowing for at least 6 hours.  No breville toasties on the lunch deck. read more...


30/11/2013

Aspen - Log 6 Saturday 30 Nov; We Found Wind!

Early this morning we finally found our E winds!After 2 long days of beating into southerly winds the squalls and rain increased with a vengeance before we found the wind.And guess what?Now it is time to reef the sails!Surfing down the waves at nearly 10 knots is something Aspen should not be doing!Yet it is howling at a consistent 26 knots right now.All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


Free Spirit - Reasonably rough conditions in Area Hotel (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Reasonably rough conditions in Area Hotel (Free Spirit 62)
31/12/2013

Idea of London - VQ Ocean Team Update 2

VQ Ocean Team Update 2. Great day slightly overcast with boat reaching 24 knots at one point while Lucas at the helm.This came after an interesting night helming for Tom who was all over the place as he got wind/direction display confused.Almac on the bow spotted large shape below the surface which swam under the boat - a WHALE! and fast. It stayed with us for about 10minutes - amazing to see such a large form speeding alongside us as a light grey shadow- didn't quite get our Tom Hanks eye to eye moment but  still left everyone on the boat in good spirits.Ig was last of the crew today to get his duck in the heads although any camaraderie at his success after such a long period constipated ended when he threw the paper out of the hatch the wrong side and it landed in front. read more...


30/11/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle finally busted through

At around 8 pm last night we finally busted through the hole and found a sailable breeze after motor sailing for the last 3 and a half days.thank god as it was doing our heads in, stooging along at 5.8 knots.We started with 250 litres of fuel and still have have around60 litres left. It will be very interesting to top the tank up in s/l and calculate the final consumption, but we are guessing around 1.9 litres per hour.The "green death" has done a wonderful job, never missing a beat. Guess all that motor sailing in the med has paid off.The breeze swung last night as forecast from wnw to nnw allowing us to crack sheets, and didn't "the shell" love it , effortlessly accelerating to the low 7's in 10 knots of breeze at 40 degrees apparent in a nice flat sea. The "humm" has finally returned. read more...


30/11/2013

Adina - Day 6 - Sailing in a washing machine and a new quiz!

Day 7 has dawned on Adina and we are sailing in the winds to the east of our route that we have been chasing. 17-20 knots we're ticking along nicely. That said the sea state is somewhat akin to a washing machine and sleep was one thing a little lacking last night.We found the winds yesterday morning after a night in which Susie and Neil saw dolphins creating phosphorescence in the water (after much discussion Susie was the one who cracked the spelling of that one!). Made us all very jealous!Gareth woke up with a dyson in his bed after Lindsay had cleaned her bunk - perhaps she was making subtle hints?The afternoon session saw some enjoyment of brownies made for the crew by Jos Sheffield. Jos - they were magnificent - can we get some sent to St.Lucia please?? Susie has hidden some for. read more...


29/11/2013

Jambo - becalmed again

After a good night sail we ran into a hole again with no wind . The generator also gave up -Tom and I have established that it isprobably an impellerand whilst we have a spareits fitted in a totally inaccessible placeCarol baking bread , Tom fishing and Lord Charles reading as we are not going anywhere fast.So much for NE trade winds!Just been visited by a huge school of dolphins - fantastic sight in their natural environment. Lots of showing of with some bigleaps out of the water.. read more...


30/11/2013

Jambo - bare poles

We don't Adam and Eve it !! Sheeting rain and no wind meant we had no option but to sit out a black night under bare poles!Spinnaker up now and making progress again but where are those trades?. read more...


30/11/2013

Dragonfly - Sch..... Nacht die 2.

Der Tag war ereignislos. Viel Wind, wir fahren mit gerefften Segeln. Die "Merryn" eine Grande Solei 50, die schon seit über 3 Tagen auf unserem AIS und teilweise auch in Sichtweite ist, holt jetzt auf. Heute hat sie uns schon 4 sm abgenommen. Aber zu viel Segel ist mir zu riskant. Dann lieber einen Platz velieren. Bei ihrer Segelgarderobe haben wir auf Dauer eh keine Chance gegen sie.Später taucht noch ein AIS-Signal auf. Die "Feel good". Die finde ich nicht in meiner ARC-List. Die geht auch Richtung Nord-West weiter. Die Funkrunde ergibt, dass wir weit auseinander liegen. Einige Schiffe aus der Funkrunde sind Richtung Süden abgedreht, einige sind noch in unserer Richtung unterwegs. Die "Sleipnir" har den Autopilot kaputt. Bei dem Wetter von letzter Nacht, möchte ich nicht die ganze Zeit. read more...


30/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 6 - The 1st shower

Having sorted out he water maker and successfully filling the depleted tank, Skipper announced that showers may now be taken.  However, she wants to be cautious until the water maker proves to be reliable, therefore only ONE person can shower each day!  The girls drew lots to see who would get the 1st shower – Sally won.  (Mike is exempt on the basis that he would not use nearly as much water as the girls and can therefore have his shower anytime – he hasn’t rushed off to have one yet!.)  Insert photo. Kathy and Carol will arm wrestle to see who gets tomorrow’s shower! The weather has been drizzly all day so the crew decided to do some knot practice.   Sally astounded all by doing a one handed bowline – straight off with no practice goes!! . read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 6 - The 1st shower
Blue Dolphin - Day 6 - The 1st shower
30/11/2013

Aditi - At Sea Day 6; that was a stupid decision!

By 5am our starboard primary winch had packed up, so had the headsail furling hydraulics again, and by 8am the generator refused to charge the batteries. Running the engine for charging & the wind died. 48 deg C in the engine room so not that keen on checking the hydraulic fluid levels. Got there in the end. OK.Dull overcast day. Motoring. So started fishing. Running 2 200lb lines and it's Priceon v.s Marigold Ray. In the port corner Priceon is a professional deep high speed trawl lure. Hold the line at 6 knots and the vibrations go straight through your whole body such that you think you have just retired from 30 years road drilling! Price 22 euros. In the starboard corner we have Marigold Ray which is a squid made with a length of dyneema cover inserted into a pink marigold glove. read more...


30/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 7 ­ Aquatic Creatures

Day 7 – Aquatic Creatures Well!! What an exciting day we’ve had today!! My 5am shift usually sees the sun rising at around 7am, today it was 45minutes late – a sign we are shifting between time zones & well on our way. At around 8am as it was getting light I spotted a few fins near to the boat swimming in the opposite direction – one turned around & joined us for a brief few seconds before scooting off to catch up with its buddies. I just love dolphins, in all my years sailing no matter how many times I see them its always as magical as it was the very first time I saw one! They are so majestic! Later this afternoon I was watching a film down below with Matt when my mum, who was on watch, started shouting about dolphins – we ran up on deck & there were what seemed like. read more...



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