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14/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 21 - Not that far to go

Hello Everyone,Less than 400 miles to go.The wind has been 25 - 30 knots from the east, even bigger in the squalls.Boat and crew coping well.Keeping the message short today to allow for other duties. Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake). read more...


14/12/2013

Free Spirit - 14th December (Peter's Blog)

Disaster! Worse things do happen at sea but this was prettybad.  We lost our Parasailor sail today.  We were already in direstraits concerning our sails.  The genoa, which is the main working sail,was all but destroyed in the storm of 30th November.  Somehow we managed toput it together again adequately enough for it to continue pulling usthrough the water for another 10 days before she suffered further severe damageduring a squall in the middle of the night on 10th December.  At this timewe were in strong winds and heavy seas and it was decided to park it on theforestay until we reached our destination.  In the meantime we rigged thestay sail as a poor, but better than nothing, substitute for the genoa. Thisworked reasonably well.  We. read more...


14/12/2013

Koala - Dec 14th: Friday the 13th part 2

Yeah, I know, I didn't mention Friday the 13th yesterday. I thought it better not to. We're a superstitious bunch us sailors, and it did prove to be a tough day elsewhere in the fleet. One boat caught fire, one was dismasted and another was taking on water.So our late evening was tame by comparison, but at dusk it started looking a bit squally and cloudy, so we dropped the main in about 30 knots of breeze and carried on overnight under poled out genoa. Partly because the genoa is more stable like that, but mainly because I really didn't fancy dancing on the foredeck with a 16ft aluminium pole with 12 ft swells in the dark!Also, after saying that we had not seen a boat for a week, we had two last night. One turned out to be Second Wind, one of the boats from our net who we knew was. read more...


14/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean

After their 3rd night of strong winds (gusting to F7) and rain the crew are feeling tired.  They ‘wake’ though to the most beautiful day yet, bright sunshine and sparkling seas.  To complete the spectacular scenery a large pod of dolphins arrive.  They are extremely lively, jumping and  turning, diving under and around the boat and guiding the boat at the bow.  To get  abetter view the crew go, precariously, up to the bow (Mike and George were left to mind the helm).  The girls sat with their legs dangling over the side and each time the boat lurched from side to side their feet were dipped into the warm waters. They all agreed that It was like being on a fair ride but even better ‘cos it wasn’t!  (Insert photo)  (They laughed in the face of. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean
Blue Dolphin - Day 20 - Paddling in the middle of the ocean
14/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 16:Today was really really hot.It was so hot that Mum and Dad said that we didn't have to do any school work today.There is no wind and the water looks really shiny and flat.This afternoon to cool down we all went swimming.It was lovely but a little strange as well because we are so far away from any land.Karen got stung by a jelly fish tentacle but she is ok.She said that it was just a tentacle that must have fallen off a jelly fish and it wasn't too sore.Spaghetti Bog for dinner and then Robert, Karen, Mum and I played Bean Farmer, Karen won.Dad said that the wind should come back tomorrow.Day 17:The wind came back so we are sailing again.I had lots of school work to do and it took ages.Then Robert and I playedwith our Lego.Mum said that we will be using the last of the fresh meat. read more...


14/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 13

Day 18 and the smiles on Hotstuff are as wide as the Atlantic. With a mere600 miles until St. Lucia greets us we have finally moved our minds from ourstomachs to what we have achieved in 2200 miles spent at sea. We have realisedwe already have a lot to be proud of and are spending a moment to reflect. Although we don't have the statistics we are aware that the number of allfemale crews that have sailed this vast sea will be limited. We are also awarethat the number of crews that have sailed it the 'hard way' - no enginepropulsion, no water maker, no generator, no auto helm, just the basics - willbe even fewer. We indulge ourselves in feeling like we are making our ownpersonal history.Nine women who had not even met three weeks ago let alone sailed with eachother, have bonded in difficult. read more...


14/12/2013

Jambo - now got 25 knots up the bottom

very strong winds in the right direction but very big seas means we are all exhaustedbut making good speed . The line sqaulls and showers are interesting to spot - they all seem to head for Jambo to give us a good wash - just as well as bathing on the deck is off limits in these conditions --. read more...


14/12/2013

Starblazer - 14 December Friday the 13th

After the gybe problem we had just before midnight Thursday, I was a little apprehensive about Friday!The night was not conducive to blog writing because the boat was crashing about all night.It wasn’t conducive to sleeping either.We had to steer a little off course to cope with the gybed mainsail which meant that the swell hit us from a squarer direction.Waves from I know not where came from an opposing direction, it was nasty.Other than the motion, it was a peaceful night (apart from John’s encounter with a flying fish), though the watch keeper had to keep an eye on the wind instruments to ensure no repercussion of the earlier gybe.The morning dawned bright and clear so we set about gybing the mainsail in a controlled manner so that we could get back on course.The amazing thing is,. read more...


14/12/2013

Magic - Tag 20: Gib mir Wind und ich gebe Dir Meilen

13.12.2013Pos: 16° 11,8' N, 053° 49,0' WKurs: 271°Seit der Angelspuk vorbei ist, überschlagen sich die Etmal-Rekorde täglich. Ich wusste, dass die Leine nur gebremst hat. Oder liegt es doch am Wind? In jedem Fall geht es nun rasend schnell. Zum letzten Mal überfahren wir eine Zeitzonengrenze. Die Wellen werden immer besser ausgesteuert. Die Geschwindigkeit steigt teilweise auf mehr als 9kt über Grund, wenn wir die Welle herunter surfen. Laufend werden neue Ankunftszeiten ausgerechnet. 16.12. zum Frühstück, nein doch nicht. 15.12. zum Sundowner, nein Mist, Zeitverschiebung vergessen - oder am Ende doch?Kennzahlen des Tages:Zeitzone am Schiffsort: UTC-4 (= Zeitzone am Zielort)Verbleibende Distanz: Tagesetmal: 182smOlaf. read more...


14/12/2013

Magic - Tag 19: Fische, Fische, Fische

12.12.2013Pos: 17° 01,7' N, 050° 53,9' WKurs: 270°Mein Verhältnis zu Fisch ist, vorsichtig ausgedrückt, unterirdisch miserabel. Wer hätte also gedacht, dass sich das hier noch zu einem „Fisch-Blog“ entwickelt. Aber es gibt Einiges zu berichten. Da sind beispielsweise die inzwischen unzählige Delfine, die uns immer wieder in großen Rudeln begleitet haben (ich weiß, Delfine sind keine Fische). Gestern kam dann noch ein weißer Hai dazu (bilden wir uns jedenfalls ein). Er umkreist das Schiff fast eine Stunde, zieht dann aber wieder gelangweilt ab - war wohl nichts zu holen. Gleich hinterher kommt ein kleiner Wal (ja ich weiß, sind auch keine Fische). Damit dachten wir, wäre das Programm vorerst komplett.Dann der Alarm. Irgendetwas hat an der Angel angebissen, die wir seit 2 1/2 Wochen. read more...


14/12/2013

Magic - Tag 18: Fliegende Fische

11.12.2013Pos: 17° 35,2' N, 048° 05,0' WKurs: 280°Der Veranstalter der ARC hat jetzt einen Wettbewerb ausgeschrieben über den größten gefangenen fliegenden Fisch. Dazu sind zwei Bemerkungen notwendig: 1) Ja, das gibt es wirklich. Die Fische hier können fliegen. Kann man überall sehen. 2) Fangen muss man die gar nicht. Die Fische landen von allein an Deck. Vermutlich durch eigenen Navigationsfehler oder durch mangelhaften Ausguck vor dem Abheben. Schiffe sind in dieser Gegend eher selten.Auch wir haben uns inzwischen zwangsläufig zwei Exemplare eingefangen. Einen haben wir lebend wieder ausgesetzt (die Fischen können zwar schwimmen und fliegen, aber nicht laufen). Beim zweiten kam leider jede Hilfe zu spät. Auch ihn haben wir der See zurückgegeben. Wenn wir das Beweisfoto beim Wettbewerb. read more...


Magic - Tag 18: Fliegende Fische
Magic - Tag 18: Fliegende Fische
14/12/2013

Duplicat - Close encounter

You don't see another boat for days and days and then a huge 280m tanker on collision course pops up on the radar and AIS!Skipper called him and said that we would hold course and he very politely said they would move to starboard and we could pass port to port.Sun now shining again and wind eased to 23 knots but seas behind pretty big so go pros have been busy!tanker. read more...


Duplicat - Close encounter
Duplicat - Close encounter
14/12/2013

Sunrise - Tag 21 - 14.12.2013 - Landfall

Barbados haben wir nicht mehr gesehen, aber nach einer Nacht mit einigen Regenschauern sind wir gut vorangekommen. Um 10:06 lokaler Zeit haben wir die Ziellinie überquert. Alle sind wohlbehalten angekommen und wir genießen unseren Landfall.Hiermit endet auch unser Blog zur ARC 2013. Wir hoffen es hat euch Spaß gemacht den Törn zu verfolgen.Viele Grüße von der Sunrise-Crew. read more...


14/12/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 21 - ‚Die perfekte Welle‘

14.12.2013Samstagmorgen 11:30. Seit Stunden bläst es wieder mit mehr als 30 kn unddie Wellen machen ordentlich Druck auf die Ruderanlage. Petra kämpft amSteuer mit den Wellen. Das Knarren und die vielen Geräusche rund um dieSteuerung machen uns ein wenig nervös. Allein unser Skipper bleibt davöllig cool und macht den Holzunterbau für den Autopiloten als Knarrquelleaus. Er muss es wissen – und wir glauben ihm natürlich. Eben haben wir das3. Reff ins Groß gebunden. Jetzt steuert es sich wieder besser.Gestern hat Udo einen neuen Geschwindigkeitsrekord aufgestellt: 11 kn –die Welle runter. Genial. Das haben wir der Queen F. nicht zugetraut.Dabei ist das nur Platz 3, zumindest wenn wir die von der Loge sicherfalsch gemeldeten Spitzen von 35 kn bei Dietmar und 22 kn von Katharinamitrechnen.. read more...


14/12/2013

Meltemi - Angekommen

Am 12.Dezember um 20:34 Uhr Ortszeit die Ziellinie überquert, nach 18 Tagen 11 Stunden und 34 Minuten.Jetzt heißt es die Karibik genießen.Bleibt dran, wir stellen in den nächsten Tagen immer wieder Fotos in den Blog.Rüdiger Fenck teilt Dateien über das Mediencenter mit Ihnen.Klicken Sie auf den Link, um die Dateien anzusehen oder herunterzuladen.https://mediencenter.t-online.de/auth/guest/shareToken/A6BAE892CDA7FF9B54D1723F4BED0DB49D7C0D2FAngekommen.. read more...


Meltemi - Angekommen
Meltemi - Angekommen
14/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 21. Tag - Die Meilen purzeln

Es geht hervorragend voran; wir machen gerade um 150 Seemeilen pro Tag nach St.Lucia gut. Voraussichtlich morgen werden wir die Marke der 1000 verbleibenden Seemeilen knacken. Der Wind hat zugenommen und blässt gerade mit 20-30 Knoten - mehr brauchen wir dann aber auch nicht:-). Wir transportieren gerade 4 Kilo Reis von den Kap Verden in die Karibik und gestern hat uns Viktor, dem Kapitän eines Frachters, den wir angefunkt haben und der 10 Seemeilen an uns vorbeigefahren ist, erzählt er transportiert 2000 Tonnen Reis von New Orleans nach Kap Verden. Was für ein Reis-Hin-Und-Her es auf dieser Welt gibt;-). Gestern gabs allerdings kein Reis bei uns, sondern Röschti mit Butter, Speck und Käse, zubereitet von der einzigen Schweizerin an Bord - ei, das war lecker!:-). read more...


14/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #21: Last minute items...

Hello from another rockin' and rollin' day out on the Atlantic.Stuart has finished up the last of our 5 dozen eggs with delicious French toast this morning ("Soon to be Famous.." - do you see a trend here?), Mason is busy organizing the flags to be raised again in St Lucia, and Lyell is practicing his imitation of an electric guitar while on watch in the cockpit.OH, AND THERE ARE ONLY 120.2 MILES TO GO TO ST LUCIA!But who's counting!??At our current rate, that puts us into Rodney Bay Marina early in the morning, possibly even before sunrise, but the crew of the good ship Edelweiss will no doubt be awake, alert, alive and ENTHUSIASTIC!You can imagine that spirits are high this morning on Edelweiss.There are, however, plenty of serious questions that proximity to St Lucia brings up:. read more...


14/12/2013

Duplicat - Saturday 14 14.29N 49.06W

Well Friday the 13th lived up to it's name, just when we were thinking of shaking a reef out after a very pleasant and peaceful lunch Skipper noticed grey cloud to windward - within 30 minutes we had pouring rain and loads of wind which increased all afternoon to 30 knots and despite all the cloud clearing to give a lovely moon before midnight, we still had 25-30 knots.Trouble with having a big moon it lights up all the nasty seas which pass under and break in front lighting up the sea with white foam!Saturday 14 dawned with big seas and big winds - now just got a double reefed main up - can't wait to be in St Lucia.Angry sunrise. read more...


Duplicat - Saturday 14 14.29N 49.06W
Duplicat - Saturday 14  14.29N  49.06W
14/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 21 – Pina Colada

Position Saturday, 14.12.2013 12:00 UTC:15”04’.927 N, 055”22’.674 WDTW St. Lucia:327 sm Two more nights and we will be on landfall in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.Everyone is ready for a rum punch and a pina colada.However there is still some mileage to go. And what should we expect? Of cause, strong wind with 30 knots; couldn’t it be only 15 to 20 knots? As a result the sea looks wonderful, high waves 5 meter high and rough surface. No sunshine so far. This kind of weather we most probably will have also during the next two days, except the sun will show up. Although we all are used to the shaking and rolling meanwhile, we rather would like a calme sea and sunshine. During the night we ran thru a lot of squalls, making us busy in reefing the main whenever we where near the squall.We only run. read more...


14/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 21 - Sat 14th Dec

Only 328nm to St Lucia! At current speed, that is another 2 days. The last 3-4 have been ones of rapid progress with strong Easterly trade winds. However the downside has been big seas, making for tiring sailing and limited sleep. The thought of landfall is now very welcome!Trying to capture the sea conditions on camera is frustrating. The photos do not do justice to waves and swell that are much higher than the cockpit!No matter, the lure of the Caribbean is upon us, especially some swimming and rum cocktails. Exercise on-board consists of bracing oneself against the movement of the boat, and every task is twice the effort from on land.Astonishingly, we are only now coming to the end of our fresh fruit and vegetables. Thanks to Annemarie's very careful preparations, and good advice from. read more...


14/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w

Well, been a  quiet day on GE; a sunny morning followed by anafternoon of squalls which have  continued into the evening; dark lines ofcloud full of rain and wind. For the most part the rain is warm and you dry outin the sun though it is less comfortable at night. So just over 200 miles to runand suddenly the end of this journey seems very close. Some don’t want it to endwhile others are starting to think of landfall and the little luxuries it willbring.  Things like ( and in no particular order ) a chorizo free day,alcohol, a full night’s sleep, going to the lavatory on a stationary toiletbowl, drying dishes without performing a pirouette and not having that businesswith toilet paper that those of you who have visited Turkey know all about. Ofcourse a lot will be. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w
14/12/2013

Annabella - LOG 19 - SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Position: 14 11.5N 59 09.9WDistance to St Lucia: 103.8NMDistance last 24 hours 190NMAs I type at 0700 local time (1100GMT) we have 95 NMto go. We should be there in about 12 - 14 hours by the time we go around the corner at the top of the island and into Rodney Bay. We seem to be slightly ahead of George so it may come down to the last few miles. We will have to get rid of the twin head sails, hoist the main and not lose any ground. The port twin sheet is fed through a block on the end of the boom which we are using as a substitute pole. The starboard twin is fed through the spinny pole which is easy enough. The trick will be to gybe letting the port twin over on to the starboard twin, sort the sheets, and then hoist the main. Sounds easy ..........?.Everyone is up already. read more...


14/12/2013

Hera - Fliegende Fische

Die Crew wird allmählich tiefgläubig in ihrem Glauben an Rasmus. Das Radar hat es soeben bewiesen. Die sich von achtern nähernden Squalls teilen sich unmittelbar hinter der “Hera” und laufen dann an Steuerbord und Backbord vorbei, um sich vor ihr wieder zu vereinigen. Ich habe es immer wieder gepredigt: Sherry bzw. Port sind Instrumente der Schiffssicherheit. Häufig landen fliegende Fische im Cockpit. Leider war die Crew nicht davon zu überzeugen, sie für eine leckere Fischsuppe zu sammeln. Ansonsten drehen sich die Gespräche vielfach schon um den wahrscheinlich morgen Abend bevorstehenden Landfall.   Stefan. read more...


14/12/2013

Jade - Day 21 - Up and down, up and down...

Big waves yesterday the type that make your tummy go wobbly up, down, left and right. This morning it's still windy but the waves are the more pleasant surfy type. We are beginning to allow ourselves a countdown to St Lucia. The winds look good so fingers crossed we'll be there by the 21st... Noah's joke for the day: Why are Christmas trees so bad at knitting? Because they always drop their needles!Lots of love to allMichelle and all the crew of Jade xx. read more...


14/12/2013

Arkouda - What else is out there?

The ARC Rally Support Team has been fantastic at sending us important information regarding weather, our position within the fleet, and hazards at sea via email to our "at sea" address.There has been reports of floating 45 gallon red barrels, and mini transat (the racers who sail the oceans alone) boats who had no ability to steer (who we eventually towed to the marina in Sao Vicente with our dingy), floating crates and platforms, and a string of buoys that are floating at sea.All of these things we have dutifully entered on our chart plotter, or at least the last known position.We then try to "dodge" them passing upwind, or up current. There has also been reports of "ghost ships", or boats that are just floating out there.One report came in a few days ago, with the information that the. read more...


14/12/2013

Aspen - Log 21 Saturday 14 Dec; Rainbows and Squalls

There are never two days alike at sea.It just doesn't happen.Todaywe have rainbows glistening just off Aspen's stern.The colors must bea harbinger of better weather?Probably not since the nice prettycolors signify a squall is attached to it!We try to keep our weather eye looking behind Aspen.That is where theenormous breaking seas and squalls come from.The squalls bring rain,high winds and even larger seas most of the time.At least it is a warmrain!So when a squall approaches we hurry to reef the sails as the windclimbs even more than normal.So far we have not seen over 35 knots inthe squalls but again, nothing remains the same at sea!Steve and Maria. read more...


14/12/2013

Zingara - Blog 14/12

Hallo zingara fans!Fast geschafft, die diesjaehrige ueberquerung des grossen teiches! Noch 140 miles to st.lucia, also ankunft gegen mitternacht local time. War das ein abenteuer. Nix blieb uns erspart, gewitterstuerme bis 50kts boeen, heftigster regen, ploetzliche winddrehungen um 90 grd, und dann die welle! Tja, hatten wir doch selbst einen ganz noerdlichen kurs gewaehlt in der annahme, den flauten auf der standardroute ausweichen zu koennen. Das war keine barfussroute!! Aber, zingara hat alles gut verkraftet, ueber gebrochene schoten oder mal wieder geknickten spibaum reden wir erst garnicht. Alles wurde in seiltaenzerakrobatik repariert. Die crew ist gut drauf, die stimmung laengst karibisch und die ankunftsnervoesitaet hoch! Wir freuen uns auf gemeinsame biere und den rumpunch mit. read more...


14/12/2013

Aditi - Day 18: No Celebration at 1000nm

Just as we hit 1,000nm To Go at 8am so the day started for real. Seas very confused, squalls and wind 24 to 39kn. Seas building all day to about 5m. Any sailing club chat that waves are long etc so no issue could not be more wrong. Back winded, thrown on our beam end a few times, life onboard became hard and the ship went quiet. A couple of waves over the stern and the coachroof. A long day.Soon after dusk sea state calmed a little but as at 2am (we just gybed as wind veered SE but now it's back on ESE 20 mins later so we have too much south in our heading) the squalls are churning it up again.Passed Charlotta 1 and had a good chat. They are likewise not enjoying the sailing experienced from Las Palmas to current location and were pleased to have someone concur. Amazingly they said they. read more...


14/12/2013

Webster - Log 23: Squally weather

Friday 13th: Position 15 05'N 51 17'W. A really uncomfortable night hand steering mostly in loads of wind and big seas. Again, rolling incessantly. However, less than 600 nm to go! Forecast is for lots of wind today too. We have been traveling on our rhumb line mostly today and gybed a couple of times to correct the course. Boat going really fast.This evening the sky started off really bright but started showing ominous clouds on the horizon about 2300. Then the squalls started and Carl and I have been hand steering all night; I hit 13.2 knts in flat water during one horrendous bout having the tiger firmly by the tail. Really a case of doing battle with the elements and not for novice helms tonight I'm afraid! Not for experienced ones either! No more reefs - next step to take main. read more...


13/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 19 WINDY

Day 19 WINDY Just a short one as we are busy riding the waves!The next two days bring the windiest period of the rally getting to 24 knots with gusts at 28 so we are all getting used to the motion. We are currently looking at arrival somewhere around Tuesday morning all being well. Looking forward to it Skipper. read more...


14/12/2013

Skara Brae - another exciting night in the Atlantic

finally saw other boats - 4 to be exact, and we managed to catch and pass all of them:-)we managed to make up 120 miles in 12 hours last night, breaking all boat recordsincluding surfing at 16kts at 2am in the morning - althouigh this was celebrated with a loud bang from the spinnakar when she split in 2!she had to be cut and dropped into the water to retrieve! which was interesting as it not only floats in the water but fills with water, so it was not easy to get her back on the boat.and once again we had the full crew in battle dress scrambling about the deck of a boat trying not to get slapped by ropes, punched or elbowed by fellow crew, or drop into the Atlantic - while being hammered by 25kt winds and rather large waves. now you landlubbers (and more sensible members of the yachties. read more...


14/12/2013

George - 4th place? Not without a fight!

Captains log supplemental.Since we spotted Annabella (the yacht in 4th place) we have let George go flat out (ish) we are now achieving 11-12 knots with 14 in the gusts. I am reluctant to let all the reefs out fully at night... because we are going over hull speed. We are seeing a new side to George... doing rig checks every 1/2 hour...Tim. read more...


14/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Nineteen

Today's topic was intended to be about how we battled squalls during the wee hours the last couple of nights.But after I told the Coach about yesterday's topic and today's plan for the blog, he said, "Nobody wants to read about that stuff. Tell them about the mermaids we've seen, or the fact that you've taken to wearing women's underwear."It's not true that we've seen mermaids. I won't lie about that. I've written about the Coach's delusions in past blog posts, so I wouldn't doubt that he may indeed believe he's seen mermaids. But other than dolphins early on, we haven't seen much sea life, imaginary or real, on this voyage.It is true, though, that the other day the guys did see me in women's underwear.In my defense, the further south we've gone, the hotter it's gotten. The boxer shorts. read more...


14/12/2013

Golondrina - Arrived safe and well

At 2100 Hours (local time), 0100GMT, Golondrina crossed the finishing line in the entrance to Rodney Bay, St Lucia marking the end of their Atlantic Ocean crossing.After 21 days at sea covering 3128 Miles the crew are pleased to say they are all safe and well. Please look again later for arrival photographs however at this very moment there's cold beers with Gareth, Dave, Mark, Owain and Stu's name on it.....Tonights thanks go to 'Cuthbert' and the Iron spinneaker .. Enjoy the rest boys.. read more...


14/12/2013

George - The sight of land is imminent

As the last full night approaches we are starting to see other boats on the AIS and appearing on the horizon we must now start to 'up the pace' I think everyone on board is looking forward to making land fall. It has been a long slow trip, but we are now getting regular speeds of 10 knots and over. On the domestic front Mick has been caught hiding Snicker bars and crisps in a secret compartment in his cabin....this was a big shock to the crew... but now we have a surplus of Chocolate and Crisps for the last 24 hours.... I thought he was a bit quiet, it's always the quiet ones you need to watch....!Good morning from SY George and we are hopefully less than 40 hours away from the finish in fair winds and sunny skies.We saw some fantastic exploding shooting stars last night which literally. read more...


13/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Final Night at Sea

Here we go, 118 nm to St. Lucia, our final (hopefully) night at sea. The mood is festive, everybody joking around, asking "are we there yet" to the helmsperson every few minutes, the perennial question asked by kids the world over to their parents on long car trips. Not that we are not having fun, we are, but the proximity of land is leaving us anxious to cross the finish line and make land fall. For our last sundowner of the trip we had popcorn, Spanish sparkling wine and a round of Danish aquavit. To top it off we had a whale sighting.I wanted to conclude by saying that last night was, for me, the best experience of the crossing -clear skies, no squalls, good wind, the boat sliding down the swells under jib alone, and I steering the boat down the silvery path illuminated by the moon,. read more...


13/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 22 - Our last full day!

We have been having consistent weather for the past 24 hours with the wind coming from a North-easterly direction at about 18-20 knots. This is great news as we are hopefully going to make our target arrival in St Lucia at about 10am local time tomorrow morning (Saturday). Our bearing was not quite on target so we jibed this morning to head 260 degrees. Unfortunately when we jibed there was a tear in the leech so we had to put in a second reefing line to save the rip from getting worse. We have also hoisted the mizzen in order tokeep our speed up. By mid afternoon the sun was getting a little hot so Sam and Carl managed to rig the awning so there was some welcome shade in thecockpit. With 122 miles to go we are slowly counting down the hours to our imminent arrival. We will be having our. read more...


13/12/2013

Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss

Nach einer Rauschefahrt durch die Nachtfärbt sich das Wasser vor der Nordspitze St.Lucias immer mehr in tiefes, leuchtendes Türkis. PerFunk haben wir uns angemeldet und wir werden schon von einem Fotografen in einem RIB (Großes schnelles Schlauchboot) in Empfang genommen. Die Sonne scheint und die Bucht von Rodney Bay liegt direkt vor uns. Einige Yachten liegen vor Anker und als das Zielsignal ertönt ist die ARC, die weltgrößte Hochseeregatta für uns zu ende. Ein tolles Gefühl, wir sind mit 0,00 Motorstunden über den Atlantik gesegelt. Wir alle sind wahnsinnig stolz.***GREETINGS JMS***Im Hafen machen wir dann achtern an der Pier fest. Vom Komitee werden wir mit einem Obstkorb und einer Flasche karibischen Rums begrüßt. Die beiden Flaschen Moet Chandon werden geköpft und dieses Gefühl. read more...


Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss
Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss
13/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 19

13.12.2103FREIAG DER 13.Ahoi ihr Landrattennein keine Angst, Freitg der 13. hat uns nichts Schlechtes gebracht.Nur wieder ein Stück näher zum Ziel.Mein Gott das bisschen Starkwind und die grausliche Kreuzsee von heuteNachmittag ist ja an und für sich kein Unglück sondern des Seglers Alltag.Nagut, der Passat könnte mit zwei oder drei Windstärken weniger blasen,dafür aber beständiger. die Böen bis zu 45 - 47 ktn sind ja auch dieAussnahe. Nur haben wir das schon seit drei Tagen und der Wind wird in dennächsten Tagen auch noch stärker. Einzger Vorteil wir machen ganz guteFahrt.Wenn die Windrichtung auch noch bleibt können wir sogar direkten Kurs St.Lucia anliegen.Meine Crew ist super gut drauf und geniesst das Eilzugstempo Leider ist derWind und die Welle zu stark um unsere Wingaker setzten. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 19
Selivra - ARC Tag 19
13/12/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Birthday and homeward run

My birthday on the 9thwas celebrated with a great home-made chocolate cake, made from really dark chocolate and we even had some long life cream on board. Caroline had done a superb job.  It was so calm we were motoring and even stopped for a mid-Atlantic birthday swim. It was only 4000 metres deep, so not thinking too much about what might be lurking in the deep, Caroline and I dived in and swam three times round the boat. Steve and the crew member and friend Mike Boys managed a quick dip, Vivien said she would rather not. Shortly before this we got some discarded fishing gear wrapped round the propeller, an immediate loss of r.p.m and blue smoke.  Luckily I had just purchased some diving gear in Las Palmas for just such an eventuality, so Steve, a really experienced diver,. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 19 -Sunset over the Atlantic
Blue Dolphin - Day 19 -Sunset over the Atlantic
13/12/2013

Hebe - Day 19 12.12.13

Had a fantastic sail to the finish, the moon lighting our path, the wind kicking off as we rounded Pigeon Island so that we roared over the finish line doing 11 knots screaming and waving ! Met by the Arc team with rum punches all round, champagne then flowed and we all fell about on shore ending up in comas some time that night. It rained heavily which eventually woke us up as the hatches were all open.We are 38th overall so far and 2nd in our class…whoop di do.You'll be interested to know that Dart our goldfish has survived and has been promoted to a large cereal container and is blissfully happy swimming around. He was the only one on board happy that the gas broke down and he could have the gimballed cooker all to himself.Its so nice to stop rocking and I don't want to think about. read more...