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06/12/2012

La Boheme - Log Day 8 = Half way

Last night we passed an invisible half way line, 1350 miles to Las Palmas or Saint Lucia, middle of Atlantic and no yacht to be seen. To celebrate the half way event, I baked a cake, but to my horror in these rolling seas the cake, after an hour in the oven, was baked only at the edges, the middle was liquid scrambled eggs tasting like cake. We ate the baked edge and washed it with a glass of Spanish champagne. As the seas are quite rolly, cooking is closer to an acrobatic exercise rather than culinary skill. Of course we shared the champagne with the Neptun. We are doing well, around 180 miles per day since Las Palmas. At the time of writing we still have 1250 miles to go.Anna for La Boheme team. read more...


06/12/2012

Matilda - Still in Durban, Cape Town Dreaming

Well we have had a bit of bad luck with weather windows, but hopefully we can get away this weekend. When the first window came, we were not ready for it as we were having too much fun in Durban and things to see (ballet, wine show, aquarium etc etc). With the second window we were all ready to go, but we dragged the anchor in a huge squall that hit while we were checking out. The boat was fine, thanks to some noble efforts of boats nearby led by Iain of Peat Smoke, but it did inadvertently cause a problem with our VHF and there was another problem that needed to be fixed, so we missed that weather window. The squall, by the way, contained some of the loudest thunderclaps I have ever heard and its the first time we have ever seen a flock of birds blown out of the sky. A bird-lover on a. read more...


06/12/2012

Poespas - day 9

As promised, the winds finally abated a tad this afternoon. Also, the swell has reduced somewhat, so conditions have become more comfortable. Which is just as well because all this rolling around our very comfy and safe Amel's axis is not conducive to getting a good kip.We are now on a heading close to that direct great circle track to St Lucia, and on port tack. So far, the downloaded Grib files via the SSB set have been remarkably accurate. Been trying to receive faxes of Atlantic synoptic charts but atmospheric disturbance has prevented us from getting intelligible versions. Also, we've been out of reach from the daily SSB radio net, although we did hear a couple of Germans giving each other informative advice on weather and routing. Just as well we have our German medic on board. read more...


05/12/2012

Peter von Seestermühe - 05.12.12

Liebe Peter-Freunde!Nur ein kurzer Nachricht heute, denn1/ Die Schreiberin hat Backschaft und ist seit heut morgen in der Kücheeingeschlossen2/ Wir fahren gerade durch ein heftiges GewitterAnsonsten bleibt es wie gehabt:1/ Morgen wird es ruhiger2/ THE RACE IS ON!3/ Es ist nass4/ Kein Fisch gefangen5/ Der Alte im RegattafieberEin schönen Abend Euch allen, wir putzen fleissig unsere Schuhe in derHoffnung, dass der Nikolaus uns besuchen kommt.Euer Peter-CrewKuzrznachricht verfasst von Hanneke. read more...


05/12/2012

Lady Ann - Back on track

After our last log Edo received an astounding number of emails and phonecalls through the satphone. Most were from close relatives of one of our crew. They mostly acknowledged the log description of their loved one crew member as typical and not to be worried about. Comments and suggestions followed as to how to deal with the person in question. These tips were not wasted on Edo. After having put them into practise the general behavement of the crew has improved remarkably and the atmosphere on board can now be described as 'tentatively positive'.Thomas for instance has recovered miraculously after reluctantly accepting toasted bread topped with thinly sliced compressed life raft food rations. Neptune is helping Thomas to stay alert by splashing him liberally with sea water. Wherever. read more...


05/12/2012

Johanem - Wed December 5th

Evening all...Today the onboard Marine Meteorology and Navigation Department has been spending hours pouring over the daily weather forecast and 'GRIB' files that Boo downloads via our shortwave radio from her bearded, anoraked friends around the world (where does she make these contacts..?. Depending on the number of other users trying to do the same and the random radio interference it can be impossible to get through.. & even if successful can take 45 minutes to download files. It also sets off flashing lights and an audible alarm on the instrument panel up on deck, turns parts of the rigging into dangerous high voltage no-go zones, and makes the sort of noise that we all remember from the early dial up internet modems attached to our Commodore 64s... But it works!! Well, it does. read more...


05/12/2012

Rafiki - Hanging on in the Heads

Wednesday 5th DecemberPhil writes:Having had a good night during which Andy had us bowling along at 11 kts, we started the day with cloud around. The first thing we saw was some loose stitching on the Genoa sail. Luckily the ever intrepid Rob did a super repair hanging out over the guard rail.As we're not getting enough sunshine to charge the batteries, we have to run the engine to keep them sufficiently charged. The bonus of this is that we get HOT WATER, so Andy and I took the opportunity of a shave and shower.Cally used the chance of hot water to wash the bed sheets. The mangle is a bit old-fashioned - i.e. Rob and Cally wringing between them. The plus side was we got 1/2 knot more speed when drying the sheets.One thing I learned last night is not to use the door of the heads (WC) to. read more...


05/12/2012

Rafiki - Rafiki - Gybing Away

Tuesday 4th DecemberIt is sunset after a week at sea and we are listening to a very loud blast of Adele. I have just carried out an evening walk along the decks to check the rigging and am now typing this. All looks sound and the vast open seas are still surging around us with their soporific hiss, punctuated by the odd loud boom as a wave pounds against the hull. The ever-changing 360 degree panorama of the skies is stunning and life is wonderful! Rafiki is still steaming along at the rate of knots and you can feel her keel hum as the miles disappear beneath us. We are at the beginning of the second week of an anticipated 3-week passage and morale is good!Andy is humming along to the music as he cooks, Phil is looking out for flying fish as he sits by the wheel, talking to Emily and Rob. read more...


05/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 7 - The impending doom

20:19.5N 39:47.7W Day 8.  The wind is becoming unstable and fluky as we head downwind towards a HUGE wind hole. We're doing well now but we're trying to carefully plan how we're going to pass through the light area as fast as possible and back into the stronger trade winds which we've been in for the past week. Life on board carries on in the same merry way, although the temperature is increasing making life down below a bit unpleasant.  Cooking is particularly difficult, especially as Pea is healing over quite a bit now and we've now had our 8th straight day at sea living at a 45 degree angle. We're nearly halfway now, and will hopefully sail the 2nd half as quick as the first, but this wind hole may hinder us somewhat. Thank you for all your emails.  Morale on. read more...


05/12/2012

El Mundo - Wednesday 5th December

Those bastard fish have had ALL my lures, and ALL my line off the reel. We must have 'caught' five or six but each time the line breaks and we cannot get them aboard. I guess the speed of the boat (8-9 knots) and the size of the fish(!?) is too great. Well it must be otherwise we would be eating sushi and fish fillets. But we have a plan. Early this morning ice-man Nick and I delved into the bilges and found some really, really strong line and hooks and have rigged up a cats cradle of blocks and lines with bungee cord as a shock absorb. The lure is over the side and instead of a rod and reel the shipboard end of the line is attached to my biggest powered winch. I plan to winch the bastards aboard!Last night we passed the halfway mark and in celebration awarded ourselves a small beer. El. read more...


05/12/2012

Cheri - 7. Tag Es geht weiter!

In der Marina Mindelo lagen neben der CHERI noch drei Jachten, die am ARC 2012 teilgenommen haben. Die Easyrider mit Problemen am Autopiloten, die Kazaio und die Spok aus Bremen. Auf der Spok fuhren zwei Bekannte von Ronni. Mit ihnen hatten wir in Las Palmas öfter Kontakt. Der Spok ist ca. 650 sm westlich von L.P. der Mast komplett abgebrochen. Natürlich in der Nacht, welch schauriger Gedanke. Mit dem Mast waren die Funkantennen weg und damit die Möglichkeit, Hilfe zu rufen. Nachdem alle Verbindungen zum Mast mit der Flex (Thorsten!) abgetrennt waren, ging bei einem letzten Kontrollgang auch noch ein Crewmitglied über Bord. Obwohl eingepickt, rutschte er aus seiner Schwimmweste, weil der Schrittgurt nicht fest war. Da das Schiff aber noch keine Fahrt hatte, konnte er schnell wieder. read more...


05/12/2012

Bardeau - Let them eat bread and ice cream

So at last weather woman in West End near Hamble has got it right. Rolling canyons behind have subsided to mere hillocks: the wind has also dropped to 15 knots giving us the best day yet. Mr Frog the barometer says it's 35c which is hot...too hot. With all this in mind we have decided to sail to St Lucia, where I believe there is a decent Chinese Restaurant. Saw our first yacht this morning in 4 days. Able Seaman Kennedy spoke to the fellow ARC yacht and said we would see them for a drink in St Lucia. You won't, they said, we are stopping at Barbados. Note to ARC head office...can we stop there too????Such was the calm Genevieve, C.Dundee's Moll and myself decided to complement the steak and dorado cuisine of this evening with our own specialities a la bateau....soggy bottom bread. read more...


Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...
Islay - Islay - catching a Mahi mahi
Islay - Islay - catching a Mahi mahi
05/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Captains Blog Star Date 5th Dec

Hi All (& Hey C) Tonight’s guest blog is by Hansel, looking after the navigation and checking it by sextant as we go.  A great fix this morning with sun and moon read together to match up with the GPS.  From all this data I can definitely say we are somewhere in the Atlantic and it is still getting hotter so I guess we are going somewhere west and south.  Maybe Rio?  A very sunny day today and a fantastically successful day.  With the wind finally calming down a little, below 20 knots, we launched the Parasailor. Great news for the Hansel & John watch team as we had gone to bed at 6 am, and the skipper freshly napped, got everyone up at 8 am for launch.  The sail went up without a hitch to everyone’s relief, so we decided to play around with it,. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - I dag var det visst kø på bloggen...

Det er hyggelig at vårt crew er så aktive i bloging – ikke minst siden vi har noen engelsktalende følgesvenner som klager litt på språket. I dag har det vært nok en fin dag. Riktignok tok det noen timer å få reparert det elektriske toalettet. Første tegn på at noe var galt, var at motoren rett og slett ikke gikk. Altså feilsøking – og konstaterte at sikringen var gått. Det viste seg å være en glassikring vi ikke hadde maken til. Da ble det å lage til en ordning med en annen type sikring og kabel sko. Nytt forsøk – og den sikringen røk også. Altså klart for full demontering. Viste seg da at kverna var obstruert av en blanding av hår. kjøttrester (!!!) og betong (!!!). Med Sam som utfører og meg som håndtlanger, vasker, kommentator osv – endte jobben med suksess. Ny sikring og doen. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - Rock bottom

I woke up today with a supreme feeling of well being; my night watches had passed enjoyably discussing a wide range of subjects including Quisling, the Nazis and second homes with Steinar and the banking crisis with Richard. Between times I had slept blissfully and arose at ten to a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs served by Carl. Things were going too well and my mood took a sharp downturn when the skipper, Otto, asked me if I was able to repair the Jabsco electric toilet which had ceased to work the previous night. I’m not sure why I was selected for this loathsome task, but I must confess to having pedigree when it comes to recalcitrant marine toilets. Years as skipper of a riverboat had made me a dab hand with a combination of bleach and a very large cake knife which I called. read more...


05/12/2012

Oranda III - hidraulico operativo

Entre los tres ingenieros de la tripu, el armador que fabrico el barco con sus propias manos y la ayuda de los demas, hemos conseguido recuperar la funcionalidad del sistema hidraulico. enrolladores y winches funcionan correctamente. Se navega con trinqueta y mayor al SSW. El exito y un poco de sol ha traido buenas vibraciones al barco y, por primera vez, unos han leido un libro, otros han hecho sudokus y algunos sencillamente han disfrutado del tiempo libre. Las olas han bajado de altura y el viento es moderado.Esta noche intentaremos una cena cocinada de primera mano, para variar.Bunas singladuras.. read more...


05/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Wednesday 5th

We continue our quest without seeing much of the outside world. I imagine we will start seeing other yachts from now on when we converge with the other routes. The watches are getting a bit harder now and we swap to steer more often to avoid tiredness and loss of concentration. Other than that here everybody remains in good spirit. Alexei today however has been slightly disappointed with the fishes after yesterday 5 kg dorada, but he will keep trying. Barbara has been in the laundry and we have a colorful display of underwear on deck. Rune tried to eat his dinner before it was ready. Henrik and I fought over the fridge the whole morning with mixed results. It is fun indeed. We are also very excited because we have passed the half way point. Unfortunately we do not have champagne to. read more...


05/12/2012

Rivendell - Log: "Halfway to Paradise"

5 December 2012Well at about 0800 our time, 1000 in London and 5:00 am U S eastcoast we were 1420 miles from St Lucia and about 1470 from Las Palmas. We are traveling at approximately 10.2 knots, in 18.6 knots of wind. We have the main sail up to just one reef point and the repaired genoa - out all the way - at this point things look good. And the waves have calmed down from 15 to 20 feet (5 meters to 6 meters) to about 5 to 7 (3 meters).For the past two days we have had the genoa off. We drapped it onto the spray hood (dodger) and bimini top. The top of the boat was completely covered. We had to turn the air conditioning on because of a greenhouse effect down below. Two teams: Miles, Andy, and Beau were on the outside, Schaefer, Ian, and Dom were on the inside thrusting the very large. read more...


05/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 5 december

Under natten passerade vi punkten halvvägs på vår seglats. I skrivande stund har vi 1290 sjömil kvar och vi går nu direkt mot waypoint St Lucia. Känns bra! Det har varit en härlig dag med badbyxor och bikini och vi har firat halvvägsmålet med att dela en halv flaska Cava. Svagare vindar, ca 16 knop från 140 grader just nu och lugnare sjö med bara 2,5 meters våghöjd har  gjort att vi tagit ur alla rev ur storen och satt Code 0. Fin segling med god fart. Vi kör generellt konservativ segelsättning under nätterna och i natt var det nog ovanligt lugnt för vi tappade ett antal positioner i ARC’s dagliga positionsrapport. Men det är ju ingen tävling väl....?Vi har sett två fina valar som lugnt simmade förbi oss på kanske 50 meters avstånd. Pampigt! Dagens fråga: Var har både Björn och. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - Frigate Salute for Coral IV

19:04.4 N 38:00.8 W There we were, six of us, alone in the vast central Atlantic Ocean, steadily proceeding towards St Lucia with reefed main and small genoa on the port tack in ENE winds of 20-25 knots and seas of about 3 meters.  No other boats in sight. Then out of the West, three white kite-like objects suddenly appeared in the sky flying in formation.  Together they rode the wind towards our vessel and then hovered for a minute or so on our starboard beam. Frigate birds curious at our appearance in their lonely domain! They wheeled in formation to the North, flew around to the West, approached slowly to the point on our beam, where again they hovered with wings raised to capture maximum lift. They dipped their wings and then continued on their. read more...


05/12/2012

Coral IV - Day 8

So for our frequent readers who were on the edge of their seats as to the status of our mast, I am pleased to announce that it is still in a very much vertical position and the ominous noises haven’t been heard for a good 36 hours. In addition to this we have no new breakages to report, and therefore haven’t had much to do today. The night was calm, with a beautiful moon and beautiful stars, with the only excitement being that another flying fish tried to join Sam and I in bed. Luckily Carl fought it off bravely, so disaster was averted. The lack of breakages (long may it continue) has resulted in a very relaxing day. We have sat around reading, sunbathing, eating tropical fruit and listening to Cuban music. The sun is very powerful down here, and 6 people trying to seek shade in a tiny. read more...


05/12/2012

Indulgence - Kites and Eggs

Wednesday 5th DecemberCurrent Position: N 18o 59'.816 W 35o 37".020 Current Speed : 7.6 knots Distance to finish at Saint Lucia : 1480 nm* * * * * Kite and EggsDenis expressed a craving for a boiled egg this morning. Luckily enough we did manage to stock up on fresh eggs at our supermarket sweep in the Canaries. We bought 56 in fact, just in case. So far, only four had been used for the previous days birthday brownies, so we'd better get cracking! Aidan took position at the galley, since he proudly claimed he knew how to cook poached eggs, and we all enjoyed "Huevos" poached in Atlantic salt water. You can't beat that. We were all contented with our previous nights super sail, overtaking Aidan's new mate, Jeremy on Sirius, a Tayana 56. Now with full bellies, we decided to launch the. read more...


05/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion

Día Nº 9 Posición actual                 21ºN ~59,8’43ºW~10,9’              Distancia recorrida del día : 194 MN          Velocidad promedio : 8.1 Nudos Evolución del tiempo ... de un bellísimo atardecer a un día totalmente húmedo!No vamos a tratar la evolución del pez volador (flying fish), suficiente con los 3 a 6 que diariamente tenemos que echar al mar después que han aterrizado en el Capricho, inclusive arriba en el puesto de mando o flying bridge, será por el flying?Ayer tuvimos un bellísimo atardecer, como se ve en la foto, con pocas nubes por la tarde y ya habíamos empezado a probar la nueva. read more...


Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
Capricho - Dia 9 - Evolucion
05/12/2012

Stormvogel - 9. Seetag - leichte Entspannung...

...aber nur beim Skipper!Nachdem die gestrige Nacht mit einer bedrohlichen Wolkenlage begann und Heidi mich öfters zu Segelmanövern aus dem Bett holen musste, entspannte  sich die Situation zusehends und als Hendrik um 3 Uhr seine Wache  übernimmt läuft alles rund. Und der Skipper hat am nächsten Morgen tatsächlich erstmals das gute Gefühl, geschlafen zu haben!Des einen Freud, des anderen Leid:Heidi plagen heftige Kopfschmerzen und Hendrik will nur noch an Deck schlafen... ;-(Der Tag ansonsten wie gestern. Nur ein Segelmanöver heute: Wir segeln wieder Schmetterling mit Yankee und Groß (3. Reff). Damit machen wir ca. 6,5 Knoten, vielleicht wäre mit mehr Einsatz auch mehr Speed drin, aber  in Anbetracht der Erschöpfung und Müdigkeit an Bord legen wir den Fokus. read more...


05/12/2012

Ace - Wednesday Dec 5 aboard

Ace: Start of Day 9.  Somewhere in the middle of the Atlantic. I'm sure you're all bored of hearing about how happy we all are, how well we are getting along, how we are finding both peace and inspiration in the smallest of details…..well I thought it might be an apropos time to tell you some of the real details.  Some of the true facts about our day to day life at sea, 9 days out on a small 48 foot boat….…….To begin, the boat stinks.  Not in sailing ability but I mean it has a foul odor that seems to have saturated everything and everyone.  The forward cabin, or the place that Chris and I call home, has earned several  nicknames, the most popular being "Fetid Swamp", "Crepuscular cave", or just plain, "ghetto."  A deck pad-eye above Chris' port side bunk. read more...


05/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Warm in the Tropics

Not an isobar to be seen for hundreds of miles on the synoptic chart. Light and fluky breeze on the menu for the next day or so. Surfing Petrel is still gently moving along. There are a few large clouds around, but we have been left in peace so far today. It's quiet in the midday heat, the crew keeping movement to a minimum, and occupying patches of shade. The heat has even silenced the story tellers...We should be liberated from the light air trap sometime tomorrow.. read more...


05/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 9 on Maunie - the Yeo Valley Big Pot is flying!

Hi everyone Our ‘keep meandering southwest’ strategy has seen us move down to around 17 North so we are feeling very tropical now. There has been fairly solid cloud cover today but the sun has just broken through and it’s getting very warm down in our cabins. Last night’s supper selection was a fairly challenging one for Fergus, who claims to have no culinary skills but is, we are discovering, a potential Master Chef. Lemon Chicken breasts, marinated in lemon juice, honey and soy sauce were accompanied by baby roast potatoes and carrots steamed in butter, white wine , garlic, cumin and rosemary so it was quite a performance to pull off in a rolling boat – as Greg Wallace would say, “Cooking doesn’t come any tougher than this!” and the results were delicious. We’ve decided we. read more...


05/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 9, thoughts from mid atlantic.

Day Nine. In the early hours we passed the half way mark on the great circle route. In terms of the 1330n miles mid way to destination St Lucia, just over 7 knots achieved on average. Given actual miles sailed of 1587, speed through the water has averaged 8.3kts. We are 2nd in class, and in the top third of the fleet including the race boys.We have just set full main and cutter rig, all plain sail for the first time since we set off, and the first time we have seen true wind under 20kts - still a respectable F5. The first week saw average F6-7, 25-30kts wind and we had several spells of 30-35kts, F8. 2 reefs in the main by day, and 3 at night. Whilst not uncomfortable, we all welcome the smoother seas and the ability to move about with just a steadying hand instead of having to lurch. read more...


05/12/2012

Sam III - Breakfest Tabledancing

Unser morgendliches Frühstückstabledancing hat eine neue Liga erreicht! Heute morgen hat Ulli am Ende des Tisches plaziert bei 30°Kränkung zu seinen Ungunsten das wunderbar weich gekochte Ei leider knapp beim Vorbeifliegen verpasst und ist Richtung Sessel hinterhergetaucht.Die anderen drei Mitspieler haben je nach persönlicher Priorität die Frühstücksmesser(Kapitän,na klar),Brötchen,Salz,Teelöffel geschnappt. Dem aufmerksamen Leser wird klar sein das sechs Arme nicht mehr des ganzen Buffets Herr werden konnten.So tauchte Ulli mit dem in seiner Hand zerlaufenden Ei wieder über der Tischplatte auf und grinste.Nur kurz! Denn Ihm wurde offensichtlich klar ,daß sich ein halbes Pfund Gauda und das Nutellaglas im Anflug befanden...Ich esse morgen Müsli!Euer Kapitän Christoph. read more...


05/12/2012

Mad Fish - The other lure

Continuing on from yesterdays fishing story, we got our final lure out and let it out but a few hours passed and nothing.We decided to have a go at carrying out a temporary repair to our autopilot. So spanner in hand we took it in turns in the cockpit locker to salvage 2 M10 bolts. During this Gary noticed the fishing rod bent double and all the line out off the reel! I grabbed the rod and it had a big fish on it but before we could slow the boat the end of the line came off the reel and we lost the lot!Record 163 miles done in 24 hours for us! 1450 to go...... read more...


05/12/2012

Morpion - Mercredi 5 Decembre 22°24N/38°05W

Hier je me suis agacé. J’étais courroucé.Il faut dire que la transat n’a pas grand-chose à voir avec la chaise longue du même nom, et que je veux bien donner ma veste de quart à celuiqui serait capable de tenir là dessus sur le pont de Morpion à l’heure actuelle. En fait, pendant 2 jours, ce sont les nuits qui n’ont pas été marrantes. On reviendra pour les soirées sympas, hein. La musique est pas terrible, DJ Eole passe du plus de 25 Nœuds tout le temps, et Neptune, le barman, te sert toujours la même chose : un grand seau d’eau salé nature, avec l’amabilité d’un serveur de brasserie parisienne : droit dans les dents. On reviendra (aussi) pour la paille et la tranche de citron.Du coup hier (en fait avant-hier, mais ce n’est pas grave, je prends des libertés d’écriture pour soigner le. read more...


05/12/2012

Oranda III - 8 days to Santa Lucía

( días de camino a Santa Lucía, notiene nada que ver esta travesía con la que hice en 2005, frio, sin sol, el mar de costado que hace dificil disfrutar de la cocina a bordo. Sarna con gusto no pica, estamos disfrutando a pesar de todo.Seguimos sin encontrar la caja de los señoelos de pesca, alguien con mucho celo la ha guardado y no hay quien la encuentre. Otra vez comida cocinada del congelador (estofado de buey)Si el tiempo lo permite haremos un concurso de pinchos, la imaginación y el buen gusto espero al servicio de la gastronomía (gula!). read more...


05/12/2012

Laissez-faire - Ode

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria treated us wellSo did the spanish girls in old town but a gentlemen never tells (side note: spanish girls are phenomenally good looking and I will be back to find my wife)Race delayed until the tuesday, so what?  Time for another whiskey with Tom the mad bastard Scot.Last minute admin to run, washing to do, lures to buy, nothing need to be underdoneFaces were starting to get serious so we thought we'd chill on some roots, reggae and rum.Race starts, wind quite fresh and we hit a nice holeLaissez-faire up and running, even had to use the pole.Winds started to get fresh to death,that was gona turn our lamb roast in to a mess,the meat may have suffered some bruising…what the f**k we thought this was cruising!Couple days in and sleeping was nigglyat least. read more...


05/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 9 Pole Dancing

Position: 15:33.348N 32:08.927Captains log; Stardate 2012-12-05 – 14:00 UTCNow Shelley has been looking for something to fill her time after this trip and I believe we have found the answer. Part of our down wind sailing configuration is an aluminium pole about 4 m long and 10 cms diameter fixed to the mast and which is used to hold out the forward sail. As we were deploying this pole it came out of its bracket on the mast (this a Gremlin not a Klingon). With sharp reflexes reminiscent of Mike Brearly at his best, Shelley put out her outstretched right hand and caught said pole close to the deck thus averting potential disaster. Since this incident Shelley has confidently assumed complete control of the mast – Queen of the pole!! So if Sue Ellis doesn’t have enough bank shifts in. read more...


05/12/2012

Lancelot II - day 10 on board - what is life like ?

Date: Wed 5th Dec 2012 Time: 14.30 UTCPosition: 16’58.3N 42’09.4WSOG: 8.0 knotsCOG: 255 approxWeather: Sunny !Wind ESE 18-25knots Good afternoon to you all Everyone is now fully settled into the watch system so we thought we would let you know what we have been up to in the last 24 hoursWe are operating on “yacht time” which is effectively GMT as no one ( except the Texan ) has changed their watch times since crossing two time zones – albeit his watch does barometer readings, straight line distance back to Las Palmas, moon rise time, sun rise time etc. Many of us have lost track of what day it is ( Wednesday) and the date ( 5th ) as we focus on “yacht time “Just as a reminder – Crew Jacko – John, Oscar, Ryan – Crew Sam – Jack,Neil,Peter Aim for those at the helm – 250 –255. read more...


05/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 11 - Hot Hot Hot + bring out the toys

Day 11It's hot in the The Tropics. Especially in a yacht where we are obliged to keep the windows closed due to the disturbed weather. Whoever disturbed it has a lot to answer for I can tell you. We're over half way there now. Clearly we don't know exactly how far we will ultimately have travelled in this passage until we arrive, but we have now sailed 1,556 miles on our journey so far, and as the total islikely to be no more than say around 2,800, the maths will tell you, we're over half way. We still don't know when we will get there, but it is likely to be in around 7 days (give or take a day or so). Nothing to report from last night. All went without incident. B Watch were rained on momentarily, we were not. The stars last night were fabulous, the second real night of clear skies. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 11 - Hot Hot Hot + bring out the toys
Milanto - Log Day 11 - Hot Hot Hot + bring out the toys
Milanto - Fishing
Milanto - Fishing
Milanto - Speeeeed !
Milanto - Speeeeed !
05/12/2012

Ostrea - FV

hi all,Here another update from fishing vessel Ostrea. Yesterday was a big hunting day for all of us. The rod went RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR and we had a big marlin on the line (ca 2 meters). We had to use garden gloves to bring her to the stern of the boat and after 1 hour of hard work we finally managed to get a close look but she escaped in the end. We have the marlin on video so there lots of proof :). Cedric caught his 9th Mahi mahi today and every night we catch approx 3 to 4 flying fish on the deck by accident. today we changed lure to a bigger steel wire one so we are ready for the real big boys.The wind is finally less now. Yesterday we had 35 kn of wind. Today 22 to 25 knots and the outlook is that it will stay like this or even less. Also the waveheight is getting more. read more...


05/12/2012

La Capitana - Log 7 (I think) - Main sail hoisted

I think – because transmissions reported by Norton indicated that messages were not sent despite having moved to the sent folder and recommended a new attempt. So – hopefully some of the previous got through. Anyways, we are approaching the half-way point tomorrow morning. We are going to celebrate that – and the Finnish Independence Day- by opening a bottle of Cava. Getting another catch would crown the day. Since we broke our spinnaker pole on the day of departure we have sailed with the genoa as the only sail but as the winds settled today to a more comfortable status we raised the main sail. All the way up.Be aware – we are coming from behind! Jan. read more...


05/12/2012

Peregrine - Bit busy!!!

Been a bit busy here. We broke Martha. That's the windvane steering system, not a poor abused cabin wench. So now we have to hand steer to St Lucia. The crew needed help with their upper body strength anyway .... Not that that is unpleasant, it just leaves little time for leisure activities. WHAT! You thought this was supposed to be fun? The ARC brochure certainly give the wrong impression with it's photos of clear blue skies, spinnakers and calm oceans ;o)Well it is the Atlantic. It reminds us regularly when a huge random wave dumps itself on us. None of us want to be on deck when Joy is there. She seems to attract the worst of it. It doesn't look like she'll have a dry bum before we step off Peregrine in Rodney Bay! Rob was tempting fate earlier, out in his shorts, but has now taken. read more...


05/12/2012

Murphy - Half way there - Day 9

CorrigendumFull marks to anyone who spotted the error in the last log – even the captain's whiskers don't grow that slowly – it should have said 0.00025 inches per nautical mile sailed (not 1,000 miles, as stated). For those who didn't notice – sit up and fold your arms and attend!Nightly imaginingsYou wouldn't expect the captain to be very imaginative – he is a chartered accountant after all – but sometimes even accountants can surprise you. Boats on passage make a lot of noise: the rush, slap, splash, gargle, gurgle, bubble, surge and occasional roar of the water against the hull; the sounds of the rigging and the gear: squeak, eek*, click, clang, bang, ding, dong; the occasional flutter or thwack of the sails, that lovely sound like a drum-roll on timpani; and those less well-defined. read more...


Murphy - Just a pretty picture - Day 9
Murphy - Just a pretty picture - Day 9

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