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Coral IV - Nok en dag som fikk sine utfordringer
Coral IV - Nok en dag som fikk sine utfordringer
02/12/2012

Selene - How black is a witches tit?

It has been a miserable two days with constant rain, sometimes torrential and winds never less than 25 kts and up to 38 in some squalls. Bob has just shouted down that he has seen another ship - it is a large wooden construction with two giraffes, elephants and a lot of other animals on it. Thee crew are managing superbly well to keep spirits up in spite of this most unseasonal weather for an ARC crossing.I am so proud of the way my beautiful, talented and brave daughter Lily is dealing with all this. She stands her watch without a murmur and always has a winning smile, even at the toughest moments. Last night we were on watch together and appeared to be sailing into a massive electrical storm. We furled away the genoa and waited for it to hit us but it seemed to pass ahead of us then. read more...


02/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 8: Isolation

The enormity of our situation of isolation has finally hit home today. Crew have been wandering around with a listless sence of helplessness. Are we alone? Has a nuclear strike wiped out our loved ones?No, the interweb was down. Something to do with that big flappy thing people seem to take so much notice of getting in the way of our satellite dish. Thankfully we've turned around and can now get onto Facebook and World of Warcraft.Otherwise a jolly good day. Someone found a button marked gybe and we immediately turned direction, very exciting. The navigators tell me that we are no longer heading towards Rio, but could be in Bangor Maine for Easter! Sun is shining, weather is hot, or so says Bob Marley.Sextant classes seem to have abated today, Teacher Jonners having told naughty boy Ken. read more...


Bristolian - Day 8: Isolation
Bristolian - Day 8: Isolation
02/12/2012

El Mundo - Sunday 2nd December

A stormy and storming night. We are being chased across the Atlantic by a F6/7 breeze with El Mundo crashing, surfing, and barging her way through turbulent seas in a direct line for St Lucia. We are now regularly clocking 200 mile plus 24 hour runs and in a couple of hours or so will pass the first 1000 mile milestone. At this rate of progress and provided the breeze holds and the boat stays together we should be half-way to St Lucia late Tuesday afternoon which is just over seven days since departing Las Palmas. Amazing progress!!! But all the boats around us seem to be doing equally well. We have been playing dog-tag with two other Oyster 56's both of which are currently less than a few miles away. We have been holding the more northerly course in the belief the better winds will be. read more...


02/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 6: Trade Wind Time

People say sailing is 95% boredom and 5% sheer terror... I would say, for this trip, it's more like 85% relaxation and 15% discomfort, with the ratio swinging to 50/50 depending on when you ask : ) Lots of time to sit and read and think, however everybody is pretty tired from the night watches and our bodies are covered in bruises from rattling around down below decks...all par for the course I guess. All going well on board SY Sumatra, we are making decent progress and are starting to hit some warmer weather. We had a very gusty, rolly night last night but it looks like the sea state will calm down a bit over the next few days as we hit the trade winds. We have switched to 2-person watches which means we have 3 hours on, 6 hours off instead of 4 on, 4 off - everybody is. read more...


02/12/2012

Rafiki - A young lad in the Atlantic

James (aged 8) writes:This morning, Emily and I woke up to a very sunny day. When Mum woke up, she gave us our Advent Calendars as it was the 1st of December; we tried to “pinch, punch, first of the month”, but Phil got there first! In my Advent Calendar, I got a star and Emily a mince pie picture with a joke in it: “What hides in a bakery at Christmas? A mince spy!” We also set up our Crib and will put the first figure in it tomorrow.In the morning I watched Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, which was really good, but a little bit scary because of the werewolf, who was Professor Lupin. Every time the clock chimes midnight when it is a full moon, he turns into a werewolf, but luckily, Sirius Black was an animagus and can turn into a dog to fight the werewolf. Sirius was killed in. read more...


02/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 6: 2/12 (23.31N, 32 13W)

ARC DAY 6: 2/12 (23.31N, 32 13W) Today I am going to write about the nights on board. Lets use last night as an example. Depending which watch you are on, you could say there are 4 different night shifts: - from 6 to 10pm: starts right after dinner and goes quickly into sunset. It is still a bit animated with more people on deck, if you are below deck you are likely to be reading or watching something. Last night for example, Matt, Deborah, Richard, Howard and myself were on shift and Tim and Christian were watching a movie on their laptops, Dietmar and Eckhard sleeping and Flemming and Tom talking and about. Not a bad shift if it wasn't for the total darkness. Sun has set but moon is not yet up. It gets tiring and some time scary if you are sailing fast into the dark ocean.. read more...


02/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 5 - 1/12/12

Pinch & a Punch for the first of the month (and no returns)   Daily Run 237nm DTT 186nm   Lunch  Avocado & Chorizo Couscous with Tomato and Onion Dinner  Red Thai Prawn Curry with Sweet Potato and Mango   So today seems to be the day of change - apt as it's the 1st of December perhaps.  Firstly the sea has actually calmed down a bit, just a bit.  Don't be fooled, it is still fairly bumpy but much better than it has been, making sleeping easy now.  There is a real sense of high amongst the crew with the slightly more comfortable sea state.  Showers all round, shaving for the men and a sweet smelling crew.  Not our first shower I might quickly add!!  The next surprise of the day, was the sighting. read more...


02/12/2012

Bardeau - Life with Doris inc.obit

So we had a new member of crew...the highly inflatable Doris. We are all in mourning for Doris after David fell on her late this afternoon. Rubber to rubber, shreds to shreds, she may have been born in a Gibraltar vending machine, and liberated by some of the country's finest fire fighters, but her stay on Bardeau was only too brief.We had come to know and love Doris for the brief time she was with us. Her inquisitive smile charmed everyone and she was on the verge of becoming the yacht helms-bitch. Mr Kennedy is heartbroken. 'I know I have my Wendy,' he spluttered, 'but she wasn't made of rubber like Doris'. Any donations should be made to El Illustrious Skipper, c/o Union Bank, Zurich.Only this afternoon after her endearing manner David and John had to utilise the ship's angle grinder. read more...


02/12/2012

Orion - ARC, Las Palmas to St. Lucia

Hei alle norske venner, og spesielt familie.Vi har hatt endel slitsomme dager og netter siden starten tirsdag. For de av dere som foe lger seilingsruten, kan den se merkelig ut. Grunnen er enkel. Vi jager alle lavtrykkene vi kan finne, men konsekvensen har vaert endel sjosyke og toff seilas i hoye bolger og sterk vind. Fikk mange brottsjoer i cockpit her en natt som knakk flaggstangen og boyde danboyen.Har kommet til sor ligere breddegrader og merker at varmen blir sterkere. Ombord fungerer vaktskiftene greit og ting har kommet til rutine. Det vil stort sett si : seile, sove og spise. Russeren ombord er en ihuga fisker, men fisk har han ikke greid a fange. Jeg bruker SSB radio til a sende epost og ellers har vi sat tlf ombord.Vil hilse til alle jeg kjenner, og som sagt spesielt til min. read more...


02/12/2012

Champagne - what a "bloodbath"

We had a bloodbath today on our boat. It all started well though. We decided to do some fishing, Pieter and Ian that was, and after 2 hours of untangling the fishing line, we finally got it into the water. First with a bait that had landed on the boat during the night: quite a large species of a Flying Fish. What a mess. All skin particles flying around, and bleeding through " the nose " this poor devil of a creature. Anyway, dead is dead, so we had left it lying there in the cockpit until somebody had the good idea to put it into a bucket filled with seawater. To keep it fresh, so to speak. Not for us though, but as a bait for more things to come.Now at this stage I have to explain that none of us is a great "Fisherman" or Fisherwoman" to that extent. The closest I personally get to. read more...


02/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 6 - Olas un poco mas grandes

Posición actual                                               Día Nº 625ºN ~03,0’32ºW~41,3               Distancia recorrida : 210 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   9- NudosVientos del :. read more...


02/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 7 into 8

Saturday night exceeded others - 8h of massive electrical storms - lots of electrical issues pre-empted by disconnecting all hard-wired equipment - 39 knot squall (one of many) which ended up with needing to run off at 300 degrees for 20 minutes. Rain coming down was denser than the water we were sailing through. 1245h today (ie completion of 7 days) had completed 1404 nautical miles. Average speed last 24h about 9.5k. Still very squally 27k wind. Co-owner Judy diagnosed with cortical rib fracture following fall - symptoms controlled and now off-watch. The new book I am writing 'The Lull That Never Came - the Story of ARC 2012' - is seeking contributions from all participants on their experiences! Living conditions mildly grim at present - however homemade chilli chicken wings extremely. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 7 into 8
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 into 8
Heartbeat IV - Day 7 into 8
Heartbeat  IV - Day 7 into 8
02/12/2012

Rivendell - Log 6 & 7 - "When it Rains it Pours"

1 Dec 2012Well we traveled for two days hoping for calmer seas in order to stich the mainsail. Andy, Schaefer, Ian, and Ben worked on it very diligently. They taped it, then put on a patch and stitched it. Total time spent about four and a quarter hours. So in the early evening we came into the wind and hoisted the main sail. The evening winds were not too bad, normally 18knots, with gusts to 26 knots - so not too bad. So the day was spent focusing on the repair of the main sail. We have been sailing under genoa jib alone. Making very good time, we continue to catch the fleet. Taryn continues to do well with the cooking. We watched a movie in the evening "Cockney verses Zombie" - had some major stars in it from yesteryear, but I'm glad I didn't have to pay for it. Cheers! 2 Dec 2012. read more...


02/12/2012

Ailsa - Blog 7

Position: 18:33.623N 24:46.086W Captains log; Star date 2012-12-02 – 15:00 UTC The butter has melted. Now just north of Cape Verde archipelago and this is our last chance to turn back before making the jump to hyperspace. Clearly for Kirk there would be only one decision but for us mere mortals there is a decision to be made so it is time for a systems status check: propulsion, go: provisions, go (enough to feed Mauritania for a week); radio comms, go; sat comms, go (but expensive); fuel, go; power generation, qualified go (generator still smoking); water, go; crew, go (I think). So there it is, all systems go and we can manage without the generator. Bye bye East Atlantic. For you nautical types we are currently sailing 240 with two reefs in the main and the inner staysail making 7+. read more...


02/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 5 by Lon

It´s our 5th day out at sea and we´ve had wind, rain, waves and some sunshine. But it´s not very warm yet. I thought that by now I´d be tanning in my bikini and relaxing! Unfortunately most of the time I´m still in my tracksuit and a warm jacket. We´ve had all sorts of things flying through the boat, including people. I haven´t quite gotten my appetite back yet, so we´ll arrive in St Lucia with plenty of leftovers, and hopefully looking like Kate Moss! Maybe we should throw some food overboard to lighten the ship, so that we´ll actually arrive before the end of this year. Today we put the main sail up again, with 2 reefs because we thought it would stabilize the boat a bit more. We did´t get any stabilisation from it but we´re going around 7 knots, which is a bit faster than usual, so. read more...


02/12/2012

Stormvogel - 5. und 6. Seetag - 1. Advent auf See

Mittlerweile fühlen wir uns einsam auf dem Teich. Sah´ man bisher des Nachts noch mal ein Toplicht eines anderen Dampfers oder hörte UKW Funkrufe ist es nun wirklich still hier.Seevögel nur sehr vereinzelt - dafür recht große Wellenberge die unsere Schiffsschaukel in Bewegung halten.Damit die Rollbewegung unseres Dampfers nun noch etwas intensiver wird und wir stets daran erinnert werden, wo wir sind, hat sich der Stormvogel mal was neues einfallen lassen:Seit gestern fahren wir mit eingezogenem Schwingkiel - der fing auf einmal an Geräusche zu machen. Die fällige Bilgenkontrolle ergab ca. 10 Liter Seewasser. Vermutlich durch die Dichtungen bei der Bewegung im Wasser diffundiert. Nach telefonischer Rücksprache mit der Werft Schwingkiel eingefahren. Die heutige Kontrolle ergab nur noch. read more...


02/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 6, life aboard Skyelark

Day 6Drawing the parallels! Life at sea.Well, for me and five of my fellow crew this is our first crossing of an ocean and by far the longest passage, ever. I thought it was time to draw some parallels with life ashore, now that I'm moderately qualified to make some comparison, here goes:Food. After the fine resturaunts of las Palmas we now only eat from bowls in our laps, sometimes in the rain! Quality is good and tasty everyone is actively encouraged to participate which I thought was nice until they started photographing everything I made, apparatly to Aid diagnosis !! Cooking is scarily dangerous and should be avoided at all costs when ashore, I think that's why they invented restaurants.Sleeping: ashore this is a very routine occurance, conducted on an expansive comfortable. read more...


02/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Maunie Day 6 - Zen and the Art of Going to the Lavatory

Hello from the Maunie crew on Sunday, with 820 miles covered so far. All is well here – we have bright sunshine and a great Force 6 wind behind us so are making good progress. The SSB Radio Net was quite a chatty affair at lunchtime – Graham was duty net controller so injected a bit of enthusiasm into event and it was good to hear how other boats are getting on. One had heard from home via email that all the race boats that started two days ahead of us have hit a patch of relatively light wind so the rest of the fleet is closing in on them at the moment. Non-sailing readers have commented that the sailing jargon (which we try to avoid as much as possible) can be a little confusing so today’s blog will try to address the second most common question asked by non-sailors (after “how do. read more...


02/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - första advent

I dagens positionsrapport från ARC har vi “bara” 1850 sjömil kvar till St Lucia. Det går undan när man har frisk vind och vi har fortsatt vindar 20-25 knop från ostkvadranten. Idag är det soligt och varmt adventsväder, faktiskt första dagen som lite karibisk känsla smugit sig in när det gäller temperaturen. Även natten var förhållandevis varm och bjöd på en överraskning i form av en flygfisk som landade i rattdiket under Martins vakt. Vi har känt oss lite slitna efter nätterna och det är nog bara Pelle som tycker det är extra härligt med sina nattvakter. Vi provar nu att byta till ett annat vaktschema med kortare vakter och det verkar åtminstone ha utfallit väl efter första natten.Vi har firat första advent med risgrynsgröt, glögg och pepparkakor. Vi önskar er alla där hemma en riktigt. read more...


Loupan - Mot Västindien - första advent
Loupan - Mot Västindien - första advent
02/12/2012

Coyote 2 - coyote sunday

 Our one week anniversary at sea was celebrated big style this morning when Teamatoma (Lorraine, Karyn, Andrew and Chris) woke the 6am shift, team LunaSea (Heidi, Emma, Steve and Peleg) with soft music.  The sleepers required a bit more than gentle melodies and a light shake however, but after some mild slapping and mild shouting, everyone woke up.  Disco music was found and soon our crowded cockpit was full of dancing sailors, ready for sunrise.  It’s possible that the laser focus we usually maintain on steering the boat was compromised during this episode.  No neighbours complained about loud music however, and neither did any dolphins.    Happily, there were no translucent squid on deck this morning, though one flying fish was helped back into the. read more...


02/12/2012

Mary Jo - Day 6. Sunday

Day 6 sees us with less than 2000 miles to go, and MaryJo is performing tremendously, averaging about 7 knots. Although she looks a little sad with her slightly banana-shaped boom, after I (Kerry) accidently gybed her, in 40 knot gusts on the first night. Also damaged was the mainsheet car, which was ripped from its track. Skipper Tony, who can fix anything, ingeniously repaired the broken traveller,and  and subsequently invented a new knot, which with a few metres of line, and a couple of hours, anyone can learn. So far on our 3000 mile trip from Conwy, Tony has made repairs to the heads, & autopilot. Priceless.Expert Navigator, & chef Nick, has produced some magnificent meals, in between his sextant duties, & is finding his way around the Atlantic. Nick insists on. read more...


02/12/2012

Morpion - Dimanche 2 Decembre 24°53N:28°59W

Hello tout le monde !Bon ben comme vous avez pu le constater (ou pas) nous n'avons pas gardél'option sud bien long temps hier. Nous sommes remontés un peu histoire debénéficier au mieux du vent devant tourner Est Sud Est aujourd'hui et ducoup nous faisons une route plutot bonne depuis 2H du matin (UTC), auxenvirons du 250 mag. Ca rapproche plus vite de l'arrivée, et la vitesseest acceptable. En revanche le génoi bat pas mal depuis 36H, va falloir trouverune solution afin de ne pas trop l'abimer et pouvoir compter sur luijusqu'au bout!Niveau vie a bord, Raymond est en train de jouer de la guitare, tout vabien, nous avons réussi a manger un plat chaud deux soirs de suite, doncnous sommes plutôt bien coté nourriture.Les 2 journées à venir s'annoncent assez semblable avec un cap WSW. read more...


02/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster Blog Hot Hot Hot!

Hi All,Well yesterday saw us break into the tropics, did not warm up that quickly as we spent most the day being rained on! One particularly biblical rain squall afforded the opportunity for showering on deck, John was a littleslow to catch on to this plan and by the time he was lathered up the rain stopped, being a kind hearted crew he was given a bottle of water to get the soap out of his eyes!We have spent the last 4 days reaching under our little jib, beginning to wish we had rated with something a little bigger! But on the plus side sail changes have been redundant, allowing us to relax a little. Boat speed has been surprisingly ok considering being a little under done.Food still fantastic, and I am also pleased to report that the broken kite pole is now looking a bit fitter with a. read more...


02/12/2012

Intrepid Bear - Intrepid Bear - 1,000 mile marker!

hi everyone!little update from the bears on Intrepid Bear. first of all, can't quite believe that we're now coming into our sixth day at sea with over 1,000 miles on the log. Time and sea really has been flying past. The last few days have been some of our most exhilarating sailing since we set off from Portsmouth back in August. Much of the trip to date had more of a motor sailing feel to it with many hours bewitched by the sound of the engine. Not so the last few days (as long as you exclude the charging of batteries!). The start provided some strong winds to whizz us down the side of Gran Canaria where we opted to take a more Southerly route to avoid the wind acceleration zone - as it was 25+ knots was fine for us and we had friends taking 40 knots in this zone. By the afternoon we. read more...


02/12/2012

Ace - Ace at Sea

Happy Sunday dear family and friends,my time to chime in.  As the novice in offshore sailing plus being from a landlocked country it took me as expected a few days to find my sailors  legs, hence no way I cold have sat at a computer and typed anything remotely sensible (maybe I still ) Best only to go below deck for sleeping only for all I know. When thinking yesterday evening of "dark and stormies" it wasn't exactly of a never ending series of swells during the  night I had in mind but  there we were; reefed main sail only up  and still we averaged nine knots and peaked and at twice that. Anyway as Strauss' song says " and tomorrow the sun will shine again" which concludes my deep nautical insights.What's best: seven guys sharing an incredible experience. read more...


02/12/2012

Sunrise - 01.12.2012 5. Tag auf See

Es ist der erste Dezembertürchentag und wir haben beschlossen, diesen Tag auf hohem Niveau an Deck zu verpimeln. Die Sonne scheint uns aufs Hirn und es hat den Anschein, als ob sie auf die Qualität der Gespräche abfärbe. Ulf zu Dirk: " Reich mit doch bitte eine Flasche Wasser, Du auf der Backskiste sitzt auf dem Wasser. " Dirk grinsend: " Sitzen wir hier nicht alle auf Wasser ? " Frank hängt schön im Schatten ab, schaut auf den Boden seiner leeren Bierbüchse und spricht mit feinster Ruhrpottphilosophie: " Wir nähern uns dem Ziel. " Und das tun wir tatsächlich. Bei ca. 15-20 Kn Wind fahren wir mit 7 Knoten Speed Kurs 240 Grad. Bis zum Ziel sind es noch 2100 Meilen. Gedichtet wurde auch an Bord. Peter hat ein lyrisches Gedicht an seine Lieb n zu hause verfasst. Trotz des mitleidigen. read more...


Murphy - Happy Hour 2000 miles to go
Murphy - Happy Hour 2000 miles to go
Murphy - Multitasking
Murphy - Multitasking
Murphy - Flying Dolphin
Murphy - Flying Dolphin
02/12/2012

Murphy - Squalls, dolphins and celebrations - Days 5 and 6

SailingMurphy continues to make good progress in a straight line; at noon on Sunday (2nd December) we're 337 miles closer to St Lucia than we were two days ago. When I say “straight line”, that excludes our little excursion yesterday - those watching our track may have wondered why we stopped and did a series of wiggles and circles, even a waggle or two, during the afternoon. It wasn't that we had lost our way, but we were trying, by resetting and recalibrating the navigation system (which involves sailing in a circle) to coax the autopilot back to life. Unfortunately it didn't work, so Lazarus remains in his coffin. But, hey, who needs the gym when you can hand-steer all night through a series of squalls. They came at us thick and fast, with winds peaking at 36.7 knots and we had the. read more...


02/12/2012

Lancelot II -day 7 at sea

Date: Sun 2nd Dec 2012 Time: 13:20 UTCPosition: 22’02.3N 33’15.1WSOG: 8.2 knotsCOG: 262 approxWeather: Sunny !Wind ESE 20-25 knots Luckily I get to write the blog the day after I was given the nickname of “Texan” by Neil.  I will go easy on him since he made an absolutely fabulous meal last night.  Steak Fajitas.  Thanks Neil “Sunderland”.  I hear it’s his favorite (Texas spelling) football club. We have cleared the rain and the temperatures continue to go up.  The red skin is being replaced by tans on all.  The bruises from gaining our sea legs also blend in better with the tan.  Several of us took our weekly shower by dumping several buckets of sea water over the head, adding soap, and then repeating to rinse.  Only a few. read more...


02/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 8 - Communication

Day 8CommunicationI am typing this on deck. Its Saturday evening and I have just finished an hour at the wheel. The sky is clear and the moon as yet not present. Too dark to see anything else to aid us, we sail by compass and by judging the wind on the side of the face and neck. To maintain our course it needs to just brush past your left cheek. The waves have settled a little now, but we manage to surf every other three or four. We have just finished a vegetarian curry, Jamie Oliver style I believe. B Watch have their heads down, and we on A Watch have had a natter or two and have now just settled into our own metaphorical spaces. Michael listening to his iPod, watching the sky, me typing this and Josh ploughing our furrow through this, our own particular part of the. read more...


02/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 5. Kyllingens endelikt og god fart!

S/Y All-Linn fosser videre mot sitt enda ganske fjerne mål Rodney Bay på St. Lucia. Det faktum at denne Atlanterhavskryssingen ikke bare er en transportetappe, men også en regatta, har blitt viktigere for oss etter at starten gikk en det vi på forhånd hadde tenkt. Det er rart med det, får man et startnummer, så skjer det noe med oss! Så dagens høgdare nå er posisjonsrapporten fra ARC som vi mottar sammen med værmeldingen fra Mads rundt kl 1300. Etter at vi for to døgn siden så at vi tapte terreng, har vi presset på litt ekstra, noe vi fikk betalt for i går med 150nm og litt over 6 knop i snitt siste døgn. Siste 24 har vi loggført 153nm, så farten er stadig bra. Hovedkonkurrenten vår er den norske båten Rabalder, av den enkle grunn at den er identisk til vår egen! At mannskapet også. read more...


02/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Losing our bearings!

This morning Ceilidh has now gybed to the South on a course of 230M since around 07:15 as the wind has become more Easterly. We have completed 190Nm as our daily run which means we have averaged 8knots for 5 days now and will celebrate a total of 1,000NM logged since Las Palmas in around 4 hours time. This is a very consistent average which we have never achieved before and has done despite steering problems which is down to a great team performance by all the crew as we continue to steer by hand. Yesterday was a classic ARC day with bright sunny conditions and a F6 NE driving Ceilidh  forward with some style, there was a 3-4 metre swell which she surfed down at 10-12knots whild staying on track. Since the wave period has increased we have found that Ceilidh is. read more...


02/12/2012

Mad Fish - Sunny Sunday

We are currently heading in a SW direction and it is noticeable how much warmer it is getting. Yesterday we saw our first flying fish of the crossing. A check round the deck saw none land onboard over night.For the last three days we have been running under headsail alone. We want an extra 5 knots of wind to fully power us up or 5 knots less so we can hoist the main and get the kite up! No pleasing us!As it is sunday, Emma is treating us to roast beef and yorkshire puddings which is Oli's favorite and something we are all looking forward to. How she prepares food in our galley for two fussy kids and two blokes while rolling away downwind is beyond me! 1970 miles to go......bye for now.Russell. --. read more...


02/12/2012

Jay Jay - Day 6 20N 24W

The good sailing winds continue for us and we're making decent progress.  Having received the GRIB files yesterday,which indicated an inverted trough to the NW of the Cape Verde Islands, we decided to head south to minimise the impact of this weather system.  Being now at 20N we have reverted to a more westerly course, next stop St Lucia.,  I have to confess that all the crew are hoping the seas will calm slightly - trying to cook is proving problematic at the moment with food flying around the galley,  All the nicely prepared stir-fry veg ended up on the floor under the navigator's table on Friday; the freshly baked bread in the washing-up water Saturday lunchtime and the BBQ sauce also in the sink last night.  I'm hoping we've learnt our lesson now! Phil. read more...


04/01/2004

Venomous - 2 December

2 Dec 2012 Venomous Ships BlogPosition: Over half way).Weather: A little Wild at times - Warm, occasional squalls.Windspeed15 - 32 plus / Temperature 24.3c - much hotter sitting here below deck.Race Position: dog catching up (17 39'.780 N - 038 42'.50' W)Top Speed: 20.5 Knots (watch this space)12 noon: Since leaving Las Palmas the deck of Venomous has been lit by the moon. Rising in the east and dropping in the west, it made the perfect natural guide last night towards SL. The crew are made up into 3 watches - 4 hours on, 4 hours off, with most crew on deck during Spinnaker peels (one up, one down). The evenings can be long, but somehow the evening sky can be quite comforting when the stories and laughter dry a little.The further west we head, the later each sunrise seems to be. This is. read more...


02/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Advent

Statt Kerzen auf dem Tisch haben wir Schaumkronen auf der Welle.Der wind mit 6-7 Bf würde auch jedes Kerzchen auspusten.So surfen wir mit9-10 knvor den Wellen her.Heute Nacht waren viele Squalls im Anmarsch die den Sternenhimmel verdunkeln und mit Regen und starken Böen die Müdigkeitvertreiben. Gebe zu ich wäre lieber Müde.Wie läuft ein Frühstück bei diesem Wetter ab? Nun an Deck geht nicht,da wirdas Regencape gespannt haben,daß uns vor den starken Winden und Regen vonhinten schützt. Also unter Deck. Der Tisch mit Antierutschmattenausgelegt. Funny serviert Gekochtes Ei,Croissonts und Baquette undherrlichen Kaffee.Dann allerdings beginnt der kampf mit der Kränkung: Kaffeein einer Hand,schnell eine Hälfte Baquette belegen, achtung allesfesthalten,reinbeiisen, ein Schluck Kaffee, alles. read more...


02/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 6 Great Escape 22 06N 28 56W

Day 6Well, what a great day this has been! We’ve had 25 to 30 knots just aft of the beam for about 48 hours now, 3 to 4m swells, and Great Escape flying along at 9 to 12 knots.  When the moon is behind the few clouds that are around, helming into the dark sea is fantastic.  It gets even more fun when every minute or so there are some really big waves which need some careful helming to get the best speed surfing down the wave backs. The best night’s sailing I can remember!  Before the moon comes up at about 9.30pm, the night sky is really good.  With no light pollution at all, the Milky Way is very obvious.  I need to get used to the Sky Walk App on my phone – so more practice tonight.  We’ve also logged 2 shooting stars so far.In the last 24 hours we’ve. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 6 Great Escape 22 06N 28 56W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 6 Great Escape 22 06N 28 56W
02/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 5 - on the rum route

Saturday 1st December - Sunday 2nd December 2012 Position @ 1200hrsGMT - 2.12.12 ; 20' 39 N, 029' 38' W miles in last 25 hours; 210  Ian, Annie and Frank see in the dawn with a bottle of Rose Cava to celebrate Ian and Annie's wedding anniversary. It's still quite cloudy after a squally night but a beautiful morning nevertheless. Crew (most!) helmed all night due to the malunction of the autohelm on starboard and the squally conditions. Gusts up to 35 knots - quite constant at 30 for most of the night. We see 2 yachts, one heading south and one which we overtake to starboard. A cargo ship also passes to stern en route to St Petersburg. The clouds clear throughout the morning and we soon have a sunny blue sky, now in the trade winds with the familiar puffy white clouds.. read more...


02/12/2012

Katherine - Day 5 - If there are two boats on the water it's a race

DAY 5Had the best night to date on the water – brilliant moonlight relatively settled seas and an almost consistent wind. Made for a much more pleasurable sail then the previous nights.  Today we have a boat in front of us – one of the Sunday starters - we’ve been slowly creeping up on her and its amazing how suddenly it becomes the point of interest for the change of watch. Not that were competitive just cruising with intent! We are trying to 2nd guess the weather, as there is likely to be a big hole coming up, if we were more experienced with Atlantic weather we may have been brave and tried to go over but discretion says go under. I guess we will know which was the best decision in the end. Slowly trying to make some south but its been a difficult route as we want to keep up. read more...


02/12/2012

Little Pea - Broken poles and near misses

24:50.3N 27:07.1W Day 4 was full of drama.... At about 0900 hrs we tried to launch our spinnaker pole and found that the fitting holding it to the mast had become damaged.  The split pin that holds the retaining bolt in place has worked loose over night and the whole mechanism had buckled.  We couldn't hoist the pole and, in fact, if we did so, the fitting would almost certainly give way and we'd lose the whole things over the side.  With no spare fitting we had to work out a way of stripping the whole thing off the mast and then repairing it.  Several hours later and a fair amount of "I told you we shiuld have brought a vice and a bigger hammer" later, our solution involved a bilge handle, some dyneema, various bolts and pins scrounged. read more...


02/12/2012

Ostrea - fish and 35 knots of wind

Its finally getting warmer out here and we are still heading west southwest towards are fictive waypoint before we turn west to St Lucia. Lastnight was a busy one again with lots of squalls and big winds of approx 35knots from the north east. At midnight we took are main away and sailed only on our reefed genoa. So far we have been seeing other boats at least once a day and currently we are sailing very close to a Norwegian Baltic 37 who told us they have been handsteering all the way so far as their autopilot cannot keep up with the pace. So far we are only handsteering in daylight for power reasons. The Mahi mahi fishing score is 7!! No tuna so far.... We ate all our meat so we need to catch fish now.best regards from all of us out here.Pieter. read more...


02/12/2012

Meltemi - 01.12.2012 - 5. Seetag - Druckstellen

Position: 25-33N / 031-13WCOG: 265 degSOG: 8,0 knCrew und Bordroutine haben sich inzwischen gut aufeinander eingespielt. Wache, Kochen, Schiffsmanoever, alles funktioniert immer besser. Beim Obst und Gemuese gibt es erste Verluste, faule Apfelsinen und Bananen muessen über Bord. Auch wir haben schon so manche "Druckstellen". Der Seegang und kraeftiger Wind in der Nacht fordert so manchen blauen Fleck und bei mir einen blauen Daumen, halb so wild.Wer sagt eigentlich, dass die Strecke von Las Palmas in die Karibik eine Barfussroute ist? Nach 5 Seetagen haben wir 889 nm auf der Logge und voraussichtlich 1.805 nm liegen noch vor uns.So, meine Nachtwache ist jetzt vorbei und ich haue mich in die Koje.Wir hoffen Ihr habt Freude an unserem Logbuch und würden uns über eine kurze Rückmeldung oder. read more...



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