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24/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 9

We're now more than half way, but as if to remind us that we have a long way to go, the wind has switched around to being direct ahead. Debates on board about how to tack and whether and how much to use the engine. At least we have a lot of time to discuss things!. read more...


24/05/2013

Ayama - Current against us

Slow, but nice summer sailing, 1 Kt current against us, shouldn't the gulf stream help us, we wonder ?. read more...


24/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 15 - noch 500 sm gegenan

Jetzt ist das eingetreten, was eigentlich erst fuer die letzten 200 sm vor Horta angesagt war. Entweder wir haben keinen Wind oder Wind genau aus Osten, dorther wo wir hin wollen. Da wir nicht genuegens Diesel haben, um die gesamte Strecke einfach zu motoren, nutzen wir jeden kleinen Windhaus aus, um nach Osten aufzukreutzen. Ausserdem sind wirt ein Segel- und kein Motorboot, auch wenn es so den ein oder anderen Tag laenger bis nach Horta dauert. Entschaedigt werden wir durch grossartige Naturdarbietungen. Vollmond ueber einem fast stillen Ozean und traumhafte Sonnenauf- und untergaenge. Tagsueber besuchen uns Delfine, die von allen Seiten mit Freudenspruengen auf uns zu geschwommen kommen, um sich ein paar Minuten in unserer Bugwelle zu vergnuegen.PM. read more...


24/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - A loot of fish!

Ave Gladiators and Oracles!  Another eventful day at the sea! Waking up this morning, the sun was shining with a nice breeze from south south east, so we had a good speed the first half of the day before the wind decided not to blow (for us) anymore.  Just after breakfast we caught the first fish of the trip! We getting worried that this big ocean didn’t have any fishes left, maybe due to global warming, or a nuclear war that we are not yet aware of. Or just maybe either Amelie or Per had some sort of curse put upon their fishing activities. But our thoughts have now been proven wrong. As soon as Richard wrestled this 7 lb tuna-like Dorado thing on board (it was not in a can for those of you land crabs that believe tuna is born in a can), Kasper proved himself brave. read more...


23/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - The night is also a part of the day!

Wow! The beautiful brown haired tough special agent just jumps behind apile of cardboard boxes to take shelter from a burst of bullets. The olddepartment building in which she busted the gangsters drug-deal is burningand about 20 pretty angry Triads try to make swiss cheese out of her body.She……“Hey get up! Time for your watch!“We are 12 people on board, have no autopilot and a lot to do. Changingsails for example is a good thing to spend some time: It takes four peopleto carry the Genoa 1 on deck and to the bow. It is quite an act to setthis 100 sqft beast just to take it down two hours later and replacing itby a double-head (two headsails at once) because the apparent wind justslightly exceeds 16kn. This is the downside of having the luxuriousposition of having the right sail for every. read more...


23/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 8 -nearly half way

Lovely day today with the sun shining and a good wind blowing us in the right direction. Martin has cooked a couple of meals, Dawn is still trying to dry her washing without it getting wetter again with sea spray and we're all learning how to keep upright in a boat moving in five different planes at the same time. We are waiting for the next landmark soon - the halfway point to Horta - should happen this evening if the wind is kind.. read more...


23/05/2013

Mad Fish - Whats With the Weather?

Yesterday we had an uncomfortable day with 25 knots of wind just forward of the beam and some nasty waves. We were fully expecting as forecast that the wind would clock round to the west, then end up northwest, going north. Today we still have a southeasterly wind and it has gone light. The only thing that I can think of that may have happened is the low pressure has tracked further south than forecast and is passing right over us. This is not good as we wanted to spend time sailing in the downwind conditions that it should have brought us. I will find out what the future brings when I send this in the next weather report.On the plus side the seas have eased right up so me may make some hot water later and treat ourselves to showers all round which is a good thing. The kids are occupying. read more...


23/05/2013

Easy Rider - Captain's LOG...Easy rider...Day 8

Yesterday was another "relaxing" day. We had light windsall day & not from a very good angle. When we set course for theAzores our speed was down to 4 kts, but when we set a more northerly course our speedincreased to nearer 6 kts.......all in all a frustrating day but at least thesun shone all day. When Martin & Kristian arrived in the BVI they were aswhite as sheets after a long cold nordic winter, but now they have both aquireda good tan.   Our fishing is equally frustrating.....when we reeledthe line in at sunset, after another fishless day, we discovered we had caughttwo small plastic bags. So far on this trip we have hooked one whopper whichsmashed the tackle & that's after we upgraded to 100lb line & a wiretracer.....Another large. read more...


23/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 14 - Eine (zu) ruhige Nacht

Diese Nacht war sehrruhig, gut zum Schlafen. 6 Knoten Wind, ca. 4 Knoten Speed. Unter Segeln sindwir gerade mal 40 Meilen weitergekommen. Jetzt haben wir entschieden den Motorzu starten, damit wir unserem Ziel naeher kommen. Gestern haben wirmehrere Wale, Delfine und eine grosse Wasserschildkroete gesehen. Vor allem dieAnzahl der Wale nimmt zu, je mehr wir Richtung Azoren kommen....noch 630 sm (ca.4 Tage). Wieder keinAngelerfolg. O-Ton PM: “In diesem Meer gibt es gar keine Fische”. Als wir aberhoeren, dass andere Boote Fische gefangen haben sollen, kann es nur daranliegen, dass wir einfach zu schnell sind. An Ausreden, warum wir keinen Fischfangen, mangelt es uns also nicht.  AV. read more...


23/05/2013

Ayama - Sunny day

Another sunny day! but not much wind. Last night we had a flying fish onboard. It was quickly moved back overboard as we are a "fish-free" ship due to Annas seafood allergy. Another day or so we will be going northeast before we turn east to hopefully pass north of the Azores high pressure... read more...


23/05/2013

Peat Smoke - Blog poem

Peat Smoke All At Sea, composed by CarolineSince leaving Bermuda, we all now agree,That we really don’t want another 2 weeks at sea!But this is the last ocean that we have to roam,And in less than 7 weeks, we will all be back home!!The wind and the water they change very quick,And the strength and direction we don’t get to pick.The Atlantic is mighty and to forecast is a pain,When the Met Office says sunshine, we have the rain!The wind it is 2 knots and comes from behind,And 10 minutes later it’s blowing our minds.The sails they are up, they are in and they’re out,And everything aboard gets Shaken about!Last night we had 10 knots and then 35,The direction kept changing so we had to jibe!The swell was quite slight, then 5 metres high,And Peat Smoke was surfing way up to the sky!All night. read more...


22/05/2013

Johanem - McHanem blog wednesday 22 May

Hello family, friends, camp followers and other readersWe have been at sea for almost exactly one week and have covered over 1000 miles with about 825 to go to Horta. All is well on board but we have strong southerly winds which make the boat fairly frisky down below. On the up side we are howling along at 9/10 knots with heavily reefed white sails. The record run over a 3 hour watch is 25 miles with a top speed of 10.3 knots achieved by Stan but competition remains fierce with several days to go. Harry the hydrovane is having to work pretty hard but still manages to steer better than most of the motley over a period of timeOn board activities have settled down into the usual relaxed pattern. The wine appreciation club meets every evening, albeit briefly, to sample the delights of the. read more...


22/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Morning dawn

After breakfast, I just finished my watch, I ask, what could I do the restof the morning. Out of a lot of useful and not so useful tips, I chose theone to write a small article for the ARC-Blog.Thinking of what to write I remember the one question I often get asked byfriends and relatives: How can you spend three weeks of precious holidayson the Atlantic on a 55ft vessel without seeing anything else then water,water, water and the same eleven other faces? I try to answer thatquestion by giving a detailed explanation of the first four and a halfhours of this still very young day.At 1:45 am somebody wakes my up with a silent singing of “rise, rise” tostart my watch. It is pitch black outside. Not a good time to wake up.Still half asleep I start to get dressed. Peter von Danzig rushes. read more...


22/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 13 - Rasante Nacht

Gesternhatten wir 2 Walsichtungen und ein scheuer, einzelner Delfin hat mal kurzvorbeigeschaut. DieWetterdaten sagen, wir sitzen in einem Flautenloch. Dafuer geht es aber ziemlichzur Sache. Die ganze Nacht durch sind wir fast mit Vollzeug und gutem Bootsspeedunterwegs gewesen. Der Wind hatte immer 4, in Boen 5 Windstaerken. Leider hattenwir den Strom gegen uns, erst um etwa 8:00 Uhr heute Morgen ist er gekentert undfaengt langsam wieder an, uns auf unserem Weg zu den Azoren zu unterstuetzen.Heute ist es wieder sonnig und wir haben das Gefuehl, es ist etwas waermergeworden. Es sind jetzt nur noch weniger als 800 sm bis Horta. PM. read more...


22/05/2013

Lady Ann - James the autopilot: friend or foe?

22/05/2013, 16:25UTC, POS:37*463N 44*44.2WWhen our autopilot James broke down at the very moment Bermuda'smagnificent skyline dropped behind the horizon we were at first a littlesad. From chilled out night watches with lots of books, star studies anda steady sleep for the standby watch, sailing changed to work. Hardwork. Four hours a day and two hours a night nothing else than the wind,the instruments and the almighty wheel. And after your watch? Norelaxation but another two or four hours as a standby.As a standby watch you are, with all possible respect, the servant ofthe next helmsman. Bringing coffee, playing music, grinding in sails,opening lids from water bottles, scratching backs. As the standby watchyou are in no position to question any request from the helmsman. Afterall: he. read more...


Lady Ann - James the autopilot: friend or foe?
Lady Ann - James the autopilot: friend or foe?
22/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 7

Good news the sun is shining after a cloudy and windy night! We will soon have less than 1,000 miles to go (1040 at the moment) which will be an exciting moment. Rocking and rolling a bit on a downwind tack so difficult to get too much sleep with the boat lurching around - time for sitting on deck with that book or in Dawn's case hanging some washing over the stern for a salt water tumble.. read more...


22/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 7

Good news the sun is shining after a cloudy and windy night! We will soon have less than 1,000 miles to go (1040 at the moment) which will be an exciting moment. Rocking and rolling a bit on a downwind tack so difficult to get too much sleep with the boat lurching around - time for sitting on deck with that book or in Dawn's case hanging some washing over the stern for a salt water tumble.. read more...


22/05/2013

Mad Fish - tough day

Bit windy at the moment. on the stb beam. 2 reefs and not much genoa out. Going fast the right way thankfully. Will write more another day when it is possible.798 miles to go.Russell--. read more...


22/05/2013

Ayama - 4 Spermwhales very close

Yesterday we sailed very close to 4 Spermwhales heading north, what a great sight!Today 13.00 UTC we have sailed 128 Nm since we left Bermuda, nice weather and a steady 5 knots speed. we plan to go up to 36 degrees before we turn east.. read more...


22/05/2013

Easy Rider - Captain's Log...Easy rider...Day 7

Yesterday was not a day that will live in the memory forvery long. Never the less, it was a beautiful day, the sun shone & the wind,what there was off it was fickle.......constant trimming of the sails & attimes use of the iron horse to keep us moving along. The crew spent aconsiderable time sunbathing on the tramps, not something we expected to do sailingacross the north atlantic!!   The high point of the day was our celebratory meal forcrossing the half way point. We should have had it yesterday but cooking a fancymeal wasn't an option after the gale. The rib eye steaks, bakedpotatoes & caramalised onions were quite superb, washed down with a decentAustralian cab sav & followed by a Spanish almond cake.   Today has started in much the same vain.....the sun. read more...


22/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem Blog Tuesday 21st May 2013

Day 7... and less than a thousand miles to go! Life on board has settled down into a comfortable routine: Beer at midday, G+T at 5.30pm and a glass of red with dinner. Followed by a wee dram on watch. But its not all home comforts... we have all been getting used to life at a 45 degree angle to the world and it is notable how cold it has got over recent days - the duvets are now all being used and the Cuppa Soup mountain that we started with is now a mere hillock. We have had a few rain showers too so the Scottish contingent are beginning to feel at home. Unfortunately, early this morning the winds died and we have had to do a bit of motoring but this did give us a chance this morning to stop for a swim (all part of our race technique...) Gus, Gavin (AKA Stan) and Peter duly jumped in. read more...


21/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Half way!

Congratulations Amelie d’Oslo, first boat (in your class) to cross the half way line!  As we have honoured ourselves with this heavy weight title, the liquor was added already to this morning’s coffee. Al though we have been motoring the last 24 hours, we believe that our tactical sailing so far has resulted in us being the absolute best boat* to cross the Atlantic.  We are celebrating with rum and Bermudian rum cake later today. And thanks in advance for all the congratulations. Yes, we are great!  Today we saw two sea turtles, a lobster trap (we believe) and an aprox 50 foot long log that happened to drift around just 10 meters from our boat. So we were probably closer then ever to end our days as shark bait in the middle of the Atlantic (I might exaggerate a tiny bit).. read more...


21/05/2013

Easy Rider - EASY RIDER....Captains Log...Day 6

Yesterday was a grueling day!! As Soy started her watch at 06.30, I heard the wind picking up & felt Easy speeding up, so I went up to give Soy a hand.Sure enough, the wind had increased to 20 kts  with gusts approaching 25kts. Kristian, who had just climbed into his bunk was summoned & together wereefed the main sail & the genoa. Just as well!! The gusts were soon reaching 30kts. At 08.00 we put the 2nd reefs in. For the next 5 hours with gusts inexcess of 40 kts, rain pouring down & waves crashing over the boat we battled on. Helming was a difficult & very wet experience.!! Finally at 11.30 we passed the "1000" miles to go mark & Martin commented in the log "wind only 20 kts!!" We still had large swells & an angry sea so we keptthe reefs for. read more...


21/05/2013

Azzurra - Day 6- Tuesday-HALF WAY POINT

Well Azzurra made the half-way point today! At 12;03 ( 1503 UTC) ship's time and LAT N38 .28.5 LONG W 48.38" we had a Champaigne Celebration! We had Pancakes, Omelettes and beans! Well, we do have a Brit on board! It was a great feeling to be half way there, but also it marks an accomplishment we are proud of! Azzurra's auto-pilot had a clutch failure, but Ray was great and able to repair. We only had 3 shifts of manual steering. The crew was really thankful for the repairs! Great Job Ray!We are cruising near Nyctea and Amelie d'Oslo and a few other boats. We can see them most of the time, especially at night! . It is comforting to know there are friends near by just in case and also great to have a short chat to see how they are doing. I have never felt so blessed to be afforded. read more...


21/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Special lunch on a holiday

People in the north of Germany love to eat a dish called „Labskaus“. It isa traditionally eaten by sailors for one obvious reason. All ingredientscan be stored for quite a while without refrigerating. You can imagine itas a mash of potatoes, red beets, fried onion and corned beef served withpickles, pickled herring and a fried egg. Some people might say thatbecause of its pink colour and interesting structure it looks like eatenbefore, but its taste is in my opinion the best in the world. Especiallyfacing uncaribbean temperatures like we have to right now.On Monday we had Lapskaus. Since Monday was a holiday and we wanted tohave something special on this day our cook came up with a veryinteresting variation of this dish. Lacking of pickled herring he justreplaced it by our new “chicken. read more...


21/05/2013

Mad Fish - What a difference a day makes.

We ran our engine for hot water yesterday. While it was on we ran the heating too! Good showers were had all round and we felt much better. Last night saw squalls then the wind shut down. We did 4 engine hours as we were stopped. Dawn saw a fickle breeze from the SW so kite up and I have just finished 4 hours of light air trimming and need a rest. On the plus side the sun is out and it is warmer. Can see showers around and clouds approaching from the low thats coming to swallow us and shove us east.Its been nice to have someone new on the boat for this leg and having an operational autopilot! 3 hours on and 6 off makes for easy passage making. Sean is learning lots of offshore sailing stuff as well as some places to go see in the Caribbean and we are learning lots about Canada. He is. read more...


21/05/2013

Ayama - Sailing again !

We are now after four days in Bermuda back on the Ocean. The boom is repaired and should last us well over the Atlantic. Now all we need is wind to catch up with the rest of the fleet :). read more...


20/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Whales and white russians

Day 6 at sea, bee, three, HIV.  God aften rocket scientists and wing suit flyers!  We are once again coming to you straight from the big blue pool! Sun had again reached its peak, and is now diving down in the sea, for a 10 hours dive (creeds to the sun for holding his breath for so long) before it once again makes its grand entrée tomorrow morning. Life at sea is, as it was yesterday and probably tomorrow, very comfortable. As I rest my butt in front of this technical device called personal computer we have just dug thorough an awesome dinner. One the menu today we had turkey breast, or to quote the description written on the “carte” at the restaurant here: “Turkey boobs, on a bed of Foid oise accompanied by hand picked war and peace, with a touch of La Sauce”  For. read more...


20/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog 20 May 2013

Day 6So we all ignored the skipper with his instruction to only pack light weight clothing and thank goodness we did. Even Graham, Stan and Gus - the hardy Scots are finding it a wee bit cold at 3 am !!C watch has now been upgraded from The Pink Bottle Watch (Gus & Pete) to the Wet Pink Bottle Watch due to the fact that its only rained on their watch ! However they were rewarded with a bit of dolphin watching and a marvelous bacon and fried egg sandwich cooked by our very own Capitano. Thank's skip. Talking of the skipper, his array of jokes still keep coming to the merriment of all, although Ian tends to go into a bit of a comma when he starts. Talking of Ian, due to the rain, he has now managed to turn his cabin into a Chinese laundry, I hope this situation will change before night. read more...


20/05/2013

Azzurra - Azzurra's fourth day at sea.

Azzurra's crew has taken turns writing the blog and it is, at last, my turn. Problem is they are a hard act to follow. Johanna has accurately reported my fishing endeavors and Ainsley has described our sail thus far with such a vivid narrative. I must say first that Azzurra is most fortunate to have such a wonderful crew. We have British, Swedish and American influences that are making the journey rewarding and exciting. We are making friendships that will certainly last for life, and Dawn and I are most thankful for that. It is truly delightful having Johanna's youthful viewpoint and Ainsley's wisdom, experience and wonderful humor aboard for the crossing. One of my discussions with Johanna bears mention here. It may be a cultural difference, it may be an age difference or it may. read more...


20/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Fit fish

These fish really keep us alert. No day passes without fish excitement.Some come voluntarily onboard (see previous blog), the more desirable oneshave to be coaxed and persuaded. We are trailing two fishing lines, areally strong green line and a smaller one on a rod.Yesterday fish alarm on the green line, and the fish put up a powerfulfight! Going at eight knots did not help, we lost him on the last twometers. Tough luck. Line broken, tackle gone.Shortly afterwards alarm on the rod line, and this time we have learnt ourlesson: pointing the boat against the wind, easing the sheets, and gentlybringing him up to the stern. We keep our priorities even in this rally.At the last moment a desperate dive into the deep but to no avail. Abeauty, not quite big enough for the entire crew but a. read more...


20/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day 5

Happy Birthday Mum from the middle of the Atlantic. We all hope you have a good day with Susan and Nick. We have done well over the past 24 hours and have now done more than 500 miles from Bermuda - only problem is that there are another 1,300 to go! See you soon.. read more...


20/05/2013

Mad Fish - Cold!

I cannot believe how cold it has got. Last night I was on watch wearing full foul weather gear and two jumpers and was still cold. The wind is out of the north and very shifty and squally. Just five minutes ago we went from sailing nicely with full sail up to a reef and half the genoa as the breeze shot up to 25+knots. It is forward of the beam too to make it that bit more hard.on the plus side we are making good speed. We made 174 miles on target yesterday which is pleasing. Would trade some for a hot shower! (Still not possible)! Gary, you did the right Atlantic crossing!1080 miles to go.Russell. read more...


20/05/2013

Paraty - Re: Tag 11 - es ist empfindlich kalt

Letzte Nacht waren wir wieder ziemlich schnellunterwegs. Die Geraeuschkulisse, die Paraty beim duerchpfluegen des naechtlichenAtlantik hinterlaesst, ist beeindruckend. Der zunehmende Mond wirft einenSilberstreif auf das Meer und sorgt zusaetzlich fuer Gaensehautstimmung – odersind das doch die empfindlich kalten Temperaturen? Den Skipper hat es wohl schonmit einer Erkaeltung erwischt, wir haben ihn erst mal in die warme Kojegeschickt. Hoffentlich kommt er schnell wieder auf die Beine. Die frischenVorraete werden langsam weniger. 3 Tage gibt es noch Abwechslung auf dem Teller,dann heisst es Nudeln mit Tomatensosse in verschiedenen Variationen (klassisch,arrabiata und tonno). An Abwechslung auf der Speisekarte frisch aus dem Meerglauben wir schon fast nicht mehr. Zwar hatten wir. read more...


20/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Life at 18 degrees!

Day 5 at sea   O’hoi princess and princesses!   Weekend is over here at sea as we sail into Monday the21th of May. There is not a very notable difference between weekday and weekendout here on the ocean, but at least we manage to keep track of which day it is.   We can report the following activities on board thisSunday fun day:   -        Mike and Kasper took ashower -        Per and Jake tied up oursupplies under the floor so they wont crack the bottom of our vessel open. -        Bendik stopped taking seasickmedication, we hope he will be fine without them -        Andy finished his book aboutFlorida. read more...


19/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem (McHanem) blog 19 May

How many miles to Horta ? The Johanem team's Northern route strategy remains intact and we are optimistic of success. The question is what of the Azores high. After beating North we have now turned for The Azores and are knocking out the miles with 3 days of good sailing flat out. We have now been at sea for 5 days and it feels like we are on a roller coaster that never stops - great fun. During the night Watch B (Stan and Ian) had a close encounter of the oil tanker kind, with the Am Express making a close pass and the night watch team having to take evasive action surfing down the bow wave of the 700' vessel- or so we were told anyway. Then about an hour later they were visited by Mrs Dolphin and her 2 wanes. Onboard there have been some minor genset issues which has led to a rather. read more...


19/05/2013

Mad Fish - 1 Litre of Diesel

Thoughts onboard today have turned to having a good shower. Emma asked me if it would be a good idea to run the engine to get some hot water. I told her that this was a waste of fuel and maybe there was another way. Oli chipped in by suggesting cold showers. Emma then suggested that we have our dinner cold. Point taken I said.How long would we have to run the engine to heat the water she asked? About 1/2 hour I replied. And how far can we motor at those revs in 1/2 hour she asked? About 2 miles I replied. No brainer. Warm showers it is then. However, we are currently at 20 degrees angle of heel. This does make it particularly hard to shower so we will check this weather upload with great interest.Been sailing at good speeds the last 24 hours. Mostly pointing at the target or making just. read more...


19/05/2013

Alice in Red - Day Four

Making more progress in the right direction but a bit bumpy in places as the wind has reverted to being on the nose again! We have seen one other non-ARC yacht but otherwise all quiet.. read more...


19/05/2013

Paraty - Tag 10 (auf See ins gesamt ab Jungferninseln)- Alles OK

 DieWinde haben sich gedreht und kommt jetzt aus dem Norden so dass wir am Windsegeln richtung Horta. Die Segel sind gerefft weil wir teilweise ueber 20-25knoten haben. Es gibt eigentlich nicht so viel neues zu melden, ausser dassPeter M. das wackel ndeKlo wieder provisorisch mit laengeren Schrauben am Boden befestigt hat. Wirhaben jetzt noch 1250 sm von 1800 sm vor uns, es geht voran. Ausschlaggebendwerden die Winde sein. Es sind leichte Winde / Flaute angesagt fuer Montag. Ichbin dazu geneigt das letzte Fall, dass wir noch haben doppelt einzusetzen fuerSpinnaker und Vorsegel. Das Genoa muss sowieso nochmal runter weil es einleichten Schaden hat im Unterliek. Mal sehen was passiert. Heutenacht wardeutlich kaelter, weil wir noerdlicher segeln und wir am Wind fahren und diescheinbare. read more...


13/05/2013

Pendragon - caught another Dorado today

Pendragon is currently just about ready to exit the Old Bahama Channel. Not much wind, but we are having a beautiful day just the same. The boat is operating well, and to date, we have motored 86 hours. We've had some wonderful sailing as well...of the beam and off the beam. Ian (AKA, the Slayer) caught another Dorado today. Pink Squid, a light weight, 6 knots of boat speed...and bang.....hit again. Another night of Mahi Mahi Tacos!!!! She was 41 inches long, 28 pounds......8 pounds are in our reefer!All is well......37 hours out of Key West.ScottS/V Pendragon. read more...


19/05/2013

Easy Rider - Easy Rider...Captains Log..Days 3 & 4

Day 3 was every sailors dream.....clear blue sky &20+ knots of wind on our tail!! Surfing down the waves gives a real adrenalinerush...top speed recorded 15.2 kts!! Soy has now got a taste of it &managed a 13.9kt rush of her own. We managed a very creditable 200 miles in 24hours. The best Easy has ever achieved is 210 miles on the way to theCaribbean.   Day 4 in comparison was a slowday. We had a 180 degree wind shift & we had a couple of hours ploddingalong at just over three kts, followed by 5 hours at 5kts. Soy kept our spirits high though with her usualexcellent meals.   Today, Sunday, we are speeding along at 9 kts pointedstraight at the Azores. We have covered 655 miles so far, only 1200 to go!As it's Sunday we have got Soy's Sundaydinner to look forward to. read more...


19/05/2013

Azzurra 19 May

Today is our third day out to sea and it started with a blood red sun rising out of a grey ocean,set against a grey sky at 4. 30 am, soon to disappear into a low lying cloud bank, the sun has now lost the burning intensity that it has in the Tropics, an indication that we making progress towards Europe. We are now nicely settled into are on ship routine,it always seems to take 2/3 days to get into the rhythm of ship board life, the constant looking for hand holds now become second nature, the motion and heel of the boat is now normal, as is walking around with your back to the wall and bulkheads. We have become one with the boat as she carries us towards the Azores, it’s a special feeling, that has to be experienced to fully understand it, maybe that’s why we love to sail, to feel this “. read more...


19/05/2013

Johanem - Johanem blog Saturday 18th May

Day four. After a great fun start at Bermuda on Wednesday, the Johanem team are getting it together. The watches are working well all be it very tiring even after four days. We do three hours on and six off, the time fairly flys past. Day two we had to do a bit of engine work as things were very quiet on the wind front, we headed north and Graham provided us with diner, a skipjack tuna, very tasty!! Friday and Saturday have proved more exciting on the sailing front with winds gusting 30knts and waves to match, a great deal of sail adjusting but we are almost far enough north for a run to Horta. The skipper had us sing on deck after super, once we had done one or two of his favourites we introduced him to the highland songs, he surprised us and knew a good number of Scottish songs, so the. read more...


18/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Amelie Blog - ARC Europe - Saturday 18th May 2013

Another day of the wind behind us, so trade windsailing with dry decks, has been appreciated by Amelie's crew.   We'd like to take a few moments to expoundon a few of the qualities of Amelie's owner, Per.   He often starts the day with two things uppermostin his mind - coffee and fish.   Taking the coffee first, Per is pretty fanaticalabout good quality coffee, and it isn't long before one of the crew is whippedinto putting the brew on, with the lovely smell of fresh grounds wafting throughthe boat. We say fanatical, and we really do mean it! The crew was draggedaround a number of restaurants in Bermuda, with Per questioning the poorunsuspecting restauranteur about the type of coffee machine, and how fit for thepurpose it might be, which ended up with us. read more...


18/05/2013

Amelie d'Oslo - Hurra for the 17th of may!

Salutations to all thebrave fighters for freedom! We have been bloging on ameliedoslo@blogspot.com but willalso update the arc site from now.  Today we have celebratedthe 199th Norwegian constitution day on Amelie. We are happy to celebratethat our country was given from Denmark to Sweden. (TheSwedish had us for almost another hundred years, but at least we got aconstitution)   This great day at seastarted with Miky Mikes great banana pancakes with syrup and beacon.We were debating whether we would march around on the boat singing "Ja vielsker" (Norway’s national song), but we endedup with the old classic chilling in the sun.  Richard decided thatdessert should be served before dinner – so his contribution was to makebread-and-butter pudding, which was. read more...


18/05/2013

Peter von Danzig - Ghosts in the night

The reckless fellow came straight through the companionway! Nils mighthave admired him for his skill had he not been deeply immersed in his bookof stars. The flying fish almost made it into the pantry (according toskips wishful thinking straight into the frying pan …) but then decided toland in an elegant curve just outside the oilskin locker. How to get ridof this stinking little creature?Shortly before Bermuda we were visited by a squid that expired its life inthe cockpit, not before leaving his mark … Sounds incredible, just asskips stories of squids jumping in through open pantry skylights orgathering on the foredeck. Everything seems possible, looks as if we had alucky escape with just a small flying fish through the companionway!No so the unlucky devil entering his personal hell.. read more...


18/05/2013

Mad Fish - North enough?

We have been pushing our way north as fast as possible to hook into the low pressures coming from the US to the UK. Yesterday we finally took the spinnaker down at about 1400 local when we were doing a consistent 9 knots in over 20 knots of wind. We ran with the main up all night until around 0900 local, 1200 UTC when the cold front went through and the wind cranked round 90 degrees. We are now heading for the Azores, tearing along at 8 kmots+ with 22 knots of wind just forward of the beam.This has made Ethan happy as if we are not doing 7 knots towards the Azores or more he gives me much abuse on how much faster we should be going and what sails we should put up! I hope we are ok on the rest of the fleet and we haven't been too extreme. Holding on tight with 1423 miles to go....... read more...


18/05/2013

Azzurra - Day -3 by Johanna

Johanna Johansson just checked in at the 5-star Azzurra recover yacht. It has been a fantastic day, with a lot of sun and, but not least wind up to 25 knots! Wherever you look in the horizont, you will see water, water and one or another wave, which will get you extremely calm down. You have no idea of when you will get to the Azores, but it really doesn't matter. You don't have to worry about which shoes you are matching to your outfit, or who Kate Perry are dating at the moment. The fact that the view of other boats has been reduced to zero, gives some benefits as well, you can basicly sing the higest you are capable to knowing that nobody can hear your false tones, so there is nothing to be embaresed to! If you get tired of the calm lifestyle, it does also feel like you are on a. read more...


18/05/2013

Lady Ann - High spirits, high seas

17/05/2013 22:00 UTCpos: 36*14.8 61*23.8High spirits, high seasTwo days ago we left Bermuda. Heading: Azores. Some repairs were delayedby overactive customs officials so it was quiet a race to be ready intime. But, thanks to the combined efforts of some freshly arrived crewand the seasoned lads from the last leg we managed to get ready withonly a couple of hours delay.Now we are full at sea. No doubt about that. The first 24 hours we'vebeen heading north searching for wind. And wind we found! Together withthe wind came the seas. With 25 knots from behind we are surfing downfour meter swells, straight to the Azores.This is how sailing supposed to be. Friends, lots of fun and thebeautiful sea. No autopilot but we couldn't care less: now we've got thewhole playing ground for our. read more...



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