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28/11/2014

Weirkraken - Test Log

Force Ten from Las Palmas - Day 1We finally left the Harbour of Las Palmas on Monday 24th November - one day late because of atrocious weather. During our preparation days, Liz had a thorough sort out of the boat and thew out such vital items as an Iron and china Dinner service much to Rupert's horror. Liz and Anne then spent about 7 hours in the dreaded Carrefours and as a result Weir Kracken was left listing 10 degrees to port much to the discomfort of the Norwegian boat moored next door who spent Saturday night propping us up in a storm. Captain Rupert in his enthusiasm fell off his seat and twisted his ankle as we were preparing to cast off. We crossed the start line at a quarter to one and had a bit of a stand off with a large green boat (you know who you are). Shortly after the. read more...


28/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Vamos al Hotel

Viernes 27   Las bajas presiones y el temporal que hay a laaltura de Portugal nos influye y nos envía mar de fondo y viento del NNW. Aefectos de la prevsión meteorológica, la organización ha dividido la zonaen cuadriculas con sus correspondientes nombre Alfa, Bravo, Charlie, etc.Estamos dejando atrás Bravo y entramos en Hotel. Parece premonitoriode que a medida que bajamos más al sur las condiciones vanmejorando. Hemos tenido sol buena parte del día, aunque a esta hora seha nublado bastante. La comida ha sido un festín, protagonista el dorado quepescamos ayer y unas patatas con mojo de Macu. De lujo! Hoy han vuelto a picarlos dorados. Hasta tres sobre las 14h aunque dos se han escapado. Mañanavolveremos a degustar el pescado fresco.. read more...


28/11/2014

Archer - In Archer's Wake

Remember the tale of Finnigan's Wake and the lilting Irish tune that goes with it? Poor 'ol Dan Finnigan died and was dressed in his coffin for his wake.The wake got so rowdy that one of his mates spilled whiskey on him.....at which point, Dan awoke from 'the dead" and joined in the fun.Carolyn was on watch last night .... it was a quiet night and she decided to write a song to the tune of Finnigan's Wake to memorialize the passage.If you download the tune, you can sing along....CHORUS:The mighty Archer charges on.Many change of sail we must make.We encounter others across the pondFor now they're all in Archer's Wake.VERSE 1:Bouncing on the tramp at our feetThe big red reacher flying overheadWe coil up the nice clean sheetsAnd we reef the sails when we go to bed.CHORUSVERSE 2:Meals of. read more...


28/11/2014

ARC14 Blogoramma - Life at 45 degrees

24:14.2N  026:02.7W   Tune of the Day: "When the Going Gets Tough", BillyOcean   Day 5.  A challenging 24 hours.  Nosooner had we finished enjoying Ben's second culinary masterpiece of the day- Doggie Pie - and the wind swung around to the NW putting us on a beamreach.  After dark it started to gust 25+ kts and we could nolongerhold our course.  We had to bear off the wind, hand steering for longperiods during the night as Beryl (our trusty auto-helm) couldn't cope with thegusts.  The boat went over onto a 45' heel and everything downbelow became pretty chaotic.  The leecloth holding jags into his bunk brokeand he landed with a crash and led to a "Jags moment".  Minkey spent asleepless night trying to get into any. read more...


28/11/2014

Northern Child - Northern Child Day 5

Our apologies for skipping one day in giving friends andloved-ones an update on our escapade on Northern Child. However, yesterday we were a bit occupied and pre-occupied witha small leakage problem around our rudder.  While some were thinkingof calling out "Houston, Houston, we have a....", others kept their calm andrepaired what turned out to be a moved seal around the rudder casing, which,. inturn, caused a minor leak from the bottom -- never a good thing for a boatcrossing the ocean.  Because of the potential implications, we evenconsidered paying a brief visit to Cape Verde to have it checked out.   But Houdini-like skipper Chris managed to wrigglehimself into the lazarette, and repair the seal with the rudder in motion.The casing. read more...


28/11/2014

Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left

A short update after 4 days in the ARC:Monday, 24th: We had a great start in a rough see, sailing downwind up to 23 knots with large heavy spinnaker. Lots of rolling and rocking of boat, not a good night sleep.Tuesday, 25th: Not too much wind south of the canary islands. Unfortunately,we lost our big spinnaker in the evening including our portside railing when everything went to sea by full speed. Stefan's foot was connected to spinnaker by rope but he luckily managed to stay on board and the injury could be mended quickly. Two holes in portside hull due to loss of stanchions but we fixed everything with ducttape and stay-afloat.Wednesday 26th: First dolphins accompanying our journey. Winds are still light- perfect conditions for our pink spinnaker. Unfortunately it broke very soon and. read more...


Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
28/11/2014

Wiki - Ein neuer Autopilot mit fürchterlichen Geräuschen...

Jele übt das Rudergehen für den Fall, dass der Autopilot doch noch sein Leben aushaucht.Eure WIKI-CrewFür die lieben Kurznachrichten bedanken wir uns herzlich bei Jelenas Papa, Pitty aus Münster, Roland aus der Oberpfalz, Arne, Werner007 sowie den Atlantikseglern Denis und Volker!!!--jele. read more...


Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
Philocat Ena - day 5 - 1 spinnaker (kites) out of three left
28/11/2014

Aislig Bheag - log day 4 - life at an angle

We continue to make good progress, clocking up the miles, we hope to havethe 1st 1000 miles ticked off late tomorrow, which will call for a celebration.The wind on your face is becoming increasingly warmer as we travel west, we arestill waiting for the wind to go behind us so that life will flatten out alittle. We are becoming increasingly adept at negotiating each other and movingaround  the boat whilst it is at a constant 15-20% angle, which in drivingterms is about a 1:6... there have been some very impressive moves from one sideof the boat to the other resulting in much hilarity..........strictly comedancing watch out! As a result of this we are changing colour but more due tobruises at this point in time.Last  night Duncan was rudely awakened when his lee.....no not. read more...


Aislig Bheag - log day 4 - life at an angle
Aislig Bheag - log day 4 - life at an angle
Wiki - Ein neuer Autopilot mit fürchterlichen Geräuschen...
Wiki - Ein neuer Autopilot mit fürchterlichen Geräuschen...
28/11/2014

Meltemi - 5.Tag

Nachdem sich Nils gestern beklagt hatte, dass wir "nur noch rumdümpeln" (7,5 kn!)sind wir heute Nacht wieder ICE gefahren, abwechselnd unter einer Wolkendecke und bei sternklarem Himmel.Wir haben die 2000er-Marke geknackt!!Heute Morgen schießt die Meltemi bei 20 kn Wind unter Vollzeug durch die blaue See. Sonnenfunkelnde Gischt spritzt üners Deck. Wache 1 macht Juhuuu und Nils schreit Jippiieeh! Ein Etmal von 182 Meilen zaubert auch auf Rüdigers Lippen ein Lächeln.Wache 1 versucht den Sipper dazu zu überreden, die Wachablösung unter Deck einzusperren um länger am Ruder bleiben zu dürfen. Leider erweist sich Rüdiger als unbestechlich.Der Wachplan nimmt unerbittlich seinen Lauf.Nun steuert Ines die Meltemi bei Rauschefahrt unter blauem Himmel und quietscht vor Vergnügen.Es sieht ganz so. read more...


28/11/2014

Philocat Ena - 5. Tag - 2. Spi kaputt

Unser fünfter Tag auf See, zwei unserer drei Spis sind mittlerweilegerissen. Einen konnten wir flicken - bis jetzt hält er...Viele fliegende Fische verirren sich auf unser Boot - gemein, irgendwie,wenn man bedenkt, wie viele Quadratkilometer ohne Hindernis sie hätten. Ab und zu sieht man noch einen Vogel unbestimmter Destination und Herkunftund sonst nur Wasser. Nachts schaut der Mond kurz auf uns herunter und wirzu ihm rauf. ob er hält. read more...


Philocat Ena - 5. Tag - 2. Spi kaputt
Philocat Ena - 5. Tag - 2. Spi kaputt
28/11/2014

Helen - Day 5

The challenges of the bread maker! Each day I put the same bread mixture, amount of yeast but possibly not quite the same amount of water due to the rolling of the yacht, into the machine and switch it on. Three and a half hours later it's a moment of wonder as to what shape of loaf it will be as it is turned out. We have had the port tack, the starboard tack, confused seas ( this one had a most interesting top) and this trip what I call the top hat. A very tall loaf that was a devil to slice as the top was just air holes. All loaves I hasten to add are very edible and enjoyed with a variety of fillings each lunch time. However uniformity of slice size and ease of actual slicing are a daily topic of discussion. Wendy. read more...


28/11/2014

Captain Blind - 4éme jour ..lecture et discussions

Vent de travers depuis hier ap midi avec GV et génois , vent 15 à 25 nds ,vitesse pratiquement constante à 8.5 nds et sur la route directe....pasgrand chose à faire sauf régler les écoutes de temps en temps...l'équipageen profite pour dévorer les romans emportés et refaire le monde autour dela table du carré...encore une douzaine d'heure et on envoie le spi ....il était temps..ce midi salade par Patrice et café par Donatien....un vrai travaild'équipe..Côté course il semble que la bagarre se passe ente les Fille de l'Ile ,l'Huite Scarlet et nous ...à suivre ..et gare à un 4éme larron !on espère en avoir plus à vous raconter dans les pochains jours .. read more...


28/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 2,3,4 & 5

Sorry we have been a bit quiet for those following. We have had a few technical challenges, nothing we haven't been able to overcome though. We have seen our first whale and 2 very large dolphin pods. All good.J.McLeish--. read more...


25/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 1

Afternoon all.175 miles yesterday with mixed weather.Surfing at 13 knots was fun.Excellent chilli from Gerry kept spirits high despite little to no sleep.J.McLeish. read more...


28/11/2014

EH01 - Eat Sleep Sail Repeat

Hi everyone,The last 24 hours has provided us with some excellent sailing. With the wind in the North it has provided fast reaching conditions allowing us to lay our mark to the north of St Lucia perfectly. We made the decision as a crew to maximise our VMG and proceed under white sails for the next day or so until the wind veers around to the east again. Fingers crossed this decision pays off as we continue on our mission to crack into the top 5 overall!!The weather was a bit on the chilly side this morning but it has now turned into a glamour afternoon with the sun shining and 15-20 knots of wind just ahead of the beam. All the crew are enjoying life in their shorts and t-shirts, makes a nice change from the foul weather gear!!As usual with these trips the crew are developing very. read more...


25/11/2014

Aurelia - test

Test email All Received --. read more...


28/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 4

Today saw the departure of David and Len - a very difficult moment for us all for lots of obvious reasons.The day did perk up a little though, as a wander into town brought us to an Irish hostelry, whereupon we just had to have a couple ofpints of Guinness - very nice they were too. Yours truly though, spilt most of his before the first sip was taken.On our way back to the marina, we happened upon a young lady who was preparing her boat to row across the Atlantic to Dominica - 3 months apparently rowing for 8 hours a day, we thought we had problems!! Quite a lady really - adventurous or foolhardy, only time will tell. On a similar subject, this reminded us of what could have been quite an embarrassing encounter on day 2 when we nearly ran down a British 4 man row boat, probably on a. read more...


28/11/2014

King's Legend - living at an angle

Four days of living at an anglePosition 23.07.303N & 28.03.561WMeans:• Steering at an angle• Walking and growing huge calves for free at an angle• Showering and dressing at an angle• Putting in my contact lenses at angle resulted in two lenses in oneeye. That doesn’t really help while steering and looking at the wind vane.• Peeing at an angle – men are only allowed to sit - pure damage control• Shitting at an angle. It is extremely hard to flush as water tendsflow downward. And aiming the toilet paper correctly at an angle is anotherdemanding task• Catching two fishes in 15 minutes. That is mostly the art of hoistingit on deck aiming at a bucket at an angle• Cooking at an angle. If you don’t fix it; it will fly through thegalley choosing any angle• Eating at an angle. Most of the. read more...


28/11/2014

Paroya - Log Day 9 Happy Crew

Volle zwei Tag konnte sich die Crew von Fisch ernähren und der Kühlschrank bot langsam wieder Kapazität. Also gut Angelstopp aufgehoben und Leine ins Wasser! 30' später ein Biss, Stress, Genua einrollen anluven und Leine langsam einholen. Schwierig, viel Zug, sehr viel Zug... nach 20' sehen wir den Prachtskerl unter dem Boot schwimmen, wieder mal eine Dorade, die 7te. Kurz später landete der Fisch im Boot und wurde mit Bier und Ruhm betäubt, trotzdem mussten wir den Steuerstand verlassen, da dieser noch immer wild um sich schlug. ca. 10-12Kg und 1.2m lang. Kühlschrank ist wieder voll und nun ist wieder Angelstopp. Das heisst, morgen ist die Zeit um wieder ein paar Meilen auf die Konkurrenz gut zu machen. In Bezug auf die Arbeit und Zubereitung, bevorzugen wir eher die kleineren Modelle,. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 9 Happy Crew
Paroya - Log Day 9 Happy Crew
28/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 326; Another Great Day on Safari, Including Lions Again; Thursday, November 27, 2014

A little bit about the Lalibela Game Reserve. The game reserve spans 5 different eco-systems: valley bushveld, savannah grassland, fynbos, riverine forest and acacia woodland, resulting in a diversity of plants/trees, animals and birds. I have no idea what a 'valley bushveld,' 'fynbos,' 'riverine' forest and 'acacia' woodland are. However, the bottom line is, that with different types of topography you get a greater variety of animals.Its Thanksgiving Day in the USA, but not in South Africa. No turkey here. Up at 5:00 AM, with breakfast at 5:30 AM . My light breakfast consisted of toast, a banana and a glass of passion fruit juice.Even before the light breakfast, Jack and Joel saw 3 elephants on the hill behind our compound. The range ride started at 6:00 AM, with Joel and I seated in. read more...


28/11/2014

Sandvita - Dag fyra och fem

Dag 4 och 5. En vacker soluppgång förhöjer färdens värde med glans. Natten har varit lite jobbig med växlande vindar. Att reva i kompakt mörker, monstervågor och tjuriga vindar är lika skrämmande som att leka kurragömma med en knicbeväpnad psykopat. Nåväl allt gick bra tack vare det ovanöiga mod som denna besättning besitter. Vi fick sällskap av några förvånade delfiner som avundsjukt glodde på vårt kaffe och våra mumsiga Ballerinakakor. God mat och äkta glädje är det som kännetecknar Sandvita. Matros Magnus tilldelades en ofrivillig chock där han låg och drömde en otäck dröm om misshandel när han väcktes med det vänliga orden "det är din tur nu" tydligren passade dessa ord illa in i drömmen. Kanske hade det något med straffpåföljden att göra. Nätterna på havet kan stundtals kännas lite. read more...


28/11/2014

Monomotapa - 28th November

Monomotapa 28th November 2014Another day of excellent progresswith good wind all day and night ranging from 14 - 20 Knots from North East or...from David: "Over there!!!"Highlight was a school of about 30 dolphins that played around the boat for about 15 minutes just after 7.00pm - absolutely wonderful to see..The boat s constantly leaning about 15-30 degrees to port which has made the watermaker unhappy. We will need to conserve water until we can have a more neutral angle. This will hopefully happen in one to two daysAlberto's "Galley Slave", Antonella, keepsover-feeding us with full breakfast, including fried eggs & bacon, every morning thena coked lunch and finally cooked dinner - as good as a Sienna Restaurant...David and Mike wish their family and friends in the USA a belated. read more...


28/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 3

Early morning saw our arrival at Marina San Miguel, whereupon, David and Len confirmed their decision to travel home, so flights were organised for Thursday morning.With the fantastic support of the ARC organisers, we were put in touch with Pepe, the local Raymarine engineer who attended the boat during the afternoon, but unfortunately the repairs he made did not do the trick as the problem remained. It was decided to replace the complete drive unit, and this was placed on order with Raymarine in Spain, with planned delivery and installation on the following Friday.A quiet day then ensued as we all dealt with the ongoing disappointment of further delay and the sad departure of David and Len. Anyway, we enjoyed a good meal on board in the evening, shared a glass of wine or three and made. read more...


28/11/2014

Reberth - Middle of the Atlantic.

We may be on a sailboat nearly  800nm from land but we can still celebrate holidays!! Yesterday, being American Thanksgiving, saw  a menu of Bacon and egg sandwich for breakfast, Cape Verde cream cheese and Ryevita for lunch and supper of Avocado and crab salad on croissant, barbecued Turkey with a cream sauce, rostii and sweetcorn and red pepper fritters followed by fresh fruit salad. The galley mate says today her get up and go has got up and gone!!!. read more...


28/11/2014

Jo - 22:18N 25:14W

Friday 28th November After the excitement of the dolphins, Alastair upped theante with his version of a Spanish omelette, which had just about everythingthrown in for good measure. It did not disappoint! We decided to calm things down for dinner as we werecharging around doing 9+ knots with the code zero and although scraping food offthe floor to eat probably adds some interesting flavours and textures, theomelette deserved a more dignified presentation. Sadly we overlooked theopportunity to open a decent Rioja to toast the King of Spain’s singed beard; Ithink I can get away with that now we are outside Spanish territorialwaters! Dinner concluded (doing almost 7 knots under mainalone); we unfurled the genoa and resumed normal service, flying along on a beamreach at approximately 8-9. read more...


Jo - More dolphins
Jo - More dolphins
Jo - The code zero and some idyllic sailing conditions
Jo - The code zero and some idyllic sailing conditions
28/11/2014

Cheri - Freitag, 28. Nov. 2014

Wale an SteuerbordEs war wohl doch etwas zu optimistisch, den gestrigen Tag als Tropentag anzukündigen. Das kommt davon, wenn man den Blogschon um 14 Uhr schreibt. Gegen Abend wurde es auf jeden Fall schnell kuehler, und wir wechselten auch von Gennaker zurueckauf die Genua. Aber windmaessig blieb es am Abend und weit in die Nacht hinein eine Erfolgsgeschichte. Windvon 1o-20 kn(WS 4-5)liessen unseren Tacho 6-9 kn anzeigen. Erst bei Sonnenaufgang erzwingen 32 kn Wind (WS 7) ein Reff im Gross.In der Nacht stand der Mond zeitweise genau im Westen knapp über dem Horizont. So segelten wir genau auf seinem Lichtstrahlauf den Wasser. Schoener waere kitschig!Wenn man in diesem Rennen vorne bleiben will, ist es mit dem Reffen so eine Sache. Wer zuerst refft, faellt zurueck. Auf denSpitzenyachten. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Delphine!
Bluewater Mooney - Delphine!
28/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 4. Tag auf See

181 Meilen in den letzten 24 Stunden - bei sehr wechselnden Winden nichtschlecht - erkämpft haben wir die durch den Spinnacker am Nachmittag undNacht bis 02:00 Uhr - dann schlief der Wind vorübergehend nahezu ganz ein.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut - wir sind mit unserer Position zufrieden. DasHauptfeld liegt noch recht nah beieinander und die taktisch bessere Positionwird letztlich die Entscheidung bringen - also wir haben noch guteAussichten auf einen Platz im ersten Drittel - mal sehen!Der Atlantik zeigt sich noch wechselhaft, gestern hatten wir einige StundenSonne, heute ist es bedeckt aber trocken. Die letzte Nacht war auch nichtmehr so kalt wie die vorhergehenden, also auch wettertechnisch geht esbergauf.Viele wundern sich, dass man freiwillig über zwei Wochen nichts als Wassersieht.. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 4. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 4. Tag auf See
28/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 2

Quite a calm overnight sail greeted by sunrise at around 7.30. These calmer and quieter conditions raised the skippers concerns over a noisy autohelm drive unit. Opinions were divided over the severity and sound functioning of this at first, but it was decided to err to the side of caution and turn back to have the issue looked at. The main concern was the potential failure of the unit, meaning that we would then need to manually helm the boat for possibly a significant part of the passage which would have been extremely difficult.San Miguel marina on Tenerife was chosen as the closest and best option for effecting a repair, and so we turned and headed towards this at around mid-morning. Unfortunately, the element of the passage became rather tedious against the wind, and it was at this. read more...


28/11/2014

GarliX - Mal ein Tag mit weniger Wind

Vorgestern gab's mal so einen Tag, vor dem uns viele gewarnt haben…. "mit dem vielen Wind kommst Du besser klar, als mit dem wenigen Wind…". Waren wir mit unseren Etmalen von 180-190sm etwas verwöhnt - sagt uns der Atlantik, "ich kann auch Weniger". Weniger bedeutet nicht nur, still und ohne Wind in der brütenden Hitze rum zu dümpeln, …. still heißt genau dass, aber die noch vorhandenen Wellen veranstalten "Topfschlagen" im Boot. Alles kracht und wackelt unkontrolliert…sehr nervig. Also gehen die Männer das wissenschaftlich an. Es wird das Wetterbuch rausgeholt…. wo ist nun mehr Wind…. zwischen den Wolkenbändern, östlich der Wolke…, es werden neue Wetterdaten geholt - nichts hilft. Letztlich machen wir das, was wir immer machen. Wir setzen den Genacker und segeln - allerdings mit 30°. read more...


28/11/2014

Charisma - Spinnaker im Sondereinsatz

Bei frischem NW-Wind haben wir den Anstellwinkel zum Wind geöffnet und lassen die SY Charisma etwas südlich der Rhumbline laufen. Unsere zahlreich mitgeführten Spinnaker bewähren sich bislang nur als Sitz- und Liegekissen zwischen Seereling und Süll. Aber ihre Zeit wird noch kommen!Ein Vorteil der eher ungewöhnlichen Wetterlage ist, dass es noch nicht zu heiß ist. Während des heutigen Frühstücksbuffet im Cockpit segeln wir auf 23° N im Ölzeug.Nach dem Durchzug der NW-Lage wird der Wind wieder rechts drehen und wir werden unseren Kurs entsprechend anpassen.. read more...


28/11/2014

Nisida - Day 5 Arc 2014

Position at 1300 28/11/2014 21:27N 25:58WAnother very tasty evening meal last night of beef stew enjoyed by all finished off with home made cake! Last night saw 2 other yachts and a ship pass, one of which was another ARC entry "Juno" which could have been either the Oyster or the Discovery looked like they mabe heading for the Cape Verde Islands. Every day the crew are getting happier as we all become more accustomed to the constant motion, sleeping better and catering for the needs of 10 hungry guys on one boat. The kettle has barely gone cold since we left Las Palmas! We have headed a little more south than most of the fleet in the hopes of staying in better breeze than the other boats to the North over the next day or so, will be great if it works. We currently have sunshine 25. read more...


28/11/2014

Berenice by TWT - Log Day 4 - 27/11/2014 - Alla conquista dell'oceano

Siamo al terzo giorno di navigazione. Abbiamo lasciato l’isola di Las Palmas con vento da Nord Est intorno ai 30 nodi, navigando con il nostro enorme gennaker A4 per le prime 15 ore. Da quel momento non abbiamo più smesso di andare in poppa surfando le onde dell’Atlantico! Da un paio di giorni, abbiamo issato il gennaker A3 e le condizioni del vento variano dai 15 ai 28 nodi, con qualche passaggio nuvoloso, ma senza pioggia. La temperatura è davvero eccezionale, nessuno ha dovuto mettere la cerata neanche di notte: un giubbino è sufficiente.Siamo subito entrati nel ritmo della regata e dei turni, con 3 persone sempre in coperta e altrettante pronte a intervenire in caso di necessità. Nelle prime 48 ore abbiamo fatto parecchie strambate, mettendo a dura prova attrezzature ed equipaggio.. read more...


Berenice by TWT - Log Day 4 - 27/11/2014 - Alla conquista dell'oceano
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 4 - 27/11/2014 - Alla conquista dell'oceano
28/11/2014

Southern Child - Day 4 28/11

Day 4 28/11Position 1200: 23*54'11N 027*04'99W Daily Run: 172Nm Distance to Waypoint: 2002Nm   Meet the crew Part 2! Today the remaining 4 of our8 wo/man strong crew - Port Watch - tell us why they love sailing.   Watchleader Rachel, Basingstoke, UK AKA Commodore Cherry "Peaceful. And it's quite fun when the weather ishorrible." Pete, Basel, Switzerland AKA Peg-legged Pete "It gives me a space and an experience that I can'tfind on land. It pushes you both mentally and physically but through that bringsimmense rewards." Val, Basel, Switzerland AKA Marlinspike "I like the sense of achievement. To try to dosomething that seems uninviting, but when you do it, it's like, yes! Also tosurf a wave,that is pure fun!" Lars, Oslo, Norway AKA Laaarrgghs "Because when you're sailing you're. read more...


28/11/2014

Frisco - Log Day 4 Belated start of blog.

Our volunteer Blog Boy, Jim Wilson has been relieved of his duties. Just as well he can cook instead. Now a bit of catching up. The first day of the ARC rally saw us depart at 11:00am Monday the 24th Nov. It was not long before we began to appreciate why the start had been delayed a day. The sea state had calmed down somewhat but still commanded immediate respect. As nightfall approached we found ourselves in the much discussed wind acceleration zone to the SE of gran Canaria with gusts NW 35+ knots. After making it through this zone we were treated to the shadow zone to the South of this volcanic mountainous island here a number of racing class boats were becalmed, unable to use their engines to escape. We of course started up the engine and motored to the SW only to be treated to the. read more...


28/11/2014

T&T - Dag 9

Wij varen nu 9 dagen op de oceaan en wij zullen wa arschijnlijk op maandag in StrLucie aankomen.De dagen gaan hiet super snel voorbij, er is altijd wel iets te doen en alles duurt veel langer omdat je je altijd beweegt en alles ( je zelf inbegrepen) moet vasthouden.Gisterenmorgen is bij een harde windvlaag onze spi gescheurd : hele schoothoek afgerukt. De spi draaide in no time rond de mast en was niet meer naar beneden te krijgen.Dus moest onze jongste crew in de mast. Ik had een heel klein hartje !! 25 m hoog op zwaar deinend water, dat gaat in de top van de mast wel 10 meter over en weer.Maar ons professortje heeft ook nog guts dus hij naar boven en daar moest hij dan de spi kapot snijden, wat niet zo gemakkelijk ging en langs de voorstag naar beneden glijdend onderweg nog wat. read more...


28/11/2014

Thula - day 5

Now we are five days in and we are having two very lovely warm meals a day - as a direct consequence to the fantastic food, the crew moral is now at an all time high - no one is showing any signs of scurvy.The squalls are treating us nicely by either going in front of us or passing just behind, making the nights very comfortable. Both spinnakers were flying most of the day and we are enjoying making our way into the Atlantic overviewed by the beautiful dolphin in the colored sails.Last night we had dolphins following us from 15 minutes in the dark making the first part of the night very nice.. read more...



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