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12/12/2012

Poco Loco -

The final countdown.. Today Margo and “Rene from the blog “ decided it was my turn to describe the last 24 hours on board of the Poco Loco in their daily column.The day started with nice sunny weather and a good eastern wind which was ideal to get the spinaker out so we could head in 1 straight line for St. Lucia , around us just sea and an empty horizon, where are all these other competitors...We started off this 15th day at sea with 275 Nm to go on the clock at 12.00 this morning, and with an average speed of 7 / 8 knots, we have set the ETA between wednesday night 22.00 and thursday morning 03.00, and one thing is for sure we are the unbeatable number one in the Lagoon 500 class !!!Then there was lunch a nice spanish orientated shrimp dish with bread and a nice bottle of rose,. read more...


12/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W

Day 16Day 16 will probably be remembered as one of our best sailing days. We had strong but consistent 15 knot to 20 knot winds and following seas which was accompanied by bright sunshine despite Emily’s predication of torrential rain in the morning. For once I was pleased she was wrong. When you get the right combination of wind and sail the whole boat just flies along and we managed to cover 190 miles in 24 hours, something of a record for us. Most of the day saw the normal routine of people reading books, doing a little washing, filling bottles with sea water for washing up and getting in a spot of sunbathing. David may have overdone it a little and by the end of the day he looked a little pink to say the least. The strong sunshine finally dried out John’s bed and we were able to get. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 16 15 07N 55 31W
12/12/2012

Coyote 2 - Tshirts, shorts and clothes pegs

T-Shirts and shorts was the dress code mentioned in the brochure.  But no. These could be scenes from ‘’Das Boot’.Our floating caravan moves steadily westwards, food and fruit stored everywhere.  People also! (How many people can you fit in a mini?) WET, WET, WET was a name of a similar Band of Brothers and this sets the scene.We see no boats but we are racing them.  Perhaps Captain Matt has a special route to follow.Is the Earth flat or round?Is Matt sailing us to the edge or perhaps to a new continent beyond St. Lucia? Who knows. Does he know?Clean clothes become wet and soiled, later to be recycled as best available.  The girls have the pegs to dry their clothes.  I have only one I reserve for my nose.  This was not in the brochure!Wait a minute, its day. read more...


12/12/2012

Ostrea - Shark week

Hi all,Day 16 today and tradewind conditions with 25 to 30 knots of East north easterly. Yesterday we experimented with our big fish lures and steel wire combo and suddenly we saw a big shark following our lure. We started toplay with the lure to let the shark bite and 2 minutes later BAM!!!! The shark went with all our fishing gear and we were glad we could keep the rod. Back to normal lures now again.......... The sun is shining and we are in the tropics so life on board is good. We all took a shower yesterday and are preparing our arrival. Do we wait until saturday morning if we arrive on friday night late?? That is currently the big dilemma on Ostrea. Yesterday we logged 178 miles and if we continue like that friday evening looks like a possibility and that would mean a crossing of. read more...


12/12/2012

Hera - squalls

Jewärmer es Richtung St. Lucia wird, desto feuchter wird es auch. Manchmal ziehendie Squalls hinter uns vorbei, doch ab und zu treffen sie uns auch.Inder Regel passiert das, wenn Klaus mit unseren beiden Sandras Wache geht.Irgendwie müssen es sich die drei mit Rasmus verdorben haben (Sie trinken 11 Uhrkeinen Sherry mit ihm!).DerWind geht dann hoch bis 35 kn, dreht und wir müssen dann vor dem Wind ablaufen,da wir seit Tagen Schmetterling segeln. Dazu gießt es wie aus Eimern. In derRegel ist der Spuk nach einer halben Stunde oder weniger vorbei. Anschließendkann man tolle Regenbogen beobachten.DieNacht hat es ordentlich geblasen und wir hatten 7-8 bft und bis zu 5m hoheWellen von achtern.Noch611 sm bis Rodney Bay! Stefan. read more...


12/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - 1 Day to go!

ARC Day 15 Ceilidh kept up her great run with 201NM logged in the last 24 hrs. This maintains our 8knot boat speed average since leaving Las Palmas which is all the more creditable as we have steered by hand virtually the whole trip in difficult conditions. Last night was no exception as we had at times 30knot squalls and some total blackout conditions making steering very tough. We did however reach a new surfing speed record of 16.9knots yesterday afternoon with Richard on the helm. Ceilidh was in tune with the crew like a well rehearsed gay Gordon’s during this exhilirating period! We have gybed back to our Westerly course of 270T having dropped down to latitude 14:21N which is very close to our final destination. Today we have 230NM to go and our focus. read more...


12/12/2012

Bardeau - update

15 32 N 50 28 WA short update, Robert has appeared from his cabin and turned on the water maker this morning, however it seems that our continuing attempts to desalinate the Atlantic is going well, to speed the process we have bypassed the tanks and are now pumping pure fresh water via the bilge into the sea. The coms update, Roberts sat phone is half working for data over my mail account!, the laptop however is dead! The night was fairly lively, but we are making good process and are currently doing around 8 knots in the Sun, the overnight watches reported seeing shooting stars some landing near the boat,we don't think it was the launch rocket that NASA put a notice to mariners on NAVTEC. also a ship was sighted.Stop PressJK has finally landed a fish, a 3 kg Tuna yes the hot dog of the. read more...


12/12/2012

Northern Child - Last ARC Log to file with ARC

ARC FINAL DAY 11/12: Saint LuciaThis is it. We made it and we are now in Saint Lucia.While the last 24 hours have been eventful (including me doing an accidental Gybe at 2am, Christian up and down the mast and out to the end of the pole, a hale storm shower first thing in the morning, torrid sun and tropical rain...) What can I say that is more relevant than WE MADE IT ! ?After 14 days and 12 hours since we left Gran Canaria we are now in the Caribbean. Non-stop. Only using wind and our own hands and physical strength to get here ! We must be mad !I believe this has been Northern Child's fastest ever Atlantic Passage and we are glad to have contributed and experienced it. We know we have had some unusual big seas and strong winds which made the cruising much harder and challenging. read more...


12/12/2012

Northern Child - Daily Log 14 - 11/12/12 - Shake, rattle and role!

Daily Run    201mDTT             205nm Lunch          Ham, Chorizo, Mushroom and Onion Tartiflette Dinner         Roasted Chicken Herb Provence with Mushroom and waterchesnut Noodles Well it was as if my daily log yesterday was a premonition!   Shake - So we furled away the genoas and put up the Spinnaker.  As the spinnaker filled at the top of a wave Northern Child accelerated like a dinghy - quite an amazing feeling in this 20 tonne yacht.  I helmed for an hour and NC was on fire, surfing down waves and hitting speeds up to 17 knots again quite regularly.  It's when she. read more...


11/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 15: Flying Fish and the Descent into Madness

I just sat down to write this log and looked across the galley to see the boys have uncovered a secret stash of Pepsi somewhere deep in the bowels of the boat - hurrah! Just when we were about to run out. Anyhow, we have less than 200 miles to go now and are eagerly anticipating the finish. We should arrive in St Lucia before midday tomorrow, all things going well.  The last few days seem to have blended together into one happy, sunny blur, and I think we all have mixed feelings about coming to the end of this passage. I will really miss the mental clarity that comes from being all alone in this great wide ocean, far from the reach of smart phones, internet, to-do lists, commuting and multitasking... However, it will be nice to sleep without having to brace myself, and to know that. read more...


12/12/2012

Laissez-faire - The Back 9

Well here we are with 40 miles to goWind up, waves tossing us too and fro.Who cares we didn't want it too easy,just finished a cheeseboard, roast pork, easy peasy.Will be nice to disembark I must say,Lazy Fairy will seemingly fit right in in Rodney Bay.Bikini comp apparently on wednesday night,Joe and Rick will probably enter after a few Mt Gays poured right.Norm and Mack busy talking tactics, while the younger boys are just keen to go for a stable shower, shave and sh&t..Looks like we're about to see land,and at this stage we'd like to thank all our fans.From the ones we left in Gran Canaria to the ones in NZ,Thank you for following our journey, and don't worry we've been well fed.Norm even got the word from HQ about his cheese intake,c'mon Helen he's on holiday, give mr fix it a. read more...


12/12/2012

Johanem - 11th December 2012

15 09'.727 North 50 22'.409 WestBearing 250 degrees, 615 NM to St Lucia, approx hours to go 101Today's landmarks - only 700 miles to go and reaching 50 degrees west. We also put the clock back another hour, so we are now UT minus 3 hours. All causes for celebration for which "the boys" (average age 56) called not one, but two beer o'clocks - one at 12 noon and the second at the new 12 noon. A very pleasant day after the heavy rains and thunder storms of yesterday and the night before, with light breezes and pleasantly warm. The waterproofs have had time to dry and we've opened the hatches to reduce the condensation.Lunch on deck included a new variation on the white cabbage salad. We are lucky to be still eating fresh fruit and veg after two weeks at sea - all that washing and daily. read more...


11/12/2012

Bristolian - Postscript: Thats All Folks

Ahoy hoySo finally we finished, getting over the finishing line in the early hours of Monday morning.As seems to be the way of all things yachting, even past the post problems occurred when we discovered  the bow thrusters, handy thing for a boat the size of Bristolian, had stopped working .  Curse you Generator 1.  You only have one task to do, some simple hydraulics, and despite having a leisurely fortnight doing naff all you refuse to start up for one last task.Luckily the good people in the marina happily supplied a chap in a dingy to help moor, and so disaster was averted for our final docking.  And what a final docking it was. Over 30 good folks, friends of Mr and Mrs Big and the crew, all gathered a shoutin' and a hollerin' and waving  flags as we came in. Fantastic.Once Capn. read more...


11/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Thunder and Lightning

For once I write at daytime. It is raining outsideand it has done so since this morning. Last night was a firework from nature that was hardto beat. We where never under those clouds but they make menervous. I just hate thunder and lightning. Ellinor is not worried at all. So we have anagreement, when we are right under the lightning she goes up, I go down.There is a good reason for that, other than she likes it... Statistically menare hit by lightning in a ration of 8 to 2. So if Ellinor is up our odds arebetter. Right?   Believe it or not but now we are stressed sailors,we push Salsa as much as we dare, for two reasons, one to get out of this areabefore the big show starts on thursday, the thunder and lightninng is going tobe very intense. The other reason is that there will. read more...


11/12/2012

Coral IV - Modus Vivendi igjen

Siden jeg nå først hadde formidlet historien om Modus Vivendi - slik den ble beskrevet av skipper Dag Rørslett, må jeg nesten også formidle denne oppfølgingsartikkelen fra Seilas. Som alltid har en sak flere sider: (Takk Kolbjørn for å holde oss oppdatert om det som skrives i verdenspressen).Her er en annen versjon av historien:Første desember mistet Dag Rørslett og mannskapet på «Modus Vivendi» styringen. Det viste seg at roret hadde falt av, og båten tok inn vann. Lekkasjen ble stoppet med en treplugg i rorstammen, og Rørslett hadde også kontroll på kursen ved hjelp av båtens vindror. Les «Mareritt i Atlanterhavet»Ingen nødmeldingSamme dag som ulykken skjedde var det kontakt mellom World Cruising Club som arrangerer ARC og «Modus Vivendi». Dokumentasjon fra ARC viser at Rørslett var. read more...


11/12/2012

Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....

14:55.27 N 54:06.24 WI går var jeg ikke helt i form. Hadde sovet dårlig - om i det hele tatt -natten i forveien. Hele dagen - frem til ved 16 tiden regnet det. Så kom detsol - men jeg la meg nedpå litt etter middag. Så husker jeg ikke så mye førSteinar drar meg i stortåa kl 03.30 for å kalle meg til vakt. Da våknerjeg - god og utsovet. Har en flott vakt under stjernehimmel - først medIvory, så med Sam, så tok jeg like gjerne litt av vakten til neste mann. Steinar hadde kjøkkentjeneste, men kom opp. Carl, Steinar og jeg nøt en deilig kopp kaffe til soloppgangen ca 09.30 UTC. Hele dagen var ellers et gastronomisk høydepunkt. Frokost: Havregrøt med rosiner, egg og bacon, lunsj, hjemmelaget pizza, middag, biff-gryte. Det var to ting å feire i dag. For det første at det var deilig solskinn. read more...


Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
Coral IV - For en nydelig dag....
11/12/2012

Thaleia - Christmas Party!

Thaleia has taken an early start in celebrating Christmas. Rough partying is somewhat reflected in the appearance of the whole crew [see attached]. Luckily enough there are not so many days left of the crossing. St Lucia here we come, well prepared! Pikkujoulu. read more...


Thaleia - Christmas Party!
Thaleia - Christmas Party!
11/12/2012

Morpion - Mardi 11 decembre 17N:55W

La crise du jour: Il ne reste plus que 12 bières pour les deux joursrestants...La prise du jour: Une grosse doradeLa dorade a été relachée, on a eu notre dose de poisson, Raymond pêchemaintenant juste pour le sport... Et il reste encore des boccaux maison(roti de porc, porc aux olives, lentilles et poulet aux champignons) Alorson restera sur le souvenir du thon pêché hier pour ce qui est du poisson.Pour ce qui est de la bière, on a mis une cellule de crise en place pourgérer équitablement la fin du stock et fouiller tout le bateau afin detrouver les caches où certains on pu se faire des réserves personnelles.Bref on devrait s'en sortir.La journée d'aujourd'hui a été pas mal semblable à celle de hier: beautemps, grosse houle, navigation plein vent arrière, au pilote, sous grandvoile seule. read more...


11/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - 11 december

Idag har vi haft vår varmaste dag hittills med sol och svagare vind. Vitill och med passade på att svalka oss i regnet när en häftig squall kom påeftermiddagen. Vi har seglat lite långsammare och vindarna skulle kansketillåtit spinnaker, men vi softade lite med våra två försegel. Vi har för sistagången justerat tiden för en ny tidszon och är nu i UTC-4, dvs fem timmar efterer. I den här tidszonen ligger också vårt mål för seglatsen.  Några kommentarer till funderingar ni haft på bloggen kommer här:   Autopiloten har fått styra båten större delen av vägen. Oftast klarar dendet riktigt bra, men ibland  får den svårt med besvärlig sjö där den interiktigt hinner med att parera. Vi handstyr kanske 1-3 timmar per dag, delvis pågrund av vågorna men också för att känna av balansen. read more...


11/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - almost there

Hi All. So near yet so far. Progress the last few days has been slower than we would like due tocombination of wind direction & quite high seas. At last we are beginning tosee a few more boats & we had 3 near last night one of whom we had to takeavoiding action as he should have given way to us but didnt. It is still astrange sensation sailing through the night with no moon visible & plenty ofclouds & sometimes in sheet rain with only the AIS navigation screen beingable to warn you of whats around. Wind in difficult direction today & we are having to sail off coursewhich is frustrating so near to our destination but should be OK for ustomorrow. Making the most of heavy rain showers in the squals to try to showerourselves I think we all appear alright. Cooking for John. read more...


11/12/2012

Rafiki - The budding shipwright

Andy writes:We woke to a dark and cloudy sky which remained throughout the day.The sea was calm or moderate and we continued on our downwind courseunder two headsails. It had been suggested to Cally that the use ofthe staysail, winched hard into the centre of the boat, would counterthe roll sometimes experienced when goosewinged. We tried a variety ofset-ups, but the jury is still out on whether it did make a realdifference to the roll of the boat.James however was oblivious to these activities. He had set his mindto making a boat out of a margarine tub, bamboo skewers, and paper. Hedeterminedlyconcentrated on the production of said boat, and as you can imagine wehad improvement after improvement to the set-up. He ended up with amagnificent craftwith a solid keel and roller reefing. read more...


11/12/2012

Bardeau - special blog. from theothersideofbardeau

15 47 N 48 48 WThis is a special blog from theothersideofbardeau as Robert is without communication due to water ingress!We will post the truth until service is resumed.Well, further to my previous blog, we have now cleared the rain for now, the cruising Shute is up and we are back on route to St Lucia.The turning point was when I remembered that I had a pair of Ms Noble's finest 'Rose tinted Oakleys' this did the trick and I was full of the joys of spring.apparently. bono has a pair just like them.The update on the Bards electronics is not good, the sat phone and laptop were left in the rain along with the boats hifi and logbook. Currently I am trying the phone and laptop in bags of rice, butI fear the worst.He is in a foul mood and has taken to his bed , not even his dream lunch of hot. read more...


11/12/2012

Little Pea's Arc Blogoramma 14

15:15.9N 057:20.9W As I type we have "Reach" by S Club 7 blasting out the cockpit speakers. The level of Dad dancing by Minkey and Jags is very worrying... As is becoming a regular occurrence, yesterday was very hot forcing us to seek shelter under the bimini and suspend all maintenance tasks until the temperature had dropped. The day before we discovered that the furler (a drum at the front of the yacht used to roll Debs away) had lost a few bolts. In order to fix it we had to remove the pole, drop Debs to the deck make a quick repair and rehoist. We waited until early evening and performed the whole manouvre in less than 40mins and the relaunch was so slick we could have been fully crewed on a Solent round the cans race boat! Fresh rations are now sparse on board but. read more...


11/12/2012

Meltemi - 11.12.2012 - 15. Seetag - Finish Day

Position: 14-32N / 060-32WCOG: 225 degSOG: 8,8 kn34 nm to goHallo, liebe Meltemi-Freunde!Heute hatten wir noch einmal einen fantastischen, sonnig-warmen letzten Segeltag vor unserem ARC-Finish. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang wurde die Genua sofort wieder ausgebaumt, um die achterlichen Winde zwischen 20 und 25 Knoten für unseren Endspurt bestmoeglich zu nutzen. Am fruehen Nachmittag tauchte dann Backbord querab seit vielen Tagen wieder ein erster Mitbewerber auf unserem AIS-Monitor auf. Kurze Zeit spaeter knarzten dann die ersten Funkmitteilungen der Küstenfunkstelle von Martinique in unserem Aussenlautsprecher. Keine Frage: Nach 15 Tagen auf See naehern wir uns der Zivilisation. Bei uns allen steigt die Vorfreude auf den baldigen Landfall und es werden die ersten Plaene fuer die Gestaltung der. read more...


11/12/2012

Orion - Week 2Tuesday 11th December

We have been sailing for 2 weeks and are now going with the tradewind meaning more comfort, sunshine and the course directly towards St Lucia. We have to charge with the engine running twice a day to keep up with the consumption. Best estimate for arrival is Saturday if we can maintain the speed we have now. That would be great :-) Hernik. To see the plots on a paper chart means a lot more, comparing days run, figuring into our progress the current, allowing the different values of variation and the effect it has to what you read on the compass. It does not draw the power either. The distance to go is now conversation topic, where as a few days ago it was how far we have come. The salt water shampoo is now a great fun daily exercise, cool down and byproduct we get clean as well.. read more...


11/12/2012

Easy Rider 2. Log 5..Days 11 & 12

Beautiful rolling waves that are pushing us along. Sun very hot now. Great excitement as we spot 2 whales and a cub. Huge and very beautiful as they jump in unison. Carlos suggests that they like onions (which I think is prompted because he Hates them!) Didn't do a lot for our whales. Later 2 more adults appear, which I think are sharks- darker, smaller( only 20 feet long) and circling our boat. I know they like humans but I'm not feeding them! After a couple of hours of circumventing the boat...they are gone! Have some great pics and would be interested to know if they were indeed sharks. Eyes close together (not to be trusted), white belly which they kept exposing with gay abandon! I always have the last watch! Droit de dogs body and cook! Yesterday watching the sunrise pushing. read more...


11/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 15: Man schicke uns bitte eine Tüte Wind!

Über Wettervorhersagen im allgemeinen haben wir ja schon berichtet. Im besonderen ist es nun so, das die Vorhersage bis zum Wochenende eigentlich super ist, nur die Realität auf dem schaukelnden STORMVOGEL schon wieder eine andere.Jedenfalls laufen wir seit einer Stunde wieder unter Motor und hoffen innigst, das der Wind am Abend wieder kommt. Eine neue Motor-Nacht wollen wir nicht! Nein, Nein, Nein!Die Sonne war heute brennend und stechend, aber nun kommt wohl bald wieder eine Regenfront durch. Gar nicht so einfach, die passende "Regenkleidung" zu finden. Das Segelzeug ist eigentlich zu warm, im T-Shirt wird es nach einer halben Stunde aber zu kalt... ;-)) (...aber bis dahin ist es super!!!)Gestern Abend steckten wir mit einem Mal in einem großen Gewittergebiet, aber ohne Donner und. read more...


11/12/2012

Mary Jo - day 15

Weather has been changeable to say the least. Lightning all night Sunday, Squalls every couple of hours, dull and cloudy yesterday, I could have been in the Irish sea, but then I wouldn’t have had shorts on. Last night during one of our many squalls, I was tucked up away from the torrential rain, under the sprayhood, when a flying fish glanced off my forehead.This morning, we have been joined for over an hour by an ‘Orca’ type whale. It swam alongside us, regularly crossing our bow. I felt sure it was sizing us up for lunch.Last nights stars were amazing, with no moon, the milky way was incredibly clear. Boiling hot today, and we skirted the only squall. Only 600 miles to go, a mere Biscay crossing, I can almost smell the Rum. K . read more...


11/12/2012

Ntanda - ARC BLOG DAY 15 - NO CLOSER TO THE BEER...

Da daaa, da da daaa...dada daaa, da da daaaa. Dadaaa, da da daaa...dada daaa, da da daaaa. Da dadada da da da daaaaaa,  dadaaa da da da da daaaaaaaaaaaa  (Theme to Rocky, obviously)   Had another of those funny moments this morning -"OK guys, lets pop the 2nd reef in, prep and hoist the asymetric kite then dropthe storm jib"   Always raises a giggle that, but what the hey wedon't or at least did'nt have a lot of choice in sail plan left and it works orat least did. Yep thats right, we have managed to ping another bit of boat offthe old girl.   This time the second spinnaker spactacle shearedoff (first one went a few days ago) so we can no longer fly spinnakers at alland are left with a reefed main in anything approaching 20kts (busted vang juryrig) and storm jib. read more...


11/12/2012

Mis Amores - Report one: what a voyage!

December 11, 2012Dear friendsIt’s our 15th day on the Atlantic Ocean. Why didn’t we post any blog until now? Because we are having a lot of fun here!We are sailing beautifully downwind with pleasant trade winds. Each day a new culinary specialty is being produced in our galley. We are also drawing, playing music and singing. All of us; big and small. Every day is different.It wasn’t like that at the beginning. The first 9 days we had a lot of wind and waves, several squalls, and some mechanical issues. Until now we repaired our autopilot two times, generator once, replaced our spinnaker halyard; we have had questions regarding our AIS and our board computer. But since December 6 everything works perfectly. And on that day we had a guest on board: St. Nicklaus visited us during the night. read more...


11/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 15 - ya casi llegamos

Día Nº 15Posición actual : Latitud 15º 05,6 N ~ Longitud 59º 04,5’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 183 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.6 nudosFaltan : 123MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaUltimo día de navegación, esta noche vamos a gritar : Tierra, Tierra comoCristóbal Colon y todos los bandidos malosos que trajo a estas tierras!Hay que estar “ojo pelao” porque empiezan aparecer una mayor actividad denavegación, cruceros, cargueros y los veleros del ARC, entre otros. Comocontinuamos con las velas en posición de oreja de burro, hay que estarbajando del puente de mando asegurarse que no haya alguna embarcaciónatravesada o mal colocada, porque un “maldita sea” luego de haberle metidomas de 2.700MN es barro, muy barro!!!Después de las guardias de anoche y algo de descanso, todos. read more...


11/12/2012

El Mundo - Tuesday 11th December

We have just passed the 50 miles to go marker; the boat is quiet; ice-manNick is hand steering to extract every ounce of speed from the boat;everyone is willing the wind to hold and stay in the right direction. Itseems scarcely credible that two weeks ago we were leaving Las Palmas; bythe time we finish we shall have sailed approximately 2,760 miles in alittle over 14 days. My original projection was 16-18 days so I am wellpleased with our performance.Now the voyage is drawing to a close it seems appropriate to give thanks toall those who made this possible. It is not my first ARC, and nothing canbe as special as that first time. But it is still an achievement. So firstmy thanks go to Dr Hugh Kindness whose vigilence first discovered the evil15 years ago and to Roger, Katherine and Uday. read more...


11/12/2012

Sunrise - 09.12.2012 - 13. Tag auf See, 2. Advent

Die Flaute begleitet uns und wir fahren tagsüber unter Spinnaker mit 4 bis5 Knoten Geschwindigkeit gemütlich über die ruhige See, des nachts nutzenwir den Motor, um unsere Notbatterie zu laden und Strom für diePositionslichter und Navigationsinstrumente zu haben.Die ruhige und sonnige Fahrt lässt uns Zeit zu entspannen, wir lesenBücher, spielen Schach und genehmigen uns den ein oder anderen Drink.Herrlich, so haben wir uns das vorgestellt.Die größte Aktion heute war das Schiften des Spinnakerbaumes. NähereErläuterungen dazu sind an dieser Stelle nicht möglich, da ich das Manöververpennt habe.Heute Abend hatten wir die erste, große ernstzunehmende Krise an Bord.Unsere wichtigsten Getränke neigen sich dem Ende zu, mittlerweile passtalles in die kleine Bordbar. Bilgen und Backskisten wurden. read more...


11/12/2012

Caryali - minus 163 nm

a cosi poca distanza dalla meta non poteva mancare l'ennesima e si spera l'ultima rottura... code zero muerto scoppiato. ed eccoci che si torna anavigare con randa terzarolata e fiocco, Peccato perche perdiamo almeno 1 nodo e passa. Diciamo la verita' a questo punto siamo tutti pronti allo sbarco. Vogliamo fare i terricoli e le ultime miglia sembrano le piu' lunghe. Fa anche un gran caldo e c'e' voglia di buttarsi nel mare. Spiagge di Santa Lucia a rriviamo magnana por la magnana. carole. read more...


11/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 17. The finish.

Day 17.The Beginning of the End, The End and the End of the Beginning.Last night the end was in sight. We knew that at the first light of the morning, if we hadn't already crossed the finishing line, it would be there, in clear view.We would have done it.We would have sailed across the Atlantic, in a Blue Water Ocean race and unless something momentous broke, we should have done rather well, even if we said so ourselves.But then we hadn't counted on the 'welcoming' night-time Caribbean weather. The cut and thrust of races such as this, is played out over hundreds of miles.We, on the Great Circle, in the central zone, were racing to the finishing line, as were those in the north and those in the south, each area having its own microclimate of wind and squalls.By late afternoon we felt. read more...


11/12/2012

Sunrise - 09.12.2012 - 13. Tag auf See, 2. Advent

Die Flaute begleitet uns und wir fahren tagsüber unter Spinnaker mit 4 bis5 Knoten Geschwindigkeit gemütlich über die ruhige See, des nachts nutzenwir den Motor, um unsere Notbatterie zu laden und Strom für diePositionslichter und Navigationsinstrumente zu haben.Die ruhige und sonnige Fahrt lässt uns Zeit zu entspannen, wir lesenBücher, spielen Schach und genehmigen uns den ein oder anderen Drink.Herrlich, so haben wir uns das vorgestellt.Die größte Aktion heute war das Schiften des Spinnakerbaumes. NähereErläuterungen dazu sind an dieser Stelle nicht möglich, da ich das Manöververpennt habe.Heute Abend hatten wir die erste, große ernstzunehmende Krise an Bord.Unsere wichtigsten Getränke neigen sich dem Ende zu, mittlerweile passtalles in die kleine Bordbar. Bilgen und Backskisten wurden. read more...


11/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 15 - strange golden globe spotted in sky

Hello from the Maunie crew on day 15 of our transatlantic meander. Yesterday saw us, at last, return to some predictable and relatively steady wind so we flew the Parasailor from 11.00am until sunset. We did consider leaving it up overnight but, after the previous night’s squalls, decided we didn’t want another drama getting it down in the middle of the night and  so returned to goose-winged white sails. It turned out to be a wise decision as we were overtaken by several very wet rain squalls with wind speeds of up to 30 knots. At one stage the lightning was so intense that Rich described it as looking like a WW1 battle and Di put the laptop in the oven (it acts as a ‘Faraday Cage’ if there’s a lightning strike to protect the contents) This morning, for the first time in two. read more...


11/12/2012

Ace has Finished!!!!

Greetings all!  We have FINISHED!  Let the clean up and festivities begin!  Time:  12:26:30 Position:   Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia, West Indies Wind:  Apparent Weather:  Rum Squalls Speed:  Declining Heading:  To the party!. read more...


11/12/2012

Sam III - letzter Tag auf See

Nur noch 170 sm bis zum Ziel.Die Zeit ist wie im Flug vergangen.Wir haben konstanten Tradewind und moderate Welle und sind irgendwie traurig wie schnell die Zeit vorbeigegangen ist.An Bord ist alles ok,keine besonderenSchäden.Das Schiff hat alle Erwartungen erfüllt und segelt wirklich ganz brav,wie eine Lokomotive seinen Weg.Und was hat es uns zu bieten ?Wassermacher: sind ein wirklicher Segen in den warmen Breiten,täglich ein herrliches Duschbad!Frühere Atlantiküberquerer mußten nach einem Squall das Wasser aus den Speiern lecken und haben mit abenteuerlichen Konstruktionen versucht ein paar Tropfen aufzufangen.Welchein Luxus heute ! Klimaanlage:fantastisch in der drückenen Kabinenhitze ,wenn Du keine Lucke aufmachen kannst wg.der überkommenen Seen und den Regenschauern. Internet: ist. read more...


11/12/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 15 by Lon 152 nm

Starting to lose track what day we´re on... I think it´s day 15. We were supposed to have lots of squalls today but we didn´t have any yet, and we´re all in our bikini´s so we´re not expecting them either! There isn´t a lot of wind but there´s enough to put out the genoa with the boom. It ranges between 5 and 15 knots. Everyone on board is starting to get very thirsty and can´t wait to be welcomed with some rum punch in st lucia! Apart from my sister who will have to celebrate with something alcohol free. We´re hoping to arrive on Sunday. Finally!!!! My highlight of the crossing so far was the flyfish hitting my dad´s face. I wish I´d seen that. It´s boiling and we´re all tired of the heat, but it´s better than rain! As I was typing this I looked out the window and saw lots of dolphins.. read more...


11/12/2012

Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!

Queridos seguidores, el misterio de las muestras de pesca,se aclara. Ayer, por fin, se encontró el "tuper" con los señuelos, ESTABAN EN LA NEVERA!!!!!, nadie fué quien las puso allí, ...En fin, ahora estan navegando detras del barco intentando solucionarnos la comida.El día parece perfecto, sol, por fin, sol magnifico y buen viento, el parasail govierna nuestro progreso al W a 8kt. Mientras, hemos hecho la colada, la lavadora funciona.Si todo va así, estimamos llegar el 14th late evening en Rodney bay. Cruzo los dedos y empiezo a sentir pena porque el viaje se está terminando.Pasamos una foto de como quedó el arroz negro de ante ayer para celebrar el paso de las primeras 1000 millas. Ojo a las fots no todo es buena cocina, navegar sigue siendo un placer muy duro a veces ¡¡¡¡¡Buena proa. read more...


Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!
Oranda III - ORANDA III Grandes noticias!!!!!!

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