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27/11/2014

OOROO1 - Parasailing on Day 4

Day4 and the Parasail has been up for 48 hours giving us about 7.5 knots on averagein inconsistent winds averaging 15 knots, average 2m swell and heading southwest looking for the trade winds and maximizing comfort, NOT speed. No yachts insight since yesterday evening and only one tanker to deal with. Fishing line outtoday with the hardhead 6” squidgy and a teaser. Seen dolphins and whales and afew shearwater birds. Not much sun to recharge the solar panels, overcast nearlyall day so the Genset has had to do a bit of work.  Only one spewer onboard but the captain is happy as he gets to eat the extra tucker. More food foreverybody. Banana stork ripening fast so the captain needs to eat about 10 aday. Could be a banana cake coming on soon. Took our first water samples for. read more...


26/11/2014

Profile - profile

Day one done, nothing much to report aside from of course on chinese gybe,one broken kicker, one flying fish assault on the skipper, several schools ofdolphns and a shark. oh and  a claimed sighting of a polar bear(Nicola).   So far so good with the sailing covering over 200 miles and already turnedwest. Almost there really.   Happy profile crew.    Day 2.5, we think (time’s a mystery already, we’re living by the watchsystem). The polar bears haven’t been seen again, but the fishing lines are outand we await our fresher than fresh sushi (come on you swanky Londoners, beatthat!). As stomachs settle from sea sickness, we’ve a new enemy; the commoncold. 4 down. Odds on the rest get it. But we’re sleeping, we’re watching, we’recooking and eating, and above all, we’re. read more...


26/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 26 on Lancelot II

Hello Outside WorldQuick blog becuase I'm due back on deck :-) All going well on L2, we are quite far south of the pack but not at far south as the route from last year which we can see faintly on the chart.Lunch: Tortilla a la ChrisDinner: Thai Green Curry a la PrueI can hear whoops of 13.3 from the cockpit so better go sees what they are up to and then try and beat them!! Can't have someone else having the speed record.Lots of love to all at homeL2 and Crew xx. read more...


26/11/2014

Xanadu - Log 2: Xanadu: life on the high seas.

Well it is now day 3 on board Xanadu. We are going along nicely we have sofar had all the kites up. life on board is great and val’s cooking is great. Notbeen blogging to much as we have been busy. we have shifts of 3 hours on 3 hoursoff so all need as much rest as possible. Oh and we did find the gaffer tape...   Today’s comedy has been Des has blocked the heads currently work is ongoing to resolve this problem. All i can say is i am glad we have two heads.   Team Xanaduxx   p.s thanks to our family and friends who have all been emailing us.. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 27/11 - Oyster Feet healing.....

Some good steady sailing over the last 24 hours,covering 180 miles. Changed back to a starboard reach early yesterday and havehad pretty good wind ever since, though some variable patches. Bringing the polein, the inboard end tripped, detaching itself from the mast, so we were dancingaround on the foredeck for a while with the weight of the pole but all was fineand we secured the release catch to prevent that recurring. The faulty sump float switch was replaced, sothat's all working again too. Now we are 3 days out, the 'Oyster Feet'are finally starting to heal. This is a condition brought on by catchingnumerous deck fittings inside your little toe. The first time you do it, ithurts....by the time you have done it several times to the same toe, the painincreases. read more...


El Mundo - 26/11 - Bread...ciabatta, the first attempt
El Mundo - 26/11 - Bread...ciabatta, the first attempt
El Mundo - 26/11 - Bob 'Poirot' examining the evidence
El Mundo - 26/11 - Bob 'Poirot' examining the evidence
El Mundo - 26/11 - Kneading the dough in the bread 'thingy'
El Mundo - 26/11 - Kneading the dough in the bread 'thingy'
El Mundo - 26/11 - Amanda pouring the compulsory water rations
El Mundo - 26/11 - Amanda pouring the compulsory water rations
27/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 2. Tag

Wir haben heute ein Etmal (zurück gelegte Strecke in 24 Stunden) von 183 NM. Wie erwartet - 200 NM und mehr sind und bleiben leider Highlights!Alle an Bord haben sich gut eingelebt.Nach einer recht nervenaufreibenden Nacht mit viel Schwachwind und etlichen Kurswechseln haben wir nun ein Gebiet mit recht gutem Wind erreicht. Wir laufen zurzeit Kurs Richtung St Lucia mit 7,5 - 9 Knoten. Aber unterwegs kann sich noch viel ändern!Bisher haben wir kaum technische Ausfälle. Lediglich die Dreifarbenlaterne im Top macht Probleme - am Bussystem kann es nicht liegen, denn wenn die Kupplung im Mastfuß geöffnet wird, tritt der Kurzschluss nicht mehr auf. Also Vermutlich nur die LED - Birne - mal sehen ob die aus unserem Fundus passt. Haben dazu bei HR Parts angefragt um die Partnummer zu bekommen.. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 2. Tag
Bluewater Mooney - 2. Tag
Reina - Extra picture to log 5 Flying lure at Reina
Reina - Extra picture to log 5 Flying lure at Reina
27/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 324; Off to Lalibela Game Reserve for a 3 Day Safari; Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Up at 6:25 PM. Packed two bags for safari to Lalibela Game Reserve 1 hour from Port Elizabeth. Breakfast at 8:45 AM: eggs, potato, chilled apricot halves and bread. After giving out phone numbers and our email address to Ghost to contact us in case of an emergency, we departed the Algoa Yacht Club Marina at 10:28 AM in a van sent to us by the reserve. Besides Joel, Jeanine and myself; Vlado and Jack from Civetta II were joining us.We arrived at the Lalibela Game Reserve at 11:32 AM. Once there we had to sign an Indemnity form which stated in part: "I furthermore acknowledge that arising from the presence of wild animals, reptiles, birds and insects present in and associated with game reserves and/or game lodges I appreciate that there is a real danger of risk of suffering bodily harm,. read more...


27/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 2 - A new home for Caduceus in Riverside Drive Marina

Date   Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 November 2014  Distance run    42nm over the ground  Our long lost friend David and his wife Nicky joined us for five days for a cruise around the Bay of Islands.  With one day delay whilst we hid in the marina from foul weather and another day spent hiding from unfavourable conditions in Urupukapuka Bay we had three great days visiting various anchorages and sailing around the “Hole in the Wall” Rock off Cape Brett.   Nicky and David were great company and I trust that a good time was had by all. The centre part of the chart shows our route around the islands.  The area is not huge, our total trip around the bay was just 42nm, but there are a host of pretty bays and anchorages with good walks. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - The view from our stern looking upriver into the Town Basin
Caduceus of Burnham - The view from our stern looking upriver into the Town Basin
Caduceus of Burnham - Riverside Drive Marina with Caduceus just visible bows in
Caduceus of Burnham - Riverside Drive Marina with Caduceus just visible bows in
Caduceus of Burnham - Obstacle of the course - the new Whangarei lifting bridge
Caduceus of Burnham - Obstacle of the course - the new Whangarei lifting bridge
Caduceus of Burnham - The chart shows the top end of North Island, New Zealand
Caduceus of Burnham - The chart shows the top end of North Island, New Zealand
Caduceus of Burnham - Bream Head
Caduceus of Burnham - Bream Head
27/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga

Position           35:26.03 S 174:23.80 EDate                1825 (UTC+13) local time New Zealand                        Distance run    34.5nm over the ground, 34nm through the water                        Time from Opua 6 hoursOpua to Whangarei is over 70nm and is rather too far to sail in a day unless unnecessary use of the engine is used and as we did not really want to do an overnight sail we opted to break the journey part. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
Caduceus of Burnham - South to Whangarei Day 1 - Pararahi Bay, Mimiwhanga
27/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands

Date Saturday 15 to Wednesday 19 November 2014Distance run    42nm over the groundOur long lost friend David and his wife Nicky joined us for five days for a cruise around the Bay of Islands.  With one day delay whilst we hid in the marina from foul weather and another day spent hiding from unfavourable conditions in Urupukapuka Bay we had three great days visiting various anchorages and sailing around the “Hole in the Wall” Rock off Cape Brett.  Nicky and David were great company and I trust that a good time was had by all.The centre part of the chart shows our route around the islands.  The area is not huge, our total trip around the bay was just 42nm, but there are a host of pretty bays and anchorages with good walks ashore.  The scenery is. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
Caduceus of Burnham - Five days in the Bay of Islands
27/11/2014

Time Bandit - blog

Lat 16 31NLo ng: 042 40WAfter a 24-36 hours of grey and squalls delighted to say we are back to sunny Trade Wind sailing.We saw off the last of the squalls about 10am this morning after Eric got totally soaked. In the 60 minutes of flat calm following the front we dropped the main and repaired yet another broken slider.I also spent some time on the pole track getting that operational so we're now back to full strength, bombing along in 20 knots at 7-8 knots.We've also hit something of a "wall" with tiredness setting in for the first time. Its been hard to get quality sleep with the rolling and crashing so I thought I'd be smart and looked up the relaxation tracks on my iPod, took to my bed and..... lying six inches from the ocean rushing past my ears it was a bit of a blow to hear the. read more...


26/11/2014

Aretha - Day 3. We're in the trade winds.

it’s 23:29. We’re at 25.01.52 N and 21.01.31 W.The shifting winds of yesterday today have turned into a settled 15-20 knots from the North East. This is what we were promised - proper trade wind sailing. You can imagine hundreds of years ago the trading boats flying long here with their cargo’s and the words “trade winds” tangibly have new meaning.We’re sailing a steady 120 apparent wind angle and between 7 and 8 knots pointing directly towards St Lucia - well above our average predicted speed of 150 miles a day. This is good progress.Daily rig checks today by Nichola and Paul found a couple of split pins which had come out on the inner forestay. These checks are essential to us maintaining a good safe boat. It’s underlined by the 8 or so retirements from the rally by other boats which. read more...


26/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 8 - Half Way! And the Gas Man Came to Call

Today started early for all of us. It was 0300 to be precise when Steve, who had spent his watch chasing (or rather, in order to keep it in our stern quadrants, running away from) the fickle wind under some spectacularly wet rain clouds, noticed that the yankee sheet was no longer attached. We all turned to and with the foredeck floodlight blazing, managed to re-attach the sheet, which had worn through due to chafing at the end of the pole, with relative ease because the wind was so light. Now rigged with a block to ensure that should not happen again the rig has performed well all day in the mercifully fresher winds that have pushed us along at speeds consistently above 6 knots.Our speed improved further when the fishermen reduced our drag by recovering a large (~ 10 lbs) Dorado. A. read more...


26/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 3 – Moving forward

DearBlog, Wakingup this morning I found the full crew engaged in a morning workout. Variousexercises were carried out on deck and in the cockpit with a final saltwatershower on aft deck. I expect this procedure to become mandatory very soon...Even for the captain.Today,our data hacker Jakob managed to create a good view of the whole fleet and ourown class 1E based on the text file we received from ARC Rally Control. At noontoday we were among the top third in our class. We have reason to believe we areclimbing our way up and we are doing so with great determination. Olle,our chef of the day served an excellent Chicken Tortillas and the whole crew wasdelighted. Later in the afternoon we heard some distinctive Ukulele tunes fromOlle’s cabin so now we are looking forward to have some live. read more...


26/11/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 3

Last night's Spaghetti Bolognesi prepared by Jaimeconfirmed Northern Child's legendary tradition for the highest culinarystandards. Accompanied by a nice glass of red, her sumptuous meal made sureWatch I was well-prepped for some serious sailing into the sunset, while WatchII dosed into some deserved hours of "rest".   "Rest" is stillthe best way to describe the state of being off-watch because weare evidently not yet tired enough to ensure the sea's swells don'tinterfere with a good sleep (and Xav's snoring doesn't helpeither).    Today's activity was marked by Chris doing an acrobaticmonkey swing to the end of  the pole to right the toppinglift and the temporary lowering of the main sail. read more...


26/11/2014

Ellida 6 - Dag 3 Lekkasje

p:25 39.4'N:-21 53.1'WDag 3 - LekkasjeOppdaget i går sjoevann under en av koyene i le i midtkabinen.Pumpetut en god del vann ("120 pump").Fant i dag lekkasjen.Mens vi laa i LasPalmas ble badeplattformen lukket med en sko paa, slik at denne kom i klemmellom plattform og skrog.Det resulterte i at hylsen for akslingen tilplattformen ble presset noe inn i skroget, og det oppstod en liten aapninghvor sjoevann sildret inn ved krenging mot babord.Lekkasjen er nåtettet.Fine seilforhold i dag.Vind inn litt aktenfor tvers, varierende mellom15 og 25 knop.Har satt et rev for natten. Matstellet er fortsatt bravarm mat til lunch (loekomelett og salat)og varm middag (Tikka Masala). Vikoser oss med fersk mat så lenge den varer... Av bildet kan dere se atRune fortsatt går inn og ut av skapene.SirenIMG_5461. read more...


Ellida 6 - Dag 3
Ellida 6 - Dag 3
26/11/2014

Cheri - Miottwoch, 26. Nov. 2014

Wir liegen auf dem 3. Rang!!!!Die zweite Nacht meinte es ein bisschen besser mit uns als die erste. Wir hatten Wind zwischen 10 und 20 kn Wind (WS 3-4)und machten zwischen 6 und 8 kn Fahrt. Das war nicht viel weniger Tempo als in der letzten Nacht bei mehr Wind, aber wirhatten diesmal ein ungerefftes Gross und die volle Genua zur Verfuegung. Ausserdem waren die Wellen etwas kleiner. Trotzdemwar das Schlafen nicht einfacher als gestern. Aber vielleicht waren wir ganz einfach noch nicht muede genug. Wir freuten unsueber einen wunderschoenen Sternenhimmel und den zunehmenden Mond. Leider verdecken aber immer grosse Wolkenfelder dieGestirne. Am Horizont konnte man die ganze Nacht Mastlichter einiger Konkurrenten ausmachen.Nach dem Fruehstueck trifft eine Email von der ARC ein mit den. read more...


26/11/2014

King's Legend - LET'S GO AND CATCH A FISH (OR NOT)

Period 23rd to 26th Nov 2014Finally we can leave, after days of preparation checking minute details,the ship and crew are ready and eager to go.We came from different directions; the King's Legend, the captain and his wife just completed a Mediterranean charter cruise before coming to Las Palmas. The predominantly Dutch crew flew in from Amsterdam.For some participating in the ARC rally, crossing the Atlantic Ocean is a childhood dream coming true. Considerable time and money was invested in this adventure; meetings and emails discussing minute details, it all shows the dedication and excitement we have for this wonderful adventure. 24th November 11h00, the start signal is given, the last phone calls are made and we're off for a 2800-mile journey. Our. read more...


26/11/2014

Monomotapa - 26 November

Monomotapa 26 NovemberDuring the night, we broke oneour genackers. It dropped into thesea and acted as a huge drift anchor. That created some intense work on the fore-deck in the dark. After some struggle we managed to get it up on deck and get the regular genoa out. The wind has between 10 and 20 knots during the last 24 h. We have covered 320 nm during our first 28 hours and we still have 2367 nm to go :-)We run the water maker today and some of us took a well needed shower. The water pump also broke down but where replaced by a new one. The crew is slowly drifting into the life on board. One of the hardest things to adopt to is the irregular sleeping patterns and some of us are sleepy all the time.This night we had a close contact with another boat. It didn't have AIS so it didn't. read more...


26/11/2014

Allegro - 19 a 26 de Novembro de 2014

Manter em dia um blog enquanto se percorrem pernas que duram duas, ou, às vezes, três semanas, torna-se impossível.Por isso começamos hoje esta coluna - para que aqueles que querem saber mais sobre nós o possam fazer.Este é um espaço que o WCC põe à disposição de todos os barcos, por isso o vamos aproveitar.A estadia em Cabo Verde foi demasiado curta e muito marcada pelo abandono do projecto pelos dois tripulantes mais recentes - o Zé Pedro e a Rita.Foi com muita pena que tivemos que aceitar a sua decisão.Tivéramos momentos muito agradáveis de interajuda e convívio entre todos nós, que vimos terminar de uma forma súbita e nunca esperada.Ficam as boas recordações.Largámos do Mindelo atrasados e mais atrasados ficámos com a busca do barco e da bóia da linha de largada (???).Rapidamente. read more...


26/11/2014

Reina - Log 6 - MY BEAUTIFUL KNIFE

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}“When I was 9 years old I joined the boy scouts,” Jack Rhode Pearce starts his story. “Every week having fun with my friends. Doing nice things like camping and so on. Of course as a good scout I needed a good knife. My father gave it to me. A genuine Victorinox with a lot of possibilities. It made me a proud scout.” After a few years Jack left the scouts. His knife disappeared in a drawer and was never again looked after. Now Jack is 17, the youngest crew member on Reina. Doing everything between dishes and the watch. Cleaning, serving, steering, filming and also fishing. He is proudly wearing the knife his father gave him years ago on his belt.. read more...


Reina - Log 6 - MY BEAUTIFUL KNIFE
Reina - Log 6 - MY BEAUTIFUL KNIFE
26/11/2014

Reina - Log 5 - FLYING LURE

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}“Good morning everybody! How are you all doing? Are we going the right way, captain?”Captain Jarrod Cripps has a glance on my sleepy face and brings up with a laugh: “We are only doing a few knots and we are totally going the wrong way, Arie… I do not think we will be home for Christmas. So there will be a shortage of food later on. You better go on deck and catch us a big fish for dinner!”I get the 50 pounds rod, put a weight at the end of the line and an artificial squid. I am sure not any fish can resist this beautiful bait. There it goes into the Atlantic to bring all aboard a nice meal. In the meantime Captain Cripps is setting out the right. read more...


Reina - Log 5 - FLYING LURE
Reina - Log 5 - FLYING LURE
26/11/2014

Vagaris - Chance encounter on the Ocean

When sailing across even the vast Atlantic Ocean it would be rueful not to keep a close watch for other ships. Either by eye, by radar or by AIS we can look out for yachts and ships and check if we have to alter course to avoid a collision. The AIS (Automatic Identification System) uses VHF radio signals to transmit and receive information about each boat so when we spot another vessel we can check its size, speed, name and how likely it is to hit us!So another large ship appears on the horizon heading our way and a quick look at the AIS reveals it as the Esperanza. Umm.....that's a familiar name, I wonder if that is who I think it is? A view through the binoculars confirms my suspicion. There is that characteristic rainbow on the bow and the dark green hull - it is indeed the Greenpeace. read more...


26/11/2014

Reberth - Hurrah!!!

Another milestone has been reached this afternoon. We are halfway to St. Lucia!!! May the next half not be as wet and grey as the first.. read more...



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