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29/11/2013

Fanny Fisher - Living it up on the high seas.

So we blog from the Fanny Fisher Resort with her 360* surround swimmingpool which has been thoroughly enjoyed between reading books and pamperingourselves .Oh and we had a puff of wind this afternoon, just enough to remindourselves why we are here. The highlight of the days are the SMS's which pour.. in overnight and keepus amused. Thanks everyone.. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Cachalote e o barco "Liberte" ao fundo / Sperm whale and the yacht "Liberte" behind
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Cachalote e o barco
29/11/2013

Mustique - SY Mustique blog Fri 29th Nov

Today I thought I would give you a few trivial insights into life at sea for the 4 adventurers we have on board this Moody 66.We have Stefan from Montenegro, a 27 year old who has only been sailing for 2 years but is about to take his yacht master. One thing that might countagainst him during his yacht master exam is that he is hopelessly addicted to HP Brown Sauce. He pours the stuff all over literally everything and anything. The other day I caught him with his head flung back and his mouth wide open, joyously squeezing HP Sauce down his throat while he thought no one was looking. He had the crazed look of a man on the edge.They don't sell HP Brown Sauce in Stefan's country. Probably a good thing. Then we have skipper Fin. He is your typical owner/skipper in that he never bloody sits. read more...


São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | 4 dourados curiosos entre a tartaruga e o catamaran / 4 curious dourados between the turtle and the catamaran
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | 4 dourados curiosos entre a tartaruga e o catamaran / 4 curious dourados between the turtle and the catamaran
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Banhoca com uma tartaruga simpática / Swimming with a friendly turtle
São Francisco 4 - 28-11-2013 | Banhoca com uma tartaruga simpática / Swimming with a friendly turtle
Mustique - SY Mustique blog Fri 29th Nov
Mustique - SY Mustique blog Fri 29th Nov
29/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily Blog 29.11.2013

Hi everybody, Here we go with the update from the Incisor. First of all everybody is alive and kicking. Yesterday we had practically no wind and everybody was trying to do his best to keep the boat moving. Therefore we enjoyed a sunny day. The ocean has been so flat, it was like the lake of Constance (Bodensee). You cannot imaging that when you think of the ocean. First we got the message that Derek and Sandra are grandparents again. Derek’s daughter got a new born baby girl. It is amazing nowadays you’re in the middle of the ocean and due to modern technology you are able to get pictures from the UK by satellite. As food is one of the main topics on board, we just like to inform you that we had an amazing coleslaw made by Rich (we cannot wait for the next time) that was. read more...


29/11/2013

Sunrise - 6.Tag - 29.11.13 - Bärte wachsen und die Tage verwischen

Gestern erhalten wir gerade so beim Einnachten etwas Wind aus Süden. Immer noch kein Passat, aber wir nehmen alles, was uns weiter bringt. Zuerst nur ganz sachte -knappe 5 Knoten, doch schon bald werden wir schneller als unter Motor und im Laufe der Nacht werden es auch mal 8-9 Knoten. Ebenfalls beim Einnachten erreicht uns ein warmer Wind. So ist es trotz trübem Wetter zum ersten Mal möglich nachts auch ohne Ölzeug Wache zu gehen. Das ist ein erhebendes Gefühl.Auch am frühen Morgen hält der Wind noch an. Über Nacht sind wir gut vorwärts gekommen. Kaum wird es hell, flaut der Wind ab. Es erfordert jetzt viel Geschick, die Segel nicht einfallen zu lassen. Aber wir machen immer noch um die 4 Knoten und wollen mit dem Diesel sorgfältig umgehen. Wir entdeckten gestern, dass die Ocean. read more...


29/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 5 - Eat, Sleep, Sail, Repeat...

Eat, Sleep, Sail, Repeat... had been the routine for the first few days.Yesterday, however, saw a little rest in proceedings as the wind disappeared andwe sat in full sunshine for most of the day at around 0.0 knots. Skipper Jackocooked up a very welcome full English breakfast and we relaxed in the sun beforecapitalising on the conditions and deciding to go for that legendary ‘swim inthe middle of the Atlantic’ with nothing but two and a half miles of crystalblue water below us. To make things even better we were joined by a pilot whale/ very large dolphin which slowly circled just in front of the boat a few timesas if trying to say something before diving vertically down and finally out ofsight. Once the wind returned we had the opportunity to try out Jacko’s repairjob on a spinnaker. read more...


29/11/2013

Ula - Day 5 - 28th November

Awoke to a flat calm ocean. Would not have been surprised to see Ranworth Church tower in the distance as we moored for a lunchtime pint at a Norfolk Broadland pub.Chief Engineer has turned his nimble fingers to gardening. A few pots of compost and seeds promise fresh salad leaves for the latter stages of our voyage. (Will make a pleasant accompaniment to the inevitable cucumber sandwiches!)For the first time the cabins are feeling warm and stuffy, according to the log display the water temperature is over 25 degrees C. (seems unlikely but nobody volunteering to take a swim to test it).Sat phone conversations with shore based crew (wives, girlfriends and offices). Downloading the fleet map from Yellow Brick results in a celebratory bottle of wine as we realise we are well ahead of the. read more...


29/11/2013

Ula - The Watermaker

I am a watermaker.  And I am sad.  Lately I have become a problem to my man-user.  I have become a saga, and I fear that this time will soon be referred to as Water'maker' Gate.  You see, though I was working fine, and although I had never missed a beat, I had a few ailments.  Sure I leaked here and there, and I bounced around a bit on my aching joints. But I am no spring chicken. No, I may not have the automatic-fresh-flush-system, and no, I may not have the remote-start-panel like todays youngsters, but I am simple, and robust, tried and tested, and dependable.Nonetheless, Skip broke the golden rule.  Don't fix it if it ain't bust!  He sent a strange man-doctor to visit me.  To my surprise he told skip that I had become lethargic, and wasn't. read more...


29/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+5 Préparation

Bonjour29 novembre 2013Position à 12h00 UTC24°00,5 N25°25,9 W110 milles en 24hPréparationLes fichiers météo nous annoncent une dépression qui se forme devant nous et les organisateurs de l'ARC Control nous demandent d'être en dessous du 22°30 nord le 2 décembre. Nous nous sommes créé une marque de parcours fictive de sécurité par 22°30N et 32°W. Nous continuons donc à descendre progressivement vers le sud en restant sur la route directe et en nous demandant ce qui va nous tomber dessus.Par quelques espions nous avons une vague idée du reste de la flotte de l'ARC mais en pratique nous sommes seuls sur le plan d'eau.Hier grande journée de calme sur une mer d'huile. Nous en avons profité pour nous baigner et inspecter la coque. La carène du Pogo 30 est vraiment super.Nous avons aussi trié. read more...


29/11/2013

George - Has the butter melted yet....

NO!It hasn't.We thought it was melting as we sailed further south but it turns out that one of our crew's Spanish is a bit rusty and the butter turns out to be margarine!it melts at a far lower temperature as we all know and it could have meant us turning west far too early.It's the little things that matter you see.Fortunately we are using other navigational aids in addition to dairy products....Meanwhile we continue to sail in good winds at 225 degs to our chosen way-point for today, level with the Cape Verdes. The grib files are not showing any sign of any trade winds due so we may just decide to turn right in any case and deal with the head winds if and when we reach them.We have two days to decide.Our first flying fish landed on the boat this morning with a rather startled look on. read more...


29/11/2013

Keoma - Keoma day 6

Caught a big fish (mahi mahi) but it wriggled so much, Tyrone dropped it,after an epic wrestle, oh well at least we kept the lure this time – we’ll beready for the next one! Quiet weather wise, but sticking to our southerlytactics to avoid falling into a large no wind hole. Seem as though  manyare heading for the Verdes to re fuel, we will hopefully reach steady windsbefore this becomes necessary. It was looking dire for milk for a while, till wediscovered a bonus 20 litres under a bunk.... whew, saved from walking the plank. Starting to receive a few emails from home – really lovely to get these,especially the rugby results! Trace  . read more...


29/11/2013

El Ocaso - El Ocaso Daily Log 6

Lunch Menu - Freshly caught Mahi Mahi!!Dinner Menu - Chicken tikkaGeneral Blog  29/11Crew Member Name: BenjaminAge: 32Born and raised in Berlin, Germany.Started sailing at the age of 13 on the rivers and lakes in Berlin, then went on to do the RYA Day Skipper and began chartering in the med for vacation. After having spent the last 4 years in the deserts of the arabian peninsula, with little to no possibility to persue his hobby of sailing, he decided that crossing the Atlantic Ocean would be just the right antidote. Days 5-6After a calm, clear night, which displayed a magnificent view of stars and the night sky, the day started with a no less impressive red sun slowly climbing above the horizon. El Ocaso and children were greeted by dolphins which accompanied the boat for. read more...


29/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #6: Squid in a Bottle!

Hello from the overcast & drizzly Atlantic, where we consider this not rain per se but an excuse to rinse our salty foul weather gear!We do try to emphasize the positive here on Edelweiss....We have continued coasting along in relatively light winds and are making fine progress.This morning brought two bits of excitement: firstly, Stuart found 3 little squid on our deck, which must have washed aboard with a wave or two last night.He promptly put them in a little bottle with some salt water and announced, "Bait, boys."Lyell & Mason are now mulling over getting out the fishing lines and trying their luck. Rest assured that if we catch anything, you'll be the first to know!Meanwhile, the seat in the cockpit near where the squid are resting was promptly nicknamed "Squid Watch."It's. read more...


29/11/2013

Annabella - LOG 4 Friday 29th

Position: 21 13.43N 22 24.12WTime: 1200Distance covered since 1300 yesterday: 132NMFinally got confirmation that the blog is reaching its target audience, phew!Progress since yesterday has been surprisingly good despite having spent most of the day making at less than 2 knots. The wind picked up during the night and it is currently 13-15 knots on the beam resulting in 7.5-8 knots boat speed in the desired direction. The forecast for the next 24 hours suggests that we will have good wind and perhaps up to 25 knots from the south. Sunday may be light again, but by then we will be on or about 20 degrees latitude when we hopefully can make progress directly to the west. Not much sign of the famous trade winds, but should they arrive we will be in position to take full advantage.At. read more...


29/11/2013

Dragonfly - Sch..... Nacht

Kaum habe ich den letzten Text versendet, da frischt der Wind auf. Super, denk ich, 25 kn und wir können direkten Kurs laufen.Groß und Genua stehen super und wir schaffen bis 9 kn. Hajo übernimmt gegen Mitternacht meine Wache und ichschlafe beruhigt ein. Leichte Lage, kein Schlagen, kein Motor, das wir eine ruhige Nacht. Eine Stunde später wache ich auf: Segel schlagen, Winschen werden betätigt, Getrampel an Deck. Ich stehe schnell auf und nur mit der Schlafanzugshose helfe ich bei 35 kn Wind und heftigem, waagerechtem Regen die Segel zu reffen. Volker (nur in Schlafanzugshose) und Hajo sind klatschnass, ich bin es in Millisekunden. Wir reffen das Gross um 2/3 und die Genua um 1/3. Etwas später nehmen wir das Groß ganz weg. Ich ziehe mich an und schicke die anderen in die Koje. Hier muss. read more...


Abraxas - A Fishy Tale Photo
Abraxas - A Fishy Tale Photo
29/11/2013

Hera - Auf der Suche nach dem Passat

Seit gestern Abend sind wir bei Südwest wieder unter Segeln auf Kurs. Dadie Anzahl unserer Motorstunden doch sehr überschaubar war, sind wir auf einenTankstopp nicht angewiesen. Wir hoffen nun, westlich der Kapverden auf denPassat zu stoßen, auch wenn auf unseren Wetterkarten davon bisher weit und breitnichts zu sehen ist.  Nordwestlich der Kapverden muß sogar mit Westwindgerechnet werden. Jede Kursentscheidung ist augenblicklich einVabanque-Spiel. Nach einer hackigen Nacht hoch am Wind liegen die Freiwachen alle ziemlicherledigt im Salon herum. Draussen sieht es grau und regnerisch aus. Aber wirsegeln in die richtige Richtung! Eine Menükarte gibt es heute nicht. Der Skipper hat sich ein schlichtesaber ordentliches Bauernfrühstück gewünscht.   Stefan. read more...


29/11/2013

Arkouda - Day 5 --Motorboat Motorboat...

3:00 AM on Friday MorningThis is absolutely the blackest night I have ever spent on the ocean, or anywhere for that matter.  There is absolutely no delineation of the horizon, no stars, no moon.  Besides our navigation lights the only thing I can see is an occasional splash of a white wave as Arkouda disturbs the water as she passes through.  It is a little eerie, and leaves me with a rather vague sense of loss.  It's not so much that without our compass I would not be able tell our direction, i(which is absolutely true!) ts more of a feeling that the world is somehow muted, cloaked in cotton.  Its a bit like being in a heavy snowstorm without wind-- you are unable to tell your direction and everything is hushed.  I can still hear the swish of water as it. read more...


29/11/2013

Duplicat - Day 6 -Where's the sun?

First of all day 5 was a flat calm, warm day and because of the calm seas we saw so much wildlife.Pods of dolphins, groups of humpback whales at close quarters, pilot whales and two turtles who were drifting on the surface very close to the boat.The smooth seas provided an opportunity for some housekeeping (boatkeeping) including washing down, baking, cooking and generally relaxing. The disadvantage of all this was a day's motoring, the consequence of which leaves us with a dilemma.Bad weather is forecast to form out to our west which we had anticipated and altered course towards Cape Verdes - we now have to decide whether to stop for fuel for the remainder of the journey which may delay us further as we may arrive over this weekend.Or carry on with what we have hoping that the trade. read more...


29/11/2013

Abraxas - 27/11/13 A FishyTale

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29/11/2013

Free Spirit - Thursday 28th November

I think we must be in the doldrums.  Although spirits are high, the sea isdead calm and there is no wind.  Wemotor all day in a hazy existence. The fishing lines are put out and then theCaptain orders bacon and eggs, just in case we don’t catch a fish any timesoon.  A turtle pops up to say aquick hello and the dolphins drop by and then ……we see three whales!  They are some way off the boat but thesplash they make is spectacular. At the end of the day the wind picks up a little and so with fullsails and a calm sea we manage first 4 knots out of 8 knots of wind, building to7 out of 10.  Through the night thewind gets stronger and stronger and the boat goes faster and faster (SOG 9kts!)  We must be flying!  Could these be the tradewinds?. read more...


29/11/2013

XAR - Femte dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, "vinden har kommit tillbaka"

Senaste dygnet, det femte avverkade vi 158 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 748 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 2 110 NM.Stiltjen höll i sig till efter lunchen, torsdags lunchen serverades av Rolf och Mats och blev en god tonfisksallad. Med värme och sol kunde vi sätta stora spinnakern i 0,5 m/s och kunde komplettera medströmmens 1 knop med 0,5 knop båtfart. Tyvärr så tog det ytterligare 2 h innan vinden fyllde på och då kom den från ostsydost. Byte till lila gennaker och flera timmar med 2-4 knop väntade oss. För ovanlighetens skull så hade vi sällskap av 2 båtar under eftermiddagen, vi lyckades inte identifiera dom dock. Ingen av dem hade aktiv AIS sändning. Vi har sällskap av en hel del delfiner både natt och dag. Fantastiska hopp som de kan göra. På avstånd tror vi att vi siktat några. read more...


29/11/2013

Hanami II - Le passage de la ligne, mais, laquelle?

Samedi 29 Novembre 201310:46 UTC15 10 N - 44 24 WEt bien depuiis 2 jours le vent nous a globalement abandonne et donc lachement laisse tomber.La moyenne s'en ressant et le niveau de la cuve a gasoil aussi mais cela, ca se gere.Pas de vent et des grains la nuit. On devait s'y attendre car fin novembre c'est encore tot en saison et les alizes restent un peu faibles, surtout si, comme c'est le cas, une depression un peu basse sur l'Atlantique les contrecare.Mais tout cela n'est pas grave car a defaut de zephyr nous avons le moral et aussi, chose rare depuis le depart, du POISSON.Nous en sommes au second tazard et la dorade coryphene qui s'est echappee nous laisse penser que nous allons en attraper d'autres. Marie pourra alors tester et nous faire decouvrir les recettes polynesiennes et. read more...


29/11/2013

True Colours - A tale of two fishes

After a relaxing dinner the wind increased to 7 Kn, so time to kill theengine and see how we could progress under sail. Our motoring speed had beenabout 5.5 Kn (fuel conservation), and on the broad needed to get to our nextwaypoint we could just about match that.   Time to download more grib files – horror – on our course we are runningdirectly to a forecast storm with winds approaching 30 Kn on the nose.  Andthen where we planned to turn to go west, instead of trades helping us, it isshowing light winds on the nose.  What has happened to the weatherpatterns!  So a quick change of course to port to miss the projected storm,and we found ourselves doing 8 knots heading towards the Cape VerdeIslands.  We were able to maintain this speed through the night,. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer's First Fish of 2013 29 November Joyce's 3.2kg Mahi Mahi
Starblazer - Starblazer's First Fish of 2013  29 November  Joyce's 3.2kg Mahi Mahi
28/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic

Our new friend we spent the day with20131128_162914. read more...


Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic
Ocean Venture - Fwd: Day 5 - shark pic
29/11/2013

Aspen - Log 5: Friday 29 Nov; Yacht Convergence Zone

We both predicted it would happen and it did at midnight last night.4 yachts converged on the Rumb line on the way to a waypoint 200 nm from the Cape Verde Islands.Of course this was on the Admiral's watch so she kept things under control onboard Aspen.There were 3 red lights all appearing at the same time within 1 nm of us.Only 2 had AIS so the 3rd yacht was kind of a mystery.We are now spread out upon the ocean once again under overcast and cool skies with rain every now and then.After some nice sailing for 6 hours the wind has once again died.All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


29/11/2013

Meltemi - 5.Tag Total verkehrt

Gebucht war Nord-Ost - wie ich vermute; sind wir denn total auf der falschen Route? Ein strammer Süd-West uns entgegen bläßtund dabei kübelweise Nässe von oben ergießt,und das noch bei Nacht es wär besser bei Tage dann hätten wir Berge von Wäsche waschen können - schade!Es ist wie es ist, uns macht das nichts aus wir segeln weiter gen Westen voraus. Die Stimmung ist gut, der Chefsmutje weiß Rat er hat für alle Fälle immer was parat. So lernen wir Segel für Segel der Meltemi kennen, es ist nicht immer einfach im Schiff dann zu pennen. Die Hoffnung bleibt mit unser größter Rat so warten wir weiter auf den Nord-Ost-Passat.. read more...


29/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 5 - Maintenace

Carol sent an email to Mastervolt to ask whether or not the battery situation was a problem.  Mike is still very concerned.   To take his mind off things he set to work servicing the generator.  Kathy volunteered to be his oily rag.  Not the easiest access! Today Mike is cook of the day but due to his engineering tasks Kathy kindly provided lunch (best BLTs ever).  He did serve up a very enjoyable stew for supper though.  He is short of the mark though compared to the girls! On deck there was no wind so Sally and Carol took the opportunity to lay on the foredeck and contemplate the universe.  They were amazed at the view, in that there was just sea looking like molten lead and fluffy clouds that appeared to sit on the sea at the horizon,. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 5 - Maintenace
Blue Dolphin - Day 5 - Maintenace
29/11/2013

Adina - Day 5 - let's talk about wind, let's talk

Day 5 dawned with sadly no wind and us motoring. Which we don't really want to do - we are here to sail an Ocean!Each day the skippers get together for a chat on the radio around 1pm. It is now clear there are a lot of boats that motored from day 1 and are heading to the Cape Verde islands to refuel. There are some of us trying to squeeze every last drop of wind into our wonderful sails. We are only motoring when there is no wind as we have to appreciate crew have flights to catch. There are even purists who haven't touched their engines - heartfelt respect to them. This explains our position. Today we heard that two weather routing experts advised staying east of 20W and to go south of the Cape Verde islands to 15N to find the treasure of trade winds. This has always been our intended. read more...


Azzurra - Franz is enjoying the No Wind period
Azzurra - Franz is enjoying the No Wind period
29/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 5 first fish caught

We had a rough night. It was hard to get some sleep when the waves jump you up in your bed.Wind was ok with 10 to 20 knots providing us a wet but good reach. Our course is hard on the wind 270 to 290 degr.According to the latest Grib file we will have to go through some no wind area and some dirty weather. Hope we can pass the bad part before it reaches us. In the morning the wind went asleep.If this continuous we have think about a plan preventing Scurvy. It is a pain for a successful team to be that far behind, will cont’ to try hard. No wind since 13:00, Log showing Zero Knots, we will have a quiet knight and comfortable sleep.Since starting we made 415 Miles, if this would be a business we would be bankrupt! Even our big Genaker falls down.We used the time to practice. We are ready. read more...


29/11/2013

Webster - Log 8 - What a difference a day makes - part 2

Thursday 28th: Morning all...here we are after a gorgeous sunrise on a course of 255 with a lovely breeze blowing us in the right direction. But, like all good things they come to an end and by 11am the wind started to drop off again, so we cleaned the boat inside and out, washed the tea towels and generally did housekeeping. By noon the wind had gone completely! The grib files were suggesting wind after 12 hours or so to the west so we decided to invest some fuel budget in getting over to it. Having temporarily turned off the engine at 1300 for the SSB net we took the opportunity presented and myself, Carl and Albert dived over the side into a mill pond. The water was a lovely temperature.Set off again under engine and were surrounded by dolphins again.Carl made a chicken stew for tea,. read more...


29/11/2013

La Rochelle - half way la rochelle

La Rochelle and crew celebrate their halfway mark with a delightful dinner. Tonight's fare consisted of tender seared sirloin of pork served in an apricot and black pepper jus with French beans and baby new potatoes.....followed by fresh pineapple set in a watermelon gelatine topped with creme freche and a smattering of dark chocolate.......culinary delights abound......and satisfied crew all round....Nigella eat your heart out . For those uneducated , meat and 3 veg followed by pineapple and jelly and a slab of chocolate.Yesterday motored all day , breeze light and variable, but came across a patch of northerly at 10 knots, screamed along for a hour under main and asso at 7.5 knots , but it was short lived, breeze died out to bugger all.Stopped for lunch, again and took another dip in. read more...


29/11/2013

Surya - De eerste dagen

Dag 1 is meestal chaos. Niemand voelt zich volledig fit. Er wordt nauwelijks fatsoenlijk gegeten. Iedereen valt maar ergens neer of ligt te pas en te onpas wat te slapen. Gelukkig weet Jos voordat het donker wordt nog een soort canalonis uit de supermarkt in de magnetron warm te krijgen. Volgens het etiket is de inhoud van één doosje voldoende voor twee personen. Als de voorziene rolletjes weg zijn, barst iedereen nog van de honger. Dan maar nog eens dezelfde hoeveelheid. Zodra het donker is geworden beginnen we aan onze eerste wachten. Jos begint om 18.00 uur, Mario om 20.00, Roy om 22.00 en Jac om 00.00 uur. Daarna moet Jos om 2.00 uur weer zijn kooi uit enz. enz. Iedereen zit dus twee uur in z`n eentje aangelijnd in de kuip. Vanaf `s morgen 10.00 uur tot. read more...


Surya - De eerste dagen
Surya - De eerste dagen
29/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - NADA!

Still no wind!We managed to avoid running the engine until about 0600 this morning when we had completely stopped.Then the fan belt broke and Skipper had to put on a new one. Much swearing and sweating and all careful stowage decimated in order to find spares and tools turning 41 foot home to 41 foot shed in 5 minutes flat! By the time he had fixed it the wind had returned albeit SE but we will take whatever is on offer even if it means a beat to St Lucia! From our radio talk this morning everyone else is 'in the same boat' and feeling rather frustrated.At least we have no deadlines to meet until 21st December when family arrive in St Lucia and we have oodles of supplies of everything.There are much worse places to be marooned...mustn't grumble!From the forecast it looks as though. read more...


29/11/2013

Northern Child - Northern Child Blog and humour

Distance to go 2087 nm @060029/11/13 Distance Travelled so far 757 nm Position  (satat nav station trying to type at 25 degree heel angle) 22 23 684 N 25 08 079W   Lunch today we are going for a wrap option ofvaried fillings ham cheese peppers tomatoes Dinner will be baked fresh Dorado caught as thesunset last night  The day yesterday was a challenge as the winds werelight and the sun very hot we ghosted along at 3-4 knots for most of the day. Asevening came so did the breeze as predicted 15-20 knots on the beam (that's theside of the boat). News of our placing is creating quite an atmosphereon board everyone trying to do a little bit more we have a great wind angle andcan feel Northern Child surging on with a will to eat the ScarletOyster. There is a weather system. read more...


29/11/2013

Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole

If our last post (Nov 25th) closed with “… and happy to be underway”, this one must start with “hoping to get going soon!” After some amazing sailing this past monday in beautiful weather and nice winds, Stuart’s reel went “whiiiirrrrr” and we hooked a Mahi. The boys wrestled to pull him in; alas, we hate to admit the little fish got away just before we got the gaff from below deck to secure him.  Arghh. Undoubtedly such a defeat could not be endured for long, and we’ve since caught a nice little tuna, which made a great meal - turned in sesame seeds, pan roasted, alongside a serving of wasabi mashed potatoes (pressure cooked) and beautifully sautéed eggplant!   Hail to the chefs Ed & Anton! Monday night also saw us with our first real setback:  our A2 gennaker (used. read more...


28/11/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper Day 5

Day 5 on the Silver Slipper. Sorry that we have been soquiet onboard but we are having too much fun. At 09.47 this morning we had done500 miles. Our course is very erratic if you are following us on yellow brick aswe are chasing the wind and intend to go south round the east of the Cape Verdesand try and catch some Easterlies to St Lucia, a long way round but its wherethe wind seems to be. Although disappointed with the lack of wind and no signof the trade winds, we have managed to keep our spirits up by catching fish,swimming in the Atlantic, candle light (torch) suppers becalmed as the sunsets,flying kites off the stern, making silly home movies, learning to play theguitar, cooking, telling jokes and generally having a great time. Not the sortof sailing we had all planned and dreamed. read more...


29/11/2013

Milanto - Blog day 4 27 Nov

Night of day 3 quite eventful with strong winds and high seas requiring two reefs in mainsail but progress was good both distance and direction. Wind 25 knots at times.Rest of day was over cast and squally. We caught a big one just as dinner was about to be served. 30 knots of wind and heavy rain for about 20 mins. In addition we were now heading in the wrong direction and it looked like we might be in for another rough night so we stayed reefed down but it did not materialise and by morning the skies were clear and we were becalmed.Karl and Nick on the 3am to 7am watch had a night fright, we were keeping an eye on a yacht on our port beam right on the horizon. When when we next looked there was an orange glow where the yacht had been it looked like a fire ! Then the glow turned into two. read more...


Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole
Hada - Hada - Thursday 28 November - Stuck in a 300 mile wind hole