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27/11/2013

Mustique - ARC Day 3

Highlight of the Day -sailing 10knots close hauled...Lowlight of the day- con't from above- .....in wrong direction Sea life spotted - Lord Rob Lucan Weather & sailing - Night of squalls and variable winds and calm. Now beating south into SW15knots. 24hr Log- 140nm Amazing Facto of the Day- One can be becalmed under a squall! Food.snack of the day - Highly awesome taste bud sensation of Fin's Irish Stew Awesomeness of the Day- Having 6 portions of stew between 4 of us! Crew Vibe- somewhat frustrated by wind Crew members who still retain sufficient levels of sanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckiemustique2. read more...


Mustique - ARC Day 3
Mustique - ARC Day 3
27/11/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 3 '0n the boot'

The winds dropped dramatically during the night and the crew had to revert to engine power.  Carol spent a long time working out how many engine hours we could afford to use but agreed that we had to engine until at least we had a puff of wind (which turned out to be all night!) Welcome entertainement was provided by StarBlazer who invited all boats in the vicinity to join him for a virtual happy hour.  At least 4 boats participated and the crew of BD enjoyed virtual G&Ts followed by a bottle of virtual Pinot Noir.  If they are still in range tonight they are going to order cocktails!!  They needed something to alleviate the detox headaches. Sally rose to the challenge of the cook off by producing a fabulous Greek salad for lunch followed by Jamacian. read more...


27/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 7 - Hen's back blogging!

After a few days on the rolling seas,we have now all got our sea legs - thank God! We awoke tobeautiful sunshine, little wind and flat sea, which was definitely a welcomerelief to some on board. It really is incredible/scary to not see any landor boats for miles, just us and the sea!  Some scramblies and bacon were the order of the morningthen it was into bikinis and off with the shirts for our first bout ofsunbathing. With the little wind we had, there was an attempt to fly thegennaker which much to the annoyance of Haig and Sam was not a great success sothe motor went back on. The boys put up the awning, which was anice relief from the hot sun - none of us want to be burnt to a crisp onthe first sunny day! Yoyo made a healthy and delicious lunch,. read more...


27/11/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 3

2013-11-27, 1500Hier meldet sich die First Mate von Bord!Nach der dritten Nacht gewöhnt man sich an den neuen Schlafablauf und wirbegannen nach einer ruhigen Nachtfahrt (nur kurz unterbrochen durch einenzum Glück glimpflich verlaufenen Absturzes unseres Segelwachhundes Benny)bei Sonnenaufgang mit dem Setzen unseres genialen Wingackers.Bei leichtem Wind nutzten wir jeden Hauch und konnten somit auf einstörendes Motorengeräusch verzichten. Weit und breit der Atlantik undmitten drin wir mit unserem Segel, das uns zügig weiter bringt. Nach vielFingerspitzengefühl am Ruder war es um 14.00 Uhr an der Zeit mit einemperfekten Bergemanöver unser "Baby" zu bergen.Das tiefblaue Wasser, das uns umgibt lässt uns gar keine andere Wahl: wirmüssen einen Stopp einlegen und hinein! Was für ein traumhaftes. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 3
Selivra - ARC Tag 3
27/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+3 Allo Houston

Bonjour27 novembre 2à13Position à 12h00 UTC25°42,4 N22°08,3 W143 milles en 24hAllo HoustonHier à bord c'était un peu l'ambiance Appolo 13, comme dans le film.Récupération de matériel puis utilisation de choses non prévues.D'ailleurs, notre modification de la fixation du gennaker semble très bientenir.Mais le plus fort, c'est la girouette électronique qui était complètementfolle depuis la veille du départ. A la demande du chantier Pogo-Structureset de son responsable technique, nous transmettions régulièrement lesdonnées indiquées par notre centrale de navigation. Il a contacté lefabricant. Il semble qu'il y a un problème d'aimant décollé dans le capteurde tête de mat, un truc impossible à réparer.Ils ont trouvé et nous ont indiqué une procédure absolument pas prévue parle manuel. Nous. read more...


27/11/2013

LUV - Logbuch der Luv Nr. 26

Position 15 Grad 48 Minuten N46 Grad 22 Minuten WWetter : leicht bewölktWind NO 4-5 , Seegang 3 Meter  Eine gar nicht so herrliche Nacht auf See : White Squalls im Passat   „Und wieder beginnt ein herrlicher Tag auf See.“ Irgendeiner kommt garantiert mit diesem Schnack, und recht hat er: Es ist noch nicht heiß, die Sonne beginnt den Horizont erst pastellblau, dann rosa bis glutrot zu färben. Wieder ein Sonnenaufgang, den Caspar David Friedrich sich geschämt hätte, zu malen. So kitschig schön. Das erste Licht des neuen Tages verleiht den Passatwolken eine ungeheuer präzise Plastizität. Der erste Kaffee in der Mug dampft, wir unterhalten uns entspannt über Gott und die Welt. Wegen solcher Momente fahren wir mit der Luv zur See. Heute Nacht dagegen hätte sich die Crew. read more...


27/11/2013

Shine - Day 4:Sushi and Sunshine

Dear wives,Many thoughts from us all as you meet for dinner this evening.We know you will all be very concerned for our welfare but do try and draw strength from each other.Stick together through this, and remember that while we are putting ourselves through this dreadful ordeal, it is only possible knowing that you are behind us.Our currently position is about 350 miles west of Nouadhibou off the coast of Mauritiana, heading due west.Light winds last night meant a few hours on the engine but thankfully we were under sail again by midnight. Gently increasing wind through the night gave us a beautiful dawn and a glorious day's sail under blue skies.We appear to be blessed with significant computer /electronic brilliance on board.Team TJM set to this morning and solved some teething. read more...


27/11/2013

Athena of Southampton - Blog 1 - Wed 27th November 2012 - 0430 hrs.

Athena (of Southampton) Blog 1 – Wed 27th November 2012 – 0430 hrs.                                                                                                             At last time to sit and begin our blog. Following 4 frantic days of work before we. read more...


27/11/2013

Firefly - More light winds

Knowing what the temperatures are like in the UK we don't expect any sympathy but could do without these rain squalls. The dark patches on the water in front of us looked like much needed breeze only to be disappointed and saturated in one go. We have all been caught out over the last two days. Fortunately they are over quickly and back to sunshine and a chance to dry out! As forecast we continue to be short of wind but we did sail part of the evening in 10 knots of breeze, and just after mid day we are A sailing again. The rest of the time we are motoring with Paul keepinga close watch on fuel supplies; we have plenty at the moment. Long range radio connections continue to be a challenge so hope you get this log soon.Considering how large this ocean is, we continue to be surprised at. read more...


27/11/2013

Manihi - On est partis au près !

23:31.96N 21:52.10WDepuis cette nuit les vents sont de sud ; ce qui nous oblige à naviguer auprès. Nous visons un cap au 240 (SW) pour passer entre les Iles du Cap Vertet une dépression qui va se former à 300 miles au NW des iles. Nous devonscontinuer à tenir ce cap pendant les deux jours qui viennent. Naviguer auprès c'est quand le bateau s'efforce vaillamment de remonter contre le vent.Il y arrive, mais au prix d'un inconfort certain ; il gite et son contactavec l'eau est disons ... viril !!! Mais la mer a pitié de nous. Elle estcalme et réduit la violence de l'affrontement !Dans ces conditions il est compliqué de cuisiner. Les feux à gaz sont montéssur un axe qui leur permet de pivoter pour rester à l'horizontale en tempsnormal. Dans les conditions actuelles ils jouent plutôt à la. read more...


27/11/2013

Bella - Port & Starboard ...

Check out Port & Starboard ... all the best submariners on the Conqueror looked like this, don't you know! Well done, Roy & Mike :o)27112013 ARC PM1 002. read more...


Bella - Port & Starboard ...
Bella - Port & Starboard ...
27/11/2013

Northern Child - Log 27 Nov

Star date captains log 1300 hours 27/11/13After a safe start we headed off east to avoid the island wind shadowintending to dive south as soon as we were clear. With a mix crew on boardthe early stages where to say the least a little difficult. First night wasspent as many drifting around trying to make way in very light airs howeverthe wind gods appear to be smiling down on us currently at 23 19 394 North21 50 512 west with a strong force four from SSW making between 7 and 9knots over the ground. The team consists of many talents and a mixture ofexperience everyone on board in great spirits as we eat our way through themountain of food on board the vessel gets faster hope the mountain lasts.With 2274 miles to go it's a long way to the finish anything can happen justreceived an email. read more...


27/11/2013

Jambo - Becalmed

After a cracking start we sailed into a hole-nothing so we tried our hand at fishing and nick caught a 20 pound Mahi Mahibut failed to land it as it bit through the line just as Tom was about to gaff it on board - must rig up the wire trace next time. They are spectacularly colouredfish all greens blue and yellows and I am told they are good to eat but loose their colour once killed very light winds this afternoon so we are trying to head for the NW corner of the Cap Verdes,  but the forecast for the next 48 hours is very unhelpful.Looks like a bit of a slog for the next few daysTo add to our issues we have found a small water leak in the engine cooling system which should not be a problem if the wind picks up and we can use the tow generator. we also have the Panda generatorto. read more...


27/11/2013

Annabella - Log 2 Wednesday 27th

Missed the Tuesday blog because we had lots of sail changes yesterday and I was on galley duty. After the first night of sailing a bit too fareast we made up some good ground on Monday night and yesterday averaging 7 knots+ to where we gained about 60 places. The boat goes well with the twin headsails poled out (no main sail) and when the wind is behind it's your only man. There is some complexity when the wind shifts and you try to get back to the main and genoa configuration. Initially, we tried to tack one of the twins on to the other and sail as one, but that gives rise to sheeting issues. In the end,we now just drop the twins and hoist the standard genoa. With the furling it all takes a bit of time, but it is a much more flexible arrangement. Conor and I now get to do lots of. read more...


27/11/2013

Ula - Day 4 - 27th November

No sail changes and significant periods of motoring lead to a general sense of boredom today. Much snoozing. F2-3 veering onto the nose making southward progress impossible without the engine. Still heading for Cape Verde, (although a stop for water now not necessary). We will continue south, perhaps as far as the 10 degree latitude in order to find the trade winds.Cabins, galley and saloon hovered after lunch, cockpit washed down and windows cleaned. Passed close to a large weather buoy, not sure we would have spotted it as easily in the dark. 21.15.16N 20.55.45WStaring at the 360 degree emptiness of the ocean one can understand the historical misconception of being able to “fall off the edge of the world”. For a 13 year old lad going to sea for the first time in the 16th Century the. read more...


27/11/2013

Anettine - 26.11.2013

Det går opp og ned her i verden. I går ettermiddag løyet vinden helt. Vi klarte bare å holde 1-2 knopps fart. Andre båter var ikke å se, så vi var veldig spent på om det bare var vi hadde seilt oss inn i stilla. Først på kvelden fikk vi vind igjen og seilte greit gjennom natten.På morgenen viste posisjonsliste at de fleste båtene hadde lavere fart en tidligere, men også at vi raste nedover lista!Vi seilte med 4-5 knops fart hele formiddagen, men så løyet det igjen.Det tok oss4 timer å komme ossnoen hundre meter nordover til et skysystem hvor det var litt vind. Denne økte etter hvert og vi kunne holde 3-5 knop gjennom natten. Vi har ikke sett andre båter. Er vi akterutseilt eller har andre også hatt vindstille?Anettine. read more...


27/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 4.5 - erstes Fazit

Liebe Freunde des Hochseesegelsportes,jeder von Euch wird das schlagende Herz kennen, bevor man sich auf großeSeereise begibt.Vor der Abfahrt hatte ich absolut erhöhte Herzfrequenz, doch jetzt nach 4Tagen auf See senkt legt sich die Unruhe etwas.Schiff und Crew kennen sich jetzt genauer als vorher und wir bewegen unsin Richtung St. Lucia. Endlich... JuhuCan´t wait to get there und das erhabene Gefühl zu spüren, wenn man eineTrans-Atlantik-Regatta hinter sich hat.Aber Vorsicht; noch sind wir ca. 70 Millionen Meilen vom Ziel entfernt.Bis dahin kann man noch viele Zuckerstangen essen und oft "Hänsel undGretel" lesen und viele schöne Träume haben.AHOY und geht endlich segeln. read more...


27/11/2013

Pelican - log 07 Nov

So after sail damage we decided to starton the boat seems the diode has stopped splitting its self however nothing a stainless steel bolt and a layerinsulating tape could not fix ,then five minutes after the main sheet shackle lets fly ohhum good old lorry man's hitch and a new one is fitted. great then it rained hard any way I want to know how I have got two retriever paw prints on my bed andif know a dog paw printseen the damage oncream carpet and I know it has nothing to do withsailing just the thoughts of an idiot. read more...


27/11/2013

Queen Frederica - Bericht Tag 4 - Endlich Dusche

27.11.2013Eigentlich sollte gestern Abend eine Flaute einsetzen. Doch wir rauschenmit 6-7 kn hoch am Wind mit 240 Grad in Richtung Kapverden. Die Stimmungan Bord ist prächtig, die meisten sitzen im Cockpit und ratschen, lesenoder schauen aufs Wasser. Hin und wieder fletzt sich der ein oder andereauf dem Vorschiff und auch unter Deck ist es sehr angenehm. Das Steuernist leichter geworden, der Seegang weniger und andere Schiffe tauchen nurselten auf. Was noch fehlt, ist die Delphinschule und vielleicht einAngelerfolg. Erfolgreich hingegen verlief die erste Dusche an Deck:Katharina saß auf der Badeplattform (selbstverständlich mit Lifebelt) undnach 3-4 Pützen sagte sie: „Jetzt kann ich mich wieder riechen.“ Wir siesowieso :-)‚Sunny‘ in der Coverversion von – ja von wem eigentlich – ist der. read more...


27/11/2013

Manali - One for the green and gold

13:00 UTC Wednesday 27 November, UTC The Atlantic Ocean, West of Mauritania, heading towards the Cape Verdes Abyssal Deep Thrilled, excited and surprised !  The feelings aboard when Team Manali Turre reported we were still hanging out in the front lines. For those who have asked, no you should not put money on Manali, not too much anyway.  There are a lot of bigger faster boats behind us but we are very proud of our jump out of the starting block. Might as well tell the truth, some were dancing on the deck with delight. Back to business. Not sure where we sit this morning as last night was a mess.  It was a good learning night (aka frustrating).  Soft variable winds, slopping about, raining.  For Ian, it was immensely enjoyable as he just thrives. read more...


27/11/2013

Incisor - Incisor daily blog 27-11-2013

Hello from the mighty Incisor!Today has been a beautiful day with 10knts of wind and not a cloud in the sky – this is definitely what we signed up for! And the day is set to get better with chicken fajitas for lunch! We have even had bacon sandwiches for breakfast so don’t worry that we are starving out here because we are eating like kings. The motto on board for the food is, when its gone it gone (WIGIG). We have passed a large pirate looking ship today which got everyone all very excited with cameras at the ready with a lot of waving going on, it’s only been 4 days and we are already getting excited to see other people!Last night was light and a little chilly, but when you have to get up at 3 in the morning to come on watch and you are a little grumpy because you are out of your. read more...


27/11/2013

Manali - Live Update : boat passes boat Australia v England

14:23 UTC Thursday 27 November24 14’.633N  022 13’.705W Just reeled in and passed a 36 foot Beneteau (Karmaland?).  They’ve been in sight for 12 hours and it’s taken us a while.  GB flag so one up for the Colonials.  Sadly not an ARC boat so we did not have too much to chat about.  Nice seeing you though!. read more...


27/11/2013

Sunrise - Tag 3 + 4 - 26.+27.11.2013 - Meeresleuchten und Delfine

Tag 3Der Wind hat Gestern Nachmittag doch wieder zugenommen. Wir kommen gutvoran und das Wetter macht auch mit. Allerdings fahren wir lautWettervorhersage in eine Flaute hinein, der wir nicht ausweichen können.Hoffentlich hält der Wind noch etwas an. Zu Abend gab es Bratwurst mitKartoffeln. In der Nacht herrschte Finsternis, da der Himmel bewölkt war.Dies erschwerte das exakte Steuern, da das Vorsegel, die Wellenund derHorizont nicht mehr zu sehen waren. Allerdings konnte zum Ausgleich dasMeeresleuchten beobachtet werden. Das ganze Kielwasser und immer in densich brechenden Wellenkämmen leuchte das Wasser türkisgrün auf. Eingigantischer Anblick. Nirgends würde ich in diesem Moment lieber sein.Später entdeckten wir noch die ersten Delfine. Sie hinterließen eineleuchtende Spur im Wasser.. read more...


27/11/2013

Free Spirit - Tuesday 26th November

Not a lot of wind. Parasailor out but progress is slow as we headsouth towards Cape Verde Islands and such a long way to go! Highlight of the day was voted to be chicken curry. Highlight ofthe night was the moon appearing at one in the morning to light and glint on thewater for Andy and Richie on their watch.. read more...


27/11/2013

Miciadue - Bilderbuchsegeln

Letzte Nacht hatten wir ruhiges Segeln. Es gab den ein oder anderen Regenschauer. Heute ist es wieder aufgeklart. Die Sonne scheint, der Wind - ca- 4-5 Bft. - dreht weiter südlich, so dass wir hoch am Wind laufen. Den Atlantik haben wir zwischenzeitlich für uns alleine. 360° um uns herum tiefblaues Wasser mit klarem Blick bis zum Horizont. Auf dem Kartenplotter sehen wir nur noch die AIS-Informationen von einer ca. 15 sm entfernte Yacht. Fische scheint es im Atlantik nicht mehr zu geben - zumindest werden unsere Köder ignoriert. Also gibt es Nudeln nur mit Tomatensoße. - Danke für eure Grüße!--. read more...


27/11/2013

Hera - Rasmus fürchten und verehren

Es ist unglaublich; aber es bestätigt sich immer wieder, wie dieseemännische Praxis beweist. Wir hatten es 11.10 Uhr auf der Borduhr und unsertägliches Zeremoniell somit um 10 Minuten verpaßt. Sofort ging der Wind runterund es fing an zu regnen. Kaum war der erste Schluck über Bord gegangen,frischte es wieder auf und die Sonne kam heraus. Der heutige Wetterbericht derARC für unsere Position ist ein einziger Witz. Statt 1-7 kn aus NE haben wir15-20 kn aus Süd. Das bringt uns zwar ordentlich Fahrt hoch am Wind aber demPassat nicht näher und somit für die nächste Zeit unbeständiges Wetter. Da hilftdann nur noch, auf Rasmus zu vertrauen.Die Backschaftswache scheint sich noch nicht richtig einig zu sein, denndem Skipper liegt noch keine Menükarte zum Absegnen vor.   Stefan. read more...


27/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - THE HUNGER GAMES AND WHISTLING FOR THE WIND

Those readers who know us well and, if I flatter myself by believing that there are some people who are either reading this out of idle curiosity or because they are looking forward to ARC 2014, will I am sure have already concluded that we take it in turns to craft the words.Generally speaking Gilly-mate does the superlatives whilst I stick to the factual.So factually, we continue to make some westward progress in what is best described as light airs which fortunately are of a northerly nature.The wind machine is currently producing NE Force 1.We have set the hydrovane to max power, put the wind just forward of the beam and other than occasionally trimming the sails we have pretty much left the boat to get on with it.The course over the ground is anything from 230 to 300 degrees.This in. read more...


27/11/2013

Azzurra - Day 3 heading west but not really

After following the ARCweather God's advise going south to Cap Verdes until the butter melts, we last not least decided also going westwards right away as all the others.We did not make any really improvement as there was no wind anywhere around our position.So we are happy with the sunshine and the clear sky at night. The moon does rise at approximately 2:00, thus we have a wonderful clear sky with bright stars. We detected several of our planets first of all the Venus. The low wind and no wind time were used to set up and check nearly all of our sails. The Gennaker did not provide a major speed improvement, whereby the big Spinnaker, 189 m2 gave us some remarkable speed, 6 knots. If we do not reach the trade winds soon we will need to reconsider our planed schedules. We are fine with. read more...


27/11/2013

Abraxas - 27/11/13 Adventure has definately started

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27/11/2013

Keoma - Keoma day 4

Weather sunny and light sneaking down the African coast with the big kiteup, Trace and Mark on the mother watch.  Going to try another noon sight today after problems with the mathsyesterday. Hope everything is ok back home, and Frank is not ruling the roosttoo much in Lymington, Mark.   Just making sausage and beans for breakfast, and the call went up ‘WHALE!’and a pod of (we think) pilot whales slowly swan alongside for a while withtheir young.... fab start to the day.  Starting to warm up now, at leastduring the days.  Will be nice when we actually start heading for St. Lucia– still in wind seeking mode.  Hope you’re all enjoying watching the racespread out!!  we are quite sure we are the furthest South of all..... somuch for a cruise in company!! . read more...


27/11/2013

Defyr - Day Four: Spiderman's hand

Now it's been a week since the ARC costume party. I had my Spiderman outfit, which isn't really a costume, since I am the real Spiderman. Well, in the party I got too excited about climbing the walls and I cut my hand on a piece of metal that was sticking out of the wall. I got my hand stitched in Las Palmas emergency room. The doctors put 10 stitches in my palm to close down the 7 cm long and 1 cm deep wound. Gladly we have a doctor on board, Fredrik, who is going to take the stitches out in some point. Las Palmas doctors suggested 7 days, but our ship doctor wants to keep them in for 10 days, which I think is a good idea since it's not completely healed. Which makes me rethink of my superhero choice. Should I actually be Wolverine instead? Or maybe I could be the Spiderman with the. read more...


27/11/2013

Lancelot II - Day 3 - A learning experience

I’ve heard people say that if you want to stay young, you should learnsomething new every day. Being a complete newcomer to this sailing thing, I havelearned enough in the past four days and three nights to keep me young fordecades to come...  I’ve learned a whole new language, where ‘heads’ are toilets and a ‘heel’is the lean of our boat. And apparently we cannot drink the ‘port’. I’ve learned that dolphins are amazing creatures, most especially for theirendless capacity to make us human beings smile and laugh every time they arenear. The waves of joy were palpable on deck this morning as they came to playin the boat’s waves while the sun crested the horizon.   I’ve learned that sailors are also amazing creatures with a sleep/wakecycle that requires super-human. read more...


27/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day #4: Bliss!

Hello from the gorgeous calm and sweet Atlantic.Not much to report other than gently rolling seas and nice 7-12 knot wind.Edelweiss is coasting along brilliantly and we're making nice time.A calm night made for good sleeping - though only 3 hours at a time.Such is lot of the crew member!We got our wish yesterday as a pod of delightful dolphins played with our bow for a good 30 minutes. Today we had only a drive-by as they checked us out then continued on their way.Not long enough even to get the camera out!We have steadily lost companion boats as each picks out its own course - today the last one (Athena II) left our screen.Now it's just us and the dolphins!We continue to head south to find the trade winds.Only another 450 miles or so to reach the Cape Verde Islands.... in the meantime,. read more...


27/11/2013

XAR - Tredje dygnet, XAR på god väg till waypoint "Cape Verde"

Senaste dygnet, det tredje avverkade vi 172 NM, ger en total seglad sträcka om 515 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 2 278 NM. Sakta men säkert närmar vi oss passadvindarna som enligt grib filerna ska etablera sig under torsdag till fredag.Väderrouting programmet har gett ett intressant strategival. Det väder som man kunde se då gav fördelaktig rutt i norr. Dock så var det riskabelt då man lätt kan hamna i kuling motvind om man inte kommit så långt norrut som krävs. ARC metereologen Tibbs var helt övertygad om att den södra rutten och försöka fånga passadvinden är säkrare med risken att det tar tid att komma ner till Kap Verde. Vi känner stor osäkerhet om vi kan vara säker på att komma tillräckligt långt norrut med de svaga vindarna runt Kanarieöarna. Därför tar vi den södra vägen med. read more...


27/11/2013

Scarlet Oyster - Into the low! Day 4 on Scarlet

Well the trials and tribulations continue!Outcomes have been quitesatisfactory tho!Yesterday we realised our sat comms were down, out of credit?!How couldthis be?I had topped up before we left Las Palmas and even had an ereciept to prove it had gone through.The inmarsat voice service allows youto check balance free of charge, and even top up if you have a voucher, butfrustratingly at the time no way of topping up otherwise!I had given details to my girlfriend Sarah of our account, in case thishappened, so she could raise the alarm and authorise a top up, so I washoping we would be back online again soon, the concern was where 100 unitsof credit had gone!We identified a ship on AIS and called them, theykindly agreed to email Sarah with a message to let her know of our plight.After 3 hrs. read more...


27/11/2013

Shelduck - Wed 27 Happy Birthday Bernadette, Water & Whale Shock

   Wed 27 23:57.138N 18:24.522W Distance travelled 90 miles in 24h, 30 underpower since 7am this morning.   We all wish Bernadette a very happy Birthday! (Bernadette is Gabby’s Mumand a good friend of Neil’s for almost 40 years.)   Slopping around, not much wind, Gabby hand steering much of the 00-04hwatch. Cloudy, cold, dry night.  Brendan spotted a cloud that looked likeRua curled up but watching us. Glimpses of Venus, Jupiter and Saturn showingstrongly through gaps in the clouds.   About 5am Anne heard a really loud splash and in the dark to starboard sawa large shape almost the length of the yacht rising up and splashing down,swiftly followed by a second one.  They were probably small whalestravelling in the opposite direction but only 2m from the. read more...


27/11/2013

Meltemi - 3.Tag Eine nautische Lesung

Umspielt von Delphinen zur AbendzeitMeltemi nicht lange im Osten verweilt,sie streckt ihren Bug in rauschender Fahrtnach Westen zum Ziel - so ist ihre Art.Im Spiel der Gezeiten, organisiert in 4 Wachenwir Kräfte sparend unsere Meilen machen.Die Bordroutine, sie rüttelt sich ein,Verlass muss auf jeden Einzelnen sein.Der Ausguck bei Tag und bei Nacht jetzt begreift,das Regattafeld sich auf dem weiten Atlantik verteilt.Vereinzelt taucht mal ein Hecklicht auf,das uns anspornt zum regattamäßigen Kommenauf.St. Lucia ist unser Etappenzielbis dahin wir noch hunderte Meilen Kielwasser ziehn.. read more...


27/11/2013

Duplicat - Lunch at 10 knots

We are all now settling into the voyage despite very untropical weather!  We have winds from every direction except south or southwest (fortunately), but we fear we may even get these in a couple of days.Today fish count - zeroNew speed record count -2 - 16.2 knots followed by 16.9 knots (skipper!)We spent the day paralleling NDS Darwin and Redcat who have now disappeared into the squall ahead of us.Still undecided about our route turning point but are happy to use these good winds to travel as far southwest towards the West Side of the Cape Verdes as we can.lunch at 10 knots. read more...


Duplicat - Lunch at 10 knots
Duplicat - Lunch at 10 knots
27/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 4/Jour 4: Who forgot the cinnamon

<South untill the butter melts, then West> En depit de toute notretechnologie meteo c`est finalement le vieil adage des traverseestransatlantiques  que l`on va suivre ! On n a plus aucun bateau en visuel , et seulement un encore sur l`AIS. Ilsemble que l`on avance pas trop mal par rapport aux autres, mais vous avez unemeilleure vision de la course que nous. Le vent a change, un peu moins fort a 20 knts, et au pres . Le bateaumarche bien malgre tout, 7 knts environ dans une belle mer qui s`est calmee. Lasoiree et la nuit ont ete plus agitee avec quelques grains et changement detoile. Heureusement le pilote auto marche a nouveau – Darek l`homme de lasituation a eu la firme francaise par telephone satellite et a reussi a reparer( l hydraulique tout de meme) grace a leurs. read more...


27/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina Day 3 Sunny days

Sephina Day 3 Sunny days At last the sun is out and it’s getting hot! We’ve all settled into our night shifts very well but the day shifts have gone out of the window thanks to the sun. Everyone wants to be on deck and we lose track of time. The cats have been in the cockpit under supervision and they seem confused sniffing the air as there’s no land, but they seem happy enough. Peri is eating and playing as usual but Thornton just wants to sleep. We’ve had the water maker on today and  topped up all our water bottles and we’ve all had showers, which was gorgeous!! Steph cooked a lovely chicken stroganoff and added red wine. The only alcohol we’ll see for several weeks. Signed “The Cleaner”. read more...


27/11/2013

Adina - Day 3 Where is the Wind??

Good morning from the crew of Adina!Day 3 we experienced some light to moderate winds and kept east to try and stay with the wind. Out West there is little wind. Sea legs are now in place and Gareth and Tom rigged the spinnaker pole so we could 'goose wing'. For our non-sailing friends this means sailing dead downwind (wind right behind you) with one sail to the one side and the other sail to the other side. No sooner had they done this and the wind direction changed and the pole wasn't needed! Such is life. We then deployed the 'towable generator' which is a long line with a propeller at the back of it which you throw in the water. The propeller spins the line that works with a dynamo to generate electricity. Adina needs a lot of power! Throughout the day we tried our best to use what. read more...


27/11/2013

Freebooter - Day 3 - Wed 27th

It came as something of a relief to leave the marina and get out to sea again. A massed start makes for good spectator viewing, but was let down by some very inconsiderate seamanship by a few. It was therefore an even greater relief to reach clear water!The first 24 hours saw very fluky winds, and necessitated some motoring. Since then it been a mix of NE through to the S, making for some changes of course. However there is a messy weather system in the area, and we may end up with little or no wind over the next 48 hours.Currently about 450nm from Las Palmas, leaving a mere 2,500nm or so to the rum punch.... read more...


27/11/2013

Calypso - Day 4

Currently about 550 miles north east of Cape Verde Islands. Sunny and warm but little wind. We've been eating well and getting into a routine. We had our first sight of dolphins this morning which Dino filmed with his Ipad. The fishing line is out but we're not relying on catching anything for dinner! All aboard are happy and, thankfully, no problems so far.David, Dino, John and Phil.. read more...


27/11/2013

True Colours - Management of reources

Position 23:05.20N 019:42.05W   Midnight comes, and the princess goes home – in this case the princess isthe wind.  Steadily reduced, and at 03.00 the engine came on, and stayed onuntil 09.25. During the Night Toby and Nadine saw a pod of pygmy dolphins – hopefullythey will return.   At least the sea is calm, and the sun is shining, and we are now making 5.2Kn in 8 knots of breeze.   All this made me philosophizel about the use of scarce resources: diesel, water,  electricity, gas and food.  The latter two should notbecome scarce (I hope);  expected to use one, maybe one and a half gasbottles on the crossing.  Boat comes with two, on reflection I bought aspare, and then at the last minute, after hearing of the culinary delightspromised us by. read more...


27/11/2013

Aspen - Log 3: Wednesday 27 Nov; Headwinds?

Did Columbus have headwinds on this trade wind route?We have themtoday!At least the winds are light on our bow so we have tacked 60degrees away from the African coast.Luckily Captain Steve knew thesewinds were forecast so he allowed for this by sailing further east thannormal.Now hopefully we will be back on track and able to head for theNW Cape Verdes before turning west.And NO, the butter has not meltedbut our water is nearly frozen at night it seems!Also, we must have brought along some nasty germs from the Canaries withus because we have really nasty colds.With 1,000 sailors arriving fromall parts of the globe it is not surprising that we would catch something.All is well onboard.Steve and Maria. read more...


27/11/2013

Free Spirit - First log for Free Spirit (62) - making the most of favourable winds!!

Hooray, we have our satellite data system working, well done to the team at Mailasail for activating the Inmarsat contract on Monday, we had a few hours of concern that the activation would not go smoothly, options to resolve probs a bit limited out here, so happy days when our K9 email system (running on a Samsung tablet) kicked in!! We've all (Aaron Ashton, Mark SolomonChristian McCullum and myself) settled into a comfortable routine, 3 hour watches through the night with one on deck and a buddy on-call below, and two six hour 2-man watches during the day. Winds have been nearly perfect, 12 - 18 knot breeze generally from behind us which has meant relative fast broad reaches although now the wind has come around and we're expecting it to lighten and start switching around over the next. read more...