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28/11/2014

Tinia - Day 4

Yum yum - Dorado sushi for lunch .Matt caught a big Mahi MahiLucky we brought ginger and wasabiRoger pan - panned for the SakiMade good headway it was draughtyA poem by Jon Whitbread.Followed at tea time by mustard chicken and then dolphins arrived in the dark and accompanied us for an hour.A flappy genoa was an unhappy genoa but its repairable.. read more...


28/11/2014

Perseverance - Log 27/11/2014

Longitude 26 . . . a beautiful spot for Thanksgiving dinner! A roastturkey, dressing,gravy,rice ,asparagus vinaigrette,roasted veggies.We arethankful to be here!!!. read more...


28/11/2014

Lancelot II - Nov 28th Blog

Hello Lancelot II Fans   So another day at sea and still trucking. They say everyday is a school dayso here’s what we learnt today-   1) We’re going to need a bigger bucket to land Mahi Mahi. We went through all the usual pre-fishing steps including a longconversation around the relative merits of the fish lure which the chap in theshop in Cascais assured us was the best lure possible ever in in the world everor the original and faithful squiddy. We decided on the the squiddy and so theline went out. About 30 mins we spotted we’d got something and Peter reeled itall the way in while everyone grabbed fish killing knives and gloves and bucketsand David and Chris did actually get the fish on to the transom and in thebucket before it jumped and casually swam away. Luckily. read more...


28/11/2014

T&T - 27/11/2014

Jeudi 27 novembreLa fête de la nuit dernière s’est mal terminée ! Bal tragique sur T&T, bilan un mort : « Chiffon » notre spi qui a rendu l’âme ce matin vers 10h GMT. Déchirure franche et sans appel du point d’écoute tribord. Du coup Nico One allias monkey boy a due en héros monter en tête de mât pour aller découper le bestiau avec l’opinel géante du capitaine. Une vision d’horreur : « Chiffon » découpé en lambeaux s’envolant en feuilles mortes ! Une si belle voile, câline et douce qui nous avez donné tant de bonheur surtout la nuit dernière mais pas que, elle nous avait permis de réaliser notamment il y a quelques jours le « coup de Mindelo » ce dernier bord magistral, nous plaçant second « all boat » à l’arrivée de la. read more...


28/11/2014

Sanuk - Det blir varmare

Igår hade vi en fantastisk dag. Solen sken och perfekt vind. Vi planerar att gå ner till latitud 22 och hoppas att smöret smälter för sen blir det raka spåret mot St Lucia. Det är planen. Vi har legat på en kurs mellan 220 och 250 grader. Nu är det kortbrallor på nätterna. Utom på Lillan som tror vi är hemma och seglar... Idag hade vi två hugg på trollingspöt. En av dom hade vi ordentligt på kroken, trodde jag. Micke såg en stor Guldmakril hoppa upp i luften. Kallas också Dorado eller Mai mai.Nya tag idag. Vi äter god mat och har en underbar tid. Nu på morgonen kom ett stim på 50-60 delfiner och livade upp stämningen.Vill tacka våra experter.Patric, som fixade slutklämmen på watermakern och som plåstrar om oss om det skulle behövas.Anneli som gav mig koppmassage i solskenet. Uffe som har. read more...


28/11/2014

Lande Catty Sark - diario di navigazione secondo e qarto giorno

Secondo giorno di navigazione Da Catty sark sperduta (o quasi) nell’atlanticocentrale.. La posizione, per tutti quelli che bazzicano la rete, ènota; per gli altri siamo a 390 miglia verso Ovest in direzione dei Caraibi.Ovvero in due giorni abbiamo fatto circa 700 km che, come afferma qualcuno, sifanno in auto in meno di cinque ore senza neanche rischiare i punti dellapatente. Eppure siamo contenti!!! Oltre 200 miglia in 24 ore non sono male peruna barca piccola come la nostra. Adesso abbiamo anche un nome: siamo il “club dellaprostata”. Il nome deriva dalla consuetudine nata a las palmas di incontrarsitutti verso le 5,30 del mattino per i noti problemi fisiologici. Questatradizione continua in pieno oceano con imbarazzanti code sullo specchio dipoppa sotto vento.Per il resto dopo due. read more...


28/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 4 - For God, St George and King HArry!

Well, for once a quiet day, nothing lost, nothing broke, nothing to worry about. So a pleasant day.We are still staying to the Northern route but a steady NNW wind last night forced us South. Good winds though so we achieved good progress, 200 NM or so in the day.Another fish bit in the afternoon, but alas, we can only talk about the one that got away. Dinner a la Rob was pasta Chorizo blend with a few red chilli peppers just to remind you how little you can taste once you have swallowed a couple. Generator on in the evening and the chance to watch a couple of episodes of "whatever happened tio the likely lads", nothing better to realise the generation gap. Nigel and David "Brilliant", Rob "I sort of get it", Jon and Chris "What??. The good news is that King Harry (The Hydrovane) is. read more...


28/11/2014

Celebrate - Happy Thanksgiving

The original plan was to 'celebrate' Thanksgiving in a restaurant on the waterfront, unfortunately Cathy is a little poorly so we decided to move the festivities on board. Peter roasted chicken all the way from Mauritius and with the vegetables on board we cooked up a good meal, added to this a bottle of South African sparkling wine from Hubert on Chika Lu and a chocolate bear from Sandra and Tom on Sweet Pearl (Swiss chocolate of course) it turned out to be a fun and festive meal.Life in the Victoria and Alfred Marina continues to be entertaining with more yachts arriving, and seals swimming around us. The dock is home to a number of dragon boats training for a regatta. The boats normally found in Chinese harbors are large paddle driven vessels with a crew of around 16; a helmsman at. read more...


28/11/2014

Juno - Life on board Juno

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28/11/2014

OOROO1 - Trade Winds anyone ??

Sailing with the Main and Genoa for the last 24 hours. Consistent NW allnight but we are doing some awesome knots and also the boat has been goingreally fast and heading in the right direction. Huge pod of Spotted Atlanticdolphins played around the bow and between the hulls for a couple of hours. Hothot hot chicken curry last night so the macerators will get a work out today.Fishing is 3-2-0. Mike’s new super flybridge sleeper bunk has been getting awork out preventing crew fatigue. Two yachts on the horizons today so a bit ofcompany out here. All is well on board.. read more...


OOROO1 - Everyone well rested with the super flybridge sleeper bunk !!
OOROO1 - Everyone well rested with the super flybridge sleeper bunk !!
28/11/2014

Aretha - Blushes spared

The reel screams.Line is flying out of the spool.It’s only been out for 10 minutes and we’re in business.Slow the boat Caspar, slow the boat.Hove to and 10 minutes of winding.We have a 4 lb Dorado.Blushes spared. Chest out. The fishermen are back to catching fish.Phew!. read more...


Flomaida II - Besuch des 1. Weingutes
Flomaida II - Besuch des 1. Weingutes
28/11/2014

Hera - Unruhige Nacht

Die letzte Nacht hatte mit Passatwindsegeln wenig zu tun. Der Wind frischtzunehmend aus NW auf, so dass wir gut gerefft hoch am Wind segeln – Kurs 250Grad direkt auf St. Lucia. Unsere 1.Wache (Gerd und Axel), die um 08.00 Bordzeitaufzieht, ist dabei, die Frühstückstafel zu decken. Im Salon duftet es schonnach Kaffee und frischgebackenen Brötchen. Gemeinsame Frühstücks- undMittagstafel sind an Bord ein absolutes Muß. Es gibt sonst wenige Momente imTagesablauf, an denen alle Crewmitglieder zusammen kommen. Axels erster Angelversuch endete gestern mit einem Fiasko. IrgendetwasKapitales mußte angebissen haben, für das unsere 8 kn Fahrt zu viel waren. DieRolle mit 300m Schnur rauschte nur so aus.   Stefan. read more...


Flomaida II - NZ oder Schweiz?, da fehlt allerdings die lila Milkakuh!
Flomaida II - NZ oder Schweiz?, da fehlt allerdings die lila Milkakuh!
El Mundo - 27/11 - Amanda in her cocoon
El Mundo - 27/11 - Amanda in her cocoon
El Mundo - 27/11 - Mediterranean Dorado in the making
El Mundo - 27/11 - Mediterranean Dorado in the making
El Mundo - 27/11 - A fine specimen....
El Mundo - 27/11 - A fine specimen....
El Mundo - 27/11 - Hooking into our first Dorado
El Mundo - 27/11 - Hooking into our first Dorado
El Mundo - 27/11 - Partaking in the freshly baked ciabatta
El Mundo - 27/11 - Partaking in the freshly baked ciabatta
25/05/2005

El Mundo - 28/11 - 'Atlantic 2...El Mundo 1'.

Conditons have been about the same as yesterday, with softer wind in themiddle of the day, so we made 175 miles. El Mundo seems to love these conditionsand life below decks is surprisingly pleasant...Bob and Lincy even manageto sleep in the bow, though lee cloths are still required to keep yourself inplace. We are still seeing 3 or 4 boat lights in the distance around us at night,though nothing close enough to show on AIS. The ciabatta bread went down well, so I expect more bread making today, asthat loaf didn't last long.Everyone seems to have settled in to the boat routine of the crossingnow. The big event of the afternoon was catching our first Dorado,weighing in at 2.65kg. Dinner plans were immediately changed and we all enjoyedBob's 'Dorado Mediterranean. read more...


Flomaida II - Ein Flat White an der "Croisette" von Russell
Flomaida II - Ein Flat White an der
Flomaida II - Wem vergeht dabei der Appetit?? Mir nicht!
Flomaida II - Wem vergeht dabei der Appetit?? Mir nicht!
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung an der "Croisette" von Russell
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung an der
Flomaida II - In NZ gibt es fast nur Segelboote
Flomaida II - In NZ gibt es fast nur Segelboote
Flomaida II - 24 Austern - Genuss pur! Frischer gehts nicht
Flomaida II - 24 Austern - Genuss pur! Frischer gehts nicht
Flomaida II - Besuch des Club' s der Marlinfischer und ihre Pokalvitrine
Flomaida II - Besuch des Club' s der Marlinfischer und ihre Pokalvitrine
Flomaida II - Das musste mal wieder sein mmmhhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Das musste mal wieder sein mmmhhhhh.....
Flomaida II - Workshop über Spleißen
Flomaida II - Workshop über Spleißen
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Opua
Flomaida II - Abendstimmung im Hafen von Opua
Flomaida II - Wetter in NZ- der Einen ist es warm, der Anderen ist es kalt!! Ich gehöre zu der ersten Kategorie
Flomaida II - Wetter in NZ- der Einen ist es warm, der Anderen ist es kalt!! Ich gehöre zu der ersten Kategorie
Flomaida II - Alles gratis!!!!
Flomaida II - Alles gratis!!!!
Flomaida II - Immer sieht der Himmel anders aus
Flomaida II - Immer sieht der Himmel anders aus
28/11/2014

Aglaia - 28 November

5.30 am and it's very dark now the moon has set for another day leaving us to marvel at the perfect star scape.It's already 23C with a light Northerly breeze pushing us ever further South with our current sail plan and enjoying very clam seas.Looks like we will be following a very traditional routing of sailing level with the Cape Verde Islands before striking off due West late Saturday or early Sunday morning and crossing in the consistant trade winds that run across the Atlantic.Amazingly even with a slightly make shift headsail only sail plan and light winds we are still managing nearly 200 miles a day so arrival in the Caribbean still looks good for a 14-15 day crossing.If we manage this with no mainsail or flying sails available for the entire crossing I will be a very happy. read more...


28/11/2014

Flomaida II - Eine ereignisreiche Woche voller "Arbeit" vom 17.-22.11. in Opua

Nachdem wir uns akklimatisiert haben, was gar nicht so einfach war, denn unsere Füße haben seit 11 Monaten keine festen Schuhe mehr getragen, haben wir uns entschlossen, dem Angebot der ICA Pacific Circuit Rally Organisation zu folgen. Diese Organisation betreut jedes Jahr im November eine Woche lang alle Segler, die aus Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu und Neu Kaledonien ankommen, um der Hurricane Saison dort zu entgehen.Es war eine sehr interessante Woche mit vielen Seminaren und Workshops, bei denen wir oft Aha- Erlebnisse hatten!!! Die Seminare waren speziell ausgerichtet auf Probleme, die man auf hoher See bewältigen muss wie zum Beispiel Segel nähen, Taue spleißen, Motor reparieren, Autopilot, Generator, alternative Stromversorgung, Entsalzungsanlage, etc.Es gibt halt viel Technik an. read more...


Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis
Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis
Vagaris - Cruising along with the 'chute
Vagaris - Cruising along with the 'chute
Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis 2
Vagaris - Collecting water samples for microplastic analysis 2
28/11/2014

Vagaris - Goat's cheese and shower day

Today was our 4th day at sea and we're getting nicely settled into a routine of watches, sleep, sail changes, food and maintenance jobs. I must say, I haven't been bored yet or had time to kick back, do nothing and read a book as they promised...Today for lunch we had goats cheese and pear bruschetta with parma ham and toasted pine nuts. For supper Jax and Kath cooked Italian vegetable bake with aubergines, courgettes, tomatoes, mozzarella on a bed of onions. Strangely they forgot to add the meat layer - oh well... Good effort anyway.Due to it getting dark at 1730 our time, we've been eating quite late about 1830 and clearing up by around 1900. Most yachts recommend eating earlier before it gets dark, but that doesn't leave much time after lunch for us, so whilst the conditions are. read more...


28/11/2014

Milanto - Milanto log 28/11/14

good morning!this is herbert, aboard the MILANTO on her cruise from LasPalmas to St.Lucia. after two days of seasickness I am back to life again - and I can tell you, you cant imagine how happy I am about that. here we are - in the middle of nowhere, no better place to be. to be a little more accurate: 25.10.07N,23.16.09, bearing 257 at approximatly 8kts.Due to my not well being, I missed the first blog, so please excuse any repititions, as well please excuse my poor english (I am not improving much on that with so many Italians on board). Furthermore I have to fight this keyboard, where the numbers are stuck and the keys are mixed in the britain order.well, there is a lot to tell. short after the start Valerio got us to see dolphins, turtles and flying fish. This was much more than to. read more...


28/11/2014

Aretha - Day 4 - Crew back to full strength

Breakthrough day.Nichola and Jani are back to full strength. Sea legs acquired and all is well. Helped by calmer seas and beautiful sunshine this morning the feeling on Team Aretha is buoyant.During the day today we have lighter winds and start to experiment with different sail combinations, short cuts to our reefing system, splicing ropes and having a good freshen up all round Aretha.Columbus is learning from Paul how to whip ropes and Bluebell is working on her knots which she seems to pick up with remarkable ease.Jani back to form wastes no time in creating culinary genius - freshly baked bread with home made leak and potato soup for lunch, a chicken and rice dish for supper. We are eating well and its great to all sit down and have a meal together. A great practice so often forgotten. read more...


28/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 4 – Alone at Sea

Dear Blog,Routines arebecoming more solid as we enter the second half of our first week aboard. Today,our lunch was inspired by the great Chicken Tortillas success yesterday. Thistime the Tortillas were served with anchovies, sardines, eggs and numerousvegetables. Success once again!One particularly important routine is todownload and analyze the fleet position file. Today, the whole crew wasanxiously waiting for these results and expectations were high. They were alsoconfirmed as it became clear that we have now moved up to a second place in ourclass. We had to remind ourselves that although we have succeeded quite well sofar, there is still a long long way to go and many things will happen before wearrive in Saint Lucia.This is the first night with no other boats in sight.Although we. read more...


27/11/2014

Purrr-fect - leg two-day 8: Thanksgiving Day

We treated ourselves to a special celebration mid-ocean by celebrating Thanksgiving and also reaching the halfway point in our voyage. We reached 1047 nm distance to go last night just before midnight.Our Thanksgiving feast included some of our favorites from back home like cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes with gravy and homemade crescent dinner rolls. Of course, we had turkey but only turkey breast instead of a whole turkey which was impossible given our small freezer space on board. Nonetheless after such a feast a mid-day, we all had afternoon naps and only had a small bowl of soup for evening supper. Best of all, we have lots of yummy left overs in the fridge for meals the next few days. The seas continued to throw us around with 8-10 foot. read more...


27/11/2014

Exody - Day 18 - 27 November - Half way across!

More of the same as yesterday though a rather uncomfortable sea at night and for the first part of the morning.A bit overcast but sun getting through strongly and trades continue to blow from the East at circa 20 knots.We passed the half way point at 01.00 boat time Thursday morning (03.00 UTC) and then our noon position from the ARC yellowbrick email showed 995 miles to run and a good 24 hour average of 6 knots- so we are still reasonably on track and keep our fingers crossed the trades keep blowing for the next week.Sailplan unchanged (single poled out genny) though we did unsuccessfully try and fly the yankee loose luffed this afternoon - main problem being no winch for the available halyard so will try again tomorrow with a bit more forward planning.Fish (sadly canned not caught!). read more...


27/11/2014

Exody - Day 17 - November 26th - Trade Wind Day

The weather information on the morning radio net from boats ahead did not augur well- squalls, north winds, south winds, variable and light!But in our part of the ocean around 17 north and between 41 and 44 west heading just south of west, it was a fine trade wind sailing day with consistent winds between 15 and 20 knots all day long no squalls - just how it should be!Marian finally got around to doing a meal making and jobs rota so no more guessing who might volunteer from hereon in. Chef of the night was Tony with an excellent corned beef hash, first of the protein tins to be opened- and we also enjoyed some of a large long-lasting Las Palmas melon, that will still do us a few more meals.With the towing generator pulled in, Marian has tried a little fishing at dawn and dusk and now. read more...


27/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 9 - Green Ham & Eggs

Steady and reasonably fast progress has been made all day today but the downside has been that the favourable wind is accompanied by this wearing corkscrew motion, which sees the mast swing rapidly through 30+ degrees either side of the vertical. Staying upright requires significant and almost continuous effort and, ratherlike being on low frequency wobble board 24 hrs a day, is probably the reason why we may be burning off some of calories we're taking onboard. It's also the reason why most of the expletives in Lydia emanate from the galley or when (as has just happened to the blogist) precious beer or wine is spilled.The day started with some confusion over what day & date it was. The source of the confusion may have been fat finger trouble when electronic watches were put back an. read more...


27/11/2014

Captain Blind - 4eme jour ...la routine !

quatrième jour de course a bord de captain blind ,manoeuvre intense durant la nuit, affalage du spi lourd ,envoie du génois,refus du vent pour passer au nord , renvoi du spi a nouveau , re affalage passage sous génois,navigation vraiment pluscool pour l'équipage mais des le réveil de notre navigateur yoann,envoie immédiat du grand spi,les vacances sur captain blind ne sont pas pour tout suite ,vraiment dommage ........nous allons navigué vent de travers pendant environ 24 a 36 heures avant d'atteindre la bascule vers l'est ,nous sommes sur laroute direct assité de Raymond a la barre,dans ces conditions pas de nouveau reccord ,il faudra atendre.journée tres ensoleillée,tout le monde en a profité pour passer sous la douche d'eau salé ,quelques bricoles de nettoyage ,lors de notre départ au. read more...


27/11/2014

Red Devil 3 - Estamos en el cuarto dia de navegación

Lunes 24   Salimos de Las Palmas a las 10.30 con viento yoleaje que se mantuvo fuerte todo el día A las 17.00h los patines de la mayor fallan alintentar tomar un rizo. Bajamos la mayor y continuamos sólo congenove durante lanoche. La marejada hace incomoda las actividades abordo. Comunicaciones,cocinar, etc.   Martes 25   Terminamos de reparar los patines de la mayor.Hemos sustituido las piezas de plástico por unas ligadas con cabillo. Izamosmayor y seguimos a rumbo sobre 250º con buena velocidad. Se mantiene la marejaday las incomodidades. A las 16.00 h hemos detectado agua en la sentina. Buscamosla causa. Encontramos en el cofre de popa que esta entrando agua a través de lostornillos de fijación del hidrogenerador. Aplicamos una pasta de sellado quehace su trabajo.. read more...


Helen - The one that got away
Helen - The one that got away
27/11/2014

Helen - Day 4

So far we have seen 1 dolphin, a couple of flying fish and 2 turtles. One turtle was flipped over by the wash of the boat and she flipped herself back by the time we disappeared. I have also seen phosphorescence for the first time and my iPad spelt it for me!Today I collected sea water for oceanconservation.uk who are doing research into the level of micro plastics in the Atlantic Ocean.I've also done a bit of fishing and a huge big Wahoo stole my hook and broke the rod, so I will have to give it another go tomorrow.All is well on yacht Helen and no Celine Dion so far. Fingers crossed.Mark. read more...



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