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05/12/2014

Wiki - Bergfest!!

Nachdem niemand uns ein Bananenrezept gesschickt hat :-((, hatten wir die Vermutung, dass unser Blog nicht interessiert. Nach Mehrheitsbeschluss bloggen wir heute trotzdem wieder , denn es gabwas zu feiern - unser Bergfest :-)):- Skipper hat lt. eigener Aussage seit sieben Jahren kein derartig gutes Steak genossen. ...Aufgrund von wenig Wind lassen wir uns von unserem Diesel grade ein Schlaflied singen. Sollte heute wider Erwarten doch jemand unseren Blog lesen: Drückt uns die Daumen für mehr Wind!Viele Grüße, Eure WIKI - CrewIMG_3200. read more...


05/12/2014

BearBaloo - Day 12 - 1438 nm behind us and 1438 nm left to sail - it´s party time!

Today we celebrated our half way party to St. Lucia with a chocolate cakeand a bottle of champagne! Again, it was a perfect sailing day  with abright blue sky, good wind for our parasailor (he luckily survived the damageand is doing a good job again) and a calm sea. And this in the middle of theAtlantic (I have to admit that we have a Catamaran)! Unbelievable! I alwaysthought that in the middle of the Atlantic, the waves would be at least like 4Meters, the Wind would be so strong that we have to use our stormsail and thatwe have to secure our glasses and cups to the table! But actually, it wasn´tlike this the whole journey! For my first Atlantic experience it´s reallyamazing! Our crew is very glad about our weather today, because yesterday wehad nearly 0 knots wind, it was raining. read more...


Wiki - Bergfest!!
Wiki - Bergfest!!
Reina - Log 12 SINTER CHRISTMAS
Reina - Log 12 SINTER CHRISTMAS
05/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 12

Evening everyoneA fairly uneventful day on the good ship Aurelia expect for one moment of excitement at around 07.00 when John H and I were on shift. John H was preparing our fishing implements on the hope of fish for dinner (we are having pasta, again) and I was on the helm and suddenly the boom disconnected from the mast. Thanks to the speedy reactions of John H, Henry and Nic we soon sorted it. Another very warm day with not much wind, however it was shower day for lucky me! Have a good night from all here. J.McLeish. read more...


05/12/2014

Milanto - log 11 day 4th dec 2014

Here is Herbert again from aboard MILANTO on her cruise to St.LuciaI tricked you with my last blog - there is no 31st of nov! but here you loose any feeling for time and calendar - sorry.9 02 325 N, 45 04 860 W, only another 959nM till St.Lucia to go.4 fish took the bait but we could not get them on board because of our speed. what a pity - i am so much looking forward to have some fresh fish again. it tasted so beautiful.Dolphines accompanied our boat for more than an hour, chasing the bow, app 20 of them. while I watched their joyful game, I had the the impression, that this is a perfect moment in life. sailing under the blue sky, in this cobalt blue ocean, watching the fins of the dolphins coming out of the water and diving in again in a perfect motion, two, three sometimes for of. read more...


05/12/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 16: We have arruved in St Lucia!

After a final night of light wind which delayed our arrival by several hours, we crossed the finish line here in St Lucia at 5:31 am. We were rewarded during the night with the most spectacular full moon that lit up not only the sky but most of the eastern ocean. We ate our final dinner at sea out in the cockpit under the bright light of the full moon. It is definitely wonderful to have made the 2100 mile journey and we give thanks to God for a safe passage. Now where is the ice cream stand? image1. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 16: We have arruved in St Lucia!
Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 16:  We have arruved in St Lucia!
05/12/2014

Jo - 18:22:49N 45:12:82W

Friday 5th December2014 ....more excitement yesterdayafternoon as we were visited by a Minke whale, identified by George from a handywhale and dolphin identification guide. The whale was really curious to check usout and swam all around the boat as well as underneath, turning corkscrews andgetting really up close. The whale was only about 7- 8 metres long and possiblya pup and he stayed with us for nearly 30 minutesAs of 0951 hrs today the crewcelebrated the fact that we now have less than 1,000 nautical miles to RodneyBay St Lucia. However, whilst we have made good progress to date, the winds havebecome progressively lighter and when you are moving along at less than 5 knots,1000 nm feels like a long way to go!  The smart money is now on the12th December for our arrival. During the. read more...


Jo - Damage to our stern quarter
Jo - Damage to our stern quarter
Jo - Dolphin
Jo - Dolphin
05/12/2014

Take Off - Havet är djupt...

Att bada på 5000 m djup är en lite hisnande känsla Efter lite märkliga vibrationer i båten insåg vi att vi hade tång som sattfast på köl, roder och drev. Tack till Go Pro kameran under vattnet! Snabbt stopp och bad sedan upp medspinnaren igen, vi har ingen tidatt  förlora då våra kombatanter jagar oss runtomkring. 850 nm kvar nu, ca 5 dygn om allt går som det ska och helst före deandra. Säger som Bengt brukar göra “drive it like you stole it!” Håll tummarna för att förhållandena håller i sig och att vår plan hållerhelavägen.   Tänk på oss, vi tänker på er. Take Off, Nils vid tangenten . read more...


05/12/2014

Sandvita - Dag 9-12

Hej alla vänner.Hoppas ni alla har det fantastiskt bra!Här ute mitt på Atlanten har vi lugnt hav med för lite och fel vind så vi blir ute någon dag längre än beräknat.Det vore dock en brutal lögn att säga att det går någon nöd på oss, förutom förstås det faktum att vi lider av att den där kalla ölen vid ankomst flyttas allt längre fram... en av världens största orättvisor faktiskt;-)Dagarna ombord rullar på och vi plöjer böcker, berättar historier(de flesta påhittade förstås) skrattar till Magnus o Brasse, fiskar men tappar dessvärre fisken... 3ggr har just det skett faktiskt:-) Vi sover någon timme åt gången för att sen styra ett par timmar i skift om 2.Det blir en hel del framtidsplanering eller åtminstone prat och våra personliga mål om just framtiden... och just min egen ser jag. read more...


05/12/2014

Celebrate - Thank you Cathy and Charlie

After three months of sailing the Indian Ocean it's time for me (Peter) to say farewell to the team on Celebrate and return to dry land (for a while)I have enjoyed every minute of the adventure including the bumpy passage from Reunion to Richards Bay. Charlie and Cathy have been such generous and splendid hosts. The farewell party you put on for me was very special. I will miss our chats and sorry I didn't learn more American!My departure does have a silver lining as I will be spending the next two weeks with Jane driving the Garden Route and we catch up with Charlie and Cathy for a spot of wine tasting in Stellenbosh before we fly home.Peter. read more...


05/12/2014

Argalleiro

Sorry, but my e Mail accepts only 140 characters . read more...


05/12/2014

Argalleiro

We have cought many fishes.... read more...


05/12/2014

Argalleiro

Lots of regards for all participants. We have seen someclose to us, regards to ARC... My dream, my experience...Argalleiro. read more...


05/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC 14 Blogoramma - Yeah it's all about the chafe, 'bout the chafe...

16:56.7N 42:18.6W   Tune of the Day: "Canned Heat" -Jamiroquai   Day 12.  Life on board Little Pea is becomingunbearably hot.  We are down to the minimum amount of clothing that modestdictates and have started spending as much time as possible on deckas down below is now really uncomfortable.   However, heat is the least of our problems atthe moment. Someone once said that chafe is an ocean sailor's biggestnightmare, and they were right. So far we've chafed through sheets on a dodgylead and now - just as the sun had set - the spinnaker halyard which was holdingdear Babs aloft snapped sending her into the drink and the remaining ropeshooting down the mast. Nightmare. It was all hands on deck as we struggled tohaul her back. read more...


05/12/2014

Argalleiro

If we could with the first par. We can with the second one, viva Chile... Boat Argalleiro. read more...


05/12/2014

Argalleiro

We song our national song, plenty of feelings and emotions, finally we are latins, cried a bit. The half of our dream was done.... read more...


05/12/2014

Argalleiro

We have already croased tha middle of the way ..We celebrated this event with chilean wine , spanish cava and a great plate of spaguetii a la marinera.... read more...


05/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 11 - Dzis w nocy byl wypadek, utopil sie Gienek

Dzień 11 - Dziś w nocy był wypadek, utopił się Gienek Od rana cały czas wpatruje się w Boeingi. Zaczeło się od Dreamlinera to było wtedy jak nasz charter ploter pokazał 787 mill morskich do celu naszych regat. Jeszcze na mojej wachcie przeleciał 777 i od razu przypomiałem sobie o tragedi rodzin tych ludzi, ktorzy zgineli latem na pokładzie tego malezyjskiego boeinga zestrzelonego przez rosjan nad Ukrainą. Teraz czekamy na Jumbo Jeta. 747 mil morskich to już naprawdę blisko do lądu. Dzisiaj stukneło nam na liczniku już dwa tysiące mil, które przebyliśmy na żaglach opuszczając Hiszpanie jedenaście dni temu. Dwa tysiące nie wydaje się być jakąś wielką cyfrą bo to raptem jakieś nie całe cztery tysiące kilometrów czyli mniej wiecej tyle ile zajął by cztero godzinny lot z Warszawy do Lisbony.. read more...


05/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 5th December 2014 HALF WAY

We have passed the halfway mark after a decent last 24 hour run. Simonmade some pikelets to celebrate (drop scones for those not in the know) and verynice they were too. At 0230 this morning avery nice American chap called Bob from Sojourn called us up on the VHF for achat as you do at 0230 in the morning, he was just 2nm off our port side, smallworld, anyway we assumed that he had not altered his watch from America westernseaboard time hence the timing of his call however some of the sleeping crewcan’t wait to be introduced, they seem to think Bob is going to buy them abeer?! Other sea life we haveseen – Storm Petrel remind me of swallows swooping for insects with a similarflight and size, Dolphins always a pleasure as they swim around ANIKA and lookup straight into your eye with a. read more...


05/12/2014

Bluewater Mooney - 11. Tag auf See

166 nm - das schlechteste Etmal bisher, na ja. Den ganzen Tag und die Nacht über haben uns Squalls rechts und links begleitet und uns den Wind weggenommen - als das Fass voll war, und wir endlich, Wind erhoffend, in einen Squall hineinfahren wollten, löste sich dieser einfach auf - das machen die so, aber genau vor unserer Nase!?Nun kommt auch das Gefühl für die Tageszeit in Ungleichgewicht. Der Einfachheit halber richtet sich die Zeit an Bord nach UTC - das ist die Zeit am Nullmeridian. Das war besonders einfach, weil aufgrund der Winterzeit Gran Canaria die gleiche Zeit hatte. Zwischenzeitlich sind wir auf UTC - 3 also ist hier Sonnenaufgang anstatt „Ortszeit“ 06:30 Uhr um 09:30 Uhr. Aber da wir sowieso tags und nachts wechselnd schlafen, kommt es auf die drei Stunden auch nicht mehr. read more...


05/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 11 05/12

Day 11 05/12   Position 1200: 17* 44' 89N 046* 17'98W Daily Run: 144Nm Distance to Waypoint: 871Nm  Sun is shining and we're sailing goosewinged in 16knots of wind. But the wind speed has been fickle lately, and we're doing ourbest to keep the boat speed up and navigate away from the dreaded wind hole.Today Bounty and Gum Flapping Cedric share how they feel when the instrumentsshowing the wind displays a single digit. Bounty: "I feel put down to the rules nature hasgiven us." Cedric: "Completely frustrated, because we're notgoing forward, and because of the wear and tear it does to the gear as the sailsflap back and forth."What was the worst wind hole you ever got stuckin? Bounty: "I never really had one, because I alwayshad enough wind coins with me." Cedric:. read more...


05/12/2014

Monomotapa - 5 December

Monomotapa 5 DecemberFinally some sun to dry all the wet things off and give us the opportunity to sun bathe and relax in between the sail trimming and sail changes .The bad news is that a high pressure band of weather is due in front of the Caribbean islands in a few days time and this will mean a lot lighter winds.It is either one thing or the other, wet front with storms or sun and no wind.Another excellent meal last night, roast chicken, roast potatoes and crepes with Nutella. We did talk about flambeing then with rum but decided that this would not be a good idea, if the boat caught on fire.We have deployed the spinnaker today to maximise our distance before the forecast fall in wind predicted for tomrrow. How ever the weather forecasts we have received have been less than acurate. read more...


05/12/2014

Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - Il traguardo è sempre più vicino!

Siamo usciti da 24 ore sotto il diluvio universale, con il radar che mostrava un temporale via l'altro.L'ultima notte è stata veloce con vento da sud est e una luna che rischiarava quasi a giorno.Mancano 320 miglia e, per agguantare il podio, dobbiamo spingere al massimo fino alla fine, soprattutto perché al momento le barche dietro di noi sembrano un po' più lente.Abbiamo finalmente issato questa mattina il gennaker A4 che abbiamo finito di riparare ieri. Ci è voluta una settimana di grande impegno, con tutto l'equipaggio impegnato a incollare e cucire una vela di 400 mq circa in uno spazio molto ristretto e senza macchina da cucire.Il lavoro di riparazione coordinato da Gigio Russo sembra funzionare. La cerimonia questa mattina alle prime luci dell'alba è stata delle più solenni, con. read more...


Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - tramonto Berenice
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 -  tramonto Berenice
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - temporali su radar
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 -  temporali su radar
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - incollaggio balumina A4
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - incollaggio balumina A4
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - bugna A4
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 -  bugna A4
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - A4 riparato
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 11 - A4 riparato
05/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's adventures continue! (day 9,10,11 and 12)

Cheers fellow cruisers,Day 9 was full of surprises. Most of which was from Eole (God of the wind)... I guess he did not know what to send us that day...We kept changing course or sail configurations to prevent the sails from flapping against the rig. On the good side of things...We caught 2 Mahis (number 7 and 8)! The day was also spent doing minor work on the boat..yes even at sea we work!Day 10 was basically a downwind run with main and poled genoa. In the afternoon we took our water sample for the research project and when the wind diminished a bit and the sails were starting to flap against the rig again ( David hates that!) we tought we would give a try to the Parasailor. The wind was 15 knots but just after we hoisted it, the toping lift attachement on the pole broke and we had to. read more...


05/12/2014

Aglaia - perfect full moon lit sail

After a perfect full moon lit sail across and calm ocean with following seas and a clear stary sky the morning has brought constant 15 knots of wind powering our main sail less home across the sea at a very comfortable 7-8 knots.Sunbathing, chilling out on deck with a good book and listening to Lars's ipod chill out session on the deck speakers is making for a very relaxed and happy crew.Lunch today in the heat of the sun is being kept light by our chef by beginning with smoked salmon, cream cheese and muze bouche followed by Mediterraneanvegatables, serrano ham and local canarian cheese galettes de ble.Once again I don't know as skipper what i've been thinking all these year of sailing without a professional chef aboard.Forecast is looking good for us to make the final gybe onto a. read more...


05/12/2014

Paroya - Log Day 16 Wo ist St. Lucia

Es sind noch 40 sm bis St. Lucia und das einzige was man sieht sind Wolken am Horizont. Wir haben soeben den Motor gestartet, wollten eigentlich alles Segeln, aber wenn der Wind kurz vor dem Ziel abstellt, dann will die Crew einfach nur noch so schnell wie möglich an Land. Mit 6kts fahren wir direkt auf das nördliche Kap von St. Lucia zu. Fischen liegt nicht mehr drin das Meer ist voll von Algen oder Meerespflanzen, die sich sofort im Köder verhangen und ein Anbeissen für den Fisch verunmöglichen. ETA ist 1700 wir freuen uns auf St. Lucia.Gruss von der PAROYA , Roger Zürcher. read more...


Thula - day 12
Thula - day 12
05/12/2014

Thula - day 12

The day yesterday, the 11 day of our journey, was really one of the first days that reminded us of where we are heading: the Caribbean. From the early morning to the late evening the sky was almost entirely cloudless giving us a full 10 hours of glaring hot sunlight (and, luckily, even some pretty good wind).  After the cloudy day before, this weather was highly welcome. We used to it wash and dry some of our salty clothes (after all, we were all really expecting to spend some days less at sea), get some practice with the sextant (one of Dieter’s newly discovered passions as it appears), work on our tan (after the experiences from the day before everyone put on at least 6 layers of sunscreen – every half hour!), take the Atlantic Ocean Ice Bucket Challenge and… do some more fishing.. read more...


Thula - bucket challenge
Thula - bucket challenge
05/12/2014

Charisma - Passatstörung

Hinter uns liegt eine arbeitsreiche Nacht, die mit grandiosem Segelnunter 180 qm Spinnaker mit Vollmond und Passatbewölkung begann. Imweiteren Verlauf holten uns Wolkenfelder ein, deren wechselhaftenWindverhältnisse wir bei Regen sauber aussegelten. Die Charisma schosspfeilschnell durch den Atlantik bei Winddrehern bis zu 50°.Mit Erfahung, Gefühl und Intuition hielten wir unsere Swan imoptimalen Anstellwinkel zum Wind. Als uns dann allerdings dieregengetränkten Wolken-Störfelder erreichten und wir unter Spi nur nochim Kreis segelten, holten wir das Tuch ein. Die Situation war nicht mehrsegelbar und wir dümpelten im Atlantik auf der Suche nach verwertbarenWindfeldern.Nachdem wir die Yacht bei schwach umlaufender Brise wiederholt mitschlagenden Segeln durch den Wind gebracht hatten, setzte. read more...


Flomaida II - Unsere Begleitung für längere Zeit. Sie bildeten sogar einen Regenbogen
Flomaida II - Unsere Begleitung für längere Zeit. Sie bildeten sogar einen Regenbogen
Flomaida II - Wunderschönes Neuseeland
Flomaida II - Wunderschönes Neuseeland
Flomaida II - Kawakawa, Hundertwasserort liebte diesen Ort, wo er auch begraben ist
Flomaida II - Kawakawa, Hundertwasserort liebte diesen Ort, wo er auch begraben ist
05/12/2014

EH01 - It was a dark and squally night...

Hola,Well its been a fairly wet and wild night on board the good ship last night. Like they say in this part of the world when it rains it pours... I mean the sort of rain that inspires you to build an Ark and start collecting animals in pairs.Yesterday afternoons sailing was a mixed bag with the occasional squall blowing through giving a mix of rain and higher winds followed by a huge hole in the breeze behind it. It made for some frustrating conditions sometimes listening to the sails flapping from side to side, the only option of getting the boat movingwas to sail upwind (and off course) to try and generate some apparent wind to get the boat rolling again. As the sun started to set yesterday it looked like the breeze was filling in again from the south east and we were in for a great. read more...


05/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log - Day 11. Singing in the Rain and other Plumbing tales....

An eventful (ish) Day. No major issues - a major event in itself. The parasailor was up all night - even though we dropped to zero wind on occasions. On the whole, wind has faded now to 10 Knots, still good enough to push us on though. We still hope for 15!Not a curry or chilli in sight last night as Rob prepared his pork with three mustards pasta dish....OK, now mustard instead of Chilli's but still very good and team spirits high for the night shift.After dinner, Chris and Jon had a swim as the wind had dropped - even though we were floating along at 2 knots. Fortunately we had a swim line in the water so they could then drag themselves back.Then the big event. We lowered Jon over the side to poke out the stubborn lugged heads.Poking the seacock with the end of an old fishing rod did. read more...


05/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 331; We Leave Mossel Bay for Cape Town and the Atlantic Ocean; Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Up at 8:00 AM. Breakfast at 8:40 AM: eggs, potato, chilled fruit cocktail and bread.Vlado and I headed to the Mossel Bay Yacht Club to pay our marina fee, which was 600 Rand for 3 nights, or about $18.00 a night. At around 9:30 AM we drive to the Bartholomeu Dias Museum, about 1/2 mile away. Its raining, overcast and cold. The museum visit is spectacular, with a facsimile of the Portuguese Caravel ship that Dias sailed in to Mossel Bay in 1501. He was the first Portuguese and the first sailor, in the Age of Discovery, to round the southern tip of Africa. Unfortunately, he drowned on this voyage or a subsequent one. The ship in the museum was actually built as close to the actual design of the ship he sailed in, and was actually sailed from Lisbon to Mossel Bay in 1987 or 1988? The. read more...


05/12/2014

OOROO1 - Marlin on Board !!

After changing to the BIG rods it was only a couple of hours before we hada Marlin hooked at 7 knots. He put up a great fight but luckily the boys onboard had been doing their weights and wrangled him in. Jeno has now joined theMarlin Club. He reckons he deserves a bit of leeway with his scheds now that heis Marlin Man. The moonlight cinema has been open for 2 nights and working atreat in these light winds. Parasail been up for 5 days now and delivering 5 or6 knots. Floss always on the lookout for signs of human life out here so she cancontinue her social media over the VHS. Enjoying theride.. read more...


05/12/2014

Juno - Runaway Spinnaker

Today was an eventful day with disaster narrowly averted and I am pleased to report that everyone is safe and well but with Fatty nursing an injured hand. It was a beautiful night last night with a big moon, steady trade winds and the perfect temperature for a night watch in shorts and T shirt.We celebrated with a huge breakfast made by Paulus and as the sun climbed into a cloudless sky the wind dropped off and we decided to set the spinnaker again.We have a few hitches unfurling today but the big red kite is soon up, powering us along on a beam reach, and everyone goes back to their mid morning jobs: Paulus in the galley as mother, Fatty on the SSB chatting to Amanda on El Mundo and Kerry on watch. I am just tweaking the spinnaker sheet when the fishing rod bucks in its holder and line. read more...


05/12/2014

Tinia - Day 10

Dieting started yesterday which happened coincide with us not catching any fish ** and saying farewell to the last of the meat on Day 9. Not too worry though as we are all healthy and remain well nourished thanks to a very tasty anchove and caper pasta at lunch and cheese board for tea. We resumed the habit of a lunchtime meal to the relief of a few who felt 'all at sea' due to to the interruption of this routine on the previous day. The quiz book has come into its own now as we have a new quiz master who's style adds a new level of difficulty to the simplest question. Light winds yesterday so we got another swim in the big blue abyss.** Matt has just caught a really ugly looking thing with big teethcalled a Gare Fish - we are not that desperate yet so won't be eaten.. read more...


04/12/2014

Take Off - Entering the tropics

The night from the 3rd to the 4th of dec was magic! After a wonderful andpeaceful afternoon yesterday we spent a magic night with wind at 20 knots,bright moonlight, sparkling stars and gentle waves. The moon was so bright wecould clearly see the horizon sailing the spinnaker all night.  At our first mail this morning we got the happy news that we managed tocatch up our 5th place in division D and even a few more positions in thecruising class all in all. We were not competing in the beginning howevernow..... Today we celebrated that we now only have 1000 NM to go (ok still a weekmore to go...) however it’s lovely to celebrate anything that is worthcelebrating!   And today has been a really hot day. We realise that we are now enteringthe tropics!   This morning we gave the. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 05/12 - Amanda's Ode from the Ocean

Quiet day, not many miles and no fish.....apart from the tiniest flying fish. This is the anniversary of Columbus first setting foot on Hispaniola (Haiti & Dominican Republic) in 1492 and the day of the Great London Smog of 1952, thought to have killed 12,000 people. On a happier note, less than 1000 miles to go, so about time we had one of Amanda's poems.... An Ode from the Ocean It's time I wrote a rhymeBut really I haven't had time!Checking the veg, lemons and limes,Dealing with all the chores and grime,Filling the water bottlesand putting them in line,Rig checks, looking for chafe......that tell-tale warning sign.On El Mundo everything seems fineAnd our Dorado count stands at nine.We enjoy a daily sundowner of wine,Then delicious dishes on which we dine.For winter at home we do. read more...



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