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30/11/2014

Frisco - Log Day 6 Fun with Electronics

As murphys law will have it, your most valuable piece of equipment will fail when you need it most. Our AIS system which sends messages to ships showing where we are, and presenting a display to us of where the ships are has stopped working. But more importantly each crew member now has a AIS beacon on his life jacket so that we can recover him if he falls overboard. To locate a "Man Overboard" we would use the AIS system to show us where the beacon is, updated regularly.Preliminary investigation showed a proprietary rubber moulded connector providing power input and NEMA data signals out had degraded or melted near the power input pins. We are in the process of pulling the unit apart in the attempt to supply power by an external pair of wires. There is no sign of any overheated sections. read more...


30/11/2014

Southern Child - day 6 30/11

Day 6 30/11 Position 1200: 22* 40' 43N 032* 59'32W Daily Run: 171Nm Distance to Waypoint: 1663   So, we're sailing along! We got the spinnaker up this morning for the firsttime, which feels great, and are going about 8 knots in 17 knots of wind. Withthe constant grinding and trimming of sails we're suddenly 2 crew membersshorter, but fret no. Our skipper cooked up real tasty bacon sanddwiches foreveryone, together with our cooking hero Marlinspike.   Highlight of the day: With the kite already covered, thehighlight must be the highly anticipated rock-paper-scissors contest oflast night. As we had decided to turn the clocks back an hour we decided to havea social hour of everyone together. Even on a 40ft boat you barely get to seeeach other! The qualifiers kept. read more...


29/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 10: finally a beautiful sailing day

Saturday,Nov 29 turned out to be one of the most beautiful sailing days so far. The horrible swell and wind chop subsided and the boat sounded much quieter. We added a full mainsail to our double headed jibs and moved along nicely under sunny skies. The past two days had been overcast with even a few small squalls with light rain, so the sunshine today was great for charging batteries with the solar panels. Just before lunch we enjoyed another dolphin show with dolphins surfing down the swells and playing at the front of the boat. We enjoyed a fun cocktail hour playing our favorite game of Shut The Box. Paul won too many times!We even took time to shoot some photos on the front trampoline.. read more...


30/11/2014

Thula - day 7

Day 7The good ship Thula is now happily in the trade winds.  With both spinnakers set we are reaching along at 9 knots.  Any crew not standing watch has found a comfortable spot on deck to pass the time reading or sleepi. With 1,825 miles to go we should reach halfway  sometime on Tuesday.mike  . read more...


Thula - happy crew
Thula - happy crew
30/11/2014

EH01 - The day that never ended...

Morning all,It was a mixed old day yesterday... firstly let me apologise that I am writing this after about 30 hours with little to no sleep so please excuse typos, poor grammar and brevity.Since my last blog it has been a day/evening of two halves! Yesterday afternoon was spent champagne sailing with the spinnaker full all afternoon. All of the crew have now had plenty of practice driving with the kite up and several are really starting to excel at it. We hardly dropped below 9 knots SOG yesterday afternoon/evening and the crew were looking to push our VMG up as always. As the sun started setting and we tucked into our first boil in the bag meal of the trip (Swedish meatballs) the decision was made to fly the spinnaker throughout the night under the agreement that everyone would. read more...


Paroya - Log Day 11 Power Management
Paroya - Log Day 11 Power Management
30/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 327; Last Day of Safari Includes Cheetah and Eland; & a Special Dinner with a South African Couple; Friday, November 28, 2014

Up at 5:00 AM. Light breakfast; then we depart on our last range ride at 6:00 AM.The first thing we see, only a couple of hundred yards from our compound, is a small herd of Common Eland Antelope. This is the largest antelope in Africa and has an ox-like appearance with a fawn to tawny-grey color. The male or bull develops a large 'dewlap' on its throat and lower neck.This dewlap is a large sagging sack of skin. Males are twice as large as females, reaching a weight of up to 900 kilos or almost 2,000 pounds. In ancient days, the African Bushman, to become a man, had to hunt and hill an Eland; a task that took three days of tracking after it hit the animal with a slow acting poison shot from an arrow. A minutes later we drove up to a group of 15 Zebras. A good start for the day. Next we. read more...


30/11/2014

Makena - Meet Kai

November 29, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon: 417miles to go14° 37.2' N53° 48.9' WWe made the entire 24 hours of this day, without a single sail change. Images that some future cruisers have of setting sails in the trades and going days on end without making adjustments, just don't fit reality. With squalls, wind shifts, best course to destination and oftentimes, changed destination due to weather conditions, lots of sail changes and adjustments occur. Throw in a few nearby boats and nearly any sailor will tell you that attention to sail trim seems to improve with the proximity of neighboring boats.One of those rare days where our VMG was good enough with the simple sail plan of gennaker to starboard, genoa to port and no mainsail. VMG low sevens. The. read more...


Makena - Meet Kai
Makena - Meet Kai
30/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log Day 6 - First flying fish of the trip!

Noon position yesterday was 2341 N, 29 24 W so just above the tropics (20 N). Weather grey and dull....what is going on here?Trick of the day? The electronics came back on line, no reason why...although we believe that it may be because Jon had a shower...The main news of the day is that we have passed the first 1000 NM atsea and our first date line so the ships clock went back one hour. A first for us. So, only a few more miles to go to St Lucia!I guess w ecan get at least another 7 curries in before we get there. I guess all of the yachts within a 100 NM no exactly where we are.One heads still blocked....no one prepared to go over the side and poke through the hull fitting - where we expect the blockage to be.Expect it will be one of Rob's toys....This morning we had two yachts within. read more...


30/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomotapa

Monomotapa 30 NovemberAnother excellent meal last night, home made pizza or in our case boat made pizza, preceded by tortia chips with guacamole and salsa dips.Thank you Antonella. Gin and tonic served on deck to celebrate that we have passed one third of the distance. Any excuse for a reason to celebrate with a drink, we had to switch on the autopilot as nobody wants to drink and drive, on a boat you really do spill it !! Both the ocean and the boat wre baptised with G&T in the hope of favourable winds and good speed.We are now well adapted to our watch rota and we use our off watch periods to catch up with any lost sleep from during the night.The temperature is slowly rising and during the night watches some of us have dropped the long sailing trousers and just go with the sailing. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 30/11 - Message from our 'Foreign Correspondent'

We just completed the first 1000 miles.....onlyanother 1800 to go! The weather is somewhat changeable...one minutewe're drifting with the sails flapping, the next there's 25 knots of wind andwe're struggling to hold course. In one day we've had rain, run and completecloud....but it is getting noticably warmer. We made 165 miles in the last 24hours, so a bit slower each day and the forecast is for lighter winds for a fewdays....a bit frustrating as we would ideally be into the regular good sailingof the Trade Winds by now. We caught 2 more Dorado yesterday, both returned tothe sea as we are apparently now fishing for Tuna...not that we've changedanything! Saturday night was 'curry night' and we all enjoyedone of Amanda's chicken curries acompanied by her vegetable curry and pilaurice.. read more...


El Mundo - 29/11 - Our 'Foreign Correspondent' at work
El Mundo - 29/11 - Our 'Foreign Correspondent' at work
El Mundo - 29/11 - Watermaking....another black art
El Mundo - 29/11 - Watermaking....another black art
El Mundo - 29/11 - Flying fish on deck
El Mundo - 29/11 - Flying fish on deck
El Mundo - 29/11 - When the wind blows....
El Mundo - 29/11 - When the wind blows....
30/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day 6

The Alternative Ships Log.Another day in port, but a truly international day though, in the Canaries, watching England beat the Aussies in an Irish bar. For those non sporty types, they were actually playing at Twickenham and not in the bar, otherwise there wouldn't have been enough room and the Guinness would have been 4 times the price! All this swiftly followed by Sunderland vs Chelsea and a further 4 pints of Guinness.Back to the boat eventually to another failure, probably the most serious though, as the new cooker which was installed but one week ago in Las Palmas couldn't keep its oven flame going, so by way of improvisation we had "Alternative Deconstructed Cottage Pie". For those culinary minded amongst you, that means taking the potato topping off and placing it under the. read more...


30/11/2014

Nisida - Day 6 Arc 2014

Last night brought some threatening looking clouds but came to nothing, wind has been between 7 & 15 kts so progess has slowed a little. Tt was a sloppy night as the wind came & went but the swell remains. Mega hot Thia curry last night brought tears to a few eyes. We had our first Flying fish in the cockpit quickly dispaced back to the sea after blinding the poor thing with torch light.All on board getting more settled in every day, withg all having a welcome fresh water shower this morning. We will soon be half way in miles but maybe not in days as the lighter winds look like they may last a few days.. read more...


30/11/2014

OOROO1 - Stormy Saturday !!

Wild wild 24 hours on board OOROO. The day delivered everything. Gennakerup for a couple of hours in the morning through numerous small squalls, then itdecided to blow 24 knots in one squall and never stopped. 3.5m swell kept thecat creeping over the waves. The Jensens were making a plan of attack for whenthe Lagoon snapped in half. Jensens reckon they would survive longer as theywere on the side with all the food. 3 reefs in the main for most of the day andnight. Storms and rain. Wind dropped off about 4.30am so up went the all roundersail and now struggling to get a couple of knots out of the Atlantic. Fishing4-2-0.  (4 touchups, 2 hookups, 0 onboard). Mike got spooled in seconds andlost his favourite Bubbletrail lazer 6”skirt. Mike is claiming a 200kg tuna..... Flying zucchini. read more...


OOROO1 - It's raining fish !!
OOROO1 - It's raining fish !!
30/11/2014

Philocat Ena - Tag 7 - Geräusch 319

Eine Freundin riet mir vor der Abfahrt, ich solle mir Ohrenstöpselanfertigen lassen, da man sonst beim Segeln nicht gut schlafen könne, es seija alles so laut. Das ist durchaus richtig, nur würde ich nachts meine Ohrenverschließen, wäre das nicht anders, als sich bei Tage die Augen zuzuhalten.Die nächtlichen Geräusche sprechen ja mit einem. Es gibt die bösenGeräusche, wie schnelle Schritte oder gar rufen an Deck, dann weiß man, dassman schnell kommen muss, es gibt die vielen normalen Geräusche, die mit derZeit zu Bekannten und Freunden gar werden, das Rattern der Winschen, dasKnirschen der Taue, das Flattern der Segel. Das Klicken des Travellersgehört ebenso dazu, wie das Ticken der Wasserpumpe. Viele Nächte hat esgedauert, bis diese Geräusche vom Feind des Schlafes zum Freund. read more...


Philocat Ena - Tag 7 - Geräusch 319
Philocat Ena - Tag 7 -  Geräusch 319
29/11/2014

Sanuk - Äntligen en firre

En stackars mås flög in i fiskelinan igår, vevade in och han hade snott linan runt vingen. Bergman gjorde en hjälteinsats och befriade stackarn som lyckligtvis kunde flyga vidare.Sen jäklar fick vi napp. Jag kämpade i säkert en kvart med att veva in, vi fick ta ner alla segel då det är svårt att veva in en baddare i 8 knop. Väl uppe så mätte den blå tonfisken 75 cm lång och 20 cm hög. Anders sa att den vägde som en cementsäck. (25kg). Så nu har vi verkligen fått fågel, fisk och surfbrädan som mittemellan. Anders fileade firren och nu har vi mat för tre middagar för sju personer. Vi smakade den även rå. Snacka om färskt. Den var alldeles varm inuti. Micke gjorde sen en grym middag.Alla hälsarOllePs. Simon kan du maila ställningen varje kväll tack... read more...


Sanuk - Äntligen en firre
Sanuk - Äntligen en firre
30/11/2014

Hera - Backe, backe Kuchen

Nein, es war doch Brot ,aber ohne sieben Sachen, das Gerd und Michaelgestern in einem ersten Feldversuch aus einer spanischen Backmischung gebackenhaben. Leider können wir hier kein Foto davon ins Netz stellen, um den Erfolg zudemonstrieren. Die Großserie kann also starten. In der Nacht haben wir den 30. Längengrad überschritten und unsere Bordzeitum eine Stunde zurück gestellt. Mit 12 kn achterlichem Wind dümpeln wir imSchwell dahin. Passatwindsegeln ist etwas anderes! Ein Drittel der Strecke liegtjedoch hinter uns. Soll man den Wettervorhersagen glauben schenken, wird sich ander jetzigen Situation die kommenden Tage nicht viel ändern. UnserAnkunftstermin ist also noch schwer vorhersehbar.   Stefan. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 10: finally beautiful sailing day
Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 10:  finally  beautiful sailing day
30/11/2014

Log Day 6 – Squall

Dear Blog,After more than four days on a close haul starboard tack we could finally ease our sheets and spend some time without heeling. How much easier it is to perform the simplest tasks without this constant fight with what is up and down. We used this opportunity to clean the cockpit, to check our vegetable inventory and prepare two good meals (chili con carne and bulgur with sardines and mackerel fillies).One of the main queries of the day was of course how much progress we had made over the past 24 hours. During the afternoon we were informed that we have gone up one position (which makes for a 3rd place) and that we had managed to log 182 nm yesterday. Not bad at all.We have continued our efforts to catch a good sized BM (Blue Marlin), unfortunately without real success yet. The. read more...


29/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 10 - Its the Weekend ........ and a Disaster!

Saturday night at sea. Delicious smells of steak wafting from the galley after a very quiet day of steady progress in the right direction but Lydia has sadly joined the long and growing list of great maritime disasters.......... We've run out of beer! Or at least we think we have. The obscene pile of Superbock lager in 25cl bottles that came onboard on Mindelo and went straight into the bilge (not the dieseley bit thank goodness) has now gone, and our only remaining hope is that the Mate remembers where that last case of Heineken was stowed. His normal encyclopedic (bit not always entirely logical to the rest of us mere mortals)knowledge of where stuff is stowed has on this occasion failed him and we are contemplating putting him under mild hypnosis to tease this vital information out of. read more...


29/11/2014

Magec

Desde Magec, les informamos que a bordo del Dios del Sol Guanche todo va Perfecto. Tanto es así que estamos pensando en arriar el código 0 para tardar un poco más. A día de hoy hemos entrado en la zona de los Alisios, navegando al 250º y con casi 1000 millas a nuestras espaldas. Les saluda una tripulación bien alimentada y bien orientada. From Magec, we are glad to inform you that on board of the God of the Sun, (the ancien God of the sun in the Canary Islands was named Magec) everything is going PERFECT. So , actually we are thinking about take down the 0 code , to stay some more time on the sea. Today we had catch the trade winds on our sails, heading at 250 º and with nearly 1000 miles on ours backs.Best regards for all,A well feed and well headed crew.. read more...


29/11/2014

Aretha - 10 Events from Team Aretha - Saturday 29th November 201

1) We had a pod of dolphins alongside Aretha today - our first since we left Las Palmas;2) Another first. Our first flying fish on deck - a good 8 inches long. Only discovered after someone stood on it!3) Fish number 2. Another Dorado. Caught at first light. Filleted and sliced for fresh sashimi followed by Dorado curry;4) Bluebell played guitar to the crew at our evening meal tonight - it was a piece she’d written herself;5) We ran the water maker today for the first time. Immensely satisfying to know you can make fresh water at sea;6) Hot showers all round. The rise in energy and well being is palpable;7) We’re in the hottest weather yet now. The boat is warming up down below and at night we’re in shorts and T shirts only. No thanks to any English Novembers.8) We’re firmly in the trade. read more...


29/11/2014

Aretha - The Darker Side of Life at Sea

You all know it’s not all sunsets and champagne sundowners.For all those thinking this all sounds too good to be true, here’s the top 10 reasons why you shouldn’t sail across the Atlantic and you wouldn’t enjoy life at sea:1) Your home continually moves. lurches and wobbles around. Perfect for developing your balance - a nightmare if you like stability;2) Hot showers only every 5 days. Managing water and power means it’s not always hot showers on demand;3) No Facebook (hooray:))4) No popping to the shops if you run out of milk5) If it breaks you fix it. No plumbers on call out here.6) Limited Privacy. A boat is a small place and you can only get a tiny amount of privacy7) You’d best like your crew. 24 hours a day is pretty intense. Those with small children will empathize.8) You wear the. read more...


29/11/2014

Aretha - 10 Events from Team Aretha - Saturday 29th November 2014

1) We had a pod of dolphins alongside Aretha today - our first since we left Las Palmas;2) Another first. Our first flying fish on deck - a good 8 inches long. Only discovered after someone stood on it!3) Fish number 2. Another Dorado. Caught at first light. Filleted and sliced for fresh sashimi followed by Dorado curry;4) Bluebell played guitar to the crew at our evening meal tonight - it was a piece she’d written herself;5) We ran the water maker today for the first time. Immensely satisfying to know you can make fresh water at sea;6) Hot showers all round. The rise in energy and well being is palpable;7) We’re in the hottest weather yet now. The boat is warming up down below and at night we’re in shorts and T shirts only. No thanks to any English Novembers.8) We’re firmly in the trade. read more...


29/11/2014

Makena - Meet Phillip

November 28, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon: 587 miles to go14° 53.1' N50° 54.3' WA scramble of activity as the sun broke the horizon. Last time we sailed under Tequila Sunrise, we noticed a few little holes. Knowing that little holes can become tape to tape tears in the blink of an eye, and usually at a very inconvenient time, we decided to make some repairs. We lined the sail up, attaching the head at the port bow pulpit, stretching the sail, still inside the sock , around the starboard deck and into the cockpit. We had to stretch it out to be able to easily raise the sock. Raising the sock, while stuffing the sail into it's bag, we worked our way up to the holes. Ten repaired holes later, we reversed the process, pulling the sock down, following. read more...


Makena - Meet Phillip
Makena - Meet Phillip
Makena - Meet Phillip
Makena - Meet Phillip
29/11/2014

Cheri - Samstag, 29. Nov. 2014

Samstag, 29. Nov. 2014Von fliegenden Fischen neuen FrisurenGestern musste Corinne endlich dran glauben. Nach tagelanger Hänselei wegen ihrer (ueber)langen Haare verpasste ihr Jettimit Hilfe einer Heckenschere und einer Gefluegelschere einen neuen Haarschnitt. Jetzt herrscht wieder Ruhe an Bord.In der Nacht verirrten sich die ersten fliegenden Fische an Deck und verendeten. Angehoerige unserer Tierschutzfraktiongaben den toten Fischen ein ehrenvolles Seebegraebis. Ein weiter Fisch landete in einer Tasche am Heckkorb. Er konnte lebendseinem Element zurueckgegeben werden. Max was not so amused. Er hätte die Fische gerne als Koeder für die Angelrutegebraucht.Heute gibt es zum Fruehstueck Kraeuter-Ruehrei mit Speck à la Ronny. Als es die Crew riecht, hält es keinen mehr in der Kojeund sie. read more...


29/11/2014

Aurelia - Day 6

Everyone in good spirits as we were able to solve our technical challenges. Big thanks to Vicky Baker who provided much needed long distance technical support. Thanks also to Tracey for finding Vicky! Great day sailing being followed by dolphins for a couple of miles. A shark popped its fin up to say hello and Ralph jut got hit in the shoulder by flying fish. He made a bit of a drama of it.J McLeish. read more...


29/11/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog Nov 29th

Today: student body right; are we there yet? Saturday morning at the Rushhousehold;  now THAT is a fish story; Sparking answers to our quizyesterday;   Today was THE big day, after waiting for days upon days and travelingapprox, 750nm as we wound our way south, we have now executed the verychallenging “turn right”.  In fact, when Mike made the maneuver, no onenoticed as all it took was, stay with me here- to turn the steering wheel to theright about 90 degrees! The sails stayed on the same side of the boat as thewind stayed on the same size of the boat- all that really happened was we“shook” out our reefs in both the main sail and the genoa. So why had we waitedso long to make this daring change? Simply, the winds were coming from the wrongdirection (so coming from the. read more...


29/11/2014

Captain Blind - 5eme jour ...les alizés !

bonjour à tous ,tout va toujours bien à bord de Captain Blind.Ce fut une journée de glisse sous grand spi avec un vent de 15/20 nds à9/10 nds de vitesse. L'équipage a effectué quelques bricolages et remisesen état nécessaires après les 48h de reaching et vent fort...Le régime est typiquement celui d'alizés avec les grains la nuit quiétaient accompagnés de pluies la nuit dernière.Une bonne nouvelle à l'heure de ces lignes , nous venons de repérerScarlet Oyster sur l'AIS , il croise 7.5 milles derrière nous ...Toutefois nous lui devons 9h à l'arrivée, et cela deviendra missionimpossible si le rythme continue comme cela , il nous faudra une aidevenue d'options différentes sur les derniers jours..Nous remercions tous ceux qui nous envoient leurs encouragements,continuez , mais ne mettez pas. read more...


Vagaris - Cruising
Vagaris - Cruising
29/11/2014

Northern Child - nc blog

Our crew has fully settled in after 5 full days at sea, the evening is getting close and we are getting set for night no 6.  My watch will start in 20mins being the 18hrs until 22hrs stint, 4 hrs of sleep and then again from 2am to 6am ........... short interruption, lots of excitement on board as c.50 dolphins just arrived and have been showing off around the boat, one youngster jumped 2 meters out of the water, what an amazing show!...... excellent vibes in the crew.  We are getting more used to the night shifts and the bumpy ocean road. Although you might think a crossing is hard work, today was more a 'day at the beach', relatively light winds, blue skies, magic views with the odd black wolf in the form of a squall. This. read more...


29/11/2014

Milanto - Milanto blog day 5 29th November

Good morning!This is again Herbert from MILANTO on her course to St.Lucia. This is our fifth day on board already. Unbelievable - time went so fast, just in a blink of an eye. I promised myself to write a blog/log everyday, but I can't keep that up. There is so much to do in the daily routine. Handling sails, cooking, repairing, fishing, night - and dayshifts and trying to catch up with the sleep. Josef did win our bet regarding the fishing yesterday - he caught a MahiMahi, in brilliant gold and white, appr. 80 cm long, which Carla prepared with great effort for todays dinner. Thank you Carla for this. So, what else can I tell you? The ride till yesterday was bumpy and partly with high waves, but not really bad. since last night we are on a beam-ridge course, with calm winds and cruising. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
29/11/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

[s][c1]p:22 37.8'N:-30 51.0'W[t]Dag 6[b]Opplevde i natt en rekke "squalls", dvs skyer med kraftig vind og regn. Plutselige vindoekninger fra 15-20kn til 30 kn +.Uproblematisk ettersomvi ser disse paa radar i forkant og kan tilpasse seilfoering og kurs.Noken dag med fine seilforhold.Vinden inn forenom tvers, 15-22 kn.Mye soli formiddag, overskyet i ettermiddag.Soloppgang er her ca 5.30 ogsolnedgang ca 17.30 (UTC).Bildet er tatt ca kl 17 (UTC) i dag.Vi holder fortsatt god fart.Over 180 nm i snitt pr doegn siden start.Det kom i dag en baat inn på AIS'en, etter flere dager uten aa ha settnoen tegn til andre baater.Kristin har bakt bananbroed og skal lage chili til middag.. read more...


29/11/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's ARC14 Blogoramma

23:13.2N  029:25.5W   Song of the day:  "The Fear", by LilyAllen   Day 6 - Today was our day to fix the bigheadsail halyard which we broke 2 days ago.  Unable to resolve theproblem yesterday due to really big seas making it dangerous to try toclimb the mast, today Mike was hauled back up the mast after we deemedthe climbing conditions to be "more favorable".  This is actuallyquite is quite ironic because he can't actually climb and was thereforewinched up the mast by Minkey like a sack of potatoes.  However, it wasstill quite hairy and the whole experience was quite grueling for Mike (although extremely entertaining for the rest of us).  When we finally broughthim back onto the deck he was. read more...


29/11/2014

Ekaterina - Finally up Blogging!!!

Well a quick summary of the 1st 6 days. We decided on the more direct Westerly route rather than heading south. It has proven a good decision! After getting out near last from the start, we are in a very good position passing the sub 2000 mile mark last night. We are on a direct course for St Lucia and have been averaging 150 mile days which is better than we expected for the boat. We think we have escaped most of the low pressure system which tracked down over the Canaries in the last day or two. Its been very rough the last 24 hours, as the wind turned to the northwest and we were beating in to it with a large swell on our beam. Very unpleasant!! combine that with water leaking into the cabin over my bunk!! But hopefully we have passed it now and gradually approaching the trade winds. read more...


29/11/2014

Louise - Blog 4 - 6th day at sea

Sorry for not giving my crew time to write in the blog, however we are allsafe and sound. Today Jan woke Carina for urgent attention. Our genua haleyard broke and weneeded to secure the genau. Hard job with northernly winds around 30 kts, swelland wave heights 7 to 8 m, but they made it. Until today the genau has been theonly sail, we have been using, but speed up to 9 kts, even with reef – soundscrazy/feels good.Our current sail setting  mizzen and main sail in 2 reef gives us aspeed around 5 kts wind 27 kts. The commander is sleeping. His done a great job. Don’t underestimate a youngman. The weather the last days has been a challenge, but we got the table backin place, the cock has been busy in the pantry, not as much as she would havewanted to, but when we bend to the northern. read more...


29/11/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 6 - Unser lausiger Autopilot

Unser sehr unzuverlässiger Autopilot hat leider die Angewohnheitentwickelt, einfach mal mir nichts dir nichts auszufallen! Dummerweise tut erdas meistens Nachts (sehr ungünstig) und hält uns damit vom Durchschlafen ab. Ermeldet immer: Kursdaten fehlen, keine Ahnung warum.Wir hoffen, dass er über den Atlantik noch durchhält. Das ist schon einseltsames Phänomen, dass er immer nachts nicht funktioniert (das letzte malsogar für eine ganze Stunde nicht, dann darf ich Autopilot spielen, was mirallerding sehr viel Spaß macht). Kaum dämmerte es gestern, schaltete er auchschon wieder ab. Wir haben ihn jetzt auf den Namen Günther getauft (weil daseinfach total lustig klingt, wenn wir ihn dann schimpfen). Das ist jetztsozusagen unser Insiderwitz: “ Günther war schon wieder unartig!”.. read more...


29/11/2014

Take Off - Långa nätter

Position24:04.63N23:14.19W Solsken och ca 2m sjö. Havet  känns oändligt idag, en lastbåt siktad om syrbord imorse men inga medseglare syns till.Idag har vi en ganska lugn dag på den kistallblå havet med mindre vind. Igår kväll tog vi beslut om att ta en mer sydlig kurs och stack ifrån Matilda, en engelsk 50 fotare vi seglat nära hela dagen och bytte några ord på VHFen med innan vi skiljdes åt. Vindprognosen visade att vi mer norrut skulle stöta på nordvästlig vind vilket skulle tvinga oss att falla söderut ändå. Bara att hålla tummarna att vår strategi håller och att vår genväg mot passadvindarna fungerar.Under natten upplevde vi vårt första squall med kraftig vindökning och ett par regnstänk.Johan tyckte att det såg ut som en dimbank i mörkret och mer hann vi inte fundera. read more...