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14/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog, Saturday Dec 13th

  UPDATE: WE HAVE CROSSED THE FINISH LINE AT 05:19 SUNDAY DEC 14TH AND ARENOW HAPPILY MOORED UP IN THE RODNEY BAY MARINA. WE HAVE TREATED OURSELVES TO ARESTAURANT BREAKFAST AND ARE RELAXING BEFORE STARTING OUR CLEANING SPREE!  MORE ABOUT THIS LATER, BUT, FIRSTLY, HERE IS THE BLOG WRITTEN BEFORE BUT WECOULD NOT SEND.  Today:  Ch, Ch, Changes actually made; Mid Ocean Rescue!; Official StLucia Greeting party; the Really Official Greeting Party!;  Happy Saturday Dear readers,  as I write this, we are about 70nm fromSt Lucia and the finishing line! At our current pace we should cross the linearound 05:00 Sunday morning—not exactly the time on our original plans, but, wetake what the sea will give us (doesn’t that sound, well, so “old man and thesea”like). So, if. read more...


Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 2
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 2
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 3
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 3
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 1
Vagaris - Arrival preparations - image 1
14/12/2014

Vagaris - Arrival preparatuons

60 miles to go and we're making preparations for arrival. The St Lucia courtesy flag has been raisedThe fenders have been recovered from their stowage space in the anchor locker and re inflated. The interior is undergoing a thorough clean. The ARC flag is going up.The decks are today and all ocean paraphernalia such as foam anti-chafe strips and guard rail tape has been removed.Over the past 48 hours we (mostly Steve) have also sanded down and applied a couple of fresh coats of teak oil to the cockpit table, so even that looks smart and new again. I might even allow the crew a quick wash themselves.---No land has been spotted yet.... read more...


13/12/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - Finale

Drei Tagelang haben verschiedene Spezialisten vergeblich versucht unsere email anlage wieder zum Laufen zu kriegen. Obwohl wir alle komponenten an Bord ausgetauscht haben, konnte auch auf dem Iridium server kein Fehler lokalisiert werden. So stachen wir also als freie Menschen in See. Mit derart beschränkten Wetterinformationen entschieden wir uns anfangs für eine etwas südlichere Route als den empfohlenen direkten Grosskreiskurs. Wir wollten dem Tief welches von NO zu den Kanaren ziehen sollte so schnell wie möglich davonsegeln. Nach einigen Tagen nahmen wir dann den direkten Kurs, die Bordroutine hatte sich nach anfänglichem Staunen bereits am dritten Tag wunderbar eingespielt. Es folgten nun tage mit wenig Segelmanövern und viel frisch gefangenem Fisch bei gutem Vorankommen. Ohne die. read more...


Morning Haze - Sailor Ted celebrating his last day at sea...making home made Cinnamon rolls with Demi and Becky!!!
Morning Haze - Sailor Ted celebrating his last day at sea...making home made Cinnamon rolls with Demi and Becky!!!
Vagaris - Nearly Finished - image 1
Vagaris - Nearly Finished - image 1
14/12/2014

Vagaris - Nearly finished

We've less than 130 miles to go now and due to low winds have decided to motor the last few miles.The wind has dropped to less than 10 knots, so instead of taking 3 days to slowly sail the last couple of hundred miles we decided to motor in order to arrive late Sunday night so we can start enjoying the rum punches and celebrations. Kath and Steve leave on Thursday, so if we can make it in by late Sunday, that'll give them a few days r&r in St Lucia before they have to head back to cold Blighty. A few passage stats:3051 miles covered20 days offshore480 hours sailing220 night hours1000 litres of water produced48 kWh of electricity used34 hours of generator running65 engine hours used300 litres of diesel used15 other ships spotted Whales seen - noneDolphins seen - 3Maximum wind - 27. read more...


14/12/2014

Louise - Blog 15 - 20th Day at Sea

I did not write yesterday as nothing much happened and then I found outChristmas is coming soon, and I had not made my wishing list for Santa, so hereis what I wrote: “Dear Santa, I’m little Louise on my way to St. Lucia. Unfortunately someof my gear broke, so I wonder if it would be too much to ask for repair of mysails? Maybe new ones? And I do need a new haleyard, and a wire for my davids. Anew fridge would be nice too and if you could do something about my autopilot,the two of them use too much power. Oh yes, the freezer has high powerconsumption too. Do you think you could replace it? Of course on the smallerside I need more oil filters and other minor spareparts. Fuel willl be needed,but I guess my owner will take care of that. But maybe I could have a smallpresent when arriving. read more...


14/12/2014

Domini - Woo Woo Woo - St Lucia!!!

Well my Boatblog friends, it is about 2000 local time (that's 8pm for the landlubbers) which is about midnight GMT, and Ju is about to go on first night watch. We are about 60 miles away from St Lucia, so all being well, by the time you read this we will be back on terra firma!Woo woo woo!!!And that means...No more trackin'(…for now)Ju & Lyn. read more...


13/12/2014

Tinia - Day 19

Captain Lovely went up the mast in the bowson's chair to fix one of the lazy jacks on the mainsail. The rest of us following orders and watching from below - What a hero.Barely any wind today and a cloudless sky.Big excitement-fish leaping out the water , TUNA!! Then the reel purred and the line stretched. 2 tuna were caught and 2 more were taken off the line by the dolphin that swam by the boat seconds later. Anyway tonight's menu has been amended and to Sushi - yeah yeah !!500 Miles left Not much to reportExcept James up the mastAnd a Tuna caught( a poem by JW). read more...


13/12/2014

Aurelia - Not sure what day it is

Hello Aurelia followersApologies for no blog on our last day, we had some technical challenges and last night the technical challenges were self inflicted. I think the rest of the chaps were right when they said "i was away with the goalie" It has been said that the blog has been a little lacking detail. This was obviously deliberate as I was encouraged not to be too specific by my fellow crew in order not worry those at home. Well now we have arrived that is now not relevant.Our trip started with no power or ability to charge our batteries. This may not sound much but it was pretty major, so much so that we were debating turning back. No instruments, no fridge, no freezer, no water maker, bla, bla... after much stress and pressure on Mr H he managed to come up with a work around thanks. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 344: We Depart for Home; Saturday; & Thank You Jack, Joel's Dad; December 13, 2014

Up at 5:15 AM, then back to bed until 8:15 AM. Joel gets up ahead of me at 8:00 AM, a rare event. We have breakfast at the restaurant next to our boat at 9:00 AM with Tim and Tracey from Folie a Deux; Russ, Laurie and Finn from Nexus; and Amelia with Adela. Then Russ, Laurie, Amelia, Jeanine and I walk downtown to get some photo's for the Brazilian Visa's. For Russ, Laurie and Amelia. Then Jeanine, Laurie and I go to the market area. I need to find a large, cheap suitcase that will be large enough to fit the wind turbine into. I find what I'm looking for. The price is 400 Rand. I get the seller down to 300 Rand. I could have held out for 200 Rand, but I'm in a charitable mood today. We're going home at 8:55 PM! Life is good.Back at the boat the day is spent loading up two suitcases,. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 343; We Pick Up Our Brazilian Visa's; Friday, December 12, 2014

There is no Day 340, 341 and 342 as I've corrected the number of days we've been gone. So don't look for logs for those days.Up at 6:00 AM. I go downstairs at 6:15 AM to the restaurant for breakfast. Joel and Jeanine come down at 8:45 AM. We print a hard copy of our plane reservation, using the hotel printer in their business center to do so. At 10:45 AM we pick up our Visa's. Yeah! Next we roam around an outdoor market area, buying some small items to take home with us. We check out of our hotel and head for the V & A Marina at 12:25 PM. At 1:00 PM we have lunch at the restaurant next to our marina. In side the restaurant restroom's (they're one seat washrooms), are advertisements and information regarding the Two Oceans Aquarium that the restaurant is associated with. One bit of. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 339; We're Promised Our Brazilian Visas in 1 Day; We Book an Earlier Flight Home; and Have Dinner with Civeta II; Thursday, December 11, 2014

Up at 6:30 AM. At 7:00 AM I wake Joel and Jeanine up. We have a free buffet breakfast in the hotel.I call the US Consulate in Cape Town at 8:45 AM, and the only way to call the Consulate and get a live person on the line is to click the option for extreme emergencies, those involving death or arrest of a US citizen in South Africa. When the operator answers the phone I tell that my emergency is a minor one, and I'm connected to someone who can help me. After talking to them, they tell me that they will have to talk to the Consul General and will call me back. They call back in 30 minutes and tell me that yes, they will grant me an emergency passport in one hour. All I have to do is go online and get an appointment. I tried that earlier and the first appointment date available is December. read more...


13/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 338; Brazil Visa Day & Paid Exorbicant Haul Out/In Bill; Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast 7:15 AM in the hotel. Went to Royal Cape Yacht Club and paid for haul out at 11:00 AM. I was purposefully misled about the cost of the haul out. When I'd gotten the price estimate I was told the haul out was about 4,000 Rand or $346. A little cheaper than in the US. However, the 'haul out' did not include the 'haul in,' putting the boat back in the water. Same price as the haul out. So twice as much as I expected. We were back at the hotel at noon and Joel and I had lunch at a Wimpy's next door. Not sure where Jeanine went. We left without paying the bill. Oops. We were told this by the manager the next day and rectified the matter. Then Joel and I worked on our Brazilian Visa applications. We found out that in Florida it will take 30 days to get a Visa via the. read more...


13/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 6

Another starry night clear of squalls and many shooting starsputting on a wondrous display, but uncomfortable sea making it difficult tosteer. By morning we are less than 200 nm to run so our attention is now turningto when we would like to arrive.Amorning shout of land ahoy at sunrise is always nice and perhaps extra specialafter 3 weeks at sea arriving into the Rodney Bay marina sometime the morning of15th December which would be even nicer for VC and SE nee SC who arrive theprevious evening, tired I am sure after their long journey but awake enough tocheer us in I hope. Thereally good news so far today is – no Richard has not yet caught dinner, but Ihave finally got ANIKA’s engine to start after several days of trying to fix it!It looks very much like an electrical problem as the. read more...


13/12/2014

Thula - day 19

At 1:31 a.m. this morning, after 18 full days at sea and approximately 2,900 (nautical!) miles we finally crossed the finishing line in St Lucia. I think we were all agreed that, for us, the crossing was not a race and the ranking hardly mattered to us. Nonetheless we were overwhelmed with emotions when the Thula, our home for the last weeks, finally pushed its bow over the line and we heard the signal. We had a fantastic and truly memorable journey! Now, if you would excuse me, I have to attend to my beer… . read more...


Thula - lucky us
Thula - lucky us
Thula - we made it!
Thula - we made it!
13/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's adventures aboard Morning Haze (day 19)

Bonjour,Yesterday (day 19) was just a picture perfect "trade wind day"! It was sunny, blue sky and winds in the 20-25 kts range. I have to say that we were expecting more of these days on this passage. On our end the wind has been light and variable and Morning Haze's inability to sail directly downwind (because of the B&R rig) did make this run harder... on the nerves! ;-)But what do they say?..."You can't change the wind but you can adjust your sails"...I would add to this... "and modify your course"!!! HiHiHi. In the afternoon, the girls took the last water sample for the micro-plastic project and they both studied. Yes yes, they really studied! Demi did maths and Rebecca studied biology. Unfortunately, the wind started to diminish again in the evening...and our SOG also. Sailor Ted. read more...


13/12/2014

Hera - Ankunftsvorbereitungen

Die Gastlandsflagge von St. Lucia weht schon unter der Steuerbordsaling undder Flaggenschmuck zum Einlaufen ist vorbereitet. Heute werden die Fender aufgepumpt und geschrubbt. Die Crewshirts sind nochzu bügeln und eine Rasur ist angesagt. Die Trinkwassertanks sind seit gestern Abend  frei gegeben. Gesternverbrauchten Gerd und Axel die letzten Kartoffeln für ein leckeresBauernfrühstück. All die Routinen des Bordalltags (vom Wache gehen bis zur Zubereitung derMahlzeiten) laufen heute ein letztes Mal ab. Da kommt schon etwas Wehmut auf,wie man an den feuchten Augen vieler Crewmitglieder sehen kann. Vielleicht istes aber auch die Vorfreude auf verschneite Landschaften und  das geliebteWeib im Arm vor einem prasselnden Kaminfeuer . Zuvor gibt  es aber nocheinige Partys und. read more...


13/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - nearly there now

  Once upon a time on a very fine day, nine beautiful maidens prepared to sail away. They began in Las Palmas, taking it one day at a time, first heading south, butter melting and then left onto the RhumbLine. Look at them now, 2650 miles sailed so far. The glow of land beckons, just 50 miles to the bar.   "We spent tonight reflecting on their journey to this point, with a tear in our eye we told the highlights of our ARC joint. For some the best moment was their first night shift; the carpet of stars, Milkyway and moon felt like mother natures personalgift. For others around half way was their favourite of the trip; with music and talent contests they felt free to relax their stiff Britishupper lip. The unbelievable sailing has been a highlight for us all, learning new skills,. read more...


13/12/2014

Domini - An Apology to Squalls

Dear Boatbloggers,In our previous dispatches, we may have made reference to "squalls." We now know that this was not correct and would like to apologise to our readers for misleading them. These were mere bagatelles. Triflings. Barely even a strong shower.Because last night we were hit by a proper  squall. In fact several proper squalls. How can we describe it?Aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh!Only kidding. It wasn't t too bad really. Though probably not a good time for Lyn to give up smoking.But that's all behind us for now. Lyn has just managed to rustle up a fantastic lunch of Canary Potatoes with Mojo sauce, Iberico hams and home made lemonade! All served with freshly baked bread. It's from an IKEA breadmix, so it looks great when you've made it, but  the next day all starts falling to. read more...


13/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog: Friday, Dec 12

Today:  TGIF;  Who forgot to make the sacrifice? Make mine atriple; Ch, Ch, Changes...; What we like about Gingers; Encore, Encore,Entre;      Greetings Dear Readers, we hope this finds you in fine fettle- not surewhat a fettle is, but, apparently being in one is a very good thing. Statistically speaking, Friday is the most popular day of the week as rated by57.38% of our blog readers. Ok, so we made up the stat, but, we think it is. So,speaking of TGIF- as mentioned yesterday, this is our third Friday and so ourthird TGIF- we have had the classic: Thank Goodness Its Friday; then last weekThank Goodness Izzy is Flying and this week, wait for it, drum roll, a peel ofbells.., we’ll tell you later... cruel isn’t it! Kind of like those shows whereyou. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - The last word

Thank you for following our adventure and thank you Helen for making it happen.The end, Philip. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - Joe's reflections

Crossing the line was both a great sense of achievement and the realisation that something which had been a long standing dream had finally been achieved.I don't remember exactly when Philip raised the prospect of crossing the Atlantic in his own boat, but it was many years ago and ever since them it was my long term objective to part of the experience. Philip put a great amount of effort into planning and preparing Helen 575 for the crossing and all his efforts were appreciated by all the crew.The crossing itself was great fun and in the main lived up to expectations. The only thing missing on occasions was a lack of wind, but when it was with us Helen 575 performed extremely well. There was also a lack of wildlife, but overall I don't think we could have had a better crossing.Many. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - Reflective blog

Well I've sailed the Atlantic. Not bad for someone who used to feel uncomfortable on a canal boat! A personal challenge achieved.All those years ago when with Helen and Philip chatting in the evenings on various caravan sites across Europe the conversation would often include Philip's wish to own his own boat and sail across the Atlantic. Joe was always keen to share this ambition but I always thought I would join Helen and fly to meet them at the end of the voyage.However Philip became the owner of Eve and introduced me to ocean sailing. I don't think anyone can be more surprised than me to find that I actually enjoy it. Even the 2.5 days of sea sickness I sometimes have to endure does not turn me off ( but don't ask me if I enjoy sailing during those days!)In no way can say I can. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - 1st mate

For a PYD skipper to be a first mate is not an everyday opportunity. I ate well and tried to dry my boots out throughout the trip and then they stuffed tinsel in them.I couldn't write my blog because I had a Christmas Fayre to go to and needed to see Jaqs, so I asked the skipper to do it for me.Paul. read more...


12/12/2014

Helen - I am not a fisherman

Hello there, we are coming to the end of the trip now. In the first few days I wasn't feeling too well and dreaded the thought of being at sea for 17 days but now we are nearly there I wouldn't mind another day out here. 2,800 miles of sea with a broken fishing rod, lots of lures gone and all the line broken. I should have put a hook in one of those flying fish and claimed that I had caught something. I am grateful to Philip for inviting me on the journey, it's one I won't forget.Mark. read more...


12/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - LAND AHOY!

14:14.115N 060:30.577W   Now playing: Final Countdown - Europe   LAND AHOY!!!! After over 18 days at sea we canfinally sea land again, and it's St Lucia - we hope! All that's left to do nowis shower with the water we've been desalinating all day, get into our best crewkit and replenish our rum stock in Rodney Bay. Oh, and there's the small matterof crossing the finish line...   We'll be back tomorrow with a racesummary.   OUT.   Jags, Minkey, Ben andMike. read more...


12/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 18

A beautiful day in the tropics except no wind.And, that is the near term forecast, too.Still have seen no commercial traffic in over a weekNo more whale tales, no fishing yarns -- just making a ditch through the ocean.Thanks to all who keep up with us and answer our questions.Still Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


12/12/2014

Sandvita - Land i sikte!!!

För första gången på 18 dygn ser vi land, i detta fall framför oss. Vi har nu endast 32 sjömil kvar till St Lucia, en sån kort sträcka har vi inte tänkt på länge. I förhållande till 2800 som vi nu nästan gjort är det fjuttigt. Vi har korsat Atlanten!!!! Atlanten som varit snäll mot oss, kanske för snäll. Resan har tagit ett par dagar längre än planerat men vi har aldrig haft över 15 m/s och vissa dagar alldeles för lite. Om 3-4 timmar är vi i mål, vilket större delen av besättningen längtar efter. Där vankas öl och romdrinkar. Jag skulle dock kunna tänka mig ett tag till härute även om det ska bli gott med den kalla ölen, färska grönsaker och GLASS!!Detta är vårt sista inlägg från havet, nästa gång vi hörs är vi i Karibien. Over and OutFör Sandvitas besättning, Anne. read more...


12/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Horizonte 360 grados

Viernes 12   Sol y sol y calor de 30 grados. A poco másde 50 millas de Santa Lucía. Todavía podemos disfrutar de un horizontede 360º pero no por mucho tiempo. Esperamos llegar de madrugada del Viernes alSábado. Hemos revisado las notas de pilotaje para llegara Rodney Bay que está en la cara este de la isla. Al otro lado de ladirección de la que llegamos. Además del faro de Cabo Marqués en la costa W deSanta Lucía que veremos a babor tenemos el faro de Isla Cabritos al S deMartinica. En mitad del canal entre las islas más o menos hay una boya de medidade olas. Ya en la costa E de Santa Lucia tenemos referencia de otros dosfaros y la linea de llegada que está 24 horas activa. Según las posiciones quenos facilita la ARC en las proximas horas entraremos nos 20. read more...


12/12/2014

Hot Stuff - The tales of nine - NEWS UPDATE The Hot Stuff Oscars

The critics are hailing last night's Hot Stuff Oscars as "outstanding" "asweet success" "magnificent". With over nine million fishy views it has to have been one of SEA&SKYTV's most popular shows yet.Celebs from all areas of the globe attended the red carpet event to witness the presentation of the fiercely contested awards. Countries represented range from Scotland, USA, England to Dubai, Germany and Canada. Some contestants travelled even 2700 miles across treacherous seas just to be there last night. Hello Magazine was happy to report that contestants took the dress code very seriously. The paps were snappy happy as black tie dresses, jewelry and make up was dug out from duffel bags and hit the decks. St. John's was happy to report that due to the decision this year to leave. read more...


12/12/2014

Morning Haze - Sailor Ted's adventure continue with the "HAZE" family.

Bonjour à tous,La 17e journée à bord de Morning...OUPS...I guess I am almost bilingual now!...Let's go back to english...Day 17 started great with the wind blowing around 20 kts but unfortunately faided away in the afternoon to a mere 15 kts...not quite enough for us...we slowed down to 5 kts of SOG. But the bright side of this is that Demi showed me how to make bread since we are running out of fresh produce. We mixed all the ingredients together (please read we made a total mess in the galley!) and shape the dough to make it into a delicious loaf of bread. I can tell you that there is nothing like the smell of hot bread in the galley...miam miam! In the evening, we watched an episode of "Modern Family" on the IPad and went to bed early (me and Rebecca) as we were both tired...Demi took. read more...


12/12/2014

Frisco - Log day 17 Mahi Mahi

This morning Bill Currie was rudely awakened by yells from Fred, Bill come and gaff this fish !! An early morning Mahi Mahi will make a pleasant change from the recent canned meat for dinner. Bill our resident Anatomy Professor and tuna fishing buddy knows just how to fillet the fish to exclude all bones and waste a minimum of fish. Twenty minutes later, fillets in the fridge Bill was snoring again !!The crew is starting to miss the comforts of home and guessing when we will make port. There has been more than one discussion on the space now available for beverages in the refrigerator. Today the clouds have cleared and we are sailing West insunshine and 18knot winds behind us, another day in Paradise !From the good ship Frisco, weight loss spa and alcohol and tobacco detox. read more...


Frisco - Log day 17 Mahi Mahi
Frisco - Log day 17 Mahi Mahi
12/12/2014

Louise - Blog 14 - 18th Day at Sea

I want to move faster, and the crew feels the same. We had a sunny day anda lovely night with the moon and the stars. The crew does a lot of reading and eating. They try to get their sleep toowhich can be difficult as my movements are not stable in the swells and low windspeed. There is not much we can do about it. Put on some music and look at thebright sides. 666 nm to go, and friends are waiting for us when we arrive. On behalf of Louise, Carina    . read more...


Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 2
Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 2
Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 1
Vagaris - Preventative maintenance - image 1
12/12/2014

Vagaris - Preventative maintenance

We've 400 miles to go and we're currently barrelling along in 20 knots of wind, so it's a bit rolly. Over the past few days however we've had very light winds from dead astern, so have been smoothly sailing downwind on the Parasailor. We took it down earlier after a 24 hour run to check for chafe and found the halyard severely chewed at the top. Upon investigation it seems the last time we hoisted it the articulating sheave it runs throughafter exiting the top of the mast could not swing left and right as it was trapped to one side by the spare gennaker halyard. The halyard thus exited at an angle and chafed on the side of the block. Since we'd ordered the halyard a bit longer than necessary this was easily fixed by cutting the chafed 1/2 metre from the line. This is something to look. read more...


12/12/2014

Tinia - Day 18

Tuna surprise for dinner - we were surprised to find no VENISON in it. Apparently some food has gone missing in storage so there's gonna be a serious cabin search going on - plank is being set up for the offender.If anyone runs a postcard company and needs pictures of sunsets please get in touch we can sort you out with a shot of any kind of sunset you require.A lovely but slightly deranged sea bird has taken a liking to us and been following for 3 days now - not sure exactly what kind of bird it is but its got of lot of energy . Had a nice dolphin pod visit us last night at sunset - beautiful.Chef doing what he canOh what a manSunday looks like Coq Au Vin de Cahors.(a poem by all of us). read more...


12/12/2014

Hera - Tropische Nacht

Susanne, Jürgen und Werner hatten mit ihrer Nachtwache den Schwarzen Petergezogen. Ununterbrochene Regenschauer, von teils kräftigen Böen begleitet,zeigten deutlich, dass wir uns mittlerweile  in den Tropen befinden.Frank und Michael bewiesen gestern als Smutjes vom Dienst großenEinfallsreichtum bei der Verwertung vielfältiger Konserven. Sie zauberten einenNudelsalat a la FraMi, von dem die Crew nicht den kleinsten Krümel in derriesigen Schüssel ließ. Doch wie es scheint, würde ein Großteil der Crew dietägliche Bordroutine gerne gegen ein faules Leben am Swimmingpool mit demCocktailglas in der Hand eintauschen. Bis St. Lucia sind es ja auch nur noch 260sm.   Stefan. read more...


12/12/2014

Aretha - Who let the dogs out? The Final Night at Sea

Position: 14 19 North, 59 26 West.We’re due North of Barbados. She lie 63 miles away. Memories from way back are conjured up of staying in the Colony Club, sauntering around art galleries in Bridgetown and the Jolly Roger pirate cruise complete with copious amounts of Mount Gay rum listening to the track “who let the dogs out” which was reigning high in the charts at the time. Music afficiando’s will probably be able to tell me the year. Happy memories indeed.We have a full on magic show here right now. A magic show creating memories. An assembled and slightly random collection of my own memories as they happen:1) Having yet another Roast meal on board. We’ve been pretty much having them every day for the past week to make sure we use up all the food. Jani tells me there is enough for. read more...


11/12/2014

Domini - I'm Sorry - I Haven't A Clue

Welcome Back Boatbloggers,People often ask us, "What do you actually do during those miles and miles of empty sea?" Well, no one's actually asked us that yet, but I'm sure they will.And our answer will be, apart from the thousand and one tasks that need to be done to keep everything shipshape, we play silly games in the style of I"'m Sorry, I Haven't A Clue."In last's night's game for example, the contestant's were asked to come up with the names of films that they have seen which are connected with our transatlantic crossing. Here are just a selection... • The Winches of Eastwick • Shallow Halyard • Reef Encounter • Pinnochio  featuring Bimini Cricket • Anchorman • Full Metal Lifejacket • Boom Raider • About A Buoy • Meet Me In St Lucia • Ice Stanchion Zebra • Ocean's 14 •. read more...


11/12/2014

Meltemi - Angekommen mit Schiff und Seele

Moin zusammenam Mittwoch frueh, nach 15 Tagen 23 Stunden und 52 Minuten sind wir, mit allen Segeln die wir setzen konnten, ueber die Ziellinie geschossen. Alle froh und gluecklich festen karibischen Boden unter den Fuessen zu haben. Gleichzeitig aber auch ein wenig Wehmut das damit die Reise, ein Traum und die schoene Seegemeinschaft vorerst Zuende geht. Allen die unsere Reise, unsere Blogs und unsere Tracks mitverfolgt haben, vielen Dank fuer das Mitfiebern.Unser Raetsel loesen wir am 15.Dezember 2014 um 12:00 UTC auf. Bis dahin schickt weitere Lösungen.Ein letzter Hinweis noch:Wir haben 120 Dosen Bier eingekauf, wovon aber mindesten 80 Dosen noch ungeoeffnet in St. Lucia angekommen sind.Vielen Dank allenMonikaInesAlbrechtAlexanderAndreasNilsundSchipper RuedigerPSFisch, wir haben Euch. read more...


11/12/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 18 - Antennenlos ... durch die Nacht... - der neuste Hit auf dem BearBaloo

Vor ein paar Tagen hat sich unsere AIS – Antenne jetzt endgültig von unsverabschiedet, das Kabel hat sich komplett gelöst und die Antenne baumelt wiewild oben herum. Mein Versuch den Mast zu erklimmen hat ja leider nicht geklapptund uns bleibt nur zu hoffen, dass sie nicht aufs Deck fällt bevor wir in ST.Lucia ankommen. Ohne AIS über den Atlantik zu schippern ist aber eigentlich auchkein Problem, denn so viele Schiffe trifft man hier nicht und das Radar geht zumGlück noch. Bei uns an Bord gibt es jetzt einen neues (umgedichtetes) Lied:“Antennenlos ... durch die Nacht...” Wir haben uns in den letzten Tagen in der Positionsbestimmung durch Sextantgeübt, wenn also die Technik ausfällt (siehe z.B. unsere AIS-Antenne) dannwerden wir St.Lucia mit den alt bewerten Methoden doch noch erreichen. read more...


11/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - It's all getting a bit smelly...

14:33.9N 57:45.3W   Now playing: I drove all night - RoyOrbison   As we enter our final 24hrs at sea, things arestarting to pong a little onboard as we have all run out of deodorant. Astemperatures hit the high 30s on a daily basis, not even numerous salt waterwashes a day are keeping the stench away.  Our Little Pea deck shirtsare infused with sweat, salt, diesel and bilge.  We are a shabbysight.  We have sailed Little Pea hard for almost 3 weeksnow.  We've battled to hold onto our group lead positionand, only now, as we make our final approach towards land, canwe think about scrubbing up and slipping on or Little Pea polo shirtsbefore walking into the sailor bar in Rodney Bay with our heads heldhigh...  . read more...



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