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25/11/2014

Sojourner - Day two

Hi Folks,As some may know, the start of the rally was delayed about 22 hours because of high winds at the marina. Would not have been much of a problem at sea but expensive boats bouncing off each other as they maneuvered in tight slips would be a liability issue.We were cheered out of the marina by loud playing music and waving locals.(May be they were glad to see us go after the costume party - all that stuff about the crew of Sojourner dressed in drag and gyrating around a bearded Ali Baba, aka Cathy.) As we went by the reviewing stand, the announcer said "There goes America!Hmm. Wonder what he ment. The start line was very crowded - about 170 boats but by this morning only a couple of boats were visible and now we know they are there only by radio.At sea, you are alone.Well, alone. read more...


Miss Malin - Chasing the sunset
Miss Malin - Chasing the sunset
25/11/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 2 - chasing the sunset

Dear Miss Malin folowers,A picture tells you more than a thousends words. A picture plus a couple ofwords tells you everything.It's day two and the picture is from the first sunset from this transAtlantic crossing. There will most likely be many of them, but I don'tthink it is possible to get tired of such a view in such a setting.Enjoy.. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Dienstag, 25. Nov. 2014

Der erste Tag auf hoher SeeDas war eine harte Nacht. Windspitzen bis 35 kn (WS 8) und lange Zeit Winde um die30 kn (WS 7) bei hohem Wellengang. Dazu stockdunkle Nacht, der zunehmende Mondzeigte uns seine schmale Sichel gerade mal fr etwa eine Stunde. Einzig derSternenhimmel spendete ein wenig Licht. So rauschten wir mit einem Reff im Gross undder Kutterfock mit 9 kn auf Raumschotkursen durch die Nacht. Wir steuerten meist vonHand. Ein brutaler Einstieg fuer den ersten Tag einer so langen Reise. Er stellteunsere Maegen auf eine harte Probe.Erst in den fruehen Morgenstunden gab der Wind immer mehr ab. Jetzt fanden auch dieLeute unter Deck endlich etwas Schlaf. Vorher war man derart in der Kojeumhergeschleudert worden, dass an Einschlafen nicht zu denken war.Anfangs Nacht hatten wir noch. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Montag, 24. Nov. 2014

Was fuer ein Bombenstart!Beim zweiten Anlauf klappt es jetzt doch noch. Das Wetter hat sich einbisschen gebessert. Zwar ist der Himmel immer noch bedeckt, aber derRegen bleibt erstmals seit Tagen aus und auch der Wind haelt sich inGrenzen. Alle Teilnehmer der Cruising-Klasse, und dazu gehoeren auchwir, sind angewiesen, den Hafen nicht vor 10 Uhr zu verlassen. Alsolegen wir kurz danach ab und reihen uns in die Kolonne derSegelschiffe ein, welche am Hafenausgang mit grossem Traritraraverabschiedet werden. Dann fahren wir in unseren Warteraum, einemriesigen, etwas vom offenen Meer abgeschirmten Teil des Hafens undsetzen schon mal unser Grosssegel. Von weitem bekommen wir mit, wiedie Racing-Klasse um 10.30 Uhr gestartet wird. Doch das interessiertuns wenig. Wir spielen noch mal ein. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Sonntag, 23. Nov. 2014

StartverschiebungVoll motiviert für die kommenden Aufgaben sitzen wir am Fruestueck, alsdie Meldung eintrifft, dass der Start um einen Tag verschoben wird.Scheinbar ist der Wind draussen auf dem Meer so stark, dass sichein Auslaufen der Cruising-Klasse nicht verantworten lässt. Nur dieRacing-Klasse will man trotzdem ins Rennen schicken. Doch eine Stundespäter wird auch dieser Entscheid rückgängig gemacht.So kommen wir zu einem zusaetzlichen Tag in Las Palmas. Da die meistenVorbereitungsarbeiten erledigt sind, benuetzen ihn die Crews, umvorzuschlafen, zu lesen oder im Hafen zu spazieren. Die Restaurants undBars sind bumsvoll, und fast könnte man denken, dass diese massgeblichbeim Entscheid zur Startverschiebung mitgewirkt haetten. Es macht sichim Hafen richtige Ferienstimmung breit.Das. read more...


Helen - The island of Hierro
Helen - The island of Hierro
25/11/2014

Little Pea - Arc14 Blogoramma - 24hrs in

26:34.9N 017:43.8W   Daily Stats: Top boat speed - 12.8kts (Ben at thehelm) Biggest gust - 40.2kts Dolphins - 3 Rainfall - nil Chunder - enough to fill a child'sbucket   Hello and welcome to Little Pea's first blog fromsomewhere in the Atlantic Ocean,   Just over 24hrs ago we crossed the startline in LasPalmas, and what a day it's been. The combined events and mix of emotionsover the past 24 hours could fill the entire blog, not just this oneentry! After we last spoke to you Little Pea and her crew stormed down the EastCoast of Gran Canaria and through the acceleration zone where we saw wind speedsconsistently in the mid to high 30s (knots). Whilst bombing down this insidetrack, Little Pea was in her element taking on much larger vessels. We'reone. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Samstag, 22. Nov. 2014

Captain´s dinner im WindkanalDas Wetter nervt gewaltig. Ein richtiges Wechselbad der Gefuehle.Riesige schwarze Wolken, blauer Himmel und zweifache Regenbogen wechselnsich im Viertelstundentakt ab. Man ist gut beraten, immer in derOelzeugjacke unterwegs zu sein. Auch der Wind macht keine Pause.Heute werden noch die allerletzten Unterhalts- und Reparaturarbeitenerledigt. Auch Lastminute-Einkaeufe werden noch getaetigt. Letzte Emailsuns SMS werden verschickt. Morgen muessen wir einen freien Kopf haben.Fuer den Start sind etwa 5 Windstaerken bei Halbwindkurs angesagt. Daswaere schoen, so kaemen wir gut vorwaerts.Am Abend leadt uns der Skipper zum Captain´s dinner in ein Restaurant inder Altstadt ein. Das Restaurant ist leider schon voll, und wir muessendraussen an einem Tisch mitten auf der. read more...


Helen - The 11 o'clock start
Helen - The 11 o'clock start
25/11/2014

Helen - Day 2

Greetings to family, friends and all ARC participants.A great send off, well done to all those involved in the organisation.Great first days sailing, despite falling into the odd wind dead spot, butthis was then followed by a force 7.All on board are relaxed and settling into what will be our routine untilreaching Rodney Bay.Currently passing the island of Hierro and speculating how many other boatswill have passed this island during the current trip, not many we suspect.If you have, let us know.Safe and happy sailingJoe. read more...


25/11/2014

Aretha - Log day 1 - screaming fishing lines, fast sailing and life onboard

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22/11/2014

Folie a Deux - When not landing a fish is a good thing

Check out this video on YouTube:http://youtu.be/Ja9z8zY789I. read more...


25/11/2014

Meltemi - 2.Tag Erster Seetag/nacht überstanden

Der Anfang ist gemacht.Gestern Start bei moderatem Wind, der sich dann aber als durchaus kräftig aufblies.Der MELTEMI gefiel das gut und rauschte mit 16,5 Knoten die Wellen runter.Dann ab Maspalomas wurde alles geboten: kein Wind, Wind aus Sued bis Nord, mal mehr mal weniger.Die erste Nachtwache verlief ruhig.Noch 2521 Meilen zum Bier in Rodney Bay.Rü. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 5: Dave and Paul taking microplastic sample for research
Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 5: Dave and Paul taking microplastic sample for research
Purrr-fect - lunchtime on Purrrfect
Purrr-fect - lunchtime on Purrrfect
25/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomtapa

Monday 24 NovemberAfter instructions from the race committee we left the marina at just after 09.30 we made our way to the start line together with some 20 other boats in our racing division.The wind was from the north east and the sea state was fair,we encountered some areas of light winds to the south side of Gran Canaria.During the night the wind speed increased to above 20 knots and the wave height increased to 4 metres. the waves on the starboard rear quarter down wind meant that we could surf down them to gain maximum speedTuesday 25 NovemberThe wind and waves decreased during the night and at least the last night watch had some reasonably good sleep. We run two watches on board with three "ordinary" members. The first watch consists of David, Trevor and Giuliano. The second watch. read more...


25/11/2014

Jo - 26:30:89N 17:18:94

Tuesday 25th November First dolphinsighting off the port beam yesterday PM; a pod of about 20 – black with whiteunderbelly? Despite shifting wind patterns, we seemed to keep theboat going through the night by switching on the engine whenever the wind speeddropped below ten knots. This helped us find the wind by taking us out of holesin the wind, whilst also charging the batteries. So far we’ve only motored forjust under 2 hours and managed to cover 170 miles on our first day – notbad! The monster squid lure sold to me in Las Palmas as adead cert for tuna has so far produced ‘nil points’, though it would have to betorpedo like at the speed we are currently travelling (8-9 knots). Last night was both beautiful and frustrating in turns.In between the clouds we saw twinkling, jewel-like. read more...


Jo - 26:30:89N 17:18:94
Jo - 26:30:89N  17:18:94
24/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg Two- day 6: research for marine microplastics

We attended a workshop with ARC for research being done in the area of ocean conservation due to the problem of marine micro plastics. Boats and crew were asked to participate in the research by collecting bottles of seawater along our voyage. We were given 6 bottles with labels and directions on the protocol for collecting the seawater samples. We collected 2 bottles enroute from Las Palmas and have done 1 more so far on this leg. All of these sample bottles will be shipped to a lab in the US for analysis when we reach St Lucia. We are pleased to be able to participate in this important research intended to help conserve the ocean and marine life. More information is available at microplastics@adventureandscience.orgToday we kept the double headsail rig up all day and made good progress. read more...


25/11/2014

Easy Rider - Day 6 - Midshipman Neil

Loneliness of the long distance sailor.You would think with 60 boats all heading for the same destination and leaving at the same time there would be plenty of company. Indeed there was plenty of friendly banter on the first few days as we remained in sight and VHF range but now 6 days into the crossing and coming up to half way there is not a ship in sight nor VHF contact, which means there is no one within 20 miles. We've all taken different guesses at which way the wind will blow or gone off routewhile fixing mechanical problems. Whatever the reason...we are alone except for the tenuous satellite link to the rest of the world. However some solitude is good for the soul!A fairly quiet day with not much to report, it started with a sighting of a mysterious plane in the very early hours. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Es geht endlich los.
Bluewater Mooney - Es geht endlich los.
25/11/2014

EH01 - Everything is awesome!

Everything is awesome on the good ship EH01! We had a pretty good start to the race with a great spinnaker run down towards the acceleration zone. The crew performed an excellent drop of the fractional kite and re hoisted our number 2. Our well earned gains were diminished last night as most of our fleet sailed into a bit of a wind hole, creating a bit of a restart amongst everyone! We are now back on the move again with our MH kite up and full main, with 14 knots just below our beam. Its fair to say EH01 is enjoying stretching her legs as we are flying along at 10 knots in a beautiful calm sea state. We have a few boats in front and few behind which is great for everyone's concentration as we try and focus on overtaking the next boat. The crew are working like a full race crew and are. read more...


Lydia - Sargasso Weed
Lydia - Sargasso Weed
25/11/2014

Southern Child - Day 1 25/11

Day 1 25/11/14 Position 1200: 27* 07' 98 N 018*04'55W Daily Run: Approx 186 Nm   Hello to all blog readers from the crew of SouthernChild! We had a lovely start yesterday for the ARC afterour postponement starting in beautiful clear skys and 20knots of breeze asforecast! Glamour!!! We hit the acceleration zone off the island atabout midday which gave us up to 30 knots, we decided to keep the day simple andtry and get people helming during the day so kept our white sails (head sail andmain only) up. The speed record has been set once by Harriet of 13.5, howeverdiscussion on board as Cedric hit 15 knots but heading in the wrong direction..so challenge is on to see who can get the best speed in the right directionnow! Had a lovely night being surrounded by boats andthis morning. read more...


25/11/2014

Thula - day 2 high winds and hydraulics

The race started well with winds in the mid 20's and quite a bit of swell.Thula took the conditions in stride and was pushing 10knots and surfing down big waves making 12 at times.Later in the day when the fleet started to thin out we were greeted by a large pod of dolphins that played all around us and in our bow wake.And later that evening just to make things interesting our hydraulic furlers decided to stop working.We reefed to very short sails by hand and are at work finding the fault in the system.Spirits are high and everyone is happy, healthy and well.mike. read more...


Reberth - Life on the oceans waves!!
Reberth -  Life on the oceans waves!!
25/11/2014

Reberth - Life on the oceans waves!!

For those landlubbers who read this I thought it might be an idea to let you know our daily routine!! The three man “crew” do a three hours on and six hours off rotation. Meaning they are “on watch” for three hours at a stretch. The six hours off gives them time to sleep, do daily maintenance, read and eat!! We try to have our meals together, especially supper. This is a twenty four hour schedule but more rigid from 6pm till 9am and means they are not on watch the same time every night. No one enjoys the “graveyard shift” between midnight and three am!! Bob has got into the routine of walking the deck in the morning, waves permitting, to get rid of the previous nights catch of flying fish. The most in one night so far is seven. Last night he was hit in the chest by one whilst on watch.. read more...


25/11/2014

Captain Blind - 1er jour

Bonjour à tous , tout va bien à bord de Captain BlindPas de round d'observation, tout de suite dans le bain avec une entrée enmatière musclée.. vent soutenu démarrage au grand spi , puis spi decapelage et enfin génois tangonné!Des pointes à 18, 5 nds par Donatien!La vie d'organise tranquillement , en ce moment nous sommes dans une merdésordonnée mais la bateau se comporte bien..Merci à tous pour vos encouragements suite à notre départ, ça faitplaisir.notre mail à bord: capblind@skyfile.comAllez avec Patrice on va se mettre à la salde de ce mdi...Yannick. read more...


25/11/2014

Louise - Blog 3 - 1st Day At Sea

Great to depart the harbour with all my other fellow ships and “Las Palmas”waving and playing music wishing us fair winds. We all wantede to leave but also a bit sad to say goodbye to friends andthe lovely people who had made our stay very sepcial. Start for our division was at 11.00, we crossed the line 11.08. Boatseverywhere and smiling crews – mine were smiling eventhoug the cock had a feverand the rest suffer from some kind of virus. Well time for the crew to make their final calls to friends and family. Ispotteded a big smile on the commanders face during a conversation, and thecaptain started jumping. Reason? On Yellow Brick his friends had been followingus during start and it was now 4 hours later +/-. We were no. 1 in our devision,and in the whole cruising devision! Well we. read more...


25/11/2014

Sanuk - Vattenproblem

Efter en uppskjutning av starten med 22 timmar kom vi äntligen iväg. En hysad start utan incidenter. Blåsigt till nu på morgonen. Gick vi för nära Gran Canarias sydkust så finns ingen vind, desto mer öster om. Watermakern har dålig kapacitet så när vi skulle fixa en koppling drog som är trasig. Total vattenransonering. Dock ej dricksvatten som vi har gott om.Vi ska nog få det att funka under morgondagen. Vi har många idesprutor ombord med ett jäkla kackel som följd. Och det gungar som vanligt så man får ordning på coremuskulaturen. Annars allt toppen och alla hälsar.Efter en uppskjutning av starten med 22 timmar kom vi äntligen iväg. En hysad start utan incidenter. Blåsigt till nu på morgonen. Gick vi för nära Gran Canarias sydkust så finns ingen vind, desto mer öster om. Watermakern har. read more...


25/11/2014

Miss Liz II - Log : Day 1

Finally underway - and what an interesting day it turned out to be! Great to see all of the yachts heading out, passing the start line the first event was a Finn nearby blowing out his Gennaker. Not the best of starts. We headed South West and then cut back to head south of Gran Canaria. Straight through the acceleration zone south of the Airport. With winds gusting up to 35 Knots we had an exhilarating sail.and forced us to practice our reefing skills.Highlight for us was Chris and Jon trying to fish.....wrapping up the Watt and Sea generator which we then had to clear.....and in the process the electrical connector broke off so we had to fix that too. As Jon worked on the transom a Dolphin came to see what he was up to .... and made him jump (to put it mildly!). First dinner at Sea,. read more...


25/11/2014

Hera - Pech und Pannen

Nur Stunden nach dem Start kam bei 30 kn Wind der Spibaum des ausgebaumtenVorsegels runter – Baumbeschlag  ausgerissen. In  der Nacht folgten dann zwei Netze mit Obst im Salon, die wohletwas überladen waren. So krabbelte ein Teil der Crew im Dunkeln über dieBodenbretter, um alles wieder einzusammeln. Die Hälfte der Crew huldigte Rasmus – aber nicht mit Sherry. Hoffentlichnimmt der das Fischfutter nicht übel. So erschien auch nur ein Teil der Crew zurFrühstückstafel. Erwartungsgemäß dauert die Regenerierungsphase ein bis zweiTage. Mit Spannung erwarten wir die heute Mittag erste ARC-Meldung mit denSchiffspositionen. So schlecht dürften wir nicht liegen.   Stefan. read more...


25/11/2014

OOROO1 - Caribbean here we come !!

Sailed out of Las Palmas to the sounds of crazy Spanish music and lots ofwaves from the locals and other ARC participants. Had a great crusty salad rollfor lunch. Went through the acceleration zone, past the wind mills, dodging thefish farms, then the dolphins put on a show for us off the bow. As the sun wentdown, the bolognaise heated up and we all dined at the helm. Tried out the stormsail which worked a treat and saw us well on our way down the coast.Inconsistent wind kept us busy with sail changes well into the evening. We eachmanaged to grab a few power naps throughout the night. Main and Genoa up now,full steam ahead with good winds.. read more...


25/11/2014

Pelican - day 2 empty trap

Well here we are got through the first night only took crew 30 minutes toput a reef in good racing stuff how ever kitting the main halyard around the topspreaders was all so fun man up the mast in the dark to sort that one.we do havea stow away on board traps, are set and we are all waiting with baited breathto  see if we can catch the little blighter in the man time all well   . read more...


25/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - unsere Sicherheitsvorkehrungen

Wir haben eine ganze Reihe von Sicherheitsausrüstung an Bord, hier nur ein Auszug: Das Schiff hat drei EPIRB Bojen die bei Auslösung über Satellit Position und Schiffsname angeben, bei Auslösung wird durch eine Koordinationsstelle die sofortige Suche aufgenommen - in Reichweite durch Helikopter- auf dem Atlantik durch in der Nähe befindlichen Schiffe. Jedes Schiff, so auch wir, hört 24 stunden den Kanal 16 auf UKW, so dass die Koordination über die Leitstelle gesichert ist. Wir haben zusätzlich EPIRB am Mann und sogenannte MOB(man over board)-Sender. Sollte jemand aus dem Wasser geborgen werden müssen haben wir ein Bergenetz, und wir können einem über Bord gegangenen ein Jon Buoy Bergungsmodul zuwerfen, wovon wir zwei am Heckkorb fahren.Und noch einiges mehr, also für die Sicherheit ist. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - unsere Sicherheitsvorkehrungen
Bluewater Mooney - unsere Sicherheitsvorkehrungen
El Mundo - 24/11 - Juno at the start..
El Mundo - 24/11 - Juno at the start..
El Mundo - 24/11 - Damn....can't fix the VHF...never fun
El Mundo - 24/11 - Damn....can't fix the VHF...never fun
El Mundo - 25/11 - After the first night watch
El Mundo - 25/11 - After the first night watch
El Mundo - 24/11 - We're off....
El Mundo - 24/11 - We're off....
25/05/2005

El Mundo - 25/11 - The first night at sea...blown fuses!

The start of the ARC was just as exciting as lasttime but it was a relief to finally put to sea. Conditions were quite boisterouson the first leg down the east coast of Gran Canaria, with gusts up to 35 knotsand quite an active sea, making helming a good workout! Gybing and running downoff the south coast, the wind finally began to moderate a little. Unfortunatelywe then abruptly hit a patch of wind shadow, despite being 50 milesoffshore, and the new sails flogged for nearly an hour before we decided tomotor. It was only an hour and a half before we picked up the wind again and itcontinued for the rest of night....mostly in the 18-23 knot range. As I write,we have 160 miles on the log, so quite fast so far. The watch system was also changable, adapting tothe weather, but everyone. read more...


25/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 323; A Slow Day in Port Elizabeth; Monday, November 24, 2014

Not mentioned yesterday is that when Ghost got in Sunday night, Tim from Ghost said that while they were coming into Port Elizabeth they saw breaching whales, 3 flocks of swimming penguins and an albatross. A trifecta! Wow. Plus they had a comorant on their dodger top that had landed the day before during a thunder storm. It stayed on overnight and didn't leave until the next morning. Even when they pulled into the slip, a busy and noisy affair, the bird just stayed there in one spot, oblivious to all the commotion. Up at 8:41 AM. At about 9:10 AM we tended lines on Nexus, who was leaving for Frances Bay, to go to the yard where the boat was built. Russ called me later and said that as they were leaving the harbor they saw numerous breaching whales. Breaching is the ultimate whale. read more...


25/11/2014

Flomaida II - Vanuatu zum vorerst letzten Mal

Bevor ich mich richtig auf Neuseeland einlasse, möchte ich doch noch zumAbschluss unseres Pazifik Abenteuers eine kurze Reflexion schreiben:Auf den abgelegenen Inseln der Südsee, die überhaupt nur mit dem Segelbootzu erreichen sind, haben wir freundliche, glückliche Menschen angetroffen,die noch im Einklang mit der Natur leben, und die uns als ihre Gäste füreine Weile an ihrem Alltagsleben teilhaben ließen.Nach materiellen Maßstäben sind diese Menschen arm, denn sie erwirtschaftenmeist weniger als 2€ am Tag. In unseren Augen aber sind sie reich, denn sieleben in den letzten Paradiesen dieser Erde.Sehr dankbar sind wir, dass wir das so noch erleben durften, denn langewird es so nicht mehr bleiben.. read more...


25/11/2014

Time Bandit - Rock and Roll

Lat: 16 47.4NLong: 38 47.0Its been a few years since we delivered Time Bandit from USA to Scotland but suddenly the memories of day after day of incessant rolling come rushing back.We're having a good thrash in fresh easterlies making a good, consistent 7-8 knots. The breeze is bringing a long swell with the winds causing a cross wave pattern. The end result is a good fast sail but a rock and roll pattern we could do without, at least at night so we coild get some sleep.However, 01:00 just now and Eric is snoring his head off so he's doing OK.Yesterday we through a wobbly. After gybing (first in 700 miles), when re-setting the pole the topping lift slipped in its jammer. The pole collapsed into the water and in so doing pulled half a dozen bolts out the mast track. This of course. read more...


24/11/2014

Cheri - Samstag, 22. Nov. 2014

Captain´s dinner im WindkanalDas Wetter nervt gewaltig. Ein richtiges Wechselbad der Gefuehle. Riesige schwarze Wolken, blauer Himmel und zweifache Regenbogen wechseln im Viertelstundentakt. Man ist gut beraten immer in der Oelzeugjacke unterwegs zu sein. Auch der Wind macht keine Pause.Heute werden noch die allerletzten Unterhalts- und Reparaturarbeiten erledigt. Auch Last minute-Einkaeufe werden noch getaetigt. Letzte Emails und SMS werden verschickt. Morgen muessen wir einen freien Kopf haben. Fuer den Start sind etwa 5 Windstaerken bei Halbwindkurs angesagt. Das waere schoen, so kaemen wir gut vorwaerts.Am Abend lädt uns der Skipper zum Captain´s dinner in ein Restaurant in der Altstadt ein. Das Restaurant ist leider schon voll, und wir muessen draussen an einem Tisch mitten auf der. read more...


24/11/2014

Tanoa -

Hatten einen super Start mit ordentlichem Wind. Nach einer Stunde ging der Sturmspi hoch. Einmal rauschten wir mit 15,8 kn durchs Wasser die Welle runter, nur fliegen ist schöner. Weil uns da aber doch etwas mulmig wurde und der Wind in Böen bis auf 7 Bft. zunahm, holten wir den Spi lieber wieder ein. Jetzt segeln wir mit Genua und Groß im 3. Reff und machen immer noch 7-8 kn.Der Himmel ist blau, die Sonne scheint - endlich! Der Seegang ist ganz schön und wir werden durchgeschaukelt, trotz Kat, aber es ist ok.. read more...


24/11/2014

Exody - Day 15 - 24th November - Rainbows, Roly Night and New Moon

Forgot to mention the fantastic rainbows that went with yesterday's squalls - some appearing close enough for us to search the anchor locker for the pot of gold! The squalls (or perhaps another distant weather system) left us - and the rest of the ARC+ fleet nearby - with a very uncomfortable sea with little sleep for the night - on Exody this was exacerbated by an annoying squeal from the self steering lines which a 2am concoction of squeezy, lithium grease and WD40 failed to cure!Monday was a much better day of clear skies and consistent winds with only a very minor shower.Our days run at noon of 136 miles, with 1404 miles still to go took us within a few miles of the one third point after 5 days.The two 4th December birthday girls on board keep recalculating the ETA in St Lucia based. read more...


24/11/2014

Makena - Nov 24 - *almost* halfway

Sarah here. We're pretty much in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We should reach "half the distance to go" early on the morning of Tuesday 25th (tomorrow morning as I write this).We've seen at least 3 whales, caught a tuna and 2 huge Wahoo/Ono, lost 2 dorado but no lures, and we've been watching flying fish do their dances from the start line onwards. Those wahoo took many hours to prepare for eating/storing. They also required a freezer reorg and some juggling of the meal plans but those are good problems to have. We freeze fish like that for 24 hours before making sashimi, which is what puts lots of pressure on the freezer which had been packed full since Las Palmas. With 3 big food fridges aboard we really can store a lot of days worth of good healthy food using the fridges alone. read more...


24/11/2014

Makena - Nov 23 - PW Reporting

November 23, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the Atlantic Noon position:16.39.0N337.10.9WSqualls to the left of us, squalls to the right...We hoisted Tequila Sunrise at sunrise and flew with her as we made course slightly north of the rhumb line. When the squalls threatened us, all hands to bring her back down. 20 minutes later, back up she went. We were close to our fellow multihulls and wanted to make some good time down the track. This procedure of hoisting and lowering the spinnaker is not a very conservative method, but it worked. By the afternoon position we had pulled into the leading position. We do have one monhull, Eleanora 2, still ahead of us by 13 miles. The day continued with constant squalls hitting us. Oftentimes, they would pass just north or south. We tried to. read more...