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07/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 14 - Hot, Hot and more Hot

Day 14 - Hot, Hot and more Hot Well the past few days have been a little slow for all onboard. This is mainly due to the massive lack of wind. This does give lots of free time and that means lots of revision!! We have had the engine on permanently and this combined with the already scorching sun turns this boat into a Furness. I must report however that our plan of going to refuel in the Cape Verdes islands has really put us at a big advantage. We have had communications with other boats out here who are slowly dropping back due to fuel shortage. This is actually a real problem as most of them rely on the fuel to power their water makers. We know of some who have been becalmed and some that are doing less than half our ground distance per day now. But having said that, we are currently. read more...


07/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 13 - Half way

After days of poor weather with winds gusting up to F7 and driving rain, followed by little or no wind, Blue Dolphin has reached the half way mark.  The crew celebrated by having a wild west party.  They dressed up as cowboys and Indians and Sally cooked a ‘yee ha’ supper of steak, potato wedges, coleslaw and corn on the cob.  They washed it down with a bottle (or two)of wine and then played who am I where they had to guess who the name stuck on their forehead was.  The most tricky one were Colin the Cabbage and Jerry the Rigger! Lots of fun was had by all. The wind continued to blow all day and, having rigged a twin head sail by flying the asymmetric on one side and the headsail on the other, they enjoyed a great sail. (Insert Photo). More problems for. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 13 - Half way
Blue Dolphin - Day 13 - Half way
07/12/2013

Hera - Bergfest

Der heutige Tag begann mit einem Sektfrühstück anläßlich unseresBergfestes. Seit heute früh 4 Uhr Bordzeit haben wir weniger als 1400 sm bis zumZiel – die Hälfte der direkten Distanz von Las Palmas nach Rodney Bay. Zeitlichgesehen ist es unser vierzehnter Seetag und ca. zehn haben wir noch vor uns.Unsere Obst und Gemüsevorräte haben beträchtlich abgenommen. Ein Netz schwingtbereits leer im Salon und nur noch ein Kühlschrank ist in Betrieb. AnFrühstückseier ist nicht mehr zu denken. Doch Skorbut haben wir nicht zufürchten. Gestern wurde zufällig noch ein nicht unbeträchtlicher Vorrat anZitronen entdeckt. Das Menü des Tages: Griechischer Salat,Käsespätzle mit in Olivenöl undKnoblauch gebratenen Paprikaschoten, Melone und ein Riocha Gran Reserva.   Stefan. read more...


07/12/2013

Skara Brae - ground hog day

Yes its 'Groundhog day' woke up in the same place, going in the same direction with the same wind at the same speed, with the same spinnaker up and the same sun shining from the same position, having the same porridege and coffee for breakfast, with the same 4 people and the same music on Whats going on?This is the 6th day of this nonsense, we are doing about 100nm/day instead of 150 - 200!!its day 14 - and we have been at sea for 13 full days we were hoping to have sighted land by tomorrow!instead we are just past the 1/2 way mark and still have 1320 miles to gowe still have plenty of food, but have killed the Whisky, Vodka, Bacardi, Rum, Beer - just got a few bottles of red wine left. and we turned on the watermaker as we were 1/2 way through our water - and instead of making. read more...


07/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 7 December Halfway

JohnWell sort of.We left Gran Canaria with 2750 miles to go to St Lucia, so halfway is when we have 1375 left to get there.The fact that we have sailed and motored for a lot more than the other 1375 and will travel more than that to get to St Lucia is just quibbling!Tomorrow morning before breakfast (Saturday 7th December) we will reach that well defined non-existent spot. We’ll celebrate with Cava for breakfast and a steak in the evening.By this point on the crossing in 2009 we had 20 knot winds and huge swells sweeping down from behind and lifting us up and down on a fairground ride as well as rocking from side to side.At the moment we have 10 knot winds and a very small swell that is barely visible.Last time turning round to go the other way was a silly idea, this time it would be. read more...


07/12/2013

Aspen - Log 14 Friday 7 Dec: Weather Routers

The weather is what we live by, day in and day out.ARC Control sends out a daily weather forecast for us and it is very good to have and it is pretty accurate too.We also have 2 fellow sailors who are also sending us their forecasts each day. David from Water Music sailed with the ARC and is currently living in Australia where he sends us his forecasts.Steve from Island Kea II also sailed with the ARC and with us for much of our voyage around the world and he is sending his forecasts from England.So we have 3 forecasts to steer Aspen by and they are really beneficial, although sometimes it doesn't look like our little dot has moved much these weather emails keep us out of a lot of trouble!We keep reminding ourselves that the best time to the. read more...


07/12/2013

Milanto - Blog Dec 6

The night of Dec 5 was relatively benign with subdued winds following a brief period of total calm. Its extraordinary that the same ocean that only a few days ago tossed us so violently from side to side and up and down that it felt as if you were literally hanging on for life, could so suddenly reduce to nothing. And ironically, that is more frustrating. We made little ground on our journey but at least we were all able to get a better night’s sleep. We have put the clocks back an hour and dawn broke sometime after 7. It was a magnificent sky and those on deck were accompanied by a small pod of dolphins who darted across our bow. Thereafter, the day has proved to be a combination of strong sun, and strong(ish) wind......but in the wrong direction, despite numerous tacks to stay ahead.. read more...


07/12/2013

Moondancer - and on and on and on

It’s been a challenging couple of days. Thursday evening we caught our first fish that was big enough to eat. This Dorado was dispatched, filleted and eaten within 2 hours,just delicious.We had finally found some wind the spinnaker enjoyed and with our speed picking up it was decided to continue with the spinnaker through the night. At about 05:00 catering makes an almighty hullaballoo and wakes the boat. My first thought is he’s burnt the croissants but it appears the spinnaker halyard had broken and the spinnaker sail was in the water.With catering at the helm, maintenance and management began dragging the sail back onto the boat. Exhausted, but happy to have the sail back on board we retired back to our bunks with the understanding to work out what had failed in the morning.During. read more...


07/12/2013

Arkouda - Day 11, Gentle Breezes

We had an absolutely fantastic day of sailing today.The winds are still coming from the North, which is okay as our plan is head south, than west, south west, to avoid lighter winds forecast as yet another low pressure system passes to our north.Today the sun was shining, the breezes warm, all systems working.It was a perfect day, and truly what I expected the "milk run" to be!We have fallen right back into our watch schedule, and neither of us are feeling tired.Basking in the warmth of sun today I reflected on the motion of this little boat.Our boat broker had called her "sea kindly", but I had no clue what that meant.Today I can only describe her as lady like.The wind has been blowing steady at about 13 knots, creating seas of about 1 or 2 feet.The underlying swells are at about 6. read more...


07/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 14: First contact

Alizes un peu mollassons toujours, une quinzaine de noeuds. Contact radio avec un catamaran Fountaine Pajot, a une dizaine de miles denous – mais non visible. C`est le premier bateau proche depuis une huitaine dejours. Il ne fait pas partie de l`ARC, c`est un convoyage sur Antigua. On attend impatiemment un renforcement des alizes ,pour dimache enprincipe, pour fondre sur Rodney Bay ! Yv   The ocean is a big place. After the boats dispersed from Las Palmas wehavent had close contact with any other craft since (except for a couple ofisolated AIS readings). As we approach St. Lucia we expect courses to beconverging and had expected Aurora (another ARC catamaran who would seem fromthe daily reports to be quite close) to show up on AIS earlier day. We alsoexpect to get. read more...


07/12/2013

Webster - Log 16: Heady stuff

Friday 6th: Position 15 54'N 33 10'W. Well it had to happen sometime I suppose. Came up on deck at 0800 and all crew already there and Jeremy said with some element of glee, "the heads are blocked!", presumably because he knew it was not him that the delightful job of unblocking the thing would fall......that is all you need first thing in the morning. Good job I have two on the boat, and the second one is MINE!!!!! Oh well the buck stops here.With a view to not taking off pipes down below and emptying the holding tank contents into the bilge Carl pumped the loo whilst I was on deck with a (far too) short length of hose pipe and blew back down the waste pump hole in the deck. This blew content all over the place like Mount Vesuvious, most of it missing me thankfully, but I had to. read more...


07/12/2013

Shine - Day 12: Radio silence from RB

No news from Sir Richard as yet, but we can only assume he's working on it.We've had to motor since last evening due to insufficient wind, but this did afford us the opportunity for something of an impromptu mid crossing party.The ship's time slipped another hour yesterday evening to account for our progress west, and as luck would have it, that gave us a double happy hour. Steen knocked up an excellent lasagna so after happy hour(s) we retired to the saloon for dinner and some mighty strange Danish drinking anthems .George stood watch for a while as hewas neither hungry nor thirsty, and the rest of the crew enjoyed this much earned release from the tensions of the voyage.All over the side for a pre-breakfast swim, and we were under way. read more...


07/12/2013

Aditi - Day 12: Marigold Squid Production up 100%

:startWe motored last night to try and get back in touch with the rear of the fleet and I think it helped. Winds were mainly 5 to 8kn so sailing wasn't possible during the first half of the night.About 7am we went under full main and deep reefed genoa running at 155 degs in 16 to 23kn ESE wind. Making 7 to 8.5kn as the wind cycles up and down within the range every 15 minutes. Why it's not stable in the ocean is a mystery but maybe it's surface friction over the swell. Wave shapes and sea state change almost as often.This morning we let out our pink Marigold glove squid and trawled until lunch. The squid proved popular as there was just a tiny loop of trace wire left. Trace wie is a problem for us as Captain Canary was shut when I went to buy some high rated line on the morning of. read more...


07/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 13. Tag - Sao Vincente

In der Nacht von Mittwoch auf Donnerstag sind wir auf der Insel Sao Vincente in Mindelo (Cape Verde) angekommen. Jürg ist gleich am Morgen zum Arzt - Fazit: 2 gebrochene Rippen, aber gottseidank keine weiteren inneren Verletzungen. Er hat heute den Flug nach hause genommen. Sandra, Fritz und ich haben von der Zeit profitiert das Schiff zu putzen, den Autopilot zu reparieren und Mindelo und die Insel zu besichtigen. Mindelo hat uns sehr gefallen, vor allem die stressfreie Stimmung und die überaus sympathischen Menschen. Die Insel ist schön, aber die braune karge Landschaft ist doch manchmal trist - gut dass das Meer und der Strand schnell darüber hinwegeschauen lassen:). Tom. read more...


06/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 8

Another day in the wind hole. Another day in paradise. Today was ourChristmas day. The day began with a stunning blood red sunrise. Once the daily chores werecompleted fairy Clairey sprinkled her fairy dust and conjured up some delicioushomemade flapjacks. The Bimini and boom were decked with paper garlands. Andwhat is this? Father Christmas had left a pink stocking filled with wrappedgifts for us all!!! But where are the ‘reindolphins’ to drag the sleigh out theAtlantic pond??As our boat had moved approximately not at all, we decided with the kindpermission of Cap'n Nikki to go for a Christmas dipski. We all managed to washbodies and hair whilst clinging on to the fenders for dear life, floating above6 miles of ocean - mind-blowing. Over lunch we opened our pressies - lots of girlie. read more...


06/12/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 15 - ARC Tag 12

Freitag 06.12.203Ahoi alle meine lieben Landrattenich melde mich heute am Nikolaustag von 14°39,9075 Nord und 033°23,0078 West - was auch immer das heissen mag - mein Herrchen spricht manchmal in so komischen Rätsel - es ist bestimmt irgendwo mitten auf dem Alantik. Rundherum nur Wasser, Wasser und nochmals Wasser. Hie und da landet ein fliegnder Fisch auf dem Deck und der gehört dann mir :-).Und noch e besonderer Tag ist heute - aus zwei Gründen - ich bin heute 8 Monate alt geworden UND wir haben die halbe Strecke bis zu unserem Ziel erreicht. Super, denn ganz ehrlich mir wird die Zeit es Nichtstuns schon zu lange. Aber ich habe heute einen besonders guten Knochen aus unserem Vorrat zur Feier bekommen und viee Streicheleinheiten.Habt ihr gewusst. read more...


Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 15 - ARC Tag 12
Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 15 - ARC Tag 12
06/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Day 12 (we think)

It's very hard to believe that we are in the middle of the Atlantic, the ocean is very calm with only a slight swell. After good progress last night with winds up to 24knts today has provided only light winds resulting in slow progress and a small amount of motor sailing.Fishing continues to be good source of both entertainment and food and the South African lure Maximus succeeded in catching a fine Tuna (Honeysuckle) which will provide a great lunch for tomorrow! Unfortunately as has been the way with a number of the lures he was taken from us on the next cast by yet another monster from the deep!We have all secretly written down are anticipated arrival date and put them into a sealed envelope which will be opened with 900 miles to go and the one who has ultimately guessed the time. read more...


06/12/2013

Golondrina - FRIDAY

As the night duty crew retired, a slight spot of rain was felt over the port side and as it got brighter, saying sun here would be an overstatement, the largest angriest black cloud we've seen so far emerged from the gloom - it didn't even have the common courtesy to be in the sky, this was at sea level!  ‘O dear’ was the general comment, and when sheet of  lightning and massive thunder claps added to the drama, it was felt clearly that a plan of action was required.   Dave thought it best that he supervise the next hour from the strategic forward command bunker which looked remarkably like his bunk. To placate the team, he convinced the crew that his 'special earplugs' would pick up wind shifts and that he would be back as soon as the danger had passed. He then went. read more...


Golondrina - FRIDAY
Golondrina - FRIDAY
06/12/2013

Dragonfly - Nikolaustag

Heute ist Nikolaus. Volker gibt für jeden Lebkuchen aus, aber sonst ist uns nicht nach Nikolaus. Wir stecken mal wieder in einer Flaute fest. Laut Wetterkarte auch noch für die nächsten Tage. Jetzt sind wir seit 11 Tagen unterwegs und haben noch 1.000 sm vor uns. 1.850 liegen zwar schon in unserem Kielwasser, aber wir kommen nicht vorwärts. Zumindest nicht unter Segel und der Dieselvorrat ist begrenzt. Die Positionsmeldungen der ARC möchte ich mir schon gar nicht mehr anschauen. Das Wetter ist ja diesmal noch schlechter als 2010. Auch ohne 600sm Umweg um die Kap Verden brauchen wir genauso lange. Ich bin total deprimiert. Das überträgt sich natürlich auf die Stimmung an Bord. Edwin liest, Hajo hört Musik , Volker liegt in der Koje und ich versuche mich irgentwie abzulenken.Zum. read more...


06/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Twelve

Close your eyes and imagine.You're out in your sailboat on an endless sea. The wind is at your back. A warm, gentle breeze wraps around you as you gaze into the middle distance as if in a trance. Nothing breaks the rhythm of the boat's rocking with the ocean swell, first to port, then to starboard, again to port, again to starboard, over and over and over. The water gurgles past the hull as the miles drift beneath the keel and behind you.Now open your eyes.The dream described above is an apt description of Day Twelve. We are approaching mid-passage and have fully adjusted to life at sea. We wake up, we check the rig, we eat, we take our watch, we trim the sails, we eat again, we doze, we read, we doze again, we do isometric exercises, we check the rig again, we eat, we take our watch, we. read more...


06/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 12

Beautiful sunsets. Ocean view. What philosophical questions have we?   To keep our perspective and down-to-earth center, we ask each other:   What time zone are we in now? Or rather, when should we turn the clock back, and whose watch will that beon?   Easy when you are on land, someone has drawn the line even if not exactlywith the 15 degrees markers. Which is why there are some places in India that are 1/2 hour ahead. Andwhy Las Palmas (our starting point) was still on Spanish time. There is no particular rhyme or reason.On board our boat though, we all just agree with the captain. Law of sea, Iguess. However, the new electronic devices are rather skeptical. They want to knowwhy you would like to be in a time zone that is inhabited by only one littleisland. As if we. read more...


06/12/2013

Merlyn III - Day 12 - Mr Muscle moves to Merlyn

Not much worth reporting on the sailing front as the ‘trades’ have anotherbunk today.  We are hoping that they may be here for good on Sunday, readyfor a final dash to the finishing line (only 1169 miles away as I write), but wehave learned by now not to count any chickens. So today’s report comes from today’s Mother, naturally the most important, but least recognised role on the boat.  In truth none of us guys have hadmuch real life training in its finer tasks - and I may had less than the others,bar one.  This is the third time round, but I still can’t quite get thehang of it.  The first two times it was not the cooking or washing up orlaundry I hated, but the cleaning, especially the sinks and showers and stoveand heads (loos).  This time I made the. read more...


06/12/2013

Miciadue - Freitag, der 13. Seetag - Nikolaus

Der Tag begann mit einer Überraschung. Vor unserer Kabinentür standen Nikolausstiefel mit leckeren Süßigkeiten. Aber das war noch nicht alles. Der Salontisch war mit vier Weihnachtskerzen und 6 goldenen Schälchen mit weiteren Süßigkeite dekoriert. Dazu gabs Nikolausmusik von Rolf Zukowski und seinen Freunden ;-), so ist eben Nikolaus mitten auf dem Atlantik. Da wir fast Flaute haben, laufen wir erstmal wieder unter Motor. Der große Vorteil: Heute Abend gibts endlich mal wieder ein kaltes Bier. Dank unserem Wettercoachs Joachim haben wir große Hoffung, dass es in 2-3 Tagen wieder mit 5 bft weht und wir bis zum 17./18.12. rechtzeitig zum geplanten Crewwechsel in St Lucis sein werden. Heute Nacht so gegen 1.00 Uhr wird voraussichtlich Bergfest sein. Zeit mal die Wasserreserven zu checken.. read more...


06/12/2013

Manihi - Nuit difficile ... nuit sportive !!!

14:16.47N 39:17.93W   12:00 heure locale (UTC-2) Je ne sais pas par où commencer ... Peut-être par le début ! La journéed'hier d'est déroulée magnifiquement ! Le vent était régulier, 15 à 17 nds enpermanence. Le spi asymétrique tangonnée et la GV avec un ris (pour ne pas tropdéventer le spi), nous avancions à 7 nds de moyenne en direct vers Ste Lucie.Nous avons parcouru autour de 160 miles pendant la journée. Bonne journée ! Lebateau était très stable sous pilote (Raymond !). Nous avons décidé de resterdans cette configuration de voiles pour la nuit.  Diner tranquille en avançant à 7 nds. Au menu, la troisième daurade péchéeavant-hier et la bonite (petit thon) péchée hier (ça marche bien la pêche !),avec un riz cuit aux oignons. Tellement tranquille que nous décidons de. read more...


Free Spirit - 3 reefs, winds 30 - 35 knots (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - 3 reefs, winds 30 - 35 knots (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Damage inspection (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Damage inspection (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Stormy conditions (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - Stormy conditions (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - An eventful 24 hours! (Free Spirit 62)
Free Spirit - An eventful 24 hours! (Free Spirit 62)
06/12/2013

Free Spirit - An eventful 24 hours! (Free Spirit 62)

We had a very useful reminder a couple of days back on the way things tend to go wrong when sailing - in a series of events, rather than one-off incidents, which in this instance left us scrambling for 12 hours to get the upper-hand back, and to be very thankful now that we're sailing smoothly towards our destination! Apologies for the length of this post, its partly a file note! Our problems kicked off on the evening of Tue 3rd. We had been enjoying a steady 12 - 15 knot breeze more or less directly behind us for several hours, and as night fell, we thought we'd set up for the evening by sailing directly downwind goose-winged, with our main sail out port side and the genoa, supported by the spinnaker pole to keep it stable, on the starboard. Our pole is (now was!) too. read more...


06/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - Oh, the stars!

We have very much focused in this log on how we have miraculously managed to continue to work as a team over this voyage which of course is essential when only double-handed.Sometimes the responsibility for each others welfare weighs quite heavy and at other times we feel we would not welcome the intrusion of anyone else in our familiar bubble. But the person you must get on with best of all when sailing double handed is yourself.If you don't like your own company then it would be intolerable as the watches can be very long and lonely.If viewed as a drag then that is what they indeed become but actually the time alone is such an incredible opportunity and such a rarity in our usually busy crowded lives.Initially to have so much time alone can seem rather intimidating and uncomfortable. read more...


06/12/2013

Incisor - daily blog 6-11-2013

So our blogs keep getting written later and later everyday and this is because it’s so hot at 12 in the afternoon everybody just wants to get their head down out of the sun rather than sweating at the chart table! Or alternatively we want to enjoy the sun outside and we don’t want to miss out on it!Today we again completed another peel (we are getting pretty damn good at them now) and a gybe. Our gybe took us an hour to set up because we only had one sheet on the spinnaker with no take down line and only one guy on, as well as having a preventer rigged which was the other guy. Writing this makes It sound as though we had no idea how to hoist a spinnaker as we had lots of bits of string missing but I can assure you it was all for good reason! It’s odd that we get to plan 12 hours in. read more...


06/12/2013

Adina - Day 11 A Buzz of Flying Fish

Day 11 and Adina is getting into a rhythm of life at sea. People appear at various stages of the morning and by afternoon everyone is up. A lot of reading books now - heck even Skip is reading a book. Tom's reading Tom Sharpe's Wilt Alternative, Susie has Ben Ainslie, Neil is reading The Black Swan: The impact of the highly improbable, Lindsay is alternating between Trafalgar and The Art of Racing in the Rain (a story about a dog) while Gareth watches DVDs on his ipad.The parasailor has now been up for nearly 48 hours and flown for two nights, and is still doing a fabulous job. Please, please keep it up nice little parasailor.Flying fish abound and we see groups of up to 15 in the air - do we call them a school, a pod, a flock? We quite like a buzz of flying fish as they do buzz like. read more...


06/12/2013

True Colours - Roast Beef

Position 15:04.99N 032:04.46W   This is more like it!   Firstly, for dinner a joint of Roast Beef, expertly prepared and cooked byToby.  Much debate about the cut, as it looked and tasted like brisket, butwas not a rolled joint (none of those on board to the best of the skipper’sknowledge!!)  Then after dinner the wind increased and for the first timesince leaving Sao Vicente we were able to sail through the night, and maintaineda decent speed, with the wind veering to turn the broad reach into a poled outgenoa run.   Bacon, egg, cheese and ketchup butties for brunch, again courtesy ofToby.  Sadly, that is almost the end of the meat;  after a teamsmelling session, we consigned to the deep all the remaining beef bought in LasPalmas, and are now left only. read more...


06/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 13 - Orca

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 170 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1500 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1518.Well we were on engine for 20 hours and covered 145 miles, to get south west. At 0840 hrs this morning we stopped the engine and were in 10 knots of breeze. With the Genekar sail up, we managed to continue at the same speed as the engine was giving us.We had to do a few jobs, as the boom brake line was chafed through, we were able to reverse the line, to get the chafed part to the unused end of the line.The single side band (ssb), long distance radio we have on-board, has two antenna's. Each antenna is seven meters long and is in two sections. We lost the top of one of the sections. This meant that we had to swap the antenna's to give a seven meter. read more...


06/12/2013

Duplicat - Barrelling along

Thusday night a bit slow but managed to sail all night, this morning got spinnaker up and going well. John got a 14 knot surf on his watch a while ago. Will look forward to yellow brick fix saying some decent number today.New crew member (Colin W) got a cold so dosing him up with Beechams and making him use antiseptic gel frequently! but he managed to stand his night watch which made everyone feel better.Ate mahi mahi we caught yesterday for supper last night - lovely but today we have decided to keep trucking on and not to put rods out as slowing down the boat to land a fish is a pain with the kite up.May even complete one log sheet without motoring hours on it!. read more...


06/12/2013

Nyaminyami II - Nyaminyami II Blog Friday 06.12.13 - 1200hrs

By Chris Haworth aided by the crew! The introduction to yesterdays blog got me thinking – set me on a train to nowhere...like Rudi  (supertramp –crime of the century) below the is the result – best read in tune!  [Context: For readers who do not know the crew well, Francis (the Skipper) & Jane both lost their Wife/husband respectively in recent years and have ‘found’ each other to the great joy of everybody – All four of us used to race Merlin Rocket sailing dinghy’s against each other and are close friends]. I came up on deck yesterday evening Graham was at the Helm and asked ‘how you doing?’ he replied: G: It’s been a hard days night.C: Are you lonesome to night?G: All I need is the air that I breath and to love you. C: I’m not in love it’s just a silly. read more...


06/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 16:37N 033:32W Tatt av vinden at noon 12 days out - No more genaker, but enough fish

We are sailing in 10 knots of wind, genoa and cutter. Slowly with coursefor StLucia. We are still 1580 nm from the finish line. Nice weather, nice most,except for very little wind.   We sailed for three days with genaker, then the alyard broke. The newarrangement was no good. The thoughts I sent my rigger back home are not worthpublishing. OK, with more wind we shall make ok speed. In 2008 we only sailedfor four hours before the halyard broke, so a little improvement after all. Thethe original arrangement by Jeanneau was to blame that year. The pole for the genoa also broke, but just the fittings in the end, so weeasily improvised a replacement.   We have more luck with fishing! Today, just after half an hour with thelure in the water, we had a nice dorado. Plenty for. read more...


06/12/2013

Skook - Skook

Die Skook hat wieder Wind nach ueber einer Woche Flaute. Eine Ankunft in St. Lucia vor Schluss der Ziellinie ist damit wieder moeglich. Es gab schon einen Preis fuer das erste Boot nach Zielschluss. Die naechste Meldung beim Zieldurchgang.--. read more...


06/12/2013

Firefly - Less than a 1000 miles to go

We literally drifted across this milestone in the early morning with less than 4 knots of breeze. At one stage we dropped all the sails; their flapping was making it worse yet we were still going over a knot in the right direction helped by current and a following sea. This quiet spell will delay our arrival in Antigua but it did give Paul a chance to get on with some maintenance and repair jobs. The skipper has a comprehensive set of tools and spares on board for almost all eventualities but with one omission - he said' If I had a hammer I would get that job done quicker'Having undergone 2 days of beating in rain and several days of calm prior to that, we believed wrongly, that it was now all downhill in the tradewinds that seemed to start blowing nicely on Monday. Anyway C'est la Vie,. read more...


06/12/2013

Milanto - Milanto blog

We sailed through the night with "Mr Norris" up, Milantosspinnaker.This was very tricky as winds were light and variable so avoiding awrap was very challenging. To cover the watches Vale, Gianni,John Eand Nick took the helm for an hour at a time whilst John L and Karlprovided support on 2 hr shifts. It was a long night but by day breakwe had put 180 miles on the clock over a 24 hr period and mostimportantly had ourseleves well positioned vis our competition andwith regard to the area of high pressure that we are trying to avoid.Nick got a wrap in the spinnaker about 10 mins before coming off dutyat 8am but Vale soon had it sorted and he redeemed himself by helpingwith a very slick spinnaker gybe later in the day. Today we have seena mixture of 15knots to light airs, mainly sunny but with. read more...


06/12/2013

Ula - Day 9 - 2nd December - Becalmed

P { margin-bottom: 0.21cm; } The wind came!The sails went up!We used a spinnaker seldom used, the large asymetric.Its huge, and very stable.We cruised easily at 9 to 10 knots!To recap the history of this spinnaker.We used it at the start of ARC 2011, for half an hour.We then hoisted it as we repaired Boris after he was dunked.After approx. 1 hour, it shredded itself and fell into the ocean.We made comments such as “the one that lost its head”, and “the one that is in a bag that we are forgetting about”.We later had it repaired and improved. This morning, at 0300, in 17 knots of breeze, it parted.Two large pieces of flapping multi-coloured spinnaker material – no longer a sail.It was all held together only by the luff rope (incidentally this was the improvement after ARC 2011). It was up. read more...


São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Hora do banho, 1ª passagem com água salgada! / 6th Dec - Bath time, 1st wash with salt water
São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Hora do banho, 1ª passagem com água salgada! / 6th Dec - Bath time, 1st wash with salt water
São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Golfinhos a acompanhar a banhoca! / 6th Dec - Dolphins underwater with us
São Francisco 4 - Dia 6 Dez - Golfinhos a acompanhar a banhoca! / 6th Dec - Dolphins underwater with us
06/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 13: Blue Ocean Master Chef Award goes to...

Grand bonjour a tous les enfants sages en ce jour de fete. Un baiser toutparticulier a Elena, Pierre et Sacha, trois enfants adorables que le grand Sainta surement gate !!! Craig nous a prepare un petit dejeuner des grands jours avec petits pains ala canelle et sirop d’erable fait maison. Un delice. Cote cuisine toujours, Laurent et Fred jouaient hier soir leur place auMaster Chef Blue Ocean... sashimi de dorade fraiche et japanese wasabi (2e jourde suite mais on ne pourrait s’en lasser) suivis d’un tartare de dorade, poivrede Cayenne, emince de pommes et lait de Coco ont ravi le jury. Ils reviendronten 3e semaine. Apres un long passage en boite automatique position “ceremonie’ a un petit6 noeuds de moyenne, notre Bentley des mer passe la surmultipliee depuis cematin, 20 a 25 noeuds de. read more...


Blue Ocean - Day 13: Blue Ocean Master Chef Award goes to...
Blue Ocean - Day 13: Blue Ocean Master Chef Award goes to...
06/12/2013

Koala - Dec 6th: Mid Atlantic Road-kill

Yesterday evening, as part of what is becoming a ritual, we had our sundowner in the cockpit reading emails from friends in the fleet and from family. Then the author sprang into action and rustled up a curry with some of the fresh stuff that was unlikely to last much longer following our detailed stock take and cull.The night-shift started well with Koala sailing by herself beautifully. The wind then got up a bit, which is great because we were making some good progress, but it was unstable in strength and direction which meant that we ended up hand-steering much of the night, and the cross swell banging the main about cut down on sleep for the off-watch as well.This morning, we noticed an unfortunate flying fish, a good size this time, that had hit the main during the night and had. read more...


Albatros - ALBATROS Dec.6 Photo
Albatros - ALBATROS Dec.6 Photo

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