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09/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 10. Tag - Auf Zielkurs

Heute morgen haben wir mit einem Tankerkapitän gesprochen: Er hat uns ein Kompliment zu unseren Segelschiff gemacht. :-) Und noch ein paar Infos über die Strömung gegeben. Wir haben noch etwa 100 Meilen vor uns und sind guter Dinge, heute nacht anzukommen. Wir freuen uns auf eine dicke Mütze Schlaf in Richards Bay.Sandra & Tom. read more...


09/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 5 - Ready about

Position           32:41.85S 168:34.76 EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Sunday 9 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 142nm over the ground, 149nm through the water                        Distance (OG) covered from start 694nm                        Distance to destination 330nm 90nm made in. read more...


09/11/2014

Starblazer - 09/11/2014 – Not much to say!

Yesterday evening was horrible, strong winds and big seas.Trying to sleep on my first off watch was very difficult.When John woke me up at 2300 he said the winds had been up to 30 knots but had settled back to the 20-25 knot range.We were well reefed and in no danger but there is a niggling worry at the back of both our minds about the repaired forward lower shroud. We check it regularly and it is rock solid but….. The night improved and by midnight the seas were smoother, the wind was down to 18-22 knots and the moon suddenly rose above the cloud layer and shone like a searchlight on us.On balance I think it is safe to say that Sunday has been a much better day than Saturday.For the first time in 3 days I have been sitting in the cockpit this afternoon in a tee shirt (long sleeves. read more...


08/11/2014

Makena - Nov 8 - Final prep day before Cape Verde leg

Here are some misc things from today - the final prep day in Las Palmas. Changed the main halyard, installed the jack lines, took out and checked the spinnaker, attended the skipper’s briefing about weather and race rules, etc., washed the boat, and had another rust patrol. We recieved the final deliveries of fresh fruits and veggies and other general shopping. All that stuff then had to be put and hidden away. The onions have a pretty cool spot under the steps to the flybridge. I will not reveal were the goodies for weeks 2 and 3 are stashed :) We’ve wrapped carrots in tin foil in the hopes that they will last till the end of the trip. It will be interesting to see how the various veggies fare and hopefully we’ll use them up in time. Of course we may try to top in Cape Verde but not. read more...


09/11/2014

Aviva - great wind today

Today we expected winds N to NNE at 13 or so, but we got winds 18-20.The direction stayed favorable all day, and we made great time.Currently the wind is 10 knots SE, the least favorable direction for us since we want to go any heading between S and E.We need to charge the batteries anyway so are motorsailing, which is allowing us to make due south, 180.So it goes.We had ham, roasted sweet potato, fresh pineapple, and biscuits for dinner, and are into our overnight watch rotation.Tonight it's Mark 7-10, Dorothy 10-1, Fred 1-4, Mark 4-7.Our daytime watches are 7-11 am, 11 am -3 pm, and 3-7 pm.With 7 watches per day, the schedule rotates.It seems to be working out well.Time for my nap ...Dorothy. read more...


Makena - Nov 8 - Final prep day before Cape Verde leg
Makena - Nov 8 - Final prep day before Cape Verde leg
08/11/2014

Adagio - Plenty of wind, just not in the right direction.

Here's where being a rookie at the Caribbean 1500 really begins to show.We've made a couple of good tactical decisions in our decisions to proceed to 30N/70W to avoid a building low pressure system, and we've done well in kinda-sorta guessing where some of the winds would be helpful skirtuing, but not engaging, some smaller squalls so far.But, we just don;t have the expertise to make the longer predictions, nor the familiarity with the way the different portions of the crossing will play out and we have found ourselves with unfavorable winds (or in some cases no wind at all). Not that we won;t eventually get to Tortola; that goal is in sight but it is certainly not to be the elegant ride on the prevailing tradewinds we'd hoped for.. This one has so far involved lots of engine hours and. read more...


Makena - Arrrrhhh boat washing is so much fun!
Makena - Arrrrhhh boat washing is so much fun!
08/11/2014

Second Wind - Life on Port Tack

Today is a beautiful sunny day for a sail, with the wind ahead and blowing us along at 6kts, almost in the direction we have planned.After two days in confused choppy swell, learning to live on starboard tack angles, we've returned to port tack, and it seems the best weather is always on Port. Not only that, but the dishes stay on the counter all by themselves. Cooking is definitely easier, which is great, because our big news today is that we caught a fish! and it's big enough to feed all four of us tonight. It was a beautiful green Mahi Mahi, and all was well until we reeled it in and had to figure out how to deal with it.Luckily, we have a fully trained ex-Icelandic fisherman among our crew, in William, who swiftly filleted it. Not so luckily someone allowed him to have a bucket. read more...


08/11/2014

Winedown - Half way there

My apologies for all of you who have been trying to follow this blog. I had thought my emails were being sent when in fact they were not. We think we have figured it out.So this entry is from Friday:600 miles from Florida, 600 miles from Bermuda, 600 miles from Tortola, they didn’t want to tell me that we are in fact in the Bermuda Triangle. We’ve had 10.5 gremlins that have caught a ride on our boat, many have been solved, but who knows what the Bermuda triangle will stir up for us. Last night we saw some rain, gusts of wind,  a bit of lightening , and a moon rainbow this morning. Our Captain left the front hatches open and drenched our V berth, with me in it. The thing with salt water is that nothing ever really fully dries after getting wet. So far we have caught. read more...


08/11/2014

Windswept - Saturday afternoon Who cares what day it is

Turned off the engine at 6am and have been sailing tight hulled all day with autopilot in wind vane mode.We have made 42 miles south in just over 10 hours.Not great but it is sailing and in the right direction.The wind will be coming out of the south later and we will have to tack over and head east to I65.  As for fishing we landed number 5 mia just now another big one but our freezer is full and we want to save some room for the Tuna and Wahoo if we ever catch any.We just keep catching Mia (such problems).Seas are calm and weather is hot all systems are working, we could not ask for more.We are truly blessed…Capt’n Sonny. read more...


08/11/2014

Shira - 8 november

Allt är klart och vi vill iväg! Det verkar komma att blåsa ganska bra tror vi, tur att det kommer bakifrån!Vi har fått vårt mätetal: 0,913. Man tar totaltiden och multiplicerar med mätetalet. I vår klass C är det 12 båtar, vi ligger lite under mitten. Båtarna har mellan 0,801-0,959 i vår klass.Stämningen på Shira är nu samlad. Vi går igenom våra två vaktsschema som vi har. Schema 1 så är man två uppe hela tiden. Varje person är uppe 4 timmar/ sover 4. Ett andra schema är rullande 3 timmarspass där man kör en timme själv.Det andra går att köra på tre personer om det skulle behövas.Nästa gång vi skriver på denna blogg så blir det via kortvågsradion, den går inte att använda i hamnen så vi får se om det hoppar igång ute till havs!. read more...


08/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 5

Somewhat despondent today as we have found ourselves stuck under the center of another low, resulting in more light airs. Even the anaconda won't fly in the swell, so we have ended up running the motor for much longer than we would have liked.Spending today hunting for wind - heading more east to find the trades. Pays to listen to the advice of those that have done this trip before.Crew is taking the opportunity to get a few zzzs under the tropical blue skies (and yes, we are lathered in sun screen)Quick update: we've found some wind - so all hands to the sailsTeam Tom Tom. read more...


08/11/2014

Louise - Blog 2 - Inspection and more

Today I have a very happy crew on board. Chris from the ARC has been making security check and he found me well and safe for the crossing.Well, most of the time the commander (Jan) and the captain (Carina) are in good mood. Yesterday they joined the farewell and welcome party, which was a very fine arrangement offering local specialities, entertainment etc. I guess the two of them will be quite busy until our departure. There are seminars, meetings, and lots of nice people.Tomorrow we shall say goodbye/see you in Caribbean to our neighbours who are joining the ARC+ sailing from Las Palmas to Cap Verde. And look how nicely the ARC+ boats have dressed up (I shall ask my crew to find  my new flags and dress me up). Greetings from Louise (Carina is writing on my. read more...


Louise - Blog 2 - Inspection and more
Louise - Blog 2 - Inspection and more
08/11/2014

Club Carp - How many 360 degree turns does it take for the crew to notice?

Answer: 1.5!So, get ready, this is a good one.Let me first lay the scene.Weather conditions: it's very overcast almost fully blocking out the moon; we had just gone through a small squall; and the wind is extremely light and directly on our nose which means the Yanmar humming it's lovely tune.Crew mental conditions: it's post dinner and all four crew members have settled deeply into their food comas; laying in the breeze up on deck; and bobbing our head to some really mellow tunes (no, not kenny G, more like Eric Clapton genre) which have to loud enough to drown out the engine.As a quick aside, we still have not caught any fish and dinner was the spiral cut ham and canned green beans I had foreshadowed in our last blog.But as I also mentioned, our "Cooke" prepared it in outstanding. read more...


Club Carp - How many 360 degree turns does it take for the crew to notice?
Club Carp - How many 360 degree turns does it take for the crew to notice?
08/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 306 Supplemental; An Ugly Day on the Indian Ocean, but a Good Weather Forecast for Crossing the Aghulas Current Monday; Friday, November 7, 2014

Up at 6:00 AM. I relieved Jeremy, who said he had a bad pinched finger. Its overcast with a light rain falling. Very, very bumpy with large swells from the west and southwest. An ugly, uncomfortable day. The wind is SSE at 15/19 and we're moving at 5.0 knots thru the water and 6.4 knots over the land. Its so cloudy out I can't tell when the sunrise was. I didn't sleep well last night due to the bumpy, rough conditions. Its cold and I'm wearing my thermal underwear, bottoms and top (which Joel gave me); pants; foul weather pants; a long sleeved shirt and my heavy foul weather jacket. Plus a cap and harness. I put a second reef in the mainsail. The jib already has 1 reef in it. I turn the wind turbine off as we're starting to overcharge the batteries. We can tell when that is occurring. read more...


06/11/2014

T&T - Voorbereidingen in de haven

Wij zijn nu enkele dagen in Gran Canaria, Las Palmas en onze bemanning is voltallig en iedereen schijnt met elkaar overweg te kunnen (oef).Ik heb alle inkopen gedaan om een maand met 6 personen op zee te overleven, heb uren in de supermarkt rondgelopen en gerekend , hoeveel kilo vlees, vis, fruit, groenten enzAlles opgelijst en ik heb nu een hele inventaris van mijn "bootwinkeltje". Als ik zeeziek ben kunnen de mannen hieruit shoppen. Ik heb dus mijn steentje al bijgedragen aan het alimentaire welslagen van ons avontuur !Alle technische problemen op de boot zijn bijna opgelost : morgen moeten er 4 batterijen per luchtvracht uit België komen.Nergens op dit eiland noch in Spanje waren de batterijen te vinden : slecht voor bloeddruk van mijn ventje maar Novaedes is een super bedrijf dat er. read more...


05/11/2014

Winedown - Open Water day 3

So we have it on record we’ll go back to the start; Winedown was first in our class to cross over the start line, thanks to the expert racing and driving skills of crew memeber Tim Berchard.Today, we are currently in the middle of the pack, so still in the hunt. First night out was COLD and breezy, we woke to the increasingly warmer air of the gulf stream and carried a steady breeze most of day 2 averaging 7 to 7.5 knots. Today is very light, flukey air.We are racers but we want to get there within a reasonable time frame so we opted to turn on the motor. We have 1,011 nautical miles to go. Highpoint of the trip so far was catching our first fish, a beautifully green colored Mahi Mahi, which Dave filleted for us and fried up for lunch! If I could describe a perfect blue, it would be this. read more...


08/11/2014

Alchemy - The Tropics

For the last day, we have been sailing further and further south, some 200 miles. Today we can feel the sun, bright in the blue sky. Layers come off and we are changing from our matching red Gill jackets to shorts and t shirts.As we are now firmly in the middle of our trip, we are some 500 miles from our start, the Bahamas or the BVI. I think that put's us firmly in the Bermuda triangle. At this point, the closest land is our destination, some 600 miles.Alchemy feels sure and confident underneath us. She likes going to  weather, and is happy driving through waves at 6-7 knots into a fr'ward wind. Despite starting hours behind the Caribbean 1500 fleet, we have already overtaken several and watched them slip behind us on our AIS. Out in the ocean, you can only really see about 10. read more...


08/11/2014

Magelanus III - LOG Day -1 - Getting nervous... Vamos, vamos??!!

É já amanhã... It's tomorrow... we are on the starting blocks... well... almost! Sausages, eggs?! Yes, thanks - Vilela the cooker gives the orders - o calor aperta e o vento, na marina, caíu! Another beer?! Who's banging on the mast... getting nervous... è pá, parem lá com isso! Vamos almoçar! Time for lunch... see you later!. read more...


08/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov. 8,2014

The winds died down last night and came from the exact location we are going SE.We decided to take down the sails and motor.Everything was just clanging and we were only making 4kts with the sails. So here it is morning on Sat. and I am still reporting on light winds and motoring. If anyone has any power out there to control the wind we'd like to order winds from the SW or ENE at about 15-20kts.But we all did have a nice night without the slamming and bamming. There were lots of threatening but beautiful clouds out there but no rain materialized. The moon was out yet again and stayed out for my watch until sunrise. Well, I threw out into the middle of the Atlantic ocean the memories and the traumas that have kept many of us stuck for a long time. As those shredded memories and feelings. read more...


08/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - 11-8 update - Gald this is a rally and not a race

Good morning rally fans.After yesterday's update the wind picked up and we set the spinnaker, which we flew from late morning through late afternoon.Then the wind died and we started the engine.We interspersed motoring with a few attempts at sailing, but the wind was too light and shifty to make it rewarding for much longer than an hour at a time.It's a bit frustrating because what little wing there is is on the nose so while motoring into it it feel like there is plenty of wind, much like a dog with his head out the car window. The advantages to motoring are that we are able to keep the hatches open and everyone was able to take a shower.Abigail smells much better for it.Last night, however, the watermaker stopped working.I suspect we just sucked up some seaweed that will be easily. read more...


08/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 4 - Still wet and windy

Position           30:36.07S 168:05.45 EDate                1200 (UTC +11) Saturday 8 2014                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 152m over the ground, 150nm through the water                        Distance (OG) covered from start 552nm                        Distance to destination. read more...


08/11/2014

Starblazer - 08/11/2014 – Some good news

Yesterday’s log was all about the problems, today I want to highlight the good bits!Last night the seas calmed down, the winds eased and the full moon shone brightly right through until sunrise.This meant that the off watch crew could sleep far more comfortably than when the boat is rocking and rolling. We both got our two 3 hour off watch periods undisturbed.During the morning the wind returned, the sky was a picture of many different cloud formations though fortunately no Cumulo Nimbus.It also got a bit warmer during the day. We might be only eight degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn but the atmosphere is definitely cooler than we have experienced for a long time.This evening we will reach the halfway mark to the North Cape, 400 miles in 4 days 8 hours is not spectacular though we. read more...


08/11/2014

Nexus - Calm motoring in fickle currents

The wind is gone again, slowly swinging to the north and building. We're motoring in calmer waters now on a beautiful morning. We have 130 miles to go and since we can't go forward to fly the Gennaker with our compromised trampolines and we don't want to pound too much with our jury rig on the dingy, we've decided to slow down to arrive at first light tomorrow into Richard's Bay. The wind and current should pick up later today which may speed us up on our way so I'm not quite sure how we'll manage to do that, but that's the plan! We've had a calm several hours of slow motoring while we crab walked through adverse currents making 5kts over ground, but everyone is rested, so we're in good spirits and grateful for the improved weather and seas. We're really looking forward to arrival in. read more...


08/11/2014

Juno - 100 miles to Lanzarote

One hundred miles to run to Lanzarote and we are sailing fast, consistently over 9 knots in 11 knots of wind. It is impressive that a fat cruising boat (sorry Juno) weighing 32 tons can convert wind into boat speed so efficiently.Kerry woke me at 2am this morning to tell me that the wind had increased and backed to the north west, allowing us to set sail. As the day has gone on the wind has moved progressively forwards, increasing our apparent wind speed and now we are close-reaching at full speed towards Lanzarote in bright sunshine.The reason for the wind shift is the deep low to the north of us, moving south and bringing a strong westerly airflow with it.  Gibraltar airport reported 50 knots of wind from the west this morning with huge seas running through the straits. If we. read more...


08/11/2014

Juno - On passage towards the Canaries

We are sitting in the Waterfront Café in Queensway Quay marina, Gibraltar. Three meals a day, it has replaced the galley on Juno while we prepare for our trip down to the Canaries. There is a large cloud that hangs perpetually over the Rock, casting its shadow over the marina while all around bright sunshine blazes down on the Spanish mainland.  The European summer is definitely on the wane and we are looking forward to sailing south to warmer climes.The wind is gusting around the marina, halliards clatter on masts, our ensign flutters imperially and the swell rolls us gently us at our mooring. This morning several yachts left the marina, heading south and I am impatient to leave. The weather is good for our trip: the easterly wind is still squeezing its way through the. read more...


08/11/2014

Windswept - Day ? Who knows A fine Day of Sailing no matter what day it is.

The day started off with a west wind at about 10 knots and continued to build to 15 with gust to 20.With a reef in the jib and a reef in the main we held 8 knots most of the time.It was a bit rough for fishing but we did run one line and managed to land another Mahi.For Dinner I baked up foiled rapped Mahi Mahi a little garlic, season salt a bit of Mayo and some shredded cheese it was probably our best meal aboard so far.Just after sundown the wind calmed and we were down to 2 knots so we started the engine and if it is still calm tomorrow morning we will fill our fuel from our deck cans (40 Gallons).Thanks M for Dinner. read more...


Windswept - Day ? Who knows A fine Day of Sailing no matter what day it is.
Windswept - Day ? Who knows A fine Day of Sailing no matter what day it is.
07/11/2014

Aviva - Chugging along

From motoring through dead calm and flat water two days ago to no wind but seas on the nose yesterday so strong I was airborn in the forward berth to today's dead run with winds at 25 knots and seas 8-10 feet, it's all been good here.  Last night's taco salad for dinner was a hit ... easy and delicious ... we may have to repeat that.Yesterday (or was it the day before ...) two great blue herons flew right over us, making much faster southward progress than we were.We were also visited by a large pod of dolphins -- we hope they enjoyed their leaping and bow-riding as much as we enjoyed watching them.We have made many attempts at fishing, but all we have caught is sargasso inedibilis.We are between 1/3 and 1/2 way.I hate to think about that too much, as I like that timeless, just keep. read more...


07/11/2014

Firefly - An Albatross visits Firefly

This 900 nautical mile passage from New Caledonia to New Zealand is proving to be somewhat challenging. We are going into our 5th day at sea and almost the entire time we have been hard on the wind, fully close hauled on port tack, leaning over at a serious angle! Having just downloaded more GRIB files to check the forecast - we estimate we have about another 36 hours on port before we tack onto starboard to make our approach to the North Cape. We have had about 20 knots of apparent wind on average, 2 reefs in the mainsail all the way and we reef the jib as needed. Firefly is doing a grand job considering she is a 'downwind girl' and we are maintaining boat speeds of about 7 knots despite pounding into a moderate to rough sea. To add to the difficulties we generally have an adverse. read more...


07/11/2014

Club Carp - Spinnaker at Sea

Another breezy evening and morning gave us a lovely sail but has been followed by a lackluster afternoon.Fortunately, after each of our night shifts, we were rewarded with Belgium chocolates on our pillows and clean towels folded in various entertaining shapes.The shapes of our Captain's "towel Origami" included a rabbit, an elephant, and what looked like a fruit basket filled with one banana and two oranges...the Captain has a twisted sense of humor but always tries to keep the crews' spirits up.  This afternoon, we did our best to harness the dying wind with our bright yellow spinnaker, but ultimately resorted to running our engine again.We have heard multiple fish tails from our neighboring boats, but have yet to catch anything ourselves.This has not been due to a lack of trying. read more...


Club Carp - Spinnaker at Sea
Club Carp - Spinnaker at Sea
07/11/2014

Second Wind - Settling into life on the high seas

From the calms of our previous blog when we tried out our fishing gear and Karen practiced her newly taught skills of taking a sextant reading and calculating our position (to within 40 miles .... not bad!), the clouds then rolled in and the wind filled in from about ESE at about 10-12 knots, which led to more pounding into the waves and less comfort, especially for those trying to sleep in the forecabin.Today the wind shifted to the NW and has strengthened so we are enjoying a nice broad reach in bright sunny conditions with two reefs in the mainsail and our small staysail.The boat feels very comfortable and is handling the slightly confused seas very nicely so we are making good progress at about 7-8 knots. It is back to shorts and a T-shirt weather today.We have adopted a watch system. read more...


07/11/2014

Shira - 7 november

Idag blev vi klara med allt! Vi tog också en liten provtur och seglade lite. Kändes bra och Shira vill iväg! Men hon har gått och blivit lite tjock nu när hon legat still, vi har lastat i rätt mycket minst sagt. Nåväl, vi får äta mycket i början så hon får tillbaka sin forna spänst! Kött har vacuumpackats i vin, vi tror det blir toppen! Någon sa att det håller länge ... Vi får se om det bara var på skoj?. read more...


07/11/2014

GEM - Things go BANG in the day... and night

So right after posting yesterday’s blog entry, the first reefing line on the main parted with a BANG, the line chafed through at the clew fitting which is a ring that guides the line back down to the boom fitting.The wind was blowing 30 knots + on a reach and we were doing 8+ kn.After some discussion about why this occurred and how we quickly set the second reef point since the wind was building anyway.Jim and I sailed in much heavier winds down to VA with one reef and had no problems.When it broke the tail of the line shot back into the boom so it can’tbe retrieved :-(. Why did it chafe through ?This is important as you’ll see shorty. During this fire drill the stbd genoa winch stuck in hi speed mode and would not shut off.We suspected the switch since this happened once before.We threw. read more...


Lone Star - Day 5 - Sailfish Catch and Release
Lone Star - Day 5 - Sailfish Catch and Release
07/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 5 - Sailfish and Mahi Day

Yes friends, a sailfish being the highlight of the day (so far that is).We are sending a picture in separate email. And I must say the coordination and precision movements of captain and crew when the call of "fish on" goes out (or in this case "oh s____, somethings happening"), is difficult to describe in words. And now, some observations from you humble crew member,Seldom Sailer, or SS to my friends.Days 1-4 have been relativly uneventful if one doesn't consider the beatings, which continue unabated.However, with the excitement and good will that catching2 fish has brought, Gracious Captain has now scaled back to a cat-o-2 tails and we are forever grateful.Another observation is that the participants in this lovely activity which I thought was supposed to be relaxing sure seem to. read more...


07/11/2014

Adagio - Closing in ... on half-way :)

Well, we are at least moving again :)It has been a trip full of wonders so far; wondering if the wind will come back, which direction it might hold and how long it will last.Not to despair tho, we have some good winds today and are making good time with only the jib and mizzen out.We are holding pack putting the pedal down and trying to go faster because the winds seems to be gusty and unpredictable right now at 10 to 25 knots mainly from the west. The GRIB right at our position shows we should be seeing 10 knots out of the north.Ah well, it's only a forecast. Yesterday was an auspicious day as we celebrated crewman Tom's , Robin, birthday aboard.Nice job,Robin, on the ginger cake and chocolate ice cream!A very tasty treat. We are thinking we can have birthdays every couple of days. read more...


07/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov. 7 Happy Birthday

Here we are againat sea reporting on our progress. Bill got on the net today but was not able to hear or transmit our position. We have not heard any boats nearby either on the VHF. I heard someone saying they were Blue Pearl but was not able to get an answer from them when I called. Guess we are out of range for the net.We are doing fine today. Washing off the boat , making water, taking showers. It has been a rough couple of daysgoing through that low pressure system. We had all sails reefed and still were rolling around and slamming into the waves. We didn't have much of an appetite which won't hurt Bill or me. But thinmint Matt- he is another case. He claims he kept on eating just fine. He did make us a wonderful comfort food dinner of turkey stuffing and veggies. But today is. read more...


07/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 4

Woke this morning to beautiful sailing weather following a challenging overnight period, where we sailed through pretty much every point of sail, including the Iron Jenny as a Low front passed right over head. We just hit the half way point in the race by distance, and celebrated by dousing the forward head in salt water due to a hatch inadvertently left open. Discovered that electric heads don't like being doused in salt water - lost use of head for a while - while we repaired the broken flush switch.Perfect downwind sailing today so we will be raising the Anaconda shortly. Team all in good spirits, despite lack of sleep by crew (captain is getting plenty of sleep)Team Tom Tom. read more...


07/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 305; Motor Sailing and Lighter Winds; Thursday, November 6, 2014

Relieved Jeremy 7:00 AM. Heavy overcast sky, rain showers all over. Wind on the bow. Cold. Wind 12 knots and we're moving at 4.8 knots thru the water and 5.2 over the land. I slept great last night, from 2:00 AM to 6:30 AM - 4 1/2 hours of straight continuous sleep.After the stress of the near gale, gale, constant slappers and being pooped a fair amount, it was like I slept 8-12 hours. Joel remarks to me later that he had the same good sleep. Polaris hosted the 9:00 AM net. I think it was Jon but not sure. First time. Good job. At the end of the net Tim from Ghost gave us a GRIB weather update. Breakfast at 9:30 AM consisted of eggs, potato, apricot halves and bread.Our noon position was 27 degrees, 47 minutes South; 43 degrees, 27 minutes East; and were 603 miles from Richards Bay. The. read more...


07/11/2014

Sweet Pearl - Mauritius -->Richards Bay - 8. Tag - Nicht mehr lange

Das Wetter ist wechselhaft, so der Wind. Wir machen das Beste draus und geben Gas um schnell nach Richards Bay zu kommen. Wir sind wohlauf, aber freuen uns gleichzeitig bald anzukommen - höchstwahrscheinlich Sonntagnacht auf Montag. Cheers, Tom. read more...


07/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - Friday November 7

Good morning from the crew of Abigail.It's a beautiful morning were at sea as we are reaching down the rhumb line in about 15 knots of breeze from the Southwest.It is mostly sunny and warm, which is welcome after a windless and rainy night.We anticipated the conditions last night as we knew we were sailing toward a dissipating low pressure system, but that didn't make them anymore pleasant.The weather this morning, however, is nearly ideal as we reach the half way point of the trip.Everything is going well as Ron and I are currently on watch and Pat and Bernie are catching up on their beauty sleep.We are eating well.So far dinners have consisted of Lasagna, Chidken Cordon Bleu, Beef Bourgogne and Chicken Pie.Thanks to my wife, Pam, for the outstanding meal preparation before our departure.. read more...


07/11/2014

Lily - DDAY - 3; Getting Ready

Short introduction might be important as it is our first blog (ever). We are sailing double handed if one excludes our boat cat BORIS (he is not much use doing watches as he tends to catch up with his sleep during sailing). Our yacht is an AMEL 54 build in 2010, which we intend to sail around the world (or a part of it if we run out of funds sooner than expected).Almost ready to go! As always the TO-DO list is, somehow, getting longer instead of shorter. However, we are going to adopt a ‘management best practise’ approach and simple clean out the TO-DO list once we are off. All important and essential items have been completed so anything left will have to be done on the ‘other side’!The wind forecast looks brilliant. With a full moon during the first night, we will have plenty of time. read more...


07/11/2014

Windswept - day six with 577 miles done and 742 miles to go opps day 5

After a day of east winds and some bumps we were becalmed las night .But it did not last for long, a good west wind came up and we are beam reaching south and ready for breakfast!. read more...


07/11/2014

Celebrate - Calmer seas

'Its a little bumpy' has become the most commonly used understatement on the radio net over the last few nights. However after another day of high winds and bumpy seas the wind and waves have abated. At their worst the waves were reported on our weather reports by email as 4.5 metres high caused by a combination of the gale to our South and strong currents. We did not check but they werea dramatic sight. So we are now enjoying a milder current and wind pushing us towards Richards Bay and the delights of the Zululand Yacht Club. Our ETA should be after lunch tomorrow (Saturday).The 'Bring and Braai' on Monday evening sounds fun.Celebrate continues to look after us well despite the autohelm going on strike for a couple of hours yesterday. It had however just got us through the 'bumpiest'. read more...


07/11/2014

Makena - Nov 6 - First Crew Dinner

Thursday night we had all our crew together for the first time - very enjoyable and it bodes well for the days ahead. As with many boats, there are many passports represented (especially when certain people such as baby Kai carry 3!). Having people who speak Spanish and Portuguese is very helpful - everyone has English and most also speak French. Despite lots of combined experience on many other oceans and seas, no one has actually crossed the Atlantic before so it is very nice to be able to share this experience together. Philip was due to cross with a delivery many years ago but got appendicitis 3 days beforehand, was flown back to America and missed the crossing but not the birth of his 2nd child who arrived 2 weeks early! I’ll write these notes for friends reading more than for other. read more...