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13/12/2013

Athena of Southampton - Athena log 11

Athena log 11 – Friday December 13th 2013 –15 36.84 N / 55 51.51 W Why is it the lastfew miles of any journey seem to stretch, is it the anticipation of what? A longshower with unlimited water?  Ormaybe the thought of a beer or a meal sat at a table that doesn’t move, thatsteady meal which doesn’t need lifelong curled arm around the plate to preventthe food joining previous meals in the bin.  Thecurled arm locked around the square plate dates back to Nelson’s day. Thisnecessary habit was often used as evidence by the press gang to prove a man wasa sailor, or had been. Hence the common wail of modern day mums “sit upstraight, get your elbows off the table” So not a measure of manners, but anancient ruse to fool those who would offer the Kings shilling. As another crossingcomes. read more...


12/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 12

24 hours later and we confirm that we are slightly losing our minds... Thewashing machine sleeping experience has now turned into a tumble drying on extrahot and extra long cycle setting. Bruise count is now into triple figures -colours ranging from the palest of buttercup yellow to the deepest of purple. Anavvy would blush at our expletives - every time Tricia swears the whole boatcheers. She is now down with da kids. Ali G would be proud. She's got theheadlamp, sunnies, medallion and the batty rider shorts. Work that ghetto chicgirlfriend! The sailing experience has been awesome. Big swells push Hot Stuff's bottomtowards St Lucia - blissful surfing - it feel like we are flying sometime. Lifedoesn't get much better than this ... Nikki is currently on the helm eating lastnight's cold. read more...


13/12/2013

Firefly - When the ship comes in to Nelson's Dockyard

After our arrival in English Harbour, we had a lazy morning at anchor in Freeman's Bay catching up with sleep, jobsand swimming off Firefly. When the historic port was clear of charter yachts ( they have been having pre season charter fair here)they gave us a berth right in front of all the historic dock buildings and conveniently a bar. We can now claimed to be fully acclimatized however Peter is the only one so far to have tasted the local rum (the others prefer beer)We had a delicious supper at the Antigua Yacht Club in nearby Falmouth Harbour (no more on board catering for a while)and wandering the charter boat pontoons (millionaires row and lots of polishing!)We were greeted this morning by the arrival of Barney Greenhill so the party has really started . No more jokes by email .. read more...


13/12/2013

Hera - Turbulenzen

Die Abläufe unter Deck gestalten sich beim aktuellen Seegang zunehmendschwieriger. Man müßte 7 Arme wie ein Krake haben, um alles im Griff zubehalten. Der Mangel an solchen Extremitäten läßt Teller,Tassen und vielerleiandere Gegenstände während deren Nutzung durch die Gegend segeln. Bei dieserunangenehmen hohen und kurzen Hackwelle kann man nicht mal den Rudergänger fürdas Chaos verantwortlich machen. Eine während des Reffens aus dem Spibaum ausgeklinkte Vorschot hat uns inder Nacht 20 sm vom Etmal gekostet. Der Fehler ließ sich erst bei Tageslichtbeheben, so dass wir vier Stunden ohne Vorsegel segeln mußten. Auf die gewohnten ausgeklügelten Menüs werden wir die letzten drei Tage bisRodney Bay wohl verzichten müssen, da Rasmus auch weiter mit seiner Vitalitätprotzt. Abgesehen von den. read more...


13/12/2013

Arkouda - Big Rolly Seas and Green Chilie

13 28.2 N, 44 28.5 WSOG 6-6.5,COG 290We finally made contact with the sailing vessel Aspen yesterday!As I had mentioned I tried in wee hours of the morning to reach her, without success.Right after I hit the send button on the outgoing emails, I heard a voice on the VHF.Pretty exciting, only the could not hear us!We will be testing our distance and antennae when we reach St. Lucia.I got a little worried.We had passed her (despite what the position report showed, although she could have passed us again, but I would have at least seen the boat on the AIS.I am not sure if they stopped in the Verdes, which means that they have been out here four days longer.And although we had one stellar day of over 200 NM, most of our sailing is the average speed of average boat, adjusted to make us. read more...


13/12/2013

Edelweiss - signs of life

We can tell we are starting to get close.After days of no boats at all, we had both an ARC boat (Hada) and an LPG tanker cross our bow.Must mean that we are coming in off the great blue yonder toward land.Now, if we could only see a pontoon, a shower, and little restaurant that has cold beer.But we get ahead of ourselves.  Aboard Edelweiss, the creativity continues.Lyell released an illustrated work entitled "The Baby Dinosaur", and Mason's Chandlery has posted a complete products and services listing complete with Christmas Discount (can be applied until January 15, and cannot be combined with any other offers).The market here aboard Edelweiss is a little constrained but I think he will do well.Onward toward St Lucia!xo Edelweiss. read more...


13/12/2013

Shelduck - Thu 12 Dec Yet More High Seas

Thu 12 Dec 14:57.511N 48:00.025W Distance travelled in 24h 147 miles   Huge seas make life particularly difficult below decks. It’s almostimpossible to move around without using both hands to grip onto any availablehand hold and using other body parts such as shoulders, arms, back, hips,thighs, calves and feet to brace against bits of furniture as you move around.Everything has to be done very slowly, carefully thinking about what you aredoing, how you will do it without being flung around inside the cabin. Makingtea and coffee is still possible, but takes time and careful timing so as tobalance between swings and slides and swirls and catch the moment when you are,for a tiny instant, in equilibrium.  Brendan opened our second ‘tin’ dinner of M&S spaghetti bolognaisesauce. read more...


13/12/2013

Shelduck - Wed 11 High Seas & ARC Cruising Division

Wed 11 Dec 14:59.712N 45:28.977W Distance travelled in 24h 154 miles   Today we are crossing a very shallow part of the Atlantic.  There arehuge mountain ranges beneath us, taller than Mount Everest, in an area called,somewhat imaginatively, Researcher Ridge. We are well north west of the VemaFracture Zone, being carried by the North Equatorial Current as well as pushedalong by the Trade (and non-Trade) winds. The waves are huge and high because weare travelling over an area which is only 563 metres deep rather than the usual3000-5500 metres deep. It’s hard to imagine we have more than 5km of waterbeneath us at times and even harder to visualise the mountain ranges currentlybeneath us at the moment.   Eaten the first of our tinned suppers – it’s been fresh food. read more...


13/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+19 Terre (bientôt) en vue

13 Décembre 2013Position 12h00 UTC14°14 N60°23 W160 milles en 24hTerre (bientôt) en vueCes bateaux modernes, ce n'est vraiment pas fait pour le vent arrière. Noustirons des bords de grand largue, 70° d'un bord sur l'autre, comme les AC72 de la Coupe America, en un peu moins rapide quand même.Nous avons choisi de tirer des petits bords pour rester dans le couloir de vententre Ste Lucie et la Martinique et éviter l'effet "matelas" de dévent de l'airvenant buter contre ces îles montagneuses. La manœuvre d'empannage est bien aupoint.Nous croisons et doublons des voiliers classiques qui vont tout droit,voiles en ciseaux, à l'ancienne. L'AIS se réveille d'un coup. C'est amusant dese retrouver comme ça après des jours et des jours de solitude, ça fait du bien.Cette dernière journée de mer a été. read more...


13/12/2013

Annabella - Log 18 - Friday 13th December

Position: 14 11.7N 55 49.9WDistance to St Lucia: 297.4NMDistance since log 17: 194NMPossibility that we will get into St Lucia Saturday evening sometime. Daily mileage is holding well and forecast is suggesting 25 + knots for tomorrow. The twin headsails are working well, but the rolling they induce means that the body is constantly in motion. It is especially noticeable when trying to sleep. Feels as if someone is pushing you continuously. The distance left is similar to the Dunlaoghaire to Dingle race so it feels very much in home territory.We moved into 4th place in our class yesterday and we think we can see no. 3 ahead of us on the horizon. He was 19 NMs ahead yesterday in the position report. We are optimistic that we can catch him (if it is him) before we get much. read more...


13/12/2013

Moondancer - Friday 13th

Friday 13th, that’s not a good start.Hi to all you still following us on the blog. It seems to me that anybody with the mental stamina to continue reading this load of old rubbish day after day has all that’s required to do the ARC.Its been a few days since our last blog as we’ve been very busy trying to get the boat St Lucia in one piece. The trade winds we’ve been praying for (thanks Sue) have come and we now have a constant 20kts of wind. The downside to lots of wind is the sea state which is confused at best but we’ve been clocking steady 165 mile days.It was managements turn to prepare lunch yesterday, catering was at the helm and I was in my cabin when a big wave hits the boat. Management superman’s past my cabin into the heads wall. After a little groaning from management and. read more...


13/12/2013

Skara Brae - Skara Brae blog day 20 friday 13th

We are in a wee squall at the moment and its very strange the sun keeps getting up later than us, bugger didn't get up until 10am must be the laid back Caribbean way of things.You think someone (hmm was that another job I forgot)would have told ma GPS and electronics that there is a one hour time zone shift every 600miles west we goSo when we arrive on sun morning at 5am - it will actually be 1 am, just what we need, im sure there will be a wee whisky joint (if you excuse the pun)open somewhere.Well the crew are getting fidgety to get there and Tosh has his flight home on Sunday afternoon, so he wants to be there late sat, to acclimatize hahahahSo they decided yesterday that since it was too windy fer the Spinny and too windy fer ure fecked main sail - we should fly both genoa and. read more...


13/12/2013

Golondrina - The last 99 miles

As 0700 (local time) arrived with the sunrise ... 11 am GMT (UK time), trip shows 99 miles to go.Pressing on with all speed.Golondrina. read more...


13/12/2013

Jade - Day 20 - zooming along

Hooray we are zooming along like, erm, a boat in the Trade Winds. Yeehaaa!All are well and happy including the kids who have been super stars. We celebrated our windy day yesterday with a Virgin Mary - talk soon turned to when we arrive in St Lucia and drink the real thing and rum punch)!Hope everyone is well, happy and feeling festive.Lots of love Michelle and all the crew of Jadeps: Noah's advent calendar joke of the day - What do snowmen wear on their heads? Ice caps. Boom boom xx. read more...


13/12/2013

Aspen - Log 20 Friday 13 Dec; Mother Mother Ocean

'I've wanted to sail upon your waters since I was 3 feet tall'.Those words by Jimmy Buffett pretty much sum up my life.Dreams of crossing oceans were just that, childhood dreams.But guess what?Several oceans later and I'm still amazed at the mother of all life on Earth, the sea.75% of our planet is covered in water and the oceans seem timeless. Especially when it is blowing 25-27 knots all night long with squalls to keep things interesting for Maria and I on little Aspen!Yet Aspen has found the key - she rides the waves with such skill and grace as she has become one with the sea.Maria fights the sea with every meal she has to cook.Staying upright in a pitching galley takes the kind of skill she has developed over the last several years out here.Captain Steve tries to keep Aspen moving. read more...


13/12/2013

Webster - Log 22: Rock and roll blues

Thursday 12th December: Position 14 42'N 48 24'W. We're all getting a bit fed up with the constant rolling I sense, mainly because I for one certainly am even though it was expected. On deck first thing with an E 15-20knts blowing and big waves on the quarter and the boat just gyrating around. The auto helm handled it fairly well over night it must be said so took the pressure off.The forecast for the day was for NE/E 19-24 knts increasing 20-25 knts with 27 knt gusts over next 36 hours. We have a load more of this to come then especially as 4-5m swells forecast to boot. We were hand steering most of the day and getting 8/9 knts regularly.Had a good clear out of the galley his morning, coffee grinds everywhere. Trouble is every time a cupboard is opened the contents are deposited on the. read more...


13/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 26 160W 54 46 350N

Logday 19 -  Two days to go. It seems only yesterday that Skipper Matt was warning us ofwind holes in our future – massive wind holes (200 miles wide) and massivemassive wind holes 600 miles across. This last sort would have seen us eatingegg noodles and capers for Christmas dinner somewhere on the high seas.Now afterseveral great 200 mile days we have only 360 miles to go. After three thousandmiles and three weeks at sea we may yet be in a photo finish at the line withother boats in our class. The night saw several weak squalls passing through, a bit of rain and smallmodifications to our sail plan. Since there is not much to look at at sea theslightest activity is of great interest. Thus the eating habits of the BrownBooby ( a sea bird} was studied carefully by the early watch. It. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 26 160W 54 46 350N
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 26 160W 54 46 350N
13/12/2013

Aditi - Day 18: Nothing, which is great!

Nothing happened today which is great news. Bright sunshine and 17-24kn ESE but slow progress due to lousy wave sets. Tonight much smoother in 20-27kn E under headsail only making c. 6.8kn. Clear skies and bright moon. Always rolling, lots of motion and noisy; waves hitting the hull, general water flow, wind & waves.The Perils of Sleep:1. Waking up mid-air whilst being thrown from one side of the cockpit to the other2. Falling asleep whilst standing at the top of the companionway and waking as legs give way3. Waking after a fantastic long sleep anticipating that many miles rolled off only to find it's been just 20 minutes and barely 2 miles have passed.Sailing relatively short-handed are we tired? We don't know as there is no stopping & no reference point so it's just 24x7 and. read more...


13/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Eighteen

Trade wind sailing is the perfect time to experiment with different downwind sail plans. On this voyage, we've tried three.The first is simply reaching as deep downwind as possible on a port tack, then jibing the boat and reaching deep downwind on a starboard tack. The end result is a zigzag downwind course.The second is a twin headsail arrangement. Many boats fly two headsails raised on a common forestay furler that has two headsail luff slots. Windleblo is equipped with such a furler, but we choose not to use it based on lessons learned at a pre-ARC downwind sailing seminar.There, the presenter compared twin headsails to a parachute. The earliest parachutes were solid cloth. As the parachute descended, it filled with air. But the air had nowhere to go once inside the canopy and piled. read more...


13/12/2013

Calypso - Rock & Roll

Not much rock and rather a lot of roll and, apparently, we are likely to be stuck with it for a few more days yet. Currently E F5.We passed the half way mark yesterday (between Cape Verdes Islands and St Lucia) and marked the event in suitable fashion.John's son James had sent him off with a sealed box to be opened at the half way mark. When John opened it he found that it contained two novels (inc. Moby Dick), a can of John Smith's beer (which didn't last much past sundown), Mint Imperials, custard powder, some family photographs largely of the dog, a miniature dog's bone and a poop bag. A very thoughtful gift.Dino served up another brilliant meal.This time it was roast beef which was followed by Dundee cake & Custard (John has a thing about custard) and finished off with a glass or. read more...


13/12/2013

Duplicat - Celebration

OurARC journey has been a bit strange but today we were very happy to celebrate breaking the less than 1000 miles to go barrier.We had El Corte Ingles best entrecotes, homemade chips and champagne which wiped us all out for the afternoon. Skipper managed to cook them on our electric grill inside the cockpit to avoid the splashes from the pesky side seas which often hit us.Conditions a bit boisterous but being a cat we don't seem to get the rolls too bad and stuff doesn't fly around too much.We have 22-29 knots of wind and pretty large seas coming from astern as well as the side ones.Everyone eating less - we cut the steaks in half so we have just as much again for another dinner and we all seem to be able to sleep which is brilliant.. read more...


Duplicat - Celebration
Duplicat - Celebration
12/12/2013

Ula - Day 19 - Part 1

On the home run – less than 60 nm to go! The colour of the water seems to have changed and everybody preparing for a long night ahead. We are still on UK time (UST) St Lucia is 4 hours behind us, so we will be putting our clocks back 4 hours on arrival, adding 4 hours to our night. Weighing up whether that 4 hours is extra sleep time or extra celebratory Rum and Beers time! Surprisingly no other boats seen today, have we been overhauled, is every body else already home and dry?. read more...


12/12/2013

Ula - Day 18

The loss of Boris has cost us half a day, so our arrival will now be in the middle of the night on Thursday instead of the middle of the day.Everybody seems to have “moved on” today. Hotel rooms are being booked in Rodney Bay, Skipper has started filling in the paperwork for our arrival in St Lucia, Tanya is making a shopping list for the Christmas charter. Others are discussing business to be done on return to the UK, or in my case writing a wedding speech. Only Julian seems immune to this feeling – I guess youth and lack of responsibility enables one to live more fully in the here and now.. read more...


12/12/2013

Golondrina - The blogger identified !

It may only be a day to go and you would think nothing else new could occur however, once again the 'dudes' have been surfing and just to make it a bit more extreme they did it at 2am, that's right, in the pitch dark.First up was 'Rodeo' Dave and the Owain 'kid' ..So here's how it's done, you sit and wait for a big black angry cloud, wait for the first spots of rain, indicating a squall, and then haul on the sails and grip on ... Now, bearing in mind Golondrina is a cursing vessel and is designed to cruise at 7 knots, when the gauge shows 16 knots things are going to shake around a bit... Including Gareth ! Anyhow, next up Rattie Davis and his 'lovelyness' Mark.. Both adults ( allegedly ) but with a combined mental age only just bordering a teenager - it was never going to be simple .... read more...


Golondrina - The blogger identified !
Golondrina - The blogger identified !
12/12/2013

Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 17 - ARC Tag 18

Ahoi meine lieben Landrattenlangsam aber sicher neigt sich meine Reise ber den Atlantik seinem Ende zu.Leider im Moment nicht unbedingt mit dem erwarteten Schönwetter, wie man essich das so in der Karibik vorstellt. Sondern seit Anfang der Woche blästein ganz kräftigr Wind und von Tag zu Tag werden die Wellen höher. MeiHerrchen meint das das Wetter so auch noch die nächsten Tage anhalte wirdDamit sind mir leider meine Spaziergänge über das Schiff und meinSchatteplatz neben dem Mast verboten wodrden. Auf der anderen Seite ist esgar nicht mehr lustig dirt zu liegen, denn ich kann mich nicht halten undrutsche immer wieder von dirt herunter. Also habe ich kurz entschlossenmir einen Platz auf der Cockpitbank geschnappt und dort verbringe ich jetztden ganzen Tag. Der Crew ist das natürlch. read more...


Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 17 - ARC Tag 18
Selivra - Bennys Reisetagebuch No 17 - ARC Tag 18
12/12/2013

XAR - Artonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Målrakan"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 214 NM och har nu kommit 2 994 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 31 NM kl 1200 UTC tid, kl 0800 lokal tid. Några timmar alltså bara.Onsdagen blev en fin seglingsdag med slör i frisk vind på babords bog. Kursen landade oftast på Barbados. Efter frukosten fixade Rolf ihop att dra upp gennakern en bit i lovart, med denna skotning kunde vi bära gennaker på 150-160 AWA. Toppade farter kring 13 knop. Under dagen fick vi lite kontakter med andra båtar och plötsligt började AIS fungera mera normalt. Tidigare har den klagat på att den tappar connection, saknar targets kanske?Värdar på onsdagen var Peter och Lars. Lunchen blev tysk nudelsoppa på burk, inköpt i Brunnsbuttel på vägen hem från Holland. Middag blev en favorit i repris pasta carbonara. Vi känner av målrakan,. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sjuttonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Ska vi gippa idag eller imorgon?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 213 NM och har nu kommit 2 780 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 227 NM. Tisdagen flöt på bra. Intressant att se hur livet ter sig på en liten yta. Vi är 9 st ombord men det känns aldrig riktigt trångt eller att vi går på varandra. Två stycken har aktiv vakt, två st öär på standbye. Resten har frivakt. Under dagen läser de som har frivakt, vilar eller lyssnar på musik. Nattens frivakter sover alla på. Blir nog att de flesta sover mellan 6-7 h per dygn. Det bidrar förstås att alla är positiva och hjälpsamma. Har inte än så länge varit några konflikter och nu är vi ju snart framme. Gas flaska nr 2 tog slut under tisdagen. Fungerar bra med att vi använder mycket 230 volt till att koka vatten. Har tre stycken till så dessa räcker med god marginal. Vattentank nr tog också. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Femtonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Passadvindarna har kommit, en vecka försenat"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 216 NM och har nu kommit 2 350 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 636 NM. Så äntligen kom passadvindarna för att stanna och med bra drag i seglen. Söndag förmiddag började det och byggde succesivt under dagen. Körde orange spinnaker hela dagen och vi mådde på topp allihopa. Vinde kanske toppade på 10 m/s NO. Sen eftermiddag lyste kraftiga regnmoln upp himlen. Körde säkert och tog ner spinnaker. I samband med molnen vred vinden lite mot norr och det blev bra drag med endast genoan och stor med kurs mot mål. Anmärkningsvärt är att den kraftigt sydgående strömmen. Mellan 2,5 o 3,5 knop, om inte instrumenten spelar oss ett spratt.Matgänget för dagen Fredrik och Stefan började med torrfoder, en pasta rätt och följde upp med kyckling gryta med ananas och till det coscos.. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sjuttonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Ska vi gippa idag eller imorgon?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 213 NM och har nu kommit 2 780 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 227 NM. Tisdagen flöt på bra. Intressant att se hur livet ter sig på en liten yta. Vi är 9 st ombord men det känns aldrig riktigt trångt eller att vi går på varandra. Två stycken har aktiv vakt, två st öär på standbye. Resten har frivakt. Under dagen läser de som har frivakt, vilar eller lyssnar på musik. Nattens frivakter sover alla på. Blir nog att de flesta sover mellan 6-7 h per dygn. Det bidrar förstås att alla är positiva och hjälpsamma. Har inte än så länge varit några konflikter och nu är vi ju snart framme. Gas flaska nr 2 tog slut under tisdagen. Fungerar bra med att vi använder mycket 230 volt till att koka vatten. Har tre stycken till så dessa räcker med god marginal. Vattentank nr tog också. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sextonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "Häftig undanvind i passaden"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 217 NM och har nu kommit 2 567 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 421 NM. Hela måndagen förde vi lila gennaker med vindar mellan 7-10 m/s. Seneftermiddag togs den ned för byte av tacklina och kontroll av fall mm. Inget var trasigt. Dock fortsatte vi med spirad genoa inför natten. Visade sig vara rätt val. Vinden höll sig kring ONO 10-16 m/s. Värdarna på måndagen var Anders och Johan. Lunchen torrmat, pasta med tomat o vitlök. Allmänt omtyckt. Ransoneringen av öl tog en ny vändning när vi hittade ytterligare 2 flak som inte var inräknade. Alla fick fler öl! Middagen bestod av linser med choritzo korv i sås. Till efterrätt bjöds en sockerkaka. Natten fortsatte i vackert väder med massa stjärnor och begynnande måne. Stundtals ganska kraftig rullning. Speciellt en. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Trettonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "ett evigt gungande och smällande"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 147 NM och har nu kommit 1 983 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 995 NM. Precis spräckt 1000 mila gränsen kvar till mål, firades 1120 med GD.De svaga vindarna är påfrestande för alla. Smäller i seglen och riggen och det går väldigt sakta. Eftermiddagen bjöd på svaga vindar t.o.m. från Sydost. Körde fortsatt högt mot syd för att möta NO passadvinden. Molnen skapade lite skydd för solen under fredagen som var välbehövlig för de flesta.Matparet Rolf och Mats skapade kulinariska godsaker. Till lunch en omelett med skinka, lök och tomat. Middagen var en lyx variant på pyttipanna med oxkött, biff greta kallas den tydligen. Fina middagen kantades av lite röd vin. Seglingsmässigt var kvällen en tråkig histioria. Svaga vindar och smällande segel. Rolf undrade om det inte var. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Fjortonde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "regnet tillbaka, dags för väderskifte?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 151 NM och har nu kommit 2 134 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 849 NM. Fredagen fortsatte i lågt tempo, vinden fyller seglen men vågor gör det svårt att bygga fart. Vi går i omkring 3-5 knop i riktning 265 grader mot mål. Vinden håller sig kring ONO så med andra ord ganska öppen bog.Nya små hål i den oranga spinnakern lagas med spinnaker tejp och symaskin och den åker upp igen. Middagsparet för lördagen var Lasse och Peter. Lunch färdig konserv blå band. Chili con Carne. Väldigt omtyckt. Middagen var en favorit i repris; pasta carbonara. Kvällen fortsatte att vara en vindbesvikelse. Först efter midnatt i regn så ökade vinden, Vid vaktskiftet 0200 fick vi vindvred. Gick inte att bära spinnaker, ner med den och åker vidare i vind från norr med genoa och vi fick. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Tolfte dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "tradewinds eller?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 157 NM och har nu kommit 1 836 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 128 NM.Torsdagens eftermiddag var varm med svaga ostliga till nordostliga vindar. Den oranga spinnakern var uppe hela dagen. Farten varierade mellan 4-6 knop. Sakta men säkert stretar vi mot målet. Lite projekt under eftermiddagen;-                           Montera om Zodiac livflotten så att bombromsen inte fastnar i den.-                           Lagning av gennaker som gick i sönder första eftermiddagen.  Lunchen bestod av frankfurter. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Elfte dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "fiskelycka eller olycka"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 159 NM och har nu kommit 1 679 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 277 NM. Onsdags eftermiddagen löpte väl med ganska svaga vindar från NO. Spinnaker hela dagen, den oranga. Stundtals kom det regnbyar med squalls, vinden vrider upp til 90 grader och kan snabbt komma över 10 m/s. Oftast tar vi ner spinnaker för att inte riskera att något går sönder. Dagens frystorkade lunch bestod av kyckling, ris o sparris. Man fick leta länge för att hitta någon kyckling. Värdarna Fredrik och Stefan gjorde sedan en korv stroganoff med ris, gottigottgott. Kvällens vind var sådär, dock fick vi en körare kring midnatt fram till 0200. Kändes som om vi rusade fram.  Vid vaktskifte 0200 safade vi till spirad genoa. Kanske inte det bästa alternativet men kändes rätt just då. Vinden. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Tionde dygnet med XAR på Atlanten "dagarna flyter ihop"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 140 NM och har nu kommit 1 520 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 422 NM. Har äntligen lyckats komma halvvägs under natten, dvs med tron att vi kommer att segla 2 950 NM innan vi är framme.Vi har kommit in i våra rutiner, varannan timme går nytt team på vakt och man har denna i fyra timmar. Matlagen alternerar var fjärde dag. Imponerande god mat som fixas ihop. Märks att vi har varit ute ett tag, våra stora förråd börjar succesivt att krympa men det känns inte som om vi lider brist på något. Tisdagseftermiddagen går förbi snabbt med slör och vind från NO mest svaga vindar. Kör den stora spinnakern. Fartmässigt ligger vi på omkring 5 knop men ibland når vi över sju men alltför sällan.Lunchen serveras idag av Peter och Lars, består av pasta carbonara ála Skinnarmo. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Nionde dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, "fortsatta svaga vindar"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 126 NM och har nu kommit 1 380 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 570 NM.Måndagens svaga vindar från norr fortsatte, tidig morgon kunde vi sätta den lila gennakern. Hela dagen solig och svaga vindar. Farten höll sig under 5 knop.Lunch var pasta sallad med skinka och bacon, serverad av Mats och Rolf. Middagen gick också i pastans tecken; pasta och köttfärssås. Kvällen gav lite mer vind och stjärnklart. Gick bra att köra en skarp halvvind med gennakern. Måndagens distans till mål (1200 UTC):XAR                     1 700Essex Girl          1. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Åttonde dygnet med XAR på Atlanten, "har vi nått passadvindarna?"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 164 NM och har nu kommit 1 254 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 700 NM.Gryning och fortsatt kurs mot målet. Det vrider sakta men säkert ytterligare och den lila gennakern sätts. Vinden varierar från 2-5 m/s så ibland går det bra. Måndagen ser solig och varm ut. 28 grader på däck och lite varmare under däck. Med datorn ur funktion får vi textmeddelanden från Johans bror Thomas med positionerna på Sveva (den andra X-50 i vår klass), Essex Girl (danska Oyster one off 46 och Incisor (Corby 45 fr UK) så vi håller lite koll på hur det går. Söndagens rapport visade att Sveva gått ifrån lite men ligger 800 NM rakt norrut så mycket kan hända. Essex Girl håller jämna steg med oss medan Incisor halkat efter något längre söderut. Distans till mål var följande 2013-12-01 kl. read more...


12/12/2013

XAR - Sjunde dygnet med XAR över Atlanten "datorproblem"

Senaste dygnet har vi seglat 141 NM och har nu kommit över 1000 NM; 1 090 NM. Kvar till St Lucia är 1 837 NM. Lördagens segling gick i grått och blött tecken. Hela eftermiddagen kunde vi fortsätta med öppna skot och drygt 10 m/s. Rekordfarten blev 17.3 knop av Anders. Full stor och revad genoa. Enligt plan vred vinden något mot syd så vi fick bidevind. Fortsatt bra medelfart. Fram på kvällen hände katastrofen strax efter middagen. Datorn ville inte starta, ett dygn senare har vi ännu inte fått igång datorn men vi fortsätter hoppas. Lördagens middag serverades av Stefan och Fredrik och var spaghetti carbonara. Jättegott som vanligt. Vakterna går sin lilla gång, byte varannan timme mellan de fyra teamen. Fungerar jättebra. Nattens segling i bidevind i upp till 6 m/s fortsatte till söndags. read more...


12/12/2013

Skyelark of London - counting down the miles

Its 18.00hrs on Thursday the 12th of December and wehave 300 miles to go!!!We have good winds of between 20 and 30knts from the East and are making excellent progress under a poled out head sail. Current projections have us arriving in St Lucia early afternoon on Saturday and considerable excited debate has already commenced about how good the first cold beer will taste!!!Last night saw the occasional squall having to be managed by furling the head sail but overall a comfortable night was had sailing with 3 reefs in the main and a partly furled and poled out head sail. Between the squalls we were once again treated to another wonderful star light night with the most amazing shooting stars some of which were so bright they looked like white flares falling through the sky to earth.Going on. read more...


Skyelark of London - counting down the miles
Skyelark of London - counting down the miles
12/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 21 - Speedy Gonzales!

Back to a not so technical blog after Skipper Sam'ssailors entry yesterday. Some of the best night sailing last night with abright moon and surfing with the waves, reaching 12 knots of speed. It gota little rougher early in the morning so it was difficult to get much kip. Onboth Haig and Sam's shift they managed 25 miles in 3 hours (not that they gotcompetitive about it at all!) and news today that we did our best mileage todate reaching 189 miles in 24 hours, which under keel is about 200 if not alittle more.  The morning brought some cloud and the biggest squall wehave had in terms of wind - it gusted 44 knots! But Skipper Sam did a crackingjob to keep the boat under control with the one reefing line we had in the main.For the rest of today we have experienced wind. read more...


12/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

Cometh the hour cometh the tinned mince. The last red pepper now feeds the fish and the onions look on in smug satisfaction as their time has surely come. I open the tin and contemplate the grey sludge within. I am reminded of a fable.A long long time ago in a castle far far away the cook was commanded by the king and queen to prepare a warming meal. Winter had set in early and Cook had not set in supplies but she did have a smooth, round stone which she set in a pot of boiling water. "I shall make stone soup" she decided. Now as we all know to bring out the flavour of stone it is necessary to add many ingredients. She sent her staff to the village and back they came with carrots and peas, barley and herbs with which to draw out the flavour of the stone. Into the pot they went and soon. read more...


12/12/2013

Amokura - Amokura Day 19

Final thoughts as we approach St. Lucia.   Sunsets:   The recipe is this.Slightly tumultuous seas and a clear western horizon. As the sun sets, the reflection paints all the wave caps a spectacular goldalong the sunlight path from boat to ocean’s end.   Night sky:   With all the apps available, finding the constellations can beentertaining. We have noticed, however, that Ptolemy seems to have names quite a few ofthem. And given their appearance with the name he chose, one wonders what kindof night he was having at the time. On this crossing, we have decided to name our own sets. First, everything looks like the big or little dipper. Must be about 10 ofthem in the sky. Second, pick a category. Not fair to have everything be a stick or a pairof eyes. One time we would. read more...


12/12/2013

Adina - Day 18 Rolling Around

So we've got pots of wind now - sadly it's right from astern of us so we are having to gybe (zig-zag) along our planned line to St.Lucia. That'll mean a day or more extra to get to St.Lucia (factor that into your quiz answer from yesterday). At the moment the waves are too rolly and all over the place to risk going wing-on-wing (one sail to the one side, one sail on a pole to the other side). That said, we are going to give it a try today once the sea calms a bit. Everyone is trying hard to remain upbeat, it is becoming a little trying, we still have a while to go yet, but we know the rum will be waiting!As mentioned the seas are rolly and spin the boat left, right and centre, cork screwing her around. It's hard to sleep and there are certainly some black baggy eyes around. It was 'Scrub. read more...


12/12/2013

Magic - Tag 17: Die Meilen purzeln

10.12.2013Pos: 17° 58,6' N, 045° 02,0' WKurs: 280°Wir sind auf direktem Kurs zum Ziel. Ab heute ist die Distanz zum Ziel nur noch dreistellig. Wir laufen unsere bislang schnellste Tagesdistanz. Die Zeitverschiebung macht sich inzwischen deutlich bemerkbar. Da die Bordzeit bis zur Ankunft noch nach UTC läuft, erlebt die 0600-0900-Wache schon einige Tage keinen Sonnenaufgang mehr.Der Bordalltag läuft prima. Immer samstags wird gebadet. Wäschewaschen läuft parallel, da es hier keinen „Waschkeller“ gibt, ist der Platz zum Wäscheaufhängen eben begrenzt. Das Wasser für diese Aktionen nehmen wir direkt aus dem Atlantik. Die Wassertemperatur steigt täglich. Man merkt deutlich, dass wir unserem Ziel immer näher kommen.Kennzahlen des Tages:Entfernung zum Ansteuerungspunkt: 947smZeitzone am. read more...


12/12/2013

Miciadue - S**t happens sometimes

Am Morgen steigt die Sonne mit tiefgelben Farben hinter einem Wolkenberg hervor. Es scheint ein schöner Tag zu werden, nachdem wir in der Nacht teilweise ein wenig Regen hatten. Die See ist immer noch extrem unruhig. Die Miciadue rollt heftig hin und her. Bei der Zubereitung des Müslis schleudert eine Welle die Milch mit Haferflocken aus dem Schälchen in hohem Bogen auf den Fußboden der Pantry. Es bildet sich ein hervorragender Gleitfilm auf dem Boden, der das Arbeiten in der Pantry bei dem Seegang noch spannender macht. Beim Reinigen des Fußbodens reißt eine weitere heftige Bewegung den 8l-Trinkwasserbehälter aus seiner Befestigung, der dann ebenalls herunerfällt und umkippt und kurze Zeit später fliegt auch die Dose mit gemalenem Kaffe auf den Boden. Natürlich springt der Deckel auf.. read more...



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