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02/12/2014

Nisida - Dat 8 ARC 2014 2nd December

Yesterday afternoon we had vistors, at least 2 possibly 4 whales about 6 meters long in the waves around Nisida. Fantastic to see, if a little worrying in case they came too close. This lasted about an hour & made the afternoon goes very quickly. Chilli for dinner. We are now running with poled out genoa which is working very well if a bit rolly. Good progress overnight in a steady 15-18kt E breeze, The sun tans are coming on, shorts & t-shirts are now fine overnight. Having now passed our half way point thoughts of arrival in Rodney Bay are growing with the crew now discussing activities in St. Lucia. Sweepstake has been done for closest finishing time some more optimistic than others!Jake. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - The Blind leading the?... Scarlet Day 8 Blog

Yesterday evening saw champagne sailing conditions, and even a visit from a pod of dolphins.Halfway was toasted with champagne courtesy of Ross' girlfriend Sarah. We continued our pursuit of our worthy rivals, Captain Blind, into a star-studded night. Their preferred course to St Lucia, very much mirrors what our own routing is saying, it would seem foolish to split from our strongest rival given that we currently have the upper hand, so we continue to keep them in our sights.After the moon set the darkness gradually engulfed us, and by 0500 a huge black cloud was right above us. Winds from all corners of the compass gusted up to 30 knots. Our trusty co-skipper Mark jumped out of bed and onto the helm. As a well-oiled machine, we changed from our biggest recently patched up. read more...


Thula - day 9
Thula - day 9
Thula - sushi fun
Thula - sushi fun
02/12/2014

Milanto - log Milanto

Good afternoon, This is Herbert again, on board of MILANTO on her cruise to St.Lucia.Our position now is 24 47 475 N, 36 08 161 W, bearing 258 at app. 8Kts, still 1490Nm to go, 1157Nm already done.What a day? Pure sunshine, rainbows in the morning, 20Kts of wind. washing t-shirts on board, breaking a spinaker and enjoying Valerio's birthday party on board with a cake done by Carla a well as a beautiful chilli to protect him and the ship. Josef got a necklace of real chillis to protect him from accidents on board. Champagne and singing. We swapped now to the bigger spi - let's see what the night will bring with this.The last days have been calm and comfortable, at last we left the rainclouds and the cold behind us, as well as the crosswinds. the fishing-bet between Josef and me is. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - 8. Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - 8. Tag auf See
02/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Nos acercamos al ecuador de nuestra travesía

Lunes 1   Las previsiones facilitadas por laorganización son acertadas. Los vientos van rolando a E y nos llevan arumbos más altos. Después de varios días amurados a estribor, vamos a trasluchary cambiar de bordo. Continuaremos la marcha amurados a la otra banda. Elcambio de amura y de asiento del  barco se nos hace extraño. Ahora todo seinclina al revés de lo que estábamos acostumbrados incluyendo la litera. El díacomienza despejado y con buena temperatura. Nos duchamos en la bandacon agua salada que recogemos en cubos que lanzamos por la banda. El aguaestá templada. Utilizamos jabón para agua salada y al final un breve aclarado enbañera con agua dulce de los depósitos del barco. Alfinal de la tarde cogemos unrizo a la mayor. El dia se. read more...


01/12/2014

Louise - Blog 6 - 8th Day at Sea

All well on board. The night offered almost smooth sailing but still a bit cloudy, however it’sgetting warmer. Panic was about to spread in the night as the fridge stopped working! Itturned out that it is fitted with automatic de-iceing and the poor thing felticezy and had started de-iceing. This absolutely a very bad option! We might have to buy a new fridge. We do have our freezer running as well and a lot of canned and dried food,so not to worry, we won’t starve and water supply is ok too. After our night watches we started our day together with a nice cup of theand a wrap.The big jobs of today were: changing a schakel where the sail is attachedto the boom, and change of oil-filter for the generator. The latter made bothall of us sweat. Working in the engine room is hot and offers you. read more...


02/12/2014

Xanadu - Log 4; Xanadu flying!!!!

Well its been a busy boat on Xanadu we have been super busy thus no time toblog.  The crew are all in tip top shape and all still laughing and joking; it isa real pleasure to be sailing on this boat.  I can report that all heads are in working order still. Though an emergencyrepair had to be carried out on the pole end as when we gybed it would notdeploy the pin that locks in the guy. Andy and Iain where straight on it andfixed in 15mins.  The other day we saw a whale early morning was some sight he/she crossedabout 1/2 mile in front of us. it was breath taking.  Fish are still flying and numerous are found on the bow in the morning.   Our evenings seem to be the busiest with spinnaker changes and the odd gybein the dark always entertaining and something to get. read more...


El Mundo - 01/12 - Enjoying the Atlantic Roll
El Mundo - 01/12 - Enjoying the Atlantic Roll
El Mundo - 02/12 - Strange weather around these parts
El Mundo - 02/12 - Strange weather around these parts
El Mundo - 01/12 - No Amanda, it's not a urine sample
El Mundo - 01/12 - No Amanda, it's not a urine sample
El Mundo - 01/12 - Lincy's leek and bacon quiche
El Mundo - 01/12 - Lincy's leek and bacon quiche
02/12/2014

El Mundo - 02/12 - First bit of chafe

The wind was consistent most of the day, with a fewminor squalls taking the wind gusts up over 30 knots. During the night it wasmore variable, with patches of very light wind and heavy rain. This isn't whatthe brochure said.....where are all those balmy days with heady,strong Trade Wind sailing?! Forecasts are not overly encouraging, so Iguess we'll just have to enjoy our time out on the water. Lincy cooked a very tasty leek and bacon quiche forlunch and we caught two Dorado, so we enjoyed very fresh fried fish with anolive and tomato couscous and ratatouille. I must say, that was the best dinneraboard yet. During the afternoon rig check we found that theYankee (foresail) sheet was suffering chafe where it runs through the jaws ofthe pole. We had to furl in, then go up the forestay. read more...


02/12/2014

Sanuk - 29/11 Söderut...

Dom snackade om att passadvinden var etablerad och att det var raka spåret till Västindien. Hm... 180 nm från Cap Verde kan vi äntligen sätta kurs mot St Lucia. Anneli fick feber igår men Anders gjorde häxblandning så sjukskrivningen är slut. Nu efter frukost har vi alla lite pyssel. Jag och Anneli syr lite kardborre på kudde. Anders borrar sönder förpiken. Dom andra snillena spekulerar. Bergman vilar i vanlig ordning. Allt är med andra ord toppen. Hade en Guldmakrill på kroken igår igen, denna fick vi ända in till båten innan den rackarn släppte. Igår seglade vi förbi en herrelös surfbräda mitt ute i ingenstans och gissa om fiskedraget fastnade i den så linan gick av. Oddsen på den nån?Ha det bra alla i vintermörkret. Nu smälter smöret och dags för reggae.Oj nu tiobira.Olle. read more...


02/12/2014

Easy Rider - 28/11 Day 9 - Things that go bump in the night

Since we are very close to the tropics we get pretty much 12 hours of daylight and 12 hours of darkness. What happens in the long hours of darkness? Well it's 95% routine and 5% of sweat when the squalls hit. Firstly our shift pattern changes such that Captain Dave, Cabin Boy Max and Midshipman Neil do 3 hour shifts, 9.30-12.30, 12.30-3.30 and 3.30-6.30 respectively, Soy does a split shift at the start and end of the night. This works pretty well as a fixed routine.However what has not been so evenly distributed has been the arrival of squalls,these take on a more threatening feel at night, it's pitch black and suddenly the wind speed doubles and waves are fiercer and the person on the helm is hanging on to keep the boat in a straight line preferably as downwind as possible to keep the. read more...


02/12/2014

Easy Rider - 27/11 Cabin Boy's Log - ... what day is it?

Aboard the good ship Easy Rider,A mis-fitted crew sat inside her.With half way just nailed,The Atlantic they sailed,An Easterly blowing behind her.The captain Dave wanted to win,So they set every sail to begin.Along came a squall,And pissed on them all,And left them all needing a GIN!At sundown they needed to think,So a bottle of gin they did sink.A fish flew in side,A hatch open wide,And landed right into Soy's drink!So dinner was flying fish stew,After which Neil had a poo.So massive a dump,It ruined the pump,And totally messed up the loo!With rods and lines set to succeed,Some fresh fish they really did need.The rod bent up double,And with toil and trouble,They pulled in a HUGE bit of weed!With no fish to eat only meat,And really in need of a treat,A cake was supplied,Which Max. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Blog 02/12

Midpoint celebrationsAfter 7 days, 1 hour and 30 minutes of sailing we have made it halfway across the pond! The milestone was celebrated with a bottle of the finest champagne, pepperoni sandwich and ABBA pounding in the speakers. A modest party arrangement it may seem for such a longed-for occasion but after all we are racing and I have heard that there will be plenty of rum punch waiting for us in St Lucia.Yesterday's highlight was to catch up with our main competitor 'Captain Blind' who is currently placed just after us at a 2nd place in our class. Captain Blind is located 10 nm ahead of us but given that they drive a faster boat we are beating them on handicap. Since the contact we have been tailing their boat, copying every of their moves. Rumours say that they on his own blog. read more...


02/12/2014

Tinia - One week gone.

Exactly a week has passed and its 2000 kn miles to go.The back of the boat bananas are now ripe and thence followed a minor dispute about the nature of the white scum on them - salt (ha ha ha) or MOULD! A small flying fish landed on the deck yesterday and we wondered why fish fly. One sensible theory was that they are escaping from predators and the other = errrr!! 'recreational activities'. The spinnaker was raised for the first time yesterday and is up again today - what a lovely sight. Last nights sleep felt like a piggy back ride on a frog - not the best. You may wonder what there is to see out here -its constantly beautiful evolving scene - yesterday's stand put features were a 296 meter long tanker on the horizon and an empty plastic fuel container that came with in feet of us. A. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Blog 30/11

So we are into day 7, we are coming up to our mid way point, having covered 1200 nautical miles (nm) since Gran Canaria, with 1500nm left to go until the long awaited Rum and shower in St Lucia... Ross did put a palm beachpicture on the computer to motivate us!The yacht continues on an effective routine of 3 hours on watch, 2 on standby and 3 hours of rest.After 1200nm of racing and in the very middle of the Atlantic Ocean we have just met up with Captain Blind who are only 4nm ahead of us. Being a faster design yacht this is good news for us as we are beating them by handicap,however we are all aware that there are still 7 days of racing to go. They are a French crew and been affectionately nicknamed 'the enemy'.They have proved to be very hard to hang on to, and we are quite sure their. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Blog 29/11

Still sun shining on Scarlet! We are now proceeding with our big white asymmetric spi and we are still maintaining the lead. We have put it up a bit late and this cost us 3nm. It may seem a very short distance if compared to the total we have to go, but the race is very tight and our opponents are very close to us; the concentration must be maintained high at all the times, especially at night when is harder to sail the boat with no reference in the sky. So far we didn't have many nights with a clear sky, and yesterday was one of those nights where the helmsman has to rely on instrumentation only.Event of the day: the crew of Scarlet managed to block the toilet piping. The crew took this incident very seriously because the idea of using a bucket for the following day was not very. read more...


02/12/2014

Peter von Seestermühe - Blog 28/11

Peter vS email still not working, so blog is relayed via Juno.Caught first fish for dinner tonight. Peter thunders along nicely. Big smile on everybody's face on board.Greetings from the Peter crew.. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Blog 28/11

Sun shines on Scarlet Oyster! Just few minutes ago we've received the fleet position report, and we are still first! However, the way is still long and we are not at one third of the whole way, yet.The weather is good, today there are no longer the big waves making us surfing, but a quite flat sea on which we sail with our small jib. Activities on board are quite different: usually three people are on watch, Ross is most of the time at the chart table checking weather, position and the strategy for the next hours (he also comes up on deck to make sure we sail Scarlet fast and safely). Mark is in the kitchen preparing the next meal, which everyone onboard enjoys. At the end of every meal the crew always rushes to ask Mark to get the leftovers! Who's not on watch usually sleeps, or reads a. read more...


02/12/2014

Scarlet Oyster - Blog 27/11

We had a great start this morning with French Toast (thanks Mark!) and some great news. Scarlet Oyster is number 1 in its class!! Which is especially rewarding after a difficult night.The evening before ended with a great sunset with very bright rays of sun through the clouds. This was accompanied with a very nice appetizer of Iberian ham. We brought two huge pieces of Iberian ham with us, which shouldbe plenty for the rest of the race. The appetizer was followed by a freshly made pasta Bolognese by our co-skipper Mark Burton. Superb!The sunset with its bright rays through the clouds were a sign for a night without any stars. Although the GRIB files showed winds between 15 and 20 kts coming from a north easterly direction the actual weather that we hadwas far from it. Plenty of gusts of. read more...


Berenice by TWT - Log Day 8 - 01/12/2014 - Verso il Mar dei Caraibi
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 8 - 01/12/2014 - Verso il Mar dei Caraibi
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 8 - 01/12/2014 - Verso il Mar dei Caraibi
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 8 - 01/12/2014 - Verso il Mar dei Caraibi
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 8 - 01/12/2014 - Verso il Mar dei Caraibi
Berenice by TWT - Log Day 8 - 01/12/2014 - Verso il Mar dei Caraibi
02/12/2014

Take Off - Time flies!

It'snow 1 week since we left Las Palmas and time ironically seems to pass by reallyquick! We wake up in the morning, have breakfast with warm bakeoff bread,washing up, do some sort of morning activity - today I just had to clean out thefridge, it was too smelly! - prepare lunch, do some afternoon activities withthe kids, prepare dinner, wash up, blog/write mail and go to  bed.....andthe day has gone by so quickly!!!! I even have said to myself "oh no I haven'thad the  time to do this today!"... does timestress event hit the Atlantic? Since day 2 the wind has really been on our side and it is constantlyblowing and since a few days from behind moving  us forward fairly quick.The spinnaker goes up in the morning and down for the night. Our average milageis approx 170 NM. read more...


02/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 8 - Grill od brody po zal dupe sciska

Dzień 8 - Grill od brody po żal dupe ściska Czy ktoś kiedyś wyobrażał sobie zapach toitoia po powiedzmy sobie takim ostatnim dniu openera, a do tego podgrzanego do około trzydziestu stopni celsjusza? Na naszym pokładzie Mario był pierwszym, któremu przyśniło się to obiawienie. Gruntownie przestudiował instrukcje naszego okrętu napisaną perfekcyjnym angielskim z francuskimi naleciałościami. Obieg wody na statku przewiduje użycie słodkiej wody z jednego z dwóch zbiorników do, których na morzu braki wody uzupełnia nieszczęsna wspomniana już wielokrotnie i zepsuta na amen odsalarka. Blue waves jest dzisiaj na czwartym miejscu wśród katamaranów w klasyfikacji ogólnej. Ta klasyfikacja nie bierze pod uwagę przelicznika, który nadawany jest każdej łódce żeby ujednolicić różnice techniczne miedzy. read more...


02/12/2014

Take Off - Fw: Vindvinkel

Kanman bli tokig av att stirra på en siffra dagarna och nätterna i ända? 145gr ska det vara, inte 135 eller 150...man rattar för fullt i vågorna ochstirrar vidare på sitt instrument och vindvikeln. Vi söker den optimala vindvinkeln för båtenssegelställ, allt för att ta oss så nära målet som möjligt så fort som möjligt. Allt slutar i ett evigt stirrande på en siffra.... Över 7 dygn till sjöss nu,börjar kännas i både kropp och knopp.   Tänk på oss, vi tänker på er! //Take Off med Nils vidpennan. read more...


02/12/2014

Hera - Buletten für Buletten

Mit den selbst gefangenen Bonitos und Marlins lassen wir uns noch etwasZeit. Unsere gefrosteten Fleischvorräte sind schon lange aufgetaut. Geflügel istschon komplett verzehrt und so mußte gestern das restliche Hackfleisch dranglauben. Auf Wunsch von vier waschechten Buletten an Bord (Susanne, Michael,Frank und Stefan sind geborene Berliner) briet Susanne einen RiesenbergBuletten, die trotz ungeheurer Nachfrage zwei Tage reichen werden. Die Maschine hat jeden Tag drei Stunden zu tun, um die Bordbatterien zuladen. Einziger nennenswerter Verbraucher sind unsere beiden Kühlschränke. Undes wird von Tag zu Tag wärmer. Wir haben beschlossen, allmählich unsereRumvorräte für leckere Cocktails aufzubrauchen. Schließlich wäre es dochirrsinnig, mit Rum an Bord in der Karibik anzukommen.   Sefan. read more...


02/12/2014

Nexus - Leaving St Francis for Cape Town, South Africa

I must say it is with heavy hearts we are leaving St Francis this morning, and making our way to Cape Town. The reception we have received here by the NEXUS factory and friends has been exceptional and truly touching. The Paarmans, Hendricks and their friends have gone out of their way to make us feel welcome and show us the beauty of their Cape, and the warmth in their hearts. We feel we have new friends for life and hope to meet up with them again somewhere in the world soon!As for the sail back into the Atlantic Ocean, we have good weather and good winds from behind for our trip around Cape Agulhas and the Cape of Good Hope, and plan to arrive in Cape Town on Thursday morning! We'll update the blog with more extensive pictures and posts when we get there.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 07:30. read more...


02/12/2014

Domini - Living at Sea

Hello again Boatbloggers,We are often asked, what is it like being at sea. Not the navigating, and setting the sails and all that stuff. What is the day to day living like?In a nutshell, it's like living in a very expensive caravan during an earthquake. It rolls about. It rolls about a lot.Which makes some tasks more difficult. Shaving for example, is particularly hazardous. So much so that Ju has started to grow a beard. For some time now, his hair has been sun-bleached; I guess it's the outdoor life that he leads, but we were surprised to discover that his beard actually grows sun-bleached. By the time we get to St Lucia. he's going to look like Uncle Albert.Eating can also be problematic. With all the rolling, it's like that Charlie Chaplin film, with the bowl moving from one. read more...


02/12/2014

Vagaris - Trades Description Act

Well, we're in the trades but they're not as expected. Quite lumpy with far too regular changes in wind strength and direction from passing clouds and showers. We've had our parasailor out for a few hours this morning and it was lovely for a while, but with the winds pushing 20-25 knots regularly aren't able to keep it up for long. Our problem now is we don't really have a strong-wind completely downwind solution as we don't have a pole. So, without the parasailor we've been gybing the angles which is costing us dearly in time and westerly progress.Grib files suggest more of the same, so it's going to take us some time to work out our best configuration and get on track again. Hopefully the sea will calm, the squalls will decrease, the gradient wind decrease (so the squalls don't push it. read more...


02/12/2014

Libeccio - Libeccio Blog, Monday Dec 1st.- its our one week anniversary.

In today’s blog: Oh, what a night!; Christmas Carols;a different type ofwine glass; Izzy gets a make over; we are having a whale of a time; Beware thefish of the Atlantic;  There are sometimes when you look back over a period of time and wonder“did we really do all of that?”—this past 24 hours was just that for us- verybusy indeed. It all started off so innocently...   Inspired by one of the best days of sailing we had ever experienced withjust Izzy and a weather forecast that looked friendly, we took a big step anddecided to sail over night with just Izzy up. We had not considered this untilnow as it takes some level of confidence and competence to sail a parasail atnight. It is not the type of sail that can be managed effectively by one person,so that if it needed to be taken. read more...


02/12/2014

Aretha - Day 8 at sea - magic moments on Aretha

Picture the scene.It’s 10pm. The wind is warm and dry and the sky is clear. The moon is shining brightly. We’re mid Atlantic. Bluebell and I are lying on the foredeck looking up at the stars. We pick out Cassiopea and various other stars. We’ve slowed the boat down this evening to appreciate what’s around us and have furled the headsail in. We’re sailing with one reef in the main and are doing still doing 5-6 knots towards St Lucia.We have cushions on deck and are careful to clip on and walk our way carefully to the foredeck. Bluebell reminds me that back at home we used to spend on average 3 hours a week together. She does the mental maths and works out we’re now spending 168 hours a week together. The difference is not lost on her.These are the magic moments watching the moon and the. read more...


01/12/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 12 - Even Lazier Monday

If it weren't for the skipper suddenly producing a bottle of very fine champagne at sunset tonight to celebrate what we hope may be our last full night at sea (but see below), it could be said that today was unremarkable. More food has been consumed (Matthew's Primordial Soup and Fridge Basement Rummage Sandwiches for lunch and steak [again!] for supper), more chapters of our books have been read and mercifully another 150 miles have passed under Lydia's keel.It wasn't all mundane though. We have a friend! Sometime during Steve's Middle/Morning watch a mystery yacht's lights appeared to the north of us. During the course of the day we have slowly converged and this afternoon, just as we were about to hail them to ascertain who they were, they turned on their AIS (power saving taken to. read more...


01/12/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 8 - Happiness Overload?

Kära bloggen,  Idag firade vi starten av den andra veckan till havs. Vi samtalade en stundkring hur det kändes, och kom fram till att 1) det var längesedan vi startade iLas Palmas och 2) tiden har gått sjukt snabbt. Det är egentligen ganskaimponerande hur snabbt en exotisk tillvaro (typ segla över atlanten) blir till"vardag". I grund och botten så börjar vi komma in i rutinerna här, och någotannat än precis bara skiften 4h på, 6h av känns lite...fjärran. Konstigt detdär. Hur som haver så ser vi fram emot vecka två till havs, och hoppas innerligtatt vi inte hamnar i stiltje under andra halvan av vägen. För imorgon såförväntar vi att Euphoria passerar halvvägsmilsstolpen(puh!)! Stort.    Idag har ytterligare en stor händelse inträffat. Den sista otvagadebesättningsmedlemmen. read more...


01/12/2014

American Spirit II - Day 330; Great White Shark Diving Experience; Monday, December 1, 2014

Not mentioned yesterday is that a small research motor boat next to us in the marina had a Great White Shark launch itself out of the water and into the cockpit of this motor boat. They couldn't get the shark out of the boat, so they had to make their way into port and have a crane lift it off the boat. Talk about a fish story!Up at 7:00 AM. Joel and Jeanine got up as I was cooking breakfast at 7:50 AM: eggs, potato, chilled pear halves and bread.After breakfast Joel fixed the video camera while I confirmed the boat's haul-out with the Royal Cape Town Yacht Club. The haul-out time is 12:00 PM for American Spirit II and for Civetta II 1:30 PM on December 8. The marina manager said that the haul-out can only be done if the winds are no more than 20 knots. I tried to find a dealer for our. read more...


01/12/2014

Meltemi - 9.Tag -Spinnakertag und Raetsel

Die Nachtwachen nahmen gestärkt durch Monikas Eintopf ihren Dienst auf - Groß und Spi blieben gesetzt. Der Wind spielte jedoch zunächst zusammen mit der Welle mit uns das Spiel - catch me if you can - hatte aber morgens ein Einsehen und treibt uns seitdem in angenehmer Stärke weiter zur Bergfestmarke von 1335 sm. Highlight am Vormittag war das Shiften des Spinnakers. Trotz moderatem Wind hatten alle Beteilgten viel Respekt vor den Kräften des größten Segels an Bord. Sonne, blauer Himmel mit vereinzelten Wolken eröffnen beim Blick auf die Kimm erneut die Diskussion, ob wir auf einer Kugel oder Scheibe segeln. Bedingt durch die Schlafzyklen der Diskutanten beginnt die Erörterung regelmäßig am kommenden Tag erneut...aber erst nach einem Blick auf die Kimm. Für Begeisterung sorgt die. read more...


01/12/2014

Ellida 6 - fsrp29460

p:22 26.3'N:-36 57.9'WDag 8Det har vaert ustabile vindforhold siste 24 t.Etter aa ha seilt påstyrbord halser i en uke har vi idag jibbet en rekke ganger pga storeendringer i vindretning pga squalls.Opp og ned med gennaker, av og paamed motor.Til og med en broach, pga rormannen prioritere aa ta paa segregnjakke i stedet for å styre baaten.Utseilt distanse siste 24 t er lav, og har tildels vaert i feil retning.Vi har vaert litt ukonsentrerte og har ikke posisjonert oss godt nok iforhold til squalls'ene.Det har vaert mye lesing og sosialt liv ombord idag, og mindre seiling.Jibbet naa i kveld, og kommer til aa seile babord halser utover uken.IMG_5498. read more...


Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
Ellida 6 - fsrp29460
01/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 7

I didn't know this would be a fishing adventure.Not only does he cook, Captain Joe is also the chief fisherman.He caught two and landed one.What a great supper this will be.We are still making headway in light winds, just not as fast as we would like. Still Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


01/12/2014

Philocat Ena - 8ter Sonnenuntergang doch im Westen nichts Neues

Nur Himmel und Wasser und Himmel und Sterne und Mond dann und wann, ach ja,ein bisschen Horizont, ne Wolke oder zwei. Dann Sonne, heiß Bikini, Bier,Essen, Lachen, lustig, Sonnenuntergang, oh, ah, schön, kalt, kälter, dunkel,Nacht, Nacht, Nacht, schwarz, still, Wind, Wellen, Sch*** Spi schon wiedergerissen, alle an Deck, retten, was zu retten ist, Nacht, Nacht, Nacht - undnoch 1000 nm vor uns...Warten auf den Sonnenaufgang!Franziskawesten. read more...


01/12/2014

Philocat Ena - Groundhog day - täglich grüßt das Murmeltier

It's history repeating itself.The sun rises, the sun sets in the West, the story of the pink kite...Saturday, 5 am - the pink kite explodes, the whole day reparieren, Sunday, 3am same story.I really need to thank my phantastic crew at this point, Franziska, for cooking thrice a day afullmeal without yet a single repetition. She fixes, sews and mendes everything and is always there in case of emergency or moral support of any kind.Sven and Stefan for making the impossible possible. We have a greatturn-take system for our nightly shifts and whenever more than one person is needed everybody will appear within seconds on deck and help out.The next couple of days will remain exiting. Peter20141201_151901. read more...


01/12/2014

DreamCatcher - Leg 2 - 1st Dec

With only some 250 nm to go, it's rather reassuring to find some old favourites popping onto on our AIS screen- Lily, Roxana, Zera and Lady Pep. After 1800 miles apart we are within 20 or so, of each other.All good, aboard the good ship DreamCatcher. After the Parasailor issue, and the winds fell light again, we broke out the cruising chute. It is dated 1998, and the previous owner told me it was for a smaller boat, but had hardly been used. It looks it - a bit dirty and musty, but it's in good shape and is a welcome sight with it's bright and cheerful red, white, and blue colours. Sadly, though, it too went through the wars when a nasty squall wrapped it very tightly around the forestay the other night, accompanied by driving rain and 30 knot gusts. It survived, but with a few holes in. read more...


Philocat Ena - Groundhog day - täglich grüßt das Murmeltier
Philocat Ena - Groundhog day - täglich grüßt das Murmeltier
Miss Malin - Log day 7 - Miss Malin calling
Miss Malin - Log day 7 - Miss Malin calling
01/12/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 7 - Miss Malin calling

Another day at sea has passed and yes! Now we are half way across theAtlantic and we are moving steadily forward! Yay!A happy Skipper!Ciao!Jenny. read more...


01/12/2014

Jo - 20:39:16N 34:01:35W

Monday 1st December2014 .....day eight and our game of ‘Ispy’ is getting a little tedious. However, George was caught out today when Iansaid “I spy with my little eye something beginning with ‘s’”. ‘S’ Turned out tobe ‘ship’. That might have been funny except for the fact that George was onwatch! To be fair, the cargo ship was approximately 5 miles away. Last night wealso caught sight of ‘Profile’, identified by her MMSI. She is a Beneteau First40.7 in the racing division and therefore gives us time – not that we’reracing!!For some reason, ever since weentered into the warmer trade winds, we’ve not seen any dolphins; a shame asthey are always entertaining, though we have seen plenty of flying fish’ We’vedecided that the collective noun for flying fishes is a squadron, which. read more...