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14/12/2013

Meltemi - Angekommen

Am 12.Dezember um 20:34 Uhr Ortszeit die Ziellinie überquert, nach 18 Tagen 11 Stunden und 34 Minuten.Jetzt heißt es die Karibik genießen.Bleibt dran, wir stellen in den nächsten Tagen immer wieder Fotos in den Blog.Rüdiger Fenck teilt Dateien über das Mediencenter mit Ihnen.Klicken Sie auf den Link, um die Dateien anzusehen oder herunterzuladen.https://mediencenter.t-online.de/auth/guest/shareToken/A6BAE892CDA7FF9B54D1723F4BED0DB49D7C0D2FAngekommen.. read more...


Meltemi - Angekommen
Meltemi - Angekommen
14/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 21. Tag - Die Meilen purzeln

Es geht hervorragend voran; wir machen gerade um 150 Seemeilen pro Tag nach St.Lucia gut. Voraussichtlich morgen werden wir die Marke der 1000 verbleibenden Seemeilen knacken. Der Wind hat zugenommen und blässt gerade mit 20-30 Knoten - mehr brauchen wir dann aber auch nicht:-). Wir transportieren gerade 4 Kilo Reis von den Kap Verden in die Karibik und gestern hat uns Viktor, dem Kapitän eines Frachters, den wir angefunkt haben und der 10 Seemeilen an uns vorbeigefahren ist, erzählt er transportiert 2000 Tonnen Reis von New Orleans nach Kap Verden. Was für ein Reis-Hin-Und-Her es auf dieser Welt gibt;-). Gestern gabs allerdings kein Reis bei uns, sondern Röschti mit Butter, Speck und Käse, zubereitet von der einzigen Schweizerin an Bord - ei, das war lecker!:-). read more...


14/12/2013

Edelweiss - Day #21: Last minute items...

Hello from another rockin' and rollin' day out on the Atlantic.Stuart has finished up the last of our 5 dozen eggs with delicious French toast this morning ("Soon to be Famous.." - do you see a trend here?), Mason is busy organizing the flags to be raised again in St Lucia, and Lyell is practicing his imitation of an electric guitar while on watch in the cockpit.OH, AND THERE ARE ONLY 120.2 MILES TO GO TO ST LUCIA!But who's counting!??At our current rate, that puts us into Rodney Bay Marina early in the morning, possibly even before sunrise, but the crew of the good ship Edelweiss will no doubt be awake, alert, alive and ENTHUSIASTIC!You can imagine that spirits are high this morning on Edelweiss.There are, however, plenty of serious questions that proximity to St Lucia brings up:. read more...


14/12/2013

Duplicat - Saturday 14 14.29N 49.06W

Well Friday the 13th lived up to it's name, just when we were thinking of shaking a reef out after a very pleasant and peaceful lunch Skipper noticed grey cloud to windward - within 30 minutes we had pouring rain and loads of wind which increased all afternoon to 30 knots and despite all the cloud clearing to give a lovely moon before midnight, we still had 25-30 knots.Trouble with having a big moon it lights up all the nasty seas which pass under and break in front lighting up the sea with white foam!Saturday 14 dawned with big seas and big winds - now just got a double reefed main up - can't wait to be in St Lucia.Angry sunrise. read more...


Duplicat - Saturday 14 14.29N 49.06W
Duplicat - Saturday 14  14.29N  49.06W
14/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 21 – Pina Colada

Position Saturday, 14.12.2013 12:00 UTC:15”04’.927 N, 055”22’.674 WDTW St. Lucia:327 sm Two more nights and we will be on landfall in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.Everyone is ready for a rum punch and a pina colada.However there is still some mileage to go. And what should we expect? Of cause, strong wind with 30 knots; couldn’t it be only 15 to 20 knots? As a result the sea looks wonderful, high waves 5 meter high and rough surface. No sunshine so far. This kind of weather we most probably will have also during the next two days, except the sun will show up. Although we all are used to the shaking and rolling meanwhile, we rather would like a calme sea and sunshine. During the night we ran thru a lot of squalls, making us busy in reefing the main whenever we where near the squall.We only run. read more...


14/12/2013

Freebooter - Day 21 - Sat 14th Dec

Only 328nm to St Lucia! At current speed, that is another 2 days. The last 3-4 have been ones of rapid progress with strong Easterly trade winds. However the downside has been big seas, making for tiring sailing and limited sleep. The thought of landfall is now very welcome!Trying to capture the sea conditions on camera is frustrating. The photos do not do justice to waves and swell that are much higher than the cockpit!No matter, the lure of the Caribbean is upon us, especially some swimming and rum cocktails. Exercise on-board consists of bracing oneself against the movement of the boat, and every task is twice the effort from on land.Astonishingly, we are only now coming to the end of our fresh fruit and vegetables. Thanks to Annemarie's very careful preparations, and good advice from. read more...


14/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w

Well, been a  quiet day on GE; a sunny morning followed by anafternoon of squalls which have  continued into the evening; dark lines ofcloud full of rain and wind. For the most part the rain is warm and you dry outin the sun though it is less comfortable at night. So just over 200 miles to runand suddenly the end of this journey seems very close. Some don’t want it to endwhile others are starting to think of landfall and the little luxuries it willbring.  Things like ( and in no particular order ) a chorizo free day,alcohol, a full night’s sleep, going to the lavatory on a stationary toiletbowl, drying dishes without performing a pirouette and not having that businesswith toilet paper that those of you who have visited Turkey know all about. Ofcourse a lot will be. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w
Great Escape of Southampton - 14 15 260n 57 47 780w
14/12/2013

Annabella - LOG 19 - SATURDAY 14TH DECEMBER

Position: 14 11.5N 59 09.9WDistance to St Lucia: 103.8NMDistance last 24 hours 190NMAs I type at 0700 local time (1100GMT) we have 95 NMto go. We should be there in about 12 - 14 hours by the time we go around the corner at the top of the island and into Rodney Bay. We seem to be slightly ahead of George so it may come down to the last few miles. We will have to get rid of the twin head sails, hoist the main and not lose any ground. The port twin sheet is fed through a block on the end of the boom which we are using as a substitute pole. The starboard twin is fed through the spinny pole which is easy enough. The trick will be to gybe letting the port twin over on to the starboard twin, sort the sheets, and then hoist the main. Sounds easy ..........?.Everyone is up already. read more...


14/12/2013

Hera - Fliegende Fische

Die Crew wird allmählich tiefgläubig in ihrem Glauben an Rasmus. Das Radar hat es soeben bewiesen. Die sich von achtern nähernden Squalls teilen sich unmittelbar hinter der “Hera” und laufen dann an Steuerbord und Backbord vorbei, um sich vor ihr wieder zu vereinigen. Ich habe es immer wieder gepredigt: Sherry bzw. Port sind Instrumente der Schiffssicherheit. Häufig landen fliegende Fische im Cockpit. Leider war die Crew nicht davon zu überzeugen, sie für eine leckere Fischsuppe zu sammeln. Ansonsten drehen sich die Gespräche vielfach schon um den wahrscheinlich morgen Abend bevorstehenden Landfall.   Stefan. read more...


14/12/2013

Jade - Day 21 - Up and down, up and down...

Big waves yesterday the type that make your tummy go wobbly up, down, left and right. This morning it's still windy but the waves are the more pleasant surfy type. We are beginning to allow ourselves a countdown to St Lucia. The winds look good so fingers crossed we'll be there by the 21st... Noah's joke for the day: Why are Christmas trees so bad at knitting? Because they always drop their needles!Lots of love to allMichelle and all the crew of Jade xx. read more...


14/12/2013

Arkouda - What else is out there?

The ARC Rally Support Team has been fantastic at sending us important information regarding weather, our position within the fleet, and hazards at sea via email to our "at sea" address.There has been reports of floating 45 gallon red barrels, and mini transat (the racers who sail the oceans alone) boats who had no ability to steer (who we eventually towed to the marina in Sao Vicente with our dingy), floating crates and platforms, and a string of buoys that are floating at sea.All of these things we have dutifully entered on our chart plotter, or at least the last known position.We then try to "dodge" them passing upwind, or up current. There has also been reports of "ghost ships", or boats that are just floating out there.One report came in a few days ago, with the information that the. read more...


14/12/2013

Aspen - Log 21 Saturday 14 Dec; Rainbows and Squalls

There are never two days alike at sea.It just doesn't happen.Todaywe have rainbows glistening just off Aspen's stern.The colors must bea harbinger of better weather?Probably not since the nice prettycolors signify a squall is attached to it!We try to keep our weather eye looking behind Aspen.That is where theenormous breaking seas and squalls come from.The squalls bring rain,high winds and even larger seas most of the time.At least it is a warmrain!So when a squall approaches we hurry to reef the sails as the windclimbs even more than normal.So far we have not seen over 35 knots inthe squalls but again, nothing remains the same at sea!Steve and Maria. read more...


14/12/2013

Zingara - Blog 14/12

Hallo zingara fans!Fast geschafft, die diesjaehrige ueberquerung des grossen teiches! Noch 140 miles to st.lucia, also ankunft gegen mitternacht local time. War das ein abenteuer. Nix blieb uns erspart, gewitterstuerme bis 50kts boeen, heftigster regen, ploetzliche winddrehungen um 90 grd, und dann die welle! Tja, hatten wir doch selbst einen ganz noerdlichen kurs gewaehlt in der annahme, den flauten auf der standardroute ausweichen zu koennen. Das war keine barfussroute!! Aber, zingara hat alles gut verkraftet, ueber gebrochene schoten oder mal wieder geknickten spibaum reden wir erst garnicht. Alles wurde in seiltaenzerakrobatik repariert. Die crew ist gut drauf, die stimmung laengst karibisch und die ankunftsnervoesitaet hoch! Wir freuen uns auf gemeinsame biere und den rumpunch mit. read more...


14/12/2013

Aditi - Day 18: No Celebration at 1000nm

Just as we hit 1,000nm To Go at 8am so the day started for real. Seas very confused, squalls and wind 24 to 39kn. Seas building all day to about 5m. Any sailing club chat that waves are long etc so no issue could not be more wrong. Back winded, thrown on our beam end a few times, life onboard became hard and the ship went quiet. A couple of waves over the stern and the coachroof. A long day.Soon after dusk sea state calmed a little but as at 2am (we just gybed as wind veered SE but now it's back on ESE 20 mins later so we have too much south in our heading) the squalls are churning it up again.Passed Charlotta 1 and had a good chat. They are likewise not enjoying the sailing experienced from Las Palmas to current location and were pleased to have someone concur. Amazingly they said they. read more...


14/12/2013

Webster - Log 23: Squally weather

Friday 13th: Position 15 05'N 51 17'W. A really uncomfortable night hand steering mostly in loads of wind and big seas. Again, rolling incessantly. However, less than 600 nm to go! Forecast is for lots of wind today too. We have been traveling on our rhumb line mostly today and gybed a couple of times to correct the course. Boat going really fast.This evening the sky started off really bright but started showing ominous clouds on the horizon about 2300. Then the squalls started and Carl and I have been hand steering all night; I hit 13.2 knts in flat water during one horrendous bout having the tiger firmly by the tail. Really a case of doing battle with the elements and not for novice helms tonight I'm afraid! Not for experienced ones either! No more reefs - next step to take main. read more...


13/12/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Day 19 WINDY

Day 19 WINDY Just a short one as we are busy riding the waves!The next two days bring the windiest period of the rally getting to 24 knots with gusts at 28 so we are all getting used to the motion. We are currently looking at arrival somewhere around Tuesday morning all being well. Looking forward to it Skipper. read more...


14/12/2013

Skara Brae - another exciting night in the Atlantic

finally saw other boats - 4 to be exact, and we managed to catch and pass all of them:-)we managed to make up 120 miles in 12 hours last night, breaking all boat recordsincluding surfing at 16kts at 2am in the morning - althouigh this was celebrated with a loud bang from the spinnakar when she split in 2!she had to be cut and dropped into the water to retrieve! which was interesting as it not only floats in the water but fills with water, so it was not easy to get her back on the boat.and once again we had the full crew in battle dress scrambling about the deck of a boat trying not to get slapped by ropes, punched or elbowed by fellow crew, or drop into the Atlantic - while being hammered by 25kt winds and rather large waves. now you landlubbers (and more sensible members of the yachties. read more...


14/12/2013

George - 4th place? Not without a fight!

Captains log supplemental.Since we spotted Annabella (the yacht in 4th place) we have let George go flat out (ish) we are now achieving 11-12 knots with 14 in the gusts. I am reluctant to let all the reefs out fully at night... because we are going over hull speed. We are seeing a new side to George... doing rig checks every 1/2 hour...Tim. read more...


14/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Nineteen

Today's topic was intended to be about how we battled squalls during the wee hours the last couple of nights.But after I told the Coach about yesterday's topic and today's plan for the blog, he said, "Nobody wants to read about that stuff. Tell them about the mermaids we've seen, or the fact that you've taken to wearing women's underwear."It's not true that we've seen mermaids. I won't lie about that. I've written about the Coach's delusions in past blog posts, so I wouldn't doubt that he may indeed believe he's seen mermaids. But other than dolphins early on, we haven't seen much sea life, imaginary or real, on this voyage.It is true, though, that the other day the guys did see me in women's underwear.In my defense, the further south we've gone, the hotter it's gotten. The boxer shorts. read more...


14/12/2013

Golondrina - Arrived safe and well

At 2100 Hours (local time), 0100GMT, Golondrina crossed the finishing line in the entrance to Rodney Bay, St Lucia marking the end of their Atlantic Ocean crossing.After 21 days at sea covering 3128 Miles the crew are pleased to say they are all safe and well. Please look again later for arrival photographs however at this very moment there's cold beers with Gareth, Dave, Mark, Owain and Stu's name on it.....Tonights thanks go to 'Cuthbert' and the Iron spinneaker .. Enjoy the rest boys.. read more...


14/12/2013

George - The sight of land is imminent

As the last full night approaches we are starting to see other boats on the AIS and appearing on the horizon we must now start to 'up the pace' I think everyone on board is looking forward to making land fall. It has been a long slow trip, but we are now getting regular speeds of 10 knots and over. On the domestic front Mick has been caught hiding Snicker bars and crisps in a secret compartment in his cabin....this was a big shock to the crew... but now we have a surplus of Chocolate and Crisps for the last 24 hours.... I thought he was a bit quiet, it's always the quiet ones you need to watch....!Good morning from SY George and we are hopefully less than 40 hours away from the finish in fair winds and sunny skies.We saw some fantastic exploding shooting stars last night which literally. read more...


13/12/2013

Skyelark of London - Final Night at Sea

Here we go, 118 nm to St. Lucia, our final (hopefully) night at sea. The mood is festive, everybody joking around, asking "are we there yet" to the helmsperson every few minutes, the perennial question asked by kids the world over to their parents on long car trips. Not that we are not having fun, we are, but the proximity of land is leaving us anxious to cross the finish line and make land fall. For our last sundowner of the trip we had popcorn, Spanish sparkling wine and a round of Danish aquavit. To top it off we had a whale sighting.I wanted to conclude by saying that last night was, for me, the best experience of the crossing -clear skies, no squalls, good wind, the boat sliding down the swells under jib alone, and I steering the boat down the silvery path illuminated by the moon,. read more...


13/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 22 - Our last full day!

We have been having consistent weather for the past 24 hours with the wind coming from a North-easterly direction at about 18-20 knots. This is great news as we are hopefully going to make our target arrival in St Lucia at about 10am local time tomorrow morning (Saturday). Our bearing was not quite on target so we jibed this morning to head 260 degrees. Unfortunately when we jibed there was a tear in the leech so we had to put in a second reefing line to save the rip from getting worse. We have also hoisted the mizzen in order tokeep our speed up. By mid afternoon the sun was getting a little hot so Sam and Carl managed to rig the awning so there was some welcome shade in thecockpit. With 122 miles to go we are slowly counting down the hours to our imminent arrival. We will be having our. read more...


13/12/2013

Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss

Nach einer Rauschefahrt durch die Nachtfärbt sich das Wasser vor der Nordspitze St.Lucias immer mehr in tiefes, leuchtendes Türkis. PerFunk haben wir uns angemeldet und wir werden schon von einem Fotografen in einem RIB (Großes schnelles Schlauchboot) in Empfang genommen. Die Sonne scheint und die Bucht von Rodney Bay liegt direkt vor uns. Einige Yachten liegen vor Anker und als das Zielsignal ertönt ist die ARC, die weltgrößte Hochseeregatta für uns zu ende. Ein tolles Gefühl, wir sind mit 0,00 Motorstunden über den Atlantik gesegelt. Wir alle sind wahnsinnig stolz.***GREETINGS JMS***Im Hafen machen wir dann achtern an der Pier fest. Vom Komitee werden wir mit einem Obstkorb und einer Flasche karibischen Rums begrüßt. Die beiden Flaschen Moet Chandon werden geköpft und dieses Gefühl. read more...


Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss
Diva - Die Reise geht zuende – ein krönender Abschluss
13/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 19

13.12.2103FREIAG DER 13.Ahoi ihr Landrattennein keine Angst, Freitg der 13. hat uns nichts Schlechtes gebracht.Nur wieder ein Stück näher zum Ziel.Mein Gott das bisschen Starkwind und die grausliche Kreuzsee von heuteNachmittag ist ja an und für sich kein Unglück sondern des Seglers Alltag.Nagut, der Passat könnte mit zwei oder drei Windstärken weniger blasen,dafür aber beständiger. die Böen bis zu 45 - 47 ktn sind ja auch dieAussnahe. Nur haben wir das schon seit drei Tagen und der Wind wird in dennächsten Tagen auch noch stärker. Einzger Vorteil wir machen ganz guteFahrt.Wenn die Windrichtung auch noch bleibt können wir sogar direkten Kurs St.Lucia anliegen.Meine Crew ist super gut drauf und geniesst das Eilzugstempo Leider ist derWind und die Welle zu stark um unsere Wingaker setzten. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 19
Selivra - ARC Tag 19
13/12/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - Birthday and homeward run

My birthday on the 9thwas celebrated with a great home-made chocolate cake, made from really dark chocolate and we even had some long life cream on board. Caroline had done a superb job.  It was so calm we were motoring and even stopped for a mid-Atlantic birthday swim. It was only 4000 metres deep, so not thinking too much about what might be lurking in the deep, Caroline and I dived in and swam three times round the boat. Steve and the crew member and friend Mike Boys managed a quick dip, Vivien said she would rather not. Shortly before this we got some discarded fishing gear wrapped round the propeller, an immediate loss of r.p.m and blue smoke.  Luckily I had just purchased some diving gear in Las Palmas for just such an eventuality, so Steve, a really experienced diver,. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 19 -Sunset over the Atlantic
Blue Dolphin - Day 19 -Sunset over the Atlantic
13/12/2013

Hebe - Day 19 12.12.13

Had a fantastic sail to the finish, the moon lighting our path, the wind kicking off as we rounded Pigeon Island so that we roared over the finish line doing 11 knots screaming and waving ! Met by the Arc team with rum punches all round, champagne then flowed and we all fell about on shore ending up in comas some time that night. It rained heavily which eventually woke us up as the hatches were all open.We are 38th overall so far and 2nd in our class…whoop di do.You'll be interested to know that Dart our goldfish has survived and has been promoted to a large cereal container and is blissfully happy swimming around. He was the only one on board happy that the gas broke down and he could have the gimballed cooker all to himself.Its so nice to stop rocking and I don't want to think about. read more...


Hebe - Day 19 12.12.13
Hebe - Day 19  12.12.13
11/12/2013

Blue Ocean - Blue Ocean

Dernier log from St Lucia 1   Nous sommes bien arrives durant la nuit, 03,30 heure Canaries, 23,30 heurelocale, sous la lune, toujours pas mal de vent et le bateau toujours  tresrapide. La ligne d`arrivee etait definie par un bateau trois mats, et un patitvoilier. Le photographe officiel est venu nous acceuillir, en petit zodiaquequ`il chevauchait d`un main ferme pour se tenir debout, et de l`autre mous nousimmortaliser... Magnifique accueil, avec un team de ~`ARC qui nous a aide a docker, et unpunch de bienvenue, avec quelques fruits. Inoubliable.   Et on a mis pied a terre pour un verre dans un bar, tres cool, genre rastaplus cool et lent que nature !   J`ai fini le montage de notre petit film, que je mettrai sur YouTube unefois fermement arrimme sur un internet. read more...


13/12/2013

Koala - Dec 13th: The final run in...

We now seem to be in a period of sustained trade winds which means that we are making good progress in the right direction. After our initial exuberance, we have adopted a slightly more conservative approach. We did have one afternoon of surfing off waves at 10.5 knots thinking "This is great", but after the self steering let go a few times, we decided to reign it in a bit. We are now making a steady, but hopefully non boat breaking 6-7 knots. When the self steering did let go, with a poled out genoa and main with preventer, we ended up parked neatly hove-to and all was fairly calm, but as it was pushing 30 knots, we decided to go the extra reef.The high speeds caused a bit of havoc with the duogen water generator. There was a dull thud from behind the control panel and a smell of. read more...


13/12/2013

Miciadue - Freitag der 13.

Freitag der 13. ist der Glückstag unseres Skippers. Heut kann uns nicht passieren - sagt er. Hoffen wir´s und warten mal ab. Wir segeln mit unverminderter Geschwindigkeit 6-8 kts bei schönstem Wetter aber leider sehr unruhiger See unserem Ziel entgegen. Sollte nichts Unvorhergesehenes dazwischen kommen, werden wir Montag in St. Lucia eintreffen. Für eine kleine Kursänderung haben wir jetzt das Groß geschiftet und segeln nicht mehr in Butterfly-Segelstellung sondern mit raumen Wind. Die Zeit vergeht wie im Fluge. Noch 384 sm.. read more...


13/12/2013

Manihi - La remontée des champs alizés - Encore 270 miles

9:15 heure locale - Profondeur 4910 m Encore 24 heures passées sous les alizés. Plus tranquille tout de même,avec 20-22 nds (force 5-6) réguliers et quelques rafales à guère plus de 25 ndssous les rares grains. Pendant la journée d'hier nous avons navigué les voilesen ciseaux, GV et génois, une de chaque coté. Pour ne pas prendre de risques encas de grain pendant la nuit, nous avons enlevé le tangon et affalé la GV pournaviguer sous génois seul. Confortable pour ceux qui dorment et pour celui dequart, et relativement efficace, 6 nds environ. Et ce matin, à la première heure(vers 6h30) remise des voiles en ciseaux pour la journée, après avoir réparé uncoulisseau de GV qui s'était cassé lors d'un empannage malencontreux ! Et c'estparti à 7-8 nds. La météo ne prévoit pas changement pour la. read more...


13/12/2013

Starblazer - 13 December ..it happens!

Yes, I have already sanitised this blog!Thursday 12th was an interesting day with a number of highs and lows; I’ll start with the highs.One of the reasons Tuesday’s blog was late was that the conditions called for 100% watchfulness.The swell is about 3 metres and it can pick the boat up and hurl you forward (good), down into a trough (not so good) or just allow you to surf.The GPS had occasionally been reading 10 knots when suddenly it peaked at 12.4.Should I scream as on a fairground ride?I don’t like fairground rides.Should I shout an exultant ‘wahoooo’ as I am sure racers would?What I did was mutter a short prayer that our speed would moderate, and soon!We had a fantastic day’s run of 182 miles in the right direction.During the afternoon the wind moderated, our speed dropped and the. read more...


Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
13/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 20 - The air waves

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 191 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 2605 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 561.As you can see from the log, we bettered yesterdays best ever daily distance by a few miles.The wind has been 20-28 knots from the east. We are still sailing south east, below the direct course for St Lucia on port tack. Either on a wind shift (which is not forecast)or when the sailing angle is what we need, we will gybe on to starboard tack and make out way back up towards St Lucia. So you may see us go a little south before heading back up. That's sailing, not very many direct routes!The sea state is still very uncomfortable, making life on-board more difficult. Cooking is a big challenge, but we are still managing well and spirits are good.. read more...


13/12/2013

Abraxas - 12/12/13 The Rhythm of the Sea

We are now about 600 nautical miles from our destination and the boat andcrew are in good shape.  Speeds are typically 6-8 knots – all downhillsailing.  We did a good rig check this morning and Abraxas is doing us allproud.   The trade winds are now in full swing and the ocean is delivering afantastic landscape of large waves and swell which have spiced things up alittle bit for the crew.   The beautiful blue waves line up/ tower up  behind the boat casting ashadow over the helmsman before they pass, only to be replaced by another, likea relentless marching army.  The rhythm of the waves seems to dictate therhythm of the crew.  Simple tasks like pouring tea, buttering toast andeven using the bathroom (even typing this blog!) are all done to this. read more...


Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
Shenanigan - Trade Wind Trials
13/12/2013

Abraxas - Blog 13/12/13 Slovenian Edition- Slovenska izdaja bloga jadrnice Abraxas

Abraxas blog – Slovenian edition - Slovenska izdajabloga jadrnice Abraxas Zivjo vsi, ki to razumete, Naj na danasnji petek, 13. 12. 2013, na kratko povzamem,kaj se je dogajalo na jadrnici Abraxas kot udelezenki ARC 2013 od Kanarskihotokov do St. Lucie v Karibih. Startali smo 24. 11. izpred Las Palmasa, start seveda nipotekal ob kaksnem mrzlicnem prerivanju za startne pozicije. Po startu smo seusmerili proti Zelenortnim otokom, saj so prireditelji udelezencem svetovalijuzno varianto, ki cim prej pripelje do pasatnih vetrov, poleg tega pa je tudivremensko veliko bolj stabilna. Ze na startu se je pokazalo, kaj je tudi, poleg jadranjain nastavljanja jader, pomembno na takem jadranju: obvladanje vseh sortpopravil. Tako ze na samem startu motor ni hotel vzgati, in sta Gary in Nick zepred. read more...


13/12/2013

Free Spirit - Thursday 12th December (Peter's Blog)

Free Spirit smashed her personal speed recordtoday. Admittedly she was surfing down the face of a mountainous wave at thetime but the breathtaking, and slightly scary, 12.2 knots was driven mainly by avast expanse of deceptively thin, brightly coloured fabric called Parasailor.Expanded to its full extent by following winds it flies in front of the boat,like a kite, lifting the bow in the water and pulling her along at an impressiverate of knots,12,2 being the most extreme example so far. As David often remindsme, "Dad, if you want to go fast get a speed boat". But, nothing compares toploughing through the surf powered by wind and waves alone. Normally, on FreeSpirit, we get excited if she manages 6 knots. So, 12 is very fast indeed,and more than a bit exciting. This is. read more...


13/12/2013

Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!

HADA Day 1919 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!Friday December 13th, 2013 10h58m UTC-4Post #10(5 pics attached)Greetings once again from from Anton, Ed, Stu, TJ & André aboard HADA, reporting from Mid Atlantic, 14 degrees 09 minutes North, 56 degrees, 00 minutes West.HADA is sailing steadily and confidently westward, with a bit more gybing (zig-zagging) required than we hoped for - the promised wind from the NE never materialized, blowing instead mostly from 90-110 degrees.We have about 300 miles to go, with landfall now expected to occur on Sunday.Crew is healthy and in good spirits, with everyone processing the slight disappointment from the slower than expected progress.Spirits got lifted however as we enjoyed another amazing meal yesterday evening, with fresh. read more...


Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!
Hada - 19 days of Pitch, Yaw, Pivot... with 300 miles to go!