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26/05/2014

Free & BrEasy - A Boat of One's Own

After 4 days of the easy life on the ocean waves we approached the deserted coral atoll called Suwarrow which is one of the northern islands of the Cook Island archipelago.The passage was a bit too easy and we were forced to decrease our speed overnight so that we arrived in the daylight and could make a safe entry through the pass into the coral lagoon. The only option was to take down all the sails as there are no brakes! Surprisingly, Free & BrEasy was able to make 3 to 4 knots with a 15-20 knot wind behind us, thanks to the "sail effect" of the large cockpit enclosure that we spend all day under sheltering from the sun. Worth knowing for the future! As we approached in the dark we could see a small village of lights despite Suwarrow being uninhabited. This turned out to be the. read more...


26/05/2014

Firefly - Approaching Niue after a difficult passage

This passage, despite being one of the shorter ones at 540nm, has proved to be difficult going. In the last post we described ideal broad reaching conditions for the first part of the trip but noted that we were concerned in case it got breezy. During the first night at sea it did - and it lasted for 36 hours with gusts up to 34 knots. As the light was fading during the first evening the wind backed putting Firefly onto a beam reach, the wind increased as we entered a line of squalls and the sea became very rough. With 2 reefs in the main and the jib reefed down to a hankerchief, Firefly, bounced happily along averaging 8 knots - the only problem being for the crew in trying to hang on and stay dry when in the cockpit.Before departure there had been a lot of debate amongst the World ARC. read more...


25/05/2014

Webster - One Hunderd and Eight-teeee

Sunday 25th May 2014Position 37 37'N 32 59'W DTD 213nmLast night we ran the whole night under spinnaker which was fully powered up throughout in 15 knots of SE/S breeze, and we thought we may need to spend most of the night hand steering but the self steering came up trumps mainly because the waves were fairly benign. The boat just wanted to go and was returning speeds of 8-9 knots very comfortably. It was a beautiful clear night albeit someone has made off with the moon during the past few nights. Where does it go when you need it most? Come daylight we were flying and hit a high of 10.7 knots but it's a shame the sun took so long to appear from behind clouds as this would have been spectacular sailing in the sunshine. We were hand steering at this time as she was becoming over powered. read more...


26/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Last Nite

It's hopefully our last night at sea and we are able to make it to Horta before sunset tomorrow. My last night shift is the darkest possible 00-03, but the night is clear and the horizon visible, so it's all good.I am also given a nature's special treat with dolphins in bioluminescent sea! The dolphins are swimming next to Defyr leaving a britht sparkly trail behind them. It looks so amazing, kind of like a movie special effect, but for real. I have seen this once before last time we crossed the Atlantic, but it was not this strong and not so many dolphins! I am so happy to witness this and would hope to have all my family and friends here gasping to this sight. On camera it's just black on black...We have had the genaker up since sunday morning and the wind is getting calmer and calmer.. read more...


25/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Suwarrow --> Niue - 4.Tag - Morgen kommen wir an

Der viele Wind lässt langsam, ganz langsam nach und wir reiten nicht mehr so hoch über die Wellen. Es hat auch noch viel geregnet die letzten Tage; alles ist ein wenig nass. Deshalb freuen wir uns anzukommen, zu lüften, zu waschen und zu trocknen. Uns, die Kleider und das Schiff!Liebe Grüsse nach hause - von uns allen;-)CheersTom. read more...


25/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - Saturday Night at the downpour...but it wasn't raining Men....it was Andromeda and the Amazing Techinicolour Light Show.....and yes we made it......

N32:22:685 W64:40:937   All we can say is what a 24hours. Yesterday morningwe were a bit tired because of the difficulty holding a course in the lumpy sea,however we had made so much better progress that at 9am had only 54 milesto go. There was now an outside possibility that we could make it justbefore dark.  The wind held steady and less time was spent swinging upand down the waves, but even so after a few hours we got fed up with theboom snatching  back and forth and took the main down finding the ridemuch smoother flying only the genoa.   Early afternoon a voice broke thesilence, we were picking up transmissions from Bermuda Radio.  Itwas great to hear another voice but more importantly we knew we were. read more...


25/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 11

SUN-FACTOR: Kaum Wolken, Sonne ohne Ende. Wenig Welle (und leider auch wenig Wind), aber super entspanntes Segeln.RUN-FACTOR: Heute Nacht hatten wir bis zu 8,5 Knoten SOG, aber jetzt schleichen wir mit knappen 4,5 Knoten dahin.FUN-FACTOR: Dass wir noch immer "mitten am Atlantik" sind, vergessen wir bei diesen Bedingungen schnell. Wir lesen, sehen Filme an, backen Brot und genießen die Ruhe.. read more...


25/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/25,Another wonderful day sailing the North Atlantic.We have been wing on wing all day travelling about 5.5knts.Haven't touched the sails.Nothing to do except eat!About noon a pod of dolphins saw us and sprinted over from 50 yards out.A group of 20 or so crisscrossed the bow wave, before eventually getting tired and going back to what ever dolphins do.I'm sure one of them signaled,"hey!What's that going by?Let's go check it out!. . . Oh, it's only a boat.I'm going back."Current projection is that we will be at the Customs dock in Horta sometime Friday morning.We have a pump for the water maker we have to get and install and then we will plan cruise around the islands.Ken----This e-mail was delivered via satellite phone using GMN's XGate software.Please be kind and keep your replies short.. read more...


25/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 4

Positie: 33 26.716N; 053 00812WCOG80 gr.SOG 6,3 ktsDagafstand: 150 nmZeilvoering GR en KFWind21, 3 (variabel tot 30 kts)Weer bewolktZicht matigGolven 3 mLuchtdruk 1025 mbarWatertemp: 21,6 gradenZieken 1Het is donker, aardedonker en 23.00 uur. Al meerdere nachten gaan we getooidin een nieuw avondkostuum.Thermomaillot of joggingbroek, vlies en zeeronelegante sokken! Wat is het hier koud!! Ons tropenvelletje heeft moeite deboel te volgen.Jan is nog steeds niet lekker. Besloten heh ik hem deze nachtlanger telaten slapen. Ikzelf ben immers hartstikke fit en haal de rust later wel in!Om 1.20 uur voel ik iets vreemds. Wind is anders, blijft te lang hangen. Perdirekt roep ik toch maar om hulp bij het indraaien van de genua. "Ga maarweer liggen, Jan", klinkt het even later in de stikdonkere. read more...


25/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Dark and damp, not stormy

I was wondering why it was a little dark and damp in the forward cabin. I think we've worked out where Huds is getting his extra mushrooms, "he's growing em!"We are having some fabulous sailing. Sea Eagle is in her element, as are we. So far she just keeps marching on relentlessly. Very rarely dropping below 7 knots but often over 9. As I sit here writing we are at 10 (oh yes). Like us I think she is determined to get to the prize giving in Horta. The seas have been slightly calmer the last 24 hours though we do anticipate this changing through Sunday. Good luck to Ian in his attempt in making us a full blown Sunday roast. Should be top entertainment and probably result in his forehead being branded by a red hot grill.Lovely chicken curry made by Ali last night and pleased to report that. read more...


25/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Shift Change

First things first! HAPPY BIRTHDAY ISLA! My little niece, back in distantGuildford is another little year older. I love you lots, Isla, and cannot waitto see you and everyone in a month or two!   So, to business.   Yesterday it was decided that the rota should be changed, which though itcut my (precious, so precious) day off in half, means that we get more hours ofconsecutive rest on our shifts. Good stuff.  Something else has also shifted, as we find ourselves into the second halfof our crossing. Mileage wise we’re probably well over half way by now, but it’sin other senses that we have shifted. We are talking about our arrival in theAzores (mainly regarding cheese and Peter’s bar), and have literally beencounting down the miles. We’re not willing them away; it’s lovely. read more...


25/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 139; Into the Gale, Moving Objects in the Heavens, Watch Keeping Hand Off Explained, in a New Time Zone & a Free Wheeling Wind Turbine

At 12:02 AM the wind is 10/11 knots and our boat speed is 6.0. Comfortable. At 12:39 AM I saw a 2 second shooting star that covered 20% from its zenith to the horizon. Spectacular! Like someone drew a lighted line across the night sky. I saw another, regular, shooting star2 minutes later.During the watch change at 1:00 AM we noticed on the SSB radio screen a message: "All Ships 53962000." Never heard it come in. Might have been a distress call?Joel relieved me at 1:00 PM. He had been sleeping until then. When another crew member takes over a watch, the person on watch doesn't just say 'good night' and head below to sleep. First off, the person on watch will make coffee for the person coming on watch, in exactly the manner they want it done. And they will hand deliver it to them. Then. read more...


05/06/2014

Happy Destiny - May 25 Beautiful sailing day - blog 25 May

A lovely sail today if you were not in a hurry to get someplace.  We ran under gennaker and main all day, probably averaging about 5.5 knots.  Wind remains on starboardquarter, but a lot lighter than forecast for zone JJ, which we are in southern portion of.  Blue seas, blue skies, what not to like.  Of course there is that pesky cutoff time in Horta.. read more...


Flomaida II - es gibt ihn wirklich, den green flash nach dem Sonnenuntergang!
Flomaida II - es gibt ihn wirklich, den green flash nach dem Sonnenuntergang!
25/05/2014

Ballytrim - Ballytrim Day 11 23rd to 24th May 2014

Noon 23rd to noon 24th- 198 nautical miles travelled. ( equals the record from the last leg to Bermuda).The last 24 hours has seen some hard work go into maintaining speed and attempting to 'open the gap' between ourselves and the other yachts around us. The effort put in by the boys appears to have paid and we have for our second day in a row exceeded 190 miles in 24 hours. Well down the team ...... Its an achievement in itself, to gain the miles we have, but more so because the seas/wave patterns are often at variance with the wind direction which adds to the challenge of making the boat steer in the right direction. Surfing down a wave in pitch black does make for an exciting time!This morning was fun. It was Tony's birthday, so the watch before he got up blew up balloons and. read more...


24/05/2014

Sojourner -

5/24:Turned out to be another good sailing day.Last night's shift ended up with confused seas caused by wind against current. After a while things settle down and we had 15knts of wind abaft of beam so we couldrun wing on wing.Main held out to port and secured with a preventer and the Genoa polled out to starboard. Didn't make fantastic time but the boat had acomfortable motion in rather heavy swells. Today's speed and distance numbers weren't as impressive as yesterday's but still good. All under warm temperatures and sun shine. A half dozen dolphins swam in our bow wake for about 30 minutes at sunset.We were doing about 5.8 knts at the time.They moved effortlessly back and forth our bow without seeming to move a muscle.They first approached the boat from the port side jumping whole. read more...


24/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Salty Cogs

Night watches are turning into quite the treat. Last night we saw dolphinszipping through the phosphorescence. They basically appear as giant serpents ortorpedoes speeding alongside the boat. Awesome!  New propeller should be waiting for us on the Azores. I hear there is goodcheese over there too, so I will dive out front and drag us in if the motorcan’t. Gertha is whizzing along though...no need to motor even if it waspossible!  What more to say? Couple of loaves in the oven and a squash to be roastedwith some pappies.  Feeling exceptionally tired today! Cogs a little salty perhaps.  It’s back to sleep for me...  Anthony    . read more...


24/05/2014

Webster - A Treacle Miner's Tale

NEAL WARD, A TREACLE MINERS TALE ARC EUROPE 24.5.2014Well were do I start? Here I am onboard Yacht Webster as part of the World Cruising Clubs Arc Europe which has taken us on leg one over six days from Tortola on the British Virgin Islands 900NM to Bermuda where we spent a few days on a glorious Island with a great atmosphere and some of the friendliest locals I have ever met.Leg two started almost two weeks ago now crossing the Atlantic to Horta on theAzores and we are approx three days away sailing at 8 knots with fifteen knots of wind on the beam GLORIOUS! It did not start out this way though, as the start and first few days saw some very challenging conditions and high seas but that's sailing for you!So what about me, the Dunchideock Treacle Miners Sailing Club (DTMSC) and how I. read more...


24/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Silence

Our silent moment for Cheeki Rafiki's crew. Our condolences to the family and friends.-Everyone in Defyr-image.. read more...


24/05/2014

Webster - Tributes

Saturday 24th May 2014 Position 37 15'N 36 40'WDTD 395nm at noonSo the bank holiday weekend is upon us but no real change to life onboard, after all we can't go hiking off to the supermarket or plan on going down to the rugby club or go off cycling, or perish the thought, mow the lawn. No - our world continues in a regime of sailing the boat, eating and sleeping, for some the latter seems to be the major part.We had a clear night last night, hardly a cloud in the sky and it was not too cold, just a bit damp generally. We had a very welcome email from Spiderman announcing that he (actually a she in this particular case) was 'coming to get us'. Spiderman attracted to Webster has a certain symmetry don't you think; who will end up in whose web I wonder. Thanks for that Defyr, very amusing. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Silence
Defyr - Towards Azores: Silence
24/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 10

SUN-FACTOR: Wir segeln hoch im Norden auf 39 ° im Hoch. Wind von achtern, 13 Knoten. Immerhin.RUN-FACTOR: 6-7 Knoten - das sieht wieder ganz vernünftig aus. FUN-FACTOR: Die "Half-Way" Feier ist dem Regen zum Opfer gefallen. Dafür öffnen wir jetzt - zur Feier des letzten Drittels - eine Flasche Sekt. Kindersekt wohlgemerkt.. read more...


24/05/2014

Flomaida II - 23.5. Mitternacht.Halleluja, bald sind wir da!

Flomaida rennt heute schon den ganzem Tag so, als wollte sie auch endlichankommen. Nach mehreren Tagen genüsslichem Parasailorsegeln, ging und gehtes immer noch so richtig zur Sache. Seit heute morgen flitzt Flomaida mit9-11 Knoten durch und über die Wellen bei 25-30 Knoten Wind von 60 Grad,dem idealen Winkel für sie. Das ist zwar schön, bringt aber unseren Plandurcheinander,der die Ankunft in Niue für den Morgen vor sieht. Ich mag esgar nicht, nachts an einer fremden Insel anzulanden, aber wir schaffen esfast immer!!!! Dazu kommt noch, dass kein Mondlicht uns die Umrisse zeigt,und Christoph die Genua mal wieder von Hand einrollen muss, aber das kanner mittlerweile auch schon im Dunkeln, hinter dem Rücken, oder wenn es seinmuss, sogar auf dem Kopf stehend!!In Nuie haben wir Bojen zur. read more...


24/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - It's the sea Jim, but not as we know it!

N31:45:377   W65:02:186   Very true Bones, this sea is not like any we haveexperienced to date - corkscrew motion with a whole chunk of sideways roll thatmake it very challenging to move around the boat. The sea is on the strern portquarter with short steep waves over the underlying ocean swell, which is why weare rolling quite so much - so far over 24 hours and a few to gotoo.   We have Klingons on the starboard bow captain.Yes, thank you Mr Sulu, we on earth know them as barnacles - and very tenanciousand sharp little beasties they are too!   Yes, sea madness has kicked in and we've beenthinking about silly quotes that seem to live on in many peoples memories - oursincluded. So forgive us these little foibles if you can.   It's the sails, Jim, they cannea. read more...


24/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 3

Positie: 33.00 N 56.00 WCOG: 82 grSOG: 5.8 knpDagafstand: 151,3 nmZeilvoering; GR + GWind 15 kts ZWWeer; half bewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1tot 2 mLuchtdruk: 1025 ml barWatertemp.: 21,1 grZieken: 1Voorlopig zeilen we prima! Waar we gisterenavond nog een extra rif zetten,trekken we er nu elke mm zeil uit om tempo te maken! Nog steeds East, komter nu snel een Front naderbij. De bedoeling is 100 nm voor dit front teblijven en dan dinsdag nog meer NE te gaan (rond de 60 gr.) richtingoorspronkelijke koerslijn. . Zojuist verlegden we onze huidige koers alvastop 80 graden.Zo werd deze zaterdagochtend de ochtend van het puzzelen. Informatie van degribfiles en onze professional uit Amerika vormden onze beslissing. Allesgaat dus prima. Een enkele bui viel ons slechts ten deel, ben benieuwd hoedit de. read more...


24/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Sea Eagle Blog 24th May

Today life on Sea Eagle has started a lot more gently. The sun is shinning, the swell is diminishing and at last I have been able to hand steer comfortably on my morning watch. Sailing directly in to the rising sun with nothing around is definitely the best way to start the day. Yesterday morning we were all jolted into action quite abruptly when the autopilot decided to flick over to standby all by itself. The boat then proceeded to round up to wind, causing a huge wave to crash over the bow. As soon as I saw a wave crash in through the saloon hatch and heard the sails flog, I jumped out of bed in my pyjamas to assist Ben and Mackie on the helm. We then proceeded to assess the situation, which was quite challenging given the swell and the amount of equipment that was stowed in the. read more...


24/05/2014

Puerki - De keerzijde van zeezeilen

Sinds maandag weten we aan boord van S/Y Puerki dat een ander jacht wordt vermist. Per e-mail via de satphone ontvingen we bericht van de Atlantic Rally for Cruisers en van de Bermuda Maritime Operations Centre/Bermuda Radio.  De Cheeki Rafiki, van het Engelse charterbedrijf Stormforce Coaching begon op donderdag 15 mei water te maken. De veertig voet Beneteau First 40.7 is onderweg van Antigua naar Engeland. In overleg met ‘de wal’ wordt besloten een tussenstop te maken op de Azoren. Sinds vrijdag 16 mei is echter geen contact meer met de bemanning van vier personen geweest. Drie vliegtuigen en drie vrachtschepen gaan zoeken.  Het schip kwam echt midden op de Oceaan in de problemen. 1900 km van de Azoren, 1300 km van Nova Scotia in Canada, 1400 km van Bermuda. De vloot van de. read more...


24/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: Wet Wet Wet

Grey and wetness surrounds us and we have just three goals in mind.1. Get to Horta before dark. This means keeping up the speed atleast 7,14kn.2. Get to Horta before Webster and do a Spiderman dance on the peer when they arrive.3. Cross the finish line with zero motoring hours. This seems possible since we have proven there is no such thing as Azores high.image.. read more...


05/06/2014

Happy Destiny - May 24 Dolphins Playing - blog 24 May

High point of our morning has been a pod of  dolphins playing about the boat.  And a huge whale swimming past us about 20 yards to starboard.  Wind is pushing us alittle southerly.  Flew gennaker yesterday until dusk, but using  genoa today.  We have not used engine for propulsion at all so far.  May need it at end to make cutoff time next Saturday, but a lot of miles to go before then.. read more...


Defyr - Towards Azores: Wet Wet Wet
Defyr - Towards Azores: Wet Wet Wet
24/05/2014

Reberth - Time for reflection.

The crew of Reberth are saddened to learn of the confirmation that the hull of the Cheeki Rafiki has been found but that there is no sign of the crew. Our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.We have now reached the halfway point of our journey from Bermuda to The Azores and celebrated this milestone with a breakfast of orange juice, hash browns/rosti, bacon, fried eggs, baked beans, followed by coffee and tea. All this whilst romping along at a speed of eight knots. We should be there by next weekend.. read more...


24/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 09

SUN-FACTOR: Am frühen Nachmittag ist der Regen vorbei. Der Wind lässt nach. Die Wellen bleiben. RUN-FACTOR: Wieder viel langsamer. Schade eigentlich, die schnelle Fahrt durch den Regen hat mehr Spaß gemacht.FUN-FACTOR: Unser Salon ist nicht wieder zu erkennen. Überall hängt nasses Gewand. Eine Langzeitfolge des Regens, denn bei diesen Temperaturen und dieser Luftfeuchtigkeit trocknet nichts so schnell.. read more...


24/05/2014

Starblazer - 23/05/2014 –From one sailing club to another!

A year ago today, Friday, we cast off from our home club, Hardway Sailing Club, to head westwards. Since then most of our travels have been in the right direction except a detour into the Mediterranean for a couple of months and our Panama Canal transit which heads from northwest to southeast. Yesterday we arrived in Niue, 12 hours behind British Summer Time but not quite half way around the world.Our arrival was well timed, before the immigration team stopped working for the day, and we went ashore to clear customs and immigration.Getting ashore can be rather fraught but fortunately the seas were relatively flat. There is no pontoon, jetty or beach where you can leave the RIB in the water and all are lifted ashore onto the quay.I scrambled up one set of steps, then John positioned the. read more...


24/05/2014

Sweet Pearl - Suwarrow --> Niue - 2.Tag - Weiter gehts

Gestern haben wir uns von der wunderschönen Insel Suwarrow verabschiedet und sind jetzt unterwegs nach Niue (530 Seemeilen). Es war ein herrlicher Tag gestern - himmlisches Segeln ohne Wellen und genug Wind. Heute machen wir Slalom um die Squalls, haben mehr Wind, kommen deshalb aber auch schneller voran. Wir hoffen am Montag anzukommen. Ansonsten gibts nicht viel zu berichten - wir sind beide gesund und munter:). Cheers. Tom. read more...


24/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 138; Leaving Suwarrow for Niue, Humpback Whales , the Book Dark Wave & a Marlin Hit; Thursday, May 22, 2014

Up at 7:30 AM. Rain showers passing by. Closed hatches. Free & Breezy was weighing anchor and getting ready to head out to Niue. At 9:08 AM Sweet Pearl departed, followed by Circe at 9:38 AM.Had our last breakfast for a while in a tranquil anchorage. Bacon, eggs, pear halves and toast. And coffee. Tomorrow we'll be eating breakfast maybe standing on our heads. After the 9:30 AM net, we put stowed our dingy. This is a laborious process. First the motor is dismantled. The electric motor is reduced to 3 pieces: handle, battery and shaft. Then the seat is removed and the two oars. Then the drain is opened in the back of the dingy at the base of the transom. We then pull the dingy around to the side of the boat and stand it vertically, draining any water in it. Once we have it on deck,the. read more...


23/05/2014

Gertha 4 - Orange Turtles

LAT 38.35 N LON 46.26   Business as usual today. It’s a hot, sunny day. The ocean being kind to us.We’re cruising above seven knots bang in course toward Horta. To be honest, itfeels good. The last few days have been difficult, and hard to articulate.Skipper described it in passing earlier as feeling hollow. I feel similar. Itwas not an easy thing sailing away from the search area. But we had done what wecould. I’ve thought and written about the whole thing, but I’m not sure it’suseful or appropriate to publish here. We are not happy to have left the searchoperation, we are sad that we didn’t find anything helpful, and we are eager tohear some good news.   But, in a way, we are back to business as usual. If you can call it that.Last night, as I was on watch, with Mauritz asleep. read more...


24/05/2014

Webster - Treacle miners demonstrate their prowess

Friday 23rd May 2014. Postion 36 50'N 40 19'WNoon DTD 570nmThe wind dropped a little this morning early on so we shook out the reefs and romped on. Good job we are not in the military otherwise Dave would have been on yet another charge for sleeping on duty. He can't hide the fact that he's asleep given the audible signs given out; he would contend that he is making sure whales don't come too close by warning them of our presence. He managed to wake up in time for the end of his watch this morning just in time to go to bed again; if he slept any more it would not be worth his while getting up!The sailing has been brilliant today with plenty of wind from a good direction for us (SE) allowing us to close reach direct to Horta. The boat is powered up and loving it. Igor and I were helming. read more...


24/05/2014

Firefly - Suwar-WOW

Firefly's anchor was lifted at 0700 this morning (Friday 23rd May) and we left the shelter of Anchorage Island on the fringe reef of Suwarrow lagoon. We, along with several other World ARC boats managed to double the planned stop to 6 days - even that feels too short a period to spend in such a fantastic place, especially when we know its unlikely we will ever return.On Wednesday morning we went back to the reef where the Manta Rays are frequently seen. Having snorkeled around the reef looking for them - Susie found them 'gliding' in the area under where we had anchored the dinghys! It appears as though the reef is where they come for 'cleansing' - they swim slowly while lots of smaller fish provide a cleaning service. We saw 2 - one about 3 meters wing tip to wing tip, black on top with. read more...


24/05/2014

Sojourner - A good day at sea

The past couple of days have been unexpectantly good.We were advised yesterday morning that we would have to motor for a day or two until we found wind.After three hours of motoring,though, the wind did fill in and we sailed the rest of the day.Went to bed last night with OSPREY a mile or so off our stern but seemingly headed in another course.This morning I was surprised to seem them still with us.After coffee, we raised the spinnaker thinking we would smoke them but, instead, they pulled away and over the horizon as we tried to get a good sail set. Most of us accepted that OSPREY had beaten us but Bob went about tweaking the spinnaker lines. He had us up to 7+ knots for most of the day! That, and Paul had a insight as to how to replumb the water maker hoses to by pass a malfunctioning. read more...


23/05/2014

Defyr - Towards Azores: everything wet

There's a joke about sailing:Sailing is like standing underneath a cold shower with your full foul weather gear on. One of your friends is throwing an extra bucket of water on to your face every now and then and another friend tearing up your 100€ bills.Well that's what it was like last night except also pitch dark with couple of lightnings. I'm starting to wonder could I tape up my 100€ bills, take them back to the bank and buy a tv instead..?The wind went down a little today, which I thought was a relief! I was dreaming of easy, calm ride to make proper food and take a shower and clean up a bit, since everything is wet! BUT NO, the captain wants to catch Webster, so we added more sails and the ride continues to be bumpy with a 15 degree angle."It should be lighter tomorrow" the captain. read more...


23/05/2014

Andromeda of Plymouth - It's Friday, we're in Love.......

N30:17:879 W65:27:359   First off today Happy 63rd Wedding Anniversary,Virginia and Brian, aka Susan's Mum and Dad, we shall give you a calllater......   We have decided we must be in love with ourlifestyle, although at times you do wonder why? Obviously we joined ARC Europeto sail in company, well at least at the beginnings of the legs and then ofcourse there are the opportunities ashore to get to know a group of peoplebetter and maybe make life long friends.  We have certainly made manyfriends on the rallies we have taken part in so far and it is great when weget together to reminise.  Many new friends are made in the ports that arecalled into as well, and there is always the pleasure in arriving somewhere tofind you know a few folk. Great friends are. read more...


23/05/2014

Anna Sophia - Oceaandagboek deel 2, dag 2

Positie: 33 00.086 N, 58 58.633 WCOG: 90 gr.SOG: 7,4 ktsDagafstand: 159 nmZeilvoering: Gr + GWind: 19 kts@219 gr.Weer: lichtbewolktZicht: goedGolven: 1,5 mLuchtdruk: 1026 mbarWatertemperatuur: 20,9Zieken: 0Nog steeds zeilen we East. Nog steeds proberen we de stroom depressies bovenons te vermijden. Getrakteerd werden we op een stoofpot van kruiszeeenschuinachter van zo'n 4 meter; resultaat van voorbije depressie tegennormale windgolven in!Anna Sophia deinde meestal beheerst over de oceaan.We raakten optogen over de snelheid, maar toen deze net voor de nacht de 8knopenaantikte, hebben we toch maar een rif in de genua gezet. Moetennatuurlijk niet hebben, dat de boel in het stikikedonker uit zijn roerloopt!Niemand te zien, zijn waarschijnlijk ook praktisch de enige die naar hetOosten varen.. read more...


23/05/2014

Flomaida II - 22.5. de Südpazifik fährt seine Krallen aus!

Heute wurden wir daran erinnert, dass Segeln auch anders sein kann!Den ganzen Tag jagte ein Squall den anderen bei Windstärken zwischen 20 und 30 Knoten und Wellen von 3-4 Metern. Der Himmel war grau und der Regen heftig.Da wir auf Halbwindkurs sind, war und ist es auszuhalten-das Wetter hat sich auch bisher (3Uhr nachts) nicht verändert.Also bestand unser Sport heute darin, die Segel einzureffen und auszureffen.Auch reichte es nur für "Dosenfutter", allerdings sehr fein und schmackhaft. Da sind die Franzosenwirklich spitze! Mit dem besonders altem und gutem Balsamico von Vittorio wurde das Linsengericht zu einem wahren Gaumenschmaus! Über Nacht lassen wir die Reffs drin, da wir den Himmel nicht beobachten können- kein Stern und kein Mond zu sehen, das ist nicht so mein Fall! Trotz. read more...


23/05/2014

Sea Eagle - Feel the love

Sitting here on my early morning watch in the dark of night I can't help thinking of the 4 lads from Cheeki Rafiti and praying they will be found. These situations are I guess the realities of sailing.Setting the afore mentioned aside for a moment - we are so thoroughly enjoying being back on the water. Sea Eagle is flying along sometimes hitting over 10 knots. To add to this and at long last we have had dolphins around us and their presence lifts the spirits even more, its as if they are feeling your pleasure too.Last night at around sunset we picked up communication from Anna Sophia, it's nice to know there's someone not that far away and to hear that all is good with them.Food on board has been great so far with a new addition to the menu, "The Big Mac omelette" and spirits are high.I. read more...


23/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 09

SUN-FACTOR: Wetter-Achterbahn. Nach der Front kommt die Fastflaute. 6 Knoten Wind von achtern. :-( RUN-FACTOR: Langsam. Der einzige Vorteil: Beide können wir mehrere Stunden gut schlafen.FUN-FACTOR: Wenn es schon sonst nichts zu lachen gibt, ein Grieskoch zaubert immer ein Lächeln aufs Gesicht.. read more...


23/05/2014

Reberth - Fish!!

Crew, no names no pack drill, thought fish would be a change and threw out a line. Good job not hungry as they left the cork on the hook!! Maybe next time.Doing seven knots, which for us is really good. May it continue.We will be entering the search area later today but understand by then they may have scaled back. Obviously will still keep a sharp lookout. What can you say?. read more...


23/05/2014

Anettine - 23. May, morning

The last night was dark and cloudy all night, with moderate visibility. Wind around 10 knots from W gave comfortable sailing. The wind turned S just after sunrise and 15-25 knots giving good speed. We have now done 700 nm and have another 1100 to go. We met a big whale in the morning, just 50 meter away. It didn't pay Anettine any attention just kept going E.SY Anettine. read more...


05/06/2014

Happy Destiny - May 23 Calm with a chance of whales - blog 23 May

We spent last night becalmed, with genoa furled and main sheeted in.  A bit of a southwesterly breeze rose this morning and we are now making about 4 knots on a courseof 90 degrees.  Attempting to push northerly when winds permit.  High point yesterday was Don's chicken quesadilla dinner made according to his daughter's recipe.  A pod of whales joined us for dinner, swimming off our starboard beam.  A pretty day today,but we'd like a little more wind.. read more...


23/05/2014

Starship - ED heading EAST - day 08

SUN-FACTOR: Die Front erwischt uns. Um 3.00 in der Früh geht es los mit 30 kn Wind (in den Böen noch mehr) und Regen. Dietmar und ich sind waschelnass. RUN-FACTOR: Mit 30 Knoten Wind reffen wir Groß und Genua - jeweils drittes Reff. Und machen immer noch bis zu 9 Knoten SOG. Aber den Kurs können wir der Wellen wegen nicht halten. Oder "wollen" es viel mehr nicht. Denn für die Kinder wäre das kein Spaß.FUN-FACTOR: Den Kindern macht der Regen nichts aus und auch nicht der starke Wind. Sie kuscheln zu dritt in ihrer Kabine und sehen sich DVDs an.. read more...


23/05/2014

American Spirit II - Day 137; Most Dangerous Snorkel, Climbing into a Dingy, Laundry, SSB Problem, Tom Neale Party on Beach & Coordinating New Crew Flights; Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Up 7:41 AM. Cloudy, small rain shower drifting by. Closed all the hatches. Seems like it happens every morning at Suwarrow.A rainbow at 8:11 AM. Faint. I'd give it a 3 on a 10 scale. Two boats, Skylark of London (I wonder where that boat is from?) and Dash Away left the atoll before 8:30 AM.I filled out the custom forms for Niue before it got too hot outside. That way I won't sweat on the forms.Always have to keep a rag handy to wipe the sweat off your wrists as you fill out these forms. Niue, which has a population of 1,500, requires more data on entry than any place we've been to for some time. They even ask how much money you have onboard, and they want a list of all drugs on board. Should I list the Cialis or Viagra? Just kidding. At 9:00 AM I violated a cardinal rule on the boat. I. read more...