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13/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 310; Mall Day & Haircuts; Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Up at 7:00 AM. Took my coffee and went to Folie a Deux, 2 slips away, to get safari information. At 8:10 AM Civetta II arrived at our dock. Like Saphir, they had engine problems, also. Took a shower at 9:00 AM. Communal shower facility. But had hot water. Breakfast at 9:30 AM. Bacon, eggs, potato left over from the day before, fruit cocktail and bread. Lyn from the Zululand Yacht Club gave us and Sandra from Sweet Pearl a ride to a giant shopping mall. Unlike malls in the USA, the mall also has a couple of grocery stores in it. The first order of business in the mall is to get some SIM cards for Sandra and Tim from Folie a Deux. Joel has a cell phone problem that was rectified. After that we go to lunch at a pizza restaurant. We order a Mediterranean pizza and a Hawaiin pizza; plus. read more...


12/11/2014

Windswept - A day near the finish 275 left

----A day near the finish 275 leftWe are still trudging away the last few days were only 116, 117, 130 miles a day and not always in the direction of our final destination.At time it has been a struggle to keep the moral up, but with some effort it has worked out.The morning started out with 3 squalls in 3 hours and wind in every direction.It was early but we worked hard and took advantage of all the wind with numerous tacks. The day calmed down and we even but a Mia in the fridge.Sea food Alfredo was our evening delight.We should have just enough fuel left to make it to Tortola if the promised wind does not come.So we will know that we are there when we are out of fuel.For now we have 6 knot winds exactly on the nose.. read more...


12/11/2014

Exody - Day 4 - 12th November - Halfway !

We passed the halfway mark at about 4pm today 444 miles down, 444 miles to go and the daily rally email shows us midfleet in our class.Early morning search and rescue radio traffic woke the offwatch - air search activity following a flare sighting by an ARC+ boat well south of our position.Having done the fuel calcs and with two thirds of the main tank used, we were relieved tobe able to sail from first thing this morning - under genny alone as the best solution derived so far for our boat in these conditions.Generally making 5 knots - not fast but adequate with a days run at 13.00 of 130, against 150 for the previous two days.As the very dark pre-moonrise night falls, we are trucking along at nearly 6 knots under genny alone - a speed we'll need to maintain to reach Mindelo in time to. read more...


12/11/2014

Second Wind - Further rationing introduced...

For those following our excursion on yellow brick, you will know already that it's become a bit of a struggle to make any headway towards Tortola.We seemed to have a hiccup with the last blog, and don't know if it was posted.Suffice to say, the plan to head east to find more favorable trade winds and avoid being swept west is only marginally effective, as we have less seasonal head winds that don't seem to be changing, and as the winds become lighter, it gets harder and harder to get south east. A few sharp squalls last night helped us along, and provided some excitement, but by mid morning, the winds were dropping again.So Monday's tea bag rationing shock was only a harbinger of things to come, and diesel is now firmly at the top of the ration list. Listening on the radio to other. read more...


12/11/2014

Exody - Day 3 - Other Life

UFOs we thought as the only explanation of repeatedly twinkling and dancing red lights in the southwestern night sky during the early hours - far too high for masts, no land- witnessed by three of us and all sober!Any other suggestions ?It was a good day for marine life following the previous day's whale experience. Octopus was the only credible description for something brown and with legs that Agnes saw on the surface - though we thought they lived deeper. A small turtle was seen, several petrels and finally we were treated to dolphin games at the bow which never cease to thrill however many times one has witnessed the spectacle before, though for Tony it was a well video'd and photographed first.We motored all day over a calm sea - well under 10 knots of wind and all sails furled to. read more...


12/11/2014

Lydia - Day 4 - Really Groovy Day

The day dawned fair but also to a radio kerfuffle as a Spanish search & rescue aircraft engaged many of the ARC+ fleet in confusing radio dialogue following the sighting overnight of what was thought to be an 'orange flare' but what may actually have been a shooting star.Progress to the Cape Verdes has picked up today with an increase in the wind to a nicer, but still gentle, 15 kts. Lydia has picked up her skirts and this post now finds us cracking on between 6 & 7 kts, still off W Sahara but now in the tropics, having crossed the tropic of Cancer at about midday.Todays engineering tasks generated a tale of progress & setbacks. The black water tank 'sender', which should generate a tank level reading was bravely removed by Henry sporting disposable gloves and a rather. read more...


12/11/2014

Makena - Nov 12 - South of the Tropic of Cancer

Sarah here. I've passed to PW the job of doing the pro boat log but just in case there have been any issues with that I've booted up our power hog of a Mac machine that allows us to send in updates with SailMail while running Windows in a virtual machine. PW sends his using his own Iridium phone and a beast of an everything-proof routing laptop :) He gets interesting news for us such as the Route de Rhum win info - nice!We've crossed the Tropic of Cancer since I last wrote and baby Kai has a 5th tooth! We thought a top incisor was going to come through for him today but on inspection there was a new one on the bottom row! I think that one on top might come join the rest tomorrow. We did 176nm in our first 24 hours, 134 nm in the second and 150nm in the third. We are over the halfway mark. read more...


12/11/2014

Celebrate - Heading for Durban

Our stay at Richards Bay has been great with a first class welcome from the Zululand Yacht Club . Len one of their Rear Commodores and Joel from World Cruising Club have worked their socks off to help the fleet in at all times day and night, added to this the presentation of a bottle of local bubbly and a club burgee made it one of the best landfalls on the trip. Just before getting in we also got a welcoming committee from a hump back whale who breached about a mile away from us followed by two babies.The Zululand Yacht Club has lots of character (a proper Yacht Club) and just the place to conclude a bumpy passage.All the fleet have now arrived and are making a start of repairs and plans to explore.We have also met lots of characters over a drink (or two)in the bar and at the Braai (BBQ. read more...


12/11/2014

Hugur - Sailing well today

Day 4 Wednesday 12 Nov This morning we have passed half way point to Cape Verdes, Yey ! This was  celebrated with a corn snaps and German bistro café with Elba stones (sweets from Elba) a gift from our guest Pascall. This we enjoyed after our midday meal.From midnight the wind finally has picked up and we have been sailing finally. Interpid Elk has long gone passed us during the night. They have been tacking steady and making good headway.We have tried to call up the SY Outrageous both on the VHF and shiphone, after request by email from the ARC rally control, but with out result. Outrageous had reported seeing a red flare. I do hope everything is well with the boat that fired flares last night and all are safe. Nothing has been heard from any boats, nor any. read more...


12/11/2014

Crazy Horse - We arrived!

We arrived here at Nanny Cay Marine yesterday at about 3pm. Andy, Mia, Lyle, and Jake were here to greet us along with Carol who has crew on the boat Windswept! They were all wonderful to behold as we safely made it here! What a blessing to arrive safely at the right port of call with no major damages to person or boat. Crazy Horse has done it again. She has been a wonderful vessel and gotten us through some tough spots. That is why she is dear to us and such an important part of our lives.Now comes the part of cleaning everything, doing laundry, and getting the boat back into order again. Bill went to customs with the rest of the captains off the other arriving boats. They compared stories and breakdowns. But after all is said and done when you make it here safely in paradise all. read more...


12/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 12th November 2014

We all went to the yacht club gym for some fitness this morning, followed by some work on Aelfgifu this afternoon. The photo is the new positioning of the emergency tiller done as required by the ARC safety inspection. The job list is getting smaller.Posted by Swiss TonyIMG_9862. read more...


Aelfgifu - 12th November 2014
Aelfgifu - 12th November 2014
12/11/2014

Time Bandit - What a Night!

Lat: 21 48.2NLong: 018 46.2W15 - 20 knots from behind, smooth rolling sea, stars and milky way above and thrashing along at 7-8+ knots. Just brilliant sailing and when we wake up in the morning its simply hit the "Repeat" button.(A bit like the after effects of our super healthy, veg rich diet). We are currently about 100 miles west of Mauritania and will either have to gybe or keep hoping the wind will back and allow us to make direct for Mindelo. Other than knocking the reefs in and out we've been goosewinged on post pretty much since the start.We finally had a bite on the line last night but it was quickly gone. The crew is fit and well, other than the pole end the boat is in one piece and the Monitor and Duogen are brilliant. Self steering and endless amps for free. However, when I. read more...


12/11/2014

Helen - Start day - 11

The practice at steering by compass alone came in useful last night. This time it was a real failure of all electronics caused by a network failure.As on land that means either a real network failure or a piece of equipment that has failed and is corrupting the network. Two hours of playing Sherlock Holmes lead us to a faulty controller of the autopilot. Fortunately we have two, so with the rogue one disconnected, we continued our progress and had a restful night.Today we have calm seas (for the Atlantic) and no wind worth speaking of. We are making steady progress towards Gran Canaria but Paul has promised me some more squalls on my watch which he seems to arrange every time he hands over to me!Last night's event makes three in three days so we are confidently expecting no further. read more...


12/11/2014

Easy Rider - Log: Day 3

Started beautifully ......not much wind but able to sunbathe on the tramps thinking 'This is the life for me!'Nice lunch and bit more sunbathing n then a nap.Nap interrupted by Neil saying rather calmly 'Dave i think you better comeup, Max says the steering is not responding!' Smith replied 'And you woke me up to tell me that?'Steering had indeed stopped functioning and on examination we discovered that the steering cable had broken and was hanging limply. like 2 dead rats. Did this upset the boys??? No way. we heaved to andswung into action with a remarkable amount of enthusiasm.....fashioned a makeshift cable out of rope..secured by anything that looked suitable. Finally cable was completed and hey presto, it worked. I was impressed by the teamwork and the cheerful way all this was. read more...


12/11/2014

T&T - Gran Canaria - Mindelo

Beste vrienden,Na 3 dagen op de oceaan is het tijd voor een eerste verslag ! Het is hier FANTASTISCH!We vertrokken zondag vanuit Las Palmas Gran Cannaria om13";oo uur met behoorlijk veel wind(50knp)  en deining (3m), maar de boot surfte  primaop de golven en we hadden pieksnelheden van 15 mile, echt indukwekkend , we lagen vlug voorop. Ik was wat groggy van de pilletjes tegen zeeziekte maar ze hielpen wonderlijk.Nu ben ik helemaal "amarinée" en kan zelfs op de computer schrijven zonder misselijk te worden. De eerste nacht viel de wind stil en hebben we op de motor moeten varen maar vanaf maandagmorgen hebben we ononderbroken gezeild. Gisterenmiddag tot vanmorgen 6 uur onder spinakker. De sfeer aan boord is top. Ik kook en de mannen wassen af : fijn geregeld. read more...


12/11/2014

Reberth - Day 4 Skipper at sunrise.

So we start Day 4 listening to Rod Stewart Sailing!!! I think you can guess by that we have turned off the engine at last. We are all in the cockpit on look out. There are now just over 470nm to go. If the wind stays like this all will be good.Skipper Ian called me up to keep watch at sunrise while he went forward and I have to say the sunrise was excellent. There will be another milestone today when we reach half way. Hurrah.skipper at sunrise. read more...


Reberth - Day 4 Skipper at sunrise.
Reberth - Day 4 Skipper at sunrise.
12/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Day 3 - Fruit and Veg Inventory

When we left Las Palmas, our order from the fruit man was mysteriously doubled or more. So my order for 3 red peppers became 6. And 2 mangoes became 6. And 1 cabbage became 2 etc. I didn't discover this until after the delivery and I tried to store everything. So I have been trying to find ways to consume as many fruits and vegetables every day as possible. Today we made good progress by having Apple coffee cake for breakfast = 2 apples Snacks =3 oranges and part of melonLunch salad = 1 tomato and 1/2 zucchini and some lettuceDinner = 4 potatoes and 5 carrotsDesert = 4 bananas baked with rum and raisins and walnuts and butter - yum!Well, I guess we won't suffer from scurvy!And, by the way, the wind was light all day so we had to resort to motoring in search of the wind. Yuck!. read more...


Helen - Sunrise over Africa
Helen - Sunrise over Africa
11/11/2014

Magelanus III - LOG 3 - 11NOV14

After a departure in the middle of 51 boats, we decided to go South earlier than most. We were careful not to fall in the “acceleration zone”, but we may not have avoided it entirely as we “flew” down South before experiencing some “shadow effect” later on. We did enjoy the fun and had great first surfs, although carefully, keeping in mind that we do want to get to St. Lucia in good shape. Luís Vilela (father) cooked the first lunch/dinner and we all “devoured” it. Aaaahhh and the Nespresso (what else?) was just G-R-E-A-T!Sunday we realized we were most likely among the last third of the ARC Armada and, with an already slowing wind by mid-day, routine was "sinking in”. Filipe Vilela (son) was looking around for a more comfortable place to sleep, João Blasques hanging on his PC lost in. read more...


11/11/2014

Second Wind - Highs and Lows

Tuesday morning and the last two days have seen the crew of Second Wind in Meteorology Class, reading grib forecasts of high and low pressure systems and wind predictions across the Atlantic, and using junior Geometry to make tactical decisions about our course and direction to minimize the effect of a persistent headwind from the Southwest. Second Wind is a dream to sail off wind, but the trade off is that she is not so good pointing at the wind, and that's where we need to go, so we are motor sailing as quickly East as we can, hoping to catch the easterly trade winds soon. We will have to start sailing again soon, as it's not possible to carry enough diesel to motor all the way to Tortola, and the question is when to use fuel, and when to use sails. And stay East! We all agree that. read more...


11/11/2014

Lydia - Day 3 - Into the Groove

Steady but hardly spectacular progress today. The twin headsail rig has pushed us along at about 5 knots and with a bit of help from the Canaries current we've maintained about 6 knots overall. Our motion is pretty comfortable but occasionally Lydia slips into a series of impressives rolls that reveal the adequacy of our securing for sea. The 1100 round up on the radio seems to indicate that the skipper's decison to go east was a good one and we live in hope that the wind will pick up a little in the morning. Todays noon sight aligned well with our GPS position proving that the skipper's skills with a sextant have not faded.Henry celebrated his 38th birthday by tackling the black water tank that was reluctant to empty. Inevitably we discovered (after a lot of sweating & grunting with. read more...


11/11/2014

Windswept - The finish is near

The finish is nearAfter 8days of sailing we are headed to the finish only 2 days 10 hours to go.We are sailing on a tight beat at 6.5 knots all day and enjoying a great hard over sail.The wind is gusty and we have reefed and unreefed many times per watch what an exciting day.Too rough for fishing and besides what would we do with more fish. Capt,n Sonny. read more...


11/11/2014

Opportunity -

Hi Everybody,After 8 days of sailing only 350 miles left to go! But only if we sail in a straight line, and not the zig-zag upwind path of the last couple of days. The winds have been light to moderate and just lately we have been enjoying a stiff 20 knot breeze, all from the southeast, with lumpy seas, so not the best conditions for getting anywhere fast. But every day has been sunny and warm and every night softly moonlit, we have fresh mahi-mahi on the menu thanks to Duncan, and even caught a few squalls today to rinse away some of the salt from the boat and ourselves! We have sea and sky all around and haven't seen another boat in about three days. All in all a great week of sailing!Willi, Duncan, Geoff. read more...


11/11/2014

GarliX - Noch ca. 560 sm vor uns? ein klasse Tag heute

Obwohl wir erst in zwei Tagen ein Geburtstagskind an Bord haben, wurden wir schon heute be-schenkt. Beschenkt von einem 1A Wetter!!! Sonne, tiefblaues Wasser, leichter Seegang… manchmal zu leichter Wind. Seit heute früh haben wir unser Monstersegel (Genacker) oben, der uns extrem gut durch die Wellen zieht. Letzte Nacht dümpelten wir nur mit rd. 4kn dahin… was sehr störend sein kann, da die Wellen für mehr Wind ausgelegt waren. Unsere "Invalidengang" - Max mit geprellter Schulter und mein Vater mit extrem aufgeschürften Arm sind ganz gut genesen… es kehrt Routine ein an Bord. Alles gut also bisher - bis morgen - Eure GarliXe. read more...


11/11/2014

Hugur - day 2 and 3 , not a sound on the communicaton front SSB or WHF

Day 2. MondayLast night we did sail to close to Gran Canaria and indeed ended up in the windshelter  and made no headway, so we turned on the engine over the night. Today we madesmall progress in light winds and at dawn the wind was dying out again we turned on the engine.We have some leakage of seawater in the engineroom, that we need to monitor can be coming along the shaft .   Our guest the journalist has been seasick. So we have been double handling anyhow. But he is coming along. Now in the afternoon and offered to take my shift since he has had agood sleep today.Otherwise slow day , sunny weather, we had pasta and chili con carne but our guest only tea and baguette.  Mostly no big apertite with the crew.  We have not heard nothing on the whf all along , so I. read more...


11/11/2014

Time Bandit - Special K with Carrots

Whether by design or accident (we suspect the former) the veggie man in Las Palmas managed to increase fruit and veg order by a factor of between 2 and 10. If Anne said 2 please (limes) we got 2 KG. Anne therefore spent an afternoon on the pontoon, in her little hastily constructed vegetable stall selling her wares.She always wanted to be in Eastenders! Last night was interesting. For a while we thought our self steering was kaput as we were unable to hold a straight course. It was only on closer inspection we saw there's some wacky currents boiling around here. I suspect there's some sort of convergence zone as, within a few miles we had current of 1/2 to 1 knot from three different directions. Like the sound of Jura at flood.However, in Las Palmas while looking at another Raymarine. read more...


11/11/2014

Winedown - Into The Wind

Sunday, Day 7Looking at the Yellow Brick at the zig zag of boats along the line to the mark, its clear we are all struggling getting to our destination, some of us more than others.  Seems that this is going to take a little longer than anticipated.  This is disconcerting for me, being new to the provisioning of a boat because we could have used another case of soda, another couple gallons of water and juice which I forgot to include. At this rate,  Its looking like we won’t cross the line until late Wednesday, early Thursday. Its actually a beautiful day for sailing, but because the wind is coming directly from where we want to go it has proven to be a day of little progress.  Since we have 416 nautical miles to go this is a frustrating. read more...


11/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 309; We Make It To Richards Bay After an All Night Ordeal; Monday, November 10, 2014

Joel goes down to sleep at midnight. At 12:33 AM the moon rises, but its mostly obscured by black storm clouds. At 12:56 the Aghulas Current is running at 2.3 knots, and we're 40 miles from Richards Bay. Joel joins me on watch at 1:00 AM, and as I'm down below putting on more layers of clothing he sees a lighthouse on the starboard bow. Land ho! He sees land first...again. At 1:25 AM the current is still 2.3 knots heading to the southwest. At 1:45 AM we increase the engine RPM to our cruising maximum of 2200 and are moving at 7.8 knots. At 1:50 AM Joel smells the land of Africa 18 miles away. At 1:58 AM the Aghulas Current reaches its maximum for us on this trip, 2.4 knots. Its capable of 6 knots, but not tonight. We're 32 miles from Richards Bay. At 2:10 AM the wind changes direction. read more...


11/11/2014

Helen - Start day - 12

We are nearly half way from Lagos to Las Palmas and have had all sortsof weather from Force 7 on the nose to reaches at 9 knots. There do not seem to be any ships or wildlife for a 100 miles, so sorry no photograph.We had a bit of excitement in the dark yesterday evening. A bad squall was coming through so it was time to reduce sail and put the engine on. A member of crew, who will remain anonymous, switched all the navigation equipment off instead of switching the steamer light on!A good exercise for the skipper to helm by compass alone in the middle of a squall while the reason for the electronics failure was sought!Philip. read more...


11/11/2014

Abigail - Vetrans Day update

Good Morning.With any luck this will be our last update from sea.We are about 100 miles from the finish and are on a close reach doing about 8 knots.It's a beautiful, sunny Caribbean morning and everyone is up in the cockpit enjoying the day.Shortly after the last update we repaired the main and got it up.As the wind built at dusk we put a reef in and are sailing in about 15 knots with that reef still in.We are all ready to hit land even though it will likely be in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. After we get cleaned up and catch up on some sleep we'll check in with a final report tomorrow.. read more...


11/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 11th November 2014. Las Palmas

Today a swim in the local pool this morning, followed by work up the mast for Dean this afternoon.Posted by Swiss TonyIMG_9861. read more...


11/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 8 - Heading for the Finish Line

It is 1100 hours on Day 8 (Nov 11th) and we are about 25 miles from the finish line.Sailing last night was perfect in every way except wind direction.Would have had a close encounter with St. Thomas if we kept on sailing this morning.We are motoring East right now in order to properly enter the finish line. The crew of Lone Star has been fantastic in every respect.Thank you Ron, Stacey and Joe.We also ate well and everything was in order thanks to all the work by Jan prior to the start of the rally.She kept us informed on world events (they had an election while we were at sea and our Aggies beat Auburn) and managed themessages from all our adoring fans during the trip.I miss her very much and am looking forward to her arrival on Friday!!Fair winds,Craig. read more...


11/11/2014

GEM - A Most Difficult Night

Yesterday’s wx fcst had us elated.Winds will shift to East and we can sail for next 36 hours.Not to be.The shift started toward sunset yesterday about 12 hours late and only went to E/SE which meant we could not sail.Cat’s don’ point very well, our apparent wind was in the 30’s we needed in the 40’s ideally 50.So we motorsailed on into confused swells and more pounding, we were able to use the main to ease the engines.At about 9:30 last night the apparent wind gusted into the low 30’s and there was another BANG (on Grant’s watch) and the mainsail had pulled the attachment points for the outhaul and the topping lift right out of the boom, tearing the aluminum casting at the top like it was a tin can. We immediately took the second reef in the mainsail (the only reef point remaining) and. read more...


Aelfgifu - 11th November 2014. Las Palmas
Aelfgifu - 11th November 2014. Las Palmas
11/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 308 Supplemental; Projected Arrival in Richards Bay; Sunday, November 9, 2014

We are currently 90 miles from Richards Bay (4:00 PM South African time) and expect to arrive between 5:00 and 8:00 AM Monday morning South African time. We are currently in the Aghulas Current having our usual roller coaster ride. The latest weather GRIB report we have received (from Roger on Free & BrEezy) is that the (dreaded) southwest wind is now scheduled to arrive at 4:00 PM South African time.. read more...


11/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 308; Heading Down the Stretch to Richards Bay Trying to Beat a New Low Pressure System; Sunday, November 9, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM. Turned the SSB radio on and tried to send out emails and log, but no luck. Still no propagation. Relieved Jeremy at 7:15 AM. As I'm coming up the stairs to the cockpit he points out a double ender rainbow to me. Cool. Unfortunately I'm too busy to look at it and 'log' it. I'd already lost my coffee on the way up the stairs as we went thru a giant round up. A cargo ship called the Spar Neptun was 5 miles astern from Saphir and Saphir was trying to talk to the ship about what course they're taking. The ship finally said that they would pass Saphir to their (Saphir's) port. Erling asked the ship for a weather report and got today's weather but not tomorrow's, which is what we all really want. The wind is 16/18 and we're making 6.7 knots over the ground with a .9 current. read more...


11/11/2014

Club Carp - Club Carp: Dueling Objectives

Today appears to be the final day of our Carib1500 voyage.We are currently about 125nm from the finish line with an estimated time of roughly 18 hours.However, the initial race objective has been complicated by a flight departure for one of our crew members at 2pm on Wednesday out of St. Thomas.We now have to make the difficult decision of crossing the finishing line and/or heading to a new destination.The two options that appear most likely are to head straight to Sopers Hole so that our crew mate can get the first ferry to St. Thomas. Alternatively, we can sail directly to Redhook for our crew mate to get a cab across St. Thomas to the airport.  The challenge is that the winds have not aligned with the forecast, and instead of backing to the East, slightly Northeast they have. read more...


11/11/2014

Easy Rider - The Cabin Boy's Log..... Day 2

Day 2 was a slight anti climax as well a needed break after an action packed start. Winds were lighter than expected bringing our lofty hopes of a 4 day passage to a more grounded 5 - 6. That said, spirits onboard were high, fueled by fabulous food (thank you Soy) and more cups of tea than you can shake a stick at.With the weather forecast looking lighter than our initial predictions, we spent the afternoon pondering over GRIB files and watching our fellow sailors on AIS, trying to read their manouvers. Competition was in the air as some boats turned thier AIS to receive only, masking themselves from prying eyes.As the swell calmed and the sun set, we settled into a quiet night of somber sleep and moon lit watches.Max (the cabin boy). read more...


11/11/2014

Reberth - Day 3

All is well on Reberth, but would be even better if we had some wind!! Once again we have turned into a motor boat. Yesterday saw a milestone of less than seven hundred miles to go so chocolate was distributed. As I have just glanced up I see that we are now nearing the six hundred mark so I guess it’s treat time again.Last night was one of those magical evenings, before the moon rose, when all crew went “WOW” when they went on deck. The Milky Way was amazing. I wish I had a better camera to record such things.We are all getting our sea legs now so it may be curry for supper, we’ll see!!. read more...


11/11/2014

Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!

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Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!
Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!
11/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher - Day 3

So here we are, at 0930 onTuesday 11th November.....bobbin' around in the North Atlantic. 'We' are Edd, James, Josh, David, Margaret and Martin, and we make a pretty fair, and happy crew.We got off to a flying start with some incredible downwind sailing. With the wind gusting to over 30 knots we only used the white sails, but were regularly recording 11, 12, 13, and even 14.3 knots over the ground (Maggie on helm).Currently on a port tack with the Parasailor flying, but with scarcely 10 knots of wind, we are only making some 5 knots. At least it isn't uncomfortable.This is the first time we have flown Pandora for anything other than training drills, and she has coped very well. We began using her yesterday, with the strong gusty winds and lumpy seas of Sunday behind us, and flew her. read more...


11/11/2014

Adagio - Fish on!

Finally!!After a couple of Really good "the one that got away" stories (and it is frustrating to them have them shake the hook after wrestling them right up to the boat) we finally landed our first fish. Not really big, but plenty for a fresh ceviche and tasty fillets four four. Yum!!We're still plodding along in a search for favorable winds but, alas, it seems we are to tack out way in for the last few hundred miles.Tradewinds are at last building, but they are out of the southeast, and guess which way we want to go :)Ah well, the beauty of it all is that in just a short while we'll be joining the rest of the rally at Nanny Cay and ~then~ the real story telling can start :)Not much to report, really. Adagio is doing what we ask without complaint. I have photos of our speed at both 10.5. read more...


11/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there

Date                1200 (UTC +11) Tuesday 11 2014                       1400 (UTC+13) local time New Zealand                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 179nm over the ground, 178nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 1022nmDistance to destination 42nm 178nm made in the dayOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmLeaving our turn towards our waypoint and resorting to full motor meant that we had a decreasing swell to motor into and initially with only a well sheeted in main we made just over 5 knots. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
11/11/2014

Exody - Day 2 - Breeze, Baleines and Breakages

Having motored on and off throughout the light winds of the night, morning brought great trade wind conditions for a good sail in very nearly the right direction. There were two other yachts within sight and we realised at the first radio net this morning how relatively west we were - the wind and a good proportion of the fleet reporting in were further east- and maybe still are as we are motoring once again this evening to keep up the pace - 3.9 knots just wont cut it!Marian spotted a pair of spouting whales at extremely close quarters plus a large area of brown water adjacent - glad we didn't have the watermaker on!It's been a day of gear failure- our chartplotter decided we were doing up to 19 knots and heading in multiple directions - drawing a track on the screen which after a few. read more...



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