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La Rochelle - la rochelle over 15 knot down hill combo
La Rochelle - la rochelle over 15 knot down hill combo
04/12/2013

Hera - Spisegeln

Leider konnten wir die Hera gestern nicht von außen betrachten. Da hättenwir doch eine Borddrohne mit Kamera mitnehmen müssen. Den ganzen Tag waren Windund Welle fürs Spisegeln optimal. So konnten alle Crewmitglieder mal alsRudergänger das Feeling fürs Spisegeln bekommen. In der Nacht haben wir dann angeluvt und sind mit Groß- und Vorsegel aufBackbordbug gesegelt. Heute hat der Wind etwas auffrischt und kommt ausöstlicher Richtung, so daß wir mit ausgebaumten Vorsegel Schmetterlingsegeln. Neben dem Spisegeln war auch das gestrige Menü ein Höhepunkt des Tages: Einköstlich erfrischender Gurkensalat, danach Kartoffelgratin und schließlich einDessert aus Vanillepudding mit frischer Mango, Rosinen und einem Schuß Rum. DieCrew hat schon darüber nachgedacht ein Scoring für den besten. read more...


04/12/2013

Pelican - further running repair and cake

Hi all at home, up on the fore deck (yes i do know where it is) wasakin to a disco complete with flashing lights. It might be said that it was someago that i was in a real disco prob night club. Now any way back to myflashing light - twas the deck flood light twinkling away so  hi ho upthe mast i go replace light on the way down re tie lazy jacks. Ok for the morningnow, into the steering compartment to  bleed the system and oh goody goodythe gally salt water pump has stopped working and by the way you've pulled thethree hour watch don't i just love this trip. Any way bread and cake were goodsee yer.. read more...


04/12/2013

Moondancer - Wednesday 4th December 10.50 AM (clock back 1 hour)

The one that got away!I can confirm the story put out by maintenanceThe reel was a screaming and I caught it all on film, it looked like a small boy jumping out of the water.Talking of film, we know you ladies love a sunset and we are seeing spectacular ones, so we made an effort to capture one on film the way we thought appropriate.Drinking beer, with "i'm a lazy sod" by the Sex Pistols as a soundtrack heading at it to the West.For those following our progress,if any-In laymans terms think of it as a Formula 1 race.There is the racing division and multi hull division consisting of 63 boats who set off before us,subtract 63 from our position.Then there is cruising division in groups A-G etc, in terms of faster boats. We are in Group E.The racing division are like Red Bull and Ferrari,. read more...


04/12/2013

Azzurra - Day 11 -Up the Mast-

Position Wednesday 04.12.2013:24”08’.688 N, 033”22’.186We made it! After all the discussions on how to proceed getting the Genoa untied to get her unfurled again 100 percent, we appointed Franz to do this nice job. No problem for him! We tied a spinnaker halyard on the luff of the Genoa which enabled us to glide him up leaning in the sail while Azzurra was moving with 6 knots. Franz did a great job cutting away the tapes and lines of the leech. He only swung once uncontrolled on the outside. He did not tell us what his real feeling was. We only saw him changing his underwear when the job was finished. Everybody will understand this, working on a moving part 20 to 23 meters above the waterline while sailing, is a challenge for everyone. We now can fully use the sail again although the. read more...


Azzurra - Day 11 -Up the Mast-
Azzurra - Day 11 -Up the Mast-
04/12/2013

Aditi - Day 6 - 8

On the night of Day 6 we should have been running in 14-17kn northerlies on our way south to Mindelo. But nobody felt like committing to the weather and going up to the bow in complete dark to hand crank the headsail and let out some canvas (or dacron). So we motored south in a following sea and wind to enter Mindelo from the East. Early morning, rounding the point Ponta Salinas on the Island of Santo Antaao whilst trying to get some offing against the east wind and swell to stay clear, I could smell exhaust gas. Shutting the motor and shining a torch into the engine room created a nice thick beam of light - smoke. Looking at the exhaust the elbow clamp had gone (new in Gibraltar!) so it was immediately back to sail to stay to the east. There are shipwrecks all over this coast. We say. read more...


04/12/2013

Moondancer - a slow day (again)

No wind again yesterday. Spent the day fixing the bits and bobs that catering keeps braking. I might as well walk behind him with my tool box under my arm. Yesterday had to reattach the cover over the ignition switch that catering kick off the day before. When reporting the breakage, catering said a monkey could fix it and that’s why he’d thought of me.Catering excelled in the kitchen to be fair yesterday, rib eye steak, chips and peas…all the talk before we left Las Palmas was on how much weight we would lose, if catering keeps this standard up I’m not sure any weight loss will be achieved.Fishing stepped up the plate today, landing what must be the smallest Dorado swimming in the sea. The lure was the same size, greedy with beggar.Paul (management) showed his killer instinct requesting. read more...


04/12/2013

Skara Brae - sunbathing and fishing in the middle of the Atlantic

Well if you like sunbathing and fishing then this is the Yacht to be on!26 degrees at 9am in the morning streight onto the porch (cockpit) Throw a line out with a bungy cord - and big fish come and take the lure - caught a big Wahoo (well Andrew thinks its one of them or a Maha-mahe LOL) fish Anyway Tosh our chef (yes we have a chef on board cause we're Posh (port out - starboard home) Gourockians quickly gutted it and cut it up into 10 steaks which is 2 meals for us 5!Personally I don't sunbath or Fish - so I'm getting a wee bit fidgety, its 3 days since we have seen any real wind, after making the desicion to head south to calmer seas to repair the main sail - well it worked but now we are paying the consequences of no wind down here.Some of the other boats decided to give the bad. read more...


04/12/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 4 December A Day’s boat maintenance.

Cruising has been described as "Boat maintenance in exotic locations", I’m just not sure whether mid-Atlantic counts.The generator packed up the other day, it kept on overheating, no cooling water through its seawater filter.Today the sea was calm and the main engine was cold so I could lay on it to check the gen.The first job was to put a doormat over the engine to give me a little protection as I lay across the main engine, removed generator covers and started checking Idea 1.Motor to pump drive belt bust. - Easily visible and Belt is OKIdea 2Impeller in pump needs replacing. - Slide even further over engine,undo 4 wingnuts without dropping any, remove cover plate.Impeller looks perfect.Idea 3.Impeller blades not turning with its shaft. - Get Joyce to push starter switch VERY. read more...


04/12/2013

Aspen - Log 10 Wednesday 4 Dec; Thor Heyerdahl

A boyhood hero of mine was the explorer/scientist Thor Heyerdahl.His exploits while sailing onboard the raft Kon-Tiki helped me when we crossed the Pacific Ocean in his wake only 3 short years ago.Thor also drifted across the Atlantic in a reed boat called RA.I reminded Maria that it only took him 8 weeks to make that crossing. Maria replied very quickly, "Yes but RA sank before reaching the Caribbean!"She has a point there...If a reed boat called RA and probably a few millennium before that, the Phoenicians, managed to sail across this timeless Atlantic Ocean then even if it takes us a lot longer than we expected Aspen and her crew will soon be back in our beloved Caribbean once again.Now when will the ARC send that tanker full of fuel for us?!?Steve and Maria. read more...


04/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 10 - bobbing about in the Atlantic

Still no wind!!!  The crew all agreed that the weather is perfect for a cruise in the Greek Isles but terrible for an Atlantic passage.  They had to use engines all night - again.  The morning started quite promising with winds in the NW of about 6knots.  They even got the spinnaker flying – for about an hour.  Then the winds died and the spinnaker came down.  Progress in the last 24 hours was 100 miles when they had hoped to average 140 hrs per day.  They are trying to stay phlegmatic and keep saying ‘it is what it is’ but they will be very happy when/if the trade winds kick in. Fuel is soon to become an issue and to add to their woes the watermaker stopped working!!  Mike got it going but then it stopped again.  He will look at it again. read more...


04/12/2013

La Rochelle - la rochelle almost there

Yesterday was another parasail day in a fickle 6- 10 knots of easterlies , propelling shellie along in the low 5's.fantastic day for sun baking and sleeping. Just on sunset off to port there was a new line of cloud with hopefully some breeze in it. We decided to go hunting and made a "kill"around 9 pm last night as the breeze built to a steady 12-16 knots and began to clock left back to the northeast. The parasail test in 12-16? With the eyes at night on?louvre said" let's give it a go". Louvre excelled in the conditions to around midnight when the sea statewas starting to get the better of him, and so we decided to take the " sting" out of shellie.Pretty impressive numbers for the parasailor 14 knots 7.3 knots boat speed and at 16 knots fully powered up doing hull speed of around 8. read more...


Arkouda - Cental Plaza Sao Vicente
Arkouda - Cental Plaza Sao Vicente
Arkouda - Its Good to See an American Flag!
Arkouda - Its Good to See an American Flag!
04/12/2013

Pannikin - Day 9 Fish and Fun

Tuesday 3rd December – Day 9Light conditions gave the crew aboard Pannikin another peaceful night and they woke to clear skies and smooth seas. It seems we get too much wind or it dies right down and we don’t get enough – that’s sailing. It did mean that we got the spinnaker out again for a couple of hours which made Andrew very happy. The progress has been very slow which is frustrating but everyone is in good spirits and we are still having fun. At the moment we have plenty of food and water on board so we are eating very well. Di even thinks she will have to go on a diet when she gets home! In the morning Steve baked some fresh bread rolls so we had bacon and egg rolls for lunch, then happy hour, followed by a nice baked chicken dish by Ange for dinner.The highlight of the day was. read more...


04/12/2013

Resolute of Thames - WCC and The Hunger Games

The wind has returned.We have been privileged to have enjoyed a NNE or NE for the last 4 hours and I know it will remain - at least until I publish this.Before we left Las Palmas,the WCC yellow shirted bods asked boats to carry items to St Lucia for them.With just the 2 of us on board this was not a problem for us so we offered space.One of the team duly arrived clutching a very large robust bright yellow transit case for the famous Yellow Bricks that enable you to see the green dot. Given the robust nature of the box it was agreed that it could be carried on the stern.I spent the next few days explaining to all the ARC (rather than ARC+) boats on our pontoon that it was the battery pack for the Yellow Brick and that it had been put in that case because I had refused to stow it below.A. read more...


03/12/2013

Hebe - Day 10 3.12.13

17:15:60N037:13:32WToday was a day for celebrating - We have passed halfway and this deserved a party.  Invites went out first thing and we all turned up at the allocated time, venue: Atlantic, for bbq, games and a wine tasting.  Andrew managed to pour most of the precious red stuff down his kikoi (the dress code) so that put an end to that!  As you can see chaps in galley busily preparing - they are pretty much in tune with each other now and much of their dealings with each other can be done by grunts.  So 1511nm down - still no fish caught.  Had the beautiful kite flying today so have been steaming along at a steady pace.  Still waiting for the big trades but all in all we are a very happy crew.  Saw our first tanker yesterday - seemed strange to see. read more...


Hebe - Day 10 3.12.13
Hebe - Day 10  3.12.13
04/12/2013

Webster - Log 13 - Les Roast Beouf!

Tuesday 3rd December: Glorious morning again with spectacular sunrise. Position 16 47'N 26 20'W. 12kts NE breeze doing 5/6 knts toward St Lucia. Still a bit light but better than sitting in Mindelo. 1000 hrs passed under 2,000nm to go, still a long way but lovely out here.An ode to the elements:We are all in one teamJust living the dreamOf sailing St Lucia way,The seas they were slightand the winds they were light,so baked beans were the order of the day!Actually managed to hear other boats on SSB at 1300 net call tody which was good but only really those close to us due to heavy interference. A real shame as would like to participate more fully. We put the spinnaker up around 1330 but it came down pretty much immediately. Hanked the halyard to the wrong ring on the snuffer sock so when. read more...


04/12/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz J+10 Panne électrique

Bonsoir4 Décembre 2013Position à 04hOO UTC22°03,4 N36°19,3 WDistance à parcourir : 1485 millesPanne électriqueNos espoir auront été de courtes durée. Les batteries de service sont entrain de lâcher. Nous coupons toute l'électricité du bord.Nous naviguerons avec le GPS portable et la carte papier.Nous essaierons de démarrer le moteur une fois par jour pour nous connectermais ce n'est pas sûr. De toutes façons, notre progression sera visible surle site de l'ARC. Il y a à bord une balise de positionnement automatique etautonome. Nous auront la surprise du classement si nos tentatives deconnexion échouent dans les jours prochains.A part ça, nous sommes à mi chemin et aujourd'hui, c'est l'anniversaire des23 ans de Xavier. Il aura des souvenirs.La vie est belle et Avel Biz, le Pogo 30 planne. read more...


04/12/2013

Idea of London - vq update - IDEA

VQ Ocean Update - boat water has run out now (still lots of drinking water in bottles)...means no hot water for our tepid coffee and boil in the bag.Ru and Lucas tried to cook some eggs and prawns by leaving them on the engine block - no success. Boil in the bags now laid out in the sun on deck...looks like tuna salad and ham and cheese sarnies til we get to St Lucia - food hallucinations starting already and even the smelly flying fish we find stuck to the deck in the morning starting to look appealing.We held our midway party yesterday with everyone dressing up for the occasion and the After Eights broken out. Ig i think wins with his full Fu Manchu costume. Ed came as superman, Ludo and Almac as rather convincing ladies of the night, Ben as some random rocker, Ru in nappies, Tom in. read more...


04/12/2013

Hanami II - Une visite inttendue.

Mardi 03 XII 201300:10 UTC14 22 N53 52 WAujourd'hui le vent s'est un peu leve et nous avons navigue toute la journee sous spi sans probleme aux alentours de 5N de moyenne. Pas de quoi se faire arreter pour exces de vitesse bien sur mais avec la petole des jours derniers ce n'est pas mal.A 18h, comme d'habitude on remet les voiles croisees et le vent nous fait la grace de monter de facon assez reguliere a 15N et nous continuons a filer nos 5N, voire plus. Souhaitons que cela dure toute la nuit.Il reste 418 miles a couvrir et ce la devrait nous faire arriver samedi dans la journee.Autre surpise, non pas un poisson mais un cetace. Une baleine dont la bosse et le jet etaient bien visibles au raz de l'eau nous a croises sur tribord vers 17h.C'est rare en mer et sur Hanami 2 c'est la troisieme. read more...


04/12/2013

Milanto - Fwd: ARC 2013 Day 9 - Dec 3rd Milanto blog

Best laid plans and all that, some squalls over night meant we had to drop the spinnaker and consequently lost ground, but first light today, it was back up and we have been enjoying a steady wind and 8 knots speed. Also last night was a spectacular heaven. Thousands of stars with shooting meteorite debris burning up on entry. Quite a show.The morning has been very warm. Up with the washing line and all doing their best washer-woman impressions (Karl's was alarmingly realistic...). Milanto looks more like a sea gypsy caravan site than a finely oiled racing machine. Other chores have included greasing winches and er, putting electronic navigation equipment in the oven - recently fixed by way of a Heath Robison intervention - in order to dry it out. Flying fish skimming by and two close. read more...


03/12/2013

Shine - Day 9: And then there were three

As per yesterday's prediction, we spent a rather frustrating night fluctuating between no wind,and rain squalls with high wind. Consequently,kites various were up and down like a whore's drawers culminating in the destruction of the S3 spinnaker .Ironically, this occurred in light wind so it undoubtedly had a weakness.However, three more in the locker before we take to the oars, so the race is still on, and we are still in a good position. Importantly, the Fabulous Baker Boys continue to churn out a couple of fresh loaves every morning, which is greatlyappreciated by the rest of the crew. Less good news is the rapidly dwindling beer stores, so at some time before St Lucia, dailyHappy Hour may well have to comprise the ingredients thatwe have the most of.........malt whisky, milk and. read more...


03/12/2013

Anettine - 2.12.2013

En stund før soloppgang passerte vi ytterligere en båt, og det var kanskje en til bak han.Det var vanskelig å se i mørket.En grei begynnelse på dagen som inntil kvelden forløp uten de store hendelser. Vi benyttet muligheten til å sove så mye som mulig.Vi seilte med spinnaker hele dagen og bestemte oss for å kjøre med den hele natten. Det var delvis overskyet og det ble veldig mørkt når solen gikk ned.Vi koste oss med stor fart hele kvelden. Undertegnede tørnet inn i 2200 tiden. Rett over midnatt ble jeg purret av førsten. Fra køya kunne jeg høre at det gikk veldig fort. Når jeg kom opp viste det seg at vi hadde kjørt inn i et stort squal.Vi logget kontinuerlig mellom 9-10 knopp i den sterke vinden. Førsten ville ha hjelp til å stoppe pendlingen for å unngå at vi mistet styringen på. read more...


03/12/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 14

Light winds again for the last coupe of days has slowed progress once again. despite a forecast of 13-18 knots we barely have had 10 and probably averaged 8, only just sailable for us. At least there is not much swell so the sail isn't collapsing quite as much as it has done. Yesterday was quite cloudy and as the evening approached those clouds turned very black so we were on high squall alert.Sure enough, at 10pm I switched on the radar for a quick look and was shocked to find an enormous area ahead showing yellow and red! It took up 3/4 of the radar screen with another smaller one behind. It was showing 6 miles away with a diameter of 16 miles, and within 10 minutes had reduced to 3 miles away, so I woke Jez and Graham to help douse and drop the Big Fella and get the genoa out incase. read more...


03/12/2013

George - At long last!!

Yet again I am happy to announce Steve has won a further two stars. One for washing the rancid fridge and another for getting the SSB radio to work! This unfortunately has started mutterings among the rest of the crew... it's not that the rest of the crew aren't as good, Steve is just a bit better? An unfortunate example of this is for Mason (the person responsible for navigation) to ask if anyone else has noticed that in this part of the Atlantic there was 14 degrees of variation? This probably accounts for him claiming the instruments were wrong... I wonder where we really are?....TBHello again from SY George.We are at last sailing down wind with NE winds which we hope are start of the real trades.At current 17.31N 32.07W and in more wind than over the last two days at 12 knots. read more...


03/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 9

2013-12-03, 20.30Zehnter Tag an Board und mehr als 1100 Meilen gesegelt!In der vergangenen Nacht wechselten wir aufgrund von stärkeren Windböen vonWingaker auf Genua. Gesegelt wird bei uns – wie kann es anders sein – ausder Hand. Es ist schon ein unglaubliches Gefühl wenn man unter dembeeindruckenden Sternenhimmel alleine am Ruder steht, an Bord ist es leise,dort und da hört man einen kleiner Schnarcher oder ein zufriedenes Seufzenunseres Benny, die Dirk summt und die Wellen geben einem das Gefühl voneinem größeren Meeresbewohner angeschoben zu werden.Nach unserem morgendlichen Kaffeedoping ging es dann schnell. Der Wind istgünstig und unser Wingaker wird noch vor dem Frühstück gesetzt. Seit diesemZeitpunkt sind über 10 Stunden vergangen, die Kap Verden liegen weit hinteruns, Kurs ist. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 9
Selivra - ARC Tag 9
03/12/2013

Beetle - Beetle - day 9

Well, it's been some days since the last log. I assume some of the boats in weather grid Hotel will know why. Yesterday monday was actually very nice, but we spend all day cleaning the boat and drying clothes.The previous days didn' t resemble Trade Winds very well to say the least. It was the usual SW winds, that made any southern progress impossible - unless one fansied sailing SE.3 days ago we had serious wind forces and a sea to match. Sea water as well as fresh water (rain) was flushing over the boat. Everything below deck was wet. All clothes are wet. Foul weather clothes, shoes, socks, trousers - even the contains in the laundry bag was soaked.Beetle was pounding through the waves beating as much southwards as possible, since we were earlier on advised to be south of grid Charlie.. read more...


03/12/2013

Skyelark of London - sunny sailing

Gently sailing during the night and the first part of the day, the Spinnaker was raised in the afternoon. All in all bringing us another 150 miles west towards St Lucia. Onlyanother 1600 miles to go! Though the lure Gro Harlem  Bruntland, named after the famous Norwegian prime Minister and President of  the WHO were fishing all day long, we had no catch today. Hopefully she will  do a better job tomorrow.We have kept our Christmas celebration alive with reindeer sausage, "flatbroed" and a little red wine as sundowner, followed by Dan and Em's superb Chilli Con Carne. We have had a beautiful, warm day at sea, followed by a deep purple sunset and a bright, starry night. Life onboard is good to us!Wiggo. read more...


03/12/2013

Free Spirit - 3rd December

Free Spirit blog - 3rd December. Andy'sbit...   So... how are things so far? This is day 10 at sea,or at least I think it is - yes, I know this because we haven't had a beer for10 days now - a most unusually long time. Well, OK we did have a glass ofchampagne for Carole's birthday yesterday. We were going to give Carole the dayoff from domestic tasks yesterday too. Sadly, we all failed spectacularly. Thisis probably because the meals that keep comig up from her galley would beappreciated in the finest London restaurants - thanks Carole, we love you! Sadlythough, I don't think this voyage is going to do my diet muchgood...   Navigationally this ARC crossing has had all thehallmarks of perfection :)) No trade winds to be seen, squalls, weatherfronts and a full on storm!. read more...


03/12/2013

Merlyn III - Re: Day 10 - False dawn but enjoying the stark beauty of being truly away from it all...

 Beautifuldawns but what did the shepherd say about ‘Red Skies’ – well all started wellwith a pleasant breeze and we thought the promised trade winds had arrived early–  good to be ahead of the weatherman for a change but .... the steady 12knots plus are now well below 10 and we are going at a slow jog. So we havedeployed our genoa out on a pole and as the attached photo shows, it looksgreat. The twin fishing lines are deployed for a tasty catch, however the onlyvolunteers to date, have been a few small and rather bony flying fish – they’renot on the menu yet!  We arere-purposing food on the turn and enjoyed a delicious banana cake from David,whose final shape was dictated by the gimbals on the oven not being free thusgiving it a distinct lilt.  We’vetried to inspire. read more...


Merlyn III - Re: Day 10 - False dawn but enjoying the stark beauty of being truly away from it all...
Merlyn III - Re: Day 10 - False dawn but enjoying the stark beauty of being truly away from it all...
03/12/2013

Rosa Fascia - The Run to the Finish!

Where has the time gone?? These past days have just flown by and now it seems we are about to have our last full night at sea prior to our arrival in St Lucia.Things have gone well for us - perhaps not quite as optimal as they might have been but nevertheless it has been a good sail. Most importantly, it has been thoroughly enjoyable and the four of us on board Rosa Fascia have been sharing a special experience. A bit of a shame that it will soon come to an end! But then, there are always the rum punches that we have been eagerly awaiting!!Our fish meals have been few and far between, reflecting the success we haven't had with our fishing line! But Jack caught a nice one today so Amanda is preparing that for dinner. We have eaten so well all trip!! Have had a few flying fish looking. read more...


03/12/2013

Free Spirit - A Free Spirit (62) competition for maths experts!

In the lead-up to departing Las Palmas the ARC coordinators do safety checks on all boats. Free Spirit had a number of things to attend to, most challenging was extending the life lines - the two lines of wire rope with stainless stanchions (posts) running down either side of the boat. ARC's quite sensible rules are for the life-lines to wrap around the stern and bow of the boat, providing full protection from being swept over-board in rough weather. Ours tapered down to the gunwales about 2m from the stern and 1m back from the bow, leaving large gaps fore and aft to fall through. We realised this just 4 business days days to go, and the prospect of sourcing the four additional stanchions we needed from the UK in that time seemed remote, so we spent most of the morning scrambling around. read more...


Free Spirit - A Free Spirit (62) competition for maths experts!
Free Spirit - A Free Spirit (62) competition for maths experts!
03/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Nine

"Last night I had a dream," said Coach upon waking in his Irish lilt."It was you and me, John, and we got into a fight against a Polish crew," he went on. "We were holding our own, but the tide was turning against us when the Slovenians arrived to help us. With their help, we ruled the day."With that odd confession, the crew was up and running.A bit earlier, I had the dawn watch. As the sky brightened, the first boat we had seen since the Cape Verde Islands appeared on the horizon. It was another ARC boat, Queen Frederica, a 50-foot Beneteau Cyclades. We looked her up on the ARC boat list and noted she carried a German flag. About that same time, we unfurled the gennaker to increase boat speed in the (still) light air and pulled away.We waited until the sun rose in the sky a bit, and. read more...


03/12/2013

Starla - Log Day 10 - Baking Bread

Hello Everyone,Distance logged today - 146 nautical miles. Distance to date this trip - 1109 nautical miles. Remaining miles to St Lucia 1853.The map on the web site is not receiving our position information, so the map is incorrect, also our fleet position. We are working to put the situation right.The wind has been in the north, and north west, 8- 12 knots, so we have made steady progress. Their is a chance that we may run in to a lull tomorrow. We hope not.The night brought a few squalls along with some rain, however today has been sunny all the way.Once again, at breakfast time, we set our fishing lines and within 10 minutes we each had a fish, yes, more Dorado.We had fried fillets last night for dinner.We had to move our dingy around, that is strapped to the deck, as it was fouling. read more...


03/12/2013

Duplicat - Mindelo Cape Verdes

Well we arrived here Saturday night just as it got dark.The fuel dock is a nightmare, long enough for a 16ft dory so we tied the bow to it and the stern to a pontoon behind.We filled the cans and topped up the main tank and realised we had used 135 litres of diesel already. Sadly one of crew members will leave tomorrow as there has been a close family bereavement and another crew arrives on Wednesday (he should have left from Las Palmas with us but was ill - now recovered) and our plan is to leave Wednesday afternoon for St Lucia.We are so glad we decided to turn south on Wednesday to avoid the bad weather which seems to have reeked havoc on some of the fleet. We had 30 plus knots of wind on Thursday night/Friday morning but thankfully from the stern quarter not the head seas which we. read more...


03/12/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 08 770n 31 12 400w

Log Day 10 –Stardust   Due to circumstances beyond ourcontrol, the last few blogs did not send on time and we are still havingproblems sending our marvellous photos. We have come to the conclusion that the computer is tired of Fabiosneaking his way into all the pictures! The last 24 hours has been trulyglorious, hot sunshine, clear skies and calm seas.  The stars last night were breath-taking,we all spent most of our night watches staring at the skies in awe, the onlylight pollution our own navigation lights. Jan seemed to be especially mesmerised as he made the call to changecourse to avoid a particularly low and bright star, mistaking it for a mastlight.  The ambience of the nightwas perfectly sound tracked by David’s ipod, which I have personally voted topof. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 08 770n 31 12 400w
Great Escape of Southampton - Fw: 16 08 770n 31 12 400w
03/12/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 13 - Mahi-mahi: so good they named it twice

It was another clear starry evening, with shootingstars and satellites spotted. Unfortunately the wind dropped so we motored forthe majority of the night, meaning that not much was going on during the shifts.So much so, Victoria and I decided to watch some Pulp Fiction on the iPad whilstSam sat watching stars with the helm on autopilot!  There was some brief rain this morning but it thencleared to reveal another beautiful and sunny day. Sunbathing and bookreading was on the cards for most members of the crew. The wind has stayed atabout 8-10 knots for today, and as it has turned round to the north, so it wasthe perfect opportunity to fly the spinnaker - which has been up for the wholeday.  Nick saw an opportunity to put out his lucky lure - withthe hope of. read more...


03/12/2013

Northern Child - blog in long form

SushiIn the Sky With DiamondsFrom Les Chambers Dawn.Lat: 22.53, Lon: 36.13. We’re on a broad reach in light airs at 7 knots. There’sblood on the lazarette there’s blood on the binnacle. Guts, still pulsating,sluice around in the well of the rear cockpit. The helmsman’s monkey cage is soredolent with gore he’s had to move forward a tad and steer from forward of thewheel.   Murder most foul isunderway this day on Northern Child. DearRosa,Wehope you are well. Your daddy has reported that you find our blog boring incomparison to others. This story, as it happened is for you. Warning!! Parentalguidance may be required. Besprich Dich mit Deiner Mutter (consultMother). We hada relaxed night watch broad reaching in light airs, so just before dawn weplayed out Mark’s 400 lb fishing line. read more...


03/12/2013

Capital-Conseil.com - et de dix!

Bonjourtous, ici le team Capital-Conseil.com! La viebord est réglée comme du papiermusique en ce dixime jour en mer! Les quarts de nuit se passent vite et bien, trois équipes de deux personnes, chaque quart durant trois heures. Pour les manuvres de spi on demandeun troisime équipier de se lever ponctuellement. la mi-course nous étions 2mes en temps compense juste derrire Caro la bte de 65 pieds. A ma connaissance, en temps réel, nous sommes 5e de notre classe. Ceux devant font 65, 70, 72 et 78 pieds! Difficile d'aller les chercher... Le Nauta 78 n'est pourtant pas loin!La viebord prend forme, les quarts s'enchaînent et on prend un rythme. Baromtre1017 hecto pascals, un temps d'alizés sauf que... On attend demain la 4me dépression du séjour! Et dans ce cas dépression = absence d'alizés. read more...


03/12/2013

Golondrina - A fair tale from the sea..

Once upon a time a long way from land, especially anywhere called St Lucia was a little boat called Golondrina who had a happy little crew and a captain called Gareth.  He was a jolly sole having come from a land of dragons and every now and then he would speak to the crew in a funny language that no one really understood but they all nodded and carried on. The other crew were Spin-lock (he used to be called Mark but he recently found that if you drape wet clothes on a life jacket it fills full of air and everyone laughs), ' Jack the Rat' who is becoming slightly more blood thirsty than a Victorian mass murderer when dispatching fish and lastly 'strangely welsh', a young lad whose head is on upside down .. Either that or it's a thick beard.  Finally 'Eco Dave' our new. read more...


03/12/2013

Dragonfly - Kaum Wind

Die Nacht war total ruhig. Kurz nachdem Hajo mich abgelöst hat, fängt es heftig an zu regnen. Aber das bekomme ich schon nicht mehr mit. Tief und fest schlafe ich durch bis zum Morgen. Der Tag ist wie gestern. Mal Wind mal kein Wind. Seit ca. 4 Stunden steht jetzt allerdings der Genaker. Der Wind ist zwar nicht beständig, aber es sieht gut aus, dass wir auch mit dem Leichtwindsegel durch die Nacht kommen. Heute Nachmittag hat noch ein Mahi Mahi angebissen. Ich habe ihn schnell draußen und ausgenommen. Hajo übernimmt das Filetieren. Wir haben noch jede Menge Kartoffeln, die langsam weg müssen. Also gibt es zum Abendessen frischen Fisch mit Kartoffeln. In der Funkrunde berichten fast alle von gutem Wind und alle kommen gut voran. Um 17.25 UTC schaue ich auf unseren Computer. DTD ist 1429sm. read more...


03/12/2013

Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life

Afu has caught the first fish in Defyr!! It looks like this:afu-with-fish. read more...


Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life
Defyr - Day Ten: Sea life, see life