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Blue Waves - Welcome on the finish line
Blue Waves - Welcome on the finish line
10/12/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 15

With the 300-mile mark passed today, the countdown hasnow truly started. With the winds getting slightly lighter, we decided to put upthe asymmetrical spinnaker. This additional power added a nice 2 kts to our speed and put our expected arrival timeat mid-morning Thursday. With winds freshening a bit to around 17 kts during thenight, we decided to take the kite down again to make our nocturnal livesslightly easier. We might put it up again when daylight breaks. Most crew are getting anxious to finally get to St.Lucia after two-and-a-half weeks at sea. Discussion topics have turned towhether it is a shower or a proper bed that one looks most forward to, or justsimply a nice pint of beer.... or two, or three. Or whom will you call first tosay that you crossed the Atlantic on wind. read more...


10/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 15 i pól - Aruba, Jamaica I wanna take you

Dzień 15 i pół - Aruba, Jamaica  I wanna take you Przed rejsem spotkałem się z moim brokerem ubezpieczeniowym żeby wykupić polise na wyjazd. Stwierdziłem że na wszelki wypadek kupie na miesiąc i na cały świat bo wypływamy z Hipszpani, potem jakieś dziwne państwa wyspy na karaibach a wracamy do domu samolotem przez stany. Na szczęście broker wypisując polise kurtuazyjnie zapytał gdzie i po co wyjeżdżam że mnie tak długo nie będzie. Dla mnie to było oczywiste że wybieram się w rejs przez Atlantyk, przecież myślałem o tym prawie od roku. W tym momencie ręka brokera wypisująca odręcznie polise się zatrzymała. Zapytał się czy sobie nie żartuje. Ja powiedziałem że oczywiście że nie, że się na rejs przygotowuje od dawna i że jestem w pełni zwarty i gotowy żeby za dwa dni wsiąść do. read more...


10/12/2014

Northern Child - Blog Day 11

Northern Child Day 11 What do you think of the music ? Well I don't really know. I am not listening other thanto the snuffling of the sails and the splash of the waves.On a voyage you must be able to switch off, appreciatethe nothingness of the ocean and not have any feeling of restlessness and ennui. This is not easy for some people. Yet it is important to try and reach some sort ofcontentment and strike a bargain with the at times harsh and difficultconditions.The Watch is the basic tenet, code and foundation oflife on board. First look after yourself, not from selfishness, butbecause if you do not you will become a burden to others. Secondly look after your watch, then look after theother watch and finally the "Officers". Everyone is getting along and looking after each otherso. read more...


10/12/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 14 - Katar i albatrosy z twarza Marlyn Monroe

Dzień 14 - Katar i albatrosy z twarzą Marlyn Monroe Czasem gdy wachta się wdłuża i jest mało adrenaliny to gramy w cyferki. Obserwójąc dystans pozostały do mety szukamy skojarzeń z obecnym stanem licznika. Parę dni temu jak na wachcie pokazało sześćset szeździesiąt sześć mill to rozsypał się spinaker. Dziś bawimy się zbowu w samoloty i odliczamy Airbusy. Zaczelismy od słynnego dwó pietrowca i zeszliśmy gróbo po niżej A320. Ja osobiście nie mogę się doczekać F16 ale na to to chyba będe musiał poczekać do sŕody. Chyba że niż budujący się nad Guadelupe nie p Od rana ciepło i żar leje się z nieba, jesteśmy szczęśliwi choć jak to klasyczni polacy już po kilku godzinach zaczeliśmy nażekać że może za gorąco i po raz pierwszy od kanarów postawiliśmy bimini na fly bridgu. Rano przywitał mnie mój. read more...


Vagaris - The beast
Vagaris - The beast
09/12/2014

Vagaris - Taming the beast

We have a beast on board. Wild, powerful, unpredictable, intimidating and beautiful. And our mission is to tame it - or if not possible then to at least try to understand its character, predict its behaviour, harness its energy and enjoy its beauty. The Beast needs wind to come alive. No wind and it is fast asleep, buried in its dark burrow. A little wind and it can be enticed out but still hangs limp and lifeless with barely any energy to move itself. Too much wind however and it turns into a screaming banshee, out of control, intimidating the crew as it dances wildly above the foredeck and terrorising the boat as it drags it across the sea like a child's toy. The secret is to give it enough wind to fill its belly, enough energy to tiptoe lightly on the bow and enough scope to work in. read more...


10/12/2014

Vagaris - St Lucia top 10

Now that we are counting down the miles instead of counting up, thoughts turn inevitably to what we are going to do when we arrive in St. Lucia.Here is my top 10:1. Sleep through the night without having to get up for squalls/sail changes2. Have a shower every day.3. Not having to fit 3 meals into 11 hours of daylight (failed horribly at this, eating by moon or artificial light on a regular basis).4. Not worry about running out of fresh produce, milk, butter, eggs etc.5. Drink alcohol (how come this is only number 5?!)6. Eat a meal at a table, off a plate. With a knife and fork.7. Have a pee without getting smacked in the back by the toilet seat.8. Be able to wash up in plenty of hot, clean water.9. Have a good hair day.10. Enjoy the novelty of putting things down and them staying put. read more...


10/12/2014

Aretha - The A to Z of an Atlantic Crossing - Team Aretha - 9th December 2014

15 13 North, 54 05 West.Calm reigns on board Team Aretha today. Alan the autopilot seems happy in his work with half a ram and we’ve been in dialogue with the outstanding support team at Oyster to understand what happened and why, and to work on the fixes when we arrive in St Lucia. Also confirmed today is our replacement toilet pump which will arrive one day ahead of us in St Lucia ready for us to fit. The joys of modern technology that we can get all this diagnosed and ordered whilst at sea.Excellent sailing today - good settled breeze, sunshine, flat deck and more outstanding cuisine. Bluebell is rapidly becoming our Number 1 chef - lunch was Pasta with an excellently prepared spicy vegetable sauce.Medical notes - managed to clonk a shackle on my forehead today. My own fault. Doh. No. read more...


10/12/2014

Cheri - Dienstag, 9. Dez. 2014

Land in Sicht!Gestern hatten wir einen Prachtsnachmittag unter Segeln. Aber es war brutal heiss. Kein Wunder, dass sich nach und nach alleunter Deck zurueckzogen und nur noch die Wache die Stellung hielt. Ronny und Juergen installierten ueber dem Cockpit einbehelfsmaessiges Sonnendach. Sonst waeren die Steuerleute schlichtweg verschmachtet. Erst gegen Abend wurden dieTemperaturen bei aufziehenden Wolkenfeldern wiederangenehmer, und das Deck fuellte sich wieder mit Leben. Der Wind aber gabimmer mehr ab.Ein naechster Paukenschlag folgte um 17 Uhr. Ein aufziehendes Gewitter sorgte fuer hektische Aktivitaet an Deck der Cheri.Doch diesmal war der Spi geborgen, bevor es richtig losging. Ein Platzregen ergoss sich ueber unser Schiff. Denanschliessenden Landregen nutzten Matthias, Uli und Max zu. read more...


10/12/2014

Domini - Hats off to Sir Robin...

Ahoy there, Boatblog fans,We've just been reading about Sir Robin Knox-Johnston, and how at the age of 75 he recently came third in the Route de Rhum. An incredible achievement. Apparently, when he finished, they asked him how he felt and he said, "Fantastic. Never been better. It's great to be at at sea.I feel like a man of sixty."I'd just like to take this opportunity to echo Sir Robin's sentiments. After two weeks at sea, I too feel like a man of sixty. The difference is, when I left Las Palmas I was only 52.We're starting to see birds again, so we must be getting close. We saw an enormous one earlier today, and thought it must be an albatross, but when it came closer we realised it was just a lost seagull trying to find its way back to Blighty.691 miles to go.Keep on trackin'Ju & LynX. read more...


10/12/2014

Muline - half way or over the hill

We celebrated on the 27th of November 2014.The MULINE Crew Christoph, Katja, Uta, Emil and Matilda Katja Hanoldt. read more...


Muline - half way or over the hill
Muline - half way or over the hill
10/12/2014

Meltemi - 17.Tag - Melancholie zum Ende einer langen Tour

Die vorletzte Nacht auf der Meltemi war eine ruhige, um nicht zu sagen eine Flautennacht. Ohne Wind, dafür aber garniert mit einem goldenen Mond und vielen strahlenden Sternschnuppen. So viele haben wir auf diesem Toern gesehen, dass uns langsam die Wuensche ausgehen. Der letzte volle Segeltag brachte dann Sonne satt und 18 Knoten Wind. Also hoch mit dem Spinnaker und mit Rauschefahrt gen Rodney Bay - ein kroenender Abschluss. Jubel als wir am fruehen Dienstagmorgen auf 199 Seemeilen rutschten, dann am spaeten Nachmittag nochmals gegenseitige Glueckwuensche der Crew an sich selbst zu 99 Seemeilen. 2.700 Seemeilen haben wir insgesamt zurueckgelegt, umgerechnet sind das respektable 5.000 Kilometer! 16 Tage waren wir zusammen auf engstem Raum auf hoher See. Kaempften mit Squalls,. read more...


Miss Malin - Log day 15 - More Blogging
Miss Malin - Log day 15 - More Blogging
10/12/2014

Firefly - Heading south to Auckland

Its Wednesday 10th December and Firefly is en route to Fairway Bay Marina just north of Auckland. Its a 50 mile passage and it started well with a strong breeze from behind. For an hour or so the wind dropped and the engine was on, however, it has now switched direction as the sea breeze is builds up, its beautifully sunny and the scenery is great as we travel south near the coast.At the end of the previous posting we described our arrival at Hukatere Lodge on 90 Mile Beach during our land based travels. Found at the end of a long unmade road andnestled in the dunes just off the extensive beach (which is actually 64 miles long). Gabi, the owner of the lodge and a really friendly lady, originally from Germany, made us feel at home, immediately offering us beer and wine to drink and. read more...


09/12/2014

Free & BrEasy - Cape Town

Cape Town One of the big pleasures in sailing is the slow, measured approach to a new port. Instead of jetting in and being suddenly exposed to a new place, you are able to observe the contours and details on the charts slowly become reality and arrive in the same manner that seamen have through the centuries. Our arrival into Cape Town in the early morning was a wonderful example of the more contemplative style of travelling. We had rounded Cape Point light house in the dark and as first light came, we motored our way passed the mountain range called the twelve Apostles, just south of Cape Town. The sun climbed over these peaks to reveal the iconic view of Table Mountain and Lions Head which tower impressively over Cape Town. What an amazing sight! In the sea, we passed seals languidly. read more...


09/12/2014

Milanto - Milanto 16th day dec 9th

Here is Herbert again on board of MILANTO on her cruise to St.Lucia.14 23 387N 5829 554W, another 145nm to go.With calm winds we have beenflying the spinnaker now for almost 3 days day and night. Chasing the sun during the day and chasing the moon during the night. The GPS calculates, that we will reach our destination in app 24 hours. Only two night watches more to go. Only one day more on deck. Only one sunset and one sunrise more. Hopefully the sunshine accompanies us till Rodney Bay.We are thinkingalready about all the stuff we have to sort out for our arrival,likefixing the number on the side of the boat, preparing for immigration, etc.. I am trying to slow down the motion of sun and moon - everything went so fast so far, almost at home.#Best regards,Ahoi HerbertPS Done so much. read more...


10/12/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 15 - More Blogging

Fair winds all readers,Our journey with Miss Malin starts to reach its end. During the recent three weeks, yet stayed together 24 hours a day, our crew has formed a fantastic team. Day and night, we have worked on a limited area, slept under a heaven full of stars, and laughed. Experiences that made the passage possible. A journey that, with the power of wind, physical strength and full sails let us cross the Atlantic Sea. We have seen endless linkage between ocean and horizon, the sun rise and set, dolphins and whales curiously following our boat.This has been an experience that I wish everybody could fulfill. One could say that, to travel across this ocean is to be described as a palette of colors where land is out of sight, but also a moment for thoughts and reflections.Finally, our. read more...


09/12/2014

Aurelia - Day 16

Evening everyoneSorry blog is a bit late today, we have all been busy doing nothing! Not much wind today so much floating around in the sun, torture! (honest)Ralph reminded us today how well we were doing with our routines. It goes like this - Sail, eat, wash the dishes & sleep. Sail, eat, wash the dishes & sleep. And so on... In particular the dishes are becoming a real chore as we must have washed them 700 times!350 miles to go. Hopefully with more wind than we have tonightBye for nowJ.McLeish. read more...


09/12/2014

Aislig Bheag - Log Day 15 - Slowly Basting in Tropical Sunshine

A well it just shows you should never wish  for anything on a boat.Janice thought a little storm would add something to the trip. She was grantedher wish on Sunday evening when we sailed into a large thunderstorm which wenton for several hours in the dark, accompanied by  strong winds andtorrential rain. We got in a right fankle with our fancy downwind sails withsails and ropes in a right tangle. It took a couple of hours to sort out and wegot soaked.   Since then we have been taking things easy, not much wind and just gybingdown our course reluctant to use the engine. Our ETA is probably Friday nowunless we are further delayed by having to  go back for Janice (onlyjoking).   Bye for now   John. read more...


09/12/2014

Ekaterina - Swim Ex!!

Wind has really dropped off. Still enough of it, but too directly behind us and the sails don't like it. So out went the swim rope and we had a drift swim for an hour. The water must be 26-28 degrees, beautiful. Something eerie about swimming over several miles deep of water though! Dave lost the swim rope and we had to do an about turn to go and fetch him! Fish ain't anywhere to be seen, so we are onto the tinned food. I suggested we leave Dave out there as bait but the Captain wasn't having it! Counting down now with 450 miles to go. Hopefully there in the early hours of Sat morning. Can taste my first Rum punch already!!Ash. read more...


09/12/2014

Little Pea - Little Pea's Arc 14 Blogoramma - Time to turn up the heat...

14:57.5N  052:19.6W    Tune of the day: "Call Me Irresponsible",Michael Buble.   Day 16.  After the trauma of realising that wehad run out of rum last night, our misery continued as we went into a night oflight winds which brought our boat speed crashing down.  This morning wetherefore set about the task of trying to regain the lost ground. At 0900 hours we launched Melinda, the largest of our spinnakerkites.  Melinda is a ridiculously oversized sail that really shouldn'tbe ever let out of the bag.  However, faced with light winds again thismorning and needing to do something dramatic to improve our boat speed, welaunched her.  Apart from a couple of moments of drama, both involving anintense physical relationship. read more...


09/12/2014

Helen - Day 16 - an engine day

We are 250 miles from the finish and it's very hot and not enough wind to sail. We have been using the engine for most of the last 24 hours, something that you are allowed to do but you pick up penalty pointsThe provisioning has gone very well indeed. We still have fresh fruit and salad and have not yet had the same dinner twice. We are making our own water, bread, yoghurt and have Nespresso coffee. The supply of fuel is in good shape and we are still using the same gas bottle that we started in Ipswich (ten weeks of boat use ago).We have only had two provisioning scares. Firstly we thought that we were close to running out of toilet rolls until a spare supply was found in an unused locker. More worryingly we are down to our last 3 cans of beer! We did not over stock with beer but the. read more...


09/12/2014

Weirkraken - Weir Kraken Blog cont

Magnus Goes Home Day 14/15 (we are not sure which!)Today was a lovely sunny day with sadly barely any wind at all. Which although frustrating did allow the crew and especially the cooks to enjoy the boat level for once. Magnus kept shouting "sail it like a topper" as he kept changing the sails (from 3 to 2 to 3) reefing the sails and in his excitement forgot to check the course and just as he thought we had picked up a bit of speed, realised we were heading back to Las Palmas. We will not let him forget this.During the after-noon Archie had a particularly scary time when he decided (with the approval of Rupert and Magnus) to test out the the compulsory life line. Having jumped overboard he found out that not only was it practically impossible to hold on to and kept dragging him under the. read more...


09/12/2014

Antares - ARC 2014 Day 15

Another nice day on the western Atlantic.The swells were down a bit but so were the winds.It is hard to make a sailor happy.Captain Joe asked "where are the other ARC boats?"He is pretty sure we passed through the pack on a stormy night and we are way ahead.We will just let him think thatAnother great meal tonight - shrimp scampi.Joe and Scott had a difficult time catching all of those little shrimp before supper but I was on watch and they assured me they did.Hope everyone is having a smooth sail.We look forward to connecting in St. Lucia.For the Tres Amigos.Bobby. read more...


09/12/2014

Weirkraken - Weir Kracken Blog cont

Force 10 Again! - Day 13A really horrid wet day,which the bedraggled XLNT spent mostly below. We played a lot of Rummy (Archie is still winning most of the time) while the stalwart Andy took the brunt of it and was drenched in the Cockpit most of the day. THEN in the evening things took a decided turn for the worst. Between 8pm and 12 pm Liz and Rupert spotted a bit of lightning on their watch and Liz insisted that they put a mobile phone ipad and the satellite receiver in the oven in case of a lightning strike. On the second watch all hell broke loose... the winds got up, a phenomenal amount of rain came down and lightning and thunder was all around us leaving 5 of the 6 crew members battling the elements!!, reefing the sails etc. The sixth member of the crew she is ashamed to stay. read more...


09/12/2014

Red Devil 3 - Noche de estrellas

Martes 9 (decimosexto día denavegación)   Los vientos han caido y rolado hacia el N, lo cuales un contratiempo. Vamos más lento y no podemos hacer rumbo directo a SantaLucía, nos obliga a caer más al sur y luego otro bordo más al norte. Ayer por lanoche bajamos algunas estrellas para practicar con el sextante. Primero fueronVega y Diphda a las 21h pero ya el horizonte se distinguía mal. Más tarde a las23.30h cuando salió la Luna y con mejores condiciones tomamos las alturas deRigel y Capela y con ayuda del programa de navegación Open CPN nos poisicionamosen la carta con un error de algunas millas. Hoy hemos tenido sol y calor. Demenú risoto con setas y salpicon de pescado (dorado). Entramos en la zona Quebecy vamos derechos a la zona Romeo donde está nuestro destino.Paciencia. read more...


09/12/2014

Anika - BLOG 4

Goodmorning, Yesterdaymorning was grand sailing with good speeds and plenty of tropical sunshine sadlythe afternoon was very squally and very rolly with 10 to 12 ft swells coming atus from different directions and making life difficult in the galley, half myspeciality, angel delight, was spilt out of the bowls by the rolling much to therelief of my crew mates, and my mashed potatoes were more thrashed than mashedbecause I thought I had a masher onboard but don’t. If onlyRichard had caught a fish I would have been saved all the gymnastics in thegalley! In one squallyesterday if I had had some soap on deck I could have lathered and rinsed in theone downpour, something else to keep handy in the cockpit.This morningis again sunny and very tropical with 18 – 25 knt winds bowling us along. read more...


Jo - 15:40:95N 55:10:88W
Jo - 15:40:95N  55:10:88W
09/12/2014

Jo - 15:40:95N 55:10:88W

Tuesday 9th December 2014 Many thanks to Rally Control for identification of ourmystery fish, described as “some type of Jack, possibly amberjack?” Apparently,Thula also reported a similar fish on Sunday. We are now 350nm from ourdestination and sea weed has made it impossible to trawl any longer. We made therash decision last night to eat the semi-defrosted chicken on the basis that twofish were insufficient for four hungry sailors and as we had another 24 hours tocatch another two, we should wait. 24 hours later it looks like the two finespecimens will end their lives as humble fish cakes! As an aside, Ian reportedour first sighting of a sunfish this morning. The recycle elves have been hard at work again in thecockpit sorting and sifting; essential hygiene in this stultifying heat. It. read more...


09/12/2014

Wiki - Baden im Atlantik!!

Das ruhige Wetter hat uns einen Badetag in 5000 m Wassertiefe beschert! Schön!!Leider müssen wir immer noch Fischstäbchen essen, denn beim Angeln verfolgt uns das Pech (5 Köder weniger, keinen Fisch an Bord)!Oder kann unsere Vegetarierin Jele doch hexen???Liebe Grüße von der WIKI CrewPS für Saskia von Jele: "wäre an diesem Tag gern bei Dir und wünsch Dir alles erdenklich Liebe!". read more...


09/12/2014

Profile - last full 24 hours at sea

Well this is are last full 24 hours at sea , words can't explain the emotions excitement and achievement of what we all have achieved especially me personally. As stated before I can't praise the professionalism of sailing logic as a company, skipper and mate for there patients of which must of worn thin at times but they never lost there cool !!! amazing people . I personally have had time to reflect on my life so far and make new decisions on my life carrying forward ,so yacht master here i come but before that its defiantly Caribbean 600 oh and Antigua too . So now I'm ready to step on land go and meet some new people and exchange tales of the high sea . I will most defiantly miss stroking Olli and Tim's beards as they will be meeting they other halves but they have asked me one last. read more...


09/12/2014

Zulú - 09 December

PREUISTA LLEGADA 10 1400UTC BUENA MAR CHAMPAN PREPARADO ABRAZOS MIL. read more...


09/12/2014

Southern Child - Day 15 09/12

Day 15 09/12Position 1200: 14* 09' 56N 055* 48'36W Daily Run: 095Nm Distance to Waypoint: 300Nm   The low wind speed continued through yesterday and into the night when itfinally picked up. But - our boat speed didnt! this mystery was not solved untilthis morning when Harriet could go down and have a look. The culprit? Severalhuge clumps of seaweed stuck to the rudder, the keel and the prop! Annoying yes,but oh so great that it was a problem we could sort out. The Atlantic is full oflife under the surface but here above we see mainly water and sky (seaweedaside). Sometimes it feels like it's only us and the flying fish out here, butwe do see the occasional bird, have been followed by dolphins for time and hadone whale spotting. A cruise or cargo ship usually passes us every. read more...


09/12/2014

EH01 - So close you can almost smell it!

Hi Everyone,Another entry after no sleep for the last 24 hours or so... So please excuse general English and grammar por favor...After what has seemed like the longest 48 hours this trip, I am pleased to say the good ship EH01 is back on the move towards our final destination. We managed to keep the boat moving south yesterday to sail a slightly faster angle towards Barbados, with the wind starting to fill in around midnight last night. After running most of the day yesterday under our kite we took it down as the wind filled to around 15-20 knots in the early hours of this morning. We switched our rig to a poled out headsail and have been cruising along nicely since at around 8 knots. The wind is at a slightly awkward angle, blowing directly from the east meaning that if we sail directly. read more...


09/12/2014

Thula - day 16

Day 16Following the rather eventful night, the next day started off as if nothing had ever happened. Winds were again down to a pleasant 16 to 20 knots, giving us a decent speed. The sky was still largely cloudy but we could already make out the first sunbeams fighting their way through the layer of clouds in front of us. By lunch time at the latest, pretty much all the clouds had disappeared, resulting in even the most fearsome rabbits to re-emerge from their hole. The sun has by now become so intense that we decided to put up the Bimini above the cockpit. With all the seats comfortably cushioned and equipped with extra pillows, the beige canvas sheet above our heads and relaxed music running virtually all the time (much to the disliking of some of the more, say, “elderly” crew members). read more...


Thula - sundowner
Thula - sundowner
Thula - sunset
Thula - sunset
Thula - swim call
Thula - swim call
Milanto - milanto racing div catch of the day
Milanto - milanto racing div catch of the day
09/12/2014

Lande Catty Sark - appunti di navigazione

Nove dicembre Alle 12.30 UTC siamo a 25 miglia da St Lucia,Praticamente arrivati!!! Siamo molto contenti di come è andata, con la piùpiccola barca del raggruppamento regata siamo sesti in reale della classe B. E’stata un’edizione ventosa e con l’aliseo che è comparso solo da due giorni,medie molto elevate. Ma soprattutto ci siamo divertiti e siamo stati beneassieme. Rimandiamo le considerazioni più tecniche a dopo l’arrivo, per adessoringraziamo tutti quelli che ci hanno seguito e sopportato. Alla  fine pensiamo si possa affermare cheabbiamo difeso decentemente l’onore della nostra bandiera e soprattutto quellodel club della prostata.. read more...


09/12/2014

OOROO1 - Light Winds

Sunshine is back !! Will be great to get some amps out of the solar panels.Starting to feel the Caribbean heat and humidity building each day. Deck showersare a daily occurrence now. Water temp is 28.2 deg and water was alive withphosphorous last night. Awesome full moon to keep us company and one yacht onthe horizon. Had pumpkin soup and fresh Mahi Mahi for lunch ... yuuummmm ..Parasail still up so we are purring along. Quiet day on the water which waswelcome after the previous hectic 24 hours. Spent the day drying everything outafter a night of torrential rain. Lots of reading got done and a great catchupon sleep. We are now fully detoxed after 15 days alcohol free so getting readyfor our Rum Punch at St Lucia. Only 460nm to go !!. read more...


25/05/2005

El Mundo - 09/12 - Relationships All At Sea

We have packed the kite ready to hoist if we getany light airs, either to use or just to be able to refurl on the torsion cable.Also, we have a small fresh water leak into the bilge and spent a couple ofhours trying to trace it yesterday afternooon, without success but finallylocated it first thing this morning....a faulty high pressure release valve onthe hot water tank. So now trying to clean it and then to replace the 500 litresof water that disappeared from our fresh water tank overnight. Caught one more Dorado (14th) on the remainingrod yesterday but the weed is still bad so it was good that wecaught anything at all.Dinner was fillet steak in a green peppercornsource with french fries and a tomato salad. This is the last of the salad butplenty of apples, oranges,. read more...


El Mundo - 09/12 - Searching for the water leak
El Mundo - 09/12 - Searching for the water leak
El Mundo - 08/12 - Lincy log keeping
El Mundo - 08/12 - Lincy log keeping
El Mundo - 08/12 - 'Packing' the spinnaker
El Mundo - 08/12 - 'Packing' the spinnaker
El Mundo - 08/12 - The morning after...
El Mundo - 08/12 - The morning after...
09/12/2014

Miss Liz II - Log = Day 15 - Becalmed

What a different a day makes. After the storms of Sunday night, on Monday during the day the winds steadily calmed until by evening there was none at all. So the Iron sail was cranked up and we started to motor. This went on for most of the night - although about 2am we did raise the parasailor and were able to motor sail, albeit slowly. This has put us back time wise and it now looks likely that we will make landfall somewhere on Friday...Incident of the day? The self tacking Jib car has broken.Selden will be getting a call as it is only 6 months old!! Luckily we are able to rig as a normal Jib as we have cars on the coach roof for the purpose - so just a few changes in the sheets required.Dinner was based on beef, with every vegetable possible included...An interesting Chris. read more...


09/12/2014

Aglaia - The Wind Gods

The wind gods have been toying with us all night, offering a little breeze and then making that breeze take us off in the wrong direction.Boat speeds have been averaging 5 knots over night with only about 2-3 knots of speed taking us closer to St Lucia.Spinnaker poles have been up and down, genoa and staysail set in every conceivable setup to keep us moving though the calm night.This morning has dawned to be clear and sunny but once again with light winds coming from directly behind us, we have poled out the genoa and are making best speed directly towards St Lucia, currently about a 5.5 knot average.This means that we are now around 40 hours from arrival if maintain similar speeds for the rest of the run and with the forecast for a slight increase in wind maybe we will arrive a few. read more...



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