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05/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - A French Liason

We were treated to a wonderful dinner by our skipper Lizzy this evening. As we settled into our watch enjoying the peacefullness of the night we saw a boat comming up on our stern moving swiftly through the water. A friendly French sailor on his way to Barbados. He gybed and quickly dissappeared into the nights horizon. As morning approached we were busy preparing to launch the kite. Once launched and cleaning our lines we realised a flying fish had chosed to join our crew. Wewf!! He willingly went back into the waters where he came from. We have enjoyed flying the kite and putting some miles between Las Palmas and St Lucia. Each degree we make westward we celebrate!Amy. read more...


05/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 15: passed 1/2 way

We have passed 1/2 way at last. Dugald decided our distance would be 2550nm so when the chart plotter said only 1275 nm to St Lucia, celebrations allround. I am sure we have sailed further than that with our travels to find windand hoping the second 1/2 will be quicker and more direct. Thursday 1st, day 12: The winds are still from the southwest so we continue to beat across the Atlantic. We are making St Lucia which issomething and although the winds are light because we are beating the boat istravelling at an OK speed. There seem to be more wind further south so hope togo that way when conditions allow. Friday 2nd, day 13: overnight the wind changed directionfrom the east, but very light. Sails going slap,slap and going nowhere fast. Sosails back down and a couple of hours motoring. In. read more...


05/12/2016

Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198

After a big fight last night to catch to big Wahoo ... THis morning , right after the sunrise, we caught a beautiful Tuna.So it was time to open our japanse rice and vinegar to have our Japanese day. Our menu was simple ... sushi and sashimi ... FRESH from the sea. Enjoy the view. Pictures are the only memories. There are nothing left in the plates. Cheers. CharlesIMG_1002 IMG_0997 IMG_0991 IMG_0998. read more...


Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
05/12/2016

Beltana II - Beltana II Ships Log

Log entry for midday local time (St Lucia) – position 14deg 52.5’N; 42deg49.7’W Generator malfunction investigation At about 9:30 local time while charging the batteries the generatorsuddenly lost power and made ugly noises Shutdown immediately, ventilated the engine room, waited while we hadbreakfast and steered the yacht for a while and prevaricated a bit on what to donext So checked the tank diesel levels, and correct draw down tank Checked the primary fuel filter bowl Checked oil water belt tension etc Gave it another run Ok on idle, same noise occurred and loss of power when going ontocharge Tightened a fuel hose clamp and tickled the manual injector pump abit Started again – ran for extended period on idle and also revved upsuccessfully with no problem Applied charging load, OK. read more...


05/12/2016

Charisma - 2. Advent - 3. Goldmakrele

Vielen Dank an alle, die uns Wind- und Adventsgrüsse gesendet haben.Sie sind super angekommen und reihen sich in die sehr gute Atmosphäre anBord mit ein :) Wir segeln weiterhin sehr aufmerksam bei denwechselhaften und variablen Winden und freuen uns natürlich, wenn wirden Passatwind endlich erreichen und nutzen können.Thai Curry mit AdventsplätzchenPünktlich zum 3. Advent hat Christoph3 (in Worten DREI) Goldmakrelen gefangen und Michael hat mit derUnterstützung der Crew ein super Thai Curry zubereitet. Zu Nachtisch gabes standesgemäß Adventsplätzchen. Ein Bild unserer Makrele gibt es wie immer hier zu sehen: https://www.charisma4sea.de/logbuch/segeltoerns-2016/arc/Spi by nightWir sind auf einem guten Weg undkönnen den Spinnaker auch diese Nacht stehen lassen. Wir kommen gutdurch die. read more...


04/12/2016

Diana - Uns gibt’s auch noch - Grüße von der Diana

(3.12.2016) Bergfest! 11 Tage unterwegs und 1500 nm geschafft, die halbe Strecke! Wir haben einen ziemlich langen Weg gewählt, Richtung Süd an der afrikanischen Küste lang, durch die Kapverden hindurch und Süd bis zum 14. Breitengrad. Dafür hatten wir fast die ganze Strecke guten Wind und konnten durchgehend segeln. Jetzt geht es westwärts. St Lucia, wir kommen!Kinder und Eltern sind gut drauf. Hier unten ist es recht einsam, unsere Begegnungen mit Seglern in den letzten Tagen beschränken sich auf die Strolla – ein norwegisches Schiff mit Kurs Karibik – und die Skiathos, die auch an der ARC teilnimmt. Ansonsten hat ein fliegender Fisch versucht, sich durch das Moskitogitter des Fensters im Salon zu bohren. Sonst keine Begegnung. Es hat auch seit Tagen konsequent kein Fisch an der Angel. read more...


05/12/2016

Delfini - dec 5th

... last night we enjoyed cottage pie and Star Trek and finally a bit of wind as we slowly made a bit of progress south towards the rumoured 10-15 knot winds - the asymmetric came out around 5pm and we were making 5 knots or so until 2am when the wind piped up to 15 knots apparent and we decided t take it down - good job as the outer braid on the halyard had gone and th sail was hanging on by its inner braid fingertips Today we hit 20 degrees north and found 15 knots of wind from the south east so have made good progress - iPAdsays we might arrive 17th which would be a bonus since all crew have flights booked on 19th Fresh meat in fridge and fresh veg in net now showing signs of tiredness so we will have a final flourish over the next couple of days and then hit the tinned goods - our. read more...


05/12/2016

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Zingara im endspurt : guten tagliebe verwandte, freunde ,bekannte...Wir sind guten mutes, am heutigen abend endlich wieder mitgewohnter speed vor dem wind dem ziel entgegen segeln zu koennen. Uns gehts sehr gut an bord, die vorraete erlauben noch immer fast frei waehlbaregerichte zu bereiten. Nur die angel wird von den fischen voelig ignoriert.Allerdings besuchen uns jede nacht einige fliegende fische, die wir ammorgen getrocknet dem meer zurueck geben. Das wetter ist ok, teilsbewoelkt, sehr feucht und natuerlich warm, 28 grd im schatten, 33 in denkabinen. Zum dinner wird geschnetzeltes mit roesti vorbereitet. Genugfuer heute, es gruesst skip ernsti u crew. read more...


05/12/2016

Mustique - Day 15 - Sailing the high seas

Hey everyone , my name is Yuki . Im a little whitedogfrom Greece , Corfu . My name means snow on Japanese .I am a good girl and I like sailing. At the moment I’m atAtlantic ocean on a big boat with my personal chef , skipper and host , and other little minions that look after me hiihhiiiiihhiiiihhhiiiii Lucky I am you will all say , well I am hihihihihih Im 3 years old and I sailed 5.000 nm already . Not bad for a dog huh ? well my story almost ended up tragic as I was kidnaped in Las Palmas , but luckily I managed to escape and my human servants from the boat found on my way to police station where they where heading as well to report my kidnaping !! thats what they get for going to eat tapas without me !!!! Anyway , I managed to sort out my legal issues , so I am a greek national ,hold. read more...


05/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 16 Nacht 15

Hallo Zusammen, die letzte Nacht ist so richtig schlecht gewesen. Wie gestern berichtet hatten wir kaum Wind, der hat dann ganz aufgehört und wir wollten den Motor starten, das ging aber nicht, da das Motorpanel den Geist aufgegeben hat. Wir haben den Starter kurz geschlossen und den Motor gestartet, aber dann geht der gesamte Stromkreislauf des Motors nicht, die Batterien werden nicht geladen, Tankanzeige, Drehzahlmesser, Betriebsstundenzähler, nichts geht dann mehr. Haben das Kontrolpanel ausgebaut, was keine einfache Angelegenheit ist, weil der Zugang dazu extrem klein ist um ran zu kommen. Haben dann festgestellt, dass das Teil eine komplette Einheit ist, die nicht geöffnet werden kann. Wir haben dann begonnen alle Kabelstecker zu ziehen, Kontaktspray verwendet und dann ging’s. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Fifteen

The day it got hot and sweaty…..Same old, same old, same old.We’ve been at sea for 14 days now.The sun rises, trundles over the sky and sinks.The wind goes up and then down.The sea is still blue.The mothers keep cooking and another day is done.To be a bit more precise for today, the night watches had some great shooting star displays to keep us entertained as we rolled along under an unconventional rig looking like granny’s washing line.Progress was good and we had taken a few miles back on one of the other Challenger yachts.Sunrise was grand again, and then we had a whale swim alongside for long enough for the camera to catch it and prove madness hadn’t totally set in.We launched the kite while most folks were still snuggled in their bed, the day heated up, the wind died and we all. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Fourteen

The day we caught a fish…..Oh boy, what a day! A lot of things to celebrate and definitely another day we have all been waiting and longing for, especially Tony and Bruce, our two fishermen on Challenger 4.It all went down just as the whole crew were gathered up on deck having our daily midday meeting, celebrating with a cold beverage that we passed the 2000 mile point, when Tony spotted a fish on the line!! In excitement Bruce ran down stairs to get the gaff, whilst Amelia and Tony were bringing the line and the fish in. It was a beautiful and fairly big mahi-mahi aka dolphin fish. Bruce the brave skinned and gutted what was now going to make our dinner.We have been trying to catch a fish for days without any luck at all, so we were all very pleased, but we also have to admit that it. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Thirteen

The night it all changed….The last 24 hours has been full of excitement, as we crossed the 2,000 NM mark and turned our sights toward the green hills and sandy beaches of St. Lucia (now only 997 miles away).We began yesterday evening sailing under the spinnaker until around 0100, when we had our first night watch all hands call of the trip to bring down and wool the kite.As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the evening, we also had several close encounters of the marine variety.Our skipper was struck in the head by a rogue flying fish, clearly seeking revenge for all of Tony and Bruce’s efforts to catch one of his acquaintances.The crew’s response was noisy if not heroic, as Hayley and Amelia contributed to the screaming, eventually inspiring the fish to jump back over the deck.The. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Entry Fourteen

There comes a time when every great commander stands amongst the bursting shells and acrid smoke of battle and says to his troops, ‘take that hill’. At which point the troops cast their eyes upon the dark foreboding mass of earth and enemy positions, and think to themselves, it’s just not possible.Today, the mate of challenger 2 was that commander.Terry looked at the mother watch without a trace of humour or doubt and said ‘Two roast chicken (whole), roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, mashed sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, cabbage… and of course… gravy.’ Bearing in mind that the mother watch consisted of a vegetarian urbanite more accustomed to Hoxton than the Hamble, a teenager recently graduated from a Swiss boarding school who most likely has a personal chef and chocolatier, and a. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger Two Entry Thirteen

Hi to you all who are following us. As I am typing we are enjoying bacon and tinned tomato sandwiches and tea for breakfast, whilst the rain and a squall pass us with music full blast! Making those on galley duty work very hard in the heat as all hatches are closed. All the crew are well and enjoying seeing our progress plotted on the chart in the saloon.The wind remains steady east south east with Yankee one polled out, our stitching holding out really well! 178 miles have been covered since the last blog with 620 to go. All are beginning to think of our arrival to St Lucia and then returning to the UK as we sing along to Robbie Williams Angels and Pink Floyd. We start the countdown preparation today to sort through provisions which have been dotted all around the boat and centralise in. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Entry Twelve

Another day of relaxed sailing in the sunshine as our progress west and south continues. Even after 12 days at sea, it’s impossible to be bored with the constantly changing sea and sky, spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Every once in a while a shoal of flying fish will dart out of the way of the 52 tonne monster bearing down on them.The winds are mostly following now and fairy steady at F3 so not much in the way of sail changes (though we are keeping a sharp eye on the yankee 1) but we are having to gybe a few times a day to keep us heading for St Lucia. We need to keep to the rum (or should that be rhum) line.The only bone of contention amongst the crew so far was a dispute about whether to have ratatouiile and lentils or “stupid English beef stew”. In the end we cooked both and ended. read more...


05/12/2016

White Satin - No Landmarks

1073 sailed, 1934 miles to goDay 16 is set to deliver us some significant landmarks, although clearlythat is anything but the apt phrase.We are just about to reach the halfwaypoint between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean, and later on towardsmidnight with the good winds forecast to continue, we should drop below 1000nautical miles to St Lucia.We have seen dolphins on many days and thisphoto was of a pod that stayed with us for a few minutes - always difficultto capture a good image of them, and most times we just enjoy their companyand watch and admire them.Every night we seem to get at least one flyingfish on board - the challenge is to spot them in the dark before treading onone; morning chores include brushing fish scales out of the cockpit.The hours pass very agreeably,. read more...


White Satin - No Landmarks
White Satin - No Landmarks
05/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 15

Robert´s reiselogg dag 15;Ship Ohio kjære leser.I dag er det 14 dager siden startskuddet for seilasen :-)Alle i mannskapet er vel forlikt, og skribenten bekjent har det ikke engang vært en liten gnisning, og det er jo veldig bra.Vi har stort sett gått for seil.På 12-4 vakten hadde vi god vind, så det meste av vakten seilte jeg mellom 7 og 8 knop :-)Dessverre forsvant vinden på ettermiddagen, og motor måtte startes igjen.Iht. Til værmeldingene skal vi ha forholdsvis lite vind hele veien til st. Lucia, og vi har ikke diesel nok til å gå for motor hele veien, så de ETA tidspunktene vi gjettet ombord er nok alle meget for optimistiske.ETA = estimated time of arrival (ankomst)Det kan til og med hende at det begynner å spøke litt for returbilletten som skribenten har til Norge :-/Den er. read more...


05/12/2016

Nisida - Slow Night

Last night was painfully slow with less than 7 kts of wind most of the time, we have now got the kite back up again and are making 6+kts in the 9-10 kts of wind we now have. We have rigged up the a shade over the cockpit to give us some shade from the sun and funnel the breeze through the boat. 400nm to go party very shortly!. read more...


05/12/2016

Caduceus - Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 1 - A weather window opens early

Position29:28.01 S 031:45.80 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Friday 25 November 2016Distance run in 7hrs 48nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterPassage total48nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterRoute distance To Cape Town 898nm, via East London (338 +560)n Definitely Saturday became possibly Friday afternoon and then when boats started to leave and the reports of nothing untoward outside the breakwater came back a decision was made and after two hours of frantic rushing around we got away at 1700 which gave us enough time to clear the harbour and sort ourselves out before darkness fell. Negotiating the fleet of 20 or so large bulk carriers anchored outside the harbour provided some navigational interest and the fact that some of the bulk carriers were rolling more than we were cheered us. read more...


05/12/2016

Beltana II - Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed

....well maybe that girlfriend up the back of the bus in year 7....   Day Sixteen and we had an uneventful night – 2 reefs in the main, gybed herjust before watch time starts, poled out on the port side with the genoa and shescooted along at 5-6 knots all night. We went a little bit further south thanwhat we wanted as the wind backed to the ENE which was a little unexpected. Thismorning the wind is back to pure easterly with a tendency to go a little southwhich is just what we want.  Got up this morning after only one hour ofextra sleep and felt uncommonly good and optimistic – a quick shower and a shaveon the bow felt great – singing away again.   Today is a big scrabblechampionship day – well it was until the genset started making funny noises – sowe have a bit of a. read more...


05/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!

Bluewaft Log Day 16Monday 5 December 201619°12’.098N 047°09’.126WThe winds have dropped again and we were forced to motor for about 5 hourslast night.We’re seeing wind speeds of 6-10kts from the South.Wheneverit gets up to 8kts we put the gennaker up.Fortunately we have a goodangle of sail – but it is still a bit of a worry given we have 900nm to goand only 25% of our fuel left.From the weather reports we’re expectingbetter winds from tomorrow and certainly some useful winds the last 200nmout…so fingers crossed!While ‘Rambler 88’ set a new course record, Isuspect this will be one of the slowest ARCs ever.We’re fortunate in thatwe have big fuel tanks and can motor along on one engine quite efficiently. We feel for the smaller boats with small tanks that must be reallysuffering at the. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!
05/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 15 - Halvveis nådd kl.02:52 05.12.2016 UTC

Endelig!Under Jørgens nattevakt nådde vi Halvveis klokken 02:52 mandag 5/12 :)ARC regner avstanden mellom Granca og St Lucia til 2660 Nautiske mil (ca 5000 km).Posisjonsrapporten de sender ut hver dag ranker båtenes stilling utifra avstand fra St Lucia.Så vi bestemte oss for at når båtens kartplotter viser 1330 Nautiske igjen var vi halvveis. Det skjedde endelig i natt.Utseilt distanse hittil er nok en god del lengre enn 1330 nm siden vi har seil mye sør for å komme til passaten og krysset litt frem og tilbake i motvind.Men siden vi nådde 19 bredde har vi hatt kurs rett på St Lucia og nå begynner vinden og ta seg opp.Retningen er typisk østnordøst-øst og vi har 7 til 11 knops vind.Alle kluter settes til! Hele døgnet seiler vi båten lens med full seilføring med spreebom på forseil. Er. read more...


05/12/2016

Koco - 15 Tag auf See

Allen erst einmal einen schönen 2. Advent. Wir haben den 4.Dezember und wir haben hier morgens schon 27 Grad Lufttemperatur. Da kommt nicht wirklich vorweihnachtliche Stimmung auf. Der Blick auf den Meilenstand am heutigen morgen zeigt uns noch restliche 833 Seemeilen an. Wir haben in den letzten 24 Stunden ca. 150 Sm zurückgelegt. Der größte Clou des heutigen Morgens war der Fang eines 1,50 großen Blue Marlin mit der Handangel. Und das alles vor dem Frühstück. Sybille bereitet gerade die Filets zu die es dann zum heutigen abendlichen Adventsessen gibt. Also halten wir kurz fest, neben einen Mahi Mahi, Bonito, einen kurz vor dem einholen abgegangener Mahi Mahi von ca. 1m, einem unbekannten riesigen Fisch in der Nacht der die Sehne abgerissen hat, nun einen Blue Martin. Das geangelte. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 AR C2016 - CH3 Blog 2016-12-05

Sunday 4th December 2016 Our head sails and kite have faired well, at least compared to the other Challengers who seem to have lost at least one sail each to the demands of an ocean crossing. However, in the fairly light winds our main sail has taking a bit of a flogging and has required some ‘on the hoof’ repairs. Yesterday a large split half way up the main was identified by Charlie of B Watch, but it was the way in which it was identified that has, up until now, been kept under wraps. The report to Captain Ricky was that the tear was spotted during one of our regular deck walk inspections. The reality was that Charlie was having a snooze in the cockpit when he was woken up by sun light streaming through the main. Ricky was hoisted halfway up the mast using the spinnaker. read more...


05/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 15 - ...es läuft...

In der Früh reffen wir das Vor-und Großsegel aus, da der Wind etwas abgenommen hat. Trotzdem machen wir noch gut Fahrt. Der Wetterbericht für die nächsten Tage schaut gut aus. Es wird wohl konstanten NO-O Wind mit 4 Beaufort geben. Heute machen wir uns einen schönen Sonntag, schauen einen Film, schlafen und bereiten die 2. Portion der gefangenen Goldmakrele zu. Alle Vorräte werden durchgeschaut und durchgezählt. An frischen Sachen wird´s langsam knapp, alles andere ist reichlich da.Der Wind bleibt in der Nacht konstant, jedoch müssen wir den Kurs etwas korrigieren, um mehr mit der Welle zu fahren, um nicht so stark zu rollen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


05/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 11

We've enjoyed the sun and the spinnaker all day today. Everyone has been practising helming with the kite up which is pretty hard work and we were all looking forward to a nice meal. Thalita, Oline and Elisabeth were on the afternoon watch and were our chefs for tonight. Fresh vegetables are running low and we have started on the tins, this calls for some inventive culinary ideas and they did not let us down. Tonight for dinner we enjoyed a new food revolution: forget the paleo diet, raw food is out, this is Prison Fusion.The base of the meal was mashed potato topped with boiled eggs for the vegetarians and chicken in white wine sauce for the meat eaters. Each plate was served with a generous helping of pigeon peas in coconut sauce, don't know what pigeon peas are? Neither do we. The. read more...


05/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY FOURTEEN - STRONG WINDS, GOOD PROGRESS

Boat speed maintained overnight with consistent 20 kt winds. Squalls passed us by so no course changing required in the middle of the night. Salmon and cous cous with green beans for supper – that looks like the closest we’re going to get to fresh fish for the foreseeable future as the trawling activities have been curtailed in recent days due to the wind. Grey and very windy this morning – all a bit rock and roll on Boni Venti. We were under the impression that these tropical squalls passed through quickly leaving bright sunshine and blue skies in their wake, but that’s definitely not the case! We had gusts over 40kts and boat speed of 12+ kts and pouring rain this morning, coming down in stair-rods. Half the crew retired to the saloon and the other half braved the cockpit and the rain.. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY FOURTEEN - STRONG WINDS, GOOD PROGRESS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY FOURTEEN - STRONG WINDS, GOOD PROGRESS
05/12/2016

PkBoo - day 15 16 - Sorry we are closed for wind

Hi friends of PkBoo.Last night wind went to visit us so, we are sorry, but our kitchen is closed: it's sailing time.A gentle southern east wind speed PkBoo to 6.5, 7 kts in direction of St Lucia. Now our ETA time is around 14th December, but we hope to find stronger tradewinds next days that will help us to arrive a bit earlier (at least we all hope so).CiaoMarco. read more...


05/12/2016

Shalan - Day 15

14:11N 53:30WAhoy there,A1 1pm GMT on 04/12 we passed through our 2 weeks at sea mark - time flies when you're having fun!Overnight we saw the wind drop a touch, but non the less the spinnaker was up at first light and stayed up for a majority of the day, dropped only for ongoing checks on the temprorsry halyard line which had failed the day previously - we weren't going to have the same problem again!The ocean became quite calm in the early afternoon so whilst dropping the spinnaker we sent our resident action man, Richie under the boat to retreive the sheet we'd wrapped around the prop. 'Operation free prop' went smoothly and Richie was soon back aboard - sharks in the ocean may have been a motivator to work fast! After a quick check that we had propulsion again, the spinnaker was back. read more...


Shalan - Day 15
Shalan - Day 15
05/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 16 - WE MADE IT

Rapport 16. Efter 14 dagar och 20 timmar och 38 min skär vi mållinjenutanför Rodney Bay, måndag 5 dec kl 05.38.38. Placering i mål i vårklass Crusing är plats 4 (av 150 båtar) och 15e båt i mål av totalt220 startande i Las Palmas den sönd 20 nov Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -4 h)Hej alla följare av vår loggbokDå är detta äventyr slut för Pauline af Skanör och dess besättning.Kvarstår prisutdelning och att vi väntar på att 200 båtar till ska gåi mål. Vi kom in som 15e båt totalt av 220 startande båtar från LasPalmas. I Crusing klassen var det 150 båtar som startade och vi var imål som 4:a. Fantastiskt resultat med en ”grand old lady” som Pauline.Det var bättre än jag hade förväntat mig när jag sett startfältet påplats i Las Palmas. Jag hoppas att det varit ett sant nöje att följaoss på vår. read more...


05/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 14: Around minight

Day 14: Around midnight   We are on the move again and it feels so good.  We started to get somewind around midnight and have been consistently sailing since.  Having beenbecalmed for so long it’s hard to trust the fact that we have wind.  Wekeep checking and rechecking the ARC weather forecast, and Maddys forecast, inthe hope that the wind will stay with us.  We are also hoping for theslight change in direction that is forecast to take us gently south.  Thewind is teasing us about this and we keep getting glimmers that a change is onit’s way but so far nothing consistent.   Looking at the fleet report we appear to be one of the most northerly boatsat the moment.  Dave assures me that this is ok and that our sailing isfollowing a great. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 14
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 14
05/12/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 14

03 DecemberThe "Maltese kitty" - Part OneOn all our sailing trips, we usually tend to trawl one or two fishing lines in our wake. But as we tend to sailing, cooking and other onboard activities, we seldom watch the lines.So the question was always how to attach some sort of "alarm" to alert us that we had a strike. I have experimented with a number of solutions - bunji cords, laundry pins, etc - but none seemed to work.On a recent sailing delivery to Malta, I visited my favorite fishing gear shop to re-stock the traditional lures, so I enquired about this with them.I have always found it wise to ask the local people what they normally use. Earlier while walking past the fishing piers, it sounded like there were Maltese kitties - a breed peculiar to Malta - with collar bells on them. read more...


05/12/2016

Wethomi - 5. December 2016

It's getting warm and humid: we are approaching the Caribbean. Nice gentle breezes; only a little too faible. But it's perfect sailing.Again and again the fish take away our lures. And these lures aren't for small fish. Maybe we are lucky that we haven't to get them on board our small vessel.Most competitors are already in the harbour and enjoying their rhum punch. So we opened a bottle of good La Palma wine and enjoyed the beautiful sunset alone out here on the wide ocean.Nothing else happened.260 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


04/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 14

Two weeks done now, food running low, two cases of scurvy, weevils in the porridge, insubordination, an ugly incident concerning ownership of the last digestive biscuit- all going well really.Wind picked up early morning to 25 knots or so - boat going well with some surfing in double figures.Fishing is not going so well - lost two good fish to gear failure today, and worse lost two more lures.A gannethunted beside the boat most of the day, we reckon it was after the flying fish that go airborne as the boat passes.Spoke to a French yacht - Pes Keval - last night who passed within a mile of us. Not an ARC boat, he was heading for Guadaloupe . We passed on some weather info to him and left him in our wake - left me with a passing fancy for a croissant.Richard. read more...


04/12/2016

Merci Papa - Catch of the day

So on board of ''Merci Papa'' located by 19,17n and 46.18w , we were fed-up to catch Mahi Mahi since one week. We tried all possible recipies !!Today we got 2 BIG Wahoo... It was a bit a battle to get the first one on board. We estimated the weight at 30kgs. The second one was smaller. Around 20kgsSo we have in our freezer to share with you upon arrival !!! For tonight we will just seared grilled the ''steak of wahoo'' (called Darne in French) on the barbecue. Tomorrow very likely it will be in the oven with some lemon and mash potatoes (cooked very slowly) . By the way for lunch we got some duck confit with french fries cooked in duck fat. Good night. Charly IMG_0970 IMG_0948. read more...


Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
04/12/2016

Beltana II - Thor

Day 15, anovercast day with steady winds and the boat moving too fast to fish.Graham (akathe rain maker/squall caller) was quietly resting on his bed with the portholeopen when the skipper, in his laconic relaxed Australian helming style,inadvertently initiated a sharp turn. This plunged the leeward side of the boat,including Grahams porthole, deep underwater.  With thisGraham decided to initiate storm caller protocol, and has converted the deck ofBeltana into a bedroom showpiece that would make Captain snoozeproud.   Although therehas been much discussion as to the cause of the turn: an overpowered main, astrong gust of wind, a rogue wave. The more likely cause is the skippers play list, which yesterday featuredspice girls and S-Club7.   Any of you whoare still under. read more...



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