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10/12/2016

VAVA-U - Wir sind da! - 9.10.16

FORTSETZUNG…Wir sind da! Um 11:20 Uhr ist es soweit: Karsten schreit „Land in Sicht“ und tatsächlich, im Dunst tauchen die ersten Umrisse und Hügelketten von Saint Lucia auf. (Bild Saint Lucia im Dunst)Wir köpfen eine Flasche Sekt und stoßen an, per Selbstauslöser wird das Ereignis auch festgehalten.(Bild Anstoßen)Die Spannung steigt, wir holen den Spinnaker ein und setzen dafür die Genua, um gut um das Cap zu kommen und mit entsprechender Leinwand eindrucksvoll das Ziel zu überfahren. (Bild Einholen)Endlich ist es soweit: Zuerst taucht ein Fotografenboot auf, das uns von allen Seiten knipst, dann sehen wir die gelbe Boje und das Zielboot, die unsere Ziellinie markieren. Wir rauschen mit neun Knoten über die Ziellinie.(Bild Zielboot)Schnell werden Genua und Groß eingeholt und die Fender. read more...


10/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 21 - SUNRISE

Liebe SUNRISE Fans,diese Nacht konnten wir ein weiteres ARC Boot überholen und schieben uns langsam zurück auf die mittleren Plätze innerhalb unserer Kategorie. Das letzte Etmail (zurückgelegte Distanz innerhalb von 24 Stunden) lag bei 186 SM! Der Wind ist teilweise sehr böig und zwischenzeitlich hat sich eine konstante 5 - 6 Meter hohe Welle aufgebaut, die uns hier an Bord immer wieder ganz schön durcheinander wirbelt. Manches Ei oder Porzelan ist dem Tanz schon zum Opfer gefallen. Eine Hand am Schiff (zum Festhalten) und eine Hand an der Arbeit sind ein absolutes Muß! Der Rudergang - vor Allem in der Nacht - ist anstrengend; länger als 30 Minuten kann man kaum konzentriert am Stück steuern, dann wird mit dem Wachkameraden gewechselt und nach kurzer Verschnaufpause geht es wieder ans. read more...


10/12/2016

White Satin - The stars

Saturday 10 December2743 miles sailed, 289 to goAll the stars are coming out tonight, they're lighting up the sky tonight. For you; for you.Our night watch sees a clear, ink-black sky spattered with the light of a hundred billion stars. No moon to dilute their presence. No glow from the towns and cities on land a thousand miles distant. I should recognise some of this scene - Polaris; Betelgeuse, the Andromeda galaxy. Yet I struggle to name any but The Plough - where is this great bear of which it plays its part? The sky is too full, crowded with so many vaguely guessable shapes I don't know where to start. The Ancients had a lifetime of such nights to let their imaginations wander, inventing characters to remember and link and make sense of it all. I am content just with its majesty.The. read more...


White Satin - The stars
White Satin - The stars
10/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 20 - fauler Freitag

Die Nacht war wieder unruhig, wir hatten 5 Beaufort. Man schläft dann nur mit einem offenen und einem geschlossenen Auge ;-) Damit man den Windpilot, die Windstärke und -richtung im Blick hat.Entsprechend gerädert waren wir in der Früh. Am Vormittag haben wir den Schlaf nachgeholt. Nachmittags hat Hermann ein paar Arbeiten erledigt. Am Windpilot hat sich ein Schraube gelockert, sowie am Geräteträger. Die Seilen und Rollen der Windpilot-Leinen wurden überprüft und die Führung verbessert. Natürlich behalten wir die Geschwindigkeit im Auge, denn wir wollen ankommen! Zum Abendessen gabs Nürnberger Bratwürschtl mit Kraut ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


10/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 20

--OK we are over the finish line at 0904.08All very happy now and the last two hours as we ran down the northern shore were so lovely ,Nick on the wheel broad reaching in 20 knots on long ocean rollers and surfing . We were in company and had been seeing our fellow trans at friends turn up one by one on the radar during last night . From seeing no one for days we ended finishing with 6 or 7 other yatchs in sight funneling down on the finish line.The island is like something out of Treasure Island , lush and hilly and covered in forest . I think we will be happy here .We will all go all go now and deal with the onerous registration and passport red tape .After that , I think coffee made by some one else and served on a rock solid table .. read more...


10/12/2016

Delfini - day 20 - 10 dec

..... another great day and night have seen us put on over 140 miles in 24 hours and plotter says we will be in St Lucia on the evening of the 13th if this cracking wind keep upProvisions are standing up well and we don't have any shortages so eating well but looking forward to a few sundowners on arrival We h ad originally expected to be in St Lucia tomorrow but estimating arrival on Tuesday after 3 /4 days of zero wind and zero progress is a bit if a result - we will be happy to arrive in one piece with most equipment and services still fully operational We were visited by a pod of probably 20 or so dolphins this morning which is still a sight of beauty and they stayed with us for 30 mins -my phone ran out of memory so maybe I have enough footage. read more...


10/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 21 - T-2 bis Ankunft

Noch 2 Tage - 42h St. Lucia wir kommen. Letzte Nacht vernahm die GATSBY VOGELTRANSPORT GMBH einen neuen Kunden. Eine Seeschwalbe leistete uns einige Stunden lang Gesellschaft. Zunächst hing sie quer im Reelingsdraht, dann suchte sie sich unterschiedliche Plätze an Deck, keiner schien ihr gut genug. Eine Weile saß sie sogar vor den Instrumenten und ruhte sich dort aus, bis wir das Großsegel redeten, sie davon flog und nicht wieder kam. Die Nacht über hatten wir immer mal wieder 30kn wahren Wind. Auch jetzt haben wir 25kn im Durchschnitt und rauschen mit 8,5kn gen Westen.See you soon,Sophie. read more...


10/12/2016

Estrella - 19.und 20. Tag - Highspeed, Walwatching und Anglerglück

Das jetzige Segeln ist atemberaubend.Tagsüber sowieso,aber vor allem auch in der Morgendämmerung und am Abend. Die Sonnenaufgänge unddas Eintauchen des glühenden Balls am Abend, der “auf dem Kopf liegende” Mondund der irre Sternenhimmel in der Nacht faszinieren jedes Mal auf`s Neue. Dazudie meterhohen Wellenberge achteraus und das Surfen über die Kämme RichtungKaribik sind ein einmaliges Erlebnis, das wohl keiner je wieder vergisst. AmMorgen wird der Kaffee gern im Cockpit unter der südlichen Sonne genossen undseit das Boot mit 6-8 Knoten rast sind alle ganz aus dem Häuschen.Es werdenimmer neue, frühere Ankunftszeiten berechnet – da muss bei dem einen oderanderen schon mal die Bremse angezogen werden, damit die Erwartungen realistischbleiben. Wir freuen uns über die letzten super. read more...


10/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - day 20; nearly there

Hope to be arriving tomorrow (Sunday) during day light. We are on a directcourse with 1 reef sailing in  quite strong winds with big seas. We havehad a few visits from dolphins as we are becoming closer to land. The boat isquite jerky with lots of movement and just had a morning coffee disaster withthe pot falling over and coffee grounds everywhere. Mostly cleared up and therest can wait until we arrive. We are dependent on our Watt and Sea hydrogenerator for most of our powerand it has been working really well. You can tell the speed of the boat by thesound and tone of its whirring as it spins round charging the batteries.Yesterday morning it was making a different sound. It is almost impossible tolift it out of the water, or put it back in, when we are sailing at any speed sowe. read more...


Bluewaft - More sushi!
Bluewaft - More sushi!
10/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 21: Home stretch

Bluewaft Log Day 21Saturday 10 December 201618°14’.133N 057°21’.267WWe now have just over 300nm to go – so in the home stretch now.We’ve hada good 24 hours of sailing, averaging over 7kts on goose-wing with the jiband gennaker with wind speeds in the 10-16kt range.A comfortable ridewith the swell giving us a nice ‘push’ in the right direction.We clockeda top speed of 9.4kts – not bad for this sail configuration in these winds.We’ve decided to sail straight to St Maarten (270nm NNE from St Lucia).The island is French and Dutch – sort of a mini Belgium in the Caribbean.We have arranged a berth for Bluewaft there with the local Lagoon agent.Marcus and Alex have changed their flights and James and I should still beable to make our planned flights back to New Zealand and Oz.This way weshould. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 21: Home stretch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 21: Home stretch
10/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO - Log day 20 21 - Tradewinds and squal

Hi friends of PkBoo.Yesterday we had a great speed sailing in the tradewinds.Today in the late morning we had a strong squal with gale wind, but at the end a complete rainbow let us smile. Probably also the weather thinks that for our crew it's time to have a shower.CiaoMarco. read more...


10/12/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 20

Roberts reiselogg dag 20:Akkurat ferdig med 12-4 vakta, og har så mye tanker i hodet at jeg bare må skrive litt før jeg køyer.Det har vært ganske mye bevegelse i skuta på vakta i natt :-)Deilig å virkelig føle at man er på havet.Jeg kan ikke tenke meg noe mere beroligende enn å stå på dekket, og høre vinden suse og bølgene bruse mens skuta "fosser" frem, og titte på stjernene.Tidligere på vakta var det sterkt måneskinn, og da så jeg ikke så mye stjerner, men etter at den ble borte under horisonten kom alle stjernene frem.Jeg så fire stjerneskudd i løpet av kort tid, og ønsket meg det samme hver gang :-)Jeg ønsket meg.....det kan jeg jo ikke si, for da går det ikke i oppfyllelse ;-)Så også et forrige natten, og fortalte Janne som løste meg av kl. 8 etter 4-8 vakta at jeg hadde sett det.. read more...


10/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 19: The wind is sixteen going on seventeen

Day 19: The wind is sixteen going on seventeen  Let’s start at the very beginning.  We are still moving. Yesterday when our winds were very light Ewen inspirationally and bravely saidthat when the wind was a consistent 15 knots he would sing us a song from theSound of Music.  Today we have eagerly watched the wind speed creep slowlyup and around tea time the elusive threshold of 15 knots was reached andexceeded.  As the wind speed hovered between 16 and 17 knots he broke intosong;   ‘The wind is sixteen going on seventeen Quite a steady breeze Then it drops by over ten knots This wind is a great big tease’   We did laugh! This song will never quite be the same again and will alwaystransport us back to a sunny afternoon in the Atlantic ocean.   We. read more...


09/12/2016

Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - Blog 7 - Approaching St Lucia and taking stock

Blog 7 - approaching St Lucia and taking stock We have been swiftly and safely guided to St Lucia by warm winds fluctuating around 20 knots for the last 4 days or so. The swell has kept at around 3m, allowing us to surf westward on wide, deep blue rollers, rocking this way and that, mostly predictably. But as with all ocean adventures I'm swiftly learning the sea is never predictable. The odd rogue wave will smack us out of nowhere, a few soaked yelps from off-watch as cool salt water pours over the bow and into the bunks, usually accompanied by comically delayed "wave" warning by the helms-person. Many of us have taken to sleeping on deck as the temperature rises; which has of course been a little perilous with the rogues and rollers. A peacefully snoozing Marty has performed several. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - Blog 7 - Approaching St Lucia and taking stock
Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - Blog 7 - Approaching St Lucia and taking stock
09/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 19

Day 19We had an exciting night last night. After our excitement last night , at about 23.00 last night we noticed a dark cloud approaching us from the stern. Dan thought we were OKin our set up, so we were just to keep an eye on it. Dan came on deck anyway, just in case. About 10 minutes later, wind and sea started to build. A further 10 minutes on and we were in a force 7 gale. Winds were steadily above 24kts, gusting to 28 kts. We actually saw 11.8kts of boat speed at one point. The ride was very exciting , and for me personally, the absolute highlight of the entire trip, as I was on the helm for over an hour at the peak of this squall. The wind dropped a little and we took the opportunity to add an extra reef for the rest of the night. Fortunately, the winds held up through the rest. read more...


09/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 9 - 20th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 346 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,402 miles behind us. We are moving along nicely at an average of 6.6 knots. Over the last 24 hours we completed 160 nautical miles. Since yesterday we have been sailing together with Serenity and Sundance, both now 9 miles away on our port side. As we get closer to St Lucia we expect to see more and more boats.The flying fish are getting bolder. This morning we found a death one inside the boat, by the mast! We have a well stocked fridge and so far have not been tempted to eat them, but if one of them jumps into a pan, we will have to fry it. They are reportedly full of bones and don't have a lot of flesh.At noon, we listened to the ARC daily broadcast over SSB radio. Various yachts report on their. read more...


09/12/2016

VAVA-U - Countdown ? 08.12.16 - 18. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Nacht hatte keine besonderen Überraschungen parat, wir sind nach wie vor gefühlt ganz alleine auf dem Atlantik. Schlafen ist schwierig, es ist heiß, die Dünung zu hoch, um die Luken zu öffnen. Den ganzen Tag über hatten wir sehr kräftigen Wind, der uns dem Ziel entgegengeblasen hat. Ein paar Wölkchen begleiten uns stetig.Die Schattenplätze sind nach wie vor gefragt und wir dösen oder schlafen, wann immer es möglich ist.Die Spannung steigt, so oft wie nie steht jemand vor dem Computer und schaut sich Restmeilen, Geschwindigkeit und Route an. Es kristallisiert sich eine Favoritengruppe von Markus, Oliver und Irene bzgl. unserer Ankunftswette heraus. Unsere ETA wird voraussichtlich zwischen 14 und 16 Uhr Bordzeit am 9.12. sein.Mittags haben wir ein feines Resteessen,. read more...


09/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 20 - Ny VMG24 rekord feiret med fredagtaco

Endelig har vi fått fart i båten. 12-14 knops vind og 6-7 knops fart. Skrogfarten til båten er rett over 7 knop. Dvs den går ikke fortere selv om det blåser mer.VMG betyr "Velocity Made Good". Det er hastigheten en nærmer seg målet. Har en kurs rett på målet (veipunktet) er VMG lik båtens fart men når en seiler må en ofte tilpasse kursen vindforholdene. Som gir en VMG lavere en farten.ARCs daglige posisjonsrapport oppgir gjenstående lengde til St Lucia og VMG 24. VMG24 er hvor mange sjømil siste døgn delt på 24 timer. Den kan brukes tilå beregne ankomstid.Vi har blitt veldig opphengt i den parameteren siden vi føler vi burde ha kommet litt lenger på dette tidspunktet.Og i dag fikk vi ny "personlig" rekord, VMG24 på 6,2 Knop :)Så teoretisk sett skal vi kunne være fremme om fem dager,. read more...


09/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 19

--Not in sight of land yet but other boats are beginning to appear on the horizons as we channel into our approach .We managed to identify the sea weed thats all around as sargasso seaweed ,why its so far south we cant tell . Perhaps its here all the time .More sea birds on view today but still in ones and twos , all in the gannet and booby family . The flying fish activity is intense an Bill has gottten his photos .The wind is still force 4 or 5 and we are slowing the boat beforedinner so that we arrive in St Lucia in daylight . Given the layout of the islands and the sea and wind conditions we dont want to have to kill time outside the harbour in darkness in a big and lumpy sea .Hopes are high for an easy landfall .. read more...


09/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 20

Was für eine Nacht: Zeitumstellung, Sternschnuppen, ein Komet, ein verglühender Meteor, ein paar Schiffe, einige Flugzeuge, die uns verhöhnen (man kann so leicht und schnell den Atlantik überqueren), außerdem ein Wetterleuchten. Der Speed Over Ground ging nie unter 8kn, oft lag er bei 9kn, manchmal sogar bei 10kn und auf einer mega Welle sind wir sogar auf 11.0kn gesurft - Rekord! Und das in der Dunkelheit der Nacht, wenn der Mond schon untergegangen ist und die Sonne noch hinterm Horizont schläft.Die Sonne scheint schon wieder den ganzen Tag, wer an Deck ist, liegt im Schatten vom Großsegel oder duscht oder muss Ruder gehen. Der Autopilot wird weiterhin nicht benutzt. Genua 3 und Groß tragen uns Richtung St. Lucia. Noch 486nm! Es juckt in den Fingern den Spi zu setzten, aber in. read more...


09/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 20 - SUNRISE

Liebe SUNRISE Fans,das überholte Boot ist weit achteraus ! Ansonsten gibt es wenig Neues von Bord zu berichten.Die Wetterverhältnisse sind unverändert, der Wind bläst mit 6 bft und bringt uns gute Geschwinigkeit. Das letzte Etmal lag bei 180 SM.Lediglich die Wellen nerven langsam, es geht hier zu wie auf der Achterbahn.Ansonsten ist alles in Ordnung hier an Bord.Viele Grüße von der SUNRISE-. read more...


09/12/2016

EH01 - Day 17, 18 & 19

Final hellofrom the crew of EH01!!!!   We are now35nm from Rodney Bay and you can smell the ginger ale from the Dark andStormeys.... so this will be the last blog and it was great chatting with youand receiving your telepathic best wishes and if you would like to contact TeamEH01 we will be in the nearest beach bar to our berth.!!   Last nightand this morning were tough, we had awful sea states and were on the end ofgusty winds and trucked along with the kite all night. Most of the crew only got1-2 hours sleeps so there was some tired heads this morning and after some slowmanouveres we are heading towards our final waypoint.!  Kudos to all ourgreat helms on both watches as they really pushed the distance over the lastcouple of days It lookslike the Jimbo or Starkers could. read more...


09/12/2016

VAVA-U - D-Day ? 09.12.16 - 19. Seetag

Die Nacht hat sich nicht von ihrer besten Seite gezeigt: Es war windig, stürmisch und nass, wir mussten mehrfach durch kurze Squalls mit über 30 Kn Wind hindurch. (Bild Thomas im Regenoutfit)Morgens werden die Angeln eingeholt; der Thunfisch hatte seine Chance. Immerhin sind wir nur noch 40 Sm vom Ziel entfernt.Den ganzen Vormittag lauert die Crew am Vorschiff und schaut, ob Land zu sehen ist. Leider ist es zu diesig in der Ferne um etwas zu sehen.Dafür passieren wir zwei Fischerboote. Es gibt also doch noch Leben außer uns! Und karibische Musik im Radio.(Bild Fischerboote)Mehr von Heute und unserer Ankunft dann später.VAVA-U und Crew.. read more...


09/12/2016

Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''

OF WIND AND FISHThe wind has not been the sailors? best friend for the ARC 2016 so the crew of Merci Papa Level 42 (#198) had plenty of spare time in between maneuvers and less-than-demanding watch duties. Every Captain knows that idle deckhands are a recipe for trouble, so keeping a crew's mind busy is always a good idea. Playing cards was one way. But fishing turned out to be THE way. Because there is nothing like competition to keep minds sharp and banter going, two teams were promptly formed. US citizens on the starboard hull with a professional fishing rod from Distrimar (Las Palmas) that was almost as thick as the mast, French citizens on port side with a makeshift fishing wheel and lures that had seen better days. Never shy to work from a position of strength, Team USA. read more...


Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
09/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Fish 3 Crew 0

“17:13,79 52:35,69W” We have the best team of fisherman on board thisyear    “Fish 3”   “crew 0”, evening started off wellwith a lot of photos of everyone mucking around and having a great time and thenthe great thrill of catching a very big Mahi mahi  just to get it on deckbefore it said “not this time “ as it slipped from the hands of our residentfisherman and waved good buy . Oh well we need the practice, as you may rememberwe lost a nice sailfish a few days ago. so we re hooked our rod and set aboutsetting it again only to have a helms do a 360 pirouette backwards so that theline wrapped around the keel and we tried  to fish like that for thenight  (doesn't work we can vouch for that .)  So after a removal weset about only to be lucky. read more...


09/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 19

Robert´s reiselogg dag 19:Kjære lesere.Jeg glemte å fortelle om den store ulykken som skjedde sist dag under middagen sist dag :-( :Et stettglass med rødvin veltet, og over halve innholdet ble sølt utover dekket i cockpit´n.Vi har jo vin til maten hver dag, og det er første gang det har skjedd på denne overfarten....Dere tror kanskje det var fordi det slingrer for mye, men der tar dere faktisk feil.Det var Janne som skumpet det overende.Som tidligere nevnt: Catamaraner ligger alltid dønn rett, uavhengig av vær og vind ;-)Nok om det, nå til dagens hendelser:Vi har seilt genaker i hele dag, og hatt mellom 8 og 10 knop det meste av dagen.Genakeren ble berget før middag for at vi skulle få det litt roligere, og den skal få ligge i lockeren sin til i morgen tidlig.Vi seiler Genoa i natt, da. read more...


09/12/2016

Koco - 19.Tag auf See

Der Wind bleibt uns treu und schiebt uns weiterhin mit 7-9 Knoten über den Atlantik in Richtung Ziel.Die Fahrt über den Atlantik entpuppt sich immer mehr zu einer Geschäfts-Ideen-Tour. Der eine möchte gerne Raststellen auf dem Atlantik bauen, wo Segler und andere Boote Pause machen, nachtanken und Proviant aufnehmen können. EinCrewkonsortium (Namen werden aus Patentrechtlichen Gründen nicht genannt) hat X-LAN erfunden. WLAN unter Wasser. X-Lan zum Beispiel bei Angelködern; man kann mit Hilfe einer Kamera am Köder sehen und steuern, welcher Fisch beißt oder beißen soll. Patentrechtliche Anmeldungen und Börsengang sind vorbereitet. Ein weiteres Projekt sieht vor, geschnittene Tomaten im Glas und Leinenöl zu züchten, am Baum versteht sich. Eine völlig neue Herausforderung der wir uns aber. read more...


09/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Why I wanted to Cross the Atlantic Ocean Under Sail

Day 16Why I want to Cross the Atlantic Ocean on a 40ft Sailing Yacht?Why I have chosen to Skipper across with GFS? This is now my 5th Transatlantic but my first skippering with GFS- I have been a part of the preparation period that started in the UK 5 months ago now. I worked closely alongside our amazing electrican Paul, our Fantastic Riggers Spencers, marine engineer and the incredible Adam in the boat yard too- I have seen the huge amount of time, energy, love and dedication from the whole GFS team and the great relationship we have with those who have contributed to HS & Diamonds Atlantic preps. Not a stone is left unturned. I couldnt be more proud to Skipper Hot Stuff and she has become a faithful companion of mine over the last couple of years- she is always teaching me new. read more...


09/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 19 - nichts besonderes

Die Nacht war durchwacht, da der Wind aufgefrischt hat. Nachdem die Sonne aufgegangen ist, frühstücken wir gemütlich an Deck und wir rechnen unseren Schnitt, den wir in den letzten 24h Stunden gefahren sind, aus und schätzen ab wann wir ankommen ... leider wirds noch etwas dauern.Die Tage vergehen jetzt langsamer. Vormittags optimieren wir die Segelstellung. Nachmittags wird geschalfen, gelesen und Hörbücher oder Musik gehört.Wir haben noch 4 Orangen und 2 Zuccini, d.h. die kommenden Tage müssen wir auf Obst und Gemüse verzichten.Der Kühlschrank hat sich wieder gefangen, er zieht nicht mehr so viel Strom, Hermann hat den Grund nicht gefunden. Wir werden ein Auge drauf haben ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


09/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log day 19 - Tradewinds

Hi friends of PkBoo.Finally tradewinds went to visit our boat and we are sailing fast in direction of St Lucia.Only some problems with a high rate voltage from the alternator of the engine that has unset our instruments and the display of the engine; promplty repaired and now it's all good.The crew is becoming boring to stay in the ocean and we all hope to arrive in Rodney Bay to have a fresh long shower and, for me, to meet my great wife Chiara and my friends Salvatore and Denise. We also need to arrive to celebrate Elena's birthday on 14th. See you in Rodney Bay soon on this screens.CiaoMarcoP.S. Mr fish, the big tuna,gave it's best on the oven with potatoes, cappers and olives, with soya sauce. We cebrated it with a fresh beer.. read more...


09/12/2016

White Satin - Nearly there

2574 miles sailed 453 miles to goHere is yet another attempt to depict daily life on White Satin.We are looking at the very strong possibility of a Monday arrival, although I am trying not to tempt fate here.On our very first entry in this blog, we queried where David will be for hisbirthday.Well, we now know the answer to that and are doing all we can to make it special for him - although being at sea is a pretty memorable way of marking the occasion and proves that there is still life in the old dog yet.Anyhow, more of that tomorrow.When David returned from his first ARC in 2006, he took some East Caribbean dollars out of his pocket and said that he wasn't going to change them back into pounds, St Lucia was so beautiful that we must return.It may have taken us 10 years to do so but we. read more...


White Satin - Nearly there
White Satin - Nearly there
09/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 19 - nichts besonderes

Die Nacht war durchwacht, da der Wind aufgefrischt hat. Nachdem die Sonne aufgegangen ist, frühstücken wir gemütlich an Deck und wir rechnen unseren Schnitt, den wir in den letzten 24h Stunden gefahren sind, aus und schätzen ab wann wir ankommen ... leider wirds noch etwas dauern.Die Tage vergehen jetzt langsamer. Vormittags optimieren wir die Segelstellung. Nachmittags wird geschalfen, gelesen und Hörbücher oder Musik gehört.Wir haben noch 4 Orangen und 2 Zuccini, d.h. die kommenden Tage müssen wir auf Obst und Gemüse verzichten.Der Kühlschrank hat sich wieder gefangen, er zieht nicht mehr so viel Strom, Hermann hat den Grund nicht gefunden. Wir werden ein Auge drauf haben ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


09/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 20: Fish and Squalls

Bluewaft Log Day 20Friday 9 December 201618°41’.474N 054°25’.925WOnly 500nm to go!A good day’s sailing where we’ve clocked up just under150nm.The winds have settled into a solid Easterly ranging from 10 to18kts.We’re goose-winging with the Jib and Gennaker.The sea state isstill confused with a cross swell, but the waves are only around 1-2m.Wehave been dogged by squalls from sunset to sunrise, with most of themmoving in an East to West direction. (Last time they were always North toSouth).To make matters interesting, they move just faster than Bluewaft,and because we are travelling a little south they tend to ‘creep up’ fromour port stern and cut across our bow.We’ve been using the radar to trackthem and furl the Gennaker if they get too close – but it takes constantvigilance!They. read more...


07/12/2016

Nisida - should arrive this afternoon

We are cracking along under main and jib and should be in Rodney Bay sometime this afternoon.Fortunately after it got light this morning we had a little disaster followed by an hour sorting out the mess!One of our spinnaker sheet blocks went bang and let the pole forward enough that it then broke on the forestay, Then the kite wrapped itself around the inner forestay which looked like it may be terminal! After gybing the main and running deep we managed to get the kite un-wrapped from around the stayand dropped it to the deck. Its now bagged and the rest can wait to be sorted. The Atlantic just had to have a bite out of us!. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 20: Fish and Squalls
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 20:  Fish and Squalls
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Dodging squalls at sunset.
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Dodging squalls at sunset.
09/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Fwd:

Day 19 update: Home StretchWell here we are, 85 miles from the finish line and in the middle of our last night at sea.  The trade winds gave us a good day yesterday with 16-23knots of breeze on a straight shot to St. Lucia. Another pretty quiet day in safe mode still logging 170 miles travelled at an average of just over 7knots of boatspeed.The big news from day 19 is that we finally caught another Dorado. Late in the day, Rigs and Rob were looking longingly at the lines and about five seconds after Rigs said "It would be really nice to catch another fish", a whopper of a Dorado hit our medium-diver rapala and leapt out of the water. Muster stations!!! Fifteen minutes later and we were looking at a 16-pound 90cm fish coloured with the most incredible emerald greens, golden yellows,. read more...



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