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Barefoot - barefoot - tag 9 fotos
28/11/2017

Lei Lei - 9. Tag auf hoher See - Alle Mann an Deck !

Um 5:00 Uhr früh übernehme ich meine Wache. Es ist noch gut 2 Stunden dunkel. Ich setze mich ins Cockpit, trinke Tee und staune über die schäumende Spur die "lei lei" ins Heckwasser zaubert. Es geht mit 9 bis 10 Knoten dahin, die Hydrogeneratoren singen ihr auf- und -abschwellendes Lied, eine Dühnung nach der anderen hebt unser Heck, beschleunigt das Schiff bis über 10 Knoten und geht unter uns durch. Es sind runde Bewegungen ohne harten Aufprall oder unangenehme Schräglagen. Der Parasailor steht nun schon seit zwei Tagen und zieht unsere lei lei durch das tiefblaue Atlantikwasser. Plötzlich tut es einen Knall und ich sehe wie sich das Segel vom Bug verabschiedet und in lee in eine stabile Seitenlage fällt. Ohne Flattern, ohne Drama. Die Luv-Schot war gerissen. Alle Mann an Deck. read more...


28/11/2017

Rubikon - Day 8 on sea - quick pit-stop

Day 8 at sea for the Rubikon started slightly hectic, wind picked up to around 30kn (~55km/h), requiring us to turn into the wind and reef the sails and resulting in a number of airborne objects and crew flying in bed. Followed by a container ship trying to sink us (Winchester Straight, we know who you are) and requiring us to slow down to evade them. We also discovered some issues with our right hand engine, which seems to have the propeller entangled in some rope. Having performed a quick (1:20h) pit-stop in Mindelo (Cape Verde) to refuel and re-provosion we had set out on the next 2000nm leg towards St Lucia on Monday afternoon. Armed with an additional supply of vegetables and only two additional papayas due to lack of availability of fruits we feel more than ready to take on the. read more...


28/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°13 - The Solemn Reminder

It's an odd feeling. On day eleven we crossed the half way mark. We're half way between Cape Verde and St Lucia and there's nothing for a thousand miles in any direction. It's an isolation uncommon in today's world. In an emergency, even most remote places on land are in some way accessible by plane, car, helicopter or some other form of transportation and because of that, safety is never far away. Out here though things are different. Sure we have a sat phone, PLB's and AIS, but who's coming to our aid and how? At the best of times in our current postition we are seven days from a doctor or hospital, but even then we are at the mercy of the wind. Sailing can be dangerous, a point we were reminded of when we received an email from the ARC+ rally control shortly after crossing the half. read more...


28/11/2017

Queen Bee - Mindelo Capo Verde

Oggi sosta tecnica a Mindelo per riparazione drizza del gennaker e rifornimento carburante. Siano entrati nella baia di Mindelo alle prime luci dell'alba, accostato il molo del rifornimento, ne abbiamo approfittato per sistemare la drizza che si era misteriosamente tranciata in testa d'albero il primo giorno, subito dopo la partenza. Piccolo rifornimento di verdure e sbarco del "rusco". Alle ore 12 dopo il rifornimento di 177 litri di gasolio (alla fine avevamo ancora più di metà carburante - non male !!!-) siamo ripartiti direzione ovest . Bel vento teso da Nord Est, vele a farfalla ed è stato un attimo raggiungere i 9 nodi, poi il vento è calato e siamo ritornati ad andature più consone ai nostri mezzi .Un abbarccio a tutti voi .Arnaldo. read more...


28/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 12: Flying galley!

We have been amazed at how the flying fish take off on the crest of a wave and glide for 10s of meters.However, its not clear who got the bigger shock; the one that flew straight down the companion way or the unsuspecting crew below decks ready to cook up dinner!image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 12: Flying galley!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 12: Flying galley!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 13: Yet another perfect sunset
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 13: Yet another perfect sunset
28/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog

Infinity of Yar.Blog entry No.8Time: PM Monday 27th November 2017Location: Lat: 18.14 North         Long: 25.27 West      'The Trade Winds at Last' "Permission to shout hurrah in a loud and annoying voice" as George requested of Captain Blackadder.After six difficult and mostly windless days we have finally reached and found the trade winds. On Sunday morning the previously light southerly breeze first veered through 90 degrees and then backed all the way around the compass to give us a North Easterly.Now, dear readers, if you have been paying attention you will remember from an earlier blog that ancient mariners from around the globe tell you that when crossing the Atlantic from East to West you. read more...


28/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic11: Swordfish skewers!

On Sunday we finally got around to trying our hand at fishing. All that needs said is that it is the sort of “the one that got away”. Whilst we were all chewing over the latest weather reports [not true] there was suddenly that unmistakeable sound of line flying out of the reel. The next 15 minutes were something to behold as Neil was suddenly in a fight akin to “The Old Man and The Sea”. It was when the hooked fish breached that we all took a hard intake of breath. At the end of the line was a massive Swordfish not fifty metres from the boat. The crew witnessing this estimated it to be probably 5-6 ft in length. At this point it became obvious that 300 metres of 80lb line, a nylon leader and a full kite were going to be the determining factors.After some 15 minutes the battle came to an. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic11: Swordfish skewers!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic11: Swordfish skewers!
28/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 9: We have the wind!

27 November 2017 0830 position 19 deg 15.3'N 27 deg 22.8'WDay 9 in the Big Brother Boat ( Mischief )I came on deck at 0500 to relieve Alf, as we are doing two hour solo watches whilst we motor in flat seas, and Alf was delighted to report that the wind had now shifted and was now coming from BEHIND the boat!! WayHey! This means that we are at the far side of the calm patch and the high pressure zone is now giving us winds from the East and North of East - trade winds! They have not established in any strength yet and we continue to motor on 230 degrees (SW). The wind should fill in later as we head further into the high, its just a matter of how far down South we need to go to get the proper breeze. At least its a start. We have wind, and hopefully not from the vegetable chilli we had. read more...


28/11/2017

Charm - Day 12

Just a short entry because my watch is over and it's time to sleep.The winds were higher and gustier during my watch so I had to pay more attention than usual.Unfortunately, it wasn't enough attention because, during a lull, the spinnaker wrapped around the forestry.I had to call Joe out and then we had to wake up Kent to come help.Joe drove by the lee (for you sailors out there) and, with a bit of pulling on the sheets, it eventually unwrapped and Kent snuffed it.There was lots of excitement with gibing the main, pulling lines in and out, shining lights, etc.It went well - no damage to people or property and we got the gennaker out and have maintained our speed with less drama from the sail.Tim has denied all charges of covert produce consumption.He did remind me that he carried almost. read more...


28/11/2017

Odessa - 9-th day of race

Ветра по-прежнему немного. Идем на юг... Но понемногу подворачиваем на запад.Из мелких неприятностей -ничего плохого не обнаружилось. Немного переделана проводка спинакер фала.На завтрак - бутерброды, обед - креветки в соусе белого вина с макаронами.. read more...


27/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Blog

Squals AheadWe have wind! No, not just John, all of us - the type of wind Kiloran was made for. Consequently, moods have lifted and the whole team has even amicably agreed to play articulate, and to the rulebook (more or less) - boys versus girls are still neck and neck. Articulation of the day from David to the other men "you are them" - "clever" shout John and Cameron, self-invalidating. And how disturbing.in order to greet the squal in appropriate style, David woke up and donned his yellow Suwester hat, which Erica promptly sole and fashioned with a complexion enhancing pair of snorkling goggles. John amused himself by photographing the Union Jack against an ever growing rainbow while I made various unnecessary, high pitched noises.In other news, it's now 'dark as a witch's tit' -. read more...


28/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment blog 5 monday 27th Nov

Good morning to you, it's gone midnight and we're on watch for the "witching hour" being guided by the path of the moon and some dolphins. The stars are very clear and bright in the sky and we're heading 265 degrees at nearly 8knots of boat speed with 15-18knots of wind finally behind us at last;Have we found the trade winds now we've turned the corner to head for St Lucia!? Yes we all say and now the race is on (of course not, this is a rally!) and Blonde Moment is showing us what she's capable of We have her staysail up as well as poled headsail and full main so we're making good progress at last with a VMGaverage of 7 knots!Mad Monkey are hard on our tail as they have been for the last few days now, is there a naughty mole (or maybe Hamster!!!) out there passing on secret. read more...


28/11/2017

Hummingbird - Atlantic Crossing 3/4 Oscars Awards awards ceremony

… blah blah blah … Ms. E Maude to present the first award this evening … clap clap clap …Live Coverage from the deck of SY Hummingbird(Transcript – Ms. E Maude @ 17.35, 26/11/17)Anyone who can take a ragtaggle bunch of amateur cast members from six different countries (who have delusions of being long-distance sailors to far flung lands) and lead them through a variety of scenes – some requiring more acting ability than others to diffuse any potential emotional or diva-like behaviour across a vast ocean of backdrops – some more picturesque or harrowing than others, is surely worthy of an international accolade.This person is highly regarded in their genre of sailing and regardless of the number of re-takes (or should I say, re-hoists) necessary, still remains calmly in control. She has. read more...


27/11/2017

Marisja - Blog dag 12

Beste Allemaal,   We varen inmiddels op zo’n 150 mijl voor Barbados over stuurboord. Wind isvanmiddag afgenomen waardoor we weer wat hoger moeten sturen en de VMGterugloopt. Afgelopen nacht met de gennaker gereached met goede speed gelukkig.De afgelopen nachten hebben we ‘s nachts steeds meer wind dan overdag. We hopendat de wind vannacht weer aantrekt zodat we weer wat harder gaan.   Op dit moment bespreken we of we zeilen willen wisselen en wanneer we overbakboord gaan varen. Dit is inmiddels een traditionele discussie (1 a 2 keer perdag) om tot de beste zeilstrategie te komen en we zijn er inmiddels uit. De windgaat nog wat toenemen en blijft eerst Oost en wordt later wat noordelijker. Wevaren vanavond tot ca 11 uur door over stuurboord en gaan dan gijpen en reachenover. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 9: Flying the flag
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 9: Flying the flag
27/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 5: Sat phone and weather routing

We have been amazed at how the SatPhone has changed life at sea.The volume of data available is immense….But that hasn't made the decision making easier!In this photo PredictWind give 4 options for the crossing the Atlantic. Two saying go hard North to avoid the light winds, one saying go hard south and one model picking its way through the middle road of light airs. After 14 days at sea they all suggest arriving within hours of each other! We opted for the southerly route. There is about 3 hours of work per day to fully download and analyse all the data! I’ve been exchanging emails with the PredictWind support team whilst at sea and they have been great explaining how things work. And … when the predictions disagree they we all agree that we should just forget the technology, stick our. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 5: Sat phone and weather routing
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 5: Sat phone and weather routing
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 8: running
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 8: running
27/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 7: To fly or not to fly?

We go about 20% faster with the spinnaker, ( a second hand symmetric kite bought for the crossing) but its also a big risk. Down to Mindelo it had paid, where we had stable winds, moonlit nights and no threatening clouds.However, the risk of getting caught in a squall or running to deep and getting a wrap around the forestay have lead us to be much more cautious on this leg.We learnt our lesson on the second night where we got a wrap and had to spend a couple of hours untangling the mess before another couple of hours with repair tape to fix the holes!As we have progressed west the heat has increased in the day leaving threatening clouds at dusk. A downpour that came out of nowhere ( thankfully with no extra wind) convinced us we were not again going to contemplate flying the kite at. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 7: To fly or not to fly?
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 7: To fly or not to fly?
27/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 10: Half way stocktake

We are now a week out from Mindelo and the ship and crew of Wild Iris are all ticketyboo. The start in Mindelo lulled us into a false sense of security with it’s fair breeze and excellent sea state. Since then it is fair to say that the sailing aspect has been particularly testing with a constant search for any breeze. However, we are determined to reach our destination without motoring.image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 10: Half way stocktake
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 10: Half way stocktake
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 6: Miles pass away
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 6: Miles pass away
27/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay

The sun has indeed been shining, sadly there’s been hardly any wind, so we took advantage of the conditions and did the things that are tricky when the boat’s bouncing around. Des cooked up some of Jake’s catch of the day for brunch - the fish was delicious, I’ll be stealing his recipe before leaving the boat.Some of the fresh produce we packed is at the end of its life so this was used to prepare more meals to be frozen.The washing machine has been busy - the guard rails decorated throughout the day with shorts and t-shirts drying in the sun.Jake caught another two fish so we think Poseidon might be looking upon us with generosity.Everyone has managed to catch up with some long overdue sleep.And showers.Showers.I’m now convinced that the people that work in advertising for toiletries. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
27/11/2017

Blue Top - Bluetop 27112017

Le blog du TOP n°6 du lundi 27/11/2017Retour de Jean-Mi au clavier. Ce matin réveil actif avec un magnifique grain qui nous fait changer de bord rapidement pour l'éviter cap au nord. Une fois stabilisé, ptidéj'. La nuit a été presque calme et j'ai fait le 1/4 de 23h à 2h en compagnie du 1er croissant de lune, incliné vers le bas, l'oeil d'un bienveillant dragon m'accompagnait. Mais, celà ne fût pas toujours ainsi !Jeudi après-midi. Première journée un peu calme, je réussi à lire un peu sur ma tablette. Au soir, on attend du vent pour la nuit, aussi avant le coucher du soleil, on remplace le génois par un foc plus petit et on prend 2 ris (réduction de la surface de grand voile), ainsi nous sommes parés. Au près, plus de 25 kts de vent effectif, 1er et dernier quarts pour Nono et le. read more...


27/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!

Well it has been a mixture of slow motoring or hard upwind sailing but we have been in the trades since early morning now and the forecast looks great! We are finally making good westward miles, flying all the sail we have and moving along nicely. 10-15 knots with a gentle swell is making for relaxing sailing. Dave’s on cooking duties this evening, so who knows what will come out of the galley... the veggies have just about run out and only one small dorado this morning. The crew have properly set into the routine now and we are all really enjoying it :) image1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!
Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!
27/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 9 - 27 November - Horrible Histories and Silver Linings

Well, we have now caught the trade winds and are sailing along, but our dinghy's a bit deflated. Yesterday when recovering the fishing line from our catch (and release!) of the day, the hook caught our tender in the side, and overnight the all the wind went out of it. A bit like us today when we worked out that while covering 700 nautical miles in week 1 (effectively 600 given we had to retrace our steps), we still have 2,100 to go. Now we are picking up speed, with our great white gennaker, trimmed with red, out during the day, hopefully that doesn't mean it will take us another three weeks, but whether we make the welcome party on 15th will be a close call...La Cigale is also running low on battery thanks to an overcast day - not very helpful when we are dependent on solar power to. read more...


27/11/2017

Nisida - 27 Nov: This is more like it!

Today we have great conditions 18kts of breeze from the NE and we are under full main and kite sailing at 9 kts+ . Everyone on board is happy and relaxing into life at sea, if we can keep this pace up we have around another 11 days until Rum time!. read more...


27/11/2017

Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés

Toujours en pleine forme !8d4c1058-79ec-405b-a0cd-c1ba5f77ae632049303064. read more...


Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés
Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés
27/11/2017

Tommy - Log 4 - The calm after the storm

We have finally hit the start of the trade winds, goose winging it with the wind right up our chuff, averaging about 7 knots boat speed. Not the type of speed we would have been completely satisfied with at the beginning of the trip but it’s some welcome progress compared to what we have encountered since the last post.  For anyone who has been tracking our progress, you will have seen our almighty detour. Our track over ground looked like a new design for a rollercoaster. Weather predictions stated we would hit about 20-25 knots with a high chance of squalls. What a massive understatement. A few hours into the evening we found ourselves in a brewing storm, initially hitting 35 knots and steadily building. This was not on anyones forecast! We were all up on deck with our oil. read more...


27/11/2017

Manihi - L'autoroute est en vue

Il faut avouer que la route pour arriver jusqu'ici n'était pas simple ! Des vents faibles et dans tous les sens en dessous des Canaries, une dépression avec des vents plus soutenus (!) à l'ouest. Alors rallonger pour avoir plus de vent ou descendre tout droit jusqu'au Cap Vert dans les trous de calmes. Notre route n'a pas été la plus sage mais elle nous a donné l'occasion de gouter à différentes saveurs douces et épicées de l'océan. Et puis nous ne sommes pas venus pour faire du moteur ou attendre le vent dans des pétoles, hein ?Donc, nous voilà aux portes des Alizés. On ne peut pas s'y tromper. Les poissons volants sont là. Déjà un sur le pont la nuit d'avant ... Demain à la latitude du Cap Vert nous prendrons la bretelle d'entrée sur l'autoroute. D'après la météo sur deux semaines, les. read more...


27/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+8 Le bon côté

Lundi 27 novembre12h00 UTC19°37 N25°13 WDistance sur 24 h: 110 millesDistance restante : 2072 millesLe bon côtéCa y est, nous avons traversé la zone de calme et nous sommes du boncôté de la Force. Le vent est du secteur est, enfin.En soirée, nous avons préparé le grand spi asymétrique sous un beau clairde lune ; écoutes, amure, bout dehors et drisse prête a être frappée. Quand levent a commencé à revenir de l'arrière en fin de nuit (donc lune couchée),nous avons pu lancer le spi dans l'obscurité complète sans craindre defaire des nœuds dans le gréement. Car c'est le problème de nuit. Une drisse apu faire un tour autour d'un hauban sans que l'on s'en rende compte. Enquelques heures, le cordage est mort.Puis nous avons changé de spi dans la matinée pour pouvoir être encore plusportant. read more...


27/11/2017

Passepartout - Dry times and a dud dunny!

We are through the pain and suffering (exaggeration) of days of 30 to 37 knot headwinds after our retrospective fruitless detour northwards in our quest to stay in wind and avoid becalment at all cost. What we didn’t count on was the development of a belatedly predicted second low. Since then, a third low has materialised to our north confirming our decision to go south as being the right one as we pray to the bust of Ganesh above the cockpit! So, we have made miles south - all to windward - in a new attempt to cross a rigging barrier of light air at its narrowest point. This weather routing can do your head in.Crystal gazing....We’re hoping to pop out of this light air ridge and poke our nose into fresh trade winds where we can hoist the spinnaker and start making fast downwind miles.We. read more...


26/11/2017

Queen Bee - pesci volanti

Ed eccoci qui, nel ventre dell'aliseo, procediamo veloci con "il vento in poppa" o megli al lasco. 15 nodi di reale e la nostra Queen Bee arriva a toccare i 7 nodi senza scomporsi, è un vero piacere veleggiare così, ed èancora più bello se si pensa a quanto abbiamo atteso questo vento ristoratore.Il morale è subito balzato alle stelle, vento e velocità, cosa chiedere di più... Un pesce fresco ? Eccolo un piccolo tonnetto di circa 2 Kg. che al tramonto ha abboccato, subito sfilettato, domani tartara di tonno alla "fleur de sal" e la Cristie sa di cosa parlo . Poi è successo l'incredibile !!! Durante la cena consumata nella dinette della barca, siamo già agli "ammazza caffè" e si sente una forte vibrazione proveniredagli osteriggi semiaperti, sarà una draglia che vibra ? No e qualche cosa. read more...


28/11/2017

Shimna - shimna at sea

We are on our way across the Atlantic, and at last we have some wind!!! and its not Dave Tyrant!!!Plenty of water !! chocolate( snickers are delicious straight from the freezer) ginger biscuits and crisps!! Its amazing what these guys can eat. They told me they were on a detox trip, well I’ve not seen it yet!!Tubby has taken over as chief navigator, !!!! god help us. John is Mr Cautious, Captain Calamity, is what he is !!! and I”m the boss !!!At least 2 weeks hold up on this boat with 3 men god love us and save us .!!!!JULIE. read more...


27/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 9 - Whale Watching und eine unruhige Nacht

Ich muss diesen Blogeintrag mit dem gestrigen Abend beginnen. Ich hatte mich ja ins Bett gelegt, da mir etwas flau im Magen war und das hat Gott sei Dank sehr gut geholfen. Ich fühlte mich gerade schon wieder besser, als ich auf einmal Kerstins panische Stimme irgendetwas rufen hörte. Als ich an Deck ging, stellte sich heraus, dass zwei Wale unmittelbar neben und hinter dem Boot mitschwammen. Sie waren etwa zweimal so groß wie ein Delphin, dunkelgrau, mit einer runden Schnauze und einer gebogenen Finne. Die Finne sah tatsächlich derjenigen sehr ähnlich, die wir vor einigen Tagen schon aus der Entfernung gesehen hatten und bei der wir damals schon vermutet hatten, dass sie zu einer kleinen Walart gehört. Nachdem die beiden wieder weg waren, haben Papa und ich sein Buch "Atlantic Islands". read more...


27/11/2017

Hot Stuff -

Day 8 The one where Bella gets hit by a fishFeeling pretty jammy today as this afternoon marks the start of downwind sailing and the world's longest home straight. I am a bit of a wildlife geek so sightings so far include... the luminescent plankton that marks our way through the ocean most nights along with flashing jellyfish and occasionally we see the shadows and sounds of dolphins playing in our wake. During the day they seem a bit preoccupied with fishing and I hope they are having more luck than us... so far two plastic bags are all we have caught. A very lost looking turtle came up for air next to us. Wildlife sighting of the week goes to Bella who got hit in the back by a flying fish and only realised after Naomi informed her with a few expletives. After lot of flapping from fish. read more...


27/11/2017

Scarlet Island Girl - About time we wrote something!

Apologies for very tardy blogging, it has been quite an eventful race so far!Best start with a quick summery of our race so far I suppose.The start was keenly contested, the inshore end of the line was advantageous, especially as the big boys picked the outer end.We had the two X yachts GodSpeed and Optim’x for company.Peter who owns Godspeed has been a friend since last ARC and I was surprised but quietly impressed that he engaged us pre start stopping us gybing back to the line (totally within the rules) to time his start very well leaving us to follow him, to a 20 second deficit, not much in ocean racing, but certainly put us in our place!The x 40 Optim’x had a nice looking full size jib, we had opted to reduce our rating and go with a smaller heavy weather jib as our biggest. read more...


27/11/2017

EH01 - Day 8, Monday, 27.11

Well, we’re back after a few days of funky, upwind sailing. We made someprogress over the past few days with the help of a low pressure system giving usplenty of wind. However, it seems there is not much wind behind it apart from anew high pressure system developing which does not have any breeze. Hence wecouldnt stay slightly N of the rhumb line (as previously planned) and headstraight towards St Lucia but we have to duck due south to catch the trade windswhich will be driven by the high pressure system I mentioned above. So ifeveryone is wondering why we are sailing away from St Lucia that is thereason. Conditions are very light but at least we are moving south. It’s going tostay light for the next 2-3 days but we hope to catch the trades towards thesecond half of the week and make up. read more...


27/11/2017

Helen - Ed's next journey

We have less than 450 miles to go and the captain is confident that we will cross thefinish line on Thursday morning. The wind has arrived at last and we are having a fantastic sail.I will be leaving Yacht Helen in St Lucia and I will be looking for a berth to take me to the Galapagos. I don't know what route we will take but it will include a passage through the Panama Canal. I am looking forward to that.I hope that we are able to stop at Guadalupe for a couple of reasons. Firstly there is a large colony of Iguanas on the island of La Desirade and it will be good to catch up with some close relatives.I also hope to go to the island of St Marie near Guadalupe. I have a cousin there. His name is Henry and he is a lizard who lives with a nice English policeman by the beach.The captain says. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 1 * 2 " Turbolenter Start"

Mit großer Freude kann ich berichten, daß die Meltemi nach langem Bangen und Hoffen nun doch tatsächlich an der ARC 2017 teilnimmt.Bis zum letzten Moment hat die gesamte Crew der Meltemi den Atem angehalten, weil nicht klar war, ob das Schiff bis zum Start segel klar sein würde. Auf dem Weg nach Gran Canaria hatte die Beneteau 54 in einem Sturm große Schäden davon getragen. Der Skipper musste mit Not Pinne in den Hafen einlaufen, weil unter anderem das Ruder defekt war, und seit dem wurde mit Hochdruck bis spät abends an den Reparaturen gearbeitet.Die Nerven vom Team lagen blank, alle benachbarten Schiffe fieberten mit, und wir hatten das Mitleid vieler Mitsegler, was uns jedoch wenig Trost schenken konnte in dieser Situation.erschwerend hinzu kam, daß die kanarischen Handwerker, auf. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 6 "Fahrt durch die Hölle"

--Die letzten 1,5 Tage waren die Hölle für die Crew der Meltemi. In der Nacht auf Freitag kam doch noch der angekündigte Starkwind. Ich hatte mich auf meine 6 Stunden Schlaf in meiner Freiwache über Nacht gefreut, doch daraus sollte leider nichts werden. Nach unserem Wachsystem hat man immer abwechselnd 3 und 6 Stunden Freiwache und dazwischen jeweils 1,5 Std Bereitschaft mit anschliessenden 3 Std Deckswache. Somit war jede Stunde Schlaf kostbar geworden an Bord. In dieser Nacht frischte der Wind gegen 0:30 auf 4-5 Windstärken auf, wir fuhren einen am Wind Kurs. Die Genua wurde 30% eingerefft. In meiner Kabine im Vorschiff wurde es zeimlich laut, da der Bug vom Schiff regelmässig hart auf den Wellen aufschlug. Davon wurde ich das erste Mal wach. Nachdem ich wieder eingeschlafen war wurde. read more...



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