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28/11/2016

Gatsby - Hoffnung

Ganz nach dem Motto "die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt", schwankt die Stimmung in der Crew. Weiter fahren nach Reperatur des Steurerseils und Aufrüstung der Batterien, die nicht ihre volle Ladekapazität erreichen, wäre möglich. Aber wenn in Bezug auf die Elektrik keine vernünftige Lösung gefunden wird, dann kann es passieren, dass die Crew nicht mach St. Lucia segeln wird.Immerhin die Reperatur der Steuerseile geht sehr zügig voran! Wir blicken vorwärts. Heute hat neben uns die SEA CHANGE abgelegt, die Matrosen sind cool drauf! Es wäre schon schön, die Mannschaft in der Karibik wieder zu treffen. Wir warten noch die nächsten zwei Tage ab! Genießen die Kap Verden.Liebste Grüße Sophie. read more...


28/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 9 - Stillehavet dag 2

Vi er fortsatt i stille farvann. Det er nesten frapperende at et osean kan være så stille. Dønningene er som et landskap av lave åser. (Det følte jeg at denne loggen fikk en snev av litterær kvalitet!). I kveld lyste horisonten opp i øst med et fantastisk lysshow fra en tordenstorm.Båten beveger seg saaakte mot vest. Idag har vi vært nede i en sjømil i timen.Lite trolig, men skulle dette fortsette vil turen vare tre uker til...Derfor var det på sin plass at Jørgen startet en varetelling av provianten. Det ser greit ut. Fortsatt en del ferske varer igjen som løk, gulrot, epler, poteter, egg, spekemat etc, men mer og mer boksemat blir det nok fremover.Dette er kanskje de dagene vi kommer til å huske fra overfarten. 30 grader varmt, vindstille, henge etter båten i tau for å kjøle seg, lese. read more...


28/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin. - Day 8th onboard

Day 8th onboard..Today we started having one meal per day, no fish yet. So we had to start saving the food.. it looked like we didn't cross 3 oceans and did more than 25 long passages! Like we were beginners.. We just really thought we would catch something like we most times do. We even spoke to a boat one night, that was on our VHF range and told us that they had caught some fish but only after they threw all their bananas overboard. They told us we wouldn't fish unless there were no bananas onboard (another sailing superstition added to my list). So what did we do before even saying "NDS Darwin back to 16"? we started eating fiercely all the bananas onboard. They were way too many so decided to wait until the next day so Dad would bake a banana bread! It was no good at al so the. read more...


28/11/2016

Mustique - Day 8 - Seventh Blog - The one that got away..

Sunday was officially day 7, a week since we crossed the start line almost perfectly, or at least better than one more famous racing boat did we understand (;-)It couldn’t got by without mention of Finn’s Sunday dinner - which was an amazing mid afternoon roast.A fantastic meal to accompany our very northerly trajectory (we understand we could be the most northerly boat that isn’t still in the Canary Islands!).Our chance of taking this more northerly route seems to be holding good as we experience winds w over the last 24 hours which keep us chugging along around the 5kt VMG average we understand. In fact we’ve worked out that we are closer now to Bermuda than St Lucia and if we continue this course to maintain wind we have decided we are going to enter the America’s Cup.Robbo and I have. read more...


28/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 9

Following our swim yesterday afternoon we felt the wind might fill in and help us on our way way but nothing developed and we sat and talked as we helped Bill prepare dinner, roast pork and all the trimmings. The sea grew more still every moment as the smallest puff disappeared and soon we found ourselves sitting on a glass flat sea with a flawless blue sky above and all around. Of course we talked about how lovely it all was but our conversation slowed as darkness fell and the stars filled the blue black dome , we became silent when darkness had fully fallen and the stars that had surrounded us were now reflected in the mirror sea and we seemed to float in a plasma of white bright stars hardly knowing which was sea and which was sky .Truly nature is wonderful.We had dinner on deck, not. read more...


28/11/2016

Almagores II - Almagores

Dear family and friends,As you can see from the group picture” bubbles “ galore today on Almagores . David , our amazing cook, has again surprised  us with a lavish” buffet”Of fresh Dorade , mexican Guacomolo, ginger rice. He managed  to enlightening the hearts of the Genovese sailors by serving focaccia as appetizer.The “Buffet and Bubbles” must have been an ode to the wind gods as winds are starting to turn a bit in our favor. This also  means that everyone is going to get of their lazy …..and finally start to do some sailing again. It has been three days now of floating along …so the coming days are a very welcome change .So friends and family …we will enlighten you in the next coming days with new pictures. mezza via. read more...


Almagores II - Almagores
Almagores II - Almagores
Cherish - Day 14: Short cuts
Cherish - Day 14: Short cuts
29/11/2016

Cherish - Day 14: Short cuts

It’s hard work going up and down the ladder with one hand for boat etc etc. Take a short cut whenever possible. In this case breakfast time and Chris hands out the first helping of his famous cheese omelette. Tastes even better than it looks! Good job we laid in (pun intended!) 100 eggs in Las Palmas!WJGOPR1325.. read more...


28/11/2016

Delfini - day 8 - mon 28th

Overnight and this morning we are in a dead flat calm with no wind and big sun so just enjoying the views and hoping for some wind later today or tomorrow The sea is looking very fine and continues to tempt us inn for a swim but so far we have chickened out - maybe tomorrowAt this alarming rate of progress the plotter tells us we should arrive sometime in February so we are wondering what might be left in the Locker for Christmas dinner at sea - no sprouts at least !.... 1800 miles to go. read more...


28/11/2016

EH01 - Day 7-8

Apologies for the delay – we’ve been busy sun bathing, fishing, cooking andwhale watching...but our in-house blogger will tell you more about that. We’ve been in light and very fluky winds since Saturday and have made onlyvery slow progress. It looks like the boats ahead of us got into a better breezeearlier and disappeared while we’ve been working hard to keep the boat moving.Based on the latest forecast we should be in slightly stronger winds fromtomorrow and pick up the pace. Our routing shows that we still have to headsouth-west for another day or two and then we can turn directly to St Lucia. Weall look forward to seeing proper trade wind conditions.   Hello hello from EH01 Marketing Director. Well that was what the Performance Yacht Racing brochure promised... OnSaturday night. read more...


EH01 - Day 7-8
EH01 - Day 7-8
28/11/2016

Sanya - 20161128

2016-11-28 15.30 UTC Boat timeTEAM SANYA VO70We are in the last 700 miles and finally going almost straight to Saint Lucia. Today feels like Caribbean sailing as advertised in the brochure, sun, light winds, fresh fruit and good company. Everybody is catching up on his or her sleep and the first practical jokes are in the making. Picking up after my last blog of the 26th, we have been the most northerly boat and picked up the winds as the first boat. We gained on Trifork, and regained the third place on the Woodpecker, who has been motoring on the rum line. We had our masterclass "Patching up sails on the Atlantic", where all the men flocked around our captain and naviguessor, to watch how the Masthead was patched and after the patching, how to furl a 500m sail by hand on the deck of a. read more...


28/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 8

Day 8. Last night was the best yet for stargazing. Clear skies, no moon and zero light pollution so far out at sea. Spent the time when not at the helm laying on my back hoping to see the Space Station go over. No luck, but I did catch two shooting stars.Daylight sees us making slow progress in light winds. At least we are heading in the right direction. St Lucia is only 1900 miles ahead. I am Mother today so I produced pancakes with maple syrup or chocolate sauce for breakfast. I foundthe mix (just add milk to the plastic bottle and shake) in the supermarket in Las Palmas. I had kept it a secret and everyone was very impressed by how I could rustle up the perfect pancake with ingredients available on board. No secrets on this boat so I did confess to cheating, but no one complained .. read more...


28/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 27 - 8th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 1,745 miles from St Lucia and Las Palmas is 932 miles behind us (as the crow flies, which is not as Albatross sails)Sailing last night was particularly hard. It was pitch dark. No moon. And completely cloudy.We could not see a single star. We were steering in 24 knots of aft wind, with 10-15 feet waves,moving at 7-8 knots. Our heading was 246°and our only point of reference was the B&G electronic compass, with numbers about2 inches tall which on "night mode" are bright orange.With the waves changing our course 20-30 degrees every few seconds, looking at the course heading was like staring hour after hour at a rotating Las Vegas slot machine: 241° 265° 223° 248° 234°.Steering a boat is quite different from driving a car. On a boat if you are. read more...


28/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 8 - The fish has arrived!

Dag 8, passerat halva vägen. mån 28 nov. kl 13.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3 h)Hej VännerNu är det”Race to Lucia” som gäller, då agnarna ska skiljas från vetet.Med senast uppdateringen ser vi, att vi ligger kvar runt en bra 18plats. Vi har tagit in på vår viktigaste konkurrent, som ska tas innanLucia. Det är förstås systerbåten, Swan 65an Vahine vi syftar på. Enbåt med likande förutsättningar som Pauline. Vi har vi fleratillfällen seglat jämnt med dem (och lite fortare) så vi vet att påspeed kan vi slå dem. De är betydligt lättare än Pauline men vi har enlängre vattenlinje, som teoretisk ska ge oss 0,5 knop mer fart.Vahine gjorde ett smart val för ett par dagar sedan och tog då 25distansminuter på oss under 1 dygn. Vi fick ett vindskift sent, sominte passade oss. Senaste dygnet har vi. read more...


28/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Day 12: 75% to St Lucia + Trade winds

Like childbirth, the start of 10+ knot Trade winds, gradually building over the next few days will bring a joy to the ARC+ arriving boats that will hopefully erase the fear of low fuel, snapping sails, and complaining blocks. The forecasted increase in wind should also significantly assist the velocities of the second 1/2 of the ARC+ fleet, and bring us into St Lucia closer together. Unconditional new malfunctions/issues: NONE!After thinking about the sails while on watch last night, and wondering why some boats were doing better than I expected, I effected a change to our sail configuration to let us sail dead downwind easier, and hopefully faster. Interestingly, this sail configuration brings us to the length-wise limit of the mainsheet and lazy sheets. I bought another sheet in. read more...


28/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Day Eight

Sunday morning started with the aroma of bacon and coffee filling the boat accompanied by singing and laughter from our three mothers in the galley (Katherine, John and Laurence.) The crew took no time at all in devouring the offering before taking stock of the day ahead of them – light winds and a lot of sunshine, it was a scorcher! The watches went about their typical duties throughout the day, clambering over bodies lazing about the deck – reading, listening to music / snoozing. Ollie treated the team to some of his Spotify classics with Enya blasting out of the speakers. (My Spotify has logged itself out so no Celine Dion I’m afraid, the crew are quite understandably distraught)Ollie finally caught something with his two fishing lines – unfortunately it was one of James’ size 10. read more...


28/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - day 9

Blog of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93, day 9: ... I'm singing in the rain...! This morning the already very good looking crew got an extra shower :-) but thankfully quite warm. Later on we spotted another sailing ship which was one more than yesterday when we just saw one whale. Also very nice. Sailing is mostly quite relaxed until captain decides to change another sail again (and we've got quite an amount of sails on board!). Probably we used each of them by now except the storm sails. Mood good, food good - what more can one ask for?! Cheers, the crew of the Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


28/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 9 Nacht 8

Hallo da Draußen, die letzte Nacht war ruhig, aber leider auch deshalb weil kein Wind war, wir sind daher bis 05.00 Uhr UTC unter Motor unterwegs gewesen. Wie gestern bereits geschrieben, wird das zwar mit Zeitzuschlägen bestraft, ist jedoch erlaubt. Tagelang in der Flaute zu sitzen, wie zu Zeiten von Columbus bringt uns auch nicht voran. Nach unserer Einschätzung sind viele Schiffe aus unserer Klasse und insgesamt, die nicht die Nordroute gewählt haben, schon viel länger und noch viel länger mit Motor unterwegs, das zeigen uns zumindest die Windkarten. Bis 14.30 Uhr konnten wir bei herrlichem Wetter, ruhigem Meer und einer schönen Brise segeln, jetzt hat uns die Flaute wieder. Wir werden noch bis Mittwochmorgen dieses Problem haben und daher teilweise unter Motor weiter Richtung. read more...


28/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 12 - Monday 28th November

Well, we were all up and at it fine and early today!I can't figure out if it's the clock changes (we moved to UTC-3 a few days ago) or the fact that we're all in bed about an hour after dinner (ie by about 8pm!) but apparently the spinny was up by 6.30am (put up by whom I have no idea but it wasn't me!), and everyone - even Laura, queen of the lie-ins - was up and dressed before 8am.The wind is absolutely perfect today, long may it last.Every night it seems to die back and go directly behind us, which has meant taking sails down and motoring if we want to stay on course - we're all craving a night when the motor isn't droning along as we sleep, and we're not all rolling around in the bunks like ball-bearings on a wobble-board.Last night there was a boat ahead when I came on watch -. read more...


28/11/2016

VAVA-U - Zwei Goldmakrelen - 27.11.16 - 7. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir sind jetzt genau eine Woche auf See und hatten einen wunderbaren, sonnigen und 30 Grad warmen Tag. Leider hat uns der Wind ein bisschen im Stich gelassen, was aber unserer guten Stimmung gar keinen Abbruch tut.Wir genießen die Sonne, faulenzen im Schatten oder im Trampolin und halten Ausguck.(Bild Isabel Ausguck)(Bild Thomas im Trampolin)(Bild Markus auf Vordeck)Auch unser Skipper hält ein Nickerchen.(Bild Martin auf Matratze)Gegen Mittag überholen wir mitten auf dem Ozean ein einsames, kleines italienisches Segelboot. Wir funken kurz, den Tipp, Anchovis als Köder zu benutzen, wandeln wir ein wenig ab und hängen Speck hin.(Bild Italienerboot)(Bild Taue in italienischen Farben)Nachdem die See auch am Nachmittag noch spiegelglatt ist, entscheiden wir uns für eine. read more...


28/11/2016

Gwendoline - 8. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds28. november. 11.50 UTC.Ombord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 18.42.098N 24.08.577WSILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARY SILVER WEDDING ANNIVERSARYYes - the whole day yesterday was all about our anniversary at sea. As reported yesterday, we had a fantastic brunch with all the bells and whistles for such an occasion. Even the wind was in our favor - so much so we the last 24 hours have made 120NM instead of the usual 905 NM. We also opened our greeting cards and gifts and we have (via Postmaster Max) received a lot of wishes and congratulations from friends and family. A million thank you to you all - it really warmed our hearts.The Dorado (Mahi Mahi) which. read more...


28/11/2016

White Satin - Southerly news

1076 miles sailed, 1874 miles to goWhite Satin has been making slow progress south over the past 24 hours, asthe wind charts and weather forecasts have been indicating this is likely tobe the best route to pick up the trade winds that should finally propel uswest towards St Lucia.We had been sailing in a more south-westerlydirection but the wind has changed direction a bit and gone very light sonow we're just drifting along gently with blue skies and sea.Recentcalculations by the chart plotter due to our current speed and direction vary from 300+ days to around 50 daysuntil we reach St Lucia, but quickly reduce to more manageable levels whenthe boat is travelling in a more westerly direction.The forecast is looking good ahead, and we still expect to get to St Lucia within the next. read more...


28/11/2016

Starblazer - 27/11/2016 - Promises, promises!

No, I didn't write this just before leaving Tortola so no surprise there then, I hear you mutter!The afternoon tour around the west end of Tortola was interesting with stops at Soper's Hole (good ice cream), Bomba's Shack (scene of the reputedly best Full Moon Party), Cane Garden Bay (very old rum distillery), then a stop at the beach before returning via Road Town.I must admit, the hairpin bends and steep hills don't look any better with someone else driving. In 2000 I drove these roads with Richard and his friend Paul while John did an introduction to Scuba diving.Friday evening was the final dinner preceded by the prize giving and results.We were awarded a fantastic tray of fruits plus a bottle of sparkling wine, cheese and biscuits for our efforts to raise our home made code flags as. read more...


28/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 9 - SUNRISE

Hallo Ihr lieben Follower,nach gutem Start von den Kap Verden sind wir die letzte Nacht gut vorangekommen und haben die ersten 1.000 Seemeilen geknackt. Wir haben weiterhin akzeptablen Wind und laufen mit 240 Grad Richtung Südwesten. Wie versprochen, für die daheim Gebliebenen ein paar Infos zu unseren Bordroutinen. Wir sind in 3 Wachen eingeteilt. Wache 1 (Wolfgang / Jens / Rudi) Wache 2 (Jörg und Ludwig) Wache 3 (Wilhelm und Hansi). Wir wechseln uns in 3 Tagschichten a je 4 Stunden und 3 Nachtschichten a je 3 Stunden ab. Damit hat jede Wache (je nach Wachtag) zwischen dem Segeln c. 6 - 8 Stunden Zeit zum Schlafen, Körperpflege, Kochen, Freizeit und zum Beispiel diesen Blog schreiben..., längere Schlafpausen kommen dabei etwas zu kurz.Die Tage vergehen im Flug. Es wird um ca. 06 30 hell. read more...


28/11/2016

M one - Die Lethargie, wenn jeder Handgriff zur Qual wird!

Montag 28.11.16 Bordzeit 11.00 Uhr Der 13. Tag Die Lethargie, wenn jeder Handgriff zur Qual wird!Gestern mussten wir unseren hochgerechneten Zieleinlauf in St. Lucia korrigieren. Wir können nur auf Wind hoffen um doch noch Donnerstag anzukommen.Freitag scheint aber bei dem aktuellen Wind eher realistisch.Das ist wohl der Grund das die Crew lethargisch wirkt.Hinzu kommt die hohe Luftfeuchtigkeit die jeden Handgriff in Arbeit und Schweiß ausarten lässt.Das ein oder andere crewmitglied scheint körperliche Schmerzen zu verspüren bei der Erfordernis allein schon den ein oder anderen Handgriff ausführen zu müssen.Zumindest die gequälten gesichtsausdrücke lassen darauf schließen.Aber ich bin sicher, dass die Lethargie in kürze wieder in Euphorie umschlagen wird.In zwei Tagen wird Barbados in. read more...


28/11/2016

Arthur Logic - At Sea - Sunday

Amidst the war of words and petty squabbles about fellow crewmates shortcomings we'd like to pay some attention to the professional sailors amongst us.There are two men in whom we have placed my life and who are ultimately responsible for Arthur's safe passage across the Atlantic. Our Skipper Mike and first mate Bob.To introduce them, their many strengths, differing styles and leadership qualities let's use another great Rugby team as an analogy if I may (One trick pony? You're right)? That of the England 2003 World Cup winning team.That team had one captain, but two leaders. Two people who held the ultimate responsibility and on whose shoulders victory or defeat would sit. Both very different in form and in function but both as invaluable as the other.Lets start with first mate Bob. read more...


28/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

Sanya Lan uit Hainan, tegenwoordig Sanya uit Bresjes...a continuing story...Het midden , ook een verhaal apart, een soort crisis centrum van schoten, vallen,furling lijnen en nog veel meer (voor mij een wirwar aan touwen). Dit is de plek voor de professionals aan boord, die we overigens volgens de 'collega' zeilers niet hebben, maar daarover later meer. Het meest imposant in het midden is de mast (voor mij ook mast :), die is 32 m hoog, zeg maar 8 verdiepingen. Ook hier weer wat speciaals (what else is new), want het kan dat er een lock van de val (voor mij ook een lock) niet pakt en er iemand omhoog moet. Daar hebben we gelukkig iemand voor, want geen haar op mijn (beginnend kalende) hoofddie erover denkt om dat te doen. Voorbeeld:Stel je voor dat je op de 8ste verdieping aan de. read more...


28/11/2016

Koco - 8 Tag auf See

Aufkommender Wind lässt es zu mit dem Großsegel und Code Zero zu segeln. So kommen wir endlich mal wieder etwas vorwärts. Der morgendliche Frühsport entpuppte sich zu einer MOB Übung; Matte over Board. Eddi zog es vor dafür eine Isomatte zu nehmen und uns zu schonen. Beim Beenden seiner täglichen Yoga-Übungen entpuppte sich eine Windböe zu einem Isomatten-Dieb und ließ sie in einem hohen Bogen über Board fliegen. Günther (im Wachdienst) sorgte mit einem reaktionsschnellen Druck auf die MOB taste für die schnelle Rettung der Matte. Dieter; unser Angel-Verantwortlicher, zog wieder einen Mahi Mahi aus dem Atlantik, diesmal war er größer, so das Sybille ein traumhaftes Abendmahl für 6 Personen anrichten konnte. Ansonsten war es ein schöner, sonniger, warmer Tag mit wenig Wind. Die Nacht war. read more...


28/11/2016

SuperTramp - blog Day 7

Out of the washingmachine and into the drier.What a difference a day makes!We went from turbulent seas with big swells and gusts of up to 37 knots, to calm seas, sunshine and light airs. We celebrated a week at sea by having a fabulous roast dinner with all the trimmings washed down with a nice glass of wine and continued the festivities with cocktails at sundown. Fred made the most amazing Yorkshire pudding and Scott's cauliflower cheese and rich gravy was to die for.William found a great way to use up the over ripe bananas…………….we may have to get rid of some more tomorrow! The calmer seas allowed us to do some "house work", catch up on sleep and enjoy the first day of sunshine.Howeverthe wind went down with the sun and we found ourselves rolling around going nowhere, so the decision. read more...


28/11/2016

Nisida - Squally Evenoing

Another cracking days sailing came to an end with a massive clap of thunder and the wind dying completly, 3 or 4 squalls later we were drifting going nowhere fast, a little North, a little South. Then then hint of some breeze, we tack and then we are off again heading due west in a building breeze. By 3 am we were doing 7-8kts again and still are now (Monday 1200). Pasta carbonara went down well for dinner and we are having a mexican brunch for lunch! All enjoying the sun and blue seas rolling by!. read more...


28/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 8: Calm is the Sea

La Contenta day 8: Calm is the sea   We are in the doldrums.  We thought we would be ok if we kept above 25degrees north but apparently not!  We have spent the day in sunshinereading, fishing (still no fish) and a stunning serenade at sunset from ouron-board band; Dave on sax and Cal on guitar.   The sunset was magnificent.  The clouds were lit up through almost 360degrees around us, and as the colours faded we started to see lightening in thedistance.  We watched this storm for a couple of hours.  It was toofar away to hear any thunder but the lightening lit up the clouds every fewseconds with a mix of sheet and fork lightening.  It made us glad that weweren’t too far north and our thoughts were with any boats sailing throughit.  Its now. read more...


28/11/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-11-28

Monday 28 November  Heading due West, the wind was starting to lighten and veer. At around 1530, there were dark grey storm clouds on the horizon, which seemed to swallow up half the sky, promising the heaviest squall we had seen yet. It was not clear whether the storm would strike before or after the Watch change, but just in case, the oncoming Watch crew were lining up excuses to head below decks: “I can’t remember if I put my tea spoon away” etc. There was a silver lining to the grey storm clouds however. With the water maker broken, showers were off and water conservation top of the agenda. As the storm broke, B Watch headed up on deck in their swimming shorts, shower gel in hand, and showered in the rain water. Concerns that there would be insufficient rain to work up a. read more...


28/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 9 - Magali's Lemonchello

Bluewaft Log Day 9Monday 28 November 201620°38’.565N 031°40’.854WAnother day with no wind.True wind speed 2.5-4kts from the SW.Flatseas.With the afternoon breeze picking up to 7-8kts we motor sail withthe jib to coax an extra 0.5kt, but for the last 12 hours even that hasn’tadded anything.The only good news is a decent current of up to 1kt.We saw the lights of a couple more boats last night but by the morning wehad lost sight of them.We understand a number of boats have called intoCape Verde to refuel / wait out the calm weather.We have used the time to get on top of our housekeeping.Checked andtightened the rudder arms, checked and emptied the bilges, checked engineoil and belt tightness, moved halyard on main, checked chain plates.We’vealso been closely monitoring our fuel consumption. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 9 - Magali's Lemonchello
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 9 - Magali's Lemonchello
28/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 8 - auf Regen folgt Sonne

In der Früh sehen wir noch ein paar Schauerzellen um uns herum, dann reißt der Himmel auf und die Sonne scheint satt. Mit angenehmen 12-15kn segeln wir dahin. Nach gestrigen Dauerregen wird das Schiff gelüftet und die nassen Sachen getrocknet. Wir genießen das tolle Wetter! Gegen Nachmittag nimmt der Wind ab, segeln ist nicht mehr möglich, deshalb bergen wir die Segel und schmeißen die eiserne Genua an. Es kommt auch in der Nacht kein Lüftchen mehr auf, sodass wir durch die Nacht motoren. Heute Nacht habe ich kurz einen Segler gesehen, der aber dann wieder verschwunden ist. In der Früh holen wir uns den Wetterbericht, um zu schauen, wann wieder Wind kommt.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


28/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Of course, the loo brush!

Like cars and trucks, most boats run off 12 or 24v electricity. Ocean Blue runs mainly off 24v so we have several large heavy batteries which require regular charging. We have 4 methods of charging them:1. The main engine. If there is no wind and we are motoring, or just going in and out of harbour the batteries are automatically charged since the engine is on, but otherwise we don't really want to run the engine just to charge batteries - it burns too much fuel and is a bit noisy.2. The generator. Effectively a smaller engine dedicated to producing 240v mains power electricity which has big battery chargers connected. This has the added advantage of also directly powering the few normal mains sockets we have around the boat. We like our generator for different reasons: Lesley because it. read more...


28/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Eight

It was the first Sunday of Advent…. almost Christmas really…..So……..Amelia gave everyone a chocolate from her Christmas stash…yes she has opened her stocking.We have hit some much milder conditions, in terms of wind and swell, which provided the crew with an opportunity for a wash and brush up after a reasonably hectic few days. A wonderfully quiet and sunny day today, after a much different evening that saw us surfing down the swells making 14.5 knots at one point (oooh Helen) and reefs going in just before midnight.The subsequentwatches continued to face some further demanding conditions before the night was over.Remarkably nobody who was in their bunk fell out.Both Bruce and Tony had their tackle out over the stern by the midday sun, hoping for a catch, which regrettably never. read more...


28/11/2016

Beltana II - Becalmed

What is our worst fear....becalmed for a longtime.  Becalmed for a dayand a half has been beautifull Day eight begins and it is beautiful and still.  Time for a swim againthis morning as we are not going anywhere fast. So then we set the sails in 2knots of breeze and we are going one knot.  Last night we motored allexcept – except when we stopped for a star light swim! 5 knots all the way – 80Nm of progress. The phosphorefence last night was incredible.  The Atlanticis a sureal place when it is absolutely calm. Dinner last night was a fish curry concocted up by Dr O’Grady. Anna thanksfor those filleting knives they are beauties. The rate we are going we mightneed a few more fish meals before we get to StLucia!. read more...


28/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 7 - Dauerregen

Irgendwie hatten wir uns die Atlantiküberquerung wärmer und sonniger vorgestellt! Seit heute früh regnet es ohne Unterbrechung. Der einzig Gute ist, dass das Boot vom Salz befreit wird. Wir haben außerdem noch 2 undichte Stellen an einem Fenster und an einer Kabeldurchführung entdeckt. Dafür haben wir guten Wind aus NE mit 5 Beaufort und in Böen 6. Wir fahren Schmetterling, d.h. Vorsegel auf der einen, Großsegel auf der anderen Seite, da der Wind achterlich kommt. Den ganzen Tag optimieren wir die Segelstellung. Die Nacht war durchwacht, da der Wind immer wieder aufgefrischt hat und der Kurs korrigiert werden musste. Nach einer Woche auf See unser Zwischenfazit:- die Tage vergehen schneller als gedacht- wir hätten es uns wärmer und sonniger vorgestellt- kein Problem mit Seekrankheit-. read more...


Nemo - Clouds from Nemo
Nemo - Clouds from Nemo
Nemo - Squall line from Nemo
Nemo - Squall line from Nemo
28/11/2016

Ximera - Day 6 - Still no fish ?!

19∞ 59.68 N - 22∞00.95 W-->17∞42.34 ˘N - 22∞08.40 WIn six days, three fishing lines swimming at our stern 12/24h, not a single fish. Only a little fliyng fish on our deck. The only fish at these latitudes, for us, are in cans bought in a Las Palmas supermarket. What a shame for our two aspiring fisherman onboard... Sea-bucket showers is the consolation sport for them. We are finally close to Cape Verde, but according to our lecture of the weather forecast it is better to leave these former Portuguese islands to starboard, heading more or less to Dakar.In the night log Will wrote: 'Sacrificing direction for speed. Better wind to East. Lots of rain showers elsewere'. And then Piers reply on the log: 'GPS given up on ETA and TTD (Time to Destination). Probably thinks we're idiots on this. read more...


Ximera - Day 6 - Still no fish ?!
Ximera - Day 6 - Still no fish ?!
28/11/2016

Shalan - Day 7

17:00N 033:04W27/11/16 2345UTCDear followers!One week already! Now we have reach the warm tropical air and it will be hard to sail in the English Chanel after that! 25 degrees days and nights accompagned of a 6-9 kts of warm wind, just enough to keep a fine reach (60 degrees of the wind) with our weapon, the code 0, a big genoa but not fixed into the forestay instead there isan anti-torsion line is fited into the luff in order to keep the sail rigid, and to be able to go with a close angle to the wind. That sail is quiet dark a mixture of mylar and carbon fiber, so in the night Shalan looks very sexy. She is doing well we just need 5 kts of wind to keep her on her way to the coconut time!We had some very nice sunsets/sunrises, my goal was to deliver some dreams to my crew and I think. read more...


Shalan - Day 7
Shalan - Day 7
28/11/2016

Gatsby - Angekommen

Die Crew und das Schiff haben mit Notpinne in Mindelo angelegt. Ingo und Elias hatten ihren Spaß mit dem metallischen Ersatzteil. Dafür war es aber ein sehr sauberes Manöver. Jetzt erst mal Wein, Käse und Wurst und dann schlafen!. read more...


28/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K Gone with the wind

28. November 2016Gone with the wind would have been nice, finally. But it is the other way round. The wind has gone without us. Again. So we do it the caribbean way to the Caribbean. Slow and easy. That is not too bad.What else happened:Nice swim again. Tried some repairs. Wonderful sunset sailing. Caught no fish.Passed the half-way-point.1000 NM to go. read more...


28/11/2016

Sanya - 28-11 korte nachtblog

SUBJECT:28-11 korte nachtblogNet na de wachtwissel even een korte nachtblog schrijven. Voor de verandering doen onze klokken het redelijk en kunnen we blijven gasgeven. Gemiddeld tussen de 15 en 20 knopen met een MHO, grootzeil en J4, betekent ruim 700m2 zeil. Een mooie nacht met veel sterren en af en toe een wolkje. Zo'n wolkje levert rustig een windverdraaiing op tot wel 50 graden. Geconcentreerd sturen dus, met al na 20 minuten weer een wissel. Zo houden we elkaar scherp.Met een uurtje gaan we gijpen, dus weer een druk wachtje. J4 inrollen, MHO inrollen. Grootzeil gijpen met bakstagen omzetten. Kiel omzetten. MHO weer uitrollen en J4 uitrollen. Aftrimmen. Kost al weer gauw 10 minuten bij elkaar. Voor 1 gijp......Aan de slag!Ysbrand Endt schipper SanyaPosition: 26,27.77N , 47,53.42WUTC. read more...



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