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14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)

Dolphin Star is now half way (1050 NM) after 9 days and the Atlantic Ocean looks very calm. The crew celebrates this special time of the trip by having a special dinnerwith dress code and home-made bread.   Dolphin Star 014 015 020 012. read more...


Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)

After a week at sea, Dolphin Star is not yet alone on the ocean as another sailing boat passes by. The pace of life has slown down but certain crew members manage to beactive : dinghy repair for Antti and fishing for Kari. A new hook (from Alexander’s fishing line) is used from now on as the last ones were swallowed by some unwilling fishes. Dolphin Star011 009 010. read more...


Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)

  As Dolphin Star has been running the engine for quite some time, Kari decides to refill the fuel tank to get a better idea of our actual consumption (1,6 l/h). This is theright opportunity to enjoy an ocean swim and may be play with a real dolphin. Dolphin Star001 002 006 DSC06989. read more...


Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)

Dolphin Star wakes up with the sun, after being under the  rain the whole yesterday. Jukka and Antti take the opportunity to get on the deck and have a good sun bath.   Dolphin Star 019 021. read more...


Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)

Water storage is limited on a boat, which restricts some hygienic habits. It is therefore a good occasion to have an outdoor shower whenever quick storms pass by. The crewdiscover this new way of washing themselves and they enjoy it. Today is also the last time we eat fresh food. Dolphin Star013 012 015. read more...


Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)

The trade winds are supposed to be constant in terms of direction and speed (N/NE 20/25 knots), so that a new sail configuration is set up. In addition to the genoa andthe main sail, the staysail is raised up  Dolphin Star010 011. read more...


Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)

Based on the actual wind conditions, captain Kari decides to take out the gennaker. This option pays off immediately with a back wind of 10/15 knots, Dolphin Star takesoff at 8/9 knots. It is too good to be true as a few hours later, we get caught by a black cloud that generates much stronger winds and the gennaker bursts before we have time to lower it down.. Dolphin StarDSC06888 009. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)

The weather forecast predicted very light winds and for once they were right. In order to maintain our 6 knots average speed along the course, the iron sail (in other wordsthe engine) runs almost all day. Fortunately a  nice sunset is there to enlighten the day. Dolphin Star007 005 008. read more...


Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}

The second leg crossing starts this afternoon at 1 pm, but Dolphin Star is not ready yet. Nani the rigger has done a fantastic job since Monday 14/11 to fix the boom railbut time is running out. Finally we leave Mindelo marina four hours behind schedule, eager to sail non-stop for the next 15 days. Dolphin Star001 004 002. read more...


Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
14/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - day 22: Arrival at last

We have landed. On dry land in St Lucia. We crossed the line at 09.30.16local time which meant it took us 3 weeks, 30 minutes and 16 seconds exactly. Ifonly we had a better start we could have shaved 5 minutes off! The last night at sea was quite surreal and was the roughest weather we hadall of the trip. All was good late afternoon/early evening. We had are usualgame of cards which Andrew won. Had supper which was one of our less gooddinners but I was beginning to flag about meal ideas and most of the better moreinteresting food had been eaten. The boys then decided to have an open air cinema, watching Top Gun, one oftheir all time favourites. Hugo fixed up a bluetooth connection so the soundtrack played thru the cockpit speakers. The laptop sat on top of the companionway hatch and we. read more...


13/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 24 - Julaften utsatt med en dag!

Som gamle lesere av denne log vil vite ble kaptein Tvedt av mannskapet utstyrt med en Minni Mus julekalender ved reisens start.Dette som en påminning om at vi ønsket å komme frem i god tid til jul.Nå ser det ut til at vi vil nå frem til St Lucia på den 25. dag. Man nådde ikke St Lucia på Santa Luciadagen.Kp Tveit har derfor besluttet å utsette fortæringen sjokoladebiten i siste luke med en dag.Mannskapet setter umåtlig pris på denne gest!Skipet befinner seg noen titalls nautiske mil nordvest for Barbados med kurs for St Lucia kanalen mellom St Lucia og Martinique (øen ikke klesmerket).Denne øygruppen fortjener navnet "The Windward Islands" med rette. Her blåser det en konstant kraftig vestavind.Vi har god bør så vi regner med å nå mållinjen i Rodney Bay i morgen før det blir mørkt.. read more...


13/12/2016

Delfini - day 23 -13th December

Wow - we have now seen it all as the storm force gale forecasted a couple of days ago for the leeward islands seems to have found its way south to the windwards and we are just about staying in front of mammoth waves and force 6 and 7 winds up to 32 knots from the eastLast night we perched on top of a very big wave - the bow hovered and then raced over thetop and we surfed down the face until it hit the bottom - all ok until a similar sized wave came up our stern almost immediately and we were knocked sideways - the cockpit filled up with white foaming water and we all held our breath - luckily no problems except a bent bow light plus my aft cabin window had been open and quite a bit of water found its way onto the bunk and the sleeping bag and the mattress topper etc - funny now but not. read more...


Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
13/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 23 - vorletzter Tag

In der Nacht ist der Wind böiger geworden und die Welle höher, sodass wir das Groß reffen. Nach ein paar Stunden kommt das 2. Reff im Groß und final bergen wir das Großsegel ganz und fahren nur mit der Genua weiter. Erst als die Sonne aufgeht, sieht man wie aufgewühlt die See durch den Wind von 5 Beaufort ist. Die Wellenhöhe beträgt jetzt 3-4 Meter, die ordentlich Bewegung ins Schiff bringt. Wir machen zwar mit der Genua nicht mehr so viel Fahrt wie mit "Schmetterling fahren" aber wir wollen nicht auf der letzten Rille fahren. Wir wollen Schiff und Mannschaft schonen. Außerdem sind wir mit der Genua sehr flexibel, wenn ein squall kommt. Diese Nacht hatten wir nur einen.Das einzige Thema an Bord: "ankommen". Wir malen uns unsere Ankunft schon aus und können es nicht erwarten, bis es. read more...


13/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 23 - Land Ho!

Monday 12 December 201618°01’.930N 063°05’.115WAn eventful 24 hours!The last 200 nm to go so on the home straight! Winds have at last stabilised and are sitting nicely between 20 and 25kts, with the occasional squall for good measure.We are goose-winging when all of a sudden the genoa slides off its furler.The shackle has been stripped.We manage to bring in the genoa and decide to furl the gennaker. So we are now sailing with just the stay sail and reefed main.The wind builds and we’re still managing 7-8 kts, so maybe a blessing in disguise!We’re still seeing the autohelm hard to port and realise this is not right. We check the rudder position and see that while the starboard one is dead centre, the port rudder is hard over to port.We bring the autohelm to ‘standby’, centre the rudders. read more...


Bluewaft - Rainbow Way Point - Land ho
Bluewaft - Rainbow Way Point - Land ho
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 23 - Land Ho!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 23 - Land Ho!
Bluewaft - Bringing the genoa in...
Bluewaft - Bringing the genoa in...
13/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 22 e 23 - Running to St Lucia

Hi friends of PkBoo.Under the full moon tonight PkBoo sailed fast, in 35 kts.Today in the early morning the roarer fourty went to visit us for a couple of hours; with Marco at the helm, Giuseppe and Elena at the lines and Stefano for help, the sailing team dominated it. Now we are approx 150 miles to the arrival with 25 kts and a speed of 6,5 (we are sailing only under the jib).Our ETA is extimated for 7, 8 am tomorrow morning.CiaoMarco. read more...


13/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 22: The final countdown8 knots.

Day 22: The final countdown We are almost there!We should reach land within the next 24 hours.After being becalmed for all of those days we are now flying along in strong winds, large seas and squalls.We are well reefed down with our current wind speed at 28 knots and 5 meter swells. Its a wild night.We have had some hideous squalls with the wind increasing to 44 knots. I hold Ewen partly responsible as he did say at the beginning of our crossing that he wanted ‘The full Atlantic experience!’ Land is looking a welcome option.Especially since we are now out of tea bags. To balance the the moon is almost full and lighting up the sky and the ocean.Its brightness is obliterating the stars but casting its liquid silver on the sea.It’s truly beautiful. We have put together some of our. read more...


12/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 23 - Måneskinnsseilas

Om to dager det fullmåne og vi har nå et fantastisk flott måneskinn på nettene.Månen passerer nesten i zenit i løpet av natta som gjør nettene lyse.Stjernehimmelen er fantastisk flott.Tempen er rundt 28-30 grader. Bekledning: Shorts døgnet rundt.Vi har seilt med fulle seil natt og dag de siste døgnene.Men i idag ettermiddag ble vindforholdene litt for heftige med liten kuling og 3 meter høge bølger.Nå går vi bare på revet forseil men har fortsatt fart på over 6 knop.. read more...


12/12/2016

Estrella - 22. und letzter Tag der Regatta

Die Nacht war wie erwartet seglerisch eineHerausforderung. Starkwind, Regen, ein- und ausreffen, aber auch super Wellen,ein Wahnsinnsmond, der am Ende der Nacht voll erstrahlte und die Nacht überhauptnicht richtig dunkel werden ließ. Das Hineinrauschen in den warmen Morgen mit den besondershohen Wellen und bis zu 30 Knoten Wind wird wohl zu meinen Lebenserinnerungengehören (entschuldigt: Heute ausnahmsweise in der ich-form). Den anderen geht esauch so. Jeder genießt die letzte Wache am Steuer und saugt diese Minuten aufwie ein Schwamm. Obwohl oder vielleicht genau weil die letzten zwei Tage nichtnur bequemes Passatwindsegeln waren. Man merkt, dass in diesen Momenten dieGespräche verstummen und die Gedanken ganz woanders sind. Seit dem Morgenscheint die Sonne, der Wind bleibt uns gewogen. read more...



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