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11/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6

Bonjour à tous.Enfin arrivés.Ou presque!Nous sommes à 45 mN au ENE du Cap Vert. Tout se passe bien.à l'exception du manque de vent. Nous avons dû user de stratégie et aussi un peu de chance pour éviter les trous de vents. Nous avons croisé plusieurs cargos, vu une multitude de dauphins, des milliers de poissons volants, 2 baleines...et 1 requin. Par ailleurs, quelques petits incidents sans plus. La majorité du temps, nous sommes seuls sans aucun bateau à vue. Avons croisé, Cayuse, Double Joy et Odeline! Nous avons même été contactés par eux. Quel plaisir d'échanger avec nos nouveaux amis. Pauline et Clément.Pour célébrer l'anniversaire de Louise , le capitaine a décidé d'arriver ce soir! Souper flamboyant d'anniversaire à la Marina de Mindelo est au programme.À la prochaine!image1. read more...


Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6
Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6
11/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/11/2017. 26*. 16'. south. 39*. 23' east

It is a beautiful day at sea. We have slow (8-9 second period) swells from the south and minimal wind waves. We are in a brief period of lighter winds of 8-9 knotsthat are supposed to last to tonight. I hate to motor sail but we will be tight on our arrival weather so we are gaining about 3 knots of insurance. I have said this many times in this blog, there are much better sailors than us in the group that get by with many less engine hours. It is a combination of somewhat faster boats and much more experienced sailors. When we were down wind sailing we could keep up better. A boat like Skyelark of London is longer (therefore faster hull, speed), sails more close to the wind and has two excellent skippers that run it as a business. I am guessing the are a 125 to 150 miles ahead of us. read more...


11/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Less than 100 miles to go :-)

The good news is that we are heading directly towards Mindelo and that there is less than 100 nm to go.The bad news is that we will not be in before night falls :-(Weather wise the sun is out, and the wind blows between 16-19 knots. No dolphins spotted for a while but flying fish are around us all day.All the best from Team Abraxas. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Nearing Mindelo

Today's wildlife spotting was a big turtle, poking its head out of the sea.So far, we've had a featured creature each day, along with an almost-daily dolphin show.A whale, flying fish, tiny squid on the deck, the turtle, and even a night show of dolphins trailing streams of bioluminescent sparkles.Our very kind friends from King's Ransom in Valencia, Pete and Niki, gave us a gift bag full of presents to unwrap for every "first."So the kids have had a good time discovering the treats Niki set up for us upon spotting our first whale, dolphin, turtle, etc.They are looking forward to being a week at sea so they can unwrap another.We took bets on arrival times in Mindelo and all of us were overly optimistic about the wind.We now have 38 miles to go and are only doing 5 to 6 knots so it will. read more...


10/11/2017

Blue Top - Arrivée à Las Palmas

Depuis notre départ de la Graciosa, par bonne brise qui s'est rapidement dissipée sous le vent de Lanzarote....nous avons fait escale a la Marina Rubicon, au sud de l'île....complexe touristique moderne, mais a bonne échelle, accueil sympathique, et calme reposant....il n'y a plus le vent strident que nous avons eu à la Graciosa....Journée d'excursion dans l'ile, en voiture de location...paysage lunaire, mais la culture locale des vignes semi enterrées est surprenante, le résultat gustatif est bon surtout pour le Blanc sec ...et le rouge....de La Géria; culture de l'Aloe Vera, qui est bon pour tout, comme le sirop Typhon....et le musée des Cactus ou nous avons pu "déguster" un "burger"de Cactus.....Cette île de Lanzarote est vraiment a voir....Puis navigation vers Ténérife, départ en. read more...


10/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Divendres 10 de novembre de 2017Hola Windseekers!Ja som divendres, ja portem 5 dies navegant sense parar i vosaltres, qui us ho hauria de dir, ja fa una setmana que seguiu un blog d’una regata naútica! Moltes gràcies a tothom per pensar i preocupar-vos per nosaltres. Aquí també pensem molt amb els de casa. Avui hem començat el dia una mica com tots els altres... pescant! Avui en David ha tret la peça més grossa (foto 1). Tenim tonyina ja fins que tornem a sortir de Mindelo. Més o menys, segons la trigonometria calculada a bord, arribarem demà a mitja tarda a port. La veritat és que està essent molt excitant cada moment, tot i que també tenim ganes de tirar-nos a l’aigua i fer una mica el dominguero, penjar l’hamaca i nedar amb el tubo i les ulleres. Estem navegant amb vents portants des. read more...


Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
10/11/2017

Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada

Our captain has managed to repair the square sail and after lunch we put it back up in the hope to gain a little more speed in this 5-10 knots wind which is not enough to get our 25 tons steel boat moving at decent speed. At the moment it seems we have gained 1 extra knotversus the reacher sail we put up yesterday: fingers crossed!! The crew has also enjoyed the last two nights watch without squalls or showers: we are all feeling more rested and relaxed, what a difference!!. The children have been reading a lot, made some Thanksgiving decorations and built some nice tunnels and forts using all the pillows, blankets and towels they could find on the boat. image1. read more...


Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
10/11/2017

Neverland - Day 5 - visitors

So we are still eating Tuna…one fillet fed three of us for dinner, then Tom made up some tuna nigiri for lunch which was amaaaazing! There is also a seared fillet coated in toasted sesame seeds in the fridge and the fourth fillet in the freezer. Reckon I could have fed a dinner party of 12 with the amount of meat that came off Petunia the Tuna. Dad and Tom have been hunting for Dennis the Dorado so I can cut him up and make him into some delicious ceviche. Yum. They better do it quick because my lemons and limes have seen better days.In other, even more exciting news, in the last 24 hours we have seen sea turtles and for the first time ever…a whale. Not a pilot whale or anything that likes to call itself a whale when really it’s just an oversized dolphin. I mean a massive whale. A real. read more...


Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
10/11/2017

Lily - Day 5

At last the engine was turned off as the wind piped up. Seems we (or the weather files) were right, ther was some wind further south. So we sailed into the night with 4-5 knots in nearly the right direction. We've been fishing, and that we caught nothing is not for lack of trying. There has been mumbling among the crew if is has something to do with the fact our lines are from Norway and intended for mackrel and cod, but I have dismissed it as nonsense. As long as I am onboard, there will be no fish, that is how bad I am at fishing. Peder. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 3

Monday was the day when we lost most of the wind and a lot of time was spent looking at GRIB files to determine where the wind would come first. With what wind we had we sailed at 4 knots towards the west in the hope of catching it there. As I could have predicted, we (or I) got it wrong. The weather updates from the forecasters received by email makes no sense. They must be using some very different data to us out here. When we see a boat on the AIS we normally have a chat. Most have some exciting story of fish caught or spinnakers twisted. Alas, not much has happen here apart from eating too much snacks and reading our books.. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 4

Where is my large, multicoloured foresail? In my wisdom I thought we would not need it or miss it, but we really do. Lily is not on top form in less than 10 knots of wind so we have been bobbing all night in 3-4 knots of speed. So after a morning session with new GRIB files and some math we found that we would be lucky to make the re-start on Wednesday if we don't do something drastic. So we started the engine and headed south where the wind is forecast to be. Viritually no waves or wind with glorious sunshine we have had a very nice day. Showers on the back of the boat and all crew on good form. Wind did not come all day, so we engine into the night while our diesel tank slowly drains..... (not too worry, we can always drift to Cape Verde!) We celebrated the half way mark with a bottle. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: vis update!

Zul je altijd zien hoor, wij maken Rob belachelijk over zijn aangepaste enwild zwemmend/springend aasvisje, heeft ‘ie binnen 2 uur midden op de dag beet!Ditmaal een behoorlijk fomaat mahi mahi, die inmiddels door Haico vakkundiggeprepareerd is voor op de grill vanavond.   En ook dit heeft effect op de discussie rondom aankomst en voor wie deeerste rekening is, Rob vindt namelijk dat hij door het vangen van de viseigenlijk al getrakteerd heeft! Komt geen einde aan die discussie...   Marisja crew. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Hello Friends and Family

Hello,90 miles from Mindelo and the winds are still as fickle as ever.We are sailing with our rainbow spinnaker on the rhumb line but it is slow going - 5.8 knots.Fast on some boats.The crew is getting along great and eating very well.Our veggies are still fresh so lots of tomatoes, avocados, carrots and celery in the mix.Cucumbers too.Everyone is enjoying the peaceful albeit slow progress but the racer in Kent may have had enough of peace.We saw a very beautiful turtle this morning.It may have had a bit of trash stuck to it but we couldn't confirm it as it passed by so taking in the sails to investigate and help was overcome by the ambiguity.The kids and Lara are doing a story time session - Winnie the Pooh.Christopher Robin and the gang are bringing food on an adventure in the story. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: er is er een jarig

Jawel, we hebben vandaag dus een jarige aan boord, Rob is nu nog maar eenjaartje verwijderd van de AOW/museum/ouderentreinreizen/dierentuin/etc pasjes.Hij heeft geen idee wat hij er mee zou moeten doen maar geeft alvast aan dat hijze wél allemaal wil hebben. Meer over Rob z’n verjaardag later.   Nog iets over gistermiddag, we zien wel vaker dolfijnen maar nu zaten erzomaar 50-60 tegelijk om de boot heen, echt waanzinnig. Voor bij de boeg zag hetwater eruit als ‘massief’ dolfijn, allemaal vechten om hun plekkie bij deboeg.   Afgelopen nacht was weer een nacht met bar weinig wind, aanvankelijk wildenwe met de gennaker doorvaren, maar met zo weinig druk moesten we vrijwel westvaren om nog een beetje druk te houden en het begin van de nacht was zoongelooflijk gitzwart dat het erg. read more...


10/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Spinnaker up again

The spinnaker is once again pulling us forward at good speed in the northeasterly 10-13 knots breeze.Although there are some clouds around it is a hot day out at sea under the sun and with 25 C in the sea. ETA for our arrival in Cap Verde is currently some time just before sunset tomorrow if the wind holds, and if it don't I think we will compensate by using the engine again as it would be good to get this frustrating leg completed.Kind regards from Team Abraxas. read more...


Wild Iris - Log Day4. Calm returns to Wild Iris.
Wild Iris - Log Day4. Calm returns to Wild Iris.
10/11/2017

Wild Iris - log Day 4. Danger Danger High Voltage. Wed 8th November

"Wild Iris, Wild Iris, this is Dongfeng Kantan 1, Dongfeng Kantan 1. We are a research vessel towing an 8nm long high voltage cable. You are on collision course with us." Our tranquil spinnaker run under a moonlit night had just been shattered!"All crew on deck, all crew on deck, to prepare for a possible immediate gybe".(Thankfully Wild Iris' crew had done one spini gybe early the previous day, but otherwise it was the first time the spinnaker had been flown aboard Wild Iris and the pole rigging something that Heath Robinson would have been proud of!)Earlier, we had been been happily sailing along with Luna as company and overheard their conversations with DK1... They were intending to pass ahead.We needed Dongfeng to alter course to leeward if we were to clear and avoid what looked. read more...


10/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°4 - Current Score: Fish 3, Devin 2

I'm beginning to find fishing a love/hate activity. After nearly 2000nm and countless broken or tangled lines and no fish to show for my efforts, I finally reeled in a beautiful 70cm Mahi-Mahi yesterday morning. It was an incredible feeling, heightened by an informal biggest fish competition during this first leg of the rally along with Osprey, Miltonia, and Lily. Loser buys the first round of drinks in Mindelo. Why I thought it was a good idea to propose a competition after coming up empty for months, I have no idea. I had however bought two new lures and a new hand line which I hoped would change my fortunes. They did, as my first catch was on my new red squid lure. Today was a new day. As I sat in the saloon finishing my morning coffee, I heard a call from the cockpit, "shark!". read more...


Wild Iris - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins all around
Wild Iris - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins all around
10/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Motoring, is not this trip was supposed to be about

We have now been using the engine since 19:28 last evening, and there is still not enough wind to give us the 7 knots average we need in order to make landfall before Saturday evening. So I guess this will continue for a while.Not much to report, except for the sighting of the first flying fish of this trip. The sun is already warm and with a water temperature of 24,5 degrees I think we will have hot and beautiful day out here. Have nice day! Team AbraxasOops, almost forgot to mention that our fabulous crew are baking fresh oatmeal briquettes for breakfast!!!. read more...


10/11/2017

Hummingbird - Hummingbird's Blog Day 5

Dear Bruce,I’ve been instructed by our chief passage-maker, Chris, to start tonight’s blog in this manner to check if you are paying attention. Now, for the rest of Hummingbird’s family, friends and fans, here comes the news hot off the deck of a very hot boat(*tisssss is the sound effect) Jeez it’s been warm! This might be the dream holiday for some of you high-latitude readers, now in your woollies, reading this with a mulled wine, roasted chestnuts with brooding grey skies outside to keep you indoors so long that you get fed up and decide wearing singlets and trousers day after day as you swing across the face of the Earth is just the thing for you. Most of us are padding around in t-shirts and shorts, with the exception of Chris, who can be frequently spotted in a jumpsuit of sorts. read more...


09/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 5

Day 5-Nov 9th.Yesterday, we did a little motor sailing in the afternoon. No more than a couple of hours. Then we were able to make progess, just using the wind and sails. Albeit, a little slow through the night. (around 4kts). That was just fine with us. Off watch, we slept well. One thing that makes sailing at night enjoyable, is having cooperative winds, and the light of the moon. We started the rally with a full moon that stayed up all night. It was almost like sailing at dusk. Now the moon is waning (getting smaller) and it comes out about an hour later each night. I think last night, it was close to 10:30 pm before the moon was up high enough to make a difference. Otherwise, it was pitch black. This is where having an operable radar adds a level of comfort. It served us well by. read more...


09/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dijous, 9 de novembre de 2017 en un punt indeterminat de l’Atlàntic.Avuiel dia ha començat molt bé. Estem de celebració en Jordi ja ha fet seixanta voltes al voltant del Sol. Tot navegant amb asimètric entre tots hem preparat una petita festa per dinar: En Francesc ha fet unes banderoles de paper que hem penjant a dins del barco; L’Oriol s’ha currat un pastisset de xocolata que quan en Jordi entrava a dins l’amagàvem com podíem perquè no ho veiés. A més avui li hem deixat triar el menú per dinar. Ha triat “macarrons”. Es veu que és un dels seus menjars preferits. Doncs Au! A fer macarrons! Que per cert han quedat boníssims. (veure foto 1 i 2)A la Tarda mentre en Francesci en David eren a proa xerrant,L’Oriol ha cridat: dofins!!! Primer ens pensàvem que eren dofins molars, que són més. read more...


Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Helen - Ed
Helen - Ed
09/11/2017

Helen - Ed's adventures

Today I saw a cheese (what John calls another boat on the AIS)wheneveryone elsewas doing nothing including the captain , we did some cancrushing AGAIN!! Don't know how these humans keep producing so many emptycans for me to crush! And I went into the lazto find some champagne for tomorrow, don't worryeverybody I wore a life line. Check out the picture.I amlooking forward to getting into to the Cape Verdes tomorrow when Iwill get to see Johns nana, Helen, who the boat is named after and who gotthere before us. Johns says we will give her a big hug.Bye Bye, Ed (and John). read more...


09/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Another one bites the dust

After an frustrating day we did as most of the other boats and turned on the engine. Only 2-3 knots of wind, from difficult and changing directions that was made even worse by old waves rolling in.Best regards from a disappointed skipperEivind. read more...


09/11/2017

Numada - log day 4 trip up the mast on Numada

Unfortunately our square sail that we like to use in light winds snapped in the upper clew. We quickly rescued the sail but ended up with the up haul line on top of the mast. So the captain decided to climb up: Richard has done it many times before but this was his first time out at sea. Everything went well but Richard felt a bit sea sick afterwards. In this way we ended up using a reacher sail to speed us up: that is the beauty of having two masts!!image1. read more...


Numada - log day 4 trip up the mast on Numada
Numada - log day 4 trip up the mast on Numada
09/11/2017

Numada - Log day 3 Numada crew went for a swim

Today we celebrated leaving the golf stream behind with a swim in the calm sea. We are all feeling hot and sticky already and a swim in the ocean was a special treat. image1. read more...


Numada - Log day 3 Numada crew went for a swim
Numada - Log day 3 Numada crew went for a swim
09/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/9/2017. 25*. 42' south. 43*. 01' east

We are still making slow progress. We are lucky in that we carry more fuel than some boats. Then again some boats are forced to be better sailors because they do not carry as much fuel. Yesterday one boat made 30 miles trying to tack into the wind. We are about 600 miles from Richards Bay. The winds are supposed to begin changing direction in the next 12-24 hours. After that we will hopefully have a few good runs and get there before the weather turns bad in the Agulhas current. I do not know why I did not buy a plane. We will be sailing thru a high pressure area so it should be sunny. It is amazing that most people keep a good attitude with adverse weather. It is sort of not socially accepted to not say "we have had a great day of sailing"May fair winds fill your sails with a good. read more...


09/11/2017

Wild Iris - Log Day 3 Tuesday the 7th The Joys of Sailing

Kite up at 7:0am good progress until we hit the lite spot. This was a big first for Wild Iris a new Spinnaker and an untested crew. Gybed to find better winds. Exciting exercise gybing big downwind sails with the new sail and crew. No luck with the wind though. After a few days of exhilaratingsailing the lite winds very frustrating. We were treated to a spectacular show of 100s of dolphins joining us for dinner no one had seen so many. They stayed with us for most of the night. First flying fish on the deck. The joys of sailing. Anticipating improved winds tomorrow not realising our gybe would see is in good stead for the mysterious incident of the high voltage ship in the night.image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Log Day 3 Tuesday the 7th The Joys of Sailing
Wild Iris - Log Day 3 Tuesday the 7th The Joys of Sailing
09/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 3 - You've never haddock so good

Ahoy from a far.It's a braw moon lit nicht the nicht, but in yonder silvery sea filled with things that would cut a man in half with a single bite, I see a distance to travel to the safe bosom of a welcoming harbour. Not a single ship in sight now for long days on end but for the bucceneers on board the good ship Charm. The salty graveyard around us and the open lonely seas would surely spell doom for all souls on board Kiloran... if it were not for the copious amounts of food, the hot and cold running water, (the water maker) the air conditioning, the 3 GPS systems and the fridge-freezer, oh and not forgetting the sextant the satellite phone, the autopilot the DVD player, the radio and the washer dryer, we would all most probably have perished by now. So you see luck has been on our. read more...


Wild Iris - Dinner time: Day 2
Wild Iris - Dinner time: Day 2
Wild Iris - On the run: Day 2
Wild Iris - On the run: Day 2
09/11/2017

Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved

Good thing we have two engines.With no wind, we've been motoring for days.Two days ago, the port engine just died on us.Don and Ken have been collaborating non stop to troubleshoot the issue(s).The theory is there could be both electrical and fuel starvation issues.They've been bleeding lines using compressed air, a bikepump, makeshift tube contraption of sorts (got to ask them about it).We've changed the fuel filter, the fuel water separator filter, and still no go.Yes, those dual Racor fuel polishing systems are looking mighty nice right now.Aric Euler, master mechanic, has been helpful via email as well.Lisa has been doing extra long shifts to cover and to help any lagging quesiness.Nina has been cook extrodinaire, inventory manager, and safety mistress (the guys just hate those. read more...


Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved
Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved
09/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Frustrating lack of wind all day

We have had a horribly slow day, but have kept our patience and sailed on with our Code 0 up. So we are still on zero motor hours.Just got some fresh wind, and are moving eastward from extreme west position, that has shown its self to be a wrong choice.. read more...



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