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Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
11/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017

We toured the Koopman De Wet House and the Kirstenbosch Gardens today. The Koopman De Wet House is a well preserved house with many original or period furnishings. A lot of the furnishings were from around 1870's with some being earlier.I will show some photos and descriptions. image1 image2 image1 image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
11/12/2017

Sunrise - Tag 14 (02.12.)

In der Nacht hat die Sunrise ihren ersten tierischen Kollateralschaden. Zum Glück für die Sunrise ist es nicht der von allen gefürchtete schlafende Wal. Zum Leidwesen für den fliegenden Fisch bemerken wir den Zusammenstoß mit ihm nicht, sondern finden ihn erst am nächsten Morgen auf unserem Oberdeck. Wir untersuchen ihn interessiert und lassen ihn dann wieder schwimmen, sozusagen.Den ganzen Tag geschieht nichts bemerkenswertes, wir spielen unsere volle Routine aus. Wachdienste, Lesen, Reden, Schlafen, Vordecks-Pützdusche in 2er-Kommandos am Nachmittag etc. Nach dem Abendessen (Spaghetti mit einem Champignonsahnes und Gurkensalat) fahren wir seit Tagen mal wieder ein Manöver. Der Wind kommt immer nördlicher und wir mit unserem Vorwindkurs in Schmetterlingsstellung immer südlicher. Damit. read more...


11/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 11122017 Game Over

Bonsoir a toutes zé tous, Depuis hier apres midi la brise s'est faite legere...la nuit dernière un peu plus constante la 2nde partie de nuit, mais depuis ce matin c'est la "misère"...2 a 3 kt de vitesse...les prévisions pour cette nuit et demain matin ne donnent pas plus de vent ( et nous avons moins que le vent prévu!)...bref nous abandonnons la course, ce jour a 17H30TU,....pour faire route moteur jusqu'a retrouver une brise suffisante pour avancer vers Ste Lucie ..ou Le Marin directement..L'enjeu sportif etait déjà entammé depuis la semaine dernière, nous etions avant cet abandon le suivant a arriver a 220NM restant....Petite deception a bord, mais c'est sans peine...Bises de BlueTop. read more...


La Cigale - Day 23 - Fish for lunch!
La Cigale - Day 23 - Fish for lunch!
11/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 20-24 auf der Zielgeraden

In der Nacht von Donnerstag auf Freitag frischte der Wind wie angekündigt auf. Genua und Grßsegel wurden gerefft als es bis zu 6 Windstärken wurden. In Wirklichkeit freuten wir uns sehr über den Wind den wir so dringend brauchten, um uns unserem Ziel schnell zu nähern. Freitag und Samstag kamen recht hoher Wellengang hinzu, die Wellen schoben das Schiff von hinten an und gaben uns zusätzlichen Schwung, was jedoch auch das Steuern anspruchsvoll machte. Samstag Vormittag schlackerte plötzlich das Großsegel, der Grund war eine gerissene Reffleine, die durchgescheuert war. Sie wurde ersetzt und es konnte weiter gehen. Dank dem guten Wind holten wir mächtig Zeit auf. Sonntag früh ließ der Wind nach und bis am Nachmittag segelten wir mit dem pinken Spinnaker weiter. Ab ca 15:30starteten wir. read more...


11/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 21: Arrival!!

10 December 2017 0700 local time Position Saint Lucia LGY MarinaI came back on watch at 1200 and Neal had already spotted the loom of the lights from St Lucia and Martinique which gradually became more and more distinct as we neared. The wind was dropping slowly but then so was the sea state and so we were able to maintaina reasonable speed. Everyone then came on deck in team shirts as we rounded Pigeon Island and rounded up to head for the Finnish/English/ Completion line set to leeward of a massive three masted cruise ship in Rodney Bay. We eventually crossed at 0200 having just crossed the Atlantic!!Photos ensued from the official photographer and then felt our way into the narrow entrance to the IGY marina finding the Yellow Shirts there to collect our lines and help berth stern to. read more...


11/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+22 Arrivée à Rodney Bay

Lundi 11 décembreO2h02 UTCsoit 22h02 local14°04 N60°56 WArrivée Rodney BayTerre.Même si nous nous en doutions nous avons aperçu Ste Lucie vers 15h à l'endroit prévu.Toute la journée s'est déroulée par petit temps et nous avons passé la ligne après un dernier empannage de spi nocturne.En entrant dans l'étroit chenal de la marina de Rodney Bay, nous avons la surprise d'entendre parler français sur la fréquence de l'ARC. Ce sont tous nos amis français déjà arrivés qui nous font un comité d'accueil bruyant et sympathique. Belle arrivée au ponton avec l'ARC qui nous offre des fruits et des boissons fraiches.La soirée s'est passée à refaire la course autour d'une table. Tout s'est joué au moment de la deuxième dépression. Ceux qui ont plongé au sud tout de suite ont pris la bonne option. Nous. read more...


Aedis Blog: See you soon!
Aedis Blog: See you soon!
11/12/2017

Nutcracker - Lights of St Lucia fine to port

Cabin boy writes: Lights of Martinique on stbd bow. Lights of St Lucia fine to port. 25m to run. Will the Trades have one last laugh? Having dropped to 8 knots during yesterday afternoon, with direction all over the place, they seem to be holding at. c12knots ENE'ly now. So arrival at c 06.00 local time (GMT -4). We're heading dead downwind on stbd gybe, so one last gybe as we approach Pigeon Island, pole down and 1 mile reach into Rodney Bay to finish. Will be close to dawn; would be nice to arrive in the light. And, given start on Nov 19 was 13.00 GMT, finish looks to be just before the completion of Day 22. Helluva trip.. read more...


10/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 21 - finish line in sight!

It looks like we have actually made it. We sailed across our first ocean and I couldn’t be more proud.I’m currently on watch with 90 minutes to our waypoint at the northern point of St Lucia where we will call into ARC control and announce we are 2 miles out from the finish line.The rest of the guys are all asleep but I’ll wake them in an hour or so.We’ve had a great day but with winds as light as 6 knots we dropped the sails and started a motor.Unfortunately we will be crossing the finish line under engine but considering we still have most of the fuel we left with I am quite happy to be entering an unfamiliar bay with the sails packed away.We stopped this afternoon to sort out our failed prop - it still had the 3rd Genoa sheet wrapped around it and I didn’t want to arrive with a half. read more...


11/12/2017

Nutcracker - .....the final countdown....

So, it's the final countdown. As I write, we have less than 90 miles left to go, land is very nearly in sight, the crew can taste the cold beer and the Rum Punch is (hopefully) being brewed. It's as well that we are nearly there, the personal hygiene situation is rapidly deteriorating and there are a few smells floating around that are decidedly iffy. Luckily, the water management has been excellent, and the reward shall be a (very quick) shower for the crew. It's all coming out of the woodwork. Private stashes of wet wipes are being revealed, the last of the fresh milk is finished and, most importantly, the final packet of Percy pigs has been finished. Definitely time to arrive. Of course, the Ocean being a fickle mistress, the wind has dropped and we are now plodding along doing 4. read more...


11/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 22 - 10 December - Full steam ahead!

Growing ever closer to St Lucia, we spent the afternoon making our courtesy flag in readiness for our arrival. We've used an EU flag as a base, the Gran Canaria flag for a yellow triangle, the bottom of Isabelle's Halloween vampire cape for a black one, and the innards of a small Swiss flag for the white edging. It's on the large size for a courtesy flag, but great to shout out how happy we will be to see St Lucia!Also in preparation for our arrival, we've jumped from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires time zone today - you see, we can travel at speed when required! So near and yet so far, we had been whipping along nicely overnight, but the wind has now completely dropped away. Motor on, 200 miles to go. We should have enough fuel... just about.... read more...


10/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 22 - Keeping Up Appearances

The sun has been blisteringly hot and the wind painfully meagre.The crew spent the day going about their regular chores and wishing for stronger airs.As the speed over the ground dropped again the team’s brains started clicking and whirring and the angst at the slowing of pace once more became visible on their faces, but as we all say: “what can we do?”.Not a lot it would seem.We keep trimming the sails, keen not to lose any vital boat speed.Keep looking after one another, and try to keep each other’s spirits up.The dolphins reappeared after a few days hiatus, and they’re always a welcome sight.Jake sheltered from the sun and hosted the inaugural NoStress Cinema Matinee Show.It was a double-bill comprising Ironclad and Master & Commander - Far Side of the World.I only caught some of the. read more...


10/12/2017

Manihi - Arrivéééés !!!

Ce matin à 5h31 nous passions la ligne d'arrivée avec un mélange de plaisir, de satisfaction et d'émotions d'avoir accompli cette traversée de 5000 km. Contrairement à ce qu'on pourrait imaginer, le temps a passé vite ces trois semaines ! Elles ont été très variées et nous ne nous sommes pas ennuyés !Ça a aussi été très bon de savoir que nous étions suivis aussi assidûment. Merci beaucoup d'avoir participé indirectement à notre aventure qui restera inoubliable ; avec une pensée particulière pour les commentaires déposés, que nous n'avons pas encore vus !!! Faut avouer qu'aujourd'hui, nous n'avons pas spontanément sauté sur internet. Les priorités étant plutôt douche, repos et Piton (la bière locale).L'arrivée dans la marina était accueillie par les hourras et applaudissements spontanés. read more...


10/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown

We went to Parrl and Franschhoek which are two towns in the wine district around Capetown. It was a beautiful day for a 45 mile drive. We just started driving to the area and reading the tour books. We first read about a Sundry lamb Braai but it was sold out when we called. We ended up at Taillefert winery. It was a beautiful vineyard of nearly perfect looking vines. There was not a weed in sight. We had a nice lunch salad and then did a wine tasting. It was interesting but probably a waste of good wine. image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
10/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+21 Piste noire, piste bleue

Dimanche 10 décembre12h00 UTC13°55 N59°38 WDistance 24h : 178 millesDistance restante : 78 millesPiste noire, piste bleueNuit très sportive.Vu la menace de vent faible à l'arrivée, nous avons décidé de garder le spisymétrique pendant toute la nuit pour bien avancer. C'est un spi médium quenous nous étions promis d'affaler à partir de 20 nœuds de vent réel.Après une délicieuse tarte au pomme (c'est le dernier jour, on se lâche surle gaz) nous avons mis nos cirés (avec juste un polo en dessous) et gardéle spi en l'air avec des claques à 30 nœuds sous les grains dans le noircomplet.Nous descendons une piste noire à fond dans les bosses. Quelques beaudéparts au lof avec tout le gréement qui claque. Des poissons volants qui sontsoulevés par notre vague d'étrave. Nous en avons reçu un dans la. read more...


10/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 20 - ‘bit of a crap day’

With St Lucia approaching fast now, it’s time I got some of the ‘not very nice jobs’ done so I can relax and enjoy a rum punch or 7 when we get there.Part of living on a boat means that everything on that boat is our responsibility to keep in good working order and that includes the toilets - unfortunately.So today is toilet unblocking day.We have 3 heads and the one in our master cabin was in need of some TLC.It seems that the pipes get blocked over time due to flushing with salt water, despite regularly flushing with fresh water.But, as I didn’t know what the source of the problem was I began at the toilet end and started taking things apart.After a relatively easy job dismantling and cleaning the macerator at the base of the toilet (considering 3m seas and our head is forward) I put. read more...


10/12/2017

Nutcracker - Are they here yet?

Shore based Admiral writes: I think Nutcracker may have gone into stealth mode to keep their position secret from the surrounding boats in a last minute dash to the finish and the possibility of not finishing last?  I jest, as those of you who have been updating four-hourly know (I know you are out there). For it has been a storming last few days with the good and trusty Nutcracker doing what she does best, thundering down the quite lively seas in a nifty following wind.. Their shore based reception committee have also been busy doing what they do best, chilling and keeping their nerves steady with a steady supply of rose interrupted by the occasional rum punch.  So, are they here yet?  Well no, and no insight from the technical team as to quite when they will. read more...


10/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 20 - Last day at sea - maybe...

We are slowly closing in on Barbados, the next stop in our journey to the Caribbean. Depending on the wind, which has already subsided quite a bit since yesterday, we might arrive there on Monday evening. With our light-wind-sail still broken, we cannot sail a direct course to our next waypoint, but instead are zig-zagging in front of the wind. To celebrate our progress, we started the day with some white sausages for breakfast, classic Bavarian style (though none of us are actually Bavarian). Yesterday afternoon, we had a bit of a scare, as we discovered that a part of the mast had become undone. Upon closer inspection however, and after hoisting our skipper up the mast, it seems the broken part was not of structural importance and hence was fixed in proper engineering style: with duct. read more...


10/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 10122017 Moby Dick

Sequence Emotion, shsshshhhhh, comme disait notre ministre de l'écologie..( y est il toujours d'ailleurs?)Donc hier entre apéro du midi et déjeuner, nous avons eu la visite de 2 baleines bleues ( et pas de parapluie...)...appelées aussi rorqual commun, c'est selon...2 beaux spécimens de la taille du bateau,qui sont restés une vingtaine de minutes a virevolter autour et sous le bateau, en surfant les vagues...bien plus vite que nous...spectacle grandiose...Apres midi calmos, a bonne allure vers la cible, puis nuit un peu plus instable, car le vent variait en force et direction...avec ajustage a la demande des voiles...Ce matin cela a franchement molli, le grand spi est ressorti du sac, et nous permet de garder encore une vitesse correcte...Information importante: il y a moins de. read more...


10/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown

We are trying to see as much as we can of Capetown. We went to the Sixth District Museum It was well done. The Sixth District was an area in Capetown that was cleared out during apartheid. It was an area where many of the poor immigrants had settled. The museum pointed out that all races were living very well together in this area before the legislation of apartheid. There were 42 areas in South Africa that were cleared of their racially diverse populations to make way for an all white population. This was the Group Areas Act.It is hard to imagine it happening but then again it is hard to imagine a population following the leadership of Hitler. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
09/12/2017

Aedis - Aedis Blog Day 21: things are getting real...

Wow, today marks 3 weeks at sea ands it’s starting to take its toll. The daily Tiara Cup was won/lost? by the captain, that is had the guess furthest away from the actual nautical miles completed in the previous 24 hours. That person must wear the Tiara over dinner however things are starting to evolve. Brenton has broken out the dress ups and is shown in the photo standing majestically with the wind blowing in his Lacey golden top. Are we there yet...image1. read more...


Aedis - Blog Day 21: things are getting real...
Aedis - Blog Day 21: things are getting real...
10/12/2017

Queen Bee - 20° giorno

La notte è stata impegnativa e, soprattutto nella sua prima parte, di assai difficile gestione dal punto di vista emotivo. Onde incrociate di oltre tre metri si sono alternate in modo disordinato facendoci rollare in tutti i modi, la notte buia, sino al sorgere della luna, è stata motivo di ulteriore ansia per tutti noi. Tutti in pozzetto con il salvagente indosso e la cintura agganciata al golfare del pozzetto. Per fortuna verso mattina le onde si sono fatte più regolari e la situazione è migliorata. Al sorgere del sole tutto è cambiato, giornata serena e splendente, onde in attenuazione e buon vento costante attorno ai 18 nodi da Nord-est. Così la giornata è andata avanti con tranquillità e così abbaimo potuto vedere le miglia all'arrivo passare da 300 a 200 e poi questa sera siamo. read more...


09/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 20: The final run in to St Lucia

9 December 2017 0830 Position 14 degs 10.1'N 058 degs 55.14'WSo here we are at last. Welcome to our last full day at sea.Compared to the night before, last night was a complete contrast - the sky has been clear, the stars are out and the moon, when it deigned to make an appearance, was bright. There was not even a hint of a squall. The wind was up at 21 knots from the North East and the sea was building all night as predicted. Mischief was on a non-stop roller coaster ride managing an average of around 8 knots and occasionally as high as 13 knots as we surfed the waves. Very exhilarating stuff. We were certainly eating the miles and so the discomfort that comes with being thrown all around the cabin was entirely worth it. We did though succumb to the second reef in the main as the breeze. read more...


09/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 21 - 9 December - Recharging the batteries

Three weeks in. We thought we would be at St Lucia by now, but with just under 350 nautical miles to go, I, for one, am glad of an extra few days to sit out at the helm and commit to memory the ever changing, yet constant, view.The sea state today is confused. The rollers have flattened out, but the waves are choppier, criss-crossing in any random combination of directions. The sun has been shiningall day, and charging our solar panels nicely (for once!), without ashadow of a squall to be seen. We cruised along, with the jib out, at somewhere between 6 and 7 knots for most of the day. As the wind dropped late afternoon, we swapped jib for gennaker and are now taking a punt on the frayed halyard not snapping for 48 hours. A risky manoeuvre as I can already see it twisting and turning at. read more...


09/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+20 Compas et Windex

Samedi 10 décembre12h00 UTC13°53 N56°35 WDistance 24h : 182 millesDistance restante : 253 millesCompas et WindexNous approchons de Ste Lucie dans la grosse houle et un vent assez oscillant.Faut s'accrocher à l'intérieur.L'électronique sophistiquée qui calcule les angles de vent réels est un peu dépassée. Le pilote auto décroche.Nous barrons tout le temps à la main en suivant le compas de route magnétique (déclinaison locale ; 16° ouest, il faut en tenir compte) et en regardant notre girouette Windex de tête de mât. C'est mécanique, pas d'étalonnage, d'offset ou de mise à jour. Ça fonctionne c'est tout.Le vent a commencé à baisser dans la journée,nous permettant de relancer un spi. Nous continuons sur une route un peu en dessous pour pouvoir lofer dans la molle de demain et nous créer un. read more...


09/12/2017

Lei Lei - 20. Tag Zieleinlauf - Furioses Finale

In den letzten Stunden vor Zieleinlauf wird die Crew der lei lei - inklusive dem Sturmfalken Poseidon - noch einmal auf die Probe gestellt. Ein karibischer Wetter-Gott lässt es sich offenkundig nicht nehmen, uns noch einmal die gesamte Bandbreite an Squalls aus seinem Repertoire vorzuführen. Die von Christian angesprochenen Turnübungen von Rudi waren also nur das Vor-Programm im Zirkus lei lei. Als nächster Akrobat des Hauptprogramms übernimmt Alexander das Steuer und es dauert nicht lange, bis die erste schwarze Wand sich von achtern nähert. Poseidon wirft - wie wir - sorgenvolle Blicke auf die Wolken und steckt den Kopf schon ein Stück weit tiefer in sein Gefieder. Der Teil der Crew, der an Deck nicht benötigt wird, geht unter Deck und schon geht es los: Der Wind frischt weiter auf,. read more...


09/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 21 - Achterbahnfahrt

Wie auf einer Achterbahnfahrt, so hat sich die letzte Nacht und der heutige Tag angefühlt. Wir wurden wieder ohne Unterlass von links nach rechts geschaukelt. Hin und wieder ist eine Welle so groß, dass der Autopilot gar nicht dagegen ansteuern kann - dann dreht sich das Boot und an dem Punkt, wo es normalerweise wieder auf den Kurs gebracht wird, dreht es sich weiter und weiter und in Magen und Kopf entsteht tatsächlich ein komisches Schwindelgefühl wie man es sonst von Achterbahnen kennt. Ansonsten können wir uns über das Wetter aber nicht beschweren, außer vielleicht, dass es zu heiß ist. Doch sowohl von Sqalls als auch von Regen wurden wir verschont.Dem Motor hat das Geschaukel offensichtlich auch nicht gefallen und er musste heute Morgen ein wenig zum Arbeiten überredet werden. Nach. read more...


09/12/2017

Kindred Spirit - Kindred Spirit Amost there!

Hopefully our Final blog at seaSaturday 9th December. We are now entering our 3rd week at sea. The days as I have previously described are sail-eat-sleep repeat. These days and nights are punctuated by exciting events like spotting a yacht on AIS or even better a mast in the distance. We have also been visited by flying fish and each morning walk the decks to remove the fish that didn't make the leap over KS after dark. During one early morning watch an energetic flying fish jumped the rails and hit Matt square on the back before slithering into the cockpit subsequently losing an eye that was never found. Gavin has continued his success with another catch a large Wahoo, that we actually set free as it was too big for us to eat and I didn't fancy all the fridge contents smelling of. read more...


09/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 21 - I’m Not A Celebrity, Leave Me In Here

Human beings are remarkably adaptable.For the last three weeks the six of us have been living in a space the size of a small bedsit.It has great views and lots of fresh air but conditions are definitely cosy.Like the camp members of the show in the title of today’s log the crew all appear to have lost weight.Living on a constantly swaying platform does wonders for one’s balance and core muscles - but I suspect the main factor is the absence of alcohol and a minimum intake of junk/processed food.Fortunately we don’t have to face any “Bushtucker Trials” (though dealing with the manual pump toilets on heavy seas isn’t a task that’s at the top of anyone’s list of pastimes).Also, some of the eating challenges might begin to feel a little closer to home as we start to scour the larder for. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 21 - I’m Not A Celebrity, Leave Me In Here
NoStress - Log Day 21 - I’m Not A Celebrity, Leave Me In Here

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