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06/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CH361 CH3 Arc 2015 Sunday Dec 6

Sunday 6th DecemberRace Day 14 Another fine sunrise in paradise, revealing a beautiful blue sky, and already warm at 0830 so going to be hot, hot, hot! Despite the reality of not being able to catch challenger 1, the Challenger 3 crew are still very focused on making the best possible finish time and beating the previous Challenger Fleet record crossing time of 16 days! Also everyone is keen to keep our place in the overall rankings, so still all to race for.It is also dawning on us all that today is effectively the last day of the Atlantic crossing adventure, and that by early evening we will be tied up in Rodney Bay. Upside, Rum cocktails all round! (True to say that conversation has turned slightly to parties and dancing)Last night against a fantastic backdrop of stars and the. read more...


06/12/2015

Emily Morgan - Eddy the Egret still with us

Eddy is still with us, not exhausted any more after a good rest, being given water and fish; he is now flying around the boat and taking an interest in everything we do, especially fishing.In other news we are sailing well, last night was a bit wet and squally, but the sun is now out and we have a nice breeze. Yesterday was a foodie day, starting with pancakes, bacon, bananas and maple syrup; gourmet salads for lunch; chicken & chorizo casserole for dinner, rounded off with refrigerator cake and coffee - yum!image1. read more...


Emily Morgan - Eddy the Egret still with us
Emily Morgan - Eddy the Egret still with us
06/12/2015

Hera - Nikolaus

Das Absingen der Adventslieder zum Frühstück und das Besichtigen derNikolausstiefel mußte erstmal auf den Nachmittag verschoben werden. Die Nacht brachte Probleme mit der Ruderanlage, die wir heute frühlokalisieren und vorerst beheben konnten, Gleichzeitig zog der erste Squall hinter uns vorbei und der heutige Tagscheint noch mehr davon zu bringen. Nun sind St. Niklas, der Schutzpatron derSeefahrer und natürlich Rasmus gefragt, um uns vor solcherlei Unbill zuschützen. Andererseits würde uns allen eine kräftige Süßwasserdusche ganz guttun.   Stefan. read more...


05/12/2015

PG Roshni - 30/11 1230 FINISH

Evening all ! Tardy I have been eh! The finish and joy of beers after 12 days (that’s nearly 2 weeks of no alcohol for those who really thought I couldn’t do it) followed by boat jobs (many after the beatings), catching up on other emails meant that I forgot the blog!Have to admit I have enjoyed wittering thoughts and technical sailing nonsense to all of you thankfully sad or mad enough to read it !St Lucia is a nice place … er .. what can I say …. It rained …. a lot ! I can imagine the gorgeous island paradise it is and at least the rain is warm :)! I think we were lucky (or skillful;)) to arrive in daylight and the Arc photo guy came out and took some lovely pics which we bought of the boat reaching then fetching into the finish line as the wind was disturbed by the island land. read more...


06/12/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 6th December, 2015

Position: 33.55S 18.25E Cape TownWhile Luna Quest was being taken round to Cape Town from Richards Bay by a professional delivery skipper, I was on the operating theatre in Cape Town. We had flown in from Richards Bay via Durban and booked ourselves into a B&B in Durbanville, a suburb of Cape Town, to be near the medical services (The Surgical Institute). After 6 days in the B&B we moved to a self-catering flat in the very heart of the City of Cape Town from where we could visit many sights. Wonderful views were had from the top of Table Mountain, including that of Cape Town and Robben Island, a small island just outside Cape Town, whose main feature is a high security prison. It is now a museum and we were shown round there by former political prisoners. It was quite an. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Whale under the boat taken with the go pro
Thursday´s Child - Whale under the boat taken with the go pro
Thursday´s Child - Warren on his birthday with catch of the day
Thursday´s Child - Warren on his birthday with catch of the day
Thursday´s Child - 4th December Sunset
Thursday´s Child - 4th December Sunset
Thursday´s Child - The captain with his sextant
Thursday´s Child - The captain with his sextant
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker repairs underway... again
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker repairs underway... again
05/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 13

Day 13We continued overnight with good speeds with another new sail configuration, poled out headsail and staysail.This combination gave us good speeds all night and dead on course for St Lucia although it was action stations this morning when the winds started to die off a little in line with the forecast. So at early morning watch change the mainsail was heaved back up to keep us on track for what we hope will be a daylight arrival.Generally a quiet day today - fishing has been suspended on account of a mass of Sargasso weed surrounding us, so much reading and enjoying the sun instead. A couple of ships were around this morning so nice to see some signs of life and great excitement when we saw another yacht. However it was another ARC imposter, Dexter.At this evening's happy hour the. read more...


05/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 13 - Wishing on a star

December 5, 2015 – A dark night it was because the moon didn’t show its face before 2.30AM. It was cloudy with now and then a shower of rain. Still the stars managed to get through the clouds and showed their beauty to us. We’ve seen many many falling stars! It was a night of dreams and wishes… At 4 o’clock today, after singing some songs, Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet left a bag full of presents and poems on deck! We’ve all read our poems and then we played dice for the presents. We ate home-made pepernoten and we were very pleased with this unexpected visit from our dear friends from Spain. Thanks for the presents and see you next year! Today we made a distance of 207 miles, which is a new day distance record for Shiva. There are still no other boats in sight. We start to. read more...


LaLuna - laluna dag 14, diner for tonight
LaLuna - laluna dag 14, diner for tonight
05/12/2015

Four Seasons - Where's the damn wind gone ?!

With our lack of light weight down wind sails we are flogging along atabout 5 1/2 kts. with everything slamming around. Even worse we are watchingnearly everyone else go faster than us. I was thinking about trying theasymetric on a pole but as it is 6.30 pm and I have just been made a stiff G& T that can wait till tomorrow morning. Yes, we take our racing seriouslyaboard Four Seasons. Not much to report today, am trying a day without towingMildred so running the engine for charging. ETA looks like sometime aroundThursday lunch time. A very slow 18 day trip. Till tomorrow, C & C P.S. Just spotted a sail on the horizon ! Turns out it is ‘One and Only’from our racing division. They have to beat us in by about 12 hours. Should besafe but they are doing a knot faster than us. Keep. read more...


05/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 12 - (Wild) Life on board

December 4, 2015 – Last night the half moon was illuminating our journey through the water. A half moon gives slightly less light than a full moon, but still it gives enough light to see somewhat of our surrounding. Night sailing remains to be a little wonder. It’s such a surrealistic view to see nothing around you, just the water and waves that are lightened by the moon and a dark sky with some stars or clouds. Further than that you only hear the ocean and feel the swell. It’s as if we are sailing through a painting. Or as if we are part of a film set. (To the people that have seen The Truman Show: I sometimes imagine we suddenly sail into a wall…!)  In the last 24 hours we made 196 miles. And we have a new speed record: 15.8 knots thanks to a high wave that lifted us up and. read more...


05/12/2015

Aliena - Sabado 5-12-2015

Dia 4º de travesía.Noche movida por culpa del mar. Seguimos sin ver un alma. Cae el viento y nos desmoraliza bastante ¿cuantos días mas vamos a tardar en llegar?. De momento hacemos un SOG de poco mas de 6 nudos, a veces menos y la corriente a favor ha desaparecido. Desde ayer hemos hecho 173 nm, aun quedan 1515 nm. Vemos por los correos de la ARC que han llegado a Santa Lucia pocos barcos. Creo que lo del poco viento es generalizado.Estamos bien los tres.Carmen. read more...


05/12/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX, knobbelig zeetje..

Sinterklaas met vers gebakken kruidnootjes! Heerlijk, ook waren er chocolade munten. Gisteren, vannacht en vandaag een erg onrustige zee. Golven af en toe dwars op t schip en ca 3 tot 5 m hoog. Er heerst dan ook weer zeeziekte aan boord. De Belgische reisziekte pillen staan weer paraat! Tot vanmiddag dubbel gereefd gevaren. Nu met 1 reefje in het grootzeil. Hopelijk is de wind morgen iets minder en de oceaan iets rustiger dan kunnen we onze Parasailor weer hijsen!Nu varen we met wind achter en moeten we afkruisen. We zien nog steeds elke dag boten op ons scherm. Vandaag ook weer de Wet Dream gezien en gesproken. En dat na 1 week, bijzonder. Helaas horen we van de ARC office soms minder goede berichten. Een schip dat wegens schade aan de giek naar de Kaap Verden moest uitwijken is daar na. read more...


05/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 5 at 4:44 pm

Albatros Update: 15° 47.60 N, 55° 45.87 W2015-12-05 16:44:07 +0000Day 14 on the Albatros. About 315nm to Saint Lucia.Sleep. It's 6am board time, my watch has ended at 5. I lie awake in my bed, my face 20cm below the deck. My quarters are at the fore, only the sail chamber is a security lock in front of me, and then the anchor box, containing 100m of chain. Of course nobody has checked the length, and people exist that do make a living buying 300m of anchor chain and selling 400.My bed moves several meters in every conceivable direction. Up, down, forward, back, left, right. The fore of the vessel is the part that moves most, with every wave that rolls from behind, the boat is lifted up, and it's nose points down, in inside that tip of the boat I lay awake, listening to the water gurgle,. read more...


05/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 14

Dag 13-14Gisteren een heerlijke dag zeilen. Alle dagen beginnen nu een beetje meer op elkaar te gelijken. Zon, warm, windkracht 5 - 6met af en toe een vlaag 7 dus het blijft wel waaien! Komende 48 uren houden we nog dezelfde koers aan. Maandag zou de wind nog meer naar het oosten ruimen en doen we een laatste gijp en zetten we het kompas op+/-230° en zakken zo van 17 naar 14 graden noorderbreedte. Gisteren nog een dorade van zeker een meter aan de lijn gehad en met veel moeite tot bij de boot ingehaald. Maar bij het "aangaffen" is hij van de haak gegaan. Spijtig, want de pollo balletjes in rundssaus waren niet zo'n succes. Bij het vallen van de avond hebben we bezoek gekregen van dolfijnen. Ze hebben een tijdje voor de boeg gespeeld en zijn dan weer verdwenen.Voor de rest zien we. read more...


05/12/2015

Grand Bleu - vrijdag 4 en zaterdag 5 december

Na vele dagen gennakerend voor de wind vrijdag de genua uitgeboomd en “pal voor het lapje” koers gezet op de noordpunt va St Lucia.De immer waaiende passaat wind ( 4-5) geeft genoeg druk op de zeilen om het klappen te voorkomen.Met nog 385 mijlen voor de boeg lijkt een aankomst op maandag zeer waarschijnlijk, onze Duitse buren liggen nog 27 mijl voor ons maar op dit moment is onze vmg van 9 beter dan die van hen ( 7,7). Wij ruiken een kans.Met het naderen van de aankomst maakt een zekere melancholie zich van ons meester… . read more...


05/12/2015

Why Not - Saturday

Saturday   Well an interesting couple of days we have had  , Firstly breaking ourdaily mileage from 161 to 173 which we were very pleased with.   Then onto our flying fish record of 8 in one night joining us, and oursudden desire to dance like a scots man when one landed in our crew members lapat 3am.   A quiz day on sailing was organised yesterday and guess what our 2 crewnamed dumb and dumber (Paul and Keith) won  !!!   Tonight we are eating our catch of the day a 15 ib Dorado which we aregoing to curry , thanks to our skipper  ( Richard )   Weather and winds are fantastic and today we have the bimany down andplenty of sun tanning today .   ETA from us Friday lunch time , just in time for a beer !!!   Paul and. read more...


05/12/2015

Aqualuna - 15:28.807N 52:43.986W

DAY 13 ARC SATURDAY 5/12/15I wrote a blog last night and for some reason it was rejected by mailasail.This one will be even more up to date. We have had acres of golden seaweed floating and no way of avoiding running through it or in to it.The night before last we cleared our prop and rudder of it by going into reverse engine this worked well.We no longer had the feeling of drag or the sound of drums on the bottom of the hull aft.During the night last night we again ended up with tons of weed which slowed us down and made a shuddering effect and vibration on the prop.Int day light Jonathan came up furled the genoa and went to put the yacht into reverse unfortunately at the time we were in a huge big rolling sea and we broached to port, the spinnaker sheet was washed off the deck and slid. read more...


05/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 13 - Sammy the Snake is back

Following a number of cracking days racking up the nautical miles, we can report that Sammy returned, albeit rather briefly, during skippers watch between 2 and 5 am last night. Brian endured what he termed as the mother of all squalls, with a wind shift of 65 degrees, torrential rain. Sails backing, winds up to 38kn and then down to 1kn, and up again. Our course suffered quite a bit during this onslaught, hence another reference to Sammy.Prior to all this we had a bit of a celebration the evening before (Thursday) when we passed the half way point (measured by longitude). Bubbly and nibbles at around 9pm.Just before half way, Tim and I had a bit of a sentimental moment when thoughts of home and loved ones loomed large, so apart from our usual inane ramblings, we hit upon ' The homesick,. read more...


05/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 05-12-2015: nog ff

Alweer de laatste mijlen, nog 63 en we hebben de Atlantic weer achterons.  Gisteren de gennaker gerepareerd (daar was een scheurtje in gekomen)en er op gezet nadat we eindelijk weer een soort van constante wind hadden nadie eindeloze serie squalls. Ziet er weer goed uit.   Afgelopen nacht was er weer één uit het boekje, vlak voor donker toch maarde grote gennaker eraf gehaald en onder uitgeboomde genua verder, er was windgenoeg om constant 10 knopen te lopen dus ook geen geslinger. We zijn erallemaal beter van geworden, zeker Bert die het zo af en toe wel zwaar heeftgehad en die we een paar dagen hebben gemist....   We zijn  nu aan het vissen, de mannen hebben zin in sashimi, hetvissen gaat niet zo goed. Bert had een fors aantal sleepaasjes meegenomen maardie zijn. read more...


05/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 13

Sunrise 04.12.2015Tag 1315-22 kn Wind. Im Schnitt 7 kn Fahrt. Lange hohe Wellen, bis zu 5 m. Zu Beginn wolkenbedeckt. Ab Mittag reißt der Himmel auf, die Sonne brennt und wir segeln mit gutem speed unter Schmetterlingssegel unseren Kurs. 245°.Eine gute Gelegenheit einen Teil des Bordalltags zu beschreiben.Hygiene:3 Zahnputzbecher Wasser pro Mann und Tag für Körperwäsche und Zähneputzen. Gut wenn man wenig davon hat. Der Rest wird für Kopf, Ober- und Unterkörper benutzt. Also Waschlappen eintunken und kräftig abrubbeln. Tip. Oben beginnnen.Wem es so nicht genügt geht mit einem Eimer Seewasser ins Cockpit und duscht sich mit seewasserverträglichem neutralen Shampoo. Bleibt aber immer eine leicht prickelnde Salzschicht auf der Haut.Letztlich ist Hygiene aber keine Frage der Sauberkeit,. read more...


05/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Blog DEC 5TH

May BlogSaturday 5th December 2015 We woke up this morning to no water.  The water maker was badly fitted in Gibraltar and with the roly-poly sea we cannot make water.  Tina is so disappointed because she spent months researching and specifying the right water maker so that the crew on Magic could enjoy showers everyday.  The reality is that they have had to ration water and now it has run out.  We have enough drinking water but they will have to do the dishes,  cook and wash themselves with a combination of salt water and wipes.  I don’t mind because I hate to be washed anyway.  I am very sensitive to mood and this morning the feeders were tired and irritated.  Tina said you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.  This is a tough enough. read more...


05/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 13 (Friday): A Day on Hanse Sailor

How the everyday life on Hanse Sailor looks like...   Since we hit quite steady trade winds from east-north-east to east with15-20 knots (27-36 km/h) a couple days ago, the sail trimming came to a minimum.We are mostly flying either the main sail or the Gennaker alone, having the windalmost straight from stern (the back aka known as the infamous downwindsailing). So apart from the rare change of sail, how does our day (including thenight, since we are here 24/7) on Hanse Sailor look like?   During the night, starting at 2000 and ending at 0800, our watch systemstarts. We are organised in teams of two and a watch lasts for three hours,meaning two teams have one watch per night and one team has two. This shouldprovide each of us with at least six hours of sleep (although since. read more...


04/12/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture 4/12/15

December 4th Fish count remains on “2” We are making good progress, continue sailing throughout the day and night, (no noisey engine), flying the Gollywobbler during the day and goosewinging during the night. The trade winds are blowing at a steady 20 knots. We have just 581 nautical miles to our destination. We can almost taste the rum punch on our lips, and hear the party atmosphere. We are hoping to arrive in St Lucia by Monday 7th lunch time or earlier. Crew spirits are high as we sail nearer St Lucia, hotels and flights home are being booked. Our fresh food has lasted very well, we have not started on the tinned food. The sandwich toaster works well for lunch and everyone likes the various combinations of ingredients. A small number of baby flying fish have. read more...


05/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 13 - 04/12

Position 15°05N 45°16WDurante la notte, Max nota la spia del pompa automatica di sentina accendersi, pochi secondi che però hanno un grande significato: c'è acqua in sentina.La mattina, nel tradizionale giro di controllo, Max trova un poco d'acqua nel gavoncino sotto il sedile del carteggio.Una posizione alquanto strana, perchè è un gavoncino più alto della sentina, e sopratutto l'acqua non arriva dal basso, ma dall'alto.Era presente nel controstampo un vecchio forellino di una vite, dal quel forellino zampilla, durante i rollii, un poco d'acqua.L'acqua sembra salmastra, tuttavia è dolciastra e profumata e Max sostiene sapere di birra.Controlliamo bene tutta la sentina.Sappiamo di avere un dito di acqua dove custodiamo le lattine e i bottiglioni di acqua, prima di partire scoppiò un tubo. read more...


05/12/2015

Taistealai - Weedundant

Sat 5 DecemberWeeds are any plant growing in the wrong place, and 16 00N 051 43W is certainly the wrong place for us. After two days of weed dodging, hooking, clearing and setting out the watt&sea, we have had to admit defeat and hoist it out of the water. Our hydrogenerator is now weedundant! This morning we are surrounded by thick trails of sargasso weed; spindly tentacles interlockedlike a child's construction toy. We are sailing through a weed-slick. Faced with this onslaught, we have had to pull out the hydrogenerator from the water to prevent it becoming clogged with weed. Moaning Myrtle has done a superb job and we are all sad to loose her valuable services. With just four days to go before we reach St.Lucia, we can manage our power requirements via wind, solar and alas our. read more...


05/12/2015

Friskus VI - Buns

Det ikke alltid like lett å holde barna i aktivitet, men idag hadde deønsket seg å bake boller. I 8 knops fart og delvis på skrå klarte vi å putteoppi de rette ingrediensene, og etterhvert også å trille ut både rosinboller ogkanelboller. Vårt engelske mannskap syntes de norske bollene smakte fantastisk.Ellers går det mye i skjermspilleing for barna, både hjernedøde oghjernetrimmende spill, + engelsk.  Noe vi har hatt veldig mye bruk for på denne overfarten er antiskli. Helestuebordet har en tykk duk med blå antiskli på, det samme har kartbordet ogkjøkkenbenken.Dette har spart oss for mye opprydning og søl fra ting som ikkehar veltet ned på gulvet i bølgene. Igår tok antisklien oss imidlertid til nyehøyder da Øyvind og jeg prøvde oss på Scrabble, men måtte begynne på nytt etterå ha. read more...


05/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Saturday December 5

Saturday 5th DecemberRace Day 13It was another hot and humid day out in the Atlantic, that started with freshly baked bread and an amazing fruit salad….but our supply of fresh fruit and veg is now nearly depleted.  Spirits however are still high and there has been a change in mood as everyone is getting excited about the fast approaching finish line and the chance to party with more than a few rum and cokes!In our daily lunch time progress update from Ricky, we heard the bad news that it was unlikely that we would be able to catch up to Challenger 1.  We are however still in the race and are trying to ensure that we maintain our steady progress in order to increase our ranking.Dave was then again back in teacher mode and gave some of the crew a beginner’s guide to celestial. read more...


04/12/2015

Taistealai - A Different Angle

Sailing on Tashi is at times like taking part in one ofthe more cerebral TV quiz shows. We are constantly talking angles, numbers andcalculations. Not that your beloved crew of Tashy are especially quick orclever, indeed sometimes fingers and thumbs are brought into the reckoning. Sowhy all the mathematics? We shall explain. Angles come into play frequently. Sheeting angles on thelines controlling our sails; get the angle right and the sail will work moreefficiently allowing us to sail at our best gybe angle. As we are sailing downwind, boat speed is affected by our angle to the wind. Dead down wind, with thebreeze directly behind us is the slowest point of sail, but may  offer the shortest  distance. We can improve our boat speedby sailing at a closer angle to the wind.. read more...


05/12/2015

Hera - Seegras

Wie schon im letzten Jahr ist der Atlantik von ausgedehnten Seegraswiesenbedeckt, die von der afrikanischen Küste nach Westen treiben. Für die Ostküsten der karibischen Inseln ist das eine Katastrophe. Undnatürlich ist auch die “Hera” davon betroffen. Grüne Knäuel bleiben an Propellerund Ruderblättern hängen und bremsen die Fahrt deutlich. So bleibt nichtsanderes übrig, als von Zeit zu Zeit energische Maschinenmanöver mit hohenDrehzahlen und Umsteuern der Maschine sowie Extremruderlagen zu fahren. Die Aufhängung des Spibaums am Mast hat sich wieder verabschiedet. Wirwerden heute mal nach einer neuen Lösung suchen. Glücklicherweise drehte derWind in der Nacht so, dass wir ohne Ausbaumen mit beiden Segeln auf Backbordburgsegeln konnten. Ansonsten geht es Crew und Boot gut.   Stefan. read more...


05/12/2015

Aqualuna - 15:49.667N 51:15.094W

DAY 13 ARCSATURDAY 5/12/15Weed everywhere, acres of it, gold in colour.Had to put the engine on for the first time to clear the prop and rudder by going into reverse, as it was making the yacht vibrate and slowing us. Now on night watch and we have more around the prop and rudder, not much we can do about it as soon as we get rid of one lot more comes.On top of this the wind is being fickle with wind shifts happening all the time, we just need to gain a bit more time on a particular yacht so don’t really need this to slow us.Sue saw a meteorite whilst on watch this evening, her first watch on her own! A flame of star with a tail shooting through the sky.We had another pod of Dolphins around the yacht this afternoon they looked as though they were hunting flying fish as those were. read more...


18/11/2015

First Step - First Leg done with Vincent, our French journalist

Well this is now our first Log and hopefully wont be the last one. The first leg for us was actually close to an rollercoaster ride. Well let me first start off how everything began; me (Micha) and my Dad (Martin) started on the 5th of July in the top of Germany for an 14 month trip. Leaving family, wife, fiancé, work and everything behind us to get out and experience something new, finding to ourselves, or everything else you would do on a sailing boat. Our catamaran, the FIRST STEP is an Lagoon 400 S2 and is just the perfect boat for us two and our trip. So we made our trip down the coast passing the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, England, France, Spain again and Portugal, then over to madeira and then down to the canaries. We have everything documented on our blog sy-first-step.de, you. read more...


04/12/2015

Calypso - Later that week...

Yesterday and Today, whichever days those are!You get days, where not much really happens, but at the end of it you find you've been busy the whole time. Well we've had a couple of those; after all the fish, the leak (drip, not vegetable), polishing and this and that. And then this morning, peace, a nice steady breeze, not too much of a sea, everyone either asleep, or sitting quietly contemplating the morning.So there we all were, each of us quietly enjoying the morning in our own way; sleeping, checking the weather forecast, or gazing idly up into the rigging. And that is exactly what Dave was doing this morning, gazing idly up at the sails, then not so idly peering at the leech of the genoa (the leech is what we call the back edge for some reason, and genoa is our name for the big one. read more...


Calypso - Later that week...
Calypso - Later that week...
04/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 12

Day 12Another glorious sunrise for my 4 to 7am watch, usually a bit tired at thispoint but had some good tunes on the ipod and sailed on through, watchingthe stars, the moon and then the sunrise!All crew predictions for our ETA have been cast [secretly] and then revealedwith most estimating with carefully considered scientific reasoning, aThursday arrival in ST Lucia but myself [4.10pm] and Dan [4.00pm] beingoptimistic with a Wednesday 9th arrival.To win I need Skyelark to keepwith these brisk winds and not mess about with any calm weather!.So whenwe caught a further 2 large dorado this afternoon and the boat needed to beslowed down to bring these beautiful fish in, Im egging them on to get thefish gutted and back to the business of sailing!Oh but what beauties andskillfully gutted. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 12
Skyelark of London - Day 12
04/12/2015

Four Seasons - Rolling, rolling, rolling...!

Rawhide! The problem with going dead downwind with a wing and wing set upis the constant rolling. Once she starts to oscillate the rolls become quitesevere. The boom end gets close to the water as does the spinnaker pole end.Just moving about the boat becomes difficult and cooking very difficult. Allmeals are very basic now; Tinned chicken and a curry sauce for example. Easy toprepare and served in bowls !Weather fairly constant for the past 24 hours. Wind ENE around 20 kts withan 8 foot swell. Some heavy showers but no real squalls- Yet ! The water from 1of our tanks tastes a bit funny, slightly brackish. It’s ok for washing andcooking but the crew don’t like drinking it much. In an enormous show ofselflessness Chris the skipper has said he will substitute drinking water forbeer. What a. read more...


04/12/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 04/12/2015 180 Milles !!! 7.5 noeuds de moyenne

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, les journées passent et se ressemblent... Soleil, douchesur le pont, sieste, repas, quart. Les repas commencent à être moins fraismais on devrait avoir de quoi tenir jusqu'à l'arrivée.Objectif : Etre à Sainte Lucie le vendredi 11 (Nous devons garder unemoyenne de plus de 6 noeuds)Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


04/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 4 at 7:10 pm

During the night the wind has picked up further - 13kn speed with 30kn of wind was one particular moment I remember from our shift this morning. That was fun! But also hard work. My team shifts responsibility at the helm every twenty minutes, always in the same order- first Guido, then me, then Stephan. This leaves no room for discussions, which makes things easier. Recommendation: whatever can be decided and structured before or when you sail, do it. There is enough room for discussions elsewhere, and who has to spend how long at the helm shouldn't be one of them.Early in the morning we overtook another sailing vessel, which we had seen for many hours in the night. Good feeling!On the drama bit side, our spinnaker boom has started to break to pieces. Since it is made of carbon, that is. read more...


04/12/2015

Aliena - Viernes, 4-12-2015

Seguimos navegando tranquilos a pesar del mar bravo que tenemos. Hoy hemos atangonado el yankee y vamos con tres velas. Solo hemos visto por pantalla un pesquero japones. Nos avisan que el velero Magritte, que salió de reparaciones de Mindelo detrás de nosotros ha tenido una via de agua, un mercante ha rescatado a la tripulacion y han abandonado el barco. Nos ha dejado bastante desmoralizados. Hemos recorrido 176 nm y nos faltan 1680 nm en este momento. La bañera del barco se ha convertido en un salon de lectura con mecedora (el mar bamboleando el barco) incorporada.Carmen.. read more...


04/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 12 - 03/12

Position 15°33N 42°29WLe giornate proseguono con la solita routine.A bordo l'allegria regna nonostante il rollio della barca.Negli ultimi due giorni tutto è stato caratterizzato dal rollio e dall'impossibilità di lasciare oggetti liberi dal muoversi in giro.I nostri pranzi e le nostre cene sono delle comiche.Bisognerebbe avere 4 mani per tenere tutto.E' normale che Roby abbia rovesciato addosso una birra a pasto, ormai è una tradizione che cerchiamo di rispettare giorno dopo giorno, anche se Roby ormai tiene sempre il bicchiere vuoto per evitare ribaltamenti.E' un paio di giorni che abbiamo l'idrogeneratore Watt&Sea a bordo, andiamo forte e non riusciamo a rimetterlo in acqua, il meccanismo di posizionamento è davvero un piccolo neo di questo bell'oggetto. Domani sicuramente andremo. read more...


04/12/2015

Talanta - Log Day 12: A Squall sent by the devil himself and second rudder broken!

Afterswitching rudders last Sunday we have been pushing the boat really hard. Duringall the trouble of repairs and standing still we had lost all the advantage tomany of our competitors, especially Desna who now had come up on 3rd place inthe ranking. As of last Sunday they were 26 miles ahead of us. To avoid makinganother gybe (meaning once again remove the rudder in the middle of theAtlantic!), we had followed the northerly route far longer than optimal.Therefor we had to sail through a large high pressure with very low winds. Notgood for gaining on the competitors! Butas we got into stronger winds we really started the chase. At each report we hadgained one to two hours on the corrected time. We overtook Desna and as of lastnight we were about 50 miles ahead of them. Also having. read more...


04/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 13 Atlantic selfie

Een mooie dag op zee vandaag. 20 kn wind, bakstag. laluna loopt 6,5 - 7 kn zonder veel moeite.....Net lekker biertje gehad met de crew, Zo gaat het lekker verder en nog 1075 zeemijl te gaan (wat wel nog zoiets is als van Blankenberge naar Lissabon zeilen) tot morgen, Lode .. read more...