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27/11/2017

Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés

Toujours en pleine forme !8d4c1058-79ec-405b-a0cd-c1ba5f77ae632049303064. read more...


Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés
Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés
27/11/2017

Tommy - Log 4 - The calm after the storm

We have finally hit the start of the trade winds, goose winging it with the wind right up our chuff, averaging about 7 knots boat speed. Not the type of speed we would have been completely satisfied with at the beginning of the trip but it’s some welcome progress compared to what we have encountered since the last post.  For anyone who has been tracking our progress, you will have seen our almighty detour. Our track over ground looked like a new design for a rollercoaster. Weather predictions stated we would hit about 20-25 knots with a high chance of squalls. What a massive understatement. A few hours into the evening we found ourselves in a brewing storm, initially hitting 35 knots and steadily building. This was not on anyones forecast! We were all up on deck with our oil. read more...


27/11/2017

Manihi - L'autoroute est en vue

Il faut avouer que la route pour arriver jusqu'ici n'était pas simple ! Des vents faibles et dans tous les sens en dessous des Canaries, une dépression avec des vents plus soutenus (!) à l'ouest. Alors rallonger pour avoir plus de vent ou descendre tout droit jusqu'au Cap Vert dans les trous de calmes. Notre route n'a pas été la plus sage mais elle nous a donné l'occasion de gouter à différentes saveurs douces et épicées de l'océan. Et puis nous ne sommes pas venus pour faire du moteur ou attendre le vent dans des pétoles, hein ?Donc, nous voilà aux portes des Alizés. On ne peut pas s'y tromper. Les poissons volants sont là. Déjà un sur le pont la nuit d'avant ... Demain à la latitude du Cap Vert nous prendrons la bretelle d'entrée sur l'autoroute. D'après la météo sur deux semaines, les. read more...


27/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+8 Le bon côté

Lundi 27 novembre12h00 UTC19°37 N25°13 WDistance sur 24 h: 110 millesDistance restante : 2072 millesLe bon côtéCa y est, nous avons traversé la zone de calme et nous sommes du boncôté de la Force. Le vent est du secteur est, enfin.En soirée, nous avons préparé le grand spi asymétrique sous un beau clairde lune ; écoutes, amure, bout dehors et drisse prête a être frappée. Quand levent a commencé à revenir de l'arrière en fin de nuit (donc lune couchée),nous avons pu lancer le spi dans l'obscurité complète sans craindre defaire des nœuds dans le gréement. Car c'est le problème de nuit. Une drisse apu faire un tour autour d'un hauban sans que l'on s'en rende compte. Enquelques heures, le cordage est mort.Puis nous avons changé de spi dans la matinée pour pouvoir être encore plusportant. read more...


27/11/2017

Passepartout - Dry times and a dud dunny!

We are through the pain and suffering (exaggeration) of days of 30 to 37 knot headwinds after our retrospective fruitless detour northwards in our quest to stay in wind and avoid becalment at all cost. What we didn’t count on was the development of a belatedly predicted second low. Since then, a third low has materialised to our north confirming our decision to go south as being the right one as we pray to the bust of Ganesh above the cockpit! So, we have made miles south - all to windward - in a new attempt to cross a rigging barrier of light air at its narrowest point. This weather routing can do your head in.Crystal gazing....We’re hoping to pop out of this light air ridge and poke our nose into fresh trade winds where we can hoist the spinnaker and start making fast downwind miles.We. read more...


26/11/2017

Queen Bee - pesci volanti

Ed eccoci qui, nel ventre dell'aliseo, procediamo veloci con "il vento in poppa" o megli al lasco. 15 nodi di reale e la nostra Queen Bee arriva a toccare i 7 nodi senza scomporsi, è un vero piacere veleggiare così, ed èancora più bello se si pensa a quanto abbiamo atteso questo vento ristoratore.Il morale è subito balzato alle stelle, vento e velocità, cosa chiedere di più... Un pesce fresco ? Eccolo un piccolo tonnetto di circa 2 Kg. che al tramonto ha abboccato, subito sfilettato, domani tartara di tonno alla "fleur de sal" e la Cristie sa di cosa parlo . Poi è successo l'incredibile !!! Durante la cena consumata nella dinette della barca, siamo già agli "ammazza caffè" e si sente una forte vibrazione proveniredagli osteriggi semiaperti, sarà una draglia che vibra ? No e qualche cosa. read more...


28/11/2017

Shimna - shimna at sea

We are on our way across the Atlantic, and at last we have some wind!!! and its not Dave Tyrant!!!Plenty of water !! chocolate( snickers are delicious straight from the freezer) ginger biscuits and crisps!! Its amazing what these guys can eat. They told me they were on a detox trip, well I’ve not seen it yet!!Tubby has taken over as chief navigator, !!!! god help us. John is Mr Cautious, Captain Calamity, is what he is !!! and I”m the boss !!!At least 2 weeks hold up on this boat with 3 men god love us and save us .!!!!JULIE. read more...


27/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 9 - Whale Watching und eine unruhige Nacht

Ich muss diesen Blogeintrag mit dem gestrigen Abend beginnen. Ich hatte mich ja ins Bett gelegt, da mir etwas flau im Magen war und das hat Gott sei Dank sehr gut geholfen. Ich fühlte mich gerade schon wieder besser, als ich auf einmal Kerstins panische Stimme irgendetwas rufen hörte. Als ich an Deck ging, stellte sich heraus, dass zwei Wale unmittelbar neben und hinter dem Boot mitschwammen. Sie waren etwa zweimal so groß wie ein Delphin, dunkelgrau, mit einer runden Schnauze und einer gebogenen Finne. Die Finne sah tatsächlich derjenigen sehr ähnlich, die wir vor einigen Tagen schon aus der Entfernung gesehen hatten und bei der wir damals schon vermutet hatten, dass sie zu einer kleinen Walart gehört. Nachdem die beiden wieder weg waren, haben Papa und ich sein Buch "Atlantic Islands". read more...


27/11/2017

Hot Stuff -

Day 8 The one where Bella gets hit by a fishFeeling pretty jammy today as this afternoon marks the start of downwind sailing and the world's longest home straight. I am a bit of a wildlife geek so sightings so far include... the luminescent plankton that marks our way through the ocean most nights along with flashing jellyfish and occasionally we see the shadows and sounds of dolphins playing in our wake. During the day they seem a bit preoccupied with fishing and I hope they are having more luck than us... so far two plastic bags are all we have caught. A very lost looking turtle came up for air next to us. Wildlife sighting of the week goes to Bella who got hit in the back by a flying fish and only realised after Naomi informed her with a few expletives. After lot of flapping from fish. read more...


27/11/2017

Scarlet Island Girl - About time we wrote something!

Apologies for very tardy blogging, it has been quite an eventful race so far!Best start with a quick summery of our race so far I suppose.The start was keenly contested, the inshore end of the line was advantageous, especially as the big boys picked the outer end.We had the two X yachts GodSpeed and Optim’x for company.Peter who owns Godspeed has been a friend since last ARC and I was surprised but quietly impressed that he engaged us pre start stopping us gybing back to the line (totally within the rules) to time his start very well leaving us to follow him, to a 20 second deficit, not much in ocean racing, but certainly put us in our place!The x 40 Optim’x had a nice looking full size jib, we had opted to reduce our rating and go with a smaller heavy weather jib as our biggest. read more...


27/11/2017

EH01 - Day 8, Monday, 27.11

Well, we’re back after a few days of funky, upwind sailing. We made someprogress over the past few days with the help of a low pressure system giving usplenty of wind. However, it seems there is not much wind behind it apart from anew high pressure system developing which does not have any breeze. Hence wecouldnt stay slightly N of the rhumb line (as previously planned) and headstraight towards St Lucia but we have to duck due south to catch the trade windswhich will be driven by the high pressure system I mentioned above. So ifeveryone is wondering why we are sailing away from St Lucia that is thereason. Conditions are very light but at least we are moving south. It’s going tostay light for the next 2-3 days but we hope to catch the trades towards thesecond half of the week and make up. read more...


27/11/2017

Helen - Ed's next journey

We have less than 450 miles to go and the captain is confident that we will cross thefinish line on Thursday morning. The wind has arrived at last and we are having a fantastic sail.I will be leaving Yacht Helen in St Lucia and I will be looking for a berth to take me to the Galapagos. I don't know what route we will take but it will include a passage through the Panama Canal. I am looking forward to that.I hope that we are able to stop at Guadalupe for a couple of reasons. Firstly there is a large colony of Iguanas on the island of La Desirade and it will be good to catch up with some close relatives.I also hope to go to the island of St Marie near Guadalupe. I have a cousin there. His name is Henry and he is a lizard who lives with a nice English policeman by the beach.The captain says. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 1 * 2 " Turbolenter Start"

Mit großer Freude kann ich berichten, daß die Meltemi nach langem Bangen und Hoffen nun doch tatsächlich an der ARC 2017 teilnimmt.Bis zum letzten Moment hat die gesamte Crew der Meltemi den Atem angehalten, weil nicht klar war, ob das Schiff bis zum Start segel klar sein würde. Auf dem Weg nach Gran Canaria hatte die Beneteau 54 in einem Sturm große Schäden davon getragen. Der Skipper musste mit Not Pinne in den Hafen einlaufen, weil unter anderem das Ruder defekt war, und seit dem wurde mit Hochdruck bis spät abends an den Reparaturen gearbeitet.Die Nerven vom Team lagen blank, alle benachbarten Schiffe fieberten mit, und wir hatten das Mitleid vieler Mitsegler, was uns jedoch wenig Trost schenken konnte in dieser Situation.erschwerend hinzu kam, daß die kanarischen Handwerker, auf. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 6 "Fahrt durch die Hölle"

--Die letzten 1,5 Tage waren die Hölle für die Crew der Meltemi. In der Nacht auf Freitag kam doch noch der angekündigte Starkwind. Ich hatte mich auf meine 6 Stunden Schlaf in meiner Freiwache über Nacht gefreut, doch daraus sollte leider nichts werden. Nach unserem Wachsystem hat man immer abwechselnd 3 und 6 Stunden Freiwache und dazwischen jeweils 1,5 Std Bereitschaft mit anschliessenden 3 Std Deckswache. Somit war jede Stunde Schlaf kostbar geworden an Bord. In dieser Nacht frischte der Wind gegen 0:30 auf 4-5 Windstärken auf, wir fuhren einen am Wind Kurs. Die Genua wurde 30% eingerefft. In meiner Kabine im Vorschiff wurde es zeimlich laut, da der Bug vom Schiff regelmässig hart auf den Wellen aufschlug. Davon wurde ich das erste Mal wach. Nachdem ich wieder eingeschlafen war wurde. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 3-5

Tag 3Der Tag begann mit einem wunderschönen, malerischen Sonnenaufgang. Der Himmel war heute deutlich mehr bedeckt und es war mit einer Regen Front zu rechnen. Als der Wind im weiteren Verlauf des Tages stark abflaute, wechselten wir das Vorsegel und schlugen noch ein Kutter Segel an zum späteren Gebrauch.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, inzwischen gewöhnen sich alle an den Wachrhytmus. Heute war Badetag und alle trauten sich nun an die Dusche ran mit der "Pütz" am Heck von der Meltemi. Zur Belohnung nach der Dusche mit Saslzwasser durfte jeder mit einem Liter Süsswasser nachspülen. Der tag wurde uns noch versüsst mit zwei Bilgen voller Wasser. So vertrieben wir uns die Zeit damit, den eingelagerten Proviant aus den Bilgen raus zu holen und zu trocknen um dann die Bilgen zu trocknen. Das. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Fwd: ACHTUNG!!! KORRIGIERTE VERSION VON TAG 1 + 2

Tag 1 "Turbulenter Start"Mit großer Freude kann ich berichten, daß die Meltemi nach langem Bangen und Hoffen nun doch tatsächlich an der ARC 2017 teilnimmt.Bis zum letzten Moment hat die gesamte Crew der Meltemi den Atem angehalten, weil nicht klar war, ob das Schiff bis zum Start segel klar sein würde. Auf dem Weg nach Gran Canaria hatte die Beneteau 54 in einem Sturm große Schäden davon getragen. Der Skipper musste mit Not Pinne in den Hafen einlaufen, weil unter anderem das Ruder defekt war, und seit dem wurde mit Hochdruck bis spät abends an den Reparaturen gearbeitet.Die Nerven vom Team lagen blank, alle benachbarten Schiffe fieberten mit, und wir hatten das Mitleid vieler Mitsegler, was uns jedoch wenig Trost schenken konnte in dieser Situation. Die Zeit rannte uns davon. Während. read more...


27/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 7 + 8 "Licht am Ende vom Tunnel"

Day 7The Saturday morning was still with a lot of wind, unfortunately from the wrong direction and continue with wild swells up to 4 meters wave, but for sunny. Overnight, we had lost about 30 miles we were drifting when turning to the north. According to the weather report, we will have to sail another two days against the wind to finally reach the long-awaited Passat wind. With new energy the crew starts the day. The storm cutter was set and so we sailed with mainsail and storm cutter into the day. Our skipper finally managed to activate our plotter again. A small blown fuse was the culprit for the system failure. The rest of Saturday was relatively quiet, the swell was still quite high, - Day 8 Sunday Sunday was a relaxed, sunny sail day with genoa and mainsail and bright sunshine. We. read more...


27/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Counting down the miles

310 miles left of the crossing, and even though we are enjoying the experience we all look forward to making landfall in St Lucia. Our ETA is currently early morning on Wednesday if the wind is willing. We are eagerly awaiting every position report to see if we made or lost ground to the boats around us. The big problem with these reports is however that we don't know how many motoring hours the other boats have on this leg so it's a bit of a guessing game to try to figure out our position on corrected time. But even though we might have more motoring hours than some, we are quite certain that most boats will report somewhere between 20 - 60 hours. So it will be interesting to see the list when we get ashore. Outside the sun is glowing once again, and a 12 - 15 knots easterly wind is. read more...


27/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

Monday 27th NovemberTrifon crossed into the Cap Verde islands early this morning and issailing nearly due west towards St Lucia. Wind conditions are 15-20kntsand the seas are running around 2 metres. We are having difficulty injoining the radio net at lunchtime but I think that I have resolved theissues by reprogramming the radio for tomorrow's SSB call. We have seenseveral pods of small dolphins/porpoises and lots of fat flying fish.All is well on Trifon.. read more...


27/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 8 - 27.11.17 - die ersten 1.000 Meilen sind geschafft!

Barefoot - Tag 8 - 27.11.17 - die ersten 1.000 Meilen sind geschafft!Seit gestern morgen haben wir endlich ordentlichen Wind und konnten im Slalom durch die capverden cruisen. Die Nacht über war es sogar sportlich, bei bis zu 25 kn mussten wir mehrfach reffen. Da wir uns zwischen den Inseln bewegen, haben wir wieder den zweifelhaften Genuss der kurzen Wellen zu spüren bekommen. Im Laufe des Tages verlassen wir dann das Archipel und dann wird’s wieder längere Wellen geben.Heute zeigt sich der Himmel verschlossen, die Sonne haben wir noch nicht gesehen, auch der Sonnenuntergang gestern Abend war recht dürftig. Unserer Stimmung tut das aber keinen Abbruch, wir haben sogar das Spielen entdeckt...Leider haben wir auch drei Todesfälle zu beklagen - drei fliegende Fische haben es im Atlantik. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 8 fotos
27/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Celebrate good times

Yesterday we celebrated passing the halfway mark. For those paying attention you will know that we passed the halfway stage on Saturday evening but we didn't want to jump the gun. That would be like opening your Christmas presents on Christmas Eve, which, as we all know, is naughty. So how do you celebrate on a 15-metre boat (OK, 14.79 metres) in the middle of the ocean? Well firstly you go for a swim. The water temperature is just over 28 degrees Centigrade, which is warmer than our pool at home. It is also significantly deeper than our pool! It is a strange feeling being in the water with nothing under your toes other than 5 kilometres of blue water.However it isn't the depth that's unnerving, it's the fact that Shepherd Moon is so eager to continue her progress westwards, she just. read more...


27/11/2017

Ellen - Day 8

What a lazy day, or?? The wind is extremely weak and still upwind... We have around 1-5 knots wind and our boat speed is quite less than that. However, we got a tuna enough for a dinner and a lunch, upon that Lasse was hit by a "flying fish" but we kindly put the fish back in the water. You can believe Lasse was surprised when he, in the dark night, was hit by a big fly fish!. read more...


27/11/2017

Lei Lei - 8.Tag auf hoher See - Der Passatwind hat uns !

Die Depression ist vorbei, wir motorten bei sonnigem Wetter fleissig nach Süden, denn Meteorologe Frederik hat den Passat für Sonntag abend auf 19° Nord ausgemacht. Zur Hilfe nahm er die Gribfile Vorhersage von der Fa. Wetterwelt in Deutschland, die wir täglich per Kurzwelle erhalten. Jedes Mal wenn wir funken, müssen wir das Schiff von Hand steuern, denn der Autopilot ist nicht der beste Freund der KW Anlage. Zeitgleich meldet der Bordcomputer alle 5 Sekunden per Warnsignal dass der AP nicht zur Verfügung steht. Und das muß jedes Mal quittiert werden. Alle Mann rufen "hier!" wennn es darum geht wer das Schiff die nächsten 1,5 Stunden steuert. Aufgrund der recht langsamen Übertragung dauert jede Funksession so lange. Funktioniert aber.Sonntag abend um 17:00 Uhr die ersten Kräuselwellen. read more...


27/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Calm after the storm

Following the events of the previous couple days, we have been graced with a spell of good fortune.Saturday evening saw the seas settle and the wind find its happy medium, which meant for a pleasant and easy evening of rest and shifts throughout the night.Whilst we sat enjoying a good catch up over the events of the previous day or two, an unexpected squall snuck up on us out of nowhere. The trio on watch saw the perfect opportunity to take advantage and break the top speed to date, reaching 22 knots. Although short-lived this was an additional cherry on the cake; an added accomplishment, another silver lining in what had been a challenging yet rewarding part of our adventure.The evening shifts were graced by the Milky Way and its almost firework display of shooting stars, that left one. read more...


Gust of Wind - Calm after the storm
Gust of Wind - Calm after the storm
27/11/2017

Kindred Spirit - Kindred Spirit

It has been 1 week since we started and we have finally have a decent steady NE breeze blowing us towards the Caribbean at 6kts as of Sunday 26/11. The last few days have tried the captain and crew endurancewith many hours of light/no wind that required motor sailing, no fish caught and a temperamental generator all topped off with an estimated arrival time to St Lucia Jan 2018!! Then yesterday (Sat) our fortunes changed we managed to land 2 fish one on standard boat rod and the other on Joanna's crabbing line. Both fish were Boninto and tasted lovely. Then at 1700 the wind filled in from N/NE and has stayed with us ever since. The previous 3 evenings we have motor sailed, so to cruise along in near silence was heaven for those both on and off watch. We spend most of the days alone but. read more...


27/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay

We are underway from Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay. We will spend the night at Mossel Bay and then head to Capetown. We are hoping that will give us a more favorable wind rounding the Cape of Good Hope. Yesterday we did a tour of Addo Elephant National Park. About 17 people went from different boats. We loaded into three mini van type cars. Our guides were very nice. It was a pleasant cool day with sun shine. We spotted a nice list of animals to include ostrich, red bishop bird, Egyptian geese, blacksmith lapwing bird, glass starling, elephants, Cape buffalo, red hartebeest, Kudu, zebra, cape grysbok, wart hog, black backed jackal, dung beetles and leopard tortoise.  I am not that good at remembering. There was a check off list of what we might see. We had a late lunch. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
26/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 8: All mouth and Trousers and the one that got away

26 November 2017 Sunday 0830 20 deg 55.7'N 025 deg 51.9'WWe have decided to head South to catch the ever elusive trade winds and at 0300 we were tracking South on 180 degs upwind (of course). However the wind moved round and headed us meaning we were now aiming toward Africa rather than St Lucia and as the rum punch in the former is not as renowned as that in the latter we decided to tack. This was literally on change of watch and Neal and I had sat for three hours watching us get further away from our destination than we started - very depressing for us. Of course the tack meant we were pointing again to St Lucia but too far North to save us from the impending light patch over to the West, but at least their watch (Dave and Alf) was achieving positive VMG. When Neal awoke with a start. read more...


27/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 8 (26.11.)

Ein neuer Tag auf der Kreuz beginnt, die Lage des Schiffes ist über Nacht aber erträglich, der Wellengang ebenso. Unsere aktuelle Platzierung (89. von 189) im Rennen zeigt, dass die anderen alle auch mit dem Gegenwind zu kämpfen haben.Am Vormittag eine geänderte, bessere Wetterprognose, es besteht Aussicht am nächsten Tag die Passatwinde zu erreichen. Schlagartig hebt sich die Stimmung und dann beißt in der Vorbereitungen zum Abendessen (Spaghetti mit Pesto) auch noch ein Mahi-Mahi an und landet sofort in einem Zwiebel-Weißwein-Sud und bringt mit den Nudeln zusammen weitere gute Laune. Die Flaute kommt wie angekündigt am Abend. Wir motoren in die Nacht, sorgsam darauf bedacht am nächsten Tag das Rendezvous mir dem richtigen Wind nicht zu verpassen.. read more...


27/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 12

We have spent a lot of effort getting south and finally the wind has filled in giving us a decent speed. I really hope it lasts!The crew is all in high spirits, the food is still good, but the fruit is nearly out apart from a weird bunch of bananas. They seem to be of an evergreen type and refuse to ripen. I would not classify it as a big problem, but apart from lime, it is out last bit of fruit. We now see one boat a day on the AIS, so not a lot of traffic. The japanese whalers seem to have found other hunting grounds as well. So we continue or sail, winges out in a good breeze!Peder. read more...


27/11/2017

Charm - Day 10 - birds and pirates

I thought the big news today was going to be the appearance of a tiny but vicious pirate.Instead, it's about the bird that got away.After doing our cleaning chores (Sundays are cleaning days on Charm), we were all taking a break.After two days of eating Cobin's fudge, I decided I'd better do a workout of some sort.I was so sweaty afterwards that I decided to try dragging in the water like the kids.Joe lowered me in, took a few photos, then went back to put away the camera.I was happily dragging in the delightfully cool water when I heard him shouting, "No, no!"I noticed a bird that Joe had pointed out earlier.It had been circling the boat with interest and was now concentrating on the area behind the boat.We have been dragging fishing lines for days, with no luck, and I remembered that. read more...


Charm - I get to drag too
Charm - I get to drag too
Charm - Aaaargghhh!
Charm - Aaaargghhh!
26/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Blog

Same Same but DifferentThe days are sailing by while the food is only getting better. Steaks, homemade rosmary potato chips, mushrooms and peppercorn sauce for dinner tonight, which tried but failed to blow David's homegrown lemon-stuffed-ass, bacon wrapped, roast chicken (with fried Gnochi) out of the water - this was truly exquisite. And with regards to the bread, if I combine the ingredients, David is put in charge of kneading and Erica supervises the oven then blame for wrong-going is suffiently thinly spread so that we can each eat raw, unrisen bread contently in the morning.This afternoon we finally succeeded in convincing the old folks to play racing demons (aside from the Skipper who is neither old enough nor playful enough when it comes to cards). While John may be a demon,. read more...


26/11/2017

Odessa - 8-th day of race

Ветра по-прежнему немного. Пробираемся на юг иногда под мотором - к вечеру например ветер совсем скис.Банное-постиранный день.Из мелких неприятностей -ничего не случилось, обнаружен правда дефект спинакер-фала.Заменён.переделана также проводка оттяжки шкотового угла.На завтрак - кабачки с фасолью, обед - салат + куриный суп.. read more...


26/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Diumenge 26 de novembre de 2017 Ei pipol!Avui hem viscut l’últim diumenge a bord d’aquesta aventura (o això esperem!).Per tant, el dia ha començat amb els seus rituals de xocolata desfeta feta per en Jordi i Sardanes. Avui, com a extra hem fet una coca de pa de pessic i quatre ametlles per acabar d’arrodonir-ho. A més, hem tornat a pescar després de dos dies intentant-ho sense èxit. La veritat és que encara ens queda un llom de tonyina al congelador. Però ara ja estem per sota les mil milles de l’arribada i ja hi ha més peix. I tal dit, tal fet. En Jordi ha tirat la canya i peix cap dins! (Foto 1, no sabem quin peix és però estava boníssim al forn amb 4 patatones).Un cop esmorzats hem continuat amb el nostre esperit “deportiu” i hem fet el gimnàs diari, on avui en Mario se’ns ha. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
26/11/2017

Hummingbird - English lessons for the Aussies: Jollup, the third person, and talking around the subject

Hello again from the recalcitrant Aussie DJ John. 11 days at sea and approaching the three quarter mark with the pina coladas ever closer. Today I learnt a new word from the Brits on board: JOLLUP used to describe a thickened liquid such as sunscreen and ketchup. Interesting, but not as interesting as the UK aversion to the words yes and no and the constant reference to the third person …must have something to do with the Queens English! The spinnaker events continue to dominate the night watchers so that most of my sleeping is done foredeck in the afternoon rather than the sweaty bunk at night… as Chris in his dulcit tones whispers "John are you awake? (at 2am ) we have an issue with the spinnaker..."The No 1 one spinnaker has been retired from active service.I have requested that it be. read more...


26/11/2017

Mad Monkey - FISH FISH FISH and a rough night at sea

Day 6 of the Mad Monkey ARC crossing, and each one has been different!We have sailed in 3-4 knots of breeze both up and down, sped up, caught fish, deck showered, reefed and sunbathed all in the last 48 hours; all with smiles and laughter on board. (Note to self: we must work on the quality of the skipper's jokes).A lovely dorada of around 3kg was successfully landed, leading to some creative knife skills at the pushpitt, and of course the inevitable detritus and debris to wash away - so out came the powerful seawater hose! After washing the deck clean, it was time for the crew to spruce up themselves, so as might be imagined, the back deck became awash with soap and fun and games which the high-pressure hose jet ensured. As a result, we all ate really simple, fresh fish AND the grand. read more...