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NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South
NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South
25/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South

Lightning does strike twice it seems.The storm to our north came further south than was forecast and chased us throughout another long night, surrounding us with flashes on the horizon as we continued our escape, eagerly watching the barometer finally starting to climb.Reading the fleet updates from the ARC comms this morning it appears that this has been a far from ideal start for many. Of those that went North some, like us, have turned away from the weather, others have tried to go through or above it and several have returned to the mainland with damage.For those that went South they found little wind and some have motored to Cape Verde to pick up more fuel and supplies.For us conditions have gradually improved through the day and we expect to clear the weather system tomorrow. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South
NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South
25/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 7: Dave sees the Light and lessons in Devonish for Finns

25 November 2017 0700 Position 22 degs 13.1' N 025 degs 09.2' WWe tacked around 0330 onto port which pointed us in the approximate direction of where we want to go, well only 20 degs off which is something at least. St Lucia is effectively bang up wind of our position and, it seems, most others in the fleet. However, to see the VMG (velocity made good) reading similar to speed over ground was very uplifting given the day we had yesterday. We had two reefs in the mainsail to try to stop the boat slamming so much as each time we went over a big wave and crashed down onto the next it reverberated on Wendy's back which is causing her pain still. Later in the night the wind veered to 350 degs meaning we were pointing almost due North so we tacked onto starboard on 285 degs where boat speed. read more...


25/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog 3 or is it 4 ?

Blog 3 or is it 4 ?zoe cant remember.... lets say .. ....4Zoe here again .. the blog blond!Ok sorry folks we missed yesterdays blog,not the best weather to try and sit at the chart table and the keyboard would not staystill and I could not stay on theseat at the chart table!!Also we werebusy looking out for and trying to avoidlightning and rain squalls etcWith our more southern route we have avoided the worst of the weatherexperienced by the boats further North of us, and we just had the edge of the thunderstorm! We feel for the Salsa who that 42 knots last night!Today is another day....... the winds are light and life is more relaxed, showers and fishing are available again.yesterday wesailed 166 miles,however we only got 38 miles right direction!not a good day!Anyway, we're enjoying. read more...


25/11/2017

Helen - Today's sunrise

My picture today was taken at sunrise this morning. Hopefully one for the best picture competition.We have had a slow 24 hours of 114 miles only. Partly due to our energy efficiency campaign and partly for cooling the engine to enable routine maintenance to be carried out. It's 30 degrees outside and 80 degrees in the engine room!The captain thinks that we will get into St Lucia on Thursday morning and that we can motor nearly all the way if we have too. Surely we must get some wind one day but at the moment the forecast is saying not until Monday at the earliest.Being an Iguana means that I don't know who my parents were which is why I can understand those kids in Mindelo so easily. I was also inspired by the fact that the lizards have their own star near the argonauts ship. Maybe some. read more...


25/11/2017

Ngahue IV - Another day on Ngahue IV

Today, Saturday, has been a generally very satisfying day. We had very useful and "sailable" wind until about dusk. As per our Grib files, the wind has now abated to about 6 knots from a southwesterly direction. Still enough to get us to the Cape Verde islands where we hope to pick up our trade winds tomorrow (late?) afternoon. Those trade winds have been very elusive so far, playing their manana, manana game for the last couple of days. They were always just in the next "weather box" (the ARC organisers have, for the purpose of their weather forecasts, divided the Atlantic into boxes for which they supply customised forecasts) and there for the next day. Quite frustrating. The Azores anticyclone seems to be on a walkabout and not where it should be!Towards sundown, a school of dolfins. read more...


25/11/2017

Haji - Emails from Haji to Mupi - Too much tape?

Salut Mupi! Ça va?A moment of panic. The Skipper thought he was running out of tape, but it was ok, there was a secret store in that other essential locker - the glue locker.The Skipper's Wife is very scathing about the Skipper's bricolage skills. This stems from when on one occassion following a Breton storm, a hole appeared in the house roof. The Skipper remedied this by using glue to fix roof tiles on to the rafters below. This unusual repair however kept the rain out for another 3 or 4 years. The Skipper uses the same random methods for fixing the bits of me that fall off.Talking of catching birds, Devin, the American fisherman, has a rod sticking out of my bottom (well stern if you like) with 100 metes of 50 kg breaking strain line on it. I, in fitting with my status as an older. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 fotos
25/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 7 - Waschtag

Ehrlich gesagt fiel mir keine bessere Überschrift als "Waschtag" ein. :-p Wir haben jeden zweiten Tag Wasch- (Das heißt Dusch-)tag, aber heute hat Arjan auch zum ersten Mal unsere "Waschmaschine" ausprobiert. Sie ist gewissermaßen einfach ein Sack, in den man die Klamotten, etwas Wasser und Waschmittel gibt und den man dann gut durchknetet. Nach diesem Waschgang und nachdem wir alle geduscht hatten, war unser Wassertank dann auf ein Viertel zurückgegangen, sodass wir jetzt zum ersten Mal den Wassermacher verwenden, um den Tank aufzufüllen. Bisher hatten wir ihn nur zum Auffüllen von Trinkwasserflaschen benutzt.Außerdem haben wir uns heute ein Kopf-an-Kopf-Rennen mit der "Thyra" geliefert. Ein klarer Sieger ist vielleicht nicht ganz daraus hervor gegangen; Wir haben uns Meter um Meter an. read more...


Helen - Today's sunrise
Helen - Today's sunrise
25/11/2017

Manihi - Laisser le beurre fondre...

Belle journée ensoleillée pour profiter d'une mer calme et se reposer après une navigation un peu exigeante, sur manihi aussi c'est le week-end ! Repos et séchage des habits au programme.Cette nuit nous avons repris les quarts à une personne, quand les conditions demandent plus de réactivité et d'expérience on fait des quarts à deux.Comment rejoindre St-Lucie ? Vous vous posez certainement la question en tant que lecteur assidu du blog. Allez en ligne droite vers les Antilles?Aller vers le soleil qui se couche puis descendre au sud dès que vous vous lasser des superbes couchers de soleilen mer?Ce sont les anglais qui ont trouvé la solution avec la formule « go south et when the butter melts turn right» ...voilà vous savez maintenant router un voilier jusqu'à Lucie.Nous faisons route vers. read more...


25/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Wild night at Sea

So Gust of Wind got a little more than a gust last night. 52.4 knots to be exact. We are hit by a deep front which pummelled us for 36 hours culminating in a period of extreme gusts, we had no option but to take down the solent and reefed down to 3rd Reef. Just before this, the strain of the gusts on the rudders sheared one of the rudder pins, leaving us with a few anxious moments imagining ourselves hand steering on a single rudder in galeforce  conditions. Sam of course was well prepared and whipped out the spare pin he had bought just in case ! He and Justin fixed it in a jiffy in those conditions in the middle of the night. Shortly afterwards, we found the gusts had blown the wind speed meter right off the top of the mast together with the ticolor. And to top it all, the winches. read more...


Gust of Wind - Wild night at Sea
Gust of Wind - Wild night at Sea
25/11/2017

Surya - day 6

update from Mindelo. read more...


25/11/2017

Odessa - 6-th day of race

Ветер усилился -довольно неприятный мордотык.Принято решение идти на юг - до встречи с пассатами.Из мелких неприятностей - порвали 5 шкотов и левая штурманская позиция - треснула сама коробка.На завтрак - яица с бутербродами и обед - сублиматы.. read more...


25/11/2017

Surya - test van Surya

Dit is een test-mail.Jacsy Surya. read more...


25/11/2017

Hummingbird - Sea Fever

You can be forgiven for thinking that things have descended into a mild state of mayhem on board Hummingbird because in lots of ways they have. Recent reports of underwear (worn overwear) parties, mid Atlantic pub quizes and a bizarre enactment of the board game Cluedo are in fact well founded. As the person responsible for this, I can only protest that we have been chasing the giant silken globe of our spinnaker across the Atlantic in the midday heat, trying to keep it inflated in the unseasonably light airs. Our world has shrunk to a mere sixty feet and a troublesome orb has become our god as we all take it in turns to do its bidding on the helm.A little craziness is a hazard of the job I’m afraid. So it is in this context that Chris ‘killed’ Michelle with a fender on the foredeck. read more...


25/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+6 Près océanique

Samedi 25 novembre 201712h UTC23°09 N24°49 WDistance sur 24h : 134 millesDistance restante : 2117 millesPrès océaniqueNous faisons du près océanique. C'est à dire que nous remontons contre levent mais pas trop serré. Cela nous permet de garder de la vitesse dansune mer toujours très agitée. Nous ne sommes pas dans la baie de Quiberon entraind'essayer de viser le passage du Beniguet. A notre échelle, le vent finirapar tourner avant d'arriver aux îles du Cap vert qui ne sont pas notreobjectif.Une zone de calme s'étend devant. C'est après l'avoir franchie que nousferons les comptes vis à vis des autres voiliers. Pour le moment, nousessayons de descendre en latitude le plus vite possible. Même si nous neprogressons plus beaucoup sur la route directe.Ça souffle toujours fort et Avel Biz est. read more...


25/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Day 7: A bit rough...

Well that was some piece of weather. Upwind sailing in a catamaran is not generally what I would choose to do but it has been a must for over 24 hours now. We are still making headway though it would be nice to start feeling those trades.A few sick crew overnight but there onto full recovery now as the winds are lightening and the seas reflect less of what it would be like inside a washing machine.On the bright side the captain scored a great size Dorado before the winds really started cranking! Beautiful lunch today, fresh fish and still going on the fresh salad also :) Unfortunately looks like we might be on motor again soon...image1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Day 7: A bit rough...
Aedis - Aedis Day 7: A bit rough...
25/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Naomis blog - day 6

Dad, you will be pleased to hear that I have been assigned as safety officer and went so far as to sleep in my life jacket for the first two nights as I was too tired to take it off! I have adopted a new sleeping position, face down with my arms straight down my side as it's the best way to prevent rolling out of you berth when the boat heals or we tack. I am also on plait duty as swapping from sunnies by day to head torches by night messes up the hair! We have all started accessorising with various bruises and I haven't worn shoes in 4 days which makes me very happy! We have got through our first wind hole day, and the glassy still water makes me feel as though I am on a film set. Whilst having a bucket shower two Atlantic dolphins joined me - it was surreal! Succumbing to mother. read more...


25/11/2017

Lei Lei - 6. Tag auf hoher See - Schönwettersegeln

Die Nacht war ruhig. Wir fuhren mit Minimalbesegelung, damit die Mannschaft sich erholen kann. Ein Squall nach dem anderen sucht uns zwar noch heim, aber insgesamt ist es wesentlich entspannter als vorher. Für Manche ist jetzt der erste Schlaf nach 36 Stunden angesagt. Das geht natürlich zu Lasten unserer Position. Gestern waren wir nach offizieller Mitteilung 4. der Gruppe B. Mal sehen wie viele Plätze wir verloren haben.Heute haben wir Posseidon auf unserer Seite. Ein strahlendblauer Himmel wölbt sich über uns, der Wind bläst mit 12 bis 16 Knoten aus West und die Wellen sind moderat. Keine harten Schläge mehr. Im Gegenteil ist heute wunderbares Sommersegeln unter Vollzeug angesagt - wir brausen mit 9 Knoten dahin, der Autopilot steuert hart am Wind und vergibt keinen Meter.Konkurrenten. read more...


25/11/2017

Passepartout - Elation and despair on Passepartout

We are now into our sixth day of the ARC crossing and the initial feeling of elation has been replaced by despair as we head almost due south to escape the low that has blocked our path westwards on our chosen northerly route. Elation because we had a great first three days under spinnaker, reacher and two sail reaching to gain a good lead over our competitors.Despair because we will now be following them as they had chosen a more cautious southerly path.Engla and Duale, our closest competitors in division H, are now about 40 miles ahead when they were the same behind on day 3, although we can’t discount the use of their motors during the lighter winds on days 3 & 4. To get to this position we have just been through an unpleasant 24 hours of strong and gale force winds trying to. read more...


25/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 10

Just another calm day with swimming, sweating and reading. Discussions on how to best intepret the GRIB files and how to get to the wind asap. And then, at around 6, just before dark the vind piped up. We trew our 2 foresails up on sticks and started flying bang on target at 5 knots. So after pouring libations to various deieties, knocking on wood, salt over our shoulders and crossing fingers we are now finally in a good breeze!Peder. read more...


25/11/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 6 - lunch in 4m seas

Despite this horrendous weather our amazing crew is really pulling together to keep morale high and there’s no better way to do that at sea than with food.We try and eat lunch and dinner together as a whole crew every day and it’s not always easy with 30kt winds and 4m seas.We sailed with a jamon and together with some chorizo and home made guacamole we filled our bellies ready for another long night.Love from The Daley Adventure. Ximage1. read more...


Susan Ann II - log day 6 - lunch in 4m seas
Susan Ann II  - log day 6 - lunch in 4m seas
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 foto
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 foto
25/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 6 - 25.11.17 - 2.233 minus 116 gleich 2.248??!!

Barefoot - Tag 6 - 25.11.17 - 2.233 minus 116 gleich 2.248??!!Gesten Mittag setzte dann der Wind ein und wir konnten viele Stunden schönes segeln genießen. Es zeigte sich die Abhängigkeit von der Natur, was auch erklärt, warum die Gleichung 233 minus 116 gleich 2.248 richtig ist, denn durch den Wind getrieben konnten wir uns zwar Richtung Süden verbessern, mussten aber gleichzeitig in Kauf nehmen, wieder ein gutes Stück Richtung Osten versetzt zu werden. Dadurch vergrößerte sich die Entfernung nach St. Lucia von gestern 2.233 sm auf heute Mittag 2.248 sm. Wir hoffen halt, weiter östlich früher den Passat zu erwischen. Unser augenblicklicher Kurs führt uns genau durch die Inselgruppe der kapverden durch. Wir gehen davon aus, dass wir im Laufe der Nacht bzw.. morgen früh dann den Passat. read more...


25/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - The Great Atlantic Bake Off

Yesterday was a day of multiple sail changes, as the wind shifted between southeast to east and we swapped between the gennaker and the Blue Water Runner (we are heading west; the Blue Water Runner likes the wind dead behind i.e. easterly, but the gennaker - which is faster, better behaved, and, most importantly, prettier - likes the wind with a bit of south in it. Who would have thought sails could be such prima donnas). We have got this swapping down to a fine art now. I release the halyard from the mast and control the descent of the sail, Jacob makes sure it doesn't get tangled on the way down (and in the case of the Blue Water Runner, that it doesn't make a leap for the sea) and Vanessa hauls the sail through the forward hatch into the forecabin. It's then a case of swapping over. read more...


25/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Only one Fastnet Race left to sail

In an hour or two we will have 605 nautical miles left, and for those of us who have sailed the Fastnet Race that number is something special. But as the distance might be the same, the expected conditions couldn't be more different. Racing in the English Channel and the Irish Sea is usually cold, wet and a lot of upwind sailing, here we have a weather model that predicts 100 % downwind sailing, 27 C in the water and sunshine almost uninterrupted all day. So its easy to choose which distance one would prefer, although for the competitive ones there is of course no doubt that the Fastnet is at a level far above the relatively sedate sailing we are doing.Our two last days have been relatively uneventful, we started the engine for a few more hours (a total of 42.25 hours), and then set up. read more...


25/11/2017

Ellen - Day 5 &6

What a difference a day make. Day 5 was sunny, very little wind 2-8 knots, had a bath after Ellen and we have also a lot of dolphins around us. Late evening the wind came more and more... Day 6 from nothing to 30 knots wind, two reef and the little jib. From west!! Very big waves and wind between 18 - 34 knots. Now we are asking us, where is the normal leisure downwind?. read more...


25/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 6 (24.11.)

Eine nicht enden wollende Folge von netten Ereignissen, heute feiern wir schon wieder Geburtstag, die Brigade aus dem Osten der Republik ist zum konsekutiven Feiern angetreten. Also heißt es heuer:Alles Gute, lieber Reinhard!Ansonsten wissen wir seit heute, dass wir All-Inclusive gebucht haben, zumindest was das Wetter angeht. Wir erleben auf der Barfuss-Route einen Schlechtwetter-Törn. Kleidungstechnisch sind wir alle darauf vorbereitet, aber emotional zieht das runter. Der Wind pfeift mit 5-6 Windstärken und wir stampfen durch 4 m hohe Wellen am Wind. V.a. der Aufenthalt unter Deck wird so zum Überlebenskampf, wenn einem nicht schlecht wird, dann muss man höllisch aufpassen nicht schmerzhaft irgendwo dagegen geschleudert zu werden.Auf diese Art erkämpfen wir uns heute weitere 151. read more...


25/11/2017

Charm - I smell like flying fish...

07:06 UT and my right T-shirt sleeve now smells like flying fish.I was standing at the helm looking at the stars and a wet, squishy thing grazed my arm.I looked all around to see if it was in the cockpit or if it flew inside but there were no flopping sounds so I think it made it clear over the boat unless it flew through the bedroom window and is sleeping with my wife.Either way that is one lucky fish.. read more...


25/11/2017

Charm - Day 9- wind!

See what being thankful gets you?Wind at the perfect angle! After several days of chasing he wind around and one painful day of going away from the objective to position ourselves for future wind, we are in the right place to receive the wind.There are so many ways to track speed on a boat - I know of at least 4 - speed over ground (SOG), GPS speed, knots measured by the device in the water, and VMG.Of these, I think VMG is the most helpful right now.It is the amount of our speed that is actually getting us towards our destination (the Good part).When we were diving south, I think our 24-hour VMG was 2.7.Right now, it's 8.It has been as high as 10.This means that (Yay - just saw 10 again) all of our efforts are actually moving us directly towards St. Lucia.It's rather demoralizing to. read more...


25/11/2017

Blue Bayou - A day at the races

Given our stunning progress so far, we decided to have a day off today to let the rest of the field catch up. So we embarked on a game of round the cans in a lively s westerly. (Note to editor - s westerly? Thought this was the ARC?)The sea built nicely as we headed to the first mark, which was WNW. We rounded that and headed for the next can, due south,but frustratingly found ourselves heading SSE, towards the east of Cape Verde. So we tacked again into what by now very lively seas, to make the mark. At that point, some 12 hours later, we retired and took the softies option of SSE again to restore our sanity. Wrong direction unfortunately, but at least on that tack the chance of being thrown out our bunk is slightly less.Net result: chundering crew, a few bruises, dented pride, and back. read more...


24/11/2017

NoStress - Lo g Day 6 - Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred

No mile munching today.Although we started the night by making good headway, an unexpected local weather system saw us much closer to the edge of the storm than we’d like to be.We turned south to escape the adverse conditions but the low pressure system and 45 mph headwinds had other ideas.The crew spent 8 brutal hours crashing through the weather.The climate was remarkable.Being on the edge of a mid-Atlantic storm system in a small boat is not for the faint-hearted.Sitting in the cockpit, rain lashing, wind howling and the sea tumbling and confused.Looking out to the horizon miles away over the rolling watery mountains one could see nature’s finest firework display.Sheets and bolts of lightning that illuminate the whole sky casting strange shadows in the gloom. Thunderclaps that start. read more...


23/11/2017

Meltemi - Nov 23 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...


NoStress - Lo g Day 6 - Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred
NoStress - Lo g Day 6 - Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred
24/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 6: What a difference a day makes

Indeed, what a difference a day makes, a few hours even. Awoke at 0545 to 35 knts Southwesterlies across the deck and beating into a building sea. The low pressure system promised for later enjoyment had shifted East and we were firmly in it!! We had tried tracking further to the South to avoid it but clearly it had sought us out. It was hectic on board Mischief to say the least.Dave downloaded the weather at 0800 and promptly ordered a tack onto starboard to head directly South as the wind where we were was going to get a whole lot worse and this was bad enough. The sea state was very lumpy and we had been taking some quite large seas over the deck. Down below decks it was very slippery and uncomfortable; Wendy was having a touch of the sea sickness and unfortunately fell over on the. read more...


24/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 5: My day off

23 November 2017 0800 Pos 25deg 06'N 023deg 11'WWe are continuing to motor on 275 degs on glassy seas. At pre dawn Jupiter sat on the night horizon its light reflecting across the water - could tell it was Jupiter because Alf has an app! No change in the sit rep since last night - nothing about, not a lot happening. Quote of the night though was, "I didn't like to poke him incase he punched me...."; I like the use of his word, 'might'! Everyone though has started dropping into deep sleep and some are better at waking up than others. There was I sitting in the cockpit minding my own business when something flew straight under the bimini cover and missed me by a hairs breadth and flew off... it was a duck of some description probably, or a bat maybe? Very eerie though.We downloaded the. read more...


24/11/2017

North Star - USA - Log Day 5 - Smoke Signals

It's not too busy out here, running around looking for wind "...in all the wrong places." A few years ago there was a Native American movie called "Smoke Signals".The scene is the local radio announcer says, "And now a traffic report from Joe out on Highway 101."The scene cuts to Joe sitting on the roof of a house trailer, "Joe, out on Highway 101 with your rush hour traffic report.A truck passed here about three hours ago,Back to you, Bob."Like Joe we saw a sail to the south east late in the afternoon, when we called there was no response.That is about it for our "traffic" report.My stepson Matt and I were discussing going sailing sometime when we are Stateside. He asked me what do you do to pass the time. If you have never had the opportunity to sail offshore, it is difficult to. read more...


22/11/2017

Pelican - Nov 22 Log Day 4 Frustration !!

It has been a bit of a frustrating day today we seem to have been chasing the GRIB files looking for wind. we have a northerly wind flowof 8 to 10 knots, but at the moment we have taken our sails down and checking the battentension. As we were stationary fishing line out the back, expecting sushi very soon now......probably not with my luck. Yesterday we made a valiantattempt to bake bread in our cobb oven, to say it was probably not the best made bread in the world would be correct. An early indication was the first slice of bread was still a bit gooey, so it went back in to the cobb, only to come out 40 mins later looking a lot better. That was until we tried to cut it the carving knife did not touch it we resorted to a hack saw, and that got through the loaf just fine. Any help on. read more...


22/11/2017

Mustique - Log Day 2 Wed 22/11 - just around the next corner ...

Things are much more sedate on board in light winds - no rolling from side to side is a big plus. Yuki is much happier asshe has her sea legs for sailing but rolling around in the swell she spent more time rocking side to side to stay upright than moving forward. We have established our routine now during our night watch Yuki enjoys digestive biscuits dipped in my tea. She is attached at night to the spray hood but always seems to get herself in a knot around the table. Today I successfully managed to plot my position from a morning sight and sun meridian with Stefan's help, chocolate and fizzy orange to celebrate! Yesterday's sights didn't go to plan and finding the sun using a sextant for the first time was problematic, looking forward to taking sights for the rest of the. read more...


24/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 5 with Ted

Day 5Today Ted had a relaxing day, we finally have some wind again and are sailing! We tried to have school today but one student throw up and also Ted felt a bit seasick, so we stopped school!Ted is now looking forward to come to Cap Verde. Best regards from Hilmer, Hampus and Ted. read more...


24/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 6: Schlaflos

Hört das denn nie auf? Der Bug taucht unter lauten Krachen in die Welle, das Boot bleibt zitternd fast stehen. Zum mehrtausendsten Mal. Natürlich kann man dabei nicht schlafen. Der Schlag unter mein Bett ist tatsächlich so heftig, dass ich darin nach oben gestoßen werde. Schlafen geht weiter hinten im Boot, mit voller Segelmontur und unter Gischt. Aber eigentlich geht auch das nicht, aber so bekommt jeder die wichtigsten 3 Stunden Schlaf. Essen wird auch auf das einfachste reduziert, dabei ist es wichtig gegen die Seekrankheit, die versucht, selbst in unserer routinierten Mannschaft ein Opfer zu erwischen. Eben habe ich versucht, einen Kaffee zu trinken. Auch dabei besteht die Gefahr, sich das heiße Zeug einfach selbst auf die Brust zu kippen, weil man den Mund nicht trifft.Jetzt geht. read more...


24/11/2017

Queen Bee - veleggiando verso sud

Continua la nostra discesa verso sud, superata una zona di calma assoluta e riempiti i serbatoi d'acqua abbiamo deciso di puntare decisamente a sud, sfruttanzo il vento da sud-ovest che ci consente una bolina abbastanza confortevole. La speranza è quella di incontrare gli alisei promessi entro domenica e quindi puntare tutto a ovest. Il morale è alto e la routine giornaliera in barca scandisce i ritmi di vita dell'equipaggio. Ieri sera abbiamo cenato con un Dorado cucinato in forno all'acquapazza con contorno di zucchine fritte, oggi pasta al sugo ... con barca sbandata non si poteva fare di meglio, per la sera prevedo "frittatona"...Questa notte in un attimo di piatta siamo stati circondati da un gruppo di delifini, nel buio di queste notti senza luna non siamo riusciti a vederli, ma. read more...


24/11/2017

Manihi - Les jours se suivent ...

... et ne se ressemblent pas du tout ... Nuit et journée de m.... C'était vraiment pas une bonne idée d'aller taquiner la dépression pour trouver du vent. Ce sont des trucs de Vendée Globe ça !!! Nous avons voulu ruser enprenant une option que peu de monde prenait. Résultat on s'est fait fortement chahuter, rincer et on a perdu au classement.Heureusement nous étions sous trinquette et avec deux ris dans la GV. Je crois que je l'avais déjà dit ça ... De 21h hier soir à 13h aujourd'hui nous avonsfait du près dans une grosse mer avec entre 25 et 30 nds de vent. Côté navigation, pas de soucis. Le bateau est très fiable, le pilote sans reproche et peu de voiles. Mais on se croyait au cycle de rinçage dans une machine à laver. Et dans le bateau c'était Beyrouth. La mer bouge encore mais elle. read more...


24/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 6 - Auf Kurs in Richtung Kapverden

(Sorry, ich habe gestern den "Tag 5" in der Überschrift vergessen!)Arjan der "Meistertrimmer" (Zitat vom Captain) hat heute den ganzen Tag den Spinaker getrimmt, um möglichst viel Fahrt aus dem wenigen Wind heraus zu kitzeln, den wir haben. Jetzt gerade haben wir wieder den Code 0 gesetzt und machen ca. 6,5 Knoten Fahrt. Zwischendurch hatten wir auch motoren müssen, sind jetzt aber froh, stattdessen segeln und Diesel sparen zu können; Der erste 100 Liter Tank ist fast leer. Wir haben aber noch einen zweiten Tank mit weiteren 150 Liter.Zwei andere ARC-Boote sind im Moment noch gerade so in Sicht: Die "Luna of Castletown" und die "Thyra". Spannender war heute aber wieder die Tierwelt, die wir beobachten konnten: Drei Meeresschildkröten, eine große Schule Delphine, die sprangen und mit dem. read more...