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02/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 Arc 2016 - day 11 and 12 Champagne Sailing and Difficult conditions

 The last two days have seen a real mix of conditions for Chance Encounter. When we last checked in Adrian had caught the Dorado and we were settling down to eat it. Poseidon apparently has quite the sense of humour as whenever we set up for a really fancy meal, he sends a series of squalls at us. So for most of Wednesday night/Thursday morning we played "connect the dots" linking breeze from squall to squall (or as Rigs says "squoo" to "squoo"). Our last squoo was a real wet one late Wednesday morning, where the rain was strong enough for Rob to take a full shower on deck - luxury!The rest of Wednesday (Day 11) was champagne sailing again....15-18 knots on a beam reach (wind 90 degrees to the side of the boat)...a very fast point of sail that had us stonking along at 8.0-8.6 knots. read more...


02/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry 12

Only 1200 miles to go…. Another great day at sea on Challenger 4.The sun was shining and almost everyone was out on deck during the day – this evening the sea is more consistent with long rolling swells and it is a starlit night with clear skies.We now have some wind that seems to be settling into a consistent pastern and the spinnaker is flying, and so are we. We should pass the 2000 mile mark tomorrow evening and hope to be in St Lucia on Thursday.Still no fish despite the top of the range lines and lures and the combined efforts of Bruce Malcolm and Tony – our first catch cannot be far off!Our pears were coming to a sticky end so David and Tony made a pear crumble under the direction of our culinary leaders of the day- Alison and Paul. Despite the inexperience of the kitchen staff it. read more...


02/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day 11 Entry 2

Another beautiful sunrise started the day as we were pushed west by the steady breeze that seems to have settled aft of the beam. Quite an eventful day that will be remembered for a birthday, a blow out, and a Bolognese.We celebrated Heather’s birthday with great fanfare. By 10am she was sitting in the saloon wearing an ‘I’m 60’ badge, surrounded by cards her family had packed for her. Cakes were baked, songs were sung, and Monkey broke out the fizzy drinks and chocolate bars. The volume of cake being consumed on this trip would make Paul Holiday proud. The quality… he may take issue with.We worked off the cake with a spinnaker hoist that went remarkably smoothly. However, as we gathered in the cockpit for a Monkey moment, fate intervened. Monkey was talking through the douse procedure. read more...


02/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 13 - SUNRISE

Liebe Begleiter unserer Reise!die gute Nachricht vorab: Wir haben Wind! Seit gestern Nachmittag sind wir ordentlich - zuerst auf vor Wind Kurs, seit einiger Zeit auf Halbwind Kurs - unterwegs. In den letzten 24 Stunden sind wir unserem Ziel St. Lucia 120 SM näher gekommen. Das aktuelle Wetter ist bedeckt, sehr warm und schwül. Die Tages- und Nachttemperaturen unterscheiden sich kaum. Die Nächte sind extrem dunkel, man erkennt kaum das Gesicht des Wachkameraden im Cockpit. Aktuell rechnen wir mit weiteren ca. 13 - 15 Reisetagen. Wir bereits vorgestern geschildert haben sich unsere Frischevorräte sehr gut gehalten, neigen sich aber langsam dem Ende zu. Während ich diese Zeilen schreibe, riecht es im Salon nach frichgebackenem Brot. Heute ist es ein Milchbrot nach einem Rezept vom Skipper.. read more...


02/12/2016

Fleet II - Log 2nd December: Slapped in the face with a wet fish

As I celebrated yesterday, we now have some wind and enjoyed a good day’ssailing.  We continued to do so this morning, staying north of the stormclouds, the turned our direction towards St Lucia around lunchtime.  Itdoes now feel like we’re on the final straight, albeit still with 400 miles togo.  ETA is now Sunday evening/Monday morning, which gives our wives threedays by themselves there – watch out St Lucia! This morning felt a bit like Bake Off.  Peter is well practiced atbread making, and embellished today’s offering with crunched almonds.  Kimprovided a second instalment of his very successful Pitta bread, while Keith hada go at lemon flavoured almond crunch biscuits, which were exceptional.  Wecontinue to eat very well!  Round two tomorrow? And. read more...


02/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - ode to a fish

Fishy smell and no plus daysA flying fish had gone astrayUp and down, while westward weavingMy senses, they were not decievingWhile wandering on the coach roofLooking for more cluesSara found the culpritA mess of fishy bluesNot exactly treasureIt even hit the sailRe-united, undividedOnwards west we sailThe treasure hunt, it was designedTo add some competitionBut as port team lost the gameThere was a new decisionThe penalty was buckets of cold water on the headBut with negotiation, water went elsewhere insteadCold water,felt like 22And while the breeze was lightAli found a new hair dobefore we'd fly the kiteNancys food amazingShe was crowned "Mother Queen"Luna claimed it first timeA cabbage her mouth had seenA quiet 24 hour stintExcept for 2 o'clockPerhaps the crew were practicing Some. read more...


02/12/2016

Nisida - Bread!

Today has seen our first attempt at some baking fresh bread it is out of the oven and yet to be cut but looks good!As far as the sailing goes we had a cracking day yesterday under full main and spinnaker. We dropped the kite just before dark and have spent the night and this morning with full main and poled out genoa.Spirits are high and we have around 20kts of breeze and the sun is shining "Happy Days". read more...


02/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-12-02

Friday 2nd December A Moment of ReflectionWell yesterday was my Mother watch, leaving ‘C’ watch watch-leaderless, heaven knows what trouble they will be plotting in my absence, but keep up the speed and save me froma dunking (more on this later) ?? Huge thank you to so many of the crew across all watches who helped me with the duties of food preparation, washing up and cleaning.For lunch I cooked pesto-pasta with sun dried tomatoes and olives topped with shavings of parma ham from the hind leg we now have hanging in the galley-- photo on boat camera --As most of my family and friends back home will recall I detest pesto-pasta, but decided to face my nemesis head on. The crew seemed to like it and to be honest I did enjoy it myself, now a changed man.Dinner was chilli con carne plus a pan. read more...


02/12/2016

Beltana II - Day 12 a bit of a nothing day

I should not say that......JOhnny caught another fish, that takes his scorethe 5.5, but Beltana also caught a flying fish so now we have a new entrant inthe competition: JR – 2; POG = 1.5; JM – 5.5; Beltana – 1; problem was this timethe the Mahi Mahi caught today was judged not to be bigger enough and was thrownback into the sea – well not quite thrown, it flapped around on deck and Johnnytried to pick it up, he failed miserably, and unceremoniously pushed, kicked andguided the fish over the side of the rear deck on the gas cylinder side. Actually, we have set aside the starboard side of the very rear deck as the fishpreparation deck – there are no toe rails at the rear corner, so we try to domost of the gutting in a bucket of water there where we can throw the gizzardsto the sharks. read more...


02/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 13: Igor behind the bar

Bluewaft Log Day 13Friday 2 December 201618°57’.938N 040°36’.160WGreetings from Bluewaft.A good day’s sailing, with the wind a just usable8-10kts and clocking from 90° to 180°.We’ve been flying the gennaker,then the white sails at night, and now we’re goose-winging with thegennaker and jib.The wind is still clocking – so may switch to thegennaker on a beam reach later today.Speed is averaging around 5kts – soa little slower than we’d like, but at least we’re sailing!Not a single bite on the lines yesterday, but this morning had two largeMahi Mahi, one of which broke the real off and managed to get away (Marcusjust missed him with the gaff).Plenty of fish anyway!Our Egrets have finally left us.After walking through the galley, Alex’sbathroom, the herb garden and the bar, Igor and Ingrid. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 13: Igor behind the bar
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 13: Igor behind the bar
Bluewaft - Ingrid in the herb garden
Bluewaft - Ingrid in the herb garden
02/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 16 - Friday 2nd December

Our last day!!!!!!!!!!The excitement is high on board - or at least it would be if half the boat wasn't still asleep.Is it bad to be so unreasonably pleased about nearly being finished?I mean, it's be a fantastic, interesting, challenging, memorable experience and everything - but I swear if I never see a downwind course again it'll be too soon. (As an aside, if anyone reading this knows Fintan Cairns, can you please put in a request on my behalf for the last Dublin Bay Turkey Shoot race on 18th December for an upwind-only course. I know he could do it.)The sound of blissful silence woke me this morning just after 7am - having motored the whole way through last night (and STILL not quite able to keep to course), the engine was finally shut off and silence reigned.Conor and Denise (and. read more...


02/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 11: I’ll sail this ship alone

Day 11: I’ll sail this ship alone (in honour of Otto Van Helm)   I would like to take this opportunity to introduce and thank the fifthmember of our crew Otto Van Helm who has done sterling work, both day and night,to keep us on track and heading in the right direction.  He works best whenthe wind is consistent and struggles when it becomes cyclonic bur overall has abetter sense of direction than M-C.  We have noticed that the Atlantic windhas many qualities. It can be gentle and caressing, or fierce andaggressive.  The wind can be gusting 40 knots on top of the mast but appearto be around 20 at deck level.  It can be fluky, swirling, constantlychanging direction, or as we found a few days ago absent!   Otto has had an easy day today.  The winds have. read more...


02/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur - At Sea - The crazy has kicked in...

A dazzling optical experience A tortuous never-ending roundabout A place where crewmates become friends A relentless racetrack There are many ways to describe the mid-atlantic at night. At times there's nowhere you'd rather be, at others it's a suffocating nightmare. I love it, I hate it, but it's brilliant and utterly addictive.Why?The sublime: on clear night you're witness to the most phenomenonal lightshow. Stars everywhere you look acting as both your entertainment and your means of navigation. Some stars so low you think they're passing boats. Others shoot across the sky like the red Arrows are controlling their every move. It's simply spellbinding.The ridiculous: how do you keep fellow watch-mates entertainment and more importantly awake for hours on end during a watch? The world. read more...


02/12/2016

Sanya - Last night at sea

SUBJECT:Last night at seaAfter 11 days, we finally reached our last night at sea. Just a mere 160 miles to go. And finally tradewind sailing, 15 knots, TWA 150, flat calm sea. Easy sailing making good gains in the right directs. A working compass for a change and a clear sky with lots of stars to steer at. The first and mosat easy night so far...Looking back at a crossing with quit some problems where losing all outside sailing information was the most unpleasant one. Breaking your most important downwind sail, twice, cost us a lot of speed, sailing in pitch dark nights without instruments, surely was a different piece of cake.Both has cost us severly on performance, missing important weather gates and losing again. Gribfiles often were slightly different, so a detour without any. read more...


02/12/2016

Shalan - Day 12 - The calm after the Tuna

15:04N 44:51WAhoy land lovers,The days after a big event are regularly calm and quiet, however when at sea nothing is as easy as you'd hope - especially when you've had a tuna steak the size of a dinner plate the night before!Following last nights halyard failure the crew were at their posts at sunrise and Gaetan was immediately up the 28m high mast to assess the damage.It soon became apparent that the spinnaker halyard had sheered under friction wear and tear and the halyard had dropped down inside the mast and coulldn't be pulled back out.Operations to re-thread the line through the mast were slow going with with Gaetan cannibalising both the tool box and fishing tackle & making a further 3 trips up and down the mast attempting to repair the damage.Following a number of. read more...


Shalan - Day 12 - The calm after the Tuna
Shalan - Day 12 - The calm after the Tuna
02/12/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Blog of Fisher & Paykel, Challenge 93, day 11: Less wind always leads to more cooking...and after heavy rain in the morning there's just one answer: crepes for breakfast! Today we had the chance to use some sails we actually haven't seen before (but for the untrained eye it would be very hard to spot the difference). Just about 300 NM to go and we already feel very carribean- we are melting away! Today we saw a couple of birds - one accompanied us for a while, but didn't risk to land on our deck - maybe the crew needs a shower?! But we are still good looking ;-) More tomorrow, cheers, the crew of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


01/12/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K Night disaster

2. December 20165 am. Bang! "?All men on deck?!" Parasailor in water. Disaster.We had left the big lightwind sail up during night though there were some squalls around; but the gusts were managable. Now the block at the mast top was broken. We dragged the delicate sail through the water. Somehow we managed to get it on deck. Later during the day we set it again with the second spinnaker halyard. All well. What a luck.After the morning communication round we had a little song contest. A russian musician from the American yacht "?Kristina"? played and sang 2 songs. Nice! Wethomi's men chorustried a version of ?Sailing? (see yesterday's blog). We had fun.What else happened?Luckily not much. Caught no fish.600 Nm to St. Lucia. read more...


01/12/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Donnerstag 1.12.16 Bordzeit 13.00 Uhr Der 16. (letzte?) Tag.Spannung bis zum Schluss Nach einer wenig ereignisreichen Nacht sind wir aktuell fast in Sichtweite von St. Lucia.Noch 55 NM bis zum Ziel.Warum die Spannung dennoch höher als die Freude ist endlich anzukommen?Ganz einfach.Die technischen Probleme die wir hatten können uns nach wie vor wieder treffen. Deshalb fiebert die Crew um jede Meile die wir ohne neue Probleme dem Ziel näher kommen.Nach wie vor sind wir zuversichtlich gegen 22.00 Uhr Ortszeit einzulaufen.Gestern hatten wir erstmalig unsere Bordzeit umgestellt.Sie ist nun identisch mit der Ortszeit in der Karibik.Voller Vorfreude auf die nahende Ankunft konnte Markus diese zeitumstellung kaum fassen, bzw. glauben.Ortszeit, deutsche Zeit, Bordzeit, GMT, da muss man ja. read more...


01/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 11

Hej Anette o ThomasDag 12, kurs 235 grader, ons 1 dec. kl 11.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3h) hemma 15.00Hej där hemmaIdag började vi tycka synd om oss själva igen, gjutjärnet sattes igångvid sex tiden igår kväll och gick fortfarande när skepparen gick påigen vid tre-tiden på natten. Vid femtiden kom det lite bris, ochorder gick till Anton och Henke att hissa alla segel i beckmörker.Sagt är gjort, en halvtimme senare loggad vi 5 knop VMG. Efter ett partimmars sömn vaknar jag igen och vi seglar fortfarande i riktning motBrasilien med 6-7 knop.Vi sitter nu i kortbyxor och bar överkropp, då värmen har börjat visasig med sitt rätta jag. 27 grader i vattnet och i luften gissar vi pårunda slängar 28-29 grader. Det är så man börja bränna sig påteakdäcket. Tur det är barfota förbud på däck.När man. read more...


Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - checking top of mast
Exhale - checking top of mast
Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - Flying fish
Exhale - Flying fish
01/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 1 - 12th day at seaAll is well. We are 1,347 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,331 miles behind us. It's 8:00 am, and in the last four hours I had some of the best sailing ever. Wind was 11-15 knots from 338°, slightly abeam, waves were 4-5 feet. Our course was 257°, speed 7-8 knots.The boat was sailing perfectly balanced with two reefs on the main and full jib. The sky was full of starts, and in less than 2 hours we saw over 20 shooting stars (meteorites). Ahead of me, was the Orion Constellation and behind me the Ursa Minor and Polaris. On the East was Jupiter. We flew with the wind on the beam the whole morning. In the afternoon the wind came down, we tried the other two spinnakers on board, which were not originally designed for this boat, and decided to go with the larger. read more...


01/12/2016

EH01 - Day 8,9 & 10

Hello hello hello from the good ship EH01- any suggestions for a new namewould be great, our crew offerings are only suitable for the watershed.!   Well as Ronan Keating puts it “Life is a rollercoaster” and this certainlybeen true on EH01 for the last few days. We have encountered a wide range ofweather from Atlantic squalls to boat becalming which is frustrating when we areagainst the clock to our destination. Also the 4 hour watch system doesn`t geteasier and due to lack of sleep each of the crew have their grumpy moments butwe are all helping each other through it. i.e telling the grumpy person to get agrip .!   If you want a detox and also a weight-loss sailing experience send the 2thinnest people on the boat to get provisions, Andras and Jimbo, not a cm ofexcess fat. read more...


01/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 11

Day 11A milestone in the voyage today with Skyelark passing the half way mark to Saint Lucia mid morning. Only another 1600 miles to go! The half way mark was celebrated in grand style with a sumptuous leg of lamb roast dinner prepared by skipper Dan, with some assistance in the galley from Bill, who was designated MUM for the day. Served in the salon on proper plates along with a fine bottle of red it was hard to believe that we were in fact in the very middle of the vast Atlantic ocean. Once again we see frustratingly light winds, andwhilst we are continuing on a course to Saint Lucia it looks like an arrival time ofaround the 11th or 12th December is our best estimate at this time.We have all had aguess of our arrival time into Saint Lucia, with the winner having the privilege. read more...


01/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 11

--Another dorado today. Same time same lure same everything and he tasted even better just lightly fried for lunch.Last night we nursed Jasmine along through a flat night , Joxer used his light airs experience and achieved a decent night time run.During the night we spotted another yatch on the same heading as ourselves on the radar, about 10 miles ahead .We identified her as Sundance another ARC boat,she is a 54 footer and should have been much further ahead,also she was doing 5.4 knots to our 7.In the morning we overhauled her and spoke to her on the radio. She is an Austrian boat and had damaged her forestay and was proceeding under jury rig.We exchanged best wishes and sailed on.Later in the afternoon Joxer hooked something big, when he was hauling it in it jumped and got away. when. read more...


01/12/2016

Numa - Halvveisbrev fra Janne

Halvveisbrev fra Janne.Snart er vi halvveis på denne seilasen over Atlanteren. Vi har hatt mye vind, lite vind, ingen vind, regn og sol. Nå håper vi på masse vind resten av seilasen. Vi har selvfølgelig konkurranse på gang. Hvem klarer å gjette eksakt tidspunkt vi krysser målstreken. Det blir selvfølgelig meg som vinner. Det må jeg, for Robert har med så mange fine premier. Og hva driver vi med ombord? Mona og Per, det kommende ekteparet, trener hver morgen på fordekk. De spiller "sjubidubiduba - I love you" musikk og ser hverandre dypt inn i øynene. Robert lager mat, og er generelt vanskelig å holde styr på. Steinar gjør kapteinting. Det betyr å laste ned værmeldinger, og mailer fra ARCen. Hva er det så igjen for meg å gjøre? Jeg får lov å vaske opp en gang i blant. Robert, Mona og Per. read more...


Numa - Half (Long)distance celebration
Numa - Half (Long)distance celebration
01/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY ELEVEN - LONGITUDE AND NOT MUCH WIND

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} As mentioned in previous blogs, Will is working towards his RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate and is using the time on Boni Venti to perfect his celestial navigation and sextant sightings to determine our position through the time honoured method! This involves taking sightings at sunrise, midday and in the afternoon (close to sunset) and then using tables to determine our position. Will in action on the coach roof – see below! In a similar vein both Will and I have just finished reading the book Longitude by Dava Sobel which traces the history of the discovery of the method of calculating longitude through the development of a horological. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY ELEVEN - LONGITUDE AND NOT MUCH WIND
Boni Venti - LOG DAY ELEVEN - LONGITUDE AND NOT MUCH WIND
01/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - day 12: very different days

We are beating across the Atlantic! I am helming using the telltales on thegib! I was promised downwind sailing and sunshine. Ha! Tuesday 29th day 10: All day was hot and sunny with very little wind. After Hugo and Dugald’sswim we motored a short while to recharge the batteries. Then the boys had thebig pink cruising chute up most of the day trying to cox a few knots thru thesea. The sea was like molten metal, glimmering and undulating. We are sailing inan un-seaman like way with all the hatches open. I decided to do some baking and ended up making a massive loaf of bread. Ihad started with 1/2 kilo of flour but added too much water and kept on addingmore and more flour to reach the right consistency. However it was almostfinished at lunch as there is something about fresh bread that. read more...


01/12/2016

VAVA-U - Wa(h)lbekanntschaften - 30.11.16 - 10. Seetag

Irene und ThomasObwohl die Nachtschicht noch einen unglaublichen Sternenhimmel bewundern konnte, hat uns der Morgen mit dicken Wolken begrüßt. Ziemlich schnell hat sich dann doch noch die Sonne blicken lassen, nach einem ersten Sonnenbad haben wir wieder einen Badestopp eingelegt.Kaum waren wir aus dem Wasser und mit dem Mittagessen fertig, tauchten immer wieder Wale auf. Dieses Mal in Gruppen, deutlich größer, also mehr als zehn Meter, und mit flacherer Rückenflosse. Sie haben uns mit mehr oder weniger Abstand begleitet und sogar hin und wieder neugierig den Kopf aus dem Wasser gestreckt und uns beäugt.(Bild Schnauze von Wal)Wir wurden kaum fertig mit Staunen und Schauen, immer wieder konnten wir gleichzeitig mehrere Fontänen sehen und sogar das Blasen hören. So ein majestätischer. read more...


01/12/2016

NDS Darwin

Day 11 onboard...Everything that happened today couldn't wait until tomorrow. I woke up to the engines off and sailing nicely.. right on time to see the sunrise and put the fishing rods out. It was an amazing morning, with fresh bread and fruit. We decided to put up the spinnaker, the wind was perfect for it...Spinnaker up, and doing 8 knots of speed. Suddenly fshhhhh we caught a fish!! Brought it in slowly, perfect it made it to the boat. We cut it and had some nice steaks of mahi mahi. Awesome... the day couldn't get any better, we opened a couple of beers because we were under 1000 miles to go! Great!!! Happiness everywhere.. Everyone left and I was doing my watch.. out of nowhere, no gust of wind, no change of direction. PUFFFF THE SPINNAKER JUST EXPLODED! Diego and I flew downstairs. read more...


01/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 12 - SUNRISE

Liebe Landratten,das Motto des heutigen Tages lautet wieder : Warten auf den Wind.Bei ca. 7 KN Wind und geringem Wellengang ist das Bordleben zwar sehr entspannt,aber viel Strecke schaffen wir nicht. Das letzte Etmal von 8.00 Uhr bis 8.00 Uhrliegt bei ca. 100 SM. In der vergangenen Nacht schlief der Wind völlig ein.Auf dem Wasser sind wir ziemlich alleine unterwegs. Vor zwei Nächten sahen wir einen Tanker, der uns begleitete.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut - vielleicht ein wenig Frust über die geringen Distanzen,die wir täglich absegeln.Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE--. read more...


01/12/2016

Sanya - 20161201 Sanya

SUBJECT:20161201 Sanya2016-12-1 14.30 UTCTEAM SANYA VO70Optimistic in my last blog, we were a bit further away from Saint Lucia than I thought. During the whole night and day (29th) we keep very light winds. Pushing hard to keep the speed around 0.5 knots above the wind speed and keep going. We heard the position news that the Trifork will probably finish today. This was a bit of a bummer, but the third place is still looking strong at this moment in time. We will keep pushing. Sinterklaas came by to fill the shoes of some of the crew. For some reason the love life of some of the crew was encouraged by the Sint. We had a second trip evaluation, some beautiful words, as the atmosphere is really good on board, and everybody is really happy. There is time during the night for some emotional. read more...


01/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 12 Nacht 11

Hallo Zusammen, Gestern Abend hatten wir eine ungewöhnliche Sichtung. Wir sind an einer der Wetterbojen in 50 mtr. Abstand vorbei gefahren, das ist ungefähr wie ein 6er im Lotto. Zur Info auf allen Meeren sind Wetterbojen verteilt, welche Meldungen wir Temparatur, Wellenhöhen, Strömungen usw. an die amtlichen Wetterdienste der Welt senden. Die Bojen werden am Meeresgrund verankert (hier 4.000 mtr.), schon dadurch haben diese nie die gleiche Position, also wirklich ein netter Zufall. Die Nacht war auf gut Deutsch Scheiße, viel Welle und wenig Wind, da steht kein Segel, dafür hatten wir einen wunderbaren Sternenhimmel. Leider ist auch der heutige Tag durch schlechten Wind geprägt und trotz Spinnaker (der von meinen Freunden am 50ten mit bezahlt wurde), kommen wir nicht wirklich voran.. read more...


01/12/2016

Delfini - say 12 - 1st dce

day 12 - absolutely battered by a severe squall last night - it hammered down with rain and blew old boots in all sorts of different directions - although fairly scary the entire crew mustered on deck to sort out the mess - we spent the rest of the night 2 on 4 hour watch rather than one on for 2 hours and this morning the sun was shining and wind piped up to 15 knots and we have sailed most if the day Havenow finished off the chicken and started on the mince so we have a bit of a Casserole tonight in the thermal cooker which I hope will be pleasant1600 miles to go and at 120 per day maybe we will arrive 15th Dec !Moral suffered a bit today as we didn't have any kip last night so we are treating each other gently - who would have thought tinned mackerel sandwiches with tomato and mayo. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day ten - Tales and stories: Watch names

14∞10.12 N - 27∞30.48 W --> Lots of sargasso weed floats in the ocean, surrounding us and playing with our fish lines. Jenny the gennaker is poled out for 36 hours of constant NE wind from 7 to 13 Knots.Happy, relaxed days.As sailing requires mininum concentration from us, we chat, we laugh, we invent tales and stories. Like this that will follow, born between Clare's and Michelle's nightwatch.Because the watch between 3am and 5am is lovingly known as the "Dog Watch" we decided to name all the other watches, so here are our suggstions and the reasons for them.01:00-03:00 Owl watch, as its for Night owls. 03:00-05:00 Dog watch, could this be related to letting sleeping dogs lie?05:00-07:00 Cock watch, as this is when the cock would naturally crow ... stop sniggering!07:00-09:00 Hen. read more...


Ximera - Day ten - Tales and stories: Watch names
Ximera - Day ten - Tales and stories: Watch names
01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 9 - Better than fireworks!

15∞28.45 N - 24∞58.89 W --> 14∞10.12 N - 27∞30.48 WAnd other sea-life phenomena is ... Dolphins swimming in the night.From the helm in the aft we can see lots of luminescent dolphins' tracks. After a while these tracks starts to indicate the bow, so we understand that we're invited to the 'bright dolphin' show.'Click', we unlock our lifelines from the cockpit jackstay, 'clack', we lock it on the jackstay.Six dolphins are playng with us. In the silent darkness ocean sealife is better visible than in the daylight. The dolphin's tracks are all around, tens of metres of luminescent tracks. Tracks that follow and cross at a distance of centimeters from one and each other and from the bow of the boat. When a dolphin slows down, the track is less bright, shorter but wider; when a dolphin. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 8 - One week of life at sea

16∞ 21.62 N - 23∞ 29.01 W-->15∞28.45 N - 24∞58.89 WWe're in the middle of Cape Verde archipelago. We're crossing this beautiful corner of the world from NE to SW, the islands are former volcanoes, their heights pierce the clouds up to 3000mt above sea level. The vision of this contradictory landscape is enriched by thousands of flying fish and fishing birds (gannets, egrets, petrels...). It's really a nice "goodbye land" before crossing in earnest, 2100 Nm to Barbados island. At 1300 we've had a lunch-party to celebrate our first week at sea and our first time change. We're now UTC-1 time, going south-west and searching for more steady and stronger winds.We've had guests for our dinner-party! Finally some fish is in our galley and in our pans: mahi-mahi and bluefin tuna fish fried in. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 7 - T-shirt night watches

17∞42.34 N - 22∞08.40 W--> 16∞ 21.62 N - 23∞ 29.01 WIn the night the wind started to blow at 20 Knots, so we drop the gennaker and leave only the main sail. We were still doing at 7 knots but everybody could sleep quietly. As the sun rose we admired the long trajectories of hundreds of flying fish, strange creatures that show a snapshot of the evolution of the species: 'to be a bird or to be a fish, that is the question?'.At 0900, after the night watches in t-shirts, even with a bit of rain, we opened the fridge to arrange breakfast: the butter has melted !!! We immediately jibed to put our bow to the West! It feels like it has been long and hard waiting, but we have never used the engine, never a squall, never serious rain. Happy days. Now we'll try to put our gennaker as a leash on. read more...


Almagores II - Almagores
Almagores II - Almagores
01/12/2016

Ximera - An apology

A sincere apology to our on board blogger, the very talented writer and photographer Giacomo Cortesi.A glitch in our Mac/Iridum/Mailasail meant I messed up on getting these following posts up.Giacomo, I'm sorry.Any single girls who want to apologise on my behalf please come and make a date with Giacomo when we are in St Lucia. read more...


01/12/2016

Almagores II - Almagores

Dear friends and family,  Finally!!!...Trade winds have arrived as you can acknowledge from the happy faces behind the steering wheel. At present we have a little more than 600 miles to go to St.Lucia s with a jury vang. This means a vang has been made provisionally by our innovated crewmembers to replace the hydraulic super vang, which we now call s***, s***, vang, vang! The mood is very happy as we are approaching our destination, but one can also sense sadness of leaving the ocean behind. Ciao from Almagores IIF.M.. read more...


01/12/2016

Nisida - Butters Melted

Butters melted, Gingernuts gone soft and chocolate hobnobs have stuck emselves togerther in the fridge!  Kites up and poled out 12-16kts breeze and sailing bang on course for St.Lucia. Lots of talk about beer and T-bone steaks!Another hour or so and we will drop below a thousand miles to go so its down hill all the way now! Saw another whale and a shark just before sunset, wonder what we will get today?. read more...