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22/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 22-11-15: Gestart!

We zijn onderweg, met een stevige NE-wind zijn we gestart. Een beetje aanlij van het grote veld en daardoor dicht bij het marine startschip, maar wel opeen mooie positie. Nu anderhalf uur later schuiven we lekker naar voren metenkele van de grotere boten in onze klasse en halen we ook al een paar kleinereboten van de wedstrijdklasse in die eerder gestart waren. Op ons gemak met vol grootzeil en genua, ons plan is om voor donker al tegijpen zodat we rustig over de andere boeg kunnen eten en de nacht in kunnengaan. Topsnelheid tot dusverre is 17,4 knopen  Morgen meer! wlEmoticon-smile[1]. read more...


22/11/2015

Bamarandi - Sunday 22nd November - Change of Tictacs

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23/11/2015

Vitamina - 4 days on board

After 4 days sailing with very good ENE wind about 15-20 knots and sunnydays.....we are enjoying so much! We have more friends on board..fliyingfishes!!! jumping over the desk.....we are going to try to fish other dolphinlike we fished in the Canarias-Cap verde trip. We spending the days cooking...gazpacho, tortilla de patatas, vegetablecream, hamburguers.....and reading, listening music and “playing”  with theGeennaker... We speak every day with all the fleet by SSB, sharing yoghurtsreceips...jajaja.....weather forecast and we feel more safety In 10 miles we will cross the 1.500 miles line and we will expect celebrateit eating pizza and ice cream! To be continued..... I miss my twin sister a lot.....  . read more...


22/11/2015

Cookelu meu - report #2

Strong winds from northeasterly directions and big seas were the prevailing conditions during the last two days. Cookelu meu is handling it very well although last night we had a material failure. The pin holding the autopilot piston to its tiller arm parted and we had to heave to for 3 hours to replace it with a M12 bolt. We hope it will hold until St. Lucia.Yesterday we baked our first loaf of bread but still no yogourt.We are all well. We are still 1580 nm from the finish line. Panos on Cookelu meu. read more...


22/11/2015

Hejira - Jaws !

13 49.805N 033 56.236WSunday 22nd November 2015Deciding (probably wrongly as the wind strength panned out) to stick with our sailplan and have a safe day tracking downwind, I was fearing that I would not have much to report but how wrong could I be. Mid-afternoon, Bob called to say that the Watt & Sea (hydrogenerator) downhaul had slipped and it had risen so the propeller was thrashing along the surface. This had happened before (needs a better solution) so I knew it was life jacket and safety line, shin down the transom to the bathing platform, disconnect the electrical output to reduce the load, step over the back holding onto the pushpit and step on the head of the unit, transferring weight while someone pulls on the downhaul to win the angle as it is gained. I don’t know whether. read more...


22/11/2015

Hera - Wenige Minuten bis zum Start

Die ersten Schauer sind durch und Klärchen strahltzur Abschiedszeremonie. Die Crew sieht dem Start entspannt und erwartungsvollentgegen. Die Wassertanks wurden noch randvoll gemacht unddie "Hera" macht nach einem letzten Reinschiff ein schmuckes Bild, auch wenn derFlaggenschmuck bereits herunter genommen wurde. Unsere Crew auf dem Abschlussfoto: hinten von links nach rechts: Rickard, Timm,Jonathan, Frank, Stefan vorne von links nach rechts: Gernot, Wolfgang,Petra, Robert   Stefan IMG_9780. read more...


Hera - Wenige Minuten bis zum Start
Hera - Wenige Minuten bis zum Start
22/11/2015

PG Roshni - Flogging ! 22/11 0615

16:57.0N 36:38.4WAfter a relaxed day and some great downwind sailing with the pole a moments loss of concentration by me at 8pm last night trying to see if another flying fish had landed in the cockpit . The result was a big flog of the main after running too deep and a biggish tear in the leech of the main about 3/4 way up. :(. So been sailing on the jib all night still going in the right direction but not great.Nice job for this morning to drop the main and stitch it up as best we can using some webbing and repair tape. Otherwise we were all catching up on sleep and washing nicely ! Beware of flogs to kit - of course I win numpty of the day (possibly trip) award..... read more...


Shiva - Fruit storage @ bathroom
Shiva - Fruit storage @ bathroom
Shiva - Shiva crew is ready for take off
Shiva - Shiva crew is ready for take off
Shiva - Selfie time
Shiva - Selfie time
Shiva - Inge busy with the last preparations
Shiva - Inge busy with the last preparations
Shiva - Preparing the "grab bag"
Shiva - Preparing the
Shiva - Daan and Nicoline are upgrading the life jackets
Shiva - Daan and Nicoline are upgrading the life jackets
Shiva - The meals for the first days are ready & the fruits are hanging
Shiva - The meals for the first days are ready & the fruits are hanging
Shiva - Nicoline having a break
Shiva - Nicoline having a break
Shiva - Herman and Gerard preparing the sails
Shiva - Herman and Gerard preparing the sails
22/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea

Decent downwind sailing all day and night with Big Blue pulling us ever closer to St. Lucia. The winds picked up this evening as we saw steady winds of18-20 kts, with gusts up to 25. The swell behind us has made for fun wave surfing. The gusty winds tend to challenge our favorite crew member, Othello Paddington Lotte, whom we just call Otto P., so a bit of hand steering practice was on the agenda for yours truly.Ahab over did it earlier today making needed repairs to our first reef (just in case we have to go back to white sails), analyzing weather data, and constantly tweaking Big Blue. He missed his morning nap, the oatmeal didn't quite cut it, so by noon he was both tangry (tired + angry) and hangry (hungry + angry), resulting in "thangry". I made minor inroads to improve his demeanor. read more...


Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
22/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea

Decent downwind sailing all day and night with Big Blue pulling us ever closer to St. Lucia. The winds picked up this evening as we saw steady winds of18-20 kts, with gusts up to 25. The swell behind us has made for fun wave surfing. The gusty winds tend to challenge our favorite crew member, Othello Paddington Lotte, whom we just call Otto P., so a bit of hand steering practice was on the agenda for yours truly.Ahab over did it earlier today making needed repairs to our first reef (just in case we have to go back to white sails), analyzing weather data, and constantly tweaking Big Blue. He missed his morning nap, the oatmeal didn't quite cut it, so by noon he was both tangry (tired + angry) and hangry (hungry + angry), resulting in "thangry". I made minor inroads to improve his demeanor. read more...


Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
Sunrise - Bild Sunrise Crew
Sunrise - Bild Sunrise Crew
23/11/2015

Sunrise - 23.11.2015 2. Tag

Weiter ruppiges Wetter mit Windböen, Regenschauern und größeren querlaufenden Wellen. Trotzdem einen Kochversuch Spaghetti Bolognese zugetraut. Abenteuerlich und artistisch. Gleichzeitig kochen und festhalten ist bei dieser Schaukelei nichtmöglich. Bei dem unvermeidlichen Sturz des Kochs geht glücklicherweise nicht alles verloren. Das Meiste kann man noch essen. Nur die schmerzhaft geprellte Rippe stört ein wenig dabei. Etmal 150 Seemeilen. . read more...


21/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag -1, 21.11.2015, Sunrise

Die Spannung steigt.Noch 15 Stunden. Der letzte sundowner, die letzten Gespräche Face to Face mit den anderen Crews. Bald nur noch über UKW möglich, wenn sie nicht mehr als 30 Seemeilen entfernt sind.Unter mehr als 200 Yachten trotzdem allein auf dem Ozean. Der Atlantik ist zu groß für diese Schar von Booten. Insgesamt 106 Mill. qkm, ein Fünftel der Erdoberfläche. Zum Vergleich : Europa 10 Mill. qkm, BRD 357000qkm. Da verliert man sich schon mal aus den Augen.Zum Trost für die Zurückbleibenden, haben wir noch ein künstlerisch sehr ausgereiftes Werk an der Kaimauer hinterlassen. Motiv: Die Sunrise vor der aufgehenden Sonne , im tiefblauen Meer, unter einem passatbewölkten Himmel, begleitet von majestätischen Albatrossen. Wow.Leider haben wir uns dabei farblich ganz schön zugesagt.. read more...


Marisja - Marisja log - foto crew
Marisja - Marisja log - foto crew
Marisja - Marisja log - foto voorbereiding
Marisja - Marisja log - foto voorbereiding
21/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond

Elkekeer weer is het voorbereiden van de boot voor de overtocht best een klus, maarwe hebben alles af. Vandaag de schoten uitgelegd, de juiste zeilen aan dekgehaald en de boot rondom gecontroleerd en opgeruimd.   Ook alle boodschappen zijn nu echt aan boord, en we hebben het mooier danooit in kunnen pakken. Het is waanzinnig om te zien wat er allemaal verdwijnt,maar een selectie: - 250 sinaasappels - 150 afbakbroodjes - 300 blikjes drinken - 200l flessen water - 60l melk - 4 doosjes wijn (voor Marja) - 40 potjes aardappels/groenten/etc - enkele kilo’s chocolade (dankjewel Haico) - afbakpizza’s - gegrilde kippetjes - gehaktballen en draadjesvlees - instant-noodles (dankjewel Bert) - en genoeg WC-papier voor wanneer dit weer passeert   Zodirect ook een paar foto’s van vandaag!. read more...


21/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 3

We seem to have the ocean to ourselves, only contact with others by SSB.Still going west downwind under main and poled out yankee, both slightly reefed plus a scrap of staysail to help keep her on track.Making 6 or 7 knots with occasional little surfs 8, 9, 10 knots, we can't really go any faster.Noon to noon run 158 miles.It's just a pity the generator bust and that we can't run the watermaker.Maybe it was a risk getting a 240v rather than 12v watermaker but the output is so much greater.Now we are having to be careful with water rather than filling the tank every few days.Luckily the wind and towed water generators are more or less keeping up with power requirements including Steve's SSB habit.We have turned off anything non-essential - the echosounder, the chartplotter - no point just. read more...


21/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond

Elke keer weer is het voorbereiden van de boot voor de overtocht best eenklus, maar we hebben alles af. Vandaag de schoten uitgelegd, de juiste zeilenaan dek gehaald en de boot rondom gecontroleerd en opgeruimd.   Ook alle boodschappen zijn nu echt aan boord, en we hebben het mooier danooit in kunnen pakken. Het is waanzinnig om te zien wat er allemaal verdwijnt,maar een selectie: - 250 sinaasappels - 150 afbakbroodjes - 300 blikjes drinken - 200l flessen water - 60l melk - 4 doosjes wijn (voor Marja) - 40 potjes aardappels/groenten/etc - enkele kilo’s chocolade (dankjewel Haico) - afbakpizza’s - gegrilde kippetjes - gehaktballen en draadjesvlees - instant-noodles (dankjewel Bert) - en genoeg WC-papier voor wanneer dit weer passeert   Hierbij ook een paar foto’s van vandaag!. read more...


Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
21/11/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 21st November, 2015

Dear Readers,We are still in the marina of the Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay. During the crossing from La Reunion I developed toothache and tore a tendon in my right arm. It appears that I have 3 impacted wisdom teeth that need to come out and are scheduled to come out in hospital on Thursday, 26th November, in Cape Town. My right arm needs a lot of rest and we are therefore somewhat handicapped in sailing the boat to Cape Town. We have engaged a professional yacht deliverer, who with two young lads will take Luna Quest to Cape Town and it is likely that they will set off on Tuesday, 24th November. You can follow the boat’s track on Yellow Brick. Once they arrive, we shall repossess the boat.There will not be a new blog entry until we set sail, hopefully, early January.Eric. read more...


21/11/2015

Meltemi - Tag -1 Endspurt Vorbereitung

Hallo und moin, die „MELTEMI“ Crew hat das Schiff bis zur Loadline vollgebunkert. Alles ist geprüft und für i.O. befunden.Die Startnummer und der 6. ARC Aufkleber ist angebracht. Die Spannung steigt und das Wetter wird, wie jedes Jahr zum Start, schlechter.Immer noch warm aber bewölkt und kleine Schauer sind möglich. Gruß  von der MELTEMI Crew RüdigerDSCN4054. read more...


Meltemi - Tag -1 Endspurt Vorbereitung
Meltemi - Tag -1 Endspurt Vorbereitung
21/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 4

15:33 UTC Saturday Nov. 21, 2015Position: 157.770025N, 32.916832WTHIS IS WHAT IT MUST BE LIKE ON MARS!We are currently qualifying for the next Mars mission where they leave you behind and you have to be super creative to survive.Of course I am talking about the watermaker which worked for about 4 hours last night and then packed up again. Same symptoms: stuck pistons in the "Rooibos generator” and the need to take it apart to get the pistons unstuck.2 lessons learnt today: 1: the more often you take a complex machine apart, the faster you get. 2: the pistons are stuck because there is an extremely high pressure in the cylinders. Once the water in them is evacuated they move easily.the last observation (in conjunction with some very constructive French input) finally got it. read more...


21/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 3

17:00 UTC Friday Nov. 20, 2015Position: 17.898851N, 30.697025WWATER, WATER, WATER!…I am not talking about the blue stuff surrounding us for miles on end.I am talking about the pristine fluid coming out of our watermaker.Dave and I with the help of a large support team performed extensive open-heart surgery on our watermaker by spending hours in “the cave” to take the machine apart and extract the “Rooibos generator” (we found that name to be easier to remember than “Rooboost Amplifier”). It is the large central unit in which two pistons move around (when they do) to produce the pressure with which the salt water is pushed through the membrane. In the course of events we think we now know so much about wastermakers, we could design one!Anyway, you take that apart, see the pistons, “take a. read more...


21/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 2

14:22 UTC Thursday Nov. 19, 2015Position: 17.226667N, 27.776667WTHE ROBOOST AMPLIFIER PISTONS ARE STUCK!before you start wondering what they are (I first thought it was a HiFi system for chicken coops), let me start at the beginning.We had not filled our water tank fully in Mindelo because 1) the tap water there did not taste so good, 2) there have been reports of people getting ill from it and 3) we did not want to use the watermaker in the marina because the water there was not exactly clean either: dead fish and diesel fumes (most boats ran their generators since the voltage that was supplied at times dropped to 184V).So the plan was to start our watermaker after departure and fill the water tank on the way out. That worked for a couple or hours when the watermaker seized. read more...


21/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 1

18:45 UTC Wednesday Nov. 18, 2015Position: 16.90013N, 25.50300WA FURIOS START – AND THEN………...beautiful weather, lots of wind (20-30kt) and rough seas: the start was awash with adrenalin. For about an hour we vied for positions, adjusting sails and watching each other live and on the AIS in a glorious northwesterly tradewind breeze.Then came the lee of San Antao island and all bets were off. The wind first turned to north, then to southwest and then died. We had gotten close to the island hoping to get through the lull quickly. Most other boats stayed further away probably hoping to get less of the leeward effect.It took almost an hour to get clear of this and in the end it probably did not matter, it just separated the crowd and now we only have 3 ships still in sight and we. read more...


21/11/2015

Free Spirit - Friday, 20 November 2015 Terra Firma

We crossed the finish line yesterday in daylight as promised, 8 days and 23 hours from start to finish.The Caribbean 1500 staff met us at the dock at Nanny Cay with an ice cold rum punch welcome… sweet!We staggered ashore like a bunch of drunken sailors, definitely smelling tired and headed for a land based shower and the stationary head that graciously accepts all offerings.Dinner was a sit down affair eaten off plates (as opposed to doggie bowls) with separate meat, vegetable and a starch.Funny how you appreciate the little things in life.No more watches and hot bunking.We all get to sleep through the night in a dedicated berth… fresh sheets and bodies.Friday was a "get Free Spirit back in shipshape" day, scrubbing away all vestiges of an arduous passage.She performed very well during. read more...


21/11/2015

Bamarandi - Saturday 21st November - Ships in the Night

Position 16.30.406N 033.22.022WWe continue to tac back and forth as the wind has not really changed much. We covered 189nms last night in total - 151nm of then towards our destination - the rest taken up with tacs. Not having the use of our gennaker downwind sail is starting to have a building compound effect now. We have sailed as close to the wind as we can and we have our boom retained with a line to stop it banging in the waves and the sometimes changing wind. To achieve the progress we have has meant us letting our boom swing out as far as we can and then tying it back into that position with our genoa flying out front.We have averaged reasonable knots per hour with this setup and we have quite a few boats in the fleet around us.A yacht called Blue Raven was very close at around. read more...


El Gato - grrrrr
El Gato - grrrrr
21/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 13 – Friday/Accidental nap

21:42Local LEA Time: As the skipper and I are now on team early bird, our days starton watch at 7 am. Yeah, it’s a tough life at sea. The morning starts with astroll on deck, and todays catch was five (not so happy) flying fish. Afterfinding one on our bathroom floor the other day, I’m a little anxious aboutkeeping the side hatch to my cabin open. This creates quite a problem,considering the heat that builds up down there over the night. So I’m left witha dilemma. I can either (A) – keep my hatch open at night, with a slight chanceof getting smacked in the face by a fish with wings, or (B) – play it safe andkeep the hatch closed, and have the joy of a good night’s sleep in a pool of myown sweat. Quite the Sophie’s choice that one. Anyway. As a result of Reidun’s very productive. read more...


21/11/2015

Chimo - Reisversla 6 ARC+

Start 1, woensdag 18 november 13.00 uur. Na 10 minuten moeten we omkeren omdat we water maken via het roer. De waterkering komt er helemaal uitzetten. Het probleem lijkt groter dan het was toen we hier aankwamen. Er waren veel boten met problemen bij aankomst in Mindélo. Niet iedereen kon geholpen worden voor de vertrekdatum. Enkele schepen zijn blijven liggen tot na de start en daar werd hard aan gewerkt om ze alsnog zo snel mogelijk te kunnen laten vertrekken. Wij moesten wachten op onze beurt, maar om 22.00 uur diezelfde avond, na weer een reparatie, doen wij poging 2. Helaas, nog meer water binnen. We moeten weer terug. De volgende ochtend gaat Leo kijken wat hij kan regelen. We boffen. We krijgen nu de beste monteur en hij gaat het goed aanpakken. Het probleem is dat er een nieuwe. read more...


21/11/2015

PG Roshni - 21/11 0910 Waahoo

16:58.1N 34:09.9WMorning allFantastic night sail with the moon until 0130 then BLACK BLACK (its ok Johnny) but the breeze was good increasing from 10-20kn apparent with us sailing close to downwind with the pole out to Stb. Speed always over 8 but touched 13.5 or so a couple of times and breeze is with us this morning.Spent plenty of time on the navigation this morning and happy with where we are N and W but not seen a position report or weather update yet.All good after I got a lie in for 45mins after Ali felt sorry for me waking me up with Dire Straights after my dog watch with Susan... Will be making this part of the rota now as the shower and shave after completed the luxury of being free of salt for a few hours.Better go and do a stint at the helm as Daisy is killing the batteries. read more...


21/11/2015

El Gato - grrrrr

Nice sunrise after a busy night.Jibed with no moon, auto pilot testing us by quitting consistently when we least expect it.Blowing 20 and wish we could sail straight downwind like others.Grrrrrimage1. read more...


20/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 0 , Kontrolltörn

Einen Probeschlag auf den Atlantik gemacht. Kontrolle der Genua, des Großsegels, der Winschen, Fallen, Schoten und Leinen.Mann über Bord Manöver gefahren. Jedes Crew Mitglied. Walter , Jochen, Jochen, Gunter, Berthold, Stephan, Hans-JuergenGroße Sicherheitseinweisung durchgeführt. Gibt relativ viele Dinge die passieren können. Ausführlich mit Feuerbekämpfung beschäftigt. Leckabdichtungen. Notrufabsetzung über das Funkgerät. Akut Behandlung von Verletzungen, etc. etc.An-Ablegemanöver gefahren. Diesel gebunkert.20:30 zum königlichen Yachtclub. Abschiedsparty ARC. Königliche Kleidung vorgeschrieben. Keine offenen Schuhe, lange Hosen.. read more...


Free Spirit - Free spirit - the fearless captain - mike berndt
Free Spirit - Free spirit - the fearless captain - mike berndt
Free Spirit - Free spirit - lucky crew newbie - Alex Fleming
Free Spirit - Free spirit - lucky crew newbie - Alex Fleming