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30/11/2016

Estrella - 10.Tag Hurra wir segeln wieder

In der Nacht hat der Wind eingesetzt. Ein paar mal hat ergestottert, dann genau aus der falschen Richtung geweht (aber wenigstens geweht)und jetzt läuft es. Die Stimmung ist erheblich gestiegen seitdem wir die Flautehinter uns gelassen haben. Während in den letzten Tagen die Mannschaften ehergelangweilt ihren Dienst angetreten haben, will jetzt keiner mehr das Steuerradan den Nächsten übergeben, so viel Spaß macht es. Die Borduhr ist gestern noch einmal um eine Stundeangehalten worden, jetzt passen die Lichtverhältnisse am Morgen und Abend nochbesser. Wenn alles gut geht werden wir morgen Mittag Bergfest feiern können,dafür muss der Wind aber durchstehen. Der Sekt ist vorsichtshalber schonkaltgestellt. Wir hoffen jetzt irgendwann in den Passat zu kommen und auf keinenFall mehr eine. read more...


30/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Mittwoch 30.11.16 Bordzeit 13.30 Uhr Der 15. (vorletzte?) Tag Man soll den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben, oder alle schlechten Dinge sind drei!Jetzt hätte ich in den letzten Tagen schon häufig unseren Parasailor gelobt, und was mache der?Er reißt. Heute Nacht zum dritten mal.Mit einem wahnsinnigen Knall riss die spinnackerschot uns das Segel lag wieder im Atlantik.Nach einem einstündigen kampf konnte die Crew ihn wieder bergen.Aber nun ist er endgültig für tot erklärt worden.Das heißt für die uns kurswechsel nach Barbados und dann Richtung St Lucia.Kostet 40 NM mehr.Danke parasailor !!!!!!!In der Zwischenzeit messen sich zwei crewmitglieder um den Titel:Schlafmütze des Jahres.Es scheint auf einen eindeutigen Sieg hinaus zu laufen.Der Rest der Crew bemüht sich zwischenzeitlich "klar. read more...


30/11/2016

Zingara log

Zingaras halbzeitguten tag lieber fanclub. Ja, haetten laengst berichte senden sollen. Aber erstens kommt es anders und ...., passatroute warnix! Auf dem weg dorthin waeren wir verhungert, no wind. Also gings wieder einmal auf sehr noerdlichem track gen westen. Fronten, tiefdruckgebiete mit starkwind, gewitter, no wind, regen und schwell, ideal fuer mitsegle mit karibischer erwartungshaltung!Wir habens ueberstanden und so kamen gestern die gaensekeulen super an. Nun sind wir im einfluss eines hochdrucks im nordwesten und koennen von ordentlichen winden bis zum ziel ausgehen. Sonst geht s nun allen an bord bestens, die kueche liefert stets leckeres, nur zum angeln fehlte noch die zeit!! So, soll reichen fuer den moment. Es gruessen herzlichst kubi, hans, burkhardt und der schreiber u skip. read more...


30/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 11 - SUNRISE

Liebe Begleiter unserer Reise,nach der gestrigen seemännisch korrekten Info von Jörg, heute wieder etwas vom Bordleben. Aber kurz vorab: der Wind weht seit ca. 12 Stunden konstant mit ca. 12 - 15 KN und wir kommen gut voran. Unser Leben an Bord pendelt sich immer mehr ein. Der Wechsel aus Wache, Schlafen, Kochen und Freizeit klappt bei Allen immer besser. Man wird von selbst wach und die Meisten von uns können fast auf Kommando schlafen. Heute morgen haben wir das Schiff gereinigt und vor Allem die Getränkevorräte geprüft. Unsere Ostfriesen sind wieder entspannter, selbst bei weiteren 14 -15 Reisetagen sollte uns das Bier nicht ausgehen. Verwunderlich ist der weiterhin gute Zustand unserer Frischobst- und -Gemüsevorräte trotz der hohen Temperaturen. Das Abwaschen mit Chlorwasser am Tag. read more...


30/11/2016

White Satin - Egrets, we've had a few

Wednesday 30th November1218 miles sailed 1777 to goMore contract whist on deck last night, won by Paul in a nail-biter of afinal round. Happily, we think that that may be the last on-deck game ofcards, not because we didn't enjoy it, but because playing cards on deck canonly happen when there is virtually no wind. We now have the wind that wehave been sailing South to find; only about 8 knots, but it is forecast tobuild steadily. We are currently flying the parasailor and making about 5knots. If the wind does continue to build, we should be able to increase ourspeed towards the boat's maximum of over 7 knots, which is determined byits size, shape and sail arrangement. Having found the wind, we are now in aposition to make some assumptions (always dangerous!) to estimate our eta inSt. read more...


White Satin - Egrets, we've had a few
White Satin - Egrets, we've had a few
30/11/2016

SuperTramp - Day 10

Happy St Andrews Day!So not only did Will,Scott and I have a mid Atlantic swim but we barbecued our steaks for dinner. My homemade chocolate fudge cake went down well too.Who can honestly say that they had a barbecue in the middle of the Atlantic ocean on a sailboat. Scott was in and out of the ocean like a rat up a drainpipe (although Brian didn't help by spotting a disturbance in the water on our beam just before we dived in).Will and I were a little braver and did a lap of honour around the boat. The water was like a bath and if it wasn't for the fact that there were hundreds of miles of water below me I would have stayed in a lot longer.I still remember 50 LeaguesUnder The Sea! We also celebrated our half way point with a glass of champagne at sundown and we launched our message in a. read more...


30/11/2016

SuperTramp - Day 9

Today we reach the halfway mark and have a couple of bottles of Champagne chilling in the fridge. Steak for dinner and I have baked a chocolate fudge cake for desert. We had some good winds yesterday with plenty of sunshine so were able to sun ourselves on the bean bags on the aft deck. It was heaven! However the wind dropped at sundown and we were back under motor for the night. We have changed course taking us south as we can see the trade winds building, so hope to pick up some wind tomorrow. We may have to beat for a few days but it will be worth it when we pick up the trades. I am constantly busy on board as there is always something that needs doing whether it's checking the fruit and veg, hanging out the washing ( another Peggie Sue Amanda!) or preparing meals for the crew. Yes. read more...


30/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 10:

Først vil jeg takke alle de av dere som har krysset fingrene og tatt oss med i aftenbønnen.Den sårt ønskede vinden kom, motoren ble "drept" noe før lunch.Vi har seil genaker helt siden den ble satt.Hvorvidt det deres bidrag som gjorde at vi fikk vinden vites ei, men tusen-tusen takk til dere alle :-DVi har mer eller mindre konstant vind kommende inn omtrent rett fra akter, den er ikke veldig sterk: +/- 10 knop.Farten til Numa varierer litt, men stort sett har vi hatt mellom 4 og 5 knops fart helt siden genaker ble satt.Vi kunne selvfølgelig ønsket oss noe sterkere vind slik at genakeren kunne ytt oss optimal fart, men er veldig fornøyd med at vi har fått såpass at det kan forsvare å seile.Distansekonkurranse: Mona vant dag 10.Mon tro om kapteinen har noen "supergevinst" for de som har. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Ten

The last 24 hours we have hit light winds and completed little miles after what has been a great crossing so far.These light airs allowed crew to relax for the day and enjoy the sunshine and attempt to do some fishing.We did have some Dorado fish around the boat but our best effort to get them on board failed.Crew enjoying some good down time today although feeling the heat in the mid-day sun which has clearly got to one or two as we enjoy good banter between us.Overnight the winds returned and Challenger 2’s 56 ton body slowing moved in the water towards east, south, west and at times northern direction as helms struggled to keep her on any course in such light winds initially.However, in the early hours we were on the move again at 8-10 knots and almost heading in the right. read more...


30/11/2016

Nisida - Swimming, Whales Breaching and now wind again!

In the last 24 hrs we have had a swim in a flat calm, seen 2 whalesbreaching a couple of miles from the boat, a great evening meal and acomfortable night on a close reach in around 12kts breeze with all getting agood nights rest! Through this morning the breeze has come up to around18kts from NW so we are cracking along again at 8-9kts bang on course forSt.Lucia.. read more...


30/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 14 - Wednesday 30th Nov

Well, everyone seems to be contracting verbal (or written) diaorrhea now that we're nearing land - I'll find myself out of a job soon, with all the other bloggers around!!!Another hot and steamy night last night, with very little wind, again right behind us - so another night motoring.Although I think Anais managed to get a bit of sailing in, but it didn't last unfortunately.This morning the wind hasn't filled in as it did the last few days, so we're STILL motoring.Yah boo.I had to decamp from my bunk at some ungodly hour last night to the saloon, where I found a very welcome bit of breeze coming through all the open hatches.God help us all if it starts raining again and we have to close hatches - we'll suffocate!I finally got a few hours of sleep - the first in a few nights - while. read more...


30/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 10 - Cruising

Dag 10, kurs 258 grader mot St Lucia ons 30 nov. kl 10.00 Pauline tid(UTC=GMT -3 h) hemma 14.00Hej VännerTänk att få sitta till rors i en härlig slör, forsa fram i 10 knopsfart direkt mot vårt slutmål. Lägg därtill att få morgonkaffetserverat av Anton medans Henke lagar till en fantastisk äggröra toppadmed skinka och paprika. Lite yoghurt, äppeljuice och äntligen engulaktig, solmogen banan avrundar denna kompletta frukost. Man kan hadet sämre (en kvart senare sticker en nyvaken Max upp huvudet urruffen och frågar om de är någon som vill ha gröt, vi avböjer dennainvit). Det finns hopp om våra ungdomar.Detta står i kontrast till att vi på öppna Atlanten körde motor 26timmar i sträck utan att se någon vind, eller något annat heller, förden delen. Ok, vi stannade och badade en timme under. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Ten

PARTY!!!!!!!Today has been an absolute blast! We have officially made it half way across the Atlantic and are closer than ever to St Lucia, which we celebrated in style. Ever since the crew joined the boat the skipper and mates have been going on about the half way party, and how we should all dress up for the occasion. Each watch dressed up together and it was brilliant, we had a selection of pirates, super heroes, hippies and Mary with her three wise men, all coming together to enjoy this wonderful day. Everyone did really well with their outfits considering they were created only out of stuff we could find on the boat.We couldn’t have asked for a better day for this celebration, it has been completely flat and calm, which normally would be really annoying, but it made life a lot. read more...


30/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 14 - Wednesday 30th November - Conor

Day 14- Wed 30/11/16 from ConorG'day all, It was great to hear from so many readers of the blogs and glad they seem so popular. Hats off to Mairead she was the right person for the job.It just struck me that as we have so many readers we should have given a better introduction to ourselves and how we ended up in the middle of the Atlantic- just in time.It all started when I signed up to do an evening course in the Carrigaline community school on coastal navigation. seems odd in hindsight but I found it very interesting even without a boat and I started crewing on occasions during the winter leagues in Crosshaven - I worked in our pharmacy in Carrigaline at the time and that included Sunday mornings so it was not easy to get away regularly at the time. When I did especially on cold, windy. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-11-30

28/11/2016Almost half way through to Saint Lucia and we experienced everything from very light winds, when every 0.1 kn speed gain was hoorayed by all on deck, to strong 32kn gales very useful to set up new “speed record” club: 11 kn, 12 kn… and, finally, 16 kn club (with only one proud and, probably, lonely member though). This day contained everything from sun shine to tropical rainfall. As rain can be seen miles away, the upcoming grey gloomy clouds were noticed far ahead. As most of us never been in such a weather discussion caused lots of amusement. Finally, when the rain arrived (or rather we arrived to the rain), some people had their showers on the deck with excuse of “broken watermaker”, which was fixed by that time, by the way. Below the deck this foam party sounded more like. read more...


30/11/2016

Sanya - blogje Alrik Gaakeer

SUBJECT:blogje Alrik GaakeerARC - Sanya - MISLEIDENDE voorlichtingIn augustus stelde mijn zwager de ARC aan de orde, en zei mij dat wij daar sowieso bij zouden zijn. Ooooow Mozes kriebels, wat ontiegelijk gaaf leek mij dat, maar ja, ik was al door mijn vakantiedagen heen. "Niks mee te maken, we gaan" zei hij, "je regelt het maar. We gaan het record van Brunel verbreken, we doen het in een dag of zeven, knallen gaan we!"Op de site van Sanya c.q. VO70sailing werd het vorig jaar gevestigde record van Brunel ook luchtigjes genoemd als haalbare kaart. Keer op keer kwam mijn zwager er op terug. "We gaan Gaakie!"Begin september ging bij mij het knopje echt om, ok ik ga, no matter what! Op een ochtend, met een behoorlijk bezwaard gevoel begon ik er over op het werk bij mijn leidinggevende.. read more...


30/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - On our way again

“24:41,59 36:10,14W”   On our way again. after a few days relaxing and eating to much , gettingsun burnt and the odd drink here or there we headed onward , unfortunately theonwards was both the wrong direction and into wind , quite bumpy and i now findmyself with a lot of very tired crew , O well another day , Little Dan is onhelm which is always a benefit so at least i can write this with a bit ofconfidence that we are going to work towards getting to st Lucia unlike a coupleof them who decided to head back to las Palmas for a while the other night .(only a knot or 2 but ) after the meal last night we decided it was a good jobto start on a cake so Linda did the deed and produced a lovely fruit loaf (shewill make someone a lovely wife someday )  but you will have to be good. read more...


30/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 10 -... Flaute

Wir warten immer noch auf Wind. Nach checken der Dieselvorräte beschliessen wir weiter zu motoren. Mit 1400 U/min machen wir ca. 3,2 kn. Der Wetterbericht zeigt mehr Wind für die nächsten Tage. Wir lassen es dann langsam angehen, frühstücken gemütlich. Hermann fischt zum ersten Mal. Heute ist auch richtig Verkehr auf dem Atlantik. Wir sehen 2 Tanker und einen Segler. Zum Abend hin kommt schlagartig Wind auf, da einige Squalls links und rechts an uns vorbeiziehen und Wind bis 24kn mitbringen. Als sie vorbeigezogen sind, läßt der Wind wieder nach. Ab Mitternacht kommt Wind auf und wir können segeln und das die ganze Nacht durch. Wir hoffen die Flaute hinter uns gebracht zu haben ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


30/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 11 - Swim and Horca

Hi friends of PkBoo.Yesterdaywe still hadvery light winds and silk sea. One more dorado, the fifth, entered in our happy crew,this time by the oven with a ratatouille and soya sauce. By the side, a pumpkin creamy soup an, as dessert, an apple crumble. What's better?Looking for wind, in the morning we had a bath in the magnificent blue ocean; in the afternoon an horca (yes it is) went under our boat and went on the bow like a dolphin. Fantastic! Later we realized it's better not have more bath in the ocean ... Fair winds and safe trip.CiaoMarco. read more...


30/11/2016

Peristera - Sail across the Atlantic Ocean?

Today we passed 100 engine hours. We are getting used to the noise, and to the luxury of having an abundance of electricity. We talk about the flat, calm sea, painted in fifty shades of grey,andhow beautiful it is. But after all, Peristera is a sailing boat, and we are here to sail. So earlier today, when, all of a sudden, the wind picked up to 14 knots, we immediately rolled out the sails. We knew we had to be fast, that the wind would be gone before we had even trimmed the sails properly. The rain came together with the wind, and when we were all wet, the wind died. We rolled in the sails, engaged the autopilot, spread out the wet gear and was ready just in time for the giant dorado to come out of the oven.We are lucky to have a fishing champion on Peristera. Diana surprises herself by. read more...


30/11/2016

Gwendoline - 9. and 10. day at sea (short version)

Hello everybody,because of the no wind situation, we chose, on Nov. 28th 21.30 UTC to start the engine and go directly south towards the Cap Verde archipelago - the island of Sao Vicente and MArina Mindelo to be precise.Here we arrived yesterday 29th of Nov at 13.15 UTC. We bunkered 220 liter of diesel, so we again have full tanks. Because of these rather unusual circumstances, I did not sleep for the past 36 hours, which is why I did not make our daily report yesterday.Everythin is well on board, everybody are happy and positive, but we do all miss some wind to sail on - but this goes for all participating in the ARC 2016. Later today I will write a more detailed log - this short version is just to set your minds at ease - all of you who are following us. Over and Out fromS/Y Gwendoline. read more...


30/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 11: Igor takes the nightwatch

Bluewaft Log Day 11Wednesday 30 November 201619°51’.769N 036°09’.1103WHardly any wind at all other than squalls, and what wind there is, is onthe nose.Fortunately big fuel tanks!When we can we use the stay sail toadd 0.5knt.We’ve been running a single engine in ‘economy’ mode (2000rpm) and still have roughly half our fuel left – although after another 48hours we need to think again about whether we’ll continue to motor as wewant to keep some in reserve for generator and making water etc.Forecastis for wind tomorrow – so should be fine (fingers crossed).In the mean time, we’ve lost sight with other boats in the fleet.Lastboat we saw was Vavau (another catamaran) two days ago.From the fleetpositioner we can see that other boats are in the area – but haven’t seentheir lights or AIS (or. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 11: Igor takes the nightwatch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 11: Igor takes the nightwatch
Bluewaft - Alex & Ingrid
Bluewaft - Alex & Ingrid
30/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 9 (part 2); Sew, sew, sew your boat

Day 9 (part 2): Sew, sew, sew your boat   After breakfast LC had a thorough check of her rigging and sails.  Sheneeded some stitching to reattach the footing tape to the genoa, and Dave wantedto attach a metal band to the foot of the mast to add extra support to theriveted plate.  (Sorry sailors this is a girlie understanding of thesituation), and to readjust tension in all of the stays and check stays.   The sail was first.  We put up our cruising chute and then, withmilitary precision and controlled by Dave, we dropped the genoa and attached itsecurely to the guard rails.  The sail repair box was sourced and M-C’sbackground in recreational upholstery came into its own and the guys had asewing lesson.  The area of detached tape was approximately 45 –. read more...


30/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 9 (part 1): Oh what a night!

Day 9 (part 1); Oh what a night   I believe I signed out of our blog last night after a good sing song. Morale was high on board and we went to bed with the boat moving gently forwardand feeling contenta.  By the last watch of the night i was awoken with aseries of odd loud noises.  On a boat you become used to the regular noisesand zone them out.  Anything unusual stands out a mile.  Skipper Davewent up to investigate.  The wind had become very variable and our main andboom were flogging erratically.  We have in boom furling and our boom isvery heavy amplifying any small uncontrolled movement of the boom. Its afrightening situation as the power of the boom to destabilise the boat and causeproblems with the rigging becomes very apparent.  As. read more...


30/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 9, N 19.53.51 W 28.47.47, 29 November 2016

3 days without wind.... we had so much fun! Swimming, breakfast, maintenance, drinking, swimming, drinking, lunch, music, swimming, drinking, music, dance, sleep, sleep, sleep. We have configured an emergency water system so that fresh water is flowing again. The only downside of 3 days without wind: we have consumed nearly all our alcohol!!! We were expecting the wind to return around the early hours of Wednesday morning but the first signs of a weather change were here this morning, Tuesday, at 6 am, when we first felt a slight touch of wind on our face during the morning watch. In the course of the day the wind increased and since 16:30 we are sailing again! Based on the forecast we expect 10 days of excellent sailing bringing us all the way to St Lucia.We have also started a new. read more...


30/11/2016

Koco - 10.Tag auf See

die Fahrt durch die Nacht war ruhig, sehr ruhig. Zu Ruhig. Kein Wind, der Atlantik platt wie eine Flunder. Wir müßen an dieser Stelle anmerken das die Ostsee segeltauglicher ist ;-)Der Tag beginnt wieder mit einem super leckeren Frühstück, alle sind hochmotiviert das heute die steife Brise zum segeln kommt. Sie kommt aber nicht wirklich. Wir können 4 Stunden segeln, dann ist der Segelspuk wieder vorbei. Dieter kann dem Atlantik heute keinen Fisch entnehmen. Kleine Reparaturen am Großbaum, Sybille und ich konnten weiter Struktur in unser Fotochaos bringen, und nebenbei blieb noch viel Zeit für eine ausgedehnte Augenpflege. Es ist 4:21 Uhr, Wind 4,7kn direkt von vorne, also so wie immer. Ich werde wohl nächstes Jahr auch bei der ARC Regatta antreten, aber mit einem Faltboot. Das reicht für. read more...


29/11/2016

Beltana II - Day 10 - what the.....

Yes we are still looking for the trade winds. We motored south all night atabout 5 knots and at sunrise the crew put up the sails and doused the engine tocatch the breeze – little though it was. We decided to spend most of the dayjust trying to sail (to conserve fuel) and we did, but the penalty was we weretravelling at only 1-1.5 knots ans sometimes we ended up heading back towardsCape Verde Islands (yes Anna asked me yesterday if I was going backwards!!) butwe have achieved some south – down to less than 19 degrees North now so we areheading in the right direction I think to find the trade winds.  The lowpressure ridge west of Cape Verde Islands is the problem which has flattened thepressure and pushed the trades even further south.....   Oh well, can’t control the. read more...


30/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Spin-Tastic!

More great sailing with the Spinnaker in 5 to 10 kn of wind with the miles clocking down to St. Lucia. Just under 500 Nm left to goThroughout the night sea state was slight weather fair and visibility moderate to good. The watches had a quiet night as usual. Winds were E F4 About 01.00 blue watch noticed a white light in the distance but was unsure at the time if it was another yacht. Later they thought the light looked red but nothing was showing on the AIS . As the sun came up we found out it was indeed another yacht, Endeavour of Cork, their skipper talked with our skipper over the radio and informed him they had been chasing us for a few days. It was really nice to have some company.We have now passed French Guiana, Surinam, Guiana and eillsoon have passed Venezuela.One thing we. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 - 29 November
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 - 29 November
30/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Nine

Hi to you all, we hope you are all enjoying the regular updates. Today after our lovely breakfast from white watch we all worked on deck for the final push to stitch the Yankee one. Success!! Then we did a sweep stake to estimate how long the repair would last!!!Lunch was salmon with a variety of cheeses including the boats favourite blue cheese, Ollie is delighted it is being used up! The wind the last 24h hours has changed direction from southEast round to the North. We are looking forward by Wednesday/Thursday to having the wind behind us pushing us to St Lucia.By late morning we celebrated getting half way, covering 1410 miles, this meant Party time!At 3pm we all got dressed into our 1960s flower power party gear, Monkey (Skipper) gave his speech and said we were his best crew then. read more...


30/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 6

What a day! As soon as we got sunlight,Sirocco Watch launched the spinnaker with the help of Lesley. As Bora Bora Watch took over we spotted a dark looming fin on our stern - shaaaaaaark alarm, all hands on the deck, close the pool area! Dooa doooa doooa doooa doooo (jaws). Everyone grabbed their cameras and Paula prepared her fishing line! Not long after a tiny liitle bird was resting on the fishing line.Elisabeth our other bosun, repaired the luff of the genoa. We made lots of sail changes to suit the conditions, we had a lot of fun doing this and it was a great effort from everybody. Tired of too many sail changes we hauled Sophie our skipper up the mast..we told her she had to fix the steaming light. But actually we needed a break from changing sails.Today we also changed our clocks. read more...


30/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 30. November 2016

Windstill! The whole day. In the middle of the ocean and in the middle of the trade wind zone. Have we done something wrong?Used the motor on low rpm but our fuel reserves are declining. But morale and food reserves are still good. Only the beer situation demands an arrival within a week.We'll see.What else happened?Had again a wonderful bath in the deep blue ocean. Caught no fish. The first boats arrived in Rodney Bay.820 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


Cherish - Day 15; working hard in the sun
Cherish - Day 15; working hard in the sun
30/11/2016

Cherish - Day 15; working hard in the sun

All hands on deck for Will and Sven whose watch it is. Ali catches some rays up on deck during her R n R with a cushion and her book. Note the washing drying and the everlasting onions which made a bid for freedom halfway through our trip. Most were caught and the culprits banished below to the net above the nav station. Since then harmony has reigned.WJGOPR1329.. read more...


30/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 10 bis 12

Wir haben uns soweit gen Süden vorgehangelt, dass nicht nur die Butter schmilzt. Unter Deck ist es fast unerträglich heiß. Früh Morgens erreichen wir unseren Wegepunkt 4 und ändern den Kurs nach Westen. Ab jetzt lautet der Generalkurs 270° und die Devise „warten auf den Passat!“ Bei mäßigen Winden experimentieren wir mit dem Spinnaker. Wir fahren das leichte Tuch des Parasailors als Blister, dabei eignen wir uns eine Technik an, die es uns erlaubt, von Blister zu Spinnaker und wieder zu Blister zu wechseln, ohne den Spi vorher bergen oder den Spibaum abbauen zu müssen und damit Fahrt aus der Yacht zu nehmen.Ein Crewmitglied (Lothar) nimmt den Begriff der Backschaft sehr ernst und backt an einem Tag gleich zwei leckere Brote und einen Geburtstagskuchen. Denn Rolf feiert mit uns seinen 50.. read more...


29/11/2016

Shalan - Day 10

14:36N 38:06WDear reader,Welcome to the 10th installment of our ARC update as we continue to cross the Atlantic aboard the good yacht Shalan.Today has seen us make some great progress as we continue to see the miles tumble.Wind conditions have been ok, with Shalan sailing initially on the Code 0 and later with the spinnaker for the remainder of the day with the intention to continue this throughout the night wind and weather permitting.Last night saw us encounter numerous squally areas with rain and varying conditions for a number of hours.At around 2am we ran into a fairly agressive squall whilst we were running both the spinnaker and main sails - it was all hands to the deck as the wind clocked 37knots which was enough to push Shalan onto a rather large heel! As we all raced to lower. read more...


Shalan - Day 10
Shalan - Day 10
30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 - 29 November

Log Day 10 - 29 NovemberWe have been motoring for 24 hours now, with virtually no wind anywhere.We spent almost two days struggling to make headway with 3-5 knots of wind, and ended up heading north more than west.On the positive side, the nights have been spectacular, with star-studded skies that are simply breath-taking, and the days have been sunny and hot.Then just as we were sitting down to a nice lunch in the cockpit…the fishing rod started screaming loudly, peeling off line at a fast clip.The crew all jumped into action, one slowing the boat, one pulling in the second fishing line, one on the rod, and another getting the swim platform down and ready (where we land the fish).After a bit of a battle, we had a really nice sized Mahi Mahi on the afterdeck - a terrific treat for our. read more...


30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 9 - 28 November

Log Day 9 - Tuesday, 28 NovemberFinally we're having, sunny days. No rain, but no wind 9.The sea is glass with loads of flying fish jumping around. Finally we caught 2 dorados/mahi-mahi,but small ones, so we through them back in the sea.At night, the sky is full of stars, awesome for some celestiallessons, and get flashed by thunders from miles and miles away. Today we are going cook a proper "Cozido à Portuguesa" (no English translation possible!!) Sorry, is kind of a big boiled pot with some nice stuff inside. You better go to "Farnel", in Lagos and ask Sr.Zé for a "Cozido à Portuguesa. See you soonSimão. read more...


30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 6 - 25 November

Log Day 6 - 25 NovemberWe had a slow day today, with squalls and lots of rain.Because the wind was behind us, the big cockpit dodger (like a windscreen) didn't protect the on-watch person too well. But we made the best of it by putting on a training movie sponsored by the captain.The film (okay, movie) was Captain Ron, and is a cult favourite among yachties.No matter how many times we must have all seen this, we ended up with a cabin full of laughter. Scott. read more...


Nemo - Crew shot!
Nemo - Crew shot!
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Fisheyeing Nemo under water
Nemo - Fisheyeing Nemo under water
Nemo - Nemo finally heading south - Tuesday night!
Nemo - Nemo finally heading south - Tuesday night!
29/11/2016

Nemo - HUNDRED HOURS OF SOLITUDE-A SHORT REPORT FROM THE ARC RACE

Sounds familiar? Well whether you have been reading a Nobel prize winning novel, waited for a child being born at the clinic, put away for 4 days in jail (for a crime someone else probably committed), or you are a sailor, you know what I am talkingabout. Just a few days ago, we were in high spirits. Sails were being changed swiftly day and night by the two teams working like Formula 1 crew in the depot during a Grand Prix race. Energy went into race updates were we all high fived each other seeingother boats being left in our wake of success, wind speeds of 25 knots pushed us fast toward the Rum punch at St. Lucia, and more importantly, toward seeing our loved ones again. We had been taking a very bold decision, (well I was not making the actual decision, El Capitan and Gallo Veleta. read more...


29/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 9

Day 9. We have had very light winds for a couple of days now. This has been a source of frustration but has had its benefits. This afternoon we dropped the sails and took some time in the calm conditions for a swim. I was always told not to go out of my depth but in nearly 3 miles of water that was a bit of a task. The water was pleasantly warm. Not something you could say about British waters this week from what we are hearing. Shortly after getting underway again we were visited by some more dolphins. Always a great sight. The other night they came in the dark and there were phosphorescenttorpedo like trails. A very wonderful sight.Sea water showers are also the order of the day so we are staying cleanish. Again the sea water coming through the system is warm but still cool enough to. read more...