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Shiva - Great atmosphere in the harbour with many ARC boats around
Shiva - Great atmosphere in the harbour with many ARC boats around
Shiva - ARC Opening Ceremony: 37 nationalities are joining the ARC and carrying their own flag
Shiva - ARC Opening Ceremony: 37 nationalities are joining the ARC and carrying their own flag
Shiva - Daan and Mariette arrived in Las Palmas
Shiva - Daan and Mariette arrived in Las Palmas
Shiva - Herman and Inge are ready to sail away!
Shiva - Herman and Inge are ready to sail away!
19/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 1

Mad scramble to get ready in the morning not helped by lack of water on pontoons, still had shopping washing fruit and veg etc to do as so behind after waiting for repairs.Not organised at all.Made a complete hash of getting out of berth, no idea how you can do it with just 2 onboard under control, maybe you just have to be gung-ho (which we weren't) and ended up swept down onto "It started with a kiss", sorry guys thanks for fending us off, towed off by marineros, stopped briefly by fuel berth to check Hydravane which had been caught and twisted round, luckily it seemed OK but later found some rips in the fabric vane cover (now taped up). Crossed start line with fenders still tied on and a heap of lines in the cockpit. Boisterous sail in the sun by Santa Antao island, then fell into a. read more...


19/11/2015

Timshel - Log Day 7 Finish at Cape Verde

Distance logged 101.7nM, Total for leg: 894nm.Sailing steadily all afternoon, main plus poled out yankee and staysail.50 miles to go at 2300.Excitement builds as night wears on (dolphins came to play!)and start to see other boats lights or on AIS.Crossed the line between the headland anad the island at 06.28 local time (GMT-1), still dark hills looming out of the murk.Lots more wind when you round up to take down sails etc, warm welcome at marina from WCC yellow shirts and other ARC+ yachts.Got fuel, luckily marineros there to skillfully get us into the berth, stern to with buoys at bow.Cape Verde and Mindelo seemed to be a fascinating place and evryone very friendly but our time there all too short especially with the amount of things we needed to fix.Wasted a load of time waiting for. read more...


19/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - The Crew on Seraphina

Chilling out on Seraphina in Las Palmas. Raring to get going. read more...


Seraphina of Chichester - The Crew on Seraphina
Seraphina of Chichester - The Crew on Seraphina
19/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party

The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party Another great ARC party!IMG_2575. read more...


Seraphina of Chichester - The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party
Seraphina of Chichester - The Seraphina crew at ARC fancy dress party
19/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - Drinks Provisioning on Seraphina

The drinks are now on board and with over 200 litres of mineral water all will be fine. Hope to save this until we are well on. In the meantime water from the tank and and water maker will be the order of the day. Great team work packingand storing it all away. Thanks Ole and Renne!. read more...


Seraphina of Chichester - Drinks Provisioning on Seraphina
Seraphina of Chichester - Drinks Provisioning on Seraphina
19/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away Day 8

The weather report this morning doesn’t look quite as bad as it did yesterday.  I think we may just luck out on this one.  Still proceeding generally South down I-65 under double reefed main and staysail making 6-7kts.  Haven’t needed the main since we started having filter issues fortunately.  Noticed that Marinade and Island Tales both finally bit the bullet and made and easterly tack.  Allowing us to close the distance on Island Tales a little and get ahead of Marinade.  We went through some squalls where the rain came down so hard that we leaked in places I never saw leak before.  We think we will cross the line Friday night before midnight.  Probably anchor up somewhere until morning, maybe take some showers so Mia doesn’t have to hand us. read more...


19/11/2015

Bamarandi - Weds 18th / Thurs 19th - Goodbye Mindelo Cape Verde

Position 17.10.265N 028.13.907WWe enjoyed our few days in Mindelo to recharge and reprovisions which involved visits to the local supermarkets and there open vegetable market. Great produce and very friendly people. We ate out at various local restaurants each night and the food was excellent and very well priced. Most of the restaurants we went to had entertainment by a local band playing, one night followed by a very good band playing in a street blocked off for the occasion to a large crowd including us.There were also ARC+ entertainment events. A BBQ sounded promising in the local fish market and we had emailed ahead en route, had our email confirmed and replied to ARC+ told us - and then confirmed again with ARC+ people when they visited us on arrival to take our passports and the. read more...


19/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (1): Twilight Zone Winds

After almost a full 24 hrs since the start of our passage from Cape Verde to St. Lucia, WIDAGO has finally settled into trade wind sailing. With the big blue Whomper out front and close to 170 miles behind us, we are riding almost comfortably in confused seas doing 7-9kts. Yesterday afternoon and evening however was a different tale. Between the acceleration zone caused by the wind funnel of the islands, and the deceleration zone caused by the land shadow, we saw true wind speeds range from 1.5kts doldrums to gusts of 35+kts. The wind direction was so shifty, that at one point, it was like a bad game show - rotating about 360 degrees. With variable wind speeds and direction, the sea state settled into chaos. We had initially set out with a single reef, and kept adjusting the wraps on the. read more...


19/11/2015

Weohgi - On Our Way

16:41.597N 027:19.373W - Distance run in one day 153nmA big thank you from all on Weohgi for the help we have received from the ARC staff and to all the local people who made our stay memorable and enjoyable. We visited both Santo Anteo and Santo Vincent and wish the islanders well for their future.We crossed the start line at 13.03 with a good wind and nearly all the fleet. A fantastic site and we were pleased and proud to be there. We were sailing well until about 4pm when we got caught in the "No wind" zone at the end on Santo Anteo! We luffed up and were listening on Ch72 to all those who were with us wondering what to do asking those who were managing to sail saying how great the wind was! We eventually extricated our self by 7pm and the wind have been good since.Love and best. read more...


19/11/2015

Weohgi - How Weohgi got her name - A short history

We did know the history of the name Weohgi before we bought her but Tom Wells' son Glenn emailed us with this. We also think the were are not the 1st Weohgi to do the ARC -Westerly Conway Weohgi did it as well."Did I tell you how the name WEOHGI came about? Probably did but here it is again.Dad was skipper of a Landing Craft in the war and the three crew were:WElls the coxswain,O'Hara the Seaman andGIbson the Stoker. Dad had 6 boats in his time all named Weohgi, a Westerly Centaur, Westerly Conway, Nicholson 32, Jeanneau Sun Fizz, Starlight 35 and finally your boat.". read more...


19/11/2015

PG Roshni - 19/11 Waaaahooo 1245

16:47.0N 28:10.0WAfternoon allIt was a fantastic site leaving Mindelo with 60 odd other boats and cats running down between the islands. Even the local coppers had a RIB out taking pictures. Had a good start and made up lots of places which we lost again overnight due to running a bit too far S but its a long way to go. Wish I'd paid a bit more attention to Rhum lines theory instead of thinking its a dried powdered alcohol! We got the kite up about an hour ago and are charging along at 10-12kn. Main is reefed down to avoid another 'issue' that we don't talk about ! More later. Much fatigue getting back in to the watch patterns but will survive. The old seafarers tales of heading S until the butter melts then go W is quite correct - the wind is good and strong and its is absolutely baking. read more...


19/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Pre-departure Preparations

So this is our first log- hello from the skipper and crew of Ruby Rose. Three more sleeps and we'll be underway- what a bizarre feeling! Currently enjoying a bacon butty for breakfast, but due to lack of fridge/freezer space, we definitely won't be eating these on the crossing! Final preparations in full swing now that our crew have arrived. We allowed ourselves an afternoon off to enjoy some drinks with them yesterday, but now we're all caught up on gossip, we've put them to work today!Off for a test sail later and hoping all is working well. In particular we want to test our new hydrogenerator and the watermaker which has been tripping out (now fixed, we hope!). Will also do MOB and fire drills, and get the crew familiar with the boat.Time is flying past and although we're not without. read more...


19/11/2015

Free Spirit - Wednesday, 18 November 20 15 Doing the Wind Dance

The wind was fickle through the night so we motored on.Today it's the joys of Caribbean sailing with light wind and intermittent squalls.We put a head sail out, we take it in.We change headsails.Squalls hit, wind direction shifts and we adjust sails and course.It all serves to keep us off the street and out of trouble. A few years ago I came across an expression "Gentleman don't go to weather."Now what's that supposed to mean?How in the world do you get anywhere if you don't go to weather?Heck, as a racer, most of our races are windward/leeward races.I think I finally get it now.It's one thing to be racing along, everyone on the rail trying to keep balance and maximize speed.At night when we're cruising or passage making, it's not so much fun and doesn't make for good. read more...


19/11/2015

Taniwha - Test Log 19.11

Joel can you please let me know how you get on getting this posted on our logs.Jobbly start in up to 30knot winds and messy seas. Looking like 160-170nm for the 1st 24 hours. Bearing straight down the "Fat Mans track"We still have 2 or 3 boats in sight, but the field is slowly spreading.Vacuum packed steak has lost its vacuum, so eating like Lords for these 1st few days!Cheers--. read more...


19/11/2015

Hejira - We are off.

16 17.803N 026 27.442WThursday 19th November 2015Preparations became somewhat frenetic as the yachts connected to the water supply to fill their tanks prior to departure. This large demand reduced the water pressure to next to nothing so there was only a trickle coming out of the hose and with half an hour to go to the start, we still needed half a tank. Thankfully as the yachts disconnected, the pressure returned and with full tanks we were only a few minutes late crossing the line.We tackled a boisterous sea and a 25 knot wind with reefs only for the wind to drop and shift as we reached the south end of Ilha de Santo Antao. The wind fell away as we entered the wind shadow of the island and for the first time, we started the engine to power our way out of the shadow and hopefully into. read more...


Hejira - We are off.
Hejira - We are off.
19/11/2015

Firefly - Motoring in Malaysia, reflectioning on the trip so far

Its Thursday 19th November and Firefly is 15 miles from Pangkor Island Marina, the next stop on the Sail Malaysia Rally. Despite needing to either motor or motor sail for a good proportion of the 140 mile trip from Port Dickson - it has been quite efficient as yesterday the north west flowing tide was much more favorable - when it flows towards the south east its not so strong. Yesterday, we did manage some good sailing after motoring for the first 6 hours. The Admiral (our gennaker) came out of 'his' storage spot above the aft cabin and with between 9 and 12 knots and a good angle Firefly zoomed along at up to 7 knots for the next 6 hours. The current was as much as an extra 3 knots so we covered a long distance during that period. There are an unbelievable amount of fishing boats in. read more...


19/11/2015

Shelena - Start for ARC + to St Lucia

18th November at 0230 UTCWe have had a fantastic first 12 hours with winds at 20 - 24 knots,originally from the eastto east south east. Preparation for leaving wasfrantic even though we thought we were prepared. The reality is that 930miles sailed to Sao Vicente claimed two lost screws to our genoa furler, onebroken rail fastener and a ripped cruising chute. Priority 1 was to getthesailing chute repaired if at all possible. Success, it was retuned toShelena just last night. We look forward to the opportunity to fly it. Thesail is large for lighter winds so it remains in its cover for now.Additionally, we needed to add fresh fruit and veg which all takes time. WEwalk everywhere!WE enjoyed Sao Vicente's restaurants and the ARC+ entertainment, but wereready to leave this morning ready for. read more...


19/11/2015

Shelena - Finished Leg 1 to Sao Vicente

Sorry for the silence but seems that pressing matters push blogs to the backof the queue. Thequick heads up is that the second part of our leg was,well, boring. Winds stubbornly refused to blow. We had yacht speed of just acouple of knots and Helen made the case for main engine use. Sacrilege! Weare a sailing yacht not a gin palace so the engine remained silent untilpassing the finish line. The reality, it turned out, was that many yachtsdid indeed turn on engines for which they are penalised with time added totheir actual time. Consequently we benefitted with a Group A finish of about8th and, over all twenty something. Not too bad for a yacht that we arestill learning to sail.A few days after our finish at Sao Vicente, Kathy and Jules left us for afew days proper holiday in a hotel at. read more...


19/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away Day 7

Regardless of my attempts to avoid fuel  filter issues by running only the generator or the main engine they have started.  With all this motion from these seas, my fuel is sufficiently mixed I think.  The weather forecast was a little disturbing this morning, rather than the nice trades we were hoping for we are running into gale force winds and 10-12 ft seas.  Looks like we will have about a day to get ready for it.  I put up the mizzen and then double reefed it, and then dropped it again.  My plan in gale force winds is double reefed mizzen and staysail.  We ran with a double reefed main only the first night after crossing the Gulf Stream in what turned out to be gale force and it was pushing it.  With our broken bow sprit, we won’t be. read more...


18/11/2015

Free Spirit - Tuesday, 17 November 2015 Slow Boat to China

The wind has decided not to cooperate.It dropped and shifted and is right on the nose.We're motor sailing with just a reefed main and the going is slow.We've been logging 150-160 nm days, but not today.We took advantage of the relatively calm sea to top off the fuel tanks with the jerry cans on the rail.  Since we've been able to sail most of the way, our fuel status is good and we could motor all the way to Tortola at this point if we wanted… NOT!!!!We're getting in as much Easting as we can and hoping to be able to turn south and sail.This morning we found a flying fish on deck.The sea is littered with patches of Sargasso grass, so we decided to put out a fishing line.Took a while, but we finally hauled in a 2 foot skipjack tuna.Not very good eating, so it turned into catch and. read more...


18/11/2015

Free Spirit - Monday, 16 November 2015 MTWR

High wind plus an opposing current equals one miserable night as we bounce along, getting smacked about on a frequent basis by the waves.As Steve would put it, "MTWR (as in Mr. Toad's Wild Ride)".At first I was concerned about Alex, as this is his first offshore experience and we weren't sure what he'd think of this.  Well obviously we didn't need to worry.He's in his glory, like a kid who has just been given a pass for unlimited rides on the roller coaster.Once we got through the night, we had a fix it day.First the head on the galley faucet broke off and we had to jury rig a clamp to keep the hose from retracting.Not to be out done, the lid and seat on the head came apart and had to be reassembled.  We should have known better than to touch the chart plotter during our. read more...


18/11/2015

Starblazer - 17/11/2015 - Our first week in Richards Bay

The first few days here sped by in a whirl of activity, beginning Monday evening with the Braai, BBQ to non South Africans.Monday evening is the only night both the bar and kitchen are closed so the club provides charcoal and allows members and visitors to bring alcohol onto the premises.The Braai area is set out with 6 brick built hearths, tables and chairs.We had an enjoyable evening talking to other yachties but gave up fairly early because our body clocks were on La Reunion time (2 hours ahead of South Africa) plus we needed to be up and ready to leave by 0800 Tuesday morning.We slept very well.Tuesday we went on a trip to a game reserve about 2 hours drive away.This reserve has all of the big five: elephant, giraffe, buffalo, white rhino and lion; we saw all but the lion.We also saw. read more...


18/11/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 5 ARC+

Nadat we zaterdag 14 november om 9.07 lokale tijd zijn gefinisht hebben de dagen hier helemaal in het teken gestaan van het roer. Voortvarend werd zaterdagmiddag het roer uit de boot gehaald. Het bleek een drijvend roer te zijn terwijl Bavaria meestal zinkende roeren levert. Daardoor liep het roer een beschadeging op. Al duikend moest van onderaf een lager verwijderd worden. Dat heeft twee dagen geduurd. Allerlei dingen zijn ervoor gemaakt om dit voor elkaar te krijgen. Twee dagen klinkt lang, maar het gaat hier op z'n Afrikaans. Ze duiken een aantal keer en verdwijnen dan uren lang. Wij wachten, Leo gaat er eens achteraan, maar vooral niet teveel druk zetten want dan gebeurt er zeker niets meer. Dan liggen we net in bed en komen ze nog even iets passen of meten. In het donker zonder. read more...


18/11/2015

Why Not - Enjoying Las Palmas

On our way to seminars at the hotel and then off to find a costume for theFancy dress party tonight.  Not long before everyone heads off to StLucia.  Wishing everyone save fair winds and looking forward to seeing youall in St Lucia.   Richard and his crew on “Why Not” m_m_ip 503. read more...


Why Not - Enjoying Las Palmas
Why Not - Enjoying Las Palmas
18/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka - news from Mindelo

11:00 UTC Tuesday Nov. 17, 2015Position: 16.886379N, 24.991655WCOFFEEMAKER IS FIXED!!now nothing stands between us and the Atlantic. The grinder mechanism was broken and the machine needed some major surgery to replace it. Now we hear a beautiful whirring sound each time we push that button. More comfortable night watches are now only a click away.Oh, I almost forgot:We had a big surprise last night when at the prize winning we were given the plaque for 2nd position in group B!!!!This in spite of the fact that we were penalized 3 hours for purportedly crossing the start line second early. We sort of disagree with that, since we were going by UTC and the race management created their own time by calling the start 5 seconds early.Oh well, it did not make a difference in the end, so we just. read more...


Mojeka - Mojeka - news from Mindelo
Mojeka - Mojeka - news from Mindelo
18/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka - 120 hr log

13:00 UTC Friday Nov. 13, 2015Position: 19.961055N, 23.531290WSLOW PROGRESS IN POOR WINDS!!we covered 110.3nm in the last 24 hours (avg. 4.596kt), once again our worst day so far. The wind dropped to below 10knot at nightfall last night and even with the gennaker up the speed dropped dramatically, sometimes going down to just above 3 knots. Good news: the swell has virtually flattened and the boat is running smoothly with very little rolling motion. We tried everything to improve speed, like adding some limited mainsail to collect the air in the gap between the two sails and even gull-winging out the full mainsail on the other side. All this did extremely little to improve the speed so we decided to let our power house – the gennaker – do its thing undisturbed. The wind came from. read more...


18/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka - 96hr log

13:00 UTC Thursday Nov. 12, 2015Position: 19.436688N, 22.372331WSTILL NO TUNA!!we covered 136.7.3nm in the last 24 hours (avg. 5.967kt), our worst day so far. Reason 1: the wind dropped to below 20knot at nightfall last night. We had expected that to happen sooner and had hoped to get the gennaker up all day, but winds were too strong. As the wind dropped it was dark, not a good time to raise a gennaker on an unknown boat for the first time in your life. So we had to wait till morning and only did about 5.0 to  5.5 throughout the night on genoa and main, the configuration we had had all along. This morning at last we got the gennaker up. it proved relatively easy and we have been rolling along at 6.5 to 8 knots ever since. Very pleasant sailing. Reason 2: we had to. read more...


18/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka - 48hr log

13:00 UTC Tuesday Nov. 10, 2015Position: 23.177722N, 18.754478WSTILL NO FISH!180nm @ average 7.5kt is pretty good going. Conditions are unchanged with winds between 16 and 26kt, steady from the NE, allowing us to stay very near on track for Mindelo. Weather in the next few days suggests decreasing winds starting tomorrow afternoon, so we are probably going to start hoisting the gennaker at some stage. Currently we are still on genoa and mainsail, sometimes reefed, sometimes not. Bernd tells us that we are roughly in 12th position out of more than 60 – not too shabby. Dave keeps repeating regularly how well Mojeka sails. Everyone is well and even Monique is up and about and currently engaged in preparing the desert for tonight’s dinner. Others have had showers and all in all we. read more...


18/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka - 24hr log

13:00 UTC Monday Nov. 9, 2015Position: 25,.707454N, 16.858004Wwe had a good start in Las Palmas, as a matter of fact we timed it beautifully and celebrated being first across the line!The field very soon appeared to divide into a racing division: about 10 boats taking off under spinnaker, then a small group of about 4 boats including us and behind and soon disappearing behind the horizon, the 50 remaining boats.So Mojeka at least at the beginning has done exceptionally well – under genoa and main only.We have covered 172nm over ground at an average of 7.167kt in 15-25kt winds under main and genoa.We would probably average closer to or even above 8kt if it wasn´t for a current against us.Everybody is happy. George spotted two whales but did not catch any fish so far (we were hoping it. read more...


18/11/2015

Hejira - Last night in Mindelo

Wednesday 18th November 2015The organised excursion around the Island was interesting with the small coach struggling up to the summit along steep, narrow, paved switchback roads.The views would have been stunning had there been better visibility through the low cloud and mist. We visited deserted beaches and verdant smallholdings in valleys between barren mountains. Away from the Mindelo conurbation, the Island is attractive with some striking features and an unspoilt charm.It seems that two small islands further south are the holiday destinations and not Sao Vincente where we are moored in Mindelo. Doing our final shop in the local supermarket we were reminded of the peculiar dynamic of Mindelo society with security guards dressed like commandos stationed at the exit with others. read more...


Hejira - Last night in Mindelo
Hejira - Last night in Mindelo
18/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away Day 6

Motor sailing  just east of do south in ENE fluky winds.   Made a couple adjustments on the jury rigged bob stay.  The aft battery bank got pulled down to much so that attempting to charge them only tripped the charger breaker.  So I swapped those out with some fresh spares.  Because in the past when I ran the generator and the main engine at the same time the filter boss alarm would go off, and I’d have to change the racor filter.  My experience is once that starts, it constantly after that.  To avoid that we shut the main down every few hours to run the generator and get the freezer back down.  We usually let the freezer get up to about 10 degrees then pull it back down to minus 10.  Crew is a little tired, captain is too! . read more...


17/11/2015

Why Not - Why Not's Crew have arrived!

Why Not's crew has arrived!Pleased to say that Keith, Ray, Catrin and Paul have joined us and hope they will enjoy all the festivities leading up to their departure on Sunday.Only one member, Charlie left to join us on Friday.Not long now, our pontoon is very busy with last minute jobs to be done. - Richard DSC01300. read more...


Why Not - Why Not's Crew have arrived!
Why Not - Why Not's Crew have arrived!
17/11/2015

Raylah - Log Day 4-Land in sight

We are in good shape apart from instrument failures particularly the autohelm cutting in and out.We have been flying our lovely yellow and blue spinnaker downwind which gives us a very quiet and stable ride for cooking, reading and contemplation and a question that popped up was ‘Why do we go sailing?’ You take 4 blokes who hardly know each other, having nothing in common apart from sailing and you put them in a small room which like ‘Hotel California’ they can never leave.  Then you continually tilt the room in all directions to put them off there balance and occasionally wet them with sea water to make them cold and sticky . They can of course wash this off with more sea water making them even more sticky. You then address their mental state by sleep deprivation. This a. read more...


17/11/2015

Hejira - 4th in class !!!!

Tuesday 17th November 2015After early morning rain, the day continued to be overcast and clammy. Our mission for the day was to obtain the necessary pipework and fittings to effect a re-working of the watermaker connections. After some time spent in trawling the various shops trying to make ourselves understood (our Portuguese and Creole is not up to much) we found a chap in a very poorly stocked chandlers who went away with a list and drawings promising to deliver all to Hejira at midday. We gave him the benefit of the doubt not really expecting him to ‘come up trumps’ and waited aboard at the allotted time. With him not appearing (what a surprise) we adjourned to the floating bar where we could observe the comings and goings and all but the essential pipe, arrived in dribs and drabs.. read more...


17/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away Day 5

I forgot to mention Chucks birthday yesterday! We had had birthday cupcakes!  So we continued through the night In generally an easterly direction under main, staysail and genoa.  At 6 am my sister was sleeping in the bow V-birth when she was awoken by a horrible noise.  She said it sounded like we were dropping the anchor or something.  She came running, something is going on up on the bow.  Turning on the spreader light reveal the bow sprit going up and down.  I wasn’t sure that the pressure from the roller furled itself wasn’t going to finish the job, but we had to try.  Fortunately the genoa came in and rolled up.  We were still moving through the water at a good clip so next we rolled up the staysail and lowered the main.  Now we. read more...


16/11/2015

Blue Summit - Halfway to the BVI

It was just two weeks and 900 miles ago that we departed from Deltaville for our circumnavigation.Currently, we are on the sixth day (and over halfway) on the leg from Norfolk to Tortola in the BVI.We headed out of the Chesapeake Bay 5 days ago, past Cape Hatteras and southeastward toward a spot south of Bermuda on the 65W line of longitude.This is known as the I-65 route to the Caribbean and although an open ocean route, and the quickest way to get there, there is less upwind sailing than on the infamous Thorny Path through the Bahamas and Greater Antilles.We have now turned south and are sailing along on a bumpy beam reach at 9 knots with about 20 knots of wind. "New" is the operative word on this passage for us. Our ten year boat needed "some" refits and updates after last winter's. read more...


16/11/2015

Barbara Jean - Day 3- November 13, 2015-Another choppy ride

Day 3-Friday  During morning roll call there wasn't a readout of the weather however, WRI said we should all head for 300 nm south of Bermuda. Annabella once again relays weather information to us.It is nice to have someone looking out for you. No boats in sight, neither visually nor on radar.Bob mentioned on morning roll call that several boats reported equipment failure. These choppy seas are hard on the boats and people.It's almost safer in the cockpit than it is below deck.We are doing well despite the constant rolling back and forth of the boat. This is when you find out how well you have secured things below.We started out with a golden rule of no salt down below except for in the salt room (aft berth/storage area) but, things are so bouncy that it doesn't make sense to take. read more...


Hejira - Sleeping dogs
Hejira - Sleeping dogs