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16/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Weds 16th November - departure day 2

Once again we've enjoyed fantastic hospitality on these fabulous islands.If you've not been to Cape Verde then you really should; the islands are beautiful, its people are friendly and there's so much to see and do.Thanks again to WCC, who have ensured everything has run smoothly and made it easy for us.So, to Leg 2.2,090 miles pretty much due west - at 7 or so knots that's a long way.A few days at sea should help us catch up on lost sleep - cheers Bar Simpatico!Good luck and fair winds to all our new friends - we'll see you in St Lucia!ColinCBO 👮. read more...


16/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Blog

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16/11/2016

Somnium - We made it!

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Somnium - We made it!
Somnium - We made it!
16/11/2016

La Contenta - prepares

Hi we are so busy on the boat and having great fun meeting the crews of allthe other boats.  So far we have done a rig inspection, sail inspection,repaired many small issues, been sailing to do man over board drill and partiedon the pontoon.   Still so much to do but this is good fun :)  . read more...


16/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Disappointing news.....

The blog has been quiet for the last few days for a reason.....I'm afraid it's bad news from Endeavour this morning.... engine problems mean that we definitely won't make the start line later today. We're all devastated, naturally.It remains to be seen when, or indeed if, we can get the issues resolved. We can't say just now what will happen, the next few days will hopefully bring a resolution of some sort.From a HUGELY disappointed Endeavour... Over and out :(. read more...


16/11/2016

Jasmine - Test Blog

Test Blog Of Jasmine.. read more...


16/11/2016

Remedy - Midnight 40 to go

We are on our final approach now, just east of Tortola and company to our east pushing for the same goal. Janette and I have taken every midnight to 8 am watch and tonight is no different. The sailing vessel to our port is the first since leaving Portsmouth and is a welcome sight, if not a target to be tracked. A quick hail and a French pair of jacks responds, intentions acknowledged, I am on their AIS. Janette, Ed, and I sitting quietly as the miles role off in the cockpit, current speed 7 kt. As the sun rises we will have earned this passage and will proudly join the ranks of many others. Oh yeah, anyone that says this was a walk in the park l got words for you, your full of it. Just as I suspected, a new challenge for us tonight, lightening. No worries, we will handle it, as with all. read more...


16/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Highlights of the day by Pearl Bali crew - First Leg to Mindelo

Pearl BaliSkipper:Barry HarmerCrew:IY - Irina Yatsenko (wife)AY - Alyona Yatsenko (daughter)PY - Polina Yatsenko (daughter)Brandy - Brandy Doubleday (friend) This is the first transatlantic crossing for the boat and the crew… and we are all enjoying it. Due to the lack of light wind sails and a loaded boat, we struggled with the light winds just after the start that lasted until Monday evening.Once the winds kicked in our progress improved, but we played conservative with sail area to avoid trouble if the wind suddenly increased to the gusts forecasted. We are now hoping to arrive before the welcome drinks Sat night, but it is looking doubtful. (we made it by 4pm Sat… and came 5th in our multihull class once handicap and engine hours were taken into account). The crew were. read more...


16/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Happy crew is well fed crew!

We may not win prices for speed, but we are near the front of the fleet forour catering.The highlight meal on board is the evening meal... the menu's so far....Sunday 6th Nov. First meal at sea. keep it simple. Bangers and herb mashwith salad, sausages cooked on the charcoal BBQ. Monday 7th Nov. Fresh Tuna, inch cubes, flash fried with ground pepper, hotchilies, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Served with herb mash and salad.Tuesday 8th Nov. Paella, chicken and seafood, dressed with langoustine,roasted pepper and fresh parsley. and yes it was made with saffron.Wednesday 9th Nov. Lunchtime should be the halfway point of our first leg(time not distance) so an Ice Cream treat. Tonight the guest cook will be myRussian wife, cooking Solyanka, a stew of minced meat, cabbage, potato,carrot,. read more...


16/11/2016

Starblazer - 15/11/2016 - The end of this part of our journey

Sorry this is a bit later than intended but I wasn't on watch between 0500 and 0800 when I normally write my blog!As expected we reached Tortola mid afternoon on Monday and were safely tied up in the marina by about 1700.The day's run to noon was 143 nM, not brilliant but it did include about 7 hours of sailing, peaceful but not particularly fast. Now it is time to reflect on the passage.We had no major problems, just a few niggles which might prove to be expensive!I have previously described the problems with the mainsail slugs which detach themselves from the cars on the mast track.Today I reconnected another one which had popped out before I stowed the mainsail properly.John needs to revisit the design of his pins.A second, relatively minor problem concerns the tricolour light at the. read more...


15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)

A new crew member Jukka Pekka, our finnish judo champion, got on board yesterday. This last day in Sao Vicente is the opportunity to discover the island diversity. We enjoya nice panorama from the peak of Monte Verde and then can have a swim in the hot ocean water.    Dolphin Star 017 020 021. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SAO VICENTE (15.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)

Cape Verde is an archipelago of ten islands from which Santo Antao is the greenest one. Kari and Antti decide to visit this island close to Sao Vicente and get there withthe daily ferry. Among the main touristic attractions, it is worth riding the stone road, that took sixty years to build, or enjoying the local beverage at the distillery, which is called grogue.   Dolphin StarIMG_8233 IMG_1834 IMG_8342 IMG_8282. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOUR OF SANTO ANTAO (13.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)

After six days sailing, Dolphin Star arrives early morning in Mindelo (Cape Verde). The whole fleet is moored in the floating marina, taking some rest and preparing forrepairs.   Dolphin Star 021 020 022 026. read more...


Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ARRIVAL IN CAPE VERDE (12.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)

Every morning Dolphin Star collects plenty of flying fishes on the deck. It seems like they are totally disorientated at night and have no means to detect our sailing boat.Antti has no other recipe than eating them raw.   Dolphin Star 017 019. read more...


Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - FLYING FISHES (11.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)

Sometimes winds are peaking up and Dolphin Star then breaks speed record at 14.5 knots. There is nevertheless some risk when the wind conditions are very unstable: DolphinStar’s front boom is damaged. The vertical rail fixed on the mast has been ripped off and the boom can no longer be used to control the genoa.   Dolphin Star 016 018. read more...


Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - DAMAGED BOOM (10.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)

Atlantic Ocean is a reliable food reserve which gives us good tunas whenever Kari takes out his fishing rod. As the night comes, Antti cooks a nice diner with the catchof the day. Dolphin Star015 Tuna Sunset. read more...


Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER FISHING DAY (08.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)

As expected the trade winds blow north east at 20/25 knots with a 3/4 meters swell. Dolphin Star has now the main sail and the genoa fully deployed on each side to catchthis nice air flow. Our new chef Antti can show up his cooking skills. Dolphin Star013 Eric wave 012. read more...


Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING IN TRADE WINDS (07.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)

This is the big day with more than 70 boats on the starting line encouraged by the fans. Captain Kari watch out that everything goes right. Dolphin Star007 009 010 011. read more...


Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - STARTING DATE ARC+2016 (06.11.2016)
15/11/2016

Remedy - Last 100 miles

This mark that is unseen by the naked eye or estimated by our keen since of smell. But oh yes, there on the chart plotter was the proof, 99.9 to go. I am sure for our larger and faster brethren this was a fast trip, but not to be for Remedy. We were prepared for a few days of rough weather, but we have had only a few days of nice weather. In 2 words, BEAM SEAS, almost every day, cooking in them has to be an art I will need to master with only 3 dinner meals, 3 breakfast meals, and 2 hot lunches under my belt. I had hoped for 50% of the meals, but I hope now to get one more in this 100 miles well short of the goal. It is time for the last supper on this trip, I think it too will be cold sandwiches or microwave soup. No one will complain, eating is only slightly easier than cooking, as. read more...


15/11/2016

Isbjorn - Landfall in Tortola: Supermoon at Sea

Whelp, we’re here!Isbjorn made landfall early Monday morning, the lights of Anegada, the north-easternmost of the BVI’s, visible shortly after midnight. The moon was so bright that you could see the silhouette of the flat island clearly on the horizon. We continued on a close reach towards the finish line between Scrub Island and the Dogs, crossing at just after 0400 and popping a morning bottle of bubbly to celebrate. We’d been at sea for 8 days & 13 hours, and sailed just over 1,400 nautical miles.Our final night at sea was, no-joke, a career night for me. I’m not sure if the crew realize just how spoiled they were that night. Isbjorn blasted along under her brand-new 140% genoa and full mainsail, close-reaching in calm seas at 7-8 knots in just 12 knots of breeze. There was nary a. read more...


15/11/2016

Diamond Girl - Day -5 / Drinking Beers in the Marina

Party at Wharf K!!!. read more...


Isbjorn - Landfall in Tortola: Supermoon at Sea
Isbjorn - Landfall in Tortola: Supermoon at Sea
15/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 11

Hier belle navigation, beau temps, mais les milles se boufent moins vite que prévu ;(On a utilisé le spi et Yo a eu sa première prise : un poisson volant de 3 pouces!tout va bien et on a très hâte d'arriver, plus que 50 MM.Yolène et Jean. read more...


Tiffin - preparations going on
Tiffin - preparations going on