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22/11/2016

Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is

22/11/2016Olympia's Tigress ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is...Apocalyptic rain, dark skies and reaching into Atlantic seaway has quickly dispelled any myths that the ARC is an easy downwind ride. Our crew of 8, four boys, four girls has gelled unbelievably well and has indeed eased us in nicely. Let me introduce you to TEAM TIGRESS. First up is one highly skilled salty-seastress (aka skipper) Susan "Glenny" not only does she safely nav us through the high seas with unerring prowess but she can has an uncanny ability to make it rain whenever she wears a bikini. Our first mate and Yacht Week dreamboat, Frazer, has impressive sailing abilities, teaches a bowline like a badass, feels the wind on his ears, has a Ting smile and an affinity for Haribo. Then there's Cath,. read more...


25/11/2016

Shalan - day 5

20:01N 025:57WHello! Gaetan writing today!Another day at sea, another very nice day. We are progressing on a south westerly course to avoid some light winds and actually some wind in the face. We still have a nice speed around 8-9 kts for a beam reach, force 4 ESE. The genoa and the main sail are doing the job quite nicly, we can't complain! We'll see in 4-5 days how our strategy is working! Today we had a lot of squalls and some showers. I was pleased to give to Andrew some shampoo and see him enjoying the warm rain around the tropics! The time passes quickly, looks like day-night-day, on a nice watche rythm. We do 3 hours on for 6 hours off and always 2 crew on watch.First time for me to skipper a yacht accross the ocean with a Playstation onboard! I tried the driving game, and it. read more...


Shalan - day 5
Shalan - day 5
24/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 25. November 2016

Heard about the sinking of SY Noah. What a relief that all crew are well. That's a nightmareespecially with children. Seems a great job of all participants of the rescue operation.In this light our problem and that of our fellow ARC+cruisers is small but nevertheless matters: We need a lot longer to cross the ocean than expected. Everybody is now counting water, supplies, fuel. It seems that the latter - diesel - is the most rare commodity on board. So most yachts slowed down and are experiencing what our predecessors in former centuries had to endure. But they had no watermakers, fridges, solar panels etc.So we keep patience and are enjoing the splendid calm ocean.What else happened?No wind at all and no fish. Beautiful evening sky, Heavy tropical shower. Some repairs accomplished, some. read more...


24/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 24 -5th Day at Sea & Thanksgiving!All is well. And today being Thanksgiving, we want to thank our wives and significant others for letting us be here, in the middle of the Atlantic during Thanksgiving Day. A big thanks to Magda, Meaghan, Diane, Gilberta, Jennifer and the Cabaille family!We just finished our thanksgiving meal. Stuffed chicken, green beens, mashed potatoes, and lingonberry jelly from IKEA (the closest to cranberry we could findin Las Palmas).We continue to sail the northern route, with winds of 13-15 knots from the east, gibing every few hours. In retrospect our route appears to be the best option. We just received news from half a dozen boats in route to St Lucia, who encountered such light winds that are rerouting toCape Verde to refuel. We start to get used to. read more...


24/11/2016

Somnium - Part 2, Midway Meeting

Hello "land rats", this are the "sea bears" from Somnium!Today was really exciting! We made almost half of the way to Saint Lucia. Thanks to the bloody wind, we didn't hit the exact half yet, where we wanted to bake a cake. But we met Scallywag...Scallywag was close by and radioed us this morning. We had a nice chat, exchanged experiences and impressions of the last days and talked about the weather. Additionally they told us, that unfortunately their Gennakerhalyard ripped and they couldn't fix it yet, as it is quite difficult with just two people on the boat of their size. So Somnium offered to help.The crew of Scallywag liked the idea, so the two boats came together in the middle of the Ocean with nothing around. When we have been close together, Sven and Mart swam over to Scallywag. read more...


24/11/2016

Somnium - Part 1, Feeling like Flotsam

Hello civilization, this is Somnium writing from the middle of the Ocean.Since five days we have to get along with really low wind ranging between two and nine knots. We have been that much annoyed by the wind, that we are delighted now, if we get five knots of wind or a little more and sail above three knots SOG. If the wind speed is below four, even Somnium turned on the engine sometimes to move at least some miles, though we wanted to stay engine free as in leg one :(As there is nothing we can do about it, we try to stay motivated and make the best out of the time. We already went swimming twice, have once in a while a movie night on a laptop in the cockpit beneath a marvellous starry sky and cook nice dinner. And it could be worse than floating in really hot temperatures, lots of sun. read more...


24/11/2016

Enigma - Day 9 - slow progress

We've been in an area of low to no wind all day. Up until 30 minutes ago our highest gust was 4 kts. We've run the water maker and generator and that's been the day. We did pick up a little breeze and we're now doing 7 kts in 7-8 kts of wind. How long will it last ?Yet, we're all well, and our thoughts go out to the crew of Noah which has given everything a new perspective.Fair winds allPaul, Diane, Allan and Viv. read more...


24/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 4

Day 4has come upon the intrepid Skyelark crew with continuing favourable seas and winds as we head ever onwards towards St Lucia. Experienced ocean sailors will tell you that the first three days of an ocean passage are all about finding your sea legs and settling into the "eat watch sleep" routine, whichis so very different from life on land. Happy to say that day 4 sees the crew petty well adjusted tolife at sea with the "eat watch sleep" routine now well established .In the very large Atlantic Ocean there is really not a lot to see, so as a result any minor event quickly become a moment of great excitement for the crew. Catching a fish takes on major event status as does the sighting of another ship or yacht . Of course a dolphinsighting sees the crew racing for cameras, although as. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Four

No sail change since breakfast…. Subsequently Yankee 1 changed for Yankee 2The sea is fairly rough just now – an ARC yacht has recently sunk – all the crew were picked up by a nearby British survey vessel.I spent the day in the Galley with Paul and Alison catering for thirteen other hungrySailors?We served a great minestrone soup for lunch and Thai green curry for dinner.Cooking and washing up was quite eventful with various kitchen items and bodies flying about from time to time!A major treat today was our first showers, a process that we generally take for granted but which becomes quite challenging with the boat jumping around. It was certainly worth the effort.Yesterday we covered 220 miles, 530 odd in total from Las Palmas.We look forward to another action packed day tomorrow!Good. read more...


24/11/2016

SuperTramp - 4 days down

600 miles just achieved in under 4 days sailing which we are extremely happy with. Conditions up north on the rhumb line may have the best winds but we are experiencing very high waves and a bit choppy. The 20knot plus winds are definitely testing Supertramp and its crew. Fiona is working like a devil to keep us fed and watered with the help of Scott and Will. Occasionally the rare sight of myself and Fred have worked out what Fairy liquid is used for and the odd drying up session. Fi is the only one capable of cooking whilst being bounced around the galley with hot pan in one hand and a G & T for the skipper Brian in the other. On the only day of calm winds on the first monday morning we were visited by a large pod of dolphins which played under the bow for 20 mins. Great video to. read more...


24/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 4 - TUNA FOR SUPPER

Cracked the 2400 miles to go barrier this morning, which is encouraging even if a very long way to sail! Studied the weather charts this morning and opted to take the Southerly route (head west when the butter melts) heading towards the Cape Verde islands. Gybed onto port tack late afternoon which gave us a more comfortable ride due to less swell effect.Trolling line (Shimano two speed reel, 30lb breaking strain line, garish pink lure with vicious double hook) out since 9am and at 4pm, started to click wildly! All attention on the fish as we prepare for our first catch. Heavy strain on the line as the beast tries to tow us back to Las Palmas, but it eventually tires (as does Jonathan on the rod!) and a 20lb tuna, complete with retractable dorsal fin, is hauled onto the bathing platform. read more...


24/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 8 - 1000 miles!

At 1618, in whatever time zone we're currently in, we passed the 1000 nautical miles sailed mark!!!Cause for a little celebration - in my head anyway.I have a few milestones in my head, and that's the first one of them.Next will be the notional halfway mark, 1045nm.Then will be the point at which the distance to go is less than the distance sailed (we get emailed fleet positions and info every morning, and this includes distance to go).Only at that point will I really accept that we're on the homeward stretch!We've had a glorious day sailing under spinnaker, keeping up an average speed of about 5kts - thankfully the wind seems to have filled in from somewhere, contrary to all forecasts that we'd seen - we've been lazing around, reading, napping, and in my case mostly trying to avoid the. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Four

Day 4Allo Allo Challenger 2 calling: what a night!It all started yesterday…By midday Wednesday, the water maker stopped working, just as we realised we had already emptied one of the four water tanksin the space of 4 days (oups!).Then the generator had enough too and simply decided to overheat.The sea became a bit bumpy too, with large swells coming from the north, which enticed the fruits to mis-behave and to get out of their storage nets, aiming to fall on the heads of the crew in the saloon (as you do!).So far, nothing happened that could not be fixed. Monkey (the skipper) and the mate fixed the water maker issue in a couple of hours and got the generator working again.The painful bumps on the heads also disappeared to by diner time, and we were all focused again on getting the best. read more...


24/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 4 - SUNRISE

Mit Wind aus NO bei 4 bft. haben wir ca. 550 Meilen zurückgelegt.Inzwischen haben wir uns auf der südlichen Route den Kap Verdenauf ca. 300 sm genähert.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut und eine gewisse Routine hat sich eingestellt.Mit Spannung erwarten wir weitere Details zum Wetter.Diese werden dann die weitere Tourplanung bestimmen.----. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Happy birthday Lucia
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Happy birthday Lucia
24/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Happy birthday on board

4th day on board, it feels like 2 weeks already.. but slowly days are passing by :). We had the first 2 days of nice sailingOn Tuesday the wind started to pick up we were surfing down the waves at 13/14 knots. The boat will shake and it would feel like it was going to break in half, but everything was under control. Yesterday night was a challenge, the shackle holding the genoa up broke so the whole sail collapsed and was on deck about to fly away, we fast got our life lines on and went to the bow (with some huge 3meter waves crushing on us) to bring the sail out of the water and inside the boat, so we could tie it down.. meanwhile the full main was still up so we had to be careful not to gybe with gusts of 30 knots. We finally made it everything secured.. we could breath we were. read more...


24/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 5 .

On waking this morning we find that all is unchanged overnight.Weather and sea conditions the same meant no sail or heading alterations in the night ,we are steering 270 in force 4 to 5 easterly and making 7 or so knots ,travel in excess of 160 miles in 24 hours with a boomed out jenny and main goosewinged. Nothing to report bar Bills excellent roast lamb last night ,a triumph .Today ongoing maintainence ,checking for chafe and eating, time is begining to appear in our days for a little reading.No wildlife observed apart from some shearwaters gracefully prowling the troughs in search of food then summiting the crest with an inch to spare before gliding down into the next . How they survive out here beats me . Weve caught nothing yet though Nick hooked something yesterday but it got away. read more...


24/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 5 Nacht 4

Hallo alle Zusammen,letzte Nacht sind wir ohne Probleme vorm Wind mit bis zu 11 Kn Geschwindigkeit Down Wind gesegelt. Heute haben wir den Spi aufgezogen und cruisen ebenfalls mit guten Speed (Spitze waren 12,2 KN) Richtung Westen wobei wir uns weiterhin um den 27 Breitengrad bewegen werden. Das Etmal in 24 Std. betrug 181 sm, also 335 km. In 4 Tagen haben wir 664 sm oder 1230 km geschafft. Heute war der erste warme Tag mit kurzen Hosen und T-Shirts an Deck, bis jetzt kam immer, insbesondere in der Nacht das Dicke Ölzeug zum Einsatz. Aktuell hat es 26 Grad und rund um uns herum bauen sich Wolkentürme auf. Wir dürfen uns also darauf freuen erneut das Regenzeuge anzuziehen. Ich soll von allen an Bord ganz liebe Grüße an Ihre Familien und natürlich alle Freunde und Bekannten bestellen,. read more...


24/11/2016

Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker

23∞ 58.59 N18∞43.22 WThe plankton-wake at night is more beautiful than the GPS, we often sit looking backwards during our watches.No other Arc boat around us, also the VHF is quiet. Some drops of rain are better than coffee. At 6 am wind gusts at 30 knots, we furl a bit of jib and on big waves Ximera flies at 11-13 knots. On one of those occasions our ham leg takes a walk in the galley. Is the pork still alive?The day is windy and wavy. At 15.44 we cross the Tropic of Cancer, one of those invisible lines that split our planet; one of Henry Miller's books.But from 14.30 we had some minor problems with Jenny the gennaker that lead us to take it down and to find ourselfes, four people, furled into it as a sleeping bag.An apple each is our salute to our Tropic of gennaker and a pod of. read more...


Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker
Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker
25/11/2016

Bluetangos Two - 25.11

Tutto ok, siamo in piena navigazione. Abbiamo avuto dei piccoli inconvenienti , già superati. L'unico che non possiamo riparare è il gruppo elettrogeno che ha avuto la delicatezza di rompersi. Il collettore di scarico si è corroso ed inbarca non posso ripararlo. L'energia la prendiamo dal motore, carichiamo le batterie e produciamo acqua dolce, già risolto. La notte scorsa ha praticamente piovuto tutta notte ed ora cerchiamo di sfuggire ad un fronte  temporalesco esteso circa 15 miglia .Daremo notizie tra due o tre giorni. Bluetangos two. read more...


24/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack

Die Crew empfindet das dreistündige Wachsystem mit 7,5 StundenFreiwache als sehr angenehm und honoriert es mit konzentriertenSteuerleistungen.Christoph: 7,5 Stunden Freiwache liest sich ganzlocker, nur irgendwie ist hier an Bord ein Schlafvirus ausgebrochen.Nach der Wache ab ins Bett und erstmal ausruhen! Das ist wunderbaresaber auch anstrengendes Segeln. Die Bordküche unter der Ägide von Michael läuft zur Höchstform auf. Nach dem Thai Curry vom Vortag gibt es heute leckeres Ratatoille aus unserem Frischebeständen und morgen Steak.Die Kühlung läuft auch bei zunehmender Wärme einwandfrei. ZurVersorgung unserer Bord-Elektrizität lassen wir für 2-3 Stunden abendsden Motor als Generator ausgekuppelt laufen.Die nächste dunkle NachtWir segeln in dienächste sehr dunkle Nacht, die am Abend mit. read more...


Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack
Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack
24/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall

Am Nachmittag verändert sich das Wolkenbild. Die ersten von der Passatzone beeinflussten Squalls kündigen sich an.Diese Regenwolken ziehen mit den Höhenwinden und können in ihrerZugrichtung beobachtet werden. Die Bewertung der Lage und dieEntscheidung was in seemännischer Sicht zu tun ist benötigt Wachsamkeitund Erfahrung.In voller MonturDie Wache im Cockpit ist imÖlzeug gerüstet. Es wird sich zeigen wie stark die Auswirkungen derwindgeladenen Schauerfronten sind. Diesmal sind es nur Regenwolken, diepartiell abregnen und für wechselhaften frischen Wind sorgen. Wir könnendiese Situation aussegeln ohne die Segel reffen oder bergen zu müssen.Erstes, zweiter und drittes ReffDer Zeitrahmen des Squallsbeträgt ungefähr eine Stunde bis der normal vorherrschende Wind wiedereinsetzt. Da die. read more...


Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall
Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall
24/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 4-5 - Das Abenteuer geht weiter

Dank der sehr guten Wetteranalyse und der daraus abgeleiteten Kursstrategie kommen wir am Mittwoch und Donnerstag mit Wind zwischen 10 und 20 Knoten gut voran. Dabei dreht der Wind von Nord über Ost bis Südost und wir können unterschiedliche Kurse zum Wind ausprobieren. Die Navigation hingegen ist denkbar einfach: Kurs 240°. Nur gelegentlich passen wir die Segelfläche den Windverhältnissen an und segeln Groß und Genua im 1. oder 2. Reff. Die Sichtungen anderer Schiffe werden seltener, nur noch vereinzelt treffen wir auf andere ARC-Teilnehmer, die offenbar eine ähnliche Kursstrategie fahren wie wir. In der Nacht von Dienstag auf Mittwoch können wir den Sternenhimmel bewundern und die Sterne und die Sternbilder zuordnen (sehr hilfreich diese Apps...). Dafür ist die nächste Nacht. read more...


24/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Thursday November 24th: Catch of the Day

Well, we’ve come around 100 miles south and the day started well with acouple of hours of ‘proper’ sailing.  Unfortunately the wind died again sowe’re back to motor sailing – trying to balance the need for speed with agreater need to ensure we don’t burn all our fuel.  Fleet II is a clubboat, and other members will be delighted to learn that Peter is taking goodcare of her! Given the quiet sailing, we need some things to distract us, so just aswell we landed our first fish this morning.  A 15 inch tuna, which came onboard fairly easily, and will provide dinner for all of us tonight.  Kimand Keith are now becoming expert at locating our whereabouts with the sextant,and we saw three young whales playing a hundred metres away yesterdayafternoon.  We all enjoyed a. read more...


24/11/2016

Sanya - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

TO:WCLG.18290.38601@Worldcruisingevents.co.ukSUBJECT:2016-11-24 14.30 UTC Boat timeTEAM SANYA VO70The Sanya is running around 18 knots and we are well over one third of the trip. Where shall I start describing the last day and night. Yesterday was beautiful sailing. We were running with the fractional, the J4 and the main hitting trip speed records around 30 knots of boat speed. It was amazing and the boat was showing of her power in nice Atlantic waves and gusty winds. But she was fickle, you really have to pay attention while driving. She will wipe you out if you are slacking on the wheel or main trim. But it was great,running the waves, hearing Sanya zooming and enjoying herself and a happy crew all around though some are starting to feel a little wear and tear as sleeping in a. read more...


24/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Tales from Xplorer Part 2 - Into the Tropics

We have just crossed 23 degrees N, the Tropic of Cancer. Yes folks, we are now in the Tropics – Yippee! Break out the swimsuits and sun cream! Err….not quite, it is more like a miserable day on the Isle of Wight – windy, overcast and raining, break out the foulies and hot chocolate!A strange aroma has started to emanate from “The Bamford Suite”, worryingly, from the skipper’s bunk. Fortunately, the source has been identified as two gently rotting cabbages stored thereunder. Simple fix – last night’s dinner had to include cabbages. Only problem was it was Tom’s turn to cook, and it would be fair to say he is far from the Michelin star level in the kitchen. Turns out that fried rotting cabbage is not as bad as you might imagine!We have been spoilt for wildlife recently, with dolphins. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - day 5

Blog Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93 - day 5: Whow, what a night! Squalls up to 30 kts, topspeed up to 18 plus rain and waves made it quite challenging. But thanks to Quino, Simbad, Fabio & Sergio there was no need to be worried (but Skipper said: we need cochones....). In the morning we treated ourself with some french toast while watching an amazing sunrise. Today we passed the first ship during our journey: the Wylde Swan, an 45 m sailboat on their way to Tobago. Next highlight of the day will be dinner by Holger: Labskaus! Cheers to everyone, the Crew of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


24/11/2016

Fenella - Thank God for That !

Ten days is enough for any man , the continuous rounds of showers, drinksparties , lectures was getting us down .Pleasant as it is there is always anunderlying feeling of anxiety about the enormous challenge facing us –have wegot enough of this and that and the blunt severity of the safety lectures beganto eat in and by the time Sunday rocked up we were all pleased to get out sea. We had, as ever, met new friends and had a hilarious crew supper whereSpriggsy led the conga with his old mates Girls For Sail_ old habits never die.We all liked Las Palmas and our tour of the vineyard  was very off thewall, the coach driver managed to get lost and we were perched on a precipicewith horrendous overhangs , when eventually found the place the poor guy seemedrather disorganised and talked. read more...


24/11/2016

Estrella - Tag 4-5; Wechselner Wind und gute Küche

Die erste Euphorie aus dem Segeln “gegenan” bei 3-5 Metern Welle und 25Knoten Wind ist nach 30 Stunden “Hack” der Realität gewichen. Alle waren ganzschön fertig und froh, dass der Wind ein wenig gedreht hat und wir jetzt mehrraumschots segeln können. So können wir wieder schlafen und ohne blaue Fleckenvon oben nach unten kommen. Das wirkt sich auch auf die Bordküche aus. Bisgestern Vormittag waren alle mit Zwieback gut bedient, aber jetzt wird“aufgeback”! Axel ist ein wahres Küchengenie. Zwar muss immer noch Brotverbraucht werden bevor es schlecht wird, aber wenn es in der Pfanne mitOlivenöl gebraten serviert wird ....! Mittags hat Heinz den Blumenkohlgesichtet, aus dem Axel sofort ein köstliches Gericht mit Rührei und zum erstenMal Kartoffeln (hmm) zaubert. Abgerundet mit Tomatensalat. read more...


24/11/2016

Nisida - Swell!

Thursday 1430 Position 26:19,96N 26:31,37W After an afternoon screaming along with the code zero yesterday we dropped it just before dark to keep a course due west. Goose-winged all night with poled out genoa, bit rolly but good progress through the night and this morning.All feeling a bit brighter today with everyone tucking into chicken salad for lunch.Nigel even ran a hook astern for a few minutes in an attmept to fish.Looking like we will have a sunny afternoon.. read more...


24/11/2016

White Satin - Into the tropics

Thursday 24 November.570 miles sailed and 2250 to go.Four days completed now, 570 miles sailed and 2250 to go.Excellent sailing conditions, as the sea has settled down somewhat and we are going along on a beam reach at 7 knots, which is pretty well full speed for White Satin.Yesterday's intended blog was not sent as we got caught up in the sad drama of the sinking of 'Noah', and as mentioned before we were the first boat to arrive to their aid, we were rather shell-shocked after then witnessing the crew have to take to their liferaft and then go through a rather difficult process of rescue by a commercial ship that luckily diverted to help as well. Luckily all the crew, including 2 small children, were safely got on board and their yacht left slowly sinking. After that our mundane. read more...


White Satin - Into the tropics
White Satin - Into the tropics
24/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 5: Big Rollers

After the lovely flat calm seas of the first few days we are now in the bigAtlantic Rollers with about 3m of swell making the boat move up and down, sideto side. Everyone has been a little bit queasy with a run on the sea sicknesspills.Everything on the boat moves around and although we have anti-slip matslast night we had a chicken disaster when the boat made a particularly violentscrewing motion. A pan with fried chicken leapt off the counter top on to thegalley floor including the door and floor of the cabin immediately behind. Thisis Hugo’s cabin our youngest crew member who has just graduated and isvegetarian. He still thinks the easiest way to find things is to leave them onthe floor so everything was covered with bits of chicken. Managed to retrievemost of the food for the meat. read more...


Bluewaft - Boom boom James
Bluewaft - Boom boom James
24/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 5

Bluewaft Log Day 5Wednesday 23 November 201622°09’.163N 022°39’.393WAnother good night’s sailing with the swell behind us and the wind slowlyclocking. Very dark with the moon only rising late.No boats on theradar or AIS.This morning we decided to follow the rhum line, shook the reef out of themain, and have started sailing goose-wing with main, jib and stay sail.We've rigged a preventer on the main using a dock line and spring.Our VMG is up around 6kts now, so hope to make good time as the winds grow(fingers crossed).It’s certainly a comfortable ride!We noticed the first reef line had chaffed so James went up into the boomand refitted it (we only lost the last meter of line).It was good to seefrom a safety perspective he had both his life jacket and helmet on!Fishing wise we’re still. read more...


24/11/2016

Exhale - Happy Crew

Day five and still moving along at 5 to 7 kts. Keeping a close eye on our fellow Corkonians on the race (rally) track with just 9 miles difference in dtd (we are ahead!). Crew all happy having been served lunch by the skipper. Despite best efforts fish are scarce.. read more...


Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley
Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley
24/11/2016

Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley

We eat well on board. Some of the delights: Sven’s made from scratch spicy tomato soup; Will’s sausages (specially imported from Germany thanks Sven!) and mash with onion gravy;  Chris’ lentil dahl, Ali’s cole slaw; Ant’s Thai stir fry;WJ’s gammon with pineapple; Peter’s porridge. We’re working on our new book of recipes; “Twenty-one days at sea”.WJGOPR1366.. read more...


24/11/2016

Koco - 4.Tag auf See

Die Nacht war unruhig und laut, der Wellengang ließ die Koco ordentlich tanzen. der Morgen wurde mit Starway to Heaven von Far Corporation eingeläutet. Der Wind dreht und läßt es zu gegen 12:00 Uhr die Standard-Betuchung gegen den Wingaker zu tauschen, Fahrt ca 8kn. Schiffe gesichtet, ein Containerschiff mit 333m Länge und ein Segelschiff am Horizont. Ansonsten keine weiteren Vorkommnisse. Das ließ Zeit für eine Schotenoptimierung des Wingakers. So fahren wir weiter bis in den Abend hinein. Wind ca 18 Knoten. Zurückgelegte Strecke seit dem Auslaufen: 491 sm von 2800 sm. Liebe Grüße von der Koco - Besatzung an die Familien zu Hause. | Text Christof Lippmann. read more...


24/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 5 - BRANDNEU

"BRANDNEUE MELDUNG: SY GATSBY KNACKT DIE 2000-MEILEN-MARKE!Es ist der 24.11, 1310 Uhr Bordszeit. Nun steht an Bord der 8-köpfigen Crew eine eins vor der vierstelligen Zahl, die die noch zu segelnden Meilen bis St. Lucia anzeigt. Ein Insider berichtet außerdem, dass der geplante Duschtag von Tag 3 immer noch nicht statt gefunden hat."So könnte doch ein netter Artikel in einer ARC Tageszeitung lauten.DIe Stimmung an Bord ist gut, auch wenn wir eine Vermisstenmeldung heraus geben müssen. Wir sind auf der Suche nach dem blauen Himmel. Die Sonne hat sich mal kurz gemeldet und ihre Verspätung angekündigt, aber der blaue Himmel fehlt noch.Heute gibt es Rösti an Bord! Geduscht wurde unfreiwillig. Peter und ich wurden sowohl heute Nacht in unserer Wache, als auch heute Vormittag von einem. read more...


24/11/2016

Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord

Robert fikser underliket på genoa. image1. read more...


Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord
Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord
24/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - 24 hours from Las Palmas

So after months (years?) of planning we left Las Palmas on Sunday and started our first ARC.Leaving the pontoon and starting was huge mixture of feelings and emotions. Excitement of course but tinged with the stress of getting underway with so many boats in a small piece of water and huge dose of emotion as I said goodbye to Val. I could barely speak for 10 minutes as we made our way out of the marina.The pre-week in Las Palmas was also a complete mix. I and the Xplorer team (Anna, Tony and Tom) worked endlessly on provisioning the boat, checking things, fixing things, improving things and, biggest challenge of all, finding places to store everything - not least 300 litres of bottled water. We also consumed quite a lot of beer and wine! Val and her friend Kim came to see us off and good. read more...


24/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 3 4 and 5 - antenna, fish and research

Hi from PkBoo,the third day we had a problem with the VHF antenna (rivets on the mast went out) and our climber Alessandra McGiver went ont the top of the mast. Problem solved.Yesterday in the late afternoon we catched a dorado and now we are cooking it. Also yesterday evening (23 UTC) we received five distress signal of MOB, drifting in the current, and we went to see (we were at 3 miles). Probably was a lifejacket of Noah. Arrived at the point, the signal stopped, there was plenty of relicts (cuscions, food, plastic, ...) and we rescued the tank with flares but no name of the boat. Finally a boat on the VHF told us that all crew were rescued during the afternoon. So we suspended the research.Now we are proceeding on our route.Ciao e un abbraccio a tutti.Marco. read more...


24/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 4:

Roberts reiselogg dag 4:Hei igjen kjære leser :-)Da er 12-4 vakten min ferdig, og jeg kan skrive litt i loggen igjen siden jeg sitter standby for Mona og "Pær´en" i salongen slik som forrige natten.I natt skal jeg sitte kl. 4-6, og kapteinen kl. 6-8 (det er natten og morgenen jeg prater om, men det vet dere jo, siden jeg tidligere skrev at vi ikke har vakter på dagen).Skipperen har satt opp rullerende vakter, slik at man begynner med 8-12, så 12-4 påfølgende natt og 4-8 natten etter.Fjerde natten i skiftplanen har man fri og kan gjøre hva man vil :-)Men, det er jo dag 4 jeg skal skrive litt om:Siden jeg fikk sove lenge, til kl. 9:30, vet jeg ikke hva som skjedde på morgenen.Starten på dagene begynner nesten som hjemme, med et par kopper kaffe.Eneste forskjellen er at det her er halve. read more...


24/11/2016

Mustique - Day 5 - Fourth Blog - Sunshine and Parasailing!

Day 5 arrives and the sun is out. The wind is staying close to 20 knots and were making very good progress. We now have the Parasail up and the boat seems much more stable, helped by the smaller waves. Everyone has got their sea legs and we’re settling into a good routine. Liv has now read 5 and a half books and moved very little from her seat! Sadly we are yet to catch a fish but we have not given up hope yet. Showering is quite challenging as the boat is non-stop moving from side to side. its hard to simply brush your teeth! Without stabbing yourself in the mouth!Sleeping however is different entirely, once you get used too the constantly being thrown in-between the wall and the lee-cloth, last night it was much calmer.While making my cereal this morning, a reasonably big wave hit the. read more...