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Eau Too - More celebrations on half way point !
Eau Too - More celebrations on half way point !
Eau Too - Half way celebrations on Eau Too !
Eau Too - Half way celebrations on Eau Too !
Eau Too - Half way celebrations on Eau Too !
Eau Too - Half way celebrations on Eau Too !
26/11/2016

Nisida - Fast Night

Friday evening and overnight into Saturday have given us a new top speed record on Nisida of 21.4 kts.We have now been sailing almost due West with reefed main and poled out genny for 3 days in breeze between 20 & 32kts we are averaging over 9 kts SOG and are enjoying great surfing conditions!All on board enjoying the ride!. read more...


26/11/2016

Sanya - 26-11 weer een enerverende nacht

Nadat we gisteren erg opgetogen waren dat alle electronica het weer deed, was gisteravond de domper hard en stevig.Rond het moment van de ondergaande zon, stopte al onze klokken er weer mee. Er stond op dat moment zo'n 22-25 knopen wind, veel buien om ons heen met afwisselend heel slecht of redelijk zicht. En dat terwijl we downwind met onze fro en J4 (staysail) en grootzeil met 1 rif aan het knallen waren met snelheden rond de 15-17 knopen.Helaas hebben we moeten terugschakelen om het nog een beetje veilig te houden. Dat heeft ons vannacht veel mijlen gekost. Vanmorgen weer het gas erop gezet en nu loopt het lekker.MEt de A3 en GS downwind mooi varen met snelheden die rond de 15 knopen liggen.Helaas werden we van de nacht niet vrolijk. Maar een zonnetje, zicht en gas geven doen nu veel. read more...


Gwendoline - shark on the hook
Gwendoline - shark on the hook
26/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 10 Saturday 26th November

Yayy - into double figures of days at sea!And nobody's killed anyone yet.Miles to go to our waypoint at St. Lucia have dropped to 904 now, so we're (well, I'm) on a countdown now.So much more heartening to see numbers dropping than rising - I wonder why that is???We got a fair bit of sailing done yesterday, the wind was pretty constant at about 15kts but dropped once darkness came so we motored through most of the night.Or at least I think we did, I slept like the dead for most of it as Conor - a bit belatedly, mind you - made a magic discovery - a ventilation system for the cabins!!!Not exactly ice-cold aircon, but the next best thing.Once we'd managed to master not blocking the vent with our clothes, a lovely cool (well, marginally cooler) breeze set in and it made for really pleasant. read more...


26/11/2016

Koco - 6.Tag auf See

Die Nacht war sehr aufregend da wir uns in mehreren Squall -Gebieten befanden. Der Wind und die Wellen nahmen zu, die Squalls zogen aber glücklicherweise immer vor uns ab. Ansonsten gab es noch den Fisch-Fang des Jahres durch Gunnar. Schaut euch dieses einzigartige Exemplar genau an, denn das ist die hohe Kunst des Fischens. Der Tag begann mit blauen Himmel und Sonnenschein , bis am Nachmittag wieder Regen aufzog und wir die Segel tauschen mußten. Der Wind ließ nach und frischte erst zum Abend aus der komplett umkgekehrten Seite auf. Auch heute begleiteten uns , diesmal war es eine ziemlich große Gruppe, Delfine die uns wieder mal begeisterten. Sie schwammen sehr lange mit uns mit und boten uns wieder ein großes Kino. So kann ein Langer Tag eigentlich immer enden. Haben das Code Zero. read more...


Koco - 6.Tag auf See
Koco - 6.Tag auf See
26/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 7

Bluewaft Log Day 7Saturday 26 November 201621°14’.081N 027°17’.467WWe had a bouncy sail last night, with a line of squalls lasting severalhours.While on the upside we were able to douse the gennaker in plenty oftime, and got some good boat speed with the whites, at the end of it allthere was frustratingly little wind and some rain for our troubles.Thismorning after a fruitless attempt to fly the gennaker again we resorted tothe donk.We are now motor sailing making a good 6 knots.Last night during the squalls a couple of petrels made shelter on the boat. They are now hanging around using us as a launching pad for their fishingexpeditions.Speaking of which not a nibble yesterday.Although we had our first flyingfish on board this morning.This morning we were greeted by a large pod ofPilot. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 7
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 7
26/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 6

Hei igjen kjære leser :-) Nå nærmer det seg en ukes seilas med stormskritt...Stormskritt er kanskje et feil ord å bruke siden det nå blåser så lite at vi motorseiler.Tidligere i dag gikk vi bare for motor, men det passet bra.Janne var så elskverdig å kjøre et par vasker med tøy siden seilen var inne.Tørkesnorene henges nemlig opp fra forslaget og til vantene, og da kan ikke genoaen være oppe.For en luksus :-)Først av alt å kunne bruke så mye vann vi vil siden vi har "water maker", og i tillegg ha vaskemaskin :-)Det denne skuta mangler er det ikke noe vits å ha....Noen ting hadde jo vært kjekt å ha; rullegenoa f.eks.Eller mikro, men det bruker ikke de som bor her, så derfor finnes ikke det.....enda ;-PJanne har vasket salongen, pentry og s/b skrog i dag, og Mona og jeg har vasket våre. read more...


26/11/2016

Mustique - Day 7 - Sixth Blog -

Hi, These notes are made while Carol and I are on watch from 3 am till 6 am Saturday morning.Back home this watch is called "the dog’s watch”. Not because Yuki is lying next to me but because of the hours of the night.Let me share some of many thoughts and activities that has happened during the last hours - few of many.My alarm clock woke me up at 2 am. Got up after one snooze only!. Dressed up with very limited light on, as my “room mate” Tom had just finished his and Liv’s watch at midnight. Tom was therefore already a zzzzzzxzxz. Dressed up with ski underwear and other warm clothes, as the night at sea does not reach 30 Celsius!. Due to the movements of the sea and therefore difficulties in standing up, I had to lie down on my bed to put on my trousers - just like a teenage girl. read more...


26/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 6 - Regen II

Wir fahren Schmetterling bei achterlichen Winden, gegen Mittag frischt der Wind auf und wir machen gut Fahrt. Hermann kontrolliert das Rigg und ich versuche E-mails abzurufen, das klappt aber erst am späten Nachmittag. Wir haben uns entschlossen den Kurs Richtung SW zu ändern und damit der klassischen Route zu folgen. Es regnet immer wieder, die Schauer kommen mit Winddrehungen daher, sodass wir das Vorsegel bergen und den Schauer abwarten. Da die Sonne nicht scheint, müssen wir den Motor anschmeißen, um unseren Strombedarf zu decken. Ansonsten Lesen wir und schauen Filme, nachmittags trinken wir gemütlich Kaffee. Wir haben noch deutschen Hefezopf und Plätzchen dabei ;-) Die Nacht vergeht schnell, wieder sehen wir kein einziges Schiff. Der Wind weht die ganze Nacht konstant mit 5. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 4 - Birthday party on Board
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 4 - Birthday party on Board
26/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 4 - Birthday party on Board

Today we cooked a nice diner and 2 cakes to celebrate MARK'S BIRTHDAY. Paaaaaartyy.The cognac bottle is going to wait for us until we get to St Lucia. Woop!. read more...


26/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 2 - No wind

We had a calm day, with very little wind in the morning and no wind at all in the afternoon. We had to build our way, very patiently; no one wants to use the engine, we are here to sail! Good afternoon to practice some guitar, sing along, asking for some wind, together with a nice and sociable pod of dolphins. The forecast for tomorrow looks promising, let's see how it goes… One needs to be very careful with what he asks for, when out at sea; sometimes it happens. During the night watches, the wind started again, and we are off…-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 2 - No wind
Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 2 - No wind
26/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 26. November 2016

Today is the 5th day of nearly no wind. The ocean and the weather are nice but it is a little bit frustrating though. Last night the sea was so calm that the stars were reflected in it like in a mirror. Wonderful.In the morning we had again a rather big mahi-mahi on the hook. It was already next to our bathing platform when it suddenly could free itself. What a pity! Especially as we have to be cautious with our provisions.We continue to try to sail during the day chasing every bit wind we can get. During night we move slowly on engine keeping an eye always on our fuel quantity.What else happened?Had more big fish on the hook that freed themselfs by jumping high into the air. Had fresh cake and bread. Had a rock concert in the cockpit.1190 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


26/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 3 - Finally some wind

Finally the wind came. We had a good downwind sailing together with some zifius zifius dolphins.We set up the SSB Radio for the first ARC Net Controllers. It's nice and fun to keep updated about the positions, weather conditions and share some sea stories from other boats on the ARC.Later in the evening, our "Chef" prepared a very nice typical Portuguese dish; "Feijoada à Portuguesa", (beans stew with meat), very tasty, yummie!SimaoThe wind was strong and steady throughout the previous night, often reaching 25 knots with growing seas.Spirit of Lusitania handled the conditions beautifully, but sleeping amidst the myriad sounds, squeaks, bangs and even booms, became difficult.It is funny how some of these actually start to sound like a person speaking - a squeak becoming a quick "hi", or a. read more...


25/11/2016

Shalan - Day 6

18:55N 028:02WGood evening Bon Homie's!!So we've continued on our course of 245 degrees today. Close hauled to the wind at 50 degrees apparent with approx 15 knots apparent all day and mostly averaging about 8 knots. The wind shifted South today as per the forecast and sea state was relatively calm with a moderate long swell. Tonight the wind has dropped off to 10 knots and shifted SSE, sea state calm. We had a little squall about an hour ago but nothing major, it livened us up a bit actually! We've just put the code 0 out again now as wind has dropped to 8 knots.We can see Quokka 8 (racing class) on our AIS 10 miles ahead of us and we are slowly hunting them down. We're hell bent on catching them now....that's the current mission!In other news I've been bitten again so today the sheets. read more...


Shalan - Day 6
Shalan - Day 6
25/11/2016

Ostra A - Fish caught by a Pike!

For the first time since our beginning we have all had a good night sleepwithout interruption of waves and sound. This calm came together with such aclear night sky that i was almost impossible to identify the constellations, butfortunately Ritchie downloaded an app on his computer, called Planets, whichallowed us to spot the constellations.The day then started with a beautiful sunrise that unfortunately was onlyseen by Mat and Orshi, but luckily there are phones to capture the moment inphotos. <pictures inserts at Wi-Fi reception> More beautiful sunrises/setswill sure to come, so no worries!  Coral made pancakes to start of the day which put us all in high energy,aka dance mode. The good atmosphere took away the wind at noon but no cryingover spilled milk as Mat and Emil took. read more...


25/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 25th - 6th Day at SeaAll is well. It has been raining intermittently for the last 24 hours. Today at 5:00 am, when I was on duty, we had strong showers for nearly an hour. Wind has been fairly constant from the east at 14-18 knots, peaking occasionally to 21 knts. We continue going west on the narrow band between the Azores high and the low pressure south of us. We download daily wind grids to iNavX on the iPad with our Iridum phone using XGate. It appears we will continue on this route for at least one more day.Going west with strong easterly winds, we are able to pick up some speed. For a few hours, when the wind was over 20 knots, we were going at over 8 knots. Chuck claims he set the record at 9.2 knots. Why is it that all feats of nautical lore never have more than one. read more...


25/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Friday 25th November: some rain. and some wind?

Firstly – am delighted to hear that some are reading this – hi toeveryone!  Having bashed on for the last few days about the windless daysand nights I thought I should describe them a little more.   Daytime is characterised by a 360 degree horizon of blue on blue – theazure blue of the Atlantic against the lighter (sky?) blue.  Along thehorizon, almost full circle, are fluffy cumulus clouds, some sitting fullyvisible ‘our’ side of the line, others with just the top parts visible as theysit beyond our line of sight (which is about six miles).  Between us andthe horizon is literally nothing but sea, unless we are spoilt by someacrobatics from the local fauna – mainly flying fish, but occasionally otherfish, dolphins and whales.  The last few days the sea. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Five

Rolling in the Deep! Hello to friends and family of Challenger IV crew!Today was another wobbly day in the North Atlantic, but we continue to make good progress, completing nearly 200 nautical miles in the last 24 hours.The good news is that the wind has swung behind us and we’re starting to do a bit more of the downwind sailing we all expected.At present we are 730 NM into the race and located north and west of the Cape Verde Abysmal Plain.Working both on and below deck presents challenges in heavy seas and doing 10 knots – and in fact it makes you appreciate the simple tasks we all take for granted in life: showering, cooking, doing basic tasks on deck.The team has come together to accomplish a great many things, including multiple sail changes, cooking a delicious Paella for dinner,. read more...


25/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 5

Day 5 and anotherperfectday in paradise.We cant believe the calmness of the sea/ in all I had read , I expected something very different, so a very pleasant surprise , touch wood!We enjoyed stunning blue skies all day, and wouldnt you know it, as night falls here comes the cloud cover, another very dark night ahead of us. A high point today was seeing our first flying fish , we were all mightily impressed with the distance these little wonders can cover.Another impressive dinner tonight saw everyone refuelled for the coming night. We trolled all day, but no success today despite trying out Bills sure winner killer lure, but we will be back at it again tomorrow in our fishing lure championship. We are expecting to pass by the Cape Verde Islands tomorrow and finally turn west for the. read more...


26/11/2016

Cherish - Day 11: The one that got away

Fishing for Barracuda! So near and yet so far. It got away. Pity, that would have been enough for two meals for the seven of us!WJBarracuda catch - not!.. read more...


Cherish - Day 11: Advent
Cherish - Day 11: Advent
26/11/2016

Cherish - Day 11: Advent

First Sunday of Advent. We lit a candle with our evening meal and later sang carols under the stars.WJG0011361.. read more...


Cherish - Day 11: The one that got away
Cherish - Day 11: The one that got away
25/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 6 - Its official - vi er i tropene

Idag passerte vi 23. breddegrad og dermed skal vi ha passert krepsens vendekrets. Vi er altså i tropene. Tempen har gått opp og sjøen er roligere. Seiler på slør med fin 10 knops vind fra sørøst.Natt til idag endret vi nattevaktturnusen. Til nå har vi kjørt to mann på tre timers turnus. Endret til 1 times vakt med en mann. Ga oss alle mye bedre søvn.Og i skumringen i kveld kom delfinene - Noen små søte som svømte i sikk-sak rett foran baugen. read more...


25/11/2016

Go Beyond - More wind

Today we finaly got more wind after many days with allmost no wind. Also we got two tunas today, and nice size also. Sushi/sashimi for lunsj, and fried tuna for dinner, nice!Best regards Trond Arvid Røsvik.S/Y Go Beyond.6c730345-a727-4780-8418-ca2fb8d950f1-1795740253. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Five

The Cruel SeaHelming tonight was not easy. Wind gustingfrom 10 to 20 knots and a swell coming in from the port side made keepingthis57 ton 72 footer oncourse a real challenge,eyes on stalks and concentration levelat heights I have never experienced, thanks to Terry for guidance. However, my dream continues and the challenge is still on. Mixed skies tonight, stars one minute then full cloud the next. Helming made easier with stars to help guide the way. When cloudy, helming off the apparent wind angle on the sails I find more difficult. James birthday today so a hearty breakfast of scrambled egg beans and bacon went down well after a jibe to course 265 and the end of the watch.Finally Steve sends a big happy birthday to ‘Fluff Queen’ from 25.02N 29.01WHave Fun John S. read more...


Go Beyond - More Wind
Go Beyond - More Wind
25/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 6

Another day dawns and all aboard Jasmine are well.We are making good progress in the correct direction now that the wind is in the east and continues at force 4 to 5.We moved the clock back one hour tonight,we estimate that we need to move the clock back one hour every five days to synchronise the boat with the later setting of the sun as we go west and to match the time in St Lucia when we arrive, they are four hours behind Ireland and 5 hours behind Europe.We have completed work on the water maker and have now moved our focus to the generator.As in life ashore small problems arrive that need sorting, in between the very many moments of beauty and happiness. It just appears to have a more compressed timeframe at sea. We are doing perfectly well by running the engine to generate power. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Blog of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93, day 6: Again a night full of surprises and adrenalin but fortunately Fisher & Paykel is very well equiped and even has a sewing machine on board so now the spinnaker looks better than ever. Same can be said about the crew after fresh-water-showers;-)During the day the wind calmed down and a very relaxed and happy crew is enjoying a sunny perfect sailing day. With dolphins accompanying us! Bye till tomorrow, the very good looking Crew.. read more...


Bluewaft - Watching the Watch
Bluewaft - Watching the Watch
25/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day - SUNRISE

Leider ist der Wind seit heute ca. 12 00 endgültig eingeschlafen und wir laufen unter Motor Richtung Cape Verden. Entsprechend der Situation ein etwas "gammeliger" Tag für die Crew. Wir haben ein Segel repariert, Kuchen gebacken und und den Tag an uns vorbei plätschern lassen. Wir planen die Cape Verden (Hafen Mindelo) am Sonntag den 27.11 gegen Mittag zu erreichen. Das Wetter ist trocken, recht warm und die Atlantik-Temperatur liegt bei > 30 C. In der Sonne müssen wir Alle auf guten Sonnenschutz achten, ein Thema um das man sich in Deutschland zur Zeit wohl eher keine Gedanken machen muss!Liebe Grüße von der Sunrise - Crew----. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Cuba Libre Spezial - 24.11.16 - 4. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir hatten einen sehr ruhigen und gemütlichen Tag auf See, verbringen ihn mit Meer und Himmel gucken, lesen, dösen und schlafen. (Bild Füße)(Bild Meer und Himmel)Bei der Planung des Abendessens (schon beim Frühstück) trauern wir noch immer dem entgangenen Riesenfisch von gestern hinterher. Oliver rettet die Stimmung mit der Ankündigung eines Aufmunterungscocktails: Cuba Libre spezial, sprich es gab eine großzügige 50/50 Mischung zwischen Cola und Rum. Abgerundet mit Limetten, der Vitamine wegen. Sehr lecker!(Bild Oliver Cocktailfertigung)(Bild fertige Cocktails)Die „Schmalkost“ – kein Fisch, siehe oben - aus Pellkartoffeln und Kräuterquark hat für die dringend nötige Unterlage gesorgt. Es versteht sich von selbst, dass der Sternenhimmel gleich doppelt so hell geleuchtet. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Autopilotausfall - 21.11.16 - 1. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir verbringen zunächst einen sehr geruhsamen Tag auf See. Die Nacht war ein bisschen frisch, es hat sich also doch rentiert, das dicke Fleece einzupacken. Noch haben wir uns nicht für einen endgültigen Kurs entschieden und warten auf die neuesten Informationen der ARC. Letztlich entscheiden wir uns die südlichere Linie, da im Norden ein größeres Tiefdruckgebiet, also Flaute oder wechselnde Winde, angesagt ist.(Bild Martin und Oliver Kursfestlegung)Ein kleiner Zwischenfall am Nachmittag macht uns alle in Sekundenschnelle wach: Die Windsteueranlage fällt aus und das Boot dreht ab. Wir steuern also eine Weile manuell, bis Martin die Anlage neu eingestellt und kalibriert hat. Allgemeines Aufatmen, wir segeln ruhig dahin. Isabel backt das erste Brot und dem Rest läuft schon. read more...


25/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 5 - Regenschauer

Am Vormittag setzen wir zusaetzlich das Großsegel mit einem Reff und fahren Schmetterling. Wir sind uns noch unschluessig, ob wir weiter Richtung Westen oder lieber Richtung Südwest fahren, wir werden auf den morgigen Wetterbericht schauen. Mehr Wind waere auf der noerdlichen Route dort kann das Wetter aber auch wechselhafter sein. Tagsüber sehen wir kein Schiff, in der Nacht faehrt ein Segler in einiger Entfernung zu uns. Das Wetter ist trueb und es gibt ab und an einen Schauer. Die Solarplatte macht deshalb keinen Strom und der Wind ist für das Windrad auch zu wenig, d.h. wir müssen den Motor kurz zur Stromerzeugung laufen lassen. Der Wind ist schwaecher als die letzten Tage, sodass wir nicht mehr so viel Fahrt machen. In der Nacht muessen wir halsen, da der Wind dreht. Leider ist der. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Leinen los - 20.11.16 ARC ? Start

Irene und ThomasPOS 24.00 UTC: 26 54N 015 30WKurssdaten: 190 mit 6 KnWind und Wetter: NE um die 10 KnNach letzten Vorbereitungen – Deck kärchern, dringend nötig (Bild kärchern Martin und Oliver), Landschuhe kärchern, noch dringender notwendig – ging es endlich los. Flott rausgespielt von der Banda Guayedra (Bild Kapelle und VAVA-U) sind wir um 11:30 Uhr rausgefahren (Bild Verabschiedung) um uns in perfekte Position für den Starschuss zu bringen. Mit Spinnaker ging es dann fast pünktlich zum Startschuss über die Linie, gut bewacht von der Königlichen Marine Spanien (Bild Marine). Beeindruckend, wenn über 200 Yachten sich aufmachen über den großen Teich. (Bild Boote beim Start) Südwärts ging es mit 6 Knoten, bald war das Ende von Gran Canaria erreicht und Isabell bereits als Kuchenbäckerin. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Kollisionskurs - 22.11.16 - 2. Seetag

Irene und ThomasZuerst warten wir auf Wind und genießen in der Zwischenzeit die Sonne. Jeder sucht sich ein nettes Plätzchen an Deck und lässt die Gedanken schweifen.(Bild Karsten in Hängematte)(Bild Thomas steuerbord vorne)Isabel versorgt uns wieder mit frischgebackenem Apfelkuchen. Lecker.(Bild Isabel und Kuchen)Nachmittags endlich frischt der Wind nördlich auf; wir wechseln Kurs nach Westen und holen den Spinnaker ein, setzen dafür die Genua und machen richtig schön Fahrt.Die Windstärke nimmt kontinuierlich zu, so dass die Nachtschicht bei 23 Knoten Wind immerhin 10 Knoten Fahrt schafft. Zum Abendessen gibt es ein kleines Unglück: Isabels feiner Pflaumenlikör landet statt in unseren Mägen leider als Anti-Rutsch auf dem Boden. Putzen und neue Bodenversiegelung ist angesagt, aber so ist. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Anglerpech - 23.11.16 - 3. Seetag auf dem Atlantik

Irene und ThomasTrotz ziemlich wackeliger See gestern hatten wir gestern einen Schlaftag. Wir waren alle müde, wer Freiwache hatte, zog sich in seine Koje zurück und auch die Deckplätze waren für ein Nickerchen jederzeit willkommen. (Bild Karsten)(Bild Isabel)Es geht langsam aber stetig südwärts auf unserem Westkurs. Wir haben mittlerweile den Wendekreis des Krebses (23,5 Grad N) durchfahren und sind also in den Tropen. Irgendwie fühlen die sich aber noch nicht wirklich tropisch an!(Bild Thomas eingemummt)Am Nachmittag dann große Aufregung: Zwei gar nicht kleine Fische waren hinter unserem Köder her, den Rückenflossen nach zu schließen hatte ein jeder mindestens 80 cm. Und was tut unser designiertes Abendessen? Statt anzubeißen, beißt es den Köder ab. Schade, wir hatten schon von Sushi. read more...


21/11/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 1 - A Cetacean Send off

Hi there everyone! What an amazing day we have had! As we left port along with everyone else it was such a fantastic atmosphere with hunderds of people waving us off, and music playing. As we trotted across the start line we were all so excited, and within a couple of hours we observed a flying fish and a pilot whale came to wish us fair winds. Conditions were perfect to enable us to settle into our watches and duties and get to know the lovely diamonds. We look forward to day 2!We want to say a big thankyou to Wendy, skipper Lizzys mum, for all the help this week, the pasteries, sandwices and bolognaise were delicious. Love to all friends and family from everyone on board.Sara. read more...


25/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 6 Nacht 5

Hallo Zusammen, ein herrlicher Tag neigt sich dem Ende zu. Heute war traumhaftes Wetter, Sonne, 27Grad C, Wind aus ENE mit 20 kn, ein perfekter Segeltag. Auch die Nacht war in Ordnung, auch wenn auf Grund von Bewölkung sehr dunkel. Ein Dunkel welches wir uns an Land und insbesondere den Städten und Dörfern nicht vorstellen können. Im Cockpit ist der zweite Wachmann auf 1 mtr. Entfernung nicht zu sehen. Zum Teil kam der Sternenhimmel zum Vorschein, auch hier das Gleiche, eine wunderschöne Klarheit. An Bord ist alles in Ordnung, wir haben heute Mittag schön Brotzeit gemacht, mit Salami, Apenzeller Käse und naja kleine Abweichung, Vollkornbrot. Heute Abend kochen wir uns Nudeln mit Öl, Knoblauch und Butter, dazu gibt’s Gurkensalat. An die dauernde Wackelei haben wir uns gewöhnt,. read more...


25/11/2016

EH01 - Day 4 &5

Comments from the EH01 Marketing Director   Apologies for not sending a blog yesterday, we were all exhausted.! We havehad some mad weather: squalls up to 30 knots which is very hard on the helmsmanwhen there is dark nights (the stars have been intermittent) and nohorizon!  We also ripped our main kite and Andras (Skipper) has had uschanging jibs and kites, putting reefs in and then shaking them out: at least 4manuovers per watch, its like a floating boot-camp. ! In saying all of this weare having the time of our life.!   Portion control Due to uncertain weather systems we are unsure when the boat will reach St.Lucia so the new mantra on board is portion control. Milk has already been rationed, also now are to only have 2 hot drinks perdue to reducing supplies of fresh. read more...


25/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 5

No rumbling stomachs from yesterday’s fresh tuna, which was a relief! Quiet night with limited swell and clear skies. Porpoises swimming next to Boni Venti and playing in the bow wave – fabulous to see! Good supper on deck – lamb tagine and cous-cous followed by some ice cream. All in better spirits this evening. We’ve advised ARC rally control that we’re heading to Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands to disembark Scott and our ETA is now Saturday 26 Nov in the afternoon. Unfortunately owner Gavin will be leaving the yacht as well as he has had a bereavement in the family and needs to return to the UK to fly to South Africa for the funeral. So we have made the decision to continue the Rally with Robert continuing to skipper and a total of four crew on board. A handful of other. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 3 - Challenger 3 Blog from start to 25 Nov

Friday 18th NovemberARC PrepThe pontoons of Las Palmas Marina have been a hive of activity this week as crews rush around to complete the final boat preparations before venturing across the Atlantic Ocean. Shimmering sunshine has bathed boats and crews alike, making labour intensive jobs a hot and sweaty affair! Crew bonding has commenced! Gangs of excited sailors drifted aboard throughout yesterday after plane journeys, and a chilled out evening of beers, storytelling and bristling enthusiasm filled Challenger 3 – For those of us that have been aboard fixing, planning and prepping the arrival of the rest of the crew was a welcome step up in crew morale…It really feels like we are about to depart on an adventure now!Earlier in the week saw Ricky, the Skipper, and Kirstie, the Mate with. read more...