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11/11/2016

Geronimo - Geronimo Blog - 11.10.16

96Normal 0 false false falseEN-US X-NONE X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PRICE OF GUMMY BEARS WILL INCREASE IN THE END OF Q4 BASED ON THE COLLECTIVE CONSUMPTION OF THEM (6 LBS OVER 4 DAYS AND 4 CREW = 0.375 LBS GUMMY BEARS PER PERSON PER DAY.  AS SUCH, WE ARE OUT OF THESE DELECTABLE NIGHT. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 4: Compromise & Fish Stories

    With our speed reduced to 7.2-knots average; in part toreduce yawing for ‘the Admiral’, and to reclaim rhum line position to preparefor the finish line now only a couple hundred miles ahead, we slipped back to #4in our class. Winds are easing which will favor the lighter boats again.   In terms of interesting tidbits; with the wind howling at 5am, weapparently brought up a good-size squid with our in-water gennaker. How much iscalamari these days? Also, something really big hit our new 15-Euro Las Palmasfishing lure, taking not only the lure, but the leader, weight & swivel aswell. In stowing the pole back in its aft mounted bracket, a breaking aft wavebroke the holder from the bracket. Having tied the rod down, however, allowedthe rod & reel to sit nicely. read more...


10/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Day 8 - phosphorescence

Today’s nightwatchmen (Keith and Colin) had a treat – incrediblyilluminating phosphorescence brightening the seas and the darkness after themoon went down. It’s feeling a bit lonely out here – just one cargo ship passed us all day– good job the crew is getting on well!  Rally reports suggest we’re nottoo far from others – though they must be just out of AIS range.  Pleasedto see that the front runners are nearly there – we’ll be enjoying a couple moredays sailing before arrival in Mindelo! Colin CBO  . read more...


Fleet II - Log Day 5: Whale watching with Pearl Bali
Fleet II - Log Day 5: Whale watching with Pearl Bali
10/11/2016

Orion - !!Katastrophe!!

So zuerst die Problemliste. Der Autopilot fiel aus, und da er eingekuppelt war, liefen wir Kreise. Wir konnten das nicht wieder ans Laufen bringen. Information der anderen Segler über Funk. Danach kann meine Crew steuern.Die Genua ließ sich nur schlecht einrollen. Und hat sich dann teilweise losgerissen und völlig zerlegt. Trotz intensiver Vorschiffarbeit konnte ich das nicht regeln.  Da der SSB nicht funktionierte, hat ein Rally-Schiff Relaisstation gemacht und Rallycontrollinformiert. Die Segel haben wir so eingestellt, dass wir mit der Fock alleine fahren konnten. Die Walder Baumbremse war sehr nötig. Seit heute Abend läuft der Autopilot wieder zumindest auf Kurs Modus. Navigation und Segel Modus traue ich mich nicht.  Rallycontroll hat einen Techniker in Mindelo. Ob die. read more...


10/11/2016

Peacekeeper - Fish, Repairs and More

Peacekeeper like most boats in the fleet suffered some form of damage due to high winds and seas. However, before all that set in Russ caught this fish on day 2.(can not figure out how to transfer pic from phone to here!)Today is so different than what we experienced the last two days.The tally of damage/repairs made is as follow:Wrap Genoa - 2 days to get it off the furling and it was toast!Broken WindexShattered deck block for main halyard. McGivered solution.Single reef line lost inside of boom. McGivered solutionLost ring bouy.Little wind today so back to fishing.. read more...


10/11/2016

Sea To Sky - Log Day 5 / En Route to Cape Verde

We left Los Palmos to a vibrant, parade-like atmosphere – band playing,crowd waving and a dignatory shouting out goodbye.  Everyone in good cheeras we all sailed (very slowly) across the start line.  In the first day ortwo alot of motoring.  Then things went wild – wind and waves werebig.  Alternated between spinnaker and sails.  We are on the Thursdaynow.  The boat showing the stains of spilt coffee, beer and wine and Godknows what else.  Spirits are good though and we have Keith from Spiritcalling every once in a while to cheer us up with information of how far theyare ahead of us!  But as we sit with our morning coffee, a pod of dolphins(about 15) has come to put on a twenty minute aquatic show and bring smiles toour faces.  Happy sailing. read more...


Sea To Sky - Log Day 5 / En Route to Cape Verde
Sea To Sky - Log Day 5 / En Route to Cape Verde
10/11/2016

Angels' Share - Angels' Share 10 Nov

Rig checked, sails, engine and generator serviced - preparations on track!  Angels Share 10 Oct 2016 sm. read more...


Angels' Share - Angels' Share 10 Nov
Angels' Share - Angels' Share 10 Nov
09/11/2016

Breeze On - We are getting there

We are 143 miles from the Bahamas. It is a beautiful, warm day with a clear sky. The water around us is that gorgeous shade of deep blue. During my evening watch the wind dropped and the sails flogged. We decided to motor sail as long as the winds were so light. I am getting worried about running out of fuel. We are hoping the wind picks up enough to sail soon. The temporary fix that George and Ray rigged to hold the main sail to the boom gave way. They are now using a reef line to hold the sail to the boom. If all goes as planned we will reach our destination tomorrow during daylight hours.. read more...


10/11/2016

Cherish - Day (?) Its another beautiful day in las palmas

Still unsure of departure time the crew are remaining positive. We had an excellent roast dinner last night and a movie night. Today we did some more provisioning as we're getting through it all quite well.Suzanna is still going strong, although she had to avert her eyes last evening when he mashed butternut squash was served. It seems that squashes are an excellent vegetable and a still showing no signs of going off. Can't say the same for the bananas... today's lunch... banana wrapped in ham with cheese sauce!!. read more...


10/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Clyde Challenger Wed. 9th Nov 16.30

Clyde Challenger and crew, left her berth in Muelle Portivo Marina,  Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on Sunday morning at 11.30 heading to Cape Verde on the first leg of the ARC+.  The crew were on a high and couldn't wait to cross the start line. Brian our Blue watch leader had brought his fiddle along and played us out of the marina to the delight of our crew, other participants in the race and spectators who had turned out to see the boats leaving.  The atmosphere was electric and very emotional.  Once underway the crew started their watches, which were 3, Red, White and Blue and soon we were all into a routine and working well together. Once we reached the southern end of Gran Canaria we set a course of 220° and headed for Cape Verde.  The wind slowly got less and. read more...


10/11/2016

Starblazer - 10/11/2016 – The Beaufort Scale

Wind is essential to a yacht but yachtsmen are a hard bunch to please; it’s either too little, too much, wrong direction, variable direction or just totally unpredictable.In the past 24 hours we have had the lot.In yesterday’s blog I threatened to start the engine, as John added a couple of hours later, I didn’t.The wind was playing with us, promising a little more then dying.Between 0600 and 0900 we only made 10 miles, just too high an average speed to justify starting the engine and incurring a motoring penalty!By 0920 we had added just half a mile to our distance travelled so turned on the engine.Our day’s run to noon was a meagre 120 nM, it would have been about 105 by sail alone!The afternoon wasn’t any better, in fact we had Beaufort Force 1, no wind at all.When the GPS says you. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 3: Licking our wounds

Losing our Gennaker/A-Symm from our downwind inventory, and with a pole requiring a new catch at the CAR interface, we were limited in our sail options. Also, and most importantly, the 8’waves tossed the boat around more than my wife “the Admiral” cared for. We therefore utilized our smaller staysail to reduce the amount of sail area and curtail excessive yawing. I am not as interested in winning as much as keeping the Admiral from getting upset, which also means arriving into Mindelo in daylight on Friday – a challenge!While no longer ‘rocketing along,’ our direction improved and we claimed 2nd in Class 1B by Wednesday noon. The Oysters in the ARC+ seem to be sailing well, and ours is a 49.Tom Hughes. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 2: Rocket Race & Blown Gennaker

Winds & seas picked up with a vengeance, and everyone was sailing. We were typically sailing our hull speed, but but we ‘surfed’ down some waves at 11.1-knots. Owing to having an Asymmetric vs a Symmetric Spinnaker, we couldn’t sail dead down wind, so we gave away a little distance made good in favor of speed.At 5am, we fell off an 8’ wave/swell, lost air in the A-Symm and encountered a wrap around our Staysail. With tremendous unbalanced force, retrieving the gennaker in 25-knot winds resulted in a tear + 45-minutes of all crew teathered to the deck. Much care was taken to assure that lines did not wrap around any appendage, and that no one was in the path of a loaded line/sail.Lesson: Don’t fly an A-symm at night in high seas and high winds. Of course, my wife told me that. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day1: Sail/Motor/Sail

Having participated in ARC Europe in 2015, I am an ‘experienced’ WCC participant. It is interesting how participants risk playing bumper cars (almost) with 100k to 3m(pick your currency) yachts for a 1-minute starting advantage. For this risk, they might win a bottle of reserve rum, plus a plaque. Finishes are measured in days & hours, so 1-minute edge is unlikely to make any difference, and so what if you happen to win a ‘special’ vs. a ‘reserve’ tawny port. Nevertheless, us “A”-Type sailors are vying for a good start, and it probably takes an A-Type person to skipper an Atlantic crossing.Being within a minute of the horn, we had a reasonable start near the committee boat which allowed us to gybe shortly after into clear light winds. after that we went wing-on-wing to cut the corner. read more...


10/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 4-5 Wednesday-Thursday

Thursday 2amIt's relentless!The wind just keeps on blowing.It creeps down every so often to 23, 22, 21 - I even saw 19 on the dial tonight briefly - and you think, is it finally abating?But then it just ramps up again till it's back at 25 gusting 27.The sea state is as big a challenge as the wind - while it's nowhere near as bad as last night, every so often a wave picks you up and fires you to windward and it's a struggle to get back down to a broad reach again.We'll all be like Popeye by the time we get there!The wind has backed over the last few hours, so we're a bit further off our course for Cape Verde, heading more in towards the African coast, so I can feel a gybe coming on later today - oh the anticipation!!We've had a few goes at Movie Night on board, not with a great rate of. read more...


10/11/2016

Shelena - Day 6 Buoy over board!

26:38.04N 067:54.69WThursday 10th November, 2016We motor sailed all yesterday and through the night. Getting a bit bored atthe engine humming away. However, the wind is just 5knots or so. Too little.It certainly underscores the need for extra provisions and water beyondestimated needs for estimated passage making times. All calculations basedon x knots per day have no credibility when the wind simply stops blowingand the sea takes on an oily texture. Reflect for a moment on sailorscenturies ago seeking out new lands not knowing where they were. Thenbecalmed for days! Thank goodness for modern cruiser engines that are veryeconomical and provide excellent range.I wanted to continue with the theme of life aboard. Not mentioned to dateare our means of communication with the outside world.. read more...


10/11/2016

Fleet II - Log day 7 - 9th Nov

Best day of sailing so far.  The WCC weather forecast was bang on andwe made good ground,sailing downwind in 20-30 knots and moderate seas.  I’mpleased to report that the watch system is settling in nicely and the crew is ingood spirits!   Colin CBO. read more...


10/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 6

La nuit a été magique, la lun,e les nuages, la température douce et des vents calmes. Puis, ça s'est mis a souffler plus fort et on a ajusté les voiles. Tout va bien et sommes à peu près à mi-parcours !Yolène et Jean. read more...


10/11/2016

Firefly - En route to Richards Bay, South Africa

Today is Thursday 10th November and Firefly is south of Madagascar, en route for Richard's Bay, South Africa. The first 6 days of this passage have been a mixed bag and the forecast indicates that the remainder will be similar.The World ARC fleet actually left a day early from Reunion, leaving on the 4th November as opposed to Bonfire Night. The reason was a long term forecast provided to one of the WARC yachts from Bob McDavitt, the New Zealand weather routing guru. We met Bob whilst in NZ as he gave a weather lecture to the yachts that had just arrived. His advice, and this was way back at the beginning of November, was that there would be strong Southerly weather off Richards Bay on the 13th November. Low and behold, the current forecasts are showing that we need to get into Richards. read more...


10/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 6 - Just in time planning

Position27:41.87 S 039:002.15 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Wednesday 09 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 184nm over the ground, 168nm through the waterPassage total1,019nm over the ground, 928nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 395nm (modified route)Route distance 1,395nm as originally plannedThe weather transition on Saturday when the wind goes from blowing old boots from the north east to doing precisely the same from the South West against a 2 to 3 knot current is not surprisingly focussing the minds of the skippers.For the non-sailors reading this, strong wind against strong current has the capacity to produce very bad if not dangerous sea conditions and is to be avoided.This transition is a regular occurrence on the east coast of South Africa and passages must. read more...


09/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 4, N 31.03.47 W 13.08.53

Only 210 NM left to Las Palmas. We expect to arrive Thursday around midnight. We are still in perfect weather conditions, with average windspeed of 15-20 knots, occassionally a bit more. The waves are getting higher and some of us struggled to get enough sleep. Yesterday we all had a shower and just after lunch (nasi goreng) a large group of around 50 dolphins visited us. They played with the boat for around an hour. Dolphins are so playful! We have great footage to share once we arrive in Las Palmas. Overnight the boomvang broke during a gybe and Doug is now having a great time repairing it. Ricardo is getting naughty, we are thinking to throw him overboard.Last but not least, the captain is asleep, so we are taking our time to whistle loudly. We are having the wind in our back!Els, 9. read more...


09/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Der vierte Tag unseres Törns zu den Kap VerdenDatum 09.11.2016 1635 UTCAuch am vierten Tag können wir uns wegen mangelndem Wind nicht beklagen.Seit dem zweiten Tag hatten wir selten unter 25 Knoten Wind.In der letzten Nacht wie auch heute zeigte der Windmesser selten unter 28 Knoten in Böen bis zu 35 Knoten.Einige Wellen in der Spitze 8 Meter schlugen übers Deck und brachten bei 25 grad Abkühlung.In der Nacht konnten wir sehen, dass das Meer "lebt"Hunderte von Delphine, Thunfischen und Tümmler begleiteten uns über Stunden.Kleinere technische Defekte verhinderten, dass wir in der Wertung weiterhin vorne liegen.Besonders Störend ist der Ausfall des Autopiloten.Dadurch sind wir gezwungen rund um die Uhr das Ruder zu besetzen.Das positive daran ist, dass nun alle auch einen Flugzeugträger. read more...


09/11/2016

Cherish - Day (-2) - Suzanna is hard at work fixing the problem

Have been attempting to send blogs to the wrong email so the last few days are all posted today... silly!! Still hanging about in the beautiful Las Palmas making sure the rest of the ARC+ participants get a good head start. Sadly, we said goodbye to two members of the crew who were unable to wait any longer and had to leave us. Suzanna is hard at work trying to fix the problem and is hoping we will have everything we need tomorrow.Fingers crossed.. read more...


09/11/2016

Cherish - Day(-1) It's that fine rain....

It gets you really wet, as does the big rain. With this in mind the crew and the skipper of Cherish decided to go to the pub. No one invited Suzanna so hopefully she won't be offended!!!image1. read more...


Cherish - Day(-1) It's that fine rain....
Cherish - Day(-1) It's that fine rain....
Cherish - Suzanna the Squash in her natural habitat
Cherish - Suzanna the Squash in her natural habitat
09/11/2016

Cherish - Day 1 - Last minute addition to the crew.

A full quota of crew as of yesterday morning and a late addition Suzanna the Squash. After receiving 8 squashes instead of the required 4, we had a delicious squash curry (recipes available on request) as a first crew dinner together and we have decided to keep another one as a crew member. Suzanna will be formerly introduced tomorrow. Tune in to read about her latest adventures as we depart for Cape Verde.image1. read more...


Cherish - Day 1 - Last minute addition to the crew.
Cherish - Day 1 - Last minute addition to the crew.
09/11/2016

Shelena - Sailing is fun because it is so unpredictable!

28:06.44N 068:59.21WDay 5We have passed half way now. ETA Nanny Cays on Sunday.Life aboard is now pretty routine. The structure is breakfast where we allhelp ourselves. Petri ends his watch around 0800 then off to sleep. LikelyHelen does some day time morning watch while I am asleep too. I now varywhere I sleep. Last night the seas were less confused and I returned to mycabin just to find that my wife has abandoned it too, and has taken up tosleeping in the saloon on the comfortable starboard sofa which is nicelyprotected by the table and secure not subject to aft corkscrewing.Basically, I sleep where I fall! I would like to see the World CruisingAssoc run a competition to find out more about where persons sleep aboard. Ithink it would yield surprising creativity. I have heard sleep. read more...


09/11/2016

Exit Strategy - November 07

AT 7:53 AST, 6:53 EST Exit Strategy is at 32-12.05 N/ 074-46.85 W on course for the Bahamasmaking about 6.5 knots.  All is well.. read more...


09/11/2016

Isbjorn - Strange Days

Our morning aboard Isbjorn began with this message from Rally Control."Hello. Time is 0345AST.I am sure that aside from the weather the hot topic onboard in the past couple of days has been about the presidential election.We might not be the first to inform you, as your friends and family may have notified you already, but the next President of the United States is: Donald TrumpSomething to discuss on your night watch!(Clinton called Trump to concede the election when she had 210 and he had 248 in the race to 270)Regards & safe sailing,Rally Control"I'd had a similar message from my sister, with the hashtag '#notkidding' around the same time, and more messages from Liz, our intern, who is also posting these blogs to our site while we're at sea. The mood aboard matches the weather -. read more...


09/11/2016

Faraway - Only 210 NM left to Las Palmas

Only 210 NM left to Las Palmas. We expect to arrive Thursday around midnight. We are still in perfect weather conditions, with average windspeed of 15-20 knots, occassionally a bit more. The waves are getting higher and some of us struggled to get enough sleep. Yesterday we all had a shower and just after lunch (nasi goreng) a large group of around 50 dolphins visited us. They played with the boat for around an hour. Dolphins are so playful! We have great footage to share once we arrive in Las Palmas. Overnight the boomvang broke during a gybe and Doug is now having a great time repairing it. Ricardo is a very good guy, we are thinking to give him a nice present.Last but not least, the captain is asleep, so we are taking our time to whistle loudly. We are having the wind in our back!. read more...


09/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 5

Belle journée de voile, mer bleue, bons vents, agréable. Problène de safran en soirée. Ce matin nous attendons le vent.A+Yolène et Jean. read more...


Faraway - Having fun!
Faraway - Having fun!
Faraway - Having fun!
Faraway - Having fun!
09/11/2016

Starblazer - 09/11/2016 – The curate’s egg!

The past 24 hours has been a mixture of good, challenging and frustrating thanks to the vagaries of the Wind Gods.We continued our forward charge with the sails out either side, rocking and rolling our way to the next waypoint where we were to turn to get a bit more easting in.The course we were on would, in fact, take us almost directly to Tortola if the wind direction stayed the same.As we get further south we expect the trade winds to start making their presence felt, being predominantly easterly rather than the northerlies we are currently experiencing.This would make our southeast passage a close beat which is not the most pleasant point of sail.We had a 1,000 mile beat to New Zealand and have no wish to have that experience again!We made our course alteration at 1000, a modest 20. read more...


09/11/2016

White Satin - Provisioning Part 1

Wednesday 9th November Our Spanish is limited but even we can manage to understand “Donald Trump gana les elecciones a EEUU.”   We thought he was looking downcast when we went to bed last night so it was a big surprise this morning.  We thought the world had gone mad when Brexit happened, now we know it is so. The serious business of provisioning actually began last Easter with a trip to Marks & Spencer for some tinned meals, which have sailed with us all the way from the UK.  We came up with a provisional menu for 21 days’ worth of meals (if we are at sea for any longer than this we will be onto half rations!) over the summer, although since being here supplies are more varied and plentiful than expected so there will be changes to improve that. . read more...


White Satin - Provisioning Part 1
White Satin - Provisioning Part 1
09/11/2016

Fleet II - Log day 6: making progress

Much stronger winds today (Tues 8th Nov) and we now feel we’re beginning tomake progress.  We might get to CV before the end of the weekend! Highlight of the day – a huge pod of dolphins escorted us for around amile, putting on a fantastic show of acrobatics.   ColinCBO. read more...


09/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 3-4 Tuesday-Wednesday

Day3-4 Tuesday-WednesdayTuesday pmWe're still rocking along in 22-25kts, and the swell has built up by now.It's hard going - the autohelm, while not broken, isn't keeping us sufficiently on course to use, so we're hand-steering all our watches.Hard going in these seas!(to my mother, who i think thought I'd be sitting on my bum sunning myself for three weeks without moving a muscle - believe me, that's not how it's working out, for now anyhow!)It clouded over earlier, and got a bit cooler - and I have to say it all looked a bit Irish Sea for my liking. Grey and lumpy and just generally not very pleasant.Jackets and legs have begun appearing - unfortunately not in time for Laura who was having a well-earned rest after her speed record earlier, and got doused by a rogue wave that broke over. read more...


09/11/2016

Christine - Back with Christine at last

Lynn and I arrived in Las Palmas on Monday the 7th and it has been pretty full on since then. Our afternoon flight arrived a little late but we were out very quickly, collected the hire car, and despite some difficulty in finding the exit to the car park we were soon driving back into the marina. It felt very good to be back but there was plenty to do. After a visit to marina reception we had to see the car park man to get a card. "See" being the operative word as the conversation was mostly in sign language what with our lack of Spanish and his non-existent English. Heavy rain came pouring down mid-mime and we were immediately soaked. We were just in time to call into the ARC office to arrange to register at 9.30 the following day, before driving down to the pontoon to unload the bags. read more...


Christine - Back with Christine at last
Christine - Back with Christine at last
09/11/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 303 & 304: It's a Strange, Strange World We Live In....

Well,  our plans have changed again. We decided that, since the weather was so miserable here, Elaine may as well spend her time in a cold climate with family, so most of yesterday was spent booking her flights to England / Ireland via Dubai. The remainder of the day was spent visiting doctor's and physiotherapy offices in the hope of getting her ankle examined. Unfortunately we couldn't get a physiotherapy appointment for two weeks, but we did manage to get a doctor's appointment for today.  Armed with some medication and exercises, we're hoping for a marked improvement over the coming weeks.Last night we enjoyed dinner at the Opua Cruising Club with Blue Summit and a host of other cruisers whom we've met over the past few days and this evening we enjoyed our first barbecue in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 303 & 304: It's a Strange, Strange World We Live In....
Paw Paw - Log Days 303 & 304: It's a Strange, Strange World We Live In....
09/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 5 - Step on the gas

Position27:12.04 S 042:22.18 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Tuesday 08 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 198nm over the ground, 171nm through the waterPassage total835nm over the ground, 760nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 556nm (modified route)Route distance 1,395nm as originally planned The day started with light winds and we continued to motor against a slight adverse current.After dawn the current became favourable and with the wind increasing to a mighty 12 knots we could motor sail to great effect.A favourable current that at times exceeded 2 knots is reflected in our distance over the ground for the day.We have started to plot our estimated time of arrival at Richards Bay.Using a planning speed of 6.5 knots, over the ground, means that anything better brings. read more...


Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 5 - Step on the gas
Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 5 - Step on the gas
08/11/2016

Shelena - Day 4 - Leaving the wife is never easy especially for a younger man!

29:40.67N 070:51.09W8th November, 2016So we enjoyed a nice sail from the start line followed by motoring for hoursbefore sails were once again at work. We skirted the southern impact of agale providing lively seas and energetic winds. So what about sleep? We allneed it. With 3 persons on board Helen is excused night watch given that shedoes all the catering. She does keep us all company until she turns in atabout 2230. To date I have done the slot from say 2000 to 0230. Petri picksup the watch through until 0700; or in the case of this morning, until 0830.Thanks Petri! We arrived at this pattern because Petri is from Finland.This means that Petri'sbody clock is some 6 hours ahead of US time.Itseems to work; but my problem is that I have not slept well at all onaccount of the strong surge. read more...