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Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)

The trade winds are supposed to be constant in terms of direction and speed (N/NE 20/25 knots), so that a new sail configuration is set up. In addition to the genoa andthe main sail, the staysail is raised up  Dolphin Star010 011. read more...


Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)

Based on the actual wind conditions, captain Kari decides to take out the gennaker. This option pays off immediately with a back wind of 10/15 knots, Dolphin Star takesoff at 8/9 knots. It is too good to be true as a few hours later, we get caught by a black cloud that generates much stronger winds and the gennaker bursts before we have time to lower it down.. Dolphin StarDSC06888 009. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)

The weather forecast predicted very light winds and for once they were right. In order to maintain our 6 knots average speed along the course, the iron sail (in other wordsthe engine) runs almost all day. Fortunately a  nice sunset is there to enlighten the day. Dolphin Star007 005 008. read more...


Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}

The second leg crossing starts this afternoon at 1 pm, but Dolphin Star is not ready yet. Nani the rigger has done a fantastic job since Monday 14/11 to fix the boom railbut time is running out. Finally we leave Mindelo marina four hours behind schedule, eager to sail non-stop for the next 15 days. Dolphin Star001 004 002. read more...


Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}
14/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - day 22: Arrival at last

We have landed. On dry land in St Lucia. We crossed the line at 09.30.16local time which meant it took us 3 weeks, 30 minutes and 16 seconds exactly. Ifonly we had a better start we could have shaved 5 minutes off! The last night at sea was quite surreal and was the roughest weather we hadall of the trip. All was good late afternoon/early evening. We had are usualgame of cards which Andrew won. Had supper which was one of our less gooddinners but I was beginning to flag about meal ideas and most of the better moreinteresting food had been eaten. The boys then decided to have an open air cinema, watching Top Gun, one oftheir all time favourites. Hugo fixed up a bluetooth connection so the soundtrack played thru the cockpit speakers. The laptop sat on top of the companionway hatch and we. read more...


13/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 24 - Julaften utsatt med en dag!

Som gamle lesere av denne log vil vite ble kaptein Tvedt av mannskapet utstyrt med en Minni Mus julekalender ved reisens start.Dette som en påminning om at vi ønsket å komme frem i god tid til jul.Nå ser det ut til at vi vil nå frem til St Lucia på den 25. dag. Man nådde ikke St Lucia på Santa Luciadagen.Kp Tveit har derfor besluttet å utsette fortæringen sjokoladebiten i siste luke med en dag.Mannskapet setter umåtlig pris på denne gest!Skipet befinner seg noen titalls nautiske mil nordvest for Barbados med kurs for St Lucia kanalen mellom St Lucia og Martinique (øen ikke klesmerket).Denne øygruppen fortjener navnet "The Windward Islands" med rette. Her blåser det en konstant kraftig vestavind.Vi har god bør så vi regner med å nå mållinjen i Rodney Bay i morgen før det blir mørkt.. read more...


13/12/2016

Delfini - day 23 -13th December

Wow - we have now seen it all as the storm force gale forecasted a couple of days ago for the leeward islands seems to have found its way south to the windwards and we are just about staying in front of mammoth waves and force 6 and 7 winds up to 32 knots from the eastLast night we perched on top of a very big wave - the bow hovered and then raced over thetop and we surfed down the face until it hit the bottom - all ok until a similar sized wave came up our stern almost immediately and we were knocked sideways - the cockpit filled up with white foaming water and we all held our breath - luckily no problems except a bent bow light plus my aft cabin window had been open and quite a bit of water found its way onto the bunk and the sleeping bag and the mattress topper etc - funny now but not. read more...


Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
Beltana II -
13/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 23 - vorletzter Tag

In der Nacht ist der Wind böiger geworden und die Welle höher, sodass wir das Groß reffen. Nach ein paar Stunden kommt das 2. Reff im Groß und final bergen wir das Großsegel ganz und fahren nur mit der Genua weiter. Erst als die Sonne aufgeht, sieht man wie aufgewühlt die See durch den Wind von 5 Beaufort ist. Die Wellenhöhe beträgt jetzt 3-4 Meter, die ordentlich Bewegung ins Schiff bringt. Wir machen zwar mit der Genua nicht mehr so viel Fahrt wie mit "Schmetterling fahren" aber wir wollen nicht auf der letzten Rille fahren. Wir wollen Schiff und Mannschaft schonen. Außerdem sind wir mit der Genua sehr flexibel, wenn ein squall kommt. Diese Nacht hatten wir nur einen.Das einzige Thema an Bord: "ankommen". Wir malen uns unsere Ankunft schon aus und können es nicht erwarten, bis es. read more...


13/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 23 - Land Ho!

Monday 12 December 201618°01’.930N 063°05’.115WAn eventful 24 hours!The last 200 nm to go so on the home straight! Winds have at last stabilised and are sitting nicely between 20 and 25kts, with the occasional squall for good measure.We are goose-winging when all of a sudden the genoa slides off its furler.The shackle has been stripped.We manage to bring in the genoa and decide to furl the gennaker. So we are now sailing with just the stay sail and reefed main.The wind builds and we’re still managing 7-8 kts, so maybe a blessing in disguise!We’re still seeing the autohelm hard to port and realise this is not right. We check the rudder position and see that while the starboard one is dead centre, the port rudder is hard over to port.We bring the autohelm to ‘standby’, centre the rudders. read more...


Bluewaft - Rainbow Way Point - Land ho
Bluewaft - Rainbow Way Point - Land ho
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 23 - Land Ho!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 23 - Land Ho!
Bluewaft - Bringing the genoa in...
Bluewaft - Bringing the genoa in...
13/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 22 e 23 - Running to St Lucia

Hi friends of PkBoo.Under the full moon tonight PkBoo sailed fast, in 35 kts.Today in the early morning the roarer fourty went to visit us for a couple of hours; with Marco at the helm, Giuseppe and Elena at the lines and Stefano for help, the sailing team dominated it. Now we are approx 150 miles to the arrival with 25 kts and a speed of 6,5 (we are sailing only under the jib).Our ETA is extimated for 7, 8 am tomorrow morning.CiaoMarco. read more...


13/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 22: The final countdown8 knots.

Day 22: The final countdown We are almost there!We should reach land within the next 24 hours.After being becalmed for all of those days we are now flying along in strong winds, large seas and squalls.We are well reefed down with our current wind speed at 28 knots and 5 meter swells. Its a wild night.We have had some hideous squalls with the wind increasing to 44 knots. I hold Ewen partly responsible as he did say at the beginning of our crossing that he wanted ‘The full Atlantic experience!’ Land is looking a welcome option.Especially since we are now out of tea bags. To balance the the moon is almost full and lighting up the sky and the ocean.Its brightness is obliterating the stars but casting its liquid silver on the sea.It’s truly beautiful. We have put together some of our. read more...


12/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 23 - Måneskinnsseilas

Om to dager det fullmåne og vi har nå et fantastisk flott måneskinn på nettene.Månen passerer nesten i zenit i løpet av natta som gjør nettene lyse.Stjernehimmelen er fantastisk flott.Tempen er rundt 28-30 grader. Bekledning: Shorts døgnet rundt.Vi har seilt med fulle seil natt og dag de siste døgnene.Men i idag ettermiddag ble vindforholdene litt for heftige med liten kuling og 3 meter høge bølger.Nå går vi bare på revet forseil men har fortsatt fart på over 6 knop.. read more...


12/12/2016

Estrella - 22. und letzter Tag der Regatta

Die Nacht war wie erwartet seglerisch eineHerausforderung. Starkwind, Regen, ein- und ausreffen, aber auch super Wellen,ein Wahnsinnsmond, der am Ende der Nacht voll erstrahlte und die Nacht überhauptnicht richtig dunkel werden ließ. Das Hineinrauschen in den warmen Morgen mit den besondershohen Wellen und bis zu 30 Knoten Wind wird wohl zu meinen Lebenserinnerungengehören (entschuldigt: Heute ausnahmsweise in der ich-form). Den anderen geht esauch so. Jeder genießt die letzte Wache am Steuer und saugt diese Minuten aufwie ein Schwamm. Obwohl oder vielleicht genau weil die letzten zwei Tage nichtnur bequemes Passatwindsegeln waren. Man merkt, dass in diesen Momenten dieGespräche verstummen und die Gedanken ganz woanders sind. Seit dem Morgenscheint die Sonne, der Wind bleibt uns gewogen. read more...


12/12/2016

White Satin - Land Ahoy !

5 am -3020 miles sailed, 20 to goIt is 5 am and we have the first glimmer of dawn in the East, and far moreexcitingly we have the first hint of land to the West.Two glows of lightcan be made out - the one to the left of our bow is St Lucia, the other tothe right is the island of Martinique. So in a couple of hours we shouldpass between the two islands, then turn left for a few miles down the eastcoast of St Lucia to the finish line at the marina in Rodney Bay.The Atlantic has given us a last wild night, and we are still tossing aroundin big waves - once we round the corner we willbe in the lee of the islandand all will calm down which will be very welcome. Late yesterdayafternoon for the first time this voyage a wave broke over the back of theboat andsent quite a bit of water into the. read more...


12/12/2016

Hot Stuff - YB Connect Message from Girls For Sail

Day 19 - Our Sat phone is down- another lively night for the watches - Bora had the task of gybing in the dark with 2.5m waves &gusts of 26kts - with instructions for each helm to have total focus we have just 538nm to go! We're setting a lookout from Weds to see who spots the Caribbean Islands first! --Transmitted by Girls For Sail using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


12/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 22 - vorvorletzter Tag auf See

In der Nacht frischt der Wind auf und wir müssen das Groß reffen. Außerdem sind wir von Schauerzellen umzingelt, der Wind wird noch stärker und böiger. Was soll ich sagen...auch diese Nacht war durchwacht. Wir mussten immer wieder den Windpilot kontrollieren, denn wenn eine starke Böe kam, hat er manchmal angeluvt und das Vorsegel stand back. Der Tag verlief unspektakulär. Wir haben Schlaf nachgeholt. Gelesen und Sudoku gemacht. Hermann hat fast nach jeder Stunde unsere Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit und unsere ETA (estimated time of arrival) errechnet. Der Rest von diesem Tag und noch 2 und 3 Nächte.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


12/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Last full day

“15:10,13 58:53,26W”Last full day on the water we think with different crew effected in different ways , some saying that they are looking forward to getting back to their loved ones and others saying they are not looking forward to the life in the rat race and back to what they don't want to do for the rest of life . one will hopefully be changing his life for the better after the 4 weeks with us and realising that there is more to life after talking between us . Lives are changed at sea and i hope that we have helped people look at theirs and come to appreciate what they have and what they could have and others to know that they only live once so go out and live it. Its hard to remove yourselves from day to day life and assess what is and isn't important to you . Loved ones ay home. read more...


12/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 21 e 22 - tradewinds, squal & shower

Hi friends of PkBoo.With the tradewinds becoming stronger and stronger (forecast today and tomorrow are for gale wind) the crew is all on the piece to arrive fast to St Lucia.At the helm the waves let us dance the samba and sleep is becoming impossible, but also this is sail.Today in the early morning we had a squal, so - as Chris Tibb said - shampoo in a hand and helm in the other, and the shower stopped in the middle of the bath ... Stefano say hallo to all his friends at home and that's all falk.CiaoMarco. read more...


12/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 21: Wonderful tonight

Day 21: Wonderful tonight   We are speeding along.  Its 01.30 am, the moon is bright and casting asilver patina on the water that glistens and moves in harmony with the movementof the sea.  The waves are large and ‘up our chuff’ and LC is just ridingover them with ease.  We are twissle rigged and reefed in.  The windis 25 knots with occasional higher gusts and we are averaging 7 knots. It’s wonderful tonight.   Last night we crossed one of my thresholds with under 500 miles togo.  Today we crossed another. We could now motor all the way to SaintLucia and not run out of diesel.  This is a real plus to know that that isan option if needed.   Tomorrow we should pass my next milestone of200 miles to go when we are then in helicopter. read more...


12/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 22 - 3.søndag i advent

Da er advent feiret med bønnestuing fra Aveina ogtre typer spanske julekaker;Torta Imperial - (€35 pr boks!)Pastas de Avena integrales con narjanaFikenkake - veldig julete smak!Evergood Filterkaffe - Her setter Espeland liv og lemmer på spill i røff sjø for trakte denne og det smaker utmerket!Ellers går det unna som sikkert dere som følger med på YB Races vil se. Holder vi denne speeden er vi framme onsdag formiddag.. read more...


11/12/2016

Ximera - Day twentysecond - Landed

-->Will we still be able to walk? Will we remember how to walk? Will we be shy in the middle of a lot of strangers?Will Ximera crew be able to put more than two metres between each other without shout out loud for a MOB (Man Over Board)? Will the boat ever be clean again? Questions without answer, we need to put our feet on land and taste back the normal mammals life in the 21th century. Now it'sAM and we're moored in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The Caribbean! Thanks to all Ximera crew for this fantastic atlantic crossing, thanks to the sea for being blue, thanks to the stars to be in the sky, thanks to the plankton to be our seasky.Actually, the emotions on reaching land are diverse and extremes ... wanting land but wanting to continue ... wanting new supplies but happy with what we have. read more...


11/12/2016

Misto - Misto in Martinique

Misto is gearing up for the start of the World ARC in January.After a safe passage to the BVI from North Carolina we spent almost a month there, executing some unexpected repairs.We departed Virgin Gorda on December 4 bound for Martinique.This choice was based on the fact that we have previously visited the islands north of Martinique and so we decided to go directly there. We enjoy the French islands and will do some exploring of the interior before departing for St Lucia later this week.We have a place reserved at Rodney Bay from Dec 18 as we will be flying to Denver CO to spend Christmas with our daughter, and get a little skiing in!We are looking forward to meeting all the World ARC participants and making some great memories!Ros and HowardS/V Misto. read more...


11/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 22 - SUNRISE

Liebe Angehörige, liebe Interessenten an unserer Reise,wir haben heute am Sonntag 3 Advent dem 11.12.2016 um 16 12 53 Uhr Rodney Bay St. Lucia nach 21 Tage erreicht. Die letzten Stunden hat uns Rasmus nochmal ordentlich Wind in Böen bis 7 und konstante Welle zwischen 5 - 6 Metern Höhe geschickt. In der Nacht gab es ein zünftiges Tänzchen mit dem Atlantik und dem Boot, aber es ist Alles gut gegangen und wir sind noch früher als geplant ans Ziel gekommen.Wir sind in den letzten Wochen ein Team, eine Mannschaft geworden in der jeder seinen festen Platz nach seinen jeweiligen Fähigkeiten gefunden hat. Wir hatten einen festen Ryhtmus aus Segeln, Schlafen, Essen und wenig Freizeit der uns ordentlich was abgefordert hat. Wir haben den Atlantik und seinen Sternenhimmel in seiner unendlichen. read more...


11/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance Encounter: Day??? - Final Report

No idea what day it is - final report is being written with a fantastic calypso drummer belting out tunes at BB's restaurant in Rodney Bay Marina. It's lunchtime, a breeze is in the palms and ice cream and baileys are on the table (this is called a "chance encounter" if you are to order it....a drink from Corfu days!).So our last day on water was full of surprises. Adrian was hit by a flying fish on his very last night shift...by morning we had five on deck and seemed to chase a flock of these silver and blue winged beauties out of every wave. By ten a.m. the breeze was up to 22-25knots and while we were blasting westwards we picked up a distress call that was being attended to by three other vessels and the coastal patrol people of Barbados and Martinique (motorboat with spoiled fuel. read more...


11/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 11 - Last Day at SeaAll is well. We are 26 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,643 miles behind us. The night started quite peacefully as the waves subsided. At 4:00 am we were sailing on a 280° heading, twelve degrees off from St Lucia's course. We had a full moon and wind was 15-19 knots, coming from 85°-95°.As the wind shifted in our favor and started coming from 65°-75°, we were able to point directly to St Lucia, but the waves were no longer coming from aft, which made the ridding quite uncomfortable. Wind increased to 20-25 knots, and we put the third reef on the main. Billy came up, Chuck took the wheel from me, and I went up to the mast to hook the third reef shackle to the ring on the boom. This is the only reef that cannot be handled from the cockpit. Ten minutes later. read more...


11/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 17

We've passed the 2000 mile mark on the log and have started talking eagerly about our arrival in St Lucia (about 670nm to go -- tell the bars to stock up on beer!). But yesterday and today we are still enjoying the best sailing and life at sea.. lunch yesterday was followed by a lovely cake and custard, with enough left over for after dinner too.. the swells are amazing, and we're surfing them like pros, everyone of us.. yesterday we had the best dolphin show yet, 4 or 5 of them stayed with us half an hour, jumping in front of the bow, surfing the waves with us, then heading astern before coming round for more.And we had a little company for a change the last 24 hours, sailing yacht Antares has been cruising alongside us a couple hundred metres apart, since yesterday evening.. skipper. read more...


11/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 22 - Endspurt!

Die letzten 110nm liegen vor uns. In der Nacht kurz vor Sonnenaufgang haben uns einige heftige Squalls mit 35-40kn heim gesucht, die Genau wurde gerefft und das Großsegel geborgen. Dann ging es mit einem Minimum an Genau weiter durch die nächsten Squalls. Heftige Regengüsse und weitere starke Windfelder erteilten uns in den Morgenstunden nach dem ersten Sonnenaufgang hinter Wolken seit längerem. Und trotzdem scheint jetzt die Sonne von einem blauen Himmel als wäre nichts gewesen. Doch der Wind ist geblieben, pendelt zwischen 20 und 25kn und wir segeln entspannt mit Genua um die 8kn SOG.Inzwischen sind wir im Trichter angekommen. Boote von der Nord-, der direkten und der Südroute (schreibt man das auf Deutsch echt so?!) treffen nun aufeinander. 6 ARC Boote zeigt unser AIS an und die LYRA. read more...


11/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWENTY - ST LUCIA HERE WE COME!

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} After quiet watches at midnight and 3am for Jonathan and Will, the wind picked up significantly during Robert’s 6am watch, with 55 kt gusts and sheeting rain, 14.5 kts with two reefs in main and genoa, keeping Robert on his toes to the end! We passed within approx. 30 miles of Barbados on the port side and headed on to our waypoint, north St Lucia, with Rodney Bay marina just around the headland past Pigeon Island. Bright blue skies, winds 20-22 kts and making 7-8 kts VMG so all in very good spirits following a challenging day with the steering problems yesterday. A quick pizza lunch (Karen’s last session in the galley – promise!) and  we. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWENTY - ST LUCIA HERE WE COME!
Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWENTY - ST LUCIA HERE WE COME!
11/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINETEEN - FLYING FISH AND WORN OUT STEERING CABLES

A quiet and uneventful night on watch for Will as he sat at the nav table at 6am completing the log, when suddenly a flying fish flew through the open porthole above the table, slithered across the charts and flapped its way across the saloon floorboards! Not what either Will or the fish was expecting! We found another five dead fish on the decks in the morning, so we were obviously hit by a shoal/swarm/ school(?) of flying fish overnight. Today’s photo shows a re-enactment of the scene! About 6 inches long, big Nemo fish eyes and pretty smelly, they also shed scales everywhere, so not the favourite sealife that we’ve come across. Big swells, decent blue skies and a consistent 20 kt wind for our last full day on BV – we should arrive at Rodney Bay between 4-6pm tomorrow evening.Jonathan. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINETEEN - FLYING FISH AND WORN OUT STEERING CABLES
Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINETEEN - FLYING FISH AND WORN OUT STEERING CABLES
11/12/2016

Beltana II - What does it take to keep the big hammer out of the skippers hands

1 dentist to explain why its not a good idea and 3 other engineers torestrain him.   We get daily updates from ARC of the problems other yachts are having. It’salways a concern to hear, and many of those problems we hope don’t happen tous.  Here is a list of some of the things which have been taking up ourtime and stopping us from writing to you all more regularly.   1) Ripped Genoa 2.5m tear – repaired with a combination of sail tape (onlyhad about 1m) and duct tape, then hand sewn together with the squally Kempbobbin technique 2) Ripped Spinnaker – repaired with duct tape and hand sewn 3) lost batten from main sail – twice re-sewn into place, twice torethrough the repair material – batten removed 4) Broken Preventer Block – gerry rigged with webbing, second ropepreventer. read more...



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