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09/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 17 - nearly there

Day 17So the competition is hotting up - who is going to be the lucky one to steer Skyelark over the line at the finish of this year's ARC. It's all looking very close at the moment - Simon, Mike and Tony are all in the running for their guesses as to what time we will reach our waypoint off the north of St Lucia. Happily though we should be all set for a daylight arrival which is always a bonus.A quiet last day at sea with another gybe this morning. A fellow ARC boat Rubicon is not far away from us and we have been visited by small swallow - definitely a sign that we are getting close to land. Very hot today but luckily the gentle breeze has stayed with us and we are making steady progress towards the finish line. Much discussion about aircon, beds that don't move and cold beers today. read more...


09/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 18

Dag 17-18Onze geïmproviseerde giekneerhouder doet het voorlopig zeer goed. Ook de wind blijft van de partij. Bij windkracht 5 lopen we met dubbel gereefd mainsail nog een goeie 6 knopen. Zo slagen we erin om de voorbije 24 uur telkens toch nog 150 mijl achter ons te laten. Vandaag hebben we onze klok nog eens een uurtje terug gedraaid. LaLuna boat-time is nu 4 uur vroeger als bij jullie. Bij aankomst draaien we het laatste uurtje terug. Het is nu woensdag avond en er staat nog 300 mijl voor de boeg. Dus, we hebben nog ongeveer 2 dagen wind nodig en dan lopen we hopelijk Rodney Bay binnen vrijdag laat . Mooi op tijd voor de big welcome Party van de ARC! De crew begint stilaan toch wat af te tellen en te dromen van big momma's, steelbands, bloemenkransen en rum punch! Gisteren nog eens een. read more...


09/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 17 - 08/12

Posizione 15°01N 56°06WPurtroppo il nostro augurio di una notte tranquilla non ha portato bene.Durante la notte l'onda è aumentata e complice il poco vento abbiamo ballato tutta la notte la samba.Impossibile dormire a letto.Solo la mattina la situazione è migliorata lasciandoci dormire qualche ora.Il vento è in deciso calo, ma le miglia continuano a diminuire.Ormai puntiamo sul cibo. A pranzo stiamo leggeri e la sera mangiamo piatti più ricercati.Questa sera abbiamo mangiato le Fajitas di pollo, utilizzando un kit della OldElPaso con tanto di tortilla calde.Molto buone, un ottimo diversivo.Sono state accompagnate da un bottiglia di due litri di birra scura artigianale regalataci a Trapani prima della nostra partenza, dal mitico Geometra D'Amico che salutiamo con affetto, ottima birra,. read more...


09/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag - Zieleinlauf

Der letzte Tag startet mit einer Enttäuschung! Obwohl wir die ganze Nachtunter Gennaker gelaufen waren, hatte sich unser Abstand zur Aqualuna voneiner Meile auf 13 Meilen direkte Differenz, bzw. 10 nm Differenz nach StLucia verschlechtert. Keine Ahnung, was da passiert war. Wie wir nachlesenkonnten, kam es zu dem Rückstand, obwohl die Aqualuna eine Zeit langirgendwelche Manöver fuhr, die ihr die Sorge einbrachten, dass wir einen zugroßen Vorsprung herausgesegelt hätten!? Der Morgen und die noch einmal eingeholten USgribs (mittlerweile haben wirdrei Mal am Tag die USgribs aktualisiert, um mögliche Veränderungen zubeobachten) zeigten, dass die bisherige Vorhersage stabil blieb, und wir mitWinden um 15 kn rechnen durften. Kein Feld zeigte stärkeren Wind für dieReststrecke,Böen allenfalls. read more...


09/12/2015

Chanto - Week 3: Weed, Whales and Flapjacks

Once Chanto had reduced the total miles to St.Lucia to below 1000 miles the crew onboard began to take 'Bob's 12 o'clock stats' a little more seriously, as the competitive juices started to flow. The spreadsheets that had kept us happy for 2 weeks were no longer enough. We were demanding graphs, histograms and much more detailed statistical analysis to make our final push to St.Lucia as competitive as possible. With the front 3 positions in our class a distant dream our best hope was to hold on to 4th place and try to work our way up through the overall field.With our earlier tactical nudge further south on day 8 we were now benefiting from stronger winds. A great 2-3 day run saw us average over 7 knots. The only obstacle stopping our progress was weed, and a lot of it!! The hydrovane,. read more...


09/12/2015

Friskus VI - day 17-Report from Sailor Ted

It is Decmber now, and I get to open the christmas calendar with the kidsevery morning. I love to have a bite of chocolathe before breakfast. Wecelebrated 1. st of December with Norwegian christmas songs accompanied by Frodeon accordeon. It vas really fun, and I learnt a lot of new songs.We have alsoplayed the Monopoly, but Øyvind and Will played for so long, that I decided togo and make some loombands with Silje and Elise instead. I have been fishing alot before on the other boats I have been on, but I dont remember if Ihave everhad 3 different fishes. Anyway,I already told you about the wahoo, and  theother day we got a Bonito and the next day a big MahiMahi. It was almost as tallas Silje! We made some lovely fish dinners from it, which was very welcomed, asthe fridge has started. read more...


09/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 17 (Tuesday): dish sorted

On this day, Craig, always being keen on making the dishes from yesterday’slunch and dinner, finally found the optimal bucket setup for the wash operation.Everybody was much pleased with this achievement as the dingy, being filledunwashed dishes, started to weigh more that the boat itself. Well doneCraig!   Other than that the strings holding the tack and head of the gennakersnapped off. Once again the sail went down for repair to be hoisted for useagain.   Johan, on Hanse Sailor. read more...


09/12/2015

Lucky Star - 09/12/2015 La baleine blanche

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, une baleine de 6-8 m pendant 3 heures autour du bateau,nous avons bien profité du spectacle pendant notre petit déjeuner.300 milles... arrivée toujours prévu vendredi!!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


09/12/2015

Aqualuna - arrived

A few typos in the last blog, due to tiredness.It was the Spinnaker Sheet caught in the prop which has either caused bent cutters or bent shaft.We ARE being lifted out at 14.00 hours tomorrow so we can assess the damage, don’t quite know what happened to the typing there.Also we did beat our time from 2007 by one day I believe 15+ days as apposed to 16+ days on the 55’ and this time all under sail with no engine use.The only times we turned on the engine was to go aft twice to get rid of the tons of seaweed around our prop and rudder.All well on board and beginning to relax and have fun, although today was a mad clean up day below and above decks. Hope I don’t awake in the early hours thinking it is my watch.. read more...


09/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 17 & Tag 18

Sunrise 08.12.2015Tag 17Der Tag beginnt grau in Grau. Zwischendurch ein kräftiger Regenschauer. Die Sichel des abnehmenden Mondes wird von Nacht zu Nacht schmaler. Der Sternenhimmel, wenn er denn zu sehen ist, stetig sternenübersät. Orion, Cassiopeia,Großer Wagen, Plejaden, etc.Nachmittags ruhige See. Die Sunrise wiegt sich harmonisch in der sanften Dünung. Sie ächzt und knarzt in der Bewegung. Das ist Musik für den Seemann. Dazu hören wir Joe Cocker und Rod Stewart. Der Blick gleitet über den weiten Horizont. Kein Schiff in Sicht. Blauer Himmel. Wolkenlos. Die Freiwache döst in den Kojen, sucht Schutz vor der Sonne. Eine Brise streicht über das Deck. Der Steuermann hat das Ziel fest im Blick. Stetig verkürzen der Segler die Distanz. Stunde um Stunde, Minute um Minute. Noch zwei Tage bis. read more...


09/12/2015

Sea Symphony - clothes on, clothes off...

Clothes on, clothes off, clothes on…. 09/12/2015Last night was round after round of squalls, higher winds and horizontal rain with wind shifts of up to 30 degrees…. Note to self , must ask Chris Tibbs why that is ? I went on deck at about 01:30, having heard the boat speed increase and also some winch action, to see Claes grinding In the Genoa with Gaz on the helm, both I think enjoying the ride but as they had received expert training they were quite rightly reducing sail… well done lads !The fishing is going well, pretty much catching to order, it was Gareth who caught yesterday and proceeded to clean and fillet said Fish…. I see a team forming !You have hopefully read and enjoyed the Sea Symphony crew poems and to finish off this 6 part double trilogy…. I can't think of the word for 6. read more...


09/12/2015

Hera - Und wieder Sektfrühstück

Heute ist unser zweites Geburtstagskind, Wolfgang, an der Reihe. Natürlichwurde wieder ein Kuchen gebacken. Doch das mit den Kerzen lassen wir nach dengestrigen Erfahrungen  lieber bleiben.An Bord hat sich inzwischen ein eigenes Sprachvokabular für bestimmteAbläufe entwickelt, das nur innerhalb unserer kleinen Kommune verständlich ist.So bedeutet zum Beispiel der Ruf “Pick up!” für das Personal in der Pantry, dasgespülte Geschirr aus dem Cockpit entgegen zu nehmen. Nach einer Nacht voller Squalls, die wir größtenteils erfolgreichausmanövrieren konnten, lässt sich sich inzwischen Klärchen wiederblicken. Mit dem Zeithorizont von drei Tagen bis zur Ziellinie beginnt schon diePlanung der Partys und Cocktailrunden in Rodney Bay.   Stefan. read more...


09/12/2015

Magic - May Dog Blog - The Last Day

Magic May Blog The final Day115 miles, 18 hours to go Sometimes the time seems to have gone on and one and on – minutes seem like years.  Then time goes faster – like when I am busy looking after the feeders or playing catch with cheese in the galley.   This mornings issues are a frayed main halyard – this could pop at any moment and the main will come down – they don’t seem too worried as they are prepared for it – they have been watching the blue string thingy at the top of the mast for a few days – they can see it as they are using special come to me glasses.   Another Block has exploded – the one that was being used on the Genoa.  They just took it off and put ‘new block’ in their note book.There is a relaxed feeling this morning – it is the last. read more...


08/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 16 - Catch me if you can

December 8, 2015 – Today we have been caught by several squalls. The day started very cloudy again and when we saw 1 or 2 squalls approaching us we quickly jumped into our bathing suits and grabbed the bottles of shampoo. Nothing better than to start your day with a natural rain shower! (With a bit of help of the water hose…) It’s again very warm and humid today. Because of that we all took it easy. Mariette and I watched a movie yesterday night and today, also that is possible on board.  And then we heard the fishing line rolling out… Our first reactions were ‘oh oh here we go again’ – slightly less enthusiastic than the first times catching fish. Daan’s goal to catch so much fish that all of us would have enough of it has been achieved! The last Mahi Mahi piece we actually. read more...


LaLuna - dag 17, laatste 450 NM en squall
LaLuna - dag 17, laatste 450 NM en squall
08/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 16

Day 16If you are following this from yesterday MAVIS has pulled!!Unfortunately, the catch must have been a total monster. There was an ultra high pitched whine as the line flew off the barrel faster than I could slow it.Applying more and more brake slowed it a little until, with meters left on the spool I pushed full strength on the brake, the 180lb breaking strain line snapped like cotton.RIP MAVIS.Today also saw another total boat clean and a rather explosive moment in the galley for Bex and I - as a jug of stock grew wings and took off from the worktop to impact with the stairs.Anyone for another boat clean?As we draw closer on our arrival, it is the main conversation point around the boat. As I scribe, the GPS informs us that there is only 224 miles between us and a cold rum. read more...


08/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 16 - Strange goings on at nightfall

Just after a delightful pork casserole, followed by peaches, pannetone, greek yog and a liberal splash of honey vodka, we began to settle into the evenings watch pattern with Crusher taking the first stint.Not long into his watch, he was aware of the autohelm sweeping the wheel from side to side, whilst the speed log had stopped working. Just before all this, those of us down below heard a strange swishing sound, a bit like the noise made when doing a ski turn. Clearly something was amiss, so it was 'all hands on deck' to try to work out a solution. As we had seen a lot of seaweed during the day, we deduced that we had passed through a mass of seaweed which had both wrapped itself round the keel and rudder whilst also fouling the log impeller. Cutting a longish story quite short, the. read more...


08/12/2015

Meltemi - 17.Tag Endspurt

Hallo zusammen, nunmehr, am 17. Tag auf See, setzen wir zum Endspurt an. Herrlichstes Wetter, strahlend blauer Himmel mit einzelnen Passatwölkchen, Wind um 18 kn. Wir gleiten unter Parasailor und Großsegel dahin mit 7 bis 8 kn. Man merkt, dass es auf das Ziel zugeht. Seit dem Morgen haben wir mehr Boote gesehen als in den vergangenen 10 Tagen zusammen. Immer wieder taucht ein Segler auf, wohl alle mit Ziel St. Lucia. Das lässt sich bei einem ordentlichen Reissalat alles sehr gut ertragen. Es gab auch seit Wochen den ersten Funkkontakt, zum Segelboot Mahi Mahi, das wir in Sichtweite passierten. Aktuell sind wir knapp 55 sm vor St. Lucia, wir denken gegen Mitternacht dort zu sein, vielleicht ein bißchen früher. Die Stimmung ist exzellent, alle freuen sich sehr auf die Ankunft, das. read more...


08/12/2015

Four Seasons - 200 miles to go!

There’s a song their somewhere.. Currently having a little battle with aDiscovery 65 as we head towards the finish line. The Oyster we were trying tohold off as passed us unfortunately but we will stuff them on handicap. Grahamand Niall have just served an amazing dinner of lamb shank, new potatoes andcarrots. Very yummy. we eat around 6 pm though because we havn’t put the clocksback since day 1 the local time is 3 pm ! Sunrise is just before 9.00 ! If thewind stays ETA is going to be somewhere between midnight and 7 in the morningships time on Thursday. (We are on UTC –1).I think we are all just looking forward to the finish now, beer, a showerand a long sleep ! We have already decided that if we get becalmed now we areretiring and the engine is going on ! Boat is fine, rudder bearing. read more...


08/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 16 - 07/12

Posizione 14°59N 53°29WOggi è Sant'Ambrogio, di solito è il giorno della preparazione dell'albero di Natale.Da casa ci arrivano messaggi di chi effettivamente sta facendo l'albero.Noi invece stiamo passando un 7 Dicembre diverso, molto diverso dal solito.Oggi è una giornata caldissima, in cielo nemmeno una nuvoletta, anche le nuvolette dell'aliseo sono assenti, niente, cielo azzurro terso a perdita d'occhio.Anche il vento è diminuito ce lo aspettavamo dalle previsioni GRIB che abbiamo scaricato.Purtroppo ritarderemo le nostre previsioni di atterraggio, ci vorrà un poco di più.La mattinata la passiamo a poltrire al sole, facendo il bagno con secchiate d'acqua di mare, che dopo la prima, diventano decisamente piacevoli visto che la temperatura dell'acqua è altissima: 28,5 gradi.A pranzo. read more...


08/12/2015

Aliena - Martes 8-12-2015

7º día de navegación. Estamos a mitad de camino. Nos faltan poco mas de mil millas. Lo mejor de esto es que caso de que falle el viento o las velas, tenemos autonomía para llegar a motor, aunque no tan deprisa como a vela. Sigue el viento suave que entra de popa redonda con bastante irregularidad de dirección, lo que nos hace cambiar continuamente de rumbo para que las velas cojan bien el viento y es muy agotador, sobre todo en las guardias nocturnas. El mar se ha tranquilizado mucho, espero que esta noche se mantenga igual y nos deje dormir. Hemos recorrido 168 nm. Vemos en la informacion que nos pasa la ARC que hay muchos barcos no muy lejos. Entraremos en una honorable ultima posicion sin mucha diferencia de la flota, si tenemos en cuenta que hemos hecho marcha atras durante tres dias. read more...


08/12/2015

Aqualuna - 14:04.653N 60:56.992W

TUSDAY 8/12/15WE HAVE ARRIVED!!We crossed the line last night early morning at approx 03.33 hours.As we could not use the engine we came into the bay under sail and dropped the anchor for the night.Sadly beaten to the post, just, by ‘Blue Water Mooney’ who was flying a wapping great spinnaker all the way, switched off their AIS so we could not always see where they were and gave us radio silence when we called them up for a friendly chat when they were in view, not really cricket from our point of view.We don’t quite understand why she was rated so that we had to give her time when she had so many different types of racing sails and all we had was the Asymmetric.Never mind we were not in it for the race but would have been nice to have let Discovery have a cup for Hull no1 of the. read more...


Thursday´s Child - More of the whale and a nicely folded propellor
Thursday´s Child - More of the whale and a nicely folded propellor
Thursday´s Child - Whale under the boat
Thursday´s Child - Whale under the boat
Thursday´s Child - Bob bidding farewell to Kevin (...Bacon - our leg of ham)
Thursday´s Child - Bob bidding farewell to Kevin (...Bacon - our leg of ham)
Thursday´s Child - Dreaming of Spinnaker´s
Thursday´s Child - Dreaming of Spinnaker´s
Thursday´s Child - The Captain with his beloved sextant
Thursday´s Child - The Captain with his beloved sextant
Thursday´s Child - Squalls on the radar
Thursday´s Child - Squalls on the radar
Thursday´s Child - Squalls at sunset
Thursday´s Child - Squalls at sunset
Thursday´s Child - A late dinner guest
Thursday´s Child - A late dinner guest
Thursday´s Child - Happy sailors!
Thursday´s Child - Happy sailors!
Thursday´s Child - Catch of the day
Thursday´s Child - Catch of the day
Thursday´s Child - Bob, a.k.a. the Anti-fish
Thursday´s Child - Bob, a.k.a. the Anti-fish
08/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 16

Sunrise 07.12.2015Tag 16GrußblogWir möchten heute eine alte Tradition der deutschen Seefahrt aufnehmen. Die Grüße von Schiffen auf See, die ihre Angehörigen zu Hause in der Weihnachtszeit über die Deutsche Welle oder NDR Radio grüßten.Position: 16°36,71 N', 052°09,74' W An unsere Liebsten zu HauseGunther: "Ich grüße meine Frau und meine Kinder und hoffe bei euch ist es kalter Winter. Bei uns hier ist warmer Sonnenschein. Wir genießen dies bei rotem und weißem Wein."Stephan: "Hallo ihr Lieben. Susanne, Sarah, Simon und Stella. Ich wünsche einen wunderschönen Nikolaus. Sucht einen schönen Tannenbaum aus." "Ich grüße auch mein Team von Weinrich Augenoptik und Hörgeräte Akustik. Seid weiter fleißig."Jochen: "Assi, Tom mit Christina, Juli und Jo. Mir gehts gut, weil der Nikolaus mich. read more...


08/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 16 (Monday): wriggling flying fishes in the cabins

Only a few days left until we reach St Lucia. Remaining distance: 500nm. During the last couple of nights, flying fishes has been attentive to jointhe vessel. This has not been entirely appreciated by us on the boat as they areof a more slimy sort of kind. Rob, our first mate, got quite a surprise afterjust going into sleep in the saloon to experience a wriggling flying fishrocketing through the window hatch and cuddle up next to him. Sounds ofnightmares was close to his reaction. The little fish was quickly thrownoverboard.   Johan, on Hanse Sailor. read more...


07/12/2015

Emily Morgan - Another good day

Quite a sea running last night so the fishing line stayed in this morning, and we were rewarded by a pod of dolphins coming to play in the waves.The waves stayed up so some good top speeds recorded today in brilliant sunshine, Rachel got the fastest this trip when she surfed down a wave at 12.5 knots this morning and others got new personal best speeds.The day was rounded off nicely by catching a good size tuna.image1. read more...


Emily Morgan - Another good day
Emily Morgan - Another good day
08/12/2015

Toujours Belle - Toujours Belle auf dem Atlantik

Moin ihr Lieben,die letzten Tage waren wechselhaft. Hohe Welle und wenig Wind. Es ist sehrwarm. Sind am duschen und am trinken. Zeitweise konnten wir mit demParasailor gute Fahrt machen. Direkter Kurs nach St. Lucia müssen wir mitParasailor und Spibaum fahren. Wind kommt fast platt. Hatten gestern(07.12) guten Wind für Parasailor. Sind dann in die Nacht rein gesegelt.Leider ein fataler Fehler. Squall kam heftig auf. Starkwind. MusstenParasailor abwerfen. War nicht mehr zu kontrollieren. Haben ihn eingeholt.War eine heftige Nacht. Im Schiff flog alles durcheinander. Haben dannGenua raus geholt und sind die Nacht weiter gesegelt. Schadenbegutachtungam Morgen... Parasailor kaputt. Und das 600 sm vor dem Ziel. Scheisse.Segeln jetztmit Groß und Genua spitzer nach oben. Keine andere Wahl zum. read more...


08/12/2015

Hera - Geburtstagsfeiern

In den folgenden Tagen gibt es noch vor Zieleinlauf mehrereGeburtstagsfeiern an Bord. Der Reigen wurde heute durch Robert eröffnet. NachAbsingen von “Happy Birthday” gab es nach dem Sektfrühstück noch einen vonJonathan gebackenen Schokoladenkuchen. Das Ausblasen der Kerzen gestaltete sichzu einem ernsten Problem. Diese von Wolfgang in Las Palmas besorgten Kerzenentpuppten sich als Scherzartikel, der unseren Rauchmelder in Aktion setzte.Jeder Versuch des Geburtstagskinds, die Kerzen auszublasen, entfachte diese neuund zunehmend kräftiger, so dass die Crew kurz vor der Notrolle “Feuer imSchiff” stand.   Stefan. read more...


08/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 16- Sailing

Atlanteren, N 16.08 W 53.00    0900 lokal tid, 1200GMT   Det er kanskje noen der hjemme som lurer på hvorfor Friskus seiler såpasssakte, Friskus som til vanlig seiler så fort? For det første er dette en tur viprøver å gjøre så behagelig og sikker som mulig. Det betyr at vi stort settseiler med ett rev mer enn nødvendig både i storseilet og i fokken. Mannskapetser heller ikke ut til å ha det veldig travelt med å foreslå mer seil, så detblir til at skipperen nå og da justerer litt på seilføringen.  En annen viktig grunn er at Friskus, som de aller fleste andre seilbåter,ikke liker seg på rett medvind eller lens på 180 graders vindvinkel. Vi måskjære litt, og hvor mye vi skjærer er avhengig av vindstyrke, bølgeforhold ogrormann. Faktisk har vi ikke hatt en eneste. read more...


08/12/2015

Sea Symphony - Atlantic rally for Motley cruisers

07/12/2015 - Atlantic Rally for Motley CruisersIts all a bit odd, thisARC malarkey.It's not as if we started off with "friends", oh no, we started off with virtual strangers!We had met Jan and Gareth a couple of times, we knew we would get on but we were all a bit on our best behaviour.Lyn is a friend of a friends and we assumed he would, therefore, be ok.Claes? Had absolutely no idea about him apart from a 2 minute phone conversation 4 weeks before we met him in Las Palmas.But after 2 weeks this boat has become our entire universe and we have become the only people on earth.It's a bit like big brother but without the egos.If it's not happening on board it is not happening full stop!Seeing a boat on the horizon becomes a cause of excitement.Finding images in the shapes of the clouds. read more...


08/12/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 08/12/2015 Réfrigirateur réparé

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, aujourd'hui réparation de frigo... et c'est tout...Journée intense !!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


08/12/2015

Taistealai - Anticipation & The Penguin's Big Adventure

AnticipationTues 08 DecemberOur ARC voyage is almost over; just 30nm to run to the finish line in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. Since first light this morning there has been a real sense of anticipation on board Tashy as we watched the DTF drop lower and lower. Big blue, our large spinnaker went up at 7am and since then we've been surging forward at 8.5 knots. Gybe angles are a constant topic of conversation; we cannot lay the north end of the island at our current angle so need to gybe, but when to go? Close behind are our rivals on Alpaire, an Irish HR48. We have had a couple of friendly chats with them on the radio net and are now looking forward to seeing them on the dock in Saint Lucia, as long as they finish behind us of course!The Penguin's Big AdventureOur loyal readers have been. read more...


07/12/2015

Four Seasons - Not far now !

As of 1800hrs  on Monday we had just 350 miles to go. The wind hasshifted around to the ESE at around 15 kts. so we are currently broad reachingwith full sails up. If it stays like this we will try the asymetric first thingtomorrow. All well on board and everyone starting to discuss the order ofpriorities. Beer, shower, steak,- Shower , beer, steak etc. etc. Skipper isthinking along the lines of beer, beer, beer, beer, sod it I’ll shower in themorning, beer, beer, beer......We still have a small chance of getting in lateWednesday evening in time for the first of the parties but with the wind dyingthat is looking unlikely.Have a boat just 2 miles off our beam. A beneteau First 475. They should bearound 14 hours ahead of us. Our good friends are sailing an Oyster 56 and arejust 10. read more...


08/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See

Jetzt sind unsere Gedanken schon bei m Einlaufen in St Lucia.Es sind nur noch 140 sm bis zur Ziellinie, die wir gegen 07:00 Uhr UTC am08.12.2015 UTC durchqueren werden. Dabei sind wir dann ca. 2.840 smgesegelt.Eine wirklich sehr einfache Überfahrt zu geradezu idealen CruisingBedingungen. 2009 gab es eine ARC, bei der das gesamte Feld mitWindgeschwindigkeiten von 8 Beaufort von vorne(!) getroffen wurde, und dassüber einen Zeitraum von 48 Stunden. Etliche Schiffe sind damals zu den KapVerden abgelaufen, oder haben über etliche Stunden beigedreht.2010 hatten wir eine ARC, bei der zwar keine Starkwinde aufkamen, jedochsich auch überhaupt kein konstanter Passat aufbaute. Wir waren damals ersterunserer Divison und 8. Schiff im Ziel über alle von 190 Cruisern. Und dabeisind wir entgegen der. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
08/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 14

Seit gestern haben wir uns wieder mehr aktiv in die Rallyeeingebracht. DerStarter ist repariert. Allerdings konnten wir auch nicht viel machen. Es wardas Idealwetter, bzw. der Idealwind für die Hallberg Rassy 54. Der Wind kamaus ONO mit permanenten 25 bis 30 Knoten. das ist die Grenze, an der dieBluewater Mooney noch mit ungerefftem Groß permanent an der Grenze ihrerRumpfgeschwindigkeit segelt. Die tolle Atlantikwelle hat zudem etlicheSurf´s zugelassen, so dass wir ein Tagesetmal vom 04.12.12:00 Uhr auf den05.12. 12:00 Uhr von 206 sm erreichten.Die nördlich von uns laufende Aqualuna erreichte demgegenüber laut derPositionsmeldungen des Täglichen Positionreports des WCC ein Tagesetmal von193 sm. Wir lagen damit mit unseren 13 sm recht gut, bedenkt man, dass wirnur mit dem Anlasser. read more...


08/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 13

Es ist der Anlasser, und er arbeitet wieder!Es hat uns keine Ruhe gelassen. Die Bluewater Mooney verlangte in den letzten 48 Stunden keinerleiAufmerksamkeit. Windrichtung Konstant; Windgeschwindigkeit zwischen 20 und28 Kn; Welle niedrig; Besegelung volles Groß auf Backbordbug, Genus 60%gerefft und ausgebaumt auf Steuerbordbug. Autopilot auf Track St LuciaNordspitzt; Windeinfallswinkel 150 Grad scheinbarer Wind, also Raumschotsund laufen lassen!Das Reff der Genuafolgt der Länge des Spibaums, derdurch seine "Kürze", es ist nun mal kein Passatbaum, die Größe der Genualimitiert - früher war es üblich auf Spinnaker und damit Spibäume zuverzichten, und statt dessen Passatbäume zu fahren, die die etwa 2 Meterlänger sind. Davon gab es dann zwei, und eine zweite Genua, und beide Genuaswurden. read more...


08/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Blog 8th December

Wednesday 9th December 00:3914.65.07N   57.55.85WThe feeders have loved the sailing today – the wind has been perfect for them and Mark was manually steering for the sheer joy of it – sometimes we were doing 12-13 knots which is more like the speeds Magic should do in these conditions – apparently.  There has been much conversation about boat speed and performance – is there weed on the hull?  Has the Genoa’s sail angle affected us  etc etc    but still, Tina doesn’t mind what position in the fleet we arrive she is just proud of our achievement as a team and happy that no one was injured.  It has been an incredible journey for my feeders.It has been sad for John that he has been unwell since the start – but as he says – he is now thin and tan!. read more...



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