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01/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is about 7 miles off our starboard. We have luckily planned our trip to have very nice weather. Currently we have 12 knots of wind and 2-4 foot seas and bright sun in clear skies. I probably should not be writing this until we are safely in the marina. We are not brilliant sailors. We are fortunate enough to have many factors to our advantage. We have used an excellent weather router, Chris Tibbs.Chris started out with us as part of the World Arc in St Lucia but dropped out due to other obligations. We have lots of weather data supplied by many sources. I use Saildocs.com to retrieve about anything I need to include wind, 500 millibar charts, surface pressure isobars and currents. I have not been able to find synoptic charts 5 days out like I can get for parts of. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cape of Good Hope
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cape of Good Hope
01/12/2017

Odessa - 12-th day of race

Ветер без изменений - 12-15 узловПоломок вроде нет - только ручка от наружного крана душа сломаласьПогода ясная. Снова банно-прачечный деньНа завтрак - варенные яйца с бутербродами, обошлись без обеда.. read more...


01/12/2017

Hummingbird - 100nm to go

Today we broke the 100nm to go barrier, so we’re into double figures now and expecting an early hours of the morning arrival into Rodney Bay, St Lucia.A small flock of egrets joined us this afternoon, reminding us that land is not far away.Excited as we are to see land it was also a bittersweet reminder that this wonderful ocean crossing adventure of ours is almost at an end. The final edition of Nicky’s Nautical Notes included a poem I wrote inspired by all the fun we’ve had along the way and I must admit to being a tad emotional whilst reading it out:We’re almost in St LuciaLet’s reflect on what we’ve done2000 plus milesWith hundreds of smilesAnd buckets of sweat in the sun We’ve woolled and pulled, gybed and tackedWe’ve sunned on the foredeck and read and relaxedThrown about by the. read more...


30/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog No 6, I think!!!

Hello, for some reason I seem to only get blog writing time on night shift, but we have the most fantastic night here, almost a full moon with some clouds and when the moon re-appears from behind a cloud, it feels like there's a ship approaching too closely from behind and turned all its lights on, eerie! The man in the moon is smiling and playing tricks on us! Apparently it is a supermoon at the moment, meaning it is closer to us than normal, certainly looks huge!I'm sorry tohear that the weather in the UK is minus 4 degrees, I just can't imagine that at the moment sailing by the light of the moon just dressed in just T shirt and short and with Christmas now just around the corner .....all feels very strange!! It's been boiling here today, when we gybed earlier (which we've almost. read more...


30/11/2017

Queen Bee - riparazione di emergenza

Giornata tranquilla, vento costante e pesci che abbocano in continuazione. Questa mattina subito due Dorado e manca persino la voglia di sfilettarli, poi durante una manovra ai piedi dell'albero troviamo due arparelle, una in acciaio ed una in teflon ... Caspita da dove sono cadute ....dopo una rapida ricognizione scopriamo che vengono dall'attacco del vang che si è svitato. Così prontamente abbiamo smontato il vang e rimontato in men che non si dica rimettendo tutto a posto. Abbiamo perso un oretta ma ora possiamo riprendere il nostro consueto passo, vento in poppa, vele a farfalla e serata stupenda sotto una luna da innamorati !!!Un abbraccio .Arnaldo. read more...


30/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dijous 30 de novembre de 2017Hi Windseeker’ssuportersEstem ja molt a prop de terra, i això significa ja més a prop del final, ups,és una mica agredolç ja que suposa aconseguir un projecte que ens havíem proposat, però també tornar a la realitat de la civilització, o sigui que ens controlin, ens truquin, o ens demanin a on som i què fem, jejePer despedir els darrers dies, la falta de vent no ha estat menys. Tota la vida hem sentit que els Elisis bufen constantment, però nosaltres no n’hem vist ni les ganes, així que estem navegant a aquesta hora del vespre ambun trist ventet, que res s’assembla al respectable Atlàntic.Si que ens em llevat amb un cel ple de grops de malt temps, ens hem preparat amb els xampús i les tovalloles per poder fer allò de dutxar-nos sota la pluja, però al final,. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
30/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 12 - 30 November - On distractions & clowning around

Day 12 - 30 November - Clowning aroundThe value of clothes pegs has gone up on the boat now since the kids have devised a bartering system. Catherine started it off, latching onto Harley's game of surreptitiously sneaking a peg onto Helen's collar, or hair, when she's not looking. The others soon joined in, sending the worth attached to being in possession of a peg soaring. There is a scale too, correlating to availability, whereby scarce wooden pegs are the most valuable, worth 15 points, followed by metal ones at 10, orange plastic ones 5, yellow 2 and turquoise 1. Pegs are as likely to swap hands for cuddly toys as a percentage of battery used on each other's iPads. The protective barrier of netting that the Skipper has just erected at the stern, below the citrus nets, has become the. read more...


La Cigale - Day 12 - Putting the Sea into C-ircus
La Cigale - Day 12 - Putting the Sea into C-ircus
30/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 13 finish

Hi allemaal,   Het heeft even geduurd tot onze laatste blog.. sorry maar waren druk met derumpunches en het bijkomen hiervan.   Voor de nacht hadden wij de A2 eraf gehaald en wederom de genua uitgeboomd,want er hingen wat donkere wolken en Haico kon op zijn radar zien dat er zo nuen dan buien over zouden komen. We hadden wachten van 2 uur per persoon, echterin de wacht van DJ van 1 tot 3 uur, net toen hij Rodie wakker wilde gaan makenvoor zijn wacht kwam er een flinke squal over die DJ liet schreeuwen HAICOHAICO!! Iedereen vluchtte naar boven... en jawel een record van 45 knopen windop de teller.. binnen enkelen tellen was de genua gereefd. Zo iedereen wakker enin de kuip. Vanaf nu toch maar wachten met 2 personen... De rest van de nacht verliep soepel met een lekkere vaart.. read more...


30/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 12

Donnerstag Vormittag stand große Aktion an Bord der Meltemi an. Wir holten alle Segel ein und zogen unseren Skipper mit dem Bootsmannsstuhl den Mast hoch. Dort oben befestigte er den Windindex der sich gelockert hatte. Wir konnten nicht riskieren diesen ganz zu verlieren, da unsere Bordinstrumente zur Windanzeige immer noch regelmässig ausfallen. Irgendein Wackelkontakt scheint es in der Elektronik zu geben. Da müssen wir uns im Zweifelsfall auf den Kompass und den Verklicker verlassen können. Unser Skipper meisterte die waghalsige Aktion trotz Welle und schwankendem Schiff mitten auf dem Atlantik mit Bravur, nicht zuletzt dank dem guten Rudergänger. Ein wenig mulmig war uns allen dennoch, als er dort oben an der Spitze vom Mast rum hantierte und umso mehr erleichtert als er heil wieder. read more...


30/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!

A whopper of a Dorado was hauled in on Aedis on a competition lure. Each crew member on board carefully selected their lure of choice for the crossing and Holly’s “Crocodog” as in the photo has the current lead with a 9kg Dorado. We had a battle on our hands slowing the boat down enough to wind in about 200m of line. El Capitano gaffed and then straddled the beast on the back step to make sure the catch was secured. We will be eating well for days, the menu has been altered so that all meals are prefixed with fish :)image1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!
Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!
30/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite

Firstly; apologies for the late appearance of yesterday’s blog.Although I started trying to send it at 20:30 it didn’t finally make its way to the mainland until after midnight.Hope we didn’t alarm anyone!Yacht NoStress’s role as a funambulist in the ARC continues.After wavering closer to the storm system of the North than we’re keen to recall we’re now involved in the balancing act of trying to head West, avoid the hole in the weather that lies in the direct route between us and St. Lucia, steal some headway South to where the stronger winds are to be found, and hold a rig that gives us some reasonable drive in the current light airs.Figures from the race committee indicate that boats similar to us but 120 miles further South clocked 130 miles yesterday when we only clocked 90. The. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
29/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimecres 29 de novembre de 2017 Hola Windseekers!Ja estem a menys de 300 milles de l’arribada. És cert que hi ha qui ja ha arribat, però és que necessitàvem temps per acabar la cançó!Avui no hem fet gimnàs de bon matí perquè l’Oriol s’ha aixecat quan el Sol ja era molt amunt i el toldo ocupava la nostre sala de fitness. Però el descans li ha vingut bé perquè amb en David han fet un àpat per llepar-se’n els dits! Després d’un primer intent que es va fer malbé a la nevera deixant un rastre horrorós, hem cuinat un ànec! El vàrem comprar pensant fer el típic plat xinès de “pato laqueado” però hem vist que ningú sabia com es feia. Al final, ànec farcit a la taronja (foto).A més, ha estat divertit perquè en Mario, després de la pudor que va fer el primer va dir que no volia veure l’ànec ni. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
30/11/2017

Passepartout - The power of positive thinking

What do you do when you are 250 miles behind the leaders in your division, sitting mid fleet - those behind are not in racing mode.Think positively!After our southern detour to avoid a stronger than expected low in the northern route, we fell back behind to our more southerly competitors, then had to cross a windless ridge to get to the southern tradewinds that would take us all the way to St Lucia.At noon we would get the position updates and our deficit grew each day: 40, 80, 110, 180, then 250 miles!Enough to make a navigator cry!However we knew that the daily distances that our competitors were travelling were not in keeping with the wind forecasts, and that they must be motoring, as allowed under the ARC Cruising division rules.Here’s where the tricky bit comes in: we have decided. read more...


30/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+11 A la douche

Jeudi 30 novembre12h00 UTC16°23 N32°44 WDistance sur 24h : 151 millesDistance restante : 1636 millesA la doucheMoins d'émotion aujourd'hui'hui car nous avons appliqué des règles deprudence pour le spi de nuit.Et plus de vie de tous les jours.Nous avons utilisé notre arme secrète : "la douche manuelle".Nous vous expliquons. Avel Biz est un petit voilier de 9,14 m de long, leplus petit bateau de l'ARC 2017. Nous avons bien sûr suffisamment d'eau enbouteille pour boire. Ainsi qu'un réservoir de 150 litres pour l'eausanitaire. Presque vide au bout de 10 jours.Mais pour le reste, allons nous finir couverts de sel comme tous lesconcurrents le pensent ?Non, car nous avons branché sur l'arrivée d'eau de mer de l'évier unedérivation pour alimenter un dessalinisateur à main. Un modèle utilisé. read more...


30/11/2017

Manihi - Bonne routine

A midi, après le pastis, c'était tortilla, saucisson, jambon espagnol, la fin de la boite de pâté d'hier. Le soleil commence à cogner. Nous avons installé un bâchebleue achetée à Leroy Merlin sur le côté du cockpit. A regarder le tableau, abri en plastique et repas basique, il aurait pu faire penser à un repère de SDF sur terre ! Mais c'est pour nous une amélioration du confort dans le cockpit où l'on peut rester plus volontiers l'après-midi maintenant.Cette installation fait partie maintenant de nos routines quotidiennes. Depuis notre arrivée dans les Alizés il n'y a peu (plus) de changements de rythme. La journée est cadencée par les mêmes activités. Café du matin,envoi des voiles de jour, installation de la bâche, petit déjeuner, toilettes, lecture/méditation, pastis, déjeuner,. read more...


Manihi - Bonne routine
Manihi - Bonne routine
30/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 30112017

Le blog du TOP n°8 du jeudi 29/11/2017Lundi et mardi, farniente, poissons volants et bancs de dauphins ! Super un peu de repos, sachant qu'évidemment cela faisaitbaisser la moyenne. Mardi soir c'était attendu, reprise du vent et des hostilités, hier le front froit attendu est arrivé etnous avons encore passé 36 heures façon gecko dans le bateau. Le plus dur c'est la gestion de la nuit et du sommeil. Blue Topest équippé dune cabine avant avec un lit double, mais celle-ci sert au stockage de différentes choses. A l'arrière unecabine avec une couchette pour une personne ou deux migrants épuisés et dans le carré, la table est télescopique ce qui faitqu'on peut y mettre un coussin qui agrandit l'espace de manière à coucher tête bêche deux membres de cet équipage au TOP.Afin de respecter notre. read more...


30/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 12 - Bergfest

Sowohl zeitlich als auch von der Strecke her müssten wir jetzt etwa die Hälfte geschafft haben. Und obwohl ich mich bemühe, das Glas halb voll zu sehen, kommt es mir doch erstaunlich vor, dass alles, was schon hinter uns liegt "nur" die Hälfte war. Diese Art zu reisen führt einem die wahren Dimensionen wirklich vor Augen, die man sonst im Flugzeug innerhalb von neun Stunden zurücklegen würde; sie lässt unsere globalisierte, geschrumpfte Erde gewissermaßen wieder auf ihre volle Größe anwachsen. Und noch etwas, was man längst schon wusste, wird auf einmal noch viel greifbarer und erfahrbarer: Von wie viel Wasser unser Planet bedeckt ist. "Es heißt nicht umsonst blauer Planet" sagte Papa heute zu Recht.Auch an den Temperaturen merken wir, dass wir unserem Ziel näher kommen. Ich suche nur. read more...


30/11/2017

Hot Stuff - day 11. bella - kite flying

We are flying our spinnaker! Adorned with two concentric hearts it is leading the way to St Lucia. It feels so good to be heading west after so many days following the coast of Africa as Lizzy skilfully dodged storms and wind holes.The spinnaker was hoisted for the first time today at 7am. Lizzy ran through the procedure before hand, our concentration levels being severely tested by a pod of dolphins playing on our port side. Despite our inexperience the hoist seemed to go smoothly - everyone working together, grinding or easing the numerous lines as instructed to do so. I took my turn at the helm in the blazing sun and after one hour of concentrating on keeping it filled, despite the series of large rolling waves determined to knock me off course I was ready to find respite in the. read more...


30/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Day 12: Bringing boats together

This afternoon we crossed paths with another of the ARC fleet - “Duale”. The closest encounter we have had, besides whales and Dorado, for days! What made this special is that Duale and Aedis have been crossing paths for months on the lead up to the ARC, leaving La Linea, Spain on the same day headings towards the Canaries, anchoring side by side at La Graciosa and then by complete chance we were moored side by side in Las Palmas. The ARC brings so many boats together to do such a significant ocean crossing but we never thought we would see so much of one boat :) It’s a beautiful warm day out here and everyone has fully relaxed into ocean life. We had a good chat on the radio with the Duale crew despite language barriers and they’re also doing great!image1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Day 12: Bringing boats together
Aedis - Aedis Day 12: Bringing boats together
30/11/2017

Ellen - Day 11

Another day in the "Trades" :-) Justin lazy winds and nothing special happened - except; we had Boxcar XLD just 500 meters behind us after 11 days sailing from start.. read more...


30/11/2017

Blue Bayou - Taps Aff

Busy on the sun deck today!image1. read more...


Blue Bayou - Taps Aff
Blue Bayou - Taps Aff
30/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 11 - 30.11.17 - leichtwindsegeln bei achterlichen Winden

Barefoot - Tag 11 - 30.11.17 - leichtwindsegeln bei achterlichen Winden Die letzten 24 Stunden waren durch relativ schwache Winde gesprägt. Bis heute Abend wird es wohl auch so bleiben. Die Nacht war tierisch hell, der Mond stand stundenlang über uns. Daher konnten wir nicht so viele Sterne sehen. Eine Besonderheit gab es allerdings. Uns passierte 5 sm südlich ein Segler - allerdings von West nach ost....Sachen gibts.Gestern Abend haben wir zu Fridas Ehren Mama mia geguckt, es war Movie Night. Gestern hatten wir wahrscheinlich bergfest aus zeitlicher Sicht, heute wird richtig gefeiert, denn Distanztechnisch werden wir heute Abend bergfestvfeiern können. Die bisher zurückgelegte Strecke entspricht dann der noch zu segelnden Strecke. Aber schneller, als die erste Hälfte wird’s schon. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 11 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 11 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 11 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 11 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 11 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 11 fotos
30/11/2017

Tommy - Log 7 - Flying

It literally feels like we are flying along at 8-10 knots, we’re watching the speedometer increase by the second. I’d say we each spend at least 30% of our day glued to the ever changing boat speed digits, organically taking shifts to monitor boat speed vs. wind speed and direction. Trimming sails accordingly to get the perfect balance. We get excited at anything over 8 knots now as we’ve been so use to plodding along at figures much less.   We’re determine to average 7 nm per hour which will enable us to keep up with our planned route. We have become obsessed with the speedo. I've popped in a waypoint and given ourselves 5 days to get there, we are now on day 3 and pretty much bang on target. Once we get to the waypoint in a couple of days we will then be on the home stretch to St. read more...


30/11/2017

Rubikon - Day 10 - Sports and Food

Wednesday afternoon brought more relaxing, with most of the crew listening to audiobooks, podcasts or reading, while José continues to improve his harmonica skills (Though he still owes us a Christmas song or two). To keep in shape and for the entertainment of the remainder of the crew, the three "youngsters" picked up on our training regime again. Squats and push-ups on a moving boat seem to train muscle-groups we never even knew existed and provide ample entertain for the rest of the crew. In order to make up for "all" the calories burned, another huge amount of food was needed, for which Gulasch seemed like an appropriate option. We are still doing rather well on our meat-supply, even though the freezer keeps draining out batteries at night and requiring at least two hours of motoring. read more...


30/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Really Awkward Boxes

Great news! We didn't break anything yesterday. It was still too rolly to send Jacob up the mast and so we had to stick to our poled out genoa and staysail combo. The wind angle had changed overnight, however, and so we did have to swap everything over to the other side. That involves rather a lot of knitting and making sure that the sheets and guys (fancy nautical name for ropes) run the correct side of the guardrails, and that the running backstays are in place and tensioned correctly. We are gradually getting better. At the start of the trip this exercise could easily take a couple of hours as we tried to find the best run for each of the ropes. Yesterday we managed it in just 30 minutes, and we actually only stopped sailing for a couple of minutes, albeit under staysail alone. The. read more...


30/11/2017

Lei Lei - 11. Tag auf hoher See - Bergfest

Heute feiern wir auf der "lei lei" Bergfest. Nachdem die Erde bekanntlich eine Kugel ist, haben wir heute Nacht den höchsten Punkt unserer Reise von den Kanaren in die Karibik passiert, d.h. wir haben die Hälfte der Gesamtstrecke geschafft. Gerechnet haben wir unsere tatsächliche Strecke und nicht den direkten Abstand von Las Palmas nach St. Lucia. Es liegen nun noch 1500 sm vor uns. Das ist uns doch glatt ein Gläschen Moet & Chandon wert.Da der Autopilot seinen Dienst vorläufig quittiert hat, mußten wir unseren Schichtplan ändern und fahren jetzt mit einer anderen Einteilung. Jedes Crewmitglied steuert die Yacht 1,5 Stunden lang und wird dann vom Nächsten abgelöst. Das geht so rund um die Uhr und ist eigentlich recht entspannend, da jeder dazwischen 7,5 Stunden Pause hat. Also. read more...


30/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Q&A with the crew

Running low on ideas for blog posts, we enlisted the help of family and friends by prompting them to ask us questions which we recieved on our Iridium Sat phone. We then sat down as a crew to answer them. Q. What was the biggest challenge you faced in planning the trip?A. It has been a journey long in the making. Although we faced challenges, none stood out paricularly. We had a lot of things to do and worked our way through them.Q. Was there anything you would do differently so far?A. Not accidentally buy two bottles of sherry, mistaking them for wine!We would have most likely reevaluated our stops; spent a little less time in Las Palmas before the start of the ARC, for example.Q. What do you each miss most?A. The Bosun, naturally, misses his wife - Gerry - more than anything. The. read more...


30/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 11 (29.11.)

Weiterhin laufen wir südwestlich, den Busen entlang, die Segel immer schön in der Schmetterlingsstellung. Der große Rest tummelt sich nördlicher und damit auch bereits westlicher als wir und somit vermeintlich dem Ziel näher. Wir haben unsere Kursempfehlungen von Jochen Schönicke, die anderen Teilnehmer werden das tägliche ARC-Wettermail als Hauptratgeber heranziehen. Schaun’ wir mal, ob unser Plan aufgeht und wir dann ohne Flaute das Feld von hinten aufrollen.An Bord sind die Wachzeiten getauscht, quasi Schichtwechsel. Grundsätzlich gibt es drei Wachen (Steuerbord-/Backbord-/Mittschiffswache), Wachzeiten sind: 0-4 Uhr und 12-16 Uhr/4-8 Uhr und 16-20 Uhr/8-12 Uhr und 20-24 Uhr. D.h. jede Wache hat zwei Wachzeiten pro Tag und dazwischen immer 8h frei.Um keine Zeit mehr zu verlieren, gibt. read more...


29/11/2017

Queen Bee - clima tropicale

Quando si dice clima tropicale, ecco è proprio questo ! Umidità 90 % e 30 gradi, interno barca, fuori una bella arietta da nord est ti fa respirare, ma in cabina non si vive, si suda solo. Oggi giornata tranquilla iniziata subito con un "doradino" di circa un chilo, subito pulito e messo in freezer, poi abbiamo deciso che il pesce andava consumato ed allora abbiamo fatto due tentetivi per valorizzare la carne di Dorado (non particolarmente pregiata). Il primo doradobollito con maionese (rigorosamente Kraft) ed il secondo crudo marinato con agrumi e zenzero. A mio parere decisamente meglio il primo, ma comunque sono andati finiti entrambi. Abbiamo approfittato della navigazione tranquilla per attivare il dissalatore e rifornire i nostri serbatoi ormai esausti e così anche stasera potremo. read more...


30/11/2017

Odessa - 11-th day of race

Ветер без изменений 12-15 узловПоломок вроде нет - только один раз отстегнулся фаловый угол генакераПогода ясная - днём жарко. Ночью периодически на палубу залетают летучие рыбыНа завтрак - мюсли, обед -гречневая каша с тушенкой и жаренные цукини.. read more...


30/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 11: Neal's Birthday!

29 November 2017 0915 Position 16 deg 09'N 031 deg 33'WWe are continuing to make our way West with a slight Southing trying to soak down to latitude 14 degrees eventually. We have the Code 0 set on the spinnaker pole with the genoa set and one reef in the mainsail and are achieving 7.5 knts on a course over ground of 255-260 degs.It's Neal's 21st birthday (for the 32nd time)!! Accordingly, he has been awarded a day off watch duties and is free to do anything he wishes, except unauthorised swimming which is strictly frowned upon. As it happens he spent most of the day sleeping which I would say was a waste but each to his own. Mid-morning, between periods of slumber, we presented him with his birthday card and presents which consisted of a beautifully crafted card I knocked up on A4 in. read more...


30/11/2017

Tommy - Log 6 - A day of progress

We’ve made progress along our track :) finally! Wind is picking up so we furl in the Code and set-up a goose wing so that we can head further down wind. A goose wing set-up is when the main sail is let out on one side and the Genoa is poled out the other side, it makes your boat look like an elegant (gigantic) swan gliding along the water. The big white sails capturing the wind and pulling us closer to St Lucia. Just as we have everything set up, Ted starts howling, there’s DOLPHINS!!! They’re playing at the bow, diving and twirling in the water, keeping the same speed, if not faster than the boat. Incredible! They surf down the bow waves and every now and again you see them lean over and so they can take a quick look at us. Spending time with Dolphins in the morning always sets you up. read more...


30/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment Blog No 5

Hello everyone, BM here again, in fact it is again as blog written earlier was eaten by the computer so we were unable to send it!Having had some fabulous trade wind sailing at 10 to 12 kts boat speed in 20 kts of wind, we are now in lighter airs andsailing further South to find some more trade windsas they decreased too much to sail productively!So that is why it might look like look like we're going in the wrong direction again! At the last check though, we are still 2nd in our class and catching the lead boat up. We had a little chat to Blonde Moment and she's going to do what she can, with a little help from the Captain and crew in setting her sails correctly!!! We have three up at the moment, poled out gib, full main and the staysail, doing a nice speed over ground of 7knots and. read more...


29/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 11 - False Alarm

Pandora’s box is the alarm in question - she was reached for, but thankfully wasn’t needed.Disappointed not to be doing regular maintenance Jake was happy to go up the mast and make some minor tweaks to the gear.After a quick rig check we dropped the main and are now running with a double head-sail set with the wind right behind us.We’re on a heading of about 235 as we try to sniff out the stronger breezes that are supposed to be a little further South.We’re now less than 2,000 miles from our destination. Unsurprisingly this news didn’t bring the cheers from the crew one might have originally expected.Maybe if it had been on day 5 or 6, but after 11 days of sailing it can’t help but trigger the mathematician in people’s psyche.At that rate we’d just about make St. Lucia in time for New. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 11 - False Alarm
NoStress - Log Day 11 - False Alarm

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