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25/11/2015

Isabel - Day 3

Wednesday 12 Noon 25/11/2105 2533 45N 24 53 49W - 187 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia2138As you see from consistent daily runs we have same conditions over the lastday average 20 knots blowing us straight to St Lucia. Big rolly sea makinglife on board challenging at times and sleeping difficult. Wesailed main part of the day under reduced mainsail as our gooseneck hassome issues - this is the fitting that joins the boom to the mast. All looksok now as we head south at 225 degrees with a squall overhead.Peter and 'Disappointing Nick' prepared an excellent ham and cheese saladfor lunch! Steak and homemade fries for dinner!. read more...


25/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 3

Rocking along and making good speeds, a day of celebration -a Birthday (cooked breakfast, Cake, Double G+T,, happy hour snacks) Dophins galore putting on a show, dinner in the oven and great sailing! Still no fish (todays lucky lure was a rather huge squid named Dorris). We are in and out of visual company with several other ARC yachts and the occasional freighter livens up the night watches. Life is good.Wishing you all well at home. Skyelark Xx Birthday--Boyjpg. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 3
Skyelark of London - Day 3
25/11/2015

Magic - Magic B'ARC Day four ­ Wednesday 25th November Dog Blog from May the Maltese on Magic

Being a dog at sea there are certain delicate subjects we don’t discuss but just so you are not concerned for me I have to report that all systems are working well.  It has taken me four days to settle and I think the people are the same.  It is odd at sea as our address keeps changing – apparently just now we are at 26.17.2N 25 09.31 W There is an endless amount of entertainment for me on the yacht watching the feeders working.  They are a good pack and work together well, but I have noticed that sometimes they are tired and stressed – that’s where I come in to make them smile or give them a hug.  They call it May Watch when they have to pick me up and cuddle me – but of course really I am looking after them.  It is 2.30pm and all is calm. Mark is on watch. read more...


25/11/2015

Aliena - miercoles 25-11-2015

Continua el mar tremendo. NOche tranquila para los chicos, pero movidita para mi: lluvia, viento, delfin o pez de su calaña dando saltos enormes y asustandome porque saltaba por encima del balcon de proa. La conclusion es que los chicos duermen sus guardias y por eso son tranquilas.El dia se presenta igual, no parece que el mar vaya a mejorar. Estamos pensando cambiar rumbo mas al sur.Hemos recorrido en las lutimas 24 horas 191,5 Nm, es decir, a una media de 8 Kts, que no esta nada mal. Seguimos con el yankee atangonado y navegamos en orejas de "burro" (es decir, el viento por popa y una vela a cada lado). Nos quedan 2197 mn. Ufffffffff!Carmen. read more...


25/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 3 - 24 Nov

Posizione 24° 43N22° 54W direzione 280 velocità 7,5ktDicono tutti che dopo il terzo giorno va meglio ed effettivamente è successo così. Questa mattina alle 8 quando Roberto è venuto su per cambio turno abbiamo ammainato Genoa, acceso motore, issata randa, montato i due carica basso per il tangone, le scotte del Genoa e abbiamo issato di nuovo il Genoa tangonandolo. È sempre una manovra faticosa, per impegno di cime e di oggetti, farlo con la barca che si muove come una pazza non è stato piacevole, ma il mitico prodiere (Max) si è cimentato leggiadro in questa operazione. Da questa mattina viaggiamo quindi ben poggiati con il vento quasi di poppa a velocità sempre sopra i 7kt, dovremmo ricuperare un po' di terreno perso. Prima di sera, durante un momento in cui le raffiche erano molto. read more...


25/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 25-11-2015: Lekker geslapen

Gisteren tijdens het avond eten kon het niet op! Zitten we lekker aan onseigen gevangen visje, bij zonsondergang, in surfs van 15 knts, komen er ook nogdolfijnen naast de boot zwemmen!! Hoe mooi wil je het hebben!?!?!?! Na van dit alles te hebben genoten begon de ‘Nacht’. Het is namelijk 11 uurper dag licht en 13 uur per dag donker (18:00-07:00).Tijdens de nacht kon iedereen lekker slapen aangezien de golven lekker vanachter kwamen en we minder rolden. Wel hebben we rond een uurtje of 23:30besloten om wat zeil te minderen. 35 knts wind en constante snelheid tussen de11-16 knts was toch een beetje te gek in het donker. Dit is natuurlijk eenfluitje van een cent voor deze ervaren crew. Binnen no time staan er 2 extra manin hun bangmakertjes in de kuip en dus gepiept in 2 min tijd, waarna. read more...


25/11/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 4

Gisteren (dinsdag) namiddag Blue Sky. Korte broeken, T shirt uit, beetje zon pakken. Heerlijk! 's Avonds besluiten we ons eens goed te verwennen. Steak, erwtjes & worteltjes (inclusief aangefruite uitjes) en mouseline puree. Dat heeft gesmaakt. Damn, wat een afwas. Met 6 handen en evenveel ellebogen krijgen we het kombuis weer aan kant. Schoon schip maken heet dat dan.Rond half 7 gaat de zon onder. Een kwartier later is het donker. We lopen nog steeds met grootzeil en uitgeboomde fok. Jongens wat loopt ze lekker. 'Snel hé!?'. 'ja echt lekker'. Windkracht 6, soms een vlaag 7. Jeetje ... misschien wel te snel ..? Tja, daar zeg je al zoiets .... Captain Lode hakt de knoop door. Jongens zo gaan we de nacht niet in! Als 7 een 8 wordt kan het snel tricky worden. Dekverlichting gaat aan. read more...


25/11/2015

Toujours Belle - Logbuch Tag 1-4

Hallo von der Toujours Belle.Tag 22.11… Die Ausfahrt aus dem Hafen war sehr beeindruckend. Viele Leutewaren vor Ort und wir hatten unseren Spaß. Mit der Crew hatte ichvereinbart, dass wir von hinten starten. An der Startlinie kreuzen 200Schiffe. Da ist eine Kollision sehr wahrscheinlich. Das wollten wir vonvorne herein vermeiden. Denn wir wollen ja noch um die Welt. So passiertenwir die Startlinie mit ca. 20 Minuten Verspätung. Die See war sehr rau. Wirsegelten SW Gran Canaria runter. Gleich in der Nacht unterhalb der Inseltotale Flaute. 0,5-1,6 kn Geschwindigkeit. Ein Desaster.Tag 23.11… Nach der Flaute suchten wir unser Glück südlicher. Welle 3-4mund Wind bis 34 kn. An den Parasailor gar nicht zu denken. Groß istüberflüssig, da es schlägt und die Genua unruhiger werden lässt. Wetter. read more...


25/11/2015

SeaBee - Atlantpassage day 1-3

Hej, Här kommer kortfattat några rader om våra dagar/natter på Atlanten.Dag 1, 22 novStart kl 13, vi kom iväg 5 min sent pga segelbyte. Haftig start med 200 batar runt oss som forsar fram i kraftig medvind. Det blaser hela em kvällen o natten 10-20 m/s. Vi slår fartrekord upprepade gånger. Cina vann med 15,1 knop som toppnotering, inte illa för en familjeseglare som valt att ta det lugnt.Alla pa gott humor trots en havsvatten-avspolning av en vag som slog in över oss. Alla helt dyngsura. Vi seglade med 2 rev i storen och genua. Mycket vagor gjorde att det blev lite somn. Tva brochar och inrullning av genuan på natten. Barnen lite sjosjuka.Dag 2, 23 novAlla har sovit daligt och ar trotta. Det blaser fortsatt bra och vi gippar västerut. Det blaser ca 10-15 m/s och upp till 19 m/s tidvis.. read more...


25/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 3

Wind nach wie vor stark. Es gibt hinsichtlich der zu erwartenden Windrichtungen keine richtige Taktik - alle Seegebiete bis St. Lucia haben ähnliche Vorhersagen, also keine besonders begünstigte Route im Norden oder Süden.Also Kurs direkt St. Lucia mit möglichst viel Speed - und da kommt der Wind mit 25 Knoten im Durchschnitt gerade recht. Wir entscheiden uns, den Spi auch in dieser Nacht stehen zu lassen. Wir haben Vollmond und Radar, welches uns zur Vorwarnung für die Squalls dient.Noch vor der Dämmerung wird das Parasail geborgen, um die Falle - wir fahren zur Sicherheit zwei Falle (Seile die das Segel zur Spitze des Mastes ziehen) und Schoten auf Beschädigung zu kontrollieren - ein Dyneemaschäkel muss ausgetauscht werden, ansonsten sieht alles trotz der zurückliegenden 30 Stunden, in. read more...


25/11/2015

Bliss II - Re: bliss II blogentry day 3

Day 3 We are doing well. To bring something new up. We hadscrambled eggs in the morning and will have veggies, chicken and rice in theevening. To bring up something new... I think all found our rhythm to functionwell now. We’re eating mile after mile having Maegan around us in case they needsome flour.. Try to avoid the more southerly weaker wind area andgybe later today to come above layline again. Still no pilot possible. Allmanual steering and our Croatian crew performs super. More to come tomorrow same time Best Regards JB, bliss II. read more...


25/11/2015

Why Not - Why Not Wednesday Blog

Hi AllVery comfortable night last night as we set up the spinnaker pole yesterdayand flew that through  the night with average winds. Arose this morning all crew good but just had a squall hit us with winds of40 knots but only lasted minutes , Charlie has just taken the top speed record from Keith which was12.4.. and is now 13.6 Catrin just about to dish up2nd meal of the day so we will come home heavier not lighter.   In 2days we recorded 460 NMiles All good today on sea sickness front and sun is shinning.   Cheers Keith  . read more...


25/11/2015

Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC

Blog 2 ARC RallyThe first 24 hours of the race proved successful, 1st on rating andabout 120 NM ahead of nr 2, a significant 100 ft Southern Wind yacht. Wehad some showers (that is rain- none on board..) but mostly clear skiesand a brave ¾ moon peeping through the occasional cloud cover. Forecaststill looking good for a quick crossing but hard to tell with another2000 Nm to go.Life onboard gets into a 4 hr rhythm and once we figured out how thefirst watch change almost turned into mild chaos- none would read thescheme without reading glasses and assumed his watch fellow could…!-things run like clockwork.Watchleaders Johnny (Gerd-Jan) Poortman, Rocky (Rokas Milevicius), Jens(The farmer) Dolmer and Tomas (Ivanauskas) manage their teams within theboundaries set by Johnny for course, sail. read more...


Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
25/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 3 (update): food and night watches...

We had a nice dinner in the cockpit with taco wraps with chicken (for thosewho could eat).Night watch routine is starting to get settled. We run 3 on and 6 hours offwith 2 on each watch.  Johan, crew of Hanse Sailor. read more...


25/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 25.11.15

November 25th Fish Count “0”; Lines lost “2” Its day 3 and fishing remains our challenge in turbulent seas, no good news so far. Are there any fish in the Ocean?  Progress is good with winds gusting from 13 to 30 knots. Gybed this morning to remain on our course, goosewinging. All crew are upbeat about our progress, ticking off the miles, with smiles on their faces. No fish, however an American football was sighted swimming off the starboard bow. Roys cooking is awesome, the chilli was to die for and an excellent risotto. Still problems with Generator start, continue to jump start. Boats rocking and rolling due to sea state, only one fell out of bunk so far, he’s ok. Fish count still “0”      . read more...


Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 5 Sailors Delight
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 5 Sailors Delight
23/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 5 Sailors Delight

We are already looking out for the welcome basketwith St. Lucia's home made products. Hopefully with a bottle of thefamous local rum: Chairmans Delight. If not, than we already had our portion ofdelight, made by the cooking team that stocked the Nix in Las Palmas withChristmas meat from the Lidl like Filet de Canguro, Veal liver, Magret deCanard, Ostrich Steaks, stuffed Salmon en croute, Mince meat for the SpagettiBolognese and tin food like Confit de Canard and Cordonices en Escabeche.All of it nothing compared with our home made Sushi.....   Nix crew. read more...


25/11/2015

Cookelu meu - 150 nm from mid point, caught and then lost a beautyful mahi-mahi fish

By far better conditions today. Lars proposed a solution to the “Tayana rivers” problem, a feature of our yacht draining the sea water that finds its way into the sidedeck into the cockpit seats making everything there – including us – soaking wet. We now have dry upholstery to sit on.Yesterday evening we caught a beautiful and about 25 kg (yes twenty five ) mahi-mahi. It took a bite at our pink octopus lure and was pulling our trolling line at an alarming pace. It had already pulled out about 250m of line when I took control of the fishing rod (was taking a nap at the time). After a 15-20 minutes fight with the fish I succeeded to bring it close to the boat. The canoe stern shape of the boat doesn’t offer a lot of space at the stern so only one person has enough space to fish and that. read more...


25/11/2015

Raylah - LOG DAY 6 -Sea Sensitivities

We are 1208 miles from our destination, the nearest land is the Amazon Basin 1006 miles away. Our real and only world is the little moving circle which is as far as we can see around Raylah.  I think we avoid thinking about being in a little plastic boat in the middle of a large ocean .In our little world things change as the seas get bigger and confused or the wind goes down to a quiet zephyr or clouds cover the moon. Occasionally we have flying fish and tiny squids on the deck in the morning or sea birds endlessly circling, their wings skimming the water completely at home out in the ocean. Life goes on the same day after day in our little world and then suddenly in the middle of this vast ocean we have two visitors that find us.Nic spots it first on the AIS (Automatic. read more...


Raylah - LOG DAY 6 -Sea Sensitivities
Raylah - LOG DAY 6 -Sea Sensitivities
25/11/2015

Friskus VI - friskuslog day 3 -Atlantic waves

Atlanterhavet, N 22.57, W 21.05, kl. 10.30 GMT   Det er fjerde dagen med kuling nå. Vi styrer 225 grader rettvisende kurs påbabord halser. Har 3 rev i storseilet og halveis innrullet fokk. Alt er underfull kontroll, men veldig behagelig er det ikke. Har brukket toppspilen istorseilet og festet til fiskestangen, ellers fungerer båten utmerket. Vårt nyemannskap viser seg også å fungere veldig bra. Ønsker oss mindre vind, og gjernelitt dreiende slik at vi enten kan stå rett mot St.Lucia på babord halser, ellerjibbe til styrbord og gjøre det samme. Bananklasen har fått hard medfart, så vispiser allerede av den (men må kaste en del halve, kræsja bananer).   Alle er ganske slitne nå, selv om vi har kommet inn i OK soverytme. Elisehar som vanlig vært mest plaget av bølgene, men i hele. read more...


25/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Blog Wednesday 25

Wednesday 25 NovRace Day 3 The first big activity of Tuesday evening was dropping the spinnaker on watch change as the wind increased. Unfortunately this pushed back dinner and a couple of guys suffered rope burns while trying to control the spinnaker in the gusty wind. No lasting damage but lots of ice was used to cool the burns. The only other drama overnight was nearly having to gibe because of wind change. Luckily the power of thought from the foredeck cause the wind to change back so no gibe. A few dolphins came to say ahoy and then slipped off into the darkness of the ocean. This is Wednesday morning with bacon rolls for breakfast. All good till we set the smoke alarm off – everybody needed to get up anyway J. Nothing better having your bacon roll with morning coffee while. read more...


25/11/2015

Hejira - Purple Haze

13 38.050N 041 25.213WWednesday 25th November 2015What a day!We became surrounded by black clouds and the radar confirmed that it was impossible to avoid a soaking at best so we dropped the twin Yankees in plenty of time and set a reefed main and waited. The deluge was of absolutely biblical proportions and we could only put the washboards in, close all the hatches and watch as the rain ran off the windows like a fire hose. At least it should have dealt finally with the covering of Sahara dust which has smothered everything in a red brown coating since the Canaries. The wind fluctuated in strength and direction and at one stage blowing from the west, exactly opposite to the prevailing direction.There was nothing for it but a reluctant reach for the key and we ran the engine until more. read more...


Hejira - Purple Haze
Hejira - Purple Haze
25/11/2015

PG Roshni - Dark and Stormy 2

Just picked up the forecast .... Does anyone remember Michael Fish and his classic?..... n areas farther S. There is also a slight potential for isolated showers and squalls the next few days. These are expected to be light where they do occur.Ali and I suggest we'd hate to be out in a heavy one then.... :). read more...


25/11/2015

PG Roshni - 25/11 0750 Twas a Dark and Stormy Night

16:02.5N 45:26.0WBlimey can it ever rain ! Well the forecasted squalls (that have been forecasted since we set off) came in with a vengeance late yesterday - got properly soaked a couple of times and saw gusts of 40+kn which takes you back a bit as the squall comes in so quick. Poor Nigel with his glasses couldn't see anything through the rain and made his helming sessions pretty tough - flying by wire or using the force - not sure which...Naturally we are all knackered after the sewing and mainsail issue so really needed another sleepless night and sleigh ride...looking on the positive side though we are (a) going the right way pretty quickly - lots of long sessions where we don't drop below 10kn;(b) saving on water as the rain water showers have been welcome and necessary by the looks. read more...


25/11/2015

Furia - day 3 after a night of squalls

Everything is fine onboard. Washed by waves from time to time we are never 100% dry. Mihail and Dian hand steer all the time on a dead run, mainsail(some times 1streef) with poled out jib (also sometimes reefed). Did several jibes to keep the COG as close to the rhumb line as possible. No fishing, just pure sailing. Inside, tight and cosy and just a little bit messy with three men on a boat.Rumenimage1. read more...


Furia - day 3 after a night of squalls
Furia - day 3 after a night of squalls
25/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 2

Posizione 25° 55N19° 19W direzione 269 velocità 6,3ktL'onda si fa sentire, tutto l'equipaggio, chi più chi meno ne sta risentendo. Le previsioni dicono vento e mare in diminuzione. Stare a bordo è difficile, la barca rolla moltissimo ed anche operazioni semplici come andare in bagno sono complesse. Di giorno quando c'è il sole la temperatura è gradevole, si sta volentieri fuori, poi la sera rinfresca ancora molto. A pranzo ho preparato un piatto di pasta con la salsa di pomodoro, con il metodo Soldini, ovvero con la pentola a pressione, impossibile pensare di avere sui fuochi una pentola di acqua bollente, il cardano della cucina durante i rollii arriva a fondo corsa! La pasta non è venuta benissimo, leggermente scotta, ma non molto, forse perché la amo veramente al dente. Mio papà me. read more...


25/11/2015

Hera - Die Roue - Qual der Wahl

Die Wettervorhersagen sind widersprüchlich. Wir haben uns letztendlich dochfür die Barfußroute im Süden entschieden. Einige Crewmitglieder haben sogarInteresse an einem Landgang auf den Kapverden geäussert. Bei der jetzigenWetterlage, die uns bei Westkurs zügig voran bringt, werden wir diese aber wohlweit südlich liegen lassen. Das Wetter ist sehr durchwachsen und wir habenbisher guten Wind. Die Bordroutinen spielen sich allmählich ein und bei den Freiwachen bildensich schon mal kleine Abendrunden bei einem Gläschen Wein.   Stefan. read more...


24/11/2015

PG Roshni - 24/11 2035 Reach

15:56.0N 44:04.7WEvening all Well finally ! Aching fingers and tired minds we fixed the sail and its holding touch wood! Set off with the pole out to port and headed a bit S of Barbados only to be hit by a squall and 30kn breeze pushing us more towards Brasil !Up we gets again to support Ali who was helming. Decided to take down the pole, gybe back to 300 and broad reach tonight so everyone can get some rest (including me I hope)!In other news: Our 1/2 way party started well with waffles honey and real coffee this morning :) this evening chef of the day Nigel treated us with frey bentos steak and kidney pies all round (and one balti pie?) and canned veg - luxury eh ! The canned veg tastes better than the fresh from cape verdes - good old Jamie and Sainsbury again!Susan wore the party. read more...


24/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 6

20:42:00 UTC Tuesday Nov. 23, 2015Position: 15.902897N, 42.387746WHOW TO LIVE IN SWELLS!Rule #1: hang on!Rule #2: hang on!!!you need one hand to hang onto something on the port side when the boat rolls to starboard and a second hand to hold onto something on the port side when the boat immediately thereafter rolls the other way. The third hand is then needed to hang onto your drink and a fourth hand to hold onto your plate with food (or your computer on which you are trying to write a blog entry) which are about to slide off the table. Sounds easy, ISN’T!!Typing takes three times as long, since the moment your finger descends on the “e” the world under your hand moves sideways and you type the “w” instead.Getting coffee out of the coffeemaker demands a special technique. You stand in. read more...


24/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture

24 November 2015 Fish count: zero It’s day 2 and we’re off and running!  We set off on Sunday at 12:45pm with 35 knots of wind and a fairly choppy sea. Despite some pretty big waves the crew have all now got their sea legs.   Winds have been good for the most part, although moving around a little, and we have been making the best part of 200 miles per day.  We are now officially 2nd in our division. We had the older of our two spinnakers up yesterday and managed to get it back in successfully without getting it in the sea – great team effort.  We’ve now changed our genoa to a larger one to increase sail area. We’ve had the fishing line out in hope of some big fish. The ARC guide tells us there are blue marlin and tuna in this area and we’ve. read more...


24/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 6

In the meantime we are used to this 24 hour per dayroller coaster. Nico and Letty promised us a comforatble ride and withthis promise in mind we became crew onboard beautiful Nix. But like many other subjects in life, you caninfluence life but threre are moments that there comes an end to thisand that we feel the confrontation with the conditions. But comparede tothe  life our grandgrandgrandfathers in the golden age on their way toIndonesia to collect spices we are verygoldenboys on a ship with all comfort, delicious food, books, a bed! So there isno reason for any complaints, in the contrary we enjoy every mile we are doingand each morning we gather round the computer to see if our efforts have paidof........And after work at deck there is time. read more...


24/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 2: A few days in the Car Wash!

After a great start, coming in on a starback tack, gybing on the startingline just behind the starting vessel, we came off in free wind and the ridebegan. Only a few boats ahead of us and soon they were left behind. For a whileonly Brunel, a former Volvo Ocean Race boat, were ahead.  We hoisted the kite and took off. Kind of a crazy ride down the coast ofGran Canaria. Constant speed of 15 to 23 knots, flying through the waves and itfelt like we were partly submerged. It was like sailing in a car wash, extremelywet and rocking!  To avoid the wind shadow of Gran Canaria we took the gybe 20 nauticalmiles south of Gran Canaria and went westerly, keeping Tenerife 50 miles tostarboard. Also at that distance the wind shaddow from Tenerife and it’s highvolcany Teide were very clear.. read more...


24/11/2015

Magic - Magic Log

Magic ; Dog LogTuesday 24rd November   The B’ARC – Day 3 It’s a dog’s life. I have been sailing for 12 months now and it still confuses me  - a lot.  When I lived at home in North Yorkshire life was so good – running in the fields chasing butterflies and looking at cows – now life is significantly more weird.  It all began when we arrived in our tiny new home – a boat, apparently.  I couldn’t understand why we had downsized.  Then things got really strange.  The floor in this new home moved and I couldn’t figure out what was outside and what was inside – in other words where should I go to the toilet? I am a Maltese Terrier called May.  Such matters are delicate and having fully understood the rules of our house this. read more...


24/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 16 – Monday/ Banana pancake, without the pan

It’sMonday, and I just realized it’s now more than 2 weeks since we left Las Palmas,and in a few days it’ll be a week since we left Mindelo. Even though some daysare slower than others, I every so often find myself surprised how fast the timehas gone by. The days at sea really flies by with watches, sleeping and wakingup for meals, and occasionally giving the bananas onboard their pancake-destiny.My sister decided to pursue this today, but instead of doing the usualpancake-joke-on-nature kind, she managed to whip up a cake. It tasted likebanana and still was truly delicious. Don’t know how she doesit.Andfor the record, cooking at sea is really no joke. Or should I say the Atlanticis no joke, we’ve come to discover. And we thought we had experienced tough seaand squalls. This ocean is. read more...


24/11/2015

Starblazer - 24/11/2015 – Weather Window? More like Revolving Doors!

During the past week in Richards Bay the most common topic of conversation was the weather.As I mentioned in my last blog, Monday’s window slammed shut on Tuesday, time enough for one boat to sail overnight and reach Durban safely.The next ‘window’ opened Wednesday or Thursday evening but had slammed shut again by the next evening however three more boats made it to Durban.The only real advantage of a stopover in Durban is that the next leg to East London is shorter but you still need a 48 hour window.On Friday evening the remaining skippers met at the club for a ‘Happy Hour’ to discuss the GRIBs and a promising looking window on Monday which should allow us to reach East London and, possibly, Port Elizabeth.The sky darkened and rain looked very likely which led to a number of skippers. read more...


24/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 2

Day 2Everyone in fine fettle having found their sea legs fast last night.It was lovely to see the almost full moon reflecting on the sea on my 12 to 4am watch.We goosewinged the head and the main for a while giving a smoother ride for a time and I spotted a few pilot whales alongside fleetingly on the starboard bow before they disappeared.In the morning 4 of the boys looked spic and span after taking their first showers.Mike and Simon put out the line for fishing this morning but sadly nothing caught today.However, I have my winning lures pinky and perky yet to be tested and am confident of a fine feast for tomorrow.Mainly poled headsail today and average wind 25kn. Simon on the helm managed a speed of 11.9kn today, but I remain unbeaten with my 12.3kn yesterday careering down a wave. read more...


24/11/2015

Grand Bleu - voorbereiding, start zondag 22/11, maandag 23/11,dinsdag 24/11

De week voor de start werd gevuld met het klaar maken van de Grand Bleu voor haar eerste crossing. Voor het merendeel van de bemanning was het ook de eerste crossing: voor Lara haar derde en voor Jan Hein zijn tweede. Zeilen , vallen, lijnen controleren, watertanks en diesel bijvullen, navigatie apparatuur controleren en een antenne bij plaatsen. Uitgebreid inkopen doen In El Corte Ingles, en Hyperdino, en dat alles in het Spaans. Biotex vinden was een uitdaging. Ondertussen integreren met onze Engelse en Duitse buren, suggesties vragend over de rigging. Dit alles onder het allesziend oog van de kapitein Adriaan. Voor hem waren de voorbereidingen al 8 maanden geleden begonnen. In de avond ons overgegeven aan het ARC feestgebeuren met als een hoogtepunt onze Bold and the Beautiful. read more...


24/11/2015

Meltemi - Message from: SY MELTEMI

Die gute Nachricht vorweg: Kenny kotzt nicht mehr!! Mit wieder vollzähliger Crew konnten wir uns nun an das Großprojekt Großsegel setzen machen. Die so einfach klingende Aufgabe "Schäkel an Segel" hätte beinahe drei ausgewachsene Männer an den Rande der Verzweiflung getrieben. Die Fähigkeit zur Arbeit über Kopf in 3 Meter Höhe ist sicher noch ausbaufähig ;-). Aber nun ist alls gut und wir segeln mit achterlichem Wind Schmetterling, seit Stunden die Angel hinter uns herziehend, in der Hoffnung, dass wir nix fangen, weil wir der Überproduktion an verderblichem Essen Herr werden müssen. Die Thaicurryreste von gestern müssen verzehrt werden, ebenso wie die bereits vorgekochte Bolognaise. Also an die Arbeit! Thimmy. read more...


24/11/2015

Rhumb - Log 1 - All good so far

Apologies for the radio silence, but it has been rather hairy out here and still is, although conditions expected to settle by Christmas eve!!!!! Very difficult sailing with winds touching 48 knots most of the time - a few lulls here and there, but no chance to get the spinnaker pole ready for poling out the genoa as yet.Anyway, to the start. To a cacophony of sound - ships horns, hooters, yacht music and a brass band we slipped our lines and eased gently of the mooring at 12.15 with a cunning plan to beat the strong wind, learning from the skipper next door making a pig's ear of his departure. Crowds of onlookers lined the marina breakwater to cheer and bid us all farewell as we motored out to the start waiting area to meet winds of 30kn plus. Another cunning plan was put into action. read more...


24/11/2015

Aliena - Martes, 24-11-2015

Noche tranquila con algún chubasco.El mar sigue revuelto con grandes olas y el viento un poco mas fuerte que ayer. Hemos recorrido 178 mn. Por fin, esta mañana, hemos atangonado el yanky a estribor y abrimos foque a babor. Vamos como motos, aunque parezca que siempre estamos en el mismo sitio. La tripulacion ya acostumbrada a los meneitos de las olas, incluso Carlos. Hoy acabaremos de agotar la comida cocinada con lo que mañana toca cocinar de nuevo (con el permiso de Nepturno). A la puesta de sol reduciremos vela para pasar la noche tranquilos. Parece que hace menos frio que estos dias anteriores.¿Que estaran haciendo mis princesas?Carmen. read more...


24/11/2015

Nix - Leg 2 day 7

An exhausted white heron miscalculated itslanding on board the Nix, ripped the head sail and broke our dreams about asecond victory. We dried our tears quickly and became good friends with the lostcreature and after a meal of fresh Mahi Mahi we all see a bright future again.We hope to deliver the Capeverdian white heron in good shape in St.Lucia.   Nix crew white heron. read more...


Nix - Leg 2 day 7
Nix - Leg 2 day 7
24/11/2015

Chimo - reisverslag 7 ARC+

Na vijf dagen beginnen we in het ritme te komen. De eerste dagen waren pittig door harde wind en hoge golven van allerlei kanten waardoor de boot een speelbal op de golven was. De boot heeft veel te lijden en iedere dag horen we een nieuw piepje of kraakje. Sinds dag twee heeft de stuurautomaat een vreemde tik. Inmiddels weten we dat het de tandwielen zijn die aan het kapot gaan zijn. Geen slechte voorbereiding, want hij is gloednieuw. Gelukkig hebben we de oude, minder sterke stuurautomaat als reserve meegenomen, maar we zijn blij met iedere mijl die hij aflegt en sturen overdag wat vaker met de hand om hem te ontlasten. Maar op de hoge golven is het sturen flink werken. Iedere dag wordt het wat warmer. De wind is rond de 18-20 kn uit het noordoosten. Voor de eerste drie dagen had ik. read more...


24/11/2015

Likedeeler - Cruisen oder nicht Cruisen? ...

... Das ist hier die Frage."Leinen los. Segel hoch. Auf zur Karibik!""Noch 5 Minuten bis zum Start. Alle Mann klar?""Klaro."Es fing eigentlich ganz gut an. Der Motor surrte noch ein letztes Mal, bis, ja bis er eben dies nicht mehr tat. "Wir haben ein technisches Problem! Der Motor geht immer wieder aus!", ruft Götz der Crew zu. Und jetzt? Gerade jetzt? "Gehen wir jetzt nicht über den Atlantik?", stürmen die Kinder. "Doch, doch. Aber nicht mit dem Start der ARC", seufzt Lisa. Was war zu tun? Rein in den Hafen unter Segeln? Ankern vor dem Hafen und auf Abschlepphilfe warten? Da sahen wir den Übeltäter. Eine Leine hatte sich von der Reling gelöst und sich unter dem Boot in der Schiffsschraube verhäddert. So ein Mist! Das hieß rein ins Wasser. Während Kai das Seil losschnitt, machte Lisa. read more...