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15/11/2015

Free Spirit - Tuesday, 10 November 2015 And we're off?

Boat's loaded, crew prepped.Will include team photo when we arrive at the other end.Andrea. read more...


15/11/2015

Free Spirit - Sunday, 8 November 2015 Hurry up and wait

We've been working like dogs all week, taking care of last minute details.I've cooked, frozen and vacu-sealed 10 days worth of meals.We have 4 different kinds of home baked cookies, accommodating crew special requests.Mike has been troubleshooting the single side band radio all week, as it has been on the fritz.Nothing like a little last minute angst, as no radio is a show stopper in our book.  Finally, after replacing the grounding device, tuner and running new cable, we are back in business today.He should sleep like a baby tonight!We had hoped to get an early start and leave yesterday, but Mother Nature has other ideas.We are now delayed until Tuesday or Wednesday due to weather developments in the Caribbean.Andrea. read more...


15/11/2015

Free Spirit - Sunday, 1 November 2015 One step closer

Slowly but surely we are making progress.Not sure if I'm in denial or if everything is as squared away as it seems.Mike claims all the major boat projects are done and he's down to the little stuff.We've checked in with the Caribbean 1500 group and already passed our safety inspection.  For good measure we also completed the US Coast Guard safety inspection and are sporting that decal as well.The house is beginning to look like a house again as the boat stuff is heading back down and being stowed away on the boat.There will be 4 of us for the passage.Steve Runals (aka Rock Star) will be going with us again.Alex Fleming rounds out the crew as our fourth, making his first blue water passage.  Everyone is ready and eager to go.Andrea. read more...


15/11/2015

Free Spirit - Saturday, 24 October2015 It's that time again!

It almost feels like Christmas around here as packages arrive daily and we're practically on a first name basis with the UPS delivery man who brings us an assortment of spare parts and various sundries to ensure we have anything we could possibly need to tide us over for our passage and winter in the Caribbean.After 14 months on the hard in Annapolis undergoing a major refit project, Free Spirit is back home and getting ready for the Caribbean 1500 once again.  Mike is working feverishly on the boat, taking care of odds and ends like getting our reefing system functional again and enlisting my help for a trip up the mast to feed the jib halyard so we could put the jib back on.I'm focused on getting the house and other commitments in order.Fall planting and yard work is done.The. read more...


15/11/2015

Hejira - Mindelo at last

16 53.214N 024 59.487WSunday 15th November 2015Quite an interesting arrival in the Cape Verde Islands with none of the charted navigational lights working and the island inside which we had to finish at 11.31pm showing as nothing more than a menacing  presence. The stowing of the sails and preparation for berthing was surprisingly slick given that the wind chose to pipe up just as we crossed the line. We took our berth alongside Lea who preceded us in and we managed to down a few beers in the floating bar before they closed. It seems that few yachts managed the passage without using the engine so it will be interesting to see how the organisers arrange the positions after the deadline for finishing at 5pm tonight.We all slept very well, assisted no doubt by our celebratory. read more...


Aliena - Tripulación del ALIENA en Lanzarote
Aliena - Tripulación del ALIENA en Lanzarote
15/11/2015

Aliena - Listos para la partida

Preparando las maletas en Valencia, después de una corta visita a la familia y amigos para la despedida antes de cruzar el Atlántico, la tripulación del ALIENA está preparada para iniciar la travesía del Atlántico.Mañana empezaremos en Las Palmas la última semana antes de la largada el domingo 22. Muchos seminarios organizados para World Crusing Club, avituallamiento de frutas y vegetales frescos y alguna botella de vino, por supuesto, para mantener alta la moral de la bodega del barco, factor de máxima importancia. Porque en el ALIENA se come y se bebe muy bien!!! Vamos a proponer a la organización montar algún tipo de competición en este sentido.Bueno, como obertura del diario ya está bien, lo importante ahora será mantener la línea abierta, con más información. Por cierto, si alguna. read more...


14/11/2015

Isbjörn - Spinnaker Groove... NIGHT-TIME BLAZING

"Popped the chute" at 1400hrs and have been blazin' ever since! All hands on deck for the set in 15 knots of breeze ... managed a full hoist to the top of the rig, bashed knuckles and all.It's now post-sunset and were broad reaching under spinnaker in amazing conditions that rarely present themselves offshore for a such a lengthy period. For the past six hours the boat speed has not dropped below 7.5 knots, induced by 10-13kts of apparent windspeed! Everyone is taking a stretch at the helm and learning the nuances of spinnaker-sailing a thorough-bred offshore machine. I managed one stretch of helming that took Isbjorn to a sustained groove of 8.5 knots lasting several minutes.The steaming light is illuminating the spinnaker by which we helm exclusively to the curl and tension of her. read more...


14/11/2015

Sweet Caroline - Getting in the rhythm

Today has been a slower day -- winds somewhat behind us, but we are just trying to stay on course and get to a waypoint at 65 W longitude, from which we can turn South. The last two days have been great sailing - 6-8 knots in spite of the 10-12 foot swells. Little difficult to sleep last night being on a starboard tack, but we try to at least take naps in the day. It's been a trip of many first ... so far, no one has been seasick. We have encouraged each other to stay hydrated and rest whenever we can.I am so grateful for finding the right meds that work for me. I even cooked dinner last night -- pork roast barbecue, corn on the cob, and slaw. Another first is that we caught a fish -- but it was a skipjack tuna (which are really only good for bait). We don't have the freezer space just. read more...


14/11/2015

Timshel - Log Day 5 More trials and tribulations

Days run 300 - 1300 125.8nm.Friday 13 not over, next the cruising chute fell in the water - the top of the snuffer that attaches to the halyard had come apart.It makes a good sea anchor, but slowly managed to haul it aboard and stuff it down the forehatch.The snuffer gave even more drag, Steve managed to pull that in and managed to unhook it from the self steering rudder with a boathook. So more jobs and will have to go up the mast to recover the halyard.Gybed and set the yankee poled out instead.It was a dark night, no stars, no moon, no other boats, but lots of phosphorescence.The line for the towed Aquair generator was covered in sparkly bits as I pulled it in.A couple of flying fish on deck but not enough for breakfast.Some confusion for the morning SSB net as no Net controller had. read more...


14/11/2015

Blue Summit - Blue Summit: Days 1-3

A three day delay? No problem for the fabulous Caribbean 1500 Rally staff who organized impromptu seminars, tours and a wonderful trivia night while the fleet of 30+ boats waited for tropical storm Kate to clear out.And when she did finally exit stage right, off the fleet went under a star splashed sky (with Jupiter, Mars and Venus slung low in the sky), propelled by a beautiful north wind bound for Tortola in the British Virgin Islands.Sailors don't always get to choose the wind and seas they have, but it doesn't stop this Goldilocks from wanting it "just right."We have seen too much wind (30-35, gusting to 40 knots one night), too little wind, (light to nothing the first night out resulted in burning fossil fuel for a few hours when our speed dipped below 3 knots, yuck) and perfect. read more...


14/11/2015

Lucky Star - 165 mille dans la journée

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, enfin une journée avec un peu de vent. On a pris la bonne option, direction madèrepour ensuite descendre sur les Canaries. Nous sommes à près de 7 nœuds de moyenne depuis 36 heures,nous espérons arriver lundi à Gran Canaria.Soleil, dauphins, vent de travers et notre deuxième bouteille !!!Pour voir notre position à 12h22 ce samedi 14/11/2015, cliquez sur lelien suivant :amour.https://www.google.fr/maps/place/32°04'52.08"N+14°07'17.40"WTeam Lucky Star. read more...


14/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away "Day Three"

Running east under a double reefed main.  I was in bed and thought I saw my sister at the foot of my bed saying we need you up top.  I got up and went to the cockpit, Debbie and Anne were sitting talking.  I said what’s wrong?  Nothing Debbie said.  Didn’t you come tell me you needed me up top?  No!  Just then without warning the wind shifted suddenly from SW to NW.  The main back winded and the boat spun around into sea.  We went instantly from relative motion to incredible motion.  We got things straightened out on a new SE’ly course.  While the wind direction changed the wind force remained about the same.  We ran this way all day until about 17:00 When the wind dropped down into the high teen’s.  Decided to keep the. read more...


14/11/2015

Misto - Misto at Sea

We are aiming for a waypoint 300nm south of Bermuda and its like a sleigh ride! The first night at sea we had to motor but the second was challenging with high winds and very confused seas.Our crew are great and we have made good progress.We tried fishing today - no luck yet!The atmospherics tonight were unusual as I could hear Altair and Karina on the VHF - but they were nowhere in sight and by my reckoning at least 60 miles away.-----At 11/13/2015 9:01 PM (utc) our position was 32°09.18'N 071°04.53'W. read more...


14/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 6 – Friday/Banana Pancakes

- Starting the day not thinking at all about the factthat it’s Friday the 13th, we decided to test our water maker, andhad to “waste” some water to make room for test-water. So I took one for theteam; a shower. And then a  4 hournap. And then my sister woke me up to the smell of coffee and banana pancakesfor lunch. You see, nature kind of turned on us and decided to turn about halfof all our bananas into that brown, ripe look - all at the same time. So then wehad no choice but to eat them all. So Chef Erin whipped up some banana pancakes.Eat that, nature. Intheory we may not have had the best luck fishing yet, but how did we know weweren’t even going to have to use a pole. Earlier today, during a stroll ondeck, I noticed this tiny, slimy creature with wings, just kind of smooched. read more...


14/11/2015

Isbjörn - Autopilot Anarchy ... Crew Boycott

Not once have we used the freaking autopilot ... NOT ONCE! The eager crew has hand-steered for the last 480 miles with zero consideration for the autopilot; instead, they "call it."Walter gets ready one hour prior to his 2000hr shift, preps himself in numerous ways including a technical read of Marche's Seamanship text, then boisterously proclaims: "I call the helm for my 8pm shift (period). No one argues, instead they each vie for every opportunity to get a grip on the wheel and drive the bus.Senator Tom Harken is no exception ... although, to me he's much more than a legislator, Tom is a former Navy jet-pilot. He flew F4s and F8s from an aircraft carrier. Despite Tom's self-inflicted wound to his index finger from his own knife a couple days ago he got while cutting away our. read more...


14/11/2015

Hejira - Blighus Maximus

17 58.547N 024 00.431WSaturday 14th November 2015Light winds have persisted and this has not favoured heavy old Hejira. We did very well against the lightweight production yachts in the big winds and our sail plan is well suited to the point of sail but they are now ‘reeling us in’ so from a heady 6th in class, we expect to tumble down the rankings. There is consolation from the fact that we have not run our engine and this will be a factor in calculating final positions as we suspect that others have been liberally burning diesel. We were miles in front of Lea, a Norwegian Bavaria 44 crewed by ladies but over the course of yesterday, she closed in on us and as I write this, she is alongside (well, 4 miles away) and the only other yacht showing either visually or on AIS – this is. read more...


14/11/2015

Starblazer - 14/11/2015 - Beating the clock

The narrow band of favourable current continued as far as the Agulhas Current which then swept us south towards our destination.We had some lovely, fast sailing maintaining an average of over 7.5 knots with Exody within 10 - 15 miles of us for the last two days.The 2 knots of favourable current was a great help as the wind slowly dropped, the 'knock on' effect of reducing winds was calmer seas so we could still sail sail relatively fast.Big seas tend to throw the boat around and hamper progress, in 30 knots of wind we struggled to make 5 knots through the water on Wednesday when we also had a 1.5 - 2 knots current against us!Approaching the Agulhas Current, up to 50 miles wide, we set a course for Cape St Lucia, north of our final destination.The current can flow at 5 knots though we. read more...


13/11/2015

Isbjörn - The real deal!

There is nothing like yesterday's sail repair to authenticate this experience as a real introduction to ocean sailing.It was blowing 25+ knots but at least the sun had not yet set when Papa Bear (as at least one cruising woman calls him) noticed the middle batten was shaking out of the mainsail. It is a full batten so it was not imminently at risk, but the process of lowering the sail could shake it out to be lost forever.Our captain, Paul Exner, decided I should drop down to a broad reach while everyone else coaxed the sail down gently. Paul chose not to rig a preventer because, to the best of my understanding, he did not want to risk not being able to get the boom in quickly if the batten started to go and we did not have enough hands to have someone on the preventer.I was well aware. read more...


13/11/2015

Aurora - 13 november

Geachte lezer,Even voorstellen, zeiljacht Aurora met als thuishaven Den Helder, is in de ARC+ op pad naar Sao Vincente, een van de eilanden welke deel uit maakt van de Cape Verden. Nog een 100 mijl te gaan en dan zijn we bij de finish in Mindalo. We zitten aan boord, met een Schipper, ik dus, en twee Co schippers genaamd Co3 en Co4. Voor de goede orde er is ook een Co en Co2. Maar nu even niet. Uiteindelijk zijn we via de Cape Verden op pad naar de Carieben, dat kunnen we uitstekend op eigen kieltje maar in een groep zoiets doen is meestal leuker. Nu zijn er in totaal maar drie Nederlandse schepen dus moeten we de eer een beetje hoog houden. Ik kan u zeggen dat gaat ons aardig af. Niet alleen op zeiltechnisch gebied, daarover later maar meer op andere zaken. We hebben drie totaal. read more...


13/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (6): Crawling Towards Mindelo

After our previous day of bountiful fishing followed by extreme vacuum sealing, today was slow, steady, and quiet as we drag ourselves the last few miles into Cape Verde. I sit here typing, yet fantasizing about being in our old Grady White - we could fire up those twin 250 Yamis, and be tied up next to the floating bar before midnight. But, since this is a sailing boat, and we are technically supposed to be sailing, I guess the floating bar will have to wait until tomorrow, because the whopping 3.8 kts isn't getting us in before last call. Perhaps the most important thing is that we get in before the laundry guy leaves the marina at 9am - a girl's gotta have her priorities, and right now clean sheet night, preceded by showering with clean, non-funky towels is at the top of my. read more...


13/11/2015

Timshel - Log Day 5 Oh Dear! Friday 13

Days run 1300 - 1300: only 101 miles. And it was all going so well, but today all we did was add to Bob (the Builder)s list of things to fix in Cape Verde.Very peaceful and sedate progress overnight, didn't see any other boats.Tried looking at the generator, nothing obvious we can fix, the engine runs OK but does not give any charge so can't use the watermaker either.Also found one of the loops at tack of mainsail has chafed through, luckily there were two but will need to sew that somehow, flexible gas hose by cooker is also chafing lucky we noticed and tackline on cruising chute caught on anchor pin and bent it - again, that thing is fated. The Hydrovane self steering bolts have loosened and will need tightening at the pitstop.We thought we were making good progress, but unfortunately. read more...


13/11/2015

Sail away - Day 2 Sail Away

November 12th, Gulf StreamAndy you nailed it!  We had a great reach down the Virginia Coast with the winds dropping right off as we neared the Gulf Stream. Crossing into the Stream around 5am under power.  Around 10:00 the winds were coming up from the SW and we shut the engine down and continued now on a easterly course.  By 3pm putting a single reef in the main with winds of 20-25kts.  As night approached we double reefed the main and were just streaming under main and staysail in 25 to 30kts. The winds continue to increase so we put away the staysail.  But the winds continued increase into the forties, we were flying under double reefed main sometimes seeing up to 10kts.  I don’t really like to push Sail Away this hard, but she seemed to be. read more...


13/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 5 – Thursday/Catch of t….omrrow maybe?

Withvery little wind, the night went by slow in a 3-4 kts speed. Although listeningto podcasts and forgetting to eat the cinnamon rolls we had saved, did make thetime go by fast. Around 7am, while everyone was up during the watch-swap, weused the time to spread our sails in a beautiful, pink morning sky. This pickedour speed up quite a bit, and we can proudly say that a homemade spinnaker poledoes work! We’rereally on a roll these days in the cooking department, and today Reidun kept itgoing by not only baking some delicious bread, she also made scrambled eggs togo with it for lunch. For the past few days she’s been working the fishing pole,using all kinds of bates and hooks, trying to get that tuna on board - butwithout luck. Yet.  Apparently allthe squids and butterflies and birds. read more...


13/11/2015

Lucky Star - Bientôt les canaries

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, des nouvelles fraiches !!!Départ de Lisbonne sous voile mais pas pour longtemps...Et c'est reparti pour du moteur jusqu'à ce qu'il nous lache pendant la nuit. Impossible de leréallumer, même après la vérification de tout le réseau de carburant. Apprentis mécano!!!Sinon le vent a commencé à monter l'après midi et nous avons enfin pu monter le spi.Et le lendemain, la bonne nouvelle de la semaine... Première prise!!!! Une dorade coryphène de 60cm. Du poisson frais pour le soir!!!Sinon en ce moment à 7 noeuds de moyen on refait notre retard.Pour voir notre position à 13h44 ce vendredi 13/11/2015, cliquez sur lelien suivant :amour.https://www.google.fr/maps/place/34°34'42.30"N+13°29'05.04"WTeam Lucky Star. read more...


13/11/2015

Bamarandi - Friday 13th November - 39nm to go - land in sight?

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13/11/2015

Sail away - Sail Away

We got up Wednesday morning and departed shortly after sunrise. But first we got our neighbor Barb on Resolution to take our picture, then Anne took theirs!  I should have made a sign ahead of time “Tortola or Bust”.   My crew asked me the night before “What’s your plan”  No worries you guys we will just follow Karina. My sister noticed first, George we got a problem.  Karina's gone! Oh well we’re on our own, I’m pretty sure I know we’re he is going! We powered to Hampton Roads then a great reach down to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge/tunnel officially taking departure and start time at 10:48 EST.   Winds were exactly as predicted NW’ly 15-20 making a great down wind run to Cape Hateras.  Everybody working on getting thier sea legs  . read more...


13/11/2015

Hejira - Slow boat to Mindelo

19 24.916N 022 37.480WFriday 13th November 2015After the exhilarating speeds in the big winds we are back to reality with the wind down to single figures and our speed, overnight at least, down below 4 knots at times. We had a good day under the Parasailor yesterday but our policy is not to fly it at night so we have reverted to the twin poled out Yankees which is less powerful but much more manageable. As the crew becomes more familiar with the process the time taken to make the sail change has improved but at a best time of half an hour so far (better than the original hour) there is some way to go. We imagine that some yachts will be resorting to engine power which is allowed but penalised in the standings. We are determined to finish under sail but if our lack of progress threatens. read more...


Hejira - Slow boat to Mindelo
Hejira - Slow boat to Mindelo
12/11/2015

PG Roshni - Thursday eve Wildlife day

18:07.9N 23:46.0WEvening all, Pretty calm day out here. Had a go and changing the headsail this morning but failed as the breeze built just at the wrong time so gave it up as a bad idea and went to sleep (hoorah)! We lost a bit of ground as the wind came more E and pushed us off course :(. After another doze this pm (hoorah again) I cast 2 lines out for some fish - another fail aside a very interested seagull who dive bombed the lines 3 or 4 times! I got a proper smack from a flying fish first thing this morning which made me jump and Ali laugh at my distress as we discussed sailing techniques (how many beers Nigel should buy when we get in). Got the kite up now for the run in I hope :) Found a huge black bug thing in my T shirt today - didn't look like a cockroach thankfully. So a. read more...


12/11/2015

Shelena - Days 3 and 4 ARC + Landing Mahi Mahi

All well aboard Shelena. Last night everyone managed some quality sleep aswe get into our stride. I should add that this does not apply to Petri whohas maintained quality sleep from day1! The routine is now established andwe are in fine shape. No further mention of sea sickness in this blog iswarranted. Now if I am not mistaken I finished off my last diary entry with setting upthe fishing line. Well today, in early afternoon, the unmistakable sound ofthe fishing real was heard by all. That high pitched whine was most welcome.Yes, we have a fish. It turned out to be the first to be landed on Shelena,ever. Not perhaps too surprising given that we are on yacht of only a fewmonths from manufacturers, Oyster. In any event, we were well prepared.Petri started the haul in. Kathy was wetting the. read more...


12/11/2015

Shelena - 11th November and a solid start on our ARC + adventure.

The sea sickness status remains positive. Helen and Kathryn have beencareful not to stay in the galley or below for any longer than is needed.The patches truly seem to work. Jules is not prone to sea sickness, so faras he knows, Petri never gets sickness and me, just occasionally; butabsolutely no problems to date. We started well with brisk E or ENE winds at 20 knots which was great with190 Nm under our hull in the first 24 hours. That has been followed bylighter winds and we are now sailing more sedately. Our attempt to hoist thecruising chute turned into drama as the sail touched water as it was openingwith the result it has been destroyed and we have no spinnaker. A shame; butthat's sailing.We turned to fishing. My kit was bought as a birthday treat with help fromAndy, Into the Blue,. read more...


Widago - WIDAGO Strikes Again!
Widago - WIDAGO Strikes Again!
Widago - Hard Day's Work
Widago - Hard Day's Work
12/11/2015

Timshel - Log Day 4 Wildlife and calms

Distance logged 1300-1300 is 127.6. Broad reaching with poled out yankee and main, but conditions increasingly quiet.Having got used to charging along at 7 knots+ 4-5 seems very tame (but more peaceful).A tiny bird smaller than a sparrow landed briefly on the guard rail - presumably on it's way to Africa?The whole boat is turning brown covered by a fine dust from the Sahara I guess, its just over there.We saw our first flying fish this morning (but none came aboard) also turtles.Only problem is the generator is having a strop (or maybe the alternator is blown?) which means we can't run the watermaker, so no showers, it's a bit rolly anyway.. read more...


12/11/2015

Lucky Star - Enfin des nouvelles

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, petit résumé de ces trois dernières semaines.25/10/2015 Départ de Baiona pour Porto26/10/2015 Arrivée au large de Porto. Finalement par rapport aux fenêtres météo, nous décidons dedescendre directement à Lisbonne. Prévision 25 noeuds de vent avec une houle de 5,6 mètres.27/10/2015 7h30 un nouveau grain arrive, nous nous préparons à prendre et ris et BOINGGGGGGGG!!!!!! La bôme s'est cassé au niveau du hale bas. A part la bôme aucun dégât, mais nous avons misplus de 2 heures à tout ranger.https://www.google.fr/maps/place/39°35"N+9°42'"WNous continuons sur Lisbonne à 7 noeuds sous solent uniquement.Pour changer, nouvelle arrivée de nuit à Lisbonne à 22h. Notre meilleur moment de la journée arrivaenfin!!! Douche et Pizza ;)28/10/2015 Nous commandons une. read more...


12/11/2015

Bamarandi - Thursday 12th November - Tomato & Basil

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12/11/2015

Raylah - Raylah Log Day 4

You would not think that you could have a shortage of salt on a yacht in the Atlantic but we have none. The boat is covered in salt crystals like a fairy castle but they contain stainless steel polish or fibreglass wax and other boat cleaning materials. We address the problem by adding large quantities of Bovril, Lea and Perrins, chile powder and mustard to everything. Today we will evaporate some sea water to get some real salt. We are eating very well, last night was Chinese Chicken with egg fried rice and the night before Irish stew in the pressure cooker, washed down with responsible!!! quantities of red wine.As of yesterday we were second in class but we do have problems. Firstly there is my social experiment of seeing if one can cross the Atlantic with a crew whose collective. read more...


Widago - Marco the Mahi
Widago - Marco the Mahi
12/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (5): Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!

Finally!Approximately 10:45 Zulu time, all hands were summoned to the aft deck, as Marco the MahiMahi made his first strike. Swabbie Gordon quickly took control of the situation, sending Ahab to helm to slow the boat down while he reeled with all his might. After a brief battle, Marco found himself on the wrong end of a gaff, and enjoying a healthy slug of Dominican rum to help ease him towards the light at the end of the tunnel. Ahab donned his fish filleting attire, and carved Marco into a delicious pile. What shall it be for lunch today? Fish tacos? Mahi sliders? Dorado curry stew? Perhaps there will be enough for all good options.-Ali image1. read more...


Widago - CV Leg (5): Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!
Widago - CV Leg (5): Guess Who's Coming to Dinner!
12/11/2015

Hejira - El Dorado

20 51.940N 021 09.778WThursday  12th November 2015Dawn revealed the conditions experienced through the night with big breaking swells running. An unfortunate flying fish must have taken off out of a swell and concluded his flight and life on the deck of Hejira. Stephen was not allowed to claim it as a ‘catch’.The water maker saga has reached a hiatus having done all we can, it runs for a period then stops with air in the intake. Having weighted the end of the pipe, we are concluding that this is due to the Hozelock joints and that a new, shorter, dedicated length of pipe on the pick-up side will do the trick and Barry (note) is confident we can get everything sorted in Mindelo and there is nothing now to worry about…………… Worst case on the crossing will be washing (dishes and bodies). read more...


Hejira - El Dorado
Hejira - El Dorado
12/11/2015

Sweet Caroline - Day 1 - The Race is ON - Early Start

We were officially notified by the Rally HQ that the race could begin anytime after 12:01am on Wednesday, November 11. We checked tides and current and reviewed watch schedule and planned our leave for 2am. We were making our last safety check before dark last night and identified that the starboard bow light was defective. This was after Jeff had already done rewiring to correct the port bow light, earlier in the week. This one was a defective light, though. We were able to get to West Marine and get a new one before they closed (thanks to Uber).Then all hands on deck to make this last repair - and we were in business. Let's go to bed before something else goes wrong. We had an early pretty simple dinner and called it a night. Today is the day - Kirk, Grey and I got us off about 2:23am. read more...


12/11/2015

PG Roshni - Dawn

19:06.6N 22:46.6WPretty murky out there this am as dawn comes up very slowly. Twas dark as a bag last night and wind eased again leaving us crawling along at 5kn. Bit better now but its come round a bit to N.Sleep pattern and body clock is all over the place at the moment and we'll have to get these routines sorted for the main crossing else go a bit weird (er)! Going to play with ropes and sails as soon as we have enough light to see if we can push a little extra speed :)Laters. read more...


12/11/2015

Firefly - Singapore stopover and up the Melacca Straits

Today is Thursday 12th November and Firefly is motoring north west up the Melacca Straits with Malaysia and Sumatra on either side.We reluctantly departed Singapore yesterday after a really enjoyable 4 night stay. For 2 months we had been cruising through Indonesia and although really spectacular in many places it was always felt a little 'off piste'. The Indonesian people were incredibly friendly throughout but things such as forest fires and smoke haze, poor pilot and chart information, over fishing and extensive rubbish, light winds and the start of the monsoon.....plus the final struggle with the authorities to check out of the country.... had made us a little 'jaded'.Singapore still suffers from the haze but in every other respect it is a polar opposite to Indonesia. Checking into. read more...


11/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (4): Night Moves

As we have now crossed the midway point of this leg to Cape Verde, WIDAGO has decided to up its game by practicing performing repairs, at night, underway, while I'm supposed to be sleeping.Perhaps this is all part of the romantic life at sea, but I didn't sure read about this in the brochure Ahab showed me five years ago. At that point he was all, "Oh sweetie pie...won't it be amazing gliding downwind, on smooth glasslike trade wind swells. Wind in your hair, eating lobster every night, in a peaceful atoll, listening to CSN singing 'Southern Cross'?" I'm positive at some point it will be like that, but just not today. Instead, we were rolling about on confused mucked up seas, still sailing downwind, my hair is a disaster, but dinner was pretty good. No atolls, yet - or lobster. Just as I. read more...


Widago - CV Leg (4): Night Moves
Widago - CV Leg (4): Night Moves
12/11/2015

PG Roshni - Midnight flog

19:41.2N 22:22.2WWell campers the breeze has gone quite light and holding course is tough without the occasional flog. Listening to the rig shake rattle and roll as you can imagine not my favourite thing but slightly better than the tunes on Rebecca's ipod that Susan brought with her ;)!Still we are making 7kn with some current helping but you clever souls with the Arc ap will know much more than me.Life on board is settling into routine of trying to get sleep when possible. I need some more drug induced kip I think as the din from the water maker under my bed is a bit like a hundred woodpeckers having a pop at me. Nigel and Susan have been doing their sightings with the 2 sextants we have on board and comparing notes with much debate... It seems quite cool but reading the position of. read more...


11/11/2015

Timshel - Day 3 Dolphins and marauding cat(amaran)s

Days run 1300 - 1300 147.7nm.Broad reaching with main and yankee goosewinged for the whole time.Got a bit interesting/exciting during the night - decided when we were making 10 kts it was time to reef.Thought all the multihulls would have disappeared over the horizon by now but last night we were coming together with Sea Fantasy, the night before with First Step.Could also see the lights of Hejira (also on AIS)and in the morning when things had calmed down a bit could talk to quite a few boats by VHF (must be good reception conditions as some were 50 nm away) before the SSB schedule.Have also seen a couple of fishing boats who are not on AIS, and of course the dolphins at tea time yesterday! Also tried our first noon sight with the sextant though the sun was a bit hazy. NB Imported the. read more...