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Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November
Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November
Clarelsa - Fineline pic from day 4
Clarelsa - Fineline pic from day 4
Matenka - Making friends with the neighbors on our pontoon! :D
Matenka - Making friends with the neighbors on our pontoon! :D
12/11/2017

Ngahue IV - HR53 Ngahue IV now in Las Palmas for the ARC

Marco and Laura have finally made it to Las Palmas. The trip was pretty long, stretching from July (departure in Belgium) to November (arrival in Gran Canaria & Las Palmas). But to be fair, a lot of that time we were back in Brussels, working and preparing for the final countdown to join this year's ARC. After more than a week spent in Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife) we managed to get to Las Palmas just before the final deadline, arriving in the Muelle Deportivo marina at quarter past one in the morning of 12th November. We managed to take on fuel and park the boat in what will be our berth for the next week in time for the festive opening of the ARC 2017 today at midday. 21 flags and lots of people in a colourful parade and beautiful weather to make for a happy event. We're now busily. read more...


12/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 5 - Five million million to one

Ah HoyHaddock here again with some deep fishy thoughts................Today imagine your a fish, a flying fish Mid-Atlantic, sun shining, calm(ish) day (less than 13 knots and waves one foot high....usual stuff)your feeling frisky and pretty cool about life after all you're specialand very privileged. Most fish can't fly in fact only flying fish can fly!Dolphins, they think they can talk, but they don't have wings and willnever soar like you do and they can't breath under water, whats's cleverabout that? Many fish have amazing qualities, the star fish for example.The blue whale, blue and big (still can't breath under water). Goldfish, looks valuable but isn't, a loner who swims in circles. Dog fishcan't even bark he is not a dog, he's really just 'a fish' cat fishdon't ever resemble cats. read more...


11/11/2017

Galileo - Code Zero rocks

Flying today, yesterday not so much. We sailed slowly on the jib yesterday. Hours were spent attempting to re-rig (for the second time) our main sail. Our earlier fix significantly chafed our spin halyard and aside from not wanting to ruin the line we also didn’t want to risk another failure. Eric, Don and I worked creatively, cooperatively and diligently in the hot sun. Unfortunately, the solution didn’t work out as hoped. Tired and sailing very slowly we started the starboard engine. We decided to motor through the night - making watches and sleep easy. Today the wind has shifted and out came the Code Zero. On the Zero alone we are flying along at 9+ knots COG - speculating how fast we might be going if we had a main sail! Nonetheless, we are grateful for another beautiful day. I love. read more...


Galileo - Code Zero rocks
Galileo - Code Zero rocks
11/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 7

Day 7-Nov 11th.Today is Veteran's Day, and the closest thing to parade out here, in the vicinity of 29N 66W, is a flotilla of sailboats heading south for the Caribbean. We're like a flock of geese, honking and .... okay maybe not a flock of geese. We're not going to poop all over the islands, like they do in Washington, DC. But we will stay until weather makes us leave--unlike the geese in DC.Yesterday evening's weather made for considerable motoring. Pretty much 3 kts from every direction, none pushing us where we wanted to go. It is just as well, as we plowed through rainy weather all night. Multiple squalls convinced us to to drop both sails. The lightening that went on all night made us wish we could lower the mast, but there were no instructions in our manual, and we're too far off. read more...


11/11/2017

Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada

Matthew is turning 8 tomorrow so today he baked a vanilla cake that we are going to decorate with chocolate frosting and fill it with salted caramel sauce!! Last night we had to deal with several squalls and this morning ended up changing course for 3 hours to avoid a very large one: I have never seen so much Lightning in my life. Lastly today I made the discovery that fruit flies can infect the galley even 500 miles from land!!image1. read more...


Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada
Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada
11/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Finally on the last 20 miles

Cap Verde is in sight and we can finally look forward to a night without night watches and some quality sleep. And I am sure the skipper will wake up feeling a year older, as he tries to leave his frustrations over all the tactical mistakes on this leg behind him.We thank you for following us on this page!Team Abraxas. read more...


11/11/2017

Neverland - Day 6 & 7 - something fishy is happening onboard Neverland

There have been some mysterious happenings onboard Neverland over the last 24 hours. We foundtwo flying fish on the bow this morning which isn’t in itself a mystery because the lunatics seem to hurl themselves out of the water without any regard for their welfare or safety - much like my sister Flora approaching a busy intersection (soz Floss – whoever taught you to go round a roundabout in 4th gear is wrong!). Anyway, the real mystery is where we found one of them…inside the anchor locker. Weird. Dunno how he got in there but if the plan was to end up as fish bait he succeeded. Dad and I were about to enjoy our breakfast of porridge and a banana (spoon in hand) when Tom appeared with both flying fish, sat himself at the table next to us, plonked the stinky fish down on the cockpit table. read more...


Neverland - Day 6 & 7 - something fishy is happening onboard Neverland
Neverland - Day 6 & 7 - something fishy is happening onboard Neverland
10/11/2017

Wild Iris - Log day 6. Nearly there; only 225nm to go! Friday 10th Nov

As we swap to the midnight shift on Thursday night/Friday morning we 225 miles to go and we are on the Starboard layline spinnaker run.Have we come too low in our search for breeze and will end up white sailing to the finish? Predict wind is being consulted every 4 hours and we are now sailing to a compass heading rather than following the breeze. Thankfully the seas are reasonably flat as the wind has not filled in as promised. Its a busy day keeping the sails set, seas sparkling and wildlife passing by.......getting excited for the finish!. read more...


10/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 6

Day 6-Nov 10th.As Forest Gump so eloquently stated, "weather is like a box of chocolates. Ya never know what you're gonna get." Each morning we receive a wx forecast from a wx routing service, covering the next couple of days. We keep expecting some force-full winds that will send us skipping across the waves to our final destination. We're still waiting. Makes you want to light the fire under one of those engines and get this train moving.So far, the only animal or marine life we have seen since crossing the stream is one flying fish. They are not very big, so unless there are an entire school of them, you'll probably miss them. The setting sun must have hit it just right. We're still wondering what possessed it to leave the water. Hmmmm. We had some fairly large swells coming from the. read more...


11/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: finish!!

Jaja, we zijn er, en de oplettende lezer heeft het al gezien aan de titelboven dit bericht: we zijn toch nog op Rob’s verjaardag 10 novembergefinished! De laatste dag was een mooie zeildag en rond 4 uur hadden we het ‘land inzicht’ moment toen eerst het hoge eiland Santo Antao zichtbaar werd en later pasSao Vicente waar we heen moesten. Altijd leuk, en het gaf ons ook een mooiezonsondergang met de eilanden op de achtergrond.   Overdag en ook tot dik in het donker lekker met de gennaker doorgevaren(het ging krap worden qua finish tijd!) en toen de laatste gijp gemaakt richtingde finish met uitgerolde genua weer. Vanaf dat moment kon er ook heel mooigekeken worden naar de verwachtte exacte aankomsttijd en Haico kreeg een steedsgrotere glimlach. Want hij realiseerde zich dat het op de. read more...


Marisja - Dag 6: finish!!
Marisja - Dag 6: finish!!
11/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°5 - Wind Woes / Calling All Pirates

The crew is growing restless. Sick of motoring, you can tell it's beginning to wear on everyone. Where is the wind? It's no great secret we hate being under engine. It's noisy, smells of diesel, and is generally awful. Haji was built to sail, and if the skipper had his way there would be no engine, but alas it is a necessary evil. The weather report downloaded at 0849, bringing the bad news; there would be no wind for another 36 hours. So we find ourselves stuck in a catch 22, a damned if you do/damned if you don't situation. Sail slowly toward Mindelo and miss the Sunday 1800 cut off, or motor most of the way (taking the penalty for doing so) and find ourselves on the cusp of being demoted to a motor sailing class. Even under engine for the rest of the trip we would arrive just in the. read more...


11/11/2017

Lily - Day 5

Compared to our previous days, day 5 has been so full of action I have needed some rest to write it up. Justin has been hanging around the back of the boat for 3 days now trying to get a fish. Alas, none has come until (drumroll) one flew onto his chest and as if he was sending a football, Ronaldo style, straight into the cockpit where Delphinia sat deep into a book. You can imagine the suitable squeel as the fish flapped around in the cockpit and tried to fly/swim and Delphinias delight in beeing disturbed this way. After such drama, we all had to rest for a while. Sailingwise, we have been straight on target all day flying two foresails. Requires little of the crew, so Justin will go on fishing, hoping for a fish on the hook rather than his chest.Peder. read more...


11/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6

Bonjour à tous.Enfin arrivés.Ou presque!Nous sommes à 45 mN au ENE du Cap Vert. Tout se passe bien.à l'exception du manque de vent. Nous avons dû user de stratégie et aussi un peu de chance pour éviter les trous de vents. Nous avons croisé plusieurs cargos, vu une multitude de dauphins, des milliers de poissons volants, 2 baleines...et 1 requin. Par ailleurs, quelques petits incidents sans plus. La majorité du temps, nous sommes seuls sans aucun bateau à vue. Avons croisé, Cayuse, Double Joy et Odeline! Nous avons même été contactés par eux. Quel plaisir d'échanger avec nos nouveaux amis. Pauline et Clément.Pour célébrer l'anniversaire de Louise , le capitaine a décidé d'arriver ce soir! Souper flamboyant d'anniversaire à la Marina de Mindelo est au programme.À la prochaine!image1. read more...


Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6
Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6
11/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/11/2017. 26*. 16'. south. 39*. 23' east

It is a beautiful day at sea. We have slow (8-9 second period) swells from the south and minimal wind waves. We are in a brief period of lighter winds of 8-9 knotsthat are supposed to last to tonight. I hate to motor sail but we will be tight on our arrival weather so we are gaining about 3 knots of insurance. I have said this many times in this blog, there are much better sailors than us in the group that get by with many less engine hours. It is a combination of somewhat faster boats and much more experienced sailors. When we were down wind sailing we could keep up better. A boat like Skyelark of London is longer (therefore faster hull, speed), sails more close to the wind and has two excellent skippers that run it as a business. I am guessing the are a 125 to 150 miles ahead of us. read more...


11/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Less than 100 miles to go :-)

The good news is that we are heading directly towards Mindelo and that there is less than 100 nm to go.The bad news is that we will not be in before night falls :-(Weather wise the sun is out, and the wind blows between 16-19 knots. No dolphins spotted for a while but flying fish are around us all day.All the best from Team Abraxas. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Nearing Mindelo

Today's wildlife spotting was a big turtle, poking its head out of the sea.So far, we've had a featured creature each day, along with an almost-daily dolphin show.A whale, flying fish, tiny squid on the deck, the turtle, and even a night show of dolphins trailing streams of bioluminescent sparkles.Our very kind friends from King's Ransom in Valencia, Pete and Niki, gave us a gift bag full of presents to unwrap for every "first."So the kids have had a good time discovering the treats Niki set up for us upon spotting our first whale, dolphin, turtle, etc.They are looking forward to being a week at sea so they can unwrap another.We took bets on arrival times in Mindelo and all of us were overly optimistic about the wind.We now have 38 miles to go and are only doing 5 to 6 knots so it will. read more...


10/11/2017

Blue Top - Arrivée à Las Palmas

Depuis notre départ de la Graciosa, par bonne brise qui s'est rapidement dissipée sous le vent de Lanzarote....nous avons fait escale a la Marina Rubicon, au sud de l'île....complexe touristique moderne, mais a bonne échelle, accueil sympathique, et calme reposant....il n'y a plus le vent strident que nous avons eu à la Graciosa....Journée d'excursion dans l'ile, en voiture de location...paysage lunaire, mais la culture locale des vignes semi enterrées est surprenante, le résultat gustatif est bon surtout pour le Blanc sec ...et le rouge....de La Géria; culture de l'Aloe Vera, qui est bon pour tout, comme le sirop Typhon....et le musée des Cactus ou nous avons pu "déguster" un "burger"de Cactus.....Cette île de Lanzarote est vraiment a voir....Puis navigation vers Ténérife, départ en. read more...


10/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Divendres 10 de novembre de 2017Hola Windseekers!Ja som divendres, ja portem 5 dies navegant sense parar i vosaltres, qui us ho hauria de dir, ja fa una setmana que seguiu un blog d’una regata naútica! Moltes gràcies a tothom per pensar i preocupar-vos per nosaltres. Aquí també pensem molt amb els de casa. Avui hem començat el dia una mica com tots els altres... pescant! Avui en David ha tret la peça més grossa (foto 1). Tenim tonyina ja fins que tornem a sortir de Mindelo. Més o menys, segons la trigonometria calculada a bord, arribarem demà a mitja tarda a port. La veritat és que està essent molt excitant cada moment, tot i que també tenim ganes de tirar-nos a l’aigua i fer una mica el dominguero, penjar l’hamaca i nedar amb el tubo i les ulleres. Estem navegant amb vents portants des. read more...


Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
10/11/2017

Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada

Our captain has managed to repair the square sail and after lunch we put it back up in the hope to gain a little more speed in this 5-10 knots wind which is not enough to get our 25 tons steel boat moving at decent speed. At the moment it seems we have gained 1 extra knotversus the reacher sail we put up yesterday: fingers crossed!! The crew has also enjoyed the last two nights watch without squalls or showers: we are all feeling more rested and relaxed, what a difference!!. The children have been reading a lot, made some Thanksgiving decorations and built some nice tunnels and forts using all the pillows, blankets and towels they could find on the boat. image1. read more...


Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
10/11/2017

Neverland - Day 5 - visitors

So we are still eating Tuna…one fillet fed three of us for dinner, then Tom made up some tuna nigiri for lunch which was amaaaazing! There is also a seared fillet coated in toasted sesame seeds in the fridge and the fourth fillet in the freezer. Reckon I could have fed a dinner party of 12 with the amount of meat that came off Petunia the Tuna. Dad and Tom have been hunting for Dennis the Dorado so I can cut him up and make him into some delicious ceviche. Yum. They better do it quick because my lemons and limes have seen better days.In other, even more exciting news, in the last 24 hours we have seen sea turtles and for the first time ever…a whale. Not a pilot whale or anything that likes to call itself a whale when really it’s just an oversized dolphin. I mean a massive whale. A real. read more...


Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
10/11/2017

Lily - Day 5

At last the engine was turned off as the wind piped up. Seems we (or the weather files) were right, ther was some wind further south. So we sailed into the night with 4-5 knots in nearly the right direction. We've been fishing, and that we caught nothing is not for lack of trying. There has been mumbling among the crew if is has something to do with the fact our lines are from Norway and intended for mackrel and cod, but I have dismissed it as nonsense. As long as I am onboard, there will be no fish, that is how bad I am at fishing. Peder. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 3

Monday was the day when we lost most of the wind and a lot of time was spent looking at GRIB files to determine where the wind would come first. With what wind we had we sailed at 4 knots towards the west in the hope of catching it there. As I could have predicted, we (or I) got it wrong. The weather updates from the forecasters received by email makes no sense. They must be using some very different data to us out here. When we see a boat on the AIS we normally have a chat. Most have some exciting story of fish caught or spinnakers twisted. Alas, not much has happen here apart from eating too much snacks and reading our books.. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 4

Where is my large, multicoloured foresail? In my wisdom I thought we would not need it or miss it, but we really do. Lily is not on top form in less than 10 knots of wind so we have been bobbing all night in 3-4 knots of speed. So after a morning session with new GRIB files and some math we found that we would be lucky to make the re-start on Wednesday if we don't do something drastic. So we started the engine and headed south where the wind is forecast to be. Viritually no waves or wind with glorious sunshine we have had a very nice day. Showers on the back of the boat and all crew on good form. Wind did not come all day, so we engine into the night while our diesel tank slowly drains..... (not too worry, we can always drift to Cape Verde!) We celebrated the half way mark with a bottle. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: vis update!

Zul je altijd zien hoor, wij maken Rob belachelijk over zijn aangepaste enwild zwemmend/springend aasvisje, heeft ‘ie binnen 2 uur midden op de dag beet!Ditmaal een behoorlijk fomaat mahi mahi, die inmiddels door Haico vakkundiggeprepareerd is voor op de grill vanavond.   En ook dit heeft effect op de discussie rondom aankomst en voor wie deeerste rekening is, Rob vindt namelijk dat hij door het vangen van de viseigenlijk al getrakteerd heeft! Komt geen einde aan die discussie...   Marisja crew. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Hello Friends and Family

Hello,90 miles from Mindelo and the winds are still as fickle as ever.We are sailing with our rainbow spinnaker on the rhumb line but it is slow going - 5.8 knots.Fast on some boats.The crew is getting along great and eating very well.Our veggies are still fresh so lots of tomatoes, avocados, carrots and celery in the mix.Cucumbers too.Everyone is enjoying the peaceful albeit slow progress but the racer in Kent may have had enough of peace.We saw a very beautiful turtle this morning.It may have had a bit of trash stuck to it but we couldn't confirm it as it passed by so taking in the sails to investigate and help was overcome by the ambiguity.The kids and Lara are doing a story time session - Winnie the Pooh.Christopher Robin and the gang are bringing food on an adventure in the story. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: er is er een jarig

Jawel, we hebben vandaag dus een jarige aan boord, Rob is nu nog maar eenjaartje verwijderd van de AOW/museum/ouderentreinreizen/dierentuin/etc pasjes.Hij heeft geen idee wat hij er mee zou moeten doen maar geeft alvast aan dat hijze wél allemaal wil hebben. Meer over Rob z’n verjaardag later.   Nog iets over gistermiddag, we zien wel vaker dolfijnen maar nu zaten erzomaar 50-60 tegelijk om de boot heen, echt waanzinnig. Voor bij de boeg zag hetwater eruit als ‘massief’ dolfijn, allemaal vechten om hun plekkie bij deboeg.   Afgelopen nacht was weer een nacht met bar weinig wind, aanvankelijk wildenwe met de gennaker doorvaren, maar met zo weinig druk moesten we vrijwel westvaren om nog een beetje druk te houden en het begin van de nacht was zoongelooflijk gitzwart dat het erg. read more...


10/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Spinnaker up again

The spinnaker is once again pulling us forward at good speed in the northeasterly 10-13 knots breeze.Although there are some clouds around it is a hot day out at sea under the sun and with 25 C in the sea. ETA for our arrival in Cap Verde is currently some time just before sunset tomorrow if the wind holds, and if it don't I think we will compensate by using the engine again as it would be good to get this frustrating leg completed.Kind regards from Team Abraxas. read more...


Wild Iris - Log Day4. Calm returns to Wild Iris.
Wild Iris - Log Day4. Calm returns to Wild Iris.
10/11/2017

Wild Iris - log Day 4. Danger Danger High Voltage. Wed 8th November

"Wild Iris, Wild Iris, this is Dongfeng Kantan 1, Dongfeng Kantan 1. We are a research vessel towing an 8nm long high voltage cable. You are on collision course with us." Our tranquil spinnaker run under a moonlit night had just been shattered!"All crew on deck, all crew on deck, to prepare for a possible immediate gybe".(Thankfully Wild Iris' crew had done one spini gybe early the previous day, but otherwise it was the first time the spinnaker had been flown aboard Wild Iris and the pole rigging something that Heath Robinson would have been proud of!)Earlier, we had been been happily sailing along with Luna as company and overheard their conversations with DK1... They were intending to pass ahead.We needed Dongfeng to alter course to leeward if we were to clear and avoid what looked. read more...


10/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°4 - Current Score: Fish 3, Devin 2

I'm beginning to find fishing a love/hate activity. After nearly 2000nm and countless broken or tangled lines and no fish to show for my efforts, I finally reeled in a beautiful 70cm Mahi-Mahi yesterday morning. It was an incredible feeling, heightened by an informal biggest fish competition during this first leg of the rally along with Osprey, Miltonia, and Lily. Loser buys the first round of drinks in Mindelo. Why I thought it was a good idea to propose a competition after coming up empty for months, I have no idea. I had however bought two new lures and a new hand line which I hoped would change my fortunes. They did, as my first catch was on my new red squid lure. Today was a new day. As I sat in the saloon finishing my morning coffee, I heard a call from the cockpit, "shark!". read more...


Wild Iris - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins all around
Wild Iris - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins all around
10/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Motoring, is not this trip was supposed to be about

We have now been using the engine since 19:28 last evening, and there is still not enough wind to give us the 7 knots average we need in order to make landfall before Saturday evening. So I guess this will continue for a while.Not much to report, except for the sighting of the first flying fish of this trip. The sun is already warm and with a water temperature of 24,5 degrees I think we will have hot and beautiful day out here. Have nice day! Team AbraxasOops, almost forgot to mention that our fabulous crew are baking fresh oatmeal briquettes for breakfast!!!. read more...


10/11/2017

Hummingbird - Hummingbird's Blog Day 5

Dear Bruce,I’ve been instructed by our chief passage-maker, Chris, to start tonight’s blog in this manner to check if you are paying attention. Now, for the rest of Hummingbird’s family, friends and fans, here comes the news hot off the deck of a very hot boat(*tisssss is the sound effect) Jeez it’s been warm! This might be the dream holiday for some of you high-latitude readers, now in your woollies, reading this with a mulled wine, roasted chestnuts with brooding grey skies outside to keep you indoors so long that you get fed up and decide wearing singlets and trousers day after day as you swing across the face of the Earth is just the thing for you. Most of us are padding around in t-shirts and shorts, with the exception of Chris, who can be frequently spotted in a jumpsuit of sorts. read more...


09/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 5

Day 5-Nov 9th.Yesterday, we did a little motor sailing in the afternoon. No more than a couple of hours. Then we were able to make progess, just using the wind and sails. Albeit, a little slow through the night. (around 4kts). That was just fine with us. Off watch, we slept well. One thing that makes sailing at night enjoyable, is having cooperative winds, and the light of the moon. We started the rally with a full moon that stayed up all night. It was almost like sailing at dusk. Now the moon is waning (getting smaller) and it comes out about an hour later each night. I think last night, it was close to 10:30 pm before the moon was up high enough to make a difference. Otherwise, it was pitch black. This is where having an operable radar adds a level of comfort. It served us well by. read more...


09/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dijous, 9 de novembre de 2017 en un punt indeterminat de l’Atlàntic.Avuiel dia ha començat molt bé. Estem de celebració en Jordi ja ha fet seixanta voltes al voltant del Sol. Tot navegant amb asimètric entre tots hem preparat una petita festa per dinar: En Francesc ha fet unes banderoles de paper que hem penjant a dins del barco; L’Oriol s’ha currat un pastisset de xocolata que quan en Jordi entrava a dins l’amagàvem com podíem perquè no ho veiés. A més avui li hem deixat triar el menú per dinar. Ha triat “macarrons”. Es veu que és un dels seus menjars preferits. Doncs Au! A fer macarrons! Que per cert han quedat boníssims. (veure foto 1 i 2)A la Tarda mentre en Francesci en David eren a proa xerrant,L’Oriol ha cridat: dofins!!! Primer ens pensàvem que eren dofins molars, que són més. read more...


Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker

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