Dala - Right in the middle
Hi, all,We are now in the 6th day of this leg, Bermuda to Azores, the longest and most significant, 1800 NM (for non sailors: NM is Nautical Mile and equals 1852 meters).And we are right in the middle, my instruments are telling me that we are 933 NM from destination.I've never done such a long crossing in my whole sailing life and I've never been so far from any piece of land. It's thrilling!I've been asked a few times if you get bored on such a long trip. The short reply is: Not for a second!The longer reply is that you have to plan and plan again your route constantly, reading and interpreting the weather forecast, trim your sails several times a day, etc... Because everything around you, the waves, the wind strength, the wind direction, the swell, the currents and more are changing. read more...
Tag 6 1000Restseemeilen Moin und hallo von Bord der Zingara. Der fuenfteTag hatte es in sich - 24Stunden Amwind Segel Richtung Azoren mitdurchgehend 20 - 25Konten Wind. Wir haben gut Strecke gemacht und aucheinige Positionen aufgeholt. Heute Vormittag hat der Wind deutlichnachgelassen - welch eine Wohltat! Wir mussten kurzzeitig sogar diegusseiserne Genua bemuehen um nicht stehen zu bleiben. Die versprocheneWinddrehung kam dann wie angekuendigt und kurz vor unser 1000 RestseemeilenMarke konnten wir wieder Segel setzen. Nun ist easy sailing, Halbwind ausSuedOst 14ktn, angesagt. Das soll erstmal so bleiben und langsam - mitzunehmenden Einfluss des Azorenhochs - auf Sued drehen und zunehmen. Nebender Erholung haben einige Delfine und der Magarita von Ernst fuerHighlights gesorgt. Nun freuen. read more...
Jambo - rough old night
We are bashing through a low trough but I to headwindsso Jambo is taking apounding for not much forward progressSleep still at a premium and a moral boosting bacon wrap is required!Watching the birds swooping around the boat leaves you with admiration of their agility.Carol just planning to bake bread which will be good for lunch.Problems with the domestic batteries indicates that the Caribbean sun may have killed themPhilip. read more...
Widago - Bermuda-Azores Day 6: Whale of a Time
Beautiful day out here somewhere in the North Atlantic, as WIDAGO slowly makes progress towards Horta. Winds continue to be light & variable, seas rolling with broad, smooth swells. We've two different whale sightings in two days. Yesterday was a pair of pilots, followed by a sleeping Goliath on the surface today - not sure of her species, but for sure the blowhole was in working order. Boys continue to keep themselves busy with games (mancala is hot right now) and movies (seriously, how many times have we seen Cars???). Yesterday it was so calm, I had no excuse to forego cleaning the salon. Luckily with three Tweens on board, all it takes is one round of chips & guacamole, and I'm back in the cleaning business. I think they are taunting me... Just crumbling tortilla chips, and. read more...
Free Spirit - Log 15: 24 May 2015
I have noted the young whipper-snapper's denials but they cut no ice with me. And, as for that lawyer. Like all of his ilk he will sing anyone's tune for the right 'consideration'. When I do catch the little blighter with chocolaty fingers he will have to be taught a lesson but I'm thinking that keel-hauling might be a bit harsh, especially as not many keel-haulees survive. Sixty lashes of me ol' cat-o-nine tails should be sufficient to see justice done.It's been the devil's luck on this trip so far. Thieving crew being just one of a whole load of aggravations. Today Mr. Mainsail had an enforced rest. And tomorrow too by the looks of it. He's not too unhappy about that but the rest of us are not best pleased. All of the bolts holding the in-mast furling system sheared in the night last. read more...
Free Spirit - Log 14: 24 May 2015
Sunday morning. A time for lie-ins, bacon and eggs,coffee and the morning papers. For some, a chance to recover from last night'sexcesses and for others, the time to get stuck into a long run, or a wholesomewalk in the park. Traditionally, the Day of Rest was even observed atsea - the crew were obliged to don their best uniforms and, after a briefSunday service, were given the rest of the day off... This, however, was not the case on Free Spirit thisSunday morning. Michael and I, having come off watch at 0400, were shaken awakeby the Skipper at 0630 and hauled on deck.Overnight, the rod that supports thein-mast furling mainsail had fractured at its base, meaning that the sail couldnot be reefed or extended without it jamming. With increasing winds and seas,. read more...