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Boni Venti - LOG DAY SEVEN - A QUIET SUNDAY ON THE ATLANTIC
Boni Venti - LOG DAY SEVEN - A QUIET SUNDAY ON THE ATLANTIC
27/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 3

Headwinds again today. Interesting cooking, cleaning, and dressing in a washing machine! sorry Hot Stuff we love you for the beautiful race boat that you are but we love you more when you're reaching! We dropped south to avoid the strom forming in the north running 100 miles off the African coast keeping an eye out for container ships. We spotted our first whale, its body breaking the surface and diving out of sight. Later that day we saw 'him' again spouting about a mile off - amazing and something we will keep with us forever. Now that we're getting used to the boat we have started our cleaning rota. As a reward we broke open the M&Ms. The bananas are finished- we're now starting on the apples. Mary braved two hours in the galley in her oilies making dinner. Hot work on Hot Stuff. read more...


27/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 4

Broad reaching - dawn brought a rainbow and clearer skies. Everyone has their sea legs now and are keen to catch up the fleet- we heard that our sister boat Diamonds is 9th in her class - go girls! The sun is out and so are the shorts and bikinis. Everyone had their first sea shower with a bucket at the bow - feels great to be out of our oilies and be clean! We also did our first washing - everyones clothing is out on the guradrails - a new slant on dressed all over! Cooking is starting earlier today - we've learnt that making dinner needs a detailed plan to ensure you're not eating in the dark! Paula is cooking up stir fry - smells yummy and a good way to use up the veg that needs esting. read more...


27/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Sunday 27th November: a day of rest?

After a couple of days with better winds and gaining some confidence in anarrival date in St Lucia today has been rather slower.  Engine on and windsdown at 5 knots – and not even sunny this morning – its not alwaysparadise!  It has been an odd day – a few chores such as washing a fewclothes (I’d never been asked to reef the washing line before now) and tidyingthe boat (Keith is brilliant at keeping us in order), topping up the tank withdiesel from the forward locker, watching some dolphins (and for me, a couple ofepisodes of Black Adder!) and suddenly the day is nearly gone.   Our plans for St Lucia are being juggled (Hotel Chocolat please be kind tous!) and our partying may be a little shortened, but the miles to go are slowlycoming down.  Diesel usage is. read more...


27/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 11 - Excitement!!!

Life has settled down into a daily routine on board Endeavour lately - we're all managing our watches with hardly a glance at the roster stuck up on the wall, the meals are being produced and clean-up done by the designated persons, and in between we're all lounging around reading or chatting or dozing or trimming sails when the wind has decided to blow for us (most of the time the last few days, thankfully).And then today just before lunchtime, Conor shot up out of his recumbent pose saying "is that something over there?".And oh my goodness, it was - a ship!!!The first one we've seen while at sea since leaving Las Palmas - well, the excitement of it all!!! Suddenly everyone was up and paying attention, all ideas of lunch were abandoned, the AIS was fired up to see if we could get. read more...


27/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 8

--Serious squalls last night at 0400, Bill and Con on deck,with the benefitof the radar saved the night .We discovered that the sea water is warmer than the already warm torrential horizontal rain .Quite an experience.We had flying fish landing on the deck , later before we went off watch our clothes which had been drenched were already dried.On waking we discovered that we are becalmed so removed the hatch in the stern and final and effective repair to the generator by Mike and Nick.So what nexta swim in mile deep water and copious showers now that we have power to make water.Now waiting around for the wind to fill in and then off to St Lucia with a happy and clean crew and a fully functioning Jasmine.. read more...


27/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 8 - SUNRISE

Nach einem Tag unter Motor und einer Nacht unter Segelnwaren wir heute im Hafen von Mindelo auf den Cap Verden.Hier haben wir das Boot aufgetankt, Wasser gebunkert und die Lebensmittel ergänzt.Endlich gab es eine Verbindung nach Hause, welche reichlich genutzt wurde.Schön zu hören, dass ihr uns auf der Reise verfolgt und soviel Anteil nehmt.Offensichtlich wünscht euch mehr Details.Die Autoren geloben Besserung.Frisch geduscht und gut gegessen geht es jetzt weiter Richtung Süden, wo hofftlich der Wind auf uns wartet.Es ist warm, die Sonne brent - euch allen einen schönen ersten Advent.Bis baldEure Sunrise Crew--. read more...


27/11/2016

Estrella - 5.-6.und 7ter Tag: Starkwird in der Nacht und Christstolle am Tag

Zuerst einmal ein Wort zu unserem Skipper Helmut. Der Mannist eine Granate. Wie wissen überhaupt nicht wann der mal schläft. Ständig stehter stand-by, ist für Fragen auch mitten in der Nacht da und kann zu jedemProblem eine Lösung anbieten. Bei jedem Segelwechsel ist er vor Ort und gibt derMannschaft die nötige Sicherheit. Und heute hat er auch noch ein kleinesPrivatseminar zur Seenavigation abgehalten. Echt prima.Im Moment gönnt sich die Crew entspanntes Sonnensegeln inleichter Dünung. Ist nach der vergangenen Nacht auch gut so. Wir hattenStarkwind und ordentliche Wellen von hinten. Wie hoch die waren konnten wir erstbeim Hellwerden erkennen. War vielleicht auch gut so. Dazu Regen - und warm istauch anders. Die Klamotten trocknen immer noch. Da ist so ein Tag zum Ausruhenganz gut.. read more...


27/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Seven

Today’s mother watch seems to have started out well – bacon butties for breakfast, and the plan is to make a start on the blue cheese that has been stinking out the back cabins with some of the Spanish ham (we bought an entire leg which has been hanging out in the sail locker) and some freshly baked bread. We’ve put out the fishing lines as our speed has slowed a little, so hopefully if we manage to catch some fish we will be having ‘catch of the day’ paella tonight (or if we aren’t so lucky then with chicken and chorizo). We all seem to have gotten our sea legs now and gotten used to the motion downstairs, so the mother watches have slowly been upping their game and the competition for the best mother watch is definitely on!The sea has flattened out considerably overnight and the wind. read more...


27/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Seven

The day the sun shone…After last night’s drama, our Yankee 2 was fixed just after midnight by the North Atlantic division of the W.I. 4 hours of sewing and patching, and a great team effort to keep the yacht going and spirits high.Night watches then commenced with some precarious helming and a lot of tired bodies. This didn’t detract from the fact that at 02:30 we hit the 1000 mile mark, a milestone we celebrated as a team after lunch with a (cold) can of fizzy pop.Today’s mother watch was the Italian team of Bruno, Alesandro and Helena, who spent the day kneading pizza dough for lunch and preparing spaghetti Bolognese for dinner which went down exceptionally well with the crew.After deep cleaning the worlds smelliest cool box and the rest of the yacht we spent a little time with the. read more...


27/11/2016

Delfini - day 7 - 27th Nov

Having received a good wash yesterday, the evening and night passage were mostly clear interruptedonly by a few bolts of lightning in the distanceToday started well but through the afternoon the wind has deserted us and we are enjoying chicken pasta in the cockpit and drifting along at 1 knot - strangely with steerage As the conditions are a bit benign today the skipper tested the water and took a paddle off the stern - maybe a swim tomorrow ...onwards. read more...


27/11/2016

VAVA-U - Bananenalarm- 26.11.16 - 6. Seetag

Irene und ThomasLeider hat noch immer kein Fisch angebissen, dafür haben wir aber noch reichlich Bananen. Was also tun?Das Bananenproblem wurde bereits zum Frühstück angegangen: Es gab Obstsalat mit viel Bananen, danach Bananenkuchen.Das Abendessen (geplant war Salat mit Hühnchen und Bananenstücken) wurde dann doch gegen Gemüsepfanne und Kartoffeln vom Blech getauscht. Dazu gab es als Dessert – genau! – Bananenpfannkuchen und selbstgemachtem Bananen-Eis. Abgerundet mit ein bisschen Rum, gar nicht so schlecht.Morgens hatten wir Besuch von einer neugierigen Möwe, die sich ein bisschen auf unserem Deck ausgeruht hat.(Bild Möwe) Den noch teils sonnigen Morgen haben wir wie immer mit Wache oder eben ausruhen verbracht.(Bild Oliver im Trampolin)Gegen Nachmittag ist dann ist der Wind ein. read more...


Gwendoline - S/Y Gwendoline M's flag carrier at the parade
Gwendoline - S/Y Gwendoline M's flag carrier at the parade
27/11/2016

VAVA-U - Sonne und Regen - 25.11.16 - 5. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir wachen auf und was sehen wir? Die Sonne lacht! Der Tag beginnt hervorragend, wir frühstücken Obstsalat (die Bananen müssen weg) und suchen uns dann ein sonniges Plätzchen. Thomas und Irene dösen im Netz – bis eine böse Welle sie von unten duscht. (Bild Thomas nach Wellenattacke)Markus war ein bisschen schlauer, er hat sich gleich ein sicheres Plätzchen gesucht.(Bild Markus im Cockpit)Danach hat auch die Freiwache gewisse Pflichten, Isabel experimentiert erfolgreich mit Birnenkuchen und Bananenstücken, der uns den Nachmittag versüßt.(Bild Isabel und Kuchen)Thomas und Irene schreiben Blog und machen Jagd auf willige oder auch weniger willige Fotomotive.(Bild Thomas und Irene Blog)(Bild Thomas auf Fotojagd)Karsten dagegen hält Ausschau nach dem Wetter, als Mann von Welt. read more...


27/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 6 arc 2016 - Chance encounter elan 434

The sun has set on day 6 and we find ourselves stretching our lead in our class with a 50 mile lead over the Danish Elan Frigg.We are being forced further north to avoid a wind hole and will have difficult times skirting it's northern borders before we can head southwest on Monday.There are no boats visible now, although we know there are a brace of bigger boats in our area. A new target has appeared, Lucky Lady, a smaller Dufour 38 in a different division that is ahead by 40 miles, so we have a job to catch and pass him.The bulk of the fleet are on the southern route where the trade winds are very fluky - we exchanged emails with another Danish boat on this route who are only averaging 100 miles per day (we are doing 160-180). Getting weather via satellite is a significant advantage,. read more...


27/11/2016

La Contenta - La Contenta Day 7: Ship to shore do you hear me any more?

La Contenta Day 7: Ship to shore do you hear me any more?   Well what a night!  We settled down after supper to some boat gamesand introduced Ewen and Cal to ‘Dobble’.  For any of you who like a fastand furious card game check it out.  It could be a good stocking filler forChristmas (hint to Jenny!).  We then had a couple of rounds of a game theIrish call ‘shit face’.  During both of these the boat was rolling so muchwe had to keep the cards constrained in a plastic container.  We hadchanged our clocks earlier in the day and gained a 26 hour day.  Thiscombined with the mental exertion and competitiveness around the table sent usexhausted to bed.   Mid way through Ewens watch he called Dave as the wind indicator wasshowing wind speeds of 40. read more...


28/11/2016

Cherish - Day 13: Multitasking at sea

The thing with the boat is it never stops. Someone is always at the helm and all other activities revolve around that. We congregate as a group as much as possible and always eat together with someone stepping in for the helm when they have finished. Meals are in plastic bowls with a spoon usually. They always look appetising and taste yummy. L-R Will (half of!), Ali, Sven, Chris, Anthony.WJGOPR1320.. read more...


26/11/2016

La Contenta - La Contenta Day 6. We're going where the sun shines brightly

We’re going where the sun shines brightly......   Six days in and ‘where is the sun?’  We know its there, but itsteasing us.  Small sport of blue can be seen intermittently on the horizon,but our world is grey.  Many shades of grey.  We got very excited thismorning to wake up to sunshine and a stunning sunrise, we eagerly found theburied sun tan lotion, and within half an hour the fleeces were back on!    Our days are simple;  They orientate around sleep, food, music and thecurrent weather.  We are all sharing the cooking and our very individualstyles are surfacing.  Our meal plan is influenced by what fresh suppliesneeds to be eaten which leads to creativity.  Cal and Dave are bothinstinctive cooks using their palate to blend. read more...


21/11/2016

Fenella - Fenella

Day 8.   At last, what appeared to have been a redundant bottle of sun block hascome out of the locker. A sunny day with trade wind clouds but no trade windwind, still 5kts from the west keeps us cool as we settle to our books betweenfine meals prepared by our most competent cooks. Last night our second fish, a 5meal dorado, another escaped today, was cooked in a sauce made from our largestock of quick ripening tomatoes.   To keep us amused our skipper has provided us with a variety of games whichinclude clear instructions in Spanish. Sevens and rummycub have been tried andwe will soon be up to the more intellectually challenging game of “Snap!!”. Forexcerise we have been treading our washing in a bucket as the washing machinehas been declared to be too water hungry. A wash. read more...


Cherish - Day 13: Multitasking at sea
Cherish - Day 13: Multitasking at sea
27/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 8 Nacht 7

Hallo Zusammen, die letzte Nacht war dunkel, aber seglerisch sehr gut, auch der Tag hat gut begonnen. Leider hat sich dann vor uns eine Gewitterfront aufgebaut, welche wir umfahren wollten, leider wurde die Zelle ein Wand und uns ist nichts anderes geblieben als hindurch zu fahren. Zuerst sind wir gesegelt, durch die unterschiedlichen einzelnen Zellen haben die Windrichtungen jedoch dauernd gedreht, deshalb haben wir den Motor gestartet. Wir fahren jetzt gerade durch heftigen Regen, zum Glück sitze ich im Trockenen vor dem PC. Das oder besser die Gewitter liegen hinter uns, dafür schüttet es in Strömen und es hat keinen Wind. Laut Radar wird der Regen bald nachlassen und anschließend aufhören, allerdings sind wir alle durchnässt. Das Positive ist, dass WOIFAL nun wieder schön sauber. read more...


27/11/2016

PkBoo - Log Day 8 - sunday lunch

Hi friends.Today, as we are in flat water with really light wind and considering we are italian (except for the young lady Elena, from Spain or better - as she always says - from Murcia), the sunday lunch has been great: pasta on the oven with meat ragù and boiled eggs, green salad with apple and nuts, courgettes with scrambled eggs and cheese.Anyway, everything is fine and we had a shower on sea (Elena has token also an ocean swim.Today is the first day with a typical tropical warm temperature.Now we can only hope that the tradewinds don't remain so elusive and help us reaching St Lucia in a reasonable time and safe trip.CiaoMarco. read more...


27/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Arc+ Report - Past the half way point.

Well, the yacht and her crew have officially past the half way point in the last few days and should complete their Atlantic adventure by the end of this week.Winds have continued to be very variable, and definitely not the steady trade winds that were hoped for, but they are doing a great job.Although when the wind is good there has been some great sailing, along with the odd torrential downpour!Time for a celebration with fruit punch and nibbles to mark the half way point on the 24th November.With Creamy tomato and Chorizo pasta followed by trifle the half way party culminated with a game of hide and seek!On a 60ft yacht there aren't many places to hide, but the watches managed it with some crew not being found!With a bit of debris damaging the generator impeller a spot of maintenance. read more...


27/11/2016

Almagores II - fishing

 AS you all  have noticed we have chosen to sail as south as we could to stay i n calm fishing waters. Our cook wants only top fish to accommodate His level of culinary flamboyancy and the crew have decided to award him this small favor. We are almost halfway and the champagne is in the fridgeAwaiting this historical moment. By our calculation this should be somewhere tomorrow. Some of us have bragged that the champagne will force them For a celebrity swim to commemorate this latitude. We will see if our captain Frans will give us  some leeway and latitude on this mutinous matter.We will send some pictures on the Sailblog as soon as we get halfway. At the moment we still have to travel 1600 nautical miles to st lucia s .We are enjoying this perspective since we still have. read more...


Almagores II - fishing
Almagores II - fishing
27/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Xplorer - Sailing Update

Xplorer – Sailing Update I have now decided to take back control of the laptop from Tin Tin and write a sailing update rather than hear more abusive tales about his shipmates. He has been keel-hauled for insubordination and is now fixed firmly in the saloon with heavy duty Velcro!We are now about 250 miles west of the Cape Verde islands. We seem to have been about this distance from Cape Verde for a long time. Having headed south we turned west about 250 miles north of these islands and have been on a never ending arc around the west side. We are now almost 1000 miles from Las Palmas and just over a third of the way across.The first week has been characterised by cloudy skies, rain on and off, and variable winds. Most days the weather has resembled a summer day in the English Channel.. read more...


27/11/2016

La Capitana - Log 3, First Advent

Only just over 800 miles to go! Days are running out and see you in St.Lucia next Sunday – the third of December.  271116_advent1. read more...


La Capitana - Log 3, First Advent
La Capitana - Log 3, First Advent
27/11/2016

Gwendoline - 7. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds27. november. 11.50 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 19.53.985N 22.20.460WYesterday morning, Lene got up early and backed fresh buns for all of us, so we, for the first time on this trip, got freshly backed buns for breakfast - uhmm.After such a delightful morning start, we called Lene's sister Pia on our satellite phone and surprised her with a little birthday song on her birthday. She was very surprised and happy for our call.We have had dolphin visits many times - and yesterday Maiken got the most awesome underwater video of them. We also found time to do some yoga and exercise on the for deck. Actually it was the ladies who did all the hard work, as Oliver was below deck entertaining himself with his play. read more...


Gwendoline - christmass trinkets from Birgitte
Gwendoline - christmass trinkets from Birgitte
27/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

Atlantische Oceaan 2016-11-26Sanya Lan uit Hainan, tegenwoordig Sanya uit BresjesIk dacht, ik moet iets schrijven, en dan niet het gebruikelijke, maar echt iets over de Sanya. Iedereen heeft wel een soort droom, de iin wil door Azik trekken, de ander een berg beklimmen, een keer parachute springen enzovoort. Ik daarentegen dacht dat het leuk zou zijn om ooit eens de oceaan over te steken. Met deze gedachte kreeg ik de mogelijkheid om op de Sanya Lan, uit Hainan, tegenwoordig de Sanya uit Bresjes, die gedachte om te zetten in werkelijkheid. "20 november:Start Gran Canaria - Saint Lucia"Vandaag is het zover, we vertrekken uit Gran Canaria voor de oversteek naar Saint Lucia. We zitten met zijn 17'en op de boot. De crew kent elkaar, de 'passagiers' niet, dus spannend voor iedereen. Het. read more...


27/11/2016

Beltana II - Pescatorial pursuits and Beltana II goes Go-Pro mad

Well the skipper is facing some serious dilemmas; he is worried that thehigh level of fishing success may interfere with serious boat tasks but he hascommanded a fish curry for dinner this evening.  The absence of breezetoday has both heightened and eased this terrible quandary.  So far thefishing score today is yet to get off the mark but that probably will occur justafter we get sa iling and have the boat moving nicely.  Fortunately plenty of(marvelously sized) Mahi Mahi in the fridge from yesterday!!!!   The swimming expedition proved to be a great opportunity for inspecting thehull with a Go-Pro video.......all lovely and clean.......and to conduct thefirst auditions for the Beltana II AquaAerobics Gymnastics Free Form videoingteam; John Martin has been selected.. read more...


27/11/2016

Beltana II - Day 8 on Beltana = Romckes Whale Watching and Ocean Swimming Gala......the Equatorial Atlantic or the Whitsundays?

Wow we just saw a beautiful little whale, I reckon she was a smallhumpback, but Paul as usual has contrary view and tips a pilot whale.  Shemade a shallow dive then was spotted again and we changed course to get nice andclose and she changed course to intercept us really close – she was just ascurious as we were. She had lots of deep breathes and then dove behind our sternand disappeared.  Last night was chicken green curry night – very nice indeed – this dish wasprepared by a combination of Graham (another rold family recipe he assured us)and finished by Paul. Final prep on the day is by Graham.  The freezer isoperating at the best it ever has. no problem is generating ice for whisky andrum last night (not too much though we are on watch you know – but Paul keepssaying “. read more...


27/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 78, N 19.53.51 W 28.47.47, 27 November 2016

As anticipated we are now in an area with less wind, crossing from the north towards the south, where we hope to pick up the trade winds. We could still sail most of yesterday. We have been using the engine since midnight though. Sea state is very calm and this morning we have stopped the boat for an extensive breakfast, swimming and some maintenance jobs. The swimming was fantastic and some of us are still sunbathing now. We are enjoying the weather and care less about boat speed at the moment.Yesterday we celebrated Els her birthday. She was off-watch the entire day, the boat was nicely decorated, she received coffee in bed and many gifts. The sunset yesterday evening was gorgeous and we played Pink Floyd and Roger Waters loudly whilst watching it and drinking GTs. Life sucks....Day. read more...


27/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 8 - Fäden ziehen und Sonne

Heute durften bei Elias die Fäden von seiner kleinen Kopfplatzwunde gezogen werden. Ronny hat sich da ran gewagt. Genäht wurde Elias noch auf Las Palmas.Seit heute morgen haben wir Sonne und blauen Himmel. Endlich! Es herrscht reger Funkverkehr mit der Betelgeuse, die ebenfalls die Kap Verden anlaufen.Ansonsten tauchen immer wieder andere Schiffe auf dem Plotter auf, die aber nicht in Sichtweite liegen.Das schöne Wetter wird zum Sonnenbaden und Krafttanken genutzt. Wir dürfen leider vom Skipper nicht baden, da wir doch 10-15 Knoten Wind haben. Aber dafür können wir herrlich segeln!Heute Nacht kommen wir in der Marina Mindelo an. Es sind noch 86nm. Gegessen wir weiter sehr köstlich an Bord.Liebe Grüße aus der Sonne,Sophie. read more...


Numa - Celebrating 1080nm and one week
Numa - Celebrating 1080nm and one week
Numa - Numa celebrating one week sailing
Numa - Numa celebrating one week sailing
27/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 7: Our 1st squall

I was going to call this posting ‘Where is the wind?’ but some wind foundus. We went south and have been in very light winds for the last 3 days withcruising chute up and down and making very slow progress.The squall came during the day with all on deck so we took down thecruising chute, 2 reefs in the main and found our oilskins. It was quite an evillooking cloud with a water spout and we could not sail round it. I had wondered before if I would be able to recognise a squall on radar sowe could spot them at night. There is no problems. They look like angry largered spots on the screen heading straight for us. As the wind picked up the rain came in torrents making the sea very flat.When we were in the middle of it the wind decreased and eventually the squallpassed. We have had quite a. read more...


Gwendoline - Silver wedding anniversary breakfast
Gwendoline - Silver wedding anniversary breakfast
27/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 7 - Half way there!

Rapport 7 från vår waypoint 25 Nord, 39 Väst sön 27 nov. kl 12.00Pauline tid (UTC=GMT +1 h)Hej VännerTänk att vi prickar den punkt på havet som vi ställde upp somarbetshypotes för en vecka sedan med bara ett par sjömils avvikelse.Strategin har varit klar hela vägen. Vi siktar nu på att liggaparallellt med storcirkel från Las P till St Lucia (vår storcirkelhärifrån till mål). Lågtrycket som låg och lurade i närheten har nubestämt sig för att vika ner sig för oss när vi kom till vår waypoint.Natten till söndag har präglats av lätta vindar 7-12 knots men vi hartrots detta snittat runt 7 knop hela natten. Det kom ett vrid påvinden med 45 grader vid 6-tiden och vi gippade för att inte seglatill Florida. Det gjorde valet självklart hur vi skulle segla vidaremot st Lucia.Vinden har sedan. read more...


27/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 11 - Sunday 27th November - Denise

Day 11 - Sunday 27th November - DeniseCan't believe its day 11.Now about my hair....I have been having really bad hair days, but yesterday my wonderful daughter came to the rescue, we stopped for a swim and Laura appeared with shower gel and shampoo. So when we were finished playing around in the water we both washed our hair and bodies. then used a very small amount of fresh water from the outside tap to rinse, and hey presto...clean hair. Just to make myself feel really well, I proceeded to use my O de Curl and apply the Clairins body moisturiser and I was me again! If only for a short time.Getting back to my wonderful daughter for a moment, she's only 16 and the only member of the Phelan family who actually dislikes sailing, in fact she has a fear of propellors and is not too crazy. read more...


27/11/2016

White Satin - Awe and Wonder

Sunday 27th November957 miles sailed (in 10 more miles we will hit one third of our estimated journey length of 2,900)1925 to goFirstly apologies to David for 'correcting incorrectly' his spelling of'poring' in yesterday's log.Much of the talk throughout the day is about trying to predict how many dayswe will be at sea.This is virtually impossible in actual fact as we stilldo not know what conditions lie ahead.We are marking our noon position onthe chart Vicki used to mark the position of Northern Child in 2006 and arekeeping remarkably close to her track.The trade winds should kick in atabout a latitude of 17 degrees, currently we are 19 degrees and 3 minutes N,there are 60 minutes in a degree and each minute is 1 nautical mile so weare currently 120+ miles from that area - at least one. read more...


27/11/2016

M one - Auf der Zielgeraden

Sonntag 27.11.16 Bordzeit 11.00 Uhr Der 12 Tag Auf der Zielgeraden "Nur" noch 600 NM bis zum Regattaziel.Nach fast 4.500 NM von Mallorca zu unserem jetzigen Standort 14,5 grad Nord und50,2 Grad West ein überschaubarer Weg.Wir hoffen am Donnerstag die Ziellinie queren zu können und unser Ziel st. Lucia erreicht zu haben.Viel länger kann die Crew die Entbehrungen auch nicht mehr aushalten.Insbesondere bei Michael und Frank bahnt sich ein ausgeprägter trockenschaden an. Beiden zusammen ist es gelungen die 32 Hektoliter Gerstensaft die wir an Bord hatten nahezu vollständig zu vernichten. Damit konnten Sie dem Rest der Crew einen langanhaltenden alloholschaden ersparen.Zurecht wurde ihnen deshalb gemeinsam die Auszeichnung "Held der Arbeit" verliehen.Hoffen wir,dass sie bis zum Ende der Reise. read more...


White Satin - Awe and Wonder
White Satin - Awe and Wonder
27/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Singing in the rain

“25:36,67N 33:01,50W”   After a uneventful day we set about dodging squlls al night and heading upnorth (to north for my liking ) to keep above the high we had a bumpy butsuccessful run with speeds between 7 and 10 reefed in and missing most of theunfriendly weather . Awaken by the last of the squalls we decided we should dothe norm and get shower gel on ready for the last squall as per usual we endedup using the bucket of sea water over us instead. drying of with towels andgetting ready for breakfast the rain came down we had a scene from dancing inthe rain. what else do you want on a sunday morning . sun, warm rain, sitinglooking at those unlucky yacht further down who didn't get out of last nightsheavy weather . we have now turned down south to try to get though the gapbetween. read more...


27/11/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-11-27

Dear All What a great performance I Witnesses last night. It all looked like a well-tuned orchestra! You all certainly tried to get the best from your instruments!And then there was the conductor high above you, balancing on the pulpit, hair blowing wildly around her face, both arms lifted, baton in hand!All of you illuminated by the decklight, setting a dramatic scenery. It looked fantastic!And then there was the director, looking on from the side curtain, making sure all went smoothly - untethered mind - shouting "I declare this bazaar open!"To enhance the dramatic scenario, he chucked a few buckets of water on you!What a show! I'm so happy to be part of such a brilliant team, although I can only watch the drama!A helmsmans view.Ralf  Saturday 26thAn action packed couple of. read more...


26/11/2016

Somnium - Paul Part 1: Waking Up

Look, I’m not saying it’s particularly interesting or anything, and I wouldn’t like to bore you about it, but whenever I wake up, wherever I am, I always think I’m in my own bed at home. Before the old grey matter kicks in, my eyes gently open and I stare at the ceiling wondering whether the place was redecorated by the tooth fairy.This morning, I woke up to a familiar ringing noise, and an unfamiliar mattress. I could tell by the foam mattress that it was not my bed. My mattress is pocket sprung. That was the first hint that I wasn’t at home.A gentle ring.I peeped one eye open with the lazy suspiciousness of a dog that has heard a food wrapper. It was dark, and my bed was spinning as though I had had rather a jolly time the night before, and a morning of regret was nigh. I queried my. read more...


27/11/2016

Nisida - Thats a week!

It is a week ago now that we started the ARC 2016 racing from Las Palmas to St. Lucia.We will reach the half way point on our course sometime later today, gybed in the middle of the night onto a more South Westerly course and have now reached one of the areas of lighter winds forecast. We currently have around 9-10kts of breeze from the South East and are reaching along under full main and code zero at around 8kts SOG, the sun is shining and it is the first properly warm/hot day so far, sure there will be a few more from now on.. read more...


Gwendoline - Silver wedding anniversary - Kim and Lene
Gwendoline - Silver wedding anniversary - Kim and Lene
27/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 8

Bluewaft Log Day 8Sunday 27 November 201621°03’.737N 029°25’.016WWe managed some good sailing yesterday, but by last night the winds diedand what wind there was, was largely on the nose.We spent the day motorsailing, switching off the engine when-ever winds permitted.We took theopportunity to watch a film (“Team America”).The film was interrupted bya big squall that provided some much needed wind and gave the boat a goodwash down.Unfortunately the wind didn’t last and we spent the night motorsailing on very calm seas.We’ve spent the morning mulling over our fuelconsumption, the likely approach of the low from the North and how muchfuel we’ll need for motoring and the generator between now and reaching StLucia.In the morning we found we had company, with three monohulls all. read more...



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