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05/12/2016

Nisida - Slow Night

Last night was painfully slow with less than 7 kts of wind most of the time, we have now got the kite back up again and are making 6+kts in the 9-10 kts of wind we now have. We have rigged up the a shade over the cockpit to give us some shade from the sun and funnel the breeze through the boat. 400nm to go party very shortly!. read more...


05/12/2016

Caduceus - Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 1 - A weather window opens early

Position29:28.01 S 031:45.80 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Friday 25 November 2016Distance run in 7hrs 48nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterPassage total48nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterRoute distance To Cape Town 898nm, via East London (338 +560)n Definitely Saturday became possibly Friday afternoon and then when boats started to leave and the reports of nothing untoward outside the breakwater came back a decision was made and after two hours of frantic rushing around we got away at 1700 which gave us enough time to clear the harbour and sort ourselves out before darkness fell. Negotiating the fleet of 20 or so large bulk carriers anchored outside the harbour provided some navigational interest and the fact that some of the bulk carriers were rolling more than we were cheered us. read more...


05/12/2016

Beltana II - Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed

....well maybe that girlfriend up the back of the bus in year 7....   Day Sixteen and we had an uneventful night – 2 reefs in the main, gybed herjust before watch time starts, poled out on the port side with the genoa and shescooted along at 5-6 knots all night. We went a little bit further south thanwhat we wanted as the wind backed to the ENE which was a little unexpected. Thismorning the wind is back to pure easterly with a tendency to go a little southwhich is just what we want.  Got up this morning after only one hour ofextra sleep and felt uncommonly good and optimistic – a quick shower and a shaveon the bow felt great – singing away again.   Today is a big scrabblechampionship day – well it was until the genset started making funny noises – sowe have a bit of a. read more...


05/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!

Bluewaft Log Day 16Monday 5 December 201619°12’.098N 047°09’.126WThe winds have dropped again and we were forced to motor for about 5 hourslast night.We’re seeing wind speeds of 6-10kts from the South.Wheneverit gets up to 8kts we put the gennaker up.Fortunately we have a goodangle of sail – but it is still a bit of a worry given we have 900nm to goand only 25% of our fuel left.From the weather reports we’re expectingbetter winds from tomorrow and certainly some useful winds the last 200nmout…so fingers crossed!While ‘Rambler 88’ set a new course record, Isuspect this will be one of the slowest ARCs ever.We’re fortunate in thatwe have big fuel tanks and can motor along on one engine quite efficiently. We feel for the smaller boats with small tanks that must be reallysuffering at the. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!
05/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 15 - Halvveis nådd kl.02:52 05.12.2016 UTC

Endelig!Under Jørgens nattevakt nådde vi Halvveis klokken 02:52 mandag 5/12 :)ARC regner avstanden mellom Granca og St Lucia til 2660 Nautiske mil (ca 5000 km).Posisjonsrapporten de sender ut hver dag ranker båtenes stilling utifra avstand fra St Lucia.Så vi bestemte oss for at når båtens kartplotter viser 1330 Nautiske igjen var vi halvveis. Det skjedde endelig i natt.Utseilt distanse hittil er nok en god del lengre enn 1330 nm siden vi har seil mye sør for å komme til passaten og krysset litt frem og tilbake i motvind.Men siden vi nådde 19 bredde har vi hatt kurs rett på St Lucia og nå begynner vinden og ta seg opp.Retningen er typisk østnordøst-øst og vi har 7 til 11 knops vind.Alle kluter settes til! Hele døgnet seiler vi båten lens med full seilføring med spreebom på forseil. Er. read more...


05/12/2016

Koco - 15 Tag auf See

Allen erst einmal einen schönen 2. Advent. Wir haben den 4.Dezember und wir haben hier morgens schon 27 Grad Lufttemperatur. Da kommt nicht wirklich vorweihnachtliche Stimmung auf. Der Blick auf den Meilenstand am heutigen morgen zeigt uns noch restliche 833 Seemeilen an. Wir haben in den letzten 24 Stunden ca. 150 Sm zurückgelegt. Der größte Clou des heutigen Morgens war der Fang eines 1,50 großen Blue Marlin mit der Handangel. Und das alles vor dem Frühstück. Sybille bereitet gerade die Filets zu die es dann zum heutigen abendlichen Adventsessen gibt. Also halten wir kurz fest, neben einen Mahi Mahi, Bonito, einen kurz vor dem einholen abgegangener Mahi Mahi von ca. 1m, einem unbekannten riesigen Fisch in der Nacht der die Sehne abgerissen hat, nun einen Blue Martin. Das geangelte. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 AR C2016 - CH3 Blog 2016-12-05

Sunday 4th December 2016 Our head sails and kite have faired well, at least compared to the other Challengers who seem to have lost at least one sail each to the demands of an ocean crossing. However, in the fairly light winds our main sail has taking a bit of a flogging and has required some ‘on the hoof’ repairs. Yesterday a large split half way up the main was identified by Charlie of B Watch, but it was the way in which it was identified that has, up until now, been kept under wraps. The report to Captain Ricky was that the tear was spotted during one of our regular deck walk inspections. The reality was that Charlie was having a snooze in the cockpit when he was woken up by sun light streaming through the main. Ricky was hoisted halfway up the mast using the spinnaker. read more...


05/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 15 - ...es läuft...

In der Früh reffen wir das Vor-und Großsegel aus, da der Wind etwas abgenommen hat. Trotzdem machen wir noch gut Fahrt. Der Wetterbericht für die nächsten Tage schaut gut aus. Es wird wohl konstanten NO-O Wind mit 4 Beaufort geben. Heute machen wir uns einen schönen Sonntag, schauen einen Film, schlafen und bereiten die 2. Portion der gefangenen Goldmakrele zu. Alle Vorräte werden durchgeschaut und durchgezählt. An frischen Sachen wird´s langsam knapp, alles andere ist reichlich da.Der Wind bleibt in der Nacht konstant, jedoch müssen wir den Kurs etwas korrigieren, um mehr mit der Welle zu fahren, um nicht so stark zu rollen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


05/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 11

We've enjoyed the sun and the spinnaker all day today. Everyone has been practising helming with the kite up which is pretty hard work and we were all looking forward to a nice meal. Thalita, Oline and Elisabeth were on the afternoon watch and were our chefs for tonight. Fresh vegetables are running low and we have started on the tins, this calls for some inventive culinary ideas and they did not let us down. Tonight for dinner we enjoyed a new food revolution: forget the paleo diet, raw food is out, this is Prison Fusion.The base of the meal was mashed potato topped with boiled eggs for the vegetarians and chicken in white wine sauce for the meat eaters. Each plate was served with a generous helping of pigeon peas in coconut sauce, don't know what pigeon peas are? Neither do we. The. read more...


05/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY FOURTEEN - STRONG WINDS, GOOD PROGRESS

Boat speed maintained overnight with consistent 20 kt winds. Squalls passed us by so no course changing required in the middle of the night. Salmon and cous cous with green beans for supper – that looks like the closest we’re going to get to fresh fish for the foreseeable future as the trawling activities have been curtailed in recent days due to the wind. Grey and very windy this morning – all a bit rock and roll on Boni Venti. We were under the impression that these tropical squalls passed through quickly leaving bright sunshine and blue skies in their wake, but that’s definitely not the case! We had gusts over 40kts and boat speed of 12+ kts and pouring rain this morning, coming down in stair-rods. Half the crew retired to the saloon and the other half braved the cockpit and the rain.. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY FOURTEEN - STRONG WINDS, GOOD PROGRESS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY FOURTEEN - STRONG WINDS, GOOD PROGRESS
07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


05/12/2016

PkBoo - day 15 16 - Sorry we are closed for wind

Hi friends of PkBoo.Last night wind went to visit us so, we are sorry, but our kitchen is closed: it's sailing time.A gentle southern east wind speed PkBoo to 6.5, 7 kts in direction of St Lucia. Now our ETA time is around 14th December, but we hope to find stronger tradewinds next days that will help us to arrive a bit earlier (at least we all hope so).CiaoMarco. read more...


05/12/2016

Shalan - Day 15

14:11N 53:30WAhoy there,A1 1pm GMT on 04/12 we passed through our 2 weeks at sea mark - time flies when you're having fun!Overnight we saw the wind drop a touch, but non the less the spinnaker was up at first light and stayed up for a majority of the day, dropped only for ongoing checks on the temprorsry halyard line which had failed the day previously - we weren't going to have the same problem again!The ocean became quite calm in the early afternoon so whilst dropping the spinnaker we sent our resident action man, Richie under the boat to retreive the sheet we'd wrapped around the prop. 'Operation free prop' went smoothly and Richie was soon back aboard - sharks in the ocean may have been a motivator to work fast! After a quick check that we had propulsion again, the spinnaker was back. read more...


Shalan - Day 15
Shalan - Day 15
05/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 16 - WE MADE IT

Rapport 16. Efter 14 dagar och 20 timmar och 38 min skär vi mållinjenutanför Rodney Bay, måndag 5 dec kl 05.38.38. Placering i mål i vårklass Crusing är plats 4 (av 150 båtar) och 15e båt i mål av totalt220 startande i Las Palmas den sönd 20 nov Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -4 h)Hej alla följare av vår loggbokDå är detta äventyr slut för Pauline af Skanör och dess besättning.Kvarstår prisutdelning och att vi väntar på att 200 båtar till ska gåi mål. Vi kom in som 15e båt totalt av 220 startande båtar från LasPalmas. I Crusing klassen var det 150 båtar som startade och vi var imål som 4:a. Fantastiskt resultat med en ”grand old lady” som Pauline.Det var bättre än jag hade förväntat mig när jag sett startfältet påplats i Las Palmas. Jag hoppas att det varit ett sant nöje att följaoss på vår. read more...


05/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 14: Around minight

Day 14: Around midnight   We are on the move again and it feels so good.  We started to get somewind around midnight and have been consistently sailing since.  Having beenbecalmed for so long it’s hard to trust the fact that we have wind.  Wekeep checking and rechecking the ARC weather forecast, and Maddys forecast, inthe hope that the wind will stay with us.  We are also hoping for theslight change in direction that is forecast to take us gently south.  Thewind is teasing us about this and we keep getting glimmers that a change is onit’s way but so far nothing consistent.   Looking at the fleet report we appear to be one of the most northerly boatsat the moment.  Dave assures me that this is ok and that our sailing isfollowing a great. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 14
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 14
05/12/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 14

03 DecemberThe "Maltese kitty" - Part OneOn all our sailing trips, we usually tend to trawl one or two fishing lines in our wake. But as we tend to sailing, cooking and other onboard activities, we seldom watch the lines.So the question was always how to attach some sort of "alarm" to alert us that we had a strike. I have experimented with a number of solutions - bunji cords, laundry pins, etc - but none seemed to work.On a recent sailing delivery to Malta, I visited my favorite fishing gear shop to re-stock the traditional lures, so I enquired about this with them.I have always found it wise to ask the local people what they normally use. Earlier while walking past the fishing piers, it sounded like there were Maltese kitties - a breed peculiar to Malta - with collar bells on them. read more...


05/12/2016

Wethomi - 5. December 2016

It's getting warm and humid: we are approaching the Caribbean. Nice gentle breezes; only a little too faible. But it's perfect sailing.Again and again the fish take away our lures. And these lures aren't for small fish. Maybe we are lucky that we haven't to get them on board our small vessel.Most competitors are already in the harbour and enjoying their rhum punch. So we opened a bottle of good La Palma wine and enjoyed the beautiful sunset alone out here on the wide ocean.Nothing else happened.260 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


04/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 14

Two weeks done now, food running low, two cases of scurvy, weevils in the porridge, insubordination, an ugly incident concerning ownership of the last digestive biscuit- all going well really.Wind picked up early morning to 25 knots or so - boat going well with some surfing in double figures.Fishing is not going so well - lost two good fish to gear failure today, and worse lost two more lures.A gannethunted beside the boat most of the day, we reckon it was after the flying fish that go airborne as the boat passes.Spoke to a French yacht - Pes Keval - last night who passed within a mile of us. Not an ARC boat, he was heading for Guadaloupe . We passed on some weather info to him and left him in our wake - left me with a passing fancy for a croissant.Richard. read more...


04/12/2016

Merci Papa - Catch of the day

So on board of ''Merci Papa'' located by 19,17n and 46.18w , we were fed-up to catch Mahi Mahi since one week. We tried all possible recipies !!Today we got 2 BIG Wahoo... It was a bit a battle to get the first one on board. We estimated the weight at 30kgs. The second one was smaller. Around 20kgsSo we have in our freezer to share with you upon arrival !!! For tonight we will just seared grilled the ''steak of wahoo'' (called Darne in French) on the barbecue. Tomorrow very likely it will be in the oven with some lemon and mash potatoes (cooked very slowly) . By the way for lunch we got some duck confit with french fries cooked in duck fat. Good night. Charly IMG_0970 IMG_0948. read more...


Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
Merci Papa - Catch of the day . Blog Merci Papa (S/V Level42) nb 198
04/12/2016

Beltana II - Thor

Day 15, anovercast day with steady winds and the boat moving too fast to fish.Graham (akathe rain maker/squall caller) was quietly resting on his bed with the portholeopen when the skipper, in his laconic relaxed Australian helming style,inadvertently initiated a sharp turn. This plunged the leeward side of the boat,including Grahams porthole, deep underwater.  With thisGraham decided to initiate storm caller protocol, and has converted the deck ofBeltana into a bedroom showpiece that would make Captain snoozeproud.   Although therehas been much discussion as to the cause of the turn: an overpowered main, astrong gust of wind, a rogue wave. The more likely cause is the skippers play list, which yesterday featuredspice girls and S-Club7.   Any of you whoare still under. read more...


04/12/2016

EH01 - Day 11, 12 & 13

 Hello fansof the good ship EH01, thanks again for tuning into us.   Sorry againabout the delay, can`t seem to get the blog out every day as between sailing,doing boat chores, cleaning, cooking, on watch and sleeping there hasn`t been aspare minute.! Did someone mention that the ARC was a cruising rally..?!  Again we have had anamazing, chaotic, fulfilling and tiring few days and we left you guys onThursday night where we celebrated reaching the 1350nm halfway mark with someslices of chocolate (not too many.!) and coffee under a black sometime starrysky.!   Friday 2nddawned like a grey day in the Solent or West Cork: it was very rainy with someominous clouds and like a hot yoga studio below in the saloon. The watchesare getting very tuned into reading the weather. read more...


04/12/2016

Beltana II - Day 15 Update - and who is this JR guy?

Following winds all day ranging from 11 to 22 knots. Oops – on one of the gusts Beltana heeled over and Graham was having somerelaxing (snoozing) time on his top berth when woosh a batch of water camescoopiing into hi porthole and soaked him, the lined and the bunk!!  Hecame out wanting to know who the driver was – but was disappointed it was me andnot O’Grady – he could have yelled at O’Grady.....   Who is Me?  Also known as Joe be Possum, Jonny Rom, Jon Romcke (atWork); Jono to family and good friends; Jonathan Romcke MIEAust CP, MAusIMM,GAIDC as formally noted. I grew up in Melbourne, Port Macquarie and Central Coast NSW (Green Pointnear Gosford). I started sailing on a Mirror Dinghy that Dad built when I wasabout 4 years old. Down in Mornington dad would take us out. read more...


04/12/2016

Beltana II - Beltana II Flirts with culture

Well last night Beltana II explored the range of the “cultural” spectrumand develop some further data points on a unique graph.  The correlationbetween Graham’s laundry process and sub-optimal meteorological conditions is,unfortunately, growing; get over the extra “rinse cycle” Graham!  As therinsing cam tumbling down the cultural awareness of the crew was drawn in twodirections; Mr Bacharach and those lovely rinsing drops that kept on falling onour heads......just like home in the wet season........at the other end of thespectrum we were briefly drawn to certain work by Shakespeare (or is that nowChristopher Marlowe?) but we barely got through the opening scene let alone anAct, with the crew being devastated to learn that the boat does not carry thecomplete works.......we are. read more...


04/12/2016

Fleet II - Log Sunday 4th December. Nearly there...

Hi - hope everyone had a good weekend! A mixture of sailing and motoring has left us just 80 miles to go over the next few hours –we aim to time our arrival for daylight Monday morning (nature permitting, ofcourse).  There is seaweed in the sea, we’ve seen a couple of other boats –civilisation is near!  But we’ve also seen another whale slowly takingbreath – not quite in inshore waters yet. So our second leg of 19 days/nights at sea is coming to a close. We’re all now looking forward to dry land, a drink or several (we’ve all beendry the whole time, despite having three cases of beer on board), and catchingup with those who have already arrived (which, for Peter and I, includes ourwives!).  Before then we’re looking forward to a full English (I guess thatshould be. read more...


04/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 14

Robert´s reiselogg dag 14:Heihei kjære lesere.Tror jeg har bittelitt skrivesperre i dag, men jeg får bare sette igang, så kanskje det går over av seg selv bare fingrene får trimmet litt på tastaturet.4-8 vakta, altså min vakt gikk vi for motor hele tiden uten de store hendelser.Hadde genoaen oppe noen ganger for å få 1/2 - 1 knop ekstra de periodene det blåste litt.Dagen i dag har vært preget av en del squall´s rundt oss, så det har vært litt motor, litt genoaog litt genaker.I skrivende stund er genakeren satt igjen.Vi håper på mindre squall´s i natt slik at vi kan seile med den oppe hele natten.Steinar vant distansekonkuransen.Pær´en og Mona vant 20 kr. Til på adventskalenderen sin :-DFor skribentens vedkommende har det blitt mye tid i byssa i dag og, først med forsøk på å lage iskrem,. read more...


Numa - HomeShipmade Bananasplit with icecreamrecepie from ARC rallycontrol
Numa - HomeShipmade Bananasplit with icecreamrecepie from ARC rallycontrol
04/12/2016

Peristera - Unexpected fishing

As everybody with dreams of crossing oceans, I have read many books about other sailors and sailings. When we realized that we were running low on diesel, I remembered stories about cargoships throwing out canisters of diesel, in the middle of the ocean, to needy sailors. For several days we have searched for big ships along the horizon, and (this is the modern world) on the plotter. Yesterday we saw a cargoship 20 miles away, but I didnt dare to call them, they were too far away. But today we spotted Mary Jean II, 4,5 miles away, heading towards us. I swallowed, and picked up the VHF. ?Mary Jean II, this is Peristera, the sailing yacht in front of you. Do you happen to have some diesel to spare?? Mary Jean II, a motor yacht, 60 x 12 meter, asked us to stand by, and after five minutes. read more...


04/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 14

We are all still out here, no fish, no good wind ,no real progress but we are coaxing as much out of Justine as possible. Nick is particularly persistent and effective. Mike carried out a full inventory today on consumables and we are fine for another week after that we are still ok on biscuits imagine. We checked water two days ago are are fine for two weeks at two litres per man per day.831 nautical miles to land.The ARC reports show 130 yachts with further to travel than ourselves so its been a slow one . All well on board and spirits positive as we hunt down the sea to our landfall .. read more...


04/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 4 - 15th Day at Sea

All is well. We are 1,045 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,653 miles behind us.Yesterday, at around 11:00pm we started seeing lighting in the distance. We took down the main, opened a full jib, closed all hatches and got ready for the night. Six hours later, in a matter of minutes, the wind shifted from a easterly to a southerly, and became very cold. Wind speed went up from 12-14 to 18-24 knots. The mainsail was already down, and we rolled half the jib. Shortly after, it started to rain heavily and the rain lasted for 90 minutes. It was pitch dark, and Chuck and I got completely soaked. The one advantage of the new wind direction was that we were able to sail directly towards our waypoint, at 274°. Before the wind shift all we could manage was 145°-150°.The rest of the day was. read more...


04/12/2016

Almagores II - arrival

Dear friends and family, Last message to everybody…we hope that you all enjoyed our mails . At the moment we are preparing the boat for arrival as you can see Gulian on the boom doing last minute preparations. The St lucia s flag has been found and is being raised as I write, boat numbers and Charity commemoratives are being attached and last but not least … champagne and beer are in the cooler. Our ETA will be at 8.00 pm. St. Lucia s time which is about 3 hours from now. As you can imagine, the grueling heat on the boat and the excitement of arriving has boiled our body temperature to the point that all 14 of us are ready to raid the fridge of its alcoholic content. We will behave ourselves and wait for our historic moment of crossing the finish line! To all our friends,. read more...


Almagores II - arrival
Almagores II - arrival
04/12/2016

Hugo - Day #15 ARC Update:

6 v happymenfolk & one v happy girl on board with some fine tradewind sailingFINALLY  happening…well, for half aday then it went away again.  ‘Bigyellow’ spinnaker billowing with mid Atlantic beautiful blue as the backdrop. Many squalls,1 lightning storm & plenty of doldrums has seen a much slower crossing thancrew expected but spirits are extremely high with good humour, lots of amazingsights, some good sailing, some even greater fishing, good company & hot,yummy meals breaking up our days at sea.   Highlights:  Fishing -1.33m long heavy Mahi Mahi & a 1m long Barracouta - plenty of yum meals fromthese two. Dolphins,whales & more whales - one just swam alongside us - magnificent Beautifulskies - three double rainbows in a row this morning. read more...


04/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 15

Advent, Advent zwei Lichtlein brennen.Bei uns zwar nicht, Vorweihnachtsstimmung fällt bei uns an Bord komplett aus. Das einzig Gute: heute ist Sonntag und der Co-Skipper hat Brötchen gebacken. Letzte Nacht ist uns, ganz überraschend *husthust*, der Autopilot ausgefallen. Es gibt wohl kein Crewmitglied an Bord, welches das nicht wundert. Unsere bordeigenen Techniker sind schon dabei und versuchen das Problem zu beheben. Momentan wird demnach per Hand gesteuert. Ein Stromfresser weniger an Bord!Gerade eben wurde der zweite tote fliegende Fisch an Bord gefunden und seebestattet. Des Weiteren scheint sich mein Körper an die Wellenbewegung gewöhnt zu haben, denn ich vernehme kaum noch das Gefühl von Seekrankheit. Die Bordköche haben gestern lecker Curry gekocht und frisches Brot soll es heute. read more...


04/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 15

Liebe Landratten!die Crew der Sunrise wünscht Euch einen schönen und besinnlichen 2. Advent vom Atlantik .Wir kommen weiterhin sehr gut voran. Die Heckwellen erreichen bis zu 3 Meter Höhe hinter dem Schiff und es verlangt volle Konzentration des Steuermann's den Kurs zu halten. Heute hatten wir den Distanzwettbewerb der Wachen. Wache III hat in 4 Stunden 29 Seemeilen vorgelegt, Wache I mit 30,6 SM getoppt, mals schauen wie sich Wache II zwischen 16 00 und 20 00 schlägt. Nach akteullen Berechnungen sollten wir in ca. 1.350 Seemeilen St. Lucia erreichen. Einen voraussichtlichen Ankunfttermin - mit entsprechenden Aktivitäten zum Umbuchen einiger Flüge - wollen wir am Dienstagabend festlegen. Bis dahin folgen wir dem Tagesablauf aus Segeln, Essen und Schlafen. Trotz der deutlich längeren. read more...


04/12/2016

VAVA-U - ? und Action! ? 03.12.16 - 13. Seetag Irene und Thomas

Der Wind nimmt bereits während der ersten Nachtwache weiter zu; Sterne sind nicht mehr zu sehen und die Nacht ist pechschwarz nach dem Neumond. Wir fahren mit Spinnaker, der Wind kommt von achtern und wir müssen genau Kurs halten. Kurz vor dem Wachwechsel um 3:00 morgens kommen wir in eine kleine Schlechtwetterfront. Es regnet heftig und der Wind dreht plötzlich. Der Spinnaker flattert, schlägt und fällt ein. Unser Skipper springt aus dem Bett, bringt das Boot wieder auf Kurs und entscheidet, den Spi sofort einzuholen. Bei über 20 Knoten Wind und wolkenbruchartigem Regen ein durchaus anspruchsvolles Unterfangen. Nachdem an Deck alles taghell wird und gefühlt eine Elefantenherde dort oben trappelt, ist die nächste Schicht vor dem Wecken wach. Zu dritt holen unsere Herren in einem Kraftakt. read more...


04/12/2016

White Satin - Champagne Sailing

1778 miles sailed 1227 miles to goAll of our remaining diesel is now reserved for 2 hours a day of engine running for battery charging and water making, which is done with the engine in neutral so as not incur time penalties in the final totting up process for determining finishing positions. Having no spare diesel, we are now reliant on the wind alone for propelling the boat.Fortunately we are now in the region marked 'Trade Winds' on the charts, and sure enough the winds have picked up very well over the last couple of days. We are speeding directly Westward under mainsail and poled out genoa, with the wind coming from about ENE (which for any land-lubbers means half way between NExE and ExN). The strength of the wind varies between 15 and 20-25 knots, so we are constantly reefing or. read more...


White Satin - Champagne Sailing
White Satin - Champagne Sailing
04/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 14 - Halbzeit

Heute geht es mit der Rauschefahrt weiter! Wir sind happy, dass wir uns wieder bewegen und dass wir zumindest die Hälfte der Strecke hinter uns gelassen haben. Wir belohnen uns heute mit dem mitgenommenen "Jamon" und Nachmittags gibts Weißwürschtl. Wir habennoch einiges an Strecke vor uns und hoffen, dass wir jetzt zügiger voran kommen. Dafür haben wir Rasmus auch schon ein paar Tropfen Rum geopfert ;-) Seit ein paar Tagen schleppen wir eine Leine mit Köder hinterm Boot her und heute können wir den ersten Fang verzeichnen. Eine prächtige Goldmakrele (ca. 1,20m) hat angebissen. Das Essen für die nächsten Tage ist gesichert. Auch die Nacht durch machen wir gute Fahrt. Allerding müssen wir die Genua und das Großsegel reffen, da der Wind immer wieder auffrischt. Hoffentlich geht es so. read more...


04/12/2016

Scarlet Oyster - Re: Scarlet day 15, The Home straight

Too hot on deck, so I am busying myself in the nav area, trying to look likeI am doing something important.Still in pretty light winds, not really averaged over 12knots for last fewdays, but at least we are moving.Clouds have been something of a feature of this crossing, with some prettyimpressive shapes sizes, and colours been shown off.Some even had stickydown spinny bits (water spouts), and many have had flashy bangy specialeffects.Our passage through the light patch a few days ago went better thanexpected, with more wind (mostly from cloud) than expected, there was arather alarming amount of lightning all round us, so much so that we put aselection of communications location and safety electronic devices in theoven to protect them in the event of a direct hit, I happily report. read more...


04/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 15 Nacht 14

Hallo Zusammen, die Nacht war ruhig und wir konnten gut voran kommen, keine besonderen Vorkommnisse, ein paar Delfine haben wir in der Dämmerung gesehen, das war’s. Heute bis ca. 13.00 Uhr auch noch ganz vernünftig gesegelt und somit haben wir in den letzten 24 Std. 171 sm zurück gelegt, damit können wir zufrieden sein. Jetzt stehen wir allerdings mehr oder weniger herum, da wir nur noch 8 Knoten Wind von hinten haben beträgt unsere aktuelle Geschwindigkeit über Grund nur 4 Knoten. Wir wollen bis jetzt den Motor nicht starten, da auch im Umfeld kein Wind zu erwarten ist. Wie müssen sich die früheren Seefahrer gefühlt haben, wenn sie mit ihren Frachtseglern tagelang in der Flaute gelegen haben? Ich kann nur sagen, dass uns langweilig ist, außerdem schwitzen wir bei 32 Grad im. read more...


04/12/2016

Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Date                          Wednesday 16 November 2016 Sherry and Dennis Day of Trillium and Elizabeth and I were two of the five boats’ crews to be awarded the Ocean Cruising Club’s Award of Merit, 2016, for the work that we did in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in 2015. As we were not able to attend the Club annual dinner in April John and Jenny Franklin have been pursuing us around the globe and eventually caught up with us in Richards Bay. The Club hosted an excellent DIY barbecue evening at the Zululand Yacht. read more...


Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation
Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation

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