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30/11/2017

Mad Monkey - WE'VE FOUND THE TRADE WINDS!!

A few days ago, whilst undertaking our daily chores, we downloaded a GRIB file with the intention of seeing the same old picture: "Yet again we are surrounded by little wind and this high pressure really isn't helping". But this GRIB was different, at the bottom of the screen we started to see some orange colours, all arrows pointing in a westerly direction. We gathered the whole crew together and broke to them the latest findings… THE TRADE WINDS HAVE STARTED!In desperate need to catch them we spent a day heading south, which was a tad painful for some of the crew, heading in a completely different direction to St Lucia; but it was worth it! We knew once we had hit the trade winds because wind speed jumped from ~8kts to ~18kts. We are now enjoying the fast-downwind sailing which the ARC. read more...


29/11/2017

Albatros - Tag 10 - Bergfest

Ahoi von der Albatros!Heute haben wir unseren ersten Fisch gefangen. Nach eineinhalb Wochen des steten aber erfolglosen Bemühens hat ein schöner Mahi Mahi angebissen. Vorgestern war uns schon einer im letzten Moment vom Haken gesprungen! Diesen aber holten wir ohne Probleme ein, von Manfred filetiert und mit Olivenöl, Knoblauch und Zwiebeln einbalsamiert, wartet er in der Bratreine. Er kam grade recht zum Bergfest, das wir heute mit doch einiger Verspätung feiern. Eigentlich wollte Manfred uns aus diesem Anlass mit Filet Steak verwöhnen, das gibt es dann morgen. Unsere Überfahrt wird einiges länger dauern als angenommen, da Wind und Wetter dieses Jahr nicht liefern was sie sollen. Die ersten Tage waren erfreulich was den Wind anging, dafür etwas kalt, wir befinden uns auf einer. read more...


29/11/2017

@teamtigress - Changes in lattitude, Changes in attitude

@teamtigress blog by Joel Nelson.We’ve finally reached the trade winds that steady friend of westbound sailors. After days of beating or reaching upwind in the squally darkness under storm Jib and tri-sail, always wet and usually cold, “the trades” became a destination in and of themselves. The collective high emitted by the crew upon emerging into the warmth nearly filled the spinnaker. Trades day 1 - bring up all the wet stuff(everything) for airing on deck in the sunshine. Cushions, bedding, clothing, all festooned on the topside.Trades day 2 - Gonzalo is hit by a flying fish on a kamikaze mission. Too small for fresh sushi, it’s thrown back into the sea. We catch a brief glimpse of 4 orcas (real life orcas). Our first perfect spinnaker drop. The skipper has hope of making us sailors.. read more...


@teamtigress - Changes in lattitude, Changes in attitude
@teamtigress - Changes in lattitude, Changes in attitude
29/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Finished after a long and frustrating night

Up until the last night we had an easy and completely accident free passage from Mindelo, then we should put in a last gybe and then we managed to get it quite wrong. The jib rolled up badly and got it self wrapped up. I will not repeat what was said or done to try to fix I all, but it cost us one and a half hours and that also meant that we let two boats get in front of us, and when we came in this morning we could only describe the sail as a complete write off, a bad and costly night indeed!We passed the finish line at 08:22 local time this morning and if we have the margins on our side it could be a good finish in our class on this leg as it seems that most others have been motoring quite a lot they too.Trying to forget the ordeal, and focusing on all the good memories from the leg.. read more...


29/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 11 - 29 November - Sailing close to the wind

Another flying fish landed in the middle of the deck last night while we were having supper. It was quite surreal. We reckon that ever since Harley kissed the mahi-mahi the other day, before releasing it back into the ocean, word has got out, and now they all want a piece of the action...During dawn watch this morning, Francis helped the Skipper unfurl the gennaker and raise it up. Watching the pair of them on the bow, silhouetted against the rising sun, I enjoyed the sight of the seadog teaching his young pup new tricks - in this case a bowline knot. A lazy day, things were going perhaps too smoothly, so late this afternoon, a sudden change in wind caused the gennaker to flap and knock the wind instruments, which stopped working immediately. We were still getting direction, but not wind. read more...


29/11/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 11 - what spinnaker?

The ocean has a hypnotic effect on me.I love being in, on or under the water so it doesn’t take long to forget the events of yesterday and move forward.Especially with the conditions we are in and with a fresh fish on the table.We have just enjoyed sushi for 5 with some cool tunes playing, a following sea, blue skies and 15kts of breeze.Life could not be better.Hayley is very skilled in the kitchen and makes great sushi by hand but with my clumsy fingers I need to cheat so we have a sushi rolling machine.You load it up, pull the plastic bar and ‘voila’, a perfect rainbow maki roll pops out.Hayley marinated fresh Mahi Mahi in Sriracha, then did a mix with a combo of either avocado, cucumber, carrot in Nori seaweed with soy and wasabi.Perfect!Love from The Daley Adventure.Dave and Hayley. read more...


Susan Ann II - log day 11 - what spinnaker?
Susan Ann II  - log day 11 - what spinnaker?
29/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 29112017

Bonjour au FanClubPetit billet car ici la mer est bien penchée....depuis cette apres midi on a retrouvé le vent...mais aussi les grains...alors 2 ris Solent et roule cap sud ouest...a bonne allure, la bonne nouvelle c'est que l on est de nouveau autonome en energie, avec juste l 'hydro...par contre on marche surles cloisons....cela devraitt durer jusqu'a demain...mais les previsions sont difficiles surtout quand cela concerne l'avenir!RAS a bord tout va bien...même si la question du jour d'arrivée trotte dans la t^te de certain(e)s!Bises du largeBlueTop a 1718NM a 19HTU. read more...


29/11/2017

Helen - Ed's last day on Yacht Helen

We have 130 miles to go, so we will be over the finish line in the morning. That's where I get off and seek a boat for my next adventure.The fishermen on board our boat are strange. It took two of them two weeks to catch three fish, two of which we could not eat.This morning I was sitting on the deck when three flying fish landed near me for my breakfast. Why are the humans so slow when fast food is so readily available?This year's ARC+ has had less wind than usual which means using fuel to power the engine on the quiet days.It's over 2,500 miles from the Canaries to St Lucia with only one fuel station on the way. It is the two pumps at the end of the pontoon in the marina at Mindelo. The lads on the pumps were incredibly helpful and some street kids guarded the entrance.My theory is. read more...


29/11/2017

Ellen - Day 10

A normal day in trade winds! We have had a good speed and got two fishes, one tuna and onemaui-maui. Some small reparations and maintenance.. read more...


29/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 10 (28.11.)

Wir laufen weiter vor dem Wind, der ruhig noch ein bißchen mehr schieben könnte. Damit er das zumindest ohn’ Unterlaß weiter tut, laufen wir einen etwas südlicheren Kurs, entlang eines Flaute-Busens im Norden, dessen Nippel wir sanft streicheln wollen, selbiger liegt ungefähr auf der Hälfte der Gesamtstrecke. Da dies nach 10 Tagen auf See die volle Aufmerksamkeit der MANNschaft fordert, gibt es sonst kaum was zuberichten. 😉Ach ja, der übliche Mahi-Mahi beisst rechtzeitig an und wird mit einem Kartoffelgratin zu Abend serviert. Unsere Normalbrot-Vorräte sind aufgebraucht, wir backen zwei weitere Brote selber, ein Ciabatta und ein Bauernbrot. Eine auf Verdacht gekaufte Paté erweist sich als Volltreffer und bereichert so die “Vesperkarte” für Zwischendurch.Am Ende dieses Tages (24:00 Uhr). read more...


29/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 11 - Schönwettersegeln

Gerade haben wir zusammen überlegt, was ich zum heutigen Tag schreiben könnte, der sehr entspannt, aber auch relativ ereignislos war. Die Nacht war wieder ein wenig anstrengend, mit Windstärke 6 von hinten, aber tagsüber haben sich Wind und Wellengang beruhigt und wir fahren ganz stressfrei mit wenig Schräglage unter Parasailor. Stressfrei bedeutet bloß auch immer langsamer, das ist die Kehrseite. Laut Wetterbericht könnte es morgen und übermorgen noch etwas weniger Wind geben und dann werden wir eine Bade-Pause einlegen - etwas, worauf ich schon lange spekuliert habe! Bei den mittlerweile sehr heißen Temperaturen lockt der blaue Atlantik immer mehr und lädt zum Schwimmen ein. Ein neuer Lieblingsplatz von Kerstin und mir ist übrigens die hinterste Stufe am Heck, wo man wunderbar sitzen. read more...


29/11/2017

Manihi - Écouter la mer

On arriveà un momentoù tous le monde va avoir le même vent et ce ne sont plus que les choix de trajectoires qui comptent mais autant les réglages des voiles et donc la vitesse ..1/2 nds de différence d'ici l'arrivée cela donne presque un jour d'écart au final. Alors on ne lâche rien! Pour la sécurité onaffale le spi la nuit ..et dès la fin du dernier quart du matin on change de voilure. Aujourd'hui vent modéré 13/18 nds qui nous permet de faire cap direct sur st-Lucie. Nous avons fait une belle journée hier avec plus de 160 miles parcourus vers Rodney Bay.Fidèle lecteur du blog , c'est aujourd'hui l'occasion de devenir auditeur en découvrant notre univers sonore. En mer tous les sens sont sollicités , enfin presque faudrait pas imaginer des trucs ! En particulier louis . Nous avons en. read more...


29/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+10 Il faut sauver le spi rouge

Mercredi 29 novembre12h00 UTC16°58 N30°11 WDistance sur 24h : 170 millesDistance restante : 1784 millesIl faut sauver le spi rougeGrosse émotion ,cette nuit. Il est 5h00, la lune est couchée, l'obscurité est complète, nous sommes sous spi asymétrique lourd (le rouge) tangonné avec 20 noeuds de vent, sous pilote automatique.Soudain le vent tombe à 10 noeuds, le spi se dégonfle d'un coup et commence à s'enrouler autour de l'étai. Par précaution, nous avions laissé le génois à moitié déroulé pour éviter ce problème.En moins de 30 secondes, tout le monde est dehors. Trop tard, le spi a déja fait plusieurs tours. Tout est coincé. Nous ne pouvons plus ni rouler, ni dérouler le génois et le spi continue à s'enrouler de plus en plus serré. Nous essayons à la lueur de nos frontales de repérer le. read more...


29/11/2017

Scarlet Island Girl - Island Girl Blog

Hi and welcome to this electronic message-in-a-bottle cast into ether by the Island Girl. Not a real girl you understand, but the Dufour 45 sailing yacht 'Scarlet Island Girl’.We're into day 11 of The ARC, a transatlantic race for cruising yachts and it seems like a good time to check-in.It’s been a fascinating race, like a game of chess, where all the pieces need wind to move them, played out in flat calms and howling gales.Early in the race the weather went downhill-in-a-handcart, and the racing fleet scattered to find their best options. While the majority of the boats ran South and East, Island Girl decided she would make best passage by taking some short-term pain and punching thorough to better conditions as quickly as possible. The ensuing adventure saw us creep under. read more...


29/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 11: Mücken am Arsch

Dass die ARC auch eine Wettbewerbskomponente hat, wusste ich bis vor Kurzem nicht und eigentlich hat das auch niemanden auf der Angkor beschäftigt. Wir wollten einfach nach St. Lucia segeln. Nun liegen wir aber gut im Rennen und da erwacht doch Ehrgeiz. Die letzten beiden Nächte sind wir den Spinnaker durchgefahren. Aber ich möchte hier mal unseren guten Freund Pele zu Wort kommen lassen, der das Ganze in einer Email auf seine einmalige Art beschreibt: „Woooooow macht Ihr Tempo man sieht schon Ihr setzt Euch langsam ab vom Hauptfeld. Waaaaahnsinn!!!! Ihr seid jetzt 10er in der Gesamtklasse und 4er in Eurer Bootsklasse, absoluter Wahnsinn Jungs!!!Mal zur Feld Beschreibung: Vorne weg eine 4er Truppe mit 2 Katamaranen und zwei Segelbooten, segeln alle nördlich von Euch auf der ursprünglich. read more...


29/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum

We went to Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum today.  It was near the water where we are anchored. It was recommended for someone with just a little time in Mossel Bay. There was a large tree by a spring of fresh water. The boats would come here to restock fresh water and what ever food supplies they could trade with the local inhabitants. Very early one boat stopped after one of the boats in their 3 boat group was lost and the captain of that boat was lost in the sea. They left a letter describing their trip in an old sea boot hanging from a milk wood tree. Later that year another boat got the letter to take back. This started a tradition. The museum continues the tradition with a postage box there. This is our boat taken from the museum This is a replica of the. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Mossel Bay Bartolomeu Dias Museum
Helen - Ed's breakfast
Helen - Ed's breakfast
29/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Saschas blog

When my good friend Lizzy asked me if I would be her first mate on the ARC race I jumped at the chance. I've done several trans Atlantics but had not yet done the ARC race. I also really liked the idea of doing it with girls for sail, we would be an all women group of 10 squeezed on a beneteau first 40.7, much smaller than I am used to racing on. We spent the first week making our way south to avoid some strong weather in the north and to pick up the trade winds that are just starting to fill in now. We are just waiting for the right wind angle to get out spinnaker up but as I write this we are making a decent speed of 7 knots. The crew are getting used to helming downwind in the pitching swell. There are occasional panicked squeaks from them as sometimes a wave takes them off course but. read more...


29/11/2017

Blue Bayou - We have a winner!

Our first game of human cluedo has drawn to a close.The Laird is the winner following his dastardly despatching of the Skipper, whose guard was down whilst fretting over the flying of the chute.Round 2 has commenced........... read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 18: Running to St Lucia
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 18: Running to St Lucia
29/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 17: Squall Alley

Sunday night and cloud building very alert for rain and squalls. The beautiful setting moon had disappeared. Visibility very poor. Wind 20kn and we are sailing fast; a relief after many days of light winds. The ability to spot activity and react limited. Midnight and 18 hours of “fun” begins. The first rain storm hits the first watch. At this point we lacked the ability to differentiate a squall from a shower and calculate the angle of the cloud movements; was it 20 deg different in the upper atmosphere due to Coriolis affects(?) hmmm! “Must ask Chris Tibbs” all seems a little academic; with wind speeds approaching 30Kn in heavy rain. We decide to head up and sail out. We clear the rain only to be hit a few minutes later by another. And another. Watch over. An hour and half of battling. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 17: Squall Alley
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 17: Squall Alley
29/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 9 with Ted

Early in the morning on day 9 we arrived to Cabo Verde to fix the rig issues. Already in the afternoon we could set sail again. Now we are sailing towards Santa Lucia. No one is sea sick. Sailor Ted and we have now seen Cabo Verde, or at least Mindelo...Best regards from Hilmer and Ted. read more...


29/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 10 - 29.11.17 - entspannten Segeln

Barefoot - Tag 10 - 29.11.17 - entspannten Segeln Die letzten 24 Stunden waren sehr entspannt, wobei der Wind von ursprünglich 25 kn dann auf jetzt ehr 10-15 kn abgenommen hat. Die Strömung läuft immer noch gegen uns, morgen soll der Wind wieder etwas zunehmen.Die ersten passatwolken werden sichtbar und der Atlantik liegt bei deutlich über 27 Grad. Wie ihr wahrscheinlich schon registriert habt, bewegen wir uns mittlerweile auf der direkten Linie nach St. Lucia. Wir machen Meilen...Diese Nacht haben wir ein Segelschiff ohne AIS im Abstand von ca. 2 sm überholt. Das war dann ehr der ungewöhnliche Fall, fast alle Schiffe, denen wir begegnet sind, sind auch auf dem AIS sichtbar. Es scheint, dass so langsam auch die Segler, die schon früher westlich gegangen waren, zu uns aufschließen, aber. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
29/11/2017

Blue Bayou - On Our Way

Chute up giving us a good lift.Fish will need to swim pretty quick to get on our line now!image1. read more...


Blue Bayou - On Our Way
Blue Bayou - On Our Way
29/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Final Blog

The FlogAs we surf the waves at 14 degrees N & 60 degree West, 7 hours 22 minutes from Rodney Bay, St Lucia, we contemplate a cooked breakfast over early earl grey teas and reflect upon our Great Expectations.Though our Mag currently points us towards Martinique, we are each looking forward to landing on St Lucian land, desperate to look up our trailing list of uncompleted arguments on Google. Do albatross really live for 75 years? Is fishes the plural of fish? What is the right gelatine:cream ratio for panacotta? What appointment did Derry Irvine hold in government and how much was his wallpaper? Who was the third Goodie? And could John's snake ever learn to love him?And what else? John is yearning to visit a restaurant, Dad wants to move into a hotel, Erica will immediately call. read more...


29/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Going for a dip

Yesterday was panning out to be a bit of a dull day (from an activity rather than weather perspective) and I was getting increasingly worried about what I could write about in today's blog. We had been sailing all night with the Blue Water Runner, and making great progress. Our normal routine is to drop the sail in the morning and in the evening to check for wear on the halyard (and if there is any wear, we chop that bit off - so be warned!). Yesterday morning we decided that at the same time we would try and swap back to the original, supposedly stronger halyard (the brand is called Hercules and so it must be truly mighty) rather than the spare halyard that we had been using. This involved sewing the two ends together, whipping around the join, and then feeding the new halyard up the. read more...


29/11/2017

Lei Lei - 10. Tag auf hoher See - Back to the Roots

Der 10. Tag auf hoher See steht unter dem Motto "Back to the Roots". Und vermutlich wird dieser Tag - wie bisher kein anderer - die folgenden Tage prägen. Der Passat zieht uns tagsüber wie an einer Leine durch den Atlantik. Der Parasailor entfaltet einen herrlich gleichmäßigen und kräftigen Zug, so dass man wirklich das Gefühl hat, in St. Lucia stünde jemand mit einer Kurbel und zöge uns heran. Perfektes Segeln bei Sonnenschein und bester Stimmung auf und unter Deck. Christian geht auf das Vorschiff und pickt sich ein. Zunächst scheint es, als würde eine weitere waghalsige Reparatur/Optimierung der lei lei angegangen (es gibt kaum einen Augenblick, in dem der Skipper nicht mit einer neuen Idee und deren Umsetzung beschäftigt ist). Auf den zweiten Blick sieht man dann aber die Videokamera. read more...


29/11/2017

Jubilate Mare - Two weeks in, and finally, WIND!

Hello All, from the Jubilant Mates aboard Jubilate Mare.  Winds are blowing well now and the end is in sight. Two weeks in and FINALLY we have the  trade winds we had expected for the whole voyage. We now hope to arrive on the 3rd / 4th - good thing too as friends, Mark and Mary Lord, arrived on the 27th and go home on the 4th!! And to think when we set off with good winds (for one day only!) we did the projections and had thought we'd maybe arrive before they did. As Pete has often been heard to say "You can't sail to a timetable". However, fortunately we still have other family and friends staying til the 10th so will he able to sample the joys of St Lucia with them. I, for one, am looking forward to galloping on the beach and riding in the sea again.  We have. read more...


29/11/2017

Rubikon - Day 9 at sea - Relaxing and cooking

Following our slightly choppy start into the day yesterday, things calmed down a lot and the crew spent most of the afternoon relaxing and sleeping with the autopilot safely guiding us towards the west. A couple of hours in the afternoon were used to produce a metric shit-ton of Bolognese sauce by Kai and Alex, while Jose battled with some sea-sickness while beautifully filleting a freshly caught (but rather small) Mahi-Mahi. As this is the 6th Mahi-Mahi we have caught since we left, we implemented a policy that from now on only tunas are to bite our bait. Let's see if they listen...The night brought some slower winds and thereby speeds, with the our current guesses for our average velocity made good for the last 24h (VMG - speed with which we got closer to St Lucia every hour) as. read more...


29/11/2017

Queen Bee - verso ovest

Giornata di navigazione intensa, con vento da Nord - Nordest dai 15 ai 21 nodi stiamo andando al lasco con una buona velocità. La vita a bordo procede tranquilla e con i soliti ritmi lenti. Nulla da segnalare a parte una splendida luna che rende l'oceano argentato.Arnaldo. read more...


28/11/2017

Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?

The nights had been getting warmer...Claire was not expecting rain and definitely not hail on her watch.Holly was not expecting to feel scales under her toes.Aedis claimed the lives of many flying fish this night passed. A memorial service will be held directly after breakfast and when all scales have been removed.image1. read more...


Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?
Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?
29/11/2017

Blue Bayou - Faith, Hope and rightful reward

Dear readers,Apologies for the recent lack of posts. We’ve been busy boys. Following a couple of days of less than sparkling performance, as good God fearing Scottish Presbyterians the crew decided to resort to prayer, and a brief, but moving service was conducted by the skipper, aka I M Jolly on Sunday. The highlight was undoubtedly a stirring rendition of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” performed with gusto by the congregation. We headed grimly, but determinedly and purposefully southwards towards Cape Verde. And then it happened. As we passed some 15nm north of the most NW of the islands, Santo Anto, our mobile phones burst into life. It was a sign(al)!!!! Some 328 emails, 596 WhatsApp’s, and 3 Facebook messages (the Laird - sigh) later, the wind suddenly backed, and as if by. read more...


La Cigale - Day 11 - Dawn Watch Unfurling Gennaker - Child Labour
La Cigale - Day 11 - Dawn Watch Unfurling Gennaker - Child Labour
28/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 8 with Ted

Today the wind finally allowed us to set course towards Cap Verde, while singing the song ”Hello Africa”. Sailor Ted and I (Hilmer) have seen thousands of flying fishes around the boat.Best regards from Hilmer and Ted. read more...


29/11/2017

Charm - Day of arrival

We made it!Crossed the finish line at 3:25 am, found the dock in the dark, and were greeted with rum punch and a giant fruit basket which Tim immediately took and hid.All are happy and some are contemplating sleep.Thanks to all those of you cheering and sending good wishes from afar.We got the shipment of following winds for the last 48 hours - it was much appreciated, especially by Kent!. read more...


Charm - We sailed the whole way!
Charm - We sailed the whole way!
Charm - Tim gets restocked!
Charm - Tim gets restocked!
29/11/2017

Hummingbird - Poem: Night Sky, at sea

I had expected this ocean crossing to be wonderful and it is living up to and exceeding all of myexpectations. However one of the most amazing, breathtaking aspects of this trip has been the beauty of the night watches, the clear, unpolluted view of the sky in all its glory. Here is my poem.Night Sky, at seaA dark crowded stage, filled with lifeless performersRevealing old light to the worldInfinite death stars, infinite birthTimeless spirals of heaven unfurledSpinning ordinations through black spangled oceanDancing revolutions in slow expanding motionForever.I am a spectatorSmall, irrelevant spectatorBobbing on our little planet blue.I smile at the simplicity,The wonderful complexity.Applaud the actors,Praise supporting crew.Michelle. read more...


28/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 10: Arithmetic lessons in gybe angles. Wendy goes nuts and Alf confesses to being 'Old School'

28 November 2017 0830 Position 17 degs 18.5'N 028 degs 49.8WAwoke at some ungodly hour by the radio crackling into life whilst Dave passed small talk with another yacht in the vicinity, Barracuda, not that it was not nice to hear from them its just that it was Neal and my off-watch and were soundoh asleep and the radio was on full blast down here. The expletives emanating from Neal's cabin can't be repeated here unless you are reading this after the 9pm watershed. Alf's lexicon of English continues to grow - so does mine for that matter!The wind has increased as hoped but appears to have gone further West meaning that it was dead downwind to St Lucia and we can't sail dead down wind safely. St Lucia was getting closer but was remaining an elusive target. So Dave held a management meeting. read more...



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