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LaLuna - LaLuna dag 13 Atlantic selfie
LaLuna - LaLuna dag 13 Atlantic selfie
04/12/2015

Meltemi - 13.Tag - was war das denn (Teil 2)

Etmal!Nachdem die Crew erfahren durfte, dass auch die "Aussenwelt" an unserer nächtlichen Irrfahrt samt Niederschlag in den Zwischenergebnissen Anteil genommen hat, war Wiedergutmachung gefragt. Also mal schnell die Situation analysiert und gefragt, was machen die anderen besser. Die Antwort war dann doch er ernüchternd einfach - sie segeln einfach schneller.Jetzt war alles so einfach -Rassmus bescherte uns den nötigen Wind, Rüdiger die perfekt auf die Leichtmatrosen abgestimmte Segelgaderobe und die Crew steuerte die Meltemi Stund um Stund mit Hingabe.Heute um 12.00 Uhr der bange Blick auf den Zähler - hat es sich gelohnt, konnten wir die Schmach ausmerzen - ja wir konnten! Gigantische 196 Meilen hat Rüdiger notiert - da konnte doch der ein oder andere Stolz nicht verborgen werden.. read more...


04/12/2015

Emily Morgan - ARC log day 12 - stowaway!

Eddy the Egret has landed (or is it Edwina?) and has been our longest standing mid Atlantic visitor ever, still with us after landing on at 5pm last night. Not sure where he was headed, blown in by the gales we've been having for the last 24 hours, but he's come at least 1000 miles!. read more...


Emily Morgan - ARC log day 12 - stowaway!
Emily Morgan - ARC log day 12 - stowaway!
04/12/2015

Newfoundland - Grüße an die Heimat

Mannschaft und Boot wohlauf. Anstrengende erste Tage mit stetem 7-8er Wind, gut gemeistert. Jetzt im Passat, stellt sich Bordroutine ein. Die ersten Fische sind gefangen und verzehrt. Hoher Seegang führt zu anstrengenden Nächten mit wenig Schlaf. Der nächtliche Sternenhimmel ist allerdings unbeschreiblich schön. Tagsüber verwöhnt uns die Sonne bei warmen Temperaturen. Das Kochen fällt bei 2-3M hohen Wellen zwar schwer, aber kulinarisch lassen wir uns nicht unterkriegen. Kommen im Passat gut voran und halten Kurs direkt auf Barbados, das wir voraussichtlich in 10 Tagen, für einen Zwischenstopp, erreichen werden. Liebe Grüße an unsere Frauen, Familien und Freunde. Bis bald - die Newfoundlandcrew - Günter-Werner-Günther. read more...


04/12/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog - day 13

'From Skipper and Mate - Nikki and Alice'   We have spoken regularly in our ARC blog of daily duties, menu choices andevents on board. We feel we have skimmed over the single most important part ofthis vessel and the people on it and that is the overwhelming sense of team workthat is present.   In case it has not been made clear just how much of a challenge this is -let us give you a few daily scenarios: 3.00am, watch change... With head torch firmly in place, very sticky and salty female crewmateclambers out of steam room (cabin) having barely slept. Said female attempts toput salopettes on with one hand - the other stabilizing her. She fails and fallsover as a wave smacks the side of the boat. At that moment head torch slides offhead.  She will then spend all night. read more...


04/12/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster Blog Day 12 ARC 2015 ITS A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.

We sailed away for 2 weeks on Sunday, to the land where the Bong tree grows,And there in a wood a piggy wig stood, with a ring in the end of his nose,His nose, a ring in the end of his nose.The moon has waned. And has been rising 40 minutes later every day, as wehave sailed west. As a result of only 12 hours daylight we have started torace in pitch black conditions about 9 hours every night.So What ?Everything is 3 times more difficult for an amateur crew at night. Helmingis extra difficult. Imagine balancing blindfold on a super large rollingball without a safety net.Get it wrong and the repercussions can be severe. But we are racing. HelterSkelter. Full on. Our rival for second place overall, Durlindana 3, hasraced a great race. Pushed really hard. Our challenge is to beat them.Few of. read more...


04/12/2015

Why Not - Why Not (Richard Anthony)

Afternoon Folks!   We’re glad to report that we’ve grafted very hard over the last 2 days, andhave just managed our personal best of 171 miles in 24 hours – an average of 7.1knots. Not bad considering we’ve only been on the white sails for the last 3days. Previous days were 161 and 163 miles, so we’re really going for it.  The crew also enjoyed a delightfully chilled bottle of Moet a couple daysago, to celebrate crossing the half way line. The next sip of champers will beupon our arrival in St Lucia, which is our main motivation for getting there asquick as possible!   In the night we had 3 flying fish attacks which resulted in Keith dancingaround like a fairy to get them back in the sea. This morning we also managedour 2nd largest catch yet – 19 lb. mahi mahi which is. read more...


04/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 12

Sunrise 03.12.2015Tag 12Heute Ruhetag. Wache gehen. Kleinstreparaturen. Nur die lange hohe Dünung macht das Stehen, Bewegen oder gar Kochen zu einem stetigen kraftraubenden Balanceakt. Unsere sonst makellosen Körper sind überzogen mit blauen Flecken. Am Nachmittag schiften wir Groß- und Spinnackerbaum auf die jeweils andere Seite und ändern den Kurs. Das Schiff läuft sofort deutlich ruhiger. Gegen Mittag kommt der Wind zurück. Wir streben nun in Rauschefahrt unserem Ziel entgegen. St. Lucia.Berthold, unser Witzigmann, Henssler, Klöppel, Lafer, Lichter Double bringt es selbst unter krassesten Seebedingungen jeden Tag fertig etwas Besonderes zu kreieren. Ohne Rezeptbuch. Gestern unser vorvorletztes Fleischgericht: 400 g Steaks gebraten, gebacken, mit einem phänomenalen Ratatouille.Aber. read more...


03/12/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 3rd Dec

December 3rd Fish count remains on “2” Sailing at last, we have shut down that noisey engine, good steady winds, the Gollywobbler sail is up, making good progress, approx 750 nautical miles to our destination of St Lucia, sailing at around 10 knots, Mark is now converted as to how useful the Gollywobbler sail is spread between 2 masts. Weather remains hot and sunny during the day, warm and very dark during the night. The moon has deserted us until the very late hours of the morning and then it is only a half moon. George has passed his test at baking, making a very delicious mango sponge, today he is trying his hand at a chicken stir fry, he is kindly giving Roy and Suzie a well earned rest from the hot stove. Everyone one on board is in high spirits as we count. read more...


04/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja blog 04-12-2015:

We hebben gistermiddag een top dag gedraaid! Goeie snelheid en recht op onsdoel af. Daarna eigenlijk alleen lafjes gegeten en geborreld. Iets wat niet zo’nlekkere combi is als je de eerste wacht hebt! Maar Haico en ik hebben ons ergoed doorheen geslagen in het pikdonker. Daarna heel de nacht de ene naar deandere squall gehad. Rob en Nanno hadden het er tijdens hun wacht nog over wateen fijne overtocht het tot nog toe geweest was, rustig weer etc. Nou, daarnalijnde zich inderdaad een hele serie squalls op... Eerst dikke wind, gevolgddoor nog dikkere regen en daarna een tijdje heel weinig wind met behoud vandikke golven. Het is nu ochtend en de laatste squalls lijken over te zijn! We hebben lang gewacht op het moment kwam dat de omstandigheden een beetjestabiel zijn geworden,  kwamen. read more...


04/12/2015

Isabel - Day 12

Friday 12 Noon 4/12/210515 55 85 N50 31 53 W-RECORD daily run circa 195 miles- distance toSt Lucia 613 milesSailing - Today is the same as yesterday and sunny. Goose winged genoa, 2-3mswells, rolling boat doing 8 to 10 knots under pilot."Inbetweeners Two" movie watched in main saloon cinema after dinner lastnight.Crew - Not a good night's sleep for anyone due to following sea lurchingboat around, non stop :- Phil - The rear luxurious master cabin was more Alton Towers than OysterYacht last night - went back to bed and slept better on the floor - wants ahammock on new 745?James - High bed position exaggerates boat motion, struggles to keep dry bedallegedly due to window being left open (err his own fault?)Nick - did not sleep well, but smiles about it- Paul - very, very, verygrumpy face. read more...


Isabel - Day 12
Isabel - Day 12
04/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.11

Hello everyone who join us. We do not have a lot to izvijestit.Stabilan vitar of 25-30 knots allowed us to make 220Nm in one day, so we're happy for toga.Isto so has also brought huge waves and the stress on the boat, so I do not sleep much najbolje.Umor feeling and looking forward to the fact that we reach the goal only has 700NM.Očekuje that these vitar will hold another 2 days so we are wholesale in the scope of our Yanmar. Greetings from the crew 4JOY. read more...


04/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 11 und 12

Ich schreibe jetzt am 04.12. um 03:41:11 UTC, das ist, wenn ich richtig gerechnet habe00:43 Ortszeit, heißt Zeit der aktuellen Position. An Bord bei uns auf Langstreckentörns gehen alle Uhren an Bord nach UTC (Universal Time Coordinated), dass vereinfacht das Umrechnen nach Deutschland oder zum Zielpunkt, aber die Zeit dort interessiert in der Regel nur bei Ankunft. Da es ohnehin keinen echten Tag / Nacht Rhythmus mehr gibt, ist diese Regelung unproblematisch. Nur Mond und Sonnenaufgang verschieben sich auf so einer Fahrt schon dramatisch, aber dadurch bleibt das Gefühl, dass man doch eine ganze Strecke auf der Erdkugel zurücklegt. Die Berechnung der Ortszeit hat Nicole uns gestern noch einmal geschickt, als wir durch Interpolation versuchten, diese zu ermitteln. Nicole. read more...


04/12/2015

Meltemi - 12. Tag

Liebe Mitsegler und Blockleser,Heute hatten wir wieder einen super Segeltag mit passablen Wind, Wellen, Sonne und vor allem guter Laune.Wir befinden uns gerade auf der Position 19°31´,39 Nord und 045°16´,30 Ost, und sind flott unterwegs.Mark und ich wurden gerade von der Schicht abgelöst.Im Schnitt waren wir mit 7,5 KN unterwegs und haben anschließend ein erholsames Bad aus der Pütz genossen.Was gibt es jetzt Besonderes von der Meltemi zu berichten. Nachdem wir tagelang vergebens versucht haben mit Edda, unseren Köder für die Angel, einen Fisch zu fangen, mussten wir Edda in Rente schicken und haben auf Paulichen gewechselt. Das hat auch sofort funktioniert, aber leider hat die Leine nicht gehalten. Danke Paulichen, wir werden Dich vermissen.Aktuell ist Randolf am Haken und wir hoffen. read more...


04/12/2015

Toujours Belle - Logbuch Tag 12-13

Moin, nach dem Schock mit dem Wal und dem wirklich glimpfliche Ausgang hatuns der Atlantik wieder inne. Wir sind uns bewusst, dass wir auch in derRettungsinsel hätten sitzen können.Tag 3.12... Die Nacht gut durchgelaufen. Speed um 7-8 kn. Im Dunkeln denktjeder an den Wal und ob uns das nochmal passieren kann. Nachts keine Sichtauf dem Atlantik. Alles duster. Tagsüber guter Wind. Fahren mit Parasailor. Werner, Klaus und ich lassen es uns hier gut gehen. Essen vorzüglich undzum Bergfest ein Fläschchen Wein. Der Weg nach St. Lucia ist kürzer alszurück. Fahren bis spät den Parasailor bei gut 9,2 kn Speed. Abends Wechselauf nur Vorsegel. Sternenhimmel wieder fantastisch.Tag 4.12... Morgens hat die Welle wieder zugenommen. Gut 3m. Fahren nurmit Vorsegel. Das Geschaukel durch die Wellen nervt. read more...


04/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 12 (Thursday!): another mahi mahi

(Apparently I have mixed up the week days up until now...)   Yesterday (Thursday 4th of Dec, the 12th day of the ARC) we caught anotherMahi Mahi. This time we used a scale to get its measures and it was 5.1 kgheavy. We are grateful that it became the main ingredient in a fish curry stewwith rice. Yum!  Johan, on Hanse Sailor. read more...


04/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 12

Atlanterhavet, N18.05 W41.59, lokal tid 0830, 1030 GMT   Jeg har en tøff kone. I går kveld var det igjen vaktskifte til førstenattevakt som er Elisabeths faste vakt. Vindmåleren viser jevnt 10 m/s eller 20knop +, altså frisk bris, men mer i kastene. Bølgene er stort sett 3-4 meterhøye og brytende, de høyeste enda større. Siden vi nå har halvmåne kommer denikke opp før utpå natten, så det er helt mørkt og båten suser av gårde i 7 – 8 –9 knop. Det rister og slår i båten og jeg tenker at dette er det nærmeste jegnoen gang kommer Volvo Ocean Race (selv om jeg selvfølgelig vet at det er enhelt annen liga). Elisabeth, rolig som alltid, tar på fullt seiltøy, putternødpeilesenderen i lomma, går opp og hekter seg fast i sikkerhetslinen. Vi andreslapper av før neste vakt nede i salongen og. read more...


04/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH2 Arc 2015 Friday 4 December

Friday 4th DecemberRace Day 12The Night of the Long Squalls-strong winds and little sleepThe day started with some strong winds that would continue to grow throughout the day. Much to Kirsty’s dismay, a top speed challenge was introduced just as she headed below deck for her day, alongside Jerry, on Mother Watch. Mark set the bar within the Starboard Watch, to be trumped first by Ricky with 13.9 and then Rosie with 14.7 knots. However, Steve quickly wiped the smug grin off Rosie’s face with a whopping 16.8 knots, perfectly timing a gust and wave in order to surf into the lead. This was not beaten and sets a hard task to match!The day was slightly cloudy although very warm and muggy. A hidden sun allowed the crew members off-watch to go about some chores. Washing continually emerged from. read more...


04/12/2015

Hera - Handwerker an Bord

Das Engagement der Crew kennt keine Grenzen.Da ist zum Beispiel unserFünfsternekoch Jonathan, der uns gestern einen leckeren Rinderkrustenbraten miteiner unübertrefflichen Bratensauce zelebrierte. Oder unsere fleissigenHandwerker Gernot und Wolfgang, die unser Mobiliar, dass unter den heftigenBewegungen doch etwas leidet, reparierten. Auch an unserem geradlinigen Kurs istzu erkennen, dass sich die Rudergänger in allen Wachen nicht nur bemühen,sondern mittlerweile zunehmend in der Lage sind, mit Wind und Welleumzugehen. Rasmus ist uns weiterhin mit einem kräftigen Passat unter Sonne undsternenklarem Himmel wohlgesonnen. An der Stellung der Segel muss schon seitTagen nichts verändert werden. Über den Ankunftstag wird schon wild spekuliertund es werden Wetten abgeschlossen.   Stefan. read more...


04/12/2015

Chanto - 2nd Week

Chanto Blog - 2nd WeekThe second week saw a continued move south with the aim of capturing the stronger winds that had been eluding us for a few days. The tactic appears to have paid off as we're now pushing along at 8.5 knots having just completed our most profitable 24 hours of the crossing so far covering close to 190 miles!We've continued predominantly with the twin head sail set up which has meant most nights we've avoided the need to reef down.With impeccable timing the fishing took a decidedly more positive turn. With hours to go until the half way mark to St Lucia was crossed, and following a fruitless 2 days up until that point, the addition of a second lure paid immediate dividends with not one but two Mahi Mahi secured!Once on board they weighed in at a mighty 4.5 and 5 kilos. read more...


04/12/2015

Aqualuna - 16:18.306N 48:17.609W

DAY 12 ARC FRIDAY 4/12/15According to our log we have between 3 - 4 days to go before crossing the finishing line.Called up by Chris Tibbs on the VHF the evening before last we could just see his spinnaker to the NE of us.We were going to chat with him again the following morning but he has disappeared further north.We must be in the right place as he is the weather guru and gave seminars on the weather in Las Palmas.He is doing well in his 40’ yacht.Did Tandoori chicken last night and green beans with broccoli, red onion and a bit of nutmeg in a pan.All well on board, Sea slightly rougher and larger coming in on our quarter so rolling a bit.. read more...


04/12/2015

Magic - MAGIC May Blog Friday 4th December

May BlogFriday 4th DecemberWeirdy Address16.40.7N   46.17.62Well my weather forecasting was right – it is rough.  The boat is twisting and turning like a corkscrew.  It is funny to watch the feeders try to get their balance as they only have two feet.  I am doing well with the balance – it is simple you just lean into the movement and stay grounded.  I had a shower today - I think I am the only one who did.  Mark and Tina are disappointed that the new Water maker that they had fitted for the ARC doesn’t work when it is rolling – which is pretty much always!  The ‘experts’ Marine Maintenance who fitted the Water maker and the Generator in Gibraltar didn’t fit either properly so they suck up air. That’s why the Generator needed a new black wheelie. read more...


03/12/2015

Isabel - Day 11

--Thursday 12 Noon 3/12/210516 24 66 N47 11 86 W- daily run circa 189 miles- distance to StLucia 809 milesAfter a relaxing 24 hours + sailing under the "Bird"-yellow Gennekeryesterday with the Bimini up at 10pm it started to change.For sailorsreading this we wererunning with the gennekeras deep as possible withonly a scrap of main out (in mast furling) just to keep the boom steady. Thepilot steers the boat fine even given the lively quartering sea constantpicking the stern up trying to run us off course. As the wind pushes over 25knots things start go awry as the 30 tonnes of yacht will not accelerate andplane (see Sunfast 3200, J105 ......or Boomerang!). The result usually endsup in a round up to windward. For me personally the much flapping of sailand noise at this point all occurs. read more...


03/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 3 at 9:14 pm

If I count correctly this is our twelfth day at sea. Wind has picked up further during the day, and we were making 9-10kn all day, sometimes even 12. 729 nautical miles to Saint Lucia, and the distance is quickly going down. A good feeling after the days of almost no wind and slow progress. Today we had a whale visit us, gliding with us through the water and occasionally diving under our vessel only to appear again on the other side. It was with us for 10, maybe 15 minutes before we lost sight. Very nice. No boats sighted in the last 24 hours at least, so any distraction is welcome.Mites baked fresh bread today, it was delicious, served with Italian salami donated by our very own on-board Italian-of-choice Christine. Certainly beat the prepackaged salami normally served on board the. read more...


03/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 11

DAY 11OK everybody, For today's entertainment, we have caught 2 more Dorados, now the fish hooks have been changed, the blighters are not escaping as easy as they were before!I had my first filleting experience of the larger caught Dorado and I think we are all agreed I need more training!We had this afternoon, a pod of whales, which were very close to the boat but travelling in the opposite direction to us, very exciting.We are now down to 1000 miles until we reach St Lucia, so a sweepstake is being set up to find the closest time for us to pass the way point position just north of St Lucia, and the winner gets the glory of steering Skyelark across the finish line!We have enjoyed fast sailing today so our arrival may be sooner then we all think, or not, who knows?????Thanks to Mike and. read more...


03/12/2015

Grand Bleu - donderdag 3

Vanochtend zodra het licht werd met een wind van 5 Bft de rode gennaker gezet. Een spectaculaire zeildag volgde met snelheden boven de 15 zm van de golven af surfend. Bij 13 zm begint het schip te trillen, de golven breken naast het schip. Het is zeilen met een kleine marge, zeil je te veel voor de wind dan valt het zeil in en slaat het na wat te zijn opgeloefd met een klap weer vol, zeil je te veel halve wind dan loopt het schip uit het roer en kan de giek in het water komen (broachen) met alle kansen op schade. Na deze ervaring kunnen wij het ons enigszins voorstellen hoe de Volvo Ocean race zeilers met windkracht 8 met een snelheid van 32 zm van de golven af komen! Om 1400 de gennaker weg gehaald; de wind zette door naar 6 en de klamp waar wij het blok van de schoot op vastgezet. read more...


03/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 11 - Ain't no mountain high enough

December 3, 2015 – It’s day 11 of our trip. The sea is like in the beginning of our trip: long, high waves that are coming from the back right corner which is causing the washing machine effect. We therefore had a bit of a bumpy night, just because we were rolling in our beds and therefore some difficulties falling asleep. Other than that a fine night with no extraordinaries.  In the early morning Herman threw out a fishing line, with little expectation because of the high waves, but few hours later we did catch a Mahi Mahi again. Catching and preparing fish has become part of our daily routine now! We’re looking forward to the fish curry that we will have for lunch tomorrow.  Today started as a sunny and very warm day. Hours passed by quickly with people reading books, hand. read more...


03/12/2015

Pura Vida - Tag 12 - Bergfest

Hallo miteinander! Zuerst einmal: uns geht es allen gut und wir fliegen nun unserem Ziel entgegen. Die letzten Tage vergingen irgendwie wie im Flug. Es klingt komisch, aber irgendwie ist der Tag zu schnell rum. Nach der Flaute, wo wir doch tatsächlich alle mitten im Atlantik geplantscht haben, haben wir nun wieder richtig Wind. Leider auch wieder richtig Welle, so dass das Schlafen einem Akrobatikakt gleicht. Aber, am Wochenende werden wir dreistellig und dann geht's schnell bergab. Für heute nun haben wir unser Bergfest festgelegt, da wird ne Flasche Sekt geköpft und ein Galadinner eingenommen. Es gibt Ente mit Cuscus. Ansonsten fängt Alex täglich mindestens einen Fisch, der hängt nun schon zum Trocknen am Geräteträger. Sieht lustig aus. Letzte Nacht hab ich in meiner Wache eine weiße. read more...


03/12/2015

Cookelu meu - last report before reaching St. Lucia

14degrees 38.155minutes North, 58 degrees 49.167minutes West, course 280 magnetic, on autohelm 3000 pilot, 6.5 knots boat speed, wind from East-Northeast at 28 knots, 127 0nautical miles away from destination, barometer 1013 (a drop of 3mbar over the last 3 hours), waves 3.0 meters high overcast and squally and 28 degrees C air temperature.This I wrote a couple  hours before in the log book ( yes we meticulously keep one since I left Turkey at the first days of July). As we approach St. Lucia it seems the waves are getting bigger. Right after the log book entry I started to make a bread which is now baking in the oven. I don’t consider myself a cook but I know to make bread. I made my first attempt two years ago in the boat and then perfected it at home. ½ Kg flour, teaspoon of. read more...


03/12/2015

LaLuna - dag 12

Dag 12Zoals Lode al kort heeft samengevat, gisteren geen schokkend nieuws te melden. Wel leuk is dat we gisteren de 1.425 mijl getopt hebben en dus nu officieel over de helft zijn. Ook dit hebben we uiteraard met de nodige bubbels gevierd! Ook de samengevouwde IMRAY 100 (The North Atlantic Ocean Passage zeekaart) op de kaartentafel, toont nu niet langer, van links naar rechts: water - Afrika maar wel Caribbean St Lucia- water. Het einddoel komt dus in zicht. Dit is alvast ook een beetje het gevoel aan boord. We zitten duidelijk in een nieuwe fase van de passage. Maar, we zijn er nog lang niet al gaat de 2de helft normaal gezien aan een sneller tempo verlopen. ETA is momenteel volgende week vrijdag.We krijgen nu continu windkracht 5 a 6 in de zeilen geduwd en zo hebben we de voorbije 24. read more...


03/12/2015

Aliena - Jueves 3-12-2015

En estos momentos ya estamos en el dia 2 de navegación. Ha ido todo bien, la vela mayor esta en su sitio, todo el barco responde bien y hemos encontrado la corriente a favor, aunque nosotros aun estamos en periodo de adaptación al medio. Hace bastante viento y mucho mar, pero parece que ahora se esta moderando todo, ya no vienen las montañas de mar de hace un rato. Este amanecer hemos hecho recolección de peces voladores de cubierta, que Carlos pondrá a macerar en limon para el aperitivo. Sabemos que llevamos al menos dos veleros detrás, que salieron ayer de Mindelo, pero los hemos perdido de vista. Hemos recorrido 180.6 nm y ya queda menos para llegar, "solo" 1861 millas.Carmen. read more...


03/12/2015

Taistealai - Wind Waves and Weeds

The Atlantic is a powerful ocean, and its moods can turnquickly as we discovered yesterday. After a glorious afternoon of speeding alongunder big blue, our tradewind spinnaker, in an 8-10 knot breeze, the predictedstronger easterlies arrived. Around us the waves, which had been our playfulfriends during the afternoon, switched to become broad-shouldered playgroundbullies; nudging us sideways when they thought we weren’t looking.  Too much for big blue, so we switched topolled out headsail and mainsail. However, the wind and waves had not finished their funand laid on some more entertainment for us.  After a friendly chat with ARC boatAqualuna close by our position, we gybed the boat – changed course by puttingthe stern through the wind to set our sails on the opposite side.. read more...


03/12/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 12- Half-way!!

Yee-haw, we’re over half-way!   We passed this exciting milestone at about 6am this morning, and are todaycelebrating with fish and chips for lunch (the chips part of things being everso slightly fraught with danger in this rolly swell, but Nick seems to bemanaging with only a minimal number of oil burns) and steak for dinner, completewith a (small) glass of red.  However, even though we’re half-way in terms of miles, we think we’reprobably over half-way in terms of days spent at sea, our rationale being thatwe’ve used so little diesel so far that we’re not going to be shy about puttingthe engine on to keep our speed up if the winds drop off again.  But no need to worry about that just yet- we’re sailing along at 7 knotswith a couple of reefs in at the moment, which is. read more...


TWIXX - crew op t voordek
TWIXX - crew op t voordek
TWIXX - halverwege
TWIXX -  halverwege
03/12/2015

TWIXX - dag 11, halverwege!

Nu gaan we aftellen, tussen de middag hebben we geproost dat we op de helft waren. Laatste etmaal veel wind en golven. De crew doet het goed hoewel er toch weer iemand aan de Zeeziekte pillen zit. Hopelijk went het geschommel weer snel. We hebben zon met wolkjes maar nog geen squal (zeer zware regenbui)gehad. Vannacht gezelschap van 2 schepen op ons scherm, 1 ARC boot en iemand onderweg naar Antigua. Vandaag heeft iedereen zijn favoriete snack gekregen. Paul zijn Hollandse borrelnootjes, Jorien Haribo kersjes, Rob zoute drop, Frank katjang pedis, Brigitte Bounty. Iedereen wist gelijk wat voor hem bedoelt was, en graaide het uit de tas met een vette glimlach..... read more...


03/12/2015

Marisja - log 03-12-2015: blauw

We omschreven vorige week al het slapen aan boord.... Vannacht hadden weweer een hele beste. Er was besloten om wat gas terug te nemen en eens eenlekker nachtje te slapen. Omdat we met minder zeil gingen varen besloten we ook om met 1 ipv 2 manwacht te gaan lopen, dit zou immers de extra rust opleveren. Heerlijke pastagegeten dankzij Nanno en Rodie en zelfs een flesje wijn erbij gedronken. Julliemoeten je realiseren dat hier om 18.30 het licht uitgaat en dan bedoel ik datletterlijk. Het is aardedonker, geen horizon, helemaal niets. Je vaart absoluut“blind”. De golven zijn er natuurlijk nog wel en de autopilot kan het niet echtaan, het resultaat is dat je bijna letterlijk van je bed gegooid wordt en hetonmogelijk is om te slapen. Af en toe val je in slaap om even later weer wakkerte. read more...


03/12/2015

EH01 - Bog Day 11 - Less than 1000 Nm to go

  Thismorning we reached our 1000 Nm to go point so excitement is building on boardabout our arrival in about 5 days time. We‘ve had some eventful days since ourlast blog, have a look what our lovely Sue has to share:   Well it’sbeen a veritable Disney sea life experience here on EH01, over the last coupleof days. On Tuesday morning 3 of our number saw several ..... what looked likeyellow cushions ...... drifting by us. One  thought  was that theywere jelly fish or possibly sunfish- a slow moving blob that floats along justunder the surface of the water. Definitely one to look up when we get home! Thena shout went up from our skipper, at about 4pm on Tuesday – he’d spotted adolphin- to our port side. An immediate cry to all on board was made as we hadpromised to raise. read more...


03/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 11 (Tuesday): sunshine and no fish

On the 11th day of the ARC (which started on the 22nd 1400 UTC of Novemberwhereas we started on the 23rd around 2200 UTC) nothing in particular happenother than general relaxing with some trimming of the sails. During the day wemade around 8 knots with the gennaker in 15 knot NE wind which increased duringthe late evening to 23 knots at which we changed to sail with the main sail,resulting in 7 knots of speed (course over ground). Before the sunset the fishline was whirled in at which we could conclude that no lure or hook was attachedto it. Only possible reason is naturally that is was bitten off by a giantcreature with sharp teeth. Obviously.  Happy times under the clear sky!   Johan, on Hanse Sailor. read more...


03/12/2015

Sea Symphony - Let them eat (Birthday) Cake

….. 02/12/2015Today was Lesley's birthday…. Happy Birthday Lesley…XXX.. But , of course, I cannot tell you her age today as that would be ungentlemanly , just to say that yesterday she was 42 !. We celebrated with a bottle of bubbly, on this dry boat, so a special treat and also homemade birthday cake, special birthday bread (I wrote Lesley on the top in special bread handwriting), plus we got dressed up, Lesley in her Sailors dress, one for the boys, and us in our Caribbean shirts (pics to follow)…We also listened to Christmas songs…. I've no idea why!.. Oh what fun we had…. You needed to be there obviously.We are now sailing along, happily, on our more southerly Rhum line, with favourable winds and good speeds. We should be at our halfway point tomorrow, approximately 1500 miles done. read more...


03/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 11 - One wheel on our wagon, and we're still rolling along

Some good news and not so good news. The good news. With winds well into the 20's we have made great progress over the past couple of days, making 168 nm in the last 24 hours. With the wind set to continue we are confident in continuing good progress. Just one reef in the main overnight has still enabled us to keep up decent speed.The not so good news. Problem no:1 After a continuing set of issues with the generator, and following carrying out a number of tests provided by the installer, we have concluded that the generator has stopped producing power. Problem no: 2 - the watermaker has just filled the water tank with salt water, rendering it undrinkable, but probably OK for washing etc. until it runs out. With that in mind, we need to alert those there to meet us at the dockside of a. read more...


03/12/2015

Furia - sailing in a soup of brown sea weeds

Day 11 seems to be more laborious. In the morning we raised the spinnaker again. We were sailing on port tack. Amazing speeds, however some 20 deg. off course, not exactly in our destination. There was some vibration felt and we checked the rudder and the keel with the GoPro camera to find out a big bunch of sea weeds around our keel closer to the bottom. Dropped the spinnaker, turned the engine on, turned into the wind, mainsail let our some way to avoid flapping and gave full throttle astern. We let the bunch of weeds loose. Decided to sail butterfly (poled out jib) on port tack. A lot of rolling. Changed the tack to starboard, more into the course. However,in the early afternoon we entered a soup of brown sea weeds. Dian tried to avoid them without success. They were everywhere. We. read more...


03/12/2015

Four Seasons - Wish we hadn't sold our mid size spinnaker now...

We put a huge tear in the bottom of the light weight spinnaker when itcaught around the nav. light on the pulpit. We then had a deja vu feeling backto ARC 2000 with Caroline patching and sewing it back together. In the meantimethe wind was now 15-20 kts from the east so we put the heavy kite up. Goingalong brilliantly averaging over 7 kts. when with a bang the spinnaker rips inhalf; some staying at the top of the mast, the rest in the water. As usual thiswas at night and everyone had just gone to bed leaving just 2 onwatch...Eventually get the bit in the water back aboard but what’s left at thetop of the mast has now firmly wrapped itself around the forestay, jamming theroller furling headsail. Oh Pooh ! Left the halyard to run and sure enough theremains came down by themselves over. read more...


03/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 11 - 02/12

Posizione 15°47N 39°07WLa mattinata inizia con Max che urla: "Roby c'è la canna che è partita, ha abboccato qualcosa".E così che passiamo la giornata a pescare.Facciamo un passo indietro.La scorsa notte la lenza della nostra canna da pesca è rimasta a fare il bagno, ce la siamo dimenticata, normalmente la notte la rimuoviamo.La mattina notiamo che dal rocchetto, mancano diversi metri, qualcosa ha abboccato e poi se n'è anche andato, meglio così, almeno ci ha lasciato la canna ed un po' di filo.Non sistemiamo subito il tutto e sotto coperta iniziamo la routine giornaliera, colazione, comunicazioni, posizioni, ecc.E' questo punto che Max dal bagno sente la frizione della canna urlare "bizzzzzz".Roby con un gesto agonistico di altri tempi, salta sulla panca ed afferra il mulinello urlando:. read more...


03/12/2015

Magic - MAGIC May Blog Thursday 3rd December 2015

MAGIC May BlogThursday 3rd December 2015Address 17.35.05N    43.07.19W  I still can’t quite get used to having to get up at midnight and work looking after Mark and Tina for three hours.  Why on earth do they want to do this every night?  It is odd as they meet Simon and John who say hello from outside and then they go to bed – why can’t we just stay in bed?  But we are staying positive about everything Tina says, so I will too even though I am a bit tired.  I am quite scruffy now and need a spa day – but I have been promised that when we get to the warm other place.   We have had a quiet day but still a lot has happened.  The generator – which is the whirry thing that makes the feeders happy – stopped working.  They had to. read more...


03/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 10 - Halfway and still enjoying

December 2, 2015 – As the salty sea and the strong wind can damage many little things on board we daily make a ‘chaving round’ so to check if all lines are clear and still quality conform. During today’s round we discovered that we had a couple of flying fish on deck. Mariette had already seen one jumping into the boat during her night shift and this morning there were 3 more on the front deck. Now we could examine them from close! Interesting birds, uh, fish.  We’ve sailed 188 miles in the last 24 hours. A nice distance thanks to the steady wind of 15 to 20 knots. We are more than halfway now! Over the last days we have of course collected a fair share of garbage with 6 people on board and no collective garbage company. So we have our own system in trash management:. read more...


03/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.10

Pozdrav svim onima koji nas prate. Nalazimo se na 18,51,62N i 45,52,16W ili još 900 Nm od cilja.Ušli smo umagičnih manje od tisuću i to konačno sa pravim trade windsima od 25-30čvorova.Koristimo taktiku mrtve krme i limenih jedara ,te smo ponovo na dnevnih200NM.Ovim tempom planiramo stići za 4,5 dana ukoliko sve bude štimalo saopremom.Ritam i tempo na brodu već su potpuno automatizirani ,tako da mi izgledasve kao boravak na sportskim pripremama ,samo što ne treniramo tijelo većduh.Danas su otišle zadnje banane ,a nestalo je i sira.Sreća naša što je valopet ogroman pa nikome i nije baš do jela.Nakon par dana mesnih bakanalija danasse čistimo uz orašaste proizvode i guaranu.Popodne radimo party... Pozdrav od posade 4JOY. read more...


03/12/2015

Grand Bleu - woensdag 2

Zodra de zon op was de blauwe (grote) gennaker  gezet en met een wind van 4 a 5 Bft de hele dag naar het zuidwesten gekoerst.Iedereen hoopt het dag record van de golven af surfend te overtreffen, groot is de teleurstelling als bij de aanvang van jouw stuurbeurt de wind terug zakt naar 4 Bf. Een absolute topdag. Met een daggemiddelde boven de 220 zm.Vlak voor zonsondergang wordt de gennaker verwisseld voor de genua.St Lucia komt naderbij, nog minder dan 1000 zm rechte koers!Adriaan ontvangt elke dag de positie van de andere schepen, wij zijn de strijd aangegaan met de Albatros, iets groter schip dan de Grand Bleu: zij lagen naast ons in de haven van Las Palmas.De uiteindelijke  klassering zal afhangen wie het gunstige rak kan varen gedurende de laatste 2 dagen. Wij zitten wel. read more...



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