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29/11/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 6 - 27/11

Posizione 20°59N 28°51WUn giornata relativamente tranquilla segnata da poco vento e da molto sole, almeno fino al tardo pomeriggio.Le ragazze, per la prima volta, sono state in pozzetto in costume da bagno.Max ha ancora la sua febbre che va e viene, sicuramente un virus influenzale, anche a detta di Massimo, il mitico medico italiano che ci sta seguendo dall'Italia.In 4/5 giorni passerà tutto.Peccato che l'equipaggio, con l'assenza dai turni di Max si stia stancando, soprattutto Roby, ma hanno già detto tutti che appena il malato si rimetterà in sesto gli verranno dati, da quel momento alla fine del viaggio, anche tutti i turni di cucina e lavaggio piatti, oltre a doppio turno in pozzetto ! :-))In questa zona di mare c'è al momento davvero poco vento, stiamo scendendo verso la porta di. read more...


29/11/2015

PG Roshni - 29/11 0000 Squalless

14:53.9N 56:02.8W 287nm to goMorning allA set of black angry clouds appeared just before dinner last night (Nigel did very well with 1/2 an onion and some tinned ham). So being well prepared (aka having taking a bit of a kicking a couple of nights ago) we took the jib off the pole and broad reached with 2 reefs in the main. Wind built to 30kn but no more and I didn't get wet. The worst of it seemed to be tracking off after another yacht that had come into view heading SW. It was the first boat we've seen in real life or on AIS so quite exciting but twas only fleeting as the darkness chased it!Susan felt we had done all this squalling bit and where were the whales and dolphins she'd been promised by the many sea faring folk of Beer ? Most we've had are FFF (f flying fish) - another. read more...


29/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 28 at 7:41 pm

Albatros update: since yesterday, the wind has decreased markedly. We are now making about 6kn, luckily the direction is still pretty close to where we need to go. Occasional squalls make the day more interesting, and I have used the last one to rinse my body from the salt water. The salt water is warm enough, but getting the water on board with the bucket isn't much fun, especially if you are fast. In that case the bucket will just bounce of the water. Life on board has normalized. Everybody gets tons of sleep, we have a plan for kitchen work now, and as far as I can tell nobody has issues with sea sickness anymore. Given that the waters are really peaceful with the little wind we have, that would be expected though. Some are reading newspapers, others play cards, and there seems. read more...


28/11/2015

Rhumb - Day 7- Pfaffing About

Pretty dreadful day with little wind. What there was seemed to take us more north which was a worry. We think it was as a result of a big squall which crossed in front of us churning up the wind patterns. Definitely need to study the effect of this more.Decided to pull in and drop the main as it was banging and crashing and working against rather than for. Spent a couple of hours moving at around 320deg north with just the genoa before deciding, to skipper's disgruntlement as he had gone fishing, to change the rig to the other side. Nicely done this time achieving a PB of 30 mins by the time we rounded off the gybe to 260deg.Have been tracking this course for a while now, but it's still slow as the wind remains light. The only saving grace is that the others we are following are. read more...


28/11/2015

Pura Vida - Tage 5 - 7

News von der Pura Vida!26.11.2015 - 28.11.2015 insgesamt 7. Tag auf SeeHier ist die Crew der Pura Vida. Das sind Fabian, ein Berliner Computerfutzi,Ebba eine Sonderschulpädagogin aus Kölle, Alex unser Original aus Saint Vincent, unser fisherman und meine Wenigkeit, Skipperin. Alex ist mit mir bereits seitOlbia unterwegs, Fabian kam in Málaga dazu und Ebba in Las Palmas. Für die ersten Tage war es sehr von Vorteil, dass wir bis auf Ebba schon gut eingespielt waren. Und wie Fabian ja schon schrieb, war ich auch etwas unpässlich. Wobei es bei mir keine Seekrankheit ist, sondern eher die Aufregung. Aber ich bin trotzdem voll einsatzfähig. Naja nun fühlen sich alle pudelwohl und genießen die sternenklaren Nächte. Ab heute steigt Ebba in unseren Wachplan mit ein, was uns anderen etwas mehr. read more...


28/11/2015

Aqualuna - 22:29.312N 34:11.316W

DAY 7 ARC Yippee stil first in our class!! but still a long way to go and last night we passed the 1000 mile mark.A fairly sleepless night last night due to boom banging and one of the guys left the cutlery drawer open so had to get up to close it.Up at 5.00 hours for my watch.A nice cloud built up and we did a good speed for awhile before the wind died down again.We had not goose winged for the night which was a shame as we were heading far too far north and trying to do the alterations to keep as south as possible but to no avail.I tried to get Jonathan up to say we needed to goose wing and head south but he was far too tired and didn’t appear until 7 a.m.He was then in energetic mode and we poled out the large genoa and headed south rapidly at first until the wind died.During the. read more...


28/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 10

Nice afternoon weather but had to rush out to reef while Steve doing evening SSB net, one advantage of being 2 handed being that you can go on deck in underwear and lifejacket if necessary.Turned out to be rather a trying night as the spiteful wind was continually varying in strength so impossible to get the self steering set up properly, wind drops she bears away and gybes if you don't stop her then it puffs up so she starts tearing off up wind sails flogging, so not a lot of sleep to be had by anyone.Crossed with NoLimit (on AIS and Nav lights) and spoke on VHF, sounded like they were finding conditions trying as well. Gybed over to head more south, more drama with switching poles on the foredeck, resorted to the torch to hunt for the line to raise the pole at the mast, only to find it. read more...


28/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 6

What is this?Seen to be following behind Skyelark this afternoon? Answers on a post card (or FB comment -these do get forwarded to the boat/crew)So Day 6.. Light winds continue to prove challenging here onboard, getting the right sail combinations that allow a good VMG (speed in the right direction) and don't flap and bang distressingly is proving difficult even in the light swell. The answer currently it seems is headsail only, poled out and stay sail -taking the main sail out of the equation means we make slightly less speed, but in the right direction and quietly -perfect for the night shift! No doubt as dawn arrives we will re hoist the main sail, try the spinnaker and generally amuse and exercise ourselves with countless sail changes. Today we reached a 3rd of the way, and after a. read more...


27/11/2015

Sunrise - 27.11.2015 6. Tag Wale!

Welch ein Augenblick. In der Frühwache erscheint in unmittelbarer Nähe des Schiffes , 20 Meter, z. Teil nur 10 Meter entfernt, eine Gruppe von 3 Finnwalen. Gut zu erkennen an der charakteristischen kleinen, stark gebogenen Rückenfinne.Die 5-8 Meter großen Säuger blasen im unmittelbaren Moment des Auftauchens ihre verbrauchte Luft deutlich hörbar in einer 3 Meter hohen Luftwasserfontäne ab. Die Hälfte des dunkelgrauen Körpers wird dabei für einen Augenblick sichtbar, bevor er mit einer unnachahmlichenLeichtigkeit wieder im Wasser versinkt. Etwa alle 2 Minuten wiederholt sich dieses prächtige Schauspiel in den nächsten 2 Stunden. Die Wale tauchen abwechselnd links, rechts und vor dem Bug auf: Abblasen, gleiten, tauchen, auftauchen, abblasen, gleiten, tauchen.Immer wieder. Schwerelos,. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 6
Skyelark of London - Day 6
28/11/2015

Isabel - Day 6

Friday 12 Noon 27/11/2105 22 2325 N 33 41 44W - 158 miles daily run - 1688distance to StLucia- and about a 1000 miles from anywhere!The kite has been up for 33 hours now giving us good speeds and pushing usup to second in class - see ARCTracker.After a few gybes we are nowheaded south as light winds are upon the rhumb line a couple of days ahead -referring to the Ladybird book of navigation we are therefore heading southfirst then west to the bar at St Lucia...... we'll see how this pans out. Philip (the owner, lovely guy)made telephone call home yesterday eveningto learn the very sad news that the family cat Marmite had passed away so acheeseboard was immediately produced and a bottle of red to toast the lifeof Marmite and a minutes silence held...Two flying fish found on deck. read more...


Isabel - Day 6
Isabel - Day 6
28/11/2015

Chimo - Reisversla 9 ARC+

De zee blijft onstuimig. De golven komen van alle kanten en zijn hoog. De weersverwachting is steeds hetzelfde, rustige wind. Maar wij varen met steeds 23-25 kn op de windmeter. We gaan snel, dat wel. Vandaag weer een nieuw record. 168 mijl in 24 uur met een gemiddelde van 7 kn. En dat terwijl wij slecht met twee genua's op varen. De gennaker ligt klaar, maar we surfen regelmatig met 9-10 kn een golf af en durven, met z'n tweeën varend, niet meer zeil te zetten. Niet voor ons comfort, niet voor het roer dat doordat er veel wier aan de schroef zit behoorlijk zwabbert en niet om de stuurautomaat extra te belasten. Na 6 dagen varen hebben we de eerste boten van de ARC ingehaald en na 9 dagen eenzaamheid zagen we vandaag een andere zeilboot in de verte. Ook een ARC+ zeiler. Via de marifoon. read more...


28/11/2015

Why Not - ( Richard Anthony )

It’s now 16:10 on Saturday 28th.   Despite a night of very little wind, we experimented with various sailoptions and managed around 4-5 knots. This morning the wind has picked up toaround 15 knots and we’ve been cruising along all day with the cruising chuteand main up, and reached up to 9 knots at times. The cruising chute has beenflying a lot better than two days ago, with slightly more manageable winds andless rolling from the waves.  In other news, it’s been Keith and Ray’s turn to catch a fish – thismorning Keith caught a 4 lb. mahi mahi (compared to Charlie’s 5 lb.), and 10minutes ago Ray caught a 9 lb. mahi mahi (compared to Charlie’s second which was25 lb. – unlucky mate). The latter fish is now getting prepped for dinner.   We’ve also witnessed an army of flying. read more...


28/11/2015

Aliena - Sabado 28-11-2015

Seguimos de camino a Mindelo en Cabo Verde, donde esperamos llegar mañana a primera hora de la tarde. Nos faltan 160 Mn. Esta noche pasada se han pescado solos unos cuantos peces voladores, que ya los hemos puesto a macerar.En el barco todos y todo bien, salvo la vela mayor que duerme en el camarote de proa. Tan pronto como arreglemos el grillete roto y la podamos colocar en su sitio, saldremos hacia Santa Lucia de nuevo. Bueno, así conocemos Cabo Verde aunque sea un poquito. Esto de la "llamada de Africa" estoy empezando a entender que es porque no conseguimos dejarla.Carmen. read more...


28/11/2015

Cookelu meu - approaching the Caribbean - sortage of power

We have now covered about 2/3 of the distance to St. Lucia. We are about 70nm to the north of the rumb line and waiting for the real easterly winds to jibe south. We most probably want be able to fix the 24V alternator until we reach st. Lucia so we are conserving on water use. Not such a big hassle but for sure an inconvenience.  The days now are shorter and about equally long as the nights and since we keep the GMT time on board the sun rises at about 0930 and sets 2100 (GMT time always) creating some chaos with our night shifts – which we already rescheduled 2 hours later. It is also getting considerably warmer and the occasional squalls a lot more powerful both in wind intensity and rainfall. We are all fine and in good mood. We can still keep up both fridge and deep. read more...


28/11/2015

Weohgi - Life on the Ocean Waves!

We thought we had passed the biggest waves but they seem to have caught up with us! The wind is coming more from the south so we had - shock -horror- to do a sail change today! Its the 1st time since Mindelo that we have had the pole out on the port side and the main on the starboard. We have a better direction but the wave action corkscrews us around a bit!!!We have been very surprised and slightly disappointed at the lack of sea life on our journey. The life on the ocean waves that we have been entertained by are:Flying fish- extremely good at gliding but usually crash land into the waves- or Weohgi - Just last night one landed in the cockpit - Colin went to catch it but it leapt away towards the cockpit hatch of our berth- luckily for Alan and the fish ( Oh how he would have laughed. read more...


28/11/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 6-7

Dag 6Gisteren was een topdag! Onder volle zeilen en een gigantische volle maan gaan we de avond in. Rond 19u30 zoek ik mijn bed op. Om 00u moet ik er terug uit en heb ik wacht tot 4u. Iets voor 00u word ik wakker door het gemaal van de elektrische winch. Mmmh, de fok wordt ingehaald. Ik zie dat het luik dicht is. Mmmmh, this can mean only 1 thing: regen! Een minuut later roept Dirk of ik kan komen helpen. Dan de melding: "snel graag"! Ik kom buiten in een iets andere setting dan ik ze heb achtergelaten. Wind! Regen! Laluna danst op en neer. Lode en Jeroen zijn al een paar uur op de vlucht voor enkele squalls maar we zijn toch ingehaald door een stevige regenbui. Het grootzeil moet omlaag. Nu!Dan wordt het terug rustiger. We hebben geluk, 10 min later stopt het met regenen, helaas valt. read more...


28/11/2015

Emily Morgan - Day 7, Happy to help.

Another lovely day sailing along in the sunshine with the spinnaker up and actually going in the right direction, the wind is a little fickle.Just before lunch we hear a squawk from the radio, it was Seabee trying to raise another boat, after a few attempts with no reply from the other boat we called back to see if we could help.Seabee had rudder problems and required epoxy, glass cloth and some hose clamps to fix their rudder post. We had all onboard Emily Morgan so we snuffed the kite dropped the main pulled in the fishing lines and headed to their position about 2 miles north of us.While the crew on deck prepared for the transfer Bones went below to gather the supplies needed and placed it all in a dry bag.As we came alongside we used a throw-bag to get a line over to Seabee who. read more...


LaLuna - LaLuna laundry day
LaLuna - LaLuna laundry day
28/11/2015

Bamarandi - Saturday 28th November - Big swell and fast moving clouds

Position 15.10.660N 055.00.244W0 0 1 84 479 Bamarandi LLP 3 1 562 14.0 Normal 0 false false falseEN-US JA X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}Days Day Date Time Miles to St Lucia Miles in 24hrs towards St Lucia Cum Miles towards St Lucia Ave Miles per day towards St Lucia 1 Wednesday 18th 13:00 2090. read more...


28/11/2015

Hera - Abschied von Mindelo

Leider musste sich Tim nach ärztlicher Konsultation beim Schiffsarzt desKreuzfahrtschiffs “Andane” im Hafen von Mindelo von der Crew verabschieden undden Heimflug antreten. Den Zwischenstopp haben wir genutzt um Diesel, Wasser und frisches Obst zuergänzen. Ein- und Ausklarieren haben trotz Wochenende glücklicherweisegeklappt. Wir werden gegen 18U hr den Hafen verlassen und das Rennen wiederaufnehmen.   Stefan. read more...


28/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Re: ARC 2015 Day 7 All fizzling and bubbling !

A big thank you to our readers who sent their comments.Firstly an EU representative wrote ( unofficially, no names, Stefan )" It is great to see a cosmopolitan yacht doing so well, we are all cheeringyou on. A bit of good news diverts attention from the mess Finland is inwith the Euro and your jobs, boys and girls are all being given to refugees,sorry, asylum seekers. Just a slight carp you are needing to work harder onyour gender and ethnic mix which is not EU compliant, mandatory by next 1stApril 2016.'Our second reader Dave asked for a more technical blog " Who wants to knowwhat that skinny little rat Al is doing re parties and fireworks ?"Well, we were first over our start line right alongside a warship. Doing 8knots. A few seconds later Volvo 65 'Team Brunel' with 20 crew. read more...


28/11/2015

Meltemi - 7.Tag - miles and more

Auch am siebten Tag der Mission meint es Petrus wieder gut mit der Meltemi und seiner Besatzung. Bei rund 30 Grad und Sonnenschen trennen uns aktuell noch rund 1740 Meilen vom Anleger.Die mondklare Nacht mit den ersten gesichteten fliegenden Fischen wich der Sonne gegen acht Uhr. Seitdem versuchen wir wieder mit unterschiedlicher Besegelung aber ungebrochenem Ehrgeiz möglichst schnell an unser Ziel, Rodney Bay zu gelangen, den Vorsprung der Konkurrenz zu verkleinern (wie kann das nur angehen) oder auch zu vergrößern (yes, Vorsprung durch Technik). Also wieder den Parasail gesetzt, der die Meltemi mit 7 kn Richtung Westen treibt, während die Crew die Qualität der Sonnenschutzmittel testet.Heute steht uns noch ein kleines Event ins Haus - die 1000 Meilen Marke soll fallen. Bis dahin ist es. read more...


28/11/2015

PG Roshni - 28/11 1150 Clunk

14:40.5N 54:26.9WHad a bit of sleep this morning following the early watch so feeling relatively sparky even though I was woken up by the din of Walk of Life (the absolute worst Dire Straights track ever) blasting out of the cockpit speaker above my port aft cabin. Having rescued the volume control I decided to see if we could locate the source of the mystery Clunking sound that originates from what seems the centre inside of the mast. Gave all the shrouds a good tug, tested the bolts at the mast foot, tensioned a halyard or 2 to reduce the load, more backstay/less etc etc and still the noise persists. On the basis that it's been doing this noise since Biscay I don't think the rig is about to fall in...Anyone has any ideas please let me know. Trucking along with good breeze now on a. read more...


28/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 11

15:37:00 UTC Saturday Nov. 28, 2015Position: 15.238836N, 52.497851WMOJEKA PLAYLISTAs I mentioned yesterday, Mojeka is a boat priding itself on its sense of culture.A music playlist is a must these days and in the table below we give you a sample of our favourites. Go ahead, download them for your streaming service and enjoy the songs with us. Motivation for the tripFor Once in my LifeAndy WilliamsBarefoot RouteOne WayAl JarreauDeparture in Las PalmasSee You Later AlligatorBill HaleyCrew of SevenHeigh- Ho (Dwarf marching song)DisneyCrew MotivationWe are in this TogetherSimply RedSkipper DaveSpace CaptainHerbie HancockBeginning of Night WatchPeople WatchingJack JohnsonMiddle of Night WatchI Need Some SleepEels (Shrek 2)End of Night WatchWake Up Little SuzieSimon & GarfunkelNight SkyHow. read more...


28/11/2015

Magic - MAGIC Dog Blog May the Maltese on MAGIC

Saturday 28th NovemberCurrent Status – Moral of the Crew is good – things still breaking and being fixed - water maker not loving the swell. Tina and Mark have to get up everynight at midnight and are on deck until 03.00  they like it sailing under the stars.  I like being with them – everyone is sleeping and my feeders are relaxed and happy.  Every hour they go and write somethings in a book – odd.  Also they don’t look at me as much as usual as they are always looking out.   WeThe halyard in just going around in the foil at the head of the Genoa and so it will not furl and unfurl as it should – that is todays problem – everyday there is something and just as the people seem to stop and settle they seem to have another plan.  This mornings big. read more...


28/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 6 – Stars in your eyes

November 28, 2015 – We can see that the sun is setting and rising later compared to our clocks. Which makes sense because we are moving towards the Caribbean where it is 4 to 5 hours earlier. So we changed our clocks 1 hour backwards and this morning the sun was rising at a normal hour again. So nice to follow the sun and the moon and decide for ourselves when to adjust our clock settings. For all people at home: for us it’s now 2 hours earlier than in the Netherlands.  Yesterday night Herman and Nicoline started the 1st night shift. We saw some dark clouds coming up and in full sailing wear (except for the boots) we were ready for it. Luckily no rain came but some good wind did and Shiva made 9 to 10 sometimes even 11 knots of speed. Nice to make some fast miles again! One hour. read more...


28/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 5 - Thank God it's Friday

November 27, 2015 – In the last 24 hours we have made 150 miles. It’s less than the days before but more than we expected because of the lack of wind. Last night the sail and jib were going left and right and left and right because of the little wind which made a lot of noise in the cabin (where people were trying to sleep). So again a bit of a bumpy night.  In the morning just after sunrise there was a big crowd of dolphins playing around our boat. There were at least 10 of them, even another group further away, and they stayed for 10 minutes or so around our boat. It’s so beautiful to see them swim through the water, overtake our boat, and then jump out of the water in front of our boat. Magical….  Today the lack of wind caused quite a flat sea. And for the first time of our. read more...


28/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 6: flat batteries, swimming, torn spinnaker, sewing and a green flash

Day 6 (yesterday, 26th of Nov) on the ARC became a a quite eventful day onthe Hanse Sailor.   In the morning the batteries went flat, possibly due to too spoiled crewmembers consuming too much. Around 10-ish the wind slowed down which made most of us wanting to take aswim in the nice (and strong) sun light (sun factor 50 factor was applied).Quite nice it was. We felt brave so no “nobby watch” was appointed (nobby =small creature pealing off skin and flesh). During noon, assessing the downloaded ARC emails and grib weather info,having the gennaker up together with the main, mr Neptune made a prank tototally change wind direction and swooped the gennaker on the other tac makingit caught in a cleat like device on the lower spreader (what function it hadthere everybody wondered),. read more...


Hanse Sailor - Day 6: flat batteries, swimming, torn spinnaker, sewing and a green flash
Hanse Sailor - Day 6: flat batteries, swimming, torn spinnaker, sewing and a green flash
28/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 28-11-2015: keep on running

Gisteravond voor het donker worden (en direct na de broodjes hamburger vooravondeten) hebben we de gennaker weggehaald en de fok weer uitgeboomd. Daarnahadden we wat mazzel met een meer noordelijke windrichting waardoor we afgelopennacht over dezelfde boeg al wat zuidelijker hebben kunnen varen dan de afgelopendagen, top!   Het begin van de nacht was om te onthouden: rustige swell/golven, mooiewind met dito snelheden en nog geen maan waardoor er een imposante sterrenhemelzichtbaar werd. Door de verrekijker naar de lucht turen wordt dan ineens ergleuk, en voor de eerste keer deze oversteek bleef iedereen wat langer in de kuiphangen ipv het bed in te duiken op voorbereiding van de wacht, een stukgezelliger!   Vanochtend vroeg de gennaker weer gezet en deze staat nog steeds,. read more...


28/11/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.5

Pozdrav svima koji nas pratite, U 7.dan jedrenja ulazimo sa najsporijim dnevnim prosjekom od 160NM.Jebigaunoći je vitar ponovo pao na 8-9čv što na našem brodu daje brzinu od 3,5-4čvinevjerovatno lupanje lantine i jedara o sartje.Nije bilo dvojbe ,sve smospustili i ovaj put na desni motor sa 7čv naprijed.Odlučili smo skroz spustitijedro jer nam je noć prije zbog istog lupanja ispala skoro letva.U zadnji čassmo uočili i uspili spustit jedro.Probili smo rupe kroz letvu i spektrom sveuhvatili oko pojačanja na zadnjem porubu jedra.Radi sve odlično.Jutro nas jedočekalo sa 15čv NE vitra što nam daje odličnih 130AWA i 8čv sagenakerom.Opustili smo se i sa squolovima tako da nastojimo bit što bliži njimajer tada imamo puno bolje uvjete za jedrenje.Kad je na moru 10-15 čvorova blizunjih bude 20-30. read more...


28/11/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky star 28/11/2015 Deux voiles d'avant tangonnées

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, nouvelle installation, deux voiles d'avant tangonnées, onavance bien et c'est très reposant. Première partie de times up! dehors,c'est pour dire. Normalement, c'est la dernière journée où l'on avancebien, mais on attend impatiemment la pétole pour se baigner. Nous voussouhaitons un bon appétit devant notre salade de pommes de terre. Pasencore de poissons...Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


28/11/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX dag 7 Parasailordag!

Zoveel wind als er de eerste dagen was zo weinig wind hebben we nu... Dit fenomeen herkent vast iedere zeiler Maar dit is wel het moment om onze Parasailor op te zetten. Toch blijft het spannend om dit midden op de oceaan te doen zonder een toekijkend ook van de trainer. Het is gecompliceerder dan bv een gennaker te zetten. De zeilvoering is met 4 schoten en 4 lieren. Dat vergde enig improvisatie vermogen van de trainer. We hebben aan iedere kant maar 1 lier. Wel nog 2 op het dak asymmetrisch geplaatst. Daardoor loopt er 1 schoot over het dak en 1 door het stuurmansbankje. Wel even uitkijken dus waar je loopt. Op deze manier gaat het bedienen prima!Vannacht hebben we 2 schepen op de AIS gezien. Een Australiër die ook onderweg is naar de Carieb,, niet met de ARC, hij had schade gevaren. read more...


TWIXX - TWIXX, finaly with Parasailor!
TWIXX - TWIXX, finaly with Parasailor!
28/11/2015

Hejira - A day in the life.

13 38.341N 049 28.412WSaturday 28th November 2015With seemingly no squalls in the vicinity we maintained the balanced full main and poled out jib sailplan. The auto performed brilliantly, grateful no doubt, for the extra grip afforded by the additional third rudder. Although the wind gusted to 30+ knots at times, she stayed relatively straight despite the building seas and the dyneema preventer rigged to the end of the boom was a comfort.Inspection of the hydrogenerator revealed plastic wrapped around and behind the propeller blades which will have prevented it charging. Plastic in the middle of the Atlantic! It also showed strange marks along the bottom of the unit and one of the blades. I am no expert but, could these be from sharks teeth, we had seen a monster taking an interest!? In. read more...


Hejira - A day in the life.
Hejira - A day in the life.
Hejira - A day in the life.
Hejira - A day in the life.
28/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog Day 7-From Will

Thisis my first ever blog post which is quite exciting. I just thought I’d prewarnyou ahead of  what is inevitably ahost of punctuation and grammatical errors. The last 24h have been my favoriteso far on board. Some tricky, light winds for most of yesterday, combined withthe rolling effect from the waves caused the boom to slam occasionally andheadsail to collapse as we continue downwind, on route to St. Lucia. However, itdid mean we were able to hoist our full main sail for the first time on thecrossing and gave us plenty to do on deck. By the afternoon the wind was fairlysteady and has continued to be so throughout the night. The sun has been outalmost constantly, with a scattering of clouds, which led to a nice sunset andan even more impressive moonrise.Christmas has begun on the. read more...


28/11/2015

Calypso - Day 7 - Bringing you all up to date

Saturday Nov 28th - very early in the morning Where do we begin, well apparently we have to start from the very beginning, but 6 billion years is a bit too far, so how about last Sunday; should do nicely:--------SUNDAY - Start Day All set, we're even ready on schedule, even if the schedule did leave a lot of room for being "late". So time for a coffee, and a relaxed chat with a few well-wishers on the dock.And now it really is time to get going,  don't forget to make sure that lazy-line has sunk so we don't wrap it on the way out. Good, right, ok... all set... a nudge of astern, now ease those stern lines a tad, umm... we're easing them right?... maybe a tad more?... hmmm... a what? Oh for crying out loud... how did THAT line get around the damn prop!Well, Hannah would like to say. read more...


Calypso - Day 7 - Bringing you all up to date
Calypso - Day 7 - Bringing you all up to date
28/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Saturday 28 Nov

Saturday 28 NovRace Day 6Day 6 here on Challenger 3 has been quite eventful.  The morning started with Lucia finding and disposing of a few flying fish that had decided to make the deck their new home.  Once we had a fish free area it was time to do a spinnaker peel which ran like clockwork.  Kirstie was swinging on the lines again doing her regular spiderman acrobatics which have now been captured on film!  Once the heavier spinnaker was down there was the opportunity to carry out some much needed repairs on the sail before carefully storing it back in the sail locker.It was then Dave time again!  He gave the Port watch a very much appreciated overview of weather, specifically how high and low pressure areas are generated, so that we could get a better. read more...


28/11/2015

Toujours Belle - Logbuch Tag 5-6

Hallo von der Toujours Belle...Tag 26.11... In der Nacht abgeflaut. Hatten jetzt 4 Tage starken Wind undWellen. Der Atlantik beruhigt sich. Leider jetzt zu sehr. Dafür erholen wiruns von dem schaukeln. Können jetzt duschen, Salat und Kartoffelsuppeessen. Natürlich frisch zubereitet von Klaus. Stimmung ist super.Nachmittags erste Mal Parasailor gesetzt. Jetzt geht es flotter. Nachtseinige Lichter in der Entfernung gesehen. Nachts wieder Flaute. Wirtreiben. Haben Segel eingefahren.Tag 27.11... Super Himmel. Sonne pur. Atlantik hat 25,5 Grad. Welle beieinem Meter. Parasailor gesetzt. Und jetzt geht es richtig gut. Bekommenvon der ARC das Ranking. Haben 40 Schiffe überholt. Trotzdem noch imletzten Drittel. Fahren die Nacht durch mit Parasailor.Boot ist ok. Alles hält bisher. Wir fahren viel. read more...


Isabel - Day Six AM Spinnaker!
Isabel - Day Six AM Spinnaker!
28/11/2015

Limone - Sea legs and first catch

Crew is slowly setting to the pace of watch keeping, sleeping and eating. The latter got just whole lot better since mahi-mahi started to join the party and so far we have managed to get two on board.Skipper has been busy with the usual boat stuff, instructing, fixing and tweaking to keep the boat in one piece. Timo took the role of watch captain and we have had strict order with lunch and dinner coming at 1200 and 1800 boat time.We are using the main electric motor (Oceanvolt) to generate power to the big propulsion battery and hydro generator (Wattandsea) to run the house loads. So far we have managed to keep both batteries at full level.So all in all life looks good and we are looking forward for the next day of sailing and fishing! Just under 2000 nautical miles to go so plenty of. read more...


Limone - Sea legs and first catch
Limone - Sea legs and first catch
28/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 5

Von Donnerstag auf Freitag hatten wir zwischen Flaute und 10 kn Windhauch -zu wenig für uns, um in Bewegung zu kommen. Bei etlichen sicher die Nachtder Motoren - auf der ARC ist das Motoren erlaubt, doch sind im Ziel dieMotorstunden und Zeiten, wann motort wurde anzugeben. das gibt dannZeitaufschläge zwischen 100% und 200% der Motorstunden zur gesegelten Zeit.Wir wollen uns die Verdoppelung sparen, die bei Flaute sicher zu erwartenist, allerdings sind viele Teilnehmer im Ziel sehr vergesslich - etlichekommen mit null Motorstunden an, obwohl das Mitplotten der Strecke, klarexzessives Motoren erkennen lässt - na ja Fun-Regatta.Jetzt, Freitagmorgen, wieder etwas Wind und wir laufen mit 7,4 Knoten unterLeichtwindspi. Der Verlust des Parasail und der Umstand, dass wir nur nocheinen. read more...


28/11/2015

Taniwha - Log 28.11

Counting down! Provisions are getting light! (now have room for ice cubes in the freezer)If these E.NE winds hold then the aim is to dock some time towards the tail end of Dec 1st.Cheers--. read more...


28/11/2015

PG Roshni - 28/11 0105 Wind

Morning Quite a relaxed evening and night so far. As we get closer to the destination I am more relaxed about fuel consumption and we can run Dave and Daisy (engine and autopilot - why ?!) more and have a few hours each day off from helming. To be honest Daisy is much better at helming in light breeze (light and sh..e) but gets knocked about when 'fresh to frightening'. Sea state has eased to Less than 500nm to go now and starting to salivate over thoughts of a cold beer. Susan has the ice bucket all ready (we'll have to rob El Gato of some) for some fizz (that we'll also have to rob). The crossing has been a great experience especially for my system having had nearly 2 full weeks without a drop of alcohol :(.In other news:I read a few pages of a book before snooze before watch tonight-. read more...