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12/11/2015

PG Roshni - Dawn

19:06.6N 22:46.6WPretty murky out there this am as dawn comes up very slowly. Twas dark as a bag last night and wind eased again leaving us crawling along at 5kn. Bit better now but its come round a bit to N.Sleep pattern and body clock is all over the place at the moment and we'll have to get these routines sorted for the main crossing else go a bit weird (er)! Going to play with ropes and sails as soon as we have enough light to see if we can push a little extra speed :)Laters. read more...


12/11/2015

Firefly - Singapore stopover and up the Melacca Straits

Today is Thursday 12th November and Firefly is motoring north west up the Melacca Straits with Malaysia and Sumatra on either side.We reluctantly departed Singapore yesterday after a really enjoyable 4 night stay. For 2 months we had been cruising through Indonesia and although really spectacular in many places it was always felt a little 'off piste'. The Indonesian people were incredibly friendly throughout but things such as forest fires and smoke haze, poor pilot and chart information, over fishing and extensive rubbish, light winds and the start of the monsoon.....plus the final struggle with the authorities to check out of the country.... had made us a little 'jaded'.Singapore still suffers from the haze but in every other respect it is a polar opposite to Indonesia. Checking into. read more...


11/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (4): Night Moves

As we have now crossed the midway point of this leg to Cape Verde, WIDAGO has decided to up its game by practicing performing repairs, at night, underway, while I'm supposed to be sleeping.Perhaps this is all part of the romantic life at sea, but I didn't sure read about this in the brochure Ahab showed me five years ago. At that point he was all, "Oh sweetie pie...won't it be amazing gliding downwind, on smooth glasslike trade wind swells. Wind in your hair, eating lobster every night, in a peaceful atoll, listening to CSN singing 'Southern Cross'?" I'm positive at some point it will be like that, but just not today. Instead, we were rolling about on confused mucked up seas, still sailing downwind, my hair is a disaster, but dinner was pretty good. No atolls, yet - or lobster. Just as I. read more...


Widago - CV Leg (4): Night Moves
Widago - CV Leg (4): Night Moves
12/11/2015

PG Roshni - Midnight flog

19:41.2N 22:22.2WWell campers the breeze has gone quite light and holding course is tough without the occasional flog. Listening to the rig shake rattle and roll as you can imagine not my favourite thing but slightly better than the tunes on Rebecca's ipod that Susan brought with her ;)!Still we are making 7kn with some current helping but you clever souls with the Arc ap will know much more than me.Life on board is settling into routine of trying to get sleep when possible. I need some more drug induced kip I think as the din from the water maker under my bed is a bit like a hundred woodpeckers having a pop at me. Nigel and Susan have been doing their sightings with the 2 sextants we have on board and comparing notes with much debate... It seems quite cool but reading the position of. read more...


11/11/2015

Timshel - Day 3 Dolphins and marauding cat(amaran)s

Days run 1300 - 1300 147.7nm.Broad reaching with main and yankee goosewinged for the whole time.Got a bit interesting/exciting during the night - decided when we were making 10 kts it was time to reef.Thought all the multihulls would have disappeared over the horizon by now but last night we were coming together with Sea Fantasy, the night before with First Step.Could also see the lights of Hejira (also on AIS)and in the morning when things had calmed down a bit could talk to quite a few boats by VHF (must be good reception conditions as some were 50 nm away) before the SSB schedule.Have also seen a couple of fishing boats who are not on AIS, and of course the dolphins at tea time yesterday! Also tried our first noon sight with the sextant though the sun was a bit hazy. NB Imported the. read more...


11/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 3 - Tuesday (Yesterday I wrote Tuesday, but meant Monday)/ Mystery of the squid

 Aftera rough night, it was good to get some sleep and be in the presence of only eachother and the sea. All though it’s with mixed feelings being so far from home,we’re trying to think ahead. We’re looking forward to Cape Verde, and areexcited about the fact that we’re almost halfway there, while keeping theworld’s best dog in our memory and heart. So Idon’t know about rest of the crew, but I think I’m already loosing track of thedays. I woke up today positively sure that it’s Wednesday. But you see it isn’t.Apparently it’s just Tuesday and you could easily have me fooled and tell me Ihave been blessed with a whole extra leap day this year. But hey, I don’t thinkI’m the only one onboard LEA who is a little starting to get a little nutty.We’ve set up a half-hedge to block the. read more...


11/11/2015

PG Roshni - Not Much :)

20:10.9N 21:54.6WPretty uneventful day in the end after the sleigh ride yesterday and last night. Put our fancy pole out first thing and have been running down wind ever since. We have about 270 to go which puts us into Mindelo sometime on Friday morning provided the forecast stays as is. Wind is much lighter 10-15kn up the chuff and sea state smoother.Looks like we are 5th or 6th overall at the moment which is pretty respectable given the leaders are all much bigger :). Even more pleasing given that we aren't really trying....Looking forward to those beers on Nigel. Better go and do something as Daisy is starting to flog the rig as much as Ali !:)Doooo it !!. read more...


Misto - In the Atlantic at last!
Misto - In the Atlantic at last!
11/11/2015

Bamarandi - Weds 11th November - Lazyjack troubles

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11/11/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 4 ARC+

Eindelijk is het dan zover. 8 November. We gaan beginnen aan het eerste stuk van onze oversteek over de Atlantische oceaan. We varen de haven uit onder luid getoeter en gezwaai vanuit andere boten en vanaf alle kades. Dat voelt wel bijzonder. We starten met een startschip in het midden. Aan de ene zijde starten de monohulls en aan de andere kant de multihulls. Leo kan het nog, we starten als tweede boot. Een goed begin is het halve werk is het spreekwoord, maar inmiddels is het woensdag en nog steeds is het een gevecht tegen zeeziekte en veilig door de rollende en stampende boot komen. De eerste middag zijn we druk met zeilen wisselen. We proberen de gennaker, maar die blijft niet goed staan dus die gaat weer weg en we zetten de genua met boom uit. De eerste nacht is rommelig, veel wind. read more...


11/11/2015

Hejira - Oh what a night

22 32.180N 019 26.380WWednesday 11th November 2015What a night! We have maintained the twin poled out Yankee jibs through the night with the winds and seas quite high but it has been exhilarating absolutely creaming along with the auto not having to work too hard and the rig forgiving any swell induced ‘weave’ - great stuff, this is the sailing I had hoped for!Our travails with the water maker continue but we are making progress. At the risk of 50% of the readership glazing over, this is where we are at. The final elimination exercise involved feeding the input with sea water straight from a bucket in the cockpit. With the pipe full of water there was a syphon to the water maker. The unit produced good water at the right rate. This proved that there is no fault with the water maker.The. read more...


Hejira - Oh what a night
Hejira - Oh what a night
11/11/2015

PG Roshni - 11.11 0835

21:05.6N 20:55.9WMorning campers Eventful evening and night with the wind doing a good wobble between N NE and E playing havoc with our downwind set up using the fancy new carbon jib stick.Had to take it down at 0200 involving a wet wobbly foredeck adventure with Ali while removing suicidal flying fish from the stb side deck. We are still learning with this bit of kit so it was a good plan to do it in the dark while being thrown around :). Anyway aside a very wet bum from sitting on the foredeck said pole was removed and stowed safely and we were able to go back to a bouncy reach albeit in slightly the wrong direction :(.Sleep beckons as helmed a lot last night - Daisy struggled with the seas which built to c 3m choppy swells. Susan was on duty with me last night and did very well. read more...


10/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (3): Kite @ Night

As we come to the end of day 3 on this leg to Cape Verde, I can say with (some, not great) confidence that the worst of my initial seasickness is in the wake. And I mean that figuratively, as I am happy to report that chumming has not occurred - so far. Perhaps that is part of the reason we have not had any action on the fishing front. Looks like chicken again for dinner tomorrow.Seas and wind continue to become better organized as we find ourselves working closer towards CV. We spent most of the daylight hours running downwind with our white sails up, even wing on wing for awhile. The winds finally shifted and laid down enough for us to launch the big blue Whomper. Of course this was after sunset, in the dark, but our young crew performed brilliantly, popping the chute without a hitch. read more...


10/11/2015

Lea - Subject: Log Day 2 - Tuesday/Wildlife on deck

Aftera few hours of sleep after my night watch, I wake up to squicking and laughterup in the cockpit. A squid just landed on deck! I tumble out of bed, as theothers are all excited and wanting to use it as bate for fishing, and hey, weshould take a picture of it and holy guacemoly, what to do first! Until a fewseconds later, all of a sudden it’s gone. Did it jump? Did a wave take it?Nobody has a clue, because everyone was too excited about the squid to actuallypay attention to it. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. Thetemperature is great, but the wind has settled quite a bit, compared toyesterday. It’s now coming from the East, so we set up the spinnaker-pole tokeep our speed up. While we set this up, we have another visitor on board. Justthe smallest bird I have probably ever seen,. read more...


10/11/2015

Timshel - DAY 2

24hrs 1300 - 1300 distance logged 141.3.Strangely close to yesterday's total.A nice beam reach in SE wind turned back to a run in NE, so we gathered the resolve to set up the pole, always a trial with lots of bits of rope to sort, and the big metal thing to handle, all on the rolling deck.Guess we may get better at it this trip.In fact as soon as yankee was set on the pole goosewinged with preventer on the main, the boat became much steadier, when the wind came up it was better still and we ran like that all night at a good speed (for us).Our cutter rig is not the most efficient for this point of sail as the yankee is much smaller than a genoa and due to the forward lowers you can't get the pole out far enough back to even set all of the yankee.Maybe we should have protested about our. read more...


10/11/2015

Raylah - Log Day : Spiraling into insanity

The good ship Raylah glides down the African shore, it’s sails wing on wing like a graceful Dove, with a kind wind from Neptune and 7kn on the log. Superb tactics from Jack (our British colonist) has put us with the front runners in our group, can we claw up a few more places for podium silver?Down below things are not so rosy!!! The desperate need to get crew at the last minute has meant corners have had to be cut, standards have had to drop. There is a danger in taking people of low intelligence and limited ability to sea but needs must when the Devil drives. There physical repugnance is not so much of an issue as they are only seen by flying fish and squids who land on the deck. However there blundering incompetence has to be constantly monitored. I have found that if I shout slowly. read more...


10/11/2015

Shelena - Days 1 and 2

All well on Shelena. No sea sickness felt by Helen or Kathryn; or indeed anyone. The ear patches seem to be good. No sooner had we crossed the start line and we saw two pods of dolphins. Quickly followed by a turtle at the surface! The acceleration zone brought us 22-25 knots true wind so a greatstart. In the first 24 hours we managed about 190Nm. As predicted the wind came round to the east so we enjoyed a beam reach for a while. Everyone had difficulty in sleeping first night. The roll was not too bad but still needs getting used too. Glad Helen had anticipated a simple eveningpizza for dinner. So for those that do not know, ourcrew are Helen, Kathryn, Jules and Petri. PhilSkipper. read more...


10/11/2015

Bamarandi - 10th November - the boat changes colour

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10/11/2015

Allegro - DE DOMINGO, 31 DE OUTUBRO A TERÇA-FEIRA, 10 DE NOVEMBRO DE 2015

Há bastante tempo que estou para dar notícias, mas tem sido mais difícil porque esta perna nos tem mantido bastante ocupados.A preparação para esta perna, “the toughest one” como vem sendo considerada, começou antes da largada, aliás ainda nas Mauritius, onde o tema meteorologia da referida perna foi lançado.Depois, em La Reunion, foi-se falando e auscultando as diferentes sensibilidades para a situação no sentido de preparar o skippers briefing. É que já se sabia que as condições meteorológicas não eram, de facto, favoráveis.Nada mesmo. Por isso a competição lhe foi retirada - a perna fazia-se mas sem largada oficial para toda a frota, não seriam contabilizados os tempos, nem a utilização do motor e não haveria entrega dos documentos de chegada. Finalmente na véspera da “largada”, o Luc. read more...


10/11/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 10th November, 2015

Noon Position: 38.48S 32.05ERichards Bay - South AfricaDistance run since noon yesterday: 103 logged milesThinking that the Agulhas current would be similar to our afternoon experience yesterday, we emailed Rally Control to advise them that we would be arriving between midnight and 2am, but the wind fell away towards the evening so that the engine had to be employed to maintain reasonable speed. Later in the evening we experienced lightning and thunder with some thunderbolts splashing straight into the water, some zigzagging into it and all that splendour just some miles away. But it remained windless and the Agulhas current provided around an extra 2.5 knots to our engine speed.Little did we know then that we would be faced with a contrary current nearer the coast and an unforecast. read more...


10/11/2015

Weohgi - log for 09 Nov

Hi, We broke our distance record again yesterday (Sunday - Monday) - 190nm - 183nm in the right direction after crossing the start line! A good days sailing 2m + swell with 20-30+ NE wind, with only a minor problem which was solved using the emergency hacksaw! The out haul on the roller main was stuck, the line had jumped of the roller on the pulley and got thoroughly jammed between the roller and the pulley! Thus the need for Colin to hacksaw it in 2. A new one was installed and all is well again. ( Except Alan wants Colin to mend the pulley - fat chance). The days have been sunny despite the haze from the Saharan sand blowing over the area.It was very starry last night and we were surrounded by Bears - We had Ursula Major behind us, Ursula Minor above us and racing ahead of us was S/Y. read more...


10/11/2015

Hejira - Water no maker

24 37.580N 017 27.247WTuesday 10th November 2015I should never have said we were problem free !!!Since yesterday’s missive, we have been punished for my (I wasn’t, honest) gloating.Having used some water from the tanks, there was space for a ‘top up’ from the water-maker. This has given us some problems in the past and it was brought back from Lanzarote for a repair/service in the UK. Since when it worked OK until the passage to Gran Canaria when we repositioned the filter which seemed to fix the problem. I spent yesterday in the bowels trying one thing and another, exchanging Emails with Mactra, the agent in the UK without success and I have one last exercise to try today before we instigate trying to get a replacement out to Sao Vicente. This is really essential to the whole endeavour. read more...


10/11/2015

Lucky Star - Fin du golfe de Gascogne

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, première étape "Golfe de Gascogne" réalisée.Aujourd'hui, baleine, dauphins de nuit, dauphins de jour au menu avec un beaucouché de soleil.Par contre, nos petits contre temps commencent enfin.- La grissaille et un peu de pluie- Les toilettes bouchées- L'AIS n'affiche aucune cible.- Le moteur ne tient plus le régime moteur- Panne d'essence (heureusement nous n'avions pas oublié de remplir le bidon de20L)- Perte du premier rapala lors de notre panne d'essence- Premiere plongée pour vérifier que le fil n'était pas dans l'hélice (nousfaisons très attentionà notre moteur maintenant ;))- Première paire de lunettes cassées (évidemment les miennes.)Prochaine étape Baiona au large de Vigo pour faire le plein. read more...


10/11/2015

Lucky Star - En route pour les Canaries

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, tout va bien à bord! Nous avons passé les "passesd'Arcachon" Mercredi vers midi, et aujourd'hui nous sommes au large del'Espagne 60 Miles avant la Corogne. Contrairement a ce que nous avionsannoncé, le temps se prête à la voile, nous avons depuis mercredi un grandsoleil et pas mal de vent, seulement quelques heures de moteurs. Doncconvoyage plutôt plaisant pour le moment.Pour voir notre position à 16h10 ce mercredi 23/10/2015, cliquez sur lelien suivant :https://www.google.fr/maps/place/44°00'08.3"N+6°42'08.7"WTeam Lucky Star. read more...


10/11/2015

PG Roshni - Morning Campers

23:41.6N 18:40.3WJust watching dawn coming up and the stars fading out, the last sliver of moon over Africa ... Aw I'm becoming a soft romantic ... It is most definitely beer o'clock when we arrive in Mindelo so I can return to my usual sarcasm and cynicism.Truly magical out here at the moment. The sea has flattened off considerably and gives us a bit less of a sleigh ride which although fun is hard work helming for hours and is too much for Daisy the autohelm. Where are we in the fleet ? Someone tell us ... The AIS is the only thing we have and there are only a couple of other boats showing. Highlight of the day yesterday Susan's soup and cottage pie; Numpty of the day Nick trying to run the water maker with the valve closed;Damage of the day mainsail chafe on starbourd shrouds forcing. read more...


09/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (2): zzzzzzzz...zzzzzzz

Well, now I know what it feels like to be a house pet, or maybe an inmate in a federal prison. I spent probably 18 of the last 24 hours in a state of semi consciousness/ half sleep, some of which may or may not have been during my watches. Gotta love me some Sturgeron motion sickness pills. After a lovely midnight to 4am watch, I enjoyed a brief respite until dawn at 7am. Beautiful sunrise BTW. Ahab decided he was tired of going only 5-6 kts running just the Genoa, so we set out the main with a single reef in anticipation of another day with winds gusting to 25 kts.Instead of fresh winds, we were rewarded with beamy, confused seas that had us rockin & rollin all day.At some point mid-day I managed to drag myself inside to tidy up the galley and make some chicken soup. The boys spent. read more...


09/11/2015

Encore II - Day 2- Coast Guard

Well, we are all being extra cautious and plan to leave early Wednesday for the Bahamas! While we are waiting, the rally organized a tour today of the local Coast Guard command center. We had to go through security to get up to the floor where they monitor all the boats in the area between NJ to SC in the Atlantic! It was very helpful to learn their recommendations for going offshore! It was also comforting to see them tracking all sailboats like us who are out there right now on their screens! We have such an appreciation for the Coast Guard and all military!! It is interesting to be here in Norfolk- the largest Navy base! We have an aircraft carrier across from us.. read more...


09/11/2015

El Gato - The Cat's out of the bag

Tigger roared at the start of leg 1, and the El Gato crew is enjoyed the sleigh ride down to the Cape Verdes.. read more...


09/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 1/Counting from the back

LEA November9th/07:29 UTC It’sthe 8th of November (finally!), and the time is starting to close upon 13:00 UTC. As we approach the area of the startline, numerous boats arealready cruising back and forward in the area, and the sight of all our new ARC+friends ready to set sail is just beautiful. As the start sign goes off, ourpulse is high, and we’re all smiles because we’re finally on our way to CapeVerde. Already during the first hour we run in to some trouble with our mainsail – the shackles on the bottom pop out, and we have to turn around and go upagainst the wind to fix the problem. Meanwhile, we’re seeing how the ARC-fleetis disappering from us.. We manage to fix the problem, but we soon realize howfar behind we are. With dolphins (literally) everywhere, and swordfish takinghigh. read more...


09/11/2015

Timshel - Log Day 1

1300 to 1300 142 nm - but not all in the right direction I think.Great excitement at the start, hadn't realized all the horns were for us, and lovely that WCC yellow shirts were on the breakwater waving (thanks Manuel and Chris).Not exactly a racing start but we didn't hit anything and we weren't last, the buzz continued with so many boats together.We hadn't actually helmed so much in ages.Gradually the fleet diverged, those flying kites going more downwind and those like us sticking to white sails only heading off vaguely towards Africa.It got quite exciting overnight, charging down hissing waves in the dark.Still a group of boats around that we could see on AIS and Nav lights - Sea Quark, Ally, Loryma II, Sara Ulrikke, Cookelu meu and NoLimit with Belafonte trucking along in front.By. read more...


09/11/2015

Raylah - Log Day 2: The 'Race' begins

Hi All,The first 24 hours at sea had us covering over 140 miles, with force 4-5 winds, and seeing a comfortable 7knots of speed. They reference that this is a rally, but when ever you set a start line and start time with 65 sailboats meeting, to me it’s more of a race.  The Catamarans were on one side of the start line with monohulls on the other.  We timed the start just right and  found ourselves being about the 5th boat across the line. It’s quite a sight to see the other 60 boats behind you.  A few hours after the start we had a few of the big Atlantic dolphins join us, providing us with a  scenic send off.  We seem to be in a good position on the course and are noticing other boats moving our way to take advantage of the heavier winds we get by being. read more...


09/11/2015

Raylah - Log Day 1:Way to go

Sailing Yacht Raylah, ready to departAfter several long days of vessel preparation and crew social events (thus making for long days) crew of SV Raylah is ready for departure.  Next stop the Cape Verde islands.  Stay tuned for blog updates doing the passageThe Packet Boys onboard SV Raylah. read more...


09/11/2015

Bamarandi - ARC+ Day 1 - 9th November

Position 25.52.506N 017.06.276WRecovered from our night being entertained by the Las Palmas Drag Queen and entourage and after several days at Las Palmas fettling the good ship Bamarandi - plus enjoying some shopping (the boys all have new matching sailing shorts bought (in a sale of course) over 2 days one after the other had seen the other) and relaxing in between - we headed out from Las Palmas marina squeezing past a Lagoon cat Laissez Faire moored astern of us at 12.00 to be ready for the 13:00 start.We headed out to sea to stretch the boats legs after a few days in port and then back in to be ready for 1pm to cross over the start line. It was great seeing all the 64 boats gathered with sails up ready to start. The ARC+ Committee Boat broadcast on Channel 72 a 5 minute countdown and. read more...


09/11/2015

Magic - FIRST LOG ENTRY for MAGIC - Pontoon T

Well here we are on Pontoon T.   The anxiety surrounding our adventure seems to swell up every so often – collywobbles!  I am hoping that this is only natural.  We got one wave of nerves watching the rescue helicopter demo – and another when we watched the ARC+ Boats leave the harbor.  We are getting busy with all the preparations.  It is odd that we are surrounded by hundreds of people all doing the same thing – so of course the conversations are identical – where have you been, what Pontoon are you on, where are you going when you get to ‘the other side’ and endless conversations about fixing things and preparing the boat.  “Are you ready?” should be a banned question!!  We are enjoying Las Palmas and have been surprised at how good it is.  We. read more...


Misto - Howard wins first in his age group in coast guard fun run
Misto - Howard wins first in his age group in coast guard fun run
09/11/2015

Misto - Misto in Portsmouth

With all our crew here we are ready to depart. We just wish the weather would cooperate!Due to the delay Howard and Ros, as well as about a dozen Carrib1500 participants and staff ran a coast guard 5k fun run. Howard came first in his age group and Ros 4th Andy and Mia, also in the photo, came 2nd and 3rd in their groups. What a wonderful way to support the coast guard!. read more...


09/11/2015

Shelena - Finally Away for ARC+

26:28.64N 016:48.49WMonday 9th November 2015So, yesterday was the start of the ARC+ Rally, (not race) when about 70yachts departed Las Palmas, Gran Canaria for Mindelo, Sao Vicente in theCape Verde islands. The pace of preparation has been steady for the 3 weekswe have been at Las Palmas. Helen took charge of the provisioning becausereally our crew arrival was too late, but we exchanged emails and everybodyis easy on what they eat. There is a helpful service from a number of foodstores that will freeze and vacuum meet and similar items. It worked okapart from the meat that arrived, fresh, 10 hours late; but was replacednext day. Propane was a headache to obtain until a local Dutch lady steppedforward to visit the factory daily to obtain the essential gas. Of course,there is always an. read more...


Misto - Misto crew ready to go!
Misto - Misto crew ready to go!
09/11/2015

Hejira - Up and away

26 08.315N 015 55.518WMonday 9th November 2015There were crowds lining the docks and breakwaters waving us off with a cacophony of hooters as the fleet left the marina for the start. We ‘played safe’ and crossed the start line a minute late, conscious that a false start would cost us 3 hours added to our time. The wind was a little light for Hejira but, we resisted the temptation of flying the Parasailor at this stage as we only have the one and the acceleration zones to the SE of the island are notorious for ‘blowing them out’ as the wind can increase to gale force in a matter of seconds. On the basis that we have 6 days or more to go to Mindelo, we thought it prudent to bide our time until we reach the more consistent winds clear of the islands.With the wind freshening, Hejira soon. read more...


09/11/2015

PG Roshni - Morning sleigh ride

25:53.00N 16:37.7W Good morning all The start went off peacefully in the end and we put our kite up a little after the leading 4 boats and I think we have stayed in that position since. Massive broach by Nigel on the helm just off the Las Palmas airport in 30kn gust. The snuffer worked ok but took a bit of a beating so good job there is plenty of duct tape on board :).Breeze freshened and we have been sleigh riding down the waves which were pretty impressive last night. Welcome to ocean sailing Susan ! I had the new trip record at 15.4kn then of course Ali had to top that with a new Roshni record planing at 18.9kn down a wave! Steaming along now, 1 reef in the main and full headsail. All ok thus far... And even better Nigel gets to buy the beers in Mindelo :). read more...


09/11/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, 9th November, 2015

Noon Position: 28.07S 34.27EDaily run: 150 logged milesThe breeze has gone down to 10 knots, but we are making an incredible 7 knots of speed aided by a 3-knot current from the Northeast, no doubt in readiness to join up with the dreaded Algulhas current that we have to cross tonight. The Algulhas current can be quite fast in places, but we are expecting around 2.5kn to 3kn over a 50 mile wide stretch. We are aiming our course to steer well north of Richards Bay to account for its southerly stream. The weather is absolutely fabulous with a cloudless sky and a gentle breeze. Unfortunately, there is hardly any discernible moon for tonight. Maybe the stars will help us find our way across to the African continent…Eric. read more...


09/11/2015

Aretha - Max's Blog # 3 - 28 00 South 35 45 East

Sitting half way up a mast at sea you get time to pause and think... the first thing that pops into your head is... what am i doing up a mast 500 miles from any land, the second is "ooooohh mmyyyyy" it turnsout the boat rolls in the waves far more than it looks from the deck and it really feels like you are going to be dunked into the water head first as the boat lurches from side to side in the waves, and the third... I will come back to the third. Let’s rewind a few days to talk about the first, why am i up a mast 500 miles from anywhere… I'm sure by now if you have read the last few blogs sent out by Caspar you will realise that this leg has been sort of eventful on board Aretha, what started out asanother smooth sailing episode where there is not much to do other than put your feet. read more...


09/11/2015

Barbara Jean - Delay to our start and more time in Portsmouth—11-8-15

We were scheduled to leave today for Nanny Cay in the BVI however, there are two tropical waves being monitored in the North Atlantic for development.   So for now, we will be patient and wait the weather out, fine tune the boat, get a couple of more projects done and enjoy the area.   Last update from the WCC suggests that we will depart on Tuesday or Wednesday.    So, an update on how we have been staying busy these last several days……Captain has been continually working on the boat changing the antifreeze and engine oil, making sure the SSB radio is operating, rigging a boom preventer, and working when he gets a chance to.I have done laundry, gone to the grocery store, taped all of the ring pins and cotter pins that could potentially snag something,. read more...


Barbara Jean - Delay to our start and more time in Portsmouth—11-8-15
Barbara Jean - Delay to our start and more time in Portsmouth—11-8-15
08/11/2015

Widago - CV Leg (1): Dark Night Rises

The first day of our westward Atlantic crossing was filled with friendly dolphin, fresh winds, and just a dash a of fear.With the port of Las Palmas still in sight and the sound of the starting gun ringing on our ears, a giant pod of frisky dolphin joined us as we headed out to sea. The variable winds at the start had the WIDAGO crew running to swap sails last minute, since it was a touch to beamy for the parasailor. However, as we made our way out of the mayhem of the starting pack and into open water, we popped the chute of our big blue Whomper, and began flying downwind. Chris Tibbs wasn't joking about that acceleration zone south by the airport - although Ahab might say we read our wind speeds a bit high, we were seeing steady winds at 25-28 kts, and gusts to 31. Along with some. read more...