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15/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 65: More "Chicken" in the "Chicken Shoot"

Well, we never got to fly the "Chicken Shoot" today after all, since the wind increased and changed direction slightly. Tonight, however, we're having to sail on our headsail alone which definitely makes flying the "Chicken Shoot" more viable now for daytime sailing.We haven't quite decided though whether or not we're simply procrastinating because we're chicken, given the fact that flying these oversized sails are a challenge for short-handed crew. So, we've decided to play it safe. Tomorrow we'll take our sock off the gennaker and put it on the spinnaker.That way we'll have more control when raising and dousing it. Well, that's our story and we're sticking with it, but we're definitely running out of excuses!. read more...


15/03/2016

Aliena - Lunes 14 Marzo 2016

13º dia navegacion Galapagos-MarquesasEl mar parece una autopista por la que solo vamos nosotros. Una autopista sin campos a los lados, sin molinos eolicos y sin arcenes. Hoy esta cubierto el cielo y el agua tiene color carretera. Vemos como el barco avanza dejando una estela ancha pero hace dias que no vemos ni un alma. Mejor dicho, no nos hemos cruzado con ningún mercante y ni siquiera el pesquero japonés ha aparecido. Bueno este último mejor no mencionarlo porque aun quedan varias noches. Tan solo hemos visto pájaros. Si pájaros en medio de ninguna parte y los llevamos viendo practicamente desde que salimos, no muy grandes y no sabemos ni de donde salen ni donde viven. Y que olas!! Hay unas olas indefinidas que vienes de todas partes y a pesar de no ser muy grandes nos balancean como. read more...


14/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 27. At Sea. 08.49.15S 125.03.39W

Monday, 14/03/16Yesterday was another celebration day because we hit the 1000 nm to go.Yesterday was also a smelly day, as the Skipper and wife spent several hours clearing a large blockage in the outlet pipe of the aft heads.With the help of a gismo purchased at the Southampton Boat Show that can siphon off fluids, a rod made from a spare mainsail batten, a flexible rod made from some spare piping with a screwdriver taped to one end and some Pos Gas and Cillet Bang, success at last.The procedure made use of the whole crew.Skipper and wife in the heads, Anthony emptying buckets, contents best not examined too carefully, Ship's Boy on the helm and Jane preparing a lovely celebratory lunch.There will be more vicious chemicals going into the holding tank from now on and we will. read more...


14/03/2016

Widago - Flying Darth Vader Across South Pacific

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Widago - Flying Darth Vader Across South Pacific
Widago - Flying Darth Vader Across South Pacific
14/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 64: A Big Day Expected Tomorrow

We've had a very quiet and relaxing day. We've also reached that point in the passage where our standard white sails are no longer taking us in the direction we need to go with the current wind direction, which has persistently, if not stubbornly, remained at E or ESE for days now instead of the predicted SE.As a result, we're now sailing wing-on-wing tonight which is a really slow point of sail using our standard genoa to ensure we head more west rather than south. Tomorrow we break out our "chicken shoot" (aka small spinnaker) for the first time, assuming there is no change in the wind direction - should be interesting!. read more...


13/03/2016

Mid-passage biscuit baking

To celebrate reaching the half way point, Theo baked some gingerbread biscuits. Thanks granny for emailing him the recipe.Not many left already. Yum!image1. read more...


Mid-passage biscuit baking
Mid-passage biscuit baking
13/03/2016

Mid-passage biscuit baking

To celebrate reaching the half way point, Theo baked some gingerbread biscuits. (Thanks granny for emailing him the recipe). Not many left already. image1. read more...


Mid-passage biscuit baking
Mid-passage biscuit baking
13/03/2016

Aliena - Domingo 13 Marzo 2016

12º dia navegacon Galapagos-MarquesasYa vemos en la pantalla del navegador las Marquesas al frente aunque nos faltan 1267nm todavía. Toda una prueba de paciencia aunque ya hemos hecho 1752nm, porque a 164nm diarias mas o menos aun nos queda una semana. Menos mal que la navegación es tranquila y el barco se porta bien. El generador da la lata de vez en cuando pero mas o menos lo tenemos controlado. Ya se ha terminado la fruta fresca -a excepcion de las manzanas que no hay quien se las coma y los platanos que han madurado todos a la vez como era previsible-, pero nos quedan 14 tomates y bastantes verduras para seguir haciendo en saladas y comidas y no tener que recurrir a las conservas. Mañana comeremos paella. A ver si pescan estos mantas que se les escapan todos!!!!!!!Carmen. read more...


13/03/2016

Blog 26. At Sea. 08.18.35S 119.05.95W

Just a brief report to say The Ship's Boy insisted that we try goose- winging on her watch, as in her other character as Toad from Wind in the Willows, she was wanting more speed and a different sail plan to look at.Well done Toad, the Genoa has managed to tolerate wind anywhere from the beam to dead aft and, if we can keep the staysail filled on the other side as well, we can keep up our speed and make our course, even with the wind coming from the East.We managed to continue goose-winged all night and made better progress than the rest of the fleet, even Chilli Bee.We are now approx 1185 nm from Hiva Oa and planning the next celebration, i.e 1000nm to go.We did catch a fish this morning, a long, thin one that we could not identify.As it looked pretty unattractive and did not have much. read more...


13/03/2016

Day 424: 'Side by side we stand,......

'Islands of the blue Caribbean sea,This our native land,We pledge our lives to thee,For every creed and race have an equal place,And may God bless this nation'So with a tuneful rendition of the T&T national anthem we saluted Tobago coming into view 35 miles to the east, the closest we'll get by boat to the twin island state of Trinidad and Tobago, Marian's homeland.The ARC routing and programme, our own onward travel on ARC USA and the recent unfortunate piracy incidents near to Trinidad have combined to make this so.Pity since it is home waters for both of us in a way - I worked here and lived on my last boat for a spell.We both left from Trinidad for our first transatlantic 'uphill' via Bermuda and Azores to Ireland back in 1982. We plan to visit family and friends by air from St. read more...


13/03/2016

13/03/2016 – Did the Weather Gods read my blog?

Dawn was rapidly brightening the sky as I wrote yesterday’s log, shortly after sunrise a bright yellow orb peaked through a slight hole in the cloud cover.From that point on the day improved, at least it stayed sunny all day. The wind, however, stayed rather fickle but without its tricks of wandering all around the compass.We turned the engine off at 0900 for the radio net and drifted for about 2 miles in the following 35 minutes.We motored for about an hour, then managed to sail until late afternoon.The evening was a mixture of motoring, drifting during the radio net, motoring again, then, finally, sailing with a good steady wind to the waypoint.We reached the waypoint shortly after I came on watch at 2300, John stayed on deck as we had to put in a 45o turn to port and he was worried. read more...


13/03/2016

Pacific Crossing: Week 1

....from somewhere in the South Pacific...Since this crossing is a doozy, and I can be pretty lazy, I figured just a couple highlights every once in a while, rather than daily updates would suffice. Seriously, who wants to read: Today I woke up tired at 10:45pm, slept through my dogwatch, got busted by a stern looking captain, and then couldn't fall back asleep at 3am. Multiply that by six, and there is your first week at sea crossing the Pacific.That said, we have had a pretty fine crossing so far. Similar to our fleetmates, with their 5 day/700 mile advance start , we found ourself dogged by doldrums for the first few days. The Yanmar donkeys got a hearty workout as we dove southward. Glassy seas, but since the motors were running, Ahab allowed the ice maker operational - so we had. read more...


13/03/2016

Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark

With toasted cheese sandwiches prepared by Roy for lunch and just after Elaine aroused from her morning nap, we sailed across the halfway mark at around 1130 today. Some might say that the meager toasty is not worth ofsuch a grand achievement, but we care to differ.We did, however, still enjoy a celebratory cocktail at sunset accompanied by smoked mussels, stuffed grapevines, brie on crackers, olives, assorted nuts and the last of our pineapple, to be sure, to be sure we celebrated themilestone appropriately.And, we did so under glorious blue skies which paled into insignificants against the spectacular colour of the blue waters that surrounded us.b2048878-3a14-4c7e-a1d9-596bea1a277f895370572 04032172-7cb1-40e5-9448-703c3ac16413-1908353820. read more...


Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
Log Day 63: Celebratory Cocktails for the Halfway Mark
13/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 63 A day on board

Being a long passage (i.e. over 2 weeks) rookie, I am learning the tricks of the trade.1Provision with fun foodI am now into baking, a phenomenon that is unlikely to continue at altitudes of more than zero feet.I am looking forward to making pretzels and enjoyed baking the Irish soda bread.Also have easy to eat food for when the passage gets ugly.2You will get your Sea LegsAs the days pass you do get more comfortable with the motion.I better anticipate the waves shepherding me into the sides of the boat.I have gotten comfortable with sleeping in spurts.I constantly feel a bit tired like I am on the third leg of a long series of connecting flights.Ignoring the discomfort, I focus on the positives.The ocean views, the fresh air, the warm equatorial sun and a nice book are all perks of the. read more...


12/03/2016

Sabado 12 de Marzo 2016

11º dia navegacion Galapagos MarquesasSi que parece el Purgatorio. Todos los dias mismo paisaje, mismas caras, misma direccion del barco...y que siga así||||||||| Pero estamos en el bajo Purgatorio, es decir, que nos falta mucho para salir porque el viento del Este hace que navegemos despacio y la pantalla de nuestro navegador nos dice que a este paso no llegaremos hasta el 20 o 22. Al menos el mar es llevadero y no nos vienen las montañas de agua como cuando cruzamos el Atlantico. Hoy hemos andado 159nm, nos quedan 1435nm para llegar. Ayer ya rebasamos la mitad del camino.Carmen. read more...


12/03/2016

AVARIAS NA PERNA FORTALEZA-GRENADA

Duas que recentemente tivemos.A primeira aconteceu na madrugada de 04 de Março.Tinha ido à proa para uma vistoria rotineira quando ao olhar para a parte superior do mastro verifiquei que a genoa apresentava um rasgão na parte superior da valuma, logo depois da faixa de protecção UV.Com uma dimensão de 2-3 metros, a zona lesada não era mais extensa porque o vento estava muito fraco.A genoa e a vela grande foram feitas expressamente para esta aventura.A vela grande tem tido bastante utilização apresentando sinais de envelhecimento aqui e ali.Mas a genoa, essa é que tem tido uma utilização praticamente constante e um comportamento excepcional. Fez, no fundo toda a World ARC já que só foi retirada agora durante a última perna.Também com sinais de envelhecimento e desgaste fora já revista em. read more...


12/03/2016

12/03/2016 – The weather didn’t read my script

Blue skies, puffy white clouds, sunshine, stable winds in both direction and strength…I think it was two days or three days ago when I wrote this. Yesterday, Friday, had none of these conditions!It was grey and overcast all day; nothing looked particularly threatening, it just didn‘t look very welcoming.Add to this a gentle breeze which wandered around the compass like a lost soul in the desert searching for an oasis, not a bad analogy as it was hot.All in all it made for a tricky sailing day.From 0200 yesterday morning we sailed fairly steadily, not fast but 1.5 to 2 knots of current gave us adequate if not spectacular progress.The wind veered from NNE through NE to E by mid-morning, resulting in the genoa flapping as the mainsail blocked the wind.We installed the pole on starboard side. read more...


12/03/2016

Days 422,423: Weather !

After two near perfect days and nights of gentle trade wind sailing, today, Friday 11th March brought weather! Not just squalls but large banks of cloud and rain with associated disturbed and reduced winds.Wind from all directions- west, via north to southeast, none in excess of 15 knots, much less than 5. So we've had the engine off and on, the sails set from goose-winged to close-hauled and back again and again! Our patience has been just a little stretched.Few things jangle a sailor's nerves more than flogging sails and, when the wind finally settled directly astern at about 6 knots, conditions for this torture were ideal! I lost my resolve after a couple hours stowed all sail and took to the 'steel wings' (as Hugur has called the engine).Yesterday, Thursday 10th, we were 200 miles. read more...


12/03/2016

Log Day 62: A Board Meeting Aboard

At last, a sunny day and deep blue waters for as far as the eye could see. We did, however,have to review our overall strategy for this passage as we approach the halfway mark.We may as well have been in a Boardroom as the various tactics, that would either support our strategy or throw it overboard, were discussed, debated and eventually agreed upon, only to have to change it all an hour later when the weather decided not to cooperate. In essence, the cushion that we had in remaining above our rhumb line evaporated when the wind insisted on staying E (East) for most of the day and, in order to keep our speed up, we had to head in a more southerly direction.Tonight the wind veered to be more ESE (East South East) so, although we've slowed down a little, we're managing to keep our. read more...


11/03/2016

Aliena - Viernes 11 de Marzo de 2016

10º dia de Galapagos a MarquesasEl barco parece un ogro que caminando con sus piernotas sobre fango, nos lleve dentro. Ese es el efecto cuando vamos navegando con el yankee atangonado y el mar de través, como nos ocurre ahora. Ha cambiado el viento, ahora es del Este flojo y nos ha hecho tener que poner las alas al barco, aunque navegamos despacio. Hoy 152nm y seguramente mañana no mucho mas.Carmen. read more...


11/03/2016

Blog 25. At sea. 07.54.35S 115.23.11W

Friday, 11 March.Today is a celebration day, because we have definitely passed the half way mark.The last Yellow Brick position showed 1480 miles to go and the Garmin is now on 1406 miles to go.We are just in the middle of a communication experiment engineered by Johan on Aliena to see if we can establish an SSB frequency that most of the fleet can hear.So far, the SSB is still producing little other than an annoying crackle, but we can just hear a voice on 8297.0 coming out of the ether.Other than the fact it is a male voice, we are non the wiser, so we may have to continue the rest of our journey inradio isolation. All the crew have had mixed watches with some exhilarating sailing that got us used to the idea of 8 to 9 knots with the occasional 10 knots in the right direction, but over. read more...


11/03/2016

Starblazer - 11/03/2016 – I don’t want to complain but…

Thursday was even more frustrating than Wednesday!To be brief, it was our lowest day’s run on this leg, 159 nM, and that was only achieved with the help of the ‘metal wings’ or ‘iron topsail’.We did work hard at sailing the boat including launching our colourful cruising chute once the breeze, fartoo gentle to be called ‘wind’, veered to the east and onto our beam. That gave us a little more speed but the saving factor was the current which swept us along at 1.5 knots.Eventually we pulled it down and turned the engine on when the boat speed dropped to 1.5 knots, making our SOG 3knots.During the evening SSB net we turned the engine off and drifted for half an hour, making a paltry 0.2 knots through the water!Unfortunately the motoring penalty will hit our corrected finishing time quite. read more...


11/03/2016

Aretha - Sailing past the Venezuela Coast - 09 56 North 056 57 West

It’s 0237. I’ve been sitting up on deck - the sky is incredibly clear and cloudless with a sliver of moon. The stars are so bright they come all the way down to the horizon and merge with the sea - its hard to tell where the sky ends and the sea begins - it all blurs into one making it nigh on impossible to distinguish ship lights from stars. For the past 3 nights its been like this and I’ve spent hours on deck with Bluebell and Columbus staring up at the stars and using the star gazing app, we have been identifying constellations, galaxies, messier objects, planets and stars. Favourites have been Jupiter which is very bright to our starboard side, the Leo constellation next to Jupiter, Sirius, Orion and the various Messier objects which Columbus is becoming expert at spotting. For an. read more...


11/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 61: Familar Voices to Brighten Our Day

It's been a quiet day onbosrd. The seas eventually moderated this morning and the sun came out briefly, but of course, we now have the wind in the wrong direction which is taking us more south than we care to sail right now.We are still slightly north of our rhumb line though, so we have some wiggle room.One of the highlights of our days at sea is our daily contact with the other WARC yachts via the midday and evening SSB radio net broadcasts.Although we haven't seen another yacht or the comforting lights of another yacht in days now, It's always lovely to hear the familiar voices out there and know that we're not alone is this huge ocean. Add to that a splash of humour during the evening net like Elaine indicating, when prompted, that the only wild life she's seen today is "Roy running. read more...


10/03/2016

Aliena - Jueves 10 de Marzo 2016

9º dia de navegación de Galápagos a MarquesasAnoche vi la Cruz del Sur situada justo al principio de la Vía Lactea y parecía un cachirulo con la cola hacia arriba. La verdad es que se veian muchas estrellas pero esas son las unicas que se identificar. El velero Wishanger nos ha dado la noche. Se puso en paralelo casi a un tiro de piedra y el navegador nos advertia de riesgo de colisión. Menos mal que se ha ido delante y ahora navegamos mas tranquilos aprovechando tambien que el mar no está tan revuelto como ayer y, ademas, está empezando a tomar el color morado del Pacífico. Mientras tanto la vida a bordo permanece tranquila, bien en salon de lectura -en la bañera-, bien en el de escritura -dentro-. Hemos andado 166nm y ns quedan 1740, es decir unos 9 días mas.Carmen. read more...


10/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 60 (repost)

Great Friends solve Two Fish problem from afar----------------------------------------------Sailboats have little black cups spinning at the top of the mast which calculate the wind speed.Our unit started to die the day before we left on this 3,000 mile passage.Gail tried a few times to fix it but Furuno advised us that the only solution is to mail it in for service or buy a new one (see previous posts).So we set sail with the thought that many an ocean have been crossed without a wind speed indicator and we should be fine.I had anticipated this contingency back in Florida and had bought a hand-held wind speed detector. This is not ideal but can at least give us a rough idea of when the breeze peaks and when to reef. Here are the shortfalls:1) The unit only displays apparent wind, not. read more...


10/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations - 2000NM Mark

A little after 0900 this morning we crossed the 2000NM line - We're a third of the way - a definite cause for celebrations.Elaine cooked up a hearty full Irish breakfast including freshly baked soda bread to mark the occasion. We definitely had to rely on our sunny dispositions though, as we never saw the actual sun once throughout the day. From a weather perspective,it was a dreary, overcast day indeed with a rather large swell on the beam that continues to make for an uncomfortable ride. The wind, however,is keeping us sailing in the right direction. To pass the time Elaine baked a Banana Bread with the last of the bananas. A week into our passage and we still have some fresh fruit and vegetables so, all things considered,life is good!56233a9a-f81b-4d89-b4c4-3ac8fe582a3e567303191. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
Paw Paw - Log Day 60: Celebrations -2000NM Mark
10/03/2016

Starblazer - 10/03/2016 – Frustration!

The winds held until late morning then started to drop, as our speed decreased we also seemed to get less help from the current.Our stunning progress of the previous few days appeared to be going nowhere fast.When John downloaded the WCC position reports at 1700 we found that the two boats we had made most progress on had suddenly found good current and leapt ahead.In fact, only one boat in the fleet had a slower VMG than us.For those who don’t know what I mean, here is a quick explanation.Velocity Made Good is the speed the boat is closing with its destination, calculated by taking its speed over the ground (SOG) and course over the ground (COG) and measuring the distance of that point from the destination.The more off course we are, the lower the VMG.The fastest point of sail might. read more...


09/03/2016

Two Fish - Day 60: Remote helpers and more

Great Friends solve Two Fish problem from afar----------------------------------------------Sailboats have little black cups spinning at the top of the mast which calculate the wind speed.Our unit started to die the day before we left on this 3,000 mile passage.Gail tried a few times to fix it but Furuno advised us that the only solution is to mail it in for service or buy a new one (see previous posts).So we set sail with the thought that many an ocean have been crossed without a wind speed indicator and we should be fine.I had anticipated this contingency back in Florida and had bought a hand-held wind speed detector. This is not ideal but can at least give us a rough idea of when the breeze peaks and when to reef. Here are the shortfalls:1) The unit only displays apparent wind, not. read more...


10/03/2016

Exody - Day 421: Sunset over Suriname

The orange glow to the west in the cloudless sky lingered long after the stars were sparkling. The day had started dramatically at 02.30 with another glow to the west. Orange first shining brightly behind a cloud. Wrong place, wrong time, wrong colour for the sun or moon, too massive for a flare.It burst above the cloud and streaked across the night sky with a long red tail, splitting into two distinct fireballs. It turned out to be a rocket launched from an EU range in French Guyana. So I was told by Caspar of Aretha on the VHF. They, along with Makena and Hugur had shared the sight.Hugur also saw burning material fall into the sea nearby - so the World ARC fleet were lucky to miss the fiery jettisoned components!Our day's run of 207 was the first to break the 200 barrier, albeit. read more...


09/03/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 9 Marzo 2016

8º dia Galapagos-MarquesasCuando navegando tienes la sensación de que estas en el Purgatorio porque el barco anda igual todo el tiempo, el paisaje que te rodea es siempre el mismo y el mar siempre se muestra igual y te rodean las mismas caras, la sensación es agradable aunque hayas caido en el dia de la marmota. Pero cuando estas cosas pasan asociadas a la lluvia, al mar y viento revueltos, resulta una autentica lata. Ese es nuestro casoel dia de hoy. Al amancer parecía que saliamos de la baja presión para entrar en los efectos que le ha causado al mar: hoy está bravo y el viento tambien, hemos tenido que rizar velas y aunque navegamos bien el spray de las olas nos va a convertir en estatuas de sal. Nos alegra ver que el velero Wishanger ya no esta detrás de nosotros, ahora lo vemos en. read more...


09/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 24. At sea. 7.03.15S 109.08.63W

Wednesday, 9/03/16.A lovely sunny morning with just enough wind to keep going providing we steer more South than the magenta line.We have clicked off another 100nm and are now 1780 from our WP off Hiva Oa and really looking forward to reaching the half way distance, which looks like the day after tomorrow.The lunch time cook has prepared lunch and has now gone to have a "cool down" shower.The fishing line is out in the hope of catching supper, but there is something out of the deep freeze for Plan B.The last of the bananas was eaten at breakfast time, but we have grapes and apples in the fridge and loads of limes to fight off the scurvy.The truffles are holding up well and we are well impressed that they actually arrived in time.Hate to think what the cost per truffle was, but they are. read more...


09/03/2016

Starblazer - 09/03/2016 – Lots to celebrate!

I believe we can now claim to be north of the ITCZ as the puffy white clouds, bright sunshine, stable winds in both strength and direction interspersed with only the odd, very brief, very light shower will testify. This is much more like Caribbean weather!We sailed really well all day and night, with help from the current carrying us towards our destination, and reached the approximate halfway point at 0745 on Tuesday.Since 1004 Thursday we had sailed 850 nM towards our waypoint, in fact we had probably sailed 10 nM more as I didn’t set up the waypoint until noon.At about 1530 we finally left Brazilian waters and entered French Territorial Waters, 50nM off the coast of French Guiana.It seems strange to pass so close to another country and not visit!As I write this at 0800 Wednesday we. read more...


09/03/2016

Exody - Days 419-420: a Pepper and a Porsche...

.......presumably take their name from Cayenne 80 miles to the southwest in French Guyana.Early this morning, Tuesday 8th March, we passed the halfway mark and the conveyor belt of a current began to accelerate up to 2.5 knots.Sustaining 8.5 to 9 knots this afternoon and onwards, Exody is striding along, passing the Brazilian/French Guyana border this evening and now skirting the edge of the continental shelf.Our day's runs have been 163 and 187- tomorrow's should be over 200.The wind has settled down to a consistent northeasterly at 12-15 knots and the close reach sailing in quiet seas is comfortable - except that we can not risk opening the hatches and windows for a bit more cabin ventilation !!The torrential rain and grey skies of the weekend have given way to much brighter conditions. read more...


09/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 59: One Endless Slumber Party

Today was a relatively lazy day as we caught up on some lost sleep that was missed last night due to sail changes that had to be made during the night.it occurred to Elaine, while both her and Roy lounged around in pjs on the saloon bed (which we make up for our passages) or in the cockpit, passing the day away reading and snacking between meals, that this could be considered just one endless slumber party.We did, however reach a milestone today - the quarter way mark - and we expect to meet the 2000NM line tomorrow morning which will definitely be cause for celebrations.And,finally,we solvedthe mystery of some very strange lights we've seen over the horizon for the past two nights. Ar first we thought it was the moon rising, but that was in the wrong direction. Then we thought it might. read more...


09/03/2016

Aretha - Sailing past French Guyana - 06 14 North 051 54 West

The hatches are all closed tonight as we are sailing close hauled on the wind. We had one wave through the saloon window earlier which was one wave too many. As a result its sweltering below decks tonight.The crew are all sleeping apart from one passenger we seem to have picked up. A small bird hitching a lift on top of our bimini (the cockpit sun cover) It’s been chatting away for the past few hours. We suspect it may have flown into the mainsail and injured itself. We’ll investigate more in day light tomorrow.We are passing lands which we know little of. First past the Amazon and now off the coast of French Guyana - a French colony apparently full of French expats in the same way Reunion and French Polynesia are. Then, we’ll pass Surinam, Guyana and Venezuela. From catching up on the. read more...


08/03/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 23. At Sea, 06.39.5S 106.06W

Tuesday, 8/03/16.This morning saw us 2000 miles from our destination, so we are having a special lunch and some wine with fizzy water to celebrate.The wind is vaguely trying to be a nice trade wind, but maybe we are not quite far enough South for it to be consistent.Some members of the crew have enjoyed winds from the SE with boat speeds of 8 to 10 knots, while others have endured dying winds from anywhere between S, SSW, ESE and even E, resulting in a frustrating lack of progress.We have completely lost radio contact with the rest of the fleet, with only Paradise Found reasonably close to us, but we have been unable to raise her on the SSB.We have, however seen 2 ships in the last 24 hours, one without AIS that we could not identify.Can you believe it, the second was on a collision. read more...


08/03/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 9 de Marzo 2016

7º dia de navegacion Galapagos-MarquesasNormalmente te alegras cuando ves el arco iris porque la lluvia se acaba. Esto sucede en tierra porque cuando estas en el mar es un aviso de lluvia. Eso nos ha pasado esta mañana, tras salir un sol precioso hemos visto un gran arco iris y tras él unas nubes negras y una cortina de lluvia que daba la impresión de estar frente al umbral de Mordor. Como hacian 15 nudos de viento, nosotros ibamos a 8, se iba despejando a medida que ibamos avanzando y no teniamos mas remedio que seguir, hemos pensado que cuando descargara la nube, delante de nosotros por supuesto, luciría un sol precioso. Nada mas lejos de eso, ha aclarado pero ha sido el preambulo de un día de lluvia de los que llenan los cines. Tenemos un dia pasado por agua, con viento flojo y mar. read more...


08/03/2016

Starblazer - 08/03/2016- Monday, a mixed day.

The night was not particularly windy but that all changed at about 0615 when a vicious squall hit us, as I mentioned yesterday.I wrongly described our depowering of the mainsail as ‘scandalising’; my editor let it go but then explained to me that scandalising depowers the mainsail by lifting the boom up high with the topping lift thus making the sail baggy.The best performance is achieved by controlling the curve of the sail, by the use of a boom strut or kicking strap and the main sheet and halyard, some racing boats have an extra line called a Cunningham to pull down one part of the sail to flatten it.We are lazy cruisers and do not alter the boom strut, aka vang, very often but rely on the mainsheet and its traveller.The day improved towards the afternoon, at least in terms of squall. read more...


08/03/2016

Allegro - SÁBADO, 20 DE FEVEREIRO, A TERÇA-FEIRA, 8 DE MARÇO DE 2016

De Salvador para Fernando Noronha, começámos com vento fraco no 1º dia e tivemos que usar o motor para avançarmos. O 2º dia foi um dia de vários “squalls” e à tarde rizámos a vela grande. Nesse dia pagámos caro termo-nos esquecido de fechar o macho de fundo do lavatório, e tivemos uma inundação no WC da popa, que deu bastante trabalho a limpar…No 3º dia, vento variável, e acabámos por ter de ligar o motor para nos afastarmos da costa; foi a última vez que o ligámos. Daí para a frente, vento sempre regular, entre 12 e 17 nós, e corrente favorável. O céu foi limpando e choveu menos; dois dias de vela muito agradáveis.Chegámos a Fernando Noronha a 25 de Fevereiro, pelas 09:00, e fundeámos junto ao porto.Como em Fernando Noronha é +1 h que em Salvador ou Fortaleza, já eram11h. Tarde para. read more...


08/03/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 58: The Joys of a Night Watch

After our first leg from St Lucia to Santa Marta Keenan asked: "So what do the two of you do all day floating out there for days?" Well, the short answer is that we sail the yacht 24/7. Since he is a pilot we told him it would be like flying an aeroplane non-stop for days. Someone has to be on watch round the clock.For us that means 3 hour watches at night, a 2 hour overlap watch at sunrise and sunset to do any sail changes that are needed as well as have our breakfast and dinner together, then Roy does a 4 hour morning watch as he enjoys an afternoon nap while Elaine does the afternoon watch allowing her to go back to bed in the morning when she comes of her early morning watch.Of course, this means that there are mornings when Roy finds Elaine dressed with all her cloths on inside out. read more...


07/03/2016

Aliena - Lunes 7 de Marzo de 2016

6º dia de Galapagos a MarquesasCuando uno se embarca en un velero es consciente de que hay cosas que se estropean a bordo, pero el instinto de supervivencia nos lleva a pensar que eso no va a pasar. De otro modo no nos embarcariamos. Ya tenemos arreglado el generador, que de nuevo dejó anteanoche de funcionar y ayer conseguimos averiguar la causa: fallo de conexiones electricas. Afortunadamente hoy ya tranquilos y con un día soleado, aunque todavía hay nubes de tormenta que nos rodean, vamos tan contentos porque ya hemos encontrado el viento bueno propio de la zona, que nos hace ir bien y mas deprisa. Las 164nm de hoy reflejan un pequeño incremento de velocidad que tenemos que mejorar porque nos quedan aun 2260nm.La noche tranquila, hemos dormido casi en estado de coma, con una cantidad. read more...


07/03/2016

Starblazer - 07/03/2016 – I promised a blog for yesterday but…

The weather got in the way!I normally write my blog during my 0500-0800 watch, after the 0600 logbook entry and after dawn so I can spot any potential weather problem.Two mornings running, after a fairly peaceful night at least in terms of squalls, mayhem has let loose at about 0600.On both occasions John has rushed up into the cockpit to help control the boat, shorten sail and get us back on course. Each time after less than an hour asleep!Saturday was a good sailing day, with fairly stable winds and some sunshine after an early morning soaking which missed Chat Eau Bleu just 2.5 nM behind.John has been following the currents on one of the GRIBs he has downloaded; the current had turned a bit left but we hadn’t so we were no longer in the strongest stream.We spent much of the day. read more...



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