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11/12/2017

Nutcracker - Lights of St Lucia fine to port

Cabin boy writes: Lights of Martinique on stbd bow. Lights of St Lucia fine to port. 25m to run. Will the Trades have one last laugh? Having dropped to 8 knots during yesterday afternoon, with direction all over the place, they seem to be holding at. c12knots ENE'ly now. So arrival at c 06.00 local time (GMT -4). We're heading dead downwind on stbd gybe, so one last gybe as we approach Pigeon Island, pole down and 1 mile reach into Rodney Bay to finish. Will be close to dawn; would be nice to arrive in the light. And, given start on Nov 19 was 13.00 GMT, finish looks to be just before the completion of Day 22. Helluva trip.. read more...


10/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 21 - finish line in sight!

It looks like we have actually made it. We sailed across our first ocean and I couldn’t be more proud.I’m currently on watch with 90 minutes to our waypoint at the northern point of St Lucia where we will call into ARC control and announce we are 2 miles out from the finish line.The rest of the guys are all asleep but I’ll wake them in an hour or so.We’ve had a great day but with winds as light as 6 knots we dropped the sails and started a motor.Unfortunately we will be crossing the finish line under engine but considering we still have most of the fuel we left with I am quite happy to be entering an unfamiliar bay with the sails packed away.We stopped this afternoon to sort out our failed prop - it still had the 3rd Genoa sheet wrapped around it and I didn’t want to arrive with a half. read more...


11/12/2017

Nutcracker - .....the final countdown....

So, it's the final countdown. As I write, we have less than 90 miles left to go, land is very nearly in sight, the crew can taste the cold beer and the Rum Punch is (hopefully) being brewed. It's as well that we are nearly there, the personal hygiene situation is rapidly deteriorating and there are a few smells floating around that are decidedly iffy. Luckily, the water management has been excellent, and the reward shall be a (very quick) shower for the crew. It's all coming out of the woodwork. Private stashes of wet wipes are being revealed, the last of the fresh milk is finished and, most importantly, the final packet of Percy pigs has been finished. Definitely time to arrive. Of course, the Ocean being a fickle mistress, the wind has dropped and we are now plodding along doing 4. read more...


11/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 22 - 10 December - Full steam ahead!

Growing ever closer to St Lucia, we spent the afternoon making our courtesy flag in readiness for our arrival. We've used an EU flag as a base, the Gran Canaria flag for a yellow triangle, the bottom of Isabelle's Halloween vampire cape for a black one, and the innards of a small Swiss flag for the white edging. It's on the large size for a courtesy flag, but great to shout out how happy we will be to see St Lucia!Also in preparation for our arrival, we've jumped from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires time zone today - you see, we can travel at speed when required! So near and yet so far, we had been whipping along nicely overnight, but the wind has now completely dropped away. Motor on, 200 miles to go. We should have enough fuel... just about.... read more...


10/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 22 - Keeping Up Appearances

The sun has been blisteringly hot and the wind painfully meagre.The crew spent the day going about their regular chores and wishing for stronger airs.As the speed over the ground dropped again the team’s brains started clicking and whirring and the angst at the slowing of pace once more became visible on their faces, but as we all say: “what can we do?”.Not a lot it would seem.We keep trimming the sails, keen not to lose any vital boat speed.Keep looking after one another, and try to keep each other’s spirits up.The dolphins reappeared after a few days hiatus, and they’re always a welcome sight.Jake sheltered from the sun and hosted the inaugural NoStress Cinema Matinee Show.It was a double-bill comprising Ironclad and Master & Commander - Far Side of the World.I only caught some of the. read more...


10/12/2017

Manihi - Arrivéééés !!!

Ce matin à 5h31 nous passions la ligne d'arrivée avec un mélange de plaisir, de satisfaction et d'émotions d'avoir accompli cette traversée de 5000 km. Contrairement à ce qu'on pourrait imaginer, le temps a passé vite ces trois semaines ! Elles ont été très variées et nous ne nous sommes pas ennuyés !Ça a aussi été très bon de savoir que nous étions suivis aussi assidûment. Merci beaucoup d'avoir participé indirectement à notre aventure qui restera inoubliable ; avec une pensée particulière pour les commentaires déposés, que nous n'avons pas encore vus !!! Faut avouer qu'aujourd'hui, nous n'avons pas spontanément sauté sur internet. Les priorités étant plutôt douche, repos et Piton (la bière locale).L'arrivée dans la marina était accueillie par les hourras et applaudissements spontanés. read more...


10/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown

We went to Parrl and Franschhoek which are two towns in the wine district around Capetown. It was a beautiful day for a 45 mile drive. We just started driving to the area and reading the tour books. We first read about a Sundry lamb Braai but it was sold out when we called. We ended up at Taillefert winery. It was a beautiful vineyard of nearly perfect looking vines. There was not a weed in sight. We had a nice lunch salad and then did a wine tasting. It was interesting but probably a waste of good wine. image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
10/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+21 Piste noire, piste bleue

Dimanche 10 décembre12h00 UTC13°55 N59°38 WDistance 24h : 178 millesDistance restante : 78 millesPiste noire, piste bleueNuit très sportive.Vu la menace de vent faible à l'arrivée, nous avons décidé de garder le spisymétrique pendant toute la nuit pour bien avancer. C'est un spi médium quenous nous étions promis d'affaler à partir de 20 nœuds de vent réel.Après une délicieuse tarte au pomme (c'est le dernier jour, on se lâche surle gaz) nous avons mis nos cirés (avec juste un polo en dessous) et gardéle spi en l'air avec des claques à 30 nœuds sous les grains dans le noircomplet.Nous descendons une piste noire à fond dans les bosses. Quelques beaudéparts au lof avec tout le gréement qui claque. Des poissons volants qui sontsoulevés par notre vague d'étrave. Nous en avons reçu un dans la. read more...


10/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 20 - ‘bit of a crap day’

With St Lucia approaching fast now, it’s time I got some of the ‘not very nice jobs’ done so I can relax and enjoy a rum punch or 7 when we get there.Part of living on a boat means that everything on that boat is our responsibility to keep in good working order and that includes the toilets - unfortunately.So today is toilet unblocking day.We have 3 heads and the one in our master cabin was in need of some TLC.It seems that the pipes get blocked over time due to flushing with salt water, despite regularly flushing with fresh water.But, as I didn’t know what the source of the problem was I began at the toilet end and started taking things apart.After a relatively easy job dismantling and cleaning the macerator at the base of the toilet (considering 3m seas and our head is forward) I put. read more...


10/12/2017

Nutcracker - Are they here yet?

Shore based Admiral writes: I think Nutcracker may have gone into stealth mode to keep their position secret from the surrounding boats in a last minute dash to the finish and the possibility of not finishing last?  I jest, as those of you who have been updating four-hourly know (I know you are out there). For it has been a storming last few days with the good and trusty Nutcracker doing what she does best, thundering down the quite lively seas in a nifty following wind.. Their shore based reception committee have also been busy doing what they do best, chilling and keeping their nerves steady with a steady supply of rose interrupted by the occasional rum punch.  So, are they here yet?  Well no, and no insight from the technical team as to quite when they will. read more...


10/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 20 - Last day at sea - maybe...

We are slowly closing in on Barbados, the next stop in our journey to the Caribbean. Depending on the wind, which has already subsided quite a bit since yesterday, we might arrive there on Monday evening. With our light-wind-sail still broken, we cannot sail a direct course to our next waypoint, but instead are zig-zagging in front of the wind. To celebrate our progress, we started the day with some white sausages for breakfast, classic Bavarian style (though none of us are actually Bavarian). Yesterday afternoon, we had a bit of a scare, as we discovered that a part of the mast had become undone. Upon closer inspection however, and after hoisting our skipper up the mast, it seems the broken part was not of structural importance and hence was fixed in proper engineering style: with duct. read more...


10/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 10122017 Moby Dick

Sequence Emotion, shsshshhhhh, comme disait notre ministre de l'écologie..( y est il toujours d'ailleurs?)Donc hier entre apéro du midi et déjeuner, nous avons eu la visite de 2 baleines bleues ( et pas de parapluie...)...appelées aussi rorqual commun, c'est selon...2 beaux spécimens de la taille du bateau,qui sont restés une vingtaine de minutes a virevolter autour et sous le bateau, en surfant les vagues...bien plus vite que nous...spectacle grandiose...Apres midi calmos, a bonne allure vers la cible, puis nuit un peu plus instable, car le vent variait en force et direction...avec ajustage a la demande des voiles...Ce matin cela a franchement molli, le grand spi est ressorti du sac, et nous permet de garder encore une vitesse correcte...Information importante: il y a moins de. read more...


10/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown

We are trying to see as much as we can of Capetown. We went to the Sixth District Museum It was well done. The Sixth District was an area in Capetown that was cleared out during apartheid. It was an area where many of the poor immigrants had settled. The museum pointed out that all races were living very well together in this area before the legislation of apartheid. There were 42 areas in South Africa that were cleared of their racially diverse populations to make way for an all white population. This was the Group Areas Act.It is hard to imagine it happening but then again it is hard to imagine a population following the leadership of Hitler. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
09/12/2017

Aedis - Aedis Blog Day 21: things are getting real...

Wow, today marks 3 weeks at sea ands it’s starting to take its toll. The daily Tiara Cup was won/lost? by the captain, that is had the guess furthest away from the actual nautical miles completed in the previous 24 hours. That person must wear the Tiara over dinner however things are starting to evolve. Brenton has broken out the dress ups and is shown in the photo standing majestically with the wind blowing in his Lacey golden top. Are we there yet...image1. read more...


Aedis - Blog Day 21: things are getting real...
Aedis - Blog Day 21: things are getting real...
10/12/2017

Queen Bee - 20° giorno

La notte è stata impegnativa e, soprattutto nella sua prima parte, di assai difficile gestione dal punto di vista emotivo. Onde incrociate di oltre tre metri si sono alternate in modo disordinato facendoci rollare in tutti i modi, la notte buia, sino al sorgere della luna, è stata motivo di ulteriore ansia per tutti noi. Tutti in pozzetto con il salvagente indosso e la cintura agganciata al golfare del pozzetto. Per fortuna verso mattina le onde si sono fatte più regolari e la situazione è migliorata. Al sorgere del sole tutto è cambiato, giornata serena e splendente, onde in attenuazione e buon vento costante attorno ai 18 nodi da Nord-est. Così la giornata è andata avanti con tranquillità e così abbaimo potuto vedere le miglia all'arrivo passare da 300 a 200 e poi questa sera siamo. read more...


09/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 20: The final run in to St Lucia

9 December 2017 0830 Position 14 degs 10.1'N 058 degs 55.14'WSo here we are at last. Welcome to our last full day at sea.Compared to the night before, last night was a complete contrast - the sky has been clear, the stars are out and the moon, when it deigned to make an appearance, was bright. There was not even a hint of a squall. The wind was up at 21 knots from the North East and the sea was building all night as predicted. Mischief was on a non-stop roller coaster ride managing an average of around 8 knots and occasionally as high as 13 knots as we surfed the waves. Very exhilarating stuff. We were certainly eating the miles and so the discomfort that comes with being thrown all around the cabin was entirely worth it. We did though succumb to the second reef in the main as the breeze. read more...


09/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 21 - 9 December - Recharging the batteries

Three weeks in. We thought we would be at St Lucia by now, but with just under 350 nautical miles to go, I, for one, am glad of an extra few days to sit out at the helm and commit to memory the ever changing, yet constant, view.The sea state today is confused. The rollers have flattened out, but the waves are choppier, criss-crossing in any random combination of directions. The sun has been shiningall day, and charging our solar panels nicely (for once!), without ashadow of a squall to be seen. We cruised along, with the jib out, at somewhere between 6 and 7 knots for most of the day. As the wind dropped late afternoon, we swapped jib for gennaker and are now taking a punt on the frayed halyard not snapping for 48 hours. A risky manoeuvre as I can already see it twisting and turning at. read more...


09/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+20 Compas et Windex

Samedi 10 décembre12h00 UTC13°53 N56°35 WDistance 24h : 182 millesDistance restante : 253 millesCompas et WindexNous approchons de Ste Lucie dans la grosse houle et un vent assez oscillant.Faut s'accrocher à l'intérieur.L'électronique sophistiquée qui calcule les angles de vent réels est un peu dépassée. Le pilote auto décroche.Nous barrons tout le temps à la main en suivant le compas de route magnétique (déclinaison locale ; 16° ouest, il faut en tenir compte) et en regardant notre girouette Windex de tête de mât. C'est mécanique, pas d'étalonnage, d'offset ou de mise à jour. Ça fonctionne c'est tout.Le vent a commencé à baisser dans la journée,nous permettant de relancer un spi. Nous continuons sur une route un peu en dessous pour pouvoir lofer dans la molle de demain et nous créer un. read more...


09/12/2017

Lei Lei - 20. Tag Zieleinlauf - Furioses Finale

In den letzten Stunden vor Zieleinlauf wird die Crew der lei lei - inklusive dem Sturmfalken Poseidon - noch einmal auf die Probe gestellt. Ein karibischer Wetter-Gott lässt es sich offenkundig nicht nehmen, uns noch einmal die gesamte Bandbreite an Squalls aus seinem Repertoire vorzuführen. Die von Christian angesprochenen Turnübungen von Rudi waren also nur das Vor-Programm im Zirkus lei lei. Als nächster Akrobat des Hauptprogramms übernimmt Alexander das Steuer und es dauert nicht lange, bis die erste schwarze Wand sich von achtern nähert. Poseidon wirft - wie wir - sorgenvolle Blicke auf die Wolken und steckt den Kopf schon ein Stück weit tiefer in sein Gefieder. Der Teil der Crew, der an Deck nicht benötigt wird, geht unter Deck und schon geht es los: Der Wind frischt weiter auf,. read more...


09/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 21 - Achterbahnfahrt

Wie auf einer Achterbahnfahrt, so hat sich die letzte Nacht und der heutige Tag angefühlt. Wir wurden wieder ohne Unterlass von links nach rechts geschaukelt. Hin und wieder ist eine Welle so groß, dass der Autopilot gar nicht dagegen ansteuern kann - dann dreht sich das Boot und an dem Punkt, wo es normalerweise wieder auf den Kurs gebracht wird, dreht es sich weiter und weiter und in Magen und Kopf entsteht tatsächlich ein komisches Schwindelgefühl wie man es sonst von Achterbahnen kennt. Ansonsten können wir uns über das Wetter aber nicht beschweren, außer vielleicht, dass es zu heiß ist. Doch sowohl von Sqalls als auch von Regen wurden wir verschont.Dem Motor hat das Geschaukel offensichtlich auch nicht gefallen und er musste heute Morgen ein wenig zum Arbeiten überredet werden. Nach. read more...


09/12/2017

Kindred Spirit - Kindred Spirit Amost there!

Hopefully our Final blog at seaSaturday 9th December. We are now entering our 3rd week at sea. The days as I have previously described are sail-eat-sleep repeat. These days and nights are punctuated by exciting events like spotting a yacht on AIS or even better a mast in the distance. We have also been visited by flying fish and each morning walk the decks to remove the fish that didn't make the leap over KS after dark. During one early morning watch an energetic flying fish jumped the rails and hit Matt square on the back before slithering into the cockpit subsequently losing an eye that was never found. Gavin has continued his success with another catch a large Wahoo, that we actually set free as it was too big for us to eat and I didn't fancy all the fridge contents smelling of. read more...


09/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 21 - I’m Not A Celebrity, Leave Me In Here

Human beings are remarkably adaptable.For the last three weeks the six of us have been living in a space the size of a small bedsit.It has great views and lots of fresh air but conditions are definitely cosy.Like the camp members of the show in the title of today’s log the crew all appear to have lost weight.Living on a constantly swaying platform does wonders for one’s balance and core muscles - but I suspect the main factor is the absence of alcohol and a minimum intake of junk/processed food.Fortunately we don’t have to face any “Bushtucker Trials” (though dealing with the manual pump toilets on heavy seas isn’t a task that’s at the top of anyone’s list of pastimes).Also, some of the eating challenges might begin to feel a little closer to home as we start to scour the larder for. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 21 - I’m Not A Celebrity, Leave Me In Here
NoStress - Log Day 21 - I’m Not A Celebrity, Leave Me In Here
09/12/2017

Tommy - Log 11 - Fast and Fruity

The winds have been extremely kind the last few days and with our special JJ Simbo rig set-up we are sailing at top speed knocking off those miles. Although, I’ve woken up to Squall City. Just as I get up on deck we’re about to hit a massive squall. Life jackets on. Everyone is called up on deck. The rain starts peltering in. The wind is erratic and changes direction. We reef in the main and twin head sails. Jason is on the helm and all that is left to do is ride it out in true riders of the squall style, hoping we’re near the end of it.Annnddd… we’ve made it through the squall but there are several others lurching around. I pop the radar on as it picks up the squalls like giant blobs of evil custard floating around on the screen. The one we have escaped is moving round to the South of. read more...


09/12/2017

Mad Monkey - MAJOR BEER FLOOD ONBOARD MAD MONKEY - MID ATLANTIC

I should report and log a major leak which filled the Mad Monkey bilges yesterday afternoon that left the crew very distraught - questioning ourselves should we continue to St Lucia…Yesterday, at 1230hrs I had the task of 'bunk diving' (going beneath the bunks) and counting how many beers we had remaining for our arrival party into Rodney Bay. After counting to 20+ and getting through the first layer I noticed tins of Cruzcampo (beer) were covered in a brown sludge, both wet and sticky. After taking out a few more I realised the tins were swimming in a yeast-scented brown fluid. Then, after emptying the beer-bag, our fears were confirmed --- we found multiple empty tins… WE WERE LEAKING BEER. An invaluable sailor's commodity!Whilst holding back the tears I removed the tins 1 by 1, to. read more...


09/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 09122017

Le blog du TOP n°13 du samedi 09/12/2017Hier soir l'équipe d'Aix-en-Provence a battu Valence et cela me réjouis fort car "nous" sommes toujours en tête de la poule. C'est la 3e division de rugby national. Ouije sais, sport mineur. Hier soir c'était encore repas de fête vu que nous n'avions pas mangé le dessert prévu à midi. Alors je vous pose une question : si vous avez lemal de mer, qu'est-ce que vraiment vous ne voudriez pas manger ? Alors je propose, charcuterie, omelette aux lardons très salés suivie d'une dame blanche (chocolatchaud glace vanille nappant une poire au sirop) ... Et bien même pas vômi !Cette nuit, grand bruit sur le pont. Pendant le quart de Jean-Noël, une poulie reliée au tangon de foc vient de lâcher, usée par un point de rouille. Grand bazar, maisil réussit à. read more...


09/12/2017

Manihi - Dernier jour en mer

Dans la nuit de samedi à dimanche nous serons à nouveau terriens, alors aujourd'hui on prend du bon temps en mer :-) . Manihi se laisse pousser par 17 nds de vent arrière sur une mer animée par unehoule forte et ample. L'allure est confortable et avec le soleil antillais c'est parfait comme dernier jour de navigation,comme une photo en dit plus qu'un long post voilà la preuve par l'image que nous sommes en pleine forme !C'est bientôt le moment de conclure ce blog, rendez-vous demain pour nos commentaires sur notre arrivée à Ste-Lucie en pleine nuit.Bon week-end à tous.Manihi 89 Mn de l'arrivée, 3880 m de fond91c3c583-cd6c-4ee0-8344-0ad091b5a4e71029734969. read more...


09/12/2017

Ellen - day 19

Hard winds and fin sailing. During the night the wind increased and it was a challenge to steer in total darkness doing 8 - 10 knots. But the moon went up just before midnight and made it much easier for us. Tomorrow is s big day, expecting to see land at noon. See you soon!!. read more...


Manihi - Dernier jour en mer
Manihi - Dernier jour en mer
09/12/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 20 - 9.12.17 - der letzte volle Tag auf See

Barefoot - Tag 20 - 9.12.17 - der letzte volle Tag auf See So langsam kommt Wehmut auf, nachdem wir uns jetzt sicher sind, dass wir morgen den landfall praktizieren werden. Die Wellen Schwächen langsam ab und der Wind wurde dann doch nicht so stark, wie vorhergesagt. Wir hatten extra unsere Nachtschichten umgeswitcht in 2x3 crewmitlgieder. Max, Lisa und Frida hatten Schicht von 21-4 und Brad, Alastair und Martin hatten die Schicht von 4-11. wir waren auf alles vorbereitet, nur nicht auf gechillte 20 Knoten Wind..... Wir liegen nachwie vor mit durschnittlich 7,8 kn gut im Rennen und sind schon gespannt, wann wir morgen erstmals „Land in Sicht“ hören werden. Das schreit ja geradezu nach einer snickers Wette:Lisa 15:30Max 13:27Alastair 8:55Martin 12:15Brad 10:05Frida 13:13Mal schauen, wie’s. read more...


09/12/2017

EH01 - Day 20, December 10, 2017

Happy to report we are exactly 253 nm from St.Lucia as I write this note.The crew is both elated and reminiscent – what an adventure this has been! Thatfirst day we introduced ourselves, that first impression, that first meal...then the practice on EH01 – it all seems a long time ago. I think we are allproud of each other and ourselves which was one of the goals no matter our‘reason’ for signing up. Mixing racing champions with nautical enthusiasts whomasquerade as professors, accountants, engineers and doctors seemed at odds butPYR knew what they were doing and my hat goes off to our very experiencedSkipper, Andras.We are placing bets on arrival time (Sunday late night/Monday earlymorning), playing ‘spot this island’ and continue to be challenged by Andras’sunrelenting. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 20 foto
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 20 foto
La Cigale - Day 20 - Catch of the Day
La Cigale - Day 20 - Catch of the Day
09/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 19 Duschmarken & Sauerkraut

Donnerstag Morgen zogen wir gleich nach Sonnenaufgang den pinken Spinnaker hoch, um ihn wenige Minuten später wieder zu bergen. Plötzlich frischte der Wind bis auf 20 Knoten auf und wir segelten auf einen Squall zu, der uns dann jedoch verschonte. Den restlichen Tag segelten wir mit der Schmetterling Besegelung.Was das Duschen angeht hat sich auf der Meltemi inzwischen eingebürgert, dass man Duschmarken ziehen muss, wenn man duschen will,denn die Dusche mit dem Atlantik Wasser aus der Pütz ist beliebt geworden und man muss sich beeilen, dass man noch ein Dusch Märkchen abbekommt. Der ein oder andere geht doch recht verschwenderisch um mit dem Wasser, so dass für den letzten am Tag manchmal kein Wasser mehr übrig bleibt ;-)Heute gab es typisch deutsche Hausmannskost mit Sauerkraut,. read more...


09/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 19 - Of wind and waves

Having broken our light-wind-sail yesterday morning, we were not too unhappy with some stronger winds throughout the day. 20-24kn of NE winds continue to push us towards the Caribbean, with what we expect to be a record VMG for us. Unfortunately the wind, and local squalls, also brought some high waves from all directions, making the overall ride a bit more bumpy than the last days.The wind outlook for Sunday onwards still looks rather weak, so we are happy to cover some distance today and hope we do not have to use our engine too much to reach Barbados. With most of the crew taking extended naps yesterday, this morning's breakfast was the first time we all sat together in a while.Predictions for today's VMG (yesterday's was 6.2kn)Kai: 7.6Markus: 7.4Chris: 7.3Max: 7.5José: 7.2Alex: 7.3. read more...


09/12/2017

Tommy - Log 10 - Moonshine

I feel ridiculous, it’s 12:30am just after my night watch and the moon is shining directly into the cabin hatch. It’s open allowing the breeze to swoop in and glide down to the tip of our toes. The further West we sail, the warmer it’s getting at all times of day and night, making this breeze at night vital to sleep.  The moonshine so bright I can’t sleep, so I’m lying with sunglasses on! Ridiculous but it worked, finally got to sleep. The rig set-up we have at the moment with twin head sails allows us to sail almost directly downwind and angle ourselves more or less in line with St Lucia but it’s also proving to be extremely noisy at night when all you want and need is some rest and all you can hear are the sails, poles, boom, mast, blocks and cars flapping, tweaking, twisting. read more...


Tommy - Log 10 - Moonshine
Tommy - Log 10 - Moonshine
09/12/2017

Nutcracker - ... 300 nm and counting...

It's a strange mindset when you regard 300 miles to go as 'nearly there' but indeed that is how we feel! The last couple of days have, for the first time all trip, provided the winds that we need to get there quickly and we've tried every sail configuration in the book to get to that Rum Punch as soon as possible. I also feel that we've reached a fantastic milestone on board, we managed to raise, fly and the douse the spinnaker with not a single wrap or rip in it. Maybe old dogs can learn new tricks? It is just as well we're about to get there really, we're nearly out of frozen meals and we might actually have to cook for ourselves. Perish the thought. However, I would like to congratulate the lettuce and the cabbage for lasting three weeks, I feel like they've really pulled through for. read more...


09/12/2017

Lykke - Forced ARC+

Forced ARC+ We are literally hunted by bad luck. After 3 Days the 24 Volt alternator ran hot during battery charging- broken bearing Apparently we had a air bubble in the diesel tank when refueling, there where 200 liters of diesel missing, and because we couldn´t charge the batterieswhile going under motor, we decided to go to Mindelo, in addition, Boat CV ensured us that they had a 24 Volts alternator in stoke. So Mindelo. After arriving at dust, it turend out that Boat CV didn´t have an alternator, that was in the afternoon. We then went out an bought an historic alternator at a car yard by our selfes, a car yard like you would imaging in africa and built it in until 2 o´clock at night. On Tuesday morning at 9 we left Mindelo, we almost lost 2 days by then. The "new" alternator broke. read more...


09/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop09122107

Bon matin, la Terre, En direct du BlueTop, par1528N05215W a 12HTUHier était hier, mais zaussi mon anniversaire...alors Catherine avait prévu tout ce qu'il fallait: Apéro du midi avec Champagne Rosé, siouplait, repas de fête avec du Poulpe que j'ai cuisiné façon galicienne, et en dessert des Dames Blanches...bon comme on était déjà repus, les Dames Blanches ont été dégustées au repas du souaiiire!J'aieu mes cadeaux, un retroprojecteur pour mon smartphone, une médaille de champion, et un limonadier forme poisson rose du meilleur effet!Nuit assez calme, encore un peu rouleuse, mais le vent a baissé d'un cran, ce matin on a renvoyé de la toile...Pendant mon quart de 2 a 5 locale, un bruit attire mon attention....je constate que le tangon n'edst plus tenu vers le bas...une poulie a. read more...


09/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 20 - 8 December - Squall Too!

Well, the garlic may well have kept the squalls at bay overnight, but my theory fell apart today as, while chopping yet more garlic for a curry, I noticed the pans slopping about in exaggerated fashion and rain bouncing off and in through the hatches. Isabelle's cabin got damp in the process, and it looks like another game of sardines tonight when, unperturbed, she announced she would just sleep in our bed then. Catherine's room was fine as the gennaker sheet got caught in her window handle yesterday and ripped it clean off, so it's been shut ever since!It turns out we were in the middle of a huge squall, five miles in diameter. It seemed to appear out of nowhere. Luckily we only had the jib up, after two failed attempts to put the larger gennaker up this morning, as the wind kept. read more...


08/12/2017

Queen Bee - 19° giorno

Dopo una notte in balia delle rollate è finalmente spuntato il sole e con esso anche, tutt'intorno la barca dei nuvoloni neri. E così abbiamo fatto immediata conoscenza con il nostro primo vero squall e, ovviamente, ci ha colti impreparati, raffica da 25 nodi, ed immediata manovra affannata per ridurre il fiocco e prendere una mano alla randa, comunque tutto è andato bene, una bella lavata e via .Ma gli squall nonerano finiti e così dopo una mezzoretta di nuovo acqua e vento, ma questa volta eravamo preparati. La giornata è andata avanti così con vento in aumento ed onde oramai di oltre 3 metri, e noi che credevamo di essere già arrivati ... ed invece ci sarà ancora da lottare. Verso sera l'aumento del vento fino a 30 nodi e le relative onde ci hanno consigliato di prendere anche la. read more...



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