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28/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+9 L'intendance ne suit pas

Mardi 28 novembre12h00 UTC18°11 N27°32 WDistance sur 24 h: 157 millesDistance restante : 1937 millesL'intendance ne suit pasAlors que nous venons de franchir la barrière des 2000 milles restant àparcourir, nous venons d'avoir une contrariété logistique.Avant le départ, nous avions confié notre matériel de croisière (génois,grand voile, annexe et moteur HB) à Pelican un gros cata anglais (ARC N°136).Malheureusement, Paul son skipper nous a prévenu de son abandon pour raisond'équipier malade. Il va convoyer son bateau pour revenir en Europe. Noussommes assez contrariés et avons passé une bonne partie de la journée encontact avec les organisateurs pour essayer de trouver une solution. Pour lemoment sans résultat.A part ça, la journée a été alizéenne. Grand beau temps, vent assez fort,sous. read more...


28/11/2017

Tommy - Log 5 - Consider reconsidering

The swelling around my eye has now spread across my eyebrow and eyelid. It looks like I’ve had a 4 year old experiment with purple and blue eyeshadow.  Soothing the pain with Ibuprofen and being overly careful. I can’t bare to look in the mirror, it’s too depressing.The direction of the wind is coming directly from South West - the direction we need to go in which means we are being pushed East. Unfortunately it’s not possible to sail directly into the wind. It’s times like these, when the wind is sending us in the wrong direction, it would just be great to stick the engine on and continue on the desired course. We can’t, as our engine is still not working. It’s starting to sink in that we have engine failure. Gulp! This means we can’t escape unwanted oncoming tankers, storms,. read more...


28/11/2017

Helen - Last Blog but one

We have sailed for all of the last 24 hours and now have only 290 miles to go. Thursday morning across the finish line still looks good.One of the much debated aspects of ocean crossing is how to manage the watch system. We are a boat of five humans and an Iguana, the responsibilities have been allocated:1 crew member has had the mother watch, in charge of everything in the galley, with the opportunity of a full night's sleep. I have joined the captain on each of his watches so there have been 4 watch leaders. The watches have been of 3 hours duration and rotated: A,B,C,D,A,B,C..............In addition we have what is known as the dog watch between 6 and 9 at night when we get together for dinner. These are only 1.5 hour watches and then you pass the watch to the next person.The. read more...


28/11/2017

Susan Ann II - Log day 10 - bye bye spinnaker!

They say crossing an ocean has its highs and lows, well we have certainly had some highs so I guess we were due some bad luck.Our spinnaker exploded today from just below the halyard.Hayley and I have had an absolute nightmare with our gennaker since we moved on board and attempted to fly it.I told our broker of our plans to sail around the world and he suggested we need a gennaker to cover downwind angles from the beam to 140 ish degrees which will be perfect for a trade wind circuit around the globe.I wanted a sail that Hayley and I can manage on our own so we also opted for a furling system... here lies our problem!All summer we have tried everything from furling beam on, downwind, upwind, tight luff, loose luff, tight sheet, loose sheet, wooling, launching straight out of the. read more...


Susan Ann II - Log day 10 - bye bye spinnaker!
Susan Ann II  - Log day 10 - bye bye spinnaker!
28/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 9 (27.11.)

Wir starten mit Motor in den neuen Tag, er bringt uns zwei ganz wesentliche Dinge: Am Morgen einen Badestopp, den wir alle dringend nötig haben - der Tigerkäfig wird gelüftet! Im Lauf des Tages dann E N D L I C H Wind aus Nord-Ost, zunächst schwach und wir vermissen den unverständlicherweise fehlenden, für diesen Trip so wichtigen, Spinnaker schmerzlich. Über eine gute Platzierung brauchen wir uns so wohl keine Gedanken machen und deswegen auch hoffentlich noch nicht über die Umbuchung von Flügen in die Heimat!“Der Unterschied zwischen Himmel und Hölle beträgt auf See 135°" sagt unser Skipper Erich, also zwischen einem Kurs am Wind und vor dem Wind. Somit sind wir nun im Himmel angekommen, herrlich! Ein dermaßen relaxter Tag, unter Segel beginnt er allerdings erst gegen Mittag, zuvor. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 9 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 9 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 9 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 9 fotos
28/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 9 - 28.11.17 - Sonne und schnelles segeln

Barefoot - Tag 9 - 28.11.17 - Sonne und schnelles segeln Der Wind hat im Durchschnitt zugenommen, heute sieht’s so aus, dass wir richtig Strecke machen werden! Lisa steuert fleißig, immer auf der Suche nach einer Abkürzung und gutem wind! Aktuell läuft die Strömung noch aus West und damit gegen uns. Gegen Ende des Tages müsste diese eigentlich Richtung Karibik drehen, zumindest gemäß der imray-Karten. Mal schauen, ob’s stimmt...Max bereitet gerade Bolognese mit frischen Tomaten vor. Das wird’s heute Mittag dann geben. Mit frischen Lebensmitteln sind wir noch ganz gut ausgestattet, obwohl wir doch schon die eine oder andere Frucht bzw. Gemüse über Bord gehen lassen mussten. Als wir die Berge von Obst und Gemüse angeliefert bekamen, dachten wir zunächst, dass wir völlig überbeladen wären.. read more...


28/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Chocolate spanner

Yesterday we woke to a very different kind of morning. There were ominous dark clouds on the horizon, obscuring the sunrise. Those particular squalls dissipated before catching up with Shepherd Moon, and the day turned out to be a typical tradewind day. Clear blue skies with a scattering of fluffy white clouds overhead, clear blue sea all around with a scattering of flying fish and around 8 to 10 knots of breeze (still not a proper tradewind: 2nd class post rather than next day delivery).Towards the end of the day the squalls reappeared and we got caught in a couple. As they cross the wind increases by around 10 knots and it tips down with rain. They only take around 10 minutes to pass but that 10 minutes is either very exhilarating or totally terrifying, depending on your perspective.. read more...


28/11/2017

Lei Lei - 9. Tag auf hoher See - Alle Mann an Deck !

Um 5:00 Uhr früh übernehme ich meine Wache. Es ist noch gut 2 Stunden dunkel. Ich setze mich ins Cockpit, trinke Tee und staune über die schäumende Spur die "lei lei" ins Heckwasser zaubert. Es geht mit 9 bis 10 Knoten dahin, die Hydrogeneratoren singen ihr auf- und -abschwellendes Lied, eine Dühnung nach der anderen hebt unser Heck, beschleunigt das Schiff bis über 10 Knoten und geht unter uns durch. Es sind runde Bewegungen ohne harten Aufprall oder unangenehme Schräglagen. Der Parasailor steht nun schon seit zwei Tagen und zieht unsere lei lei durch das tiefblaue Atlantikwasser. Plötzlich tut es einen Knall und ich sehe wie sich das Segel vom Bug verabschiedet und in lee in eine stabile Seitenlage fällt. Ohne Flattern, ohne Drama. Die Luv-Schot war gerissen. Alle Mann an Deck. read more...


28/11/2017

Rubikon - Day 8 on sea - quick pit-stop

Day 8 at sea for the Rubikon started slightly hectic, wind picked up to around 30kn (~55km/h), requiring us to turn into the wind and reef the sails and resulting in a number of airborne objects and crew flying in bed. Followed by a container ship trying to sink us (Winchester Straight, we know who you are) and requiring us to slow down to evade them. We also discovered some issues with our right hand engine, which seems to have the propeller entangled in some rope. Having performed a quick (1:20h) pit-stop in Mindelo (Cape Verde) to refuel and re-provosion we had set out on the next 2000nm leg towards St Lucia on Monday afternoon. Armed with an additional supply of vegetables and only two additional papayas due to lack of availability of fruits we feel more than ready to take on the. read more...


28/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°13 - The Solemn Reminder

It's an odd feeling. On day eleven we crossed the half way mark. We're half way between Cape Verde and St Lucia and there's nothing for a thousand miles in any direction. It's an isolation uncommon in today's world. In an emergency, even most remote places on land are in some way accessible by plane, car, helicopter or some other form of transportation and because of that, safety is never far away. Out here though things are different. Sure we have a sat phone, PLB's and AIS, but who's coming to our aid and how? At the best of times in our current postition we are seven days from a doctor or hospital, but even then we are at the mercy of the wind. Sailing can be dangerous, a point we were reminded of when we received an email from the ARC+ rally control shortly after crossing the half. read more...


28/11/2017

Queen Bee - Mindelo Capo Verde

Oggi sosta tecnica a Mindelo per riparazione drizza del gennaker e rifornimento carburante. Siano entrati nella baia di Mindelo alle prime luci dell'alba, accostato il molo del rifornimento, ne abbiamo approfittato per sistemare la drizza che si era misteriosamente tranciata in testa d'albero il primo giorno, subito dopo la partenza. Piccolo rifornimento di verdure e sbarco del "rusco". Alle ore 12 dopo il rifornimento di 177 litri di gasolio (alla fine avevamo ancora più di metà carburante - non male !!!-) siamo ripartiti direzione ovest . Bel vento teso da Nord Est, vele a farfalla ed è stato un attimo raggiungere i 9 nodi, poi il vento è calato e siamo ritornati ad andature più consone ai nostri mezzi .Un abbarccio a tutti voi .Arnaldo. read more...


28/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 12: Flying galley!

We have been amazed at how the flying fish take off on the crest of a wave and glide for 10s of meters.However, its not clear who got the bigger shock; the one that flew straight down the companion way or the unsuspecting crew below decks ready to cook up dinner!image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 12: Flying galley!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 12: Flying galley!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 13: Yet another perfect sunset
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 13: Yet another perfect sunset
28/11/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Blog

Infinity of Yar.Blog entry No.8Time: PM Monday 27th November 2017Location: Lat: 18.14 North         Long: 25.27 West      'The Trade Winds at Last' "Permission to shout hurrah in a loud and annoying voice" as George requested of Captain Blackadder.After six difficult and mostly windless days we have finally reached and found the trade winds. On Sunday morning the previously light southerly breeze first veered through 90 degrees and then backed all the way around the compass to give us a North Easterly.Now, dear readers, if you have been paying attention you will remember from an earlier blog that ancient mariners from around the globe tell you that when crossing the Atlantic from East to West you. read more...


28/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic11: Swordfish skewers!

On Sunday we finally got around to trying our hand at fishing. All that needs said is that it is the sort of “the one that got away”. Whilst we were all chewing over the latest weather reports [not true] there was suddenly that unmistakeable sound of line flying out of the reel. The next 15 minutes were something to behold as Neil was suddenly in a fight akin to “The Old Man and The Sea”. It was when the hooked fish breached that we all took a hard intake of breath. At the end of the line was a massive Swordfish not fifty metres from the boat. The crew witnessing this estimated it to be probably 5-6 ft in length. At this point it became obvious that 300 metres of 80lb line, a nylon leader and a full kite were going to be the determining factors.After some 15 minutes the battle came to an. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic11: Swordfish skewers!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic11: Swordfish skewers!
28/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 9: We have the wind!

27 November 2017 0830 position 19 deg 15.3'N 27 deg 22.8'WDay 9 in the Big Brother Boat ( Mischief )I came on deck at 0500 to relieve Alf, as we are doing two hour solo watches whilst we motor in flat seas, and Alf was delighted to report that the wind had now shifted and was now coming from BEHIND the boat!! WayHey! This means that we are at the far side of the calm patch and the high pressure zone is now giving us winds from the East and North of East - trade winds! They have not established in any strength yet and we continue to motor on 230 degrees (SW). The wind should fill in later as we head further into the high, its just a matter of how far down South we need to go to get the proper breeze. At least its a start. We have wind, and hopefully not from the vegetable chilli we had. read more...


28/11/2017

Charm - Day 12

Just a short entry because my watch is over and it's time to sleep.The winds were higher and gustier during my watch so I had to pay more attention than usual.Unfortunately, it wasn't enough attention because, during a lull, the spinnaker wrapped around the forestry.I had to call Joe out and then we had to wake up Kent to come help.Joe drove by the lee (for you sailors out there) and, with a bit of pulling on the sheets, it eventually unwrapped and Kent snuffed it.There was lots of excitement with gibing the main, pulling lines in and out, shining lights, etc.It went well - no damage to people or property and we got the gennaker out and have maintained our speed with less drama from the sail.Tim has denied all charges of covert produce consumption.He did remind me that he carried almost. read more...


28/11/2017

Odessa - 9-th day of race

Ветра по-прежнему немного. Идем на юг... Но понемногу подворачиваем на запад.Из мелких неприятностей -ничего плохого не обнаружилось. Немного переделана проводка спинакер фала.На завтрак - бутерброды, обед - креветки в соусе белого вина с макаронами.. read more...


27/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Blog

Squals AheadWe have wind! No, not just John, all of us - the type of wind Kiloran was made for. Consequently, moods have lifted and the whole team has even amicably agreed to play articulate, and to the rulebook (more or less) - boys versus girls are still neck and neck. Articulation of the day from David to the other men "you are them" - "clever" shout John and Cameron, self-invalidating. And how disturbing.in order to greet the squal in appropriate style, David woke up and donned his yellow Suwester hat, which Erica promptly sole and fashioned with a complexion enhancing pair of snorkling goggles. John amused himself by photographing the Union Jack against an ever growing rainbow while I made various unnecessary, high pitched noises.In other news, it's now 'dark as a witch's tit' -. read more...


28/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment blog 5 monday 27th Nov

Good morning to you, it's gone midnight and we're on watch for the "witching hour" being guided by the path of the moon and some dolphins. The stars are very clear and bright in the sky and we're heading 265 degrees at nearly 8knots of boat speed with 15-18knots of wind finally behind us at last;Have we found the trade winds now we've turned the corner to head for St Lucia!? Yes we all say and now the race is on (of course not, this is a rally!) and Blonde Moment is showing us what she's capable of We have her staysail up as well as poled headsail and full main so we're making good progress at last with a VMGaverage of 7 knots!Mad Monkey are hard on our tail as they have been for the last few days now, is there a naughty mole (or maybe Hamster!!!) out there passing on secret. read more...


28/11/2017

Hummingbird - Atlantic Crossing 3/4 Oscars Awards awards ceremony

… blah blah blah … Ms. E Maude to present the first award this evening … clap clap clap …Live Coverage from the deck of SY Hummingbird(Transcript – Ms. E Maude @ 17.35, 26/11/17)Anyone who can take a ragtaggle bunch of amateur cast members from six different countries (who have delusions of being long-distance sailors to far flung lands) and lead them through a variety of scenes – some requiring more acting ability than others to diffuse any potential emotional or diva-like behaviour across a vast ocean of backdrops – some more picturesque or harrowing than others, is surely worthy of an international accolade.This person is highly regarded in their genre of sailing and regardless of the number of re-takes (or should I say, re-hoists) necessary, still remains calmly in control. She has. read more...


27/11/2017

Marisja - Blog dag 12

Beste Allemaal,   We varen inmiddels op zo’n 150 mijl voor Barbados over stuurboord. Wind isvanmiddag afgenomen waardoor we weer wat hoger moeten sturen en de VMGterugloopt. Afgelopen nacht met de gennaker gereached met goede speed gelukkig.De afgelopen nachten hebben we ‘s nachts steeds meer wind dan overdag. We hopendat de wind vannacht weer aantrekt zodat we weer wat harder gaan.   Op dit moment bespreken we of we zeilen willen wisselen en wanneer we overbakboord gaan varen. Dit is inmiddels een traditionele discussie (1 a 2 keer perdag) om tot de beste zeilstrategie te komen en we zijn er inmiddels uit. De windgaat nog wat toenemen en blijft eerst Oost en wordt later wat noordelijker. Wevaren vanavond tot ca 11 uur door over stuurboord en gaan dan gijpen en reachenover. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 9: Flying the flag
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 9: Flying the flag
27/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 5: Sat phone and weather routing

We have been amazed at how the SatPhone has changed life at sea.The volume of data available is immense….But that hasn't made the decision making easier!In this photo PredictWind give 4 options for the crossing the Atlantic. Two saying go hard North to avoid the light winds, one saying go hard south and one model picking its way through the middle road of light airs. After 14 days at sea they all suggest arriving within hours of each other! We opted for the southerly route. There is about 3 hours of work per day to fully download and analyse all the data! I’ve been exchanging emails with the PredictWind support team whilst at sea and they have been great explaining how things work. And … when the predictions disagree they we all agree that we should just forget the technology, stick our. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 5: Sat phone and weather routing
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 5: Sat phone and weather routing
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 8: running
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 8: running
27/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 7: To fly or not to fly?

We go about 20% faster with the spinnaker, ( a second hand symmetric kite bought for the crossing) but its also a big risk. Down to Mindelo it had paid, where we had stable winds, moonlit nights and no threatening clouds.However, the risk of getting caught in a squall or running to deep and getting a wrap around the forestay have lead us to be much more cautious on this leg.We learnt our lesson on the second night where we got a wrap and had to spend a couple of hours untangling the mess before another couple of hours with repair tape to fix the holes!As we have progressed west the heat has increased in the day leaving threatening clouds at dusk. A downpour that came out of nowhere ( thankfully with no extra wind) convinced us we were not again going to contemplate flying the kite at. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 7: To fly or not to fly?
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 7: To fly or not to fly?
27/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 10: Half way stocktake

We are now a week out from Mindelo and the ship and crew of Wild Iris are all ticketyboo. The start in Mindelo lulled us into a false sense of security with it’s fair breeze and excellent sea state. Since then it is fair to say that the sailing aspect has been particularly testing with a constant search for any breeze. However, we are determined to reach our destination without motoring.image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 10: Half way stocktake
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 10: Half way stocktake
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 6: Miles pass away
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 6: Miles pass away
27/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay

The sun has indeed been shining, sadly there’s been hardly any wind, so we took advantage of the conditions and did the things that are tricky when the boat’s bouncing around. Des cooked up some of Jake’s catch of the day for brunch - the fish was delicious, I’ll be stealing his recipe before leaving the boat.Some of the fresh produce we packed is at the end of its life so this was used to prepare more meals to be frozen.The washing machine has been busy - the guard rails decorated throughout the day with shorts and t-shirts drying in the sun.Jake caught another two fish so we think Poseidon might be looking upon us with generosity.Everyone has managed to catch up with some long overdue sleep.And showers.Showers.I’m now convinced that the people that work in advertising for toiletries. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
NoStress - Log Day 9 - Making Hay
27/11/2017

Blue Top - Bluetop 27112017

Le blog du TOP n°6 du lundi 27/11/2017Retour de Jean-Mi au clavier. Ce matin réveil actif avec un magnifique grain qui nous fait changer de bord rapidement pour l'éviter cap au nord. Une fois stabilisé, ptidéj'. La nuit a été presque calme et j'ai fait le 1/4 de 23h à 2h en compagnie du 1er croissant de lune, incliné vers le bas, l'oeil d'un bienveillant dragon m'accompagnait. Mais, celà ne fût pas toujours ainsi !Jeudi après-midi. Première journée un peu calme, je réussi à lire un peu sur ma tablette. Au soir, on attend du vent pour la nuit, aussi avant le coucher du soleil, on remplace le génois par un foc plus petit et on prend 2 ris (réduction de la surface de grand voile), ainsi nous sommes parés. Au près, plus de 25 kts de vent effectif, 1er et dernier quarts pour Nono et le. read more...


27/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!

Well it has been a mixture of slow motoring or hard upwind sailing but we have been in the trades since early morning now and the forecast looks great! We are finally making good westward miles, flying all the sail we have and moving along nicely. 10-15 knots with a gentle swell is making for relaxing sailing. Dave’s on cooking duties this evening, so who knows what will come out of the galley... the veggies have just about run out and only one small dorado this morning. The crew have properly set into the routine now and we are all really enjoying it :) image1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!
Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!
27/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 9 - 27 November - Horrible Histories and Silver Linings

Well, we have now caught the trade winds and are sailing along, but our dinghy's a bit deflated. Yesterday when recovering the fishing line from our catch (and release!) of the day, the hook caught our tender in the side, and overnight the all the wind went out of it. A bit like us today when we worked out that while covering 700 nautical miles in week 1 (effectively 600 given we had to retrace our steps), we still have 2,100 to go. Now we are picking up speed, with our great white gennaker, trimmed with red, out during the day, hopefully that doesn't mean it will take us another three weeks, but whether we make the welcome party on 15th will be a close call...La Cigale is also running low on battery thanks to an overcast day - not very helpful when we are dependent on solar power to. read more...


27/11/2017

Nisida - 27 Nov: This is more like it!

Today we have great conditions 18kts of breeze from the NE and we are under full main and kite sailing at 9 kts+ . Everyone on board is happy and relaxing into life at sea, if we can keep this pace up we have around another 11 days until Rum time!. read more...


27/11/2017

Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés

Toujours en pleine forme !8d4c1058-79ec-405b-a0cd-c1ba5f77ae632049303064. read more...


Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés
Manihi - L'équipage Manihi entrant dans les Alizés
27/11/2017

Tommy - Log 4 - The calm after the storm

We have finally hit the start of the trade winds, goose winging it with the wind right up our chuff, averaging about 7 knots boat speed. Not the type of speed we would have been completely satisfied with at the beginning of the trip but it’s some welcome progress compared to what we have encountered since the last post.  For anyone who has been tracking our progress, you will have seen our almighty detour. Our track over ground looked like a new design for a rollercoaster. Weather predictions stated we would hit about 20-25 knots with a high chance of squalls. What a massive understatement. A few hours into the evening we found ourselves in a brewing storm, initially hitting 35 knots and steadily building. This was not on anyones forecast! We were all up on deck with our oil. read more...


27/11/2017

Manihi - L'autoroute est en vue

Il faut avouer que la route pour arriver jusqu'ici n'était pas simple ! Des vents faibles et dans tous les sens en dessous des Canaries, une dépression avec des vents plus soutenus (!) à l'ouest. Alors rallonger pour avoir plus de vent ou descendre tout droit jusqu'au Cap Vert dans les trous de calmes. Notre route n'a pas été la plus sage mais elle nous a donné l'occasion de gouter à différentes saveurs douces et épicées de l'océan. Et puis nous ne sommes pas venus pour faire du moteur ou attendre le vent dans des pétoles, hein ?Donc, nous voilà aux portes des Alizés. On ne peut pas s'y tromper. Les poissons volants sont là. Déjà un sur le pont la nuit d'avant ... Demain à la latitude du Cap Vert nous prendrons la bretelle d'entrée sur l'autoroute. D'après la météo sur deux semaines, les. read more...


27/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+8 Le bon côté

Lundi 27 novembre12h00 UTC19°37 N25°13 WDistance sur 24 h: 110 millesDistance restante : 2072 millesLe bon côtéCa y est, nous avons traversé la zone de calme et nous sommes du boncôté de la Force. Le vent est du secteur est, enfin.En soirée, nous avons préparé le grand spi asymétrique sous un beau clairde lune ; écoutes, amure, bout dehors et drisse prête a être frappée. Quand levent a commencé à revenir de l'arrière en fin de nuit (donc lune couchée),nous avons pu lancer le spi dans l'obscurité complète sans craindre defaire des nœuds dans le gréement. Car c'est le problème de nuit. Une drisse apu faire un tour autour d'un hauban sans que l'on s'en rende compte. Enquelques heures, le cordage est mort.Puis nous avons changé de spi dans la matinée pour pouvoir être encore plusportant. read more...


27/11/2017

Passepartout - Dry times and a dud dunny!

We are through the pain and suffering (exaggeration) of days of 30 to 37 knot headwinds after our retrospective fruitless detour northwards in our quest to stay in wind and avoid becalment at all cost. What we didn’t count on was the development of a belatedly predicted second low. Since then, a third low has materialised to our north confirming our decision to go south as being the right one as we pray to the bust of Ganesh above the cockpit! So, we have made miles south - all to windward - in a new attempt to cross a rigging barrier of light air at its narrowest point. This weather routing can do your head in.Crystal gazing....We’re hoping to pop out of this light air ridge and poke our nose into fresh trade winds where we can hoist the spinnaker and start making fast downwind miles.We. read more...



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