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02/12/2015

Furia - Resuming hand steering

Good morning,Throughout the day of December 1st and during the following night we resumed hand steering on Furia because of confused (though not big) swell and wind shifts. Tiller steering though it has its own benefits, is not appropriate for keeping precise course while on broad reach to dead run spinnaker sailing. It is tiresome as well. I left this hard job to the more skilful sailors onboard Furia, Mihail and Dian. There will be freshening of the wind during the following 2-3 days. For us it is much more important what would be the waves pattern. Nevertheless, our mood is up with Furia eating on a regular diet the remaining miles to Santa Lucia. Rumen. read more...


02/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 1 at 10:01 pm

Albatros update (part 2): 22° 2.86 N, 43° 43.49 W2015-12-01 22:01:34 +0000Finally, Bergfest. Wolfgang and Manfred served delicious filet steak and a cask of beer. Everybody enjoys the meal, Manfred has prepared a speech, and Wolfgang is wearing an apron and white gloves.Now we are in a pitch black darkness, only stars above us, and 4000 meters of water below.My evening shift is over; my next shift starts at 2am board time - in 6 hours. Hence, good night.. read more...


02/12/2015

Magic - May Blog

MAGIC May Blog Hi ,I am back after a break – I have been enjoying the beautiful blue skies with little fluffy clouds and the sunshine.  Mostly I have been sunbathing on deck or having short walks ( I don’t need or even like long ones!) At night from midnight til 3am I sit on deck and watch the moon and the stars and listen to the waves bubbling under the boat as we speed along. When I am not on watch I sleep in Tina and Marks cabin (on their bed!) Today was the 2nd December – the people have an Advent Calendar they seem to be enjoying and they have put up some Christmas Decorations.  They are relaxed and enjoying the sailing.  Early this morning they put up a big black sail at the front of the boat and I didn’t like it at all – it banged and rustled and made us. read more...


02/12/2015

Aqualuna - 17:36.746N 41:.14.876W

DAY 10 ARCWWEDNESDAY 2/12/15On night watch at the moment now 00:52:16. At last we are heading west again and picked up the wind, we are creaming along!!The good thing is that we have not used our engine at all yet and hope not do so.Not so sure about the Halburg Rassy in front of us now, she seemed to manage to head south in light winds quite fast and has over taken us so not really convinced she hasn’t used her engines.We will find out in due course.Now we are heading west with good winds averaging 16 - 20 knots.We had both the genoa, staysail and main up all day.Now the wind is stronger so we have rolled in the staysail and still averaging between 8 - 10 knots of speed.Lots of weed appearing in the water so this makes fishing difficult and the fact we have now become a bit more. read more...


01/12/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 14 (mariners avoid the 13)

17:07:00 UTC Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015Position: St. Lucia Rodney Bay MarinaA R R I V E D !!!!!!!!!!!!!huge reception, great rum punch. read more...


01/12/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 13

Folk seemed to enjoy Steve's Nautical and Caribbean trivia quiz, he gave out the answers last night.Did you know that the USA actually purchased what became the US Virgin Islands from Denmark?Moonshine claimed a bonus point for knowing also the price paid.Unusually for these days no-one could just google the answers!A quiet night's sail, gybed in the morning to get a better direction but unfortunately the wind got even less.With less wind it also got very hot.We passed the 250 miles to go landmark at lunch time, just hoping for more wind to finish the trip.. read more...


01/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm

Our tenth day at sea. We have motored the last 20 hours or so, as the wind had died. Since noon we are sailing again, with 9kn of wind. Our expectation is that the wind will pick up considerably today or tonight, so we enjoy the calmness while it lasts. Yesterday we prolonged a shift by two hours and set our clocks back by the same time. This way, all shifts still start at the same time as before, but we are closer to the actual time.Tonight the twice postponed halfway dinner will finally happen. We had to postpone once because other food had to be eaten before it wouldn't be edible anymore, and the second time because we forgot to take the beef out of the freezer. We'll have filet of beef tonight, and that will be a welcome treat - although dinner has been fine during all of the. read more...


01/12/2015

Meltemi - 10. Tag - Halbzeit

Liebe Leute, heute morgen um 08:55 Uhr haben wir die Hälfte der Strecke hinter uns gehabt - schön, aber irgendwie auch schade... Als Vorbereitung dieses Ereignisses hatten wir heute in der Nachtwache einen Überraschungsgast: ein fliegender Fisch landete gegen 1 Uhr in der Plicht. Er war ebenso überrascht und erstaunt wie wir. Nach einem entsprechenden Photoshooting wurde der Besucher dann wieder in den Atlantik befördert, ihn als Köder für unsere Angel zu benutzen haben wir dann doch nicht übers Herz gebracht. Der Tag war wunderbar zum Segeln. Endlich wieder etwas mehr Wind im Tuch mit 12 - 16 Knoten, das Parasail stand wunderbar und Kenny, unsere Rennmaschine am Ruder, holte unter "komm, Kätzchen, komm" Ausrufen knapp 10 Knoten aus der Meltemi, während die anderen die immer gleiche und. read more...


01/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 9 - Half way across

Day 9After a gentle night's sailing it was decided that today is halfway to St Lucia day. By 3pm this afternoon we have 1435 miles on the log with 1426 miles left to go, good enough for us. For Dan this could only mean one thing for breakfast. A full English breaky appeared on cue and we even saved some for Mike who was catching up on some snoozing at the time.A fairly active day followed with laundry being top of most people's lists. Boat is now looking like a Chinese laundry with guardwires festooned with various bits of underwear and tshirts. Genny and watermaker have been working hard to replenish our water tanks, but otherwise at this halfway stage we are looking good with clean clothes, clean sheets and the all important chocolate drawer restocked. Sadly tonic supplies are. read more...


01/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 9 - Rolling westwards

December 1, 2015 – The parasailor has been up all night. It was perfect weather for it: steady wind of 12 to 18 knots. The sea got a bit more wavy though so we were rolling left and right in our beds again. This morning we lowered the parasailor – after 27 hours of great performance! – because the wind increased to 20 or more knots so we put up the mainsail and jib goose-winged. Also with this rig we’re going 9 knots in speed. We are making some fast miles now! Great to have good wind and to see how Shiva glides through the waves. Our day distance today is 185 nautical miles.  It seems like the trade wind (passaatwind) will blow us fast to Saint Lucia now. We are still sailing 260-270 degrees, straight to the island. The weather forecast looks positive. With. read more...


01/12/2015

Grand Bleu - maandag 30 en dinsdag 31

Maandag aten wij als lunch een in boter gebakken dorade, heerlijk vers binnen 2 uur na vangst in de pan.Lara heeft een poule gemaakt over de verwachtte aankomsttijd en afgelegde zeemijlen. De schattingen liggen behoorlijk ver uit elkaar en zullen bepaald worden door de windrichting in het laatste deel van de tocht.Maandag nacht konden de zeilen weer worden bijgezet. Bij het hijsen van het grootzeil moeten wij er op letten dat het katrol niet draait. Alle lijnen die gedraaid zijn of schavielen gaan onherroepelijk stuk. De krachten op het schip zijn onvoorstelbaar groot. En dat is lastig te zien in het donker bij een mast van bijna 30 meter lang.Na zonsopgang wordt de blauwe gennaker bijgezet. Zodra de wind boven de 20 knopen gaat wordt het dringen bij het roer. Ieder is er op gebrand het. read more...


01/12/2015

Isabel - Day 9 - Fishhh

Tuesday 12 Noon 1/12/21051906 N41 33W*- daily run circa 160 miles*- 1160distance toSt Lucia* = ish see belowSo yesterday afternoon it all went a bit "Pete Tong". Shortly after emailingoff the blog to my daughter Julia who copies all and adds to Facebook thealarms start beeping at the chart table and at the twin wheel consoles ondeck. Skipper James replies with much button pressing and cries of "bother"and soon establishes Mr Raymarine is the key offender in particular GPSsignal but before long it is cycling error messages from everything and weare hand steering with no auto pilot. While James is in full flow to fix itincluding emailing the jolly helpful chaps at Oyster Yachtsthe fishingline starts ratcheting too. Great timing !Nick is quick the grab the rod and ascertain we have a bite. read more...


Isabel - Day 9 - Fishhh
Isabel - Day 9 - Fishhh
01/12/2015

Bamarandi - Tuesday 1st December - off to Antigua

Position14.44.135N 061.17.062WFor those following on the ARC+ website / YB Races app we have handed our ARC+ racking device back in at St Lucia so we will not show on their map any more. If you wish to see where we are have a look at http://blog.mailasail.com/bamarandi where our position plots on a map - providing you have google earth installed and our blog continues to run.We were up at 6am to quite heavy rainfall - good news as it washed the boat down for us and got rid of much of the salt water. The rain stopped and we  set off from Rodney Bay Marina at St Lucia for Antigua at about 7am. Yellow shirted ARC staff were up and about and they waved us off.  We got out into the bay and passed the ARC boat at station waiting for more arrivals - they too waved us farewell.We. read more...


01/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 01-12-2015: Gas geven of inhouden om in daglicht aan te komen?

Ondanksdat het nog zeker 4 dagen varen is, wordt er druk gespeculeert over deverwachtte aankomst tijd, haha. Het liefste komen we namelijk met daglicht aanin St Lucia, zie je het meest en is rumpunch-technisch het beste!Dit lijkt in het meest optimistische geval 5 december te zijn om17:03,26  (rond 21:00 utc en 22:00 in Nederland). Als dit klopt hebben wede oversteek in 13 dagen 8 uur 3 min. en 26 sec. gedaan. Dit is extreem snel!Dus de meeste kans is dat we dit niet halen en dat we in het pikdonker aankomen. Gelukkig voor Haico blijft in dat geval zijn oude record van 13 dagen en4 uur staan, des te eerlijker aangezien die veel meer bloed, zweet en spinnakers(!) heeft gekost dan deze oversteek!   We varen namelijk heel relaxed naar de overkant! We vissen een beetje,vandaag 2x. read more...


01/12/2015

LaLuna - dag 10

Dag 10Gisteren maak ik mij nog de bedenking "wat zal ik morgen nu weer schrijven", maar de dag is nog niet half en ik kan alweer een boek schrijven. De nacht is vlot verlopen. Met windkracht 4 lopen we +/- 6 knopen. Na enkele dagen een redelijke zuidelijke koers gevolgd te hebben maken we een gijpje en zetten de boeg in een rechte lijn naar St Lucia. De trade winds zetten aan tot windkracht 5 waardoor we een dikke 8 knopen lopen. We weten het. Dit is dé dag dat het moet gaan gebeuren! Uit analyse van de laatste gegevens ziet het er naar uit dat onze beslissing, die we een dag of 4 geleden gemaakt hebben, niet verkeerd was. De boten noordelijk van ons hebben een VMG (Velocity Made Good) van rond de 3 a 4 knopen. De helft van de onze! Afwachten wat de komende dagen brengen, maar vandaag. read more...


01/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9 (2)

Das Leben an BordSegeln auf einer Hallberg Rassy, auch bei einer Rallye über den Atlantik istschon schön!Von dem Komfort des täglichen Duschens, jetzt zunehmend zwei Mal am Tag,hatte ich schon berichtet. Tatsächlich sind die Temperaturen am Tag jetztauf geschätzt 32 Grad gestiegen, in der Nacht sicherlich noch angenehme 22Grad, also Nachtwache in leichter Kleidung!Unser Thermometer in der Logge weisst übrigens eine Wassertemperatur von26,5 Grad aus - kein Neid! Zum Baden haben wir keine Zeit.Die Wachen sind nicht eingeteilt - kann man als mangelnde Seemannschaftabtun, kommt aber nach meiner Erfahrung bei gestandenen Seglern wesentlichbesser zum Biorhythmus als starre Wachen. Wichtig ist, dass der, der sich inder Lage fühlt, schlafen zu können, dies auch am Tag umgehend macht,. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9 (2)
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9 (2)
01/12/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Enterprise Captains log Day 10 ARC 2015

Sat in front of the computer, thought I could write something to occupymyself!It was brought to my attention a while back that our sail number 1702T isremarkably close to the registration number of the 'Starship Enterpriseallegedly '1701T', I've never managed to find out if this is infact true,but if it is it may suggest we have 'warp speed' at our disposal.I havespent 25years sailing on Scarlet, there are a couple of switches for which Ihave yet to find their purpose, perhaps that's what they are for?!Thiswarp speed would appear to be our only hope if we are to stand a chance ofbeating the mighty VO65 Brunel on IRC corrected time!100' supermaxi 'Leopard's' record last year rose the bar very significantlyfrom previously, so to better that in a 'production' 65' racing boat ismighty. read more...


Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
01/12/2015

Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not set in stone!

We left East London on Saturday morning, the other four boats left as planned on Friday afternoon.It will be interesting to compare notes with them because the seas were still quite big and confused on Saturday but the wind was weak and we motored south, waiting for the wind to arrive.We managed to find the current which we carried, or rather it carried us, past Port Elizabeth at up to 4 knots plus, of course, our boat speed.Saturday evening on the radio net we said we were aiming for Mossel Bay.This may be only about 10 degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn but it was cold, especially during the night; clothing suitable for a channel crossing at the end of May was called into use! For me that included thermals, ski socks, fleece top, Musto fleece lined mid-layer salopettes and a Gill. read more...


01/12/2015

Marisja - log 01-12-2015: Gas geven of inhouden om in daglicht aan te komen?

Ondanks dat het nog zeker 4 dagen varen is, wordt er druk gespeculeert overde verwachtte aankomst tijd, haha. Het liefste komen we namelijk met daglichtaan in St Lucia, zie je het meest en is rumpunch-technisch het beste!Dit lijkt in het meest optimistische geval 5 december te zijn om17:03,26  (rond 21:00 utc en 22:00 in Nederland). Als dit klopt hebben wede oversteek in 13 dagen 8 uur 3 min. en 26 sec. gedaan. Dit is extreem snel!Dus de meeste kans is dat we dit niet halen en dat we in het pikdonker aankomen. Gelukkig voor Haico blijft in dat geval zijn oude record van 13 dagen en4 uur staan, des te eerlijker aangezien die veel meer bloed, zweet en spinnakers(!) heeft gekost dan deze oversteek!   We varen namelijk heel relaxed naar de overkant! We vissen een beetje,vandaag 2x. read more...


01/12/2015

Lucky Star - 01/12/2015 bientôt la moitié!!

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, l'été est arrivé à notre bord. Peu de vent, gros soleil...Première baignade aujourd'hui, l'eau doit être à 27°.Sinon un peu de voile, enfin sous gennacker à 6-7 noeuds ouf!!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


01/12/2015

Bamarandi - Monday 30th November - Land in sight - we arrive at St Lucia

Position 14.04.543N 060.57.002WDays Day Date Time Miles to St Lucia Miles in 24hrs towards St Lucia Cum Miles towards St Lucia Ave Miles per day towards St Lucia 1 Wednesday 18th 12:45 2090       2 Thursday 19th 13:00 1901 189 189 189 3 Friday 20th 13:00 1756 145 334 167 4 Saturday 21st 13:00 1605 151 485 162 5 Sunday 22nd 13:00 1423 182 667 167 6 Monday 23rd 13:00 1238 185 852 170 7 Tuesday 24th 13:00 1073 165 1017 170 8 Wednesday 25th 13:00 891 182 1199 171 9 Thursday 26th 13:00 722 169 1368 171 11 Friday 27th 13:00 531 191 1559 173 12 Saturday 28th 13:00 350 181 1740 158 13 Sunday 29th 13:00 156 194 1934 161 14 Monday 30th 10:11 0 156 ed2090 161Overnight on 29th through into 30th found us sailing along in the same big swell - it seemed to have grown bigger than the. read more...


01/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9

Wir sind sehr zufrieden! In den letzten 4 Stunden haben wir uns wieder andie Spitze gesetzt.Aber seit heute gelten auch neue Bedingungen.Alle direkten Konkurrenten, vorne weg Porfavor und Aqualuna können, wie wir,mehr oder weniger direkten Kurs auf St. Lucia nehmen. Für uns bedeutet dieszurzeit leicht vor dem Wind (18 - 22 Knoten) kreuzen. Wir laufen unterleicht gerefftem Groß um dem Gennaker, unserem Vorsegel, möglichst optimaleBedingungen zu geben.Der 08:00 Uhr Report wird vermutlich von Herrn Nießen, meinem Mitarbeiter inKrefeld, zuständig für EDV Administration, eingestellt worden sein. Andieser Stelle: Nochmals offiziell Danke Herr Niessen, für die Rund umBetreuung bis in die späte Nacht und an den Wochenenden!Porfavor liegt 270 sm (464 km) nördlich von uns, aber nur 10 sm hinter. read more...


01/12/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 14 (mariners avoid the 13)

15:42:00 UTC Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015Position: 14.258806N, 60.325472WALMOST THEREDo you remember the scene in Shrek 2 where the donkey, sitting in the back of the carriage, pops up his head repeatedly, asking “are we there yet?"Well, that is how we feel. 35nm to go and with little wind, time drags on…..It started yesterday afternoon, when the winds dropped below 20kt and we felt safe enough to hoist the Gennaker. A beautiful ride ensued until we hit the squall line!Directly in front of us, blocking the way and moving ever so slowly out of the way. We took down all sails and waited for it to pass. The radar was a huge help in that situation. After about half an hour it became clear that we would be stuck for a long time. Sailing on was out of the question, winds were down to 0-5kt and coming. read more...


01/12/2015

Raylah - Ripper sails South

When you go to sea there is your family at home who in a sense travel with you. They make allowances to let you go, they run everything in your absence and they follow your progress as you sail across the globe. I have one very special member of my family, my brother Simon AKA Ripper, who has travelled with me around the world all from his living room chair. If you had to put together all the ingredients of the perfect Shore Station then he would be it. He is highly intelligent and a natural lateral thinker who can apply his mind to solving any practical problem. His knowledge of electronics, engineering, plumbing and computer skills is unsurpassed, rebuilding a computer is child's play to him.I sat phone,email or text him from any part of the world asking for a weather forecast, how to. read more...


01/12/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog - day 10

'Halfway days' A short blog today - typing on the laptop and sitting in the same positionfor more than five minutes = very dangerous = results in bottom of authorsthighs suctioning to the chart table seat. We are definitely getting close toSt. Lucia - it's absolutely boiling!   Pink spinnaker flying high and helming becomes a challenge for all but themost experienced of our crew. We have made steady progress averaging about 7.5knots speed in 8 - 15 knot winds over the last few days, running ahead of thepredicted wind hole. We were very grateful that the wind never dropped below 8knots. As predicted, as soon as we reached 20 degrees North the wind started tobuild again yesterday afternoon, and we could turn right - full steam ahead toSt. Lucia!The crew have taken advantage of some. read more...


01/12/2015

Scarlet Oyster - 10 ARC 2015

TUMBLING DICE, SHE TRIED TO TAKE ME UPSTAIRS FOR A RIDEJach Spratt ate lots of fat And Jill ate lots of sweetiesJack's just had a heart attack and Jill has diabetes.We are passing through an active weather area which in practice meant anight in a tumbling bunk. Now I know how a cat feels which falls asleep in atumble drier which is then switched on.The white fluffy clouds have become large cloud lines harbouring toweringangry squalls which throw out savage unstable wind and projecting breakingwaves which rock the wind out of the spinnaker so that we plunge and gyrateand have to work constantly on trim. At night the squalls have a thickblack base and if they pass over drop a skip load of rain.A squall can shred a spinnaker so we spend hours on watch, dropping thespinnaker as necessary.. read more...


01/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 9 (Sunday): dolphins sighted and mahi mahi caught!

News from Hanse Sailor of Monday the 30th November.... Spotted 5 dolphins playing in the moonlight just ahead of the bow at 3 AMduring one of the night watches. Too dark to catch on camera which increased theawe in the moment. Before noon some whales were also sighted. Around noon after another delightful swim we caught a nice 4-5 kg Mahi Mahi(green/yellow/golden colour) which Andy (skipper) immediately filleted on theaft deck. Dropped the line again hoping for another catch. At the end of the daythe catch became dinner served with a nice couscous salad.   / Johan, on the Hanse Sailor      . read more...


01/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Updated Monday Blog (additions not sent)

Apologies, some of Mondays (yesterdays) Blog was not sent. Below is the full version. Monday 30 NovRace Day 8We’ve made it half way! We have been at sea for 8 days now and our lives have become an endless series of watches followed by a maximum of three hours’ sleep. The night watches are tough to get up for but enjoyable once you are there. Last night we started with a gybe, the rest of the night was broken up by helming, baking bread, eating chilly popcorn and getting costumes ready for the half way party! I swear I saw the skipper passing my cabin with a monkey mask on… Clearly being over half way has affected Ricky as he has gone on a manic rampage to lighten the boat. Spare water tanks are being emptied and anything not nailed down is fair game… Some of the crew has also been. read more...


01/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.8

Pozdrav svim dragim prijateljima koji nas prate. Situacija sa vitrom nije ništa bolja nego jučer,10-12čv ,ali s razlikom danam je kut jedrenja 130AWA i da je val dosta manji,pa klizimo 5,5-6čv i brod neškripi i ne trese.Gennaker za koji smo mislili da neće bit od velike koristipokazuje se kao odlučujuća stvar u odluci dali motorirati ili ne.Već je 3 danonon stop gori,ne skidamo ga.Posebno je gušt jedriti noću kad zbog nekakveoceanske termike vitar pojača par čvorova pa ti se čini da letiš kad uhvatiš6čv.Danipostaju svi isti,stapaju se.Svak je u svom điru,zajednički momentidešavaju se samo uz ručak i pokoji usputni komentar.Rastu temperature ,tako daviše ne koristimo odijela,a i noću smo u kratkim rukavima.još 1200NM docilja. Pozdrav od posade 4JOY. read more...


01/12/2015

Magic - Blog - May is having a rest

May is having a rest on deck in the sun so I am writing today…  Tina… We all woke up early following a night of beautiful watches – some of us had more wind than others but everyone had a fair wind, stunning stars and warmth as soft as cashmere.   We are enjoying hand sailing as the watches go faster and our helm skills grow.  We are glad we don’t have to hand steer all the way but for this stretch it is enjoyable.  Having had a cracking start – crossing the start line on a Starboard tack and making good time we have all now let go of any thoughts of a place in the ‘not’ race – we have had a lot of issues with equipment and we are focusing on moral and teamwork to ensure that the problems we are having get resolved quickly and safely. The frustration and. read more...


01/12/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 9 ARC+

We zijn inmiddels 12 dagen onderweg en gebleken is dat we een goed team zijn. Zeilen verwisselen, wachten lopen, eten koken, alles doen we in goed overleg en de sfeer is gezellig en heerlijk relaxed. We moeten nog 250 mijl varen en hebben nog steeds flinke wind. Er zijn momenteel ook ARC+ boten die heel weinig wind hebben. Net zoals dat wij 's nachts regelmatig regenbuien hebben en er boten zijn die geen regen hebben gehad. Maar ook hier is het weer voorspellen een moeilijk vak, want tot nu toe heeft het nog niet een dag geklopt. Meestal is er veel meer wind dan voorspelt met als toppunt vannacht waar geen regen voorspelt was en het een groot deel van de nacht flink geregend heeft. Maar goed, wij zijn er blij mee want niet alleen is alles flink zout, we krijgen regelmatig oranje. read more...


LaLuna - day 10, catch of the day: dorade
LaLuna - day 10, catch of the day: dorade
01/12/2015

Friskus VI -day 9-Swimming in the atlantic

Nå har vi hatt noen dager med lite vind, og siden værmeldingene nå begynnteå varsle mer vind de kommende dagene sa skipperen at om vi skulle bade midt iatlanteren måtte det bli NÅH. Jippi!! Det er mange ombord som har gledet seg tildet. Badestigen ble fisket frem, sikkerhetsline ble lagt ut og badetøy ble tattpå i en fart. Temperaturen viste 25 grader og vannet var veldig salt da vihoppet uti. Vannet er klart og knall blått, så det ble noen kule filmsnutterunder vann med GoPro kameraene våre også. Silje er den tøffeste 5-åringen jegvet om, så uredd hopper ut midt i atlanteren, og drar seg selv inn igjen itauet. Elise badet også ,men Øyvind ville ikke. Vi ble uti ganske lenge tilvinden begynnte å komme igjen, og da ble det mirakuløst nok tid til littsoltøring på dekk. Slett ikke værst,. read more...


01/12/2015

Hejira - Putrefaction

14 21.029N 057 13.043WTuesday 1st December 2015We experienced a somewhat frustrating day under sail with the wind variable in strength and direction but at least the sea state was diminishing. We maintained our sailplan but resorted to the engine on two occasions, once for an hour and then for a quarter of an hour, it’s difficult to accept speeds of less than 4 knots when those rum punches beckon!Bob has unfortunately been ‘hors de combat’ having suffered a bang on the knee which has swollen to painful proportions and confined him largely to his bunk. Stephen has written a sick note and is ministering pills and potions in an attempt to have him ambulant for our arrival.The removal of the hydrogenerator revealed more teeth (?) marks on the unit and I wonder if any reader has experience of. read more...


Hejira - Putrefaction
Hejira - Putrefaction
Hejira - Putrefaction
Hejira - Putrefaction
01/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Tuesday 1 Dec "Poo Day"

Tuesday 1st DecemberRace Day 9After more than a week into our journey it is hard to imagine seeing anything other than the ocean, the sky and our 70 foot home. Even a container ship on the horizon a few days ago looked odd! It is also difficult to imagine life being more complicated than either being on watch or off watch. I cannot remember the last time I looked at my phone, set an alarm or wore shoes – bliss! Every morning we watch a beautiful sunrise off our stern and every day ends with the sun setting over the bow. Last night I was helming with a moon-less star-filled sky and on looking up at the wind vane saw another shooting star fly by – magic! One would expect life on board to feel monotonous, but for me at least there somehow always seems to be something different to do or see. read more...


01/12/2015

Exody - Days 322-323: Back in the Atlantic !

Early this morning, Monday 30th November, we turned northward into the Atlantic Ocean after rounding Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and the furthest point from the equator of the whole rally at 35'09" South - it can only get warmer from here on!The more well known Cape of Good Hope is actually about 90 miles further to the northwest. We are now anchored, 507 miles and just over three days out of East London, at Pringles Bay, 60 miles short of Cape Town. The sun set earlier through a hazy sky over the Cape of Good Hope behind us and we are surrounded by a spectacular geography of barren mountainous outcrops with fine beaches and sand dunes. We feel privileged to be at anchor again, and share this expansive and protected bay with two fishing boats and, shoreside, extensive. read more...


01/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 9 - Sammy the Snake

This one is dedicated to Sean and Billy.To explain the relevance of the title of this log, it is first important to relate a little story from a recent sailing holiday in Croatia.Skipper Bill was tasked with the none too onerous task of instructing Sean (illustrious and tenacious, but a novice mariner nevertheless) in the complexities of the bowline. So, we are into the second week and a normally patient Bill slaps a handful of rope in Sean's lap and demands the infamous bowline. After a few minutes, the pile of rope has metamorphosed into another pile of rope. On asked what the knot is called, we learn from Sean that it is called 'Sammy the Snake'. What type of knot is it comes the next question? After very careful consideration Sean retorts 'its a slippery knot'. It's use is yet to be. read more...


01/12/2015

Hera - Ein Türchen geht auf

Das heute geöffnete Türchen des Adventskalenders brachte gleich eine böseÜberraschung. Kurz nach dem Frühstück hing plötzlich der Spibaum frei in derLuft. Die Nieten der Spibaumschiene hatten sich am Mast gelöst. Der Spibaum isterstmal am Steuerbordseezaun gesichert und wir müssen über eine Ersatzvariantenachdenken, um den Spibaum wieder an den Mast zu bekommen. Gestern begleitete uns eine Delphinschule von über 30 Tieren. Ein paarfliegende Fische, die wir sofort wieder in die See beförderten, hatten sichunser Oberdeck als Landeplatz auserkoren. Frans Angelversuche waren nur voneinem Teilerfolg gekrönt. Er hatte zwar einen prächtigen Burschen am Haken, aberunsere Geschwindigkeit war viel zu groß, um ihn auch an Bord zu bekommen. Auf dem jetzigen Breitengrad haben wir in der zweiten. read more...


01/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 8 - 29/11

Posizione 17°19N 30°35WE' incredibile.Sì davvero incredibile, vedere l'oceano quasi completamente fermo.Questa notte abbiamo dovuto accendere il motore per la propulsione. L'alternativa era rimanere fermi.Queste ore di motore saranno conteggiate dalla giuria e ci verranno penalizate nel nostro totale.Vogliamo però raggiungere il prima possibile la fascia dei venti in modo da liberarci ds queste calme.Il frigorifero oggi non rafredda più. Smontiamo il mobile dove è incassato il compressore e troviamo la ventola che raffredda il radiatore ferma.Basta sfiorarla per ripartire. Forse polvere. Già che ci siamo puliamo il gruppo.Riaccendiamo... ma ci accorgiamo entro sera che non va come prima. La mimina temperatura che riesce a spuntare è 11/12 gradi.Abbiamo ricevuto dei consigli di ripristino. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Whale again
Thursday´s Child - Whale again
Thursday´s Child - A different whale
Thursday´s Child - A different whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night