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Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
06/12/2016

Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters

14∞18.61N - 037∞13.56W --> 14∞40.74N - 39∞54.73WMid Atlantic, Piers and I (Giacomo) are seated in the Cockpit: "What are you doing?" ."Nothing, I've read a book for a couple of hours, now my eyes are staring at the sea, at the waves, at the clouds. And you?""I've finished my watch, now I'm resting, I'm doing nothing basically"It's a hard life at sea, isn't it?"So, it's beer 'o clock for us?""Yes of course!"Tschhh, Tschh, cheers, sip, ahhhh. Relax ... Five seconds later ... "What is that?""Where? What?" "What the .... !" The rod's fishing line is running away from us really fast. Something has bitten our lure and is now on our line. The 'something' is leaping out of the water ... it seems really big. Four of us alternate on the rod to bring some line. read more...


Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters
Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters
06/12/2016

Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls

14∞40.74N - 39∞54.73W--> 14∞22.96N - 040∞32.08WIn the middle of the night I wake up hearing the change of the noise that is always with us: over a certain speed, the sound of the water on the hull changes from an 'allegro ma non troppo' to a 'basso continuo'. I can also hear the rain on the deck. So I get out of my bunk and I climb the stairs to the cockpit. There are Simon and Piers, under the rain, excited by 30 knots of wind and for the boat flyng at remarkable speed. Then Simons says: "You see what happens when you catch a fish like that Marlin yesterday!?" Neptune's revenge?! It is not my watch but it's impossible for me to go back to sleep, so I get dressed with my rain suit and my boots. Simon and Piers go back to sleep, it's Wills' watch now. The wind changes quickly from 30. read more...


Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls
Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls
06/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 16

Today sees us making good progress with some respectable winds. The swell has settled down a bit so not so much of the rock and roll except for some of the music.Late yesterday afternoon we acquired a new crew member. I can see the headlines. Boat with all male crew on ARC pick up chick mid Atlantic. As you have probably guessed the new crew member is of the feathered variety and  more specifically an Egrit. He arrived on the deck looking very sorry for himself but perked up a bit after some ham and fresh water. He has stayed around the back of the boat most of the time since only flying off when there was work to be done. This morning he feasted on some flying fish that had found their way on board over night and during the day he has become a lot more confident culminating in a. read more...


06/12/2016

VAVA-U - Hausmannskost auf dem Atlantik ? 05.12.16 - 15. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDer Sternenhimmel, der die Nachtwachen begleitet, weicht einem unglaublich schönen Sonnenaufgang. Schon morgens ist klar, dass der Tag sehr heiß werden wird, die Crew plant so wenig Bewegung wie möglich und die Schattenplätze sind wieder sehr begehrt. (Bild Sonnenaufgang)Für die Morgenwache gab es einen Hallo-Wach-Effekt: Es knallt heftig und die gesamte Angelschnur schnalzt zurück an Deck. Es musste nur noch aufgerollt werden… Ein vermutlich sehr großer Fisch hat das Vorfach abgebissen und schwimmt jetzt mit „unserem“ Lippenpiercing inklusive Plastiktintenfischköder durch den Atlantik.Der Wind will noch immer nicht auffrischen, wir liegen also im Schatten mit Buch, Kopfhörern oder einfach zum Schlafen.Am Nachmittag haben wir doch noch einmal Anglerglück. Eine stattliche. read more...


06/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 6 - 17th Day at Sea

Dec 6 - 17th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 794 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,905 miles behind us. We had 8-12 knot winds from aft for 20 hours, and four hours ago it increased to 11-14 knots, still from aft. The higher wind allowed us to sail at 5-5.5 knots, which helped by a favorable swell makes our speed 6-6.5 knots. Course is about 277 and we are only able to make 255-265, which means gibing once a day. At this rate we will be arriving in St Lucia the morning of the 13th.Waves are fairly moderate and there are a few scattered clouds, but sailing at night, steering at Orion, is still beautiful. There are no storms forecasted.We caught two fishes today, number 5th and 6th. A Wahoo and a Mahi. We estimate the Wahoo to be over 3 feet (1 m). We could actually measure it. read more...


06/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 17 - 9 dager til St Lucia?

Når vi seiler regattaen krysser vi tidssoner. Granca ligger på UTC, St Lucia UTC -4.Norge er UTC + 1.Det er UTC som brukes av ARC under regattaen og som vi må bruke ombord.Vinterdagene her nede ved 17nde bredde er 11 timer lange.På 41 grader vest står sola opp klokka 9 og ned klokka 8 UTC sånn cirka.For å kompensere skyver vi på nattevaktturnusen.Resten av distansen er "straka vegen" mot St Lucia. Vinden er nå god og meldingene for området foran oss er gode.Realistisk sett med en snittfart på 5 knop, vil vi nå frem på 9 dager.Dagens meny for passasjerer med fullpensjon:10:00 Frokost: Havregrøt med bær, nøtter, sukker, kanel og smørøye v/ kokkelærling Espeland13:00 Lunsj: Pannestekt brød, spanske spekepølser og eggerøre v/ kreativ stuert Arentz19:00 Middag: Bacalao v/ stuert Austrheim,. read more...


06/12/2016

Mustique - Day 15 - at the most important crew member's perspective

It’s day 15 and it has taken this long for to be given the chance to give my observations, which is somewhat of a surprise given I am the most important member (and certainly the busiest) of the crew.If you have not guessed I am the parasailor.I’m pretty much called into use in almost all downwind conditions. Although with this year’s ARC having such variable wind conditions there are times in low wind we’ve gone so slowly we’ve been overtaken by boats going in the opposite direction. From my vantage point high up I can see a lot.For example, I start to noticing pieces of lamb floating by yesterday - I realised then it was just getting choppy.Each night some of the crew have sundowners with red wine being a favourite - last night Tom drunk a bottle of wine on his own and lost his smart. read more...


06/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY SIXTEEN - MAKING PROGRESS

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} We moved ship’s time back by another hour in the afternoon, so we are now operating on GMT/UT -2. Having daybreak at 0830 and daylight until 2015/2030 was not what we wanted, so the adjustment was made. St Lucia is GMT/UT-4 so we will probably make another adjustment in the next 48/72 hours depending on daylight hours. A quiet afternoon yesterday so caught up on some clothes washing and rubbish disposal. A four man crew creates a significant amount of rubbish from a packaging perspective & following the ARC Rally Control’s advice, we are throwing unfinished food, tea bags etc over the side to the fish, together with paper and cardboard. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY SIXTEEN - MAKING PROGRESS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY SIXTEEN - MAKING PROGRESS
06/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Day 12,13 &14

Day 12 & 13 & 14 - 'We've had a busy two days dodging wind holes and making lots of sail changes to get the best speed we can. But we've also made time to party - celebrating Skipper Sophie's birthday with pancakes and chocolates, a welcome reward after a tough night of squalls and no moon or stars to help guide us. We've found the trade winds at last and put the spinnaker up at dawn.Everyone has been helming enjoying the 'exhileration' of flying the kite. And we were also lucky enough to see the fin of a pilot whale in the distance and a school of flying fish.We reached the half way mark today and opened our present from our sister ship Diamonds - thank you ladies for the gifts - a christmas cake and courtesy flags for each nation on board - we are flying them now and they look. read more...


06/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 16

Today is a special day in the Hodder household with both Carol and Paul celebrating birthdays . We intend to mark the occasion with Mike by raising a glass of champagne here on board Jasmine and sending our best wishes to them just before dinner .Now we are 574 nautical miles from our destination and the forecast at last looks promising . if its correct we should carry our wind the whole way to St Lucia .Today we saw a long tailed tropic bird and it fished around the boat for awhile .We saw it dive from on high twice . Both times successfully . Unlike the gannets and the booby it hovers hawk-like before stooping .We have not been as effective at fishing . Last night Mike got something on our hand line and with great difficulty hauled it to within ten feet of the stern at which point it. read more...


06/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Spinniker up

“20:16,49 46:27,86W” Getting 5 knots now after 0 for last 12 hours . made bad decision to stayup north, unlike last year where i benefited from it . have had engine on for 20out of 24 hours but we are short of fuel now so are heading down to hopefullypick up the trade winds . Water is fine and food is plentiful , just the coupleof people who have 14th flights are getting a bit worried . all the rest of usare quite happy to float down , but the rum punch is calling so well lets justbash on and try to sail when we have anything above 4 knots and motor belowthat. had sunbathing lessons from the girls today but not to good at sittingaround so lasted about 3 hours only . bread been made . pasta for dinner ,weather watching and just a great time to relax and think of life and how luckywe are .. read more...


06/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 17 - Bergfest

Hitze! Sonne! Schweiß!Mit gemächlichem Passatwind lassen wir uns in der Hitze Richtung Westen treiben. Wer an Deck ist, sucht sich Schatten oder benässt sich mit der Pütz, nur um wenig später wieder nass vom Schweiß zu sein. Der Sommer hat uns erwischt. Hier an Bord kann man sich gar nicht richtig vorstellen, dass zuhause heute Nikolaus Tag ist und die Termperaturdifferenz vermutlich 30℃ betrifft.Der Autopilot wurde von Elias repariert, jedoch nur notdürftig und für den Notfall als Ersatz gedacht. Gestern gab es lecker Rösti mit Speck, zubereitet vom Küchenteam Jana/Hugo.Jana hat mich als Nähkumpanin gewonnen. Mama du wärst stolz auf mich und kannst dich auf Weihnachten freuen. Es fühlt sich völlig fremd an, dass das ja schon in 18 Tagen so weit ist.In 25nm haben wir unser Bergfest. read more...


06/12/2016

Cherish - Day 15 Making the most of the wind

Passage planning, always a large part of the day. Winds have been tricky so it’s about trying to get to the best bit of sea while still heading in the right general direction. Red areas on the weather chart denote strong winds (there is no red!), green is moderate and blue not okay. Like the children’s game of hop scotch its about jumping between patches of green. Next day the forecast has always changed slightly so there’s the added incentive of not getting caught without a chair when the music stops. So to speak. Another children’s  game!!! Photo shows Cap’n Pete hard at it consulting his lap top.IMG_2631.. read more...


Cherish - Day 15 Making the most of the wind
Cherish - Day 15 Making the most of the wind
06/12/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - Closing in on St Lucia through the squalls

Life aboard Ocean Blue has been a little less eventful over the last few days. The days have been hot and mainly sunny, the winds light to moderate and the Parasailor has remained the sail of choice. We have had a few squally nights, with massive wind shifts and huge deluges of warm but very wet rain.The fishing has been successful, landing a sizeable Wahoo which was filleted and eaten for dinner within a few hours. With the wind pretty much behind us the boat has been a more stable platform for doing a few jobs - meals have been crafted from individual ingredients, rather than pre-prepared frozen ones brought out (though we have eaten amazing well throughout the trip whatever the weather). Bread has been baked, luxuries such as cheesecake made and Lesley's lemon sorbet is a total hit. read more...


06/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 17 Nacht 16

Da sind wir wieder, hallo zusammen.Wir hatten eine ausgezeichnete Nacht mit wenig Welle und guten Wind. Das heißt heute konnte, wenn nicht Wache war, gut geschlafen werden. Allerdings sind die Unterbrechungen des Schlafs durch den Rhythmus der Wachen schon zehrend. Wir alle sind daher reif für die Insel und die liegt jetzt um 16.00 Uhr UTC nur noch 175 sm entfernt. Der Tag war bis dato auch gut was Wetter und Wind betrifft, wir sind daher in den letzten 24 Stunden 185 sm weit gekommen, der zweitbeste Wert der Überfahrt. Aktuell kommt der Wind so von hinten, dass wir nicht direkt auf St. Lucia zufahren können, wir müssen vor dem Wind kreuzen. Ich habe ja schon mal erklärt, dass Segel platt vor dem Wind nicht funktionieren. In der kommenden Nacht müssen wir mit Squalls (ähnlich einem. read more...


06/12/2016

Estrella - 13. - 15. Tag - Flaute, Flüge und fliegende Fische

Die Hundewache von 00:00 Uhr bis 04:00 Uhr ist wie wohlauf allen Boote die unbeliebteste. Gestern aber nicht! Zuerst erlebten Heinz,Axel und Rainer einen tropischen Regenschauer der es richtig in sich hatte.Leider waren nicht all Luken schnell genug geschlossen, so dass heute auf derReling jede Menge Sachen zum Trocknen hängen. Ruckzuck hat Heinz die Situationerfass. Blitzschnell war er nur noch in Badehose bekleidet und genoss die“Salzwaschanlage”, wie er den Regenguss nannte. Dann kam Wind und Rainer konnteunsere Estrella mit fast 12 Knoten durch die Wellen peitschen. Die “Hundewache”versuchte noch ihre Ablösung zu verhindern und bot an, auch die nächsten Stundenzu übernehmen, aber Dirk hat den Braten gerochen und mit seiner Frühschicht dasSteuer gern abgenommen. Leider war nach ein. read more...


06/12/2016

Wethomi - 6. December 2016

We can smell the islands now, nearly. At least we see a lot of sea weed and it is hot and humid. But it took us quite long to reach our itinerary. And so the time is running out for my crew. Their flights back to Europe leave tonight from Barbados and so we decided to do a little stopover in Port St.Charles, Barbados. I will continue through the night on my old Wethomi to Rodney Bay not to miss the prize giving and final party!Sailing has been marvellous during the last days. Wished we had it a little bit earlier. We all are a little bit sad that it is over now. It has been a wonderful time in our nutshell on the huge ocean under a big sky.Not much happened. No more fish but good Canary wine.100 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


05/12/2016

Bluetangos Two - Ca' Venisti 05.12

Ca' Venisti   5,12,2016   Altra notte combattuta con gli SQUALLS alle calcagna. Mi ripeto, come fanno a formarsi cosi facilmente e rapidamente ed in un numero così elevato? Da una serata stellata, clima perfetto, calzoncinicorti maglietta e giubbino si trasforma in una cascata d'acqua tipo Niagara. L'unica cosa positiva che arriva il vento, da un 15 nodi di reale ad un 25/30 . Ora li abbiamo studiati, siamo con il Genoa tangonato e randa, naturalmente caricaalto, basso, braccioecc. Appena arriva basta rullare il Genoa lasciando il Tangone in posizione, poi ricuperarlo. In questo modo , passata la sventola siamo di nuovo pronti con il tangone già in posizione. Da ieri sera siamo in combattimento ingaggiati con un Farr 56. Ci raggiungesulla sx, regoliamo le vele, lo. read more...


06/12/2016

Delfini - dec 6th

The wind we found yesterday morning deserted us around lunchtime so at 1600 we made a concerted effort to go as far south as the diesel tank would allow based on the ARC daily forecast and positions of the southern fleet and at 10 pm we found a 15knot wind from the SE and have been moving along nicely ever since - hoorayiPad and plotter say 1150 nm to go so maybe we can get there by 16th More successful bread making today and crew morale much improved by the increase in wind and potential arrival on time but if there is any more wind going we will have some please.For some reason the very relay decided not to play last night so we didn't charge the auxiliaries until we notice fed and reset the charging system - maybe the solenoid was stuck or maybe the coil contacts were dirty - with way. read more...


06/12/2016

Gwendoline - 14th and 15th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds05. December. 11.10 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.43.00N 30.42.25WLife on board is quickly setteling in the old rutines, now tree days after we left our unplanned stopover on the Cap Verde island of Sao Vincente.Friday dec. 2nd.We left, as previously written, rather late, and we were caught by the wind acceleration zone between the islands. All that adrenaline released in our bodies from handling this unforseen "crisis" had the positive side effect that no one became seasick this time.Before departure, Lene had made a big portion of pasta salat with tuna which we all enjoyed very much for dinner.The first 24 hours we sailed with an average speed of 7 knots - LOVELY - after all the days doing only 2-4. read more...


06/12/2016

Nisida - 245nm to go!

If we carry on at current boat speeds we will finish ARC2016 sometime tomorow afternoon. The kite went up at first light yesterday morning and we took the chance and flew it all night which has clocked the miles down.We have gybed on to a slightly southerley course now to stay close to our course line, if the gribs are right the whe breeze should have a bit more north later and we will the gybe again. The shelves are starting to look a little bare! we still have some meat in the freezer and enough spuds left so are not going to starve!. read more...


06/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 16 - Kurs West

Am Morgen dreht der Wind auf SO, sodass wir ein paar Stunden einen Halbwindkurs fahren. Wir wollen noch etwas weiter südlich fahren, um guten Wind zu haben.Tagsüber sehen wir einen Segler und in der Nacht auch. Wir bereiten die letzte Portion der Goldmakrele zu. Die Tage sind jetzt schwül warm. Im Boot hat es 28°C und der Atlantik hat hier mehr als 27°C. Abkühlung verschafft nur der Wind und das Abduschen mit Meerwasser.Ab dem späten Nachmittag fahren wir wieder Schmetterling. So geht es auch in die Nacht. Die Wettervorhersage schaut gut aus, sodass wir Kurs West anlegen, um die nächsten Tage gut voranzukommen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


05/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 16 - Joika!

Da er Halvveis feiret med Joikakaker, potit og kålstuing!Takk Rudolf!Vår siste grønnsak, kålen, (bortsett fra potet og løk) ble dermed fortært. Note to self: Kjøp dobbelt så mye grønnsaker og frukt neste gang.Faktisk veldig lite som har blitt dårlig i varmen. Så lenge de henger luftig i nett i kahytten varer de forbausende lenge. Måltidet ble inntatt med en hivert med Løitens sommerakevitt. Passet bra i 28 graders varme.Ellers skinner skipet nypolert pga Martins virketrang! Vi andre orker knapt å lese bok ;) . read more...


06/12/2016

Challenger 3 - ARC 2016 BLOG

 Monday 5th December The Board of Inquiry on the disappearance of the Blog, with Bill as the plaintiff and Ralph as his legal advisor has been postponed until further notice. Apparently parts of the Blog were traced through e-mail, Cloud etc. A Report will be commissioned at vast cost but it is understood that after several heads have been nominated, and due Maxwelisation, it is not expected to be published before the decommissioning of Challenger 3. Morale remains high, despite the mysterious gain in ground by Challenger 2. Our blue Spinny is flying with an SOG of 5.6K. Ricky has promised us blood. Sweat and tears to keep ahead, with woolling spinnakers, Yanky poles and grinding winches all night until we have won. Yipee. Meanwhile the competition between the 3. read more...


Bluewaft - Refuelling at sea
Bluewaft - Refuelling at sea
06/12/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 17: Company at Sea

Bluewaft Log Day 17Tuesday 6 December 201619°14’.998N 048°21’.394WVery light winds at times becalmed.We still managed 74nm yesterday andgiven the circumstances are quite happy with that.We’ve been paying close attention to our diesel reserves and have decidedto be more conservative on our estimates, so to only motor when we arewithin a few hundred miles of shore and keep the rest of the fuel for thegenerator.With the solar panel and some systems economy (we’ve shut downone fridge) we think we can get by with running the generator once a dayfor a couple of hours to recharge the batteries and top up the water.Probably over conservative, but would rather be safe than sorry!Despite the fact it’s a big ocean we had a rendezvous with another ARCyacht yesterday: “Kajsa Kavat”.They are a Swedish. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 17: Company at Sea
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 17: Company at Sea
06/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 16 & 17 - SUNRISE

Alles Gute zum Nikolaus von der Sunrise!nachdem mein Co - Autor gestern etwas geschwächelt hat, heute wieder einige Zeilen vom Leben und Wirken der Sunrise Crew. Erstmal vorab herzlichen Dank an Hansi's Töchter für die Bundesliga und Wetter-News! Mit lauter Fanfare und einem gediegenen "Heiniken" haben wir gestern die ersegelten 2.000 Seemeilen gefeiert und hatten heute morgen noch eine Restdistanz bis St. Lucia von 970 Seemeilen. Die letzten Tage hatten wir guten Wind und konnten Tagesdistanzen von > 150 Seemeilen erreichen. Morgen früh wollen wir das voraussichtliche Ankunftdatum für St.Lucia festlegen und uns um die weitere Rückreiseplanung kümmern. Zur Feier des Tages gab es heute morgen lecker Speck und Ei zum Frühstück und heute Mittag gibt's frischgebackene Brownies zum Kaffee.. read more...


06/12/2016

Koco - 16.Tag auf See.

Das Abendessen war sehr lecker. Wir segeln in die Nacht mit dem Code Zero, später noch zusätzlich mit Großsegel, da der Wind und Winkel es zulässt. Es ist immer noch sehr warm. Wir machen bei 9 Kn Wind 7,5 Kn Fahrt. Optimal. Keine Squalls, sternenklarer Himmel. Es ist schon verrückt wieviele Sterne man hier auf dem Atlantik am Himmel erkennen kann. Eine iPad App hilft uns, den einen oder anderen Stern in nächtlicher Astronomiekunde zu identifizieren. Wir schauen auf die verbleibenden Meilen bis zum Ziel; 730 Sm. Der Tag scheint wieder sehr warm zu werden, da allen schon beim Frühstück der Schweiß auf der Stirn steht. Es ist 10 Uhr, Wind 4,6 Kn. Kommen nicht vorwärts.Frage:Wie lautet Steigerungsform von "Wenig Wind"?Wenig Wind - Flaute - Atlantik. Der Atlantik ist mal wieder platt wie. read more...


Koco - 16.Tag auf See.
Koco - 16.Tag auf See.
06/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 16

Robert´s reiselogg dag 16:Natten ti li dag har vi gått for motor, men når kapteinen våknet til liv satte vi genaker og har seilt for denne i store deler av vakten, med mer eller mindre hell. På ettermiddagen døde nesten vinden bort, og vi seilte i litt over 3 knop i lengre tid. Motor ble startet kl.17:00, og kommer etter de fleste solemerker til å gå hele natten.Pær´en vant distansekonkuransen i dag.Kapteinen bestemte seg for å reparere flaggstangen som knakk forrige dagen, og undertegnede ble lagt til enda en stilling ombord; nemlig tømmermann :-)Janne har vasket tøy i dag, så nå ser det ut som en sigøynerleir på dekket her, men tøy hengende til tørk overalt :-).Skribenten har fått badet i fart :-DDet var veldig rolig og lav fart en stund, men så fort han kom seg i havet øket farten til. read more...


06/12/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 13 bis 16

Endlich haben wir die Flaute gegen Wind getauscht, aber leider auch den Sonnenschein gegen dicke Regenwolken (Squalls). Angesichts unserer Diesel-Vorräte war dies schon eine notwendige Veränderung. Statt ,,Barfuß''-Route gehörte hingegen das Ölzeug zur geeigneten Garderobe.Aufgrund ergiebiger Regengüsse wäre die anstehende Rationierung des Trinkwassers zu verkraften.Da wir allmählich die letzte Gasflasche in Gebrauch genommen haben, muss das tägliche Brotbacken leider ad acta gelegt werden. Der Versuch uns von den Früchten des Meeres zu ernähren gelang uns bisher leider nur einmal mit einer Goldmakrele; 3 Anbisse endeten hingegen mit einer Enttäuschung.Während wir täglich mittels der sog. Fleet Messages über die Schäden anderer Schiffe informiert werden, können wir uns glücklich. read more...


06/12/2016

White Satin - Surfing to St Lucia

2070 miles sailed, 940 to go.Less than 1000 miles to go now, and we are still hurtling along as fast as the boat can go.Such a contrast from last week.At that stagewe were well aware that the overall distance we need to travel is roughly equivalent to coast to coast of the USA, and we were moving at the pace of a very slow walk.Thinking of it like that you don't really need to do any maths to see that is going to take a very long time !However the benefit of slow sailing is that it is very comfortable, so apart from the frustration and wondering which crew member we would have to eat first, it made for enjoyable sunny days. Now it is much more exciting, and though it is great to be sure that we will arrive at a reasonable time, comfortable is not the word any more.I will attempt to. read more...


06/12/2016

PkBoo - day 16 - near the wall of the 1000 miles

Hi friends of PkBoo.After a day and a night of moderate to light wind, now we are proceeding in the route to St Lucia at 4.5 - 5 kts. We are close to cross the line of the "last" 1000 miles, so today a fantasy of cold pasta with tomatoes, garlic and cheese to celebrate. Sorry but we are fully booked. One bottle of wine? Could be. By now it's not an ocean passage, it seems more like a summer Mediterranean cruise.CiaoMarco. read more...


06/12/2016

Estrella - Nikolaustag

Unsere vorgebuchte Onlinezeit im Iridium-Satellitensystem wird knapp, deshalb bis auf Weiteres kurze Statusmeldungen ?ber die YellowBrick-Anbindung.Heute, am Nikolaustag, liegen noch ca.950nm vor uns. Die Nacht ?ber war die Fahrt wechselhaft, wie h?ufig schon liess der Wind gegen Morgen nach. Die Nahrungs- und Genussmittel sind seit einigen Tagen rationiert bzw. aus, das tut aber der Stimmung keinen Abbruch. Wir haben jetzt den 15.12. als Ankunftstermin fest eingeplant.Helmut. read more...


06/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Sixteen

Week 3 at sea begins….the crew continue to wend their merry way across the Atlantic.  A lull the breeze has started to kick in today and we now approach the last leg of our ‘epic’ journey to St Lucia – a journey that has been as much about the passengers as the passage. 2425 miles down and we hope to be in by Friday latest.Dolphins off the bow this morning and two more fish landed by the fishing brothers (and most of the crew) (cos they were giants) this afternoon saw us a hearty dinner tonight followed by another pudding by ‘do nothing Dave’.  Bruno opened his last present from his wife and shared out fudge and mints.  Emma and Sam found themselves, quite literally, in knots in the cockpit tonight and struggled to find their way out of the brain teaser with ropes that. read more...


06/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 15: It’s been a hard days night, I should be sleeping like a log

Day 15: It’s been a hard days night, I should be sleeping like a log   Today has been hard.  Our individual and collective morale has beenlow.  Despondency over the wind, our course, our arrival date, theaccumulation of repairs needed and lack of fish has made today tough. The wind has been on our nose all day in a direction that has made ourcourse challenging.  We have been waiting for days for the predicted windshift in our favour but its been conspicuous in its absence. Ewen and Cal have had concerns about making their homeward bound flightsand despite reassurance from Dave our arrival in Saint Lucia still seems adistant dream.  Our water maker threw a hissy fit and developed an airlockand we found water (fresh not sea) in the forward bilge. We are. read more...


Blue Magic - sailing
Blue Magic - sailing
Blue Magic - the crew ashore
Blue Magic - the crew ashore
Blue Magic - the crew
Blue Magic - the crew
Blue Magic - leaving Las Palmas
Blue Magic - leaving Las Palmas
Nemo - Re: Milky way - 30s exposure from Nemo
Nemo - Re: Milky way - 30s exposure from Nemo
06/12/2016

Shalan - Day 16

14:23N 55:24WAhoy old buoy,Day sixteen began well however the wind dropped off around 2am meaning the spinnaker came down and engine came on for a few hours.Luckily, shortly after sunrise conditions improved and we had the sails up again and were maintaining a very respectable 8-9 knots for much of the morning. For the most part the day's been sunny and clear the only notable exception being a heavy shower this afternoon which actually served us well as those awake when these rain storms hit seized the opportunity for a long overdue shower!Due to a fridge management oversight on my part the intended slab of tuna marked out for tonight's meal was still totally frozen come supper time but thankfully Eric was on hand to save the day and served up some "stoemp", a Belgian dish consisting. read more...


Shalan - Day 16
Shalan - Day 16