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Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 17: Squall Alley
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 17: Squall Alley
29/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 9 with Ted

Early in the morning on day 9 we arrived to Cabo Verde to fix the rig issues. Already in the afternoon we could set sail again. Now we are sailing towards Santa Lucia. No one is sea sick. Sailor Ted and we have now seen Cabo Verde, or at least Mindelo...Best regards from Hilmer and Ted. read more...


29/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 10 - 29.11.17 - entspannten Segeln

Barefoot - Tag 10 - 29.11.17 - entspannten Segeln Die letzten 24 Stunden waren sehr entspannt, wobei der Wind von ursprünglich 25 kn dann auf jetzt ehr 10-15 kn abgenommen hat. Die Strömung läuft immer noch gegen uns, morgen soll der Wind wieder etwas zunehmen.Die ersten passatwolken werden sichtbar und der Atlantik liegt bei deutlich über 27 Grad. Wie ihr wahrscheinlich schon registriert habt, bewegen wir uns mittlerweile auf der direkten Linie nach St. Lucia. Wir machen Meilen...Diese Nacht haben wir ein Segelschiff ohne AIS im Abstand von ca. 2 sm überholt. Das war dann ehr der ungewöhnliche Fall, fast alle Schiffe, denen wir begegnet sind, sind auch auf dem AIS sichtbar. Es scheint, dass so langsam auch die Segler, die schon früher westlich gegangen waren, zu uns aufschließen, aber. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 10 fotos
29/11/2017

Blue Bayou - On Our Way

Chute up giving us a good lift.Fish will need to swim pretty quick to get on our line now!image1. read more...


Blue Bayou - On Our Way
Blue Bayou - On Our Way
29/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Final Blog

The FlogAs we surf the waves at 14 degrees N & 60 degree West, 7 hours 22 minutes from Rodney Bay, St Lucia, we contemplate a cooked breakfast over early earl grey teas and reflect upon our Great Expectations.Though our Mag currently points us towards Martinique, we are each looking forward to landing on St Lucian land, desperate to look up our trailing list of uncompleted arguments on Google. Do albatross really live for 75 years? Is fishes the plural of fish? What is the right gelatine:cream ratio for panacotta? What appointment did Derry Irvine hold in government and how much was his wallpaper? Who was the third Goodie? And could John's snake ever learn to love him?And what else? John is yearning to visit a restaurant, Dad wants to move into a hotel, Erica will immediately call. read more...


29/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Going for a dip

Yesterday was panning out to be a bit of a dull day (from an activity rather than weather perspective) and I was getting increasingly worried about what I could write about in today's blog. We had been sailing all night with the Blue Water Runner, and making great progress. Our normal routine is to drop the sail in the morning and in the evening to check for wear on the halyard (and if there is any wear, we chop that bit off - so be warned!). Yesterday morning we decided that at the same time we would try and swap back to the original, supposedly stronger halyard (the brand is called Hercules and so it must be truly mighty) rather than the spare halyard that we had been using. This involved sewing the two ends together, whipping around the join, and then feeding the new halyard up the. read more...


29/11/2017

Lei Lei - 10. Tag auf hoher See - Back to the Roots

Der 10. Tag auf hoher See steht unter dem Motto "Back to the Roots". Und vermutlich wird dieser Tag - wie bisher kein anderer - die folgenden Tage prägen. Der Passat zieht uns tagsüber wie an einer Leine durch den Atlantik. Der Parasailor entfaltet einen herrlich gleichmäßigen und kräftigen Zug, so dass man wirklich das Gefühl hat, in St. Lucia stünde jemand mit einer Kurbel und zöge uns heran. Perfektes Segeln bei Sonnenschein und bester Stimmung auf und unter Deck. Christian geht auf das Vorschiff und pickt sich ein. Zunächst scheint es, als würde eine weitere waghalsige Reparatur/Optimierung der lei lei angegangen (es gibt kaum einen Augenblick, in dem der Skipper nicht mit einer neuen Idee und deren Umsetzung beschäftigt ist). Auf den zweiten Blick sieht man dann aber die Videokamera. read more...


29/11/2017

Jubilate Mare - Two weeks in, and finally, WIND!

Hello All, from the Jubilant Mates aboard Jubilate Mare.  Winds are blowing well now and the end is in sight. Two weeks in and FINALLY we have the  trade winds we had expected for the whole voyage. We now hope to arrive on the 3rd / 4th - good thing too as friends, Mark and Mary Lord, arrived on the 27th and go home on the 4th!! And to think when we set off with good winds (for one day only!) we did the projections and had thought we'd maybe arrive before they did. As Pete has often been heard to say "You can't sail to a timetable". However, fortunately we still have other family and friends staying til the 10th so will he able to sample the joys of St Lucia with them. I, for one, am looking forward to galloping on the beach and riding in the sea again.  We have. read more...


29/11/2017

Rubikon - Day 9 at sea - Relaxing and cooking

Following our slightly choppy start into the day yesterday, things calmed down a lot and the crew spent most of the afternoon relaxing and sleeping with the autopilot safely guiding us towards the west. A couple of hours in the afternoon were used to produce a metric shit-ton of Bolognese sauce by Kai and Alex, while Jose battled with some sea-sickness while beautifully filleting a freshly caught (but rather small) Mahi-Mahi. As this is the 6th Mahi-Mahi we have caught since we left, we implemented a policy that from now on only tunas are to bite our bait. Let's see if they listen...The night brought some slower winds and thereby speeds, with the our current guesses for our average velocity made good for the last 24h (VMG - speed with which we got closer to St Lucia every hour) as. read more...


29/11/2017

Queen Bee - verso ovest

Giornata di navigazione intensa, con vento da Nord - Nordest dai 15 ai 21 nodi stiamo andando al lasco con una buona velocità. La vita a bordo procede tranquilla e con i soliti ritmi lenti. Nulla da segnalare a parte una splendida luna che rende l'oceano argentato.Arnaldo. read more...


28/11/2017

Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?

The nights had been getting warmer...Claire was not expecting rain and definitely not hail on her watch.Holly was not expecting to feel scales under her toes.Aedis claimed the lives of many flying fish this night passed. A memorial service will be held directly after breakfast and when all scales have been removed.image1. read more...


Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?
Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?
29/11/2017

Blue Bayou - Faith, Hope and rightful reward

Dear readers,Apologies for the recent lack of posts. We’ve been busy boys. Following a couple of days of less than sparkling performance, as good God fearing Scottish Presbyterians the crew decided to resort to prayer, and a brief, but moving service was conducted by the skipper, aka I M Jolly on Sunday. The highlight was undoubtedly a stirring rendition of “Eternal Father, Strong to Save” performed with gusto by the congregation. We headed grimly, but determinedly and purposefully southwards towards Cape Verde. And then it happened. As we passed some 15nm north of the most NW of the islands, Santo Anto, our mobile phones burst into life. It was a sign(al)!!!! Some 328 emails, 596 WhatsApp’s, and 3 Facebook messages (the Laird - sigh) later, the wind suddenly backed, and as if by. read more...


La Cigale - Day 11 - Dawn Watch Unfurling Gennaker - Child Labour
La Cigale - Day 11 - Dawn Watch Unfurling Gennaker - Child Labour
28/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 8 with Ted

Today the wind finally allowed us to set course towards Cap Verde, while singing the song ”Hello Africa”. Sailor Ted and I (Hilmer) have seen thousands of flying fishes around the boat.Best regards from Hilmer and Ted. read more...


29/11/2017

Charm - Day of arrival

We made it!Crossed the finish line at 3:25 am, found the dock in the dark, and were greeted with rum punch and a giant fruit basket which Tim immediately took and hid.All are happy and some are contemplating sleep.Thanks to all those of you cheering and sending good wishes from afar.We got the shipment of following winds for the last 48 hours - it was much appreciated, especially by Kent!. read more...


Charm - We sailed the whole way!
Charm - We sailed the whole way!
Charm - Tim gets restocked!
Charm - Tim gets restocked!
29/11/2017

Hummingbird - Poem: Night Sky, at sea

I had expected this ocean crossing to be wonderful and it is living up to and exceeding all of myexpectations. However one of the most amazing, breathtaking aspects of this trip has been the beauty of the night watches, the clear, unpolluted view of the sky in all its glory. Here is my poem.Night Sky, at seaA dark crowded stage, filled with lifeless performersRevealing old light to the worldInfinite death stars, infinite birthTimeless spirals of heaven unfurledSpinning ordinations through black spangled oceanDancing revolutions in slow expanding motionForever.I am a spectatorSmall, irrelevant spectatorBobbing on our little planet blue.I smile at the simplicity,The wonderful complexity.Applaud the actors,Praise supporting crew.Michelle. read more...


28/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 10: Arithmetic lessons in gybe angles. Wendy goes nuts and Alf confesses to being 'Old School'

28 November 2017 0830 Position 17 degs 18.5'N 028 degs 49.8WAwoke at some ungodly hour by the radio crackling into life whilst Dave passed small talk with another yacht in the vicinity, Barracuda, not that it was not nice to hear from them its just that it was Neal and my off-watch and were soundoh asleep and the radio was on full blast down here. The expletives emanating from Neal's cabin can't be repeated here unless you are reading this after the 9pm watershed. Alf's lexicon of English continues to grow - so does mine for that matter!The wind has increased as hoped but appears to have gone further West meaning that it was dead downwind to St Lucia and we can't sail dead down wind safely. St Lucia was getting closer but was remaining an elusive target. So Dave held a management meeting. read more...


Charm - Double digit party!
Charm - Double digit party!
29/11/2017

Charm - Day 13

We're rapidly closing in on St. Lucia as I write this.The winds have definitely been working for us the past two days.It's nice to be going fast but I enjoyed all the peaceful days as well.Now that things are more wobbly on the boat, and it's high risk to walk onto the foredeck, I appreciate when we could play carefree volleyball.Off to take over for Kent.We ate the last of most major food groups today and Tim and I are quite pleased with how the provisioning went.Tim finished the last of the grapes today and, based on his lower-than-normal appetite, probably finished a few private stashes as well.Next message from land!. read more...


Charm - Nice speeds tonight!
Charm - Nice speeds tonight!
Charm - Tim defends his grapes
Charm - Tim defends his grapes
28/11/2017

Odessa - 10-th day of race

Ветра к вечеру усилился до 12 узлов. Пошли по генеральному курсуИз ничего, что уже кажется странным. Разве что внезапно кончилась техническая вода - датчик уровня воды оказывается показывает погоду... Запустили опреснитель. Погода ясная - днём жарко, ставили спрейхуд.На завтрак - яичница с салом из свиной ноги, обед - плов из свинины.. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 16: The Skipper!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 16:  The Skipper!
28/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimarts 28 de novembre de 2017 Wooola!Ja estem a l’inici del final. D’aquesta setmana no passa que toquem terra! La nostre intensió i il·lusió és poder arribar Rodney Bay (Santa Lucia) divendres a l’hora de sopar (que a casa ja anireu pels gin-tonics mínim). Ara ja comencem a notar els anhelats Elisis que ens heu estat enviant des de casa i la mitja de velocitat ha pujat més d’un nus. Moltes gràcies per l’esforç. Tot i això hem d’estar modificant les veles i el rumb perquè encara no són clars i nítids, i cada vegada que hem decidit fer un bordo el vent ha girat o s’ha encalmat o ha pujat d’intensitat. Al matí, sobretot, l’Oriol i en David han fet bastants viatges a proa. Que si ara puja el tangó, que si ara baixa’l i hissem l’asimètric, que no que un altre cop el tangó però per l’altra. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
28/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Epic Day

Monday 27thDay 8 saw the sun rising over Gust of Wind, cruising along (under motor) close to the mid-point of our Atlantic crossing, and set the tone for an unforgettable day. First light saw the guys on watch having to remind themselves that they were, in fact, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean as the conditions would sooner be related to a still, winters morning on the Langebaan lagoon. Our morning coffee and Corn Flakes came with a head-scratching session as we tried to figure out where the wind was going to come from. After a beautiful, all be it frustrating, morning switching between motor and sail, searching for that ever-elusive perfect angle we decided to make the most of what we were dealt. We turned our focus from the sailing and set the table for a slow lunch and a cheeky. read more...


Gust of Wind - Epic Day
Gust of Wind - Epic Day
28/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 10 - Mr. Trade Winds - we’ve been expecting you.

At last. Fair weather, smooth seas and 14 knots of breeze right behind us.Finally it feels like we’re making inroads into the crossing - instead of just trying to get ourselves into a suitable position to make inroads into the crossing!It’s been a busy but peaceful day. More jobs, washing, baking, making rice-pudding.The galley team have worked miracles and we had homemade burgers and chips for dinner - the Des burger is mighty indeed, the hungry crew all silenced by the hearty meal.No sign of dolphins or any fish today.Also conspicuous by her absence was Pandora’s Box.They say they don’t, but I suspect Jake and Des secretly miss her.The ARC fleet report told us of several more boats that have returned to land with equipment failure or illness, so everyone’s had their. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 10 - Mr. Trade Winds - we’ve been expecting you.
NoStress - Log Day 10 - Mr. Trade Winds - we’ve been expecting you.
28/11/2017

North Star - USA - Log Day 6 - Moving Out

Everything going OK.NE winds 15-18 kts steady although seas a bit bouncy last night.Henry noted that the water jug actually jumped out of the sinkand went airborne across the galley.The cabin sole is now very clean!No one really slept very well but we managed. We are doing well with voice communications with Chris Parker for weather.He is in Florida and we hear and talk with him clear as a bell.We are also doing well with power management and able to get the battery drain down to 4.8 amps. The new alternator packs a wallop charging at almost 100 amps initially which minimizes the time we need to run the engine. Since we have almost full water tanks, we aren't making water although we have the capability.If I can get the water-powered generator working we can be energy neutral...a big. read more...


28/11/2017

@teamtigress - Frankensails 9th day and he has a brother...

Frankensails 9th day and he has a brother...It’s been some days since you’ve heard from us @teamtigress. This isn’t because we haven’t wanted to write but due to the sheer exhaustion of sailing and having no time on our hands. Skipper Sue here....An initial decision to go north ultimately meant we were forced south due to the more southern passage of the low pressure system that affected the northern sectors of the grid last week. Initially heading into this to then tack and come down with more favourable winds we somewhat inconveniently at this time seriously ripped our mainsail with a full leech to luff seam tear above either of the reefing points. This forced us to take the sail down and dramatically slowed us down meaning we couldn’t stay north and had to get south to evade some big. read more...


@teamtigress - Frankensails 9th day and he has a brother...
@teamtigress - Frankensails 9th day and he has a brother...
28/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 28112017

Le blog du TOP n°7 du mardi 28/11/2017Le calme attendu est venu. Moins de 10 kts, peu de houle et toujours au près. On attend le retournement de vent qui devrait arriver demain ou dans la nuit. Vers 12h TU, surprise cela tourne, entre 4 et 5 kts légèrement au portant (arrière). On affale le génois et on installe le spi assymétrique. Avec la perte de notre panneau solaire, il ne reste plus que 2 moyens pour recharger les batteries, l'hydro génératrice qui débite 2 à 3 A à basse vitesse et peut donner beaucoup plus si la vitesse augmente. C'est comme un petit moteur avec une hélice qui est à l'arrière, éolienne marine disons. Ensuite, on a le moteur. On l'utilise une a deux fois par jour, position neutre bien-sûr qui est autorisée.A la demande du reste de l'équipage, "on avait dit pas. read more...


28/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 10 - 28 November - Flights of fancy

Second day in the trade winds and it was clear this morning we were in the flight path with a couple of flying fish discovered on deck. I half expected to find feathers on their wings! Goggle-eyed, their mouths were shaped in a huge "O" as though with the surprise of finding themselves in such a predicament, bouncing onto our trampoline net. Poor things, we returned them to the ocean. Delighted later to see a lively school flitting alongside the boat like sea fairies.It really does feel like we are flying now. With the gennaker out during the day we reached 8.5 knots at one point, and even at night with the jib we were cruising above six. Sitting at the helm, looking out across azure waters and a cloudless sky, citrus fruits gently swinging from the nets hung from our solar panels. read more...


28/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - 120 miles to go :-)

Quite a lot of wind since last night, so we have been making good progress towards St Lucia the last 24 hours. We expect the wind to moderate a bit this afternoon, but are prepared for a lot of squalls as there are more clouds here today and we have been told to expect more squalls closer to land.The motion in the boat has been quite exhausting at times today with 20 degrees rolls to each side countless times. But speed has been good and as always down here the sun is out and the water is warmer than ever at 28 degrees Celsius (do anyone know what the normal temperature should be at this time of the year?). Looking forward to write to you all from Rodney Bay in St Lucia sometime tomorrow morning!Best regards from Eivind and the Abraxas crew!. read more...


28/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 14

Finally a healthy breeze has set in. We have 20-22 knots steady which means we are making good speed with genoa and a slightly reduced main. The waves are up a bit, but no more than you could expect going back from Svenner to Sandefjord on a summer day with a bit of sunset breeze. So moods are up, our Raymarine countdown to the St Lucia waypoint says 5 days, so we will soon be getting the fenders and mooring lines out ;)A little tale. On my nightwatch last night I sat there as you do and looked at the sky. On our starboard quarter I suddenly saw a bright white light. It hung in the air and I thought it might be a very bright star, but it was very close to the horizon. The light seemed to flicker and went out before a new light in the same place appeared. I was sure this was a flare, or. read more...


28/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 10 - Angelerfolg

Heute war definitiv ein besserer Tag als gestern. Ich weiß nicht, ob das bei meinem Blogeintrag gestern so rüber gekommen ist, aber wir hatten alle das Gefühl, den ganzen Tag lang nicht recht wach zu werden, waren irgendwie groggy, und Kerstin, Arjan und ich hatten zwischendurch auch mit ein wenig Übelkeit zu kämpfen. In der vergangenen Nacht haben wir zum Glück etwas mehr Schlaf bekommen und seit Tagen stahl sich heute auch endlich nochmal die Sonne zwischen den Wolken hindurch. Trotzdem ist die See etwas rauer als wir es uns wünschen würden und Kerstin würde liebend gerne das Geschaukel einmal abstellen. Tatsächlich ist es auf Dauer ziemlich nervig, bei jeder Bewegung entweder balancieren oder sich festhalten zu müssen, nichts einfach abstellen zu können, ohne es zu sichern, und. read more...


28/11/2017

Ellen - Day 9

Another early morning with weak winds - to start with. But at 04.00 we felt a wind from east and we got from 1 to 2 knots wind... and 06.00 we had more then 8 knot from east! Was it the trade winds???? At eight a clock we set our spinnaker and made a good speed! At noon we celebrated both that we had reached the trade winds and the first 1000 nautical miles has passed.The captain and the crew are so happy, GO WEST!!!. read more...


28/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 14: Flowering seas

As the temperature rose and the seas became calmer we found ourselves sailing through carpets of greeny bronze coloured plant like growth.Not stringy like European seaweed, but fist size clumps with flower and leaf like structures growing upwards, as if rooted to an invisible nutrient pool.The normally crystal clear water being now full of a suspension.Very strange stuff. Wild Iris slowly sailed through this golden floating carpet quite surreal against the calm sapphire blue sea.image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 14: Flowering seas
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 14: Flowering seas
28/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 15: Eating like Admirals!

As for the crew, well they are all a little tired but on top form. Each days meal has been something to look forward to whether it is a full English for breakfast or dishes such as Spanish chicken, Goulash or St. Lucia Beef for dinner. These have then been supplemented with homemade [on board] humous and flatbreads. image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 15: Eating like Admirals!
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 15: Eating like Admirals!