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01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 9 - Better than fireworks!

15∞28.45 N - 24∞58.89 W --> 14∞10.12 N - 27∞30.48 WAnd other sea-life phenomena is ... Dolphins swimming in the night.From the helm in the aft we can see lots of luminescent dolphins' tracks. After a while these tracks starts to indicate the bow, so we understand that we're invited to the 'bright dolphin' show.'Click', we unlock our lifelines from the cockpit jackstay, 'clack', we lock it on the jackstay.Six dolphins are playng with us. In the silent darkness ocean sealife is better visible than in the daylight. The dolphin's tracks are all around, tens of metres of luminescent tracks. Tracks that follow and cross at a distance of centimeters from one and each other and from the bow of the boat. When a dolphin slows down, the track is less bright, shorter but wider; when a dolphin. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 8 - One week of life at sea

16∞ 21.62 N - 23∞ 29.01 W-->15∞28.45 N - 24∞58.89 WWe're in the middle of Cape Verde archipelago. We're crossing this beautiful corner of the world from NE to SW, the islands are former volcanoes, their heights pierce the clouds up to 3000mt above sea level. The vision of this contradictory landscape is enriched by thousands of flying fish and fishing birds (gannets, egrets, petrels...). It's really a nice "goodbye land" before crossing in earnest, 2100 Nm to Barbados island. At 1300 we've had a lunch-party to celebrate our first week at sea and our first time change. We're now UTC-1 time, going south-west and searching for more steady and stronger winds.We've had guests for our dinner-party! Finally some fish is in our galley and in our pans: mahi-mahi and bluefin tuna fish fried in. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 7 - T-shirt night watches

17∞42.34 N - 22∞08.40 W--> 16∞ 21.62 N - 23∞ 29.01 WIn the night the wind started to blow at 20 Knots, so we drop the gennaker and leave only the main sail. We were still doing at 7 knots but everybody could sleep quietly. As the sun rose we admired the long trajectories of hundreds of flying fish, strange creatures that show a snapshot of the evolution of the species: 'to be a bird or to be a fish, that is the question?'.At 0900, after the night watches in t-shirts, even with a bit of rain, we opened the fridge to arrange breakfast: the butter has melted !!! We immediately jibed to put our bow to the West! It feels like it has been long and hard waiting, but we have never used the engine, never a squall, never serious rain. Happy days. Now we'll try to put our gennaker as a leash on. read more...


Almagores II - Almagores
Almagores II - Almagores
01/12/2016

Ximera - An apology

A sincere apology to our on board blogger, the very talented writer and photographer Giacomo Cortesi.A glitch in our Mac/Iridum/Mailasail meant I messed up on getting these following posts up.Giacomo, I'm sorry.Any single girls who want to apologise on my behalf please come and make a date with Giacomo when we are in St Lucia. read more...


01/12/2016

Almagores II - Almagores

Dear friends and family,  Finally!!!...Trade winds have arrived as you can acknowledge from the happy faces behind the steering wheel. At present we have a little more than 600 miles to go to St.Lucia s with a jury vang. This means a vang has been made provisionally by our innovated crewmembers to replace the hydraulic super vang, which we now call s***, s***, vang, vang! The mood is very happy as we are approaching our destination, but one can also sense sadness of leaving the ocean behind. Ciao from Almagores IIF.M.. read more...


01/12/2016

Nisida - Butters Melted

Butters melted, Gingernuts gone soft and chocolate hobnobs have stuck emselves togerther in the fridge!  Kites up and poled out 12-16kts breeze and sailing bang on course for St.Lucia. Lots of talk about beer and T-bone steaks!Another hour or so and we will drop below a thousand miles to go so its down hill all the way now! Saw another whale and a shark just before sunset, wonder what we will get today?. read more...


01/12/2016

White Satin - Whisky galore

Thursday 1st December1320 miles sailed, 1680 miles to goWe continue directly towards St Lucia, in the middle of the trade wind belt. Unfortunately the trade winds seem unaware of that and are not at home.So the last 24 hours has had a fair bit of drifting along at 2 or 3 knots, though this morning it has picked up a bit and we have been managing about 5 knots.The forecast is promising further improvement and hopefully later we will be zooming along at the 7 knots that we would expect here, and actually arrive in St Lucia in time for Xmas !Yesterday was St Andrew's day, and Vicki drawing on her very slight Scottish ancestry had planned an appropriate evening meal of haggis (who knew that you could get haggis in tins ?), the ingredients on the tin said it was made from lamb's lobes - I. read more...


White Satin - Whisky galore
White Satin - Whisky galore
01/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - wind in the wind hole

Wind is not a mythical thing. We were beginning to think so and then suddenly Tuesday night, wind found our bobbing boat and we took off! The weather predictions by MAT are being questioned around here. They said this time of year to expect trade winds, but we still haven't found them yet, the GRIB said we're in a wind hole but were travelling in 12 knots of wind, beautiful. Due to wind in the wind hole Sara had to change her menu for lunch because of the heeling of the boat, but the resulting banana sandwiches brought back childhood memories for Felicity and Alice. On Tuesday we swam in the Atlantic, amazing. Hair was washed and we felt beautiful and less stinky! Luna and Alice swam around the boat enjoying the chance to cool down and move. That evening the bio-luminescence was really. read more...


01/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - rough but fun

“23:19,92 37:52,25W” winds changing to our advantage slowly and we are getting 7 knots over theground which is nice after a fairly hard evening and night fighting the wavesand having to tack just to stop heading back to las Palmas .  Little sleephad by all but in the morning we have been making up for it. We caught afabulous Sailfish with all its blue colour shinning in the sun . as we bought itin we all fell for its beauty  and were all thinking of how we could get itoff the line instead of killing it . Thanks to its power and size it broke freeand we all sighed a sign of relief especially me who know that i would be theone facing a 12 inch sward  while i unhooked the hook . I hope those hooksare dissolvable which i belief they are. Morning and Spanish omelette brought. read more...


01/12/2016

Beltana II - The Owner (alias State Room Boy) gets white wine relief

Great news today for the owner, former skipper and newly appointed “StateRoom Boy” of Beltana II, Jon Romcke..........during a tidy up of the stateroomthe major engineering feat of moving Graham’s bag (next week folks don’t forgetto look out for the Qatar Airlines A380 with the tandem trailer behind) wasmoved and three whole bottles of white wine were discovered.  Given thatJonno is currently cooking up yet more freshly caught Mahi Mahi for lunch, thisdiscovery has brought much joy and delight in aft regions of the boat.  Thefishing stakes have also been upped by finally finding the new sinker for theQueensland hand line.  This process of discovery was some what hindered bythe fact that “boy looks” were the only available process.............toabsolutely nobody’s surprise. read more...


01/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Day Eleven

Heather’s Birthday BlogLatitude 21 degrees 13.48 N and 42 degrees 56.59WGreetings to you all from the birthday girl and the words on my card from Fiona –‘Feel the warmth of the sun, the splashes of the sea and remember life is a gift to be savoured’.A special thank you to Mike, Fiona and hubby Peter for your birthday emails.Thanks for my cards and prezzies which I have just opened and as I write those up on deck are playing with the bubble wand.Another pressie for the day, we are putting the spinnaker up – whoop, whoop!Mike – the stars are out of this world – so magnificent and I continue to see shooting stars every night. The waves although initially a tiny bit scary are now my friends as they move us closer to the Caribbean.I’m also very proud to be the final Perham in our family to. read more...


01/12/2016

Exhale - light airs 30-11-16

Back online today with wind after two days of little or no wind but glorious sunshine and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Also success on the fishing front with a big dorado. Skipper has also trained flying fish to hit the helm on the back of the head to keep him awake!The light wind allowed time for running repairs and even a few trips up the mast to ensure everything is ok. We made a decision to try to sail all the way so progress was very slow for the last few days.Unfortunately Minerva of Kip was dismasted last night and we diverted back south east to assist and transfer some diesel to them. All her crew are fine.We are back on track now making good progress even though in a head wind.Photos to follow. read more...


01/12/2016

Koco - 11.Tag auf See

Die Nacht ohne Wind. Sternenklarer Himmel. Der Tag war bis auf unser Bergfest eher unspektakulär. Tagsüber immer noch wenig Wind. Trotzt, das die Angeln pünktlich zum Sonnenaufgang ausgeworfen wurden, konnte wieder kein Fisch gefangen werden(die Angel ratterte, aber der Fisch konnte wohl entkommen). Falls ich es noch nicht erwähnte, es ist warm.Temperatur ca.27 Grad / Luftfeuchtigkeit 66%. Kein Schiff in Sichtweite. Nur in der Nacht kreuzte uns wieder ein Tanker. Mal sehen was uns der nächste Tag so bringt.. read more...


01/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 11 - wir segeln wieder

Wir können den ganzen Tag segeln, allerdings kommt der Wind aus SW, d.h. wir fahren "am Wind" und könnenden direkten Kurs nicht anlegen. In der Nacht dreht der Wind noch mehr nach W, sodass wir wenden und Kurs Süd fahren. Außerdem ist die Nacht wider durchwacht. Da wir hoch am Wind segeln und immer wieder den Kurs korrigieren oder die Segel optimieren müssen. Wir sind morgens so geschafft, dass wir den Motor starten, um in Ruhe noch 1-2 Stunden zu schlafen. D.h. wir warten jetzt darauf, dass der Wind, wie vorhergesagt auf NO dreht. Die Stimmung an Bord ist etwas gedämpft, da wir endlich vorwärts kommen wollen und noch nicht einmal die Hälfte geschafft haben ;-(Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


01/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Eleven

We’re moving again! And in the right direction….Today has been mostly about wind and food…lots of food!!Bruce has been showing off his cooking skills with cake overload today. After another stunning sun-rise, everyone woke up to the delicious smells of lemon drizzle cake wafting through the cabins. We then set about making toasted baguettes for lunch with a homemade potato salad and coleslaw. Dinner was a chorizo and butterbean stew with freshly baked bread and then Bruce again cooked up a storm with stewed apples and sponge for dessert. (He’s promised to keep it up when he gets home!! Above decks the wind has been growing steadily all day, we have changed sails and Amelia has trimmed and trimmed again…and again. Folding away the genoa was a whole team effort and after a lot of to-ing. read more...


01/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 15 - Thursday 1st December

Day 14 - Wednesday - again!The day that went on forever - or at least that's how it seems.After the action of this morning, we all fell into a comfortable spinny-driven slump again for the afternoon.Now that the end is sort of in sight, it's all about just getting there - we have a line down from the dodgy spreader to give it a bit of support, and are hyper-conscious of not gybing too much, or without warning or preparation.Today wasn't as hot as the last few days, thank goodness.No swim today unfortunately - maybe one last one tomorrow?We had a gorgeous lunch of crepes courtesy of Anais - both savoury and sweet.Then fish curry from Denise for dinner.I have to say the culinary standard of this trip has been truly brilliant.My limited menu when I get home will be sadly lacking!This. read more...


01/12/2016

Sanya - sanya blog

SUBJECT:sanya blogen meer slapen...Het eerste deel gaat van 180cm hoogte naar 150 cm. Het tweede en tevens laatste deel gaat van 150cm naar 135 cm, mijn slaapplek dus. Eenmaal achter in onze grot bedenk ik meteen de beste techniek om er te komen, maar vooral om er weer uit te komen. De keuzes waren snel gemaakt, aangezien er maar twee technieken zijn: Ofwel als een aap (op handen en voeten) of al tijgerend zo als we in onze dienstplicht geleerd hadden. Echter ook deze keuzes waren niet zelf in te vullen, want ik kan je verzekeren, boven de 25 knopen wind zat de 'apentechniek' er al niet meer in! Over de bedjes zelf valt niet meer te zeggen dan dat ze op een brancard lijken, twee aan twee aan elkaar vast zitten en dat je er met een soort heupzwaai in moet zwieren. Wordt ook vooral niet. read more...


01/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 - CH3 Blog 2016-12-01

Wednesday 30 November 2016 Suddenly, without warning, another day has passed on board our fine vessel Challenger 3 – and what a day it has been. Just 24 hours ago we were barely managing to make half a knot towards our destination and now I sit here, at 1030 Challenger time, struggling to stay upright as we scream upwind towards our destination at 9-10knots with a good 30 degrees of heel to port. We passed our halfway point several days ago, having now run 1,614Nm and with only 1,231Nm to go, but the party for such an event was saved for the ‘convenient’ flat, calm weather we knew was comingall yesterday. With the watch system continuing as normal during the lack of wind, one person ‘helmed’ (held the wheel still to preserve every ounce of motion that may be delivered upon us), the rest. read more...


01/12/2016

Sanya - sanya blog

SUBJECT:sanya blogSanya Lan uit Hainan, tegenwoordig Sanya uit Bresjes...last but not leastWe zijn aangekomen aan het laatste stukje boot en tevens laatste onderwerp:HET SLAPEN: Natuurlijk wordt er ook geslapen aan boord van de Sanya en ook dat is weer een hele belevenis. Op het moment dat je de stap naar binnen maakt, zie je het al, links en rechts komen er een soort brancardsuit de wand. Ik dacht nog, goh, zullen er zoveel mensen ziek worden?? Maar nee, dit zijn onze bedden. Oki, dat zal dan wel, dacht ik, maar ik tel er maar 4. Ook dat probleem werd snel opgehelderd toen iemand van de crew nog verder naar achteren wees en zei; 'Hier zijn er nog 6!' Buiten dat dit misschien zo was, maakte een snel rekensommetje van 4+6 nog geen 17. Maar nee, ook dat was geen probleem aangezien we 4 uur. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft halfway celebration - sushi dinner!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft halfway celebration - sushi dinner!
01/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 12: Wind at last!

Bluewaft Log Day 12Thursday 1 December 201619°17’.744N 038°37’.686WWind at last!We’ve been sailing since 8pm last night.We put thegenakker up this morning and have a VMG of 6 kts.Hopefully the wind willstick to forecast and build over the coming days.And the fishing drought is also over.A good sized Bonito and a Mahi Mahi(and an even bigger one that snapped the line 2m from the back step).Weeven had a flying fish on board this morning!The Egrets (Igor and Ingrid) are still with us and making themselves (very)comfortable around the boat.Igor spends most of his time during the dayaround the bar, while Ingrid spends her time in the herb garden and thegalley.We just need to work on their toilet training(– although Ingridspend some time and did some business in Alex’s bathroom…).This. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 12: Wind at last!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 12: Wind at last!
01/12/2016

Jayana - An elf visits us

December 1st. An elf brought Christmas hats and decorations today. He even tried to help us catch a fish as we had a hit on our lure about 2 minutes after setting the line. Whatever that was chewed on the line and cut it clean, so we're down 8 lures since our departure. Our fishing inventory is starting to get pretty low! Yesterday morning, we lost a 5-6' monster (tuna or billfish) and our favorite Black Bart lure. We had a consolation prize with a 1m long wahoo at the end of the day, so we were able to have a sashimi appetizer. Almost all systems aboard are functional. We only lost the port navigation light (light is functioning, voltage is only 6V at the light) and the main engine alternator. During the day, the sunshine is enough to keep all systems functional and we run the generator. read more...


Jayana - An elf visits us
Jayana - An elf visits us
01/12/2016

PkBoo - Log day 12 - Looking for the elusive tradewinds, finding squals

Hi friends of PkBoo.No tradewinds at all. All I could think about passage route but not to go in frontwinds for so many days. Is it possibile to pay a surcharge to ensure tradewinds next passage?In the night we found a big squal with gale winds (30 kts) and a big shower. Everything went good, good crew and safe boat.Now we are proceeding with light wind from SO - O, so we have it in the front. Forecast are fore another loss of wind. Sorry but with last conditions we were not able to take some other dorado fish with us for a delicious lunch. Yesterday lentils with vegetables and cheese (followed just by one spoon of Nutella, the preferred confort food of the crew). Hope to give you our new recipe next days.Ciao a tutti.Marco. read more...


01/12/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 11

Roberts reiselogg dag 11:Livet er herlig :-)I lengre deler av dagen har vi seilt i over 7 knop :-)Distansekonkuransen ble i dag vunnet av Mona.Vi ble i dag kalt opp av Bonair som seiler fra Lanzarote til Barbados.Det er startet opp noe tilsvarende ARC som har denne ruten.Han som var med å starta opp ARC har startet dette, som etter det jeg har hørt er et rimeligere alternativ med mye mindre organisasjon.Bonair som vi tror er fra UK hadde 3 generasjoner ombord + masse LEGO til de yngste.Det var ikke noe viktig, men bare sosialisering.Når man er ute i dette store intet er det alltid hyggelig å se andre seilbåter, og når man ser hverandre er man i VHF-range som regel.VHF= Walkietalkie for båter ;-)Vinden ble borte, og motoren startet ved 19-tiden, så nå blir det motorgange iallefall over. read more...


01/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur - At Sea - Can't remember what day....

Becalmed!Over the last few days we have had the dubious pleasure of experiencing first hand another famous aspect of sailing lore: the doldrums. After crossing the 1000 mile mark on Sunday, we attempted to race South after receiving news that the long awaited trade winds were scheduled to begin. But alas! We sailed straight into a wind hole and remained becalmed throughout Monday and Tuesday. At first the crew gladly made the most of this rare break in our otherwise busy day-to-day race schedule, taking the opportunity to swim in the Atlantic's 4500 metre deep water, read books, relax and play cards. The water is amazingly smooth in these conditions, often without even a single ripple to disturb the surface - something we certainly hadn't expected to see from this mighty ocean. It's hard. read more...


01/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 10: Squalls to the left of me, squalls to the right, here I am stuck in the middle with you!

Day 10: Squalls to the left of me, squalls to the right, here I am stuck inthe middle with you!   We have had a full on day of squalls. The clouds have been grey, thesea has been grey, the sun has been absent and squalls in varying shades of greyhave been all around us on the horizon.  Some assume a density of colourthat tends to pewter, giving an intensity to their presence that becomesmalevolent.  They show up on our radar as pink amoebic blobs. Pink issuch a gentle happy colour for these beasts of the sea.  We can see themform, grow, move and fragment.  The art is to avoid the high winds and rainassociated with sailing through them and the potential wind void on the otherside, whilst maintaining our course without too much deviation.  Not aneasy task. At. read more...


01/12/2016

Beltana II - Captain’s Blog 30.11.16

Having awokento light winds but not the sound of an engine, Captain Jon felt such relief thathe decided, he needed a day off and to entirely relinquish command. Unsure uponwhat criteria to choose a replacement Captain, he followed the usual protocoland asked the first person he came across. This had the dual advantage of pitting age against experience; withminimal confusion to the crew, with Caption John replacing CaptainJon. Having anunruly crew to manage, I promptly checked the weather, which for the first timegave a favourable predication, and went to bed.  Mr Romeckeonce relieved of command, seemed to discover a new lease on life, his lineregularly singing, landed the biggest Mahi Mahi of the trip.  He cooked a second breakfast of Wahooand a full flavoured chorizo. read more...


01/12/2016

Beltana II - Update to Fishing Score

I must admit with some humility that yesterday when I updated the fishingscore after having scored a great Mahi Mahi on the end of my line, I erroneouslymis-counted Johnny’s fish. Update – JR – 2;POG – 1.5; JM – 4.5; oops. read more...


30/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 11 Nacht 10

Hallo Zusammen,die letzte Nacht hat so ziemlich alles geboten. Wir haben eine Wetterfront durchquert, dabei gab es von Flaute (nur kurz), Böen bis 25 Kn aus 90 Grad, Regen und glasklarem Sternenhimmel so ziemlich alles was man sich vorstellen kann. Es war also unruhig, Schlaf war mal wieder deutlich reduziert. Paul hat es ja bereits des Öfteren mit Fischen probiert, das war bis jetzt auf Grund der zu hohen Geschwindigkeit die wir in der Regel drauf haben nicht von Erfolg gekrönt. Also springen die Fische einfach so an Bord, Heute Morgen ein Fliegender Fisch der bei uns an Deck gelandet ist. Aus etwas größerer Entfernung haben wir einen sehr großen Wal gesehen, erst beim Blasen und anschließend hat er uns seine große Schwanzflosse gezeigt mit welcher er eine mächtig Fontäne Wasser in die. read more...


01/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance Encounter - Elan 434 day ARC Day 10. Light winds and R&R

Like day nine, day ten woke to clear skies, light winds, and smooth seas with subtle underlying swells. Unlike day nine however, no additional breeze showed up later in the morning for champagne sailing under our gennaker. This did however provide another great day of R & R.Many of the crew took a long sleep in to begin the day and after postponing hunger with "Mari" brand digestive biscuits, we finally had breakfast at 1:30pm. Rob produced a second round of huevos rancheros (a Mexican farmer's breakfast with a fried tortilla under fried egg, guacamole, tomato, beans and capers), and produced a new high score of 191. Scoring is as follows: 10 points for each unbroken egg yolk, 5 points for each unburned tortilla (easy to do as the gas stove doesn't go very low), minus ten for each. read more...


01/12/2016

Charisma - Tag 10 - Ein Tag voller Ereignisse

Wir haben zwei kämpfende Pottwale in weniger als einerBootslänge auf Backbordseite passiert. Die Tiere haben uns gar nichtbemerkt und wir haben sie erst wahrgenommen, als sie Backbord querabauftauchten. Im Kampf haben sich die Tiere verwunden, diecharakteristischen Köpfe und Schwänze ragten aus dem Wasser undverschwanden wieder. Das Wasser färbte sich braun, als wir die Waleachteraus ließen. Wenig später tummelten sich Dutzende quicklebendige Delfine rund um die Charisma.SchwerwettertrainingNachdemwir die letzen zwei Tage kaum Wind hatten, erreicht uns am Nachmittagdann eine Kaltfront. Mit 7 Beaufort haben wir plötzlich ein handfestesSchwerwettertraining auf dem Atlantik. Die Crew ist beeindruckt undbegeistert von der seegehenden Swan.Ein gutes GefühlDie SY Charismavermittelt ein großes. read more...


01/12/2016

Shalan - Day 11 - FISH ON!!!

14:39N 041:11WWow... What a 24 hours we've had! Full of absolute highs and a couple of lows! We'll combine our daily FISH UPDATE into the script today as it features as a major part!So we sailed into last night with the spinnaker up cruising along nicely at 9 knots. Sadly the wind dropped off at midnight andwe had to sock it and turn on the motor. Sunrise came, we put the lines out (the most important job!), and we continued to motor throughout the day heading 290 degrees as there was only a gently breeze. The weather was lovely though, an absoulte scorcher and we thought it perfect to have a full english brunch on deck. Shortly after both lines went at the same time! FISH ON!!! Oli and Tom both jumped on the reels and wound in two huge corifen each about a metre long. That was Ol's. read more...


Shalan - Day 11 - FISH ON!!!
Shalan - Day 11 - FISH ON!!!
Nemo - USA's next president
Nemo - USA's next president
30/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 9, N 19.53.51 W 28.47.47, 29 November 2016

3 days without wind.... we had so much fun! Swimming, breakfast, maintenance, drinking, swimming, drinking, lunch, music, swimming, drinking, music, dance, sleep, sleep, sleep. We have configured an emergency water system so that fresh water is flowing again. The only downside of 3 days without wind: we have consumed nearly all our alcohol!!! We were expecting the wind to return around the early hours of Wednesday morning but the first signs of a weather change were here this morning, Tuesday, at 6 am, when we first felt a slight touch of wind on our face during the morning watch. In the course of the day the wind increased and since 16:30 we are sailing again! Based on the forecast we expect 10 days of excellent sailing bringing us all the way to St Lucia.We have also started a new. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Blog Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93 day 10: What an exciting all- inclusive day! During the morning the good looking crew worked on their tan, later we spotted some other boats and in the afternoon we had the wonderful chance to do some extended testing of our bad-weather-clothing in heavy rain. Wind speed up to 27 knots guaranteed really nice sailing. Right now there is some shouting contest going on while changing the kites (we have two!one for each mast) for the 100th time ;-)Also the bets between crew members on our estimated arrival time reach the next level- winner pays the welcome drinks! cheerio, the crew of the Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


30/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 1. December 2016

We are sailing, we are sailing,to St. Lucia happily.We are sailing - no more motorwith the tradewinds finally.Had great days here on the oceanbathing, fishing every daytook us longer than expectedbut enjoyed it we can say.See you soon all at the rhum barin Marina Rodney Bay.We are sailing highspeed westward.Have a splendid sailing day. Lyrics: Wethomi Music: R. StewartThere they are, finally: The trade winds! Nice north easterly winds with 12 to 15 kts. And we are moving! Maybe we will reach St. Lucia still this year. There were moments we doubted it.What else happened?Changed the onboard time. Caught no fish. Had fresh cake. Tried singing above song.700 Nm to St. Lucia. read more...


30/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 30 - 11th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 1,477 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,200 miles behind us. Today we sailed about 100 miles as the crow flies, around 130 in zig zag, tacking around.The night started with us motor-sailing on very light winds. At about 1:00 am, wind picked up to 8-11 knots. As the day progressed we put the first reef, then the second, and at 5:00 pm got into a squall with 35 knot winds. We rolled the jib and run with the main and two reefs for about 20 minutes. Billy and Chuck were of great help.Winds are down to 15-19 knots, but we are still in an area of storm cells. To settle for the night we have taken the main down and are sailing jib only at 5-6 knots.The weather router has us now going on a 140° course to avoid a front developing north of us. St. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 10 Sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 10 Sunset
30/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 10

Woke up to yet another beautiful morning and one of Richards special bowls of porridge. It was nice to see another ARC boat overnight with the Swedish boat Njord passing within 1/2 mile of us. During the course of the morning the winds freshened and by lunchtime we were sailing in a healthy 15 knot south easterly. The forecast for tomorrow suggests a further improvement with yet more wind and we are all looking forward to pushing onward to St Lucia. We currently have another 1600 miles to go but appear to be making good progress when compared to some of the other boats in frustratingly light winds.Both Bob (aka The Salty Seadog) and myself have now removed our 'beards' and our youthful radiance has been restored (the reservation at the care home for 2 in St Lucia has now been. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 continued
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 continued
30/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin - Day 10 onboard

Day 10 onboard...I don't know what is going on with the fish out there!! We didn't get ONE SINGLE fish. Like I seriously think there is something wrong with them!!! We caught one little mahi mahi today, but it got free after 10 minutes of fighting with it. We are doing good with the food though, I went through the freezer and all the tins we had left, and I wrote 15 meals we should survive with, until we arrive. Get ready St Lucia restaurants we are going to be starving!!! Guess who has the genoa back on place????? We do! After fighting with it for more than 4 days we finally found out what was wrong and fixed it! Everything is back in place. The wind finally picked up a tinny little bit, 10knots.. so the engines are taking their well deserved rest after some hours working. It's perfect. read more...


30/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 10

--Big news, this morning early ,before eight Nick caught a fish ,a dorado ,itscalled a mahi mahi in the caribbean ,it weighed 3 kilos. it will make an excellent dinner. We put the line out again immediately but no success since. It would be great to have one or two in the fridge.Now that we are nearing the mid atlantic ridge we expect the fishing to improve .All the guides to fishing on the ARC suggest this.Later we were lucky to see a seabird called a Masked Booby fishing near the boat. It is a relative of the gannet and fishes by diving from a height into the waves.Its prey is flying fish.We have wind all day since 0200, sometimes more than required but wind is wind even though its blowing from the west force 4 .We are beating into it and making good progress.. read more...


30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 continued

Log Day 10 continuedMark, owner of SoL cleaned the Mahi-Mahi out on the afterdeck stairs, a "hidden" compartment below a sliding deck door, while our Captain prepared things for a special cooking.The compartment opens up fully to become a swim step, and is perfect for landing/cleaning fish without getting blood on the teak decks. At dinner time we were all famished, made worse by the wonderful smells coming from the galley.We set the dining table in the cockpit just at dusk, and Augusto came up with an amazing dish…a Mahi-Mahi "cataplana".This hammered, polished copper oval shell opened up to reveal our catch of the day steamed and garnished with fresh vegetables and sliced potato, all simmering in their own juices and spiced with Piri-Piri sauce, a traditional Portuguese sauce. We. read more...


30/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 11 - Passat må være oppskrytt

Ikke bilen, men vinden. Her markedsføres det med 14 knops konstant østavind oghva får vi? Er det ikke vindstille så er det vestavær!Ser ut som vi må seile til karibien på kryss. Idag har vi hatt sørvest og snart dreier den rett vest...Men vi setter vår lit til Metrozonisk instutt. Alt blir bedre i overmorgen :). read more...


30/11/2016

Gatsby - Day 11 - second start

So, meine E-Mail von heute Mittag ist leider nicht raus gegangen. Wir sind wieder unterwegs! Die Crew der GATSBY hat heute um 1620 Ortszeit in Mindelo abgelegt. Nun sind wir mit 7-8kn unter dem kleinen Spinnaker den drei Booten vor uns auf den Fersen. Einen von ihnen haben wir schon eingeholt. Hinter uns segelt die BETELGEUSE in die Nacht. Mal sehen, wer von unserem 5er Grüppchen morgen früh noch da ist. Wir sind froh nun endlich wieder auf Touren zu sein, vor allem, da es Momente gab, in denen die Weiterfahrt unklar war. Nun ist aber jedes Crewmitglied froh, an Bord zu sein. Es werden gerade Rösti gebraten und ich kann euch sagen, das riecht wirklich köstlich! Nun liegen 2080nm vor uns bis nach St. Lucia. 16 davon sind schon abgeritten!Ist unsere Nachmeldung zur ARC+ angekommen? :D. read more...