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26/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 4 - Birthday party on Board

Today we cooked a nice diner and 2 cakes to celebrate MARK'S BIRTHDAY. Paaaaaartyy.The cognac bottle is going to wait for us until we get to St Lucia. Woop!. read more...


26/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 2 - No wind

We had a calm day, with very little wind in the morning and no wind at all in the afternoon. We had to build our way, very patiently; no one wants to use the engine, we are here to sail! Good afternoon to practice some guitar, sing along, asking for some wind, together with a nice and sociable pod of dolphins. The forecast for tomorrow looks promising, let's see how it goes… One needs to be very careful with what he asks for, when out at sea; sometimes it happens. During the night watches, the wind started again, and we are off…-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 2 - No wind
Spirit of Lusitania - Log day 2 - No wind
26/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 26. November 2016

Today is the 5th day of nearly no wind. The ocean and the weather are nice but it is a little bit frustrating though. Last night the sea was so calm that the stars were reflected in it like in a mirror. Wonderful.In the morning we had again a rather big mahi-mahi on the hook. It was already next to our bathing platform when it suddenly could free itself. What a pity! Especially as we have to be cautious with our provisions.We continue to try to sail during the day chasing every bit wind we can get. During night we move slowly on engine keeping an eye always on our fuel quantity.What else happened?Had more big fish on the hook that freed themselfs by jumping high into the air. Had fresh cake and bread. Had a rock concert in the cockpit.1190 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


26/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 3 - Finally some wind

Finally the wind came. We had a good downwind sailing together with some zifius zifius dolphins.We set up the SSB Radio for the first ARC Net Controllers. It's nice and fun to keep updated about the positions, weather conditions and share some sea stories from other boats on the ARC.Later in the evening, our "Chef" prepared a very nice typical Portuguese dish; "Feijoada à Portuguesa", (beans stew with meat), very tasty, yummie!SimaoThe wind was strong and steady throughout the previous night, often reaching 25 knots with growing seas.Spirit of Lusitania handled the conditions beautifully, but sleeping amidst the myriad sounds, squeaks, bangs and even booms, became difficult.It is funny how some of these actually start to sound like a person speaking - a squeak becoming a quick "hi", or a. read more...


25/11/2016

Shalan - Day 6

18:55N 028:02WGood evening Bon Homie's!!So we've continued on our course of 245 degrees today. Close hauled to the wind at 50 degrees apparent with approx 15 knots apparent all day and mostly averaging about 8 knots. The wind shifted South today as per the forecast and sea state was relatively calm with a moderate long swell. Tonight the wind has dropped off to 10 knots and shifted SSE, sea state calm. We had a little squall about an hour ago but nothing major, it livened us up a bit actually! We've just put the code 0 out again now as wind has dropped to 8 knots.We can see Quokka 8 (racing class) on our AIS 10 miles ahead of us and we are slowly hunting them down. We're hell bent on catching them now....that's the current mission!In other news I've been bitten again so today the sheets. read more...


Shalan - Day 6
Shalan - Day 6
25/11/2016

Ostra A - Fish caught by a Pike!

For the first time since our beginning we have all had a good night sleepwithout interruption of waves and sound. This calm came together with such aclear night sky that i was almost impossible to identify the constellations, butfortunately Ritchie downloaded an app on his computer, called Planets, whichallowed us to spot the constellations.The day then started with a beautiful sunrise that unfortunately was onlyseen by Mat and Orshi, but luckily there are phones to capture the moment inphotos. <pictures inserts at Wi-Fi reception> More beautiful sunrises/setswill sure to come, so no worries!  Coral made pancakes to start of the day which put us all in high energy,aka dance mode. The good atmosphere took away the wind at noon but no cryingover spilled milk as Mat and Emil took. read more...


25/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 25th - 6th Day at SeaAll is well. It has been raining intermittently for the last 24 hours. Today at 5:00 am, when I was on duty, we had strong showers for nearly an hour. Wind has been fairly constant from the east at 14-18 knots, peaking occasionally to 21 knts. We continue going west on the narrow band between the Azores high and the low pressure south of us. We download daily wind grids to iNavX on the iPad with our Iridum phone using XGate. It appears we will continue on this route for at least one more day.Going west with strong easterly winds, we are able to pick up some speed. For a few hours, when the wind was over 20 knots, we were going at over 8 knots. Chuck claims he set the record at 9.2 knots. Why is it that all feats of nautical lore never have more than one. read more...


25/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Friday 25th November: some rain. and some wind?

Firstly – am delighted to hear that some are reading this – hi toeveryone!  Having bashed on for the last few days about the windless daysand nights I thought I should describe them a little more.   Daytime is characterised by a 360 degree horizon of blue on blue – theazure blue of the Atlantic against the lighter (sky?) blue.  Along thehorizon, almost full circle, are fluffy cumulus clouds, some sitting fullyvisible ‘our’ side of the line, others with just the top parts visible as theysit beyond our line of sight (which is about six miles).  Between us andthe horizon is literally nothing but sea, unless we are spoilt by someacrobatics from the local fauna – mainly flying fish, but occasionally otherfish, dolphins and whales.  The last few days the sea. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Five

Rolling in the Deep! Hello to friends and family of Challenger IV crew!Today was another wobbly day in the North Atlantic, but we continue to make good progress, completing nearly 200 nautical miles in the last 24 hours.The good news is that the wind has swung behind us and we’re starting to do a bit more of the downwind sailing we all expected.At present we are 730 NM into the race and located north and west of the Cape Verde Abysmal Plain.Working both on and below deck presents challenges in heavy seas and doing 10 knots – and in fact it makes you appreciate the simple tasks we all take for granted in life: showering, cooking, doing basic tasks on deck.The team has come together to accomplish a great many things, including multiple sail changes, cooking a delicious Paella for dinner,. read more...


25/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 5

Day 5 and anotherperfectday in paradise.We cant believe the calmness of the sea/ in all I had read , I expected something very different, so a very pleasant surprise , touch wood!We enjoyed stunning blue skies all day, and wouldnt you know it, as night falls here comes the cloud cover, another very dark night ahead of us. A high point today was seeing our first flying fish , we were all mightily impressed with the distance these little wonders can cover.Another impressive dinner tonight saw everyone refuelled for the coming night. We trolled all day, but no success today despite trying out Bills sure winner killer lure, but we will be back at it again tomorrow in our fishing lure championship. We are expecting to pass by the Cape Verde Islands tomorrow and finally turn west for the. read more...


26/11/2016

Cherish - Day 11: The one that got away

Fishing for Barracuda! So near and yet so far. It got away. Pity, that would have been enough for two meals for the seven of us!WJBarracuda catch - not!.. read more...


Cherish - Day 11: Advent
Cherish - Day 11: Advent
26/11/2016

Cherish - Day 11: Advent

First Sunday of Advent. We lit a candle with our evening meal and later sang carols under the stars.WJG0011361.. read more...


Cherish - Day 11: The one that got away
Cherish - Day 11: The one that got away
25/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 6 - Its official - vi er i tropene

Idag passerte vi 23. breddegrad og dermed skal vi ha passert krepsens vendekrets. Vi er altså i tropene. Tempen har gått opp og sjøen er roligere. Seiler på slør med fin 10 knops vind fra sørøst.Natt til idag endret vi nattevaktturnusen. Til nå har vi kjørt to mann på tre timers turnus. Endret til 1 times vakt med en mann. Ga oss alle mye bedre søvn.Og i skumringen i kveld kom delfinene - Noen små søte som svømte i sikk-sak rett foran baugen. read more...


25/11/2016

Go Beyond - More wind

Today we finaly got more wind after many days with allmost no wind. Also we got two tunas today, and nice size also. Sushi/sashimi for lunsj, and fried tuna for dinner, nice!Best regards Trond Arvid Røsvik.S/Y Go Beyond.6c730345-a727-4780-8418-ca2fb8d950f1-1795740253. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Five

The Cruel SeaHelming tonight was not easy. Wind gustingfrom 10 to 20 knots and a swell coming in from the port side made keepingthis57 ton 72 footer oncourse a real challenge,eyes on stalks and concentration levelat heights I have never experienced, thanks to Terry for guidance. However, my dream continues and the challenge is still on. Mixed skies tonight, stars one minute then full cloud the next. Helming made easier with stars to help guide the way. When cloudy, helming off the apparent wind angle on the sails I find more difficult. James birthday today so a hearty breakfast of scrambled egg beans and bacon went down well after a jibe to course 265 and the end of the watch.Finally Steve sends a big happy birthday to ‘Fluff Queen’ from 25.02N 29.01WHave Fun John S. read more...


Go Beyond - More Wind
Go Beyond - More Wind
25/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 6

Another day dawns and all aboard Jasmine are well.We are making good progress in the correct direction now that the wind is in the east and continues at force 4 to 5.We moved the clock back one hour tonight,we estimate that we need to move the clock back one hour every five days to synchronise the boat with the later setting of the sun as we go west and to match the time in St Lucia when we arrive, they are four hours behind Ireland and 5 hours behind Europe.We have completed work on the water maker and have now moved our focus to the generator.As in life ashore small problems arrive that need sorting, in between the very many moments of beauty and happiness. It just appears to have a more compressed timeframe at sea. We are doing perfectly well by running the engine to generate power. read more...


25/11/2016

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

Blog of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93, day 6: Again a night full of surprises and adrenalin but fortunately Fisher & Paykel is very well equiped and even has a sewing machine on board so now the spinnaker looks better than ever. Same can be said about the crew after fresh-water-showers;-)During the day the wind calmed down and a very relaxed and happy crew is enjoying a sunny perfect sailing day. With dolphins accompanying us! Bye till tomorrow, the very good looking Crew.. read more...


Bluewaft - Watching the Watch
Bluewaft - Watching the Watch
25/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day - SUNRISE

Leider ist der Wind seit heute ca. 12 00 endgültig eingeschlafen und wir laufen unter Motor Richtung Cape Verden. Entsprechend der Situation ein etwas "gammeliger" Tag für die Crew. Wir haben ein Segel repariert, Kuchen gebacken und und den Tag an uns vorbei plätschern lassen. Wir planen die Cape Verden (Hafen Mindelo) am Sonntag den 27.11 gegen Mittag zu erreichen. Das Wetter ist trocken, recht warm und die Atlantik-Temperatur liegt bei > 30 C. In der Sonne müssen wir Alle auf guten Sonnenschutz achten, ein Thema um das man sich in Deutschland zur Zeit wohl eher keine Gedanken machen muss!Liebe Grüße von der Sunrise - Crew----. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Cuba Libre Spezial - 24.11.16 - 4. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir hatten einen sehr ruhigen und gemütlichen Tag auf See, verbringen ihn mit Meer und Himmel gucken, lesen, dösen und schlafen. (Bild Füße)(Bild Meer und Himmel)Bei der Planung des Abendessens (schon beim Frühstück) trauern wir noch immer dem entgangenen Riesenfisch von gestern hinterher. Oliver rettet die Stimmung mit der Ankündigung eines Aufmunterungscocktails: Cuba Libre spezial, sprich es gab eine großzügige 50/50 Mischung zwischen Cola und Rum. Abgerundet mit Limetten, der Vitamine wegen. Sehr lecker!(Bild Oliver Cocktailfertigung)(Bild fertige Cocktails)Die „Schmalkost“ – kein Fisch, siehe oben - aus Pellkartoffeln und Kräuterquark hat für die dringend nötige Unterlage gesorgt. Es versteht sich von selbst, dass der Sternenhimmel gleich doppelt so hell geleuchtet. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Autopilotausfall - 21.11.16 - 1. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir verbringen zunächst einen sehr geruhsamen Tag auf See. Die Nacht war ein bisschen frisch, es hat sich also doch rentiert, das dicke Fleece einzupacken. Noch haben wir uns nicht für einen endgültigen Kurs entschieden und warten auf die neuesten Informationen der ARC. Letztlich entscheiden wir uns die südlichere Linie, da im Norden ein größeres Tiefdruckgebiet, also Flaute oder wechselnde Winde, angesagt ist.(Bild Martin und Oliver Kursfestlegung)Ein kleiner Zwischenfall am Nachmittag macht uns alle in Sekundenschnelle wach: Die Windsteueranlage fällt aus und das Boot dreht ab. Wir steuern also eine Weile manuell, bis Martin die Anlage neu eingestellt und kalibriert hat. Allgemeines Aufatmen, wir segeln ruhig dahin. Isabel backt das erste Brot und dem Rest läuft schon. read more...


25/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 5 - Regenschauer

Am Vormittag setzen wir zusaetzlich das Großsegel mit einem Reff und fahren Schmetterling. Wir sind uns noch unschluessig, ob wir weiter Richtung Westen oder lieber Richtung Südwest fahren, wir werden auf den morgigen Wetterbericht schauen. Mehr Wind waere auf der noerdlichen Route dort kann das Wetter aber auch wechselhafter sein. Tagsüber sehen wir kein Schiff, in der Nacht faehrt ein Segler in einiger Entfernung zu uns. Das Wetter ist trueb und es gibt ab und an einen Schauer. Die Solarplatte macht deshalb keinen Strom und der Wind ist für das Windrad auch zu wenig, d.h. wir müssen den Motor kurz zur Stromerzeugung laufen lassen. Der Wind ist schwaecher als die letzten Tage, sodass wir nicht mehr so viel Fahrt machen. In der Nacht muessen wir halsen, da der Wind dreht. Leider ist der. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Leinen los - 20.11.16 ARC ? Start

Irene und ThomasPOS 24.00 UTC: 26 54N 015 30WKurssdaten: 190 mit 6 KnWind und Wetter: NE um die 10 KnNach letzten Vorbereitungen – Deck kärchern, dringend nötig (Bild kärchern Martin und Oliver), Landschuhe kärchern, noch dringender notwendig – ging es endlich los. Flott rausgespielt von der Banda Guayedra (Bild Kapelle und VAVA-U) sind wir um 11:30 Uhr rausgefahren (Bild Verabschiedung) um uns in perfekte Position für den Starschuss zu bringen. Mit Spinnaker ging es dann fast pünktlich zum Startschuss über die Linie, gut bewacht von der Königlichen Marine Spanien (Bild Marine). Beeindruckend, wenn über 200 Yachten sich aufmachen über den großen Teich. (Bild Boote beim Start) Südwärts ging es mit 6 Knoten, bald war das Ende von Gran Canaria erreicht und Isabell bereits als Kuchenbäckerin. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Kollisionskurs - 22.11.16 - 2. Seetag

Irene und ThomasZuerst warten wir auf Wind und genießen in der Zwischenzeit die Sonne. Jeder sucht sich ein nettes Plätzchen an Deck und lässt die Gedanken schweifen.(Bild Karsten in Hängematte)(Bild Thomas steuerbord vorne)Isabel versorgt uns wieder mit frischgebackenem Apfelkuchen. Lecker.(Bild Isabel und Kuchen)Nachmittags endlich frischt der Wind nördlich auf; wir wechseln Kurs nach Westen und holen den Spinnaker ein, setzen dafür die Genua und machen richtig schön Fahrt.Die Windstärke nimmt kontinuierlich zu, so dass die Nachtschicht bei 23 Knoten Wind immerhin 10 Knoten Fahrt schafft. Zum Abendessen gibt es ein kleines Unglück: Isabels feiner Pflaumenlikör landet statt in unseren Mägen leider als Anti-Rutsch auf dem Boden. Putzen und neue Bodenversiegelung ist angesagt, aber so ist. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Anglerpech - 23.11.16 - 3. Seetag auf dem Atlantik

Irene und ThomasTrotz ziemlich wackeliger See gestern hatten wir gestern einen Schlaftag. Wir waren alle müde, wer Freiwache hatte, zog sich in seine Koje zurück und auch die Deckplätze waren für ein Nickerchen jederzeit willkommen. (Bild Karsten)(Bild Isabel)Es geht langsam aber stetig südwärts auf unserem Westkurs. Wir haben mittlerweile den Wendekreis des Krebses (23,5 Grad N) durchfahren und sind also in den Tropen. Irgendwie fühlen die sich aber noch nicht wirklich tropisch an!(Bild Thomas eingemummt)Am Nachmittag dann große Aufregung: Zwei gar nicht kleine Fische waren hinter unserem Köder her, den Rückenflossen nach zu schließen hatte ein jeder mindestens 80 cm. Und was tut unser designiertes Abendessen? Statt anzubeißen, beißt es den Köder ab. Schade, wir hatten schon von Sushi. read more...


21/11/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 1 - A Cetacean Send off

Hi there everyone! What an amazing day we have had! As we left port along with everyone else it was such a fantastic atmosphere with hunderds of people waving us off, and music playing. As we trotted across the start line we were all so excited, and within a couple of hours we observed a flying fish and a pilot whale came to wish us fair winds. Conditions were perfect to enable us to settle into our watches and duties and get to know the lovely diamonds. We look forward to day 2!We want to say a big thankyou to Wendy, skipper Lizzys mum, for all the help this week, the pasteries, sandwices and bolognaise were delicious. Love to all friends and family from everyone on board.Sara. read more...


25/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 6 Nacht 5

Hallo Zusammen, ein herrlicher Tag neigt sich dem Ende zu. Heute war traumhaftes Wetter, Sonne, 27Grad C, Wind aus ENE mit 20 kn, ein perfekter Segeltag. Auch die Nacht war in Ordnung, auch wenn auf Grund von Bewölkung sehr dunkel. Ein Dunkel welches wir uns an Land und insbesondere den Städten und Dörfern nicht vorstellen können. Im Cockpit ist der zweite Wachmann auf 1 mtr. Entfernung nicht zu sehen. Zum Teil kam der Sternenhimmel zum Vorschein, auch hier das Gleiche, eine wunderschöne Klarheit. An Bord ist alles in Ordnung, wir haben heute Mittag schön Brotzeit gemacht, mit Salami, Apenzeller Käse und naja kleine Abweichung, Vollkornbrot. Heute Abend kochen wir uns Nudeln mit Öl, Knoblauch und Butter, dazu gibt’s Gurkensalat. An die dauernde Wackelei haben wir uns gewöhnt,. read more...


25/11/2016

EH01 - Day 4 &5

Comments from the EH01 Marketing Director   Apologies for not sending a blog yesterday, we were all exhausted.! We havehad some mad weather: squalls up to 30 knots which is very hard on the helmsmanwhen there is dark nights (the stars have been intermittent) and nohorizon!  We also ripped our main kite and Andras (Skipper) has had uschanging jibs and kites, putting reefs in and then shaking them out: at least 4manuovers per watch, its like a floating boot-camp. ! In saying all of this weare having the time of our life.!   Portion control Due to uncertain weather systems we are unsure when the boat will reach St.Lucia so the new mantra on board is portion control. Milk has already been rationed, also now are to only have 2 hot drinks perdue to reducing supplies of fresh. read more...


25/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 5

No rumbling stomachs from yesterday’s fresh tuna, which was a relief! Quiet night with limited swell and clear skies. Porpoises swimming next to Boni Venti and playing in the bow wave – fabulous to see! Good supper on deck – lamb tagine and cous-cous followed by some ice cream. All in better spirits this evening. We’ve advised ARC rally control that we’re heading to Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands to disembark Scott and our ETA is now Saturday 26 Nov in the afternoon. Unfortunately owner Gavin will be leaving the yacht as well as he has had a bereavement in the family and needs to return to the UK to fly to South Africa for the funeral. So we have made the decision to continue the Rally with Robert continuing to skipper and a total of four crew on board. A handful of other. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 3 - Challenger 3 Blog from start to 25 Nov

Friday 18th NovemberARC PrepThe pontoons of Las Palmas Marina have been a hive of activity this week as crews rush around to complete the final boat preparations before venturing across the Atlantic Ocean. Shimmering sunshine has bathed boats and crews alike, making labour intensive jobs a hot and sweaty affair! Crew bonding has commenced! Gangs of excited sailors drifted aboard throughout yesterday after plane journeys, and a chilled out evening of beers, storytelling and bristling enthusiasm filled Challenger 3 – For those of us that have been aboard fixing, planning and prepping the arrival of the rest of the crew was a welcome step up in crew morale…It really feels like we are about to depart on an adventure now!Earlier in the week saw Ricky, the Skipper, and Kirstie, the Mate with. read more...


25/11/2016

Beltana II - Day Six - a day for electrical fault finding

Let me introduce John V Casson. John is my Canadian friend from my Glencoredays who is still working on the El Aouj Project – my old iron ore project inMauritania. He was our Study Manager and when I left he moved into my oldposition as Project Director, the Glencore rep so to speak in the JV Company.John’s great attribute for our journey is that he absolutely loves sailing andhas done so for most of his life. John has a lovely new boat on Lake Ontario aCabot 36 that was stretched to 38 feet. Anna Ella Tess and I had a great visitwith John and his fiancé Monika and two lovely little dachshund puppies inToronto last December.  John has sailed on the Atlantic many times, thefirst to Bermuda that is another story.  He has also undertaken a previousARC crossing  on a big. read more...


25/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Happy days

26:46,17N 24:48,50W”   After a heavy night at sea we have been given a couple of hours of slightwinds to be able to start on the repairs needed after the generator decided todestroy its impeller . A bit of a problem for a yacht which enjoys its microwavetoaster and kettle when and were it likes . we have the engine as backup but,(well it keeps you up ) after a healthy bacon egg and wrap breakfast we set onfixing generator , and a few small things around the yacht and while getting thenext meal prepared of stuffed courgette and tomato's on a bed of sautéedpotato's . green beans and who knows what for desert . our weight has beenreduced so watch out Morton (Lily ) Didi (Adriano )is trying to catch up. We satwatching a couple of whales as we passed within 20 feet of them and glad. read more...


25/11/2016

Gwendoline - 5. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds25. november. 11.50 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 22.04.52N 19.45.10WThe fifth day at sea is near to its end. We have until now sailed 490 NM, giving an average of close to 99 NM per 24 hours. This is very far away from our estimate of 132 NM per 24 hours. The wind has indeed been, just as Chris Tibbs promised us, very light.Yesterday morning, we had the "Great bathing day" - as Bente helped Annette to wash her hair on the aft deck. It was quite a challenging endeavor because of the movements of the boat - but Annette was quite satisfied with the result - even though it was a bit chilly to start with.We also got an exercise in our "man-over-board" routine, as Annette observed what at first sight looked like a. read more...


25/11/2016

White Satin - Champagne Sailing

Friday 25 November.715 miles sailed and 2128 to go.We are currently sailing on the parasailor (a type of spinnaker sail, see photo), making about 6 knots in a perfect direction for St Lucia in light winds. All very smooth, so much so that we've just completed a game of contract whist on deck. The only interruption came from a school of dolphins playing around the boat. Jon won, and no cards were lost overboard. We are hopeful that later today we will be halfway to halfway. In the meantime, we are very much enjoying this 'champagne sailing'.On the rations front, we enjoyed our last fresh meat last night, so cured meat, tinned meat or no meat from now on. We've finally got through the mangoes and persimmons (no, I'd never heard of them either, they are caquis in Spanish and delicious), so. read more...


White Satin - Champagne Sailing
White Satin - Champagne Sailing
25/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 6

Bluewaft Log Day 6Friday 25 November 201621°24’.562N 024°58’.367WAn eventful night of sailing.We’d been sailing pretty well on a beamreach.The wind had been dropping and the watch had called me to the helmbefore starting the engine.I then noticed the clew of the sail had comelose from the boom. (Hence the reduction in speed).I fixed a temporaryloop on the clew with a view to waiting until morning to climb into theboom and assess the damage.We used the first reef line to take the weightof the boom and centred the traveller so the boom was centred over thebimini and started the engine.An hour later I was woken again: thetraveller block had parted.We centred the boom again and replaced theblock and reinstated the traveller.James then climbed into the boom andreattached the clew.The dolphins. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 6
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 6
25/11/2016

New Deal - Log day 5 - Kjøtteterene

Vi kjøpte et god mengde med frosent kjøtt fra slakteren i Las Palmas som vihar og skal kose oss med.Problemet er at vi bare har ett kjøleskap med begrenset plass ogkjølekapasitet. Så her må det spises!Vi fikk råd om å stable tett i bunn av skapet, dekke med håndkle og spisekylling, svin og tilslutt oksekjøtt.Så stuertene Jørgen og Alf har jobbet på spreng. På dag nr fem spiste visvinekotelett både til lunsj og middag :)God vind fra nordøst og fortsatt noe grov sjø. Ingen andre skip observert avoss. Vi prøvde å sette geneakerseilet, men det ga ikke ønsket effekt medvinden vi hadde. Ellers har vi seilt mye med spribom på forseil.Ellers feiret vi at adventstida snart er her.Martin dro fram Evergoodtraktekaffe og marsipan med valnøtt pynt. Å trakte kaffe i høy sjø var en ny opplevelse.. read more...


25/11/2016

Nisida - Surfing in the sun!

One bog block, some rain and now perfect surfing in the sun at speeds between 10 & 16kts!Skipper had a great night with his head in the heads but he came up smelling of ... roses.Also needed some running repairs on the wind sensor wiring, but all fine now.Jane saw loads of dolphins on her watch .... the rest of us are waiting for them to come back.. read more...


25/11/2016

Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime

Turn taking at the wheel while grubs’ up. From L-R WJ, Will, Ali, Sven. I think it might be the jelly afters.WJGOPR1317.. read more...


Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime
Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime
25/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 5/6 - Abbruch

Unsere ganze Reise von Flensburg bis in die Karibik schien unter keinem guten Stern zu stehen. Wir liefen nicht nur auf Grund, uns brauch auch bei der Überfahrt von Nordspanien nach Lissabon der Großraum. Und gestern, als wir gerade die 2000-Meilen-Marke geknackt hatten, riss uns mit einem lauten Knall das Steuerseil in der Steuersäule. Zum Glück funktioniert der Autopilot noch. Der steuert uns jetzt zu den Kap Verden. Diesel reicht aus bis dahin!Trotz des Unglücks bleibt die kulinarische Küche vorhanden. Gestern gab es lecker Rösti und heute zum Frühstück frisches Rührei vom Skipper höchst persönlich.Mit den an Bord befindlichen Mitteln können wir das Problem nicht beheben. Zur Beschäftigungstherapie wird allerdings versucht, möglichst viel vom Schaden zu verstehen. Die Crew ist zwar. read more...


25/11/2016

Mustique - Day 6 - Fifth Blog - Magnificent ocean sailing

Dear friends and ARC participants , We are already 700 miles away from Las Palmas and progressing really well on our northern route; its really working magic for us . Start line was really amazing- we did really well,clearing the line first in our class! We got our amazing parasailor spinnaker up now, flying it in 20knots true wind, dead downwind ,which give us so much stability and 9 kn of boat speed !!!! W/e have just finished our breakfast , proper english bacon ,toast and eggs ! mmmmm food on our boat is so good andOur master chef Fin is feeding all the time ! We will be probably wider than tallerby the time we hit Saint Lucia ! :) Sailing so far was amazing ,flying spinnakerand drinkinggin tonics and eating our fabulous diners on sunset :)what could one wish for more ? Our guests. read more...


25/11/2016

Koco - 5.Tag auf See

24.11.2016 | die Fahrt in die Nacht verlief ohne besonderen Vorkommnisse. Gegen 22:00 kreuzte uns ein Kat Namens Hugo, den wir jedoch südlich von uns dann wieder verloren. Der Wind pendelte sich bei 18-23 Knoten ein unsere Höchstgeschwindigkeit mit dem Ritt auf der Welle betrug kurzzeitig 16,9 kn. Der Wingaker ist jetzt seit fast 24 Stunden im Wind. Heute hat Sybille, Skipperin der Koco, Geburtstag. Gegen 9:00 Uhr gab es ein ausgedehntes Frühstück begleitet von 2-3 Meter hohen Wellen. Das Wetter ist zur Zeit noch bedeckt, sollte sich aber laut Buchung beim Wetteramt noch ändern auf glatte See, 15 Kn Wind und Sonnenschein ;-) Ausserdem wurden von uns für Sybille zum Geburtstag noch Wale und Delfine beim Zoologischen Verein "Atlantik" gebucht. Wind Weiterhin ca.15 kn. Der Winnacker wurde. read more...


25/11/2016

M one - Wind kommt!!!!!!!

Freitag 25.11.16 Bordzeit 10.15 Uhr Der 9. Tag Wind kommt!!!!!!!Endlich ist es soweit! Nach gefühlter Ewigkeit unter Motor kam heute morgen um. 06.00 Uhr Bordzeit Wind auf.Sofort wurden die Segel gesetzt und Kurs St. Lucia aufgenommenen.Der Wind kam zur richtigen Zeit. Man konnte das Gefühl haben das die Crew anfing Disziplinen und Ordnung durch das monotone Motoren schleifen zu lassen.Jetzt aber herrscht wieder ein gesunder crewgeist.Der gestrige Tag verlief ohne besondere Vorkommnisse.Markus hat auf dem Vordeck seinen yogakurs abgehalten, Michael hat einen Kurs in knotenkunde gegeben und Dominik hat außerhalb seiner Schlafenszeit interessiert zu gesehen.Markus möchte heute einen Trommelkurs unter Deck auflegen sucht aber noch klanglich die passenden Töpfe.Nur einer schaut in sich. read more...