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22/11/2016

Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down

Sven and Will caught a flying fish! Well, it landed in the cockpit on their watch and disappeared down the gunnels to re emerge on the aft deck two days later! After so much excitement Sven had to sit down with a good book.WJGOPR1440.. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 1 - Cracking sailing Gromit !

Day 1 - Cracking sailing Gromit ! What a beautiful day for sailing ! Sunny, flat sea and 10-12 knots of wind. We departed Mindelo with our genoa and mainsail flying spirits high. The Canal de Sao Vincente was blue and flat apart from the surface ripples one expects on days like these. We started conservatively and the discussion quickly moved onto when to unfurl our Simbo rig. The wind was about 120 degrees - a broad reach - so we thought we'd give it a go with the windward clew polled out.As ever we started to catch up on the fleet and leave the boats behind us. Polled out the Simbo sail was stable and performed well giving us 5.5 kts in 7 kts of wind. As a friend of mine would say, " cracking sailing Gromit".The day just got better. Lunch was a Lamb wrap with salad. Well done Allan -. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 6 - the final dash

Subject: Day 6 - the final dashYet again we are in the company of larger yachts. The boat behind us is flying a large spinnaker so its only a matter of time before he passes us. I have to say he looks great from here. However...we have a cunning plan...Our jury rigged pole is still in one piece allowing us to at least make some good way. The rip in the aluminium is at at a weak point where the uphaul/downhaul ring is attached. The genoa, whilst not the prettiest of sails, has propelled us along at a steady 6-7 kts and has worked really well polled out. The approach to Sao Vincente is going well and we feel we are on the correct side of the Rhum line. Time will tell. Hopefully we'll finish today and not slip into tomorrow morning.Oh...the cunning plan? Well, that would be telling...P.s. a. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 5 - slow

Subject: Day 5 - slowCrew mates are all asleep, or reading, as I sit in the cockpit wondering how I can get another knot out of the rig we have. Bermudan rigs really don't like sailing dead downwind so we've elected to gybe down the rhum line. Meanwhile our wonderful code 0 sits in its bag sulking. We have a list of things to do in Mindelo and checking over and repacking our Simbo rig is one of them. Despite that we've made good progress. Our 24 hour average speeds have been 6.6 kts, 7.2 kts and today a miserly 6.4 kts. In a HR40 that's packed to the gunwales we all feel that is pretty good going. Food has, as always, been brilliant. Like everyone else in Enigma's crew I'll come back heavier than when I left. And...what happened to the tropical weather ? Today was like sailing in the. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 4 - a grey day in the tropics

Subject: Day 4 - a grey day in the tropicsA heavy night with 35 kts of wind at times was made tolerable by the progress we're making towards Sao Vincente. Moral is high despite Allan levitating across the cabin on two occasions. Having a man weighing 95kg land on top of you was a bit of a shock for both of us. Our secret weapon lies in its bag just waiting for the winds to drop below 20 kts. I believe this news item might not have hit the internet yet, but today is my turn to cook. Why aren't  there any reality cooking competition programmes on TV that involve plates that move away from you, ingredients that are more at home on the floor of the galley, and to cap it all, a cooker that is gimballed to conspire with any large wave to throw whatever contents it has all over its maker.. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 3 - Trade Winds

Subject: Day 3 - Trade WindsA wonderful nights sailing  where the Simbo rig was pulling us along at up to 8.4 kts came to an inconvenient end when the pole holding the windward clew snapped in two. The sail continued to pull well in its absence but we eventually decided to change over to genoa and mainsail. As for the two bits of aluminium spinnaker pole - they are now firmly lashed to our guard rails.We have struggled to match our nighttime speeds with the more conventional rig but we are still making good progress. Cake and tea has been in good supply and the aroma of the tuna bake wafting up from the galley is lovely. Allan, who has claimed to see a whale and a large fish today (we remain sceptical)   Is currently on the helm trying to better our average. He has hit 8.8. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 2 - waiting, waiting, waiting

Subject: Day 2 - waiting, waiting, waitingThe sea is flat and we're waiting for the firmer NE, ENE winds to kick in. We keep saying as soon as we have steady pressure from this direction we'll unfurl our Simbo rig and fly. Every time we think the wind is filling we get a 2 knots on the beam which dampens our enthusiasm. In the meantime, we've been through all the countries and capital cities we can think off, played " I spy" ( very short - people kept using the letter S, and guessing the correct answer ) and had a cream tea - with cake. Viv has played with her hula hoop on the foredeck, and the rest of us just watched. Don't want to overdo it. I'm wearing an eyepatch and looking around the boat for a parrot to glue onto my left shoulder. Its all go .Allan's turn to cook tonight and the. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 1 - these are the voyages of the yacht Enigma

Subject: Day 1 - these are the voyages of the yacht EnigmaThe day began with the evocative smell of cooking bacon wafting down the pontoon. I could already surmise that some people would play dirty.The forecasted light fluky winds of 5 knots greeted our pre start manoeuvring. Yet 90 seconds before the start of the 2016 ARC+, we got a free gift of 13 knots to help us over the start line. Being in the thick of it, surrounded by larger ( hence faster) yachts, we unfurled our secret weapon - a Simbo rig Code 0. The sailed opened in a second and was a dream to handle. No sooner had it filled than we started to leave the others behind. We didn't use the pole, just let it sail. It was easy, stable and fast.Jeremy of Elvestrom - take a bow !Alas the light fluky variable winds did eventually. read more...


22/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Day 6: Motoring + "Read the Manual"!

  In spite of light winds, and toconserve fuel, we sailed overnight at 2.2-3.4 knots. This dropped us back in thenoon Distance to Destination report to #27, as in sailing SE to pick uphopefully better wind tomorrow/day-after we were not even sailing directly to StLucia – oh well. We started the engine mid-morning and haven’t seen 8-knots truewind today. That weather trough continues to follow the fleet – I wish that wehad left a day earlier or later!     On the malfunction side, we solved acouple of issues. After I crawled thru the aft lazarette to check SSB Tunerconnections, & cables, almost the very minute that Peter of S/V Fleet IIcompleted assuming my SSB Net Controller weekly 1-hr timeslot for me, Idiscovered how to properly TUNE the SSB. I am now received clearly. read more...


22/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 3 on Chance Encounter (Aus) - elan 434 -

After a day of light winds we got some breeze this morning and we are reaching west in 15-20 knots of wind sitting on high 7's and early 8's.We've been in cloud most of the time but the sun is just starting to peer through the clouds as we approach the end of the day.The forecast is for the same over the next few days, coming aft and increasing a bit tomorrow before tailing off towards the end of the week.We are in company with another Danish Elan 434, Frigg, both of us on the northern rhumb line whilst the bulk of the fleet are taking the traditional southern route.We are well placed, leading our division, with Frigg second.The northern route is looking good except for a patch of dead air in our path and we are hopeful enough wind will steer us through it to the steady trades on the. read more...


22/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Tuesday Nov 22nd - shall we use the engine?

Those following us will see that we made very little ground yesterday – allenergy seems to have evaporated from the sky (unless you’re caught under arainstorm when it’s pandemonium).  The seas are glassy smooth and even thewildlife seems to have gone to sleep, although we did have a small pod ofdolphins come and inspect us this morning.  The weather forecast isn’tencouraging either; more of the same for too many days.  We now have toaddress the big question we didn’t want to – shall we pursue a sail only policy(at yesterday’s rate we’ll get to St Lucia just after Christmas) or use theengine to try to find some wind?  We’ll let you know soon! This morning we found ourselves sailing close to the crew of Alderman, whowere also sunbathing on deck, and had a great chat on. read more...


22/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of cork-Denise

Hi AllI thought I should write something to let you know I'm on board!What a day, after being thrown around, pushed around and basically washed out, we woke to beautiful sunshine today, I had the treat of doing the 6 to 8 watch this morning so I witnessed a beautiful sunrise.It is mornings like these I know why I'm doing the Arc...mind you some wind wouldn't go astray today. Had my first swim in this big vast ocean, the water was so gorgeous...clear and warm. Like any good holiday we had a lazy day in the sun, Dermott busy trying to catch dinner, and the rest of us lapping up the rays. I'm on my fourth book, forgot I enjoyed reading so much., I never had so much me time!We have developed a daily routine on the boat, it all centers around our watch time, and our food time; it even feels. read more...


22/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 3 - Vinden er tilbake i fullt monn!

I går ettermiddagen så vi siste seilbåten. Siden har vi knapt sett andre skip.Det gikk fort! Og Atlanteren er diger plass...Det siste vi så av land utpå kvelden var Teide på Tenerife.Vi fikk litt vind utpå kvelden og den har siden bare økt på. I skrivende stund har vi ca mellom 16 og 20 knops vind. Skal øke til 24 i løpet av natten. Kanskje vi kommer frem til passaten utenfor Kapp Verde før uka er omme?Hilsen Roald, Jørgen, Martin og Alf. read more...


22/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 2 | Leichtwind-Segeln - gewusst wie

Am Montag zur Mittagszeit beginnt der Wind als leichte Brisevon NE auf N zurückzudrehen. Es ist soweit - wir schiften unseren 180 qmgroßen Spinnaker um weiter auf Backbord-Bug an der Kante desFlautenfeldes in südwestliche Richtung zu segeln.Unser Wachsystem ...In unserem dreistündigenüberlappendem Wachsystem lösen sich die Rudergänger halbstündig ab, ummit aufmerksamen Steuerleistungen die bestmögliche Fahrt aus der Yachtherauszuholen. Die Crew trimmt den Leichtwind-Spinnaker, um bei demleichten und variablen Wind die optimale Performance aus unserer Swan herauszuholen.Gewusst wie...Wir segeln in die zweite dunkleNacht. Bei abnehmendem Mond - der erst nach Mitternacht aufgeht - sinddie Konturen der Segel nur noch schwach zu erkennen. Aber wir habenvorgesorgt! Ich montiere am Fuße des. read more...


22/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 3, Nacht 2

Hallo Zusammen,da sind wir wieder. Eventuell habt ihr am Fleettracker gesehen, dass wir ziemlich weit im Norden waren.  Grund war der Wunsch unseres Metereologen, dass wir zum 28 ten Breitengrad hoch fahren, weil eine Tropische Störung bei ca. 27 Grad Nord 40 Grad West für Flaute sorgen sollte, das hat sich geändert, jetzt dehnt sich diese Gebiet ohne Wind nur noch bis zum 25 ten Breitengrad aus, somit müssen und können wir wieder tiefer. Allerdings war der Schlenker um El Hierro ein Fehler und hat uns mit Sicherheit Zeit gekostet. In der Nacht sind dann noch zwei Umlenkrollen kaputt gegangen, das hat auch nochmal eine Stunde Zeit gekostet, aber was soll’s wir haben ja noch viel Wasser vor uns. Die Nacht war sehr anstrengend, wir haben kaum geschlafen und sind alle ziemlich müde.. read more...


Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 - (Australia) - ready to go! - note the mascot!
Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434  -  (Australia)  - ready to go!  - note the mascot!
22/11/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur Logic - At Sea

Introducing Team All Black"The All Black are the most admired sports team in the world. They are a legacy." So says Grum, who on the first day of our voyage boldly appropriated this very legacy for his watch, naming them Team All Blacks. And how does Team All Black, aka TAB, measure up to their legendary antipodean namesakes? Well watch leader Tanya "Snow White" Sullivan is certainly one to take on a physical challenge and is a keen Tough Mudderer when on land (and a highly capable swimmer at sea, more of that later), though on her last outing she did suffer a twisted knee while hurtling over an obstacle.In this respect she is well matched with Mike "Grum" Grumbridge, who's fabled love of sport is surpassed only by his legendary ability to attract injuries off the field. For an. read more...


22/11/2016

Numa - Dag 0 bare timer før start. Du vil ikke tro hva vi må velge da!

Det er Søndag og starten vår går 12:30 lokal tid. Det er 13:30 i Norge. Vi får en start med litt lite vind første dagen, men så smeller valgets kvaler mot oss.Det er et hull midt i Atlanteren hvor vi skal seile, ihvertfall om en ukes tid. Et vindhull. Stille som en skogstur blir det der, og umulig å seile i uten å bruke diesel. Sikkert menneskeskapt vindhull.What to do? Gå Nord eller Sør for stilla? Umulig å si hva som er best. Vi følger spent med de neste få dagene til vi MÅ ta et kursvalg.(Steinar). read more...


22/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Fine reaching after a day of calms

What a difference a few hours can make. After listening to the weather briefing and also the software predictions it was clear we had to choose between the traditional 'go south until the butter melts' route or head west through the wind shadow of the islands to pick up the brisk northerly's to the north of the low pressure.We opted for the latter, happy to take the pain of the wind shadow from Gran Canaria during the first night. We popped out of it in the early hours and settled onto a fast reach at 8 knots+ west bound - until it died, just a few hours later. The smug feeling of 'that wasn't too bad' was replaced for the next 18 hours with frustration at bobbing around like a cork. We weren't the only ones though - the daily position reports and radio chat suggested whichever way you. read more...


20/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Finally Ready To Leave Las Palmas

After a couple of weeks of chaotic activity we are now ready. We hope all our fellow competitors have a safe and fun trip. See you all in St Lucia.Derek, Lesley and Pete.. read more...


22/11/2016

Sunrise - Log 1

Hallo an AlleNiels, Wolfgang, Jens, Jörg, Wilhelm,Rudi, Hansi, Ludwig sind bereit! Wir haben alle Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen, die Wachen sind eingeteilt und jetzt warten wir auf den Start. Man spürt die Anspannung auf allen Booten und an allen Stegen. Wir wollen um 12 30 ablegen und haben unsere einheitlichen Crew-Shirts und Kappen schon angezogen. Unser Skipper und sein Stellvertreter (beide ARC 2014 gesegelt) haben uns fürs Auslaufen große Emotionen versprochen! Was für eine Reise liegt vor uns?. read more...


22/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Thank You Cape Verde

After crossing the finish line of leg one in the ARC+ on 12th November 10.54 local time the crew had covered a total of 1087Nm. Refuelling than mooring at our berth is was time to head ashore for a much needed shower.Some crew members choose a few nights in a hotel to chill out before the next leg of the passage (Jealous - didn't think of that!).Most of the crew had booked to go on the day tour on the Monday to one of the other islands while the others did the half day tour of St Vincent Island, both enjoying stunning views. A visit to the beautiful white beach, created by sand blown over from the Sahara Desert finished the day off nicely.With some Atlantic paddling, sampling of local food and drink and a lesson in how the locals manage water the team had time to enjoy some more of these. read more...


22/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 1 bis 3 - Das Abenteuer beginnt

Nach 3 Tagen, die ausgefüllt waren mit Einkaufen, Bunkern und ein wenig Party, geht es endlich los!Sonntag Mittag um 13:02:45 Uhr überqueren wir die Startlinie und befinden uns in einem bunten Feld von Booten teils mit Spi, Carbonsegeln oder einfach klassisch als Slup getakelt.Wir, das ist die Meltemi mit Skipperin Beate und der Crew bestehend aus Frank, Jürgen, Lothar, Marc, Nicolas und Rolf.Bisher hatten wir keine Zeit für Nervösität oder Anspannung, zu sehr haben uns die Vorbereitungen in Anspruch genommen.Doch jetzt spüren wir förmlich das Adrenalin. Sogar Beate kann sich der Situation nicht entziehen, trotz allem bewahrt sie aber Ruheund bringt uns ohne viel Aufsehen nach knapp 3 Minuten über die Startlinie.Die 1. Nacht verläuft ohne besondere Vorkommnisse, allerdings sind so viele. read more...


22/11/2016

Nisida - ARC day two restart

Tuesday 22/11/2016 1500hrs Pos 26:16.72N 19:41.71WSpeed is constantly high since 14h now, everybody has just taken a shower, lunch consisted of delicious tortilla wraps with tuna, tomato, onions, eggs and avocado; in short: spirits are high.Shower on a sailing yacht in the middle of the ocean: imagine that! At least for me a luxury I had not even dreamt of.After having been lingering in sight of the Canaries yesterday all day long and for half of last night, getting up in this morning with no sight of land but in the middle of the endless swell of the Atlantic and making good progress, made quite a difference. It felt like the ARC has finally taken off for good.So let's keep going!Tim EberhardNisida. read more...


22/11/2016

La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic

The crew has enjoyed swimming and fishing during the first week from CaboVerde towards St. Lucia. Skies have been cloudy with rain showers. The fewsqualls gave some welcomed wind gusts in addition to the very moderate or nowind at all. The motor has been on and off almost every day and the dieselsituation starts worrying a little. When do we get some wind?! This is asailboat! The YB tracker SMS option has been valuable to find out a receipe forthe otherwise tasteless green food bananas. (Thanks Kia and Kia). Mahi-mahi hasbeen served strait out of the sea and right now we expect to get some tuna onthe two lines dangling on the stern. The original ETA (29.11.) for St. Luciaseems to be right now 1.12. bur who knows.... Mikko and Tuija take a dip in the28C  degree Atlantic Ocean.. read more...


La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic
La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic
22/11/2016

White Satin - Fruit, Veg and Electricity

Tuesday 22 November264 miles sailed, 2502 to goOur course has initially swooped down from Las Palmas South towards the Cape Verde islands, but will soon start to have a touch of right hand down a bit. Think of the course as a banana that you are holding at the stalk by your fingertips, with the bottom bending off to the left - well, we are nearly at the end of the stalk. Just the main banana to go.On the subject of fruit, we are slowly eating through the fresh fruit & veg. mountain procured by Vicki and Helen. The 6 enormous cabbages will I think turn out to be about 5 and a half too many, while the mandatory pre-dinner cucumbers will put us all off these pointless veg for life. This situation was cause by the order for 2 cucumbers for the trip being misread by the greengrocer as 2kg. read more...


22/11/2016

Quetzal - no wind, good fish

HalloYesterday we had only engine wind for 12 hours but therefor a big (golden makrele) Mahi Mahiabout 1 m long.More than enough for 4 hungry sailors to eat.Today it is down wind sailing with 6 -7 kn.And good wind for the hammock.Greetings to every oneCrew Ouetzal. read more...


22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?

21.11.201627∞01.47 N - 015∞46.38 W to 26∞51.57 N - 016∞ 37.19 WQuiet night and manual helming.The day rolls out as slowly as the wind. In the morning, a light breeze from NE pushes our gennaker gently; in our doldrumesque afternoon suddenly we hear a big wind ... it is coming from the blowholes of two small whales (Wow!)Before sunset we decide to head 270∞ with a light NNE wind at our beam; dinner is 'jibe preventers' alla bolognese and roasted 'flapping sails'. Here comes the dark and a bright sky. Two dolphins are playing at our stern, showing us pure beauty. Their wake is plankton-luminescente just 10cm below the surface of the sea and making green torpedoes. A slight wind at our beam pushes us at 4 knots ... at lastFirst meal on board at sea. read more...


Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?
Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?
22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)

20.11.201627∞01.47 N - 015∞46.38 WAmazing start line!"Sails up!" for Arc 2016! We head 200-210∞ in fair winds and we celebrate the marriage of ourselves with the ocean. At night we see the land, and then the light of the land slowly disappear. No mobile networks, no more need for wallets, official documents or newspapers: So far from our world and so close to the real world.Peter von Seestermuhe. read more...


Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)
Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)
22/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Over 700 miles from land, over 4km deep

the sun is shining, dolphins are visiting, no wind….. lets go swimming…. the sea is very warm. The coach roof is a good diving board… video available on arrival!. read more...


Bluewaft - BBQ 1
Bluewaft - BBQ 1
22/11/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 3

Bluewaft Log Day 3Tuesday 22 November 201624 42’.756N 018 21’723WThe winds finally arrived and we were able to switch off the motor at about2am.Unfortunately our joy was short-lived as this coincided with thetopping lift chaffing through…(We’re still not sure how this happened asshe wasn’t under any load.Perhaps the sharp edge of a batten?A lazyline was also partly worn through).We are making between 7 and 8kts on 12– 15kts of wind – so are quite happy.We fortunately have a spare sheet of the right length and dimension.Itried to get up the mast head to thread the replacement but only managed asfar as the top spreaders before being ‘bounced’ into submission.(Fortunately I was wearing my helmet).We’ve decided to leave it for oneof the forecast calm days and try again, this time going up on. read more...


Bluewaft - Sundowners
Bluewaft - Sundowners
Bluewaft - Up the mast!
Bluewaft - Up the mast!
22/11/2016

Delfini - day 2 Tues 22 November

Having made decent progress south during Sunday and Monday morning we eventually ran out of wind mid afternoon yesterday and sat becalmed most of the afternoon - there was a general discussion via vhf during late afternoon resulting in a new doldrums club being formed - we were unable to join via vhf but maybe we can pay our dues in St Lucia ?At night we out up the asymmetric in the hope of some breeze and eventually we found a bit of wind and raced along at 2 knots until about midnight when the wind picked up and we launched the main and genoaCurrently making up for lost time in f5 NW and achieving 6/7 knots over the groundChicken casserole for dinner. read more...


22/11/2016

Sanya - 3e dag, een nacht hard werken

Vannacht niet veel geslapen. Doordat de wind tussen de 10 en 15 knopen heen en weer zwalkte, voor zij ging doorzetten naar 20 knopen en langzamerhand steeds meer in de noord ging zitten, waren er divese zeilwissels nodig.Van Fro naar J2. Van J2 naar J1. Van J1 naar Fro en uiteindelijk naar J2. Vervolgens weer naar Fro met een J4 (staysail) er tussen. Allemaal verschillende zeilen met ideale windhoeken varierend van 45 tot 100 graden (TWA) en alles er tussen in. Geen offwatch (zo noemen we het als we even mogen slapen) die tot slaap leidde, want je moest er al weer uit.Vooral van de J1 naar de J2 was het even aanpoten. De J1 is een zeil van 220 M2 die je tot een 15 knopen vaart aan de wind. Als je die moet wiaselen in het pikkedonker met een aantal minder ervaren mensen op t voordek die. read more...


22/11/2016

Mustique - Day 3 - Second Blog - Wind, steak, and no dog overboard

Greetings from Caro!I think I was selected to write this second blog because of my former career in journalism, when I wrote restaurant reviews for The Dallas Morning News.Regardless, no experience is needed to grasp that we are being well fed by Captain Fin, aka Chef Fin.Last night’s steaks with whiskey and cream sauce made up for a day of desultory wind, at best.The day also gave us an opportunity to visit more with one another, read our Kindles, and observe First Mate Stefan take Yuki for a walk to the bow and back.After wrestling with Stefan on the aft deck, Yuki settled in for yet another nap, preparing for her feast of steak bits.Last night the doldrums dissipated and we had a fine night of sailing in winds blowing about 15.Those of us bunking on the starboard side have our canvas. read more...


21/11/2016

Skiathos - Der 1. Tag auf See

Unser Start ab Las Palmas verlief ohne Probleme.Der Wachplan steht und die Crew ist gut gelaunt und wohl auf. In der ersten Nacht konnten wir noch zahlreiche andere Teilnehmer beobachten. Inzwischen hat sich das Regattefeld scheinbar aufgelöst, man sieht tagsüber noch 2-3 andere Segelboote am Horizont. Auch aufgelöst hat sich der Wind, denn seit ca. 8:00 Uhr UTC haben wir uns mit 1.8 kn Fahrt voran gequält. Aufgrund der Funksprüche anderer Segelboote müssen wir davon ausgehen, dass es uns nicht allein so geht. Seit ca. 10:30 Uhr UTC haben wir die Segel geborgen und suchen den Wind nun unter Motor.Geangelt wird auch schon fleißig, aber bisher ohne Erfolg. Heute Abend bereitet uns Anne deshalb ein Hähnchen Curry. Viele Grüße von See!--. read more...


22/11/2016

Koco - 2.Tag auf See

Der Tag Begann so wie er aufgehört hat. Mit wenig Wind. Nachdem der Wingaker kurz vor Einbruch des Tages wegen zu wenig Wind eingeholt wurde, unternahmen wir gegen ca.9:00 Uhr erneut den Versuch bei ca. 5-6 Knoten den Wingaker zu fahren. Der Wind nahm weiter ab, gegen 12:00 Uhr endete auch dieser Versuch. Das Meer ist Platt wie eine Flunder - das gab uns jedoch Zeit den Lebensqualitäten wie frühstücken, schlafen, lesen, angeln und sonnen nachzukommen. Die Sicht ist hervorangend. Der Fisch an der Angel lässt leider immer noch auf sich warten.. read more...


22/11/2016

Gwendoline - 2. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Crossing the Atlantic ocean22. november. 11.15 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimIt is now 11.15 UTC, and vi are finally on our way again. Yesterday the wind became very unstable. Several times during the afternoon we had to "sock" the geneker, as the wind totally died. Around 19.00 UTC the geneker was taken down for the night, and we were drifting in the Canarie Current with about 1,4 knots speed, but more of that later.Yesterday morning, while just drifting along, we had a very exclusive visit by a dolphin mother and her daughter. We watched in ore, as she breast fed her little child. What an amazing sight. We tried to photograph this very special moment, and we think that we got some good pictures and also some video of the encounter.The. read more...


22/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 2 - Flaute

Seit der Nacht motoren wir, da der Wind zu schwach ist. Es gibt trotzdem einiges zu tun: Wetterbericht abfragen, Funkrunde, Positionsreport der anderen Yachten checken, Lesen, Schlafen ...Wir sehen Delfine und 4 Yachten in einiger Entfernung. Abends koche ich Linsensuppe.So vergeht der erste Seetag recht schnell und mit null Wind und glatter See geht es in die Nacht.Kurz vor Mitternacht kommt Wind auf und nimmt stetig zu. Wir fahren bei 18-22 Knoten einen "am Wind"- Kurs, die See wird deutlich rauer aber wir machen gut Fahrt. Uns beiden gehts gut, keine Anzeichen von Seekrankheit ...toitoitoi!Lg Hermann+Sabrina. read more...


22/11/2016

Estrella - Tag 3 - Rauschefahr nach Flautenloch

Die Wellen spritzen nur so übers Deck, 7 –8 Knotengegenan. Seit gestern Abend ist echtes Atlantiksegeln angesagt. In denGesichtern sieht man außer der Gischt nur grinsen. Wurde auch Zeit. Die Stundendavor waren von Flaute, umlaufende Schwachwinde und Müßiggang geprägt. Inunserer Verzweiflung haben wir den Spinnaker gezogen – bei null Wind. War ehrerBeschäftigungstherapie. Konnte ja nichts werden. Also alle Beschläge wieabgebaut und den Spi versteckt. Dazwischen “Verzweiflungsmanöver, immer in derHoffnung irgendwo doch Wind zu finden – hat uns auch nicht geholfen. Zum Glückgab es allerlei andere Entdeckungen. Zum Beispiel eine Schildkröte die direkt amBoot vorbeigeschwommen ist, oder auch der Fisch (wohl ein Thuna?, bin keinAngler) der von Heinz geangelt wurde, ihn aber nach deutlichen. read more...


22/11/2016

M one - Dienstag 22.11.16

Dienstag 22.11.16 Bordzeit 10.00 Uhr Der sechste Tag Getrübte Stimmung folgt auf Euphorie Es hätte so schön sein können.Schiff voll funktionsfähig Wind 15 bis 20 Knoten Geschwindigkeit im Surf von über 12. Knoten folgt:StilleWind schläft ein, Welle nicht vorhanden.Prognose für die nächsten Tage?Pille palle Wind ist alleAber noch haben wir, aus weiser Voraussicht, über 600 Liter DieselNur wenn diezu Ende gehen und wir keinen Wind bekommen wirds langweilig.Es gibt aber auch positive Ereignisse Wir mussten das Beiboot klarmachen und hinteruns herziehen.Darin Sitzt frank auf einem von uns gebauten Thron.Er passte nicht mehr durch unseren Niedergang weil er nochmals um die Hälfte seiner Körpergröße gewachsen ist.Nach einem stundenlangen Kampf ist es ihm tatsächlich gelungen einen 1,5 Meter. read more...


22/11/2016

Scarlet Oyster - First Scarlet Blog 2016, North or South?!

Morning All,Thought maybe about time to write something!Takes a while to settle intothe rhythm of life onboard, so first day or two is sometimes a bitdisjointed!We had a reasonable start to the race, rather crowded at the upwindcommittee vessel end, as boats all wanted clear air after the start, the bigfaster boats had the luxury of choosing a slightly more spacious spot.There was drama just 3 mins before the start with a collision between HotStuff and Il Cavaliere 3, very sad to see two boats races effectively overbefore the start signal, starboard tack Hot Stuff suffering a hole, and Iguess possible structural damage from being T boned by the port tack boat,and hence forced to retire.The other boat is likely to retire, or facedisqualification from the race.Fortunately it appeared that. read more...


22/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Start of the ARC - Are we moving??

“27:23,79N 16:49,56W” Start of the ARC - Are we moving?? The fantastic atmosphere of the “leaving party” along the wall of LasPalmas and the excitement of telling Rambler to watch their back as we crossedthe start line sent us on a nice downwind leg to the bottom of Gran Canaria .turning west with our spinnaker up and everyone enjoying a fabulous sail, cameto an end at 8pm when we had to try to drop it and ending up not using the sockbut stuffing it into the forward locker at 18 knotts winds speed . Half an hourlater no wind and a very peaceful overnight sail. The next day no wind. Then thenext 12 hours 20 knot on the nose running at 8 knots chasing down Calypso andgetting within 7 NM  before they head down and leave us to decide if tostay up north or follow them . we will check. read more...


22/11/2016

Sanya - Vandaag derde dag op zee met de Sanya.

Vandaag derde dag op zee met de Sanya. Wat een boot; bootsnelheid hoger dan de windsnelheid, dit heb ik nog nooit meegemaakt, fantastisch. Topsnelheden van 20 knopen worden gemakkelijk gehaald. We gaan vandaag in elk geval een stuk harder dan gisteren, want gisteren hadden we weinig wind. Als gevolg daarvan liggen we iets achter op schema, maar met deze wind halen we misschienweer iets van de verloren tijd in. Sfeer aan boord is super er wordt veel gelachen. Iedereen aan boord werkt hard, mooi om te zien. Position: 26,31.53N , 21,34.68W. We gaan vandaag proberen om 500 mijl af te leggen binnen 24 uur. Wildlive is nog niet echt spectaculair, tot nu toe alleen een paar schildpadden en vliegende vissen gezien, maar de reis duurt nog lang en wie weet wat de natuur ons nog brengt.Jacob. read more...


Numa - Dag 2 - seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - seiler i 8 knop