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Emily Morgan - ARC log day 10
Emily Morgan - ARC log day 10
02/12/2015

Emily Morgan - ARC log day 10

After a couple of days motoring with very little wind, we had a lovely day playing with our new asymmetrical spinnaker yesterday. The half way point was passed overnight and we are celebrating with freshly made cake and clean sheets :-)Today we are back to sailing with our symmetrical spinnaker, making good progress with a following wind and sea.A culinary first was deemed a success as Matt fried up some flying fish for breakfast; the fishing line hasn't caught anything for a couple of days though so it's a good job the freezer is well stocked!Rachel is studying the stars and my old "ISpy" book of the sky is doing her proud. Declan and Colin are learning how to use a sextant and everyone else is relaxing. Happy days!. read more...


02/12/2015

Exody - Days 324-325 : Cape Town Arrival

Moored at the V&A(Victoria and Albert of course) Waterfront Marina, we feel we are tied up next to St Catherines Dock, Oxford Circus or maybe Buchanan Street, Princes Square and Silverburn in Glasgow.This amazing waterside complex comprises several malls including no less than 80 eating establishments, a watershed business centre, an artisan foodmarket, hotels, serviced apartments, all juxtaposed with serious dry-docking, port activities and maritime tourist excursions.There is much new construction underway round about and everything seems very busy, vibrant, colourful and tasteful. All goods and services seem to be available.Apparently the annual tourist footfall here is in the millions so we guess that must be the economic driver.We will be here for nearly five weeks and I already. read more...


02/12/2015

Why Not - Wed 2nd Dec

Another peaceful day aboard Why Not caught more fish but our freezer is Sofull of them we gave this one back enjoying the sun but whishing for fairwinds.These duly arrived and we began to make some real progress at last,Richard Catlin & Keith kindly handed over the night watch to Charlie, Pauland myself (Ray) only for the cruising chute to split half an hour later at 4.30am Charlie being the youngest was duly despatched to recover the Chute which Imust say was completed without any fuss all ended well (apart from the chutewhich will need some TLC)  we continued without further incident. Now enjoying the strongest winds we have had for a few days and sailingwell, watch out in front we are coming to get you .  . read more...


02/12/2015

Lea - Log Day 24-23 – Tuesday-Wednesday/The final countdown

  13:07 Local LEAtime Yesterday was December 1st, but with ourbikinis on and 30 degrees in the cockpit, it just doesn’t feel like December.The squalls gave us a break for the day and with the comfortable speed of 4-5knots, yesterday was by far the best day we’ve had on this entire crossing. Thesea was calm, the sun was out and we took turns taking naps in the cockpit inbetween reading, being look out and having porridge (the traditional, Norwegianrice-version) and Christmas cookies for lunch. With my turn as cook of the day,chili con carne was served for dinner, followed by an outdoor movie night in thecockpit. This seemed like a great idea, and it was, until about an hour into themovie when we were slightly interrupted by pouring squall-rain catching up withus. Not that we minded. read more...


02/12/2015

Hot Stuff - blog day 11

'Celebrations' We have passed our half way point - and it's Ulli's birthday today!   Despite a sailing vessel's clear intentions to wipe us out T-bone style at3am we made it through the night. The last 24 hours have entailed: - Another successful night-time kite drop in the dark as the wind topped 25knots.- Our first interaction with the male species in 10 days over VHFradio  basically asking him in the most polite way possible to kindly comeup our rear and not run us over. That was after we worked out he was actually asailing boat. For those sailors out there he was showing his anchor light,steaming light and deck level navigation lights simultaneously. For non sailors- he was decorated like a Christmas tree and looked remarkably more like a +50mcargo ship hurtling towards us. read more...


02/12/2015

Marisja - log 02-12-2015: bang-bang

Haico is weer lekker bezig... Eerst vannacht lekker aan het zeilen met delichte gennaker (die er al bijna 100 uur opstond..) en toen een giga knal!Loefschoot gebroken, we denken dat er wel zo’n 2000kg spanning op stond, goeieknal dus. Gelukkig was het X-Yachts Holland support team niet ver weg en in notime waren we weer vol aan de gang. Na een rommelige nacht "slapen”, vond Haicohet weer eens nodig om zelf te gaan sturen en ja hoor, hoppa een scheur in degennaker. De snuffer zat ook nog vast dus even all-hands on deck om hem binnente krijgen. Gelukkig was ook nu het X team nog present. We denken deze lichteregennaker niet meer nodig te hebben omdat de wind vanaf nu alleen maar gaataanwakkeren. Dus de zware gennaker erop en knallen maar weer. We verwachten voordonker wind genoeg om de. read more...


02/12/2015

Milanto - log 1/2/3

2,700 miles, eight fools, & one shipDAY ONE"nervous energy of anticipation" - Ed"real gun on a warship as the starting gun" - William"very impressive" - Steve"mayhem" - Till"nothing special" - JimDAY TWO"beautiful boat" - Ed"settling on the boat" - Sass"watching another boat being tossed and lifted and turned" - Till "in the morning Venus was so bright it threw its light on the water" - Steve"it was the moonlight, absolutely magical, I wanted to play Beethoven's moonlight sonata" - William"I did a bit of swearing after throwing up at night" - SteveDAY THREE"three score meals" - Sass"getting into a routine" - Ed"first on deck shower" - Steve"write something about the stars!" - Jim"you catch your fish and you eat it" - William"Vale stinging and dancing behind the wheel" - Till"sleep. read more...


02/12/2015

Toujours Belle - Logbuch Tag 7-11

Hallo Ihr Lieben,Tag 28.11... wir eiern rum wergen Flaute. Mal kommt etwas Wind auf 9 kn unddann geht er runter auf 4 kn. Wir probieren mit Parasailor zu fahren weilder ab 5 kn einigermaßen steht. Nachts wunderbare Sicht. Der Sternhimmelist atemberaubend schön. Satt gefüllt. Ich will kaum schlafen gehen undalles genießen. Schlafe momentan 3-6 Stunden. Klaus und Werner haben michschon ermant, länger eine Auszeit zu nehmen.Tag 29.11... Erster Advent. Alles merkwürdig. Tagsüber mal mehr Wind undwir rauschen mit dem Parasailor bei gut 12 kn Wind. Am Abend vedichten sichdie Wolken und um uns rum bauen sich Squalls auf. Man sieht sie sehr gut.Nacht Schiff sturmsicher machen. Starker Regen, Wind bleibt glücklicherWeise aus.Tag 30.11... Tagsüber Flaute und wir genießen das Duschen und den. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Bob & Chris celebrating... 1350miles to go!
Thursday´s Child - Bob & Chris celebrating... 1350miles to go!
Thursday´s Child - Half way party!
Thursday´s Child - Half way party!
02/12/2015

Calypso - A whole new week and a whole new month

MondayStuart ran out of Sugar Puffs - who eats Sugar Puffs? I mean, what's wrong with Porridge? (and yes it IS a proper noun! it's PROPER food"). Oddly theyre called "Smack" in Spain, which has led to an interesting sounding breakfast menu.Other than this the days excitement was provided by someone apparently called Ralph. Bit of a surprise really, but it turns out Ralph is a second Mahi Mahi - expertly "caught" by Hannah while sleeping in her bed, and hauled in by pretty much everyone else (you really don't have to slow the boat down, you just have to "man up" and pull harder!)Hannah took lessons this time in the "after catch" process - the messy bit involving a knife, so next time we're all looking forward to watching her exercise her new found skills (I'm a bit concerned about the. read more...


Calypso - A whole new week and a whole new month
Calypso - A whole new week and a whole new month
02/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 10 - 01/12

Posizione 16°26N 36°07WStiamo viaggiando alla grande !La vita a bordo procede serena e con la classica routine dettata dai turni notturni e dai pranzi.La giornata la teniamo libera.L'importante è avere sempre qualcuno presente e vigile.Il mare è di nuovo mosso, ovviamente ci sono 18/20 kt, quindi le onde di 2/2,5mt, che ci arrivano da poppa, qualche volta ci fanno rollare più del solito, nulla di paragonabile ai primi giorni ovviamente ! Ci stiamo abituando, perchè anche dormire non è facile.Intorno a noi davvero nessuno. Ormai le guardie le facciamo da sotto coperta e ogni 20 minuti circa si esce per dare una occhiata all'orizzonte, al radar e alla attrezzatura. Tutto molto tranquillo anche questa notte.Dopo molto tempo abbiamo scaricato la classifica della nostra categoria, 1B, non per. read more...


02/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 9 - 30/11

Posizione 16°47N 33°18WFinalmente arrivato l'Aliseo.Oppure forse sarebbe meglio dire che l'aliseo l'abbiamo trovato visto quanto siamo dovuti scendere a Sud per trovarlo.E' da ieri sera che navighiamo bene a vela, ma ancora verso sud in quanto debole per farci navigare verso Ovest.Questa mattina, eccolo, arriva.Il mare si ravviva di schiumette bianche sulle creste, tutto intorno un ribollire, il mare si sveglia e con lui noi.Prontamente ci mettiamo in rotta verso ovest, verso St Lucia. Armiamo il tangone per aprire il genoa e via.Finalmente, dopo tanto tempo siamo di nuovo in rotta verso la nostra destinazione.Da casa continuavano a chiederci, ma quanto andrete a sud ?Noi sapevamo che forse oggi l'avremmo trovato, lui l'aliseo, ma non osavamo pronunciarci in modo sicuro, un po' per. read more...


02/12/2015

Lucky Star - 02/12/2015 Baignade avec une baleine

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, petit edit sur notre baignade. Pour notre premièrebaignade de la traversée, Christophe et Frédéric ont eu la chance de nagerà une dizaine de mètre d'une baleine (peut être un orque ou un cachalot).Malheureusement, ils avaient oublié leurs masques et la go pro. Ils sesont précipités dans le bateau... pour les récupérer mais trop tard, elleétait déjà passée devant le bateau.Aujourd'hui, changement de cap, on récupère la route orthodromique pleinvent arrière.Tout va très bien, le moral est au beau fixe!!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


02/12/2015

Cookelu meu - slowly progressing to Rodney Bay, just crossed the 300nm mark

As we are slowly (but steady ) making our way towards St Lucia we start to make plans for the coming month, Christmas and work to be done after  we arrive.Besides the obvious (thoroughly cleaning the interior and washing the deck with fresh water there are several other jobs to be done: Servicing or even replacing the alternator, cleaning the bilge pumps and tightening the shaft gland are of the outmost importance and priority but we still have to polish the stainless steel deck fixtures, washing all ropes and blocks, mending the bimini tent (is slightly ruptured and needs a  new batten) and repairing the genoa sun cover (some stitching is required). We also have to replace one main sail car that broke and replace the second batten that decided to fly away during a strong gust. read more...


02/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 11- December

Atlanteren, N 19.12.400, W 36.23.052   I dag skal vi feire halvveis-fest og forberedelsene er i gang medinvitasjoner på engelsk, pynting, samt spente barn som lurer på om det vankernoe ekstra “lørdagsgodt” selv om det er onsdag. Vinden har nå kommet ordentligtilbake, og med cirka 20 knop i hekken raser vi nå mot St. Lucia i godmarsjfart. Har jibbet over til styrbord halser igjen, tatt et rev i storseiletog rullet litt inn på fokken i håp om at det skal være så behagelig det kan laseg gjøre å være om bord.  I går ble 1. desember markert med flybårne adventskalendere og enda merjuleverksted. Skipperen fant det også betimelig å begynne å øve på julesangene,så trekkspillet ble funnet fram. Dette medførte sang fra barna, undring framannskapet og lett sarkastiske kommentarer fra. read more...


02/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.9

Pozdrav svima koji nas prate. Sinoć nam je konačno zapuhalo poštenih 20 čv ,u pravom smijeru,tako da smopodigli brzinu na 7.5-8čv ,a isto tako podigli smo i raspoloženje.Cilu noć ,aveć i pola dana vozimo leptir-jedro full na jednoj strani i gennaker stisnut udvi točke na drugoj strani.Kombinacija moram reć,sada već i potvrdit funkcioniraodlično,tako dobro da smo sinoć išli 0,5 čv bržeod Oystera 56 oji je vozio sagennakerpom pod kutem od 140AWA.Prošli smo se nasred oceana u 3.15 ujutro na 300metara udaljenosti.Zvali smo ga na vhf par puta da čujemo kakvo je raspoloženjeali nisu se javljali.Tijekom dana ući ćemo u zadnjih 1000Nm do cilja i početbrojit dane do privezivanja za kraj.Atmosfera na brodu odlična,svak u svom ritmusa svojom knjigom,gvardije štimaju,brod nas dobro sluša. Pozdrav od. read more...


Hejira -
Hejira -
02/12/2015

Hejira - A load of old...........

14 05.401N 59 53.404WWednesday 2nd December 2015Light winds persisted through the day which did nothing for our progress and when I turned in we were still struggling to make 5 knots. It was therefore a welcome surprise to rise to a fresh breeze and 8.4 knots on the log. This has brought our predicted arrival time forward, if not into daylight, at least to a time that the bars are likely still to be open!Stephen scored another success with the rod, landing a Dorado which provided 4 very adequate steaks which were delicious, fried in butter with garlic and chilli.During the slow paced afternoon, I remembered a piece of kit I had made which enabled the mounting of a camera on the telescopic whisker pole. It resulted in an unusual picture of Hejira using this giant ‘selfie stick’.I have. read more...


Hejira - A load of old...........
Hejira - A load of old...........
Hejira - A load of old...........
Hejira - A load of old...........
02/12/2015

Four Seasons - Over halfway and into the tropics !

Halfway point at noon yesterday and a few hours later crossed the Tropic ofCancer. Making steady progress now but still need a bit more wind. There is abattle going on for the mid positions in our class of the racing fleet. SirensTigress, Arthur Logic, Hot Stuff, EH01 and ourselves. We lost a lot of ground bygoing so far north but can hopefully pull it back. We are flying the lightweight spinnaker all the time now in about 10 kts of easterly wind. Water is being used much more than we allowed for so running the watermakerdaily. Showers are banned for a few more days while we take stock. At least weall smell as bad as each other ! Thanks for all the emails everyone, they aremuch appreciated. If someone could get my brother and sister to email us as Idon’t have thier addresses on the hard. read more...


02/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Wednesday 2 Dec

Wednesday 2nd DecemberRace Day 10Lucia and Mike:Last night we listened to our first Christmas Carols!  DJ Dave’s jolly and never ending selection of Christmas tunes blasted out from the snake pit’s (area where many ropes are controlled from situated in the middle of the deck) speakers. Everyone sang along to the Poges and Ave Maria.  Glad he thought about brining those along. Today is Lucia’s – my - birthday! I woke up for my 3am watch with balloons hanging around my bunk with gold gauze draped around the door (oh gosh I must have a very deep sleep not to have noticed all the shenanigans).   The galley was equally garlanded with courgette shaped balloons and Happy Birthday posters. They sang happy birthday as I came up the companionway. We are 17.10.35N and 044.04.40. read more...


02/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 10 (Monday): nice downwind with gennaker

Another beautiful day on the boat. Sun shining, crew relaxing (some playedcards, reading books or just chill), the boat going at around 6-7 knots in 11-12knots easterly wind. 3 people got a haircut plus a quick wash in the waterholding on to the boat’s aft deck. Dinner was pork stew with rice. Yum!   Many hugs to all our loved ones.   Johan, on behalf of the crew on HanseSailor. read more...


02/12/2015

Hera - Port an Bord

Unser Spibaum ist wieder an Ort und Stelle, nachdem sich geklärt hat, dassdie Mastschiene oberhalb der Bruchstelle noch intakt ist und wir ihn nun etwashöher fahren. Rasmus schenkt uns weiter Wind und Sonnenschein, was dieWettervorhersage auch für die nächsten Tage nicht in Frage stellt. Ausserdemhaben wir noch mehr als genug Port an Bord, um Rasmus auch weiterhin gnädig zustimmen. Wie schnell wir voran kommen, hängt zur Zeit im wesentlichen von denAusschlägen der Schlängellinie unserer Rudergänger ab. Heute werden wir mal mit den Lektionen in astronomischer Navigationbeginnen. Sonst zieht allmählich der Schlendrian ein, wenn die Crew nichtständig auf Trab gehalten wird. Zu früheren Zeiten nutzte man dafür das täglicheSchleifen des Oberdecks, Geschütztraining oder Fechtausbildung. Der. read more...


01/12/2015

Taistealai - Five Fastnets, back to back

The Atlantic is big, very big. Our journey from LasPalmas to Rodney Bay will take us from 30 degrees west of the Greenwich Meridianto 60 degrees west. For those who need more explanation, the meridian is theinvisible line running through London’s maritime observatory at Greenwich, whichmarks the measuring point for degrees of longitude around the earth to the westand to the east. We measure our distances at sea in nautical miles, each exactlyone minute of latitude, therefore different to the statue miles we use on landin the UK and elsewhere. Our passage to the Caribbean on the great circle route,the shortest distance between two points on the globe, is just under 2,800nautical miles. We are now right in the middle of our passage, equidistantbetween start and finish ports. In layman’s. read more...


02/12/2015

Furia - Resuming hand steering

Good morning,Throughout the day of December 1st and during the following night we resumed hand steering on Furia because of confused (though not big) swell and wind shifts. Tiller steering though it has its own benefits, is not appropriate for keeping precise course while on broad reach to dead run spinnaker sailing. It is tiresome as well. I left this hard job to the more skilful sailors onboard Furia, Mihail and Dian. There will be freshening of the wind during the following 2-3 days. For us it is much more important what would be the waves pattern. Nevertheless, our mood is up with Furia eating on a regular diet the remaining miles to Santa Lucia. Rumen. read more...


02/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 1 at 10:01 pm

Albatros update (part 2): 22° 2.86 N, 43° 43.49 W2015-12-01 22:01:34 +0000Finally, Bergfest. Wolfgang and Manfred served delicious filet steak and a cask of beer. Everybody enjoys the meal, Manfred has prepared a speech, and Wolfgang is wearing an apron and white gloves.Now we are in a pitch black darkness, only stars above us, and 4000 meters of water below.My evening shift is over; my next shift starts at 2am board time - in 6 hours. Hence, good night.. read more...


02/12/2015

Magic - May Blog

MAGIC May Blog Hi ,I am back after a break – I have been enjoying the beautiful blue skies with little fluffy clouds and the sunshine.  Mostly I have been sunbathing on deck or having short walks ( I don’t need or even like long ones!) At night from midnight til 3am I sit on deck and watch the moon and the stars and listen to the waves bubbling under the boat as we speed along. When I am not on watch I sleep in Tina and Marks cabin (on their bed!) Today was the 2nd December – the people have an Advent Calendar they seem to be enjoying and they have put up some Christmas Decorations.  They are relaxed and enjoying the sailing.  Early this morning they put up a big black sail at the front of the boat and I didn’t like it at all – it banged and rustled and made us. read more...


02/12/2015

Aqualuna - 17:36.746N 41:.14.876W

DAY 10 ARCWWEDNESDAY 2/12/15On night watch at the moment now 00:52:16. At last we are heading west again and picked up the wind, we are creaming along!!The good thing is that we have not used our engine at all yet and hope not do so.Not so sure about the Halburg Rassy in front of us now, she seemed to manage to head south in light winds quite fast and has over taken us so not really convinced she hasn’t used her engines.We will find out in due course.Now we are heading west with good winds averaging 16 - 20 knots.We had both the genoa, staysail and main up all day.Now the wind is stronger so we have rolled in the staysail and still averaging between 8 - 10 knots of speed.Lots of weed appearing in the water so this makes fishing difficult and the fact we have now become a bit more. read more...


01/12/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 14 (mariners avoid the 13)

17:07:00 UTC Tuesday Dec. 1, 2015Position: St. Lucia Rodney Bay MarinaA R R I V E D !!!!!!!!!!!!!huge reception, great rum punch. read more...


01/12/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 13

Folk seemed to enjoy Steve's Nautical and Caribbean trivia quiz, he gave out the answers last night.Did you know that the USA actually purchased what became the US Virgin Islands from Denmark?Moonshine claimed a bonus point for knowing also the price paid.Unusually for these days no-one could just google the answers!A quiet night's sail, gybed in the morning to get a better direction but unfortunately the wind got even less.With less wind it also got very hot.We passed the 250 miles to go landmark at lunch time, just hoping for more wind to finish the trip.. read more...


01/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 1 at 5:00 pm

Our tenth day at sea. We have motored the last 20 hours or so, as the wind had died. Since noon we are sailing again, with 9kn of wind. Our expectation is that the wind will pick up considerably today or tonight, so we enjoy the calmness while it lasts. Yesterday we prolonged a shift by two hours and set our clocks back by the same time. This way, all shifts still start at the same time as before, but we are closer to the actual time.Tonight the twice postponed halfway dinner will finally happen. We had to postpone once because other food had to be eaten before it wouldn't be edible anymore, and the second time because we forgot to take the beef out of the freezer. We'll have filet of beef tonight, and that will be a welcome treat - although dinner has been fine during all of the. read more...


01/12/2015

Meltemi - 10. Tag - Halbzeit

Liebe Leute, heute morgen um 08:55 Uhr haben wir die Hälfte der Strecke hinter uns gehabt - schön, aber irgendwie auch schade... Als Vorbereitung dieses Ereignisses hatten wir heute in der Nachtwache einen Überraschungsgast: ein fliegender Fisch landete gegen 1 Uhr in der Plicht. Er war ebenso überrascht und erstaunt wie wir. Nach einem entsprechenden Photoshooting wurde der Besucher dann wieder in den Atlantik befördert, ihn als Köder für unsere Angel zu benutzen haben wir dann doch nicht übers Herz gebracht. Der Tag war wunderbar zum Segeln. Endlich wieder etwas mehr Wind im Tuch mit 12 - 16 Knoten, das Parasail stand wunderbar und Kenny, unsere Rennmaschine am Ruder, holte unter "komm, Kätzchen, komm" Ausrufen knapp 10 Knoten aus der Meltemi, während die anderen die immer gleiche und. read more...


01/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 9 - Half way across

Day 9After a gentle night's sailing it was decided that today is halfway to St Lucia day. By 3pm this afternoon we have 1435 miles on the log with 1426 miles left to go, good enough for us. For Dan this could only mean one thing for breakfast. A full English breaky appeared on cue and we even saved some for Mike who was catching up on some snoozing at the time.A fairly active day followed with laundry being top of most people's lists. Boat is now looking like a Chinese laundry with guardwires festooned with various bits of underwear and tshirts. Genny and watermaker have been working hard to replenish our water tanks, but otherwise at this halfway stage we are looking good with clean clothes, clean sheets and the all important chocolate drawer restocked. Sadly tonic supplies are. read more...


01/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 9 - Rolling westwards

December 1, 2015 – The parasailor has been up all night. It was perfect weather for it: steady wind of 12 to 18 knots. The sea got a bit more wavy though so we were rolling left and right in our beds again. This morning we lowered the parasailor – after 27 hours of great performance! – because the wind increased to 20 or more knots so we put up the mainsail and jib goose-winged. Also with this rig we’re going 9 knots in speed. We are making some fast miles now! Great to have good wind and to see how Shiva glides through the waves. Our day distance today is 185 nautical miles.  It seems like the trade wind (passaatwind) will blow us fast to Saint Lucia now. We are still sailing 260-270 degrees, straight to the island. The weather forecast looks positive. With. read more...


01/12/2015

Grand Bleu - maandag 30 en dinsdag 31

Maandag aten wij als lunch een in boter gebakken dorade, heerlijk vers binnen 2 uur na vangst in de pan.Lara heeft een poule gemaakt over de verwachtte aankomsttijd en afgelegde zeemijlen. De schattingen liggen behoorlijk ver uit elkaar en zullen bepaald worden door de windrichting in het laatste deel van de tocht.Maandag nacht konden de zeilen weer worden bijgezet. Bij het hijsen van het grootzeil moeten wij er op letten dat het katrol niet draait. Alle lijnen die gedraaid zijn of schavielen gaan onherroepelijk stuk. De krachten op het schip zijn onvoorstelbaar groot. En dat is lastig te zien in het donker bij een mast van bijna 30 meter lang.Na zonsopgang wordt de blauwe gennaker bijgezet. Zodra de wind boven de 20 knopen gaat wordt het dringen bij het roer. Ieder is er op gebrand het. read more...


01/12/2015

Isabel - Day 9 - Fishhh

Tuesday 12 Noon 1/12/21051906 N41 33W*- daily run circa 160 miles*- 1160distance toSt Lucia* = ish see belowSo yesterday afternoon it all went a bit "Pete Tong". Shortly after emailingoff the blog to my daughter Julia who copies all and adds to Facebook thealarms start beeping at the chart table and at the twin wheel consoles ondeck. Skipper James replies with much button pressing and cries of "bother"and soon establishes Mr Raymarine is the key offender in particular GPSsignal but before long it is cycling error messages from everything and weare hand steering with no auto pilot. While James is in full flow to fix itincluding emailing the jolly helpful chaps at Oyster Yachtsthe fishingline starts ratcheting too. Great timing !Nick is quick the grab the rod and ascertain we have a bite. read more...


Isabel - Day 9 - Fishhh
Isabel - Day 9 - Fishhh
01/12/2015

Bamarandi - Tuesday 1st December - off to Antigua

Position14.44.135N 061.17.062WFor those following on the ARC+ website / YB Races app we have handed our ARC+ racking device back in at St Lucia so we will not show on their map any more. If you wish to see where we are have a look at http://blog.mailasail.com/bamarandi where our position plots on a map - providing you have google earth installed and our blog continues to run.We were up at 6am to quite heavy rainfall - good news as it washed the boat down for us and got rid of much of the salt water. The rain stopped and we  set off from Rodney Bay Marina at St Lucia for Antigua at about 7am. Yellow shirted ARC staff were up and about and they waved us off.  We got out into the bay and passed the ARC boat at station waiting for more arrivals - they too waved us farewell.We. read more...


01/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 01-12-2015: Gas geven of inhouden om in daglicht aan te komen?

Ondanksdat het nog zeker 4 dagen varen is, wordt er druk gespeculeert over deverwachtte aankomst tijd, haha. Het liefste komen we namelijk met daglicht aanin St Lucia, zie je het meest en is rumpunch-technisch het beste!Dit lijkt in het meest optimistische geval 5 december te zijn om17:03,26  (rond 21:00 utc en 22:00 in Nederland). Als dit klopt hebben wede oversteek in 13 dagen 8 uur 3 min. en 26 sec. gedaan. Dit is extreem snel!Dus de meeste kans is dat we dit niet halen en dat we in het pikdonker aankomen. Gelukkig voor Haico blijft in dat geval zijn oude record van 13 dagen en4 uur staan, des te eerlijker aangezien die veel meer bloed, zweet en spinnakers(!) heeft gekost dan deze oversteek!   We varen namelijk heel relaxed naar de overkant! We vissen een beetje,vandaag 2x. read more...


01/12/2015

LaLuna - dag 10

Dag 10Gisteren maak ik mij nog de bedenking "wat zal ik morgen nu weer schrijven", maar de dag is nog niet half en ik kan alweer een boek schrijven. De nacht is vlot verlopen. Met windkracht 4 lopen we +/- 6 knopen. Na enkele dagen een redelijke zuidelijke koers gevolgd te hebben maken we een gijpje en zetten de boeg in een rechte lijn naar St Lucia. De trade winds zetten aan tot windkracht 5 waardoor we een dikke 8 knopen lopen. We weten het. Dit is dé dag dat het moet gaan gebeuren! Uit analyse van de laatste gegevens ziet het er naar uit dat onze beslissing, die we een dag of 4 geleden gemaakt hebben, niet verkeerd was. De boten noordelijk van ons hebben een VMG (Velocity Made Good) van rond de 3 a 4 knopen. De helft van de onze! Afwachten wat de komende dagen brengen, maar vandaag. read more...


01/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9 (2)

Das Leben an BordSegeln auf einer Hallberg Rassy, auch bei einer Rallye über den Atlantik istschon schön!Von dem Komfort des täglichen Duschens, jetzt zunehmend zwei Mal am Tag,hatte ich schon berichtet. Tatsächlich sind die Temperaturen am Tag jetztauf geschätzt 32 Grad gestiegen, in der Nacht sicherlich noch angenehme 22Grad, also Nachtwache in leichter Kleidung!Unser Thermometer in der Logge weisst übrigens eine Wassertemperatur von26,5 Grad aus - kein Neid! Zum Baden haben wir keine Zeit.Die Wachen sind nicht eingeteilt - kann man als mangelnde Seemannschaftabtun, kommt aber nach meiner Erfahrung bei gestandenen Seglern wesentlichbesser zum Biorhythmus als starre Wachen. Wichtig ist, dass der, der sich inder Lage fühlt, schlafen zu können, dies auch am Tag umgehend macht,. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9 (2)
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 9 (2)
01/12/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Enterprise Captains log Day 10 ARC 2015

Sat in front of the computer, thought I could write something to occupymyself!It was brought to my attention a while back that our sail number 1702T isremarkably close to the registration number of the 'Starship Enterpriseallegedly '1701T', I've never managed to find out if this is infact true,but if it is it may suggest we have 'warp speed' at our disposal.I havespent 25years sailing on Scarlet, there are a couple of switches for which Ihave yet to find their purpose, perhaps that's what they are for?!Thiswarp speed would appear to be our only hope if we are to stand a chance ofbeating the mighty VO65 Brunel on IRC corrected time!100' supermaxi 'Leopard's' record last year rose the bar very significantlyfrom previously, so to better that in a 'production' 65' racing boat ismighty. read more...


Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not writ in stone!
01/12/2015

Starblazer - 01/12/2015 - Plans are not set in stone!

We left East London on Saturday morning, the other four boats left as planned on Friday afternoon.It will be interesting to compare notes with them because the seas were still quite big and confused on Saturday but the wind was weak and we motored south, waiting for the wind to arrive.We managed to find the current which we carried, or rather it carried us, past Port Elizabeth at up to 4 knots plus, of course, our boat speed.Saturday evening on the radio net we said we were aiming for Mossel Bay.This may be only about 10 degrees south of the Tropic of Capricorn but it was cold, especially during the night; clothing suitable for a channel crossing at the end of May was called into use! For me that included thermals, ski socks, fleece top, Musto fleece lined mid-layer salopettes and a Gill. read more...