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25/11/2015

Sunrise - D und ich Sunrise Tag 4

Der heutige Tag steht ganz im Zeichen der notwendigen Reparaturarbeiten an Bord. Alles bei entsprechendem Seegang. Sonst würde es ja keinen Spaß machen. Im Vordergrund steht die Reparatur des zersplitterten Spibaums, die letztlich fast2 Tage dauern wird. Die beschränkten Bordmittel erfordern viel Krativität und handwerkliches Geschick. Die beiden Stücke des Baums werden innen durch längere Holzstücke verbunden , verkeilt und von außen verschraubt. Zusätzlich wird unser Segelschoner, einAbflußrohr, halbiert und mit großen Schlauchschellen entlang des Baums festgezogen. Ein langes Edelstahlrohr dient als letzte zusätzliche Stabilisierung. Eine unglaublich schweißtreibende Arbeit. Sind mit dem angeschlagenen Rigg nun deutlich langsamer geworden. Gerefftes Groß und etwas eingerollte Genua.. read more...


24/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 3

2:00 in der Nacht. Eine große Welle läuft achterlich auf das Schiff zu. Der Horizont und Wellenhöhe sind in der Dunkelheit nicht auszumachen. Bei top Speed von 11 Knoten schlägt das Boot quer. Ein peitschender Knall. Der Bullenstander derden Großbaum bei achterlichen Winden fixiert und eine unkontrollierte Halse verhindern soll, reißt aufgrund des mächtigen Winddrucks wie ein Bindfaden. Der Großbaum rast mit tonnenschweren Wucht in einem Sekundenbruchteil auf die andere Seite. Mehrere Mastrutscher,die das Segel im Großmast halten reißen aus. Im gleichen Augenblick bricht eine Leine der Spibaumhalterung. Mit einem explosionsartigen Krach zersplittert sofort unser großer Spibaum , der die Genua ausbaumt und reißt sie ein Stück weit auf. Die Crew hat unglaublichesGlück, dass niemand durch. read more...


23/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - day 2: still chilling in las palmas...

11:40 UTC: After refuelling water to the boat and beer into our bellies wenow long to cast off from Las Palmas to catch up with the rest of fleet. Our boom are being repaired as we speak (being a little fatter yet stronger inthe middle).   . read more...


23/11/2015

El Gato - half way party!

Today we sailed past the 1/2 way point and donned costumes, decorated half the boat, and toasted with a half a bottle of Catalan wine.It's been a really fun ride and three of us are getting lots of driving time since the auto pilot quit two days ago. Top speed so far on this leg is 16.6 VMG. We've had three over 200 mile days so we hope to finish in 10 to 11 days. The competition is tight and we can't slow downWe are all instrument rated pilots now that we steer to a compass at night.Old school.Reading about Columbus.Loving the journey.The Cat People. read more...


El Gato - half way party!
El Gato - half way party!
23/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 15 – Sunday

  22:36 Local LeaTime I’mcurrently under a blanket in the cockpit with my ipod, looking at stars while onwatch with my mom, who is the lookout at the moment. Who by the way was justattacked by one of those fish with wings. It just flew right in between her andher seat. So one of our comfort-seats kind of smells like fish now. Or maybeit’s my mom. Earlier this morning, while doing a stroll on deck, we picked up 14flying fish on deck. Fourteen! Those poor things, I mean, with an ocean thisbig, what’s the chance of hitting this one, tiny sailboat invading their spacewhen they’re out flying. Which is also weird because they are fish and should beout swimming, not flying.Todaythe waves have been hitting us from the side, creating a new, fun movement ofthe boat, and I’ve really had to. read more...


23/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 1 - We start

After a week of gentle preparations, we all enjoyed the carnival atmosphere in Las Palmas before the start of this year's ARC. Despite a cooling shower or two in the morning and grey skies, there was no rain for the start, however we were not lacking in wind. A particularly boisterous start this year, we opted for our favourite headsail only approach, nice and manoeuvrable and not too much sail up in anticipation of the 30 knots expected in the acceleration zone off Gran Canaria.There was a distinct lack of cruising chutes and spinnakers this year, so not as photogenic as usual but certainly a flying start, surfing the waves at over 10 knots at times. The boats all spread out quite quickly due to the conditions and overnightthere were only a few lights visible. A fast night of sailing. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 1 - We start
Skyelark of London - Day 1  - We start
23/11/2015

Meltemi - 1.Tag/Nacht

Tatsächlich geschafft. Vor zwei bis drei Wochen hab ich noch nicht daran geglaubt, bei der Morgenwache (0800-1200)mit meinem Mitsegler Kenan bei strahlendem Sonnenschein im Cockpit der Meltemi zu sitzen - Kurs Rodney Bay. Die Wellen von Achtern machen allen - bis auf unseren Skipper Rüdiger - schwer zu schaffen. Die Tage vor der Abreise in Las Palmas waren wirklich gut: Proviant bunkern, Sicherheitseinweisung und ARC-Partyprogramm sorgen dafür, dass der Alltag zu Hause schnell vergessen ist. Außerdem wurde am Freitag schon einmal für die ersten Tage vorgekocht. Und abends gab es dann die ARC-Abschlussparty mit Häppchen und Livemusik. Den kompletten Samstag vor der Abreise hängt die Crew etwas in den Seilen. Abends beim Scheidebecher im Cockpit gibt es noch ein fettes Feuerwerk auf der. read more...


23/11/2015

Aqualuna - 26:22.285N 18:16.667W

ARC DAY TWOThings have settled down and we are flying along under goose-winged Genoa and Staysail.We have now been at sea for a full 27 hours.Night watches have been organised as a rolling night watch so those that are less experienced with the working of Aqualuna have somebody with them until we all know what we are doing.We spent the night steaming along under full Genoa averaging between 8 and 10 knots the wind behind us and a large slightly confused sea so we are rolling a bit.As we were all finding our sea legs again I decided to do a Spaghetti Bolognese with fresh Fettuccine pasta, having already made the sauce in advance for dinner.John Eustace and Ian were on the pontoon to see us off, we took our time rather than rushing out there as we still had a few things to do so we left. read more...


23/11/2015

Emily Morgan - log day 2

We are settling into a nice watch routine and everyone is in good form.Perhaps after our success with the costume party, wisecracks and "dad jokes" abound. No seasickness despite lots of waves and swell, we are all practicing steering, fishing and cooking at sea.I don't think that we will be losing weight this trip though, if tonight's turkey, plum and spinach tagine is anything to go by.There are still several boats around, mostly too far away to identify, but we did get close enough to take some photos of Carisma so hopefully will be able to pass them over when we get to St Lucia.Anna 23.11.15. read more...


23/11/2015

Aliena - Salida a Santa Lucia

El domingo 22-11-2015 a las 13 horas salimos casi 200 veleros. Salida expectacular aunque con mucho viento y mucho mar. Las primeras veinticuatro horas hacemos 200 millas a pesar de llevar la mayor y el yanki con dos rizos. Tenemos unas olas que parecen montañas, pero el barco las navega bien. La navegación es muy incomoda y a pesar de lo cansados estamos bien. Poco a poco hemos ido perdiendo de vista al resto de veleros, pero al medio dia contactamos por radio para dar la posición. Esperamos que mañana ya nos hayan salido las piernas del mar (las que salen cuando haces navegación de altura)Carmen. read more...


23/11/2015

Marisja - log 23-11-2015: de kop is eraf

Nou, de eerste nacht weer achter de rug, en direct een goede om in teslingeren. Gisteravond begon het al wat harder te waaien en stonden er goedekuilen van golven ten zuiden van de Canarische Eilanden. Één van die golven wasspectaculair genoeg om een topsnelheid van 21,2 knopen neer te zetten. Jawelhoor, door Rob, die staat wel weer even.   Voor mij (Nanno) is het echt een deja-vu gevoel: zowel in 2007 als in 2012was de start soortgelijk, direct flink mijlen richting St. Lucia varen.Afgelopen etmaal ook weer 220 mijl gevaren.   Vandaag is het een beetje van alles wat, de wind draait af en toe flink envarieert ook in kracht. Aangezien we allemaal nog ‘vers’ zijn zo in het beginhebben we de diverse zeilwissels alweer geoefend    Vanavond draadjesvlees met gebakken. read more...


23/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 5

Ran well overnight, but wind increased 1st thing - or perhaps seas are more alarming when it gets light and you can see them?Reefed right down to tiny main and tiny yankee poled out.Timshel running comfortably enough but seems to have developed a death roll - how on earth did anyone manage in these conditions before we got that dead frog non-slip stuff?Mind you the washing up us still hurling itself around the cabin.I think wind has dropped as sun came out so maybe more sail needed?. read more...


23/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 1 - Clean start & first night

November 23, 2015 – We have taken off!! On Sunday just before noon we left the harbour of Las Palmas. Many people were waving us out which was great! An exciting feeling to know that you won’t touch shore for the coming 2,5 weeks. Manoeuvring through all the other ARC boats with mainsail (1 reef) and jib up we were heading off to the starting line. At 1PM sharp our group made a clear start. 15 minutes before another group had started with Team Brunel sprinting off and quickly leaving the rest behind them. There was about 22 to 25 knots of wind, with highs of 30 knots. It caused a good wavy sea, in my eyes waves of 4 meters at least, but in reality 3 meters I must say! It is very impressive seeing this blue high wall coming up behind the ship and then feeling the ship surf over this blue. read more...


23/11/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 6

15:00 UTC Monday Nov. 22, 2015Position: 15.650195N, 38.761097Wa ROLLERCOASTER!is nothing compared to this. How is it that a predicted 9ft swell looks like 4-5 meters when you are in it? Since this morning the sea is rough, whitecaps on rolling mountains and huge swells the boat sinks into deep, Everest behind you, then the boat slowly rises, turning to the left, tilting 12degrees, going over the crest, turning at least 45degrees to the right and rolling down the other side of the wave tilting 12degrees the other way. All the time the constant din of a gushing, swirling, rolling sea.Mojeka is taking it much better than we are. We are not seasick in the least (not even Monique!!) but the constant visual and auditory input is extremely tiring and we feel pretty much exhausted. Moving around. read more...


23/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (4): Surf's Up!

So, remember a previous post where I wrote that I hadn't mastered the fine nautical art of hand steering downwind, at night, with the ginormous big blue parasailor dragging us across the Atlantic? Well, I still haven't. That being said, yesterday, or the day before - things are staring to blur together here, I bit the bullet and took the helm to practice. For those of you who don't know me, key point: I'm not a racer, or a sailor, just a barely a cruiser who's primary qualification was related to guacamole production. Needless to say, the hand steering practice went fine, we found that we were swinging less and making better time than using Otto.Then the wind picked up.After that, the swell increased.Now it's dark, and Otto cannot maintain our course and keep the parasailor from folding. read more...


23/11/2015

Mojeka - Transatlantic Day 5

18:00 UTC Monday Nov. 22, 2015Position: 15.7536667N, 36.457015WFISH, FISH, beautiful FISH!at last they are biting. 5 fish in one day! Now for the bad news: we initially did not know what they where, so we took one out, then George looked it up in his fish book: "Greater Amberjack” – on the red list!!!So we threw all the others back (the first one tasted fantastic, by the way).Now my theory: if all we catch is them, how can they be endangered? If we catch nothing else, they are possibly mean predators, killing all the others (such as the tuna we are after). So we should take them all out and do the multiculti fish family a great service!We definitely need a second opinion on that question.Apart from that: pleasant sailing, winds around 15 to 22knots, just slightly over the limit. read more...


23/11/2015

Arthur Logic - First blog - from crew member Pudsey Bear

Hello to all from our 9th crew member, that’s me, Pudsey Bear!  Nowthat the sea state is just about calm enough to use the laptop rather than itbeing flung somewhere across the boat I am able to use my big yellow paws totype.  Just over 24 hours in and finally I think most of us are starting tosmile.  I, of course, always have a big smile but I too did turn a shade ofgreen yesterday and overnight.  Our departure yesterday from the marina wasvery good fun (thank you to our lovely shore team), lots and lots of people cameto wave us off; I got extra big waves because I think I am the only large yellowbear making this voyage.  As we left we were serenaded by some classicSpanish Euro-pop as we left the harbour (remind me not to let the rest of mycrew put this on the. read more...


23/11/2015

LaLuna - dag2

Bericht van Laluna na de eerste24 uur. Best heftige nacht achter de rug met krachtige NE wind. Lopen nu lekkerop de fok alleen met NE6. Eerste24 uur log 162 NM. Idereen aan boord komt goed in het ritme. Vanavond pizza.. read more...


23/11/2015

Bliss II - blogentry

Day 1 Afterhaving a rough day and a rough night on the choppy Atlantic and on the northernroute things get more relaxed now. We are repairing minor things that fell apartduring the night and enjoy the nice weather. Sea legs are slowly building andsea sickness hopefully stays away. We have a constant breeze of 20 kts from NEand bliss is on 2 reefs in main and code 0. We are depowering the gooseneck notto risk anything regarding the latest repair. So we will be a little slower thanexpected but anyway, that’s sailing. Onboards mood is good and we’re cruising with around 10 kts straight way to St.Lucia JB, blissII. read more...


23/11/2015

Weohgi - "Every boat goes Surfing, Surfing the Atlantic" to the beach boys tune!

We're surfing well- Big waves 3++m reducing to 2+m later. We had a rope , fender and the cruising chute all wash of the deck early this morning - so everybody was on deck by 7.30. All were fortunately still attached to the boat so we were able to rescue them and tie them more securely!We were trying to take photos of us surfing -The description I came up with was skiing related.It reminds me of taking a nice ski lift to the top of the mountain ( When you're Rocking All over the world) only to be faced with a sheer black run, then there is no choice but to go "Slip, Sliding away, " as Simon and Garfunkel put it!The sun is still shining. We are doing well on water. We should be half way tomorrow so we may treat ourselves to a shower!Love and hugs to allAvryl Alan Colin and Andy xxxx. read more...


23/11/2015

Bamarandi - Monday 23rd November - Whales or Dolphins?

Position 16.24.853N 039.43.060NThe sheer volume of flying fish all around us continues to amaze us. How many millions must there be in the Atlantic! We have returned 9 to the sea so far from the boat, some in a better state than others dependent on how long they have hitched a ride with us for. Large numbers of them fly around the boat every few minutes and skim off across the water.We saw Haumana - a Lagoon 52 catamaran - late yesterday afternoon flying the Canadian flag with Frank Artis the owner / skipper. We had seen them in Cape Verde and chatted to them. What are the chances of hooking up onto a large piece of stray fishing net out here mid-Atlantic? Unfortunately they had managed to as we discovered when we hailed them on the radio to talk. They were about to get in the water and. read more...


23/11/2015

EH01 - Log day 1 - Epic start

Hello World,   The good ship EH01 is now over her first 24 hour sail in this year’s ARCrace. We had a fantastic send off yesterday. Many people were cheering andsinging, DJs were playing while all the boats were leaving the marina in LasPalmas. EH01 crew was very excited and ready to sail across the big pond. The start was amazing with hundreds of boats circling around outside themarina waiting for their respective starts.  It was a fairly breezy day andwe encountered even more after the first 2-3 hours of the race. The wind pickedup to 35-40 knots in the acceleration zone on the south-east side of the islandwhich kept boats and their crews on their toes. Boats were broaching, droppingsails around us, kites were blown up so it was definitely an action packedafternoon. We also. read more...


23/11/2015

Why Not - Day 1 Blog

Eventful first 24 hours with up to 39knt winds, 8m swell and our main sailpreventer failed, causing the main sheet carriages to come off. Luckily ithappened just before dusk, so we were able to do a temporary fix.   The night shift of Richard, Charlie and Paul managed to fix it, but wehaven’t been able to raise the main sail yet, due to the conditions.   Bags and other things were flying around a fair bit in the night! We woketo bacon butties this morning made by Catrin and  Paul.   We’ve covered 175nm in the first 24 hours which everyone’s really happywith.   Too rough to type any more, so Why Not are signingoff!. read more...


23/11/2015

Hot Stuff - Blog DAY 1

Welcome to Hotstuff's Atlantic Crossing blog 2015.Everyone we met in Las Palmas seemed so fascinated at what it would be liketo be onboard with us. Their eyes seemed to widen in amazement and awe as weexplained the challenge that awaited us; Nine strangers (before Monday lastweek), all women (assuming there are no stowaway boys?!), a Beneteau First 40.7(our modestly sized racing yacht), an international team - UK, Italy, Grenada,Germany and Switzerland; 3000 miles of Atlantic Ocean. Throughout our journey we hope to share our experiences with you and giveyou all an insight into exactly what it is like to be onboard.   The team: Thalitta - a paramedic from Switzerland looking for a career change. Ullrike - from Germany who has given up her job in shipping in search ofadventure. Sarah. read more...


23/11/2015

Isabel -DAY 1

Monday 12 Noon 23/11/2105271195 N 018 1115W - 175 Miles from race start (Departed 13:00yesterday)- distance to St Lucia 2511Hello -All good here, race set off on warm overcast afternoon 20 knots onthe beam for a reach then run to the bottom of Gran Canaria. 17:00 hrsGybewest onto our course to St Lucia. From 17:00 hrs to midnight winds wereregularly 40 gusting 50 + knots occasionally, Isabel loving it. We arecurrently in glorious sunshine and 30 knots of wind on a broad reachchomping through the miles !Night watches staggered two hours with four hours on each,two on deck -Who are the crew?Philip- really good bloke / owner,gets sunset watch18:00hrs until22:00hrshmmm!! James - Skipper knows how it all works, how to fix it and how to fix us Peter - Suave at times, nice clothes,takes doing. read more...


23/11/2015

Lucky Star - 23/11/2015 162 mille en 22h

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, départ enfin pris le 22/11/2015 à 13h. Nous sommes dansles 10 premiers au départ mais nous ne voyons déjà plus les catégoriesmulticoques et courses.Départ avec un ris dans la grand voile, nous sommes obligés dans rajouterun autre avant la nuit et de mettre le dernier en pleine nuit. Sinon toutva bien on se relaye à la barre car le pilote n'est pas capable de lefaire avec ces vagues.Premier vrai surf à 14,9 noeuds, on aurait cru être sur un hors bord.Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementpTeam Lucky Star. read more...


23/11/2015

Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 1

Oceano Atlantico - 26°32'N 17°15W - Rotta 240 velocità attuale : 7,7Ieri dopo tanta attesa finalmente la nostra ARC è partita. La mattinata emozionante.La banda di Las Palmas gira fra i pontili suonando ritmi locali e stranieri. Le barche una ad una lasciano i pontili, gli amici salutano, le altre barcheancora all'ormeggio, accompagnano l'uscita con un suono di tromba. L'uscita prevede di sfilare davanti alla Direzione del porto e poi davanti alla lanterna rossa del molo di sotto flutto, dove centinaia di persone si sono radunate per salutare il passaggio e la partenza di ogni singola barca. Bellissima atmosfera, davvero toccante. Quando usciamo dal porto sono già presenti almeno 150 barche intente a girare all'interno del bacino portuale, chiuso per l'occasione, in attesa della. read more...


23/11/2015

Meltemi - Tag 1 Start

Wir sind gestartet. Nach den Katamaranen und den Racern viel der Startschuss für die Cruiser um 13:00 Uhr Ortszeit.Bei wind aus NE mit 7 Bft. und Regenschauern ungemütlich aber flott.Mal sehen was uns die erste Nacht bereithält.. read more...


23/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 Blog (Arc #32)

Monday 23 NovRace Day 1Carnage of sea, big boats and spray at the start of the race. Challenger 1 crossed the line astern and kept pace with us for a time however after we put in a stealthy gybe they haven’t been seen again. :DThe day went quickly with strong winds and a maximum of 40 knots through what is called the “acceleration zone” along the side of the Canary Island.The night bought a full moon, shooting stars and massive swells, up to 1 m above the helmsman’s head.  Felt like we were following Orion’s belt. A few have suffered from sea sickness and are recovering well; whilst others discovered the joys of helming downwind in the dark. Only real down note was the big green wave pouring through a forgotten hatch onto Kirsty’s bed, while she was in it!Cooks are producing. read more...


23/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 1 auf See

Nach gelungenem Start unter Genua und ungerefftem Groß mit Raumschots gen Süden.Es ist für mich ein Novum, dass bei einem Start der ARC trotz günstiger Windrichtungen nur weiße Segel gesetzt sind, nicht einmal die Racer hatten einen Spi oben!Verantwortlich war der zunehmende Starkwind, dem einige Yachten bereits beim Start durch Reffs (Verkleinern des Großsegels) und kleinere Vorsegel Rechnung trugen.Wir konnten bis zum späten Nachmittag mit Genua und ausgerefftem Groß fahren - Ergebnis nach vier Stunden 40 sm!Zum späten Nachmittag frischte der Wind immer weiter auf, so dass auch wir das Groß refften, in den Spitzen hatten wir Böen mit 47 Knoten, Windstärke 9!Jetzt ist es der 23.11., 10:00 Uhr, der Wind hat abgeschwächt auf 20 bis 25 Knoten, in Böen 30, noch etwas zu viel für den Spi-. read more...


23/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start

Hallo an alle Freunde und Follower der Bluewater Mooney - es ist mal wieder soweit!Wir, das sind in diesem Jahr:Jürgen PauleweitBernd ReinitzDr. Martin Rafalczykallesamt Hochseesegler mit etlichen tausend Meilen Erfahrung und gemeinsam mit mir hoch motiviert, neben einer guten Platzierung und den Wettervorhersagen folgend, die Regatta nach 16 Tagen zu beenden.Nach der ARC 2002 (damals noch mit einer Sunbeam 44) und den ARC 2010, 2014 und ARC Europe 2015 (Teilstück Bermudas / Azoren) jetzt die ARC 2015 von Gran Canaria nach St. Lucia. Es handelt sich um die 30. ARC, die mit 57 Startern bei der ARC+ und 191 bei der ARC die bestbesuchte ist.Ich berichte auf der ARC-Seite unter https://www.worldcruising.com/arc/arc_2015_eventlogs.aspx und auf der BWM Seite unter. read more...


23/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Starttag, Sonntag 22. November 2015

Es ist immer wieder das gleiche! Man kann sich noch so viel Vorlaufzeit nehmen, fertig wird man erst am letzten Tag - und so war es auch dieses mal wieder.Doch da die Bluewater Mooney seit Ihrer Rückkehr aus der Karibik über Bermudas, Azoren seit September in Gran Canaria lag, waren die wesentlichen Vorbereitungen für die nächsten Monate, wie große Inspektion des Volvo Diesels, des Mastervolt Generators sowie komplette Durchsicht der Segel ausreichend vor Beginn des ARC-Chaos Anfang November beendet oder zumindest eingeleitet. Auch das Unterwasserschiff wurde mit möglichst wenig Abstand zum Start gereinigt und mit Anti Fouling gestrichenDoch es kommen immer noch einige Überraschungen, wie drei defekte Instrumente zwei Tage vor dem Start, die für Aufregung sorgen.Aber alles ist am. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
23/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 1-A Rough Flying start

Vi hadde en tøff start igår med store bølger og opptil kuling i kastene.Dette holdt seg gjennom natten, så vi gikk 1 times skift. Det er fantastiskhjelp å Will og Emily ombord.   Barna har det etter forholdene bra, og er i ekstase over å ha vunnetkonkurransen om a få ta med ARC bamsen Sailor Ted over atlanteren. Han harallerede lekt masse og fått sin egen dagbok.. read more...


23/11/2015

Hera - Allein auf weiter Flur

Die meisten Crewmitglieder haben nun das erste Mal die Erfahrung einesNachtsegelns gemacht. Wind und Welle haben uns trotz des einzigen kräftiggerefften Großsegels gut voran gebracht. Die Bordroutine muss sich für diekommenden Wochen erst einspielen. Aufs gemeinsame Frühstück haben die meistendankend verzichtet. Wir fahren ein Dreiwachsystem von jeweils 6 h. SeitSonnenaufgang sind auch die letzten Nachbarboote hinter dem Horizontverschwunden. Die “Hera” läuft jetzt mit der üblichen Passatwindbesegelung(Schmetterling mit ausgebaumtem Vorsegel) vor einem achterlichen Wind von 25 knmit 8 kn über Grund auf Kurs 240 Grad. Allmählich rückt der Zeitpunkt für dieRoutenwahl nach St. Lucia näher. Zur Auswahl stehen die kürzere aber häufigruppigere Nordroute, die Südroute über die Kapverden mit der. read more...


23/11/2015

Hejira - Kit failure at the 'pointy end'.

13 42.922N 036 30.497WMonday 23rd November 2015Although the rest of the crew enjoy the moon for their watches, it is long gone by my watch so I could not spot the problem until the first light of dawn. The first ‘giveaway’ was a slack luff on the starboard Yankee then I could see that the bow sprit was canted at an awkward angle – something was wrong. This gave me a good excuse to ‘beat to quarters’ and knocking on everyone’s door, I soon had a full crew on deck ready to take on all comers. The drop nose pin through the bowsprit bracket had worked out (this has happened to me before and I should have known better !!!!!) and this had bent the bracket so that it wouldn’t re-attach. Some smart work with 12mm studding, washers and nuts forced the bracket back into useable shape – phew. I. read more...


22/11/2015

PG Roshni - 22/11 2000 Main Line

16:21.0N 38.17.0WDropped the boom into the cockpit, the kicker came off surprisingly easily and Ali managed to stitch the leech using a piece of webbing in 4.5 hours. Using sail repair patches and tape the tear was covered and we hoisted again at around 4pm. Sadly while the webbing holds well the tape is lifting so we will probably have to have another go tomorrow. Fingers crossed it holds tonight.Going head to wind is quite emotional - the seas are big and 25kn breeze in your face while holding on the mast to raise and lower asap is not exactly a good night out.Running at 10kn+ now again most of the time.Susan has been a star keeping moral and food going on her cooking day - I'm cook tomorrow - the bar is set quite high after a fab potato and cheese pie...All of us need more sleep. read more...


22/11/2015

Bamarandi - Sunday 22nd November mileage update

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22/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 4

More gusts this morning so reefed main and yankee to slow down allow hydrovane to keep better control - otherwise we were charging around all over the shop.Shame, it was fun seeing speeds of 10 knots! Otherwise more of the same, slightly cloudy skies and a few drops of rain, but not even enough to wet the deck.Got to 1500 miles to go at lunchtime today, not quite sure how to celebrate?Apparently Moonshine has individual chocolate bars for each crew labelled for each milestone, and another boat was thinking icecream - maybe virtual icecream?Not quite sure what to do about the time, as over 35W now could put clocks back an hour, but I think we prefer to have light in the evening rather than morning so will leave them on Cape Verde time just now.Have to go back 4 hrs by St Lucia though.. read more...


22/11/2015

Exody - Days 310-315: Durban, Drakensberg, Mandela

Exody was first of the fleet to leave Richards Bay on the evening of Monday16th riding the short weather window southwestwards to Durban with a robust NNE'ly taking us there rapidly under very well reefed genoa alone.  Arriving early Tuesday in this substantial and busy port, we had to negotiate large vessels on the final approach and were barely anchored before the marina launch came to direct us to a berth.  We spent about two hours doing our clearances which are required at every port here. After lunch at the Point Yacht Club we were soon snoozing off the night's passage - the rain and wind both rising on schedule at nightfall.  We were happy to be securely berthed!We took a guided walking tour of the Durban downtown  Warwick and Victoria markets in the pouring. read more...


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22/11/2015

Homer

Hi,This is the first blog from Homer on the 2015 ARC Atlantic Race. We are a crew of 9 who are in the process of getting to know each other. We will take turns producing a daily blog and can therefore introduce ourselves as we go along.I'm Ray Butler, english, 64 years old, a retired engineer.The last two days have been taken up with purchasing a mountain of supplies which have gradually been packed in every corner of the boat.Ray. read more...


22/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - 22/11-2015: off and away and back...

Great start for us on the Hanse Sailor. However, we felt quite thirstyafter all excitement so we went back to enjoy couple of more beers on theSailors Bar.  . read more...


22/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 22-11-15: Gestart!

We zijn onderweg, met een stevige NE-wind zijn we gestart. Een beetje aanlij van het grote veld en daardoor dicht bij het marine startschip, maar wel opeen mooie positie. Nu anderhalf uur later schuiven we lekker naar voren metenkele van de grotere boten in onze klasse en halen we ook al een paar kleinereboten van de wedstrijdklasse in die eerder gestart waren. Op ons gemak met vol grootzeil en genua, ons plan is om voor donker al tegijpen zodat we rustig over de andere boeg kunnen eten en de nacht in kunnengaan. Topsnelheid tot dusverre is 17,4 knopen  Morgen meer! wlEmoticon-smile[1]. read more...


22/11/2015

Bamarandi - Sunday 22nd November - Change of Tictacs

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