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12/11/2016

Croix du Sud - Registriert zur ARC 2016

Heute Nacht sind wir in Las Palmas angekommen und haben die erste Hürde einer Regatta schon genommen: die Registrierung! Morgen ist Sonntag und wir können ersteinmal etwas relaxen bevor es am Montag mit den Sicherheitschecks weiter geht. Also bislang alles nach Plan.Viele Grüße von der CROIX DU SUDHenrik Masekowitz. read more...


12/11/2016

Ludanka - First beer in Gran Canaria

Ludanka-log- a welcome beer with Archie boat mascot on arrival in Gran Canariaimage1. read more...


Ludanka - First beer in Gran Canaria
Ludanka - First beer in Gran Canaria
12/11/2016

Orion - 12.11

Liebe Leute,   es sieht so aus, als ob jetzt der Autopilot in Ordnung ist, und die Inmarsatanlage läuft. Es fehlen dort noch die Zugänge zu den Emails. Eine neue Genua haben wir auch. Die ist montiert mit zwei Drahtstrobfs. Gesternwaren wir dann Essen. Heute Morgen soll es dann losgehen: nichts wie hinterher. Stefano gab uns einen Tipp zur Segelführung, den wir probieren werden.  Wir gehen so ähnlich wie Passatsegel. Unser neues Segel fahren wir an backbord am Spibaum und die Fock wir durch den Großbaum ausgestellt. An Steuerbord.Dann platt vor Laken. Ich bin einmal gespannt, wie das wird. Ohne uns liegen noch zwei zu reparierende Schiff hier. Jetzt geht es wieder los.  . read more...


12/11/2016

Almagores II - prova

Test. read more...


12/11/2016

Orion - 12.11 morgens

Das Schiff läuft jetzt unter Segel und Aries Selbststeueranlage wie eine eins. Der Cockpittisch ist blöde, da ich nicht sehe, wie es repariert werden kann, ohne das ganze Teil zu erneuern, da die Schrauben aus dem Mittelteilmit dem Schwert herausgerissen wurden.  Die Crew freut sich, wenn wir da sind. Klaus Seebeine sind perfekt. Als ob ein Schalter umgelegt wurde, Er kriecht  über Kopf in alle Ecken und Kanten, um seine Essenstauliste zu regeln. Wir sind glaube ich nicht letzter.Ein Schiff war hinter uns. Gestern war es bewölkt. Heute ist wieder strahlender Sonnenschein. Klaus hat Wäsche gewaschen. Das ist schon seltsam. Wie bei Kästner. Drei Männer in einem Boot. An die Literaten, was gibt es nicht alles mit drei Männern? Von derTankstelle , im Schnee ?? . read more...


12/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 8

Bonjour,Sommes à moteur depuis hier soir à 17hre environ. En théorie nous devrions retrouver du vent en soirée au pire vers minuit. Tout va bien.Nous commencons à avoir hâte d'être aux BVIs !A+Yolène et Jean. read more...


12/11/2016

Isbjorn - Motorboatin' through the Night

By Mia KarlssonSaturday November 12, 0700Good morning everyone! It's been a loud night onboard Isbjorn, literally! Yesterday afternoon the wind got lighter and lighter but enough wind to keep sailing. As it got even lighter the only course we could hold and also keep the sails full was around 220T - we tried for about an hour. Sailing in the wrong direction is at least better than motoring. But around 5 pm the wind was just about non existent and we gave up and turned on the engine. Unfortunately our "sunset dinner on the balcony" had to be in company of the engine... Life is good onboard Isbjorn, crew is happy and well rested. Tom came back from seasickness about 3 days ago and has been a happy clam ever since! Yesterday morning we had the shortest spinnaker run ever on Isbjorn. After. read more...


12/11/2016

Starblazer - 12/11/2016 – Positives

It’s a beautiful dawn; the sun isn’t due to rise for about 30 minutes but the eastern sky is suffused with a golden orange light which illuminates the gently rolling sea.Once the sun has risen the sea will appear a wonderful Quink Ink blue.For those too young to remember Quink Ink for fountain pens, it’s a stunning Royal Blue.Starblazer is powering along at a steady 6.6 knots with a little help from the current and we are on the final leg with 351 nM to go to Nanny Cay, Tortola, BVI.ETA Monday early evening. The day’s run to noon Friday was 144.7nM, not stunning but acceptable.So what is there to be displeased with?The seas are so calm because there has been almost no wind for nearly 24 hours.Starblazer is making good speed because the Volvo diesel engine is thundering in the background,. read more...


12/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Fiddling and Flying Fish!

Thur 11th November 20.30The sea state has continued to moderate with fair weather and good visibility since our last blog. Since then the three watches have no difficult sailing to report.  The night watches had some particularly nice sailing.Today (Thur 11th) has been the best day's sail so far averaging speeds of 7-8 kn.  Most of the crew were on deck enjoying the sunshine , chatter and some music from our Fiddle player.  For the Scots on board we had Runrig's Loch Lomond and Donnie McLean's Caledonia with a number of other classic tunes. With an attempt at a group sing along we are well rehearsed for arrival into Cape Verde.Yesterday (wed 10) we had lots of dolphins swimming off the bow and plenty of flying fish. A couple of the crew have even been hit by them whilst on. read more...


12/11/2016

Fleet II - Log day 9 - Friday 11th November;

A good sailing day – good and sustained average speed – we’ve made goodprogress and should be in Mindelo Saturday afternoon.  That’s well in timefor the welcome party – just as well as this has been a dry boat for week! My only concern is that Peter is enjoying the sailing so much I fear he’ll goaround all the other islands first. Mug of the day must be me – having just about dried my bedding out from asoaking yesterday I left the hatch in its vent position – so getting anotherdousing as we went through a rogue wave.  Duh...   Colin CBO. read more...


12/11/2016

Ludanka - Ludanka

Ludanka-log-now berthed in Gran Canaria, large Swell on the way down from Portugal. Boat in good shape and crew all fighting fitimage1. read more...


Ludanka - Ludanka
Ludanka - Ludanka
12/11/2016

White Satin - ARC Conservation Project

Friday 11th November Alan – you will be pleased to know that David is keeping up his sextant skills and went along to a seminar with Chris Tibbs this morning.  This covered the basics of setting up the sextant, adjusting or compensating for errors.  They then practised a few sun sights; between the rain and the clouds some of them managed a reasonable reading. Meanwhile, Vicki went off with another group for an extended morning trip (and hopes all of the following information is correct – there was a lot to take in).  This is now the 7th year of the ARC tree planting project and so far they have planted over 2,000 trees.  (There is also a similar project on St Lucia but the tree planting day there is on David’s birthday and we will probably only just have. read more...


White Satin - ARC Conservation Project
White Satin - ARC Conservation Project
12/11/2016

Blue Magic - Blue Magic

5.11.2016Our arrival at Las PalmasHello to everyone! Greetings from the crew of Blue Magic First 40.7 -  Nikola, Stojan, Nikolaj and Stanislav from Bulgaria.  We left port of Balchik, Bulgaria, on the 2ndof October, destination Las Palmas for the participation in the ARC2016. On the day of our departure we had a big party with lots offriends and supporters organized at the sailingclub which boosted our enthusiasm in this adventure. Our overall travelof 33 days to Las Palmas went quite smoothly. We enjoyed generally goodwhether conditions. We stopped in some lovely places in Greece, Italyand Spain before heading to the Canary Islands. We even fished tuna near Sardinia, actually lots of tune which we ateboth cooked and raw. Dolphins greeted us along the way. More in. read more...


12/11/2016

Shelena - Day 7 The best things in life are free!

21:40.15N 66:11.26W11 November, 2016Getting close to destination Tortola now. Approximately 225 Nm left so withour daily distance around 180 Nm per 24 hours it is arrival in the wee hoursof Sunday morning. Helen is looking forward to that and Petri has booked hisflight home to Finland on Sunday afternoon.So we had better not be late.Today has, as always, been interesting and reminds me why I love sailing.There is little certainty about where you will get to, or how the weatherwill behave. I was fortunate enough to sleep late this morning after severalnights of onlya few hours sleep. In bed at 0330 I was only just up in timefor the SSB chat at 1030. We are still eager to catch fish for dinner and soI duly mentioned this . I was told that there is an old saying that with awoman aboard. read more...


12/11/2016

Geronimo - blog

96Normal 0 false false falseEN-US X-NONE X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;} It is expected that the price of gummy bears will increase in the end of q4 based on the collective consumption of them (6 lbs over 4 days and 4 crew = 0.375 lbs gummy bears per person per day.  As such, we are out of these delectable night. read more...


11/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 7 (bis)

Notre journée se résume à attendre les vents prévus, qui finalement n'arriverons pas. Dommage. Nous nous rabattons sur un plan B pour avoir du bon vent dans 24 heures.A+Yolène et Jeanps aujourd'hui short et t-shirt : on est dans le sud !i. read more...


11/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 6-7 Friday-Saturday

This will be the last watery blog for the moment!We hope to arrive in Cape Verde in the early hours of Saturday morning, all going well.We're landing at Mindelo, Sao Vicente - not the biggest island of the archipelago, nor one I'd ever heard of before.Always interesting to arrive somewhere brand new!We had a close pass-by with another ARC+ boat earlier this afternoon, it's given us a focus to see who can arrive first!!After the high spirits of this morning, it all went very quiet on board this afternoon - everyone was reading or dozing, and the champagne conditions had returned with blue skies and sea, reminding us all of why we came to do this!!After the flying fish episode last night, Anais is unsure of whether to worry more about a flying fish landing in through our cabin window onto. read more...


11/11/2016

Starblazer - 11/11/2016 – A mixed bag.

The weather forecast for Thursday proved remarkably accurate, that doesn’t stop me complaining though!During the morning the wind was 20-25 knots with gusts to about 30 which was the original forecast before we received an update suggesting gusts to 35.The forecast also mentioned wind from SW, W and NW, the forecast for later in the day was for the wind to reduce to 13 – 18 with gusts to 25 which has also occurred.So what is my moan?The wind direction has actually changed from just west of South to just west of North so we had a boisterous beat, a more sedate broad reach then a rocky run. The sails needed constant tweaking though we are not very pro-active!The main problem was the confused seas.We were confused so the seas have every reason to be so too.The swell had died down a bit but. read more...


11/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 7

Grosse navigation hier, vents jusqu'à 30+Noeuds, mini squalls. Agréable tout de même. Ce matin tentons de faire vent arrière avec tangon mais manque un ti-peu de vent :(. Tout va bienA+Yolène et Jean. read more...


11/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 5: Wing-on-Wing to the Finish Line !!!

    We can now confidently state that S/Y Unconditional, a2004 Oyster 49, should finish today, and probably late this afternoon.. We areback to a classic wing-on-wing configuration, and sailing nicely w/o theprevious 8-foot waves on an angle that tossed our stern around. We should havesailed that configuration yesterday – mea culpa. The last 200nm will have beenunder the same downwind tack.   We need to hope that these NE winds turn to the East for Leg #2starting next week, as this is nice!!!   Competition-wise, we largely closed the gap on Talaba, aNeatherlands-registered Oyster 54, and our Las Palmas neighbor, Lagoon 52 S/YDeamcatcher is 4nm to our starboard.  I admit that I was nervous a hundredmiles back when I couldn’t see any other boats. This is. read more...


11/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 5-6 Thursday-Friday

Thursday 6pmWhat to say about today??It's still grey - grey sky, grey sea.Not as warm as it had been, but not cold.If the sun isn't splitting the stones in Cape Verde when we get there, there will be an inquiry!We gybed three or four times, and furled and unfurled the headsail - that being the primary news of the day will tell you how quiet it's been.Both the wind and sea have moderated to almost comfortable levels so we've been sailing along with no accidents or spills (yet) and even managed get the books back out.Three of us have finished the ones we started on the plane down to Gran Canaria, so the book-swapping has begun.Still no wildlife bar the odd gull and lots of flying fish, which I noticed today are all, without exception, flying north.Do they know something we don't?Most of. read more...


11/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Sechster und letzter Tag auf dem Weg nach sao Vicente Island de cabo VerdeDas Wichtigste vorweg Frank hat endlich einen Fisch an Bord gesehen.Heute Nacht hatten wir einen großen Schwarm fliegender Fische um uns herum.Die scheinen frank schon seit Tagen beobachtet zu haben.Seine vergeblichen angelversuche verursachte das Mitgefühl des Schwarms.Zwei von ihnen opferten sich und flogen an bord.Der größere hatte eine Länge von 9,5 cmDer kleinere wog nur15 Gramm bei einer Länge von 5 cm.Voller Stolz präsentierte uns frank seinen "fang"Jetzt aber zu den anderen DingenWir haben noch 87 Meilen bis zum Ziel und hoffen um 20 Uhr Ortszeit da zu sein.Je näher wir unserem Ziel kommen umso besser ist die Stimmung.Markus hat sich vor lauter Freude auf dem Daumen gebissen bis dieser blau wurde.Michael. read more...


11/11/2016

Shelena - Day 6 Awoke on the floor again!

24:13.69N 066:40.05W10th Nov, 2016We had a day of motor sailing yesterdayand so I tucked in for shut eye atabout 0330 early this morning. I rather fancied a lie-in but it was not tobe. I awoke on the cabin floor because on retiring on engine last night,Shelena was flat. When the engine was switched on in the morning the windwas from the SW. This means close haul which means tilt to port which is myside of our bed. It follows that I was literally tipped out of bed at 0730.Once awake the day begins. Today we had a nice easy sail with winds about 15 knots all day. The closehaul became a close reach that became a reach that progressed to broadreach. These changes to point of sail were caused by change in winddirection, not by chane in navigation course. A comfortable day indeed asthe sea. read more...


11/11/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 7 - Squaring up to the Agulhas current

Position28:04.82 S 035:39.74 EDate2359 (UTC+4) Thursday 10 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 181nm over the ground, 182nm through the waterPassage total1,200nm over the ground, 1,110nm through the waterTo go toRichards Bay, South Africa rhumb line 199nm (modified route)Route distance 1,395nm as originally planned Another day of motor sailing, as before keeping the average speed up to ensure a good arrival time, which may be in the dark bit of Saturday morning.The weather warnings for Richards Bay for next week are dire so after arrival nobody will be going anywhere by boat whilst the advancing forecast storm passes through. During the day, we had our own excitement with a line squall of some 10nm depth passing over us.This produced lots of rain, wind of 30 gusting 35 knots and a lively. read more...


11/11/2016

White Satin - Brain overload

Thursday 10th November Today has been spent in the sumptuous surroundings of the Real Club Nautico where we have had our brains almost overloaded with advice and guidance over five different seminars.  Three of the talks were given by Chris Tibbs (whose wife, Helen, is our ARC pontoon rep) who has 25 Trans-Atlantic crossings and almost 300,000 miles under his belt; needless to say we were all hanging on to his every word. These were entitled Management of Emergencies, Route & Weather (Chris is a meteorologist by profession and wrote the RYA book on Weather) and Downwind Sailing.  Today’s photograph is of Chris showing us an example of a GRIB file, which is a method of presenting a prediction of the strength and direction of the wind. Lunch at the yacht club was. read more...


White Satin - Brain overload
White Satin - Brain overload
11/11/2016

Geronimo - Geronimo Blog - 11.10.16

96Normal 0 false false falseEN-US X-NONE X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}IT IS EXPECTED THAT THE PRICE OF GUMMY BEARS WILL INCREASE IN THE END OF Q4 BASED ON THE COLLECTIVE CONSUMPTION OF THEM (6 LBS OVER 4 DAYS AND 4 CREW = 0.375 LBS GUMMY BEARS PER PERSON PER DAY.  AS SUCH, WE ARE OUT OF THESE DELECTABLE NIGHT. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 4: Compromise & Fish Stories

    With our speed reduced to 7.2-knots average; in part toreduce yawing for ‘the Admiral’, and to reclaim rhum line position to preparefor the finish line now only a couple hundred miles ahead, we slipped back to #4in our class. Winds are easing which will favor the lighter boats again.   In terms of interesting tidbits; with the wind howling at 5am, weapparently brought up a good-size squid with our in-water gennaker. How much iscalamari these days? Also, something really big hit our new 15-Euro Las Palmasfishing lure, taking not only the lure, but the leader, weight & swivel aswell. In stowing the pole back in its aft mounted bracket, a breaking aft wavebroke the holder from the bracket. Having tied the rod down, however, allowedthe rod & reel to sit nicely. read more...


10/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Day 8 - phosphorescence

Today’s nightwatchmen (Keith and Colin) had a treat – incrediblyilluminating phosphorescence brightening the seas and the darkness after themoon went down. It’s feeling a bit lonely out here – just one cargo ship passed us all day– good job the crew is getting on well!  Rally reports suggest we’re nottoo far from others – though they must be just out of AIS range.  Pleasedto see that the front runners are nearly there – we’ll be enjoying a couple moredays sailing before arrival in Mindelo! Colin CBO  . read more...


Fleet II - Log Day 5: Whale watching with Pearl Bali
Fleet II - Log Day 5: Whale watching with Pearl Bali
10/11/2016

Orion - !!Katastrophe!!

So zuerst die Problemliste. Der Autopilot fiel aus, und da er eingekuppelt war, liefen wir Kreise. Wir konnten das nicht wieder ans Laufen bringen. Information der anderen Segler über Funk. Danach kann meine Crew steuern.Die Genua ließ sich nur schlecht einrollen. Und hat sich dann teilweise losgerissen und völlig zerlegt. Trotz intensiver Vorschiffarbeit konnte ich das nicht regeln.  Da der SSB nicht funktionierte, hat ein Rally-Schiff Relaisstation gemacht und Rallycontrollinformiert. Die Segel haben wir so eingestellt, dass wir mit der Fock alleine fahren konnten. Die Walder Baumbremse war sehr nötig. Seit heute Abend läuft der Autopilot wieder zumindest auf Kurs Modus. Navigation und Segel Modus traue ich mich nicht.  Rallycontroll hat einen Techniker in Mindelo. Ob die. read more...


10/11/2016

Peacekeeper - Fish, Repairs and More

Peacekeeper like most boats in the fleet suffered some form of damage due to high winds and seas. However, before all that set in Russ caught this fish on day 2.(can not figure out how to transfer pic from phone to here!)Today is so different than what we experienced the last two days.The tally of damage/repairs made is as follow:Wrap Genoa - 2 days to get it off the furling and it was toast!Broken WindexShattered deck block for main halyard. McGivered solution.Single reef line lost inside of boom. McGivered solutionLost ring bouy.Little wind today so back to fishing.. read more...


10/11/2016

Sea To Sky - Log Day 5 / En Route to Cape Verde

We left Los Palmos to a vibrant, parade-like atmosphere – band playing,crowd waving and a dignatory shouting out goodbye.  Everyone in good cheeras we all sailed (very slowly) across the start line.  In the first day ortwo alot of motoring.  Then things went wild – wind and waves werebig.  Alternated between spinnaker and sails.  We are on the Thursdaynow.  The boat showing the stains of spilt coffee, beer and wine and Godknows what else.  Spirits are good though and we have Keith from Spiritcalling every once in a while to cheer us up with information of how far theyare ahead of us!  But as we sit with our morning coffee, a pod of dolphins(about 15) has come to put on a twenty minute aquatic show and bring smiles toour faces.  Happy sailing. read more...


Sea To Sky - Log Day 5 / En Route to Cape Verde
Sea To Sky - Log Day 5 / En Route to Cape Verde
10/11/2016

Angels' Share - Angels' Share 10 Nov

Rig checked, sails, engine and generator serviced - preparations on track!  Angels Share 10 Oct 2016 sm. read more...


Angels' Share - Angels' Share 10 Nov
Angels' Share - Angels' Share 10 Nov
09/11/2016

Breeze On - We are getting there

We are 143 miles from the Bahamas. It is a beautiful, warm day with a clear sky. The water around us is that gorgeous shade of deep blue. During my evening watch the wind dropped and the sails flogged. We decided to motor sail as long as the winds were so light. I am getting worried about running out of fuel. We are hoping the wind picks up enough to sail soon. The temporary fix that George and Ray rigged to hold the main sail to the boom gave way. They are now using a reef line to hold the sail to the boom. If all goes as planned we will reach our destination tomorrow during daylight hours.. read more...


10/11/2016

Cherish - Day (?) Its another beautiful day in las palmas

Still unsure of departure time the crew are remaining positive. We had an excellent roast dinner last night and a movie night. Today we did some more provisioning as we're getting through it all quite well.Suzanna is still going strong, although she had to avert her eyes last evening when he mashed butternut squash was served. It seems that squashes are an excellent vegetable and a still showing no signs of going off. Can't say the same for the bananas... today's lunch... banana wrapped in ham with cheese sauce!!. read more...


10/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Clyde Challenger Wed. 9th Nov 16.30

Clyde Challenger and crew, left her berth in Muelle Portivo Marina,  Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on Sunday morning at 11.30 heading to Cape Verde on the first leg of the ARC+.  The crew were on a high and couldn't wait to cross the start line. Brian our Blue watch leader had brought his fiddle along and played us out of the marina to the delight of our crew, other participants in the race and spectators who had turned out to see the boats leaving.  The atmosphere was electric and very emotional.  Once underway the crew started their watches, which were 3, Red, White and Blue and soon we were all into a routine and working well together. Once we reached the southern end of Gran Canaria we set a course of 220° and headed for Cape Verde.  The wind slowly got less and. read more...


10/11/2016

Starblazer - 10/11/2016 – The Beaufort Scale

Wind is essential to a yacht but yachtsmen are a hard bunch to please; it’s either too little, too much, wrong direction, variable direction or just totally unpredictable.In the past 24 hours we have had the lot.In yesterday’s blog I threatened to start the engine, as John added a couple of hours later, I didn’t.The wind was playing with us, promising a little more then dying.Between 0600 and 0900 we only made 10 miles, just too high an average speed to justify starting the engine and incurring a motoring penalty!By 0920 we had added just half a mile to our distance travelled so turned on the engine.Our day’s run to noon was a meagre 120 nM, it would have been about 105 by sail alone!The afternoon wasn’t any better, in fact we had Beaufort Force 1, no wind at all.When the GPS says you. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 3: Licking our wounds

Losing our Gennaker/A-Symm from our downwind inventory, and with a pole requiring a new catch at the CAR interface, we were limited in our sail options. Also, and most importantly, the 8’waves tossed the boat around more than my wife “the Admiral” cared for. We therefore utilized our smaller staysail to reduce the amount of sail area and curtail excessive yawing. I am not as interested in winning as much as keeping the Admiral from getting upset, which also means arriving into Mindelo in daylight on Friday – a challenge!While no longer ‘rocketing along,’ our direction improved and we claimed 2nd in Class 1B by Wednesday noon. The Oysters in the ARC+ seem to be sailing well, and ours is a 49.Tom Hughes. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day 2: Rocket Race & Blown Gennaker

Winds & seas picked up with a vengeance, and everyone was sailing. We were typically sailing our hull speed, but but we ‘surfed’ down some waves at 11.1-knots. Owing to having an Asymmetric vs a Symmetric Spinnaker, we couldn’t sail dead down wind, so we gave away a little distance made good in favor of speed.At 5am, we fell off an 8’ wave/swell, lost air in the A-Symm and encountered a wrap around our Staysail. With tremendous unbalanced force, retrieving the gennaker in 25-knot winds resulted in a tear + 45-minutes of all crew teathered to the deck. Much care was taken to assure that lines did not wrap around any appendage, and that no one was in the path of a loaded line/sail.Lesson: Don’t fly an A-symm at night in high seas and high winds. Of course, my wife told me that. read more...


10/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Day1: Sail/Motor/Sail

Having participated in ARC Europe in 2015, I am an ‘experienced’ WCC participant. It is interesting how participants risk playing bumper cars (almost) with 100k to 3m(pick your currency) yachts for a 1-minute starting advantage. For this risk, they might win a bottle of reserve rum, plus a plaque. Finishes are measured in days & hours, so 1-minute edge is unlikely to make any difference, and so what if you happen to win a ‘special’ vs. a ‘reserve’ tawny port. Nevertheless, us “A”-Type sailors are vying for a good start, and it probably takes an A-Type person to skipper an Atlantic crossing.Being within a minute of the horn, we had a reasonable start near the committee boat which allowed us to gybe shortly after into clear light winds. after that we went wing-on-wing to cut the corner. read more...


10/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 4-5 Wednesday-Thursday

Thursday 2amIt's relentless!The wind just keeps on blowing.It creeps down every so often to 23, 22, 21 - I even saw 19 on the dial tonight briefly - and you think, is it finally abating?But then it just ramps up again till it's back at 25 gusting 27.The sea state is as big a challenge as the wind - while it's nowhere near as bad as last night, every so often a wave picks you up and fires you to windward and it's a struggle to get back down to a broad reach again.We'll all be like Popeye by the time we get there!The wind has backed over the last few hours, so we're a bit further off our course for Cape Verde, heading more in towards the African coast, so I can feel a gybe coming on later today - oh the anticipation!!We've had a few goes at Movie Night on board, not with a great rate of. read more...


10/11/2016

Shelena - Day 6 Buoy over board!

26:38.04N 067:54.69WThursday 10th November, 2016We motor sailed all yesterday and through the night. Getting a bit bored atthe engine humming away. However, the wind is just 5knots or so. Too little.It certainly underscores the need for extra provisions and water beyondestimated needs for estimated passage making times. All calculations basedon x knots per day have no credibility when the wind simply stops blowingand the sea takes on an oily texture. Reflect for a moment on sailorscenturies ago seeking out new lands not knowing where they were. Thenbecalmed for days! Thank goodness for modern cruiser engines that are veryeconomical and provide excellent range.I wanted to continue with the theme of life aboard. Not mentioned to dateare our means of communication with the outside world.. read more...


10/11/2016

Fleet II - Log day 7 - 9th Nov

Best day of sailing so far.  The WCC weather forecast was bang on andwe made good ground,sailing downwind in 20-30 knots and moderate seas.  I’mpleased to report that the watch system is settling in nicely and the crew is ingood spirits!   Colin CBO. read more...


10/11/2016

Caffè Latte - Jour 6

La nuit a été magique, la lun,e les nuages, la température douce et des vents calmes. Puis, ça s'est mis a souffler plus fort et on a ajusté les voiles. Tout va bien et sommes à peu près à mi-parcours !Yolène et Jean. read more...