Mischief - Final Push for Santa Marta
We are having another great sailing day and all is fine onboard.At first light this morning we decided to put out the code 0. Unfortunatey we managed to wrap the furling line around the it undonedrum which took Mick and I over an hour to unwrap it. We had to cut it to get it unwrapped which was shame as it is a endless line. Good news Mick to the rescue as he managed tosplice it back together so that we could furl it back in.Our tussle with Christine continues so we decided to fly the spinnaker to gain an advantage. He also had a big downwind sail so we couldn't shake them off. They have taken theirs down and we haven't yet so if we are brave enough maybe we can overtake them.We were informed by WARC there has been a large earth quake in Honduras and there was a risk of tsunami in this. read more...
Mischief - Passing the ABC Islands
We have had another great day with constant winds from the east of 20 knots. The sea state has settled this evening to Wendy's delight. The rolling sea makes it difficult to even walk around the boat never mind put your make up on.We have been gybing down the rhumb line avoiding the ABC Islands off the coast of Venezuela and trying to catch the boat in front, Cristine. They must have us on a piece of elastic because every time we start to catch up they stretch out again.We have managed to catch another Mahi Mahi which has given us nice entree for dinner and lunch in the fridge for tomorrow. Its a good job we all like fish and Trevor's skills with a rod never cease to amaze me. we are also refining our skills at dispatching and filleting fish.. read more...
Mischief - Nearly Half Way
We are nearly halfway to Santa Marta having left St Lucia just 2 days ago. All isgood on board and the sailing is great, C increasing our 24hr run record to 185 miles. We are going to pass quite close to the ABC islands off Venezuela. The weather is sunny and hot and so far today no squalls. When the squalls do come the wind doubles in speed and the rain is biblical. Last nights dinner was a triumph of fish cuisine Rick Stein would have been proud of. Mick prepared a delicious starter called Sashimi, raw, chilled Mahi Mahi served with soy sauce and wasabi. This was followed by Mahi Mahi parcels cooked for just ten minutes in foil, containing olive oil, salt, pepper and on a bed of onions and garlic. This was served with boiled potatoes and a Caribbean salad. Needless to say there was no. read more...
Mischief - The Start of our World ARC Adventure
Well here we are on the second day of the first leg of the World ARC to Santa Marta, Columbia. Yesterday we started at Midday in torrential rain and strong winds, not what it said in the brochure. We were not helped by over indulging at the farewell party the night before. Despite us all being soaked the skin, which probably helped sober us up, we made a good start and were 4th over the line. We sailed out of Rodney Bay and down to Castries before turning for South America, only 800 miles away. After a few squalls during the night today greeted us with sunshine and good winds, we are sailing downwind at between 8 and 11 knts on a long rolling sea. We are flying a code 0 poled out and a full main on a preventer and a genoa. This is a sail plan introduced by Alf on our crossing of the. read more...
Mischief - Log Day 21: Arrival!!
10 December 2017 0700 local time Position Saint Lucia LGY MarinaI came back on watch at 1200 and Neal had already spotted the loom of the lights from St Lucia and Martinique which gradually became more and more distinct as we neared. The wind was dropping slowly but then so was the sea state and so we were able to maintaina reasonable speed. Everyone then came on deck in team shirts as we rounded Pigeon Island and rounded up to head for the Finnish/English/ Completion line set to leeward of a massive three masted cruise ship in Rodney Bay. We eventually crossed at 0200 having just crossed the Atlantic!!Photos ensued from the official photographer and then felt our way into the narrow entrance to the IGY marina finding the Yellow Shirts there to collect our lines and help berth stern to. read more...