Montana - LOG 7
Day 18, what a last day, what a last night at the ocean? The day began good, we recorded our best Etmal in the Regatta with 188NM, 185NM to destination. We closed the gap to Finoor S to 5 miles. But with the lighter winds in the morning they were doing better and put some miles on us. We had to do something and the spinnaker went out, giving us the advantage. After a while the pendulum swung back, we encountered a rip in the spinnaker and the sail went down again. And again the pendulum came back to us. We faced the biggest squall on the trip, up to 35Kn of wind, heavy rain and totally dark. Thanks god the kite was down and under trade wind set up we were flying over the rainy sea. In the night it was all on the helmsman steering the boat dead down wind in a light breeze. Unfortunately. read more...
Montana - LOG 6
Day 16, last night everybody on the helm was surfing Montana. With fairly strong winds we realized a good speed over ground. What a fun surfing down a wave with S+S designed boat in a nearly full moon night.In the morning we had to change the gas bottle before we could prepare the first coffee for the day.Day 17, Last day was a little bit more calm. Steady winds not too strong gives easy living on the helm. With the chilly day there was time to have a chat. We talked a lot about what will be the first things in St. Lucia. Good shower, cold beer and a hang out at Marie’s Bar on Reduit Beach. Looks like tomorrow is the day. We will arrive in Rodney Bay. The wind picked up again giving us a fast speed. Looks like we will arrive in the dark, before daylight. The best, we still able to catch. read more...
Montana - Log 5
Day 14, now 2 weeks at sea. Spirit and mood is still good. But that was needed for the upcoming night. Endless numerous squalls is a row. Up to 40Kn of wind true. Crew and Skipper was working hard to get the best out of it. By the end with success, we gain some miles of our competitors. So St. Lucia will see us soon.Day 15, Our thoughts are with those who got injured on other boats at sea, hope the get well soon. In the morning we got to ambitious and tried the spinnaker. Unfortunately with not much success. Took a lot of water on the boat and had a hard time to control it. Took a while to get back to trade wind set up. So we lost some miles. Hope we doing better today.Markus, Montana --. read more...
Montana - Log 4
Day 12, Life is good on the ocean, Montana is sailing well and the Crew does the same. With the empty 8L Water bottles we invented a separation system for the garbage. Big advantage no ugly smell. Crew is already making plans for Rodney Bay.Day 13, Had a rough night, dealing with the first squalls which hit us. Was around 30Kn of Wind. We rolled in the Genoa a bit, so we could handle the situation safely. The night was followed by a bright sunny morning and a good breeze.Markus, Montana--. read more...
Montana - Log 3
Day 10, We have new friends to play with. Since last night Celtic Star came in sight 6NM in front of us. Hard to catch up, looks like they know how to sail. Wind is a little bit less and we discuss sail changes but can’t find a better set up for now. We are still good on stock, fridge is half full. Today we called it halfway or as we say in Germany, "Bergfest“, so all Crew enjoyed the extra beer, of course besides the Skipper. Have to deal with the first squalls.Day 11, The squalls were friendly last night, mainly past us in the south, caught just a bit of rain, washing of the salt from Montana. At the moment it is a bit of rolly and the Chef of the day has some problems in the Pantry. Skipper puts on the first Soca music on the speakers to get the Crew into the Caribbean mood.Markus. read more...