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Skyelark 2 - Thanks giving feast on Skyelark 2
Skyelark 2 - Thanks giving feast on Skyelark 2
26/11/2021

Misty Mhor - Mhor Magic Friday 26th

Wow, I had a hot shower last night and we washed the dishes with hot water! It’s surprising how not having running hot water (not much of an issue south of the Tropic of Cancer) transforms the quality of life when it returns. The constant pressure from our raised header tank at last flushed the remaining air bubbles out of the system. Credit all round. Overnight we were heading 251 deg M (270 is West) motoring along at 6 knots with fully charged batteries and full water tanks. Château de Watermaker produced a clear clean light bodied vintage without the hints of diesel and plastic mentioned before. We are hurrying to drop further south west as high winds are predicted to descend from the north over the weekend.The passage is a lot steadier and sleep was easy, particularly after such a. read more...


Misty Mhor - Mhor Magic Friday 26th
Misty Mhor - Mhor Magic Friday 26th
26/11/2021

Pauline af Skanor - Logbok 26/11 dag 5

Position: 17°31.54 N, 25°50.48 WDatum: 26 novemberTrip: 989 NMTid: 15:30 (Pauline time, GMT -1)Hej allihopa! Här ute på Atlanten är havet förhållandevis lugnt och vädret är fint. I det stora hela känns det som en härlig semestersegling, bortsett från att vi inte ser land eller kommer av båten. Den senaste natten var dock väldigt varm och flera av oss ombord har sovit lite dåligt. Som tur är finns det gott om tid att vila och ta igen sig även under dagen så det går ingen nöd på oss. Det kommer inte att bli svalare, så det är bara att acklimatisera sig till dessa varmare breddgrader. Vindarna har varit stadiga sedan de tilltog igår efter lunch! Vi har seglat fram i mellan 8 och 11 knop, med några toppar närmare 12 knop under natten. Väldigt bra och stabilt då vi med motor gör omkring 9. read more...


26/11/2021

Maalu IV - Day 4 - A Fruitful Day

  A momentous day for all on Maalu IV; we had showers! Theskipper continues to nurture the 18 year old water maker. Such was hisconfidence in it's performance that we were all allowed a shower. It should benoted that he had been unable to use the water maker on days one and two becauseour water consumption had been so frugal that our water tanks were still showingas full. Therefore there was nowhere to store any fresh water. At last on day 3he disappeared into the forward cabin where he could be heard muttering, orwhispering incantations to the god of water makers, after which 80 L per hrof beautiful fresh water surged into our tanks, hence the permission to shower.They do say that pride comes before a fall.......... Day 4 and our water makerproduces brine! Our skipper has no. read more...


Maalu IV - Day 4 - A Fruitful Day
Maalu IV - Day 4 - A Fruitful Day
26/11/2021

Blake - right turn

Hello from at sea, it’s dawn on Friday and really it feels like we just crossed the start line!I’m not sure where the last few days have gone, but it feels good that we’re coming up on a week at sea.Other milestones will likely be reaching halfway and I recall the start of a countdown for the last 1000Miles felt good.So yesterday we kinda started our right turn and putting it some more west as until now we have been heading more south towards the cape verdes islands.It was just before lunchtime that the wind seemed to shift and we were able to fly our new orange asymmetric genaker for a few hours, in fact just as we enjoyed a beautiful Thanksgiving lunch, roast chicken at sea :)then the wind quickly died off and we doused the sails and motored for about 3 hrs until it filled in.Just now. read more...


26/11/2021

Tamanaco - tamanaco thoughts from Rodrigue

(From Rodrigue)Transatlantique 6À tous les participants de l’arc 2021 et à tous ceux qui rêvent de faire la transatlantique. Je ne suis pas navigateur. J’ai bien goûté au joie de la navigation il y a une un quart de siècle avec ma belle famille et des amis marins en Méditerranée, en Bretagne et sur les plans d’eau du Versemeer.Par contre, Je n’ai jamais oublié ces moments incroyables d’être porté par la seul force du vent, d’être bercé par les vagues, c’est moment d’actions en équipe pour faire un virement de bord, affaler les voiles ou une entrée de port. Je me rappelle la fierté d’arriver au port de Calvi dans un pseudo uniforme -nous avions tous le même tee-shirts - le premier ponton de la jetée nous avait été attribué, mais ce qui m’a frappé le plus c’est le regard des ´terriens’. read more...


26/11/2021

Tamanaco - fourth day at sea

Hello everyone!Journée exceptionnelle David et Tony ont trouvé le moyen de remplacer la pièce cassée qui maintient la voile. La voile a été testée et fonctionne à nouveau. Comme le temps est calme on en a profité pour tester le Rainman- le desalinisateur - qui a produit 30 litres d’eau potable en une heure. Le bateau avançait au moteur doucement ce qui a dû attirer 3 dauphins qui sont restés autour de nouspendant 5 minutes Nos premiers dauphins. Comme nous avons produit suffisamment d’eau on a pu en utiliser pour prendre une douche sur le pont. On a donc de nouveau nager au milieu de l’Atlantique. L’eau a 23 dégrée et est super bonne. On a fait plusieurs fois le tour du bateau à la nage. Le luxe après s’être savonné c’est de se rincer à l’eau chaude. Comme il y avait une petite brise qui. read more...


26/11/2021

Skyelark 2 - Thanks giving feast on Skyelark 2

We don't need much of an excuse for a party on board, so with thanks giving falling during the voyage it was an opportunity not to be missed..Father and Son team Eric and Oliver accepted the challenge, which - like the cream bruleee -was thrown down over one of our team building pre departure meals. At this pointno one really has any idea of whatcooking at sea is like. The idea of hosting 10 people you only just met to a mid ocean dinner party, prepared in a small and rolling galley would be enough to concern a seasoned yacht chef -but the anxiety never showed and they took the task with admirable enthusiasm.Whist in Las Palmas lists got made, provisions taken in and a plan was formed.Canapes with smoked salmon and cream cheese.Chilled carrot and ginger soupChicken stuffed with goat. read more...


26/11/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 6 - On Course for St Lucia!

Today was a momentous day in the voyage. After breakfast (French Toast, aka eggy bread, and bacon), Captain reviewed the wind forecast and our position. She determined we were sufficiently far south to avoid a windless patch that had been lurking in our vicinity. At latitude 20 degrees 50 minutes north and longitude 24 degrees and 5 minutes west, we made our final compass alteration and set a course of 270 degrees west for St Lucia. We each made predictions on when we would arrive in the Caribbean and Keith noted the guesses which ranged from 17 days to 20 days.These calculations made us look more critically at the fresh fruit and vegetables in their nets swinging from under the solar panels on the stern. We conducted an inventory of fresh produce. We were relieved to note there was. read more...


26/11/2021

Into The Mystic - Day 6

Blue ocean surrounds us and it feels very isolated now as no chatter on the VHF radio today, I mean like zero.Normally it’s abuzz with the chatter of boats calling other - buddy boats or cargo ships calling each other.It was fun hearing other yachts we have seen in the marina in Las Palmas or boats which we can see on AIS calling each other.But today nothing….. We did see a bird and honest to god a soccer ball or a football for my European friends.And yes you guessed it, I bellowed out in my best Tom Hanks voice “WILSON!!!!!! NO WILSON”.Early this morning I had the dog watch shift 3am-7am.My least favourite, especially when we had wind last night and it was rather exciting.I feel like I’m in some sort of manic/depressive episode the last week.Crazy buzz when fuelled by adrenaline and. read more...


26/11/2021

Tilda - Ouch...

Porca zozza, que chatice, parbleu, WTF...Yesterday it had been a day full of emotions: birthday party, first swim in the ocean, maintenance of rigging on the mast, several shows of dolphins, photo shootings, chats via VHF with other crews (sharing fishing and cooking tips), very good food, very good wine... BUT.... ouch! Being “parked” in the middle of nowhere to enjoy our time, we lost too many positions :(No regrets, but today we have to regain focus and course. Vamos, Tildamigos! image1. read more...


26/11/2021

Minga - Día 5 - Radiocall with Sailing Monki -Minga

La tripulación celebra con banquete culinario los días de sol y el firme avance a destino. Ya pasamos la latitud 29, full dirección surweste rumbo a Santa Lucía. Ya sentimos la humedad en las camas, ropa y cojines.Como aún no hay novedades con la pesca, llamamos por radio a Monki (el único velero que hemos visto hoy en el horizonte) para copuchar sobre su suerte. Con un pulpito pescaron atunes los primeros días. Minga 0, Monki 2. Probaremos el cambio de anzuelo.Recibimos la visita de un grupo de juguetones delfines que se perdieron bailando en la infinita línea que separa el cielo del mar. En la noche tuvimos constantes rachas de 20-23 nudos y en una buena maniobra, hicimos a tiempo rizos en la mayor y genoa.Total millas navegadas: 607/2.750Abrazos Camisil. read more...


26/11/2021

Mary Doll - Day 5 - Ninjas, Fish, Pirates and a Stowaway on the High Seas

It all started so well. The wind was behind us, with the pole out and preventer on. For non-sailors - the front sail was extended out on the starboard (right) side and the main sail out on the port (left) side, like wings on a bird at flight. The set up maximising the wind blowing towards our intended direction, with a potential downside of limited manoeuvrability. As the seas ahead were wide and empty, we were all happy with the speed and direction as the night shift started.Then we met the Ninja. To prevent a jibe (not good) as the wind changed in the dark of night, Letitia and Lewis’s shift altered course a few degrees to starboard, which was quickly followed by a radio broadcast from “Delivery Catamaran” asking them to alter their direction as we were now on a collision course, and. read more...


26/11/2021

Mary Doll - Day 5 - Ninjas, Fish, Pirates and a Stowaway on the High Seas

It all started so well. The wind was behind us, with the pole out and preventer on. For non-sailors - the front sail was extended out on the starboard (right) side and the main sail out on the port (left) side, like wings on a bird at flight. The set up maximising the wind blowing towards our intended direction, with a potential downside of limited manoeuvrability. As the seas ahead were wide and empty, we were all happy with the speed and direction as the night shift started.Then we met the Ninja. To prevent a jibe (not good) as the wind changed in the dark of night, Letitia and Lewis’s shift altered course a few degrees to starboard, which was quickly followed by a radio broadcast from “Delivery Catamaran” asking them to alter their direction as we were now on a collision course, and. read more...


25/11/2021

Tamanaco - fourth day | quatieme jour

(English version, below)Hello everyone!Journée exceptionnelle David et Tony ont trouvé le moyen de remplacer la pièce cassée qui maintient la voile. La voile a été testée et fonctionne à nouveau. Comme le temps est calme on en a profité pour tester le Rainman- le desalinisateur - qui a produit 30 litres d’eau potable en une heure. Le bateau avançait au moteur doucement ce qui a dû attirer 3 dauphins qui sont restés autour de nouspendant 5 minutes Nos premiers dauphins. Comme nous avons produit suffisamment d’eau on a pu en utiliser pour prendre une douche sur le pont. On a donc de nouveau nager au milieu de l’Atlantique. L’eau a 23 dégrée et est super bonne. On a fait plusieurs fois le tour du bateau à la nage. Le luxe après s’être savonné c’est de se rincer à l’eau chaude. Comme il y. read more...


25/11/2021

Into The Mystic - Day 5 Thanksgiving

120 miles north of the Cape Verde islandsWe have just made the turn to the West and the Caribbean now lies directly ahead of us some 2000nm left to run.We have a fridge and freezer stuffed with fish - 4 Mahi Mahi and 1 large Tuna so far. Henry caught the first Mahi and then Brad reeled in the tuna - Simon wasn’t strong enough. What a whopper ! We have eaten tuna steaks, tunas sashimi (Jodi had the foresight to pack soy and wasabi) and ahi poke bowls and we still have about half of it left - from sea to plate in less than 2 hours - wow.Tony continues to hobble about the boat, poor guy, hopefully his ankle is healing but it’s a slow process. The winds were not kind to us yesterday - either too much or too little, or from the wrong direction and we gave up a number of places in the. read more...


25/11/2021

Whirlwind - Log Day 3 - A la recherche de l'alizé

🇫🇷 [Message du bord - Whirlwind] Deux jours et demi depuis le départ de Las Palmas, et nous n'avons eu jusque là que du (très) petit temps. Une vaste zone de calme couvre toute cette partie de l'Atlantique, avec des vents inférieurs à 10 nœuds, parfois inférieurs à 3 nœuds. Nous suivons une route Sud, à la recherche de l’Alizé. Le moral de l'équipage reste au beau fixe, entre autre parce que les repas sont toujours excellents, mais surtout parce qu'il n'y a sur ce bateau que des gens positifs. Quelle chance ! Et puis il y a des moments de pur bonheur, comme ce quart de nuit en écoutant du jazz et de la Bossa Nova, ou ce somptueux lever de soleil accompagné par Vivaldi. Les prévisions nous octroient du vent à partir de cet après midi. Nous l'attendons tous avec impatience.. read more...


Whirlwind - Log Day 3 - A la recherche de l'alizé
Whirlwind - Log Day 3 - A la recherche de l'alizé
25/11/2021

Into The Mystic - Day 4

The day when all the adrenaline has left our bodies and left us very tired.No lines in the water today as freezer is full.We made some great miles yesterday with our Asymmetrical spinnaker up and cruised for 10 hours at around 9.2 knots.As night descended we were treated with some night dolphins and big blue balls of bioluminescence which looked liked glow in the dark jelly fish dancing under the water. It was an intense night as it was our first time ever flying the light wind sails night, ever.We managed to do just fine everyone was safe but the excitement and tension has left the crew in a bit of a daze.Nothing to report as most people are taking it easy reading, napping and watching dowloaded shows.We have about 18 knots of wind and our main sail and Jib up and are doing a more. read more...


25/11/2021

Pauline af Skanor - Logbok 25/11 dag 4

Position: 18°30.35 N, 21°57.59 WDatum: 25 novemberTrip: 758 NMTid: 15:15 (Pauline time, WET-1)Hej från oss!Seglingslyckan och vindarna vi haft i nästan två dygn har avtagit, under förmiddagen har vindstyrkorna legat kring ynka 1-2 knop, vilket gjort att vi återigen tyvärr behöver gå för motor. Förhoppningen är att inte behöva göra det i mer än ett dygn och att vi under morgondagen då vi passerat Kap Verde kommer in i passadvindarna. Framförallt hoppas vi att vi gjort rätt och att vi lyckats ta oss söder om stiltjebältet vi beskrev igår. Mot förmodan ökade vindarna upp emot 8-9 knop strax efter 14 idag vilket har gjort att vi har kunnat sätta segel. Vi får se hur länge det håller i sig, kl 14.45 gör vi över 10 knop med en vindstyrka på 12 knop och vi går på diagonalen runt i båten.Igår. read more...


Tilda - Happy birthday Iva
Tilda - Happy birthday Iva
Misty Mhor - Mhor Medical Thursday 25th
Misty Mhor - Mhor Medical Thursday 25th
Addictive Sailing - addictive sailing enjoying fair weather
Addictive Sailing - addictive sailing enjoying fair weather
Addictive Sailing - addictive sailing men at work
Addictive Sailing - addictive sailing men at work
25/11/2021

Rubin - 24.11.21 - Tag 3 auf See

Alles richtig gemacht - sagen wir uns an diesem Tag: diese Momente kann man nur erleben und nicht vermitteln! Ein unglaublicher Tag!Ein Trampeln auf dem Vordeck weckt mich: Beim Blick aus der Luke sehe ich spiegelglatte See, einen roten Ball der Morgensonne und die Crew mit Kameras in der Hand mit Blick nach Nordwest: In den sanften Wellen springen Delfine!!!:-) Kurz darauf schwimmen sie vor und unter unserem Bug und spielen mit der Bugwelle - man hat den Eindruck, es macht ihnen richtig Spaß! Wieder ein Gänsehautmoment und eine so friedliche und freundliche Atmosphäre, die von diesen schönen Tieren ausgeht!Kurz später sehen wir den Kopf einer Schildkröte, die an Stb ganz nah am Boot vorbei schwimmt und wieder kurz später ruft Thomas: Ein WAL!Wir sehen achteraus einen großen, dunklen. read more...


25/11/2021

Rubin - 23.11.21 - Tag 2 auf See

Ein Trampeln auf dem Vordeck weckt mich: Beim Blick aus der Luke sehe ich spiegelglatte See, einen roten Ball der Morgensonne und die Crew mit Kameras in der Hand mit Blick nach Nordwest: In den sanften Wellen springen Delfine!!!:-) Kurz darauf schwimmen sie vor und unter unserem Bug und spielen mit der Bugwelle - man hat den Eindruck, es macht ihnen richtig Spaß! Wieder ein Gänsehautmoment und eine so friedliche und freundliche Atmosphäre, die von diesen schönen Tieren ausgeht!Kurz später sehen wir den Kopf einer Schildkröte, die an Stb ganz nah am Boot vorbei schwimmt und wieder kurz später ruft Thomas: Ein WAL!Wir sehen achteraus einen großen, dunklen Rücken mit einer kleinen gebogenen Finne aus dem Wasser ragen und wieder verschwinden. Er zieht unbeirrt seinen Weg.Während wir weiter. read more...


25/11/2021

Rubin - 22.11.21 - 1. Tag auf See

Morgens leuchtet bei spiegelglatter See der Vollmond hinter einer Nebelwand, die sich mit der aufgehenden Sonne lichtet.Eckhardt erscheint gegen halb 8 und bekommt ein kleines Geburtstagsständchen von der Morgenwache. Über sein erstes Geburtstagsgeschenk, dieEimerdusche auf dem Vordeck, freut er sich riesig! Er zaubert uns dann ein köstliches mediterranes Frühstück zweierlei spanischem Ziegenkäse, Baguette, Oliven, Tomaten ohne und vor allem MIT KNOBLAUCH ;-)Nach weiteren Eimerduschen der Crewmitglieder widmen wir uns dem Whalewhatching - sehen aber zumindest schonmal zwei Schildkröten, die den Kopf aus dem Wasser recken und sich sonnen. Wale, Delfine und das Angelglück lassen noch auf sich warten.Mittags stärken wir uns mit der leckeren Bolognese unseres Skippers und als. read more...


25/11/2021

Rubin - 21.11.21 - Start der ARC

Morgens herrscht noch geschäftiges Treiben der Crew (Dinghi-Hafenrundfahrt mit Drohne, letztes Auffüllen aller Tanks und Kanister, letzte Reinigungs des Bootes) und dann geht das Ablegen gegen 12 Uhr doch ziemlich schnell:Das Auslaufen aller Boot in Reihe und die vielen Menschen, die uns am Pier verabschieden und Glück wünschen sind unvergessliche Eindrücke!Im Trubel der vielen kreuzenden Yachten vor der Startlinie gibt es einige brenzlige Momente - eine Crew musste ja leider mit einem Verletzten umkehren und wir wünschen von Herzen gute Besserung und Genesung und hoffentlich noch eine Teilnahme an der ARC für die Crew!Für den Start unter Segel kommt ein ausreichendes Lüftchen auf - das uns im Laufe des Tages jedoch verlässt, so dass wir den Motor zu Hilfe nehmen müssen.Da die. read more...


25/11/2021

Minga - Día 4, disfrutando

Vamos bien. Luego de la calma de los primeros días hemos tenido un viento constante por la aleta que nos ha puesto la proa veloz en rumbo suroeste, pero que ahora nos empuja directamente en nuestra dirección, oeste hacia el Caribe. ¿Habremos encontrado ya los vientos alisios que uso Colón en sus rutas, o aún nos queda acercarnos hacia el sur para encontrarlos? Ya veremos.Las condiciones del mar son ideales, la temperatura sube un grado cada día y el viento y las olas nos transportan suavemente a través de nuestra ruta de más de 5.000 kilómetros. La bandera de Chile flamea en la popa mientras espera el pique de un atún o mahi-mahi y la música reggae suena bajo un fuerte sol de intensidad veraniega. La Minga navega a unos trescientos kilómetros al oeste de la frontera de Marruecos con. read more...


25/11/2021

EH01 - Surfing the day away

Wind has picked up and now heading for st Lucia! Starting to get good boat speeds surfing the waves. Sail changes last night a bit challenging changing spinnaker, amazing we had to change course to avoid another boat! Eating really well enjoying all our fresh food though I think we purchased too many bananas.Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.. read more...


25/11/2021

Addictive Sailing - Addictive Sailing news from the board

Hello,A few news on board Addictive Sailing from the far north of the ARC! The weather here is pretty fair with nice squall, beautiful thunderstorms, refreshing showers, and a sea which look like a rollercoaster !For the time being no body commit vomit , but some tryIt’s funny to see à such big gap between those whose choose the south option and us. At 12:00 today, there is nearly 900 milles of difference of latitude between the southern catamaran and us.I guess it’s warmer and dryer down there but as we are slower than our main competitor, Guyader, we have to find a way to beat them! No Pain, No Gain!Today, most of the crew is busy to try to fix the spinnaker which decide to burst two days ago.The first mate, the young Alicia, is recovering from a big bruise on the leg after the boat. read more...


25/11/2021

Pleasure - Day 4 - Good winds

Everything is well on-board. Yesterday, the sailing conditions where excellent. The gennaker was hoisted for more than 24hrs and a top speed of 13.4 knots was recorded. Today, the winds are more or less absent and the plan is to finalize a game of "yatzy" and a first attempt to do some laundry. The chores were then temporarily abandoned to watch a school of dolphins play around the bow.. read more...


25/11/2021

Misty Mhor - Mhor Medical Thursday 25th

It got a bit too windy for the kite overnight and as it also veered it was taking us too far north. We dropped it in the dark, which meant all hands on deck! The deck lights worked well but it was still a bit of a trial. We gybed and poled out a reefed genoa until dawn and the wind had abated to a more modest 14 knots, from a high of over 22. Because of the rolling and the excitement we didn’t get much sleep. Breakfast consists of all-bran with honey topped with muesli and fruit. We have containers of milk stashed around the boat and various fruits hanging in nets from any convenient attachment point. Yorkshire tea or ground coffee complete the meal. Yesterday we also had boiled eggs as well. What a treat. Did you know that eggs should be turned once a week to help them keep? Eventually. read more...


25/11/2021

Tilda - Happy birthday Iva

Yesterday it had been a big sailing day: finally some good wind for the spiiiiiiiiii ;)Sorry for not having posted anything, but all the crew was busy in setting the sails properly and at the end of the day we were satisfied and tired. Today is dedicated to celebrate Iva’s birthday, so we organized a 20 dolphins show (yeah, we paid also for some extra jumps) and a chocolate cake is now baking in the hoven.Los Tildamigos image1. read more...


25/11/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 5 - Give thanks

Todd and Alex, our two Americans on board celebrated Thanksgiving today. Alex, by cooking his first ever Thanksgiving dinner and Todd by being the first on board to hoist the red spinnaker and use the new bowsprit!The day began with a review of the previous night's events. There were two incidents that highlighted recent advances in navigation at sea which have hugely benefited the amateur sailor. One is the AIS (Automatic Identification System). Boats that have this device are alerted when another boat is within a specific radius.Overnight, two ARC boats were in close proximity. Too close for comfort. Each was made aware of the other's presence through a warning light and beep and could then check the CPA (closest point of approach) vis a vis the position, distance and bearing. read more...


Emily Morgan - Day 5 - Give thanks
Emily Morgan - Day 5 - Give thanks
24/11/2021

Misty Mhor - Misty Midweek Wednesday 24th

So here we are on our fourth day at sea. Still heading south towards the Cape Verde islands. We have covered 344 nautical miles and Verde is another 400 nm to go. We should pick up stronger trades before then so can turn westward toward St Lucia. Last night’s tea was fantastic again. Home made bread rolls and linguine vongole washed down with a nice bottle of Mhor water, a cheeky little number with a hint of oil and plastic (that could have been the glass). My watch tonight is 04-06. There is enough light to see the kite filling, pulling us along at up to 6 knots in around a 10 knot north easterly wind. I’m engrossed in a book called Where the Crawdads Sings, so the shift passes quickly. Soon be time to make a tea for Alistair. We kept the kite up all morning, making good southerly. read more...


Misty Mhor - Misty Midweek Wednesday 24th
Misty Mhor - Misty Midweek Wednesday 24th
24/11/2021

Mary Doll - Day 4: Milky Way Kid

We started today under crystal clear starry skies, the Milky Way was visible as a great swirling cloud of every colour imaginable, although we were often much more interested in the ALDI imitation Milky Way bar and cup of tea keeping us warm on deck. Still waiting for these balmy ‘shorts and t-shirt’ evening watches to kick in as we were promised, starting to think we might have been duped… The remainder of the morning watch was spent wishing I had paid more attention in high school physics and could name even one of the constellations twinkling above us, we must remember to offer Brian Cox a berth next time…Mary Doll was given another morning escort by a school of dolphins at 10.30, this must be prime time for a morning stroll in the world of aquatic mammals as it’s the second day on. read more...


24/11/2021

Maalu IV - Day 4 Sailing at last

It has been a strange first few days in the Atlantic.Light or no wind and at times a glassy sea. We even had fog during our secondnight. The second night's entertainment included brilliant bioluminescence andfour visits by dolphins at various times. The moon is waning but is still sobright that we don't need a torch at night and it illuminated the visitingdolphins beautifully. Fishing has been unsuccessful thus far and we arealready down one lure despite the lack of a bite. Last night saw our first real sailing with 8-14 knotwinds and a comfortable broad reach as we headed deeper south. The question in all our minds is when do we jibe andhead west. The old adage 'go south until the butter melts, then head west' hasresulted in a lot of discussion.Namely, how do we define when the butter. read more...


24/11/2021

Time Out - Day 3 - Pêche “miraculeuse”

Dernier quart de la nuit mouvementé pour YM et Marianne qui ont dû laver le pont du bateau souillé par un oiseau échappé des côtes africaines.En fin de matinée, deux poissons mordent simultanément… mais s’échappent. Ce ne sera que partie remise car alors que nous finissons de déjeuner de nouveaux mahi-mahi mordent. Mais cette fois, forts de l’expérience précédente, les 2 poissons (un sur chaque ligne) ne s’échaperont pas. Les rôles sont bien calés : il y a ceux qui sortent les prises de l’eau, ceux qui gèrent les voiles ou le moteur pour ralentir, ceux qui découpent…Ce sera donc une journée sous le signe des mahi-mahi : Ceviche de la pêche du premier jour en apéro et papillotes de la pêche du jour pour le diner.Vers 11h, nous croisons une embarcation à la dérive, et vide de ses. read more...


24/11/2021

Tilda - Ship ahoy!

We spotted SY Helena on Monday 22nd of November 2021 at 0902 UTC-1. She beautifully passed astern of Tilda. image1. read more...


Tilda - Ship ahoy!
Tilda - Ship ahoy!
24/11/2021

Skyelark 2 - We also did some sailing...

Sunday 21st NovemberAll aboard ‘Skyelark 2’,If your not on board by 1000hrs you’ll be left behind,We depart in light winds off on our journey to the promise of a rum punch at our destination, discussions on board focus on eating, fishing lures and conversations held at pre- departure dinner.Our first sightings of dolphins at 0750hrs on Day 1,Nigel revealed his lure,named ‘No Hope’ at 0820hrs, success was achievd at 1800hrs with a healthy Tuna (not as big as subsequent catches , which you will read about later) , but a good size which prompted Ady , whose playing Mother with Nigel on Day 2, to propose Tuna Nicsoise for lunch.Definitely set down a marker with some fine dining at lunchNight watch first chance to look at the stars, and contemplate the journey ahead.DAY 2Finished my watch at. read more...


24/11/2021

EH01 - Getting windy!

Surfing this afternoon at 10 knots, feels like we are racing! Caught a large dorado this morning so just finished lunch with salad and cevice, delicious. Enjoying our nightly dolphin visits and sunrises. 4 hours on and 4 off proving challenging!Sent from Iridium Mail & Web.. read more...


24/11/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 4 - The butter check

The crew of Emily Morgan have settled into a staggered 3-hours-on-6-hours-off watch system with Anna and Bones on standby (i.e. continuously on watch until we convince them of our sailing ability!) The watch leaders began with (Todd)0000-0300; (Elizabeth)0300-0600; (Brody)0600-0900; (Todd)0900-1200 and so on. The three sailors began with (Clare)0100-0400; (Alex)0400-0700; (Keith)0700-1100; (Clare)1100-1300 and so on. This way there is an overlap between watches so that information is transmitted and it allows time for people to adjust. So, it's a nine-hour rotation which repeats every three days, and no one gets stuck with the night watch.Today was a day of consistent North Easterly winds. We were making upwards of 5 to 8 knots. (nautical miles an hour).The boat rocked and rolled in the. read more...


Emily Morgan - Day 4 - The butter check
Emily Morgan - Day 4 - The butter check

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