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Bluewater Mooney - BLUEWATER MOONEY 04.12.2022
Bluewater Mooney - BLUEWATER MOONEY 04.12.2022
05/12/2022

Bluewater Mooney - BLUEWATER MOONEY 04.12.2022

Ein sehr abwechslungsreicher TagEs ist jetzt 00:55 UTC Local jetzt hier 09:55 Zonenzeit.Ich sitze am Navigationssitz während draußen die Post abgeht.Abermals haben wir eine Begegnung miteinen Squall.Es schüttet und ist aufgefrischt, aber das ist es dann auch schon.Selbst zu wenig Zeit, um den Wind richtig auszunutzen. Da hatten wir heute andere, bessere, Perioden, mit Wind bis zu 15kn!Und das, obwohl wir in das Gebiet mit Leichtwind eingefahren sind. Wind, der zum Segeln nicht mehr ausreicht.Über die Taktik möchte ich nicht schreiben. Wir sind ohnehin die einzigen, die Informationen von Bord preisgeben.Ich möchte auch nicht über Motorstunden von Emily Morgen oder VAHINE spekulieren. Wir sind derzeit sehr dicht beieinander. Und es kann den Eindruck aufkommen, als würde die Motorleistung. read more...


Sao Jorge - Blog 4/12 - “A week in politics is a long time
Sao Jorge - Blog 4/12 - “A week in politics is a long time
Escapado - Blog day 13 - However fantastic to see the team spirit
Escapado - Blog day 13 - However fantastic to see the team spirit
Navasana - Day 15 Our Code 65 gets us sailing again
Navasana - Day 15 Our Code 65 gets us sailing again
Avventura - Log Day 15: Giorno di bucato
Avventura - Log Day 15: Giorno di bucato
Jo - Tag 14 - Atlantikdusche (+ Crew Special, Teil V) und ein Rätsel
Jo - Tag 14 - Atlantikdusche (+ Crew Special, Teil V) und ein Rätsel
Mairmade - Day#15
Mairmade - Day#15
Mairmade - Day#15
Mairmade - Day#15
Mairmade - Day#15
Mairmade - Day#15
Betelgeuse - BETELGEUSE Saturday 03/12/22 DAY 13
Betelgeuse - BETELGEUSE Saturday 03/12/22 DAY 13
Salamander - The Big Blue Hole
Salamander - The Big Blue Hole
Circe - The Blue Blues
Circe - The Blue Blues
Skye Blue - Skye Blue "To motor or not to motor, that is the question"
Skye Blue - Skye Blue
Second Wave - Second Wave fixing the code zero 620 lagoon peter powell
Second Wave - Second Wave fixing the code zero 620 lagoon peter powell
Second Wave - Second Wave 620 lagoon Food
Second Wave - Second Wave 620 lagoon Food
Second Wave - Second Wave 630 lagoon parade
Second Wave - Second Wave 630 lagoon parade
Salamander - Popsicle Tim - Salamander Tour Manager and Guest Social Media Editor
Salamander - Popsicle Tim - Salamander Tour Manager and Guest Social Media Editor
Bluewater Mooney - BLUEWATER MOONEY 04.12.2020
Bluewater Mooney - BLUEWATER MOONEY 04.12.2020
04/12/2022

Salamander - Sargasso Seaweed

One of the key features of the ocean for the last few days is the presence of large swathes of Sargasso Seaweed. Floating in great masses, wind strewn across the Atlantic.I wasn't expecting to see anything like this and it's quite a strange sight! The seas at the moment are relatively calm, without the huge swell I was expecting to see & feel.The seaweed is in sufficiently large masses to potentially cause a problem if it was to get caught around part of the boat! I don't fancy dragging a great field of Sargasso for the rest of the trip!Tim - Salamander Tour Manager and Guest Social Media Editorthesalamandersailingadventure.com. read more...


04/12/2022

Salamander - Mizzen Sail

A new addition to our sail plan is the hoisting of our Mizzen Sail. So far on this trip it has remained neatly furled inside the mizzen mast. Now our point of sailing has allowed us to deploy it.With three sails now powering us along we seem to be able to keep the momentum going. This is so important on a boat weighing over 30 tonnes.Wind speed has been a bit variable and is quite light for what Salamander would prefer but by picking our route and continuing to monitor our position relative to expected winds we hope to give ourselves the best opportunity as the situation develops.It must be quite a sight to see us fully sailed but there aren't any other boats anything like close enough to see us!!Tim - Salamander Tour Manager and Guest Social Media Editorthesalamandersailingadventure.com. read more...


04/12/2022

Second Wave - Second Wave 620 lagoon Food

Second Wave's food has been rather yummy. The fresh stores lasted very well. The recommended place did deliver the best quality.Captain Annie cleghorn 20221201_143502. read more...


04/12/2022

Bluewater Mooney - BLUEWATER MOONEY 04.12.2020

Das Wetter für den 08.12.2022 - und davor sieht es nicht viel besser aus!Und wie wir jetzt wissen - auch die Taktik nach Süden auszuweichen, hätte keinen erfolg gezeigt!Wir können zur Zeit immer noch segeln. Allerdings nicht den direkten Kurs nach SL, sondern etwas höher, um den Optimalen Anstellwinkel für den Spi zu haltenWilhelmimage1. read more...


04/12/2022

Salamander - Tim - Why am I doing ARC 2022?

The last few years haven't exactly been the best. Amongst all the good stuff I have lost my father and mother, neither as a result of COVID but complicated by it.Exactly the same time my mother passed we chose to move house. Moving from a house where all the children had grown up but had now fled the nest.My mother had pancreatic cancer, so we knew she had limited time. This allowed me the luxury of being able to talk to her at length about her life and the things she was taking with her. It became abundantly clear that "stuff" was totally unimportant and that experiences were everything. After she passed I vowed to create as many "peak experiences" as I could.A peak experience can be described as something that you set about doing on purpose and might be as simple as having tea with an. read more...


04/12/2022

Second Wave - Second Wave 630 lagoon parade

They read the Arc instructions and believe u should dress the part! Have as much fun as possible.  Throw your inhibitions to the wind. Meet people and be part of the team. Annie is Australian but dressed as the boat nationality image. read more...


04/12/2022

Katy - Saturday 3/12 Day 13 Unlucky for Some

The wind has died now to 5-6 knots so not a lot of progress today. Also cloud cover so no solar charging to speak of. Not the best day but we're plugging along. Tomorrow first thing we'll get the big parasailor sail out but its a bit swelly here and also heading towards night so don't want to hoist now. We really need to get to the 12th or 13th latitude for some wind but that is some way south for us still and I don't want to lose too much westing for southing but may have to bite the bullet and compromise on this. To be honest it is very comfortable sailing now which is a true rarity this year on Katy so we should just enjoy it. It feels like the average since leaving Plymouth is a force 6 so stuck in a force 1-2 should be enjoyed before it all goes to sh*t again!. read more...


04/12/2022

Oceano - Log Day 14 - Navigare necesse est

We have this running joke among the crew that our catamaran is a love boat. Remember the cult tv series? The theme song ( the looooooveee boaaaat..) the great cruising ship filled with people and their complicated love lives, dangerous liaisons between passengers and the crew, dramas, comedy, thrills, lots of fashionable clothing, alcohol, very bad seamanship and even worst acting? I used to adore it. Our vessel is not great in size, but our personalities are larger than life, that is for sure. And we spend our days moving around the deck, the cabins, exchanging glances, remarks, getting sincere, playing dumb, joking, cracking up, singing, crying, suggesting, flirting, behaving like little brats bored to death, we wind each other up, we console, we have therapy sessions and silent. read more...


04/12/2022

Salamander - A Tough Call

From my circumnavigation with wife Sue, daughter Hilary and son Jules, 4 previous ARC Atlantic crossings and 2 ARC Europe crossings, through to today, my 12th Atlantic crossing I have used the GFS weather model as a guide to what might like ahead.Since the advent of Iridium I have gone on to look at other weather models as a basis for making daily, or sometimes twice daily, decisions as to where to point, either to reach a destination directly, or to find wind to assist in going in the general direction of the destination.I am a lucky and proud dad to have both our son Jules and daughter Hilary sailing "alongside" us in the Atlantic this year. Both are now already experienced Atlantic sailors and indeed ARC Atlantic sailors.On the same day, 29th October, unexpectedly, I received an email. read more...


04/12/2022

Second Wave - Second Wave fixing the code zero 620 lagoon peter powell

The best sail , the code zero, was damaged and needed repairs.  She held out the whole way. Now off the the sail repairs.The spinnaker was also damaged beyond our repairs.  We lost that the first 24 hours... big shame... 20221123_133107. read more...


04/12/2022

Blue Moon - day 13 blog blue moon

We sailed into the weekend with our very first wobbly day and a working engine! We got up with the sun in our faces and tried helming the Blue Moon in very light winds from 8 to 12 knots. Quite the challenge to make sure the boat is not squeeking and rattling and not to overtire our rigging. Each watch team took their turns and when off duty, bikini‘s , sun hats, sketch blocks, magazines and buckets of salt water appeared. Well, sailing across the Atlantic is also this! After some heavy weather days, stressful situations and not much sleep we welcome them with open arms. The boat is heating up in no time, and we all know what happens when hatches are open for fresh air(read our blog day 10).. so outside is the place to be. We even played our first UNO game outside on an open folded. read more...


04/12/2022

Salamander - What Now?

In the immediate aftermath of deciding to retire from the race we are faced with a long motor all the way to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia.We are making just over 6kts on a course of 290 degrees, clawing back the miles we diverted in an attempt to find and keep some wind.The sea is so calm and not in the slightest matching our expectations of large swells and mountainous waves!It's clear already that we made the right decision and, furthermore that no matter what route we had chosen we would have found ourselves in the same situation.Some of on board are already conjuring up plans for future trips and maybe even doing the ARC again at some point. The draw of the sea is quite powerful!We now have plenty of time for reflection on what the future holds. For now we are just enjoying being at sea.Tim. read more...


04/12/2022

Salamander - The Big Blue Hole

We've been using a series of wind prediction forecast models to help with our sailing strategy and decide which course to steer in order to benefit from the strongest winds. Salamander is 30 tonnes unladen and likely a good deal heavier with all the fuel, water and provisions on board. With all this weight we need the magic ingredient of wind to make us go. The more the merrier!These wind predictions have led us to make a decision to head south, approximately 350 nautical miles further south than the rhumbline, in search of wind.Last night we realised all wind searching had been in vain!The wind charts are colour coded for strength of wind. Blue means little or no wind going through green, yellow, orange and red as the wind speed increases to 25kts.We now had a very large blue area ahead. read more...


04/12/2022

Skye Blue - Skye Blue "To motor or not to motor, that is the question"

Well hello there ARC fans. You read this as we enter our third and hopefully final week. Throughout the journey we have shared our new experiences and musings but we would now like to share some of the more quirky, mundane and otherwise more repetitive activities and conversations of a transatlantic crossing. But before we do, a few hot off the press news items. News Bulletin 1 - We have a new nickname for Neil (formerly known as Flashheart). Borne out of his insatiable appetite and ever willingness to finish off the team leftovers. Yesterdaysomeone described him as being like a "wheelie bin", only for someone seconds later to chime in -"more like a Neily-bin!". Sometime this stuff writes itself. Sorry Neil we know you loved your Flasheart moniker but the crew's word is final. News. read more...


04/12/2022

Jadamama - Blog day 14 Jadamama

ARC Ditty for my grandkids (with apology to Edward Lear) We Went To Sea In A Catamaran We went to sea in a catamaran, In a cat we went to sea.Our friends all said ‘Take care, take care,We don’t know how you dare!” On a sunny Sunday we left the CanariesAnd waves goodbye, goodbye.With a hundred boats we all set sailFar out in the blue North Atlantic.The very next dayAll the boats disappeared!Were they stolen by the fairies?And a flying fish flew onto our deck,‘Oh silly fish, what in the heck?’ We went to sea in a catamaran,In a cat we went to sea.Two hundred miles the very first day,And the dolphins tried to race us!‘Where are you going? We’ll show you the way!’But on we sailed, not a backward glance,And they couldn't keep up their dance.But a flying fish landed on. read more...


Jadamama - Blog day 14 Jadamama
Jadamama - Blog day 14 Jadamama
04/12/2022

Circe - The Blue Blues

The Blue Blues Before we left for our passage, multitudes of friends and family members wished us “fair winds”. That’s what we hoped for as well, so we uploaded the PredictWind app on all of our devices so we we’re armed with the tool needed to see the winds. I imagine many of us use PredictWind. The beauty of PredictWind, and I mean literally the beauty, is the colors used in the map display to indicate the various wind speeds. The warmer the colors, the better. We want to sail enveloped by greens, yellows and deep oranges, indicating winds of 10 to 25 knots. Comfortable sailing. What PredictWind is indicating is in our path is exactly what we don’t like to see - blue of any shade. The blue of the sky, the blue of the sea, the indigo of dead calm - all dead ahead. What a game changer. read more...


04/12/2022

Lothlorien - Fw: Tag 15 auf See - Wir suchen den Wind

Wir haben unseren Code Zero - ein sehr leichtes und empfindliches Segel - hochgezogen und können damit sogar 3,5 kn Fahrt aufnehmen. Mit ca. 3 kn geht es dabei in Richtung St. Lucia. Es könnte also deutlich schlechter sein. Wir erwarten, dass der extrem schwache Wind bis Mittwoch anhält - wahrscheinlich auch bis Donnerstag. Unsere Ankunft innerhalb drei Wochen in St. Lucia könnte dann gefährdet sein. Es ist aber sehr schwierig zu kalkulieren, wie wir in den nächsten Tagen vorankommen werden. So planen wir erst einmal von Tag zu Tag. Heute haben wir zwar schwachen Wind, aber diesen aus einer günstigen Richtung.Der Motor bleibt aus - der Diesel reicht bei weitem nicht für die verbleibende Strecke.So genießen wir die ruhige Fahrt, holen tagsüber Schlaf nach und freuen uns über Sonne pur.. read more...


04/12/2022

Avventura - Log Day 15: Giorno di bucato

Light wind, almost no waves and a lot of sundominate this sunday. While we quietly sail westwards, we have time to relax,and to wash our clothes. And after the rolling of the boat in the last days, itis nice to have a stabler "living room".   Position at 22:00 UTC (15:01.95N46:56.49W)  . read more...


04/12/2022

Betelgeuse - BETELGEUSE Saturday 03/12/22 DAY 13

Dear Myrtle is being very demanding requiring running repairs with replacement down haul line and now constantly requiring her ‘bottom wiped’ to remove the floating seaweed (Sargasso) which is constant. Saw one floating blanket of Sargasso covering a good double tennis court! Richard’s determination to catch a Mahi Mahi is impressive; sadly all that was dragged in was a skimming hedgehog of; yes you’ve guessed it – Sargasso!Spinnaker cleanly raised at ‘sparrows’ (need some military terms – quietly sinking in naval terms) by new foredeck monkey Richard and Will. Light winds generally all day meant for challenging conditions to keep her flying – well worth the effort giving us a few cherished extra knots. No squalls anywhere near us today.The day was hot, with much washing of cockpit,. read more...


04/12/2022

Sunbeat VI - Day 15 - drifting across ithe wide wide sea

Day 506 - Steve tripped over his beard today.Ate Drac.Bit hairy and chewy.Down to last last choc biscuits.Desperation setting in.A quiet and slow night averaging 2-knots.Moments of hope that soon faded with the wind.First flight of the asymmetric before resorting to polled-out jib once more.However a new forecast late in the day - delivered by a little egret looking for a perch - seems more positive.Suffered a blow back on the holding tank.Had a team meeting and immediately elected the admiral ( aka Steve) to deal with it.Setting to work with enthusiasm, Steve quickly suffered from what may be described as a touch of suntan lotion on his left shoulder…. All sorted now - thankfully!Wind has come round to the beam just as little egret predicted.Positive thoughts ahead as we hopefully move. read more...


04/12/2022

Sabine - daily blog update for ARC boat Sabine (118) 4 Dec 2022

Hello interweb friends, Captain Stape on sail boat Sabine right here (///gloomiest.amplified.rhinos)It’s Sunday morning and I’m tired as I was awoken several times during the night by the sound of Maria. (yes, we’ve officially changed Jenny’s name as she is a bit of a drama (faff) to turn on. There’s a 2 sided piece of A4 explaining how to turn her on, and that’s not even fully up to date since it was written by Richard back in May and additional steps have been added since). It seems we can get 3hrs motoring per 1hr of running Maria. Maria is positioned on the starboard side of the boat, near my perch and John and Richard’s cabin. All three of us didn’t get much sleep… I wonder if I can get parrot sized noise cancelling headphones? I saw Richard wearing his and was quite jealous. As we. read more...


04/12/2022

Endeavour III - Endeavour III - Day 15

The day started bright and early at 03:00 for my watch, and the sky did not disappoint! A waxing moon illuminated a silver road across the ocean’s surface that Endeavour III faithfully chugged along. I say chugged because sadly the motor had to be on all night due to a distinct lack of wind. Perhaps the sea took pity on us, as the night brought with it a little present in the form of a small Dorado caught by Dave on a rod that was accidentally left out from the day before. That’s Tash’s dinner for tonight sorted!The motoring lasted into the morning as we plodded along at 5 knots whilst chomping on Hugh’s homemade sourdough cinnamon rolls. As well as having little to no wind in the sails, the lack of a breeze has made Endeavour III into a floating sauna…I honestly did not imagine it would. read more...


04/12/2022

Skyelark 2 -

It seems a while, since we reached half wayWe are now at sea for fourteen daysNot many lows and lots of highsWe are happy here, and loving life!We glide along beneath the sun and starsSeen the southern cross, the plough and MarsWe’ve Gybed our pole, and reached a bitRead some books and landed fishWe fill our days with lots of chatMeal times and cheeky napsBetween our shifts and the chance to showerIt never seems long until happy hourNow, we have sailed well, still first in ClassBut ask some crew and you’d think we're last!We want more speed, they like to whineBut now the motors on, and life is fineLands not yet in sight, but were planning lunchIt will be a juicy steak, and a large rump puncha Keg of beer, and a barrel of rumWe will be in Spinnakers and having fun!(promo alert)Its two for. read more...


04/12/2022

Charisma - SY CHARISMA | Tag 14 - Troubadix SPEZIAL

Ein Mensch, der eine Drohne startet,worauf er lange schon gewartet,sieht sie, mit steuerfingerbebenaus Starters Hand sich stolz erheben.Schwitzt noch ein wenig übungsarm,der Flieger freut sich, macht Alarm,und driftet noch durch Funk gebunden,voll Eigenwill die ersten Runden.Wie‘s auch der Fliegerin beliebt,„Bei Fuß“ - scheint nicht genug geübt.Derweil das Drohnenauge blitzt,und Frauchen Bilder schickt verschmitzt.Im Anflug- Auge auf Gesicht -prüft‘s Dröhnchen Fängers Gleichgewicht.Und surrend unterm Baum entschwunden,geht weiter sie auf eigne Runden.Und schüttelt los sich von den Teilen,die ihr den Freiheitssinn verkeilen.Derweil am Kommandostick,der Frohsinn schwindet - Stück für Stück.Und mit dem Display letztem Winken,sieht man die Drohne tiefer sinken.Der Akkustand wir mau. read more...


04/12/2022

Mairmade - Day#15

Our 24 hour distance at 1pm UTC today was a predictable 145nm.Predictable because we motored all of those 24 hours at a steady 6 knot average!We also passed the 75% mark, and have less than 600nm to go as I write. 🙌Today felt like any other coastal cruising day on the boat.The weather is beautiful with full sun and a light wind (most of which we create with our 6 knots of boat speed!), so what better thing to do than go for a swim!We stopped the engine, opened the stern door and jumped in the water for 30 minutes; pool toys included.And although the the wind and waves have subsided, the swell remains; challenging any standing activity (e.g. showering on the stern platform 😛)#BoatLifeFr. Russ was the responsible adult that stayed on board should anything unexpected happen, and also to. read more...


04/12/2022

Navasana - Day 15 Our Code 65 gets us sailing again

We found 5-6 knots of wind on the beam which was enough for our North Code 65 to give us 4-5 knots of boat speed! She is a thing of beauty as you can see from the photo below of us sailing today. Beautiful light air sailing in picture perfect conditions. Dan has been moping around because we lost a mahi mahi as we were reeling it in close to the boat. Instead of fish tacos I made a kidney bean curry which hopefully made up for the loss. Looks like we will be back on squall watch the next couple of days as a bunch of them come up from the ITCZ. Saw some more whales in the distance!More on sailingnavasana.comimage1. read more...


04/12/2022

Amandla Kulu - SUBJECT: D14_ Light Weight Kites

 Captain’s Log. Star Date 04 Dec. Day 14. Fifteen day on the water.2223 GMT.2023 Local.12º 58 N048º 43 W///transgressor.geisha.equippinghttps://w3w.co/transgressor.geisha.equippingA glorious day, with a little bit of everything.  Before sunrise gybe, failed fishing, sunshine, light air sailing, RCC MIAMI, MRCC UK, fresh salad and plenty of water.  This morning had a close quarters flyby a fellow St Lucian bound vessel. Would have been useful if had been woken a little earlier, as we would have gybed earlier. As it was, we realised that our red aspect light had failed at some point during the night and that we were running dark to 1/3 of our port aspect.  It has been light airs today, a steady 6-10 knots of wind. This morning we sailed under Code. read more...


04/12/2022

Jo - Tag 14 - Atlantikdusche (+ Crew Special, Teil V) und ein Rätsel

Wir hängen weiterhin in dem Flautenloch fest, voraussichtlich auch mindestens noch die nächsten 24 Stunden. Aber wie heißt es so schön: "Nichts ist so schlecht, dass es nicht für irgendetwas gut ist." In unserem Fall für ein kleines Schwimmerchen mitten auf dem Atlantik. Immer wieder faszinierend und ein besonderes Erlebnis. So haben wir dann heute Vormittag der Crew pünktlich zum 2. Advent das "open water swimming" verkündet. Zur Freude aller, denn seit gestern brennt die Sonne unbarmherzig auf uns nieder. Es geht kaum ein Windhauch, die Schattenplätze sind plötzlich sehr begehrt, die Luft steht... Bei 33 Grad Außentemperatur ist eine Abkühlung (die Wassertemperatur beträgt "nur" (?) 26,5 Grad) da mehr als willkommen. Natürlich wie immer unter Beachtung einiger Vorsichtsmaßnahmen. Erst. read more...


04/12/2022

Escapado - Blog day 13 - However fantastic to see the team spirit

Blog day 13Imagine 10 People living together in a sauna having 1 m2 each & movingaround, that is the life of Escapado. However fantantic to see the teamspirit. Obviously things breaks down such as the toilet and Bilge pump. ButBig thanks to the Co skipper Sam, he is really a good fixer.Happy to report that we now run with the Genakker and we are under carefullycoaching fromour skippers, with Angela all over the place, we have alllearned a lot Also good to skip the goose wind sailing.Fresh food has gone,so a lot of creativity for tin food is now in place.We have done quite an investment in fishing gear, and have dreams about Tunaetc, but so far it stays with the dreams. But actually we do catch a lot offlying fish, which hit us in our faces etc. and smells quite bad.Thank you for. read more...


04/12/2022

Sao Jorge - Blog 4/12 - “A week in politics is a long time

“A week in politics is a long time”…….and it would appear a day in ocean sailing is just as long.Not much over 24 hours ago, Escapado was charging forward behind her spinnaker and reconfigured ‘Sam’s pole”. Despite a decision on the part of the main sheet coupling to part company with the boom (rapid repair under pressure and darkness) and experiencing a significant squall, excellent speed and distance resulted in a favourable position come ARC reports the following morning.Since then we have been making very slowprogress as we labour through a significant wind hole. We’re it not for the fact we are racing, joy could be taken from the beautiful clear skies, almost flat azure waters, captivating long ocean swell, and occasional visits by inquisitive pods of dolphins. The competitive. read more...



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