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22/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 14

We are sailing on wing on wing with mainsail and poled out yankee.The wind is rather variable in strength, and we have to make an occasional gybe to bring us back on the course.We now have 163 miles to go to the finish at St Helena.As we get nearer the remaining boats (at least 8 are already in port) get closer together, we saw Mad Monkey on AIS crossing our stern last night, it was good to talk to her on VHF, also saw Pinta on AIS and Air Power, Influencer and Aurora Polaris cannot be far away.. read more...


22/01/2019

Misto - January 16-22 2019: Towards St Helena

With a little over 400 nm to go I'm starting to feel that our goal is in sight.We are motor sailing at this point to try and arrive on Thursday afternoon in time to check in and attend the WARC function on Thursday night.Our progress has been frustrated by adverse current and rather fickle winds, variable in both speed and direction from moment to moment, and I'm sure that the current has cost us at least 12 hours.We seem to have made endless sail changes to try and make the best of the winds but unfortunately what wind there has been for the last couple of days has been from almost dead astern. We have not flown the parasailor on this leg as we felt that we were making better speed with our new (larger) mainsail and the gennaker. This has been a good sail combination but we have had a. read more...


22/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 9 January 21, 2019

Midnight, the Blood moon came into its own, high above the boat masts. The hardier souls had stayed up waiting, lying side by side on the cement, chins tilted back, watching this glorious spectacle. Being of the not so hardy variety, we arose about half past 12 and stood admiring the red moon from the cockpit of the boat. The sky was brilliantly clear, and it was very worth getting up for! In the morning we rode in Toyota four wheel drive trucks through Minca to La Victoria coffee plantation, where we took a step back in time and learned this over 100 year old process was still yielding delicious coffee beans. After yummy cake and coffee, we trekked to a small waterfall, enjoyed a cool dip in the pool, trekked back and went into Minca to a darling restaurant on the river for a. read more...


21/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 8 January20,2019

This day was one of beautiful fellowship. We took the buses to a school where there was music, dancing, painting, and weaving dream catchers together. What a wonderful way to share cultures. This is why we cruise....not just for the excellent sailing, but to reach out and have a connection, however brief, with people, our brothers and sisters on this big blueball we share. It was a day filled with THIS MOMENT moments of peace. Afternoon saw a few boat chores completed, then we strolled along the waterfront, inhaling the scent of street foods, admiring the colourful craft works on display and greeting our fellow cruisers all along the way of this Sweet Dream. read more...


21/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 13

After another rendezvous with Airpower and Pinta for fuel transfer, we were able to set course for St Helena again.We were sailing nicely on course in lovely sunshine during the evening, but disaster has struck our mainsail furling gear - AGAIN - the bottom fitting on the foil has sheared.Don't think any nasty weather is forecast for the next few days, so we can sail with what we have - as Ullman made the new sail too short in the foot it is about equivalent to a single reefed main, we can vary the amount of yankee set, and just take the main down when we get to St Helena.Not sure if anyone there will be able to fix it (and then there's the problem of parts) so we may be setting a dual headsail rig to get to Brazil - which we always meant to try.293 nm to St Helena and now back in west. read more...


Hope - Colorful cafe in Santa Marta
Hope - Colorful cafe in Santa Marta
Hope - Country pride
Hope - Country pride
Hope - Team spirit
Hope - Team spirit
Hope - Walking in Santa Marta
Hope - Walking in Santa Marta
Hope - Street scene
Hope - Street scene
Hope - Sunset at sea
Hope - Sunset at sea
Hope - Additional pics from start
Hope - Additional pics from start
20/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 7 January 19, 2019

Ahhhhhhh... what a lovely day. A wild colourful bus ride to Bahia Conca. Motor bikes zipping in out of the traffic, heedless of the normal rules, taxis buzzing in and out in front of us. Donkey carts, push carts, pull carts, water sellers on every corner. Window washers ready to clean the windshields at the stop lights. By the way, the buses they travel us around on are fabulous! Cool air con, comfy seats, courteous drivers, altogether making the journeys very pleasant. We drove through the city, suburbs, countryside, out onto a very muddy dirt road, and progressed(regressed) to soft dirt road that eventually ate the tires of the bus in front of us. Arriving at the beautiful bay, we settled in to the ultimate luxury of a day at the beach. Soft sand, clean water, fresh breeze to cool us.. read more...


20/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 6 January 18, 2019

After a night of surprisingly high winds and neighbour’s slapping halyards, we awoke to sunshine and blue skies. Suds started flying all up and down the dock as the boats were scrubbed free of the ocean salt. We enthusiastically joined in, making our girl purr and shine. Laundry was done, hung flapping in the freshening breeze. Chores completed,we popped the bottle of champagne Alan and Avril had brought us in St. Lucia and enjoyed decadent mimosas with our morning breakfast burritos. Afternoon found us immersed in the colourful sights, sounds and sensations of the oldest city in South America. We had a synopsis of the life of Simon Bolivar,( quite a fellow!), visited the hacienda he spent his last days in.....lucky guy. The general consensus was that we wished we could spend more time. read more...


20/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 12

Timshel and Airpower did manage to catch up to Pinta yesterday lunchtime - having persuaded George to Stop and wait.Airpower had been valiantly motoring at 8 knots to make up the distance while Timshel had made an enormous zig to the west on her course.But the wind was blowing 20 Knots + and a big sea.Airpower attempted a transfer first (hoping catamaran stability would help), they miraculously managed to pick up the fender and line trailed from Pinta and got one fuel can(10L)across - before the line got caught round her starboard prop.It seemed a bad idea to risk having 3 disabled boats so we agreed to sail on in company and try again when it is calmer.Fantastic effort from Airpower!George worked on his generator and somehow managed to find enough clean fuel to make electricity for a. read more...


20/01/2019

Endo 2 - Santa Marta

Ha - wir haben es geschafft (alle anderen auch!!) und sind in Santa Marta angekommen. Am Donnerstag den 17. Januar 2019 morgens haben wir die Ziellinie passiert.Die Überfahrt war schneller als erwartet - der Wind war gut und blies recht konstant.....bis kurz vor dem Ziel. Beim Briefing wurden wir ja bereits gewarnt, es sei hier eine windige Ecke - doch so windig? Wir haben rechtzeitig gerefft (Segel verkleinert) und trotzdem rauschte die ENDO 2 mit fast 8 Knoten durch das Wasser und kurz vor dem Ziel drehte der Wind noch einmal auf, so dass wir uns entschlossen - das Großsegel zu bergen und nur mit der Fock weiterzusegeln. Hat geklappt wobei noch zu berichten bleibt, dass Udo beim Herunterziehen des Großfalls noch von einer Superwelle umspült wurde, die unter Deck noch für einigen Lärm. read more...


19/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 5 January 17, 2017

Land HO! Out of the hazy mist, ghostly shapes of mountains began to take form. It was the Caribbean coast of Columbia at last! After an adrenaline surged finish between two rock formations in 44 knots of wind we put away the sails, like a gull folding her wings and came to rest in a lovely berth in Santa Marta Marina. Despite the strong winds, Lars backed us into the slip perfectly, and a crew of smiling competent helpers took our lines and welcomed us to Columbia. The first leg of our round the world journey was complete!. read more...


19/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 4 January 16,2019

A red band of light shone through the ubiquitous storm clouds on the eastern horizon. The grey lumps began there and stretched across the vastness of the lightening sky. A thick squall raced up on our starboard quarter, moving fast and bringing a gusty wind. The light sprinkling of rain that ensued made the sea feel like a piece of ironing anticipating the pressing heat of day to smooth out the residual wrinkles of darkness. It WOULD be lovely if the water flattened out some. All night long we battled against the incessant side to side rolling induced by the confused seas. It continues to astonish us how the waves are so large in proportion to the mostly frustrating light winds. Flying a “goose wing” rig with the Genoa poled out to starboard, and the main prevented out to port, we wallow. read more...


19/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 3 January 15, 2019

We were flying wing on wing with the glow of Aruba to our port stern. The wind was getting up, so we tucked a little 3/4 reef in each sail. For the next two and a half hours we rode the ever increasing seas that came hissing and booming into the starboard quarter. Squall after squall flew over, even with the reefs in we were making over ten knots of boat speed riding the friendly current and big surf . Looking behind, there would be a huge blackness stretching up embracingthe stern like one of those poofy, supportive, read-in-bed pillows. By the time I turned around and faced forward, adjusting the course for the strengthening wind, the darkness would have raced ahead of us. This cycle was repeated over and over, making this the fastest and most fun watch I have stood living the Sweet. read more...


19/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 2 January 14, 2019

Midnight, a solid bank of of squall hands over the port horizon. To starboard, a golden half of Colby moon sinks into fat gilded clouds. Tonight, Venezuela lies ahead. A place we absolutely DO NOT wish to go. The wind is contrary, nudging us over a few more degrees every hour as it clocks around. Gybing and moving the spinnaker pole in the darkness is not our favourite double-handed activity, so we carry on. We haven’t quite caught the rhythm of this Caribbean Sea sailing yet. Seems we are always in the wrong tack, being pushed farther and farther from our desired rhumb line. Daylight finally comes, we move the pole and gybe a 270 degree tack in a howling squall, now moving away from the hostile coast. We have added another zig to our zag, sip fresh coffee and hot tea in contentment as a. read more...


19/01/2019

Sweet Dream - Day 1 January 13, 2019

On both watches, the night was spectacular. The first started out with a glowing arc of Milky Way over the mast. Up ahead, a fat Cheshire Cat grin of a moon slid over the western horizon, and in the east behind us, a fleet of squall galleons sallied out onto the velvet darkness of the sky sea with the occasional star sparkling like phosphorescence under their keels. These ships of the night sky brought their own wind with them, enough to fill our sails and tuck in a reef as well. The second watch saw Venus rising like a search beam, making a startling bright path of light for us to sail on. Jupiter rose next with Antares and the whole of Scorpio in attendance. To the south, was the brilliance of our sister star, Alpha Centari. I’m amused to learn she is actually the sky’s third brightest. read more...


19/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena day 11

I seem to have lost count of the days a bit, something to do with sailing onward over an empty ocean. Yesterday morning SSB sked there was a plea for help from Pinta - her fuel is contaminated with seawater (?0) and he needs someone to give hi some cans of diesel in order to run his generator for electricity.Looking at the positions Timshel is about 80 nm west of Pinta and Airpower is about 88 nm SE i. directly behind on the course.Timshel does not have a lot of fuel but can spare a 20 L can, Airpower (a catamaran) has a lot more.So Timshel agrees to head more west to try to intercept Pinta and Airpower agrees to try to catch up.It became obvious that Pinta as going to need to slow down to allow Airpower to get closer to her.So that is why our course has deviated somewhat.Now sailing in. read more...


18/01/2019

Danica I - From Saint Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia

From St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia – 830 NMWe have completed our first leg of the World ARC from St. Lucia to Santa Marta. Danica 1 has covered 830 NM in 120 hours (5 days/nights) averaging 7 knots. We sailed with either the Code 0 or Genoa separately or together as a wing-on-wing set-up, enjoying typical 15-20 knot trade winds. Dark clouds often surrounded our path, but the squalls generally left us alone. All was well until we almost reached our destination late this morning. The winds suddenly picked up from 25 knots to high 30’s. It was quite challenging to raise the main in those conditions. We had to turn the boat 180’ into the wind. The crew was soaked to the bone from waves splashing into the cockpit. The scene reminded me of movies showing serious racers strapped with. read more...


Danica I - From Saint Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia
Danica I - From Saint Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia
18/01/2019

Danica I - Danica's log Day 5

Log Day 5- January 17, 2019 - Caribbean Sea – 10 NM from the finish line ·       Afternoon report- Wednesday 13:00- 17:00o   Sails - Code 0- 13:00-17:00 o   16-20 knot winds/sailing 7.5-8.5 knotso   2m waves - Eo   17:00 - Furled Code 0 for the night·       Night Watch – Wednesday 17:00- Thursday 06:00o   Sails - Genoa o   20-25 knot winds/sailing 6.5-7.5 knotso   2.5m waves - Eo   Starry night, beautiful sailing, 3 freighters seen at 03:00- 04:00- we must be close to shipping lanes towards the Panama Canalo   700 NM at 18:00·       Morning report- Thursday – 06:00-12:00o   Sails§  Genoa. read more...


18/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 10 and 11

Yesterday our wind died away leaving us sailing slowly with sails crashing about in the waves.Eventually we gave in and motored for about 3 hours, the batteries needed charged anyway and hurrah the wind came back after that so making good progress again.Have been making bread, also pizza base which worked quite well, couldn't seem to find pre-prepared ones in South Africa. Apparently we can get a small salad pack (only 1 per boat) for £6.50 from St Helena, which is good as we'll have finished all the fresh stuff. You have to be prepared to pay more in remote places whether its an island or up a mountain.. read more...


17/01/2019

Cassiopée W - Log Day 5 - Trial and Error

Deciding on sailing around the world as a couple is interesting and probably worth a blur of its own. But one thing we knew going into this is that our sailing experience would be put to the test. Sailing wing on wing for days using the spinnaker pole was interesting. And today was the test.We did get the pole set up a couple of days ago but today, we had to take it down and put it back up again several times.And I have learned that a few things are not worth doing. I won’t say that it’s hard on a couple, but it ain’t easy.... I guess you can think of it as a sort of “gym workout” at sea! Well, nothing broken, harmony remains on the boat, and I must admit the view of the sun setting while looking at it through this sail arrangement is rather spectacular. Too bad we are a dry boat at. read more...


17/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 8 and 9

Still making progress towards St Helena, wind varies in strength and direction a little.So sometimes we are reefed and going fast, sometimes like now full sail and going (relatively) slowly, sometimes downwind wing and wing, sometimes on a broad reach with sails on same side.We are trying to keep to the north of the Great Circle route as apparently best wind is to be found here.The water temperature is definitely increasing, up to 27.5 deg C, at Cape Town it was 16.So we should be able to swim at St Helena.Otherwise we are reading up about ports in Brazil in the Pilot books.Unfortunately we finished the Christmas cake yesterday.It is great to talk to our rally friends on the SSB twice daily, but this morning the set refused to turn on.Switching it on and off at the main transceiver (in. read more...


16/01/2019

Danica I - Log Day 4- January 16, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 25 NM north of the Colombian Coast

" Afternoon report- Tuesday 13:00- 19:00o Sails- Genoa and Code 0o 16-19 knot winds/sailing 7-8 knotso 1.5m waves - Eo Furled Code 0 for the night" Night Watch - Tuesday 19:00- Wednesday 06:00o Sails - Genoa o 18-20 knot winds/sailing 6 knotso 2m waves - Eo Starry night, beautiful sailing, no squalls, just a few raindropso 600 NM at 03:30 - Wednesday morning" Morning report- Wednesdayo 06:00 change of sails - sailing Code 0o 14-17 knots/ sailing 7-8 knotso 1.5m waves- Eo Sunny, partially cloudyo 09:00 radio neto 12:00 - noon - Distance Day 4- 161.5 NM for Total of 656 NM" A couple of 06:00 fire drills related to squalls- furling Code 0 - unfurling Genoa and back to Code 0 " Beautiful Shearwater birds fishing near Danica. We are quite close to the Colombian coast and less than 200 NM away. read more...


Danica I - Log Day 4- January 16, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 25 NM north of the Colombian Coast
Danica I - Log Day 4- January 16, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 25 NM north of the Colombian Coast
16/01/2019

Tintin - The Vicious Colombian Coast

Many people have reported that this leg - and in particular the laststage along the Colombian coast to Santa Marta can be vicious.TheAtlantic trade winds get accelerated around the coast and combine with astatic area of low pressure over the land to regularly produce winds inexcess of 40 knots even when the rest of the Caribbean is benign.Combine this with an adverse current creeping up the Columbian coastand the seas can be horrible.The weather forecast for todays says"EVENING(20LT) (17/00 GMT)(T + 12):WINDS NE-E(45 - 90)INCREASE20-30 GUSTS 35KTS.SEAS 4-6SWELLS NE-EBUILD 5-10FT(2SEC).SKIESPARTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED SHWRS/SQUALLS*. CURRENTS FROM S @ 0.6KTS."We've been ready, sailing with this in mind for a couple of days now,and now that we are heading SW along the coast from Punta Gallinas. read more...


16/01/2019

Blue Pearl - South Atlantic Ocean

We are about 700nm southeast from the island of St. Helena, the one of Napoleon fame, and 1050 nm northwest from Cape Town where we left a week ago for the South Atlantic Ocean passage. We expect to arrive in St. Helena on Monday (1/21) , stay there for 5 days and then depart for Salvador in Brazil. A total journey from Cape Town to Salvador of 3700nm. In the process we will cross the 0 degree longitude to find ourselves back in the western hemisphere. The sail so far has been pleasant and uneventful. The best part is that we are well ahead of the fleet so we have done something right.On board are the Captain, long term crew member Brita and new crew member Jack. It is a real pleasure to have Jack back on board. He had been with us for the Pacific Ocean crossing about a year ago.. read more...


16/01/2019

Endo 2 - Kolumbien in Sicht

In dieser Nacht sind wir ein ganzes Stück vorangekommen. Trotzdem wir die Segelfläche verkleinert haben, sind wir zeitweise mit 9 Knoten durch das Wasser gefahren (jajaja, andere haben ganz andere Geschwindigkeiten) - wir jedenfalls waren sehr zufrieden.Auf der Seekarte ist bereits Kolumbien zu sehen, in ca. 4 Stunden haben wir den nördlichsten Teil erreicht.Wir freuen uns schon auf Santa Marta und hoffen, dass die Frühankommer für uns noch einen Platz freihalten.Erst einmal allen einen schönen TagtschüssUdo und Heike. read more...


16/01/2019

Misto - January 14-15 2019: En Route to St Helena at last

Underway at 4am, we found ourselves in conditions with almost no wind and so we had to motor for much of the first day. We were surrounded by Cape Fur Seals and also saw a whale ahead of us. Eventually on the second day out the winds started to fill in and we even put a reef in for the evening.The South Atlantic seems to be a welcome change from the Indian Ocean with its nasty seas and ever changing winds.Here, the seas are kinder with long swells and the winds more consistent, although we have to get around the South Atlantic High before the Trade Winds really fill in.We are just about in communication with the rest of the fleet, being able to make out some boats on the daily nets.It's still over 1400nm to St Helena so much can happen, but perhaps we will make up some time on the fleet,. read more...


16/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 7

Good winds for most of today either broad reaching or running wing and wing with poled yankee heading for St Helena - it depends on whether the wind is SSW or SE. And in sunshine.It's still quite cold at night but water temperature is now up to 21 deg C from 16 deg C at Cape Town.Less than 1000 miles to go now but unfortunately wind has dropped off a bit.. read more...


15/01/2019

Hope - Tuesday January 15, 2019

After a night of sailing along nicely at 7-8 knots the day brought on more sunshine and a lot less wind. On the net we are hearing “Big winds ahead” ,not sure where, as this afternoon brought on even lighter winds. We have not been able to sail downwind, so tacking was in order this afternoon. This has been quite the process as all lines have to be re-rigged for each tack and it is very time consuming for those of us less experienced. With 3 sails up we are now sailing along at 7 knots with only 10 knots of wind. This has all been to control the rolling of the boat so now we can even move around and not get hurt, even fix food and drinks for the crew.This downwind sailing is new to us and the captain says we better used to it as we will be doing a lot of it on the Rally. Well, I have to. read more...


15/01/2019

Cassiopée W - Log Day 4 - 3e Nuit En Mer

En voile, toute tâche journalière peut être soit une célébration soit une corvée. Préparer le repas du soir, fait appel à tous les muscles du corps afin de se tenir, se stabiliser, se centrer, se pencher, s’étirer, se courber ainsi de suite. Tout ceci dans le seul but de couper une simple tomate qui réside sur une planche valsant d’un bout à l’autre du comptoir. Il n’est pas nécessaire de mentionner que dans ce cas, il s’agit là d’une corvée. Cependant une fois le repas préparé, le chef est bien fier de son accomplissement. Pour célébrer, quoi de mieux qu’un petit cocktail de jus de tomate, sel de céleri et poivre noire pour arroser le tout. Les bulles devrons attendre l’arrivée à destination. Admiral M-J. read more...


15/01/2019

Danica I - Log Day 3- January 15, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 100 NM north of the Venezuelan Coast

" Afternoon report- Mondayo Sails- Genoa and Code 0o 12-15 knot winds/sailing 6-7 knotso 1.5m waves" Night Watch - Monday-Tuesdayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0 o 12-16 knot winds/sailing 7- 7.5 knotso 1.5m waveso Starry night, beautiful sailing, no squalls, just a few raindropso 400 NM at 11pm - Monday evening" Morning report- Tuesdayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0o 15-18 knots/ sailing 7-8 knotso 1.5m Eo Sunny - partially cloudy around uso 09:00 radio net - Danica was radio-controller today o 12:00 - noon - Distance Day 3- 171.5 NM for total of 494.5 NM" In the morning the Captain set out the fishing line but got over-ruled by the Galley Control (Admiral) - "No fish until we can actually eat it." I think I might have saved a couple of lives today…" Happy Birthday to my mother who turned 97 today. read more...


Danica I - Log Day 3- January 15, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 100 NM north of the Venezuelan Coast
Danica I - Log Day 3- January 15, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 100 NM north of the Venezuelan Coast
15/01/2019

Tintin - ABC Islands to port

We are making great progress towards the northern Colombian coast, overhalfway to our destination,Santa Marta. It is wonderful to be atsea again.This morning the perfect downwind sailing conditions are continuing,with just the right amount of wind. In addition, Steve Withers hasguided us towards the most favourable pockets of the west-goingequatorial current. It is easy for us to spot when we are in it becausethe boat speed over the ground (as opposed to through the water)increases significantly - imagine it is a bit like going on the movingwalkways at Gatwick airport. But unlike those, it doesn't take areliably straight line, and when we are out of it we don't know whetherto turn to port or starboard to find it again. Hence Steve's valuablehelp from Carlisle, where he has internet. read more...


15/01/2019

Endo 2 - 3. Seetag

Soeben geht die Sonne auf und wir hoffen auf einen schönen Tag.Die vergangene Nacht war ruhig mit gutem Wind aus östlichen Richtungen. Das Schiff läuft gut und auch unser Autopilot arbeitet wieder gut.Wir sind also zufrieden und es geht uns gut.Bisher sind wir wohl eines der wenigen Schiffe, die noch keinen Fisch gefangen haben - ehrlich gesagt - wir haben es bisher auch noch nicht probiert. Immer war etwas anderes wichtiger als angeln. Doch vielleicht ja heute.....Ich berichte danntschüssUdo und Heike. read more...


15/01/2019

Hope - What a difference a day makes ——Hope Log #38

Well, early watch this morning, I saw the news that we were in last place, or close to last place position wise in the Rally. Some part of me wouldn’t or could not accept that. What could we do? We were sailing wing on wing with minimal speed. Our best speed came by gybing back and forth over the rumb line. That was adding extra miles to the passage.Since the start last Saturday, I have been starting the day with new thoughts on how to trim our sails. Each day, looking and thinking of what to do. After seeing the position report, I had to come up with something new. Today we set up our wing on wing combo but added our small stay Sail to the mix. Next we tried to hold our course that allowed the wind to propel Hope to between 120 and 160 degrees. We paid more focus to sail trim and. read more...


Hope - What a difference a day makes ——Hope Log #38
Hope - What a difference a day makes ——Hope Log #38
14/01/2019

Makara of Exe - Start of the World Arc

At 12.00 noon on Saturday 12th January, we set our sails and crossed the Start Line for the beginning of the World Arc 2018. Under the watchful eye of the majestic Pitons, we left beautiful St. Lucia,alongside 28 other yachts,whose captains and crew we have got to know over the past week.There had been an escalating build up to the start of this huge adventure and our two captains, Mike and Ian and our crew, David and Gail Leeder and me, all felt so exhilarated and relieved,to be sailing, particularly bearing in mind that Makara had been lifted out of the water two days previously to have her Stern Gland repaired. I didn't even know a boat had a Stern Gland but it certainly sounds very painful,poor Makara.Anyway,away from the Caribbean we sail, next stop St Marta Columbia......Joylene. read more...


14/01/2019

Timshel - Cape Town to St Helena Day 6

Well just after the last blog got wind, and it continued to back round to west then south west so that we could point at St Helena.We got a very timely favourable forecast from weather guru Chris Tibbs and decided to go for it.We have been broad reaching or running wing and wing since yesterday evening, plenty of wind and making good progress.Just now we have 17kts S, sailing on a broad reach with reefed main, reefed yankee and staysail set.Some very small flying fish on the deck, some brown boobies flying about.5 boats have stopped in Walvis bay but they are the bigger monohulls and cats so no doubt they will catch us up.. read more...


14/01/2019

Danica I - Log Day 2- Caribbean Sea

" Afternoon report- Sundayo Sails- Genoa and Code 0o 12-15 knot winds/sailing 6-7 knotso 1m waves" Night Watch - Sunday-Mondayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0 o 14-16 knot winds/sailing 6-7 knotso 1-2m waveso Starry night, beautiful sailing, no squalls- clouds and 5 other sailboats around uso 200 NM at 7pm - Sunday evening" Morning report- Mondayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0o 15-16 knots/ sailing 6-7 knotso 1.5m waveso Sunny - partially cloudyo 09:00 radio net o 12:00 - noon - Distance Day 2-166 NM for total of 323 NM" Danica's Crew still eating lightly and have postponed fishing ambitions until our appetites return !!Day 2- I never get tired of soaking in this beauty2. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


Danica I - Log Day 2- Caribbean Sea
Danica I - Log Day 2- Caribbean Sea
14/01/2019

Tintin - Sailing downwind

Nicki here, Rob and Jo have an unusual sail for downwind which is effectively ahuge double-sided genoa which they call the 'stingray', as it lookslike a white stingray swimming head-down when it is set, with aspinnaker pole set to windward to keep it stable.It has a sail areaof approximately 129 square metres, which is close to the floor area ofour 3-bedroomed house in New Zealand (excluding the garages andsheds)..... i.e. a massive display of canvas! Just after dawn this morning as Jo came on watch to replace me weexperienced some squalls of wind under towering dark clouds, so wereefed the stingray as a precautionary measure - and 10 minutes laterhad over 20 knots of true breeze for which we might otherwise have beensomewhat overcanvassed. The squalls passed through within an hour andwe. read more...


14/01/2019

Cassiopée W - Log Day 3 - 2nd Night Watch

Monday 14th, 3h30am. Gorgeous night at sea. The moon set early and there is a few high clouds so it is quite a dark night.Very calm sea, 13 knots of breeze with the odd gusts at 18 kts.We are cruising nicely at anywhere from 6.5 to 7.2 kts. Small Victory - We managed to temporarily fix the spinnaker pole around 11am yesterday and that was a big plus. We can now have our Genoa up and poled out. Not only does it give us a boost in speed (40% more?) but it stabilizes the sailboat tremendously.It makes it easier to move around, we’ll get better quality sleep, and more importantly, I won’t have to chase the food on my plate!We are slowly getting into the life-at-sea routine.It takes a while to rest while sleeping in bursts of 2:30 hours. Absolutely thrilled to be here!Signing off for now, JF. read more...



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