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24/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Jeff just finished a noon site of lower limb of sun. He has confirmed we are exactly where we are and going exactly where we need to go. ....Azores!--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


24/05/2016

Testarossa - Sunrise, Sunset, The Green Flash, and and and...

Testarossa Daily Message: Sunrise, Sunset, The Green Flash, and and and.../ Monday 23 May 2016//As of 1632L hours on 23 May 2016, our position is: 37*01.082'N /41*49.990'W. We are steaming 077* COG making 6.1 Kts SOG, under main andmotor, approximately 632 NM's from the Azores. Dolphins! Lots and lots of Dolphins!Today has been a near continuous parade of Dolphins! So much so, thatDavid has taken to calling this, "The Day of the Dolphin!" With numeroussightings, numerous attempts to capture them on film riding our bowwave has been attempted. Let's all hope some of these efforts have paidoff and we can feature some of these in our next Testarossa film: "BeneTestarossa, Bermuda to the Azores." BTW, the type of dolphin mostcommonly seen today is believed to be the "Common Atlantic. read more...


24/05/2016

Hejira - Freedom of the blog

What a great day under sail, beam/broad reaching in F4/5 all day long with the sun out. Our days run of 151 miles was suppressed by the wind moderating through the night and we are now only doing 5 – 6 knots, what a calamity!The decision taken with Cliff on AWOL to track north to find the wind is vindicated and although we know that we will inevitably hit a wind ‘hole’, their spirits have been lifted by our confirmation that we will transfer a couple of containers (with more available if required) of fuel once the wind and seas diminish.With half distance achieved, we can review our consumption of the various essentials in the knowledge that it is only the ‘same again’ to the Azores. The diesel usage cannot be considered a ‘straight line graph’ as it is very dependent on the conditions. read more...


24/05/2016

Lerina - Retour au (trop) calme

Mardi matin - Le vent mollit et le moteur a été allumùé vers 6h30. On aura peu de vent aujourd'hui et très peu voire pas du tout jeudi et vendredi. Il faut donc commencé à gérer l'utilisation du moteur pour pouvoir aller jusqu'au bout. il nous reste 900 milles !! Il fait beau. On a été visités par de très nombreux dauphins hier.On a eu la surprise de voir Cockeleu Meu (pas participant à l'ARC) venir sur notre tribord à quelquers dizaines de mètres de nous vers minuit.... Il ne répond pas à a radio et on ne voit personne sur le pont !! Bizarre !! Tout va bien à bord.. read more...


24/05/2016

Tinia - 23 rd

We seemed to have found the wind today, fantastic sail, not fast but comfortable. Matt caught a large tuna, sun was shining spag bog for dinner, baked some bread, played some guitar, danced and slept and we are half way at 10pm utc. jl. read more...


24/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 50. At sea en route to Nuie. 14.51S 165.05W

Sunday, 22 May.Our 72 hour stop at Suwarrow was over, we would love to stayed longer, but WARC had been quite clear that we should make room for the group B yachts, so time to go.Ben and Sam were incredibly efficient at unraveling the anchor chain wraps, many thanks to them both and we ready to go before our planned departure time of 9.00am, following Blue Summit who left at first light.We negotiated the pass safely without Two Fish, our incoming pilot, but did use the deeper, easier channel to the west of the south reef.Once we had cleared the Northern reefs off the Island, it was out with the pole and slow progress with full main and Genoa goose-winged until the wind died at about 20.00, when we reluctantly resorted to the iron topsail.We still have enough fuel to get us to Nuie, but. read more...


23/05/2016

Adagio - Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

So, this is the reason we sail, or dreamed about sailing, or hoped for in an Atlantic crossing.All of the above.Beautiful skies, light but sail-able winds and seas that are smoothing out.We certainly aren't going to set any speed records today.With 6 to 10 knots of wind we are happily moving along at around 5 knots or so enjoying to cool, drier air and watching the dolphins come alongside.I am pleased when the dolphins show up, even if it is only for a short time.A while ago I would have scrambled for the camera to try to capture their frolicking for posterity, but now I tend to just stop whatever I'm doing and sit and watch them. We often cheer them on and call to them, pretty sure they can hear us, but they aren't very talkative.Last night I started my watch just before sunset. Robin. read more...


23/05/2016

Testarossa - Over Half Way - No Turning Bank Now

Testarossa Daily Message: Over Half Way - No Turning Back Now!/ Sunday 22 May 2016//A well known joke from my childhood was about a guy who set out to swimacross the Atlantic. He got half way, decided he couldn't make it...soturned around and swam back! Folks - you don't want to be "thatguy!" Nor are we, aboard the good ship Testarossa - We press on! We arebeyond the point of no return. Azores or bust...err...boom! Lastnight at approximately 0100L, Testarossa passed the 1/2 way mark. Atremendous psychological boost to all onboard!It's all down hill herefrom here. More to that however, as we shall soon see... As of1441L hours on 22 May 2016, our position is: 36*11.303'N / 45*08.818'W.We are steaming 096* COG making 7.1 Kts SOG, still under reduced sail,800.2 NM's from the Azores. So. read more...


23/05/2016

Allegro - SÁBADO, 7 DE MAIO A SEGUNDA-FEIRA, 16 DE MAIO DE 2016

Largámos a 7 de Maio de Nanny Cay (Tortola, BVI), com bom vento, um tanto irregular na sombra das ilhas, mas suficiente para andarmos bem à vela. Perto de 50 barcos, entre os que farão a ARC Europa e os que vão para os EUA (ARC USA). Durante a noite desse primeiro dia, o vento caiu e tivemos que ligar o motor durante algumas horas, até ao final do dia 8.Durante a noite de 8 e nos dias 9, 10 e durante a manhã do dia 11, houve sempre vento entre 12 e 15 nós, num largo de que o Allegro (e nós) gosta (gostamos) muito. Andámos muito bem, um velejar muito agradável, com o mar a sossegar progressivamente. Muito bom.Depois… acabou-se. O vento caiu completamente. E o fim da tarde de 11, todo o dia de 12 e 13 até chegarmos à cidade de Saint Georges, na Bermuda, teve que ser feito a motor. Uma. read more...


23/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 134: Allowed to Play Out Again

We decided today would be a day of rest, but that didn't last long.After enjoying our usual Sunday morning breakfast we both looked at the state of Paw Paw and decided the cheaning day could not be postponed one minute longer.Even though she had a detailed cheaning in the Marquesas following our Pacific Ocean crossing, she was in a desperate need of another one, given the amount of pollution in the air in Tahiti that just descended in a black soot. It was everywhere. Anyway, all clean now, so we're allowed to play out again!. read more...


23/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

With one engine down, spirits are still up... luckily so are the winds.Had a turtle, a whale, and a few dolphins join us in celebrating our passing of the halfway mark. Well in to the back end of this leg, Jeff has folded up our chart; he says he can see Faial from here.--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


23/05/2016

Lerina - Le soleil est de retour

Dimanche a été une journée moteur: vent debout faible. Le vents'est levé dans la soirée et nous avons passé la nuit au près toutes voiles dehors dans 15 noeuds de vent. Actuellement, nous sommes au près bon plein à 6-7 noeuds. Ca écume sec du côté de l'étrave !!Pourvu que ça dure !! Le soleil qui nous inode permet de faire secher ce qui est humide. Les WC avant nous posent des problèmes quand on est auprès tribord amure. J'ai du les condamner cette nuit pour ne pas remplir le bateau(j'exagère un peu !!). On a rencontré un cargo qui ne nous avait pas vu et n'a pas fait beaucoup d'effort pour nous éviter. Heureusement, on veille. On va bientôt atteindre la moitié du parcours ..... Tout va bien à bord Pascal. read more...


23/05/2016

Adagio - Quiet Ride Today

While certainly not thrilled to be in the middle of a no wind situation (pun there ...) I am thankful for the respite from the bigger winds and waves in order to have a chance to take care of some smaller tasks that have cropped up.So, today we made that all important repair to a burnt out light bulb and whipped a repair on a chafed spare halyard.The winds did help a bit if stitching come loose on a zipper for our bimini so that'll be a project for a bit later.Motoring along in 2 knots (I just KNOW I felt a gust to about 4 kts!) we had a chance to set everything up for light wind sailing during the night and tomorrow.We don't need all that much wind, but in the slightly bigger swells left over from the previous days' higher winds the boat;s rocking will causesails to empty and fill, and. read more...


Hejira - Ollies Omelette
Hejira - Ollies Omelette
23/05/2016

Hejira - Blogs like busses

We have had numerous (well 6 actually) Emails concerning the lack of blogs over the weekend. Well, they have been done but the bottleneck has been my scheme to try to avoid the eye watering satellite bills I experienced on the crossing last year. Instead of posting the blogs from sea myself, I agreed a scheme with my old firm to post them on my behalf so I only send the one Email. This has worked (almost) seamlessly until this weekend when, of course, people go home and have lives and the blogs have been stuck on the server, hopefully for despatch this morning. Best laid plans and all that! So they will be like busses, you wait for ages then three come along all at once.After the big winds and seas we motored in very light winds with a large but diminishing swell left over from the gale.. read more...


23/05/2016

Hejira - Brrrrr

Ollie writes:-I’m writing this at 2:17am.It should be the penultimate hour of my watch. But I’m actually only seventeen minutes into it.That’s because, I’m ashamed to say, I overslept…massively.I ran out of my cabin to find Barry, staring contemplatively into the starry horizon.“Barry I’m so sorry, I must’ve slept through my alarm.”-“That’s alright.”“But it’s been two hours. Why didn’t you wake me up?”-“Well I knocked on the door but you didn’t answer.”Quite a piece of somnolent tittery from me then.Not only did I sleep through the alarm, I slept through Barry’s attempts to stir me as well.“Well next time knock louder, or better still – come in and shake me on the shoulder.”Barry chuckled and replied, “Don’t worry about it.”I have an ex-housemate, who was once three hours late for work. read more...


23/05/2016

Hejira - Shepherding

The traditional advice for sailing east to the Azores is to take loads of extra diesel as you are likely to experience long periods of dead calmflat sea. As I write, we are 4 days into the passage, broad reaching in 23 knots of wind with a lively sea having hardly used the engine - but we are running the engine now…………Yesterday afternoon we had a call from Cliff on AWOL to say that his auto steering had packed up. We had noticed that it was working very hard in the big swells and it must have said “I’ve had enough”. With only the two of them on board and his (new) crew used to a tiller, they were struggling. With night approaching, he was obviously concerned and asked if he could ease his burden (and his crews particularly) by following our lights while they hand steer. Of course we were. read more...


23/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 49. Swurrow. 13.14.97S 163.06.46W

Friday 20 May.Weather vastly better today and Swurrow looked lovely in calm sunshine.A day for a few boat jobs, pot luck lunch on the beach, (more tuna), litter picking afterwards and then a snorkel with the Sharks.We have been joined by Blue Summit, Wishanger, Paradise Found and Mearra Nieida and Into The Blue made it late afternoon after an eventful passage, where they lost all their electronics, their freezer started playing up and Gina got hurt and has probably cracked a couple of ribs.We were all very pleased to see them safely in.Saturday 21 May.Another surprisingly good day.We took our dinghy, together with Blue Summit, over to Whale Island where we found some nesting Tropic Birds and a Booby, probably Brown, plus some waders, all seen from the reef surrounding the Island as. read more...


23/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 133: A Magical Day

Today was a magical day and one that is right up there with the best of days since starting our sailing adventure. With everyone from Nina and Do Over split between Cattiva and Paw Paw's dinghies we headed in the direction of the Intercontinental Resort and Spa for one of the coolest experiences we've had. En route we were welcomed by a pod of dolpins who played around the dinghies within arms reach of us.That was not to be surpassed though by the experience we had when we reached our destination - swimming and feeding Sting Rays surrounded by Black-tipped Sharks in their natural habitat. The rays absolutely loved the sardines we'd bought for them and rewarded us with lots of hugs using their velvet soft wings - simply wonderful! The sharks stayed at bay and only came closer once we were. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 133: A Magical Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 133: A Magical Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 133: A Magical Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 133: A Magical Day
23/05/2016

Testarossa - Kaboom!!!

Testarossa Daily Message: Kaboom! / 20-21 May 2016// "Other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, How did you like the play? "Whop bop a lu bop, a lop bam Boom!" As of 1531L hours on 21 May 2016, our position is: 35*38.337'N / 48*35.340'W. We are steaming 109* COG making 8.0 Kts SOG, under reduced sail, 971.8 NM's from the Azores. Our Day in Numbers: ------------------ We are presently 971.8 NM's from the Azores. (The 24 hour run figures have not been calculated today) ----------------- First and foremost, We are fine! Testarossa is fine! A little excitement experienced last night, but that is all. We are still doing well, and under good wind pressure, making good time. So there we were...It seems that all great stories, aviation and otherwise - in this case sailing, begin with those immortal words.. read more...


22/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Good Day:While we have acquired our perfect Penguin walk (sea leg), the wind has calmed down and we are catching up on our sleep.Second Wind and all crew handle the ocean very well (no sea sickness so far). Great sailing all along. Only today didwe start to power sail. This might not last too long before more strong wind. Today we saw a large turtle, Dolphinsand a whale. This was so exiting. They were like kids playing around the boat. Love to all our families and friends. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


22/05/2016

Adagio - Query??? What query?? Where oh where is Query??

Yep, it's just that easy to click 'here' just when the boat rocks a bit and actually click 'there'.Didn't even catch it until it mysteriously didn't return any results!Ah well, the hazards of Blue Water Sailing and public media :)In the meantime, we just crossed under the 1,000 mile to go mark and and it's a good excuse for a celebration ... then another one at the halfway point ... then another one for each of our birthdays (regardless of when they actually are :) and whatever other auspicious event we can conjure up.. like maybe "oh .. we've got wind!!"Wine and cheese party!!.. without the wine; we'll save that to help ease out of the land wobbles when we get ashore. For now we are just working with water and juices, saving the 'adult beverages' for time and celebrations. read more...


22/05/2016

Adagio - Giving way...

A low pressure system, properly placed and moving in the right direction, is a wonderful thing.Plenty of winds and cool, overcast weather with occasional rain showers to rinse the salt off Adagio's deck.But, just when you start talking about arriving and you accidentally use the term "if this keeps up....." the big "H" moves in and messes everything up. OK, not really mesing anything up.The crystal blue skies and warmer temperature and smoother seas are wonderful but we had to collectively wonder why the forecast calls it "WIND" and then says "2 kts".Is that wind???Well, I guess it is, because it's a headwind and we can note the tiny hinderance to our forward progress as we fired up the engine and are motoring along.While I'm not thrilled about burning engine hours, at least we are. read more...


22/05/2016

Adagio - (no subject)

gfs:34N,40N,38W,50W|1,1|12,24...96|Wind,press,seatemp,waves,cape. read more...


22/05/2016

Tinia - Calmer

After two days of flying along in lets say a mild gale its all calm, the suns out, Matt caught a tuna and we managed to listen to the FA cup on the ssb radio, how long will it last ? big winds up ahead and still a big swell. Dave has entertained us with his "its a knock out"Coffee making and cooking style, Lukes guitar playing is coming on, and after the tuna Matts got his grin back. JL. read more...


22/05/2016

Lerina - Dimanche matin - 4h00

Je prends mon quart ... il est en fait 5h00 puisque nous vernons de changer de fuseau horaire. L'océan s'est calmé. Il reste quielques traces des combats de la veille mais la vie peut reprendre à bord sans qu'on se demande ce qse va devenir le bol de lait ou la platée de nouille qu'on a dans les mains. J'en connais même un qui s'est reçu son pot de chambre sur la tête hier matin !!!Les déferlantes qui hurlaient dans un vacarme assourdissant en essayant de rattraper le bateau et qui s'essoufflaient en nous vyant partir au lof dans les vagues sont reparties ... je viens d'allumer le moteur car nous 2 noeuds de vent dans le nez. Nous faisons des quarts de 2 heures et les 3 autres dorment. Plus le temps passe plus les siestes de la journée sont nécessaires pour rattraper le manque de sommeil. read more...


22/05/2016

Aliena - Sábado 21 Mayo 2016

6º dia de BB a SuwarrowDe pequeña me llevaban a la feria y me montaban en una barca que costaba primero dos reales y despues una peseta el viaje de unos cinco minutos. En realidad era un columpio con forma de barca cuyo barquero empujaba manualmente. No podia suponer que tantos años despues iba a tener el mismo moviento en medio del Pacífico en esta travesia sin viento. Menos mal que ya vemos uno de los motus de Suwarrow porque faltan 7Nm para nuestro destino. Voy a calcular cuantas pesetas me faltan para llegar.Carmen. read more...


21/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 5 – Still flying

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 5 – Still flying
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 5 – Still flying
21/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends, Old and New

Geared with her back brace and walking sticks borrowed from Cattiva, we were up early so that Elaine could get a head start onthe walk up to the Tropical Gardens, where we were meeting Nina and Do Over for lunch. After collecting Maria and Maurice in the dinghy, we headed for the closest beach and startedthe slow walk up the very steep hill. We had no sooner started the climb, when a lovely lady stopped and offered us a ride.Grateful, Elaine accepted while the others decided to continue their walk. Turned out the lady was, in fact, the owner of the Tropical Gardens and Restaurant.It was a perfect start to a wonderful day.Fruit cocktails followed by a delicious lunch, in the company of great friends, in the most beautiful setting with the most amazing views, was only surpassed by the. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends, Old and New
Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends,  Old and New
Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends, Old and New
Paw Paw - Log Day 132: A Fantastic Day with Friends,  Old and New
21/05/2016

Aliena - Viernes 20 de Mayo 2016

5º dia de BB a SuwarrowLa pasada noche ha sido de perros: Ni luna ni estrellas. Ha cambiado el viento para caer y olvidarse de nosotros, ha llovido toda la noche y el mar nos hace parecer una coctelera. Al menos funciona todo (salvo el generador que falleció), pues estamos recibiendo noticias de otros barcos con averias en el piloto automático, asi que no nos quejamos porque estamos a solo 116 nm de nuestro destino.Carmen. read more...


21/05/2016

Adagio - Over the Bounding Main

Well, whatever it means exactly, we are bounding a bit. Starting day 5 of the journey. Nearly 700 miles down and 1,140 to go.Adagio is performing well and making good speed for a cruising rig. We aren't pressing her too hard and appreciate some time in eased rides when we can get them. The weather, which has been "spirited" is starting to ease up on us and the choppy waves seem to be settling down in to predictable swells, even if they are a bit larger than yesterday's. It's making for a smoother ride overall, and a welcome change.Last night we waited as the winds gradually clocked around and eventually made the gibe to the north. The winds have stayed steady and provide plenty of power negating the need for engine propulsion.I believe this is the longest single leg that we've ever taken. read more...


21/05/2016

Lerina - La depression passe !!

On se bat depuis 2 jours contre une dépression qui nous poussebien mais qui met à 'épreuve les hommes et le matériel. Elle est entrain de s'élogner et demain nous allons retrouver des conditions anticycloniques.On se bat contre l'eau de l'océan qui s'infiltre partout et mouille les couchages. Yves a sa couchette trempée. On a trouvé l'origine et on a colmaté !! Une vague a suibmergé le bateau et a rempli la cabine ai=rrièrer, plus rien de sec de ce coté là. J'entends les déferlantes qui tapent contre les bordés et remplissent le cockpit. Les cirés sont sortis. A part ça, tout va bien; On mange, on boit, on dort. Il ne fait pas encore trop froid et Michel est un soutien non raqssurant, on sait où on va et ce qui nous attend. Tout va bien à bord .... Pascal. read more...


21/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last

Having seen a program on TV years ago, there was only one island Elaine was prepared to sail across the Pacific Ocean to see and for three weeks we've looked at it from a distance. But, today, we arrived in Magical Moorea. From what we've been able to see while we sailed along the coast, as well as the stunning scenery from the anchorage and the pod of dolpins we spotted to our starboard side as we entered the lagoon, it has definitely been worth the wait and every nautical mile sailed to get here. To add to the excitement, our friends on Nina, Do Over and Cattiva were all in the same anchorage by a stroke of luck. Needless to say, we received a very warm welcome - A lovely start to what we have no doubt will be a wonderful "home" for the next few weeks. So, as we watched the sun set in. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
Paw Paw - Log Day 131: Magical Moorea - At Last
21/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 4 – Weather, but not quite heavy

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20/05/2016

Testarossa - The Rocket Ship

Testarossa Daily Message: Testarossa, The Rocket Ship / 19-20 May 2016//As of 1218L hours on 20 May 2016, our position is: 34*51.077'N /53*11.160'W. We are steaming 102* COG making 10.0 Kts SOG, middle of theAtlantic, bound for the Azores. Making good time...Making good time! Our Day in Numbers: ------------------ In the past 24 hours, we have made 234 NM's (Just about 4* of Longitude to the East) We have averaged 9.9 NM's / hour So far, we have made 573 NM's total distance since the Start Line (Bermuda) By 5-6pm local time, we expect to be 1/3rd the distance to the Azores -----------------Anddddddd the rocket ride continues! We continue to ride the "wave" -both literally and figuratively, of our current Low pressure system - just on the bottom periphery, as we plow ahead making good. read more...


20/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Moving along very well with reefed sails. We are all doing well and got the penguin walk down path by now (see legs). All man aboard are concern about gaining weight, this a great complement for the chef. Sylvie--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


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20/05/2016

Hejira - Internet dating

Well, it seems the Watermaker membrane is buggered. We ran the unit through the night and in the morning; the quality of the water was just as bad, if not worse. Email exchanges with the ever helpful Jim at Mactra confirmed the diagnosis and so Peter has another piece of equipment to add to his burgeoning luggage when he flies out to join Hejira in the Azores.We have been reaching under jib alone in increasing wind and seas for the last 24 hours and maintained good pace along the rhumb line to Faial. We have done 153 miles through the water but only 140 miles towards our destination because of a half knot adverse current. The wind has been a steady 25 knots with gusts over 30 exactly as forecast. AWOL continues to be stationed off our beam and we exchange the occasional VHF conversation. read more...


20/05/2016

Alcedo of Ryme - Blog 48. Suwarrow. 13.14.97S 163.06.46W

Thursday, 19 May, 2016.Sod's Law triumphant.We approached Suwarrow with about half the staysail and the spray hood in the company of Two Fish and Spirit, all of us faffing around in 17 to 20 knots of what would have been a perfect sailing wind.Needless to say, we had been motoring with whatever sails we could carry to help our speed until yesterday, when the wind got up from the E - ESE. To start with, we were making ideal progress, other than having to sail more south of our course.This was easily rectified when the wind went round to the SE, but with a gradual increase to 17 to 20 knots, we had to reduce sail over a 6 hour period to delay arrival time to arrive at daylight.At 06.30am it was still dark!The sea, which had reduced to a lovely slow and low swell, was getting rougher by the. read more...


20/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 19 Mayo 2016

4º dia de BoraB a Suwarrow. Desde la pasada noche volvemos a navegar a vela, pero como en el mar no hay medias tintas ha ido subiendo el viento y vamos con dos rizos en la mayor y tres en el yankee. De todas formas lo peor es el mar. Estas olas "pacíficas" cruzadas hacen la navegación muy incomoda. No quiero ni pensar en los veleros que vienen detrás de nosotros que son los peques de la flota!!!!!!!!!!! Bueno, solo nos faltan 256nm y tenemos un atún de 4kg.Carmen. read more...


20/05/2016

Exody - May 19th - Weather !

Gale force gusts and sustained winds in the upper 20's befell our small ARC USA fleet last night as a low passed through, preceded yesterday with torrential rain and heavy cloud virtually all day.Exody was careering along under double reefed main and less than a treble reefed genny. Nearly close hauled, the south south westerly wind fortunately allowed us to maintain our rhumb line.It was very wet and we found new leaks in our cabin ceiling.As usual the movement down below was relatively gentle and we both slept well on our off watches.However, with that low for a taster, we are now even more keen to make port 300 miles away at the mouth of the Chesapeake before Saturday when the next deeper low forms off Cape Hatteras! Early this morning, the skies cleared, the winds abated and veered. read more...



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