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25/11/2016

New Deal - Log day 5 - Kjøtteterene

Vi kjøpte et god mengde med frosent kjøtt fra slakteren i Las Palmas som vihar og skal kose oss med.Problemet er at vi bare har ett kjøleskap med begrenset plass ogkjølekapasitet. Så her må det spises!Vi fikk råd om å stable tett i bunn av skapet, dekke med håndkle og spisekylling, svin og tilslutt oksekjøtt.Så stuertene Jørgen og Alf har jobbet på spreng. På dag nr fem spiste visvinekotelett både til lunsj og middag :)God vind fra nordøst og fortsatt noe grov sjø. Ingen andre skip observert avoss. Vi prøvde å sette geneakerseilet, men det ga ikke ønsket effekt medvinden vi hadde. Ellers har vi seilt mye med spribom på forseil.Ellers feiret vi at adventstida snart er her.Martin dro fram Evergoodtraktekaffe og marsipan med valnøtt pynt. Å trakte kaffe i høy sjø var en ny opplevelse.. read more...


25/11/2016

Nisida - Surfing in the sun!

One bog block, some rain and now perfect surfing in the sun at speeds between 10 & 16kts!Skipper had a great night with his head in the heads but he came up smelling of ... roses.Also needed some running repairs on the wind sensor wiring, but all fine now.Jane saw loads of dolphins on her watch .... the rest of us are waiting for them to come back.. read more...


25/11/2016

Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime

Turn taking at the wheel while grubs’ up. From L-R WJ, Will, Ali, Sven. I think it might be the jelly afters.WJGOPR1317.. read more...


Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime
Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime
25/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 5/6 - Abbruch

Unsere ganze Reise von Flensburg bis in die Karibik schien unter keinem guten Stern zu stehen. Wir liefen nicht nur auf Grund, uns brauch auch bei der Überfahrt von Nordspanien nach Lissabon der Großraum. Und gestern, als wir gerade die 2000-Meilen-Marke geknackt hatten, riss uns mit einem lauten Knall das Steuerseil in der Steuersäule. Zum Glück funktioniert der Autopilot noch. Der steuert uns jetzt zu den Kap Verden. Diesel reicht aus bis dahin!Trotz des Unglücks bleibt die kulinarische Küche vorhanden. Gestern gab es lecker Rösti und heute zum Frühstück frisches Rührei vom Skipper höchst persönlich.Mit den an Bord befindlichen Mitteln können wir das Problem nicht beheben. Zur Beschäftigungstherapie wird allerdings versucht, möglichst viel vom Schaden zu verstehen. Die Crew ist zwar. read more...


25/11/2016

Mustique - Day 6 - Fifth Blog - Magnificent ocean sailing

Dear friends and ARC participants , We are already 700 miles away from Las Palmas and progressing really well on our northern route; its really working magic for us . Start line was really amazing- we did really well,clearing the line first in our class! We got our amazing parasailor spinnaker up now, flying it in 20knots true wind, dead downwind ,which give us so much stability and 9 kn of boat speed !!!! W/e have just finished our breakfast , proper english bacon ,toast and eggs ! mmmmm food on our boat is so good andOur master chef Fin is feeding all the time ! We will be probably wider than tallerby the time we hit Saint Lucia ! :) Sailing so far was amazing ,flying spinnakerand drinkinggin tonics and eating our fabulous diners on sunset :)what could one wish for more ? Our guests. read more...


25/11/2016

Koco - 5.Tag auf See

24.11.2016 | die Fahrt in die Nacht verlief ohne besonderen Vorkommnisse. Gegen 22:00 kreuzte uns ein Kat Namens Hugo, den wir jedoch südlich von uns dann wieder verloren. Der Wind pendelte sich bei 18-23 Knoten ein unsere Höchstgeschwindigkeit mit dem Ritt auf der Welle betrug kurzzeitig 16,9 kn. Der Wingaker ist jetzt seit fast 24 Stunden im Wind. Heute hat Sybille, Skipperin der Koco, Geburtstag. Gegen 9:00 Uhr gab es ein ausgedehntes Frühstück begleitet von 2-3 Meter hohen Wellen. Das Wetter ist zur Zeit noch bedeckt, sollte sich aber laut Buchung beim Wetteramt noch ändern auf glatte See, 15 Kn Wind und Sonnenschein ;-) Ausserdem wurden von uns für Sybille zum Geburtstag noch Wale und Delfine beim Zoologischen Verein "Atlantik" gebucht. Wind Weiterhin ca.15 kn. Der Winnacker wurde. read more...


25/11/2016

M one - Wind kommt!!!!!!!

Freitag 25.11.16 Bordzeit 10.15 Uhr Der 9. Tag Wind kommt!!!!!!!Endlich ist es soweit! Nach gefühlter Ewigkeit unter Motor kam heute morgen um. 06.00 Uhr Bordzeit Wind auf.Sofort wurden die Segel gesetzt und Kurs St. Lucia aufgenommenen.Der Wind kam zur richtigen Zeit. Man konnte das Gefühl haben das die Crew anfing Disziplinen und Ordnung durch das monotone Motoren schleifen zu lassen.Jetzt aber herrscht wieder ein gesunder crewgeist.Der gestrige Tag verlief ohne besondere Vorkommnisse.Markus hat auf dem Vordeck seinen yogakurs abgehalten, Michael hat einen Kurs in knotenkunde gegeben und Dominik hat außerhalb seiner Schlafenszeit interessiert zu gesehen.Markus möchte heute einen Trommelkurs unter Deck auflegen sucht aber noch klanglich die passenden Töpfe.Nur einer schaut in sich. read more...


25/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 9 - Friday 25th November

10amWell, we've passed all my little milestones overnight - when I did up the log book after my watch earlier our distance to go to St. Lucia was 1060, and miles already sailed was 1084 - that says homeward leg to me!!!Unfortunately the much hoped-for swim this morning ain't gonna happen, overnight the weather found its voice again, and we woke to clouds, grey sea, squalls and spitting rain.Actually "woke" is the wrong word, as I don't think I slept a wink last night (shocking waste of the nicest combination of watches, 8-10pm and then 6am-8am) - it was like a sauna in our cabin despite the engine being off, and the boat felt like it was on the end of a puppeteer's strings, being jerked around the place (overheating in the middle of the night and unable to sleep is a great time to come. read more...


25/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 - day 4 arc 2016 - fast night!!!!

Following a fast night sail and another beautiful sunrise hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and potato & tomato roti was in order to start the day. No queasy sailors on this boat yet! A strong coffee from Doug and we were already for a great days sail. The 'F' word was not mentioned as a strong breeze meant we focussed on sailing. Poor old Adrian would once again miss his chance to hook a toothy predator. FF was heard being muttered. After a gybe we goosewinged the main and genoa for an exhilarating downwind sail averaging 8 knots with all crew steering to course. Sundowners of guacamole and carrots followed by a warming green chicken curry. With the sun setting we took down the pole, reefed the main and settled down for the evening navigating a series of squalls touching winds on. read more...


25/11/2016

Sanya - Day 5: the clocks are back on

After a difficult first night without any outside clocks to steer on, pitch dark, no moon, we managed to get the clocks back working.Yesterday evening after a full day of searching in the network, opening all junction boxes, measuring every bit we could, it was determined it is something in the network. So we checked, and checked and checked again anything we could think of. And we found some lose ends. Repaird them. Sadly resetting our B&G did not do the trick either. In the end it somehow managed to reset itself and the clocks start working again. Or at least partially. We can steer again on them during the night and we could leave our Code zero up, instead of a much smaller j2. The whole work took loads of energy, that we could not put in the sailing.Happily since this morning the. read more...


25/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 5

Roberts reiselogg dag 5:I dag da jeg våknet, altfor tidlig, tenkte jeg at jeg skulle sove litt til siden jeg faktisk ikke la meg før kl 6.Husker ikke akkurat hvor mye klokken var, da det er andre ting som har brent seg inn i min hukommelse (mellom 7 og 8 tror jeg):10-15 minutter etter at jeg hadde våknet, og var på god vei inn i drømmeland igjen, og lå og nøt tilværelsen kom "Rasmus" på besøk i sengen, og det helt uten forvarsel :-SRasmus = bølgen / havet / etc.På landspråket: En god mengde med vann fosset inn i luka i dekket og skyldte over meg i køya.Skal si det var en som våknet fort.....I løpet av natten hadde ikke vannet kommet over dekk en eneste gang, tror jeg, så jeg var litt uforsvarlig og åpnet luka bittelitt ......... Det var ULURT :-(I tillegg til at sengetøyet ble vått ble. read more...


25/11/2016

Sanya - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Vanmorgen is dan eindelijk alle nattighied gestopt, nog weinig zon, maar in elk geval geen regen meer of golven die over het dek spoelen. Prachtig om te zien wat dat met de bemanning doet; de afgaande wacht heeft geen haast om naar bed te gaan en de nieuwe wacht kan weer in korte broek het dek op. 'Dit het weer wat in de folder heeft gestaan' wordt breed geroepen. Dit is nu waarom meerdaagse tochten zo mooi zijn; de invloed van het weer op je totale gesteldheid. Wat een energie iedereen uit een beetje zon krijgt. Dat hebben we thuis natuurlijk ook maar je begrijpt dat dat hier net even sterker doorwerkt. Thuis heb je nog een keuze (je kunt de open haard aansteken), hier helemaal niet. De wind staat nog rond de 16 knopen, dus de vaart is er nog niet geheel uit en we varen rond de helft. read more...


25/11/2016

Enigma - Day 10 - firm wind

Last night we kept the code 0 flying in light 5-8 kts of wind. Not moving fast but at least moving, a huge improvement over the past 48 hours.This morning I awoke to the happy sounds of the boat moving through the water at speed. Got up. Changed sails from code 0 to genoa and mainsail and I'm glad to report we've been flying all morning in 10-15 kts of wind doing 7 + kts. At long last we're moving and we're even talking of "when" we arrive, not the feeling of "if".In celebration of passing the halfway point, and having the opportunity thrust upon us from a defrosted freezer, we all had a full English Breakfast. Everyone is chirpy and energised at the new found boat speed. Dare we be optimistic and hope this firm band of wind lasts ? Life on board has found an new purpose and we even have. read more...


25/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - A night watch for the non-sailors

Good evening from Ocean Blue, tonight we are taking things a little easier after a couple of full-on days of fast reaching. Being rather short handed we have decided to throttle back and give the crew some much needed rest tonight. We have set a more conservative sail plan with poled out genoa and reefed main and hopefully the wind and sea state will remain a little calmer than it has been for the last few nights.For the non-sailors amongst you, I will try and paint a picture of what a night watch was like last night - the sailors amongst you can probably skip this one and read someone else's far more interesting blog!So a watch is our term for being 'on duty'. We have three people onboard so we are running 3 hour watches, meaning unless conditions or boat handling demands 2 people are. read more...


24/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 2 thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! Our first sunrise at sea to celebrate the great American holiday for Mary.. doubly fun, this is also our first "boat treat" day (We all bought gifts for the boat so we have something different and fun each day).. We gave Sophie the honour of pulling the first treat from the bag, which very appropriately for the day was POPCORN.. so Thanksgiving lunch was guacamole followed by some slightly smoky flavoured popcorn, accompanied by Mary's short patriotic playlist -- American Pie, This Land is Your Land (Springsteen version), and City of New Orleans (Willie Nelson of course).We have lots of meat and veg to start using up, so hopefully we have a bit of a feast for dinner.On the sailing front, we got the spinnaker up for the first time today, no twists, a good hoist!And. read more...


25/11/2016

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet day 4, the North South divide

Its beginning to warm up a fair bit down here, so at least the rain is warm!Speaking of rain we have already had a few biblical downpours!The tempsare still a little cool to shower in these clouds, so they are quite aninconvenience, especially as they play havoc with what little wind weactually have...The Southern route on this crossing seldom proves fastest, I am sure that isthe case this time too, but it is the safer option in some cases.We havesomehow got a long way south with minimum penalty so far in terms ofplacings, infact we are currently leading our class!This is despitedriving over 420miles to the south of others in our class in less favourablewinds too!Even from this far South our routing keeps trying to send us North into thestronger winds, the problem is the forecast wind is. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is
Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is
22/11/2016

Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is

22/11/2016Olympia's Tigress ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is...Apocalyptic rain, dark skies and reaching into Atlantic seaway has quickly dispelled any myths that the ARC is an easy downwind ride. Our crew of 8, four boys, four girls has gelled unbelievably well and has indeed eased us in nicely. Let me introduce you to TEAM TIGRESS. First up is one highly skilled salty-seastress (aka skipper) Susan "Glenny" not only does she safely nav us through the high seas with unerring prowess but she can has an uncanny ability to make it rain whenever she wears a bikini. Our first mate and Yacht Week dreamboat, Frazer, has impressive sailing abilities, teaches a bowline like a badass, feels the wind on his ears, has a Ting smile and an affinity for Haribo. Then there's Cath,. read more...


25/11/2016

Shalan - day 5

20:01N 025:57WHello! Gaetan writing today!Another day at sea, another very nice day. We are progressing on a south westerly course to avoid some light winds and actually some wind in the face. We still have a nice speed around 8-9 kts for a beam reach, force 4 ESE. The genoa and the main sail are doing the job quite nicly, we can't complain! We'll see in 4-5 days how our strategy is working! Today we had a lot of squalls and some showers. I was pleased to give to Andrew some shampoo and see him enjoying the warm rain around the tropics! The time passes quickly, looks like day-night-day, on a nice watche rythm. We do 3 hours on for 6 hours off and always 2 crew on watch.First time for me to skipper a yacht accross the ocean with a Playstation onboard! I tried the driving game, and it. read more...


Shalan - day 5
Shalan - day 5
24/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 25. November 2016

Heard about the sinking of SY Noah. What a relief that all crew are well. That's a nightmareespecially with children. Seems a great job of all participants of the rescue operation.In this light our problem and that of our fellow ARC+cruisers is small but nevertheless matters: We need a lot longer to cross the ocean than expected. Everybody is now counting water, supplies, fuel. It seems that the latter - diesel - is the most rare commodity on board. So most yachts slowed down and are experiencing what our predecessors in former centuries had to endure. But they had no watermakers, fridges, solar panels etc.So we keep patience and are enjoing the splendid calm ocean.What else happened?No wind at all and no fish. Beautiful evening sky, Heavy tropical shower. Some repairs accomplished, some. read more...


24/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 24 -5th Day at Sea & Thanksgiving!All is well. And today being Thanksgiving, we want to thank our wives and significant others for letting us be here, in the middle of the Atlantic during Thanksgiving Day. A big thanks to Magda, Meaghan, Diane, Gilberta, Jennifer and the Cabaille family!We just finished our thanksgiving meal. Stuffed chicken, green beens, mashed potatoes, and lingonberry jelly from IKEA (the closest to cranberry we could findin Las Palmas).We continue to sail the northern route, with winds of 13-15 knots from the east, gibing every few hours. In retrospect our route appears to be the best option. We just received news from half a dozen boats in route to St Lucia, who encountered such light winds that are rerouting toCape Verde to refuel. We start to get used to. read more...


24/11/2016

Somnium - Part 2, Midway Meeting

Hello "land rats", this are the "sea bears" from Somnium!Today was really exciting! We made almost half of the way to Saint Lucia. Thanks to the bloody wind, we didn't hit the exact half yet, where we wanted to bake a cake. But we met Scallywag...Scallywag was close by and radioed us this morning. We had a nice chat, exchanged experiences and impressions of the last days and talked about the weather. Additionally they told us, that unfortunately their Gennakerhalyard ripped and they couldn't fix it yet, as it is quite difficult with just two people on the boat of their size. So Somnium offered to help.The crew of Scallywag liked the idea, so the two boats came together in the middle of the Ocean with nothing around. When we have been close together, Sven and Mart swam over to Scallywag. read more...


24/11/2016

Somnium - Part 1, Feeling like Flotsam

Hello civilization, this is Somnium writing from the middle of the Ocean.Since five days we have to get along with really low wind ranging between two and nine knots. We have been that much annoyed by the wind, that we are delighted now, if we get five knots of wind or a little more and sail above three knots SOG. If the wind speed is below four, even Somnium turned on the engine sometimes to move at least some miles, though we wanted to stay engine free as in leg one :(As there is nothing we can do about it, we try to stay motivated and make the best out of the time. We already went swimming twice, have once in a while a movie night on a laptop in the cockpit beneath a marvellous starry sky and cook nice dinner. And it could be worse than floating in really hot temperatures, lots of sun. read more...


24/11/2016

Enigma - Day 9 - slow progress

We've been in an area of low to no wind all day. Up until 30 minutes ago our highest gust was 4 kts. We've run the water maker and generator and that's been the day. We did pick up a little breeze and we're now doing 7 kts in 7-8 kts of wind. How long will it last ?Yet, we're all well, and our thoughts go out to the crew of Noah which has given everything a new perspective.Fair winds allPaul, Diane, Allan and Viv. read more...


24/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 4

Day 4has come upon the intrepid Skyelark crew with continuing favourable seas and winds as we head ever onwards towards St Lucia. Experienced ocean sailors will tell you that the first three days of an ocean passage are all about finding your sea legs and settling into the "eat watch sleep" routine, whichis so very different from life on land. Happy to say that day 4 sees the crew petty well adjusted tolife at sea with the "eat watch sleep" routine now well established .In the very large Atlantic Ocean there is really not a lot to see, so as a result any minor event quickly become a moment of great excitement for the crew. Catching a fish takes on major event status as does the sighting of another ship or yacht . Of course a dolphinsighting sees the crew racing for cameras, although as. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Four

No sail change since breakfast…. Subsequently Yankee 1 changed for Yankee 2The sea is fairly rough just now – an ARC yacht has recently sunk – all the crew were picked up by a nearby British survey vessel.I spent the day in the Galley with Paul and Alison catering for thirteen other hungrySailors?We served a great minestrone soup for lunch and Thai green curry for dinner.Cooking and washing up was quite eventful with various kitchen items and bodies flying about from time to time!A major treat today was our first showers, a process that we generally take for granted but which becomes quite challenging with the boat jumping around. It was certainly worth the effort.Yesterday we covered 220 miles, 530 odd in total from Las Palmas.We look forward to another action packed day tomorrow!Good. read more...


24/11/2016

SuperTramp - 4 days down

600 miles just achieved in under 4 days sailing which we are extremely happy with. Conditions up north on the rhumb line may have the best winds but we are experiencing very high waves and a bit choppy. The 20knot plus winds are definitely testing Supertramp and its crew. Fiona is working like a devil to keep us fed and watered with the help of Scott and Will. Occasionally the rare sight of myself and Fred have worked out what Fairy liquid is used for and the odd drying up session. Fi is the only one capable of cooking whilst being bounced around the galley with hot pan in one hand and a G & T for the skipper Brian in the other. On the only day of calm winds on the first monday morning we were visited by a large pod of dolphins which played under the bow for 20 mins. Great video to. read more...


24/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 4 - TUNA FOR SUPPER

Cracked the 2400 miles to go barrier this morning, which is encouraging even if a very long way to sail! Studied the weather charts this morning and opted to take the Southerly route (head west when the butter melts) heading towards the Cape Verde islands. Gybed onto port tack late afternoon which gave us a more comfortable ride due to less swell effect.Trolling line (Shimano two speed reel, 30lb breaking strain line, garish pink lure with vicious double hook) out since 9am and at 4pm, started to click wildly! All attention on the fish as we prepare for our first catch. Heavy strain on the line as the beast tries to tow us back to Las Palmas, but it eventually tires (as does Jonathan on the rod!) and a 20lb tuna, complete with retractable dorsal fin, is hauled onto the bathing platform. read more...


24/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 8 - 1000 miles!

At 1618, in whatever time zone we're currently in, we passed the 1000 nautical miles sailed mark!!!Cause for a little celebration - in my head anyway.I have a few milestones in my head, and that's the first one of them.Next will be the notional halfway mark, 1045nm.Then will be the point at which the distance to go is less than the distance sailed (we get emailed fleet positions and info every morning, and this includes distance to go).Only at that point will I really accept that we're on the homeward stretch!We've had a glorious day sailing under spinnaker, keeping up an average speed of about 5kts - thankfully the wind seems to have filled in from somewhere, contrary to all forecasts that we'd seen - we've been lazing around, reading, napping, and in my case mostly trying to avoid the. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Four

Day 4Allo Allo Challenger 2 calling: what a night!It all started yesterday…By midday Wednesday, the water maker stopped working, just as we realised we had already emptied one of the four water tanksin the space of 4 days (oups!).Then the generator had enough too and simply decided to overheat.The sea became a bit bumpy too, with large swells coming from the north, which enticed the fruits to mis-behave and to get out of their storage nets, aiming to fall on the heads of the crew in the saloon (as you do!).So far, nothing happened that could not be fixed. Monkey (the skipper) and the mate fixed the water maker issue in a couple of hours and got the generator working again.The painful bumps on the heads also disappeared to by diner time, and we were all focused again on getting the best. read more...


24/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 4 - SUNRISE

Mit Wind aus NO bei 4 bft. haben wir ca. 550 Meilen zurückgelegt.Inzwischen haben wir uns auf der südlichen Route den Kap Verdenauf ca. 300 sm genähert.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut und eine gewisse Routine hat sich eingestellt.Mit Spannung erwarten wir weitere Details zum Wetter.Diese werden dann die weitere Tourplanung bestimmen.----. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Happy birthday Lucia
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Happy birthday Lucia
24/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin Happy birthday on board

4th day on board, it feels like 2 weeks already.. but slowly days are passing by :). We had the first 2 days of nice sailingOn Tuesday the wind started to pick up we were surfing down the waves at 13/14 knots. The boat will shake and it would feel like it was going to break in half, but everything was under control. Yesterday night was a challenge, the shackle holding the genoa up broke so the whole sail collapsed and was on deck about to fly away, we fast got our life lines on and went to the bow (with some huge 3meter waves crushing on us) to bring the sail out of the water and inside the boat, so we could tie it down.. meanwhile the full main was still up so we had to be careful not to gybe with gusts of 30 knots. We finally made it everything secured.. we could breath we were. read more...


24/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 5 .

On waking this morning we find that all is unchanged overnight.Weather and sea conditions the same meant no sail or heading alterations in the night ,we are steering 270 in force 4 to 5 easterly and making 7 or so knots ,travel in excess of 160 miles in 24 hours with a boomed out jenny and main goosewinged. Nothing to report bar Bills excellent roast lamb last night ,a triumph .Today ongoing maintainence ,checking for chafe and eating, time is begining to appear in our days for a little reading.No wildlife observed apart from some shearwaters gracefully prowling the troughs in search of food then summiting the crest with an inch to spare before gliding down into the next . How they survive out here beats me . Weve caught nothing yet though Nick hooked something yesterday but it got away. read more...


24/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 5 Nacht 4

Hallo alle Zusammen,letzte Nacht sind wir ohne Probleme vorm Wind mit bis zu 11 Kn Geschwindigkeit Down Wind gesegelt. Heute haben wir den Spi aufgezogen und cruisen ebenfalls mit guten Speed (Spitze waren 12,2 KN) Richtung Westen wobei wir uns weiterhin um den 27 Breitengrad bewegen werden. Das Etmal in 24 Std. betrug 181 sm, also 335 km. In 4 Tagen haben wir 664 sm oder 1230 km geschafft. Heute war der erste warme Tag mit kurzen Hosen und T-Shirts an Deck, bis jetzt kam immer, insbesondere in der Nacht das Dicke Ölzeug zum Einsatz. Aktuell hat es 26 Grad und rund um uns herum bauen sich Wolkentürme auf. Wir dürfen uns also darauf freuen erneut das Regenzeuge anzuziehen. Ich soll von allen an Bord ganz liebe Grüße an Ihre Familien und natürlich alle Freunde und Bekannten bestellen,. read more...


24/11/2016

Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker

23∞ 58.59 N18∞43.22 WThe plankton-wake at night is more beautiful than the GPS, we often sit looking backwards during our watches.No other Arc boat around us, also the VHF is quiet. Some drops of rain are better than coffee. At 6 am wind gusts at 30 knots, we furl a bit of jib and on big waves Ximera flies at 11-13 knots. On one of those occasions our ham leg takes a walk in the galley. Is the pork still alive?The day is windy and wavy. At 15.44 we cross the Tropic of Cancer, one of those invisible lines that split our planet; one of Henry Miller's books.But from 14.30 we had some minor problems with Jenny the gennaker that lead us to take it down and to find ourselfes, four people, furled into it as a sleeping bag.An apple each is our salute to our Tropic of gennaker and a pod of. read more...


Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker
Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker
24/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack

Die Crew empfindet das dreistündige Wachsystem mit 7,5 StundenFreiwache als sehr angenehm und honoriert es mit konzentriertenSteuerleistungen.Christoph: 7,5 Stunden Freiwache liest sich ganzlocker, nur irgendwie ist hier an Bord ein Schlafvirus ausgebrochen.Nach der Wache ab ins Bett und erstmal ausruhen! Das ist wunderbaresaber auch anstrengendes Segeln. Die Bordküche unter der Ägide von Michael läuft zur Höchstform auf. Nach dem Thai Curry vom Vortag gibt es heute leckeres Ratatoille aus unserem Frischebeständen und morgen Steak.Die Kühlung läuft auch bei zunehmender Wärme einwandfrei. ZurVersorgung unserer Bord-Elektrizität lassen wir für 2-3 Stunden abendsden Motor als Generator ausgekuppelt laufen.Die nächste dunkle NachtWir segeln in dienächste sehr dunkle Nacht, die am Abend mit. read more...


Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack
Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack
24/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall

Am Nachmittag verändert sich das Wolkenbild. Die ersten von der Passatzone beeinflussten Squalls kündigen sich an.Diese Regenwolken ziehen mit den Höhenwinden und können in ihrerZugrichtung beobachtet werden. Die Bewertung der Lage und dieEntscheidung was in seemännischer Sicht zu tun ist benötigt Wachsamkeitund Erfahrung.In voller MonturDie Wache im Cockpit ist imÖlzeug gerüstet. Es wird sich zeigen wie stark die Auswirkungen derwindgeladenen Schauerfronten sind. Diesmal sind es nur Regenwolken, diepartiell abregnen und für wechselhaften frischen Wind sorgen. Wir könnendiese Situation aussegeln ohne die Segel reffen oder bergen zu müssen.Erstes, zweiter und drittes ReffDer Zeitrahmen des Squallsbeträgt ungefähr eine Stunde bis der normal vorherrschende Wind wiedereinsetzt. Da die. read more...


Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall
Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall
24/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 4-5 - Das Abenteuer geht weiter

Dank der sehr guten Wetteranalyse und der daraus abgeleiteten Kursstrategie kommen wir am Mittwoch und Donnerstag mit Wind zwischen 10 und 20 Knoten gut voran. Dabei dreht der Wind von Nord über Ost bis Südost und wir können unterschiedliche Kurse zum Wind ausprobieren. Die Navigation hingegen ist denkbar einfach: Kurs 240°. Nur gelegentlich passen wir die Segelfläche den Windverhältnissen an und segeln Groß und Genua im 1. oder 2. Reff. Die Sichtungen anderer Schiffe werden seltener, nur noch vereinzelt treffen wir auf andere ARC-Teilnehmer, die offenbar eine ähnliche Kursstrategie fahren wie wir. In der Nacht von Dienstag auf Mittwoch können wir den Sternenhimmel bewundern und die Sterne und die Sternbilder zuordnen (sehr hilfreich diese Apps...). Dafür ist die nächste Nacht. read more...


24/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Thursday November 24th: Catch of the Day

Well, we’ve come around 100 miles south and the day started well with acouple of hours of ‘proper’ sailing.  Unfortunately the wind died again sowe’re back to motor sailing – trying to balance the need for speed with agreater need to ensure we don’t burn all our fuel.  Fleet II is a clubboat, and other members will be delighted to learn that Peter is taking goodcare of her! Given the quiet sailing, we need some things to distract us, so just aswell we landed our first fish this morning.  A 15 inch tuna, which came onboard fairly easily, and will provide dinner for all of us tonight.  Kimand Keith are now becoming expert at locating our whereabouts with the sextant,and we saw three young whales playing a hundred metres away yesterdayafternoon.  We all enjoyed a. read more...


24/11/2016

Sanya - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

TO:WCLG.18290.38601@Worldcruisingevents.co.ukSUBJECT:2016-11-24 14.30 UTC Boat timeTEAM SANYA VO70The Sanya is running around 18 knots and we are well over one third of the trip. Where shall I start describing the last day and night. Yesterday was beautiful sailing. We were running with the fractional, the J4 and the main hitting trip speed records around 30 knots of boat speed. It was amazing and the boat was showing of her power in nice Atlantic waves and gusty winds. But she was fickle, you really have to pay attention while driving. She will wipe you out if you are slacking on the wheel or main trim. But it was great,running the waves, hearing Sanya zooming and enjoying herself and a happy crew all around though some are starting to feel a little wear and tear as sleeping in a. read more...


24/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Tales from Xplorer Part 2 - Into the Tropics

We have just crossed 23 degrees N, the Tropic of Cancer. Yes folks, we are now in the Tropics – Yippee! Break out the swimsuits and sun cream! Err….not quite, it is more like a miserable day on the Isle of Wight – windy, overcast and raining, break out the foulies and hot chocolate!A strange aroma has started to emanate from “The Bamford Suite”, worryingly, from the skipper’s bunk. Fortunately, the source has been identified as two gently rotting cabbages stored thereunder. Simple fix – last night’s dinner had to include cabbages. Only problem was it was Tom’s turn to cook, and it would be fair to say he is far from the Michelin star level in the kitchen. Turns out that fried rotting cabbage is not as bad as you might imagine!We have been spoilt for wildlife recently, with dolphins. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - day 5

Blog Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93 - day 5: Whow, what a night! Squalls up to 30 kts, topspeed up to 18 plus rain and waves made it quite challenging. But thanks to Quino, Simbad, Fabio & Sergio there was no need to be worried (but Skipper said: we need cochones....). In the morning we treated ourself with some french toast while watching an amazing sunrise. Today we passed the first ship during our journey: the Wylde Swan, an 45 m sailboat on their way to Tobago. Next highlight of the day will be dinner by Holger: Labskaus! Cheers to everyone, the Crew of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


24/11/2016

Fenella - Thank God for That !

Ten days is enough for any man , the continuous rounds of showers, drinksparties , lectures was getting us down .Pleasant as it is there is always anunderlying feeling of anxiety about the enormous challenge facing us –have wegot enough of this and that and the blunt severity of the safety lectures beganto eat in and by the time Sunday rocked up we were all pleased to get out sea. We had, as ever, met new friends and had a hilarious crew supper whereSpriggsy led the conga with his old mates Girls For Sail_ old habits never die.We all liked Las Palmas and our tour of the vineyard  was very off thewall, the coach driver managed to get lost and we were perched on a precipicewith horrendous overhangs , when eventually found the place the poor guy seemedrather disorganised and talked. read more...


24/11/2016

Estrella - Tag 4-5; Wechselner Wind und gute Küche

Die erste Euphorie aus dem Segeln “gegenan” bei 3-5 Metern Welle und 25Knoten Wind ist nach 30 Stunden “Hack” der Realität gewichen. Alle waren ganzschön fertig und froh, dass der Wind ein wenig gedreht hat und wir jetzt mehrraumschots segeln können. So können wir wieder schlafen und ohne blaue Fleckenvon oben nach unten kommen. Das wirkt sich auch auf die Bordküche aus. Bisgestern Vormittag waren alle mit Zwieback gut bedient, aber jetzt wird“aufgeback”! Axel ist ein wahres Küchengenie. Zwar muss immer noch Brotverbraucht werden bevor es schlecht wird, aber wenn es in der Pfanne mitOlivenöl gebraten serviert wird ....! Mittags hat Heinz den Blumenkohlgesichtet, aus dem Axel sofort ein köstliches Gericht mit Rührei und zum erstenMal Kartoffeln (hmm) zaubert. Abgerundet mit Tomatensalat. read more...



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