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13/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°6 - Race to the Finish: Haji vs Tao

Ten miles to go. It'd been a long week and the smell of the finish line had the whole crew up and energized. Cutter rigged and heading downwind, the additional headsail had us moving along nicely for the last 48 hours. With a poled out genoa, a preventer on the mainsail, and the additional sail, we had no choice but to stay heading downwind. The skipper had set us up beautifully for the final stretch. Tao was looming close behind though and gaining quickly. To get the most out of Haji we gave Hans (one of our autohelms) a rest in lieu of a more accurate helmsman, our skipper, which added an extra .2 knots to our speed.Our two mile lead was narrowing. Sailing on their mainsail and red, white, and blue spinnaker, Tao was definitely the faster boat. Three miles to go and our lead was down. read more...


13/11/2017

Galileo - Getting closer!

After almost 48 hours of fighting the wind and the accompanying pounding - we are rewarded with an absolutely beautiful day.We are sailing on the CodeZero in generally the right direction. With mixed emotions, we’ve watched the front half of the fleet pass us by. We’re happily cheering them on while wishing we could have been a contender. It will be great to hear everyone’s stories and strategies. We are looking forward to our BVI arrival and so grateful that the WCC has arranged for a volunteer day on Thursday. We’re anxious to see the state of the island and learn more about how we can assist recovery efforts. All is good. Thanks for readingSariSV Galileo. read more...


13/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 8

Day 8-Nov 12th.The winds have certainly picked up for us. We are now starting to make up for lost time. We are on somewhat of a port beam reach or close reach. This means the wind is coming across the left side of the boat, just a little forward of the mast. The wind is out of the NE, but we want to go SE. Of course with the wind, the waves have picked up considerably. They usually travel the same direction as the wind, or somewhere within 45 degrees of it. As it is approaching dark, we feel like we are a carnival ride. You know, the kind that made you sorry you ate all that deep fried food, before getting on.Up until this evening, the sailing was so great, it just made us want to blast that song "Come Sail Away With Me" by Styx, on the stereo. I was thinking how great it would be to. read more...


13/11/2017

Numada - log day 8 Matthew’s birthday

Today we celebrated Matthew’s birthday with pancakes for breakfast, gifts, birthday cake and a movie in the afternoon all in rolling swells and being bounced all over the place. I am still amazed the cake did not end up on the floor!! We have also started heading south towards Tortola which has brighten our moods a lot. image1. read more...


Numada - log day 8 Matthew’s birthday
Numada - log day 8 Matthew’s birthday
13/11/2017

Wild Iris - Day 7. Wow What a finish. Saturday 11th November

A long night of light to moderate breezes unfortunately wind shifts gave Wild Iris little room for manoeuvre. Approaching the islands with 8 miles to go we were on a dead run sailing by the lee. At two miles, fortunately with the wind holding at 12Kn against the forecast 8Kn, we were making great  progress. Radioed Rally Control Boat 337 ETA  5:15. Too good to be true well yes. 1 mile to go and the well behaved spinnaker up for a constant record four days decided to wrap. A few expletives later realising this wasn’t impacting boat speed and we were stable we made the finish at 5:16. Now to sort out the problem when suddenly the spinnaker decided to unwrap. Sometimes you get lucky.Spinnaker down, if not wholly conventionally, safely and main down we motored to the Marina to meet. read more...


Wild Iris - Day 7. Wow What a finish. Saturday 11th November
Wild Iris - Day 7. Wow What a finish. Saturday 11th November
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 2
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 2
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 1
Wild Iris - Life aboard Wild Iris 1
13/11/2017

Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November

Here we are are enjoying champagne sailing conditions off the West coast of Africa. It is truly hard to believe where we are and what we are doing. Certainly different from the M25!Since Wednesday midnight the weather gods have blessed us with 12 to 20 knots of wind and gently rolling seas. Wild Iris, with her kite full, has again showed her heels averaging in excess of 7.5 knots over 16 hours.In addition the day has again been full of wildlife sightings with further displays from dolphins. The flying fish have been flying all day and a lone turtle gently made his way passed. There was a sighting, by two of the crew, of a slowly moving black fin. Was it a shark?As ever the food aboard has been first class with all the crew taking turns in preparing meals. Today's lunch was freshly made. read more...


Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November
Wild Iris - log day 5. Happy Days! Thursday 8th November
Clarelsa - Fineline pic from day 4
Clarelsa - Fineline pic from day 4
Matenka - Making friends with the neighbors on our pontoon! :D
Matenka - Making friends with the neighbors on our pontoon! :D
12/11/2017

Ngahue IV - HR53 Ngahue IV now in Las Palmas for the ARC

Marco and Laura have finally made it to Las Palmas. The trip was pretty long, stretching from July (departure in Belgium) to November (arrival in Gran Canaria & Las Palmas). But to be fair, a lot of that time we were back in Brussels, working and preparing for the final countdown to join this year's ARC. After more than a week spent in Marina Lanzarote in Arrecife) we managed to get to Las Palmas just before the final deadline, arriving in the Muelle Deportivo marina at quarter past one in the morning of 12th November. We managed to take on fuel and park the boat in what will be our berth for the next week in time for the festive opening of the ARC 2017 today at midday. 21 flags and lots of people in a colourful parade and beautiful weather to make for a happy event. We're now busily. read more...


12/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 5 - Five million million to one

Ah HoyHaddock here again with some deep fishy thoughts................Today imagine your a fish, a flying fish Mid-Atlantic, sun shining, calm(ish) day (less than 13 knots and waves one foot high....usual stuff)your feeling frisky and pretty cool about life after all you're specialand very privileged. Most fish can't fly in fact only flying fish can fly!Dolphins, they think they can talk, but they don't have wings and willnever soar like you do and they can't breath under water, whats's cleverabout that? Many fish have amazing qualities, the star fish for example.The blue whale, blue and big (still can't breath under water). Goldfish, looks valuable but isn't, a loner who swims in circles. Dog fishcan't even bark he is not a dog, he's really just 'a fish' cat fishdon't ever resemble cats. read more...


11/11/2017

Galileo - Code Zero rocks

Flying today, yesterday not so much. We sailed slowly on the jib yesterday. Hours were spent attempting to re-rig (for the second time) our main sail. Our earlier fix significantly chafed our spin halyard and aside from not wanting to ruin the line we also didn’t want to risk another failure. Eric, Don and I worked creatively, cooperatively and diligently in the hot sun. Unfortunately, the solution didn’t work out as hoped. Tired and sailing very slowly we started the starboard engine. We decided to motor through the night - making watches and sleep easy. Today the wind has shifted and out came the Code Zero. On the Zero alone we are flying along at 9+ knots COG - speculating how fast we might be going if we had a main sail! Nonetheless, we are grateful for another beautiful day. I love. read more...


Galileo - Code Zero rocks
Galileo - Code Zero rocks
11/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 7

Day 7-Nov 11th.Today is Veteran's Day, and the closest thing to parade out here, in the vicinity of 29N 66W, is a flotilla of sailboats heading south for the Caribbean. We're like a flock of geese, honking and .... okay maybe not a flock of geese. We're not going to poop all over the islands, like they do in Washington, DC. But we will stay until weather makes us leave--unlike the geese in DC.Yesterday evening's weather made for considerable motoring. Pretty much 3 kts from every direction, none pushing us where we wanted to go. It is just as well, as we plowed through rainy weather all night. Multiple squalls convinced us to to drop both sails. The lightening that went on all night made us wish we could lower the mast, but there were no instructions in our manual, and we're too far off. read more...


11/11/2017

Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada

Matthew is turning 8 tomorrow so today he baked a vanilla cake that we are going to decorate with chocolate frosting and fill it with salted caramel sauce!! Last night we had to deal with several squalls and this morning ended up changing course for 3 hours to avoid a very large one: I have never seen so much Lightning in my life. Lastly today I made the discovery that fruit flies can infect the galley even 500 miles from land!!image1. read more...


Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada
Numada - log day 7 baking on Numada
11/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Finally on the last 20 miles

Cap Verde is in sight and we can finally look forward to a night without night watches and some quality sleep. And I am sure the skipper will wake up feeling a year older, as he tries to leave his frustrations over all the tactical mistakes on this leg behind him.We thank you for following us on this page!Team Abraxas. read more...


11/11/2017

Neverland - Day 6 & 7 - something fishy is happening onboard Neverland

There have been some mysterious happenings onboard Neverland over the last 24 hours. We foundtwo flying fish on the bow this morning which isn’t in itself a mystery because the lunatics seem to hurl themselves out of the water without any regard for their welfare or safety - much like my sister Flora approaching a busy intersection (soz Floss – whoever taught you to go round a roundabout in 4th gear is wrong!). Anyway, the real mystery is where we found one of them…inside the anchor locker. Weird. Dunno how he got in there but if the plan was to end up as fish bait he succeeded. Dad and I were about to enjoy our breakfast of porridge and a banana (spoon in hand) when Tom appeared with both flying fish, sat himself at the table next to us, plonked the stinky fish down on the cockpit table. read more...


Neverland - Day 6 & 7 - something fishy is happening onboard Neverland
Neverland - Day 6 & 7 - something fishy is happening onboard Neverland
10/11/2017

Wild Iris - Log day 6. Nearly there; only 225nm to go! Friday 10th Nov

As we swap to the midnight shift on Thursday night/Friday morning we 225 miles to go and we are on the Starboard layline spinnaker run.Have we come too low in our search for breeze and will end up white sailing to the finish? Predict wind is being consulted every 4 hours and we are now sailing to a compass heading rather than following the breeze. Thankfully the seas are reasonably flat as the wind has not filled in as promised. Its a busy day keeping the sails set, seas sparkling and wildlife passing by.......getting excited for the finish!. read more...


10/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 6

Day 6-Nov 10th.As Forest Gump so eloquently stated, "weather is like a box of chocolates. Ya never know what you're gonna get." Each morning we receive a wx forecast from a wx routing service, covering the next couple of days. We keep expecting some force-full winds that will send us skipping across the waves to our final destination. We're still waiting. Makes you want to light the fire under one of those engines and get this train moving.So far, the only animal or marine life we have seen since crossing the stream is one flying fish. They are not very big, so unless there are an entire school of them, you'll probably miss them. The setting sun must have hit it just right. We're still wondering what possessed it to leave the water. Hmmmm. We had some fairly large swells coming from the. read more...


11/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: finish!!

Jaja, we zijn er, en de oplettende lezer heeft het al gezien aan de titelboven dit bericht: we zijn toch nog op Rob’s verjaardag 10 novembergefinished! De laatste dag was een mooie zeildag en rond 4 uur hadden we het ‘land inzicht’ moment toen eerst het hoge eiland Santo Antao zichtbaar werd en later pasSao Vicente waar we heen moesten. Altijd leuk, en het gaf ons ook een mooiezonsondergang met de eilanden op de achtergrond.   Overdag en ook tot dik in het donker lekker met de gennaker doorgevaren(het ging krap worden qua finish tijd!) en toen de laatste gijp gemaakt richtingde finish met uitgerolde genua weer. Vanaf dat moment kon er ook heel mooigekeken worden naar de verwachtte exacte aankomsttijd en Haico kreeg een steedsgrotere glimlach. Want hij realiseerde zich dat het op de. read more...


Marisja - Dag 6: finish!!
Marisja - Dag 6: finish!!
11/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°5 - Wind Woes / Calling All Pirates

The crew is growing restless. Sick of motoring, you can tell it's beginning to wear on everyone. Where is the wind? It's no great secret we hate being under engine. It's noisy, smells of diesel, and is generally awful. Haji was built to sail, and if the skipper had his way there would be no engine, but alas it is a necessary evil. The weather report downloaded at 0849, bringing the bad news; there would be no wind for another 36 hours. So we find ourselves stuck in a catch 22, a damned if you do/damned if you don't situation. Sail slowly toward Mindelo and miss the Sunday 1800 cut off, or motor most of the way (taking the penalty for doing so) and find ourselves on the cusp of being demoted to a motor sailing class. Even under engine for the rest of the trip we would arrive just in the. read more...


11/11/2017

Lily - Day 5

Compared to our previous days, day 5 has been so full of action I have needed some rest to write it up. Justin has been hanging around the back of the boat for 3 days now trying to get a fish. Alas, none has come until (drumroll) one flew onto his chest and as if he was sending a football, Ronaldo style, straight into the cockpit where Delphinia sat deep into a book. You can imagine the suitable squeel as the fish flapped around in the cockpit and tried to fly/swim and Delphinias delight in beeing disturbed this way. After such drama, we all had to rest for a while. Sailingwise, we have been straight on target all day flying two foresails. Requires little of the crew, so Justin will go on fishing, hoping for a fish on the hook rather than his chest.Peder. read more...


11/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6

Bonjour à tous.Enfin arrivés.Ou presque!Nous sommes à 45 mN au ENE du Cap Vert. Tout se passe bien.à l'exception du manque de vent. Nous avons dû user de stratégie et aussi un peu de chance pour éviter les trous de vents. Nous avons croisé plusieurs cargos, vu une multitude de dauphins, des milliers de poissons volants, 2 baleines...et 1 requin. Par ailleurs, quelques petits incidents sans plus. La majorité du temps, nous sommes seuls sans aucun bateau à vue. Avons croisé, Cayuse, Double Joy et Odeline! Nous avons même été contactés par eux. Quel plaisir d'échanger avec nos nouveaux amis. Pauline et Clément.Pour célébrer l'anniversaire de Louise , le capitaine a décidé d'arriver ce soir! Souper flamboyant d'anniversaire à la Marina de Mindelo est au programme.À la prochaine!image1. read more...


Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6
Oui Chérie - Log #3 Approche du Cap Vert Jour no #6
11/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/11/2017. 26*. 16'. south. 39*. 23' east

It is a beautiful day at sea. We have slow (8-9 second period) swells from the south and minimal wind waves. We are in a brief period of lighter winds of 8-9 knotsthat are supposed to last to tonight. I hate to motor sail but we will be tight on our arrival weather so we are gaining about 3 knots of insurance. I have said this many times in this blog, there are much better sailors than us in the group that get by with many less engine hours. It is a combination of somewhat faster boats and much more experienced sailors. When we were down wind sailing we could keep up better. A boat like Skyelark of London is longer (therefore faster hull, speed), sails more close to the wind and has two excellent skippers that run it as a business. I am guessing the are a 125 to 150 miles ahead of us. read more...


11/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Less than 100 miles to go :-)

The good news is that we are heading directly towards Mindelo and that there is less than 100 nm to go.The bad news is that we will not be in before night falls :-(Weather wise the sun is out, and the wind blows between 16-19 knots. No dolphins spotted for a while but flying fish are around us all day.All the best from Team Abraxas. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Nearing Mindelo

Today's wildlife spotting was a big turtle, poking its head out of the sea.So far, we've had a featured creature each day, along with an almost-daily dolphin show.A whale, flying fish, tiny squid on the deck, the turtle, and even a night show of dolphins trailing streams of bioluminescent sparkles.Our very kind friends from King's Ransom in Valencia, Pete and Niki, gave us a gift bag full of presents to unwrap for every "first."So the kids have had a good time discovering the treats Niki set up for us upon spotting our first whale, dolphin, turtle, etc.They are looking forward to being a week at sea so they can unwrap another.We took bets on arrival times in Mindelo and all of us were overly optimistic about the wind.We now have 38 miles to go and are only doing 5 to 6 knots so it will. read more...


10/11/2017

Blue Top - Arrivée à Las Palmas

Depuis notre départ de la Graciosa, par bonne brise qui s'est rapidement dissipée sous le vent de Lanzarote....nous avons fait escale a la Marina Rubicon, au sud de l'île....complexe touristique moderne, mais a bonne échelle, accueil sympathique, et calme reposant....il n'y a plus le vent strident que nous avons eu à la Graciosa....Journée d'excursion dans l'ile, en voiture de location...paysage lunaire, mais la culture locale des vignes semi enterrées est surprenante, le résultat gustatif est bon surtout pour le Blanc sec ...et le rouge....de La Géria; culture de l'Aloe Vera, qui est bon pour tout, comme le sirop Typhon....et le musée des Cactus ou nous avons pu "déguster" un "burger"de Cactus.....Cette île de Lanzarote est vraiment a voir....Puis navigation vers Ténérife, départ en. read more...


10/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Divendres 10 de novembre de 2017Hola Windseekers!Ja som divendres, ja portem 5 dies navegant sense parar i vosaltres, qui us ho hauria de dir, ja fa una setmana que seguiu un blog d’una regata naútica! Moltes gràcies a tothom per pensar i preocupar-vos per nosaltres. Aquí també pensem molt amb els de casa. Avui hem començat el dia una mica com tots els altres... pescant! Avui en David ha tret la peça més grossa (foto 1). Tenim tonyina ja fins que tornem a sortir de Mindelo. Més o menys, segons la trigonometria calculada a bord, arribarem demà a mitja tarda a port. La veritat és que està essent molt excitant cada moment, tot i que també tenim ganes de tirar-nos a l’aigua i fer una mica el dominguero, penjar l’hamaca i nedar amb el tubo i les ulleres. Estem navegant amb vents portants des. read more...


Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
10/11/2017

Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada

Our captain has managed to repair the square sail and after lunch we put it back up in the hope to gain a little more speed in this 5-10 knots wind which is not enough to get our 25 tons steel boat moving at decent speed. At the moment it seems we have gained 1 extra knotversus the reacher sail we put up yesterday: fingers crossed!! The crew has also enjoyed the last two nights watch without squalls or showers: we are all feeling more rested and relaxed, what a difference!!. The children have been reading a lot, made some Thanksgiving decorations and built some nice tunnels and forts using all the pillows, blankets and towels they could find on the boat. image1. read more...


Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
10/11/2017

Neverland - Day 5 - visitors

So we are still eating Tuna…one fillet fed three of us for dinner, then Tom made up some tuna nigiri for lunch which was amaaaazing! There is also a seared fillet coated in toasted sesame seeds in the fridge and the fourth fillet in the freezer. Reckon I could have fed a dinner party of 12 with the amount of meat that came off Petunia the Tuna. Dad and Tom have been hunting for Dennis the Dorado so I can cut him up and make him into some delicious ceviche. Yum. They better do it quick because my lemons and limes have seen better days.In other, even more exciting news, in the last 24 hours we have seen sea turtles and for the first time ever…a whale. Not a pilot whale or anything that likes to call itself a whale when really it’s just an oversized dolphin. I mean a massive whale. A real. read more...


Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
10/11/2017

Lily - Day 5

At last the engine was turned off as the wind piped up. Seems we (or the weather files) were right, ther was some wind further south. So we sailed into the night with 4-5 knots in nearly the right direction. We've been fishing, and that we caught nothing is not for lack of trying. There has been mumbling among the crew if is has something to do with the fact our lines are from Norway and intended for mackrel and cod, but I have dismissed it as nonsense. As long as I am onboard, there will be no fish, that is how bad I am at fishing. Peder. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 3

Monday was the day when we lost most of the wind and a lot of time was spent looking at GRIB files to determine where the wind would come first. With what wind we had we sailed at 4 knots towards the west in the hope of catching it there. As I could have predicted, we (or I) got it wrong. The weather updates from the forecasters received by email makes no sense. They must be using some very different data to us out here. When we see a boat on the AIS we normally have a chat. Most have some exciting story of fish caught or spinnakers twisted. Alas, not much has happen here apart from eating too much snacks and reading our books.. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 4

Where is my large, multicoloured foresail? In my wisdom I thought we would not need it or miss it, but we really do. Lily is not on top form in less than 10 knots of wind so we have been bobbing all night in 3-4 knots of speed. So after a morning session with new GRIB files and some math we found that we would be lucky to make the re-start on Wednesday if we don't do something drastic. So we started the engine and headed south where the wind is forecast to be. Viritually no waves or wind with glorious sunshine we have had a very nice day. Showers on the back of the boat and all crew on good form. Wind did not come all day, so we engine into the night while our diesel tank slowly drains..... (not too worry, we can always drift to Cape Verde!) We celebrated the half way mark with a bottle. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: vis update!

Zul je altijd zien hoor, wij maken Rob belachelijk over zijn aangepaste enwild zwemmend/springend aasvisje, heeft ‘ie binnen 2 uur midden op de dag beet!Ditmaal een behoorlijk fomaat mahi mahi, die inmiddels door Haico vakkundiggeprepareerd is voor op de grill vanavond.   En ook dit heeft effect op de discussie rondom aankomst en voor wie deeerste rekening is, Rob vindt namelijk dat hij door het vangen van de viseigenlijk al getrakteerd heeft! Komt geen einde aan die discussie...   Marisja crew. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Hello Friends and Family

Hello,90 miles from Mindelo and the winds are still as fickle as ever.We are sailing with our rainbow spinnaker on the rhumb line but it is slow going - 5.8 knots.Fast on some boats.The crew is getting along great and eating very well.Our veggies are still fresh so lots of tomatoes, avocados, carrots and celery in the mix.Cucumbers too.Everyone is enjoying the peaceful albeit slow progress but the racer in Kent may have had enough of peace.We saw a very beautiful turtle this morning.It may have had a bit of trash stuck to it but we couldn't confirm it as it passed by so taking in the sails to investigate and help was overcome by the ambiguity.The kids and Lara are doing a story time session - Winnie the Pooh.Christopher Robin and the gang are bringing food on an adventure in the story. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: er is er een jarig

Jawel, we hebben vandaag dus een jarige aan boord, Rob is nu nog maar eenjaartje verwijderd van de AOW/museum/ouderentreinreizen/dierentuin/etc pasjes.Hij heeft geen idee wat hij er mee zou moeten doen maar geeft alvast aan dat hijze wél allemaal wil hebben. Meer over Rob z’n verjaardag later.   Nog iets over gistermiddag, we zien wel vaker dolfijnen maar nu zaten erzomaar 50-60 tegelijk om de boot heen, echt waanzinnig. Voor bij de boeg zag hetwater eruit als ‘massief’ dolfijn, allemaal vechten om hun plekkie bij deboeg.   Afgelopen nacht was weer een nacht met bar weinig wind, aanvankelijk wildenwe met de gennaker doorvaren, maar met zo weinig druk moesten we vrijwel westvaren om nog een beetje druk te houden en het begin van de nacht was zoongelooflijk gitzwart dat het erg. read more...



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