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29/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Nine

Finally heading in the right direction….It’s been an exciting 24 hours here in the mid-Atlantic!Yesterday we had a beautiful day of sailing and a gorgeous sunset – followed by an evening of squalls, winds blowing from 3 to 21 knots, and even an all-hands call early in the morning to take down our Genoa sail (otherwise known as a cold shower for all).The night watch was active as we weaved our way through storm systems, saw some incredible lightning (accompanied by no thunder at all) and tried to find a breeze wherever we could. But fortunes change easily on our journey and today turned into a wonderful day of sailing that saw us break out the spinnaker for the first time in five days.We are now on a south and west heading pointing us directly toward St. Lucia.As of this post, we have. read more...


29/11/2016

Estrella - 8. - 9. Tag: Die Flaute nervt

Es wird endlich warm, auch in der Nacht. Die Hundewachevon 24:00 – 04:00 Uhr hat heute erst in der letzten Stunde lange Hosenangezogen. Im Cockpit war es fast wie auf der heimischen Terrasse . Nur dieGetränke fehlen – im Dienst wir nicht getrunken! Dafür Musik aus den iPhones undBumboxes - und dieser wahnsinnige Sternenhimmel. Gerade jetzt in denSchwachwindnächten haben wir erst richtig Gelegenheit, diesen Anblick voll zugenießen. Du siehst die ganze Milchstraße von einem Horizont zum anderen undweißt wie klein wir hier auf dem Atlantik sind. Und deshalb sind wir wachsam.Die ganze Nacht über hat uns in etwa 10 Meilen Entfernung ein Gewitter mitheftigsten Blitzen begleitet. Da ging über mehr als 10 Stunden richtig die Postab. Zur Sicherheit haben wir die Entwicklung des Gebietes immer. read more...


29/11/2016

Somnium - Paul Part 2: Getting Up

The waking-up part itself isn’t so bad, you see. There’s the mild existential crisis, but no worse than how you feel when waking up for work. You know; one minute you’re slaying dragons with a lightsabre, and then next thing you have to find a clean pair of socks to match your shirt, and remember your Windows password that changes every 90 days.Anyway, this morning was a morning of the Atlantic Rally, and began in the middle of the blue part of the map. I laying in a wooden cabin as described before. Some of you may be familiar with the situation from a previous rambling, though it’s not particularly necessary if your imagination is up to par.But back to the story, I flicked on the bedside lamp. It has two modes; gentle red, and screaming white. I always get it wrong the first time.. read more...


Bluewaft - Hitchhikers - Igor & Ingrid the Egrets
Bluewaft - Hitchhikers - Igor & Ingrid the Egrets
29/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 10

Bluewaft Log Day 10Tuesday 29 November 201620°14’.124N 033°59’.452WWind at last!We’ve been able to sail most of the night.Initiallythrough a line of squalls and then this morning with a solid 12kts of windfrom the West. Hopefully it will stablize and veer, but we’re happy tohave some time with the engines off.The down side is the current has nowdropped (and even working against us for some of the time.)Yesterday the guys took advantage of the dead calm and went for a swim in6km of water.The water was surprisingly warm (26°C).No bites even then!James restored the ‘fishing honour’ and caught three (very) small bonito.We BBQ’d them and had them with rice and salad.This morning I was woken to the shudder of the engine.We’d managed topick up a large rope around the propeller.The wind died and. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 10
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 10
29/11/2016

Nisida - In at the Very Deep End!

Overnight we have made slow progress in virtually zero windspeeds with boat speeds often less than 1 knot. The bonus to this was waking to a warm sunny day and all but one crew member having a quick swim. There is something strange about swimming when the sea is 5000 metres deep!. read more...


29/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 10 - Whatching time

Hi friends of PkBoo.Last days we had very light winds and silk sea. One more dorado entered in our happy crew, but this time fried with mayonaise. Looking for wind, last night I stand on the deck during my standby watching time. So many stars in the clear sky.Sailing (even if it's a big word for his moment ...) with my boat under the sky, with "eye in the sky" in my ipod, thinking on my family and how I love them, it's a thing that has no price. Thanks to all who help me realize a dream.CiaoMarco. read more...


29/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 8: Sing, sing a song

Day 8: Sing, sing a song   Today got off to a fine start with a swim as the sun rose.  The skieswere a heady mix of orange and pink and the sea a deep glassy blue.  It waspure bliss to slip into the water and truly experience the vastness of theocean.  It was at this point that we saw the first of several birds. This one circled the boat two or three times and at one stage we thought it wasgoing to land and take a rest.  During the course of the day we must haveseen a dozen more.  Each flying on their own, low down close to the sea, attimes almost skimming the surface the sea with their wing tips.  They wereall on a similar course and must be on a migration path. We would love to knowif anyone else has seen them and can identify their species.. read more...


29/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 13 - Tuesday 29th Nvoember

The heat.Oh My God, the fecking heat.I'm sorry, I know it's December and miserable and minus-something back in Ireland, but I'm just out of my sweatbox bed, and I have to give out about the heat.It's like trying to operate and live and sleep in a low-level steam room that's never turned off (while sleeping on an electric blanket beside a radiator).I now get why my favourite dog, a big, butch, handsome retriever (Hi Otto!!!) after a period of over-exertion lies flat on his back with the four paws stretched out to the four corners of the sky.A most inelegant pose, but effective for cooling down.I'm tempted a lot lately to adopt the same pose, however inappropriate - but a) there isn't room in a 2-foot wide centrally heated coffin, and b) there's no fresh air anyhow, so no point.So we just. read more...


29/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 9 - Flaute

Als die Sonne aufgeht haben wir eine spiegelglatte See, es geht kein Lüftchen. Nach dem checken des Wetterberichts wissen wir, wir werden heute und vielleicht auch morgen motoren müssen. Am Vormittag kommen uns Delfine besuchen und schwimmen am Bug mit uns. Das Wetter ist toll, Sonnenschein bei 27°C. Wir kontrollieren den Dieselstand, die Bilge und das Rigg. Lesen und Schlafen und dümpeln dahin. Schiffe sehen wir keine. Auch die Nacht motoren wir durch...so langsam könnte wieder Wind kommen...wir wären bereit.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


29/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 5

first we want to thank everyone who sent us emails of support, encouragment and belief. Although we are alone out in the ocean we do not feel alone with so many people thinking of us.The weather this year is providing a lot of windholes. We constantly try to avoid them. On our current course the wind is on our starboard quarter. So Sophie put her racing bandana on, all hands on deck and we put up the kite - our final crew member. We're flying towards st lucia. Everybody is learning how to helm the symmetric loveshack spinnaker - great fun. We had a little boat cheer as we reached our 500 miles mark. And we celebratedthe first advent with a christmas candle (battery operated of course dont worry Annie!!), on our advent ring. Which made Lesley think she was hallucinating.Fresh food is. read more...


29/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 9

Reiselogg dag 9:Når jeg kom på vakt i natt viste Mona meg et bilde fra loggen der det stod at hun hadde seilt i 16 knop :-)Hun hadde ikke det, så det må ha vært en hickup i systemet.Mona vant konkurransen om seilt distanse det siste døgn, noe vi syntes var veldig synd da det var hun som hadde gjettet lavest antall nautisk mil.Nautisk mil = 1852 mKnop = nautisk mil per timeMange tror at en sjømil er det samme som en nautisk mil, det er det ikke:1 sjømil = 4 nautiske milJeg har hørt historikken på dette, men det husker jeg ikke; tror kanskje det var noe med kompassrosens oppdeling eller noe.Vi har jo ikke google her som kan hjelpe oss......ARC organisasjonen meler om flere båter som har gått inn skal gå inn til Kap Verde for å refuel´e eller slippe av mannskap.Vi gikk forbi for flere dager. read more...


29/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHT - MORE WIND PLEASE

The forecast was for 7-12 kts of wind today and sadly it was spot on – we’d had a good night sailing with the main and genny poled out but the wind dropped during the morning. A clear day with a stunning sunrise – Robert was on the 6-9am watch and took some great photos, one of which features in today’s blog and appears below. There has been a significant degree of cloud cover over the past few days so good to see blue skies for the early part of the morning.Pretty much on the rhumb line to St Lucia – 1881 miles to go. Smooth sea state and good visibility. Fish and chips for supper but sadly the fish came from the fridge by way of El Corte Ingles in Las Palmas rather than the ocean. Fishing skills sadly lacking after beginner’s luck struck with the tuna last week! But the line goes out. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHT - MORE WIND PLEASE
Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHT - MORE WIND PLEASE
29/11/2016

Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - blog 3: There's a Great 'Right angle" Route..... Of course there is...

Rhum lines, wind holes and great circles... a novice sailor like me could be right in thinking we were in an episode of Dr Who. And yet, I'm swiftly learning the significance of these terms. Namely of this so-named large wind hole lying directly between the Canaries and St Lucia - essentially the entirety of the mid-Atlantic. Marvellous. Our options, it transpired, were to 1) stay north, or 2) go overtly south for seasonal winds. After a four day passage in big seas and driving rain (note to self - my waterproofs are indeed NOT waterproof), Olympia's Tigress decided to go with option 2. To stay north would risk us becoming becalmed in the mid-Atlantic, less than ideal, from a fresh water standpoint, but also making us all the more vulnerable of meeting a building depression. And so the. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - blog 3: There's a Great 'Right angle" Route..... Of course there is...
Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - blog 3: There's a Great 'Right angle
28/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht : Tag 8 und 9 auf See – 1.Advent

Getreu der schon vielfach zitierten Seemannsregel folgend „Richtung Süden bis die Butter schmilzt und dann rechts rüber“ setzten wir unsere Fahrt froh gelaunt weiter fort. Ergänzung: In der folgenden Nacht von Sonntag auf Montag haben wir dann auch erfolgreich den “Blinker“ gesetzt! Nach einer ruhigen Nachtwache wurden wir in den frühen Morgenstunden durch einen fantastisch anzuschauenden Mondaufgang belohnt.Ruhig? Na ja, mal abgesehen von der gegen Mitternacht gestellten Frage unseres Rudergängers“Sag mal, wie lang sind denn eigentlich die Treibnetze des Fischers an Backbord? “ Nach kurzer Diskussion über die mögliche Länge, waren wir der Meinung, diese vorsorglichsehr großzügig zu umfahren.Den Sonntagmorgen haben wir kleineren Reparaturarbeiten gewidmet (Ergänzung : Schöne Grüße nach. read more...


29/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter Elan 434 - day 9 arc 2016 Squalls and fish!

Update Day 9: End of leg 1, exciting night, champagne sailing, and argument weather.Well it's been some time since our last update, but it's has been a busy 48 hrs. On Saturday we finished what could be called the "first leg" of our passage - the stretch of sailing between the Canary Islands and a high pressure ridge that blocks the road to St Lucia about half way there. Navigator Doug has done an excellent job keeping us in good winds during this time, and we've gone fast and in the right direction over the past week. Unfortunately, we had to face the light and fluky airs of the high pressure at some point.We were sailing west Saturday afternoon (Day 7) when the wind softened and died off. Leaving main and jib up, the crew tucked into a nice steak and pasta dinner down below as a light. read more...


29/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Dienstag 29.11.16 Bordzeit 03.15 Uhr Der 14 Tag.Die Crew lebt! Party die zweite 450 NM vor der Karibik Nachdem ich gestern berichtet hatte das es den Anschein hat Lethargie herrscht an Bord kam der große Umschwung.Aber der Reihe nach.Zuerst möchte ich erwähnen, dass auch gestern ein Held der arbeit gewählt wurde.Wer anders als Michael konnte der glückliche Gewinner sein?In einem aufopferungsvollen Kampf konnte er beweisen dass auch eine Körpergröße von über 1,90 m in einem bordkühlschrank passt.Er konnte somit auch die letzten Reste der von Frank geangelten Fische aufspüren und aus demKühlschrank entfernen.Er brauchte dabei nur seinem Geruchssinn folgen.Auch andere lang vergessene "Lebensmittel" kamen bei dieser Aktion zum Vorschein.Jetzt aber zum gestrigen Tag.Nachdem wir erstmals über. read more...


29/11/2016

Beltana II - Spinnaker day

The spinnaker went up on Beltana II today – Day Nine.We are totally bored of the windless sea, so when 6-7 knots blew in from the right direction, that was our solution – launch the spinnaker for the first time in 8 years!! She went up really well, classic wine glass but we pulled that out OK. She is a big sail. Blue on the corners, then pink, then orange, then a white starry centre bit,,,guess you have to see it.Not really enough wind for her – rigged a light special sheet as well to take the weight off the clew. Played for about one hour but then the breeze dies again so she had to come down. Motored on then and intersected two other ARC boats going in a different direction – they are heading west and a little north, we are heading south to find the trade winds.Gave the French boat a. read more...


29/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 29. November 2016

Wonderful sailing days follow like pearls on a braclet. Reaching winds, sunny ski, wonderful smooth water, light ground swell, cold beer. Only wind and boat speeds are a bit low. But as we need more days to our destination we are allowed more of those days on sea. What a marvelous way to approach the Caribbean islands.What else happened:Caught another Blue Marlin. 1,30m. He arrived just in time for dinner after our sundowner. Thank you.920 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


28/11/2016

Shalan - Day 9

15:40N 35:28WSo today was a bit rubbish for wind. We started off with about 9 knots but this gradually dropped early afternoon to 5 knots. See state has been calm all day. We ended up furling the code 0 and back under engine into the evening. Going into the night the wind has since increased to 13.5 knots and we're now moving along nicely with the spinnaker and main doing about 9 knots SOG on course 255 degrees. We also had some communication from Fourth Dimension who are in the same class as us asking what the wind sitution was like where we where as they were short on fuel. Clearly they were having the same wind issues 100 miles north, and the ARC update confirmed light winds all over the zones. Sounds like a lot of boats have been doing a lot of motoring too. We've still done very. read more...


Shalan - Day 9
Shalan - Day 9
28/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 12 (2)

Day 12 (2)A bit of an update before I grab a quick lie-down as I'm on watch at 10 (it's 7pm now) it's dark and the engine isn't on - can't let that opportunity pass by!!Far from hiding below to avoid the sun and read more books, today turned into quite the maintenance day.First myself and Anais re-ran the second reefing line, which had obviously been chafing on something and was badly damaged.It must be one of the longest lines on the boat - she found the longest spare line we had, stitched it on to the reefing line and pulled the lot through - and it was about 3m short. Gah!Pulled it all back through again, and decided that we'd makethe new line reef 1 (not quite the same length required), make the old reef 1 the new reef 2, only when we looked properly at reef 1, it wasn't as long as. read more...


28/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 28 - 9th Day at SeaAll is well. At night the wind went down to 3 knots and we sat for a while like a duck on water. We started the engine and pointed the boat to a squall, 15 minutes later we had 20 knots of wind and excited crew members screaming for reefs. That lasted nearly 90 minutes (the wind, not the screaming). Overnight the wind was 5-6 knots "on the nose", and by tacking a few times we managed to sail at 3.5-4.5 knots of speed. Not bad at all.I have been wondering if we forgot to tell Commander, our weather routing service, that we are going to St Lucia. Their route has us alternatively pointing to St Augustine, Florida, or Newfoundland, which is also an island, except it's in Canada. I suppose if we end up in St Augustine we can always take a plane to St Lucia and if we. read more...


23/11/2016

Fenella - FENELLA AT SEA

well apparently that's the laundry completed for this trip irrespective of how much longer it takes us. Monday was greeted with considerable activity on the good ship, Whilst Jenner experimented with the remains of yesterdays black olives and some well worked dough the Skipper insisted on pushing into the galley with his bucket of soiled grundies. They were later hanging on the rail to dry ( Fenella has been permanently dressed over all since leaving LP) when Rousy decided to to sort through the fruit . Unfortunately a rejected over ripe tomatoes landed right in the crotch of a splendid pair of extra extra large.Every morning we start the day with healthy intentions a Large bowl of Fresh Fruit Salad is prepared and rapidly consumed. The Quartermaster believes we have sufficient fresh. read more...


28/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Monday 28th November: I don't like Mondays?

Its been a quiet day today – pretty average really, as the wind hasn’tblown much and we’ve had no interest from the local wildlife.  Sails out,sails in, poled out, pole in, engine off, engine on – mainly variations to keepPeter and Keith occupied.  A few sun sightings were taken to confirm we’rein the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m pleased to say the star sightings re-confirm thatfact!  Breakfast, lunch, dinner – just a normal day at sea. I guess the point is that it can be a quiet day but we do recognise thatwe’re so lucky to be out here – it could have been a Monday morning heading offto the City on the 7.06!  So with apologies to those who did that thismorning, this Monday here wasn’t so bad at all.  Many thanks to all thosewho are have enabled us and allowed us to. read more...


28/11/2016

Gatsby - Hoffnung

Ganz nach dem Motto "die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt", schwankt die Stimmung in der Crew. Weiter fahren nach Reperatur des Steurerseils und Aufrüstung der Batterien, die nicht ihre volle Ladekapazität erreichen, wäre möglich. Aber wenn in Bezug auf die Elektrik keine vernünftige Lösung gefunden wird, dann kann es passieren, dass die Crew nicht mach St. Lucia segeln wird.Immerhin die Reperatur der Steuerseile geht sehr zügig voran! Wir blicken vorwärts. Heute hat neben uns die SEA CHANGE abgelegt, die Matrosen sind cool drauf! Es wäre schon schön, die Mannschaft in der Karibik wieder zu treffen. Wir warten noch die nächsten zwei Tage ab! Genießen die Kap Verden.Liebste Grüße Sophie. read more...


28/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 9 - Stillehavet dag 2

Vi er fortsatt i stille farvann. Det er nesten frapperende at et osean kan være så stille. Dønningene er som et landskap av lave åser. (Det følte jeg at denne loggen fikk en snev av litterær kvalitet!). I kveld lyste horisonten opp i øst med et fantastisk lysshow fra en tordenstorm.Båten beveger seg saaakte mot vest. Idag har vi vært nede i en sjømil i timen.Lite trolig, men skulle dette fortsette vil turen vare tre uker til...Derfor var det på sin plass at Jørgen startet en varetelling av provianten. Det ser greit ut. Fortsatt en del ferske varer igjen som løk, gulrot, epler, poteter, egg, spekemat etc, men mer og mer boksemat blir det nok fremover.Dette er kanskje de dagene vi kommer til å huske fra overfarten. 30 grader varmt, vindstille, henge etter båten i tau for å kjøle seg, lese. read more...


28/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin. - Day 8th onboard

Day 8th onboard..Today we started having one meal per day, no fish yet. So we had to start saving the food.. it looked like we didn't cross 3 oceans and did more than 25 long passages! Like we were beginners.. We just really thought we would catch something like we most times do. We even spoke to a boat one night, that was on our VHF range and told us that they had caught some fish but only after they threw all their bananas overboard. They told us we wouldn't fish unless there were no bananas onboard (another sailing superstition added to my list). So what did we do before even saying "NDS Darwin back to 16"? we started eating fiercely all the bananas onboard. They were way too many so decided to wait until the next day so Dad would bake a banana bread! It was no good at al so the. read more...


28/11/2016

Mustique - Day 8 - Seventh Blog - The one that got away..

Sunday was officially day 7, a week since we crossed the start line almost perfectly, or at least better than one more famous racing boat did we understand (;-)It couldn’t got by without mention of Finn’s Sunday dinner - which was an amazing mid afternoon roast.A fantastic meal to accompany our very northerly trajectory (we understand we could be the most northerly boat that isn’t still in the Canary Islands!).Our chance of taking this more northerly route seems to be holding good as we experience winds w over the last 24 hours which keep us chugging along around the 5kt VMG average we understand. In fact we’ve worked out that we are closer now to Bermuda than St Lucia and if we continue this course to maintain wind we have decided we are going to enter the America’s Cup.Robbo and I have. read more...


28/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 9

Following our swim yesterday afternoon we felt the wind might fill in and help us on our way way but nothing developed and we sat and talked as we helped Bill prepare dinner, roast pork and all the trimmings. The sea grew more still every moment as the smallest puff disappeared and soon we found ourselves sitting on a glass flat sea with a flawless blue sky above and all around. Of course we talked about how lovely it all was but our conversation slowed as darkness fell and the stars filled the blue black dome , we became silent when darkness had fully fallen and the stars that had surrounded us were now reflected in the mirror sea and we seemed to float in a plasma of white bright stars hardly knowing which was sea and which was sky .Truly nature is wonderful.We had dinner on deck, not. read more...


28/11/2016

Almagores II - Almagores

Dear family and friends,As you can see from the group picture” bubbles “ galore today on Almagores . David , our amazing cook, has again surprised  us with a lavish” buffet”Of fresh Dorade , mexican Guacomolo, ginger rice. He managed  to enlightening the hearts of the Genovese sailors by serving focaccia as appetizer.The “Buffet and Bubbles” must have been an ode to the wind gods as winds are starting to turn a bit in our favor. This also  means that everyone is going to get of their lazy …..and finally start to do some sailing again. It has been three days now of floating along …so the coming days are a very welcome change .So friends and family …we will enlighten you in the next coming days with new pictures. mezza via. read more...


Almagores II - Almagores
Almagores II - Almagores
Cherish - Day 14: Short cuts
Cherish - Day 14: Short cuts
29/11/2016

Cherish - Day 14: Short cuts

It’s hard work going up and down the ladder with one hand for boat etc etc. Take a short cut whenever possible. In this case breakfast time and Chris hands out the first helping of his famous cheese omelette. Tastes even better than it looks! Good job we laid in (pun intended!) 100 eggs in Las Palmas!WJGOPR1325.. read more...


28/11/2016

Delfini - day 8 - mon 28th

Overnight and this morning we are in a dead flat calm with no wind and big sun so just enjoying the views and hoping for some wind later today or tomorrow The sea is looking very fine and continues to tempt us inn for a swim but so far we have chickened out - maybe tomorrowAt this alarming rate of progress the plotter tells us we should arrive sometime in February so we are wondering what might be left in the Locker for Christmas dinner at sea - no sprouts at least !.... 1800 miles to go. read more...


28/11/2016

EH01 - Day 7-8

Apologies for the delay – we’ve been busy sun bathing, fishing, cooking andwhale watching...but our in-house blogger will tell you more about that. We’ve been in light and very fluky winds since Saturday and have made onlyvery slow progress. It looks like the boats ahead of us got into a better breezeearlier and disappeared while we’ve been working hard to keep the boat moving.Based on the latest forecast we should be in slightly stronger winds fromtomorrow and pick up the pace. Our routing shows that we still have to headsouth-west for another day or two and then we can turn directly to St Lucia. Weall look forward to seeing proper trade wind conditions.   Hello hello from EH01 Marketing Director. Well that was what the Performance Yacht Racing brochure promised... OnSaturday night. read more...


EH01 - Day 7-8
EH01 - Day 7-8
28/11/2016

Sanya - 20161128

2016-11-28 15.30 UTC Boat timeTEAM SANYA VO70We are in the last 700 miles and finally going almost straight to Saint Lucia. Today feels like Caribbean sailing as advertised in the brochure, sun, light winds, fresh fruit and good company. Everybody is catching up on his or her sleep and the first practical jokes are in the making. Picking up after my last blog of the 26th, we have been the most northerly boat and picked up the winds as the first boat. We gained on Trifork, and regained the third place on the Woodpecker, who has been motoring on the rum line. We had our masterclass "Patching up sails on the Atlantic", where all the men flocked around our captain and naviguessor, to watch how the Masthead was patched and after the patching, how to furl a 500m sail by hand on the deck of a. read more...


28/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 8

Day 8. Last night was the best yet for stargazing. Clear skies, no moon and zero light pollution so far out at sea. Spent the time when not at the helm laying on my back hoping to see the Space Station go over. No luck, but I did catch two shooting stars.Daylight sees us making slow progress in light winds. At least we are heading in the right direction. St Lucia is only 1900 miles ahead. I am Mother today so I produced pancakes with maple syrup or chocolate sauce for breakfast. I foundthe mix (just add milk to the plastic bottle and shake) in the supermarket in Las Palmas. I had kept it a secret and everyone was very impressed by how I could rustle up the perfect pancake with ingredients available on board. No secrets on this boat so I did confess to cheating, but no one complained .. read more...


28/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 27 - 8th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 1,745 miles from St Lucia and Las Palmas is 932 miles behind us (as the crow flies, which is not as Albatross sails)Sailing last night was particularly hard. It was pitch dark. No moon. And completely cloudy.We could not see a single star. We were steering in 24 knots of aft wind, with 10-15 feet waves,moving at 7-8 knots. Our heading was 246°and our only point of reference was the B&G electronic compass, with numbers about2 inches tall which on "night mode" are bright orange.With the waves changing our course 20-30 degrees every few seconds, looking at the course heading was like staring hour after hour at a rotating Las Vegas slot machine: 241° 265° 223° 248° 234°.Steering a boat is quite different from driving a car. On a boat if you are. read more...


28/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 8 - The fish has arrived!

Dag 8, passerat halva vägen. mån 28 nov. kl 13.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3 h)Hej VännerNu är det”Race to Lucia” som gäller, då agnarna ska skiljas från vetet.Med senast uppdateringen ser vi, att vi ligger kvar runt en bra 18plats. Vi har tagit in på vår viktigaste konkurrent, som ska tas innanLucia. Det är förstås systerbåten, Swan 65an Vahine vi syftar på. Enbåt med likande förutsättningar som Pauline. Vi har vi fleratillfällen seglat jämnt med dem (och lite fortare) så vi vet att påspeed kan vi slå dem. De är betydligt lättare än Pauline men vi har enlängre vattenlinje, som teoretisk ska ge oss 0,5 knop mer fart.Vahine gjorde ett smart val för ett par dagar sedan och tog då 25distansminuter på oss under 1 dygn. Vi fick ett vindskift sent, sominte passade oss. Senaste dygnet har vi. read more...


28/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Day 12: 75% to St Lucia + Trade winds

Like childbirth, the start of 10+ knot Trade winds, gradually building over the next few days will bring a joy to the ARC+ arriving boats that will hopefully erase the fear of low fuel, snapping sails, and complaining blocks. The forecasted increase in wind should also significantly assist the velocities of the second 1/2 of the ARC+ fleet, and bring us into St Lucia closer together. Unconditional new malfunctions/issues: NONE!After thinking about the sails while on watch last night, and wondering why some boats were doing better than I expected, I effected a change to our sail configuration to let us sail dead downwind easier, and hopefully faster. Interestingly, this sail configuration brings us to the length-wise limit of the mainsheet and lazy sheets. I bought another sheet in. read more...


28/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Day Eight

Sunday morning started with the aroma of bacon and coffee filling the boat accompanied by singing and laughter from our three mothers in the galley (Katherine, John and Laurence.) The crew took no time at all in devouring the offering before taking stock of the day ahead of them – light winds and a lot of sunshine, it was a scorcher! The watches went about their typical duties throughout the day, clambering over bodies lazing about the deck – reading, listening to music / snoozing. Ollie treated the team to some of his Spotify classics with Enya blasting out of the speakers. (My Spotify has logged itself out so no Celine Dion I’m afraid, the crew are quite understandably distraught)Ollie finally caught something with his two fishing lines – unfortunately it was one of James’ size 10. read more...


28/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - day 9

Blog of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93, day 9: ... I'm singing in the rain...! This morning the already very good looking crew got an extra shower :-) but thankfully quite warm. Later on we spotted another sailing ship which was one more than yesterday when we just saw one whale. Also very nice. Sailing is mostly quite relaxed until captain decides to change another sail again (and we've got quite an amount of sails on board!). Probably we used each of them by now except the storm sails. Mood good, food good - what more can one ask for?! Cheers, the crew of the Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


28/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 9 Nacht 8

Hallo da Draußen, die letzte Nacht war ruhig, aber leider auch deshalb weil kein Wind war, wir sind daher bis 05.00 Uhr UTC unter Motor unterwegs gewesen. Wie gestern bereits geschrieben, wird das zwar mit Zeitzuschlägen bestraft, ist jedoch erlaubt. Tagelang in der Flaute zu sitzen, wie zu Zeiten von Columbus bringt uns auch nicht voran. Nach unserer Einschätzung sind viele Schiffe aus unserer Klasse und insgesamt, die nicht die Nordroute gewählt haben, schon viel länger und noch viel länger mit Motor unterwegs, das zeigen uns zumindest die Windkarten. Bis 14.30 Uhr konnten wir bei herrlichem Wetter, ruhigem Meer und einer schönen Brise segeln, jetzt hat uns die Flaute wieder. Wir werden noch bis Mittwochmorgen dieses Problem haben und daher teilweise unter Motor weiter Richtung. read more...


28/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 12 - Monday 28th November

Well, we were all up and at it fine and early today!I can't figure out if it's the clock changes (we moved to UTC-3 a few days ago) or the fact that we're all in bed about an hour after dinner (ie by about 8pm!) but apparently the spinny was up by 6.30am (put up by whom I have no idea but it wasn't me!), and everyone - even Laura, queen of the lie-ins - was up and dressed before 8am.The wind is absolutely perfect today, long may it last.Every night it seems to die back and go directly behind us, which has meant taking sails down and motoring if we want to stay on course - we're all craving a night when the motor isn't droning along as we sleep, and we're not all rolling around in the bunks like ball-bearings on a wobble-board.Last night there was a boat ahead when I came on watch -. read more...


28/11/2016

VAVA-U - Zwei Goldmakrelen - 27.11.16 - 7. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir sind jetzt genau eine Woche auf See und hatten einen wunderbaren, sonnigen und 30 Grad warmen Tag. Leider hat uns der Wind ein bisschen im Stich gelassen, was aber unserer guten Stimmung gar keinen Abbruch tut.Wir genießen die Sonne, faulenzen im Schatten oder im Trampolin und halten Ausguck.(Bild Isabel Ausguck)(Bild Thomas im Trampolin)(Bild Markus auf Vordeck)Auch unser Skipper hält ein Nickerchen.(Bild Martin auf Matratze)Gegen Mittag überholen wir mitten auf dem Ozean ein einsames, kleines italienisches Segelboot. Wir funken kurz, den Tipp, Anchovis als Köder zu benutzen, wandeln wir ein wenig ab und hängen Speck hin.(Bild Italienerboot)(Bild Taue in italienischen Farben)Nachdem die See auch am Nachmittag noch spiegelglatt ist, entscheiden wir uns für eine. read more...



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