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09/01/2016

Aretha - Easy gentle downwind sailing they said. 30 25 South, 14 24 East

Easy sailing they said.   Currently in very rough seas with 40 knots of wind. It’s wet, wild and windy.   The gentle start has given way to some of the toughest sailing we’ve had yet. We have 3 reefs in the main and a tiny hanky of a genoa - enough to be surging at 15 knots down the huge surf that breaks behind us and then accelerates usdown the front of the waves before were stop at the bottom and wind up for the next one.   Glad we put in an extra reef whilst it was still light last night - with 2 reefs we’d been regularly hitting 15-16 knots and it felt just a little too racy. Reefing and leaving the safety of the cockpit in these seas is no joke - clippedon and full care taken. A relief to be back inside after the reef went in.   Seasick still taking its toll -. read more...


09/01/2016

Luna Quest - Saturday, 9th January, 2016

Noon Position:Daily run:The wild sea conditions proved too much for the Hydrovane. Cross seas would push Luna Quest’s stern by 40 to 60 degrees threatening the rig and sails by sudden jibing. The sea was more white than blue with long streaks of foam being bounced around in the frantic conditions. Despite being reefed down to the bare minimum and running almost dead down wind, enormous steep seas attacked Luna Quest on the quarter, one after the other with one such sea breaking on the point where it overtook the boat. The breaking crest swamped the cockpit and cascaded down the companionway soaking everything on its way and reaching the chart table. As soon as the water had drained from the cockpit, I jumped to the pump and cleared the bilge in 60 strokes. Not long after that a second. read more...


09/01/2016

Log Day - Minus 1: We're Ready!

Less than 24 hours to go and today was busier than we had planned for. Enjoyed phones calls and messages from family and friends, received visits from cruising friends who have come to St Lucia to see us off tomorrow, attended a talk on Safety at Sea, received the Skippers Briefing, cleared out, completed all the items on our Pre-Sail Checklist including preparing the saloon bed, finished off Roy's birthday cake, made some fresh yogurt and enjoyed the World ARC Farewell function. I think it's fair to say we're ready! 20160108_172231_1. read more...


Log Day - Minus 1: We're Ready!
Log Day - Minus 1: We're Ready!
08/01/2016

Noch 1 Tag bis zum Start

Hallo, jetzt geht es auf um die Welt. Die Stimmung im Hafen ist super. Es werden die letzten Arbeiten ausgeführt. Heute bunkern wir die letzten frischen Sachen wie Obst und Gemüse. Vorgestern waren wir auf Martinique und gestern zurück. Konnten das Boot gut testen. Alles bisher perfekt. Die Aufregung steigt.Heute ist Skipper Briefing. Da bekommen wir alle wichtigen Informationen bezüglich der ersten Route nach Santa Marta.... read more...


08/01/2016

Exody - Day 362 - It's cool when the keel hums

.... surfing down a wave at over 10 knots!Not sure if it is the horizontal aerofoil shape of Exody's two metre span wing keel.Whatever, the regular wave surfing contributed to an exhilarating best equal (with ourselves) day's run at 11am today, Thursday 8th, of 192 miles, an average of 8 knots- not quite achieving the magical 200 a day! The seas have quietened a little but we are still keeping watch either in waterproofs or down below and its fairly rolly.Waves come over the deck and very occasionally into the cockpit but all is dry in the cabins.Winds are still 25 knots plus and we are now under triple reefed main wing on wing with a single reefed poled out genny.Sailing at fifth in the fleet still in close company with Hugur, just in sight four miles ahead, with another clutch of the. read more...


08/01/2016

Luna Quest - Friday, 8th January, 2016

Noon Position: 30.04S 13.32E Daily run: 188 logged milesThe birds we so enjoyed watching yesterday have gone, save for the occasional booby. Perhaps the Benguela current is no longer so full of nutrition further north, but the gale and the mountainous seas are still with us. One particularly large one astern rose higher and higher at an alarming rate and was clearly bent on swamping Luna Quest. Its height was nearly mast high and as the translucent top was preparing its crest to crash on to Luna Quest’s quarter, our little vessel started to lift its stern to the oncoming avalanche, but the wave was too steep and had timed its crash perfectly. When its crest toppled, the momentum of the wave’s speed slewed the stern by 90 degrees and submerged it in a white sea of bubbles. Miraculously,. read more...


08/01/2016

Log Day - Minus 2: Surprises, SSB. Saxophone and Sextant

Busy, busy, busy - Enjoyed surprise visits from various cruising friends who have come to see us off. Had our SSB/HF radio checked and we're happy to report that it works - Well done Captain Roy for your expertise in installing it. We also completed our fresh produce provisioning and Elaine joined fellow sailors for a sextant lesson before topping off her day with a rehearsal of "Happy Birthday" on her saxophone and baking Roy's birthday cake in preparation for Saturday. Looking forward to a good night sleep!FB_IMG_1452222839795. read more...


Log Day - Minus 2: Surprises, SSB. Saxophone and Sextant
Log Day - Minus 2: Surprises, SSB. Saxophone and Sextant
07/01/2016

Log 1. Rodney Bay, St Lucia. 14.04.44N 60.57.02W

It was a great family Christmas followed by frantic preparations forleaving the house for 8 months for our greatest sea adventure to date, includinga last minute panic due to the unavailability of the Scopolamine patches. After both the Skipper’s and the Skipper’s wife’s GP surgeries finally admittedtheir wholesalers did not have any in stock and that there was a manufacturingproblem, plus a false start with Lloyds pharmacy internet who promised todeliver on receipt of a prescription and then failed, the Ship’s Boy, Venetia,found a supply and ordered them, no prescription needed, for delivery to WestonSuper Mare for transport with Anthony on the 7th Jan.  Phew, we did notwant to embark on our longest sea voyages without the patches which havetransformed life at sea for both the. read more...


07/01/2016

Exody - Days 360-361 : Fast start to St Helena

The 'enhanced' south easterly trade winds, as they are delicately described in forecast, arrived on cue at about three in the morning, requiring two reefs to be taken in the pitch dark before Exody settled down again to a steady speed and course. Our first 24 hour run from the Leg 15 start yesterday Wednesday 6th at 11.00 was 174 miles - a creditable 7.25 knots.We are now 130 miles off South Africa and have just over 1500 miles to run to St Helena.The conditions are fairly robust, gusting well over 30 knots from behind and with more forecast, but Exody is taking it all in her stride. Today we have sunshine and clear blue skies so the the whitecaps all around are bright against the deep blue sea.Hugur is sailing in parallel just 3 miles away with Allegro and Ayama within 10 miles.For the. read more...


07/01/2016

Luna Quest - Thursday, Jan. 7th, 2016

Noon Position: 31.56S 16.01EDaily run: 189 logged milesDestination:Salvador de Bahia (Brazil) via St HelenaIt is a month ago that I posted my last blog entry, but we are now back at sea having left Cape Town yesterday at 11am in gentle westerly breezes. Not that we have been idle. I had three re-absorbing impacted wisdom teeth taken out under a general anaesthetic by an excellent South African maxilla-facial surgeon while having Luna Quest professionally delivered from Richards Bay to Cape Town. We rented a flat in the centre of the City to help me convalesceand using that time to rest my right-arm tennis elbow. We visited Table Mountain, Robben Island, toured Cape Town, took the Blue Train to Pretoria and the Rovos Rail back to CapeTown, then flew home for Christmas and the New Year to. read more...


07/01/2016

Log Day - Minus 4: Numb Bums

Been a very busy day at the Palm Haven Hotel attending the Rally and Route Briefing, Weather Briefing and Downwind Sailing Seminar, topped of with the Rally Photograph and the Rodney Bay Marina Managers Welcome Party, where we enjoyed a fun evening chatting to more of the rally sailor's whom we didn't get an opportunity to meet on Monday. We also managed to get Paw Paw dressed, so she's looking bonafide!20160106_082349_1. read more...


Log Day - Minus 4: Numb Bums
Log Day - Minus 4: Numb Bums
05/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day - Minus 4: Excitement is Mounting

Well, we're certainly not going to starve - Provisioning for frozen items completed and the freezer is bulging. Christmas decorations packed away - The next time we pull them out of the port forward bunk we'll have crossed the Pacific Ocean and plan to be in New Zealand for the Southern Hemisphere's cyclone season - eeeek!!!. read more...


05/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day - Minus 5: Meeting the Other Sailors

Laundry done. Propane tanks filled. Pre-cooked meals started. Our whereispawpaw.com website and gallery updated. WARC Welcome Party in full swing and we were featured in the WARC 2016 news article - https://www.worldcruising.com/world_arc/newsarticle.aspx?page=S635874957978199188&ArchiveID=1&CategoryID=190&ItemID=244823&src= IMG_20160104_210648. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day - Minus 5: Meeting the Other Sailors
Paw Paw - Log Day - Minus 5: Meeting the Other Sailors
04/01/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day-6: Registration and Inspection

Out celebrating - We're registered and the first yacht to pass the inspection - Even got a comment: "Wow, this is an organized yacht" when I pulled out our inventory in order to point Roy in the right direction to find our emergency antenna which we'd purchased and packed away 18 months ago.DSC_0066. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day-6: Registration and Inspection
Paw Paw - Log Day-6: Registration and Inspection
04/01/2016

Widago - Home for the Holidays!

After a challenging Atlantic crossing with ARC+, WIDAGO and her crew were ready to get stateside to see family, friends, doggies, and high-speed internet. Seriously, anyone who says, "If so-and-so gets elected, I'm leaving the the USA and moving....", well they are, in my humble opinion, idiots. Even though I loved all the fantastic places we have traveled to in the past year, nothing beats home. Home is where is the heart is. Home is where your mom is. Period.We spent a few weeks in south Florida visiting all our favorite preventative health physicians. Everyone made honor marks...except Ahab. He managed to get a cavity whilst underway. Gotta start hiding those mini-Mars bars, and stock up on more fluoride mouthwash.After the dentist, we obviously hit Shake Shack, followed bouts of GI. read more...


Widago - Home for the Holidays!
Widago - Home for the Holidays!
20/12/2015

Starblazer - Hello from Cape Town

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Starblazer - Hello from Cape Town
Starblazer - Hello from Cape Town
18/12/2015

Y2K - Wish Good Luck

This is what we usually do after every good catch to wish us good luck for the next one ! MaxIMG_20151202_114735. read more...


Y2K - Wish Good Luck
Y2K - Wish Good Luck
14/12/2015

Aliena - Lunes 14-12-2015

12º día de navegación desde Mindelo. En mi segunda guardia de esta noche, que en realidad es de 06h a 08h me he convencido de que Neptuno duerme por las noches y por eso el mar está mas tranquilo y a la salida del sol se despierta y por eso empieza de nuevo a agitarse el mar. Como viejo gruñon que debe ser se despierta a media noche para hacer pipí o tomar alguna medicina y por eso de repente hay unas olas incomprensibles. Noche tranquila salvo un incidente con un mercante indio que se nos paró delante y Miguel tuvo que darle unos gritos por la radio, Hoy tenemos poco viento y regular mar aunque mucho menos que dias atrás. Hemos pescado un dorado del que ya hemos dado buena cuenta. Estamos ya muy cerca de Saint Lucia, a 55 millas, en realidad enfrentados al Sur de Martinica y nuestro. read more...


14/12/2015

TWIXX - in St Lucia!

Missie volbracht!Iedereen heel, boot heel en op de wind helemaalnaar de Caribbean gezeild. Trots en in jubelstemming, een heerlijk gevoel. Dat hebben we toch maar even gedaan. Het binnenvaren van de Marina was al fantastisch. Op de Lazy Linda werd spontaan muziek gemaakt en iedereen roept naar en feliciteert ons. Op de kade staan ze klaar van de ARC om ons aan te pakken. Maar dat is nog niet alles! Terwijl we de boot nog aan t vastknopen zijn komt er al iemand met een dienblad met rumpunch en een schaal met vers fruit. (En een fles rum tussen de bananen;))GEWELDIG! Rumpunch om 9 uur 's ochtends smaakt heerlijk na de overtocht;)Hier kunnen we wel aan wennen..... read more...


TWIXX - missie volbracht!!!
TWIXX -  missie volbracht!!!
14/12/2015

Sunrise - daily Blog

Sunrise 13.12.2015Tag 20 +FazitVorbei!18 Tage, 10 Stunden, 4 Minuten, 9 Sekunden.Was bleibt?Ein großes Erlebnis, ein wenig Abenteuer. Neue Erfahrungen mit sich selbst und anderen. Drei Wochen miteinanderklarkommen. Die Unmöglichkeit des Ausweichens, war die größte Herausforderung und das größte Risiko. Diese zwischenmenschlich fundamentale Seite hat unter den 6 Crew Mitgliedern mit Leichtigkeit und Gelassenheit funktioniert, die so nicht zu erwarten war. Trotz aller Schwierigkeiten während der Fahrt kam es nie zu einer Belastung dieses Verhältnisses. Alle Crew Mitgliedersind kommunikationsstarke Männer mit hoher Dialoglust und lebensbejahender Grundeinstellung. Sicher eine zufällige Konstellation. Aber es galt sie zu erkennen, sie zu pflegen und festzuhalten.Warum der Atlantik?Was treibt. read more...


14/12/2015

TWIXX - Land in zicht!!

Land in zicht!!De laatste mijlen, Pigeon Island ronden en dan de finishlijn over. Bij iedereen heerst nu een gezonde spanning. Allemaal nog even een douche en dan zijn we er klaar voor. Kom maar op met die rumpunch!. read more...


TWIXX - St Lucia
TWIXX - St Lucia
TWIXX - LAND IN ZICHT!!
TWIXX - LAND IN ZICHT!!
13/12/2015

Aliena - Domingo 13-12-2015

11º día de navegación. Dia muy tranquilo con poco viento desgraciadamente y mucho calor. El viento es de popa casi cerrada aunque cambia de una aletaa otra constantemente y hace que naveguemos unos grados desviados -lo que faltaba- y de vez en cuando tengamos que trasluchar la mayor. Hemos puesto el yankee esta mañana y lo hemos tenido que quitar porque el poco viento no lo mantenía. Esto es una prueba dura de paciencia. No hemos visto barcos ni peces, ni siquiera los voladores de siempre, ni siquiera pescamos, ni siquiera huele a tierra. Solo comemos y solo veo los sargazos, a Miguel con bigote y a Carlos con barba ¡espantosos!El mar está mas tranquilo y mas azul, pero sigue siendo incómodo. Seguimos con la corriente en contra ¿Donde esta esa corriente de la que hablan todos los libros. read more...


13/12/2015

Calypso - They think its all over - well it is now!

And that's it, done and dusted. I know this is a little late, but internet access here has been a tad problematic.So we arrived JUST before dark on Friday - at 17:09:13 on the 12th to be precise - making 19 days and a few hours at sea. A little longer than planned, but then we covered a few more miles than planned too (about 400 miles more than most in fact).We were welcomed with Rum Punch on the dock, and after putting the boat quickly to bed, headed off, first to say hi to friends and then to visit the street party that happens every Friday just down the road. There's probably plenty to tell about the street party, but it seems that nobody remembers very much at all (or at least that's their story).We've covered over 3,000 miles, spent almost 20 days in just each others company, and. read more...


13/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - LAST DAY

La giornata scorre tranquilla.C'è anche più vento di quanto previsto, ne siamo felici perché arriveremo prima, ma purtroppo atterreremo di notte. Pazienza.Quando sul radar cominciamo a vedere i primi segni di terra, esplode un hurrà generale.In lontananza solo un bagliore nel cielo sopra la Martinica, ancora nessuna luce da St Lucia.I turni saltano, sono le 22.00, abbiamo da poco finito di cenare, ci regaliamo un piccolo sonnellino con turni di mezz'ora ciascuno, in modo da dormire un'ora e mezza ciascuno.All'una siamo tutti in piedi.Siamo a meno di 10 mg dal canale tra St Lucia e la Martinica. Ormai le luci da terra sono visibili. Ancora nessun profumo, ma siamo sopravvento è normale.In mare intorno a noi, vediamo altre luci verdi o rosse, altre barche che stanno convergendo verso St. read more...


13/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 19

Sunrise 10.12.2015Tag 19 1. TeilDer Blick in den nächtlichen Sternenhimmel ist ein Blick in die sagenumwobenen Sternbilder Herkules,Orion, Kentaur, Pegasus, Perseus, Andromeda, ...Wir versinken in der Unendlichkeit. Sinnen dem Urknall nach, der Ausdehnung des Universums und ziehen mit den Sternschnuppen, die mit feiner Leuchtspur über das Firmament eilen und dann überladen mit den Wünschen der Menschen, in einem der Sternbilder mit einem letzten Aufblitzen für immer verglühen.Die Tage werden zunehmend karibischer. Die Sonne brennt vom wenig bewölkten Himmel, das Meer wird noch eine Spur lichtblauer. Ein ereignisloser Tag dehnt die Stunden. Wenn da nicht das Schiff wäre. Seit 2 Tagen machen uns die Versorgerbatterien zu schaffen. Wir stellen einen rapiden Leistungsabfall fest! Der auch. read more...


12/12/2015

Hera - Zieleinlauf

Heute um 09.10 Uhr lokaler Zeit (MEZ-5h) haben wirdie Ziellinie überschritten und sind alle wohlbehalten auf St. Lucia angekommen.Beim Überlaufen der Ziellinie gabs noch ein kleines Malheur. Gernot drückte denKnopf unseres gewaltigen Signalhorns, der nach einmaliger Betätigung im Innerender Bootshülle verschwand. So konnten wir leider nicht ins Konzert all derSignalhörner, die uns in der Marina begrüßten einstimmen. Als wir am Liegeplatzfestgemacht hatten, mußten wir uns erstmal  mit bordeigenem Bier begnügenbevor das Empfangskomitee der ARC mit dem Rumpunch eintraf. Dies ist unser letzter Blog, bevor wir uns all derPartys und Cocktails unter Palmen und karibischem Flair ergeben. Wir dankenallen unseren Fans, die unsere spannende Atlantiküberquerung verfolgt haben undwünschen Euch. read more...


Hera - Zieleinlauf
Hera - Zieleinlauf
12/12/2015

Aliena - Sábado 12-12-2015

11º día de navegación. Dia tranquilo de viento, pero con bastante mar, aunque a lo largo del dia ha mejorado mucho. Se nota que el Oceano se está convirtiendo en Mar y supongo que el poco viento tambien influye. Esta tarde y debido al poco viento, por fin hemos conseguido subir el yankee, que lo habíamos tenido que quitar porque se había roto intentando repararle un descosido -cosas del mar-. Se hace largo este trayecto y mas con las millas de ida y vuelta que hemos tenido que hacer por el problema de la mayor. Está lleno de unas algas que parecen helechos flotantes, a veces nos preguntamos si estamos en el mar de los sargazos. Se nota que estamos cerca porque han venido delfines y nos ha adelantado un barco de pasajeros con destino a Barbados que parecía una caja de zapatos flotante.. read more...


12/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 19 - And finally….

Rhumb crossed the line at around 8.32 Saturday 12th December to the exhilaration of her crew.To those who know, Spongebob crossed the line too to the delight of yours truly.We are here and to a wonderful reception from Anne, Brian's soon to be wife. her friend Jan, and Tim's girls, Me'Julie, Rebecca and Ellie. Rum punch awaiting, plus a basket of fruit disguised as a bottle of Chairman's Reserve Rum - guess where the cork is going this evening.Words escape us all at the moment, so pardon us if we now sign off with a hearty hoorah or three, followed by a rather important apppointment with the shower block.Rhumb over - N14.04 W60.56 - Rodney Bay, St Lucia.. read more...


Spirit of Adventure - Torn code zero
Spirit of Adventure - Torn code zero
Rhumb - Arrived
Rhumb - Arrived
12/12/2015

Toujours Belle - 100 sm nach St. Lucia

Jetzt sind es noch 100 sm bis nach St. Lucia. Wir werden morgen früheinlaufen. Der Parasailor fehlt uns sehr. Wären damit schon längst imHafen. Nur mit Genua zieht sich das hin. Heute heißt es Schiff klar machen.Letzter Seetag. Alles aufräumen. Heute gibt es Steak zum Mittag. DieAufregung steigt. Tut gut auf dem Plotter die Inseln zu sehen. Ich denke,heute Nacht wird keiner von uns schlafen gehen. Es war bisher eine langeFahrt. 4 Tage Sturm, dann Flaute, ständig Welle bei bis zu 3m von hinten.Squalls. Tolle Sonnen Auf- und Untergänge. Tolle Nächte mit einemsagenhaften Sternenhimmel. Das Boot wurde in den 3 Wochen wirklich hartbeansprucht. Ständige Schläge der Wellen. Das Rollen belastet jegliche Artvon Aufbauten. Besonders den Mast. Bisher hat das Schiff das alles sehr gutweggesteckt.. read more...


11/12/2015

Aliena - Viernes 11-12-2015

10º dia de navegacion. Pocas novedades respecto a dias anteriores. Nos quedan 520 nm. Seguimos sin ver ni un alma, solo los peces voladores que nos saltan directamente a la bañera por la noche. Estamos bien aunque con este mar cuando lleguemos a tierra no vamos a saber andar recto.Carmen. read more...


11/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 19 - The Last Lap

A rather contemplative log as we close in on St Lucia.Having been out here alone for so long, paths now begin to merge as the remaining yachts make their final approaches to their destination. Thoughts turn to returning to some sense of normality once the euphoria and celebrations subside.It is only at this point that as an individual you begin to take in what you have managed to achieve. Apparently, more people have climbed Everest than have sailed across the Atlantic.Nearly three weeks ago now, feelings for us all began with anticipation, excitement, trepidation, and yes, a touch of fear at times. Excitement remains, but is now accompanied by a sense of wonderment, a sense of awe too, when you contemplate the sheer magnitude of it all as you look up at the night sky, but are then. read more...


Shiva - Arrived!
Shiva - Arrived!
Shiva - Wild life onboard
Shiva - Wild life onboard
Shiva - Flying fish
Shiva - Flying fish
Shiva - Dolphins
Shiva - Dolphins
Shiva - Mahi Mahi filet
Shiva - Mahi Mahi filet

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