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12/12/2017

Hot Stuff - some final thoughs

As we approach the last days starboard watch (Josie, Rosie, Silvia and Janet) have been discussing our experiences, good and bad, and thinking about the things we will miss. 1) precariously positioning yourself in the heads, knowing one unfortunately timed heel will result in being slapped back with toilet water.2) surviving the heads challenge, but busting out the side door towards the person in the forepeak with your pants around your ankles. 3) the never ending supply of cabbage to create some unusual meal choices, pasta pesto and cabbage....yum! 4) armpit hair wafting in the wind (without judgement!)5) playing human Tetris to get between the cabin, saloon and deck.6) the strange noises and the mouse that lives in the mast.7) boat soap foot spas, authentic sea salt shower scrubs and. read more...


12/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 12122017 On the way to Martinique

Le blog à part du TOP n°15 du mardi 12/12/2017Aujourd'hui, anniversaire de mon filleul, salut Yann !Cette nuit, j'étais de dernière garde. Réveillé une heure avant à 3h, j'ai remplacé Catherine. On avait le moteur depuis la veille au soir et en l'absence de vent on setraînait à 4, 5 kts. Après les minimum 7 kts des jours d'avant, on ne peut pas dire que les poissons volants étaient collés dans mes moustaches. Trois heures trèspénibles, vent nul puis tournant moins de un kt. Je surveille du coin de l'oeil à l'AIS, Peregrine, voilier aussi au moteur par travers babord arrière. Je ne le verrais jamais.Ah oui l'AIS (automatic informationsystem), pour ceux à qui je n'en ai pas encore touché deux mots. Il s'agit d'un système embarqué qui émet à destination des autres bateaux les infos comme le. read more...


12/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 24 - 12 December - Land Ahoy!

I'd just got to sleep (it seemed) when the alarm rang. Still pitch black outside, I just about registered it was only 5am, at least an hour and a half too early for my alarm. Why is it ringing? What do I do? The ringing stopped. Then it began again. I started, taken aback by its insistence, then fumbled, all fingers and thumbs. Three weeks away from civilisation and I've forgotten how to answer a phone! I got there in the end though to find it was Xavier's cousin Tom, who, with his family, had sailed with us to the Canaries. Tom was ringing to congratulate us - only 12 miles to go! How's the atmosphere with you guys? Hot and stuffy, I replied, thinking of the vest top sticking to my back. Not sure that's quite what he meant...The Skipper mumbled an acknowledgement into the microphone,. read more...


12/12/2017

Indian Summer - Day 22 with Ted

We followed Teds fishing recommendations and got lucky. Two big mahi mahi, around one meter each! We could eat fish tacos and now the captain is getting better at cutting up the fish so we get more and more out of them. Ted has learnt a new table game, Bonanza, where you plant and harvest beans to get rich. Hilmer won. For several days we had a lot of wind and waves (Ted has been seasick), but now it is almost no wind or waves (safe for Ted). Now everybody is longing to come to St Lucia and walk some solid ground, but still two-three days to go.Sunshine from Indian Summer - Ted, Hampus and Hilmer. read more...


11/12/2017

Gust of Wind - Final Day

Match Racing to the endThe last 24 hours saw some challenging and exhilarating sailing. Rain squalls with accompanying winds of 30 to 40 knots. Flying just the spinnaker, we would accelerate quickly as the gusts hit us. At one point we had a top speed of 24 knots (Can’t say exactly as the wind speed meter had been blown off the mast, sustained for 20 to 30 seconds, with the spray coming off the bows like a powerboat.)  This was followed by periods of very light winds. Shortly after sunrise we had dolphins on the bow again.Since a few days into the start of the race, we hadn’t seen another boat and then out of the darkness a few days ago loomed Celeste of Solent, a far 65. Each of us sailing our own race, our paths would cross as we both went in different directions only for us to. read more...


Gust of Wind - Final Day
Gust of Wind - Final Day
11/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 23 - 11 December - As the sun sets...

Today began with the most spectacular of sunrises, matched only by the sunset this evening, and I persuaded the whole crew to come and join me on the bow to watch it together. Clowning around to get a smile from some of the younger members of the crew, grumpy at first, having to leave Plus Plus (a kind of flat version of Lego, with which you can construct 3D objects) and don life-jackets, the biggest smile was drawn by the arrival of a pod of dolphins, the larger than any we have seen so far, playing in our bow. We have now set our clocks to Barbadian time. Less than 75 miles to go!. read more...


11/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 22 - Geschrieben an Tag 23

Zum ersten Mal bin ich ganz nervös dabei, einen Blogeintrag zu schreiben. Ihr fragt euch, warum? Ganz einfach: Seitdem wir gestern angekommen sind und wieder Kontakt zur "Zivilisation" haben, trudelten von unzähligen Leuten What's App Nachrichten, SMS und E-Mails ein, von Leuten, die unseren Blog gelesen haben. Die Hälfte davon kenne ich noch nicht einmal! Es ist ein bisschen überwältigend gewesen, aber auch schön, weil es allen gefallen zu haben scheint (oder alle höflich genug waren, nicht zu sagen, dass sie mein Geschreibsel furchtbar fanden). Also möchte ich diesen Eintrag damit beginnen, Danke zu sagen: Danke an alle, die so fleißig mitgelesen und Anteil an unserem Abenteuer genommen haben; an alle, die in Gedanken mitgesegelt sind. Danke! :-)Gestern um 07:40:45 Uhr local time sind. read more...


La Cigale - Day 23 - The sun sets on La Cigale
La Cigale - Day 23 - The sun sets on La Cigale
11/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 23 - Jacques Cousteau

Wind, what wind?We spent last night, and today drifting at 2-3 knots with a flukey breeze of 4-5 swinging between our stern and our beam.After some maintenance and cleaning (including flushing the holding tanks and the bilges) we looked at the drive selection unit again and a very worrisome vibration started.This was not good news.Cue the camera team from the Blue Planet!With help from the Blue Peter production department (zip strips, boat hook and sticky-back plastic) we had an underwater GoPro gimbal.A couple of shots over the side and our fears were confirmed.Somewhere along the way we’ve picked up an unhealthy amount of line around the prop, and even the rope cutter on the shaft hadn’t dealt with it.Solution: Jake and I went for a dip with our knives and got to work under the boat.. read more...


11/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 23 - 11 December - Catch of the Day

I took over from the Skipper on the dawn watch this morning. The rest of the crew fast asleep, it isn't often we have time to ourselves so he stayed out a little longer I keep me company. He also wanted to keep an eye on an approaching vessel he had just flagged. The stars were shining, and with my Night Sky app, I could give him a guided tour. No, that wasn't Mars, that was Betelgeuse, also of a reddish hue, I corrected him, continuing: that bright star, over there, is actually the planet Jupiter and look, just above, *that's* Mars. After a few minutes he declared "Actually, Lucy, I'm not really interested at all, I just want to find the North Star that I remember as a teenager." I cast around quickly and caught sight of a bright light on the horizon. "There you go, Polaris!" I said. read more...


11/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 11122017 Plume d'oie

The blog of TOP n ° 14 of Monday 11/12/2017 Dear Friends, dear fans, dear groupies, dear families, we do not doubt that all your thoughts are turned towards us. Unfortunately, it's "game over" and it's not "more fun to compete"! I quote Nono: "Since yesterday afternoon the breeze has been light ... last night a little more constant the second part of the night, but since this morning is the" misery "... 2 to 3 kt speed ... the forecasts for this night and tomorrow morning do not give more wind (and we have less than the expected wind!) ... in short we give up the race, this day at 17H30TU, .... to make motor road until finding a breeze enough to move towards St. Lucia ..or Le Marin directly ..The sporting stakes had already begun since last week, we were before this abandonment the. read more...


11/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.

The Kirstenbosch Gardens were given to Capetown by Cecil John Rhodes an early prime minister of the Cape Colony who became wealthy. I will show a few photos This is a tree top canopy recently added. This is streptocarpus which is like an African Violet. The last two were from a family called protea This was a 30-40 foot tree. I did not get the nameThis is Houw hoek a type of heathMay fair winds fill your sails with fragrance and beauty BobSent from my iPadimage1 image2 image3 image4 image5 image6. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
Lexington - Captain Bob: Kirstenbosch Gardens.
11/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017

We toured the Koopman De Wet House and the Kirstenbosch Gardens today. The Koopman De Wet House is a well preserved house with many original or period furnishings. A lot of the furnishings were from around 1870's with some being earlier.I will show some photos and descriptions. image1 image2 image1 image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/11/2017
11/12/2017

Sunrise - Tag 14 (02.12.)

In der Nacht hat die Sunrise ihren ersten tierischen Kollateralschaden. Zum Glück für die Sunrise ist es nicht der von allen gefürchtete schlafende Wal. Zum Leidwesen für den fliegenden Fisch bemerken wir den Zusammenstoß mit ihm nicht, sondern finden ihn erst am nächsten Morgen auf unserem Oberdeck. Wir untersuchen ihn interessiert und lassen ihn dann wieder schwimmen, sozusagen.Den ganzen Tag geschieht nichts bemerkenswertes, wir spielen unsere volle Routine aus. Wachdienste, Lesen, Reden, Schlafen, Vordecks-Pützdusche in 2er-Kommandos am Nachmittag etc. Nach dem Abendessen (Spaghetti mit einem Champignonsahnes und Gurkensalat) fahren wir seit Tagen mal wieder ein Manöver. Der Wind kommt immer nördlicher und wir mit unserem Vorwindkurs in Schmetterlingsstellung immer südlicher. Damit. read more...


11/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 11122017 Game Over

Bonsoir a toutes zé tous, Depuis hier apres midi la brise s'est faite legere...la nuit dernière un peu plus constante la 2nde partie de nuit, mais depuis ce matin c'est la "misère"...2 a 3 kt de vitesse...les prévisions pour cette nuit et demain matin ne donnent pas plus de vent ( et nous avons moins que le vent prévu!)...bref nous abandonnons la course, ce jour a 17H30TU,....pour faire route moteur jusqu'a retrouver une brise suffisante pour avancer vers Ste Lucie ..ou Le Marin directement..L'enjeu sportif etait déjà entammé depuis la semaine dernière, nous etions avant cet abandon le suivant a arriver a 220NM restant....Petite deception a bord, mais c'est sans peine...Bises de BlueTop. read more...


La Cigale - Day 23 - Fish for lunch!
La Cigale - Day 23 - Fish for lunch!
11/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 20-24 auf der Zielgeraden

In der Nacht von Donnerstag auf Freitag frischte der Wind wie angekündigt auf. Genua und Grßsegel wurden gerefft als es bis zu 6 Windstärken wurden. In Wirklichkeit freuten wir uns sehr über den Wind den wir so dringend brauchten, um uns unserem Ziel schnell zu nähern. Freitag und Samstag kamen recht hoher Wellengang hinzu, die Wellen schoben das Schiff von hinten an und gaben uns zusätzlichen Schwung, was jedoch auch das Steuern anspruchsvoll machte. Samstag Vormittag schlackerte plötzlich das Großsegel, der Grund war eine gerissene Reffleine, die durchgescheuert war. Sie wurde ersetzt und es konnte weiter gehen. Dank dem guten Wind holten wir mächtig Zeit auf. Sonntag früh ließ der Wind nach und bis am Nachmittag segelten wir mit dem pinken Spinnaker weiter. Ab ca 15:30starteten wir. read more...


11/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 21: Arrival!!

10 December 2017 0700 local time Position Saint Lucia LGY MarinaI came back on watch at 1200 and Neal had already spotted the loom of the lights from St Lucia and Martinique which gradually became more and more distinct as we neared. The wind was dropping slowly but then so was the sea state and so we were able to maintaina reasonable speed. Everyone then came on deck in team shirts as we rounded Pigeon Island and rounded up to head for the Finnish/English/ Completion line set to leeward of a massive three masted cruise ship in Rodney Bay. We eventually crossed at 0200 having just crossed the Atlantic!!Photos ensued from the official photographer and then felt our way into the narrow entrance to the IGY marina finding the Yellow Shirts there to collect our lines and help berth stern to. read more...


11/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+22 Arrivée à Rodney Bay

Lundi 11 décembreO2h02 UTCsoit 22h02 local14°04 N60°56 WArrivée Rodney BayTerre.Même si nous nous en doutions nous avons aperçu Ste Lucie vers 15h à l'endroit prévu.Toute la journée s'est déroulée par petit temps et nous avons passé la ligne après un dernier empannage de spi nocturne.En entrant dans l'étroit chenal de la marina de Rodney Bay, nous avons la surprise d'entendre parler français sur la fréquence de l'ARC. Ce sont tous nos amis français déjà arrivés qui nous font un comité d'accueil bruyant et sympathique. Belle arrivée au ponton avec l'ARC qui nous offre des fruits et des boissons fraiches.La soirée s'est passée à refaire la course autour d'une table. Tout s'est joué au moment de la deuxième dépression. Ceux qui ont plongé au sud tout de suite ont pris la bonne option. Nous. read more...


Aedis Blog: See you soon!
Aedis Blog: See you soon!
11/12/2017

Nutcracker - Lights of St Lucia fine to port

Cabin boy writes: Lights of Martinique on stbd bow. Lights of St Lucia fine to port. 25m to run. Will the Trades have one last laugh? Having dropped to 8 knots during yesterday afternoon, with direction all over the place, they seem to be holding at. c12knots ENE'ly now. So arrival at c 06.00 local time (GMT -4). We're heading dead downwind on stbd gybe, so one last gybe as we approach Pigeon Island, pole down and 1 mile reach into Rodney Bay to finish. Will be close to dawn; would be nice to arrive in the light. And, given start on Nov 19 was 13.00 GMT, finish looks to be just before the completion of Day 22. Helluva trip.. read more...


10/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 21 - finish line in sight!

It looks like we have actually made it. We sailed across our first ocean and I couldn’t be more proud.I’m currently on watch with 90 minutes to our waypoint at the northern point of St Lucia where we will call into ARC control and announce we are 2 miles out from the finish line.The rest of the guys are all asleep but I’ll wake them in an hour or so.We’ve had a great day but with winds as light as 6 knots we dropped the sails and started a motor.Unfortunately we will be crossing the finish line under engine but considering we still have most of the fuel we left with I am quite happy to be entering an unfamiliar bay with the sails packed away.We stopped this afternoon to sort out our failed prop - it still had the 3rd Genoa sheet wrapped around it and I didn’t want to arrive with a half. read more...


11/12/2017

Nutcracker - .....the final countdown....

So, it's the final countdown. As I write, we have less than 90 miles left to go, land is very nearly in sight, the crew can taste the cold beer and the Rum Punch is (hopefully) being brewed. It's as well that we are nearly there, the personal hygiene situation is rapidly deteriorating and there are a few smells floating around that are decidedly iffy. Luckily, the water management has been excellent, and the reward shall be a (very quick) shower for the crew. It's all coming out of the woodwork. Private stashes of wet wipes are being revealed, the last of the fresh milk is finished and, most importantly, the final packet of Percy pigs has been finished. Definitely time to arrive. Of course, the Ocean being a fickle mistress, the wind has dropped and we are now plodding along doing 4. read more...


11/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 22 - 10 December - Full steam ahead!

Growing ever closer to St Lucia, we spent the afternoon making our courtesy flag in readiness for our arrival. We've used an EU flag as a base, the Gran Canaria flag for a yellow triangle, the bottom of Isabelle's Halloween vampire cape for a black one, and the innards of a small Swiss flag for the white edging. It's on the large size for a courtesy flag, but great to shout out how happy we will be to see St Lucia!Also in preparation for our arrival, we've jumped from Rio de Janeiro to Buenos Aires time zone today - you see, we can travel at speed when required! So near and yet so far, we had been whipping along nicely overnight, but the wind has now completely dropped away. Motor on, 200 miles to go. We should have enough fuel... just about.... read more...


10/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 22 - Keeping Up Appearances

The sun has been blisteringly hot and the wind painfully meagre.The crew spent the day going about their regular chores and wishing for stronger airs.As the speed over the ground dropped again the team’s brains started clicking and whirring and the angst at the slowing of pace once more became visible on their faces, but as we all say: “what can we do?”.Not a lot it would seem.We keep trimming the sails, keen not to lose any vital boat speed.Keep looking after one another, and try to keep each other’s spirits up.The dolphins reappeared after a few days hiatus, and they’re always a welcome sight.Jake sheltered from the sun and hosted the inaugural NoStress Cinema Matinee Show.It was a double-bill comprising Ironclad and Master & Commander - Far Side of the World.I only caught some of the. read more...


10/12/2017

Manihi - Arrivéééés !!!

Ce matin à 5h31 nous passions la ligne d'arrivée avec un mélange de plaisir, de satisfaction et d'émotions d'avoir accompli cette traversée de 5000 km. Contrairement à ce qu'on pourrait imaginer, le temps a passé vite ces trois semaines ! Elles ont été très variées et nous ne nous sommes pas ennuyés !Ça a aussi été très bon de savoir que nous étions suivis aussi assidûment. Merci beaucoup d'avoir participé indirectement à notre aventure qui restera inoubliable ; avec une pensée particulière pour les commentaires déposés, que nous n'avons pas encore vus !!! Faut avouer qu'aujourd'hui, nous n'avons pas spontanément sauté sur internet. Les priorités étant plutôt douche, repos et Piton (la bière locale).L'arrivée dans la marina était accueillie par les hourras et applaudissements spontanés. read more...


10/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown

We went to Parrl and Franschhoek which are two towns in the wine district around Capetown. It was a beautiful day for a 45 mile drive. We just started driving to the area and reading the tour books. We first read about a Sundry lamb Braai but it was sold out when we called. We ended up at Taillefert winery. It was a beautiful vineyard of nearly perfect looking vines. There was not a weed in sight. We had a nice lunch salad and then did a wine tasting. It was interesting but probably a waste of good wine. image1 image2. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: 12/10/2017 Capetown
10/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+21 Piste noire, piste bleue

Dimanche 10 décembre12h00 UTC13°55 N59°38 WDistance 24h : 178 millesDistance restante : 78 millesPiste noire, piste bleueNuit très sportive.Vu la menace de vent faible à l'arrivée, nous avons décidé de garder le spisymétrique pendant toute la nuit pour bien avancer. C'est un spi médium quenous nous étions promis d'affaler à partir de 20 nœuds de vent réel.Après une délicieuse tarte au pomme (c'est le dernier jour, on se lâche surle gaz) nous avons mis nos cirés (avec juste un polo en dessous) et gardéle spi en l'air avec des claques à 30 nœuds sous les grains dans le noircomplet.Nous descendons une piste noire à fond dans les bosses. Quelques beaudéparts au lof avec tout le gréement qui claque. Des poissons volants qui sontsoulevés par notre vague d'étrave. Nous en avons reçu un dans la. read more...


10/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 20 - ‘bit of a crap day’

With St Lucia approaching fast now, it’s time I got some of the ‘not very nice jobs’ done so I can relax and enjoy a rum punch or 7 when we get there.Part of living on a boat means that everything on that boat is our responsibility to keep in good working order and that includes the toilets - unfortunately.So today is toilet unblocking day.We have 3 heads and the one in our master cabin was in need of some TLC.It seems that the pipes get blocked over time due to flushing with salt water, despite regularly flushing with fresh water.But, as I didn’t know what the source of the problem was I began at the toilet end and started taking things apart.After a relatively easy job dismantling and cleaning the macerator at the base of the toilet (considering 3m seas and our head is forward) I put. read more...


10/12/2017

Nutcracker - Are they here yet?

Shore based Admiral writes: I think Nutcracker may have gone into stealth mode to keep their position secret from the surrounding boats in a last minute dash to the finish and the possibility of not finishing last?  I jest, as those of you who have been updating four-hourly know (I know you are out there). For it has been a storming last few days with the good and trusty Nutcracker doing what she does best, thundering down the quite lively seas in a nifty following wind.. Their shore based reception committee have also been busy doing what they do best, chilling and keeping their nerves steady with a steady supply of rose interrupted by the occasional rum punch.  So, are they here yet?  Well no, and no insight from the technical team as to quite when they will. read more...


10/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 20 - Last day at sea - maybe...

We are slowly closing in on Barbados, the next stop in our journey to the Caribbean. Depending on the wind, which has already subsided quite a bit since yesterday, we might arrive there on Monday evening. With our light-wind-sail still broken, we cannot sail a direct course to our next waypoint, but instead are zig-zagging in front of the wind. To celebrate our progress, we started the day with some white sausages for breakfast, classic Bavarian style (though none of us are actually Bavarian). Yesterday afternoon, we had a bit of a scare, as we discovered that a part of the mast had become undone. Upon closer inspection however, and after hoisting our skipper up the mast, it seems the broken part was not of structural importance and hence was fixed in proper engineering style: with duct. read more...


10/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 10122017 Moby Dick

Sequence Emotion, shsshshhhhh, comme disait notre ministre de l'écologie..( y est il toujours d'ailleurs?)Donc hier entre apéro du midi et déjeuner, nous avons eu la visite de 2 baleines bleues ( et pas de parapluie...)...appelées aussi rorqual commun, c'est selon...2 beaux spécimens de la taille du bateau,qui sont restés une vingtaine de minutes a virevolter autour et sous le bateau, en surfant les vagues...bien plus vite que nous...spectacle grandiose...Apres midi calmos, a bonne allure vers la cible, puis nuit un peu plus instable, car le vent variait en force et direction...avec ajustage a la demande des voiles...Ce matin cela a franchement molli, le grand spi est ressorti du sac, et nous permet de garder encore une vitesse correcte...Information importante: il y a moins de. read more...


10/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown

We are trying to see as much as we can of Capetown. We went to the Sixth District Museum It was well done. The Sixth District was an area in Capetown that was cleared out during apartheid. It was an area where many of the poor immigrants had settled. The museum pointed out that all races were living very well together in this area before the legislation of apartheid. There were 42 areas in South Africa that were cleared of their racially diverse populations to make way for an all white population. This was the Group Areas Act.It is hard to imagine it happening but then again it is hard to imagine a population following the leadership of Hitler. image1 image2 image3 image4 image5. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown