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03/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 13 - Wind - exclamation point

The night brought decent winds and waves from behind, giving us a smooth night with - what felt like - good speed. Our AIS (the system used to detect other ships at sea and provide our position to them to avoid collisions) had some issues this morning, prompting us to deploy our backup-antenna and in the process finding a lose connection. With that fixed we seem to be back on track, in terms of technology and water usage. Overall atmosphere on board seems still a bit reserved, but a good lunch should take care of that. Hopefully. As we continue to zoom towards St Lucia, we all had an attempt at beating our technology by giving our best estimates for our arrival (date and time we will cross the finish line)Chris: 12.12.17 12:00hKai: 12.12.17 06:00hMax: 13.12.17 08:30h (with an original. read more...


Tommy - Log - 9 - Good things come to those who wait
Tommy - Log - 9 - Good things come to those who wait
03/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 13: Confusion over a 'Jib', Bonding with spinnakers with a difference, Unchartered island and Benefits of inverters

2 December 2017 0950 Position 15 degs 44.2'N 039 degs 32.3WThe wind this early morning is trying to send us slightly North of our desired ideal route but we are wise to its game, there is less wind up there according to the updated weather grib files which suggest we need to be nearer to 15 degs than 16 degs. So we have had a team meeting and Alf is suggesting we make a 'jib', which to us non Viking descendants means a small foresail but assumed he meant a 'gybe' which was good because we have no means of sail making on board. The trouble is gybing across at say 50 degs means that speed over ground (SOG) will no longer match velocity made good (VMG) so we would effectively sail slower towards our destination. The dilemma is that there are greater winds a little further South. Hum,. read more...


02/12/2017

Queen Bee - ed il veliero va

Giornatata decicata alla pulizia della barca. Un forte odofre di pesce prervade il pozzetto, dopo 5 o 6 secchiate d'acqua l'odore non cambia, e così solleviamo il griglito del pozzetto e troviamo due pesci volanti, sempre i soliti pesci volanti, che si sono suicidati impestandoci il pozzetto. Accurata pulizia e tutto è tornato normale. Il vento c'è, ma non è fortissimo e cosi si tribola un po' per cercare di avanzare verso ovest. La pesca ancora una volta ci da soddisfazioni insperate, anche per domani abbiamo un bel pesce (non è UN DORADO) nel piatto. Questa sera Savino ha ricevuto la delega sul campo agli aperitivi e tartine, infattisi è dimostrato perfettamente all'altezza del patè di riccio e di granchio presente in cambusa , una delega importante che in adriatico era già stata di. read more...


03/12/2017

Mad Monkey - The Half Way House

The time had finally come for us to enjoy our celebratory drink at the Half Way House, a make-believe bar situated mid-Atlantic!This was signposted by a waypoint placed VERY roughly by the Skipper. The order from the crew were rum and coke's all round - LARGE ONES - and even those didn't last very long!We also finished our jamon during the party, much to the disappointment of everybody. We brought it in Las Palmas and it has been swinging in its hammock mid saloon all this time; crew randomly taking to it with a knife at all hours of the day!The stop clocks have also started ticking to see how long it takes for the 69 cent HiperDino advent calendar to melt. Fair to say, day 1's chocolate was slightly on the soft side but definitely not melted!The question now is will we arrive on, before. read more...


02/12/2017

Indian Summer - Day 13 with Ted

Ted has taken several of the night shifts the last night and is therefor really tired and has been sleeping a lot the last days. But he has joined us at school anyhow and is now through all the math of this semester. We have been unlucky lately when fishing, having several times big fish on the hook but loosing it just before we get it into the boat. Ted has recommended us to change to smaller lure, so maybe tomorrow will be a lucky day! Tonight we have a full moon (no need to worry about any warewolfs since they can`t swim) and it is bright outside. Sunshine from Indian Summer - Ted, Hampus and Hilmer. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 15 - 16

Day 15 – 16Not long to go now!! Thankfully we have had a steady 10 – 16 knots of wind for the last 72 hours which has meant our concerns over lack of diesel are no longer plaguing us. We’ve added our last 20 litres into the tank and Tom has estimated we have enough for 13 hours of motoring should the need arise. Looking at the forecast we don’t think we will need it but having spent the first week of the trip chasing the wind south only for it to either out run us or die as soon as we catch it, none of us are prepared to bet money on it.Tao and Toccata, also with the ARC+ fleet showed up on our AISthis morning and we can actually see Tao. We haven’t physically seen another boat for about 2 weeks. We’re keeping a close eye on Le Soleil skippered by our friend Kristian. We have two. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 13 - 14

Day 13 – 14If anyone has every wondered if it’s possible for a person to levitate I can confirm it absolutely is… after 24 hours of squalls, lying in a cabin in a three metre swell and confused sea. When we eventually reach land I intend on patenting ‘the sailor sleep suit’. It will revolutionise sleeping onboard and simply requires; a onesie, fitted sheep, copious amounts of Velcro and a friend to peel you off in the morning. The Dragons in the Den will love it.Last night we all could have done with anything that would have kept us in a sleep-able position. Dad was flying most of the night (and not from his drug overdose), I decided lying on my stomach and wedging my arms under the bench cushion was the best way to ensure I didn’t end up under the saloon table. Anyone would be forgiven. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 11 - 12

Day 11 – 12Having travelled roughly 1150 nautical miles without a squall in sight we were starting to wonder if we might make it across to St.Lucia without being hammered by the wrath of a mid Atlantic squall. Ohhhhh how wrong we were. The typical Atlantic squall usually comes at you from behind. They kind of look like a big mushroom cloud or the aftermath of an atomic bomb depending on the size of it. The top is a towering mass of thick cumulonimbus cloud, underneath that a thick line of dark grey and below that a trunk of torrential rain. As well as torrential rain, they bring strong winds (the wind speed can triple in a matter of seconds) and a lumpy sea. By day you can spot them lurking in the distance but on a moonless night they creep up on you and if you’re not careful you could. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 9-10

Day 9 – 10 HALF WAY!Spirits were high onboard Neverland as we crossed the halfway point. 1040 miles done, 1040 to go! We are still making slow progress with a maximum of 8 knots of wind but as it is halfway day we shall not dwell on what we don’t have and instead look forward to what we do have – freshly baked brownies cooked by our resident Mary Berry aka Tom!! Mmmmmmm. I’m stuffing my face with one as we speak which is annoying Tom because it means I’m dropping brownie crumbs into the keyboard of his Mac book. He looked particularly perturbed when I shook it over the side of the boat. The only other times I’ve seen him move that quickly is when the Dominos pizza guy rings the doorbell. We had all decided that going for a dip in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean was an opportunity not to. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
02/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes

There’s to be no plain sailing it seems.Despite being more than 140 miles closer to our target than we were yesterday it looks like we might have a detour ahead as the five-day weather predictions currently show a huge hole in the wind opening up on our present course.If it does appear, and there’s not enough wind in there, then we might have to take the long way round.Watch this space.Today was to be the second round of the Great Atlantic Bake Off with Jake & Claire commandeering the galley to make chocolate chip muffins. Minor miscalculations (a mere factor of 10 for the amount of milk) were made in the first batch of muffin mix, so after some quick thinking the crew had pancakes (or more precisely “muff-cakes”) for lunch - very tasty too.The second batch suffered no milk mishaps. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
02/12/2017

Manihi - Il faut s'organiser!

Nous sommes maintenant en zoneintertropicale ,une petite pensée pour ceux qui sont sous la neige :-)alors on commence à rencontrer la spécialité locale :le grain . On en reparlera sans doute plus en détail plus tard mais retenons que c'est un orage local qui provoque une accélération subite de 10 nds de vent et accessoirement une bonnepluie ..et 15 minutes après le soleil est de retour!Alors hier pas de spi à cause de cerisque de grain. Depuisaujourd'hui9H le spi est de sortie alors on avance vite et on est content à bord . Notre vitesse moyenne va remonter!Si les hommes font moins de conneries en février c'est qu'ils n'ont que 28 jours disait Desproges, pour limiter le nombre de conneries si on ne peut pas naviguer en février on peut s'organiser !Dans le carré est affiché le planning. read more...


Manihi - Il faut s'organiser!
Manihi - Il faut s'organiser!
02/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 02122017

Le blog du TOP n°10 du samedi 02/12/2017 Notez que le n°8 était du 30/11 et le 9 du 01/12, désolé.Hier, après divers essais de voilures (spi asy, foc tangonné [vient de tangon, sorte de barre horizontale que l'on ajoute pour déporter la voile utilisée], les Experts Antlantique ont dressé notre beau spi tricolore qui nous a poussé tranquillement à 5 kts 3/4 arrière. Pas d'air, trop chaud (on pense à vous), le taud est installé (toile de tente qui protège le cockpit du soleil) et on fait une grosse lessive. Après étandage, c'est une roulotte de nomades qui s'offre à la vue d'un banc de dauphins/marsouins. Ils ne s'attardent pas car nous n'allons pas assez vite pour eux.La journée s'étire lentemment, un peu trop trop calme. Pris d'une envie soudaine, mon capitaine sort un petit sac du. read more...


02/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 021221017 Nous y voila!

Bonsoir cher Public, Depuis hier soir,nous y sommes...enfin on en approche: le vent s'établi a l' EST pas tres fort mais consistant...de quoi faire route proche de la destination...le spi est ressorti de la soute ou il était rangé depuis plus de 10jours...Bref nous approchons des Alizés....enfin diront certain(e)s...déjà disent les autres;))Hier en fin d'apres midi, alors que le vent était encore mou, et le desoeuvrement perceptible dans l'équipage, Velcro JMi, me demande a voir le matériel de peche du bord...je lui sort mon maigre attirail (de peche, bien sûr;))...et il s'occupe.....résultat a la tombée du jour, la ligne un peu lourde est remontée, avec une petite bonite ....aussitôt a bord, je m'en occupe pour lui faire gouter ma marinade, jusqu'a l'apéro de ce soir! ( commentaire. read more...


02/12/2017

Ellen - Day 13

Just Another day in the "trades", wind from east 10 - 18 knots, fast sailing and nice fishing. We got two really big fishes one Wahoo and one Maoi-Maoi. Badly, our Wahoo had worms so we sent him back to in the ocean. The Maoi-Maoi Peter made in the owen and it was delicious! Now we have fish in our refrigerator for a couple of days so soon we can brief under the water ;-) We have also calibrated - half way to St Lucia!!!!. read more...


02/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 14 - 2 December - Operation Gennaker

Watching another epic battle between Xavier and our foresail this morning, it struck me that our gennaker has something of Moby Dick about it, having a majestic, white body, and being not so much malicious as awkward. Skipper Ahab may beg to differ - it's a bugger to put up - I've seen his lifelines whipped up in the furling sheets on one occasion, and today the beast of a gennaker almost swept him off his feet...The Skipper writes:The anti-torsion rope on the gennaker is too small, so you can put 10 turns at the bottom before the top starts to furl. As a result, the top never furls properly and always try to unfurl itself before the clue end, at which point the only option is to bring the whole thing down, partially unfurl it, and raise it that way. Tricky at the best of times. The. read more...


02/12/2017

Hot Stuff - emilys blog, day 13, and a friday!

Perhaps today was never going to be plain sailing. I'm not one to be superstitious, but it's been a difficult day with lots of "learning opportunities". Day 3 with a spinnaker and we are all getting used to helming. Nothing like a wrapped sail to bring the crew together. With all hands on deck we brought the sail down with minimal damage, I am so proud of our 10 unit team. Tomorrow is a new day and the spinnaker will be out again powering us towards St Lucia. The trip so far has been such an incredible experience, we have been escorted by dolphins, chased by flying fish, seen a lonely sea turtle bobbing up and down as well as a bit too close an encounter with a whale. At times I feel as though I'm staring in my own version of blue planet. I've also discovered it is possible to look. read more...


Hot Stuff - emilys blog, day 13, and a friday!
Hot Stuff - emilys blog, day 13, and a friday!
02/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 14 - Entspanntes Segeln im Passat

Seit heute sehen wir ein neues Naturschauspiel im Wasser: Von einem Tag auf den anderen treiben unzählige Büschel grünes Seegras an der Oberfläche. Wir können uns das nicht recht erklären. Andere Boote haben indessen spannendere Beobachtungen gemacht. Der Funker der "Khaleesi" (Jepp, scheinen Game of Thrones Fans zu sein) erzählte bei der Kurzwellen-Funkrunde, dass er heute auf der Badeplattform im Heck duschte, als auf einmal drei Orcas hinter ihm auftauchten und den Eindruck machten, als warteten sie darauf, dass er ins Wasser falle und einen kleinen Snack abgebe. Er habe daraufhin schnell einen großen Schritt ins Boot rein gemacht. Gibt es also doch so weit südlich noch Orcas? Ich weiß nicht, ob ich begeistert oder enttäuscht sein soll, denn einerseits würde ich auch gerne welche. read more...


02/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+13 Les nuits se succèdent mais ne se ressemblent pas

Samedi 2 décembre12h00 UTC14°58 N37°16 WDistance 24 h : 150 millesDistance restante : 1374 millesLes nuits se succèdent mais ne se ressemblent pasAprès le spi en cocotte, nous avons goûté au spi au court bouillon !Le vent a forci pendant la nuit. Nous décidons d'affaler le spi asymétrique que nous portons sur le bout dehors.Nous préparons ma manœuvre, Technique Transquadra. La drisse de spi, tou rnée au winch, traine dans l'eau derrière et le bloqueur est ouvert. La résistance du bout dans l'eau suffit à ralentir la descente du spi qui s'accélère au fur et à mesure de sa récupération. C'est comme ça qu'on réduit le personnel...Nous larguons la bosse d'amure, récupérons l'écoute sous le vent et là ça bloque. la contre écoute de spi a fait une boucle dans la poulie arrière. Le temps de. read more...


02/12/2017

Scarlet Island Girl - Island Girl Pointe Nero

Hi All,All is well out here, great sailing last few days in 15knot trade winds, we have had the big Blue kite on for most of this time, a spell of wind into the early 20’s last night prompted a peel (well a quick drop and hoist) to the big heavy kite, only a fraction smaller, but as it was originally intended as a heavy kite on a 70’er it is fairly bomb proof!Think combined with our new anti wrap net, and a boom preventer makes the passage almost straight downwind less scary!Earlier today at about 0600UT we passed our pointe Nero, which is the point at which we are furthest from dry land, Barbados to our West and the most NE Cape Verde island both a hair under 1000nm away (over 1000 land miles tho), of course the nearest sold stuff is much nearer than that at about 3miles away straight. read more...


02/12/2017

Infinity of Yar - Blog 9

Infinity of Yar.Blog entry No.9Date: Saturday 2nd November 2017Location: Lat: 17.00 /Long: 37.24 Good morning from mid Atlantic. As I write the countdown log says we are 1360 miles from St Lucia. As the clock counts down like a giant diary in reverse we have a sort of on board quiz to mark significant dates in history. We have long since passed backward through the second and then the first World War. Queen victoria has been and gone; the Battle of Trafalgar and then the great fire of London have been left in our wake. "Oz" Henderson pointed out 1770 as we passed it as the dates that Captain Cook discovered Australia (although apparently, rather inconveniently, it had already been discoved by the Aboriginees - but that's another story!). We are. read more...


02/12/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 13 - 2.12.17 - wann läuft die Strömung mit uns?

Barefoot - Tag 13 - 2.12.17 - wann läuft die Strömung mit uns?Seit ein paar Stunden segeln wir immer mal wieder durch Algen. Wir Glauben, dass das die ersten Anzeichen dafür sind, dass die Strömung in Richtung Karibik bricht. Was sic so hobbybiologen alles einfallen lassen, um die Strömung herbeizuargumentieren.....Wie dem auch sei, der Wind hat leicht zugenommen und wir haben ihm genutzt und sind die letzten 24 Stunden ein paar Meilen mehr gesegelt. Gestern sind wir fast den gesamten Tag über ziemlich parallel zu eine, Segler gesegelt, der vor 11 Tagen die capverden verlassen hatte. So ganz verstanden hatten wir nicht, warum bei fast gleicher Geschwindigkeit wir nur 5 Tage gebraucht haben. In der Nacht kam dann die Lösung. Innerhalb von 2 Stunden hatten wir uns 11 Meilen entfernt - d.h.. read more...


02/12/2017

Sunrise - Tag 13 (01.12.)

Auch heute sind wir weiter auf Kurs gen Westen und lassen uns von moderaten Passatwinden aus Nord-Ost (ca. 3 Windstärken) dem Ziel entgegentreiben. Aus einem Mangel an äußeren Erlebnissen sind wir mit Überlegungen zum Tag der Ankunft bzw. dem Zeitpunkt dieses Ereignisses beschäftigt. Zu unserer eigenen Freude sind wir von gestern auf heute Mittag zwar nur 98 Seemeilen gesegelt, aber unserem Ziel rund 123 Seemeilen näher gekommen. Wie kann das sein? Die Fachleute an Bord sprechen von Winkelverschiebung, schwojenden Satelliten und dem Strom?! Der Autor dieser Zeilen kann nur vermuten, dass zu letzterem in Verbindung steht, dass wir den zweiten Tag in Folge den Motor im Leerlauf (Ehrenwort!) für ein paar Stunden mitlaufen lassen, um für ausreichend Strom (an Bord) zu sorgen. 😉Die Angel. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 13 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 13 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 13 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 13 fotos
02/12/2017

Tommy - Log 8 4-3-4

I feel rude having not formally introduced Karla properly however the entire situation of crew has been all a bit raw. 2 days before the start of the ARC 2017, before sailing 3000 miles across the Atlantic Ocean, we were seriously let down by a crew mate. It was such a blow, especially given the short notice. I think we were all a bit in shock for a few hours and then like a sprinkle of serendipity this young woman was standing on the floating pontoon asking if we needed crew. Now, we’ve always said that we’d never sail with a random and in Gran Canaria you are literally approached and asked about 4 times a day if crew are needed and throughout our whole 5 weeks there we turned away many hopefuls. Now a little piece of each us were considering it. Stu, Jason and I had. read more...


02/12/2017

Lei Lei - 13. Tag auf hoher See - we are racing

Wir segeln hier aus Spaß an der Freud, aber auch ein wenig gegen die Konkurrenz. Diese sieht man zwar nicht, ein unsichtbarer Gegner sozusagen, aber beständig gegenwärtig. Jeden Tag bekommen wir von der Rennleitung die aktuellen Positionen der Schiffe. Diese werden in eine Excel Datei eingelesen und ausgewertet. Das hat zur Folge, dass sich auf der "lei lei" alle mit Rennfieber infisziert haben. Zu Beginn der Regatta hatten wir bekanntlich keinen Passat, sondern ein Tiefdruckgebiet mit Kaltfront, was uns bewog nach Westen abzubiegen, wodurch wir nachträglich betrachtet doch einige Seemeilen verloren. Viel zu viele eigentlich, sodass eine gute Plazierung aussichtslos schien. Offenbar haben wir danach keine grossen Fehler mehr gemacht, denn wir holen mit Riesenschritten auf. Waren wir am. read more...


02/12/2017

Shepherd Moon - It's all relative

We haven't actively broken anything in the last 24-hours but we have noticed that something that wasn't broken 10 days ago, now seems to be broken. We keep seeing one of the other ARC+ boats (Vega) on the horizon, but when we call them on the VHF radio, we get no response.They are a very friendly Norwegian family and so I don't think it's because they are ignoring us.They also don't show up on our AIS (Automatic Information System - a clever bit of electronics that transmits your position, course, and speed etc. This is then picked up by boats in the vicinity and reduces the chance of collisions. It also tells you how big the vessel is, and so in "I-Spy book" fashion, we are constantly looking for the biggest boat we can find. The record so far is 399 metres). Anyway, we had initially. read more...


02/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 12 - more of the same

Another day at sea, another day without any major events. Sailing is smooth and reasonably fast, with the wind blowing us straight towards the west. Weather outlook from what we can see on the boat looks like we will continue with similar winds and speeds towards St Lucia, currently giving us an ETA between the 11th and 15th of December. Theplotter is not quite sure. After some intense debates about water-usage on board and communication styles, a relative peace (or truce?) seems to have been established. On the up-side our sourdough is still alive and we continue to produce fresh bread every days (Which is then gobbled up in no-time). With some fish for lunch yesterday, today's menu will likely be some Asian fried noodles with chicken, in order to reduce our meat-supplies and be able to. read more...


02/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 13 Freitag

In der Nacht auf Freitag kam gegen Mitternacht wieder etwas mehr Wind auf und um 0:50 stellten wir den Motor ab und setzten wieder die Segel in der altgewohnten Schmetterling Besegelung. Das stellte nachts im dunklen eine gewisse Herausforderung dar an die verkleinerte Crew der Nacht Wache. Jedoch sind wir inzwischen so gut eingespielt, dass wir das Manövertrotz Dunkelheit gut meisterten und die restliche Nacht die rauschende Fahrt durch die Wellen bei hellem Mondschein genossen. Insgesamt war am heutigen Freitag etwas mehr Dünung. Wir machten zwischen 6-7 Knoten in Richtung Zielgeraden und so entschieden wir uns gegen den Spinnaker und behielten die Schmetterling Besegelung tagsüber bei. Nachmittags passierten wir den 32. Längengrad und hatten noch rund 1630 Meilen vor uns. Zum. read more...


07/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 13 - 1 December - Lucky for some!

Catherine says:I woke Mummy up and we went upstairs to the cockpit, and I saw the Advent calendar. I was really excited because it has lots of pockets filled with sweets, but I had to wait for Francis and Isabelle to wake up. They were taking ages, so I helped them! At breakfast I had Country Crisp and then Mummy read us a story about an Advent calendar, a lamb that runs  away and a little girl who follows*. Finally we could have our red sweet with white sugar on it. It was fizzy and yummy. Can I go now Mum...?!*Jostein Gaarder's "The Christmas Mystery" Lucy writes:First day of Advent, and we're in a boat in the middle of the Atlantic, surrounded by blue skies and even bluer seas. I put on Michael Bublé at lunch... Harley's homemade humus was a much bigger hit! Careful. read more...


La Cigale - On the first day of Advent... One Skipper Sewing!
La Cigale - On the first day of Advent... One Skipper Sewing!
02/12/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Q&A With the Crew #2

After our last Q&A people wanted to know more. Yesterday we received a few questions via satellite phone and email. Once again the crew sat down to give you answers.Q. How much water did you take & what is your ration per day? A. Our water tank holds 140 litres which we reserve mostly for cooking and washing up. We brought approximately 120 500ml bottles (60 litres) for drinking, and four 6 litre bottles to siphon from if those run out. We then carry another 60 litres on deck.Q. Did our fisherman catch them tall in 1 day, i.e. going through a school, or does he like to catch 2 every day just to keep his hand in?A. Thanks for the question Buster. I had a run of three days where I caught the majority (10) of my fish. Over the next ten days it has been very hit and miss and. read more...


02/12/2017

Knotty Girl - Pôle dancing on Knotty Girl !

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Knotty Girl - Pôle dancing on Knotty Girl !
Knotty Girl - Pôle dancing on Knotty Girl !
Knotty Girl - Pôle dancing on Knotty Girl !
Knotty Girl - Pôle dancing on Knotty Girl !
02/12/2017

Knotty Girl - Le Salaud de quart!

16:10N 39:34WSous la plume d'OliLe Salaud de quart! Le Salaud de quart est celui qui te réveille pour que tu prennes ton quart. Et cela à chaque nuit pendant les 3 semaines de traversée, inlassablement … Le salaud de quart te réveille parfois en début de nuit, parfois en milieu de nuit, parfois en fin de nuit, ce n’est jamais pareil d’une nuit à une autre.  C’est ça le vice du salaud de quart, il fait varier les plaisirs … Le plus vicelard, c’est qu’il le fait volontiers en regardant avec un grand sourire ta gueule enfarinée qui peine à soulever les paupières et en te disant “ Réveilles toi, c’est ton tour de quart! “Parfois le salaud de quart te réveille deux fois de suite quand tu t’es rendormi malencontreusement! Parfois, le salaud de quart te secoue plusieurs fois parce que. read more...


Knotty Girl - Le Salaud de quart!
Knotty Girl - Le Salaud de quart!
02/12/2017

Queen Bee - E' già dicembre

Oggi è il 1° dicembre e da qui sembra il 25 luglio, giornate calde e sole splendido. La giornata è cominciata presto, durante il cambio turno delle 6 un pesce particolarmente combattivo ha abboccato alla canna. Dopo dieci minuti buoni di lotta Andrea ha catturato uno strano pesce, sicuramente un predatore, vista la dentatura, di circa un metro, molto sottile, come una aguglia. Ricordo di aver visto qualche cosa di simile in sicilia e mi pare si chiamasse pesce schiabola. E così lo abbiamo chiamato "sciabola" e lo abbiamo immediatamente cucinato con patate al forno. Buono molto buono !Dopo il secondo tentativo fallito da Andrea, Stefano si è offerto di provare a fare (finalmente) il pane e così nel primo pomeriggio ha cominciato ad impastare e dopo circa tre ore ha infornato una focaccia. read more...


02/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 13: First day of the month, Wash day and under wear etiquette plus reasons for choice of wine

1 December 2017 0925 position 15 deg 33.4'N 036 deg 40.1'WA really good night last night boat speed-wise but sleep-wise not so good; we are rolling a lot as is quite usual in these parts but it has been hot and humid below decks which has not been too pleasant. We have realised that dropping the sprayhood prevents the wind scoop effect which drives cooler air into the boat so we have learned that particular lesson and now keep the hood up - much better. We have been cracking along at around 270 degs (due West) with East to North East 10-15 knot winds sailing at night in shorts and T shirts plus the compulsory life vests during night watches. The moon leaves us around 0400 and has been almost light enough to read by. It also highlights squall clouds which can easily be seen but once it. read more...


Raftkin celebrates half way
Raftkin celebrates half way
02/12/2017

Angkor - Tag 14: Mehr Bruch

Es hämmert an meine Tür: „Daniel, Daniel, come, we have a problem with the sail“. Ich schrecke aus dem Tiefschlaf hoch, ziehe mir schnell eine Hose an und schnappe mir die Schwimmweste neben meinem Bett.Der Spinnaker ist wieder abgerissen, es ist dunkle Nacht, alle sind an Deck, manche ohne Hose. Das riesige Segel hat sich unterm Boot festgehängt und hinterm Boot treibt eine Fahne aus Leinen und Segel. Ich stehe ganz hinten, im Schein meiner Lampe sehe ich verschwommen, dass alles gut einen Meter unter Wasser ist und vielleicht dreißig Meter hinter das Boot reicht. Es muss alles schnell gehen, und ich komme so von hier oben an das Segel einfach nicht ran. In das dunkle Wasser zu springen sieht nicht einladend aus und das Boot macht noch viel Fahrt, aber ich muss nur einen Meter tauchen. read more...


02/12/2017

Raftkin celebrates half way

On our thirteenth night at sea we celebrated reaching halfway (by distance) with roast lamb, potatoes and not so fresh green beans.For dessert we shared a prized packet of Tim Tams (Hayley had cream caramel).We are enjoying our fifth day sailing in the trade winds under spinnaker in generally a westerly direction.All well on board.Dave, Tracy, Hayley, Megan and John xxximage1. read more...


02/12/2017

Blonde Moment - officially in the middle of the Atlantic

We're now officially in the middle of the Atlantic, calculating whether we'll be in St Lucia for the early bird beach party, the big birthday, Helen's birthday from Mad Monkey or just miss our flights home, only Neptune knows! Think he might be on our side though as we toasted the half way Atlantic mark with a mouthful of bubbles for breakfast and gave King Neptune a little sip too!First of December and Christmas is well on it's way aboard Blonde Moment, with the tree up and advent calendar filled, Percy Pigs today for Day 1. It doesn't feel at all like Christmas though! Steak and chips for dinner, has to be a first, though they had a birthday aboard Mischief yesterday and had a full roast with yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings!!Feeling sleepy tonight so will write more tomorrow,. read more...


02/12/2017

Odessa - 13-th day of race

Ветер немного подрос - до 20 узловИз поломок - перетерся "фал" генакера - он упал в воду, но был быстро поднят. При попытке поставить немного порвали генакер - пришлось заклеивать.На завтрак - овсянка и бутерброды с ветчиной, на обед - суп и пюре с жаренными колбасками.. read more...


01/12/2017

Gust of Wind - 1 Dec

Another day spent in the blue desert….It sounds strenuous but every day is different out here, from the weather conditions to the occasional fauna, day after day the ocean has something special to offer. We have been stuck in a doldrum for about 5 days now but today Poseidon decided that it was time for us to move on and granted us a beautiful 10/15 knots with beautiful sea conditions. We jumped on the occasion, trimmed our big blue kite and here we go again, cruising to our average 9 to 10 knots. From the rare (or almost non-existent) knock on our fishing rod, another chafing line or the wind getting weaker or stronger, your feelings and emotions are variables of this blue infinite environment. Our compulsory 3 hours every night under this deep and vast set of millions of. read more...