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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...


Gust of Wind - 1 Dec
Gust of Wind - 1 Dec
01/12/2017

Manihi - La moitié

Nous avions décidé de nous faire plaisir avec un dîner amélioré le soir où nous atteindrions la mi-parcours. La mi-parcours ... La mi-parcours ? Quand est-ce que nous aurons fait la moitié du chemin ? Il est où le milieu du chemin entre Las Palmas et Ste Lucie ? Quel chemin d'abord ? La route la plus courte fait 2660 nm. Elle se trace en tendant une ficelle sur un globe terrestre. Vous savez, celui qui a une lumière à l'intérieur et qu'on met sur la commode des chambres d'enfant. En se positionnant la ficelle indique le chemin le plus court. Pour ceux que ça intéresse, elle s'appelle la route orthodromique. Elle forme un arc de cercle.Vous avez remarqué que lorsqu'on représente une partiedu globe terrestre sur une carte plate, il faut un peu «étirer» le haut et le bas, sinon ça fait des. read more...


Manihi - La moitié
Manihi - La moitié
01/12/2017

Lei Lei - 12. Tag auf hoher See - Cheers!

Der 12. Tag auf hoher See zeigte sich mit sengender Sonne von seiner heissen Seite. Ohne eine dicke Schicht Sonnencreme tritt keiner mehr seine Schicht als Steuermann in der Hitze an. Den Autopiloten haben wir aufgegeben. Der Wind hätte zwar gerne etwas stärker sein dürfen; dies erwies sich später jedoch noch als Vorteil.Als die Nachmittagssonne auf uns herunter brannte, genossen wir unseren Champagner zum Bergfest. "Cheers"Kurze Zeit später war es endlich soweit. Plötzlich hörten wir ein neues Geräusch: Es war ein Zischen von entweichender Luft. Der von allen lange herbeigesehnte Moment war endlich gekommen! Es hätte niemand gedacht, dass es so viele seien.Delfine!!!Es war eine ganze Herde, die in der vom steil stehenden Steven erzeugten Bugwelle der lei lei im Atlantik spielten. Die. read more...


01/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+12 Au beau milieu de l'Atlantique

Vendredi 1er décembre12h00 UTC15°01 N34°43 WDistance sur 24 h: 142 millesDistance restante : 1523 millesAu beau milieu de l'AtlantiqueNous voici exactement au milieu de l'océan. A plus de 1500 milles de toute côte ! Et pourtant nous croisons toujours des bateaux, tous tirent des bords de grand largue d'ouest au sud à la recherche du meilleur vent et du meilleur cap. Trois voiliers hier. Aujourd'hui un grand voilier type "Vendée Globe" vient juste de nous doubler à la modique vitesse de 16 noeuds, il tire des bords sous un très grand spi asymétrique blanc. La vie à bord s'écoule sereinement dans ces conditions idéales : vent de 20 noeuds, spi bien stable.Seule la ligne de traine, récalcitrante, ne veut pas attraper un poisson aujourd'hui.A demain. read more...


01/12/2017

Nutcracker - cabin boy notes for the techie's out there....

The Cabin Boy has also emerged from the silence and adds: So having elected to take the N'ly (great circle) route from Las Palmas and close/hauled thru the F6-7 SW'lies of our first depression, we got to the other side only to find the wind still in the W ... not NW or N as the met textbooks promise. To cap that, H pressure zone ahead after it. So from 27:47' N, at midn't on the 25th we began the long trek south to c17N and promised Trades. Co av 210T ie v little VMG St Lucia! Might just as well have taken S'ly route. Adding to the fun, on 24th mailasail hardware had failed so no grib files. [many thx to Neil - call me Michael - Fish Butters for routing, with occ'l assistance from Neil mini-Fish Thackray, and for forecasts from Diana 'the Admiral' Fish ] With o'all W'lies, lessening. read more...


01/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 13 - it happens

Das Geräusch einer klappernden Cola-Dose versetzt die Crew der Lotlorien sofort in Alarmbereitschaft - denn an unsere Angelleine ist eine leere Cola-Dose geknüpft, deren Klappern als Erkennungszeichen dient, wenn ein Fisch angebissen hat. So auch heute Mittag. Augenblicklich waren wir alle auf den Füßen und der Skipper direkt vorne, um den Snuffer des Parasailors über das Segel zu ziehen und so die Fahrt aus dem Schiff zu nehmen. Denn wir haben gelernt, dass wir nicht zu schnell fahren dürfen, wenn ein Fisch an der Leine hängt, sonst kriegen wir ihn nicht reingeholt. Heute jedoch sollte es wohl etwas zu schnell gehen - der Captin zog beherzt an den Seilen, die den Snuffer (eine röhrenförmige Hülle) über den Parasailor ziehen sollen, als ein unschönes, reißendes Geräusch erklang. Wenige. read more...


Lothlorien - Tag 13 - it happens
Lothlorien - Tag 13 - it happens
01/12/2017

Angkor - Tag 13: Das Ziel

St. Lucia ist geografisch das Ziel. Das rückt näher, einschließlich der Gedanken, was man denn nun da macht und wann wir eigentlich ankommen – es ist heutzutage ziemlich ungewohnt, nicht einmal das Datum zu kennen.Ansonsten haben wir drei festgestellt, dass wir keine Ziele mit der Reise angestrebt haben. Die Reise selber ist das Ziel. Dabei ist es für mich kein Ziel im typischen Sinne, denn ein Ziel muss messbar, überprüfbar sein. Daher hat die Reise eher experimentellen Charakter. Was passiert mit mir, wie fühle ich mich? Tauchen vielleicht Ziele auf, die ich anstreben möchte?Das Klischee ist ja, dass man sich auf dem Meer so frei fühlt. Das ist objektiv betrachtet ja ziemlich absurd, denn man ist alles andere als frei: Ich kann nirgends hingehen, kann mir nicht aussuchen, mit wem ich. read more...


01/12/2017

Blue Bayou - Human Cluedo Round 2

For our growing band of followers, thank you for your kind comments and sympathetic words of condolence. Round 2 was finished almost as soon as it started.Stodds, still smarting from his early departure in Round 1, embarked on a spree which began with an unsuspecting Skipper at the helm. Shortly thereafter the Ships Rat was found in the shower clutching a bottle of gin.Stodds struck with intelligence and insight but fate dealt a cruel blow as his next target was himself and he was thus eliminated.The Laird too suffered at the hand of fate when he picked his own name from the hat.That left the Plane Driver and the Daft Lad to slug it out to the bitter end.The Plane Driver, with youth on his side, had a lucky escape in the aft heads before seizing an opportunity which left the Daft Lad at. read more...


01/12/2017

Ellen - Day 12

Trade winds, nice days not much happens. One funny thing; we heard a heard bang inside the boat a bit after midnight, "what could it be"??? No one had any idea... in the morning when it got light we saw a fly fish on the floor. The poor fish had flown in through our open window in our pantry and smashed into the toilet door.... read more...


01/12/2017

Sunrise - Tag 12 (30.11.)

Im Lauf des Tages erreichen wir auf dem 15. Breitengrad die Höhe des “Nippels” (s. Eintrag 28.11.!) und schwenken auf westlichen Kurs ein, jetzt gilt’s! Ab sofort soll es nur noch westwärts gehen, fast direkt aufs Ziel St. Lucia zu, vorangetrieben von hoffentlich stetigen und stärker werdenden Passatwinden.Wenn wir die verbleibende Distanz und unsere Tagesetappen anschauen ist das auch bitter nötig, wenn gebuchte Rückflüge und in der Karibik wartende Ehefrauen in Luxushotels noch rechtzeitig erreicht werden wollen. Die ARC-Website hat am gestrigen Tag noch eine ETA von 25.12. für uns ausgeworfen!!! 😲Das interessiert den Wind aber leider gar nicht, der schläft hier unten im Süden komplett ein. Wir schippern den ganzen Tag so vor uns hin, das Leben ist ein langer, ruhiger Fluss… Dis. read more...


01/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 12 - What goes up, must come down!

As we blew our spinnaker a couple of days ago it was inevitable that at some point, somebody would have to go up the mast and retrieve what was left of the sail, the swivel and the halyard from the top of the mast before it did any damage to our white sails or rigging.I tried as best as I could to avoid the responsibility but my crew are not daft and volunteers were not very forthcoming. So up I go.We waited for the best possible conditions we were likely to find mid Atlantic and went for it with a gentle 1m swell from astern and 10 - 12kts of wind.Running with the wind and swell was the better option than heading into it.Ordinarily, we would use the main halyard to lift someone up the mast with the spinnaker halyard as the safety line but as our spinnaker halyard was at the top of the. read more...


Susan Ann II - log day 12 - What goes up, must come down!
Susan Ann II  - log day 12 - What goes up, must come down!
01/12/2017

Barefoot - Tag 12 - 1.12.17 - Bergfest??!! auf dem Atlantik

Barefoot - Tag 12 - 1.12.17 - Bergfest??!! auf dem AtlantikGestern hatten wir dann unser versprochenes bergfest. Um 19:18 war es soweit: 1.589 sm gesegelt, 1.589 sm noch vor uns. Mal schauen, wieviele Seemeilen es dann wirklich werden, bis wir in St. Lucia angekommen sind.....Passatsegeln hat schon was, leichter Wind, viel Sonne und schier unendliche Weite. Zum genießen! Wir nutzen den Wind und segeln fast direkt auf St. Lucia zu. Gestern hatten wir unsere Entfernung zum Ziel um 147 sm verkürzt, und dabei nur 6 sm extra segeln müssen. Heute waren es dann bei 137 sm 8 extrameilen. Eine ziemlich gute Quote, oder? Der Passat, der mit 20-25 kn direkt aus Osten konstant bläst, will sich nicht so richtig einstellen. Auch die Vorhersage sieht aktuell nicht so aus, als dass er sich kurzfristig. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 12 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 12 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 12 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 12 fotos
01/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 11 - Deacceleration

After still having made a 5.4kn average VMG yesterday, today brought lighter winds and slower speeds. Giving us more time to sleep and relax, as well as do some basic housekeeping, while the autopilot is guiding us further towards the west. We removed the rope that was caught in the right-hand-side propeller, giving us fully working propulsion on both sides again, as well as cleaned some blocked waste tanks, in addition to the outside seating area. Sports continued with more planks and pull-ups. Food-wise we finished off the remaining Bolognese, as well as caught another small Mahi-Mahi that will likely be the basis for some snack tomorrow. Kai kindly produced a batch of cinnamon rolls that were anihilated almost instantly. To pass the time, we played a round of Wizard (a basic, but. read more...


01/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 01122017 Bulles et Boules

Bonjour a toutes zé tous,Nous y sommes dans la ou les bulles, alors les boules....Hier apres midi cela roulait piano piano, mais dans le bon sens a 5-6 kt....cette nuit, cela s'est calmé, le bassin des Tuileries....et ce matin c'est Calme Blanc...a tel point, et une fois n'est pas coutume, bain général a l'arrière du bateau( par 24°N 33°W )...j'ai même fait le tour du propriétaire ..RASL'heure est a l'attente...O temps suspend ton vol....Alors taches ménagères par çi, néttoyage des fonds , par la , recharge des batteries, bref on s'occupe...et on se protege du soleil cuisant avec le taud de cockpit ré installé pour l'occasion...Le second vient de m'annoncer 3,2kT de vent et une vitesse de 1,7Kt...nous retenons notre souffle! (Il est 12H45Z)Des dauphins sont autour du bateau...Bref la. read more...


01/12/2017

Shepherd Moon - Water-destroyer

Good news; again! Not only did nothing break yesterday, the generator actually mended itself. I think all the talk of the engine's ability to multi-task shamed it into action. I flicked it on at midday yesterday, just on the off chance that all the shaking about by the waves may have knocked whatever was out of place back into place, and it worked. All the little red lights went on (these are good red lights as opposed to scary red warning lights) and the battery-monitoring panel showed that it was producing power. The number of amps fluctuated more than normal, but there was definitely power there. Flushed with success, I thought I'd give the watermaker a try. As soon as I flicked the switches, the little red lights went off and we were amp-less once again. Oh well, no harm done, it was. read more...


01/12/2017

Nutcracker - (Long overdue) Update

Ahoy. First apologies for their radio silence (this is shore based Admiral writing) but there have been a few matters to attend to! In no particular order, email server total failure (the mailasail Redbox burned itself out) so no  emails, weather reports, cheery updates; then the generator conked out, again, and this time it's not fixable at sea, so  no water making, no showers, and a 24 hour water watch (they have a very large tank so no imminent danger of dehydration, plus there are more than a few bottles of wine and beer on board despite the Skip's dry ship declaration which may need to be raided..); 48 hours becalmed during which I think the record was 0.8 knots traveled in 8 hours or some such, and that was only courtesy of some benign current running, which resulted in a. read more...


01/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 12: Alf has eaten the Moon but won't eat the fish!

30 November 2017 0730 Position 15 degs 34.6'N 033 degs 41.1WA beautiful moonlit night tonight you can almost read by it and it is no where near a full moon yet, well it was when we left Alf and Neal to do their watch at 0300. When Dave and I came back on deck at 0545 it was pitch black! "Alfred, what have you done with the Moon?" As everyone knows who has made a proper study of the subject the Moon is made of cheese. "Have you eaten it? You have haven't you and you have vacuum packed the remnants and filled up the fridge with it"! That is probably why we carry the European cheese mountain in the fridge - it's the Moon. At daylight we had an intellectual discussion (er!)about whether to sail to the fluctuating wind or set the course and sail to that and as to whether the chart plotter. read more...


01/12/2017

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

Thanks Johnny for sending the rugby scores on for Harley, he was chuffed, if not surprised, with the All Blacks triumph over Wales! And thank you Sarah for flagging to me that Day13 is missing from the log! I am religiously posting every day, so if a day skips there is something missing! Hope the following posts made sense as they refer back to this one. Did the photo of the kids with the Advent calendar go missing in action too?! Well, I obviously jinxed Day 13 by calling it Lucky For Some! Here you go, second time lucky...Catherine writes: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 took ages, so I helped them! At. read more...


La Cigale - First Day of Advent - We Three Kids
La Cigale - First Day of Advent - We Three Kids
01/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope is about 7 miles off our starboard. We have luckily planned our trip to have very nice weather. Currently we have 12 knots of wind and 2-4 foot seas and bright sun in clear skies. I probably should not be writing this until we are safely in the marina. We are not brilliant sailors. We are fortunate enough to have many factors to our advantage. We have used an excellent weather router, Chris Tibbs.Chris started out with us as part of the World Arc in St Lucia but dropped out due to other obligations. We have lots of weather data supplied by many sources. I use Saildocs.com to retrieve about anything I need to include wind, 500 millibar charts, surface pressure isobars and currents. I have not been able to find synoptic charts 5 days out like I can get for parts of. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Cape of Good Hope
Lexington - Captain Bob: Cape of Good Hope
01/12/2017

Odessa - 12-th day of race

Ветер без изменений - 12-15 узловПоломок вроде нет - только ручка от наружного крана душа сломаласьПогода ясная. Снова банно-прачечный деньНа завтрак - варенные яйца с бутербродами, обошлись без обеда.. read more...


01/12/2017

Hummingbird - 100nm to go

Today we broke the 100nm to go barrier, so we’re into double figures now and expecting an early hours of the morning arrival into Rodney Bay, St Lucia.A small flock of egrets joined us this afternoon, reminding us that land is not far away.Excited as we are to see land it was also a bittersweet reminder that this wonderful ocean crossing adventure of ours is almost at an end. The final edition of Nicky’s Nautical Notes included a poem I wrote inspired by all the fun we’ve had along the way and I must admit to being a tad emotional whilst reading it out:We’re almost in St LuciaLet’s reflect on what we’ve done2000 plus milesWith hundreds of smilesAnd buckets of sweat in the sun We’ve woolled and pulled, gybed and tackedWe’ve sunned on the foredeck and read and relaxedThrown about by the. read more...


30/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blog No 6, I think!!!

Hello, for some reason I seem to only get blog writing time on night shift, but we have the most fantastic night here, almost a full moon with some clouds and when the moon re-appears from behind a cloud, it feels like there's a ship approaching too closely from behind and turned all its lights on, eerie! The man in the moon is smiling and playing tricks on us! Apparently it is a supermoon at the moment, meaning it is closer to us than normal, certainly looks huge!I'm sorry tohear that the weather in the UK is minus 4 degrees, I just can't imagine that at the moment sailing by the light of the moon just dressed in just T shirt and short and with Christmas now just around the corner .....all feels very strange!! It's been boiling here today, when we gybed earlier (which we've almost. read more...


30/11/2017

Queen Bee - riparazione di emergenza

Giornata tranquilla, vento costante e pesci che abbocano in continuazione. Questa mattina subito due Dorado e manca persino la voglia di sfilettarli, poi durante una manovra ai piedi dell'albero troviamo due arparelle, una in acciaio ed una in teflon ... Caspita da dove sono cadute ....dopo una rapida ricognizione scopriamo che vengono dall'attacco del vang che si è svitato. Così prontamente abbiamo smontato il vang e rimontato in men che non si dica rimettendo tutto a posto. Abbiamo perso un oretta ma ora possiamo riprendere il nostro consueto passo, vento in poppa, vele a farfalla e serata stupenda sotto una luna da innamorati !!!Un abbraccio .Arnaldo. read more...


30/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dijous 30 de novembre de 2017Hi Windseeker’ssuportersEstem ja molt a prop de terra, i això significa ja més a prop del final, ups,és una mica agredolç ja que suposa aconseguir un projecte que ens havíem proposat, però també tornar a la realitat de la civilització, o sigui que ens controlin, ens truquin, o ens demanin a on som i què fem, jejePer despedir els darrers dies, la falta de vent no ha estat menys. Tota la vida hem sentit que els Elisis bufen constantment, però nosaltres no n’hem vist ni les ganes, així que estem navegant a aquesta hora del vespre ambun trist ventet, que res s’assembla al respectable Atlàntic.Si que ens em llevat amb un cel ple de grops de malt temps, ens hem preparat amb els xampús i les tovalloles per poder fer allò de dutxar-nos sota la pluja, però al final,. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
30/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 12 - 30 November - On distractions & clowning around

Day 12 - 30 November - Clowning aroundThe value of clothes pegs has gone up on the boat now since the kids have devised a bartering system. Catherine started it off, latching onto Harley's game of surreptitiously sneaking a peg onto Helen's collar, or hair, when she's not looking. The others soon joined in, sending the worth attached to being in possession of a peg soaring. There is a scale too, correlating to availability, whereby scarce wooden pegs are the most valuable, worth 15 points, followed by metal ones at 10, orange plastic ones 5, yellow 2 and turquoise 1. Pegs are as likely to swap hands for cuddly toys as a percentage of battery used on each other's iPads. The protective barrier of netting that the Skipper has just erected at the stern, below the citrus nets, has become the. read more...


La Cigale - Day 12 - Putting the Sea into C-ircus
La Cigale - Day 12 - Putting the Sea into C-ircus
30/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 13 finish

Hi allemaal,   Het heeft even geduurd tot onze laatste blog.. sorry maar waren druk met derumpunches en het bijkomen hiervan.   Voor de nacht hadden wij de A2 eraf gehaald en wederom de genua uitgeboomd,want er hingen wat donkere wolken en Haico kon op zijn radar zien dat er zo nuen dan buien over zouden komen. We hadden wachten van 2 uur per persoon, echterin de wacht van DJ van 1 tot 3 uur, net toen hij Rodie wakker wilde gaan makenvoor zijn wacht kwam er een flinke squal over die DJ liet schreeuwen HAICOHAICO!! Iedereen vluchtte naar boven... en jawel een record van 45 knopen windop de teller.. binnen enkelen tellen was de genua gereefd. Zo iedereen wakker enin de kuip. Vanaf nu toch maar wachten met 2 personen... De rest van de nacht verliep soepel met een lekkere vaart.. read more...


30/11/2017

Meltemi - Tag 12

Donnerstag Vormittag stand große Aktion an Bord der Meltemi an. Wir holten alle Segel ein und zogen unseren Skipper mit dem Bootsmannsstuhl den Mast hoch. Dort oben befestigte er den Windindex der sich gelockert hatte. Wir konnten nicht riskieren diesen ganz zu verlieren, da unsere Bordinstrumente zur Windanzeige immer noch regelmässig ausfallen. Irgendein Wackelkontakt scheint es in der Elektronik zu geben. Da müssen wir uns im Zweifelsfall auf den Kompass und den Verklicker verlassen können. Unser Skipper meisterte die waghalsige Aktion trotz Welle und schwankendem Schiff mitten auf dem Atlantik mit Bravur, nicht zuletzt dank dem guten Rudergänger. Ein wenig mulmig war uns allen dennoch, als er dort oben an der Spitze vom Mast rum hantierte und umso mehr erleichtert als er heil wieder. read more...


30/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!

A whopper of a Dorado was hauled in on Aedis on a competition lure. Each crew member on board carefully selected their lure of choice for the crossing and Holly’s “Crocodog” as in the photo has the current lead with a 9kg Dorado. We had a battle on our hands slowing the boat down enough to wind in about 200m of line. El Capitano gaffed and then straddled the beast on the back step to make sure the catch was secured. We will be eating well for days, the menu has been altered so that all meals are prefixed with fish :)image1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!
Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!
30/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite

Firstly; apologies for the late appearance of yesterday’s blog.Although I started trying to send it at 20:30 it didn’t finally make its way to the mainland until after midnight.Hope we didn’t alarm anyone!Yacht NoStress’s role as a funambulist in the ARC continues.After wavering closer to the storm system of the North than we’re keen to recall we’re now involved in the balancing act of trying to head West, avoid the hole in the weather that lies in the direct route between us and St. Lucia, steal some headway South to where the stronger winds are to be found, and hold a rig that gives us some reasonable drive in the current light airs.Figures from the race committee indicate that boats similar to us but 120 miles further South clocked 130 miles yesterday when we only clocked 90. The. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite
NoStress - Log Day 12 - The Big Red Kite