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22/11/2016

Beltana II - Day 3 events

The wind continues to blow 12-15 knots and we are barreling along at 8-8.5knots ourselves with the wind 100 degrees on our beam. Very nice sailingconditions indeed. We still have all three sails up trimmed to perfection and wehave passed two other yachts this morning! The oven is now operating very well, and the pizza is about to goin.....Let me introduce Johnny Martin. Johnny was the last crew member to committo this journey, but really we was waiting ages for me to say yes I would likeyou to come along for the ride. Thanks Johnny.  Johnny has been appointedas the ships medic for the voyage as he has skills in stitching people up andknows lots about drugs (he can also cure a tooth ache or two).  This rolehe takes very seriously, and has checked out all the drugs I shipped on. read more...


23/11/2016

Mustique - Day 4 - Third Blog a swell time was had by all

The wind and swell continued with everyone a little subdued as we found our sea-legs, but we were soon back on form as it also allowed us to make excellent progress (perhaps 200 miles plus). So all the talk of wishing we’d packed our Christmas presents and a tree were banished today and we once again started moving our thoughts back to the arrival date sweepstakes.In spite of these conditions Finn continues to amaze in the kitchen (tuna sandwiches and pasta yesterday and looking forward to cheese and ham toasties today).Dave has finally got his fishing rod out today and almost caught a fish with his first cast of the day but was unable to cling onto it as I am told the swell meant the line tension got too slack - a likely excuse!).Stef continues to react swiftly to make any unhappy. read more...


23/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 3 - frische Briese

Den Vormittag über fahren wir mit Genua und Großsegel bei konstanten 5 Beaufort. Der Seegang wird stärker. Am Nachmittag machen wir erst 1 Reff später 2 und auch die Genua wird gerefft, da der Wind zunimmt und boeiger wird. Den Tag über beschrenken wir uns auf das Wesentliche, die Welle macht das Leben an Bord unkomfortabel. Abends gibt es nochmal aufgewärmte Linsensuppe, wir haben beide aber keinen Appetit. Bevor die Nacht kommt, nehmen wir das Großsegel weg und fahren mit der gerefften Genua weiter. Die Nacht verläuft ruhig. Wir sehen keinen Segler, müssen aber einem Fischer ausweichen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


23/11/2016

EH01 - Day 3 - 22 November

Since our last blog yesterday evening we’ve been trucking along in goodpressure. Helming at night was difficult for everyone in full darkness but thecrew held their nerve and were surfing the waves all night. Awesome job.! Wegybed earlier this morning and now heading South-South West towards the latitudeof the Cape Verdes. The weather forecast is promising for the next 24 hours butthen we will find ourselves in lighter winds again. Hopefully still enough tokeep us moving. Based on our weather routing we will keep going on this SW’lycourse until Sunday/Monday when we can turn right and head directly for StLucia.   Comments from the EH01 Marketing Director   Sailor of the day- Pricey`s pirates Ionut Lupu aka “Helming Harry” definitely wins sailor of the day for ourwatch as it was. read more...


23/11/2016

Nisida - Day 3

Lumpy conditions and a few of us feeling a little queasy during the last 24hrs.That said we have managed a 24hr run of over 200nm.Just under 2300 nm to go as of midday today.. read more...


23/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - Day 1-4:

Blog of Fisher& Paykel Challenge 93: Day 1-4:After an exciting start we enjoyed great sailing within the impressing fleet of boats. Since day 3 we have moderate wind and have not been overtaken by any turtles anymore. Crew in very good mood and everyone is getting settled to the shifts. Looking forward to challenging days of hopefully fast sailing and much more dolphins for company. :-) Cheers, Crew of Challenge 93. read more...


23/11/2016

Koco - 3.Tag auf See

Aufkommender Wind am späten Abend erlaubt es uns den Code Zero zu fahren. Fahrt: 8-10 Knoten. Wind nimmt weiter zu. Gegen 1:30 Uhr Nachts holen wir den Code Zero wegen zu viel Wind ein und fahren mit der Standard-Betuchung weiter. Wind nimmt weiter zu ca. 15-19 Knoten. Ziemlich starker Wellengang erschwert den geruhsamen Schlaf. Die Wellen schlagen an den Kat, als würde jemand mit dem Vorschlaghammer gegen die Bordwand dreschen. Gegen 9:00 Uhr Frühstück. Weiterhin Fahrt mit der Standard-Betuchung bei 7-9 Knoten fahrt. Sonne scheint. Vereinzelt Wolken. Angel ist ausgeworfen. Am Nachmittag gesellen sich eine Gruppe von 8 Delfinen zu uns und begleiten die Koco. So fahren wir in den Abend. hinein, ohne weitere Vorkommnisse.. read more...


23/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - safety stuff and a tale of survival of the Robertsons from 1972

For a trip like this safety is terribly important. We are now 800 miles from the nearest land (5-6 days)and in case of an emergency must rely on ourselves and the boats around us if we can contact them, Helicopters dont have the range to come out this far.I know we have a number of younger followers who are very interested in the adventure so i thought i would let ye know about some of the things that can go wrong, the safety equipment-some very high-tech and some very basic and why we bring it. I think you might be surprised at the amount of preparation needed.As we all know, even the unsinkable "Titanic" went down so our first concern is to prevent sea water from flooding the boat. There are a few ways this could happen. A collision with another ship/boat, a collision with an. read more...


23/11/2016

Gwendoline - 3. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds23. november. 10.45 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPos: 24.50N 17.40WIt is now 10.45 UTC, and the wind has been with us since it came last night at 02.45. This also means bigger swell, and therefore also a more rolling kind of sailing.This has affected the crew, and seasickness has been our steady companion for the last 24 hours. Especially Maiken has been hit hard, but we hope that it will pass within the next 48 hours. The wind has been steady at 20 knots, and we are sailing a pleasent beam reach, right now on course 260, in order to minimize the rolling.Yesterday we had sandwich with ham and red pepper for lunch. For dinner we had planned to make a nice big Chinese inspired portion of fried nudles, but the sea was to. read more...


23/11/2016

Numa - Overstyrmann Roberts dag 2

Roberts reiselogg dag 3:Forrige logg var som den våkne leser oppfattet både for dag 1 og dag 2 :-).I og med at "Pær" er svensk, og Mona "halvt svensk" har det offisielle arbeidsspråket blitt satt til svorsk under overfarten, så det blir vi "jædrans goda på" ;-)Heldigvis er styrbord og babord, ag mange andre av de maritime ord og uttrykk det samme både på norsk, svensk og svorsk :-)Våknet i dag klokken 4:30 av en trommesolo trommeslager ville missunt.Sikkerhetslinen som går fra akter til forut på hver baug lå og slo i dekket i vinden.Motoren var stoppet og båten gjorde god fart i vannet.En deilig måte å våkne opp på :-)Det så ut til å bli en strålende dag, seilmessig, noe det også ble.Uten å ha sjekket vil jeg anta at vi har hatt en gjennomsnittsfart på godt over 7 knop :-)Også i dag ble. read more...


23/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 3 Shake Rattle and Roll

A truly memorable 2 days: becalmed one day and F7 the next with very littlewarning. We were shaken our of our comfort zone as the boat began to rattle andthe sea to roll.  But it did feel good to be on the move again.   We are beginning to settle into a daily routine.  We are stillconcerned with the daily fruit discharge and are becoming creative with thefruit and veg that isn’t surviving well. Quartermaster Cal and Ewen have amorning inspection of the bilges, boxes and nets and remove any that is lookingdodgy.  Yesterday the peppers were cooked in olive oil and balsamic andwill form bruschetta toppings at our sun-downers. Today the persimmons are beinglightly cooked and frozen for a crumble.  The avocados are beingtransformed into guacamole, and fajitas will be. read more...


Eau Too - Eau too having a swim in the middle of the Atlantic
Eau Too - Eau too having a swim in the middle of the Atlantic
23/11/2016

M one - Mittwoch 23.11.16

Mittwoch 23.11.16 Bordzeit 4.30 Uhr Der siebte TagAction purWer meint mitten auf dem Atlantik aber wirklich mitten drauf bei 0 Wind und 0 Welle nichts erleben zu können, irrt gewaltig.Nachdem der Crew klar war das über Tage Flaute herrschen würde, und der Diesel nicht ausreicht um diese unter Motor zu umfahren, musste eine andere Lösung her.Es begann eine intensive Kommunikation mit diversen Ansprechpartnern auf der ganzen Welt.Eine Lösung wurde gefunden.Frank sollte aufgrund seiner angeblichen Zahnschmerzen zusammen mit seinem Fisch und seiner Angel gegen Diesel eingetauschtund mit einem Schnellboot zu einer Zahnklinik nach Dakar verbracht werden.Der Mannschaftsrat stimmte jedoch gegen diese Lösung da nicht sichergestellt werden konnte die Verpflegung mit Fisch durch Alternativen. read more...


23/11/2016

Shalan - Day 3

24:01N 21:11WGood Evening all!It's 4:30am here at time of writing on Wednesday morning.Last night (Monday night) we had a lovely peaceful nights sleep. 5 knots of wind and we carried on through the night managing a speed of about 3 to 4 knots. It was flat calm and we had a very civilised dinner up top with a cold beer. Since leaving we have only used the engine for 30 minutes so thats really good. Our hairbrain idea of buying a projector to watch a film on the main sail could have been done last night, but sadly I ruled that expediture out in Las Palmas along with the harpoon. Due to my regret in ruling it out I now have a new nickname....Captain Hindsight!The wind picked up this morning and we were stonking along with a dolphin escort for around 20 mins at 09:30.The main and code 0. read more...


Shalan - Day 3
Shalan - Day 3
23/11/2016

Enigma - Day 8 - still not at halfway house

We've been at sea a week now. No weavels, scurvy or mutiny to report. We are having to cope with light to none existent winds and have resorted to using the engine more than we'd like. We all want to get to St Lucia before Christmas. 2016.The moonrise this morning was spectacular. A large orange smiley rose at the back of Enigma casting an ethereal moonlight across the water. Either we're being laughed at or things will be happy. Or, its just another moonrise.I won't name names, but again i saw a yacht quite close to us, with tricolour, steaming lights and navigation lights all burning ! What happened to the International Regulations for Prevention of Collisions at Sea ? Is it faulty electronics or ignorance ? Sorry but as a RYA Cruising Instructor this kind of thing does grate a little.. read more...


23/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 7 Wed 23rd Nov

Wednesday 23/112am (UTC-2, we changed our watches.Not sure if a good idea or not....)Just in off a midnight - 2am watch, and I have to say it was no hardship at all, apart from the dragging myself out of the bunk for it bit.It's the most beautiful, clear, calm starry night out there - sky littered with stars, Milky Way overhead, Orion's Belt to port (or at least I thought it was Orion's Belt, now Anais informs me that I've got that wrong - goodness knows what it's called then, but it's one of only two constellations I can recognise.Can't find The Plough, I assume it's hidden by the bimini).A plane went over in the stratosphere by the looks of it, I could just about see the blinking of the lights among the stars.A couple of shooting stars.And then, just at the end of my watch, I turned. read more...


23/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 23. November 2016

Oh wind, my old friendWhy away from here so far?Come back to the placewhere the ARC-people are.(Famous midatlantic poem)What else happened?Impressing rainbows, crew trying to catch even the slightest bit of wind, caught no fish.1400 NM to St. Lucia - place of good winds. read more...


22/11/2016

Hot Stuff - blog start day

We all tried to start the day with a good breakfast. Skipper Sophie and First mate Thalita had worked through the night to fix our last minute equipment issues so they especially needed to start the day with some nice food!We filled up the water tanks for the last time and had a little safety quiz from Sophie which we passed with flying colours. Our shore party of friends and family took some team photos then waved us off! We were one of the first boats out of the marina and were serendaded out by a marching band. It was so special to see so many people on the breakwater waving us off (and a few dogs!) The water was pretty calm but most of us had to change into warmer kit as we prepared to race. Turns out we were a little too eager as we were too early for the start gate where the ARC. read more...


Hot Stuff - blog start day
Hot Stuff - blog start day
22/11/2016

Jasmine - DAY 3. Sailing at last.

The wind filled in from the north west last night shortly after my watch began at 0400 and has continued since,the forecast is for it to last 48 hours. We are heading southwest with the wind on the beam and Jasmine is romping along at 8 knots and behaving as if she is enjoying it aa much a we are.The sea is sparkling in the sun with bright white wavecaps .At last real progress and great sailing.Last night shortly after watch began,with help of a sky guide we identified Mars low on the eastern horizon. Very bright,large and easy to pick out from the nearby stars. Later Mike heard dolphins blowing in the darkness which prompted us to shield the stern light and look out over the stern.To our delight the phosphorescence in the sea allowed us to see dolphins playing behind the boat,the. read more...


22/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Two

We flapped around somewhere off Africa and didn’t catch a fish….This is mothers watch reporting in for today Challenger 4 blog.A very light day of wind but this gave everyone a chance to settle in and get on with the tasks in hand. It was also the crew’s first night sail which was enjoyed by all. Everyone was impressed by the phosphorescent and some of the crew managed to see some shooting stars.We tried fishing but we think the fish were going too fast for us to keep up with them. Hopefully we will get a chance to catch some on our crossing.This was our first day of not seeing land and we won’t see any land until we reach St Lucia.Hot day for the mother watch working down below with our cleaning duties – our first baking attempt proved a success with the crew even though we almost set. read more...


22/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 22 - Third Day at SeaAll is well. Today we had a visitor. A small black sea bird found its way onto our head (toilet). We believe we are at least 200 miles from Africa, the closest land, so either the bird is completely lost or we are! We also experienced the first equipment failure, at 3:30 am, the spinnaker got wrapped around the rigging and ripped, Lolo and James, on duty, could not bring it down. All hands on deck! We hoisted Chuck up the mast and 30 minutes later we had the spinnaker down. We are now on a beam reach with Jib and Main. We have two other spinnakers and if need be we can always fix this one. The advantages of having Billy, a former sailmaker, on board.Winds have been steady, from 10-15 knots, on a beam or close reach. We are heading straight west on the advice of. read more...


22/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Two

So, day two….Entry one: More eventful for what was happening on the boat than around it or to it.We didn’t move very far, and the water was very calm and still.But, despite the lack of wind, we had plenty going on board, settling into the rhythm of our watches and snoozes.Today was also the first Mother watch, with Heather, James and Tom stepping up to show us how it’s all done.They certainly set the bar high, starting with hot drinks early morning, and there was particular appreciation for lunchtime veggies and dinnertime pork chops.So, fair to say a degree of apprehension for the rest of us mothers, about following such an impressive act.After a 6am sail change in the dark, the lack of wind meant there was not much in the way of action.But the weather was lovely and our crew whiled. read more...


22/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 2

So the second full day into the ARC 2016 and we are settling into our routines here on Skyelark. Up to now the winds have been very kind to us with a nice gentle introduction to Ocean sailing.The past 24 hours have been reasonably eventful. Yesterday a pod of Pilot Whales past very close to the stern and today we had 2 pods of dolphin playing around in the bow wave. As someone whose cruising ground is the North Sea this is a great novelty. In fact just the temperature is a great novelty!We managed to pick up a discarded fishing net today. A good job we were under sail rather than engine. Earlier we had managed to break the fishing rod trying to land a big one. No, honestly! The recovered fishing net would have been a poor substitute.Winds are set to increase so progress should improve.Rik. read more...


22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 3 -

26∞51.57 N - 016∞ 37.19 W to Dolphins and a small boat are our companion for the night. The wind has changed to NNW and now we can head again 220∞, we want the butter to melt! Keeping Orion to our starboard above the mast help us to keep our pulpit addressing WSW.And now as we settle into our night watch pattern, the wind is gusting upto 22 knots so we quickly put in two reefs so it's more manageable for the night. Despite the reefs we are still pulling over 9 knots and making great time down to Cape Verde.Then the fishing rod bent and a meter of line escaped ... a big fish having a little nibble.Giacomo and Mike have teased out taste buds with culinary delights including Mike's now famous risotto.Tomorrow it's the girl's turn to cook ... I wonder what's i store?3 Lunch. read more...


Ximera - Day 3 - Lunch
Ximera - Day 3 - Lunch
22/11/2016

Exhale - Too little or too much

Having spent yesterday looking for wind with very little success and a lot of sail trimming for most of the day, wind arrived about 5am this morning and just like home it was on the nose. So expected downwind sailing is on hold for the moment. Settling in to a building sea and squalls but now cracked off doing 9 Kts through the water with two reefs in the main. Who said we don't know how to cruise! Everyone settled in well with a good start to the cooking.. read more...


22/11/2016

EH01 - Day 2 - Tuesday, 22/11

We had a very slow and slightly frustrating second day yesterday. After wemanaged to make some progress in fairly light but steady conditions during thefirst 24 hours, yesterday afternoon we found ourselves pretty much in a windhole averaging about 2 knots for over a 12 hours – while most of our fleetmanaged to stay in some breeze and pulled away from us. However, massive creditto the crew for staying focused all that time and doing all they could to keepthe boat moving. Wind finally filled in at around 3am this morning and we’vebeen trucking along averaging nearly 9 knots since, which means we’ve coveredover 100 miles over the past 12 hours. Crew is very happy.   We’ve made the decision to choose the southerly route and pass the CapeVerde islands to port (left) before we can turn. read more...


22/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log dag 2 - Going strong

Rapport 2 från havetHej igenVi alla mår bra och jobbar nu i skift för att hålla fart i båten, att se till att maximal säkerhet uppnås bland annat genom bra sömn och att vi inte får några skador på båt och manskap.Skiftgången har nu börjat sätta sig och alla vänjer sig med att inte veta vad det är för dag längre. Tur att mobilklockorna fungerar fortfarande. Pauline tid är samma som klockorna på Kanarieöarna. Vi har nu gjort 13% av överfarten till St Lucia och trippmätaren står på 383 nm.Vågorna är ca 3 meter från topp till dal, vilket får betraktas mer som östersjövågor. Vinden har legat mellan 7-15 knots vilket får anses som behagligt.I natt hade vi en lite incident när vi träffade en regnby (squalls) med 20 knots vind i. Genakern, som låg inpackad i sin säck på fördäck, fick tag i en. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 6 - hot

Subject: Day 6 - hotWe had a lovely sail during the night in a steady 12-17kts SE  and made good progress. This continued up to about 10:40 am this morning when suddenly the wind just vanished. Its last dying breaths were forward of the beam - something i never thought I'd experience on crossing this far south. The good news is we seemed to avoid the squalls on the horizon which darkened the morning skies.It has given us an opportunity to dry off the last of our damp clothing and do some washing. Not much else to report. We're all well and have most of the creature comforts one can live with. This includes ice cream and cake.Paul, Allan, Diane and Viv. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 5 - like Wales...but warmer

Subject: Day 5 - like Wales...but warmerNow for those of us who are mathematically numerate, you will notice there has been no Day 4 blog. There's a very good reason for this. A squall the size of Wales came and sat on us yesterday for about 6 hours. Everything on the boat, including us, was and still is soaked. So it was a bit risky trying to write anything without an iPad or PC that wasn't in a waterproof housing...which of course we don't have. How we laughed at the 35 kt gusts that hit us yesterday when compared to the "gentle" winds that were forecast. How I laughed when my old waterproof Musto light trousers acted as a wick soaking up any moisture in the atmosphere and depositing it on my legs and undies. How we laughed when the Bimini deposited 30 gallons of fresh water down my. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 3 - that was an interesting watch !

Subject: Day 3 - that was an interesting watch !During the night the roller on the furling mechanism to the Simbo sail parted company from the bowsprit. The offending snap shackle had lost its bar and hence became a useless piece of junk in an instant. Why is it in sailing that these things happen only after we had thought, "we must check the rigging on that bowsprit" but decided to leave it till the morning. However Allan made good with various pieces of rope tying the roller to the bowsprit and decided to wait for light before attempting a proper repair.Morning arrived and we replaced the rope with two large shackles, moused on for security. Of course it wasn't as straight forward as that sentence may imply. The sail was under load and what we thought would be an easy job somehow. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 2 - The Wacky Races

Subject: Day 2 - The Wacky RacesOur 2,000 mile drag race, like everyone else's was challenged by light variable winds during the night. We were surrounded by boats and the pattern has only just started to spread out as the boats race westward. During the darkness we saw a range of combinations of lights being burned by some yachts - tricolours with navigation lights, tricolours with steaming lights, and, the prize combination - navigation lights, steaming lights and anchor light. Mind you, its better than no lights at all I suppose.Today has been simply lovely. The wind has steadily filled in to around 9-10 knots - more than enough for us to better 6 knots with the Simbo rig. Life on board is settling into a routine. Our 3 hour on, 9 off watch system seems to be working well and we are. read more...


Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down
Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down
22/11/2016

Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down

Sven and Will caught a flying fish! Well, it landed in the cockpit on their watch and disappeared down the gunnels to re emerge on the aft deck two days later! After so much excitement Sven had to sit down with a good book.WJGOPR1440.. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 1 - Cracking sailing Gromit !

Day 1 - Cracking sailing Gromit ! What a beautiful day for sailing ! Sunny, flat sea and 10-12 knots of wind. We departed Mindelo with our genoa and mainsail flying spirits high. The Canal de Sao Vincente was blue and flat apart from the surface ripples one expects on days like these. We started conservatively and the discussion quickly moved onto when to unfurl our Simbo rig. The wind was about 120 degrees - a broad reach - so we thought we'd give it a go with the windward clew polled out.As ever we started to catch up on the fleet and leave the boats behind us. Polled out the Simbo sail was stable and performed well giving us 5.5 kts in 7 kts of wind. As a friend of mine would say, " cracking sailing Gromit".The day just got better. Lunch was a Lamb wrap with salad. Well done Allan -. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 6 - the final dash

Subject: Day 6 - the final dashYet again we are in the company of larger yachts. The boat behind us is flying a large spinnaker so its only a matter of time before he passes us. I have to say he looks great from here. However...we have a cunning plan...Our jury rigged pole is still in one piece allowing us to at least make some good way. The rip in the aluminium is at at a weak point where the uphaul/downhaul ring is attached. The genoa, whilst not the prettiest of sails, has propelled us along at a steady 6-7 kts and has worked really well polled out. The approach to Sao Vincente is going well and we feel we are on the correct side of the Rhum line. Time will tell. Hopefully we'll finish today and not slip into tomorrow morning.Oh...the cunning plan? Well, that would be telling...P.s. a. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 5 - slow

Subject: Day 5 - slowCrew mates are all asleep, or reading, as I sit in the cockpit wondering how I can get another knot out of the rig we have. Bermudan rigs really don't like sailing dead downwind so we've elected to gybe down the rhum line. Meanwhile our wonderful code 0 sits in its bag sulking. We have a list of things to do in Mindelo and checking over and repacking our Simbo rig is one of them. Despite that we've made good progress. Our 24 hour average speeds have been 6.6 kts, 7.2 kts and today a miserly 6.4 kts. In a HR40 that's packed to the gunwales we all feel that is pretty good going. Food has, as always, been brilliant. Like everyone else in Enigma's crew I'll come back heavier than when I left. And...what happened to the tropical weather ? Today was like sailing in the. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 4 - a grey day in the tropics

Subject: Day 4 - a grey day in the tropicsA heavy night with 35 kts of wind at times was made tolerable by the progress we're making towards Sao Vincente. Moral is high despite Allan levitating across the cabin on two occasions. Having a man weighing 95kg land on top of you was a bit of a shock for both of us. Our secret weapon lies in its bag just waiting for the winds to drop below 20 kts. I believe this news item might not have hit the internet yet, but today is my turn to cook. Why aren't  there any reality cooking competition programmes on TV that involve plates that move away from you, ingredients that are more at home on the floor of the galley, and to cap it all, a cooker that is gimballed to conspire with any large wave to throw whatever contents it has all over its maker.. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 3 - Trade Winds

Subject: Day 3 - Trade WindsA wonderful nights sailing  where the Simbo rig was pulling us along at up to 8.4 kts came to an inconvenient end when the pole holding the windward clew snapped in two. The sail continued to pull well in its absence but we eventually decided to change over to genoa and mainsail. As for the two bits of aluminium spinnaker pole - they are now firmly lashed to our guard rails.We have struggled to match our nighttime speeds with the more conventional rig but we are still making good progress. Cake and tea has been in good supply and the aroma of the tuna bake wafting up from the galley is lovely. Allan, who has claimed to see a whale and a large fish today (we remain sceptical)   Is currently on the helm trying to better our average. He has hit 8.8. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 2 - waiting, waiting, waiting

Subject: Day 2 - waiting, waiting, waitingThe sea is flat and we're waiting for the firmer NE, ENE winds to kick in. We keep saying as soon as we have steady pressure from this direction we'll unfurl our Simbo rig and fly. Every time we think the wind is filling we get a 2 knots on the beam which dampens our enthusiasm. In the meantime, we've been through all the countries and capital cities we can think off, played " I spy" ( very short - people kept using the letter S, and guessing the correct answer ) and had a cream tea - with cake. Viv has played with her hula hoop on the foredeck, and the rest of us just watched. Don't want to overdo it. I'm wearing an eyepatch and looking around the boat for a parrot to glue onto my left shoulder. Its all go .Allan's turn to cook tonight and the. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 1 - these are the voyages of the yacht Enigma

Subject: Day 1 - these are the voyages of the yacht EnigmaThe day began with the evocative smell of cooking bacon wafting down the pontoon. I could already surmise that some people would play dirty.The forecasted light fluky winds of 5 knots greeted our pre start manoeuvring. Yet 90 seconds before the start of the 2016 ARC+, we got a free gift of 13 knots to help us over the start line. Being in the thick of it, surrounded by larger ( hence faster) yachts, we unfurled our secret weapon - a Simbo rig Code 0. The sailed opened in a second and was a dream to handle. No sooner had it filled than we started to leave the others behind. We didn't use the pole, just let it sail. It was easy, stable and fast.Jeremy of Elvestrom - take a bow !Alas the light fluky variable winds did eventually. read more...


22/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Day 6: Motoring + "Read the Manual"!

  In spite of light winds, and toconserve fuel, we sailed overnight at 2.2-3.4 knots. This dropped us back in thenoon Distance to Destination report to #27, as in sailing SE to pick uphopefully better wind tomorrow/day-after we were not even sailing directly to StLucia – oh well. We started the engine mid-morning and haven’t seen 8-knots truewind today. That weather trough continues to follow the fleet – I wish that wehad left a day earlier or later!     On the malfunction side, we solved acouple of issues. After I crawled thru the aft lazarette to check SSB Tunerconnections, & cables, almost the very minute that Peter of S/V Fleet IIcompleted assuming my SSB Net Controller weekly 1-hr timeslot for me, Idiscovered how to properly TUNE the SSB. I am now received clearly. read more...


22/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 3 on Chance Encounter (Aus) - elan 434 -

After a day of light winds we got some breeze this morning and we are reaching west in 15-20 knots of wind sitting on high 7's and early 8's.We've been in cloud most of the time but the sun is just starting to peer through the clouds as we approach the end of the day.The forecast is for the same over the next few days, coming aft and increasing a bit tomorrow before tailing off towards the end of the week.We are in company with another Danish Elan 434, Frigg, both of us on the northern rhumb line whilst the bulk of the fleet are taking the traditional southern route.We are well placed, leading our division, with Frigg second.The northern route is looking good except for a patch of dead air in our path and we are hopeful enough wind will steer us through it to the steady trades on the. read more...


22/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Tuesday Nov 22nd - shall we use the engine?

Those following us will see that we made very little ground yesterday – allenergy seems to have evaporated from the sky (unless you’re caught under arainstorm when it’s pandemonium).  The seas are glassy smooth and even thewildlife seems to have gone to sleep, although we did have a small pod ofdolphins come and inspect us this morning.  The weather forecast isn’tencouraging either; more of the same for too many days.  We now have toaddress the big question we didn’t want to – shall we pursue a sail only policy(at yesterday’s rate we’ll get to St Lucia just after Christmas) or use theengine to try to find some wind?  We’ll let you know soon! This morning we found ourselves sailing close to the crew of Alderman, whowere also sunbathing on deck, and had a great chat on. read more...


22/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of cork-Denise

Hi AllI thought I should write something to let you know I'm on board!What a day, after being thrown around, pushed around and basically washed out, we woke to beautiful sunshine today, I had the treat of doing the 6 to 8 watch this morning so I witnessed a beautiful sunrise.It is mornings like these I know why I'm doing the Arc...mind you some wind wouldn't go astray today. Had my first swim in this big vast ocean, the water was so gorgeous...clear and warm. Like any good holiday we had a lazy day in the sun, Dermott busy trying to catch dinner, and the rest of us lapping up the rays. I'm on my fourth book, forgot I enjoyed reading so much., I never had so much me time!We have developed a daily routine on the boat, it all centers around our watch time, and our food time; it even feels. read more...


22/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 3 - Vinden er tilbake i fullt monn!

I går ettermiddagen så vi siste seilbåten. Siden har vi knapt sett andre skip.Det gikk fort! Og Atlanteren er diger plass...Det siste vi så av land utpå kvelden var Teide på Tenerife.Vi fikk litt vind utpå kvelden og den har siden bare økt på. I skrivende stund har vi ca mellom 16 og 20 knops vind. Skal øke til 24 i løpet av natten. Kanskje vi kommer frem til passaten utenfor Kapp Verde før uka er omme?Hilsen Roald, Jørgen, Martin og Alf. read more...


22/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 2 | Leichtwind-Segeln - gewusst wie

Am Montag zur Mittagszeit beginnt der Wind als leichte Brisevon NE auf N zurückzudrehen. Es ist soweit - wir schiften unseren 180 qmgroßen Spinnaker um weiter auf Backbord-Bug an der Kante desFlautenfeldes in südwestliche Richtung zu segeln.Unser Wachsystem ...In unserem dreistündigenüberlappendem Wachsystem lösen sich die Rudergänger halbstündig ab, ummit aufmerksamen Steuerleistungen die bestmögliche Fahrt aus der Yachtherauszuholen. Die Crew trimmt den Leichtwind-Spinnaker, um bei demleichten und variablen Wind die optimale Performance aus unserer Swan herauszuholen.Gewusst wie...Wir segeln in die zweite dunkleNacht. Bei abnehmendem Mond - der erst nach Mitternacht aufgeht - sinddie Konturen der Segel nur noch schwach zu erkennen. Aber wir habenvorgesorgt! Ich montiere am Fuße des. read more...


22/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 3, Nacht 2

Hallo Zusammen,da sind wir wieder. Eventuell habt ihr am Fleettracker gesehen, dass wir ziemlich weit im Norden waren.  Grund war der Wunsch unseres Metereologen, dass wir zum 28 ten Breitengrad hoch fahren, weil eine Tropische Störung bei ca. 27 Grad Nord 40 Grad West für Flaute sorgen sollte, das hat sich geändert, jetzt dehnt sich diese Gebiet ohne Wind nur noch bis zum 25 ten Breitengrad aus, somit müssen und können wir wieder tiefer. Allerdings war der Schlenker um El Hierro ein Fehler und hat uns mit Sicherheit Zeit gekostet. In der Nacht sind dann noch zwei Umlenkrollen kaputt gegangen, das hat auch nochmal eine Stunde Zeit gekostet, aber was soll’s wir haben ja noch viel Wasser vor uns. Die Nacht war sehr anstrengend, wir haben kaum geschlafen und sind alle ziemlich müde.. read more...