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08/12/2015

Toujours Belle - Toujours Belle auf dem Atlantik

Moin ihr Lieben,die letzten Tage waren wechselhaft. Hohe Welle und wenig Wind. Es ist sehrwarm. Sind am duschen und am trinken. Zeitweise konnten wir mit demParasailor gute Fahrt machen. Direkter Kurs nach St. Lucia müssen wir mitParasailor und Spibaum fahren. Wind kommt fast platt. Hatten gestern(07.12) guten Wind für Parasailor. Sind dann in die Nacht rein gesegelt.Leider ein fataler Fehler. Squall kam heftig auf. Starkwind. MusstenParasailor abwerfen. War nicht mehr zu kontrollieren. Haben ihn eingeholt.War eine heftige Nacht. Im Schiff flog alles durcheinander. Haben dannGenua raus geholt und sind die Nacht weiter gesegelt. Schadenbegutachtungam Morgen... Parasailor kaputt. Und das 600 sm vor dem Ziel. Scheisse.Segeln jetztmit Groß und Genua spitzer nach oben. Keine andere Wahl zum. read more...


08/12/2015

Hera - Geburtstagsfeiern

In den folgenden Tagen gibt es noch vor Zieleinlauf mehrereGeburtstagsfeiern an Bord. Der Reigen wurde heute durch Robert eröffnet. NachAbsingen von “Happy Birthday” gab es nach dem Sektfrühstück noch einen vonJonathan gebackenen Schokoladenkuchen. Das Ausblasen der Kerzen gestaltete sichzu einem ernsten Problem. Diese von Wolfgang in Las Palmas besorgten Kerzenentpuppten sich als Scherzartikel, der unseren Rauchmelder in Aktion setzte.Jeder Versuch des Geburtstagskinds, die Kerzen auszublasen, entfachte diese neuund zunehmend kräftiger, so dass die Crew kurz vor der Notrolle “Feuer imSchiff” stand.   Stefan. read more...


08/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 16- Sailing

Atlanteren, N 16.08 W 53.00    0900 lokal tid, 1200GMT   Det er kanskje noen der hjemme som lurer på hvorfor Friskus seiler såpasssakte, Friskus som til vanlig seiler så fort? For det første er dette en tur viprøver å gjøre så behagelig og sikker som mulig. Det betyr at vi stort settseiler med ett rev mer enn nødvendig både i storseilet og i fokken. Mannskapetser heller ikke ut til å ha det veldig travelt med å foreslå mer seil, så detblir til at skipperen nå og da justerer litt på seilføringen.  En annen viktig grunn er at Friskus, som de aller fleste andre seilbåter,ikke liker seg på rett medvind eller lens på 180 graders vindvinkel. Vi måskjære litt, og hvor mye vi skjærer er avhengig av vindstyrke, bølgeforhold ogrormann. Faktisk har vi ikke hatt en eneste. read more...


08/12/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 08/12/2015 Réfrigirateur réparé

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, aujourd'hui réparation de frigo... et c'est tout...Journée intense !!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


08/12/2015

Taistealai - Anticipation & The Penguin's Big Adventure

AnticipationTues 08 DecemberOur ARC voyage is almost over; just 30nm to run to the finish line in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. Since first light this morning there has been a real sense of anticipation on board Tashy as we watched the DTF drop lower and lower. Big blue, our large spinnaker went up at 7am and since then we've been surging forward at 8.5 knots. Gybe angles are a constant topic of conversation; we cannot lay the north end of the island at our current angle so need to gybe, but when to go? Close behind are our rivals on Alpaire, an Irish HR48. We have had a couple of friendly chats with them on the radio net and are now looking forward to seeing them on the dock in Saint Lucia, as long as they finish behind us of course!The Penguin's Big AdventureOur loyal readers have been. read more...


07/12/2015

Four Seasons - Not far now !

As of 1800hrs  on Monday we had just 350 miles to go. The wind hasshifted around to the ESE at around 15 kts. so we are currently broad reachingwith full sails up. If it stays like this we will try the asymetric first thingtomorrow. All well on board and everyone starting to discuss the order ofpriorities. Beer, shower, steak,- Shower , beer, steak etc. etc. Skipper isthinking along the lines of beer, beer, beer, beer, sod it I’ll shower in themorning, beer, beer, beer......We still have a small chance of getting in lateWednesday evening in time for the first of the parties but with the wind dyingthat is looking unlikely.Have a boat just 2 miles off our beam. A beneteau First 475. They should bearound 14 hours ahead of us. Our good friends are sailing an Oyster 56 and arejust 10. read more...


08/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See

Jetzt sind unsere Gedanken schon bei m Einlaufen in St Lucia.Es sind nur noch 140 sm bis zur Ziellinie, die wir gegen 07:00 Uhr UTC am08.12.2015 UTC durchqueren werden. Dabei sind wir dann ca. 2.840 smgesegelt.Eine wirklich sehr einfache Überfahrt zu geradezu idealen CruisingBedingungen. 2009 gab es eine ARC, bei der das gesamte Feld mitWindgeschwindigkeiten von 8 Beaufort von vorne(!) getroffen wurde, und dassüber einen Zeitraum von 48 Stunden. Etliche Schiffe sind damals zu den KapVerden abgelaufen, oder haben über etliche Stunden beigedreht.2010 hatten wir eine ARC, bei der zwar keine Starkwinde aufkamen, jedochsich auch überhaupt kein konstanter Passat aufbaute. Wir waren damals ersterunserer Divison und 8. Schiff im Ziel über alle von 190 Cruisern. Und dabeisind wir entgegen der. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
Bluewater Mooney - Letzter Tag auf See
08/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 14

Seit gestern haben wir uns wieder mehr aktiv in die Rallyeeingebracht. DerStarter ist repariert. Allerdings konnten wir auch nicht viel machen. Es wardas Idealwetter, bzw. der Idealwind für die Hallberg Rassy 54. Der Wind kamaus ONO mit permanenten 25 bis 30 Knoten. das ist die Grenze, an der dieBluewater Mooney noch mit ungerefftem Groß permanent an der Grenze ihrerRumpfgeschwindigkeit segelt. Die tolle Atlantikwelle hat zudem etlicheSurf´s zugelassen, so dass wir ein Tagesetmal vom 04.12.12:00 Uhr auf den05.12. 12:00 Uhr von 206 sm erreichten.Die nördlich von uns laufende Aqualuna erreichte demgegenüber laut derPositionsmeldungen des Täglichen Positionreports des WCC ein Tagesetmal von193 sm. Wir lagen damit mit unseren 13 sm recht gut, bedenkt man, dass wirnur mit dem Anlasser. read more...


08/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 13

Es ist der Anlasser, und er arbeitet wieder!Es hat uns keine Ruhe gelassen. Die Bluewater Mooney verlangte in den letzten 48 Stunden keinerleiAufmerksamkeit. Windrichtung Konstant; Windgeschwindigkeit zwischen 20 und28 Kn; Welle niedrig; Besegelung volles Groß auf Backbordbug, Genus 60%gerefft und ausgebaumt auf Steuerbordbug. Autopilot auf Track St LuciaNordspitzt; Windeinfallswinkel 150 Grad scheinbarer Wind, also Raumschotsund laufen lassen!Das Reff der Genuafolgt der Länge des Spibaums, derdurch seine "Kürze", es ist nun mal kein Passatbaum, die Größe der Genualimitiert - früher war es üblich auf Spinnaker und damit Spibäume zuverzichten, und statt dessen Passatbäume zu fahren, die die etwa 2 Meterlänger sind. Davon gab es dann zwei, und eine zweite Genua, und beide Genuaswurden. read more...


08/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Blog 8th December

Wednesday 9th December 00:3914.65.07N   57.55.85WThe feeders have loved the sailing today – the wind has been perfect for them and Mark was manually steering for the sheer joy of it – sometimes we were doing 12-13 knots which is more like the speeds Magic should do in these conditions – apparently.  There has been much conversation about boat speed and performance – is there weed on the hull?  Has the Genoa’s sail angle affected us  etc etc    but still, Tina doesn’t mind what position in the fleet we arrive she is just proud of our achievement as a team and happy that no one was injured.  It has been an incredible journey for my feeders.It has been sad for John that he has been unwell since the start – but as he says – he is now thin and tan!. read more...


07/12/2015

Pura Vida - Tag 15

06.12.2015, 15. Tag auf See - zweiter Advent und NikolausAlex machte seinem Ruhm als Fischerkönig WIEDER alle Ehre und zog ganz allein, er hatte auch noch das Ruder!, eine 1,30 m Dorade an Deck! Wir Drei hatten geschlafen und davon null mitbekommen und auf unser Nachfragen bemerkte er nur "I bought it on the market".Eure Crew von der Pura Vida. read more...


07/12/2015

Pura Vida - Tag 14

05.12.2015, 14. Tag auf See, der Tag, an dem wir 3stellig wurden Ahoi ihr Lieben,Nachdem der Morgen uns wieder sehr wohlwollend mit zartem Übergang von der Nacht zum Tag und freundlichem Sonnenaufgang begrüßt hatte, hegte Fabian um etwa 10 Uhr den Verdacht, die Routenplanung sei zu Gunsten einer kälteren Region geändert worden. Als er Birgit und Ebba in Ihrer wetterfesten Kleidung im Regen im Cockpit sitzen sah und zu seiner Beruhigung von der Skipperin erfahren hatte, dass der Ankunftshafen weiterhin St. Lucia sei, war er beruhigt, schoss ein Foto und bemerkte nur "Welcome to the carribean!" Alex korrigierte sofort in der ihm eigenen Art "No, we are still on the Atlantic, Carribean is far away". Am Tag zuvor waren wir nach seiner Aussage schon quasi in der Karibik, Flexibilität und. read more...


07/12/2015

Pura Vida - Tag 13

04.12.2015, 13. Tag auf SeeHi von hoher See! Der Tag startete für mich, Ebba, mit einem fast exakt zu meiner Wache, 7 bis 10 Uhr, beginnenden wunderbaren Sonnenaufgang! Fabian hält nicht nur tapfer die Wache davor, sondern ist bei meiner immer ein sehr hilfsbereiter Standby, SEHR zu meiner Erleichterung und sicherlich auch zu der der gesamten Crew . Das Gleiten mit den achterlichen Wellen bereitete viel Freude, natürlich war auch Konzentration und, vor allem bei mir am Ruder, perfekte Ansteuerungdabei! Der Himmel bewölkte sich und ließ einige wenige Regenspritzer fallen, was einen prächtigen Regenbogen zur Folge hatte. In der Mittagszeit hatte unser Fischerkönig Alex doch tatsächlich einen 1,50 m Blue Marlin an der Angel! Mit Birgits Hilfe, Fabian und Ebba schliefen den Schlaf der. read more...


07/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 15

Day 15What is this fish? Looks like a grouper? Anyone know?Well what a day, it's been quite a busy one -we have been in the companyof a tall ship heading to Grenada and several smaller yachts destined forMartinique on a separate rally that left a few days before the ARC. It hasbeen nice to sight them ahead,fairly quickly overhaul them and speak tosome other yachts at sea. We have also gybed twice trying to make what wecan in the lighter wind conditions -we have been slightly slowed due tonursing a sprained spinnaker pole fitting -but we are still on target forour arrival estimates, with Em and Tony on course for victory in the sweepstakes. For those watching the leader board, we have slipped from our 3rdplace on the water position, but don't despair as 2 of the yachts ahead needto cross. read more...


Skyelark of London - Whats this Fishy?
Skyelark of London - Whats this Fishy?
07/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 15 - Endless time

December 7, 2015 – After a cloudy night with here and there a squall and a shower of rain, the day started cloudy, grey and humid. With most of us inside and waves of 3 to 4 meters it was a funny scene to see the 6 of us stumbling around while doing the morning dishes, brushing teeth, cleaning up the ship and pumping water out of the stern. You always have to hold yourself with one hand attached to the ship, leaving one hand free. If not, more black spots are a guarantee!  Around 11AM the sun pushed aside the clouds and we had a great sunny comfortable afternoon. Mariette and Nicoline practiced some yoga on the front deck. Mariette adjusts the program based on the height of the waves so it’s achievable whatever the weather conditions are! For lunch Inge made a lovely stew of canned,. read more...


07/12/2015

Meltemi - 16.Tag, Meltemi 224 SM vor Rodney Bay

Liebe ARC Teilnehmer und Blockleser,nach nun 16 Tagen auf dem Atlantik könnte sich der Eindruck einstellen, daß der Montag genauso läuft wie die letzten Tage, aber da haben wir uns getäuscht.Gleich heutemorgen wurden wir von einem Regengebiet überrascht und mussten relativ geschwind Segel bergen, die Genua setzen und die Segel neu trimmen.Der Eine oder Andere an Bord hat sich seiner Kleidung entledigt und stürmte mit Duschgel an Deck um ein "Regenbad" zu nehmen, aber dazu war der Regen dann doch zu kurz undauch nicht ergibig genug. Da musste dann doch wieder die Pütz her.Das benannte Regengebiet brachte uns immerhin bis zu 32 KN Wind und mit Kurs 270° konnten wir direkt auf St. Lucia steuern.Ca. 2 Std. später war dann Schluss mit dem starkem Wind und wir haben wieder den Spinnakter. read more...


07/12/2015

TWIXX - Sqauls

Vannacht dan toch echt onze eerste squal gehad. Wind trekt dan flink aan, dus zeil minderen. Dat betekende Rob uit bed en in z'n boxer in de stortbui de fok binnenhalen...Nu begrijp ik dat schepen zonder watermaker dan de gelegenheid nemen om te "regendouchen". Gewoon een stortdouche!We hebben nu ook de magische 1000m grens gehaald, er staat nu nog 880m te gaan op de teller. Helaas nog wel hoge rare golven, de zeeziekte is nog aan boord voor 1 crewlid. Maar tijdens het borreluurtje ging het toch alweer aardig, de Spaanse ham, tortilla chips met guacamole ging er best in. We zetten nu om de dag de klok een uur achteruit. In St Lucia is het 5 uur vroeger dan in Nederland. We weten nog niet welke dag we aankomen, het weerbericht geeft eerst nog goede wind aan maar later steeds minder. S. read more...


07/12/2015

Aliena - Lunes 7-12-2015

6º dia de navegación. Si no hubieramos tenido dos dias sin viento hoy deberiamos estar a mitad de trayecto. Bueno, si no hubieramos tenido la averia de la vela ya estaríamos llegando o habriamos llegado. Hoy el viento esta bien y el mar tambien, aunque en la noche el mar ha estado movido. Hemos recorrido 166 nm, en este momento nos faltan 1195 nm. Nuestro navegador dice que llegaremos el día 15, pero si el viento mejora mas llegaremos el 14.Vamos a pedir que nos den el premio de los que mas millas han recorrido para hacer el mismo trayecto y el barco que mejor se come. Anoche cenamos tataki de atun blanco con ensalada de tomate cherry con reduccion de viangre a la frambuesa. La comida pollo relleno de ciruelas acompañado de escalibada de verduras y ensalada tropical de mango y papaya. En. read more...


07/12/2015

Hot Stuff - blog day 16

'The final push' 15 days and 5 hours at sea. Now for the final 250 miles. I suppose this year's ARC has been quite different to the other crossingsthat Hotstuff has participated in. Just like in 2013 and 2014, the crewunanimously decided that the priority for their journey was to arrive in St.Lucia with a happy united crew and a happy intact boat - That we would sail ourown race - and that even if we came in a week behind our competitors it wouldn'tmatter. But seven days ago, whilst celebrating our avoidance of a wind hole - weheard news that we were in 12th place in the racing division. There was totaluproar on the boat. 12th! Things began to change. Every day our positionimproved: 12th, 11th, 8th, 9th, even 7th. Every day we just continued to sailthe yacht as we always do - efficiently. read more...


07/12/2015

Taistealai - Squally Start

Squally StartYesterday's tradewind clouds - our friendly little pillows - have morphed overnight into rain squalls, all muscular teenagers with attitude. They are determined to vent their pent up energy upon us. The 0800 on-watch had a sudden need for foulies and on-deck action to reef before the first of the morning's troubled teenagers came knocking on our hull. Since then, it has been a game of dodge the squall. Luckily our Raymarine digital radar shows the squalls well, so we have not been taken by surprise. Still, they have made for an energetic morning. We have had to work for our fun on this passage so far. There have been tough times with difficult sailing, but equally many moments of sailing magic; scooting along on the wave crests across a big blue sea with our spinnaker. read more...


07/12/2015

Taistealai - Seven is the magic number

Seven is the magic numberall minds aboard Tashy are focused on the number seven today. This is the average boat speed we need to keep our planned arrival in Saint Lucia around 4pm local time tomorrow. Each hour we log our progress and a quick bit of mental arithmetic to check if we are achieving our numbers. So far, so good, but fingers crossed in case the weather gods decide to play with our fortunes.. read more...


LaLuna - dag 16 , nood giekneerhouder
LaLuna - dag 16 , nood giekneerhouder
07/12/2015

Grand Bleu - maandag 7

Zondagnacht waren er haast geen wolken en de maan was nog net aanwezig, bij nieuwe maan zijn wij in ST Lucia.Om 07.15 uur St Lucia verkend, wij zeilen naar het noorden en maken dan een gijp om de haven van Rodney Bay aan te sturen…Nog 13 mijl…... read more...


07/12/2015

LaLuna - dag 16

Dag 15-16Gisteren "just an other day at the Ocean". Overdag veel zon en wind. Wel hebben we wat last van zeewier. Hierdoor geraakt de Watt&Sea regelmatig verwikkeld in groene slierten en daalt de aanmaak van stroom. Gelukkig schijnt overdag de zon vol op en leveren de zonnepanelen voldoende stroom. Maar ook het roer en mijn vislijn ondervinden hiervan wel wat hinder. Voorbije nachten zijn wel wat grimmiger geworden. Meer buien & squalls die gepaard gaan met stevige windstoten uit alle windrichtingen. Zo moeten we soms oploeven tot +300 graden om een klapgijp te vermijden en varen we dus soms meer naar het noorden dan naar het zuiden. Gelukkig duren deze "tropical storms" meestal maar een kwartier max een half uurtje en herstelt de wind zich dan terug naar de normale windrichting.. read more...


07/12/2015

Why Not - Why Not Monday ( Richard Anthony )

In the last 24 hrs we have had many squalls with winds and rain up to 38knots , during the night these were the hardest to deal with especially as wehad no moon, hence darkness, but our skipper got us through it .   Charlie one crew member decided to read to all of us a chapter from 50Shades of Grey   Only 580 miles to go and most of the crew are looking for a large beer,except Catlin is looking for a good scrub.   Keith and Ray cooked a fine meal last night of jacket potato and baked beans .   Good Sailing  Keith  . read more...


07/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 15 (Sunday): Top 10 reasons to cross the Atlantic

Top ten reasons the crew on Hanse Sailor is crossing the Atlantic:   10. To improve my cooking and reduce my alcohol intake9. The ground is too solid 8. I had some time to spare 7. To finally settle who the better sailor is, Columbus or me 6. I just quit my job 5. To form a league of nation 4. To see a green flash 3. I heard there is Rum in the Caribbean 2. I had some breakfast on a warm fall day, when I returned from work I sawthat I forgot to put the butter back into the fridge and that it had melted, Isaid to myself: “Well, I might as well turn right now.” 1. Why not?  . read more...


07/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 15

Sunrise 06.12.2015Tag 15Ein neuer ruhiger Tag. Mit den Passatwolken unter blauem Himmel St. Lucia entgegen.An der nachgeschleppten Angel verbeißt sich ein Bonito. Sieht mit einiger Phantasie einem Karpfen ähnlich. Morgen also wieder Fisch in Senfsauce.Nachmittags einen Apfelkuchen gebacken. Die untere Seite ist zwar pechschwarz, aber die wichtigere obere Schicht mit den Äpfeln ist essbar. Wir nennen ihn gedanklich tiefschürfend "Abkratzkuchen".Der 2. Backversuch mit Plätzchen sieht erst ganz gut aus. Auf dem Blech, fein mit dem Leatherman ausgeschnitten, thematisch zum Nikolaustag, liegen liebevoll ausgebreitet Mond , Tannenbaum, Schlitten, Sterne, Schlittschuhe, Weihnachtsmann, mit farblich verschiedenen Marmelade Klecksen dekoriert. Leider ist im Backgang daraus eine einheitliche,. read more...


07/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 15 - 06/12

osizione 14°52N 50°57WDurante la notte ci perseguitano i groppi.E' un continuo zizzagare per evitarli.Al mattino, con le prime luci dell'alba il cielo è plumbeo, sembra la pianura padana in novembre.Ogni tanto piove ma i groppi ci sono ancora e quelli vogliamo evitarli.Purtroppo finiamo in uno di essi, piccolo per fortuna con poco vento e poca acqua, però questa contribuisce ad una piccola puliza di Y2K che ne aveva proprio bisogno.Durante il groppo un pesce abbocca all'amo ! Roby in preda ad una gioia violenta, si toglie la cerata e comincia a tirare il pesce in acqua gridando "Titaaaaaa la telecameraaaaa!". La Tita che gli risponde "ma lascialo lì Roby, fai passare il groppo!"E così, mentre il piccolo groppo continua a rovesciare un poco di acqua su di noi, arriva a bordo un altro bel. read more...


07/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 15-Soon there?

Vinden skulle løye i natt, men det gjorde den ikke. Isteden fikk vi noenstore squalls med regn og vind opp i 21 knop, så det hørtes ut som vi var i anløpsk bil på racerbanen igjen. Fordelen er at vi da fortsatt gjør ca 7 knop overgrunn, og antall timer vi har igjen til målet er nå tosifret.   Igår var første “opprør” mot den forutbestemte middagsmenyen. Barna villeabsolutt ha Spaghetti Bolognese, så da ble det det, til stor glede for både småog store. Det var jo også første søndag i advent, men levende lys funker dårlig herombord, derfor har Elise heller laget noen lilla advents “dusker” som vi kanhenge opp. Nå henger det to stk på bokhylla.. read more...


07/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 7 at 5 am

This is the Albatros, Albatros, Albatros. ARC finishing line, we are approaching Pigeon Island.Best words ever uttered. We are number 18 of the ARC, that includes the racing group, the multihull and the cruisers. Number 6 in our group, defying a broken spi boom and a ripped main halyard. Arriving at 4:34:02 local time we are incredibly happy to be welcomed in Saint Lucia with rum punch and a smile.I dare not go on land. We are all very sentimental. The trip has been amazing, and challenging on levels yet to be reflected upon. This is the Albatros, Albatros, Albatros.. read more...


07/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Bog Monday 7th December

Magic May Dog Bog  Monday 7th December Weird Adress 15.19.08N   55.58.20 Now it is 9am and this morning’s issues are1.     The Lewmar hatch in Tina and Marks Cabin has been pulled off by the sheets and gone over board2.     The auto pilot has decided to keep cutting out so we can’t rely on it Tina and Mark are now just resigned to the issues and just add things to the now very long list they are keeping.Good thing we have only 273 miles to go they are saying. Today was a good day for the feeders, they had great fun playing with ideas to make the water maker work and it did work.  They had all manner of tubes and pumps and buckets and tubs on deck.   It looked really funny but the result. read more...


07/12/2015

Calypso - Poles and Provisions

Today we've been using the big stick, a.k.a. spinnaker pole. It's out there now, sticking proudly out to the side holding the foresail out wide as we roll down the waves with an almost perfect wind behind us. I say almost, because at the moment we may end up in Barbados (mind you, that's better than Surinam which is where we were heading at one point).And we're now under 1000Nm to go too! In fact, by the time you read this it'll be closer to 900Nm. [Or closer to 700 by the time I eventually remembered to post this!]Ask anyone who sails on long passages, and they'll tell you; provisioning is a pain. You're paranoid you haven't bought enough, and at the same time trying to make sure you don't buy stuff that'll just get tossed over the side, or sit in a cupboard for the next year and a. read more...


Calypso - Poles and Provisions
Calypso - Poles and Provisions
07/12/2015

Hera - Nachtrag zum 2.Advent

Dank Jonathan hatten wir ein perfektes Mittagsmahl zum 2.Advent. Es gabSchweinefiletspitzen auf Champignons mit gerösteten Zwiebeln undKartoffelparfait. Dazu wurde ein Alcorta Crianza 2012 kredenzt. Andächtiglauschte die Crew Freddy Quinn mit”St. Niklas ist ein Seemann”. Damit sind unsere Frischfleischvorräte aufgebraucht und ab Morgen werdenwir auf unsere Konserven zugreifen. Da wir bei dem Speed den Tuna nicht aus demWasser bekommen, gibt es  ihn dann aus Dosen. Wir haben noch 750 sm bis Rodney Bay und werden voraussichtlich SonnabendMorgen, dem 12.12. über die Ziellinie gehen.   Stefan. read more...


06/12/2015

Limone - Happy indepence day Finland

Today we celebrate Finland's independence day by making some traditional Finnish foods and maybe watching the 1995 ice hockey finals where the "Finnish Lions" scored gold.Time surely flies when you are at sea. Just when we have adjusted to our 40ft world the trip is almost over! Daily routines keep us busy; breakfast, sailing, tuning, lunch, sailing, coffee, fishing (16:30 mahi-mahi) dinner, night watch and sleep. Repeat this long enough and you will surely end up into some new shore somewhere. Everybody are well on board. Our personal Tanning Coach Anssi has been working hard and our pale skins are getting some color. All the fresh vegetables are gone but we are still eating reasonably well. Fishing has turned out total of 9 mahi-mahi'sbut zero tuna. Where did they all go?. read more...


06/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 06-12-2015: gefinished!

Hi iedereen, nog een laatste bericht vanaf de Marisja. Een beetje laatmisschien, maar de rum punch(es) van gisteren zullen daar wel wat mee te makenhebben...   Gisteravond om 18:28 lokale tijd zijn we de finishlijn in St. Luciagepasseerd. Dit bracht onze oversteek op 13 dagen, 9 uur en 28 minuten (niet vervan Rodie’s voorspelling op 1 december!). Met een gezeilde afstand van 2933 mijl betekent dit een gemiddelde snelheidvan 9,1 knopen, te gek! Dat dit erg direct en behoorlijk snel was, blijkt ookwel uit het feit dat we van de gehele ARC (cruising, wedstrijd, multihull éngrote boten klasse) uiteindelijk als 10e boot zijn gearriveerd (van de circa 200boten in totaal!). Qua resultaat houdt dit in dat we onze divisie zeker gewonnen hebben en ookeen goede kans hebben op de overall titel. read more...


06/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 14 - Sleeping beauties

December 6, 2015 – We have entered the area of the Atlantic that is known for squalls: local wind and rain storms. You can recognize a squall by dark vertical clouds and you can actually see it moving. They grow and move quickly, so in case we come into a squall it’s only for about 15 minutes that we will be having strong wind and showers of rain. Yesterday night we have seen 2 squalls that just passed us. We’ve seen them on the radar but also by eye. It’s impressive to see how fast several clouds can compile into 1 dark rainy cloud. This time we were lucky, no need to put on our rain jackets.   We were less lucky when few hours later we wanted to reef the mainsail. We had issues with getting the sail straight due to the lock of the line that slips, which we only found out. read more...


06/12/2015

Magic - MAGIC blog from TINA and MARK - May is sleeping

Sunday 6th December15.23.4 N   53.51.7W  Dear Suppliers to S/Y Magic As we sail the last few hundred miles en route to Saint Lucia we are taking the time reflect on and write a letter to the suppliers who have worked on Magic over the past year in preparation for our Atlantic Crossing. For the purposes of this letter, some of the names may have been changed… but you know who you are! It is staggering how bad the sailing industry is supported. There are so many suppliers who think they can get away with shoddy work – because we are passing through.  We have been amazed at the world-class lack of professionalism; skill and integrity you have shown us during our progress from Portsmouth to Portugal, Spain and through to Las Palmas and on  to the Caribbean.. read more...


06/12/2015

Aqualuna - 14:46.313N 56:22.098W

DAY 15 ARC SUNDAY 6/12/2015Sadly it looks as though we won’t beat our own time of 16 days in 2007 ARC in the 55’ Discovery. A few mishaps have occurred.Jonathan did an involuntary gybe (fortunately it was none of us!) sadly breaking the main traveller which he has done a temporary fix to, the sheet must have caught in a hatch latch above the aft cabin as that has disappeared.The forward pump out for the shower is not working, at least it is but there appears to be a blockage from the pump to the outlet so that has to be sorted.We can see the Halberg Rassy ‘Bluewater Mooney’ down two miles on our port side and she is flying a spinnaker we really need to beat her by 40 miles over the finish line to win it just does not look as though that is going to happen in the next 30 hours.We are. read more...


06/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 14

Day 14Having just got off to sleep after my 4-7am watch I awoke to much commotion on deck at 8.30am when our pole fitting failed (used for our headsail), probably because pushing a bit too hard last night, but by the time I got up to the smell of Dan's eggs and rashers, the pole was out again, and we were breezing along nicely towards St Lucia.Another quiet day, with a little bit of activity around lunchtime as we put in a gybe.No dolphins, pah! no fish, pah! We passed a large yacht [at least 100ft] quite close this afternoon with spinnaker up proudly racing past and seemingly not part of the ARC contingent.This evening the boys are most happy as another bottle of tonic for their happy hour GT has been discovered from somewhere in the bilges.Thankfully my Vodka and Lime ration remains. read more...


06/12/2015

Meltemi - 15. Tag Another day in paradise

Ein herzliches Hallo an alle Daheimgebliebenen,wir von der Meltemi haben heute am 2 Advent die Nacht durchsegelt mit Parasailor um Meilen auf unsere Mitberweber gut zu machen, vor dem Hintergrund der außerordentlichen guten Bedingungen hat uns das neben Meilen auch richtig Spaß bereitet.Heute haben unsere Smutjes Markus und Christian ein leckeres Englisches Frühstück gezaubert mit Beans, Chorizo an Scharlotten mit Rührei garniert. mmmmmhhhhhDie Stimmung ist äußerst gelöst und wir machen viele Scherze über was wir wohl als erstes machebn wenn wieder Land in Sicht haben.Zum 2. Advent gabe es als weiteres Highlight des Tages Pfannkuchen wie bei Omma... mit lecker Apfelstückchen mit Zucker, Zimt und Honig passend zur Vorweeihnachtszeit bei 30 Grad.Wir flehen den Rudergänger regelmäßig an. read more...


06/12/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 15 - the FINISH!

We had a good steady wind for most of our last day and night at sea, Timshel was surging along at 6 or 7 knots, sometimes more, though we did have to reef for one squall and Hydra was steering OK.It was a relief to see the lights of St Lucia appear ahead - after so many days of seeing nothing you do wonder ....In a way we were sorry to have to stop, however we gybed round the north of the island and on to Rodney Bay.Managed to get in the towed generator just before the line.The folk on the guard boat where really helpful, and we crossed at 10.07.46 UTC according to my watch, which was just about dawn local time.At least there was some light for the photographer buzzing around in the RIB, and we could see to drive through the channel into the lagoon.Mojeka who was driving out gave us a. read more...


06/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 13 - Tweetiepie learns the true meaning of pecking order

Picture the scene - a wonderful afternoon, blue ocean and skies. Rhumb trundling along nicely at 7+ kn, with crew pleasantly relaxed chatting in the cockpit, and George kindly looking after the helm. Spotted in the distance, we see Solly the Sheerwater, diving, swooping, wing tips clipping the wave tops, soaring and swooping once again. But then, out of the corner of his eye he spots him on the boat - Tweetiepie (aka Tim), and thinks 'who's that new face on my turf'. Time to take action - so, another soar and swoop out of the sun, take aim and fire and then a resounding splat as he registers a direct hit on Tweetie. In all the world out in this big ocean, in so many thousands of square miles did that happen, but didn't we laugh all the same.On to the next classic. Brian thought it time. read more...


06/12/2015

Isabel - Day 14

--Sunday 12 Noon 6/12/20151437 48 N56 50 22 W Daily run 189 - distance to St Lucia 242 milesSame again!Sunshine and dead downwind running goose winged in a littleless wind. The talk of precisely what time we might finish has now beendiscussed to death and is banned. With less wind an early evening and supperhas definitely slipped away and as the breeze drops our eta runs away.On the plus side we had Burgers avec le Roquefort fromage et onions forlunch followed by Magnum Ice creams. Anyone viewing the tracker on the ARC website will see us well ahead of themain pack - The racing fleet are all IRC and no motoring, the cruisingclasses are allowed to motor and declare engine hours for an adjustment - wewill not know our true position for a while (days) as we have no idea howmuch anyone else. read more...


06/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 6 at 1:49 pm

Albatros update: 14° 28.02 N, 58° 41.18 W2015-12-06 13:49:07 +0000We are zeroing in. 140nm to Saint Lucia. Fair weather, 9kn of speed. ETA around midnight local time. No land in sight yet, so strange that this trip should end tonight. Earlier today we passed an airplane carrier. Christine claims she has seen Tom Cruise on deck This morning everybody was wearing Christmas hats. And bathing shorts. Quite a funny combination.As we have a no-alcohol discipline during the crossing, discussions center around the question how long the bars will be open. In Saint Lucia, every sailor arriving with the ARC is served a rum punch, no matter what time of day. Expect no update tomorrow.. read more...


06/12/2015

Aliena - Domingo 8-12-2015

5º dia de navegación.Noche tranquila por viento flojo, pero al menos hemos dormido bien. El mar se ha tranquilizado.Hoy he tenido salida de guardia con chaparron que me ha mojado hasta los recuerdos mientras quitaba el yankee. Mañana chubascosa con subidas y bajadas de viento continuas que nos han dado mucho trabajo con las velas. Nos hemos llegado a quedar sin viento y ahora hay un poco y la direccion es muy variable (para que digan que los Alisios son vientos constantes), lo que nos desespera porque parece que no vamos a llegar nunca y las velas sufren. Solo hemos hecho hoy 150 nm, por lo que aun nos quedan 1370 millas por delante. Se suponía que mañana ibamos a estar a mitad de camino, pero no va a ser así. Seguimos sin ver ni un alma, ni un pez, ni nada de nada. Hemos celebrado el. read more...


06/12/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog day 15

Day 14 and with St Lucia very much in sight (428 miles to go) we put theSpinneker up to take advantage of the 20 knot winds and to make absolutely surewe will make our estimated arrival date and time - Ashley and Karen look thelikely winner of our sweep stake! Having celebrated Sarah's birthday in style yesterday (Happy Birthdaybanner on the boom,  card and letter from her husband, gifts from thegirls, a short movie of her ARC experience and home-made choc brownie washeddown with champagne) all our thoughts are beginning to centre around our timetogether on Hot Stuff. We know that we will all look back with many, manywonderful memories and we pulled together our immediate thoughts on some of themore memorable  ones. The many sightings of dolphins, playfully jumping thewaves. read more...