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Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)

Dolphin Star’s iron sail being used quite regularly, our dedicated mechanic Antti checks out the fuel level directly from the tank, due to unreliable reading from the gauge.During the beer break at one o’clock, the crew discuss and assess the probability of running out of fuel in case the journey lasts longer.   Dolphin Star 040 043. read more...


Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)

Our rookie Jukka gets some sailing course from our captain Kari. He takes it very seriously by reading carefully his book every day and then practicing at the helm wheneverhe can.   Dolphin Star 028 037. read more...


Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)

Dolphin Star keeps on sailing in very low winds (around 5 knots South East). Everybody is really bored of this ongoing situation but not our fisherman Kari. After fightingtwo and half hours with a big sea bream, the monster rests in his hands as a well-deserved reward.  Dolphin Star 036 035 034. read more...


Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)

Clear weather and calm sea are very appropriate to run a rigging inspection. Our judo champion Jukka is designated volunteer for climbing up to the mast. In addition tohis numerous talents he also enjoys taking pictures and here are some of his masterpieces.   Dolphin Star 029 DSC07058 DSC07057. read more...


Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)

For a short while today, Dolphin Star sails in the expected trade wind conditions. The 4 knots shown on the speed meter is given at 5/5.5 knots on the GPS.   Dolphin Star 022 023. read more...


Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)

Dolphin Star is now half way (1050 NM) after 9 days and the Atlantic Ocean looks very calm. The crew celebrates this special time of the trip by having a special dinnerwith dress code and home-made bread.   Dolphin Star 014 015 020 012. read more...


Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - HALFWAY (24.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)

After a week at sea, Dolphin Star is not yet alone on the ocean as another sailing boat passes by. The pace of life has slown down but certain crew members manage to beactive : dinghy repair for Antti and fishing for Kari. A new hook (from Alexander’s fishing line) is used from now on as the last ones were swallowed by some unwilling fishes. Dolphin Star011 009 010. read more...


Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - ON BOARD ACTIVITIES (23.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)

  As Dolphin Star has been running the engine for quite some time, Kari decides to refill the fuel tank to get a better idea of our actual consumption (1,6 l/h). This is theright opportunity to enjoy an ocean swim and may be play with a real dolphin. Dolphin Star001 002 006 DSC06989. read more...


Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - OCEAN BATH (22.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)

Dolphin Star wakes up with the sun, after being under the  rain the whole yesterday. Jukka and Antti take the opportunity to get on the deck and have a good sun bath.   Dolphin Star 019 021. read more...


Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SUN IS BACK (21.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)

Water storage is limited on a boat, which restricts some hygienic habits. It is therefore a good occasion to have an outdoor shower whenever quick storms pass by. The crewdiscover this new way of washing themselves and they enjoy it. Today is also the last time we eat fresh food. Dolphin Star013 012 015. read more...


Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NATURAL SHOWER (20.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)

The trade winds are supposed to be constant in terms of direction and speed (N/NE 20/25 knots), so that a new sail configuration is set up. In addition to the genoa andthe main sail, the staysail is raised up  Dolphin Star010 011. read more...


Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NEW SAIL CONFIGURATION (19.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)

Based on the actual wind conditions, captain Kari decides to take out the gennaker. This option pays off immediately with a back wind of 10/15 knots, Dolphin Star takesoff at 8/9 knots. It is too good to be true as a few hours later, we get caught by a black cloud that generates much stronger winds and the gennaker bursts before we have time to lower it down.. Dolphin StarDSC06888 009. read more...


Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - TOO MUCH WIND SUDDENLY (18.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)

The weather forecast predicted very light winds and for once they were right. In order to maintain our 6 knots average speed along the course, the iron sail (in other wordsthe engine) runs almost all day. Fortunately a  nice sunset is there to enlighten the day. Dolphin Star007 005 008. read more...


Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - NO WIND (17.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - DELAYED DEPARTURE TO SAINT LUCIA (16.11.2016}

The second leg crossing starts this afternoon at 1 pm, but Dolphin Star is not ready yet. Nani the rigger has done a fantastic job since Monday 14/11 to fix the boom railbut time is running out. Finally we leave Mindelo marina four hours behind schedule, eager to sail non-stop for the next 15 days. Dolphin Star001 004 002. read more...