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Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sashimi for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Sashimi for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Rigging repairs complete
Thursday´s Child - Rigging repairs complete
Thursday´s Child - Rainbow at the start
Thursday´s Child - Rainbow at the start
Thursday´s Child - The captain hoisting the ham
Thursday´s Child - The captain hoisting the ham
Thursday´s Child - Brian and Chris repairing the gennaker
Thursday´s Child - Brian and Chris repairing the gennaker
Thursday´s Child - Fish for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Fish for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Dorado
Thursday´s Child - Dorado
Thursday´s Child - More dolphins
Thursday´s Child - More dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Dolphin jumping
Thursday´s Child - Dolphin jumping
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins playing around the boat
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins playing around the boat
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Pre dinner
Thursday´s Child - Pre dinner
Thursday´s Child - Contented fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Contented fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Happy fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Happy fisherman
01/12/2015

Taniwha - Log 30.11

Last log.Should be in port later tomorrow.. Dec 1.Squalls last night/this morning.. welcome fresh water!Cheers--. read more...


01/12/2015

Four Seasons - Skip cocks up the tactics

It was all going swimmingly well. 6th in class, one of the best 24 hourruns in the whole fleet and then doesn’t gybe at the right time and we haveended up too far north in very light winds. Flying the light weight spinnaker inabout 7 kts; of true wind making 3-4 kts. Yuk. Very frustrating but at least weare nearly halfway ! Chris. read more...


30/11/2015

TWIXX - , zondag een drukke dag!

Wie denkt dat we ons de hele dag vervelen aan boord heeft het mis. Vooral gisteren, zondag was het een drukke bedoeling aan boord.De hengel ging voor de eerste keer uit, wie voorspelt wanneer we de eerste vis binnen halen? Het liep uiteen van 3 uur middags tot enkele dagen. We waren er nog niet over eens en daar ratelde de hengel al!Een Mahi Mahi, alles in gereedheid gebracht om de vis aan boord te krijgen. Spuitflesje met alcohol, rubber handschoenen, plank, opvangbak, messen en de hele grote haak om de vis aan boord te trekken. Die haak hadden we niet nodig maar de vis was best groot, 63cm lang. Vis binnen gehaald en gelijk gefileerd door Brigitte en Jorien met haar neus er boven op. Dan ben je nog even bezig om de boot schoon te maken van de slachtpartij. De vis in de pan gebakken en. read more...


30/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 12

Steve sent out the questions for his Nautical Trivia quiz on the evening SSB net.Strange weather during the night - wind died away, then boxed the compass, it rained, then went SW! then finally back to E-SE.And then did it all again.All black as clouds covering moon and stars.Hoisted cruising chute when it got light, but did not seem to set very well in the swell and going too far upwind, then snuffed it for a rain squall.And what a rain squall, the first proper one.As I'd got soaked on the foredeck anyway, grabbed the shampoo and had a shower on deck (note to self: use less shampoo next time), also managed to collect some in bucket hung under the gooseneck, but in fact this had sand in it - still washing the Sahara off the rig.Next decision was a bad one - to deploy chute again to dry. read more...


30/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 8 & 9

Sunrise 29.11.2015Aufgrund noch nicht geklärter technischer Probleme sind unsere bisherigen täglichen logs in den Weiten der YB Connected verschwunden. Wir werden sie nachliefern. (Update - Missed logs have been added by WCC)Tag 8Der 1. Tag mit durchgehender Sonne und langsam dahinziehenden Passatwolken am Himmel.Leider flaut der Wind immer stärker ab, bis wir schließlich bekalmt in der Flaute liegen.Nutzen die Zeit um den reparierten Spibaum zu setzen. Er funktioniert! Chapeau.Delfine tauchen aus der tiefblauen Weite auf, schauen uns neugierig dabei zu. Die etwa 2 Meter langen, 8 silbergrauen Tiere kreuzen in wechselnden Gruppen links und rechts eine halbe Stunde lang unseren Bug. Schwarzblaue fliegende Fische steigen aus dem Wasser. Heute das erste selbstgebackene Brot!Die verdächtigen. read more...


TWIXX - Jorien gaat de visfileren
TWIXX - Jorien gaat de visfileren
30/11/2015

Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset

After a week of seasickness our forth crew member, (the autopilot), finally recovered and resumed his watch. We celebrated this by mounting for the first time since the start the cockpit table and enjoyed some caviar and vodka on a nice sunset in mid ocean.RumenOn the picture from left to right: Dian, Rumen and Mihail.image1. read more...


Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset
Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 8 Another magical sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 8 Another magical sunset
30/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 8

Day 8An uneventful night, sadly not enough wind to sail so we have been motoring. However, the spectacular stars in the moonlight were awesome.On my 4 to 7am watch I thought I saw a boat in the distance - but after much debate realised it was Saturn!Not many boats to be seen now, just one or two a day on the horizon.The wind has picked up a smidgen hovering 9kn so engine off and back to main, head and stay.Everyone into their books now.We DID catch a quite big Dorado but it managed to escape from the deck to see another day.Yesterday's Tina Tuna was skilfully turned into some rather good sushi by Dan.Dolphins had gone elsewhere last few days and I had wondered when they were going to show up again and on cue, at sunset we were greeted by a few on the bow.Wonderful sunset rounded off the. read more...


30/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 30 at 11:10 am

Good morning! The night was quiet and due to a late rising of the moon very very dark, which meant we could see the stars very intensively- this must be the closest approximation on earth to experiencing space from a space ship. Beautiful.This morning was as good as it gets - finally we see whales, about 3 or four about 200 meters to our right. Unfortunately they are moving into the opposite direction then the boat. Some minutes later, a massive group of dolphins spread out hundreds of meters, following the direction of the whales.And then, flying fish darting away from Albatros, silver glimmers against the rising sun.Thus starts another day at Albatros, slowly inching towards Saint Lucia. The seas are calm, 10kn of wind, the sun is up, some clouds and the temperature really nice. It. read more...


30/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8

Puh - so schnell kann sich alles ändern!Ich schicke 2 Screenshots von USgrib mit, und zwar die Vorhersage für den03. Dezember 15:00 Uhr bzw. 21:00 Uhr, einmal vom 29.11. und einmal vom 30.11.Die Vorhersage vom 29.11. war noch identisch mit den Vortagen, dieVorhersage war stabil.Sie zeigt unterschiedliche Winde im Mittelfeld, aber keine dem Südengegenüber vorteilhafteren Winde.Die von soeben, 30.11. unterscheidet sich wesentlich, und gibt für dasgesamte Mittelfeld Winde um 20 Knoten, also deutlich höher als bishervorausgesagt, aus!Also alle Taktik erledigt - der bessere Weg wäre schlicht der direkte Weggewesen.Damit ist die Porfavor die favorisierte Yacht - Gut gemacht!!Wir müssen sehen, dass wir unseren Leichtwindspi nicht auch noch überlasten,denn der Code 0 darf bei 20 Knoten. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
30/11/2015

Aqualuna - 19:22.462N 37:34.016W

DAY 8 MONDAY, 30/11/15We passed our half way mark at 11 am this morning, yacht time.We certainly can tell we have headed further south, really warm now.We are trying to find the good trade winds south of 18.00, too many holes on the rhumb line.Yesterday Jonathan decided to attempt to make some Maki, Japanese seaweed rolls, with some mahi mahi , cucumber, carrot and avocado.He nearly got there but the sticky rice didn’t quite work to hold it all together.We had both done a Sushi cookery course at Yo Sushi in Exeter so that we could use our raw fish in more interesting ways.We have been flying the ‘pink panther’ all day but the wind is fickle and comes and go so our average has only been 5-6 knots with the odd 7-8 knots.We hope we will find better wind further south and regain our first. read more...


30/11/2015

Dawn Chorus - Log Day 8 Bereaved and Becalmed...

Devastating news today - my mother died suddenly at her home in Ireland. I am literally all at sea, adrift in the middle of the ocean without a puff of wind, and I won’t be able to get home for her funeral. Heartbroken. Makes the lumpy start, rope around the rudder incident, wrestling with untried sails and worries about progress pale into insignificance… Fair winds to all… Dawn. read more...


30/11/2015

Meltemi - 9.Tag

Liebe ARC Mitsegler und Interessierte,der neunte Tag begann mit einem gemischten Wetter und nachdem sich einige dunkle Wolken am Horizont verzogen hatten, haben wir wieder den Parasailer zum Einsatz gebracht.So langsam haben wir im Setzen und Bergen des mittlerweile unverzichtbaren Segels.Heute war es den ganzen Tag sehr heiss und mit Sonnenmilch eincremen gehört zum TagesprogrammWir befinden uns gerade auf der Position 21°58´.329N, 037°04´.60 und sind noch ca. 110 SM von der halben Strecke entfernt.Also Morgen knacken wir die Hälfte der Strecke.Ein besonderes Ereignis hat uns Rüdiger, unser Skipper, bescheert.Es kam alles zum Einsatz was irgendwie an Segel verfügbar war. Parasailer, Genue und Groß. (Die Crew durfte Ihre Handtücher behalten)Wir haben die Segelaufstellung einen. read more...


TWIXX - TWIXX, zondag geen rustdag...
TWIXX - TWIXX, zondag geen rustdag...
30/11/2015

Taistealai - Blue and Green

The big blue Atlantic is a constant presence in ourlives aboard Tashy. If we are not looking at the sails, or the compass, we aregazing out over the waves and in particular at the clouds, floating by on a bigblue sky. Clouds hold special interest at the moment as we have struggled overthe last two days with very light winds. Whilst this has been great for sunningourselves, drying laundry and giving us an easy ride on the lightest of oceanswells, it has played havoc with our boat speed. So our skyward search forclouds is a lookout for tell-tale signs of fresh wind approaching, or even arain squall. Squalls, our feared foe of earlier days have become potentialallies, if we can ride some of the extra breeze they can bring. Alas, no helphas been forthcoming.Clouds also offer a useful. read more...


30/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 30/11/15

November 30th Wait for this! Fish Count “2” – A tuna, snapped at our hook, and was caught after a prolonged period of trying to get the fish landed. A gimble fishing harness was worn, many helpers at hand. A lot of pulling and tugging to get the fish on board (a Royal Battle). Roars of laughter broke out amongst the crew that could be heard as far away as Grand Canary and St Lucia as a baby skip jack tuna was pulled out of the water and landed on the pushpit, the fish weighed at least  ½ Kilo. Well done George!! Our newly caught prize was devoured at lunch today, George making an excellent Sushi, along with pie, coleslaw, cheese, and chorio prepared by Susie.  We are still motor sailing along, speeding along at just over 8 knots, our fuel status is good and we. read more...


30/11/2015

Weohgi - Are we nearly there yet?

Yes!! We over took Madelaine in the night and Kiss is somewhere around - stealth mode on! We are taking avoiding action at the moment as there are big squalls around with Cu Nims!We hope to get there tomorrow am - it depends on these squalls -it rained most of last night -apart from alans watch!Enjoyed our roast last night even though it nearly landed on the floor several times due to the big waves! Left overs for lunch -yum! the boys have thought of a new tv games show- How to wash up whilst everything is on a wobble board or roller skates! They think it will catch on! Hopefully the next blog will be from Rodney Bay!!Love and big hugsAvryl Alan Colin and Andy xxx. read more...


30/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (Day 12): Homestretch!

We just dipped under 50 miles until our destination in St. Lucia. It's been a taxing day, mostly for Ahab. With a constant parade of squalls and fronts coming through, in addition to quartering seas, he has been manning the helm since dawn, breaking only to quickly potty. "This has been my least desirable passage.", he grunted while wrestling the weather helmed wheel. With all the hoopla and promises of a peaceful passage, including beautiful rolling swells, and winds blowing 15-20 knots - I think we got suckered. Perhaps though, we are just a bit too early in the season to experience those conditions. Either way, landfall is approaching rapidly so the boys have taken to emptying the rationed snacks, chips, treats, and sodas. Today there will be no boat schooling; just all day marathon. read more...


30/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Day 9

MONDAY MONDAY. North versus SouthI sprang to the stirrup and Joris and he,I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three.The trade winds lie South of the Canaries at this time of the year sotraditional sailing ships dived deep down South until they hit the TradeWinds proper and then sailed West pretty much dead down wind which they weregood at. Many yachts in the ARC choose this course because it is generallysafe and comfortable.The disadvantage is that it is a longer distance to sail and the GreatCircle route which we have broadly followed is the shortest distance. It isnot without its risks including potentially difficult weather and becalming.A modern sailing yacht like Scarlet Oyster is pretty good in most windconditions and arguably more difficult conditions give us a better. read more...


LaLuna - dag 9 eindelijk de 1000NM
LaLuna - dag 9 eindelijk de 1000NM
30/11/2015

EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...

So here we are, half the distance done, right in the middle of theAtlantic. We’ve  had a nice 3 days with fairly light conditions. Thankfullythe squally nights are over for now which made our lives uncomfortable duringthe first week. Our last hairy night was Saturday when a proper electrical stormcame through with thunders all around us. We had to switch off all ourinstruments and try to sail the boat safely with now aid. Luckily the sun wascoming up slowly and the storm passed shortly after too. Since then the wind hasbeen easing. Last night was the lightest so far, 7-8 knots max but the crew hasbeen fantastic trying to focus and driving the boat to the right direction withour kite on all around the clock. It was Annabel’s birthday yesterday so we had a little celebration with. read more...


EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...
EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...
30/11/2015

Marisja - log 30-11-2015: het goede begin vergeten!

Want we hadden een goed begin vanochtend. Rodie en Nanno hadden al genotenvan een mooie zonsopkomst en al luisterend naar muziek kregen ze hetzelfde idee:tijd om de rest van de mannen te wekken. Dus eerst een kwartier door Q’s playlists zoeken en uiteindelijk hét nummergevonden met het goede effect: James Brown, met I Feel Good. Zoek maar op, dieeerste schreeuw op vol volume uit de speakers doet je wel wakker worden! Eerst nog half ‘mopperend’ dat we wel mogen oppassen omdat ze geheugen alsolifanten hebben, kwamen ze daarna toch allemaal mety een glimlach naar buiten.Een goed begin van deze laatste novemberdag!. read more...


30/11/2015

Hot Stuff - blog Day 8 'Letters to Home'

Letters to home:   From Sarah: "To my darling husband, I miss and think about you lots- Windermere Springs to mind and I chuckle to myself - it's much harder than Ithought but the girls are an eclectic bunch which is fun yet supportive! Loveyou baby always. Thinking of you Daniel, hope the cats are keeping youcompany. Nadia, Suz and Lisa - my crazy lovely ladies - I miss our wacky nightsand you can't believe how tidy Ive had to become! I'm not even going to talkabout the cooking. - Big waves to Ego Girlies! The sailing is fantastic but wow how challenging in the Atlantic swelland up to 35 knots! Argh!! Nearly my birthday - open the bubbles!LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL xxx"   From Jane: "I cannot believe it has been two weeks since I said goodbye to youall. So, so much has. read more...


30/11/2015

Marisja - log 30-11-2015: going south

We zijn uiteindelijk toch gisteren nog gegijpt en varen nu dus alweer 24uur een meer zuidelijke koers. Het begin van de nacht wordt nu wat uitdagenderomdat er dan geen maan staat en het gitzwart donker is waardoor je compleetgedesoriënteerd kan raken als je op alleen de cijfertjes kan sturen. Gelukkigzijn de wind en de golven nu een stuk rustiger waardoor de autopilot een heeleind komt.   Na dat eerste begin van afgelopen nacht was de rest weer subliem, goedmaanlicht, geen squalls en heerlijke snelheden in dit lichte weer met degennaker gehesen. Dit blijft nog wel even zo, de gaande discussie aan boord nuis wanneer de gennaker er weer af kan, schattingen variëren van 2 december tot 4december    Gisteren trouwens nog vergeten te melden dat we weer een mahi mahi aanboord. read more...


30/11/2015

Isabel - Day 8 - No Wind

Monday 12 Noon 30/11/2105 22 2325 N 33 41 44W - daily run circa 145 miles under engine since14.00 hrs yesterday - 1330distance to St LuciaShort Blog - Motoring.Well since the comedy moment of the tiny spinnaker (it was a perfect hoist,one second of satisfaction as it set, then on seeing the size hystericallaughter )we have been motoring at nearly 7 knots. Wind is a steady 10 to12 knots, we hope for more from tomorrow. News aboard - Peter did catch a small Mahi Mahi fish yesterday.The Bimini has gone up to shade the cockpit, it's hot. See four men puttinga tent up for the first time on a rolling boat.As we head west we wind back the clock an hour every couple of days givingus an extra hour to keep in time zones - Paul has come up with new schemefor back home of putting clocks back every. read more...


30/11/2015

Chanto - Blog - Week 1

Chanto Blog - Week 1After a few last minute provision runs and following a great send off from Las Palmas including late night fireworks, brass bands, and hundreds of spectators lining the marina walls we were greeted with overcast conditions and strong winds for the beginning of our Atlantic crossing. With wind speeds consistently pushing 30 knots and waves averaging 4 meters there was little easing into the voyage. Indeed it proved too much for both Andrew and Nicky (Mum), the former (aka the stealth bomber) having to more than once make a sneaky dash to the side of the boat.Although tough on crew the strong conditions were no problem for the boat (Chanto) and we made great progress for the first 4 days averaging over 170 miles a day at an average of 7 knots. The race updates provided. read more...


30/11/2015

Grand Bleu - vrijdag 27, zaterdag 28 en zondag 29

De dagen verlopen volgens een vast patroon, kruisend voor de wind, zo hard en diep mogelijk. Het sturen vergt veel attentie, na ca 30 minuten neemt de concentratie af en wordt er minder diep (door de minder ervaren stuurlieden) gevaren.De plotter registreert de geleverde prestatie van de stuurman/vrouw. Afhankelijk van de verwachting van de wind varen wij koers ca 285 over bakboord  of 235 over stuurboord. De hogere snelheid maakt de extra afgelegde zeemijlen goed.Hemelsbreed is de afstand 2650  maar de gezeilde afstand zal naar verwachting wel 3100 zeemijl zijn.De zeilvoering varieert van genua, genua uitgeboomd of de grote gennaker. Het uitbomen van de grote gennaker leverde niet meer boot speed op. Overdag hebben wij 2 hengels uit: tot nog toe  3 maal een vis van. read more...


30/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 8 – Downwind we go

November 30, 2015 – Yesterday late afternoon, before we started the night shifts, the wind increased slightly. With the code 1 and mainsail up we hand steered instead of using the auto pilot so to catch as much wind as possible. Great sail it is the code 1.  The night was peaceful and steady. Still a relatively flat sea but with some more wind now. We went on average 7 knots in speed and the sky was clear so we could see the moon rising from the sea horizon.  In the early morning we reached our waypoint. From here on we get into the more windy area that we had seen on the grib files and we can move westwards, directly towards Saint Lucia. With this new course (260 degrees) the wind comes from the back, which is perfect for the parasailor. Our 2 previous experiences with the. read more...


30/11/2015

Cookelu meu - reaching the 520nm mark, stable conditions

As we are approaching the ¾  point of our route to St. Lucia (520nautical miles to go) our condition without the 24V alternator have stabilized as we have developed a new everyday routine: we are constantly using our tow generator to produce some electric power – costing us some 10-15 nautical miles a day -, we switched of the fridge so no more cold water and beer but still running our deep freeze at full capacity, we are “fishing” sea water with an modified empty 2 liter water bottle to fill up water for spilling dishes, cooking and flushing the head (normally it uses fresh water ). Now that we are unable to run the water maker we have to conserve our fresh water supply. It seems that the above changes have not affected our morale – on the contrary we find them. read more...