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29/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 29-11-2015: midway borrel and day after midway brunch

Gisteren en vandaag is het leven aan boord wel iets anders als in mijnvorige blog... gistermiddag de midway party met allemaal een stevige baco met“speciale” Navy Rum. Die gingen er sissend in.Omdat het toch allemaal zo gezellig was, echt het was maar 1 glaasje, werder besloten om vandaag een brunch te hebben. Die is nu net achter de rug, versbrood, tostado’s, jamon iberico, scrambled eggs, zalm EN een lekker flesje wittewijn. Je kan zien dat het eten er nu goed doorgaat, er komen lege plekken onderde vloer. Vooral Nanno en Rodie werken hier goed aan, gelukkig verwerken ze hetook goed.... de boot wordt lichter!  Gisteravond zagen we opeens een schip achter ons, een mijl of 6, en diegijpte precies op onze koers. \Het bleek de carbon 80 ft Advanced 80 te zijn,ddit is het snelste schip. read more...


29/11/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 29/11/2015

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, belote, poulpe espagnole, lou gascoun, petit Clos Hortense2009 ce midi au soleil. Enfin, une journée tranquille !!! Merci Furet!!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


29/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 7: Changing rudder and gybing towards Saint Lucia

Fora few days we have been flying on a starboard tack. Wind easying a bit and boatspeed last day was down to 10 knots. Felt like we were standing still!   Butthe time for a gybe were approaching as the weather forecast indicated a shiftin the wind from 70 degress to 90. Due to the broken rudder on starboard side wecannot sail on the port tack. So when we finally had to gybe, to avoid ending upin Florida, we also had to switch the rudders. Moving the working port rudder tothe starboard side.  Itis indeed a risky thing to do, removing the rudder in the middle of theAtlantic. But the trick was to mount an M8 screw at the top of the rudder stockwith a line attached to it. Then removing the rudder head and dropping the wholerudder down into the ocean. Then getting the line from. read more...


Talanta - Log Day 7: Changing rudder and gybing towards Saint Lucia
Talanta - Log Day 7: Changing rudder and gybing towards Saint Lucia
29/11/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog NIGHT 7

'Milestones' It must be the extra protein from the fish we have caught that has fed ourenthusiasm to fly the spinnaker 24/7.Since putting the rod out we have caught a fish a day - two deliciousDorados - and Nikki is teaching us all filleting skills. An hour from sea to ourbellies - lightly pan fried, lemon and pepper - Michelin star quality food. Itmust have been the freshest fish any of us have ever eaten. Long may thatcontinue! Today we hoisted our pink spinnaker. You can see us from miles - look outboys! Sunglasses are needed to look at it it's so bright.Two breaking moments: tonight on our first night flying it, we executed ourfirst Gybe in our first moonless sky. Now it has risen it's so incredibly brightand I'm writing this by the light of the moon (almost). The team. read more...


29/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 7: gennaker repaired

Another eventful day on Hanse Sailor. Gennaker repaired and tested.Celebrated with some wine. Unexpected gybe safely handled with preventer causedthe boat go backwards. Quick counter measures taken to resume original heading.Stefan haelsar Ebba!   Crew on Hanse Sailor. read more...


29/11/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag8

Dag 8Dag 8 omdat we vertrekdag zondag meetellen, maar we zijn nu exact een week op weg (zee) en hebben 950 mijl achter ons liggen. Dit komt neer op +/- 5.6 knopen of dus 5.6 mijl per uur. Tel hierbij +/- een halve knoop stroming bij en zo komen we op +/- 6 knopen. Dit is ong. een halve knoop te weinig om op 18 dagen, zijnde 10 dec aan te komen. Maar, who cares! Gisterenavond opnieuw een heel rustige avond. Rond 21u en amper 2 bft zoek ik mijn bed op en hoop op meer wind bij mijn volgendeshift. Helaas ... de 2 is een 1 geworden, het lijkt wel of we op een groot meer zijn terecht gekomen. De kolkende schuimende golven hebben plaats gemaakt voor het geluid van een kabbelend beekje en de zeilen hebben meer weg van vlaggen die half stok hangen. Doordat het de afgelopen nachten zo rustig is. read more...


29/11/2015

TWIXX - Mahi Mahi, onze eerste vangst ooit!

Wat zullen Peter en Fred trots op ons zijn...Zo verbaasd als ze waren dat Rob een echte hengel heeft gekocht, zo verbaasd zullen ze zijn van onze eerste vis ooit gevangen door ons!Het is een Mahi Mahi van 63 cm. Deze ligt inmiddels gefileerd en wel in de pan. tomatensoepje erbij, tomaten moeten nodig op, en smullen maar. Komt de cursus visfileren toch nog van pas. We hebben 2 boten om ons heen, 1 ARC boot de Lumière en een Caramaran de Wet Dream. We hebben onze weerberichten gedeeld en even gekletst. Toch bijzonder om ineens andere schepen in zicht te krijgen. We gaan onze vangst eens proeven;). read more...


TWIXX - Mahi mahi panklaar
TWIXX - Mahi mahi panklaar
29/11/2015

Four Seasons - Day 7- I think

Monday lunchtime and the wind has dropped so got the big bad spinnaker upthis morning for the first time. Better progress. Getting very hot on board andwe are drawing lots for the first showers. Niall lost out so will be going last! Skip got the first one ( and organised the raffle !). Mildred has been sent toher locker as she was becoming too much of a drag. Robert the rudder bearing nowmuch improved having torqued up the top bearings nuts. Brian the boom needs abit of work done on the kicker fitting. Mike the mast still pointing in theright direction and everything else is fine. If anyone reads this please send usan email (no attachments please). Nice to hear if it is worthwhile ! mailaddress blackdog@mailasail.com Laterz, Chris. read more...


TWIXX - Catch of the day!
TWIXX - Catch of the day!
29/11/2015

Furia - trying to keep spinnaker shape

One weak since the start in Las Palmas all three of us are doing fine. Trying to keep both course and spinnaker shape in weaker winds. Three days ago we changed substantially our course south from the Great circle direct route trying to avoid being becalmed during the second week of our passage. We thinkt was a premature erroneous decision. We lost time, miles and ranking for one day. For our modest size boat the less miles we sail the better. If/when we enter the weakest conditions then we will change course accordingly. For the time being we are not considering any motoring. Besides with a total of 100 litres of diesel (60 l in tank and 20 l in jerrycans) one can imagine how far we could go? Besides, we need to keep our batteries using the engine without propulsion.We have not dropped. read more...


29/11/2015

4JOY - IZVJEŠTAJ BR.6

Pozdrav svim dragim prijateljima koji nas prate. Evo nas nakon punih 7 dana na moru.Nadali smo se biti na pola puta ,alizaostajemo malo tako da imamo još 1500Nm do kraja.Vitar nam nikako ne pašezadnjih dana ,ali jučer je ipak bilo dosta bolje.Cili dan 13-18 čv tako da smoodradili više od 24 sata u komadu sa gennakerom.Više ga ni noću ne skidamo.Jučersmo imali dobru zezanciju na tu temu.Približavao nam se squall(atlanska mininevera),i bio je jako malen ali crven ko paprika.Pita me Hrvoje oćemo linastaviti sa punim glavnim i gennakerom.Kroz smijeh smo ipak odlučili da gaskinemo za svaki slučaj.Nakon 5 minuta 43 čvora vitra i sićevi vode ponama.Jurili smo na jedro 11-12 čvorova idućih 20 minuti.Ludilo,smijali smo se koludi.slijedi nam provjera opreme,ali nekako smo stekli povjerenje u brod. read more...


Furia - trying to keep spinnaker shape
Furia - trying to keep spinnaker shape
29/11/2015

Taistealai - Night and Day

Life on board Tashy has fallen into a gentle rhythm, apattern regulated by the watch routine we use to keep her sailing. Our lives arenow controlled by the times of watch changes, dictating when we rise and when wego to sleep, when we sail and when we relax. The system we are using is twowatches on a pattern of 0800 to 1400, 1400 to 2000 which is our day time, thenon to a four-hourly pattern of 2000 to midnight, then to 0400 then 0800. Byvarying the watches lenghts between night and day, we end up with a rotatingsystem, sharing the burden of the “dog watch” the midnight to 0400shift. Sailing changes and major checks are usually done at thechange of watch. Perhaps a change of sail plan or a check on spinnaker sheets,guys and halyards. At other times, occasional sudden wind shifts or a. read more...


29/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 29 Nov

Sunday 29 NovRace Day 7 It was another hard day at the office. Calm seas and sunshine were the order of the day. Sun cream all around. Really tough. Good progress being made on “our strategy” just hope the wind knows! Crew morale is high and Challenger 1 is very much in everyone’s sights, focus, focus, focus…… Lots of sail activity so working of those digestives biscuits and cakes. Thank god, or none of us will be able to squeeze through the companionway.Very little seen in the way of marine life yesterday except for the usual accompaniment of flying fish which still continue to baffle with many Darwinian theories of evolution being discussed in the early hours, ranging from the scientific to the truly bizarre in equal measure. Very heated debating!!!!An exciting and entertaining 30. read more...


29/11/2015

Hejira - Mystery solved - provisionally

13 46.923N 052 18.090WSunday 29th November 2015Standing on the bathing platform yesterday, changing the hydrogenerator propeller, my feet were regularly swamped as the breaking swells swept through and I was struck by how warm the water was, 25.2 degrees. We all receive Emails from home and it is hard to imagine the cold weather and the shops full of Christmas tat.The bilge water conundrum begins to crystallise after the early morning inspection showed a modest amount. We had not operated the generator so time to run it and check again. Perversely there were larger quantities of water despite having checked all the connections, sea cocks and pipes…….. While examining the area yet again, we discovered the culprit. I had installed a very high volume emergency bilge pump positioned next to. read more...


Hejira - Mystery solved - provisionally
Hejira - Mystery solved - provisionally
Hejira - Mystery solved - provisionally
Hejira - Mystery solved - provisionally
29/11/2015

Hera - Seemannsadvent

Zur Frühstücksrunde der Crew gab es zum 1. Advent weihnachtliche Weisen undauch die Kerze fehlte nicht auf der Back. Unser Amerikaner Wolfgang warallerdings leicht irritiert und wollte schon das erste Türchen desAdventskalenders öffnen. Die Kapverden liegen hinter uns und der Generalkurs bis St. Lucia heißtWest. Bei dem zur Zeit etwas müden Passat will Frank mal das Fanggeschirr fürdie großen Brocken auswerfen.  Vielleicht können wir Rasmus heute 11 Uhrzum täglichen Sherry mit einem besonders reichlichen Schluck motivieren, etwaskräftiger zu blasen.   Stefan  . read more...


29/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 6 und 7

An Bord alles Routine. Die Wetter-, besser Windvorhersagen sind leider sehrwidersprüchlich. Ich benutze Wetter Pro, welches die Windanalysen von dreiAnbietern und deren Prognosen und Windmodelle darstellt. Alle sehrwidersprüchlich, doch wird nach wie vor eine Route mit Nordkomponente vonallen vier Anbietern favorisiert.Daneben lade ich US Grib. Dort gibt es ein Windmodell, und die Windprognosendort sehen anders aus.Zumindest entwickelt sich nördlich von 18° Nord ein Schwachwindfeld über dienächsten fünf Tage. Also haben wir den Kurs nach Süd abgesetzt, und zwarschon deutlicher Süd als Direktkurs. Damit werden wir gegenüber den direktlaufenden Yachten weiter zurückfallen, sofern diese nicht zu früh in dieSchwachwindfelder fahren, aber ab morgen Mittag 01.12. werden wir dannweitestgehend. read more...


28/11/2015

Sunrise - 28.11.2015 Tag 7 Glühendroter Sonnenaufgang

Die ersten fliegenden Fische fliehen über das Wasser . Die 3 Wachcrews haben nun ihren Namen und ihre Bestimmung gefunden: Crew 1: "Die Eisenbahner" ( die Kurshalter) Crew 2: "Die Speedys" ( die Schnellsten) Crew 3: "Die Allrounder" ( dieAlleskönner (fast)) Langsam reicht es: Wieder ein Riß im Großsegel, in Höhe der 2. Backbordsaling. Bei noch 2000 Seemeilen zu segeln muß es zwingend gepatcht und genäht werden. Wieder einige Stunden Schwerarbeit in Seegang und Fahrt. Die Genua bleibt weiterstehen. Ein erschöpftes Crewmitglieder bringt es auf den Punkt: Schiff aus Plastik. Männer aus Eisen. Aber warmherzig, feinfühlig, großherzig und berührbar. Bei einer weiteren Reparatur stehen wir am Rande der Depression. Und in der Bordapotheke keine Psychopharmaka.Werden dann wohl einen. read more...


29/11/2015

Ocean Venture - ARC Blog - 28 November

28 November 2015 Fish Count still “1” very delicious fish that we enjoyed last night.  Roy did a fantastic job of baking it up Mediterranean style.  We had another bite today but whatever it was managed to get away.  Reagan and George are honing their fishing skills and we haven’t lost any more lures in the last 24 hours.   Our position within our racing group is now officially 6th and it may appear that we’re losing places but our plan has been to head further south (ie not directly for St Lucia) to try to avoid light winds which don’t favour our boat.  We are expecting a large area of calm in the north over the next couple of days which may impact those crews who have chosen to stay further north.  We’ll have to wait and see whether our plan pays. read more...


29/11/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 6 - 27/11

Posizione 20°59N 28°51WUn giornata relativamente tranquilla segnata da poco vento e da molto sole, almeno fino al tardo pomeriggio.Le ragazze, per la prima volta, sono state in pozzetto in costume da bagno.Max ha ancora la sua febbre che va e viene, sicuramente un virus influenzale, anche a detta di Massimo, il mitico medico italiano che ci sta seguendo dall'Italia.In 4/5 giorni passerà tutto.Peccato che l'equipaggio, con l'assenza dai turni di Max si stia stancando, soprattutto Roby, ma hanno già detto tutti che appena il malato si rimetterà in sesto gli verranno dati, da quel momento alla fine del viaggio, anche tutti i turni di cucina e lavaggio piatti, oltre a doppio turno in pozzetto ! :-))In questa zona di mare c'è al momento davvero poco vento, stiamo scendendo verso la porta di. read more...


29/11/2015

PG Roshni - 29/11 0000 Squalless

14:53.9N 56:02.8W 287nm to goMorning allA set of black angry clouds appeared just before dinner last night (Nigel did very well with 1/2 an onion and some tinned ham). So being well prepared (aka having taking a bit of a kicking a couple of nights ago) we took the jib off the pole and broad reached with 2 reefs in the main. Wind built to 30kn but no more and I didn't get wet. The worst of it seemed to be tracking off after another yacht that had come into view heading SW. It was the first boat we've seen in real life or on AIS so quite exciting but twas only fleeting as the darkness chased it!Susan felt we had done all this squalling bit and where were the whales and dolphins she'd been promised by the many sea faring folk of Beer ? Most we've had are FFF (f flying fish) - another. read more...


29/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 28 at 7:41 pm

Albatros update: since yesterday, the wind has decreased markedly. We are now making about 6kn, luckily the direction is still pretty close to where we need to go. Occasional squalls make the day more interesting, and I have used the last one to rinse my body from the salt water. The salt water is warm enough, but getting the water on board with the bucket isn't much fun, especially if you are fast. In that case the bucket will just bounce of the water. Life on board has normalized. Everybody gets tons of sleep, we have a plan for kitchen work now, and as far as I can tell nobody has issues with sea sickness anymore. Given that the waters are really peaceful with the little wind we have, that would be expected though. Some are reading newspapers, others play cards, and there seems. read more...


28/11/2015

Rhumb - Day 7- Pfaffing About

Pretty dreadful day with little wind. What there was seemed to take us more north which was a worry. We think it was as a result of a big squall which crossed in front of us churning up the wind patterns. Definitely need to study the effect of this more.Decided to pull in and drop the main as it was banging and crashing and working against rather than for. Spent a couple of hours moving at around 320deg north with just the genoa before deciding, to skipper's disgruntlement as he had gone fishing, to change the rig to the other side. Nicely done this time achieving a PB of 30 mins by the time we rounded off the gybe to 260deg.Have been tracking this course for a while now, but it's still slow as the wind remains light. The only saving grace is that the others we are following are. read more...


28/11/2015

Pura Vida - Tage 5 - 7

News von der Pura Vida!26.11.2015 - 28.11.2015 insgesamt 7. Tag auf SeeHier ist die Crew der Pura Vida. Das sind Fabian, ein Berliner Computerfutzi,Ebba eine Sonderschulpädagogin aus Kölle, Alex unser Original aus Saint Vincent, unser fisherman und meine Wenigkeit, Skipperin. Alex ist mit mir bereits seitOlbia unterwegs, Fabian kam in Málaga dazu und Ebba in Las Palmas. Für die ersten Tage war es sehr von Vorteil, dass wir bis auf Ebba schon gut eingespielt waren. Und wie Fabian ja schon schrieb, war ich auch etwas unpässlich. Wobei es bei mir keine Seekrankheit ist, sondern eher die Aufregung. Aber ich bin trotzdem voll einsatzfähig. Naja nun fühlen sich alle pudelwohl und genießen die sternenklaren Nächte. Ab heute steigt Ebba in unseren Wachplan mit ein, was uns anderen etwas mehr. read more...


28/11/2015

Aqualuna - 22:29.312N 34:11.316W

DAY 7 ARC Yippee stil first in our class!! but still a long way to go and last night we passed the 1000 mile mark.A fairly sleepless night last night due to boom banging and one of the guys left the cutlery drawer open so had to get up to close it.Up at 5.00 hours for my watch.A nice cloud built up and we did a good speed for awhile before the wind died down again.We had not goose winged for the night which was a shame as we were heading far too far north and trying to do the alterations to keep as south as possible but to no avail.I tried to get Jonathan up to say we needed to goose wing and head south but he was far too tired and didn’t appear until 7 a.m.He was then in energetic mode and we poled out the large genoa and headed south rapidly at first until the wind died.During the. read more...


28/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 10

Nice afternoon weather but had to rush out to reef while Steve doing evening SSB net, one advantage of being 2 handed being that you can go on deck in underwear and lifejacket if necessary.Turned out to be rather a trying night as the spiteful wind was continually varying in strength so impossible to get the self steering set up properly, wind drops she bears away and gybes if you don't stop her then it puffs up so she starts tearing off up wind sails flogging, so not a lot of sleep to be had by anyone.Crossed with NoLimit (on AIS and Nav lights) and spoke on VHF, sounded like they were finding conditions trying as well. Gybed over to head more south, more drama with switching poles on the foredeck, resorted to the torch to hunt for the line to raise the pole at the mast, only to find it. read more...


28/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 6

What is this?Seen to be following behind Skyelark this afternoon? Answers on a post card (or FB comment -these do get forwarded to the boat/crew)So Day 6.. Light winds continue to prove challenging here onboard, getting the right sail combinations that allow a good VMG (speed in the right direction) and don't flap and bang distressingly is proving difficult even in the light swell. The answer currently it seems is headsail only, poled out and stay sail -taking the main sail out of the equation means we make slightly less speed, but in the right direction and quietly -perfect for the night shift! No doubt as dawn arrives we will re hoist the main sail, try the spinnaker and generally amuse and exercise ourselves with countless sail changes. Today we reached a 3rd of the way, and after a. read more...


27/11/2015

Sunrise - 27.11.2015 6. Tag Wale!

Welch ein Augenblick. In der Frühwache erscheint in unmittelbarer Nähe des Schiffes , 20 Meter, z. Teil nur 10 Meter entfernt, eine Gruppe von 3 Finnwalen. Gut zu erkennen an der charakteristischen kleinen, stark gebogenen Rückenfinne.Die 5-8 Meter großen Säuger blasen im unmittelbaren Moment des Auftauchens ihre verbrauchte Luft deutlich hörbar in einer 3 Meter hohen Luftwasserfontäne ab. Die Hälfte des dunkelgrauen Körpers wird dabei für einen Augenblick sichtbar, bevor er mit einer unnachahmlichenLeichtigkeit wieder im Wasser versinkt. Etwa alle 2 Minuten wiederholt sich dieses prächtige Schauspiel in den nächsten 2 Stunden. Die Wale tauchen abwechselnd links, rechts und vor dem Bug auf: Abblasen, gleiten, tauchen, auftauchen, abblasen, gleiten, tauchen.Immer wieder. Schwerelos,. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 6
Skyelark of London - Day 6
28/11/2015

Isabel - Day 6

Friday 12 Noon 27/11/2105 22 2325 N 33 41 44W - 158 miles daily run - 1688distance to StLucia- and about a 1000 miles from anywhere!The kite has been up for 33 hours now giving us good speeds and pushing usup to second in class - see ARCTracker.After a few gybes we are nowheaded south as light winds are upon the rhumb line a couple of days ahead -referring to the Ladybird book of navigation we are therefore heading southfirst then west to the bar at St Lucia...... we'll see how this pans out. Philip (the owner, lovely guy)made telephone call home yesterday eveningto learn the very sad news that the family cat Marmite had passed away so acheeseboard was immediately produced and a bottle of red to toast the lifeof Marmite and a minutes silence held...Two flying fish found on deck. read more...


Isabel - Day 6
Isabel - Day 6
28/11/2015

Chimo - Reisversla 9 ARC+

De zee blijft onstuimig. De golven komen van alle kanten en zijn hoog. De weersverwachting is steeds hetzelfde, rustige wind. Maar wij varen met steeds 23-25 kn op de windmeter. We gaan snel, dat wel. Vandaag weer een nieuw record. 168 mijl in 24 uur met een gemiddelde van 7 kn. En dat terwijl wij slecht met twee genua's op varen. De gennaker ligt klaar, maar we surfen regelmatig met 9-10 kn een golf af en durven, met z'n tweeën varend, niet meer zeil te zetten. Niet voor ons comfort, niet voor het roer dat doordat er veel wier aan de schroef zit behoorlijk zwabbert en niet om de stuurautomaat extra te belasten. Na 6 dagen varen hebben we de eerste boten van de ARC ingehaald en na 9 dagen eenzaamheid zagen we vandaag een andere zeilboot in de verte. Ook een ARC+ zeiler. Via de marifoon. read more...


28/11/2015

Why Not - ( Richard Anthony )

It’s now 16:10 on Saturday 28th.   Despite a night of very little wind, we experimented with various sailoptions and managed around 4-5 knots. This morning the wind has picked up toaround 15 knots and we’ve been cruising along all day with the cruising chuteand main up, and reached up to 9 knots at times. The cruising chute has beenflying a lot better than two days ago, with slightly more manageable winds andless rolling from the waves.  In other news, it’s been Keith and Ray’s turn to catch a fish – thismorning Keith caught a 4 lb. mahi mahi (compared to Charlie’s 5 lb.), and 10minutes ago Ray caught a 9 lb. mahi mahi (compared to Charlie’s second which was25 lb. – unlucky mate). The latter fish is now getting prepped for dinner.   We’ve also witnessed an army of flying. read more...


28/11/2015

Aliena - Sabado 28-11-2015

Seguimos de camino a Mindelo en Cabo Verde, donde esperamos llegar mañana a primera hora de la tarde. Nos faltan 160 Mn. Esta noche pasada se han pescado solos unos cuantos peces voladores, que ya los hemos puesto a macerar.En el barco todos y todo bien, salvo la vela mayor que duerme en el camarote de proa. Tan pronto como arreglemos el grillete roto y la podamos colocar en su sitio, saldremos hacia Santa Lucia de nuevo. Bueno, así conocemos Cabo Verde aunque sea un poquito. Esto de la "llamada de Africa" estoy empezando a entender que es porque no conseguimos dejarla.Carmen. read more...


28/11/2015

Cookelu meu - approaching the Caribbean - sortage of power

We have now covered about 2/3 of the distance to St. Lucia. We are about 70nm to the north of the rumb line and waiting for the real easterly winds to jibe south. We most probably want be able to fix the 24V alternator until we reach st. Lucia so we are conserving on water use. Not such a big hassle but for sure an inconvenience.  The days now are shorter and about equally long as the nights and since we keep the GMT time on board the sun rises at about 0930 and sets 2100 (GMT time always) creating some chaos with our night shifts – which we already rescheduled 2 hours later. It is also getting considerably warmer and the occasional squalls a lot more powerful both in wind intensity and rainfall. We are all fine and in good mood. We can still keep up both fridge and deep. read more...


28/11/2015

Weohgi - Life on the Ocean Waves!

We thought we had passed the biggest waves but they seem to have caught up with us! The wind is coming more from the south so we had - shock -horror- to do a sail change today! Its the 1st time since Mindelo that we have had the pole out on the port side and the main on the starboard. We have a better direction but the wave action corkscrews us around a bit!!!We have been very surprised and slightly disappointed at the lack of sea life on our journey. The life on the ocean waves that we have been entertained by are:Flying fish- extremely good at gliding but usually crash land into the waves- or Weohgi - Just last night one landed in the cockpit - Colin went to catch it but it leapt away towards the cockpit hatch of our berth- luckily for Alan and the fish ( Oh how he would have laughed. read more...


28/11/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 6-7

Dag 6Gisteren was een topdag! Onder volle zeilen en een gigantische volle maan gaan we de avond in. Rond 19u30 zoek ik mijn bed op. Om 00u moet ik er terug uit en heb ik wacht tot 4u. Iets voor 00u word ik wakker door het gemaal van de elektrische winch. Mmmh, de fok wordt ingehaald. Ik zie dat het luik dicht is. Mmmmh, this can mean only 1 thing: regen! Een minuut later roept Dirk of ik kan komen helpen. Dan de melding: "snel graag"! Ik kom buiten in een iets andere setting dan ik ze heb achtergelaten. Wind! Regen! Laluna danst op en neer. Lode en Jeroen zijn al een paar uur op de vlucht voor enkele squalls maar we zijn toch ingehaald door een stevige regenbui. Het grootzeil moet omlaag. Nu!Dan wordt het terug rustiger. We hebben geluk, 10 min later stopt het met regenen, helaas valt. read more...


28/11/2015

Emily Morgan - Day 7, Happy to help.

Another lovely day sailing along in the sunshine with the spinnaker up and actually going in the right direction, the wind is a little fickle.Just before lunch we hear a squawk from the radio, it was Seabee trying to raise another boat, after a few attempts with no reply from the other boat we called back to see if we could help.Seabee had rudder problems and required epoxy, glass cloth and some hose clamps to fix their rudder post. We had all onboard Emily Morgan so we snuffed the kite dropped the main pulled in the fishing lines and headed to their position about 2 miles north of us.While the crew on deck prepared for the transfer Bones went below to gather the supplies needed and placed it all in a dry bag.As we came alongside we used a throw-bag to get a line over to Seabee who. read more...


LaLuna - LaLuna laundry day
LaLuna - LaLuna laundry day
28/11/2015

Bamarandi - Saturday 28th November - Big swell and fast moving clouds

Position 15.10.660N 055.00.244W0 0 1 84 479 Bamarandi LLP 3 1 562 14.0 Normal 0 false false falseEN-US JA X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}Days Day Date Time Miles to St Lucia Miles in 24hrs towards St Lucia Cum Miles towards St Lucia Ave Miles per day towards St Lucia 1 Wednesday 18th 13:00 2090. read more...


28/11/2015

Hera - Abschied von Mindelo

Leider musste sich Tim nach ärztlicher Konsultation beim Schiffsarzt desKreuzfahrtschiffs “Andane” im Hafen von Mindelo von der Crew verabschieden undden Heimflug antreten. Den Zwischenstopp haben wir genutzt um Diesel, Wasser und frisches Obst zuergänzen. Ein- und Ausklarieren haben trotz Wochenende glücklicherweisegeklappt. Wir werden gegen 18U hr den Hafen verlassen und das Rennen wiederaufnehmen.   Stefan. read more...


28/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Re: ARC 2015 Day 7 All fizzling and bubbling !

A big thank you to our readers who sent their comments.Firstly an EU representative wrote ( unofficially, no names, Stefan )" It is great to see a cosmopolitan yacht doing so well, we are all cheeringyou on. A bit of good news diverts attention from the mess Finland is inwith the Euro and your jobs, boys and girls are all being given to refugees,sorry, asylum seekers. Just a slight carp you are needing to work harder onyour gender and ethnic mix which is not EU compliant, mandatory by next 1stApril 2016.'Our second reader Dave asked for a more technical blog " Who wants to knowwhat that skinny little rat Al is doing re parties and fireworks ?"Well, we were first over our start line right alongside a warship. Doing 8knots. A few seconds later Volvo 65 'Team Brunel' with 20 crew. read more...


28/11/2015

Meltemi - 7.Tag - miles and more

Auch am siebten Tag der Mission meint es Petrus wieder gut mit der Meltemi und seiner Besatzung. Bei rund 30 Grad und Sonnenschen trennen uns aktuell noch rund 1740 Meilen vom Anleger.Die mondklare Nacht mit den ersten gesichteten fliegenden Fischen wich der Sonne gegen acht Uhr. Seitdem versuchen wir wieder mit unterschiedlicher Besegelung aber ungebrochenem Ehrgeiz möglichst schnell an unser Ziel, Rodney Bay zu gelangen, den Vorsprung der Konkurrenz zu verkleinern (wie kann das nur angehen) oder auch zu vergrößern (yes, Vorsprung durch Technik). Also wieder den Parasail gesetzt, der die Meltemi mit 7 kn Richtung Westen treibt, während die Crew die Qualität der Sonnenschutzmittel testet.Heute steht uns noch ein kleines Event ins Haus - die 1000 Meilen Marke soll fallen. Bis dahin ist es. read more...


28/11/2015

PG Roshni - 28/11 1150 Clunk

14:40.5N 54:26.9WHad a bit of sleep this morning following the early watch so feeling relatively sparky even though I was woken up by the din of Walk of Life (the absolute worst Dire Straights track ever) blasting out of the cockpit speaker above my port aft cabin. Having rescued the volume control I decided to see if we could locate the source of the mystery Clunking sound that originates from what seems the centre inside of the mast. Gave all the shrouds a good tug, tested the bolts at the mast foot, tensioned a halyard or 2 to reduce the load, more backstay/less etc etc and still the noise persists. On the basis that it's been doing this noise since Biscay I don't think the rig is about to fall in...Anyone has any ideas please let me know. Trucking along with good breeze now on a. read more...


28/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 11

15:37:00 UTC Saturday Nov. 28, 2015Position: 15.238836N, 52.497851WMOJEKA PLAYLISTAs I mentioned yesterday, Mojeka is a boat priding itself on its sense of culture.A music playlist is a must these days and in the table below we give you a sample of our favourites. Go ahead, download them for your streaming service and enjoy the songs with us. Motivation for the tripFor Once in my LifeAndy WilliamsBarefoot RouteOne WayAl JarreauDeparture in Las PalmasSee You Later AlligatorBill HaleyCrew of SevenHeigh- Ho (Dwarf marching song)DisneyCrew MotivationWe are in this TogetherSimply RedSkipper DaveSpace CaptainHerbie HancockBeginning of Night WatchPeople WatchingJack JohnsonMiddle of Night WatchI Need Some SleepEels (Shrek 2)End of Night WatchWake Up Little SuzieSimon & GarfunkelNight SkyHow. read more...


28/11/2015

Magic - MAGIC Dog Blog May the Maltese on MAGIC

Saturday 28th NovemberCurrent Status – Moral of the Crew is good – things still breaking and being fixed - water maker not loving the swell. Tina and Mark have to get up everynight at midnight and are on deck until 03.00  they like it sailing under the stars.  I like being with them – everyone is sleeping and my feeders are relaxed and happy.  Every hour they go and write somethings in a book – odd.  Also they don’t look at me as much as usual as they are always looking out.   WeThe halyard in just going around in the foil at the head of the Genoa and so it will not furl and unfurl as it should – that is todays problem – everyday there is something and just as the people seem to stop and settle they seem to have another plan.  This mornings big. read more...