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22/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 4 - Von Delphinen, Walen und Motorschäden

Erst einmal vorab, um die Gemüter zu beruhigen: Wir sind nicht diejenigen mit Motorschaden. Aber der Reihe nach ...Heute morgen um sieben Uhr wurden wir von vier Delphinen begleitet. Wir hatten uns schon gefragt, wie es sein kann, dass wir noch gar keine gesehen haben. Das war natürlich ein schöner Start in den Tag, auch wenn wir sie nur ein paar Minuten lang beobachten konnten, ehe sie wieder abtauchten. Später haben wir dann noch zweimal eine Rückenflosse aus dem Wasser auftauchnen sehen, allerdings weiter entfernt. Es sah zu groß aus für einen Delphin und ich wüsste zu gerne, was es war. Orcas gibt es hier doch nicht, oder? Es ist ein ganz ungewohntes Gefühl, nicht immer alles direkt googlen zu können. Etwa gleichzeitig mit der mysteriösen Rückenflosse tauchte ein ganzer Schwarm von. read more...


Lothlorien - Tag 4 - Von Delphinen, Walen und Motorschäden
Lothlorien - Tag 4 - Von Delphinen, Walen und Motorschäden
22/11/2017

Lei Lei - 3. Tag auf hoher See - Pirouetten auf Kurzwelle

Lautlos zerschneidet der steil stehende Steven den Atlantik. Elegant gleitet lei lei durch die See. Achtern blickt man auf das luminiszierende Wasser. Es wirkt, als schütte jemand eimerweise Glühwürmchen ins Wasser. Es ist jetzt bereits deutlich nach Mitternacht und die Sternschnuppen fallen vom sternenklaren Himmel um die Wette. Die Ruhe, die die See jetzt ausstrahlt lässt nichts mehr von den Erlebnissen des Vortages erahnen. Der Autopilot ist nach dem Wind orientiert. Wir fahren daher ruhig Richtung Südwesten. Vor fünf Stunden hätte sich das keiner der Crew vorstellen können. Wie von Fred bereits geschlildert begann der dritte Tag ereignisreich. Teilweise mit Überschneidungen. Probleme mit Wassermacher und Motor wurden gelöst, während wir zwei Finnwalen begegneten. Dazu kamen Flauten. read more...


22/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 3 & 4 with Ted

Day 3 Today we started school with a swedish lesson and Ted learnt some Swedish. The swedish words he learnt was hej and tack which means hello and thanks. We also watched a movie, the whole family and Ted.Day 4Today we have got some problem with the mailsail furl and the rodkick but we are lucky that we have sailor Ted because he fixed the mainsail but not the rodkick. Sailor Ted also caught a Mahi Mahi and we hope that will be our dinner today.I hope Ted likes our crossing right now!Sunshine from Hilmer, Hampus and Ted. read more...


22/11/2017

Ellen - Day 3

The night was calm and we had our cod 1 all the night. In the morning the wind decreased to zero and we discussed if we should start our engine.... We also had several dolphins swimming aroud us, just in the sun set.It was the perfekt day to work with the bracket for our Watt & Sea. It took us all the day, not only the work, we had to manage a bit tuna on > 8 kg! This is our biggest fish ever...the skipper made a fantastic dinner on tuna, rice, chili and vegetables. This was a nice day, both with a good fish and a fixed bracket!. read more...


22/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 4 - 22 November - Starstruck

Breakthrough with the sky at night on watch last night. Found Orion's Belt, recognised from a slide in Stokey Woodall's presentation, and then discovered the search function on Night Sky app opened up a mine of information. I was delighted to find that the three signature stars are also known as the "Tres Marias" (Three Marys) or "Los Tres Magos" (The Three Wise Men) in some Spanish speaking cultures. Feeling festive. Thanks to the app, orientation my way from Orion I was able to work out the dog star Sirius, Lepus the Hare and Canis Major. Francis thought the coolest thing was spotting Betelgeuse - he's big into Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy at the mo, and apparently it's the planet Ford Prefect and Zafod Beeblebrox is from.Going from the sublime to the ridiculous, Catherine at. read more...


22/11/2017

Kindred Spirit - Kindred Spirit.

3 days in and we have used our sails in most combination, even seeing the outing of our cruising chute today. We seem to have lots of wind in the middle of the night and almost none in the day. We waved goodbye to Las Palmas surrounded by yachts of different sizes, ages and from different nationalities but today we are alone with only a fleeting glance of another yacht on the horizon and a we also spotted strange looking fishing vessel with no AIS. We are a team that know each other well but at 12 noon we enjoy listening to and speaking with other ARC yacht crews. The ARC net is a great way of reminding us that we are not alone and discovering the weather encountered by others. We also share our success stories mainly about fishing, but sadly not on Kindred Spirit and any difficulties,. read more...


22/11/2017

Manihi - Une nuit au près

Depuis le départ de Las palmas on avait pris l'habitude de voir quelques voiliers à quelques miles de nous, ils sont moins en moins nombreux aujourd'hui, chacun sa route chacun son destin. Maintenantque nous sommes bien amarinés on peut reprendre les activités du bord , petites réparations, pêche , et surtout faire avancer Manihi. Cette nuit on a fait du près, c'est quand le vent vient de l'avant du bateau et que nous remontons face au vent. A cette allure , le vent forme des vagues à l'avant et cela devient rapidement peu confortable ...un peu comme si on roule en voiture sur une route avec des nids de poule. Entre le bruit du bateau qui casse la vague et les mouvements brusques trouver le sommeil dansla cabine avant n'est pas gagné. Le bon côté des choses c'est que la majorité du temps. read more...


Manihi - Une nuit au près
Manihi - Une nuit au près
Helen - Ed found a lizard in the night sky
Helen - Ed found a lizard in the night sky
22/11/2017

Helen - Ed, day 7

We are making steady progress and are now just over 1,000 miles from the start with 1,150 miles to go. We hope to cross the halfway point around midnight.The biggest highlight when crossing an ocean is the beauty of the night sky. Last night I stood watch with the captain under a wonderful starry sky.The captain tried to explain to me that the universe is infinite, which in maths means 0/1, but that went well over my tail!However around 2am we did see in the southern sky the constellation of Argo Navis, the Arganaut's ship. It is broken into three sections:-Vela - the ship's sailCarina - the keelPuppis - the sternNearby, there is also:Pyxis - the magnetic compassVolans - the flying fishHowever just a little further away you can see a constellation named after one of my cousins,. read more...


22/11/2017

EH01 - Day 3, Wednesday, 22 November

hello from the good ship EH01,   Apologies for the radio silence, we have been busy navigating and settlinginto living on board over the first few days.   The weather isnt particulary favourable to us this year with hardly anywind in the middle of the Atlantic. Hence most of the boats in our fleet decidedto stay slightly north of the great circle route to find more pressure. However,this means that we have to deal with some uncomfortable upwind sailing, rainshowers and squalls in the hope of finally finding trade winds this weekend andset up for a nice, downwind sail towards St. Lucia.   Crew has been fantastic looking after each other and the boat, helpingeverywhere they could to make life easier on board for everyone. After a day andnight of upwind sailing and slamming. read more...


22/11/2017

Queen Bee - calma continua

Anche questa mattina il vento non si è visto, la nostra scelta tattica di puntare a sud si è rivelata fallimentare e così abbiamo deciso di approffittare della necessità di produrre acqua dolce ( 350 litri in tre giorni ... dobbiamo darci una regolata) per giocare la carta del motore . Così stiamo procedendo in assenza di vento a motore ormai da 4 ore verso una rotta " più tradizionale".Se il vento non ci assiste la pesca invece ha del miracoloso, anche oggi mentre stavamo pranzando con Guacamole fatto in barca e salame ferrarese con molto aglio, un altro dorado ha pensato bene di abboccare e così .... raffiato sfilettato ed in frizer .... ci farà comodo più avanti. Un abbraccio Arnaldo. read more...


22/11/2017

Avel Biz - J +3 Ça cogne

Mercredi 23 novembre 201727°09 N21°48 WDistance sur 24h : 115 millesDistance restante : 2419 millesCa cogneBonjourAmbiance bretonne en plus chaud. Le près , c'est pas les alizés. Nous n'avonspas beaucoup avancé vers Ste Lucie malgré nos efforts.Nous avons passé toute la nuit en ciré au près (presque) serré, bien gitésous trinquette dans l'obscurité totale. Comme le front est passé dans lanuit, le vent a viré du SW au NW et nous avons eu les vagues de face. Nousavons fait du saute mouton en nous tenant bien à bord. Nous avons mêmematossé c'est à dire déplacé les choses lourdes à bord pour diminuer la gite.Rappel : tirer des bord, c'est 2 fois la distance, 3 fois le temps et 4 fois lapeine disaient les cap horniers.Le NW a bien dégagé le ciel et depuis ce matin, c'est le grand beau. read more...


22/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 7

A week at sea and about a third of the way. And a third of diesel used, so we are mindful of motoring. Slow, but good out here. Not a lot going on apart from what we beleive are whalers....Every now and then, fishing boats appear on the AIS. They are all Japanese and have names that reminds us of those Sea Shepherds programs on Discovery. They seem to move in pattern at about 10 knots, which is too fast for trawling or other line fishing.So they are on the lookput for something they can see. Unfortunately, we have not been able to help them, as we have not seen any wales.If we are lucky, perhaps we will see Paul Watsons crew in action against the whalers, at a safe distance.Peder. read more...


22/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Log Day 4 - blog from Janet

Oh Oy,The sun is rising and starboard watch are on deck not feeling such hotstuff after 4 hours sleep .Josie and Rosie are doing some morning yoga in the cockpit Not a boat in sight, the sea is calm and we enjoy the sun rising. After 3 days of seasickness with rolling waves all is well.Port watch will be woken at 11 and it's Happy Hour! How excited was I that we would have a beer! alas ,it was not that sort of happy hour we are a dry boat, it was for briefing!Today ,Wednesday I am cook, which is not a good idea as Wednesday is burnt pizza night as my family know so well!Kat baked some cookies in the night and port watch we're woken to the lovely aroma of baking. Alfie I have to tell you Nana is a wubbish fisherman ! We have caught no fish not seen a Dolphin nor flying fish.Gemma, I hope. read more...


22/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Drifting south

Yesterday started with a quick trip to the foredeck in the pitch black to re-tether the infamous Blue Water Runner. The ropes that hold the bottom of the sail to the furling chord had worn through and so it was impossible to furl the sail away. The sail was also working its way gradually up the furling chord, which was surprising given the sails affinity with the sea. Thankfully the wind was light enough that I could run some new lines to re-tether the sail.I went back to sleep and woke to the sound of rain beating down on the hatches. For those of you in the grips of a UK winter that may not sound that surprising, but here in the land of endless blue skies and stifling heat it is a little unusual. We had been caught by a squall and when we turned on the radar you could see a long line. read more...


22/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 - 22.11.17 - megaviele Delphine begleiten uns nach Süden \ erstes anglerglück!

Barefoot - Tag 3 - 22.11.17 - megaviele Delphine begleiten uns nach Süden \ erstes anglerglück!Tja, die Zeit des Motorens hat begonnen, aber was tut man nicht alles, um dem tief westlich der Canaren zu entgehen. Diese Nacht hatten wir dann erstmals anglerglück, wenn auch sehr klein. Es wurde ein baracuda-ähnlicher Fisch gefangen. Wir sind also auf dem richtigen Weg zum Thunfisch. Heute morgen dann wurden wir eine gute halbe Stunde von Dutzenden von Delphinen begleitet.Alle schauten fleißig zu, die Delphine schwammen Kreuz und quer und manchmal sprangen sie auch. Unser Frühstück war wieder sehr reichhaltig. Wir hatten sogar für Lisa was aus der Heimat dabei - weisswürste und süßer senf.. herrlich!!!Die Stimmung an Bord ist prima, jetzt wird erst mal fleißig gelesen. Morgen dann. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
21/11/2017

Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...

Lovely morning on the water today as we continue towards 20N30W. First squall brought some much wanted wind and now we are cruising nicely after a night of light weather. Semi-finals continue, Claire and Dave have been knocked out leaving only 3 competitors. Who will take out the grand prize? In other news, we still have no fish action, regardless of countless lure changes and discussions about which is best in which conditions. Maybe today is the day....image1. read more...


Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...
Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...
22/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°11 - Shower Power

Running water. Hot, pressurised, running water. So easily taken for granted in your everyday life. I enjoy a good shower, and it is one of the things I miss most during long voyages onboard Haji. Once upon a time there was a shower in the forrard heads. We could get the pressurised system up and running again, but with only 120L of water in the tank, it uses up our precious stock too fast. We have a solar shower that sits on deck, bulging black belly sunbathing day in, day out. By day four crew members start throwing it wistful glances, not wanting to be the first one to suggest using it. Finally, someone - and it doesn't matter who - brings it up, and within seconds, everyone is bustling about on deck. Two people set about hoisting the bag to a reasonable height, careful to protect its. read more...


22/11/2017

Mad Monkey - Regaining momentum with an extra navigational light!

Unfortunately, after our successful start across the line on Sunday, we have lost a lot of places in our fleet as we took a very wide route around the southern tip of the island and did not take full advantage of the 'inside' wind; never mind though, apparently it's not a race!Since then we've had varying winds so have been playing with the spinnakers and the code zero. The night shift just brought 8 kts of breeze which meant we were able to fly the code zero with an average boat speed of 8+ kts. All was going well until the barber haul shackle broke (we bent / broke a 6mm stainless steel shackle in 9 kts of breeze!) so we had to quickly furl in and replace it with the foresail. Amongst the rush of clipping on and standing on the side whilst frantically pulling the K5 furling line,. read more...


22/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 3 (22.11.)

Wir sind seit gestern auf einem südlichen Ausweichkurs, um einer Schlechtwetterfront auszuweichen. Über Nacht (20. auf 21.11.) hatten wir dadurch eine ruhige See bei gutem Wind. Unterwegs sind wir an die östliche Streckenbegrenzung gestoßen. Sollte sich aber nur als eine Bojenkette eines Fischers erweisen. Über Mittag erfolgte die erste rituelle Waschung der restlichen Crew mit der Pütz am Heck. Bei Sonnenschein und ruhiger See ein erfrischendes Vergnügen. Die zum ersten Mal ausgebrachte Angel mit dem grün-gelben Köder erwies sich als Volltreffer. Ein gleichfarbiger, optisch prachtvoller Mahi-Mahi von ca. 60 cm stattete der vermeintlichen Verwandtschaft einen Besuch ab und landete so als frische Steaks sofort in unserer Pfanne - lecker.Am Ende dieses Segeltages können wir weitere. read more...


22/11/2017

Hummingbird - Welcome to the moshpit, by Gina

Greetings from the race track! Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to slickest and happiest crew on the ARC+. Meet:- Skipper Arrrrrr Sprot, Dragoness, still connected to her propane source;- First Mate Holly Vint, also happy to go by “Best Mate”;- Nicky, passage maker and author of “Nicky’s Nautical Notes”;- John and Fraser, headlining the “Two Australians walked into a bar” gig, now streaming live along with Sargasso mid-Atlantic;- Jen and Chris, star-gazing and star-chasing; nothing on this boat can tempt them away from their sextants, which have surely just about fused to their bodies;- Erika of Knots, talented dancer, knitter, all round happiness maker, lady of the kite;- Michelle, circumnavigator and mighty helmswoman; - Tony “CoRiley”, who is serving out a 24-hour swear. read more...


21/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimarts 21 de novembre de 2017 Hola família!Que lluny és El Far West... Que bonica és Oklahoma!Així ens hem llevat, amb la cançó de la Trinca al cap! Però és que sí el dia d’ahir va ser lent i tranquil el d’avui ni us ho explico! La veritat és que portem una bona ratxa de dies sense vent i quan el Windseeker agafa els 6 nusos fem una festa! Les guàrdies són molt lentes i a vegades desesperants però, en el fons, aquí estem, fent la travessa de l’Atlàntic!Per tant, hem decidit fer una neteja del barco i fins hi tot alguns han fet la bugada (foto 1). Cal aclarir que els calçotets esparracats no tenen res a veure amb la festassa que ens vàrem muntar ahir al vespre amb la bola de llums i la música a tot drap. Ni que la última cançó fos “Esta puede ser mi gran noche” de Camilo Sesto... Va ser. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
22/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Windless again

Yesterday evening we once again resorted to the engine as we got stuck in yet another windless hole, and our patience was running thin after hours of coaxing the boat through light wind patches. And as far as we can tell from the position reports we are not the only one running the engine. Just before midnight we got a light breeze again and we are now back under sail in a very shifty northeasterly wind.Hopefully there will be a sailable wind for the rest of trip as we have one of the smallest diesel tanks in the fleet with only 340 litres including jerrycans.. read more...


Charm - Happy 13th!
Charm - Happy 13th!
Charm - Hunting seaweed
Charm - Hunting seaweed
22/11/2017

Charm - Day 6 - seaweed!

As Joe mentioned, we have now encountered seaweed.It's like confetti sprinkled all over the ocean.Occasionally we find bands of it but mostly it's clusters of 3-5 pieces.Today, conditions were mild enough that we let the kids hang off the bow of the boat to drag in the water.They put a climbing harness on with a life jacket over it and then we tie them to a halyard and lower them until they say stop.For Marin, that's when her bottom half is under water when we're in the trough of a wave.Tully stays a bit higher and Cobin varies, depending on his mood.In the past, the main fun has been just hanging and doing tricks in the water.But today, they collected seaweed as an added challenge.Marin was so intent on having extra time that she tried to cut Tully's turn short.Tully, who had been very. read more...


21/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 3: Nachtwache

Ich höre, höre Musik.Sehe die Sterne. Es ist alles Dunkel und trotzdem sehe ich.Stehe gerade und unter mir bewegt sich alles.Die Natur ist gewaltig, aber jetzt kontrolliere ich sie, bin auf dem Boot und das Boot schützt uns, bietet uns alles, bringt uns durch das Meer. Das Boot kämpft sich allein durch das Meer, ich gehe nur Wache.Die Nachtwachen machen mich glücklich. Manchmal ist es schwer aufzustehen und raus in die Dunkelheit zu gehen. Aber dann ist es immer schön. Vielleicht es das für mich der Zauber des Segelns. Vielleicht gefällt mir so, dass ich allein bin mit zwei Dingen: Der Natur und der Technik.Es heißt immer so schön schaurig, dass der Mensch den Naturgewalten hilflos gegenübersteht. Aber das ist ja nicht so. Dieses Boot ist eine tolle Hilfe und tatsächlich beherrscht es. read more...


21/11/2017

North Star - USA - Log Day 2 - Slowing Down

The winds for us have been OK and we have been making 4-6 kts about 150 nm off the African coast heading to a point NW of Cape Verdes.As of now we have covered about 300 miles.We will turn west as soon as the winds are sure, which will be later in the week (we hope!).We enjoyed the noontime HF network and hearing about what the people were doing while becalmed.Fishing seems a great topic.We missed a chance to buy some fishing gear -- Rick was proud of the big Lasagne fish we caught fishing in th freeze box -- that's where they hide under the hotdogs.WE had that for dinner last night and that was good enough -- in fact, delicious.The net controller chuckled a little at Rick's report of our "fishing" luck.Life aboard is consistently busy. When not on watch or sleeping, there is plenty to. read more...


21/11/2017

Queen Bee - calma piatta

La nostra rotta verso sud ci ha portato in una zona di poco vento e calma piatta, l'equipaggio denuncia una certa frustrazione, immaginando le altre barche più a nord ovest correre nel vento, ma la realtà è qesta sono dodici ore che siamo praticamente fermi ! Unica consolazione la pescA, questa sera prima del tramonto, le nostre due canne in contempornea sonopartte e Andrea ha catturato, prima uno e poi l' altro due doradidi circa 3 chili ciascuno. Uno lo abbiamo sfilettato e messo in frigo, l'altro direttamente in forno con patate . Ottima cena, ma il vento ancora non arriva.... Un abbraccio . Arnaldo. read more...


21/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 3 - “That’s all I can give yea cap’n”

Another rolling night with flukey winds saw us clear of the last of the Canary Islands and in open water with not another boat in sight for the whole day.We weren’t completely alone though. Gremlins had managed to stowaway onboard yacht NoStress!The PC navigation software refused to play ball and the generator decided it only liked running for five minutes at a time.No time for chess games today.Everyone rolled up their sleeves and got to work.Lots of diagnostic tests, one spare laptop, an oil & filter change and several hours later and things still weren’t exactly going to plan.The software wasn’t fixed, but we have a workaround.And, despite a long afternoon with lots of attention from the crew, the generator still isn’t playing ball, but we have a plan - more to come in tomorrow’s. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 3 - “That’s all I can give yea cap’n”
NoStress - Log Day 3 - “That’s all I can give yea cap’n”
21/11/2017

Mbolo - Log day 3 - The lucky day!

In the stunning red light of the sunset we'resitting together over a beer composing our first blog.   George must have shocked the birdsthis morning, arriving on deck nicely showered and groomed. Within secondsa seagull struck releasing his full load on George's head. That could only bringgood luck. And indeed it did! Sven-Erik caught our first (big!- 2,7kg)fish, a Skip Jack. Tomas and Willy elegantly harvested it, which turned intodelicious Sashimi under the knife of Tomas.   By the way, we're taking the Southern route, because we don'tlike the cold.   Stay tuned!. read more...


Mbolo - Log day 3 - The lucky day!
Mbolo - Log day 3 - The lucky day!
21/11/2017

Odessa - 3-d day of race

Ветер - бейдевинд. Был небольшой дождик.Из мелких неприятностей - чуть не потерялся якорь и сломался блок на оттяжке гика. Не хочет работать опреснитель - возможно из-за крена.На обед - картошка с грибами и сосисками.. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 2112017 a suivre

Le blog du TOP n°3 du 20/11/2017Bonjour a tous,la plume du bord va mieux. Ce matin mardi, nous sommes sous la dépression, le vent arrière est passé de travers etla mer s'est calmée.Nous sommes partis dimanche avec 25Kt arrière le long de la côte de Gran Canaria de manière a la contourner par l'Est. Départ de la régate quasiment coque contre coque. Pour Candide, passer la ligne à la seconde près au risque de taper un autre concurrent alors qu'il reste 3 semaines de course, celaparaît futile. Mais nous sommes dans l'excitation et je comprends. Quelques bateaux choisissent l'option proche de la côte espérant un effet de vent supplémentaire, ce qui semble payer pendant lespremières heures. Nous restons sagement plus au large. Derrière la troisième vague s'est élancée et toutes ces voiles et. read more...


21/11/2017

Tommy - Log 2 - Snail Sailing

We’ve managed to redeem ourselves after our first night’s disasters, last night we averaging about 7 knots boat speed and made some good head way. It was smooth sailing with no dramas! We were under sail using a cutter rig, have all the sail up proved to work well for us. We all managed to get some good rest and have now split the watches into 3 with Jason and Stu doing solo watches and I’ve buddied up with Karla. which means we are on watch for 3 hours and have 6 hours off. Anyone who knows me will know I love my sleep so this 6 hour sleep thing will take some getting use to ;)We’ve been searching for wind and got stuck in a hole with only about 4 knots of wind. We must have been bobbing around quite noticeably as a passing cruise ship called us on the VHF to make sure we were all ok. A. read more...


21/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Entry 3 - Who let the cabin boy out?

The cabin boy temporarily took over the airwaves for which I can only apologise - I fear by locking away again I may spark mutiny, so for we'll leave him out for now.What he spoke was the truth though, and faced with the choice of slow and calm or fast and less calm, I opted for the latter. Figured that the calmest place in the world is the bar in St. Lucia! I may live to regret that statement but it's all part of the learning curve...Des still hasn't caught any fish, but did manage to lose a hook, so apologies to any of our scaly friends now swimming around in some discomfort. The wind has now picked up, and the (pre-prepared) Fish Pie is in the oven, so happy days all round.I needn't share any nautical notes, I think you've just had those in abundance - apologies to all who don't have. read more...


La Cigale - Day 3 - 21 November - Catch of the day!
La Cigale - Day 3 - 21 November - Catch of the day!
21/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 2 (20.11.)

Unser erster kompletter Tag auf See. Die Nacht (19. auf 20.11.) war wetterbedingt sehr unruhig, So mancher sah heute morgen nicht ganz so frisch aus. Zum Ausgleich hatten wir dann heute die erste Flautenschieberei, zum Strecken-Glück aber nur zeitweise. Am Abend wagte der erste das (sehr erfrischende!) Duschbad mit der Pütz (aus dem Eimer) auf Deck. So können wir für heute, neben leckerem Hähnchenbrustfilet mit Kartoffeln und Gemüse sowie noch frischem Salat, ein Etmal von 152 Seemeilen verbuchen.. read more...


21/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 1 (19.11.)

Mit 186 anderen Booten macht sich die ARC-Crew 2017 der Sunrise um 13:00 Uhr auf den Weg. Trotz fehlendem Spinnaker und "Raushalten" beim Startgetümmel kommen wir gut voran. V.a. in der Nacht lassen wir so manches Positionslicht hinter uns. Einzelne Crewmitglieder tragen durch persönliche Opfergaben an Neptun zu dessen Wohlwollen bei.Am Abend gab es Spaghetti Bolognese und wir gewöhnen uns nun an das Essen in Schichten gem. unserer Wacheinteilung. WIR, das sind: André, Armin, Erich (Baum, Skipper), Hanno, Ortwin, Reinhard, Robert, Thomas. Last but not least: Auf das Tagesdatum bezogen haben wir heute 55 Seemeilen von rund 2.700 geschafft.. read more...


21/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 3 - 21 November - On loaves and fishes

It's 5pm. I have to begin today's post with the catch of the day: a stunningly beautiful five kilos of blue and yellow iridescence, though none of us are quite sure what it is as we can't find Harley's crib sheet! [Breaking news: thanks to Xavier having downloaded the entire Wikipedia, we have just figured out it is a Mahi-Mahi]. Harley and Xavier had put lines out at lunch, and four hours later there was a tug on the line. Watching Harley reel it in was quite something else. "Epic!" said Isabelle. "OMG!" said Catherine, and then "What does that mean again Mum?!" and then in a matter-o-fact voice observed "it looks just like a mermaid. Let's give it to the supermarket." Hearing the tail thumpon the floor as the fish died Francis declared "I get vegetarians now. I won't be eating fish. read more...