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26/11/2015

Sunrise - 26.11.2015 Tag 5

So kann Seefahrt auch sein. Wie ein Bild aus Dantes Inferno. Aber auch mit Regenbogen im Mondlicht über einer unendlich weiten, silbern glänzenden Wasserfläche. Wir lassen uns nicht herunterziehen. Auch nicht dadurch, dass wir noch keinenFisch gefangen haben. Liegt aber wohl daran, dass wir noch nicht geangelt haben. Ein aufmunterndes Zeichen des Meeresgottes gibt uns schnell Auftrieb: Eine große Schule kleiner Delfine oder Tümmler läuft im spitzen Winkel auf uns zu. Um die 70 Tiere springenunentwegt aus dem Wasser, berühren fast unser Schiff und setzen nach einiger Zeit des Mitschwimmens am Bug unbeirrt ihren eigenen Kurs fort. Ein mitreißender Anblick! Dann doch die Angel ausgeworfen. Keine 15 Minuten später erfolgt der Biss. Ein wunderschönerFisch. Gold, blau, grün mit einer sägeartig. read more...


26/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 4

Day 4The past 24 hours have been quite eventful.Firstly, Happy Birthday Mike! Probably the most unusual one he is likely to have I suspect. But no birthday should pass without cake and sure enough from the galley at teatime yesterday came another of Dan and Em's culinary delights - an absolutely delicious banana cake. Sadly no candles but I doubt they would have faced up to the 25 knots of wind across the decks!There had also been a noticeable lack of fishing success. Even Doris the demon lure that I bought at vast expense in Las Palmas was a complete disappointment yesterday. We have high hopes for Mavis, Doris` big sister {which Tony paid even more for] later in the trip. But there was great excitement this morning when two Dorado's were reeled in one after the other. This was quickly. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 4
Skyelark of London - Day 4
26/11/2015

Why Not - Why Not sail boat Richard Anthony

Great Day today all crew refreshed and sun is shining , Charlie had hisfirst bite on the fishing line , but after 30 mins of hard work trying to bringit in we LOST it. Total mileage travelled from start to is 623nm,  the millage Ireported yesterday was wrong that should have been for three days totals not two as i reportedAll sails balanced  and working to max capacity as trying to increaseour average daily mileage. We saw our fist Dolphins this morning there were about 7 swimming withus. Just put up the cruising chute  for a test , all went well now justwaiting for the correct wind to arrive and up she will go! Skipper working hard at the chart table to ensure we have the correctbearing and to avoid the doldrums   Keith   Richard Anthony first blog . Well. read more...


26/11/2015

Bamarandi - Thursday 26th November - It's A Ten from Len?

Position 15.47.401N 048.37.040W0 0 1 72 411 Bamarandi LLP 3 1 482 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...


26/11/2015

Rhumb - Day 5 - Heading towards St Lucia and our first fish!!

Before we move into day 5, a few things to report from day 4. One of the reasons for another radio silence was John (blogger) succumbing to a nasty beastie buggie thing resulting in a very sore and painful throat and a touch of the hot and cold sweats for 24 hours. Crew members kindly allowed John time to recover by taking on his overnight watches, so I can report I am now feeling a bit better.Day 4 saw us continuing south westerly to warmer climes and the trade winds, still experiencing strongish winds in the 30's. Midday we turned to a course of 270 degrees with a pretty awful gybe, taking us around an hour to get the pole set up to starboard. At the same time the mainsail got caught behind the topmost spreader, fortunately though with a slight change of direction we were able to free. read more...


26/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 9

18:37:00 UTC Thursday Nov. 26, 2015Position: 14.694036N, 46.993504WBIRDING in MIDATLANTIC!when Africa travellers like us get tired of looking for those big five that hide from us, we become birders.Same thing here.So far we have identified (and eaten) 2 types of fish: Dorado and Amberjack. To be exact, we saw three if we count the flying fish.George and Roger have been twice as successful with birds, identifying 4 species:Wilson’s Petrel, Cory’s Shearwater, White Tailed Tropic Bird and Masked Booby. To be exact there are five if we count the flying fish!Not the abundance of birds you get in the Okavango Delta, but considering the environment, that is not bad going.So next time you come past here bring your binoculars, forget the lures!KlausPS with winds between 16 and 25kt we still can’t. read more...


26/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 4 - Hello, is it me you are looking for?

November 26, 2015 – “Hello? This is sailing yacht Shiva.” “….” “This is sailing yacht Shiva. Hello?”  Last night during Herman and Daan’s night shift the satellite phone suddenly rang. Everybody awoke because hearing a phone ringing while being in the middle of the ocean is quite peculiar. Daan picked up the phone and the rest was quietly listening…  “This is sailing yacht Shiva. Hello?” “Hello, do you have engine problems?” “No, we do not have engine problems” “Ah alright, in that case I’ve dialled the wrong number, bye” “Bye” Wow, what a story! ;) We were in contact with the outer world!! Too bad we didn’t ask for an update of what is happening in the world…  Furthermore it was a quiet and decent night and we all had a good night sleep. Today there is much less. read more...


26/11/2015

Furia - day 4 some spinnaker sailing and at last: shorts and tea shirts

We are very sorry for the damaged boats yesterday, especially for Duffy, our Italian friends and neighbours on Las Palmas pontoon.On day 4 we are doing fine. Activities on board depend on wind, waves, sunshine and rain and alternate in a non-orderly manner: morning squall showers, wind dropped force 4-5, hoisting the spinnaker, here comes another squall from our stern; dropping the spinnaker; poling out jib;heavy showers wash the boat (and some of us); then, under some cautious sunshine we are in a rushto put on shorts (for the first time on this passage), hoisting the spinnaker again, jibing, then wind increased force 6 again, dropping the spinnaker, poling out the jib and on and on. It is not an easy sailing with the spinnaker in this swell, our narrow hull being punished by the waves.. read more...


Furia - day 4 some spinnaker sailing and at last: shorts and tea shirts
Furia - day 4 some  spinnaker sailing and at last: shorts and tea shirts
LaLuna - laluna dag 5 prachtige zonsopgang
LaLuna - laluna dag 5 prachtige zonsopgang
26/11/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 5

About our course: Doordat er tijdens ons vertrek een redelijk groot hoogdruk gebied hing boven de Azoren dat voor redelijk wat wind zorgde, hebben we er voor gekozen om na vertrek eens we onder Gran Canaria zaten koers te zetten naar het Westen en niet de meest gebruikelijke zuidelijke koers naar de Kaapverdische eilanden te volgen. Hierdoor kunnen we een 'hoekje afsnijden'. Volgens onze laatste info gaat dit hoog boven de Azoren er over +/- 48 uur mee ophouden. Daarom zetten we nu meer koers richting het zuiden om rond de 20 graden noorderbreedte de Trade winds (passaatwind) op te zoeken. Dit is dus mogelijks niet de snelste (korste) koers maar wel de "meest zekere". We willen namelijk niet in een windluw gebied komen.About today:Bijna de hele dag blue sky! Even de motor gestart om warm. read more...


26/11/2015

Grand Bleu - woensdag 25 en donderdag 26

De 3e nacht vertoonde een beeld als de 2e nacht. Bewolking met nu en dan een volle maan met wind uit het NO.De bemanning is in geslingerd en begint te wennen aan het leven op een lege oceaan.Deze bestaat uit de volgende personen: Wil (72 jr) , de nestor van het gezelschap, in zijn element als hij (electro-)technische apparatuur mag repareren (inclusief het Nespresso apparaat)Kees ( 57 jr),  kok, rustpunt tussen de (soms hyper) actieve bemanningsledenSietze (56 jr), bootsjongen, blogger, neef van KeesAdriaan (52 jr), de immer alerte en actieve kapitein, geeft de bemanning veel vrijheidPieter (31 jr),  de head rigger altijd de stand van de zeilen, lijnen, blokken en vallen controlerend met een rol tape in de rechterbroekzakJan Hein (26 jr), rigger met veel oceaan en. read more...


26/11/2015

Meltemi - 5. Tag Zeitumstellung

Hallo Zivilisation,wir befinden uns derzeit auf den folgenden Koordinaten 24,22 Grad Nord und 026,49 West. Die Stimmung ist ausgezeichnet, wir haben uns alle voll an das Schichtsystem gewöhnt und haben mittlerweile eine beachtliche Anzahl an Meilen zurückgelegt. Total 680 nautische Seemeilen. Heute werden wir eine andere entscheidende Marke passieren in ca. 23 nautischen Meilen werden wir die Reststrecke von 2000 NM unterschreiten. Ein weiteres Highlight neben den kulinarischen Hochgenüssen hier an Bord ;-) die heutige Zeitumstellung, sie gibt uns einen extra Motivationsschub und bringt uns, unserem Ziel stetig näher. Die 7 Männern hier an Bord haben ein Ziel Rodney Bay St Lucia und das verfolgen wir mit Humor und Leidenschaft für das Segeln.Ein Gruß an die Zivilisation da draußen von. read more...


26/11/2015

Aliena - Jueves 26-11-2015

El mar está mas calmado y el viento tambien. Anoche cambiamos las velas y vamos amurados a babor bastante tranquilos pero hemos tenido que cambiar de camas por tener dormir atravesados. Yo en proa, Miguel en popa y Carlos en el salon. Vamos a rumbo 240 bajando algo hacia el sur en busca de la corriente favorable, que, aunque algo hemos tenido esta noche no acaba de aparecer. A medio día llevabamos hechas 746,3 Mn, media de 7,8 nudos.Hoy no hemos puesto el tangon, hemos quitado el rizo a la mayor y navegamos tranquilos a un largo.Tenemos noticias de varios barcos, sobre todos los de la clase regata, con averias. Nosotros estamos bien y esperamos que así continue. Nos quedan en este mmento 2040 Mn. Da la sensación de que no nos podemos despegar de Africa.Carmen. read more...


26/11/2015

Weohgi - 1 o'clock, 2 o'clock 3 o'clock rock etc

We're going to rock around the clock tonight- and every night until we reach St Lucia!We are fine - less than 815nm to go - easy peasy. We feel we're on the homeward bound course now. The boat is doing well. Daily chaffing inspections seem to be going well. Cruising down the waves at an average of 7knots so far so good. We think we are about 1/2 way in the fleet. The daily reports we get are useless unless you put them in a spread sheet - Alan did that once on the 1st leg! He found it too wobbly and 'icky at the chart table.A few back twinges for a few of the over 60's but I think that is mainly due to not being able to rest properly. Ibuprofen for pud! We are all getting along fine but are looking forward to St Lucia - started reading the travel guides now-what confidence!Not long until. read more...


26/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 5- Rock 'n' Roll

Yep, it’s all about rock and roll on yacht Ruby Rose- and not in a goodway.  Swell and a constant 20-25 knots, gusting 30, has made life on Ruby Roseever so slightly tedious. Dare I say it, but these are not the conditions Isigned up for! Especially since Nick and I are very much ‘fair weather sailors’!No-one on board has been getting any decent sleep, and meals have been a bit hitand miss in terms of quality. Not easy producing a gourmet feast when you canbarely keep your footing in the galley!  However, I’m thrilled to announce that this morning has heralded a changein the weather. The swell has reduced markedly and the sun has come out, soeveryone’s in shorts and t-shirts for the first time since leaving Las Palmas!John and Neil are already on their second books- not sure. read more...


26/11/2015

Emily Morgan - ARC log day 5

What a difference a couple of days make! We are now romping along in a lovely Easterly force 5/6 in brilliant sunshine.The fishing line is out and we are looking forward to our third dorado. The first two were delicious and crew morale is high after a round of showers. We had an interesting detour to investigate a flashing light - Dan buoy? Life raft? It turned out to be a large fishing float, but the adrenaline was pumping. The crew worked really well together to sail back upwind in a force 8 in the dark as we did a possible rescue mission, great practice and a reminder that we don't want to have to do it for real.Anna 24.11.15. read more...


26/11/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky star 26/11/2015

Hello world! Here lucky star, everything is fine. The days are alike. We realize that we are only sleeping, eating and bar. We finally just tangonner our solent we begin to have a good path. To keep our position you can directly through the site Team Lucky Star. read more...


26/11/2015

Isabel - Day 4

Thursday 12 Noon 26/11/2105 24 16 4570N 27 56 23W - 177 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia1963Moving on from yesterday's steak and salad supper I have to report only halfthe team had salad as Peter tossed it up in the air while performing a rearrolly polly across the cabin - impressive manoeuvre that would receive aBAGA gold star certificate. Cabin boy Mike was quick to his knees with dustpan and brush and kitchen roll to clear up lettuce, avocado, tomato, onionall generously dressed with Caesar salad. There were a few tears more frompride than pain. Cooking is a challenge !!! Peter also has some worryingscabs on bald patch - think these might have beenacquired in Las Palmas -just say'in. Last night we made fast progress under a full moon, this morning wind hasdropped a little so. read more...


Isabel - 7:30 AM - Goosewing
Isabel - 7:30 AM - Goosewing
26/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 26-11-2015: het leven aan boord

Ik zal proberen om het leven aan boord te beschrijven, speciaal voordiegene die geen idee heeft wat we hier aan het doen zijn... Dat laatste vragenwe onszelf trouwens ook regelmatig af...   Zeilen> daar is het mee begonnen, ik zat net op te tellen en ik kom totzo’n 23 transatlantics verdeeld over de Marisja crew, hoe vaak is dat heen enweer naar Engeland of rondjes Loosdrecht. Ik kan wel melden dat we van hetzeilen  genieten, fijne boot en een heel fijne bemanning. We kunnen vanelkaar op aan, iets wat wel handig is als je met 30 kn wind op het voordekstaat.   Eten> dat is heel onregelmatig, vanmorgen bv om 11 uur ontbeten,iedereen is na de nacht redelijk stuk en eerder komt er niet veel van.Middageten proberen we iets van te maken, stukje pizza, knakworst met brood. read more...


26/11/2015

PG Roshni - 26/11 1115 Sleep

15:45.2N 48:29.8WHoorah twas NOT a Dark and Stormy night! Couple of heavy black clouds passed either side of us but didn't have to shout "incoming".Making steady progress on a direct line to St Lucia pretty much with wind coming more ESE To E but having said that we will play with the rig and sails and it'll then change anyway according to law of sod. Took it very steady overnight reefed down anyway so we could all get some shut eye... Seems to have worked and although we didn't seem to make up ground on any of the leaders feel much fresher. In other news; Nigel's issue is now also mine but I'm hanging on without imodium for the moment. We have all had showers and I even had a shave so will make a load more water today now the sun powers it through the panels.No more Frank alternative. read more...


26/11/2015

Raylah - JAWS

There is a tradition on crossing the pond of stopping the boat and everybody going for a mid Atlantic swim. Although I was not happy about it I let my crew do it on a previous crossing although I insisted on them being tied on. However I just received the following email from some friends of ours on another ARC+ yacht today:"Don't suppose you can pick up our blog on Mailasail but we did have a scarymoment. We have a Watt & Sea Hydrogenerator and it has a habit of slippingthe line that holds it down so it rises and thrashes away on the surface. Ithen have to descent the transom, step out and stand on the head with all myweight at sea level. Luckily Bob spotted it before I went down. A bloodygreat big shark (it was massive, I thought it was a whale at first) musthave thought it was. read more...


26/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 4: Shower in cockpit

On the 4th day (yesterday) a situation was addressed, people are starting tosmell. Rob (1st mate) showed us all how a shower in the cockpit should be done;a big bucket of water serving as a “water cache”/small reservoir from whichsmaller buckets were taken to be poured on top of ones head and body. Me andCraig also took the opportunity before while the sun was shining. Afterwards itsure gave the sensation of “you’ll feel like a million dollars after this”(quoting Rob).   Johan, crew on Hanse Sailor    . read more...


26/11/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ 2

Pozdrav svima s 22,30N i 27.30W Ušli smo u 5.dan jedrenja s novim dnevnim rekordom –218Nm.Trenutno smootprilike 500Nm od najbližeg kopna,i vitar nas nosi kursom 270 prema zapadu.Pušenekih 20-25 čv ENE vitra i u leptiru smo sa punim jedrima.Već cili jedan dannigdi nikog oko nas,ni na radaru ni na AIS-u ni VHF-u.Imamo dobruatmosferu,trzavice inervoza su popustile,svi smo se prepustili oceanu.Na broduse već i ozbiljno kužinaje tako da danas imamo u pripremi biftek u umaku odgorgonzole sa pečenim kumpirima.Još ako bi i vino silo to bi bilo to.Ubijamo sevoćnim salatama,vitaminima i guaranom takoda snage i koncentracije nemanjka.Iznoćne gvardije nosim jedan prekrasan dojam.Na zapadnom nebu bio je punmisec koji osvjetljava more da ti se činikao da je dan,dok je istovremen naistočnom nebu. read more...


26/11/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog day 3 and 4

'Hectic Nights'  It's amazing how much of an impact a slight change in the sea state canhave to life on the boat. We had our second gybe of the trip two nights agowhich was such a huge change of scene after 48 hours on the same angle, that wegot completely disorientated on watch and one gybe ended up in about three 360s!When the boat then continued on a port tack (wind on the port side) no one sleptall night. Suddenly our smooth harmonious sail felt like living inside a washingmachine. 24 hours later and we are just about getting used to it. Skip will probablyask us to gybe again tonight knowing our luck! Everyone has finally got someshut eye. Our daily routine has cemented now. It feels like we work all night -hard sailing, reefing, gybing- and then the daytime brings relaxed. read more...


26/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Thursday 26

Thursday 26 NovRace Day 4So, we are 4 days in to our Atlantic crossing.  In typical offshore sailing style our few days at sea have merged in to a series of four and six hour watches, waking and sleeping several times in any one 24 hour period.  Time and reality change, morning becomes evening, breakfast, dinner time; any time of the day being “good morning” to someone. The pre-race parties are but a distant memory as boat life and banter are in full swing.  Pineapples have been decorated with faces and hidden around the place, Dave entertains us with his daily jokes (todays being particularly cheesy; “what did the cheese say to himself in the mirror? Hel-ou-mi” ..and so on! Help us!) and the crew are bonding well.4am conversations have been in full flow, ranging from. read more...


26/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 4 -calmer now

Atlanterhavet, torsdag 26.11. 1200 GMT, N 22.46.29, W 24.13.30   Vinden har roet seg litt nå, og vi seiler i 15-20 knop vind rundt øst.Fortsatt spridd fokk, men ikke helt rullet ut. Har også tatt ut rev 3 og seilernå med 2 rev. Bølgene har også roet seg en del. Loggen viser utseilt distanse620 nm siden start, men vi har hatt medstrøm hele veien, så faktisk distanse ernok noe større. 2150 nm av cirka 2800 nm igjen til St. Lucia. Seiler omkring 150nm i døgnet og vi stresser ikke for å komme fort fram.  I dag har vi hatt litt juleverksted og laget julelenke. Hver lenke har 100nm, og så klipper vi av etterhvert. Barna får da en ide om hvor langt vi seilerog hvor mye som står igjen. Barna trengte litt ekstra mat i dag, så etter deresønske ble det servert pasta bolognaise til lunsj.. read more...


26/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4

Alles ok - Routine stellt sich ein, die Phase des Einlebens ist vorbei. Nur beim Schlafen fehlt noch die Gewöhnung an den Seegang, der die Kojen zur Achterbahngondel werden lässt.Ein paar Daten zu unserem Schiff:Die Hallberg Rassy 54 ist ein solider, damit auch schwerer Fahrtensegler für Langfahrten. mit 26 Tonnen ist sie fast doppelt so schwer wie die meisten gleich großen Schiffe aus unserer Division. Gewicht bedeutet unter anderem Festigkeit bei Schwerwetter, aber auch Geschwindigkeitsverlust.Wir hätten die Möglichkeit, hier etwas zu taktieren, indem wir die Tanks nur halb voll fahren - das wäre immer noch die durchschnittliche Kapazität der ARC Schiffe, aber das geht nicht nur auf den Komfort. Die Duffy, allerdings ein leichtes 10 Meter langes Schiff, hat in der Nacht, in der wir den. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
26/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 4 (Update): The Shark is flying again!

Aftersome hard work with a knife we have managed to get rid of the remaining parts ofthe starboard rudder. Just a stainless pipe pointing down into the water makingcascades of spray aft of the boat. From 11.30 the Shark is now flying again(Talanta, aka the Shark boat referring to the Shark in the bow of the boat).With the petit kite we are now making 13 knots again topping at 20 knots in thesqualls. Bob Marley is singing again about sweet weather and a shining sun. Thistime loud from the speakers in the cockpit. Life is rockingagain!  /Mikael,Skipper.. read more...


26/11/2015

Hera - Kurs Mindelo

Leider hat es Tim mit einer schweren Bindehautentzündung erwischt, so dasser ärztliche Hilfe benötigt. Zum Glück hatten wir den Point of no return nochnicht erreicht und laufen jetzt mit Kurs 180 Grad auf die Kapverden zu. Wenn derWind so anhält werden wir Mindelo morgen Abend erreichen (spätestens SamstagMorgen). Wir werden so schnell wie möglich versuchen, wieder in See zu stechen,so dass wir Samstag Abend wieder im Rennen sind. Ein weiteres Malheur ist ein undichtes Luk auf dem Steuerbord Vorschiff,über das zur Zeit ständig die See wäscht.Dafür meint es Rasmus mit uns gut. Er beschert uns bei strahlendemSonnenschein einen makellosen Passat.   Stefan. read more...


26/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 4 - 25 Nov

Posizione 23° 46N25° 35W direzione 250 velocità 7,2ktDLa temperatura sta cambiando, fa molto più caldo sia di giorno che la sera. Abbiamo navigato molto bene nelle ultime 24 ore, sempre tangonati mure a destra. Poi nel pomeriggio il vento é ruotato più a est ed abbiamo dovuto stambare. Una manovra difficile, soprattutto con mare. Ci sono in gioco molte cime, un carica alto, due carica basso, la nuova scotta del Genoa. Il tangone non è pesantissimo, ma è davvero lungo e dobbiamo gestirlo con attenzione per non fare danni. Purtroppo Max si è ammalato, un po' di febbre dovuta sicuramente ad un colpo di freddo. Un po' di riposo e un paio di pastiglioni giusti lo rimetteranno a posto. La sera infatti sta già meglio ma con un ammutinamento dell'equipaggio viene esentato dai turni per la notte.. read more...


26/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 3 - A bumpy night

November 25, 2015 – Last night Inge and Nicoline started the first night shift, we were going fast (12 knots) running goose winged with the mainsail and jib and we had the inner stay sail in between. A nice sight all these sails up. In the next night shift however the wind became stronger and Herman and co decided to change and lower some sails. We got into difficulties in getting the inner stay sail down. With all men on deck we finally managed to get it back to mainsail with 2 reefs and jib up. A tough job it was in the dark and with wind and waves. But the good result of the team work was reason for Herman and Daan to open the first beer on board!  Another job of this night was the leakage in the stern. Early morning Gerard and Herman discovered the root cause and have been able. read more...


26/11/2015

TWIXX - De eerste dagen, 3

Het is nu donderdag en de wind is afgezwakt tot een dikke zes en soms 5. De golven zijn iets minder hoog maar met gemene hoge rollers ertussen als verrassing. Net de mail van de ARC gelezen, updates van andere schepen. Schepen met roer problemen en lekkage, met kapotte giek, motorproblemen, ontmast schip(bemanning oké en schip nog waterdicht), SSB problemen, enz. Dat is wel even schrikken.Voor de komende dagen ziet het er veel beter uit, de wind neemt nog verder af en wordt straks zelfs te weinig lijkt het. Kunnen we de boot ook een beetje op orde brengen en schoonmaken binnen. De opstapcrew heeft gretig gebruik gemaakt van de Belgische reisziekte pillen, ze doen het er goed op, niet spugen, wel eten en en beetje slaperig maar dat zijn wij ook door een tekort aan slaap! We maken zelf. read more...


26/11/2015

TWIXX - De eerste dagen, 2

De nachten rollen we zelfs de fok in, en dan nog surfen we soms met 15 kn de golven af. We zijn allemaal onder de indruk van het natuurgeweld. We gaan naarstig op zoek in de gribfiles naar minder wind, tevergeefs. We zullen het uit moeten zingen en vooral behoudend blijven zeilen. De 2 de dag zien we nog 6 boten om ons heen op de AIS. De Dawn Chorus passeert ons krap voorlangs. We zien iets over haar stuurboord boeg hangen. Op de marifoon contact opgenomen. Ze hebben teruggerapporteerd dat het hun code 0 was! Ze waren zeer blij met ons, een mooi zeil gered. Aan boord bij hun was het "rocking and rolling". Het inspectie rondje over de boot doet Rob aangelijnd en op z'n knieën. Normaal lopen we gewoon door de gangboorden bij slecht weer, dat is nu ondenkbaar. We zijn regelmatig blij met. read more...


26/11/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX de eerste dagen, 1

Las Palmas zondagmiddag 22 november. Caribische muziek schalt over de haven maar vooral over de TWIXX, de speakers staan dichtbij. We nemen afscheid van onze familie die ons komen uitzwaaien. Een dubbel gevoel, vrolijke muziek en de start van een mooi avontuur, maar tegelijkertijd een brok in de keel vanwege het lang moeten missen van onze lieverds. We varen de haven uit, er roepen ons veel mensen aan. We realiseren ons dat we al veel mensen hebben leren kennen in Las Palmas. Leuke mensen die we ook gaan missen. Buiten de marina staat er flinke wind, tijd om de reddingsvesten aan te doen, alle lijnen en fenders op te bergen en de zeilen te hijsen met 1rif in het grootzeil. Dat valt nog niet mee tussen 200 schepen. We zeilen over de startlijn en hier begint onze ca 3 weken durende reis. read more...


TWIXX - Diner bij windkracht 7!
TWIXX - Diner bij windkracht 7!
26/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 4: Chasing squalls, dancing the waves and a broken rudder

Thelast days has continued with a mix of squalls, sunshine and winds around 20knots, topping at 28 knots of wind in the squalls. To keep up the speed we havebeen chasing squalls, trying to get closer to them to enjoy dancing the waves in18 knots.  Yesterdayevening we’d just made a gybe, heading west-north-west och life at sea werereally rocking. A beautiful sunset, boat was flying at 18 knots with a lighthand at the tiller. Just finding a smooth way among the waves to minimize thespray of water. A few of the crew were taken a shower (which means using seawater from a bucket) when suddenly something hit the starboard rudder and itbecame very hard to steer.  Quicklywe brought down the sails and examined what had happened. No damages to the hullor the port rudder, nor the steering. read more...


26/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (5): Big Blew

Most unfortunate news folks. On 24 Nov, at approximately 12:30 Zulu time, Big Blue, aka the "Whomper", suffered a passage ending injury and has been placed on "inactive" status until further notice.The Whomp, our second favorite crew member after Otto, was barely out of diapers, with only a few hundred hours of game time under his belt. A rising star in the WIDAGO sail plan, the management team had high hopes for the young downwind sail. He was expected to play a key role, not only in this leg towards St. Lucia, but next year's World Circumnavigation, where those trade winds dominate.The injury occurred while First Mate, Galley Wench, was hand steering at the helm. Skipper Ahab was providing very insightful feedback, at regular intervals, on her technique."A little port. No, now. read more...


26/11/2015

PG Roshni - 26/11 0025 Not Much

16:10.8N 47:24.5WGetting there slowly...Managed to sleep a bit yesterday pm as did everyone so a bit more relaxed. Got the pole out again and gybed to SW on a line to St Lucia which is now 794nm to go...Black clouds on the horizon behind don't seem to be producing the squalls we had last night thankfully but we are reefed down in case which is hampering speed but more relaxing! Another B hole has appeared in the main adjacent to the top middle batten - advice to anyone wanting to do long distance sailing - go for v strong sails and triple the amount of spreaderpatches you consider necessary for each main position! Trying to protect the mainsail now by oversheeting it which means much more weather helm on this downwind sailing as she tries to load up all the time :).Sounds like we got. read more...


25/11/2015

Pura Vida - Tage 1 - 4

Liebe Freunde und Mitlesende,hier ein erster Bericht von mittlerweile 4. Tag auf See:22.11.: Start in Las Palmaswir hatten bis zur letzten Minute noch mit den Vorbereitungen zu tun. Zu allem Überfluss hatten wir wieder Diesel in der Bilge, dem wir noch entfernen wollten, wozu die Zeit aber nicht reichte. Also legten wir so ab.Im Hafen von Las Palmas war dann große Verabschiedung. Das war v.a. für Alex sehr aufregend, weil er als vermutlich erster Bewohner von St. Vincent (einer Nachbarinsel von St. Lucia) den Atlantik per Segelboot überquert, extra verabschiedet wurde.Das Startfeld mit den vielen Booten war schon beeindruckend und wir hatten das bestimmt größte Startschiff der Welt: ein Kriegsschiff der spanischen Marine.Das Wetter war leider nicht so toll. Grauer Himmel und Regen und. read more...


25/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Day 4 Scarlet ARC 2015, Rhumb line to the Rum!

Finally found time to get some words down!Been a mixture of reasons forthis poor display of blogging, one of course is that Simon is not onboardthis race we miss him, but I am pleased to report he has plans to sail withus again soon! Another reason is it has been slightly busy settling intoroutine at sea, I have found time to sleep a lot tho!The main reason is Imislaid the piece of paper with the email address to send this too so itends up on the site as a Scarlet blog, having found it I can confirm it isexactly the same address as last year (and probably the 3 before that too!).Anyways all is well on the good ship Scarlet, the start seems a month agoalready, but as I recall we started 2 seconds off the line, several lengthsclear ahead!Start as you mean to go on I suppose!We had an. read more...


25/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 8

21:04:00 UTC Wednesday Nov. 25, 2015Position: 14.97776N, 44.9546WFAR OUT!closest land: Cayenne, Surinam (remember Papillon?): 742nm = 1,374kmSt. Lucia: 929nm = 1,720kmCape Verdes: 1151km = 2,132kmdon’t forget down: 4022m (not much use to us and no intention of going there)Well over 1000km any way you look over the endless water, it is surreal.Half an hour ago the satellite system failed. That would have meant no more blogs, no more emails. That would have put us not only far out, but also out of contact, what a scary thought. All due to a contact problem in a small wire (fortunately quickly found, otherwise you would not be able to read this).We frequently sit here and wonder about the contraption we are in, sporting virtually all amenities of home: stove and oven (dinner in 10. read more...


25/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 17 – Tuesday

So anARC staff walks into the Las Palmas marina minimarket, to buy a brand newdeodorant. The cashier says ‘would you like a bag for that?’ in surprisinglygood English, but the Yellow Shirt just smiles and says ‘No thank you dear, I’lljust take it under my arm.’ Ah,how you Yellow Shirts crack us up. To anyone (if anyone) reading this who aren’tfamiliar with the ARC; the miracle workers who make the ARC happen, who sends uson our way from one port, only to stand there ready at the next one to welcomeus, check us in and make sure we’re taken excellent care of – they wear yellowshirts. And they pull it off. The reason I’m telling you the joke from lastnight’s watch instead of the detail of our very pleasant day at sea, is that mycreative, but not really top-notch joke-telling was pretty much. read more...


25/11/2015

Meltemi - 4. Tag Genuss in vollen Zügen

Liebe Mitstreiter,den vierten Tag auf dem Atlantik haben wir in vollen Zügen genossen.Vorab aber noch ein paar Worte vorweg:Bei dem Start der ARC konnt man nun wirklich von 0 auf 100 in wenigen Sekunden sprechen.Gleich von Anfang an hatten enormen Druck auf dem Segel und der Start war wirklich einfür mich einmaliges Erlebnis.Der Tag Heute bescheerte uns guten achterlichen Wind schwischen 18-23 KN und die Wellen machten den Butterly und das Kochen doch etwas schwierig. Somit haben wir das dritte Menue ausfallen lassen und mussten uns mit Nudel und Bolognese und Tai Curry zufrieden geben. :-)Hier an Bord ist alles OK und Matthias, werfe bitte nochmal paar Euro in die Wettermaschine.Bis zum nächsten Mal.Harald. read more...


25/11/2015

EH01 - LOG DAY 3 - Fast Ride

We have had a fantastic couple of days sailing. After the initial hick upsduring the first day the crew settled into the watch system nicely and they feelmore and more confident about sailing the boat. Conditions have been a littlechallenging due to the rolling waves bouncing the boat while poled out and allthis accompanied with regular squalls, especially last night, occasionallybringing 35-40 knots of wind with them. All this leading to a little bit ofexhaustion among the crew. However, this morning we were all very happy to learn that the honourableand good ship EH01 was one of the fastest boat in her class over the last 24hours, almost making 200 nautical miles and slowly catching up with ourfleet. Night sailing have been fantastic with a very bright full moon giving uslight through. read more...


25/11/2015

4JOY - IZVJEŠTAJ ZA ONE KOJI NAS PRATE 1.DIO

Pozdrav ,dragi prijatelji i kolege. Prije svega da vam kažem da smo trenutnu u 4.danu relija i svi smodobro. Sad ću se malo vratit na start.Iako je regata zamišljena više kao druženjei sigurni prelazak bare,u stvarnosti to i nije baš tako.I te kako se na danstarta osjeća uzbuđenje i nervoza,nije u stilu baš me briga.Iznenadio sam sepoprilično kad sam vidio da svi katamarani iz naše skupine imaju barem po 2prednja velika jedra,bilo spinaker,genaker ili code0.Zato smo im na startuodlučili pokazat da i mi jedrimo ozbiljno.Nekako nas je potrefilo i na startusmo izletili kao prvi ili drugi brod,sa krasnim pogledom na flotu pokrmi.Meterolog je najavljivao 20 čv NE na startu koji će dole niz  otokpojačati do 30 čv.Na startu je bilo 30čv,a dalje doli niz otok i do 45čvvitra.Mi smo odlučili. read more...