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14/01/2017

Misto - Day 7 - city tour of Santa Marta

Its still blowing hard in the marina at Santa Marta!We enjoyed the city tour, especially the Tairona Gold Museum. The intricate nature of the gold artifacts was stunning to behold. We only saw the outside of the cathedral and we might try to go back and experience the inside before we leave on Wednesday. Despite my almost total lack of Spanish I managed to purchase bread rolls from a vendor on a bicycle and fruit from a street vendor. Prices are low. We had Sumore's crew over to share a potluck tuna dinner last night. They were really great company and its lovely to be making new friends.. read more...


14/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Last day

Distance travelled: About nm.We had been warned not to close the Colombian coast too soon because of high winds and squalls.It was a beautiful evening, but we decided to reef and gybe before it got dark.Luckily in that order as halfway through the process the wind suddenly increased to 25 knots plus with a big sea and we spent most of the night under reefed main only.In the early hours, persuaded Steve to let me set up the pole again with a handkerchief of Yankee set.There were a few ships about and we heard Zeeland (the next World ARC boat to us) on the VHF.At our waypoint off the headland turning more up wind, we could easily set the staysail instead of the poled out Yankee - one advantage of the cutter rig. But the wind went on increasing and increasing though the rain had stopped.We. read more...


Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Anfahrt auf Kolumbien
Hanna - Gottfried steuert die Hanna
Hanna - Gottfried steuert die Hanna
Hanna - Sonnenaufgang, wie schön :-)
Hanna - Sonnenaufgang, wie schön :-)
13/01/2017

Hanna - Wie gewonnen so zerronnen

Santa Marta, 13. Januar 2017Geschafft, wir sind in Santa Marta angekommen. Die letzten Tage auf See waren ziemlich turbulent. Wir hatten häufig Besuch von fliegenden Fischen an Bord. Die kommen aus dem Wasser gesDer Wind hat immer weiter zugenommen, bis 45 Knoten in der Spitze.Das sind gute 8-9 Windstärken! Bis zu 3,5 Welle von achtern (hinten). Wenn man dann in einem Wellental sitzt, denkt man da kommt eine Wand herangerauscht…Bis wir sehr schnell unseren geliebten Parasailor heruntergenommen haben, sah alles danach aus als wenn wir auf dem 3. Platz liegen. Danach machten wir aber nur noch 5 Knoten fahrtanstelle von bis zu 14 Knoten. Langsam wurden wir dann wieder überholt ;-)Ich habe zwar so eine Ahnung, aber schauen wir mal wann die endgültigen Ergebnisse vorliegen…Allen an Bord geht. read more...


13/01/2017

Firefly - Black Thursday

Firefly's blog has been regularly posted on the World Cruising website since we sailed away from the UK in September 2013. HOWEVER, regular postings ceased back in October 2016 and have just restarted. The reason for the break was a collision with a ship. The subsequent repairs have taken considerable organisation and due to absolutely first class support from our insurer's, Admiral and the World's best rigging company, Associated Rigging in Cape Town, we have stayed on schedule with the World ARC rally - but there has not been time for writing blogs....This one was written an hour or so before the incident but never posted.....'Today is Thursday 13th of October and Firefly's crew are dreaming of Mauritius's local speciality, Carri Poission (fish curry) washed down with the island's. read more...


13/01/2017

Firefly - Penguins and Apple Strudel on passage to St Helena

All is well on board Firefly. On leaving Luderitz we had a 2 hour period of light winds and fog but this quickly cleared. The winds picked up and for 48 hours we had a fresh Southerly with quite rough seas. This wind and seas have both moderated and the wind has backed to the South East, hopefully these gentle Trade Winds should be with us all the way to St Helena. The effect of the cold Benguela current has also diminished with the sea temperature going up from 10 deg C at the coast to 18 deg C some 300 miles offshore. The major impact is that the air temperature particularly at night has now warmed up significantly. It was surprisingly chilly at Luderitz and was home to more colonies of Cape Penguins - we have seen them all along the South African coast from Port Elizabeth onwards. As. read more...


13/01/2017

Firefly - Curry on Saturday evening?

Today is Thursday 13th of October and Firefly's crew are dreaming of Mauritius's local speciality, Carri Poission (fish curry) washed down with the island's Phoenix Beer on Saturday evening. Despite a very fast passage across the Indian Ocean and continuing favorable trade winds it is however unlikely that time will be on our side.....Its 0800 now and there are 450 miles to run until we reach Port Louis. The forecast for the next 24 hours gives us broad reaching in 20 knots and that should mean close on another 200 miles under the keel as we average about 8 knots. The wind will then move more to the east and gradually reduce meaning less speed to cover the final 250. Having been at sea for a week and half it is interesting how one's mind works, and more interesting that the 3 of us are. read more...


13/01/2017

Exocet Strike - 12-13 January 2017 Exocet Strikes progress

Yesterday was a great days sailing, started off with no reefs, so full sail and a beam reach, with wind coming from the side, our fastest sailing position. Ended up at 1800 with two reefs in the mainsail, then a third reef, reducing our sail area considerably as the wind was increasing as forecast and we didn't want too much sail area up, overnight. Unfortunately the wind had other thoughts and contrary to the forecast started dropping, so at 0830 we shook out one reef, we may well shake out a second during the day if the wind doesn't increase.The wind also went further behind which means we cannot sail in the direction we want, unless we pole it out the other side to the mainsail, rarely done these days in racing but often in cruising. It's called by some wing in wing and allows you to. read more...


13/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 11 januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

1.januarJa, nå nærmer vi oss målet. Før vi forlot St Lucia, måtte vi anslå vår ETA (estimated time of arrival) i Santa Marta. Beskjeden som han er, anslo kapteinen på Aurora Polaris at vi ville være framme torsdag 12.januar kl.15.00. Nå ser det jammen meg ut som om det kan stemme! Vi hadde en liten debatt om farten vår i går kveld. Kaptinnen hadde veldig lyst å fortsette uten motor, selv om det ble veldig stille på sjøen. Kapteinen lot være å slå den på, men da kaptinnen sovnet, kom jammen meg motoren i gang. Han hadde sett seg lei på alle de som durte forbi oss. Vi måtte rapportere posisjonen vår kl.09, som vanlig, og i tillegg måtte vi si hvor lenge vi hadde gått med motor. Etter kl 09.00 seilte vi. Utover dagen ble det stillere og stillere, og de rundt oss begynte å gå raskere og. read more...


12/01/2017

Exocet Strike - January 11-12th 2017

We left Cape Town at 0745 yesterday weds 11th, nice sunny morning. We expected a NW wind and we weren't disappointed. Bit of a pain motoring waiting for the wind to fill in. Quite chilly as well, quite a bit of fog. The current here comes up from the Antarctic, so it's only 14 deg C, interacts with the warm moist air coming off the land.Anyway by 1800 the wind had settled into the SW and we were reaching quickly. Put in a reef at 2100 and kept it in until 0600 this morning, a great first nights sail, but light around 0200, but it's 12-14 knots now, cloud is slowly dispersing and the sea temp is up to 21 deg C. We had current with us most of the night now it's across us, pushing us east to west, which although we are well west of our route it's ok since we want to be keeping well off the. read more...


12/01/2017

Misto - Day 6 - Arrival in Santa Marta

The approach to Santa Marta gave us the most sporty sailing of this leg. After rounding the cape north of Santa Marta the wind picked up with gust to 40 knots. Fortunately we had prepared and had two reefs in the main so it was a delightful sleigh ride. Docking was a challenge with the high winds, but we are safely tied up and contemplating a walk to a local restaurant for dinner.. read more...


12/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 5

Distance Run noon to noon:135.1 nm.It was all going so well, making 6 maybe 7 kts in the sunshine.Why were people on the evening radio sched complaining about having to motor?A few hours later of course wind went light, not strong enough to power over the swell, foresail and main sail alternately slatting and banging and shaking the whole boat.BUT we were still making about 5 knots, only occasionally dropped to 4 so continued like this for the rest of the night.In the morning we rounded our waypoint off Pen de La Guajira, and hardened up onto a nice reach (at last) with all white sails drawing.Pleasure shortlived as squalls with heavy rain had us rushing to reef.We are getting there, but distance to go still more than a return trip across the channel to Cherbourg.This mornings sched was. read more...


06/01/2017

Lexington - Bob: We better be ready

Today is the final day before the start. We had a lecture on emergencies. We had a lecture on weather.We have checked out of customs and immigration. We created the to do list of about 10 things.I am finishing up programming a few numbers into the single side band radio. Each boat has a number with which we can make a direct call to use in the single side band radio. We programmed each of these numbers in so they would be readily available. We also have a group number that would contact all boats that would be in range.The neatest thing we did was to go up the mast.Sam and I split the duties. We were putting an anti-chafing material on the spreaders since we will be doing down wind sailing which could cause chafe on our main sail where it touches the spreaders.When you are sailing, hour. read more...


12/01/2017

Firefly - 24 hour break at Luderitz, Namibia

The brief stop over in Luderitz proved a great success. After three nights at sea surfing along at 8 knots with the wind behind us it was great to find some calm water to moor for the night. We were followed in shortly afterwards by Peter, Vicky and Arthur on the Amel 54, Carango.Customs and immigration formalities took about an hour involving short walks between the various offices - all the forms were delivered with a smile and a chat, all very welcoming, UK Boarder Agency please note! Followed by late (second) breakfast at the colonial style Garden Cafe. This place was a former German Shipping Agent's house and was delightful with a beautiful garden. The Garden Cafe did well out of our brief stay, their bacon rolls and apple pie were delicious and we bought extra apple pie for the. read more...


11/01/2017

Hanna - Was sind eigentlich Squalls?

Kolumbien am 11. Januar 2017Hallo Ihr Lieben,In den letzten beiden Tagen hatten wir mit allerhand Wetterphänomen zu tun. Eines das ich so noch nicht kannte sind so genannte Squalls.Bei uns würde man dazu wohl Gewitterzelle sagen. Hier bilden sich solche Squalls innerhalb von ein paar Stunden über dem offenen Meer (Aus dem Nichts sozusagen).Sie haben einen Durchmesser von 2-3 Seemeilen, können jede Menge Regen mitbringen und die Windgeschwindigkeit kann sich darin und an den Rändern locker verdoppeln.Für die Segler unter Euch: 40 Knoten Wind sind da schon mal drin. Gerade Nachts muss man unheimlich aufpassen und zwischendurch den Wetterradar starten, sonstbekommt man sie zu spät mit und dann wird’s ungemütlich. Einige World ARC Segler von uns hatten damit wohl richtig zu kämpfen, aber. read more...


Lexington - Bob: We better be ready
Lexington - Bob: We better be ready
Hanna - Was sind eigentlich Squalls?
Hanna - Was sind eigentlich Squalls?
Lexington - Bob: We better be ready
Lexington - Bob: We better be ready
11/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 4.

Distance run, noon to noon: 143 nm. We seem to be making progress, and in the correct direction, but still last apart from one of the catamarans.Reefed the main for overnight.A visitor arrived in the middle of the night - a dark grey/black birdwith white patch on the head circled round and landed on the lifebuoy.And there it stayed for 6 hours, until we started the generator early in the morning (bit noisy).We consulted the Caribbean bird book, reckon it might have been a Black Noddy.The other significant event is that we are now on a "proper" paper chart, rather than one that looks like a road atlas.Good chat on the SSB this morning, maybe we can get together in port to trouble shoot overheating generators as there seem to be at least 3.Ours will run so long as you have the cover off. read more...


11/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 3

Distance run noon to noon is 135.3. It seemed a very easy day, nothing much to do to the sails etc apart from the daily checks, Hydra (the hydrovane) has been steering since soon after Castries.Then the wind changed and we found ourselves heading south, we had to gybe, do the SSB net(Steve was net controller) and put the chicken in the oven for dinner all at the same time.Also diverted a bit to avoid a rain squall, must have been successful or else it went away as didn't get wet.Reefed down a bit overnight, erring on the side of caution.It seems surprisingly cold on watch at night, have had to fetch out long trousers and fleece not worn since our arrival back in Grenada.Saw a couple of ships, so not totally alone out here, only a very small flying fish on the deck in the. read more...


11/01/2017

Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!

Karibische See, 10.Jan 2017So, da ist er nun: Unser erster Blogeintrag der Hanna.Wie konnte es nur dazu kommen, dass wir nun einen Blog schreiben? Suzanna hat uns (genauer gesagt mich, Sascha) bei der Abschedsparty dazu überredet. Falls es Euch gefällt und ihr mehr über uns lesen möchtet, gebt uns doch bitte ein kurzes Feedback.Am 07.01.2017 sind wir um 12:00Uhr offiziell zur WORLD ARC Round the World Rally 2017-2018 gestartet. Gottfried, der Eigner des Schiffes, möchte dass die Hanna einmal die Erde umrundet. Geplant sind dafür 15 Monate Zeit. Auf den einzelnen Etappen wird es verschiedene Crews geben, einige mit und einige ohne Eigner an Bord. Auf der ersten Etappe von Rodney Bay Marina / St. Lucia nach Santa Marta / Kolumbien sind wir zu dritt: Gottfried, Claus und Sascha. Ab Panama. read more...


Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
Hanna - Unser erster Blogeintrag !!
11/01/2017

Misto - Days 3-5 The days blend together

Winds that were lighter than expected enabled the continued use of the parasailor and the last couple of days have been calm and uneventful.I never really expected to be able to use it day in and day out and so this has been a pleasant surprise.The hydrovane has also worked well and we tweaked the settings, getting better results and less yawing. Regrettably we have not caught any fish, although other boats caught tuna, king fish, and a 60lb marlin that was returned to the ocean to fight another day.Close the dawn on Wednesday the wind died, the parasailor has had to come down and we have had to motor for a few hours.Our objective is to make landfall in Santa Marta early evening on Thursday and so avoid the worst of the nocturnal gales that are being reported in that area.-----At. read more...


10/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 9 og 10.januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Til å begynne med, seilte vi nærmest i teten. Vi hadde bare noen katamaraner foran oss. Nå dukker den ene etter den andre opp bak oss. Det kunne se ut som at de andre valgte å gå ned langs land på St Lucia, for så å sette av gårde med tradevinden. Vi har tatt ut korteste linje mellom Rodney Bay og Santa Marta. Det betyr at vi må seile «platt lens». Det går ikke fullt så raskt som når vi har vinden på tvers eller bakenfor tvers. Det kan også se ut som om mange av våre konkurrenter driver og krysser. Da må de gå ganske mye lengre enn oss, men til gjengjeld er det raskere! I nærheten av oss har vi hatt Laura Dawn, Aschia og Shamal. De har også forsvunnet. Vi kan bare se dem av og til på AIS og radar. Enda så mye jeg har lyst å konkurrere, må jeg finne meg i at kapteinen heller vil kose seg.. read more...


10/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 3

Distance run noon to noon is 135.3. It seemed a very easy day, nothing much to do to the sails etc apart from the daily checks, Hydra (the hydrovane) has been steering since soon after Castries.Then the wind changed and we found ourselves heading south, we had to gybe, do the SSB net(Steve was net controller) and put the chicken in the oven for dinner all at the same time.Also diverted a bit to avoid a rain squall, must have been successful or else it went away as didn't get wet.Reefed down a bit overnight, erring on the side of caution.It seems surprisingly cold on watch at night, have had to fetch out long trousers and fleece not worn since our arrival back in Grenada.Saw a couple of ships, so not totally alone out here, only a very small flying fish on the deck in the. read more...


10/01/2017

Skyelark of London - Gary and his fish

We are making good progress on our way to Colombia, with calm seas and trade wind sailing. The fleet has been fairly tight and we have been in sight of boats visually or on AIS until now. Yesterday we decided to deploy the fishing kit and have been rewarded with a delicious yellow fin tuna and a sizable Kingfish -which put up a long and tough fight, after Bob and Gary were looking beaten, we had to concede and slow down and even then it took a while. So ceviche on the happy hour menu today and Kingfish for dinner. Gary and his Kingfish. read more...


Skyelark of London - Gary and his fish
Skyelark of London - Gary and his fish
09/01/2017

Timshel - Day 2 St Lucia to Santa Marta

Distance made good noon to noon is 127.9.We have been making very stately progress ie not fast.Gybed back on to port yesterday afternoon so going more in the correct direction, hopefully the gybes are getting faster.Again a lovely night sky, moon and stars, but our sail plan was conservative.Now we don't have any more to set and the wind keeps dropping away.Is 5 knots made good enough to get us there within the time limit? We will just enjoy the sail in the sunshine. Steve is net controller today, it seemed to go OK this morning and most of the boats came on.We are wondering whether we should deploy the Aquair towed charger (shark), but at the moment we seem to have enough power with the new solar panels.we have run the generator and the watermaker for a short time each day so the tanks. read more...


09/01/2017

Firefly - Firefly on the move again

Firefly left Cape Town yesterday, we started from the Royal Cape Town Yacht Club line keeping Paul's record of being first across the start line. The departure is probably one of the most spectacular one can make in a yacht with the backdrop of Table Mountain, blue skies, breeze behind us and passing close to Robben Island. Our next scheduled stop is St Helena some 1700 nautical miles away but along with a number of other boats are going slightly off piste to visit Luderitz in Namibia for a short stop over.Just before rejoining Firefly Peter with wife Jane spent a couple of weeks touring Namibia and the historic town of Luderitz was one of the few places they didn't visit.Paul, Gareth and Peter,. read more...


09/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 7. og 8.januar 2017 - World ARC 2017-2018

Der var mange forberedelser til denne dagen også! Kapteinen sto virkelig på for å bli ferdig til vi skulle ut på havet igjen. Storseilet måtte få nye spiler, da de gamle hadde brukket under atlanterhavsseilasen. Han forstod ikke omfanget før han sto midt oppi arbeidet med å skifte de som hadde fliset seg opp. Det viste seg da at alle måtte skiftes.I tillegg var det feil på fryseboksen vår. Kapteinen ventet en hel formiddag på han som skulle komme og fikse feilen. Tidene her er nokså like som de er i Spania. Han var ganske «trekt» da mannen endelig dukket opp. Han fikk dermed heller ikke være med på bildet av alle World ARC-deltakerne. Det var bare to av tingene som måtte fikses.SSB-radioen hadde vi heller ikke fått til å virke. Alle må ha denne radioen, fordi den har mye lengre. read more...


09/01/2017

Aurora Polaris - 3.januar 2017, Saint Lucia - World ARC 2017-2018

Kl.9.00 var vi på ARC-kontoret hos Cecilie Hammersland og registrerte ossfor world-ARC. Vi fikk nye t-skjorter, flagg og banner, og fra og med imorgen blir det tett program med rally briefing, fotografering, vær-briefingog downwind sailing seminar.Etter en kaffekopp på Cafe ole, var det tid for sikkerhetsinpeksjon i AuroraPolaris. Som forventet, hadde vi alt på G. Vi bare surfet igjennom!Etter lunsj kom Jorg, SSB-radiomannen. Han gav kapteinen kyndig undervisningi bruk av radioen. Vi fikk det ikke til under vår atlanterhavsseilas –uvisst av hvilken grunn.Så kom «søta bror». Han ville vise oss bluetooth-headsettet han og konabruker når de seiler. Dere som kjenner kapteinen, vet at han ikke ervanskelig å få på glid når det gjelder duppedingser…Resten av dagen har kapteinen for det meste. read more...


08/01/2017

Timshel - St Lucia to Santa Marta Day 1

Distance run noon to noon: 122.3NMIn fact this is distance made good by GPS not distance through the water as the log has stopped working (again!). Fine when we went into the marina, not now.After a hectic week getting the boat ready (made more so by the failure of an important piece of plumbing luckily the chandlery had one in stock) and the great socials meeting our fellow crews, it was good to get to the start line yesterday.The start is always exciting with everyone together, but after 24 hours we are rolling peacefully along in a world of our own, no-one else even in AIS range.Surprisingly in the last set of position reports we were not last, but we probably are now.There was a lovely moon for the first part of our first night at sea, a rain squall later had us reef the yankee right. read more...


08/01/2017

Misto - D2 - Flying the Parasilor

We raised the parasailor around 4 pm yesterday and after some discussion left it up through the night.It turned out to be a good decision as the winds never reached their forecasted highs in the 20's and were around 13-17k all night.Today the swells have increased and we are surfing down the waves.It's really a beautiful day for sailing and everyone is doing really well. The only issue with the parasailor is some chafe on the port sheet.This is due to the fact that we are running almost dead downwind and the line catches on the gate fittings that we have on the port side.We have tried a fix and we now have a blue pool noodle with bright orange duct tape covering the length of the lifelines where the issue is.We might also sew some chafe guard onto the line - but we are waiting to see how. read more...


08/01/2017

Misto - Day 1 - Depart St Lucia

Misto crossed the start line for the World ARC at 12h00 flying her gennaker. Anticipating at least 20k of wind in line with all the weather forecasts we had received, we also had one reef in the main.We rounded the mark at Castries and set a course for Santa Marta Columbia.Two hours later the winds have not filled in and we are wing on wing doing around 5 knots in 10 k of wind - rather a disappointment! We are currently deciding whether to set the parasailor.. read more...


05/01/2017

Misto - Our Crew Have Arrived!

Our crew for the journey from St Lucia to the Galapagos is now complete as Chuck and Sharon arrived on board on January 4 in time for the Marina Manager's party at Rodney Bay marina.  Excitement is mounting as we work to complete our last minute jobs and provision before checking out of St Lucia. Shopping in the Caribbean is always an interesting experience with many fruits and vegetables never seen in US stores. However, the challenge is that many items are often not readily or consistently available and a good maxim is "If you see it, buy it", as when you next shop it may not still be there! DSCN4498. read more...


Misto - Our Crew Have Arrived!
Misto - Our Crew Have Arrived!
22/12/2016

Misto - Rodney Bay

Misto is spending Christmas in Rodney Bay while we freeze in Denver CO with our daughter! After a few days enjoying Marigot Bay and sailing down to view the Pitons from offshore we arrived in Rodney Bay around the same time as the last ARC boat was coming in.Ros and Howard S/V Misto. read more...


18/12/2016

White Satin - Reflections on an Atlantic crossing

Rodney Bay 0 miles to go!!As some of you know I did my first Atlantic crossing on a yacht called Northern Child, I was one of 10 paying crew and I was pretty new to sailing.It was a fantastic adventure and, to be honest, a one off as far as I was concerned. I remember returning home to find that Caroline, one of my colleagues at Dega my old company, had plastered our work kitchen walls with all the daily blogs. I was really touched and came away with a tear in my eye.I never dreamt that, 10 years on, I would be doing this voyage in our own boat, it is a very different experience but one we will all savour for a long time. Although as Vicki said I did promise to bring her back here, so maybe the plan was actually hatched then.It all worked because every one of the crew worked so hard to. read more...


16/12/2016

Starblazer - ABS at Rodney Bay

Hope that you all understand ABS.We are on our second 24hour stint on the ARC 2016 Finish Line.The line officially closed at 12am local time today but is staying manned until tomorrow morning.Three boats due to arrive at approximately 2300, 0400 and 0800, then we get into the marina.Tomorrow evening is the big end of rally party that we also get to attend as Finish Line instead of having to cross the Atlantic!It's been a wonderfully quiet day so far with no arrivals.It will be interesting to see which WCC blog this gets posted to.Sarah (WCC) it's probably up to you. [Editor's Note: You're ARC 2016 for this week ;) Thanks for your hard work]This morning the bow thruster switch to push to starboard stuck on, so that gave me a job to do. Yesterday it was fix the broadcast radio (pulled fuse. read more...


Starblazer - ABS at Rodney Bay
Starblazer - ABS at Rodney Bay
16/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - Recovering

Have been here for 5 days now and beginning to feel normal. Our boat has been beautifully cleaned by a team from Vision yacht service and is very shiny. Inside cleaning is a little slower but I am getting there and Tulla is starting to look more like her old self. Andrew has flown back home and Hugo is returning next week for his family Christmas. Kate and Colin travelled home yesterday.It was lovely to see them and really appreciated the welcome. We have been meeting up with friends from the Canaries and had more parties and drinks. All together a great experience and achievement for everyone.All that is left is the Tulla prize giving:Bake OffBread:HugoCakes: ValPudding:DugaldSweepstake for arrival time: Andrew5 Crowns card game champion: HugoMost likely to say 'let's put a reef in'. read more...


16/12/2016

Gwendoline - 26th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds16. December. 08.00 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.14.4421N 58.29.621WThe moment we can say that we've conquered the Atlantic ocean is closing in fast. Well - maybe not conquered - because you never conquer the Atlantic Ocean, but then at least having crossed it - which by it self is a personal victory for everybody on board S/Y Gwendoline M.The past 24 hours, the weather has been changing a lot. From the steady 20-25 knots of wind, we suddenly lost it all, as the wind was reduced to merely 10-12 knots over a period of 10-14 hours, which resulted in a dramatic speed reduction from 7 knots to 4 knots. Late in the evening, the wind finally picked up again to 20 knots. We do hope that this wind speed will keep up. read more...


15/12/2016

Hot Stuff - YB Connect Message from Girls For Sail

Day 22Having battled offthe squalls for 16 hours, we enjoyed a calmer day of sailing. Hot Stuff surfed the waves through 25 knots of wind and the sun was out. We were all happy to have survived the relentless squalls of the day before and enjoyed a merry day on deck.Not long after nightfall, scirocco encountered the first squall of the night, as they circled all around us again. We took the mainsail down and rode out the weather with the jib alone. Skipper Sophie spent another night sleeping on the sail in the galley, ready to jump up to help as the squalls hit. Unfortunately Sophie took a few hits of her own as the crew stepped on her occasionally, sorry skipper!During the night we had to furl away the jib completely and in one of these episodes Paula took a bump to the ribs, she's been. read more...


15/12/2016

Gwendoline - 25th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds15. December. 10.10 UTC.Ombord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.20.7585N 56.20.444WWe are fast approaching our final destination Rodney Bay - St. Lucia. We have merely 267 nautical miles before we make landfall. We are sailing quite fast, and on a direct course towards St. Lucia. It has turned out that our "butterfly" rig is extremely effective in down wind sailing.During the night shift, we overtook Mangon - a multi hull which was 210 nautical miles in front of us dec. 12th at 12 o'clock. Orla and I had a blast watching him on the chart plotter as we in the wee hours of the night came in front of him. We are no more the runt of the litter, as we are in front of:232,Katika,225,Mangon,41,Miss Phoceanie,219,Mr. read more...


15/12/2016

Gwendoline - 24th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds14. December. 07.30 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.20.241N 53.24.644WThe time is now 07.30 UTC - 04.30 Gwendoline local time and 08.30 Danish time - on this glorious Wednesday Dec. 14th - and we have 440 nautical miles left to go.The wind has, to our great satisfaction, become more manageable - as we now have a steady wind of 20-24 knots. This has also resulted in a much more calm sea - which again improves our sleeping conditions immensely.The night watch has also been much easier, as Orla and I only had to make changes to the sail configuration a couple of times on the watch. At 04.00 Gwendoline local time, Maiken and Bente took over, and I expect that they will have a uneventful watch.It is obvious that we. read more...