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05/12/2015

Aliena - Sabado 5-12-2015

Dia 4º de travesía.Noche movida por culpa del mar. Seguimos sin ver un alma. Cae el viento y nos desmoraliza bastante ¿cuantos días mas vamos a tardar en llegar?. De momento hacemos un SOG de poco mas de 6 nudos, a veces menos y la corriente a favor ha desaparecido. Desde ayer hemos hecho 173 nm, aun quedan 1515 nm. Vemos por los correos de la ARC que han llegado a Santa Lucia pocos barcos. Creo que lo del poco viento es generalizado.Estamos bien los tres.Carmen. read more...


05/12/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX, knobbelig zeetje..

Sinterklaas met vers gebakken kruidnootjes! Heerlijk, ook waren er chocolade munten. Gisteren, vannacht en vandaag een erg onrustige zee. Golven af en toe dwars op t schip en ca 3 tot 5 m hoog. Er heerst dan ook weer zeeziekte aan boord. De Belgische reisziekte pillen staan weer paraat! Tot vanmiddag dubbel gereefd gevaren. Nu met 1 reefje in het grootzeil. Hopelijk is de wind morgen iets minder en de oceaan iets rustiger dan kunnen we onze Parasailor weer hijsen!Nu varen we met wind achter en moeten we afkruisen. We zien nog steeds elke dag boten op ons scherm. Vandaag ook weer de Wet Dream gezien en gesproken. En dat na 1 week, bijzonder. Helaas horen we van de ARC office soms minder goede berichten. Een schip dat wegens schade aan de giek naar de Kaap Verden moest uitwijken is daar na. read more...


05/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 5 at 4:44 pm

Albatros Update: 15° 47.60 N, 55° 45.87 W2015-12-05 16:44:07 +0000Day 14 on the Albatros. About 315nm to Saint Lucia.Sleep. It's 6am board time, my watch has ended at 5. I lie awake in my bed, my face 20cm below the deck. My quarters are at the fore, only the sail chamber is a security lock in front of me, and then the anchor box, containing 100m of chain. Of course nobody has checked the length, and people exist that do make a living buying 300m of anchor chain and selling 400.My bed moves several meters in every conceivable direction. Up, down, forward, back, left, right. The fore of the vessel is the part that moves most, with every wave that rolls from behind, the boat is lifted up, and it's nose points down, in inside that tip of the boat I lay awake, listening to the water gurgle,. read more...


05/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 14

Dag 13-14Gisteren een heerlijke dag zeilen. Alle dagen beginnen nu een beetje meer op elkaar te gelijken. Zon, warm, windkracht 5 - 6met af en toe een vlaag 7 dus het blijft wel waaien! Komende 48 uren houden we nog dezelfde koers aan. Maandag zou de wind nog meer naar het oosten ruimen en doen we een laatste gijp en zetten we het kompas op+/-230° en zakken zo van 17 naar 14 graden noorderbreedte. Gisteren nog een dorade van zeker een meter aan de lijn gehad en met veel moeite tot bij de boot ingehaald. Maar bij het "aangaffen" is hij van de haak gegaan. Spijtig, want de pollo balletjes in rundssaus waren niet zo'n succes. Bij het vallen van de avond hebben we bezoek gekregen van dolfijnen. Ze hebben een tijdje voor de boeg gespeeld en zijn dan weer verdwenen.Voor de rest zien we. read more...


05/12/2015

Grand Bleu - vrijdag 4 en zaterdag 5 december

Na vele dagen gennakerend voor de wind vrijdag de genua uitgeboomd en “pal voor het lapje” koers gezet op de noordpunt va St Lucia.De immer waaiende passaat wind ( 4-5) geeft genoeg druk op de zeilen om het klappen te voorkomen.Met nog 385 mijlen voor de boeg lijkt een aankomst op maandag zeer waarschijnlijk, onze Duitse buren liggen nog 27 mijl voor ons maar op dit moment is onze vmg van 9 beter dan die van hen ( 7,7). Wij ruiken een kans.Met het naderen van de aankomst maakt een zekere melancholie zich van ons meester… . read more...


05/12/2015

Why Not - Saturday

Saturday   Well an interesting couple of days we have had  , Firstly breaking ourdaily mileage from 161 to 173 which we were very pleased with.   Then onto our flying fish record of 8 in one night joining us, and oursudden desire to dance like a scots man when one landed in our crew members lapat 3am.   A quiz day on sailing was organised yesterday and guess what our 2 crewnamed dumb and dumber (Paul and Keith) won  !!!   Tonight we are eating our catch of the day a 15 ib Dorado which we aregoing to curry , thanks to our skipper  ( Richard )   Weather and winds are fantastic and today we have the bimany down andplenty of sun tanning today .   ETA from us Friday lunch time , just in time for a beer !!!   Paul and. read more...


05/12/2015

Aqualuna - 15:28.807N 52:43.986W

DAY 13 ARC SATURDAY 5/12/15I wrote a blog last night and for some reason it was rejected by mailasail.This one will be even more up to date. We have had acres of golden seaweed floating and no way of avoiding running through it or in to it.The night before last we cleared our prop and rudder of it by going into reverse engine this worked well.We no longer had the feeling of drag or the sound of drums on the bottom of the hull aft.During the night last night we again ended up with tons of weed which slowed us down and made a shuddering effect and vibration on the prop.Int day light Jonathan came up furled the genoa and went to put the yacht into reverse unfortunately at the time we were in a huge big rolling sea and we broached to port, the spinnaker sheet was washed off the deck and slid. read more...


05/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 13 - Sammy the Snake is back

Following a number of cracking days racking up the nautical miles, we can report that Sammy returned, albeit rather briefly, during skippers watch between 2 and 5 am last night. Brian endured what he termed as the mother of all squalls, with a wind shift of 65 degrees, torrential rain. Sails backing, winds up to 38kn and then down to 1kn, and up again. Our course suffered quite a bit during this onslaught, hence another reference to Sammy.Prior to all this we had a bit of a celebration the evening before (Thursday) when we passed the half way point (measured by longitude). Bubbly and nibbles at around 9pm.Just before half way, Tim and I had a bit of a sentimental moment when thoughts of home and loved ones loomed large, so apart from our usual inane ramblings, we hit upon ' The homesick,. read more...


05/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 05-12-2015: nog ff

Alweer de laatste mijlen, nog 63 en we hebben de Atlantic weer achterons.  Gisteren de gennaker gerepareerd (daar was een scheurtje in gekomen)en er op gezet nadat we eindelijk weer een soort van constante wind hadden nadie eindeloze serie squalls. Ziet er weer goed uit.   Afgelopen nacht was er weer één uit het boekje, vlak voor donker toch maarde grote gennaker eraf gehaald en onder uitgeboomde genua verder, er was windgenoeg om constant 10 knopen te lopen dus ook geen geslinger. We zijn erallemaal beter van geworden, zeker Bert die het zo af en toe wel zwaar heeftgehad en die we een paar dagen hebben gemist....   We zijn  nu aan het vissen, de mannen hebben zin in sashimi, hetvissen gaat niet zo goed. Bert had een fors aantal sleepaasjes meegenomen maardie zijn. read more...


05/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 13

Sunrise 04.12.2015Tag 1315-22 kn Wind. Im Schnitt 7 kn Fahrt. Lange hohe Wellen, bis zu 5 m. Zu Beginn wolkenbedeckt. Ab Mittag reißt der Himmel auf, die Sonne brennt und wir segeln mit gutem speed unter Schmetterlingssegel unseren Kurs. 245°.Eine gute Gelegenheit einen Teil des Bordalltags zu beschreiben.Hygiene:3 Zahnputzbecher Wasser pro Mann und Tag für Körperwäsche und Zähneputzen. Gut wenn man wenig davon hat. Der Rest wird für Kopf, Ober- und Unterkörper benutzt. Also Waschlappen eintunken und kräftig abrubbeln. Tip. Oben beginnnen.Wem es so nicht genügt geht mit einem Eimer Seewasser ins Cockpit und duscht sich mit seewasserverträglichem neutralen Shampoo. Bleibt aber immer eine leicht prickelnde Salzschicht auf der Haut.Letztlich ist Hygiene aber keine Frage der Sauberkeit,. read more...


05/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Blog DEC 5TH

May BlogSaturday 5th December 2015 We woke up this morning to no water.  The water maker was badly fitted in Gibraltar and with the roly-poly sea we cannot make water.  Tina is so disappointed because she spent months researching and specifying the right water maker so that the crew on Magic could enjoy showers everyday.  The reality is that they have had to ration water and now it has run out.  We have enough drinking water but they will have to do the dishes,  cook and wash themselves with a combination of salt water and wipes.  I don’t mind because I hate to be washed anyway.  I am very sensitive to mood and this morning the feeders were tired and irritated.  Tina said you could cut the atmosphere with a knife.  This is a tough enough. read more...


05/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 13 (Friday): A Day on Hanse Sailor

How the everyday life on Hanse Sailor looks like...   Since we hit quite steady trade winds from east-north-east to east with15-20 knots (27-36 km/h) a couple days ago, the sail trimming came to a minimum.We are mostly flying either the main sail or the Gennaker alone, having the windalmost straight from stern (the back aka known as the infamous downwindsailing). So apart from the rare change of sail, how does our day (including thenight, since we are here 24/7) on Hanse Sailor look like?   During the night, starting at 2000 and ending at 0800, our watch systemstarts. We are organised in teams of two and a watch lasts for three hours,meaning two teams have one watch per night and one team has two. This shouldprovide each of us with at least six hours of sleep (although since. read more...


04/12/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture 4/12/15

December 4th Fish count remains on “2” We are making good progress, continue sailing throughout the day and night, (no noisey engine), flying the Gollywobbler during the day and goosewinging during the night. The trade winds are blowing at a steady 20 knots. We have just 581 nautical miles to our destination. We can almost taste the rum punch on our lips, and hear the party atmosphere. We are hoping to arrive in St Lucia by Monday 7th lunch time or earlier. Crew spirits are high as we sail nearer St Lucia, hotels and flights home are being booked. Our fresh food has lasted very well, we have not started on the tinned food. The sandwich toaster works well for lunch and everyone likes the various combinations of ingredients. A small number of baby flying fish have. read more...


05/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 13 - 04/12

Position 15°05N 45°16WDurante la notte, Max nota la spia del pompa automatica di sentina accendersi, pochi secondi che però hanno un grande significato: c'è acqua in sentina.La mattina, nel tradizionale giro di controllo, Max trova un poco d'acqua nel gavoncino sotto il sedile del carteggio.Una posizione alquanto strana, perchè è un gavoncino più alto della sentina, e sopratutto l'acqua non arriva dal basso, ma dall'alto.Era presente nel controstampo un vecchio forellino di una vite, dal quel forellino zampilla, durante i rollii, un poco d'acqua.L'acqua sembra salmastra, tuttavia è dolciastra e profumata e Max sostiene sapere di birra.Controlliamo bene tutta la sentina.Sappiamo di avere un dito di acqua dove custodiamo le lattine e i bottiglioni di acqua, prima di partire scoppiò un tubo. read more...


05/12/2015

Taistealai - Weedundant

Sat 5 DecemberWeeds are any plant growing in the wrong place, and 16 00N 051 43W is certainly the wrong place for us. After two days of weed dodging, hooking, clearing and setting out the watt&sea, we have had to admit defeat and hoist it out of the water. Our hydrogenerator is now weedundant! This morning we are surrounded by thick trails of sargasso weed; spindly tentacles interlockedlike a child's construction toy. We are sailing through a weed-slick. Faced with this onslaught, we have had to pull out the hydrogenerator from the water to prevent it becoming clogged with weed. Moaning Myrtle has done a superb job and we are all sad to loose her valuable services. With just four days to go before we reach St.Lucia, we can manage our power requirements via wind, solar and alas our. read more...


05/12/2015

Friskus VI - Buns

Det ikke alltid like lett å holde barna i aktivitet, men idag hadde deønsket seg å bake boller. I 8 knops fart og delvis på skrå klarte vi å putteoppi de rette ingrediensene, og etterhvert også å trille ut både rosinboller ogkanelboller. Vårt engelske mannskap syntes de norske bollene smakte fantastisk.Ellers går det mye i skjermspilleing for barna, både hjernedøde oghjernetrimmende spill, + engelsk.  Noe vi har hatt veldig mye bruk for på denne overfarten er antiskli. Helestuebordet har en tykk duk med blå antiskli på, det samme har kartbordet ogkjøkkenbenken.Dette har spart oss for mye opprydning og søl fra ting som ikkehar veltet ned på gulvet i bølgene. Igår tok antisklien oss imidlertid til nyehøyder da Øyvind og jeg prøvde oss på Scrabble, men måtte begynne på nytt etterå ha. read more...


05/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Saturday December 5

Saturday 5th DecemberRace Day 13It was another hot and humid day out in the Atlantic, that started with freshly baked bread and an amazing fruit salad….but our supply of fresh fruit and veg is now nearly depleted.  Spirits however are still high and there has been a change in mood as everyone is getting excited about the fast approaching finish line and the chance to party with more than a few rum and cokes!In our daily lunch time progress update from Ricky, we heard the bad news that it was unlikely that we would be able to catch up to Challenger 1.  We are however still in the race and are trying to ensure that we maintain our steady progress in order to increase our ranking.Dave was then again back in teacher mode and gave some of the crew a beginner’s guide to celestial. read more...


04/12/2015

Taistealai - A Different Angle

Sailing on Tashi is at times like taking part in one ofthe more cerebral TV quiz shows. We are constantly talking angles, numbers andcalculations. Not that your beloved crew of Tashy are especially quick orclever, indeed sometimes fingers and thumbs are brought into the reckoning. Sowhy all the mathematics? We shall explain. Angles come into play frequently. Sheeting angles on thelines controlling our sails; get the angle right and the sail will work moreefficiently allowing us to sail at our best gybe angle. As we are sailing downwind, boat speed is affected by our angle to the wind. Dead down wind, with thebreeze directly behind us is the slowest point of sail, but may  offer the shortest  distance. We can improve our boat speedby sailing at a closer angle to the wind.. read more...


05/12/2015

Hera - Seegras

Wie schon im letzten Jahr ist der Atlantik von ausgedehnten Seegraswiesenbedeckt, die von der afrikanischen Küste nach Westen treiben. Für die Ostküsten der karibischen Inseln ist das eine Katastrophe. Undnatürlich ist auch die “Hera” davon betroffen. Grüne Knäuel bleiben an Propellerund Ruderblättern hängen und bremsen die Fahrt deutlich. So bleibt nichtsanderes übrig, als von Zeit zu Zeit energische Maschinenmanöver mit hohenDrehzahlen und Umsteuern der Maschine sowie Extremruderlagen zu fahren. Die Aufhängung des Spibaums am Mast hat sich wieder verabschiedet. Wirwerden heute mal nach einer neuen Lösung suchen. Glücklicherweise drehte derWind in der Nacht so, dass wir ohne Ausbaumen mit beiden Segeln auf Backbordburgsegeln konnten. Ansonsten geht es Crew und Boot gut.   Stefan. read more...


05/12/2015

Aqualuna - 15:49.667N 51:15.094W

DAY 13 ARCSATURDAY 5/12/15Weed everywhere, acres of it, gold in colour.Had to put the engine on for the first time to clear the prop and rudder by going into reverse, as it was making the yacht vibrate and slowing us. Now on night watch and we have more around the prop and rudder, not much we can do about it as soon as we get rid of one lot more comes.On top of this the wind is being fickle with wind shifts happening all the time, we just need to gain a bit more time on a particular yacht so don’t really need this to slow us.Sue saw a meteorite whilst on watch this evening, her first watch on her own! A flame of star with a tail shooting through the sky.We had another pod of Dolphins around the yacht this afternoon they looked as though they were hunting flying fish as those were. read more...


18/11/2015

First Step - First Leg done with Vincent, our French journalist

Well this is now our first Log and hopefully wont be the last one. The first leg for us was actually close to an rollercoaster ride. Well let me first start off how everything began; me (Micha) and my Dad (Martin) started on the 5th of July in the top of Germany for an 14 month trip. Leaving family, wife, fiancé, work and everything behind us to get out and experience something new, finding to ourselves, or everything else you would do on a sailing boat. Our catamaran, the FIRST STEP is an Lagoon 400 S2 and is just the perfect boat for us two and our trip. So we made our trip down the coast passing the Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, England, France, Spain again and Portugal, then over to madeira and then down to the canaries. We have everything documented on our blog sy-first-step.de, you. read more...


04/12/2015

Calypso - Later that week...

Yesterday and Today, whichever days those are!You get days, where not much really happens, but at the end of it you find you've been busy the whole time. Well we've had a couple of those; after all the fish, the leak (drip, not vegetable), polishing and this and that. And then this morning, peace, a nice steady breeze, not too much of a sea, everyone either asleep, or sitting quietly contemplating the morning.So there we all were, each of us quietly enjoying the morning in our own way; sleeping, checking the weather forecast, or gazing idly up into the rigging. And that is exactly what Dave was doing this morning, gazing idly up at the sails, then not so idly peering at the leech of the genoa (the leech is what we call the back edge for some reason, and genoa is our name for the big one. read more...


Calypso - Later that week...
Calypso - Later that week...
04/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 12

Day 12Another glorious sunrise for my 4 to 7am watch, usually a bit tired at thispoint but had some good tunes on the ipod and sailed on through, watchingthe stars, the moon and then the sunrise!All crew predictions for our ETA have been cast [secretly] and then revealedwith most estimating with carefully considered scientific reasoning, aThursday arrival in ST Lucia but myself [4.10pm] and Dan [4.00pm] beingoptimistic with a Wednesday 9th arrival.To win I need Skyelark to keepwith these brisk winds and not mess about with any calm weather!.So whenwe caught a further 2 large dorado this afternoon and the boat needed to beslowed down to bring these beautiful fish in, Im egging them on to get thefish gutted and back to the business of sailing!Oh but what beauties andskillfully gutted. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 12
Skyelark of London - Day 12
04/12/2015

Four Seasons - Rolling, rolling, rolling...!

Rawhide! The problem with going dead downwind with a wing and wing set upis the constant rolling. Once she starts to oscillate the rolls become quitesevere. The boom end gets close to the water as does the spinnaker pole end.Just moving about the boat becomes difficult and cooking very difficult. Allmeals are very basic now; Tinned chicken and a curry sauce for example. Easy toprepare and served in bowls !Weather fairly constant for the past 24 hours. Wind ENE around 20 kts withan 8 foot swell. Some heavy showers but no real squalls- Yet ! The water from 1of our tanks tastes a bit funny, slightly brackish. It’s ok for washing andcooking but the crew don’t like drinking it much. In an enormous show ofselflessness Chris the skipper has said he will substitute drinking water forbeer. What a. read more...


04/12/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 04/12/2015 180 Milles !!! 7.5 noeuds de moyenne

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, les journées passent et se ressemblent... Soleil, douchesur le pont, sieste, repas, quart. Les repas commencent à être moins fraismais on devrait avoir de quoi tenir jusqu'à l'arrivée.Objectif : Etre à Sainte Lucie le vendredi 11 (Nous devons garder unemoyenne de plus de 6 noeuds)Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


04/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 4 at 7:10 pm

During the night the wind has picked up further - 13kn speed with 30kn of wind was one particular moment I remember from our shift this morning. That was fun! But also hard work. My team shifts responsibility at the helm every twenty minutes, always in the same order- first Guido, then me, then Stephan. This leaves no room for discussions, which makes things easier. Recommendation: whatever can be decided and structured before or when you sail, do it. There is enough room for discussions elsewhere, and who has to spend how long at the helm shouldn't be one of them.Early in the morning we overtook another sailing vessel, which we had seen for many hours in the night. Good feeling!On the drama bit side, our spinnaker boom has started to break to pieces. Since it is made of carbon, that is. read more...


04/12/2015

Aliena - Viernes, 4-12-2015

Seguimos navegando tranquilos a pesar del mar bravo que tenemos. Hoy hemos atangonado el yankee y vamos con tres velas. Solo hemos visto por pantalla un pesquero japones. Nos avisan que el velero Magritte, que salió de reparaciones de Mindelo detrás de nosotros ha tenido una via de agua, un mercante ha rescatado a la tripulacion y han abandonado el barco. Nos ha dejado bastante desmoralizados. Hemos recorrido 176 nm y nos faltan 1680 nm en este momento. La bañera del barco se ha convertido en un salon de lectura con mecedora (el mar bamboleando el barco) incorporada.Carmen.. read more...


04/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 12 - 03/12

Position 15°33N 42°29WLe giornate proseguono con la solita routine.A bordo l'allegria regna nonostante il rollio della barca.Negli ultimi due giorni tutto è stato caratterizzato dal rollio e dall'impossibilità di lasciare oggetti liberi dal muoversi in giro.I nostri pranzi e le nostre cene sono delle comiche.Bisognerebbe avere 4 mani per tenere tutto.E' normale che Roby abbia rovesciato addosso una birra a pasto, ormai è una tradizione che cerchiamo di rispettare giorno dopo giorno, anche se Roby ormai tiene sempre il bicchiere vuoto per evitare ribaltamenti.E' un paio di giorni che abbiamo l'idrogeneratore Watt&Sea a bordo, andiamo forte e non riusciamo a rimetterlo in acqua, il meccanismo di posizionamento è davvero un piccolo neo di questo bell'oggetto. Domani sicuramente andremo. read more...


04/12/2015

Talanta - Log Day 12: A Squall sent by the devil himself and second rudder broken!

Afterswitching rudders last Sunday we have been pushing the boat really hard. Duringall the trouble of repairs and standing still we had lost all the advantage tomany of our competitors, especially Desna who now had come up on 3rd place inthe ranking. As of last Sunday they were 26 miles ahead of us. To avoid makinganother gybe (meaning once again remove the rudder in the middle of theAtlantic!), we had followed the northerly route far longer than optimal.Therefor we had to sail through a large high pressure with very low winds. Notgood for gaining on the competitors! Butas we got into stronger winds we really started the chase. At each report we hadgained one to two hours on the corrected time. We overtook Desna and as of lastnight we were about 50 miles ahead of them. Also having. read more...


04/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 13 Atlantic selfie

Een mooie dag op zee vandaag. 20 kn wind, bakstag. laluna loopt 6,5 - 7 kn zonder veel moeite.....Net lekker biertje gehad met de crew, Zo gaat het lekker verder en nog 1075 zeemijl te gaan (wat wel nog zoiets is als van Blankenberge naar Lissabon zeilen) tot morgen, Lode .. read more...


LaLuna - LaLuna dag 13 Atlantic selfie
LaLuna - LaLuna dag 13 Atlantic selfie
04/12/2015

Meltemi - 13.Tag - was war das denn (Teil 2)

Etmal!Nachdem die Crew erfahren durfte, dass auch die "Aussenwelt" an unserer nächtlichen Irrfahrt samt Niederschlag in den Zwischenergebnissen Anteil genommen hat, war Wiedergutmachung gefragt. Also mal schnell die Situation analysiert und gefragt, was machen die anderen besser. Die Antwort war dann doch er ernüchternd einfach - sie segeln einfach schneller.Jetzt war alles so einfach -Rassmus bescherte uns den nötigen Wind, Rüdiger die perfekt auf die Leichtmatrosen abgestimmte Segelgaderobe und die Crew steuerte die Meltemi Stund um Stund mit Hingabe.Heute um 12.00 Uhr der bange Blick auf den Zähler - hat es sich gelohnt, konnten wir die Schmach ausmerzen - ja wir konnten! Gigantische 196 Meilen hat Rüdiger notiert - da konnte doch der ein oder andere Stolz nicht verborgen werden.. read more...


04/12/2015

Emily Morgan - ARC log day 12 - stowaway!

Eddy the Egret has landed (or is it Edwina?) and has been our longest standing mid Atlantic visitor ever, still with us after landing on at 5pm last night. Not sure where he was headed, blown in by the gales we've been having for the last 24 hours, but he's come at least 1000 miles!. read more...


Emily Morgan - ARC log day 12 - stowaway!
Emily Morgan - ARC log day 12 - stowaway!
04/12/2015

Newfoundland - Grüße an die Heimat

Mannschaft und Boot wohlauf. Anstrengende erste Tage mit stetem 7-8er Wind, gut gemeistert. Jetzt im Passat, stellt sich Bordroutine ein. Die ersten Fische sind gefangen und verzehrt. Hoher Seegang führt zu anstrengenden Nächten mit wenig Schlaf. Der nächtliche Sternenhimmel ist allerdings unbeschreiblich schön. Tagsüber verwöhnt uns die Sonne bei warmen Temperaturen. Das Kochen fällt bei 2-3M hohen Wellen zwar schwer, aber kulinarisch lassen wir uns nicht unterkriegen. Kommen im Passat gut voran und halten Kurs direkt auf Barbados, das wir voraussichtlich in 10 Tagen, für einen Zwischenstopp, erreichen werden. Liebe Grüße an unsere Frauen, Familien und Freunde. Bis bald - die Newfoundlandcrew - Günter-Werner-Günther. read more...


04/12/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog - day 13

'From Skipper and Mate - Nikki and Alice'   We have spoken regularly in our ARC blog of daily duties, menu choices andevents on board. We feel we have skimmed over the single most important part ofthis vessel and the people on it and that is the overwhelming sense of team workthat is present.   In case it has not been made clear just how much of a challenge this is -let us give you a few daily scenarios: 3.00am, watch change... With head torch firmly in place, very sticky and salty female crewmateclambers out of steam room (cabin) having barely slept. Said female attempts toput salopettes on with one hand - the other stabilizing her. She fails and fallsover as a wave smacks the side of the boat. At that moment head torch slides offhead.  She will then spend all night. read more...


04/12/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster Blog Day 12 ARC 2015 ITS A MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR.

We sailed away for 2 weeks on Sunday, to the land where the Bong tree grows,And there in a wood a piggy wig stood, with a ring in the end of his nose,His nose, a ring in the end of his nose.The moon has waned. And has been rising 40 minutes later every day, as wehave sailed west. As a result of only 12 hours daylight we have started torace in pitch black conditions about 9 hours every night.So What ?Everything is 3 times more difficult for an amateur crew at night. Helmingis extra difficult. Imagine balancing blindfold on a super large rollingball without a safety net.Get it wrong and the repercussions can be severe. But we are racing. HelterSkelter. Full on. Our rival for second place overall, Durlindana 3, hasraced a great race. Pushed really hard. Our challenge is to beat them.Few of. read more...


04/12/2015

Why Not - Why Not (Richard Anthony)

Afternoon Folks!   We’re glad to report that we’ve grafted very hard over the last 2 days, andhave just managed our personal best of 171 miles in 24 hours – an average of 7.1knots. Not bad considering we’ve only been on the white sails for the last 3days. Previous days were 161 and 163 miles, so we’re really going for it.  The crew also enjoyed a delightfully chilled bottle of Moet a couple daysago, to celebrate crossing the half way line. The next sip of champers will beupon our arrival in St Lucia, which is our main motivation for getting there asquick as possible!   In the night we had 3 flying fish attacks which resulted in Keith dancingaround like a fairy to get them back in the sea. This morning we also managedour 2nd largest catch yet – 19 lb. mahi mahi which is. read more...


04/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 12

Sunrise 03.12.2015Tag 12Heute Ruhetag. Wache gehen. Kleinstreparaturen. Nur die lange hohe Dünung macht das Stehen, Bewegen oder gar Kochen zu einem stetigen kraftraubenden Balanceakt. Unsere sonst makellosen Körper sind überzogen mit blauen Flecken. Am Nachmittag schiften wir Groß- und Spinnackerbaum auf die jeweils andere Seite und ändern den Kurs. Das Schiff läuft sofort deutlich ruhiger. Gegen Mittag kommt der Wind zurück. Wir streben nun in Rauschefahrt unserem Ziel entgegen. St. Lucia.Berthold, unser Witzigmann, Henssler, Klöppel, Lafer, Lichter Double bringt es selbst unter krassesten Seebedingungen jeden Tag fertig etwas Besonderes zu kreieren. Ohne Rezeptbuch. Gestern unser vorvorletztes Fleischgericht: 400 g Steaks gebraten, gebacken, mit einem phänomenalen Ratatouille.Aber. read more...


03/12/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 3rd Dec

December 3rd Fish count remains on “2” Sailing at last, we have shut down that noisey engine, good steady winds, the Gollywobbler sail is up, making good progress, approx 750 nautical miles to our destination of St Lucia, sailing at around 10 knots, Mark is now converted as to how useful the Gollywobbler sail is spread between 2 masts. Weather remains hot and sunny during the day, warm and very dark during the night. The moon has deserted us until the very late hours of the morning and then it is only a half moon. George has passed his test at baking, making a very delicious mango sponge, today he is trying his hand at a chicken stir fry, he is kindly giving Roy and Suzie a well earned rest from the hot stove. Everyone one on board is in high spirits as we count. read more...


04/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja blog 04-12-2015:

We hebben gistermiddag een top dag gedraaid! Goeie snelheid en recht op onsdoel af. Daarna eigenlijk alleen lafjes gegeten en geborreld. Iets wat niet zo’nlekkere combi is als je de eerste wacht hebt! Maar Haico en ik hebben ons ergoed doorheen geslagen in het pikdonker. Daarna heel de nacht de ene naar deandere squall gehad. Rob en Nanno hadden het er tijdens hun wacht nog over wateen fijne overtocht het tot nog toe geweest was, rustig weer etc. Nou, daarnalijnde zich inderdaad een hele serie squalls op... Eerst dikke wind, gevolgddoor nog dikkere regen en daarna een tijdje heel weinig wind met behoud vandikke golven. Het is nu ochtend en de laatste squalls lijken over te zijn! We hebben lang gewacht op het moment kwam dat de omstandigheden een beetjestabiel zijn geworden,  kwamen. read more...


04/12/2015

Isabel - Day 12

Friday 12 Noon 4/12/210515 55 85 N50 31 53 W-RECORD daily run circa 195 miles- distance toSt Lucia 613 milesSailing - Today is the same as yesterday and sunny. Goose winged genoa, 2-3mswells, rolling boat doing 8 to 10 knots under pilot."Inbetweeners Two" movie watched in main saloon cinema after dinner lastnight.Crew - Not a good night's sleep for anyone due to following sea lurchingboat around, non stop :- Phil - The rear luxurious master cabin was more Alton Towers than OysterYacht last night - went back to bed and slept better on the floor - wants ahammock on new 745?James - High bed position exaggerates boat motion, struggles to keep dry bedallegedly due to window being left open (err his own fault?)Nick - did not sleep well, but smiles about it- Paul - very, very, verygrumpy face. read more...


Isabel - Day 12
Isabel - Day 12
04/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.11

Hello everyone who join us. We do not have a lot to izvijestit.Stabilan vitar of 25-30 knots allowed us to make 220Nm in one day, so we're happy for toga.Isto so has also brought huge waves and the stress on the boat, so I do not sleep much najbolje.Umor feeling and looking forward to the fact that we reach the goal only has 700NM.Očekuje that these vitar will hold another 2 days so we are wholesale in the scope of our Yanmar. Greetings from the crew 4JOY. read more...


04/12/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 11 und 12

Ich schreibe jetzt am 04.12. um 03:41:11 UTC, das ist, wenn ich richtig gerechnet habe00:43 Ortszeit, heißt Zeit der aktuellen Position. An Bord bei uns auf Langstreckentörns gehen alle Uhren an Bord nach UTC (Universal Time Coordinated), dass vereinfacht das Umrechnen nach Deutschland oder zum Zielpunkt, aber die Zeit dort interessiert in der Regel nur bei Ankunft. Da es ohnehin keinen echten Tag / Nacht Rhythmus mehr gibt, ist diese Regelung unproblematisch. Nur Mond und Sonnenaufgang verschieben sich auf so einer Fahrt schon dramatisch, aber dadurch bleibt das Gefühl, dass man doch eine ganze Strecke auf der Erdkugel zurücklegt. Die Berechnung der Ortszeit hat Nicole uns gestern noch einmal geschickt, als wir durch Interpolation versuchten, diese zu ermitteln. Nicole. read more...


04/12/2015

Meltemi - 12. Tag

Liebe Mitsegler und Blockleser,Heute hatten wir wieder einen super Segeltag mit passablen Wind, Wellen, Sonne und vor allem guter Laune.Wir befinden uns gerade auf der Position 19°31´,39 Nord und 045°16´,30 Ost, und sind flott unterwegs.Mark und ich wurden gerade von der Schicht abgelöst.Im Schnitt waren wir mit 7,5 KN unterwegs und haben anschließend ein erholsames Bad aus der Pütz genossen.Was gibt es jetzt Besonderes von der Meltemi zu berichten. Nachdem wir tagelang vergebens versucht haben mit Edda, unseren Köder für die Angel, einen Fisch zu fangen, mussten wir Edda in Rente schicken und haben auf Paulichen gewechselt. Das hat auch sofort funktioniert, aber leider hat die Leine nicht gehalten. Danke Paulichen, wir werden Dich vermissen.Aktuell ist Randolf am Haken und wir hoffen. read more...


04/12/2015

Toujours Belle - Logbuch Tag 12-13

Moin, nach dem Schock mit dem Wal und dem wirklich glimpfliche Ausgang hatuns der Atlantik wieder inne. Wir sind uns bewusst, dass wir auch in derRettungsinsel hätten sitzen können.Tag 3.12... Die Nacht gut durchgelaufen. Speed um 7-8 kn. Im Dunkeln denktjeder an den Wal und ob uns das nochmal passieren kann. Nachts keine Sichtauf dem Atlantik. Alles duster. Tagsüber guter Wind. Fahren mit Parasailor. Werner, Klaus und ich lassen es uns hier gut gehen. Essen vorzüglich undzum Bergfest ein Fläschchen Wein. Der Weg nach St. Lucia ist kürzer alszurück. Fahren bis spät den Parasailor bei gut 9,2 kn Speed. Abends Wechselauf nur Vorsegel. Sternenhimmel wieder fantastisch.Tag 4.12... Morgens hat die Welle wieder zugenommen. Gut 3m. Fahren nurmit Vorsegel. Das Geschaukel durch die Wellen nervt. read more...


04/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 12 (Thursday!): another mahi mahi

(Apparently I have mixed up the week days up until now...)   Yesterday (Thursday 4th of Dec, the 12th day of the ARC) we caught anotherMahi Mahi. This time we used a scale to get its measures and it was 5.1 kgheavy. We are grateful that it became the main ingredient in a fish curry stewwith rice. Yum!  Johan, on Hanse Sailor. read more...