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Shalan - Day 11 - FISH ON!!!
Shalan - Day 11 - FISH ON!!!
Nemo - USA's next president
Nemo - USA's next president
30/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 9, N 19.53.51 W 28.47.47, 29 November 2016

3 days without wind.... we had so much fun! Swimming, breakfast, maintenance, drinking, swimming, drinking, lunch, music, swimming, drinking, music, dance, sleep, sleep, sleep. We have configured an emergency water system so that fresh water is flowing again. The only downside of 3 days without wind: we have consumed nearly all our alcohol!!! We were expecting the wind to return around the early hours of Wednesday morning but the first signs of a weather change were here this morning, Tuesday, at 6 am, when we first felt a slight touch of wind on our face during the morning watch. In the course of the day the wind increased and since 16:30 we are sailing again! Based on the forecast we expect 10 days of excellent sailing bringing us all the way to St Lucia.We have also started a new. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Blog Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93 day 10: What an exciting all- inclusive day! During the morning the good looking crew worked on their tan, later we spotted some other boats and in the afternoon we had the wonderful chance to do some extended testing of our bad-weather-clothing in heavy rain. Wind speed up to 27 knots guaranteed really nice sailing. Right now there is some shouting contest going on while changing the kites (we have two!one for each mast) for the 100th time ;-)Also the bets between crew members on our estimated arrival time reach the next level- winner pays the welcome drinks! cheerio, the crew of the Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


30/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 1. December 2016

We are sailing, we are sailing,to St. Lucia happily.We are sailing - no more motorwith the tradewinds finally.Had great days here on the oceanbathing, fishing every daytook us longer than expectedbut enjoyed it we can say.See you soon all at the rhum barin Marina Rodney Bay.We are sailing highspeed westward.Have a splendid sailing day. Lyrics: Wethomi Music: R. StewartThere they are, finally: The trade winds! Nice north easterly winds with 12 to 15 kts. And we are moving! Maybe we will reach St. Lucia still this year. There were moments we doubted it.What else happened?Changed the onboard time. Caught no fish. Had fresh cake. Tried singing above song.700 Nm to St. Lucia. read more...


30/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 30 - 11th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 1,477 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,200 miles behind us. Today we sailed about 100 miles as the crow flies, around 130 in zig zag, tacking around.The night started with us motor-sailing on very light winds. At about 1:00 am, wind picked up to 8-11 knots. As the day progressed we put the first reef, then the second, and at 5:00 pm got into a squall with 35 knot winds. We rolled the jib and run with the main and two reefs for about 20 minutes. Billy and Chuck were of great help.Winds are down to 15-19 knots, but we are still in an area of storm cells. To settle for the night we have taken the main down and are sailing jib only at 5-6 knots.The weather router has us now going on a 140° course to avoid a front developing north of us. St. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 10 Sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 10 Sunset
30/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 10

Woke up to yet another beautiful morning and one of Richards special bowls of porridge. It was nice to see another ARC boat overnight with the Swedish boat Njord passing within 1/2 mile of us. During the course of the morning the winds freshened and by lunchtime we were sailing in a healthy 15 knot south easterly. The forecast for tomorrow suggests a further improvement with yet more wind and we are all looking forward to pushing onward to St Lucia. We currently have another 1600 miles to go but appear to be making good progress when compared to some of the other boats in frustratingly light winds.Both Bob (aka The Salty Seadog) and myself have now removed our 'beards' and our youthful radiance has been restored (the reservation at the care home for 2 in St Lucia has now been. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 continued
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 continued
30/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin - Day 10 onboard

Day 10 onboard...I don't know what is going on with the fish out there!! We didn't get ONE SINGLE fish. Like I seriously think there is something wrong with them!!! We caught one little mahi mahi today, but it got free after 10 minutes of fighting with it. We are doing good with the food though, I went through the freezer and all the tins we had left, and I wrote 15 meals we should survive with, until we arrive. Get ready St Lucia restaurants we are going to be starving!!! Guess who has the genoa back on place????? We do! After fighting with it for more than 4 days we finally found out what was wrong and fixed it! Everything is back in place. The wind finally picked up a tinny little bit, 10knots.. so the engines are taking their well deserved rest after some hours working. It's perfect. read more...


30/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 10

--Big news, this morning early ,before eight Nick caught a fish ,a dorado ,itscalled a mahi mahi in the caribbean ,it weighed 3 kilos. it will make an excellent dinner. We put the line out again immediately but no success since. It would be great to have one or two in the fridge.Now that we are nearing the mid atlantic ridge we expect the fishing to improve .All the guides to fishing on the ARC suggest this.Later we were lucky to see a seabird called a Masked Booby fishing near the boat. It is a relative of the gannet and fishes by diving from a height into the waves.Its prey is flying fish.We have wind all day since 0200, sometimes more than required but wind is wind even though its blowing from the west force 4 .We are beating into it and making good progress.. read more...


30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 continued

Log Day 10 continuedMark, owner of SoL cleaned the Mahi-Mahi out on the afterdeck stairs, a "hidden" compartment below a sliding deck door, while our Captain prepared things for a special cooking.The compartment opens up fully to become a swim step, and is perfect for landing/cleaning fish without getting blood on the teak decks. At dinner time we were all famished, made worse by the wonderful smells coming from the galley.We set the dining table in the cockpit just at dusk, and Augusto came up with an amazing dish…a Mahi-Mahi "cataplana".This hammered, polished copper oval shell opened up to reveal our catch of the day steamed and garnished with fresh vegetables and sliced potato, all simmering in their own juices and spiced with Piri-Piri sauce, a traditional Portuguese sauce. We. read more...


30/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 11 - Passat må være oppskrytt

Ikke bilen, men vinden. Her markedsføres det med 14 knops konstant østavind oghva får vi? Er det ikke vindstille så er det vestavær!Ser ut som vi må seile til karibien på kryss. Idag har vi hatt sørvest og snart dreier den rett vest...Men vi setter vår lit til Metrozonisk instutt. Alt blir bedre i overmorgen :). read more...


30/11/2016

Gatsby - Day 11 - second start

So, meine E-Mail von heute Mittag ist leider nicht raus gegangen. Wir sind wieder unterwegs! Die Crew der GATSBY hat heute um 1620 Ortszeit in Mindelo abgelegt. Nun sind wir mit 7-8kn unter dem kleinen Spinnaker den drei Booten vor uns auf den Fersen. Einen von ihnen haben wir schon eingeholt. Hinter uns segelt die BETELGEUSE in die Nacht. Mal sehen, wer von unserem 5er Grüppchen morgen früh noch da ist. Wir sind froh nun endlich wieder auf Touren zu sein, vor allem, da es Momente gab, in denen die Weiterfahrt unklar war. Nun ist aber jedes Crewmitglied froh, an Bord zu sein. Es werden gerade Rösti gebraten und ich kann euch sagen, das riecht wirklich köstlich! Nun liegen 2080nm vor uns bis nach St. Lucia. 16 davon sind schon abgeritten!Ist unsere Nachmeldung zur ARC+ angekommen? :D. read more...


30/11/2016

Beltana II - Day 11 - Another fish caught by JR esquire

Yes the resident Dish Mole has had a corker of a day.......First he cooked up a beauty of a breakfast of fresh fish – complete with Citric Acid salt and pepper and had the crew guessing “what did you marinade the fish in Jono??”Next he volunteered to do a late lunch, and called on Anna’s peperoni and garlic pasta sauce with a hint of chilli too, over delicious spaghetti – another hit with the crew!Then after transferring some of our diesel from the reserve tanks into the starboard tanks, and then scrubbing himself raw to get rid of a bit of spilt diesel, he had just finished cleaning up and his fishing rod went off! I caught another Mahi Mahi fish.The official fishing score is now Jono – 2; Paul - 1.5; Johnny- 2.5; so it remains a close race with Jono’s old rig and old pole and old lures. read more...


30/11/2016

VAVA-U - Wale im Pool - 29.11.16 - 9. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDer Morgen begann für die Frühschicht mit Regen, der sich zum Glück schnell verzogen hat und ziemlich schnell hat sich dann die Sonne blicken lassen.Mit der Dämmerung hatten unsere Nachtwächter Besuch an Deck entdeckt, drei fliegende Fische, die mausetot in unserem Töpfchen mit Fischköder und später an der Angelschnur gelandet sind.(Bild nicht mehr fliegende Fische)Zwischendrin ist sogar der Wind aufgewacht, Markus und Thomas rollen mit vereinten Kräften die Genua aus.(Bild Thomas und Markus in Action)Unsere Bordroutine hat sich völlig eingespielt, wir sind sehr entspannt und ein ganz großes Stück weg von der Welt da draußen. Sogar den ersten Advent vor zwei Tagen haben wir völlig verpasst!(Bild Karsten in der Hängematte)Da der Wind noch immer nicht richtig will,. read more...


30/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY TEN - SOME WIND AT LAST

As foreshadowed by the forecast, the wind came up in the early part of the day and by 08.30 the sails were up and we were on port tack, goosewinged with full main and the genny poled out. Fantastic to turn off the engine and go back to some peace and quiet on Boni Venti. We’re currently making 6 kts  over the ground (pretty much the same speed as we were making under engine, to conserve fuel) in 12-14 kts of wind. Sunny blue skies in the morning, clouded over by mid-afternoon with a building sea state and consistent wind. 40% humidity so hot and sticky. As we progress west, we need to adjust ship’s time to reflect the daylight hours, so yesterday we went back an hour so that it gets light c 07.30 (as opposed to 08.30) and dark around 19.00 rather than 20.00. We’ll move back one. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY TEN - SOME WIND AT LAST
Boni Venti - LOG DAY TEN - SOME WIND AT LAST
30/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Xplorer - Half Way Across

Today we are going to celebrate being half way to St Lucia – just over 1400 miles to go. After 2 or 3 days of fairly rubbish wind and too much motoring we’ve now picked up a good easterly which is pushing on at a steady rate. We are back to the unending broad reach and enjoying it. We have another bit of weather instability to get through tonight which might bring light wind again and a brief period of rain or showers but its generally looking more hopeful for the next few days. We are down to about 14 degrees north and still heading a bit further south before we finally make our turn towards St Lucia. We are into a good routine on board at this point but we have had a discussion about the least enjoyable bits of an ocean crossing. The front runners are - removing inadvertently defrosted. read more...


30/11/2016

Fleet II - Log: Tuesday 29th November - random thougts

Another day of calm seas and very little wind – who would have thought theAtlantic would be like this?  What is also amazing is how clean and purethe water is.  Its so refreshing to bathe on the stern platform (safelysecured of course) with just soap and a few buckets of seawater – there’s noneed for a fresh water rinse.  We’re using it to wash dishes and clothestoo, tho’ it did leave the mashed potato a tad salty!   We’ve not physically seen another boat for around a week now, and itsprobably been four days since we saw one on the electronic navigation. Being on night watch last night was awesome – gazing up into the stars knowingthat we are the only people for miles around.  I took the opportunity toplay my music loud and sing along to some favourite. read more...


30/11/2016

Beltana II - Day 11 - we are on the way to Heaven

At 3:30am this morning a lovely wished for 6 knot breeze came in from theSouth South East and out came the Genoa, and the engine was turned off! lovelylight air sail so far, but this is a real blessing compared to the last 36hours. Lest see what the day holds for us. Last night’s dinner was also heavenly – Graham seared fresh tuna pieces,but more surprisingly, he cooked a divine Roostli with potato and rosemary and abit of garlic.  (Bad news is that we are running out of garlic)  Fordesert we had a another snack from a new Johnny concoction from the bakery –yummy too (he has promised an apple pie tonight but serious doubt where he willget the ingredients from!) Batteries are absolutely fully charged – don’t have to worry about that fora while.  JOhnny has been formally. read more...


30/11/2016

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet day 10, The Beautiful South?!

Been a few days since we wrote anything, been a bit busy working out whatweather is up to and catching lots of fish, a Scarlet ARC 1st!As we had assumed there has been no middle option on the weather, so we havebeen forced to sail down south of 13 deg N, plus side it is warm, downside,it is too hot!Other plus is the bigger fish!So far we have hooked 10fishand kept 4 of them, two mahi Mahi, 4kg and 10kg, a Wahoo at 4kg and a bigfat Tuna at 13kg!The freezer is more full than at the start!I think I have to accept the N route was likely quicker, however the risksof it outweighed the gains in my view, our strongest competitor in class isas always the Quokka, with Philippe back in the reins, we match raced eachother for the first 3 days, never more than 1.5miles apart, they haveoptimised with. read more...


30/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Day 14: 2-days to go!

  Slipping another Distance to Destination(DTD) position in lightwinds overnight, we now have moderate winds (an improvement), and we should beable to hold or gain on the nearest boats.     Today was the original day that we thought that we’d arrive, and afew boats did make that date; however all is good aboard and we have 1/3 of ourfuel left, and plenty of water.   Tom Hughes. read more...


30/11/2016

Estrella - 10.Tag Hurra wir segeln wieder

In der Nacht hat der Wind eingesetzt. Ein paar mal hat ergestottert, dann genau aus der falschen Richtung geweht (aber wenigstens geweht)und jetzt läuft es. Die Stimmung ist erheblich gestiegen seitdem wir die Flautehinter uns gelassen haben. Während in den letzten Tagen die Mannschaften ehergelangweilt ihren Dienst angetreten haben, will jetzt keiner mehr das Steuerradan den Nächsten übergeben, so viel Spaß macht es. Die Borduhr ist gestern noch einmal um eine Stundeangehalten worden, jetzt passen die Lichtverhältnisse am Morgen und Abend nochbesser. Wenn alles gut geht werden wir morgen Mittag Bergfest feiern können,dafür muss der Wind aber durchstehen. Der Sekt ist vorsichtshalber schonkaltgestellt. Wir hoffen jetzt irgendwann in den Passat zu kommen und auf keinenFall mehr eine. read more...


30/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Mittwoch 30.11.16 Bordzeit 13.30 Uhr Der 15. (vorletzte?) Tag Man soll den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben, oder alle schlechten Dinge sind drei!Jetzt hätte ich in den letzten Tagen schon häufig unseren Parasailor gelobt, und was mache der?Er reißt. Heute Nacht zum dritten mal.Mit einem wahnsinnigen Knall riss die spinnackerschot uns das Segel lag wieder im Atlantik.Nach einem einstündigen kampf konnte die Crew ihn wieder bergen.Aber nun ist er endgültig für tot erklärt worden.Das heißt für die uns kurswechsel nach Barbados und dann Richtung St Lucia.Kostet 40 NM mehr.Danke parasailor !!!!!!!In der Zwischenzeit messen sich zwei crewmitglieder um den Titel:Schlafmütze des Jahres.Es scheint auf einen eindeutigen Sieg hinaus zu laufen.Der Rest der Crew bemüht sich zwischenzeitlich "klar. read more...


30/11/2016

Zingara log

Zingaras halbzeitguten tag lieber fanclub. Ja, haetten laengst berichte senden sollen. Aber erstens kommt es anders und ...., passatroute warnix! Auf dem weg dorthin waeren wir verhungert, no wind. Also gings wieder einmal auf sehr noerdlichem track gen westen. Fronten, tiefdruckgebiete mit starkwind, gewitter, no wind, regen und schwell, ideal fuer mitsegle mit karibischer erwartungshaltung!Wir habens ueberstanden und so kamen gestern die gaensekeulen super an. Nun sind wir im einfluss eines hochdrucks im nordwesten und koennen von ordentlichen winden bis zum ziel ausgehen. Sonst geht s nun allen an bord bestens, die kueche liefert stets leckeres, nur zum angeln fehlte noch die zeit!! So, soll reichen fuer den moment. Es gruessen herzlichst kubi, hans, burkhardt und der schreiber u skip. read more...


30/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 11 - SUNRISE

Liebe Begleiter unserer Reise,nach der gestrigen seemännisch korrekten Info von Jörg, heute wieder etwas vom Bordleben. Aber kurz vorab: der Wind weht seit ca. 12 Stunden konstant mit ca. 12 - 15 KN und wir kommen gut voran. Unser Leben an Bord pendelt sich immer mehr ein. Der Wechsel aus Wache, Schlafen, Kochen und Freizeit klappt bei Allen immer besser. Man wird von selbst wach und die Meisten von uns können fast auf Kommando schlafen. Heute morgen haben wir das Schiff gereinigt und vor Allem die Getränkevorräte geprüft. Unsere Ostfriesen sind wieder entspannter, selbst bei weiteren 14 -15 Reisetagen sollte uns das Bier nicht ausgehen. Verwunderlich ist der weiterhin gute Zustand unserer Frischobst- und -Gemüsevorräte trotz der hohen Temperaturen. Das Abwaschen mit Chlorwasser am Tag. read more...


30/11/2016

White Satin - Egrets, we've had a few

Wednesday 30th November1218 miles sailed 1777 to goMore contract whist on deck last night, won by Paul in a nail-biter of afinal round. Happily, we think that that may be the last on-deck game ofcards, not because we didn't enjoy it, but because playing cards on deck canonly happen when there is virtually no wind. We now have the wind that wehave been sailing South to find; only about 8 knots, but it is forecast tobuild steadily. We are currently flying the parasailor and making about 5knots. If the wind does continue to build, we should be able to increase ourspeed towards the boat's maximum of over 7 knots, which is determined byits size, shape and sail arrangement. Having found the wind, we are now in aposition to make some assumptions (always dangerous!) to estimate our eta inSt. read more...


White Satin - Egrets, we've had a few
White Satin - Egrets, we've had a few
30/11/2016

SuperTramp - Day 10

Happy St Andrews Day!So not only did Will,Scott and I have a mid Atlantic swim but we barbecued our steaks for dinner. My homemade chocolate fudge cake went down well too.Who can honestly say that they had a barbecue in the middle of the Atlantic ocean on a sailboat. Scott was in and out of the ocean like a rat up a drainpipe (although Brian didn't help by spotting a disturbance in the water on our beam just before we dived in).Will and I were a little braver and did a lap of honour around the boat. The water was like a bath and if it wasn't for the fact that there were hundreds of miles of water below me I would have stayed in a lot longer.I still remember 50 LeaguesUnder The Sea! We also celebrated our half way point with a glass of champagne at sundown and we launched our message in a. read more...


30/11/2016

SuperTramp - Day 9

Today we reach the halfway mark and have a couple of bottles of Champagne chilling in the fridge. Steak for dinner and I have baked a chocolate fudge cake for desert. We had some good winds yesterday with plenty of sunshine so were able to sun ourselves on the bean bags on the aft deck. It was heaven! However the wind dropped at sundown and we were back under motor for the night. We have changed course taking us south as we can see the trade winds building, so hope to pick up some wind tomorrow. We may have to beat for a few days but it will be worth it when we pick up the trades. I am constantly busy on board as there is always something that needs doing whether it's checking the fruit and veg, hanging out the washing ( another Peggie Sue Amanda!) or preparing meals for the crew. Yes. read more...


30/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 10:

Først vil jeg takke alle de av dere som har krysset fingrene og tatt oss med i aftenbønnen.Den sårt ønskede vinden kom, motoren ble "drept" noe før lunch.Vi har seil genaker helt siden den ble satt.Hvorvidt det deres bidrag som gjorde at vi fikk vinden vites ei, men tusen-tusen takk til dere alle :-DVi har mer eller mindre konstant vind kommende inn omtrent rett fra akter, den er ikke veldig sterk: +/- 10 knop.Farten til Numa varierer litt, men stort sett har vi hatt mellom 4 og 5 knops fart helt siden genaker ble satt.Vi kunne selvfølgelig ønsket oss noe sterkere vind slik at genakeren kunne ytt oss optimal fart, men er veldig fornøyd med at vi har fått såpass at det kan forsvare å seile.Distansekonkurranse: Mona vant dag 10.Mon tro om kapteinen har noen "supergevinst" for de som har. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Ten

The last 24 hours we have hit light winds and completed little miles after what has been a great crossing so far.These light airs allowed crew to relax for the day and enjoy the sunshine and attempt to do some fishing.We did have some Dorado fish around the boat but our best effort to get them on board failed.Crew enjoying some good down time today although feeling the heat in the mid-day sun which has clearly got to one or two as we enjoy good banter between us.Overnight the winds returned and Challenger 2’s 56 ton body slowing moved in the water towards east, south, west and at times northern direction as helms struggled to keep her on any course in such light winds initially.However, in the early hours we were on the move again at 8-10 knots and almost heading in the right. read more...


30/11/2016

Nisida - Swimming, Whales Breaching and now wind again!

In the last 24 hrs we have had a swim in a flat calm, seen 2 whalesbreaching a couple of miles from the boat, a great evening meal and acomfortable night on a close reach in around 12kts breeze with all getting agood nights rest! Through this morning the breeze has come up to around18kts from NW so we are cracking along again at 8-9kts bang on course forSt.Lucia.. read more...


30/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 14 - Wednesday 30th Nov

Well, everyone seems to be contracting verbal (or written) diaorrhea now that we're nearing land - I'll find myself out of a job soon, with all the other bloggers around!!!Another hot and steamy night last night, with very little wind, again right behind us - so another night motoring.Although I think Anais managed to get a bit of sailing in, but it didn't last unfortunately.This morning the wind hasn't filled in as it did the last few days, so we're STILL motoring.Yah boo.I had to decamp from my bunk at some ungodly hour last night to the saloon, where I found a very welcome bit of breeze coming through all the open hatches.God help us all if it starts raining again and we have to close hatches - we'll suffocate!I finally got a few hours of sleep - the first in a few nights - while. read more...


30/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 10 - Cruising

Dag 10, kurs 258 grader mot St Lucia ons 30 nov. kl 10.00 Pauline tid(UTC=GMT -3 h) hemma 14.00Hej VännerTänk att få sitta till rors i en härlig slör, forsa fram i 10 knopsfart direkt mot vårt slutmål. Lägg därtill att få morgonkaffetserverat av Anton medans Henke lagar till en fantastisk äggröra toppadmed skinka och paprika. Lite yoghurt, äppeljuice och äntligen engulaktig, solmogen banan avrundar denna kompletta frukost. Man kan hadet sämre (en kvart senare sticker en nyvaken Max upp huvudet urruffen och frågar om de är någon som vill ha gröt, vi avböjer dennainvit). Det finns hopp om våra ungdomar.Detta står i kontrast till att vi på öppna Atlanten körde motor 26timmar i sträck utan att se någon vind, eller något annat heller, förden delen. Ok, vi stannade och badade en timme under. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Ten

PARTY!!!!!!!Today has been an absolute blast! We have officially made it half way across the Atlantic and are closer than ever to St Lucia, which we celebrated in style. Ever since the crew joined the boat the skipper and mates have been going on about the half way party, and how we should all dress up for the occasion. Each watch dressed up together and it was brilliant, we had a selection of pirates, super heroes, hippies and Mary with her three wise men, all coming together to enjoy this wonderful day. Everyone did really well with their outfits considering they were created only out of stuff we could find on the boat.We couldn’t have asked for a better day for this celebration, it has been completely flat and calm, which normally would be really annoying, but it made life a lot. read more...


30/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 14 - Wednesday 30th November - Conor

Day 14- Wed 30/11/16 from ConorG'day all, It was great to hear from so many readers of the blogs and glad they seem so popular. Hats off to Mairead she was the right person for the job.It just struck me that as we have so many readers we should have given a better introduction to ourselves and how we ended up in the middle of the Atlantic- just in time.It all started when I signed up to do an evening course in the Carrigaline community school on coastal navigation. seems odd in hindsight but I found it very interesting even without a boat and I started crewing on occasions during the winter leagues in Crosshaven - I worked in our pharmacy in Carrigaline at the time and that included Sunday mornings so it was not easy to get away regularly at the time. When I did especially on cold, windy. read more...


30/11/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-11-30

28/11/2016Almost half way through to Saint Lucia and we experienced everything from very light winds, when every 0.1 kn speed gain was hoorayed by all on deck, to strong 32kn gales very useful to set up new “speed record” club: 11 kn, 12 kn… and, finally, 16 kn club (with only one proud and, probably, lonely member though). This day contained everything from sun shine to tropical rainfall. As rain can be seen miles away, the upcoming grey gloomy clouds were noticed far ahead. As most of us never been in such a weather discussion caused lots of amusement. Finally, when the rain arrived (or rather we arrived to the rain), some people had their showers on the deck with excuse of “broken watermaker”, which was fixed by that time, by the way. Below the deck this foam party sounded more like. read more...


30/11/2016

Sanya - blogje Alrik Gaakeer

SUBJECT:blogje Alrik GaakeerARC - Sanya - MISLEIDENDE voorlichtingIn augustus stelde mijn zwager de ARC aan de orde, en zei mij dat wij daar sowieso bij zouden zijn. Ooooow Mozes kriebels, wat ontiegelijk gaaf leek mij dat, maar ja, ik was al door mijn vakantiedagen heen. "Niks mee te maken, we gaan" zei hij, "je regelt het maar. We gaan het record van Brunel verbreken, we doen het in een dag of zeven, knallen gaan we!"Op de site van Sanya c.q. VO70sailing werd het vorig jaar gevestigde record van Brunel ook luchtigjes genoemd als haalbare kaart. Keer op keer kwam mijn zwager er op terug. "We gaan Gaakie!"Begin september ging bij mij het knopje echt om, ok ik ga, no matter what! Op een ochtend, met een behoorlijk bezwaard gevoel begon ik er over op het werk bij mijn leidinggevende.. read more...


30/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - On our way again

“24:41,59 36:10,14W”   On our way again. after a few days relaxing and eating to much , gettingsun burnt and the odd drink here or there we headed onward , unfortunately theonwards was both the wrong direction and into wind , quite bumpy and i now findmyself with a lot of very tired crew , O well another day , Little Dan is onhelm which is always a benefit so at least i can write this with a bit ofconfidence that we are going to work towards getting to st Lucia unlike a coupleof them who decided to head back to las Palmas for a while the other night .(only a knot or 2 but ) after the meal last night we decided it was a good jobto start on a cake so Linda did the deed and produced a lovely fruit loaf (shewill make someone a lovely wife someday )  but you will have to be good. read more...


30/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 10 -... Flaute

Wir warten immer noch auf Wind. Nach checken der Dieselvorräte beschliessen wir weiter zu motoren. Mit 1400 U/min machen wir ca. 3,2 kn. Der Wetterbericht zeigt mehr Wind für die nächsten Tage. Wir lassen es dann langsam angehen, frühstücken gemütlich. Hermann fischt zum ersten Mal. Heute ist auch richtig Verkehr auf dem Atlantik. Wir sehen 2 Tanker und einen Segler. Zum Abend hin kommt schlagartig Wind auf, da einige Squalls links und rechts an uns vorbeiziehen und Wind bis 24kn mitbringen. Als sie vorbeigezogen sind, läßt der Wind wieder nach. Ab Mitternacht kommt Wind auf und wir können segeln und das die ganze Nacht durch. Wir hoffen die Flaute hinter uns gebracht zu haben ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


30/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 11 - Swim and Horca

Hi friends of PkBoo.Yesterdaywe still hadvery light winds and silk sea. One more dorado, the fifth, entered in our happy crew,this time by the oven with a ratatouille and soya sauce. By the side, a pumpkin creamy soup an, as dessert, an apple crumble. What's better?Looking for wind, in the morning we had a bath in the magnificent blue ocean; in the afternoon an horca (yes it is) went under our boat and went on the bow like a dolphin. Fantastic! Later we realized it's better not have more bath in the ocean ... Fair winds and safe trip.CiaoMarco. read more...


30/11/2016

Peristera - Sail across the Atlantic Ocean?

Today we passed 100 engine hours. We are getting used to the noise, and to the luxury of having an abundance of electricity. We talk about the flat, calm sea, painted in fifty shades of grey,andhow beautiful it is. But after all, Peristera is a sailing boat, and we are here to sail. So earlier today, when, all of a sudden, the wind picked up to 14 knots, we immediately rolled out the sails. We knew we had to be fast, that the wind would be gone before we had even trimmed the sails properly. The rain came together with the wind, and when we were all wet, the wind died. We rolled in the sails, engaged the autopilot, spread out the wet gear and was ready just in time for the giant dorado to come out of the oven.We are lucky to have a fishing champion on Peristera. Diana surprises herself by. read more...


30/11/2016

Gwendoline - 9. and 10. day at sea (short version)

Hello everybody,because of the no wind situation, we chose, on Nov. 28th 21.30 UTC to start the engine and go directly south towards the Cap Verde archipelago - the island of Sao Vicente and MArina Mindelo to be precise.Here we arrived yesterday 29th of Nov at 13.15 UTC. We bunkered 220 liter of diesel, so we again have full tanks. Because of these rather unusual circumstances, I did not sleep for the past 36 hours, which is why I did not make our daily report yesterday.Everythin is well on board, everybody are happy and positive, but we do all miss some wind to sail on - but this goes for all participating in the ARC 2016. Later today I will write a more detailed log - this short version is just to set your minds at ease - all of you who are following us. Over and Out fromS/Y Gwendoline. read more...


30/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 11: Igor takes the nightwatch

Bluewaft Log Day 11Wednesday 30 November 201619°51’.769N 036°09’.1103WHardly any wind at all other than squalls, and what wind there is, is onthe nose.Fortunately big fuel tanks!When we can we use the stay sail toadd 0.5knt.We’ve been running a single engine in ‘economy’ mode (2000rpm) and still have roughly half our fuel left – although after another 48hours we need to think again about whether we’ll continue to motor as wewant to keep some in reserve for generator and making water etc.Forecastis for wind tomorrow – so should be fine (fingers crossed).In the mean time, we’ve lost sight with other boats in the fleet.Lastboat we saw was Vavau (another catamaran) two days ago.From the fleetpositioner we can see that other boats are in the area – but haven’t seentheir lights or AIS (or. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 11: Igor takes the nightwatch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 11: Igor takes the nightwatch
Bluewaft - Alex & Ingrid
Bluewaft - Alex & Ingrid
30/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 9 (part 2); Sew, sew, sew your boat

Day 9 (part 2): Sew, sew, sew your boat   After breakfast LC had a thorough check of her rigging and sails.  Sheneeded some stitching to reattach the footing tape to the genoa, and Dave wantedto attach a metal band to the foot of the mast to add extra support to theriveted plate.  (Sorry sailors this is a girlie understanding of thesituation), and to readjust tension in all of the stays and check stays.   The sail was first.  We put up our cruising chute and then, withmilitary precision and controlled by Dave, we dropped the genoa and attached itsecurely to the guard rails.  The sail repair box was sourced and M-C’sbackground in recreational upholstery came into its own and the guys had asewing lesson.  The area of detached tape was approximately 45 –. read more...


30/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 9 (part 1): Oh what a night!

Day 9 (part 1); Oh what a night   I believe I signed out of our blog last night after a good sing song. Morale was high on board and we went to bed with the boat moving gently forwardand feeling contenta.  By the last watch of the night i was awoken with aseries of odd loud noises.  On a boat you become used to the regular noisesand zone them out.  Anything unusual stands out a mile.  Skipper Davewent up to investigate.  The wind had become very variable and our main andboom were flogging erratically.  We have in boom furling and our boom isvery heavy amplifying any small uncontrolled movement of the boom. Its afrightening situation as the power of the boom to destabilise the boat and causeproblems with the rigging becomes very apparent.  As. read more...



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