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Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
Numada - log day 6 square sail is back on Numada
10/11/2017

Neverland - Day 5 - visitors

So we are still eating Tuna…one fillet fed three of us for dinner, then Tom made up some tuna nigiri for lunch which was amaaaazing! There is also a seared fillet coated in toasted sesame seeds in the fridge and the fourth fillet in the freezer. Reckon I could have fed a dinner party of 12 with the amount of meat that came off Petunia the Tuna. Dad and Tom have been hunting for Dennis the Dorado so I can cut him up and make him into some delicious ceviche. Yum. They better do it quick because my lemons and limes have seen better days.In other, even more exciting news, in the last 24 hours we have seen sea turtles and for the first time ever…a whale. Not a pilot whale or anything that likes to call itself a whale when really it’s just an oversized dolphin. I mean a massive whale. A real. read more...


Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Neverland - Day 5 - visitors
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - The view for 3 day Spini run!
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
Wild Iris - Touching Dolphins
10/11/2017

Lily - Day 5

At last the engine was turned off as the wind piped up. Seems we (or the weather files) were right, ther was some wind further south. So we sailed into the night with 4-5 knots in nearly the right direction. We've been fishing, and that we caught nothing is not for lack of trying. There has been mumbling among the crew if is has something to do with the fact our lines are from Norway and intended for mackrel and cod, but I have dismissed it as nonsense. As long as I am onboard, there will be no fish, that is how bad I am at fishing. Peder. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 3

Monday was the day when we lost most of the wind and a lot of time was spent looking at GRIB files to determine where the wind would come first. With what wind we had we sailed at 4 knots towards the west in the hope of catching it there. As I could have predicted, we (or I) got it wrong. The weather updates from the forecasters received by email makes no sense. They must be using some very different data to us out here. When we see a boat on the AIS we normally have a chat. Most have some exciting story of fish caught or spinnakers twisted. Alas, not much has happen here apart from eating too much snacks and reading our books.. read more...


10/11/2017

Lily - Day 4

Where is my large, multicoloured foresail? In my wisdom I thought we would not need it or miss it, but we really do. Lily is not on top form in less than 10 knots of wind so we have been bobbing all night in 3-4 knots of speed. So after a morning session with new GRIB files and some math we found that we would be lucky to make the re-start on Wednesday if we don't do something drastic. So we started the engine and headed south where the wind is forecast to be. Viritually no waves or wind with glorious sunshine we have had a very nice day. Showers on the back of the boat and all crew on good form. Wind did not come all day, so we engine into the night while our diesel tank slowly drains..... (not too worry, we can always drift to Cape Verde!) We celebrated the half way mark with a bottle. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: vis update!

Zul je altijd zien hoor, wij maken Rob belachelijk over zijn aangepaste enwild zwemmend/springend aasvisje, heeft ‘ie binnen 2 uur midden op de dag beet!Ditmaal een behoorlijk fomaat mahi mahi, die inmiddels door Haico vakkundiggeprepareerd is voor op de grill vanavond.   En ook dit heeft effect op de discussie rondom aankomst en voor wie deeerste rekening is, Rob vindt namelijk dat hij door het vangen van de viseigenlijk al getrakteerd heeft! Komt geen einde aan die discussie...   Marisja crew. read more...


10/11/2017

Charm - Hello Friends and Family

Hello,90 miles from Mindelo and the winds are still as fickle as ever.We are sailing with our rainbow spinnaker on the rhumb line but it is slow going - 5.8 knots.Fast on some boats.The crew is getting along great and eating very well.Our veggies are still fresh so lots of tomatoes, avocados, carrots and celery in the mix.Cucumbers too.Everyone is enjoying the peaceful albeit slow progress but the racer in Kent may have had enough of peace.We saw a very beautiful turtle this morning.It may have had a bit of trash stuck to it but we couldn't confirm it as it passed by so taking in the sails to investigate and help was overcome by the ambiguity.The kids and Lara are doing a story time session - Winnie the Pooh.Christopher Robin and the gang are bringing food on an adventure in the story. read more...


10/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6: er is er een jarig

Jawel, we hebben vandaag dus een jarige aan boord, Rob is nu nog maar eenjaartje verwijderd van de AOW/museum/ouderentreinreizen/dierentuin/etc pasjes.Hij heeft geen idee wat hij er mee zou moeten doen maar geeft alvast aan dat hijze wél allemaal wil hebben. Meer over Rob z’n verjaardag later.   Nog iets over gistermiddag, we zien wel vaker dolfijnen maar nu zaten erzomaar 50-60 tegelijk om de boot heen, echt waanzinnig. Voor bij de boeg zag hetwater eruit als ‘massief’ dolfijn, allemaal vechten om hun plekkie bij deboeg.   Afgelopen nacht was weer een nacht met bar weinig wind, aanvankelijk wildenwe met de gennaker doorvaren, maar met zo weinig druk moesten we vrijwel westvaren om nog een beetje druk te houden en het begin van de nacht was zoongelooflijk gitzwart dat het erg. read more...


10/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Spinnaker up again

The spinnaker is once again pulling us forward at good speed in the northeasterly 10-13 knots breeze.Although there are some clouds around it is a hot day out at sea under the sun and with 25 C in the sea. ETA for our arrival in Cap Verde is currently some time just before sunset tomorrow if the wind holds, and if it don't I think we will compensate by using the engine again as it would be good to get this frustrating leg completed.Kind regards from Team Abraxas. read more...


Wild Iris - Log Day4. Calm returns to Wild Iris.
Wild Iris - Log Day4. Calm returns to Wild Iris.
10/11/2017

Wild Iris - log Day 4. Danger Danger High Voltage. Wed 8th November

"Wild Iris, Wild Iris, this is Dongfeng Kantan 1, Dongfeng Kantan 1. We are a research vessel towing an 8nm long high voltage cable. You are on collision course with us." Our tranquil spinnaker run under a moonlit night had just been shattered!"All crew on deck, all crew on deck, to prepare for a possible immediate gybe".(Thankfully Wild Iris' crew had done one spini gybe early the previous day, but otherwise it was the first time the spinnaker had been flown aboard Wild Iris and the pole rigging something that Heath Robinson would have been proud of!)Earlier, we had been been happily sailing along with Luna as company and overheard their conversations with DK1... They were intending to pass ahead.We needed Dongfeng to alter course to leeward if we were to clear and avoid what looked. read more...


10/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°4 - Current Score: Fish 3, Devin 2

I'm beginning to find fishing a love/hate activity. After nearly 2000nm and countless broken or tangled lines and no fish to show for my efforts, I finally reeled in a beautiful 70cm Mahi-Mahi yesterday morning. It was an incredible feeling, heightened by an informal biggest fish competition during this first leg of the rally along with Osprey, Miltonia, and Lily. Loser buys the first round of drinks in Mindelo. Why I thought it was a good idea to propose a competition after coming up empty for months, I have no idea. I had however bought two new lures and a new hand line which I hoped would change my fortunes. They did, as my first catch was on my new red squid lure. Today was a new day. As I sat in the saloon finishing my morning coffee, I heard a call from the cockpit, "shark!". read more...


Wild Iris - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins all around
Wild Iris - Dolphins, Dolphins, Dolphins all around
10/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Motoring, is not this trip was supposed to be about

We have now been using the engine since 19:28 last evening, and there is still not enough wind to give us the 7 knots average we need in order to make landfall before Saturday evening. So I guess this will continue for a while.Not much to report, except for the sighting of the first flying fish of this trip. The sun is already warm and with a water temperature of 24,5 degrees I think we will have hot and beautiful day out here. Have nice day! Team AbraxasOops, almost forgot to mention that our fabulous crew are baking fresh oatmeal briquettes for breakfast!!!. read more...


10/11/2017

Hummingbird - Hummingbird's Blog Day 5

Dear Bruce,I’ve been instructed by our chief passage-maker, Chris, to start tonight’s blog in this manner to check if you are paying attention. Now, for the rest of Hummingbird’s family, friends and fans, here comes the news hot off the deck of a very hot boat(*tisssss is the sound effect) Jeez it’s been warm! This might be the dream holiday for some of you high-latitude readers, now in your woollies, reading this with a mulled wine, roasted chestnuts with brooding grey skies outside to keep you indoors so long that you get fed up and decide wearing singlets and trousers day after day as you swing across the face of the Earth is just the thing for you. Most of us are padding around in t-shirts and shorts, with the exception of Chris, who can be frequently spotted in a jumpsuit of sorts. read more...


09/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 5

Day 5-Nov 9th.Yesterday, we did a little motor sailing in the afternoon. No more than a couple of hours. Then we were able to make progess, just using the wind and sails. Albeit, a little slow through the night. (around 4kts). That was just fine with us. Off watch, we slept well. One thing that makes sailing at night enjoyable, is having cooperative winds, and the light of the moon. We started the rally with a full moon that stayed up all night. It was almost like sailing at dusk. Now the moon is waning (getting smaller) and it comes out about an hour later each night. I think last night, it was close to 10:30 pm before the moon was up high enough to make a difference. Otherwise, it was pitch black. This is where having an operable radar adds a level of comfort. It served us well by. read more...


09/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dijous, 9 de novembre de 2017 en un punt indeterminat de l’Atlàntic.Avuiel dia ha començat molt bé. Estem de celebració en Jordi ja ha fet seixanta voltes al voltant del Sol. Tot navegant amb asimètric entre tots hem preparat una petita festa per dinar: En Francesc ha fet unes banderoles de paper que hem penjant a dins del barco; L’Oriol s’ha currat un pastisset de xocolata que quan en Jordi entrava a dins l’amagàvem com podíem perquè no ho veiés. A més avui li hem deixat triar el menú per dinar. Ha triat “macarrons”. Es veu que és un dels seus menjars preferits. Doncs Au! A fer macarrons! Que per cert han quedat boníssims. (veure foto 1 i 2)A la Tarda mentre en Francesci en David eren a proa xerrant,L’Oriol ha cridat: dofins!!! Primer ens pensàvem que eren dofins molars, que són més. read more...


Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Windseeker - windseeker
Helen - Ed
Helen - Ed
09/11/2017

Helen - Ed's adventures

Today I saw a cheese (what John calls another boat on the AIS)wheneveryone elsewas doing nothing including the captain , we did some cancrushing AGAIN!! Don't know how these humans keep producing so many emptycans for me to crush! And I went into the lazto find some champagne for tomorrow, don't worryeverybody I wore a life line. Check out the picture.I amlooking forward to getting into to the Cape Verdes tomorrow when Iwill get to see Johns nana, Helen, who the boat is named after and who gotthere before us. Johns says we will give her a big hug.Bye Bye, Ed (and John). read more...


09/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Another one bites the dust

After an frustrating day we did as most of the other boats and turned on the engine. Only 2-3 knots of wind, from difficult and changing directions that was made even worse by old waves rolling in.Best regards from a disappointed skipperEivind. read more...


09/11/2017

Numada - log day 4 trip up the mast on Numada

Unfortunately our square sail that we like to use in light winds snapped in the upper clew. We quickly rescued the sail but ended up with the up haul line on top of the mast. So the captain decided to climb up: Richard has done it many times before but this was his first time out at sea. Everything went well but Richard felt a bit sea sick afterwards. In this way we ended up using a reacher sail to speed us up: that is the beauty of having two masts!!image1. read more...


Numada - log day 4 trip up the mast on Numada
Numada - log day 4 trip up the mast on Numada
09/11/2017

Numada - Log day 3 Numada crew went for a swim

Today we celebrated leaving the golf stream behind with a swim in the calm sea. We are all feeling hot and sticky already and a swim in the ocean was a special treat. image1. read more...


Numada - Log day 3 Numada crew went for a swim
Numada - Log day 3 Numada crew went for a swim
09/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/9/2017. 25*. 42' south. 43*. 01' east

We are still making slow progress. We are lucky in that we carry more fuel than some boats. Then again some boats are forced to be better sailors because they do not carry as much fuel. Yesterday one boat made 30 miles trying to tack into the wind. We are about 600 miles from Richards Bay. The winds are supposed to begin changing direction in the next 12-24 hours. After that we will hopefully have a few good runs and get there before the weather turns bad in the Agulhas current. I do not know why I did not buy a plane. We will be sailing thru a high pressure area so it should be sunny. It is amazing that most people keep a good attitude with adverse weather. It is sort of not socially accepted to not say "we have had a great day of sailing"May fair winds fill your sails with a good. read more...


09/11/2017

Wild Iris - Log Day 3 Tuesday the 7th The Joys of Sailing

Kite up at 7:0am good progress until we hit the lite spot. This was a big first for Wild Iris a new Spinnaker and an untested crew. Gybed to find better winds. Exciting exercise gybing big downwind sails with the new sail and crew. No luck with the wind though. After a few days of exhilaratingsailing the lite winds very frustrating. We were treated to a spectacular show of 100s of dolphins joining us for dinner no one had seen so many. They stayed with us for most of the night. First flying fish on the deck. The joys of sailing. Anticipating improved winds tomorrow not realising our gybe would see is in good stead for the mysterious incident of the high voltage ship in the night.image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Log Day 3 Tuesday the 7th The Joys of Sailing
Wild Iris - Log Day 3 Tuesday the 7th The Joys of Sailing
09/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 3 - You've never haddock so good

Ahoy from a far.It's a braw moon lit nicht the nicht, but in yonder silvery sea filled with things that would cut a man in half with a single bite, I see a distance to travel to the safe bosom of a welcoming harbour. Not a single ship in sight now for long days on end but for the bucceneers on board the good ship Charm. The salty graveyard around us and the open lonely seas would surely spell doom for all souls on board Kiloran... if it were not for the copious amounts of food, the hot and cold running water, (the water maker) the air conditioning, the 3 GPS systems and the fridge-freezer, oh and not forgetting the sextant the satellite phone, the autopilot the DVD player, the radio and the washer dryer, we would all most probably have perished by now. So you see luck has been on our. read more...


Wild Iris - Dinner time: Day 2
Wild Iris - Dinner time: Day 2
Wild Iris - On the run: Day 2
Wild Iris - On the run: Day 2
09/11/2017

Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved

Good thing we have two engines.With no wind, we've been motoring for days.Two days ago, the port engine just died on us.Don and Ken have been collaborating non stop to troubleshoot the issue(s).The theory is there could be both electrical and fuel starvation issues.They've been bleeding lines using compressed air, a bikepump, makeshift tube contraption of sorts (got to ask them about it).We've changed the fuel filter, the fuel water separator filter, and still no go.Yes, those dual Racor fuel polishing systems are looking mighty nice right now.Aric Euler, master mechanic, has been helpful via email as well.Lisa has been doing extra long shifts to cover and to help any lagging quesiness.Nina has been cook extrodinaire, inventory manager, and safety mistress (the guys just hate those. read more...


Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved
Enjoy - Engine problems still not resolved
09/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Frustrating lack of wind all day

We have had a horribly slow day, but have kept our patience and sailed on with our Code 0 up. So we are still on zero motor hours.Just got some fresh wind, and are moving eastward from extreme west position, that has shown its self to be a wrong choice.. read more...


09/11/2017

Altair - YB Connect Message from Clinton Bolton

S/Y ALTAIR: We are on approach to Mindelo, Cabo Verdes, with an ETA of 1900 local time. Still no fish, but we are hopeful the waters around the islands will provide before we make landfall. There hasn't been enough wind to convince us to shut off the engine and attempt to sail. The two meter northerly swell persist. Must be breezy somewhere... just not for us.--Transmitted by Clinton Bolton using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


09/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 4 - Blue Planet III

Found: two pairs of sea legs. Lost: accurate sense of humour as irony on Kiloran surfs high above the bow-line. The lastest from skipper "flying fish can surf 25 miles" - can someone sane on the outside please clarify?Our migratory "cape robin" has recentlly vacated our stern deck having spent considerable time this morning ungratefully avoiding home-made waterbaths, oats and raisens. At such a small size, with no food, water or shelter he is still travelling 10x faster than us, in the same wind. Kiloran is clearly an evolutionary dead end.While the flying fish may also be travelling faster than us, they appear to be less successful than our fluffier friends at righting their course following their rest on board. Unsure whether a wildlife emergency would grant me a warrant to harness on. read more...


09/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 5: hier doen we het voor

Nou, gisteren heeft de wind zich de rest van de dag inderdaad niet meerlaten zien. Met de motor aan gaf dat een heel relaxede dag, zittend in de zon,boekje lezen, wat klusjes doen, eten van links naar rechst verschuiven (en weerterug), wentelteefjes bakkesn, etc etc. Weer een grote schildpad vlak naast deboot gezien, en de vliegende vissen springen nu ook aan alle kanten weg. Ook zijn er verschillende soorten aas aan de vislijn geprobeerd en jawelhoor, opeens beet! Dus het gas eraf, grote bak tevoorschijn gehaald, dikke haakom de vis aan boord te halen, knuppeltje en mes gereed, binnenhalen die hap,lunch!! We trokken een fantastisch mooie tonijn uit het water, met maar éénminpuntje: het was een beetje klein... Zelfs de gemiddelde Nederlandserecreatievisser zou nog niet op de foto gaan. read more...


09/11/2017

Wild Iris - Log day 2 First night at sea. 6th Nov

Wild Iris and her crew are preparing for their first night of the ARC+ rally.Dinner cooked and eaten in bowls with spoonsas too rolly in the cockpit for the usual cutlery andplates! Some fairly big waves made the run down the coast of Gran Canaria quite exciting.With the poled out Yankee we were going well, until the block on the spinnaker pole popped open andthe head sail started to collapse, our first night time challenge. The rest of Monday saw the crew start try to get into the watch systems and sleep when possible. Does it get any easier?!We were making good progress, the setting sun was a beautiful deep orange and a friendly dolphin followed us for a while. A great start to our adventure!. read more...


09/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Another night with spinnaker towards Mindelo

Our big 200 sqm spinnaker has been up for two full days now, but the wind is light so progress is slow towards Mindelo. Our latest estimate for arrival there is now Saturday afternoon or evening, and with our zigzagging downwind we will by then have sailed more than 1.000 nautical miles.Unfortunately our choice of route have been far from perfect so at best it will be a mediocre result, but so far we have been sailing 100 % of the time, and it might be that a lot of the boats in front have been motoring for extensive periods so maybe their times will be adjusted quite a bit in our favour. Right now we are on port gybe after midnight gybe from our westerly position compared with all our competitors. Wind is light with between 5-9 knots, but the direction from east north east is quite. read more...


09/11/2017

Hummingbird - Gina's Blog: What goes up must come down, and back up again...

Hullo from Hummingbird. There hasn't been much wind in the last 24 hours. The crew have been eating their greens of late – any attempt to boost propulsion is legit at this stage. Michelle suggested bridles for dolphins so we could harness them for added speed (apparently she’s only been drinking 7 Up). Perhaps we should investigate seven of what exactly, and if the adverb she meant was actually “down”.The pre-early bird crew had a very eerie time on 10pm watch last night. Whether it was down to the mist, phosphorescence from Hummingbird agitating squillions of bioluminescent plankton or someone still re-living Halloween antics, we shall never know. But for sure, the spookiest thing was the state of the wind, which has been about as forceful as a budgie’s fart.Sunrise brought the promise. read more...


08/11/2017

Galileo - Good news

Ladies and gentlemen- we are back in business! Eric and Don devised an alternate (albeit temporary) rigging configuration. Main is up to the second reef point.Yahoo! SariSV Galileo. read more...


08/11/2017

Wild Iris - Transatlanic virgins- Day one, 5th Nov

There were certainly lumps in the throat of Wild Iris' crew as we slipped our lines in Las Palmas, waved good bye to friends and family on the pontoon and headed out for the start of the ARC+ 17.For all four of the crew members this is to be a first ocean crossing. The days weather was perfect with around 15 knots of breeze in the start area. Having watched the cats start it Wild Iris found an excellent slot on the start line and crossed in third position. Over the next 11 hours we all enjoyed barrelling along in winds of between 20 and 30 knots with big following seas. Flying a polled out Yankee Wild Iris showed she had the bit between her teeth. Through the acceleration zone there was a constant exchange of positions and banter with our friends on Kiloran of Edinburgh. It was an. read more...


Wild Iris - Transatlanic virgins- Day one, 5th Nov
Wild Iris - Transatlanic virgins- Day one, 5th Nov
Helen - Ed's adventures
Helen - Ed's adventures

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