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02/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 16 - Friday 2nd December

Our last day!!!!!!!!!!The excitement is high on board - or at least it would be if half the boat wasn't still asleep.Is it bad to be so unreasonably pleased about nearly being finished?I mean, it's be a fantastic, interesting, challenging, memorable experience and everything - but I swear if I never see a downwind course again it'll be too soon. (As an aside, if anyone reading this knows Fintan Cairns, can you please put in a request on my behalf for the last Dublin Bay Turkey Shoot race on 18th December for an upwind-only course. I know he could do it.)The sound of blissful silence woke me this morning just after 7am - having motored the whole way through last night (and STILL not quite able to keep to course), the engine was finally shut off and silence reigned.Conor and Denise (and. read more...


02/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 11: I’ll sail this ship alone

Day 11: I’ll sail this ship alone (in honour of Otto Van Helm)   I would like to take this opportunity to introduce and thank the fifthmember of our crew Otto Van Helm who has done sterling work, both day and night,to keep us on track and heading in the right direction.  He works best whenthe wind is consistent and struggles when it becomes cyclonic bur overall has abetter sense of direction than M-C.  We have noticed that the Atlantic windhas many qualities. It can be gentle and caressing, or fierce andaggressive.  The wind can be gusting 40 knots on top of the mast but appearto be around 20 at deck level.  It can be fluky, swirling, constantlychanging direction, or as we found a few days ago absent!   Otto has had an easy day today.  The winds have. read more...


02/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur - At Sea - The crazy has kicked in...

A dazzling optical experience A tortuous never-ending roundabout A place where crewmates become friends A relentless racetrack There are many ways to describe the mid-atlantic at night. At times there's nowhere you'd rather be, at others it's a suffocating nightmare. I love it, I hate it, but it's brilliant and utterly addictive.Why?The sublime: on clear night you're witness to the most phenomenonal lightshow. Stars everywhere you look acting as both your entertainment and your means of navigation. Some stars so low you think they're passing boats. Others shoot across the sky like the red Arrows are controlling their every move. It's simply spellbinding.The ridiculous: how do you keep fellow watch-mates entertainment and more importantly awake for hours on end during a watch? The world. read more...


02/12/2016

Sanya - Last night at sea

SUBJECT:Last night at seaAfter 11 days, we finally reached our last night at sea. Just a mere 160 miles to go. And finally tradewind sailing, 15 knots, TWA 150, flat calm sea. Easy sailing making good gains in the right directs. A working compass for a change and a clear sky with lots of stars to steer at. The first and mosat easy night so far...Looking back at a crossing with quit some problems where losing all outside sailing information was the most unpleasant one. Breaking your most important downwind sail, twice, cost us a lot of speed, sailing in pitch dark nights without instruments, surely was a different piece of cake.Both has cost us severly on performance, missing important weather gates and losing again. Gribfiles often were slightly different, so a detour without any. read more...


02/12/2016

Shalan - Day 12 - The calm after the Tuna

15:04N 44:51WAhoy land lovers,The days after a big event are regularly calm and quiet, however when at sea nothing is as easy as you'd hope - especially when you've had a tuna steak the size of a dinner plate the night before!Following last nights halyard failure the crew were at their posts at sunrise and Gaetan was immediately up the 28m high mast to assess the damage.It soon became apparent that the spinnaker halyard had sheered under friction wear and tear and the halyard had dropped down inside the mast and coulldn't be pulled back out.Operations to re-thread the line through the mast were slow going with with Gaetan cannibalising both the tool box and fishing tackle & making a further 3 trips up and down the mast attempting to repair the damage.Following a number of. read more...


Shalan - Day 12 - The calm after the Tuna
Shalan - Day 12 - The calm after the Tuna
02/12/2016

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

Blog of Fisher & Paykel, Challenge 93, day 11: Less wind always leads to more cooking...and after heavy rain in the morning there's just one answer: crepes for breakfast! Today we had the chance to use some sails we actually haven't seen before (but for the untrained eye it would be very hard to spot the difference). Just about 300 NM to go and we already feel very carribean- we are melting away! Today we saw a couple of birds - one accompanied us for a while, but didn't risk to land on our deck - maybe the crew needs a shower?! But we are still good looking ;-) More tomorrow, cheers, the crew of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


01/12/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K Night disaster

2. December 20165 am. Bang! "?All men on deck?!" Parasailor in water. Disaster.We had left the big lightwind sail up during night though there were some squalls around; but the gusts were managable. Now the block at the mast top was broken. We dragged the delicate sail through the water. Somehow we managed to get it on deck. Later during the day we set it again with the second spinnaker halyard. All well. What a luck.After the morning communication round we had a little song contest. A russian musician from the American yacht "?Kristina"? played and sang 2 songs. Nice! Wethomi's men chorustried a version of ?Sailing? (see yesterday's blog). We had fun.What else happened?Luckily not much. Caught no fish.600 Nm to St. Lucia. read more...


01/12/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Donnerstag 1.12.16 Bordzeit 13.00 Uhr Der 16. (letzte?) Tag.Spannung bis zum Schluss Nach einer wenig ereignisreichen Nacht sind wir aktuell fast in Sichtweite von St. Lucia.Noch 55 NM bis zum Ziel.Warum die Spannung dennoch höher als die Freude ist endlich anzukommen?Ganz einfach.Die technischen Probleme die wir hatten können uns nach wie vor wieder treffen. Deshalb fiebert die Crew um jede Meile die wir ohne neue Probleme dem Ziel näher kommen.Nach wie vor sind wir zuversichtlich gegen 22.00 Uhr Ortszeit einzulaufen.Gestern hatten wir erstmalig unsere Bordzeit umgestellt.Sie ist nun identisch mit der Ortszeit in der Karibik.Voller Vorfreude auf die nahende Ankunft konnte Markus diese zeitumstellung kaum fassen, bzw. glauben.Ortszeit, deutsche Zeit, Bordzeit, GMT, da muss man ja. read more...


01/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 11

Hej Anette o ThomasDag 12, kurs 235 grader, ons 1 dec. kl 11.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3h) hemma 15.00Hej där hemmaIdag började vi tycka synd om oss själva igen, gjutjärnet sattes igångvid sex tiden igår kväll och gick fortfarande när skepparen gick påigen vid tre-tiden på natten. Vid femtiden kom det lite bris, ochorder gick till Anton och Henke att hissa alla segel i beckmörker.Sagt är gjort, en halvtimme senare loggad vi 5 knop VMG. Efter ett partimmars sömn vaknar jag igen och vi seglar fortfarande i riktning motBrasilien med 6-7 knop.Vi sitter nu i kortbyxor och bar överkropp, då värmen har börjat visasig med sitt rätta jag. 27 grader i vattnet och i luften gissar vi pårunda slängar 28-29 grader. Det är så man börja bränna sig påteakdäcket. Tur det är barfota förbud på däck.När man. read more...


Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - checking top of mast
Exhale - checking top of mast
Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - Fresh dinner
Exhale - Flying fish
Exhale - Flying fish
01/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 1 - 12th day at seaAll is well. We are 1,347 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,331 miles behind us. It's 8:00 am, and in the last four hours I had some of the best sailing ever. Wind was 11-15 knots from 338°, slightly abeam, waves were 4-5 feet. Our course was 257°, speed 7-8 knots.The boat was sailing perfectly balanced with two reefs on the main and full jib. The sky was full of starts, and in less than 2 hours we saw over 20 shooting stars (meteorites). Ahead of me, was the Orion Constellation and behind me the Ursa Minor and Polaris. On the East was Jupiter. We flew with the wind on the beam the whole morning. In the afternoon the wind came down, we tried the other two spinnakers on board, which were not originally designed for this boat, and decided to go with the larger. read more...


01/12/2016

EH01 - Day 8,9 & 10

Hello hello hello from the good ship EH01- any suggestions for a new namewould be great, our crew offerings are only suitable for the watershed.!   Well as Ronan Keating puts it “Life is a rollercoaster” and this certainlybeen true on EH01 for the last few days. We have encountered a wide range ofweather from Atlantic squalls to boat becalming which is frustrating when we areagainst the clock to our destination. Also the 4 hour watch system doesn`t geteasier and due to lack of sleep each of the crew have their grumpy moments butwe are all helping each other through it. i.e telling the grumpy person to get agrip .!   If you want a detox and also a weight-loss sailing experience send the 2thinnest people on the boat to get provisions, Andras and Jimbo, not a cm ofexcess fat. read more...


01/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 11

Day 11A milestone in the voyage today with Skyelark passing the half way mark to Saint Lucia mid morning. Only another 1600 miles to go! The half way mark was celebrated in grand style with a sumptuous leg of lamb roast dinner prepared by skipper Dan, with some assistance in the galley from Bill, who was designated MUM for the day. Served in the salon on proper plates along with a fine bottle of red it was hard to believe that we were in fact in the very middle of the vast Atlantic ocean. Once again we see frustratingly light winds, andwhilst we are continuing on a course to Saint Lucia it looks like an arrival time ofaround the 11th or 12th December is our best estimate at this time.We have all had aguess of our arrival time into Saint Lucia, with the winner having the privilege. read more...


01/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 11

--Another dorado today. Same time same lure same everything and he tasted even better just lightly fried for lunch.Last night we nursed Jasmine along through a flat night , Joxer used his light airs experience and achieved a decent night time run.During the night we spotted another yatch on the same heading as ourselves on the radar, about 10 miles ahead .We identified her as Sundance another ARC boat,she is a 54 footer and should have been much further ahead,also she was doing 5.4 knots to our 7.In the morning we overhauled her and spoke to her on the radio. She is an Austrian boat and had damaged her forestay and was proceeding under jury rig.We exchanged best wishes and sailed on.Later in the afternoon Joxer hooked something big, when he was hauling it in it jumped and got away. when. read more...


01/12/2016

Numa - Halvveisbrev fra Janne

Halvveisbrev fra Janne.Snart er vi halvveis på denne seilasen over Atlanteren. Vi har hatt mye vind, lite vind, ingen vind, regn og sol. Nå håper vi på masse vind resten av seilasen. Vi har selvfølgelig konkurranse på gang. Hvem klarer å gjette eksakt tidspunkt vi krysser målstreken. Det blir selvfølgelig meg som vinner. Det må jeg, for Robert har med så mange fine premier. Og hva driver vi med ombord? Mona og Per, det kommende ekteparet, trener hver morgen på fordekk. De spiller "sjubidubiduba - I love you" musikk og ser hverandre dypt inn i øynene. Robert lager mat, og er generelt vanskelig å holde styr på. Steinar gjør kapteinting. Det betyr å laste ned værmeldinger, og mailer fra ARCen. Hva er det så igjen for meg å gjøre? Jeg får lov å vaske opp en gang i blant. Robert, Mona og Per. read more...


Numa - Half (Long)distance celebration
Numa - Half (Long)distance celebration
01/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY ELEVEN - LONGITUDE AND NOT MUCH WIND

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} As mentioned in previous blogs, Will is working towards his RYA Yachtmaster Ocean certificate and is using the time on Boni Venti to perfect his celestial navigation and sextant sightings to determine our position through the time honoured method! This involves taking sightings at sunrise, midday and in the afternoon (close to sunset) and then using tables to determine our position. Will in action on the coach roof – see below! In a similar vein both Will and I have just finished reading the book Longitude by Dava Sobel which traces the history of the discovery of the method of calculating longitude through the development of a horological. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY ELEVEN - LONGITUDE AND NOT MUCH WIND
Boni Venti - LOG DAY ELEVEN - LONGITUDE AND NOT MUCH WIND
01/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - day 12: very different days

We are beating across the Atlantic! I am helming using the telltales on thegib! I was promised downwind sailing and sunshine. Ha! Tuesday 29th day 10: All day was hot and sunny with very little wind. After Hugo and Dugald’sswim we motored a short while to recharge the batteries. Then the boys had thebig pink cruising chute up most of the day trying to cox a few knots thru thesea. The sea was like molten metal, glimmering and undulating. We are sailing inan un-seaman like way with all the hatches open. I decided to do some baking and ended up making a massive loaf of bread. Ihad started with 1/2 kilo of flour but added too much water and kept on addingmore and more flour to reach the right consistency. However it was almostfinished at lunch as there is something about fresh bread that. read more...


01/12/2016

VAVA-U - Wa(h)lbekanntschaften - 30.11.16 - 10. Seetag

Irene und ThomasObwohl die Nachtschicht noch einen unglaublichen Sternenhimmel bewundern konnte, hat uns der Morgen mit dicken Wolken begrüßt. Ziemlich schnell hat sich dann doch noch die Sonne blicken lassen, nach einem ersten Sonnenbad haben wir wieder einen Badestopp eingelegt.Kaum waren wir aus dem Wasser und mit dem Mittagessen fertig, tauchten immer wieder Wale auf. Dieses Mal in Gruppen, deutlich größer, also mehr als zehn Meter, und mit flacherer Rückenflosse. Sie haben uns mit mehr oder weniger Abstand begleitet und sogar hin und wieder neugierig den Kopf aus dem Wasser gestreckt und uns beäugt.(Bild Schnauze von Wal)Wir wurden kaum fertig mit Staunen und Schauen, immer wieder konnten wir gleichzeitig mehrere Fontänen sehen und sogar das Blasen hören. So ein majestätischer. read more...


01/12/2016

NDS Darwin

Day 11 onboard...Everything that happened today couldn't wait until tomorrow. I woke up to the engines off and sailing nicely.. right on time to see the sunrise and put the fishing rods out. It was an amazing morning, with fresh bread and fruit. We decided to put up the spinnaker, the wind was perfect for it...Spinnaker up, and doing 8 knots of speed. Suddenly fshhhhh we caught a fish!! Brought it in slowly, perfect it made it to the boat. We cut it and had some nice steaks of mahi mahi. Awesome... the day couldn't get any better, we opened a couple of beers because we were under 1000 miles to go! Great!!! Happiness everywhere.. Everyone left and I was doing my watch.. out of nowhere, no gust of wind, no change of direction. PUFFFF THE SPINNAKER JUST EXPLODED! Diego and I flew downstairs. read more...


01/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 12 - SUNRISE

Liebe Landratten,das Motto des heutigen Tages lautet wieder : Warten auf den Wind.Bei ca. 7 KN Wind und geringem Wellengang ist das Bordleben zwar sehr entspannt,aber viel Strecke schaffen wir nicht. Das letzte Etmal von 8.00 Uhr bis 8.00 Uhrliegt bei ca. 100 SM. In der vergangenen Nacht schlief der Wind völlig ein.Auf dem Wasser sind wir ziemlich alleine unterwegs. Vor zwei Nächten sahen wir einen Tanker, der uns begleitete.Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut - vielleicht ein wenig Frust über die geringen Distanzen,die wir täglich absegeln.Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE--. read more...


01/12/2016

Sanya - 20161201 Sanya

SUBJECT:20161201 Sanya2016-12-1 14.30 UTCTEAM SANYA VO70Optimistic in my last blog, we were a bit further away from Saint Lucia than I thought. During the whole night and day (29th) we keep very light winds. Pushing hard to keep the speed around 0.5 knots above the wind speed and keep going. We heard the position news that the Trifork will probably finish today. This was a bit of a bummer, but the third place is still looking strong at this moment in time. We will keep pushing. Sinterklaas came by to fill the shoes of some of the crew. For some reason the love life of some of the crew was encouraged by the Sint. We had a second trip evaluation, some beautiful words, as the atmosphere is really good on board, and everybody is really happy. There is time during the night for some emotional. read more...


01/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 12 Nacht 11

Hallo Zusammen, Gestern Abend hatten wir eine ungewöhnliche Sichtung. Wir sind an einer der Wetterbojen in 50 mtr. Abstand vorbei gefahren, das ist ungefähr wie ein 6er im Lotto. Zur Info auf allen Meeren sind Wetterbojen verteilt, welche Meldungen wir Temparatur, Wellenhöhen, Strömungen usw. an die amtlichen Wetterdienste der Welt senden. Die Bojen werden am Meeresgrund verankert (hier 4.000 mtr.), schon dadurch haben diese nie die gleiche Position, also wirklich ein netter Zufall. Die Nacht war auf gut Deutsch Scheiße, viel Welle und wenig Wind, da steht kein Segel, dafür hatten wir einen wunderbaren Sternenhimmel. Leider ist auch der heutige Tag durch schlechten Wind geprägt und trotz Spinnaker (der von meinen Freunden am 50ten mit bezahlt wurde), kommen wir nicht wirklich voran.. read more...


01/12/2016

Delfini - say 12 - 1st dce

day 12 - absolutely battered by a severe squall last night - it hammered down with rain and blew old boots in all sorts of different directions - although fairly scary the entire crew mustered on deck to sort out the mess - we spent the rest of the night 2 on 4 hour watch rather than one on for 2 hours and this morning the sun was shining and wind piped up to 15 knots and we have sailed most if the day Havenow finished off the chicken and started on the mince so we have a bit of a Casserole tonight in the thermal cooker which I hope will be pleasant1600 miles to go and at 120 per day maybe we will arrive 15th Dec !Moral suffered a bit today as we didn't have any kip last night so we are treating each other gently - who would have thought tinned mackerel sandwiches with tomato and mayo. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day ten - Tales and stories: Watch names

14∞10.12 N - 27∞30.48 W --> Lots of sargasso weed floats in the ocean, surrounding us and playing with our fish lines. Jenny the gennaker is poled out for 36 hours of constant NE wind from 7 to 13 Knots.Happy, relaxed days.As sailing requires mininum concentration from us, we chat, we laugh, we invent tales and stories. Like this that will follow, born between Clare's and Michelle's nightwatch.Because the watch between 3am and 5am is lovingly known as the "Dog Watch" we decided to name all the other watches, so here are our suggstions and the reasons for them.01:00-03:00 Owl watch, as its for Night owls. 03:00-05:00 Dog watch, could this be related to letting sleeping dogs lie?05:00-07:00 Cock watch, as this is when the cock would naturally crow ... stop sniggering!07:00-09:00 Hen. read more...


Ximera - Day ten - Tales and stories: Watch names
Ximera - Day ten - Tales and stories: Watch names
01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 9 - Better than fireworks!

15∞28.45 N - 24∞58.89 W --> 14∞10.12 N - 27∞30.48 WAnd other sea-life phenomena is ... Dolphins swimming in the night.From the helm in the aft we can see lots of luminescent dolphins' tracks. After a while these tracks starts to indicate the bow, so we understand that we're invited to the 'bright dolphin' show.'Click', we unlock our lifelines from the cockpit jackstay, 'clack', we lock it on the jackstay.Six dolphins are playng with us. In the silent darkness ocean sealife is better visible than in the daylight. The dolphin's tracks are all around, tens of metres of luminescent tracks. Tracks that follow and cross at a distance of centimeters from one and each other and from the bow of the boat. When a dolphin slows down, the track is less bright, shorter but wider; when a dolphin. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 8 - One week of life at sea

16∞ 21.62 N - 23∞ 29.01 W-->15∞28.45 N - 24∞58.89 WWe're in the middle of Cape Verde archipelago. We're crossing this beautiful corner of the world from NE to SW, the islands are former volcanoes, their heights pierce the clouds up to 3000mt above sea level. The vision of this contradictory landscape is enriched by thousands of flying fish and fishing birds (gannets, egrets, petrels...). It's really a nice "goodbye land" before crossing in earnest, 2100 Nm to Barbados island. At 1300 we've had a lunch-party to celebrate our first week at sea and our first time change. We're now UTC-1 time, going south-west and searching for more steady and stronger winds.We've had guests for our dinner-party! Finally some fish is in our galley and in our pans: mahi-mahi and bluefin tuna fish fried in. read more...


01/12/2016

Ximera - Day 7 - T-shirt night watches

17∞42.34 N - 22∞08.40 W--> 16∞ 21.62 N - 23∞ 29.01 WIn the night the wind started to blow at 20 Knots, so we drop the gennaker and leave only the main sail. We were still doing at 7 knots but everybody could sleep quietly. As the sun rose we admired the long trajectories of hundreds of flying fish, strange creatures that show a snapshot of the evolution of the species: 'to be a bird or to be a fish, that is the question?'.At 0900, after the night watches in t-shirts, even with a bit of rain, we opened the fridge to arrange breakfast: the butter has melted !!! We immediately jibed to put our bow to the West! It feels like it has been long and hard waiting, but we have never used the engine, never a squall, never serious rain. Happy days. Now we'll try to put our gennaker as a leash on. read more...


Almagores II - Almagores
Almagores II - Almagores
01/12/2016

Ximera - An apology

A sincere apology to our on board blogger, the very talented writer and photographer Giacomo Cortesi.A glitch in our Mac/Iridum/Mailasail meant I messed up on getting these following posts up.Giacomo, I'm sorry.Any single girls who want to apologise on my behalf please come and make a date with Giacomo when we are in St Lucia. read more...


01/12/2016

Almagores II - Almagores

Dear friends and family,  Finally!!!...Trade winds have arrived as you can acknowledge from the happy faces behind the steering wheel. At present we have a little more than 600 miles to go to St.Lucia s with a jury vang. This means a vang has been made provisionally by our innovated crewmembers to replace the hydraulic super vang, which we now call s***, s***, vang, vang! The mood is very happy as we are approaching our destination, but one can also sense sadness of leaving the ocean behind. Ciao from Almagores IIF.M.. read more...


01/12/2016

Nisida - Butters Melted

Butters melted, Gingernuts gone soft and chocolate hobnobs have stuck emselves togerther in the fridge!  Kites up and poled out 12-16kts breeze and sailing bang on course for St.Lucia. Lots of talk about beer and T-bone steaks!Another hour or so and we will drop below a thousand miles to go so its down hill all the way now! Saw another whale and a shark just before sunset, wonder what we will get today?. read more...


01/12/2016

White Satin - Whisky galore

Thursday 1st December1320 miles sailed, 1680 miles to goWe continue directly towards St Lucia, in the middle of the trade wind belt. Unfortunately the trade winds seem unaware of that and are not at home.So the last 24 hours has had a fair bit of drifting along at 2 or 3 knots, though this morning it has picked up a bit and we have been managing about 5 knots.The forecast is promising further improvement and hopefully later we will be zooming along at the 7 knots that we would expect here, and actually arrive in St Lucia in time for Xmas !Yesterday was St Andrew's day, and Vicki drawing on her very slight Scottish ancestry had planned an appropriate evening meal of haggis (who knew that you could get haggis in tins ?), the ingredients on the tin said it was made from lamb's lobes - I. read more...


White Satin - Whisky galore
White Satin - Whisky galore
01/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - wind in the wind hole

Wind is not a mythical thing. We were beginning to think so and then suddenly Tuesday night, wind found our bobbing boat and we took off! The weather predictions by MAT are being questioned around here. They said this time of year to expect trade winds, but we still haven't found them yet, the GRIB said we're in a wind hole but were travelling in 12 knots of wind, beautiful. Due to wind in the wind hole Sara had to change her menu for lunch because of the heeling of the boat, but the resulting banana sandwiches brought back childhood memories for Felicity and Alice. On Tuesday we swam in the Atlantic, amazing. Hair was washed and we felt beautiful and less stinky! Luna and Alice swam around the boat enjoying the chance to cool down and move. That evening the bio-luminescence was really. read more...


01/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - rough but fun

“23:19,92 37:52,25W” winds changing to our advantage slowly and we are getting 7 knots over theground which is nice after a fairly hard evening and night fighting the wavesand having to tack just to stop heading back to las Palmas .  Little sleephad by all but in the morning we have been making up for it. We caught afabulous Sailfish with all its blue colour shinning in the sun . as we bought itin we all fell for its beauty  and were all thinking of how we could get itoff the line instead of killing it . Thanks to its power and size it broke freeand we all sighed a sign of relief especially me who know that i would be theone facing a 12 inch sward  while i unhooked the hook . I hope those hooksare dissolvable which i belief they are. Morning and Spanish omelette brought. read more...


01/12/2016

Beltana II - The Owner (alias State Room Boy) gets white wine relief

Great news today for the owner, former skipper and newly appointed “StateRoom Boy” of Beltana II, Jon Romcke..........during a tidy up of the stateroomthe major engineering feat of moving Graham’s bag (next week folks don’t forgetto look out for the Qatar Airlines A380 with the tandem trailer behind) wasmoved and three whole bottles of white wine were discovered.  Given thatJonno is currently cooking up yet more freshly caught Mahi Mahi for lunch, thisdiscovery has brought much joy and delight in aft regions of the boat.  Thefishing stakes have also been upped by finally finding the new sinker for theQueensland hand line.  This process of discovery was some what hindered bythe fact that “boy looks” were the only available process.............toabsolutely nobody’s surprise. read more...


01/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Day Eleven

Heather’s Birthday BlogLatitude 21 degrees 13.48 N and 42 degrees 56.59WGreetings to you all from the birthday girl and the words on my card from Fiona –‘Feel the warmth of the sun, the splashes of the sea and remember life is a gift to be savoured’.A special thank you to Mike, Fiona and hubby Peter for your birthday emails.Thanks for my cards and prezzies which I have just opened and as I write those up on deck are playing with the bubble wand.Another pressie for the day, we are putting the spinnaker up – whoop, whoop!Mike – the stars are out of this world – so magnificent and I continue to see shooting stars every night. The waves although initially a tiny bit scary are now my friends as they move us closer to the Caribbean.I’m also very proud to be the final Perham in our family to. read more...


01/12/2016

Exhale - light airs 30-11-16

Back online today with wind after two days of little or no wind but glorious sunshine and spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Also success on the fishing front with a big dorado. Skipper has also trained flying fish to hit the helm on the back of the head to keep him awake!The light wind allowed time for running repairs and even a few trips up the mast to ensure everything is ok. We made a decision to try to sail all the way so progress was very slow for the last few days.Unfortunately Minerva of Kip was dismasted last night and we diverted back south east to assist and transfer some diesel to them. All her crew are fine.We are back on track now making good progress even though in a head wind.Photos to follow. read more...


01/12/2016

Koco - 11.Tag auf See

Die Nacht ohne Wind. Sternenklarer Himmel. Der Tag war bis auf unser Bergfest eher unspektakulär. Tagsüber immer noch wenig Wind. Trotzt, das die Angeln pünktlich zum Sonnenaufgang ausgeworfen wurden, konnte wieder kein Fisch gefangen werden(die Angel ratterte, aber der Fisch konnte wohl entkommen). Falls ich es noch nicht erwähnte, es ist warm.Temperatur ca.27 Grad / Luftfeuchtigkeit 66%. Kein Schiff in Sichtweite. Nur in der Nacht kreuzte uns wieder ein Tanker. Mal sehen was uns der nächste Tag so bringt.. read more...


01/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 11 - wir segeln wieder

Wir können den ganzen Tag segeln, allerdings kommt der Wind aus SW, d.h. wir fahren "am Wind" und könnenden direkten Kurs nicht anlegen. In der Nacht dreht der Wind noch mehr nach W, sodass wir wenden und Kurs Süd fahren. Außerdem ist die Nacht wider durchwacht. Da wir hoch am Wind segeln und immer wieder den Kurs korrigieren oder die Segel optimieren müssen. Wir sind morgens so geschafft, dass wir den Motor starten, um in Ruhe noch 1-2 Stunden zu schlafen. D.h. wir warten jetzt darauf, dass der Wind, wie vorhergesagt auf NO dreht. Die Stimmung an Bord ist etwas gedämpft, da wir endlich vorwärts kommen wollen und noch nicht einmal die Hälfte geschafft haben ;-(Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


01/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Eleven

We’re moving again! And in the right direction….Today has been mostly about wind and food…lots of food!!Bruce has been showing off his cooking skills with cake overload today. After another stunning sun-rise, everyone woke up to the delicious smells of lemon drizzle cake wafting through the cabins. We then set about making toasted baguettes for lunch with a homemade potato salad and coleslaw. Dinner was a chorizo and butterbean stew with freshly baked bread and then Bruce again cooked up a storm with stewed apples and sponge for dessert. (He’s promised to keep it up when he gets home!! Above decks the wind has been growing steadily all day, we have changed sails and Amelia has trimmed and trimmed again…and again. Folding away the genoa was a whole team effort and after a lot of to-ing. read more...


01/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 15 - Thursday 1st December

Day 14 - Wednesday - again!The day that went on forever - or at least that's how it seems.After the action of this morning, we all fell into a comfortable spinny-driven slump again for the afternoon.Now that the end is sort of in sight, it's all about just getting there - we have a line down from the dodgy spreader to give it a bit of support, and are hyper-conscious of not gybing too much, or without warning or preparation.Today wasn't as hot as the last few days, thank goodness.No swim today unfortunately - maybe one last one tomorrow?We had a gorgeous lunch of crepes courtesy of Anais - both savoury and sweet.Then fish curry from Denise for dinner.I have to say the culinary standard of this trip has been truly brilliant.My limited menu when I get home will be sadly lacking!This. read more...


01/12/2016

Sanya - sanya blog

SUBJECT:sanya blogen meer slapen...Het eerste deel gaat van 180cm hoogte naar 150 cm. Het tweede en tevens laatste deel gaat van 150cm naar 135 cm, mijn slaapplek dus. Eenmaal achter in onze grot bedenk ik meteen de beste techniek om er te komen, maar vooral om er weer uit te komen. De keuzes waren snel gemaakt, aangezien er maar twee technieken zijn: Ofwel als een aap (op handen en voeten) of al tijgerend zo als we in onze dienstplicht geleerd hadden. Echter ook deze keuzes waren niet zelf in te vullen, want ik kan je verzekeren, boven de 25 knopen wind zat de 'apentechniek' er al niet meer in! Over de bedjes zelf valt niet meer te zeggen dan dat ze op een brancard lijken, twee aan twee aan elkaar vast zitten en dat je er met een soort heupzwaai in moet zwieren. Wordt ook vooral niet. read more...



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