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01/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.8

Pozdrav svim dragim prijateljima koji nas prate. Situacija sa vitrom nije ništa bolja nego jučer,10-12čv ,ali s razlikom danam je kut jedrenja 130AWA i da je val dosta manji,pa klizimo 5,5-6čv i brod neškripi i ne trese.Gennaker za koji smo mislili da neće bit od velike koristipokazuje se kao odlučujuća stvar u odluci dali motorirati ili ne.Već je 3 danonon stop gori,ne skidamo ga.Posebno je gušt jedriti noću kad zbog nekakveoceanske termike vitar pojača par čvorova pa ti se čini da letiš kad uhvatiš6čv.Danipostaju svi isti,stapaju se.Svak je u svom điru,zajednički momentidešavaju se samo uz ručak i pokoji usputni komentar.Rastu temperature ,tako daviše ne koristimo odijela,a i noću smo u kratkim rukavima.još 1200NM docilja. Pozdrav od posade 4JOY. read more...


01/12/2015

Magic - Blog - May is having a rest

May is having a rest on deck in the sun so I am writing today…  Tina… We all woke up early following a night of beautiful watches – some of us had more wind than others but everyone had a fair wind, stunning stars and warmth as soft as cashmere.   We are enjoying hand sailing as the watches go faster and our helm skills grow.  We are glad we don’t have to hand steer all the way but for this stretch it is enjoyable.  Having had a cracking start – crossing the start line on a Starboard tack and making good time we have all now let go of any thoughts of a place in the ‘not’ race – we have had a lot of issues with equipment and we are focusing on moral and teamwork to ensure that the problems we are having get resolved quickly and safely. The frustration and. read more...


01/12/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 9 ARC+

We zijn inmiddels 12 dagen onderweg en gebleken is dat we een goed team zijn. Zeilen verwisselen, wachten lopen, eten koken, alles doen we in goed overleg en de sfeer is gezellig en heerlijk relaxed. We moeten nog 250 mijl varen en hebben nog steeds flinke wind. Er zijn momenteel ook ARC+ boten die heel weinig wind hebben. Net zoals dat wij 's nachts regelmatig regenbuien hebben en er boten zijn die geen regen hebben gehad. Maar ook hier is het weer voorspellen een moeilijk vak, want tot nu toe heeft het nog niet een dag geklopt. Meestal is er veel meer wind dan voorspelt met als toppunt vannacht waar geen regen voorspelt was en het een groot deel van de nacht flink geregend heeft. Maar goed, wij zijn er blij mee want niet alleen is alles flink zout, we krijgen regelmatig oranje. read more...


LaLuna - day 10, catch of the day: dorade
LaLuna - day 10, catch of the day: dorade
01/12/2015

Friskus VI -day 9-Swimming in the atlantic

Nå har vi hatt noen dager med lite vind, og siden værmeldingene nå begynnteå varsle mer vind de kommende dagene sa skipperen at om vi skulle bade midt iatlanteren måtte det bli NÅH. Jippi!! Det er mange ombord som har gledet seg tildet. Badestigen ble fisket frem, sikkerhetsline ble lagt ut og badetøy ble tattpå i en fart. Temperaturen viste 25 grader og vannet var veldig salt da vihoppet uti. Vannet er klart og knall blått, så det ble noen kule filmsnutterunder vann med GoPro kameraene våre også. Silje er den tøffeste 5-åringen jegvet om, så uredd hopper ut midt i atlanteren, og drar seg selv inn igjen itauet. Elise badet også ,men Øyvind ville ikke. Vi ble uti ganske lenge tilvinden begynnte å komme igjen, og da ble det mirakuløst nok tid til littsoltøring på dekk. Slett ikke værst,. read more...


01/12/2015

Hejira - Putrefaction

14 21.029N 057 13.043WTuesday 1st December 2015We experienced a somewhat frustrating day under sail with the wind variable in strength and direction but at least the sea state was diminishing. We maintained our sailplan but resorted to the engine on two occasions, once for an hour and then for a quarter of an hour, it’s difficult to accept speeds of less than 4 knots when those rum punches beckon!Bob has unfortunately been ‘hors de combat’ having suffered a bang on the knee which has swollen to painful proportions and confined him largely to his bunk. Stephen has written a sick note and is ministering pills and potions in an attempt to have him ambulant for our arrival.The removal of the hydrogenerator revealed more teeth (?) marks on the unit and I wonder if any reader has experience of. read more...


Hejira - Putrefaction
Hejira - Putrefaction
Hejira - Putrefaction
Hejira - Putrefaction
01/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Tuesday 1 Dec "Poo Day"

Tuesday 1st DecemberRace Day 9After more than a week into our journey it is hard to imagine seeing anything other than the ocean, the sky and our 70 foot home. Even a container ship on the horizon a few days ago looked odd! It is also difficult to imagine life being more complicated than either being on watch or off watch. I cannot remember the last time I looked at my phone, set an alarm or wore shoes – bliss! Every morning we watch a beautiful sunrise off our stern and every day ends with the sun setting over the bow. Last night I was helming with a moon-less star-filled sky and on looking up at the wind vane saw another shooting star fly by – magic! One would expect life on board to feel monotonous, but for me at least there somehow always seems to be something different to do or see. read more...


01/12/2015

Exody - Days 322-323: Back in the Atlantic !

Early this morning, Monday 30th November, we turned northward into the Atlantic Ocean after rounding Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and the furthest point from the equator of the whole rally at 35'09" South - it can only get warmer from here on!The more well known Cape of Good Hope is actually about 90 miles further to the northwest. We are now anchored, 507 miles and just over three days out of East London, at Pringles Bay, 60 miles short of Cape Town. The sun set earlier through a hazy sky over the Cape of Good Hope behind us and we are surrounded by a spectacular geography of barren mountainous outcrops with fine beaches and sand dunes. We feel privileged to be at anchor again, and share this expansive and protected bay with two fishing boats and, shoreside, extensive. read more...


01/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 9 - Sammy the Snake

This one is dedicated to Sean and Billy.To explain the relevance of the title of this log, it is first important to relate a little story from a recent sailing holiday in Croatia.Skipper Bill was tasked with the none too onerous task of instructing Sean (illustrious and tenacious, but a novice mariner nevertheless) in the complexities of the bowline. So, we are into the second week and a normally patient Bill slaps a handful of rope in Sean's lap and demands the infamous bowline. After a few minutes, the pile of rope has metamorphosed into another pile of rope. On asked what the knot is called, we learn from Sean that it is called 'Sammy the Snake'. What type of knot is it comes the next question? After very careful consideration Sean retorts 'its a slippery knot'. It's use is yet to be. read more...


01/12/2015

Hera - Ein Türchen geht auf

Das heute geöffnete Türchen des Adventskalenders brachte gleich eine böseÜberraschung. Kurz nach dem Frühstück hing plötzlich der Spibaum frei in derLuft. Die Nieten der Spibaumschiene hatten sich am Mast gelöst. Der Spibaum isterstmal am Steuerbordseezaun gesichert und wir müssen über eine Ersatzvariantenachdenken, um den Spibaum wieder an den Mast zu bekommen. Gestern begleitete uns eine Delphinschule von über 30 Tieren. Ein paarfliegende Fische, die wir sofort wieder in die See beförderten, hatten sichunser Oberdeck als Landeplatz auserkoren. Frans Angelversuche waren nur voneinem Teilerfolg gekrönt. Er hatte zwar einen prächtigen Burschen am Haken, aberunsere Geschwindigkeit war viel zu groß, um ihn auch an Bord zu bekommen. Auf dem jetzigen Breitengrad haben wir in der zweiten. read more...


01/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 8 - 29/11

Posizione 17°19N 30°35WE' incredibile.Sì davvero incredibile, vedere l'oceano quasi completamente fermo.Questa notte abbiamo dovuto accendere il motore per la propulsione. L'alternativa era rimanere fermi.Queste ore di motore saranno conteggiate dalla giuria e ci verranno penalizate nel nostro totale.Vogliamo però raggiungere il prima possibile la fascia dei venti in modo da liberarci ds queste calme.Il frigorifero oggi non rafredda più. Smontiamo il mobile dove è incassato il compressore e troviamo la ventola che raffredda il radiatore ferma.Basta sfiorarla per ripartire. Forse polvere. Già che ci siamo puliamo il gruppo.Riaccendiamo... ma ci accorgiamo entro sera che non va come prima. La mimina temperatura che riesce a spuntare è 11/12 gradi.Abbiamo ricevuto dei consigli di ripristino. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Whale again
Thursday´s Child - Whale again
Thursday´s Child - A different whale
Thursday´s Child - A different whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sashimi for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Sashimi for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Rigging repairs complete
Thursday´s Child - Rigging repairs complete
Thursday´s Child - Rainbow at the start
Thursday´s Child - Rainbow at the start
Thursday´s Child - The captain hoisting the ham
Thursday´s Child - The captain hoisting the ham
Thursday´s Child - Brian and Chris repairing the gennaker
Thursday´s Child - Brian and Chris repairing the gennaker
Thursday´s Child - Fish for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Fish for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Dorado
Thursday´s Child - Dorado
Thursday´s Child - More dolphins
Thursday´s Child - More dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Dolphin jumping
Thursday´s Child - Dolphin jumping
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins playing around the boat
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins playing around the boat
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Pre dinner
Thursday´s Child - Pre dinner
Thursday´s Child - Contented fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Contented fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Happy fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Happy fisherman
01/12/2015

Taniwha - Log 30.11

Last log.Should be in port later tomorrow.. Dec 1.Squalls last night/this morning.. welcome fresh water!Cheers--. read more...


01/12/2015

Four Seasons - Skip cocks up the tactics

It was all going swimmingly well. 6th in class, one of the best 24 hourruns in the whole fleet and then doesn’t gybe at the right time and we haveended up too far north in very light winds. Flying the light weight spinnaker inabout 7 kts; of true wind making 3-4 kts. Yuk. Very frustrating but at least weare nearly halfway ! Chris. read more...


30/11/2015

TWIXX - , zondag een drukke dag!

Wie denkt dat we ons de hele dag vervelen aan boord heeft het mis. Vooral gisteren, zondag was het een drukke bedoeling aan boord.De hengel ging voor de eerste keer uit, wie voorspelt wanneer we de eerste vis binnen halen? Het liep uiteen van 3 uur middags tot enkele dagen. We waren er nog niet over eens en daar ratelde de hengel al!Een Mahi Mahi, alles in gereedheid gebracht om de vis aan boord te krijgen. Spuitflesje met alcohol, rubber handschoenen, plank, opvangbak, messen en de hele grote haak om de vis aan boord te trekken. Die haak hadden we niet nodig maar de vis was best groot, 63cm lang. Vis binnen gehaald en gelijk gefileerd door Brigitte en Jorien met haar neus er boven op. Dan ben je nog even bezig om de boot schoon te maken van de slachtpartij. De vis in de pan gebakken en. read more...


30/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 12

Steve sent out the questions for his Nautical Trivia quiz on the evening SSB net.Strange weather during the night - wind died away, then boxed the compass, it rained, then went SW! then finally back to E-SE.And then did it all again.All black as clouds covering moon and stars.Hoisted cruising chute when it got light, but did not seem to set very well in the swell and going too far upwind, then snuffed it for a rain squall.And what a rain squall, the first proper one.As I'd got soaked on the foredeck anyway, grabbed the shampoo and had a shower on deck (note to self: use less shampoo next time), also managed to collect some in bucket hung under the gooseneck, but in fact this had sand in it - still washing the Sahara off the rig.Next decision was a bad one - to deploy chute again to dry. read more...


30/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 8 & 9

Sunrise 29.11.2015Aufgrund noch nicht geklärter technischer Probleme sind unsere bisherigen täglichen logs in den Weiten der YB Connected verschwunden. Wir werden sie nachliefern. (Update - Missed logs have been added by WCC)Tag 8Der 1. Tag mit durchgehender Sonne und langsam dahinziehenden Passatwolken am Himmel.Leider flaut der Wind immer stärker ab, bis wir schließlich bekalmt in der Flaute liegen.Nutzen die Zeit um den reparierten Spibaum zu setzen. Er funktioniert! Chapeau.Delfine tauchen aus der tiefblauen Weite auf, schauen uns neugierig dabei zu. Die etwa 2 Meter langen, 8 silbergrauen Tiere kreuzen in wechselnden Gruppen links und rechts eine halbe Stunde lang unseren Bug. Schwarzblaue fliegende Fische steigen aus dem Wasser. Heute das erste selbstgebackene Brot!Die verdächtigen. read more...


TWIXX - Jorien gaat de visfileren
TWIXX - Jorien gaat de visfileren
30/11/2015

Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset

After a week of seasickness our forth crew member, (the autopilot), finally recovered and resumed his watch. We celebrated this by mounting for the first time since the start the cockpit table and enjoyed some caviar and vodka on a nice sunset in mid ocean.RumenOn the picture from left to right: Dian, Rumen and Mihail.image1. read more...


Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset
Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 8 Another magical sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 8 Another magical sunset
30/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 8

Day 8An uneventful night, sadly not enough wind to sail so we have been motoring. However, the spectacular stars in the moonlight were awesome.On my 4 to 7am watch I thought I saw a boat in the distance - but after much debate realised it was Saturn!Not many boats to be seen now, just one or two a day on the horizon.The wind has picked up a smidgen hovering 9kn so engine off and back to main, head and stay.Everyone into their books now.We DID catch a quite big Dorado but it managed to escape from the deck to see another day.Yesterday's Tina Tuna was skilfully turned into some rather good sushi by Dan.Dolphins had gone elsewhere last few days and I had wondered when they were going to show up again and on cue, at sunset we were greeted by a few on the bow.Wonderful sunset rounded off the. read more...


30/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 30 at 11:10 am

Good morning! The night was quiet and due to a late rising of the moon very very dark, which meant we could see the stars very intensively- this must be the closest approximation on earth to experiencing space from a space ship. Beautiful.This morning was as good as it gets - finally we see whales, about 3 or four about 200 meters to our right. Unfortunately they are moving into the opposite direction then the boat. Some minutes later, a massive group of dolphins spread out hundreds of meters, following the direction of the whales.And then, flying fish darting away from Albatros, silver glimmers against the rising sun.Thus starts another day at Albatros, slowly inching towards Saint Lucia. The seas are calm, 10kn of wind, the sun is up, some clouds and the temperature really nice. It. read more...


30/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8

Puh - so schnell kann sich alles ändern!Ich schicke 2 Screenshots von USgrib mit, und zwar die Vorhersage für den03. Dezember 15:00 Uhr bzw. 21:00 Uhr, einmal vom 29.11. und einmal vom 30.11.Die Vorhersage vom 29.11. war noch identisch mit den Vortagen, dieVorhersage war stabil.Sie zeigt unterschiedliche Winde im Mittelfeld, aber keine dem Südengegenüber vorteilhafteren Winde.Die von soeben, 30.11. unterscheidet sich wesentlich, und gibt für dasgesamte Mittelfeld Winde um 20 Knoten, also deutlich höher als bishervorausgesagt, aus!Also alle Taktik erledigt - der bessere Weg wäre schlicht der direkte Weggewesen.Damit ist die Porfavor die favorisierte Yacht - Gut gemacht!!Wir müssen sehen, dass wir unseren Leichtwindspi nicht auch noch überlasten,denn der Code 0 darf bei 20 Knoten. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
30/11/2015

Aqualuna - 19:22.462N 37:34.016W

DAY 8 MONDAY, 30/11/15We passed our half way mark at 11 am this morning, yacht time.We certainly can tell we have headed further south, really warm now.We are trying to find the good trade winds south of 18.00, too many holes on the rhumb line.Yesterday Jonathan decided to attempt to make some Maki, Japanese seaweed rolls, with some mahi mahi , cucumber, carrot and avocado.He nearly got there but the sticky rice didn’t quite work to hold it all together.We had both done a Sushi cookery course at Yo Sushi in Exeter so that we could use our raw fish in more interesting ways.We have been flying the ‘pink panther’ all day but the wind is fickle and comes and go so our average has only been 5-6 knots with the odd 7-8 knots.We hope we will find better wind further south and regain our first. read more...


30/11/2015

Dawn Chorus - Log Day 8 Bereaved and Becalmed...

Devastating news today - my mother died suddenly at her home in Ireland. I am literally all at sea, adrift in the middle of the ocean without a puff of wind, and I won’t be able to get home for her funeral. Heartbroken. Makes the lumpy start, rope around the rudder incident, wrestling with untried sails and worries about progress pale into insignificance… Fair winds to all… Dawn. read more...


30/11/2015

Meltemi - 9.Tag

Liebe ARC Mitsegler und Interessierte,der neunte Tag begann mit einem gemischten Wetter und nachdem sich einige dunkle Wolken am Horizont verzogen hatten, haben wir wieder den Parasailer zum Einsatz gebracht.So langsam haben wir im Setzen und Bergen des mittlerweile unverzichtbaren Segels.Heute war es den ganzen Tag sehr heiss und mit Sonnenmilch eincremen gehört zum TagesprogrammWir befinden uns gerade auf der Position 21°58´.329N, 037°04´.60 und sind noch ca. 110 SM von der halben Strecke entfernt.Also Morgen knacken wir die Hälfte der Strecke.Ein besonderes Ereignis hat uns Rüdiger, unser Skipper, bescheert.Es kam alles zum Einsatz was irgendwie an Segel verfügbar war. Parasailer, Genue und Groß. (Die Crew durfte Ihre Handtücher behalten)Wir haben die Segelaufstellung einen. read more...


TWIXX - TWIXX, zondag geen rustdag...
TWIXX - TWIXX, zondag geen rustdag...