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25/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Blog Wednesday 25

Wednesday 25 NovRace Day 3 The first big activity of Tuesday evening was dropping the spinnaker on watch change as the wind increased. Unfortunately this pushed back dinner and a couple of guys suffered rope burns while trying to control the spinnaker in the gusty wind. No lasting damage but lots of ice was used to cool the burns. The only other drama overnight was nearly having to gibe because of wind change. Luckily the power of thought from the foredeck cause the wind to change back so no gibe. A few dolphins came to say ahoy and then slipped off into the darkness of the ocean. This is Wednesday morning with bacon rolls for breakfast. All good till we set the smoke alarm off – everybody needed to get up anyway J. Nothing better having your bacon roll with morning coffee while. read more...


25/11/2015

Hejira - Purple Haze

13 38.050N 041 25.213WWednesday 25th November 2015What a day!We became surrounded by black clouds and the radar confirmed that it was impossible to avoid a soaking at best so we dropped the twin Yankees in plenty of time and set a reefed main and waited. The deluge was of absolutely biblical proportions and we could only put the washboards in, close all the hatches and watch as the rain ran off the windows like a fire hose. At least it should have dealt finally with the covering of Sahara dust which has smothered everything in a red brown coating since the Canaries. The wind fluctuated in strength and direction and at one stage blowing from the west, exactly opposite to the prevailing direction.There was nothing for it but a reluctant reach for the key and we ran the engine until more. read more...


Hejira - Purple Haze
Hejira - Purple Haze
25/11/2015

PG Roshni - Dark and Stormy 2

Just picked up the forecast .... Does anyone remember Michael Fish and his classic?..... n areas farther S. There is also a slight potential for isolated showers and squalls the next few days. These are expected to be light where they do occur.Ali and I suggest we'd hate to be out in a heavy one then.... :). read more...


25/11/2015

PG Roshni - 25/11 0750 Twas a Dark and Stormy Night

16:02.5N 45:26.0WBlimey can it ever rain ! Well the forecasted squalls (that have been forecasted since we set off) came in with a vengeance late yesterday - got properly soaked a couple of times and saw gusts of 40+kn which takes you back a bit as the squall comes in so quick. Poor Nigel with his glasses couldn't see anything through the rain and made his helming sessions pretty tough - flying by wire or using the force - not sure which...Naturally we are all knackered after the sewing and mainsail issue so really needed another sleepless night and sleigh ride...looking on the positive side though we are (a) going the right way pretty quickly - lots of long sessions where we don't drop below 10kn;(b) saving on water as the rain water showers have been welcome and necessary by the looks. read more...


25/11/2015

Furia - day 3 after a night of squalls

Everything is fine onboard. Washed by waves from time to time we are never 100% dry. Mihail and Dian hand steer all the time on a dead run, mainsail(some times 1streef) with poled out jib (also sometimes reefed). Did several jibes to keep the COG as close to the rhumb line as possible. No fishing, just pure sailing. Inside, tight and cosy and just a little bit messy with three men on a boat.Rumenimage1. read more...


Furia - day 3 after a night of squalls
Furia - day 3 after a night of squalls
25/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 2

Posizione 25° 55N19° 19W direzione 269 velocità 6,3ktL'onda si fa sentire, tutto l'equipaggio, chi più chi meno ne sta risentendo. Le previsioni dicono vento e mare in diminuzione. Stare a bordo è difficile, la barca rolla moltissimo ed anche operazioni semplici come andare in bagno sono complesse. Di giorno quando c'è il sole la temperatura è gradevole, si sta volentieri fuori, poi la sera rinfresca ancora molto. A pranzo ho preparato un piatto di pasta con la salsa di pomodoro, con il metodo Soldini, ovvero con la pentola a pressione, impossibile pensare di avere sui fuochi una pentola di acqua bollente, il cardano della cucina durante i rollii arriva a fondo corsa! La pasta non è venuta benissimo, leggermente scotta, ma non molto, forse perché la amo veramente al dente. Mio papà me. read more...


25/11/2015

Hera - Die Roue - Qual der Wahl

Die Wettervorhersagen sind widersprüchlich. Wir haben uns letztendlich dochfür die Barfußroute im Süden entschieden. Einige Crewmitglieder haben sogarInteresse an einem Landgang auf den Kapverden geäussert. Bei der jetzigenWetterlage, die uns bei Westkurs zügig voran bringt, werden wir diese aber wohlweit südlich liegen lassen. Das Wetter ist sehr durchwachsen und wir habenbisher guten Wind. Die Bordroutinen spielen sich allmählich ein und bei den Freiwachen bildensich schon mal kleine Abendrunden bei einem Gläschen Wein.   Stefan. read more...


24/11/2015

PG Roshni - 24/11 2035 Reach

15:56.0N 44:04.7WEvening all Well finally ! Aching fingers and tired minds we fixed the sail and its holding touch wood! Set off with the pole out to port and headed a bit S of Barbados only to be hit by a squall and 30kn breeze pushing us more towards Brasil !Up we gets again to support Ali who was helming. Decided to take down the pole, gybe back to 300 and broad reach tonight so everyone can get some rest (including me I hope)!In other news: Our 1/2 way party started well with waffles honey and real coffee this morning :) this evening chef of the day Nigel treated us with frey bentos steak and kidney pies all round (and one balti pie?) and canned veg - luxury eh ! The canned veg tastes better than the fresh from cape verdes - good old Jamie and Sainsbury again!Susan wore the party. read more...


24/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 6

20:42:00 UTC Tuesday Nov. 23, 2015Position: 15.902897N, 42.387746WHOW TO LIVE IN SWELLS!Rule #1: hang on!Rule #2: hang on!!!you need one hand to hang onto something on the port side when the boat rolls to starboard and a second hand to hold onto something on the port side when the boat immediately thereafter rolls the other way. The third hand is then needed to hang onto your drink and a fourth hand to hold onto your plate with food (or your computer on which you are trying to write a blog entry) which are about to slide off the table. Sounds easy, ISN’T!!Typing takes three times as long, since the moment your finger descends on the “e” the world under your hand moves sideways and you type the “w” instead.Getting coffee out of the coffeemaker demands a special technique. You stand in. read more...


24/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture

24 November 2015 Fish count: zero It’s day 2 and we’re off and running!  We set off on Sunday at 12:45pm with 35 knots of wind and a fairly choppy sea. Despite some pretty big waves the crew have all now got their sea legs.   Winds have been good for the most part, although moving around a little, and we have been making the best part of 200 miles per day.  We are now officially 2nd in our division. We had the older of our two spinnakers up yesterday and managed to get it back in successfully without getting it in the sea – great team effort.  We’ve now changed our genoa to a larger one to increase sail area. We’ve had the fishing line out in hope of some big fish. The ARC guide tells us there are blue marlin and tuna in this area and we’ve. read more...


24/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 6

In the meantime we are used to this 24 hour per dayroller coaster. Nico and Letty promised us a comforatble ride and withthis promise in mind we became crew onboard beautiful Nix. But like many other subjects in life, you caninfluence life but threre are moments that there comes an end to thisand that we feel the confrontation with the conditions. But comparede tothe  life our grandgrandgrandfathers in the golden age on their way toIndonesia to collect spices we are verygoldenboys on a ship with all comfort, delicious food, books, a bed! So there isno reason for any complaints, in the contrary we enjoy every mile we are doingand each morning we gather round the computer to see if our efforts have paidof........And after work at deck there is time. read more...


24/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 2: A few days in the Car Wash!

After a great start, coming in on a starback tack, gybing on the startingline just behind the starting vessel, we came off in free wind and the ridebegan. Only a few boats ahead of us and soon they were left behind. For a whileonly Brunel, a former Volvo Ocean Race boat, were ahead.  We hoisted the kite and took off. Kind of a crazy ride down the coast ofGran Canaria. Constant speed of 15 to 23 knots, flying through the waves and itfelt like we were partly submerged. It was like sailing in a car wash, extremelywet and rocking!  To avoid the wind shadow of Gran Canaria we took the gybe 20 nauticalmiles south of Gran Canaria and went westerly, keeping Tenerife 50 miles tostarboard. Also at that distance the wind shaddow from Tenerife and it’s highvolcany Teide were very clear.. read more...


24/11/2015

Magic - Magic Log

Magic ; Dog LogTuesday 24rd November   The B’ARC – Day 3 It’s a dog’s life. I have been sailing for 12 months now and it still confuses me  - a lot.  When I lived at home in North Yorkshire life was so good – running in the fields chasing butterflies and looking at cows – now life is significantly more weird.  It all began when we arrived in our tiny new home – a boat, apparently.  I couldn’t understand why we had downsized.  Then things got really strange.  The floor in this new home moved and I couldn’t figure out what was outside and what was inside – in other words where should I go to the toilet? I am a Maltese Terrier called May.  Such matters are delicate and having fully understood the rules of our house this. read more...


24/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 16 – Monday/ Banana pancake, without the pan

It’sMonday, and I just realized it’s now more than 2 weeks since we left Las Palmas,and in a few days it’ll be a week since we left Mindelo. Even though some daysare slower than others, I every so often find myself surprised how fast the timehas gone by. The days at sea really flies by with watches, sleeping and wakingup for meals, and occasionally giving the bananas onboard their pancake-destiny.My sister decided to pursue this today, but instead of doing the usualpancake-joke-on-nature kind, she managed to whip up a cake. It tasted likebanana and still was truly delicious. Don’t know how she doesit.Andfor the record, cooking at sea is really no joke. Or should I say the Atlanticis no joke, we’ve come to discover. And we thought we had experienced tough seaand squalls. This ocean is. read more...


24/11/2015

Starblazer - 24/11/2015 – Weather Window? More like Revolving Doors!

During the past week in Richards Bay the most common topic of conversation was the weather.As I mentioned in my last blog, Monday’s window slammed shut on Tuesday, time enough for one boat to sail overnight and reach Durban safely.The next ‘window’ opened Wednesday or Thursday evening but had slammed shut again by the next evening however three more boats made it to Durban.The only real advantage of a stopover in Durban is that the next leg to East London is shorter but you still need a 48 hour window.On Friday evening the remaining skippers met at the club for a ‘Happy Hour’ to discuss the GRIBs and a promising looking window on Monday which should allow us to reach East London and, possibly, Port Elizabeth.The sky darkened and rain looked very likely which led to a number of skippers. read more...


24/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 2

Day 2Everyone in fine fettle having found their sea legs fast last night.It was lovely to see the almost full moon reflecting on the sea on my 12 to 4am watch.We goosewinged the head and the main for a while giving a smoother ride for a time and I spotted a few pilot whales alongside fleetingly on the starboard bow before they disappeared.In the morning 4 of the boys looked spic and span after taking their first showers.Mike and Simon put out the line for fishing this morning but sadly nothing caught today.However, I have my winning lures pinky and perky yet to be tested and am confident of a fine feast for tomorrow.Mainly poled headsail today and average wind 25kn. Simon on the helm managed a speed of 11.9kn today, but I remain unbeaten with my 12.3kn yesterday careering down a wave. read more...


24/11/2015

Grand Bleu - voorbereiding, start zondag 22/11, maandag 23/11,dinsdag 24/11

De week voor de start werd gevuld met het klaar maken van de Grand Bleu voor haar eerste crossing. Voor het merendeel van de bemanning was het ook de eerste crossing: voor Lara haar derde en voor Jan Hein zijn tweede. Zeilen , vallen, lijnen controleren, watertanks en diesel bijvullen, navigatie apparatuur controleren en een antenne bij plaatsen. Uitgebreid inkopen doen In El Corte Ingles, en Hyperdino, en dat alles in het Spaans. Biotex vinden was een uitdaging. Ondertussen integreren met onze Engelse en Duitse buren, suggesties vragend over de rigging. Dit alles onder het allesziend oog van de kapitein Adriaan. Voor hem waren de voorbereidingen al 8 maanden geleden begonnen. In de avond ons overgegeven aan het ARC feestgebeuren met als een hoogtepunt onze Bold and the Beautiful. read more...


24/11/2015

Meltemi - Message from: SY MELTEMI

Die gute Nachricht vorweg: Kenny kotzt nicht mehr!! Mit wieder vollzähliger Crew konnten wir uns nun an das Großprojekt Großsegel setzen machen. Die so einfach klingende Aufgabe "Schäkel an Segel" hätte beinahe drei ausgewachsene Männer an den Rande der Verzweiflung getrieben. Die Fähigkeit zur Arbeit über Kopf in 3 Meter Höhe ist sicher noch ausbaufähig ;-). Aber nun ist alls gut und wir segeln mit achterlichem Wind Schmetterling, seit Stunden die Angel hinter uns herziehend, in der Hoffnung, dass wir nix fangen, weil wir der Überproduktion an verderblichem Essen Herr werden müssen. Die Thaicurryreste von gestern müssen verzehrt werden, ebenso wie die bereits vorgekochte Bolognaise. Also an die Arbeit! Thimmy. read more...


24/11/2015

Rhumb - Log 1 - All good so far

Apologies for the radio silence, but it has been rather hairy out here and still is, although conditions expected to settle by Christmas eve!!!!! Very difficult sailing with winds touching 48 knots most of the time - a few lulls here and there, but no chance to get the spinnaker pole ready for poling out the genoa as yet.Anyway, to the start. To a cacophony of sound - ships horns, hooters, yacht music and a brass band we slipped our lines and eased gently of the mooring at 12.15 with a cunning plan to beat the strong wind, learning from the skipper next door making a pig's ear of his departure. Crowds of onlookers lined the marina breakwater to cheer and bid us all farewell as we motored out to the start waiting area to meet winds of 30kn plus. Another cunning plan was put into action. read more...


24/11/2015

Aliena - Martes, 24-11-2015

Noche tranquila con algún chubasco.El mar sigue revuelto con grandes olas y el viento un poco mas fuerte que ayer. Hemos recorrido 178 mn. Por fin, esta mañana, hemos atangonado el yanky a estribor y abrimos foque a babor. Vamos como motos, aunque parezca que siempre estamos en el mismo sitio. La tripulacion ya acostumbrada a los meneitos de las olas, incluso Carlos. Hoy acabaremos de agotar la comida cocinada con lo que mañana toca cocinar de nuevo (con el permiso de Nepturno). A la puesta de sol reduciremos vela para pasar la noche tranquilos. Parece que hace menos frio que estos dias anteriores.¿Que estaran haciendo mis princesas?Carmen. read more...


24/11/2015

Nix - Leg 2 day 7

An exhausted white heron miscalculated itslanding on board the Nix, ripped the head sail and broke our dreams about asecond victory. We dried our tears quickly and became good friends with the lostcreature and after a meal of fresh Mahi Mahi we all see a bright future again.We hope to deliver the Capeverdian white heron in good shape in St.Lucia.   Nix crew white heron. read more...


Nix - Leg 2 day 7
Nix - Leg 2 day 7
24/11/2015

Chimo - reisverslag 7 ARC+

Na vijf dagen beginnen we in het ritme te komen. De eerste dagen waren pittig door harde wind en hoge golven van allerlei kanten waardoor de boot een speelbal op de golven was. De boot heeft veel te lijden en iedere dag horen we een nieuw piepje of kraakje. Sinds dag twee heeft de stuurautomaat een vreemde tik. Inmiddels weten we dat het de tandwielen zijn die aan het kapot gaan zijn. Geen slechte voorbereiding, want hij is gloednieuw. Gelukkig hebben we de oude, minder sterke stuurautomaat als reserve meegenomen, maar we zijn blij met iedere mijl die hij aflegt en sturen overdag wat vaker met de hand om hem te ontlasten. Maar op de hoge golven is het sturen flink werken. Iedere dag wordt het wat warmer. De wind is rond de 18-20 kn uit het noordoosten. Voor de eerste drie dagen had ik. read more...


24/11/2015

Likedeeler - Cruisen oder nicht Cruisen? ...

... Das ist hier die Frage."Leinen los. Segel hoch. Auf zur Karibik!""Noch 5 Minuten bis zum Start. Alle Mann klar?""Klaro."Es fing eigentlich ganz gut an. Der Motor surrte noch ein letztes Mal, bis, ja bis er eben dies nicht mehr tat. "Wir haben ein technisches Problem! Der Motor geht immer wieder aus!", ruft Götz der Crew zu. Und jetzt? Gerade jetzt? "Gehen wir jetzt nicht über den Atlantik?", stürmen die Kinder. "Doch, doch. Aber nicht mit dem Start der ARC", seufzt Lisa. Was war zu tun? Rein in den Hafen unter Segeln? Ankern vor dem Hafen und auf Abschlepphilfe warten? Da sahen wir den Übeltäter. Eine Leine hatte sich von der Reling gelöst und sich unter dem Boot in der Schiffsschraube verhäddert. So ein Mist! Das hieß rein ins Wasser. Während Kai das Seil losschnitt, machte Lisa. read more...


25/11/2015

Vitamina - vitamina diary

After few days more on board crossing the Atlantic we are exciting aboutour trip!.....we celebrated our crossed line of 1.500 miles eating pizza and icecream The night watches are a little bit hard and we continued be in company withthe flying fishes.... every day we talk with the rest of the fleet by SSB and it is a moment veryfunny. The weather is good...some squalls...and the wind is in ourback. read more...


24/11/2015

Bamarandi - Tuesday 24th November - Vibrations

Position 16.14.427N 042.34.007WOur mileage dropped back in the last 24 hours largely due to strong vibrations starting this morning we could feel coming through one of the gearboxes on our port side causing us to stop.  We had just pulled up the mainsail at around 7.30am when it started so had to face into the wind - get wet - and take it down again. Donald then donned his smart new diving shorts and a flotation jacket and complete with piece of rope round his waist, mask and snorkel went under the boat to investigate if anything was wrapped around our prop. There was no sign of anything - it was completely clean. There was then an investigation of the other side, nothing again.We turned back around and set off again only to find the problem was still there. We have lots of olive. read more...


24/11/2015

PG Roshni - 24/11 1345 - Sofas and sleigh-rides

15:51.9N 43:17.0W Waaahhhoooo We passed our halfway point at 0616 and I won the sweep for time of arrival which was set before we had no main sail such has been the wind :)! Apparently I only win glory and the right to tell a storey rather then the free beers for a week I wanted :(. Ali and I finished sewing at noon and hoisted the refreshed main - the flash carbon sail now looks cool with its patch of sofa fabric poorly but strongly sewed all over the tear. We've been pulling 13kn pretty often since setting of on the new gybe so very happy atm as Roshni is doing her stuff again :)! All of us are bushed but in good spirits and on the 1000 mile 'home run' now. More later ... When was the last time you said waaaahhoooo. read more...


Marisja - log 24-11-2015: Rodie met z'n eerste mahi mahi
Marisja - log 24-11-2015: Rodie met z'n eerste mahi mahi
24/11/2015

Marisja - log 24-11-2015: Genoeg te doen!

Wederom een dagje van 220 Nm! Dit ging alleen niet zonder slag of stoot. We hebben met klapperende zeilen stil gelegen, maar ook met 15 knts vangolven gesurft.Veel wolken en buien zorgde voor de nodige druk en windrichtingverschillen, veel zeil aanpassingen dus! Het laatste stukje van de nacht stond er 35 knts en was het pikzwart metgolven uit een rare richting, wat voor het nodige gerol en geslinger zorgdeaangezien je als stuurman compleet je richtingsgevoel kwijt bent (veel blijeniet slapende mensen binnen ;)!)Tot aan de lunch nog aardig wat rare hoeken gevaren door de buien, maarondanks de beperkte nachtrust iedereen blij aangezien we toch weer 220 Nm hebbenafgelegd en we hoorden dat we 40 Nm voor de nummer 2 in onze klasseliggen.   Vlak voor de lunch besloten we nog even te gaan. read more...


24/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2

Der Tag zwei endet mit einem verpassten neuen Rekord für die Bluewater Mooney!Um 48 Sekunden haben wir die Marke von 400 nm in 48 Stunden verpasst - na ja- irgendwann wird alles passen!Im Übrigen alles sehr wechselhaft. Die Nacht war mit 20 bis 28 kn recht windig, trotzdem steht der Spinnaker seit gestern Nachmittag ununterbrochen. Ein paar Squalls (kräftige Regenschauer mit Böen bis 35 kn) haben uns verschont oder wir konnten ausweichen.Zudem war die Nacht lausig kalt - na ja, wenn eines sicher ist dann die steigenden Temperaturen.399 nm seit dem Start 400 nm seit dem Start. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 2
24/11/2015

Why Not - blog day 2

Tuesday and all going well after being caught in a squall at about 11ishand nearly a knock down , but now all back to normal spinnaker pole out and crewhaving a well earned sleep .  In 2 days managed 307 nm and all good. Sea a little swelly but light winds , still not got cruising shoot out yetbut not long now, Skippers just had a shave and shower and a well earned beer.   Cheers Richard. read more...


LaLuna - dag3
LaLuna - dag3
24/11/2015

LaLuna -dag 3

About last night: Full moon maar helaas geen heldere sterrenhemel zoals vorige nacht. Redelijk wat bewolking af en toe wat druppels maar niet echt koud. Als later het wolkendek toch even openbreekt schijnt de maan vanuit het westen een fel verlichtte strook zee en lijkt het erop dat de maan LaLuna de weg naar St Lucia aanwijst.Heel de nacht hebben we +/- 3 NM aan stuurboord het gezelschap van Laissez Faire. Een Catamaran van 17m lang en 9m breed. Verder nog 1 zeiljacht iets verder achter aan bakboord. Van de andere 200 boten geen spoor meer op onze radar na 2 dagen zeilen. Om 10 u maken we Skipper Lode wakker uit een diepe slaap en besluiten het grootzeil (dubbel gereefd) terug op te trekken en de fok (te loevert) uit te bomen. We lopen al snel een stabiele 7 knots. Als dan ook het. read more...


24/11/2015

Lucky Star - 24/11/2015 160 milles aujourd'hui

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, tout va très bien, on avance vite. On arrive à prendre desris les yeux fermés (on doit en être à notre 15ième manoeuvres) et tout lemonde commence à savoir barrer (Toujours pas possible de mettre lepilote).Mais ça reste assez tranquille, l'équipage gère super bien!!!Bonne entente à bord.Premiers dauphins aperçus au loin.En attente de vos mails.Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


24/11/2015

Isabel - Day 2

Tuesday 12 Noon 24/11/2105262192 N 021 32 58W - 186 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia2325Steady as we go, winds dropped back to around 20 kts as we sail directlytowards St Lucia. We have a couple of other ARC yachts just in sight.Crew all good and not wishing to peak too early supper last night comprisedof sausages, potatoes and beans ........ Currently goose winged (main one side, genoa poled out the other) in thesunshine with a long swell following sea and sunshine. A few issues with the gooseneck connection to the boom, the bolts had workedloose overnight. All now secure and we will monitor dailyHere's a photo of Pete hard at work.. as per..m_IMG_6263. read more...


Isabel - Day 2
Isabel - Day 2
24/11/2015

Bliss II - blogentry day 2

Day2 Nightwas much better than before and we did good pace for confidence of what we arecapable. Several gusts wit rain and 30+ kts means several sail action at night.But all went well. Crew is excellent and everybody is relaxed except Sepp who isstill fighting sea sickness. Hope he gets well soon. Today we want to startfishing if we find the time. I think we are starting a new record for arc. Nominute on Auto Pilot as it seems… We’restruggling a little with wind direction but are confident that northern routestill pays off. Moreto come tomorrow same time BestRegards JB,bliss II. read more...


24/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 2 - Lunch time

November 24, 2015 – It’s the second day of our crossing. The moment I am writing this, Inge just baked a bread, Herman and Daan prepared the fish that we caught yesterday and which is now smoking in the oven, Mariette is taking a nap after her yoga session, and Gerard is outside keeping an eye on the sails and the auto pilot. Last night went very smooth, we are getting used to the shifts of 3 hours up and 6 hours of sleep, it’s very doable. Also we start to get used to the noises and the rock and rolling, we start to get the sea legs!  Today the sun is shining and we have between 15 and 23 knots of wind. We are sailing goose winged (melkmeisje) and the waves are very pleasant, not too high. The distance we made today (day 2) is 177 miles. We’ve just put the clothes of Gerard to dry. read more...


24/11/2015

Cookelu meu - Tuesdays report, day 7, another 1350 nautical miles to go

Trade wind conditions (= Easterly strong winds and occasional squalls) prevailed yesterday night and seem to continue through the next days. Unfortunately the high swell from the northeast creates uncomfortable condition on board making simple tasks and even sleep difficult. We are making plans for our midway party next Thursday. I heard something about a five course dinner including roast beef and a surprise cake.We are all well and the occasional rain and the swell do not succeed to affect our good spirits. Panos and the crew onboard Cookelu Meu. read more...


24/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog

24 November 2015 Fish count: zero It’s day 2 and we’re off and running!  We set off on Sunday at 12:45pm with 35 knots of wind and a fairly choppy sea. Despite some pretty big waves the crew have all now got their sea legs.   Winds have been good for the most part, although moving around a little, and we have been making the best part of 200 miles per day.  We are now officially 2nd in our division. We had the older of our two spinnakers up yesterday and managed to get it back in successfully without getting it in the sea – great team effort.  We’ve now changed our genoa to a larger one to increase sail area. We’ve had the fishing line out in hope of some big fish. The ARC guide tells us there are blue marlin and tuna in this area and we’ve. read more...


20/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip

Catch of the trip   After 3 days sailing in a strong breeze of 20knots, all other yachts are lost behind the horizon. The hole crew is in anunstable condition, due to the high seas. The keel of the Nix starts singingevery time we surf a wave with 12 knots or more. Boris is busy getting his luresin the right condition, but our speed is so high now, that only a very big MahiMahi or Wahoo can get hold of the lure. Fishings starts to look like acatastroph till......   Nix crew. read more...


Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 3 Catch of the trip
24/11/2015

Friskus VI - log day 2

Posisjon: 15:03.371N 19:14.695WSeilt distanse: 300 nm   Vi har det bra her ute på havet. Bølgene er fremdeles store og vinden ergod og fører oss i riktig retning. VI har vært oppe i 14 knop fart gjennomvannet, og det er ny rekord! Det er mye bevegelse i båten, og noen er mersjøsyke enn andre, til tross for medisiner. Det går likevel greit, og vaktenedeles mellom de voksne med 2 timers skift og 2 timers hvile.   Den flotte bananklasen vår liker seg ikke, så nå har vi snart en haug avbrune ihjelslåtte bananer. VI har funner oppskrift på banankake.   Barna har lekt med de nye spillene og DVD’ene de har fått, men vi ser allefrem til litt mindre bølger om noen dager.. read more...


24/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361ARC 2015 Blog Tuesday 24 Nov

Tuesday 24 NovRace Day 2Hello world! Spinnaker has just been hoisted and seems to still be in the right place still… Events over the last 24 hours include some drama with a torn Yankee 1 sail, to be replaced with Yankee 2 and now the spinnaker, sighting of a moonbow (or moon rainbow?). Apparently like a rainbow but without colour…), some successful showers due to the brilliant water maker (Be is even about to take a second shower), everyone has had a go at helming and there’s been an improvement in seasickness (I am now able to walk around down below without having to rush to my bunk. So unpleasant!). Some people reported a dubious dolphin sighting (Jerry says next to the dodo and the unicorn). Had some rain overnight but now blue skies. Sewing up the torn sail has commenced. We have. read more...


24/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 3- Brisk start to the ARC

Hello from Ruby Rose!   What a start! As I’m sure everyone else is reporting, conditions werelively for the first day of the ARC. Swell was pretty big (I couldn’t tellexactly how big- maybe 10 metres at times) and we got some excitement looking atthe speeds we were doing as we surfed down the bigger waves. Our previous recordwas 11.5 knots- well, we smashed that with a whopping 15 knots! We chose to gooffshore to avoid the worst of the acceleration zone, but not sure howsuccessful this was: we still had gusts of 40 knots within the first few hours.Unfortunately, we lost an avocado, a couple of mandarins and a mango off theside, probably joining a fruit medley from many other yachts who didn’t securetheir netting quite tightly enough! Far more tragic was the loss of our bean bagover. read more...


24/11/2015

Hejira - Squally squally night

13 24.761N 039 10.466WTuesday 24th November 2015Today we mourn the departure of a trusty friend, taken in its prime, lost overboard after years of loyal service. No one saw the departure but a suicidal leap into the deep is the only explanation for the missing winch handle. It leaves behind a twin sister in the cockpit and a smaller brother at the mast, adoption attempts will be made for twins in a chandlery upon arrival in St. Lucia so the survivor can retire to back-up status.The winds became light around noon but by 15.30, the approach of squalls with big winds and shifts made it prudent to drop the Parasailor after 28 hours of great sailing and revert to the safe twin poled out Yankees. It is during this period with bundles of ‘string’ everywhere that we think the winch handle made. read more...