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04/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 14 - We can almost see the finish line!

Dag 15, kurs 255 grader, sönd 3 dec. kl 11.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -4h) hemma 16.00Hej där hemmaEn märklig och mäktig känsla infann sig i natt när jag satt ochstyrde. Helt ensam i den mörka natten, till och med mina 2 gastar lågoch sov i sittbrunen. Klockan är 04.30 Pauline tid, himlen ärstjärnklar och vi forsar fram med drygt 9 knop med motor.VI ÄR NÄSTAN FRAMME……………… 20 timmar säger navigatornDet är en fantastisk skön känsla, men samtidigt en känsla av tomhet,vad händer nu när vi gjort detta?Snabbt tillbaka till verkligheten, där pågår ett stor race med vårkombattant Albatros, vi får ständiga uppdateringar om deras Fart ochvilket avstånd vi ligger efter/före. Vi utnyttjar detta på bästa sättoch lägger upp taktiken. Vi styr inte över vädret, men de har varit påvår sida i natt. Vi har 2. read more...


Ximera - Day thirteen - Hold tight!!!
Ximera - Day thirteen - Hold tight!!!
04/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - close encounters

And so the trade winds gently carry us to our destination. Life on board has continued in its routine of watches, cooking, cleaning, eating and sleeping. Still, our group of fabulous ladies is united. Not a crossed word has been spoken and my admiration and respect for them knows no bounds. We are counting down the longitudional minuites whilst starting to imagine our arrival in St Lucia with all that means. Party, rum, shower or food? The order of importance changes throughout the day. Overnight gave us some cause for a cheer as we caught up with and overtook another ARC yacht (who shall remain nameless!). Alone for so long in this massive expance of ocean, then suddenly, within less than point three of a nauticle mile, a sprint race was underway! Cheers coupled with every so slight. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 15: Dodging the squalls
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 15: Dodging the squalls
04/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 15: Dodging the squalls

Bluewaft Log Day 15Sunday 4 December 201619°11’.839N 045°10’.198WOnly 1000 nm to go!Another good day’s sailing.The wind has shifted tothe East so we’re goose-winging with the Gennaker and Jib and the main onthe second reef.The wind has been between 10kts and 20kts, and startedfrom the ENE to clock to the E.We’ve also been dodging squalls at bothdusk and dawn.We’re now over two weeks in to what is going to be around a three weekjourney, and much of the focus is on preventative maintenance.‘A stitchin time saves nine’ has even more weight when you’re 1000nm from thenearest chandler!In practice, this has entailed moving the Main andGennaker halyard a few cm each day, easing the point of sail for the bestride,checking the mousing on all the blocks, using a preventer on the boom,and to. read more...


04/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 10

Today we have a birthday, many happy returns to Lesley!! And it has been a bacchanale of a celebration. champagne carefully chilled in the laundry trawling system. TWO bottles of Veuve Cliquot, the drinking of which is made fully safe and possible by the true wind speed of 0.5 knots (although the sharks are still following us!).Homemade hummous, now we are breaking into tinned food. gorgeous effort by Elisabeth. We are all sat in the cockpit, most of the laundry is done, tapas for lunch, a round of happy birthday wishes to Lesley. we are even wearing paper hats. The only thing missing from the festivities is the chocolate and strawberry cake that Thalita attempted to bake in the early hours. sadly it caught fire and was fed to the fish. But it is always the thought that counts! By the. read more...


04/12/2016

Ximera - Day thirteen - Hold tight!!!

13∞58.51 N - 34∞23.50 W -- 14∞18.61 N - 37∞13.56 WIn the night, at about 0400, the wind became stronger and we started to make a good turn of speed, running from the waves of a confused sea that at that moment did not bring big swells.Our trip log recorded a top speed of 13.3 knots and an average of 8. Our bow is still pointed to St. Lucia, finally we can shout out loud all together: 'atlantic trade winds'!!! The day goes fastslow as usual ...? What do I mean? Each day seems slow as we are travelling at a maximum of about 10mph and plenty of time to do nothing; then at the end of the day you celebrate how much has been done and how much we have achieved.So when we go faster, what do we do with our time?There is a daily rota of cleaning ... clean the loos, empty the bins, wash the cockpit. read more...


04/12/2016

Beltana II - Oh what a night........goes the song; or how about "On a dark and stormy night"

Or as one of my crew quipped – Beltana had its own Shakespeareanreenactment last night – to the script of The Tempest! We were having a lovely sail (skipper tucked up in bed), Two reefs in themain – gennie poled out but with a few furling wraps already taken in – 14-16knots, moving along at 6-7 knots.  The night is black, and I mean black –really black – full clouds, no moon struggling through, no stars for the lastthree nights, the sea is black and you cant pick a horizon, even with theinstrument lights on you cannot see the deck up front, or the sails, I meaneverything was black. First a rainny bit hit and the boys wondered whether any other weatherchange would hit, didn’t have to wonder long..... the wind then escalated to 20odd knots and then gusted up further, skippers. read more...


04/12/2016

SuperTramp - Blog day 14

It's getting warmer!Last night was the first night we were on watch in t shirts and shorts. Will is finding it hard to sleep in the little bunk cabin as it gets very hot since he can't open his porthole. The stars at night are amazing and at present Scott holds the record for seeing the most shooting stars…………………….that's a lot of wishes!Supertramp is performing beautifully, however, downwind is not her favourite point of sail and we have tried many combinations.Last night before dinner we set the sails goose winged with the Gib out on the pole. She settled well if a tad rocky as the swell is a little on our beam. At least now our VMG is matching our speed. Will's curry was AMAZING last night. His visit to the spice stall at the food market was well worth it. We will give him a break in. read more...


04/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 13 part 2: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Day 13 part 2: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing   We have been sitting, waiting and wishing for wind now for over 40hours.  Its been a long 40 hours.  Over the last day our total mileagewas 8, and every bit of that we had to work for. The sea has been glassy withwave like undulations moving in different directions, the surface covered insmall ripples.  These waves vary in size and are quietly incessant. Theocean reminds me of the desert with the sand dunes appearing fixed butconstantly changing in response to the wind.  Its mesmeric to watch thewaves and to allow your body to follow the gentle movement of the sea. It’s meditative. Sitting, waiting, wishing.. read more...


Shalan - Day 14
Shalan - Day 14
Shalan - Day 14
Shalan - Day 14
04/12/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 4. December 2016

Now we are aiming directly to the north coast of St. Lucia. But the wind is coming from behind. Bad for a sailing ship. So we are gibing now and then to get at least some speed with roaming winds.Later we saw the difference between old and modern. We were sailing along a squall front. Sails already reefed because of fear of heavy gusts out of the squalls. Dolphins around us. Spectacular clouds. Then there came a big sailing vessel from behind - first ship for 2 weeks; maybe from the normal ARC. Full mainsail, huge gennaker., making 12 knots. They seemed not to be anxious of the bad weather. Always full speed. Modern times . We were not jealous. What else happened?Had fresh bread. Caught no fish; do not know why they don't bite anymore.380 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


04/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 13 Part 3: Can’t let her get away

Day 13 Part 3: Can’t let her get away   Our excitement of the afternoon was 5 minutes being entertained by adorado.  Dave had reeled in the fishing line and as he did so a mediumsized dorado started to chase the lure.  By this time the lure was withinfeet of the boat and we watched enthralled as Dave moved the lure from side toside watching the fish chase after it and try and catch it.  It was like akitten chasing a ball of string.  As we watched we laughed at its agility,speed and determination and became so connected to its spirit that we decided tolift the lure and let it swim on.  Just when we all agreed this was theright thing to do it bit the lure and was hooked.  Decision made we reeledher in.  As luck would have it, the hook slipped and she. read more...


04/12/2016

Charisma - Tag 13 - Priorität A,B, und Z

An Bord der SY Charisma ist das Leben ganz einfach organisiert und es lebt sich so angenehm damit.An erster StellePrioritätA hat alles, was mit dem Schiff und dem Fortkommen in der Regattazusammenhängt. Für die Crew sind das die dreistündigen Wachen, zu denenjeder ohne Murren aufsteht, egal zu welcher Uhrzeit und alleSegelmanöver, die der Skipper sich ausdenkt. Inzwischen verstehen wirdie Matrosen der alten Windjammern auch, die sich hinter dem Rücken vomKapitän zuflüstern: "Was hat der Alte jetzt wieder vor ?" Fürden Skipper hat die höchste Priorität das stündliche Anflehen derGribdaten auf dem ipad nach mehr Wind und die Suche nach den ominösenPassatwinden.An zweiter StellePriorität Bhat das Wohlbefinden der Crew und auch das eigene. Da steht natürlichdie Küche und Backschaft (Spülen. read more...


04/12/2016

Shalan - Day 14

15:12N 50:16WGood evening all,We usually write the blog in the early hours as we like to get a full day/evening update to you, but yesterday we broke from tradition and submitted it early.As you'll recall yesterday was largely quiet and trouble free, however after submitting the blog things changed slightly....We carried on into the night with main and code 0. Wind was averaging about 15-18 knots ESE and we were moving along nicely at about 10-11 knots. We had a few squally blotches on the radar and went through a couple with no major issues, some light rain and wind up to about 20 knots but all was fine. At around 2:30am we had another squall appear on the radar. The wind started to get up to 21 knots and we were just in the process of considering whether to furl the code 0 or not.. read more...


04/12/2016

Faraway - Log 10, N 16.15.08 W 42.37.02, 4 December 2016

Enough wind now, and enough rain... And we spotted our first whale!We are making great progress towards St Lucia and our ETA at the moment is late on the 11th or early on the 12th of December. We have average wind speeds between 12 and 16 knots and have seen gusts of 25 in the numerous squals. Night sailing is tough, as it is pitch dark with all those clouds and squals around. No "spaceship Enterprise" experience these nights, we have hardly seen stars the last 3 days. On the other hand, we have the ability to take a rain shower anytime we want. Inside the boat it is like a swamp. All gear and most clothes are wet and we hardly manage to dry them. Yesterday we couldn't cook because the ocean was too bumpy so we put a ready made meal in the oven. We continue to have fun by playing games:. read more...


04/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC2016 - CH3 Blog 2016-12-04

Sunday 4th DecemberWoken up for my 1800 watch, I was told to prep for some spinnaker helming…no rush.  However on arriving on deck I was promptly summoned to spike the spinnaker.  Andrew escaped from the galley for a while and it was all available hands on deck to drop it. After a successful drop, the reason became clear that whilst Charlie has been lying on deck, keeping an avid lookout (must have been for planes and UFO’s) he noticed a tear in the mainsail.Ricky (after a silent fight for the job between himself, Andrew and I) grabbed his harness, a bag full of bits and monkeyed up the mast.  Whilst clattering around up there he did his best impression of Peter Pan, creating Ricky shaped shadows on the mainsail.After the photoshoot was over, feet back on dry land (or as. read more...


04/12/2016

Koco - 14 Tag auf See

Haben in der Nacht gut Fahrt gemacht, 6-7 Kn. Ansonsten keine weiteren Vorkommnisse. Haben jetzt noch 978 Sm auf der Uhr. Ankunftszeit in St. Lucia sollte jetzt wieder der 10.Dezember sein. Wind ist mäßig , durchgehend ca. 12-13 Kn. Wir sind laut heutiger Auswertung auf dem 17 Platz von 24 unserer Gruppe der Katamarane. Die Angel habe ich heute persönlich ins Wasser gebracht, mal sehen ob ich mehr Glück habe. Der Tag brachte wieder viel Sonne. Machen tagsüber gut Fahrt mit durchschnittlich 6-7 Knoten. Am Abend haben wir vergessen die Angel einzuholen, so das die Nachtwache durch ein aggressives und dauerhaftes Surren aus dem starren Blick auf das Radar gerissen wurde. Jegliche Stoppversuche , dem Fisch Angelleine vorzuenthalten mißlangen. Es muß ein riesiger Fisch gewesen sein. Fazit die. read more...


04/12/2016

Scarlet Oyster - Re: Scarlet day 15, The Home straight

Too hot on deck, so I am busying myself in the nav area, trying to look likeI am doing something important.Still in pretty light winds, not really averaged over 12knots for last fewdays, but at least we are moving.Clouds have been something of a feature of this crossing, with some prettyimpressive shapes sizes, and colours been shown off.Some even had stickydown spinny bits (water spouts), and many have had flashy bangy specialeffects.Our passage through the light patch a few days ago went better thanexpected, with more wind (mostly from cloud) than expected, there was arather alarming amount of lightning all round us, so much so that we put aselection of communications location and safety electronic devices in theoven to protect them in the event of a direct hit, I happily report. read more...


04/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 15 Nacht 14

Hallo Zusammen, die Nacht war ruhig und wir konnten gut voran kommen, keine besonderen Vorkommnisse, ein paar Delfine haben wir in der Dämmerung gesehen, das war’s. Heute bis ca. 13.00 Uhr auch noch ganz vernünftig gesegelt und somit haben wir in den letzten 24 Std. 171 sm zurück gelegt, damit können wir zufrieden sein. Jetzt stehen wir allerdings mehr oder weniger herum, da wir nur noch 8 Knoten Wind von hinten haben beträgt unsere aktuelle Geschwindigkeit über Grund nur 4 Knoten. Wir wollen bis jetzt den Motor nicht starten, da auch im Umfeld kein Wind zu erwarten ist. Wie müssen sich die früheren Seefahrer gefühlt haben, wenn sie mit ihren Frachtseglern tagelang in der Flaute gelegen haben? Ich kann nur sagen, dass uns langweilig ist, außerdem schwitzen wir bei 32 Grad im. read more...


04/12/2016

Mustique - Day 14 -

Hi every one out there!We have now started ourdecent going South towards St. Lucia - app 750 NM to go.Cannot believe that today is two weeks since we waved good bye to our fan group in Las Palmas including Sue and Annika, wives of the “Gatwick Boys”.Lots of things happening on boardbut after two weeks happenings become routines. Being on watch, having a nap, preparing the boat for night sail, having lunch and dinner and not least joking and telling stories with and to each other.Liv is at present top favourite to win the ARC’s most read books in 2700 NM competition. Chef Gordon to win the ARC’s chef’s completion in St. Lucia and “Mustique” the ARC price for outstanding crew spirit and performance. CPT Fin definitely a candidate to win the prize for spending most hours evaluating weather. read more...


04/12/2016

Gwendoline - 11th ,12th and 13th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds03. December. 12.15 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 15.56.76N 26.33.21WFinally we got the wind to leave Cap Verde again. We "landed" tuesday Nov 29th at 13.30 on the Cabo Verde island Sao Vincente. When entering the harbour towards Marina Mindelo, somebody called us on the VHF. It was Jonas from the sailing yacht "Gorm Den Gamle", who via MArinetraffic had gotten notified that we were on the way. Freja - another danish sailing yacht was also in the marina. What a delightful surprice once again to say hello to Joinas, Maja, Alva, Karl Holger and Sifrine from "GBorm Den Gamle" and Anders + wife and kids Anna, Victor and Ludvig from "Freja".We aimed directly towards the fuel station when entering the marina, bunkered. read more...


04/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Happy crew as we are on our way again

“23:19,92 37:52,25W” Now that we have decided to get to Marigot bay in st lucia and enjoy theplace instead of bobbing along in no winds , the crew are a happier and aftermotoring for 12 hour last night we started to get the wind again and now undersails and popping along at confortable pace (could have more wind ) we have hada swim of the back while at 5 knots , played cards had a couple of drnks andread sun bathed we are all ready for the Sunday roast  ROAST BEEF . RedWine and lots of vegetables . We are happy that we have still got Vegetable'sand are supprises that they are keeping so well .Music is going though the system and everyone is doing what they want ,some thinking about life and others thinking about nothing . O life is so goodwhen you look from outside the box . think. read more...


04/12/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - THEY SAID THAT THERE'D BE SQUALLS!

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04/12/2016

Nisida - Sunday

Squally night, with some rain but not too much wind. Kite back up this morning and now back to 7.5kts boatspeed in around 12kts breeze. Full fry up for lunch today! We will drop below 500nm to go around 1500 utc today.. read more...


04/12/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - It doesn't get much better - except the ones that got away

You couldn't ask for much better sailing than we have had over the last few days. The trusty Parasailor has been the only sail we have had set and it has propelled us along day and night with ease. The wind speed is varying quite a lot but has remained just sufficient to keep it flying despite the small swells we are encountering. When the wind picks up the speed is blistering. The sun is hot during the day and the nights balmy. The night skies are an amazing array of stars and planets with many shooting stars or meteorites to add to the fun. As for the sea, its an amazing deep clear blue with fluffy little white caps when the breeze picks up.The fishing line has been out, but no fish have been landed yet, though two have been hooked and lost - must try harder. We have just had a large. read more...


Merci Papa - The wind is back ?
Merci Papa - The wind is back ?
Merci Papa - The wind is back ?
Merci Papa - The wind is back ?
Merci Papa - The wind is back ?
Merci Papa - The wind is back ?
03/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 13 - The sunprotector is on deck.

Dag 14, kurs 255 grader, lörd 3 dec. kl 11.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3h) hemma 15.00Hej kära vännerNatten har varit god, vi har seglat hela natten mellan 6-9 knop. Dethar rullat lite mindre, och det beror främst på att vi har haft ganskagod fart genom vattnet, vilket gör att vågorna pareras bättre av Ludde(autopiloten). Vårt största huvudbry kom i morse när rapporten frånAnette rullade in och den säger att vi tappat 10 nm mot Albatros.Första tanken är att de kört motor eller är det tyvärr så att de harhaft bättre vind än oss och lite bättre skärning med en lättare ochsnabbare båt.Vi gjorde som vilket hockey lag som helst hade gjort, vi bytte uttränaren. Sagt och gjort skepparen lämnade rodret direkt efterbeskedet, och ersattes av Espen (det var i och för sig vaktbyte kl 10,samtidigt som. read more...


03/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 13

Good wind all day has made for some great sailing and good progress in somewhat lumpy seas.There's lots of chat between the crew as to when we think we will arrive, with just over 1250 miles to go its all about the wind from now.We were joined earlier this morning by a pod of dolphins about 50 m off the starbord bow but much smaller than we have seen before and all leaping from the water almost in a line.However they seemed uninterested in us and carried on with their journey.Despite the speed of the boat we still had the fishing lines out and one large strike and a leap out of the water by what looked to be a decent sized tuna but then gone. Because of the sea state it was all hatches closed tight which made for some pretty hot, sticky and bumpy time down below.Christmas has arrived in. read more...


Almagores II - ALMAGORES
Almagores II - ALMAGORES
03/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 13 - Leichtwindsegeln

In der Früh kommt Wind auf, nach dem Frühstück gehts ans Segelsetzten. Wir setzen den Gennaker und machen bei leichtem Wind 3kn Fahrt. Nicht berauschend aber besser segeln als motoren. Nach Sichten des Wetterberichtes wird klar, dass auf der Höhe wo wir uns befinden die nächsten Tage kein stärkerer Wind gemeldet wird. Ab 18° 00´,0N jedoch schon, also beschliessen wir in Richtung Wind zu motoren. Und tatsächlich nach 4h motoren in Richtung SW frischt der Wind deutlich auf. Wir setzen die Genua und bäumen diese aus, das Groß setzten wir auch, jedoch auf der anderen Seite, um Schmetterlin zu fahren. So rauschen wir dahin!Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


03/12/2016

Nisida - Hot! Hot! Hot!

Getting really hot now! Its funny how something as simple as having a shower can be such a luxury!Nisida is making decent progress almost dead downwind to St lucia, as of 1600 gmt we have 663nm to go.. read more...


03/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 14 Nacht 13

Hallo Zusammen, wir hatten eine richtig gute Nacht und haben gut Strecke zurück gelegt. Um 05.00 Uhr haben Sigi und Ich Wache übernommen und komische Geräusche aus dem Vorschiff wahrgenommen. Um 07.30 Uhr haben wir das Spifall als Verursacher definiert und in gemeinsamer Teamarbeit das Fall in nur 15 Minuten gewechselt und der Spi ist wieder gestanden. War aufregend aber hat hervorragend geklappt, mein Dank gilt der gesamten Crew. Der Wind wurde am Vormittag noch besser die Richtung hat auf E – ESE gedreht, so konnten wir zusätzlich zum Spi auch noch das Groß setzen und fahren seither mit Geschwindigkeiten zwischen 8 bis 12 Knoten über Grund. So haben wir von 13.00 Uhr Freitag bis 13.00 Uhr Samstag eine Strecke von 176 sm zurück gelegt, endlich mal wieder ein gutes Tagesetmal. Im. read more...


03/12/2016

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

Blog of Fisher & Paykel Challenger 93, day 12: Hooooooorayyyyy!!!! After 12 days, 16 hours, 6 Minutes and 53 seconds we crossed the finishing line in Rodney Bay! The last day was again very exciting - wind from 5 up to 28 knots, regattasailing at itsbest and worst in just a few hours. We ruined more sails in one day than during the whole journey before unfortunately. St Lucia greated us with heavy rain and the way to our berth was not as deep as supposed so we got stuck but finally we made it :-). Mood of the happy crew increased with the welcome drinks. It was a really great and unforgettable journey across the Atlantic and thanks to Kino, Simbi, Fabio and Sergio everything went really, really well (with exception of the unfortunate sails which didn't survive). YOU ARE THE. read more...


03/12/2016

NDS Darwin - Day 13

Day 13 onboardAfter everything that happened two days ago, nothing else interesting happened! (Thankfully!!) Only that today, I had one of my meltdowns... I'm 19 years old, skippering a boat across the Atlantic, already took a 'gap' year and have no idea what to do next year! I want to keep on traveling, meeting new people, but at the same time I think I need to have an university degree not only my yachtmasters! Because I want sailing to stay as my hobby not make it into an obligation by working 24/7 sailing.. This feeling of watching the horizon and smiling is not going to be taken away by an awful boss that yells at me because of being a young woman... I want to keep this sensation for me and the people I love. Sailing and feeling the wind in my face, playing with the sails to make. read more...


03/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 14 - Derr fant vi passaten

19. bredde ved 36. lengde endelig nådd i kveld 3/12 klokken 21!Jibb utført og kursen lagt om til 260 gr rett på St Lucia.Bare 1450 nautiske mil (2685 km) som skal tilbakelegges i ca 10 km/t hvisvinden holder seg ;)Rekker vi Santa Lucia dagen på St Lucia? Det skal godt gjøres...Følg med i neste episode av Kaptein Tveit og matrosene hans!. read more...


03/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 3 - 14th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 1,161 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,533 miles behind us. Since yesterday at 8:00pm, we have been sailing in 8-12 knot winds coming from 60°-70°. In the afternoon the wind started to clock, and is now an easterly, coming from 90°. Our heading is 235°-240°. We are sailing conservatively and have a full main and half the jib.We continue to see flying fish jump out of the water and, once or twice a day, one jumps into the boat. They are strange looking creatures, with a full set of wings. We don't believe they will be as tasty as Mahi-Mahi and are throwing them back to the sea. Today another Mahi caught the line, but got away before we could get him into the boat. It looks like we will be eating meat today!We just run out of butane on the. read more...


03/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY THIRTEEN - SQUALLS

It was indeed a lively night with the squalls last night. The radar shows the position of the squalls relative to Boni Venti and their strength – the centre is red, and you want to avoid the middle of the squall because gusting winds will be right behind, or in front, of you. Robert was on watch at 03.00 when the call came out to shorten sail, so we furled the genoa completely and Robert & Will managed to reef the main, no mean feat when you’re flying downwind in winds gusting 40 kts with max speed 14 kts+ - pretty quick for a 58ft yacht! The rain was pouring into the cockpit despite the bimini and it was sleigh ride territory – exciting but rather hairy at the same time! So much easier when these squalls hit during the day, so you can see what’s happening. Strong winds pushed. read more...


03/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 13

Another light day today and little distance made good. Spirits are kept buoyant celebrating Joxers birthday. Mike baked a cake and a card and candles were produced and a special gift purchased in advance, Nordes gin .We encountered the yatch Frigg in the night but have lost sight of her today.Constant fishing has failed to produce any result .We spent the majority of the day creeping along under spinnaker at 2 to 3 knots .Frustrating!950.8 nautical miles to go.Bill and Mike have planned a special birthday dinner to which we all look forward .. read more...


03/12/2016

VAVA-U - Dösen und Relaxen ? 02.12.16 - 12. Seetag

Irene und ThomasSeit gestern haben wir richtig guten Wind. Wir genießen ein hervorragendes Frühstück mit Schinken und Melone und den üblichen Köstlichkeiten.(Bild Frühstück)Es geht den ganzen Tag mit Rauschefahrt gen Westen.(Bild Rauschefahrt)Martin hat Kursautomatik eingestellt, mit minimalen Steuerungsbewegungen kommen wir gut voran. (Bild Simrad)(Bild B & G Anzeige)Wer nicht Wache hat, döst vor sich hin und lässt die Seele baumeln.Der nachmittäglichen Hungerattacke beugt Karsten mit Pfannkuchen vor.Der Wind bleibt konstant und legt kontinuierlich leicht zu. Die Dünung erreicht dann am späten Nachmittag gut drei Meter. Wir sind gespannt, was die Nacht bringt!POS 24:00 UTC: 16 26N 043 15WKurssdaten: KÜG 255, den ganzen Tag unter SPI-220 FÜG 7,7 KnEtmal: 00:00 bis 24:00 187 smWind. read more...


03/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - The End of the Adventure!

Well, here we are, Day 1 in St. Lucia (don't worry, I'm not starting another chapter of the blog!), we're all cleaned and showered and fed and watered and it's AMAZING!!!We got in at 8pm local time last night, and went for a few celebratory, and VERY welcome, beers.Needless to say we were all cheap dates!Anais is gone already - some friends of hers had chartered a catamaran from Martinique, and because we were delayed arriving she missed her flight to meet them, so they sailed down and she jumped aboard and is gone off on a new sailing adventure for herself around the Caribbean.All very James Bond - I have to admire her energy!Dermot has escaped the confines of the boat and has gone off to burn some of his pent-up energy on a beach nearby.Conor is knee-deep in paperwork getting the boat. read more...


03/12/2016

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Zingara auf halbwindkurs nun laeuft sie wieder wie im passat! Wir haben einen windguertel erwischt, der uns etwas suedlicher steuern laesst und entsprechend der windkarte fuer den endspurt bessere winde erwarten laest als bisher. Wir konnten unsere plazierung nicht halten, denn unser dieselvorrat laesst beliebiges motorsegeln nicht zu. Da sind die groesseren yachten im vorteil mit 800 u mehr lietern im dieseltank. Die wetterlage ist aber in diesen tagen ungewoehnlich instabil, die windvorhersagen fast wertlos bzw jeden tag anders. Nun, momentan kommen wir gut voran und wir koennten doch in time ankommen. Hans, kurt und burkhardt freut es, wohl doch den gebuchten rueckflug zu erwischen.So, ende des heutigen lageberichtes, es gruessen Ernst u Crew. read more...


03/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 14 - SUNRISE

Liebe Begleiter unserer Reise!endlich machen wir die gewünschte Fahrt ! Der Wind weht mit 3-4 bft aus NE.Als Resultat erreichten wir heute ein Etmal von 165 Meilen. Das kann sich dochsehen lassen. Nach den Berechnungen des Skippers Niels ist für uns heute Bergfest. Die Hälfte der Strecke ist abgesegelt. Heute morgen haben wir den 35 Längengrad passiert, d.h. die südamerikanischeKüste liegt jetzt querab.Ansonsten scheint nach einem bewölkten Tag die Sonne und es richtig warm.Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE-. read more...


03/12/2016

Nemo - THE WIND UP BOAT CHRONICLE

We are approaching land, St. Lucia is within reach, she lies there somewhere straight in front, and hopefully we will be harbored in Rodney Bay (who was he?)  around sunset today.  Despite her sand beaches, tropical rainforest and numerous technical repair shops (according to a sailors guide I found casually laying around our navigation station) I long for a Rum Punch or two to balance out the millions of wave compensatingdata stored in my brain. An Atlantic crossing is so much more than just that. I have come to understand why there are so many books written about being on a ship, the ship as the universe, the ship as the world, the ship as your life, etc. etc. but in my capacity it´slike a bloody gameshow. You know the kind where people are going somewhere for a limited time,. read more...


03/12/2016

Almagores II - ALMAGORES

Dear friends and family ,  other human beings in sight …We started to think that we were survivors in the film “ I am a legend “ starring Will  Smith…but it seems that life as we remembered it is still going strong . We waved excitingly to the other boat and we noticed that it was reciprocated with the same enthusiasm . The crew is starting to relish the thought and reggae music is filling the air with lavish talk about the exotic drinks we can order in St Lucias .Temperatures  are climbing on board …physically from the sun and emotionally ….. over and out Almagores IIsaluto. read more...


03/12/2016

Fleet II - Log Saturday 3rd December: nearly there?

Those of you following the Yellow Brick app will have seen we’ve made somegood progress over the last few days – its been great fun making higher speedsand stretching Fleet II’s legs a little.  So much so that we thought wemight arrive in St Lucia tomorrow – until mid afternoon the wind decided to easeoff again. She is such a tease!In any event, in the overall scheme of things, we are nearly there. Just 170 miles to go – arrival this time tomorrow at 7 knots (no chance!), morelikely Monday morning at 4 to 5 knots. We’ll let you know!Colin CBO. read more...


03/12/2016

Merci Papa - The wind is back ?

Still a question mark ! is the wind back ? We have now 10 knots of wind which was unknown since 48 hours .we have hoisted the spinnaker and the crew is finally happy to make 6 knots or more. tonight we had a stunning sunset. but no fish today (first one in the last 5 days - no mahi-mahi or tuna tonight for dinner) The team ''Merci Papa'' in our dad's memory DSC_0986 DSC_0994 IMG_0861. read more...



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