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28/09/2022

Lissy III - The two ships "Mola" and "Lissy III" have been moved ashore for overhaul and inspection.

The two ships "Mola" and "Lissy III" have been moved ashore for overhaul and inspection.Here in Rügen everything is checked again in detail, per ship there is a packing list on which is listed what everything is to be found on board. For the crossing from Las Palmas to Saint Lucia must also be recorded what we need in water. If no desalination plant is available, calculations and rules must be made regarding consumption. For example, washing up will then be done with seawater. Or potatoes in their skins, eggs can be cooked in salt water. On the other hand, salt water cannot be used for cooking pasta - it would be inedible. Showering is done with Atlantic water (very refreshing) and rinsing is done shortly after. Purchased vegetables and fruits are "pre-washed, cleaned" in Las. read more...


29/08/2022

Lissy III - Lissy III - The adventure takes slowly place

On the next ARC 2022 two sailing yachts from Mola Yachting, Germany, takes place. One will be "Mola" and the other one Lissy III. I will be the skipper on Lissy III with 9 crew. It's the 6th time for me to sail the ARC, this time as a skipper lady on a 51ft Bavaria. Other times I sailed on my own keel, the smallest boat with 10 m. I think I'm already one of the old "skippers", if only by age (66). Sailing keep you young in mind and body.At the moment I prepare the food and beverage list incl. a menu plan. 10 peoples to feed isn't do easy and for this I asked first what kind of allergies they have, if they est everything, how much water they drinking a day, what they usually eat for breakfast etc.After I had all important informations, I worked out a menu plan. They are all of the same. read more...


10/06/2022

Katy - Blog 2 - Safety Check

We had our safety check today with Roger which was a particular honour for me. I have watched Roger on the WCC videos and youtube for quite some time and I have always learnt something so was great to have him on board Katy checking her out. I think he was happy. Then was the initial crew get together at Plymouth Corinthian where I got to meet some of the other boat crews. Good to see Jayne again from L'Horizon as the last time I saw her she was throwing buckets of water over me me as I tried to get into a liferaft. We were on the same sea survival course a few months ago at Hamble. Thankfully we both survived and are here to tell the tale. I'm so excited for Sunday and can't wait to get going and leave everyone in our wake! I wish! Still a few jobs to do but just about ready.. read more...


16/12/2021

Kithara - Logbuch Tag 17 bis 20

Die Atlantik-Überquerung - Logbuch 17. Tag Mittwoch, 08.12.2021Die vergangene Nacht war wieder sehr nass und ungemütlich, aber zum Glück gab es diesmal nicht zuviel Wind. Langsam wünschen wir uns endlich in Santa Lucia anzukommen um endlich mal wieder eine Nacht ohne geschaukel durch zu schlafen. Aber jetzt ist es zumindest absehbar. Auch unser Navi zeigt uns jetzt an, wie lange wir noch brauchen werden, wenn wir in diesem Tempo weiter segeln. Er kann maximal 99 Stunden anzeigen, das wären 4 Tage. Laut Wettervorhersage sollen die Wellen, aber leider auch der Wind abnehmen, je mehr wir nach Westen kommen. Im Moment merken wir nur, daß der Wind nachlässt. Tagsüber hatten wir kaum mehr als 10-16kn Wind. Aber die Wellen sind nicht wirklich angenehmer geworden, nur dass man nicht mehr so. read more...


16/12/2021

Kithara - Rückblick auf die Vorbereitungen zum Start in Las Palmas

Rückblick:Vorbereitungen auf den Start in Las PalmasObwohl unsere Kithara von Teneriffa nach Almerimar und zurück auf den über 2.500 sm super gesegelt ist, gibt es immer wieder etwas zu ergänzen oder zu optimieren. Das Problem ist nur, man macht eine Sache neu, oder besser und währenddessen geht mind. eine weitere Sache wieder kaputt. Zumindest ist das bei uns so... Wir mussten auf jeden Fall das Furlex-Seil reparieren, welches uns auf der Überfahrt nach Las Palmas kaputt gegangen ist. Ebenso mussten wir uns einen Ersatz für unser angerissenes altes Vorsegel überlegen, da sich eine Reparatur aufgrund des Alters nicht mehr lohnt. Der Segelmacher Sunny hatte 2 gebrauchte Vorsegel im Angebot. Ein großes, mit ca. 120 qm Segelfläche und ein kleines mit ca. 70 qm Segelfläche. Unser kaputtes. read more...


16/12/2021

Kithara - Arrival

11.12.2021 - Arrival Yeah, we made it!!! It took us 3.064 nm, 20 days and 6 hours to do the Atlantic Crossing from Las Palmas to Saint Lucia in the Caribbean. During the first 3 days we didn't have lots of Wind. But lots of dolphins joined us instead. Especially when Jenny played the guitar they came and as she stopped they disappeared and came back when she startet to play again. The water was so calm and quiet that we could hear the dolphins breath. It was so amazing to watch these beautiful animals. 120 nm before the Cap Verdes we turned West to sail with the trade winds and it kicked in and so the swell did. The next 1,5 weeks we had waves up to 5 m and it made sailing fast but a little uncomfortable, especially in the nights, when the Squalls reached us. The last week of the. read more...


12/12/2021

Minga - Día 21, cumbre

Un año sabático para recorrer Europa, cruzar el Atlántico y navegar el Caribe. Desde un principio este viaje incluía en sus planes una buena dosis de aventura: cruzar el océano a vela, tal como lo hizo Colón. La idea dehacer esa cumbre (como le decíamos en Santiago) era la búsqueda de la aventura, lanzarse hacia lo desconocido y valertelas por ti mismo. Y qué aventura ha sido. Soltamos amarras el 21 de noviembre en Las Palmas de Gran Canarias y nos lanzamos hacia la inmensidad del océano con rumbo hacia el oeste. Nos lanzamos hacia la incertidumbre, la preocupación y a veces incluso el miedo, porque no hay preparación ni estudio que te enseñe tanto como una buena tormenta. Te las tienes que arreglar solo, nadie te puede ayudar. No se podría hablar de que uno lucha contra los elementos,. read more...


12/12/2021

Skyelark 2 - Skyelark 2 Arrival

Skyelark arrived in St Lucia, overnight on the 7th after 16 and a half days at sea. At the start of the crossing we were hunting for the trades, making slow progress and burning some diesel. Within a couple of days we found them, whispers at first and then good solid breeze -  perfect conditions for us and we made excellent progress bagging several days over 200nm, trail blazing and keeping ahead of many in our class (not that it’s a race of course). We enjoyed fast and lively conditions, not too many squalls. The crew were great and the boat was sailed well. The chefs of the day kept us well fed with competition fierce to impress, no quarter was given to the often challenging conditions. Towards the end of the day, a deck shower and happy hours on deck were eagerly anticipated. read more...


Sarah Mercedes - We made it!
Sarah Mercedes  - We made it!
11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - From Trusted Pete

Heard from the foredeck:Common phrases from the (war) front: You've just gone off watch but....All hands on deck!!!Can it be fixed?Try pulling the blue rope the other way.. What if you "just" pull harder on the blue rope.. Ocean racing attracts a certain kind of person. Six people being confined in less than 50ft of permanently moving, often violently moving, wet living and cooking quarters, with no more than 6 hours absolute maximum sleep in the equivalent comfort of sleeping in a tumble dryer drum. Not many people would see that as a hobby or an even remotely enjoyable past-time to choose.So you step on an ARC boat knowing you're already amongst kindred spirits. What a team! No matter how bad things got, how little sleep, how mentally drained, our humour saved the day in many dark. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 21

4 days after arrival, and the final blog is finally constructed. Limping across the finish line gave an unparalleled feling of relief. To round off the whole journey, I have collected some quite poetic pieces from the rest of the crew to give more than just one perspective of our epic adventure.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 17

An update on the final dayWe have, with under 60 miles left, experienced rig failure. A spreader has come loose. We are not retiring, we will still finish (e.t.a 10:30 pm GMT) under engine. Once again, our thunderbird type reaction to crises has prevented what could've been a nightmare event so close to Saint Lucia. A final blog will follow tonight.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 16

We approach the business end of the rally. Blue magic just 15 miles behind now and closing fast. We fear we are powerless to their superior speed at better wind angles. The crew of Sarah Mercedes are no quitters though, so the morning brought some repair work to the lesser damaged of the kites. Patches on, sock pulled back up and back in the bag ready for a sunrise hoist tomorrow. The kite has done it's fair share of halyard hopping, tomorrow's partner : the staysail halyard. Third choice halyard means jury is out as to wether the kite will fly for hours, minutes or seconds. After 8 days on port tack, we have finally jibed. A rather strange feeling, as if our world has been turned upside down. Whilst we are doing everything possible to win, arriving second would leave none of the crew. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 15

The kite was once more the protagonist of today's activities. A hoist at dawn, despite knots and twists in the rope, was achieved and the light kite flew magnificently for the morning. With us using the kite supposedly beyond its limit (averaging 18 knots of wind speed), the crew were handed a difficult task of staying within a 4 degrees wind angle. And the crew performed. A morning of : skipping over waves, the kite man bellowing instructions to the winch man every few seconds, and the helmsman with squinted eyes and lines across his forehead from intense focus in the scorching heat. Graham really enjoyed the feeling of 'our 15 ton boat being picked up and launched forward'. Our fun did have to end, as the code 0 rope couldn't cope with the weight of the kite. The kite met the water for. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day14

Today had a little lighter winds than previous days. With it hovering around 15 knots, we were able to use our light spinnaker (the one that isn't in a thousand pieces). Everyone was up at dawn ready for the hoist. For the whole morning we sailed fast and deep with the kite, so fast and deep we stretched our lead to Blue Magic by 3 miles. It perhaps was going so well we got a bit cocky, as at 2:30 a squall approached. We thought we could ride it out. This was a misjudgement. A socking of the kite under pressure was required. Although we did get the kite down unscathed ( a quite miraculous achievement considering the strain the kite must've been under) we did encounter further tests. The bucket end of the sock, upon arrival to the deck, split in two. This required Pete to hug the sock as. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 13

Winds continue at a comfortable 15-20 knots. The wind direction has been fluctuating between 70-110 with squalls becoming less frequent and harsh. The morning didn't start off on a flyer, as at 8am the power shut down. Some panic set in, with cupboards flying open for circuits, fuses and wires to be studied. The problem, we found, lay on the surface. No problem with the electrics, just a lying display that deceivingly showed 96 percent charge when in fact we had 5. Adrenaline away, stomachs eased and back to sleep for some of the crew. When not resting, the crew are now back to helming around the clock. This time however, not out of necessity, but comfort and speed. The day crew : master chef Heff, trusty Pete and myself. The night crew : sea veteran Rob, Steven "the windex" Fulford, and. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 12

Winds remain at around 15-20 knots with a moderate sea state. There is the occasional big swell that comes across the boat and smacks the stern sending the bow swinging up towards the wind. Other than that, we stay pointing at 150 degrees plus the wind direction sailing as deep and fast as possible. The changes over the past few days, rather than the conditions, have been the flying fish. Moving away from fridge artillery, we now have fish. And a truck load of them. I seem to be a personal target of theirs, getting hit thrice in the space of 5 minutes. Our lead has stayed roughly the same since yesterday, 65 miles. Graham thinks they are the favourites as he suspects there is better wind south of us where they are. They probably also still have a spinnaker, something we hope to. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 11

A busy day of kite activities. First hoist happened at around 10 am, and for an hour we sailed at the limit of the heavy kites capacity. An oncoming squall spoiled our fun however as after only an hour we had to put the kite away. Come the afternoon, we once more felt it light enough for the heavy kite and so up she went. We were once again trucking along quite fast until pop went the halyard shackle. The kite disappointingly plummeted to the water. What wasn't disappointing, was the crews' reaction. Everyone on deck within seconds. Kite on the boat within half a minute. A thunderbirds type performance. Unfortunately, this does mean we are without a heavy kite as the rips are large and plentiful. This poses significant danger to our lead in our cruising division (don't be mislead by. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 10

The wind continues to drop. In fact, It dropped to the extent that we could once again try the kite. It flew well for a while, however come late afternoon, the wind had fallen so significantly that we were moving at only 4 knots. With a squall approaching circa 5:30, we dropped the kite for the night. Apart from improving our hoist and drops of the kite, today was also a day of learning. We learnt that the rudder tends to be less noisy when you don't wrap the spinnaker sheet around it. We have also learnt that Pete B is quite the arts and craftsman. He has single handedly neutralised the threat of the fridge, a quite superb netting device that stops the avalanche of food upon opening. He also managed to repair the navigation table that had broken under the cushion where our skipper. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 9

Conditions have improved considerably. We are no longer being flung out of our bunks face first into walls as we sleep. Dinner last night however, was quite the experience. Problem 1 : the tomato sauce. Firstly, it took us 4 open floorboards until we found the tins. Secondly, despite the numerous engineering degrees on board, it took us 20 or so minutes to open the damn things. Problem 2 : The mince. With the boat being as unstable as Venezuela's inflation rate, the mince went flying across the galley and splattered into the bathroom door. Another 20 minutes was then taken cleaning that up. Problem 3 : the pasta. After a week at sea and us experiencing the harshest conditions yet, the gas found it the appropriate time to turn off. With the pasta only having boiled for a minute and a. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 8

A quote from my mum would adequately describe the past 24 hours, 'The wind and the rain be howling at my soul'. The rain has also found a way to creep through the mast and under the floorboards. Pete B and I therefore have been on our hands and knees with our heads stuck under the floor sponging up dirty water in order to try and save the Kit Kat's. What fun! Graham was the latest victim of the fridge's artillery as he got splattered with yogurt which did put a smile on my face. Stephen is currently cooking his prosciutto pasta that he has raved about since departure from Gran Canaria. We haven't been able to open the hatches for about 50 hours now, and it has become quite steamy inside. It has also become very pungent with wet oilies hanging everywhere. By far the most exciting thing to. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 6

The morning brought a flurry of activities involving the kite. The multiple gybes however left us well rehearsed in all our duties and we started to become a clean and slick unit after what felt like gybe 57. A drop under some pressure was well managed and we now have the staysail out and two reefs in the main for the night. Today we rearranged the cool boxes and received a pleasant surprise of two packets of Iberian ham. Paired with some Canarian cheese we ate like kings for lunch. The same cannot be said for dinner however as I'm overhearing talk of 'boil in a bag'. Although, this might be the right choice as the fridge has become something of an artillery unit, firing yogurts, rocket, ham and ginger at the slightest of open.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 7

The past 24 hours have been tough. Winds consistently above 30 knots and a monstrous sea state have been putting intense pressure on all the crew. Most of all because the auto pilot doesn't enjoy the wind and wave combination. Therefore, Graham and Steven and Rob are working around the clock at the helm with Pete B, Peter H and myself accompanying them. As darkness falls, the latter 3 must then bellow the true wind angle of the boat to the helmsman giving them the information they need to stop the boat for broaching. On a more encouraging note, we have fixed the generator (much to my relief, as a week of no showers would have left us smelling like pigs). We also expect the wind to ease and for steadier winds of 15 knots tomorrow. Although in the close future, a tough night follows.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 5

Strong wind continued through the night along with some rain. The intense nature of the night resulted in many of the crew waking with bumps and bruises. It was however, a good wake up call and reminder that the pleasant motoring of the first few days is not what crossing the Atlantic is all about. Peter H continues to impress in the kitchen with a superb salmon dish last night, with Pete B inspired pesto on top. Considering the conditions, I can only applaud what happened in his temple of calmness that was the kitchen. The past few hours has offered some rest bite allowing Stephen to read and others to catch up on sleep while we await for greater winds to arrive.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 4

Wind. And a good helping of it. We started of the day trucking along at 9-10 knots of boat speed and as the hours passed the wind grew. The kite was the first to go down, then two reefs were put in, and I can proudly say we handled today largely with composure. A night of rolling waves and more wind follow. I suggested a game of human cluedo to add some healthy competition to the boat, naturally the 5 dads on board scrutinised the game so intensely that by the time they wanted to play, the kite and reefing was a bigger priority. It also seems the fruit is bored of hanging in the netting above our heads and so we are beginning to experience tangerine and lime showers inside the saloon.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 1

With the start at 1 pm, we still had some repairs to do. The mast had been leaking since Alisios had repaired the banging. After some frantic calls and Stephen running up and down the pontoon like a headless chicken, we finally got an alisios employee to put silicon at the foot of the mast stopping the leak. Following that hectic hour or so, all went relatively smoothly. A good start off the line meant we were ahead of much bigger and faster boats for the first hour. After about 4 hours however ( 5pm ) the wind had dropped significantly. Being proud sailors, we didn't want to motor unless absolutely necessary and we therefore saw boat after boat motor pass us. We are currently discussing the rota before tucking into some chicken and rice for dinner. Blogs will follow daily at around 7pm!. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day -3

Once again a busy day of preparations. In the morning, the ambient food arrived and the best of 4 hours were spent unwrapping, transporting and storing. It seems we ordered enough Coke-Zero to sustain American for a week, or hopefully Graham for 2. Having heard the auto pilot was to be fixed this morning, we were anxious for the couriers and component to arrive. Naturally, it being Spain, they arrived at 4 pm. A sunset motor follows to ensure that the auto-pilot will prove difficult no more!. read more...


11/12/2021

Time Out - Day 20 - Terre !

Et voilà, nous sommes arrivés! Accueillis par les vivats des autres participants arrivés avant nous, rhum arrangé et panier de fruits. On a passé la ligne d’arrivée dans Rodney Bay à Sainte Lucie vers 20h30 heure locale (5 heures de décalage avec Nice), mais il nous a fallu un peu de temps pour prendre notre place au port, car le bateau précédent (Anna Lisa) avait un blessé à bord à débarquer…Pas grand chose à raconter de la journée (soleil et vent raisonnable), sinon une certaine émotion lorsque nous avons vu la terre au loin… Et une émotion certaine lorsque nous avons failli nous emplafonner la balise verte à l’entrée de la marina, qui était éteinte! Et, comme certains l’ont remarqué, nous avons bien poussé les moteurs en fin de journée… Nous espérions arriver à temps pour aller nous. read more...


11/12/2021

Sunrise - ARC2021 - Day #17,5 on the SUNRISE

How much water do you need for one day? Or in our case: How much water do we need for a crew of eight for our passage? This question was completely new to all of us.Nevertheless we had to ask ourselfs these essential questions before our start to St. Lucia.As we don`t have a water maker on board it is necessary to calculate accurately. What do we need water for? First of all for drinking. Then making tea, coffee and cooking. We do need water for washing ourself or taking a shower. Of course we need water to wash dishes and clean up our boat. After talking about the amount of water we had to figure out which capacity we have to store water. Our vessel has three tanks of fresh water, in total 620 liters. We agreed that we wouldn´t use the water in our tanks for drinking. So we bought 252. read more...


11/12/2021

Blake - sunrises and croissants

Sunrises at sea are pretty cool.A long drawn out affair of color that keeps you intrigued and wanting to see more.Menacing looking clouds at night reveal themselves as fluffy white cotton balls in the day.Sunrise and sunset are to the south of us still, I guess we are approaching the winter solstice when they will start to work their way further north.We should look up when the sun will be directly overhead in the Caribbean, pretty cool thing to google ‘Lahaina Noon’.That’s what they call it in Hawaii when the ‘cruel sun’ is directly overhead and it has the affect of casting no shadows at noon, spooky, check it out.We opened the last bag of frozen croissants from Carrefour and popped 'em in the oven this morning, nice.The 12V Dometic freezer we put in has been pretty epic, it was chock. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 3

Today brought a wake up call of a "****, ****" from Graham as the bilge pump would turn itself on throughout the night, and after Graham would turn it off and get in bed, it would once again turn on, almost mocking him. This brought today's morning job of Rob and Pete B burrowing into the bow locker to see if water was upsetting the sensor. Alas, no water. The diagnosis instead was a switch problem at the circuit board. We continue motoring west with a lack of wind in our quest for the edge of the strong weather system to our north-west. We hope to be sailing in good wind by tomorrow morning, and with few jobs left, many of the crew are twiddling their fingers anxious to feel a breeze and get the kite up.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - Day 2

Today was a brighter and clearer day than yesterday. Having sailed for 12 hours it became clear who else of the hundred and fifty boats had differed from the normal route and headed west with us. The answer, 3. However, just because there are few does not mean we are wrong, as some boats who went south are now heading north to join our route.We put out our fishing line this morning and gave it little thought, until 4 pm. A fish. A big fat tuna. A good omen? Peter is now downstairs cooking up some fresh ceviche ahead of a beautiful starry night, much clearer than the last.. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - From The Haff

Madness.The idea of putting oneself into a (relatively) tiny vessel and embarking on a journey across an expanse of water that has separated continents for millennia might seem like an act of unnecessary recklessness.Yet it is there.And like mountains that need to be climbed or depths that need to be dived, through this we must also forge a path.Just because.The experience did not disappoint.Despite the potential for clashes of personality when cramming people, most of whom are unknown to each other, into a space smaller than a Bocce court, the crew worked in synchronicity (most of the time) to get the job done. Not just done, but exceedingly well done.Thanks to the man behind the curtain (the all knowing and all powerful wizard of clouds) our course blazed a path that few dared. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - From Stephen

We will forever cherish the memories and immortal moments of SM ARC21. We quickly became a team melded by an unbreakable sense of humour - for which the tough conditions and breakages were no match. Our competence ratcheted with every mile for a slick mast saving response to a catastrophic rig failure at the last. This and a podium finish gave us much to be proud of. But the real prize came in richer currencies: comerarderie adventure, friendship and fun.My thanks to Graham, Sarah, Sam, The Haff, Trusty Pete and Rob for a treasure trove of memories which include but far exceed - spaghetti night/is that a squirrel/roll up the jib…. read more...


11/12/2021

Sarah Mercedes - From Graham

Our epic first journey in Sarah Mercedes is complete. It is hard to believe that it was less than three months ago that we left a positively autumnal Finland and now we are here in the warm Caribbean sunshine, nine stops in seven countries and 6500 miles later.It has been the most fantastic experience. Challenging and enjoyable in equal measure. Needless to say it has been the people who have made the trip so memorable. A special thanks goes to Martin and Sam who did an excellent job on the trip from Finland to the Canaries making sure that both the boat and crew were ready for the transatlantic journey that was to follow. Our friends at Nautor have also been very supportive in sorting out the teething problems that come with any new boat.As for the crew that sailed across the Atlantic,. read more...


11/12/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 19 - The finish line

December 9th Noon position (St. Lucia time) Marina, Rodney Bay, St Lucia. Day’s run: 90 nautical milesFresh fish for dinner is what you’d expect on a sea-going boat and the crew had great expectations of fish feasts but we actually had very little luck fishing during the Atlantic crossing. We listened to daily reports on the SSB radio of enormous fish caught and bans on fishing being imposed by other captains due to crew’s fishing success. ‘There are two different sports, one is fishing and the other is catching.’’ Bones had intoned, attempting to alleviate the crew’s disappointment. Preparations for fishing should be a third sport. No ready-made fish trace was up to Bones’s standard. Specific lures had to be hand crafted. The box of fishing tackle bits had been produced early in the. read more...


Emily Morgan - Day 19 - The finish line
Emily Morgan - Day 19 - The finish line
11/12/2021

Minga - Día 20, que suerte la mía

Según nuestros pronósticos, deberíamos pisar Santa Lucía este lunes 13 de diciembre, con los primeros rayos de luz. En una coincidencia histórica, y casi cósmica, llegaríamos el mismo día en que lo hizo Cristóbal Colón en 1502, día de la Santa Lucía y razón del nombre de esta isla.En cualquier minuto, quien sea el más observador (o ansioso quizás) de la tripulación, podrá llevarse el anhelado premio "Martín Alonso Pinzón", galardón para el primero en gritar "tierra a la vista".Que suerte la mía de contar con un amigo como el Juanpi, cariñoso y atento, que siempre con una sonrisa, nos prepara las mejores delicias. De tener a la Jose, quien nos entrega reflexiones llenas de sentido y con quién puedo conversar horas de horas, sin que se nos acabe el tema y menos la copucha.De tener de. read more...


10/12/2021

Misty Mhor - Misty Mhor’s Magnificent Mariner’s Memories Friday 10th December. .

Well what can I say. This section of Misty Mhor’s Manoeuvring is at an end. It’s been a bit of a roller coaster ride, it’s had its ups and downs, it’s seas and sores. We have enjoyed dark nights and sunny days, near doldrums and gale force blasts. Things have broken and have been sorted. But the spirit on the yacht has never been damaged. It’s been brilliant throughout and haven’t we eaten well! Capt Jon and Admiral Alistair did a great job keeping Misty seaworthy and on the right course. Having Dugald on board with his two previous ARCs and a world ARC experience was a great resource. He was the master of the understatement and couldn’t he catch fish! Then of course was Fiona who unbelievably managed the supplies and the galley, delivering a quality of sustenance that was way above and. read more...


Misty Mhor - Misty Mhor’s Magnificent Mariner’s Memories Friday 10th December. .
Misty Mhor - Misty Mhor’s Magnificent Mariner’s Memories Friday 10th December. .
Tamanaco - last happy hour at sea!
Tamanaco - last happy hour at sea!
10/12/2021

Calash - Day 20 – Friday 10 December 2021

 We had progressed beyond expectation, which unfortunately left our handover colleagues at a position  beyond the progress anticipated. Consequently, when we headed to bed they were left with very short distances to make difficult decisions.  Turn left was the difficult one, but when.  Luckily, Alan in his underpants, sprang to the rescue to make a completely uninformed, irrational decision to gybe, which the crew dutifully obliged.  We headed directly to Rodney Bay, tempted to chase in another yacht.  Luckily they were sufficiently ahead that warranted us staying comfortably in our position.  We passed the finish line at 03:04 local time [07:04 UTC]. Where this ranks ultimately; who gives a monkeys?  We made it, without killing each other, and this in itself was a major achievement. read more...


10/12/2021

Calash - Day 19 – Thursday 9 December 2021

 Alan took over from Colin & Callum and Jamie & I took over from Alan.  It was a fine starry night, so we dropped the spray hood to gaze at the universe in silence.  Norris was sleeping, but not showing much sign of health.  Our concerns grew.And it is with great sadness that we have to report his passing at 0745 hrs (local time).  A short but respectful ceremony was held, whereby Norris was laid to the sea to continue the circle of life.  He will be sadly missed, but has been immortalised in a short movie put together by Jamie (soon to be available on your favourite social media channel).His Obituary reads: Norris No-name Bird (2021?? – 9-Dec-2021) We first came to know Norris when he arrived onboard the yacht Calash in mid crisis during the event known as the. read more...


10/12/2021

Carolina - S/Y Carolina stops for a bath on Day 3

We managed to enjoy the calm weather before the wind and waves set in and lasted through the rest of the crossing. Now on day 19 we have less then 50NM left and look forward to arrive in St.Lucia. Our youngest crew member will celebrate her 8th birthday as we arrive in Rodney Bay just after midnight. image1. read more...


10/12/2021

Kithara - Logbuch Tag 10 bis 16

Die Atlantik-Überquerung - Logbuch 10. Tag Mittwoch 01.12.2021 Natürlich bekamen die Kinder auch dieses Jahr wieder einen Adventskalender, obwohl sie lange gezittert haben, ob es einen geben wird. Hansi meinte, wir haben keinen Platz für so einen Schnick-Schnack. Und Weihnachten wird dieses Jahr auch anders gefeiert als sonst. Sonst gab es immer ein großes Fest mit unseren beidenFamilien. Jenny hatte schon alle 16 Personen zu uns auf die Kithara eingeladen, was aber natürlich leider nicht geht. Auch die Schlesischen und Nürnberger Würstchen, die wir sonst an Heiligabend verputzten, wird es in der Karibik wahrscheinlich nicht geben. Wir werden versuchen unsere alten Traditionen mit neuen Traditionen aus der Karibik zu verbinden. Aber jetzt hat uns erst wieder eine neue Hiobsbotschaft. read more...


10/12/2021

Sunrise - ARC2021 - Day #18 on the SUNRISE

Today we arrived in St. Lucia :) - guess at which time ;) ?..... at SUNRISE of course!Now we want to introduce our fantastic crew in a few words."Käpt´n Dörk und seine Trimmfüchse"Skipper Dirk:former professional musician specialized on brazilian percussion, tourguide based in Brazil and "parttime" skipper, completed his 50.000. nautical mile as skipper during this, his first atlantic crossing. He has a german oceanic skipper licence. Special task on this trip: bakeryTina:biologist in neuro science, it was her third atlantic crossing, takes part in various regatta races Special task on this trip: Sail profile fine tuning expertMarkus:Self employeed tax advisor, Holds the german skipper license "SKS", sails often in the baltic sea, Ijsselmeer, Homebase: Lemmer, Special task on this trip:. read more...


10/12/2021

Tamanaco - Rodrigue hoisting the St Lucia courtesy flag

…courtesy flags from host countries are to be flown on their own on the Starboard side.Getting there!image1. read more...


Tamanaco - Rodrigue hoisting the St Lucia courtesy flag
Tamanaco - Rodrigue hoisting the St Lucia courtesy flag
Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic

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