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05/12/2021

Mary Doll - DAY 11 - Halfway

We celebrated passing the halfway point, measured by distance today. We went crazy and had non alcoholic gin and tonics to mark the occasion. No limes left, but we did have ice. We’re not savages! It did however prompt conversations about what drink each of us would like to have when we reach land. And in what quantities!The weather continues to be a bit bumpy but Mary Doll rides the waves with ease. Only very occasionally do we get splashes in the cockpit. So the odds of the three Smiths all getting a serious splash in one day were low. But they managed it. Derek needed a full change of clothes, Lewis was content to let the equatorial sun work its magic and Letitia can confirm that the Atlantic is indeed salty.Being the first of December, Lewis was able to open his advent calendar. No.. read more...


05/12/2021

Mary Doll - DAY 11 - Halfway

We celebrated passing the halfway point, measured by distance today. We went crazy and had non alcoholic gin and tonics to mark the occasion. No limes left, but we did have ice. We’re not savages! It did however prompt conversations about what drink each of us would like to have when we reach land. And in what quantities!The weather continues to be a bit bumpy but Mary Doll rides the waves with ease. Only very occasionally do we get splashes in the cockpit. So the odds of the three Smiths all getting a serious splash in one day were low. But they managed it. Derek needed a full change of clothes, Lewis was content to let the equatorial sun work its magic and Letitia can confirm that the Atlantic is indeed salty.Being the first of December, Lewis was able to open his advent calendar. No.. read more...


05/12/2021

Addictive Sailing - Addictive sailing Volcano video

https://youtu.be/SZFZyYrn7vQ-- Brieuc Maisonneuve+ 33 6 24 43 00 17www.addictive-sailing.com. read more...


04/12/2021

Tamanaco - today’s hero is… Vincent!

Yesterday our Code Zero sail came loose at rhe top of the mast, due to a breakage of the exact same swivel part that caused our gennaker sail to come Down A week or so ago.So for the night we just unfurled the Genoa headsail and a little bit of main sail to balance the boat.Night was uneventful, sailing at around 6 knots.This morning, I order to gain speed we wanted to use the larger Code Zero again, which is approximately 40% more area vs the Genoa, thus allowing1-1.5 knot additional speed.We determined that we could use the sail the conventional way (vs. on it’s own curler), but first needed to ensure there wasn’t an entanglement at the top of the mast, where the 1/2 broken swivel was hanging from one of our two headsail halyards.I took my Sony camera with the 70-200mm zoom and. read more...


04/12/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 14 - Sextant session

Saturday 4th December Noon position (Ship's Clock) 18 degrees 02 minutes North; 47 degrees 55 minutes West Overnight the wind gradually decreased and the seas decreased. By early morning we were able to set the mizzen sail, unfurl the genoa to its fullest extent and shake the two reefs out of the mainsail. It was still blowing a Force 5 to 6 and too strong to hoist the spinnaker but we were making good speeds and averaging 7 knots. Unfortunately, it was in the wrong direction. We were now heading for Florida instead of St Lucia! This was a result of a combination of shifting winds and people helming for comfort rather than abiding with the prescribed course. The rolling motion overnight meant that the crew trying to sleep were being tossed like pancakes in their berths and when they came. read more...


Emily Morgan - Day 14 - Sextant session
Emily Morgan - Day 14 - Sextant session
04/12/2021

Maalu IV - Day 14 Trade Wind Sailing as it should be!

What a difference! The wind has dropped to 15-20 knots,the sea is somewhat calmer and we have been able to relax into the sailing a bitmore. We have all developed rather an unusual posture formoving around Maalu IV; essentially a very wide base with bent knees to keep thecentre of gravity low and outstretched arm ready to latch onto the nearest grabrail or break a fall! It may not look pretty but it is reducing the acquisitionrate of new bruises. I am not sure which physique is best on a boat. I havea low centre of gravity but short arms whereas Jono at 6'1'' has a high centreof gravity but long arms. Judging from my bruises it is better to be tall andgangly however I am sure that a scientific study would answer this importantquestion. Moving around the galley is altogether. read more...


Maalu IV - Day 14 Trade Wind Sailing as it should be!
Maalu IV - Day 14 Trade Wind Sailing as it should be!
04/12/2021

Time Out - Day 14 - A l’ouest, rien de nouveau

Encore une journée cool. Nuit cette fois-ci sans grain excessif, soleil la journée, vagues qui ont encore baissé (de l’ordre de 2 m), la routine se remet en place. Notre seul regret est que les couchers de soleil ont lieu derrière le génois (ou le code 0), difficile de les prendre en photo sans un périple risqué à l’avant du bateau!A tel point que l’on se demande ce que l’on va bien pouvoir raconter. Pas de bateau à l’horizon aujourd’hui, juste une trace sur le radar qui ne reste pas très longtemps… Et au moment où cette phrase est écrite, un magnifique poisson volant atterrit dans le carré! Le premier que nous voyons vivant, et que nous nous empressons de rejeter à l’eau (après l’avoir pris en photo, ses ailes ressemblent à celles d’une mouche, en bien plus gros).Ce qui nous permet de. read more...


04/12/2021

Sunrise - ARC2021 - Day #14 on the SUNRISE

Sailing at night has it's own difficulties. While the stars in the sky are beautiful and admireable, the sails are hard to see and wind as well as waves are mainly recognised by their effects, such as constant noises in all the cupboards with dishes and silverware in the rhythm of the seas, the increasing number of bruises on all crew members or the black mainsail halyard twisted around the mast by the warm wind of the night.Also helming turned out to be more difficult then expected, causing increased numbers of crashgybes in the trade winds. Indeed, helming based on instruments only is already a challenge in it's own, but helming based on a windex display mis-indicating the wind by several degrees is asking for a little more. Our skipper managed the issue quickly despite the lack of a. read more...


04/12/2021

Into The Mystic - Is it Saturday ?

4th Dec1749 hours814 nm to go 2355 nm already under our beltsThe fish catch total now stands at 11. Now I’m not saying that I don’t like Mahi Mahi, I do, but 10 of them……. Its reached the point where the Mahi go back into the ocean, we want another tuna, pretty please.I’m staring at a red circle on the chart plotter screen - it marks St Lucia. I’m willing the little boat symbol thingy on the screen (that’s us) to get its finger out and get us there, in comfort, as soon as possible, I’m saying ‘please’.There is still a sizeable swell which continues to biff the boat on the beam - trust me, it sucks. The winds at least are now down to more manageable velocities so that’s really good news. Thesun is shining, its very warm and all in all a lovely day. We encounter the odd squall; it all goes. read more...


04/12/2021

Minga - Día 13, los vientos del comercio

Los primeros dos o tres días desde la largada tuvimos muy poco viento y ola, que fueron seguidos de 4 o 5 días de un viento y mar que pusieron a prueba a la Minga y su tripulación: no habíamos visto algo así antes, ni menos tan largo. Han sido días desafiantes y de mucha preocupación y pena: está ARC 2021 ha sido testigo de un muerto, dos veleros abandonados en altamar y bastantes otros veleros navegando con serios problemas. Nuestros pensamientos están con la familia de Max Delannoy y el resto de la tripulación del Agecanonix. El agotamiento tomó varios días en ceder al descanso y desde ayer que sentimos lo que nos habían descrito como los vientos del comercio, suaves brisas de 15 a 20 nudos por la popa con olas moderadas. El famoso y benigno viento del comercio empuja nuestras velas y. read more...


04/12/2021

Pleasure - Day 14 - movies, bread and minor crisis

Hello, All well on-board. At the time of writing, the distance to finish line is 712 NM. Sun is shining, we are sailing with the "wing-on-wing" setup (genoa and Code Zero). The course is set for Rodney bay / Saint Lucia.Since the last boat log, the crew has carried out a number of activities. For example, watching "Rambo 2" movie: Baking "boat bread" for breakfast and repairing the spinnaker pole. It's now up and running again. Yesterday, a minor crisis was diverted. Some crew members started to suspect that the common special stash for chocolate/candybars was not shared equally. The candy was simply gone. A bit embarrassing for the captain, because the stash was known to be in his cabin. Of course the captain denied all accusations. Luckily, one crew member whowas sleeping when the. read more...


04/12/2021

Misty Mhor - Mhor Media Monitoring Saturday 4th Dec

Yesterday afternoon the wind eased a little, dropping to around 15 knots by 17.00. We had already shook out the 2nd reef from the main and continued westerly at around 6.5 knots.The sea was becoming quieter, with fewer foaming steep waves but the general swell was still running. Life was becoming easier on board. Gusts up to 23 knots still occurred but we were not seeing many squalls. The sunfelt very hot. Time to sit back and relax and listen to the radio? News Flash. Eaves dropping on Twitter’s Torment. It’s good that the boats kept an eye and especially an ear out for each other. It’s also surprising what you can overhear on the VHS radio.There are a couple of yachts reasonable close to us that we have been in communication with. The Scottish boat Broadsword who were good enough to. read more...


Misty Mhor - Mhor Media Monitoring Saturday 4th Dec
Misty Mhor - Mhor Media Monitoring Saturday 4th Dec
04/12/2021

Calash - Day 13 – Friday 3 December 2021

 Friday, day 13, any significance?  No, not really.  The odd reference to squeaks on the boat sounding like Freddy Kruger torturing schoolgirls, but this shouldn’t be taken out of reference.  It was more of the same, with slightly reduced wind, but a same sea state and a few squalls (none that register on the squallometer though).  So we continue to bob along our route with the prospect of beer in St Lucia beginning to register in our minds.  Callum finally decided to take on the fishes and launched his rod line and expensive lure into yonder distance.  You might have to wait awhile before there is any follow up to this subplot.Other tasks included cake making to use up the last of our fresh fruit before it all abandons ship and other light, fairly meaningless faffing – yes, we have. read more...


04/12/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 13 - Things that go thump in the night

Friday 3rd December Noon position (Ship's clock) 18 degrees 03 minutes North; 045 degrees 03 minutes WestWith the furling genoa reduced to match the two reefs in the main, the night's passage was less frenetic than previously. Although we still experienced some squalls with gusts of F9, the boat's motion was less intense. We sailed a course slightly off direct downwind to minimise the boat's motion. There was no moon but a star studded sky lit the ocean surface. The bow wave threw back a swathe of white lace sprinkled with glittering diamonds of phosphorescence. It was magical. The sudden onset of a squall sent flying all the objects on board that were not tied down, including people, and created a tremendous clatter. Glass jars and plastic tableware loose in cupboards, winch handles and. read more...


04/12/2021

Into The Mystic - Food For Thought

As commented previously thanks to Jodi we have eaten really well onboard during our sojourn across the Atlantic.Today we go out bows firmly pointed towards St Lucia - no more flim-flamming around for us - one day pointing towards Florida and the next day Brazil. Its dead straight for the finish line which os currently some 900-odd miles away. To celebrate we indulged ourselves with a dinner of steak frites. As Henry commented : ‘I have never eaten cow so far from the nearest cow !’ - ho does have a point. Speaking of Henry. We share all our special food treats on this boat - we have large drawer full of them and lots of chocolate goodies in the fridge. It helps to ease the struggle of those night watches. Well, it seems we all share except for Henry. With shock and horror we discovered. read more...


04/12/2021

Pauline af Skanor - Logbok 3/12 dag 12

Position: 18°16.0’N, 50°35.5 ’WDatum: 3 decemberTrip: 2572 NMTid: 14.00 (Pauline time, GMT-3, ja det stämmer, vi har ställt om en timme till!)Hej där hemma! Efter ett litet avbrott i de ”vanliga loggarna” undrar ni säkert vad vi hittat på de senaste två dagarna – ska jag vara ärlig så är det egentligen inte så jättemycket. Vi har guppat på här ute på havet och rört oss sakta men säkert närmare St Lucia, ni kanske har följt oss i appen? Vi har det fortsatt bra, stämningen är god och det är vi tacksamma för! Att vi numera ser vårt mål på kartan, och inte längre varken Gran Canaria, Kap Verde eller endast hav är en väldigt härlig känsla kan jag lova. Nedräkningen är påbörjad och den kvarstående distansen till mållinjen är i skrivande stund ”ynka” 660 NM. Denna sträcka kan vi ta oss i mål på. read more...


04/12/2021

Into The Mystic - Food For Thought

As commented previously thanks to Jodi we have eaten really well onboard during our sojourn across the Atlantic.Today we go out bows firmly pointed towards St Lucia - no more flim-flamming around for us - one day pointing towards Florida and the next day Brazil. Its dead straight for the finish line which os currently some 900-odd miles away. To celebrate we indulged ourselves with a dinner of steak frites. As Henry commented : ‘I have never eaten cow so far from the nearest cow !’ - ho does have a point. Speaking of Henry. We share all our special food treats on this boat - we have large drawer full of them and lots of chocolate goodies in the fridge. It helps to ease the struggle of those night watches. Well, it seems we all share except for Henry. With shock and horror we discovered. read more...


03/12/2021

Sunrise - ARC2021 - Day #13 on the SUNRISE

We have a taylormade watch keeping schedule on SUNRISE for this voyage.During our pre-journey video conference this was an important issue.Being eight in total we agreed on forming four teams of two.After some discussion on different options: - a fixed watch schedule in which each crew member wakes up at the same time every night for his watch, so the organism can adapt more easily to a regular sleep rhythm; - a shifting watch schedule in which the time slots revolve every day and each crew member gets to stand all the different watches during one cycle;we finally agreed on the second one, because it distributes the highlights of the day and the unpleasant moments equally among all crew members. Four watches also give us enough time to socialise as a group of friends. During the night. read more...


03/12/2021

Mary Doll - Day 9 - Stormy Reflections

The storm continues. Overnight the winds calmed to lows of around 20mph. A high of 59mph was seen on our screen by Caroline - I suspect that it went a lot higher than that. When we get the big gusts, looking at the screens is not always the first thing on my mind.The storm reminded us of sailing in Scotland, and on St Andrews day too. Letitia magicked up a saltire and some bunting to celebrate the day. You can maybe imagine the scenes as we tried to set them all up while the good ship Mary Doll rolled around in all directions, then tried to get a decent photo on the iPad. After a few failed attempts and a lot of laughs a moment of calm descended for the perfect???? photo (I think we were all keen to agree that it was perfect so that we could move on). Finally, before the bunting was. read more...


03/12/2021

Mary Doll - Day 9 - Stormy Reflections

The storm continues. Overnight the winds calmed to lows of around 20mph. A high of 59mph was seen on our screen by Caroline - I suspect that it went a lot higher than that. When we get the big gusts, looking at the screens is not always the first thing on my mind.The storm reminded us of sailing in Scotland, and on St Andrews day too. Letitia magicked up a saltire and some bunting to celebrate the day. You can maybe imagine the scenes as we tried to set them all up while the good ship Mary Doll rolled around in all directions, then tried to get a decent photo on the iPad. After a few failed attempts and a lot of laughs a moment of calm descended for the perfect???? photo (I think we were all keen to agree that it was perfect so that we could move on). Finally, before the bunting was. read more...


03/12/2021

Maalu IV - Day 13 Culinary Catastrophes!

Maalu IV bristles with navigational aides and I havestruggled to keep up with a similar level of cooking aides in the galley. Myright hand aide is Ninja or 'The Ninj' as he has becomeaffectionately known. He is an electric multi-cooker who can pressure cook,steam, saute, bake, roast, grill, air fry and even make yoghurt! He lookssomething like a cross between Henry the Hoover and a Cyberman. He has added 11kg of weight to the boat but has been worth every gram. Nicholas was persuadedto build him a Ninja Cave so he even has a cosy home in the main cabinwhere he can rest or cook depending on the sea state. If it is calm he isallowed out and can be seen cooking on the saloon floor! He has kept us verywell fed with a minimum of effort and very little washing up so he has become. read more...


Maalu IV - Day 13 Culinary Catastrophes!
Maalu IV - Day 13 Culinary Catastrophes!
03/12/2021

Tilda - Gender equality on board

Yes, Tilda is a very equal boat if we consider gender: the crew is composed by 3 men (plus Captain Fabri) and 3 women and all duties are perfectly shared. Same hours at the helm, same hours on watch, same duties for cooking, cleaning and rig checks. Of course there are some “natural preferences” in everyone: Rui and João are more fond of night shifts (during which they stare at the stars and sing in duet Portuguese love songs), Iva is very precise in her checks, either for food stocks or for rigging, Francy takes care of communication (VHF is her favorite chat-line and this blog is written by her), Ale is the best at the helm in every condition and our super jolly in the galley is Matteo, delighting us with two fresh and healthy meals per day. We are sorry that we won’t win the ARC (at. read more...


Tilda - Gender equality on board
Tilda - Gender equality on board
03/12/2021

Time Out - Day 13 - Spi vers l’Ouest

Ter repetita : nuit orageuse et lendemain qui chante, on s’habitue. Le soleil du matin est resté cette fois toute la journée, les vagues sont descendues à 2,5 m, nous avons déjeuné à table dehors, on revit.Puis la journée commence selon un scénario un peu identique à celui de la veille : nous apercevons derrière nous au lever, un nouveau voisin, qui se rapproche : c’est Sam, un quillard de 38 pieds seulement (hier c’était Rupella, un magnifique ketch de 55 pieds -merci Denis). 38 pieds, aux standards de l’Arc, c’est un bébé, une sardine, un microbe… Et pourtant, il gagne du terrain!Il faut dire que suite à la nuit un peu mouvementée, nous étions un peu endormis. Qu’à cela ne tienne, nous sortirons le spi! Les conditions sont idéales, soleil, mer moins formée, ciel clair, vent arrière. read more...


03/12/2021

Tamanaco - Broken again!

After a great great day with the code Zero (see my last blog) during happy hour we heard « pop » and saw the sail fly into the water next to the boat.We quickly retrieved the Code and bagged it.It turns out it’s the exact same failure of the top swivel we experienced with our gennaker on day 3.Upon inspection looks like a poor design (yes, I AM a mechanical engineer) The guys from Selden, the manufacturer, will be hearing from me! We finished our happy hour, allowing ourselves a second beer for the trouble, and reverted to the sail configuration from yesterday, with the jib poledout.Lost about a knot of speed, bummer!In the morrow, weather permitting, we will hoist the Code Zero without using the furlin system, which will require some special skills to retrieve, but worth it to maintain. read more...


03/12/2021

Calash - Day 12 – Thursday 2 December 2021

 As was the trend, Colin & Callum’s watch bore no resemblance to the first watch.  They had winds up to 35 knots and very confused and lumpy seas.  Things turned dramatic at about 0300 hrs, when a huge wave breached the rear of the boat, soaking both of them, drowning the fresh vegetables and whooshing through the open deck portholes to soak both rear cabins, its contents and poor Jamie who endured the full waterfall effect!  This is not quite what we had in mind for an open deck jacuzzi, but I guess we need to be a little more specific in our specification for the next shooting star!  Thankfully, everything was just wet and no damage or injury.  Jamie and I sprung to action as the Emergency Response Team, with underpants securely fitted over our shorts, rapidly arriving onsite. read more...


03/12/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 12 - Boat talk

Thursday 2nd December Noon position (Ship's time) 19 degrees 39 minutes North; 0042 degrees 34 minutes WestAnother night and day of squalls and rough, confused seas, apparently, unusual for this time of year. By this time all the crew have unqualified faith in Emily Morgan's capability to bring us safely to the Caribbean. The boat has demonstrated her ability to cleave her way through the mountainous seas and deal with rogue beam-on waves and squalls with occasional Force 10 gusts in a competent, methodical manner. We are delighted to be doing our transatlantic passage in this strong, robust, full-keel matriarch of the oceans. She has already taken Anna and Bones safely on a circumnavigation across the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean and this is their 13th Atlantic crossing. (One. read more...


03/12/2021

Tamanaco - wing on wing sailing

This morning the wind was a little less, in high teens and with a friendly sky.Before Tony was up we decided to hoist the Code Zero, which is a large front sail.We rolled in the main completely, adjusted the poled-out job on starboard and used the main sail boom I. Lieu of a pole on port, to stabilize the Code Zero sheet, without which it would be much too close to the side of the boat and ineffective.Our average speed has shot up +1.5 knots, and we feel the full power of the wind moving the boat.Exhilarating.I just helmed for the last hour and a half and it was a blast!Of course we should have done this a few days sooner and we’d be closer to the top spot in 1E category by now. But we had other issues.Oh boy.At least we should be in for a strong finish.Heading is good.image1. read more...


Tamanaco - wing on wing sailing
Tamanaco - wing on wing sailing
03/12/2021

Blake - hello mainsail

Several days back with a triple reefed main we managed to catch the top batten in the shrouds and when bringing the sails down it put a tear in the luff of the mainsail, probably a 2ft strip where the bolt rope was ripped off the sail and still attached to the sliders.Bit annoying but it meant we were just under jib for the heavier weather/squalls, probably not a bad thing as easier and quicker to reef the jib in and out.We finally had some time on calmer seas, about an hour yesterday and another 2-3 hours this morning, to make some repairs.With some yellow sail repair tape and some Frankenstein stitching we were able to get a pretty good hold.Nice to get the mainsail back up and put in a touch more boat speed.Working on some paper chains and snowflakes to add to the festive decorations. read more...


03/12/2021

Mary Doll - Day 9 - Happy Birthday Big Sis (wish you were here!)

When my alarm went off this morning just before midnight I was seriously ready to drop kick it out my cabin window and consign that horrid honking noise, that is the default iPhone alarm sound, to the bottom of the Atlantic - seriously, who thought that noise was appropriate for waking someone up?! Steve Jobs,, have a word… I emerged onto deck to find Letitia and my Dad already on duty having been roused to deal with some inclement weather just after they went down to bed, they incredibly kindly said that I could go back to bed as they had the situation in hand. The guilty feeling of skiving a shift evaporated pretty quickly as I crawled back into bed, you’ll be glad to hear…Averaging 6 hours of sleep a night was beginning to bring out ‘grumpy Lewis’, so perhaps the squall was a blessing. read more...


03/12/2021

Misty Mhor - Mhor Management Friday 3rd Dec

Something familiar about the weather again. Steady 20 knots easterly. Misty is still rolling and pitching at around 7 knots. We are all a bit batted and bruised. Sleep had been an issue particularly for the upper class crew who have cabins. These are located at the bows and stern and are most vulnerable to pitching and then with the excess rolling on top, it is proving difficult to fall asleep. My bunk is the saloon sofa and is located in the centre of the boat so I have to contend mainly with the rolling. There are of course numerous interruption all night with watch changes, tea making etc. However I’m much better off as my magical lea cloth removes most of the roll issues. The trick is to pull it up tight to the cabin roof, just like a sail on a beat, no sag. I leave the sofa back. read more...


Misty Mhor - Mhor Management Friday 3rd Dec
Misty Mhor - Mhor Management Friday 3rd Dec
03/12/2021

Skyelark 2 -

Friday, December 3Going back to the subject of watch rota 24/7 3 on 6 off - it sounds daunting and does sap your energy levels. The saving grace is that every 4/5 days two crew get to do domestic duties (used to be called being “mother” but not allowed to use that term now!).So instead of doing watch we get to clean and make food for the team. Which in itself is no mean featwhen the yacht is rolling side to side at over 30 degrees and implements and pots are flying across the galley. So what is the saving grace? Well you get to have a full night of sleep without having to do watch. A real life saver.The food we make for dinners is based on a preset series of really good and varied menus from all over the world. From tagine, jumbalaya, chowmein...... All are being cooked really well in. read more...


03/12/2021

Minga - Día 12, Picó picó (Minga)

Con vientos cada vez más suaves, olas más bajas y el debut del pulpo color rojo, Fernando puso toda la fe para pescar nuestro segundo dorado. Para ser justos, todos le dudamos poner la caña (porque aún sigue medio revuelto),pero como dice el Lucho Jara, nos venía bien un golpe de suerte.Una hora más tarde, escuchamos el gratificante sonido del freno en el carrete. Un colorido y gordo mahi mahi de unos 6 kilos venía enganchado en el anzuelo. Tira, tira y bienvenido a la Minga. Que festín se nos viene para el almuerzo!Sumando buenas nuevas, estamos más descansados y recuperados. Anoche pudimos dormir más de 4 horas de corrido entre guardia guarida y porfin retomamos la maratón de GOT.Como dijo la Jose ayer, ningún mar en calma forja buenos marineros. Como ha dicho el Capitán, este cruce es. read more...


Tamanaco - Helming - Valery’s the best
Tamanaco - Helming - Valery’s the best
03/12/2021

Tamanaco - Helming - Valery’s the best

In the past few days we have gradually taken over the autopilot to helm ourselves.It’s a case of man vs. machine.My preconceived idea was that auto pilots are so sophisticated that humans can barely match their performance.And it is true that seeing the autopilot move the wheel at high speed and maintaining its heading target consistently when wind increases is a confidence building thought.THAT said, after a couple disastrous nights when the boat was moving violently due to the brash autopilot corrections (thin sleeping inside a washing machine!) Valery came up with the concept that we ought to do a better job manually, and preserve each other’s sleep. So during the day we each helmed a lot, to gain familiarity with the pattern of boat motions on waves, and degree of correction. read more...


02/12/2021

Tilda - In the middle of the ocean

A great sailing day and a lot to celebrate:first of all we gain the record of 203 miles in 24 hours (at an average of 8.4 kn); besides the performance, Fabri, João and Rui took a yoga class to stretch legs, back and arms.Last but not least, we arrived at the emblematic point of “the middle of the ocean”, that signs the exact distance of the 2 sides of this lake called Atlantic.Before leaving we decided this was a passage to celebrate somehow, so we bought a very special jamon iberico in Las Palmas and tonight we had a pork dinner (oink! oink!) with stuffed eggplants with feta cheese and glasses of red wine floating on the table because of a sleepy auto-pilot.After a dramatic pillow fight (sailors never grow old) we have sent message in a bottle of rum. Let’s hope to meet new Tildamigos. read more...


Tilda - In the middle of the ocean
Tilda - In the middle of the ocean
02/12/2021

Time Out - Day 12 - Champagne!

Après une nuit très orageuse (vents à près de 40 noeuds et pluie drue), nous nous réveillons de nouveau au soleil. Bis repetita… Nous décidons que nous avons atteint la moitié du chemin (cf hier), et en conséquence, que nous venons de passer un nouveau fuseau horaire (il y a 4 heures de décalage entre les Canaries et Sainte Lucie, nous avons déjà décalé nos montres d’une heure lorsque nous étions au niveau du Cap Vert). Nous mettons nos montres à la nouvelle heure, et profitons de l’heure gagnée pour vaquer à nos activités. Nous n’avons en effet pas pu trouver sur le bateau, dans nos téléphones ou ordinateurs, tous déconnectés, une seule mappemonde représentant les fuseaux horaires! Mais la mesure de l’heure n’étant après tout qu’une convention permettant au monde de fonctionner, nous. read more...


02/12/2021

Maalu IV - Day 12 Random Jottings

I can't believe that we are now into our 12th day atsea. We are less than 1250 miles from our destination and possibly looking atarriving in St Lucia towards the end of next week. That will not be a day toosoon as the persistent strong winds and high seas are tiring although we aremaking excellent progress towards St Lucia. We gybed today, a process which tookthree of us over an hour to perform, and are now pointing directly at our nextport.One casualty of the high seas has been our celebrationfor reaching our half way point which we did a little over 24 hours ago. Theplanned celebratory dinner with champagne has been delayed as cookingin these seas is extremely difficult and the idea of adding alcohol into the mixwas deemed totally foolhardy! Currently I am using the frozen. read more...


Maalu IV - Day 12 Random Jottings
Maalu IV - Day 12 Random Jottings
02/12/2021

Emily Morgan - Day 11 - Squalls

Noon position: 19 degrees 33 minutes North; 38 degrees 24 minutes West.We woke to a grey day and a weather forecast that predicted more of the same wind strength and direction for the next few days. Lumpy seas and squalls are to be our sailing conditions for the foreseeable future. When a squall hits, the wind rises and the rain batters down. Fortunately, Emily Morgan has a cockpit canopy so when the squall is imminent we roll down the clear see-through sides which protects us from the elements and then the fun begins. Those on watch wrestle with the helm trying to keep the boat on course. The wind howls through the rigging and sails thump with the pressure of the wind. The noise of the wake against the hull increases as the boat speeds even faster through the water and keels over then. read more...


Emily Morgan - Day 11 - Squalls
Emily Morgan - Day 11 - Squalls
02/12/2021

Sunrise - ARC2021 - Day # 12 on the SUNRISE

Just to notifiy: Yesterday, 1st of December 2021 at 22:32 UTC we officially passed the halfway mark to Saint Lucia! From now on it is shorter to continue our journey than turning around, a kinda strange feeling. The middle of nowhere. We celebrated this event with a delicious Risotto, made by our captain, and a ice-cold can of beer. It is continiously becoming hotter with the sea temperature of around 27° already!This morning we lost two halyards, the genoa halyard and one of the two spinnaker halyards. Seems like both lines wrapped around our improvised fixture on the very top of the sail and they gave in simultaniously. From now on we are using our very last option to set a foresail, the second spinnaker halyard, and hope that this one will last for the remainder of the trip !Our speed. read more...


02/12/2021

Skyelark 2 - Thursday, December 2

Thursday, December 2Things you won’t find here: stock reports, celebrity gossip, sound bytes, turn signals, telephone poles, credit cards, appointments, Covid, weekdays, lawns, shopping carts, car exhaust, light pollution, political folderol, walls, `entertainment,` high expectations, 40 different kinds of milk, yo-yos, umbrellas, lost dogs, weekends, escalators, a sock drawer, neighborhoods, public libraries, the right screwdriver, a pinch of sage, a settled stomach, bathtubs, motionless beds, Ethiopian restaurants, ice cream cones, sycamore trees and tree bark more generally, giraffes, walks in the park, the bright red of a cardinal, the sounds a freight train makes, my two boys, Luke and Leander, Carolyn, my wife. –Blog by O.On the other hand, things you will find here: clothes pegs,. read more...



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