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19/11/2018

Equinox - Herman’s post

So I’ve actually never done sailing before. Well I “test-sailed” for a few hours before coming here in my hometown Stockholm but that was in a closed archipelago, nothing like the Atlantic! So what am I doing here you may wonder. Well, back in Spring my dad told me about my far away relative uncle who was sailing around the world and that he wondered if we wanted to join a short distance. “Sure” said the bored fifteen year old also refered as me. I didn’t have a clue about boats but thought it would be a nice change from the every day life in school. A few months, three skippers exams and several knots later I’m sitting on the plane from rainy Stockholm to Las Palmas. Things doesn’t start to feel real until a couple of hours after setting sail to Cape Verde. My English feels a bit rusty,. read more...


19/11/2018

Degree of Latitude - Test blog message

Hello everyoneThis is a test to see if the blog works.We are in not so sunny Las Palmas, bit windy today, but not raining at the moment.Degree of Latitude. read more...


Glory - GLORY Gone Sailing- Lagoon 42
Glory - GLORY Gone Sailing- Lagoon 42
18/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Cerulean of Penryn - Land Ahoy

DATE:2018-11-18 04:30ZTITLE: ARC+ LEG1 DAY 7LOCATION: 17:33 024:35AUTHOR: RICHARD ROWLEYIt's now 04:30 in the morning of the 7th and last day of this leg from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria to Minedelo, Sao Vincente, Cape Verde. Our destination is now only 45nm ahead of us and there is land only 35nm off of our starboard bow. Although I cannot make out any land mass in the darkness ahead I can quite clearly make out lights on land. By the time dawn breaks in another two and a half hours we should be able to see land clearly.After days with out seeing another vessel our AIS is showing 2 other sailing yachts converging on the same waypoint, I cannot actually see their lights at the moment but I expect we shall them soon, and I expect to see more as we approach our waypoint and the finish line.. read more...


18/11/2018

Stephias - Security check

Friday 16 November, indpection by ARC team completed. Cool. Ready to cross Atlantic. read more...


18/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 18-11 aankomst in Mindelo, Cabo Verde

Hallo iedereen,   Deze ochtend zijn we aangekomen in Mindelo, onze laatstenacht hebben we grotendeels op motor gevaren. We hebben alle zeilcombinatiesgeprobeerd maar met periodes hadden we tussen 2 en 5 knopen wind en dan ga je opzeil gewoonweg niet vooruit. We zagen op AIS en van de lichtjes van deandere boten rondom ons die ons zo snel voorbij gingen dat we graag ooktoch vooruit wilden, om 's ochtends en niet 's avonds aan te komen. Het waskiezen tussen kletterende zeilen of een ronkende motor om te slapen te laatstenacht.  We zijn bij de kleinste boten en hebben dus theoretisch de laagstebootsnelheid maar we zijn vooral blij met onze zeilprestaties van de eerstedagen, toen er wel nog wind was. We hebben in onze klasse wel de grootstehandicap,. read more...


18/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 4 - 1/2 way party to Mindelo

We are very excited today to be celebrating our 1/2 way point to Mindelo. We predict we will be reaching the point before midnight tonight, and so to celebrate we are having a pork tenderloin with roasted vegetables. The crew have obtained their sea legs, now if only the winds would cooperate. We motored for a few hours last night and plan to motor overnight as we won’t sail at night under spinnaker, and the winds are too light for the white sails. The official G.W. Fishing Derby is under way and has been out since mid morning, with no “fish on” as yet. The temperature is starting to climb, as we hit 29 degrees today - Sun hats and suntan lotion were the essentials today. We had a quick chat with S/V Blue Infinity last night as we past one another, and are keeping in close proximity to. read more...


18/11/2018

Glory - GLORY Gone Sailing- Lagoon 42

One of the nice things about the ARC is meeting cool people from other countries. As Glory's Canadian contingent was travelling to Las Palmas today and missed the Opening ceremonies parade, our Brit crew Tash and Will Marshall represented Canada for us."Gotta support the Colonies" as Tash would say. And we appreciate it eh!IMG-20181118-WA0001. read more...


Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - AMINATA from ARGENTINA
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
Aminata - Aminata From Argentina
17/11/2018

Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana

We have had two beautiful days at sea. Crew is now used to the cruising routines, and we have enjoyed slow sailing with weak winds, waves and swells. That means we miss the Sunday evening timeline of ARC+ in Mindelo but will arrive there by Monday morning.Ed the Iguana has followed Oskar to read, eat, play and sleep. Ed has given Oskar more courage on those days when our speed has been too slow to arrive in time in Mindelo.Yesterday Oskar and Robert and Ed the Iguana asked again to try fishing. Ok, we put some pink and white to the line and forgot it. We were inside moving our water bottles from front to back when Niko shouted ”Kala!” (Fish in Finnish). We have practiced emergencies with the crew but not catching an open water game-fish. Although, it seemed that everyone knew what to do.. read more...


Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana
Lunni - ARC+ Leg1 Day 6 - catching mahi-mahi with Ed the Iguana
17/11/2018

Equinox - Post by Jacob on Music in Cape Verde.

There’s been almost a week without land in sight and as we are getting closer to Mindelo a voice starts echoing louder and louder in my head. It is the warm voice of late Cecaria Evora. The barefoot queen, she lived and worked in Mindelo and her music about longing, belonging, the sea and the tiny little islands of Cape Verde reached the whole world. For those of you who wonder what the music is like in Cape Verde, I can only recommend Cecaria Evoras popular song Sodade as a great start.. read more...


17/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 3 - The Crew

Dobro Dani currently has 5 crew members on board, 3 females and 2 males (2 1/2 couples). The amount of sailing which the all-amateur crew have done amounts to well over a century - either we are all really old or we started really young - we shall let you decide!Our sailing experience comes from mainly the Pacific Northwest of Canada (Vancouver) with one of the crew members having sailed a lengthy amount of time on Lake Ontario in her youth. Some of the crews’ sailing experience also expands to across the Pacific and even 1 transatlantic voyage as well. As you can see, Dobro Dani is well equipped with crew for her voyage across the Atlantic.Dani the Dolphin. read more...


17/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 17-11 nog 100 mijl te gaan

De eerste dagen deden we op 24u ongeveer 140 mijl daarnais de wind teruggevallen en nu doen we er gelukkig nog net iets meer dan100. Afgelopen nacht was de wind voor de zoveelste keer veranderd van richtingen wij dachten dat het deze keer Oostenwind ging blijven. We hebben vannacht dusalles opgeborgen en de gennacker opgezet. En YES we gingen terug sneller dan5kts onder het licht van de maan in het putje van de nacht, Dave bleef sturen omde shifts op te vangen. Het was voor hem het hoogtepunt van deze oversteek. Hijheeft een boostje gekregen en was voor de komende uren niet meer in slaap tekrijgen. Deze wind was alleen maar voor efkens. Een half uur later was het terugdead downwind. Vandaag houden we het op vlinderen al hebben we wel veel goestingom de spinnacker uit te halen maar. read more...


17/11/2018

Allegrini - ARC+ 2018 Day 7

When we say day 7, in reality its only day 6 of sailing as we've includedthe Sunday we left as a whole day, but it will only be day 7 after 13:00today, if that makes sense?So in short if we maintain our current speed, we are due to arrive around21:00 tonight, which means it has taken us 6 days 9 hours or thereabouts.The landscape, which sounds odd as we are speaking about the sea, has beenat times nothing short of biblical, with sunrises and sunsets that would putmost hollywood directors to shame.(insert one here later)The pack of 70 odd other yachts making this trip have been spread out farand wide, certainly for us, following the more direct route and notnecessarily chasing the wind, we haven't seen a soul in days, with theexception at night of the odd tanker heading in the other. read more...


17/11/2018

Equinox - Tom’s reflections

Rather than an hour by hour, ‘what we did on our holidays’ style blog I decided on the piece below. It’s obviously personal and heartfelt. I hope it triggers, if not similar thoughts, then those of your own stimulated by the greater world around us.“There was once an on old man, well, old in the eyes of his grandchildren at least, who, when asked, set sail to cross a sea and then a WHOLE ocean despite his affliction with sea sickness. Not as an adventure or as a challenge but because it was there and for once in his life he was going to make a positive decision. During his early years decisions were made for him by others, parents, family, friends and teachers. Even in later life ‘positive’ decisions were not Grandad’s ‘thing’.  On the whole he preferred to go with the flow or take. read more...


17/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Cerulean of Penryn only 254 miles to Mindelo

DATE:2018-11-16 17:32ZTITLE: ARC+ LEG 1 DAY 6LOCATION: 20:24 022:28AUTHOR: RICHARD ROWLEYBODY: 672nm down and 254nm to our destination. We sailed through and beautiful warm and moon lit star studded night with just enough wind to carry us along at 5.6kts in a gentle swell, what more could one ask for. Sunrise greeted us with the wind dropping off to 5-10kts from behind, unfortunately downwind this is not enough to carry us along at a reasonable pace with boat speed of only 2-3kts we threw in the towel and put the engine on. The engine has been trundling along for most of the day, which was fine as this gave us a chance to drop the main and carry out some repairs.Come this evening at 16:40 the wind picked up and the sails are back up and the engine off..yippee...we are now making 5kts. read more...


16/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Cerulean of Penryn

DATE:2018-11-16 17:32Z TITLE: ARC+ LEG 1 DAY 6 LOCATION: 20:24 022:28 AUTHOR: RICHARD ROWLEY BODY:672nm down and 254nm to our destination. We sailed through and beautiful warmand moon lit star studded night with just enough wind to carry us along at5.6kts in a gentle swell, what more could one ask for. Sunrise greeted us withthe wind dropping off to 5-10kts from behind, unfortunately downwind this is notenough to carry us along at a reasonable pace with boat speed of only 2-3kts wethrew in the towel and put the engine on. The engine has been trundling alongfor most of the day, which was fine as this gave us a chance to drop the mainand carry out some repairs. Come this evening at 16:40 the wind picked up and the sails are back up andthe engine off..yippee...we are now making 5kts under. read more...


16/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 2 - Whoop Whoop’in Along

With the first 24 hours at sea under our keel, Dani’s crew on board are slowly getting used to life at sea. We have 5 crew on board and the watch rotation is 4 hours on and six off, each overlapping of 2 hours. We had our traditional first night at sea dinner consisting of homemade Shepherd’s Pie. The winds toyed with us from the start line and throughout the afternoon and into the evening hours, finallythey came up around midnight and we were able to sail along, doing a very comfortable 6-7 knots. During that time, we were met with a small pod of dolphins wanting to play with us. It was so dark that the only way we knew that they were there, was from the bio-luminescence lighting up around them as they swam through the water - quite a sight to see. Again today, the winds have been up. read more...


16/11/2018

Allegrini - ARC+ 2018 Day 6

Well what an amazing ocean, yesterday we were visited by the largest pod of Dolphins we have ever seen, there must have been over 100 of them, this coupled with Pilot whales and flying fish, is making this trip even more worthwhile, let alone the amazing sunrises and sunsets and stars, so many stars! Zero light pollution, stunning, just stunning!As we prepare for the final leg of our 1st stage from Las Palmas to Mindelo, many lessons have been learnt that will put us in great stead for the atlantic crossing, sail configurations, when to put them up and more importantly when to take them down, ease up on satellite time! its like buying shares in the company! watch your sweet rations, they go so quickly on nightshift, but one of the most important lessons learnt in particular to our boat,. read more...


Dobro Dani - Dani the Dolphin
Dobro Dani - Dani the Dolphin
Rose Marie - A most prodigious, sailtacular affair indeed!
Rose Marie - A most prodigious, sailtacular affair indeed!
15/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Yacht Cerulean ARC+ Leg 1 Day 5

A good 24hrs with another 134nm under our keel.We seem to have the downwind rig sorted and more importantly it is taking us down in the right direction down our rhumb line.Meeting the ARC+ deadline in Mindelo by 17:00 on the 18th November is looking doubtful, but 'it ain't over yet'Very pleasant overnight with a fayre wind and kind sea not too cold not too hot, great view of the milky way, good sunset and sunrise.Woke up to a couple for flying fish hitching a ride on deck this morning...they are now on the hook as bait for something bigger.Current conditions NE force 4, 5-6kts boat speed sea condition slight, blue sky and sunshine with a 3/8 cloud cover.Yacht Cerulean of Penryn. read more...


15/11/2018

Allegrini - ARC+ 2018 Day 5

Well here we are at day 5 already, certainly getting warmer the further south we travel, although its 24-5 degs C at night, with the wind chill, its still cool enough for a fleece and blanket.Spirits are high after our fish came home to supper, a decent 8.5kg Mahi Mahi will keep us in food for a while, Thai last night, Indian tonight, got to eat it quickly as need to get the beers back in the fridge for our arrival in Mindelo.Don't forget to check out our position on the ARC site fleet tracker!. read more...


15/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 15-11 dag 5

Rotwind, alle richtingen tussen ENE en WNW hebben wegehad. Windsterktes tussen 2 en 10 knopen, niet vet dus. We hebben wel goedgeslapen want we hebben gisterennamiddag een nieuwe setup opgezet nl. vlinderenmet de uitgeboomde rolfok aan de ene kant en de hanked-on genua aan de innerforestay aan de andere kant, uitgeboomd met de giek. Op die manier ligt hetmainsail niet te kletteren langs alle kanten. Vandaag gaan we elekticiteitdraaien want de hydrogenerator vertraagt ons nog een knoop en we gaan er al maar4 over het water. Wel bedankt aan Steve en aan Steven om ons een sms testuren naar de satphone, dat was het evenement van de dag. Vandaag gaan we eenmailtje binnen trekken met alle posities. Het wordt nu al een uitdaging omzondag voor 18.00u wanneer de finishlijn sluit binnen te kunnen. read more...


15/11/2018

Dobro Dani - Log day 1 - We’re Ready To Go!

After months of planning and preparing, S/V Dobro Dani and her all Canadian crew are ready to set sail for Cape Verdes. We are very excited to be taking part in the ARC and to doing the inaugural trek to St. Vincent. Dani and her crew would like to thank the ARC staff for a great time in Las Palmas and look forward to meeting our ARC support team in Mindelo. We would also like to thank Puerto de Las Palmas for hosting us. Lastly we would like to wish all the other ARC boats in all three ARC’s a safe trip across the pond.ARC+ St. Vincent - it’s time to go sailing....Dani the Dolphin. read more...


15/11/2018

Offbeat - Lines out all day. Result .... two fish!

Sunrise yesterday saw a beautiful blue sky and 12-14 kts of wind. We’d overnight sailed on reefed main and jib so decided to try our spinnaker again. Of course the wind immediately increased to 18kts plus, very rapid sailing on aNautitech Open 46; we set a new all-time boat speed record 16.7kts surfing down a large wave but after an hour decided that hand steering all day would get in the way of our relaxing cruise. We reverted to our downwind sail. Plenty of exercise before 1000 on a Wednesday morning.We then decided to take up the most English of pastimes...fishing. We had the line out all day and as I write this at 0745 Thursday morning I can report that we’ve caught two fish. Any other ARC+ boats have more??? Please note in comments below..Only trouble is that neither were Tuna, just. read more...


Offbeat - Lines out all day. Result .... two fish!
Offbeat - Lines out all day. Result .... two fish!
15/11/2018

Lunni - Day 4, Leg1 - fishing with Ed the Iguiana

We have 400nm to go to Mindelo, slow sailing with big waves. Oskar 9 and Ed the Iguiana have spent time by watching videos, reading comics, and admiring bright stars of African night. They have tried to catch some fish, and they got one but it escaped, maybe good for the fish. Ed the Iguiana has seen one squall, wind went to 35knots in seconds with lots of rain. Mood of Ed and crew is good, hopefully rest of the journey to Mindelo will go good too.Oskar, Ed the Iguiana and Lunni crew. read more...


15/11/2018

Rose Marie - A most prodigious, sailtacular affair indeed!

The gentlemen sailors of Rose Marie are underway and enjoying a thoroughly handsome time of it. Wishing a most satisfactory and splendiferous sail to all and sundry. May fair weather and seas speed us all to safe harbour! Toodle pip, what ho and see you on the other side! IMG_20181115_133031_009. read more...


14/11/2018

Allegrini - Re: ARC+ 2018 Day 4 - Written by Helen

You can never have enough power all the friends that have gone cruising before us said - and they couldn't be more right.With no sun (has anyone told it that we are of the coast of Africa?) the wind turbines can't satisfy the greedy autopilot.So on with the generator -until it tripped.As the reset switch is buried in the port lazarette and the sea remains rolly the skipper has passed on climbing in and it's on with the engine twice a day to keep the batteries charged - still hot water is a very nice side effect.One way you can have too much power is while Parasailor wrangling.It's gloriously stable and fast in lighter winds but in our first squall the boat apparently thought it was a competitor in a downhill slalom on Ski Sunday (remember that?).I didn't think with all this extra kit on. read more...


14/11/2018

Cerulean of Penryn - Yacht Cerulean Arc+Leg 1 Day 4

It was a dark night, darker than a dark thing with dark clouds, with a few rain squalls bringing some strong winds for short periods but we have alos had some clear skies with a million stars. Dawn has broke with a grey looking sky and the wind has now dropped off and seems to be a bit variable at the moment. We the boat speed having now dropped off and loosing steerage in the confused sea we have put the engine on to help get to our destination.We played around with sail plans quite a bit in the night to see what suited the best, but the iron topsail one the day.We have covered some 361nm (not all of it in the right direction) and have some 557nm to go to the finish line at Mindelo, Capo Verde.Phil has just made one of his wonderful fruit salads for breakfast, we that should help to. read more...


14/11/2018

Gertha 4 - 14-11 north pole

We denken dat we een beetje verkeerd gevaren zijn wanthet was hier vorige nacht zo koud. Ik wist niet dat als je naast de Sahara vaarthet zo koud kon zijn. Ik had volledig zeilpak aan, broek en vest met daarrondereen fleece trui, twee t-shirts, lange broek, sokken en ook nog een Buff als mutsen handschoenen. Gelukkig schijnt vandaag alweer de zon. Gisteren hebben we eenbrood gebakken, het was zo lekker dat het diezelfde avond al helemaal opgegetenwas, ik ben er gelukkig zo op voorzien... Vandaag op het heetst van de dag gaanwe ons douchen in de kuip. Dave kon niet wachten en heeft nu al de kuip natgemaakt en zich ook gewassen met 2l water, 't is zelfs niet allemaalop. De kids zijn flink aan het rekenen.. read more...


14/11/2018

Itchycoo Park - Blog day 3/4 24:17.96N 018:59.860W

Apologies to our avid readers for not blogging yesterday but we had aneventful night and decided to take a day off to get our sea legs as theseas have bult a bit more. So what do the following have in common:1. The ARC meterologist who said unlikey to encounter squalls this side ofthe Atlantic2. The plymouth rigger who said "That track is fine for your boat"3. The bloke in the pub who said "dont worry they are over in seconds"4. The skipper who said " Dan you kip in the saloon tonight it will bemore comfortable"We hit our first squall last night so the answers to these questions are1. Yes we did2 No its not 3. Maybe but you didnt tell me lot of them come together4. Forgot to mention the flying pilot books, pressure cookers and tech manuals.So there we were quietly cruising along in. read more...


Hippo V - 13/11 - Crossing the Tropics
Hippo V - 13/11 - Crossing the Tropics
Aminata - Argentina in ARC 2018
Aminata - Argentina in ARC 2018
Offbeat - A busy couple of nights....
Offbeat - A busy couple of nights....
13/11/2018

Allegrini - Re: ARC+ 2018 Day 3

Well as the song goes, "what a difference a day makes" from hardly anything to 20-25 knots, from flat calm to 3-4m swells, we're having a terrible time keeping the pieces on the Monopoly board, I lost my car overboard and have now had to become the Dog! The food at this hotel has been pretty good though, considering as chef, you have to hit the moving plates whilst trying to serve the portions. Still suns shining and a very pleasant 25 degs, although it feels like a lot less. Not quite into Bikini tops yet and that's just the guys.TTFN. read more...


13/11/2018

Gertha 4 - dinsdag 13-11 veel wind

Hallo iedereen,   Zondag namiddag en nacht waren heel relaxed varen, hetwas leuk om al die lichtjes van de zeilboten rond ons te zien. Gisterennamiddagonze eerste squalls gehad na een periode met minder wind. Afgelopen nacht is dewind dan komen opsteken en gelukkig zijn de squalls uit gebleven. Het windalarmdat we ingesteld hebben op 30 knopen is al verschillende keren af gegaan. Wevaren zo goed als voor de wind , net genoeg ruim on geen klapgijp te hebben bijde squalls die nooit uit dezelfde richting komen. Als onze route er een beetjezig zag uit ziet, het is daardoor. We hebben met de satelliettelefoon onze eersteweerberichten binnen getrokken en daarmee weten we dat er nog een dagje grotegolven en veel wind aankomen. voorspelling midden de 20 knopen met gusts naar de30 toe. Ook. read more...


13/11/2018

Offbeat - A busy couple of nights....

On Offbeat, we had a good run with our pink spinnaker away from Gran Canaria and, along with a few of the faster monohulls, were first to pick up the stronger breeze between the islands.As the sunset we decided to switch to our new downwind running sail which furls on a cable and is both more stable than a spinnaker so needs less attention from the crew and is also easier to handle if we need to take it down at night. It turns out it’s also a bit faster when heading straight downwind.We had our first cooked meal on board, pasta with sun dried tomatoes and pine kernels, washed down with a can of bitter shandy, the went into our watch system for the night. We had agreed to have 2 people on watch at all times for the first night whilst there were lots of other boats around, in 4 hour. read more...


Hector - Countdown -13 - all our bags are packed, we are ready to go
Hector - Countdown -13 - all our bags are packed, we are ready to go
12/11/2018

Gitana - Who inspires you?

There's a question to ask! Last week I asked it in school, on school media and amongst friends - and the answer? Many people struggle to think of someone because they think it has to be someone famous or historic - But why?When we think back to when we were kids and we saw people who broke records, got paid huge amounts of money, designed the latest games console - do those people inspire us to get up and act?In the last week we've been reminded of the dreams of so many soldiers heading for the battlefields as fearless youngsters and for those returned war scarred men and women whose lives would be changed forever, they still dreamed of a life, family and a future.Does it have to be the most famous filmstar, the biggest celebrity (what ever that means these days), or the winner of bake. read more...


12/11/2018

Challenger 3 - ARC 2018 my fundraising

My name is Ange Smith and to celebrate my 50th birthday, which was in August, I wanted an experience that was both physically and mentally challenging, adventurous and would take me totally out of my comfort zone. I am, therefore, taking on the ultimate sailing experience as a novice crew member, racing Challenger 3 across the Atlantic in the ARC 2018. The last time I did any sailing was when I was 22 when I went on the Sir Winston Churchill!! I thought that whilst I was undertaking this challenge it would be good to do some fundraising and raise money for a good cause. The charity I have chosen is the Tall Ships Youth Trust which help enable young people to have a similar life changing experience.If anyone taking part in the ARC 2018 or ARC2018+  would like. read more...


Challenger 3 - ARC 2018 my fundraising
Challenger 3 - ARC 2018 my fundraising
12/11/2018

Hector - Countdown -13 - all our bags are packed, we are ready to go

It´s Monday evening. I´m sitting on my sofa, spending a quiet evening at home - the last one for the next six months. We, me & and my boyfriend and skipper Peter, will be flying back to Gran Canaria tomorrow morning. Where Hector, our friend´s Dean catamaran, is waiting for us and the rest of the crew. Our journey has started about 2,5 months ago in Greece already. Since then, we´ve made about 2.100 miles from Greece via Sicilia, Sardegna & Gibraltar to Las Palmas. 2.100 miles for which we needed about 36 days from start to finish, "thanks" to crazy weather conditions in the med sea, and days waiting and weathering. Like so many other ARC boats we´ve met on our way did as well. Which was though, and gave us already a first idea of that special ARC family feeling everybody talks. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...



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