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13/01/2016

Hejira - Moving on

Hejira has been moored in Marigot Bay while we returned home to the UK for Christmas.Having received an horrendous bill for satellite usage, we have decided not to continue to send our blogs to the World Cruising AND Mailasail sites as this has been a contributory factor in running up the fees. Instead I have initiated our own independent ‘Hejira’ web site which will receive our position through a new, dedicated ‘Yellow Brick’ tracker.The new web site address is the usual www. then followed by hejirasailing.com It is early days but I intend to bring it up to date with archive material from our ‘shake down’ cruises and I will eventually try to feature technical info and pictures on the various modifications and innovations that I have incorporated to prepare Hejira for her. read more...


18/12/2015

Y2K - Wish Good Luck

This is what we usually do after every good catch to wish us good luck for the next one ! MaxIMG_20151202_114735. read more...


Y2K - Wish Good Luck
Y2K - Wish Good Luck
15/12/2015

Sea Symphony - Orions belt or Pudsy Bear?

We are now ( probably ) one day out from St Lucia, with only one more night watch to do and for me my favourite time. Time for conversation with your watch partner, the sailing seems better and of course, the star gazing. The shooting stars have been from the spectacular, with enough light to illuminate the sails, down to the brief flashes that seem to be going on all around. As for the stars that don't fall from the sky, we have been trying to identify various constellations… with the aid of various app's… and the one that has stayed in my affections is Orion, or more particularly from Orions belt down. It Is, without doubt, Pudsy Bear, the charity bear from the uk's children in need. It makes me smile every time I look up at it…. When you have been at sea for three weeks it certainly. read more...


TWIXX - St Lucia
TWIXX - St Lucia
TWIXX - LAND IN ZICHT!!
TWIXX - LAND IN ZICHT!!
14/12/2015

Sea Symphony - Nearly There

Nearly there… 14/12/2015A couple of days to go and we should hopefully be in St Lucia, having sailed all of the way, we hope. We will keep our heads and carry on sailing without the aid of the Perkins, no matter how strong the smell of Rum, wafting from St Lucia. We will remain steadfast in our resolve……. I'm sure you get the picture.Here is our clever, tall Swede with some wordsAs by chance, my very first contribution to the blog (except for my geriatric poem, of course) happens to be one of the last of the whole crossing for Sea Symphony. My fellow crew members and the captain have all described with great accuracy many of our daily joys and occasional struggles on board. This entry will deal less with the particularities and more with the overall experience, now but days from our. read more...


14/12/2015

Aliena - Lunes 14-12-2015

12º día de navegación desde Mindelo. En mi segunda guardia de esta noche, que en realidad es de 06h a 08h me he convencido de que Neptuno duerme por las noches y por eso el mar está mas tranquilo y a la salida del sol se despierta y por eso empieza de nuevo a agitarse el mar. Como viejo gruñon que debe ser se despierta a media noche para hacer pipí o tomar alguna medicina y por eso de repente hay unas olas incomprensibles. Noche tranquila salvo un incidente con un mercante indio que se nos paró delante y Miguel tuvo que darle unos gritos por la radio, Hoy tenemos poco viento y regular mar aunque mucho menos que dias atrás. Hemos pescado un dorado del que ya hemos dado buena cuenta. Estamos ya muy cerca de Saint Lucia, a 55 millas, en realidad enfrentados al Sur de Martinica y nuestro. read more...


14/12/2015

TWIXX - in St Lucia!

Missie volbracht!Iedereen heel, boot heel en op de wind helemaalnaar de Caribbean gezeild. Trots en in jubelstemming, een heerlijk gevoel. Dat hebben we toch maar even gedaan. Het binnenvaren van de Marina was al fantastisch. Op de Lazy Linda werd spontaan muziek gemaakt en iedereen roept naar en feliciteert ons. Op de kade staan ze klaar van de ARC om ons aan te pakken. Maar dat is nog niet alles! Terwijl we de boot nog aan t vastknopen zijn komt er al iemand met een dienblad met rumpunch en een schaal met vers fruit. (En een fles rum tussen de bananen;))GEWELDIG! Rumpunch om 9 uur 's ochtends smaakt heerlijk na de overtocht;)Hier kunnen we wel aan wennen..... read more...


TWIXX - missie volbracht!!!
TWIXX -  missie volbracht!!!
14/12/2015

Sunrise - daily Blog

Sunrise 13.12.2015Tag 20 +FazitVorbei!18 Tage, 10 Stunden, 4 Minuten, 9 Sekunden.Was bleibt?Ein großes Erlebnis, ein wenig Abenteuer. Neue Erfahrungen mit sich selbst und anderen. Drei Wochen miteinanderklarkommen. Die Unmöglichkeit des Ausweichens, war die größte Herausforderung und das größte Risiko. Diese zwischenmenschlich fundamentale Seite hat unter den 6 Crew Mitgliedern mit Leichtigkeit und Gelassenheit funktioniert, die so nicht zu erwarten war. Trotz aller Schwierigkeiten während der Fahrt kam es nie zu einer Belastung dieses Verhältnisses. Alle Crew Mitgliedersind kommunikationsstarke Männer mit hoher Dialoglust und lebensbejahender Grundeinstellung. Sicher eine zufällige Konstellation. Aber es galt sie zu erkennen, sie zu pflegen und festzuhalten.Warum der Atlantik?Was treibt. read more...


14/12/2015

TWIXX - Land in zicht!!

Land in zicht!!De laatste mijlen, Pigeon Island ronden en dan de finishlijn over. Bij iedereen heerst nu een gezonde spanning. Allemaal nog even een douche en dan zijn we er klaar voor. Kom maar op met die rumpunch!. read more...


13/12/2015

Aliena - Domingo 13-12-2015

11º día de navegación. Dia muy tranquilo con poco viento desgraciadamente y mucho calor. El viento es de popa casi cerrada aunque cambia de una aletaa otra constantemente y hace que naveguemos unos grados desviados -lo que faltaba- y de vez en cuando tengamos que trasluchar la mayor. Hemos puesto el yankee esta mañana y lo hemos tenido que quitar porque el poco viento no lo mantenía. Esto es una prueba dura de paciencia. No hemos visto barcos ni peces, ni siquiera los voladores de siempre, ni siquiera pescamos, ni siquiera huele a tierra. Solo comemos y solo veo los sargazos, a Miguel con bigote y a Carlos con barba ¡espantosos!El mar está mas tranquilo y mas azul, pero sigue siendo incómodo. Seguimos con la corriente en contra ¿Donde esta esa corriente de la que hablan todos los libros. read more...


13/12/2015

Calypso - They think its all over - well it is now!

And that's it, done and dusted. I know this is a little late, but internet access here has been a tad problematic.So we arrived JUST before dark on Friday - at 17:09:13 on the 12th to be precise - making 19 days and a few hours at sea. A little longer than planned, but then we covered a few more miles than planned too (about 400 miles more than most in fact).We were welcomed with Rum Punch on the dock, and after putting the boat quickly to bed, headed off, first to say hi to friends and then to visit the street party that happens every Friday just down the road. There's probably plenty to tell about the street party, but it seems that nobody remembers very much at all (or at least that's their story).We've covered over 3,000 miles, spent almost 20 days in just each others company, and. read more...


13/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - LAST DAY

La giornata scorre tranquilla.C'è anche più vento di quanto previsto, ne siamo felici perché arriveremo prima, ma purtroppo atterreremo di notte. Pazienza.Quando sul radar cominciamo a vedere i primi segni di terra, esplode un hurrà generale.In lontananza solo un bagliore nel cielo sopra la Martinica, ancora nessuna luce da St Lucia.I turni saltano, sono le 22.00, abbiamo da poco finito di cenare, ci regaliamo un piccolo sonnellino con turni di mezz'ora ciascuno, in modo da dormire un'ora e mezza ciascuno.All'una siamo tutti in piedi.Siamo a meno di 10 mg dal canale tra St Lucia e la Martinica. Ormai le luci da terra sono visibili. Ancora nessun profumo, ma siamo sopravvento è normale.In mare intorno a noi, vediamo altre luci verdi o rosse, altre barche che stanno convergendo verso St. read more...


13/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 19

Sunrise 10.12.2015Tag 19 1. TeilDer Blick in den nächtlichen Sternenhimmel ist ein Blick in die sagenumwobenen Sternbilder Herkules,Orion, Kentaur, Pegasus, Perseus, Andromeda, ...Wir versinken in der Unendlichkeit. Sinnen dem Urknall nach, der Ausdehnung des Universums und ziehen mit den Sternschnuppen, die mit feiner Leuchtspur über das Firmament eilen und dann überladen mit den Wünschen der Menschen, in einem der Sternbilder mit einem letzten Aufblitzen für immer verglühen.Die Tage werden zunehmend karibischer. Die Sonne brennt vom wenig bewölkten Himmel, das Meer wird noch eine Spur lichtblauer. Ein ereignisloser Tag dehnt die Stunden. Wenn da nicht das Schiff wäre. Seit 2 Tagen machen uns die Versorgerbatterien zu schaffen. Wir stellen einen rapiden Leistungsabfall fest! Der auch. read more...


Hera - Zieleinlauf
Hera - Zieleinlauf
12/12/2015

Hera - Zieleinlauf

Heute um 09.10 Uhr lokaler Zeit (MEZ-5h) haben wirdie Ziellinie überschritten und sind alle wohlbehalten auf St. Lucia angekommen.Beim Überlaufen der Ziellinie gabs noch ein kleines Malheur. Gernot drückte denKnopf unseres gewaltigen Signalhorns, der nach einmaliger Betätigung im Innerender Bootshülle verschwand. So konnten wir leider nicht ins Konzert all derSignalhörner, die uns in der Marina begrüßten einstimmen. Als wir am Liegeplatzfestgemacht hatten, mußten wir uns erstmal  mit bordeigenem Bier begnügenbevor das Empfangskomitee der ARC mit dem Rumpunch eintraf. Dies ist unser letzter Blog, bevor wir uns all derPartys und Cocktails unter Palmen und karibischem Flair ergeben. Wir dankenallen unseren Fans, die unsere spannende Atlantiküberquerung verfolgt haben undwünschen Euch. read more...


12/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 19 - And finally….

Rhumb crossed the line at around 8.32 Saturday 12th December to the exhilaration of her crew.To those who know, Spongebob crossed the line too to the delight of yours truly.We are here and to a wonderful reception from Anne, Brian's soon to be wife. her friend Jan, and Tim's girls, Me'Julie, Rebecca and Ellie. Rum punch awaiting, plus a basket of fruit disguised as a bottle of Chairman's Reserve Rum - guess where the cork is going this evening.Words escape us all at the moment, so pardon us if we now sign off with a hearty hoorah or three, followed by a rather important apppointment with the shower block.Rhumb over - N14.04 W60.56 - Rodney Bay, St Lucia.. read more...


Spirit of Adventure - Torn code zero
Spirit of Adventure - Torn code zero
Rhumb - Arrived
Rhumb - Arrived
12/12/2015

Toujours Belle - 100 sm nach St. Lucia

Jetzt sind es noch 100 sm bis nach St. Lucia. Wir werden morgen früheinlaufen. Der Parasailor fehlt uns sehr. Wären damit schon längst imHafen. Nur mit Genua zieht sich das hin. Heute heißt es Schiff klar machen.Letzter Seetag. Alles aufräumen. Heute gibt es Steak zum Mittag. DieAufregung steigt. Tut gut auf dem Plotter die Inseln zu sehen. Ich denke,heute Nacht wird keiner von uns schlafen gehen. Es war bisher eine langeFahrt. 4 Tage Sturm, dann Flaute, ständig Welle bei bis zu 3m von hinten.Squalls. Tolle Sonnen Auf- und Untergänge. Tolle Nächte mit einemsagenhaften Sternenhimmel. Das Boot wurde in den 3 Wochen wirklich hartbeansprucht. Ständige Schläge der Wellen. Das Rollen belastet jegliche Artvon Aufbauten. Besonders den Mast. Bisher hat das Schiff das alles sehr gutweggesteckt.. read more...


12/12/2015

Aliena - Sábado 12-12-2015

11º día de navegación. Dia tranquilo de viento, pero con bastante mar, aunque a lo largo del dia ha mejorado mucho. Se nota que el Oceano se está convirtiendo en Mar y supongo que el poco viento tambien influye. Esta tarde y debido al poco viento, por fin hemos conseguido subir el yankee, que lo habíamos tenido que quitar porque se había roto intentando repararle un descosido -cosas del mar-. Se hace largo este trayecto y mas con las millas de ida y vuelta que hemos tenido que hacer por el problema de la mayor. Está lleno de unas algas que parecen helechos flotantes, a veces nos preguntamos si estamos en el mar de los sargazos. Se nota que estamos cerca porque han venido delfines y nos ha adelantado un barco de pasajeros con destino a Barbados que parecía una caja de zapatos flotante.. read more...


11/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 19 - The Last Lap

A rather contemplative log as we close in on St Lucia.Having been out here alone for so long, paths now begin to merge as the remaining yachts make their final approaches to their destination. Thoughts turn to returning to some sense of normality once the euphoria and celebrations subside.It is only at this point that as an individual you begin to take in what you have managed to achieve. Apparently, more people have climbed Everest than have sailed across the Atlantic.Nearly three weeks ago now, feelings for us all began with anticipation, excitement, trepidation, and yes, a touch of fear at times. Excitement remains, but is now accompanied by a sense of wonderment, a sense of awe too, when you contemplate the sheer magnitude of it all as you look up at the night sky, but are then. read more...


Shiva - Arrived!
Shiva - Arrived!
Shiva - Wild life onboard
Shiva - Wild life onboard
Shiva - Flying fish
Shiva - Flying fish
Shiva - Dolphins
Shiva - Dolphins
Shiva - Mahi Mahi filet
Shiva - Mahi Mahi filet
Shiva - Tiger tuna
Shiva - Tiger tuna
Shiva - 120 cm
Shiva - 120 cm
Shiva - Daan's best catch
Shiva - Daan's best catch
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away with the parasailor
Shiva - Sail away with the parasailor
Shiva - Following the sun
Shiva - Following the sun
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Taking a shower in a squall
Shiva - Taking a shower in a squall
Shiva - A squall approaching us
Shiva - A squall approaching us
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
11/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 20 on ARC (Friday): arrival to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia!

At 02:55 am on Friday the 11th of December we stopped the engine at thesuper yacht port berth I09 in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. A fruit basket and a bottle of rum awaited on the pontoon waiting to beconsumed to celebrate our achievement.All on board are safe and sound. Now some days of relaxing on solidground.   Welcome to Caribbean man! Wanna have some smoke man?   Johan, on Hanse Sailor.    . read more...


11/12/2015

Sea Symphony - What's in a name

We were a lazy bunch yesterday so there wasn't a log/blog from us. We were suffering from the so near yet so far malaise. Today we have a yacht just behind us so the race is on!!!Our guest blogger today is Gareth Davies from Welsh Wales. Here is what he has to say about this whole, crazy ARC experience...... Lesley, over.Hi I'm Gareth, Gaz, Gav, Gavlar or Gary...or anything that starts with a "G"Enjoying it.It is an amazing adventure with an amiable bunch of crew. I sometimes have to pinch myself when I think about where we rae and what we are doing.at present 2,583nm out and approximately 450nm to go.I have caught and filleted my first fish, a Dorado, beautifully coloured and fine tasting meat.Talking about food makes me hungry although we are fed daily, amazing food from the galley by. read more...


11/12/2015

Aliena - Viernes 11-12-2015

10º dia de navegacion. Pocas novedades respecto a dias anteriores. Nos quedan 520 nm. Seguimos sin ver ni un alma, solo los peces voladores que nos saltan directamente a la bañera por la noche. Estamos bien aunque con este mar cuando lleguemos a tierra no vamos a saber andar recto.Carmen. read more...


10/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 19 (Thursday): gennaker shred to pieces

After having sailed with the gennaker all night, the UV rays was finallytoo much for it. Around 9 am the sail was shred quite severely without hope tobe repaired on deck. Final day on the Atlantic in daylight.  Final day on the Atlantic in daylight...   Johan, on Hanse Sailor. 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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