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Attitude - Close to halfway
Attitude - Close to halfway
Attitude - Wind and Waves
Attitude - Wind and Waves
20/05/2019

Attitude - SY attitude - Skyper notes

Hi there in the comfort of the sofa At Attitude we star to feel the winter and the humidity of the Atlantic the water temperature change from the 27 in the BVI’s to the 20 today together with some rain showers making the evening watch a bit misery ...As we move along with choppy waters and steady windsabove 15 n the 50% of the passageshould be overcome in the next day.The target is to arrive in Azores Monday the 27th and more 2000 nm miles in our belt ... The challenge of the next days are a test for all of us as winds and swell will increase to Atlantic levels... the good news are the directions of the elements are in our favor The highest of the days are the food challenge as the chefs are making the best to make our lunch a memorable one Is now 5 am ( dark night in the sea ) boat time. read more...


20/05/2019

Attitude - Close to halfway

Hello everyoneWe are making good progress in steady 15-20kn winds and trying to skirt just south of gale force winds. Current wind is from North as are swells making for a bit of a “bumpy” ride, but are getting used to it. Everyone reading books and mood on board is good and looking forward to crossing halfway point in leg sometime tomorrow morning. The lunch challenge continues and today was turn of Chef Joao who turned out a superb fillet steak with Penne pasta and pepperocino and complimented with a fine Douro red wineBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
Attitude - Full moon tonight
19/05/2019

Attitude - Wind and Waves

Hello everyoneMay the swell be with youThe wind finally picked up around 3am this morning and has been with us all day blowing a steady 15-20 knots and sometimes gusting to 25. Boat is progressing well but the choppy swells are throwing us around a bit and testing our core stability musclesThe Lunch challenge continues and Chef Anton produced a baked Chicken dish today which was enjoyed by all. A big challenge for João tomorrowBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


Attitude - Wind
Attitude - Wind
18/05/2019

Attitude - Full moon tonight

Hello everyoneA beautiful full moon rising over the Atlantic this evening.We had another day of relatively light winds so we focused on the lunch challenge. We will each put forward a signature dish over next few days and photo’s will follow. Chef Rui prepared a delicious seafood pasta today and set a high standard. More news on this challenge tomorrowDue to light winds today we set all the sail power we have, with code zero, Genoa and full main and got a bit more speed out of the boat. Hoping for stronger winds tomorrow and 500NM covered alreadyBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
Attitude - Potuguese Man O War
17/05/2019

Attitude - Potuguese Man O War

Hello everyoneA quiet day for wind so time was spent checking on critical systems and contact points as well as trying to figure out the wind over next few days. We spotted a lot of Portuguese Men O War ( Bluebottles) shaped like sailing caravelle’s floating in the ocean. I’m told these contain enough toxin to kill a man, só best left alone.Again, a good lunch was enjoyed by allBest wishesRui, João and Antonimage1 image2. read more...


17/05/2019

Attitude - Wind

Hello everyoneWind picked up today and made everyone happy and we benefitted from a steady 15- 20 knots as we progress to Horta. We are also noting the water temp starting to reduce as we feel the chilly winds coming.We have noticed a lot of Sea grass along the journey from the Caribbean and now also here in Atlantic. The view is that there is a lot more than people can remember. Any concurrence with this and why? Best wishesRui, João and Antonimage1. read more...


16/05/2019

Attitude - Set sail for Azores

Hello everyone We departed from St George’s harbor at 11h00 today and set course for Horta, só back into blog mode after 5 very enjoyable days in Bermuda. We enjoyed the scenery, friendly Bermudians, and of course, the food. We must mention the WAHOO Bistro in St George’s for its delicious Ceviche and Seafood dishes. A return visit to Bermuda definitely on the cards.Back to sailing, and wind has been light at start and everyone trying to rationalize a course to Azores. North, South, follow Rhumb line or a combination? It will change like the weatherBest wishesRui, João and Anton. read more...


Amanda - Start from Bermuda
Amanda - Start from Bermuda
15/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Bermuda

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15/05/2019

Amanda - Start from Bermuda

Amanda hopes to be on the start at 11 - if they Will just release our skipper in due time.....image1.. read more...


10/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Arrived Bermuda

We have reached our first target: five and a half days at sea, about 860 nm covered. Unfortunately much time with little wind and then finally the last 150 nm the wind on the nose. Using the motor much, emptying diesel tanks, like other boats - not so great... However, what is much worse - on our way to a boatyard to have the last injector for the white smoking engine checked, both engines failed to deliver any power. It is not clear, why. The technicians will hopefully assess this tomorrow. The boatyard sent two guys to tow us in. One on them hit our boat hard and tore some of the "bumper" off. Finally the generator stopped working too. We just wanted to change the impeller, which was missing - the first spare part we needed that was not on the boat! Checking the oil routinely I saw. read more...


Attitude - Foodie day
Attitude - Foodie day
Attitude - Foodie day
Attitude - Foodie day
Attitude - Foodie day
Attitude - Foodie day
09/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Day 5

The Atlantic Ocean can be very rough, but also incredibly calm. We have been motoring the whole day over flat seas with a large end gentle swell. A tanker produced some excitement in the morning. During a squall in the rain he came so close to us, not reacting to our calls on the radio, that I had to slow down to let him pass. There may have been no-one on the bridge or they just did not care about collision avoidance regulations? In the morning I was off-watch, sleeping with the starboard engine humming along below my bunk when I suddenly woke up alarmed: the engine was not running smoothly. I jumped up to the helm and turned the engine off even before the watch noticed what was going on. A look into the water made this obvious - we had caught some drifting line and fishing net with the. read more...


09/05/2019

Attitude - Foodie day

Hello everyone Today was a day of very little wind so as we move slowly towards Bermuda we decided to focus on food and a bit of clean-up. Lunch consisted of Portuguese pea and chorizo stew washed down with a good bottle of Chocolate Block from Franschoek. Dinner will be smoked fish accompanied with grilled courgettes and if course .... a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. Focus on new world wines today.A beautiful day today and a spectacular sunset this evening. We are planning for a few “ dark and stormy’s” in Bermuda tomorrowBest wishes to allRui, João and Antonimage1 image3 image2. read more...


08/05/2019

Limitless - Home Stretch

Home stretch, we're becalmed and out of rum...hope land fall is soon :). read more...


08/05/2019

Salamander Tails, day four - Rebecca Hayter

Salamander Tails, day four... I think. After several days of friendly toy-boat icons, now it is just us on the AIS screen and I am guessing some boats are already in port. I bet they are supping sundowners at sundown and daiquiris at daybreak, spinnakers rinsed and repacked.Meanwhile our onboard party consists of teenage flying fish crash landing in the dark and an autopilot that, unlike others I've known, hums rather than grunts, albeit more Florence Foster Jenkins than Kiri Te Kanawa. I'malso missing birds - where are they? Have seen a few small, dark grey ones and one large black and white; that's it. Apologies for my lack of avian smarts but not used to northern hemisphere birds. On the plus side, hardly any litter in the ocean. Apart from a 33-knot squall with heavy rain this. read more...


08/05/2019

Attitude - First dinner with our own caught fish

Hello everyoneBeautiful start to the day with sunrise at around 5.30am and everybody slept better with fresher winds and less motion in the boat due to a flatter swell. Fishing rod went out early with much anticipation and we caught a nice Grouper which was expertly grilled by Rui and enjoyed for dinner. We achieved 175NM in latest 24hr period which is not bad but winds starting to moderate so will need to determine our tactics for getting to Bermuda with fair windsBest wishes from Rui, João and Anton. read more...


08/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Day 4

A sunny, lovely morning and we took the cruising chute out - only chance for some sailing up until mid-day when there was so little wind that we had to motor. A vast area of light winds south of Bermuda will probably force us to motor quiet a bit more. If there is any more wind at all it is found in the rain squalls for a short time only. At least we get the salt washed off the deck once or twice a day by the rain. We had Noemi's frozen Goulash for dinner - great! In the last squall a tanker was hiding and passing very close indeed, so much so I had to slow down even though we had the right of way. I tried to call and no response, perhaps no one on the bridge.... read more...


08/05/2019

Attitude - Raining

Hello everyoneSunrise this morning yielded lots of clouds and then the rain set in with very little wind. No fishing today so we relied on Capt Rui’s delicious Prawn risotto followed by fresh Papaya and the customary bottle of Cabernet from Chile. We have settled into a good shift pattern with Anton doing 9pm to midnight followed by João doing midnight till 3am and then followed by Rui till dawn, at which time Anton is awake againWind is light now and sea is flat so we are hoping for a bit more wind tonight to get us to Bermuda by Thursday afternoonBest wishes Rui, João and Anton. read more...


07/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Days 2+3

The day yesterday was calm and sunny. A large High pressure area to the East blocks the tradewinds. We were able to sail during the day but progress is slow. The calmer seas gave Dan the chance to cook some nice pasta with tomatosauce and hand-grated Parmesan cheese. At 3 am we had to take the main sail down and are now just motorsailing with the Genoa supporting the engine. These conditions may prevail for today. We are half-way through to Bermuda. Another attempt at fishing remained unsuccessful even though this time we were at least trying at the right time late in the afternoon. Keep trying..... read more...


07/05/2019

Attitude - First dinner with our own caught fish

Hello everyoneBeautiful start to the day with sunrise at around 5.30am and everybody slept better with fresher winds and less motion in the boat due to a flatter swell. Fishing rod went out early with much anticipation and we caught a nice Grouper which was expertly grilled by Rui and enjoyed for dinner. We achieved 175NM in latest 24hr period which is not bad but winds starting to moderate so will need to determine our tactics for getting to Bermuda with fair windsBest wishes from Rui, João and Anton. read more...


06/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Days 1 and 2

Those of you watching our position on the tracker may have been wondering what was going on with all other boats starting and us staying behind... When we were casting off I noticed the port engine was not delivering any substantial thrust. The prop was turning but apparently started spinning under load! We had to get the diver to change the repaired prop back to the temporary one. But the diver was diving somewhere else. Another young diver managed to get some securing screws out but was rather insecure and gave up on the big nut. That turned out to be a major problem for the second diver too as it was hiding in a tunnel where a standard 27 mm socket would not fit. After much soul searching he found that the prop, being British made, did indeed have a couple of metric screws on it but. read more...


05/05/2019

Attitude - Time to Fish. Day 2

It’s sunset on day 2 and today we celebrated a new 24 hr record for ATTITUDE in that we managed 192NM since start. Fishing rod went out today and we caught a nice size Mahi Mahi, but when it came on deck and saw us it took fright and jumped off the hook. We try again tomorrow!. No shortage of food and we had a lunch of Vanda prepared leftover meals washed down with a 2012 Bordeaux red wine. All good on board with good spirits and everyone keeping busy. Rui, João and Anton. read more...


05/05/2019

Oyster Blew - YB Connect Message from Henry Foster

Exciting departure down the sound between USA & BVIs. Suddenly emerging into the Atlantic in fresh winds we made spectacular progress in the firs 24 hours by a 205 mile passage. Sadly all reefs are being shaken out as the wind is dying on us earlier than expected. Some water ingress in Julian's cabin has been repaired, we hope, and a bit of moisture in saloon. Otherwise we have missed all radio calls so far which we hope to rectify. Weather rapidly becoming cooler. Fair winds! Henry--Transmitted by Henry Foster using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


04/05/2019

Attitude - Day 1

Greetings from Rui, João and AntonWe bid farewell this morning to Nanny Cay Marina and our much loved Admiral, Vanda. She will be missed for her hard work and keeping morale high with delicious meals and keeping discipline amongst us sailorsWe had a good clean start at 11h00 and through the local knowledge of our Skipper, Rui we cut between islands to put as with the leaders as we passed the headland of Jost van Dyke. We have settled into a good rhythm now with winds of 15-18 Knots and a boat speed of 8-9knots. As sun sets, we have covered just over 50nm and starting to prepare for nighttime shiftsMore tomorrowimage1. read more...


Attitude - Day 1
Attitude - Day 1
03/05/2019

Attitude - ready to depart

We are ready to depart BVI tomorrow at 11am local time with the ETA in Bermuda Friday 10th of MayUpdates on progress and onboard activities to follow Cheers all an wish us luck Rui , Anton , João. read more...


03/05/2019

Amari - Getting Ready

We are so excited to get going tomorrow! The evening meal last night with the fleet was relaxed, fun, and so welcoming.  In fact, one of the things we are most excited about for this trip, beyond the sailing and beautiful locales, is the people. We were talking with Josh from Mad Monkey, who described the other members of the fleet as “the family you choose”. Well said, and we are very excited to get to know this sailing family.  Will and Dottie, on Amari. read more...


03/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Day -1

Tomorrow we are off! Yesterday a lovely meal with all crew in the beach restaurant. Dan has arrived from the US carrying Granola and other useful things. The galley emits nice smells of chilli con care that he is cooking for the freezer - we shall not starve! The fresh milk bought yesterday is turning sour already - tropical climate and a good explanation, why there was no fresh milk at all on some of the other islands. Today is the check-out with immigration and the marina and probably a quiet evening aboard. Next message may be sent from sea.... read more...


01/05/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Day -4 - Safety inspection

Another busy day at Nanny Cay: the safety inspection in the morning was benign, friendly, supportive. I do have to obtain a Dan-Buoy, special device to mark the position of a Man-Over-Board victim and an emergency antenna for the VHF radio - another 440 USD that I would not have invested necessarily myself but which are contributing to the high safety standards of the ARC. In the afternoon a diver put my lovely Brunton propeller back on the port engine after repairs completed on Martinique. The safety lines on deck are in place and the grab-bag used in case of evacuation is getting filled with emergency food, water and pyrotechnics to alert any rescuers. The gas bottle for the stove in the galley has been filled today. Looking forward to great food during the voyage.. read more...


30/04/2019

Limitless - 4-30-19 Log Entry

We are making final preparations for our passage.. read more...


29/04/2019

Maria Concordia - Log Day -5 - We are on and the countdown is running!

So we are also joining ARC Europe, Dan and Skipper Bernhard on Maria Concordia! A guest cabin is still free and we might find another crew member to come along. Preparations in Tortola, safety checks, leaking hatches getting fixed, the starboard engine has been smoking white and needs new injector nozzles, myriads of small things still to do in the days to come. But now off to the first social event with Rum Punch and Canapees on the beach..... read more...


22/04/2019

Carolina - Preparation in Nanny Cay

We sail all the way from Chile, Puerto Montt to Tortola. 5,400 NM. From the 40s latitudeSouth to the 18 North. The most hard part was the Caribbean Sea from Panama to Tortola against the Trade winds against the current and against big and short waves...but we did it..!! Thanks our incredible seaworthy boat, a X-Yacht Xc-50...now we are enjoying the BVIs very relaxed while we prepare the boat for the Rally...Juan Pablo. read more...


Mares Tail - The Bubbly Pool, J. V..D
Mares Tail - The Bubbly Pool, J. V..D
16/04/2019

Mares Tail - Two weeks to go

We have been enjoying our 30 days in the Virgin Islands. Loving Little Jost Van Dyke, especially the Bubbly Pool and Foxy’s Taboo beach bar.Ethna Haines. read more...



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