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19/05/2022

Blue Orchid - Leg 2 - Day 2 - Bermuda to Horta, Azores

Morning shift ended for Philippe. He is doing the logbook entry while Chris is up to download the latest weather forecast. We did some motoring during the night when the wind was below 4 knots. Some Wind of 9 knots is back, so we can sail again. IMG_0626. read more...


Blue Orchid - Leg 2 - Day 2 - Bermuda to Horta, Azores
Blue Orchid - Leg 2 - Day 2 - Bermuda to  Horta, Azores
19/05/2022

Blue Orchid - Leg 2 - Bermuda to Horta - Day 1

Our second day of sailing went smoothly. The screecher caused some problems but got solved. Now enjoying a beautiful sunset - Skipper Daniel has a break.Warm regards to all family and friends from Blue Orchid Crew MembersIMG_0630. read more...


Blue Orchid - Leg 2 - Bermuda to Horta - Day 1
Blue Orchid - Leg 2 - Bermuda to Horta - Day 1
19/05/2022

Blue Orchid - Ready to start Leg 2

All was well prepared, but the start line was a bit crowded especially when the Ferry from Dockyard was coming into Town Cut while the rally boats were squeezing out the opposite route. All went well and we are on our way to North first looking for Wind. The forecast predicted this to be extremely low. So here we are chasing the clouds!IMG_0604. read more...


Blue Orchid - Ready to start Leg 2
Blue Orchid - Ready to start Leg 2
Blue Orchid - SXM-Bermuda - Sunday Roast in Hamilton
Blue Orchid - SXM-Bermuda - Sunday Roast in Hamilton
Blue Orchid - Sail GP Bermuda this weekend
Blue Orchid - Sail GP Bermuda this weekend
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 Day 7 - ARC Welcome Drinks in Bermuda
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 Day 7 - ARC Welcome Drinks in Bermuda
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day 5 - Dinner Preparing Time Chaos in the Galley
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day 5 - Dinner Preparing Time Chaos in the Galley
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 - SXM-Bermuda - Day6 - Chris taking the helm to steer us through Morning squalls with Skipper Daniel and crew member Philippe
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 - SXM-Bermuda - Day6 - Chris taking the helm to steer us through Morning squalls with Skipper Daniel and crew member Philippe
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day 5 - Dinner Preparing Time Chaos in the Galley
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day 5 - Dinner Preparing Time Chaos in the Galley
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 - SXM-Bermuda - Day4 - In the middle of Evening Squalls with up to 24 knots of wind
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 - SXM-Bermuda - Day4 - In the middle of Evening Squalls with up to 24 knots of wind
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day3 - Hot Day and smooth sailing
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day3 - Hot Day and smooth sailing
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day 2- first Sunrise shared by Crew Gudrun and Philippe
Blue Orchid - Leg 1 SXM-Bermuda - Day 2- first Sunrise shared by Crew Gudrun and Philippe
11/05/2022

Summerwinds of Cuan - A real devil's kitchen

If Monday evening and night squalls and electrical storms were to be judged against what we had last night, It would be like comparing a pub band practicing upstairs to a virtuoso stadium filling rock concert.Another mixed morning with not great winds. This followed by a major squall early afternoon. As evening fell, the show began. We were all in the cockpit enjoying a celebratory 'half way there' drink when the light show began. Neither Sydney, London or Funchal could have put on a display like this. There was sheet lightning in whites and pinks, big claps of thunder and then forked lightning running across the sky with small bolts in the distance striking the sea. We tried to follow a path away from the activity and thought that we had succeeded. Early on Ann's night watch the fun and. read more...


10/05/2022

Summerwinds of Cuan - First few of days at sea.

From a cracking milage on day one to a very slow yesterday, we are continuing to make progress towards Bermuda. Yesterday was a day of very little wind, certainly a lot less than was forecast. Last night we threaded our way through banks of sheet lightning to our front, port and starboard sides. The flashes were continuous and with a big moon early in the night was very light. The flashes continued after the moon had set until sunrise. There was no thunder and we don't know how far away they were, but it's a bit nerve wracking, as there is always the worry of being struck by lightning.Onboard we are settling into a routine. Ann is finding her sea legs and a sprightly Jack is always up on time for his night watches. The forecast is for more wind and from a direction that we can better. read more...


08/05/2022

Dumia - Dumia Log 8.5.22

It is 12.00 am on May 8. We have been sailing for exactly 24 hours and covered exactly 200 nautical miles. We started the race with a very shrewd starting maneuver in the tradition of late Soling sailor boat captain Dietrich Carl Georg Howaldt with a tack around the can. We crossed the starting line as the third ship and have had fair winds. We passed the western hook of Anguilla and thereafter made direct course to Bermuda with a bearing of 355°.We subsequently made good speed beam reaching in easterly trades with a wind of 15 knots and boat speed of 8-9 knots, moderate sea state with 1,5 - 2m.On the fishing front we had some highly interesting experience. We made good use of the first 12 hours on board with half of our crew feeding the fish. This sacrifice was rewarded today when. read more...


07/05/2022

Dumia

Heute um 12 Uhr local Time geht es los. Vorbereitungen sind abgeschlossen. Gesten gab es die individuelle Wetterberatung aus Kiel (Wetterwelt). Für heute und Morgen haben wir Passat aus O bis SO vorhergesagt. Dann werden Tiefausläufer mit Regen, ev. Squalls und rechts drehendem Wind dazu kommen. Sollte alles machbar sein. Gentlemen sailing only downwind. HP. read more...


06/05/2022

Alora - test

Half way to Bermuda!. read more...


03/02/2022

Friendship - Welcome St. Lucia

Um 02.21.03 Uhr St. Lucia Zeit fuhren wir am 2. Februar über die Ziellinie. Über Funk spielte die ARC Rallye Control „We are the Champions“ für uns. Ein einmaliges und unbeschreiblich schönes Gefühl. Die letzten Stunden auf See waren nochmal ganz besonders. Um ca. 18.00 Uhr sah Rainer erstmals Land und machte uns darauf aufmerksam. Aber schnell versteckten sich die Hügel St. Lucias wieder hinter Wolken. Wir hatten unterdessen erneut mit dem Wind zu kämpfen. So richtig wollte er nicht wehen und so kämpften wir uns mit teilweise nur 3 Knoten Fahrt weiter. Hinter uns kam die SY ATARAXIA immer näher. Wir entschieden daher schon eher das Großsegel zu setzen. Wir wollten auf keinen Fall überholt werden. Unter Großsegel und Genua fuhren wir dann ab der Nordspitze St. Lucias mit. read more...


02/02/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 24 - Landfall

After more than 3 weeks on the high seas, we expect to cross the finish line and arrive at Rodney Bay today in the late afternoon, just in time for sun downers which will be a large double of whatever, extra cold. As our ocean adventure is drawing to a close, we reflect on our privileged position that our families and Parnters have allowed us to be in. We experienced near gale force winds to no wind, torrential rain and tropical sunshine, stunning moon rises, spectacular sunsets, a clear view of the Milky Way with a splattering of shooting stars on many occasions, from a near collision with a large whale to fresh Mahi Mahi prepared deliciously by our master chef. With St Lucia visible now on the horizon we look forward to a traditional Caribbean welcome to conclude this journey and look. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 24 - Landfall
Oyster Belle - Log Day 24 - Landfall
01/02/2022

Friendship - Tag 24 - der letzte Tag auf See

Nun ist also der letzte Tag auf See angebrochen. Wir haben nun noch gut 50 Seemeilen bis zur nördlichen Ansteuerung St. Lucias. Dort halten wir etwas Sicherheitsabstand. Von dort aus geht es dann noch sechs Meilen weiter, bis wir Pigeon Point passieren. Dann nur noch eine weitere Seemeile bis zur Ziellinie. Da wir aktuell mit rund vier Knoten vor dem Wind kreuzen, gehen wir von einer Ankunft heute Nacht bzw. in den frühen Morgenstunden des 2. Februars aus. Da wir eine Zeit von UTC-4 haben, ist es in Deutschland dann schon Mittag. Dass wir wirklich demnächst ankommen, lässt sich nur anhand der Seemeilen zum Ziel auf dem Plotter und der stetig steigenden Anzahl an Vögeln erahnen. Von Land ist weit und breit noch nichts zu sehen. Es sind gemischte Gefühle, die an diesem letzten Tag auf See. read more...


01/02/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 23 - RIP spinnaker

After another day’s hard work pulling us through the ocean towards our destination St Lucia, our trusted thread bear, longest serving sail, our colorful spinnaker finally gave up the ghost. With the recovery sock no longer able to douse the sail we had no other option than to ditch it on the deck, inadvertently catching a wave causing it to split and therefore leading to its untimely demise. Farewell trusted friend!The final couple of days are now on white sails only, setting back our arrival in St Lucia a little but still hope to make landfall late tomorrow afternoon. We are now researching the options for a new spinnaker with Yorkshire and tea close to our hearts. Yorkshire tea are now firm favorites for our next sponsorship deal with their logo emblazoned on our new spinnaker flying. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 23 - RIP spinnaker
Oyster Belle - Log Day 23 - RIP spinnaker
01/02/2022

Yellow - Update from Yellow

A few updates from Yellow:  We passed a 50+ knot storm:https://twitter.com/alexisyellow/status/1485338938743173121?s=21  Another day we realized the screws on the rudder where breaking:https://twitter.com/alexisyellow/status/1488047876680863747?s=21  The Autopilot ECU failed too from the pump failure. We has a spare ECU, Pump and compass we replaced. It was very messy. We steered with two motors only keeping the rudders centered while we changed the ecu, pump and compass and purgedthe hydraulic system.https://twitter.com/alexisyellow/status/1488066604906782722?s=21  Because it was messy and moving and we had to be fast we couldn’t add sealant so our hydraulic is constantly leaking but we devised. read more...


31/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 23 - Genua statt Genacker

Wir wähnten uns wohl schon zu sehr in Zielnähe, freuten uns darüber, dass alles heil geblieben ist und wir bald ankommen würden. Die Vorfreude auf Klimaanlage und Rumpunsch stieg. Doch das war zu früh gefreut, denn gestern Abend erlitten wir doch noch einen schmerzhaften Verlust. Nachdem es erst aussah, als würde er einfallen, fiel er dann ganz und zwar ins Wasser. Unser Genacker. Obwohl es noch nicht viele Meilen auf dem Buckel hatte, war das Fall eines namenhaften deutschen Tauwerkherstellers aus Süddeutschland durchgescheuert. Ein Rückschlag, der uns traf, waren wir doch in den vergangenen Tagen fast ausschließlich unter Genacker unterwegs. Mit viel Glück und vereinten Kräften konnten wir das rund 180 Quadratmeter große Segeltuch aus dem Wasser bergen, ohne dass es sich im Propeller. read more...


31/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 22 - Darth Odin

As we have less than 300nm to go, it is time to talk about the metamorphosis of Ortwin who shall from now on be known as “Darth Odin”. He completely renounced beer and converted to the dark side of Yorkshire tea without milk and sugar but with a biscuit. His earthly shell never appears on a night shift in time as his spirit is fighting wars in other galaxies; he can break things onboard without touching them. Some say his skin is red as the glowing embers of hell and his butt cheeks can shatter a coconut at a twitch. His kryptonite is a bowl of light fluffy rice which unleashes noxious hell aboard which should have been left in other galaxies. Other than that we haven’t found out how to contain his powers yet. Our commiserations go out to his earthly mother who may not recognize her. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 22 - Darth Odin
Oyster Belle - Log Day 22 - Darth Odin
30/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 21 - less than 500nm to go!

After some stronger winds last night under white sails and with a bit of swell we are back under spinnaker with 14-16kts of wind and some current pushing us West. In the last 24 hours we made 140nm towards St Lucia. Whilst tired, spirits are high that we will reach the finish line in time. We are on our final slab of beer now so hopefully that will last Ortwin to St Lucia. Yesterday under Ortwin’s inspiration Paul created a ham and cheese quiche using tortillas as a base. Paul will be serving us a shepherd’s pie tonight which we look forward to. It’s amazing what he can create after 3 weeks at sea without any freezer. So he definitely deserves some time out on the sun deck!image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 21 - less than 500nm to go!
Oyster Belle - Log Day 21 - less than 500nm to go!
30/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 22 - Proviantierung zahlt sich aus

Heute vor 3 Wochen haben wir abgelegt. Zu der Zeit war der Plan 17 bis 21 Tage zu brauchen. Heute an Tag 22 wissen wir: Das hat nicht so ganz geklappt. Noch immer haben wir 320 Seemeilen vor uns. Dass wir länger unterwegs sind, ist aber kein Problem. Denn nun zahlt sich aus, wofür wir in Las Palmas von vielen Nachbarschiffen belächelt wurden: Unsere umfangreiche Proviantierung. Obwohl die Lebensmittel vor mittlerweile 26 Tagen geliefert wurden, gibt es keinen Mangel hier an Bord der SY Friendship. Ein paar frische Lebensmittel sind noch da, sodass wir heute nochmal Ratatouille zum Rib-Eye-Steak machen können. Das einzige, das knapp wird, ist Mineralwasser ohne Kohlensäure. Aber auch nur, weil wir das - entgegen unserer ursprünglichen Planung - zum Kochen von Tee und Kaffee genutzt haben.. read more...


30/01/2022

Maxim 46 - Log Day 21 250NM

Sunday morning, another hour back in time and since NEIT left us with full speed when the wind picked up we were alone for 2 days. When all of the sudden 2 whales joined us and stayed around the boat for at least 30 minutes. Circles around the boat, under and coming up in the waves. Magnificent! We have seen many dolphins on this trip but this is so special! The fatigue kicked in a bit the last couple of days and this brought a smile back on our face. Lisa is entertaining us with dress up parties, rollplays with her imaginary friends and wrestle games. In return she gets some yoga and work out and free music sessions. The ukelele and guitar are used now and then, so we will keep practicing when we are in the Caribbean. The sea temperature is getting warmer and warmer now, almost 28. read more...


30/01/2022

What’s Next - What’s Next 29 Jan

29/01 @ 1835 14'18.92N 060'16.97W Before we begin this blog, Joe would like to publicly apologise for his slander of Jacob in last night's blog. "I was trying to be funny, but as you might have worked out, I'm not. At all. I am disappointed in myself for many reasons but, mainly, because he is my idol and he's probably the coolest bloke I know", Joe Burnip. So this is it, the closing curtain, the final blog post from the lyricists. Its been one day shy of three weeks since we left Las Palmas and what a story those three weeks have become. We encountered so much from whales to tropical birds, from Mahi Mahi to becoming international rescuers. In the final days of this voyage we have been slightly disheartened by the conditions we were being handed but tonight, as we are closing. read more...


30/01/2022

What’s Next - What’s Next 28 Jan

28/01 @ 1938 14'59.80N 057'33.28W Right, hey guys welcome back to another edition of Jacob and Joe on the sea, Jacob and Joe to the Caribbean We Go. 'I don't like warm drinks at all' a little side note as Jacob attempted to contribute to a conversation, still trying to be apart of something, he's done this on more than one occasion. If you asked us this time a week ago where we would be right now, we would be saying sat at a bar getting absolutely swash-buckled. Our next milestone is to get less than 200 miles to go which we're only three miles away from. Joe and Jacob cracked open a cold one with the boys in the shape of a Thatchers Gold to wash down the Thai green curry Joe cooked up tonight to satisfy our hunger. We've also had some friendly competition today from. read more...


29/01/2022

Brainstorm - Anarchy rising at the sight of land Ahoy

Cuban cigars inside, Vermont being downed on deck, land Ahoy so what the heck!At the current speed around 8 knots we expect to arrive in about 4 hours from now, clocking in before 11 pm local time!!. read more...


29/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 21 - Hoffen auf Wind

Knapp 3 Wochen sind wir nun unterwegs und haben keine 500 Seemeilen mehr, bis wir St. Lucia erreichen. Die Vorfreude steigt. Wir freuen uns auf Ausschlafen, frisches Obst und karibischen Rum! Wann genau wir allerdings ankommen werden, können wir noch nicht sagen. Der Wind macht uns mal wieder einen Strich durch die Rechnung. Die aktuellen 6 Knoten Wind schaffen es nicht die SY Friendship anzutreiben. Und die Prognosen für die kommenden Tage versprechen auch nicht viel mehr. Maximal 19 Knoten Wind sind vorhergesagt, wo genau ist aber fraglich, denn die Vorhersagegebiete sind mehrere 100 sm groß. Also müssen wir uns erneut in Geduld üben und auf Wind hoffen. Indes erreichte uns aber eine gute Nachricht: Während die Crew der aufgegebenen SY Brainstorm in den nächsten Stunden auf St. Lucia. read more...


29/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 20 - finally some wind is here

Finally the winds are here. After a calm zone yesterday this morning we caught the trade winds and are now running under spinnaker at 5-6kts. Our Mahi-mahi Dorada has been devoured. Thanks to our master chef Paul we enjoyed evening meals of oven baked Mahi Mahi in a salsa sauce with rice, smooth and creamy Mahi Mahi Karalen curry with rice, and the ultimate Mahi Mahi fish finger tortilla wrap; washed down with a nice cold Sauvignon Blanc. We are determined to make the best out this harsh Atlantic conditions!image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 20 - finally some wind is here
Oyster Belle - Log Day 20 - finally some wind is here
29/01/2022

Brainstorm - Regatta’s are won at night

Yesterday started sunny as usual but with the trade winds seriously picking up to 25 knots. With the wind- and wave angle unchanged this enables us to ramp the Rhapsodie up to 9 knots over ground. Perfect cards to ensure our advantage over the I Neverland and What’s Next.After laying down our hooks with the fish we quickly found another goal for the day; doubling our advantage over the competition. For this we need focus and motivation so we turned to classical music for the day. Starting breakfast with Vivaldi’s four seasons we quickly escalated the volume and intensity with Chopin, Beethoven, Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Grieg while Philippe inspired us with some daring regatta stories. By the end of lunch we’d ramped up to the heavyweights of Bach and Strauss. I could only imagine the. read more...


28/01/2022

Mrs. G - Mrs.G 3044 Miles Report

Mrs.G 3044 Miles ReportSo, here we are, in the Rodney bay Marina in St. Lucia.We made 3044 Miles altogether. We started at 12 o‘ clock on Sunday, January 10th UCT time, and we entered the marina and docked at 13 o‘ clock on Friday, January 28th UCT time. But it is not necessary to give you these data , is it? As we found out, all our loved ones and friends were regularly following the ARC lates news and also now exactly where we are and when we passed the finish line. ( But they do not know where we hadlunch in the marina today :-) ) When we were young we believed Orwell was writing science fiction stories…. The last days of our passage over the Atlantic we were becoming slower and slower. There was no expected strong trade wind and the fact that we did not have a gennacker did not help. read more...


28/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 19 - no wind, again!

After another night with a number of sail changes and uncomfortable swell we are back in a patch of very little wind with about 6-8kts under spinnaker only. To make the finish line for Thursday 3rd Feb 16:00 UTC we need to average about 120 nm per day. Currently with these winds we’re are not quite achieving our goal. However, we are determined to successfully cross the line and complete the ARC within the time constraints and celebrate with a glass of rum Punsch on the quay side.image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 19 - no wind, again!
Oyster Belle - Log Day 19 - no wind, again!
28/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 20 - Fregatt-Vögel gesichtet

Heute früh haben wir die 600-Seemeilen-Marke geknackt. Und obwohl wir doch noch sehr weit entfernt vom Land sind, tauchen die ersten Vögel auf. Heute früh konnten wir zwei Fregatt-Vögel und auch die ersten Möwen sichten. Ein unverkennbares Zeichen dafür, dass wir unserem Ziel immer näher kommen. Die Vorfreude auf unsere Ankunft wächst. Auch wenn die Ruhe und der Sternenhimmel wunderschön sind, so schlauchen die Nachtwachen doch ganz schön. Allein in der vergangenen Nacht mussten wir 2 Mal zusätzlich raus, um den Genacker zu bergen und anschließend wieder zu setzen, da wir Squalls auf dem Radar gesichtet hatten. Da man bei ihnen nicht einschätzen kann, wie sie sich bewegen und wie viel Wind sie aus welcher Richtung mit sich bringen, ist es doch besser, auf Nummer sicher zu gehen und das. read more...


28/01/2022

Brainstorm - In elation of the Caribbean vibration

The Caribbeans must be near, as our nightshift attire is now swimming gear. It’s midday with thirty plus degrees, Soul Limbo from Booker T and the MG’s is playing in the back, when I wake from a nap on deck. A scorching sun is high in the sky above the desert sea. Quite a lush dessert I must say. Sargasses. Spotted as a lonely twig with some needle leaves a day or so after our rescue, now stretches in streaks that can run on for miles. All around us, all the time, blooming adrift the Gulf Stream. Some of us read it must be a plague, but toxic in high quantities sounds a little vague. For the nose of a resort guest, washed ashore where they want to rest. More of us ponder, if it might be a wonder. For the earth as a whole, these pine twigs of the sea, must be created after all. No matter. read more...


28/01/2022

What’s Next - What’s Next 27 Jan

27/01 @ 1943 15'47.80N 055'05'09W Is anyone out there?  Today has been a day of unpredictable nature. Mother nature has not been on our side, with Mr Night's hand upon our shoulder, this has brought very light winds forcing us to use what little fuel left we have onboard. Trying to not let our current situation dampen our spirits, further strategy has allowed us focus on being more efficient so that we have enough fuel to be able to motor in to Rodney Bay. This is something we're not worried about because with our day light hours being filled with good winds allowing us to sail comfortably and make good speed counteracts the need to motor at night. Morale is still up there and laughs are still being had so nothing is stopping us from having a good time. Talking about. read more...


28/01/2022

What’s Next - What’s Next 26 Jan

26/01 @ 1842 16'32.25N 052'45.37W Good evening, The crew of 'What's Next' were busy on deck at the crack of dawn this morning eager to get the most of the favorable winds and utilise 'The Whoomper' (formerly known as 'The Beast'). We were then welcomed to lighter winds and choppier sea than expected, but make no mistake, our shining light of a vessel has not retracted and continues to drive us through this desolate watery desert. Joe and Jacob retreated themselves into a few games of cards, consisting of Snap, Go-Fish and 21. Jacob won every game (is what he likes to think). Due to the intense heat at these latitudes, every opportunity to escape the scorching sun was taken without hesitation. As of ten minutes ago, we are within 500 nautical miles of our destination!. read more...


27/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 18 - Happy Birthday!

One might say that behind every passionate sailor out at sea is a patient wife who supports his dreams and puts up with the infinite number of hours maintaining, preparing, upgrading, and planning and all the resources spent on a hole in the water. In my case this supporting wife is Emily and today is her birthday. Unfortunately she cannot be with us on this journey as she is taking care of our otherwise enthusiastic and already well seasoned sailing kids back home.Happy birthday baby this rainbow is for you! Xxximage1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 18 - Happy Birthday!
Oyster Belle - Log Day 18 - Happy Birthday!

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