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16/01/2022

Maxim 46 - Log Day 7 Feeling the vibe

Waking up with dolphins, a coffee and fresh pancakes. What a way to start the day! When pulling the code 0 out the hatch got damaged by the sheet. Shoot, there goes our happy vibe. Luckily we could fix it and we had calm weather. Lesson learnt, check everything one more time. Lisa made us happy with some cupcakes, included toppings of your choice. We went through Lisas Science classes today and she read a lot. Super proud mom! Grabbag check, is eveerything inside what we want? The next day, I had a restless feeling when I woke up. Johan wanted to get the Parasailor out since the weather is changing. A moment later we found out the splices came loose completely. Fix immediately! Could have lost the sail eventually!After an hour, time to get it up again…. We had fish! Fighting with a big. read more...


Friendship - Tag 8 - Kommt bald der „richtige“ Wind?
Friendship - Tag 8 - Kommt bald der „richtige“ Wind?
16/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 8 - Kommt bald der „richtige“ Wind?

Nun sind wir bereits eine Woche unterwegs. Die Zeit verging wirklich wie im Fluge. Bei kleineren Reparatur- und Wartungsarbeiten, Kochen, Schlafen und Wache gehen, merken wir kaum, wie schnell die Zeit vergeht. Noch haben wir knapp 2.000 Seemeilen vor uns. Der Wind kommt noch aus Südwest, hat nun aber auf 10 Knoten aufgebrist. Da sich nördlich das Sturmtief befindet und südlich eine Flaute, fahren wir noch unter Motor genau gen Südwest. Laut beiden Wetterberichten soll der Wind im Laufe des Montags anfangen zu drehen, sodass wir dann die Segel setzen können. Wer gestern unseren Post vermisst hat: Wir hatten nicht etwa irgendwelche Probleme,wir konnten nur nicht übers Iridium senden, da wir damit beschäftigt waren, die verschiedenen Wettermodelle zu laden. Während wir auf den richtigen. read more...


16/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 7 - sailplan

We are sailing through the Cape Verdes in very light winds under spinnaker with 3-4 kts speed. On Oyster Belle we have different sails for different directions and strength of wind. You will have already seen pictures of our blue asymmetric sail which is good for light/medium strength winds towards the beam. With the white rose on our blue asymmetric we celebrate our Yorkshire heritage. Today in these very lightwind conditions with the wind from behind we are flying our colorful spinnaker. With its colors we embrace diversity. Once in the trades we plan to use the white sails, genoa poled out and the main in a „goosewing“ configuration. For strong wind conditions we can use the small staysail in combination with a reefed main. The skill is choosing the right combination of sails for the. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 7 - sailplan
Oyster Belle - Log Day 7 - sailplan
16/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Land-Ho!

We reached the Cape Verdes!image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Land-Ho!
Oyster Belle - Land-Ho!
16/01/2022

Oyster Belle - moonlight

The moon last night at about 5 UTC. image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - moonlight
Oyster Belle - moonlight
16/01/2022

Zelda - Greetings to everyone from sailing catamaran Zelda!

We are six adults, two children and a small dog onboard and have now spent almost a week at sea. As those following the positions have seen we are takingthe easternmost route, trying to below the windless areas an avoid too much swell and upwind sailing. We also try to avoid motoring and so far have done so except for three hours the first night. We are soon to pass south of Cape Verde and hope for fair winds from there to St. Lucia. The sailing has been quite comfortable with light winds and moderate swell. We have encountered a wide variety of wildlife, including Orcas (the only thing to bite on our fishing hook), Sperm whales, Humpback whales, a possible blue whale, huge packs of dolphins,turtles, a shark and lots of flying fish. This morning we also found a small squid on deck. No. read more...


16/01/2022

Bastet - Week1 - tydzien1

The Polish crew of S/Y BASTET sends best regards to all our families, friends, followers and fellow cruisers!It has been 1 week since we left Las Palmas. Our departurewas delayed by 8hrs due to late arrival of a crew member. We than followed the expert’s advise and chose the southern route, which probably wasn’t the best decision. We carry lots of sails to tackle wind conditions but not enough fuel to tackle wind calms… Hence our initial strong performance under sails and quick catching up with other boats in our group. Now the fleet in our group is forced to use engines which is a bit frustrating…Last night we encountered winds on the nose from 0 to 40kn, thunderstorms and we had to tack at least 15 times. Where are the January Atlantic trade winds??? But our moods are high and we hope. read more...


15/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Saturday night, burger night

Tonight Paul is serving an handpressed burger with caramelised balsamic onion relish, pancetta, tomato garnish, melted Gauda cheese on a lightly toasted bagel. The ensemble is completed with a potato Rösti with cheese, Majoram, and onion. Happy Saturday! (No dancing tonight). read more...


Oyster Belle - sunset
Oyster Belle - sunset
15/01/2022

Oyster Belle - chafing gear

Today’s little craft project: making chafing gear for the gybe-preventer whilst being visited by some dolphins. Let’s see how that piece of felt will do over the next days… image1image2. read more...


Oyster Belle - chafing gear
Oyster Belle - chafing gear
Oyster Belle - chafing gear
Oyster Belle - chafing gear
Oyster Belle - Log Day 6 - The Good Ship Oyster Belle
Oyster Belle - Log Day 6 - The Good Ship Oyster Belle
15/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 7 - Immer wieder Südwest

Wer uns im Fleet-Viewer verfolgt, hat sich gestern vielleicht gewundert, dass wir über mehrere Stunden hinweg Richtung Südost gefahren sind. Wir hatten nicht etwa Probleme (wie einige andere in der Flotte) oder wollten umkehren. Nein, es war schlichtweg der Wind, der uns dazu gezwungen hat. Da er ab dem Nachmittag mit 10-15 Knoten aus (wie sollte es auch anders sein) Südwesten kam, entschieden wir uns die Segel zu setzen und zu kreuzen. Gegen Wind und Welle können wir mit dem Motor nicht wirklich was erreichen und verbraten nur unnötig Diesel. Da wir nicht zu weit nach Norden kommen wollten, wählten wir den Südost-Kurs. Da der Wetterbericht ein Drehen des Windes Richtung Nord vorhersagte, hofften wir, dass wir im Laufe der Nacht nach und nach anluven und Richtung Westen drehen könnten.. read more...


15/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 6 - The Good Ship Oyster Belle

We are inching closer to the Cape Verdes and into that big patch of blue (no wind zone) which might or might not (fingers crossed) affect us for a day or so. At the moment we are trying to make way as much south as our sail plan allows us and we hope to go in between the islands tomorrow. We have already introduced the four souls aboard this ship and today want to introduce this old lady Oyster Belle of Whitby. She is an Oyster 435 hull number 51 built in 1989 by Windboats Marine in Wroxham, Norwich, Norfolk, UK. The 435 was Oyster’s most popular model of which 65 were produced. She is a Holman & Pie design, cutter rigged, centre cockpit, 13.24m long overall, has a beam of 4.18m, and a draft of 2.13m; gross tonnage 18.86. Whilst she is more mature in years and needs a few kts to get. read more...


15/01/2022

Mrs. G - 1000 miles done

Mrs.G 1000 miles reportAfter crossing the 1000 miles line today in the morning it is time forMrs.G and her crew to give a short report about how it went until now.We are on an Amel 60, a double handed crew, or better in the manner ofknowing what and how to do a single handed one :-)Our Mrs.G is rather new - although scheduled to be taken over in April2020, we, thanks to all the Covid restrictions, managed to do so only inApril 2021.All our plans changed because of Covid - there was no way to sail north ofLa Rochelle in May this year. Since we were in the last 20 years mainlysailing in the Med, with shorter passages on the Atlantic coast and theCaribbean, we decided end of May to sail from France to the Azores andback to get the feeling for longer passages. Afterwards we knew that. read more...


14/01/2022

Oyster Belle - light wind sailing

7.2kts boat speed out of 9.2kts apparent. Not too bad for an old lady ;)image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - light wind sailing
Oyster Belle - light wind sailing
14/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 5 - Stefan

Introducing Stefan, captain and owner of Oyster Belle: Hails from Vienna but he is an adopted Yorkshireman, his preferred roots; two years clean of Haribos; Seeking solace in repeatedly rebuilding Oyster Belle to its former glory. A passion for the sea and the wider adventures that are still to come with his Yorkshire wife Emily and his multinational children who have more sea time than the average ship’s cat. Currently his main task is keeping Oyster Belle and its motley crew in order, ship shape, and Bristol fashion.. read more...


14/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 6 - Neue Zeitzone erreicht

In der vergangenen Nacht passierten wir die erste von vier Zeitzonen-Grenzen auf unserem Weg in die Karibik. Um kurz nach Mitternacht überquerten wir die imaginäre Linie auf 22,5 Grad West. Um uns in unseren Wachen nicht durcheinander zu bringen, stellten wir die Uhr aber erst nach der letzten Nachtwache um - von 09.00 (UTC) auf 08.00 Uhr (UTC-1).Noch sind es 2.188 Seemeilen bis zu unserem Ziel St. Lucia. Aktuell laufen wir ihm leider unter Motor entgegen, da der schwache Wind aus Westen, bzw. West-Südwest kommt. Das ist genau die falsche Richtung. Kreuzen kommt für uns aktuell nicht in Frage, da der Wetterbericht nördlich von uns eine Kaltfront und Böen bis Windstärke 8 vorhersagt. Ein Schlag in die andere Richtung würde uns nach Südost, also zu weit ab vom Kurs führen. Daher vertrauen. read more...


Oyster Belle - dolphins
Oyster Belle - dolphins
Oyster Belle - dolphins
Oyster Belle - dolphins
13/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 4 - Richard

Last night we saw the speed indicator climbing up to 8kts and at times even slightly higher than that. We reduced sail area to slow Oyster Belle a bit down and as the wind speed reduced this morning we went back on the asymmetric. We expect the wind to slow down further and probably reduce to 5-6kts later on tonight. Today we are introducing Richard. As you can see from our sextant exercise yesterday he is our strategists and navigator. Richard has an uncountable amount of sea miles and all the experience that comes with it. Having crossed the Atlantic already three times this is probably the smallest boat he has done it in yet but judging by the amount he talks about that the crossing can be done in a rowing boat this might not be his last one. image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 4 - Richard
Oyster Belle - Log Day 4 - Richard
Friendship - Tag 5 - einfach schön
Friendship - Tag 5 - einfach schön
13/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 5 - Einfach schön

Seit nunmehr fast 48 Stunden sind wir unter Segeln unterwegs. Nachdem der Wetterbericht für den Süden schwächere Winde aus Südwesten vorhergesagt hatte, entschieden wir noch am Abend zu halsen. Seitdem fahren wir Kurs 280 bis 290 Grad und machen nun Meilen Richtung Karibik gut. Noch sind es rund 2.300 Seemeilen bis zu unserem Ziel. Auch wenn wir uns wünschen würden, etwas schneller voran zu kommen - wir wollen uns ja schließlich in der Wertung immer weiter nach vorne schieben - so genießen wir dennoch jeden Moment. Wir freuen uns, was für ein Glück wir haben, das hier erleben zu dürfen. Wir sitzen unter blauem Himmel, die Sonne scheint, wir haben nur wenig Welle und machen doch 4-6 Knoten Fahrt. Die Sonnenauf- und Sonnenuntergänge sind einfach malerisch und nachts erleben wir einen. read more...


13/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 4 - Endlich richtig Segeln

Seit Dienstag spüren wir, dass wir dem Äquator immer näher kommen. Die Sonne scheint und es ist herrlich warm. Nachdem wir den Vormittag über noch mit zu schwachen Winden zu kämpfen hatten, können wir seit dem Nachmittag endlich richtig segeln. Wir haben Großsegel und Gennacker gesetzt und rauschen mit bis zu 7 Knoten Richtung Südwesten. Tagsüber verpasste Rainer den Wassermacher eine Wartung und Kur, einer Dusche steht nun also nichts mehr im Wege. Die anschließende Nachtwache verlief ruhig. Leider haben wir ein kleines Problem mit dem Radar, weshalb das kein zuverlässiges Signal anzeigt. Aber das will Rainer im Laufe des Mittwochs reparieren. Für uns hieß es daher während der Nachtwache besonders gut Ausguck zu gehen, was bei kaum Mondlicht und ansonsten stockfinsterer Nacht gar nicht. read more...


13/01/2022

Maxim 46 - Log Day 4 Life on board

This was a great day! Sunshine, slow breeze, everyone settled a bit on board. Alex was sick the first two days, even though he has many years experience on large vessels. This was a different motion. We took the Parasailor up for an hour. Everyone knows now how to trim, All the lines are prepared for an easy change between Code 0 and Parasailor. Even Lisa feels super comfortable on board and we picked up schoolwork again after 2,5 weeks of Christmas holidays. She follows a British program from Wolsey Hall Oxford. Highly recommended! Every day we follow the program through an app and can use it without internet too. When we arrive in st. Lucia we will upload our assessments for this period and the teachers will return with their feedback.Agnes wrote some mails today to update our family. read more...


13/01/2022

Oyster Belle - dolphins

Today we had a visit from a large group of dolphins!image2image1. read more...


12/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 3 - Paul

Our watermaker seems to be working ok; we made some fresh water and used it immediately for showers. All clean and fully motivated we are approaching the tropic of cancer in moderate Beaufort 3 winds from the beam. Today we are introducing our fantastic chef Paul who can magic up outstanding traditional food that makes us feel like at home. So far we had fish pie, carbonara, a lovely hot chicken curry and it will be Sheppards pie tonight (minus the HP sauce that we couldn’t source in Gran Canaria).image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 3 - Paul
Oyster Belle - Log Day 3 - Paul
Oyster Belle - flying the asymmetric
Oyster Belle - flying the asymmetric
11/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 2 - Ortwin

As we are heading down south in very little wind we thought we introduced ourselves over the next day. So this Ortwin, a seasoned lawyer from Austria full of eternal love for sea, the wind, and most of all beer! He has a vast collection of historic Citroen BX back at home which he didn’t want to repair for a couple of weeks and that’s why he joined us to cross the Atlantic. He is sending greetings to his mum back home and wants to let her know his room is being advertised on Airbnb and he is asking her to treat his guests well! ;)image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day 2 - Ortwin
Oyster Belle - Log Day 2 - Ortwin
11/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 3 - Mit dem Motor gen Süden

Nach einer Woche intensiver Vorbereitungen ging es dann am Sonntag endlich los. Nachdem wir die Startlinie überquert hatten, zwang uns der Wind aus Südwest zu einem Ostkurs, bevor wir dann am späten Abend einen Schlag Richtung Süden machen konnten. Die kabbelige See und Böen von bis zu 27 Knoten machten es uns nicht leicht und so hatte die Hälfte unserer Crew mit Seekrankheit zu kämpfen. Später nahm der Wind ab und drehte über Süd Richtung Ost. Nach einigen Stunden unter Motor konnten wir um Mitternacht die Genua ziehen und mit achterlichem Wind einen schönen Kurs Richtung Südwesten fahren. Nach der ersten Nacht auf See ging es allen Crew-Mitgliedern zum Glück wieder besser. Der Montag bescherte uns dann leichte Winde, sodass wir zunächst unter Gennacker weiterfahren konnten. Am. read more...


11/01/2022

Friendship - Tag 2 - Die erste Nacht um

Gestern um 11 Uhr UTC ging es endlich los: Wir legten in der Muelle Deportivo de Las Palmas ab, um unser großes Abenteuer anzutreten. Der Wind kam zur Zeit des Startes um 12.45 Uhr UTC noch aus Süd-West, also genau der falschen Richtung. Wir mussten zunächst bis zur Startlinie kreuzen und dort auch das ein oder andere Ausweichmanöver fahren. Es wurde ganz schön eng, denn alle wollten möglichst mit dem Startsignal über die Linie fahren. Der Kurs führte uns dann erstmal gen Osten. Falsche Richtung? Oh Ja, aber der Wind aus Süd-West lies uns keine andere Wahl. Am späten Abend konnten wir dann Richtung Süd abdrehen. Die kabbeligen Wellen und Böen von bis zu 27 Knoten haben den Törnbeginn für einige Crew-Mitglieder erschwert, sie hatten mit Seekrankheit zu kämpfen. Doch nach der ersten Nacht. read more...


Friendship - Tag 2 - Die erste Nacht um
Friendship - Tag 2 - Die erste Nacht um
11/01/2022

Rhapsodie VI - Hello from the Rhapsodie Crew

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Hello everyone, The first 24h hours of the ARC January have been fun, with strong waves at the start, little wind going South to leave Gran Canaria behind us and then some squalls with 40 kts winds around 01:00 UTC. Conditions are currently OK with 18kts E-SE winds and smaller waves. The whole crew is requesting more sun in the next ARC weather forecast please! All are doing well on board, saying hi to our families, friends and colleagues following us around the world. Rhapsodie VI out. read more...


11/01/2022

Oyster Belle - flying the asymmetric

You can take the boys out of Yorkshire but you can’t take the Yorkshire tea off of the boys!image1. read more...


10/01/2022

Maxim 46 - Day 2

What a start at Departure day! Finally we could set sail. Well, only out of the Marina with 2kn. We had to go into the wind and planned our strategy. After the sunset we had a busy night. What we all discussed to do prior departure had to be done. We had a squall but luckily only the rain over us. But wind picked up and we had our new record of 12.4kn SOG! Clear spots of squally weather on the radar so we were all prepared. After a calm start of the night wind picked up and at 3pm the Code 0 was not furled in correctly and created a bag, so had to take it all down. Almost blew away! With full force Rien and Agnes pulled that thing down. Something for daylight to get it right again. Now get some sleep. We all had to find our routine. During the day we had to untangle the downhall line.. read more...


10/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 1 - towards the Cape Verdes

As we settled down for our first night at sea after a delicious fish pie from Paul, we went straight downwind with the full mainsail up and the Genoa poled out. As the wind changed we jibed and since dawn are heading towards the Cape Verde islands on a broad reach with some 16kt of wind. The weather report is looking steady for the next days.. read more...


09/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day 0 - start day

We crossed the start line at 13:00; initially sailing in a stiff SE breeze; at 15:00 we tacked SSW, shook the reefs out and expect the wind to go a little more Easterly this evening as we head South to the Cape Verdes.. read more...


08/01/2022

Friendship - Der letzte Abend

Der letzte Tag ist geschafft, wir haben unsere Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen. Die PCR-Tests haben uns grünes Licht gegeben. Wir alles haben ein negatives Ergebnis und dürfen zur ARC January 2022 starten. Morgen legen wir um 0930 ab, drehen noch ein paar Runden, um uns an unsere SY Friendship zu gewöhnen und dann geht es um 12.45 Uhr UTC über die Startlinie. Nach dem heutigen Skippers-Briefing haben wir uns dazu entschieden zunächst nach Süden, Richtung Kapverden, zu segeln. Im Norden entwickelt sich ein Tief mit einem Trog, dem wir möglichst weit ausweichen wollen. In circa 2-3 Tagen “biegen wir dann ab” und nehmen Kurs Richtung Westen auf St. Lucia. Hoffentlich weht ab dann der Passat, der uns entspannt und gemütlich von hinten schiebt. Während der gesamten Überfahrt rechnen wir mit. read more...


08/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day -1 - final provisioning

All PCR tests came in as negative! New spinnaker sheets received! Final provisioning completed! We all listened in carefully to the briefing and should be set to start tomorrow at 13:00. We are expecting a few days of light winds as we will initially be heading SW towards Cape Verde.. read more...


07/01/2022

Oyster Belle - Log Day -2 - Provisioning, generator, rig check, fuel, …

We started the day with PCR tests (fingers crossed for the results); got the rig professionally checked and we’re happy that only two cotter pins needed securing. Richard, Paul, and Ortwin raided the supermarket for more supplies and came back in two taxis just in time to go to the fuel dock. We got the generator’s raw water impeller changed and hope that that pesky fault 58 won’t come back again. Final provisioning of fresh fruit and vegetables scheduled for tomorrow. That leaves us to final checks of the lazarette and rigging the spinnacker sheets tomorrow. image1. read more...


Oyster Belle - Log Day -2 - Provisioning, generator, rig check, fuel, …
Oyster Belle - Log Day -2 - Provisioning, generator, rig check, fuel, …

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