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26/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 8

We decided this morning to find ourselves an extra 2 hours of life (and hopefully stopping everyone staying in bed til 9:30!) by moving our boat time back. I’m not actually sure I want to share the sunrise with anyone else. It’s such a beautiful and peaceful time of day to stretch to Jump Around by House of Pain and scan the waves for those elusive dolphins. Is the water too warm for the dolphins? I know they’re at the equator in the Galapagos but then there’s that cold current… Khamsin sailing well. I love it! After a fairly bumpy night, not too much swell now so everyone in a good mood after banana porridge for breakfast. To be followed by banana pancakes and mashed banana sandwiches later. Any recipe ideas? I’m not sure that stick of bananas was the best idea but it was good fun. read more...


26/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 7

Blimey. A lovely peaceful sailing day with main and asymmetric sail combo. Really warming up now. Sun shining. Sea sparkling. Not too much swell. At last we can take time to read, fish, watch the clouds and eat - all the bananas we bought in the African market in Mindelo are ripening at once so we’re having a banana fest! No more mast climbing so Milo has slept most of the day, Piers has been running his knot club, Joe has made a bright purple lure (what colours can tuna see? Not purple I hope but don’t tell him!) and Roland has even managed some yoga. Just wish we could stop and swim as the water was delicious yesterday evening. I LOVE this intense cyan sea. The strength and depth of the colour is just amazing - nothing quite like it. Life is good…. read more...


26/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - Very far from Land! - Day7 Mindelo to Grenada

N11:56.7 W39:32.3Today marks a few milestones - we have been at sea for 7 days - our longest ever.We have done 1000NM since we left Mindelo a week ago.Usually we may do this sort of mileage in a whole year!.And 1000NM means that we qualify to join the Ocean Cruising Club!Our application will be in when we get to Grenada, and we will be proud to fly the OCC burgee.I looked at the Atlantic chart this morning to check our distance from land.And we are about as far from land as it is possible to be on this journey.About 850NM to the South American coast.But now we are at the point where the distance to land will start to slowly decrease.But we are not half way yet.It looks like we will pass through that vague line on the chart tomorrow afternoon/evening.We have it marked on the chart with a. read more...


26/11/2021

Cajuna - J+7 : le plat du jour : lentilles espagnoles

Pas bon, des lentilles grosses comme des petits haricots !Et on a 3 paquets, l’horreur.Bon, à part ça, on a eu du bon vent, pas de poisson, comme d’hab. quoi….Tout va bien à bord. A+. read more...


26/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - Friday on the Morgane of Sark

It’s Friday night. We have been “en route” for a week now and sailed 1030 miles so far. The last 24 hours, we finally had a day-distance we are happy with. We sailed about 160 miles, came 152 miles closer to Grenada. The wind conditions are great at the moment. Still 15-17 knots, NE. But, our wind meter doesn’t work that well. We are back at butterflying, with the cutter jib in between. SOG is 265 degrees and our SOG around 6,5 -7 knots. Current position is N 11* 45. 63 and W 40* 12.80.What else did we do today. Not that much actually. Although, we started a push up challenge with Charlotte Sometimes. So, the cabin turned into a sports class this afternoon. The girls both did 50 push ups. It’s nice to do some exercises. But, it’s not all that easy on the ever rocking boat. Mila and Merel. read more...


25/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - Thursday evening update

Yes, we finally have some pressure in our sails and we are moving in the right direction!! Course over ground is currently 270 degrees and our speed over ground is between 6,5 and 8 knots. So, we are getting closer to Grenada. Yeah!! Last night we changed our sails several times, from main and jip on port side, to butterflying, and back to both on port side. If you see our track, you probably think we were drunk. We had the auto pilot on the wind angle and were either heading toBrazil or to Florida. With a speed between 3,5 and 4,5 knots and a lot of noise from the “flapping” sails. Not that much fun…But, we didn’t want to put the engine on yet as we were still moving forward and we don’t want to use diesel if not needed. We are a bit reluctant to use our gennaker. We had some problems. read more...


25/11/2021

Cajuna - J+6 : Deux presque-pêches

Ce jeudi matin a bien commencé, quand je prends mon quart, le dernier, ma canne à pêche est courbée en arc de cercle, c’est du lourd. Je peine à mouliner. C’est un espadon ! Il a un rostre d’au moins 30cm. Belle bête. Tout le monde est sur le pont. On essaye de passer par la plate-forme de bain et de passer un lasso dans sa queue. Difficile il se débat et montre une force impressionnante.Sur un coup de queue, il casse la ligne et s’en va avec un joli percing !Je range ma canne à pêche, trop compliqué de ramener un poisson par le bord, et sors ma traîne.Deux heures plus tard, ça mord à nouveau. Une belle dorade Choryphene, au moins 80cm. Une femelle nous dit Francois, elle est verte, les mâles sont bleus. Je la ramène au tableau arrière et au moment de la levée, elle se dégage et m……!. read more...


25/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout Time - In a World of our Own - Day6 Mindelo to Grenada

N12:02.9 W37:05.7Our clocks went back yesterday - no act of Parliament required.We have taken the practical decision to change our clocks by minus 1hour every 10 degrees of longitude that we cross.This has 2 benefits - it means that sun rise and sun set occur at ‘normal’ times.It also means that we won’t arrive in Grenada with ‘jet lag’ as we are on a different time zone.We will be on Grenada time for the last couple of days.But does mean that things get a bit confusing with the time.We keep 2 specific clocks on UST (GMT for us Brits) - the brass ships clock on the wall, and the chart plotter.Our watches are now on ‘Walkabout Time’, which is currently 2 hours behind UST.Our light winds and tricky decisions continue.Our average speed since the start has dropped to 5.9 knots.We have headed. read more...


25/11/2021

Arabella - wednesday

What a day Wednesday turned out to be. We were not moving so smooth. The wind was really light all day. We had purposely choose to sail really south but didn’t expect to find all the seaweed/sea plant that was floating everywhere. It was catching our rudder and prop shaft under the boat and most distressingly it was snagging our fishing lures. We’d changed the lures a dozen times and tried everything to prevent the constant snagging and we had almost given up when zzzzzzzzzzz came that beautiful sound. 1hour later and the sails dropped we landed a 500lb Blue Marlin!!! What a joy. What a Wednesday it turned out to be. The celebration was a can of beer!!!! And lots of food. BBQ on us when we get to Grenada. read more...


25/11/2021

High Cotton - Progress and a thanksgiving at sea

Believe it or not, today is the first thanksgiving in the central Atlantic for us, and even the first ever forsome onboard! Warm chicken and perhaps a shower await! Not feeling so cold turkey anymore! Currently we find ourselves 700 miles deep in the direction of Grenada! Despite our autopilot failure and intensive hand steering, small victories are keeping the High Cotton morale easily reachable, each moment! Things like being two days sailing away from halfway, noticing miles tick by one hundred at a time, a few good fish, banter-filled jokes and the exhausted expressions on the waking faces of the midnight watch crew; evoke new smiles every time. Being at sea also sets stage for the valuable exchanging of knowledge, vocabulary, jargon and skills, especially in a cross cultural. read more...


25/11/2021

Chula - Chula Log 03 - First 6 Days

I've really struggled to write about the first days of our passage. There's lots to talk about - it's not everyday you set sail to cross the Atlantic after all, but it's taken us 600nm for me to get into the swing of things... Joe and I always wanted to capture 'real life's aspects of sailing so I'll give it a go here - it'll all be forgotten when the wind changes! So why has today been different? It's Wednesday 24th November 6 days into the passage, and probably 11 or so days to go... Today started as usual, staggered starts from Joe, Tim and I as we emerge from our night watch schedule; although last night was a light but steady wind allowing restful sleep rather than sloppy, banging sails. Positive #1!Positive #2; a sat phone text conversation with Coco - we're not alone in. read more...


Cajuna - Vue imprenable
Cajuna - Vue imprenable
24/11/2021

Just4Fun - Just4Fun blog # 4

Just4Fun ARC Blog Nummer 4Kap Verden - Grenada Tag5 und 6Hallo zusammen,etwas verspätet mal wieder ein kleines Update. Nach dem aufregenden Tag vorgestern (Parasailor Verlust zweiter Akt…), war die Nacht zum Glück recht ruhig. Wir waren mit allem etwas später dran als sonst und Thomas hat Abends um zehn noch den Fisch zerlegt. Mit Groß und Genua kamen wir in der Nacht ganz gut voran. Am Dienstag bzw. gestern, hieß es dann wieder reparieren und eine Lösung finden. Die Reparatur ging relativ schnell, Thomas musste aber leider mal wieder in den Mast, um ein neues Fall zu montieren. Dass das eine ziemlich anstrengende und nervenaufreibende Sache ist, hatten wir ja beim letzten Mal schon erwähnt. Nachdem wir das erledigt hatten und eine Lösung gefunden haben, die hoffentlich für die nächsten. read more...


24/11/2021

Cajuna - J+5 : communication tardive mais ….

La pétole nous a accompagné aujourd’hui et heureusement car l’occupation du jour était de remettre la drisse de SPI. Pour celles ou ceux à qui ça ne dit rien, la disse de SPI doit passer par le haut du mât … autant dire journée escalade ! Le haut du mât culmine à 18 mètres mais au milieu de l’Atlantique les choses prennent une toute autre dimension. Donc 1er essai, Samuel, notre pompier de service, m’attache sur la petite chaise de Kalfat et me hisse à l’aide du winch électrique.Je n’avais jamais remarqué que le trajet le long du mât était semé d’embûches : les barres de flèche, les haubans, le radar, … bref le parcours du combattant !Plus ça monte, plus j’ai la tremblote, curieuse réaction …. Arrivé en haut du mât, c’est Parkinson !Je suis avec ma drisse et j’essaie de la passer dans la. read more...


Cajuna - J+5 : communication tardive mais ….
Cajuna - J+5 : communication tardive mais ….
24/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - just another day at the ocean

We had a good Wednesday and all four of us were awake and outside almost the whole day. We are getting used of sleeping in parts. It was a warm and sunny day and after running the watermaker, we could take a cold shower. Highlight of the morning was a small whale or orca behind the boat. Mila and Merel were on watch and heard a peeping sound. The thought maybe a bird had flown into the cabin. The sound woke Herco up. Than they saw the whale. Or Orca. But, he didn’t stick around and left after a few minutes again.Later on we had a huge group of dolfins passing by. They were chasing something and also didn’t stick around to swim and play along the boat.Catch of the day was a huge bush of seaweed. Another highlight: Merel baked delicious pancakes for all of us. About 20 bananas turned black. read more...


24/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 6.5

Whatever happened to the hours of boredom and the need for copious books and podcasts promised by our skipper? We haven’t stopped! In fact having sat next to Serge from Piment Rouge at the crew dinner, I’m beginning to wonder if someone smuggled ‘a small furry animal’ (French superstition reference) on board. Hahaha. Time consuming but a successful and very productive day. We took advantage of the low wind to send Milo up the mast again, fix the generator, patch the sail and attempt a halyard repair. Yay!Enjoying an afternoon snack and a quick sea swim our spirits very much lifted by the Wurzels version of ‘Go West’. Apologies to the Pet Shop Boys! Now fingers crossed let’s get sailing…Oh and as I write this I can hear everyone trying to persuade Milo up the mast just one more time…. read more...


24/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 6

Another gorgeous moonlit night (tho it’s a shame our slow start has caught us in low wind). The flying fish are unexpectedly a true delight as they skim the waves - a silver shimmering. The young ones, iridescent pinks and purples, are especially captivating. As my only prior experience of flying fish has been in a burger it’s a lovely surprise! We also had a stunning fish following in our wake yesterday evening: about 1.5-2 m long with a brilliant turquoise tail fin. Never seen anything like it before. Any ideas? It goes without saying that we would not allow Joe to try and catch it.. read more...


24/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - Chillin' in the mid Atlantic - Day 5 Mindelo to Grenada

N12:9.9 W35:2.5Yesterday was a fairly relaxed day.We had the same sail set up for over 24 hours - BWR dead downwind, Hydrovane steering.Winds were light, not much swell and the sun was out.A perfect day foe messing around on boats.But we aren’t messing around, we are going to Grenada!! So the main topic of conversation during the day was the wind and the fact that the forecast indicates that we will go from not much to very little over the next 24 hours.So we have been trying to decide on our plan.We want to make the best possible progress towards Grenada and keep motoring to a minimum.But we aren’t going to bob about doing 2knots.We will motor if we have to.We got through yesterday without motoring.We could see on AIS that 2 boats near us were motoring for a time.But it has been fairly. read more...


23/11/2021

Cajuna - J+3 : Deux faits marquants, 2eme essai

Le premier revient sur mon mail d’hier. François m’a fait mentir.A peine avais-je envoyé le mail, en rentrant sa ligne il nous a pêché un petit thon.Tartare de thon dans la foulée et aujourd’hui Thon à la tahitienne !Le second c’est qu’on c’est fait rattraper par un concurrent de …. La transat Jacques Fabre (Le Havre-Martinique), un classe 40 avec lequel nous avons échangé, très sympa, le bateau se nomme : Palanod 3 Solosailor. Il filait deux fois plus vite que nous mais enviait notre confort !Sinon tout va bien à bord, bonne journée de voile à plus de 6 kts de moyenne. On est toujours au coude à coude avec Escapade of London, des British comme son nom l’indique, avec notre SPI bleu/blanc/rouge on joue les Surcouf !A+image1. read more...


Cajuna - J+3 : Deux faits marquants, 2eme essai
Cajuna - J+3 : Deux faits marquants, 2eme essai
23/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - a lazy tuesday at the Morgane of Sark

While the sky is turning red as the sun sets, and the sails are clapping due to little wind, we write you the daily update from the Morgane of Sark. Today flew by, and actually we didn’t do much. As active as we all were yesterday, today we were a bit lazy. It was very warm today! Just some reading, wave staring, cooking, eating, playing with Evy and chatting on the SSB every once in a while. No dolphins anywhere and no fish on our hook. Nor another attempt to bake an eatable bread. Two participants, solo sailors, of a mini transat race flew by today. In the afternoon, we decided to gype. After catching a new weather forecast, we wanted to go a bit more south. We were still butterflying with the main on port side, already more than 36 hours. The whole manoeuvre took us about an hour. The. read more...


23/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - a lazy tuesday at the Morgane of Sark

While the sky is turning red as the sun sets, and the sails are clapping due to little wind, we write you the daily update from the Morgane of Sark. Today flew by, and actually we didn’t do much. As active as we all were yesterday, today we were a bit lazy. It was very warm today! Just some reading, wave staring, cooking, eating, playing with Evy and chatting on the SSB every once in a while. No dolphins anywhere and no fish on our hook. Nor another attempt to bake an eatable bread. In the afternoon, we decided to gype. After catching a new weather forecast, we wanted to go a bit more south. We were still butterflying with the main on port side, already more than 36 hours. The whole manoeuvre took us about an hour. The preventer, the boom, the cutterjip… . We take it easy on the ever. read more...


23/11/2021

Arabella - Arabella

After 5 days sailing we are becoming more and more creative with our cooking. With only 1 fish caught the meat stocks are dwindling. The kids are demanding Daddy catch fish but all we catching is this floating sea grass. Anyway, we stopped for a swim and even did some body surfing behind the boat today. Always Giunti in 6km of water. Hope everyone’s having fun out there. Love from Arabella.. read more...


23/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - Baking - And that's not just the weather - Day 3 Mindelo to Grenada

N13:42.6 W30:56.9Where does the time go??The days are seeming to go quite quickly so far.We spend a lot of our time together sailing the boat, making sail/course changes and reviewing likely next moves (with a little help from our Shore Side Weather Team - Ade&Bev) .It between there is some time for reading and catching up on sleep.But not much else at the moment it seems.However, Traci has been baking bread.And it is a great success.Just like at home.The new GN Espace oven is ideal for baking - it gets evenly hot and has space for loaves.We have photos - they will have to wait for an internet connection.We made just one sail change yesterday, and swapped the BWR for the G1.That was a good decision.We made great progress through the evening, aiming towards Grenada.During the day. read more...


23/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - Chafe - A Problem for Marathon Runners and Sailors Alike - Day 4 Mindelo to Grenada

N12:57.4 W33:21.9Joggers nipple is an affliction that I am happy too have avoided.But we have started to suffer from sailors chafe.Everybody says ‘check your lines regularly, move their positions so the wear points are in different locations, check/resolve any area of abrasion’.We try to do all that.But sailing 24 hours a day, day in day out is a very different prospect to a weekend trip to Salcombe.Yesterday we had our first breakage as a result of chafe.Happily with no particular consequence.The tack line that holds the bottom of the BWR to the bottom eye of the furler torsion rope (you with me??) wore through and gave way.We noticed that the foot of the sail had started riding up the torsion rope.This would have been a problem if we wanted to furl the sail and hadn’t spotted it.But we. read more...


23/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - Settling into Ocean life - Mindelo to Grenada Day2

N13:43.1 W28:13.4After our frenetic day of sail changes on Day 1, Day 2 was a more relaxed affair.We sailed with full main and G1 for 24 hours, with the Hydrovane steering.The forecast showed that the wind was going to drop, and we have continued to try to sail a route that would minimise the period of time in low winds.Sure enough, the wind slowly declined, until we had only 4 or 5 knots of wind.So we decided to motor for a while.The engine was on from 1815 for 7.5 hours.After a very relaxed day, the night was less so.We both had our sleep broken by the need to make sail changes, and earlier the noise from the engine didn’t help our sleep.At 0145 we had enough wind to sail, so I woke Traci up to get the main and G1 flying.Then at 0500 Traci got me up as the wind had shifted and built to. read more...


23/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 5.5

Spoke too soon. We don’t seem to have shaken off the slightly dodgy luck that has dogged us on Tuesdays ever since the start: generator not working - overheating; a mysterious ingress of salt water in the front locker oh and the glass front of the oven fell off … never a dull moment!On a far happier note just called Evie in Cardiff via the sat phone and the stars to wish her a happy 21st - how cool to be called from the Atlantic Ocean!. read more...


23/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 5

Oh what a spectacular moonlit night. Khamsin singing beautifully as we zipped smoothly through the water with planet Venus looking down on us. So peaceful (apart from the sudden wind shift which had us all leaping out of bed and hurtling outside catching cloves of garlic en route). Really settling into the routine of life at sea now. Everyone sleeping and eating well and focused on making up for the time lost at the start. We even had time for Milo to leada circuits session. As for the Parasailor… after the beautifully controlled drop from the top of the mast all is well. It truly is the most stunning sail. For the moment life is good. Just wish we had filmed the mast climbing!. read more...


23/11/2021

Walkabout - Walkabout - WOW - We're going to Grenada - Day 1 Mindelo to Grenada

N15:17.1 W26:39.2We are off!!It was a busy day yesterday - both before we left and once we got sailing.There were still plenty of jobs on the To Do list before we set off, but I think we got everything done.Lots of farewells and hugs on the pontoons before we left.And a special present from Heiki and Sheryl on Zelda - one of their very successful fishing lures - hope we can put it to good use.We haven’t had the line out yet - it has all just been a bit busy. We had time before the start to get all lines & fenders sorted, and decide our preferred line over the start - we went for the southern, committee boat end and crossed about a minute after the gun.Hopefully there may be some pics of us on the World Cruising Club website or Facebook page - check them out.Then it all got busy!!Within. read more...


23/11/2021

Just4Fun - Just4Fun blog # 3

Just4Fun ARC Blog Nummer 3Kap Verden - Grenada Tag3 und 4Ein hoch auf den Captain! Thomas hat es tatsächlich geschafft, die kaputten Stellen zu nähen und zu kleben, das Segel zu montieren und wir konnten gestern endlich den Parasailor wieder setzen. Seitdem ist es wie erhofft: wir sind durchschnittlich ein bis zwei Knoten schneller als ohne Parasailor und haben relativ wenig Welle, seit heute Morgen auch noch Sonnenschein. On top hat uns heute Morgen noch eine Delfinschule mit mindestens zwölf Tieren und sogar zwei Jungtieren besucht. Sie haben eine super Show veranstaltet und uns bestimmt eine halbe Stunde lang begleitet. Ben und ich haben fest beschlossen, keine inszenierten Delphinshows mehr zu sehen!Vorletzte und letzte Nacht waren angenehm ruhig, mit schönem Mond und schwachem bis. read more...


23/11/2021

Cajuna - J+4 : SPI à l’eau

Non, ce n’est pas une nouvelle boisson mais la continuité de nos misères avec le SPI. La journée avait été calme et on se demandait quoi raconter quand la drisse de SPI a lâché. Mauvais montage visiblement car elle est neuve mais a été passée sans poulie et s’est donc usée prématurément. Demain on va profiter de la pétole pour remettre ça en ordre.Tout va bien.A+. read more...


22/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - a day to relax

Hi, we are entering our 4th night on the ocean and all is well. We actually had a fun day. Herco joins the SSB net every morning, when the rest of the crew is usually still asleep. We had quite some nice communication today, with the Brainwave, High Cotton and Pippin.On the SSB or VHF. At this moment, we see Sundance and Daisy on our AIS. They are within 6 miles from us.What else did we do? Mila tried a “Dolphin dance” to attract dolphins. We are ready for some sealife around us. Didn’t work yet, tomorrow another try. Maybe, all four of us must do the dance…The bread Merel baked yesterday was as hard as a rock. Today a new attempt, and it is definitely improving. Tomorrow another try. We probably learned how to bake bread once we are in Grenada!Herco took out the ukelele the girls gave. read more...


Cajuna - J+3 : Deux faits marquants
Cajuna - J+3 : Deux faits marquants
22/11/2021

Maiko - Maiko Cape Verde to Grenada, day four

Our start from Mindelo was a lot more comfortable than our start from Las Palmas. Calm winds and small waves. We chose to go south to get steadier winds and hope this will pay off in the long run. We expect this part of our journey to last about 16 days. So far spirits are high and we have had several encounters with dolphins of different sizes and colors + see flying fishes all the time. Two jumped right into the boat last night. We work with a schedule of three hours on shift, then six hours off. This seems to be working well. - Linnimage1. read more...


Maiko - Maiko Cape Verde to Grenada, day four
Maiko - Maiko   Cape Verde to Grenada, day four
22/11/2021

High Cotton - A Start

Although the winds haven’t been excellent we have been mostly on the move under sail. We are slowly transitioning into boat mode with people being more and more energized each day… however, sleeping for more than three hours at a time is something we daydream about frequently! We made a slight miscalculation and have been forced to ration our coffee. Each crew member is allotted 1.5 caffeinated coffees a day and 1 decaf coffee every 2 days. It’s really going to test us but luckily there are plenty of other beverages on board that should be able to keep us in high spirits! I’m reflecting a bit on a night we had in Mindelo—we spent an evening with a local family who cooked for us and shared their home with an incredible view of the city. We had drinks, shared stories and philosophies,. read more...


High Cotton - A Start
High Cotton - A Start
22/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - a day to relax

Hi, we are entering our 4th night on the ocean and all is well. We actually had a fun day. Herco joins the SSB net every morning, when the rest of the crew is usually still asleep. We had quite some nice communication today, with the Brainwave, High Cotton and Pippin.On the SSB or VHF. At this moment, we see Sundance and Daisy on our AIS. They are within 6 miles from us.What else did we do? Mila tried a “Dolphin dance” to attract dolphins. We are ready for some sealife around us. Didn’t work yet, tomorrow another try. Maybe, all four of us must do the dance…The bread Merel baked yesterday was as hard as a rock. Today a new attempt, and it is definitely improving. Tomorrow another try. We probably learned how to bake bread once we are in Grenada!Herco took out the ukelele the girls gave. read more...


21/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - sunday 21 November.

Hello Hello,Here our daily update. It’s Sunday evening 19:30 local time. And we just tried to bake our own bread. Don’t know if it will be eatable yet. Right before departing be bought a small bread baking machine. Only tried it once before we left Gran Canaria. Didn’t work out that time…😉. We let you know tomorrow how our bread tasted… The sailing conditions are great at the moment. We are doing 6 - 7 knots at the moment with a windspeed of 15 knots. Last night we had our engine helping a bit, not enough wind for the sails to do it all by themselves. Before dawn, we brought the boom to the other side and made a gype. Butterflied through the day, and now we have the main and the jib both on portside. We talked on the SSB net this morning and we had a chat with High Cotton. Earlier, we. read more...


Cajuna - J+2 : on est au régime …
Cajuna - J+2 : on est au régime …
21/11/2021

Cajuna - J+2 : le retour du vent

Ça y est, nous les avons retrouvés nos Alizés comme dit François. Pas violent mais suffisant pour notre SPI. Côté pêche, c’est calme plat par contre. On tape dans les conserve : cassoulet made in Canaria, petit plat bizarre… Il fait chaud, aux alentours des 28 degrés. Tout va bien. Arc+. read more...


21/11/2021

Khamsin - Khamsin Day 3

First blog as spent Days 1 and 2 going up the mast 4 times!! Lost two knives in the sea and Milo ended up at the top of the mast unexpectedly holding up the Parasailor! Fun fun fun! But on a positive note he had a great view of the dolphins that were swimming with us. Then fishing line got tangled around the watt’n’sea propeller. Apart from all that we are still laughing, everything good now, sun has just peeped out, nearly 7 knots and just about to have tea and cake…. read more...


21/11/2021

Chula - Leg 1 finish and Mindelo

The last week has been a total blur, my last post was a day before reaching Mindelo. We arrived on Sunday 14th November and now, 6 days later we are already a day into our Atlantic passage. So, what happened?!Our arrival at Sao Vincente, Cape Verde couldn't have been better, the wind was light and the acceleration zone between the island gave us a fast finish alongside around 6 other boats, 5 hours before the finish line closed. We were met by Rally Control with huge welcoming smiles, it felt good to have achieved our longest passage yet - and possibly our most enjoyable passage too! After the formalities we went to the Floating Bar for a beer with the crew of Big Bubble, a lovely atmosphere, comparing experiences and to-fix lists. Later that evening was the Welcome Party with the most. read more...


21/11/2021

Just4Fun - Just4Fun blog # 2

Just4Fun ARC Blog Nummer 2Kapverden - Grenada Tag 1 und 2Kaum gestartet, sind wir mit unserem ersten Blogeintrag schon einen Tag hinterher! Doch allerdings berechtigterweise. Der Start hat viel Spaß gemacht, das Feld war wesentlich kompakter als in Las Palmas, so dass wirkliches Regatta/Renn Feeling aufkam. Andrea und Thomas waren an Surfzeiten erinnert und haben die sportliche Herausforderung gern angenommen und jedes noch so kleine Knötchen herausgekitzelt (mir war es eher ein bisschen zu kuschelig, teilweise nur 10 m entfernt vom nächsten Boot 😳). Auch diesmal war es verblüffend, wie schnell sich so ein kompaktes Feld verteilt und man nach ein paar Stunden nur noch wenige Boote oder teilweise gar keinen mehr sieht. Nach einem guten Start folgte ein intensiver Wutanfall von Moritz. read more...


Cajuna - J+1 : la pétole
Cajuna - J+1 : la pétole
20/11/2021

Morgane of Sark - back at the ocean saturday night

Back at the ocean… We picked the ritme up again easily. Almost like we didn’t stop and have a blast in Mindelo. Because We really enjoyed our stop over at Cape Verde!So, now on our way to Grenada. The start of the rally was a lot of fun. Circumstances were better than in Gran Canaria. No annoying waves and nauseousness this time. Just enjoying all the boats around us taking of.We are getting into our second night. It’s cloudy and dark, despite of the almost full moon. Last night it was a bit lighter. The wind died on us during diner. The good thing was that we had a real dinner at the table, the drawback is that we just turned on the engine. A speed of 2,5 kts for a longer period will not bring us to Grenada before Dec. 7th.Current position N 14 46, 45. W 27 10 33, currently we have. read more...


20/11/2021

Cajuna - J+1 : la pétole

Hier, après un départ sympathique avec tous ces voiliers, nous avons sorti notre magnifique SPI qui commence à ressembler à un patchwork avec ces réparations ! Mais il nous a bien tracté. Aujourd'hui c'est pétole. Nous sommes dans un petit groupe qui chasse le vent mais c'est comme les poissons, en on à point vu ! A si justement, nous avons vu un troupeau de thons sautillant joyeusement nous narguer à 300 m devant Il fait lourd avec 25-26 degrés. J'ai profité de ce calme pour prendre un petit bain. Tout va bien. Arc+. read more...


20/11/2021

Chula - Chula Log 01 - The Start

What a start yesterday was! It was great to see all the boats on the start line in a stiff force 4 flying a mixture of sails. We pushed over the line mid-fleet due to a broken slider on the mizzen sail. We crossed the line with the main plus genoa and even flew the cruising chute for a bit. We find the best configuration when flying the cruising chute is the mizzen as it gives less of a wind shadow so I quickly set to trying to fix the mizzen sail slider whilst Jo was trying not to get too close to other boats.Pulling into wind we snuffed the cruising chute, took the main down and put up the mizzen. However the wind increased so we were unable to put the cruising chute back up and rather then pulling back into wind we compromised for what we had up, the Genoa and mizzen. We had also. read more...


17/11/2021

DOUBLETON - First impressions of the ARC Plus

After weeks of building anticipation, finally the day arrives. Today is the first day of our participation with the ARC + Rally, though for Doubleton, merely a continuation of an adventure that began in Mallorca many weeks ago. Our exit from the Harbor began with a long blow from our foghorn and a triumphant piece from the composer Richard Wagner; The Ride of the Valkyries. It was a welcome sight to see the ARC-team and all the spectators cheer us on as we left the Harbor. The crew was eager to be at the front of the fleet when the horn blasts at 13:45, which also marked the beginning of a 866nm passage. The harbor entrance was congested with every type of ocean going vessel; commercial cargo ships, passenger ferries, the 75 odd boats participating in the ARC-Plus 2021 Rally andthe. read more...



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