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24/11/2016

Nisida - Swell!

Thursday 1430 Position 26:19,96N 26:31,37W After an afternoon screaming along with the code zero yesterday we dropped it just before dark to keep a course due west. Goose-winged all night with poled out genoa, bit rolly but good progress through the night and this morning.All feeling a bit brighter today with everyone tucking into chicken salad for lunch.Nigel even ran a hook astern for a few minutes in an attmept to fish.Looking like we will have a sunny afternoon.. read more...


24/11/2016

White Satin - Into the tropics

Thursday 24 November.570 miles sailed and 2250 to go.Four days completed now, 570 miles sailed and 2250 to go.Excellent sailing conditions, as the sea has settled down somewhat and we are going along on a beam reach at 7 knots, which is pretty well full speed for White Satin.Yesterday's intended blog was not sent as we got caught up in the sad drama of the sinking of 'Noah', and as mentioned before we were the first boat to arrive to their aid, we were rather shell-shocked after then witnessing the crew have to take to their liferaft and then go through a rather difficult process of rescue by a commercial ship that luckily diverted to help as well. Luckily all the crew, including 2 small children, were safely got on board and their yacht left slowly sinking. After that our mundane. read more...


White Satin - Into the tropics
White Satin - Into the tropics
24/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 5: Big Rollers

After the lovely flat calm seas of the first few days we are now in the bigAtlantic Rollers with about 3m of swell making the boat move up and down, sideto side. Everyone has been a little bit queasy with a run on the sea sicknesspills.Everything on the boat moves around and although we have anti-slip matslast night we had a chicken disaster when the boat made a particularly violentscrewing motion. A pan with fried chicken leapt off the counter top on to thegalley floor including the door and floor of the cabin immediately behind. Thisis Hugo’s cabin our youngest crew member who has just graduated and isvegetarian. He still thinks the easiest way to find things is to leave them onthe floor so everything was covered with bits of chicken. Managed to retrievemost of the food for the meat. read more...


Bluewaft - Boom boom James
Bluewaft - Boom boom James
24/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 5

Bluewaft Log Day 5Wednesday 23 November 201622°09’.163N 022°39’.393WAnother good night’s sailing with the swell behind us and the wind slowlyclocking. Very dark with the moon only rising late.No boats on theradar or AIS.This morning we decided to follow the rhum line, shook the reef out of themain, and have started sailing goose-wing with main, jib and stay sail.We've rigged a preventer on the main using a dock line and spring.Our VMG is up around 6kts now, so hope to make good time as the winds grow(fingers crossed).It’s certainly a comfortable ride!We noticed the first reef line had chaffed so James went up into the boomand refitted it (we only lost the last meter of line).It was good to seefrom a safety perspective he had both his life jacket and helmet on!Fishing wise we’re still. read more...


24/11/2016

Exhale - Happy Crew

Day five and still moving along at 5 to 7 kts. Keeping a close eye on our fellow Corkonians on the race (rally) track with just 9 miles difference in dtd (we are ahead!). Crew all happy having been served lunch by the skipper. Despite best efforts fish are scarce.. read more...


Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley
Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley
24/11/2016

Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley

We eat well on board. Some of the delights: Sven’s made from scratch spicy tomato soup; Will’s sausages (specially imported from Germany thanks Sven!) and mash with onion gravy;  Chris’ lentil dahl, Ali’s cole slaw; Ant’s Thai stir fry;WJ’s gammon with pineapple; Peter’s porridge. We’re working on our new book of recipes; “Twenty-one days at sea”.WJGOPR1366.. read more...


24/11/2016

Koco - 4.Tag auf See

Die Nacht war unruhig und laut, der Wellengang ließ die Koco ordentlich tanzen. der Morgen wurde mit Starway to Heaven von Far Corporation eingeläutet. Der Wind dreht und läßt es zu gegen 12:00 Uhr die Standard-Betuchung gegen den Wingaker zu tauschen, Fahrt ca 8kn. Schiffe gesichtet, ein Containerschiff mit 333m Länge und ein Segelschiff am Horizont. Ansonsten keine weiteren Vorkommnisse. Das ließ Zeit für eine Schotenoptimierung des Wingakers. So fahren wir weiter bis in den Abend hinein. Wind ca 18 Knoten. Zurückgelegte Strecke seit dem Auslaufen: 491 sm von 2800 sm. Liebe Grüße von der Koco - Besatzung an die Familien zu Hause. | Text Christof Lippmann. read more...


24/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 5 - BRANDNEU

"BRANDNEUE MELDUNG: SY GATSBY KNACKT DIE 2000-MEILEN-MARKE!Es ist der 24.11, 1310 Uhr Bordszeit. Nun steht an Bord der 8-köpfigen Crew eine eins vor der vierstelligen Zahl, die die noch zu segelnden Meilen bis St. Lucia anzeigt. Ein Insider berichtet außerdem, dass der geplante Duschtag von Tag 3 immer noch nicht statt gefunden hat."So könnte doch ein netter Artikel in einer ARC Tageszeitung lauten.DIe Stimmung an Bord ist gut, auch wenn wir eine Vermisstenmeldung heraus geben müssen. Wir sind auf der Suche nach dem blauen Himmel. Die Sonne hat sich mal kurz gemeldet und ihre Verspätung angekündigt, aber der blaue Himmel fehlt noch.Heute gibt es Rösti an Bord! Geduscht wurde unfreiwillig. Peter und ich wurden sowohl heute Nacht in unserer Wache, als auch heute Vormittag von einem. read more...


24/11/2016

Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord

Robert fikser underliket på genoa. image1. read more...


Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord
Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord
24/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - 24 hours from Las Palmas

So after months (years?) of planning we left Las Palmas on Sunday and started our first ARC.Leaving the pontoon and starting was huge mixture of feelings and emotions. Excitement of course but tinged with the stress of getting underway with so many boats in a small piece of water and huge dose of emotion as I said goodbye to Val. I could barely speak for 10 minutes as we made our way out of the marina.The pre-week in Las Palmas was also a complete mix. I and the Xplorer team (Anna, Tony and Tom) worked endlessly on provisioning the boat, checking things, fixing things, improving things and, biggest challenge of all, finding places to store everything - not least 300 litres of bottled water. We also consumed quite a lot of beer and wine! Val and her friend Kim came to see us off and good. read more...


24/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 3 4 and 5 - antenna, fish and research

Hi from PkBoo,the third day we had a problem with the VHF antenna (rivets on the mast went out) and our climber Alessandra McGiver went ont the top of the mast. Problem solved.Yesterday in the late afternoon we catched a dorado and now we are cooking it. Also yesterday evening (23 UTC) we received five distress signal of MOB, drifting in the current, and we went to see (we were at 3 miles). Probably was a lifejacket of Noah. Arrived at the point, the signal stopped, there was plenty of relicts (cuscions, food, plastic, ...) and we rescued the tank with flares but no name of the boat. Finally a boat on the VHF told us that all crew were rescued during the afternoon. So we suspended the research.Now we are proceeding on our route.Ciao e un abbraccio a tutti.Marco. read more...


24/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 4:

Roberts reiselogg dag 4:Hei igjen kjære leser :-)Da er 12-4 vakten min ferdig, og jeg kan skrive litt i loggen igjen siden jeg sitter standby for Mona og "Pær´en" i salongen slik som forrige natten.I natt skal jeg sitte kl. 4-6, og kapteinen kl. 6-8 (det er natten og morgenen jeg prater om, men det vet dere jo, siden jeg tidligere skrev at vi ikke har vakter på dagen).Skipperen har satt opp rullerende vakter, slik at man begynner med 8-12, så 12-4 påfølgende natt og 4-8 natten etter.Fjerde natten i skiftplanen har man fri og kan gjøre hva man vil :-)Men, det er jo dag 4 jeg skal skrive litt om:Siden jeg fikk sove lenge, til kl. 9:30, vet jeg ikke hva som skjedde på morgenen.Starten på dagene begynner nesten som hjemme, med et par kopper kaffe.Eneste forskjellen er at det her er halve. read more...


24/11/2016

Mustique - Day 5 - Fourth Blog - Sunshine and Parasailing!

Day 5 arrives and the sun is out. The wind is staying close to 20 knots and were making very good progress. We now have the Parasail up and the boat seems much more stable, helped by the smaller waves. Everyone has got their sea legs and we’re settling into a good routine. Liv has now read 5 and a half books and moved very little from her seat! Sadly we are yet to catch a fish but we have not given up hope yet. Showering is quite challenging as the boat is non-stop moving from side to side. its hard to simply brush your teeth! Without stabbing yourself in the mouth!Sleeping however is different entirely, once you get used too the constantly being thrown in-between the wall and the lee-cloth, last night it was much calmer.While making my cereal this morning, a reasonably big wave hit the. read more...


24/11/2016

Beltana II - Day Five and counting

The sailing has been pretty good with 15-18 knot winds blowing consistentlyfrom the NE.  We are tracking still SW, so the wind is on our tail and thishas not been the most comfortable with rocking and rolling galore.  We putan extra reef in the main again last night to be conservative, but alas it was abit dark and I mucked up the reef, then the sail blew onto the lazy jacks toohard and we broke the little pulley on the mast and one side of the sail bagcame down with a bang, but after gnashing of teeth we sorted it all out. During all this Paul was hard at it in the galley and produced a heavenly RoganJosh with fluffy rice and pappadums too so we were well fed for ourefforts.   According to the AIS we seem to be cruising semi in companywith Oceana but we don’t. read more...


24/11/2016

Gwendoline - 4. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlantic crossing24. november. 11.30 UTC.Ombord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 23.43.31N 19.23.41WYesterday was the day S/Y Gwendoline M was seriously struck by seasickness. Maiken is still suffering with a severe case of seasickness, so she sleeps most of the time.Bente has done well, and she has only been hit by minor spells of nausea, which all could be curred by going on deck.Annette was seasick al day yesterday. Therefore she stayed in bed all day, eating and drinking almost nothing. When she had to go on watch duty at 8 om, she fainted in the cockpit. She was immediately taken cane of by our ships medic - Bente - and after drinking a pepsi, she recovered very quickly. There has been no further complications to her fainting, and today. read more...


24/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Bad with the Good

“26:46,17N 24:48,50W” Day three saw the sea sickness come to the front with 24 knot winds andheavy waves hitting us all over the place . We say the mistakes come to theforefront when someone decided to use the baby wipes for toilet paper and blockthe forward toilet , spending a few hour trying to unblock that made even theskipper head for the cockpit . However The wind stayed going for 24 hour , the waves decreased and we started ourattach on Calypso and Mortan only to hear the bad news of Calypso loosing theirsteering and making the hard decision to turn back after consulting with LaContenta who kindly stood by and made sure that everything was ok with her. Nowonly Montan with a crew member having a fan club here on our yacht we perusedthem only to loose them from Ais. we set sail for. read more...


24/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 8 - Thursday 24th November

8amWe were all really shocked when we heard that one of the main ARC boats was lost yesterday.They were 400 miles out from Las Palmas, and from what we had heard had mostly all hit the same hole that we're in for days now.Noah (a German boat) started taking on water and could not find the source, and wound up abandoning and being rescued a few hours later.Incredible that something like that could happen in such benign conditions as these.Food for thought indeed.Our thoughts are with the family and crew of the boat, who are all safe, thank God.Another beautiful sunny mid-Atlantic morning here.Still motoring, unfortunately - but at least we have the fuel to do it for the moment.A lot of brow-furrowing and calculating went on yesterday to try to establish our rate of fuel consumption while. read more...


24/11/2016

Arthur Logic - At Sea Blog 2

From Arthur Logic At Sea:A recurring trait amongst all successful sports teams is healthy internal rivalry.The All Blacks,the inspiration for our team, put it atthe heart of their philosophy and it proved to be the difference for Oracle, the Americas cup team who so heroically came from behind to beat, as irony would have it, teamed Zealand. And so, it would be fitting for the two watch teams aboard Arthur Logic to put it to positive effect too. So, let's not dwell on what the opposing watch aren't doing so well, let's instead as an act of solidarity and encouragement, focus on their overriding strengths. They've instantly hit it off thanks to a shared love of sleeping and having brunch - two traits crucial to a high performance race team. This triumvirate of sailors have called. read more...


24/11/2016

M one - Donnerstag 24.11.16

Donnerstag 24.11.16 Bordzeit 08.30 Uhr Der 8. Tag Der große Kater nach der größten Party mitten auf dem Atlantik Nachdem es der Crew am Dienstag gelungen war mit einem spektakulären Manöver den Diesel Vorrat der M-one mit Diesel eines russischen Frachtschiffes zu füllen, stieg am Abend die große Party.Angeheizt durch den international bekannten DJ Dommi herrschte auf dem dancefloor rund um den Tisch in der Pflicht eine ausgelassene Stimmung.Insbesondere Franz Hermann, Markus und Michael glänzten mit ausgefallenen Tanzschritten und an epileptische Anfälle erinnernden zuckenden körperbewegungen.Wenn auch Michaels Musikwünsche nach WDR 4 Musik nicht immer berücksichtigt werden konnte, zeigte er mit seinem Tanzstiel doch die Tanzschule der70 Jahre perfekt.Es herrschte eine ausgelassene. read more...


24/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 4 - En seilbåt i siktetr

Idag har vi hatt god vind fra nordvest - nordøst. Kursen holdes på ca 240 grader for å nå passaten 19 breddgrad.Relativt grov sjø. Båten beveger seg mye noe som gir stuerten på sin førstereis utfordringer ved gasskomfyren.Idag passerte en annen seilbåt oss. Første båt vi har sett siden mandag. read more...


24/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 4 - Routine

Schon langsam gewoehnen wir uns an das Leben auf See. Heute machen wir einen Riggcheck und kontrollieren die Bilge. Zum Laden der Batterien laeuft der Motor 1h. Wir fahren mit der Genua bei NE 5. Der Schwell ist immer noch hoch. Tagsüber sehen wir ein Segelschiff in der Ferne. Als es schon dunkel ist, dreht der Wind auf Ost. Die Genua faengt an zu schlagen, denn der Wind kommt jetzt genau von hinten. Um den Kurs zu halten, baumen wir die Genua aus und schon kommt wieder Ruhe ins Schiff. Die Nacht verlaeuft ruhig. Wir sehen kein Schiff aber der erste fliegende Fisch landet auf unserem Deck.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


24/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Crossing the Atlantic, the first half!

The crew were on a high! Brian was on his fiddle giving us a jolly tune as we headed to the start line for our adventure across the Atlantic. With full sails we were achieving speeds of 6-7knots before the wind eased just in time for our first meal of chicken chasseur with rice. As the sun was setting we witnessed a beautiful red sky just before the sound of engines echoed across the now becalmed fleet.Next morning the wind had picked up and after a change in sail plan we were now averaging 5-6 knots and keeping up with a couple of boats flying spinnaker. The crew are already planning a half way party.Winds steadied overnight at F4-6 with a slight sea fair weather and good visibility. Our average speed was now up slightly to 6-7 Kn in overcast and humid conditions. Around noon we. read more...


24/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 24. November 2016

One of the important questions of mankind: What is the right lure while trolling fishing in the Mid-Atlantic?We had mixed experiences. Our nicest and biggest - I would even say artistic - lures were bitten off by great fish. Best result was with a cut-off fish head. Nice small lures only attracted small fish, of course.What do we learn of this? Big fish are art enthousiasts and should be attracted with more natural things. They like to take nice things home. Small fish still have to go to art school to develop their taste.We keep trying.What else happened?Great slow sailing, dramatic sunrise, bath in the ocean, some repairs, several showers, caught no fish, still no tradewinds.1320 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


24/11/2016

Shalan - Day 4

22:10N 022:53WAhoy dear readers!What's new today since last writing? Well we continued under main and genoa into the morning. Gaetan managed to fix the shackle pin on the code 0 so that was back up by sunrise. Throughout the day we headed south on 200 degrees (the closest we good get). The sea was really messy with a fair bit of northerly swell which was throwing the boat around a bit. The autopilot struggled to cope with it at times so we actually did some helm work today. The wind picked up to around 22 knots and with the swell it became a bit uncontrollale so we furled the code 0 and brought out the genoa. We didn't want to continue directly south so tried putting a gybe in but that brought us on a course nearer to 300 degrees. Thankfully the wind shifted and we gybed again and have. read more...


23/11/2016

Hot Stuff - still in Las Palmas

Hello everyone,It is clear that we needed some repairs done on Hot Stuff's starboard side to make our passage across the Atlantic a safe one. While the damage was being assessed, Sophie has been in touch with several people to communicate the situation and see where we go from here, and the team resumed its daily activities of checking the fruit, maintaining full water level in the tanks, and keeping the team spirit up. We are also following the fleet as they make their way south. As the repair work gets done, we have established as our temporary home base the restaurantMarea Baja, where they kindly let us occupy a table almost non-stop and provide us with endless drinks and food. The repair work is taking longer than expected due to heavy rains yesterday, and our chances of catching up. read more...


23/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 1 catching up with the fleet tonight

Back in the game!We woke up today to another day with no answers and without knowing if we would be able to sail at all. We have been sitting in Mareabaja restaurant all day and the Nice man, Domingo - the owner - has been taking such good care of us! He was such a great support for us!Another nice man is Carlos, he and his team have been working so hard to get the boat back in shape. Finally around 4pm Carlos and his team finished the work. All the ladies gathered at the boat to start cleaning up all the glasfiber dust. When the cleaning was done, skipper Sophie came down to the boat with the best news ever. She stood on the boat and we stood on the pontoon within seconds a champagne bottle pops with all the ladies screaming, we are back in the ARC 2016!!! We are 3 days behind but. read more...


Hot Stuff - day 1 catching up with the fleet tonight
Hot Stuff - day 1 catching up with the fleet tonight
23/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Three

Upwind sailing? On the ARC? They didn’t mention this in the brochure… And today we shall mostly be…eating fruit. Pineapple – to be precise, and quaquis (pronounced kakis) an unfortunate and unromantic sounding name for a tasty little number looking a lot like a tomato but tasting a pit peachy…a bit Melony… Anyway – they were starting to drip on people’s heads so forced fruit salad eating it was. The pineapples, which had to be moved because of David’s fear of spiders, were also ready for consumption before they inadvertently become Pina coladas. No scurvy on the good ship Challenger 4.So, finally we have some breeze. After a frustrating day of flapping around somewhere off Africa, trying every sail that we have on board in order to keep moving, the breeze kicked in early this morning – a. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Finally Sailing
Spirit of Lusitania - Finally Sailing
23/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day One - Finally sailing

After so many days at Puerto Deportivo de La Luz, in Las Palmas de Gran Canária, we are going to do some sailing.During all these past days, preparing the boat, meeting lots of nice people, sharing so many parties and "Sundowners", it is time to go. Final provisions stored and the last dinner out with all the crew, and next day is the start. We can even feel the anxiety and excitement in the air. Impressive, at least for me, as I am not used to seeing so many nice looking boats all together, on a starting line. While appreciating all these sails shapes and colors, all this movement, suddenly, the first of many sunsets… and all of these green and red lights around us. It looks like the shelves of our galley; red peppers on port and green ones on starboard, always nice to have some "marine. read more...


23/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Three

Day 3We woke up this morning to strong winds and a rolling sea. Quite a bit more dramatic than the first days. Despite the weather, spirits remain high and there is a feeling of friendship and comradery between the crew and watches. Night watches are fantastic with dazzling shooting stars and views of the Milky Way, phosphorescent algae creating what look like thunderstorms under the water and even a few dolphins.Although a challenge, mother watch yesterday finished on a high note with the meals having been Michelin star worthy and chores finished despite the overwhelming tilt of the boat that made everything feel like an acrobatic sport. On another high note, we’ve managed to cover more distance yesterday than we did in the first 2 days combined!Today’s delight is Beef stew with. read more...


23/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 4.

Day four arrives blustery and grey but we are travelling very nicely and all are well. It was a busy night with rain squalls and we brought our radar into play .It picks out the rain squalls up to 10 miles away and allows us to avoid the stronger winds associated with them .The night was also busy avoiding other yatchs .We encountered three during the hours of darkness. All three seemed to be coping with the conditions well and were dodging squalls with aplomb .We are busy today also carrying out essential maintainence to our generator system and most importantly the desalination plant,spending two more weeks in a confined space with four more guys and no shower water is not to be desired. At one point when Mike and I refitting a leaking copper pipe asked Nick if he had any olives [a. read more...


23/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 3

No Dolphins today but a Mahi Mahi on Bidders lucky lure. Third catch of the voyage if you count Bill's stick from yesterday. The struggle to land the 'monster' was captured and will be available shortly.Good winds overnight and today translates to steady progress south towards the Cape Verde islands - we currently have another 400nm to go. Skipper Dan informs us that the winds look favourable and it would appear that a lot of boats in our classification have chosen to take the southerly route.In general, life on board is great and the routines all appear to be working well making Skyelark a very happy place to be!Ant. read more...


23/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 23 - Fourth Day at SeaAll is well. We continue our bumpy ride west. Much more different than the relaxed trade winds sailing we were expecting!We get weather reports from three sources: ARC, Commander Weather, and wind grids downloaded into iNavX. All three sources are pretty consistent. This year the trade winds have developed much further south than usual, with very light winds. To get trade winds of at least 10 knots we would have had to go to 10°-12°Nwhich is further south than St Lucia. The best route this year will then be to head straight west until Sunday, on a narrow wind band between the high pressure west of the Azores and the low pressure south of us. Sailing this course, on a beam, with waves coming to us on starboard makes for a continuously rocking boat. Cooking is not. read more...


23/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 7, N 26.11.23 W 23.09.09, 23 November 2016

We continue to make great process. We sailed almost 340 NM during the past 48 hours. Much faster than we expected. Since we are not racing and have no intentions to be fast, it was a surprise to see that we are 5th in our division and 48th overall. This could well change as we have gybed 3 hours ago. We are now heading south (COG 205) and hope to be NW of Cape Verde on Saturday. After that we hope to pick up the trade winds which are forecasted to develop over the weekend. The track south is tricky and we hope to avoid areas without wind. Last night was very tough. Wind in squalls reached 25 knots, waves were 3-4 meters high and it was pitch dark. This made steering straight very difficult and it was tyring. We have just received a message from the rally office that 2 Jules Vernes Trophy. read more...


23/11/2016

White Satin - Unexpected events

Wednesday 23rd November444 miles sailed2350 miles to goWhat we had planned to say originally in today's log is now somewhat trivial as at 14:20 we intercepted a Mayday call from a neighbouring boat. We have been sailing close to Noah for the last 36 hours and have been following them on our screen.They sent out a Mayday call stating that they were sinking and there were 3 adults and 2 children on board (Vicki is fairly certain it is the 'adorable' German family mentioned in the log last week - we had lunch with them on the day of the seminars).We were only 5 miles north of their position so we pulled down the sails and immediately motored over to them - it took us about an hour to reach them. Step by Step, a catamaran, also arrived shortly after us.However, in the meantime, a British. read more...


23/11/2016

Sunrise - Report day 3 und 4

Nach einem guten Regatta - Start Richtung Süden später auf Westen um einen für uns günstigen Windkorridor zu erreichen - in dem wir uns mit 8 Knoten Segelgeschwindigkeit einen Tag und eine Nacht bei ca. 5 Windstärken aus Nordwest am Wind Richtung flott Richtung Westen bewegten - wurden wir vom Vercharterer Skipper-Team aufgrund der Windprognosen angewiesen, die Cape Verden anzulaufen. Ggf. werden wir die Insel zum Tanken und Wasseraufnehmen anlaufen. Wahrscheinlich werden wir bei gutem Wind dort am Sonntag ankommen. Wir waren alle etwas entäuscht über diese Anweisung, bleiben aber trotzdem optimistisch zeitgerecht in St. Lucia anzukommen. Wir kommen gut miteinander zurecht. Heute haben wir die ersten Delphine gesichtet. In den Nachtwachen ist der Himmel grenzenlos.Liebe Grüße von der. read more...


23/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 4, Nacht 3

Hallo an alle da Draußen, letzte Nacht war gut, wir hatte keine Probleme und sind auch heute gut voran gekommen. Somit haben wir in 24 Std. 186 sm über Grund zurück gelegt, so dürfte es nach uns weiter gehen. Das Meer ist immer noch sehr unruhig, aber wir gewöhnen uns daran, das erleichtert das Bordleben. Wir haben für die Nacht auf einen Intervall von 2 Std. umgestellt, da das Steuern bei dieser Welle und absoluter Dunkelheit für uns sehr anstrengend ist. Wir fahren jetzt Down Wind Richtung Breitengrad 27 und dann bis 26 Nord 30 Minuten, dann drehen wir wieder komplett auf West. Allen geht es gut, keine Probleme an Bord. Ich muss jetzt ans Steuer, Reine wartet schon auf die Ablöse.Liebe GrüßeWolfgang. read more...


23/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 2 - Pauline time

Rapport 3 från havet den 23 november kl 13.30 Pauline tidHej igenVi mår fortfarande bra, det blir Aubergin gratäng till middag idag. Det rullar lite mer nu men fortfarande relativt små vågor. Pauline tid är nu inte längre samma som klockorna på Kanarieöarna. Vi har valt att ta tidsomställningen med 1 timme var tredje dag kl 12.00 för att få soluppgångar och nergångar vid naturliga tider.  Trippmätaren står på 565 nm av 2800, vi känner att vi ligger bra till och befinner oss på rätt ställe. Vi får se om vi tänkt rätt om ett par veckor.Vågorna och vinden är fortsatt behagliga. Fick gärna blåsa lite mer för att vi ska få ut maximalt ur Pauline. Hon behöver lite mer vind än de förhållandevis lätta katamaranerna och lättvindsbåtarna kring oss (More fun , Ludanka och Agalina).Vi har haft. read more...


23/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 4

Bluewaft Log Day 4Wednesday 23 November 201623°18’.413N 020°51’573WWe had a bumpy sail, with winds from the NE and a growing swell and wave action.The wind continued to clock so this morning at 9am we changed course to the SSE towards Cape Verde.This made for a much smoother ride. When the wind direction settles we’ll consider using the parasailor – but for now with the changeable wind direction and surrounding squalls we think it best to sail conservatively (main with one reef and jib only).The Atlantic swell is starting to settle, with 2 – 3 m rollers to our stern, so a smooth ride. The night watch was quiet, still quite cold with a little rain.We saw the last of the other sail boats heading further south of us under a red cruising chute. Marcus managed to catch one baby dorado.We lost. read more...


Bluewaft - Marcus Big Catch!
Bluewaft - Marcus Big Catch!
23/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 7 - Wed 23rd November (again)

Well, the culinary delights just keep coming!!We've just lunched on soup and fresh brown bread hot out of the oven, baked by Conor - YUMMMMM!!! He's busy threatening banana bread for afternoon tea, as our moderate stock of bananas is ripening at an alarming rate and will need to be used up soon.Anais is mad to make crepes, but they're a bit on the egg-heavy side, and we don't have loads of eggs left so the feeling is that bread (requiring 1 egg per loaf) is a better value use of them.We'll also have to start rationing the butter if the hot brown bread keeps appearing - we milled through nearly half a tub of it at lunch alone!I'm on dinner duty tonight, and would normally revert to my usual Spag Bog (which is about the extent of my boat-cooking repertoire), but Denise reckons there's pork. read more...


23/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 3 - TO GYBE OR NOT TO GYBE...

A windy night up to 15 gusting 32kts with a big swell from the starboard side. Reefed main and genoa. Had supper outside in long trousers and fleeces – bowl food, with a lovely chili and rice. Night watches uneventful. Sleeping uncomfortable at best given the rolling sea state of the starboard quarter, so a slow start this morning.  Out with the fishing rod first thing but no luck yet despite the colourful lures sold to us by the fishing guru in the marina at Las Palmas. Fish on the menu this evening so Karen dipping into the freezer rather than us eating fresh from the ocean – maybe tomorrow.... Studied weather charts and forecast from ARC Control. Winds to die down in coming days if we continue on easterly tack, so after much debate, decision made to gybe and head south in. read more...


22/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 2 - THE WIND IS WITH US

Very calm yesterday afternoon, slowest boat speed down to 1.5kts with true wind at 4kts. Worked on the email system which is working fine, and Robert repaired a damaged spinnaker jammer on the mast. Highlight of the day was Karen’s fantastic supper – roasted chicken pieces, roast potatoes, veg & gravy and another quality Rioja – we are in the best restaurant in the Atlantic and the bad news for everyone else is that they can’t get a reservation...Wind picked up this morning at 0600, constant 14kts true and boat speed between 8 and 10kts. Scott at the helm ripping through the miles, genoa telltales straight and true. Great news to be making steady progress down towards Cape Verde Islands on heading 240 degs. One passing cargo ship overnight and a superyacht passed astern during lunch. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY 2 - THE WIND IS WITH US
Boni Venti - LOG DAY 2 - THE WIND IS WITH US
23/11/2016

Fleet II - Log 23rd November: Engine on...

We’ve given in to the weather – there was no magical appearance of any windso we’ve set off in search of some.  Our daily comms with others on thejourney indicates they’ve all reached much the same conclusion.  We’reheading south under power, where the forecasts indicate there might be a little,but there’s not a lot of certainty around.  This could be a longtrip!  I’m now feeling a little smug about all the amusement I created inmy ‘over-provisioning’! And if you have to be stuck somewhere, then its not bad to have clear blueskies, endless calm azure seas, and temperatures of 34 degrees.  What’s notto like? Till tomorrow ColinCBO. read more...



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