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25/11/2017

Passepartout - Elation and despair on Passepartout

We are now into our sixth day of the ARC crossing and the initial feeling of elation has been replaced by despair as we head almost due south to escape the low that has blocked our path westwards on our chosen northerly route. Elation because we had a great first three days under spinnaker, reacher and two sail reaching to gain a good lead over our competitors.Despair because we will now be following them as they had chosen a more cautious southerly path.Engla and Duale, our closest competitors in division H, are now about 40 miles ahead when they were the same behind on day 3, although we can’t discount the use of their motors during the lighter winds on days 3 & 4. To get to this position we have just been through an unpleasant 24 hours of strong and gale force winds trying to. read more...


25/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 10

Just another calm day with swimming, sweating and reading. Discussions on how to best intepret the GRIB files and how to get to the wind asap. And then, at around 6, just before dark the vind piped up. We trew our 2 foresails up on sticks and started flying bang on target at 5 knots. So after pouring libations to various deieties, knocking on wood, salt over our shoulders and crossing fingers we are now finally in a good breeze!Peder. read more...


25/11/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 6 - lunch in 4m seas

Despite this horrendous weather our amazing crew is really pulling together to keep morale high and there’s no better way to do that at sea than with food.We try and eat lunch and dinner together as a whole crew every day and it’s not always easy with 30kt winds and 4m seas.We sailed with a jamon and together with some chorizo and home made guacamole we filled our bellies ready for another long night.Love from The Daley Adventure. Ximage1. read more...


Susan Ann II - log day 6 - lunch in 4m seas
Susan Ann II  - log day 6 - lunch in 4m seas
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 foto
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 6 foto
25/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 6 - 25.11.17 - 2.233 minus 116 gleich 2.248??!!

Barefoot - Tag 6 - 25.11.17 - 2.233 minus 116 gleich 2.248??!!Gesten Mittag setzte dann der Wind ein und wir konnten viele Stunden schönes segeln genießen. Es zeigte sich die Abhängigkeit von der Natur, was auch erklärt, warum die Gleichung 233 minus 116 gleich 2.248 richtig ist, denn durch den Wind getrieben konnten wir uns zwar Richtung Süden verbessern, mussten aber gleichzeitig in Kauf nehmen, wieder ein gutes Stück Richtung Osten versetzt zu werden. Dadurch vergrößerte sich die Entfernung nach St. Lucia von gestern 2.233 sm auf heute Mittag 2.248 sm. Wir hoffen halt, weiter östlich früher den Passat zu erwischen. Unser augenblicklicher Kurs führt uns genau durch die Inselgruppe der kapverden durch. Wir gehen davon aus, dass wir im Laufe der Nacht bzw.. morgen früh dann den Passat. read more...


25/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - The Great Atlantic Bake Off

Yesterday was a day of multiple sail changes, as the wind shifted between southeast to east and we swapped between the gennaker and the Blue Water Runner (we are heading west; the Blue Water Runner likes the wind dead behind i.e. easterly, but the gennaker - which is faster, better behaved, and, most importantly, prettier - likes the wind with a bit of south in it. Who would have thought sails could be such prima donnas). We have got this swapping down to a fine art now. I release the halyard from the mast and control the descent of the sail, Jacob makes sure it doesn't get tangled on the way down (and in the case of the Blue Water Runner, that it doesn't make a leap for the sea) and Vanessa hauls the sail through the forward hatch into the forecabin. It's then a case of swapping over. read more...


25/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Only one Fastnet Race left to sail

In an hour or two we will have 605 nautical miles left, and for those of us who have sailed the Fastnet Race that number is something special. But as the distance might be the same, the expected conditions couldn't be more different. Racing in the English Channel and the Irish Sea is usually cold, wet and a lot of upwind sailing, here we have a weather model that predicts 100 % downwind sailing, 27 C in the water and sunshine almost uninterrupted all day. So its easy to choose which distance one would prefer, although for the competitive ones there is of course no doubt that the Fastnet is at a level far above the relatively sedate sailing we are doing.Our two last days have been relatively uneventful, we started the engine for a few more hours (a total of 42.25 hours), and then set up. read more...


25/11/2017

Ellen - Day 5 &6

What a difference a day make. Day 5 was sunny, very little wind 2-8 knots, had a bath after Ellen and we have also a lot of dolphins around us. Late evening the wind came more and more... Day 6 from nothing to 30 knots wind, two reef and the little jib. From west!! Very big waves and wind between 18 - 34 knots. Now we are asking us, where is the normal leisure downwind?. read more...


25/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 6 (24.11.)

Eine nicht enden wollende Folge von netten Ereignissen, heute feiern wir schon wieder Geburtstag, die Brigade aus dem Osten der Republik ist zum konsekutiven Feiern angetreten. Also heißt es heuer:Alles Gute, lieber Reinhard!Ansonsten wissen wir seit heute, dass wir All-Inclusive gebucht haben, zumindest was das Wetter angeht. Wir erleben auf der Barfuss-Route einen Schlechtwetter-Törn. Kleidungstechnisch sind wir alle darauf vorbereitet, aber emotional zieht das runter. Der Wind pfeift mit 5-6 Windstärken und wir stampfen durch 4 m hohe Wellen am Wind. V.a. der Aufenthalt unter Deck wird so zum Überlebenskampf, wenn einem nicht schlecht wird, dann muss man höllisch aufpassen nicht schmerzhaft irgendwo dagegen geschleudert zu werden.Auf diese Art erkämpfen wir uns heute weitere 151. read more...


25/11/2017

Charm - I smell like flying fish...

07:06 UT and my right T-shirt sleeve now smells like flying fish.I was standing at the helm looking at the stars and a wet, squishy thing grazed my arm.I looked all around to see if it was in the cockpit or if it flew inside but there were no flopping sounds so I think it made it clear over the boat unless it flew through the bedroom window and is sleeping with my wife.Either way that is one lucky fish.. read more...


25/11/2017

Charm - Day 9- wind!

See what being thankful gets you?Wind at the perfect angle! After several days of chasing he wind around and one painful day of going away from the objective to position ourselves for future wind, we are in the right place to receive the wind.There are so many ways to track speed on a boat - I know of at least 4 - speed over ground (SOG), GPS speed, knots measured by the device in the water, and VMG.Of these, I think VMG is the most helpful right now.It is the amount of our speed that is actually getting us towards our destination (the Good part).When we were diving south, I think our 24-hour VMG was 2.7.Right now, it's 8.It has been as high as 10.This means that (Yay - just saw 10 again) all of our efforts are actually moving us directly towards St. Lucia.It's rather demoralizing to. read more...


25/11/2017

Blue Bayou - A day at the races

Given our stunning progress so far, we decided to have a day off today to let the rest of the field catch up. So we embarked on a game of round the cans in a lively s westerly. (Note to editor - s westerly? Thought this was the ARC?)The sea built nicely as we headed to the first mark, which was WNW. We rounded that and headed for the next can, due south,but frustratingly found ourselves heading SSE, towards the east of Cape Verde. So we tacked again into what by now very lively seas, to make the mark. At that point, some 12 hours later, we retired and took the softies option of SSE again to restore our sanity. Wrong direction unfortunately, but at least on that tack the chance of being thrown out our bunk is slightly less.Net result: chundering crew, a few bruises, dented pride, and back. read more...


24/11/2017

NoStress - Lo g Day 6 - Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred

No mile munching today.Although we started the night by making good headway, an unexpected local weather system saw us much closer to the edge of the storm than we’d like to be.We turned south to escape the adverse conditions but the low pressure system and 45 mph headwinds had other ideas.The crew spent 8 brutal hours crashing through the weather.The climate was remarkable.Being on the edge of a mid-Atlantic storm system in a small boat is not for the faint-hearted.Sitting in the cockpit, rain lashing, wind howling and the sea tumbling and confused.Looking out to the horizon miles away over the rolling watery mountains one could see nature’s finest firework display.Sheets and bolts of lightning that illuminate the whole sky casting strange shadows in the gloom. Thunderclaps that start. read more...


23/11/2017

Meltemi - Nov 23 Tag 3-5

Tag 3Der Tag begann mit einem wunderschönen, malerischen Sonnenaufgang.Der Himmel war heute deutlich mehr bedeckt und es war mit einer Regen Front zu rechnen. Als der Wind im weiteren Verlauf des Tages stark abflaute, wechselten wir das Vorsegel und schlugen noch ein Kutter Segel an zum späteren Gebrauch. Die Stimmung an Bord ist gut, inzwischen gewöhnen sich alle an den Wachrhytmus. Heute war Badetag und alle trauten sich nun an die Dusche ran mit der "Pütz" am Heck von der Meltemi. Zur Belohnung nach der Dusche mit Saslzwasser durfte jeder mit einem Liter Süsswasser nachspülen. Der tag wurde uns noch versüsst mit zwei Bilgen voller Wasser. So vertrieben wir uns die Zeit damit, den eingelagerten Proviant aus den Bilgen raus zu holen und zu trocknen um dann die Bilgen zu trocknen. Das. read more...


NoStress - Lo g Day 6 - Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred
NoStress - Lo g Day 6 - Vodka Martini, shaken - not stirred
24/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 6: What a difference a day makes

Indeed, what a difference a day makes, a few hours even. Awoke at 0545 to 35 knts Southwesterlies across the deck and beating into a building sea. The low pressure system promised for later enjoyment had shifted East and we were firmly in it!! We had tried tracking further to the South to avoid it but clearly it had sought us out. It was hectic on board Mischief to say the least.Dave downloaded the weather at 0800 and promptly ordered a tack onto starboard to head directly South as the wind where we were was going to get a whole lot worse and this was bad enough. The sea state was very lumpy and we had been taking some quite large seas over the deck. Down below decks it was very slippery and uncomfortable; Wendy was having a touch of the sea sickness and unfortunately fell over on the. read more...


24/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 5: My day off

23 November 2017 0800 Pos 25deg 06'N 023deg 11'WWe are continuing to motor on 275 degs on glassy seas. At pre dawn Jupiter sat on the night horizon its light reflecting across the water - could tell it was Jupiter because Alf has an app! No change in the sit rep since last night - nothing about, not a lot happening. Quote of the night though was, "I didn't like to poke him incase he punched me...."; I like the use of his word, 'might'! Everyone though has started dropping into deep sleep and some are better at waking up than others. There was I sitting in the cockpit minding my own business when something flew straight under the bimini cover and missed me by a hairs breadth and flew off... it was a duck of some description probably, or a bat maybe? Very eerie though.We downloaded the. read more...


24/11/2017

North Star - USA - Log Day 5 - Smoke Signals

It's not too busy out here, running around looking for wind "...in all the wrong places." A few years ago there was a Native American movie called "Smoke Signals".The scene is the local radio announcer says, "And now a traffic report from Joe out on Highway 101."The scene cuts to Joe sitting on the roof of a house trailer, "Joe, out on Highway 101 with your rush hour traffic report.A truck passed here about three hours ago,Back to you, Bob."Like Joe we saw a sail to the south east late in the afternoon, when we called there was no response.That is about it for our "traffic" report.My stepson Matt and I were discussing going sailing sometime when we are Stateside. He asked me what do you do to pass the time. If you have never had the opportunity to sail offshore, it is difficult to. read more...


22/11/2017

Pelican - Nov 22 Log Day 4 Frustration !!

It has been a bit of a frustrating day today we seem to have been chasing the GRIB files looking for wind. we have a northerly wind flowof 8 to 10 knots, but at the moment we have taken our sails down and checking the battentension. As we were stationary fishing line out the back, expecting sushi very soon now......probably not with my luck. Yesterday we made a valiantattempt to bake bread in our cobb oven, to say it was probably not the best made bread in the world would be correct. An early indication was the first slice of bread was still a bit gooey, so it went back in to the cobb, only to come out 40 mins later looking a lot better. That was until we tried to cut it the carving knife did not touch it we resorted to a hack saw, and that got through the loaf just fine. Any help on. read more...


22/11/2017

Mustique - Log Day 2 Wed 22/11 - just around the next corner ...

Things are much more sedate on board in light winds - no rolling from side to side is a big plus. Yuki is much happier asshe has her sea legs for sailing but rolling around in the swell she spent more time rocking side to side to stay upright than moving forward. We have established our routine now during our night watch Yuki enjoys digestive biscuits dipped in my tea. She is attached at night to the spray hood but always seems to get herself in a knot around the table. Today I successfully managed to plot my position from a morning sight and sun meridian with Stefan's help, chocolate and fizzy orange to celebrate! Yesterday's sights didn't go to plan and finding the sun using a sextant for the first time was problematic, looking forward to taking sights for the rest of the. read more...


24/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 5 with Ted

Day 5Today Ted had a relaxing day, we finally have some wind again and are sailing! We tried to have school today but one student throw up and also Ted felt a bit seasick, so we stopped school!Ted is now looking forward to come to Cap Verde. Best regards from Hilmer, Hampus and Ted. read more...


24/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 6: Schlaflos

Hört das denn nie auf? Der Bug taucht unter lauten Krachen in die Welle, das Boot bleibt zitternd fast stehen. Zum mehrtausendsten Mal. Natürlich kann man dabei nicht schlafen. Der Schlag unter mein Bett ist tatsächlich so heftig, dass ich darin nach oben gestoßen werde. Schlafen geht weiter hinten im Boot, mit voller Segelmontur und unter Gischt. Aber eigentlich geht auch das nicht, aber so bekommt jeder die wichtigsten 3 Stunden Schlaf. Essen wird auch auf das einfachste reduziert, dabei ist es wichtig gegen die Seekrankheit, die versucht, selbst in unserer routinierten Mannschaft ein Opfer zu erwischen. Eben habe ich versucht, einen Kaffee zu trinken. Auch dabei besteht die Gefahr, sich das heiße Zeug einfach selbst auf die Brust zu kippen, weil man den Mund nicht trifft.Jetzt geht. read more...


24/11/2017

Queen Bee - veleggiando verso sud

Continua la nostra discesa verso sud, superata una zona di calma assoluta e riempiti i serbatoi d'acqua abbiamo deciso di puntare decisamente a sud, sfruttanzo il vento da sud-ovest che ci consente una bolina abbastanza confortevole. La speranza è quella di incontrare gli alisei promessi entro domenica e quindi puntare tutto a ovest. Il morale è alto e la routine giornaliera in barca scandisce i ritmi di vita dell'equipaggio. Ieri sera abbiamo cenato con un Dorado cucinato in forno all'acquapazza con contorno di zucchine fritte, oggi pasta al sugo ... con barca sbandata non si poteva fare di meglio, per la sera prevedo "frittatona"...Questa notte in un attimo di piatta siamo stati circondati da un gruppo di delifini, nel buio di queste notti senza luna non siamo riusciti a vederli, ma. read more...


24/11/2017

Manihi - Les jours se suivent ...

... et ne se ressemblent pas du tout ... Nuit et journée de m.... C'était vraiment pas une bonne idée d'aller taquiner la dépression pour trouver du vent. Ce sont des trucs de Vendée Globe ça !!! Nous avons voulu ruser enprenant une option que peu de monde prenait. Résultat on s'est fait fortement chahuter, rincer et on a perdu au classement.Heureusement nous étions sous trinquette et avec deux ris dans la GV. Je crois que je l'avais déjà dit ça ... De 21h hier soir à 13h aujourd'hui nous avonsfait du près dans une grosse mer avec entre 25 et 30 nds de vent. Côté navigation, pas de soucis. Le bateau est très fiable, le pilote sans reproche et peu de voiles. Mais on se croyait au cycle de rinçage dans une machine à laver. Et dans le bateau c'était Beyrouth. La mer bouge encore mais elle. read more...


24/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 6 - Auf Kurs in Richtung Kapverden

(Sorry, ich habe gestern den "Tag 5" in der Überschrift vergessen!)Arjan der "Meistertrimmer" (Zitat vom Captain) hat heute den ganzen Tag den Spinaker getrimmt, um möglichst viel Fahrt aus dem wenigen Wind heraus zu kitzeln, den wir haben. Jetzt gerade haben wir wieder den Code 0 gesetzt und machen ca. 6,5 Knoten Fahrt. Zwischendurch hatten wir auch motoren müssen, sind jetzt aber froh, stattdessen segeln und Diesel sparen zu können; Der erste 100 Liter Tank ist fast leer. Wir haben aber noch einen zweiten Tank mit weiteren 150 Liter.Zwei andere ARC-Boote sind im Moment noch gerade so in Sicht: Die "Luna of Castletown" und die "Thyra". Spannender war heute aber wieder die Tierwelt, die wir beobachten konnten: Drei Meeresschildkröten, eine große Schule Delphine, die sprangen und mit dem. read more...


24/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 6 - 24 November - Depression

Onto our sixth day, the longest length of time we've ever been without sight of land, or alcohol, and we headed straight into a depression! The idea was to skirt the gale, taking advantage of the depression winds, initially southerlies, turning into westerlies to allow us to tack South, but we went in too deep.Bumpiest of nights, wind reaching to over 40 knots at points (30 knots constant), by dawn fully-reefed mainsail and solent at 60% as we sailed through warm front of low depression. "Good thing I like rollercoasters, Mum!" said Isabelle. While the wind direction was as expected, the strength was much greater than forecast and the waves reached to 4m, double the prediction on the grid files. As a result, we decided to cut our losses and leg it South, retracing part of our course. read more...


24/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 9

We waren gebleven bij de ontbijt pannenkoeken van Rodie op de midway partyday! Na dit ontbijt stond uitbuiken in de schaduw op het voordek op hetprogramma. De ene lag nog harder te snurken dan de ander en degene die niet doorhet gesnurk konden slapen zaten lekker een boekje te lezen.Dit hebben we na de sangria lunch borrel (verzorgt door Haico en Rob!) nogeen keer gedaan tot het magische moment aanbrak dat er weer wind stond! Na heteen half uurtje aangekeken te hebben en we onze sangria roes hadden uitgeslapengingen de zeilen weer omhoog na 20 uur motoren. YEAAAH!!   Het begin was nog een beetje twijfelig, maar al snel gingen we weer 7+knopen en vliegen we weer op ons doel af, vlak langs de RUMlijn .De avond had weer een konings maaltijd in petto (biefstuk, gebakkenaardappeltje en. read more...


21/11/2017

Pelican - Nov 21 Log day 3 very hot 'n very still

For the last 18 hours or so we have been sailing on the spot so to speak we have had very littlewind at all to speak of as at 16:30 we have started to move again and funnily enough it towards St Lucia..... can't get better than that. Had a few domestic problems with an engine that would not run if its partner was not running but having said that we are all happy and on our way again. Tried fishing to day did not catch anything so I gave up after 15 mins this morning tried again this afternoon and did not catch anything.... not too sure why people have fishing as a hobby. Our crew member from Las Palmas seems to be a lot better to day thankfully.Having got through all the chicken we are now on to beef tonight...... shame it was not fish but there is always another 15 mins for fishing!. read more...


24/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 24112017

Bonjour de la lessiveuse!Pour de du pres dans la brise ...on est servi...jusqu'a presque 40Kt dans les grains...le pilote gere super sous 3 ris ORC...mais dedans c'est Beyrouth;))avec une petite touche de Niagara...une belle vague a claqué sur le coté et malgre la capote et le panneau de descente mi ferme...une petite rasade a été servie a la table a carte...mon cahier, c'est po grave...mais plus ch..t l'ecran et le clavier...alors l'homme d'entretien a 8H apres son quart a entrepris de remettre ce petit monde en route...c'est chose faite a grand renfort de WD40, sopalin, et huile de coude, et tout ca sur un etabli qui n'arrete pas de bouger!!!mais on en a vu d'autres!Frank d Optimix,du CNH aussi, m 'a averti par mail hier soir qu'il avait un souci de demarreur de son moteur, et qu'il se. read more...


24/11/2017

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV update 24-11-2017

Together with Geronimo, Chantana and Libelula (our close - and only - neighbours on the AIS), we have now embarked on a "deep south" route which is taking us all the way to the Cape Verde Islands! Having grappled with long windless moments, given up sailing in despair as a result, and switched on the engine in the search of wind, and having studied all the met information at our disposal this morning, we decided to head south (or more correctly south-east) in the hope of picking up the trade winds in a couple of days. We had several very useful chats on the VHF with Chantana, who had come to the same conclusion. And so off we went, soon joined by Geronimo and Libelula.We're sailing close-hauled against 17-18 knots of southwesterly wind; the sea is quite lumpy and despite our moderately. read more...


24/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Shoal mates

Still no wind! Much of yesterday was spent ghosting along in just 4-5 knots of breeze, and then when that got too frustrating, we would whack on the motor until the wind appeared to pick up again. I say appeared because it seems to be a universal rule of the sea that as soon as you put a sail up the wind dies and, conversely, as soon as you start motoring the wind increases.The lack of wind did give us an opportunity to tackle the penguin sanctuary. The freezer has been working overtime trying to keep our celebratory "half-way" steaks frozen, and a side effect of all this hard work is that the thin pipe leading from the compressor to the freezer had become a thick sausage of ice. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if the tube hadn't decided to annexe some of the adjacent electrical. read more...


24/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+5 Clignotant à gauche

Vendredi 24 novembre 201712h UTC25°22 N24°54 WDistance sur 24h : 97 milles (Et oui quand on tire des bords on avance peu surle fond)Distance restante : 2134 millesClignotant à gaucheAprès beaucoup de réflexion depuis 48 heures et vu l'évolution de la météo, nousavons décidé de mettre le clignotant à gauche.Nous quittons la route orthodromique qui s'est fermée pour cause de dépressionet de calmes se succédant. La prévision météorologique reste un art comme la médecine précise Pierre-Yves.Nous partons vers le grand sud. Mais ce n'est pas simple.Après quelques heuresde calme reposant pendant l'après midi de hier, le vent est revenu mais du sud !Au lieu de l'ouest annoncé. Décidément la prévision météorologique reste un art(comme la médecine précise Pierre-Yves).Bref la nuit fut fort agitée.. read more...


24/11/2017

Helen - Day 8, fuel tactics

One of the other highlights at sea is watching the sun rise. Please see my picture from the other day which includes my second bird sighting, a tropic bird. I am very glad that I was able to get the bird to pose for the photograph!Ask any sailor about the wind and you will be told that a lot of the time there is either too much or too little. The ARC+ this year is certainly in the latter category.In the last 24 hours we have travelled 145 miles on 120 litres of fuel. However, like all boats in the fleet, we have a finite amount of fuel. The captain reckons that we have 5.75 days to get to St Lucia but only 4.5 days of fuel left.Hopefully the wind will return so that we can do some sailing but in the meantime we need to start conserving energy.We have three fridges on board and one needs. read more...


24/11/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 6

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES!From swimming in 5000m of water with the engines off and the boat drifting along sweetly to 36kts and a 3rd reef in 12 hours! They say catamarans are only good for downwind but we’ve been beating to windward at 40 degrees apparent since we left Las Palmas and Susan Ann II is doing us proud.We are currently 2 days from 20N30W doing 6.5kts upwind with a 2 - 3m swell on our beam.That being said... our boat is trashed, there’s water melon all over the cockpit floor and somehow squashed bananas all over the flybridge supports.Crew morale is still high after the amazing past 5 days but we are all looking forward to finding the trade winds and putting this swell firmly behind us.Love from The Daley Adventure x. read more...


24/11/2017

Lei Lei - 5. Tag auf hoher See - Harte Zeiten

Kaum hatte ich gestern meinen Beitrag beendet hallte der Warnruf Fisch, Fisch! über Deck. Die Rolle der Rute gab kreischend Angelschnur frei und Alex übernahm in bewährter Manier seinen Job. Das Ergebnis war ein 7 kg schwerer Thunfisch, der in Minutenschnelle ausgenommen und filettiert war. Köstlich !Wie meine Leser bereits wissen gibt es beim Segeln eigentlich nur 2 Aggregatzustände: kein Wind oder zu viel Wind und das Letztere immer von vorne. Wir erfahren das gerade erneut. Nach der lähmenden Flaute in der wir unseren halben Dieselvorrat verfeuert haben, hat uns das Tiefdruckgebiet nun voll erwischt. Es bläst mit 25 Knoten aus Südwest, was gegenan einen scheinbaren Wind von ca. 30 Knoten ergibt. Zu viel um Spaß zu machen, es ist primär nicht der Wind der uns zermürbt sondern die hohen. read more...


24/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 5 - 24.11.17 - segeln im Zeichen des Motors :-(

Barefoot - Tag 5 - 24.11.17 - segeln im Zeichen des Motors :-(Gestern war dann doch eher ein ereignisarmer Tag, aber das ist ja kein Wunder, wenn Neptun und/oder Poseidon am Mittwoch schon so viel rausgehauen haben. Der Mittwoch hätte euch auch gefallen, die Delphine und Wale waren schon beeindruckend und die beiden Fische, die wir gefangen hatten, waren gut für unseren jagdinstinkt und für unsere Bäuche! Richtig lecker!Heute morgen um 8:15 haben wir dann endlich den Motor ausstellen können. Wir segeln jetzt so langsam (ca 3 kn) vor uns hin in Richtung ost-Südost und hoffen Samstag/Sonntag dann den Passat nach West zu finden....ihr habt richtig gelesen, tendenziell geht es ein Stück weit in die falsche Richtung ( nach Osten anstatt nach Westen). Aber: wir segeln, wir müssen nicht Motoren. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 5 Foto
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 5 Foto
24/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 9

Well... not a lot going on really. We had our first rain since northern Spain this morning, for about 5 minutes. Some clouds looked dark and ominous, but then they all left and we had a clear blue sky the rest of the day. Wind still not that great, 5-10 knots. But according to our information, the wind is suppose to increase to 10-15 tomorrow. We shall see. Peder. read more...


Helen - A tropic bird for ED
Helen - A tropic bird for ED
24/11/2017

Odessa - 5-th day of race

Ветер усилился. Из мелких неприятностей - бежит гайка бимини, протекает передний люк и капает правый комовой люк.На завтрак - яичница с беконом,обед - картофельное пюре с сосисками.. read more...


Gust of Wind - Getting a washdown
Gust of Wind - Getting a washdown
24/11/2017

Haji - Emails from Haji to Mupi - 'Le Vide Grenier'

Salut my young French friend,The crew have abandoned all pretence of sailing me and my foredeck looks like a vide grenier for sails and control lines.In my old age bits have a tendency to fall off me at unexpected times, some are important bits, some not so important. One of the roles of the crew is to go round the deck in the morning and find what has fallen during the night, identify it, and repair it.When big Bertha the spi was up, it was double halyarded, in case one gave in through chafe, however when it came down they found the main shackle had worked loose and abraded the thread flat, almost a catastrophe! The skipper got out the tool kit and cut a new thread on the shackle, not as good as new, but it will work again.Then they found a little bolt on the foredeck, the Skipper. read more...


24/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Mad Night at sea

With a strong head wind yesterday we decided to head North hoping to get a wind shift driven by a high pressure system moving east which would allow us to have a more favourable heading towards St Lucia. The high moved South faster than predicted and we landed in the middle of it with winds up to 40 knots. Heading into it gave us apparent wind of 50 knots with big seas. We reefed down to a third reef and solent and bounced along all night. It looks like the front will be with us all day until at least midnight tonight. Its going to be a long day! The move North will undoubtably hit our position, but should give us a better run for the next few days as the front moves East.Gust of Wind has performed remarkably. No breakages. Although in these conditions she doesn’t beat well.Storm gets. read more...


23/11/2017

Aedis - Aedis Day 6: We have Wind!!

Good Morning!Great to finally have some wind come in this morning, albeit SW we are sailing due West as we catch the edge of the low pressure system. Planning to tack and head a little more south if the wind shifts more westerly.Claire is enjoying a mint tea at the helm, a lovely flat place on the catamaran even upwind :) have pulled in some more dorado which will make for a nice lunch. Have a good day - Aedis crewimage1. read more...


Aedis - Aedis Day 6: We have Wind!!
Aedis - Aedis Day 6: We have Wind!!
24/11/2017

Louanne - Half-way point crossed

Crossing the half way point of 42 degrees west, 1050nautical miles, was celebrated with cake and ice-cream, followed by a luxurydinner of sirloin steaks on the grill, asparagus and roast potatoes. Yum! (Timeis upside down at sea so it was kind of appropriate to eat dessert first). 9CE6. read more...


Louanne - Half-way point crossed
Louanne - Half-way point crossed
20/11/2017

Pelican - Nov 20 Log day 002 Wow what about last night sailing

As expected Chris was right about the weather, we had a fairly bouncy night on Pelican, we also saw a few boats that were having 'issues' and I don't discount ourselves from that. We lost a halyard up the mast which necessitated someone going up the mast to retrieve the errant halyard.Early evening we lost the use of our cruising shoot.... not much more I can say about that. All on board are ok except our crew who has yet to find his sea legs... and we all know what that means. Had a great chicken curry to night we have chicken stew...... guess the captain wants to eat chicken. Today had dawned bright and sunny with light wind and we are generally going in the direction we want. All's fine on Pelican. read more...


24/11/2017

Passepartout - No motoring for bilingual Passepartout

Despite being in cruising division H the temperaments on board Passepartout are in full-on racing mode. No motoring penalties for us as we tweak and sail change 24/7; religiously download weather GRIB files; debate wind arrows and best course scenarios; eagerly plot competitor positions and; stalk SSB scheds to relish in other’s tales of windless woes.The origin of our race mode temperament comes from our youthful days as shorthanded ocean racing multihull sailors which laid a solid foundation for ‘no pain no gain’.As of yesterday, before last night’s despairing light airs, we calculated that we were coming first in Division H and had also knocked-off the boats in divisions G, E and F.On occasions some rituals remind us we are ion the edge of “cruising” mode as we trawl for fish, knit,. read more...



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