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25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Cuba Libre Spezial - 24.11.16 - 4. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir hatten einen sehr ruhigen und gemütlichen Tag auf See, verbringen ihn mit Meer und Himmel gucken, lesen, dösen und schlafen. (Bild Füße)(Bild Meer und Himmel)Bei der Planung des Abendessens (schon beim Frühstück) trauern wir noch immer dem entgangenen Riesenfisch von gestern hinterher. Oliver rettet die Stimmung mit der Ankündigung eines Aufmunterungscocktails: Cuba Libre spezial, sprich es gab eine großzügige 50/50 Mischung zwischen Cola und Rum. Abgerundet mit Limetten, der Vitamine wegen. Sehr lecker!(Bild Oliver Cocktailfertigung)(Bild fertige Cocktails)Die „Schmalkost“ – kein Fisch, siehe oben - aus Pellkartoffeln und Kräuterquark hat für die dringend nötige Unterlage gesorgt. Es versteht sich von selbst, dass der Sternenhimmel gleich doppelt so hell geleuchtet. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Autopilotausfall - 21.11.16 - 1. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir verbringen zunächst einen sehr geruhsamen Tag auf See. Die Nacht war ein bisschen frisch, es hat sich also doch rentiert, das dicke Fleece einzupacken. Noch haben wir uns nicht für einen endgültigen Kurs entschieden und warten auf die neuesten Informationen der ARC. Letztlich entscheiden wir uns die südlichere Linie, da im Norden ein größeres Tiefdruckgebiet, also Flaute oder wechselnde Winde, angesagt ist.(Bild Martin und Oliver Kursfestlegung)Ein kleiner Zwischenfall am Nachmittag macht uns alle in Sekundenschnelle wach: Die Windsteueranlage fällt aus und das Boot dreht ab. Wir steuern also eine Weile manuell, bis Martin die Anlage neu eingestellt und kalibriert hat. Allgemeines Aufatmen, wir segeln ruhig dahin. Isabel backt das erste Brot und dem Rest läuft schon. read more...


25/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 5 - Regenschauer

Am Vormittag setzen wir zusaetzlich das Großsegel mit einem Reff und fahren Schmetterling. Wir sind uns noch unschluessig, ob wir weiter Richtung Westen oder lieber Richtung Südwest fahren, wir werden auf den morgigen Wetterbericht schauen. Mehr Wind waere auf der noerdlichen Route dort kann das Wetter aber auch wechselhafter sein. Tagsüber sehen wir kein Schiff, in der Nacht faehrt ein Segler in einiger Entfernung zu uns. Das Wetter ist trueb und es gibt ab und an einen Schauer. Die Solarplatte macht deshalb keinen Strom und der Wind ist für das Windrad auch zu wenig, d.h. wir müssen den Motor kurz zur Stromerzeugung laufen lassen. Der Wind ist schwaecher als die letzten Tage, sodass wir nicht mehr so viel Fahrt machen. In der Nacht muessen wir halsen, da der Wind dreht. Leider ist der. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Leinen los - 20.11.16 ARC ? Start

Irene und ThomasPOS 24.00 UTC: 26 54N 015 30WKurssdaten: 190 mit 6 KnWind und Wetter: NE um die 10 KnNach letzten Vorbereitungen – Deck kärchern, dringend nötig (Bild kärchern Martin und Oliver), Landschuhe kärchern, noch dringender notwendig – ging es endlich los. Flott rausgespielt von der Banda Guayedra (Bild Kapelle und VAVA-U) sind wir um 11:30 Uhr rausgefahren (Bild Verabschiedung) um uns in perfekte Position für den Starschuss zu bringen. Mit Spinnaker ging es dann fast pünktlich zum Startschuss über die Linie, gut bewacht von der Königlichen Marine Spanien (Bild Marine). Beeindruckend, wenn über 200 Yachten sich aufmachen über den großen Teich. (Bild Boote beim Start) Südwärts ging es mit 6 Knoten, bald war das Ende von Gran Canaria erreicht und Isabell bereits als Kuchenbäckerin. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Kollisionskurs - 22.11.16 - 2. Seetag

Irene und ThomasZuerst warten wir auf Wind und genießen in der Zwischenzeit die Sonne. Jeder sucht sich ein nettes Plätzchen an Deck und lässt die Gedanken schweifen.(Bild Karsten in Hängematte)(Bild Thomas steuerbord vorne)Isabel versorgt uns wieder mit frischgebackenem Apfelkuchen. Lecker.(Bild Isabel und Kuchen)Nachmittags endlich frischt der Wind nördlich auf; wir wechseln Kurs nach Westen und holen den Spinnaker ein, setzen dafür die Genua und machen richtig schön Fahrt.Die Windstärke nimmt kontinuierlich zu, so dass die Nachtschicht bei 23 Knoten Wind immerhin 10 Knoten Fahrt schafft. Zum Abendessen gibt es ein kleines Unglück: Isabels feiner Pflaumenlikör landet statt in unseren Mägen leider als Anti-Rutsch auf dem Boden. Putzen und neue Bodenversiegelung ist angesagt, aber so ist. read more...


25/11/2016

VAVA-U - Anglerpech - 23.11.16 - 3. Seetag auf dem Atlantik

Irene und ThomasTrotz ziemlich wackeliger See gestern hatten wir gestern einen Schlaftag. Wir waren alle müde, wer Freiwache hatte, zog sich in seine Koje zurück und auch die Deckplätze waren für ein Nickerchen jederzeit willkommen. (Bild Karsten)(Bild Isabel)Es geht langsam aber stetig südwärts auf unserem Westkurs. Wir haben mittlerweile den Wendekreis des Krebses (23,5 Grad N) durchfahren und sind also in den Tropen. Irgendwie fühlen die sich aber noch nicht wirklich tropisch an!(Bild Thomas eingemummt)Am Nachmittag dann große Aufregung: Zwei gar nicht kleine Fische waren hinter unserem Köder her, den Rückenflossen nach zu schließen hatte ein jeder mindestens 80 cm. Und was tut unser designiertes Abendessen? Statt anzubeißen, beißt es den Köder ab. Schade, wir hatten schon von Sushi. read more...


21/11/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - Day 1 - A Cetacean Send off

Hi there everyone! What an amazing day we have had! As we left port along with everyone else it was such a fantastic atmosphere with hunderds of people waving us off, and music playing. As we trotted across the start line we were all so excited, and within a couple of hours we observed a flying fish and a pilot whale came to wish us fair winds. Conditions were perfect to enable us to settle into our watches and duties and get to know the lovely diamonds. We look forward to day 2!We want to say a big thankyou to Wendy, skipper Lizzys mum, for all the help this week, the pasteries, sandwices and bolognaise were delicious. Love to all friends and family from everyone on board.Sara. read more...


25/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 6 Nacht 5

Hallo Zusammen, ein herrlicher Tag neigt sich dem Ende zu. Heute war traumhaftes Wetter, Sonne, 27Grad C, Wind aus ENE mit 20 kn, ein perfekter Segeltag. Auch die Nacht war in Ordnung, auch wenn auf Grund von Bewölkung sehr dunkel. Ein Dunkel welches wir uns an Land und insbesondere den Städten und Dörfern nicht vorstellen können. Im Cockpit ist der zweite Wachmann auf 1 mtr. Entfernung nicht zu sehen. Zum Teil kam der Sternenhimmel zum Vorschein, auch hier das Gleiche, eine wunderschöne Klarheit. An Bord ist alles in Ordnung, wir haben heute Mittag schön Brotzeit gemacht, mit Salami, Apenzeller Käse und naja kleine Abweichung, Vollkornbrot. Heute Abend kochen wir uns Nudeln mit Öl, Knoblauch und Butter, dazu gibt’s Gurkensalat. An die dauernde Wackelei haben wir uns gewöhnt,. read more...


25/11/2016

EH01 - Day 4 &5

Comments from the EH01 Marketing Director   Apologies for not sending a blog yesterday, we were all exhausted.! We havehad some mad weather: squalls up to 30 knots which is very hard on the helmsmanwhen there is dark nights (the stars have been intermittent) and nohorizon!  We also ripped our main kite and Andras (Skipper) has had uschanging jibs and kites, putting reefs in and then shaking them out: at least 4manuovers per watch, its like a floating boot-camp. ! In saying all of this weare having the time of our life.!   Portion control Due to uncertain weather systems we are unsure when the boat will reach St.Lucia so the new mantra on board is portion control. Milk has already been rationed, also now are to only have 2 hot drinks perdue to reducing supplies of fresh. read more...


25/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 5

No rumbling stomachs from yesterday’s fresh tuna, which was a relief! Quiet night with limited swell and clear skies. Porpoises swimming next to Boni Venti and playing in the bow wave – fabulous to see! Good supper on deck – lamb tagine and cous-cous followed by some ice cream. All in better spirits this evening. We’ve advised ARC rally control that we’re heading to Mindelo in the Cape Verde Islands to disembark Scott and our ETA is now Saturday 26 Nov in the afternoon. Unfortunately owner Gavin will be leaving the yacht as well as he has had a bereavement in the family and needs to return to the UK to fly to South Africa for the funeral. So we have made the decision to continue the Rally with Robert continuing to skipper and a total of four crew on board. A handful of other. read more...


25/11/2016

Challenger 3 - Challenger 3 Blog from start to 25 Nov

Friday 18th NovemberARC PrepThe pontoons of Las Palmas Marina have been a hive of activity this week as crews rush around to complete the final boat preparations before venturing across the Atlantic Ocean. Shimmering sunshine has bathed boats and crews alike, making labour intensive jobs a hot and sweaty affair! Crew bonding has commenced! Gangs of excited sailors drifted aboard throughout yesterday after plane journeys, and a chilled out evening of beers, storytelling and bristling enthusiasm filled Challenger 3 – For those of us that have been aboard fixing, planning and prepping the arrival of the rest of the crew was a welcome step up in crew morale…It really feels like we are about to depart on an adventure now!Earlier in the week saw Ricky, the Skipper, and Kirstie, the Mate with. read more...


25/11/2016

Beltana II - Day Six - a day for electrical fault finding

Let me introduce John V Casson. John is my Canadian friend from my Glencoredays who is still working on the El Aouj Project – my old iron ore project inMauritania. He was our Study Manager and when I left he moved into my oldposition as Project Director, the Glencore rep so to speak in the JV Company.John’s great attribute for our journey is that he absolutely loves sailing andhas done so for most of his life. John has a lovely new boat on Lake Ontario aCabot 36 that was stretched to 38 feet. Anna Ella Tess and I had a great visitwith John and his fiancé Monika and two lovely little dachshund puppies inToronto last December.  John has sailed on the Atlantic many times, thefirst to Bermuda that is another story.  He has also undertaken a previousARC crossing  on a big. read more...


25/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Happy days

26:46,17N 24:48,50W”   After a heavy night at sea we have been given a couple of hours of slightwinds to be able to start on the repairs needed after the generator decided todestroy its impeller . A bit of a problem for a yacht which enjoys its microwavetoaster and kettle when and were it likes . we have the engine as backup but,(well it keeps you up ) after a healthy bacon egg and wrap breakfast we set onfixing generator , and a few small things around the yacht and while getting thenext meal prepared of stuffed courgette and tomato's on a bed of sautéedpotato's . green beans and who knows what for desert . our weight has beenreduced so watch out Morton (Lily ) Didi (Adriano )is trying to catch up. We satwatching a couple of whales as we passed within 20 feet of them and glad. read more...


25/11/2016

Gwendoline - 5. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds25. november. 11.50 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 22.04.52N 19.45.10WThe fifth day at sea is near to its end. We have until now sailed 490 NM, giving an average of close to 99 NM per 24 hours. This is very far away from our estimate of 132 NM per 24 hours. The wind has indeed been, just as Chris Tibbs promised us, very light.Yesterday morning, we had the "Great bathing day" - as Bente helped Annette to wash her hair on the aft deck. It was quite a challenging endeavor because of the movements of the boat - but Annette was quite satisfied with the result - even though it was a bit chilly to start with.We also got an exercise in our "man-over-board" routine, as Annette observed what at first sight looked like a. read more...


25/11/2016

White Satin - Champagne Sailing

Friday 25 November.715 miles sailed and 2128 to go.We are currently sailing on the parasailor (a type of spinnaker sail, see photo), making about 6 knots in a perfect direction for St Lucia in light winds. All very smooth, so much so that we've just completed a game of contract whist on deck. The only interruption came from a school of dolphins playing around the boat. Jon won, and no cards were lost overboard. We are hopeful that later today we will be halfway to halfway. In the meantime, we are very much enjoying this 'champagne sailing'.On the rations front, we enjoyed our last fresh meat last night, so cured meat, tinned meat or no meat from now on. We've finally got through the mangoes and persimmons (no, I'd never heard of them either, they are caquis in Spanish and delicious), so. read more...


White Satin - Champagne Sailing
White Satin - Champagne Sailing
25/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 6

Bluewaft Log Day 6Friday 25 November 201621°24’.562N 024°58’.367WAn eventful night of sailing.We’d been sailing pretty well on a beamreach.The wind had been dropping and the watch had called me to the helmbefore starting the engine.I then noticed the clew of the sail had comelose from the boom. (Hence the reduction in speed).I fixed a temporaryloop on the clew with a view to waiting until morning to climb into theboom and assess the damage.We used the first reef line to take the weightof the boom and centred the traveller so the boom was centred over thebimini and started the engine.An hour later I was woken again: thetraveller block had parted.We centred the boom again and replaced theblock and reinstated the traveller.James then climbed into the boom andreattached the clew.The dolphins. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 6
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 6
25/11/2016

New Deal - Log day 5 - Kjøtteterene

Vi kjøpte et god mengde med frosent kjøtt fra slakteren i Las Palmas som vihar og skal kose oss med.Problemet er at vi bare har ett kjøleskap med begrenset plass ogkjølekapasitet. Så her må det spises!Vi fikk råd om å stable tett i bunn av skapet, dekke med håndkle og spisekylling, svin og tilslutt oksekjøtt.Så stuertene Jørgen og Alf har jobbet på spreng. På dag nr fem spiste visvinekotelett både til lunsj og middag :)God vind fra nordøst og fortsatt noe grov sjø. Ingen andre skip observert avoss. Vi prøvde å sette geneakerseilet, men det ga ikke ønsket effekt medvinden vi hadde. Ellers har vi seilt mye med spribom på forseil.Ellers feiret vi at adventstida snart er her.Martin dro fram Evergoodtraktekaffe og marsipan med valnøtt pynt. Å trakte kaffe i høy sjø var en ny opplevelse.. read more...


25/11/2016

Nisida - Surfing in the sun!

One bog block, some rain and now perfect surfing in the sun at speeds between 10 & 16kts!Skipper had a great night with his head in the heads but he came up smelling of ... roses.Also needed some running repairs on the wind sensor wiring, but all fine now.Jane saw loads of dolphins on her watch .... the rest of us are waiting for them to come back.. read more...


25/11/2016

Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime

Turn taking at the wheel while grubs’ up. From L-R WJ, Will, Ali, Sven. I think it might be the jelly afters.WJGOPR1317.. read more...


Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime
Cherish - Day 10: Eating, a serious pastime
25/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 5/6 - Abbruch

Unsere ganze Reise von Flensburg bis in die Karibik schien unter keinem guten Stern zu stehen. Wir liefen nicht nur auf Grund, uns brauch auch bei der Überfahrt von Nordspanien nach Lissabon der Großraum. Und gestern, als wir gerade die 2000-Meilen-Marke geknackt hatten, riss uns mit einem lauten Knall das Steuerseil in der Steuersäule. Zum Glück funktioniert der Autopilot noch. Der steuert uns jetzt zu den Kap Verden. Diesel reicht aus bis dahin!Trotz des Unglücks bleibt die kulinarische Küche vorhanden. Gestern gab es lecker Rösti und heute zum Frühstück frisches Rührei vom Skipper höchst persönlich.Mit den an Bord befindlichen Mitteln können wir das Problem nicht beheben. Zur Beschäftigungstherapie wird allerdings versucht, möglichst viel vom Schaden zu verstehen. Die Crew ist zwar. read more...


25/11/2016

Mustique - Day 6 - Fifth Blog - Magnificent ocean sailing

Dear friends and ARC participants , We are already 700 miles away from Las Palmas and progressing really well on our northern route; its really working magic for us . Start line was really amazing- we did really well,clearing the line first in our class! We got our amazing parasailor spinnaker up now, flying it in 20knots true wind, dead downwind ,which give us so much stability and 9 kn of boat speed !!!! W/e have just finished our breakfast , proper english bacon ,toast and eggs ! mmmmm food on our boat is so good andOur master chef Fin is feeding all the time ! We will be probably wider than tallerby the time we hit Saint Lucia ! :) Sailing so far was amazing ,flying spinnakerand drinkinggin tonics and eating our fabulous diners on sunset :)what could one wish for more ? Our guests. read more...


25/11/2016

Koco - 5.Tag auf See

24.11.2016 | die Fahrt in die Nacht verlief ohne besonderen Vorkommnisse. Gegen 22:00 kreuzte uns ein Kat Namens Hugo, den wir jedoch südlich von uns dann wieder verloren. Der Wind pendelte sich bei 18-23 Knoten ein unsere Höchstgeschwindigkeit mit dem Ritt auf der Welle betrug kurzzeitig 16,9 kn. Der Wingaker ist jetzt seit fast 24 Stunden im Wind. Heute hat Sybille, Skipperin der Koco, Geburtstag. Gegen 9:00 Uhr gab es ein ausgedehntes Frühstück begleitet von 2-3 Meter hohen Wellen. Das Wetter ist zur Zeit noch bedeckt, sollte sich aber laut Buchung beim Wetteramt noch ändern auf glatte See, 15 Kn Wind und Sonnenschein ;-) Ausserdem wurden von uns für Sybille zum Geburtstag noch Wale und Delfine beim Zoologischen Verein "Atlantik" gebucht. Wind Weiterhin ca.15 kn. Der Winnacker wurde. read more...


25/11/2016

M one - Wind kommt!!!!!!!

Freitag 25.11.16 Bordzeit 10.15 Uhr Der 9. Tag Wind kommt!!!!!!!Endlich ist es soweit! Nach gefühlter Ewigkeit unter Motor kam heute morgen um. 06.00 Uhr Bordzeit Wind auf.Sofort wurden die Segel gesetzt und Kurs St. Lucia aufgenommenen.Der Wind kam zur richtigen Zeit. Man konnte das Gefühl haben das die Crew anfing Disziplinen und Ordnung durch das monotone Motoren schleifen zu lassen.Jetzt aber herrscht wieder ein gesunder crewgeist.Der gestrige Tag verlief ohne besondere Vorkommnisse.Markus hat auf dem Vordeck seinen yogakurs abgehalten, Michael hat einen Kurs in knotenkunde gegeben und Dominik hat außerhalb seiner Schlafenszeit interessiert zu gesehen.Markus möchte heute einen Trommelkurs unter Deck auflegen sucht aber noch klanglich die passenden Töpfe.Nur einer schaut in sich. read more...


25/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 9 - Friday 25th November

10amWell, we've passed all my little milestones overnight - when I did up the log book after my watch earlier our distance to go to St. Lucia was 1060, and miles already sailed was 1084 - that says homeward leg to me!!!Unfortunately the much hoped-for swim this morning ain't gonna happen, overnight the weather found its voice again, and we woke to clouds, grey sea, squalls and spitting rain.Actually "woke" is the wrong word, as I don't think I slept a wink last night (shocking waste of the nicest combination of watches, 8-10pm and then 6am-8am) - it was like a sauna in our cabin despite the engine being off, and the boat felt like it was on the end of a puppeteer's strings, being jerked around the place (overheating in the middle of the night and unable to sleep is a great time to come. read more...


25/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 - day 4 arc 2016 - fast night!!!!

Following a fast night sail and another beautiful sunrise hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs and potato & tomato roti was in order to start the day. No queasy sailors on this boat yet! A strong coffee from Doug and we were already for a great days sail. The 'F' word was not mentioned as a strong breeze meant we focussed on sailing. Poor old Adrian would once again miss his chance to hook a toothy predator. FF was heard being muttered. After a gybe we goosewinged the main and genoa for an exhilarating downwind sail averaging 8 knots with all crew steering to course. Sundowners of guacamole and carrots followed by a warming green chicken curry. With the sun setting we took down the pole, reefed the main and settled down for the evening navigating a series of squalls touching winds on. read more...


25/11/2016

Sanya - Day 5: the clocks are back on

After a difficult first night without any outside clocks to steer on, pitch dark, no moon, we managed to get the clocks back working.Yesterday evening after a full day of searching in the network, opening all junction boxes, measuring every bit we could, it was determined it is something in the network. So we checked, and checked and checked again anything we could think of. And we found some lose ends. Repaird them. Sadly resetting our B&G did not do the trick either. In the end it somehow managed to reset itself and the clocks start working again. Or at least partially. We can steer again on them during the night and we could leave our Code zero up, instead of a much smaller j2. The whole work took loads of energy, that we could not put in the sailing.Happily since this morning the. read more...


25/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 5

Roberts reiselogg dag 5:I dag da jeg våknet, altfor tidlig, tenkte jeg at jeg skulle sove litt til siden jeg faktisk ikke la meg før kl 6.Husker ikke akkurat hvor mye klokken var, da det er andre ting som har brent seg inn i min hukommelse (mellom 7 og 8 tror jeg):10-15 minutter etter at jeg hadde våknet, og var på god vei inn i drømmeland igjen, og lå og nøt tilværelsen kom "Rasmus" på besøk i sengen, og det helt uten forvarsel :-SRasmus = bølgen / havet / etc.På landspråket: En god mengde med vann fosset inn i luka i dekket og skyldte over meg i køya.Skal si det var en som våknet fort.....I løpet av natten hadde ikke vannet kommet over dekk en eneste gang, tror jeg, så jeg var litt uforsvarlig og åpnet luka bittelitt ......... Det var ULURT :-(I tillegg til at sengetøyet ble vått ble. read more...


25/11/2016

Sanya - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Vanmorgen is dan eindelijk alle nattighied gestopt, nog weinig zon, maar in elk geval geen regen meer of golven die over het dek spoelen. Prachtig om te zien wat dat met de bemanning doet; de afgaande wacht heeft geen haast om naar bed te gaan en de nieuwe wacht kan weer in korte broek het dek op. 'Dit het weer wat in de folder heeft gestaan' wordt breed geroepen. Dit is nu waarom meerdaagse tochten zo mooi zijn; de invloed van het weer op je totale gesteldheid. Wat een energie iedereen uit een beetje zon krijgt. Dat hebben we thuis natuurlijk ook maar je begrijpt dat dat hier net even sterker doorwerkt. Thuis heb je nog een keuze (je kunt de open haard aansteken), hier helemaal niet. De wind staat nog rond de 16 knopen, dus de vaart is er nog niet geheel uit en we varen rond de helft. read more...


25/11/2016

Enigma - Day 10 - firm wind

Last night we kept the code 0 flying in light 5-8 kts of wind. Not moving fast but at least moving, a huge improvement over the past 48 hours.This morning I awoke to the happy sounds of the boat moving through the water at speed. Got up. Changed sails from code 0 to genoa and mainsail and I'm glad to report we've been flying all morning in 10-15 kts of wind doing 7 + kts. At long last we're moving and we're even talking of "when" we arrive, not the feeling of "if".In celebration of passing the halfway point, and having the opportunity thrust upon us from a defrosted freezer, we all had a full English Breakfast. Everyone is chirpy and energised at the new found boat speed. Dare we be optimistic and hope this firm band of wind lasts ? Life on board has found an new purpose and we even have. read more...


25/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - A night watch for the non-sailors

Good evening from Ocean Blue, tonight we are taking things a little easier after a couple of full-on days of fast reaching. Being rather short handed we have decided to throttle back and give the crew some much needed rest tonight. We have set a more conservative sail plan with poled out genoa and reefed main and hopefully the wind and sea state will remain a little calmer than it has been for the last few nights.For the non-sailors amongst you, I will try and paint a picture of what a night watch was like last night - the sailors amongst you can probably skip this one and read someone else's far more interesting blog!So a watch is our term for being 'on duty'. We have three people onboard so we are running 3 hour watches, meaning unless conditions or boat handling demands 2 people are. read more...


24/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 2 thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!! Our first sunrise at sea to celebrate the great American holiday for Mary.. doubly fun, this is also our first "boat treat" day (We all bought gifts for the boat so we have something different and fun each day).. We gave Sophie the honour of pulling the first treat from the bag, which very appropriately for the day was POPCORN.. so Thanksgiving lunch was guacamole followed by some slightly smoky flavoured popcorn, accompanied by Mary's short patriotic playlist -- American Pie, This Land is Your Land (Springsteen version), and City of New Orleans (Willie Nelson of course).We have lots of meat and veg to start using up, so hopefully we have a bit of a feast for dinner.On the sailing front, we got the spinnaker up for the first time today, no twists, a good hoist!And. read more...


25/11/2016

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet day 4, the North South divide

Its beginning to warm up a fair bit down here, so at least the rain is warm!Speaking of rain we have already had a few biblical downpours!The tempsare still a little cool to shower in these clouds, so they are quite aninconvenience, especially as they play havoc with what little wind weactually have...The Southern route on this crossing seldom proves fastest, I am sure that isthe case this time too, but it is the safer option in some cases.We havesomehow got a long way south with minimum penalty so far in terms ofplacings, infact we are currently leading our class!This is despitedriving over 420miles to the south of others in our class in less favourablewinds too!Even from this far South our routing keeps trying to send us North into thestronger winds, the problem is the forecast wind is. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is
Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is
22/11/2016

Olympia's Tigress - ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is

22/11/2016Olympia's Tigress ARC Sailing: Sunny and downwind, of course it is...Apocalyptic rain, dark skies and reaching into Atlantic seaway has quickly dispelled any myths that the ARC is an easy downwind ride. Our crew of 8, four boys, four girls has gelled unbelievably well and has indeed eased us in nicely. Let me introduce you to TEAM TIGRESS. First up is one highly skilled salty-seastress (aka skipper) Susan "Glenny" not only does she safely nav us through the high seas with unerring prowess but she can has an uncanny ability to make it rain whenever she wears a bikini. Our first mate and Yacht Week dreamboat, Frazer, has impressive sailing abilities, teaches a bowline like a badass, feels the wind on his ears, has a Ting smile and an affinity for Haribo. Then there's Cath,. read more...


25/11/2016

Shalan - day 5

20:01N 025:57WHello! Gaetan writing today!Another day at sea, another very nice day. We are progressing on a south westerly course to avoid some light winds and actually some wind in the face. We still have a nice speed around 8-9 kts for a beam reach, force 4 ESE. The genoa and the main sail are doing the job quite nicly, we can't complain! We'll see in 4-5 days how our strategy is working! Today we had a lot of squalls and some showers. I was pleased to give to Andrew some shampoo and see him enjoying the warm rain around the tropics! The time passes quickly, looks like day-night-day, on a nice watche rythm. We do 3 hours on for 6 hours off and always 2 crew on watch.First time for me to skipper a yacht accross the ocean with a Playstation onboard! I tried the driving game, and it. read more...


Shalan - day 5
Shalan - day 5
24/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 25. November 2016

Heard about the sinking of SY Noah. What a relief that all crew are well. That's a nightmareespecially with children. Seems a great job of all participants of the rescue operation.In this light our problem and that of our fellow ARC+cruisers is small but nevertheless matters: We need a lot longer to cross the ocean than expected. Everybody is now counting water, supplies, fuel. It seems that the latter - diesel - is the most rare commodity on board. So most yachts slowed down and are experiencing what our predecessors in former centuries had to endure. But they had no watermakers, fridges, solar panels etc.So we keep patience and are enjoing the splendid calm ocean.What else happened?No wind at all and no fish. Beautiful evening sky, Heavy tropical shower. Some repairs accomplished, some. read more...


24/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 24 -5th Day at Sea & Thanksgiving!All is well. And today being Thanksgiving, we want to thank our wives and significant others for letting us be here, in the middle of the Atlantic during Thanksgiving Day. A big thanks to Magda, Meaghan, Diane, Gilberta, Jennifer and the Cabaille family!We just finished our thanksgiving meal. Stuffed chicken, green beens, mashed potatoes, and lingonberry jelly from IKEA (the closest to cranberry we could findin Las Palmas).We continue to sail the northern route, with winds of 13-15 knots from the east, gibing every few hours. In retrospect our route appears to be the best option. We just received news from half a dozen boats in route to St Lucia, who encountered such light winds that are rerouting toCape Verde to refuel. We start to get used to. read more...


24/11/2016

Somnium - Part 2, Midway Meeting

Hello "land rats", this are the "sea bears" from Somnium!Today was really exciting! We made almost half of the way to Saint Lucia. Thanks to the bloody wind, we didn't hit the exact half yet, where we wanted to bake a cake. But we met Scallywag...Scallywag was close by and radioed us this morning. We had a nice chat, exchanged experiences and impressions of the last days and talked about the weather. Additionally they told us, that unfortunately their Gennakerhalyard ripped and they couldn't fix it yet, as it is quite difficult with just two people on the boat of their size. So Somnium offered to help.The crew of Scallywag liked the idea, so the two boats came together in the middle of the Ocean with nothing around. When we have been close together, Sven and Mart swam over to Scallywag. read more...


24/11/2016

Somnium - Part 1, Feeling like Flotsam

Hello civilization, this is Somnium writing from the middle of the Ocean.Since five days we have to get along with really low wind ranging between two and nine knots. We have been that much annoyed by the wind, that we are delighted now, if we get five knots of wind or a little more and sail above three knots SOG. If the wind speed is below four, even Somnium turned on the engine sometimes to move at least some miles, though we wanted to stay engine free as in leg one :(As there is nothing we can do about it, we try to stay motivated and make the best out of the time. We already went swimming twice, have once in a while a movie night on a laptop in the cockpit beneath a marvellous starry sky and cook nice dinner. And it could be worse than floating in really hot temperatures, lots of sun. read more...


24/11/2016

Enigma - Day 9 - slow progress

We've been in an area of low to no wind all day. Up until 30 minutes ago our highest gust was 4 kts. We've run the water maker and generator and that's been the day. We did pick up a little breeze and we're now doing 7 kts in 7-8 kts of wind. How long will it last ?Yet, we're all well, and our thoughts go out to the crew of Noah which has given everything a new perspective.Fair winds allPaul, Diane, Allan and Viv. read more...


24/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 4

Day 4has come upon the intrepid Skyelark crew with continuing favourable seas and winds as we head ever onwards towards St Lucia. Experienced ocean sailors will tell you that the first three days of an ocean passage are all about finding your sea legs and settling into the "eat watch sleep" routine, whichis so very different from life on land. Happy to say that day 4 sees the crew petty well adjusted tolife at sea with the "eat watch sleep" routine now well established .In the very large Atlantic Ocean there is really not a lot to see, so as a result any minor event quickly become a moment of great excitement for the crew. Catching a fish takes on major event status as does the sighting of another ship or yacht . Of course a dolphinsighting sees the crew racing for cameras, although as. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Four

No sail change since breakfast…. Subsequently Yankee 1 changed for Yankee 2The sea is fairly rough just now – an ARC yacht has recently sunk – all the crew were picked up by a nearby British survey vessel.I spent the day in the Galley with Paul and Alison catering for thirteen other hungrySailors?We served a great minestrone soup for lunch and Thai green curry for dinner.Cooking and washing up was quite eventful with various kitchen items and bodies flying about from time to time!A major treat today was our first showers, a process that we generally take for granted but which becomes quite challenging with the boat jumping around. It was certainly worth the effort.Yesterday we covered 220 miles, 530 odd in total from Las Palmas.We look forward to another action packed day tomorrow!Good. read more...


24/11/2016

SuperTramp - 4 days down

600 miles just achieved in under 4 days sailing which we are extremely happy with. Conditions up north on the rhumb line may have the best winds but we are experiencing very high waves and a bit choppy. The 20knot plus winds are definitely testing Supertramp and its crew. Fiona is working like a devil to keep us fed and watered with the help of Scott and Will. Occasionally the rare sight of myself and Fred have worked out what Fairy liquid is used for and the odd drying up session. Fi is the only one capable of cooking whilst being bounced around the galley with hot pan in one hand and a G & T for the skipper Brian in the other. On the only day of calm winds on the first monday morning we were visited by a large pod of dolphins which played under the bow for 20 mins. Great video to. read more...


24/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY 4 - TUNA FOR SUPPER

Cracked the 2400 miles to go barrier this morning, which is encouraging even if a very long way to sail! Studied the weather charts this morning and opted to take the Southerly route (head west when the butter melts) heading towards the Cape Verde islands. Gybed onto port tack late afternoon which gave us a more comfortable ride due to less swell effect.Trolling line (Shimano two speed reel, 30lb breaking strain line, garish pink lure with vicious double hook) out since 9am and at 4pm, started to click wildly! All attention on the fish as we prepare for our first catch. Heavy strain on the line as the beast tries to tow us back to Las Palmas, but it eventually tires (as does Jonathan on the rod!) and a 20lb tuna, complete with retractable dorsal fin, is hauled onto the bathing platform. read more...


24/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 8 - 1000 miles!

At 1618, in whatever time zone we're currently in, we passed the 1000 nautical miles sailed mark!!!Cause for a little celebration - in my head anyway.I have a few milestones in my head, and that's the first one of them.Next will be the notional halfway mark, 1045nm.Then will be the point at which the distance to go is less than the distance sailed (we get emailed fleet positions and info every morning, and this includes distance to go).Only at that point will I really accept that we're on the homeward stretch!We've had a glorious day sailing under spinnaker, keeping up an average speed of about 5kts - thankfully the wind seems to have filled in from somewhere, contrary to all forecasts that we'd seen - we've been lazing around, reading, napping, and in my case mostly trying to avoid the. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Four

Day 4Allo Allo Challenger 2 calling: what a night!It all started yesterday…By midday Wednesday, the water maker stopped working, just as we realised we had already emptied one of the four water tanksin the space of 4 days (oups!).Then the generator had enough too and simply decided to overheat.The sea became a bit bumpy too, with large swells coming from the north, which enticed the fruits to mis-behave and to get out of their storage nets, aiming to fall on the heads of the crew in the saloon (as you do!).So far, nothing happened that could not be fixed. Monkey (the skipper) and the mate fixed the water maker issue in a couple of hours and got the generator working again.The painful bumps on the heads also disappeared to by diner time, and we were all focused again on getting the best. read more...



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