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01/12/2015

Exody - Days 322-323: Back in the Atlantic !

Early this morning, Monday 30th November, we turned northward into the Atlantic Ocean after rounding Cape Agulhas, the southernmost tip of Africa and the furthest point from the equator of the whole rally at 35'09" South - it can only get warmer from here on!The more well known Cape of Good Hope is actually about 90 miles further to the northwest. We are now anchored, 507 miles and just over three days out of East London, at Pringles Bay, 60 miles short of Cape Town. The sun set earlier through a hazy sky over the Cape of Good Hope behind us and we are surrounded by a spectacular geography of barren mountainous outcrops with fine beaches and sand dunes. We feel privileged to be at anchor again, and share this expansive and protected bay with two fishing boats and, shoreside, extensive. read more...


01/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 9 - Sammy the Snake

This one is dedicated to Sean and Billy.To explain the relevance of the title of this log, it is first important to relate a little story from a recent sailing holiday in Croatia.Skipper Bill was tasked with the none too onerous task of instructing Sean (illustrious and tenacious, but a novice mariner nevertheless) in the complexities of the bowline. So, we are into the second week and a normally patient Bill slaps a handful of rope in Sean's lap and demands the infamous bowline. After a few minutes, the pile of rope has metamorphosed into another pile of rope. On asked what the knot is called, we learn from Sean that it is called 'Sammy the Snake'. What type of knot is it comes the next question? After very careful consideration Sean retorts 'its a slippery knot'. It's use is yet to be. read more...


01/12/2015

Hera - Ein Türchen geht auf

Das heute geöffnete Türchen des Adventskalenders brachte gleich eine böseÜberraschung. Kurz nach dem Frühstück hing plötzlich der Spibaum frei in derLuft. Die Nieten der Spibaumschiene hatten sich am Mast gelöst. Der Spibaum isterstmal am Steuerbordseezaun gesichert und wir müssen über eine Ersatzvariantenachdenken, um den Spibaum wieder an den Mast zu bekommen. Gestern begleitete uns eine Delphinschule von über 30 Tieren. Ein paarfliegende Fische, die wir sofort wieder in die See beförderten, hatten sichunser Oberdeck als Landeplatz auserkoren. Frans Angelversuche waren nur voneinem Teilerfolg gekrönt. Er hatte zwar einen prächtigen Burschen am Haken, aberunsere Geschwindigkeit war viel zu groß, um ihn auch an Bord zu bekommen. Auf dem jetzigen Breitengrad haben wir in der zweiten. read more...


01/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 8 - 29/11

Posizione 17°19N 30°35WE' incredibile.Sì davvero incredibile, vedere l'oceano quasi completamente fermo.Questa notte abbiamo dovuto accendere il motore per la propulsione. L'alternativa era rimanere fermi.Queste ore di motore saranno conteggiate dalla giuria e ci verranno penalizate nel nostro totale.Vogliamo però raggiungere il prima possibile la fascia dei venti in modo da liberarci ds queste calme.Il frigorifero oggi non rafredda più. Smontiamo il mobile dove è incassato il compressore e troviamo la ventola che raffredda il radiatore ferma.Basta sfiorarla per ripartire. Forse polvere. Già che ci siamo puliamo il gruppo.Riaccendiamo... ma ci accorgiamo entro sera che non va come prima. La mimina temperatura che riesce a spuntare è 11/12 gradi.Abbiamo ricevuto dei consigli di ripristino. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Whale again
Thursday´s Child - Whale again
Thursday´s Child - A different whale
Thursday´s Child - A different whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Whale underwater
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sunset on the opening night
Thursday´s Child - Sashimi for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Sashimi for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Rigging repairs complete
Thursday´s Child - Rigging repairs complete
Thursday´s Child - Rainbow at the start
Thursday´s Child - Rainbow at the start
Thursday´s Child - The captain hoisting the ham
Thursday´s Child - The captain hoisting the ham
Thursday´s Child - Brian and Chris repairing the gennaker
Thursday´s Child - Brian and Chris repairing the gennaker
Thursday´s Child - Fish for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Fish for dinner
Thursday´s Child - Dorado
Thursday´s Child - Dorado
Thursday´s Child - More dolphins
Thursday´s Child - More dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Dolphin jumping
Thursday´s Child - Dolphin jumping
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins playing around the boat
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins playing around the boat
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Dolphins
Thursday´s Child - Pre dinner
Thursday´s Child - Pre dinner
Thursday´s Child - Contented fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Contented fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Happy fisherman
Thursday´s Child - Happy fisherman
01/12/2015

Taniwha - Log 30.11

Last log.Should be in port later tomorrow.. Dec 1.Squalls last night/this morning.. welcome fresh water!Cheers--. read more...


01/12/2015

Four Seasons - Skip cocks up the tactics

It was all going swimmingly well. 6th in class, one of the best 24 hourruns in the whole fleet and then doesn’t gybe at the right time and we haveended up too far north in very light winds. Flying the light weight spinnaker inabout 7 kts; of true wind making 3-4 kts. Yuk. Very frustrating but at least weare nearly halfway ! Chris. read more...


30/11/2015

TWIXX - , zondag een drukke dag!

Wie denkt dat we ons de hele dag vervelen aan boord heeft het mis. Vooral gisteren, zondag was het een drukke bedoeling aan boord.De hengel ging voor de eerste keer uit, wie voorspelt wanneer we de eerste vis binnen halen? Het liep uiteen van 3 uur middags tot enkele dagen. We waren er nog niet over eens en daar ratelde de hengel al!Een Mahi Mahi, alles in gereedheid gebracht om de vis aan boord te krijgen. Spuitflesje met alcohol, rubber handschoenen, plank, opvangbak, messen en de hele grote haak om de vis aan boord te trekken. Die haak hadden we niet nodig maar de vis was best groot, 63cm lang. Vis binnen gehaald en gelijk gefileerd door Brigitte en Jorien met haar neus er boven op. Dan ben je nog even bezig om de boot schoon te maken van de slachtpartij. De vis in de pan gebakken en. read more...


30/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 12

Steve sent out the questions for his Nautical Trivia quiz on the evening SSB net.Strange weather during the night - wind died away, then boxed the compass, it rained, then went SW! then finally back to E-SE.And then did it all again.All black as clouds covering moon and stars.Hoisted cruising chute when it got light, but did not seem to set very well in the swell and going too far upwind, then snuffed it for a rain squall.And what a rain squall, the first proper one.As I'd got soaked on the foredeck anyway, grabbed the shampoo and had a shower on deck (note to self: use less shampoo next time), also managed to collect some in bucket hung under the gooseneck, but in fact this had sand in it - still washing the Sahara off the rig.Next decision was a bad one - to deploy chute again to dry. read more...


30/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 8 & 9

Sunrise 29.11.2015Aufgrund noch nicht geklärter technischer Probleme sind unsere bisherigen täglichen logs in den Weiten der YB Connected verschwunden. Wir werden sie nachliefern. (Update - Missed logs have been added by WCC)Tag 8Der 1. Tag mit durchgehender Sonne und langsam dahinziehenden Passatwolken am Himmel.Leider flaut der Wind immer stärker ab, bis wir schließlich bekalmt in der Flaute liegen.Nutzen die Zeit um den reparierten Spibaum zu setzen. Er funktioniert! Chapeau.Delfine tauchen aus der tiefblauen Weite auf, schauen uns neugierig dabei zu. Die etwa 2 Meter langen, 8 silbergrauen Tiere kreuzen in wechselnden Gruppen links und rechts eine halbe Stunde lang unseren Bug. Schwarzblaue fliegende Fische steigen aus dem Wasser. Heute das erste selbstgebackene Brot!Die verdächtigen. read more...


TWIXX - Jorien gaat de visfileren
TWIXX - Jorien gaat de visfileren
30/11/2015

Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset

After a week of seasickness our forth crew member, (the autopilot), finally recovered and resumed his watch. We celebrated this by mounting for the first time since the start the cockpit table and enjoyed some caviar and vodka on a nice sunset in mid ocean.RumenOn the picture from left to right: Dian, Rumen and Mihail.image1. read more...


Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset
Furia - vodka and caviar on a beautiful mid ocean sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 8 Another magical sunset
Skyelark of London - Day 8 Another magical sunset
30/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 8

Day 8An uneventful night, sadly not enough wind to sail so we have been motoring. However, the spectacular stars in the moonlight were awesome.On my 4 to 7am watch I thought I saw a boat in the distance - but after much debate realised it was Saturn!Not many boats to be seen now, just one or two a day on the horizon.The wind has picked up a smidgen hovering 9kn so engine off and back to main, head and stay.Everyone into their books now.We DID catch a quite big Dorado but it managed to escape from the deck to see another day.Yesterday's Tina Tuna was skilfully turned into some rather good sushi by Dan.Dolphins had gone elsewhere last few days and I had wondered when they were going to show up again and on cue, at sunset we were greeted by a few on the bow.Wonderful sunset rounded off the. read more...


30/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 30 at 11:10 am

Good morning! The night was quiet and due to a late rising of the moon very very dark, which meant we could see the stars very intensively- this must be the closest approximation on earth to experiencing space from a space ship. Beautiful.This morning was as good as it gets - finally we see whales, about 3 or four about 200 meters to our right. Unfortunately they are moving into the opposite direction then the boat. Some minutes later, a massive group of dolphins spread out hundreds of meters, following the direction of the whales.And then, flying fish darting away from Albatros, silver glimmers against the rising sun.Thus starts another day at Albatros, slowly inching towards Saint Lucia. The seas are calm, 10kn of wind, the sun is up, some clouds and the temperature really nice. It. read more...


30/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8

Puh - so schnell kann sich alles ändern!Ich schicke 2 Screenshots von USgrib mit, und zwar die Vorhersage für den03. Dezember 15:00 Uhr bzw. 21:00 Uhr, einmal vom 29.11. und einmal vom 30.11.Die Vorhersage vom 29.11. war noch identisch mit den Vortagen, dieVorhersage war stabil.Sie zeigt unterschiedliche Winde im Mittelfeld, aber keine dem Südengegenüber vorteilhafteren Winde.Die von soeben, 30.11. unterscheidet sich wesentlich, und gibt für dasgesamte Mittelfeld Winde um 20 Knoten, also deutlich höher als bishervorausgesagt, aus!Also alle Taktik erledigt - der bessere Weg wäre schlicht der direkte Weggewesen.Damit ist die Porfavor die favorisierte Yacht - Gut gemacht!!Wir müssen sehen, dass wir unseren Leichtwindspi nicht auch noch überlasten,denn der Code 0 darf bei 20 Knoten. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 8
30/11/2015

Aqualuna - 19:22.462N 37:34.016W

DAY 8 MONDAY, 30/11/15We passed our half way mark at 11 am this morning, yacht time.We certainly can tell we have headed further south, really warm now.We are trying to find the good trade winds south of 18.00, too many holes on the rhumb line.Yesterday Jonathan decided to attempt to make some Maki, Japanese seaweed rolls, with some mahi mahi , cucumber, carrot and avocado.He nearly got there but the sticky rice didn’t quite work to hold it all together.We had both done a Sushi cookery course at Yo Sushi in Exeter so that we could use our raw fish in more interesting ways.We have been flying the ‘pink panther’ all day but the wind is fickle and comes and go so our average has only been 5-6 knots with the odd 7-8 knots.We hope we will find better wind further south and regain our first. read more...


30/11/2015

Dawn Chorus - Log Day 8 Bereaved and Becalmed...

Devastating news today - my mother died suddenly at her home in Ireland. I am literally all at sea, adrift in the middle of the ocean without a puff of wind, and I won’t be able to get home for her funeral. Heartbroken. Makes the lumpy start, rope around the rudder incident, wrestling with untried sails and worries about progress pale into insignificance… Fair winds to all… Dawn. read more...


30/11/2015

Meltemi - 9.Tag

Liebe ARC Mitsegler und Interessierte,der neunte Tag begann mit einem gemischten Wetter und nachdem sich einige dunkle Wolken am Horizont verzogen hatten, haben wir wieder den Parasailer zum Einsatz gebracht.So langsam haben wir im Setzen und Bergen des mittlerweile unverzichtbaren Segels.Heute war es den ganzen Tag sehr heiss und mit Sonnenmilch eincremen gehört zum TagesprogrammWir befinden uns gerade auf der Position 21°58´.329N, 037°04´.60 und sind noch ca. 110 SM von der halben Strecke entfernt.Also Morgen knacken wir die Hälfte der Strecke.Ein besonderes Ereignis hat uns Rüdiger, unser Skipper, bescheert.Es kam alles zum Einsatz was irgendwie an Segel verfügbar war. Parasailer, Genue und Groß. (Die Crew durfte Ihre Handtücher behalten)Wir haben die Segelaufstellung einen. read more...


TWIXX - TWIXX, zondag geen rustdag...
TWIXX - TWIXX, zondag geen rustdag...
30/11/2015

Taistealai - Blue and Green

The big blue Atlantic is a constant presence in ourlives aboard Tashy. If we are not looking at the sails, or the compass, we aregazing out over the waves and in particular at the clouds, floating by on a bigblue sky. Clouds hold special interest at the moment as we have struggled overthe last two days with very light winds. Whilst this has been great for sunningourselves, drying laundry and giving us an easy ride on the lightest of oceanswells, it has played havoc with our boat speed. So our skyward search forclouds is a lookout for tell-tale signs of fresh wind approaching, or even arain squall. Squalls, our feared foe of earlier days have become potentialallies, if we can ride some of the extra breeze they can bring. Alas, no helphas been forthcoming.Clouds also offer a useful. read more...


30/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 30/11/15

November 30th Wait for this! Fish Count “2” – A tuna, snapped at our hook, and was caught after a prolonged period of trying to get the fish landed. A gimble fishing harness was worn, many helpers at hand. A lot of pulling and tugging to get the fish on board (a Royal Battle). Roars of laughter broke out amongst the crew that could be heard as far away as Grand Canary and St Lucia as a baby skip jack tuna was pulled out of the water and landed on the pushpit, the fish weighed at least  ½ Kilo. Well done George!! Our newly caught prize was devoured at lunch today, George making an excellent Sushi, along with pie, coleslaw, cheese, and chorio prepared by Susie.  We are still motor sailing along, speeding along at just over 8 knots, our fuel status is good and we. read more...


30/11/2015

Sea Symphony - Hell - Dorado

What A Sunday… 30/11/2015Sailing the Rhum line… well we were… and then the wind died, which to be fair was shown on the weather grib files and so I decided to go further south to find the wind. We are currently in our second day of light winds, making on average 3.5 knots and currently sailing sw.Sunday started after a good night's sleep and quiet night watches for all the crew, starry with Dolphins visiting every few hours for the last 36 hours… looking after us some feel. After my usual early morning checking of the systems, power etc, and everybody was up, on went the generator and it was crew shower day. You may think this odd on a yacht carrying 1000ltrs of water and a watermaker too boot but the watermaker was refusing to play nicely and produce us some water. So we had to revert. read more...


30/11/2015

Weohgi - Are we nearly there yet?

Yes!! We over took Madelaine in the night and Kiss is somewhere around - stealth mode on! We are taking avoiding action at the moment as there are big squalls around with Cu Nims!We hope to get there tomorrow am - it depends on these squalls -it rained most of last night -apart from alans watch!Enjoyed our roast last night even though it nearly landed on the floor several times due to the big waves! Left overs for lunch -yum! the boys have thought of a new tv games show- How to wash up whilst everything is on a wobble board or roller skates! They think it will catch on! Hopefully the next blog will be from Rodney Bay!!Love and big hugsAvryl Alan Colin and Andy xxx. read more...


30/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (Day 12): Homestretch!

We just dipped under 50 miles until our destination in St. Lucia. It's been a taxing day, mostly for Ahab. With a constant parade of squalls and fronts coming through, in addition to quartering seas, he has been manning the helm since dawn, breaking only to quickly potty. "This has been my least desirable passage.", he grunted while wrestling the weather helmed wheel. With all the hoopla and promises of a peaceful passage, including beautiful rolling swells, and winds blowing 15-20 knots - I think we got suckered. Perhaps though, we are just a bit too early in the season to experience those conditions. Either way, landfall is approaching rapidly so the boys have taken to emptying the rationed snacks, chips, treats, and sodas. Today there will be no boat schooling; just all day marathon. read more...


30/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Day 9

MONDAY MONDAY. North versus SouthI sprang to the stirrup and Joris and he,I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three.The trade winds lie South of the Canaries at this time of the year sotraditional sailing ships dived deep down South until they hit the TradeWinds proper and then sailed West pretty much dead down wind which they weregood at. Many yachts in the ARC choose this course because it is generallysafe and comfortable.The disadvantage is that it is a longer distance to sail and the GreatCircle route which we have broadly followed is the shortest distance. It isnot without its risks including potentially difficult weather and becalming.A modern sailing yacht like Scarlet Oyster is pretty good in most windconditions and arguably more difficult conditions give us a better. read more...


LaLuna - dag 9 eindelijk de 1000NM
LaLuna - dag 9 eindelijk de 1000NM
30/11/2015

EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...

So here we are, half the distance done, right in the middle of theAtlantic. We’ve  had a nice 3 days with fairly light conditions. Thankfullythe squally nights are over for now which made our lives uncomfortable duringthe first week. Our last hairy night was Saturday when a proper electrical stormcame through with thunders all around us. We had to switch off all ourinstruments and try to sail the boat safely with now aid. Luckily the sun wascoming up slowly and the storm passed shortly after too. Since then the wind hasbeen easing. Last night was the lightest so far, 7-8 knots max but the crew hasbeen fantastic trying to focus and driving the boat to the right direction withour kite on all around the clock. It was Annabel’s birthday yesterday so we had a little celebration with. read more...


EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...
EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...

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