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03/12/2016

VAVA-U - Dösen und Relaxen ? 02.12.16 - 12. Seetag

Irene und ThomasSeit gestern haben wir richtig guten Wind. Wir genießen ein hervorragendes Frühstück mit Schinken und Melone und den üblichen Köstlichkeiten.(Bild Frühstück)Es geht den ganzen Tag mit Rauschefahrt gen Westen.(Bild Rauschefahrt)Martin hat Kursautomatik eingestellt, mit minimalen Steuerungsbewegungen kommen wir gut voran. (Bild Simrad)(Bild B & G Anzeige)Wer nicht Wache hat, döst vor sich hin und lässt die Seele baumeln.Der nachmittäglichen Hungerattacke beugt Karsten mit Pfannkuchen vor.Der Wind bleibt konstant und legt kontinuierlich leicht zu. Die Dünung erreicht dann am späten Nachmittag gut drei Meter. Wir sind gespannt, was die Nacht bringt!POS 24:00 UTC: 16 26N 043 15WKurssdaten: KÜG 255, den ganzen Tag unter SPI-220 FÜG 7,7 KnEtmal: 00:00 bis 24:00 187 smWind. read more...


03/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - The End of the Adventure!

Well, here we are, Day 1 in St. Lucia (don't worry, I'm not starting another chapter of the blog!), we're all cleaned and showered and fed and watered and it's AMAZING!!!We got in at 8pm local time last night, and went for a few celebratory, and VERY welcome, beers.Needless to say we were all cheap dates!Anais is gone already - some friends of hers had chartered a catamaran from Martinique, and because we were delayed arriving she missed her flight to meet them, so they sailed down and she jumped aboard and is gone off on a new sailing adventure for herself around the Caribbean.All very James Bond - I have to admire her energy!Dermot has escaped the confines of the boat and has gone off to burn some of his pent-up energy on a beach nearby.Conor is knee-deep in paperwork getting the boat. read more...


03/12/2016

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Zingara auf halbwindkurs nun laeuft sie wieder wie im passat! Wir haben einen windguertel erwischt, der uns etwas suedlicher steuern laesst und entsprechend der windkarte fuer den endspurt bessere winde erwarten laest als bisher. Wir konnten unsere plazierung nicht halten, denn unser dieselvorrat laesst beliebiges motorsegeln nicht zu. Da sind die groesseren yachten im vorteil mit 800 u mehr lietern im dieseltank. Die wetterlage ist aber in diesen tagen ungewoehnlich instabil, die windvorhersagen fast wertlos bzw jeden tag anders. Nun, momentan kommen wir gut voran und wir koennten doch in time ankommen. Hans, kurt und burkhardt freut es, wohl doch den gebuchten rueckflug zu erwischen.So, ende des heutigen lageberichtes, es gruessen Ernst u Crew. read more...


03/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 14 - SUNRISE

Liebe Begleiter unserer Reise!endlich machen wir die gewünschte Fahrt ! Der Wind weht mit 3-4 bft aus NE.Als Resultat erreichten wir heute ein Etmal von 165 Meilen. Das kann sich dochsehen lassen. Nach den Berechnungen des Skippers Niels ist für uns heute Bergfest. Die Hälfte der Strecke ist abgesegelt. Heute morgen haben wir den 35 Längengrad passiert, d.h. die südamerikanischeKüste liegt jetzt querab.Ansonsten scheint nach einem bewölkten Tag die Sonne und es richtig warm.Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE-. read more...


03/12/2016

Nemo - THE WIND UP BOAT CHRONICLE

We are approaching land, St. Lucia is within reach, she lies there somewhere straight in front, and hopefully we will be harbored in Rodney Bay (who was he?)  around sunset today.  Despite her sand beaches, tropical rainforest and numerous technical repair shops (according to a sailors guide I found casually laying around our navigation station) I long for a Rum Punch or two to balance out the millions of wave compensatingdata stored in my brain. An Atlantic crossing is so much more than just that. I have come to understand why there are so many books written about being on a ship, the ship as the universe, the ship as the world, the ship as your life, etc. etc. but in my capacity it´slike a bloody gameshow. You know the kind where people are going somewhere for a limited time,. read more...


03/12/2016

Almagores II - ALMAGORES

Dear friends and family ,  other human beings in sight …We started to think that we were survivors in the film “ I am a legend “ starring Will  Smith…but it seems that life as we remembered it is still going strong . We waved excitingly to the other boat and we noticed that it was reciprocated with the same enthusiasm . The crew is starting to relish the thought and reggae music is filling the air with lavish talk about the exotic drinks we can order in St Lucias .Temperatures  are climbing on board …physically from the sun and emotionally ….. over and out Almagores IIsaluto. read more...


Almagores II - ALMAGORES
Almagores II - ALMAGORES
03/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 13 - Leichtwindsegeln

In der Früh kommt Wind auf, nach dem Frühstück gehts ans Segelsetzten. Wir setzen den Gennaker und machen bei leichtem Wind 3kn Fahrt. Nicht berauschend aber besser segeln als motoren. Nach Sichten des Wetterberichtes wird klar, dass auf der Höhe wo wir uns befinden die nächsten Tage kein stärkerer Wind gemeldet wird. Ab 18° 00´,0N jedoch schon, also beschliessen wir in Richtung Wind zu motoren. Und tatsächlich nach 4h motoren in Richtung SW frischt der Wind deutlich auf. Wir setzen die Genua und bäumen diese aus, das Groß setzten wir auch, jedoch auf der anderen Seite, um Schmetterlin zu fahren. So rauschen wir dahin!Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


03/12/2016

Nisida - Hot! Hot! Hot!

Getting really hot now! Its funny how something as simple as having a shower can be such a luxury!Nisida is making decent progress almost dead downwind to St lucia, as of 1600 gmt we have 663nm to go.. read more...


03/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 14 Nacht 13

Hallo Zusammen, wir hatten eine richtig gute Nacht und haben gut Strecke zurück gelegt. Um 05.00 Uhr haben Sigi und Ich Wache übernommen und komische Geräusche aus dem Vorschiff wahrgenommen. Um 07.30 Uhr haben wir das Spifall als Verursacher definiert und in gemeinsamer Teamarbeit das Fall in nur 15 Minuten gewechselt und der Spi ist wieder gestanden. War aufregend aber hat hervorragend geklappt, mein Dank gilt der gesamten Crew. Der Wind wurde am Vormittag noch besser die Richtung hat auf E – ESE gedreht, so konnten wir zusätzlich zum Spi auch noch das Groß setzen und fahren seither mit Geschwindigkeiten zwischen 8 bis 12 Knoten über Grund. So haben wir von 13.00 Uhr Freitag bis 13.00 Uhr Samstag eine Strecke von 176 sm zurück gelegt, endlich mal wieder ein gutes Tagesetmal. Im. read more...


03/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Wind no Engine on

“23:19,92 37:52,25W” The time has come to start the engine after another 2 days of next to nilwind. People have to be in places next week and the wind seams to be staying lowso we have started the engine and now moving at  6-7 knotts towardCaribbean to either Marigot bay or Rodney bay depending on date we close in onthem .Consensus was to put on and enjoy a few days in St lucia for the ones thathave to fly home on the 15th . looking at the grib files we see 5-10 knot winds for next 2 days with itonly increasing tuesday to 10-15 so we will turn off engine then and hopefullyhave a nice sail of 600 miles or so but if we sit here we will have the highfollow us pretty much all the way to land . The rum punch is getting warm andthe local hospitality is subsiding so keep an eye on us as we. read more...


03/12/2016

Ximera - Day eleven - Fishermans tales

14∞09.29 N - 29∞41.23 W --> 14∞08.48 N - 32∞04.48 WWhat happened to 'Day Eleven' I hear you cry.To be honest we had great plans to write an epic poem that would go down in history and maybe one day appear in text books for children to study. The problem with that is that great poems are not written in a day and we have been slow coming up with rhymes for 'Mahi Mahi'!So read on and you'll find something very exciting at the end! ...The fridge has been a problem since yesterday and we are out of metaphors for the butter melting, along with other goods that we're eating fast. The great news of today is that we have caught a mahi-mahi and a tuna! Our fishermen (Simon 'New Rod', Piers '50p Charity Shop Rod' and Will (Hand-made Handline) got the fishes that they have been searching for over. read more...


03/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 13: Its still rock and roll for me

Day 13: Its still rock and roll for me   Last night we carried on rocking and rolling with the rhythm of the ocean.We had very little wind and what was present carried on being fluky andcyclonic.  Our genoa flogged and beat a tune to the Gods of the heavens andthe sea.  It asked for wind but its call went unheard.  It was aneerie night on watch.  The sea was a glassy black with a hint of mist onits surface.  There were no clouds in sight and the heavens had a clarityand brightness that lit up the night.  The planets cast light trails on thesea surface in random directions like the arms of a slightly quirky clock   Unsurprisingly at daybreak we had some more sail repair work needed tosecure the tape at the foot of the sail.  We are using our. read more...


Ximera - Day eleven - Fishermans tales
Ximera - Day eleven - Fishermans tales
03/12/2016

Mustique - Day 13 - Blog ?? - it all blends together eventually....

What day is it? This has started to become a common question on our trip. We have 850 miles to go, some fantastic wind and the parasail is taking us along at nearly 8 knots. The temperature is steadily rising as we head farther south and all our sun tans are coming along nicely.The captain continues to produce amazing food, with last evening’s bean stew providing some useful extra wind. Fisherman Dave is feeling the pressure after 2 days of no fresh fish!We have started to think about water rationing, and the use of the spa has been restricted to one sauna a day. The water maker has been running on overtime!Biscuitgate - Carol and Liv entered into a highly competativ game of Yahtzeewith very high stakes, the last packet of animal biscuits (or crackers, as the Americans like to say).. read more...


03/12/2016

Koco - 13.Tag auf See

Die Nacht haben wir gut überstanden. Fahrt ca. 5-6 Knoten. Der Morgen beginnt wieder mit viel Sonne. Ein ausgiebiges Frühstück lässt uns gut in das Wochenende starten. Die Angeln sind wie jeden Morgen von Dieter ins Wasser gebracht worden. Tagsüber fahrt mit 5-7Kn. Wind bei 10-13kn. Auch heute keine Fisch an der Angel. Ansonsten viel Sonne, Luft-Temperaturen um die 27-30 Grad. Weiter geht es in die Nacht, ohne besonderen Vorkommnisse. [Text: CL]-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW messageto:HBY4855@sailmail.comIf you DO use your reply button, be sure to. read more...


03/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 12 & 13 - No tradewind, no fish, cooking some different

Hi friends of PkBoo.Hope you are well. We have very, very light winds condition; so also our recruiting program for fishes as fall down together with the speed of the boat.So, looking for new ideas, yesterday we explored new recipes: potatoe's pasticcio, eggs with truffle and a sort of mini cheesecake. Finally a Nespresso, what else?Today we are trying to catch the wind with our friend parasailor, Bob, the speed doesn't increase more than 3 kts. Sigh! Thanks to my friend Gianluca from Milan, who helps us with forecast; we are now sailing a bit southern to reach moderate wind, St Lucia direction. The crew hope to find it in the afternoon and hope you can join us in these pray at 17 UTC. Just in case we don't find, we are thinking to change the program in a kitchen masterclass; if someone. read more...


03/12/2016

SuperTramp - day 13

After a couple of days of light winds and a very frustrated crew, we have again found the wind by sailing south.Yesterday was a hectic day catching up on 'housework' and washing. I'm sure the amount of ARCt shirts hanging out to dry gave us a few more knots!We had frittatas for lunch and the very last of our salad. I also baked my first loaf of bread on board which was a huge success and went down very well with our supper of turkey meatballs in a lovely rich sauce made by Will. He was going to make a curry, only silly me took minced turkey out of the freezer instead of turkey strips.But then we still have the curry to look forward to! It is so true that the highlight of the day is mealtimes.I am very pleased how our provisions have lasted and my thanks go to Sophie and Alison who helped. read more...


03/12/2016

Delfini - Blog

We are still experiencing extremely light conditions but making slow progress towards St Lucia - last night was deemed film night and James set up his MacBook Pro on the hatch and with Keith's Bose sound dock thing over blue tooth we enjoyed Independence Day with a glass of freshly made water from the water maker and mars bar - fabToday is calm again - we are attempting to make a bit of south where (apparently) there might be a bit. Of wind but steering 240 results in a fairly limp spinnaker and most of the time 4 knots of apparent wind which will take us 48 hours, so we are compromising between speed a and direction to minimise the distance to go - iPad says 1445 miles :-(Fresh Meat in the fridge is still ok although now only 4 or 5 meals to go, so tins are on the horizon and we are. read more...


03/12/2016

Beltana II - Day Forteeen (14)

Last 24 hours we made 163 NM and 6.79 knots so we are going well now,racing to the finish line 1400Nm away. Paul has promised us a almb roast tonightto mark the crossing of the 38 degree west mark a miles stone – about half wayjust looking at the east west meridians. All the fishing lines are set, but nothing yet today.  It is reallyfunny to watch Johnny react to the load call “FISH FISH” which we all call outwhen the reel goes off with a strike. No matter where he is, even sleeping inhis bunk, he comes racing up the companionway sleepy eyed and springs to the rodto reel it in!  How do you make a dentist move faster that Usan Bolt –Shout “FISH”.  Today Jono is going with a deep sea squid, Paul has a littlespoon on the is spinning beautifully behind the classic Mackay. read more...


02/12/2016

Beltana II - Day Thirteen and we are enjoying the trade winds for sure

Just then we had three fish strikes together, and wouldn’t you know it,Paul and I both lost ours, and Johnny landed his!!  But what Johnny didn’tknow was that Graham landed another fish on Johnny’s line while he wasnapping!! So I think the score board looks like JR – 2; POG – 1.5; JM – 7.5; Beltana– 1; GK – 0.5.  keep up the good work – guess what Fish for lunchtoday. We have just plotted our position, planned the route from here, measuredthe distance (1,570NM) and run the numbers based on average speed and it lookslike we make landfall between 12-14th December DEPENDING ON THE WIND, so that isnot too bad............. Bye for now Jono   and then the afternoon became slightly more eventful........in light of theaverage speed required (as described above) the crew are now. read more...


03/12/2016

White Satin - Life is a rollercoaster

1404 miles sailed 1600 miles to goDavid commented yesterday that he felt that we had finally 'begun' andindeed we have.Last night's card school was interrupted for a sail changefrom the parasailor to the white sails as the wind picked up - just in time.45 miles have been covered in the last 6 hours, we are positively flyingalong; although we do not expect to keep up this pace continuously we arestarting to smell the rum punch.It is like being on ThunderMountain/Nemesis though as you surf down the waves - you feel like closingyour eyes and holding your hands in the air.Today's photo shows David holding a (deceased) flying fish, which probablylanded on the deck overnight.Then in true Addey style, and upholding theBushcraft philosophy that no living thing should ever give up its. read more...


White Satin - Life is a rollercoaster
White Satin - Life is a rollercoaster
03/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-12-03

Saturday 2nd December Fishing SpreeWe have had a hand line out the stern of the boat for the last couple of days. On the first day of using it, and whilst trying to untangle a birds nest, we caught a Dorado. Most on board labelled it a fluke, questioning the eye sight of the fish etc. and saying it would never happen again. Anyway, we all enjoyed a tasty morsel, if not an entire supper.Roll on Friday, the 3 optimists on board were still fishing, the doubters were still doubting, when a Dorado the size of the tender was ensnared Fishing HeavenOur three optimistic fishermen, Fc, Tomasz and Tony have suffered many barbed jibes about their fishing prowess. The first Dorado landed was thought a fluke and dismissed as such, but undeterred they persevered and landed his twin brother. read more...


03/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 13: Sunset Martinis

Bluewaft Log Day 14Saturday 3 December 201619°05’.375N 042°52’.924WTwo weeks in and all’s well.1,100 nautical miles to go!We’ve had goodwind nudging up to 25kts true ENE all day and have enjoyed the smoothersailing using the gennaker on a beam reach, making an average of over 6knots.No trouble with squalls last night – but a few around this morningand some light showers.So our more northern route seems to be payingdividends (forecast was for 5-10kts).Nice not to be using the engine andhaving enough fuel in reserve for the last few miles if required (touchwood)!Yesterday was our best fishing day yet.Plenty of flying fish around thedeck.3 mahi mahi and Marcus landed a barracuda (we let the 2nd one go).We decided to take the rods in until we’ve eaten what we have …so fish fordinner. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 13: Sunset Martinis
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 13: Sunset Martinis
03/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 12: Rollin’ in the deep

Day 12: Rollin’ in the deep   Today had been a day of rolling. A sloppy side to side motion as we arebecalmed again and have variable, slight, fluky winds. We have spent the daylooking at the deep blue of the ocean and scanning the horizon for boat andbirds.  Both have been absent from view.  The roll is an odd movementas we lollop from side to side.  Its not particularly relaxing and LC seemsto find it hard too.  She creaks and groans as she rolls and gives herselfup to the dance of the sea.  Though the surface of the sea is glassy, theundulations of the ocean mean that we are still having a wave motion rolling atus gently from the east.   Today we have sorted our onions!  When we provisioned we based ouronion order on one to two per day and asked. read more...


Bluewaft - Marcus catches a Barracuda
Bluewaft - Marcus catches a Barracuda
03/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - The turtle run

“23:19,92 37:52,25W” The turtle run today sent us back by 2 miles at one stage as we had windsof 1 to 2 knots but that just gave us all the more reason to swim, clean thehull and waterline and while the guys cooked food for passing yachts (well itlooked like it because of quantity )  we somehow managed to consume it all.a couple of bottles of las Palmas finest white wine and we were back onto go promovies , later in the day Rob decided to eliminate all our hard work by droppinghis go pro so we are down to a couple and are now trying to recreate what wehave lost . well so much for safety straps on his . food working out well but nothanks to our fishermen who haven't pulled anything out of the water besidesthat lovely sailfish . bread smell nice now and a last evening drink before. read more...


03/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 14 ARC race 2016 - Well and truly settled!!!

Fourteen days at sea and we well and truly settled into life at sea.Watches run smoothly and we have adjusted to four hours on, four hours off.Rigs and Rob are still producing good meals but we are running out of green veges.The first round of washing has happened and the boat is surprisingly clean, tidy and mostly pong free.Rigs blocked the toilet last night so has a job to do to clear it out in the morning.We have all been getting along well, but are running out of small talk (jobs, family, work, general interests) and moving into a secondary phase of understanding others' foibles.Rigs, as expected is always relaxed and mostly under control, but has developed and obsession with our position relative to the other boats, and his face lights up when the next position update is downloaded.. read more...


03/12/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 13

02 DecemberYeeeyyy we see a boat at the horizon. It is, actually, a boat from ARC! Today we had some good downwind sailing, some failed big fight with some kind of fish, and some wild ocean life cinema session at the saloon. Now is time for some cook, "febras" e "favas" for dinner!Parabens Pai! Diverte-te aí por terra firme, por aqui tudo tranquilo.Simao. read more...


03/12/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 11 & 12

Log Day 11 & 12 - 30 November & 01 DecemberWe have once again been hampered by very light winds - not even enough to keep a sail full.Our progress is haltingly slow, with short periods of sailing and long periods of motoring.Nonetheless, we are having a great time and are enjoying the sunshine, food and friendship.We have been practising celestial navigation, taking sextant shots of the sun most every day.We each do our own shots and sight reductions, then compare notes under the watchful eye of Patrick, our on-board RYA Yachtmaster instructor.It is quite remarkable how accurately one can navigate with a sextant and good watch! On top of it all, we caught another Mahi Mahi today, and Patrick turned that into a wonderful curry dish for dinner. We were all looking satisfied and. read more...


02/12/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K Big Bang Days

3. December 2016Had the big Parasailor up again in the morning. Wow! Good winds and what a speed. But as well a lot of pressure. So with a big bang again the second mast top block broke. Parasailor in water. Same procedure as yesterday.Now no working halyard left at the mast. What to do? Up the mast and install a new one. So in the middle of the ocean with wind force 4 to 5 and quite some waves: skipper up the mast. That's an adventure for a senior! Managed everything alright. Had a nice view up there.What else happened?That was enough, wasn't it? Caught no fish.480 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


03/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 13

Robert´s reiselogg dag 13:Livet er herlig :-)Sist døgn er det beste døgnet vi har hatt, med en gjennomsnittsfart på 7,4 knop :-)Da jeg stod opp i dag morges seilte vi bare med genoa, da det hadde vært litt ruskete på natten og skipperen valgte å berge genaker ved 7 tiden.Ved 9 tiden ble den satt igjen.Jeg var oppe i 11,8 knop da jeg satt "bro-vakt"Bro/brua = der man styrer båtenJanne vant distansekonkuransen i dag, og fikk premie av overstyrmann :-)I dag er det Mona og Pær´en som har byssetjeneste.Dagens meny:Pasta med pestosaus og kylling.Nydelig som alltid :-)I morgen er det pizza...lørdagspizza :-)Under middagen i dag ble det nevnt at vi kanskje skulle ha bananasplit til dessert, siden vi har både bananer og syltetøy, så skipperen har send "recepie request" på iskrem til ARC. read more...


03/12/2016

Shalan - Day 13

15:16N 047:07W@2358UTCBeautiful!Shalan is working well and his dedicated crew! Today the asymmetric spinnaker was flying, we were doing some nice surfs above 14kts, then around sunset a black sky was coming closer and we adapted ourselves to the caprices of mother nature's,the code O was in the air a few minutes later. It is night now, another pitch black night with a perpendicular swell who makes shalan a bit rolling even with full sails up..I think Andrew had his dream fish and now I don't see any lines in the water, that still in our mind that monster tuna! We were thinking to add some tuna in our pizzas but we already turned as a tuna to be honest, tuna steak, tuna tartare X2, pasta and tuna, sashimi tuna, well I think I'd like a beef fillet please!The last 2 days were a bit. read more...


Shalan - Day 13
Shalan - Day 13
03/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - We're here!!!!!

We've arrived!!!I'm pleased to announce that 20:14:04 local time, Endeavour of Cork crossed the finish line - wayhayyyyyy!!!We're all tied up now, and as soon as feet hit the dock the heavens opened and it hammered down rain just to make us feel at home - but only for about two minutes!A nice man just arrived with a tray of rum punch for us, so I'm not going to linger here much longer - but hi to everyone from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia!!!Cheers everyone!From an ecstatic Endeavour of Cork - over and out!!! :) :) :). read more...


02/12/2016

Albatross - 13th day at sea

Dec 2 - All is well. We are 1,264 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,418 miles behind us. There is a high pressure north of us that carries very light wind. The new strategy from the weather router is to have us head south on a 220°course until we reach the trade winds, which are about 150 miles south.Yesterday at 8:00 pm the wind went down to 5 knots, from aft, we switched on the engine and motor-sailed until 2:00 am, sailed for two hours when the wind picked up, and then at 4:00 am went back to motor sailing. Now, at 8:00pm, we are back sailing, a heading of about 210°-220°, with 12 knots of wind coming from about 70°, and making 5-6 knots of speed. Full main, no jib.Today we saw two boats, a sailboat going south, probably to St Lucia, and a 100 ton Cargo going north, which. read more...


02/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWELVE - WIND AND SQUALLS

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} The wind came up at 19.00 last night with the arrival of a couple of Atlantic squalls. These are amazing – very dark clouds, low in the sky, with curtains of rain beneath them. Big wind shifts as the squalls approach – up to 30/40 degrees so the autopilot is steered by the wind vane and we go where the wind takes us. The squalls pass through quickly though in the main, and we revert to the normal heading (285 degs) shortly thereafter. The Bistro Parisien was open on Boni Venti last night – steak, mini roast potatoes and green beans with a great drop of Rioja on the side! Karen’s cooking is superb as always – and we haven’t had the same main. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWELVE - WIND AND SQUALLS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWELVE - WIND AND SQUALLS
02/12/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - Another brief relationship bites the dust

Alas the fix to the DuoGen didn't last. After a night of fast revolving union, the DuoGen spat out the toilet brush handle early the next morning shattering hopes of a long term fix. However being the tart she is, by early evening she had a new love, this time a far butcher solid 16mm stainless steel one stolen from the rigging spares box. So far this is a longer lasting fix and its more likely the DuoGen will tire first in this relationship.That aside, all is well. We could do with more wind - its looking like our ploy to head north, whilst initially gaining us a lot of ground is not so good. The position reports suggest that the boats that have gone way down South are now in significantly better breeze.Its now warm - well actually its very hot when the sun is out, sun shades are a must. read more...


02/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 13 -Dieselmotor er en fin tiing når værgudene er vrange

Etter en god del "learning by doing" har vi fått til å laste ned såkalte GRIB-filer over satelittelefonen til PC, fått sw til å funke og klart å tolke disse filene. Dette er værmelding i form av grid-filer som kan legges over draft på kartplotter sw. En må spesifisere utbredelse, oppløsning og tidsspenn i form av en mail med spesielt format. Værkartet viser vindretning og styrke f.eks hver 6. time. Værmeldingen fra ARC er et tekstvarsel for 48 timer relatert tilet noe stort definert rutenett. Denne har vi blitt "lurt av" flere ganger. Den blir for grovkornet. Posisjonsrapporten som vi får fra ARC en gang i døgnet viste at båtene sør for oss hadde mye mer fremdrift enn oss. På det grunnlag fant vi ut at nå måtte pelle oss ned til 18./19. breddegrad snarest. Metrozonisk Institutt hadde jo. read more...


02/12/2016

Ximera - Day twelve - Milestones

14∞08.48 N - 32∞04.48 W --> 13∞58.51 N - 34∞23.50 WWe are always in the middle of something.At 4 o' clock AM we are in the middle of the 13∞ parallel and at 4 o'clock PM we are in the middle of our crazy route from Canary Islands to Caribbean - via East of Cape Verde islands. Half-way point, with 1650 miles to go and 1650 miles already done - unless we decide to say 'hello Venezuela' because we think that there is more wind at the south of the 12∞ parallel... ?But today someone between us is also contemporary on top, and at the end and at the beginning of something else: on top of another personal woman-earth revolution around the sun: today it's Michelle's birthday! The whole day is dedicated to strange blue-water celebrations with streamers, champagne, singing, poems and piano. read more...


Ximera - Day twelve - Milestones
Ximera - Day twelve - Milestones
02/12/2016

Sanya - sanya blog

2016-12-2 20.00 UTCTEAM SANYA VO70Finally tonight we will gain the finish. The routing shows less than 60 miles to the finish at the moment. Our last night at sea was quiet, light winds, the clocks actually showed some info and we had stars, as to compensate for the night before, which was the darkest we had had. Today we averaged around 12,5 knots of boat speed and are gybing our way around the rhumline towards Saint Lucia. There were some big showers this morning, of which some of us, including me, made use of as a natural shower to wash up. So relatively clean, my hair washed, some last pieces of clean clothing on, we are ready for the finish, cold beers and rum cola. People are starting gathering their stuff from all around the boat, flight information is coming in and our adventure. read more...


02/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 12

A bit of excitement on the fishing front - we had hooked yet another small to medium Dorado and had iust almost landed, when out of the deep came a big dark blue monster from the deep- we are pretty much agreed it was a marlin- he took our whole fish clean of the line, leaving us some nice gouges on our fishing line.Then , a while later we had a big hit on the fishing rod- this was a BIG fish the way the line raced out- unfortunately, it was indeed  too big for our line - the first time we have experienced a broken line! Now it was getting boring- we later hooked a really nice sized wahoo- which was quickly and expertly dispatched by first mate Richard. We have finally now come into the famed TRADE WINDS! we are now enjoying 18- 20 plus knots of wind, and its actually pushing us. read more...


02/12/2016

Merci Papa - Of the difference between a well-fed crew and a fed-up one

Of the difference between a well-fed crew and a fed-up oneWhen six French sailor embark on a multi-week journey, culinary expectations are not abating for the gourmet crew.Protein bars and instant coffee are not welcome on board Merci Papa – LEVEL 42, a brand spanking new Lagoon 42. Neither for a day trip, nor for a Transatlantic voyage. And low tide is not a concept applicable to the wine cellar.As we put the final touch to the provisioning in Las Palmas, two of the six crew are dedicated to making sure that meals will meet expectations on the supposedly two-week journey ahead of us. Shopping started weeks ago at the Boucherie de Léon (Landes, France) as premium meats from Jerome Turpin, were vacuum-packed and frozen in meal size pouches. Charcuterie and foies gras from the. read more...


02/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 12

More good weather but no wind, Nick and Joxer worked on the ARC weather charts this morning and have hatched a cunning plan to go further south to find the predicted winds so its engine on and heres hoping. In the meantime another dorado was caught by Jox, a fine one. another swim and a big clean boat including bucketing the decks with sea water so now we are ready again. Come on wind .Earlier Bill spotted a pair of seabirds which hung around the boat for quite awhile . He thought they resembled Bermuda long tails but not quite, his best guess was some type of tern . They had a long single tail feather as long as their body . We were visited again by dolphins ,perhaps the same as our dolphin visitors of yesterday.This morning we were 1100 miles from St Lucia .It will be good to get that. read more...


02/12/2016

VAVA-U - Bergfest ? 01.12.16 - 11. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Nächte sind mittlerweile so mild, dass wir nicht einmal mehr Jacken oder Schuhe brauchen. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang kommt endlich der Wind zurück und wir hissen den Spinnaker. (Bild Spinnaker hissen)(Bild Spinnaker ist oben)Danach darf die Morgenwache das erste Türchen vom Adventskalender aufmachen. Schon ein bisschen surreal, so mitten am Atlantik bei morgendlichen 30 Grad. Wir genießen ein ausgiebiges Frühstück und versammeln uns dann auf dem Vorschiff, lassen die Korken knallen und feiern bei einem/zwei Glas Sekt unser „Bergfest“, das irgendwann in der vergangenen Nacht war. (Bild Bergfest)Die Hälfte der Strecke ist geschafft, unglaublich. Beim gestrigen Abendessen wurden die Wetten zu Ankunft und erster Landsichtung abgegeben. Die Tipps gehen vom 8. – 10.. read more...


02/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 13

Gestern war das erste mal Badetag. Ronny musste an die Kette... Die Crew hat die Abkühlung genossen und es gleichzeitig als Duschmöglichkeit genutzt.Der Wind nimmt zu! Heute morgen konnten wir endlich den Motor ausschalten, was für eine Wohltat! Inzwischen steht der große Spi und die GATSBY läuft mit annähernd 9kn. Die Kniffelduelle steigern sich. Ansonsten wird viel gelesen und entspannt. Die Gourmetsküche wird immer noch gut betrieben und bringt köstliches Essen hervor.Erster fliegender Fisch an Deck. Spannende live Reportage von unseren Bootsvögeln bei der Nahrungsaufnahme. St. Lucia rückt näher. Aus unserem 5er Gespann vom Start in Mindelo vor zwei Tagen sind wir seit gestern früh erster. Inzwischen ist keiner der anderen mehr zu sehen.Mal sehen, was die nächsten Tage noch. read more...



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