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Shiva - Tiger tuna
Shiva - Tiger tuna
Shiva - 120 cm
Shiva - 120 cm
Shiva - Daan's best catch
Shiva - Daan's best catch
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
11/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 20 on ARC (Friday): arrival to Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia!

At 02:55 am on Friday the 11th of December we stopped the engine at thesuper yacht port berth I09 in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. A fruit basket and a bottle of rum awaited on the pontoon waiting to beconsumed to celebrate our achievement.All on board are safe and sound. Now some days of relaxing on solidground.   Welcome to Caribbean man! Wanna have some smoke man?   Johan, on Hanse Sailor.    . read more...


Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away with the parasailor
Shiva - Sail away with the parasailor
Shiva - Following the sun
Shiva - Following the sun
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Sail away
Shiva - Taking a shower in a squall
Shiva - Taking a shower in a squall
Shiva - A squall approaching us
Shiva - A squall approaching us
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
10/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 19 (Thursday): gennaker shred to pieces

After having sailed with the gennaker all night, the UV rays was finallytoo much for it. Around 9 am the sail was shred quite severely without hope tobe repaired on deck. Final day on the Atlantic in daylight.  Final day on the Atlantic in daylight...   Johan, on Hanse Sailor. read more...


Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Mariette cutting plastic garbage
Shiva - Mariette cutting plastic garbage
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Ready for take off
Shiva - Ready for take off
Shiva - Breakfast onboard
Shiva - Breakfast onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Life onboard
Shiva - Manouvring towards the start line
Shiva - Manouvring towards the start line
Shiva - Off we go
Shiva - Off we go
11/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 20, laatste dag op zee

Net land gezien, nog 17 mijl naar ons waypoint boven St Lucia.We zijn er bijna....na ruim 19 dagen zeilen sinds Las PalmasEen mooi moment voor toch al enkele overwegingen:-de ARC zeilen en meer specifiek zeilen op de (blauwe) oceaan is fantastisch,-maar, wat is die atlantische oceaan GROOTdit is ook het tijdstip voor wat bedankingen:2 zaken wil ik absoluut NIET bedanken: het vele zeewier dat in de tweede helft van de tocht het vissen van Kris en het gebruik van de Watt and Sea generator bijna onmogelijk maakte en dattelkens in grote slierten aan het roer bleef hangen. En de giekneerhouder maar daarover is reeds voldoende geschreven.Wel wil ik:-de crew bedanken: Dirk, Jeroen en Kris om mij te willen vergezellen op deze ARC van +2800 zeemijl. Fantastische bemanning!!!-Remco, JanWillem en. read more...


11/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 18 - Decisions, Decisions!!

As we approach St Lucia, the course we set becomes somewhat more critical than over the past few days. Looking at wind patterns etc. we were left in a quandary as to whether we continue with a little north in our track, or whether to gybe to put in a bit more south.As it happened we stayed on a 295 degree course for the afternoon and overnight and gybed this morning onto a 265 heading. Hopefully, particularly for Crusher Whitelock, this will be our last. Not his favourite part of the voyage as he readily admits, as he quite often comments in his own inimitable way 'what's the point'. Fortunately, he does endure these events with a reasonable level of optimism, which is just as well, as otherwise we would be well on our way to South Georgia by now. I have to register my sincere apologies. read more...


11/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 20-Land Ahoy

Land i sikte! Nå kan vi se St.Lucia der borte i varmedisen. Det er sol og26 grader, vi har 15 nm igjen av en seilas på 2766nm, slett ingen“søndagstur”!   Jeg vet ikke om mine forventninger til dette var feil, eller om vi bare harhatt det litt tøffere enn andre, men jeg synes den konstante bevegelsen vi harvært i har vært veldig slitsomt. Noen perioder med blikk stille hav hadde jegnok sett for meg, selv om det også betyr null vind. Unsett, nå er vi her, vi harklart det- Been there-Done that!   Vi har spurt ombord hva de forskjellige gleder seg mest til ved å komme tilland, og svarene ble som følger:Ikke bølger, at senga står stille, en kald øl,en stoooor is x2, kald drikke, en til kald øl. Dette er altså siste oppdatering fra satelittelefonen for denne gang. Nårvi kommer på. read more...


11/12/2015

Four Seasons - Greetings from St. Lucia !!

A bit late in sending this I’m afraid but as per usual wifi is very hit andmiss here. We are getting a local sim card today so we can tether to our phone. Anyway, we got here ! 17 days 15 hours 7 minutes 7 seconds. Arriva time was22:52 local time which is 02:52 UTC. No dramas over the last 24 hours. Landfallwas made the previous evening right at sunset so in perfect time for sundowners! Total mileage was 2846 giving an average speed of 5.88 knots. Quite slowbut not bad considering all the problems we had. Top speed was 15.8 kts. Thatwas awesome. Huge bow wave, white water everywhere and the whole boat vibratinglike mad. We had loads of 12’s and 13’s throughout as well. Full report willfollow in a few days and we will keep blogging on this site so stay tuned! C & C. read more...


11/12/2015

Hera - Segelkrimi

Heute Nacht gab es ein verdächtiges Rendezvous. Ein entgegenkommenderFrachter stoppte unmittelbar vor unserem Bug in kürzester Entfernung auf. AIS war abgeschaltet und er hielt absolute Funkstille. Statt dessenversuchte er über Lichtzeichen mit uns Kontakt aufzunehmen. Offensichtlich warenwir jedoch der falsche Rendezvouspartner. Nachdem er seinen Irrtum bemerkthatte, nahm er glücklicherweise sofort Fahrt auf und verschwand in derNacht. Ansonsten läuft alles nach Plan. Wir haben noch genau 150 sm zurZiellinie.   Stefan. read more...


11/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 18 - Arrived!

December 10, 2015 – It’s 5.20PM, we need to get ready for the night. Is the top light on? Are the flash lights outside? And the life vests in the cabin? Whose watch is it? Have the dishes been done and are all loose things tightened up? Who makes tea and coffee? Mariette, did you already prepare the Snack Bag?  That’s how it went the last 17 days and nights… Right now at 5.20PM I’m sitting in the cockpit – the boat is not moving (!!) – with the laptop on my lap and a drink and a snack on my left and when I look around I don’t see just waves and sky, but I see lots of ships lying in the harbour and many people walking by or chitchatting in their cockpits or doing some maintenance activities on their ship.  We have arrived at Saint Lucia!!  Yesterday we started the night. read more...


11/12/2015

Calypso - Almost there!

The Almost End==============It just goes to show.. you can never relax!Only a day and a bit to go... and the only excitement on our horizon was the anticipation of that first "dirty beer" when we arrived. We'd even had a shower day so we wouldn't be too fragrant when we got there.And then, mid-morning as expected, the wind shifted a little and it was time for a (hopefully) final gybe. Crew assembled, jobs allocated, and... we discover that the spinnaker pole track has partly peeled away from the mast.Well that put paid to the last dash for the line and the eagerly anticipated refreshment, and now we're plodding in a much more pedestrian manner toward St Lucia.On the plus side, this means that we'll probably arrive late afternoon instead of early morning, so it should be much easier to. read more...


10/12/2015

Aliena - Jueves 10-12-2015

9º dia de navegación desde Mindelo. El tiempo es parecido al de estos días atrás aunque tenemos corriente favorable y un poco mas de viento, lo que nos viene muy bien porque con el viento que hace no nos hemos atrevido a subir el yankee y vamos solo con la mayor a buena marcha. Seguimos sin ver un alma y tampoco hemos pescado. Hemos recorrido 168 nm desde ayer y nos faltan 712 nm. Ya casi huele a tierra. Por fin Africa nos deja ir y America nos tiende una mano. Aunque muy lejos estamos a la altura de la Guayana Francesa. Estamos cansados porque el vaiven del barco hace que durmamos mal.El menu de hoy: Ensalada Waldorf-Astoria con nueces de Titaguas, Girasoli rellenos de trufa blanca con salsa de setas y queso y de postre, macedonia de fruta de dos continentes, ya veis porque vamos a. read more...


10/12/2015

Toujours Belle - Vor dem Ziel

Die letzten beiden Tage kommen wir aufgrund der Welle und der Windrichtung leider nicht so schnell vorwärts. 5,8 kn im Schnitt ist zu wenig. Daher Kreuzkurs mit achterlichem Wind. Klaus verköstigt uns super. Steak, Resotto, Pfandkuchen mit Apfelmuss, Grütze mit Pfirsichen und Griessbrei. Jetzt gibt es Putenbrust mit Reis und Pfifferling Soße. Abends gucken wir uns immer den Sonnenuntergang gemeinsam an. Der Horizont ist total im grellem kräftigen Orange. Als wenn der Horizont brennt. Sehr beeindruckend. Vergisst man nie. Die Nacht ist jetzt pechschwarz. Der Horizont ist nicht mehr zu erkennen. Alles geht schwarz ineinander über. Der Sternenhimmel so klar und deutlich. Der Himmel ist beinahe etwas grau, weil die vielen entfernteren Sterne jetzt zur Geltung kommen. Tausende von Sternen.. read more...


10/12/2015

Taistealai - Transition

Life has been a blur for the crew of Tashy since our frantic arrival, 16 days 3 hours and 43 minutes after departing from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. Surprisingly, it was not the alcoholic blur we might have expected after 17 dry days at sea, despite the very welcoming rum punch on the dock, but more a blurring of time. A mix of heat ashore, slightly fuzzy heads from the punch and a steady stream of well-wishers meant that the afternoon rapidly vanished. A team dinner in the cockpit, this time with the luxury of a cockpit table laid with cutlery and napkins in place of our usual plastic bowls, ended with Jem fading first - almost face down into his dinner! After 16 days at sea, we were all overcome with tiredness; the relief at arriving, the sadness at finishing our journey, and a long. read more...


10/12/2015

Y2K - ARC - Day 18 - 09/12

Posizione 14°31N 58°51WQuesta sera, davanti ad un ottimo riso con la salsiccia abbiamo brindato alla nostra penultima cena a bordo in navigazione. Ormai abbiamo preso il ritmo, se non fosse che abbiamo un obbiettivo davanti e che quindi abbiamo voglia di andare a terra, forse potremmo continuare ancora per moltissimo. A cena abbiamo fatto alcune considerazioni riguardo i primi giorni, durissimi, i giorni di calma vicino alla porta di Colombo dove sembrava di essere in mezzo al golfo del Tigullio, a infine a questi ultimi giorni, dove abbiamo navigato veloci e sicuri come se fossimo dei navigatori oceanici da competizione.La verità è che una traversata oceanica non è una passeggiata, la barca viene messa a dura prova così come l'equipaggio viene sballottato psicologicamene e. read more...


TWIXX - ciabatta voor lunch!
TWIXX - ciabatta voor lunch!
10/12/2015

TWIXX - nog minder dan 500m!

We hebben de 500m mijlpaal gehaald, we zeilen met een flinke snelheid. De oceaan is iets rustiger met enkele rare hoge golven tussendoor. Het is nu dag en nacht ca 27gr, maar in de wind is het heerlijk koel. Vanochtend was de bakkerij flink ik bedrijf. Jorien heeft vanochtend eerst brooddeeg gemaakt voor Ciabatta. Tijdens het rijzen heeft ze beslag voor appelkaneel muffins gemaakt en alvast gebakken voor bij de koffie. Ze waren heerlijk. Het brood is inmiddels ook gebakken en ziet er professioneel uit. En het ruikt zo lekker aan boord, iedereen wordt er vrolijk van. Gisteren heeft Frank de muziek gevonden die Cees (van de Beau) op onze computer heeft gezet. Fantastische en heerlijk nummers. We genieten nu volop van de top 100 van de top 2000. Er wordt flink meegezongen, want zelfs wij. read more...


10/12/2015

Why Not - Why Not (Richard Anthony )

We all had a very good night last night with strong winds giving us a maxspeed of 11.6 and a daily coverage of a whopping 174 miles   Hence we are due to arrive in Rodney bay a little earlier than expectedbetween 8am and 10 pm giving us a crossing of 18 days .   Keith . read more...


10/12/2015

Starblazer - 10/12/2015 - The first week in Cape Town.

As planned, we pulled up the anchor at 0500 and motored across False Bay towards Cape Point and the Cape of Good Hope.We managed to take some photos just before the fog enveloped the coastline and us!It was very sudden, with visibility less than 50 metres, we were very pleased to have a radar display in the cockpit as there was a fishing boat motoring towards us.We altered course because we didn't know if it had radar and we found the edge of the fog a bit further offshore.To amuse us on our short trip, a large pod of dolphins put on a fantastic display, leaping in unison right out of the water.Sadly I was below and missed them though John took a short video and some stills of them.Further on we found lots of seals, lazing around in groups of up to a dozen, some just waving a flipper. read more...


10/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 18 (Wednesday): dolphins

Various events on this day:A nice little group of 13 dolphins weresighted, playing(?) and exercising(?) just in front of the boat’s bow. Theyseemed quite happy about it. Stefan made full flip in the saloon after a big wave rolled the boat. Alice, the auto pilot, got relieved for a few hours as we wanted toovertake some competition (the vessel “Why not” in this case). Every 45 min wegot 1 nm closer to finally reach her at 19:10 just before dinner. Everybody onboth vessels were cheerful, confirming the existence of people on thisplanet.   Johan, on HanseSailor. read more...


10/12/2015

Likedeeler - Zu schön, um wahr zu sein (Lisa)

Mannomann. Das tönt ganz ordentlich, rauscht ganz unwirklich und fühlt sich ganz und gar irre an! Die Likedeeler hat voll Spaß dabei, auf den langen, hohen Atlantikwellen zu surfen. Das mit einer Spitzengeschwindigkeit von 13 Knoten bei gut 20 Knoten Wind. Schneller gehts einfach nicht. Das ist echt der Hammer und berauscht unsere Crew enorm. Die Fock ist nach steuerbord übergeigt ausgebaumt. Das Groß lässt sich backbord mächtig aber nicht übermäßig ins Tuch blasen, und die Likedeeler stürmt dahin als wenns kein Morgen gäbe. Jetzt, gerade bei Nacht, ist es besondes aufregend, sieht man doch die Wellen nicht, die unser Bötchen anheben und nach vorne werfen. Noch viel weniger sieht man die heimtückischen Brecher, die sich von der Seite über uns hermachen und dabei besonders gern die. read more...


10/12/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 19-To cross an ocean

Atlanterhavet N 14.19  W 58.00 , 0900 lokal tid, 1200 GMT   Den euforiske gleden av å bare se blått rundt seg som så mangelangturseilere beskriver har til nå ikke vært spesielt fremtredende om bord. Idag morges kom derimot følelsen; solen gikk opp bak meg, vindmåleren viste 20knop/10 m/s, vi gjorde god fart med et rev og litt innrullet fokk og det varegentlig litt varmt selv om jeg bare hadde T-skjorte på. Plotteren viser nåcirka 180 nm igjen, noe vi føler som nesten fremme selv om det er en god deldrøyere enn strekningen Asker til Skagen for eksempel. Vi har nå innstilt oss påmålgang i morgen fredag i stedet for lørdag, noe alle om bord er veldig godtfornøyd med.   Skipperen er også veldig fornøyd med at personskadestatistikken til nå ikkeinneholder så mye som en brukket. read more...


10/12/2015

Aliena - jueves 10-12-2015

Ayer 8º dia de navegación. Tuvimos un descosido en el yankee y tuvimos que bajarlo y coserlo, lo que con el movimiento del barco no es nada sencillo. Nos llevó practicamente todo el día, pero como había buen viento con la mayor solo hicimos buena marcha. Estamos bien. En este momento nos faltan 770nm. Mientras cosiamos la vela nos acompañaron unos delfines pequeñisimos, eran bebes como Alicia.Carmen. read more...


10/12/2015

Calypso - A Brief History of Time

It might be Thursday, or Wednesday, or even January---------------------------------------------------Time is a funny thing when you're sailing, there's the day you set off, and hopefully, the day you arrive, and then there's this sort of splodge ot days in between. The day you leave has a name you'd all be familiar with, maybe "Monday", or "Thursday" (though apparently "Friday" is bad). The day you arrive is different, for everyone else it has a name, but not for you, for you its just "today", and thats pretty much the same for that splodge of days in the middle, a whole bunch of "todays".So now throw into the mix the need to change the time as you make your way across the ocean, and you have all the ingredients for at least an hours discussion at watch handover as you try to agree on. read more...


10/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 17 - Final countdown

December 9, 2015 – The last day of our Atlantic Ocean crossing…! It started a bit tough after a night of many clouds, extreme heat, strong rains and weird wind shifts. When my night shift started I joined Herman in what was a totally grey world with no sight around us and only strong rain. The bad part of these squalls is the waves and the rock and rolling inside the boat where people are trying to sleep. The good part is that they only take 15 to 20 minutes.  Today there were no more squalls and the sky brightened up. It was still very very hot and we’ve been sitting in the shade all day. Herman and Gerard had put the parasailor up which made us go smoothly more and more towards Saint Lucia. Only 130 miles to go……..!  We’ve seen many birds today and also 3 other ships! It. read more...