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Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
Bluewater Mooney - Vor dem Start
23/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 1-A Rough Flying start

Vi hadde en tøff start igår med store bølger og opptil kuling i kastene.Dette holdt seg gjennom natten, så vi gikk 1 times skift. Det er fantastiskhjelp å Will og Emily ombord.   Barna har det etter forholdene bra, og er i ekstase over å ha vunnetkonkurransen om a få ta med ARC bamsen Sailor Ted over atlanteren. Han harallerede lekt masse og fått sin egen dagbok.. read more...


23/11/2015

Hera - Allein auf weiter Flur

Die meisten Crewmitglieder haben nun das erste Mal die Erfahrung einesNachtsegelns gemacht. Wind und Welle haben uns trotz des einzigen kräftiggerefften Großsegels gut voran gebracht. Die Bordroutine muss sich für diekommenden Wochen erst einspielen. Aufs gemeinsame Frühstück haben die meistendankend verzichtet. Wir fahren ein Dreiwachsystem von jeweils 6 h. SeitSonnenaufgang sind auch die letzten Nachbarboote hinter dem Horizontverschwunden. Die “Hera” läuft jetzt mit der üblichen Passatwindbesegelung(Schmetterling mit ausgebaumtem Vorsegel) vor einem achterlichen Wind von 25 knmit 8 kn über Grund auf Kurs 240 Grad. Allmählich rückt der Zeitpunkt für dieRoutenwahl nach St. Lucia näher. Zur Auswahl stehen die kürzere aber häufigruppigere Nordroute, die Südroute über die Kapverden mit der. read more...


23/11/2015

Hejira - Kit failure at the 'pointy end'.

13 42.922N 036 30.497WMonday 23rd November 2015Although the rest of the crew enjoy the moon for their watches, it is long gone by my watch so I could not spot the problem until the first light of dawn. The first ‘giveaway’ was a slack luff on the starboard Yankee then I could see that the bow sprit was canted at an awkward angle – something was wrong. This gave me a good excuse to ‘beat to quarters’ and knocking on everyone’s door, I soon had a full crew on deck ready to take on all comers. The drop nose pin through the bowsprit bracket had worked out (this has happened to me before and I should have known better !!!!!) and this had bent the bracket so that it wouldn’t re-attach. Some smart work with 12mm studding, washers and nuts forced the bracket back into useable shape – phew. I. read more...


22/11/2015

PG Roshni - 22/11 2000 Main Line

16:21.0N 38.17.0WDropped the boom into the cockpit, the kicker came off surprisingly easily and Ali managed to stitch the leech using a piece of webbing in 4.5 hours. Using sail repair patches and tape the tear was covered and we hoisted again at around 4pm. Sadly while the webbing holds well the tape is lifting so we will probably have to have another go tomorrow. Fingers crossed it holds tonight.Going head to wind is quite emotional - the seas are big and 25kn breeze in your face while holding on the mast to raise and lower asap is not exactly a good night out.Running at 10kn+ now again most of the time.Susan has been a star keeping moral and food going on her cooking day - I'm cook tomorrow - the bar is set quite high after a fab potato and cheese pie...All of us need more sleep. read more...


22/11/2015

Bamarandi - Sunday 22nd November mileage update

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22/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 4

More gusts this morning so reefed main and yankee to slow down allow hydrovane to keep better control - otherwise we were charging around all over the shop.Shame, it was fun seeing speeds of 10 knots! Otherwise more of the same, slightly cloudy skies and a few drops of rain, but not even enough to wet the deck.Got to 1500 miles to go at lunchtime today, not quite sure how to celebrate?Apparently Moonshine has individual chocolate bars for each crew labelled for each milestone, and another boat was thinking icecream - maybe virtual icecream?Not quite sure what to do about the time, as over 35W now could put clocks back an hour, but I think we prefer to have light in the evening rather than morning so will leave them on Cape Verde time just now.Have to go back 4 hrs by St Lucia though.. read more...


22/11/2015

Exody - Days 310-315: Durban, Drakensberg, Mandela

Exody was first of the fleet to leave Richards Bay on the evening of Monday16th riding the short weather window southwestwards to Durban with a robust NNE'ly taking us there rapidly under very well reefed genoa alone.  Arriving early Tuesday in this substantial and busy port, we had to negotiate large vessels on the final approach and were barely anchored before the marina launch came to direct us to a berth.  We spent about two hours doing our clearances which are required at every port here. After lunch at the Point Yacht Club we were soon snoozing off the night's passage - the rain and wind both rising on schedule at nightfall.  We were happy to be securely berthed!We took a guided walking tour of the Durban downtown  Warwick and Victoria markets in the pouring. read more...


Homer -
Homer -
Homer -
Homer -
22/11/2015

Homer

Hi,This is the first blog from Homer on the 2015 ARC Atlantic Race. We are a crew of 9 who are in the process of getting to know each other. We will take turns producing a daily blog and can therefore introduce ourselves as we go along.I'm Ray Butler, english, 64 years old, a retired engineer.The last two days have been taken up with purchasing a mountain of supplies which have gradually been packed in every corner of the boat.Ray. read more...


22/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - 22/11-2015: off and away and back...

Great start for us on the Hanse Sailor. However, we felt quite thirstyafter all excitement so we went back to enjoy couple of more beers on theSailors Bar.  . read more...


22/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 22-11-15: Gestart!

We zijn onderweg, met een stevige NE-wind zijn we gestart. Een beetje aanlij van het grote veld en daardoor dicht bij het marine startschip, maar wel opeen mooie positie. Nu anderhalf uur later schuiven we lekker naar voren metenkele van de grotere boten in onze klasse en halen we ook al een paar kleinereboten van de wedstrijdklasse in die eerder gestart waren. Op ons gemak met vol grootzeil en genua, ons plan is om voor donker al tegijpen zodat we rustig over de andere boeg kunnen eten en de nacht in kunnengaan. Topsnelheid tot dusverre is 17,4 knopen  Morgen meer! wlEmoticon-smile[1]. read more...


22/11/2015

Bamarandi - Sunday 22nd November - Change of Tictacs

0 0 1 355 2025 Bamarandi LLP 16 4 2376 14.0 Normal 0 false false falseEN-US JA X-NONE/* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0cm 5.4pt 0cm 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0cm; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-ansi-language:EN-US;}Position 16.37.685N 036.32.231WIf you have been following our track you will have seen it change overnight from tacing back and forth to straight line. We dropped our mainsail and tied. read more...


23/11/2015

Vitamina - 4 days on board

After 4 days sailing with very good ENE wind about 15-20 knots and sunnydays.....we are enjoying so much! We have more friends on board..fliyingfishes!!! jumping over the desk.....we are going to try to fish other dolphinlike we fished in the Canarias-Cap verde trip. We spending the days cooking...gazpacho, tortilla de patatas, vegetablecream, hamburguers.....and reading, listening music and “playing”  with theGeennaker... We speak every day with all the fleet by SSB, sharing yoghurtsreceips...jajaja.....weather forecast and we feel more safety In 10 miles we will cross the 1.500 miles line and we will expect celebrateit eating pizza and ice cream! To be continued..... I miss my twin sister a lot.....  . read more...


22/11/2015

Cookelu meu - report #2

Strong winds from northeasterly directions and big seas were the prevailing conditions during the last two days. Cookelu meu is handling it very well although last night we had a material failure. The pin holding the autopilot piston to its tiller arm parted and we had to heave to for 3 hours to replace it with a M12 bolt. We hope it will hold until St. Lucia.Yesterday we baked our first loaf of bread but still no yogourt.We are all well. We are still 1580 nm from the finish line. Panos on Cookelu meu. read more...


22/11/2015

Hejira - Jaws !

13 49.805N 033 56.236WSunday 22nd November 2015Deciding (probably wrongly as the wind strength panned out) to stick with our sailplan and have a safe day tracking downwind, I was fearing that I would not have much to report but how wrong could I be. Mid-afternoon, Bob called to say that the Watt & Sea (hydrogenerator) downhaul had slipped and it had risen so the propeller was thrashing along the surface. This had happened before (needs a better solution) so I knew it was life jacket and safety line, shin down the transom to the bathing platform, disconnect the electrical output to reduce the load, step over the back holding onto the pushpit and step on the head of the unit, transferring weight while someone pulls on the downhaul to win the angle as it is gained. I don’t know whether. read more...


22/11/2015

Hera - Wenige Minuten bis zum Start

Die ersten Schauer sind durch und Klärchen strahltzur Abschiedszeremonie. Die Crew sieht dem Start entspannt und erwartungsvollentgegen. Die Wassertanks wurden noch randvoll gemacht unddie "Hera" macht nach einem letzten Reinschiff ein schmuckes Bild, auch wenn derFlaggenschmuck bereits herunter genommen wurde. Unsere Crew auf dem Abschlussfoto: hinten von links nach rechts: Rickard, Timm,Jonathan, Frank, Stefan vorne von links nach rechts: Gernot, Wolfgang,Petra, Robert   Stefan IMG_9780. read more...


Hera - Wenige Minuten bis zum Start
Hera - Wenige Minuten bis zum Start
22/11/2015

PG Roshni - Flogging ! 22/11 0615

16:57.0N 36:38.4WAfter a relaxed day and some great downwind sailing with the pole a moments loss of concentration by me at 8pm last night trying to see if another flying fish had landed in the cockpit . The result was a big flog of the main after running too deep and a biggish tear in the leech of the main about 3/4 way up. :(. So been sailing on the jib all night still going in the right direction but not great.Nice job for this morning to drop the main and stitch it up as best we can using some webbing and repair tape. Otherwise we were all catching up on sleep and washing nicely ! Beware of flogs to kit - of course I win numpty of the day (possibly trip) award..... read more...


Shiva - Fruit storage @ bathroom
Shiva - Fruit storage @ bathroom
Shiva - Shiva crew is ready for take off
Shiva - Shiva crew is ready for take off
Shiva - Selfie time
Shiva - Selfie time
Shiva - Inge busy with the last preparations
Shiva - Inge busy with the last preparations
Shiva - Preparing the "grab bag"
Shiva - Preparing the
Shiva - Daan and Nicoline are upgrading the life jackets
Shiva - Daan and Nicoline are upgrading the life jackets
Shiva - The meals for the first days are ready & the fruits are hanging
Shiva - The meals for the first days are ready & the fruits are hanging
Shiva - Nicoline having a break
Shiva - Nicoline having a break
Shiva - Herman and Gerard preparing the sails
Shiva - Herman and Gerard preparing the sails
22/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea

Decent downwind sailing all day and night with Big Blue pulling us ever closer to St. Lucia. The winds picked up this evening as we saw steady winds of18-20 kts, with gusts up to 25. The swell behind us has made for fun wave surfing. The gusty winds tend to challenge our favorite crew member, Othello Paddington Lotte, whom we just call Otto P., so a bit of hand steering practice was on the agenda for yours truly.Ahab over did it earlier today making needed repairs to our first reef (just in case we have to go back to white sails), analyzing weather data, and constantly tweaking Big Blue. He missed his morning nap, the oatmeal didn't quite cut it, so by noon he was both tangry (tired + angry) and hangry (hungry + angry), resulting in "thangry". I made minor inroads to improve his demeanor. read more...


Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
22/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea

Decent downwind sailing all day and night with Big Blue pulling us ever closer to St. Lucia. The winds picked up this evening as we saw steady winds of18-20 kts, with gusts up to 25. The swell behind us has made for fun wave surfing. The gusty winds tend to challenge our favorite crew member, Othello Paddington Lotte, whom we just call Otto P., so a bit of hand steering practice was on the agenda for yours truly.Ahab over did it earlier today making needed repairs to our first reef (just in case we have to go back to white sails), analyzing weather data, and constantly tweaking Big Blue. He missed his morning nap, the oatmeal didn't quite cut it, so by noon he was both tangry (tired + angry) and hangry (hungry + angry), resulting in "thangry". I made minor inroads to improve his demeanor. read more...


Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
Widago - St. Lucia Leg (3): Chicken of the Sea
Sunrise - Bild Sunrise Crew
Sunrise - Bild Sunrise Crew
23/11/2015

Sunrise - 23.11.2015 2. Tag

Weiter ruppiges Wetter mit Windböen, Regenschauern und größeren querlaufenden Wellen. Trotzdem einen Kochversuch Spaghetti Bolognese zugetraut. Abenteuerlich und artistisch. Gleichzeitig kochen und festhalten ist bei dieser Schaukelei nichtmöglich. Bei dem unvermeidlichen Sturz des Kochs geht glücklicherweise nicht alles verloren. Das Meiste kann man noch essen. Nur die schmerzhaft geprellte Rippe stört ein wenig dabei. Etmal 150 Seemeilen. . read more...


21/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag -1, 21.11.2015, Sunrise

Die Spannung steigt.Noch 15 Stunden. Der letzte sundowner, die letzten Gespräche Face to Face mit den anderen Crews. Bald nur noch über UKW möglich, wenn sie nicht mehr als 30 Seemeilen entfernt sind.Unter mehr als 200 Yachten trotzdem allein auf dem Ozean. Der Atlantik ist zu groß für diese Schar von Booten. Insgesamt 106 Mill. qkm, ein Fünftel der Erdoberfläche. Zum Vergleich : Europa 10 Mill. qkm, BRD 357000qkm. Da verliert man sich schon mal aus den Augen.Zum Trost für die Zurückbleibenden, haben wir noch ein künstlerisch sehr ausgereiftes Werk an der Kaimauer hinterlassen. Motiv: Die Sunrise vor der aufgehenden Sonne , im tiefblauen Meer, unter einem passatbewölkten Himmel, begleitet von majestätischen Albatrossen. Wow.Leider haben wir uns dabei farblich ganz schön zugesagt.. read more...


Marisja - Marisja log - foto crew
Marisja - Marisja log - foto crew
Marisja - Marisja log - foto voorbereiding
Marisja - Marisja log - foto voorbereiding
21/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond

Elkekeer weer is het voorbereiden van de boot voor de overtocht best een klus, maarwe hebben alles af. Vandaag de schoten uitgelegd, de juiste zeilen aan dekgehaald en de boot rondom gecontroleerd en opgeruimd.   Ook alle boodschappen zijn nu echt aan boord, en we hebben het mooier danooit in kunnen pakken. Het is waanzinnig om te zien wat er allemaal verdwijnt,maar een selectie: - 250 sinaasappels - 150 afbakbroodjes - 300 blikjes drinken - 200l flessen water - 60l melk - 4 doosjes wijn (voor Marja) - 40 potjes aardappels/groenten/etc - enkele kilo’s chocolade (dankjewel Haico) - afbakpizza’s - gegrilde kippetjes - gehaktballen en draadjesvlees - instant-noodles (dankjewel Bert) - en genoeg WC-papier voor wanneer dit weer passeert   Zodirect ook een paar foto’s van vandaag!. read more...


21/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 3

We seem to have the ocean to ourselves, only contact with others by SSB.Still going west downwind under main and poled out yankee, both slightly reefed plus a scrap of staysail to help keep her on track.Making 6 or 7 knots with occasional little surfs 8, 9, 10 knots, we can't really go any faster.Noon to noon run 158 miles.It's just a pity the generator bust and that we can't run the watermaker.Maybe it was a risk getting a 240v rather than 12v watermaker but the output is so much greater.Now we are having to be careful with water rather than filling the tank every few days.Luckily the wind and towed water generators are more or less keeping up with power requirements including Steve's SSB habit.We have turned off anything non-essential - the echosounder, the chartplotter - no point just. read more...


21/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond

Elke keer weer is het voorbereiden van de boot voor de overtocht best eenklus, maar we hebben alles af. Vandaag de schoten uitgelegd, de juiste zeilenaan dek gehaald en de boot rondom gecontroleerd en opgeruimd.   Ook alle boodschappen zijn nu echt aan boord, en we hebben het mooier danooit in kunnen pakken. Het is waanzinnig om te zien wat er allemaal verdwijnt,maar een selectie: - 250 sinaasappels - 150 afbakbroodjes - 300 blikjes drinken - 200l flessen water - 60l melk - 4 doosjes wijn (voor Marja) - 40 potjes aardappels/groenten/etc - enkele kilo’s chocolade (dankjewel Haico) - afbakpizza’s - gegrilde kippetjes - gehaktballen en draadjesvlees - instant-noodles (dankjewel Bert) - en genoeg WC-papier voor wanneer dit weer passeert   Hierbij ook een paar foto’s van vandaag!. read more...


Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
Marisja - Marisja log dag -1 - Voorbereidingen afgerond
21/11/2015

Luna Quest - Saturday, 21st November, 2015

Dear Readers,We are still in the marina of the Zululand Yacht Club in Richards Bay. During the crossing from La Reunion I developed toothache and tore a tendon in my right arm. It appears that I have 3 impacted wisdom teeth that need to come out and are scheduled to come out in hospital on Thursday, 26th November, in Cape Town. My right arm needs a lot of rest and we are therefore somewhat handicapped in sailing the boat to Cape Town. We have engaged a professional yacht deliverer, who with two young lads will take Luna Quest to Cape Town and it is likely that they will set off on Tuesday, 24th November. You can follow the boat’s track on Yellow Brick. Once they arrive, we shall repossess the boat.There will not be a new blog entry until we set sail, hopefully, early January.Eric. read more...


21/11/2015

Meltemi - Tag -1 Endspurt Vorbereitung

Hallo und moin, die „MELTEMI“ Crew hat das Schiff bis zur Loadline vollgebunkert. Alles ist geprüft und für i.O. befunden.Die Startnummer und der 6. ARC Aufkleber ist angebracht. Die Spannung steigt und das Wetter wird, wie jedes Jahr zum Start, schlechter.Immer noch warm aber bewölkt und kleine Schauer sind möglich. Gruß  von der MELTEMI Crew RüdigerDSCN4054. read more...


Meltemi - Tag -1 Endspurt Vorbereitung
Meltemi - Tag -1 Endspurt Vorbereitung
21/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 4

15:33 UTC Saturday Nov. 21, 2015Position: 157.770025N, 32.916832WTHIS IS WHAT IT MUST BE LIKE ON MARS!We are currently qualifying for the next Mars mission where they leave you behind and you have to be super creative to survive.Of course I am talking about the watermaker which worked for about 4 hours last night and then packed up again. Same symptoms: stuck pistons in the "Rooibos generator” and the need to take it apart to get the pistons unstuck.2 lessons learnt today: 1: the more often you take a complex machine apart, the faster you get. 2: the pistons are stuck because there is an extremely high pressure in the cylinders. Once the water in them is evacuated they move easily.the last observation (in conjunction with some very constructive French input) finally got it. read more...


21/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 3

17:00 UTC Friday Nov. 20, 2015Position: 17.898851N, 30.697025WWATER, WATER, WATER!…I am not talking about the blue stuff surrounding us for miles on end.I am talking about the pristine fluid coming out of our watermaker.Dave and I with the help of a large support team performed extensive open-heart surgery on our watermaker by spending hours in “the cave” to take the machine apart and extract the “Rooibos generator” (we found that name to be easier to remember than “Rooboost Amplifier”). It is the large central unit in which two pistons move around (when they do) to produce the pressure with which the salt water is pushed through the membrane. In the course of events we think we now know so much about wastermakers, we could design one!Anyway, you take that apart, see the pistons, “take a. read more...