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Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 3 fotos
21/11/2017

Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...

Lovely morning on the water today as we continue towards 20N30W. First squall brought some much wanted wind and now we are cruising nicely after a night of light weather. Semi-finals continue, Claire and Dave have been knocked out leaving only 3 competitors. Who will take out the grand prize? In other news, we still have no fish action, regardless of countless lure changes and discussions about which is best in which conditions. Maybe today is the day....image1. read more...


Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...
Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...
22/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°11 - Shower Power

Running water. Hot, pressurised, running water. So easily taken for granted in your everyday life. I enjoy a good shower, and it is one of the things I miss most during long voyages onboard Haji. Once upon a time there was a shower in the forrard heads. We could get the pressurised system up and running again, but with only 120L of water in the tank, it uses up our precious stock too fast. We have a solar shower that sits on deck, bulging black belly sunbathing day in, day out. By day four crew members start throwing it wistful glances, not wanting to be the first one to suggest using it. Finally, someone - and it doesn't matter who - brings it up, and within seconds, everyone is bustling about on deck. Two people set about hoisting the bag to a reasonable height, careful to protect its. read more...


22/11/2017

Mad Monkey - Regaining momentum with an extra navigational light!

Unfortunately, after our successful start across the line on Sunday, we have lost a lot of places in our fleet as we took a very wide route around the southern tip of the island and did not take full advantage of the 'inside' wind; never mind though, apparently it's not a race!Since then we've had varying winds so have been playing with the spinnakers and the code zero. The night shift just brought 8 kts of breeze which meant we were able to fly the code zero with an average boat speed of 8+ kts. All was going well until the barber haul shackle broke (we bent / broke a 6mm stainless steel shackle in 9 kts of breeze!) so we had to quickly furl in and replace it with the foresail. Amongst the rush of clipping on and standing on the side whilst frantically pulling the K5 furling line,. read more...


22/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 3 (22.11.)

Wir sind seit gestern auf einem südlichen Ausweichkurs, um einer Schlechtwetterfront auszuweichen. Über Nacht (20. auf 21.11.) hatten wir dadurch eine ruhige See bei gutem Wind. Unterwegs sind wir an die östliche Streckenbegrenzung gestoßen. Sollte sich aber nur als eine Bojenkette eines Fischers erweisen. Über Mittag erfolgte die erste rituelle Waschung der restlichen Crew mit der Pütz am Heck. Bei Sonnenschein und ruhiger See ein erfrischendes Vergnügen. Die zum ersten Mal ausgebrachte Angel mit dem grün-gelben Köder erwies sich als Volltreffer. Ein gleichfarbiger, optisch prachtvoller Mahi-Mahi von ca. 60 cm stattete der vermeintlichen Verwandtschaft einen Besuch ab und landete so als frische Steaks sofort in unserer Pfanne - lecker.Am Ende dieses Segeltages können wir weitere. read more...


22/11/2017

Hummingbird - Welcome to the moshpit, by Gina

Greetings from the race track! Ladies and gentlemen, may I introduce you to slickest and happiest crew on the ARC+. Meet:- Skipper Arrrrrr Sprot, Dragoness, still connected to her propane source;- First Mate Holly Vint, also happy to go by “Best Mate”;- Nicky, passage maker and author of “Nicky’s Nautical Notes”;- John and Fraser, headlining the “Two Australians walked into a bar” gig, now streaming live along with Sargasso mid-Atlantic;- Jen and Chris, star-gazing and star-chasing; nothing on this boat can tempt them away from their sextants, which have surely just about fused to their bodies;- Erika of Knots, talented dancer, knitter, all round happiness maker, lady of the kite;- Michelle, circumnavigator and mighty helmswoman; - Tony “CoRiley”, who is serving out a 24-hour swear. read more...


21/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimarts 21 de novembre de 2017 Hola família!Que lluny és El Far West... Que bonica és Oklahoma!Així ens hem llevat, amb la cançó de la Trinca al cap! Però és que sí el dia d’ahir va ser lent i tranquil el d’avui ni us ho explico! La veritat és que portem una bona ratxa de dies sense vent i quan el Windseeker agafa els 6 nusos fem una festa! Les guàrdies són molt lentes i a vegades desesperants però, en el fons, aquí estem, fent la travessa de l’Atlàntic!Per tant, hem decidit fer una neteja del barco i fins hi tot alguns han fet la bugada (foto 1). Cal aclarir que els calçotets esparracats no tenen res a veure amb la festassa que ens vàrem muntar ahir al vespre amb la bola de llums i la música a tot drap. Ni que la última cançó fos “Esta puede ser mi gran noche” de Camilo Sesto... Va ser. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
22/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Windless again

Yesterday evening we once again resorted to the engine as we got stuck in yet another windless hole, and our patience was running thin after hours of coaxing the boat through light wind patches. And as far as we can tell from the position reports we are not the only one running the engine. Just before midnight we got a light breeze again and we are now back under sail in a very shifty northeasterly wind.Hopefully there will be a sailable wind for the rest of trip as we have one of the smallest diesel tanks in the fleet with only 340 litres including jerrycans.. read more...


Charm - Happy 13th!
Charm - Happy 13th!
Charm - Hunting seaweed
Charm - Hunting seaweed
22/11/2017

Charm - Day 6 - seaweed!

As Joe mentioned, we have now encountered seaweed.It's like confetti sprinkled all over the ocean.Occasionally we find bands of it but mostly it's clusters of 3-5 pieces.Today, conditions were mild enough that we let the kids hang off the bow of the boat to drag in the water.They put a climbing harness on with a life jacket over it and then we tie them to a halyard and lower them until they say stop.For Marin, that's when her bottom half is under water when we're in the trough of a wave.Tully stays a bit higher and Cobin varies, depending on his mood.In the past, the main fun has been just hanging and doing tricks in the water.But today, they collected seaweed as an added challenge.Marin was so intent on having extra time that she tried to cut Tully's turn short.Tully, who had been very. read more...


21/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 3: Nachtwache

Ich höre, höre Musik.Sehe die Sterne. Es ist alles Dunkel und trotzdem sehe ich.Stehe gerade und unter mir bewegt sich alles.Die Natur ist gewaltig, aber jetzt kontrolliere ich sie, bin auf dem Boot und das Boot schützt uns, bietet uns alles, bringt uns durch das Meer. Das Boot kämpft sich allein durch das Meer, ich gehe nur Wache.Die Nachtwachen machen mich glücklich. Manchmal ist es schwer aufzustehen und raus in die Dunkelheit zu gehen. Aber dann ist es immer schön. Vielleicht es das für mich der Zauber des Segelns. Vielleicht gefällt mir so, dass ich allein bin mit zwei Dingen: Der Natur und der Technik.Es heißt immer so schön schaurig, dass der Mensch den Naturgewalten hilflos gegenübersteht. Aber das ist ja nicht so. Dieses Boot ist eine tolle Hilfe und tatsächlich beherrscht es. read more...


21/11/2017

North Star - USA - Log Day 2 - Slowing Down

The winds for us have been OK and we have been making 4-6 kts about 150 nm off the African coast heading to a point NW of Cape Verdes.As of now we have covered about 300 miles.We will turn west as soon as the winds are sure, which will be later in the week (we hope!).We enjoyed the noontime HF network and hearing about what the people were doing while becalmed.Fishing seems a great topic.We missed a chance to buy some fishing gear -- Rick was proud of the big Lasagne fish we caught fishing in th freeze box -- that's where they hide under the hotdogs.WE had that for dinner last night and that was good enough -- in fact, delicious.The net controller chuckled a little at Rick's report of our "fishing" luck.Life aboard is consistently busy. When not on watch or sleeping, there is plenty to. read more...


21/11/2017

Queen Bee - calma piatta

La nostra rotta verso sud ci ha portato in una zona di poco vento e calma piatta, l'equipaggio denuncia una certa frustrazione, immaginando le altre barche più a nord ovest correre nel vento, ma la realtà è qesta sono dodici ore che siamo praticamente fermi ! Unica consolazione la pescA, questa sera prima del tramonto, le nostre due canne in contempornea sonopartte e Andrea ha catturato, prima uno e poi l' altro due doradidi circa 3 chili ciascuno. Uno lo abbiamo sfilettato e messo in frigo, l'altro direttamente in forno con patate . Ottima cena, ma il vento ancora non arriva.... Un abbraccio . Arnaldo. read more...


21/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 3 - “That’s all I can give yea cap’n”

Another rolling night with flukey winds saw us clear of the last of the Canary Islands and in open water with not another boat in sight for the whole day.We weren’t completely alone though. Gremlins had managed to stowaway onboard yacht NoStress!The PC navigation software refused to play ball and the generator decided it only liked running for five minutes at a time.No time for chess games today.Everyone rolled up their sleeves and got to work.Lots of diagnostic tests, one spare laptop, an oil & filter change and several hours later and things still weren’t exactly going to plan.The software wasn’t fixed, but we have a workaround.And, despite a long afternoon with lots of attention from the crew, the generator still isn’t playing ball, but we have a plan - more to come in tomorrow’s. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 3 - “That’s all I can give yea cap’n”
NoStress - Log Day 3 - “That’s all I can give yea cap’n”
21/11/2017

Mbolo - Log day 3 - The lucky day!

In the stunning red light of the sunset we'resitting together over a beer composing our first blog.   George must have shocked the birdsthis morning, arriving on deck nicely showered and groomed. Within secondsa seagull struck releasing his full load on George's head. That could only bringgood luck. And indeed it did! Sven-Erik caught our first (big!- 2,7kg)fish, a Skip Jack. Tomas and Willy elegantly harvested it, which turned intodelicious Sashimi under the knife of Tomas.   By the way, we're taking the Southern route, because we don'tlike the cold.   Stay tuned!. read more...


Mbolo - Log day 3 - The lucky day!
Mbolo - Log day 3 - The lucky day!
21/11/2017

Odessa - 3-d day of race

Ветер - бейдевинд. Был небольшой дождик.Из мелких неприятностей - чуть не потерялся якорь и сломался блок на оттяжке гика. Не хочет работать опреснитель - возможно из-за крена.На обед - картошка с грибами и сосисками.. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 2112017 a suivre

Le blog du TOP n°3 du 20/11/2017Bonjour a tous,la plume du bord va mieux. Ce matin mardi, nous sommes sous la dépression, le vent arrière est passé de travers etla mer s'est calmée.Nous sommes partis dimanche avec 25Kt arrière le long de la côte de Gran Canaria de manière a la contourner par l'Est. Départ de la régate quasiment coque contre coque. Pour Candide, passer la ligne à la seconde près au risque de taper un autre concurrent alors qu'il reste 3 semaines de course, celaparaît futile. Mais nous sommes dans l'excitation et je comprends. Quelques bateaux choisissent l'option proche de la côte espérant un effet de vent supplémentaire, ce qui semble payer pendant lespremières heures. Nous restons sagement plus au large. Derrière la troisième vague s'est élancée et toutes ces voiles et. read more...


21/11/2017

Tommy - Log 2 - Snail Sailing

We’ve managed to redeem ourselves after our first night’s disasters, last night we averaging about 7 knots boat speed and made some good head way. It was smooth sailing with no dramas! We were under sail using a cutter rig, have all the sail up proved to work well for us. We all managed to get some good rest and have now split the watches into 3 with Jason and Stu doing solo watches and I’ve buddied up with Karla. which means we are on watch for 3 hours and have 6 hours off. Anyone who knows me will know I love my sleep so this 6 hour sleep thing will take some getting use to ;)We’ve been searching for wind and got stuck in a hole with only about 4 knots of wind. We must have been bobbing around quite noticeably as a passing cruise ship called us on the VHF to make sure we were all ok. A. read more...


21/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Entry 3 - Who let the cabin boy out?

The cabin boy temporarily took over the airwaves for which I can only apologise - I fear by locking away again I may spark mutiny, so for we'll leave him out for now.What he spoke was the truth though, and faced with the choice of slow and calm or fast and less calm, I opted for the latter. Figured that the calmest place in the world is the bar in St. Lucia! I may live to regret that statement but it's all part of the learning curve...Des still hasn't caught any fish, but did manage to lose a hook, so apologies to any of our scaly friends now swimming around in some discomfort. The wind has now picked up, and the (pre-prepared) Fish Pie is in the oven, so happy days all round.I needn't share any nautical notes, I think you've just had those in abundance - apologies to all who don't have. read more...


La Cigale - Day 3 - 21 November - Catch of the day!
La Cigale - Day 3 - 21 November - Catch of the day!
21/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 2 (20.11.)

Unser erster kompletter Tag auf See. Die Nacht (19. auf 20.11.) war wetterbedingt sehr unruhig, So mancher sah heute morgen nicht ganz so frisch aus. Zum Ausgleich hatten wir dann heute die erste Flautenschieberei, zum Strecken-Glück aber nur zeitweise. Am Abend wagte der erste das (sehr erfrischende!) Duschbad mit der Pütz (aus dem Eimer) auf Deck. So können wir für heute, neben leckerem Hähnchenbrustfilet mit Kartoffeln und Gemüse sowie noch frischem Salat, ein Etmal von 152 Seemeilen verbuchen.. read more...


21/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 1 (19.11.)

Mit 186 anderen Booten macht sich die ARC-Crew 2017 der Sunrise um 13:00 Uhr auf den Weg. Trotz fehlendem Spinnaker und "Raushalten" beim Startgetümmel kommen wir gut voran. V.a. in der Nacht lassen wir so manches Positionslicht hinter uns. Einzelne Crewmitglieder tragen durch persönliche Opfergaben an Neptun zu dessen Wohlwollen bei.Am Abend gab es Spaghetti Bolognese und wir gewöhnen uns nun an das Essen in Schichten gem. unserer Wacheinteilung. WIR, das sind: André, Armin, Erich (Baum, Skipper), Hanno, Ortwin, Reinhard, Robert, Thomas. Last but not least: Auf das Tagesdatum bezogen haben wir heute 55 Seemeilen von rund 2.700 geschafft.. read more...


21/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 3 - 21 November - On loaves and fishes

It's 5pm. I have to begin today's post with the catch of the day: a stunningly beautiful five kilos of blue and yellow iridescence, though none of us are quite sure what it is as we can't find Harley's crib sheet! [Breaking news: thanks to Xavier having downloaded the entire Wikipedia, we have just figured out it is a Mahi-Mahi]. Harley and Xavier had put lines out at lunch, and four hours later there was a tug on the line. Watching Harley reel it in was quite something else. "Epic!" said Isabelle. "OMG!" said Catherine, and then "What does that mean again Mum?!" and then in a matter-o-fact voice observed "it looks just like a mermaid. Let's give it to the supermarket." Hearing the tail thumpon the floor as the fish died Francis declared "I get vegetarians now. I won't be eating fish. read more...


21/11/2017

Talulah Ruby II - Log day 2 - A bumpy start

Dear boat pals,Not exactly the kind of first night we were expecting. With gusts of up to 40 knots we had a rather bouncy Sunday night. As dawn broke on Monday morning, the winds dropped and first light revealed the handkerchiefs we had up in place of sails. Although the conditions were unexpected the decision to reef early stood us in good stead and Talulah held the weather well. There were no major dramas other than a couple of puke-cidents at dinner time. We have continued to head south for more favourable winds and hopefully calmer seas. Sunrise today brought triumph in the form of a beautiful Mahi Mahi, manfully battled by the strongest man Sophie has ever met, Alejandro. It's sacrifice now fills our fridge and our bellies. Sadly I write this log to the background noise of the. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Bayou - first fish

Fishing success at lastimage1. read more...


Blue Bayou - first fish
Blue Bayou - first fish
21/11/2017

Charm - Wide Sargasso Sea

The Charmies have been doing lots of yard work today.Cleaning bushes from the rudders, cleaning weeds off of the propellers.....The whole front and backyard are covered in them.If it wasn't so hot I might think it was fall in the south of the North Atlantic.Could it be we have entered the wide Sargasso Sea?We don't know since we can't Google anything.Well at the moment we have one of the biggest front and backyards in the world..Until next time,The Charmies. read more...


21/11/2017

Helen - Ed, day 6

We have now travelled 850 miles from the Cape Verdes and we have 1,300 miles to go.Edwina slept last night on the port deck in the lea of the wind. We offered water and fish but it was declined.By sunrise Edwina was up and clearly showing the benefit of a good night's sleep. Suddenly a second Egret turned up as if on a rescue mission. This Egret was slim and fit.They walked around the deck for a while and then went for a couple ofcircular test flights but always coming back to the boat. They then settled for a while back to back on the pulpit as if not wanting to talk to each other.Please see the picture, even an Iguana could not make up this story!In a while they suddenly took off and flew together very fast and straight in the direction of the Amazon or French Guyana. I am glad that we. read more...


21/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 2 - 20 November - Sails away!

Day 2 - 20 November I was on dawn watch, marvelling at transition of phosphorescence in water to glow of ruby orange rising above the horizon. Previous night had been strong winds (rising to almost 30 knots), that had come back down to about 18 by morning. A day of heaving ropes and even more heavily heaving stomachs, with everyone sick bar Helen and Catherine. "This too shall pass" is my life-jacket mantra! Francis suffers the most, but is already checking energy generating from solar panels and calculating how long it will take his computer to charge, so well in the way to finding his sea legs.We had fun playing around, having taken down the jib, with our two larger fore sails. The gennaker is bespoke, white with a red rim, very Swiss. Stunning, but unlike the mainsail, also by. read more...


21/11/2017

Lothlorien - Lothlorien Tag 3 - Schildkröte gesichtet

Nachdem die erste Nacht noch etwas turbulent war, haben wir für die vergangene und alle kommenden Nächte jetzt einen festen Wach-Rhythmus eingeführt: Wir haben ziemlich genau 12 Stunden Dunkelheit, von 19 bis 7 Uhr, die überbrückt werden müssen. Ralf und Kerstin übernehmen dabei die ersten sechs Stunden und Arjan und ich übernehmen die zweite Hälfte der Nacht. So ist zu jeder Zeit ein erfahrener Segler dabei. Innerhalb dieser Zweier-Konstellation kann man sich aber mit dem Schlafen noch abwechseln und es müssen nicht immer beide wach sein. Der Sternenhimmel war wieder unglaublich schön und wann immer genug Wind war, sind wir gesegelt. Leider ist immer noch etwas wenig Wind, auch heute tagsüber, sodass uns zum Teil nichts anderes übrig bleibt, als unter Motor zu fahren.Ein absolutes. read more...


21/11/2017

Lei Lei - 2. Tag auf hoher See - erste Faute

Die letzten Stunden vom 20.11 verbrachten wir damit die anderen Boote ein- / bzw. zu überholen. Somit wurden wir je länger der Tag dauerte vom Jäger zum Gejagten!Die Nacht vom 20. auf den 21. war ein gemächliches Dahingleiten bei 5-6 Knoten. Nichts im Vergleich zur ersten Nacht! Wir beobachten die Sterne und das luminiszierende Wasser des Atlantiks.Wie in der Skipper Besprechung vor dem Start angedeutet, werden wir wohl durch eine Flaute segeln müssen. Um dieser auszuweichen, müsste man die nördliche Route nehmen, was aber mit Wind von vorne, hohen Wellen sowie einer Kaltfront über mehrere Tage einhergeht.Deshalb entschied der Skipper und unser Meteorologe Kristian die südliche Route zu nehmen aber der Flaute bestmöglich zu entkommen, indem wir gegen Südwesten segeln. Wie erwartet. read more...


Blue Bayou - winds back - sailing into night 3
Blue Bayou - winds back - sailing into night 3
Helen - Edwina and partner
Helen - Edwina and partner
21/11/2017

Blonde Moment - Blonde Moment 21nov

Blog 2Hello to all our friends and family!After an exciting start and great send off with brass bands, lots of spectators and boats fighting for the line, we're off, only 5 minutes late over the line!Fabulous sailing conditions and, after 3 sail changes in the first hour, we settled into a great routine of downwind sailing, poled out headsail, goosewinging at a nice, steady 8knots!The first night was spent avoiding other yachts in the ARC but by early Monday morning "Where is everyone, are we going in the right direction was the cry from the crew"!!In the night, the wind died and now we are motoring, the Atlantic is a millpond, but fabulous for seeing the friendly dolphins and sea turtles who have already been to visit! However, the flat sea has enabled us to catch a very pretty Mahi. read more...


21/11/2017

Manihi - Quelle aventure !

Prenez 4 bonshommes, mettez les sur un bateau, secouez, agitez et constatez les résultats.C'est une histoire d'oreille interne parait-il. On a plus l'impression dans ces moments que l'interne voudrait rapidement devenir externe si vous voyez ce que je veux dire, mais si c'est le médecin qui le dit, alors...La nuit dernière a été tranquille et nous avons profité d'une nuit à la voile avec un vent suffisant pour bien avancer. La mer était calme et c'était une grande joie contemplative que de profiter d'un tel ciel étoilé pendant son quart.Qui dit contemplation dit poésie et nous avons des poètes à bord !Ce n'est pas anodin de se trouver ou nous sommes et on mesure cette chance chaque jour.Pour ma première j'avoue être impressionné par cette immensité qui entoure notre petite capsule de vie. read more...


21/11/2017

Tommy - Log 1 - About last night…

Well the good news is that we are all safe and well but last night through a whole heap of challenges at us! We started the race brilliantly, made it to the start line in time. Engine off. Sails Up and away we went. Within half an hour of sailing we noticed our electronic wind instruments were completely out, which means we had no idea what the true or apparent wind speed was or what direction it was coming from. We had to resort to the good old fashioned wind vane at the top of our mast, which was all well and good until we were fast approaching the acceleration zone of winds near the bottom of the Gran Canaria island. YIKES! Do we furl in our Code zero light wind sail incase we suddenly stumble across the acceleration zone? Or do we wait, but then all sorts could go wrong with a. read more...


20/11/2017

Louanne - Catch of the day

We here on Louanne are now on day 5 of the crossing fromCape Verde to St. Lucia. Everything is good onboard, and there is a jovialatmosphere among us crew. We would like a little more wind (who wouldn`t), butour skipper is determined to maximise the output of our limited sail waredrobe-and believe me, we have rigged and de-rigged every possibility with variouslevels of success. On the positive side, the gentle winds havegiven us a chance to fish, and despite the many that got away (and believe methey were huge ), we have enjoyed two good dinners of thedorado-looking fish in the picture, as we have caught two such fish, each ofwhich was just right for dinner for three .   That´s it for my first Mid-Atlantic blog. More tofollow.   Love Beverley, First mate, cook and deckhand.. read more...


21/11/2017

Blue Mist - YB Connect Message from David Nichols

Slow going due to the light winds. We are just making enough speed to not use the engine. The crew lost the biggest fish hooked to date--. read more...


21/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Messages home

Rosie: Happy Birthday Mairead! I owe you a beer with interest upon return. Getting use out of the foulies at night (thanks mum and dad x) but already very hot during the day...not expecting much sympathy for that!Silvia: Meine Lieben zuhause! Drei Tage sind wir nun schon auf See und es ist wunderbar. Der Neumond beschert uns den schönsten Nachthimmel, und im Meer hinterlassen wir eine Glitzerspur. Die erste Nacht mit viel Welle u knackigem Wind haben wir gut überstanden u glücklicherweise bin ich nicht seekrank geworden. Küsse und alles Liebe!Naomi: Hey Mum & Dad, there are as many stars in the sky as freckles now on my face! Please give the boys cuddles from me and Norman some T.L.C...thank you and love you loads xxx Hey barre babes: Sea legs have arrived which is an elegant look. read more...


21/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Of mice and men

We sent Jacob up the mast twice yesterday. The first time he was armed with a "mouse" made of fishing weights. We had high hopes that this would have sufficient mass to pull the mousing line down to the bottom of the mast. Getting him to the top of the mast requires a lot of winching, especially in the heat of the day, but it isn't as though Jacob can just sit there in a sedan chair enjoying the view. He has to try and stop himself swinging wildly into the rigging and getting tangled up in the plethora of wires, ropes and sticky out bits of metal, some of which seem to be designed with the sole purpose of catching any passing bit of rope and clinging on to it stubbornly. (I'm using the word rope in its loosest sense. Sticklers for nomenclature would tell you that the only piece of rope. read more...


21/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 6

Another day of 4-10 knots of wind and any discussion of consequence on board is where we should go. At 3 knots it does not mater that much as progress to anywhere is slow... so we decided to use the engine and shape a course to SW where all the GRIB models agree the wind will fill in first. But not until Day 7 is over as well. So we have had a swim, catching up on a few movies, baking bread and reading. We did not see anyone all day until Vega appeared on our AIS and I finally had a good radio discussion:Viljar of Vega, aged 5, wanted to know if I had any fireman Sam toys on board. Askild, aged 8, reported that he was not bored and that they have had a nice swim today. Sigrid, aged 11, asked me a few questions on a Christmas play she wants to set up. She needs a 'nisse' and a few rats. I. read more...


21/11/2017

Avel Biz - J +2 Iles

Mardi 21 novembre 201727°27 N19°41 WDistance sur 24h : 142 millesDistance restante : 2434 millesIlesBonjourComme nous sommes montés assez nord après le dévent de Grande Canarie, nousavons navigué d'île en île toute la journée. D'abord la Gomera puis Hiero. Celanous a permis de nous reconnecter au réseau 4G et de voir toute la flotte sur lesite de l'ARC. Le prochain endroit où nous pourrons le faire s'appelle Ste Luciedans 2660 milles.En quittant l'écran et en regardant "en vrai", le seul voilier que nousapercevons à l'horizon est Meltemi, un Océanis 54. Nous avons fait une routeparallèle pendant la journée et l'avons perdu de vue en soirée.Nous sommes restés toute la nuit au largue, spi asymétrique et GV haute, merbelle et nuit noire très étoilée. En attendant le refus du vent qui vient. read more...


21/11/2017

Nutcracker - Cabin boy summary: waiting for the Low

Weather south of Canaries for day or so after the start is gentle SE'lies. Outlook is for a depression with front some 2-3 days out across the 'northern' route to St Lucia - in fact the great circle route, virtually west magnetic. Lighter winds and variable turning into a wind hole going the 'southern' route - in fact south west. Both were forecast to be the principal conditions for the period until we reach the trades at about 20 deg N. For reference, Las Palmas is about 28deg N and St Lucia is 14 deg N.The racing division (so-defined because they hand steer and hand-grind all the way) go north, which the skip decided to do. Shortest route there...So, started in light NE'lies with gentle reach slightly offshore east of Gran Canaria, and kept apparent wind from going dead aft. Gybed. read more...


21/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 6 dobberen

Gisteren bleef de wind tot het einde van de dag uit. Diversen keren hebben wij even overwogen  om de motor te starten, maarwij hebben het geduld kunnen opbrengen. De ons allen bekende RH uit H zou een topdag gehad hebben! Haico heeft de halve opbouw gepoetst, Nikki en Rodie hebben de A4gerepareerd er zijn diversen dutjes gedaan en boekjes gelezen.   Rob en Nikki hebben toen we nog maar met 2.5 knots vooruit kwamen gezwommenin de oceaan met 5km diepte onder zich.   Wat een heerlijk gevoel toen de wind weer terugkwam en wij weer aan hetzeilen waren. We hebben er ‘s avonds goed op geproostmet wat dunnetjes (rum cola) én zelfs witte wijn bij het eten want Rodie enDJ hebben ons verwend met biefstuk! Rob en Haico werden lekker melig en baldadig(met name Haico.. die met glazen. read more...