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19/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Sailing as easy as possible towards St Lucia

We have two days now that we have sailed easy as possible with only a poled out jib, a small cutter sail and mainsail. The wind has been from northeast to east, so we have tried to to sail as directly as possibly towards west and St Lucia. But as the weather prognosis showed a light patch forming directly west yesterday we headed slightly southwest and only gybed onto starboard this morning. According to the position reports our strategy has turned out quite well, and it looks like everyone have the same light winds so far.Onboard we keep having excellent food for lunch and dinner, and in the burning sun we have to work hard to drink enough water and soft drinks to keep hydrated. Water temperature is at 26.5 C and down below there is a sweaty 34 C.. read more...


19/11/2017

Oui Chérie - Log#5 Traversée Jour 4

Bonjour à tous,Tout va bien. Le seul inconvénient....peu de vent. La traversée s'annonce un peu plus longue que prévue.Un routine s'installe. Dodo, repas et quarts de navigation se suivent tranquillement.La mer est relativement calme. Dauphins vus par Louise hier. Par ailleurs rien de nouveau.André. read more...


19/11/2017

Helen - Day 3 from Ed

Another day of 134 miles and the captain is heading south so that I can have even more sun.Today I have been put on duty to make the bread for the humans. Here is my special recipe:Ingredients: 1 bag of bread mix. 1 litre of white diesel. 1.5 teaspoons of yeast. 20 litres of sea water.Method:Put the diesel in the generator and create two units of electricity.Run the sea water through the reverse osmosisplantusing 1 unit of electricity. Collect the fresh water in a container.Place the bread mix in the bread machine and add the yeast.Add half a litre of the fresh water and drink the rest.Now switch on, use the other unit of electricity and in 3 hours and 5 minutes you will have a fine loaf. Just look at the picture!I found this rather hard work so I am going to have a ready meal, there are. read more...


19/11/2017

Hummingbird - Blog - mmm, bacon

Mmmmm, bacon.I’m up a tad early for my watch this morning as I defy anyone to sleep through the smell of frying bacon.Accompanied by a glorious orange-red sun rising astern and a fresh breeze it’s just what we needed after the sad news we heard last night.Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the person lost in the Southern Ocean on the Clipper Race, as well as the crew and especially the skipper.It is a stark reminder to us of how mighty the ocean is and just how small we are.But we have a great team on board the good ship Hummingbird and we’re taking good care of ourselves and each other; ensuring we are all wearing our lifejackets, are clipped on, have topped up our sunscreen and are drinking lots of water.It is no mean feat to bring together 12 random people on a 60-foot. read more...


19/11/2017

Neverland - Neverland Leg 2 - Days 3 & 4

Day 3 & 4Patience is a virtue. Impatience hooks you a blue marlin. Let me elaborate…Apparently I am ‘the environmentalist’ onboard Neverland. This is pretty ironic given that I have never really recycled, drove a diesel car in and out of central London twice a day for 7 years, have killed most plants I have tried to grow and consume an above average amount of meat and dairy. But, I do buy ‘happy eggs’… Anyway, after their success catching a tuna only a coupe of hours into our journey (thanks to Dino’s lure), Tom and Dad were pretty confident that we would be dining on freshly caught fish for 2 (and a bit) weeks. As long as there is a bit of variety, I’m ok with that. The problem is, the fish they are catching keep getting smaller and smaller... In total they have caught 3 Tuna and 5. read more...


Neverland - Neverland Leg 2 - Days 3 & 4
Neverland - Neverland Leg 2 - Days 3 & 4
Odessa -
Odessa -
Odessa
Odessa
Odessa - Leaving
Odessa - Leaving
Odessa -
Odessa -
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
Barefoot - Fotos Las Palmas
19/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 4

After heading a bit north for some wind we turned south again. Another day without the most exciting winds...But then we had some action. During a sail change (back to spreading the two fore sails), it was like the autopilot didn't work properly - and indeed, it was bust. A few thoughts went through my head - we are only three on the boat and it would be a long way to hand steer...We had VHF contact with Shepherd Moon, so gave an update on the situation before digging into the bowels of the ship and getting the drive unit out. This is a powerful arm which is mounted directly on the steering quadrant. So in a rolly sea with Delphinia on the helm, Justin and I got it out, eventually managed to open it, and somehow managed to find out how the belts, magnets and clever engineering works.. read more...


19/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Race Day

Every one up Last minute preps : Fulling up with water and then we off.Expecting good wind for the start and first 24 hours. Down wind through the acceleration zone, hopefully push through the wind window, and off West. Should be broad reach. . read more...


19/11/2017

La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail

Last day and last night in Gran Canaria, and we are ready to set sail for the Regatta.DJI_0886-1. Screen Shot 2017-11-19 at 01.39.09-1.. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
La Pecadora - Log 005 - Ready to Sail
19/11/2017

La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria

After several days of work, preparations and sea trials we are now ready for the start of the Regatta.G0010405-1 IMG_4969-1.. read more...


La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
La Pecadora - Log 004 - Gran Canaria
Charm - Tim's chili
Charm - Tim's chili
19/11/2017

Charm - Day 4 - nothing broke

The blurring has begun to set in.That feeling, whenever you do the same thing for a while, when you start to lose track of days and time and feel like what you're doing is what you've always been doing and will always do.Our days have variety but, as I sit here in the dark, in front of the lights of the instruments, I have the strangest sensation that I've always been here, writing this to you, whoever you are.It's a bit unnerving.Then I'll hit send and it will be gone.Enough about that.Nothing broke today.No one and no things fell off the boat, except those that were deliberately released during a brief round of rotten-fruit tennis.Tim pitched and everyone got a hit except Kent who was down below resting up for his watch.Only the overripe papaya did any lasting damage to the cleanliness. read more...


Charm - Spinnaker dousing
Charm - Spinnaker dousing
Charm - Kent and the butter
Charm - Kent and the butter
18/11/2017

Avel Biz - J-1 Avitaillement

Samedi 18 novembre 2017Muelle DeportivoLas PalmasGran CanariaBonjour à tousÇa y est, l'avitaillement est fait. Avel Biz s'est alourdi de plus de 250kg, ce qui fait beaucoup pour un voilier d'environ 3 tonnes.L'ambiance sur tous les pontons est fébrile. Nous sommes quand même222 voiliers à partir demain pour une Transatlantique. Il y a partout descamionnettes de livraison, des montagnes de fruits, de légumes, d'épicerie,de liquides divers, etc. Nous avons même reçu par erreur des cartonssupplémentaires que nous avons rendus au destinataire prévu.Nous avons été au dernier briefing des skippers. Ambiance studieuse. On sentune certaine tension. La météo annonce une dépression qui s'approche desCanaries.Route nord, route sud, tout le monde discute. Décision demain dans lajournée.Jean-Noël,. read more...


18/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 14

Day 14-Nov 18th.Last night, fuel got critical enough for two of the boats, they had to be assisted by a passing cargo ship. Rumor had it, the same ship helped both of them out. The U.S. Coast Guard had to get involved in both of these instances. At least no one's life was put at risk. Being out of fuel and being blown away from the islands is more of an inconvenience than a life or death issue. Unless, the crew was threatening the captain for putting them in this awkward situation.Since the stress of running out of fuel was over for us, thanks to those extra long wooden chopsticks able to reach the bottom of the tank, we were able to resume enjoying the trip again. As we sit here in the marina, we still don't know how much fuel we burned. We got in early before the fuel station opened.. read more...


18/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Leg 2 Day 4 Blog

Day 4Losing Our ImmoralHaving just eaten tuna out of a tin fished from Poisiedon knows where, I'm struggling to find the moral high ground. However, that hasn't seemed to stop us from shaking our firsts at the 'Japanese' (?) 'whaling' (?) vessel which is jibing ahead of us as it 'fishes for souls' (?). Where is my Green Peace badge when I need it? Meanwhile, both Kiloran lines are trawling in the hope of snagging a large enough Mahi Mahi to use as a subject for first aid defribrillator practice.Contrary to what I was taught in my sustainable exploitation module at uni, there does appear to be a fair abundance of tuna fish around. Regarless, the lack of shark fins of late managed to coax the crew (not all at the same time) in for an Atlantic swim, following an impromptu Man Over Board. read more...


18/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Leg 2 Day 3 Blog

Day 3Erica's Bun in the OvenJohn, also known as "Party John" and "Dangerous John" (self-proclaimed), who owns a biting corn snake, a pig without fur and a rooster named Darth Vadar, has joined the crew for Leg 2 of our Atlantic Adventure. Tricky Ricky finally succeeded in escaping us at Cape Verde following An Unfortuate Series of Events involving some deadly Saharan sand clouds. Subsequently, conversation which once was polite and considerate has descended into school-boy tom-foolery, amongst men who were apparently once school boys together. FYI, Party John doesn't like being ganged up on.Our bid to worship the sun is coming along swimmmingly, if not a little too well, as we spread ourselves around the deck - we have 11ft each so it's fairly cushty and there isn't much sailing to be. read more...


18/11/2017

North Star - Day -1 - Final Preps and waiting

North Star is ready to go.Crew consisting of Henry DiPietro and Rick Meisner and me, Ted Rice are on board and ready to depart.As few last minute items needed from the Hiperdino, which Rick is taking care of and sails, rigging and topside stuff that Henry has taken care of, leaving me, Skipper Ted to play with the communications systems to ensure we can stay connected.Biggest communications concern is staying abreast of changing weather forecasts.I think as we got all of the food aboard, North Star's waterline rose about 2 inches. When the three of us get off North Start in St. Lucia, it will drop 2 inches due to the transfer of weight to our waistlines!We've been on again and off again about fishing.I am not sure when we will make the final decision!I don't think the fish need work. read more...


18/11/2017

Hummingbird - Head south until the duct tape melts

The last 24 hours have been busy busy busy! Cui, our onboard cinematographer, has been making amazing videos with his gopro 6/film making app/selfie stick combo to show off Hummingbird sliding through the big blue. Planking practise has been stepping up a notch in anticipation of our end of trip boat-wide competition: bodies have been strewn around any open patch of space they can find, flexing up on elbows and tip toes, core muscles shaking as they try to beat Frasers current sweaty 30 degree celsius top time of 1 minute 45 seconds. John caught our first fish! A smallish nipper; a warm up for the 7 foot tuna to come. Lunch time brought Nicky’s Nautical Notes; our midday briefing and weather forecast update. This time we had a big decision to make… maintain our westward course on. read more...


18/11/2017

Angkor - Tage bis Abfahrt: 1 – Geht es morgen wirklich los?

Geht es morgen wirklich los? Das steht eigentlich außer Zweifel, am 19.11.2017 um 12:30 UTC (Die Weltzeit, nicht zufällig die Englische Zeit, aber zufällig die Kanarische Zeit) startet unsere Klasse und innerhalb der nächsten 30 Minuten auch der Rest.Gestern haben wir unseren neuen Spinnaker ausprobiert – ein riesiges Segel was man einfach wie ein Handtuch vors Boot spannt und wo der Wind dann schiebend hineinpustet. Das ist ein Segel für schwache Winde von hinten und die erwarten wir reichlich. Die meisten Leute hier haben mehr Angst vor schwachem als vor starkem Wind und mir geht es genauso. Ansonsten gibt es keine Nachrichten technischer Art und das ist sehr gut, denn auf einem Boot sind alle technischen Nachrichten schlechte Nachrichten. Natürlich hoffen wir sehr, dass es dabei. read more...



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