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Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!
07/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 16: Whale meet again, don’t know where don’t know when

Day 16: Whale meet again, don’t know where don’t know when   Yet another day with no wind.  We are still in the doldrums but ourspirits are a little brighter.  Our spirits were lifted even more when Calspotted a whale 25 meters away.  It was so close that we could see thewhite on the underside of its fins as it gracefully arced through thewater.  It stayed close to us for a while and then swam deep below theboat.  The water was so clear that we could see it circle around and followus off the stern for a short while before disappearing.   Cheered on by this beautiful sight we decide that it was time for anotherswim.  We played off the back of the boat relishing in the swell of theocean.  The swell was huge with big rolling waves moving. read more...


07/12/2016

White Satin - There she blows!

2244 miles sailed, 776 to go.Yesterday was quite a day. We woke to the strains of Slade singing 'MerryChristmas Everyone'; it being St Nicholas' Day, Vicki (our entertainmentsofficer) had decided that it should be White Satin's Christmas Day. So,Christmas songs, quizzes etc. throughout the day. One quiz was chocolatethemed - e.g. if the clue is 'Fowl Joy', what chocolate confection is theanswer? See tomorrow's blog for the solution. We do have a version ofChristmas dinner on the boat and had planned to have that last night, but asit is now clear that we will be at sea for David's 60th birthday, we havepostponed the special dinner for a celebration meal on Saturday. We havereserve stocks of food under floorboards in various bits of the boat, theplan was that we would lift the floorboards. read more...


White Satin - There she blows!
White Satin - There she blows!
07/12/2016

Koco - 17.Tag auf See

Wir hatten wieder ein traumhaftes zubereitetes Abendessen von Sybille, mit leckerenBlue Marlin Filets. Auch die 16. Nacht auf See verlief ohne Vorkommnisse. Es ist 08:00 Uhr. Der Morgen ist wieder mal traumhaft, mit viel Sonne und Temperaturen um die 27 Grad. Ich sitze am Tisch im " erweiterten Cockpit" des Katamarans, habe freien Blick auf den Atlantik. Die Sonne kitzelt mir über das Gesicht, während ich den alltäglichen Blog schreibe. Wir haben heute Nikolaus. Liebe Charlotte und Johanna, sicherlich habt ihr eure zahlreichen Schuhe geputzt, damit sie vom Nikolaus gefüllt werden können. Wir hier auf dem Boot haben es alle verschlafen, die geputzten Schuhe rauszustellen. Wir denken das es sowieso zu weit für den Nikolaus war. Wir haben jetzt noch 584 Sm auf dem Tacho. Wenn Dieters. read more...


07/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 17: Near Misses

Chance Encounter Day 17: Near MissesAfter two days of marginal downwind sailing, Tuesday allowed Chance Encounter to stretch her legs a little with winds between 12 and 16 knots.A good overnight run started with a couple of good movies ("the man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Dallas Buyer's Club"), and a close, controlled pass behind the boat "Nashorn" - a 49-footer that we've seen a lot of over the past two weeks. Continued good overnight speeds of 7-8knots were maintained until early morning, at which point we docked up a gybe under gennaker and managed to put the pole through the corner of the sail....rookie error! The situation looked irretrievable, however Adrian's sailmaking skills again saved the day and the gennaker was back up by noon.A beautiful sunny day followed which allowed a little. read more...


07/12/2016

Estrella - 16. - 17. Tag - Tütchensuppe und Anglerpech

Wie haben uns durch gefühlte 500 Meilen Flaute nach Südengekämpft. Jetzt endlich bekommen wir Wind – nicht so viel wie gewünscht, aberwir machen Fahrt. Sogar in der Nacht hat der Wind gestanden und wir konnten nachvielen Tagen einmal wieder mehr als 100 Meilen am Tag unserem Ziel näher kommen.Das knacken der 1000-Seemeilen-Marke bis St. Lucia haben wir mit einer kleinenZusammenkunft und einem halbwegs kühlen Getränk (aus Stromspargründen ist derKühlschrank nur noch wenige Stunden am Tag an) entsprechendzelebriert. Essenstechnisch richtet sich der Minimalismus ein. Einmaleine Tütchensuppe für 10 Personen mit den darin schon gelieferten wenigenNudeln, aufbereitet mit einigen kleingeschnittenen Bockwürstchen, einmal eineundefinierte Dose mit schwarzer Soße und Tintenfischen, die den. read more...


07/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 17 - Klatsch und Tratsch

Heute ist der Wind etwas schwächer als am Vortag, wir kommen trotzdem voran. Der Tag zieht sich, denn der Wind soll heute auffrischen, worauf wir warten. Einmal am Tag müssen wir den Motor laufen lassen, um die Batterien zu laden, da der Kühlschrank so viel Strom zieht. Hermann ist auf Problemsuche...Wir verbringen die Zeit damit, die von unserer Familie mitgebrachten Zeitschriften, zu lesen. Hermann macht die Sudoku-Rätsel. Abends frischt der Wind endlich auf und wir machen wieder 5-6kn.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


07/12/2016

SuperTramp - Blog Day 17

Are we there yet????Likechildren on a long car journey we ask regularly how far we have to go. At present 250 miles. Our ETA is some time on Thursday night and although we would prefer to arrive in daylight we have got to the stage where we just want to get in……….whatever time!We are cruising along nicely at around 8 knots but still have a very uncomfortable side swell which kicks the stern around violently every so often making it difficult to helm and also sleep. But spirits are high and we are mentally working our way through the cocktail list. "Miss Wilson" the cabbage had a burial at sea as she was starting to decompose, so I'm back to being the only female on board! Yes a little Atlantic madness all round but you find anything to relieve the boredom and lift the spirits.Our new. read more...


07/12/2016

Challenger 3 - cf416 arc 2016 ch3 blog - 2016 - 12 - 07

Tuesday Morning 6th December 2016 Still flying the spinny, still with Ricky on the helm, but no Challenger 2 in sight.The AIS shows Challenger 2 at a steady range of 12.48 k with a speed of 8.4 against our 7.6 ( although our SOG remains constant at 8.5 +).Never trust computers. However C2 is trackng 266 against our 260.8 so we must eventually meet. 366 k to go and the excitement has captivated everyone in their own style – sleepy, laughing,serious,joking, political, grumpy but all wanting to win.Food is running low but Skipper has turned down Bill’s suggestion of a sweepstake for the first fresh meat. He had in any case taken himself out of the running because he reckoned that his meat would be too tough – but nicely aged. Our speed has now risen to 10.1 with the AIS recording 7.6 so. read more...


07/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur Logic - At Sea - Poems from home

In celebration of Sinterklaas, Julian's girlfriend, Amy, has written a poem about Arthur:From gran canaria noble Arthur set sail Hoping for a blowing gale With Grum proudly at the helm of the shipEnthusiastic steering soon caused a small blip The Dutchman meanwhile had caught a fish And served it up as a tasty dish They then found themselves in a dreaded wind holeThe answer? Skinny dipping - an Atlantic goalAnd Nico scaling the mast to gaze Yonder With the stars on nightwatch giving the crew something to  ponder Sint hopes for Tanya's sake That the crew have given their nudity a breakNow finally the trade wind blowsMarking a turn in their fortunes and the end to Arthur's woes With not a scratch meal from Phil in sight [Editors note -. read more...


07/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 17 - Bob & two tuna fish

Hi friends of PkBoo.Yesterday Bob, the parasailor, had a really good job for us and increased our speed to 6.5 - 7 kts.During the afternoon two big tuna fishes wanted to entered in our crew; one, the biggest (around 18 kg and called mr fish) was caught and the other one relised. Now we are thinking about the rules of mr fish; on the oven with potatoes? Fried? Boiled and kept in the oil with onions and tomatoes? Probably all of these but suggestions from home are appreciated.Our autopilot Pedro Himenez is running well, while the watermaker has some problem but we have enough water.See you tomorrow on this channel.CiaoMarco. read more...


07/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 17

Robert´s reiselogg dag 17:I dag har vi hatt flott genakervind hele dagen og gjort god fart.Steinar vant distansekonkuransen i dag igjen ;-(Han får ikke premie da han allerede har fått alle de som overstyrmann har i "kista med det rare i".Vi får daglig (helst på natten) flyvefisk på dekket.De vi ser når de kommer redder vi, men noen har ligget en stund og er døde, så de får "funeral at sea".Det blir nok de eneste fiskene vi får på denne overfarten, da det ikke har vært så mye som et napp på snøret vi har ute :-(Forrige gang vi seilte over, i 2005, så vi knapt en båt på overfarten, mens denne gangen har det vært en del.I dag har vi sett 3 stk, hvorav en svæææring krysset rett bak oss.En seilbåt på 98 fot som heter Ala Longa.Denne er ikke med i ARC´enNår man har så høy mast at man må ha rød. read more...


07/12/2016

Caduceus - Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 2 - Passed Durban but where is the current

Position31:51.58 S 029:44.27 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 26 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 179nm over the ground, 168nm through the waterPassage total227nm over the ground, 208nm through the waterRoute distance To Cape Town 898nm, via East London (338nm + 560nm) Durban provided us with an escape route if it was required.In the event the weather looked fair to get to East London.Reports coming back from Port Elizabeth were that it was very crowded, dirty form the ships loading manganese ore suffering from a fender busting swell.East London looked good and we motor sailed on.The famed favourable current became very elusive and we appeared to be caught in a succession of eddies.The options of going further out or hugging the coast both had their downsides so we stayed 10 to 15 miles. read more...


Gwendoline - delicious meals
Gwendoline - delicious meals
06/12/2016

Fleet II - Log Monday December 5th - we've arrived!

So - we arrived at just after 5am Monday morning, ready to tie up at justafter 6 and be greeted by our welcome party – with hugs and rum punch.  Abottle of champagne and a few beers later, plus brunch on the waterfront, and webegan to realise that we’d done it!Overall we’ve been on the boat for 34 days, 25 of them at sea.  A bitmore wind would have been good, but apparently there have been worse years so weshouldn’t complain too much.  We’ve travelled some 3,000 miles (probably alittle longer given the route we took!), 45 degrees of longitude (west) and 14degrees of latitude (south).  We’ve burned around 200 litres of diesel,which is rather more than we wanted to; we ate all our fresh meat and fish, butstill have an abundance of apples, oranges and lemons that have. read more...


07/12/2016

Shalan - Day 17 - <150 miles to Saint Lucia

14:49N 59:08WAhoy blog readers!We type today's blog as day 17 at sea draws to an end and we spend what we hope to be our final night at sea, as we close in on our target destination of Saint Lucia.The day started amazingly with a glorious sunrise and the spinnaker pulling us ever closer to our destination on a bearing of 300.Following recent difficulties with the spinnaker halyard we excercise caution with regards to excessive wear and tear and routinely assess any damage and repair the sheet as a precaution. These visual inspections are undertaken every 6 hours and although time consuming at first the Shalan crew have now reduced the time taken as the process becomes more engrained - great teamwork! Next inspection is scheduled for 6am.We had seen very few boats over the past 2-3 days. read more...


Shalan - Day 17 - <150 miles to Saint Lucia
Shalan - Day 17 - <150 miles to Saint Lucia
06/12/2016

Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !

We never shared that, but few days ago (actually almost weeks with the NO WIND situation) we had issues with the spinnaker during the night that started to spin around the forestay ! not goodA monkey was hoisted against the forestay but could do anything. So the skipper Charly had to go on top of the mast at 3am at night in the swells. That was not fun...And in the morning the crew completed a complete checkup Enjoy the pictures!cheers. ''Merci Papa'' IMG_0436 IMG_0485 IMG_0486. read more...


Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
06/12/2016

Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters

14∞18.61N - 037∞13.56W --> 14∞40.74N - 39∞54.73WMid Atlantic, Piers and I (Giacomo) are seated in the Cockpit: "What are you doing?" ."Nothing, I've read a book for a couple of hours, now my eyes are staring at the sea, at the waves, at the clouds. And you?""I've finished my watch, now I'm resting, I'm doing nothing basically"It's a hard life at sea, isn't it?"So, it's beer 'o clock for us?""Yes of course!"Tschhh, Tschh, cheers, sip, ahhhh. Relax ... Five seconds later ... "What is that?""Where? What?" "What the .... !" The rod's fishing line is running away from us really fast. Something has bitten our lure and is now on our line. The 'something' is leaping out of the water ... it seems really big. Four of us alternate on the rod to bring some line. read more...


Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters
Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters
06/12/2016

Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls

14∞40.74N - 39∞54.73W--> 14∞22.96N - 040∞32.08WIn the middle of the night I wake up hearing the change of the noise that is always with us: over a certain speed, the sound of the water on the hull changes from an 'allegro ma non troppo' to a 'basso continuo'. I can also hear the rain on the deck. So I get out of my bunk and I climb the stairs to the cockpit. There are Simon and Piers, under the rain, excited by 30 knots of wind and for the boat flyng at remarkable speed. Then Simons says: "You see what happens when you catch a fish like that Marlin yesterday!?" Neptune's revenge?! It is not my watch but it's impossible for me to go back to sleep, so I get dressed with my rain suit and my boots. Simon and Piers go back to sleep, it's Wills' watch now. The wind changes quickly from 30. read more...


Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls
Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls
06/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 16

Today sees us making good progress with some respectable winds. The swell has settled down a bit so not so much of the rock and roll except for some of the music.Late yesterday afternoon we acquired a new crew member. I can see the headlines. Boat with all male crew on ARC pick up chick mid Atlantic. As you have probably guessed the new crew member is of the feathered variety and  more specifically an Egrit. He arrived on the deck looking very sorry for himself but perked up a bit after some ham and fresh water. He has stayed around the back of the boat most of the time since only flying off when there was work to be done. This morning he feasted on some flying fish that had found their way on board over night and during the day he has become a lot more confident culminating in a. read more...


06/12/2016

VAVA-U - Hausmannskost auf dem Atlantik ? 05.12.16 - 15. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDer Sternenhimmel, der die Nachtwachen begleitet, weicht einem unglaublich schönen Sonnenaufgang. Schon morgens ist klar, dass der Tag sehr heiß werden wird, die Crew plant so wenig Bewegung wie möglich und die Schattenplätze sind wieder sehr begehrt. (Bild Sonnenaufgang)Für die Morgenwache gab es einen Hallo-Wach-Effekt: Es knallt heftig und die gesamte Angelschnur schnalzt zurück an Deck. Es musste nur noch aufgerollt werden… Ein vermutlich sehr großer Fisch hat das Vorfach abgebissen und schwimmt jetzt mit „unserem“ Lippenpiercing inklusive Plastiktintenfischköder durch den Atlantik.Der Wind will noch immer nicht auffrischen, wir liegen also im Schatten mit Buch, Kopfhörern oder einfach zum Schlafen.Am Nachmittag haben wir doch noch einmal Anglerglück. Eine stattliche. read more...


06/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 6 - 17th Day at Sea

Dec 6 - 17th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 794 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,905 miles behind us. We had 8-12 knot winds from aft for 20 hours, and four hours ago it increased to 11-14 knots, still from aft. The higher wind allowed us to sail at 5-5.5 knots, which helped by a favorable swell makes our speed 6-6.5 knots. Course is about 277 and we are only able to make 255-265, which means gibing once a day. At this rate we will be arriving in St Lucia the morning of the 13th.Waves are fairly moderate and there are a few scattered clouds, but sailing at night, steering at Orion, is still beautiful. There are no storms forecasted.We caught two fishes today, number 5th and 6th. A Wahoo and a Mahi. We estimate the Wahoo to be over 3 feet (1 m). We could actually measure it. read more...


06/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 17 - 9 dager til St Lucia?

Når vi seiler regattaen krysser vi tidssoner. Granca ligger på UTC, St Lucia UTC -4.Norge er UTC + 1.Det er UTC som brukes av ARC under regattaen og som vi må bruke ombord.Vinterdagene her nede ved 17nde bredde er 11 timer lange.På 41 grader vest står sola opp klokka 9 og ned klokka 8 UTC sånn cirka.For å kompensere skyver vi på nattevaktturnusen.Resten av distansen er "straka vegen" mot St Lucia. Vinden er nå god og meldingene for området foran oss er gode.Realistisk sett med en snittfart på 5 knop, vil vi nå frem på 9 dager.Dagens meny for passasjerer med fullpensjon:10:00 Frokost: Havregrøt med bær, nøtter, sukker, kanel og smørøye v/ kokkelærling Espeland13:00 Lunsj: Pannestekt brød, spanske spekepølser og eggerøre v/ kreativ stuert Arentz19:00 Middag: Bacalao v/ stuert Austrheim,. read more...


06/12/2016

Mustique - Day 15 - at the most important crew member's perspective

It’s day 15 and it has taken this long for to be given the chance to give my observations, which is somewhat of a surprise given I am the most important member (and certainly the busiest) of the crew.If you have not guessed I am the parasailor.I’m pretty much called into use in almost all downwind conditions. Although with this year’s ARC having such variable wind conditions there are times in low wind we’ve gone so slowly we’ve been overtaken by boats going in the opposite direction. From my vantage point high up I can see a lot.For example, I start to noticing pieces of lamb floating by yesterday - I realised then it was just getting choppy.Each night some of the crew have sundowners with red wine being a favourite - last night Tom drunk a bottle of wine on his own and lost his smart. read more...


06/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY SIXTEEN - MAKING PROGRESS

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} We moved ship’s time back by another hour in the afternoon, so we are now operating on GMT/UT -2. Having daybreak at 0830 and daylight until 2015/2030 was not what we wanted, so the adjustment was made. St Lucia is GMT/UT-4 so we will probably make another adjustment in the next 48/72 hours depending on daylight hours. A quiet afternoon yesterday so caught up on some clothes washing and rubbish disposal. A four man crew creates a significant amount of rubbish from a packaging perspective & following the ARC Rally Control’s advice, we are throwing unfinished food, tea bags etc over the side to the fish, together with paper and cardboard. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY SIXTEEN - MAKING PROGRESS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY SIXTEEN - MAKING PROGRESS
06/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Day 12,13 &14

Day 12 & 13 & 14 - 'We've had a busy two days dodging wind holes and making lots of sail changes to get the best speed we can. But we've also made time to party - celebrating Skipper Sophie's birthday with pancakes and chocolates, a welcome reward after a tough night of squalls and no moon or stars to help guide us. We've found the trade winds at last and put the spinnaker up at dawn.Everyone has been helming enjoying the 'exhileration' of flying the kite. And we were also lucky enough to see the fin of a pilot whale in the distance and a school of flying fish.We reached the half way mark today and opened our present from our sister ship Diamonds - thank you ladies for the gifts - a christmas cake and courtesy flags for each nation on board - we are flying them now and they look. read more...


06/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 16

Today is a special day in the Hodder household with both Carol and Paul celebrating birthdays . We intend to mark the occasion with Mike by raising a glass of champagne here on board Jasmine and sending our best wishes to them just before dinner .Now we are 574 nautical miles from our destination and the forecast at last looks promising . if its correct we should carry our wind the whole way to St Lucia .Today we saw a long tailed tropic bird and it fished around the boat for awhile .We saw it dive from on high twice . Both times successfully . Unlike the gannets and the booby it hovers hawk-like before stooping .We have not been as effective at fishing . Last night Mike got something on our hand line and with great difficulty hauled it to within ten feet of the stern at which point it. read more...


06/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Spinniker up

“20:16,49 46:27,86W” Getting 5 knots now after 0 for last 12 hours . made bad decision to stayup north, unlike last year where i benefited from it . have had engine on for 20out of 24 hours but we are short of fuel now so are heading down to hopefullypick up the trade winds . Water is fine and food is plentiful , just the coupleof people who have 14th flights are getting a bit worried . all the rest of usare quite happy to float down , but the rum punch is calling so well lets justbash on and try to sail when we have anything above 4 knots and motor belowthat. had sunbathing lessons from the girls today but not to good at sittingaround so lasted about 3 hours only . bread been made . pasta for dinner ,weather watching and just a great time to relax and think of life and how luckywe are .. read more...


06/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 17 - Bergfest

Hitze! Sonne! Schweiß!Mit gemächlichem Passatwind lassen wir uns in der Hitze Richtung Westen treiben. Wer an Deck ist, sucht sich Schatten oder benässt sich mit der Pütz, nur um wenig später wieder nass vom Schweiß zu sein. Der Sommer hat uns erwischt. Hier an Bord kann man sich gar nicht richtig vorstellen, dass zuhause heute Nikolaus Tag ist und die Termperaturdifferenz vermutlich 30℃ betrifft.Der Autopilot wurde von Elias repariert, jedoch nur notdürftig und für den Notfall als Ersatz gedacht. Gestern gab es lecker Rösti mit Speck, zubereitet vom Küchenteam Jana/Hugo.Jana hat mich als Nähkumpanin gewonnen. Mama du wärst stolz auf mich und kannst dich auf Weihnachten freuen. Es fühlt sich völlig fremd an, dass das ja schon in 18 Tagen so weit ist.In 25nm haben wir unser Bergfest. read more...


06/12/2016

Cherish - Day 15 Making the most of the wind

Passage planning, always a large part of the day. Winds have been tricky so it’s about trying to get to the best bit of sea while still heading in the right general direction. Red areas on the weather chart denote strong winds (there is no red!), green is moderate and blue not okay. Like the children’s game of hop scotch its about jumping between patches of green. Next day the forecast has always changed slightly so there’s the added incentive of not getting caught without a chair when the music stops. So to speak. Another children’s  game!!! Photo shows Cap’n Pete hard at it consulting his lap top.IMG_2631.. read more...


Cherish - Day 15 Making the most of the wind
Cherish - Day 15 Making the most of the wind
06/12/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - Closing in on St Lucia through the squalls

Life aboard Ocean Blue has been a little less eventful over the last few days. The days have been hot and mainly sunny, the winds light to moderate and the Parasailor has remained the sail of choice. We have had a few squally nights, with massive wind shifts and huge deluges of warm but very wet rain.The fishing has been successful, landing a sizeable Wahoo which was filleted and eaten for dinner within a few hours. With the wind pretty much behind us the boat has been a more stable platform for doing a few jobs - meals have been crafted from individual ingredients, rather than pre-prepared frozen ones brought out (though we have eaten amazing well throughout the trip whatever the weather). Bread has been baked, luxuries such as cheesecake made and Lesley's lemon sorbet is a total hit. read more...


06/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 17 Nacht 16

Da sind wir wieder, hallo zusammen.Wir hatten eine ausgezeichnete Nacht mit wenig Welle und guten Wind. Das heißt heute konnte, wenn nicht Wache war, gut geschlafen werden. Allerdings sind die Unterbrechungen des Schlafs durch den Rhythmus der Wachen schon zehrend. Wir alle sind daher reif für die Insel und die liegt jetzt um 16.00 Uhr UTC nur noch 175 sm entfernt. Der Tag war bis dato auch gut was Wetter und Wind betrifft, wir sind daher in den letzten 24 Stunden 185 sm weit gekommen, der zweitbeste Wert der Überfahrt. Aktuell kommt der Wind so von hinten, dass wir nicht direkt auf St. Lucia zufahren können, wir müssen vor dem Wind kreuzen. Ich habe ja schon mal erklärt, dass Segel platt vor dem Wind nicht funktionieren. In der kommenden Nacht müssen wir mit Squalls (ähnlich einem. read more...


06/12/2016

Estrella - 13. - 15. Tag - Flaute, Flüge und fliegende Fische

Die Hundewache von 00:00 Uhr bis 04:00 Uhr ist wie wohlauf allen Boote die unbeliebteste. Gestern aber nicht! Zuerst erlebten Heinz,Axel und Rainer einen tropischen Regenschauer der es richtig in sich hatte.Leider waren nicht all Luken schnell genug geschlossen, so dass heute auf derReling jede Menge Sachen zum Trocknen hängen. Ruckzuck hat Heinz die Situationerfass. Blitzschnell war er nur noch in Badehose bekleidet und genoss die“Salzwaschanlage”, wie er den Regenguss nannte. Dann kam Wind und Rainer konnteunsere Estrella mit fast 12 Knoten durch die Wellen peitschen. Die “Hundewache”versuchte noch ihre Ablösung zu verhindern und bot an, auch die nächsten Stundenzu übernehmen, aber Dirk hat den Braten gerochen und mit seiner Frühschicht dasSteuer gern abgenommen. Leider war nach ein. read more...


06/12/2016

Wethomi - 6. December 2016

We can smell the islands now, nearly. At least we see a lot of sea weed and it is hot and humid. But it took us quite long to reach our itinerary. And so the time is running out for my crew. Their flights back to Europe leave tonight from Barbados and so we decided to do a little stopover in Port St.Charles, Barbados. I will continue through the night on my old Wethomi to Rodney Bay not to miss the prize giving and final party!Sailing has been marvellous during the last days. Wished we had it a little bit earlier. We all are a little bit sad that it is over now. It has been a wonderful time in our nutshell on the huge ocean under a big sky.Not much happened. No more fish but good Canary wine.100 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


05/12/2016

Bluetangos Two - Ca' Venisti 05.12

Ca' Venisti   5,12,2016   Altra notte combattuta con gli SQUALLS alle calcagna. Mi ripeto, come fanno a formarsi cosi facilmente e rapidamente ed in un numero così elevato? Da una serata stellata, clima perfetto, calzoncinicorti maglietta e giubbino si trasforma in una cascata d'acqua tipo Niagara. L'unica cosa positiva che arriva il vento, da un 15 nodi di reale ad un 25/30 . Ora li abbiamo studiati, siamo con il Genoa tangonato e randa, naturalmente caricaalto, basso, braccioecc. Appena arriva basta rullare il Genoa lasciando il Tangone in posizione, poi ricuperarlo. In questo modo , passata la sventola siamo di nuovo pronti con il tangone già in posizione. Da ieri sera siamo in combattimento ingaggiati con un Farr 56. Ci raggiungesulla sx, regoliamo le vele, lo. read more...


06/12/2016

Delfini - dec 6th

The wind we found yesterday morning deserted us around lunchtime so at 1600 we made a concerted effort to go as far south as the diesel tank would allow based on the ARC daily forecast and positions of the southern fleet and at 10 pm we found a 15knot wind from the SE and have been moving along nicely ever since - hoorayiPad and plotter say 1150 nm to go so maybe we can get there by 16th More successful bread making today and crew morale much improved by the increase in wind and potential arrival on time but if there is any more wind going we will have some please.For some reason the very relay decided not to play last night so we didn't charge the auxiliaries until we notice fed and reset the charging system - maybe the solenoid was stuck or maybe the coil contacts were dirty - with way. read more...


06/12/2016

Gwendoline - 14th and 15th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds05. December. 11.10 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.43.00N 30.42.25WLife on board is quickly setteling in the old rutines, now tree days after we left our unplanned stopover on the Cap Verde island of Sao Vincente.Friday dec. 2nd.We left, as previously written, rather late, and we were caught by the wind acceleration zone between the islands. All that adrenaline released in our bodies from handling this unforseen "crisis" had the positive side effect that no one became seasick this time.Before departure, Lene had made a big portion of pasta salat with tuna which we all enjoyed very much for dinner.The first 24 hours we sailed with an average speed of 7 knots - LOVELY - after all the days doing only 2-4. read more...


06/12/2016

Nisida - 245nm to go!

If we carry on at current boat speeds we will finish ARC2016 sometime tomorow afternoon. The kite went up at first light yesterday morning and we took the chance and flew it all night which has clocked the miles down.We have gybed on to a slightly southerley course now to stay close to our course line, if the gribs are right the whe breeze should have a bit more north later and we will the gybe again. The shelves are starting to look a little bare! we still have some meat in the freezer and enough spuds left so are not going to starve!. read more...


06/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 16 - Kurs West

Am Morgen dreht der Wind auf SO, sodass wir ein paar Stunden einen Halbwindkurs fahren. Wir wollen noch etwas weiter südlich fahren, um guten Wind zu haben.Tagsüber sehen wir einen Segler und in der Nacht auch. Wir bereiten die letzte Portion der Goldmakrele zu. Die Tage sind jetzt schwül warm. Im Boot hat es 28°C und der Atlantik hat hier mehr als 27°C. Abkühlung verschafft nur der Wind und das Abduschen mit Meerwasser.Ab dem späten Nachmittag fahren wir wieder Schmetterling. So geht es auch in die Nacht. Die Wettervorhersage schaut gut aus, sodass wir Kurs West anlegen, um die nächsten Tage gut voranzukommen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


05/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 16 - Joika!

Da er Halvveis feiret med Joikakaker, potit og kålstuing!Takk Rudolf!Vår siste grønnsak, kålen, (bortsett fra potet og løk) ble dermed fortært. Note to self: Kjøp dobbelt så mye grønnsaker og frukt neste gang.Faktisk veldig lite som har blitt dårlig i varmen. Så lenge de henger luftig i nett i kahytten varer de forbausende lenge. Måltidet ble inntatt med en hivert med Løitens sommerakevitt. Passet bra i 28 graders varme.Ellers skinner skipet nypolert pga Martins virketrang! Vi andre orker knapt å lese bok ;) . read more...


06/12/2016

Challenger 3 - ARC 2016 BLOG

 Monday 5th December The Board of Inquiry on the disappearance of the Blog, with Bill as the plaintiff and Ralph as his legal advisor has been postponed until further notice. Apparently parts of the Blog were traced through e-mail, Cloud etc. A Report will be commissioned at vast cost but it is understood that after several heads have been nominated, and due Maxwelisation, it is not expected to be published before the decommissioning of Challenger 3. Morale remains high, despite the mysterious gain in ground by Challenger 2. Our blue Spinny is flying with an SOG of 5.6K. Ricky has promised us blood. Sweat and tears to keep ahead, with woolling spinnakers, Yanky poles and grinding winches all night until we have won. Yipee. Meanwhile the competition between the 3. read more...



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