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Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 22 - Final stretch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 22 - Final stretch
11/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 20: I would sail 500 miles, and I would sail 500 more

Day 20: I would sail 500 miles, and I would sail 500 more   We have had a really good 24 hours sailing and sometime over the course oftonight we will pass the threshold that sees us with less than 500 miles untilwe reach landfall in Saint Lucia.  This feels good.  We have hadanother shift in our perception when a 500 mile sail seems short.  We havesailed 2250 miles so far, and based on some of Dave's calculations our log maybe reading 10% lower than it should, so we may have sailed 2500 (which to behonest with our track makes more sense!).   Ewen and I had fun this morning.  We have been having ‘balancechallenges’.  The challenge involves standing upright (on two feet) andstaying standing up for as long as possible.  This sounds simple.  Addto. read more...


11/12/2016

Charisma - 3. Advent, stetig nach Westen

Was für ein Unterschied zu vor einer Woche! Am 2. Advent lagenwir bei brütender Hitze in ölglatter See. Jeden Windhauch haben wirversucht einzufangen.Stetiger PassatHeute am 3. Advent gibt es nichtsanderes tun als die Charisma geradeaus laufenzulassen - mal unterVollzeug, mal im 3. Reff und verkleinerter Genua. Christoph: Häufig kratzen wir an derRumpfgeschwindigkeit von 8,4 Knoten. Nun sind wir auf der Autobahn genZiel und jeder Tag reiht sich an den anderen, wie an einer Perlenkette.Nachts leuchtet uns, neben der Venus auch der Halbmond bis 3 Stunden vorSonnenaufgang den Weg - ein Traum. Ziel in BlickProviant und Getränke sind gutdisponiert. Unser Wachsystem läuft wie ein Uhrwerk. Wir bleibenkonzentriert auf den verbleibenden 280 sm. Und wir freuen uns auf dieAnkunft und ein paar. read more...


11/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 10 - 21th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 189 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2534 miles behind us. St Lucia course is 272° but, with the wind coming from 90°-120° we were only able to keep a course of 285°-315°, it wastime for another "chicken jibe". And predictably, shortly after we jibbed, the wind veered to 70°-80°. Jibing again!We are two days away from full moon, and during my shift, at 4:00 am GMT, we were steering straight towards it, and then, at 5:00 am, after the moon disappeared on the horizon, we steered to Orion, until the clouds covered all the stars and it became pitch dark.With a double reefed main and half the jib, the waves coming from behind, and the wind around18-20 knots we surfed down some giant waves at 8-9 knots. Wave surfing in the dark felt. read more...


10/12/2016

Ximera - Day sixteen - Mid-Atlantic Crossing

14∞22.96N - 42∞32.08W--13∞09.52N - 045∞04.54W We've crossed the 43∞20'W longitiude and our DDT (distance to go) on the GPS is now only in a three-digit format. At noon we are ready for this happening with our second champagne bottle. Cheers to everyone, also to whom are not in the middle of the atlantic but are with us reading this (b)log. Our cheers today are also in the hope of seeing some dolphins. On the one hand, since the ARC started in Gran Canaria we've seen dolphins almost everyday, we've written about their marvellous pankton-luminescents wakes and tracks in the night. On the other hand, in the past few days we haven't seen any more dolphins. Birds also are really rare. Maybe the middle of the atlantic is too far from land for these animals, maybe they are at a great party just. read more...


10/12/2016

Ximera - Day twenty one - Aroma of land

14∞27.84N - 56∞51.11W-->14∞09.33N - 59∞32.12WI wake up for my watch and I realize that tomorrow we will arrive in St. Lucia after three weeks at sea. Now the GPS says 200 miles to go, 30 hours. I'm a bit sad, this is our last day of our crossing, tonight we will have our last watches and we will say goodbye to all the happy animals' names that had been our companions for these 21 days. We'll stop rolling, we 'll stop trimming sails, checking the rigging in the morning, having funny sea-bucket showers, fish incredible fish and tales, seeing beautiful and amazing sea-life phenomema and a lot more. Of course I'm happy and excited to land in the Caribbean, but I'll also be happy to continue sailing non stop to an indefinite destination. Maybe, just a quick provisioning stop for fresh. read more...


Ximera - Day twenty one - Aroma of land
Ximera - Day twenty one - Aroma of land
10/12/2016

Ximera - Day twenty - Gimme one more (last) hour

14∞01.02N - 53∞43.13W -->14∞27.84N - 56∞51.11WToday we are in the Caribbean time zone (UTC -4) and we put our watches back another hour. The wind, the waves and the current consistently push our boat towards our destination. We're approaching fast, we're sailing fast, 8-9 knots with two reefs in the main sail, sometimes a bit of jib furled. At 8 o'clock in the morning 363 miles divide us from St. Lucia. Apparently (and luckily) I'll win the forecast sweepstake for arrival date and hour (Sunday 11th December at noon) that we all have declared when we were leaving the Cape Verde islands. At 0.00 of the 10 december only 248 miles from St. Lucia. We are really close now. Wow!A strange land-feeling is all over the boat...Welcome. read more...


Ximera - Day twenty - Gimme one more (last) hour
Ximera - Day twenty - Gimme one more (last) hour
10/12/2016

Ximera - Day eighteen - Dozens of sunrises

13.31.64N - 047∞47.49W-->13∞51.98N - 050∞49.35WI'm on a solo watch at 5 o' clock (the 'cock watch'). I gaze up to the sky, stars and constellations patterns. On these days Jupiter rises two or three hours before the sun and I like to imagine that the sun is a bit lazy and it needs to be pulled outside the curtain of the dark by the big Jupiter. Around 6 o'clock it starts to become light. My sight is at the brightest point in the East, behind us, just under Jupiter ... I'm waiting for the earth to rotate a few more degrees to show the sun; I'm waiting for the first rays of direct sunlight, these you can feel the warmth on your skin (and the vitamin D, as they say in northern Europe, (oops, Great Britain).And there it is, 'Here comes the sun'... But now I can't see it anymore, then I. read more...


Ximera - Day eighteen - Dozens of sunrises
Ximera - Day eighteen - Dozens of sunrises
10/12/2016

Ximera - Day seventeen - We step onto the train

13∞09.52N - 045∞04.54W-->13.31.64N - 047∞47.49WSome days ago we talked about the trade winds, but in fact it is only since a couple of days that we have had a constant wind (15-20 knots) in the day and in the night, without squalls or any other weather changing. Despite the name 'trade winds', it brings to my mind the slave trade, but for the sailors these winds are a real blessing. Wind, waves and current collaborate together and push the boat forward smoothly. Basically you set the sails and jump onto a train heading West shouting: 'take me to the Caribbean please'. Nothing more to do, maybe adjust your heading a bit once in a while, decide if and when to gybe from an apparent wind angle of 165∞ on the starboard side to the opposite wind angle on the port side.Apart from that we. read more...


Ximera - Day seventeen - We step onto the train
Ximera - Day seventeen - We step onto the train
11/12/2016

Zingara - Zingaras Race finished

hallo ihr Mitleidenden....ja, Zuckerschlecken war s mal wieder nicht ! Wettervorhersagen haben eben imer etwas unvorhersehbares...wie auch immer, Dank meiner super BGAN Unit ( Inmarasat ) hatten wir sehr zeithah aktuelleWindinfos, die uns bei der Entscheidungdes besten Kurses super geholfen haben.Waren wir doch in den Schwachwindbereichen fast gleichauf mit den Racern, konnten wir dann irgendwann nicht mehr mit dem motorsegelnden Cruisern mithalten.Bei nur 230 liter Diesel im Tank mußten wir abwägen, Speed zu gewinnen oder Reserven zu behalten.Letzlich sind wir mit ca 20 % Restfuel eingelaufen, leider in dunkler Nacht und gerade kurz vor dem Anlegen mit kurzen aber heftigen Windböen und zum Leid des Empfankskommiteesnem ordentliche Regenschauer aberglücklich und doch zufrieden am Ponton. read more...


10/12/2016

New Deal - Log day 21 - Vi gasser på

Mye vind og mye sjø siste døger, men det går unna.153 nm 6,4 knip i VMG. Ny rekord!Å legge seg i køya for natta nder disse forholdene er som å kjøre karusell.Nå begynner vi å se frem til å nå målet.Kanskje fremme på tirsdag? Time will show!. read more...


10/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 20

Day 20Last night was our last full night on Skyelark and we head towards St Lucia with out arrival anticipated late evening today.Only yesterday someone said that we had been lucky and not had many squalls, what we didn't realise was that the Atlantic had one last surprise in store for us.I went up on watch at 10pm for my evening stint, and the first squall had been on gone through with rain and winds of 26 kn.This turned out to be the first of many, the sky behind us showed in the moonlight as an ominous dark mass approached.Winds raced to a peak of 34 kns with the boat thrashing fromside to side, just as one phase finished another started, and then another. The squalls kept coming until well into the early hours.The experience was a mix of excitement and at times terror, all calmly. read more...


10/12/2016

Beltana II - Day 21 and all is well.....the bell tolls

Last night was another great run from a speed and distance point of view.We made 188NM in the westerly direction (hopefully we did not do too manynortherly or southerly slips – there was one just before nightfall when were-attached the boom topping lift that had come loose – the shackle had come outeven after being nipped up tight with pliers. Never fear Beltana has a spare,and this time we zip tied both shackles so that it will not happen again –always learning!)Last night we had a special from the O’Grady kitchen – well – cottageBolognese pie sort of thing – very yummy and very filling! Just great – Paul hasno trouble working in the galley while the yacht pitches and heaves – some of us(read  me) are heartily sick of the rocking and rolling associated with thewind directly behind. read more...


10/12/2016

VAVA-U - Wir sind da! - 9.10.16

FORTSETZUNG…Wir sind da! Um 11:20 Uhr ist es soweit: Karsten schreit „Land in Sicht“ und tatsächlich, im Dunst tauchen die ersten Umrisse und Hügelketten von Saint Lucia auf. (Bild Saint Lucia im Dunst)Wir köpfen eine Flasche Sekt und stoßen an, per Selbstauslöser wird das Ereignis auch festgehalten.(Bild Anstoßen)Die Spannung steigt, wir holen den Spinnaker ein und setzen dafür die Genua, um gut um das Cap zu kommen und mit entsprechender Leinwand eindrucksvoll das Ziel zu überfahren. (Bild Einholen)Endlich ist es soweit: Zuerst taucht ein Fotografenboot auf, das uns von allen Seiten knipst, dann sehen wir die gelbe Boje und das Zielboot, die unsere Ziellinie markieren. Wir rauschen mit neun Knoten über die Ziellinie.(Bild Zielboot)Schnell werden Genua und Groß eingeholt und die Fender. read more...


10/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 21 - SUNRISE

Liebe SUNRISE Fans,diese Nacht konnten wir ein weiteres ARC Boot überholen und schieben uns langsam zurück auf die mittleren Plätze innerhalb unserer Kategorie. Das letzte Etmail (zurückgelegte Distanz innerhalb von 24 Stunden) lag bei 186 SM! Der Wind ist teilweise sehr böig und zwischenzeitlich hat sich eine konstante 5 - 6 Meter hohe Welle aufgebaut, die uns hier an Bord immer wieder ganz schön durcheinander wirbelt. Manches Ei oder Porzelan ist dem Tanz schon zum Opfer gefallen. Eine Hand am Schiff (zum Festhalten) und eine Hand an der Arbeit sind ein absolutes Muß! Der Rudergang - vor Allem in der Nacht - ist anstrengend; länger als 30 Minuten kann man kaum konzentriert am Stück steuern, dann wird mit dem Wachkameraden gewechselt und nach kurzer Verschnaufpause geht es wieder ans. read more...


10/12/2016

White Satin - The stars

Saturday 10 December2743 miles sailed, 289 to goAll the stars are coming out tonight, they're lighting up the sky tonight. For you; for you.Our night watch sees a clear, ink-black sky spattered with the light of a hundred billion stars. No moon to dilute their presence. No glow from the towns and cities on land a thousand miles distant. I should recognise some of this scene - Polaris; Betelgeuse, the Andromeda galaxy. Yet I struggle to name any but The Plough - where is this great bear of which it plays its part? The sky is too full, crowded with so many vaguely guessable shapes I don't know where to start. The Ancients had a lifetime of such nights to let their imaginations wander, inventing characters to remember and link and make sense of it all. I am content just with its majesty.The. read more...


White Satin - The stars
White Satin - The stars
10/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 20 - fauler Freitag

Die Nacht war wieder unruhig, wir hatten 5 Beaufort. Man schläft dann nur mit einem offenen und einem geschlossenen Auge ;-) Damit man den Windpilot, die Windstärke und -richtung im Blick hat.Entsprechend gerädert waren wir in der Früh. Am Vormittag haben wir den Schlaf nachgeholt. Nachmittags hat Hermann ein paar Arbeiten erledigt. Am Windpilot hat sich ein Schraube gelockert, sowie am Geräteträger. Die Seilen und Rollen der Windpilot-Leinen wurden überprüft und die Führung verbessert. Natürlich behalten wir die Geschwindigkeit im Auge, denn wir wollen ankommen! Zum Abendessen gabs Nürnberger Bratwürschtl mit Kraut ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


10/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 20

--OK we are over the finish line at 0904.08All very happy now and the last two hours as we ran down the northern shore were so lovely ,Nick on the wheel broad reaching in 20 knots on long ocean rollers and surfing . We were in company and had been seeing our fellow trans at friends turn up one by one on the radar during last night . From seeing no one for days we ended finishing with 6 or 7 other yatchs in sight funneling down on the finish line.The island is like something out of Treasure Island , lush and hilly and covered in forest . I think we will be happy here .We will all go all go now and deal with the onerous registration and passport red tape .After that , I think coffee made by some one else and served on a rock solid table .. read more...


10/12/2016

Delfini - day 20 - 10 dec

..... another great day and night have seen us put on over 140 miles in 24 hours and plotter says we will be in St Lucia on the evening of the 13th if this cracking wind keep upProvisions are standing up well and we don't have any shortages so eating well but looking forward to a few sundowners on arrival We h ad originally expected to be in St Lucia tomorrow but estimating arrival on Tuesday after 3 /4 days of zero wind and zero progress is a bit if a result - we will be happy to arrive in one piece with most equipment and services still fully operational We were visited by a pod of probably 20 or so dolphins this morning which is still a sight of beauty and they stayed with us for 30 mins -my phone ran out of memory so maybe I have enough footage. read more...


10/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 21 - T-2 bis Ankunft

Noch 2 Tage - 42h St. Lucia wir kommen. Letzte Nacht vernahm die GATSBY VOGELTRANSPORT GMBH einen neuen Kunden. Eine Seeschwalbe leistete uns einige Stunden lang Gesellschaft. Zunächst hing sie quer im Reelingsdraht, dann suchte sie sich unterschiedliche Plätze an Deck, keiner schien ihr gut genug. Eine Weile saß sie sogar vor den Instrumenten und ruhte sich dort aus, bis wir das Großsegel redeten, sie davon flog und nicht wieder kam. Die Nacht über hatten wir immer mal wieder 30kn wahren Wind. Auch jetzt haben wir 25kn im Durchschnitt und rauschen mit 8,5kn gen Westen.See you soon,Sophie. read more...


10/12/2016

Estrella - 19.und 20. Tag - Highspeed, Walwatching und Anglerglück

Das jetzige Segeln ist atemberaubend.Tagsüber sowieso,aber vor allem auch in der Morgendämmerung und am Abend. Die Sonnenaufgänge unddas Eintauchen des glühenden Balls am Abend, der “auf dem Kopf liegende” Mondund der irre Sternenhimmel in der Nacht faszinieren jedes Mal auf`s Neue. Dazudie meterhohen Wellenberge achteraus und das Surfen über die Kämme RichtungKaribik sind ein einmaliges Erlebnis, das wohl keiner je wieder vergisst. AmMorgen wird der Kaffee gern im Cockpit unter der südlichen Sonne genossen undseit das Boot mit 6-8 Knoten rast sind alle ganz aus dem Häuschen.Es werdenimmer neue, frühere Ankunftszeiten berechnet – da muss bei dem einen oderanderen schon mal die Bremse angezogen werden, damit die Erwartungen realistischbleiben. Wir freuen uns über die letzten super. read more...


10/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - day 20; nearly there

Hope to be arriving tomorrow (Sunday) during day light. We are on a directcourse with 1 reef sailing in  quite strong winds with big seas. We havehad a few visits from dolphins as we are becoming closer to land. The boat isquite jerky with lots of movement and just had a morning coffee disaster withthe pot falling over and coffee grounds everywhere. Mostly cleared up and therest can wait until we arrive. We are dependent on our Watt and Sea hydrogenerator for most of our powerand it has been working really well. You can tell the speed of the boat by thesound and tone of its whirring as it spins round charging the batteries.Yesterday morning it was making a different sound. It is almost impossible tolift it out of the water, or put it back in, when we are sailing at any speed sowe. read more...


Bluewaft - More sushi!
Bluewaft - More sushi!
10/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 21: Home stretch

Bluewaft Log Day 21Saturday 10 December 201618°14’.133N 057°21’.267WWe now have just over 300nm to go – so in the home stretch now.We’ve hada good 24 hours of sailing, averaging over 7kts on goose-wing with the jiband gennaker with wind speeds in the 10-16kt range.A comfortable ridewith the swell giving us a nice ‘push’ in the right direction.We clockeda top speed of 9.4kts – not bad for this sail configuration in these winds.We’ve decided to sail straight to St Maarten (270nm NNE from St Lucia).The island is French and Dutch – sort of a mini Belgium in the Caribbean.We have arranged a berth for Bluewaft there with the local Lagoon agent.Marcus and Alex have changed their flights and James and I should still beable to make our planned flights back to New Zealand and Oz.This way weshould. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 21: Home stretch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 21: Home stretch
10/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO - Log day 20 21 - Tradewinds and squal

Hi friends of PkBoo.Yesterday we had a great speed sailing in the tradewinds.Today in the late morning we had a strong squal with gale wind, but at the end a complete rainbow let us smile. Probably also the weather thinks that for our crew it's time to have a shower.CiaoMarco. read more...


10/12/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 20

Roberts reiselogg dag 20:Akkurat ferdig med 12-4 vakta, og har så mye tanker i hodet at jeg bare må skrive litt før jeg køyer.Det har vært ganske mye bevegelse i skuta på vakta i natt :-)Deilig å virkelig føle at man er på havet.Jeg kan ikke tenke meg noe mere beroligende enn å stå på dekket, og høre vinden suse og bølgene bruse mens skuta "fosser" frem, og titte på stjernene.Tidligere på vakta var det sterkt måneskinn, og da så jeg ikke så mye stjerner, men etter at den ble borte under horisonten kom alle stjernene frem.Jeg så fire stjerneskudd i løpet av kort tid, og ønsket meg det samme hver gang :-)Jeg ønsket meg.....det kan jeg jo ikke si, for da går det ikke i oppfyllelse ;-)Så også et forrige natten, og fortalte Janne som løste meg av kl. 8 etter 4-8 vakta at jeg hadde sett det.. read more...


10/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 19: The wind is sixteen going on seventeen

Day 19: The wind is sixteen going on seventeen  Let’s start at the very beginning.  We are still moving. Yesterday when our winds were very light Ewen inspirationally and bravely saidthat when the wind was a consistent 15 knots he would sing us a song from theSound of Music.  Today we have eagerly watched the wind speed creep slowlyup and around tea time the elusive threshold of 15 knots was reached andexceeded.  As the wind speed hovered between 16 and 17 knots he broke intosong;   ‘The wind is sixteen going on seventeen Quite a steady breeze Then it drops by over ten knots This wind is a great big tease’   We did laugh! This song will never quite be the same again and will alwaystransport us back to a sunny afternoon in the Atlantic ocean.   We. read more...


09/12/2016

Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - Blog 7 - Approaching St Lucia and taking stock

Blog 7 - approaching St Lucia and taking stock We have been swiftly and safely guided to St Lucia by warm winds fluctuating around 20 knots for the last 4 days or so. The swell has kept at around 3m, allowing us to surf westward on wide, deep blue rollers, rocking this way and that, mostly predictably. But as with all ocean adventures I'm swiftly learning the sea is never predictable. The odd rogue wave will smack us out of nowhere, a few soaked yelps from off-watch as cool salt water pours over the bow and into the bunks, usually accompanied by comically delayed "wave" warning by the helms-person. Many of us have taken to sleeping on deck as the temperature rises; which has of course been a little perilous with the rogues and rollers. A peacefully snoozing Marty has performed several. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - Blog 7 - Approaching St Lucia and taking stock
Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - Blog 7 - Approaching St Lucia and taking stock
09/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 19

Day 19We had an exciting night last night. After our excitement last night , at about 23.00 last night we noticed a dark cloud approaching us from the stern. Dan thought we were OKin our set up, so we were just to keep an eye on it. Dan came on deck anyway, just in case. About 10 minutes later, wind and sea started to build. A further 10 minutes on and we were in a force 7 gale. Winds were steadily above 24kts, gusting to 28 kts. We actually saw 11.8kts of boat speed at one point. The ride was very exciting , and for me personally, the absolute highlight of the entire trip, as I was on the helm for over an hour at the peak of this squall. The wind dropped a little and we took the opportunity to add an extra reef for the rest of the night. Fortunately, the winds held up through the rest. read more...


09/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 9 - 20th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 346 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,402 miles behind us. We are moving along nicely at an average of 6.6 knots. Over the last 24 hours we completed 160 nautical miles. Since yesterday we have been sailing together with Serenity and Sundance, both now 9 miles away on our port side. As we get closer to St Lucia we expect to see more and more boats.The flying fish are getting bolder. This morning we found a death one inside the boat, by the mast! We have a well stocked fridge and so far have not been tempted to eat them, but if one of them jumps into a pan, we will have to fry it. They are reportedly full of bones and don't have a lot of flesh.At noon, we listened to the ARC daily broadcast over SSB radio. Various yachts report on their. read more...


09/12/2016

VAVA-U - Countdown ? 08.12.16 - 18. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Nacht hatte keine besonderen Überraschungen parat, wir sind nach wie vor gefühlt ganz alleine auf dem Atlantik. Schlafen ist schwierig, es ist heiß, die Dünung zu hoch, um die Luken zu öffnen. Den ganzen Tag über hatten wir sehr kräftigen Wind, der uns dem Ziel entgegengeblasen hat. Ein paar Wölkchen begleiten uns stetig.Die Schattenplätze sind nach wie vor gefragt und wir dösen oder schlafen, wann immer es möglich ist.Die Spannung steigt, so oft wie nie steht jemand vor dem Computer und schaut sich Restmeilen, Geschwindigkeit und Route an. Es kristallisiert sich eine Favoritengruppe von Markus, Oliver und Irene bzgl. unserer Ankunftswette heraus. Unsere ETA wird voraussichtlich zwischen 14 und 16 Uhr Bordzeit am 9.12. sein.Mittags haben wir ein feines Resteessen,. read more...


09/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 20 - Ny VMG24 rekord feiret med fredagtaco

Endelig har vi fått fart i båten. 12-14 knops vind og 6-7 knops fart. Skrogfarten til båten er rett over 7 knop. Dvs den går ikke fortere selv om det blåser mer.VMG betyr "Velocity Made Good". Det er hastigheten en nærmer seg målet. Har en kurs rett på målet (veipunktet) er VMG lik båtens fart men når en seiler må en ofte tilpasse kursen vindforholdene. Som gir en VMG lavere en farten.ARCs daglige posisjonsrapport oppgir gjenstående lengde til St Lucia og VMG 24. VMG24 er hvor mange sjømil siste døgn delt på 24 timer. Den kan brukes tilå beregne ankomstid.Vi har blitt veldig opphengt i den parameteren siden vi føler vi burde ha kommet litt lenger på dette tidspunktet.Og i dag fikk vi ny "personlig" rekord, VMG24 på 6,2 Knop :)Så teoretisk sett skal vi kunne være fremme om fem dager,. read more...


09/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 19

--Not in sight of land yet but other boats are beginning to appear on the horizons as we channel into our approach .We managed to identify the sea weed thats all around as sargasso seaweed ,why its so far south we cant tell . Perhaps its here all the time .More sea birds on view today but still in ones and twos , all in the gannet and booby family . The flying fish activity is intense an Bill has gottten his photos .The wind is still force 4 or 5 and we are slowing the boat beforedinner so that we arrive in St Lucia in daylight . Given the layout of the islands and the sea and wind conditions we dont want to have to kill time outside the harbour in darkness in a big and lumpy sea .Hopes are high for an easy landfall .. read more...


09/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 20

Was für eine Nacht: Zeitumstellung, Sternschnuppen, ein Komet, ein verglühender Meteor, ein paar Schiffe, einige Flugzeuge, die uns verhöhnen (man kann so leicht und schnell den Atlantik überqueren), außerdem ein Wetterleuchten. Der Speed Over Ground ging nie unter 8kn, oft lag er bei 9kn, manchmal sogar bei 10kn und auf einer mega Welle sind wir sogar auf 11.0kn gesurft - Rekord! Und das in der Dunkelheit der Nacht, wenn der Mond schon untergegangen ist und die Sonne noch hinterm Horizont schläft.Die Sonne scheint schon wieder den ganzen Tag, wer an Deck ist, liegt im Schatten vom Großsegel oder duscht oder muss Ruder gehen. Der Autopilot wird weiterhin nicht benutzt. Genua 3 und Groß tragen uns Richtung St. Lucia. Noch 486nm! Es juckt in den Fingern den Spi zu setzten, aber in. read more...


09/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 20 - SUNRISE

Liebe SUNRISE Fans,das überholte Boot ist weit achteraus ! Ansonsten gibt es wenig Neues von Bord zu berichten.Die Wetterverhältnisse sind unverändert, der Wind bläst mit 6 bft und bringt uns gute Geschwinigkeit. Das letzte Etmal lag bei 180 SM.Lediglich die Wellen nerven langsam, es geht hier zu wie auf der Achterbahn.Ansonsten ist alles in Ordnung hier an Bord.Viele Grüße von der SUNRISE-. read more...


09/12/2016

EH01 - Day 17, 18 & 19

Final hellofrom the crew of EH01!!!!   We are now35nm from Rodney Bay and you can smell the ginger ale from the Dark andStormeys.... so this will be the last blog and it was great chatting with youand receiving your telepathic best wishes and if you would like to contact TeamEH01 we will be in the nearest beach bar to our berth.!!   Last nightand this morning were tough, we had awful sea states and were on the end ofgusty winds and trucked along with the kite all night. Most of the crew only got1-2 hours sleeps so there was some tired heads this morning and after some slowmanouveres we are heading towards our final waypoint.!  Kudos to all ourgreat helms on both watches as they really pushed the distance over the lastcouple of days It lookslike the Jimbo or Starkers could. read more...


09/12/2016

VAVA-U - D-Day ? 09.12.16 - 19. Seetag

Die Nacht hat sich nicht von ihrer besten Seite gezeigt: Es war windig, stürmisch und nass, wir mussten mehrfach durch kurze Squalls mit über 30 Kn Wind hindurch. (Bild Thomas im Regenoutfit)Morgens werden die Angeln eingeholt; der Thunfisch hatte seine Chance. Immerhin sind wir nur noch 40 Sm vom Ziel entfernt.Den ganzen Vormittag lauert die Crew am Vorschiff und schaut, ob Land zu sehen ist. Leider ist es zu diesig in der Ferne um etwas zu sehen.Dafür passieren wir zwei Fischerboote. Es gibt also doch noch Leben außer uns! Und karibische Musik im Radio.(Bild Fischerboote)Mehr von Heute und unserer Ankunft dann später.VAVA-U und Crew.. read more...


09/12/2016

Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''

OF WIND AND FISHThe wind has not been the sailors? best friend for the ARC 2016 so the crew of Merci Papa Level 42 (#198) had plenty of spare time in between maneuvers and less-than-demanding watch duties. Every Captain knows that idle deckhands are a recipe for trouble, so keeping a crew's mind busy is always a good idea. Playing cards was one way. But fishing turned out to be THE way. Because there is nothing like competition to keep minds sharp and banter going, two teams were promptly formed. US citizens on the starboard hull with a professional fishing rod from Distrimar (Las Palmas) that was almost as thick as the mast, French citizens on port side with a makeshift fishing wheel and lures that had seen better days. Never shy to work from a position of strength, Team USA. read more...


Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''
Merci Papa - Fish contest on board of ''Merci Papa''

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