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28/05/2016

Lerina - Bouge de là !!

Samedi après-midi - On s'est bien battus mais il faut se rendre à l'évidence, il faut qu'on avance rapidement vers l'ESt pour éviter les effets dévastateurs d'un dépression qui va passer normalement au Nord des Açores. On a donc mis en route le "père Kins". On a tout fait pour avancer à la voile mais un vent trop faible de 4-5 N et une allure difficile entre vent arrière et grand largue dans une houle croisée nous a contraint à laisser à l'énergie mécanique de nous propulser vers notre point d'arrivée. On devrait mouliner jusqu'à lundi matin. Il fait de plus en plus frais; on sort tous de nos sacs les vêtements techniques .... Sinon RAS. On a à manger et il nous reste du rhum donc: TOUT VA BIEN A BORD. read more...


28/05/2016

Adagio - Movie Madness, as it were.

Finally some wind this evening. I don;t know if we just hit it right on the head, or if we fell exactly into place with the progressing Hi pressure ridge, but it has been quite a run of light winds and smooth seas.It makes for a nice ride and enjoyable socializing but a tough choice of slow going or using engine hours.When we received the email briefing that the next weather feature we would experience would be a pretty strong LOW pressure system with some accompanying strong winds and higher waves it cemented our decision to make as much forward motion as possible.So, with our priorities rearranged we kept the engine running throughout the day and motor-sailed as quickly as possible for several extra hours.As of this writing we are sailing again because the winds have picked up again.I. read more...


27/05/2016

Adagio - All Things "Running"

So many times I've thought about all the 'things' and systems aboard Adagio.It seems sometimes like the boat is more of a self-contained city than a pleasure craft and keeping everything up to speed is often a challenging task.Every sailor has the "to-do" list and often times the list gets longer instead of shorter when you set out to fox something but discover a couple more layers of effort are now needed to solve adjacent problems.Boats are like Ogres, we joke making reference to Shrek's analogy about onions and many "layers" of complexity.Today we are running a bunch of the boat's systems as we make progress toward the Azores.Since we have very little to absolutely no wind, we are motoring along. As the motor, transmissions and drive train hum along spinning the propeller, we are. read more...


28/05/2016

Tinia - The chase

At 12,30 utc yesterday we got news of a massive storm coming in behind us over the next 3 days, we had 465 miles to go and we have been averaging about 135 mile a day ,so we decided to make a run for it, with the spinnaker up we covered 155 miles in the last 24 hours so if we can repeat that over the next two days we should just get in port before it hits. Everything to go faster, Matt has been rowing with the dinghy paddles, Luke has been jumping up and down (he says it lightens to load). Daves been working on the tobacco and iv been getting rid of the cases of beer. So we are picking up speed and not looking behind us. x jl. read more...


28/05/2016

Aliena - Viernes 27 Mayo 2016

4º dia de Suwarrow a NiueHoy Alicia cumple 3 añitos y estamos llegando a Niue. Solo faltan 11nm. Ha sido un buen viaje a vela y con buena velocidad. El mar desde esta pasada noche esta mas tranquilo y hemos podido dormir mejor. El cansancio tambien ayuda. Hace rato que vemos a lo lejos una isla plana que cada vez es mas grande. A ver si se nos quita la sensación de soledad.Carmen. read more...


27/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day

Today we were up early to get ourselves ready to meet the car hire company ashore. Once all the paperwork was completed we then had the major decision on which way to start our explorations - clockwise or anticlockwise around the island. A visit to the Moorea Fruit Juice Company, where we could sample various fruit juices, virgin or otherwise, was the deciding factor, so anticlockwise it was. Besides enjoying a sample of their Tahiti Drink made with rum, pineapple and coconut, we also got to sample their new juice, watermelon and passion fruit - Delicious! In fact it was so good, we bought some and finished it before we even got back to Paw Paw this evening. At least we still have the Banana and French Vanilla to enjoy.Our next stop was the Le Belvedere, accessed via La Vallee de. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
Paw Paw - Log Day 138: Pineapple, Flavour of the Day
27/05/2016

Adagio - How do They ... ummm well ...

This morning's coffee discussion started up because we'd just sailed past/thru a rather huge 'patch' of Portuguese Man-of-War jellyfish.The 'patch' extended for two miles or so and was pretty densely populated, enough to prevent counting them (which, at 5 knots, is pretty thick).They were sort-of-spread-out and also sort-of-gathered-together-in-clumps and it just makes you wonder exactly how these cool (but deadly) little creatures get along in their world.So, they have these 'sails' atop the water and dangle their venomous tentacles deeply beneath them. Some tentacles are visible but some are so sinewy and fine that they are nearly invisible and perhaps dangling ten feet below the water level.These guys purportedly have no brains, no means of propulsion except to go where the wind. read more...


27/05/2016

Lerina - Coups de pompe !!

Vendredi matin - Hier nous a montré une des facettes de ce bel océan ..... pétole complête avec une eau lisse doucement et longuement ondulée. Comme quoi cet océan ne fait jamais les choses à moitié. Nous avons donc fait ronfler le père Kins jusqu'à ce matin où nous touchons enfin du vent de WSW ce qui nous a permis à tangonner le gégène à tribord et GV sur babord (beau ciseau bien géré par Gaby). On avance pour l'instant à 4-5 N ce qui n'est pas si mal. On a eu des problèmes de pompe hier: le groupe d'eau a laché et on l'a remplacé par une pompe que j'avais en réserve. On a court circuité les filtres qui sont probablement colmatés. Il y a eu ensuite une grosse fuite qui a quasiment vidé le réservoir d'eau douce. Heureuisement, avec le désal, on a pu reconstituer le stock d'eau dans la. read more...


27/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Dream accomplished, one more item off my bucket list. Today I swam in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean with crew and my son Karl. Position 37 38.53 N 39 05.08 WIt was refreshing and the Bleu water was crystal clear with 4,000 Meeter deepWe had to keep an eye on jelly fish, the Portuguese man of war were numerous. Also some pilot whales came in proximity. Sylvie and Max chicken out and were able to take pictures. Captain Eduardo. read more...


27/05/2016

Hejira - Barry's Bloated Bladder

The settled windless weather has resulted in the sea eventually losing its boisterous attitude and we continued to motor while the crew stirred themselves.Our first job was to decant the diesel bladder (loaned to Hejira by Barry) contents into our fuel tank and it was very heartening to see the starboard tank needle rise from about ¼ full to over ¾. We subsequently connected the deck wash pump and gave the decks, cockpit and the bladder a thorough hosing down.While talking about tank levels, even with our shower indulgence a couple of days ago, we are still using water from our first tank even though the gauge is showing empty. With only 3 days to go to Horta, it may be time to relax the showering regime which would be welcomed by all on board and probably those ashore in Horta when we. read more...


27/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Motoring lots.Transferred 160 litres of fuel from the jerry cans into the starboard tank. Have taken over 100 sights with the sextant, so I have lots of reductions and plotting to keep me busy. Regards to all.Doug--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


27/05/2016

Dashzani - Dashzani is on her way...

Currently on our way down to the start of Rally Portugal 2016 (Gosport to Plymouth). Stopping via Weymouth for fish & chips tonight.Should be in Plymouth on Sunday where we look forward to meeting our fellow participants as we all start to gather. SWade & Andrew. read more...


27/05/2016

Hejira - Bill Shock

The drone of the engine greeted my watch with little wind and that from behind and AWOL trailing in our wake. The wind was due to veer to the NW and this duly happened at about 0600. The wind now just behind our beam meant that we began to accelerate the wind rather than diminish it so we could sail. So it was head to wind, full main raised and thus started a really good day under sail. Unfortunately the weather was miserable and the clouds were so leaden that I couldn’t pick up the sun for a sight until midday.Then came the bombshell, what was that noise? It was traced to the telephone. It never rings so we didn’t know what the call tone sounded like. It was a very bad line and I thought the woman said that it was Helen before ringing off. This happens to be the name of Barry’s wife so. read more...


27/05/2016

Aliena - Jueves 26 de Mayo 2016

3º dia de Suwarrow a NiueEl mar se puso anoche bravo de nuevo y sufrimos el efecto coctelera con unas olas que rompen solas de vez en cuando. Una de ellas ha subido a la cubierta, ha roto y nos ha pasado por encima de la capota cuando estabamos comiendo. El mar siempre recuerda quien manda. Lo bueno es que seguimos navegando a viento con una corriente de un nudo a favor y asi hacemos entre 7 u 8 nudos de velocidad. Solo nos faltan 155Nm.Carmen. read more...


27/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 10 – Mellowing out

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Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 10 – Mellowing out
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 10 – Mellowing out
26/05/2016

Allegro - TERÇA-FEIRA, 17 DE MAIO A QUARTA-FEIRA, 25 DE MAIO DE 2016

Largámos na manhã do dia 17, dentro da baía junto à cidade de Saint George, na Bermuda, com vento exactamente pela proa. Um espectáculo, todos aqueles barcos à vela a percorrerem o canal até ao mar aberto. Só não perfeito porque o vento era mesmo pela proa.Estava um dia de sol, vento de 12 nós, uma bolina inicialmente. O vento rondou de NE, para ESE, e finalmente SE toda a noite. Muitas nuvens durante a noite, mas ainda sem chuva. A pressão atmosférica estava nos 1027 quando largámos, e foi baixando progressivamente até aos 1018 dois dias depois, ficando o tempo sempre encoberto, ainda sem chuva. No dia 20, às 0400 h da madrugada (porque é que tudo acontece sempre pelas 04 da madrugada?) entrou uma vaga grande, súbita e inesperadamente, para o poço. Daí passou para o salão, e escorreu. read more...


26/05/2016

Tinia - No wind

No wind, 580 miles to go. Dave has got the radio bug "over" cant get enough of it. Lukes guitar playing is coming on, last of the Tuna for lunch, just seen another Whale and we seem to be suddenly surrounded by other yachts after not seeing any for 7 days, it must be Daves joke of the day radio broadcast.j. read more...


26/05/2016

Testarossa - Almost There! 149NM's to Go! ETA= ~0700L Friday 27 May

Testarossa Daily Message: Almost There! 149 NM's To Go! ETA = ~ 0700L Friday 27 May / Thursday 26 May 2016//As of 1419L hours on 26 May 2016, our position is: 38*10.893'N /31*49.089'W. We are steaming 106* COG making 7.6 Kts SOG, underdouble-reefed main and shortened jib, 149 NM's from the Azores. Note:Our ETA Azores is 0700L / 27 May 16. "Of all things that drive men to sea, the most common disaster, I've come to learn, is women..."Excerpt from, The Middle Passage, by C. Johnson, Pg. 1We continued to smoke along yesterday - making great time underway,still sailing away under our boomless main, and full headsail. Luckily,the wind gods have continued to favored us, as a strong breeze stayedwith us, even freshening overnight. The 2nd watch reported several waveswhich doused them. One wave. read more...


26/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Dream accomplished, one more of my bucket list checked off. Today I swam in the middle of the Atlantic with the crew including my son 37 38.53 N 39 05.08 W. It was refreshing and the Bleu water was crystal clearat 4000 Meeter deep. We had to keep an eye for the man-of-war (jelly fish) as there was many. Also so school of pilot whales showed up during our swim. Sylvie and Max chicken out but could take pictures. Cap. Eduardo. read more...


26/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

We are all in the groove and follow our shifts bring on watch. Jeff comes up looking rested but he says he doesn't sleep, Doug is starting to wake on time but still need time for his sextant, Karl got stuck living in the galley including bed time, Max is definitely our barkeeper and attract wildlife, our captain Eduardo keep signing his commands and I try to invent new meals to ensure food is not boating. Above all every single people aboard is respectful of others and keep great spirit at all time. Koodo to us, the best teamSylvie. read more...


26/05/2016

Testarossa - Grind On! Grind On! Eight Days and Counting

Testarossa Daily Message: Grind On! Grind On! Eight Days and Counting... / Wednesday 25 May 2016//As of 1343L hours on 25 May 2016, our position is: 38*24.274'N /35*59.910'W. We are steaming 105* COG making 7.0 Kts SOG,under main andmotor, 348.9 NM's from the Azores. Note: We expect to arrive Azores inapproximately 2 days (Sometime Friday 27 May) Yesterday began andended on a high note. As related previously, the events of yesterdaymid-morning and early afternoon, could not have been more exciting. Ok -well they could have been. But as far as sailing goes - it was about asgood as it gets! We had a spectacular dinner - probably the beston board so far - and impromptu birthday party afterwards. I don'tthink I had mentioned yet that Captain George had been slaving away inthe galley. He was. read more...


26/05/2016

Hejira - Blog Posts Temporarily Suspended

Posts will be temporarily suspended until further notice.It appears that Nick and crew are experiencing technical difficulties relating to their satellite data link.Rest assured, normal service will resume at the earliest possible opportunity.You can of course track their progress as normal via the tracker plug-in. https://my.yb.tl/hejira/map-only/Hejira. read more...


26/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Days 136 & 137: Time with Cattiva

With Maria feeling better, we enjoyed a day with Cattiva before their return to Tahiti and then back to Canada for a visit, with the likelihood of us only seeing them again in Tonga.After Elaine had caught up on laundry and Roy had helped Maurice with some computer matters, we picked up Maria and Maurice and headed for the Moorea Hilton Resort and Spa for a delicious lunch of Yellowfin Tuna Tartare ( Elaine) and Poisson Cru ( Everyone else) at their beach restaurant. Then, while everyone retired to the lounge, Elaine took advantage of going for a swim and snorkel off the beach, as she has been unable to swim off the back of Paw Paw, given that she can't get back onboard at the moment with her back issue.As things transpired the swim worked wonders and today we were able to take a dinghy. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Days 136 & 137: Time with Cattiva
Paw Paw - Log Days 136 & 137: Time with Cattiva
26/05/2016

Aliena - Miercoles 25 Mayo 2016

2º dia de Suwarrow a NiueNiue es un atolon-estado del archipielago Islas Cook, asociado con N.Zelanda. Lo mas destacado por sus habitantes es la tranquilidad con la que viven. De hecho los domingos esta prohibido pescar, navegar...igual por eso de los 21.500 habitantes con que cuenta, 20.000 viven en N.Zelanda. Vamos a ver. De momento navegamos con buen viento y no mal mar. En 21 h hemos hecho 131Nm.Carmen. read more...


25/05/2016

Adagio - Day by Day

This is a writing from earlier in the Rally that was saved for now.THIS Night:The canopy of stars is perfectly stretched from horizon to horizon, The line of demarcation between sea and sky is impossible to ascertain, such that a rising star is easily mistaken for the mast light of a distant ship. The brighter stars cast silvery streaks of blue-white light across the water much as the moon does on dimmer nights. The Milky way splays across the sky separating hemispheres of stars rich in color and lustre and interspersed with faint patches of fuzz that are clusters of thousands of other stars of the faint glowing remnants of exploded ones.The wind is absent, the air calm and quiet disturbed only by our passage. Our sails move only in the breeze that we've created moving forward under our. read more...


25/05/2016

Adagio - Air, Light. Until Further Advised

Light Air. Generally less than 10 kts and sometimes "flukey"; variable in direction and speed.We just finished about 36 hours in light air, well, relatively light air as we saw some 'puffs' to about 15 kts.At first it was very, very nice to relax into the quieter air as compared to the 'sporty' conditions approaching 30 kts earlier in the leg.We have a couple of light air sails at our disposal and rigged them so we could enjoy a fairly quiet, although not-as-yet-so-smooth rise since the swells had not really settled down from the days of higher winds.Nonetheless, we enjoyed the quiet and got used to the slower speeds that light air usually brings.And then the slower ... and slower speeds that ~very light~ air brings.Eventually we had to dose the sails and motor for a while to get through. read more...


25/05/2016

Testarossa - Fish On! Fish On! Fish On....

Testarossa Daily Message: Fish On! Fish On! Fish On... / Tuesday 24 May 2016//As of 1257L hours on 24 May 2016, our position is: 38*10.099'N /39*38.815'W. We are steaming 094* COG making 6.6 Kts SOG,under mainand motor, 519.5 NM's from the Azores. Note: We have just adjusted ourship's time to Azores local time. "It's a fish...It's a Mahi! It's a Shark! It's a Bigggg Tuna! It's a..." Marlin! Blue Marlin!At approximately 1030L, the starboard side fishing rod reel began tosing out...Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...Rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr... Fish on! Fish on! Fish on - cried Lorrie! Felipe to the rod, Captain George to the rod. Throttle back, prepare to land a fish! And the reeling commenced...As Captain. read more...


25/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Hello all. It has been a wonderful so far, minus a few challenges, a fuel issue on one of the engines. All crew is in high spirits. The lady of the boat has produced great meals, fresh breads, pizza, steaks etc. We are all gaining weight. She also religiously keeps her watch. Thank you Amor. Eduardo. read more...


25/05/2016

Lerina - Mardi - Eloge de la lenteur

Mardi a été la plus lente de toutes jusqu'à aujourd'hui .... On devait avoir 10 N et on n'a eu que 3-4 N de SSW ... On a tout essayé pour avancer: genaker quand on était largue et genois tangonné avec GV en ciseau quand on est passé vent arrière. Notre moyenne a été de 3 N max mais on a avancé sans griller de fuel et ça peut payer pour le classement !! On préfère réserver le moteur pour les journées de pétole complête et/ou avec vent de face. Depuis 4 heures du matin, le vent a viré au Nord en adonnant et on marche depuis à 6-7 N .... Il derait tourner à l'Est demain et mollir .... journée moteur en perspective ?. Michel nous annonce du SSW à 18-22 N dans 3 jours .... on a hâte d'y être. Sinon, toujours pas de poissons au bout de la ligne !! Plus d'infiltrations d'eau !!! Il fait de plus. read more...


25/05/2016

Widago - Bye Bye Bora Bora

WIDAGO is on the move again, this time heading direct for Fiji.After two awesome months in French Polynesia, we have weighed anchor and set a course for Fiji. Unfortunately we will miss the Cook Islands, Niue, and the Kingdom of Tonga, as we are jumping ahead of the fleet, giving me a window of time fly back to the States to be with family. Bummed to miss those spots, but glad to have a chance to see my folks & sibs. Brief review of island hopping through the Society Islands:1. Unless you have unlimited time, or a time machine, or you plan to stay in the South Pacific for several years, pick your stops wisely. There are literally thousands of little islands, atolls, and individual spots, anchorages, bays, and villages that are all incredible. Too many to see in a lifetime. We chose. read more...


Widago - Bye Bye Bora Bora
Widago - Bye Bye Bora Bora
25/05/2016

Tinia - Whales and Wind

Lost the wind this morning, the sea is getting flatter , Matt caught another Tuna and we have just seen a big pod of Fin whales, the biggest was bigger than the boat. Luke was going to swim with them and take photos but he locked himself in the head. Sushi for lunch, filet mingon for dinner again. jl. read more...


25/05/2016

Adagio - A Routine? Really?

Seems we've made it!I lost track of what day of the week it was, but not what time everyone's shift is supposed to start :)That's a really good sign.We are down to the point that we have most of the routine things down pretty well. We make position notifications via SPOT Tracker to our interested friends and family, I've been posting a couple of little items on my Facebook account using the YellowBrick App and we pretty faithfully remember to turn on (and off!!) our running lights each day (oh come on, you know you've forgotten to turn them off too ... haven't you?)Dinner and breakfast times are pretty consistent, and consistently good (thank you soooo much, Robin!) and the sleep periods are actually becoming pretty restful.All in all, it seems like this crossing will be a very good one. read more...


Hejira - Sizable Squid
Hejira - Sizable Squid
25/05/2016

Hejira - Squids in

With the wind dropping and moving round to the west, it was not the best situation for sailing but we had to stick with it as our aggregate diesel stocks were still marginal with nearly 900 miles to Horta. So we sailed and periodically when the faster AWOL threatened to overhaul us, we jogged the engine for a while to pull away so that we were in the requisite position in front when night fell so our lights could be followed while Cliff snatched some sleep.We recorded our worst 24 hours mileage to date at 109 but, even at this pace, we should be in Horta in time to despatch Ollie to Lisbon to rendezvous with his girlfriend Gini and to welcome his replacement Peter.It is sort of understandable to find flying fish on deck because – they fly – and with the swells towering above us, they. read more...


25/05/2016

Starblazer - 25/05/2016 - Bermuda to the USA

We didn't make it 'up at first light' because I failed to start the kitchen timer!I woke up at 0630, early for me, woke John and we started pulling up the anchor at 0700.I don't think that missed hour proved too important.We motor-sailedall day Tuesday until about 0600 Wednesday because the batteries were rather depleted and were badly in need of a good charge.The wind was not very strong but we made our required average of just over 6 knots.The first problem was highlighted in the weather e-mail sent to all the rally boats by WRI at about 0800 ship's local time on Wednesday.A low was developing off Cape Hatteras and was expected to move in an unfriendly ENE to NE direction, crossing our path during the night.WRI suggested that the boats should head towards South Carolina, which was met. read more...


25/05/2016

Paw Paw - Log Day 135: Just the Cutest Thing

Play time - After a lazy morning we headed for the village of Papetoai for a snoop around and then made our way to the beautiful Moorea Hilton Resort and Spa for afternoon coffee and access to wifi so that we could Facetime Keenan, Brooke and William. And what a wonderful surprise awaited us - seeing William walking, especially when carrying the basketball his Grandpa bought for him when he was only a few days old. Just the cutest thing!Unfortunately or fortunately, depending on your point of view, we ended up staying for Happy Hour as well, because it started to bucket down with rain just as we were about to leave.We eventually made it back to Paw Paw in-between all the downpours, but not before we got to witness a Beach Wedding just before the heavens. read more...


25/05/2016

Aliena - Martes 24 Mayo 2016

Suwarrow es un atolon de forma pentagonal, rodeado por coral y con tan solo unas pocas islas pequeñas. En una de esas esta la casa del guarda, que no llega hasta Junio. La sensacion es de estar fondeado en medio de ninguna parte. Hay muchos tiburones pequeños que hacen el baño intranquilo a pesar de su agua limpia. Como está de paso a Niue sirve para hacer un descanso. Hoy a las 13,30h hemos salido hacia Niue con 520Nm por delante. Ahora tenemos 13 horas menos que en España.Carmen-------------------------------------------------Do not push the "reply" button to respond to this message if that includes the text of this originalmessage in your response.Messages are sent over avery low-speed radio link. The most concise way to reply is to send a NEW messageto:ZNXG4@sailmail.comIf you DO use. read more...


Paw Paw - Log Day 135: Just the Cutest Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 135: Just the Cutest Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 135: Just the Cutest Thing
Paw Paw - Log Day 135: Just the Cutest Thing
24/05/2016

Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 8 – Wing and wing

Since the last post, we have had a day of mellow but fast sailing, with the wind on our beam and the gennaker flying, a day of motoring, and today we are on a run, with the gennekar goose-winged to windward and the jib to leeward. Weather has been great, with cool, sunny days and moonlit nights, and small swells around 1 meter. We’ve been able to wash up the boat, clothing, and even our bodies. We’re feeling relaxed, refreshed and rejuvenated after the first part of the voyage, which was exhilarating (30+ knots of wind and 3+ meter seas) but quite exhausting. This fair-weather sailing is a welcome respite and having passed the halfway mark, we’re feeling optimistic about getting to Faial in one piece. The food has been delicious. Our galley-gods Michelle and Simon have been one-upping. read more...


Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 8 – Wing and wing
Ximera - Leg 2, Log Day 8 – Wing and wing
24/05/2016

Second Wind - YB Connect Message from Sylvie Furtado

Jeff just finished a noon site of lower limb of sun. He has confirmed we are exactly where we are and going exactly where we need to go. ....Azores!--Transmitted by Sylvie Furtado using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


24/05/2016

Testarossa - Sunrise, Sunset, The Green Flash, and and and...

Testarossa Daily Message: Sunrise, Sunset, The Green Flash, and and and.../ Monday 23 May 2016//As of 1632L hours on 23 May 2016, our position is: 37*01.082'N /41*49.990'W. We are steaming 077* COG making 6.1 Kts SOG, under main andmotor, approximately 632 NM's from the Azores. Dolphins! Lots and lots of Dolphins!Today has been a near continuous parade of Dolphins! So much so, thatDavid has taken to calling this, "The Day of the Dolphin!" With numeroussightings, numerous attempts to capture them on film riding our bowwave has been attempted. Let's all hope some of these efforts have paidoff and we can feature some of these in our next Testarossa film: "BeneTestarossa, Bermuda to the Azores." BTW, the type of dolphin mostcommonly seen today is believed to be the "Common Atlantic. read more...


24/05/2016

Hejira - Freedom of the blog

What a great day under sail, beam/broad reaching in F4/5 all day long with the sun out. Our days run of 151 miles was suppressed by the wind moderating through the night and we are now only doing 5 – 6 knots, what a calamity!The decision taken with Cliff on AWOL to track north to find the wind is vindicated and although we know that we will inevitably hit a wind ‘hole’, their spirits have been lifted by our confirmation that we will transfer a couple of containers (with more available if required) of fuel once the wind and seas diminish.With half distance achieved, we can review our consumption of the various essentials in the knowledge that it is only the ‘same again’ to the Azores. The diesel usage cannot be considered a ‘straight line graph’ as it is very dependent on the conditions. read more...


24/05/2016

Lerina - Retour au (trop) calme

Mardi matin - Le vent mollit et le moteur a été allumùé vers 6h30. On aura peu de vent aujourd'hui et très peu voire pas du tout jeudi et vendredi. Il faut donc commencé à gérer l'utilisation du moteur pour pouvoir aller jusqu'au bout. il nous reste 900 milles !! Il fait beau. On a été visités par de très nombreux dauphins hier.On a eu la surprise de voir Cockeleu Meu (pas participant à l'ARC) venir sur notre tribord à quelquers dizaines de mètres de nous vers minuit.... Il ne répond pas à a radio et on ne voit personne sur le pont !! Bizarre !! Tout va bien à bord.. read more...



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