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Koco - 16.Tag auf See.
Koco - 16.Tag auf See.
06/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 16

Robert´s reiselogg dag 16:Natten ti li dag har vi gått for motor, men når kapteinen våknet til liv satte vi genaker og har seilt for denne i store deler av vakten, med mer eller mindre hell. På ettermiddagen døde nesten vinden bort, og vi seilte i litt over 3 knop i lengre tid. Motor ble startet kl.17:00, og kommer etter de fleste solemerker til å gå hele natten.Pær´en vant distansekonkuransen i dag.Kapteinen bestemte seg for å reparere flaggstangen som knakk forrige dagen, og undertegnede ble lagt til enda en stilling ombord; nemlig tømmermann :-)Janne har vasket tøy i dag, så nå ser det ut som en sigøynerleir på dekket her, men tøy hengende til tørk overalt :-).Skribenten har fått badet i fart :-DDet var veldig rolig og lav fart en stund, men så fort han kom seg i havet øket farten til. read more...


06/12/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 13 bis 16

Endlich haben wir die Flaute gegen Wind getauscht, aber leider auch den Sonnenschein gegen dicke Regenwolken (Squalls). Angesichts unserer Diesel-Vorräte war dies schon eine notwendige Veränderung. Statt ,,Barfuß''-Route gehörte hingegen das Ölzeug zur geeigneten Garderobe.Aufgrund ergiebiger Regengüsse wäre die anstehende Rationierung des Trinkwassers zu verkraften.Da wir allmählich die letzte Gasflasche in Gebrauch genommen haben, muss das tägliche Brotbacken leider ad acta gelegt werden. Der Versuch uns von den Früchten des Meeres zu ernähren gelang uns bisher leider nur einmal mit einer Goldmakrele; 3 Anbisse endeten hingegen mit einer Enttäuschung.Während wir täglich mittels der sog. Fleet Messages über die Schäden anderer Schiffe informiert werden, können wir uns glücklich. read more...


06/12/2016

White Satin - Surfing to St Lucia

2070 miles sailed, 940 to go.Less than 1000 miles to go now, and we are still hurtling along as fast as the boat can go.Such a contrast from last week.At that stagewe were well aware that the overall distance we need to travel is roughly equivalent to coast to coast of the USA, and we were moving at the pace of a very slow walk.Thinking of it like that you don't really need to do any maths to see that is going to take a very long time !However the benefit of slow sailing is that it is very comfortable, so apart from the frustration and wondering which crew member we would have to eat first, it made for enjoyable sunny days. Now it is much more exciting, and though it is great to be sure that we will arrive at a reasonable time, comfortable is not the word any more.I will attempt to. read more...


06/12/2016

PkBoo - day 16 - near the wall of the 1000 miles

Hi friends of PkBoo.After a day and a night of moderate to light wind, now we are proceeding in the route to St Lucia at 4.5 - 5 kts. We are close to cross the line of the "last" 1000 miles, so today a fantasy of cold pasta with tomatoes, garlic and cheese to celebrate. Sorry but we are fully booked. One bottle of wine? Could be. By now it's not an ocean passage, it seems more like a summer Mediterranean cruise.CiaoMarco. read more...


06/12/2016

Estrella - Nikolaustag

Unsere vorgebuchte Onlinezeit im Iridium-Satellitensystem wird knapp, deshalb bis auf Weiteres kurze Statusmeldungen ?ber die YellowBrick-Anbindung.Heute, am Nikolaustag, liegen noch ca.950nm vor uns. Die Nacht ?ber war die Fahrt wechselhaft, wie h?ufig schon liess der Wind gegen Morgen nach. Die Nahrungs- und Genussmittel sind seit einigen Tagen rationiert bzw. aus, das tut aber der Stimmung keinen Abbruch. Wir haben jetzt den 15.12. als Ankunftstermin fest eingeplant.Helmut. read more...


06/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Sixteen

Week 3 at sea begins….the crew continue to wend their merry way across the Atlantic.  A lull the breeze has started to kick in today and we now approach the last leg of our ‘epic’ journey to St Lucia – a journey that has been as much about the passengers as the passage. 2425 miles down and we hope to be in by Friday latest.Dolphins off the bow this morning and two more fish landed by the fishing brothers (and most of the crew) (cos they were giants) this afternoon saw us a hearty dinner tonight followed by another pudding by ‘do nothing Dave’.  Bruno opened his last present from his wife and shared out fudge and mints.  Emma and Sam found themselves, quite literally, in knots in the cockpit tonight and struggled to find their way out of the brain teaser with ropes that. read more...


06/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 15: It’s been a hard days night, I should be sleeping like a log

Day 15: It’s been a hard days night, I should be sleeping like a log   Today has been hard.  Our individual and collective morale has beenlow.  Despondency over the wind, our course, our arrival date, theaccumulation of repairs needed and lack of fish has made today tough. The wind has been on our nose all day in a direction that has made ourcourse challenging.  We have been waiting for days for the predicted windshift in our favour but its been conspicuous in its absence. Ewen and Cal have had concerns about making their homeward bound flightsand despite reassurance from Dave our arrival in Saint Lucia still seems adistant dream.  Our water maker threw a hissy fit and developed an airlockand we found water (fresh not sea) in the forward bilge. We are. read more...


Blue Magic - sailing
Blue Magic - sailing
Blue Magic - the crew ashore
Blue Magic - the crew ashore
Blue Magic - the crew
Blue Magic - the crew
Blue Magic - leaving Las Palmas
Blue Magic - leaving Las Palmas
Nemo - Re: Milky way - 30s exposure from Nemo
Nemo - Re: Milky way - 30s exposure from Nemo
06/12/2016

Shalan - Day 16

14:23N 55:24WAhoy old buoy,Day sixteen began well however the wind dropped off around 2am meaning the spinnaker came down and engine came on for a few hours.Luckily, shortly after sunrise conditions improved and we had the sails up again and were maintaining a very respectable 8-9 knots for much of the morning. For the most part the day's been sunny and clear the only notable exception being a heavy shower this afternoon which actually served us well as those awake when these rain storms hit seized the opportunity for a long overdue shower!Due to a fridge management oversight on my part the intended slab of tuna marked out for tonight's meal was still totally frozen come supper time but thankfully Eric was on hand to save the day and served up some "stoemp", a Belgian dish consisting. read more...


Shalan - Day 16
Shalan - Day 16
05/12/2016

NDS Darwin - Nds Darwin Day 15th onboard..

All has been pretty good the last two days.. just sailing and sloooowly sloowly getting nearer to our destination!Got two fishies yesterday onboard.. a nice Marlin (threw it back) and a Wahoo!!!!!! I was so excited i finally caught a wahoo that I couldn't stop smiling! So today we tasted both sashimi, Mahi Mahi and wahoo to see which one was better.. We couldn't even tell the difference, both were so fresh and good! Yesterday morning I woke up to three dolphins jumping on the bow, dad, mom and it's little baby! They did a whole show just for me!!! So beautifulThe more south we get, the hotter it is! Sometimes is unbearable the heat, you really need a bucket of salt water on the head to keep on with the watch.. even at night, I am with the bikini on and some shorts! we are closer to. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


05/12/2016

VAVA-U - Hitzefrei ? 04.12.16 - 14. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Sonne ist zurück – und wie! Zum Frühstück haben wir bereits 34 ° im Cockpit und die Frage ist nicht mehr, was wir anziehen, sondern was wir noch ausziehen können.Wir verspeisen dieses Mal eine Hälfte der letzten Honigmelone, es gibt wie immer 5:15-Minuten-Eier und alle bleiben unter Vermeidung jeglicher Bewegung auf den Schattenplätzen. (Bild Oliver)(Bild Thomas)(Bild Thomas Füße)Auch der Wind bewegt sich leider nicht mehr, sodass wir mit deutlich weniger Knoten, sprich Seemeilen pro Stunde, unterwegs sind. Wir dümpeln den ganzen Tag gemütlich gen Saint Lucia.Rings herum regnet es, wie sehen einen sehr schönen Regenbogen, und zwar doppelt – was nicht am Sundowner liegt!(Bild Regenbogen)Zum Abendessen machen Karsten und Thomas mit sehr viel Liebe eine ganz köstliche. read more...


05/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 5 - 16th Day at Sea

All is well. We are 914 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,782 miles behind us. We are now sailing in the "trade winds" (Alisios, as they are known in Spanish). It's strange to think that Chicago got its first snow today, when for us here it gets hotter and hotter every day.We have been seeing other boats nearly every day. Today we crossed two Cargo ships. The first one, at 4:00 am, was heading directly towards us, we called him on the radio and requested a "starboard to starboard" crossing, which he was happy to oblige. We also sailed along two other sail boats for a few hours, one aptly namedSanta Maria. They were going to Barbados and are no longer in sight.Yesterday evening we were motor-sailing with winds from aft of 7-8 knots. At 1:00 am the wind increased to 9-12 knots and. read more...


05/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY FIFTEEN - A CHALLENGING NIGHT

The first watch last night passed uneventfully, with a squall passing to the south east that didn’t affect us. A small moon emerged for the first time on the passage which gave some light for a few hours up to midnight. Between 0200 and 0400 squalls continued to approach from the south east and we were caught in the middle of a violent squall when suddenly the wind died down and we were becalmed – red all over the radar, thunder, lightning and torrential rain, and us sitting in the middle, taking time to find the right wind angle to get away from the squall. Which we did eventually so by day break (0830 ship’s time) we were heading away from the worst of it. Today sees us back on the rhumb line, the direct course between Cape Verde and St Lucia. We sailed 177 miles yesterday, our. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY FIFTEEN - A CHALLENGING NIGHT
Boni Venti - LOG DAY FIFTEEN - A CHALLENGING NIGHT
05/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 15

No wind.Dead flat sea. No seabirds . No fish .Nothing to report on for our Templebreedy followers other than the effect of anticipation on five grown men. It makes them anxious .Most of all though waiting for the wind or anything over which we have no control when all our other daily tasks are done makes us realise what matters most to us all, and in round conversation which is getting more philosophical by the day,we all agree we miss our nearest and dearest.The time passes surprisingly quickly with watch changes ,log entries , meal preparations and daily boat maintenance. Today I checked the water again and all looks good , the consumption is 3 litres a day per man now that we are in the tropics and the slightest exertion causes us to perspire.As darkness falls we focus on the fact. read more...


05/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 15

Passed the '1000 miles to go' mark this morning and celebrated with Bobs Banjos, a bacon sandwich with a soft fried egg in it. Must be eaten with care to avoid wearing it. Not easy in cockpit of a yacht rolling in a heavy swell. Not sure if our tee shirts will be worth keeping at the end of the voyage so probably doesn't matter anyway. We are enjoying decent winds and are making good speed towards St Lucia. We have heard we are moving up the field after a slow start chasing the wind past the Cape Verde Islands. Skipper Dan and Mate Richard deserve all the credit for our great performance. Dan will never just accept that we are not getting the best speed or achieving the optimal track to our destination. He and Richard are up at all times of the night (and in any weather) to have us put. read more...


05/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - A French Liason

We were treated to a wonderful dinner by our skipper Lizzy this evening. As we settled into our watch enjoying the peacefullness of the night we saw a boat comming up on our stern moving swiftly through the water. A friendly French sailor on his way to Barbados. He gybed and quickly dissappeared into the nights horizon. As morning approached we were busy preparing to launch the kite. Once launched and cleaning our lines we realised a flying fish had chosed to join our crew. Wewf!! He willingly went back into the waters where he came from. We have enjoyed flying the kite and putting some miles between Las Palmas and St Lucia. Each degree we make westward we celebrate!Amy. read more...


05/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 15: passed 1/2 way

We have passed 1/2 way at last. Dugald decided our distance would be 2550nm so when the chart plotter said only 1275 nm to St Lucia, celebrations allround. I am sure we have sailed further than that with our travels to find windand hoping the second 1/2 will be quicker and more direct. Thursday 1st, day 12: The winds are still from the southwest so we continue to beat across the Atlantic. We are making St Lucia which issomething and although the winds are light because we are beating the boat istravelling at an OK speed. There seem to be more wind further south so hope togo that way when conditions allow. Friday 2nd, day 13: overnight the wind changed directionfrom the east, but very light. Sails going slap,slap and going nowhere fast. Sosails back down and a couple of hours motoring. In. read more...


05/12/2016

Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198

After a big fight last night to catch to big Wahoo ... THis morning , right after the sunrise, we caught a beautiful Tuna.So it was time to open our japanse rice and vinegar to have our Japanese day. Our menu was simple ... sushi and sashimi ... FRESH from the sea. Enjoy the view. Pictures are the only memories. There are nothing left in the plates. Cheers. CharlesIMG_1002 IMG_0997 IMG_0991 IMG_0998. read more...


Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
Merci Papa - Sushi day on board of ''Merci Papa'' SV Level42 nb 198
05/12/2016

Beltana II - Beltana II Ships Log

Log entry for midday local time (St Lucia) – position 14deg 52.5’N; 42deg49.7’W Generator malfunction investigation At about 9:30 local time while charging the batteries the generatorsuddenly lost power and made ugly noises Shutdown immediately, ventilated the engine room, waited while we hadbreakfast and steered the yacht for a while and prevaricated a bit on what to donext So checked the tank diesel levels, and correct draw down tank Checked the primary fuel filter bowl Checked oil water belt tension etc Gave it another run Ok on idle, same noise occurred and loss of power when going ontocharge Tightened a fuel hose clamp and tickled the manual injector pump abit Started again – ran for extended period on idle and also revved upsuccessfully with no problem Applied charging load, OK. read more...


05/12/2016

Charisma - 2. Advent - 3. Goldmakrele

Vielen Dank an alle, die uns Wind- und Adventsgrüsse gesendet haben.Sie sind super angekommen und reihen sich in die sehr gute Atmosphäre anBord mit ein :) Wir segeln weiterhin sehr aufmerksam bei denwechselhaften und variablen Winden und freuen uns natürlich, wenn wirden Passatwind endlich erreichen und nutzen können.Thai Curry mit AdventsplätzchenPünktlich zum 3. Advent hat Christoph3 (in Worten DREI) Goldmakrelen gefangen und Michael hat mit derUnterstützung der Crew ein super Thai Curry zubereitet. Zu Nachtisch gabes standesgemäß Adventsplätzchen. Ein Bild unserer Makrele gibt es wie immer hier zu sehen: https://www.charisma4sea.de/logbuch/segeltoerns-2016/arc/Spi by nightWir sind auf einem guten Weg undkönnen den Spinnaker auch diese Nacht stehen lassen. Wir kommen gutdurch die. read more...


04/12/2016

Diana - Uns gibt’s auch noch - Grüße von der Diana

(3.12.2016) Bergfest! 11 Tage unterwegs und 1500 nm geschafft, die halbe Strecke! Wir haben einen ziemlich langen Weg gewählt, Richtung Süd an der afrikanischen Küste lang, durch die Kapverden hindurch und Süd bis zum 14. Breitengrad. Dafür hatten wir fast die ganze Strecke guten Wind und konnten durchgehend segeln. Jetzt geht es westwärts. St Lucia, wir kommen!Kinder und Eltern sind gut drauf. Hier unten ist es recht einsam, unsere Begegnungen mit Seglern in den letzten Tagen beschränken sich auf die Strolla – ein norwegisches Schiff mit Kurs Karibik – und die Skiathos, die auch an der ARC teilnimmt. Ansonsten hat ein fliegender Fisch versucht, sich durch das Moskitogitter des Fensters im Salon zu bohren. Sonst keine Begegnung. Es hat auch seit Tagen konsequent kein Fisch an der Angel. read more...


05/12/2016

Delfini - dec 5th

... last night we enjoyed cottage pie and Star Trek and finally a bit of wind as we slowly made a bit of progress south towards the rumoured 10-15 knot winds - the asymmetric came out around 5pm and we were making 5 knots or so until 2am when the wind piped up to 15 knots apparent and we decided t take it down - good job as the outer braid on the halyard had gone and th sail was hanging on by its inner braid fingertips Today we hit 20 degrees north and found 15 knots of wind from the south east so have made good progress - iPAdsays we might arrive 17th which would be a bonus since all crew have flights booked on 19th Fresh meat in fridge and fresh veg in net now showing signs of tiredness so we will have a final flourish over the next couple of days and then hit the tinned goods - our. read more...


05/12/2016

Zingara - Via Inmarsat:

Zingara im endspurt : guten tagliebe verwandte, freunde ,bekannte...Wir sind guten mutes, am heutigen abend endlich wieder mitgewohnter speed vor dem wind dem ziel entgegen segeln zu koennen. Uns gehts sehr gut an bord, die vorraete erlauben noch immer fast frei waehlbaregerichte zu bereiten. Nur die angel wird von den fischen voelig ignoriert.Allerdings besuchen uns jede nacht einige fliegende fische, die wir ammorgen getrocknet dem meer zurueck geben. Das wetter ist ok, teilsbewoelkt, sehr feucht und natuerlich warm, 28 grd im schatten, 33 in denkabinen. Zum dinner wird geschnetzeltes mit roesti vorbereitet. Genugfuer heute, es gruesst skip ernsti u crew. read more...


05/12/2016

Mustique - Day 15 - Sailing the high seas

Hey everyone , my name is Yuki . Im a little whitedogfrom Greece , Corfu . My name means snow on Japanese .I am a good girl and I like sailing. At the moment I’m atAtlantic ocean on a big boat with my personal chef , skipper and host , and other little minions that look after me hiihhiiiiihhiiiihhhiiiii Lucky I am you will all say , well I am hihihihihih Im 3 years old and I sailed 5.000 nm already . Not bad for a dog huh ? well my story almost ended up tragic as I was kidnaped in Las Palmas , but luckily I managed to escape and my human servants from the boat found on my way to police station where they where heading as well to report my kidnaping !! thats what they get for going to eat tapas without me !!!! Anyway , I managed to sort out my legal issues , so I am a greek national ,hold. read more...


05/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 16 Nacht 15

Hallo Zusammen, die letzte Nacht ist so richtig schlecht gewesen. Wie gestern berichtet hatten wir kaum Wind, der hat dann ganz aufgehört und wir wollten den Motor starten, das ging aber nicht, da das Motorpanel den Geist aufgegeben hat. Wir haben den Starter kurz geschlossen und den Motor gestartet, aber dann geht der gesamte Stromkreislauf des Motors nicht, die Batterien werden nicht geladen, Tankanzeige, Drehzahlmesser, Betriebsstundenzähler, nichts geht dann mehr. Haben das Kontrolpanel ausgebaut, was keine einfache Angelegenheit ist, weil der Zugang dazu extrem klein ist um ran zu kommen. Haben dann festgestellt, dass das Teil eine komplette Einheit ist, die nicht geöffnet werden kann. Wir haben dann begonnen alle Kabelstecker zu ziehen, Kontaktspray verwendet und dann ging’s. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Fifteen

The day it got hot and sweaty…..Same old, same old, same old.We’ve been at sea for 14 days now.The sun rises, trundles over the sky and sinks.The wind goes up and then down.The sea is still blue.The mothers keep cooking and another day is done.To be a bit more precise for today, the night watches had some great shooting star displays to keep us entertained as we rolled along under an unconventional rig looking like granny’s washing line.Progress was good and we had taken a few miles back on one of the other Challenger yachts.Sunrise was grand again, and then we had a whale swim alongside for long enough for the camera to catch it and prove madness hadn’t totally set in.We launched the kite while most folks were still snuggled in their bed, the day heated up, the wind died and we all. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Fourteen

The day we caught a fish…..Oh boy, what a day! A lot of things to celebrate and definitely another day we have all been waiting and longing for, especially Tony and Bruce, our two fishermen on Challenger 4.It all went down just as the whole crew were gathered up on deck having our daily midday meeting, celebrating with a cold beverage that we passed the 2000 mile point, when Tony spotted a fish on the line!! In excitement Bruce ran down stairs to get the gaff, whilst Amelia and Tony were bringing the line and the fish in. It was a beautiful and fairly big mahi-mahi aka dolphin fish. Bruce the brave skinned and gutted what was now going to make our dinner.We have been trying to catch a fish for days without any luck at all, so we were all very pleased, but we also have to admit that it. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Thirteen

The night it all changed….The last 24 hours has been full of excitement, as we crossed the 2,000 NM mark and turned our sights toward the green hills and sandy beaches of St. Lucia (now only 997 miles away).We began yesterday evening sailing under the spinnaker until around 0100, when we had our first night watch all hands call of the trip to bring down and wool the kite.As if that wasn’t enough excitement for the evening, we also had several close encounters of the marine variety.Our skipper was struck in the head by a rogue flying fish, clearly seeking revenge for all of Tony and Bruce’s efforts to catch one of his acquaintances.The crew’s response was noisy if not heroic, as Hayley and Amelia contributed to the screaming, eventually inspiring the fish to jump back over the deck.The. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Entry Fourteen

There comes a time when every great commander stands amongst the bursting shells and acrid smoke of battle and says to his troops, ‘take that hill’. At which point the troops cast their eyes upon the dark foreboding mass of earth and enemy positions, and think to themselves, it’s just not possible.Today, the mate of challenger 2 was that commander.Terry looked at the mother watch without a trace of humour or doubt and said ‘Two roast chicken (whole), roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, mashed sweet potatoes, peas, carrots, cabbage… and of course… gravy.’ Bearing in mind that the mother watch consisted of a vegetarian urbanite more accustomed to Hoxton than the Hamble, a teenager recently graduated from a Swiss boarding school who most likely has a personal chef and chocolatier, and a. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger Two Entry Thirteen

Hi to you all who are following us. As I am typing we are enjoying bacon and tinned tomato sandwiches and tea for breakfast, whilst the rain and a squall pass us with music full blast! Making those on galley duty work very hard in the heat as all hatches are closed. All the crew are well and enjoying seeing our progress plotted on the chart in the saloon.The wind remains steady east south east with Yankee one polled out, our stitching holding out really well! 178 miles have been covered since the last blog with 620 to go. All are beginning to think of our arrival to St Lucia and then returning to the UK as we sing along to Robbie Williams Angels and Pink Floyd. We start the countdown preparation today to sort through provisions which have been dotted all around the boat and centralise in. read more...


05/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Entry Twelve

Another day of relaxed sailing in the sunshine as our progress west and south continues. Even after 12 days at sea, it’s impossible to be bored with the constantly changing sea and sky, spectacular sunrises and sunsets. Every once in a while a shoal of flying fish will dart out of the way of the 52 tonne monster bearing down on them.The winds are mostly following now and fairy steady at F3 so not much in the way of sail changes (though we are keeping a sharp eye on the yankee 1) but we are having to gybe a few times a day to keep us heading for St Lucia. We need to keep to the rum (or should that be rhum) line.The only bone of contention amongst the crew so far was a dispute about whether to have ratatouiile and lentils or “stupid English beef stew”. In the end we cooked both and ended. read more...


05/12/2016

White Satin - No Landmarks

1073 sailed, 1934 miles to goDay 16 is set to deliver us some significant landmarks, although clearlythat is anything but the apt phrase.We are just about to reach the halfwaypoint between the Cape Verde Islands and the Caribbean, and later on towardsmidnight with the good winds forecast to continue, we should drop below 1000nautical miles to St Lucia.We have seen dolphins on many days and thisphoto was of a pod that stayed with us for a few minutes - always difficultto capture a good image of them, and most times we just enjoy their companyand watch and admire them.Every night we seem to get at least one flyingfish on board - the challenge is to spot them in the dark before treading onone; morning chores include brushing fish scales out of the cockpit.The hours pass very agreeably,. read more...


White Satin - No Landmarks
White Satin - No Landmarks
05/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 15

Robert´s reiselogg dag 15;Ship Ohio kjære leser.I dag er det 14 dager siden startskuddet for seilasen :-)Alle i mannskapet er vel forlikt, og skribenten bekjent har det ikke engang vært en liten gnisning, og det er jo veldig bra.Vi har stort sett gått for seil.På 12-4 vakten hadde vi god vind, så det meste av vakten seilte jeg mellom 7 og 8 knop :-)Dessverre forsvant vinden på ettermiddagen, og motor måtte startes igjen.Iht. Til værmeldingene skal vi ha forholdsvis lite vind hele veien til st. Lucia, og vi har ikke diesel nok til å gå for motor hele veien, så de ETA tidspunktene vi gjettet ombord er nok alle meget for optimistiske.ETA = estimated time of arrival (ankomst)Det kan til og med hende at det begynner å spøke litt for returbilletten som skribenten har til Norge :-/Den er. read more...


05/12/2016

Nisida - Slow Night

Last night was painfully slow with less than 7 kts of wind most of the time, we have now got the kite back up again and are making 6+kts in the 9-10 kts of wind we now have. We have rigged up the a shade over the cockpit to give us some shade from the sun and funnel the breeze through the boat. 400nm to go party very shortly!. read more...


05/12/2016

Caduceus - Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 1 - A weather window opens early

Position29:28.01 S 031:45.80 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Friday 25 November 2016Distance run in 7hrs 48nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterPassage total48nm over the ground, 40nm through the waterRoute distance To Cape Town 898nm, via East London (338 +560)n Definitely Saturday became possibly Friday afternoon and then when boats started to leave and the reports of nothing untoward outside the breakwater came back a decision was made and after two hours of frantic rushing around we got away at 1700 which gave us enough time to clear the harbour and sort ourselves out before darkness fell. Negotiating the fleet of 20 or so large bulk carriers anchored outside the harbour provided some navigational interest and the fact that some of the bulk carriers were rolling more than we were cheered us. read more...


05/12/2016

Beltana II - Sweet Sixteen and never been kissed

....well maybe that girlfriend up the back of the bus in year 7....   Day Sixteen and we had an uneventful night – 2 reefs in the main, gybed herjust before watch time starts, poled out on the port side with the genoa and shescooted along at 5-6 knots all night. We went a little bit further south thanwhat we wanted as the wind backed to the ENE which was a little unexpected. Thismorning the wind is back to pure easterly with a tendency to go a little southwhich is just what we want.  Got up this morning after only one hour ofextra sleep and felt uncommonly good and optimistic – a quick shower and a shaveon the bow felt great – singing away again.   Today is a big scrabblechampionship day – well it was until the genset started making funny noises – sowe have a bit of a. read more...


05/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 16: There she blows!

Bluewaft Log Day 16Monday 5 December 201619°12’.098N 047°09’.126WThe winds have dropped again and we were forced to motor for about 5 hourslast night.We’re seeing wind speeds of 6-10kts from the South.Wheneverit gets up to 8kts we put the gennaker up.Fortunately we have a goodangle of sail – but it is still a bit of a worry given we have 900nm to goand only 25% of our fuel left.From the weather reports we’re expectingbetter winds from tomorrow and certainly some useful winds the last 200nmout…so fingers crossed!While ‘Rambler 88’ set a new course record, Isuspect this will be one of the slowest ARCs ever.We’re fortunate in thatwe have big fuel tanks and can motor along on one engine quite efficiently. We feel for the smaller boats with small tanks that must be reallysuffering at the. read more...



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