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09/12/2017

Ellen - day 19

Hard winds and fin sailing. During the night the wind increased and it was a challenge to steer in total darkness doing 8 - 10 knots. But the moon went up just before midnight and made it much easier for us. Tomorrow is s big day, expecting to see land at noon. See you soon!!. read more...


Manihi - Dernier jour en mer
Manihi - Dernier jour en mer
09/12/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 20 - 9.12.17 - der letzte volle Tag auf See

Barefoot - Tag 20 - 9.12.17 - der letzte volle Tag auf See So langsam kommt Wehmut auf, nachdem wir uns jetzt sicher sind, dass wir morgen den landfall praktizieren werden. Die Wellen Schwächen langsam ab und der Wind wurde dann doch nicht so stark, wie vorhergesagt. Wir hatten extra unsere Nachtschichten umgeswitcht in 2x3 crewmitlgieder. Max, Lisa und Frida hatten Schicht von 21-4 und Brad, Alastair und Martin hatten die Schicht von 4-11. wir waren auf alles vorbereitet, nur nicht auf gechillte 20 Knoten Wind..... Wir liegen nachwie vor mit durschnittlich 7,8 kn gut im Rennen und sind schon gespannt, wann wir morgen erstmals „Land in Sicht“ hören werden. Das schreit ja geradezu nach einer snickers Wette:Lisa 15:30Max 13:27Alastair 8:55Martin 12:15Brad 10:05Frida 13:13Mal schauen, wie’s. read more...


09/12/2017

EH01 - Day 20, December 10, 2017

Happy to report we are exactly 253 nm from St.Lucia as I write this note.The crew is both elated and reminiscent – what an adventure this has been! Thatfirst day we introduced ourselves, that first impression, that first meal...then the practice on EH01 – it all seems a long time ago. I think we are allproud of each other and ourselves which was one of the goals no matter our‘reason’ for signing up. Mixing racing champions with nautical enthusiasts whomasquerade as professors, accountants, engineers and doctors seemed at odds butPYR knew what they were doing and my hat goes off to our very experiencedSkipper, Andras.We are placing bets on arrival time (Sunday late night/Monday earlymorning), playing ‘spot this island’ and continue to be challenged by Andras’sunrelenting. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 20 foto
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 20 foto
La Cigale - Day 20 - Catch of the Day
La Cigale - Day 20 - Catch of the Day
09/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 19 Duschmarken & Sauerkraut

Donnerstag Morgen zogen wir gleich nach Sonnenaufgang den pinken Spinnaker hoch, um ihn wenige Minuten später wieder zu bergen. Plötzlich frischte der Wind bis auf 20 Knoten auf und wir segelten auf einen Squall zu, der uns dann jedoch verschonte. Den restlichen Tag segelten wir mit der Schmetterling Besegelung.Was das Duschen angeht hat sich auf der Meltemi inzwischen eingebürgert, dass man Duschmarken ziehen muss, wenn man duschen will,denn die Dusche mit dem Atlantik Wasser aus der Pütz ist beliebt geworden und man muss sich beeilen, dass man noch ein Dusch Märkchen abbekommt. Der ein oder andere geht doch recht verschwenderisch um mit dem Wasser, so dass für den letzten am Tag manchmal kein Wasser mehr übrig bleibt ;-)Heute gab es typisch deutsche Hausmannskost mit Sauerkraut,. read more...


09/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 19 - Of wind and waves

Having broken our light-wind-sail yesterday morning, we were not too unhappy with some stronger winds throughout the day. 20-24kn of NE winds continue to push us towards the Caribbean, with what we expect to be a record VMG for us. Unfortunately the wind, and local squalls, also brought some high waves from all directions, making the overall ride a bit more bumpy than the last days.The wind outlook for Sunday onwards still looks rather weak, so we are happy to cover some distance today and hope we do not have to use our engine too much to reach Barbados. With most of the crew taking extended naps yesterday, this morning's breakfast was the first time we all sat together in a while.Predictions for today's VMG (yesterday's was 6.2kn)Kai: 7.6Markus: 7.4Chris: 7.3Max: 7.5José: 7.2Alex: 7.3. read more...


09/12/2017

Tommy - Log 10 - Moonshine

I feel ridiculous, it’s 12:30am just after my night watch and the moon is shining directly into the cabin hatch. It’s open allowing the breeze to swoop in and glide down to the tip of our toes. The further West we sail, the warmer it’s getting at all times of day and night, making this breeze at night vital to sleep.  The moonshine so bright I can’t sleep, so I’m lying with sunglasses on! Ridiculous but it worked, finally got to sleep. The rig set-up we have at the moment with twin head sails allows us to sail almost directly downwind and angle ourselves more or less in line with St Lucia but it’s also proving to be extremely noisy at night when all you want and need is some rest and all you can hear are the sails, poles, boom, mast, blocks and cars flapping, tweaking, twisting. read more...


Tommy - Log 10 - Moonshine
Tommy - Log 10 - Moonshine
09/12/2017

Nutcracker - ... 300 nm and counting...

It's a strange mindset when you regard 300 miles to go as 'nearly there' but indeed that is how we feel! The last couple of days have, for the first time all trip, provided the winds that we need to get there quickly and we've tried every sail configuration in the book to get to that Rum Punch as soon as possible. I also feel that we've reached a fantastic milestone on board, we managed to raise, fly and the douse the spinnaker with not a single wrap or rip in it. Maybe old dogs can learn new tricks? It is just as well we're about to get there really, we're nearly out of frozen meals and we might actually have to cook for ourselves. Perish the thought. However, I would like to congratulate the lettuce and the cabbage for lasting three weeks, I feel like they've really pulled through for. read more...


09/12/2017

Lykke - Forced ARC+

Forced ARC+ We are literally hunted by bad luck. After 3 Days the 24 Volt alternator ran hot during battery charging- broken bearing Apparently we had a air bubble in the diesel tank when refueling, there where 200 liters of diesel missing, and because we couldn´t charge the batterieswhile going under motor, we decided to go to Mindelo, in addition, Boat CV ensured us that they had a 24 Volts alternator in stoke. So Mindelo. After arriving at dust, it turend out that Boat CV didn´t have an alternator, that was in the afternoon. We then went out an bought an historic alternator at a car yard by our selfes, a car yard like you would imaging in africa and built it in until 2 o´clock at night. On Tuesday morning at 9 we left Mindelo, we almost lost 2 days by then. The "new" alternator broke. read more...


09/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop09122107

Bon matin, la Terre, En direct du BlueTop, par1528N05215W a 12HTUHier était hier, mais zaussi mon anniversaire...alors Catherine avait prévu tout ce qu'il fallait: Apéro du midi avec Champagne Rosé, siouplait, repas de fête avec du Poulpe que j'ai cuisiné façon galicienne, et en dessert des Dames Blanches...bon comme on était déjà repus, les Dames Blanches ont été dégustées au repas du souaiiire!J'aieu mes cadeaux, un retroprojecteur pour mon smartphone, une médaille de champion, et un limonadier forme poisson rose du meilleur effet!Nuit assez calme, encore un peu rouleuse, mais le vent a baissé d'un cran, ce matin on a renvoyé de la toile...Pendant mon quart de 2 a 5 locale, un bruit attire mon attention....je constate que le tangon n'edst plus tenu vers le bas...une poulie a. read more...


09/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 20 - 8 December - Squall Too!

Well, the garlic may well have kept the squalls at bay overnight, but my theory fell apart today as, while chopping yet more garlic for a curry, I noticed the pans slopping about in exaggerated fashion and rain bouncing off and in through the hatches. Isabelle's cabin got damp in the process, and it looks like another game of sardines tonight when, unperturbed, she announced she would just sleep in our bed then. Catherine's room was fine as the gennaker sheet got caught in her window handle yesterday and ripped it clean off, so it's been shut ever since!It turns out we were in the middle of a huge squall, five miles in diameter. It seemed to appear out of nowhere. Luckily we only had the jib up, after two failed attempts to put the larger gennaker up this morning, as the wind kept. read more...


08/12/2017

Queen Bee - 19° giorno

Dopo una notte in balia delle rollate è finalmente spuntato il sole e con esso anche, tutt'intorno la barca dei nuvoloni neri. E così abbiamo fatto immediata conoscenza con il nostro primo vero squall e, ovviamente, ci ha colti impreparati, raffica da 25 nodi, ed immediata manovra affannata per ridurre il fiocco e prendere una mano alla randa, comunque tutto è andato bene, una bella lavata e via .Ma gli squall nonerano finiti e così dopo una mezzoretta di nuovo acqua e vento, ma questa volta eravamo preparati. La giornata è andata avanti così con vento in aumento ed onde oramai di oltre 3 metri, e noi che credevamo di essere già arrivati ... ed invece ci sarà ancora da lottare. Verso sera l'aumento del vento fino a 30 nodi e le relative onde ci hanno consigliato di prendere anche la. read more...


08/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 19: Squalls, squalls and yet more squalls, Bruises, Wendy has a bed day, the benefits of carrots.

8 December 2017 1000 Position 14 degs 22.3'N 055 degs 42.2'WWell last night started off looking a bit squally and indeed we dropped the spinnaker early due to one nasty looking one that passed us by. But then they started, one after the other with not a huge amount of wind initially although enough in the third one across the decks to part the strop we had tied onto the clew of the genoa to accommodate a separate guy. This meant a trip to the foredeck for yours truly to tie another one and in doing so had the spinnaker pole swing in and smash into my arm with so much force I nearly bent the pole: rough and tough up on the bow! Bruised. We had squall after squall with torrents of rain. Around midnight with squall clouds all around, the wind got sucked off the surface and we effectively. read more...


08/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 20 - The Wind Returns

Good news!The breeze built during the morning and is supposed to stay with us for the next two days at least.The crew were buoyed by this and work began on the day’s tasks.Her with the name that cannot be mentioned (“Jennie”) was given her final bit of mechanical attention today (at least for a while we hope) and I think I can see visible relief on the faces of Nick & Des as I’m sure they’ve spent more time than they’d ever have liked to getting to know all of her foibles and just what makes her tick (or not as the case may be).Further inspection of the engine/gearbox teleflex controller points to a cable-fault as the reason why we can’t get any throttle when in reverse - it looks like there’s not much we can do whilst at sea.We’ll have to park carefully when we arrive at the dock in. read more...


08/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+19 Matos

Vendredi 9 décembre12h00 UTC13°54 N52°28 WDistance 24h : 170 millesDistance restante : 440 millesMatosHier pendant toute l'après midi nous avons rattrapé sous spi symétrique un First 47.7 14 m de long). En soirée en prévision du renforcement de vent prévu par nos fichiers, nous sommes passés sous spi asy et GV à 1 ris. La nuit tombe noire (très noire) nous étions un peu limite (très limite) sous spi quand de l'eau est tombée sur la table à cartes venant de la liaison pont coque au dessus. Dans le doute, nous avons rapidement affalé le spi et passé la nuit sous génois tangonné. C'est plus reposant pour le bateau (et pour nous !). Il fallait être prudent. "It's just a rally". Le jour levé, nous avons constaté une fissure au niveau des cadènes de haubans.Nous sommes en contact avec le. read more...


08/12/2017

Ellen - Day 18

Direction: Spot on St Lucia, doing our best to sail as fast and safe as we can. We are counting hours before we see land! But first we are hunting for the right wind and the best boat speed for the rest of our fantastic "trade trip". Just two days left now.See you soon!!. read more...


08/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 08122017

Le blog du TOP n°12 du vendredi 08/12/2017Jeudi après-midi nous avons perdu notre rappala (c'est une marque comme sopalin), poisson plongeur en plastique qui sert d'appâtpour la traîne. Là le cable en nylon gainé de métal et supportant en théorie 90 kg de traction a cédé tout net. Bizarre ou alors unvraiment très gros. De toutes façons on va trop vite pour cette pêche. On remplacé le poisson par un horrible petit poulpemulticolore. Hier on a commencé à voir des sargasses. Ce sont des algues jaune-vertes avec comme des petites fleurs sur le dessus.Elles prolifèrent et sont le fait de l'Homme. Toute la journée a été maussade, la mer se renforcant. Puis ont apparu les grains,une belle ligne bien noire. L'occasion de prendre une bonne douche à l'eau douce. Alors les trois hommes, on s'est. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 19 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 19 fotos
08/12/2017

Hot Stuff - port watch blog

From the port watch crew: Bella, Kat, Naomi and Emily.The rain has been taunting is on the horizon for days and finally during the 2am to 6am shift last night we experienced our first squall. The wind picked up and jackets went on, but with hoods kept down to hear instructions, andalso appreciate the fresh water shower! Just as we were about to furl away some headsail a flying fish thought it would get in on the action. He was quickly returned to the sea, unfortunately along with one of the tea towels adorning the cockpit, with Lizzy letting Bella know that now wasn't the time to be scared of a fishRain water felt soft against the skin and washed off the salt, but we are hoping for a little more today! We are currently being buffeted by an enormous swell, rocking the boat from side to. read more...


08/12/2017

Manihi - Du muscle dans la dernière ligne droite !

Bonjour tout le monde !Difficile aujourd'hui de savoir par où commencer ... Souvenez-vous, il y a quelques jours, nous illustrions notre propos d'une citation d'une lumineuse pertinence de J.M.G. Le Clezio qui disait à peu près que la mer était toujours différente, et que pourtant c'était la même mer. Après l'avoir médité longuement, cette vérité définitive s'est concrétisée aujourd'hui encore. Merci Jean-Marie pour cette révélation.Hier soir changement d'ambiance. Fini les Alizés d'opérette qui poussent gentiment les bateaux vers les Antilles. Les nuages sont arrivés. Les grains on fait leur apparition. Le vent les a suivi et la pluie s'est installée. Côté chiffre ça donnait 25-28 noeuds de vent,des vagues de 3-4m, et des seaux d'eau dans le cockpit. La prudence qui nous caractérise. read more...


08/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 20 - Sommerschauer

Heute durfte Kerstin die Überschrift für den Blogeintrag auswählen. Passend ist sie auf jeden Fall, weil wir alle gut nass geworden sind. Die letzten Meilen bis zur Karibik scheinen wir uns noch einmal richtig erkämpfen zu müssen, durch 23 Knoten Wind, Regenwolken und 3,50-Meter-Welle. Und weil ein Bild bekanntlich mehr sagt als 1000 Worte, habe ich euch ausnahmsweise nochmal eines angehängt. :-) Wir haben unseren Bug-Korb heute versehentlich etwas ausgehebelt und dadurch ist die Reling auf der Steuerbordseite nicht mehr ganz stabil. Ansonsten ist noch alles heile - die Knochen genauso wie das Boot.Sehr gefreut hat uns, dass die "Thyra" wieder in (Funk-)Rufweite ist. Ich hatte mich vorher noch gar nicht getraut zu sagen, dass ein Crew Mitglied der Thyra sich vor einigen Tagen eine. read more...


Lothlorien - Tag 20 - Sommerschauer
Lothlorien - Tag 20 - Sommerschauer
08/12/2017

Lei Lei - 19. Tag auf hoher See - Sturmfalke

In der vergangenen Nacht haben wir Bekanntschaft mit einem Squall gemacht. Was zuerst aussah wie eine harmlose Regenwand hat sich dann in der Dunkelheit doch unangenehm bemerkbar gemacht. Das Unangenehmste war, dass der Wind gleichzeitig von allen Seiten kam und der Parasailor damit nicht mehr zurecht kam. Dazu gesellte sich später noch ein Gewitter, das wir aber glücklicherweise nur aus der Ferne wahrgenommen haben. Nachdem der Wind weiter zunahm, haben wir am Morgen den Parasailor eingeholt. Inzwischen rollten riesige Wellenberge an, die die Arbeit vorne an Deck erheblich erschwerten. Es bläst inzwischen mit 26 Knoten, gerade noch rechtzeitig gerefft. Der Mannschaft ein Lob, es war ein sauberes Manöver. Das Aussteuern der Wellenberge ist Schwerstarbeit, da jede Welle mit Gewalt. read more...


08/12/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Update

Good afternoon readers,Unfortunately Infinity of Yar have been having power issues due to the watt & sea hydro generator. This means they will be unable to post anymore blogs until they arrive in St Lucia on Monday. Until then dedicated followers.... read more...


08/12/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 19 - 8.12.17 - Delphine und regen

Barefoot - Tag 19 - 8.12.17 - Delphine und regenGestern Nachmittag kamen sie dann wieder, die Delphine. 15 - 20 Tiere begleiteten uns eine Weile in den Sonnenuntergang - wie romantisch!Heute morgen ging es dann los. Der Wind frischte auf, wir fingen an zu Reffen. Erstes reff, zweites reff, Code 0 runter, Genua rauf, drittes reff, zweites reff, Code 0 raus, Genua runter, erstes reff, zweites reff, Genua raus, Code 0 runter, drittes reff, zweites reff......Der Wind nahm deutlich zu, um der Spitze bis zu 38 kn. Und dann kam er, der Regen! Weiter Reffen und alle klatschnass! Boot ist jetzt wieder sauber. Segeln ist deutlich ungemütlicher als bisher, weil die wellenhöhe auch noch zugenommen hat......sportliches segeln ist angesagt, Frühstück gibts nur auf der Hand, weiter wird gerefft, hoch,. read more...


Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 19 fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 19 fotos
08/12/2017

Blue Top - 08122017 Johny still alive..and this is Rock and Roll

Bonjour la terre, Alors depuis hier soir...?Eh bien on a mis plus de 3 heures pour s'extirper d'une ligne de grains...( merci la douche!), pour retrouver un vent costaud 20-25Kt,avec la mer qui va avec...4-5 metres de creux, autant dire que la nuit a été Rock and Roll....comme il y avait la menace des grains, nous avons fait les quarts en double...ce matin, au reveil, Velcro Jmi, s'est lui même baptisé "Le Bleu Vivant"...c'est dire;))Ce matin, c'est mêmes conditions, mais les grains sont moins nombreux et le soleil est de nouveau présent...et il chauffe!Autre nouveauté, depuis hier après midi, on aperçoit les "Sales Garces" ou en bon français les Sargasses, ( algues qui prolifèrent depuis plusieurs années, dont l'origine, initiale est de la mer du même nom...vers les Bahamas...mais qui. read more...


08/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 18 - Free showers and bye, bye Gennaker

Tonight mother nature decided to grant us a free shower. Having had virtually no rain for the last weeks it was nice to get some fresh water onto the boat to wash it As predicted some nice winds arrived, which we thought would give us a nice fast ride towards St. Lucia. Unfortunately it seems that sewing the gennaker back together after we ripped in two parts in the first night has weakened the overall strength of the sail. And therefore we broke it a second time and this time -we believe- it is for good.We are now back to sailing with our main and jib, which still gives us decent speeds, but slightly limits the angles we can cruise at with full speed. With the wind forcast for the later part of Sunday and most of Monday looking rather bleak, we are considering a stop-over in Barbados. read more...


08/12/2017

Nutcracker - Quick update (and hopefully 'upfresh' ) from the after deck....

Blowing F6 on qtr here so tramping along at 7.5-8knts heavily reefed. Dark clouds just like N Sea! Wind cool but all waiting in cockpit with shampoo for one of numerous squalls to hit us. Shower time if it comes will be fresh + salty!! Cabin boy... read more...


08/12/2017

Queen Bee - 18° giorno

Giornata tranquilla con poco vento, a pranzo oltre al solito ottimo pesce fresco (x Rocco) abbiamo colto l'occasione per brindare al raggiunto traguardo delle ultime 500 miglia. Nel pomeriggio, come da previsioni, il ventoè aumentato insieme ad una fastidiosa onda da Nord - nodeest di circa 3 metri, che ci fa rollare come i matti. Si preannuncia una notte molto movimentata.Un abbraccio !Arnaldo. read more...


07/12/2017

Aedis - Blog Day 19: those moments

We had a couple of unforgettable moments on day 19. Firstly, we hit our best mileage in 24 hours at 209nm :)!!! This was amazing and it looks like we will be having another good 24 hours again. The remaining 500 nm is starting to look quite short and the crew are really starting to dream about many cravings, hot showers, different foods and the ability to walk more than 6 m in a straight line.The photo (a still pulled from video) shows that moment just before you get slapped in the face by a 130cm Dorado fighting to the last. Sorry Jen, had to share this with the world. Again, plenty of fresh fish on board. We have had a very fortunate trip on the fishing front which has provided a lot of entertainment and great meals. image1. read more...


Aedis - Blog Day 19: those moments
Aedis - Blog Day 19: those moments
07/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 19 - Our first squal!

Well, our first 2 squalls actually.Which of course hit us at the same time and of course at night! We’d been praying for more wind so we can’t really complain but I draw the line when our radar tracks a squall 3 miles from us that’s doing 60 knots.Conditions have got gradually worse today and we saw dark clouds so we reefed to reef 1 before dinner and nightfall but as soon as the guys had gone to bed, squalls started popping up on the radar.I wasn’t even sure if our radar was working properly as we haven’t seen a thing until now but a display full of yellow blobs heading our way at 60 knots says it was.Time to wake the crew and put in reef 2.We don’t need the whole crew to reef but they’d only just gone to bed and it does make life easier.We all know our roles so it’s best to have all. read more...


08/12/2017

Ellen - Day 18

Trades are fine sailing and also fishing. But..... today we lost two fine soft eye trolling lures. Our best ones! Big fish or seagrass took them. We have also deliberated - less then 500 Nm left! Hey from the crew on Ellen, still going fast and we have fun!. read more...


08/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 19 - 7 December - Squall!

I have to be careful what I write in this log. No sooner had the sunset over an unremarkable (in sailing terms) day, a squall blew up on top of us and it was all hands to the pumps. We furled the gennaker quickly and waited... I am both relieved, and mildly disappointed, that nothing more dramatic occurred than a glancing of rain and a few strong gusts. After five minutes or so we were unfurling our foresail again and I was back to the greater excitement of reading (the penultimate chapter of the) Robin Hood with the kids.We had promised Isabelle that I would take her for a spot of star gazing at night, so afterwards, lifejackets on and lines clipped in, we curled up at the helm together and took a look around, spellbound. Memories are made of such moments. Tonight it is Francis'. read more...


07/12/2017

Blonde Moment - another squall approaching

Hello der man!!Ok,we're getting closer to de Caribbean and it certainly feels like it today, a real scorcher, we're on iced tea and coffee, ice-lollies and very cold drinks to cool down and i understand snow is forecast in the UK! We have been tracking a large squall for over an hour - in fact we have headed for it to get some rain to cool us down from the blistering heat.... soapand towels at theready! Anyway, it finally got to us arrived ...no wind but we had a great hour of white sail reaching with boat speeds around 12 kts! great fun However it looks likewe're in for an interesting night of squalls and variable winds, the promised stronger, steady North Easterlies still haven't joined us!Trying not to talk about ETA's but everyone seems to be asking us....we have a big birthday on. read more...


07/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 18: Slow news day; Squalls!

7 December 2017 0810 Position 14 degs 32.2'N 052 degs 46'WThe expected squalls last night failed to materialise, although it was as black as a coal celler in a black-out last night until the moon made an appearance at 2230, so it would have been difficult to spot them coming admittedly. Indeed for most of the rest of the night it was as clear as a bell. So we went through the night at 4-6 knots although in the right direction, just feels slow! Everyone is getting a little impatient to reach our destination especially as we are promised wind and it goes elsewhere, certainly not here. So come first light we put the spinnaker back up with a perfect hoist and immediately put on a knot of speed, and the repair of yesterday is holding well.Neal made us some scrambled eggs for breakfast and. read more...


07/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 19 - Groundhog Day

If “frustration” epitomised yesterday’s mood then “resignation” would probably be the word for today.With boat speed of 3 to 4 knots we’ve spent the day painfully crawling towards our destination.As the sands of time fall through the hourglass the crew are starting to strike through the planned entries in their mental calendars.The chances of making the finish line in St. Lucia before it closes are now getting close to the realms of mathematical impossibility.Soon the same will be true for the flights that have been scheduled by the majority of the team.Despite allowing 26 days for a crossing that should take 16-17 it looks unlikely that we’ll make it on time.Hopes for some rest and downtime in the Caribbean are now just a memory.Current thoughts are turning to trying to estimate when. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 19 - Groundhog Day
NoStress - Log Day 19 - Groundhog Day
07/12/2017

Blue Top - Bluetop 071221017

De BlueTop a 20H00 TU a 761NM de Ste Lucie, What's new on board...Depuis hier soir...Vers 22HTU a ma prise de quart, avec VelcroB, affalage du Spi, envoi de l' Asymétrique, au petit largue route directe, 1 ris, avec 15-17kt...cela brasse un peu..mais cela avance...Ce matin, apres le petit dej 7H00 Loc soit 10H TU manoeuvre inverse, re spi le vent etant passé un peu plus arriere..Depuis le milieu d'apres midi, changement météo, nous naviguons au milieu des "gros Noirs"....soit les grains tropicaux!! Donc affalage du spi, 2 ris dans la Grand Voile...et on attend les draches...au début tout l'équipage en maillot de bain attend la pluie pour un rinçage eau douce...qui tarde a venir...et nous refroidit...sur une ondée plus drue que les autres, j'en ai profité pour me savonner, et me. read more...


07/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 19 - Spi oder kein Spi, das ist hier die Frage

Entschuldigung, etwas, das ich längst schon hätte schreiben sollen: Mit unseren Wasserpumpen ist alles wieder in bester Ordnung. An Tank 2 kommen wir sowohl mit der elektrischen als auch mit der Fußpumpe problemlos heran. Habe ich immer wieder vergessen zu erwähnen.Die letzte Nacht war glücklicherweise wieder ruhig und erholsam, ohne Sqalls oder Regenwolken auf dem Radar. Heute Mittag nach der täglichen Funkrunde stand dann wieder die Frage im Raum, ob wir den Spinaker setzen sollten. Die Windverhältnisse schienen passend und kurz vorher hatten wir im Position Report gesehen, dass wir der "Cassiopeia" um 0,7 Meilen voraus waren - wir sind also auf Platz drei! Das spornte den Skipper natürlich zusätzlich an und da Arjan und ich zustimmten, mit dem Steuern zu helfen, wurde der Spinaker. read more...


07/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 18 Pink Panter

Am Mittwoch hatten wir zum ersten Mal seit Tagen weniger Wind und somit perfektes Wetter für den Spinnaker. Wir holten erstmalig unseren neuen, größten Spi raus und zogen ihn hoch. Er umfasst ca 200 qm Segelfläche und man dürfte ihn schon vom weitem sehen, denn er ist knallig magenta pink! Es sah echt scharf aus wie das große Segel stolz vor dem Schiff im Wind wehte, im Hintergrund der blaue Himmel mit weißen Schäfchen-Wolken. Im Schnitt mit 7-8 Knoten kamen wir gut voran und erst am Abend bevor es dunkel wurde holten wir den pinken Panter wieder ein.In der Nacht drehte der Wind nach Nord Ost, so dass wir unsere Schmetterlings Besegelung ändern mussten. Wir segelten die Nacht weiter ganz klassisch mit Genua und Großsegel im Halbwind Kurs, nachdem wir seit über einer Woche im Passat nur. read more...


07/12/2017

Manihi - Mani-hisse et ho santillano!!!

Salut les amis!On approche doucement mais sûrement de notre objectif et nous essayons de nous faufiler dans les zones ou le vent est favorable en termes de régularité.La vie n'est pas un long fleuve tranquille dans le flux des alizés. Dans une zone annoncée avec 15 nœuds de vent nous rencontrons des périodes plus ou moins longues aux alentours de 10 noeuds.Ces moments questionnent à bord: est ce que cela va durer? Est ce que la météo s'est plantée? Est ce que nos concurrents ont ils plus de vent?Est ce qu'il y aura assez de nouilles?Plus sérieusement la marche du bateau influe désormais sur notrecomportement.Je m'explique:Lorsque le vent est de la bonne force et la mer belle avec une longue houle qui nous pousse nous sommes positifs et entreprenants. L'ambiance est à la rigolade et les. read more...


07/12/2017

Hot Stuff - silvias blog

Muis cachorros, Leo, Timeo, Benja &Julian, How much I would like to share some of the experiences on board with you, like seeing that majestic whale only a few meters off our starboard side, watching dolphins play for hours, swimming in funny zig zags just in front of the bow, so close that we could almost touch them with our feet hanging overboard. Or be my surprised again and again by how far the flying fish actually fly, sometimes landing in the cockpit or even on one of us, causing screams and laughter, oh my they stink! Life on board is VERY different from what you know from our Croatia cruises. We are only alowed a certain amount of water to drink per person per day, the personal space is extremely limited and the days are tightly structured with watches and different jobs and. read more...


07/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum

Judy and I took the city Hop On bus tour today. We rode the complete route and then stopped at the Jewish Museum which was composed of the first Synagogue in Capetown and a Holocaust Museum. As we usually do we tried to do the information a good effort. We spent most of the day there. There was a lot of information. We had a excellent volunteer would too us around the Jewish Museum. image1 image2 image3 image4. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum

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