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30/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 9, N 19.53.51 W 28.47.47, 29 November 2016

3 days without wind.... we had so much fun! Swimming, breakfast, maintenance, drinking, swimming, drinking, lunch, music, swimming, drinking, music, dance, sleep, sleep, sleep. We have configured an emergency water system so that fresh water is flowing again. The only downside of 3 days without wind: we have consumed nearly all our alcohol!!! We were expecting the wind to return around the early hours of Wednesday morning but the first signs of a weather change were here this morning, Tuesday, at 6 am, when we first felt a slight touch of wind on our face during the morning watch. In the course of the day the wind increased and since 16:30 we are sailing again! Based on the forecast we expect 10 days of excellent sailing bringing us all the way to St Lucia.We have also started a new. read more...


30/11/2016

Koco - 10.Tag auf See

die Fahrt durch die Nacht war ruhig, sehr ruhig. Zu Ruhig. Kein Wind, der Atlantik platt wie eine Flunder. Wir müßen an dieser Stelle anmerken das die Ostsee segeltauglicher ist ;-)Der Tag beginnt wieder mit einem super leckeren Frühstück, alle sind hochmotiviert das heute die steife Brise zum segeln kommt. Sie kommt aber nicht wirklich. Wir können 4 Stunden segeln, dann ist der Segelspuk wieder vorbei. Dieter kann dem Atlantik heute keinen Fisch entnehmen. Kleine Reparaturen am Großbaum, Sybille und ich konnten weiter Struktur in unser Fotochaos bringen, und nebenbei blieb noch viel Zeit für eine ausgedehnte Augenpflege. Es ist 4:21 Uhr, Wind 4,7kn direkt von vorne, also so wie immer. Ich werde wohl nächstes Jahr auch bei der ARC Regatta antreten, aber mit einem Faltboot. Das reicht für. read more...


29/11/2016

Beltana II - Day 10 - what the.....

Yes we are still looking for the trade winds. We motored south all night atabout 5 knots and at sunrise the crew put up the sails and doused the engine tocatch the breeze – little though it was. We decided to spend most of the dayjust trying to sail (to conserve fuel) and we did, but the penalty was we weretravelling at only 1-1.5 knots ans sometimes we ended up heading back towardsCape Verde Islands (yes Anna asked me yesterday if I was going backwards!!) butwe have achieved some south – down to less than 19 degrees North now so we areheading in the right direction I think to find the trade winds.  The lowpressure ridge west of Cape Verde Islands is the problem which has flattened thepressure and pushed the trades even further south.....   Oh well, can’t control the. read more...


30/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Spin-Tastic!

More great sailing with the Spinnaker in 5 to 10 kn of wind with the miles clocking down to St. Lucia. Just under 500 Nm left to goThroughout the night sea state was slight weather fair and visibility moderate to good. The watches had a quiet night as usual. Winds were E F4 About 01.00 blue watch noticed a white light in the distance but was unsure at the time if it was another yacht. Later they thought the light looked red but nothing was showing on the AIS . As the sun came up we found out it was indeed another yacht, Endeavour of Cork, their skipper talked with our skipper over the radio and informed him they had been chasing us for a few days. It was really nice to have some company.We have now passed French Guiana, Surinam, Guiana and eillsoon have passed Venezuela.One thing we. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 - 29 November
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 - 29 November
30/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Nine

Hi to you all, we hope you are all enjoying the regular updates. Today after our lovely breakfast from white watch we all worked on deck for the final push to stitch the Yankee one. Success!! Then we did a sweep stake to estimate how long the repair would last!!!Lunch was salmon with a variety of cheeses including the boats favourite blue cheese, Ollie is delighted it is being used up! The wind the last 24h hours has changed direction from southEast round to the North. We are looking forward by Wednesday/Thursday to having the wind behind us pushing us to St Lucia.By late morning we celebrated getting half way, covering 1410 miles, this meant Party time!At 3pm we all got dressed into our 1960s flower power party gear, Monkey (Skipper) gave his speech and said we were his best crew then. read more...


30/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 6

What a day! As soon as we got sunlight,Sirocco Watch launched the spinnaker with the help of Lesley. As Bora Bora Watch took over we spotted a dark looming fin on our stern - shaaaaaaark alarm, all hands on the deck, close the pool area! Dooa doooa doooa doooa doooo (jaws). Everyone grabbed their cameras and Paula prepared her fishing line! Not long after a tiny liitle bird was resting on the fishing line.Elisabeth our other bosun, repaired the luff of the genoa. We made lots of sail changes to suit the conditions, we had a lot of fun doing this and it was a great effort from everybody. Tired of too many sail changes we hauled Sophie our skipper up the mast..we told her she had to fix the steaming light. But actually we needed a break from changing sails.Today we also changed our clocks. read more...


30/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 30. November 2016

Windstill! The whole day. In the middle of the ocean and in the middle of the trade wind zone. Have we done something wrong?Used the motor on low rpm but our fuel reserves are declining. But morale and food reserves are still good. Only the beer situation demands an arrival within a week.We'll see.What else happened?Had again a wonderful bath in the deep blue ocean. Caught no fish. The first boats arrived in Rodney Bay.820 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


Cherish - Day 15; working hard in the sun
Cherish - Day 15; working hard in the sun
30/11/2016

Cherish - Day 15; working hard in the sun

All hands on deck for Will and Sven whose watch it is. Ali catches some rays up on deck during her R n R with a cushion and her book. Note the washing drying and the everlasting onions which made a bid for freedom halfway through our trip. Most were caught and the culprits banished below to the net above the nav station. Since then harmony has reigned.WJGOPR1329.. read more...


30/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 10 bis 12

Wir haben uns soweit gen Süden vorgehangelt, dass nicht nur die Butter schmilzt. Unter Deck ist es fast unerträglich heiß. Früh Morgens erreichen wir unseren Wegepunkt 4 und ändern den Kurs nach Westen. Ab jetzt lautet der Generalkurs 270° und die Devise „warten auf den Passat!“ Bei mäßigen Winden experimentieren wir mit dem Spinnaker. Wir fahren das leichte Tuch des Parasailors als Blister, dabei eignen wir uns eine Technik an, die es uns erlaubt, von Blister zu Spinnaker und wieder zu Blister zu wechseln, ohne den Spi vorher bergen oder den Spibaum abbauen zu müssen und damit Fahrt aus der Yacht zu nehmen.Ein Crewmitglied (Lothar) nimmt den Begriff der Backschaft sehr ernst und backt an einem Tag gleich zwei leckere Brote und einen Geburtstagskuchen. Denn Rolf feiert mit uns seinen 50.. read more...


29/11/2016

Shalan - Day 10

14:36N 38:06WDear reader,Welcome to the 10th installment of our ARC update as we continue to cross the Atlantic aboard the good yacht Shalan.Today has seen us make some great progress as we continue to see the miles tumble.Wind conditions have been ok, with Shalan sailing initially on the Code 0 and later with the spinnaker for the remainder of the day with the intention to continue this throughout the night wind and weather permitting.Last night saw us encounter numerous squally areas with rain and varying conditions for a number of hours.At around 2am we ran into a fairly agressive squall whilst we were running both the spinnaker and main sails - it was all hands to the deck as the wind clocked 37knots which was enough to push Shalan onto a rather large heel! As we all raced to lower. read more...


Shalan - Day 10
Shalan - Day 10
30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 10 - 29 November

Log Day 10 - 29 NovemberWe have been motoring for 24 hours now, with virtually no wind anywhere.We spent almost two days struggling to make headway with 3-5 knots of wind, and ended up heading north more than west.On the positive side, the nights have been spectacular, with star-studded skies that are simply breath-taking, and the days have been sunny and hot.Then just as we were sitting down to a nice lunch in the cockpit…the fishing rod started screaming loudly, peeling off line at a fast clip.The crew all jumped into action, one slowing the boat, one pulling in the second fishing line, one on the rod, and another getting the swim platform down and ready (where we land the fish).After a bit of a battle, we had a really nice sized Mahi Mahi on the afterdeck - a terrific treat for our. read more...


30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 9 - 28 November

Log Day 9 - Tuesday, 28 NovemberFinally we're having, sunny days. No rain, but no wind 9.The sea is glass with loads of flying fish jumping around. Finally we caught 2 dorados/mahi-mahi,but small ones, so we through them back in the sea.At night, the sky is full of stars, awesome for some celestiallessons, and get flashed by thunders from miles and miles away. Today we are going cook a proper "Cozido à Portuguesa" (no English translation possible!!) Sorry, is kind of a big boiled pot with some nice stuff inside. You better go to "Farnel", in Lagos and ask Sr.Zé for a "Cozido à Portuguesa. See you soonSimão. read more...


30/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 6 - 25 November

Log Day 6 - 25 NovemberWe had a slow day today, with squalls and lots of rain.Because the wind was behind us, the big cockpit dodger (like a windscreen) didn't protect the on-watch person too well. But we made the best of it by putting on a training movie sponsored by the captain.The film (okay, movie) was Captain Ron, and is a cult favourite among yachties.No matter how many times we must have all seen this, we ended up with a cabin full of laughter. Scott. read more...


Nemo - Crew shot!
Nemo - Crew shot!
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Sundowner from Nemo
Nemo - Fisheyeing Nemo under water
Nemo - Fisheyeing Nemo under water
Nemo - Nemo finally heading south - Tuesday night!
Nemo - Nemo finally heading south - Tuesday night!
29/11/2016

Nemo - HUNDRED HOURS OF SOLITUDE-A SHORT REPORT FROM THE ARC RACE

Sounds familiar? Well whether you have been reading a Nobel prize winning novel, waited for a child being born at the clinic, put away for 4 days in jail (for a crime someone else probably committed), or you are a sailor, you know what I am talkingabout. Just a few days ago, we were in high spirits. Sails were being changed swiftly day and night by the two teams working like Formula 1 crew in the depot during a Grand Prix race. Energy went into race updates were we all high fived each other seeingother boats being left in our wake of success, wind speeds of 25 knots pushed us fast toward the Rum punch at St. Lucia, and more importantly, toward seeing our loved ones again. We had been taking a very bold decision, (well I was not making the actual decision, El Capitan and Gallo Veleta. read more...


29/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 9

Day 9. We have had very light winds for a couple of days now. This has been a source of frustration but has had its benefits. This afternoon we dropped the sails and took some time in the calm conditions for a swim. I was always told not to go out of my depth but in nearly 3 miles of water that was a bit of a task. The water was pleasantly warm. Not something you could say about British waters this week from what we are hearing. Shortly after getting underway again we were visited by some more dolphins. Always a great sight. The other night they came in the dark and there were phosphorescenttorpedo like trails. A very wonderful sight.Sea water showers are also the order of the day so we are staying cleanish. Again the sea water coming through the system is warm but still cool enough to. read more...


29/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - We finally had to admit defeat!

If you read the sailing magazines or search for the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) on the internet, you will find many articles and adverts from the yacht charter companies etc. talking about escaping the European winter to sail downwind in the tradewinds in shorts and tee shirts for days on end under blue skies and bright sunshine. And last time I did this trip that was pretty much what we got. However it depends on two things: Firstly that the tradewinds are blowing (and they don't blow all year round, they normally kick in around the end of November) and secondly that the skipper has opted to follow the tried and tested route (head south until the butter melts then turn right).On this trip neither has occurred so things have been a little different, so here is a summary of the. read more...


29/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 29 - 10th Day at SeaAl is well. We are 1,574 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,103 miles behind us. Today we sailed about 90 miles.This year winds have been unusually light. On the advice of Commander, we took a northern route, initially with the intention to go south after five days, but with an unusual low pressure front south of us, the trade winds developed much further south than normal, which has us still quite a bit north of the normal route and, ironically, in very light winds for several days. Forecast is for winds to improve by the end of tomorrow.In hindsight I wish we had taken the southern route: Columbus route. For those of you interested in history, the reason no ship had successfully crossed the Atlantic until 1492, was because of the route they chose. All the. read more...


29/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 10 - På Stillehavet dag 3

Stille dag på sjøen igjen.I natt tok vi ned alle seil siden de bare lå og slo med bølgene i vindstilla. Båten finn en pussig pendelrulling i de slake dønningene. Akkurat nok til å holde Alf våken hele natta. Løsning: Legge seg på dørken i cockpit der det er så trangt at man kiler kroppen fast og man blir en del av båtens bevegelse. Mye bedre enn å ligge å rulle frem og tilbake i køya.Hett på dagen. 29 grader i kahytt og ikke et vindpust. Atlanterhavsbading.Etterhvert kom det en svak bris slik at seilene kom til nytte.Dagens høydepunkt var fangst av en xxx-fisk nr. 2 som gikk rett i vår velsmakende Toro fiskesuppe.Ca. 1 kg, gulblå i skinnet. Relativt flat i formen. Steinbitlignendesolid skinn som lot seg dra av. Fiskekjøttet minnet i konsistens og farge på makrell.Frisk fruktsalat til. read more...


Gatsby - Kap Verden - ein kleines Stück Urlaub
Gatsby - Kap Verden - ein kleines Stück Urlaub
29/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 10 - Fortschritte

Nun sind wir schon den 10. Tag unterwegs und haben immer noch viele Meilen zurück zu legen. Aber ab morgen können wir die Zahl wieder minimieren! Heute wurden die neuen Steuerseile eingebaut. Des weiteren wurden unsere Batterien überprüft und festgestellt, dass die Trennanode zwischen Starterbatterie und den Servicebatterien kaputt war. In diesem Moment wird aber schon eine neue eingebaut, sodass wir von nun an sicher getrennte Stromkreisläufe an Bord haben! Auch das Problem mit unseren Wassertank haben wir beheben können und nun sind die Tank randvoll! Frischobst und junges Gemüse ist ebenfalls schon gebunkert und auch die Wasservorräte haben wir wieder aufgestockt. Sobald morgen getankt ist und alles wieder zusammen gebaut wurde, legen wir ab. Dann heißt es "Leinen los!". Wir hoffen. read more...


Numa - Sailing over night with Gennaker
Numa - Sailing over night with Gennaker
29/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

Blog of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93, day ...well, what day is it?! Time really flies. Already ten days out in the blue, 796 NM left. Light wind today, conpensated by heavy food. Breakfast: very british porridge by Fabio, lunch very spanish tuna pasta by Sergio, 5 o clock tea: french crepes by Simbi, Dinner: still to come. OMG. Deeply missed are cold drinks like pina colada. Or whatever. Skol, the very fat but still good looking crew of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


29/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 10

--Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2016 17:44:53 GMT--We are exactly at the midpoint of our journey across the atlantic . 37 07 .73 and have been for the last 9 hours, becalmed again.The sea is like a millpond so we swam and had lunch then experimented with the spinnaker because Joxer is an optimist,then packed it away again and started the engine.Apparently they have wind down south and some of the fleet are there ,we will just have to motor and see where we can find wind .Mid atlantic swimming is good. We are guessing that no one ever swam where we did today.We are hoping for wind soon but we have plenty of food and water.We say hello to all the pupils in Templebreedy National School who are following Mike Hodder and Jasmine on this blog, hope you are enjoying it.We saw a small group of dolphins. read more...


29/11/2016

Almagores II - almagores II

Dear friends and family, Anotherday withoutwind, but onboard Almagores it was a great excuse for putting on theswimming trunks . All the crew members Joined in with such eagerness that the boat seemed to be left with nobody on board . The scene was straightfrom a National Geographic episode when all The penguins walk to the edge and jump in. When we werefinally back on board “safe and well “ captain Frans tried to entice us with a follow up course in Sextant navigation. Some of us were scholastic but most of the crew fell asleep under the Bimini when the sun and the lunchstarted todo its work on our body. We hear that the trade winds should be arriving but we can only hope ……until tomorrow. Over and outAlmagores  bagnetto. read more...


Almagores II - almagores II
Almagores II - almagores II
29/11/2016

Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress blog 4: Flying fish sabotages mid atlantic gybe.......Of course it did..... (To be read in David Attenborough style voice)

Olympia's Tigress blog 4: Flying fish sabotages mid atlantic gybe.......Of course it did..... (To be read in David Attenborough style voice)The beautiful days are beginning to blend - a series of sunrises, cloud-spotting, sunsets and star-gazing. Gentle house music guides us through the tasks of helming, trimming and easing. As day turns to night, the watches cycle with more predictability now. If one looks very closely onboard Olympia's Tigress, a vast array of wildlife may be found. Take the saloon bunk on the port side for instance. Here, if one times this rare sighting correctly, one may spot a perfectly peaceful slumbering female Tigress as she recharges her batteries from a long day protecting her pack. And in an aft cabin, one may find a lesser spotted crew member or helmsman,. read more...


29/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 10 - SUNRISE

Liebe Follower,heute haben wir unseren Startpunkt für die klassische "Barfussroute" erreicht.270 Grad = Richtung Westen und jetzt immer geradeaus bis in die Karibik.Mit achterlichem Wind des Passats haben wir die Genua auf der Steuerbordseite ausgebaumt und das Großan Backbord, also ein Schmetterling.Rasmus meint es mit dem Sonnenschein zwar sehr gut, beim Wind hält er sich aber sehr zurück.Bei Windgeschwindigkeiten von 6 Knoten machen wir ein Speed von max. 3 Knoten SOG.Damit liegen wir hinter der Planung zurück.Ein Bad im Atlantik war der heutige Höhepunkt der Bordaktivität.Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE--. read more...


29/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 13 - A Fish!!!

Yes, you read right - finally after days and days and dawns and dusks of effort - DERMOT'S LINE CAUGHT A FISH!!!It's a fairly enormous-looking dorado - I took a quick peek outside and have retreated back down below until all the blood'n'guts and smell is over again.Even Laura is out videoing proceedings!As I type, Dermot is posing like a good thing for the paparazzi!!!Conor was on watch when it bit - Dermot was snoozing in the forward berth and Usain Bolt wouldn't have beaten his take-off time when the cry "FISH" went up!!Funnily enough I had just been composing a post in my head, about how boring today has been.... the spinny is up, and mostly looking after itself, it's too hot even to read for long, we were all just roaming around the boat trying to find the coolest spot (there are. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

en meer toilet...Gelukkig zijn we acrobatisch aangelegd, anders waren we al helemaal niet op het toilet aangekomen. Als je al deze handelingen hebt volbracht, is het bijna klaar, ware het niet dat je dat biozakje ook nog ergens moet laten. Nu is het de kunst om er een knoop in te leggen, 100 cm af te dalen en de weg naar buiten te nemen. Daar gooi je met een zwierlijke zwaai, voor het oog van je 16 medezeilers (inmiddels al vrienden), het zakje over de reling. Klein detail, niet tegen de wind in, dan heb je kans dat hij barst (en ja dit is een medezeiler al overkomen aan boord). Bij vertrek is ons ook nog een andere methode uitgelegd. Je kan namelijk ook over de reling gaan hangen aan de achterkant en het op die manier proberen. Natuurlijk heb ik deze manier geprobeerd, maar daarna nooit. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

het toilet...Voor het toilet hebben ze een plek gekozen achter de mast op 100cm hoogte. Als je er naar kijkt is de toiletpot niet meer dan een soort trechter die kan scharnieren (om hem enigszins recht te hangen als de boot schuint gaat) met een gashendel ernaast om te pompen. Deze hendel zullen we nauwelijks of nooit gebruiken want wij hebben bio afbreekbare zakjes. Die bio zakjes hang je in het toilet om je grote behoefte te doen en nu komt het. Ik heb het voordek vergeleken met staan op een aanhanger achter een rijdende auto op een boerenlandweg met gaten en bochten, dat ga ik nu weer doen. Stel je voor dat je op die aanhanger een emmer zet, jij bent halfstaand in die aanhanger en de auto hardrijdend, dan een biozakje pakken, die openvouwen en in de de emmer hangen. Het biozakje is. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

and continues...Het eten, wat overigens prima in orde is, is veel vers fruit, koekjes, dropjes, borrelnootjes, noem maar, het is er. Bij het avondeten hebben we een ruime keuze uit 'Adventure food', wat gevriesdroogde maaltijden zijn. Je gooit er heet water bij, u raad het al, wat uit de thermoskan komt die door de jetboil gevuld wordt. Overigens is de term "avondeten" voor ons een ruim begrip als je 4 uur op, 4 uur af leeft. Je bent dan al gauw je definitie van ochtend, middag of avond kwijt na een paar dagen op zee. Het wordt tijd om terug op land te zijn. Ik kies er voor om bakboord (voor mij links) terug te gaan. Nadat ik over de middenkist ben gekropen, waar de keukenvoorraden en de generator voor de stroom in zitten, kom ik weer bij dat obstakel (100cm*85cm) waar een springpaard. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

Sanya Lan uit Hainan, tegenwoordig Sanya uit Bresjes...the story continues...Dit alles gezegd hebbende gaan we maar eens beneden kijken. Je moet over een acrobatisch aangelegd lichaam beschikken om beneden te komen. Als je dat hebt, geen probleem, want het blijkt dat je dat voor de hele benedenverdieping nodig hebt. Om mijn 'ontdekkingsreis' te beginnen loop ik via de stuurboordkant (voor mij rechts) naar voren. Na twee stappen is het al zover, een soort hindernis, waar een goed getraind springpaard bij zou willen, dat hij al in de pensioenswei stond; een 100 cm hoog en 85 cm breed tussenschot waar we overheen moeten om bij de "keuken"en "inloopkast" te komen. Na het nemen van deze hindernis zijn we bij de keuken en de kast waar onze 'foulies' (voor mij zeilkleding) hangt. Over de ietwat. read more...


29/11/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - Diamonds in the rough...

From a glassy, quiet mid (ish) Atlantic, hello from Diamonds! Sorry we have been out of touch for solong, Sat phone issues left us sailing blind for the first week, but now we are back and ready to go. Some weather information would not have gone amiss before yesterday but, hey, we are still here! A hugecommendment to my crerw, they did not even blink an eye as our communications went awol on the first evening of the race, choosing instead to give it a slight gailic shrug and get on with the more important matters like chosing there bunk for the night (do you want to spoon the banannas or get cozy with the oranges?) and keeping the boat moving (with a few pressure boline lessons thrown into the mix).I can now happily report that all 8 of us (yes 8 - on our Elan 37) are well and truely. read more...


29/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINE - ANOTHER QUIET DAY

Engine on throughout last night and continued on throughout the day. Very smooth sea state and wind c 5-7 kts. Bright blue sky all day – up to 30 degs & 38% humidity, so hot and sticky. We were looking at the weather charts this morning to plan likely engine usage and came into the cockpit to find the fishing line had run out completely from the reel – with the engine on we had missed the clicking noise that the reel makes when the line is taken and so we missed what would have been an enormous blue or white marlin......and more importantly we’ve lost all of the fishing line. So always ready to improvise we took a 100m pool of 3mm line, attached a leader line and a lure (only two left now) and are using one of the winches as the reel. A nibble during lunch but we were too slow &. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINE - ANOTHER QUIET DAY
Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINE - ANOTHER QUIET DAY
29/11/2016

VAVA-U - Atlantikpool - 28.11.16 - 8. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir hatten eine wirklich milde und ruhige Nacht, gefolgt von einem strahlenden Sonnenaufgang. Der Schichtwechsel wurde bei einer Tasse Kaffee genossen.(Bild Isabel und Markus)Ziemlich schnell wurde es sehr heiß, nach einem kurzen ersten Sonnenbad hat sich jeder ein gemütliches Schattenplätzchen gesucht.(Bild Irene, Karsten, Oliver)Zur Abkühlung haben wir selbstverständlich wieder unseren großen Pool benutzt, der Einstieg erfolgte je nach Temperament über die Leiter oder direkt mit Sprung vom Bug.(Bild Beine Oliver)(Bild Rest Irene)Natürlich haben wir auch die Gelegenheit genutzt, die VAVA-U einmal vom Wasser aus abzulichten.(Bild VAVA-U aus dem Wasser)Weil schwimmen hungrig macht, gab es danach unseren frisch gefangenen Fisch, standesgemäß mit Guacamole und. read more...


29/11/2016

Delfini - day 9 - tues 29

The wind has deserted us and we are drifting aimlessly around the Atlantic Ocean - but the good news is the sun is out and it's 35 degrees Last night we put on 5 miles between 8pm and dawn - so today was deemed swimming day and at 9am we launched a round fender from the stern and one by one we jumped in from the deck - absolutely fab and we spend 30 mins or so racing the boat and each other and then climbing onboard and jumping in again - Keith wondered if it was ok to jump so I. He led the chart - it was ok as we had 6.5 km of ocean below us !!!!The weather report suggests we might get some wind tomorrow but as per the last few days I have no idea when we expect to arrive in St Lucia The good news is I don't have any booked flight home and the bulk of ARC fleet are in and around our. read more...


29/11/2016

Unconditional - Re: ARC+ Leg2, Day 13: 80% to St Lucia + a TWING

This afternoon, we crossed the 400nm mark from St Lucia, and the longest continuous that we have ever been at sea. Yesterday afternoon with only 500nm to reach St. Lucia, we inserted Peter, Paul & Mary (folk singers from antiquity {the ‘60’s}) Greatest Hits into the boat’s AV system. Turning up the volume, we sang along to"500-Miles"... "Lord, I’m ONE; Lord, I’m TWO; Lord I’m THREE; Lord I’m FOUR;Lord, I am FIVE hundred miles from my home. Five hundred miles, five hundred miles...” It seemed appropriate. Unfortunately, the weather has not filled in as I had hoped for, and in falling one position the other top 35-boats appear to be travelling equal or faster than we are with with our dual headsail configuration, WHY IS THAT!?Sea Mist2 is probably flying that same configuration. Well. read more...


29/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 10 Nacht 9

Do samma wieda, griaß eich. Die letzte Nacht war durchgehend Flaute, wir sind mit Motor gefahren. Leider war auch noch das Wetter schlecht, der Sternenhimmel war so gut wie nicht zu sehen. Auch heute herrscht kaum Wind, aber das Wetter ist okay, Baden wäre nett schließlich hat das Wasser 26 Grad, aber stehen bleiben wollen wir nicht. Wir segeln seit 16.00 Uhr bei schwacher Brise, aber immerhin segeln wir. Das wird uns im Fleettracker einige Positionen kosten, aber das ist uns egal, wir sind mittlerweile sehr entspannt und abgerechnet wird ohnehin am Schluss, wenn die Motorstunden ausgewertet werden. Wir wollen Segeln, schließlich haben wir ein Segel- und kein Motorboot. Für die Segler unter euch, aktuell haben wir mit 18Grad westlicher Missweisung die größte Kursbeschickung, für die. read more...


29/11/2016

Mustique - Day 9 - 8th Blog - The One That Didn't Get Away

Nov. 29, 2016Dawn came none too soon for Anders and Carol, whose 3-6 a.m. watch was the ultimate bore.Wind, almost nonexistent.The mainsail continually filling and collapsing, sounding like an angry whip in the night.Steering a challenge, with so little forward motion.At 6 a.m., Stefan emerged in the companionway, his face barely illumined by the soft pinks and blues arising in the east.Always the gracious host, he offered coffee or tea and went to the galley for preparations. Soon thereafter, David climbed up top, still wearing his plaid onesie. (In truth, they were pyjamas, but Stef insisted that I call it a onesie, probably because he still carries a bit of a grudge after the big one got away yesterday.) Anyway, David immediately headed to the fishing pole on the aft deck, exuding a. read more...


29/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 9; Slow Progress

Last night was amazing and one of the reasons for doing a crossing like this. I was on watch from 2-5 am UTC. When I came up on deck the stars were fantastic. There was no moon. The clouds around the horizon were blurring sea and sky. The stars were reflected off the glassy sea as there is no wind. To the north the sky is lit up intermittently by lightening far far away over the horizon. You cannot hear thunder. The sails were taken down on the previous watch as they were slamming around with the swell of the sea. We are travelling around 1knt in an ancient oceanic current. The plough is clearly visible in the north pointing to the north star and guiding mariners for centuries. It is very peaceful.We have had no/minimal wind now for 7 days so making very slow progress. If possible we. read more...


29/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 13 - Laura

Day 13 - Laura Do you ever find yourself in a situation and ask yourself "oh God what have I got myself into THIS time"? This has been the question on my mind since I first stepped onto Endeavour in Las Palmas on November 1st. See, it's not that I don't understand how incredible this whole journey is or how I'm constantly learning valuable life skills (patience being the main one when sharing 12 metres of space a thousand miles from land with your parents at age 16) but it's just that I'm not quite suited to this whole.... sailing thing. There are many reasons why sailing may not be a future career path for me. Firstly, I, unlike my siblings, can't sail which may be because at age 7 I declared a hatred towards anything to do with sailing. Needless to say my parents were not impressed.. read more...



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