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10/11/2014

Helen - Start day - 13

Yesterday we had an excellent lunch at the marina bar, using up the loyalty points gained through many dedicated hours of hard work in the summer. By 3 o'clock we had checked out of the marina and headed out to sea.For me there is only one piece of music to play when heading out to sea from a Portuguese port. It's the theme tune from the film 1492, "Conquest of Paradise" by Vangelis. Stirring music and you entertain any locals who are watching your departure!Once out to sea we went to put the sails up only to encounter our first small challenge. The top sail batten had somehow got a 180 degree twist in it which meant that the sail would not unfurl. An hour or so later we had the main down, removed the offending batten, put the sail back up again and then the wind died. It's a boat!Once. read more...


30/11/2020

Tohuwabohu - Leg 2 Day 8

What a day, we woke up after 3x3x3 shifts last night which in essence gives an amazing 6 hours rest, unless you are me and drew the middle shift from 12-3am, anyway we are working to UTC on the boat which means actually it was still dark. So I woke to breakfast with the boat and a plan had been hatched to fix the code 0 to the mast with a prussik loop using the bosun chair.Now a this is easier said than done, making sure that that we are safe especially as we are officially 1000 miles from land, we double checked our plan and made sure that our roles were clear.There is a huge risk to go up masts at sea, with all sorts of potentials to go wrong. So with a plan set Holger set about climbing the mast with the aid of an electric winch.The ground school had been practiced and rehearsed. read more...


29/11/2020

Tohuwabohu - leg 2 day 7

With a little bit of luck I will actually save this blog properly as it is my second time of writing it! I’m not sure where I got to last or if I’m writing a day behind, so I’m going to bring everything up to speed.The email connection has been rubbish for the last few days so I’m trying to get this uploaded as soon as I can.We made 138 nm yesterday and we are aiming to hit mid way sometime on Monday morning , however the wind has abated a bit with an AWS of 9knts which puts us under the sun 5 knot.The thing that we don’t carry enough fuel to be super productive by motor sailing , we have enough food and water to keep us going, we just need to be t the airport by the 15th December. So, back to boat stuff, we have been hand steering for the last 560 or so miles and we have had numerous. read more...


28/11/2020

Tohuwabohu - Leg 2 Day 6

So yesterday was average we didn’t break anything more but we didn’t manage to fix anything either ,we had a good following wind it built to AWS 21knts and a boat speed of 6/7 knots so we made a fantastic 149 over a 24 hour period. We had information that two of the boats, Boheimen and Ibex were closing down on our position, we were glad of the company to be honest and it was good to know others were about. We are still hand steering as we have been unable to attach the windvane rudder. We did haves discussion about leaving with this attached before setting off.This may have been a good idea as trying to do it sea is virtually impossible. We have settled into the grove of 2x2x2 so my trusty crew at home had better get used to the idea when I eventually get Girolle operational!The weather. read more...


30/11/2020

Kaizen - A foot from death in the Atlantic

A series of seemingly minor errors culminated into a serious incident. Last night, Captain was super tired so I pulled an all-nighter (12.30am-6.30am) to alleviate some of his exhaustion. However, my son was really excited to hear that today we had reached our halfway mark in crossing the Atlantic Ocean. His joyous calls were an alarm clock hard to resist.Mistake 1: I started the day way too early following far too little sleep.We needed to gybe all our poles and three sails, which as double-handers, takes an exorbitant amount of planning, time, and effort. In the final stages, there was an element of speed required.Mistake 2: I rushed and started letting the highly tensioned Genoa sheet off the winch before I was really ready.I took too many turns off the winch and suddenly the rope was. read more...


Kaizen - A foot from death in the Atlantic
Kaizen - A foot from death in the Atlantic
30/11/2020

Suffisant - Tag 9 - 30.11.2020

Die letzte Nacht war mühsam. Praktisch kein Wind und wir mussten Motoren. Damit die Crew bei guter Laune bleibt, habe ich weissen Chicorée gedämpft ummantelt mit Schinken und mit Käse überbacken auf den Tisch gestellt. Alles wurde brav weggeputzt. Die Nacht war sehr schoen, klarer Sternenhimmel, voller MondHeute aus versehen die Backofentuere ausgehängt und Dieter brachte es in Ordnung.Duschen am Heck: fuedleblutt ausziehen, Sicherheitsgurt anlegen, auf den Absatz hocken und einen Eimer voll Seewasser über sich giessen, dann einseifen, wieder mit Seewasser spuelen und danach mit Suesswasser nachspülen. So geht das.Zur Zeit hat es bewölkten Himmel und etwas Regen, aber auch Wind was uns hoffentlich weiter bringt.. read more...


30/11/2020

Elli Di - Log Day 1 - Abandoned boat found

On 30th of October at 1125 Hrs, we saw a littletriangle, at first I thought it was a whale and got very excited. However, oncethe wave went down, the boat revealed itself.It felt very dramatic as none of us knew if we wereabout to find a stranded sailor or worse, a dead person. We put our sails down,switched the engines on and turned around for a closerinspection.To our relief, the boat was empty with a good engine andempty water bottles. (Luckily no skeletons although I secretly hoped we wouldhave found one) The boat had the following text on the bow 'Mona12.1.11985'  Who knows what stories Mona has totell but it shows how mysterious Atlantic ocean can be and that is prettyexciting! Ps. if anyone needs a spare engine (last maintained on12.1.1985), the boat. read more...


Elli Di - Log Day 1 - Abandoned boat found
Elli Di - Log Day 1 - Abandoned boat found
30/11/2020

Moonflower 3 - Where is the wind?​

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}Subject: Where is the wind?It’s been a fickle 24 hrs for the Moonflowers; we caught 2 dorado for lunch, but both rudely declined the invitation, jumping off the line in favour of other plans at the last minute. Their loss though, as we had a delicious one pot curry, courtesy of Cate. But our biggest bane is wind - or lack of. After a drawn-out shouting match with our sail yesterday evening, the wind stormed off in a huff and hasn’t returned since. We mounted a search party last night to find the wind, but despite a few teasing squalls,we had been unsuccessful, slowing to a mind-numbing 1 Nott at times. If anyone has seen our wind, please do get in touch. We miss it, our sail misses it, and we’d love it to return to us safely.Until tomorrow,Your. read more...


30/11/2020

Escapado - 29 November

Deadline day transfer, Eddie Barns Morison a new up and coming sailor of the mid Atlantic switches watch mid season. The player holds Escapado’s highest SOG of 15 knots, produces a banging egg fried rice and holds the highest centre of gravity on the boat. Pre season, Eddie suffered with sea sickness, but 9 tactical chunders later and he’s made a sharp recovery after medical support and attention. With a record breaking sleep schedule the lad is back on track to winning the season despite completing a 12 hour shift today. As we speak the paper work is being processed by his agent and lawyers while the transfer fee is still under negotiation. We estimate his net worth to be approximately €7.50 + a Nutella biscuit and peanut butter rice cake, however with a good proportion of the crew. read more...


29/11/2020

Rush - Day 8- Rod overboard!

You’ll new glad to hear ‘Rod’ is not a person but have we got a fishing story for you!So, this afternoon I decided for the first time ever to use a ‘plug lure’. This particular plug looks like a green cigar with a red eye and a hook growing out it’s bottom. So I put it on the leader, let out the line, set the drag on the reel and then think, “I’ll let it out a few more metres”. Literally the second I do that a fish hits hard and because the reel is free spinning the line bunches up, jams and then the rod bends over, the rod holder snaps clean off the push pit and the rod goes overboard, all in 5 seconds flat! Thank goodness for the dyneema safety line attached to the reel or that would have been one expensive fish that got away. Attached a picture of Alan (who was sleeping at the time of. read more...


Rush - Day 8- Rod overboard!
Rush - Day 8- Rod overboard!
Rush - Day 8- Rod overboard!
Rush - Day 8- Rod overboard!
29/11/2020

Kaizen - The glamorous life

When you flick through a glossy yachting magazine, you’ll be greeted with photos of models sunning themselves on the foredeck of super yachts. Aspiring yes - but not realistic. Instead, I’ll share with you an insight into my morning. I was woken by the whiiizzzzzz of Captain putting the fishing lines out at 8.15am. Groggy-eyed I headed directly for the coffee (my shift last night was 1am-5.15am). Having cleaned both bathrooms (“heads” in sailor language) I set about hand washing some much needed underwear. It’s Sunday, so I fried up a bacon and egg bonanza to keep the family contented. Then I joined the daily SSB long range radio call for a quick chat with our fellow ARC boats. The morning is finished off juggling the kids’ homeschooling whilst cooking a glorious ribeye steak with black. read more...


Kaizen - The glamorous life
Kaizen - The glamorous life
29/11/2020

Montana - Blog 2

Neptun is still with us, but he makes it a little bit challenging. Always the question if we go with ordinary setup with main and Genoa or twin head sails poled out. That keeps us busy. Wind is still variable in direction and strength. Today we tried the first time the Spinaker and it’s running well.. read more...


29/11/2020

Moonflower 3 - Squalls & Squids

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;}Subject: Squalls & SquidsFriends, family and avid fans…As we progress further West into the open seas, we’ve encountered our first “squall” – a localised micro storm of a burst of high winds and rain.Aside from this however, the wind has been fairly low, dipping around 10 Notts, and progress has slowed. But we’re enjoying the sun, peace and Jake Usman’s superb breakfasts in bed.A squid crept its way into the saloon in the dead of night – no doubt after the recipe for Chloe’s Pineapple Bottom Jeans Cake. Fortunately, it was apprehended by Cate, who returned it to the ocean empty handed. Fish and crustaceans be warned: we will be doubling our defences, as we’re baking brownies later this week.Tata for now,Your Moonflowersxxxxxx . read more...


29/11/2020

Veni Vidi Vixi - third blog - one week at sea

So what have we been doing whilst at sea for the past week you ask? Well we’ve been doing all the regular things that you’ve probably been doing at home but now we are learning to do them on a rollercoaster ride. Yes, you heard it right, a rollercoaster ride. One called perhaps ‘The Mighty Atlantic’ or ‘Kamikaze craze’ or some such. This ride comes complete with dips, turns, unexpected moments of near zero gravity, sound effects and even safety straps. On this rollercoaster you must wear your 4 kg life vest and be harnessed on at all times - keeping the people on the boat and the water off the boat being of upmost importance on the ride. You must learn to do everything you ordinarily do in a day only now everything is moving up, down, in and out in completing unexpected ways. Making a. read more...


29/11/2020

Suffisant - Day 8 - 29.11.2020

Immer noch keinerlei Delphine oder Wale in Sicht. Das Meer hat sich seit den letzten 20 Jahren rapide zu Ungunsten der Natur verändert. Den Leuten geht es zu gut und wir sind eine Wegwerfgesellschaft geworden. Aber eben wegen der Economie und der Geldmacherei wird rücksichtslos ausgebeutet - nach uns die Sintflut… Gestern Abend habe ich einen sauren Braten mit Gemüse, Spätzle und Sauce zubereitet. Die Crew hat zugeschlagen.Heute am 1. Advent gibt es die Weihnachtskekse “Brunsli”, bestehend aus Haselnuss, Schockolade.Und ein frisch gebackenes Brot.Wetter war diese Nacht mit einem gewaltigen Schauerregen gesegnet. Wir haben ausgebaut und einen Bullstander gelegt. Alle Segel sind draussen.Mal sehen wo wir heute auf der Position stecken.Gruss, Marina. read more...


29/11/2020

Khelios - Khelios, jour 7

Après plusieurs journées et nuits mouvementées à la barre, dans une mer très formée et des rafales dépassant parfois 30 noeuds, Khelios est entré dans un régime d’alizé plus clément, qui permet à tout l’équipage de souffler un peu et de prendre la mesure des efforts collectifs accomplis, pour entrer pleinement dans la course. Nous poursuivons avec ténacité notre remontée dans le classement et en sommes très fiers ! Les signaux AIS nous indiquent un possible croisement avec certains de nos camarades concurrents transateurs dans les prochaines 24h. Hormis cette perspective, pas âme qui vive à l’horizon. Ni cargo, ni plaisancier. L’immensité nue qui nous entoure nous rappelle constamment ce régime d’autarcie qui sera notre quotidien pour une dizaine de jours encore. Grâce aux conseils. read more...


29/11/2020

Escapado - 28th November

Early morning on the graveyard shift the day started with Eddie being slapped on the back by a flying fish, retrieved by Jake the fish was quickly returned to the water with the rest of the crew laughing. As the sun rose we hoisted the spinnaker, the huge yellow and blue kite pulled us through the water, we sailed to the wind rather than a bearing due to fluky winds. This made the team work harder as the two folk on the sheet worked together along with the helmsman to keep the kite full this continued throughout the whole day and evening with efforts to surf the waves with full communication from the team. Our top speed, made by Eddie was 15.1 knots however we averaged around 8-9 knots pulling us in front of Rainmaker, the handicap still. read more...


28/11/2020

Kaizen - Enhancements to our sail setup

Our deep / dead downwind strategy is to go as fast as we can with as much sail area from our twin headsails as we can safely handle. The logic is that fast means minimising apparent wind onboard hence less loads on our sails and rig. Furthermore, lateral stability increases with speed (imagine riding a bike fast vs slowly) and exposes us to fewer total number of wave hits for a given passage.However, having sailed full time on the twin headsail setup for a week, there are some drawbacks:1) being pulled from the very front of the boat by the headsails means that the stern can sometimes have a mind of its own. This imposes unneccesary stress on the autopilot and reduces comfort in our aft cabin. Captain calls this fishtailing.2) in light winds (below 15 knots) our heavy headsails flap. So. read more...


Kaizen - Enhancements to our sail setup
Kaizen - Enhancements to our sail setup
28/11/2020

Nikajuma - Day 6 - 1300 nm to go

A dayof breakage followed ba a day of fixing. We go back one day. Friday was also at work the day, when things went wrong. As a sailor, luckily there is no weekend. Start of failure was 6 a.m. utc. Pitch dark. Our sail just crashed into the water. Result may be due to a broken block. Midday. Shakle got loose on genua. Afternoon: water in motor bilge. Luckily fresh water. Nighttime: we ripped out 2 blocks due to a jam with a towel. Easy to see in daytime... But good news exept the sail, everything is fixed again. Resulting in a saturday with no big highlights. But looking at the good things of a lost friday: we had boats around us (Selkie and Damasi II) on AIS and in sight. This gives a lot of confidence. And we got a new speed record surfing down the giant waves. Good night.. read more...


28/11/2020

Rush - Day 7 - News from Summer and Louis

Hi hi Summer here,It is day 7 We are almost half way there, yay!! ;-) it rained today but we saw a double rainbow, But mummy got soaked with all the rain. We got to have Oreos at 10:40 am :D I read a bit of my book. I helped make lunch (that means I sat there eating my lunch watching Hannah and Louis making the lunch) me Hannah and Louis played 2 3 4 player games (2 3 4 player games is an game with lots of little games in it) me and Louis played sailor ted and slothy.So yeah it was a pretty nice day Summer out Hello, louis here,Day 7: nearing the halfway mark! Bit rough in the morning but it cleared up over time. Me and Hannah cooked eggs, bacon and baguettes for lunch. While mummy and i were on watch, a squall loomed in the background, as it came closer we could see the sea becoming. read more...


Rush - Day 7 - News from Summer and Louis
Rush - Day 7 - News from Summer and Louis
28/11/2020

Moonflower 3 - Atlantic Bakeoff

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} The team recreated British Bakeoff yesterday evening - Atlantic addition - Chloe and Emma concocting a delicious “pineapple bottom jeans cake”, which definitely did not fall on the floor twice. Another bright moonlit night as we head further West, and yet another flying fish incident with Carrie on the helm. Rumours that the flying fish are specifically targeting Miss Cushion have not been confirmed, but the team have taken it as a good omen as wecontinue to climb up the field. 2000 miles to go! A game is a foot. O captain my captain. Until tomorrow,Lots of love, Your Moonflowersxxxxxx. read more...


28/11/2020

Suffisant - Day 5, 6

Keine besonderen Vorkommnisse an Bord am 26.11.2020. Alles ist fit und munter. Der Wachplan funktioniert, im 4stuendigen Rhythmus. Tagsüber kann man auch alleine oben sein und nachts sind immer 2 Personen draussen.Am 27.11. hat es nachts auf den 28.11. zum ersten Mal die isolierten Regenfronten gegeben. Angekündigt werden diese zuerst mit einer fast Stille, dann rauscht im Blätterwald, sprich in den Segeln. Wir haben eingerefft. Windböen von teils 24 Knoten und dann Regen. So wird das Deck sauber gehalten.Gestern brachte ich zum Teil 7.2 bis 9.3 Knoten raus, zurück zu führen auf die Boen. Sonst im Durchschnitt 5.2 Knoten, manchmal mehr, manchmal weniger. Was Solls. Im Rennen ist lediglich noch die Pogo 30, ein Flitzer, der auch weit vorne liegt. Wir mit 33 Füssen können gar nicht. read more...


Escapado - helming
Escapado - helming
28/11/2020

Escapado - 28th November Skippers report

After a slow start today without the use of the spin pole as we scratched our heads trying to work out why it wouldn’t hold, we headed further south. Then gybed, hoisted our young Scotsman Tom up the forestay, we all watched him sway from side to side at such a great height in the ocean swell whilst he quickly retrieved the pole up line and a spin halyard.Then with a plan for the pole, up went the symmetric with the guy lashed to the pole so there was no escaping should the jaw ping open again!And we were off! Escapado roared through the building swell at speeds of 14.8kts! Everyone including Escapado were euphoric! Almighty cheers from us all, smiles were so wide as we laughed at this wonderful moment. The sun was setting, big cumulous clouds around had a deep red reflecting through. read more...


28/11/2020

Escapado - 27th November Skippers Report

The North Atlantic stars are out! I’m always amazed by their brilliance. Of the oceans I’ve crossed or sailed in, these stars are some of the sparkliest!  We ripped the asymmetric early on and whilst we had a superb 24 hours flying the symmetric through the night the pole has been keeping us on our toes with the release mechanism spontaneously opening. The colourful symmetric jerks round behind the main with its free flying guy pressing on the forestay.  These crew haven’t flown spinnakers before, so each time I’m calling for them to pull on the lazy guy for a drop and not the tack of the kite which could whisk them into the air has meant my heart raced a few times! So I’m repeatedly teaching the lazy guy and it’s improving! We’ve had many bare-headed drops because of. read more...


28/11/2020

Escapado - 27th November

Today we made our first trip up the mast at sea to retrieve the pole up and spinnaker halyard which popped early in the morning. Tom was hoisted up the forestay with 16 knots of wind and the full crew on deck to make sure he was safe, be reassured that the procedure went very smoothly with Tom only completing a couple of pirouettes. While we prepared pesto pasta and GB (garlic bread - named by Eddie) we were joined by a beautiful pod of dolphins fully leaping out the sea at sunset. All was too good to be true... successful spinnaker hoist, dolphins, good wind, pasta in the pan... 15 minuets later, half way through a bowl of steaming pasta while Charlie and Alister were controlling the power behind the big blue kite. The wind began to pick up. “Spinnaker drop” screamed our skipper Sophie,. read more...


28/11/2020

Escapado - 26th November

Were all still in hysterics, after Eddies attempt at sleeping in the pipe cot at 2am. 14 hours later and we’re gathered in the galley still chuckling along at the image of 6”4’ Eddie head first with his legs sticking out towards the nav table, completely stuck, half asleep while Tom is yanking his ankles to try and free him, ‘like birthing a lamb’ says Sophie. meanwhile crew ‘watch out’ are spectating in uncontrollable fits of laughter while Eddie is wedged half in and half out the cot. Still paralysed with laughter we couldn’t even move to take a photo or video of the scene. Despite the crews frustration of the spinnaker pole jaws breaking we’re all very much in good spirit, especially after Eddie and Tom's comedy sketch. We crept into 3rd place this morning however we’re still chasing. read more...


28/11/2020

Escapado - 25th November

With predicted stronger winds and bigger waves of 4.5m coming tomorrow so we made the most of the calmer conditions before getting stuck into some exciting sailing! We spent the day with the jib poled out on windward while taking reefs in and out on the main sheet. We’re split into two watch stystems so we spend most of our time with four crew, team ‘watch out’ being myself (Iona), Tom, Charlie and Alister And team ‘ ‘ being Jake, kat, Eddie and donato. We catch the others briefly on change overs but eat and operate separately, making what seemed like a complete squeeze of 9 people in Las Palmas completely manageable as there is only 4-5 crew on deck or down below (probably sleeping) Our shifts are split with two 6 hour shifts during the day and three 4 hour shifts at night on a rotating. read more...


Escapado - Photos
Escapado - Photos
Escapado - Photos
Escapado - Photos
Escapado - Photos
Escapado - Photos
Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
28/11/2020

Veni Vidi Vixi - Veni Vidi Vixi - second blog

Introducing Veni Vidi Vixi and her jolly crew...Veni Vidi Vixi = I came, I saw, I lived - not conquered like Julias Cesar, but lived like the poem written by Victor Hugo whilst he was exiled in Guernsey - a little island that is close to our hearts as our three children were born there during a overseas stint early on in Paul’s legal career. Before the children, came love found in on a dance floor in London where the stars aligned for Kiwi Paul and Canadian Robin. Since falling head over heels for each other there have been travelling adventures all over the globe and all the while Paul had an idea for an ultimate family adventure - to buy a yacht in Croatia, spend a summer lazily exploring the Mediterranean then spend two years sailing through the Caribbean, down the Panama Canal to the. read more...


27/11/2020

Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!

Another busy day!First we had an unorthodox sail change that went a little something like this:- Furl code 5- Fish strike the second it’s furled- Alan catches his first fish (more on that later)- Ian has rather amusing wrestling match with said fish on aft deck, thank goodness for the ‘child catcher’ (a webbing dodger we have across the transom for safety)- Sailor Ted found chilling out in spinnaker bag with his new friend, the sloth.- Big yellow spinnaker up- Alan skins and fillets his first fishSince Alan caught his first fish it’s grown in both length and weight many times, surprising that we managed to land it really ;-) He had his first lesson in skinning and filleting the fish and did a great job. We’ve just eaten some of it for dinner which was a joint effort with yours truly. read more...


Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!
Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!
Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!
Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!
Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!
Rush - Day 6 - What a difference a day makes!
27/11/2020

Tohuwabohu - leg 2 day 5

It’s my birthday and it was lovely to wake at 6 am to Holger and Simone singing happy birthday and in the saloon area was cake and candles. They both had very thoughtfully brought me a picture print of an original Cape Verde male at a celebration, this photo certainly captures our stay in Mindelo with its vibrant African heritage, people and culture. Although the stop in Cape Verde was longer than expected, it shows a different side to life, people, poverty and society. Today was a good day for sailing we had some great wind, until the auto pilot stopped working suddenly and for no apparent reason (tinkering possibly) however this has meant that we are now having to steer the remaining 1600 miles by hand and so a change of shift has Come into play 2x2x2 (this works well for me as I don’t. read more...


27/11/2020

Montana - Blog Montana

A very special year, just like 10 or 15 years ago. Just 57 boats in the ARC. It’s family style. But nevertheless everything is different. Because of Corona gathering with just 10 people is allowed and we have to wear masks. No Sundowner’s, no Parties. Seminars are held over Zoom, watched on a iPad and board speakers. The German fleet is small just 3 boats + Manfred with Albatros. Weather looks good for the start, with trade winds right away. But on the Start day it’s very light and on the nose. We doing good at the start and after 10 min. We are third in our start groups. But then most of the boats start the engine to find the wind behind Gran Canaria. We doing it too late and have to trail the pack. The old and wise guy’s turn to the west right after Gran Canaria. We go a bit more. read more...


27/11/2020

Jubilate Mare - Day 6 - Fabulous Friday

Hi to everyone reading this and sorry for thesilence - it's not often that I'm at a loss for words.   Our crew have settled into life as afamily and we are  (mostly!) a happy boat. Sharing one's home with formerstrangers is always a bit of a leap of faith!  Yesterday the jib furling linechafed in two places (the boys don't know why yet) and had to beknotted together as an emergency measure, then replaced. This all, fortunately,happened just before dark. But it was a great team-building exercise.On the plus side we had a large pod of porpoises playaround us for a long time during Happy Hour  - which was a perfect endto what had been otherwise quite a stressful day for me.  The water maker is working  well and asusual meals are a. read more...


27/11/2020

Moonflower 3 - Good afternoon from Team Moonflower!

P {margin-top:0;margin-bottom:0;} Good afternoon from Team Moonflower!Our tactic is paying off - we have shot up since our last update and hope to continue making moves up the field. Alex and James had their debut in the kitchen last night, whipping up a mushroom risotto and destroying half the galley in the process. Their sealegs are not quite there yet.We were treated to breath taking stars last night with a fire red setting moon. There is something uniquely magical about these quiet nights alone on the ocean. The peace was shattered at 2am when Carrie was hit whilst at the helm by a flying fish, which thenlanded and flapped around on deck before we finally managed to return it to the sea. More updates tomorrow,Lots of love,Your Moonflowers xxxxxx. read more...


27/11/2020

Ydalir II - Blog Day 4 Ydalir cross-Atlantic

Windy and very bumpy night. Now UTC 13:00 Position N 15'51 W33'57Still 25-30 knots wind with 35-40 in gusts.Smaller genoa and reefed main 7-9 knots.All well on board. Nilla is serving her boat made youghurt with müsli and fresh passion fruit from Mindelo.  . read more...


27/11/2020

Suffisant - Day 5 - 26.11.2020

Wir fahren zwischen zwei Fronten durch. Sind nicht von den Stürmen betroffen, haben jedoch teils Starkwind bis 24 Knoten. Die Kiste läuft. Auch die Regenwolken verschonen uns und manchmal gibts eine quereinfallende Welle, die uns etwas duscht.Wir sind soweit zufrieden, wir messen jeden Tag für das Covidprotokoll die Temperatur und sind bis heute alle clean.Uns tuen die 3 Boote leid, bei welchen scheinbar Covid aufgetreten sein sollte. Von einem Boot weiss ich, dass keiner Fieber oder sonstige Symptome aufweist.Zeigt mir doch mal aufgrund einer mikroskopischen Fotoaufnahme das Covid. Bis heute bekamen wir nur eine computergezeichnete Form zu sehen…Lg MarinaPS gestern Abend gab es Pilzschnitte zum Essen.. read more...



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