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03/06/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 9 y 10 - Hace Frío

Día muy muy frío. Primera capa, pantalón impermeable, doble polerón, parca, botas, esa es la tenida que no nos hemos sacado durante esta travesía. Las sopitas Campbell, esas de Andy Warhol han apañado con todo. Ya se empieza a sentir el cansancio de las dormidas entrecortadas pero queda poco para llegar a tierra.Los delfines nos siguen viniendo a saludar, pareciera que son los mismos que nos están escoltando hasta Azores y nos dicen que vamos bien.Respecto al agua, estuvimos 3 días a pura agua salada, usando agua mineral para tomar, hacer el café y lavarnos los dientes. Luego de eso empezamos a racionar el agua del estanque del bote. Cada dos días estamos llenando un bidón con agua dulce del estanque para lavarnos los dientes, cocinar y lo que sea estrictamente necesario hacer con agua. read more...


03/06/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 7 y 8 - La Mitad

Y hemos llegado a la mitad de la singladura!Cuando todos ya estábamos en cubierta luego de una noche con viento cambiante y olas molestosas, nos comimos un rico smoothie bowl de frutas caribeñas hecho por mi y luego cumplimos nuestra tradición de tirarnos un “chapuzón de media singladura” y en este caso en medio del Océano Atlántico.Justo salió un rayito de sol. Bajamos escalera, amarramos un cabo a la popa, nos pusimos shampoo y a bañarse! El mar estaba muy rico y como siempre el mar, fue renovador, refrescante, energético. Todos quedamos felices. Luego pusimos el gennaker aprovechando que estaban perfectas las condiciones. Que lindo es navegar con gennaker. Hoy nos vinieron a saludar delfines dos veces!!! Jugaron en la proa su buen rato. Los había esperado tanto!!! Y como si fuera poco. read more...


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...


01/06/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 5 y 6 - Poca Agua

Los últimos días han sido buenos. Ya adaptados al ritmo del barco. Todos con buen ánimo y disposición para ayudar en lo que sea necesario. ¡Vamos camino a Europa!Los días han sido variados dentro de ellos mismos. Horas de buen viento y horas de poco viento. Momentos con buena corriente a favor en que hemos alcanzado hasta 10 nudos de velocidad y otros momentos con olas para todos lados, de esas bien molestas. Los días han sido más bien fríos, hemos pasado mucho frío día y noche. La humedad también se ha apoderado de cada rincón en el barco y nuestra ropa. Todo está mojado y salado permanentemente y apenas sale un poco el sol hacemos el intento de secar lo que podamos. Y hablando de agua salada, el día 5 lamentamos la noticia de que tuvimos una gran pérdida de agua dulce de nuestros. read more...


27/05/2021

Buganvilia - (BERMUDA-AZORES) Día 1 y 2 - Mahi y tormenta

A un par de horas de zarpar desde Bermuda, pescamos un mahi mahi!! Fue un buen comienzo. Partimos con buen viento a la cuadra y perfecta velocidad rumbo al este para darle tiempo a la tormenta Ana para que pase. Lo bueno es que la tormenta rápidamente comenzó a disiparse.El segundo día a la mar partió con un sol radiante. Nuestro Perro usó el mahi mahi que pescó el día anterior para lucirse con unos sushi deliciosos. Anduvimos todo el día a una velocidad cercana a los 8 nudos con viento de aleta que nos llevó un poco más al norte de lo que buscábamos pero resultó ser una buena estrategia ya que ahora se avecina un fuerte viento de jeta (proa) en que tendremos que ceñir y nos podremos dejar caer un poco. En la noche subió harto el viento y me desperté en la centrifugadora que es la cama. read more...


Minimole - Guest for 4 days on Leg1
Minimole - Guest for 4 days on Leg1
13/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 5 - Mahi Mahi y Bermudas

Al amanecer del miércoles 12 de mayo, luego de una noche de poco y nada viento, al capitán le picó un Mahi Mahi. Junto con el Perro lo sacaron, lo filetearon y el resto fue un día de puro banquete de Mahi. Lo hice al horno mientras el perro se motivó con un puré de papas muy rico para acompañarlo.Al medio día el viento subió un poco y le metimos gennaker. Son las 14:15 hrs y nos quedan solo 160 millas para llegar, no queda nada! Hoy jueves 13 de mayo. El viento subió a media noche y pudimos abrir velas. Y subió con todo! Se cumplió el pronóstico de un frente frío que iba a entrar por el norte. Durante el día llegaron a haber rachas de 31 nudos y el mar muy revuelto, con olas grandes pero perfecto para darnos el último empujoncito y llegar a Bermudas. Timoneamos harto, 2 rizos a la mayor. read more...


12/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 4 - La Calma

Martes 11 de mayo. La tercera noche fue otra noche sin luna pero con estrellas. Mi turno de 2 am a 4 am lo disfruté mirando las algas fosforescentes que iluminan la espuma (o estela) que va dejando Buganvilia. Fue una noche con viento cambiando harto de dirección lo cual nos mantuvo a todos en sus respectivos turnos bastante activos. Al amanecer Juani y Perro tiraron las cañas. Al Perro le pico una barracuda pero la dejó ir, estamos en busca del tuna fish!! Más tarde casi pica un mahi mahi pero no cayó en la trampa. No perdemos la fé, la pesca se trata de paciencia. Mientras tanto no nos podemos quejar con la comida porque hemos comido bien rico!Es un día maravilloso, con sol,una que otra nube y el color del mar es azulino intenso. Durante la tarde el viento empezó a bajar y se fue más a. read more...


DamaSi II - Catch of The Day with the Propellar
DamaSi II - Catch of The Day with the Propellar
10/05/2021

Buganvilia - Dia3 - Mitad de camino a Bermudas

Lunes 10 de mayo. Segunda noche a la mar. Una noche oscura aunque pudimos ver las estrellas fugaces más impresionantes. Emocionantes.Ya vamos bien adaptados, moviéndonos más, comiendo más, teniendo buenas conversas, a ratos escuchando el paso de Buganvilia por las olas, a ratos escuchando buena música. Hemos estado haciendo turnos de 2 horas y han funcionado bien. Como dice nuestro gran tripulante Yellow Dog - “Vamos bien. Vamos perfecto”-.Han caído un par de pescaditos voladores en la cubierta.Llevamos 374 mn de 860 mn que son hasta Bermudas. Hoy se viene el chapuzón a media singladura!! ¡¡Feliz día mamá!!¡Con todo Buga!La contramaestre.From @sailingbuganvilia. read more...


09/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 2 - vamos bien

Ya pasamos las primeras 24 horas con 185 mn navegadas. Muy felices de haber zarpado vamos acostumbrándonos al movimiento del bote y a los turnos con su sueño entrecortado. Hemos mantenido una buena velocidad de 8 nudos promedio con viento a la cuadra. Ayer nos tocó un viento fuerte arrachado por un rato corto pero la tripulación reaccionó perfecto justo a tiempo. Vamos bien.Los [email protected] read more...


08/05/2021

Buganvilia - Día 0 - La noche antes de zarpar

Probando nuestro log la noche antes de zarpar desde Sint Maarten a Bermudas, nuestra primera parada. Ya con todo listo y desvelados por la ansiedad de partir. Por esta vía esperamos poder ir contando como van transcurriendo nuestros días a bordo de Buganvilia mientras cruzamos el océano atlántico. Mañana partimos a las 12 hrs estando a bordo el capitán Juani, la contramaestre Cata y nuestro nuevo tripulante Perro Amarillo.  ¡Buenas noches! Mañana será un gran día. Abrazo a nuestros buganvilievers. Sailing Buganvilia.. read more...


05/05/2021

Big Bear - FINAL preparations........

Excitement starting to bubble on Big Bear as we prepare for the off on Saturday!Testing all the systems and undertaking all the training sessions has been our top priority. 2 crew birthdays before departure so further fun expected before we leave St M.Lots more to follow...........Jonathan. read more...


28/01/2021

Jubilate Mare - Panama transit soon!

Today has been busy with skipper briefings about our canal transit and our visit to the Galapagos. With so few boats taking part this year it should all be relatively straight forward 🤞. We had a drinks gathering last night, courtesy of Shelter Bay Marina, and met with the other 3 boats going through the canal with us. In a normal year there would be 25-30 participants! We will hopefully be meeting up with one other boat on the other side. image1. read more...


Jubilate Mare - Panama transit soon!
Jubilate Mare  - Panama transit soon!
15/01/2021

Eldorado - One of these sunsets

This evening, during our happy hour, we could witness one of these sunsets that make the round the world adventure a one of a kind. The picture will hopefully speak for itself....image1. read more...


Eldorado - One of these sunsets
Eldorado - One of these sunsets
14/01/2021

Eldorado - Eldorado making way to Panama

Our happy crew is heading to Panama. Very nice winds of 20-25 knots and beautiful weather. Morale is high, food is good, sun and stars are there and we see days averaging over 9.0 knots. What else would make a sailor happy ? Looking forward to meeting the other intrepid participants of WARC 2021 in Panama. The 5 musketeersHenry, Serge, Christian, Quentin, Francisco.image1. read more...


Eldorado - Eldorado making way to Panama
Eldorado - Eldorado making way to Panama
21/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - EPILOGUE

Our final blog from Moonflower 3The last 48 hours has been one hell of a roller coaster. We arrived the evening of the 17th to a stunning Caribbean Sunset and a warm welcome from ‘Tim’ who sped out to us in his dingy and took some snaps of our arrival. A flood of emotions all around as we crossed the line as the final boat to finish the ARC this year. We were given a stellar greeting by Tony Morgan and Giles who surprised us seconds after crossing the line with 7 cold Piton Beers whilst we bobbed around in the bay drinking in the experience. After 25 days at sea, we can promise you that never, NEVER, has a cold beer tasted so good. Well. How to conclude this chapter? There’s too much to put into words or do justice to everything that has happened. It’s been an absolute adventure for all. read more...


17/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Final Charge

The difficult decision was made yesterday afternoon to turn the motor on, to ensure we finished the race on time. We’re pretty confident we will have among the least engine hours of the 50+ boats in the ARC, but it was a tough choice nonetheless. Unfortunately, this patch of whafty, inconsistent wind persisted too long for us to make the final stone’s throw to St Lucia before the event's closing ceremony. But even in these final chapters of our tail, we’ve been dealt some interesting cards by the ocean. Another flying fish attempted to decapitate Carrie Cushion last night whilst on watch, instead knocking her night cap beverage all over the deck. We can say with relative certainty that none of us have ever before, or ever will, be woken up in the middle of the night by a series of. read more...


16/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - The Waiting Game

Another day in the sun, another day without wind. Gosh it's hot. We’re getting very close to crunch time on our decision on whether to turn the engine on or not. Up until now we’ve held out and sailed (hence the slow progress recently), but with 48 hours until the race ends, it’s getting close to the point of us having to motor in to make it in time. We want to hold out, we’d love to make the whole crossing wind-powered. But don’t worry, if the wind continues to not play ball, we will ensure we finish on time and put our motor on like every other boat has. It’s been a real test of our patience, but we’re still having a cracking time and enjoying the last couple of days. See you real soon!Your Moonflowersxxxxxxx. read more...


Khelios - The crew!
Khelios - The crew!
Khelios - Crossing the line at Rodney Bay after 18 days at sea
Khelios - Crossing the line at Rodney Bay after 18 days at sea
15/12/2020

Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay

As the mileage decreased we knew our expected arrival would be at night and after 3 thousand miles without seeing land for 3 weeks, we wanted to see the island in daylight.. So on Thursday morning just after dawn,as We watched another ARC boat , Escapado pass to our stern With their bright blue spinnaker flying, We took down our spinnaker and reefed our main in order to slow the boat down enough so we could arrive at sunrise the following morning. As we approached the Island the wind had increasedandwe were still going a little too well And so a bit of zig zagging ensued so we would arrive a couple of hours later. Eventually,as we rounded the headland to the north of St Lucia, dawn was breakingand we could see the stunning island to our port Side, with it’s steep peaks rising up into the. read more...


Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
Blown Away - Arrival into Rodney Bay
14/12/2020

La Vie Jolie - We did it!

https://www.facebook.com/105705604686237/posts/129422732314524/?d=n. read more...


14/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - The French Navy

We’ve been treated to a milder 24 hours with some cloud cover, a much needed break from the scorching weather we’ve had this past week. But the wind is up to its’ usual tricks again and progress has drastically slowed – frustrating with our finish line almost in reach. It goes to show how much climate change is affecting global weather patterns, as this time of year typically boasts reliable trades winds, rather than the huge inconsistencies we’ve been seeing. In other news, we had a rather exciting encounter with the French Navy yesterday evening. Our dinner was rudely interrupted by a 200 metre destroyer vessel, rearing its head over the horizon, and coming up within a mile of our starboard alarmingly quickly. Luckily, we’re aboard a Croatian boat, so there were no ill tidings or. read more...


13/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Nearly, Nearly.

Hello! Well - we really, REALLY are nearly there. Less than 30 miles to go and a smudge of land visible on the horizon, and we nearly, almost, not quite, are within a mile of another boat yesterday. caught another fish too. A much bigger mahi mahi was on the line and what a fighter. Before it could be netted and safely landed aboard it escaped, bending the hook straight in the process. No one guessed the arrival date as being today, so Koen and Elaine's (12th and 14th respectively) choices will fight it out over the closest time when we actually cross the finish line. Did you know that today is the feast of St Lucia? Nor did I until opening my Jacquie Lawson e-calendar this morning. Couldn't be better could it - and at least it's not a Friday! So we shall shortly be having our last meal. read more...


13/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Groundhog Day

Good afternoon all,Today we’d like to play our ‘it’s simply too hot to write the blog’ card, because it’s simply too hot to write the blog. And we think we deserve a break.It’s currently 34 degrees but feels a lot hotter. It’s been several days since we’ve had a change in weather or schedule. We’ll try to scrape the inspirational barrel tomorrow with some new content. In the meantime, we’ll be here slow roasting. Ciao for now,Your Moonflowersxxxxxxx. read more...


13/12/2020

Suffisant - 13. Dezember 2020

Wir sind noch rund 320 NM von St. Lucia entfernt. Frühmorgens wird schon der Parasailor gesetzt und wir hoffen, dass wir am Dienstag späteren Nachmittag in Rodney Bay eintrudeln. Mal sehen was uns die Winde bescheren.Gestern gab es gebratene Scheiben vom Rollschinken mit Käse überbacken und Rösti.Wetter ist gut und wir hatten keine Squalls. Am Abend läuft immer das selbe Fernsehprogramm: Star watch. Das Meer hat viele Facetten zu bieten, doch leider einige wenige fliegende Fische, keine Delphine, keine Wale, kein Fisch rum. Tote Hose.Wir haben oft angeregte Diskussionen im Cockpit, vor allem auch was uns die Zukunft bescheren wird. Auf Neuigkeiten aus der Welt sind wir natürlich gespannt.. read more...


12/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Land Ahoy - almost!

Thank you all for continuing to read my ramblings.You'll no doubt be pleased to hear that this (fingerscrossed) should be our last full 24 hours, on the high seas, before wearrive at Rodney Bay. We are hoping to make landfall before dark tomorrow.   Our fish supper last night was superb. Tomroasted some with lemon, capers and black pepper. It was delicious andElaine made trifle for desert - yum. We still have some fillets left to enjoyand are continuing to hope for further bites. A tuna would be mostwelcome.   We were berthed next to Tom's boat, in La Linea lastmonth, which is how we all met.  Tom stepped in for a leg on the boat whenElaine took time out to fly home to see her Mum in hospital in Scotland,and then, when Toma had to drop out,. read more...


12/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Sorry About The Rice

As we approach our 3 week mark at sea (the final day we meal provisioned for), we’re really having to keep a close eye on our gas and water levels, as we have 500 miles and variable winds until St Lucia. This means we are very much entering into the ‘creative’ phase of our cooking…Imagine a kind of maritime parody of Ready Steady Cook meets the Covid-19 loo roll shortage. Yesterday evening we totted up our dwindling tinned food supplies to see how many different flavoured pasta and rice dishes we could plan until St Lucia. Things started well with James’ baked bean and sticky rice dish last night, and we have high hopes for Alex’s pesto-humus pasta this evening. However, we are rather hoping we make it to St Lucia before Jake’s ‘custard and anchovy couscous surprise’ is needed. One thing. read more...


11/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Fish Fryday!

Welcome everyone, not many more Blogs to come from this crossing as we really are nearly there. We now have less than 300 miles to go. We are sailing serenely, our boat is beautifully balanced and the weather wonderfully warm. We have passed through a couple of squalls and I've captured a picture of a rainbow - peeping out from under our cc. I also took an artistic shot of the colourful chute reflected in a winch drum. Nothing ventured, nothing gained, so the rod was cast again. Within a very short space of time 'Fish! Fish!' was gleefully shouted. This time Tom was in charge of the net and successfully landed a mahi mahi - aka dolphin fish. It was quickly dispersed with a shot of Fish Killer (double strength rum) to its gills and filleted. The rod went back in and was soon whirring.. read more...


11/12/2020

Kotari - Delayed Blogs catch up! - Blog 1

These were written live and sent incorrectly so were not published on time!So.... here they are!-----------------------Blog 1Sorry, this took until day 4 or 5 for us to work out how to send an email…. Tech these days aye!In summary:• the first 5 (Sun, Mon, Tues, Weds, Thurs) yes 5 days, has been a sleigh ride. • We’ve had a narrow miss with a wind hole on Tuesday evening, but some canny night time spinnaker work got us out of it quickly,• As a crew of virgin pond crossers, I think, on the whole, we are big fans of the trade winds…. And we’re not even in the best of them yet (in theory)• The freezers buggered, so lots of bacon and sausage being eaten• Richard is coming round to loving the colorful sailsSo here is the blog as it wasIntroOnboard we have:(Dr) Mark Curtis - Surgeon/ bone. read more...


Kotari - Delayed Blogs catch up! - Blog 1
Kotari - Delayed Blogs catch up! - Blog 1
11/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Finish Line Fever

A double blog today... as Catie forgot to press send on the post for yesterday!There’s a very tangible feeling of finish line fever today for Moonflower, though we’re still 600 miles away, that represents the final 20% of our race. We’re down to our tin supplies and pasta dishes (the fresh fruit and vedge long gone) and are having to keep a close eye now on our gas and water provisions, in case we get caught in another patch of no wind. It’s been 19 days since any one of us has set foot outside of our 44 ft home, 19 days since anyone has showered, and 19 days since the last full night’s sleep.But, spirits are high as we edge ever closer to St Lucia, and we’re hugely appreciating everyone’s support.Stay tuned for the last few days…Your Moonflowersxxxxxxx. read more...


11/12/2020

Tohuwabohu - Last day

So this years rally draws to a close for us as we near St Lucia, it has been another one of those bucket list life long dreams to cross the Atlantic, most of it is about preparation, some of it is thinking your way out of the problem, the other parts are about remaining flexible.Technology is fantastic when it works, but it operates 24/7 in some difficult condition, it is inevitable that it will break, but the plan is to have a plan, and then another.The importance of spares can not be overstated, blocks , pulleys, snatch blocks, shackles, sheets, whipping line, spinnaker tape tools, spanners, wd40.It can be difficult being on board a boat when there is little space, the art of communication is vital, there weren’t any really problems though as most of them came down to misunderstandings. read more...


11/12/2020

Suffisant - St. Lucia comes closer

Wir schätzen, dass wir in rund 5 Tagen Rodney Bay erreichen werden. Heute in der Früh habe ich 2 fliegenden Fischen, die aufs Deck sprangen, das Leben gerettet. Sie landeten wohlbehalten wieder im Wasser, dafür stanken meine Hände stark nach Tran. Hier sieht es buffig aus. Ich bin froh, wenn wir Land unter den Füssen haben, damit ich mit dem Säubern der Bilge und der Pantry beginnen kann.4 Leute auf engstem Raum geht, aber eben es müssen nebst Segeln auch die tägliche Ordnung mit Reinigung der Toilettenzelle, der Pantry, dem Salon vorgenommen werden. Die fliegende Zigarettenasche stört mich enorm und Robert ist bedacht, diese jeweils wegzuspuelen. Zur Zeit wird der Parasailor gesetzt, 3 Mann oben. Es wurde angeprangert, dass ich mich zuwenig am Segelsetzen beteilige, ja und wer holt den. read more...


11/12/2020

Moonflower 3 - Life on the Atlantic

Normal play is slowly resuming after a few scorching days without progress. We’re very much in the end game right now, with 700 miles to go, fairer winds are behind us. We’re recovering from a few days of lethargy and heat stroke, but there isn’t much to update. So, it seems like a suitable time to give a little more colour for the picture we’re painting for our readers. What does a typical day for us on the Atlantic look like?There are 7 of us here on Moonflower: Skipper and owner, Chloe, who is leading the team. 3 Yacht Masters: Emma, Carrie and Kate, who each have over 10,000 miles sailing experience. And then 3 enthusiastic novices: Jake, James and Alex. Jake has spent a few years working in guest relations on yachts in the Mediterranean, so has some experience living on boats – but. read more...


11/12/2020

Escapado - 8-9th November

8 dec Happy birthday to kat! It’s been a steady day with lots of birthday cake, chocolate and lollipops. While we had two spinnaker disasters we recovered quickly from both events. First time was the spinnaker haliyad slipped of the winch self-talor. As we were sat on deck early morning all of a sudden a wizzing sound started, it took a few moments to realise what was happening however we managed to get the spinnaker down safely with no problems. Our next disaster happened at sunset, almost blinded by the sun the spinnaker began to wrap around the forstay, it was too late to retrieve so again we got the kite down quickly and another one up straight away! Food is still rationed, our creativity is been challenged as we work out different combinations of tinned meals, a big shout out to kat. read more...


10/12/2020

Kaizen - Final Blog Post

We arrived last night at 20:38 local time after 17 days, 11 hours and 39 minutes, covering 2736nm to finish first in our division and 5th amongst all cruising boats. We fulfilled our goal of arriving in time to crack open the Champagne for Captain’s birthday. And wow, did it taste good!Today, we have had some bewildered ARC sailors popping over to congratulate us expecting to find a full on professional race crew but instead finding we’re just a family. Having had our COVID tests, we expect to be released from quarantine tomorrow and cement the friendships that we made in Las Palmas and over the airwaves enroute.Our only breakage was our alternator mounting which we are pretty certain was caused by Canarias Multinautica S.L. in Tenerife when they hit it with a hammer. Although they admit. read more...


10/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Are we there yet!

Faithful Followers we are a little fed up. This has turned into a repeat of our crossing in 2017, with little, or no wind - very disappointing. We had hoped for better things this time. Some boats in our class have already finished and we are currently lying 9th in a field of 16. We have had to give up on the cc and are under engine for the next few hours to try and make up some ground. ( Or should that be sea?! )Winds are predicted to kick in later on tonight. But as to whether or not they will - well, your guess is as good as mine. Outside temperature is 33 in the day, but a lot cooler overnight. The night watches are a real pleasure. The moon is rising later so that means we get to enjoy the stars.I actually saw my first shooting star, of this trip, last night.Other crew have been. read more...


09/12/2020

Jubilate Mare - Nearly, or The One That Got Away!

Hello and happy Wednesday to anyone reading this! The last couple of days we have made slow progress. The gap is closing and excitement is building as we near the end of our adventure. However, frustration is also building as we are almost in danger of going backwards. Well, it's not quite that bad but it's a close call. Winds have dropped, sometimes to below 1 knot and we struggle to maintain 3 knots of progress. Without our wonderful cruising chute I think we would have been becalmed.That could have had a plus side as the swimmers amongst us (all but Pete) would have enjoyed the water. No matter, at least as we are moving at a sedate pace we could have another try at fishing. We had been sailing slowly, for some time, through vast mats of sargasso weed, floating on the surface of the. read more...


09/12/2020

Rush - Day 18- The home run!

145 miles to go and we are cruising in company with Khelios around 3 miles in front of us, first ARC boat we’ve seen since the start. All things being equal we will be finished before this time tomorrow, nice to have a daylight finish.Update on the seaweed situation- Not long after yesterday’s blog and it had got to joke quantities it cleared, just like that. We reckon it was 100 miles wide, getting progressively worse until it was basically a field and we were wading through it. All of a sudden it was gone, we did one last back down to clear the keel, engine leg and rudders and off we went, back to cruising speed.It’s been a busy day. We decided to swim the ‘BIG’ fishing lure as we figured we could refrigerate a big fish and then share with the other boats in St Lucia. So far sadly we. read more...


Rush - Day 18- The home run!
Rush - Day 18- The home run!

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