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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...


11/12/2019

Sally - In Saint Lucia time zone

The last night we sailed into a new time zone, GMT-4, the same time zone that is used in Saint Lucia and the rest of the Caribean, at least the islands we plan to visit. We also crossed track with another ARC boat and according to the AIS, it could be a close passage of a couple of hundred meters only. To make sure they saw us and to clarify how we shall pass each other, we make several VHF calls but without any response. It was not until we used a search light on our sails that they reacted and changed course and passed behind us. After the passage, we make another VHF call, but no response this time either. Maybe their VHF was malfunctioning or so.We also got a couple of squalls with a lot of rain and wind (35 knots) and since we can furl our sails from cockpit and are reaching, its. read more...


11/12/2019

Charm - Cape Town passage

We’re on day 3 of our passage to Cape Town from Durban. My mom and Kay left on Saturday, December 7, after three weeks of touring South Africa, with a side jaunt to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls.We had lots of great adventures, met many interesting people, and learned more about the world, ourselves, and each other. My mother learned that, while she was born of Irish/Iowan parents and raised in Cuba, she is actually part African.This was no surprise to anyone that knows her.Given any opportunity, she will start dancing and singing.In any part of Africa we visited, we witnessed the same behavior. In a beach parking lot on a weekend afternoon, standing by your car?Dance party.Taking a jaunt on a boat around the harbor?You and fifty of your friends, on your feet, dancing.Walking down the. read more...


Charm - Cape Town passage
Charm - Cape Town passage
Charm - Cape Town passage
Charm - Cape Town passage
11/12/2019

Skyelark of London

As previously reported, Gremlins have beset Skyelark inthe form of a non functioning Autopilot, however from the crews perspectiveworse was to come when, we were faced with telling the skipper, that yet again,the the heads had become blocked [that is the toilet for the non seafaring typesamongst you].This was a thorny subject as he was already beset withseveral other maintenance issues, on top of his normal work load of running theship, however he said he would look into it, so to speak. Several hours later the crew felt it was about timepolitely check on progress. When asked how he was getting on, the skipperreplied, that despite hours of investigative work into the problems, he stilldidn’t really have anything to go on......! Oh dear I think we’ve all been at sea toolong! Eta Early. read more...


11/12/2019

Agua Dulce - Log Day 19 - Two more night watches to go...

12pmThe Sargasso weed is increasing greatly. (Who knew that there would be more weed in the middle of the Atlantic than in all of Jamaica?)Instead of all small pieces less than 12 inches in diameter, we are seeing long stringers that are up to 20 feet in length and a few feet wide. We are concerned that it might be getting wrapped around the hydrogenerator propeller. The hydrogenerator is a fin with a propeller blade on it that we lower into the water and attach to the stern of the boat. As we move through the water, the blade turns and powers the battery bank, so it is another means of charging even during the night when the solar panels aren’t receiving any power from the sun. If, however, the propeller is tangled with seaweed, it won’t turn and provide any power. It will cause drag on. read more...


11/12/2019

Salamander - YB Connect Message from Timothy Richards

Day 18Best Sailing Moments Dear Salamander Nation, As we head into the final few days of this crossing, the skipper and crew of Salamander shared their favorite memories from the passage. Ethan - Sailing toward Jupiter, Saturn, Venus and the new moon in a neat little package on the western horizon. Tim - two thirds of the way across the Atlantic surfing down blue waves and through white foam along the path of the setting sun. Kevin - sitting on the transom in the moonlight, watching the foaming wake, which creates a much greater sensation of speed and miles past than one would expect.. read more...


11/12/2019

Zaurak - Zaurak's Bimbling Blog

Zaurak's Bimbling BlogWednesday 11th December 2019 Looking forward to St LuciaWe are now able to estimate our arrival to within a twelve hour period, which puts us arriving sometime on Saturday morning if conditions continue as they are. That said, we just gybed, including an elegant 360 degree turn, carefully wrapping our fishing line around the generator blades and potentially the rudder. This kind of excitement may slow us down and certainly precludes a fresh tuna dinner. We are starting to think about winding down the resources on the boat. This includes gradually using up the port water tank, the emergency backup, so that it is empty when sitting on the docks in St Lucia for a few months. That task was easier said than done. After three years of two working water tanks, the port. read more...


11/12/2019

Little Island - 384 hours

Beans mean Heinz. It’s strange how very small things take hold of your days in a big way on the boat. Now that our fresh food has practically all run out, I thought I would treat myself to a tin of baked beans, accompanied by a tortilla wrap to be rolled and dunked directly into the tin like a giant cartoon cigar. Deconstructed beans on toast is the dish, Mexican style. I’ve always loved baked beans. My mum loves to tell people how I fell asleep in them as a young child because I was so tired but determined to eat them. That love has stretched to adulthood. When I was working at OC Sport I’d have a tin of beans and four slices of toast for lunch every day, not only because it was delicious and nutritious but because it was tremendous value with very little admin on my part. After 18. read more...


11/12/2019

Cross Ocean - CROSS OCEAN, 11/12 - squalls is a part of our days now!

Log 7 - Here comes another squall. Getting ready for the squalls has become a daily routine for us now. The last four nights we have had several squalls passing by. The worst night we had seven of them with winds varying between 30-40 knots! As long as you are ready they can be quite exiting.Best regards Malin and Kaj, Boat Cross Ocean, nr 207. read more...


Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
Sally - Good morning from the middle of the Atlantic
Cross Ocean - CROSS OCEAN, 11/12 - squalls is a part of our days now!
Cross Ocean - CROSS OCEAN, 11/12 - squalls is a part of our days now!
11/12/2019

Next Step - Tuesday 10th December 2019

Overnight we have made very good progress but the sea state has been horrible. Dobby has struggled with the sea so it has been necessary for each of us to hand steer during our watch. Thankfully, we did not have the squalls showers that have affected many boats. This morning the wind has continued to be in the 20's and the sea as confused as ever. Hopefully, for lunch we will be having bacon rolls... yum. In the afternoon the wind got up a bit so we started to think about our sail plan for the night watch. For supper David made a very nice pasta dish with chorizo, onion, mushrooms etc. With the wind conditions unchanged from last night we decided that it was best to hand steer again during our night watches.. read more...


11/12/2019

Layla - We made it - final blog entry

It has taken a few days for me to get around to writing the final blog entry for our amazing trip. I guess partly because it seals the lid on a great experience and that feels somewhat final. On the other hand it is partly because we have all been busy since arriving with a mixture of cleaning, partying, hiking, laying on the beach and putting Layla back to her normal pristine self. (Amongst many things swapping all the kitchenware from plastic back to china and emptying out any of the excess provisions).The last couple of sailing days were accomplished with mixed emotions - by then we had been at sea for about 16 days with our short turnaround in Mindelo and whilst we were still enjoying it most of us were ready to reach land. So it was heads down with our best sail plan trying to reach. read more...


11/12/2019

Hatha Maris - Hatha Maris day 16 14/12/2019

Hatha Maris day 16 14/12/2019Galley (kitchen onboard) casino’s24 eggs in the sink - OK I guess we’re having scrambled eggs instead of a sunny side up breakfast eggPasta salad garnish all over the floor and the walls. Well the boat needed to be cleaned anyways. First coffee pot on the floor and in the bilges, second pot in my cup. Breakfast just prepared, a wave and my hand, the galley, the cupboards, the floor from the galley to the toilet and in the starboard cabin everything was full of yogurt and cereals.How to start the dayScrambled eggs everybody? Yes please. Frying pan on the stove, butter in, eggs in a bowl and wiping, eggs into frying pan... big wave... eggs on the stove, frying pan behind the stove, chef on the roof... good morning sailing style.Woke up feeling something wet on. read more...


Meltemi - Crewbesprechung
Meltemi - Crewbesprechung
10/12/2019

Moana - Poem

Moana 10.dec.2019We are sailing ....with "Moana" 46 Cat,a beautiful feeling,Atlantic waves fat.The days are runningwith sun, moon and stars.Our soul is understandingEarth is much better than Mars.What a wonderful worldour planet still is.ARC shows curledits time to save this.Wolfgang. read more...


11/12/2019

Montana - LOG 6

Day 16, last night everybody on the helm was surfing Montana. With fairly strong winds we realized a good speed over ground. What a fun surfing down a wave with S+S designed boat in a nearly full moon night.In the morning we had to change the gas bottle before we could prepare the first coffee for the day.Day 17, Last day was a little bit more calm. Steady winds not too strong gives easy living on the helm. With the chilly day there was time to have a chat. We talked a lot about what will be the first things in St. Lucia. Good shower, cold beer and a hang out at Marie’s Bar on Reduit Beach. Looks like tomorrow is the day. We will arrive in Rodney Bay. The wind picked up again giving us a fast speed. Looks like we will arrive in the dark, before daylight. The best, we still able to catch. read more...


11/12/2019

Karhammel IV - News from Karhammel IV

Saturday 7th December, we began to get strong gusts, particularly at night. Every cloud brought its contribution. The larger clouds were pushing wind and water before them.We were already closing the fleet at that time, but remarked one boat was not so far away, and decided to chase her, Lubilu III. We know the crew, ate with 2 of them during the skipper-crew supper, J.As we were making some progress, and were goose-winged with 2 reefs in the main and the jib fully unrolled on the pole, Bruno at helm heared a big bang , and could see the jib flying free at the bow, and the clew point hanging desperately on the sheet at the pole!Very bad new indeed, 1,5 knot less at least, and difficulties if we would have to tack (not really a point in the circumstance). We set our small storm jib, which. read more...


11/12/2019

Idefix - update day 17

Probably less than 3 days to go. Planning for arrival early Friday morning.The wind has been a bit on the strong side today, but especially the ocean was rough. The swell was very uncomfortable, and pretty much for the first time we had to watch for objects not to fall!Early this morning, à flying fish found its way into Vincent and Veronique's cabin. Vincent was asleep and got an interesting alarm call!We couldn't fish as we saw a lot of small Sargasso weed. Hope the beaches aren't too bad. Water temp hit 28C for the first time, we all look forward our first swim. But won't be in the middle of the oceanWhile there are about 150 ARC vessels around us, we still met 3 other sailing boats crossing the Atlantic but not part of the ARC. The ovni Moria and yesterday Fox and Mille Visages. Fun. read more...


11/12/2019

Meltemi - Tag 17: Bordbuch der Meltemi, Tea party

Noch 461 sm bis zum Ziel. Wenn es so weiterläuft, erreichen wir am Freitag Saint Lucia. Und was bewegt die harten Seekerle: nein, keine Trauer, kein wehmütiges Gefühl. Das Sieger-Gen ist längst von uns gegangen: wir denken an Warmduschen, schöne karibische... Cafés, geile Drinks. Ein fröhliches Wiedersehen mit den anderen Crews. Und fragen uns: könnte ein Hubschrauber der US Air Force uns jetzt schon wieder erreichen? Man weiß ja nie...Und - man glaubt es kaum - schon gehen die ersten Gedanken an die Tage nach dem Törn. Wer hat noch mal welchen Flug? Bleibt Zeit für einen Café in Paris? Wie wechsel ich am besten den Flughafen dort? Schon gehört, in Deutschland haben sie Minustemperaturen...? Mann, mann, mann!Als wolle der Himmel uns strafen, öffnet er soeben nach einem wunderschönen. read more...


10/12/2019

Escapado - Escapado- Day 16

As we are writing this we are sailing into our last sunset listening to blues in the cockpit. The people off watch in the cabins are sleeping. There is a familiar and peaceful atmosphere about it. The sound of the boat making her way through the waveshas become our constant companion. We are super happy to have good wind for our last hours and everyone is hoping and working towards a good result. And all of us are excited to meet land tomorrow. Since we had loads of water left everyone had a shower today. So our priorities of things to do on land have slightly changed and cold beer and piña colada is now on the top. We still can't quite imagine what it will be like and today there even was talking about theories such as being in groundhog day. What if we wake up tomorrow and every. read more...


10/12/2019

Agua Dulce - Log Day 17 – Are we there yet?

10amNo, but we are now past the 500NM to go mark – 83% of the way to St. Lucia! (Thanks to Captain Charles for the constant statistics)We are starting to see boats appear on AIS again as we all converge on St. Lucia from the various courses we have chosen. We are headed straight for the island at a course over ground heading of 282ºM (M stands for magnetic versus T for true. Google magnetic deviation if you don’t understand what that means. I understand it, but would have a hard time explaining it succinctly.)We passed the point where the Mini-Transat abandoned boat was adrift. It is right in the path of many of the boats in the rally, so I hope everyone is keeping a very sharp lookout. We never saw an AIS signal from it even though we passed maybe 16 miles away from it. I hope it is. read more...


10/12/2019

Salamander - Day 17 Fruit Salad

Day 17 Fruit SaladDear Salamander Nation,On a long passage like this one, meals are a highlight of every day. Mealtimes are a social time.Meals give the crew the fuel they need to stand watches and make sail adjustments.On Salamander, the lunches and dinners served by Hilary and Greg are creative, delicious and varied. More than two weeks into this passage, we are still enjoying an array of vegetables and salads, fresh fruit (a highlight of every lunch!!!) and warm dinners such as pork and chorizo stew, lamb tangine, mushroom risotto and beef Bourgogne. Hilary and Greg have done a fanta--Transmitted by Timothy Richards using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


10/12/2019

Sally - Tired of rolly wing on wing sailing

Today we had enough of rolly sailing wing on wing with sails flapping hard now and then. We are now reaching and zick zacking along the route. Much more stable boat and easier to be onboard now and we can also get more sleep. For the moment we prioritize comfort over shorter time at sea. Think there are less strain on the boat as well since reaching create a more constant pressure on the sails and rigging gear. Today we had nice and sunny weather and more wind than yesterday. Think we will arrive to Saint Lucia on Saturday.. read more...


10/12/2019

Skyelark of London - The Atlantic Still Has a Few Lessons

 After a brochure perfect day, with clear skies andbluest white tipped water, the crew entered the evening, beginning to make plansfor our steps onshore in a few days. We were first chastened by the failure of the autopilot in the evening,leading to focused conversation free half hour shifts of hand steering downwindwith moderate winds of around 20 knots, but large swells coming from severaldirections.  Our skippers eased ouranxieties with a change in sail plan, dropping the main and sailing effectivelyunder only the headsail, decreasing our risk of gybing.  Crew on watch regrouped until they weremet with the next challenge, facing our strongest squall so far (and hopefullyat all).  Milder squalls continuedfor several hours, with crew managing with gradually. read more...


10/12/2019

Oarsome Dream - Log 10th Dec - Waves, Wuthering Heights

Hello Blog readers!We’ve now got about 365 miles to go, each watches mileage targets are being smashed and we are busy running a sweepstake on our finishing time already.We are bowling along in decent sized swell making good pace. When we pick up on a surf, it sounds like we are flying from down below! We’ve got two ARC yachts on our horizon today - Black Cat and Isteria. Isteria have been on and off our horizon for a few days now - they are a Beneteau 57 so I think they are faster than us in the day so they catch up but they reduce sail at night so we pull away again. Nice to know that there are boats around us!In other news, Richard has just a chapter or two left of Wuthering Heights to read. The significance of this is that it’s his wife’s favourite book so he wanted to read it.. read more...


Meltemi - Nachwachsende Resourcen an Bord (heute leider dem Smut in die Hände gefallen)
Meltemi - Nachwachsende Resourcen an Bord (heute leider dem Smut in die Hände gefallen)
Meltemi - UV-Scutz am Arbeitsplatz des Rudergängers
Meltemi - UV-Scutz am Arbeitsplatz des Rudergängers
10/12/2019

Nizuc - Blog 23 Nizuk

Blog 23 – Squall or NothingThird night with limited power.We have torches, and some battery operated lights, but are mostly fumbling around between helm, galley, and bed, during the nights. Try blindfolding yourself at bedtime, and see how many objects you can kick on the way to bed. If you can’t get into your sleeping bag, the chances are it’s not your bag, or someone is already in it (everyone else snores, so this would be your clue).The excitement at the moment is spotting and avoiding squalls. A SQUALL is an acronym for Sequential Quatorial Upsurge At Localised Latitudes. When you think there is a squall coming, the sails need to be reduced, all hatches closed, windows shut, and waterproofs or shorts on, depending on temperature. Usually, by the time you have done all this, the. read more...


10/12/2019

Verbena - Day 16 - Land Oh!

At 8am we spotted St. Lucia through the distant cloud cover, what a sight!  The night before, just as we were thinking about a pasta dinner, the line hits and it is Dorado for our last at sea supper.  All are excited for arrival today and we wish our friends still at sea safe passage.  — BillLandHo fish2. read more...


Verbena - Day 16 - Land Oh!
Verbena - Day 16 - Land Oh!
Verbena - Day 16 - Land Oh!
Verbena - Day 16 - Land Oh!
10/12/2019

Zaurak's Bimbling Blog

Zaurak's Bimbling BlogTuesday 10th December 2019Skipper RichardRunning a successful trip across the high seas requires a great deal of leadership and teamwork. This is headed up by the skipper, Richard Walsh. The crew are made of family and lifelong friends, so we should know our leader at sea quite well. We posed a few questions to the crew then checked in with the skipper the see how close our dead reckonings were on the Richard Walsh chart. QUESTION 1: what is skipper's hot drink of choice and how should it be prepared? All crew: instant coffee with many sugars and milk. Claire: this, at any time of day and night and regardless of how many coffees he has had already. Skipper Richard: coffee, as you know. Two sugars and milk. Everyone tries to skimp on the sugars, I have noted.. read more...


10/12/2019

Salamander - Day 16 Ice Pops at 2,000 Miles

Hello Salamander Nation,Beautiful conditions today and another epic accomplishment - we've now sailed more than 2,000 miles!As we so often do, our crew was gathered in the cockpit discussing the recent hot sunny weather and trading stories. . read more...


10/12/2019

Celtic Star - Blog 15 Day 16 Tuesday 10th December

Yesterday we had a few hours when conditions moderatedand we were not being thrown around all the time.  Overnight we had a bigsquall with deluging rain and winds over 30 knots. The sea conditions are direwith waves coming from all over the place, making it impossible to stay still inbed - trying to jam pillows and duvets in! Anyway we had a lovely sunrise whichevolved from pink to orange with clouds and sunrays making it a wonderful show!  Lots of rainbows as well.Presently the log says 2499 so we have an ETA ofThursday midday!!Found some more fresh veg which is lasting verywell, stir fry last night and disappointingly the tinned apricots were in factpeaches (which were OK but a bitdisappointing).Petra. read more...


10/12/2019

Jua Kali - The Jua Kali Report - Day 17

Day 17.We are officially out of coffee.This is a disaster, especially as we were doing well with all the annoying random things that go wrong on a sailing boat!At least we have started to go fast again now, which is good because if we don't arrive soon we will be sailing in zombie mode. Now we are counting down the miles even more eagerly. Just over 200nm to go now!- Franek writing for the Jua Kali Report.0c1ae9b0-d63b-47fd-b5cd-737296f2c1b2848135637650544913. read more...


Jua Kali - The Jua Kali Report - Day 17
Jua Kali - The Jua Kali Report - Day 17
09/12/2019

Challenger 1 - Crew blog Challenger 1 09/12/19

(9/12/19)During our watch before dawn it was my best watch of all, Krishna did some wraps but she ate more than me that annoyed me very much but the watch leader Anna eased me a little when she baked the most delicious cake I have eaten in a while. On our return watch I realised that the previous watch had gybed and noticed we were in a more westerly direction which made Tyrus dance with joy knowing that home can’t be far away. Moments before lunch I saw the monkey in skipper Gary when he had to climb the mast to remove the topping lift around the shrouds. Then came lunch time which resulted in Anna cooking some delicious lunch but I just felt for something local but the real driving forces were Krishna and Tyrus making me feel like I became a dad at the age of five (5).I cooked one pot. read more...


10/12/2019

Next Step - Monday 9th December 2019

During the night the weather has been very much kinder and we have been making steady progress west. However, we are edging a bit too far south so it was time to do a bit of pole dancing and gybe the genoa. Not such an easy job when the boat is rolling around quite so much... a good workout for the day. In the afternoon it became necessary to take a further reef in the mainsail as the wind was getting up and 14.5 knots seemed a bit of a dangerous speed, even when you are surfing down a wave. For lunch David made us some very nice ham wraps and we had a binge on chocolate bars with our coffee, just because..! We have not done any fishing today so for supper Jeremy is going to make us all a bacon, mushroom and onion omelette. We have quite a few eggs that need to be used up before the end. read more...


10/12/2019

Hatha Maris - hatha maris day 15 13/12/2019

Hatha Maris day 15 13/12/2019... Should I gybe or should I not ... Thalita. read more...


10/12/2019

Idefix - update day 16

Last week of a transatlantic crossing. Shoot, not enough time left to do all what we wanted. But what exactly was that.... While Sunday night was rough, Today was really feeling like perfect tradewinds: 16-19kts, 90degree of wind, reasonable swell, blue sky with small cumulus clouds, and sea temperature at 28C!We are all looking for a swim now, getting urgent. This water temp is so tempting.Veronique found a pdf with tons of old 80s variety songs lyrics, guitar out and here comes the afternoon activity when no sail changes and no fish.Hello Bianco. Shoot, another monohull coming out fast out of nowhere and likely going to pass us again. Tomorrow we'll have to get the asymmetric back on.560 miles to go, should be there by Friday. Really it goes fast. Nice and easy passage making aboard. read more...


09/12/2019

Amadeus - blog Dec 9

Few important things were not mentioned in the previous post. First of all, according to Hungarian traditions, Santa visited Amadeus on St. Nicholaus day (6th Dec), and left a piece of chocholate Santa in all crewmembers deckshoe. Luckily everybody discovered this little surprise before putting on their shoes...We gave up fishing finally. Few days ago not only the last lures, but the rode gone, too. Fishing is not our sport.Last days were really busy. Two days ago, in the middle of the night, the jib halyard shackle released the sail, so it falled into the water. Qick fishing and the sail was on deck. The weather was stable so we decided on prompt repair and not to wait until morning. Stable weather meant 20-25 kn wind and 2-3m waves. Was not an easy mast climb. The furler came down, the. read more...


Amari - Day14 pic 1 of 2
Amari - Day14 pic 1 of 2
09/12/2019

Meltemi - Tag 16: Bordbuch der Meltemi, Nachschlag.

Heute hatten wir einen heißen Tag. jetzt in der Abendstunde kühlt es ab, wir haben das Bimini schon wieder geborgen, und oben im Cockpit sind die Müllwerker am Start. Zack!Krach!Schepper! Dabei wurde mir versprochen, segeln sei eine ruhige Art der Reise, und jeder Segler froh wenn die Maschine endlich aus ist. Kann ich nur bedingt bestätigen.Zwichen den Müllaktivitäten hindurch bahnt sich ein Mitsegler den Weg nach achtern, nachdem er zuvor gefühlte 5 Minuten am Niedergang stand und konsterniert-unschlüssig das Geschehen beobachtete. Der Backschafter ruft dazwischen: "fange dann jetzt mit dem Kochen an". Ich koche langsam auch, nicht wegen der Hitze hier unten, sondern - wie soll man sich da konzentrieren...Dabei habe ich den Auftrag, zu gestern noch einen Nachschlag zu geben. Ich hatte. read more...


09/12/2019

Agua Dulce - Log Day 16 – Counting down the miles!

We have broken the 700NM to go mark, and at 750NM to go, we were three-quarters of the way to St. Lucia. During my 11pm-1am watch tonight, we should break the 600NM mark as well. We’re all getting excited to be in the Caribbean! I wish I had downloaded some steel drum Christmas music to get us in the island holiday spirit. I will have to be content to listen to Kenny Chesney’s “All I Want for Christmas is a Real Good Tan”. We had a much more comfortable night last night. This morning, the size of the swells dropped dramatically and so did the terrible rocking from side to side. Unfortunately, the winds have also died down so we are not just flying along toward our destination. We could probably fly the spinnaker if squalls weren’t threatening, but they’ve been a constant companion. read more...


09/12/2019

Zaurak's Bimbling Blog

Zaurak's Bimbling BlogMonday 9th December 2019 The mood on the boat is sleepy today. We're thundering along at a reasonable 7 to 8 knots, but skipper and crew are somewhat docile. Shift sleeping for 16 days and corkscrew waves since Tuesday has sent us into an ocean daze. Number of tuna: zero. Some creature bit off the hook. Number of whales sightings: zeroAmount of sargasso weed sighted: a lot. Climate change evidenced.. read more...


09/12/2019

Little Island - 336 hours

I’m taking a longer time each day to add another 24 in my ongoing times tables. Maybe it’s the slow, silent encroachment of exhaustion that’s causing me to check, doubt, re-check, re-doubt and finally check again that I have correctly added the hours of a spin of the Earth onto our running total. I don’t think we’re feeling terribly tired, but I’m sure we probably are. At home we used to be a ‘bed by 2130 and up at 0800’ couple, waking at 0630 if we wanted to do some exercise. That’s a worst case scenario of 9 hours of lovely slumber. We wouldn’t dare start a movie after 1930. Perish the thought of getting as little as eight hours sleep in a night. Now we’re realistically getting five hours per 24 hours, on a hot, sweaty, moving mattress. We’re both sleeping in the forepeak, but. read more...


09/12/2019

Nizuc - Blog 22 Nizuc

BLOG22 – Happy Birthday, Kenny.Kenny’s birthday, today (6/12). His favourite present was a bottle of rum from the crew, which we are hoping he will share. To celebrate, he baked a Shetland brownie, which was like fruitcake, but better. We did order flowers from an Aussie delivery/kangaroo company: they sent Flipper, who turned up, and showed us some tricks, but alas, he seemed to have forgotten the flowers. When we asked what kind of flowers he was meant to be delivering, he said they were Dolphiniums.Ba dum tish.Tumbleweed.Navigating without the usual instruments has been fun. We had a squall that was so heavy, the cockpit couldn’t drain fast enough, making it a bit like a paddling pool. Martin had to shine a torch at the compass, and shout the numbers out, and it came on so fast, we. read more...



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