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08/12/2017

Hot Stuff - port watch blog

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


08/12/2017

Manihi - Du muscle dans la dernière ligne droite !

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


08/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 20 - Sommerschauer

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


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

Lei Lei - 19. Tag auf hoher See - Sturmfalke

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


08/12/2017

Infinity of Yar - Infinity of Yar - Update

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


08/12/2017

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

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


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

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

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


08/12/2017

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

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


08/12/2017

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

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


08/12/2017

Queen Bee - 18° giorno

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


07/12/2017

Aedis - Blog Day 19: those moments

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


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

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

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


08/12/2017

Ellen - Day 18

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


08/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 19 - 7 December - Squall!

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


07/12/2017

Blonde Moment - another squall approaching

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


07/12/2017

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

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


07/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 19 - Groundhog Day

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


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

Blue Top - Bluetop 071221017

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


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


07/12/2017

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

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


07/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 18 Pink Panter

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


07/12/2017

Manihi - Mani-hisse et ho santillano!!!

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


07/12/2017

Hot Stuff - silvias blog

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


07/12/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum

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


Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
07/12/2017

Blue Bayou - Sailing in the dark......

and things that go bump in the night.Our morning chafe check has often revealed some nocturnal goings ons.First of all something has left some worryingly large scales on deck a number of times.Exhaustive searching of the boat has yielded nothing - although it has eliminated the Karaoke Queen from the enquiries.It remains a mystery.There’s the inevitable flying fish from time to time and much excitement came with the discovery of the Ship Eating Giant Squid.If only he’d been prepared to wait a little longer before fulfilling his ambition.We admired his pluck though, and paid our respects to the Admirable Squid before committing him to the deep (sadly the morning sun had dried him out a bit but we managed to scrape him off the deck without damaging the gel coat).The Plane Driver landed the. read more...


Blue Bayou - we’re down to the last two apples
Blue Bayou - we’re down to the last two apples
07/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+18 Méridienne

Jeudi 18 décembre12h00 UTC14°04 N50°40 WDistance 24h : 167 millesDistance restante : 599 millesMéridienneSabine a sorti le vieux sextant plastique de la Mini Transat de Pierre-Yves. Nous avons fait un calcul de latitude par la technique de la Méridienne.C'est simple. Vous ajoutez à Ho (hauteur du soleil au dessus de l'horizon) la première correction (réfraction moyenne + dépression + parallaxe + demi-diamètre) puis la deuxième correction (bord inférieur du soleil en fonction du mois de l'année) pour obtenir Hv (hauteur vraie de l'astre). Ilsuffit alors de calculer la Distance zénithale (90° - Hv) et de lui soustraire la déclinaison du soleil à midi local (donnée par les éphémérides du jour à Greenwich corrigée de la valeur estimée de la longitude transformée en temps) Résultat : le. read more...


07/12/2017

Angkor - Tag 19: fast im Ziel

Noch 50 Meilen. Das können 5 oder 10 oder noch mehr Stunden sein. Jetzt ist es 11:30 Uhr Ortszeit und so sollten wir heute ankommen. Wir haben uns natürlich Sonnenuntergangsstimmung mit Empfangskappelle und Bad in der Menge vorgestellt. Jetzt können wir es auf den schwachen Wind schieben, dass wir vermutlich nur von einem übernächtigten ARC Vertreter begrüßt werden, während alle schon schlafen und wir selber schnellstens ins Bett wollen.Wir wird das sein – anzukommen? Letzte Nacht ist keine 100m hinter uns die Odessa durchgekreuzt. Wir liefern uns schon lange ein Kopf an Kopf rennen, allerdings gilt das nur für ozeanische Maßstäbe, was praktisch bedeutet, dass wir sie nicht sehen oder kaum sehen. Ich kann ohne Ironie sagen, dass es mir tatsächlich plötzlich etwas voll wurde, als die so. read more...


07/12/2017

Lei Lei - 18. Tag auf hoher See - Das Ende naht

Wie das so ist auf einer längeren Reise, gegen Ende möchte man gerne ankommen. Zu dumm nur, wenn gerade dann die Umstände gegen eine zügige Zielerreichung sprechen. In unserem Falle ist der Übeltäter der schwächelnde Wind. Sobald der Windmesser weniger als 12 Knoten zeigt, reicht er nicht mehr, um das Segel gegen die Schaukelbewegungen der Wellen am Stehen zu halten. Es fällt in sich zusammen, um gleich darauf mit einem lauten Knall wieder das ursprüngliche Profil anzunehmen. Das ist zum Einen nervenaufreibend und zum Anderen nicht gut fürs Material wegen Überbeanspruchung. Wie dem auch sei, wir tun wirklich alles um die Situation zu verbessern, z.B. den Mast kraulen oder faul in der Sonne liegen und Mangos vertilgen. Vor uns liegen noch 276 Seemeilen, für die bei einem angenommenen. read more...


07/12/2017

Barefoot - Tag 18 - 7.12.17 - da haben wir doch tatsächlich noch mal einen Fisch gefangen! Und was für einen!

Barefoot - Tag 18 - 7.12.17 - da haben wir doch tatsächlich noch mal einen Fisch gefangen! Und was für einen!Gestern Nachmittag passierte es! Ein großer mahi mahi hing an der Angel. Was für ein Prachtstück. Der hätte auch für 8 Personen gereicht, aber wir waren der Auffassung, dass jetzt erst mal fischzeit sei und so haben wir den Kollegen zu sechst verputzt, zusammen mit tomate Mozzarella und Spaghetti mit Butter und Kapern. Brad hat sich wieder alle Mühe gegeben, den fisch lecker zu braten! Übrigens waren Max und Brad mit fang einholen, fang ausnehmen, fang zubereiten Und fang braten so unglaublich schnell, dass wir schon 45 Minuten nach fang essen konnten.....das nennt sich dann fangfrisch zubereitet :-)))Ihr habt richtig gelesen, gestern gab es immer noch Tomaten. Der las palmas. read more...


Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
07/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 17 - Mexican sleeping sickness

We believe we have an epidemic aboard. Yet undiscovered by leading academics, we believe to have patient 0 of the Mexican Sleeping sickness(lat. Mexicanussleepicus) right here on the Rubikon. The situation is dire, with the symptoms (over 13h of sleep per day) spreading quickly throughout the crew. While we also believe to have found an antidote, most patients simplify refuse to take the required amounts of coffee or coke to fight back. Hence this might be the last entry in our blog. As tomorrow we might well all be sleeping. When not sleeping, we spend our days eating (Bolognese, left-over Indian curry and freshly baked bread), or playing cards with new record games (Or losses) being played in Skat. In between we had to run to cover and hide from three drops of rain (the first rain. read more...


07/12/2017

Knotty Girl - Nuits océanes

14:03.245N: 49:58.041WAujourdʼhui je voulais vous parler de ces instants hors du temps que sont les navigations de nuit lorsque que tous vos repères habituels disparaissent et que de nouveaux sens se révèlent. Par nuit nuageuse, seuls sont visibles les instruments de navigation dans leur faible halo ambré. Ni le ciel sans étoile ni la lune masquée ne créent le moindre reflet sur lʼeau noire dont vous ne percevez que le retentissement plus ou moins proche des vagues qui déferlent. Vous savez que chacune dʼelles va projeter le bateau sur tribord ou bâbord. Par houle arrière, vous attendez de ressentir lʼélévation de la poupe, puis le dérapage de la coque sur le haut de la vague avant de plonger dans le creux de celle-ci dans un dérapage inverse. Et pendant ces quelques secondes, vous ne. read more...


Knotty Girl - Nuits océanes
Knotty Girl - Nuits océanes
07/12/2017

Talulah Ruby II - being our own supermarket, hairdresser, launderette and doctors surgery!

One of the things that is intimidating about crossing oceans is the isolation, you are required to be your own supermarket, hairdresser, launderette and even sometimes, doctors surgery. It was with this in mind that I invested heavily in both my own medical training and the ships medical kit. Little did I realise that I would be my own first patient! On Sunday night I developed a slightly sore ear, by Monday morning it was considerably more painful and after consulting the Ship Captains Medical book I decided to start a course of antibiotic ear drops. By lunchtime Monday I was in a lot more pain and my ear was swollen and hot to touch with a lot of pressure, after consulting the Medical book again I decided that this was more than an outer ear infection and stronger antibiotics were. read more...


06/12/2017

Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!

This afternoon we were invited to compete in a quiz being conducted by one of the crew of Infinity of Yar. We have been in VHF contact with them for the last few days keeping tally of each other’s fishing triumphs. Also, joining in on the quiz was Talulah Ruby and so with three competitors we began. Much to our dismay the quiz appeared to be heavily biased to having an English heritage and even with an Englishman on board (35 years removed however) many questions we were unable to answer. Our final tally was reasonable, bonus points for wit included, but we still lost out to the Infinity crew and unfortunately lost range with Talulah before the quiz was finished. All in all it was a lot of fun and quite remarkable that three boats which happened to all be on Pontoon L in Las Palmas were. read more...


Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!
Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!
07/12/2017

Nisida - Whale strike Wednesday 6 Dec 1530UTC

At approximately 1530 UTC at position 12d52N 51d18W Nisida collided with a whale. We were surfing along at speeds up to 11kts under full main and spinnaker when suddenly out of nowhere there was a massive thump to the starboard side of the boat alongside the cockpit. A huge tale of a whale towered above the cockpit flexing the guard-wires causing minor injuries to one crew member who was sat on the cockpit coaming. The injuries are a cut to a hand and abrasions to both knees. Injuries have been cleaned and dressed.As far as we know the whale was unharmed.All are fine on board although a little shaken by the incident. We have checked over the boat and there does not seem to be any significant damage.. read more...


07/12/2017

Mad Monkey - Movie Night and an Unidentified Fish

It's been a fun few days on Mad Monkey and crew are counting down the days to the trophy, which comes in the form of a rum punch or 2! Our target deadline which is keeping us on the ball is mum's birthday on the 10th. We are having to make plans for what to do if we need to celebrate at sea --- or in St Lucia! I have been put in charge of wrapping some gifts we brought in Ibiza, although I've never had to wrap presents on a night shift before whilst being thrown around by an Atlantic swell! Crew morale has also been revitalised as friends on board pulled out a new jamon to replace the one we just finished, that is now swinging in the hammocks taking pride of place, but I don't imagine it's going to be there that long!To make it feel more homely, last night we transformed the cockpit in. read more...


07/12/2017

Odessa - 18-th day of race

Продолжаем движение к финишу.Ветер немножко усилился, но в целом без измененийПочинили опреснитель - душевые процедуры и проч возобновлены. Отстегнулся брас генакера. На обед - гаспачо.. read more...



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