Danica I - From Saint Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia
From St. Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia – 830 NMWe have completed our first leg of the World ARC from St. Lucia to Santa Marta. Danica 1 has covered 830 NM in 120 hours (5 days/nights) averaging 7 knots. We sailed with either the Code 0 or Genoa separately or together as a wing-on-wing set-up, enjoying typical 15-20 knot trade winds. Dark clouds often surrounded our path, but the squalls generally left us alone. All was well until we almost reached our destination late this morning. The winds suddenly picked up from 25 knots to high 30’s. It was quite challenging to raise the main in those conditions. We had to turn the boat 180’ into the wind. The crew was soaked to the bone from waves splashing into the cockpit. The scene reminded me of movies showing serious racers strapped with. read more...
Danica I - Danica's log Day 5
Log Day 5- January 17, 2019 - Caribbean Sea – 10 NM from the finish line · Afternoon report- Wednesday 13:00- 17:00o Sails - Code 0- 13:00-17:00 o 16-20 knot winds/sailing 7.5-8.5 knotso 2m waves - Eo 17:00 - Furled Code 0 for the night· Night Watch – Wednesday 17:00- Thursday 06:00o Sails - Genoa o 20-25 knot winds/sailing 6.5-7.5 knotso 2.5m waves - Eo Starry night, beautiful sailing, 3 freighters seen at 03:00- 04:00- we must be close to shipping lanes towards the Panama Canalo 700 NM at 18:00· Morning report- Thursday – 06:00-12:00o Sails§ Genoa. read more...
Danica I - Log Day 4- January 16, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 25 NM north of the Colombian Coast
" Afternoon report- Tuesday 13:00- 19:00o Sails- Genoa and Code 0o 16-19 knot winds/sailing 7-8 knotso 1.5m waves - Eo Furled Code 0 for the night" Night Watch - Tuesday 19:00- Wednesday 06:00o Sails - Genoa o 18-20 knot winds/sailing 6 knotso 2m waves - Eo Starry night, beautiful sailing, no squalls, just a few raindropso 600 NM at 03:30 - Wednesday morning" Morning report- Wednesdayo 06:00 change of sails - sailing Code 0o 14-17 knots/ sailing 7-8 knotso 1.5m waves- Eo Sunny, partially cloudyo 09:00 radio neto 12:00 - noon - Distance Day 4- 161.5 NM for Total of 656 NM" A couple of 06:00 fire drills related to squalls- furling Code 0 - unfurling Genoa and back to Code 0 " Beautiful Shearwater birds fishing near Danica. We are quite close to the Colombian coast and less than 200 NM away. read more...
Danica I - Log Day 3- January 15, 2019 - Caribbean Sea 100 NM north of the Venezuelan Coast
" Afternoon report- Mondayo Sails- Genoa and Code 0o 12-15 knot winds/sailing 6-7 knotso 1.5m waves" Night Watch - Monday-Tuesdayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0 o 12-16 knot winds/sailing 7- 7.5 knotso 1.5m waveso Starry night, beautiful sailing, no squalls, just a few raindropso 400 NM at 11pm - Monday evening" Morning report- Tuesdayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0o 15-18 knots/ sailing 7-8 knotso 1.5m Eo Sunny - partially cloudy around uso 09:00 radio net - Danica was radio-controller today o 12:00 - noon - Distance Day 3- 171.5 NM for total of 494.5 NM" In the morning the Captain set out the fishing line but got over-ruled by the Galley Control (Admiral) - "No fish until we can actually eat it." I think I might have saved a couple of lives today…" Happy Birthday to my mother who turned 97 today. read more...
Danica I - Log Day 2- Caribbean Sea
" Afternoon report- Sundayo Sails- Genoa and Code 0o 12-15 knot winds/sailing 6-7 knotso 1m waves" Night Watch - Sunday-Mondayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0 o 14-16 knot winds/sailing 6-7 knotso 1-2m waveso Starry night, beautiful sailing, no squalls- clouds and 5 other sailboats around uso 200 NM at 7pm - Sunday evening" Morning report- Mondayo Sails - Genoa and Code 0o 15-16 knots/ sailing 6-7 knotso 1.5m waveso Sunny - partially cloudyo 09:00 radio net o 12:00 - noon - Distance Day 2-166 NM for total of 323 NM" Danica's Crew still eating lightly and have postponed fishing ambitions until our appetites return !!Day 2- I never get tired of soaking in this beauty2. read more...