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29/11/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 10 - SUNRISE

Liebe Follower,heute haben wir unseren Startpunkt für die klassische "Barfussroute" erreicht.270 Grad = Richtung Westen und jetzt immer geradeaus bis in die Karibik.Mit achterlichem Wind des Passats haben wir die Genua auf der Steuerbordseite ausgebaumt und das Großan Backbord, also ein Schmetterling.Rasmus meint es mit dem Sonnenschein zwar sehr gut, beim Wind hält er sich aber sehr zurück.Bei Windgeschwindigkeiten von 6 Knoten machen wir ein Speed von max. 3 Knoten SOG.Damit liegen wir hinter der Planung zurück.Ein Bad im Atlantik war der heutige Höhepunkt der Bordaktivität.Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE--. read more...


29/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 13 - A Fish!!!

Yes, you read right - finally after days and days and dawns and dusks of effort - DERMOT'S LINE CAUGHT A FISH!!!It's a fairly enormous-looking dorado - I took a quick peek outside and have retreated back down below until all the blood'n'guts and smell is over again.Even Laura is out videoing proceedings!As I type, Dermot is posing like a good thing for the paparazzi!!!Conor was on watch when it bit - Dermot was snoozing in the forward berth and Usain Bolt wouldn't have beaten his take-off time when the cry "FISH" went up!!Funnily enough I had just been composing a post in my head, about how boring today has been.... the spinny is up, and mostly looking after itself, it's too hot even to read for long, we were all just roaming around the boat trying to find the coolest spot (there are. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

en meer toilet...Gelukkig zijn we acrobatisch aangelegd, anders waren we al helemaal niet op het toilet aangekomen. Als je al deze handelingen hebt volbracht, is het bijna klaar, ware het niet dat je dat biozakje ook nog ergens moet laten. Nu is het de kunst om er een knoop in te leggen, 100 cm af te dalen en de weg naar buiten te nemen. Daar gooi je met een zwierlijke zwaai, voor het oog van je 16 medezeilers (inmiddels al vrienden), het zakje over de reling. Klein detail, niet tegen de wind in, dan heb je kans dat hij barst (en ja dit is een medezeiler al overkomen aan boord). Bij vertrek is ons ook nog een andere methode uitgelegd. Je kan namelijk ook over de reling gaan hangen aan de achterkant en het op die manier proberen. Natuurlijk heb ik deze manier geprobeerd, maar daarna nooit. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

het toilet...Voor het toilet hebben ze een plek gekozen achter de mast op 100cm hoogte. Als je er naar kijkt is de toiletpot niet meer dan een soort trechter die kan scharnieren (om hem enigszins recht te hangen als de boot schuint gaat) met een gashendel ernaast om te pompen. Deze hendel zullen we nauwelijks of nooit gebruiken want wij hebben bio afbreekbare zakjes. Die bio zakjes hang je in het toilet om je grote behoefte te doen en nu komt het. Ik heb het voordek vergeleken met staan op een aanhanger achter een rijdende auto op een boerenlandweg met gaten en bochten, dat ga ik nu weer doen. Stel je voor dat je op die aanhanger een emmer zet, jij bent halfstaand in die aanhanger en de auto hardrijdend, dan een biozakje pakken, die openvouwen en in de de emmer hangen. Het biozakje is. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

and continues...Het eten, wat overigens prima in orde is, is veel vers fruit, koekjes, dropjes, borrelnootjes, noem maar, het is er. Bij het avondeten hebben we een ruime keuze uit 'Adventure food', wat gevriesdroogde maaltijden zijn. Je gooit er heet water bij, u raad het al, wat uit de thermoskan komt die door de jetboil gevuld wordt. Overigens is de term "avondeten" voor ons een ruim begrip als je 4 uur op, 4 uur af leeft. Je bent dan al gauw je definitie van ochtend, middag of avond kwijt na een paar dagen op zee. Het wordt tijd om terug op land te zijn. Ik kies er voor om bakboord (voor mij links) terug te gaan. Nadat ik over de middenkist ben gekropen, waar de keukenvoorraden en de generator voor de stroom in zitten, kom ik weer bij dat obstakel (100cm*85cm) waar een springpaard. read more...


29/11/2016

Sanya - blog sanya

Sanya Lan uit Hainan, tegenwoordig Sanya uit Bresjes...the story continues...Dit alles gezegd hebbende gaan we maar eens beneden kijken. Je moet over een acrobatisch aangelegd lichaam beschikken om beneden te komen. Als je dat hebt, geen probleem, want het blijkt dat je dat voor de hele benedenverdieping nodig hebt. Om mijn 'ontdekkingsreis' te beginnen loop ik via de stuurboordkant (voor mij rechts) naar voren. Na twee stappen is het al zover, een soort hindernis, waar een goed getraind springpaard bij zou willen, dat hij al in de pensioenswei stond; een 100 cm hoog en 85 cm breed tussenschot waar we overheen moeten om bij de "keuken"en "inloopkast" te komen. Na het nemen van deze hindernis zijn we bij de keuken en de kast waar onze 'foulies' (voor mij zeilkleding) hangt. Over de ietwat. read more...


29/11/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - Diamonds in the rough...

From a glassy, quiet mid (ish) Atlantic, hello from Diamonds! Sorry we have been out of touch for solong, Sat phone issues left us sailing blind for the first week, but now we are back and ready to go. Some weather information would not have gone amiss before yesterday but, hey, we are still here! A hugecommendment to my crerw, they did not even blink an eye as our communications went awol on the first evening of the race, choosing instead to give it a slight gailic shrug and get on with the more important matters like chosing there bunk for the night (do you want to spoon the banannas or get cozy with the oranges?) and keeping the boat moving (with a few pressure boline lessons thrown into the mix).I can now happily report that all 8 of us (yes 8 - on our Elan 37) are well and truely. read more...


29/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINE - ANOTHER QUIET DAY

Engine on throughout last night and continued on throughout the day. Very smooth sea state and wind c 5-7 kts. Bright blue sky all day – up to 30 degs & 38% humidity, so hot and sticky. We were looking at the weather charts this morning to plan likely engine usage and came into the cockpit to find the fishing line had run out completely from the reel – with the engine on we had missed the clicking noise that the reel makes when the line is taken and so we missed what would have been an enormous blue or white marlin......and more importantly we’ve lost all of the fishing line. So always ready to improvise we took a 100m pool of 3mm line, attached a leader line and a lure (only two left now) and are using one of the winches as the reel. A nibble during lunch but we were too slow &. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINE - ANOTHER QUIET DAY
Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINE - ANOTHER QUIET DAY
29/11/2016

VAVA-U - Atlantikpool - 28.11.16 - 8. Seetag

Irene und ThomasWir hatten eine wirklich milde und ruhige Nacht, gefolgt von einem strahlenden Sonnenaufgang. Der Schichtwechsel wurde bei einer Tasse Kaffee genossen.(Bild Isabel und Markus)Ziemlich schnell wurde es sehr heiß, nach einem kurzen ersten Sonnenbad hat sich jeder ein gemütliches Schattenplätzchen gesucht.(Bild Irene, Karsten, Oliver)Zur Abkühlung haben wir selbstverständlich wieder unseren großen Pool benutzt, der Einstieg erfolgte je nach Temperament über die Leiter oder direkt mit Sprung vom Bug.(Bild Beine Oliver)(Bild Rest Irene)Natürlich haben wir auch die Gelegenheit genutzt, die VAVA-U einmal vom Wasser aus abzulichten.(Bild VAVA-U aus dem Wasser)Weil schwimmen hungrig macht, gab es danach unseren frisch gefangenen Fisch, standesgemäß mit Guacamole und. read more...


29/11/2016

Delfini - day 9 - tues 29

The wind has deserted us and we are drifting aimlessly around the Atlantic Ocean - but the good news is the sun is out and it's 35 degrees Last night we put on 5 miles between 8pm and dawn - so today was deemed swimming day and at 9am we launched a round fender from the stern and one by one we jumped in from the deck - absolutely fab and we spend 30 mins or so racing the boat and each other and then climbing onboard and jumping in again - Keith wondered if it was ok to jump so I. He led the chart - it was ok as we had 6.5 km of ocean below us !!!!The weather report suggests we might get some wind tomorrow but as per the last few days I have no idea when we expect to arrive in St Lucia The good news is I don't have any booked flight home and the bulk of ARC fleet are in and around our. read more...


29/11/2016

Unconditional - Re: ARC+ Leg2, Day 13: 80% to St Lucia + a TWING

This afternoon, we crossed the 400nm mark from St Lucia, and the longest continuous that we have ever been at sea. Yesterday afternoon with only 500nm to reach St. Lucia, we inserted Peter, Paul & Mary (folk singers from antiquity {the ‘60’s}) Greatest Hits into the boat’s AV system. Turning up the volume, we sang along to"500-Miles"... "Lord, I’m ONE; Lord, I’m TWO; Lord I’m THREE; Lord I’m FOUR;Lord, I am FIVE hundred miles from my home. Five hundred miles, five hundred miles...” It seemed appropriate. Unfortunately, the weather has not filled in as I had hoped for, and in falling one position the other top 35-boats appear to be travelling equal or faster than we are with with our dual headsail configuration, WHY IS THAT!?Sea Mist2 is probably flying that same configuration. Well. read more...


29/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 10 Nacht 9

Do samma wieda, griaß eich. Die letzte Nacht war durchgehend Flaute, wir sind mit Motor gefahren. Leider war auch noch das Wetter schlecht, der Sternenhimmel war so gut wie nicht zu sehen. Auch heute herrscht kaum Wind, aber das Wetter ist okay, Baden wäre nett schließlich hat das Wasser 26 Grad, aber stehen bleiben wollen wir nicht. Wir segeln seit 16.00 Uhr bei schwacher Brise, aber immerhin segeln wir. Das wird uns im Fleettracker einige Positionen kosten, aber das ist uns egal, wir sind mittlerweile sehr entspannt und abgerechnet wird ohnehin am Schluss, wenn die Motorstunden ausgewertet werden. Wir wollen Segeln, schließlich haben wir ein Segel- und kein Motorboot. Für die Segler unter euch, aktuell haben wir mit 18Grad westlicher Missweisung die größte Kursbeschickung, für die. read more...


29/11/2016

Mustique - Day 9 - 8th Blog - The One That Didn't Get Away

Nov. 29, 2016Dawn came none too soon for Anders and Carol, whose 3-6 a.m. watch was the ultimate bore.Wind, almost nonexistent.The mainsail continually filling and collapsing, sounding like an angry whip in the night.Steering a challenge, with so little forward motion.At 6 a.m., Stefan emerged in the companionway, his face barely illumined by the soft pinks and blues arising in the east.Always the gracious host, he offered coffee or tea and went to the galley for preparations. Soon thereafter, David climbed up top, still wearing his plaid onesie. (In truth, they were pyjamas, but Stef insisted that I call it a onesie, probably because he still carries a bit of a grudge after the big one got away yesterday.) Anyway, David immediately headed to the fishing pole on the aft deck, exuding a. read more...


29/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 9; Slow Progress

Last night was amazing and one of the reasons for doing a crossing like this. I was on watch from 2-5 am UTC. When I came up on deck the stars were fantastic. There was no moon. The clouds around the horizon were blurring sea and sky. The stars were reflected off the glassy sea as there is no wind. To the north the sky is lit up intermittently by lightening far far away over the horizon. You cannot hear thunder. The sails were taken down on the previous watch as they were slamming around with the swell of the sea. We are travelling around 1knt in an ancient oceanic current. The plough is clearly visible in the north pointing to the north star and guiding mariners for centuries. It is very peaceful.We have had no/minimal wind now for 7 days so making very slow progress. If possible we. read more...


29/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 13 - Laura

Day 13 - Laura Do you ever find yourself in a situation and ask yourself "oh God what have I got myself into THIS time"? This has been the question on my mind since I first stepped onto Endeavour in Las Palmas on November 1st. See, it's not that I don't understand how incredible this whole journey is or how I'm constantly learning valuable life skills (patience being the main one when sharing 12 metres of space a thousand miles from land with your parents at age 16) but it's just that I'm not quite suited to this whole.... sailing thing. There are many reasons why sailing may not be a future career path for me. Firstly, I, unlike my siblings, can't sail which may be because at age 7 I declared a hatred towards anything to do with sailing. Needless to say my parents were not impressed.. read more...


29/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - log day 9 - A dip in the ocean

Dag 9, kurs mot St Lucia. tis 29 nov. kl 12.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3 h)Hej VännerKänns som gårdagens kommentar om agnar och vete kom fullständigt påskam. Vi har kört motor från kl 18.00 igår till kl 10.00 idag. Detinnebär att den som kör närmast storcirkeln och har starkaste motornvinner. Inget för en seglare. Vi har låtit motor ladda våra batteriertill max och loggat kring 8,5 knop. Varvtal mellan 1000-1100 har gettmotorn en lugn gång. Enligt senaste rapporten från ARC har vi kört omVahine och närmat oss Albatros och Dalliance, känns inte som en storskalp att ta med tanke på förutsättningarna.Vi var taggade igår och skulle söka upp vinden lite mer väster utenligt de prognoser vi fått. Det skulle blåsa 10-15 knots med byar upptill 20 knots, mumma tänkte vi. Under natten har vindmätaren. read more...


29/11/2016

Koco - 9.Tag auf See

Die Nacht verlief ohne nennenswerte Vorkommnisse. See ist Platt kein Wind. Also es scheint sich als Mythos zu entpuppen , das es auf dem Atlantik Wind gibt. Wir jedenfalls warten seit 3 Tagen auf Segelwind. Diese Wetterlage ließ aber Raum für Badeaktivitäten im Atlantik. Alle nahmen ein Bad im 25 Grad warmen Nass. Ich zog es vor die Geschichte von draußen zu begleiten undAusschau nach dem Heißen Wai zu halten. Alle sind wieder wohlbehalten an Board. Wir genießen weite diesen Sonnen verwöhnten Tag. Dieter hält mal wieder sein Wort und fängt ein Fisch. Diesmal einen Bonito, einen Fisch aus der Familie der Thunfische. Das Abendessen wurde wieder mal hervorragend von Sybille mit diesem frischen Fisch zubereitet. Weiter fahren wir in den Abend und hoffen endlich auf Wind (oder gibt es den. read more...


29/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - and we have SUNSHINE!

“25:05,93N 34:27,94W”So, today we see lots of SUN, SEA and..... Swimwear The sun is shining and the sea is calm, and the crew of Hanse Sailor, who as a reminder are “racing” in division C, took advantage and have been having a whale of a time swimming and sunbathing, All part of the pressure we have to endure being part of a mean keen racing machine. Of course there has also been lots of hard work taking place on board ...Toilet issue finally fixed, thanks to our wonderful Skipper who decided to spend his night-watch shift fixing it in pitch black (much easier to bear!) and left his watch-partner “first time sailing ever girl’ to manage the 1 knot winds all alone! But having broken the record for most miles sailed in 3 hours the night before he knew she’d manage well!We also got round to. read more...


29/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Nine

Finally heading in the right direction….It’s been an exciting 24 hours here in the mid-Atlantic!Yesterday we had a beautiful day of sailing and a gorgeous sunset – followed by an evening of squalls, winds blowing from 3 to 21 knots, and even an all-hands call early in the morning to take down our Genoa sail (otherwise known as a cold shower for all).The night watch was active as we weaved our way through storm systems, saw some incredible lightning (accompanied by no thunder at all) and tried to find a breeze wherever we could. But fortunes change easily on our journey and today turned into a wonderful day of sailing that saw us break out the spinnaker for the first time in five days.We are now on a south and west heading pointing us directly toward St. Lucia.As of this post, we have. read more...


29/11/2016

Estrella - 8. - 9. Tag: Die Flaute nervt

Es wird endlich warm, auch in der Nacht. Die Hundewachevon 24:00 – 04:00 Uhr hat heute erst in der letzten Stunde lange Hosenangezogen. Im Cockpit war es fast wie auf der heimischen Terrasse . Nur dieGetränke fehlen – im Dienst wir nicht getrunken! Dafür Musik aus den iPhones undBumboxes - und dieser wahnsinnige Sternenhimmel. Gerade jetzt in denSchwachwindnächten haben wir erst richtig Gelegenheit, diesen Anblick voll zugenießen. Du siehst die ganze Milchstraße von einem Horizont zum anderen undweißt wie klein wir hier auf dem Atlantik sind. Und deshalb sind wir wachsam.Die ganze Nacht über hat uns in etwa 10 Meilen Entfernung ein Gewitter mitheftigsten Blitzen begleitet. Da ging über mehr als 10 Stunden richtig die Postab. Zur Sicherheit haben wir die Entwicklung des Gebietes immer. read more...


29/11/2016

Somnium - Paul Part 2: Getting Up

The waking-up part itself isn’t so bad, you see. There’s the mild existential crisis, but no worse than how you feel when waking up for work. You know; one minute you’re slaying dragons with a lightsabre, and then next thing you have to find a clean pair of socks to match your shirt, and remember your Windows password that changes every 90 days.Anyway, this morning was a morning of the Atlantic Rally, and began in the middle of the blue part of the map. I laying in a wooden cabin as described before. Some of you may be familiar with the situation from a previous rambling, though it’s not particularly necessary if your imagination is up to par.But back to the story, I flicked on the bedside lamp. It has two modes; gentle red, and screaming white. I always get it wrong the first time.. read more...


Bluewaft - Hitchhikers - Igor & Ingrid the Egrets
Bluewaft - Hitchhikers - Igor & Ingrid the Egrets
29/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 10

Bluewaft Log Day 10Tuesday 29 November 201620°14’.124N 033°59’.452WWind at last!We’ve been able to sail most of the night.Initiallythrough a line of squalls and then this morning with a solid 12kts of windfrom the West. Hopefully it will stablize and veer, but we’re happy tohave some time with the engines off.The down side is the current has nowdropped (and even working against us for some of the time.)Yesterday the guys took advantage of the dead calm and went for a swim in6km of water.The water was surprisingly warm (26°C).No bites even then!James restored the ‘fishing honour’ and caught three (very) small bonito.We BBQ’d them and had them with rice and salad.This morning I was woken to the shudder of the engine.We’d managed topick up a large rope around the propeller.The wind died and. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 10
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 10
29/11/2016

Nisida - In at the Very Deep End!

Overnight we have made slow progress in virtually zero windspeeds with boat speeds often less than 1 knot. The bonus to this was waking to a warm sunny day and all but one crew member having a quick swim. There is something strange about swimming when the sea is 5000 metres deep!. read more...


29/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 10 - Whatching time

Hi friends of PkBoo.Last days we had very light winds and silk sea. One more dorado entered in our happy crew, but this time fried with mayonaise. Looking for wind, last night I stand on the deck during my standby watching time. So many stars in the clear sky.Sailing (even if it's a big word for his moment ...) with my boat under the sky, with "eye in the sky" in my ipod, thinking on my family and how I love them, it's a thing that has no price. Thanks to all who help me realize a dream.CiaoMarco. read more...


29/11/2016

La Contenta - Day 8: Sing, sing a song

Day 8: Sing, sing a song   Today got off to a fine start with a swim as the sun rose.  The skieswere a heady mix of orange and pink and the sea a deep glassy blue.  It waspure bliss to slip into the water and truly experience the vastness of theocean.  It was at this point that we saw the first of several birds. This one circled the boat two or three times and at one stage we thought it wasgoing to land and take a rest.  During the course of the day we must haveseen a dozen more.  Each flying on their own, low down close to the sea, attimes almost skimming the surface the sea with their wing tips.  They wereall on a similar course and must be on a migration path. We would love to knowif anyone else has seen them and can identify their species.. read more...


29/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 13 - Tuesday 29th Nvoember

The heat.Oh My God, the fecking heat.I'm sorry, I know it's December and miserable and minus-something back in Ireland, but I'm just out of my sweatbox bed, and I have to give out about the heat.It's like trying to operate and live and sleep in a low-level steam room that's never turned off (while sleeping on an electric blanket beside a radiator).I now get why my favourite dog, a big, butch, handsome retriever (Hi Otto!!!) after a period of over-exertion lies flat on his back with the four paws stretched out to the four corners of the sky.A most inelegant pose, but effective for cooling down.I'm tempted a lot lately to adopt the same pose, however inappropriate - but a) there isn't room in a 2-foot wide centrally heated coffin, and b) there's no fresh air anyhow, so no point.So we just. read more...


29/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 9 - Flaute

Als die Sonne aufgeht haben wir eine spiegelglatte See, es geht kein Lüftchen. Nach dem checken des Wetterberichts wissen wir, wir werden heute und vielleicht auch morgen motoren müssen. Am Vormittag kommen uns Delfine besuchen und schwimmen am Bug mit uns. Das Wetter ist toll, Sonnenschein bei 27°C. Wir kontrollieren den Dieselstand, die Bilge und das Rigg. Lesen und Schlafen und dümpeln dahin. Schiffe sehen wir keine. Auch die Nacht motoren wir durch...so langsam könnte wieder Wind kommen...wir wären bereit.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


29/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 5

first we want to thank everyone who sent us emails of support, encouragment and belief. Although we are alone out in the ocean we do not feel alone with so many people thinking of us.The weather this year is providing a lot of windholes. We constantly try to avoid them. On our current course the wind is on our starboard quarter. So Sophie put her racing bandana on, all hands on deck and we put up the kite - our final crew member. We're flying towards st lucia. Everybody is learning how to helm the symmetric loveshack spinnaker - great fun. We had a little boat cheer as we reached our 500 miles mark. And we celebratedthe first advent with a christmas candle (battery operated of course dont worry Annie!!), on our advent ring. Which made Lesley think she was hallucinating.Fresh food is. read more...


29/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 9

Reiselogg dag 9:Når jeg kom på vakt i natt viste Mona meg et bilde fra loggen der det stod at hun hadde seilt i 16 knop :-)Hun hadde ikke det, så det må ha vært en hickup i systemet.Mona vant konkurransen om seilt distanse det siste døgn, noe vi syntes var veldig synd da det var hun som hadde gjettet lavest antall nautisk mil.Nautisk mil = 1852 mKnop = nautisk mil per timeMange tror at en sjømil er det samme som en nautisk mil, det er det ikke:1 sjømil = 4 nautiske milJeg har hørt historikken på dette, men det husker jeg ikke; tror kanskje det var noe med kompassrosens oppdeling eller noe.Vi har jo ikke google her som kan hjelpe oss......ARC organisasjonen meler om flere båter som har gått inn skal gå inn til Kap Verde for å refuel´e eller slippe av mannskap.Vi gikk forbi for flere dager. read more...


29/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHT - MORE WIND PLEASE

The forecast was for 7-12 kts of wind today and sadly it was spot on – we’d had a good night sailing with the main and genny poled out but the wind dropped during the morning. A clear day with a stunning sunrise – Robert was on the 6-9am watch and took some great photos, one of which features in today’s blog and appears below. There has been a significant degree of cloud cover over the past few days so good to see blue skies for the early part of the morning.Pretty much on the rhumb line to St Lucia – 1881 miles to go. Smooth sea state and good visibility. Fish and chips for supper but sadly the fish came from the fridge by way of El Corte Ingles in Las Palmas rather than the ocean. Fishing skills sadly lacking after beginner’s luck struck with the tuna last week! But the line goes out. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHT - MORE WIND PLEASE
Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHT - MORE WIND PLEASE
29/11/2016

Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - blog 3: There's a Great 'Right angle" Route..... Of course there is...

Rhum lines, wind holes and great circles... a novice sailor like me could be right in thinking we were in an episode of Dr Who. And yet, I'm swiftly learning the significance of these terms. Namely of this so-named large wind hole lying directly between the Canaries and St Lucia - essentially the entirety of the mid-Atlantic. Marvellous. Our options, it transpired, were to 1) stay north, or 2) go overtly south for seasonal winds. After a four day passage in big seas and driving rain (note to self - my waterproofs are indeed NOT waterproof), Olympia's Tigress decided to go with option 2. To stay north would risk us becoming becalmed in the mid-Atlantic, less than ideal, from a fresh water standpoint, but also making us all the more vulnerable of meeting a building depression. And so the. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - blog 3: There's a Great 'Right angle" Route..... Of course there is...
Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress - blog 3: There's a Great 'Right angle
28/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht : Tag 8 und 9 auf See – 1.Advent

Getreu der schon vielfach zitierten Seemannsregel folgend „Richtung Süden bis die Butter schmilzt und dann rechts rüber“ setzten wir unsere Fahrt froh gelaunt weiter fort. Ergänzung: In der folgenden Nacht von Sonntag auf Montag haben wir dann auch erfolgreich den “Blinker“ gesetzt! Nach einer ruhigen Nachtwache wurden wir in den frühen Morgenstunden durch einen fantastisch anzuschauenden Mondaufgang belohnt.Ruhig? Na ja, mal abgesehen von der gegen Mitternacht gestellten Frage unseres Rudergängers“Sag mal, wie lang sind denn eigentlich die Treibnetze des Fischers an Backbord? “ Nach kurzer Diskussion über die mögliche Länge, waren wir der Meinung, diese vorsorglichsehr großzügig zu umfahren.Den Sonntagmorgen haben wir kleineren Reparaturarbeiten gewidmet (Ergänzung : Schöne Grüße nach. read more...


29/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter Elan 434 - day 9 arc 2016 Squalls and fish!

Update Day 9: End of leg 1, exciting night, champagne sailing, and argument weather.Well it's been some time since our last update, but it's has been a busy 48 hrs. On Saturday we finished what could be called the "first leg" of our passage - the stretch of sailing between the Canary Islands and a high pressure ridge that blocks the road to St Lucia about half way there. Navigator Doug has done an excellent job keeping us in good winds during this time, and we've gone fast and in the right direction over the past week. Unfortunately, we had to face the light and fluky airs of the high pressure at some point.We were sailing west Saturday afternoon (Day 7) when the wind softened and died off. Leaving main and jib up, the crew tucked into a nice steak and pasta dinner down below as a light. read more...


29/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Dienstag 29.11.16 Bordzeit 03.15 Uhr Der 14 Tag.Die Crew lebt! Party die zweite 450 NM vor der Karibik Nachdem ich gestern berichtet hatte das es den Anschein hat Lethargie herrscht an Bord kam der große Umschwung.Aber der Reihe nach.Zuerst möchte ich erwähnen, dass auch gestern ein Held der arbeit gewählt wurde.Wer anders als Michael konnte der glückliche Gewinner sein?In einem aufopferungsvollen Kampf konnte er beweisen dass auch eine Körpergröße von über 1,90 m in einem bordkühlschrank passt.Er konnte somit auch die letzten Reste der von Frank geangelten Fische aufspüren und aus demKühlschrank entfernen.Er brauchte dabei nur seinem Geruchssinn folgen.Auch andere lang vergessene "Lebensmittel" kamen bei dieser Aktion zum Vorschein.Jetzt aber zum gestrigen Tag.Nachdem wir erstmals über. read more...


29/11/2016

Beltana II - Spinnaker day

The spinnaker went up on Beltana II today – Day Nine.We are totally bored of the windless sea, so when 6-7 knots blew in from the right direction, that was our solution – launch the spinnaker for the first time in 8 years!! She went up really well, classic wine glass but we pulled that out OK. She is a big sail. Blue on the corners, then pink, then orange, then a white starry centre bit,,,guess you have to see it.Not really enough wind for her – rigged a light special sheet as well to take the weight off the clew. Played for about one hour but then the breeze dies again so she had to come down. Motored on then and intersected two other ARC boats going in a different direction – they are heading west and a little north, we are heading south to find the trade winds.Gave the French boat a. read more...


29/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 29. November 2016

Wonderful sailing days follow like pearls on a braclet. Reaching winds, sunny ski, wonderful smooth water, light ground swell, cold beer. Only wind and boat speeds are a bit low. But as we need more days to our destination we are allowed more of those days on sea. What a marvelous way to approach the Caribbean islands.What else happened:Caught another Blue Marlin. 1,30m. He arrived just in time for dinner after our sundowner. Thank you.920 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


28/11/2016

Shalan - Day 9

15:40N 35:28WSo today was a bit rubbish for wind. We started off with about 9 knots but this gradually dropped early afternoon to 5 knots. See state has been calm all day. We ended up furling the code 0 and back under engine into the evening. Going into the night the wind has since increased to 13.5 knots and we're now moving along nicely with the spinnaker and main doing about 9 knots SOG on course 255 degrees. We also had some communication from Fourth Dimension who are in the same class as us asking what the wind sitution was like where we where as they were short on fuel. Clearly they were having the same wind issues 100 miles north, and the ARC update confirmed light winds all over the zones. Sounds like a lot of boats have been doing a lot of motoring too. We've still done very. read more...


Shalan - Day 9
Shalan - Day 9
28/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 12 (2)

Day 12 (2)A bit of an update before I grab a quick lie-down as I'm on watch at 10 (it's 7pm now) it's dark and the engine isn't on - can't let that opportunity pass by!!Far from hiding below to avoid the sun and read more books, today turned into quite the maintenance day.First myself and Anais re-ran the second reefing line, which had obviously been chafing on something and was badly damaged.It must be one of the longest lines on the boat - she found the longest spare line we had, stitched it on to the reefing line and pulled the lot through - and it was about 3m short. Gah!Pulled it all back through again, and decided that we'd makethe new line reef 1 (not quite the same length required), make the old reef 1 the new reef 2, only when we looked properly at reef 1, it wasn't as long as. read more...


28/11/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Nov 28 - 9th Day at SeaAll is well. At night the wind went down to 3 knots and we sat for a while like a duck on water. We started the engine and pointed the boat to a squall, 15 minutes later we had 20 knots of wind and excited crew members screaming for reefs. That lasted nearly 90 minutes (the wind, not the screaming). Overnight the wind was 5-6 knots "on the nose", and by tacking a few times we managed to sail at 3.5-4.5 knots of speed. Not bad at all.I have been wondering if we forgot to tell Commander, our weather routing service, that we are going to St Lucia. Their route has us alternatively pointing to St Augustine, Florida, or Newfoundland, which is also an island, except it's in Canada. I suppose if we end up in St Augustine we can always take a plane to St Lucia and if we. read more...


23/11/2016

Fenella - FENELLA AT SEA

well apparently that's the laundry completed for this trip irrespective of how much longer it takes us. Monday was greeted with considerable activity on the good ship, Whilst Jenner experimented with the remains of yesterdays black olives and some well worked dough the Skipper insisted on pushing into the galley with his bucket of soiled grundies. They were later hanging on the rail to dry ( Fenella has been permanently dressed over all since leaving LP) when Rousy decided to to sort through the fruit . Unfortunately a rejected over ripe tomatoes landed right in the crotch of a splendid pair of extra extra large.Every morning we start the day with healthy intentions a Large bowl of Fresh Fruit Salad is prepared and rapidly consumed. The Quartermaster believes we have sufficient fresh. read more...


28/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Monday 28th November: I don't like Mondays?

Its been a quiet day today – pretty average really, as the wind hasn’tblown much and we’ve had no interest from the local wildlife.  Sails out,sails in, poled out, pole in, engine off, engine on – mainly variations to keepPeter and Keith occupied.  A few sun sightings were taken to confirm we’rein the Atlantic Ocean, and I’m pleased to say the star sightings re-confirm thatfact!  Breakfast, lunch, dinner – just a normal day at sea. I guess the point is that it can be a quiet day but we do recognise thatwe’re so lucky to be out here – it could have been a Monday morning heading offto the City on the 7.06!  So with apologies to those who did that thismorning, this Monday here wasn’t so bad at all.  Many thanks to all thosewho are have enabled us and allowed us to. read more...


28/11/2016

Gatsby - Hoffnung

Ganz nach dem Motto "die Hoffnung stirbt zuletzt", schwankt die Stimmung in der Crew. Weiter fahren nach Reperatur des Steurerseils und Aufrüstung der Batterien, die nicht ihre volle Ladekapazität erreichen, wäre möglich. Aber wenn in Bezug auf die Elektrik keine vernünftige Lösung gefunden wird, dann kann es passieren, dass die Crew nicht mach St. Lucia segeln wird.Immerhin die Reperatur der Steuerseile geht sehr zügig voran! Wir blicken vorwärts. Heute hat neben uns die SEA CHANGE abgelegt, die Matrosen sind cool drauf! Es wäre schon schön, die Mannschaft in der Karibik wieder zu treffen. Wir warten noch die nächsten zwei Tage ab! Genießen die Kap Verden.Liebste Grüße Sophie. read more...


28/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 9 - Stillehavet dag 2

Vi er fortsatt i stille farvann. Det er nesten frapperende at et osean kan være så stille. Dønningene er som et landskap av lave åser. (Det følte jeg at denne loggen fikk en snev av litterær kvalitet!). I kveld lyste horisonten opp i øst med et fantastisk lysshow fra en tordenstorm.Båten beveger seg saaakte mot vest. Idag har vi vært nede i en sjømil i timen.Lite trolig, men skulle dette fortsette vil turen vare tre uker til...Derfor var det på sin plass at Jørgen startet en varetelling av provianten. Det ser greit ut. Fortsatt en del ferske varer igjen som løk, gulrot, epler, poteter, egg, spekemat etc, men mer og mer boksemat blir det nok fremover.Dette er kanskje de dagene vi kommer til å huske fra overfarten. 30 grader varmt, vindstille, henge etter båten i tau for å kjøle seg, lese. read more...


28/11/2016

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin. - Day 8th onboard

Day 8th onboard..Today we started having one meal per day, no fish yet. So we had to start saving the food.. it looked like we didn't cross 3 oceans and did more than 25 long passages! Like we were beginners.. We just really thought we would catch something like we most times do. We even spoke to a boat one night, that was on our VHF range and told us that they had caught some fish but only after they threw all their bananas overboard. They told us we wouldn't fish unless there were no bananas onboard (another sailing superstition added to my list). So what did we do before even saying "NDS Darwin back to 16"? we started eating fiercely all the bananas onboard. They were way too many so decided to wait until the next day so Dad would bake a banana bread! It was no good at al so the. read more...



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