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22/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of cork-Denise

Hi AllI thought I should write something to let you know I'm on board!What a day, after being thrown around, pushed around and basically washed out, we woke to beautiful sunshine today, I had the treat of doing the 6 to 8 watch this morning so I witnessed a beautiful sunrise.It is mornings like these I know why I'm doing the Arc...mind you some wind wouldn't go astray today. Had my first swim in this big vast ocean, the water was so gorgeous...clear and warm. Like any good holiday we had a lazy day in the sun, Dermott busy trying to catch dinner, and the rest of us lapping up the rays. I'm on my fourth book, forgot I enjoyed reading so much., I never had so much me time!We have developed a daily routine on the boat, it all centers around our watch time, and our food time; it even feels. read more...


22/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 3 - Vinden er tilbake i fullt monn!

I går ettermiddagen så vi siste seilbåten. Siden har vi knapt sett andre skip.Det gikk fort! Og Atlanteren er diger plass...Det siste vi så av land utpå kvelden var Teide på Tenerife.Vi fikk litt vind utpå kvelden og den har siden bare økt på. I skrivende stund har vi ca mellom 16 og 20 knops vind. Skal øke til 24 i løpet av natten. Kanskje vi kommer frem til passaten utenfor Kapp Verde før uka er omme?Hilsen Roald, Jørgen, Martin og Alf. read more...


22/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 2 | Leichtwind-Segeln - gewusst wie

Am Montag zur Mittagszeit beginnt der Wind als leichte Brisevon NE auf N zurückzudrehen. Es ist soweit - wir schiften unseren 180 qmgroßen Spinnaker um weiter auf Backbord-Bug an der Kante desFlautenfeldes in südwestliche Richtung zu segeln.Unser Wachsystem ...In unserem dreistündigenüberlappendem Wachsystem lösen sich die Rudergänger halbstündig ab, ummit aufmerksamen Steuerleistungen die bestmögliche Fahrt aus der Yachtherauszuholen. Die Crew trimmt den Leichtwind-Spinnaker, um bei demleichten und variablen Wind die optimale Performance aus unserer Swan herauszuholen.Gewusst wie...Wir segeln in die zweite dunkleNacht. Bei abnehmendem Mond - der erst nach Mitternacht aufgeht - sinddie Konturen der Segel nur noch schwach zu erkennen. Aber wir habenvorgesorgt! Ich montiere am Fuße des. read more...


22/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 3, Nacht 2

Hallo Zusammen,da sind wir wieder. Eventuell habt ihr am Fleettracker gesehen, dass wir ziemlich weit im Norden waren.  Grund war der Wunsch unseres Metereologen, dass wir zum 28 ten Breitengrad hoch fahren, weil eine Tropische Störung bei ca. 27 Grad Nord 40 Grad West für Flaute sorgen sollte, das hat sich geändert, jetzt dehnt sich diese Gebiet ohne Wind nur noch bis zum 25 ten Breitengrad aus, somit müssen und können wir wieder tiefer. Allerdings war der Schlenker um El Hierro ein Fehler und hat uns mit Sicherheit Zeit gekostet. In der Nacht sind dann noch zwei Umlenkrollen kaputt gegangen, das hat auch nochmal eine Stunde Zeit gekostet, aber was soll’s wir haben ja noch viel Wasser vor uns. Die Nacht war sehr anstrengend, wir haben kaum geschlafen und sind alle ziemlich müde.. read more...


Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 - (Australia) - ready to go! - note the mascot!
Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434  -  (Australia)  - ready to go!  - note the mascot!
22/11/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur Logic - At Sea

Introducing Team All Black"The All Black are the most admired sports team in the world. They are a legacy." So says Grum, who on the first day of our voyage boldly appropriated this very legacy for his watch, naming them Team All Blacks. And how does Team All Black, aka TAB, measure up to their legendary antipodean namesakes? Well watch leader Tanya "Snow White" Sullivan is certainly one to take on a physical challenge and is a keen Tough Mudderer when on land (and a highly capable swimmer at sea, more of that later), though on her last outing she did suffer a twisted knee while hurtling over an obstacle.In this respect she is well matched with Mike "Grum" Grumbridge, who's fabled love of sport is surpassed only by his legendary ability to attract injuries off the field. For an. read more...


22/11/2016

Numa - Dag 0 bare timer før start. Du vil ikke tro hva vi må velge da!

Det er Søndag og starten vår går 12:30 lokal tid. Det er 13:30 i Norge. Vi får en start med litt lite vind første dagen, men så smeller valgets kvaler mot oss.Det er et hull midt i Atlanteren hvor vi skal seile, ihvertfall om en ukes tid. Et vindhull. Stille som en skogstur blir det der, og umulig å seile i uten å bruke diesel. Sikkert menneskeskapt vindhull.What to do? Gå Nord eller Sør for stilla? Umulig å si hva som er best. Vi følger spent med de neste få dagene til vi MÅ ta et kursvalg.(Steinar). read more...


22/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Fine reaching after a day of calms

What a difference a few hours can make. After listening to the weather briefing and also the software predictions it was clear we had to choose between the traditional 'go south until the butter melts' route or head west through the wind shadow of the islands to pick up the brisk northerly's to the north of the low pressure.We opted for the latter, happy to take the pain of the wind shadow from Gran Canaria during the first night. We popped out of it in the early hours and settled onto a fast reach at 8 knots+ west bound - until it died, just a few hours later. The smug feeling of 'that wasn't too bad' was replaced for the next 18 hours with frustration at bobbing around like a cork. We weren't the only ones though - the daily position reports and radio chat suggested whichever way you. read more...


20/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Finally Ready To Leave Las Palmas

After a couple of weeks of chaotic activity we are now ready. We hope all our fellow competitors have a safe and fun trip. See you all in St Lucia.Derek, Lesley and Pete.. read more...


22/11/2016

Sunrise - Log 1

Hallo an AlleNiels, Wolfgang, Jens, Jörg, Wilhelm,Rudi, Hansi, Ludwig sind bereit! Wir haben alle Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen, die Wachen sind eingeteilt und jetzt warten wir auf den Start. Man spürt die Anspannung auf allen Booten und an allen Stegen. Wir wollen um 12 30 ablegen und haben unsere einheitlichen Crew-Shirts und Kappen schon angezogen. Unser Skipper und sein Stellvertreter (beide ARC 2014 gesegelt) haben uns fürs Auslaufen große Emotionen versprochen! Was für eine Reise liegt vor uns?. read more...


22/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Thank You Cape Verde

After crossing the finish line of leg one in the ARC+ on 12th November 10.54 local time the crew had covered a total of 1087Nm. Refuelling than mooring at our berth is was time to head ashore for a much needed shower.Some crew members choose a few nights in a hotel to chill out before the next leg of the passage (Jealous - didn't think of that!).Most of the crew had booked to go on the day tour on the Monday to one of the other islands while the others did the half day tour of St Vincent Island, both enjoying stunning views. A visit to the beautiful white beach, created by sand blown over from the Sahara Desert finished the day off nicely.With some Atlantic paddling, sampling of local food and drink and a lesson in how the locals manage water the team had time to enjoy some more of these. read more...


22/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 1 bis 3 - Das Abenteuer beginnt

Nach 3 Tagen, die ausgefüllt waren mit Einkaufen, Bunkern und ein wenig Party, geht es endlich los!Sonntag Mittag um 13:02:45 Uhr überqueren wir die Startlinie und befinden uns in einem bunten Feld von Booten teils mit Spi, Carbonsegeln oder einfach klassisch als Slup getakelt.Wir, das ist die Meltemi mit Skipperin Beate und der Crew bestehend aus Frank, Jürgen, Lothar, Marc, Nicolas und Rolf.Bisher hatten wir keine Zeit für Nervösität oder Anspannung, zu sehr haben uns die Vorbereitungen in Anspruch genommen.Doch jetzt spüren wir förmlich das Adrenalin. Sogar Beate kann sich der Situation nicht entziehen, trotz allem bewahrt sie aber Ruheund bringt uns ohne viel Aufsehen nach knapp 3 Minuten über die Startlinie.Die 1. Nacht verläuft ohne besondere Vorkommnisse, allerdings sind so viele. read more...


22/11/2016

Nisida - ARC day two restart

Tuesday 22/11/2016 1500hrs Pos 26:16.72N 19:41.71WSpeed is constantly high since 14h now, everybody has just taken a shower, lunch consisted of delicious tortilla wraps with tuna, tomato, onions, eggs and avocado; in short: spirits are high.Shower on a sailing yacht in the middle of the ocean: imagine that! At least for me a luxury I had not even dreamt of.After having been lingering in sight of the Canaries yesterday all day long and for half of last night, getting up in this morning with no sight of land but in the middle of the endless swell of the Atlantic and making good progress, made quite a difference. It felt like the ARC has finally taken off for good.So let's keep going!Tim EberhardNisida. read more...


22/11/2016

La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic

The crew has enjoyed swimming and fishing during the first week from CaboVerde towards St. Lucia. Skies have been cloudy with rain showers. The fewsqualls gave some welcomed wind gusts in addition to the very moderate or nowind at all. The motor has been on and off almost every day and the dieselsituation starts worrying a little. When do we get some wind?! This is asailboat! The YB tracker SMS option has been valuable to find out a receipe forthe otherwise tasteless green food bananas. (Thanks Kia and Kia). Mahi-mahi hasbeen served strait out of the sea and right now we expect to get some tuna onthe two lines dangling on the stern. The original ETA (29.11.) for St. Luciaseems to be right now 1.12. bur who knows.... Mikko and Tuija take a dip in the28C  degree Atlantic Ocean.. read more...


La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic
La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic
22/11/2016

White Satin - Fruit, Veg and Electricity

Tuesday 22 November264 miles sailed, 2502 to goOur course has initially swooped down from Las Palmas South towards the Cape Verde islands, but will soon start to have a touch of right hand down a bit. Think of the course as a banana that you are holding at the stalk by your fingertips, with the bottom bending off to the left - well, we are nearly at the end of the stalk. Just the main banana to go.On the subject of fruit, we are slowly eating through the fresh fruit & veg. mountain procured by Vicki and Helen. The 6 enormous cabbages will I think turn out to be about 5 and a half too many, while the mandatory pre-dinner cucumbers will put us all off these pointless veg for life. This situation was cause by the order for 2 cucumbers for the trip being misread by the greengrocer as 2kg. read more...


22/11/2016

Quetzal - no wind, good fish

HalloYesterday we had only engine wind for 12 hours but therefor a big (golden makrele) Mahi Mahiabout 1 m long.More than enough for 4 hungry sailors to eat.Today it is down wind sailing with 6 -7 kn.And good wind for the hammock.Greetings to every oneCrew Ouetzal. read more...


22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?

21.11.201627∞01.47 N - 015∞46.38 W to 26∞51.57 N - 016∞ 37.19 WQuiet night and manual helming.The day rolls out as slowly as the wind. In the morning, a light breeze from NE pushes our gennaker gently; in our doldrumesque afternoon suddenly we hear a big wind ... it is coming from the blowholes of two small whales (Wow!)Before sunset we decide to head 270∞ with a light NNE wind at our beam; dinner is 'jibe preventers' alla bolognese and roasted 'flapping sails'. Here comes the dark and a bright sky. Two dolphins are playing at our stern, showing us pure beauty. Their wake is plankton-luminescente just 10cm below the surface of the sea and making green torpedoes. A slight wind at our beam pushes us at 4 knots ... at lastFirst meal on board at sea. read more...


Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?
Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?
22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)

20.11.201627∞01.47 N - 015∞46.38 WAmazing start line!"Sails up!" for Arc 2016! We head 200-210∞ in fair winds and we celebrate the marriage of ourselves with the ocean. At night we see the land, and then the light of the land slowly disappear. No mobile networks, no more need for wallets, official documents or newspapers: So far from our world and so close to the real world.Peter von Seestermuhe. read more...


Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)
Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)
22/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Over 700 miles from land, over 4km deep

the sun is shining, dolphins are visiting, no wind….. lets go swimming…. the sea is very warm. The coach roof is a good diving board… video available on arrival!. read more...


Bluewaft - BBQ 1
Bluewaft - BBQ 1
22/11/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 3

Bluewaft Log Day 3Tuesday 22 November 201624 42’.756N 018 21’723WThe winds finally arrived and we were able to switch off the motor at about2am.Unfortunately our joy was short-lived as this coincided with thetopping lift chaffing through…(We’re still not sure how this happened asshe wasn’t under any load.Perhaps the sharp edge of a batten?A lazyline was also partly worn through).We are making between 7 and 8kts on 12– 15kts of wind – so are quite happy.We fortunately have a spare sheet of the right length and dimension.Itried to get up the mast head to thread the replacement but only managed asfar as the top spreaders before being ‘bounced’ into submission.(Fortunately I was wearing my helmet).We’ve decided to leave it for oneof the forecast calm days and try again, this time going up on. read more...


Bluewaft - Sundowners
Bluewaft - Sundowners
Bluewaft - Up the mast!
Bluewaft - Up the mast!
22/11/2016

Delfini - day 2 Tues 22 November

Having made decent progress south during Sunday and Monday morning we eventually ran out of wind mid afternoon yesterday and sat becalmed most of the afternoon - there was a general discussion via vhf during late afternoon resulting in a new doldrums club being formed - we were unable to join via vhf but maybe we can pay our dues in St Lucia ?At night we out up the asymmetric in the hope of some breeze and eventually we found a bit of wind and raced along at 2 knots until about midnight when the wind picked up and we launched the main and genoaCurrently making up for lost time in f5 NW and achieving 6/7 knots over the groundChicken casserole for dinner. read more...


22/11/2016

Sanya - 3e dag, een nacht hard werken

Vannacht niet veel geslapen. Doordat de wind tussen de 10 en 15 knopen heen en weer zwalkte, voor zij ging doorzetten naar 20 knopen en langzamerhand steeds meer in de noord ging zitten, waren er divese zeilwissels nodig.Van Fro naar J2. Van J2 naar J1. Van J1 naar Fro en uiteindelijk naar J2. Vervolgens weer naar Fro met een J4 (staysail) er tussen. Allemaal verschillende zeilen met ideale windhoeken varierend van 45 tot 100 graden (TWA) en alles er tussen in. Geen offwatch (zo noemen we het als we even mogen slapen) die tot slaap leidde, want je moest er al weer uit.Vooral van de J1 naar de J2 was het even aanpoten. De J1 is een zeil van 220 M2 die je tot een 15 knopen vaart aan de wind. Als je die moet wiaselen in het pikkedonker met een aantal minder ervaren mensen op t voordek die. read more...


22/11/2016

Mustique - Day 3 - Second Blog - Wind, steak, and no dog overboard

Greetings from Caro!I think I was selected to write this second blog because of my former career in journalism, when I wrote restaurant reviews for The Dallas Morning News.Regardless, no experience is needed to grasp that we are being well fed by Captain Fin, aka Chef Fin.Last night’s steaks with whiskey and cream sauce made up for a day of desultory wind, at best.The day also gave us an opportunity to visit more with one another, read our Kindles, and observe First Mate Stefan take Yuki for a walk to the bow and back.After wrestling with Stefan on the aft deck, Yuki settled in for yet another nap, preparing for her feast of steak bits.Last night the doldrums dissipated and we had a fine night of sailing in winds blowing about 15.Those of us bunking on the starboard side have our canvas. read more...


21/11/2016

Skiathos - Der 1. Tag auf See

Unser Start ab Las Palmas verlief ohne Probleme.Der Wachplan steht und die Crew ist gut gelaunt und wohl auf. In der ersten Nacht konnten wir noch zahlreiche andere Teilnehmer beobachten. Inzwischen hat sich das Regattefeld scheinbar aufgelöst, man sieht tagsüber noch 2-3 andere Segelboote am Horizont. Auch aufgelöst hat sich der Wind, denn seit ca. 8:00 Uhr UTC haben wir uns mit 1.8 kn Fahrt voran gequält. Aufgrund der Funksprüche anderer Segelboote müssen wir davon ausgehen, dass es uns nicht allein so geht. Seit ca. 10:30 Uhr UTC haben wir die Segel geborgen und suchen den Wind nun unter Motor.Geangelt wird auch schon fleißig, aber bisher ohne Erfolg. Heute Abend bereitet uns Anne deshalb ein Hähnchen Curry. Viele Grüße von See!--. read more...


22/11/2016

Koco - 2.Tag auf See

Der Tag Begann so wie er aufgehört hat. Mit wenig Wind. Nachdem der Wingaker kurz vor Einbruch des Tages wegen zu wenig Wind eingeholt wurde, unternahmen wir gegen ca.9:00 Uhr erneut den Versuch bei ca. 5-6 Knoten den Wingaker zu fahren. Der Wind nahm weiter ab, gegen 12:00 Uhr endete auch dieser Versuch. Das Meer ist Platt wie eine Flunder - das gab uns jedoch Zeit den Lebensqualitäten wie frühstücken, schlafen, lesen, angeln und sonnen nachzukommen. Die Sicht ist hervorangend. Der Fisch an der Angel lässt leider immer noch auf sich warten.. read more...


22/11/2016

Gwendoline - 2. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Crossing the Atlantic ocean22. november. 11.15 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimIt is now 11.15 UTC, and vi are finally on our way again. Yesterday the wind became very unstable. Several times during the afternoon we had to "sock" the geneker, as the wind totally died. Around 19.00 UTC the geneker was taken down for the night, and we were drifting in the Canarie Current with about 1,4 knots speed, but more of that later.Yesterday morning, while just drifting along, we had a very exclusive visit by a dolphin mother and her daughter. We watched in ore, as she breast fed her little child. What an amazing sight. We tried to photograph this very special moment, and we think that we got some good pictures and also some video of the encounter.The. read more...


22/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 2 - Flaute

Seit der Nacht motoren wir, da der Wind zu schwach ist. Es gibt trotzdem einiges zu tun: Wetterbericht abfragen, Funkrunde, Positionsreport der anderen Yachten checken, Lesen, Schlafen ...Wir sehen Delfine und 4 Yachten in einiger Entfernung. Abends koche ich Linsensuppe.So vergeht der erste Seetag recht schnell und mit null Wind und glatter See geht es in die Nacht.Kurz vor Mitternacht kommt Wind auf und nimmt stetig zu. Wir fahren bei 18-22 Knoten einen "am Wind"- Kurs, die See wird deutlich rauer aber wir machen gut Fahrt. Uns beiden gehts gut, keine Anzeichen von Seekrankheit ...toitoitoi!Lg Hermann+Sabrina. read more...


22/11/2016

Estrella - Tag 3 - Rauschefahr nach Flautenloch

Die Wellen spritzen nur so übers Deck, 7 –8 Knotengegenan. Seit gestern Abend ist echtes Atlantiksegeln angesagt. In denGesichtern sieht man außer der Gischt nur grinsen. Wurde auch Zeit. Die Stundendavor waren von Flaute, umlaufende Schwachwinde und Müßiggang geprägt. Inunserer Verzweiflung haben wir den Spinnaker gezogen – bei null Wind. War ehrerBeschäftigungstherapie. Konnte ja nichts werden. Also alle Beschläge wieabgebaut und den Spi versteckt. Dazwischen “Verzweiflungsmanöver, immer in derHoffnung irgendwo doch Wind zu finden – hat uns auch nicht geholfen. Zum Glückgab es allerlei andere Entdeckungen. Zum Beispiel eine Schildkröte die direkt amBoot vorbeigeschwommen ist, oder auch der Fisch (wohl ein Thuna?, bin keinAngler) der von Heinz geangelt wurde, ihn aber nach deutlichen. read more...


22/11/2016

M one - Dienstag 22.11.16

Dienstag 22.11.16 Bordzeit 10.00 Uhr Der sechste Tag Getrübte Stimmung folgt auf Euphorie Es hätte so schön sein können.Schiff voll funktionsfähig Wind 15 bis 20 Knoten Geschwindigkeit im Surf von über 12. Knoten folgt:StilleWind schläft ein, Welle nicht vorhanden.Prognose für die nächsten Tage?Pille palle Wind ist alleAber noch haben wir, aus weiser Voraussicht, über 600 Liter DieselNur wenn diezu Ende gehen und wir keinen Wind bekommen wirds langweilig.Es gibt aber auch positive Ereignisse Wir mussten das Beiboot klarmachen und hinteruns herziehen.Darin Sitzt frank auf einem von uns gebauten Thron.Er passte nicht mehr durch unseren Niedergang weil er nochmals um die Hälfte seiner Körpergröße gewachsen ist.Nach einem stundenlangen Kampf ist es ihm tatsächlich gelungen einen 1,5 Meter. read more...


22/11/2016

Scarlet Oyster - First Scarlet Blog 2016, North or South?!

Morning All,Thought maybe about time to write something!Takes a while to settle intothe rhythm of life onboard, so first day or two is sometimes a bitdisjointed!We had a reasonable start to the race, rather crowded at the upwindcommittee vessel end, as boats all wanted clear air after the start, the bigfaster boats had the luxury of choosing a slightly more spacious spot.There was drama just 3 mins before the start with a collision between HotStuff and Il Cavaliere 3, very sad to see two boats races effectively overbefore the start signal, starboard tack Hot Stuff suffering a hole, and Iguess possible structural damage from being T boned by the port tack boat,and hence forced to retire.The other boat is likely to retire, or facedisqualification from the race.Fortunately it appeared that. read more...


22/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Start of the ARC - Are we moving??

“27:23,79N 16:49,56W” Start of the ARC - Are we moving?? The fantastic atmosphere of the “leaving party” along the wall of LasPalmas and the excitement of telling Rambler to watch their back as we crossedthe start line sent us on a nice downwind leg to the bottom of Gran Canaria .turning west with our spinnaker up and everyone enjoying a fabulous sail, cameto an end at 8pm when we had to try to drop it and ending up not using the sockbut stuffing it into the forward locker at 18 knotts winds speed . Half an hourlater no wind and a very peaceful overnight sail. The next day no wind. Then thenext 12 hours 20 knot on the nose running at 8 knots chasing down Calypso andgetting within 7 NM  before they head down and leave us to decide if tostay up north or follow them . we will check. read more...


22/11/2016

Sanya - Vandaag derde dag op zee met de Sanya.

Vandaag derde dag op zee met de Sanya. Wat een boot; bootsnelheid hoger dan de windsnelheid, dit heb ik nog nooit meegemaakt, fantastisch. Topsnelheden van 20 knopen worden gemakkelijk gehaald. We gaan vandaag in elk geval een stuk harder dan gisteren, want gisteren hadden we weinig wind. Als gevolg daarvan liggen we iets achter op schema, maar met deze wind halen we misschienweer iets van de verloren tijd in. Sfeer aan boord is super er wordt veel gelachen. Iedereen aan boord werkt hard, mooi om te zien. Position: 26,31.53N , 21,34.68W. We gaan vandaag proberen om 500 mijl af te leggen binnen 24 uur. Wildlive is nog niet echt spectaculair, tot nu toe alleen een paar schildpadden en vliegende vissen gezien, maar de reis duurt nog lang en wie weet wat de natuur ons nog brengt.Jacob. read more...


Numa - Dag 2 - seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - Seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - Seiler i 8 knop
21/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 2. Settling in .

Today dawned calm and fair. We had carried the spinnaker all through the night and ghosted along nicely keeping company with some big boats . Doing watch at night in warm weather is a far more pleasant experience than hammering across the Bay of Biscay in 12 degrees .We worked our way south and towards theAfrican shore in the light northeasterly breeze .Morning arrived and the sunrise was very beautiful . During the morning the breeze lightened further giving the opportunity for all to relax an enjoy the scene. Around 1100 we were visited by a school of dolphins.They were close to fifty in the group. They jumped and swam alongside in the clear water and swam just under the bows for at least half an hour.They swam in groups of threes and fours and turned on theirsides as if to study us. read more...


22/11/2016

Hot Stuff - prep day

The day before the big day! We are almost ready with the last preparations. This past week we have been preparing ourselves by attending seminars about astronavigation, weather forecasts, emergency and health at sea and losts of other seminars. It's not only us as crew that need to be prepared for this long trip it's also the boat 'Hot Stuff' After our trip to the local supermarket in Las Palmas she is now filled with water, tins and lots of chocolate - 256 bars - apparently women eat a lot of chocolate at sea!We have also been to the local market to buy loads of fruit and vegetables that are now hanging from the ceiling hammacs in the saloon. All the tins and water bottles are in every corner and under every bilge board - there is no inch that isn't filled with soup, pasta or chocolate. read more...


22/11/2016

Gwendoline - 1. day at sea

Hello everybody.Here is the first daily log from S/Y Gwendoline M.Onboard are: Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla and KimThe first 24 hours have passed since we crossed the starting line - probably as the last boat - and all according to our plan.It has been a perfect start with lots of sunshine, wind at 3-4 knots, and as Orla so elegantly put it, somebody has been ironing the sea, so all the wawes, bumps and swell had been flattened.We have now sailed approximately 85 NM, giving an average speed of 4 knots. This is not very fast, but then again the sailing has been very pleasant. Exactly the kind of perfect weather to start out with, giving everybody on board time to find their "sealegs" before we get more wind and larger wawes.We have chosen to sail the traditional. read more...


22/11/2016

Beltana II - The wind arrives - our saviour

During the early hours of day three at the end of Skip’s watch at 4am, 15knots of wind blew in from the north east a welcome relief from the really lightairs that only gave us 4-6 knots for the previous 24 hours. Saying that BeltanaII sailed really well in the light airs and we held our own or actually improvedour position over some of the other yachts in view of our AIS system. She keptgoing at 3-4.5 knots in these light airs although 1 knot was probably due to tohelp from the Canary current.   Last nights dinner was an extension to the Italian theme by Graham with alovely Cacciatori Chicken dish whose recipe was passed down from family tofamily, served on lovely fluffy rice (done in the pot Heather) accompanied byour last Santorini white wine (a decent Greek drop indeed cellared. read more...


22/11/2016

Gatsby - Day 3

So, nun sind wir schon den dritten Tag unterwegs. Wir haben mehrere Spi und Gennaker Manöver im Leichtwind der letzten Tage vollzogen und seit einer Stunde segeln wir mit der G3 bei 15-20kn Wind. Die Sonne lacht, der Obstsalat schmeckt! Das erst Brot wurde gebacken und ist auch schon wieder verputzt. Delfine hatten wir auch schon, sowohl einen heute Nacht, der eine Spur leuchtenden Planktons hinter sich her zog, als auch heute morgen nach dem Segelwechsel.Heute steht der erste Duschtag an! Boote sind leider keine mehr in Sicht. Nachdem wir gestern in einer Gruppe von 7 Schiffen gefahren sind, hat sich das Feld nun auseinander gezogen.Liebste Grüße von der gut gelaunten Crew der Gatsby,Sophie. read more...


22/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 6 - Tuesday 22nd November

Day 6 - Tuesday 22nd NovemberWell, what a thrill it is to log on this morning and report that.... we basically have nothing to report!!!In the last 24 hours nothing broke, we had no dramas, no major squalls - we're just plodding along at our desired course of 270, unfortunately under engine basically since 4pm yesterday but hey, you can't have everything!!Yesterday afternoon the wind gradually calmed down and down until we finally had to turn on the engine before we stopped completely.The water around us turned almost glassy, and for most of the day we had about 3kts of wind.It wasn't blisteringly sunny - still plenty of cloud cover - and there was the odd light shower but no big wind to go with it.We had a fantastic dinner courtesy of Conor - steak, spuds and fried onions and mushrooms. read more...


22/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 6, N 26.52.22 W 19.25.50, 22 November 2016

Good progress during the last 12 hours. As per the forecast, we got good winds as of 9pm yesterday and we have had fantastic conditions throughout the night with wind NNW 12-16 knots. Right now it is N 18-20 knots and we have 1 reef in the main sail and a reduced genoa. Around midnight we nearly lost our gangway and part of the water stored at the bow platform but Ricardo and Els noticed it, stopped the boat and rescued it all. Great acrobatics by Ricardo in the middle of the night! Nobody inside noticed, indicating everybody is at ease and sleeping well. We tried fishing yesterday evening but without success. Right now, I see the first pot of coffee flighing through the galley. Whilst Machteld and Doug clean it, they open a side hatch and a wave comes in, giving both a fresh shower :-)E. read more...


22/11/2016

Numa - Overstyrmann Roberts dag 1

Robert´s "overstyrmannens" reiselogg dag 1:Ja, jeg fikk den æren å bli utpekt som overstyrmann på denne overfarten :-)Det blir noe å føre på CVén.Siden jeg ikke har skrevet noe fra min ankomst onsdag ettermiddag og frem til startskuddet benytter jeg anledningen til å skrible litt om disse dagene også.Å komme ned til båthavna i Las Palmas og se s/y Numa og å treffe Admiralinnen og skipperen igjen er nok til å smelte et steinhjerte.Gjensynet ble hjertelig, og skuldrene til undertegnede sank betydelig ved første skritt på gangveien.Dette har jeg sett frem til i lang-lang tid.Siden jeg var så heldig å få være med på en kryssing med Janne og Steinar i 2005 vet jeg lit av hva jeg "går til"Heldigvis hadde Janne og Steinar gjort de allerfleste forberedelser allerede slik at det ble mye kos og. read more...


21/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Days 4&5: 1/3rd to St Lucia!!

  This blog covers two days, Nov/ 20th& 21st. With light winds and multiple isolated squalls, we vacillate fromall-available canvas deployed, to reefing-in, to motoring(yuck). All of this canoccur inside 45-minutes, and most of the drama seems to be at night. Naturally,we prepare for the night passage during daylight hours. ,   As the Westerly Trade Winds have yet tobe fully established, weather-wise, we plan for the next three days. Weinitially sailed northwest to 17.5-degreeslatitude for stronger wind and avoid two troughs of dead air. This partiallyworked, however the trough went further north than predicted, thus the squalls& intermittent motoring. We are now creeping at 3.5-knots 100nm S.W.,already passing into 16-degrees latitude to catch to pick-up forecasted. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Day 2 - Marcus first catch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Day 2 - Marcus first catch