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15/12/2016

Gwendoline - 21st, 22nd and 23rd day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds13. December. 18.00 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.14.585N 51.48.144WWe are now so far west, that we have changed the local time on S/Y Gwendoline M. in order to align the sun position with the local time. The local S/Y Gwendoline M time is right now 16.00, UTC is 18.00 and the time in Denmark is 19.00The latest 3 days have been fast - sailing vice. This also means higher waves, more rolling and pitching and therefore also not so ideal sleeping conditions.We are all marked by the constant tumbling and turning of the boat in the ruthless Atlantic swell, which makes it impossible to rest and relax, as you always have to tense your muscles to counteract the ships movements. This takes its toll on the body, and we. read more...


15/12/2016

Gwendoline - 19th and 20th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds10. December. 09.45 UTC.Ombord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 13.33.900N 42.53.500WTime is ticking away - hour after hour at its own pace - and so does life here on board S/Y Gwendoline M.Nothing much is happening - here on the vast Atlantic ocean. We are quite alone - as we have not seen any ships for several days.One important thing did happen tough - which proved beyond any reasonable doubt - how important the very high level of security we hold on board is. Thursday afternoon Bente had decided to sit on the very wide fore deck and read her book. She had done it many times before, and she thought nothing of it. As she is sitting there - all concentrated on the action in her book, with her security line safely clicked on,. read more...


Hamaka - Fisch on Day 16. and 17.
Hamaka - Fisch on Day 16. and 17.
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
Hamaka - ARC 2016
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)

Dolphin Star crosses the finishing line (indicated by the committee boat) at 8:29 local time, which makes little less than 17 days to complete the crossing. Everybody isvery happy of this achievement and and eager to retrieve a more comfortable way of life.   Dolphin Star 015 033 020 035. read more...


Gwendoline - night time environment
Gwendoline - night time environment
Gwendoline - crew on unplanned visit on Sao Vincente
Gwendoline - crew on unplanned visit on Sao Vincente
Gwendoline - problem to eat when rolling
Gwendoline - problem to eat when rolling
Gwendoline - working the night shift
Gwendoline - working the night shift
14/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 23: On the happy boat La Contenta

Day 23: On the happy boat La Contenta   We crossed the finish line at 21.00 hours 24 minutes and 29 seconds lastnight.   We had been escorted on our last 40 miles by a fleet of squalls, severalrainbows and a full moon.   As we entered the marina the other boats horns started to sound and we knewwe had (finally) made it.  We were greeted by our friends on Nisidi, OceanBlue and Flabrach who joined us on the boat for an impromptu party.  Calplayed the guitar and we proudly sang our boat song.  We sat up until thewee hours drinking the rum we had been given and reliving some of the memoriesof our days at sea.  I would like to thank LC for looking after us, Davefor his skippering, Cal for his music and Ewen for his humour and cooking. MCfor her never. read more...


14/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Day 21 - The super moon was out in force

Day 21 - The super moon was out in force & Hot Stuff was bathed in silvery moonlight as we ran before the wind. The change of watch at 3.00 am heralded a change in the weather with the wind freshening so that helming became hard work. A call to the Skipper & the full force of the squall hit hard- Elizabeth & Thalita took turns helming as the wind reached gale force while Oline and Sophie reduced sail. The rain lashed down making it hard to see & Elizabeth began to call out the waves as they towered behind us in the darkness. As dawn broke the Southerly Busters watch came on. Almost instantly another squall hit with others surrounding the boat. They tacked to avoid a w evil looking black squall but others were waiting &they ran the gauntlet until the BIG one arrived.. read more...


Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - FINAL DESTINATION SAINT LUCIA (03.12.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)

The wind suddenly changes of direction and the main boom is immediately under pressure through the preventer (a forehead rope securing in place the main boom). It happenedmany times during the crossing but this time the boom end cannot held the force and a key aluminium part splits off. The crew promptly reacts but the damage is done to adjust correctly the main sail.   Dolphin Star 007 006 011 009. read more...


Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - ANOTHER DAMAGED BOOM (02.12.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)

Dolphin Star offers many alternatives to have a nap or get sun tanned. Here are the favourite places for each crew member. Our captain Kari always reads first before fallingasleep.   Dolphin Star 002 005 003 004. read more...


Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
Dolphin Star - REST DAY (01.12.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)

At the beginning of the crossing, Dolphin Star was supposed to reach Rodney Bay (Santa Lucia marina) by the 1st of December. This date will not be met as thereis still 400 NM to get there. Hopefully the earliest return flight ticket is scheduled on the 5th of December for Jukka.   Dolphin Star 048 049. read more...


Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - GETTING CLOSER AND CLOSER (30.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)

Dolphin Star’s iron sail being used quite regularly, our dedicated mechanic Antti checks out the fuel level directly from the tank, due to unreliable reading from the gauge.During the beer break at one o’clock, the crew discuss and assess the probability of running out of fuel in case the journey lasts longer.   Dolphin Star 040 043. read more...


Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - CROSSING DEBRIEFING (29.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)

Our rookie Jukka gets some sailing course from our captain Kari. He takes it very seriously by reading carefully his book every day and then practicing at the helm wheneverhe can.   Dolphin Star 028 037. read more...


Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SAILING COURSE (28.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)

Dolphin Star keeps on sailing in very low winds (around 5 knots South East). Everybody is really bored of this ongoing situation but not our fisherman Kari. After fightingtwo and half hours with a big sea bream, the monster rests in his hands as a well-deserved reward.  Dolphin Star 036 035 034. read more...


Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - SLOW MOTION (27.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)

Clear weather and calm sea are very appropriate to run a rigging inspection. Our judo champion Jukka is designated volunteer for climbing up to the mast. In addition tohis numerous talents he also enjoys taking pictures and here are some of his masterpieces.   Dolphin Star 029 DSC07058 DSC07057. read more...


Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - RIGGING INSPECTION (26.11.2016)
14/12/2016

Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)

For a short while today, Dolphin Star sails in the expected trade wind conditions. The 4 knots shown on the speed meter is given at 5/5.5 knots on the GPS.   Dolphin Star 022 023. read more...


Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)
Dolphin Star - BACK TO SAILING (25.11.2016)