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08/12/2016

Jasmine - DAY 18

Today we broke the record for fish caught but not landed and three good lures gone as well , the fish are just too big I imagine. We are rolling along and did 165 miles in 24 hours and are now 237 miles from St Lucia . We haven't seen any visible signs of imminent landfall apart from a type of seaweed in the water , quite a lot of it and its catching on our fishing line . Its light green in colour and has small round berry like structures attached to a central stem . We have failed to identify it .The weather has become very humid and warm and we lost our water making ability this morning , we still have ample drinking water. The flying fish are plentiful and seem to be the type that have a double wing each side , they are very agile in the air , today we saw another masked booby but no. read more...


08/12/2016

Beltana II - Day 19

Hi All, Graham here. Given I have been the subject of many comments in previous blogs, I thoughtit only fair that I explain/defend myself; and I thought if I gave you a briefoutline of my life, you would understand I could not possibly be heldresponsible for the things attributed to me throughout this trip. So, my life’s story. Firstly, I was born at a very young age. I don’t remember the event, but mymother, who was there, confirmed this fact. As I grew up my parents becameconcerned that I was a slow developer. To their relief, doctors assured them itis quite normal for a boy to take 13 years to become a teenager.I enjoyed my teens so much that I sent several years as a teenager – about7 if I remember rightly. Shortly after leaving my teens I turned 21; a veryexciting time for me, as I. read more...


08/12/2016

Shalan - Day 17 - We've arrived in St. Lucia!!!

14:04N 60:57WSo we made it!!!! We crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay at 17:26 local time on the 7th December. It took us 17 days, 8 hours, and 26 minutes to cover 3406 miles from Las Palmas to St. Lucia. What a fantastic trip we've had full of laughs and giggles all the way, with a few hairy moments at times to keep us on our toes. We've had  halyards and lines breaking, sails dumped in the water in squalls, ropes around  the prop so by no means was it 'plain sailing'. The whole trip was a real joy to be on with new experiences and memories made that will last a lifetime, especially catching 'The Beast', the story of which will be passed from generation to generation!We're now all tied up in Rodney Bay Marina and more and more boats are arriving by the hour. Needless to say. read more...


Shalan - Day 17 - We've arrived in St. Lucia!!!
Shalan - Day 17 - We've arrived in St. Lucia!!!
08/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 8 - 19th Day at Sea

Dec 8 - 19th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 506 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,187 miles behind us. We continue our course of 278° with winds coming from 80°-100° at 15-19 knots. We are flying the main with one reef and half the jib.The news of the day? We jibbed! Although technically it was not the "macho" 60° jibe we do when we race close to land, where the boom swings from port to starboard. What we did is called a "chicken jibe", a slow 300° tack, to avoid having the boom swing.The one difficulty today has been the waves. They are 10-15 feet and seem to come from everywhere. The boat has been rocking up and down for hours. At dinner time, while cooking and serving the food, two of the six portions of beef ribs with spinach flew up and ended up on the floor. Kevin, the chef,. read more...


08/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 19 - (og 18) Transportetappe?

Fortsatt god seilvind!ØNØ 10 til 15 knop. Holder over 6 knop. Kurs rett mot målet. Meldinger gode neste 7 dager. Båten er i tipp topp stand men en så lang seilas gir stor slitasje på riggen. Idag oppdaget vi at øverste feste mellom mast og storseil hadde brukket. Storseilet måtte ned, midlertidig feste satt på og vi er back in business.Dyrelivet her ute består for det meste av fugl. Ingen insekter. Ikke begriper vi hvordan de får tatt seg en hvil 1000 km fra land! De flyr lavt over vannflaten så vingetippene neste kommer borti bølgene. Så begynte vi å se noen blanke småfugl som dukket opp og forsvant like fort. Flyvefisk! De flyr slik som en fugl og fordufter ned i bølgene etter en 20-30 meter. Av og til dunker de inn i skroget på båten. En stakkar lå dau på framdekket her om dagen.Ser. read more...


Gwendoline - keeping taps on computer, juice, food and utinsils in high sea
Gwendoline - keeping taps on computer, juice, food and utinsils in high sea
08/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Day & Night 14 & 15!

Oline asked for more wind, bigger waves and general Atlantic activity which after her request, the Mid Atlantic granted... keen to catch up with he fleet we have been tailing we kept the spinnaker up as dusk came and into the night. All was calm, the crew loving if not slightly anxious at being on the helm with kite up as darkness wrapped around us- 22kts true wind Lesley topped 10kts as we raced through the water. Midnight came and on the horizon lights loomed. A Sailing Yacht in close proximity, the clouds darkened above, with hands on deck the foredeck crew lowered the kite. Up went the jib, monitoring the AIS another sailing yacht appeared - that was now 2 bearing down on us mid Atlantic... making sure the other vessels could see us we radioed them. Were there any more out there. read more...


08/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 18

Day 18As the destination of Saint Lucia drawstantalizing closer the intrepid Skyelark crewremain in good spirits. Now operating as a finely tuned team Skyelark continues to surge thru the field chasing a podium position. Well led by the experienced and capable Captain Dan and first mate Richard the crew appear to be intop form, although there is, as always, room for improvement. For instance crew work in the cockpit at 4.00AM in rising seas is sometimes, not as smooth as it could be. When Captain Dan commands "Please put the starboard running backstay on the winch" he can be met with a befuddled and confused look from the crew. A moment later a call of "just pull the yellow rope on the right hand side " eventually achieves the required result. Helming at night takes on a whole new. read more...


08/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 19

Liebe Interessenten an unserem Wohlergehen,es geht weiter gut voran und wir sind optimistisch auch die nächsten Tage zügig unserem Ziel näher zu kommen. Wenn Alles klappt, sollten wir am Dienstagmorgen / vormittag in St. Lucia sein und jeder seinen Rückflug gut erreichen können. Das Bordleben ist vom sportlichen Segeln bestimmmt. Die Steuerleute brauchen bei dem aktuellen Wind (bis zu 5 - 6 BF und Welle in den Spitzen bis zu 5 Meter - für den Stammtisch natürlich monströse 6 Meter) ihre volle Konzentration, um das Schiff, das brav bis zu 9,5 - 10,5 KN läuft, auf Kurs zu halten. Highlights des Tages waren heute Morgen das Rennen mit einem anderen Segelboot (wurde gewonnen) und die Begegnung mit einem Rudel von vermutlich Schweinswalen, die eine zeitlang neben dem Boot hergeschwommen sind.. read more...


08/12/2016

VAVA-U - Bordroutine 07.12.16 - 17. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Nacht ist bei gutem Wind einigermaßen ruhig, auch wenn wir, da die Luken geschlossen bleiben müssen, nicht wirklich gut schlafen. Es ist viel zu heiß in der Kajüte. Ein sehr schöner Sonnenaufgang treibt die ersten schläfrigen Gesichter an Deck.(Bild Sonnenaufgang)Die Frühschicht wechselt dann, unterstützt von den Frühaufstehern, die Segel. Die Genua wird eingeholt, das Groß im zweiten Reff gesetzt und der „kleine“ Spi mit nur 190 qm Segelfläche gesetzt. Diese Besegelung soll uns beim prognostizierten Wind bis Saint Lucia führen.(Bild Segelwechsel)Den ganzen Tag haben wir konstant guten Wind und kommen gut voran. Nachmittags nimmt die Dünung auf teilweise vier bis fünf Meter zu.(Bild VAVA-U segelt in den Abend)Karsten sorgt für unser Abendessen, es gibt. read more...


08/12/2016

Gwendoline - 18th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds08. December. 11.35 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.80.073N 37.57.6531WWe are keeping our ventilation system running - even though we got water down the skylight yesterday. It is too hot not to do it - so we are keeping a sharp outlook on the wawes, so we can close the skylight - we we get water on deck - before it reached the skylight and drains down into the for cabin.Once again yesterday Bente spoiled us all rotten with a delicious lunch - made of tuna, eggs, corn and finely chopped white cabbage. She had also found the one remaining avocado which completed the meal.Yesterday, was also "Big Bath Day" - on the aft deck. It is very refreshing with a seawater bath - followed by a final rinse in fresh water. "It. read more...


08/12/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Just 300 miles to go!

96Normal 0 false false falseEN-US X-NONE X-NONE /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin;}We are into the last two days of our voyage. The miles have really begun to rattle down. That’s in part due to fact that for the last three days we’ve been properly into the trade winds and we’ve had some great sailing with 15 to 25 knots from the. read more...


08/12/2016

White Satin - Message in a bottle

615 miles to go 2411 miles sailedFirst the answer to yesterdays quizJoanne from Littleton we owe you a TURKISH DELIGHT!!Another little bit of fun was that David decided to dispatch a "message in a bottle". We put a couple of dollars in an empty champagne bottle with a note asking anyone who finds it to drop us an email - we are not hopeful!!You may have noticed that the distance sailed and the distance to go add up to an ever increasing number. The distance sailed is an accurate total taken from the chartplotter (GPS)of how far we have gone but the distance to go is the shortest route from our current position. In the early part of the trip we were heading south to find the trade winds - Paul's banana analogy, we then had a further detour as we tried to find better winds. We are now. read more...


White Satin - Message in a bottle
White Satin - Message in a bottle
08/12/2016

Delfini - day 18 - 8th dec

Now we have found some wind we are pushing it and kept the kite up all night - we must be averaging 6 knots plus and at times the log was reading 8 knots through the waterThis morning the domestic batteries were dead and not too sure why except we have placed our trust in the victron battery monitor amp hour status and maybe we shouldn't put quite so much trust and just check volts and drain regularly - started engine and charge for 3 hours and all seems Ok - Solar panel are also charging at 8 amps so we will see how things go Bread by Keith this morning looking very rustic so not sure how it will eat - more cheese today after the egg mayo went down a storm yesterday and sausages and mash for dinner We spoke to My Lady this morning on our way past still flying our kite and making 7 knots. read more...


08/12/2016

Gwendoline - 17th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds07. December. 11.35 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.16.406N 35.18.709WWhauuu - we are speeding directly towards St. Lucia. The latest 24 hours we have made 132 nautical miles, which is a new record for us. We have, since yesterday evening had a very stable wind of 18 - 22 knots - which has ensured us a very fine minimum speed of 6 knots. The latest 3-4 hours we have logged more than 7 knots - and right now we are doing 7,7 knots - NICE.The heat and the sun makes it difficult to sit outside in the cockpit. So yesterday Oliver rigged a sun shade which gives a lot of shade inside the cockpit. Especially Orla is very happy with this solution.Yesterday Bente treated us all with a fantastic salad for lunch. Actually. read more...


08/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur - At Sea - Nearly there

Two thousand three hundred nautical miles. That's the distance that has passed under the keel of Arthur Logic left Las Palmas.More importantly, it's marked a turning point in our mileage countdown and we're now well into three figure miles as we close in on Rodney Bay. So we thought now would be the perfect moment to survey the crew and discover the one thing - other people aside - that they're most looking forward to on arrival.As supplies dwindle on the Arthur Logic, our crew of discerning taste inevitably starts to dream of Carribbean dishes and foods which won't still be in date by the next ARC.Our Skipper, Mike Pickering shows surprising restraint when he picks a Carribbean roti. There is a murmur of approval around the boat, unlike the sweetcorn and meatball monstrosities he claims. read more...


08/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Spinniker up again Great fun

“18:13,20 49:51,58W” We have had our spinniker up all yesterday after a bit of freaky weatherwhich came from all directions and made it just about impossible to keepanything up. Now downwind and in the 9s and 10s so all happy that we are chasinga lot of yachts and getting past a few according to the position reports . nextshortage of wind will be in 2 days so says the weather forecast . Soon will dropand go for our daily swim and bath right here 680 miles from the nearest coast.o it is so good just lying in the water while the yacht pulls you along andcools you down. we had 42 in the sun yeatreday so you could imagine the reliefwhen we went yesterday . could be same today in a couple of hours so will godipping if we can persuade the speed freaks  to allow us to drop thekite . read more...


08/12/2016

Gwendoline - 16th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds06. December. 12.20 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.19.500N 32.48.980WYesterday was yet another fine day regarding catching fish - as we had fish on 3 times. The two first times, Oliver was down below deck, so I took charge of the fishing rod - and succeeded in doing everything wrong - so we lost the fish - both times. Third time we got fish on - I patiently waited for Oliver to come above deck - so he could take charge of the fishing rod. He wheeled in a fine but too small to eat Dorado. Gently we unhooked the little fish and sent it back into the ocean - for some lucky ARC boat to catch in the years to come.We are still doing good speed - though we had a couple of hours doing only 4,5 knots during the night.. read more...


08/12/2016

Koco - 18.Tag auf See

Die Nachtschichten waren diesmal etwas durchwachsen. Ab 03:00 Uhr tauchten die ersten Squalls auf und zwangen uns zu Kurskorrekturen. Der Atlantik ist bei 20 Knoten Wind schon etwas ungnädiger, aber immer noch erträglich. Man bewegt sich dabei nur, als hätte man schon 6 Gin-Tonic getrunken. Ständige Ausfallschritte versuchen die Bewegung des Kat's auszugleichen. Da ist es am besten wenn man liegt und dann noch in der Sonne. Den ganzen Tag. Durch den Wind von achtern hebt sich der Fahrtwind auf, so das es auch noch relativ Windstill auf unseren Sonnendeck war. Gegen Abend zogen dann ein paar Squalls auf, die uns aber nicht gefährlich wurden. Die Nacht war bis zum frühen Morgen Sternenklar, einige versuchten sie wieder zu zählen, verzählten sich aber. Ansonsten keine besonderen. read more...


08/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 18 - weniger als 1000sm zum Ziel

In der Nacht hat der Wind aufgefrischt und wir sind gut vorangekommen. Um 13:15 Uhr UTC meldet der Plotter weniger als 1000sm zum Ziel. Das letzte Drittel der Strecke können wir hoffentlich schnell hinter uns bringen, die Windprognose schaut gut aus ;-)zur Feier des Tages habe ich einen Marmorkuchen gebacken. Außerdem wälzen wir schon mal ein paar Reiseführer, denn so langsam steigt die Vorfreude auf die Karibik.Seit 2 Tagen haben wir kein Schiff gesehen aber dafür umso mehr fliegende Fische, die auch immer wieder an Bord kommen.Wenn ich mal eine vorsichtige Prognose wagen soll...wir hoffen, dass wir in 7-8 Tagen in St. Lucia ankommen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


08/12/2016

Peristera - A society

My crew didnt know eachother in advance. The bought their spots on the boat and came. Based on where they wanted to sleep, they organized themselves in what turned out to be job specific cabins. In the front port cabin we have the health care center, with a psysician and a nurse. They have a red cross on their door to guide us, and they are open for consultation between 9 and 10 in the mornings. The nurse is also an accomplished pastry baker, which makes this a very popular cabin. To starboard is the technical board, with two engineers. They are in charge of the stars and the chafe. Flattening of food tins is also part of their responsabilities. And in the aft port cabin resides the HR and communication departement. They are now in the process of organizing a ?funny hour? on Friday, of. read more...


07/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day18: Steady progress

We have had an injury on board! Big Pink was damaged on her way down forthe night. She became entangled with the baby stay and sustained a tear. She isstill in the sail hospital but may have surgery deferred until arrival as windhas picked up and we do not need her services at present. She has been a veryvalued member of the crew in all the light winds.   The sky was completely clear last night when I started my watch withhundreds of stars. It has been cloudy over the last few nights so a joy to go upon deck and see all the constellations and the milky way. The moon had alreadyset, so the night was dark but on a clear night it is easy to see the horizon.The sea is deep black and the sky (using tights colour here) ‘nearly black’. Asmy watch progressed some clouds appeared. At night. read more...


Bluewaft - Sunrise and Marcus fishing
Bluewaft - Sunrise and Marcus fishing
Bluewaft - Log Day 19 - Sailing off into the sunset
Bluewaft - Log Day 19 - Sailing off into the sunset
08/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 17: Hey ho and up she rises

Day 17: Hey ho and up she rises (What do we do with the drunkensailor?)   This is beginning to sound monotonous but we are having another daybecalmed at sea.  The wind is but a whisper and our boat speed isregistering 0 once again.  We have a glimmer of hope on the horizon as anemail in this morning says we could have done nothing to avoid this area of zerowind and that we should be on the move again this evening.  Ewen hasmanaged to get his homeward flights rearranged to give him a buffer zone of anextra five days and he looks as though a weight has been lifted from hisshoulders.  When the wind is absent its very hot here.  There are patches of shadeprovided by the bimini and the sails, but as the boat pirouettes in response tothe swell and wind this. read more...


08/12/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 19 - Sailing off into the sunset

Bluewaft Log Day 19Thursday 8 December 201618°59’.827N 051°55’.886WAnother day of sailing in light winds.After starting on a beam reachwe’ve switched to a goose-wing using the gennaker and genoa.We’reaveraging 4-5kts in 10-11 kts of wind from the East.So still makingprogress – but slower than we’d hoped.The forecast increase in winds isyet to materialise.Still, it’s a comfortable sail and we are makingprogress.The temperature has noticeably increased, with ‘no shirts’ the order of theday.The best spots are on the netting where you get the cool air comingoff the waves.Still no fish.Jame’s ‘lucky lure’ was lost and no nibbles on either ofthe other lines.We’ve plenty of food anyway, but the fresh fish is alwaysappreciated.We’re also now starting to get low on fresh vegetables.Thegreen. read more...


08/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 17 Part 2: Congratulations and celebrations

Day 17 Part 2: Congratulations and celebrations   News we have heard today:   Our congratulations go to our son Jon and Karen along with their sons Benand Sam.  Florence joined the family yesterday weighing in at around8lb.  We send you all of our love and look forward to meeting her early in2017.   Congratulations also to Carl and Suez on Nisidi and Derek, Lesley and Peteron Ocean Blue who have both made landfall in Saint Lucia today.  We willsee you in a week or so! Save us some rumplease.... read more...


08/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 19

Zwei Tage mit viel Sonne und noch mehr Decksduschen liegen seit meinem letzten Blog hinter uns. Der Autopilot läuft nur beim gemeinsamen Abendessen, macht seine Sache jedoch sehr gut und wird täglich kontrolliert. Gestern gab es Kartoffelpüree mit Würstchen nach Sonnenuntergang im Cockpit. Wir segeln dauerhaft mit Spi oder aufgebaumter Genau, sodass unser Babystag bestimmt schon ganz depressiv ist, weil es nur rum hängt und nichts zu tun hat. Peter, mein Wachpartner, ist mein persönlicher Autopilot und steuert ca. 60-70% unserer Wachzeit, so habe ich genug Zeit, um Logbuch zu schreiben und den Blog und trotzdem noch die Möglichkeit, den wunderschönen Sternenhimmel nachts zu genießen. Der Sonnenaufgang heute morgen hat noch einmal einige Sternschnuppen über den Himmel gejagt und war. read more...


08/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-12-08

Wednesday 7 Dec 2016The last 24 hours have been very interesting, and somewhat busy. On the lighter side, the ocean warrior barber was requested to pick up the scissors and chop, oops, cut Ralf’s hair. I hadn’t packed my hair scissors and had to rely on the pair from the first aid box, heaven help us if we need to actually cut skin !!We have been running the spinnaker constantly and through the night, achieving some good speeds and catching up Challenger 2. Last night we dropped it just as a squall was about to hit, and a bloody good call that was from the Mate, dropping the spinny and raising the yankee moments before the rain and turbulence surrounded the boat.Off watch had come and gone and the spinny still needed to be wooled, and as usual a game set of crew all mucked in with the. read more...


07/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 18

Liebe Landratten,nach einem Bilderbuchatlantiksegeltag mit moderatem Wind aus NE und viel Sonnenschein haben wir eine Strecke von 155 sm geschafft. Platt vorm Laken läuft das Schiff gut und in der Spitze machen wir bis zu 10 Knoten Speed durch das Wasser. Der Wind ist uns auch heute treu geblieben und wir können die Geschwindigkeit gut halten. Es ist leicht bewölkt und das Thermometer in der Navi ecke zeigt weiter 30 Grad, das aber sowohl tagsüber als auch nachts. Aktuell wird die erwartete Ankunftszeit in St. Lucia diskutiert. Davon ist abhängig, wer welchen Flug umbuchen muss. Auf jeden Fall wird es eine hektisch Zeit nach der Zieldurchfahrt, was sehr schade ist. Gerne hätten wir die Ankunft etwas zelebriert.Nun denn..Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE. read more...


07/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 16

All going well at last .We have 22 knots if breeze from the east and a following sea .Jasmine is surging along at 7.5 knots average and everything on board is working . The fridge and freezer ar both almost empty and Mike is splitting the meals into two but no one minds , we have almost completed our trip , We are all aware and alert however that last minute problems can arise .The flying fish continue to amuse us , they shoot from the water as we approach and fly off changing direction as they go and easily making 100 metres . The only one dissatisfied is Bill , hes been trying to capture them on camera for days to no avail . They always fly when hes not ready .Dodging squalls is mostly a morning and evening routine and the radar helps a lot .Given the food situation we re fishing with. read more...


07/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 17

Eddie is still with us and seems to be getting more attention than the rest of the crew. During the night he perches just behind the helm and tucks his head under his wing making strange noises in a manner not dissimilar to some of the human members on board. He spent a little bit of time in the galley this afternoon but offered very little support with the cooking and washing up duties.We continue to make very good progress and day after day appear to be closing in on the leading boats in our class. We are currently lying fourth. The winds for the next few days look favourable and we are optimistic that we will arrive some time in the later part of the weekend. We each had to guess the day/time about a week ago and the closest gets to helm over the finish line.This evening was my last. read more...


07/12/2016

VAVA-U - Nikolausi ? 06.12.16 - 16. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDer erste Teil der Nachtwache bekommt wieder einmal eine Dusche ab. Es regnet kurz und heftig, hört aber auch schnell wieder auf. Immerhin weht auch der Wind stetig zwischen 15 und 20 Knoten und wir machen gut Fahrt. Am Morgen dann große Überraschung: Der Nikolaus war da und hat uns Schokolade gebracht! Wir müssen wirklich sehr brav gewesen sein, wenn er extra über den Atlantik fliegt.(Bild Schoki in Schuhen)Nach dem Nikolaus dann wieder ein sehr gerne gesehener Besuch, die Delfine, die wir seit Tagen vermissen, sind zurück. Eine ganze Schule schwimmt mit unserem Boot mit und hat Spass.(Bild Delfine tbd)Ansonsten sieht unser Programm in der Hitze nicht anders aus. Wir schlafen, lesen und machen Faxen.(Bild Isabel)(Bild Martin)(Bild Markus)Auch Thomas hängt gemütlich ab. read more...


07/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 18

Robert´s reiselogg dag 18:Nattevaktene i dag fikk merke hva squaller kan by på av både regn og vind.Før skribenten gikk og la seg "åpnet himmelen seg" og helte alt den hadde av vann ned på Numa.... Iallefall virket det slik.Det var godt med vind og regn det meste av natten, men når skribenten stod opp ved 7:30 tiden vardet fint vær igjen.I dag har vi seilt med genoa hele tiden, bortsett fra ca. en halvtime hvor vi forsøkte genakeren.Pga. sjøen (bølgene) måtte vi ha håndstyrt hele tiden dersom vi skulle ha hatt genakeren oppe, så da blei det genoa.Det har og vært noe squaller på radaren, som man ikke vil møte med genakeren oppe.Vi er jo makelig anlagt hele gjengen ombord, og vil jo helst bare ha solskinnseilas.Mannskapet har jo til tider lurt på hvorfor vi ikke seilte med genakeren, da de. read more...


07/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 7 - 18th Day at Sea

Dec 7 - 18th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 655 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,344 miles behind us. We have been in the trade winds for a few days now, which this year are fairly mild. True wind ranges from 10-14 knots, from 90°-120°, and our heading is 277°. With the wind from the back, and one knot of favorable swell, we can sail 120-140 nautical miles a day, which is quite nice. From aft, a 10-14 knots true wind is equivalent to 5-10 knots apparent, which puts very little pressure on the rig and makes the boat very easy to handle.As we get closer to the Caribbean, the one downside is that is gets hot and humid and somewhat stuffy on the boat. It's not easy to sleep with the heat.Today we saw three boats around us, two were cargos and one, Sakari, was a sailboat.Sailing at. read more...


07/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 16 letters home

Hallo Stralsund!Liebe Grüsse vom Antlantik an alle Freunde, Verwandte, Bekannte und an meine Arbeitskollegen. Die allerliebsten Grüsse und Küsse an meinen Mann Volker, der mir diese Reise ermöglicht hat und an meine Kinder, Lene und Willi. Mama, mir geht es gut, du brauchst dir keine Sorgen machen. Gib Papa einen Kuss von mir. Nachdem wir nun die Seekrankheit und alles an Wetter (Squalls und Windlöcher) überstanden haben, haben wir die Passatwinde erreicht und langsam stellt sich Urlaubsfieling ein.Also bis bald und trinkt einen Glühwein für mich mit.Eure KatrinFrom Mary - hello again shore-based support team.. i know you're all thinking how slow this is going, and you're right. But the days are full and the night watches mostly beautiful... although occasionally hard going.We started. read more...


07/12/2016

Mustique - A little word on our passage preparation - from Anders

Hi all 4+ readers!We are right now app 140 NMof St . LuciaApprox. 15 more hours to sail with present conditions. sailors know though that conditions can change any minute. I strongly believe we will cross the finish line before x-mas this year. best guess at present tomorrow Thursday app 7-8 local St Lucia time or app just before noon UTC time.Our course is 250 which we believe is correct. Why only believe?Well , as you know we have chosen a very Northern route. Challenge right now: When to go South and not lest head West again towards the island? The standard answer is go South till the butter starts melting and then turn West till you hear the drums and see the waiting committee with rum punches. But we ran out of butter several days ago! Well Cpt has made one of his fingers wet, held. read more...


07/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 18 Nacht 17

Hallo Ihr Lieben, ich halte mich ganz kurz. Wir haben die Ziellinie um 16.57 UTC oder 17.57 MEZ passiert, also 17 Tag 3 Std. und 57 Minuten für eine Strecke von 2.856 sm benötigt. Wir sind super glücklich, dass nichts ernsthaftes passiert ist, das Boot einwandfrei funktioniert hat und alles einfach wunderbar geklappt hat. Wir melden uns wieder nach der Siegerehrung mit der tatsächlichen Platzierung. Eventuell auch zwischendurch mal, aber der tägliche Block ist nun zu Ende. Danke für’s verfolgen, für die möglicherweise geteilte Sorge und Freude. Wir sind glücklich, dass so viele an unserem Erlebnis teilgenommen haben. Liebe Grüße  Die gesamt Crew Wolfgang. read more...


07/12/2016

Beltana II - I think it is Day 18?

We are getting a bit tired, nights shifts taking their toll, blogs becomingerratic, I am getting cranking every time some thing a little more goes wrongwith rigging, electrics, pumps, chargers, etc Yesterday was a pretty long day – Paul repaired the mounting supports forthe regulator box on top of the genset – two were gone (metal on metal hitting),one was still there but separated, and one just plain missing I think.  Sowe had to pull the wooden bench apart a bit and take the top cover off thegenset, then get into the electrical generator regulator box, drill out the oldstuds and fashion new rubber mounts from spare rubber we carry on board, andthen get new bolts in place in awfully difficult positions – great job byPaul.Meanwhile we had to repair a small rip in the spinnaker after. read more...


07/12/2016

Delfini - dec 7th

The wind continued all night and most of this morning and we are very excited to approach the 1000 miles to go point - hopefully later todayLast night was clear as a bell and warm and skipper was steering by the stars with 15 knots of wind at 5 knots through the water and lining up the top of the ensign pole with mars and 3 stars diagonally - it was absolutely fabulousToday I woke t to reports that the fridge had died but after an inspection I reckon it was just too flipping hot and it shut down - time will tell but with only 3 or 4 more days supply of meat it doesn't really matter too much - the fridge has provided sterling service keeping everything cool until now but it's 35 degrees today so no surprise it's upsetWe are having egg mayo sandwiches today using home made bread made. read more...


07/12/2016

Bluetangos Two - Blog dell'arrivo 7,12,2016

Blog dell'arrivo  7,12,2016  CA' VENISTI 7.12.2016   Siamo a 10 miglia dall'arrivo, siamo ingaggiati da HEBE un 56 piedi che da ieri ci tallona. Santa Lucia ci aspetta a braccia aperte. La notte è passata farcita dagli Squalls, non violenti ma sufficienti a bagnarci come pulcini. Ora barba,maglietta gialla, giubbini. Abbiamo preparato l'inno nazionale da mettere al traguardo a tutto volume. Nel ns piccolo vogliamo tenere alti i ns colori. Ciao a tutti e grazie per avere letto le ns esperienze   l'equipaggio di BLUETANGOS TWO. read more...


07/12/2016

EH01 - Day 14 & 15

  Hello hellohello from the sun soaked Atlantic..   We have nowsailed 2700nm which is so amazing and have 430nm to go..!! The mood ishigh on EH01 as the crew are getting some overdue sun and R&R “off watch”and working our behinds off “on watch”” to make up any additional miles that wecan.  TheAtlantic really has a split personality: one day she is sending squall aftersquall and the crew are exhausted, bruised and battered and the next day all isforgiven and she is sending great winds with lovely sunshine. Andras said thathe has never encountered so many squalls on a crossing , he is lucky we are sucha well oiled crew.! On watch thismorning our crew were all watching the squall cloud-line and it was so great aswe were able to keep the kite up for as long as possible and. read more...


07/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!

Bluewaft Log Day 18Wednesday 7 December 201619°27’.465N 050°18’.886WLight winds were the order of the day.We spent most of the day on a reach going more north than we would have liked, the rationale being it was a comfortable point of sail and our VMG was still quite good. A couple of days ago we’d discussed the need to watch sleep and diet and made the (prophetic) observation that the last week of sailing was when accidents happen.We obviously should have touched wood!(I am convinced that these things always ‘happen in threes’…) Here’s how it played out:After lunch we had a slight mishap where the preventer wrapped itself around the end of a hand-railand before anyone could do anything the boom lifted and bent the rail.Cosmetic damage only and easy enough to fix. After a glass of wine. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!
07/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 16: Whale meet again, don’t know where don’t know when

Day 16: Whale meet again, don’t know where don’t know when   Yet another day with no wind.  We are still in the doldrums but ourspirits are a little brighter.  Our spirits were lifted even more when Calspotted a whale 25 meters away.  It was so close that we could see thewhite on the underside of its fins as it gracefully arced through thewater.  It stayed close to us for a while and then swam deep below theboat.  The water was so clear that we could see it circle around and followus off the stern for a short while before disappearing.   Cheered on by this beautiful sight we decide that it was time for anotherswim.  We played off the back of the boat relishing in the swell of theocean.  The swell was huge with big rolling waves moving. read more...


07/12/2016

White Satin - There she blows!

2244 miles sailed, 776 to go.Yesterday was quite a day. We woke to the strains of Slade singing 'MerryChristmas Everyone'; it being St Nicholas' Day, Vicki (our entertainmentsofficer) had decided that it should be White Satin's Christmas Day. So,Christmas songs, quizzes etc. throughout the day. One quiz was chocolatethemed - e.g. if the clue is 'Fowl Joy', what chocolate confection is theanswer? See tomorrow's blog for the solution. We do have a version ofChristmas dinner on the boat and had planned to have that last night, but asit is now clear that we will be at sea for David's 60th birthday, we havepostponed the special dinner for a celebration meal on Saturday. We havereserve stocks of food under floorboards in various bits of the boat, theplan was that we would lift the floorboards. read more...


White Satin - There she blows!
White Satin - There she blows!
07/12/2016

Koco - 17.Tag auf See

Wir hatten wieder ein traumhaftes zubereitetes Abendessen von Sybille, mit leckerenBlue Marlin Filets. Auch die 16. Nacht auf See verlief ohne Vorkommnisse. Es ist 08:00 Uhr. Der Morgen ist wieder mal traumhaft, mit viel Sonne und Temperaturen um die 27 Grad. Ich sitze am Tisch im " erweiterten Cockpit" des Katamarans, habe freien Blick auf den Atlantik. Die Sonne kitzelt mir über das Gesicht, während ich den alltäglichen Blog schreibe. Wir haben heute Nikolaus. Liebe Charlotte und Johanna, sicherlich habt ihr eure zahlreichen Schuhe geputzt, damit sie vom Nikolaus gefüllt werden können. Wir hier auf dem Boot haben es alle verschlafen, die geputzten Schuhe rauszustellen. Wir denken das es sowieso zu weit für den Nikolaus war. Wir haben jetzt noch 584 Sm auf dem Tacho. Wenn Dieters. read more...



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