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Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
Lexington - Captain Bob: Capetown Jewish Museum
07/12/2017

Blue Bayou - Sailing in the dark......

and things that go bump in the night.Our morning chafe check has often revealed some nocturnal goings ons.First of all something has left some worryingly large scales on deck a number of times.Exhaustive searching of the boat has yielded nothing - although it has eliminated the Karaoke Queen from the enquiries.It remains a mystery.There’s the inevitable flying fish from time to time and much excitement came with the discovery of the Ship Eating Giant Squid.If only he’d been prepared to wait a little longer before fulfilling his ambition.We admired his pluck though, and paid our respects to the Admirable Squid before committing him to the deep (sadly the morning sun had dried him out a bit but we managed to scrape him off the deck without damaging the gel coat).The Plane Driver landed the. read more...


Blue Bayou - we’re down to the last two apples
Blue Bayou - we’re down to the last two apples
07/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+18 Méridienne

Jeudi 18 décembre12h00 UTC14°04 N50°40 WDistance 24h : 167 millesDistance restante : 599 millesMéridienneSabine a sorti le vieux sextant plastique de la Mini Transat de Pierre-Yves. Nous avons fait un calcul de latitude par la technique de la Méridienne.C'est simple. Vous ajoutez à Ho (hauteur du soleil au dessus de l'horizon) la première correction (réfraction moyenne + dépression + parallaxe + demi-diamètre) puis la deuxième correction (bord inférieur du soleil en fonction du mois de l'année) pour obtenir Hv (hauteur vraie de l'astre). Ilsuffit alors de calculer la Distance zénithale (90° - Hv) et de lui soustraire la déclinaison du soleil à midi local (donnée par les éphémérides du jour à Greenwich corrigée de la valeur estimée de la longitude transformée en temps) Résultat : le. read more...


07/12/2017

Angkor - Tag 19: fast im Ziel

Noch 50 Meilen. Das können 5 oder 10 oder noch mehr Stunden sein. Jetzt ist es 11:30 Uhr Ortszeit und so sollten wir heute ankommen. Wir haben uns natürlich Sonnenuntergangsstimmung mit Empfangskappelle und Bad in der Menge vorgestellt. Jetzt können wir es auf den schwachen Wind schieben, dass wir vermutlich nur von einem übernächtigten ARC Vertreter begrüßt werden, während alle schon schlafen und wir selber schnellstens ins Bett wollen.Wir wird das sein – anzukommen? Letzte Nacht ist keine 100m hinter uns die Odessa durchgekreuzt. Wir liefern uns schon lange ein Kopf an Kopf rennen, allerdings gilt das nur für ozeanische Maßstäbe, was praktisch bedeutet, dass wir sie nicht sehen oder kaum sehen. Ich kann ohne Ironie sagen, dass es mir tatsächlich plötzlich etwas voll wurde, als die so. read more...


07/12/2017

Lei Lei - 18. Tag auf hoher See - Das Ende naht

Wie das so ist auf einer längeren Reise, gegen Ende möchte man gerne ankommen. Zu dumm nur, wenn gerade dann die Umstände gegen eine zügige Zielerreichung sprechen. In unserem Falle ist der Übeltäter der schwächelnde Wind. Sobald der Windmesser weniger als 12 Knoten zeigt, reicht er nicht mehr, um das Segel gegen die Schaukelbewegungen der Wellen am Stehen zu halten. Es fällt in sich zusammen, um gleich darauf mit einem lauten Knall wieder das ursprüngliche Profil anzunehmen. Das ist zum Einen nervenaufreibend und zum Anderen nicht gut fürs Material wegen Überbeanspruchung. Wie dem auch sei, wir tun wirklich alles um die Situation zu verbessern, z.B. den Mast kraulen oder faul in der Sonne liegen und Mangos vertilgen. Vor uns liegen noch 276 Seemeilen, für die bei einem angenommenen. read more...


07/12/2017

Barefoot - Tag 18 - 7.12.17 - da haben wir doch tatsächlich noch mal einen Fisch gefangen! Und was für einen!

Barefoot - Tag 18 - 7.12.17 - da haben wir doch tatsächlich noch mal einen Fisch gefangen! Und was für einen!Gestern Nachmittag passierte es! Ein großer mahi mahi hing an der Angel. Was für ein Prachtstück. Der hätte auch für 8 Personen gereicht, aber wir waren der Auffassung, dass jetzt erst mal fischzeit sei und so haben wir den Kollegen zu sechst verputzt, zusammen mit tomate Mozzarella und Spaghetti mit Butter und Kapern. Brad hat sich wieder alle Mühe gegeben, den fisch lecker zu braten! Übrigens waren Max und Brad mit fang einholen, fang ausnehmen, fang zubereiten Und fang braten so unglaublich schnell, dass wir schon 45 Minuten nach fang essen konnten.....das nennt sich dann fangfrisch zubereitet :-)))Ihr habt richtig gelesen, gestern gab es immer noch Tomaten. Der las palmas. read more...


Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
Barefoot - tag 18 fotos
07/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 17 - Mexican sleeping sickness

We believe we have an epidemic aboard. Yet undiscovered by leading academics, we believe to have patient 0 of the Mexican Sleeping sickness(lat. Mexicanussleepicus) right here on the Rubikon. The situation is dire, with the symptoms (over 13h of sleep per day) spreading quickly throughout the crew. While we also believe to have found an antidote, most patients simplify refuse to take the required amounts of coffee or coke to fight back. Hence this might be the last entry in our blog. As tomorrow we might well all be sleeping. When not sleeping, we spend our days eating (Bolognese, left-over Indian curry and freshly baked bread), or playing cards with new record games (Or losses) being played in Skat. In between we had to run to cover and hide from three drops of rain (the first rain. read more...


07/12/2017

Knotty Girl - Nuits océanes

14:03.245N: 49:58.041WAujourdʼhui je voulais vous parler de ces instants hors du temps que sont les navigations de nuit lorsque que tous vos repères habituels disparaissent et que de nouveaux sens se révèlent. Par nuit nuageuse, seuls sont visibles les instruments de navigation dans leur faible halo ambré. Ni le ciel sans étoile ni la lune masquée ne créent le moindre reflet sur lʼeau noire dont vous ne percevez que le retentissement plus ou moins proche des vagues qui déferlent. Vous savez que chacune dʼelles va projeter le bateau sur tribord ou bâbord. Par houle arrière, vous attendez de ressentir lʼélévation de la poupe, puis le dérapage de la coque sur le haut de la vague avant de plonger dans le creux de celle-ci dans un dérapage inverse. Et pendant ces quelques secondes, vous ne. read more...


Knotty Girl - Nuits océanes
Knotty Girl - Nuits océanes
07/12/2017

Talulah Ruby II - being our own supermarket, hairdresser, launderette and doctors surgery!

One of the things that is intimidating about crossing oceans is the isolation, you are required to be your own supermarket, hairdresser, launderette and even sometimes, doctors surgery. It was with this in mind that I invested heavily in both my own medical training and the ships medical kit. Little did I realise that I would be my own first patient! On Sunday night I developed a slightly sore ear, by Monday morning it was considerably more painful and after consulting the Ship Captains Medical book I decided to start a course of antibiotic ear drops. By lunchtime Monday I was in a lot more pain and my ear was swollen and hot to touch with a lot of pressure, after consulting the Medical book again I decided that this was more than an outer ear infection and stronger antibiotics were. read more...


06/12/2017

Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!

This afternoon we were invited to compete in a quiz being conducted by one of the crew of Infinity of Yar. We have been in VHF contact with them for the last few days keeping tally of each other’s fishing triumphs. Also, joining in on the quiz was Talulah Ruby and so with three competitors we began. Much to our dismay the quiz appeared to be heavily biased to having an English heritage and even with an Englishman on board (35 years removed however) many questions we were unable to answer. Our final tally was reasonable, bonus points for wit included, but we still lost out to the Infinity crew and unfortunately lost range with Talulah before the quiz was finished. All in all it was a lot of fun and quite remarkable that three boats which happened to all be on Pontoon L in Las Palmas were. read more...


Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!
Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!
07/12/2017

Nisida - Whale strike Wednesday 6 Dec 1530UTC

At approximately 1530 UTC at position 12d52N 51d18W Nisida collided with a whale. We were surfing along at speeds up to 11kts under full main and spinnaker when suddenly out of nowhere there was a massive thump to the starboard side of the boat alongside the cockpit. A huge tale of a whale towered above the cockpit flexing the guard-wires causing minor injuries to one crew member who was sat on the cockpit coaming. The injuries are a cut to a hand and abrasions to both knees. Injuries have been cleaned and dressed.As far as we know the whale was unharmed.All are fine on board although a little shaken by the incident. We have checked over the boat and there does not seem to be any significant damage.. read more...


07/12/2017

Mad Monkey - Movie Night and an Unidentified Fish

It's been a fun few days on Mad Monkey and crew are counting down the days to the trophy, which comes in the form of a rum punch or 2! Our target deadline which is keeping us on the ball is mum's birthday on the 10th. We are having to make plans for what to do if we need to celebrate at sea --- or in St Lucia! I have been put in charge of wrapping some gifts we brought in Ibiza, although I've never had to wrap presents on a night shift before whilst being thrown around by an Atlantic swell! Crew morale has also been revitalised as friends on board pulled out a new jamon to replace the one we just finished, that is now swinging in the hammocks taking pride of place, but I don't imagine it's going to be there that long!To make it feel more homely, last night we transformed the cockpit in. read more...


07/12/2017

Odessa - 18-th day of race

Продолжаем движение к финишу.Ветер немножко усилился, но в целом без измененийПочинили опреснитель - душевые процедуры и проч возобновлены. Отстегнулся брас генакера. На обед - гаспачо.. read more...


07/12/2017

Nutcracker - So now the technical details....

The cabin boy writes: it does seem the Trades are behaving. 10-15knts rather than the 14-19 consistently forecast, but enough to push us goosewinging along at 6.5-7.0knts average over the past couple of days. Confused but low swells, so all quite sedate. We came still further S to avoid risk of finding a ridge which stretches down from the H over Bermuda to ' the Eastern Caribbean' - which is what you'd call a forecasting hedging of bets. We've been gybing and goosewinging as a kind of middle way between reach and dead run. Wind direction has varied quite a bit over relatively short periods, and frustratingly just too much E. But this evening our W progress and S push, coupled with what we hope is backing to a proper NE for the Trades, meant we switched to 3-sail reaching. Nutcracker is. read more...


07/12/2017

Queen Bee - tutto tranquillo

Altra giornata di tranquilla navigazione tropicale, poco vento e stiamo cercando di fare rendere la barca al meglio sfruttando le onde che ci spingono. Per il resto nulla da segnalare se non una serie di nuvoloni neri al tramonto che ci circondano, qui li chiamano squall,tuttavia con un po' di fortuna siamo riusciti a driblarli. In queste lunghe giornate il tempo non sembra passare mai, il momento migliore è la sera, quando finito di cenare ci si sofferma attorno al tavolo della dinette a parlare tra noi, gran bella cosa i rapporti umani.Un abbraccio!ArnaldoP.S. per le amiche casalinghe 45 minuti di cura delle mani ed i piatti lasciati nel secchiaio, fanno miracoli per il morale!. read more...


07/12/2017

Blonde Moment - Where does all the time go?

Hey!Sorry for silence from Blonde Moment and crew, but we've been very busy, don't know where the time goes! We gybed at least 4 times in the last couple of days, trying to find these stronger NE winds and also almost catching 3 fish!!The problem we have on board is that one crew member doesn't like fish and 2 others feel sorry for them and, although love the thought of fresh Mahi Mshi for dinner, hope the poor little things will get away! We had the full detailed tutorialby Mark from Mad Monkey on lures, how to make them,howset the hook up with feathers and hair (thankfully not mine! ) and how to catch a fish.Today 3 fish got away and one lure has been half eaten!..........this fishing is becoming much harder and the successes of the first couple of days must have been luck rather than. read more...


06/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 17: What a difference a gybe makes, Strange noises spook Neal in the night, Should gravy ever be put on fish & chips, Dolphins!, Finnish Independence Day

6 December 2017 0915 Position 14 degs 48'N 049 degs 49'WI was awoken at around 0330 by Wendy rushing around below decks shutting all the hatches - it was raining and hard! Alf and Neal were on deck getting soaked and dealing with a rain squall offering both a deluge and 22 knot gusts, which the boat took in its stride. At least the squall had given us a bit more boat speed although we were rolling all over the place as it had been pretty slow up to now, indeed all night the same but on a positive note the boat had had a good wash down.The trouble was we really needed to gybe onto starboard tack but with the spinnaker up and without lazy sheets fitted it was a case of having to drop the kite which needed all hands on deck and daylight to do it safely. So the decision was made to gybe. read more...


06/12/2017

Haji - Ship's log n°14 - Photo finish: Haji vs Jubilate Mare

It's 4am on day twenty at sea. After two weeks without seeing another ARC+ boat, Jubilate Mare is showing up on our AIS. She's seven miles behind us, and we're less than fourty miles from the finish line in Rodney Bay. An Oyster 47, she's a much faster boat and is slowly starting to close the gap. My night watch is finished though and I head to my bunk to get a few hours sleep.I woke up to find Jubilate Mare within two miles of us and the lush green hills of St Lucia a stones throw away in the early morning light. As with leg one, where we raced Tao to the finish, it was looking like it could be another race to the finish. Again, the Skipper is helming to get the most out of Haji who, with fifteen knots of wind behind her, had twin headsails and the main up. The Bosun was down below. read more...


06/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 18 - 6 December - Tha' she blows!

The moment I posted yesterday how reassuring it was to have another Arc vessel in the vicinity, Flying Merlin changed tack and headed South, leaving us on a Westward course. For a moment I wondered about our direction, and then Harley spotted a bullet of a sleek black shape speeding towards us. It was a pilot whale coming to say hello and then pressing on ahead. It's a sign! I thought.This morning we looked up pilot whales in Wikipedia. We discovered that they are notorious for having a misguided sense of direction that often gets them stranded on shore, so maybe it is not so wise to follow their course after all...It also turns out pilot whales are actually the largest of the oceanic dolphins after orca. Is a whale not a whale? We then started discussing the difference between whales. read more...


06/12/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 18 - its a hard life!

It’s safe to say that with these light winds, everyone on board is as chilled as it’s possible to be.Once in the trade winds, sailing to the Caribbean seems to be about pointing the boat in the right direction and then being patient.We made it to the trade winds 2 weeks ago today and haven’t seen over 16 knots of wind since.With this being directly from behind and us averaging 6 knots speed over ground this means we only have 10 knots of wind blowing over the boat which makes for a very peaceful and tranquil place to be indeed.The front of the boat is one of the best places to be (this is debated as there are many) because it’s nice and quiet, the lightest of breezes passes over you from astern and there is plenty of space for all of us to catch some rays together.Are the bean bags our. read more...


06/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 18 - Trade Winds Have a Day Off

“Frustration” best describes the mood on board this afternoon.After great progress up until lunchtime today the wind seems to have died off.It feels like the NoStress team are at the card table with the elements, and the Atlantic Winds have an impenetrable poker face.They know we’re “all in” but keep taunting us anyway.Gusts here and squalls there, followed by lulls of indeterminate lengths forcing us to continuously vary track and change trim.Making us scamper about on our boat in the middle of the ocean to try to squeeze every bit of drive from the elusive airs.Each day, at just after noon, we receive an email from the ARC committee updating us with all of the latest positions of the boats in the fleet.If you’ve looked at the tracker then you’ll know that this isn’t joyous reading for. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 18 - Trade Winds Have a Day Off
NoStress - Log Day 18 - Trade Winds Have a Day Off
Susan Ann II - log day 18 - its a hard life!
Susan Ann II  - log day 18 - its a hard life!
06/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 18 - Monsterjagd

Letzte Nacht haben wir noch einmal wenig Schlaf bekommen. Zweimal haben wir die Segel geborgen, weil uns Sqalls einholten, und zweimal entpuppten sie sich doch nur als harmlose Regenwolken (der erste Regen, seitdem wir am 19.11. losgefahren sind!). Der Radar macht aber leider keinen Unterschied zwischen einfachen Regenwolken und richtigen Sqalls. Die Art und Weise, wie das Ganze auf dem Radar-Bildschirm aussieht - als müssten wir wabernden, roten, formlosen Monstern entkommen - erinnerte mich irgendwie an ein Computerspiel und inspirierte mich zu der Überschrift.^^Heute habe ich tatsächlich das erste Mal nach 18 Tagen auf See über der Rehling gehangen und mein Abendessen wiedergesehen. Allerdings nicht wegen Seekrankheit, sondern einer Migräne-Attacke. Jetzt ist aber alles wieder gut und. read more...


06/12/2017

Manihi - Jeux de voiles

« La mer est tout le temps différente et pourtant c'est la même mer» - Le GlésioNous faisons Cap direct sur St -Lucie toujours poussés par les alizés, à peine quelques corrections pour éviter les zones de vent plus faibles que les fichiers météo nous annoncent avec quelques jours d'avance. Pour notre plus grand plaisir les grains ne semblent pas de la partie.Aujourd'hui c'est l'occasion, pour vous lecteur assidus, de faire de l'exerciceavec l'équipage, tous sur le pont pour les manœuvres :-)vous allez voir c'est pas sorcier.Au moins deux fois par jour nous nous activons sur le pont pour adapter la voilure au vent et au cap que nous voulons suivre ...mais des fois c'est plus fréquent 4 ou 5manœuvres?Deux à l'avant du pont pour s'occuper des voiles d'avant : le spi , le génois.Ils gèrent. read more...


06/12/2017

Ellen - Day 17

Fast sailing, a lot of seagrassor something like that. We have got it in our Watt&Sea and also in our main engine shaft/propeller. Ruff sea at the night. Good night!. read more...


06/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+17 Bords de largue

Mercredi 6 décembre12h00 UTC14°20 N47°50 WDistance 24h : 167 millesDistance restante : 762 millesBords de largueNous faisons tout pour éviter le plein vent arrière. C'est une allurerecherchée par le plaisancier habituel. Mais pour nous, ce n'est passouhaitable bien que nous soyons des plaisanciers.Il nous faut ce que les régatiers appellent "de l'angle". Pour que notrepropre vitesse s'ajoute au vent réel et nous donne un vent apparent sur lecôté. Ce qui est mieux pour le rendement des voiles.Partant de ce principe, nous avons plongé dans le sud-ouest hier après midiavec un vent d'est (donc sur le côté) et nous avons empanné en milieu de nuitpour faire de l'ouest avec un vent de nord-est (donc encore sur le côté).Nous sommes très contents de notre choix. Espérons qu'il sera rentable. read more...


06/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 06122017

Mardi 6 décembreA bord du fier BlueTop...que s'est il passé...?Eh bien nuit ( a peu pres) calme...car vent mou et variable en direction...et conformement a mes consignes, j'ai eu droit a être réveillé 2 fois pour "empanner", c'est a dire changer de bord au vent arriere...c'est pas compliqué...mais moins simple que vent de face...Bref malgré ce vent un peu erratique nous avons tout de même bien progressé vers le but...( j'ai po dit goalll ;))Ce matin renvoi du grand spi, mais le vent est toujours mou...petite vitesse mais droit vers Ste Lucie...Le tempss'est un peu couvert, ce qui apaise la chaleur..maais la température de l'air est a 32 l'eau a 28°....et nous ne revons pas!Par contre comme cela tire en longueur cette course ( qui n'a plus beaucoup d'enjeu ;( ) tout l'équipage a hate. read more...


06/12/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 17 - 6.12.17 - chillen unter der Sonne

Barefoot - Tag 17 - 6.12.17 - chillen unter der SonneStellt euch vor, gestern sind wir gesegelt :-)So richtig viel ist nicht passiert. Erstaunlicherweise haben wir immer noch einen Köder, mit dem wir seit Tagen versuchen, einen Thunfisch zu angeln. Der Erfolg blieb bisher aus, aber wir arbeiten dran!So langsam nähern wir uns unserem Ziel St. Lucia. Von der regattaleitung erhielten wir gestern Nachmittag die Info, dass bisher 5 Schiffe angekommen sind, der Rest kämpft noch. Wahrscheinlich wird diese ARC in die Geschichte eingehen als die bisher langsamste....Donnerstag, Freitag und den halben Samstag werden wir Winde um die 20 kn und ein bisschen mehr haben. Darauf freuen wir uns, dann werden Meilen gemacht....Um die Zeiten der verschieden großen und verschiedenartigen Segler am Ende. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 17 fotos
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 17 fotos
06/12/2017

Lei Lei - 17. Tag auf hoher See - Die etwas andere Welt

Der Passat zieht uns weiter in Richtung St. Lucia, jedoch lässt seine Stärke etwas nach. Hoffentlich ist es nur eine vorübergehende Schwäche, denn nicht nur die Ankunfszeit leidet darunter, auch die individuellen Ergebnisse der Crew-Schichten lassen so keine Best-Leistungen zu. Nach jeder 1,5h Schicht wird nämlich verglichen, welche Durchschnitts- und Höchstgeschwindigkeit erreicht wurden und wie nah am optimalen Kurs gesteuert wurde. Wer sich hier die Blöße gibt, muss für den Spott im Anschluss nicht sorgen. Bei Windgeschwindigkeiten von nahe 10 Knoten sind solche Statistiken natürlich deutlich weniger spannend als bei 20 Knoten Wind... In seiner Nachtschicht hatte Alexander heute die schöne Gelegenheit, frühzeitig Tages-Rekorde aufzustellen. Zunächst bereitete die Situation allerding. read more...


06/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 16 & Tag 17

Tag 16 BergfestNach Mitternacht zeigte unser Tiefenmesser plötzlich an, dass wir offensichtlich verfolgt wurden. Im Abstand zwischen 7-12 Meter schwamm etwas größeres konstant unter dem Schiff her, wir vermuteten ein Wal oder mehrere Delfine. Über eine Stunde wurden wir verfolgt bis es unserem Verfolger zu langweilig zu werden schien und sich trollte. Leider wollte er nicht auftauchen und sich uns nicht zeigen.Montag war es endlich soweit, gegen 13:00 UTC feierten wir Bergfest nachdem wir den 40. Längengrad überschritten hatten. Zur Feier des Tages gab es für jeden einen Drink und nach alter Seemannstradition wurde ein Schluck Hendriks dem Ozean geopfert.Abends wurden drei Bleche frische Pizza gebacken und die Meltemi roch wie eine fahrende Pizza Bäckerei auf dem Atlantik. Die Pizza. read more...


06/12/2017

Passepartout - Five days to go rolling on downwind

We are all anticipating arriving in St Lucia in five and bit days after sixteen days of sailing.Life onboard is good: we have been flying along under spinnaker, catching our rivals, and enjoying each other’s company.But after two weeks on board we are looking for a proper shower, nice bed and a beer or two.Not that we suffering too much as there’s still plenty of food cooked by master chef Hugo and wine for our sundowner each night.We’ve managed to catch a few Mahi Mahi which have been delicious, but hoping for a tuna for sashimi at some stage.We’ve been under spinnaker for the last week, a pleasant change from the prior heavy upwind work and then being becalmed the week before.The spinnaker has been a great asset pushing the boat a knot or two faster than a poled out jib, and more. read more...


06/12/2017

Nutcracker - From Las Palmas them comin'....

Good morning, from the St.Lucia bound ship Nutcracker. We hope that we have just put in our last gybe, and are now headed straight for thE Caribbean, with nothing else to do except get there. Now, we've hoped many things on this trip and they haven't often come to pass, so expect that to change - but hey, a crew can dream. Proper trade winds have been sourced, sampled and utilised, the art of surfing perfected and now our days are spent longingly gazing at the speedo. The greatest sporting comeback of 2017 is well and truly on. We are flying up the rankings, making at least 1 place a day! The fact that we are 115th is a small detail I would be prefer to gloss over - and instead let's focus on the fact that it's better to be going forwards than backwards. We are now hoping to time our. read more...


06/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 16 - Build your own Timezone (ByoTz)

One of the interesting aspects of being on the water, cut-off from land and without meetings and appointments is that we can create our own timezones. Apart from the fact that we have no way of exactly knowing which timezone we are in, an added benefit is that we can select our own sunrise and sunset times, giving us slightly more light in the evenings. On the sailing-side we seem to be making good progress, having crossed into the 3-digit distance-region yesterday, with winds and waves again being favorable. Though we are afraid that might change soon, as we forgot to give Neptune his share of our celebratory Cava last night. Right now it is still too early to predict a more precise arrival time and date, but we do have suggestions for our VMG again (Which was 6.2kn yesterday; in. read more...


La Cigale - 6 Dec: Shoes on the table?! Must be St Nick!
La Cigale - 6 Dec: Shoes on the table?! Must be St Nick!
06/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 18 - 6 December - (break)Feast of St Nicholas

I am on the dawn watch this morning, having swapped with the Skipper. This is not a case of the First Mate slacking and skipping a graveyard shift (honest, guv!) but to ensure I was up before the kids this morning, because it's the Feast Day of St Nicholas today. "What?!St Knicker-less?!" asked Francis. You can take the boy out of the classroom, but schoolboy humour will prevail!It's not a day we make a big deal of in the UK, but after hearing all about it and their life in Holland from the kids' Flemish cousins, dearly loved Ella and Aline, while we were sailing to the Canaries together, we wanted to mark it somehow, in their honour. Clogs were swapped for deck shoes, and put out in the external part of the Cockpit the night before, tucked under the table, out of sight (in the dark!) of. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 26: last evening
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 26: last evening
06/12/2017

Queen Bee - 6 dicembre

Giornata apparentemente tranquilla ed invece già di primo mattino Andrea ha avvistato un grosso cetaceo, forse una balena che si è affiancata alla barca per controllarci. Poi all'ora di pranzo un altro pesce di quelli buoni, come quello di un paio di giorni fa ha pensato bene di abboccare all'amo. Domani forno prenotato. Nel tardo pomeriggio un pesce, presunto enorme, ha abboccato all'amo, e con la frizione del mulinello completamente chiusa si è portato via 300 metri di filo, lasciandoci solo la canna . Dopo cena sono stato colto dalla sindrome della casalinga, dopo 17 giorni, dopo 17 pranzi e 17 cene, sempre diverse (ci tengo a dirlo) ed al lavaggio dei relativi piatti (per non inquinare con quelli di plastica) mi sento molto esausto, le mie mani sono irriconoscibili e soprattutto mi. read more...


06/12/2017

Odessa - 17-th day of race

Продолжаем движение к финишу.Ветер стабильный.Опять не работает опреснитель - но у нас достаточно воды в запасе, ограничены правда душевые процедуры.На обед - рисовая каша с сосисками.. read more...


05/12/2017

@teamtigress - Frankensails Family day 16 update

Frankensails family...Day 16 teamtigress progress.Well, what we had hoped in time duration would be a fast crossing has turned into a longer duration with a convoluted southern route due to early sail damage and large unsailable wind holes. It’s just the Atlantic after all....That said for the past 5 days the team have been in 15-25knt trade winds below latitude 16 and day and night and we have been hammering down the miles. So much so that we have taken several race division places and are climbing more. We are regularly showing best of top three division VMG and the team and drivers are working hard every minute of the day. Over the duration of the crossing we have blown up and fixed every single sail on board. We now have a whole family of Frankensails. They don’t look pretty but they. read more...


@teamtigress - Frankensails Family day 16 update
@teamtigress - Frankensails Family day 16 update
05/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 16: Fortune no longer favours the Brave, places to put flying fish, Alf does Tenko

5 December 2017 0600 Position 15 Degs 48.3'N 047 Degs 31.3'WLast night I finished by suggesting that fortune favours the brave. May I kindly retract that statement as a load of codswollop! My log for last night goes: "2400 Position.....BANG!". Literally on change of watches at 2400 carrying the spinnaker in 15-17 knots East wind and maintaining a constant 8-9 knots boat speed (which we have been looking forward to and desperately need to get to St Lucia by Saturday), the spinnaker guy parted company with the sail with an almighty bang, and Dave was soon shouting for all hands on deck to sort the flailing spinnaker. This also recalls my comments yesterday regarding Neal's 'Spinnakeraphobia' - prophetic words indeed. So, Neal and I were up on the foredeck under the light from the deck. read more...



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