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09/11/2017

Altair - YB Connect Message from Clinton Bolton

S/Y ALTAIR: We are on approach to Mindelo, Cabo Verdes, with an ETA of 1900 local time. Still no fish, but we are hopeful the waters around the islands will provide before we make landfall. There hasn't been enough wind to convince us to shut off the engine and attempt to sail. The two meter northerly swell persist. Must be breezy somewhere... just not for us.--Transmitted by Clinton Bolton using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


09/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Day 4 - Blue Planet III

Found: two pairs of sea legs. Lost: accurate sense of humour as irony on Kiloran surfs high above the bow-line. The lastest from skipper "flying fish can surf 25 miles" - can someone sane on the outside please clarify?Our migratory "cape robin" has recentlly vacated our stern deck having spent considerable time this morning ungratefully avoiding home-made waterbaths, oats and raisens. At such a small size, with no food, water or shelter he is still travelling 10x faster than us, in the same wind. Kiloran is clearly an evolutionary dead end.While the flying fish may also be travelling faster than us, they appear to be less successful than our fluffier friends at righting their course following their rest on board. Unsure whether a wildlife emergency would grant me a warrant to harness on. read more...


09/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 5: hier doen we het voor

Nou, gisteren heeft de wind zich de rest van de dag inderdaad niet meerlaten zien. Met de motor aan gaf dat een heel relaxede dag, zittend in de zon,boekje lezen, wat klusjes doen, eten van links naar rechst verschuiven (en weerterug), wentelteefjes bakkesn, etc etc. Weer een grote schildpad vlak naast deboot gezien, en de vliegende vissen springen nu ook aan alle kanten weg. Ook zijn er verschillende soorten aas aan de vislijn geprobeerd en jawelhoor, opeens beet! Dus het gas eraf, grote bak tevoorschijn gehaald, dikke haakom de vis aan boord te halen, knuppeltje en mes gereed, binnenhalen die hap,lunch!! We trokken een fantastisch mooie tonijn uit het water, met maar éénminpuntje: het was een beetje klein... Zelfs de gemiddelde Nederlandserecreatievisser zou nog niet op de foto gaan. read more...


09/11/2017

Wild Iris - Log day 2 First night at sea. 6th Nov

Wild Iris and her crew are preparing for their first night of the ARC+ rally.Dinner cooked and eaten in bowls with spoonsas too rolly in the cockpit for the usual cutlery andplates! Some fairly big waves made the run down the coast of Gran Canaria quite exciting.With the poled out Yankee we were going well, until the block on the spinnaker pole popped open andthe head sail started to collapse, our first night time challenge. The rest of Monday saw the crew start try to get into the watch systems and sleep when possible. Does it get any easier?!We were making good progress, the setting sun was a beautiful deep orange and a friendly dolphin followed us for a while. A great start to our adventure!. read more...


09/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Another night with spinnaker towards Mindelo

Our big 200 sqm spinnaker has been up for two full days now, but the wind is light so progress is slow towards Mindelo. Our latest estimate for arrival there is now Saturday afternoon or evening, and with our zigzagging downwind we will by then have sailed more than 1.000 nautical miles.Unfortunately our choice of route have been far from perfect so at best it will be a mediocre result, but so far we have been sailing 100 % of the time, and it might be that a lot of the boats in front have been motoring for extensive periods so maybe their times will be adjusted quite a bit in our favour. Right now we are on port gybe after midnight gybe from our westerly position compared with all our competitors. Wind is light with between 5-9 knots, but the direction from east north east is quite. read more...


09/11/2017

Hummingbird - Gina's Blog: What goes up must come down, and back up again...

Hullo from Hummingbird. There hasn't been much wind in the last 24 hours. The crew have been eating their greens of late – any attempt to boost propulsion is legit at this stage. Michelle suggested bridles for dolphins so we could harness them for added speed (apparently she’s only been drinking 7 Up). Perhaps we should investigate seven of what exactly, and if the adverb she meant was actually “down”.The pre-early bird crew had a very eerie time on 10pm watch last night. Whether it was down to the mist, phosphorescence from Hummingbird agitating squillions of bioluminescent plankton or someone still re-living Halloween antics, we shall never know. But for sure, the spookiest thing was the state of the wind, which has been about as forceful as a budgie’s fart.Sunrise brought the promise. read more...


08/11/2017

Galileo - Good news

Ladies and gentlemen- we are back in business! Eric and Don devised an alternate (albeit temporary) rigging configuration. Main is up to the second reef point.Yahoo! SariSV Galileo. read more...


08/11/2017

Wild Iris - Transatlanic virgins- Day one, 5th Nov

There were certainly lumps in the throat of Wild Iris' crew as we slipped our lines in Las Palmas, waved good bye to friends and family on the pontoon and headed out for the start of the ARC+ 17.For all four of the crew members this is to be a first ocean crossing. The days weather was perfect with around 15 knots of breeze in the start area. Having watched the cats start it Wild Iris found an excellent slot on the start line and crossed in third position. Over the next 11 hours we all enjoyed barrelling along in winds of between 20 and 30 knots with big following seas. Flying a polled out Yankee Wild Iris showed she had the bit between her teeth. Through the acceleration zone there was a constant exchange of positions and banter with our friends on Kiloran of Edinburgh. It was an. read more...


Wild Iris - Transatlanic virgins- Day one, 5th Nov
Wild Iris - Transatlanic virgins- Day one, 5th Nov
Helen - Ed's adventures
Helen - Ed's adventures
08/11/2017

Helen - Ed's Adventures

Today the wind disappeared so we motored all day. I wentfishing with someof the crew and despite our best efforts we didn't catch a thing,not evena tasty fly . Today was very, very chilled we listened to Cape Verde music , atefood andplayed games.I really like the tunes on this boat they ROCK . At sunset the sky was red which means red sky at night shepherd'sdelight,a red sky in the morning is a sailor's warning.It was so pretty I took apicture to show you all. That is really all we did so I suspectthere willbe jobs to do again tomorrow.ED, (with Eve)OVER AND OUT( as John Wane would say). read more...


08/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 4

Day 4, 11/8/2017.We are now starting our 4th day at sea and less than 900 nautical miles from Tortola, BVI. After yesterday's post, the winds started cooperating with us. We shut off our one engine that had been propelling us and enjoyed the quiet and serenity that sailing offers at it's best. As I mentioned previously, we are anything but competitive sailors. We were having a perfect sail through the evening and night, when the winds started to increase 20-25kts. We decided it better to drop the main sail around 3:00 am, and keep sailing using just our genoa, foresail. This way, there would be no more reefing the main, (making the sail smaller), in the night, and the person off watch could sleep uninterrupted. There are only 2 of us crewing Air Power, and we rotate every 3 hours. Pretty. read more...


Spritzer - mid leg oceanview on Spritzer
Spritzer - mid leg oceanview on Spritzer
08/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimecres 8 de novembre de 2017Hola amics!Ahir a la nit vam començar les guàrdies acompanyats de dofins que voltaven el Windseeker quasi al llarg de tota la nit! La veritat és que va ser una nit molt tranquil·la i vam navegar quasi tota la nit amb l’assimètric amunt. El dia ha començat amb una pesca de tonyina, ja van 3 dies que pesquem!!!Una captura que després ens ha servit per fer un gran dinar. En Francesc s’ha currat uns lloms de tonyina marinada amb salsa de soja i fets volta i volta a la paella coberta de sèsam. Espectacular!!! (Foto 1). A mig matí també hem vist una parella de ballenes que treien al xorro a uns 100 metres de nosaltres. Quasi al mateix moment que ens anàvem a fer una dutxa d’aigua salada per refrescar-nos... (foto 2)Des de les 14:00 hora zulu, estem a l’estela del. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
08/11/2017

Galileo - Beautiful sailing and then......

It is an absolutely gorgeous day here in the North Atlantic. We are currently approximately 640 nm off the coast of Georgia @ 31 01.55N / 68 59.10W. Last night was equally stunning. We were treated to a blaze orange moonrise followed by a moonlit night that danced on the water. The winds were favorable and we were cruising along comfortably at 11 knots or so.Disappointingly, at approximately 23:43, the main halyard snapped and our main sail came crashing down. Eric, on watch, responded calmly and expertly. He immediately called a “all hands on deck”.In quick order, the main was secured in its bag and a damage assessment completed. No other impact was noted. We reported in to rally control who were very supportive. Fortunately, we have other sails and for the rest of the night sailed on. read more...


Galileo - Beautiful sailing and then......
Galileo - Beautiful sailing and then......
08/11/2017

Neverland - Day 4 - A day to remember

Mr Darling’s log 08/11. The day started with great excitement as Wendy and myself were sharing the dawn watch. As the sun peaked over the horizon we decided to try and catch breakfast. We chose the largest and ugliest squid lure which I nicknamed MC. Within approximately 30 minutes the rod bent violently and the line began to scream off the real. Captain Peter was awoken by a shrieking Wendy, stumbled from his bunk, grabbed the rod and attempted to control the line that was disappearing off the real at break neck speed. We will never know whether it was an elusive tuna or more likely, in my opinion, a Soviet submarine. Either way, it was huge, the line snapped and MC is know more much to Wendy’s disappointment.As the day progressed the winds have dropped off significantly. Captain Peter. read more...


Neverland - Day 4 - A day to remember
Neverland - Day 4 - A day to remember
08/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log Day 8/9 - Are we there yet?

It turns out a floral snapback is not an acceptable offering. We threw the sea a hat, it threw back a ripped spinnaker, 35 knot winds and 4+ metre seas. At least we know for the future.I've been trying to think of a way to describe the motion on board to those who wouldn't have felt it before, as in these kinds of conditions simple things become that little bit more tricky! Imagine trying to drink a cup of tea in a washing machine, or putting on a pair of socks after about 8 pints, and you're in the right ball park!It's all being taken in our stride though and, despite a trip across the galley, the Aeroccino milk frother is still working a treat. We do like our little luxuries on board Nutcracker. The latest update from the chart table is that we should be arriving late on Thursday. read more...


08/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - day 8

Afternoon all Its been an unusual two days for the crew of Adele 1, now about half way through the journey to Cape Verde we have both positive and negative experiences to report. On the negative side the wind has taken a huge downturn and left us all but bobbing around. This change in the wind had granted us an opportunity to spend abit more time taking in our surroundings though, with flatter seas nature seems tobe coming out to give us our silver lining to the no wind predicament.First unexpected smile to be brought to my lips was when I was on watch and a tiny bird flew into the cockpit, obviously exhausted he didn't mind when I picked him up and sat quite happily in my hand making me feel every bit the Disney princess.Unsuprisingly naming the bird as he sat on the table for. read more...


08/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Sun, light winds and a small repair job

It is at times still frustrating light winds without enough energy to get a good motion through the waves that keeps on rolling in from the northwest.We are still carrying our large A2 spinnaker that we had up all trough the night, but we had to take it down for a small repair earlier as it had two small tears after it had caught something high up in the rig when it flapped around during the night.Otherwise all well here in the sun, where we can feel that we are nearing the tropics. The food is excellent with a lot of food bought in Las Palmas, and to top it up we still have birthday cake left from Sidsel's birthday yesterday:-)Team Abraxas wish you all the best!. read more...


08/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°3 - Turtles, Dolphins, Pirates, and fish.

For the second day in a row, I started my morning up the mast. Our lazy-jacks are old and frayed, now more of a hindrance than a help, so we decided to cut them down. No problem, job done in a matter of minutes. I hung out - literally - at the top of the mast for a little while, bracing myself against the swell accentuated by height, and took a few photos of Haji from above. Once I had had enough, I called out to be let down. Haji has steps running all the way up the mast, so my line is precautionary rather than climbing assistance, and I climbed down slower than usual, timing each step with the rolling of the boat. I had just maneuvered myself over the radar reflector when something caught my eye to starboard. "Turtle! Turtle!" I shouted excitedly. Unfortunately, not benefiting from my. read more...


Helen - Pictures from Ed
Helen - Pictures from Ed
08/11/2017

Oui Chérie - LOG #2 3E journée en route vers le Cap Vert

Bonjour à tous,Tout se passe assez bien. À part quelques petits incidents que nous vous ferons part dans le blogue, la traversée se passe bien. Le départ s'est bien déroulé. Les 2 premiers jours, le vent était présent entre 12-19Kn. Le bateau marchait bien. Depuis hier soir, le vent a beaucoup faiblit,nous obligeant à louvoyer pour progresser sous voile. Nous avons dû utiliser le moteur pour une partie de la nuit. Objectif, au lieu de se diriger en ligne directe vers le cap Vert, nous descendons vers le sud pour retrouver les zones de vent.Nous avons rencontré plusieurs dauphins hier en après-midi. Les dernières journées furent toutes ensoleillées. La mer était assez formée au départ le 5 novembre dernier. Louise a eu besoin de 2 jours pour s'acclimater. Présentement, comme vous pouvez. read more...


08/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH

We are rounding Madagascar this morning. I have hooked two mahi-mahi this morning. Sam and Karen are not into fish that much and we have more to in the freezer so I released one and one released himself. They are beautiful fish. May fair winds fill your sails with fresh fish BobSVLEXINGTON image1. read more...


08/11/2017

Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish

Captain's Log - Still not a fish in sight, getting pretty ridiculous that we haven't caught anything apart from a few measly mackerel since we left the UK in May....and Milly doesn't even like mackerel! When we finally do catch one its going to be epic and the most expensive fish we've ever eaten. Nothing much to report onboard Neverland,I've been chasing my tail all day today with the wind; pole out, pole in, spinnaker up, spinnaker down, pole out again, still no decent speed, mutiny meant the engine has gone on for a few hours today. I now have to try and convince the crew that its worth putting the spinnaker up again. We've had lots of visits from dolphins today, some performing acrobatics for us as the sun is setting, its not all bad. We found the source of some weird stains on. read more...


08/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Light and frustrating winds

The night felt at times long with winds of less than 5 knots that made the sails flopping around with every wave that passed. A beautiful night sky filled with stars and later on the moon came along with its sparkling light. So not much progress has been made towards Cap Verde tonight.After sunrise we once again have warm and sunny day in front of us. We already had our first dolphins on visit and hope to get even more visits with their acrobatics and grace. So we enjoy the day and look forward to have another 24 hours under spinnaker:-)Team Abraxas 3. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH
Lexington - Captain Bob: FISH
08/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 4: en toen was de wind op!

Zijn we weer! En ditmaal met een ochtend update. Afgelopen nacht begonnenwe met een best lekker windje op koers naar de Kaapverden, maar gedurende denacht draaide de wind weer en begon snel af te nemen. Vanwege de winddraaiingzijn we rond middernacht eerst maar eens gegijpt, om meer richting Z te varendan richting W (dat waren de keuzes) op zoek naar meer wind. Nanno en Marjahebben toen zeker een uur lang bezoek gehad van een groep dolfijnen, wat ergleuk was, want het zeilen werd steeds minder en minder... Rob en Haico namen rond 3 uur over, en ook zij hadden nog steeds dolfijnenrond de boot. Rond 4 uur was de wind echter helemaal op en hebben Rob en Haicode zeilen simpelweg laten zakken (anders flapperen ze toch maar kapot) en zijnwe met z’n allen gaan slapen!We worden nu net wakker,. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
07/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

dilluns 6 de novembre de 2017Ei pipol!Aquí estem, al mig de l'Atlàntic camí del Sahara... avui els vents ens han portat a acostar-nos relativament a la costa africana. La nit ha estat mogudeta, amb ràfagues de vent superiors als 30 nusos i puntes superiors als 12 nusos!!!! Brutal.Quan finalment ha sortit el sol i hem pogut esmorzar un bon pa amb tomata i pernilet del bo la cosa ja ha anat millorant. De fet s'ha tranquil·litzat tant que en Francesc ha decidit que volia fer patates estofades, com aquell que és boig! I les ha fet, o i tant! A més en Mario ens ha delaitat amb un Spritz d'aperitiu que ha estat de luju! (foto 1) La pega és que quan ens anàvem a seure a menjar han picat! Ostres, ja teníem els plats servits i tot però l'estrevada era de les bones! Una llampuga (El Dorado anava. read more...


07/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dimarts 7 de novembre de 2017Molt bones! Avui estem vivint l'altre Atlàntic, el de les calmes en un mar immens. Tranquil·litat i bons aliments, doncs de bon matí, mentre estàvem fent la maniobra de pujar l'espi ens ha picat una tonyinonta. Per sort, s'ha esperat que ho tiguéssim tot a punt per pujar a bord. Ben maca, perfecte per fer un bon marmitako demà per dinar. Avui en David per fi ha tret el guitarró (foto 1) i ens ha explicat una mica les seves peripècies en el món de la música popular catalana. Alguns ja li coneixien aquesta faceta però la veritat és que ha sorprès bastant tota la seva trajectòria en aquest món. De fet, ens ha promès una cantada d'habaneres quan estiguem fora de l'horari infantil ;-)La navegació està essent més tranquil·la del que voldríem, i tot i que tenim. read more...


07/11/2017

Hummingbird - Day 3 blog - where has the wind gone?

Not long after the sun rose this morning the wind had dropped a little too low for our poled-out headsail to remain effective. Our never-before seen lightweight spinnaker was swiftly wooled, flung on deck, and whipped up to the top of the mast - with perhaps a little over-eager wooling requiring a few persuasive tugs on the sheet before the kite would burst. It may only be day three, but we’re all beginning to feel totally au fais with the art of spinnaker hoisting and it’s many quirks. No doubt we’ll be Volvo Ocean Racing standard by St Lucia!We all gathered in the cockpit at lunchtime for a passage update from navigator Chris, who relayed the light and fluffy weather forecast to us and put a few routing options to the group vote: 1. donkey on and skedaddle out of the wind hole, 2. gybe. read more...


Galileo - Why we love multihulls - 15kt SOG and a steady drink!
Galileo - Why we love multihulls - 15kt SOG and a steady drink!
07/11/2017

Helen - Ed's adventures

Day 3 on board and the seas are the calmest they have been so I have had abusy day.After a leisurely breakfast watching the rest of the crew change the Sails Iwas put to work with Mark and John crushing cans which was fun and mostimportantly keeps us on top of the recycling. A faulty port light was pickedup on night watch so it was straight down to the next task of changing thelight bulb..... it seemed to take a lot of humans to do this successfully!In the afternoon we made a close sighting of KALLUNA both taking pictures toexchange when we arrive in Cape Verde. We have been chased all day by NorthStar and as the sun comes down we still have the lead......for now anyway.We have put the engine on!As they day ends I have had time for a few pranks on the Capitan, includinga suspected leak. read more...


07/11/2017

Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish!

Captain's Log:Still not a fish in sight, getting pretty ridiculous that we haven't caught anything apart from a few measly mackerel since we left the UK in May....and Milly doesn't even like mackerel! When we finally do catch one its going to be epic and the most expensive fish we've ever eaten. Nothing much to report onboard Neverland,I've been chasing my tail all day today with the wind; pole out, pole in, spinnaker up, spinnaker down, pole out again, still no decent speed, mutiny meant the engine has gone on for a few hours today. I now have to try and convince the crew that its worth putting the spinnaker up again. We've had lots of visits from dolphins today, some performing acrobatics for us as the sun is setting, its not all bad. We found the source of some weird stains on. read more...


Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish!
Neverland - Day 3 - Still no fish!
07/11/2017

Hummingbird - Gina's addendum to last night's blog: Ladies of the kite

Erhem, correction Rachael, Hummingbird is definitely not out for the night. Greetings from Hummingbird’s titillating Red Light District. Areas of action are the cockpit, foredeck, galley and heads, all bathed in a seedy shade of cough-syrup red to preserve night vision for all sorts of important boaty jobs. No sleeping here. At least three of us are plying our trade in our sexy outfits complete with life-jacket, harnesses and headtorch; and another three on standby in case it turns into a very, very interesting night. The remaining four need their rest, for surely their time will come to walk the deck looking for jobs. Business has been a bit slow tonight, so may I introduce you to two Ladies of the Kite: Erika and Gina. Their hands have been busy rolling and stringing a Mercedes Benz. read more...


07/11/2017

Altair - YB Connect Message from Clinton Bolton

ARC+ day 3 aboard ALTAIR: we have succumbed to the light winds and two meter swell, and are motoring southwest in search of wind, fish, and eventually islands. The mood onboard is relaxed, after the initial hesitation at having to start the iron genny. Board games have broken out, fishing lines are deployed, and the galley is active with big plans after a few nights of limited fare. We are surviving well.--Transmitted by Clinton Bolton using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


07/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 3: veranderende wind en wildlife

Hi allemaal,   Zoals jullie misschien wel gezien hebben zijn we afgelopen nacht behoorlijkrichting de Afrikaanse kust gevaren. Na eerste mooie NO-wind vanaf Gran Canariadraaide wind afgelopen nacht steeds meer naar N-lijke richting. Wij hebbenrelaxed met de genua uitgeboomd doorgezet en met de wind meegedraaid, waarna wedirect in de ochtend gegijpt hebben en de gennaker ook gezet hebben omdat dewind steeds verder afnam. Dat was allemaal zoals gepland, alleen de eerste 4 uurna de gijp hadden we pech met de wind, hij draaide weer wat terug richting NO enviel tegelijk bijna helemaal weg, wat een drijfpartij! Maar rondom 13:00 kwamdan eindelijk de voorspelde noordelijke wind rond 10 knopen aanwaaien, ensindsdien varen we behoorlijk rechte lijn naar Kaapverdië weer.   Leuk aan dit. read more...


07/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - What tun-a you gonna play?

Bereft of the ‘opium of the people’- which apparently is television from the perspective of 19th Century David- Erica has already moved on from her much needed self-help books to Game of Thrones. Meanwhile dad, the Duke of Haven’t Got a Clue, has been altering sails in the hope of beating some cargo ship to an unknown destination. Having settled on our neon pink spinnaker we are in dad’s words “whipping along!” and in Richard’s words “still moving” - nevertheless I am unsure whether to be proud of or embarrassed by the colour in front of our only visitor of recent, a little song bird by the name of Jerry who seems to be dangerously far from the shore with rather small wings relative to a very large belly. Hopefully he’s as keen to see Cape Verde as we are.David is concerned with the. read more...


07/11/2017

Charm - Great first couple of days, by Kent

The first day of sailing is what I came for!Heavy air sailing on a big performance catamaran is what I was looking for and we got it!I told Joe I wanted to see this thing do 25 knots, we hit 21 so we are getting close.We had many sustained runs in the 15-18 knot range.Such a fun boat to sail.We pushed the boat pretty hard all night and we know we were in a great position.The start was interesting, since Joe knows the boat better and where everything is, he had me drive the start.That is fine but I have to say a big cat does not handle like a Thistle or a J105.Thank goodness it has two engines to help get it through a tack when needed!Right after the start a bigger cat tried to roll over the top of us, yeah whatever, we did not let that happen.Anyone who sails with me can imagine. read more...


07/11/2017

Charm - The day we lost Joe. By Lara.

We started the ARC + at 12:45 PM and we lost Joe at 4:03 PM.It was a good start.Winds and spirits were high and we made it across the line with the signal.Our speedy catamaran moved to the front of the pack and that was it.We were off to the Cape Verdes!Everyone started to relax as much as possible with true wind of 25 – 30 and waves of 2+ meters.It was comfortably uncomfortable.Joe and Kent fiddled with trimming the sails and we kept going faster and faster.Tim was remarkably composed and comfortable for his first time at sea in a sailboat. At some point, we did an accidental gybe and there was a loud snapping sound as the boom slid across and the traveler block broke.Joe looked at it and said he would fix it later.I went inside for some reason and Tim, Kent, and Joe were out in the. read more...


07/11/2017

Air Power - Log day 1-3

Here we go, Day 1, of the ARC Caribbean 1500. We tossed our lines off the dock early, as Air Power's slip on the end of the pier, blocked others wanting to get out before us. I thought retirement meant, never getting up before the sleep wore off. So we headed off for the starting line about 10 miles north, near Ft Monroe, Va. We all had our sails up tacking back and forth waiting for the starters gun to go off. Jenn & Chris, who kindly loaned us their car, while we prepped, met us on the water in their motor boat. For Jill and I, this Rally Race (with all it's rules and conditions),is sort of like how we treated running marathon races. We don't care about our finish time, just don't eat all the goodies, before we arrive. (Hopefully, we will arrive in Tortola, British Virgin Islands. read more...


07/11/2017

Charm - Whales!

November 6, 2017By CobinToday we saw a whale.It was a humpback whale.My Dad was the first to spot it.It looked like a baby because it was very small.Today is also Marin’s birthday.I got her a Pokemon belt.Later, we saw a pod of dolphins.All the wildlife came out to celebrate Marin’s birthday!. read more...


07/11/2017

Nutcracker - Log day 7 - These things happen at sea

It's been a day of highs, and lows, and no I'm not talking about the crewsstate of mind.I am pleased to report that the highs are not as a result of the largequantities of valium taken by the cabin boy, rather they are resulting fromtodays extensive use of the sail locker! It began with the cruising chuteand finished with the spinnaker via a gybe en route - in fact, when thespinnaker went up first time there was near delirium on the foredeck.The sun was shining, the eggs were scrambling and the wind was blowing - asuperb combination, take my word for it. There had to be a low to followsuch euphoria, and it duly arrived when the skip's favourite hat took thefast lane from his head to the sea and was lost forever more. I am trying tolook on the bright side though, and seeing it as an offer. read more...


07/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's Log n°2 - They Come in Threes

We haven't been at sea for 48 hours, yet already the days are blending into each other in my mind. This day at sea is similar to that day at sea, and the passing of time has become abstract - one of my favourite things about long distance sailing. If it weren't for the log and our watch system, I could lose track of time altogether. It is an 'eat-when-hungry', 'sleep-when-tired' sort of a regime (with the exception of dinner, when all crew members are expected to dine together like civilized creatures!) If I try hard enough, I can probably recall the events of the past 12 hours...I slept poorly, as I usually do our first night at sea. I do not have our Bosun's wonderful skill of falling asleep as soon as my head hits the pillow, a trait I envy. The moment I got up for my morning watch,. read more...


07/11/2017

Galileo - Glorious sailing

After a slow last place start (Capt. insisted on sailing the start - pretty sure everyone else was motor-sailing) we are keeping pace with Katina and Avanti. It is a treat to travel in the company of other boats. The sailing has been stellar. Of course, as I write this the winds are lessening, lol. This morning’s sunrise was breathtaking - shades of green, orange, reds and yellows. We’re truly enjoying ourselves, getting enough sleep and eating well. Last night’s dinner was chicken and veggie quesadillas with black beans, yellow rice, guacamole and sour cream. On the menu this morning is waffles, bacon and granola parfaits.Anticipating another great day. All is good. Thanks for reading. SariSV Galileoimage1. read more...



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