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Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
Lexington - Captain Bob: 11/27/2017 Monday Port Elizabeth to Mossel Bay
26/11/2017

Mischief - Log Day 8: All mouth and Trousers and the one that got away

26 November 2017 Sunday 0830 20 deg 55.7'N 025 deg 51.9'WWe have decided to head South to catch the ever elusive trade winds and at 0300 we were tracking South on 180 degs upwind (of course). However the wind moved round and headed us meaning we were now aiming toward Africa rather than St Lucia and as the rum punch in the former is not as renowned as that in the latter we decided to tack. This was literally on change of watch and Neal and I had sat for three hours watching us get further away from our destination than we started - very depressing for us. Of course the tack meant we were pointing again to St Lucia but too far North to save us from the impending light patch over to the West, but at least their watch (Dave and Alf) was achieving positive VMG. When Neal awoke with a start. read more...


27/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 8 (26.11.)

Ein neuer Tag auf der Kreuz beginnt, die Lage des Schiffes ist über Nacht aber erträglich, der Wellengang ebenso. Unsere aktuelle Platzierung (89. von 189) im Rennen zeigt, dass die anderen alle auch mit dem Gegenwind zu kämpfen haben.Am Vormittag eine geänderte, bessere Wetterprognose, es besteht Aussicht am nächsten Tag die Passatwinde zu erreichen. Schlagartig hebt sich die Stimmung und dann beißt in der Vorbereitungen zum Abendessen (Spaghetti mit Pesto) auch noch ein Mahi-Mahi an und landet sofort in einem Zwiebel-Weißwein-Sud und bringt mit den Nudeln zusammen weitere gute Laune. Die Flaute kommt wie angekündigt am Abend. Wir motoren in die Nacht, sorgsam darauf bedacht am nächsten Tag das Rendezvous mir dem richtigen Wind nicht zu verpassen.. read more...


27/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 12

We have spent a lot of effort getting south and finally the wind has filled in giving us a decent speed. I really hope it lasts!The crew is all in high spirits, the food is still good, but the fruit is nearly out apart from a weird bunch of bananas. They seem to be of an evergreen type and refuse to ripen. I would not classify it as a big problem, but apart from lime, it is out last bit of fruit. We now see one boat a day on the AIS, so not a lot of traffic. The japanese whalers seem to have found other hunting grounds as well. So we continue or sail, winges out in a good breeze!Peder. read more...


27/11/2017

Charm - Day 10 - birds and pirates

I thought the big news today was going to be the appearance of a tiny but vicious pirate.Instead, it's about the bird that got away.After doing our cleaning chores (Sundays are cleaning days on Charm), we were all taking a break.After two days of eating Cobin's fudge, I decided I'd better do a workout of some sort.I was so sweaty afterwards that I decided to try dragging in the water like the kids.Joe lowered me in, took a few photos, then went back to put away the camera.I was happily dragging in the delightfully cool water when I heard him shouting, "No, no!"I noticed a bird that Joe had pointed out earlier.It had been circling the boat with interest and was now concentrating on the area behind the boat.We have been dragging fishing lines for days, with no luck, and I remembered that. read more...


Charm - I get to drag too
Charm - I get to drag too
Charm - Aaaargghhh!
Charm - Aaaargghhh!
26/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Blog

Same Same but DifferentThe days are sailing by while the food is only getting better. Steaks, homemade rosmary potato chips, mushrooms and peppercorn sauce for dinner tonight, which tried but failed to blow David's homegrown lemon-stuffed-ass, bacon wrapped, roast chicken (with fried Gnochi) out of the water - this was truly exquisite. And with regards to the bread, if I combine the ingredients, David is put in charge of kneading and Erica supervises the oven then blame for wrong-going is suffiently thinly spread so that we can each eat raw, unrisen bread contently in the morning.This afternoon we finally succeeded in convincing the old folks to play racing demons (aside from the Skipper who is neither old enough nor playful enough when it comes to cards). While John may be a demon,. read more...


26/11/2017

Odessa - 8-th day of race

Ветра по-прежнему немного. Пробираемся на юг иногда под мотором - к вечеру например ветер совсем скис.Банное-постиранный день.Из мелких неприятностей -ничего не случилось, обнаружен правда дефект спинакер-фала.Заменён.переделана также проводка оттяжки шкотового угла.На завтрак - кабачки с фасолью, обед - салат + куриный суп.. read more...


26/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Diumenge 26 de novembre de 2017 Ei pipol!Avui hem viscut l’últim diumenge a bord d’aquesta aventura (o això esperem!).Per tant, el dia ha començat amb els seus rituals de xocolata desfeta feta per en Jordi i Sardanes. Avui, com a extra hem fet una coca de pa de pessic i quatre ametlles per acabar d’arrodonir-ho. A més, hem tornat a pescar després de dos dies intentant-ho sense èxit. La veritat és que encara ens queda un llom de tonyina al congelador. Però ara ja estem per sota les mil milles de l’arribada i ja hi ha més peix. I tal dit, tal fet. En Jordi ha tirat la canya i peix cap dins! (Foto 1, no sabem quin peix és però estava boníssim al forn amb 4 patatones).Un cop esmorzats hem continuat amb el nostre esperit “deportiu” i hem fet el gimnàs diari, on avui en Mario se’ns ha. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
26/11/2017

Hummingbird - English lessons for the Aussies: Jollup, the third person, and talking around the subject

Hello again from the recalcitrant Aussie DJ John. 11 days at sea and approaching the three quarter mark with the pina coladas ever closer. Today I learnt a new word from the Brits on board: JOLLUP used to describe a thickened liquid such as sunscreen and ketchup. Interesting, but not as interesting as the UK aversion to the words yes and no and the constant reference to the third person …must have something to do with the Queens English! The spinnaker events continue to dominate the night watchers so that most of my sleeping is done foredeck in the afternoon rather than the sweaty bunk at night… as Chris in his dulcit tones whispers "John are you awake? (at 2am ) we have an issue with the spinnaker..."The No 1 one spinnaker has been retired from active service.I have requested that it be. read more...


26/11/2017

Mad Monkey - FISH FISH FISH and a rough night at sea

Day 6 of the Mad Monkey ARC crossing, and each one has been different!We have sailed in 3-4 knots of breeze both up and down, sped up, caught fish, deck showered, reefed and sunbathed all in the last 48 hours; all with smiles and laughter on board. (Note to self: we must work on the quality of the skipper's jokes).A lovely dorada of around 3kg was successfully landed, leading to some creative knife skills at the pushpitt, and of course the inevitable detritus and debris to wash away - so out came the powerful seawater hose! After washing the deck clean, it was time for the crew to spruce up themselves, so as might be imagined, the back deck became awash with soap and fun and games which the high-pressure hose jet ensured. As a result, we all ate really simple, fresh fish AND the grand. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
26/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice

We reviewed the updated weather forecasts this morning and it appears the Atlantic winds aren’t finished taunting us yet. The heavy weather system has already come further south than anyone predictedand there’s a big hole (no wind) between the northern and southern weather patterns.Latest computer models advise avoiding the hole that’s ahead of us on our current course due south and turning North-West to beat into the breeze and head north of the rum line.If we do that then we’re back into the weather that has been poorly predicted so far and we still have to find a way to cross the hole.We decided to press further south and hope that the weather gods in the tropics will throw us a bone in the next day or so.If we could pick up the trade winds on the other side then even: “boredom might. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
NoStress - Log Day 8 - Hobson’s Choice
26/11/2017

Interlude - Bouncing around in our bunks ... listening to other boats' travails

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26/11/2017

Interlude - No starving on this yacht.

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26/11/2017

Interlude - We leave Las Palmas!

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La Cigale - Day 8 - As the sun sets
La Cigale - Day 8 - As the sun sets
26/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 8 - 26 November - Sun sets on a calm day

Today I'm writing from a rippling millpond as the sun sets, amber and gold reflected in swathes of satin. Speaking of material, we got our gennaker sail out again - the one from AMARONE that we ripped - to see if we could repair it. It would be fun to have a sail larger than the jib out at night, but we don't want to risk our own bespoke gennaker. We got the sewing kit out, but the rip is huge - about 15m in length - and frayed. Xavier tested duct tape on a section. It seemed to hold but would require about 50m in all, effectively our entire stock of duct tape, which we are loathe to use if not for an emergency. The sail is now back in the bag and stowed away for now.We caught another mahi-mahi today fishing. A little one, so Harley kissed it (much to the kids amusement!) and released it. read more...


26/11/2017

Manihi - Jacouille

salut Les amis!Bon, du vent, moins de vent, pas de vent, de l'ouest, du sud, des alizés ou pas, quel cap choisir vous l'aurez compris en nous lisant c'est notre quotidien.Toutefois il y a une routine plutôt drôle dont j'aimerai vous parler: les quarts de nuit.Sur Manihi on surveille sa route la nuit, on surveille les autres bateaux (en ce moment le plus proche est à 40 kilomètres...mais bon on surveille) et on surveille le cap du bateau. Faudrait pas qu'on fasse demi tour par inadvertance quand même!Toutes les 2 heures et demi on change de bonhomme. On démarre à 21h et on fini à 7h.Quand il y a du vent on ne dors pas super bien donc on peut regarder sa montre régulièrement et on est à l'heure pour prendre son quart, pas de problèmes.Le truc c'est qu'on s'habitue à tout et même à dormir. read more...


26/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 11 alweer een zonnige dag

Gisteravond nadat wij de film, The Intern, hadden gekeken in de kuip,kregen wij weer wind!! Dus toch weer all hands ipv een rustig motornachtje. Vannacht lekker doorgeknald met 2 man aan dek en iedere 3 uur een wissel.Wij rosden op ons doel af met 8 tot 9 knopen speed. top van 11!! Vanmorgen een stevig zondag ontbijtje gehad met eieren en spek en versgeperste jus d’orange. Middag eten maar overgeslagen... De wind vandaag gaat op en af tussen de 9/10 en 12/13 knopen, blijvenpielen dus en kruipen weer wat hoger boven de rumb lijn. we hadden het vroegeral over plassenpielers,later kwamen deze mannen op de Noordzee om daar met lichtweer pielles te geven. Nu zijn wij de vloot oceaanpielen aan het leren. Haico’s appje zegt nu dat het nog ongeveer 50 uur varen is als wijgemiddeld 7.5 knopen. read more...


26/11/2017

Hot Stuff - lizzys blog

Well, it's been a week! But not one that the crew will have recognised ever before. There was no Monday morning dread, no early morning spin class or Friday night drinks. It has been a week of routine, but also one of a new, much more simple way of living. The repetitive schedule of eat, sleep, sail, repeat, that to some may sound monotonous, brings with it a sense of freedom that it is hard to find anywhere else in the world, and it is this feeling that brings me out onto the ocean again and again, and that the crew are now starting to thrive on. They are doing an awesome job at keeping Hot Stuff moving in more or less the right direction, keeping us fed, watered and most importantly, entertained. Nothing is too much to ask of them, be ita down wind reef when we have been a bit. read more...


26/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 25112017 Sunny Sunday

Bonsoir la Terre!Sunny sunday today!L'inénarrable Louis B de La Chaine Météo, vous avait annoncé que l'on aurait moins de vent...me trompe-je? Effectivement cela a bien molli...on a encore eu une nuit avec des grains, moins violents mais encore 20kt dans les rafales...La nuit a été assez lente, car pas mal de molles derrières les grains que l'on ne voit pas car pas de lune la nuit...,)Depuis ce matin c'est Solent GV Haute grand soleil, brise une dizaine de noeuds...du 240-260...donc babord amure Adrena nous calcule une route vers le nord ouest jusqu'a demain....mais les routages sont chaque jour un peu differents.L'atmoshere en cabine est dé-confinée...nous dejeunons en terrasse, et comme c'est dimanche...et pour ne pas oublier que l'on va vers les Antilles, on s'est motivé d'un. read more...


26/11/2017

Ngahue IV - Ngahue IV in the trade winds - hopefully for keeps

After a long and frustrating Saturday when we (again - sigh) had to use the engine for a large chunk of the day and following night (with only 2-3 Kts of wind, there's no way our boat moves in those conditions), today has proved to be a lot better. As (more or less) predicted, we hit the trade winds (very light at first) this morning after breakfast. We then spent the rest of the morning setting the boat up for downwind sailing. For this we used the "Chris Tibbs set-up" (he described this well during one of the seminars we followed in Las Palmas). So our main and genoa can be furled at will, whilst keep our pole in place (and the boom too - thanks to a boom brake and a preventer). We can quickly reef down and up when needed! The wind has crept up to 12-14 knots and this fills our sails. read more...


26/11/2017

Avel Biz - J+7 Si on recule, comment...

Dimanche 26 novembre 201712h UTC23°09 N24°49 WDistance sur 24h : 134 millesDistance restante : 2138 milles (soit 21 milles de plus qu'hier !)Si on recule, comment voulez vous que l'on ne se fasse pas...doubler par lesautres.Nous sommes coincés. Le vent est resté vent debout depuis hier, force 3.Nous avions 2 choix.Faire de l'W SW en direction de Ste Lucie mais avec des calmes devant nous.Soit faire du SE en direction de Cap Vert à 90° de la route directe. Maisen se rapprochant des alizés.Nous avons choisi cette solution pendant toute la nuit. Nous avons fait duprès sous génois et GV haute sur une mer calme. Avel Biz a bien glissé avecune légère gite sous une belle lune. Bref une navigation facile et reposantemais pas tout à fait dans la direction souhaitée.Ce qui fait que nous avons. read more...


26/11/2017

Helen - Ed on board Helen

We have 590 miles to go which should take us about 3.5 days. The weather forecast is suggesting stronger winds so we may have some good sailing, but not yet, we are still motoring!Last night I was chatting with the captain as to why sailors sail in the 21st century?Firstly it is the sense of the achievement, beating the elements, living the dream or ticking a box on the bucket list. But it means morewith different aspects for different sailors.For some it's the thrill of the chase, getting to the next port ahead of the competition and squeezing every last drop of boat speed from the wind. Today's racing sailors know this well, as did the ships of old like the Cutty Sark or the Whalers.For me and my 18 Atlantic crossings it's been about meeting new people, particularly the children on the. read more...


26/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 8 - Wir sind im Passat!

Endlich - wir haben die Passatwindzone erreicht! Und das wohl verdient, haben wir uns doch eine Woche lang mit dem schwachen Wind, den wir hatten, mühsam in Richtung Süden gekämpft. Nun zahlt es sich aus: Wir fahren entspannt unter Parasailor (Ein Segel mit "Loch" und Flügel), machen konstant etwa 7,5 Knoten Fahrt und sehen die Meilen nur so unter uns wegziehen. Noch vier andere ARC-Boote haben die gleiche Route wie wir gewählt, darunter drei deutsche Crews, die vermutlich die gleichen Wetterdaten von "Wetterwelt" beziehen wie wir. Die Funkrunde heute Mittag hat wieder gezeigt, dass unsere Entscheidung goldrichtig war, denn weiter im Norden kämpfen die Boote wieder mit einer Windflaute. Der Position Report, den wir über Satellitentelefon beziehen, hat außerdem ergeben, dass wir uns auf. read more...


26/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 8: Bootsleben

Abgesehen von der 4 stündigen Unterbrechung für die Nachtwache habe ich sehr gut geschlafen. Das Schlagen hat aufgehört, der Wind leider auch und so sind wir überwiegend unter Motor gelaufen. Das macht am wenigsten Spaß, ist aber sehr erholsam, da keine Segeländerungen zu machen sind und man auch weniger aufpassen muss. Verkehr gibt es so gut wie keinen. Wir sehen maximal alle 24 Stunden ein anderes Schiff. Auf schlafende Wale und treibende Container passt man auch nicht auf, weil das sowieso keinen Sinn hat, die würde man zu spät sehen. Bleibt eine generelle Überwachung von Kurs und besonderen Vorkommnissen. Davon gibt es auch nicht viele, aber es ist gut zu bemerken, was alles so kaputt geht. Meine Faustregel ist ja eine Sache pro Tag. Manches können wir reparieren, anderes nicht.. read more...


26/11/2017

Susan Ann II - log day 8 - it’s sushi time!

At last we have got clear of the bad weather, the sun is shining, bikinis have gone on and the fish are biting!It couldn’t be more true about the butter... as soon as you hit 20 degrees north, the sun starts to shine, the butter does indeed melt and so are we.It’s hot at night now (we don’t have air con) and we are currently in 1.9 knots of wind so not much breeze to keep us cool but we can’t complain because this is AMAZING!We are so pleased and proud of ourselves to have got through some nasty days with everything and more importantly, everyone, intact.Susan Ann II is most definitely looking after us well.Susan Ann II is named after my late mum and I’m sure she’s looking down on us and keeping us safe.We will wake up to the trade winds tomorrow and can’t wait to get downwind sailing. read more...


Susan Ann II - log day 8 - it’s sushi time!
Susan Ann II  - log day 8 - it’s sushi time!
26/11/2017

Talulah Ruby II - log day 4-5 - Clean Crew are Happy Crew

From the sublime to the ridiculous. Thursday brought a calm, beautiful morning. The sun shone down on the crew and it seemed appropriate to have non-alcoholic beers and bacon sandwiches for breakfast. It was then time to turn off the motor and go for a swim off the back of the boat (our first wash of the trip so far!). All clean we sunned ourselves on deck and thought that this was the life.Then came Friday. The swell from a passing storm caused us to have a very choppy ride and the wind picked up resulting in a tiring night but we got through it and spent today recovering. The wind is now dropping and the sun is setting on relatively calm seas and hopefully tomorrow we will find these elusive trade winds! Sophie Hindley, provisioning extraordinaire. read more...


26/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

26th NovemberFinally some decent wind from the north has pushed us close to the easternend of the Cap Verde islands and we will cross them tonight. The wind hasbeen gusting up to 25 knots and the boat has been fast over the past 24hours. On Saturday Robert and I caught two large mahi-mahi 6-7 kgs eachand on Friday Michael landed an 18kgs tuna. With so much fish on-board andno freezer we have stopped fishing we have eaten our catch.We have beensailing through a zone of flying fish where hundreds of these small fishtake flight as Trifon's hull disturbs them. We have also been followed byseveral large schools of dolphins swimming slowly with the boat. I thinkthe dolphins are using the boat as a large weapon to frighten the smallfish and they then can eat their scattered prey. We saw a small. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 4: Leaving land behind - Catching the Cats
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 4: Leaving land behind - Catching the Cats
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 3: Leaving land behind - Kiloran (post moon)
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 3: Leaving land behind - Kiloran (post moon)
26/11/2017

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 2: Leaving land behind

No sooner than having settled into life in Mindelo it was time to head off into 2090nm of ocean.We had had a taste of Africa, stocked up in the local markets and were taking away many great memories.The reach off the start line through the acceleration zone off Sao Vincente exceeded expectations with a stiffer breeze than promised and views of spinnakers and mountains from our stern.After a tussle with Kiloran we bore away and just avoided loosing the breeze in the lee of the island. With blue skies giving way to a starry vista we kept the spinnaker up and had a great nights sail.image1. read more...


Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 1: Ready to go
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 1: Ready to go
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 2: Leaving land behind
Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 2: Leaving land behind
26/11/2017

Queen Bee - che barba l'aliseo !

Alla fine è arrivato! Si alla fine, molto alla fine abbiamo incontrato il nostro aliseo, piccolo piccolo, ma sufficiente per portarci ad ovest.Che barba l'aliseo ! In barca abbiamo deciso di non raderci finchè non avessimo incontrato l'aliseo e così da stasera almeno tre di noi si potranno "finalmente" radere, Stfano credo che farà solo qualche ritocco. Comunque è già trascorsa una settimana dalla partenza e debbo dire che non ci è pesata più di tanto, peccato che la carenza di vento ci ha portato a spendere oltre trenta ore di motore, speriamo non ci servano più in futuro. La pesca procede senza particolari successi, anzi abbiamo perso due lenze in un solo colpo, ma in compenso abbiamno avvistato il primo branco di pesci volanti.I tramonti e le albe sono da urlo e danno veramente l'idea. read more...


Barefoot - barefoot - tag 7 foto
Barefoot - barefoot - tag 7 foto
26/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 7 - 26.11.17 - GO WEST!!!

Barefoot - Tag 7 - 26.11.17 - GO WEST!!!Seit dieser Nacht haben wir den Wind, den wir gesucht haben. Aktuell segeln wir mit 6,5 kn nördlich an der ersten capverdischen Insel ILHA DO SAL vorbei. Danach schlagen wir uns durch die Inselgruppe durch. Diese Nacht haben wir uns ein bisschen verwachst, wir gingen davon aus, dass wir noch etwas weiter östlich mussten, um konstanten Wind zu finden, aber das war wohl gar nicht notwendig. Insgesamt sind wir mit unserer Entscheidung, direkt nach Gran canaria die südliche Route zu nehmen, aus unserer Sicht richtig gefahren. Wie ihr unseren berichten entnehmen konntet, waren wir zwar bisher immer auf der Suche nach Wind, dafür werden wir jetzt mit konstanten Winden in Richtung West belohnt. Die Schiffe, die direkt nach Gran canaria Richtung Westen. read more...


26/11/2017

Nisida - 26 Nov: That's a week!

After another quiet night we are hoping we have made it through to steady breeze. Now the kite is up and we are still heading south to avoid the area of lighter winds to the north and west of us. All being well we will take a course a little North of the Cape Verdes and start our downwind ride to St. Lucia. Our first week has seen mainly upwind conditions with one uncomfortably bumpy night with the breeze gusting to around 30kts. Sun is shining and we are now making good progress! Won't be long before we can smell the rum!. read more...


26/11/2017

Lei Lei - 7. Tag auf hoher See - Jäger und Gejagte

Meine Zeit mit 5 Männern an Bord. Es ist nicht zu überhören, dass in jedem Mann ein Jäger schlummert. Auf der einen Seite möchte der Mann seine Ruhe, nicht zu viel Bewegung, eher relaxen, aber wenn sein Jagdfieber erwacht ist alles anders:"Wo fahren die Anderen ? Der ist aber durchgeschossen heute Nacht"."Wir fahren ja rückwärts. Das geht so nicht !""Knot On Call wäre in unserer Gruppe schon Dritter"."Die müssen zwischenzeitlich getankt haben auf den Cap Verden!."Das wird noch sehr, sehr spannend""Jetzt werden die Daumenschrauben angesetzt""Wenn der Passat nicht kommt, dann haben wir ein Problem""Morgen wird motort, sonst fahren alle anderen im Passat an uns vorbei""5,8 - 6 - 7 Knoten. Was fährt der andere gerade? Wo fährt er, welche Richtung? Dann holen wir ja auf!""Eine Bavaria 51. read more...


26/11/2017

Ellen - Day 7

A quite normal day but still upwind but.... Just before we should eat dinner the wind turned to south and we are now sailing in the "right direction". We had a nice, pre made, meat and chorizo dinner that we took from our freezer, thank you Lasse!. read more...


26/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Multiple milestones

Yesterday saw us pass two major milestones. The first of these was going through the 1,000-mile mark, that's 1,000 miles travelled since leaving Cape Verde. As well as being significant in itself, it also means we now qualify for full membership of the Ocean Cruising Club rather than just associate members. On the downside, it means we need to buy a new burgee (a small club flag - that's not a flag for small clubs but a flag that is diminutive in size). The other major milestone was that we went through the halfway mark yesterday evening. Too late for celebratory halfway steaks but we did try and mark the occasion with a three-person plus one chart plotter selfie. Needless to say, even with Vanessa's newly purchased selfie -stick, the picture didn't come out, despite all the bobbing of. read more...


26/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°12 - Stardust Dolphin

Once upon a time, NOT in a land far away, but rather in an isolated part of the Atlantic Ocean, there lived a pod of magical dolphins. By day, they appeared no different to any of the other dolphins - graceful, speeding blurs of grey, playfully bouncing between the swell. If ever anyone were to spot them, they would marvel at their joyful elegance, without noting anything more. However, by night, these particular Stenella Plagiodon transform into mythical creatures, as if plucked from your wildest dreams. How do I know of their existence? Ah, O Best Beloved! For I have met them! Not very long ago, on this very boat, in this very ocean, I was sat in the cockpit gazing at the stars. It was my nighttime watch, and the rest of the crew were snoring in their bunks. A cooling breeze. read more...