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22/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 2 - Flaute

Seit der Nacht motoren wir, da der Wind zu schwach ist. Es gibt trotzdem einiges zu tun: Wetterbericht abfragen, Funkrunde, Positionsreport der anderen Yachten checken, Lesen, Schlafen ...Wir sehen Delfine und 4 Yachten in einiger Entfernung. Abends koche ich Linsensuppe.So vergeht der erste Seetag recht schnell und mit null Wind und glatter See geht es in die Nacht.Kurz vor Mitternacht kommt Wind auf und nimmt stetig zu. Wir fahren bei 18-22 Knoten einen "am Wind"- Kurs, die See wird deutlich rauer aber wir machen gut Fahrt. Uns beiden gehts gut, keine Anzeichen von Seekrankheit ...toitoitoi!Lg Hermann+Sabrina. read more...


22/11/2016

Estrella - Tag 3 - Rauschefahr nach Flautenloch

Die Wellen spritzen nur so übers Deck, 7 –8 Knotengegenan. Seit gestern Abend ist echtes Atlantiksegeln angesagt. In denGesichtern sieht man außer der Gischt nur grinsen. Wurde auch Zeit. Die Stundendavor waren von Flaute, umlaufende Schwachwinde und Müßiggang geprägt. Inunserer Verzweiflung haben wir den Spinnaker gezogen – bei null Wind. War ehrerBeschäftigungstherapie. Konnte ja nichts werden. Also alle Beschläge wieabgebaut und den Spi versteckt. Dazwischen “Verzweiflungsmanöver, immer in derHoffnung irgendwo doch Wind zu finden – hat uns auch nicht geholfen. Zum Glückgab es allerlei andere Entdeckungen. Zum Beispiel eine Schildkröte die direkt amBoot vorbeigeschwommen ist, oder auch der Fisch (wohl ein Thuna?, bin keinAngler) der von Heinz geangelt wurde, ihn aber nach deutlichen. read more...


22/11/2016

M one - Dienstag 22.11.16

Dienstag 22.11.16 Bordzeit 10.00 Uhr Der sechste Tag Getrübte Stimmung folgt auf Euphorie Es hätte so schön sein können.Schiff voll funktionsfähig Wind 15 bis 20 Knoten Geschwindigkeit im Surf von über 12. Knoten folgt:StilleWind schläft ein, Welle nicht vorhanden.Prognose für die nächsten Tage?Pille palle Wind ist alleAber noch haben wir, aus weiser Voraussicht, über 600 Liter DieselNur wenn diezu Ende gehen und wir keinen Wind bekommen wirds langweilig.Es gibt aber auch positive Ereignisse Wir mussten das Beiboot klarmachen und hinteruns herziehen.Darin Sitzt frank auf einem von uns gebauten Thron.Er passte nicht mehr durch unseren Niedergang weil er nochmals um die Hälfte seiner Körpergröße gewachsen ist.Nach einem stundenlangen Kampf ist es ihm tatsächlich gelungen einen 1,5 Meter. read more...


22/11/2016

Scarlet Oyster - First Scarlet Blog 2016, North or South?!

Morning All,Thought maybe about time to write something!Takes a while to settle intothe rhythm of life onboard, so first day or two is sometimes a bitdisjointed!We had a reasonable start to the race, rather crowded at the upwindcommittee vessel end, as boats all wanted clear air after the start, the bigfaster boats had the luxury of choosing a slightly more spacious spot.There was drama just 3 mins before the start with a collision between HotStuff and Il Cavaliere 3, very sad to see two boats races effectively overbefore the start signal, starboard tack Hot Stuff suffering a hole, and Iguess possible structural damage from being T boned by the port tack boat,and hence forced to retire.The other boat is likely to retire, or facedisqualification from the race.Fortunately it appeared that. read more...


22/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Start of the ARC - Are we moving??

“27:23,79N 16:49,56W” Start of the ARC - Are we moving?? The fantastic atmosphere of the “leaving party” along the wall of LasPalmas and the excitement of telling Rambler to watch their back as we crossedthe start line sent us on a nice downwind leg to the bottom of Gran Canaria .turning west with our spinnaker up and everyone enjoying a fabulous sail, cameto an end at 8pm when we had to try to drop it and ending up not using the sockbut stuffing it into the forward locker at 18 knotts winds speed . Half an hourlater no wind and a very peaceful overnight sail. The next day no wind. Then thenext 12 hours 20 knot on the nose running at 8 knots chasing down Calypso andgetting within 7 NM  before they head down and leave us to decide if tostay up north or follow them . we will check. read more...


22/11/2016

Sanya - Vandaag derde dag op zee met de Sanya.

Vandaag derde dag op zee met de Sanya. Wat een boot; bootsnelheid hoger dan de windsnelheid, dit heb ik nog nooit meegemaakt, fantastisch. Topsnelheden van 20 knopen worden gemakkelijk gehaald. We gaan vandaag in elk geval een stuk harder dan gisteren, want gisteren hadden we weinig wind. Als gevolg daarvan liggen we iets achter op schema, maar met deze wind halen we misschienweer iets van de verloren tijd in. Sfeer aan boord is super er wordt veel gelachen. Iedereen aan boord werkt hard, mooi om te zien. Position: 26,31.53N , 21,34.68W. We gaan vandaag proberen om 500 mijl af te leggen binnen 24 uur. Wildlive is nog niet echt spectaculair, tot nu toe alleen een paar schildpadden en vliegende vissen gezien, maar de reis duurt nog lang en wie weet wat de natuur ons nog brengt.Jacob. read more...


Numa - Dag 2 - seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - Seiler i 8 knop
Numa - Dag 2 - Seiler i 8 knop
21/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 2. Settling in .

Today dawned calm and fair. We had carried the spinnaker all through the night and ghosted along nicely keeping company with some big boats . Doing watch at night in warm weather is a far more pleasant experience than hammering across the Bay of Biscay in 12 degrees .We worked our way south and towards theAfrican shore in the light northeasterly breeze .Morning arrived and the sunrise was very beautiful . During the morning the breeze lightened further giving the opportunity for all to relax an enjoy the scene. Around 1100 we were visited by a school of dolphins.They were close to fifty in the group. They jumped and swam alongside in the clear water and swam just under the bows for at least half an hour.They swam in groups of threes and fours and turned on theirsides as if to study us. read more...


22/11/2016

Hot Stuff - prep day

The day before the big day! We are almost ready with the last preparations. This past week we have been preparing ourselves by attending seminars about astronavigation, weather forecasts, emergency and health at sea and losts of other seminars. It's not only us as crew that need to be prepared for this long trip it's also the boat 'Hot Stuff' After our trip to the local supermarket in Las Palmas she is now filled with water, tins and lots of chocolate - 256 bars - apparently women eat a lot of chocolate at sea!We have also been to the local market to buy loads of fruit and vegetables that are now hanging from the ceiling hammacs in the saloon. All the tins and water bottles are in every corner and under every bilge board - there is no inch that isn't filled with soup, pasta or chocolate. read more...


22/11/2016

Gwendoline - 1. day at sea

Hello everybody.Here is the first daily log from S/Y Gwendoline M.Onboard are: Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla and KimThe first 24 hours have passed since we crossed the starting line - probably as the last boat - and all according to our plan.It has been a perfect start with lots of sunshine, wind at 3-4 knots, and as Orla so elegantly put it, somebody has been ironing the sea, so all the wawes, bumps and swell had been flattened.We have now sailed approximately 85 NM, giving an average speed of 4 knots. This is not very fast, but then again the sailing has been very pleasant. Exactly the kind of perfect weather to start out with, giving everybody on board time to find their "sealegs" before we get more wind and larger wawes.We have chosen to sail the traditional. read more...


22/11/2016

Beltana II - The wind arrives - our saviour

During the early hours of day three at the end of Skip’s watch at 4am, 15knots of wind blew in from the north east a welcome relief from the really lightairs that only gave us 4-6 knots for the previous 24 hours. Saying that BeltanaII sailed really well in the light airs and we held our own or actually improvedour position over some of the other yachts in view of our AIS system. She keptgoing at 3-4.5 knots in these light airs although 1 knot was probably due to tohelp from the Canary current.   Last nights dinner was an extension to the Italian theme by Graham with alovely Cacciatori Chicken dish whose recipe was passed down from family tofamily, served on lovely fluffy rice (done in the pot Heather) accompanied byour last Santorini white wine (a decent Greek drop indeed cellared. read more...


22/11/2016

Gatsby - Day 3

So, nun sind wir schon den dritten Tag unterwegs. Wir haben mehrere Spi und Gennaker Manöver im Leichtwind der letzten Tage vollzogen und seit einer Stunde segeln wir mit der G3 bei 15-20kn Wind. Die Sonne lacht, der Obstsalat schmeckt! Das erst Brot wurde gebacken und ist auch schon wieder verputzt. Delfine hatten wir auch schon, sowohl einen heute Nacht, der eine Spur leuchtenden Planktons hinter sich her zog, als auch heute morgen nach dem Segelwechsel.Heute steht der erste Duschtag an! Boote sind leider keine mehr in Sicht. Nachdem wir gestern in einer Gruppe von 7 Schiffen gefahren sind, hat sich das Feld nun auseinander gezogen.Liebste Grüße von der gut gelaunten Crew der Gatsby,Sophie. read more...


22/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 6 - Tuesday 22nd November

Day 6 - Tuesday 22nd NovemberWell, what a thrill it is to log on this morning and report that.... we basically have nothing to report!!!In the last 24 hours nothing broke, we had no dramas, no major squalls - we're just plodding along at our desired course of 270, unfortunately under engine basically since 4pm yesterday but hey, you can't have everything!!Yesterday afternoon the wind gradually calmed down and down until we finally had to turn on the engine before we stopped completely.The water around us turned almost glassy, and for most of the day we had about 3kts of wind.It wasn't blisteringly sunny - still plenty of cloud cover - and there was the odd light shower but no big wind to go with it.We had a fantastic dinner courtesy of Conor - steak, spuds and fried onions and mushrooms. read more...


22/11/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 6, N 26.52.22 W 19.25.50, 22 November 2016

Good progress during the last 12 hours. As per the forecast, we got good winds as of 9pm yesterday and we have had fantastic conditions throughout the night with wind NNW 12-16 knots. Right now it is N 18-20 knots and we have 1 reef in the main sail and a reduced genoa. Around midnight we nearly lost our gangway and part of the water stored at the bow platform but Ricardo and Els noticed it, stopped the boat and rescued it all. Great acrobatics by Ricardo in the middle of the night! Nobody inside noticed, indicating everybody is at ease and sleeping well. We tried fishing yesterday evening but without success. Right now, I see the first pot of coffee flighing through the galley. Whilst Machteld and Doug clean it, they open a side hatch and a wave comes in, giving both a fresh shower :-)E. read more...


22/11/2016

Numa - Overstyrmann Roberts dag 1

Robert´s "overstyrmannens" reiselogg dag 1:Ja, jeg fikk den æren å bli utpekt som overstyrmann på denne overfarten :-)Det blir noe å føre på CVén.Siden jeg ikke har skrevet noe fra min ankomst onsdag ettermiddag og frem til startskuddet benytter jeg anledningen til å skrible litt om disse dagene også.Å komme ned til båthavna i Las Palmas og se s/y Numa og å treffe Admiralinnen og skipperen igjen er nok til å smelte et steinhjerte.Gjensynet ble hjertelig, og skuldrene til undertegnede sank betydelig ved første skritt på gangveien.Dette har jeg sett frem til i lang-lang tid.Siden jeg var så heldig å få være med på en kryssing med Janne og Steinar i 2005 vet jeg lit av hva jeg "går til"Heldigvis hadde Janne og Steinar gjort de allerfleste forberedelser allerede slik at det ble mye kos og. read more...


21/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Days 4&5: 1/3rd to St Lucia!!

  This blog covers two days, Nov/ 20th& 21st. With light winds and multiple isolated squalls, we vacillate fromall-available canvas deployed, to reefing-in, to motoring(yuck). All of this canoccur inside 45-minutes, and most of the drama seems to be at night. Naturally,we prepare for the night passage during daylight hours. ,   As the Westerly Trade Winds have yet tobe fully established, weather-wise, we plan for the next three days. Weinitially sailed northwest to 17.5-degreeslatitude for stronger wind and avoid two troughs of dead air. This partiallyworked, however the trough went further north than predicted, thus the squalls& intermittent motoring. We are now creeping at 3.5-knots 100nm S.W.,already passing into 16-degrees latitude to catch to pick-up forecasted. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Day 2 - Marcus first catch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Day 2 - Marcus first catch
22/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Lof Day 2

Bluewaft Log Day 221 November 201626 01'.993N 016 10'.713WWe had a good nights sailing on Jib and Main with winds from 15 to 20 kts,from E NE, allowing us to make good speed on our course south.About 9amthis morning the winds died.We altered course towards Cape Verde and planto follow this for about the next 180nm.We're expecting light winds forthe up to the next 3 days and then hopefully winds will pick up.Wedecided this was on balance a better approach than the more northerly rhumline as there is a significant danger of being becalmed at the end of theweek for the next week or so.Still, there are no certainties in theweather!The night watch was fairly uneventful.Marcus had to shine our searchlighton a yacht that was getting to close. He responded and moved away.Otherwise all quiet.The. read more...


22/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 22. November 2016

22. November 2016Speeded through the night under big sail. Then in the morning: Nothing. No wind. Nada. Did we misnavigate and are now in the doldrums instaed of the trade wind area?What can you do on a sailboat without wind? Got a bath in the warm atlantic water, cleaned the boat, washed cloth, repaired some small items, cooked, enjoyed the day.Finally when the skipper was sleeping and dreaming of staedy tradewinds over green waters he is woken up by his crew who wants to set the lightwind sail. Yeah, wind. So now we are cruising behind a big sail under a spectacular starry sky and towards green waters in the west.What else happened?Had a beautiful nightsky, did not catch a fish, had great risotto.1480 NM to go. read more...


21/11/2016

Shalan - End of Day 2 at Sea

25:36N 016:50WAhoy there,It's 21:38pm here aboard the good yacht Shalan.We've now been at sea for almost 34 hours and are seeing fewer and fewer boats during the day and night.Weather wise, the wind has been disppointing most of the day we got a high of around 10.4 knots this morning but has sinced dipped to a distinctly average 5 knots.Weather update 2, and maybe more importantly the team tan hasn't wildly improved either: some bright spells but a bit grey mostly...This afternoon we were joined momentarily by a 'collective noun' of dolphins/whales (the jury is still out on both the type of creature and collective noun), off the port side.We tried to attract them by clapping and recreating mating calls but our efforts were in vain as they ignored us and swam past.As you'll see from the. read more...


21/11/2016

Albatross - Nov 21 - Second Day at Sea

Nov 21 - Second Day at SeaAll is well. Wind continuous to be light at 5-7 knots. We have been flying the spinnaker since we left Las Palmas and already jibbed twice in the last 24 hours! We are moving at around 5 knots, helped by one knot of favorable current following the route suggested by the weather routing service, which is north of the usual "Great Circle Route".Today we had cereals and expresso coffee for breakfast, serrano ham sandwiches with tomato and olive oil for lunch, and paella with mussels and clams for dinner (Chuck, our "fussy" eater, had some cereals and ramen noodles).Batteries are holding nicely even with both fridges on. We run the engine for about 1 1/4 hours this morning and got voltage back to 13.6. Our consumption seems to range from 4-9 amps.Weather is warm and. read more...


Shalan - End of Day 2 at Sea
Shalan - End of Day 2 at Sea
21/11/2016

Jayana - Jour 1: Anniversaire à bord!

Enfin, le jour du grand départ est arrivé. La fatigue de l'équipage commençait à se faire sentir, surtout après 10 jours à festoyer comme nous l'avons fait. L'approche de l'heure du départ apportait son lot d'excitation et d'inquiétudes, surtout avec la frénésie à laquelle s'agitait tous les équipages sur les quais. La veille du départ, un magnifique feu d'artifice a illuminé le ciel au-dessus de Jayana. Belle façon de souligner sa dernière nuit en territoire européen. À notre réveil, nous avions déjà un premier événement à souligner: Mélanie fêtait son 30e anniversaire! La journée a donc bien débuté, avec de belles boule d'amour parmi les membres d'équipage. Le reste de la journée a été mémorable pour plusieurs raisons: la fanfare à la sortie de la marina, la parade des bateaux devant. read more...


21/11/2016

Sanya - Day 2 midnight work

Na een dag met opstartende wind, vanavond enkele uren rond de 14-15 knopen met onze masthead gennaker kunnen varen. Onze targetkoers lag rond de 270 en dat haalden we net. Volledig gestacked, alle zeilen naar loef, mensen naar loef, binnen in alle mogeljke gewichten naar loef en naar achteren (met licht weer gaat alles naar voren), knalden we vanmiddag richting St.Lucia en lieten we ook het laatste eiland Hiero in hoog tempo achter ons.Ik voel goed dat de Sanya zwaar beladen is, met 17 mensen, eten en kleding. Met wat meer wind en alles goed stacken merk je dat dit ook positief kan uitpakken. Targets worden makkelijker gehaald en overschreden. Ik voel ook dat de druk in het hele schip hoger is dan normaal. Alles laat ik dubbel checken, en het ziet er goed uit.Zojuist de wissel gedaan. read more...


21/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Message from the Irish Frenchie

Last night started with Mairead's watch...and a monsoonpooring on her. This was the start of a loooong wet andwindy night. Squalls are the worst king of weather youcan sail in my point of view. I rather have a steady galethan squally weather. Squalls are vicious, stressful andunexpected at night. So, we all started our night watchin the total dark. I think I have nerver seen such a darkenvironment before. Denise said she thought about Conor'smonsters stories. Well, yes, I agree! You feel like youare in another dimension and that a monster is gona bringyou down in the deep ocean. Fortunately nothing of thathappened but we just got veeeery drenched and flew downthe waves. Sorry no horror stories!We had a bit of sunshine today though and some greatmusic-almost-dancing moments on deck. Also,. read more...


21/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 2 - Vindstille

Etter en stille natt og dag med lite eller ingen vind kjørte vi for motor i dag.Vinden kom tilbake ikveld og vi går nå med full seilføring med rundt 4 knops fart.Midt på dagen idag stoppet vi for å ta et bad i Atlanteren. Martin og Jørgen hoppet uti.Kokkeleringen er full gang. 3 varme måltid er blitt spist. Kylling og spanske pølser har stått på menyen.Kursen er satt til vest for Kapp Verde hvor vi håper å finne passaten. Derfra regner vi med krysse over til karibien med østavind helt frem.Kapteinen har nå åpnet luke 1 og 2 i adventskalenderen sin.Vi regner søndag 20. nov som dag 1 og at vi er fremme dag 24:)Jørgen, Martin, Roald og Alf. read more...


21/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day One

The Journey BeginsFinally, the big day that we have all been waiting for has arrived!!! Majority of the crew were even too excited to manage a full night’s sleep and were up and about long before sunrise. But that was all good since we did have a couple of things on our to do list before leaving the marina to get a good spot as close as possible to the start line. Between 8am and 11am we managed to complete the last minute shopping, storing and organizing and we all went to put on our brand new crew shirts, to get into proper racing mode. To complete our look Bruce had brought sombreros for everyone, which was not only a fabulous complement to our outfits, it might also have confused our competitors into thinking we are heading for Mexico instead of the Caribbean. Tactical move by. read more...


21/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 First Days

First daysBy late afternoon on Thursday the full crew had assembled, buzzing with anticipation of our journey ahead. A mixture of excitement and trepidation visible on familiar faces whilst we search for long forgotten knowledge gained on our training weekend in September.Thursday night was the first team night which of course started as planned with a few drinks and some light tapas.Friday was boat preparation day, setting her up ready for sea, but also more importantly the large delivery of our fresh fruit and veg. All of which needed to be removed from its packaging, washed and spread on the deck to dry before being stowed. Sarah volunteered to be our creative crew member painstakingly place each piece of fruit on our deck to form colourful patterns.Saturday morning came, and Terry. read more...


21/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Skyelark Start Day

Skyelark of London has a multinational crew this year. Skipper Dan, Richard, Richard and Bob are from England, Bill and Eian from Australia, Anthony from Wales, and our Mate Richard from Ireland. Good job there isn't room for a rugby match on board! First job was to decide what to call the three Richards on board. Rich? Rick? Dick? No one wanted to be a Dick so we have Mate Richard, Rick and Bidders! Richard Bidwell has assumed his long term nickname.Having overcome the early identity crisis we set about coming together as a crew by sharing beers and wine at the ARC Happy Hours and the Farewell Party. Final preparations including the big shop and washing all the fruit and veg .At last it was time to go. Skipper Dan and his well oiled crew were ready for the big adventure. Lots of boats,. read more...


21/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter -first 24 hours!

Sailing 4.2knots in 6.3kts of wind, bearing 245 degreesJust over 24 hours into our voyage we are all alive and well. We were one of the first boats over the line and battled with the big cruisers most of the day yesterday, and sat second in our division, 40-something overall, by nightfall. Light winds and chop overnight followed by more light winds today, butwe snuck into the lead around noon and have been playing leapfrog with second place (our sister-ship, an Élan 43 called "Frigg" from Norway) the rest of the day...she is currently directly astern following us and if they come much closer we are liable to catch them with our fishing gear! Some wildlife around but not much...a few birds, a couple of fish rolling around and a pair of small whales. Getting used to boat and watch systems.. read more...


21/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Monday 21st November: Becalmed

A good day yesterday and overnight has turned into wind levels down topretty much zero.  I guess we should enjoy it – its not often you get theopportunity to be in calm seas, with the sun out, in a small yacht a thousandmiles from the mainland.  It’s just that we’ve seen the weather forecastand it might last like this for a few days! More positively – we saw a fair few leaping tuna yesterday – a thrillingsight. Here’s hoping for even a touch of wind soon. Colin CBO. read more...


21/11/2016

Sunrise - Report day2 - SUNRISE

Nach einem aufregenden Start in Las Palmas ging es bei moderatem Wind Richtung Süden.Wind aus NE Richtung ermöglicht eine gute Geschwindigkeit mit Schmetterlingssegeln.Auch in der ersten Nacht kommen wir gut voran uns alles läuft nach Plan.Am 2. Tag schläft der Wind ein und alle möglichen Segelstellungen werden ausprobiert.Am Nachmittag gleicht der Atlantik vom Wellengang ehr einem Baggersee.Unter Motor geht es in südlicher Richtung weiter.Die Prognose für die kommenden Tage sind nicht besser.--. read more...


21/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 2 Nacht 1

Hallo Zusammen,jetzt sind wir 29 Std. unterwegs. Die letzte Nacht war von wenig Wind und Welle von hinten geprägt. Die ganze Nacht wurden wir Tenerifa nicht los.Der Vormittag war nicht besser, erst Mittag ging es wieder besser. Die Insel Hierro sehen wir auch schon den ganzen Tag, da wir 100 km Sicht haben. Wir sind jetzt noch 15 sm davon entfernt und drehen anschließend auf Kurs 270 bis 275 Grad. Unser erstes 24 Std. Etmal betrug 133 sm über Grund, um unsere geplanten 18 Tage zu schaffen müssen wir am Tag 170 sm schaffen, wir liegen also etwas zurück. Die Vorhersage für die nächsten Tage prophezeit uns mehr Wind, dann von hinten. Wir berichten wie es geht. Allee sind gut drauf und wir gehen jetzt langsam in die 2.te Nacht. Liebe Grüßevon allenWolfgang. read more...


21/11/2016

White Satin - Superman Paul to the Rescue

Monday 21 November132 miles sailed, 2616 to goA lovely afternoon turned into a pleasant evening withthe twinkling lights of Gran Canaria fading into the distance to our north.After one of Vicki's tasty suppers it was time to begin the watch system.We are doing an 8 pm to 8 am, three-watch system at night, 8-12, 12-4 and 4-8 a.m., and this rotates each night between the three couples, so everyone has a go at each watch in turn.As we are using the forepeak (large front cabin) for storing provisions we only have two cabins available for off-watch sleeping, so we are 'hot bunking' - at the end of the 8-12 watch the couple take over the cabin vacated by the next 12-4 a.m. couple and so on.This means that the first watch couple (last night Jon and Fiona) potentially get a full eight hours. read more...


White Satin - Superman Paul to the Rescue
White Satin - Superman Paul to the Rescue
Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
21/11/2016

Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind

Unusually the weather is not typical for this time of year and we have been becalmed frequently by lighter winds. Here is a happier picture of Cherish at speed with her mizen staysail billowing, go old girl go!WJGOPR1455.. read more...


21/11/2016

Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind

Unusually the weather is not typical for this time of year and we have been becalmed frequently by lighter winds. Here is a happier picture of Cherish at speed with her mizen staysail billowing, go old girl go!WJGOPR1455.. read more...


Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
Cherish - Day 6: trouble with wind
21/11/2016

Freedom - Tag1 - Starttag

Jetzt gehts los! Wir werden von der Familie und Bekannten verabschiedet. Viele Zuschauer stehen auf der Mole und winken uns zum Abschied. Beim Start haben wir leichten Wind aus NE. Wir setzten den Genacker und kommen gut voran. Bevor es dunkel wird, bergen wir den Gennaker und baumen die Genua aus und fahren Schmetterling. Das läuft gut bis kurz vor Mitternacht, dann haben wir keinen Wind mehr. Die erste Nacht verläuft ruhig. Wir sehen ca. 6-7 Boote von 224 Booten in unserer Nähe. Lg Sabrina. read more...


21/11/2016

La Contenta - La Contenta Day 1 Becalmed, Bedazzled and Bewildered

La Contenta, or LC as we fondly call her, slipped lines yesterday with hercrew of four:  Skipper Dave with his wife M-C, Master mariner Ewen andSinger songwriter Cal.  We were bewildered with the provisioning, bedazzledwith the send off from Gran Canaria and now we are becalmed.   Together we have packed every nook and cranny of LC with enough provisionsto supply the ARC fleet, enough spares to build another boat and with a medicalkit to enable us to patch, repair and rejuvenate our every square inch!  Weare joined by two saxophones, one guitar and some spare sailcloth to painton.  We are just missing one thing – wind!   We are becalmed.   We have no wind from either the north, south, west or east.  We areaiming to get to the point in the. read more...


21/11/2016

Nisida - We're off

Current position 27:20N 16:48WA hectic start to our race, boats crowding around us, two crashing into each other ,whilst we, as a new crew, wrestled with getting up our first spinnaker. Making a fast start to the race was a challenge as the winds remained around only a steady 10 and we managed a speed of about 6. There was a short spell of winds 15-19 as we accelerated past the airport before the wind settled back down again as a pod of dolphins appeared alongside us. Supper was a delicious pork and vegatable casserole cooked to perfection in the pressure cooker. Watches started at 8.00 with Carl, Tasha and Jane and the wind picked up to 20 knots and for a while we sailed along at just under 10 knots and at one point we could see we were 11th in the fleet. Sadly this was to be a short. read more...


21/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 5 - Monday 21st November

Day 5 - Monday 21st NovemberWell, our wish has been granted.We have flat seas today, about 10kts of wind, and the spinnaker up.It's not exactly blistering sunshine (thank goodness!) but it's warm - very, very warm - and dry.The rails are like a chinese laundry, trying to get our sodden clothes dry.I have thought long and hard, and have failed to come up with a word to describle last night's rain.I consulted the others, and the combined experiences of Nepal, Thailand and India in monsoon season did not match what fell on us last night.They promised us squalls, but not on the scale that hit us once darkness fell yesterday evening.The wind never got to madness levels - probably max 22/23kts - but it skewed everywhere.In my watch alone (6-8pm) I was dragged from doing 260 degrees (our. read more...


21/11/2016

Delfini - day 1

Well we took the 'chicken' route south and after a reasonable bit of wind pushing us along at 7 knots last night we have found doldrums already and wallowing with spinnaker at 4 knots or so - our log shows a massive 102 miles achieved in 24 hoursHoping for more wind further south and looking forward to curry and rice later - perhaps a bit of home made cake beforehand.. more to follow. read more...


21/11/2016

Sanya - Day 2 Light weather for now

Speed: 8 knots, Course: 258 deg.Position: 27,19.27N , 17,24.56WSanya is about 24 hours on the way now, so we have had our first night out. The winds were very light during the night, we even saw a 0 on the clock. Very unusual for VO70. So we struggled through the night to keep up the boat speed and roughly going in the right direction. The crew was getting to know each other a bit better in the quiet of the night under the stars while moving the weight around following the captain's directions and settling into the watch system. After about 6 hours the wind was coming up again, with patches left and right with differing temperatures. When the wind is cold on your face, there was a few knots extra, when the wind is warm, no pressure alas. After two hours of steering through these patches,. read more...


21/11/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY ONE - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS

Exciting to leave the dock at Las Palmas on Sunday morning at 11.38, forming an orderly queue to leave the marina, with the local Spanish bands bidding us farewell from the shore. Gavin on the helm for the pre-start manouverings, with the main and genoa up for the downwind start at 13.00. The race fleet left 30 mins before us, with Rambler leading the way, and then the fleet of 30-odd catamarans. Sunny weather, wind from the north-east at 9 kts, so not exactly a speedy start. Asymmetric spinnaker flying shortly after start until 19.00 with Jonathan on the helm – initial report on helming – ‘could do better’, but fortunately we’ve got a lot of time to practice! Steering a southerly course to avoid the wind shadow from the Canaries, particularly from Las Palmas & Tenerife, which. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY ONE - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY ONE - THE ADVENTURE BEGINS
21/11/2016

Beltana II - First night all good

Well the Beltana II team have survived the first night. Graham and Johnnysaw in the sunrise through a fair bit if cloud but very pretty theypromised.  We all took turns to do a four hour watch with two people ondeck at all times.  Winds were light at 10-12 knots and Beltana ploughed onat 4-5 knots directly downwind or with the wind at about 150 degrees.  Thegenoa is poled out to port and the main well out rigged with a preventer. Lovely Italian dinner last night thanks to Paul’s culinary skills withLasagne served with a green side salad dressed with balsamic and pure virginolive oil. Johnny saw the first flying fish for the trip (so he claims) so thefisherman juices have started to flow and the new rod is trawling a decent sizedlure at the moment. John and Graham. read more...


21/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 2 A great send off

A great start to the ARC crossing. Boats all streaming out of the marina,sun shining, crowds cheering and waving, the band playing. We could not have hadbetter weather. Warm and sunny with a light northerly breeze and a flat sea. Alladded to the excitement and gaiety of the occasion. Crews were standing on deckphotographing and videoing the event and calling out to each other. After a not good nights sleep, too excited, we eventually got up to finishpreparing the boat. It still looked like we would not find a place foreverything and we would never get away but eventually we slipped our lines andmotored off the pontoon to join the queue to leave the marina. Last minuteFacetimes to our girls and said our goodbyes to new friends, “see you on theother side” and felt quite emotional as we. read more...