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Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
20/11/2017

Queen Bee - notte complicata

Prima giornata complicata nel pomeriggio issato gennaker e in piena velocità dopo circa due ore si è trenciata di netto la drizza, recupero da veri racer del gennaker in mare .la notte è proseguita con genoa tangonato e randa. all'aumento del vento fino a 27 nodi abbiamo deciso di prendere una mano di terzaroli,ma ovviamente abbiamo avuto problemi con le borose e così abbiamo saggiamente deciso di ammainare la randa ed andare olo con il genoa tangonato.... il resto della notte tranquillo. baci Arnaldo. read more...


20/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - Day 16 - windless seas and stolen fish

Afternoon all,It is the evening of our fifth day at sea on our passage to St Lucia and the famously reliable trade winds seem to be off trading somewhere else. Throughout last night our true wind speed dropped steadily from 11 knots down to around 7 and has stayed there throughout the day. A quick chatter amongst the crew this morning and we decided to bang on the motors and focus on fishing. Our fishing successes seem to range from desperate to downright unbelievable. The first "success" if you can call it that was Drew and Paul bringing in a nightmarish looking creature in the middle of the night we have dubbed a ratfish because we dont know what its called. With oil black scales and a set of mismatched large fangs we can assume its a scavenger and threw the creepy fella back. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
20/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West

What followed last night's journal entry was long night on rolling seas with light winds. People found it difficult to settle and sleep was sparse and fitful for most of the crew.  Checking the Yellow Brick race tracker at the bottom of Gran Canaria it was clear that a number of different strategies were emerging across the fleet.  NoStress decided to head north and chase the stiffer breeze that had been predicted - current reports have us at 24 miles behind the leader of our class so we've yet to see if this strategy will pay off.The reward for a night at sea was the start of a beautiful day (see pictures) with blue skies, fair seas and a good sailing breeze.  A day of maintenance and other routine tasks followed and, as conditions were relatively smooth, yet more meals were. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
NoStress - Log Day 2 - Heading West
20/11/2017

Indian Summer - Day 2 with Ted; we got visitors!

Today we had a relaxed day with Ted and we have got a bird visiting and a squid onboard.I hope Ted likes our crossing right now!Sunshine from Hilmer, Hampus and Ted. read more...


20/11/2017

Lothlorien - Lothlorien Tag 2 - Windfahnensteuerung und Wassermacher

Der heutige Tag auf dem Atlantik präsentiert sich ganz anders als die letzte Nacht: Kaum Welle, wenig Wind, sehr gemütliches, aber dafür auch langsames Fahren. Zumindest aber konnten wir sowohl den Wassermacher als auch die Windfahnensteuerung richtig austesten und beides läuft optimal (Die Windfahnensteuerung ist wie ein Autopilot ohne Stromverbrauch, der nach der Windrichtung steuert - sehr praktisch. Der Wassermacher wandelt Meerwasser in Trinkwasser um).Gegen Mittag haben wir das Vorsegel gegen ein Code 0 Segel ausgetauscht, das auf wenig Wind ausgelegt ist. Das ging eine Zeit lang sehr gut, aber gegen halb sechs mussten wir auch das reinholen und stattdessen motoren. Ralf und Kerstin geht es zum Glück besser. Während ich das hier schreibe, kocht Kerstin gerade das Abendessen: Salat. read more...


20/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Sailing has its ups and downs

There are two very different strategies being adopted by the fleet. Some are choosing to stay north close to the rhumb line (the shortest route to our destination) while others have headed south in the hope of finding more wind. We thought about heading south but changed our minds and so we're now wallowing in the middle with very little wind. We really need to be able to fly either our Blue Water Runner or the gennaker to make any progress, but both of those need the spinnaker halyard and that is currently snoozing in the aft locker rather than running up through the mast as it should be. We sent Jacob up the mast a couple of times yesterday to try and fix the problem. The aim was to to run a mousing line from the top of the mast to the bottom, and then use that thinner line to pull the. read more...


20/11/2017

Ngahue IV - Update from Ngahue IV

We've had our first full day at sea now. After a (very) slow start yesterday (Sunday) across the departure line - a venerable Hallberg-Rassy 53s does not move fast - we set about catching up with the rest of the ARC fleet as he headed towards and entered into the "acceleration" zones which are just under each of the Canary Islands. Though just as we began to enter into the jumble of the other boats at the back of the ARC fleet, we hit a wind-shadow spot just south of Gran Canaria. All progress halted; sails needed to be rearranged. An hour of so later, as our boat speed picked up again when we found some useful wind, we could start thinking of joining the fleet's rearguard again.Today, Monday, has been a bit of that too. The better wind at the beginning of the day has died on us as we. read more...


20/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 2 auf dem Wasser: Gestartet!

Wir gucken und tuckern Richtung Startlinie, plötzlich rennt Skipper Matt nach hinten und guckt ins Wasser – wir haben eine Leine überfahren! Das klingt nicht schlimm, aber eine Leine in der Schraube ist mindestens ein Problem, gern aber auch ein schlimmer Schaden. Ich muss natürlich an unseren ersten Tag denken. Angkor hatte ich gerade gekauft und es war unsere erste Ausfahrt. Vielleicht waren die 100 km/h Wind kein ideales Spazierwetter, aber auch damals haben wir vermutlich eine Leine überfahren. Große Schäden am Boot und wochenlange Probleme waren die Folge.Zum Glück! Die Leine taucht hinter dem Boot wieder auf – sie ist also nicht in der Schraube. Wir schauen hinter uns, da verlassen noch fast 100 Boote die Marina, alle sind in Gefahr diese Leine zu erwischen. Also setzen wir zum. read more...


20/11/2017

Nisida - 20 Nov: Monday 20th Happy Days

All happy on Nisida after a little sickness to start with. Cracking first 24hrs with 190nm sailed!Kite back up now and heading just north of west hoping to pick our way through the weather over the next few days.. read more...


20/11/2017

Lei Lei - 1. Tag auf hoher See - gelungener Start

Hallo liebe Leser, wir berichten von nun an täglich von Bord der lei lei. Die Crewmitglieder bzw. Autoren werden sich abwechseln. Ein großes Dankeschön geht an Christian in Östereich, der sich bereit erklärt hat, die Beiträge auch im "lei lei" Blog zu veröffentlichen. Beginnen wird heute KristianHappyleileisailing ChristianUm 11:00 Uhr steigt langsam der Adrenalinspiegel. Die ersten Konkurrenten legen ab, was wir - noch aus der Box - aufmerksam verfolgen. Frederik dokumentiert photographisch die auslaufenden Schiffe. Die Bilder werden vermutlich in den nächsten Tagen noch vielfach im Team diskutiert werden, wenn es darum geht, die Stärken und Schwächen der anderen Crews und Schiffe zu analysieren. Ehrfürchtig lassen wir Schiffe wie die Mbolo (eine Jongert 2900 mit 29 Metern)und die Clare. read more...


20/11/2017

Blue Top - BLUETOP 19112017 1er jour

Gooood Morninnng BLUE TOPLe blog du TOP n°2 du 19/11/2017Un départ au TOPNous largons les amarres à 11h et c'est la sortie du port en convoi et en musique accompagné par la fanfare de l'île. Des milliersde personnes massées sur le bord des digues nous acclament. Ah les braves gens ! On entend même "Allez la Bretagne".Il y a trois catégories, l'une pour la course et deux autres en rallye (croisière), avec un départ associé tous les quarts d'heure.Pour la nôtre, le départ est à 12H45, alors bien sur nous faisons quelques ronds pour patienter. Un excellent passage, au plus prèsdu batiment de guerre, Le Météoro, qui sert de bateau jury a laisser a babord, et c'est parti!Nous sommes seulement 27 bateaux en course ( et le plus petit aussi ) tandis que la centaine d'autres attendent pour le. read more...


20/11/2017

Hummingbird - Monday - John's Blog

It is now 5 days since we left the exotic islands of Cape Verde and after the drama of 4 spinnaker hoists in 12 hours we have thankfully for all and especially the spinnaker rap crew (rappers Erika John and Chris) had an uneventful and relaxing 24 hours as we approach one third of the way across the ditch pursuing our joint dreams of sailing across. We are a close-knit group of very different people with a passion for sailing and adventure. Fraser and I are the antipodean entertainment on board who relish the dulcet tones of the English who dominate the crew. Our talented skipper produces turns of phrase such as ”I think I am turning a reluctant shade of beige” which to us Aussies means she is getting bloody sunburnt. She is also the enforcer of the one drink rule even though they’re. read more...


21/11/2017

Mustique - Log Day 1 Tues 21/11 - And not going anywhere fast

We had a smooth start after slipping lines for the final Adios to Europe (with "Good Bye my friend being broadcast over the Marina speaker system - in a tone that managed to be both ominous and slightly sarcastic at the same time - or Creepy as the Skipper referred to it!)We had the second start after the multi-hulls and managed quite well across the line and managed to overtake quite a few of the "supposed to be' faster and lighter boats in our division - naming no names ;). We have screenshot evidence of being first in division as we past to the east of Gran Canaria. However, we are still not sure as to how YUKI is faring in the Canine division. To our knowledge, she has a decent chance of winning as we think that there is only one other boat with a dog on board !! We had dolphins at. read more...


20/11/2017

Manihi - Ça c'est de la voile !!!

Un peu plus de 24h qu'on est partis et nous voilà dans le vif du sujet ! Il a fallu commencer à réfléchir (et décider par la même occasion) à une stratégie. Route sud qui descend vers le Cap Vert, un peu plus longue et avec pas mal de calmes (pétoles disent les marins, les vrais !) ; la route directe, ligne droite entre Canaries et les Antilles, la plus courte mais avec un gymkhana entre des molles (pétoles pour d'autres marins) et de la navigation au près pas toujours confortable ; la route nord sûrement la plus rapide, qui remonte entre les iles Canaries et pour aller chercher la baston dans une dépression.Après pas mal d'interrogations et de simulations, c'est la route directe que nous avons choisie. Nous allons essayer de nous faufiler entre les obstacles. Beaucoup de bateaux ont. read more...


20/11/2017

Lexington - Captain Bob: East London 11/20/2017

A bunch of us are tucked into a river at East London. We came down the coast until we met a low approaching front the south. Right before we got in the barometer dropped from 1016 to 1005 in 12 hours. We knew what the weather would be but a good rule of thumb is that if the barometer starts dropping you head for cover. We got in in the early morning and the low got in in the afternoon. They have a nice small yacht club here. We are going in there tonight to have supper. We went to a shopping mall and got a few things. We will hold up here until the low leaves, probably Thursday afternoon. I hope all is well with everyone. The photo is of the anchorage. May fair winds fill your sails with good shelter Bobimage1. read more...


Lexington - Captain Bob: East London 11/20/2017
Lexington - Captain Bob: East London   11/20/2017
20/11/2017

Hot Stuff - Log Day 1 - Starting line

Finally! We're out at sea!The day started with an engine failure that talented skipper Lizzy repaired with a little help from our Swedish gentlemen neighbours at the Marina. What a colourful show. There were so many ships leaving Las Palmas harbour, so many flags of all kinds, musicians, crowds that had climbed up the water breakers to waive us goodbye. The guy at the microphone seemed to be delighted ... una embarcacion de señoritas! Saran las primeras en llegar a Santa Lucia!We're all feeling good, except for the bananas dripping on a berth needed rearrangement. Now we're all in the cockpit watching the boats spread out as they find they're course for tonight.. read more...


20/11/2017

Lily - Leg 2 - Day 5

Yet another beautiful day at sea. We are a long way behind 'schedule' and will be late in to St Lucia. But we are looking forward to our 1/3 of the way festivities, which should be in 2 days time. Apart from that, not a lot of action. We are trying to trim sails and angle of the wind all the time, to get the most out of what we have. Sails come up and down about twice a day. Good to move around a bit. We hope that day 6 will bring us a brisk breeze to allow Lily to show us all what she can do. Peder. read more...


20/11/2017

Mad Monkey - 1st Day at Sea - A wake up call!

I'm writing our first blog from the nav table of Mad Monkey, on our first night shift of ARC 2017; every 10 seconds being thrown off the chair as the boat heels from side to side! (An instant reminder of what life at sea is really like!) We are having a great sail, coming into the night with 30+kts of wind and sailing somewhat comfortably without a headsail and with a first reef in the main sail… And we've just broken the boat speed record with 15.5kts!Today we had a great send-off from the marina with crowds on both sides of the exit, definitely made us feel like we are doing something special. We thought we would all wear monkey masks so we could hide our soppy tears, or perhaps it was to remind people that we are indeed the MAD MONKEYS! On that note --- we would all like to thank the. read more...


20/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 5 zondag rustdag

De zondagochtend begon perfect met de gevangen vis. Helaas voor ons geenrustdag gisteren aangezien er genoeg kleine klusjes te doen waren en on top ofall het onderlijk van de A4 scheurde.... dit word een lange reparatieklusje voorvandaag!!!!   In de middag zijn we na lang investeren in het meer zuiderlijker komengegepen. De wind zou nu goed moeten zijn om  in 1 rechte streep naar onzeeindbestemming te komen. Nadat we de overheerlijke zelf gevangen vis hadden opgepeuzeld hebben wewederom de genua uitgeboomd aangezien er goede wind was en we dit zouden moetenhouden.  Vanmorgen om 8 uur werd iedereen wakker getrommeld om weer grotere zeilente kunnen hijsen in het daglicht.Daarna heeft Haico ons verwend met eieren met spek.Tijdens het ontbijt kwamen we te spreken over de. read more...


Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
20/11/2017

Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 - erster Tag auf See

Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 - erster Tag auf SeeSo,nach 14 Tagen intensiver Vorbereitung gehts nun endlich los! Der Start von fast 200 Segelyachten war schon echt beeindruckend. An der Südspitze von Gran Canaria teilte sich das Feld in eine größere Gruppe Richtung West und eine kleinere Richtung süd. Richtung Süden segeln auch wir, in der Hoffnung oberhalb der capverden schon die Passatwinde zu erreichen. Mal schauen, ob die Wahl die richtige werden wird.....An Bord haben wir nun die ersten Nachtwachen hinter uns gebracht, genießen unser erstes richtig umfangreiches Frühstück und holen jetzt alle erst mal den Schlaf nach, der in der Nacht fehlte. Vorher werden allerdings noch die eigene Position und die Positionen unserer wichtigsten Kontrahenten markiert. Es gibt drei 42er Lagoon und. read more...


Barefoot -
Barefoot -
Barefoot -
Barefoot -
18/11/2017

Pelican - Nov 18 Log Day 1: ready......... at last

Pelican has for the last 2 weeks been sitting here in the marina being quietly worked to ready her for the 7th ARC. We have today added a new crew member his name is John Daniel and we welcome him aboard this afternoon. I have been led to believe he is saying he is 'stoked'!! Moving on to the sailing all of us on Pelican are greatly looking forward to the adventure ....... again, the arc never fails to amaze.Pelican takes the opportunity to wish all participants a safe and smooth passage. For now we just sit and wait for the start.......... to be continuedFrom everyone on Pelican. read more...


Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
Barefoot - Barefoot - Tag 1 - 20.11.17 Fotos
20/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

Monday 20thOur trip down the coast of Gran Canary ended in a spinnaker broach nearsunset. No damage to spinnaker but the guard rails in the water ripped offthe danbuoy canister. We then proceeded to jump the traveller car of themainsheet traveller and had ball bearings bouncing round the cockpitfollowing a heavy gybe without the boom brake fully engaged. several hoursof repairs were necessary to fix this issue.Lumpy 25-30 knot wind overnight welcomed our crew to the acceleration zonesouth of the island. Today the sea is calmer we are sailing in sunnyconditions in 15knts of wind and all is well on board.Trifon. read more...


20/11/2017

Lothlorien - Lothlorien Tag 1 - Aufbruch

Gestern Mittag wurden wir bei unserer Ausfahrt aus Las Palmas festlich verabschiedet: Mit Musik und vielen winkenden und fahnenschwenkenden Zuschauern an der Hafenausfahrt. Zuvor war die Spannung fast ins Unerträgliche gestiegen, man lag sich mit den befreundeten Crews der Nachbarboote in den Armen und es waren wohl alle froh, als es irgendwann endlich hieß: "Leinen los!" - und es los ging. Dank Arjans Steuerkünsten waren wir pünktlich zum Startschuss um ein Uhr an der Startlinie.Gegen fünf Uhr abends gab dann schon den ersten Aufreger: Salzwasser hatte sich in dem Stauraum unterhalb der Matratzen der Kapitänskajüte gesammelt. Wir wissen noch nicht, wo es her kommt, wischen aber regelmäßig trocken und behalten es im Auge.Leider hat sich unser Skipper gerade jetzt eine kleine Erkältung. read more...


20/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°9 - Deep Blue Blues

As mentioned previously, our time in Mindelo was brief. Once the euphoria of being on land and meeting up with our ARC+ friends had worn off, we were left with tiredness, and three stressful days of prepping. We are not used to having a deadline when cruising, and despite our adept organisational skills we were left with no free time. Although I sent a postcard home, I saw no more than three streets of Cape Verde's Mindelo, so I feel like a bit of a cheat. No down time - Strike one.I am not a good sleeper at the best of times. The swell being what it was in the marina, it had us snatching at our lines like no one's business (we moor bow in). Needless to say, the forepeak was a less than desirable berth to sleep in. Nearing exhaustion - Strike two. Dead in the water. Going so. read more...


20/11/2017

Haji - SV Haji: Ship's log n°8 - Slow Boat to St Lucia / Mahi Mania

Bang! The second leg of ARC+ had begun. Aftet a lackluster start from Las Palmas, we turned things around and with a nice breeze behind us had Haji in the thick of it leaving Mindelo. It didn't take long for the quicker boats to seperate themselves, and slowly more and more boats began to pull away from our old gal. The bosun and I hoisted our staysail as Haji turned cutter rigged and an extra half a knot was added to our speed. The island of Sao Vicente behind us, we kept a few miles off the southern coast of Santo Antão. Some headed south, some opted to keep the island closer to their starboard side, but as we all approached the tip of the island the wind died. Everywhere mainsails were flapping and boats were rolling around in the wind shadow. Crews began to furl their genoas and. read more...


20/11/2017

Gust of Wind - Race Day

Great and very exciting start to the Race. 8 to 10 knots at the start but by 4 pm it was up to 20 knots and the spinnaker up. When it gusted at 33 knots with a boat speed of 19 it was time to douse it just before dark. We then had a flukey night with on and off periods. This morning the wind is down to basically becalmed and is expected to remain like this all day. Time to relax and maybe catch a fish?m_DSC_0001. read more...


Gust of Wind - Race Day
Gust of Wind - Race Day
20/11/2017

Abraxas 3 - Wind is softning

After a night with quite steady winds, it is now softening a bit and we consider gybing towards the southwest to avoid even calmer winds.Position reports keep looking promising, so we have plenty of reason to try to make the right choices and stay ahead.. read more...


20/11/2017

Hummingbird - Sunday night: Chris's first blog

We really have settled into a routine of the three hour life in the three team watch system. Night duty is great because its so much cooler. Still t shirts only and shorts. Down in the ‘hold’ in the day s in from the small portholes and delight in the simple pleasure of the cheap B&Q fans we were all issued by Rachael to keep our temperatures down. The seas have been much calmer and with so much less swell than I had expected which is great. We are atuned to looking rear for potential squalls heading up on us but nothing so far and nothing on the immediate horizon. Its definitely warmer than I had expected as I had arrived with full wet kit and boots and layers which all sit redundantly at the bottom of my storage locker untilnow.I had hoped to be able to communicate while in the. read more...


20/11/2017

North Star - USA - 20 Nov Log Day 1 - First Day Challenges

Well, venerable North Star sauntered to the starting line and crossed at 1310 19 November with a few miles to go.The winds were light but with the help of our dramatically colored, although a little faded, brown and white spinnaker we flew down the coast of Gran Canaria looking for the dreaded acceleration zone (where the wind sometimes doubles or more in velocity around the end of the Gran Canaria Island). Finally, not having found it, we took the spin down anyway just as a precautionary step for the evening. Our self-steering vane, which we affectionately call Joshua, after Joshua Slocum, decided not to come to work today. After an almost total rebuild of the vane, we did find the seas in that dreaded acceleration zone and found that neither Joshua nor North Star's electrically-powered. read more...


20/11/2017

Charm - Day 5 - The yellow spinnaker

I'm sure some of you winced when I tempted fate last night by talking about nothing breaking.I probably won't do that again.I was just getting up this morning when I heard Kent calling Tim to help.I peeked upstairs and Tim said, "We need Joe."That's usually not good.Poor Joe had just crawled into bed.He takes his regular shifts like the other 2 guys but also usually sleeps on the couch so he is available for any issues.He usually appears at least once during my shift and I assume he does the same for the others.He doesn't get much rest on passages like these.So, Joe went out on deck and I followed him.Kent was dousing the spinnaker and it didn't seem to be going well.I jumped on top of the sail and helped him gather it and saw that the leech tape was caught up high.As we brought it in, I. read more...


Charm - Hammock is back in action
Charm - Hammock is back in action
Charm - Spinnaker repair
Charm - Spinnaker repair
19/11/2017

Helen - Day 4 for Ed

140 miles without using the engine is OK for these lightish winds but we need to pick up speed soon. Steering the boat at night is called a "watch" which is nothing to do with a Rolex! According to the captain a night watch can be very beautiful if the stars are out or very frustrating if the weather is against you.Last night I joined the captain for a frustrating watch!We saw some clouds on the radar coming our way and as they did the wind stopped. The sails banged and clattered for a while until the captain decided to put them away and start the engine.The deluge of rain came and we both got wet. Five minutes later the rain stopped, the wind returned and the captain had to put the sails out again.What happened 15 minutes later? More clouds!Today is Sunday so we had bacon rolls with. read more...


La Cigale - Day 1 - Goodbye Gran Canaria
La Cigale - Day 1 - Goodbye Gran Canaria
La Cigale - Day 1 - Sun is over the yardarm
La Cigale - Day 1 - Sun is over the yardarm
La Cigale - Day 1 - Hammock
La Cigale - Day 1 - Hammock
19/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Hola!!!Ahir ens vàrem saltar el blog, és que estem tant enfeinats jaient per aquí al barco que no vàrem tenir temps de fer-lo... hehehe Avui com que és diumenge ens hem despertat amb sardanes i xocolata desfeta. En Jordi no abandona mai les tradicions. Ha sigut un dia de poc vent rarament hem vist superar els 6 nusos de velo. A més a més ahir vàrem detectar un problema amb la drissa de l’asimètric que es sega per culpa d’una roldana que està desgastada, aquesta passada nit hem hagut de navegar amb major i gènova, cosa que ha fet que encara anéssim més a poc a poc. Després de fer la xocolata en Jordi s’ha atrevit a pujar altre cop al màstil per arreglar el tema. (foto 1).Fent tot això ja ha arribat l’hora de dinar i l’Oriol i en David han preparat unes patatetes al forn amb carn de. read more...


Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
Windseeker - Windseeker
La Cigale - Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas
La Cigale - Day 1 - Leaving Las Palmas