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09/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Fish 3 Crew 0

“17:13,79 52:35,69W” We have the best team of fisherman on board thisyear    “Fish 3”   “crew 0”, evening started off wellwith a lot of photos of everyone mucking around and having a great time and thenthe great thrill of catching a very big Mahi mahi  just to get it on deckbefore it said “not this time “ as it slipped from the hands of our residentfisherman and waved good buy . Oh well we need the practice, as you may rememberwe lost a nice sailfish a few days ago. so we re hooked our rod and set aboutsetting it again only to have a helms do a 360 pirouette backwards so that theline wrapped around the keel and we tried  to fish like that for thenight  (doesn't work we can vouch for that .)  So after a removal weset about only to be lucky. read more...


09/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 19

Robert´s reiselogg dag 19:Kjære lesere.Jeg glemte å fortelle om den store ulykken som skjedde sist dag under middagen sist dag :-( :Et stettglass med rødvin veltet, og over halve innholdet ble sølt utover dekket i cockpit´n.Vi har jo vin til maten hver dag, og det er første gang det har skjedd på denne overfarten....Dere tror kanskje det var fordi det slingrer for mye, men der tar dere faktisk feil.Det var Janne som skumpet det overende.Som tidligere nevnt: Catamaraner ligger alltid dønn rett, uavhengig av vær og vind ;-)Nok om det, nå til dagens hendelser:Vi har seilt genaker i hele dag, og hatt mellom 8 og 10 knop det meste av dagen.Genakeren ble berget før middag for at vi skulle få det litt roligere, og den skal få ligge i lockeren sin til i morgen tidlig.Vi seiler Genoa i natt, da. read more...


09/12/2016

Koco - 19.Tag auf See

Der Wind bleibt uns treu und schiebt uns weiterhin mit 7-9 Knoten über den Atlantik in Richtung Ziel.Die Fahrt über den Atlantik entpuppt sich immer mehr zu einer Geschäfts-Ideen-Tour. Der eine möchte gerne Raststellen auf dem Atlantik bauen, wo Segler und andere Boote Pause machen, nachtanken und Proviant aufnehmen können. EinCrewkonsortium (Namen werden aus Patentrechtlichen Gründen nicht genannt) hat X-LAN erfunden. WLAN unter Wasser. X-Lan zum Beispiel bei Angelködern; man kann mit Hilfe einer Kamera am Köder sehen und steuern, welcher Fisch beißt oder beißen soll. Patentrechtliche Anmeldungen und Börsengang sind vorbereitet. Ein weiteres Projekt sieht vor, geschnittene Tomaten im Glas und Leinenöl zu züchten, am Baum versteht sich. Eine völlig neue Herausforderung der wir uns aber. read more...


09/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Why I wanted to Cross the Atlantic Ocean Under Sail

Day 16Why I want to Cross the Atlantic Ocean on a 40ft Sailing Yacht?Why I have chosen to Skipper across with GFS? This is now my 5th Transatlantic but my first skippering with GFS- I have been a part of the preparation period that started in the UK 5 months ago now. I worked closely alongside our amazing electrican Paul, our Fantastic Riggers Spencers, marine engineer and the incredible Adam in the boat yard too- I have seen the huge amount of time, energy, love and dedication from the whole GFS team and the great relationship we have with those who have contributed to HS & Diamonds Atlantic preps. Not a stone is left unturned. I couldnt be more proud to Skipper Hot Stuff and she has become a faithful companion of mine over the last couple of years- she is always teaching me new. read more...


09/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 19 - nichts besonderes

Die Nacht war durchwacht, da der Wind aufgefrischt hat. Nachdem die Sonne aufgegangen ist, frühstücken wir gemütlich an Deck und wir rechnen unseren Schnitt, den wir in den letzten 24h Stunden gefahren sind, aus und schätzen ab wann wir ankommen ... leider wirds noch etwas dauern.Die Tage vergehen jetzt langsamer. Vormittags optimieren wir die Segelstellung. Nachmittags wird geschalfen, gelesen und Hörbücher oder Musik gehört.Wir haben noch 4 Orangen und 2 Zuccini, d.h. die kommenden Tage müssen wir auf Obst und Gemüse verzichten.Der Kühlschrank hat sich wieder gefangen, er zieht nicht mehr so viel Strom, Hermann hat den Grund nicht gefunden. Wir werden ein Auge drauf haben ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


09/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log day 19 - Tradewinds

Hi friends of PkBoo.Finally tradewinds went to visit our boat and we are sailing fast in direction of St Lucia.Only some problems with a high rate voltage from the alternator of the engine that has unset our instruments and the display of the engine; promplty repaired and now it's all good.The crew is becoming boring to stay in the ocean and we all hope to arrive in Rodney Bay to have a fresh long shower and, for me, to meet my great wife Chiara and my friends Salvatore and Denise. We also need to arrive to celebrate Elena's birthday on 14th. See you in Rodney Bay soon on this screens.CiaoMarcoP.S. Mr fish, the big tuna,gave it's best on the oven with potatoes, cappers and olives, with soya sauce. We cebrated it with a fresh beer.. read more...


09/12/2016

White Satin - Nearly there

2574 miles sailed 453 miles to goHere is yet another attempt to depict daily life on White Satin.We are looking at the very strong possibility of a Monday arrival, although I am trying not to tempt fate here.On our very first entry in this blog, we queried where David will be for hisbirthday.Well, we now know the answer to that and are doing all we can to make it special for him - although being at sea is a pretty memorable way of marking the occasion and proves that there is still life in the old dog yet.Anyhow, more of that tomorrow.When David returned from his first ARC in 2006, he took some East Caribbean dollars out of his pocket and said that he wasn't going to change them back into pounds, St Lucia was so beautiful that we must return.It may have taken us 10 years to do so but we. read more...


White Satin - Nearly there
White Satin - Nearly there
09/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 19 - nichts besonderes

Die Nacht war durchwacht, da der Wind aufgefrischt hat. Nachdem die Sonne aufgegangen ist, frühstücken wir gemütlich an Deck und wir rechnen unseren Schnitt, den wir in den letzten 24h Stunden gefahren sind, aus und schätzen ab wann wir ankommen ... leider wirds noch etwas dauern.Die Tage vergehen jetzt langsamer. Vormittags optimieren wir die Segelstellung. Nachmittags wird geschalfen, gelesen und Hörbücher oder Musik gehört.Wir haben noch 4 Orangen und 2 Zuccini, d.h. die kommenden Tage müssen wir auf Obst und Gemüse verzichten.Der Kühlschrank hat sich wieder gefangen, er zieht nicht mehr so viel Strom, Hermann hat den Grund nicht gefunden. Wir werden ein Auge drauf haben ;-)Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


09/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 20: Fish and Squalls

Bluewaft Log Day 20Friday 9 December 201618°41’.474N 054°25’.925WOnly 500nm to go!A good day’s sailing where we’ve clocked up just under150nm.The winds have settled into a solid Easterly ranging from 10 to18kts.We’re goose-winging with the Jib and Gennaker.The sea state isstill confused with a cross swell, but the waves are only around 1-2m.Wehave been dogged by squalls from sunset to sunrise, with most of themmoving in an East to West direction. (Last time they were always North toSouth).To make matters interesting, they move just faster than Bluewaft,and because we are travelling a little south they tend to ‘creep up’ fromour port stern and cut across our bow.We’ve been using the radar to trackthem and furl the Gennaker if they get too close – but it takes constantvigilance!They. read more...


07/12/2016

Nisida - should arrive this afternoon

We are cracking along under main and jib and should be in Rodney Bay sometime this afternoon.Fortunately after it got light this morning we had a little disaster followed by an hour sorting out the mess!One of our spinnaker sheet blocks went bang and let the pole forward enough that it then broke on the forestay, Then the kite wrapped itself around the inner forestay which looked like it may be terminal! After gybing the main and running deep we managed to get the kite un-wrapped from around the stayand dropped it to the deck. Its now bagged and the rest can wait to be sorted. The Atlantic just had to have a bite out of us!. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 20: Fish and Squalls
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 20:  Fish and Squalls
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Dodging squalls at sunset.
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Dodging squalls at sunset.
09/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Fwd:

Day 19 update: Home StretchWell here we are, 85 miles from the finish line and in the middle of our last night at sea.  The trade winds gave us a good day yesterday with 16-23knots of breeze on a straight shot to St. Lucia. Another pretty quiet day in safe mode still logging 170 miles travelled at an average of just over 7knots of boatspeed.The big news from day 19 is that we finally caught another Dorado. Late in the day, Rigs and Rob were looking longingly at the lines and about five seconds after Rigs said "It would be really nice to catch another fish", a whopper of a Dorado hit our medium-diver rapala and leapt out of the water. Muster stations!!! Fifteen minutes later and we were looking at a 16-pound 90cm fish coloured with the most incredible emerald greens, golden yellows,. read more...


09/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Fwd: day 18 update

Update Day (18?): Foot off the gasFirst off a "hello" to the students of L.V.Rogers Secondary in Nelson, BC, who we understand have been tracking us since Las Palmas - hope you're enjoying the show!We write day 18 with a question mark as a joke, but in reality none of us have much of a concept of time these days as the hours and days roll together in one long haze of waves, stars, and clouds. Distance now seems a more accurate measure of things and it looks like we had a decent run yesterday of around 160 miles, which would have been a fantastic 180 miles if we hadn't been forced to run north with that large squall we told you about yesterday (the one where we blew up the tweaker). The near misses of yesterday has got the whole crew in a mindset where we're taking our foot off the gas. read more...


09/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 18: Let’s go fly a kite

Day 18: Let’s go fly a kite   We have wind!  Its gentle, its steady and we are moving.  Allgood.  And we are all feeling good.  We have had our kite flying allday and have started to make steady progress towards land.  Occasionallythe land we are heading to is Saint Lucia – occasionally not.  The windjust needs to veer around a little to give us a consistent course, but what’s afew degrees out amongst friends?   Our cruising chute is looking magnificent.  It’s much prettier thanthe RAV-4 we traded in to purchase her.  She is doing us proud.  Sheis also the perfect sail for us at the moment with the on-going concerns we havewith our rigging.  Several days ago I mentioned that we had put a steelband around the base of our mast to. read more...


09/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Eighteen

Are we there yet…?So we now have less than 300nm to get to Saint Lucia – the crew are very excited to get there. We spend most of the day talking about how we are going to spend our first hours back on main land, what food we are craving and what drinks we are going to order.Speaking about food – today has been a bit silly in the galley… We have managed to drop peppercorns in the mash, onions went flying across the saloon table and one of the precious remaining eggs got dropped on the floor.Today will probably, hopefully, be our last day without seeing land, at some point tomorrow we will see civilisation. For the first time in, no one can even remember how long, we are now able to see ourselves and our destination on the same chart, without zooming out, exciting!Tonight will also be our. read more...


09/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Entry Sixteen

Greetings and apologies for the late arrival of today’s blog, it’s been a busy day.This is our final full day at sea and it would be an understatement to say we are rather excited at our impending arrival in St Lucia tomorrow.  Various times have been suggested and it’s possible that by the time you read this we have crossed the finish line just outside Rodney Bay in the NW corner of the island.You will probably see on the tracker that it is going to be down to the line as to whether it’s Challenger 2 or Challenger 3 across first.  It’s all to play for and I’m sure our amazing team; skipper Monkey, Mate Terry, Watch Leaders Glyn and Jim, and Bob will be eyes glued to the charts to decide which tactics are going to be used  through the night to give us a good shot at. read more...


09/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry Seventeen

Into every life, a little rain must fallDay 16 of our journey started much like the last few days with plenty of sunshine and relatively calm seas.  The crew kept busy cooking creative meals out of the remaining fresh food, including the last of the fresh fish.  To the delight of some and disdain of others we tapped into our hot dog supply for our dinner protein.  Surprisingly after more than two weeks at sea, we still have fresh vegetables and fruit to enjoy on a daily basis.In anticipation of our arrival in St. Lucia later this week, the crew began a deep clean of the ship, which will likely continue into the next few days.  All were pleased at the relatively clean and tidy state of the bilges and sail locker (credit goes to Paul and others who have ventured into. read more...


08/12/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 17

Log Day 17 - 06 DecemberDuring this crossing, what do you do when you are not doing what you are supposed to be doing? This question was posed to the crew of Spirit of Lusitania.Augusto - "I race cars.I have several fast ones, and a very fine pit crew to help me along.However, with the movement of the boat my steering has become very difficult. I suddenly find myself screeching into a sharp turn just at the wrong moment, and disaster strikes.I am afraid my international driving reputation is not improving as a result, and wrecking my garage will cost me a fortune".Mark - "I fish.My day starts by cleaning the flying fish that land on deck.But mostly I like to catch big fish just at sundown.It is best if the boat is moving about 8 knots, the seas are high and we have pole out sailing. read more...


09/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Entry Fifteen

Hi Dear friends and followers of life on board Challenger 2 – the adventure continues.“Hark, now hear the sailors’ cry, Smell the sea, and feel the sky.Let your sail and spirit fly into the mystic………….”  Van MorrisonI was back up on watch at 6am and it was so very hot already. Unless there is a squall approaching there is no need to wear oilies on deck.  Watched the sunrise fill the skies with glorious sunshine and a weather system of interesting shaped fluffy kind of clouds encircled us in every direction.   Off on our starboard side was a collection of squalls raining down heavily in the distance and at the same time a massive rainbow stretched from one part of the horizon to the other, reaching down into the sea – such an awesome sight.OMG – As I write it would. read more...


09/12/2016

Charisma - Tag 19 - adieu "Le Bleu"

Am Nachmittag baut sich die Atlantikdünung wieder ab, so dass die Überholbewegungen der Yacht geringer werden. "Le Bleu" unserblauer Spinnaker hat durchs Schamfilen beim Flautensegeln doch sehrgelitten. Für den Rest der ARC hat er ausgedient. Wir setzen unserenzweiten 180 qm blau-weißen Spinnaker.Segelwechsel in voller FahrtZudem nutzen wir dasSpinnakersegeln zum Wechseln der Genua II. Auch das Vorsegel hat beimSegeln in der Flaute Schäden genommen. Wir rollen das Tuch aus, bergenes, legen es an Deck zusammen und verstauen es im Vorschiff. Wir heißendie zweite sehr solide Genua II auf und rollen sie wieder ein - einschönes Manöver ohne Geschwindigkeitsverlust.Bilder unseres Spinnaker-Wechsels findet man unter: https://www.charisma4sea.de/logbuch/segeltoerns-2016/arc/PassatsegelnDer. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 17
Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day 17
08/12/2016

Jasmine - DAY 18

Today we broke the record for fish caught but not landed and three good lures gone as well , the fish are just too big I imagine. We are rolling along and did 165 miles in 24 hours and are now 237 miles from St Lucia . We haven't seen any visible signs of imminent landfall apart from a type of seaweed in the water , quite a lot of it and its catching on our fishing line . Its light green in colour and has small round berry like structures attached to a central stem . We have failed to identify it .The weather has become very humid and warm and we lost our water making ability this morning , we still have ample drinking water. The flying fish are plentiful and seem to be the type that have a double wing each side , they are very agile in the air , today we saw another masked booby but no. read more...


08/12/2016

Beltana II - Day 19

Hi All, Graham here. Given I have been the subject of many comments in previous blogs, I thoughtit only fair that I explain/defend myself; and I thought if I gave you a briefoutline of my life, you would understand I could not possibly be heldresponsible for the things attributed to me throughout this trip. So, my life’s story. Firstly, I was born at a very young age. I don’t remember the event, but mymother, who was there, confirmed this fact. As I grew up my parents becameconcerned that I was a slow developer. To their relief, doctors assured them itis quite normal for a boy to take 13 years to become a teenager.I enjoyed my teens so much that I sent several years as a teenager – about7 if I remember rightly. Shortly after leaving my teens I turned 21; a veryexciting time for me, as I. read more...


08/12/2016

Shalan - Day 17 - We've arrived in St. Lucia!!!

14:04N 60:57WSo we made it!!!! We crossed the finish line in Rodney Bay at 17:26 local time on the 7th December. It took us 17 days, 8 hours, and 26 minutes to cover 3406 miles from Las Palmas to St. Lucia. What a fantastic trip we've had full of laughs and giggles all the way, with a few hairy moments at times to keep us on our toes. We've had  halyards and lines breaking, sails dumped in the water in squalls, ropes around  the prop so by no means was it 'plain sailing'. The whole trip was a real joy to be on with new experiences and memories made that will last a lifetime, especially catching 'The Beast', the story of which will be passed from generation to generation!We're now all tied up in Rodney Bay Marina and more and more boats are arriving by the hour. Needless to say. read more...


Shalan - Day 17 - We've arrived in St. Lucia!!!
Shalan - Day 17 - We've arrived in St. Lucia!!!
08/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 8 - 19th Day at Sea

Dec 8 - 19th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 506 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,187 miles behind us. We continue our course of 278° with winds coming from 80°-100° at 15-19 knots. We are flying the main with one reef and half the jib.The news of the day? We jibbed! Although technically it was not the "macho" 60° jibe we do when we race close to land, where the boom swings from port to starboard. What we did is called a "chicken jibe", a slow 300° tack, to avoid having the boom swing.The one difficulty today has been the waves. They are 10-15 feet and seem to come from everywhere. The boat has been rocking up and down for hours. At dinner time, while cooking and serving the food, two of the six portions of beef ribs with spinach flew up and ended up on the floor. Kevin, the chef,. read more...


08/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 19 - (og 18) Transportetappe?

Fortsatt god seilvind!ØNØ 10 til 15 knop. Holder over 6 knop. Kurs rett mot målet. Meldinger gode neste 7 dager. Båten er i tipp topp stand men en så lang seilas gir stor slitasje på riggen. Idag oppdaget vi at øverste feste mellom mast og storseil hadde brukket. Storseilet måtte ned, midlertidig feste satt på og vi er back in business.Dyrelivet her ute består for det meste av fugl. Ingen insekter. Ikke begriper vi hvordan de får tatt seg en hvil 1000 km fra land! De flyr lavt over vannflaten så vingetippene neste kommer borti bølgene. Så begynte vi å se noen blanke småfugl som dukket opp og forsvant like fort. Flyvefisk! De flyr slik som en fugl og fordufter ned i bølgene etter en 20-30 meter. Av og til dunker de inn i skroget på båten. En stakkar lå dau på framdekket her om dagen.Ser. read more...


Gwendoline - keeping taps on computer, juice, food and utinsils in high sea
Gwendoline - keeping taps on computer, juice, food and utinsils in high sea
08/12/2016

Hot Stuff - Day & Night 14 & 15!

Oline asked for more wind, bigger waves and general Atlantic activity which after her request, the Mid Atlantic granted... keen to catch up with he fleet we have been tailing we kept the spinnaker up as dusk came and into the night. All was calm, the crew loving if not slightly anxious at being on the helm with kite up as darkness wrapped around us- 22kts true wind Lesley topped 10kts as we raced through the water. Midnight came and on the horizon lights loomed. A Sailing Yacht in close proximity, the clouds darkened above, with hands on deck the foredeck crew lowered the kite. Up went the jib, monitoring the AIS another sailing yacht appeared - that was now 2 bearing down on us mid Atlantic... making sure the other vessels could see us we radioed them. Were there any more out there. read more...


08/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 18

Day 18As the destination of Saint Lucia drawstantalizing closer the intrepid Skyelark crewremain in good spirits. Now operating as a finely tuned team Skyelark continues to surge thru the field chasing a podium position. Well led by the experienced and capable Captain Dan and first mate Richard the crew appear to be intop form, although there is, as always, room for improvement. For instance crew work in the cockpit at 4.00AM in rising seas is sometimes, not as smooth as it could be. When Captain Dan commands "Please put the starboard running backstay on the winch" he can be met with a befuddled and confused look from the crew. A moment later a call of "just pull the yellow rope on the right hand side " eventually achieves the required result. Helming at night takes on a whole new. read more...


08/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 19

Liebe Interessenten an unserem Wohlergehen,es geht weiter gut voran und wir sind optimistisch auch die nächsten Tage zügig unserem Ziel näher zu kommen. Wenn Alles klappt, sollten wir am Dienstagmorgen / vormittag in St. Lucia sein und jeder seinen Rückflug gut erreichen können. Das Bordleben ist vom sportlichen Segeln bestimmmt. Die Steuerleute brauchen bei dem aktuellen Wind (bis zu 5 - 6 BF und Welle in den Spitzen bis zu 5 Meter - für den Stammtisch natürlich monströse 6 Meter) ihre volle Konzentration, um das Schiff, das brav bis zu 9,5 - 10,5 KN läuft, auf Kurs zu halten. Highlights des Tages waren heute Morgen das Rennen mit einem anderen Segelboot (wurde gewonnen) und die Begegnung mit einem Rudel von vermutlich Schweinswalen, die eine zeitlang neben dem Boot hergeschwommen sind.. read more...


08/12/2016

VAVA-U - Bordroutine 07.12.16 - 17. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Nacht ist bei gutem Wind einigermaßen ruhig, auch wenn wir, da die Luken geschlossen bleiben müssen, nicht wirklich gut schlafen. Es ist viel zu heiß in der Kajüte. Ein sehr schöner Sonnenaufgang treibt die ersten schläfrigen Gesichter an Deck.(Bild Sonnenaufgang)Die Frühschicht wechselt dann, unterstützt von den Frühaufstehern, die Segel. Die Genua wird eingeholt, das Groß im zweiten Reff gesetzt und der „kleine“ Spi mit nur 190 qm Segelfläche gesetzt. Diese Besegelung soll uns beim prognostizierten Wind bis Saint Lucia führen.(Bild Segelwechsel)Den ganzen Tag haben wir konstant guten Wind und kommen gut voran. Nachmittags nimmt die Dünung auf teilweise vier bis fünf Meter zu.(Bild VAVA-U segelt in den Abend)Karsten sorgt für unser Abendessen, es gibt. read more...


08/12/2016

Gwendoline - 18th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds08. December. 11.35 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.80.073N 37.57.6531WWe are keeping our ventilation system running - even though we got water down the skylight yesterday. It is too hot not to do it - so we are keeping a sharp outlook on the wawes, so we can close the skylight - we we get water on deck - before it reached the skylight and drains down into the for cabin.Once again yesterday Bente spoiled us all rotten with a delicious lunch - made of tuna, eggs, corn and finely chopped white cabbage. She had also found the one remaining avocado which completed the meal.Yesterday, was also "Big Bath Day" - on the aft deck. It is very refreshing with a seawater bath - followed by a final rinse in fresh water. "It. read more...


08/12/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Just 300 miles to go!

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08/12/2016

White Satin - Message in a bottle

615 miles to go 2411 miles sailedFirst the answer to yesterdays quizJoanne from Littleton we owe you a TURKISH DELIGHT!!Another little bit of fun was that David decided to dispatch a "message in a bottle". We put a couple of dollars in an empty champagne bottle with a note asking anyone who finds it to drop us an email - we are not hopeful!!You may have noticed that the distance sailed and the distance to go add up to an ever increasing number. The distance sailed is an accurate total taken from the chartplotter (GPS)of how far we have gone but the distance to go is the shortest route from our current position. In the early part of the trip we were heading south to find the trade winds - Paul's banana analogy, we then had a further detour as we tried to find better winds. We are now. read more...


White Satin - Message in a bottle
White Satin - Message in a bottle
08/12/2016

Delfini - day 18 - 8th dec

Now we have found some wind we are pushing it and kept the kite up all night - we must be averaging 6 knots plus and at times the log was reading 8 knots through the waterThis morning the domestic batteries were dead and not too sure why except we have placed our trust in the victron battery monitor amp hour status and maybe we shouldn't put quite so much trust and just check volts and drain regularly - started engine and charge for 3 hours and all seems Ok - Solar panel are also charging at 8 amps so we will see how things go Bread by Keith this morning looking very rustic so not sure how it will eat - more cheese today after the egg mayo went down a storm yesterday and sausages and mash for dinner We spoke to My Lady this morning on our way past still flying our kite and making 7 knots. read more...


08/12/2016

Gwendoline - 17th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds07. December. 11.35 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.16.406N 35.18.709WWhauuu - we are speeding directly towards St. Lucia. The latest 24 hours we have made 132 nautical miles, which is a new record for us. We have, since yesterday evening had a very stable wind of 18 - 22 knots - which has ensured us a very fine minimum speed of 6 knots. The latest 3-4 hours we have logged more than 7 knots - and right now we are doing 7,7 knots - NICE.The heat and the sun makes it difficult to sit outside in the cockpit. So yesterday Oliver rigged a sun shade which gives a lot of shade inside the cockpit. Especially Orla is very happy with this solution.Yesterday Bente treated us all with a fantastic salad for lunch. Actually. read more...


08/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur - At Sea - Nearly there

Two thousand three hundred nautical miles. That's the distance that has passed under the keel of Arthur Logic left Las Palmas.More importantly, it's marked a turning point in our mileage countdown and we're now well into three figure miles as we close in on Rodney Bay. So we thought now would be the perfect moment to survey the crew and discover the one thing - other people aside - that they're most looking forward to on arrival.As supplies dwindle on the Arthur Logic, our crew of discerning taste inevitably starts to dream of Carribbean dishes and foods which won't still be in date by the next ARC.Our Skipper, Mike Pickering shows surprising restraint when he picks a Carribbean roti. There is a murmur of approval around the boat, unlike the sweetcorn and meatball monstrosities he claims. read more...


08/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Spinniker up again Great fun

“18:13,20 49:51,58W” We have had our spinniker up all yesterday after a bit of freaky weatherwhich came from all directions and made it just about impossible to keepanything up. Now downwind and in the 9s and 10s so all happy that we are chasinga lot of yachts and getting past a few according to the position reports . nextshortage of wind will be in 2 days so says the weather forecast . Soon will dropand go for our daily swim and bath right here 680 miles from the nearest coast.o it is so good just lying in the water while the yacht pulls you along andcools you down. we had 42 in the sun yeatreday so you could imagine the reliefwhen we went yesterday . could be same today in a couple of hours so will godipping if we can persuade the speed freaks  to allow us to drop thekite . read more...


08/12/2016

Gwendoline - 16th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds06. December. 12.20 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 14.19.500N 32.48.980WYesterday was yet another fine day regarding catching fish - as we had fish on 3 times. The two first times, Oliver was down below deck, so I took charge of the fishing rod - and succeeded in doing everything wrong - so we lost the fish - both times. Third time we got fish on - I patiently waited for Oliver to come above deck - so he could take charge of the fishing rod. He wheeled in a fine but too small to eat Dorado. Gently we unhooked the little fish and sent it back into the ocean - for some lucky ARC boat to catch in the years to come.We are still doing good speed - though we had a couple of hours doing only 4,5 knots during the night.. read more...


08/12/2016

Koco - 18.Tag auf See

Die Nachtschichten waren diesmal etwas durchwachsen. Ab 03:00 Uhr tauchten die ersten Squalls auf und zwangen uns zu Kurskorrekturen. Der Atlantik ist bei 20 Knoten Wind schon etwas ungnädiger, aber immer noch erträglich. Man bewegt sich dabei nur, als hätte man schon 6 Gin-Tonic getrunken. Ständige Ausfallschritte versuchen die Bewegung des Kat's auszugleichen. Da ist es am besten wenn man liegt und dann noch in der Sonne. Den ganzen Tag. Durch den Wind von achtern hebt sich der Fahrtwind auf, so das es auch noch relativ Windstill auf unseren Sonnendeck war. Gegen Abend zogen dann ein paar Squalls auf, die uns aber nicht gefährlich wurden. Die Nacht war bis zum frühen Morgen Sternenklar, einige versuchten sie wieder zu zählen, verzählten sich aber. Ansonsten keine besonderen. read more...


08/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 18 - weniger als 1000sm zum Ziel

In der Nacht hat der Wind aufgefrischt und wir sind gut vorangekommen. Um 13:15 Uhr UTC meldet der Plotter weniger als 1000sm zum Ziel. Das letzte Drittel der Strecke können wir hoffentlich schnell hinter uns bringen, die Windprognose schaut gut aus ;-)zur Feier des Tages habe ich einen Marmorkuchen gebacken. Außerdem wälzen wir schon mal ein paar Reiseführer, denn so langsam steigt die Vorfreude auf die Karibik.Seit 2 Tagen haben wir kein Schiff gesehen aber dafür umso mehr fliegende Fische, die auch immer wieder an Bord kommen.Wenn ich mal eine vorsichtige Prognose wagen soll...wir hoffen, dass wir in 7-8 Tagen in St. Lucia ankommen.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


08/12/2016

Peristera - A society

My crew didnt know eachother in advance. The bought their spots on the boat and came. Based on where they wanted to sleep, they organized themselves in what turned out to be job specific cabins. In the front port cabin we have the health care center, with a psysician and a nurse. They have a red cross on their door to guide us, and they are open for consultation between 9 and 10 in the mornings. The nurse is also an accomplished pastry baker, which makes this a very popular cabin. To starboard is the technical board, with two engineers. They are in charge of the stars and the chafe. Flattening of food tins is also part of their responsabilities. And in the aft port cabin resides the HR and communication departement. They are now in the process of organizing a ?funny hour? on Friday, of. read more...


07/12/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day18: Steady progress

We have had an injury on board! Big Pink was damaged on her way down forthe night. She became entangled with the baby stay and sustained a tear. She isstill in the sail hospital but may have surgery deferred until arrival as windhas picked up and we do not need her services at present. She has been a veryvalued member of the crew in all the light winds.   The sky was completely clear last night when I started my watch withhundreds of stars. It has been cloudy over the last few nights so a joy to go upon deck and see all the constellations and the milky way. The moon had alreadyset, so the night was dark but on a clear night it is easy to see the horizon.The sea is deep black and the sky (using tights colour here) ‘nearly black’. Asmy watch progressed some clouds appeared. At night. read more...


Bluewaft - Sunrise and Marcus fishing
Bluewaft - Sunrise and Marcus fishing
Bluewaft - Log Day 19 - Sailing off into the sunset
Bluewaft - Log Day 19 - Sailing off into the sunset
08/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 17: Hey ho and up she rises

Day 17: Hey ho and up she rises (What do we do with the drunkensailor?)   This is beginning to sound monotonous but we are having another daybecalmed at sea.  The wind is but a whisper and our boat speed isregistering 0 once again.  We have a glimmer of hope on the horizon as anemail in this morning says we could have done nothing to avoid this area of zerowind and that we should be on the move again this evening.  Ewen hasmanaged to get his homeward flights rearranged to give him a buffer zone of anextra five days and he looks as though a weight has been lifted from hisshoulders.  When the wind is absent its very hot here.  There are patches of shadeprovided by the bimini and the sails, but as the boat pirouettes in response tothe swell and wind this. read more...