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

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

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26/11/2017

Interlude - No starving on this yacht.

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26/11/2017

Interlude - We leave Las Palmas!

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

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

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


26/11/2017

Manihi - Jacouille

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


26/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 11 alweer een zonnige dag

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


26/11/2017

Hot Stuff - lizzys blog

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


26/11/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 25112017 Sunny Sunday

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


26/11/2017

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

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


26/11/2017

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

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


26/11/2017

Helen - Ed on board Helen

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


26/11/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 8 - Wir sind im Passat!

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


26/11/2017

Angkor - Tag 8: Bootsleben

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


26/11/2017

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

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


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

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

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


26/11/2017

Trifon - Trifon

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


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

Wild Iris - Trans-Atlantic 2: Leaving land behind

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


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

Queen Bee - che barba l'aliseo !

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


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

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

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


26/11/2017

Nisida - 26 Nov: That's a week!

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


26/11/2017

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

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


26/11/2017

Ellen - Day 7

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


26/11/2017

Shepherd Moon - Multiple milestones

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


26/11/2017

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

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


26/11/2017

Hummingbird - One month to Christmas

Dear family and friends,Whatever time zone you are in, you would have no doubt woken up today to the realisation that Christmas is just a month away. Now, whether you are excited or totally sickened to the pit of your stomach by this thought, 25/12 approaches and with it, comes the promise of a present, or presents, depending on how good or greedy you are or deemed to be by your loved ones.Anyway, if you have found yourself struggling in the lead up to the day of great paper shred, thinking along the lines of:- “Say, I wonder if Fraser would like a new pair of Merino wool pants this year…”- “Hmm, Rachael could really do with a pull-up bar affixed to her door this new year…”- “Would Erika like more wool so she could knit me a jumper instead?” (if this sounds like you, you might need to. read more...


26/11/2017

Sunrise - Tag 7 (25.11.)

Wettertechnisch machen wir da weiter, wo wir aufgehört haben. Wir stampfen auf der Kreuz südwestlich und hoffen darauf bald ein Rendezvous mit einer Flaute oder noch besser den Passatwinden zu haben, die uns dann mit stetigem Vorwindkurs dem Ziel entgegenbringen. Laut Wettervorhersage soll das am Sonntagabend so weit sein, also zunächst eine Wetterberuhigung eintreten.Morgens zaubert Robert trotz widriger Bedingungen ein Omelette zum Frühstück, ein erster Stimmungsaufheller. Später entscheidet Erich, dass wir die Lage aus dem Schiff nehmen, damit man sich nicht ständig unter Deck irgendwo anstößt. Das geht zu Lasten der Performance, aber wir sind alle sehr einverstanden. Dadurch können wir am Nachmittag den Geburtstagskuchen und -sekt für Reinhard nachholen und Abends auch mal wieder. read more...


26/11/2017

Odessa - 7-th day of race

Ветер уменьшился до комфортного.Обсыхаем и отдыхаем. Прилетели летающие рыбы 3шт) - выпущены в море.Из мелких неприятностей - немного подразвалился левый погон стакселя. Переставили с правого борта.На завтрак - бутерброды с бужениной, обед - картошка с тунцом.. read more...


25/11/2017

Windseeker - Windseeker

Dissabte 25 de novembre de 2017 Hola família!Avui ha estat un dia radiant! Solet, una lleu brisa marina que acariciava els cabells mentre ens fèiem galletades a popa... Tot moooolt tranquil! De fet fa uns dies que estem passant per unes calmes bastant grans i ahir, farts una mica de la monotonia, vam decidir passar de tot, posar-nos guapos i sortir a sopar! JBromes a part, aquesta nit hem tingut el primer grop a sobre. Allà a les 4 ha començat a sentir-se el soroll i la brisa que anava entrant. El radar ja el marcava important però inicialment semblava que potser ens passaria de llarg. Però no, de cop ratxes de fins a 24 nusos de vent i pluja. Ha estat poca estona però suficient per estar tots desperts a coberta.Un cop ha sortit el Sol ja ha millorat el dia i la veritat és que, tot i que. read more...


Windseeker -25 de novembre de 2017
Windseeker -25 de novembre de 2017
Windseeker - 25 de novembre de 2017
Windseeker - 25 de novembre de 2017
Charm - Joe learns that duct tape can't fix everyting!
Charm - Joe learns that duct tape can't fix everyting!
26/11/2017

Charm - Day 10 - no wind, then wind!

We're pretty much obsessed with the wind at this point.As if we weren't before . . .But being in triple digits of our goal has made it seem as if we're going downhill, especially with days like yesterday with our 24-hr VMG average of 8, a perfectly acceptable speed.Then this afternoon hit.It was brutal.I can't say there was no wind but it was close.Our VMG was around 2.I think Kent was crying on his shift.It turns out he really likes buoy racing (equivalent of a sprinting for sailors) and really, really doesn't like long, slow passages.So he's not the happiest person on the boat.He did perk up yesterday though when the wind filled in.But the lows feel much lower after the highs.Even ever-happy Tim said it was "painful" as the main flapped violently and the spinnaker refused to fill.On. read more...


25/11/2017

Kiloran of Edinburgh - Haddock's blog again

Kiloran CrewHaddock's general synopsis for the folowing 24 hoursPortland Bill (David Weir) East Lothian,Calm (Beaufort scale zero)Giggles increasing severe laughterVisibility poor, Hearing Moderate,Clothes brightFastnet (talking) (Georgia Stewart)Hurriicane Force 12 Veering SouthSometimess good, never moderateOften boystresss and backing hungrySole (trader) (John Strachen)North, South, East, and Westpenchant for mountains often boats never depressionstorm visibility poor, hearing good (sorry?)Occasional windFair Isle (Erica Wood) South, Light Breeze never storm but with some German Bightlaughter increasing,occasional cakeVisibility always goodYours Capt HaddockSlowly drifting WestWhy change the haddock of a lifetime?(for non saltys this is a spoof on the shipping forcast........get a. read more...


25/11/2017

Blue Top - blueTop 25112017 BLACK FRIDAY

Bonjour de BlueTop version lessiveuse grand teint...Nous le Black Friday c 'etait hier, et il n' y a pas eu de solde monstre sur le vent...tout juste baissé d'un cran en 2 eme partie de nuit, mais ce matin c est encore copieux...la cabine est un camp retranché qu'il va falloir aérer des que les conditions seront redevenues maniables, car la mer est encore très agitée! Mais alors, me direz vous...pourquoi Black Friday, s'il n'y avait pas de solde...?Et bien pour tout vous avouer, Black Friday, car 1er jour sans apéro...non non rien, même pas une tite goute...Il faut dire que pour le diner du soir ce fut repas froid ( salade de pommes de terre, roti de porc au curry, quand même!)mais repas pris assis par terre dans le carré...car cela bougeait encore beaucoup...l'humeur n'etait pas a. read more...


25/11/2017

Marisja - Dag 10 zijn we er al?

Afgelopen nacht hebben wij heerlijk gezeild. Eindelijk een lekker windjevan rond de 12 tot 18 knopen met de gennaker op met een bootsnelheid van 8 tot 9knopen. Champagne sailing!! Alleen de dubbele wachten vielen Nikki wat zwaar en die was dan ookvanmorgen moeilijk (niet)uit haar bed te krijgen.De generator doet het trouwens al 2 dagen niet meer. De dynamo is stuk enwij hebben deze helaas net niet als spare part bij ons en zelfs onze Mc Gyversaanboord kregen hem niet aan de praat met hun zakmes en hun rolletje duck tape. We draaien daarom nu elke avond een paar uur de motor in zijn vrij om teladen.   Nadat Nikki eindelijk uit haar bed was gekomen heeft ze een lekkere koudedouche genomen om wakker te worden, deze hield er alleen halverwege meeop......., water op. Om eerlijk. read more...


24/11/2017

Pelican - Nov 24 Log day 6 and a small disaster

Hello again from the crew of Pelican, Yesterday just before our plunge south due to the imminent storm today where we were, be dropped all the sails due to lack of wind and had a crew party 'musac', beer and food as the wind switched on again we got under way. Today we had a minor disaster we found a hole in the bottom of our kettle, this of course means that the supply of tea/coffee dries up. A prompt solution was found by drilling the hole out, tapping it and inserting a very expensive stainless steel nut and bolt complete with runner washer, once again we have a functioning kettle. On the bread front once again we have tried to bake bread in our cobb oven, the mix had the consistency of plaster and the mix fought a valiant attempt to escape over the work surface, somehow we managed to. read more...


25/11/2017

Adele 1 - Adele 1 log - Day 21 - Bit of a blow and a fish.

Evening all,Its the end of our 10th day at sea since leaving Cape Verde. A few dramas yesterday left the atmosphere on the boat less than jovial. Firstly as is the way with our luck if something is going to go wrong it will happen in the pitch black middle of the night. Yesterday morning saw the autopilot rod fail at about 3 in the morning. Drew set about fixing this and then had to recalibrate the entire system once it was reset, not what you want to be doing at 3am!The second noticeable event of yesterday was myself hooking into and bringing onto the boat one of the most remarkable fish I have ever caught in my life. The size of this Mahi Mahi, the colour of it and the fight it put up on the way in (including jumping out of the water and tail walking for several meters) was just. read more...


25/11/2017

Queen Bee - rotolando verso sud

Nottata tranquilla, anche troppo stiamo continuando a scendere verso sud est, superato anche il 20 ° parallelo, continuiamo a scendere.I turni notturni di tre ore ciascuno non ci pesano ed il tempo scorre via lento. C'è un po' di frustrazione per il fatto di non riuscire a guadagnare verso ovest, ma pensiamo di avere un appuntamento con l'aliseo all'incicirca sul 16° parallelo per il prossimo lunedì, e non vogliamo mancarlo (sarà vero ??? chi può dirlo). Mentre sto scrivendo stiamo andando per 180 ° di bolina stretta con un vento reale di 4,5 nodi ed una velocità di 2,8 nodi ... non male per la resa della barca, ma per il morale dell'equipaggio è deleterio.Ciascuno di noi sta lottando con se stesso per controllare la normale ansia che la situazione genera, così per passare il tempo si. read more...


25/11/2017

La Cigale - Day 7 - 25 November - Wonders of the Sea

Dawn watch this morning, wondering at the miracle of the sunrise. Meanwhile next to me at the helm sat Francis, still suffering after a particularly choppy night, who was wondering "Why did God create seasickness Mum?" We are now coasting along on south-westerlies, heading South towards the trade winds, hopefully joining them in a couple of days. We are being pushed a bit too much to the (South) East, so it feels like two steps forward and one step back, but we are under sail, the sun is shining and we are charging along.The highlight of the day was the appearance of a pod of dolphins at dusk. From the stern at first it was rather dramatic seeing a wall of water rush towards us and catch a glimpse of a couple of grey bullets speeding through. Then, all of us clipped on with our lifelines. read more...


La Cigale - Day 7 - Dolphin Watch
La Cigale - Day 7 - Dolphin Watch
25/11/2017

NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South

Lightning does strike twice it seems.The storm to our north came further south than was forecast and chased us throughout another long night, surrounding us with flashes on the horizon as we continued our escape, eagerly watching the barometer finally starting to climb.Reading the fleet updates from the ARC comms this morning it appears that this has been a far from ideal start for many. Of those that went North some, like us, have turned away from the weather, others have tried to go through or above it and several have returned to the mainland with damage.For those that went South they found little wind and some have motored to Cape Verde to pick up more fuel and supplies.For us conditions have gradually improved through the day and we expect to clear the weather system tomorrow. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South
NoStress - Log Day 7 - Due South