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19/11/2016

Shalan - Sitting pretty waiting for tomorrow.

28:07N 15:25WSo we're back in the water after being on the hard for a week. The rudder bearing is all repaired and we're now just waiting for the rigger to come out and adjust the rigging. We noticed that when the backstays were taken off to get on the travel lift, the mast was pulling forward under the forestay tension.We've done all our fresh shop today as well and currently putting that away. I haven't got much time now as theres loads to do, but no doubt we will have more time in the coming days to ellaborate on our daily activities. The main purpose of this blog is to test its all working before we leave tomorrow!!Out for now.m_GOPR0002. read more...


Shalan - Sitting pretty waiting for tomorrow.
Shalan - Sitting pretty waiting for tomorrow.
Woifal - picture of crew
Woifal - picture of crew
19/11/2016

Woifal - -1Tag Woifal

Hallo Zusammen,die Vorbereitungen sind abgeschlossen. Heute war noch Skippersbriefing, Startzeit bleibt bei 13.00 Uhr UTC, also 14.00 MEZ. UTC ist übrigens auch auf der gesamten Strecke unsere Bordzeit, wir machen keine Zeitumstellung auf der Strecke, was natürlich zur Folge hat, dass am Schluss die Sonne erst gegen 11.00 Uhr aufgeht. Alle sind gespannt und wir wollen nur noch los. Leider wird wenig Wind sein beim Start, mal sehen wie es sich entwickelt. Bis Morgen Liebe Grüße von der CrewWolfgang. read more...


19/11/2016

Cherish - Day 4: larders & washing machines

On the domestic front. We need to eat and we need to wash; items and ourselves. This presents various challenges at sea! Our fruit and vegetables variously hang in two nets in the saloon and sit in crates. Both need inspecting regularly for bruising or worse rotting and individually require turning. Ali did a sterling job procuring fresh produce twice before we set sail. Because of our delayed departure we had to re think things a bit and eat from our existing stores to make way for new produce. Eggs sit in cardboard trays and the entire tray is turned daily. The cardboard is encased in cling film to deter any pesky cockroach eggs that may have boarded at Las Palmas. Washing sheets on day 4 (we’d lived on the boat 10 days in port before departure), we used the power of the sea by. read more...


Cherish - Day 4: larders & washing machines
Cherish - Day 4: larders & washing machines
19/11/2016

Fleet II - Log: Saturday 19th Nov. Living the dream(?)

I can start the blog with another wildlife sighting, as a huge tuna jumpedinto the air and pirouetted before disappearing back into the water – a glorioussight. Since then things have gone downhill a bit - for the first time since westarted our escapade (back at the start of November) we’ve had to face up to abit of adversity – I guess it can’t be perfect all the time! Mishap 1 - just after lunch on Friday, having set the fishing line out andreadying for a relaxing afternoon, the Asymetric halyard snapped and we had ourlargest sail dragging in the sea.  Fortunately we pulled it in quicklyenough to avoid any serious damage, but it slowed us down and dampened spirits alittle.  Mishap 2 - while settling down to dinner, a pretty severe squallblew through from nowhere and turned our. read more...


19/11/2016

Christine - Ready for off.

Sailor Ted has been getting to know his friends,'Woolly Bully' from the Lake District, Sammy seal from Scotland and Mook fromDevon. It's all just the same for us. We have been meeting so manyfantastic people over the last 2 weeks. It has been a marvelous time, a busyfull on time which has been so professionally organised by the ARC. All theyellow shirts have worked so hard to make it such a success. We, Gary, Peter andmyself are ready for the off. We will leave Lynn and Sandra on the dock to waveus off and I think we will be happy to get to sea for a quieter time. Peter 8D69. read more...


Christine - Ready for off.
Christine - Ready for off.
19/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg 2, Day 3: All Hands on Deck!!

Blog Editor If you have something like this from me yesterday, ignore thismessage. My Draft folder showed ‘no content’ for the message – Tom ------------------------------     200nm out to sea at ~21.00hrs with the 1st shift on duty and thethree others starting to get some rest, Evan yells “All Hands on Deck!!!” Thatexpression is characteristically associated with: Crew overboard, hole in thehull, derigging, piracy, etc.; something dramatic! What was happening? We heardnothing... It turns out that unnoted by radar, we sailed within a meter or twoof a buoy of some sort with a dim green light. Why green, and why 200nm west ofCape Verde? Suspicion is that it was a channel marker that made its escape fromits chain, and is touring the North Atlantic.   As we were sailing. read more...


19/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg 2, Day 4: Squalls & Shackles!

  We’ll start with today’s malfunction: ~midnight, the topping liftfor the starboard ‘yankee’ headsail pole disengaged. It turns out that the shortgrabline for the shackle caught and released the pole. No damage, and theforedeck solution was to take slack out of the topping lift line, and zip-tiethe shackle. As was stated in the pre-ARC+ seminar, the #1 unwritten job of ashackle seems to be to free itself – LOL!     Again last night, a squall front came through out 17-degrees northposition. Taking weatherman-sailor Chris Tibbs’ advice, we rolled in themainsail, and reduced our dual headsail by 50% – early. The winds veered to theNW and we ran comfortably through the 3-mile cell. Subsequent cells of up to28-knots pushed us 10nm north of our plan, however the wind produced a. read more...


19/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - And it was all going so well.......

Day 3 Saturday 19th NovWhere to start?We blew the cruising chute :( We were flying along on the cruising chute last night - we had figured out earlier where the rips were coming from, and had repaired (badly, but best we could do) a third one.The wind was rising so we were mid-discssion after dinner about when exactly we'd take it down and go white sails for the night, and then midway between a WHOOSH and a BANG, down it came of its own volition, in quite a few pieces.We managed to get it back into the boat, and We tried to stuff it back in its sock, but that just turned into a giant boat-sized game of cats cradle in the dark, so we stuffed it in a locker and said we'd have a proper look tomorrow in daylight.Then tomorrow happened.I was woken at 7am to find Conor with his head down the. read more...


19/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

19.11.16 Bordzeit 11.00 UhrUnser vierter BordtagNachdem der gestrige Tag eher mit wenigen Ereignissen verlief jagte ab gestern Nachmittag ein Ereignis das andere.Zuerst die größte Überraschung der ganzen Reise:Frank ist es gelungen nach gefühlt94 angeltagen einen Fisch aus dem Wasser zu ziehen.Ich entschuldige mich hiermit in aller Form für die Sprüche zu seinen bisherigen angelerfolgen.Nachdem der Fisch an Bord war, wuchs frank auf eine Größe von 2,2 Metern und eine Breite von. 1.6 Meter.Das ganze im Gegensatz zu seinem fang.Die zubereitete Mahlzeit reichten leider nur zu Appetithappen vor dem Hauptgericht.Unsere Angler sind aber überzeugt im Laufe des Törns für eine volle Mahlzeit sorgen zu können.Nachts unser nächstes Highlight.Nachdem wir unter segeln einen annehmbaren Kurs hatten. read more...


19/11/2016

Peacekeeper - End of Trip - Part 2

The enthusiasm and positive attitude got us to the finish intact. Captain and crew were still speaking even though we were anxious to have some space after 11 days at sea in close confines.Our combined efforts and skill resulted in a second place finish in our class, beating much larger, well appointed yachts.A proud moment for us and a journey that will be reflected upon over the coming months and years.Peacekeeper will remain in the Caribbean for at least the winter.. read more...


19/11/2016

Peacekeeper - End of Passage Report

The journey to BVI was completed at 0439 on 16 November as we crossed the finish line at Scrub Island.Three days have elapsed since our arrival and with an internet connection now it's time to reflect on the 11 day passage. Peacekeeper and it's double handing crew experienced conditions at sea that challenged our resolve physically and mentally.What was said some time ago by a friend - your boat will be able to withstand much more than its crew - was certainly true.The heavy weather was something never before experienced but has now given a certain confidence in handling adverse conditions.We faced our first challenge when the genoa double wrapped around the forestay and the sheets became knotted. It took over 24 hours to get the sail down below.Without this sail the going would be. read more...


Peacekeeper - Island Packet - N. Atlantic Passage
Peacekeeper - Island Packet - N. Atlantic Passage
Peacekeeper - Old Man and the Sea
Peacekeeper - Old Man and the Sea
Peacekeeper - Peacekeeper Sail Loft
Peacekeeper - Peacekeeper Sail Loft
19/11/2016

Damaluma - DAMALUMA - The Day -2 "The last Crew Member arrived"

> So now we are all together!!> > After a week of 10 to 12 hours working on the boat we are ready for the crossing!> > We are really looking forward to having an enjoyable time with a lot of rest😊✌️️>. read more...


19/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 19. November 2016

Finally arrived in the tropics: No need for socks or shoes or trousers during night in the cockpit. That is the barefeet route.Caught another tuna. Again wonderful fresh Shashimi. For coffee skippermade brownies.Then had a real big one on the fishing line. But he took our biggest bait away instaed of us him.During night had a free deckwash. They call it "All-inclusive". And we are sailing parallel with another boat now. Distance 1NM. In the middle of the ocean. You wouldn't believe it.What else happened? Good winds. Lots of dolphins. Wonderful picture in the evening: Parasailor in front of red clouds.1800 NM to go. read more...


Damaluma - DAMALUMA - The Day -2 "The last Crew Member arrived"
Damaluma - DAMALUMA - The Day -2
18/11/2016

Koco - ... Einen haben wir noch ...

Am 18.11.2016 haben wir nach einem ausgedehnten herrschaftlichenFrühstück beschlossen das gesamte Boot zu putzen. Dafür war esnotwendig , jedes Crewmitglied seiner eigentlichen Funktion zu enthebenum mit geballter Kraft dem Schmutz begegnen zu können. DerSicherheitsbeauftragte wurde somit zum Waschminister mit Eimer undLappen degradiert, der Motorbeauftragte wurdeRostentfernungsbeauftragter und der Riggverantwortliche war derAbsprühchef. Alles in allen hat das sehr gut funktioniert. Der Kat glänztund jeder hat seine alte Funktion wieder inne. . read more...


18/11/2016

Koco - Freitags-Zwischenbericht von der K-oco

Als allererstes: Einen wunderschönen guten Morgen. Wie auch am 16. und 17.November war es eine ruhige Nacht am Board der Koco. Nach einem gemeinschaftlichen Abendessen mit der gesamten Koco Besatzung lagen wir nach einem Absacker um ca. 0.20 im Bett. Das Wetter entwickelt sich wieder zu einem dieser fürchterlichen warmen Tage mit blauen Himmel. Der Wind ist schwach, wobei dieser momentan noch unberücksichtigt gelassen werden kann. Tag X rückt immer näher und die Sorge das das neue Wingacker nicht mehr rechtzeitig die Koco erreicht steigt. Letztendlich lassen wir uns dadurch nicht entmutigen, die Atlantiküberquerung auch ohne dieses spezielle Segel zu meistern. Spezielle kurzfristige Segelmacherkurse der Crew lassen die Chance auf einen Gesamtsieg der ARC steigen. Der Stoffvorrat an Board. read more...


18/11/2016

Koco - Bootputztag!

Am 18.11.2016 haben wir nach einem ausgedehnten herrschaftlichen Frühstück beschlossen das gesamte Boot zu putzen. Dafür war es notwendig , jedes Crewmitglied seiner eigentlichen Funktion zu entheben um mit geballter Kraft dem Schmutz begegnen zu können. Der Sicherheitsbeauftragte wurde somit zum Waschminister mit Eimer und Lappen degradiert, der Motorbeauftragte wurde Rostentfernungsbeauftragter und der Riggverantwortliche war der Absprühchef. Alles in allen hat das sehr gut funktioniert. Der Kat glänzt und jeder hat seine alte Funktion wieder inne.. read more...


18/11/2016

Koco - Zwischenbericht aus Las Palmas ...

Als allererstes: Einen wunderschönen guten Morgen. Wie auch am 16. und 17.November war es eine ruhige Nacht am Board der Koco. Nach einem gemeinschaftlichen Abendessen mit der gesamten Koco Besatzung lagen wir nach einem Absacker um ca. 0.20 im Bett. Das Wetter entwickelt sich wieder zu einem dieser fürchterlichen warmen Tage mit blauen Himmel. Der Wind ist schwach, wobei dieser momentan noch unberücksichtigt gelassenwerden kann. Tag X rückt immer näher und die Sorge das das neue Wingacker nicht mehr rechtzeitig die Koco erreicht steigt. Letztendlich lassen wir uns dadurch nicht entmutigen, die Atlantiküberquerung auch ohne dieses spezielle Segel zu meistern. Spezielle kurzfristige Segelmacherkurse der Crew lassen die Chance auf einen Gesamtsieg der ARC steigen. Der Stoffvorrat an Board. read more...


18/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 2 Friday 18th Nov

Day 2 Fri 18th Nov The Atlantic2pmI've had to start putting the actual day and date on these blogs as I can feel myself starting to get disorientated already!!Well it was all happening on board this morning.The giddy speeds of 8+ knots under spinnaker that I wrote about yesterday didn't even last the length of my watch, and then the wind gradually died off, and Anais spent her watch chasing what little wind there was up and down until eventually we admitted defeat and took the spinny down.Then started the game of trying to get the jib to fly - pole it out to leeward, pole it out goosewinged, don't pole it out at all, roll it in..... Eventually we gave up on that as well, and just started motoring as we'd virtually come to a halt.During the night I gambled on 8.5-9kts of wind being enough. read more...


Skiathos - Tag-1 in Las Palmas- Regattavorbereitung
Skiathos - Tag-1 in Las Palmas- Regattavorbereitung
Skiathos - Tag-1 in Las Palmas- Regattavorbereitung
Skiathos - Tag-1 in Las Palmas- Regattavorbereitung
18/11/2016

Gatsby - T-2

Es ist schon Freitag, übermorgen ist Start. Uns bleiben weniger als 48h an Land. Langsam steigt die Aufregung. Unsere G3 ist fertig und liegt abholbereit beim Segelmacher. Gemüse wird heute noch geliefert, das Boot ist geputzt und die Crew ist bereit.Heute Abend gibt es Farewell Cocktails!Ein Teil der Crew hat gestern Abend schon viel Spaß bei Live-Musik und Cola-Rum (oder nur Rum) gehabt! Wir hoffen auf eine Fortsetzung heute Abend.Liebste Grüße,Sophie. read more...


18/11/2016

Orion - 18.11.16

Mit Parasailor läuft Orion, wie Schmitz Katze. Wir haben auch eine guten Geist, der von außen über uns wacht. Danke für den vielen Zuspruch an den guten Geist.. read more...


18/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 18. November 2016

Another beautiful day in paradise. Got enough sleep and in the morning nearly enough wind. Caught our first fish. A 40cm-Tuna. We had Shashimi as appetizer. Delicious. As sundowner Cabo Verde Caiprinha. Thereafter Risotto. Life is hard.Cabo Verde Grogue reminds me of the great few days in Mindelo. Nice athmospere there. Found good restaurants. Got our SailingGen repaired. Found the Worldcruisingclub staff very nice. Thank you all! A pity we will not see all of you in St. Lucia. Skipper served fresh bread this morning together with Cabo Verde coffee.What else happened?Changed the onboard timezone. Had dolphins around. Trying to catch another fish.1895 NM to go.. read more...


18/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - catch of the day

Conor here from Endeavour. well it was great to get going and we are now settling into our watch routine. Basically we need one person on watch the whole time in case a ship comes over the horizon. We change every 2 hours and each of us has at least two watches to cover. When we are on deck at night we always wear lifejackets and we make sure to clip ourselves on to the boat if alone at night. We run a line up each side of the boat so that we can clip onto it if we need to go forward for any reason. The boat has an autopilot and we can set this to a given bearing and leave the helm to do any jobs needed. We use the autohelm sparingly though as we need to manage our power usage. Different boats have different methods of generating power. We have two solar panels and we use the engine to. read more...


18/11/2016

Woifal - -2Tage

So, ab heute gibt's einen täglichen Bericht. Wir sind gestern mit allem soweit fertig geworden. Die Sicherheitsabnahme hat uns ein wenig Zeit gekostet, da wir auf eine 3 Farben Toplaterne aus Deutschland warten mussten, diese haben wir gestern montiert, jetzt ist der Sicherheitsinspektor zufrieden. Gestern haben wir noch frische Lebensmittel gekauft, obwohl wir für 1 Monat gefriergetrocknete Nahrung dabei haben. Es sind alle gesund und munter. Heute kommt noch unser Doktor Sigi mit dazu, dann kann es am Sonntag los gehen. Liebe Grüße von der Crew. Wolfgang anhang1. read more...


Woifal - -2Tage
Woifal - -2Tage
Cherish - Day 3: out of sight of land
Cherish - Day 3: out of sight of land
18/11/2016

Cherish - Day 3: out of sight of land

Most of the crew report vivid dreams, trying to make sense of our cacooned little world and the strange bangs and thumps. It takes time to know our way round the boat and where the nearest hand hold is to counter the pitches and rolls. We pick up bruises as we rock around and it is exhausting. We all sleep much of the time off watch as we come to terms with the constant deep muscle adjustment that our bodies make to keep upright. Making a cup of tea can take half an hour; one hand for the boat, one to steady self. Sven fitted a set of fiddles or fids on the oven  hob which hold the pans stable. The cooker itself swings on a hinge so that it stays upright with the swing of the boat. The strange thing is the ocean doesn’t seem that big. We can only ever see to the horizon where the. read more...


18/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

18.11.16 10.30 Uhr bordzeit Unser 3. TagMittlerweile kehrt Routine im bordaltag ein.Die wacheinteilung funktioniert, der Kurs ist gefunden, wenn auch nicht optimal,Die Stimmung steigt nach der anfänglichen Trübung durch den Ausfall des parasailor, der uns wohl zwei Tage kosten wird.Trotz der Widrigkeiten lagen wir heute Nacht noch im vorderen Drittel.Aktuell haben wir eher verhaltenen Wind mit 10 bis 12 Knoten und wellenhöhen von 2 m.Kein Vergleich zu dem Törn von Gran canaria zu den Kap Verden. Unser Autopilot ist aktuell unser wichtigstes crewmitglied.Die Mannschaft vertreibt sich die Zeit mit Müßiggang.Die ganze Mannschaft?Nein.Dominik und frank sind die Ausnahmen.Beide kämpfen nach wie vor ohne Unterlass mit ihren Angeln und den daraus resultierenden Tätigkeiten.Ich habe bereits. read more...


18/11/2016

Angels' Share - 18 November

Please go to https://angelssharearc.wordpress.com/ to see our updates!  . read more...


18/11/2016

Estrella - Tag -2; erster Probeschlag

Die Stimmung ist prima. Mittwoch Abend sind auch Christoph und Anna angekommen. Heute erwarten wir Dirk, dann sind wir komplett. An Crew-T-Shirts haben wir keinen Mangel. Ralf hat für alle welche mitgebracht - und Christoph ebenfalls. Die Berliner sind darüberhinaus auch noch als Wannseepiraten zu erkennen. Das Proviantieren hat gut geklappt. Wir haben so viel Platz das wir sogar noch "nachladen" konnten. Ist gestern erledigt worden. Gestern wurde auch das Deck geputzt, wir sehen also aus wie neu! Heute geht es nach dem Frühstück zum ersten Probeschlag raus - endlich! Vorher wollen wir noch über die Toppen flaggen. Der gestrige Versuch ist daran gescheitert, dass die Flaggenleinen morsch waren. Die ganz schlimmen haben wir heute aussortiert. Alle Leinen, die Anna zerreißen konnte, haben. read more...


17/11/2016

Unconditional - Re: ARC+ Leg 2, Day 2: Mahi-Mahi!!

  We uneventfully tried out our new dual headsail configuration – twoidentical headsails, in our case they are each high-cut genoas, called Yankees.It is complex to rig, yet relatively easy to fly, and can be flown from deaddownwind (180-degrees) to 30-degrees on either side of 180 i.e. +/-150AWA. Wewere concerned about the potential of excessive yaw but such is not the case(yet). We have been making 5-7knots under sail, and we are 160nm from Mindelowith 1,940nm to go to St Lucia. Tomorrow should be lighter winds - yuck.  A critically disappointing discovery was that our 5-month old housebattery charger stopped working! Should we turn back??... Well, we all decidedto continue as we still have the MasterVolt Alfa Charger off the engine. A UKMasterVolt technician checked the. read more...


17/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Thursday 17th November:- we're off again

Firstly, we’re delighted to hear via the SSBnet that Endeavour of Cork hasmanaged to fix things and are on their way – well done guys!   Most of the rest of us left Mindelo at 1pm yesterday – it was a glorioussight with around 70 of us sailing out against the backdrop of Mindelo harbourand the Sao Vicento island.  It was a tad less aggressive than the startfrom Las Palmas, but all the better for that!  The fleet slowly stretchedout in light winds, with us again towards the rear; Fleet II definitely performbetter when we have some stronger breeze.   A quiet night was followed by a quiet day, with winds still down around tenknots.  As our mast wasn’t much use for sails we got Kim, our DevonianMorris dancer, to teach us how to dance the maypole (well we hadto. read more...


17/11/2016

White Satin - Party time & Graffiti

Thursday 17th NovemberWe now have less than 72 hours to departure and everybody is working andplaying hard.Last night was the fancy dress party with a theme of Eternal Spring/FlowerPower; the vast majority of people joined in with the fun and there weresome amazing costumes.People interpreted the theme in their own way fromproducing Spring Chickens, American Astronauts, lots of long hair,headbands, inflatable guitars and psycadellic outfits.Our boat is a Moody,hence the name 'White Satin' so one of today's photos is of our fancy dresseffort, in PJs for 'Nights in White Satin' - the DJ even played the trackfor us, which was greatly appreciated.This morning there was such a buzz along the pontoon, there are a lot ofpeople living in very close proximity to each other.There were. read more...


White Satin - Party time & Graffiti
White Satin - Party time & Graffiti
White Satin - Party time & Graffiti
White Satin - Party time & Graffiti
17/11/2016

M one - YB Connect Message from Hans Mosbacher

Der erste Tag liegt hinter uns!Nachdem gestern unser Start auf unserer letzten Etappe erfolgte sind wir wieder im segelmodus 2100 Meilen lagen vor uns von denen wir bereits über 150 absegeln konntenPositiv ist, dass uns unser lange vermisstes crewmitglied, der Autopilot wieder gern hat. Aber wo Licht ist ist auch Schatten.Unser parasail möchte nicht wie wir und hat seinen Dienst bis zur Karibik eingestellt.Für uns heißt das kreuzen, und die aussichtsreiche Position die wir am ersten Tag erreicht haben nicht verteidigen zu können.Wichtig ist, das die Crew wohlauf und guter Dinge ist trotz aller Widrigkeiten planmäßig in der Karibik anzukommen .Das wars für heute.Viele liebe Grüße an alle die uns auf unserer spannenden Reise verfolgen.Ach ja zum Schluss vielleicht noch eins.Der Kreis. read more...


17/11/2016

Cherish - Day 2 settling in

Next day saw us all a little more settled (photo actually from day before as Air drop won’t work with my phone and pics!). Here is Will emerging from the depths, smile on his face, which is pretty much how we all felt with the rising sun. Skipper had us into a watch system: Anthony & WJ on Red Watch, Ali & Will on White Watch, Sven & Chris on Blue Watch. Watches rotate over five changes in 24 hours: 0800-1400 (responsible for lunch & washing up), 1400-2000 (responsible for dinner & washing up), 2000-0000, 0000-0400, 0400-0800 (responsible for breakfast & washing up). Skipper gets up more or less each watch change to settle new watch in. At sundown tricolour is turned on at the mast top: white light to show sailing and red port and green starboard lights. Crew up. read more...


Cherish - Day 2 settling in
Cherish - Day 2 settling in
17/11/2016

Gatsby - Test 4

Die Probleme mit dem Blogpost konkretisieren sich, auf mein Handy oder meine Email Adresse. Also hier ein neuer Versuch, der vierte wohlgemerkt. Wir haben heute eine kleine Trainingseinheit gestartet: Reffen und Spi. Es hat auf jeden Fall Spaß gemacht und auch die neuen Crewmitglieder an Bord sind nun in das Boot eingewiesen. Morgen wollen wir wieder raus und unter der schönen Sonne segeln gehen. Die To-Do-List schrumpft weiter! Liebe Grüße, Sophie. read more...


17/11/2016

New Deal - Log day -3 Just testing the comms again over Iridium

Log day -3 Just testing the comms again overIridium. read more...


17/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 1 - The Atlantic!!

Day 1 - The Atlantic!We got away!!! Despite all the doom and gloom and depression, and a fear at one stage that we'd be flying home from Cape Verde - we finally got everything fixed and bought, got refuelled and at 12.25pm local time (23hrs 25mins after most of the rest of the fleet) we cast off and set sail for St. Lucia.Hurray!!Within the hour we had a few small rigging issues ironed out, and are now tramping along at about 7kts under spinnaker, with blue skies, sunshine and in a lovely calm sea.We just have to round the southern end of Sto Antao island and head a little further north, and then that's us for approx. the next two weeks!!The watch roster is being written up as I type (it'll be much the same as before), and we're making decisions along the way about spinnaker at night. read more...