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Numa - HomeShipmade Bananasplit with icecreamrecepie from ARC rallycontrol
Numa - HomeShipmade Bananasplit with icecreamrecepie from ARC rallycontrol
04/12/2016

Peristera - Unexpected fishing

As everybody with dreams of crossing oceans, I have read many books about other sailors and sailings. When we realized that we were running low on diesel, I remembered stories about cargoships throwing out canisters of diesel, in the middle of the ocean, to needy sailors. For several days we have searched for big ships along the horizon, and (this is the modern world) on the plotter. Yesterday we saw a cargoship 20 miles away, but I didnt dare to call them, they were too far away. But today we spotted Mary Jean II, 4,5 miles away, heading towards us. I swallowed, and picked up the VHF. ?Mary Jean II, this is Peristera, the sailing yacht in front of you. Do you happen to have some diesel to spare?? Mary Jean II, a motor yacht, 60 x 12 meter, asked us to stand by, and after five minutes. read more...


04/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 14

We are all still out here, no fish, no good wind ,no real progress but we are coaxing as much out of Justine as possible. Nick is particularly persistent and effective. Mike carried out a full inventory today on consumables and we are fine for another week after that we are still ok on biscuits imagine. We checked water two days ago are are fine for two weeks at two litres per man per day.831 nautical miles to land.The ARC reports show 130 yachts with further to travel than ourselves so its been a slow one . All well on board and spirits positive as we hunt down the sea to our landfall .. read more...


04/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 4 - 15th Day at Sea

All is well. We are 1,045 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,653 miles behind us.Yesterday, at around 11:00pm we started seeing lighting in the distance. We took down the main, opened a full jib, closed all hatches and got ready for the night. Six hours later, in a matter of minutes, the wind shifted from a easterly to a southerly, and became very cold. Wind speed went up from 12-14 to 18-24 knots. The mainsail was already down, and we rolled half the jib. Shortly after, it started to rain heavily and the rain lasted for 90 minutes. It was pitch dark, and Chuck and I got completely soaked. The one advantage of the new wind direction was that we were able to sail directly towards our waypoint, at 274°. Before the wind shift all we could manage was 145°-150°.The rest of the day was. read more...


04/12/2016

Almagores II - arrival

Dear friends and family, Last message to everybody…we hope that you all enjoyed our mails . At the moment we are preparing the boat for arrival as you can see Gulian on the boom doing last minute preparations. The St lucia s flag has been found and is being raised as I write, boat numbers and Charity commemoratives are being attached and last but not least … champagne and beer are in the cooler. Our ETA will be at 8.00 pm. St. Lucia s time which is about 3 hours from now. As you can imagine, the grueling heat on the boat and the excitement of arriving has boiled our body temperature to the point that all 14 of us are ready to raid the fridge of its alcoholic content. We will behave ourselves and wait for our historic moment of crossing the finish line! To all our friends,. read more...


Almagores II - arrival
Almagores II - arrival
04/12/2016

Hugo - Day #15 ARC Update:

6 v happymenfolk & one v happy girl on board with some fine tradewind sailingFINALLY  happening…well, for half aday then it went away again.  ‘Bigyellow’ spinnaker billowing with mid Atlantic beautiful blue as the backdrop. Many squalls,1 lightning storm & plenty of doldrums has seen a much slower crossing thancrew expected but spirits are extremely high with good humour, lots of amazingsights, some good sailing, some even greater fishing, good company & hot,yummy meals breaking up our days at sea.   Highlights:  Fishing -1.33m long heavy Mahi Mahi & a 1m long Barracouta - plenty of yum meals fromthese two. Dolphins,whales & more whales - one just swam alongside us - magnificent Beautifulskies - three double rainbows in a row this morning. read more...


04/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 15

Advent, Advent zwei Lichtlein brennen.Bei uns zwar nicht, Vorweihnachtsstimmung fällt bei uns an Bord komplett aus. Das einzig Gute: heute ist Sonntag und der Co-Skipper hat Brötchen gebacken. Letzte Nacht ist uns, ganz überraschend *husthust*, der Autopilot ausgefallen. Es gibt wohl kein Crewmitglied an Bord, welches das nicht wundert. Unsere bordeigenen Techniker sind schon dabei und versuchen das Problem zu beheben. Momentan wird demnach per Hand gesteuert. Ein Stromfresser weniger an Bord!Gerade eben wurde der zweite tote fliegende Fisch an Bord gefunden und seebestattet. Des Weiteren scheint sich mein Körper an die Wellenbewegung gewöhnt zu haben, denn ich vernehme kaum noch das Gefühl von Seekrankheit. Die Bordköche haben gestern lecker Curry gekocht und frisches Brot soll es heute. read more...


04/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 15

Liebe Landratten!die Crew der Sunrise wünscht Euch einen schönen und besinnlichen 2. Advent vom Atlantik .Wir kommen weiterhin sehr gut voran. Die Heckwellen erreichen bis zu 3 Meter Höhe hinter dem Schiff und es verlangt volle Konzentration des Steuermann's den Kurs zu halten. Heute hatten wir den Distanzwettbewerb der Wachen. Wache III hat in 4 Stunden 29 Seemeilen vorgelegt, Wache I mit 30,6 SM getoppt, mals schauen wie sich Wache II zwischen 16 00 und 20 00 schlägt. Nach akteullen Berechnungen sollten wir in ca. 1.350 Seemeilen St. Lucia erreichen. Einen voraussichtlichen Ankunfttermin - mit entsprechenden Aktivitäten zum Umbuchen einiger Flüge - wollen wir am Dienstagabend festlegen. Bis dahin folgen wir dem Tagesablauf aus Segeln, Essen und Schlafen. Trotz der deutlich längeren. read more...


04/12/2016

VAVA-U - ? und Action! ? 03.12.16 - 13. Seetag Irene und Thomas

Der Wind nimmt bereits während der ersten Nachtwache weiter zu; Sterne sind nicht mehr zu sehen und die Nacht ist pechschwarz nach dem Neumond. Wir fahren mit Spinnaker, der Wind kommt von achtern und wir müssen genau Kurs halten. Kurz vor dem Wachwechsel um 3:00 morgens kommen wir in eine kleine Schlechtwetterfront. Es regnet heftig und der Wind dreht plötzlich. Der Spinnaker flattert, schlägt und fällt ein. Unser Skipper springt aus dem Bett, bringt das Boot wieder auf Kurs und entscheidet, den Spi sofort einzuholen. Bei über 20 Knoten Wind und wolkenbruchartigem Regen ein durchaus anspruchsvolles Unterfangen. Nachdem an Deck alles taghell wird und gefühlt eine Elefantenherde dort oben trappelt, ist die nächste Schicht vor dem Wecken wach. Zu dritt holen unsere Herren in einem Kraftakt. read more...


04/12/2016

White Satin - Champagne Sailing

1778 miles sailed 1227 miles to goAll of our remaining diesel is now reserved for 2 hours a day of engine running for battery charging and water making, which is done with the engine in neutral so as not incur time penalties in the final totting up process for determining finishing positions. Having no spare diesel, we are now reliant on the wind alone for propelling the boat.Fortunately we are now in the region marked 'Trade Winds' on the charts, and sure enough the winds have picked up very well over the last couple of days. We are speeding directly Westward under mainsail and poled out genoa, with the wind coming from about ENE (which for any land-lubbers means half way between NExE and ExN). The strength of the wind varies between 15 and 20-25 knots, so we are constantly reefing or. read more...


White Satin - Champagne Sailing
White Satin - Champagne Sailing
04/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 14 - Halbzeit

Heute geht es mit der Rauschefahrt weiter! Wir sind happy, dass wir uns wieder bewegen und dass wir zumindest die Hälfte der Strecke hinter uns gelassen haben. Wir belohnen uns heute mit dem mitgenommenen "Jamon" und Nachmittags gibts Weißwürschtl. Wir habennoch einiges an Strecke vor uns und hoffen, dass wir jetzt zügiger voran kommen. Dafür haben wir Rasmus auch schon ein paar Tropfen Rum geopfert ;-) Seit ein paar Tagen schleppen wir eine Leine mit Köder hinterm Boot her und heute können wir den ersten Fang verzeichnen. Eine prächtige Goldmakrele (ca. 1,20m) hat angebissen. Das Essen für die nächsten Tage ist gesichert. Auch die Nacht durch machen wir gute Fahrt. Allerding müssen wir die Genua und das Großsegel reffen, da der Wind immer wieder auffrischt. Hoffentlich geht es so. read more...


04/12/2016

Scarlet Oyster - Re: Scarlet day 15, The Home straight

Too hot on deck, so I am busying myself in the nav area, trying to look likeI am doing something important.Still in pretty light winds, not really averaged over 12knots for last fewdays, but at least we are moving.Clouds have been something of a feature of this crossing, with some prettyimpressive shapes sizes, and colours been shown off.Some even had stickydown spinny bits (water spouts), and many have had flashy bangy specialeffects.Our passage through the light patch a few days ago went better thanexpected, with more wind (mostly from cloud) than expected, there was arather alarming amount of lightning all round us, so much so that we put aselection of communications location and safety electronic devices in theoven to protect them in the event of a direct hit, I happily report. read more...


04/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 15 Nacht 14

Hallo Zusammen, die Nacht war ruhig und wir konnten gut voran kommen, keine besonderen Vorkommnisse, ein paar Delfine haben wir in der Dämmerung gesehen, das war’s. Heute bis ca. 13.00 Uhr auch noch ganz vernünftig gesegelt und somit haben wir in den letzten 24 Std. 171 sm zurück gelegt, damit können wir zufrieden sein. Jetzt stehen wir allerdings mehr oder weniger herum, da wir nur noch 8 Knoten Wind von hinten haben beträgt unsere aktuelle Geschwindigkeit über Grund nur 4 Knoten. Wir wollen bis jetzt den Motor nicht starten, da auch im Umfeld kein Wind zu erwarten ist. Wie müssen sich die früheren Seefahrer gefühlt haben, wenn sie mit ihren Frachtseglern tagelang in der Flaute gelegen haben? Ich kann nur sagen, dass uns langweilig ist, außerdem schwitzen wir bei 32 Grad im. read more...


04/12/2016

Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation

DateWednesday 16 November 2016 Sherry and Dennis Day of Trillium and Elizabeth and I were two of the five boats’ crews to be awarded the Ocean Cruising Club’s Award of Merit, 2016, for the work that we did in Vanuatu in the aftermath of Cyclone Pam in 2015. As we were not able to attend the Club annual dinner in April John and Jenny Franklin have been pursuing us around the globe and eventually caught up with us in Richards Bay. The Club hosted an excellent DIY barbecue evening at the Zululand Yacht Club open to members and other cruisers.image001 image002. read more...


Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation
Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation
Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation
Caduceus - Ocean Cruising Club party and award presentation
04/12/2016

Mustique - Day 14 -

Hi every one out there!We have now started ourdecent going South towards St. Lucia - app 750 NM to go.Cannot believe that today is two weeks since we waved good bye to our fan group in Las Palmas including Sue and Annika, wives of the “Gatwick Boys”.Lots of things happening on boardbut after two weeks happenings become routines. Being on watch, having a nap, preparing the boat for night sail, having lunch and dinner and not least joking and telling stories with and to each other.Liv is at present top favourite to win the ARC’s most read books in 2700 NM competition. Chef Gordon to win the ARC’s chef’s completion in St. Lucia and “Mustique” the ARC price for outstanding crew spirit and performance. CPT Fin definitely a candidate to win the prize for spending most hours evaluating weather. read more...


04/12/2016

Bluetangos Two - Ca' Venisti 04.12

Siamo a circa 540 miglia da Santa Lucia, una giornata splendida, pochissimo vento, ci permette di muoverci appena, 5 nodi con punta massima di 6.  È tutto il giorno che facciamo esperimenticon le vele, su Code giù Jennaker , tangoniamo a dx o a sx, quando non c'è vento non ce lo possiamo inventare. Temperatura in aumento, 32 gradi in barca, fuori non si poteva stare dal sole. Meno male che abbiamo il Bimini, è la protezione tendalino nella zona di poppa dove si timona.   Pensare che non mi piaceva inizialmente ed ho ascoltato i consigli. Avrei veramente fatto un grosso errore. In questo momento abbiamo avvistato , a prua, una barca a vela, lontana, va nella ns. Direzione. Cerchiamo di individuarla con l'ais.. read more...


04/12/2016

Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve

DateTuesday 15 November 2016 After a number of days relaxing at the Zulu Land Yacht Club with an excellent series of parties, informal and organised, it was time for our first outing to see some of the local countryside and wildlife. The rally organised two separate days at the Impholosi Game Reserve. Comparing stories from the other day I think we had the best sightings but as with all of these things is very much the luck of the draw. We certainly had an excellent and most enjoyable day. image001 image002 image003 image004. read more...


Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
Caduceus - Rally outing to the Impholosi Game Reserve
04/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 14 - We can almost see the finish line!

Dag 15, kurs 255 grader, sönd 3 dec. kl 11.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -4h) hemma 16.00Hej där hemmaEn märklig och mäktig känsla infann sig i natt när jag satt ochstyrde. Helt ensam i den mörka natten, till och med mina 2 gastar lågoch sov i sittbrunen. Klockan är 04.30 Pauline tid, himlen ärstjärnklar och vi forsar fram med drygt 9 knop med motor.VI ÄR NÄSTAN FRAMME……………… 20 timmar säger navigatornDet är en fantastisk skön känsla, men samtidigt en känsla av tomhet,vad händer nu när vi gjort detta?Snabbt tillbaka till verkligheten, där pågår ett stor race med vårkombattant Albatros, vi får ständiga uppdateringar om deras Fart ochvilket avstånd vi ligger efter/före. Vi utnyttjar detta på bästa sättoch lägger upp taktiken. Vi styr inte över vädret, men de har varit påvår sida i natt. Vi har 2. read more...


04/12/2016

Gwendoline - 11th ,12th and 13th day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlanterhavskryds03. December. 12.15 UTC.On bord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 15.56.76N 26.33.21WFinally we got the wind to leave Cap Verde again. We "landed" tuesday Nov 29th at 13.30 on the Cabo Verde island Sao Vincente. When entering the harbour towards Marina Mindelo, somebody called us on the VHF. It was Jonas from the sailing yacht "Gorm Den Gamle", who via MArinetraffic had gotten notified that we were on the way. Freja - another danish sailing yacht was also in the marina. What a delightful surprice once again to say hello to Joinas, Maja, Alva, Karl Holger and Sifrine from "GBorm Den Gamle" and Anders + wife and kids Anna, Victor and Ludvig from "Freja".We aimed directly towards the fuel station when entering the marina, bunkered. read more...


04/12/2016

Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 8 - Squaring up to the Agulhas current

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Position                    28:47.57 S 032:04.98 EDate                          2310 (UTC+2) Friday 11 November 2016Distance run             in 25hrs 202nm over the ground, 186nm through the waterPassage total            1,402nm over the ground, 1,296nm through the waterPassage. read more...


Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 8 - Squaring up to the Agulhas current
Caduceus - Reunion to Richards Bay Day 8 - Squaring up to the Agulhas current
04/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Happy crew as we are on our way again

“23:19,92 37:52,25W” Now that we have decided to get to Marigot bay in st lucia and enjoy theplace instead of bobbing along in no winds , the crew are a happier and aftermotoring for 12 hour last night we started to get the wind again and now undersails and popping along at confortable pace (could have more wind ) we have hada swim of the back while at 5 knots , played cards had a couple of drnks andread sun bathed we are all ready for the Sunday roast  ROAST BEEF . RedWine and lots of vegetables . We are happy that we have still got Vegetable'sand are supprises that they are keeping so well .Music is going though the system and everyone is doing what they want ,some thinking about life and others thinking about nothing . O life is so goodwhen you look from outside the box . think. read more...


04/12/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - THEY SAID THAT THERE'D BE SQUALLS!

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04/12/2016

Nisida - Sunday

Squally night, with some rain but not too much wind. Kite back up this morning and now back to 7.5kts boatspeed in around 12kts breeze. Full fry up for lunch today! We will drop below 500nm to go around 1500 utc today.. read more...


04/12/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - It doesn't get much better - except the ones that got away

You couldn't ask for much better sailing than we have had over the last few days. The trusty Parasailor has been the only sail we have had set and it has propelled us along day and night with ease. The wind speed is varying quite a lot but has remained just sufficient to keep it flying despite the small swells we are encountering. When the wind picks up the speed is blistering. The sun is hot during the day and the nights balmy. The night skies are an amazing array of stars and planets with many shooting stars or meteorites to add to the fun. As for the sea, its an amazing deep clear blue with fluffy little white caps when the breeze picks up.The fishing line has been out, but no fish have been landed yet, though two have been hooked and lost - must try harder. We have just had a large. read more...


04/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - close encounters

And so the trade winds gently carry us to our destination. Life on board has continued in its routine of watches, cooking, cleaning, eating and sleeping. Still, our group of fabulous ladies is united. Not a crossed word has been spoken and my admiration and respect for them knows no bounds. We are counting down the longitudional minuites whilst starting to imagine our arrival in St Lucia with all that means. Party, rum, shower or food? The order of importance changes throughout the day. Overnight gave us some cause for a cheer as we caught up with and overtook another ARC yacht (who shall remain nameless!). Alone for so long in this massive expance of ocean, then suddenly, within less than point three of a nauticle mile, a sprint race was underway! Cheers coupled with every so slight. read more...


04/12/2016

Ximera - Day thirteen - Hold tight!!!

13∞58.51 N - 34∞23.50 W -- 14∞18.61 N - 37∞13.56 WIn the night, at about 0400, the wind became stronger and we started to make a good turn of speed, running from the waves of a confused sea that at that moment did not bring big swells.Our trip log recorded a top speed of 13.3 knots and an average of 8. Our bow is still pointed to St. Lucia, finally we can shout out loud all together: 'atlantic trade winds'!!! The day goes fastslow as usual ...? What do I mean? Each day seems slow as we are travelling at a maximum of about 10mph and plenty of time to do nothing; then at the end of the day you celebrate how much has been done and how much we have achieved.So when we go faster, what do we do with our time?There is a daily rota of cleaning ... clean the loos, empty the bins, wash the cockpit. read more...


Ximera - Day thirteen - Hold tight!!!
Ximera - Day thirteen - Hold tight!!!
04/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC2016 - CH3 Blog 2016-12-04

Sunday 4th DecemberWoken up for my 1800 watch, I was told to prep for some spinnaker helming…no rush.  However on arriving on deck I was promptly summoned to spike the spinnaker.  Andrew escaped from the galley for a while and it was all available hands on deck to drop it. After a successful drop, the reason became clear that whilst Charlie has been lying on deck, keeping an avid lookout (must have been for planes and UFO’s) he noticed a tear in the mainsail.Ricky (after a silent fight for the job between himself, Andrew and I) grabbed his harness, a bag full of bits and monkeyed up the mast.  Whilst clattering around up there he did his best impression of Peter Pan, creating Ricky shaped shadows on the mainsail.After the photoshoot was over, feet back on dry land (or as. read more...


04/12/2016

Koco - 14 Tag auf See

Haben in der Nacht gut Fahrt gemacht, 6-7 Kn. Ansonsten keine weiteren Vorkommnisse. Haben jetzt noch 978 Sm auf der Uhr. Ankunftszeit in St. Lucia sollte jetzt wieder der 10.Dezember sein. Wind ist mäßig , durchgehend ca. 12-13 Kn. Wir sind laut heutiger Auswertung auf dem 17 Platz von 24 unserer Gruppe der Katamarane. Die Angel habe ich heute persönlich ins Wasser gebracht, mal sehen ob ich mehr Glück habe. Der Tag brachte wieder viel Sonne. Machen tagsüber gut Fahrt mit durchschnittlich 6-7 Knoten. Am Abend haben wir vergessen die Angel einzuholen, so das die Nachtwache durch ein aggressives und dauerhaftes Surren aus dem starren Blick auf das Radar gerissen wurde. Jegliche Stoppversuche , dem Fisch Angelleine vorzuenthalten mißlangen. Es muß ein riesiger Fisch gewesen sein. Fazit die. read more...


04/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 15: Dodging the squalls

Bluewaft Log Day 15Sunday 4 December 201619°11’.839N 045°10’.198WOnly 1000 nm to go!Another good day’s sailing.The wind has shifted tothe East so we’re goose-winging with the Gennaker and Jib and the main onthe second reef.The wind has been between 10kts and 20kts, and startedfrom the ENE to clock to the E.We’ve also been dodging squalls at bothdusk and dawn.We’re now over two weeks in to what is going to be around a three weekjourney, and much of the focus is on preventative maintenance.‘A stitchin time saves nine’ has even more weight when you’re 1000nm from thenearest chandler!In practice, this has entailed moving the Main andGennaker halyard a few cm each day, easing the point of sail for the bestride,checking the mousing on all the blocks, using a preventer on the boom,and to. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 15: Dodging the squalls
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 15: Dodging the squalls
04/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 10

Today we have a birthday, many happy returns to Lesley!! And it has been a bacchanale of a celebration. champagne carefully chilled in the laundry trawling system. TWO bottles of Veuve Cliquot, the drinking of which is made fully safe and possible by the true wind speed of 0.5 knots (although the sharks are still following us!).Homemade hummous, now we are breaking into tinned food. gorgeous effort by Elisabeth. We are all sat in the cockpit, most of the laundry is done, tapas for lunch, a round of happy birthday wishes to Lesley. we are even wearing paper hats. The only thing missing from the festivities is the chocolate and strawberry cake that Thalita attempted to bake in the early hours. sadly it caught fire and was fed to the fish. But it is always the thought that counts! By the. read more...


04/12/2016

Faraway - Log 10, N 16.15.08 W 42.37.02, 4 December 2016

Enough wind now, and enough rain... And we spotted our first whale!We are making great progress towards St Lucia and our ETA at the moment is late on the 11th or early on the 12th of December. We have average wind speeds between 12 and 16 knots and have seen gusts of 25 in the numerous squals. Night sailing is tough, as it is pitch dark with all those clouds and squals around. No "spaceship Enterprise" experience these nights, we have hardly seen stars the last 3 days. On the other hand, we have the ability to take a rain shower anytime we want. Inside the boat it is like a swamp. All gear and most clothes are wet and we hardly manage to dry them. Yesterday we couldn't cook because the ocean was too bumpy so we put a ready made meal in the oven. We continue to have fun by playing games:. read more...


04/12/2016

SuperTramp - Blog day 14

It's getting warmer!Last night was the first night we were on watch in t shirts and shorts. Will is finding it hard to sleep in the little bunk cabin as it gets very hot since he can't open his porthole. The stars at night are amazing and at present Scott holds the record for seeing the most shooting stars…………………….that's a lot of wishes!Supertramp is performing beautifully, however, downwind is not her favourite point of sail and we have tried many combinations.Last night before dinner we set the sails goose winged with the Gib out on the pole. She settled well if a tad rocky as the swell is a little on our beam. At least now our VMG is matching our speed. Will's curry was AMAZING last night. His visit to the spice stall at the food market was well worth it. We will give him a break in. read more...


04/12/2016

Beltana II - Oh what a night........goes the song; or how about "On a dark and stormy night"

Or as one of my crew quipped – Beltana had its own Shakespeareanreenactment last night – to the script of The Tempest! We were having a lovely sail (skipper tucked up in bed), Two reefs in themain – gennie poled out but with a few furling wraps already taken in – 14-16knots, moving along at 6-7 knots.  The night is black, and I mean black –really black – full clouds, no moon struggling through, no stars for the lastthree nights, the sea is black and you cant pick a horizon, even with theinstrument lights on you cannot see the deck up front, or the sails, I meaneverything was black. First a rainny bit hit and the boys wondered whether any other weatherchange would hit, didn’t have to wonder long..... the wind then escalated to 20odd knots and then gusted up further, skippers. read more...


04/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 13 part 2: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing

Day 13 part 2: Sitting, Waiting, Wishing   We have been sitting, waiting and wishing for wind now for over 40hours.  Its been a long 40 hours.  Over the last day our total mileagewas 8, and every bit of that we had to work for. The sea has been glassy withwave like undulations moving in different directions, the surface covered insmall ripples.  These waves vary in size and are quietly incessant. Theocean reminds me of the desert with the sand dunes appearing fixed butconstantly changing in response to the wind.  Its mesmeric to watch thewaves and to allow your body to follow the gentle movement of the sea. It’s meditative. Sitting, waiting, wishing.. read more...


04/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 13 Part 3: Can’t let her get away

Day 13 Part 3: Can’t let her get away   Our excitement of the afternoon was 5 minutes being entertained by adorado.  Dave had reeled in the fishing line and as he did so a mediumsized dorado started to chase the lure.  By this time the lure was withinfeet of the boat and we watched enthralled as Dave moved the lure from side toside watching the fish chase after it and try and catch it.  It was like akitten chasing a ball of string.  As we watched we laughed at its agility,speed and determination and became so connected to its spirit that we decided tolift the lure and let it swim on.  Just when we all agreed this was theright thing to do it bit the lure and was hooked.  Decision made we reeledher in.  As luck would have it, the hook slipped and she. read more...


04/12/2016

Charisma - Tag 13 - Priorität A,B, und Z

An Bord der SY Charisma ist das Leben ganz einfach organisiert und es lebt sich so angenehm damit.An erster StellePrioritätA hat alles, was mit dem Schiff und dem Fortkommen in der Regattazusammenhängt. Für die Crew sind das die dreistündigen Wachen, zu denenjeder ohne Murren aufsteht, egal zu welcher Uhrzeit und alleSegelmanöver, die der Skipper sich ausdenkt. Inzwischen verstehen wirdie Matrosen der alten Windjammern auch, die sich hinter dem Rücken vomKapitän zuflüstern: "Was hat der Alte jetzt wieder vor ?" Fürden Skipper hat die höchste Priorität das stündliche Anflehen derGribdaten auf dem ipad nach mehr Wind und die Suche nach den ominösenPassatwinden.An zweiter StellePriorität Bhat das Wohlbefinden der Crew und auch das eigene. Da steht natürlichdie Küche und Backschaft (Spülen. read more...


04/12/2016

Shalan - Day 14

15:12N 50:16WGood evening all,We usually write the blog in the early hours as we like to get a full day/evening update to you, but yesterday we broke from tradition and submitted it early.As you'll recall yesterday was largely quiet and trouble free, however after submitting the blog things changed slightly....We carried on into the night with main and code 0. Wind was averaging about 15-18 knots ESE and we were moving along nicely at about 10-11 knots. We had a few squally blotches on the radar and went through a couple with no major issues, some light rain and wind up to about 20 knots but all was fine. At around 2:30am we had another squall appear on the radar. The wind started to get up to 21 knots and we were just in the process of considering whether to furl the code 0 or not.. read more...


Shalan - Day 14
Shalan - Day 14
Shalan - Day 14
Shalan - Day 14