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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...


08/12/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 19 - Sailing off into the sunset

Bluewaft Log Day 19Thursday 8 December 201618°59’.827N 051°55’.886WAnother day of sailing in light winds.After starting on a beam reachwe’ve switched to a goose-wing using the gennaker and genoa.We’reaveraging 4-5kts in 10-11 kts of wind from the East.So still makingprogress – but slower than we’d hoped.The forecast increase in winds isyet to materialise.Still, it’s a comfortable sail and we are makingprogress.The temperature has noticeably increased, with ‘no shirts’ the order of theday.The best spots are on the netting where you get the cool air comingoff the waves.Still no fish.Jame’s ‘lucky lure’ was lost and no nibbles on either ofthe other lines.We’ve plenty of food anyway, but the fresh fish is alwaysappreciated.We’re also now starting to get low on fresh vegetables.Thegreen. read more...


08/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 17 Part 2: Congratulations and celebrations

Day 17 Part 2: Congratulations and celebrations   News we have heard today:   Our congratulations go to our son Jon and Karen along with their sons Benand Sam.  Florence joined the family yesterday weighing in at around8lb.  We send you all of our love and look forward to meeting her early in2017.   Congratulations also to Carl and Suez on Nisidi and Derek, Lesley and Peteron Ocean Blue who have both made landfall in Saint Lucia today.  We willsee you in a week or so! Save us some rumplease.... read more...


08/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 19

Zwei Tage mit viel Sonne und noch mehr Decksduschen liegen seit meinem letzten Blog hinter uns. Der Autopilot läuft nur beim gemeinsamen Abendessen, macht seine Sache jedoch sehr gut und wird täglich kontrolliert. Gestern gab es Kartoffelpüree mit Würstchen nach Sonnenuntergang im Cockpit. Wir segeln dauerhaft mit Spi oder aufgebaumter Genau, sodass unser Babystag bestimmt schon ganz depressiv ist, weil es nur rum hängt und nichts zu tun hat. Peter, mein Wachpartner, ist mein persönlicher Autopilot und steuert ca. 60-70% unserer Wachzeit, so habe ich genug Zeit, um Logbuch zu schreiben und den Blog und trotzdem noch die Möglichkeit, den wunderschönen Sternenhimmel nachts zu genießen. Der Sonnenaufgang heute morgen hat noch einmal einige Sternschnuppen über den Himmel gejagt und war. read more...


08/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-12-08

Wednesday 7 Dec 2016The last 24 hours have been very interesting, and somewhat busy. On the lighter side, the ocean warrior barber was requested to pick up the scissors and chop, oops, cut Ralf’s hair. I hadn’t packed my hair scissors and had to rely on the pair from the first aid box, heaven help us if we need to actually cut skin !!We have been running the spinnaker constantly and through the night, achieving some good speeds and catching up Challenger 2. Last night we dropped it just as a squall was about to hit, and a bloody good call that was from the Mate, dropping the spinny and raising the yankee moments before the rain and turbulence surrounded the boat.Off watch had come and gone and the spinny still needed to be wooled, and as usual a game set of crew all mucked in with the. read more...


07/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 18

Liebe Landratten,nach einem Bilderbuchatlantiksegeltag mit moderatem Wind aus NE und viel Sonnenschein haben wir eine Strecke von 155 sm geschafft. Platt vorm Laken läuft das Schiff gut und in der Spitze machen wir bis zu 10 Knoten Speed durch das Wasser. Der Wind ist uns auch heute treu geblieben und wir können die Geschwindigkeit gut halten. Es ist leicht bewölkt und das Thermometer in der Navi ecke zeigt weiter 30 Grad, das aber sowohl tagsüber als auch nachts. Aktuell wird die erwartete Ankunftszeit in St. Lucia diskutiert. Davon ist abhängig, wer welchen Flug umbuchen muss. Auf jeden Fall wird es eine hektisch Zeit nach der Zieldurchfahrt, was sehr schade ist. Gerne hätten wir die Ankunft etwas zelebriert.Nun denn..Viele Grüße von Bord der SUNRISE. read more...


07/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 16

All going well at last .We have 22 knots if breeze from the east and a following sea .Jasmine is surging along at 7.5 knots average and everything on board is working . The fridge and freezer ar both almost empty and Mike is splitting the meals into two but no one minds , we have almost completed our trip , We are all aware and alert however that last minute problems can arise .The flying fish continue to amuse us , they shoot from the water as we approach and fly off changing direction as they go and easily making 100 metres . The only one dissatisfied is Bill , hes been trying to capture them on camera for days to no avail . They always fly when hes not ready .Dodging squalls is mostly a morning and evening routine and the radar helps a lot .Given the food situation we re fishing with. read more...


07/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 17

Eddie is still with us and seems to be getting more attention than the rest of the crew. During the night he perches just behind the helm and tucks his head under his wing making strange noises in a manner not dissimilar to some of the human members on board. He spent a little bit of time in the galley this afternoon but offered very little support with the cooking and washing up duties.We continue to make very good progress and day after day appear to be closing in on the leading boats in our class. We are currently lying fourth. The winds for the next few days look favourable and we are optimistic that we will arrive some time in the later part of the weekend. We each had to guess the day/time about a week ago and the closest gets to helm over the finish line.This evening was my last. read more...


07/12/2016

VAVA-U - Nikolausi ? 06.12.16 - 16. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDer erste Teil der Nachtwache bekommt wieder einmal eine Dusche ab. Es regnet kurz und heftig, hört aber auch schnell wieder auf. Immerhin weht auch der Wind stetig zwischen 15 und 20 Knoten und wir machen gut Fahrt. Am Morgen dann große Überraschung: Der Nikolaus war da und hat uns Schokolade gebracht! Wir müssen wirklich sehr brav gewesen sein, wenn er extra über den Atlantik fliegt.(Bild Schoki in Schuhen)Nach dem Nikolaus dann wieder ein sehr gerne gesehener Besuch, die Delfine, die wir seit Tagen vermissen, sind zurück. Eine ganze Schule schwimmt mit unserem Boot mit und hat Spass.(Bild Delfine tbd)Ansonsten sieht unser Programm in der Hitze nicht anders aus. Wir schlafen, lesen und machen Faxen.(Bild Isabel)(Bild Martin)(Bild Markus)Auch Thomas hängt gemütlich ab. read more...


07/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 18

Robert´s reiselogg dag 18:Nattevaktene i dag fikk merke hva squaller kan by på av både regn og vind.Før skribenten gikk og la seg "åpnet himmelen seg" og helte alt den hadde av vann ned på Numa.... Iallefall virket det slik.Det var godt med vind og regn det meste av natten, men når skribenten stod opp ved 7:30 tiden vardet fint vær igjen.I dag har vi seilt med genoa hele tiden, bortsett fra ca. en halvtime hvor vi forsøkte genakeren.Pga. sjøen (bølgene) måtte vi ha håndstyrt hele tiden dersom vi skulle ha hatt genakeren oppe, så da blei det genoa.Det har og vært noe squaller på radaren, som man ikke vil møte med genakeren oppe.Vi er jo makelig anlagt hele gjengen ombord, og vil jo helst bare ha solskinnseilas.Mannskapet har jo til tider lurt på hvorfor vi ikke seilte med genakeren, da de. read more...


07/12/2016

Albatross - Dec 7 - 18th Day at Sea

Dec 7 - 18th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 655 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,344 miles behind us. We have been in the trade winds for a few days now, which this year are fairly mild. True wind ranges from 10-14 knots, from 90°-120°, and our heading is 277°. With the wind from the back, and one knot of favorable swell, we can sail 120-140 nautical miles a day, which is quite nice. From aft, a 10-14 knots true wind is equivalent to 5-10 knots apparent, which puts very little pressure on the rig and makes the boat very easy to handle.As we get closer to the Caribbean, the one downside is that is gets hot and humid and somewhat stuffy on the boat. It's not easy to sleep with the heat.Today we saw three boats around us, two were cargos and one, Sakari, was a sailboat.Sailing at. read more...


07/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 16 letters home

Hallo Stralsund!Liebe Grüsse vom Antlantik an alle Freunde, Verwandte, Bekannte und an meine Arbeitskollegen. Die allerliebsten Grüsse und Küsse an meinen Mann Volker, der mir diese Reise ermöglicht hat und an meine Kinder, Lene und Willi. Mama, mir geht es gut, du brauchst dir keine Sorgen machen. Gib Papa einen Kuss von mir. Nachdem wir nun die Seekrankheit und alles an Wetter (Squalls und Windlöcher) überstanden haben, haben wir die Passatwinde erreicht und langsam stellt sich Urlaubsfieling ein.Also bis bald und trinkt einen Glühwein für mich mit.Eure KatrinFrom Mary - hello again shore-based support team.. i know you're all thinking how slow this is going, and you're right. But the days are full and the night watches mostly beautiful... although occasionally hard going.We started. read more...


07/12/2016

Mustique - A little word on our passage preparation - from Anders

Hi all 4+ readers!We are right now app 140 NMof St . LuciaApprox. 15 more hours to sail with present conditions. sailors know though that conditions can change any minute. I strongly believe we will cross the finish line before x-mas this year. best guess at present tomorrow Thursday app 7-8 local St Lucia time or app just before noon UTC time.Our course is 250 which we believe is correct. Why only believe?Well , as you know we have chosen a very Northern route. Challenge right now: When to go South and not lest head West again towards the island? The standard answer is go South till the butter starts melting and then turn West till you hear the drums and see the waiting committee with rum punches. But we ran out of butter several days ago! Well Cpt has made one of his fingers wet, held. read more...


07/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 18 Nacht 17

Hallo Ihr Lieben, ich halte mich ganz kurz. Wir haben die Ziellinie um 16.57 UTC oder 17.57 MEZ passiert, also 17 Tag 3 Std. und 57 Minuten für eine Strecke von 2.856 sm benötigt. Wir sind super glücklich, dass nichts ernsthaftes passiert ist, das Boot einwandfrei funktioniert hat und alles einfach wunderbar geklappt hat. Wir melden uns wieder nach der Siegerehrung mit der tatsächlichen Platzierung. Eventuell auch zwischendurch mal, aber der tägliche Block ist nun zu Ende. Danke für’s verfolgen, für die möglicherweise geteilte Sorge und Freude. Wir sind glücklich, dass so viele an unserem Erlebnis teilgenommen haben. Liebe Grüße  Die gesamt Crew Wolfgang. read more...


07/12/2016

Beltana II - I think it is Day 18?

We are getting a bit tired, nights shifts taking their toll, blogs becomingerratic, I am getting cranking every time some thing a little more goes wrongwith rigging, electrics, pumps, chargers, etc Yesterday was a pretty long day – Paul repaired the mounting supports forthe regulator box on top of the genset – two were gone (metal on metal hitting),one was still there but separated, and one just plain missing I think.  Sowe had to pull the wooden bench apart a bit and take the top cover off thegenset, then get into the electrical generator regulator box, drill out the oldstuds and fashion new rubber mounts from spare rubber we carry on board, andthen get new bolts in place in awfully difficult positions – great job byPaul.Meanwhile we had to repair a small rip in the spinnaker after. read more...


07/12/2016

Delfini - dec 7th

The wind continued all night and most of this morning and we are very excited to approach the 1000 miles to go point - hopefully later todayLast night was clear as a bell and warm and skipper was steering by the stars with 15 knots of wind at 5 knots through the water and lining up the top of the ensign pole with mars and 3 stars diagonally - it was absolutely fabulousToday I woke t to reports that the fridge had died but after an inspection I reckon it was just too flipping hot and it shut down - time will tell but with only 3 or 4 more days supply of meat it doesn't really matter too much - the fridge has provided sterling service keeping everything cool until now but it's 35 degrees today so no surprise it's upsetWe are having egg mayo sandwiches today using home made bread made. read more...


07/12/2016

Bluetangos Two - Blog dell'arrivo 7,12,2016

Blog dell'arrivo  7,12,2016  CA' VENISTI 7.12.2016   Siamo a 10 miglia dall'arrivo, siamo ingaggiati da HEBE un 56 piedi che da ieri ci tallona. Santa Lucia ci aspetta a braccia aperte. La notte è passata farcita dagli Squalls, non violenti ma sufficienti a bagnarci come pulcini. Ora barba,maglietta gialla, giubbini. Abbiamo preparato l'inno nazionale da mettere al traguardo a tutto volume. Nel ns piccolo vogliamo tenere alti i ns colori. Ciao a tutti e grazie per avere letto le ns esperienze   l'equipaggio di BLUETANGOS TWO. read more...


07/12/2016

EH01 - Day 14 & 15

  Hello hellohello from the sun soaked Atlantic..   We have nowsailed 2700nm which is so amazing and have 430nm to go..!! The mood ishigh on EH01 as the crew are getting some overdue sun and R&R “off watch”and working our behinds off “on watch”” to make up any additional miles that wecan.  TheAtlantic really has a split personality: one day she is sending squall aftersquall and the crew are exhausted, bruised and battered and the next day all isforgiven and she is sending great winds with lovely sunshine. Andras said thathe has never encountered so many squalls on a crossing , he is lucky we are sucha well oiled crew.! On watch thismorning our crew were all watching the squall cloud-line and it was so great aswe were able to keep the kite up for as long as possible and. read more...


07/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!

Bluewaft Log Day 18Wednesday 7 December 201619°27’.465N 050°18’.886WLight winds were the order of the day.We spent most of the day on a reach going more north than we would have liked, the rationale being it was a comfortable point of sail and our VMG was still quite good. A couple of days ago we’d discussed the need to watch sleep and diet and made the (prophetic) observation that the last week of sailing was when accidents happen.We obviously should have touched wood!(I am convinced that these things always ‘happen in threes’…) Here’s how it played out:After lunch we had a slight mishap where the preventer wrapped itself around the end of a hand-railand before anyone could do anything the boom lifted and bent the rail.Cosmetic damage only and easy enough to fix. After a glass of wine. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log - Day 18: Teamwork overcomes all challenges!
07/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 16: Whale meet again, don’t know where don’t know when

Day 16: Whale meet again, don’t know where don’t know when   Yet another day with no wind.  We are still in the doldrums but ourspirits are a little brighter.  Our spirits were lifted even more when Calspotted a whale 25 meters away.  It was so close that we could see thewhite on the underside of its fins as it gracefully arced through thewater.  It stayed close to us for a while and then swam deep below theboat.  The water was so clear that we could see it circle around and followus off the stern for a short while before disappearing.   Cheered on by this beautiful sight we decide that it was time for anotherswim.  We played off the back of the boat relishing in the swell of theocean.  The swell was huge with big rolling waves moving. read more...


07/12/2014

Take Off - Our first squall

Although the full moon lit our way so gently last night was quite unsmoothdue to wind changes all the time. We suspected several squalls so the spinnakerwent up and down all night in prevention. However we seemed everytime to “miss”them. This morning was a grey morning, no sunrise from the sea and heavy cloudsahead of us. However the heavy clouds were all along the horizon so we thoughtit was just normal rain. We sailed through it, got a bit wet, the wind wassteady and we thought this was smooth. The wind started to blow stronger and wasup to 30 knots when it then dropped gently down to 17 knots. And from nowhere astrong wind hit the boat, Jörgen stearing had difficulties in answering the windand the broach was inevitable. And then came the real rain – just like pouringhundreds of. read more...


07/12/2016

White Satin - There she blows!

2244 miles sailed, 776 to go.Yesterday was quite a day. We woke to the strains of Slade singing 'MerryChristmas Everyone'; it being St Nicholas' Day, Vicki (our entertainmentsofficer) had decided that it should be White Satin's Christmas Day. So,Christmas songs, quizzes etc. throughout the day. One quiz was chocolatethemed - e.g. if the clue is 'Fowl Joy', what chocolate confection is theanswer? See tomorrow's blog for the solution. We do have a version ofChristmas dinner on the boat and had planned to have that last night, but asit is now clear that we will be at sea for David's 60th birthday, we havepostponed the special dinner for a celebration meal on Saturday. We havereserve stocks of food under floorboards in various bits of the boat, theplan was that we would lift the floorboards. read more...


White Satin - There she blows!
White Satin - There she blows!
07/12/2016

Koco - 17.Tag auf See

Wir hatten wieder ein traumhaftes zubereitetes Abendessen von Sybille, mit leckerenBlue Marlin Filets. Auch die 16. Nacht auf See verlief ohne Vorkommnisse. Es ist 08:00 Uhr. Der Morgen ist wieder mal traumhaft, mit viel Sonne und Temperaturen um die 27 Grad. Ich sitze am Tisch im " erweiterten Cockpit" des Katamarans, habe freien Blick auf den Atlantik. Die Sonne kitzelt mir über das Gesicht, während ich den alltäglichen Blog schreibe. Wir haben heute Nikolaus. Liebe Charlotte und Johanna, sicherlich habt ihr eure zahlreichen Schuhe geputzt, damit sie vom Nikolaus gefüllt werden können. Wir hier auf dem Boot haben es alle verschlafen, die geputzten Schuhe rauszustellen. Wir denken das es sowieso zu weit für den Nikolaus war. Wir haben jetzt noch 584 Sm auf dem Tacho. Wenn Dieters. read more...


07/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 17: Near Misses

Chance Encounter Day 17: Near MissesAfter two days of marginal downwind sailing, Tuesday allowed Chance Encounter to stretch her legs a little with winds between 12 and 16 knots.A good overnight run started with a couple of good movies ("the man from U.N.C.L.E." and "Dallas Buyer's Club"), and a close, controlled pass behind the boat "Nashorn" - a 49-footer that we've seen a lot of over the past two weeks. Continued good overnight speeds of 7-8knots were maintained until early morning, at which point we docked up a gybe under gennaker and managed to put the pole through the corner of the sail....rookie error! The situation looked irretrievable, however Adrian's sailmaking skills again saved the day and the gennaker was back up by noon.A beautiful sunny day followed which allowed a little. read more...


07/12/2016

Estrella - 16. - 17. Tag - Tütchensuppe und Anglerpech

Wie haben uns durch gefühlte 500 Meilen Flaute nach Südengekämpft. Jetzt endlich bekommen wir Wind – nicht so viel wie gewünscht, aberwir machen Fahrt. Sogar in der Nacht hat der Wind gestanden und wir konnten nachvielen Tagen einmal wieder mehr als 100 Meilen am Tag unserem Ziel näher kommen.Das knacken der 1000-Seemeilen-Marke bis St. Lucia haben wir mit einer kleinenZusammenkunft und einem halbwegs kühlen Getränk (aus Stromspargründen ist derKühlschrank nur noch wenige Stunden am Tag an) entsprechendzelebriert. Essenstechnisch richtet sich der Minimalismus ein. Einmaleine Tütchensuppe für 10 Personen mit den darin schon gelieferten wenigenNudeln, aufbereitet mit einigen kleingeschnittenen Bockwürstchen, einmal eineundefinierte Dose mit schwarzer Soße und Tintenfischen, die den. read more...


07/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 17 - Klatsch und Tratsch

Heute ist der Wind etwas schwächer als am Vortag, wir kommen trotzdem voran. Der Tag zieht sich, denn der Wind soll heute auffrischen, worauf wir warten. Einmal am Tag müssen wir den Motor laufen lassen, um die Batterien zu laden, da der Kühlschrank so viel Strom zieht. Hermann ist auf Problemsuche...Wir verbringen die Zeit damit, die von unserer Familie mitgebrachten Zeitschriften, zu lesen. Hermann macht die Sudoku-Rätsel. Abends frischt der Wind endlich auf und wir machen wieder 5-6kn.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


07/12/2016

SuperTramp - Blog Day 17

Are we there yet????Likechildren on a long car journey we ask regularly how far we have to go. At present 250 miles. Our ETA is some time on Thursday night and although we would prefer to arrive in daylight we have got to the stage where we just want to get in……….whatever time!We are cruising along nicely at around 8 knots but still have a very uncomfortable side swell which kicks the stern around violently every so often making it difficult to helm and also sleep. But spirits are high and we are mentally working our way through the cocktail list. "Miss Wilson" the cabbage had a burial at sea as she was starting to decompose, so I'm back to being the only female on board! Yes a little Atlantic madness all round but you find anything to relieve the boredom and lift the spirits.Our new. read more...


07/12/2016

Challenger 3 - cf416 arc 2016 ch3 blog - 2016 - 12 - 07

Tuesday Morning 6th December 2016 Still flying the spinny, still with Ricky on the helm, but no Challenger 2 in sight.The AIS shows Challenger 2 at a steady range of 12.48 k with a speed of 8.4 against our 7.6 ( although our SOG remains constant at 8.5 +).Never trust computers. However C2 is trackng 266 against our 260.8 so we must eventually meet. 366 k to go and the excitement has captivated everyone in their own style – sleepy, laughing,serious,joking, political, grumpy but all wanting to win.Food is running low but Skipper has turned down Bill’s suggestion of a sweepstake for the first fresh meat. He had in any case taken himself out of the running because he reckoned that his meat would be too tough – but nicely aged. Our speed has now risen to 10.1 with the AIS recording 7.6 so. read more...


07/12/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur Logic - At Sea - Poems from home

In celebration of Sinterklaas, Julian's girlfriend, Amy, has written a poem about Arthur:From gran canaria noble Arthur set sail Hoping for a blowing gale With Grum proudly at the helm of the shipEnthusiastic steering soon caused a small blip The Dutchman meanwhile had caught a fish And served it up as a tasty dish They then found themselves in a dreaded wind holeThe answer? Skinny dipping - an Atlantic goalAnd Nico scaling the mast to gaze Yonder With the stars on nightwatch giving the crew something to  ponder Sint hopes for Tanya's sake That the crew have given their nudity a breakNow finally the trade wind blowsMarking a turn in their fortunes and the end to Arthur's woes With not a scratch meal from Phil in sight [Editors note -. read more...


07/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 17 - Bob & two tuna fish

Hi friends of PkBoo.Yesterday Bob, the parasailor, had a really good job for us and increased our speed to 6.5 - 7 kts.During the afternoon two big tuna fishes wanted to entered in our crew; one, the biggest (around 18 kg and called mr fish) was caught and the other one relised. Now we are thinking about the rules of mr fish; on the oven with potatoes? Fried? Boiled and kept in the oil with onions and tomatoes? Probably all of these but suggestions from home are appreciated.Our autopilot Pedro Himenez is running well, while the watermaker has some problem but we have enough water.See you tomorrow on this channel.CiaoMarco. read more...


07/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 17

Robert´s reiselogg dag 17:I dag har vi hatt flott genakervind hele dagen og gjort god fart.Steinar vant distansekonkuransen i dag igjen ;-(Han får ikke premie da han allerede har fått alle de som overstyrmann har i "kista med det rare i".Vi får daglig (helst på natten) flyvefisk på dekket.De vi ser når de kommer redder vi, men noen har ligget en stund og er døde, så de får "funeral at sea".Det blir nok de eneste fiskene vi får på denne overfarten, da det ikke har vært så mye som et napp på snøret vi har ute :-(Forrige gang vi seilte over, i 2005, så vi knapt en båt på overfarten, mens denne gangen har det vært en del.I dag har vi sett 3 stk, hvorav en svæææring krysset rett bak oss.En seilbåt på 98 fot som heter Ala Longa.Denne er ikke med i ARC´enNår man har så høy mast at man må ha rød. read more...


07/12/2016

Caduceus - Richards Bay to Cape Town Day 2 - Passed Durban but where is the current

Position31:51.58 S 029:44.27 EDate2359 (UTC+2) Saturday 26 November 2016Distance run in 24hrs 179nm over the ground, 168nm through the waterPassage total227nm over the ground, 208nm through the waterRoute distance To Cape Town 898nm, via East London (338nm + 560nm) Durban provided us with an escape route if it was required.In the event the weather looked fair to get to East London.Reports coming back from Port Elizabeth were that it was very crowded, dirty form the ships loading manganese ore suffering from a fender busting swell.East London looked good and we motor sailed on.The famed favourable current became very elusive and we appeared to be caught in a succession of eddies.The options of going further out or hugging the coast both had their downsides so we stayed 10 to 15 miles. read more...


Gwendoline - delicious meals
Gwendoline - delicious meals
06/12/2016

Fleet II - Log Monday December 5th - we've arrived!

So - we arrived at just after 5am Monday morning, ready to tie up at justafter 6 and be greeted by our welcome party – with hugs and rum punch.  Abottle of champagne and a few beers later, plus brunch on the waterfront, and webegan to realise that we’d done it!Overall we’ve been on the boat for 34 days, 25 of them at sea.  A bitmore wind would have been good, but apparently there have been worse years so weshouldn’t complain too much.  We’ve travelled some 3,000 miles (probably alittle longer given the route we took!), 45 degrees of longitude (west) and 14degrees of latitude (south).  We’ve burned around 200 litres of diesel,which is rather more than we wanted to; we ate all our fresh meat and fish, butstill have an abundance of apples, oranges and lemons that have. read more...


07/12/2016

Shalan - Day 17 - <150 miles to Saint Lucia

14:49N 59:08WAhoy blog readers!We type today's blog as day 17 at sea draws to an end and we spend what we hope to be our final night at sea, as we close in on our target destination of Saint Lucia.The day started amazingly with a glorious sunrise and the spinnaker pulling us ever closer to our destination on a bearing of 300.Following recent difficulties with the spinnaker halyard we excercise caution with regards to excessive wear and tear and routinely assess any damage and repair the sheet as a precaution. These visual inspections are undertaken every 6 hours and although time consuming at first the Shalan crew have now reduced the time taken as the process becomes more engrained - great teamwork! Next inspection is scheduled for 6am.We had seen very few boats over the past 2-3 days. read more...


Shalan - Day 17 - <150 miles to Saint Lucia
Shalan - Day 17 - <150 miles to Saint Lucia
06/12/2016

Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !

We never shared that, but few days ago (actually almost weeks with the NO WIND situation) we had issues with the spinnaker during the night that started to spin around the forestay ! not goodA monkey was hoisted against the forestay but could do anything. So the skipper Charly had to go on top of the mast at 3am at night in the swells. That was not fun...And in the morning the crew completed a complete checkup Enjoy the pictures!cheers. ''Merci Papa'' IMG_0436 IMG_0485 IMG_0486. read more...


Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
Merci Papa - We found a monkey on the boat !
06/12/2016

Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters

14∞18.61N - 037∞13.56W --> 14∞40.74N - 39∞54.73WMid Atlantic, Piers and I (Giacomo) are seated in the Cockpit: "What are you doing?" ."Nothing, I've read a book for a couple of hours, now my eyes are staring at the sea, at the waves, at the clouds. And you?""I've finished my watch, now I'm resting, I'm doing nothing basically"It's a hard life at sea, isn't it?"So, it's beer 'o clock for us?""Yes of course!"Tschhh, Tschh, cheers, sip, ahhhh. Relax ... Five seconds later ... "What is that?""Where? What?" "What the .... !" The rod's fishing line is running away from us really fast. Something has bitten our lure and is now on our line. The 'something' is leaping out of the water ... it seems really big. Four of us alternate on the rod to bring some line. read more...


Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters
Ximera - Day fourteen - Once we were hunters
06/12/2016

Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls

14∞40.74N - 39∞54.73W--> 14∞22.96N - 040∞32.08WIn the middle of the night I wake up hearing the change of the noise that is always with us: over a certain speed, the sound of the water on the hull changes from an 'allegro ma non troppo' to a 'basso continuo'. I can also hear the rain on the deck. So I get out of my bunk and I climb the stairs to the cockpit. There are Simon and Piers, under the rain, excited by 30 knots of wind and for the boat flyng at remarkable speed. Then Simons says: "You see what happens when you catch a fish like that Marlin yesterday!?" Neptune's revenge?! It is not my watch but it's impossible for me to go back to sleep, so I get dressed with my rain suit and my boots. Simon and Piers go back to sleep, it's Wills' watch now. The wind changes quickly from 30. read more...


Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls
Ximera - Day fifteen - Meeting squalls
06/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 16

Today sees us making good progress with some respectable winds. The swell has settled down a bit so not so much of the rock and roll except for some of the music.Late yesterday afternoon we acquired a new crew member. I can see the headlines. Boat with all male crew on ARC pick up chick mid Atlantic. As you have probably guessed the new crew member is of the feathered variety and  more specifically an Egrit. He arrived on the deck looking very sorry for himself but perked up a bit after some ham and fresh water. He has stayed around the back of the boat most of the time since only flying off when there was work to be done. This morning he feasted on some flying fish that had found their way on board over night and during the day he has become a lot more confident culminating in a. read more...


06/12/2016

VAVA-U - Hausmannskost auf dem Atlantik ? 05.12.16 - 15. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDer Sternenhimmel, der die Nachtwachen begleitet, weicht einem unglaublich schönen Sonnenaufgang. Schon morgens ist klar, dass der Tag sehr heiß werden wird, die Crew plant so wenig Bewegung wie möglich und die Schattenplätze sind wieder sehr begehrt. (Bild Sonnenaufgang)Für die Morgenwache gab es einen Hallo-Wach-Effekt: Es knallt heftig und die gesamte Angelschnur schnalzt zurück an Deck. Es musste nur noch aufgerollt werden… Ein vermutlich sehr großer Fisch hat das Vorfach abgebissen und schwimmt jetzt mit „unserem“ Lippenpiercing inklusive Plastiktintenfischköder durch den Atlantik.Der Wind will noch immer nicht auffrischen, wir liegen also im Schatten mit Buch, Kopfhörern oder einfach zum Schlafen.Am Nachmittag haben wir doch noch einmal Anglerglück. Eine stattliche. read more...



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