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07/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 7 at 5 am

This is the Albatros, Albatros, Albatros. ARC finishing line, we are approaching Pigeon Island.Best words ever uttered. We are number 18 of the ARC, that includes the racing group, the multihull and the cruisers. Number 6 in our group, defying a broken spi boom and a ripped main halyard. Arriving at 4:34:02 local time we are incredibly happy to be welcomed in Saint Lucia with rum punch and a smile.I dare not go on land. We are all very sentimental. The trip has been amazing, and challenging on levels yet to be reflected upon. This is the Albatros, Albatros, Albatros.. read more...


07/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Bog Monday 7th December

Magic May Dog Bog  Monday 7th December Weird Adress 15.19.08N   55.58.20 Now it is 9am and this morning’s issues are1.     The Lewmar hatch in Tina and Marks Cabin has been pulled off by the sheets and gone over board2.     The auto pilot has decided to keep cutting out so we can’t rely on it Tina and Mark are now just resigned to the issues and just add things to the now very long list they are keeping.Good thing we have only 273 miles to go they are saying. Today was a good day for the feeders, they had great fun playing with ideas to make the water maker work and it did work.  They had all manner of tubes and pumps and buckets and tubs on deck.   It looked really funny but the result. read more...


07/12/2015

Calypso - Poles and Provisions

Today we've been using the big stick, a.k.a. spinnaker pole. It's out there now, sticking proudly out to the side holding the foresail out wide as we roll down the waves with an almost perfect wind behind us. I say almost, because at the moment we may end up in Barbados (mind you, that's better than Surinam which is where we were heading at one point).And we're now under 1000Nm to go too! In fact, by the time you read this it'll be closer to 900Nm. [Or closer to 700 by the time I eventually remembered to post this!]Ask anyone who sails on long passages, and they'll tell you; provisioning is a pain. You're paranoid you haven't bought enough, and at the same time trying to make sure you don't buy stuff that'll just get tossed over the side, or sit in a cupboard for the next year and a. read more...


Calypso - Poles and Provisions
Calypso - Poles and Provisions
07/12/2015

Hera - Nachtrag zum 2.Advent

Dank Jonathan hatten wir ein perfektes Mittagsmahl zum 2.Advent. Es gabSchweinefiletspitzen auf Champignons mit gerösteten Zwiebeln undKartoffelparfait. Dazu wurde ein Alcorta Crianza 2012 kredenzt. Andächtiglauschte die Crew Freddy Quinn mit”St. Niklas ist ein Seemann”. Damit sind unsere Frischfleischvorräte aufgebraucht und ab Morgen werdenwir auf unsere Konserven zugreifen. Da wir bei dem Speed den Tuna nicht aus demWasser bekommen, gibt es  ihn dann aus Dosen. Wir haben noch 750 sm bis Rodney Bay und werden voraussichtlich SonnabendMorgen, dem 12.12. über die Ziellinie gehen.   Stefan. read more...


06/12/2015

Limone - Happy indepence day Finland

Today we celebrate Finland's independence day by making some traditional Finnish foods and maybe watching the 1995 ice hockey finals where the "Finnish Lions" scored gold.Time surely flies when you are at sea. Just when we have adjusted to our 40ft world the trip is almost over! Daily routines keep us busy; breakfast, sailing, tuning, lunch, sailing, coffee, fishing (16:30 mahi-mahi) dinner, night watch and sleep. Repeat this long enough and you will surely end up into some new shore somewhere. Everybody are well on board. Our personal Tanning Coach Anssi has been working hard and our pale skins are getting some color. All the fresh vegetables are gone but we are still eating reasonably well. Fishing has turned out total of 9 mahi-mahi'sbut zero tuna. Where did they all go?. read more...


06/12/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 06-12-2015: gefinished!

Hi iedereen, nog een laatste bericht vanaf de Marisja. Een beetje laatmisschien, maar de rum punch(es) van gisteren zullen daar wel wat mee te makenhebben...   Gisteravond om 18:28 lokale tijd zijn we de finishlijn in St. Luciagepasseerd. Dit bracht onze oversteek op 13 dagen, 9 uur en 28 minuten (niet vervan Rodie’s voorspelling op 1 december!). Met een gezeilde afstand van 2933 mijl betekent dit een gemiddelde snelheidvan 9,1 knopen, te gek! Dat dit erg direct en behoorlijk snel was, blijkt ookwel uit het feit dat we van de gehele ARC (cruising, wedstrijd, multihull éngrote boten klasse) uiteindelijk als 10e boot zijn gearriveerd (van de circa 200boten in totaal!). Qua resultaat houdt dit in dat we onze divisie zeker gewonnen hebben en ookeen goede kans hebben op de overall titel. read more...


06/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 14 - Sleeping beauties

December 6, 2015 – We have entered the area of the Atlantic that is known for squalls: local wind and rain storms. You can recognize a squall by dark vertical clouds and you can actually see it moving. They grow and move quickly, so in case we come into a squall it’s only for about 15 minutes that we will be having strong wind and showers of rain. Yesterday night we have seen 2 squalls that just passed us. We’ve seen them on the radar but also by eye. It’s impressive to see how fast several clouds can compile into 1 dark rainy cloud. This time we were lucky, no need to put on our rain jackets.   We were less lucky when few hours later we wanted to reef the mainsail. We had issues with getting the sail straight due to the lock of the line that slips, which we only found out. read more...


06/12/2015

Magic - MAGIC blog from TINA and MARK - May is sleeping

Sunday 6th December15.23.4 N   53.51.7W  Dear Suppliers to S/Y Magic As we sail the last few hundred miles en route to Saint Lucia we are taking the time reflect on and write a letter to the suppliers who have worked on Magic over the past year in preparation for our Atlantic Crossing. For the purposes of this letter, some of the names may have been changed… but you know who you are! It is staggering how bad the sailing industry is supported. There are so many suppliers who think they can get away with shoddy work – because we are passing through.  We have been amazed at the world-class lack of professionalism; skill and integrity you have shown us during our progress from Portsmouth to Portugal, Spain and through to Las Palmas and on  to the Caribbean.. read more...


06/12/2015

Aqualuna - 14:46.313N 56:22.098W

DAY 15 ARC SUNDAY 6/12/2015Sadly it looks as though we won’t beat our own time of 16 days in 2007 ARC in the 55’ Discovery. A few mishaps have occurred.Jonathan did an involuntary gybe (fortunately it was none of us!) sadly breaking the main traveller which he has done a temporary fix to, the sheet must have caught in a hatch latch above the aft cabin as that has disappeared.The forward pump out for the shower is not working, at least it is but there appears to be a blockage from the pump to the outlet so that has to be sorted.We can see the Halberg Rassy ‘Bluewater Mooney’ down two miles on our port side and she is flying a spinnaker we really need to beat her by 40 miles over the finish line to win it just does not look as though that is going to happen in the next 30 hours.We are. read more...


06/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 14

Day 14Having just got off to sleep after my 4-7am watch I awoke to much commotion on deck at 8.30am when our pole fitting failed (used for our headsail), probably because pushing a bit too hard last night, but by the time I got up to the smell of Dan's eggs and rashers, the pole was out again, and we were breezing along nicely towards St Lucia.Another quiet day, with a little bit of activity around lunchtime as we put in a gybe.No dolphins, pah! no fish, pah! We passed a large yacht [at least 100ft] quite close this afternoon with spinnaker up proudly racing past and seemingly not part of the ARC contingent.This evening the boys are most happy as another bottle of tonic for their happy hour GT has been discovered from somewhere in the bilges.Thankfully my Vodka and Lime ration remains. read more...


06/12/2015

Meltemi - 15. Tag Another day in paradise

Ein herzliches Hallo an alle Daheimgebliebenen,wir von der Meltemi haben heute am 2 Advent die Nacht durchsegelt mit Parasailor um Meilen auf unsere Mitberweber gut zu machen, vor dem Hintergrund der außerordentlichen guten Bedingungen hat uns das neben Meilen auch richtig Spaß bereitet.Heute haben unsere Smutjes Markus und Christian ein leckeres Englisches Frühstück gezaubert mit Beans, Chorizo an Scharlotten mit Rührei garniert. mmmmmhhhhhDie Stimmung ist äußerst gelöst und wir machen viele Scherze über was wir wohl als erstes machebn wenn wieder Land in Sicht haben.Zum 2. Advent gabe es als weiteres Highlight des Tages Pfannkuchen wie bei Omma... mit lecker Apfelstückchen mit Zucker, Zimt und Honig passend zur Vorweeihnachtszeit bei 30 Grad.Wir flehen den Rudergänger regelmäßig an. read more...


06/12/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 15 - the FINISH!

We had a good steady wind for most of our last day and night at sea, Timshel was surging along at 6 or 7 knots, sometimes more, though we did have to reef for one squall and Hydra was steering OK.It was a relief to see the lights of St Lucia appear ahead - after so many days of seeing nothing you do wonder ....In a way we were sorry to have to stop, however we gybed round the north of the island and on to Rodney Bay.Managed to get in the towed generator just before the line.The folk on the guard boat where really helpful, and we crossed at 10.07.46 UTC according to my watch, which was just about dawn local time.At least there was some light for the photographer buzzing around in the RIB, and we could see to drive through the channel into the lagoon.Mojeka who was driving out gave us a. read more...


06/12/2015

Rhumb - Day 13 - Tweetiepie learns the true meaning of pecking order

Picture the scene - a wonderful afternoon, blue ocean and skies. Rhumb trundling along nicely at 7+ kn, with crew pleasantly relaxed chatting in the cockpit, and George kindly looking after the helm. Spotted in the distance, we see Solly the Sheerwater, diving, swooping, wing tips clipping the wave tops, soaring and swooping once again. But then, out of the corner of his eye he spots him on the boat - Tweetiepie (aka Tim), and thinks 'who's that new face on my turf'. Time to take action - so, another soar and swoop out of the sun, take aim and fire and then a resounding splat as he registers a direct hit on Tweetie. In all the world out in this big ocean, in so many thousands of square miles did that happen, but didn't we laugh all the same.On to the next classic. Brian thought it time. read more...


06/12/2015

Isabel - Day 14

--Sunday 12 Noon 6/12/20151437 48 N56 50 22 W Daily run 189 - distance to St Lucia 242 milesSame again!Sunshine and dead downwind running goose winged in a littleless wind. The talk of precisely what time we might finish has now beendiscussed to death and is banned. With less wind an early evening and supperhas definitely slipped away and as the breeze drops our eta runs away.On the plus side we had Burgers avec le Roquefort fromage et onions forlunch followed by Magnum Ice creams. Anyone viewing the tracker on the ARC website will see us well ahead of themain pack - The racing fleet are all IRC and no motoring, the cruisingclasses are allowed to motor and declare engine hours for an adjustment - wewill not know our true position for a while (days) as we have no idea howmuch anyone else. read more...


06/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 6 at 1:49 pm

Albatros update: 14° 28.02 N, 58° 41.18 W2015-12-06 13:49:07 +0000We are zeroing in. 140nm to Saint Lucia. Fair weather, 9kn of speed. ETA around midnight local time. No land in sight yet, so strange that this trip should end tonight. Earlier today we passed an airplane carrier. Christine claims she has seen Tom Cruise on deck This morning everybody was wearing Christmas hats. And bathing shorts. Quite a funny combination.As we have a no-alcohol discipline during the crossing, discussions center around the question how long the bars will be open. In Saint Lucia, every sailor arriving with the ARC is served a rum punch, no matter what time of day. Expect no update tomorrow.. read more...


06/12/2015

Aliena - Domingo 8-12-2015

5º dia de navegación.Noche tranquila por viento flojo, pero al menos hemos dormido bien. El mar se ha tranquilizado.Hoy he tenido salida de guardia con chaparron que me ha mojado hasta los recuerdos mientras quitaba el yankee. Mañana chubascosa con subidas y bajadas de viento continuas que nos han dado mucho trabajo con las velas. Nos hemos llegado a quedar sin viento y ahora hay un poco y la direccion es muy variable (para que digan que los Alisios son vientos constantes), lo que nos desespera porque parece que no vamos a llegar nunca y las velas sufren. Solo hemos hecho hoy 150 nm, por lo que aun nos quedan 1370 millas por delante. Se suponía que mañana ibamos a estar a mitad de camino, pero no va a ser así. Seguimos sin ver ni un alma, ni un pez, ni nada de nada. Hemos celebrado el. read more...


06/12/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog day 15

Day 14 and with St Lucia very much in sight (428 miles to go) we put theSpinneker up to take advantage of the 20 knot winds and to make absolutely surewe will make our estimated arrival date and time - Ashley and Karen look thelikely winner of our sweep stake! Having celebrated Sarah's birthday in style yesterday (Happy Birthdaybanner on the boom,  card and letter from her husband, gifts from thegirls, a short movie of her ARC experience and home-made choc brownie washeddown with champagne) all our thoughts are beginning to centre around our timetogether on Hot Stuff. We know that we will all look back with many, manywonderful memories and we pulled together our immediate thoughts on some of themore memorable  ones. The many sightings of dolphins, playfully jumping thewaves. read more...


06/12/2015

Grand Bleu - zondag 6 dec

St Lucia is nog 165 mijl verwijderd, het regime in de keuken wordt versoepeld. De verwachting is dat wij tijdens de nacht de lichten van St Lucia en Martinique zullen verkenning en in de vroege ochtend om de Noordpunt van het eiland naar Rodney Bay zeilen. 2 uur voor verwachte aankomst moeten wij ons per marifoon melden bij de ARC leiding. Voor het eerst krijgt de bemanning toestemming in de grote ijskast te komen, streng verboden tijdens de overtocht. Vanochtend bij de koffie een heerlijke chocolade taart gegeten naar Deens recept, een absolute caloriebom. Dit ter ere van de verjaardag van het zusje van Lara.Vanmiddag om 14.30 uur  de 3e Dorade gevangen, wij krijgen al handigheid met het schoonmaken van de vis, deze zal als een mooi voorgerecht op de borden verschijnen…. read more...


06/12/2015

Magic - Magic May Dog Blog Sunday 6th December

Hello from the Atlantic Ocean 421 nm to Saint Lucia:   Another day of sun and rolling begins!  It is 10am and we are doing 7 knots (but I can’t see any knots – weird people!) Last night the feeders had a delicious meal of sausages with fried potatoes followed by a homemade apple cake.  That made them all very happy.   I had to work hard last night as I had cuddle Tina, she went to bed early and she couldn’t eat supper as she was feeling very low.  That was the first time in 2 weeks.  In my blog it is difficult to write about the emotions on board but they are as complex as the boats systems.  Tina said I shouldn’t write about all of the emotions as they are private but she said I could write about hers. Tina said all the things that have. read more...


06/12/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 14 - 05/12

Posizione 14°59N 48°05WOggi è la giornata dei festeggiamenti.Siamo a meno di 1.000mg dal traguardo.Se tutto va bene ed il vento continua a soffiare con questa intensità entro il 11/12 dovremmo arrivare.E' incredibile come pian piano si vada avanti, come le miglia passano sotto la chiglia.Adesso abbiamo un pochino voglia di arrivare, non per stanchezza, ma perchè vediamo l'obbiettivo vicino.Ci chiediamo se riusciremo a stare in piedi una volta toccata terra, oppure se barcolleremo per qualche giorno in preda al mal di terra.Sognamo di dormire una notte intera senza ballare, senza fare un turno, senza sentire la sveglia per alzarsi, senza dover andare davanti al radar per controllare i groppi.Stiamo vivendo una grande e bella avventura, in ottima compagnia, l'affiatamento è ottimo, davvero. read more...


06/12/2015

Sunrise - Tag 14

Sunrise 05.12.2015Tag 14Freitag Abend, 21:50, fällt die magische 1000 Seemeilen Grenze. Nur noch 1852 km.Wir versammeln uns gemeinsam im dunklen Cockpit unter nachtschwarzem Himmel und feiern diesen Moment mit einer Flasche Sekt. Denken an die zurückgelegten, z. Teil abenteuerlichen Meilen und die Tage die noch vor uns liegen. Das Rechnen beginnt. Noch 7 Tage, wenn nichts Unvorhergesehenes geschieht. Also Freitag, den 10.12., nachmittags.Wir segeln den gesamten Tag über ruhig mit 6 kn Fahrt unter Passatwolken durch die lange azurblaue Dünung des Atlantiks, St. Lucia entgegen. Während der Mittagszeit gibt es eine Lehrstunde in Astronavigation. Die Handhabung des Sextanten und die Bestimmung der Mittagsbreite, als einfachstes Verfahren der Astronavigation. Das Ergebnis weicht nur gering. read more...


06/12/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ BR.12

Pozdrav svima koja nas prate. Koristim ovu priliku da svim kolegama skiperima i pomorcima zaželimo svenajbolje za SV.Nikolu. Isto tako želim svom sinu Nikoli sretan 4. rođendan.Danas mi je posebnoteško što ne mogu biti doma sa svoJm familjim.Kako bi bilo dobro imati onajuređaj za teleportiranje iz Zvjezdanih staza. Ostalo je još 300NM do kraja,u konstantnom smo vitru sa manje više 200NMdnevno.15 dana bilo je dosta za pražnjenje glava ,misli ,a sada smo se zaželililuke ,ljudi,šušura i noći u krevetu bez škripe opute i trupa broda. Ocean nas je možemo već sad reći ,pomazio ovaj put.Pokazao nam je svojelipo lice,uz samo tračak onog lošeg što isto tako zna ponuditi Pozdrav od posade 4JOY  . read more...


06/12/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 06/12/2015 Pilote cassé mais réparé aussitôt

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, nous avançons tranquillement aux rythmes de nos dames depiques, belotes, échecs... Pour égailler notre journée d'hier, nous avonseu le droit à une panne du pilote automatique. Heureusement, seule lagoupille reliant le pilote à la barre s'était cassé (4 heures d'effortdans nos coffres arrières et tout refonctionne correctement (merci cric)).Nous venons de réaliser l'inventaire de nos restes et... ça seraprobablement riz, pates principalement jusqu'à l'arrivée.Tout va toujours aussi bien, nous en voyons le bout!!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


06/12/2015

Friskus VI - Milestones and expectations

Meagain, sorry. (Will that is) ie. more grammatical errors which I apologise forin advance. Our boat speedometer clocked 157 miles through water over the last24 hours, which I think has to be about our best in a 24h period. Over dinner wedecided that there is a good chance we’ll be in St. Lucia in about a week,making us about two thirds of the way. As you’ve probably heard we’ve beencelebrating bench marks like this along the route. Notably, we passed “half way”a few days ago and “1000 miles to St. Lucia” yesterday morning. The kids seem toenjoy these the most as they made invitations to the “1000 mile to go party” andpaper chains with which to decorate the saloon. I’m also a great fan of these asthey effectively add a course of crisps and sweets to my breakfast. Nam.(Norwegian yum). read more...


06/12/2015

Likedeeler - Familientreffen?* (Lisa)

Ja, was ist denn das da für ein Zeichen auf unserer übergroßen Atlantikseekarte unmittelbar vor unserer Position? Will mich hier jemand behumpsen? Hallo, Versteckte Kamera!? Mitten, aber wirklich mitten auf dem Ozean hat jemand ne gelbe Boje platziert. Bei 4000 Metern Wassertiefe. Geht das überhaupt? So tief ne Boje zu verankern? Enorm. Und was macht die Likedeeler? Die hat nichts besseres zu tun als genau drauf zuzuhalten. Da bin ich ja mal gespannt wie ein Flitzebogen, ob wir das gelbe Ding tatsächlich sehen. "Tach auch, liebe Boje. Schön, Dich hier zu treffen." Ich frag mich nur, was die da macht. Zu meiner großen, einfältigen Freude heißt das Ding dann auch noch "Middle Atlanic". Ach was. Wär ich nicht drauf gekommen. Vielen Dank für diese präzise Information. Man stelle sich vor,. read more...


06/12/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 14 (Saturday): backup gennaker haleyard

Friday: the gennaker went down calmly into the water after a loud“SCHWONG”-ish sound. The halyard had snapped near the mast. We pulled it up ondeck (the tack, the bottom front of the sail, was still attached to the bow atthe boat) while switching to main sail.Saturday: unable to fix the gennaker properly (we could not get Andy highenough to feed through the fixed gennaker halyard as the Jib halyard, used forAndy’s harness, had a too low exit point in the mast). Instead we used the jibhalyard to bring the gennaker up. It was the set up for the evening and surprisesurprise, one of the gennaker sheet snapped around ten in the evening. So inwith the gennaker and out with the main. We anyway manage to pass Dona Florduring the night which was a bit interesting since she hadn’t got her. read more...


06/12/2015

Challenger 3 - CH361 CH3 Arc 2015 Sunday Dec 6

Sunday 6th DecemberRace Day 14 Another fine sunrise in paradise, revealing a beautiful blue sky, and already warm at 0830 so going to be hot, hot, hot! Despite the reality of not being able to catch challenger 1, the Challenger 3 crew are still very focused on making the best possible finish time and beating the previous Challenger Fleet record crossing time of 16 days! Also everyone is keen to keep our place in the overall rankings, so still all to race for.It is also dawning on us all that today is effectively the last day of the Atlantic crossing adventure, and that by early evening we will be tied up in Rodney Bay. Upside, Rum cocktails all round! (True to say that conversation has turned slightly to parties and dancing)Last night against a fantastic backdrop of stars and the. read more...


06/12/2015

Emily Morgan - Eddy the Egret still with us

Eddy is still with us, not exhausted any more after a good rest, being given water and fish; he is now flying around the boat and taking an interest in everything we do, especially fishing.In other news we are sailing well, last night was a bit wet and squally, but the sun is now out and we have a nice breeze. Yesterday was a foodie day, starting with pancakes, bacon, bananas and maple syrup; gourmet salads for lunch; chicken & chorizo casserole for dinner, rounded off with refrigerator cake and coffee - yum!image1. read more...


Emily Morgan - Eddy the Egret still with us
Emily Morgan - Eddy the Egret still with us
06/12/2015

Hera - Nikolaus

Das Absingen der Adventslieder zum Frühstück und das Besichtigen derNikolausstiefel mußte erstmal auf den Nachmittag verschoben werden. Die Nacht brachte Probleme mit der Ruderanlage, die wir heute frühlokalisieren und vorerst beheben konnten, Gleichzeitig zog der erste Squall hinter uns vorbei und der heutige Tagscheint noch mehr davon zu bringen. Nun sind St. Niklas, der Schutzpatron derSeefahrer und natürlich Rasmus gefragt, um uns vor solcherlei Unbill zuschützen. Andererseits würde uns allen eine kräftige Süßwasserdusche ganz guttun.   Stefan. read more...


05/12/2015

PG Roshni - 30/11 1230 FINISH

Evening all ! Tardy I have been eh! The finish and joy of beers after 12 days (that’s nearly 2 weeks of no alcohol for those who really thought I couldn’t do it) followed by boat jobs (many after the beatings), catching up on other emails meant that I forgot the blog!Have to admit I have enjoyed wittering thoughts and technical sailing nonsense to all of you thankfully sad or mad enough to read it !St Lucia is a nice place … er .. what can I say …. It rained …. a lot ! I can imagine the gorgeous island paradise it is and at least the rain is warm :)! I think we were lucky (or skillful;)) to arrive in daylight and the Arc photo guy came out and took some lovely pics which we bought of the boat reaching then fetching into the finish line as the wind was disturbed by the island land. read more...


06/12/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, 6th December, 2015

Position: 33.55S 18.25E Cape TownWhile Luna Quest was being taken round to Cape Town from Richards Bay by a professional delivery skipper, I was on the operating theatre in Cape Town. We had flown in from Richards Bay via Durban and booked ourselves into a B&B in Durbanville, a suburb of Cape Town, to be near the medical services (The Surgical Institute). After 6 days in the B&B we moved to a self-catering flat in the very heart of the City of Cape Town from where we could visit many sights. Wonderful views were had from the top of Table Mountain, including that of Cape Town and Robben Island, a small island just outside Cape Town, whose main feature is a high security prison. It is now a museum and we were shown round there by former political prisoners. It was quite an. read more...


Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Bob on lookout
Thursday´s Child - Whale under the boat taken with the go pro
Thursday´s Child - Whale under the boat taken with the go pro
Thursday´s Child - Warren on his birthday with catch of the day
Thursday´s Child - Warren on his birthday with catch of the day
Thursday´s Child - 4th December Sunset
Thursday´s Child - 4th December Sunset
Thursday´s Child - The captain with his sextant
Thursday´s Child - The captain with his sextant
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker repairs underway... again
Thursday´s Child - Gennaker repairs underway... again
05/12/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 13

Day 13We continued overnight with good speeds with another new sail configuration, poled out headsail and staysail.This combination gave us good speeds all night and dead on course for St Lucia although it was action stations this morning when the winds started to die off a little in line with the forecast. So at early morning watch change the mainsail was heaved back up to keep us on track for what we hope will be a daylight arrival.Generally a quiet day today - fishing has been suspended on account of a mass of Sargasso weed surrounding us, so much reading and enjoying the sun instead. A couple of ships were around this morning so nice to see some signs of life and great excitement when we saw another yacht. However it was another ARC imposter, Dexter.At this evening's happy hour the. read more...


05/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 13 - Wishing on a star

December 5, 2015 – A dark night it was because the moon didn’t show its face before 2.30AM. It was cloudy with now and then a shower of rain. Still the stars managed to get through the clouds and showed their beauty to us. We’ve seen many many falling stars! It was a night of dreams and wishes… At 4 o’clock today, after singing some songs, Sinterklaas and Zwarte Piet left a bag full of presents and poems on deck! We’ve all read our poems and then we played dice for the presents. We ate home-made pepernoten and we were very pleased with this unexpected visit from our dear friends from Spain. Thanks for the presents and see you next year! Today we made a distance of 207 miles, which is a new day distance record for Shiva. There are still no other boats in sight. We start to. read more...


LaLuna - laluna dag 14, diner for tonight
LaLuna - laluna dag 14, diner for tonight
05/12/2015

Four Seasons - Where's the damn wind gone ?!

With our lack of light weight down wind sails we are flogging along atabout 5 1/2 kts. with everything slamming around. Even worse we are watchingnearly everyone else go faster than us. I was thinking about trying theasymetric on a pole but as it is 6.30 pm and I have just been made a stiff G& T that can wait till tomorrow morning. Yes, we take our racing seriouslyaboard Four Seasons. Not much to report today, am trying a day without towingMildred so running the engine for charging. ETA looks like sometime aroundThursday lunch time. A very slow 18 day trip. Till tomorrow, C & C P.S. Just spotted a sail on the horizon ! Turns out it is ‘One and Only’from our racing division. They have to beat us in by about 12 hours. Should besafe but they are doing a knot faster than us. Keep. read more...


05/12/2015

Shiva - Log day 12 - (Wild) Life on board

December 4, 2015 – Last night the half moon was illuminating our journey through the water. A half moon gives slightly less light than a full moon, but still it gives enough light to see somewhat of our surrounding. Night sailing remains to be a little wonder. It’s such a surrealistic view to see nothing around you, just the water and waves that are lightened by the moon and a dark sky with some stars or clouds. Further than that you only hear the ocean and feel the swell. It’s as if we are sailing through a painting. Or as if we are part of a film set. (To the people that have seen The Truman Show: I sometimes imagine we suddenly sail into a wall…!)  In the last 24 hours we made 196 miles. And we have a new speed record: 15.8 knots thanks to a high wave that lifted us up and. read more...


05/12/2015

Aliena - Sabado 5-12-2015

Dia 4º de travesía.Noche movida por culpa del mar. Seguimos sin ver un alma. Cae el viento y nos desmoraliza bastante ¿cuantos días mas vamos a tardar en llegar?. De momento hacemos un SOG de poco mas de 6 nudos, a veces menos y la corriente a favor ha desaparecido. Desde ayer hemos hecho 173 nm, aun quedan 1515 nm. Vemos por los correos de la ARC que han llegado a Santa Lucia pocos barcos. Creo que lo del poco viento es generalizado.Estamos bien los tres.Carmen. read more...


05/12/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX, knobbelig zeetje..

Sinterklaas met vers gebakken kruidnootjes! Heerlijk, ook waren er chocolade munten. Gisteren, vannacht en vandaag een erg onrustige zee. Golven af en toe dwars op t schip en ca 3 tot 5 m hoog. Er heerst dan ook weer zeeziekte aan boord. De Belgische reisziekte pillen staan weer paraat! Tot vanmiddag dubbel gereefd gevaren. Nu met 1 reefje in het grootzeil. Hopelijk is de wind morgen iets minder en de oceaan iets rustiger dan kunnen we onze Parasailor weer hijsen!Nu varen we met wind achter en moeten we afkruisen. We zien nog steeds elke dag boten op ons scherm. Vandaag ook weer de Wet Dream gezien en gesproken. En dat na 1 week, bijzonder. Helaas horen we van de ARC office soms minder goede berichten. Een schip dat wegens schade aan de giek naar de Kaap Verden moest uitwijken is daar na. read more...


05/12/2015

Albatros - Dec. 5 at 4:44 pm

Albatros Update: 15° 47.60 N, 55° 45.87 W2015-12-05 16:44:07 +0000Day 14 on the Albatros. About 315nm to Saint Lucia.Sleep. It's 6am board time, my watch has ended at 5. I lie awake in my bed, my face 20cm below the deck. My quarters are at the fore, only the sail chamber is a security lock in front of me, and then the anchor box, containing 100m of chain. Of course nobody has checked the length, and people exist that do make a living buying 300m of anchor chain and selling 400.My bed moves several meters in every conceivable direction. Up, down, forward, back, left, right. The fore of the vessel is the part that moves most, with every wave that rolls from behind, the boat is lifted up, and it's nose points down, in inside that tip of the boat I lay awake, listening to the water gurgle,. read more...


05/12/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 14

Dag 13-14Gisteren een heerlijke dag zeilen. Alle dagen beginnen nu een beetje meer op elkaar te gelijken. Zon, warm, windkracht 5 - 6met af en toe een vlaag 7 dus het blijft wel waaien! Komende 48 uren houden we nog dezelfde koers aan. Maandag zou de wind nog meer naar het oosten ruimen en doen we een laatste gijp en zetten we het kompas op+/-230° en zakken zo van 17 naar 14 graden noorderbreedte. Gisteren nog een dorade van zeker een meter aan de lijn gehad en met veel moeite tot bij de boot ingehaald. Maar bij het "aangaffen" is hij van de haak gegaan. Spijtig, want de pollo balletjes in rundssaus waren niet zo'n succes. Bij het vallen van de avond hebben we bezoek gekregen van dolfijnen. Ze hebben een tijdje voor de boeg gespeeld en zijn dan weer verdwenen.Voor de rest zien we. read more...


05/12/2015

Grand Bleu - vrijdag 4 en zaterdag 5 december

Na vele dagen gennakerend voor de wind vrijdag de genua uitgeboomd en “pal voor het lapje” koers gezet op de noordpunt va St Lucia.De immer waaiende passaat wind ( 4-5) geeft genoeg druk op de zeilen om het klappen te voorkomen.Met nog 385 mijlen voor de boeg lijkt een aankomst op maandag zeer waarschijnlijk, onze Duitse buren liggen nog 27 mijl voor ons maar op dit moment is onze vmg van 9 beter dan die van hen ( 7,7). Wij ruiken een kans.Met het naderen van de aankomst maakt een zekere melancholie zich van ons meester… . read more...