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22/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Two

So, day two….Entry one: More eventful for what was happening on the boat than around it or to it.We didn’t move very far, and the water was very calm and still.But, despite the lack of wind, we had plenty going on board, settling into the rhythm of our watches and snoozes.Today was also the first Mother watch, with Heather, James and Tom stepping up to show us how it’s all done.They certainly set the bar high, starting with hot drinks early morning, and there was particular appreciation for lunchtime veggies and dinnertime pork chops.So, fair to say a degree of apprehension for the rest of us mothers, about following such an impressive act.After a 6am sail change in the dark, the lack of wind meant there was not much in the way of action.But the weather was lovely and our crew whiled. read more...


22/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 2

So the second full day into the ARC 2016 and we are settling into our routines here on Skyelark. Up to now the winds have been very kind to us with a nice gentle introduction to Ocean sailing.The past 24 hours have been reasonably eventful. Yesterday a pod of Pilot Whales past very close to the stern and today we had 2 pods of dolphin playing around in the bow wave. As someone whose cruising ground is the North Sea this is a great novelty. In fact just the temperature is a great novelty!We managed to pick up a discarded fishing net today. A good job we were under sail rather than engine. Earlier we had managed to break the fishing rod trying to land a big one. No, honestly! The recovered fishing net would have been a poor substitute.Winds are set to increase so progress should improve.Rik. read more...


22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 3 -

26∞51.57 N - 016∞ 37.19 W to Dolphins and a small boat are our companion for the night. The wind has changed to NNW and now we can head again 220∞, we want the butter to melt! Keeping Orion to our starboard above the mast help us to keep our pulpit addressing WSW.And now as we settle into our night watch pattern, the wind is gusting upto 22 knots so we quickly put in two reefs so it's more manageable for the night. Despite the reefs we are still pulling over 9 knots and making great time down to Cape Verde.Then the fishing rod bent and a meter of line escaped ... a big fish having a little nibble.Giacomo and Mike have teased out taste buds with culinary delights including Mike's now famous risotto.Tomorrow it's the girl's turn to cook ... I wonder what's i store?3 Lunch. read more...


Ximera - Day 3 - Lunch
Ximera - Day 3 - Lunch
22/11/2016

Exhale - Too little or too much

Having spent yesterday looking for wind with very little success and a lot of sail trimming for most of the day, wind arrived about 5am this morning and just like home it was on the nose. So expected downwind sailing is on hold for the moment. Settling in to a building sea and squalls but now cracked off doing 9 Kts through the water with two reefs in the main. Who said we don't know how to cruise! Everyone settled in well with a good start to the cooking.. read more...


22/11/2016

EH01 - Day 2 - Tuesday, 22/11

We had a very slow and slightly frustrating second day yesterday. After wemanaged to make some progress in fairly light but steady conditions during thefirst 24 hours, yesterday afternoon we found ourselves pretty much in a windhole averaging about 2 knots for over a 12 hours – while most of our fleetmanaged to stay in some breeze and pulled away from us. However, massive creditto the crew for staying focused all that time and doing all they could to keepthe boat moving. Wind finally filled in at around 3am this morning and we’vebeen trucking along averaging nearly 9 knots since, which means we’ve coveredover 100 miles over the past 12 hours. Crew is very happy.   We’ve made the decision to choose the southerly route and pass the CapeVerde islands to port (left) before we can turn. read more...


22/11/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log dag 2 - Going strong

Rapport 2 från havetHej igenVi alla mår bra och jobbar nu i skift för att hålla fart i båten, att se till att maximal säkerhet uppnås bland annat genom bra sömn och att vi inte får några skador på båt och manskap.Skiftgången har nu börjat sätta sig och alla vänjer sig med att inte veta vad det är för dag längre. Tur att mobilklockorna fungerar fortfarande. Pauline tid är samma som klockorna på Kanarieöarna. Vi har nu gjort 13% av överfarten till St Lucia och trippmätaren står på 383 nm.Vågorna är ca 3 meter från topp till dal, vilket får betraktas mer som östersjövågor. Vinden har legat mellan 7-15 knots vilket får anses som behagligt.I natt hade vi en lite incident när vi träffade en regnby (squalls) med 20 knots vind i. Genakern, som låg inpackad i sin säck på fördäck, fick tag i en. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 6 - hot

Subject: Day 6 - hotWe had a lovely sail during the night in a steady 12-17kts SE  and made good progress. This continued up to about 10:40 am this morning when suddenly the wind just vanished. Its last dying breaths were forward of the beam - something i never thought I'd experience on crossing this far south. The good news is we seemed to avoid the squalls on the horizon which darkened the morning skies.It has given us an opportunity to dry off the last of our damp clothing and do some washing. Not much else to report. We're all well and have most of the creature comforts one can live with. This includes ice cream and cake.Paul, Allan, Diane and Viv. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 5 - like Wales...but warmer

Subject: Day 5 - like Wales...but warmerNow for those of us who are mathematically numerate, you will notice there has been no Day 4 blog. There's a very good reason for this. A squall the size of Wales came and sat on us yesterday for about 6 hours. Everything on the boat, including us, was and still is soaked. So it was a bit risky trying to write anything without an iPad or PC that wasn't in a waterproof housing...which of course we don't have. How we laughed at the 35 kt gusts that hit us yesterday when compared to the "gentle" winds that were forecast. How I laughed when my old waterproof Musto light trousers acted as a wick soaking up any moisture in the atmosphere and depositing it on my legs and undies. How we laughed when the Bimini deposited 30 gallons of fresh water down my. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 3 - that was an interesting watch !

Subject: Day 3 - that was an interesting watch !During the night the roller on the furling mechanism to the Simbo sail parted company from the bowsprit. The offending snap shackle had lost its bar and hence became a useless piece of junk in an instant. Why is it in sailing that these things happen only after we had thought, "we must check the rigging on that bowsprit" but decided to leave it till the morning. However Allan made good with various pieces of rope tying the roller to the bowsprit and decided to wait for light before attempting a proper repair.Morning arrived and we replaced the rope with two large shackles, moused on for security. Of course it wasn't as straight forward as that sentence may imply. The sail was under load and what we thought would be an easy job somehow. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 2 - The Wacky Races

Subject: Day 2 - The Wacky RacesOur 2,000 mile drag race, like everyone else's was challenged by light variable winds during the night. We were surrounded by boats and the pattern has only just started to spread out as the boats race westward. During the darkness we saw a range of combinations of lights being burned by some yachts - tricolours with navigation lights, tricolours with steaming lights, and, the prize combination - navigation lights, steaming lights and anchor light. Mind you, its better than no lights at all I suppose.Today has been simply lovely. The wind has steadily filled in to around 9-10 knots - more than enough for us to better 6 knots with the Simbo rig. Life on board is settling into a routine. Our 3 hour on, 9 off watch system seems to be working well and we are. read more...


Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down
Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down
22/11/2016

Cherish - Day 7: A quiet sit down

Sven and Will caught a flying fish! Well, it landed in the cockpit on their watch and disappeared down the gunnels to re emerge on the aft deck two days later! After so much excitement Sven had to sit down with a good book.WJGOPR1440.. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 1 - Cracking sailing Gromit !

Day 1 - Cracking sailing Gromit ! What a beautiful day for sailing ! Sunny, flat sea and 10-12 knots of wind. We departed Mindelo with our genoa and mainsail flying spirits high. The Canal de Sao Vincente was blue and flat apart from the surface ripples one expects on days like these. We started conservatively and the discussion quickly moved onto when to unfurl our Simbo rig. The wind was about 120 degrees - a broad reach - so we thought we'd give it a go with the windward clew polled out.As ever we started to catch up on the fleet and leave the boats behind us. Polled out the Simbo sail was stable and performed well giving us 5.5 kts in 7 kts of wind. As a friend of mine would say, " cracking sailing Gromit".The day just got better. Lunch was a Lamb wrap with salad. Well done Allan -. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 6 - the final dash

Subject: Day 6 - the final dashYet again we are in the company of larger yachts. The boat behind us is flying a large spinnaker so its only a matter of time before he passes us. I have to say he looks great from here. However...we have a cunning plan...Our jury rigged pole is still in one piece allowing us to at least make some good way. The rip in the aluminium is at at a weak point where the uphaul/downhaul ring is attached. The genoa, whilst not the prettiest of sails, has propelled us along at a steady 6-7 kts and has worked really well polled out. The approach to Sao Vincente is going well and we feel we are on the correct side of the Rhum line. Time will tell. Hopefully we'll finish today and not slip into tomorrow morning.Oh...the cunning plan? Well, that would be telling...P.s. a. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 5 - slow

Subject: Day 5 - slowCrew mates are all asleep, or reading, as I sit in the cockpit wondering how I can get another knot out of the rig we have. Bermudan rigs really don't like sailing dead downwind so we've elected to gybe down the rhum line. Meanwhile our wonderful code 0 sits in its bag sulking. We have a list of things to do in Mindelo and checking over and repacking our Simbo rig is one of them. Despite that we've made good progress. Our 24 hour average speeds have been 6.6 kts, 7.2 kts and today a miserly 6.4 kts. In a HR40 that's packed to the gunwales we all feel that is pretty good going. Food has, as always, been brilliant. Like everyone else in Enigma's crew I'll come back heavier than when I left. And...what happened to the tropical weather ? Today was like sailing in the. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 4 - a grey day in the tropics

Subject: Day 4 - a grey day in the tropicsA heavy night with 35 kts of wind at times was made tolerable by the progress we're making towards Sao Vincente. Moral is high despite Allan levitating across the cabin on two occasions. Having a man weighing 95kg land on top of you was a bit of a shock for both of us. Our secret weapon lies in its bag just waiting for the winds to drop below 20 kts. I believe this news item might not have hit the internet yet, but today is my turn to cook. Why aren't  there any reality cooking competition programmes on TV that involve plates that move away from you, ingredients that are more at home on the floor of the galley, and to cap it all, a cooker that is gimballed to conspire with any large wave to throw whatever contents it has all over its maker.. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 3 - Trade Winds

Subject: Day 3 - Trade WindsA wonderful nights sailing  where the Simbo rig was pulling us along at up to 8.4 kts came to an inconvenient end when the pole holding the windward clew snapped in two. The sail continued to pull well in its absence but we eventually decided to change over to genoa and mainsail. As for the two bits of aluminium spinnaker pole - they are now firmly lashed to our guard rails.We have struggled to match our nighttime speeds with the more conventional rig but we are still making good progress. Cake and tea has been in good supply and the aroma of the tuna bake wafting up from the galley is lovely. Allan, who has claimed to see a whale and a large fish today (we remain sceptical)   Is currently on the helm trying to better our average. He has hit 8.8. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 2 - waiting, waiting, waiting

Subject: Day 2 - waiting, waiting, waitingThe sea is flat and we're waiting for the firmer NE, ENE winds to kick in. We keep saying as soon as we have steady pressure from this direction we'll unfurl our Simbo rig and fly. Every time we think the wind is filling we get a 2 knots on the beam which dampens our enthusiasm. In the meantime, we've been through all the countries and capital cities we can think off, played " I spy" ( very short - people kept using the letter S, and guessing the correct answer ) and had a cream tea - with cake. Viv has played with her hula hoop on the foredeck, and the rest of us just watched. Don't want to overdo it. I'm wearing an eyepatch and looking around the boat for a parrot to glue onto my left shoulder. Its all go .Allan's turn to cook tonight and the. read more...


22/11/2016

Enigma - Day 1 - these are the voyages of the yacht Enigma

Subject: Day 1 - these are the voyages of the yacht EnigmaThe day began with the evocative smell of cooking bacon wafting down the pontoon. I could already surmise that some people would play dirty.The forecasted light fluky winds of 5 knots greeted our pre start manoeuvring. Yet 90 seconds before the start of the 2016 ARC+, we got a free gift of 13 knots to help us over the start line. Being in the thick of it, surrounded by larger ( hence faster) yachts, we unfurled our secret weapon - a Simbo rig Code 0. The sailed opened in a second and was a dream to handle. No sooner had it filled than we started to leave the others behind. We didn't use the pole, just let it sail. It was easy, stable and fast.Jeremy of Elvestrom - take a bow !Alas the light fluky variable winds did eventually. read more...


22/11/2016

Unconditional - ARC+ Leg2, Day 6: Motoring + "Read the Manual"!

  In spite of light winds, and toconserve fuel, we sailed overnight at 2.2-3.4 knots. This dropped us back in thenoon Distance to Destination report to #27, as in sailing SE to pick uphopefully better wind tomorrow/day-after we were not even sailing directly to StLucia – oh well. We started the engine mid-morning and haven’t seen 8-knots truewind today. That weather trough continues to follow the fleet – I wish that wehad left a day earlier or later!     On the malfunction side, we solved acouple of issues. After I crawled thru the aft lazarette to check SSB Tunerconnections, & cables, almost the very minute that Peter of S/V Fleet IIcompleted assuming my SSB Net Controller weekly 1-hr timeslot for me, Idiscovered how to properly TUNE the SSB. I am now received clearly. read more...


22/11/2016

Chance Encounter - Day 3 on Chance Encounter (Aus) - elan 434 -

After a day of light winds we got some breeze this morning and we are reaching west in 15-20 knots of wind sitting on high 7's and early 8's.We've been in cloud most of the time but the sun is just starting to peer through the clouds as we approach the end of the day.The forecast is for the same over the next few days, coming aft and increasing a bit tomorrow before tailing off towards the end of the week.We are in company with another Danish Elan 434, Frigg, both of us on the northern rhumb line whilst the bulk of the fleet are taking the traditional southern route.We are well placed, leading our division, with Frigg second.The northern route is looking good except for a patch of dead air in our path and we are hopeful enough wind will steer us through it to the steady trades on the. read more...


22/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Tuesday Nov 22nd - shall we use the engine?

Those following us will see that we made very little ground yesterday – allenergy seems to have evaporated from the sky (unless you’re caught under arainstorm when it’s pandemonium).  The seas are glassy smooth and even thewildlife seems to have gone to sleep, although we did have a small pod ofdolphins come and inspect us this morning.  The weather forecast isn’tencouraging either; more of the same for too many days.  We now have toaddress the big question we didn’t want to – shall we pursue a sail only policy(at yesterday’s rate we’ll get to St Lucia just after Christmas) or use theengine to try to find some wind?  We’ll let you know soon! This morning we found ourselves sailing close to the crew of Alderman, whowere also sunbathing on deck, and had a great chat on. read more...


22/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Endeavour of cork-Denise

Hi AllI thought I should write something to let you know I'm on board!What a day, after being thrown around, pushed around and basically washed out, we woke to beautiful sunshine today, I had the treat of doing the 6 to 8 watch this morning so I witnessed a beautiful sunrise.It is mornings like these I know why I'm doing the Arc...mind you some wind wouldn't go astray today. Had my first swim in this big vast ocean, the water was so gorgeous...clear and warm. Like any good holiday we had a lazy day in the sun, Dermott busy trying to catch dinner, and the rest of us lapping up the rays. I'm on my fourth book, forgot I enjoyed reading so much., I never had so much me time!We have developed a daily routine on the boat, it all centers around our watch time, and our food time; it even feels. read more...


22/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 3 - Vinden er tilbake i fullt monn!

I går ettermiddagen så vi siste seilbåten. Siden har vi knapt sett andre skip.Det gikk fort! Og Atlanteren er diger plass...Det siste vi så av land utpå kvelden var Teide på Tenerife.Vi fikk litt vind utpå kvelden og den har siden bare økt på. I skrivende stund har vi ca mellom 16 og 20 knops vind. Skal øke til 24 i løpet av natten. Kanskje vi kommer frem til passaten utenfor Kapp Verde før uka er omme?Hilsen Roald, Jørgen, Martin og Alf. read more...


22/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 2 | Leichtwind-Segeln - gewusst wie

Am Montag zur Mittagszeit beginnt der Wind als leichte Brisevon NE auf N zurückzudrehen. Es ist soweit - wir schiften unseren 180 qmgroßen Spinnaker um weiter auf Backbord-Bug an der Kante desFlautenfeldes in südwestliche Richtung zu segeln.Unser Wachsystem ...In unserem dreistündigenüberlappendem Wachsystem lösen sich die Rudergänger halbstündig ab, ummit aufmerksamen Steuerleistungen die bestmögliche Fahrt aus der Yachtherauszuholen. Die Crew trimmt den Leichtwind-Spinnaker, um bei demleichten und variablen Wind die optimale Performance aus unserer Swan herauszuholen.Gewusst wie...Wir segeln in die zweite dunkleNacht. Bei abnehmendem Mond - der erst nach Mitternacht aufgeht - sinddie Konturen der Segel nur noch schwach zu erkennen. Aber wir habenvorgesorgt! Ich montiere am Fuße des. read more...


22/11/2016

Woifal - Tag 3, Nacht 2

Hallo Zusammen,da sind wir wieder. Eventuell habt ihr am Fleettracker gesehen, dass wir ziemlich weit im Norden waren.  Grund war der Wunsch unseres Metereologen, dass wir zum 28 ten Breitengrad hoch fahren, weil eine Tropische Störung bei ca. 27 Grad Nord 40 Grad West für Flaute sorgen sollte, das hat sich geändert, jetzt dehnt sich diese Gebiet ohne Wind nur noch bis zum 25 ten Breitengrad aus, somit müssen und können wir wieder tiefer. Allerdings war der Schlenker um El Hierro ein Fehler und hat uns mit Sicherheit Zeit gekostet. In der Nacht sind dann noch zwei Umlenkrollen kaputt gegangen, das hat auch nochmal eine Stunde Zeit gekostet, aber was soll’s wir haben ja noch viel Wasser vor uns. Die Nacht war sehr anstrengend, wir haben kaum geschlafen und sind alle ziemlich müde.. read more...


Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 - (Australia) - ready to go! - note the mascot!
Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434  -  (Australia)  - ready to go!  - note the mascot!
22/11/2016

Arthur Logic - Arthur Logic - At Sea

Introducing Team All Black"The All Black are the most admired sports team in the world. They are a legacy." So says Grum, who on the first day of our voyage boldly appropriated this very legacy for his watch, naming them Team All Blacks. And how does Team All Black, aka TAB, measure up to their legendary antipodean namesakes? Well watch leader Tanya "Snow White" Sullivan is certainly one to take on a physical challenge and is a keen Tough Mudderer when on land (and a highly capable swimmer at sea, more of that later), though on her last outing she did suffer a twisted knee while hurtling over an obstacle.In this respect she is well matched with Mike "Grum" Grumbridge, who's fabled love of sport is surpassed only by his legendary ability to attract injuries off the field. For an. read more...


22/11/2016

Numa - Dag 0 bare timer før start. Du vil ikke tro hva vi må velge da!

Det er Søndag og starten vår går 12:30 lokal tid. Det er 13:30 i Norge. Vi får en start med litt lite vind første dagen, men så smeller valgets kvaler mot oss.Det er et hull midt i Atlanteren hvor vi skal seile, ihvertfall om en ukes tid. Et vindhull. Stille som en skogstur blir det der, og umulig å seile i uten å bruke diesel. Sikkert menneskeskapt vindhull.What to do? Gå Nord eller Sør for stilla? Umulig å si hva som er best. Vi følger spent med de neste få dagene til vi MÅ ta et kursvalg.(Steinar). read more...


22/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Fine reaching after a day of calms

What a difference a few hours can make. After listening to the weather briefing and also the software predictions it was clear we had to choose between the traditional 'go south until the butter melts' route or head west through the wind shadow of the islands to pick up the brisk northerly's to the north of the low pressure.We opted for the latter, happy to take the pain of the wind shadow from Gran Canaria during the first night. We popped out of it in the early hours and settled onto a fast reach at 8 knots+ west bound - until it died, just a few hours later. The smug feeling of 'that wasn't too bad' was replaced for the next 18 hours with frustration at bobbing around like a cork. We weren't the only ones though - the daily position reports and radio chat suggested whichever way you. read more...


20/11/2016

Ocean Blue - Finally Ready To Leave Las Palmas

After a couple of weeks of chaotic activity we are now ready. We hope all our fellow competitors have a safe and fun trip. See you all in St Lucia.Derek, Lesley and Pete.. read more...


22/11/2016

Sunrise - Log 1

Hallo an AlleNiels, Wolfgang, Jens, Jörg, Wilhelm,Rudi, Hansi, Ludwig sind bereit! Wir haben alle Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen, die Wachen sind eingeteilt und jetzt warten wir auf den Start. Man spürt die Anspannung auf allen Booten und an allen Stegen. Wir wollen um 12 30 ablegen und haben unsere einheitlichen Crew-Shirts und Kappen schon angezogen. Unser Skipper und sein Stellvertreter (beide ARC 2014 gesegelt) haben uns fürs Auslaufen große Emotionen versprochen! Was für eine Reise liegt vor uns?. read more...


22/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Thank You Cape Verde

After crossing the finish line of leg one in the ARC+ on 12th November 10.54 local time the crew had covered a total of 1087Nm. Refuelling than mooring at our berth is was time to head ashore for a much needed shower.Some crew members choose a few nights in a hotel to chill out before the next leg of the passage (Jealous - didn't think of that!).Most of the crew had booked to go on the day tour on the Monday to one of the other islands while the others did the half day tour of St Vincent Island, both enjoying stunning views. A visit to the beautiful white beach, created by sand blown over from the Sahara Desert finished the day off nicely.With some Atlantic paddling, sampling of local food and drink and a lesson in how the locals manage water the team had time to enjoy some more of these. read more...


22/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 1 bis 3 - Das Abenteuer beginnt

Nach 3 Tagen, die ausgefüllt waren mit Einkaufen, Bunkern und ein wenig Party, geht es endlich los!Sonntag Mittag um 13:02:45 Uhr überqueren wir die Startlinie und befinden uns in einem bunten Feld von Booten teils mit Spi, Carbonsegeln oder einfach klassisch als Slup getakelt.Wir, das ist die Meltemi mit Skipperin Beate und der Crew bestehend aus Frank, Jürgen, Lothar, Marc, Nicolas und Rolf.Bisher hatten wir keine Zeit für Nervösität oder Anspannung, zu sehr haben uns die Vorbereitungen in Anspruch genommen.Doch jetzt spüren wir förmlich das Adrenalin. Sogar Beate kann sich der Situation nicht entziehen, trotz allem bewahrt sie aber Ruheund bringt uns ohne viel Aufsehen nach knapp 3 Minuten über die Startlinie.Die 1. Nacht verläuft ohne besondere Vorkommnisse, allerdings sind so viele. read more...


22/11/2016

Nisida - ARC day two restart

Tuesday 22/11/2016 1500hrs Pos 26:16.72N 19:41.71WSpeed is constantly high since 14h now, everybody has just taken a shower, lunch consisted of delicious tortilla wraps with tuna, tomato, onions, eggs and avocado; in short: spirits are high.Shower on a sailing yacht in the middle of the ocean: imagine that! At least for me a luxury I had not even dreamt of.After having been lingering in sight of the Canaries yesterday all day long and for half of last night, getting up in this morning with no sight of land but in the middle of the endless swell of the Atlantic and making good progress, made quite a difference. It felt like the ARC has finally taken off for good.So let's keep going!Tim EberhardNisida. read more...


22/11/2016

La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic

The crew has enjoyed swimming and fishing during the first week from CaboVerde towards St. Lucia. Skies have been cloudy with rain showers. The fewsqualls gave some welcomed wind gusts in addition to the very moderate or nowind at all. The motor has been on and off almost every day and the dieselsituation starts worrying a little. When do we get some wind?! This is asailboat! The YB tracker SMS option has been valuable to find out a receipe forthe otherwise tasteless green food bananas. (Thanks Kia and Kia). Mahi-mahi hasbeen served strait out of the sea and right now we expect to get some tuna onthe two lines dangling on the stern. The original ETA (29.11.) for St. Luciaseems to be right now 1.12. bur who knows.... Mikko and Tuija take a dip in the28C  degree Atlantic Ocean.. read more...


La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic
La Capitana - Log 2, Fish but no wind Mid-Atlantic
22/11/2016

White Satin - Fruit, Veg and Electricity

Tuesday 22 November264 miles sailed, 2502 to goOur course has initially swooped down from Las Palmas South towards the Cape Verde islands, but will soon start to have a touch of right hand down a bit. Think of the course as a banana that you are holding at the stalk by your fingertips, with the bottom bending off to the left - well, we are nearly at the end of the stalk. Just the main banana to go.On the subject of fruit, we are slowly eating through the fresh fruit & veg. mountain procured by Vicki and Helen. The 6 enormous cabbages will I think turn out to be about 5 and a half too many, while the mandatory pre-dinner cucumbers will put us all off these pointless veg for life. This situation was cause by the order for 2 cucumbers for the trip being misread by the greengrocer as 2kg. read more...


22/11/2016

Quetzal - no wind, good fish

HalloYesterday we had only engine wind for 12 hours but therefor a big (golden makrele) Mahi Mahiabout 1 m long.More than enough for 4 hungry sailors to eat.Today it is down wind sailing with 6 -7 kn.And good wind for the hammock.Greetings to every oneCrew Ouetzal. read more...


22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?

21.11.201627∞01.47 N - 015∞46.38 W to 26∞51.57 N - 016∞ 37.19 WQuiet night and manual helming.The day rolls out as slowly as the wind. In the morning, a light breeze from NE pushes our gennaker gently; in our doldrumesque afternoon suddenly we hear a big wind ... it is coming from the blowholes of two small whales (Wow!)Before sunset we decide to head 270∞ with a light NNE wind at our beam; dinner is 'jibe preventers' alla bolognese and roasted 'flapping sails'. Here comes the dark and a bright sky. Two dolphins are playing at our stern, showing us pure beauty. Their wake is plankton-luminescente just 10cm below the surface of the sea and making green torpedoes. A slight wind at our beam pushes us at 4 knots ... at lastFirst meal on board at sea. read more...


Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?
Ximera - Day 2 - A strange wind?
22/11/2016

Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)

20.11.201627∞01.47 N - 015∞46.38 WAmazing start line!"Sails up!" for Arc 2016! We head 200-210∞ in fair winds and we celebrate the marriage of ourselves with the ocean. At night we see the land, and then the light of the land slowly disappear. No mobile networks, no more need for wallets, official documents or newspapers: So far from our world and so close to the real world.Peter von Seestermuhe. read more...


Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)
Ximera - Day 1 - On the road ... (sea!)
22/11/2016

Pearl Bali - Over 700 miles from land, over 4km deep

the sun is shining, dolphins are visiting, no wind….. lets go swimming…. the sea is very warm. The coach roof is a good diving board… video available on arrival!. read more...


Bluewaft - BBQ 1
Bluewaft - BBQ 1
22/11/2016

Bluewaft - Log Day 3

Bluewaft Log Day 3Tuesday 22 November 201624 42’.756N 018 21’723WThe winds finally arrived and we were able to switch off the motor at about2am.Unfortunately our joy was short-lived as this coincided with thetopping lift chaffing through…(We’re still not sure how this happened asshe wasn’t under any load.Perhaps the sharp edge of a batten?A lazyline was also partly worn through).We are making between 7 and 8kts on 12– 15kts of wind – so are quite happy.We fortunately have a spare sheet of the right length and dimension.Itried to get up the mast head to thread the replacement but only managed asfar as the top spreaders before being ‘bounced’ into submission.(Fortunately I was wearing my helmet).We’ve decided to leave it for oneof the forecast calm days and try again, this time going up on. read more...


Bluewaft - Sundowners
Bluewaft - Sundowners
Bluewaft - Up the mast!
Bluewaft - Up the mast!
22/11/2016

Delfini - day 2 Tues 22 November

Having made decent progress south during Sunday and Monday morning we eventually ran out of wind mid afternoon yesterday and sat becalmed most of the afternoon - there was a general discussion via vhf during late afternoon resulting in a new doldrums club being formed - we were unable to join via vhf but maybe we can pay our dues in St Lucia ?At night we out up the asymmetric in the hope of some breeze and eventually we found a bit of wind and raced along at 2 knots until about midnight when the wind picked up and we launched the main and genoaCurrently making up for lost time in f5 NW and achieving 6/7 knots over the groundChicken casserole for dinner. read more...