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26/11/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog day 3 and 4

'Hectic Nights'  It's amazing how much of an impact a slight change in the sea state canhave to life on the boat. We had our second gybe of the trip two nights agowhich was such a huge change of scene after 48 hours on the same angle, that wegot completely disorientated on watch and one gybe ended up in about three 360s!When the boat then continued on a port tack (wind on the port side) no one sleptall night. Suddenly our smooth harmonious sail felt like living inside a washingmachine. 24 hours later and we are just about getting used to it. Skip will probablyask us to gybe again tonight knowing our luck! Everyone has finally got someshut eye. Our daily routine has cemented now. It feels like we work all night -hard sailing, reefing, gybing- and then the daytime brings relaxed. read more...


26/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Thursday 26

Thursday 26 NovRace Day 4So, we are 4 days in to our Atlantic crossing.  In typical offshore sailing style our few days at sea have merged in to a series of four and six hour watches, waking and sleeping several times in any one 24 hour period.  Time and reality change, morning becomes evening, breakfast, dinner time; any time of the day being “good morning” to someone. The pre-race parties are but a distant memory as boat life and banter are in full swing.  Pineapples have been decorated with faces and hidden around the place, Dave entertains us with his daily jokes (todays being particularly cheesy; “what did the cheese say to himself in the mirror? Hel-ou-mi” ..and so on! Help us!) and the crew are bonding well.4am conversations have been in full flow, ranging from. read more...


26/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 4 -calmer now

Atlanterhavet, torsdag 26.11. 1200 GMT, N 22.46.29, W 24.13.30   Vinden har roet seg litt nå, og vi seiler i 15-20 knop vind rundt øst.Fortsatt spridd fokk, men ikke helt rullet ut. Har også tatt ut rev 3 og seilernå med 2 rev. Bølgene har også roet seg en del. Loggen viser utseilt distanse620 nm siden start, men vi har hatt medstrøm hele veien, så faktisk distanse ernok noe større. 2150 nm av cirka 2800 nm igjen til St. Lucia. Seiler omkring 150nm i døgnet og vi stresser ikke for å komme fort fram.  I dag har vi hatt litt juleverksted og laget julelenke. Hver lenke har 100nm, og så klipper vi av etterhvert. Barna får da en ide om hvor langt vi seilerog hvor mye som står igjen. Barna trengte litt ekstra mat i dag, så etter deresønske ble det servert pasta bolognaise til lunsj.. read more...


26/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4

Alles ok - Routine stellt sich ein, die Phase des Einlebens ist vorbei. Nur beim Schlafen fehlt noch die Gewöhnung an den Seegang, der die Kojen zur Achterbahngondel werden lässt.Ein paar Daten zu unserem Schiff:Die Hallberg Rassy 54 ist ein solider, damit auch schwerer Fahrtensegler für Langfahrten. mit 26 Tonnen ist sie fast doppelt so schwer wie die meisten gleich großen Schiffe aus unserer Division. Gewicht bedeutet unter anderem Festigkeit bei Schwerwetter, aber auch Geschwindigkeitsverlust.Wir hätten die Möglichkeit, hier etwas zu taktieren, indem wir die Tanks nur halb voll fahren - das wäre immer noch die durchschnittliche Kapazität der ARC Schiffe, aber das geht nicht nur auf den Komfort. Die Duffy, allerdings ein leichtes 10 Meter langes Schiff, hat in der Nacht, in der wir den. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
Bluewater Mooney - Tag 4
26/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 4 (Update): The Shark is flying again!

Aftersome hard work with a knife we have managed to get rid of the remaining parts ofthe starboard rudder. Just a stainless pipe pointing down into the water makingcascades of spray aft of the boat. From 11.30 the Shark is now flying again(Talanta, aka the Shark boat referring to the Shark in the bow of the boat).With the petit kite we are now making 13 knots again topping at 20 knots in thesqualls. Bob Marley is singing again about sweet weather and a shining sun. Thistime loud from the speakers in the cockpit. Life is rockingagain!  /Mikael,Skipper.. read more...


26/11/2015

Hera - Kurs Mindelo

Leider hat es Tim mit einer schweren Bindehautentzündung erwischt, so dasser ärztliche Hilfe benötigt. Zum Glück hatten wir den Point of no return nochnicht erreicht und laufen jetzt mit Kurs 180 Grad auf die Kapverden zu. Wenn derWind so anhält werden wir Mindelo morgen Abend erreichen (spätestens SamstagMorgen). Wir werden so schnell wie möglich versuchen, wieder in See zu stechen,so dass wir Samstag Abend wieder im Rennen sind. Ein weiteres Malheur ist ein undichtes Luk auf dem Steuerbord Vorschiff,über das zur Zeit ständig die See wäscht.Dafür meint es Rasmus mit uns gut. Er beschert uns bei strahlendemSonnenschein einen makellosen Passat.   Stefan. read more...


26/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 4 - 25 Nov

Posizione 23° 46N25° 35W direzione 250 velocità 7,2ktDLa temperatura sta cambiando, fa molto più caldo sia di giorno che la sera. Abbiamo navigato molto bene nelle ultime 24 ore, sempre tangonati mure a destra. Poi nel pomeriggio il vento é ruotato più a est ed abbiamo dovuto stambare. Una manovra difficile, soprattutto con mare. Ci sono in gioco molte cime, un carica alto, due carica basso, la nuova scotta del Genoa. Il tangone non è pesantissimo, ma è davvero lungo e dobbiamo gestirlo con attenzione per non fare danni. Purtroppo Max si è ammalato, un po' di febbre dovuta sicuramente ad un colpo di freddo. Un po' di riposo e un paio di pastiglioni giusti lo rimetteranno a posto. La sera infatti sta già meglio ma con un ammutinamento dell'equipaggio viene esentato dai turni per la notte.. read more...


26/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 3 - A bumpy night

November 25, 2015 – Last night Inge and Nicoline started the first night shift, we were going fast (12 knots) running goose winged with the mainsail and jib and we had the inner stay sail in between. A nice sight all these sails up. In the next night shift however the wind became stronger and Herman and co decided to change and lower some sails. We got into difficulties in getting the inner stay sail down. With all men on deck we finally managed to get it back to mainsail with 2 reefs and jib up. A tough job it was in the dark and with wind and waves. But the good result of the team work was reason for Herman and Daan to open the first beer on board!  Another job of this night was the leakage in the stern. Early morning Gerard and Herman discovered the root cause and have been able. read more...


26/11/2015

TWIXX - De eerste dagen, 3

Het is nu donderdag en de wind is afgezwakt tot een dikke zes en soms 5. De golven zijn iets minder hoog maar met gemene hoge rollers ertussen als verrassing. Net de mail van de ARC gelezen, updates van andere schepen. Schepen met roer problemen en lekkage, met kapotte giek, motorproblemen, ontmast schip(bemanning oké en schip nog waterdicht), SSB problemen, enz. Dat is wel even schrikken.Voor de komende dagen ziet het er veel beter uit, de wind neemt nog verder af en wordt straks zelfs te weinig lijkt het. Kunnen we de boot ook een beetje op orde brengen en schoonmaken binnen. De opstapcrew heeft gretig gebruik gemaakt van de Belgische reisziekte pillen, ze doen het er goed op, niet spugen, wel eten en en beetje slaperig maar dat zijn wij ook door een tekort aan slaap! We maken zelf. read more...


26/11/2015

TWIXX - De eerste dagen, 2

De nachten rollen we zelfs de fok in, en dan nog surfen we soms met 15 kn de golven af. We zijn allemaal onder de indruk van het natuurgeweld. We gaan naarstig op zoek in de gribfiles naar minder wind, tevergeefs. We zullen het uit moeten zingen en vooral behoudend blijven zeilen. De 2 de dag zien we nog 6 boten om ons heen op de AIS. De Dawn Chorus passeert ons krap voorlangs. We zien iets over haar stuurboord boeg hangen. Op de marifoon contact opgenomen. Ze hebben teruggerapporteerd dat het hun code 0 was! Ze waren zeer blij met ons, een mooi zeil gered. Aan boord bij hun was het "rocking and rolling". Het inspectie rondje over de boot doet Rob aangelijnd en op z'n knieën. Normaal lopen we gewoon door de gangboorden bij slecht weer, dat is nu ondenkbaar. We zijn regelmatig blij met. read more...


26/11/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX de eerste dagen, 1

Las Palmas zondagmiddag 22 november. Caribische muziek schalt over de haven maar vooral over de TWIXX, de speakers staan dichtbij. We nemen afscheid van onze familie die ons komen uitzwaaien. Een dubbel gevoel, vrolijke muziek en de start van een mooi avontuur, maar tegelijkertijd een brok in de keel vanwege het lang moeten missen van onze lieverds. We varen de haven uit, er roepen ons veel mensen aan. We realiseren ons dat we al veel mensen hebben leren kennen in Las Palmas. Leuke mensen die we ook gaan missen. Buiten de marina staat er flinke wind, tijd om de reddingsvesten aan te doen, alle lijnen en fenders op te bergen en de zeilen te hijsen met 1rif in het grootzeil. Dat valt nog niet mee tussen 200 schepen. We zeilen over de startlijn en hier begint onze ca 3 weken durende reis. read more...


TWIXX - Diner bij windkracht 7!
TWIXX - Diner bij windkracht 7!
26/11/2015

Talanta - Log Day 4: Chasing squalls, dancing the waves and a broken rudder

Thelast days has continued with a mix of squalls, sunshine and winds around 20knots, topping at 28 knots of wind in the squalls. To keep up the speed we havebeen chasing squalls, trying to get closer to them to enjoy dancing the waves in18 knots.  Yesterdayevening we’d just made a gybe, heading west-north-west och life at sea werereally rocking. A beautiful sunset, boat was flying at 18 knots with a lighthand at the tiller. Just finding a smooth way among the waves to minimize thespray of water. A few of the crew were taken a shower (which means using seawater from a bucket) when suddenly something hit the starboard rudder and itbecame very hard to steer.  Quicklywe brought down the sails and examined what had happened. No damages to the hullor the port rudder, nor the steering. read more...


26/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (5): Big Blew

Most unfortunate news folks. On 24 Nov, at approximately 12:30 Zulu time, Big Blue, aka the "Whomper", suffered a passage ending injury and has been placed on "inactive" status until further notice.The Whomp, our second favorite crew member after Otto, was barely out of diapers, with only a few hundred hours of game time under his belt. A rising star in the WIDAGO sail plan, the management team had high hopes for the young downwind sail. He was expected to play a key role, not only in this leg towards St. Lucia, but next year's World Circumnavigation, where those trade winds dominate.The injury occurred while First Mate, Galley Wench, was hand steering at the helm. Skipper Ahab was providing very insightful feedback, at regular intervals, on her technique."A little port. No, now. read more...


26/11/2015

PG Roshni - 26/11 0025 Not Much

16:10.8N 47:24.5WGetting there slowly...Managed to sleep a bit yesterday pm as did everyone so a bit more relaxed. Got the pole out again and gybed to SW on a line to St Lucia which is now 794nm to go...Black clouds on the horizon behind don't seem to be producing the squalls we had last night thankfully but we are reefed down in case which is hampering speed but more relaxing! Another B hole has appeared in the main adjacent to the top middle batten - advice to anyone wanting to do long distance sailing - go for v strong sails and triple the amount of spreaderpatches you consider necessary for each main position! Trying to protect the mainsail now by oversheeting it which means much more weather helm on this downwind sailing as she tries to load up all the time :).Sounds like we got. read more...


25/11/2015

Pura Vida - Tage 1 - 4

Liebe Freunde und Mitlesende,hier ein erster Bericht von mittlerweile 4. Tag auf See:22.11.: Start in Las Palmaswir hatten bis zur letzten Minute noch mit den Vorbereitungen zu tun. Zu allem Überfluss hatten wir wieder Diesel in der Bilge, dem wir noch entfernen wollten, wozu die Zeit aber nicht reichte. Also legten wir so ab.Im Hafen von Las Palmas war dann große Verabschiedung. Das war v.a. für Alex sehr aufregend, weil er als vermutlich erster Bewohner von St. Vincent (einer Nachbarinsel von St. Lucia) den Atlantik per Segelboot überquert, extra verabschiedet wurde.Das Startfeld mit den vielen Booten war schon beeindruckend und wir hatten das bestimmt größte Startschiff der Welt: ein Kriegsschiff der spanischen Marine.Das Wetter war leider nicht so toll. Grauer Himmel und Regen und. read more...


25/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Day 4 Scarlet ARC 2015, Rhumb line to the Rum!

Finally found time to get some words down!Been a mixture of reasons forthis poor display of blogging, one of course is that Simon is not onboardthis race we miss him, but I am pleased to report he has plans to sail withus again soon! Another reason is it has been slightly busy settling intoroutine at sea, I have found time to sleep a lot tho!The main reason is Imislaid the piece of paper with the email address to send this too so itends up on the site as a Scarlet blog, having found it I can confirm it isexactly the same address as last year (and probably the 3 before that too!).Anyways all is well on the good ship Scarlet, the start seems a month agoalready, but as I recall we started 2 seconds off the line, several lengthsclear ahead!Start as you mean to go on I suppose!We had an. read more...


25/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 8

21:04:00 UTC Wednesday Nov. 25, 2015Position: 14.97776N, 44.9546WFAR OUT!closest land: Cayenne, Surinam (remember Papillon?): 742nm = 1,374kmSt. Lucia: 929nm = 1,720kmCape Verdes: 1151km = 2,132kmdon’t forget down: 4022m (not much use to us and no intention of going there)Well over 1000km any way you look over the endless water, it is surreal.Half an hour ago the satellite system failed. That would have meant no more blogs, no more emails. That would have put us not only far out, but also out of contact, what a scary thought. All due to a contact problem in a small wire (fortunately quickly found, otherwise you would not be able to read this).We frequently sit here and wonder about the contraption we are in, sporting virtually all amenities of home: stove and oven (dinner in 10. read more...


25/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 17 – Tuesday

So anARC staff walks into the Las Palmas marina minimarket, to buy a brand newdeodorant. The cashier says ‘would you like a bag for that?’ in surprisinglygood English, but the Yellow Shirt just smiles and says ‘No thank you dear, I’lljust take it under my arm.’ Ah,how you Yellow Shirts crack us up. To anyone (if anyone) reading this who aren’tfamiliar with the ARC; the miracle workers who make the ARC happen, who sends uson our way from one port, only to stand there ready at the next one to welcomeus, check us in and make sure we’re taken excellent care of – they wear yellowshirts. And they pull it off. The reason I’m telling you the joke from lastnight’s watch instead of the detail of our very pleasant day at sea, is that mycreative, but not really top-notch joke-telling was pretty much. read more...


25/11/2015

Meltemi - 4. Tag Genuss in vollen Zügen

Liebe Mitstreiter,den vierten Tag auf dem Atlantik haben wir in vollen Zügen genossen.Vorab aber noch ein paar Worte vorweg:Bei dem Start der ARC konnt man nun wirklich von 0 auf 100 in wenigen Sekunden sprechen.Gleich von Anfang an hatten enormen Druck auf dem Segel und der Start war wirklich einfür mich einmaliges Erlebnis.Der Tag Heute bescheerte uns guten achterlichen Wind schwischen 18-23 KN und die Wellen machten den Butterly und das Kochen doch etwas schwierig. Somit haben wir das dritte Menue ausfallen lassen und mussten uns mit Nudel und Bolognese und Tai Curry zufrieden geben. :-)Hier an Bord ist alles OK und Matthias, werfe bitte nochmal paar Euro in die Wettermaschine.Bis zum nächsten Mal.Harald. read more...


25/11/2015

EH01 - LOG DAY 3 - Fast Ride

We have had a fantastic couple of days sailing. After the initial hick upsduring the first day the crew settled into the watch system nicely and they feelmore and more confident about sailing the boat. Conditions have been a littlechallenging due to the rolling waves bouncing the boat while poled out and allthis accompanied with regular squalls, especially last night, occasionallybringing 35-40 knots of wind with them. All this leading to a little bit ofexhaustion among the crew. However, this morning we were all very happy to learn that the honourableand good ship EH01 was one of the fastest boat in her class over the last 24hours, almost making 200 nautical miles and slowly catching up with ourfleet. Night sailing have been fantastic with a very bright full moon giving uslight through. read more...


25/11/2015

4JOY - IZVJEŠTAJ ZA ONE KOJI NAS PRATE 1.DIO

Pozdrav ,dragi prijatelji i kolege. Prije svega da vam kažem da smo trenutnu u 4.danu relija i svi smodobro. Sad ću se malo vratit na start.Iako je regata zamišljena više kao druženjei sigurni prelazak bare,u stvarnosti to i nije baš tako.I te kako se na danstarta osjeća uzbuđenje i nervoza,nije u stilu baš me briga.Iznenadio sam sepoprilično kad sam vidio da svi katamarani iz naše skupine imaju barem po 2prednja velika jedra,bilo spinaker,genaker ili code0.Zato smo im na startuodlučili pokazat da i mi jedrimo ozbiljno.Nekako nas je potrefilo i na startusmo izletili kao prvi ili drugi brod,sa krasnim pogledom na flotu pokrmi.Meterolog je najavljivao 20 čv NE na startu koji će dole niz  otokpojačati do 30 čv.Na startu je bilo 30čv,a dalje doli niz otok i do 45čvvitra.Mi smo odlučili. read more...


25/11/2015

Bamarandi - Wednesday 26th November - Half Way There (& last of the soup)

Position 16.01.266N 045.42.157WWe had an eventful night with squalls driving the wind up to 45kts, showers, heavy seas. Donald & Audrey were on watch 10pm to 2am and had an interesting session with heavy rain and high winds causing them to reef the genoa and hunker down. We came on at 2am and it all looked relatively calm. By 3.00am we had encountered some high winds but not sustained. Then at 3.30am large black clouds gathered behind, in front and to the port side of us. The clouds behind had a tornado cone shape to them. The wind angle also changed substantially meaning we were having to head way off our course to the north to keep the wind from folding our genoa back. We had taken the mainsail down during early evening.   We took the decision to take the genoa. read more...


25/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 7

Spent most of the night worrying about avoiding squalls, ready to reef but no real problems.Dark clouds this morning cleared to give a beautiful sunny day, good opportunity to practise sun sights, unfortunately also less wind so slower progress but very pleasant.Still on port gybe, we probably look like we're heading down to South America.Trouble is we really want to go dead downwind but we can't risk crash gybing the main by doing that especially as under self steering, so heading 30 deg off to the south.Maybe we should gybe back onto starboard this evening before dark?Steve busy being net controller for the SSB today, he is really getting into it.People are fantasising as to how they will celebrate getting to 1000 miles to go.For us this will probably late tonight or early morning so. read more...


25/11/2015

Isabel - Day 3

Wednesday 12 Noon 25/11/2105 2533 45N 24 53 49W - 187 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia2138As you see from consistent daily runs we have same conditions over the lastday average 20 knots blowing us straight to St Lucia. Big rolly sea makinglife on board challenging at times and sleeping difficult. Wesailed main part of the day under reduced mainsail as our gooseneck hassome issues - this is the fitting that joins the boom to the mast. All looksok now as we head south at 225 degrees with a squall overhead.Peter and 'Disappointing Nick' prepared an excellent ham and cheese saladfor lunch! Steak and homemade fries for dinner!. read more...


25/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 3

Rocking along and making good speeds, a day of celebration -a Birthday (cooked breakfast, Cake, Double G+T,, happy hour snacks) Dophins galore putting on a show, dinner in the oven and great sailing! Still no fish (todays lucky lure was a rather huge squid named Dorris). We are in and out of visual company with several other ARC yachts and the occasional freighter livens up the night watches. Life is good.Wishing you all well at home. Skyelark Xx Birthday--Boyjpg. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 3
Skyelark of London - Day 3
25/11/2015

Magic - Magic B'ARC Day four ­ Wednesday 25th November Dog Blog from May the Maltese on Magic

Being a dog at sea there are certain delicate subjects we don’t discuss but just so you are not concerned for me I have to report that all systems are working well.  It has taken me four days to settle and I think the people are the same.  It is odd at sea as our address keeps changing – apparently just now we are at 26.17.2N 25 09.31 W There is an endless amount of entertainment for me on the yacht watching the feeders working.  They are a good pack and work together well, but I have noticed that sometimes they are tired and stressed – that’s where I come in to make them smile or give them a hug.  They call it May Watch when they have to pick me up and cuddle me – but of course really I am looking after them.  It is 2.30pm and all is calm. Mark is on watch. read more...


25/11/2015

Aliena - miercoles 25-11-2015

Continua el mar tremendo. NOche tranquila para los chicos, pero movidita para mi: lluvia, viento, delfin o pez de su calaña dando saltos enormes y asustandome porque saltaba por encima del balcon de proa. La conclusion es que los chicos duermen sus guardias y por eso son tranquilas.El dia se presenta igual, no parece que el mar vaya a mejorar. Estamos pensando cambiar rumbo mas al sur.Hemos recorrido en las lutimas 24 horas 191,5 Nm, es decir, a una media de 8 Kts, que no esta nada mal. Seguimos con el yankee atangonado y navegamos en orejas de "burro" (es decir, el viento por popa y una vela a cada lado). Nos quedan 2197 mn. Ufffffffff!Carmen. read more...


25/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 3 - 24 Nov

Posizione 24° 43N22° 54W direzione 280 velocità 7,5ktDicono tutti che dopo il terzo giorno va meglio ed effettivamente è successo così. Questa mattina alle 8 quando Roberto è venuto su per cambio turno abbiamo ammainato Genoa, acceso motore, issata randa, montato i due carica basso per il tangone, le scotte del Genoa e abbiamo issato di nuovo il Genoa tangonandolo. È sempre una manovra faticosa, per impegno di cime e di oggetti, farlo con la barca che si muove come una pazza non è stato piacevole, ma il mitico prodiere (Max) si è cimentato leggiadro in questa operazione. Da questa mattina viaggiamo quindi ben poggiati con il vento quasi di poppa a velocità sempre sopra i 7kt, dovremmo ricuperare un po' di terreno perso. Prima di sera, durante un momento in cui le raffiche erano molto. read more...


25/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 25-11-2015: Lekker geslapen

Gisteren tijdens het avond eten kon het niet op! Zitten we lekker aan onseigen gevangen visje, bij zonsondergang, in surfs van 15 knts, komen er ook nogdolfijnen naast de boot zwemmen!! Hoe mooi wil je het hebben!?!?!?! Na van dit alles te hebben genoten begon de ‘Nacht’. Het is namelijk 11 uurper dag licht en 13 uur per dag donker (18:00-07:00).Tijdens de nacht kon iedereen lekker slapen aangezien de golven lekker vanachter kwamen en we minder rolden. Wel hebben we rond een uurtje of 23:30besloten om wat zeil te minderen. 35 knts wind en constante snelheid tussen de11-16 knts was toch een beetje te gek in het donker. Dit is natuurlijk eenfluitje van een cent voor deze ervaren crew. Binnen no time staan er 2 extra manin hun bangmakertjes in de kuip en dus gepiept in 2 min tijd, waarna. read more...


25/11/2015

LaLuna - LaLuna dag 4

Gisteren (dinsdag) namiddag Blue Sky. Korte broeken, T shirt uit, beetje zon pakken. Heerlijk! 's Avonds besluiten we ons eens goed te verwennen. Steak, erwtjes & worteltjes (inclusief aangefruite uitjes) en mouseline puree. Dat heeft gesmaakt. Damn, wat een afwas. Met 6 handen en evenveel ellebogen krijgen we het kombuis weer aan kant. Schoon schip maken heet dat dan.Rond half 7 gaat de zon onder. Een kwartier later is het donker. We lopen nog steeds met grootzeil en uitgeboomde fok. Jongens wat loopt ze lekker. 'Snel hé!?'. 'ja echt lekker'. Windkracht 6, soms een vlaag 7. Jeetje ... misschien wel te snel ..? Tja, daar zeg je al zoiets .... Captain Lode hakt de knoop door. Jongens zo gaan we de nacht niet in! Als 7 een 8 wordt kan het snel tricky worden. Dekverlichting gaat aan. read more...


25/11/2015

Toujours Belle - Logbuch Tag 1-4

Hallo von der Toujours Belle.Tag 22.11… Die Ausfahrt aus dem Hafen war sehr beeindruckend. Viele Leutewaren vor Ort und wir hatten unseren Spaß. Mit der Crew hatte ichvereinbart, dass wir von hinten starten. An der Startlinie kreuzen 200Schiffe. Da ist eine Kollision sehr wahrscheinlich. Das wollten wir vonvorne herein vermeiden. Denn wir wollen ja noch um die Welt. So passiertenwir die Startlinie mit ca. 20 Minuten Verspätung. Die See war sehr rau. Wirsegelten SW Gran Canaria runter. Gleich in der Nacht unterhalb der Inseltotale Flaute. 0,5-1,6 kn Geschwindigkeit. Ein Desaster.Tag 23.11… Nach der Flaute suchten wir unser Glück südlicher. Welle 3-4mund Wind bis 34 kn. An den Parasailor gar nicht zu denken. Groß istüberflüssig, da es schlägt und die Genua unruhiger werden lässt. Wetter. read more...


25/11/2015

SeaBee - Atlantpassage day 1-3

Hej, Här kommer kortfattat några rader om våra dagar/natter på Atlanten.Dag 1, 22 novStart kl 13, vi kom iväg 5 min sent pga segelbyte. Haftig start med 200 batar runt oss som forsar fram i kraftig medvind. Det blaser hela em kvällen o natten 10-20 m/s. Vi slår fartrekord upprepade gånger. Cina vann med 15,1 knop som toppnotering, inte illa för en familjeseglare som valt att ta det lugnt.Alla pa gott humor trots en havsvatten-avspolning av en vag som slog in över oss. Alla helt dyngsura. Vi seglade med 2 rev i storen och genua. Mycket vagor gjorde att det blev lite somn. Tva brochar och inrullning av genuan på natten. Barnen lite sjosjuka.Dag 2, 23 novAlla har sovit daligt och ar trotta. Det blaser fortsatt bra och vi gippar västerut. Det blaser ca 10-15 m/s och upp till 19 m/s tidvis.. read more...


25/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 3

Wind nach wie vor stark. Es gibt hinsichtlich der zu erwartenden Windrichtungen keine richtige Taktik - alle Seegebiete bis St. Lucia haben ähnliche Vorhersagen, also keine besonders begünstigte Route im Norden oder Süden.Also Kurs direkt St. Lucia mit möglichst viel Speed - und da kommt der Wind mit 25 Knoten im Durchschnitt gerade recht. Wir entscheiden uns, den Spi auch in dieser Nacht stehen zu lassen. Wir haben Vollmond und Radar, welches uns zur Vorwarnung für die Squalls dient.Noch vor der Dämmerung wird das Parasail geborgen, um die Falle - wir fahren zur Sicherheit zwei Falle (Seile die das Segel zur Spitze des Mastes ziehen) und Schoten auf Beschädigung zu kontrollieren - ein Dyneemaschäkel muss ausgetauscht werden, ansonsten sieht alles trotz der zurückliegenden 30 Stunden, in. read more...


25/11/2015

Bliss II - Re: bliss II blogentry day 3

Day 3 We are doing well. To bring something new up. We hadscrambled eggs in the morning and will have veggies, chicken and rice in theevening. To bring up something new... I think all found our rhythm to functionwell now. We’re eating mile after mile having Maegan around us in case they needsome flour.. Try to avoid the more southerly weaker wind area andgybe later today to come above layline again. Still no pilot possible. Allmanual steering and our Croatian crew performs super. More to come tomorrow same time Best Regards JB, bliss II. read more...


25/11/2015

Why Not - Why Not Wednesday Blog

Hi AllVery comfortable night last night as we set up the spinnaker pole yesterdayand flew that through  the night with average winds. Arose this morning all crew good but just had a squall hit us with winds of40 knots but only lasted minutes , Charlie has just taken the top speed record from Keith which was12.4.. and is now 13.6 Catrin just about to dish up2nd meal of the day so we will come home heavier not lighter.   In 2days we recorded 460 NMiles All good today on sea sickness front and sun is shinning.   Cheers Keith  . read more...


25/11/2015

Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC

Blog 2 ARC RallyThe first 24 hours of the race proved successful, 1st on rating andabout 120 NM ahead of nr 2, a significant 100 ft Southern Wind yacht. Wehad some showers (that is rain- none on board..) but mostly clear skiesand a brave ¾ moon peeping through the occasional cloud cover. Forecaststill looking good for a quick crossing but hard to tell with another2000 Nm to go.Life onboard gets into a 4 hr rhythm and once we figured out how thefirst watch change almost turned into mild chaos- none would read thescheme without reading glasses and assumed his watch fellow could…!-things run like clockwork.Watchleaders Johnny (Gerd-Jan) Poortman, Rocky (Rokas Milevicius), Jens(The farmer) Dolmer and Tomas (Ivanauskas) manage their teams within theboundaries set by Johnny for course, sail. read more...


Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
Team Brunel - blog 2 Team Brunel in the ARC
25/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 3 (update): food and night watches...

We had a nice dinner in the cockpit with taco wraps with chicken (for thosewho could eat).Night watch routine is starting to get settled. We run 3 on and 6 hours offwith 2 on each watch.  Johan, crew of Hanse Sailor. read more...


25/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 25.11.15

November 25th Fish Count “0”; Lines lost “2” Its day 3 and fishing remains our challenge in turbulent seas, no good news so far. Are there any fish in the Ocean?  Progress is good with winds gusting from 13 to 30 knots. Gybed this morning to remain on our course, goosewinging. All crew are upbeat about our progress, ticking off the miles, with smiles on their faces. No fish, however an American football was sighted swimming off the starboard bow. Roys cooking is awesome, the chilli was to die for and an excellent risotto. Still problems with Generator start, continue to jump start. Boats rocking and rolling due to sea state, only one fell out of bunk so far, he’s ok. Fish count still “0”      . read more...


Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 5 Sailors Delight
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 5 Sailors Delight
23/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 5 Sailors Delight

We are already looking out for the welcome basketwith St. Lucia's home made products. Hopefully with a bottle of thefamous local rum: Chairmans Delight. If not, than we already had our portion ofdelight, made by the cooking team that stocked the Nix in Las Palmas withChristmas meat from the Lidl like Filet de Canguro, Veal liver, Magret deCanard, Ostrich Steaks, stuffed Salmon en croute, Mince meat for the SpagettiBolognese and tin food like Confit de Canard and Cordonices en Escabeche.All of it nothing compared with our home made Sushi.....   Nix crew. read more...


25/11/2015

Cookelu meu - 150 nm from mid point, caught and then lost a beautyful mahi-mahi fish

By far better conditions today. Lars proposed a solution to the “Tayana rivers” problem, a feature of our yacht draining the sea water that finds its way into the sidedeck into the cockpit seats making everything there – including us – soaking wet. We now have dry upholstery to sit on.Yesterday evening we caught a beautiful and about 25 kg (yes twenty five ) mahi-mahi. It took a bite at our pink octopus lure and was pulling our trolling line at an alarming pace. It had already pulled out about 250m of line when I took control of the fishing rod (was taking a nap at the time). After a 15-20 minutes fight with the fish I succeeded to bring it close to the boat. The canoe stern shape of the boat doesn’t offer a lot of space at the stern so only one person has enough space to fish and that. read more...


25/11/2015

Raylah - LOG DAY 6 -Sea Sensitivities

We are 1208 miles from our destination, the nearest land is the Amazon Basin 1006 miles away. Our real and only world is the little moving circle which is as far as we can see around Raylah.  I think we avoid thinking about being in a little plastic boat in the middle of a large ocean .In our little world things change as the seas get bigger and confused or the wind goes down to a quiet zephyr or clouds cover the moon. Occasionally we have flying fish and tiny squids on the deck in the morning or sea birds endlessly circling, their wings skimming the water completely at home out in the ocean. Life goes on the same day after day in our little world and then suddenly in the middle of this vast ocean we have two visitors that find us.Nic spots it first on the AIS (Automatic. read more...


Raylah - LOG DAY 6 -Sea Sensitivities
Raylah - LOG DAY 6 -Sea Sensitivities
25/11/2015

Friskus VI - friskuslog day 3 -Atlantic waves

Atlanterhavet, N 22.57, W 21.05, kl. 10.30 GMT   Det er fjerde dagen med kuling nå. Vi styrer 225 grader rettvisende kurs påbabord halser. Har 3 rev i storseilet og halveis innrullet fokk. Alt er underfull kontroll, men veldig behagelig er det ikke. Har brukket toppspilen istorseilet og festet til fiskestangen, ellers fungerer båten utmerket. Vårt nyemannskap viser seg også å fungere veldig bra. Ønsker oss mindre vind, og gjernelitt dreiende slik at vi enten kan stå rett mot St.Lucia på babord halser, ellerjibbe til styrbord og gjøre det samme. Bananklasen har fått hard medfart, så vispiser allerede av den (men må kaste en del halve, kræsja bananer).   Alle er ganske slitne nå, selv om vi har kommet inn i OK soverytme. Elisehar som vanlig vært mest plaget av bølgene, men i hele. read more...