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Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker
Ximera - Day 4 - Tropic of gennaker
25/11/2016

Bluetangos Two - 25.11

Tutto ok, siamo in piena navigazione. Abbiamo avuto dei piccoli inconvenienti , già superati. L'unico che non possiamo riparare è il gruppo elettrogeno che ha avuto la delicatezza di rompersi. Il collettore di scarico si è corroso ed inbarca non posso ripararlo. L'energia la prendiamo dal motore, carichiamo le batterie e produciamo acqua dolce, già risolto. La notte scorsa ha praticamente piovuto tutta notte ed ora cerchiamo di sfuggire ad un fronte  temporalesco esteso circa 15 miglia .Daremo notizie tra due o tre giorni. Bluetangos two. read more...


24/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack

Die Crew empfindet das dreistündige Wachsystem mit 7,5 StundenFreiwache als sehr angenehm und honoriert es mit konzentriertenSteuerleistungen.Christoph: 7,5 Stunden Freiwache liest sich ganzlocker, nur irgendwie ist hier an Bord ein Schlafvirus ausgebrochen.Nach der Wache ab ins Bett und erstmal ausruhen! Das ist wunderbaresaber auch anstrengendes Segeln. Die Bordküche unter der Ägide von Michael läuft zur Höchstform auf. Nach dem Thai Curry vom Vortag gibt es heute leckeres Ratatoille aus unserem Frischebeständen und morgen Steak.Die Kühlung läuft auch bei zunehmender Wärme einwandfrei. ZurVersorgung unserer Bord-Elektrizität lassen wir für 2-3 Stunden abendsden Motor als Generator ausgekuppelt laufen.Die nächste dunkle NachtWir segeln in dienächste sehr dunkle Nacht, die am Abend mit. read more...


Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack
Charisma - Tag 4 - Der Spi bleibt im Sack
24/11/2016

Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall

Am Nachmittag verändert sich das Wolkenbild. Die ersten von der Passatzone beeinflussten Squalls kündigen sich an.Diese Regenwolken ziehen mit den Höhenwinden und können in ihrerZugrichtung beobachtet werden. Die Bewertung der Lage und dieEntscheidung was in seemännischer Sicht zu tun ist benötigt Wachsamkeitund Erfahrung.In voller MonturDie Wache im Cockpit ist imÖlzeug gerüstet. Es wird sich zeigen wie stark die Auswirkungen derwindgeladenen Schauerfronten sind. Diesmal sind es nur Regenwolken, diepartiell abregnen und für wechselhaften frischen Wind sorgen. Wir könnendiese Situation aussegeln ohne die Segel reffen oder bergen zu müssen.Erstes, zweiter und drittes ReffDer Zeitrahmen des Squallsbeträgt ungefähr eine Stunde bis der normal vorherrschende Wind wiedereinsetzt. Da die. read more...


Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall
Charisma - Tag 3 - Warschau Squall
24/11/2016

Meltemi - Bericht Tag 4-5 - Das Abenteuer geht weiter

Dank der sehr guten Wetteranalyse und der daraus abgeleiteten Kursstrategie kommen wir am Mittwoch und Donnerstag mit Wind zwischen 10 und 20 Knoten gut voran. Dabei dreht der Wind von Nord über Ost bis Südost und wir können unterschiedliche Kurse zum Wind ausprobieren. Die Navigation hingegen ist denkbar einfach: Kurs 240°. Nur gelegentlich passen wir die Segelfläche den Windverhältnissen an und segeln Groß und Genua im 1. oder 2. Reff. Die Sichtungen anderer Schiffe werden seltener, nur noch vereinzelt treffen wir auf andere ARC-Teilnehmer, die offenbar eine ähnliche Kursstrategie fahren wie wir. In der Nacht von Dienstag auf Mittwoch können wir den Sternenhimmel bewundern und die Sterne und die Sternbilder zuordnen (sehr hilfreich diese Apps...). Dafür ist die nächste Nacht. read more...


24/11/2016

Fleet II - Log Thursday November 24th: Catch of the Day

Well, we’ve come around 100 miles south and the day started well with acouple of hours of ‘proper’ sailing.  Unfortunately the wind died again sowe’re back to motor sailing – trying to balance the need for speed with agreater need to ensure we don’t burn all our fuel.  Fleet II is a clubboat, and other members will be delighted to learn that Peter is taking goodcare of her! Given the quiet sailing, we need some things to distract us, so just aswell we landed our first fish this morning.  A 15 inch tuna, which came onboard fairly easily, and will provide dinner for all of us tonight.  Kimand Keith are now becoming expert at locating our whereabouts with the sextant,and we saw three young whales playing a hundred metres away yesterdayafternoon.  We all enjoyed a. read more...


24/11/2016

Sanya - Message from Inmarsat-C Mobile

TO:WCLG.18290.38601@Worldcruisingevents.co.ukSUBJECT:2016-11-24 14.30 UTC Boat timeTEAM SANYA VO70The Sanya is running around 18 knots and we are well over one third of the trip. Where shall I start describing the last day and night. Yesterday was beautiful sailing. We were running with the fractional, the J4 and the main hitting trip speed records around 30 knots of boat speed. It was amazing and the boat was showing of her power in nice Atlantic waves and gusty winds. But she was fickle, you really have to pay attention while driving. She will wipe you out if you are slacking on the wheel or main trim. But it was great,running the waves, hearing Sanya zooming and enjoying herself and a happy crew all around though some are starting to feel a little wear and tear as sleeping in a. read more...


24/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - Tales from Xplorer Part 2 - Into the Tropics

We have just crossed 23 degrees N, the Tropic of Cancer. Yes folks, we are now in the Tropics – Yippee! Break out the swimsuits and sun cream! Err….not quite, it is more like a miserable day on the Isle of Wight – windy, overcast and raining, break out the foulies and hot chocolate!A strange aroma has started to emanate from “The Bamford Suite”, worryingly, from the skipper’s bunk. Fortunately, the source has been identified as two gently rotting cabbages stored thereunder. Simple fix – last night’s dinner had to include cabbages. Only problem was it was Tom’s turn to cook, and it would be fair to say he is far from the Michelin star level in the kitchen. Turns out that fried rotting cabbage is not as bad as you might imagine!We have been spoilt for wildlife recently, with dolphins. read more...


24/11/2016

Challenge 93 (Fisher&Paykel NZ) - day 5

Blog Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93 - day 5: Whow, what a night! Squalls up to 30 kts, topspeed up to 18 plus rain and waves made it quite challenging. But thanks to Quino, Simbad, Fabio & Sergio there was no need to be worried (but Skipper said: we need cochones....). In the morning we treated ourself with some french toast while watching an amazing sunrise. Today we passed the first ship during our journey: the Wylde Swan, an 45 m sailboat on their way to Tobago. Next highlight of the day will be dinner by Holger: Labskaus! Cheers to everyone, the Crew of Fisher & Paykel Challenge 93. read more...


24/11/2016

Fenella - Thank God for That !

Ten days is enough for any man , the continuous rounds of showers, drinksparties , lectures was getting us down .Pleasant as it is there is always anunderlying feeling of anxiety about the enormous challenge facing us –have wegot enough of this and that and the blunt severity of the safety lectures beganto eat in and by the time Sunday rocked up we were all pleased to get out sea. We had, as ever, met new friends and had a hilarious crew supper whereSpriggsy led the conga with his old mates Girls For Sail_ old habits never die.We all liked Las Palmas and our tour of the vineyard  was very off thewall, the coach driver managed to get lost and we were perched on a precipicewith horrendous overhangs , when eventually found the place the poor guy seemedrather disorganised and talked. read more...


24/11/2016

Estrella - Tag 4-5; Wechselner Wind und gute Küche

Die erste Euphorie aus dem Segeln “gegenan” bei 3-5 Metern Welle und 25Knoten Wind ist nach 30 Stunden “Hack” der Realität gewichen. Alle waren ganzschön fertig und froh, dass der Wind ein wenig gedreht hat und wir jetzt mehrraumschots segeln können. So können wir wieder schlafen und ohne blaue Fleckenvon oben nach unten kommen. Das wirkt sich auch auf die Bordküche aus. Bisgestern Vormittag waren alle mit Zwieback gut bedient, aber jetzt wird“aufgeback”! Axel ist ein wahres Küchengenie. Zwar muss immer noch Brotverbraucht werden bevor es schlecht wird, aber wenn es in der Pfanne mitOlivenöl gebraten serviert wird ....! Mittags hat Heinz den Blumenkohlgesichtet, aus dem Axel sofort ein köstliches Gericht mit Rührei und zum erstenMal Kartoffeln (hmm) zaubert. Abgerundet mit Tomatensalat. read more...


24/11/2016

Nisida - Swell!

Thursday 1430 Position 26:19,96N 26:31,37W After an afternoon screaming along with the code zero yesterday we dropped it just before dark to keep a course due west. Goose-winged all night with poled out genoa, bit rolly but good progress through the night and this morning.All feeling a bit brighter today with everyone tucking into chicken salad for lunch.Nigel even ran a hook astern for a few minutes in an attmept to fish.Looking like we will have a sunny afternoon.. read more...


24/11/2016

White Satin - Into the tropics

Thursday 24 November.570 miles sailed and 2250 to go.Four days completed now, 570 miles sailed and 2250 to go.Excellent sailing conditions, as the sea has settled down somewhat and we are going along on a beam reach at 7 knots, which is pretty well full speed for White Satin.Yesterday's intended blog was not sent as we got caught up in the sad drama of the sinking of 'Noah', and as mentioned before we were the first boat to arrive to their aid, we were rather shell-shocked after then witnessing the crew have to take to their liferaft and then go through a rather difficult process of rescue by a commercial ship that luckily diverted to help as well. Luckily all the crew, including 2 small children, were safely got on board and their yacht left slowly sinking. After that our mundane. read more...


White Satin - Into the tropics
White Satin - Into the tropics
24/11/2016

Tulla Mhor - Day 5: Big Rollers

After the lovely flat calm seas of the first few days we are now in the bigAtlantic Rollers with about 3m of swell making the boat move up and down, sideto side. Everyone has been a little bit queasy with a run on the sea sicknesspills.Everything on the boat moves around and although we have anti-slip matslast night we had a chicken disaster when the boat made a particularly violentscrewing motion. A pan with fried chicken leapt off the counter top on to thegalley floor including the door and floor of the cabin immediately behind. Thisis Hugo’s cabin our youngest crew member who has just graduated and isvegetarian. He still thinks the easiest way to find things is to leave them onthe floor so everything was covered with bits of chicken. Managed to retrievemost of the food for the meat. read more...


Bluewaft - Boom boom James
Bluewaft - Boom boom James
24/11/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 5

Bluewaft Log Day 5Wednesday 23 November 201622°09’.163N 022°39’.393WAnother good night’s sailing with the swell behind us and the wind slowlyclocking. Very dark with the moon only rising late.No boats on theradar or AIS.This morning we decided to follow the rhum line, shook the reef out of themain, and have started sailing goose-wing with main, jib and stay sail.We've rigged a preventer on the main using a dock line and spring.Our VMG is up around 6kts now, so hope to make good time as the winds grow(fingers crossed).It’s certainly a comfortable ride!We noticed the first reef line had chaffed so James went up into the boomand refitted it (we only lost the last meter of line).It was good to seefrom a safety perspective he had both his life jacket and helmet on!Fishing wise we’re still. read more...


24/11/2016

Exhale - Happy Crew

Day five and still moving along at 5 to 7 kts. Keeping a close eye on our fellow Corkonians on the race (rally) track with just 9 miles difference in dtd (we are ahead!). Crew all happy having been served lunch by the skipper. Despite best efforts fish are scarce.. read more...


Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley
Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley
24/11/2016

Cherish - Day 9: cooking in the galley

We eat well on board. Some of the delights: Sven’s made from scratch spicy tomato soup; Will’s sausages (specially imported from Germany thanks Sven!) and mash with onion gravy;  Chris’ lentil dahl, Ali’s cole slaw; Ant’s Thai stir fry;WJ’s gammon with pineapple; Peter’s porridge. We’re working on our new book of recipes; “Twenty-one days at sea”.WJGOPR1366.. read more...


24/11/2016

Koco - 4.Tag auf See

Die Nacht war unruhig und laut, der Wellengang ließ die Koco ordentlich tanzen. der Morgen wurde mit Starway to Heaven von Far Corporation eingeläutet. Der Wind dreht und läßt es zu gegen 12:00 Uhr die Standard-Betuchung gegen den Wingaker zu tauschen, Fahrt ca 8kn. Schiffe gesichtet, ein Containerschiff mit 333m Länge und ein Segelschiff am Horizont. Ansonsten keine weiteren Vorkommnisse. Das ließ Zeit für eine Schotenoptimierung des Wingakers. So fahren wir weiter bis in den Abend hinein. Wind ca 18 Knoten. Zurückgelegte Strecke seit dem Auslaufen: 491 sm von 2800 sm. Liebe Grüße von der Koco - Besatzung an die Familien zu Hause. | Text Christof Lippmann. read more...


24/11/2016

Gatsby - Tag 5 - BRANDNEU

"BRANDNEUE MELDUNG: SY GATSBY KNACKT DIE 2000-MEILEN-MARKE!Es ist der 24.11, 1310 Uhr Bordszeit. Nun steht an Bord der 8-köpfigen Crew eine eins vor der vierstelligen Zahl, die die noch zu segelnden Meilen bis St. Lucia anzeigt. Ein Insider berichtet außerdem, dass der geplante Duschtag von Tag 3 immer noch nicht statt gefunden hat."So könnte doch ein netter Artikel in einer ARC Tageszeitung lauten.DIe Stimmung an Bord ist gut, auch wenn wir eine Vermisstenmeldung heraus geben müssen. Wir sind auf der Suche nach dem blauen Himmel. Die Sonne hat sich mal kurz gemeldet und ihre Verspätung angekündigt, aber der blaue Himmel fehlt noch.Heute gibt es Rösti an Bord! Geduscht wurde unfreiwillig. Peter und ich wurden sowohl heute Nacht in unserer Wache, als auch heute Vormittag von einem. read more...


24/11/2016

Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord

Robert fikser underliket på genoa. image1. read more...


Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord
Numa - Det er kjekt med egen seilmaker ombord
24/11/2016

Xplorer of Hamble - 24 hours from Las Palmas

So after months (years?) of planning we left Las Palmas on Sunday and started our first ARC.Leaving the pontoon and starting was huge mixture of feelings and emotions. Excitement of course but tinged with the stress of getting underway with so many boats in a small piece of water and huge dose of emotion as I said goodbye to Val. I could barely speak for 10 minutes as we made our way out of the marina.The pre-week in Las Palmas was also a complete mix. I and the Xplorer team (Anna, Tony and Tom) worked endlessly on provisioning the boat, checking things, fixing things, improving things and, biggest challenge of all, finding places to store everything - not least 300 litres of bottled water. We also consumed quite a lot of beer and wine! Val and her friend Kim came to see us off and good. read more...


24/11/2016

PkBoo - Log day 3 4 and 5 - antenna, fish and research

Hi from PkBoo,the third day we had a problem with the VHF antenna (rivets on the mast went out) and our climber Alessandra McGiver went ont the top of the mast. Problem solved.Yesterday in the late afternoon we catched a dorado and now we are cooking it. Also yesterday evening (23 UTC) we received five distress signal of MOB, drifting in the current, and we went to see (we were at 3 miles). Probably was a lifejacket of Noah. Arrived at the point, the signal stopped, there was plenty of relicts (cuscions, food, plastic, ...) and we rescued the tank with flares but no name of the boat. Finally a boat on the VHF told us that all crew were rescued during the afternoon. So we suspended the research.Now we are proceeding on our route.Ciao e un abbraccio a tutti.Marco. read more...


24/11/2016

Numa - Roberts reiselogg dag 4:

Roberts reiselogg dag 4:Hei igjen kjære leser :-)Da er 12-4 vakten min ferdig, og jeg kan skrive litt i loggen igjen siden jeg sitter standby for Mona og "Pær´en" i salongen slik som forrige natten.I natt skal jeg sitte kl. 4-6, og kapteinen kl. 6-8 (det er natten og morgenen jeg prater om, men det vet dere jo, siden jeg tidligere skrev at vi ikke har vakter på dagen).Skipperen har satt opp rullerende vakter, slik at man begynner med 8-12, så 12-4 påfølgende natt og 4-8 natten etter.Fjerde natten i skiftplanen har man fri og kan gjøre hva man vil :-)Men, det er jo dag 4 jeg skal skrive litt om:Siden jeg fikk sove lenge, til kl. 9:30, vet jeg ikke hva som skjedde på morgenen.Starten på dagene begynner nesten som hjemme, med et par kopper kaffe.Eneste forskjellen er at det her er halve. read more...


24/11/2016

Mustique - Day 5 - Fourth Blog - Sunshine and Parasailing!

Day 5 arrives and the sun is out. The wind is staying close to 20 knots and were making very good progress. We now have the Parasail up and the boat seems much more stable, helped by the smaller waves. Everyone has got their sea legs and we’re settling into a good routine. Liv has now read 5 and a half books and moved very little from her seat! Sadly we are yet to catch a fish but we have not given up hope yet. Showering is quite challenging as the boat is non-stop moving from side to side. its hard to simply brush your teeth! Without stabbing yourself in the mouth!Sleeping however is different entirely, once you get used too the constantly being thrown in-between the wall and the lee-cloth, last night it was much calmer.While making my cereal this morning, a reasonably big wave hit the. read more...


24/11/2016

Beltana II - Day Five and counting

The sailing has been pretty good with 15-18 knot winds blowing consistentlyfrom the NE.  We are tracking still SW, so the wind is on our tail and thishas not been the most comfortable with rocking and rolling galore.  We putan extra reef in the main again last night to be conservative, but alas it was abit dark and I mucked up the reef, then the sail blew onto the lazy jacks toohard and we broke the little pulley on the mast and one side of the sail bagcame down with a bang, but after gnashing of teeth we sorted it all out. During all this Paul was hard at it in the galley and produced a heavenly RoganJosh with fluffy rice and pappadums too so we were well fed for ourefforts.   According to the AIS we seem to be cruising semi in companywith Oceana but we don’t. read more...


24/11/2016

Gwendoline - 4. day at sea

S/Y Gwendoline M - Atlantic crossing24. november. 11.30 UTC.Ombord Lene, Bente, Annette, Maiken, Oliver, Orla og KimPosition: 23.43.31N 19.23.41WYesterday was the day S/Y Gwendoline M was seriously struck by seasickness. Maiken is still suffering with a severe case of seasickness, so she sleeps most of the time.Bente has done well, and she has only been hit by minor spells of nausea, which all could be curred by going on deck.Annette was seasick al day yesterday. Therefore she stayed in bed all day, eating and drinking almost nothing. When she had to go on watch duty at 8 om, she fainted in the cockpit. She was immediately taken cane of by our ships medic - Bente - and after drinking a pepsi, she recovered very quickly. There has been no further complications to her fainting, and today. read more...


24/11/2016

Hanse Sailor - Bad with the Good

“26:46,17N 24:48,50W” Day three saw the sea sickness come to the front with 24 knot winds andheavy waves hitting us all over the place . We say the mistakes come to theforefront when someone decided to use the baby wipes for toilet paper and blockthe forward toilet , spending a few hour trying to unblock that made even theskipper head for the cockpit . However The wind stayed going for 24 hour , the waves decreased and we started ourattach on Calypso and Mortan only to hear the bad news of Calypso loosing theirsteering and making the hard decision to turn back after consulting with LaContenta who kindly stood by and made sure that everything was ok with her. Nowonly Montan with a crew member having a fan club here on our yacht we perusedthem only to loose them from Ais. we set sail for. read more...


24/11/2016

Endeavour of Cork - Day 8 - Thursday 24th November

8amWe were all really shocked when we heard that one of the main ARC boats was lost yesterday.They were 400 miles out from Las Palmas, and from what we had heard had mostly all hit the same hole that we're in for days now.Noah (a German boat) started taking on water and could not find the source, and wound up abandoning and being rescued a few hours later.Incredible that something like that could happen in such benign conditions as these.Food for thought indeed.Our thoughts are with the family and crew of the boat, who are all safe, thank God.Another beautiful sunny mid-Atlantic morning here.Still motoring, unfortunately - but at least we have the fuel to do it for the moment.A lot of brow-furrowing and calculating went on yesterday to try to establish our rate of fuel consumption while. read more...


24/11/2016

Arthur Logic - At Sea Blog 2

From Arthur Logic At Sea:A recurring trait amongst all successful sports teams is healthy internal rivalry.The All Blacks,the inspiration for our team, put it atthe heart of their philosophy and it proved to be the difference for Oracle, the Americas cup team who so heroically came from behind to beat, as irony would have it, teamed Zealand. And so, it would be fitting for the two watch teams aboard Arthur Logic to put it to positive effect too. So, let's not dwell on what the opposing watch aren't doing so well, let's instead as an act of solidarity and encouragement, focus on their overriding strengths. They've instantly hit it off thanks to a shared love of sleeping and having brunch - two traits crucial to a high performance race team. This triumvirate of sailors have called. read more...


24/11/2016

M one - Donnerstag 24.11.16

Donnerstag 24.11.16 Bordzeit 08.30 Uhr Der 8. Tag Der große Kater nach der größten Party mitten auf dem Atlantik Nachdem es der Crew am Dienstag gelungen war mit einem spektakulären Manöver den Diesel Vorrat der M-one mit Diesel eines russischen Frachtschiffes zu füllen, stieg am Abend die große Party.Angeheizt durch den international bekannten DJ Dommi herrschte auf dem dancefloor rund um den Tisch in der Pflicht eine ausgelassene Stimmung.Insbesondere Franz Hermann, Markus und Michael glänzten mit ausgefallenen Tanzschritten und an epileptische Anfälle erinnernden zuckenden körperbewegungen.Wenn auch Michaels Musikwünsche nach WDR 4 Musik nicht immer berücksichtigt werden konnte, zeigte er mit seinem Tanzstiel doch die Tanzschule der70 Jahre perfekt.Es herrschte eine ausgelassene. read more...


24/11/2016

New Deal - Log Day 4 - En seilbåt i siktetr

Idag har vi hatt god vind fra nordvest - nordøst. Kursen holdes på ca 240 grader for å nå passaten 19 breddgrad.Relativt grov sjø. Båten beveger seg mye noe som gir stuerten på sin førstereis utfordringer ved gasskomfyren.Idag passerte en annen seilbåt oss. Første båt vi har sett siden mandag. read more...


24/11/2016

Freedom - Tag 4 - Routine

Schon langsam gewoehnen wir uns an das Leben auf See. Heute machen wir einen Riggcheck und kontrollieren die Bilge. Zum Laden der Batterien laeuft der Motor 1h. Wir fahren mit der Genua bei NE 5. Der Schwell ist immer noch hoch. Tagsüber sehen wir ein Segelschiff in der Ferne. Als es schon dunkel ist, dreht der Wind auf Ost. Die Genua faengt an zu schlagen, denn der Wind kommt jetzt genau von hinten. Um den Kurs zu halten, baumen wir die Genua aus und schon kommt wieder Ruhe ins Schiff. Die Nacht verlaeuft ruhig. Wir sehen kein Schiff aber der erste fliegende Fisch landet auf unserem Deck.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


24/11/2016

Clyde Challenger - Crossing the Atlantic, the first half!

The crew were on a high! Brian was on his fiddle giving us a jolly tune as we headed to the start line for our adventure across the Atlantic. With full sails we were achieving speeds of 6-7knots before the wind eased just in time for our first meal of chicken chasseur with rice. As the sun was setting we witnessed a beautiful red sky just before the sound of engines echoed across the now becalmed fleet.Next morning the wind had picked up and after a change in sail plan we were now averaging 5-6 knots and keeping up with a couple of boats flying spinnaker. The crew are already planning a half way party.Winds steadied overnight at F4-6 with a slight sea fair weather and good visibility. Our average speed was now up slightly to 6-7 Kn in overcast and humid conditions. Around noon we. read more...


24/11/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K 24. November 2016

One of the important questions of mankind: What is the right lure while trolling fishing in the Mid-Atlantic?We had mixed experiences. Our nicest and biggest - I would even say artistic - lures were bitten off by great fish. Best result was with a cut-off fish head. Nice small lures only attracted small fish, of course.What do we learn of this? Big fish are art enthousiasts and should be attracted with more natural things. They like to take nice things home. Small fish still have to go to art school to develop their taste.We keep trying.What else happened?Great slow sailing, dramatic sunrise, bath in the ocean, some repairs, several showers, caught no fish, still no tradewinds.1320 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


24/11/2016

Shalan - Day 4

22:10N 022:53WAhoy dear readers!What's new today since last writing? Well we continued under main and genoa into the morning. Gaetan managed to fix the shackle pin on the code 0 so that was back up by sunrise. Throughout the day we headed south on 200 degrees (the closest we good get). The sea was really messy with a fair bit of northerly swell which was throwing the boat around a bit. The autopilot struggled to cope with it at times so we actually did some helm work today. The wind picked up to around 22 knots and with the swell it became a bit uncontrollale so we furled the code 0 and brought out the genoa. We didn't want to continue directly south so tried putting a gybe in but that brought us on a course nearer to 300 degrees. Thankfully the wind shifted and we gybed again and have. read more...


23/11/2016

Hot Stuff - still in Las Palmas

Hello everyone,It is clear that we needed some repairs done on Hot Stuff's starboard side to make our passage across the Atlantic a safe one. While the damage was being assessed, Sophie has been in touch with several people to communicate the situation and see where we go from here, and the team resumed its daily activities of checking the fruit, maintaining full water level in the tanks, and keeping the team spirit up. We are also following the fleet as they make their way south. As the repair work gets done, we have established as our temporary home base the restaurantMarea Baja, where they kindly let us occupy a table almost non-stop and provide us with endless drinks and food. The repair work is taking longer than expected due to heavy rains yesterday, and our chances of catching up. read more...


23/11/2016

Hot Stuff - day 1 catching up with the fleet tonight

Back in the game!We woke up today to another day with no answers and without knowing if we would be able to sail at all. We have been sitting in Mareabaja restaurant all day and the Nice man, Domingo - the owner - has been taking such good care of us! He was such a great support for us!Another nice man is Carlos, he and his team have been working so hard to get the boat back in shape. Finally around 4pm Carlos and his team finished the work. All the ladies gathered at the boat to start cleaning up all the glasfiber dust. When the cleaning was done, skipper Sophie came down to the boat with the best news ever. She stood on the boat and we stood on the pontoon within seconds a champagne bottle pops with all the ladies screaming, we are back in the ARC 2016!!! We are 3 days behind but. read more...


Hot Stuff - day 1 catching up with the fleet tonight
Hot Stuff - day 1 catching up with the fleet tonight
23/11/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Day Three

Upwind sailing? On the ARC? They didn’t mention this in the brochure… And today we shall mostly be…eating fruit. Pineapple – to be precise, and quaquis (pronounced kakis) an unfortunate and unromantic sounding name for a tasty little number looking a lot like a tomato but tasting a pit peachy…a bit Melony… Anyway – they were starting to drip on people’s heads so forced fruit salad eating it was. The pineapples, which had to be moved because of David’s fear of spiders, were also ready for consumption before they inadvertently become Pina coladas. No scurvy on the good ship Challenger 4.So, finally we have some breeze. After a frustrating day of flapping around somewhere off Africa, trying every sail that we have on board in order to keep moving, the breeze kicked in early this morning – a. read more...


Spirit of Lusitania - Finally Sailing
Spirit of Lusitania - Finally Sailing
23/11/2016

Spirit of Lusitania - Log Day One - Finally sailing

After so many days at Puerto Deportivo de La Luz, in Las Palmas de Gran Canária, we are going to do some sailing.During all these past days, preparing the boat, meeting lots of nice people, sharing so many parties and "Sundowners", it is time to go. Final provisions stored and the last dinner out with all the crew, and next day is the start. We can even feel the anxiety and excitement in the air. Impressive, at least for me, as I am not used to seeing so many nice looking boats all together, on a starting line. While appreciating all these sails shapes and colors, all this movement, suddenly, the first of many sunsets… and all of these green and red lights around us. It looks like the shelves of our galley; red peppers on port and green ones on starboard, always nice to have some "marine. read more...


23/11/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day Three

Day 3We woke up this morning to strong winds and a rolling sea. Quite a bit more dramatic than the first days. Despite the weather, spirits remain high and there is a feeling of friendship and comradery between the crew and watches. Night watches are fantastic with dazzling shooting stars and views of the Milky Way, phosphorescent algae creating what look like thunderstorms under the water and even a few dolphins.Although a challenge, mother watch yesterday finished on a high note with the meals having been Michelin star worthy and chores finished despite the overwhelming tilt of the boat that made everything feel like an acrobatic sport. On another high note, we’ve managed to cover more distance yesterday than we did in the first 2 days combined!Today’s delight is Beef stew with. read more...


23/11/2016

Jasmine - Day 4.

Day four arrives blustery and grey but we are travelling very nicely and all are well. It was a busy night with rain squalls and we brought our radar into play .It picks out the rain squalls up to 10 miles away and allows us to avoid the stronger winds associated with them .The night was also busy avoiding other yatchs .We encountered three during the hours of darkness. All three seemed to be coping with the conditions well and were dodging squalls with aplomb .We are busy today also carrying out essential maintainence to our generator system and most importantly the desalination plant,spending two more weeks in a confined space with four more guys and no shower water is not to be desired. At one point when Mike and I refitting a leaking copper pipe asked Nick if he had any olives [a. read more...


23/11/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 3

No Dolphins today but a Mahi Mahi on Bidders lucky lure. Third catch of the voyage if you count Bill's stick from yesterday. The struggle to land the 'monster' was captured and will be available shortly.Good winds overnight and today translates to steady progress south towards the Cape Verde islands - we currently have another 400nm to go. Skipper Dan informs us that the winds look favourable and it would appear that a lot of boats in our classification have chosen to take the southerly route.In general, life on board is great and the routines all appear to be working well making Skyelark a very happy place to be!Ant. read more...