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12/12/2016

Estrella - 22. und letzter Tag der Regatta

Die Nacht war wie erwartet seglerisch eineHerausforderung. Starkwind, Regen, ein- und ausreffen, aber auch super Wellen,ein Wahnsinnsmond, der am Ende der Nacht voll erstrahlte und die Nacht überhauptnicht richtig dunkel werden ließ. Das Hineinrauschen in den warmen Morgen mit den besondershohen Wellen und bis zu 30 Knoten Wind wird wohl zu meinen Lebenserinnerungengehören (entschuldigt: Heute ausnahmsweise in der ich-form). Den anderen geht esauch so. Jeder genießt die letzte Wache am Steuer und saugt diese Minuten aufwie ein Schwamm. Obwohl oder vielleicht genau weil die letzten zwei Tage nichtnur bequemes Passatwindsegeln waren. Man merkt, dass in diesen Momenten dieGespräche verstummen und die Gedanken ganz woanders sind. Seit dem Morgenscheint die Sonne, der Wind bleibt uns gewogen. read more...


12/12/2016

White Satin - Land Ahoy !

5 am -3020 miles sailed, 20 to goIt is 5 am and we have the first glimmer of dawn in the East, and far moreexcitingly we have the first hint of land to the West.Two glows of lightcan be made out - the one to the left of our bow is St Lucia, the other tothe right is the island of Martinique. So in a couple of hours we shouldpass between the two islands, then turn left for a few miles down the eastcoast of St Lucia to the finish line at the marina in Rodney Bay.The Atlantic has given us a last wild night, and we are still tossing aroundin big waves - once we round the corner we willbe in the lee of the islandand all will calm down which will be very welcome. Late yesterdayafternoon for the first time this voyage a wave broke over the back of theboat andsent quite a bit of water into the. read more...


12/12/2016

Hot Stuff - YB Connect Message from Girls For Sail

Day 19 - Our Sat phone is down- another lively night for the watches - Bora had the task of gybing in the dark with 2.5m waves &gusts of 26kts - with instructions for each helm to have total focus we have just 538nm to go! We're setting a lookout from Weds to see who spots the Caribbean Islands first! --Transmitted by Girls For Sail using YB Connect (www.ybtracking.com). read more...


12/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 22 - vorvorletzter Tag auf See

In der Nacht frischt der Wind auf und wir müssen das Groß reffen. Außerdem sind wir von Schauerzellen umzingelt, der Wind wird noch stärker und böiger. Was soll ich sagen...auch diese Nacht war durchwacht. Wir mussten immer wieder den Windpilot kontrollieren, denn wenn eine starke Böe kam, hat er manchmal angeluvt und das Vorsegel stand back. Der Tag verlief unspektakulär. Wir haben Schlaf nachgeholt. Gelesen und Sudoku gemacht. Hermann hat fast nach jeder Stunde unsere Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit und unsere ETA (estimated time of arrival) errechnet. Der Rest von diesem Tag und noch 2 und 3 Nächte.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


12/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Last full day

“15:10,13 58:53,26W”Last full day on the water we think with different crew effected in different ways , some saying that they are looking forward to getting back to their loved ones and others saying they are not looking forward to the life in the rat race and back to what they don't want to do for the rest of life . one will hopefully be changing his life for the better after the 4 weeks with us and realising that there is more to life after talking between us . Lives are changed at sea and i hope that we have helped people look at theirs and come to appreciate what they have and what they could have and others to know that they only live once so go out and live it. Its hard to remove yourselves from day to day life and assess what is and isn't important to you . Loved ones ay home. read more...


12/12/2016

PkBoo - PKBOO Log Day 21 e 22 - tradewinds, squal & shower

Hi friends of PkBoo.With the tradewinds becoming stronger and stronger (forecast today and tomorrow are for gale wind) the crew is all on the piece to arrive fast to St Lucia.At the helm the waves let us dance the samba and sleep is becoming impossible, but also this is sail.Today in the early morning we had a squal, so - as Chris Tibb said - shampoo in a hand and helm in the other, and the shower stopped in the middle of the bath ... Stefano say hallo to all his friends at home and that's all falk.CiaoMarco. read more...


12/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 21: Wonderful tonight

Day 21: Wonderful tonight   We are speeding along.  Its 01.30 am, the moon is bright and casting asilver patina on the water that glistens and moves in harmony with the movementof the sea.  The waves are large and ‘up our chuff’ and LC is just ridingover them with ease.  We are twissle rigged and reefed in.  The windis 25 knots with occasional higher gusts and we are averaging 7 knots. It’s wonderful tonight.   Last night we crossed one of my thresholds with under 500 miles togo.  Today we crossed another. We could now motor all the way to SaintLucia and not run out of diesel.  This is a real plus to know that that isan option if needed.   Tomorrow we should pass my next milestone of200 miles to go when we are then in helicopter. read more...


12/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 22 - 3.søndag i advent

Da er advent feiret med bønnestuing fra Aveina ogtre typer spanske julekaker;Torta Imperial - (€35 pr boks!)Pastas de Avena integrales con narjanaFikenkake - veldig julete smak!Evergood Filterkaffe - Her setter Espeland liv og lemmer på spill i røff sjø for trakte denne og det smaker utmerket!Ellers går det unna som sikkert dere som følger med på YB Races vil se. Holder vi denne speeden er vi framme onsdag formiddag.. read more...


11/12/2016

Ximera - Day twentysecond - Landed

-->Will we still be able to walk? Will we remember how to walk? Will we be shy in the middle of a lot of strangers?Will Ximera crew be able to put more than two metres between each other without shout out loud for a MOB (Man Over Board)? Will the boat ever be clean again? Questions without answer, we need to put our feet on land and taste back the normal mammals life in the 21th century. Now it'sAM and we're moored in Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The Caribbean! Thanks to all Ximera crew for this fantastic atlantic crossing, thanks to the sea for being blue, thanks to the stars to be in the sky, thanks to the plankton to be our seasky.Actually, the emotions on reaching land are diverse and extremes ... wanting land but wanting to continue ... wanting new supplies but happy with what we have. read more...


11/12/2016

Misto - Misto in Martinique

Misto is gearing up for the start of the World ARC in January.After a safe passage to the BVI from North Carolina we spent almost a month there, executing some unexpected repairs.We departed Virgin Gorda on December 4 bound for Martinique.This choice was based on the fact that we have previously visited the islands north of Martinique and so we decided to go directly there. We enjoy the French islands and will do some exploring of the interior before departing for St Lucia later this week.We have a place reserved at Rodney Bay from Dec 18 as we will be flying to Denver CO to spend Christmas with our daughter, and get a little skiing in!We are looking forward to meeting all the World ARC participants and making some great memories!Ros and HowardS/V Misto. read more...


11/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 22 - SUNRISE

Liebe Angehörige, liebe Interessenten an unserer Reise,wir haben heute am Sonntag 3 Advent dem 11.12.2016 um 16 12 53 Uhr Rodney Bay St. Lucia nach 21 Tage erreicht. Die letzten Stunden hat uns Rasmus nochmal ordentlich Wind in Böen bis 7 und konstante Welle zwischen 5 - 6 Metern Höhe geschickt. In der Nacht gab es ein zünftiges Tänzchen mit dem Atlantik und dem Boot, aber es ist Alles gut gegangen und wir sind noch früher als geplant ans Ziel gekommen.Wir sind in den letzten Wochen ein Team, eine Mannschaft geworden in der jeder seinen festen Platz nach seinen jeweiligen Fähigkeiten gefunden hat. Wir hatten einen festen Ryhtmus aus Segeln, Schlafen, Essen und wenig Freizeit der uns ordentlich was abgefordert hat. Wir haben den Atlantik und seinen Sternenhimmel in seiner unendlichen. read more...


11/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance Encounter: Day??? - Final Report

No idea what day it is - final report is being written with a fantastic calypso drummer belting out tunes at BB's restaurant in Rodney Bay Marina. It's lunchtime, a breeze is in the palms and ice cream and baileys are on the table (this is called a "chance encounter" if you are to order it....a drink from Corfu days!).So our last day on water was full of surprises. Adrian was hit by a flying fish on his very last night shift...by morning we had five on deck and seemed to chase a flock of these silver and blue winged beauties out of every wave. By ten a.m. the breeze was up to 22-25knots and while we were blasting westwards we picked up a distress call that was being attended to by three other vessels and the coastal patrol people of Barbados and Martinique (motorboat with spoiled fuel. read more...


11/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 11 - Last Day at SeaAll is well. We are 26 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2,643 miles behind us. The night started quite peacefully as the waves subsided. At 4:00 am we were sailing on a 280° heading, twelve degrees off from St Lucia's course. We had a full moon and wind was 15-19 knots, coming from 85°-95°.As the wind shifted in our favor and started coming from 65°-75°, we were able to point directly to St Lucia, but the waves were no longer coming from aft, which made the ridding quite uncomfortable. Wind increased to 20-25 knots, and we put the third reef on the main. Billy came up, Chuck took the wheel from me, and I went up to the mast to hook the third reef shackle to the ring on the boom. This is the only reef that cannot be handled from the cockpit. Ten minutes later. read more...


11/12/2016

Hot Stuff - day 17

We've passed the 2000 mile mark on the log and have started talking eagerly about our arrival in St Lucia (about 670nm to go -- tell the bars to stock up on beer!). But yesterday and today we are still enjoying the best sailing and life at sea.. lunch yesterday was followed by a lovely cake and custard, with enough left over for after dinner too.. the swells are amazing, and we're surfing them like pros, everyone of us.. yesterday we had the best dolphin show yet, 4 or 5 of them stayed with us half an hour, jumping in front of the bow, surfing the waves with us, then heading astern before coming round for more.And we had a little company for a change the last 24 hours, sailing yacht Antares has been cruising alongside us a couple hundred metres apart, since yesterday evening.. skipper. read more...


11/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 22 - Endspurt!

Die letzten 110nm liegen vor uns. In der Nacht kurz vor Sonnenaufgang haben uns einige heftige Squalls mit 35-40kn heim gesucht, die Genau wurde gerefft und das Großsegel geborgen. Dann ging es mit einem Minimum an Genau weiter durch die nächsten Squalls. Heftige Regengüsse und weitere starke Windfelder erteilten uns in den Morgenstunden nach dem ersten Sonnenaufgang hinter Wolken seit längerem. Und trotzdem scheint jetzt die Sonne von einem blauen Himmel als wäre nichts gewesen. Doch der Wind ist geblieben, pendelt zwischen 20 und 25kn und wir segeln entspannt mit Genua um die 8kn SOG.Inzwischen sind wir im Trichter angekommen. Boote von der Nord-, der direkten und der Südroute (schreibt man das auf Deutsch echt so?!) treffen nun aufeinander. 6 ARC Boote zeigt unser AIS an und die LYRA. read more...


11/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWENTY - ST LUCIA HERE WE COME!

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} After quiet watches at midnight and 3am for Jonathan and Will, the wind picked up significantly during Robert’s 6am watch, with 55 kt gusts and sheeting rain, 14.5 kts with two reefs in main and genoa, keeping Robert on his toes to the end! We passed within approx. 30 miles of Barbados on the port side and headed on to our waypoint, north St Lucia, with Rodney Bay marina just around the headland past Pigeon Island. Bright blue skies, winds 20-22 kts and making 7-8 kts VMG so all in very good spirits following a challenging day with the steering problems yesterday. A quick pizza lunch (Karen’s last session in the galley – promise!) and  we. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWENTY - ST LUCIA HERE WE COME!
Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWENTY - ST LUCIA HERE WE COME!
11/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINETEEN - FLYING FISH AND WORN OUT STEERING CABLES

A quiet and uneventful night on watch for Will as he sat at the nav table at 6am completing the log, when suddenly a flying fish flew through the open porthole above the table, slithered across the charts and flapped its way across the saloon floorboards! Not what either Will or the fish was expecting! We found another five dead fish on the decks in the morning, so we were obviously hit by a shoal/swarm/ school(?) of flying fish overnight. Today’s photo shows a re-enactment of the scene! About 6 inches long, big Nemo fish eyes and pretty smelly, they also shed scales everywhere, so not the favourite sealife that we’ve come across. Big swells, decent blue skies and a consistent 20 kt wind for our last full day on BV – we should arrive at Rodney Bay between 4-6pm tomorrow evening.Jonathan. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINETEEN - FLYING FISH AND WORN OUT STEERING CABLES
Boni Venti - LOG DAY NINETEEN - FLYING FISH AND WORN OUT STEERING CABLES
11/12/2016

Beltana II - What does it take to keep the big hammer out of the skippers hands

1 dentist to explain why its not a good idea and 3 other engineers torestrain him.   We get daily updates from ARC of the problems other yachts are having. It’salways a concern to hear, and many of those problems we hope don’t happen tous.  Here is a list of some of the things which have been taking up ourtime and stopping us from writing to you all more regularly.   1) Ripped Genoa 2.5m tear – repaired with a combination of sail tape (onlyhad about 1m) and duct tape, then hand sewn together with the squally Kempbobbin technique 2) Ripped Spinnaker – repaired with duct tape and hand sewn 3) lost batten from main sail – twice re-sewn into place, twice torethrough the repair material – batten removed 4) Broken Preventer Block – gerry rigged with webbing, second ropepreventer. read more...


11/12/2016

Delfini - day 21 - 11 dec

.... having asked for wind some days ago we got crazy portions yesterday afternoon and a couple of very powerful squall induced gibes completed destroyed our lewmar main sheet traveller car having bent a straight 10mm pin into a U shape so we were forced to motor to pin the main against the shrouds while make up a jury repair - wind speed was in excess of 30 knots and averaged 25 knots most of the rest of the afternoon and into the evening - yacht xaradolla kindly called us up and after a brief chat we went our various ways All night wind and water built up significantly more than forecast and we were glad to find morning and sunshine making everything look a bit better - water had subsided a bit so we reluctantly turned to wind to drop the main and carried on with poled out reeved. read more...


11/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHTEEN - GREAT WINDS, BIG SWELL

Uneventful night with a couple of squalls as daybreak approached but no lightning or significant rain, just a decent increase in wind strength as the front of the squalls approached from the south east. Lumpy sea state so  very rock and roll in the cockpit.Big swell and 20-25 kt winds so a happy crew as we power on to St Lucia. Cloud moving away in the early afternoon to leave blue skies and plenty of sunshine. Gybed at 14.30 onto starboard tack pretty much onto the right bearing for St Lucia (298 degs) – genny and main both on same side as the wind isn’t at the correct angle for a poled-out goose winged genny. Trip down memory lane with Robert’s ipod – Pink Floyd, Dire Straits – and lots of reading in the cockpit – just what the doctor ordered! I’d like to think we’ve seen the last. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHTEEN - GREAT WINDS, BIG SWELL
Boni Venti - LOG DAY EIGHTEEN - GREAT WINDS, BIG SWELL
11/12/2016

Estrella - 21.Tag - Squalls und Starkwind in der Nacht

Gestern war die voraussichtlich vorletzte Nacht auf demoffenen Atlantik. Morgen Abend wollen wir unser Ziel erreicht haben. Aber dieseNacht hatte es “in sich”. Und allem Anschein nach wird auch die nächste nocheinmal deftig. Die erste Nachwache erwischte es aus heiterem Himmel. Gerade nochnächtliches, schnelles Sommersegeln mit Wind von hinten und innerhalb vonMinuten war der Teufel los. Diese Squalls haben es echt in sich. Starkwind undRegen als wenn jemand ein C-Rohr auf das Boot hält. Die Segel zu reffen und denKurs zu halten war gar nicht so einfach. Uwe am Steuer musste die ständigenWinddreher ausgleichen und dabei aufpassen, dass die Wellen das Boot nichtquerschlagen. Da sie eh schon bis auf die Knochen nass waren, hat Harald der“Hundewache” angeboten die Wachübergabe zu. read more...


White Satin - Christmas pud and a star in the East
White Satin - Christmas pud and a star in the East
11/12/2016

White Satin - Christmas pud and a star in the East

2880 miles sailed, 150 to goWhite Satin is continuing to barrel along towards St Lucia with on-boardlife made very challenging by the motion.We move carefully around eachother in a kind of slow motionballet holding on for dear life as the boat lurches from one side to theother.When you go to fillthe kettle, after turning the tap on you need to swaythe kettle from left to right and back again along with the motion of theboat, in an effort to actually get most of the waterinto it and not just spray it liberally around the sink. Trying to sleepover recent nights has been like being in a large washing machine on adelicate cycle - last night it was more like heavily soiled cottons!Yesterday was David's 60th birthday and although it had originally beenexpected that we would be in St Lucia by. read more...


11/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 21 - noch 500sm

Wir sind nun seit 3 Wochen unterwegs. Irgendwie ist die Zeit schon schnell vergangen. Die letzte Woche stand unter dem Motto "Meilen machen". Heute werden wir die 500sm bis zum Ziel unterschreiten. Am Mittwoch hatten wir noch 1000sm, d.h. wir haben 3 Tage und 12h für 500sm gebraucht. Der Wind soll so bleiben, deswegen gehen wir davon aus, dass wir am 15.12. vormittags in St. Lucia ankommen.Wobei wir unsere Uhren dann noch auf lokale Zeit umstellen müssen, diese ist UTC-4. Heute Nacht haben wir ein großes Schiff gesehen, das in die entgegengesetzte Richtung unterwegs ist. Abends gibt es Paella und nach dem Essen frischt der Wind nochmal auf, die Nacht wir wohl unbequem.Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


11/12/2016

Hanse Sailor - Shrouds less 2

“15:47,27 56:57,50W” 256 miles to go to Saint Lucia after a great run yesterday we had our showers our meal and a relax timejust to be confronted with 1st port baby shroud giving where i had the idea ofchanging over the starboard to the port as we were on a port tack . climbing upand onto port shroud and undoing dropping into sea so the guys could get thebroken one back was a bit of a problem with the 7 meter swells . great all donetime to go onto starboard and remove that baby shroud but first i wanted to puta couple of anchor lines to support the middle of the mast . BANG and thestarboard baby gives way and im down the mast the fastest i have done it in along way . spinnaker sheet up and over spreader around mast and back to a portcleat and then repeated on the other side gave us that. read more...


11/12/2016

Faraway - Faraway log 11, N 14.09.33 W 59.45.26, 11 December 2016

Faraway is nearly there, less than 70 NM to go. ETA 11th of Dec around midnight, or in the early morning of the 12th. The last week has been pretty relaxed in terms of sailing. Good winds, sea not too choppy, no rain, no squalls, just lovely weather and real "trade wind sailing conditions". We have taken it easy and sailed in a relaxed way. Focussing on comfort rather than speed. For the last 3 days we have sailed on the main sail only, sometimes with a reef. This brings us to St Lucia in one straight line. As of yesterday it was clear we are approaching land again, as we started to see lots of birds. Last night and now we experience stronger winds, 20-25 knots, with up to 38 knots in squalls. Swell 4-6m. Great for surfing at 11 knots with a reefed main sail only. Real ocean sailing on. read more...


11/12/2016

Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 22 - Final stretch

Bluewaft Log Day 22Sunday 11 December 201618°07’.101N 059°59’.502WLess than 200nm to go!At last we’re seeing some good consistent winds –in the 15kt – 22kt range, and an established swell of 8-10ft pushing usalong.While we made good time during the day, we had a busy night withsqualls.At sun set we had a good look around and nothing on the horizon.We tweaked the radar gain to pick up rainfall (a good indicator of intensesqualls).You can imagine our surprise a couple of hours later, when withno warning from the radar, a squall hit.Fortunately it wasn’t too severe,only 25kts, and we were able to quickly furl the gennaker.But it gave usa fright and we sailed the rest of the night on the genoa.This cost ussome speed, but better safe than sorry!This morning we re-rigged the gennaker in a. read more...


Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 22 - Final stretch
Bluewaft - Bluewaft Log Day 22 - Final stretch
11/12/2016

La Contenta - Day 20: I would sail 500 miles, and I would sail 500 more

Day 20: I would sail 500 miles, and I would sail 500 more   We have had a really good 24 hours sailing and sometime over the course oftonight we will pass the threshold that sees us with less than 500 miles untilwe reach landfall in Saint Lucia.  This feels good.  We have hadanother shift in our perception when a 500 mile sail seems short.  We havesailed 2250 miles so far, and based on some of Dave's calculations our log maybe reading 10% lower than it should, so we may have sailed 2500 (which to behonest with our track makes more sense!).   Ewen and I had fun this morning.  We have been having ‘balancechallenges’.  The challenge involves standing upright (on two feet) andstaying standing up for as long as possible.  This sounds simple.  Addto. read more...


11/12/2016

Charisma - 3. Advent, stetig nach Westen

Was für ein Unterschied zu vor einer Woche! Am 2. Advent lagenwir bei brütender Hitze in ölglatter See. Jeden Windhauch haben wirversucht einzufangen.Stetiger PassatHeute am 3. Advent gibt es nichtsanderes tun als die Charisma geradeaus laufenzulassen - mal unterVollzeug, mal im 3. Reff und verkleinerter Genua. Christoph: Häufig kratzen wir an derRumpfgeschwindigkeit von 8,4 Knoten. Nun sind wir auf der Autobahn genZiel und jeder Tag reiht sich an den anderen, wie an einer Perlenkette.Nachts leuchtet uns, neben der Venus auch der Halbmond bis 3 Stunden vorSonnenaufgang den Weg - ein Traum. Ziel in BlickProviant und Getränke sind gutdisponiert. Unser Wachsystem läuft wie ein Uhrwerk. Wir bleibenkonzentriert auf den verbleibenden 280 sm. Und wir freuen uns auf dieAnkunft und ein paar. read more...


11/12/2016

Albatross - YB Connect Message from Fernando Assens

Dec 10 - 21th Day at SeaAll is well. We are 189 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 2534 miles behind us. St Lucia course is 272° but, with the wind coming from 90°-120° we were only able to keep a course of 285°-315°, it wastime for another "chicken jibe". And predictably, shortly after we jibbed, the wind veered to 70°-80°. Jibing again!We are two days away from full moon, and during my shift, at 4:00 am GMT, we were steering straight towards it, and then, at 5:00 am, after the moon disappeared on the horizon, we steered to Orion, until the clouds covered all the stars and it became pitch dark.With a double reefed main and half the jib, the waves coming from behind, and the wind around18-20 knots we surfed down some giant waves at 8-9 knots. Wave surfing in the dark felt. read more...


10/12/2016

Ximera - Day sixteen - Mid-Atlantic Crossing

14∞22.96N - 42∞32.08W--13∞09.52N - 045∞04.54W We've crossed the 43∞20'W longitiude and our DDT (distance to go) on the GPS is now only in a three-digit format. At noon we are ready for this happening with our second champagne bottle. Cheers to everyone, also to whom are not in the middle of the atlantic but are with us reading this (b)log. Our cheers today are also in the hope of seeing some dolphins. On the one hand, since the ARC started in Gran Canaria we've seen dolphins almost everyday, we've written about their marvellous pankton-luminescents wakes and tracks in the night. On the other hand, in the past few days we haven't seen any more dolphins. Birds also are really rare. Maybe the middle of the atlantic is too far from land for these animals, maybe they are at a great party just. read more...


10/12/2016

Ximera - Day twenty one - Aroma of land

14∞27.84N - 56∞51.11W-->14∞09.33N - 59∞32.12WI wake up for my watch and I realize that tomorrow we will arrive in St. Lucia after three weeks at sea. Now the GPS says 200 miles to go, 30 hours. I'm a bit sad, this is our last day of our crossing, tonight we will have our last watches and we will say goodbye to all the happy animals' names that had been our companions for these 21 days. We'll stop rolling, we 'll stop trimming sails, checking the rigging in the morning, having funny sea-bucket showers, fish incredible fish and tales, seeing beautiful and amazing sea-life phenomema and a lot more. Of course I'm happy and excited to land in the Caribbean, but I'll also be happy to continue sailing non stop to an indefinite destination. Maybe, just a quick provisioning stop for fresh. read more...


Ximera - Day twenty one - Aroma of land
Ximera - Day twenty one - Aroma of land
10/12/2016

Ximera - Day twenty - Gimme one more (last) hour

14∞01.02N - 53∞43.13W -->14∞27.84N - 56∞51.11WToday we are in the Caribbean time zone (UTC -4) and we put our watches back another hour. The wind, the waves and the current consistently push our boat towards our destination. We're approaching fast, we're sailing fast, 8-9 knots with two reefs in the main sail, sometimes a bit of jib furled. At 8 o'clock in the morning 363 miles divide us from St. Lucia. Apparently (and luckily) I'll win the forecast sweepstake for arrival date and hour (Sunday 11th December at noon) that we all have declared when we were leaving the Cape Verde islands. At 0.00 of the 10 december only 248 miles from St. Lucia. We are really close now. Wow!A strange land-feeling is all over the boat...Welcome. read more...


Ximera - Day twenty - Gimme one more (last) hour
Ximera - Day twenty - Gimme one more (last) hour
10/12/2016

Ximera - Day eighteen - Dozens of sunrises

13.31.64N - 047∞47.49W-->13∞51.98N - 050∞49.35WI'm on a solo watch at 5 o' clock (the 'cock watch'). I gaze up to the sky, stars and constellations patterns. On these days Jupiter rises two or three hours before the sun and I like to imagine that the sun is a bit lazy and it needs to be pulled outside the curtain of the dark by the big Jupiter. Around 6 o'clock it starts to become light. My sight is at the brightest point in the East, behind us, just under Jupiter ... I'm waiting for the earth to rotate a few more degrees to show the sun; I'm waiting for the first rays of direct sunlight, these you can feel the warmth on your skin (and the vitamin D, as they say in northern Europe, (oops, Great Britain).And there it is, 'Here comes the sun'... But now I can't see it anymore, then I. read more...


Ximera - Day eighteen - Dozens of sunrises
Ximera - Day eighteen - Dozens of sunrises
10/12/2016

Ximera - Day seventeen - We step onto the train

13∞09.52N - 045∞04.54W-->13.31.64N - 047∞47.49WSome days ago we talked about the trade winds, but in fact it is only since a couple of days that we have had a constant wind (15-20 knots) in the day and in the night, without squalls or any other weather changing. Despite the name 'trade winds', it brings to my mind the slave trade, but for the sailors these winds are a real blessing. Wind, waves and current collaborate together and push the boat forward smoothly. Basically you set the sails and jump onto a train heading West shouting: 'take me to the Caribbean please'. Nothing more to do, maybe adjust your heading a bit once in a while, decide if and when to gybe from an apparent wind angle of 165∞ on the starboard side to the opposite wind angle on the port side.Apart from that we. read more...


Ximera - Day seventeen - We step onto the train
Ximera - Day seventeen - We step onto the train
11/12/2016

Zingara - Zingaras Race finished

hallo ihr Mitleidenden....ja, Zuckerschlecken war s mal wieder nicht ! Wettervorhersagen haben eben imer etwas unvorhersehbares...wie auch immer, Dank meiner super BGAN Unit ( Inmarasat ) hatten wir sehr zeithah aktuelleWindinfos, die uns bei der Entscheidungdes besten Kurses super geholfen haben.Waren wir doch in den Schwachwindbereichen fast gleichauf mit den Racern, konnten wir dann irgendwann nicht mehr mit dem motorsegelnden Cruisern mithalten.Bei nur 230 liter Diesel im Tank mußten wir abwägen, Speed zu gewinnen oder Reserven zu behalten.Letzlich sind wir mit ca 20 % Restfuel eingelaufen, leider in dunkler Nacht und gerade kurz vor dem Anlegen mit kurzen aber heftigen Windböen und zum Leid des Empfankskommiteesnem ordentliche Regenschauer aberglücklich und doch zufrieden am Ponton. read more...


10/12/2016

New Deal - Log day 21 - Vi gasser på

Mye vind og mye sjø siste døger, men det går unna.153 nm 6,4 knip i VMG. Ny rekord!Å legge seg i køya for natta nder disse forholdene er som å kjøre karusell.Nå begynner vi å se frem til å nå målet.Kanskje fremme på tirsdag? Time will show!. read more...


10/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 20

Day 20Last night was our last full night on Skyelark and we head towards St Lucia with out arrival anticipated late evening today.Only yesterday someone said that we had been lucky and not had many squalls, what we didn't realise was that the Atlantic had one last surprise in store for us.I went up on watch at 10pm for my evening stint, and the first squall had been on gone through with rain and winds of 26 kn.This turned out to be the first of many, the sky behind us showed in the moonlight as an ominous dark mass approached.Winds raced to a peak of 34 kns with the boat thrashing fromside to side, just as one phase finished another started, and then another. The squalls kept coming until well into the early hours.The experience was a mix of excitement and at times terror, all calmly. read more...


10/12/2016

Beltana II - Day 21 and all is well.....the bell tolls

Last night was another great run from a speed and distance point of view.We made 188NM in the westerly direction (hopefully we did not do too manynortherly or southerly slips – there was one just before nightfall when were-attached the boom topping lift that had come loose – the shackle had come outeven after being nipped up tight with pliers. Never fear Beltana has a spare,and this time we zip tied both shackles so that it will not happen again –always learning!)Last night we had a special from the O’Grady kitchen – well – cottageBolognese pie sort of thing – very yummy and very filling! Just great – Paul hasno trouble working in the galley while the yacht pitches and heaves – some of us(read  me) are heartily sick of the rocking and rolling associated with thewind directly behind. read more...


10/12/2016

VAVA-U - Wir sind da! - 9.10.16

FORTSETZUNG…Wir sind da! Um 11:20 Uhr ist es soweit: Karsten schreit „Land in Sicht“ und tatsächlich, im Dunst tauchen die ersten Umrisse und Hügelketten von Saint Lucia auf. (Bild Saint Lucia im Dunst)Wir köpfen eine Flasche Sekt und stoßen an, per Selbstauslöser wird das Ereignis auch festgehalten.(Bild Anstoßen)Die Spannung steigt, wir holen den Spinnaker ein und setzen dafür die Genua, um gut um das Cap zu kommen und mit entsprechender Leinwand eindrucksvoll das Ziel zu überfahren. (Bild Einholen)Endlich ist es soweit: Zuerst taucht ein Fotografenboot auf, das uns von allen Seiten knipst, dann sehen wir die gelbe Boje und das Zielboot, die unsere Ziellinie markieren. Wir rauschen mit neun Knoten über die Ziellinie.(Bild Zielboot)Schnell werden Genua und Groß eingeholt und die Fender. read more...


10/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 21 - SUNRISE

Liebe SUNRISE Fans,diese Nacht konnten wir ein weiteres ARC Boot überholen und schieben uns langsam zurück auf die mittleren Plätze innerhalb unserer Kategorie. Das letzte Etmail (zurückgelegte Distanz innerhalb von 24 Stunden) lag bei 186 SM! Der Wind ist teilweise sehr böig und zwischenzeitlich hat sich eine konstante 5 - 6 Meter hohe Welle aufgebaut, die uns hier an Bord immer wieder ganz schön durcheinander wirbelt. Manches Ei oder Porzelan ist dem Tanz schon zum Opfer gefallen. Eine Hand am Schiff (zum Festhalten) und eine Hand an der Arbeit sind ein absolutes Muß! Der Rudergang - vor Allem in der Nacht - ist anstrengend; länger als 30 Minuten kann man kaum konzentriert am Stück steuern, dann wird mit dem Wachkameraden gewechselt und nach kurzer Verschnaufpause geht es wieder ans. read more...


10/12/2016

White Satin - The stars

Saturday 10 December2743 miles sailed, 289 to goAll the stars are coming out tonight, they're lighting up the sky tonight. For you; for you.Our night watch sees a clear, ink-black sky spattered with the light of a hundred billion stars. No moon to dilute their presence. No glow from the towns and cities on land a thousand miles distant. I should recognise some of this scene - Polaris; Betelgeuse, the Andromeda galaxy. Yet I struggle to name any but The Plough - where is this great bear of which it plays its part? The sky is too full, crowded with so many vaguely guessable shapes I don't know where to start. The Ancients had a lifetime of such nights to let their imaginations wander, inventing characters to remember and link and make sense of it all. I am content just with its majesty.The. read more...



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