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03/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 15 - 3 December - Halfway there!

At around 3am this morning we hit the halfway mark, geographically speaking. Hurrah! Hopefully we are well over half-way to St Lucia in terms of time, now that we are flying with the trade winds, but it is extraordinary to think we are still closer to Cape Verde than to the continent of America.We had the gennaker up all night for the first time. A risky tactic, given that the cat that recommended it to us, albeit monitoring for squalls on the radar and taking it down if the wind consistently reached above 18 knots, has just ripped theirs during the day. It also means the Skipper chooses to snooze with one ear open in the cockpit, but he reckons the peace of mind going that bit faster outweighs a restless night.For those in need of a novel caffeine fix the morning after the night before,. read more...


03/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 15 - Pandora’s Revenge

There was a minor kit breakage yesterday that needed attention (broken pole loop) so Jake and Des once again opened Pandora’s Box.Amongst the things escaping from the dreaded container there would appear to be a hydra from the tales of Ulysses.Sure enough every attempt to conquer one task yielded two more in its place.Fickle “Jennie” had another 4 hours of tests and analysis and even the tools themselves needed repair!As Des was stripping down the (brand new but non-functioning) Ryobi (yes you Ryobi!) angle grinder to clean the brushes I was considering offering him the benefits of my recall of Hellenic tales - I thought better of it - maybe suggesting to burn the stump of each freshly severed head on the hydra might not be the most useful advice to a man with a stripped down generator. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 15 - Pandora’s Revenge
NoStress - Log Day 15 - Pandora’s Revenge
03/12/2017

Queen Bee - terza domenica in atlantico

Buona domenica a tutti. Già questa è la terza domenica in navigazione e la vita a bordo procede con i suoi ritmi ormai collaudati. Ieri abbiamo impostato una rotta che ci consentisse di scendere un po verso il 14° meridiano, ma i risultati non sono stati buoni e questa sera abbiamo ripreso la rotta 275° dritti verso ovest, a scendere ci penseremo più avanti. Oggi a pranzo abbiamo mangiato il pesce pescato ieri e debbo dire che era veramnete buono, una specie di dentice, carne bianca e finissima. Ecco il nostro piccolo mondo è tutto qui.... chissà cosa sta succedendo lì, nel vostro mondo ?Un abbraccio .Arnaldo.. read more...


03/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+14 Au clair de la lune

Dimanche 3 décembre12h00 UTC14°27 N39°42 WDistance 24h : 145 millesDistance restante : 1234 millesAu clair de la luneCette nuit nous avons fait route directe vers le but, cap 272°.Nous voguons sous la lune sur une mer argentée, bercés par une grande houle qui fait rouler le bateau.Avec cette clarté bleutée, seules les étoiles de première grandeur sont visibles. Nous les reconnaissons immédiatement car elles nous sont devenues familières.Véga, Deneb et Altaïr sur tribord en début de nuit. Capella puis Aldébaran sur notre arrière. Betelgeuse et les Mages apparaissent avec Castor et Pollux suivis par Sirius l'étoile la plus brillante du ciel. Nous sommes suffisamnent près de l'équateur pour voir Canopus la deuxième étoile par ordre de magnitude après Sirius.Nous nous sentons tous petits. read more...


03/12/2017

Kindred Spirit - 2 week at Sea with Kindred Spirit

Sunday 3rd Dec. It has been 2 weeks since we started the ARC and 1 week since our last blog. This week has seen team KS get into a routine of watches and meals. Meal and coffee breaks are important events that break up the day. We had our last fresh meat yesterday and i cannot praise enough the excellent meat that the recommended butcher in Las Palmas delivered to us vacuum packed and frozen. So from today we move to ham, cheese, tinned meats accompanied with tortilla de papas,rice, pasta etc. The good news is that we still have fresh onions and apple to stave off scurvy. We have moved 23 degrees west over the last week we have noticed the sun setting later and rising later so to fit in with this change we have moved our eating and watch times by 1 hour. This gradual shift will help us. read more...


03/12/2017

Aedis - Blog Day 15: A paper anniversary on board

Today marked a number of time markers on board. Firstly, we made the call that 40 west would signify our half way mark (it’s a little further than that but it will make the second half go a bit quicker) which we are now well and truly past. Perhaps more importantly today also marks the first wedding anniversary for the captain and first mate, Brenton and Claire. Holly made some beautiful paper cranes which flew gracefully on the front deck. A nice bottle of champagne was had with lunch to celebrate:)image1. read more...


Aedis - Blog Day 15: A paper anniversary on board
Aedis - Blog Day 15: A paper anniversary on board
03/12/2017

Ellen - Day 14

Two Week since we started , time flies!Time gets faster when you have fun. Sailing fast, top feelings aboard and everything's working on Ellen. No fish today because we haven't fishing... But Moltas made a very nice fish soap yesterday on the Maui-Maui that we got the day before. Cheers!!. read more...


03/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 15 - Advent, Advent ...

.. Ein Lichtlein brennt bei uns zwar nicht, aber dafür haben wir den Tag mit selbstgebackenen Muffins zelebriert. Für mehr Weihnachtsstimmung waren wir bei "gefühlten 50°" (Zitat des ersten Steuermanns, Arjan) nicht fähig. Wir haben heute Morgen wieder ein paar Delphine gesehen, darunter auch ein kleines Jungtier, haben fleißig den ganzen Tag lang Seegras aus dem Meer geangelt und gerade eine vegetarische Reis-Gemüsepfanne gegessen.Das spannendste Thema heute war aber wohl unsere Süßwasserversorgung. Die 60 verbliebenen Liter in Tank 1 sind durch Algenablagerungen unbrauchbar geworden und an die 45 Liter in Tank 2 kamen wir nicht heran, da die Leitungen zusaßen. Weder mit der elektischen, noch mit der Fußpumpe konnten wir richtig Wasser aus dem Hahn bekommen - nur spuckend und stotternd.. read more...


03/12/2017

Nutcracker - Phew....Nutcracker !!!

You have your good days and you have your bad days. Given that we've had a decent helping of the latter I'm pleased to report on two good un's. The wind is holding, and, dare I say it, we may have found the elusive trade winds. On top of that we are, for the first time all trip, pointing in the direction we want to go in! To cap this all off, we have finally (FINALLY) passed half way - and we'll quietly skip over the fact that it's taken us two weeks to do so. All in all, a good time to be on board the once again, good ship Nutcracker. I can confirm, a salt water shave is not the most pleasant thing you will ever do, but is still more preferable to looking like a badger. And an update on the on board hygiene situation (I know you're all dying to know) - if you ignore the occasional odd. read more...


03/12/2017

Meltemi - Tag 14 Putztag & Tag 15 Sonntag

Tag 14 PutztagDen Samstag Morgen begannen wir nach einem gemütlichen Frühstück mit einer Halse, da der Wind über Nacht gedreht hatte und wir so unseren Kurs nicht mehr beibehalten konnten. Das Manöver dauerte mit Umsetzen vom Spibaum und Versetzen der Bullentaillen ca 30 Minuten, wir sind schon deutlich schneller geworden nachdem wir zwei Wochen an unserem Teamwork arbeiten konnten. Danach war grosser Putztag angesagt an Bord. Sämtliche Bettwäsche wurde gewechselt und der Salon wurde frisch gewischt. Nun hatten wir auch wieder ein sauberes Schiff. Zum Morgen war deutlich mehr Seegang ausgehend von einem Ausläufer eines Sturmtiefs welches weiter oben im Norden gewesen war.Aber mit Seegang hat hier an Bord zum Glück ja weder physisch noch seglerisch irgendjemand Probleme. Es sind alles alt. read more...


03/12/2017

Manihi - Beleza!!!!

Salut les amis!Sur manihi , c'est le jour de visites ce matin.Nous avons d'abord eu un clin d'œil d'un poisson indéterminé qui a eu l'outrecuidance de nous emporter notre tout dernier leurre fait maison avec un morceau de cordage, un doigt de gant de vaisselle et deux ,trois ecrous en guise de lest. Un leurre prototype du plus bel effet disparu sans laisser un mot, une carte postale,rien....quel toupet!!!!Puis pendant une vingtaine de minutes nous avons été accompagnés par un rorqual de 7-8m qui ,curieux passait à proximité puis sous le bateau avec aisance et élégance. Magnifique moment suspendu!Dans le même temps un groupe de dauphins est passé non loin mais ils semblaient occupés et nous les avons vu sauter en bandes, apparemment en action de pêche. Ils sont les maîtres des lieux c'est. read more...


03/12/2017

Blue Top - 03122107 C'est Dimanche

BlueTop Dimanche 3 12Alors comme promis, nous nous sommes régalés de la Bonite pêchée par Velcro JMi...servie a l'apéro du soir..hummmNuit rapide sous spi et grand voile 1 ris, ciel en grande partie dégagé, et quasi pleine lune...Alice ...ca glisse dirait Franky Vincent;)Depuis ce midi le vent a un peu ralenti, nous faisons route en dessous de la ligne droite vers Ste Lucie pour garder une meilleure vitesse, et éviter une zone moins ventée ( encore!) sur cette route directe...Toujours beau temps chaud, avec multiples arrosages a seaux d'eau de merCe midi, encore une salade de tomates fraiches...mais cela se terminera bientôt...il reste quand même pas mal de conserves pour aller au bout!Ce soir le chef prépare salade de lentilles vertes du Puy, accompagné de saucisse de Morteau...on. read more...


03/12/2017

Angkor - Tag 15: Ups and Downs

Gestern lag ja zum zweiten Mal der Spinnaker im Wasser. Morgens um 4:30. Nachdem der gerettet war und alle sich etwas ausgeschlafen hatten, war großes Palaver angesagt. Ohne den Spinnaker würden wir wohl noch acht statt sechs Tage brauchen. Natürlich starker Frust für uns, die wir angefangen hatten uns schon am Ziel zu sehen und natürlich das Ende jeglicher Wettbewerbsambitionen. Nach Lage der Dinge hatten wir kein Fall mehr an der Mastspitze, um dort den Spinnaker anzubringen. Matt könnte zum zweiten Mal in die Mastspitze und versuchen, ein neues Fall einzufädeln und dort nach unten zu drücken, wo wir es dann irgendwo aus dem Mast wieder ausfädeln müssen. Oder das ganze alternativ mit erstmal einer dünnen Leine, an der man dann das Fall durchzieht. Das Problem bei der Sache ist der. read more...


03/12/2017

Barefoot - Tag 14 - 3.12.17 - die ersten zwei Wochen und 2.000 sm sind voll!

Barefoot - Tag 14 - 3.12.17 - die ersten zwei Wochen und 2.000 sm sind voll! Heute Mittag seit 12:30 Uhr sind wir weit 14 Tagen unterwegs. Eine ganz schön lange Zeit. Auch wenn uns die wichtigsten Infos zumindest in schlagzeilenform zugerufen werden - Jamaika geplatzt, Deutschland in einer Gruppe mit Schweden, Südkorea und Mexiko - so ist es doch ein komisches Gefühl, ansonsten von so ziemlich allen Nachrichten abgeschnitten zu sein. Naja, ganz so schlimm ist es dann doch nicht, denn die familiennews erreichen uns ja auch noch :-))Nachdem so viele Boote von zum Teil abenteuerlichen Stunts berichten, haben wir heute auch eine Geschichte für euch. Uns ist eine Angelleine gerissen......:-))Gemeinsames Ziel der Crew ist, ohne Zwischenstopp auf den capverden direkt in die Karibik zu segeln.. read more...


Barefoot - tag 14 fotos
Barefoot - tag 14 fotos
Barefoot - tag 14 fotos
Barefoot - tag 14 fotos
Barefoot - tag 14 fotos
Barefoot - tag 14 fotos
03/12/2017

Shepherd Moon - Squid marks

Yesterday morning our daughter made her way from her flat in London to Gatwick airport. The weather this past week has been freezing in the UK, and there is talk of snow at Christmas. At around 10 a.m. she climbed on a plane and nine hours later she arrived in St Lucia to be met by a wall of heat. In those nine hours we travelled just 44 miles. By comparison, Shepherd Moon left the UK in early August, and except for a six-week sojourn in Lagos, Portugal, the rest of the time she has been plodding her way towards the Caribbean. On the plus side, we have had a chance to acclimatise to the heat, although I'm not sure my body has fully seized that opportunity. It is still dreaming of frosty mornings. We also have no baggage limitations, no airport queues, no jet lag and no risk of DVT. I. read more...


03/12/2017

Tommy - Log - 9 - Good things come to those who wait

We’ve just had one of our top 5 dinners, our take on the traditional fish and chips with mushy peas. And yes we FINALLY caught and landed a fish!  It was a Mahi Mahi / Dorado, over a meter long. We just couldn't believe it, good things definitely come to those who wait….. patiently.  We were patient and persevered and eventually landed a whopper! It was magnificent, electric blue polka dots, with a yellow shimmer and enough food for at least 3 generous meals. Stu and Jason did a fantastic job bringing this wonderful creature on board. Coincidentally, we had 8nm to go until our official half way point and we heard the fishing reel spinning into a frenzy. It was meant to be, a significant sign of our half way point.For our first fish supper, Jason made white fillets in garlic and. read more...


03/12/2017

Lei Lei - 14. Tag auf hoher See - Ruhetag

Sonntag Ruhetag !Autor: Christianletztes Etmal: 184 smPosition (12:00 UTC): 14°42,9'N044°15,8'Wzurückgelegte / verbleibende Meilen: 2152 / 933Position (im Feld gestern 12:00): 46. read more...


03/12/2017

Blue Bayou - The real PU

Dear Readers,Well here we are cruising serenely along the 15th parallel on pretty much a dead run, for the fourth day in a row. For years we have been accused by some of living in a parallel universe. Now it’s true. ROFL.Crew UpdateHuman Cluedo continues to provide limited intellectual stimulation for an increasingly brain dead crew. I can report that dispatch by either winch handle or sun cream is a messy affair, and not to be tried at home.The skipper’s consciousness levels are improving by the day as he has turned his back on Scopoderm. Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the Laird, who while hiding behind the cover of Scopoderm, we suspect may be secretly shooting up smack during his prolonged absences in his cabin. (Can anyone help- does smack induce snoring resembling a. read more...


03/12/2017

Rubikon - Day 13 - Wind - exclamation point

The night brought decent winds and waves from behind, giving us a smooth night with - what felt like - good speed. Our AIS (the system used to detect other ships at sea and provide our position to them to avoid collisions) had some issues this morning, prompting us to deploy our backup-antenna and in the process finding a lose connection. With that fixed we seem to be back on track, in terms of technology and water usage. Overall atmosphere on board seems still a bit reserved, but a good lunch should take care of that. Hopefully. As we continue to zoom towards St Lucia, we all had an attempt at beating our technology by giving our best estimates for our arrival (date and time we will cross the finish line)Chris: 12.12.17 12:00hKai: 12.12.17 06:00hMax: 13.12.17 08:30h (with an original. read more...


Tommy - Log - 9 - Good things come to those who wait
Tommy - Log - 9 - Good things come to those who wait
03/12/2017

Mischief - Log Day 13: Confusion over a 'Jib', Bonding with spinnakers with a difference, Unchartered island and Benefits of inverters

2 December 2017 0950 Position 15 degs 44.2'N 039 degs 32.3WThe wind this early morning is trying to send us slightly North of our desired ideal route but we are wise to its game, there is less wind up there according to the updated weather grib files which suggest we need to be nearer to 15 degs than 16 degs. So we have had a team meeting and Alf is suggesting we make a 'jib', which to us non Viking descendants means a small foresail but assumed he meant a 'gybe' which was good because we have no means of sail making on board. The trouble is gybing across at say 50 degs means that speed over ground (SOG) will no longer match velocity made good (VMG) so we would effectively sail slower towards our destination. The dilemma is that there are greater winds a little further South. Hum,. read more...


02/12/2017

Queen Bee - ed il veliero va

Giornatata decicata alla pulizia della barca. Un forte odofre di pesce prervade il pozzetto, dopo 5 o 6 secchiate d'acqua l'odore non cambia, e così solleviamo il griglito del pozzetto e troviamo due pesci volanti, sempre i soliti pesci volanti, che si sono suicidati impestandoci il pozzetto. Accurata pulizia e tutto è tornato normale. Il vento c'è, ma non è fortissimo e cosi si tribola un po' per cercare di avanzare verso ovest. La pesca ancora una volta ci da soddisfazioni insperate, anche per domani abbiamo un bel pesce (non è UN DORADO) nel piatto. Questa sera Savino ha ricevuto la delega sul campo agli aperitivi e tartine, infattisi è dimostrato perfettamente all'altezza del patè di riccio e di granchio presente in cambusa , una delega importante che in adriatico era già stata di. read more...


03/12/2017

Mad Monkey - The Half Way House

The time had finally come for us to enjoy our celebratory drink at the Half Way House, a make-believe bar situated mid-Atlantic!This was signposted by a waypoint placed VERY roughly by the Skipper. The order from the crew were rum and coke's all round - LARGE ONES - and even those didn't last very long!We also finished our jamon during the party, much to the disappointment of everybody. We brought it in Las Palmas and it has been swinging in its hammock mid saloon all this time; crew randomly taking to it with a knife at all hours of the day!The stop clocks have also started ticking to see how long it takes for the 69 cent HiperDino advent calendar to melt. Fair to say, day 1's chocolate was slightly on the soft side but definitely not melted!The question now is will we arrive on, before. read more...


02/12/2017

Indian Summer - Day 13 with Ted

Ted has taken several of the night shifts the last night and is therefor really tired and has been sleeping a lot the last days. But he has joined us at school anyhow and is now through all the math of this semester. We have been unlucky lately when fishing, having several times big fish on the hook but loosing it just before we get it into the boat. Ted has recommended us to change to smaller lure, so maybe tomorrow will be a lucky day! Tonight we have a full moon (no need to worry about any warewolfs since they can`t swim) and it is bright outside. Sunshine from Indian Summer - Ted, Hampus and Hilmer. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 15 - 16

Day 15 – 16Not long to go now!! Thankfully we have had a steady 10 – 16 knots of wind for the last 72 hours which has meant our concerns over lack of diesel are no longer plaguing us. We’ve added our last 20 litres into the tank and Tom has estimated we have enough for 13 hours of motoring should the need arise. Looking at the forecast we don’t think we will need it but having spent the first week of the trip chasing the wind south only for it to either out run us or die as soon as we catch it, none of us are prepared to bet money on it.Tao and Toccata, also with the ARC+ fleet showed up on our AISthis morning and we can actually see Tao. We haven’t physically seen another boat for about 2 weeks. We’re keeping a close eye on Le Soleil skippered by our friend Kristian. We have two. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 13 - 14

Day 13 – 14If anyone has every wondered if it’s possible for a person to levitate I can confirm it absolutely is… after 24 hours of squalls, lying in a cabin in a three metre swell and confused sea. When we eventually reach land I intend on patenting ‘the sailor sleep suit’. It will revolutionise sleeping onboard and simply requires; a onesie, fitted sheep, copious amounts of Velcro and a friend to peel you off in the morning. The Dragons in the Den will love it.Last night we all could have done with anything that would have kept us in a sleep-able position. Dad was flying most of the night (and not from his drug overdose), I decided lying on my stomach and wedging my arms under the bench cushion was the best way to ensure I didn’t end up under the saloon table. Anyone would be forgiven. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 11 - 12

Day 11 – 12Having travelled roughly 1150 nautical miles without a squall in sight we were starting to wonder if we might make it across to St.Lucia without being hammered by the wrath of a mid Atlantic squall. Ohhhhh how wrong we were. The typical Atlantic squall usually comes at you from behind. They kind of look like a big mushroom cloud or the aftermath of an atomic bomb depending on the size of it. The top is a towering mass of thick cumulonimbus cloud, underneath that a thick line of dark grey and below that a trunk of torrential rain. As well as torrential rain, they bring strong winds (the wind speed can triple in a matter of seconds) and a lumpy sea. By day you can spot them lurking in the distance but on a moonless night they creep up on you and if you’re not careful you could. read more...


02/12/2017

Neverland - Neverland leg 2 - Days 9-10

Day 9 – 10 HALF WAY!Spirits were high onboard Neverland as we crossed the halfway point. 1040 miles done, 1040 to go! We are still making slow progress with a maximum of 8 knots of wind but as it is halfway day we shall not dwell on what we don’t have and instead look forward to what we do have – freshly baked brownies cooked by our resident Mary Berry aka Tom!! Mmmmmmm. I’m stuffing my face with one as we speak which is annoying Tom because it means I’m dropping brownie crumbs into the keyboard of his Mac book. He looked particularly perturbed when I shook it over the side of the boat. The only other times I’ve seen him move that quickly is when the Dominos pizza guy rings the doorbell. We had all decided that going for a dip in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean was an opportunity not to. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
02/12/2017

NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes

There’s to be no plain sailing it seems.Despite being more than 140 miles closer to our target than we were yesterday it looks like we might have a detour ahead as the five-day weather predictions currently show a huge hole in the wind opening up on our present course.If it does appear, and there’s not enough wind in there, then we might have to take the long way round.Watch this space.Today was to be the second round of the Great Atlantic Bake Off with Jake & Claire commandeering the galley to make chocolate chip muffins. Minor miscalculations (a mere factor of 10 for the amount of milk) were made in the first batch of muffin mix, so after some quick thinking the crew had pancakes (or more precisely “muff-cakes”) for lunch - very tasty too.The second batch suffered no milk mishaps. read more...


NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
NoStress - Log Day 14 - Muffcakes
02/12/2017

Manihi - Il faut s'organiser!

Nous sommes maintenant en zoneintertropicale ,une petite pensée pour ceux qui sont sous la neige :-)alors on commence à rencontrer la spécialité locale :le grain . On en reparlera sans doute plus en détail plus tard mais retenons que c'est un orage local qui provoque une accélération subite de 10 nds de vent et accessoirement une bonnepluie ..et 15 minutes après le soleil est de retour!Alors hier pas de spi à cause de cerisque de grain. Depuisaujourd'hui9H le spi est de sortie alors on avance vite et on est content à bord . Notre vitesse moyenne va remonter!Si les hommes font moins de conneries en février c'est qu'ils n'ont que 28 jours disait Desproges, pour limiter le nombre de conneries si on ne peut pas naviguer en février on peut s'organiser !Dans le carré est affiché le planning. read more...


Manihi - Il faut s'organiser!
Manihi - Il faut s'organiser!
02/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 02122017

Le blog du TOP n°10 du samedi 02/12/2017 Notez que le n°8 était du 30/11 et le 9 du 01/12, désolé.Hier, après divers essais de voilures (spi asy, foc tangonné [vient de tangon, sorte de barre horizontale que l'on ajoute pour déporter la voile utilisée], les Experts Antlantique ont dressé notre beau spi tricolore qui nous a poussé tranquillement à 5 kts 3/4 arrière. Pas d'air, trop chaud (on pense à vous), le taud est installé (toile de tente qui protège le cockpit du soleil) et on fait une grosse lessive. Après étandage, c'est une roulotte de nomades qui s'offre à la vue d'un banc de dauphins/marsouins. Ils ne s'attardent pas car nous n'allons pas assez vite pour eux.La journée s'étire lentemment, un peu trop trop calme. Pris d'une envie soudaine, mon capitaine sort un petit sac du. read more...


02/12/2017

Blue Top - BlueTop 021221017 Nous y voila!

Bonsoir cher Public, Depuis hier soir,nous y sommes...enfin on en approche: le vent s'établi a l' EST pas tres fort mais consistant...de quoi faire route proche de la destination...le spi est ressorti de la soute ou il était rangé depuis plus de 10jours...Bref nous approchons des Alizés....enfin diront certain(e)s...déjà disent les autres;))Hier en fin d'apres midi, alors que le vent était encore mou, et le desoeuvrement perceptible dans l'équipage, Velcro JMi, me demande a voir le matériel de peche du bord...je lui sort mon maigre attirail (de peche, bien sûr;))...et il s'occupe.....résultat a la tombée du jour, la ligne un peu lourde est remontée, avec une petite bonite ....aussitôt a bord, je m'en occupe pour lui faire gouter ma marinade, jusqu'a l'apéro de ce soir! ( commentaire. read more...


02/12/2017

Ellen - Day 13

Just Another day in the "trades", wind from east 10 - 18 knots, fast sailing and nice fishing. We got two really big fishes one Wahoo and one Maoi-Maoi. Badly, our Wahoo had worms so we sent him back to in the ocean. The Maoi-Maoi Peter made in the owen and it was delicious! Now we have fish in our refrigerator for a couple of days so soon we can brief under the water ;-) We have also calibrated - half way to St Lucia!!!!. read more...


02/12/2017

La Cigale - Day 14 - 2 December - Operation Gennaker

Watching another epic battle between Xavier and our foresail this morning, it struck me that our gennaker has something of Moby Dick about it, having a majestic, white body, and being not so much malicious as awkward. Skipper Ahab may beg to differ - it's a bugger to put up - I've seen his lifelines whipped up in the furling sheets on one occasion, and today the beast of a gennaker almost swept him off his feet...The Skipper writes:The anti-torsion rope on the gennaker is too small, so you can put 10 turns at the bottom before the top starts to furl. As a result, the top never furls properly and always try to unfurl itself before the clue end, at which point the only option is to bring the whole thing down, partially unfurl it, and raise it that way. Tricky at the best of times. The. read more...


02/12/2017

Hot Stuff - emilys blog, day 13, and a friday!

Perhaps today was never going to be plain sailing. I'm not one to be superstitious, but it's been a difficult day with lots of "learning opportunities". Day 3 with a spinnaker and we are all getting used to helming. Nothing like a wrapped sail to bring the crew together. With all hands on deck we brought the sail down with minimal damage, I am so proud of our 10 unit team. Tomorrow is a new day and the spinnaker will be out again powering us towards St Lucia. The trip so far has been such an incredible experience, we have been escorted by dolphins, chased by flying fish, seen a lonely sea turtle bobbing up and down as well as a bit too close an encounter with a whale. At times I feel as though I'm staring in my own version of blue planet. I've also discovered it is possible to look. read more...


Hot Stuff - emilys blog, day 13, and a friday!
Hot Stuff - emilys blog, day 13, and a friday!
02/12/2017

Lothlorien - Tag 14 - Entspanntes Segeln im Passat

Seit heute sehen wir ein neues Naturschauspiel im Wasser: Von einem Tag auf den anderen treiben unzählige Büschel grünes Seegras an der Oberfläche. Wir können uns das nicht recht erklären. Andere Boote haben indessen spannendere Beobachtungen gemacht. Der Funker der "Khaleesi" (Jepp, scheinen Game of Thrones Fans zu sein) erzählte bei der Kurzwellen-Funkrunde, dass er heute auf der Badeplattform im Heck duschte, als auf einmal drei Orcas hinter ihm auftauchten und den Eindruck machten, als warteten sie darauf, dass er ins Wasser falle und einen kleinen Snack abgebe. Er habe daraufhin schnell einen großen Schritt ins Boot rein gemacht. Gibt es also doch so weit südlich noch Orcas? Ich weiß nicht, ob ich begeistert oder enttäuscht sein soll, denn einerseits würde ich auch gerne welche. read more...


02/12/2017

Avel Biz - J+13 Les nuits se succèdent mais ne se ressemblent pas

Samedi 2 décembre12h00 UTC14°58 N37°16 WDistance 24 h : 150 millesDistance restante : 1374 millesLes nuits se succèdent mais ne se ressemblent pasAprès le spi en cocotte, nous avons goûté au spi au court bouillon !Le vent a forci pendant la nuit. Nous décidons d'affaler le spi asymétrique que nous portons sur le bout dehors.Nous préparons ma manœuvre, Technique Transquadra. La drisse de spi, tou rnée au winch, traine dans l'eau derrière et le bloqueur est ouvert. La résistance du bout dans l'eau suffit à ralentir la descente du spi qui s'accélère au fur et à mesure de sa récupération. C'est comme ça qu'on réduit le personnel...Nous larguons la bosse d'amure, récupérons l'écoute sous le vent et là ça bloque. la contre écoute de spi a fait une boucle dans la poulie arrière. Le temps de. read more...


02/12/2017

Scarlet Island Girl - Island Girl Pointe Nero

Hi All,All is well out here, great sailing last few days in 15knot trade winds, we have had the big Blue kite on for most of this time, a spell of wind into the early 20’s last night prompted a peel (well a quick drop and hoist) to the big heavy kite, only a fraction smaller, but as it was originally intended as a heavy kite on a 70’er it is fairly bomb proof!Think combined with our new anti wrap net, and a boom preventer makes the passage almost straight downwind less scary!Earlier today at about 0600UT we passed our pointe Nero, which is the point at which we are furthest from dry land, Barbados to our West and the most NE Cape Verde island both a hair under 1000nm away (over 1000 land miles tho), of course the nearest sold stuff is much nearer than that at about 3miles away straight. read more...



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