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30/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (Day 12): Homestretch!

We just dipped under 50 miles until our destination in St. Lucia. It's been a taxing day, mostly for Ahab. With a constant parade of squalls and fronts coming through, in addition to quartering seas, he has been manning the helm since dawn, breaking only to quickly potty. "This has been my least desirable passage.", he grunted while wrestling the weather helmed wheel. With all the hoopla and promises of a peaceful passage, including beautiful rolling swells, and winds blowing 15-20 knots - I think we got suckered. Perhaps though, we are just a bit too early in the season to experience those conditions. Either way, landfall is approaching rapidly so the boys have taken to emptying the rationed snacks, chips, treats, and sodas. Today there will be no boat schooling; just all day marathon. read more...


30/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Day 9

MONDAY MONDAY. North versus SouthI sprang to the stirrup and Joris and he,I galloped, Dirck galloped, we galloped all three.The trade winds lie South of the Canaries at this time of the year sotraditional sailing ships dived deep down South until they hit the TradeWinds proper and then sailed West pretty much dead down wind which they weregood at. Many yachts in the ARC choose this course because it is generallysafe and comfortable.The disadvantage is that it is a longer distance to sail and the GreatCircle route which we have broadly followed is the shortest distance. It isnot without its risks including potentially difficult weather and becalming.A modern sailing yacht like Scarlet Oyster is pretty good in most windconditions and arguably more difficult conditions give us a better. read more...


LaLuna - dag 9 eindelijk de 1000NM
LaLuna - dag 9 eindelijk de 1000NM
30/11/2015

EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...

So here we are, half the distance done, right in the middle of theAtlantic. We’ve  had a nice 3 days with fairly light conditions. Thankfullythe squally nights are over for now which made our lives uncomfortable duringthe first week. Our last hairy night was Saturday when a proper electrical stormcame through with thunders all around us. We had to switch off all ourinstruments and try to sail the boat safely with now aid. Luckily the sun wascoming up slowly and the storm passed shortly after too. Since then the wind hasbeen easing. Last night was the lightest so far, 7-8 knots max but the crew hasbeen fantastic trying to focus and driving the boat to the right direction withour kite on all around the clock. It was Annabel’s birthday yesterday so we had a little celebration with. read more...


EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...
EH01 - LOG DAY 8 - Half way through...
30/11/2015

Marisja - log 30-11-2015: het goede begin vergeten!

Want we hadden een goed begin vanochtend. Rodie en Nanno hadden al genotenvan een mooie zonsopkomst en al luisterend naar muziek kregen ze hetzelfde idee:tijd om de rest van de mannen te wekken. Dus eerst een kwartier door Q’s playlists zoeken en uiteindelijk hét nummergevonden met het goede effect: James Brown, met I Feel Good. Zoek maar op, dieeerste schreeuw op vol volume uit de speakers doet je wel wakker worden! Eerst nog half ‘mopperend’ dat we wel mogen oppassen omdat ze geheugen alsolifanten hebben, kwamen ze daarna toch allemaal mety een glimlach naar buiten.Een goed begin van deze laatste novemberdag!. read more...


30/11/2015

Hot Stuff - blog Day 8 'Letters to Home'

Letters to home:   From Sarah: "To my darling husband, I miss and think about you lots- Windermere Springs to mind and I chuckle to myself - it's much harder than Ithought but the girls are an eclectic bunch which is fun yet supportive! Loveyou baby always. Thinking of you Daniel, hope the cats are keeping youcompany. Nadia, Suz and Lisa - my crazy lovely ladies - I miss our wacky nightsand you can't believe how tidy Ive had to become! I'm not even going to talkabout the cooking. - Big waves to Ego Girlies! The sailing is fantastic but wow how challenging in the Atlantic swelland up to 35 knots! Argh!! Nearly my birthday - open the bubbles!LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU ALL xxx"   From Jane: "I cannot believe it has been two weeks since I said goodbye to youall. So, so much has. read more...


30/11/2015

Marisja - log 30-11-2015: going south

We zijn uiteindelijk toch gisteren nog gegijpt en varen nu dus alweer 24uur een meer zuidelijke koers. Het begin van de nacht wordt nu wat uitdagenderomdat er dan geen maan staat en het gitzwart donker is waardoor je compleetgedesoriënteerd kan raken als je op alleen de cijfertjes kan sturen. Gelukkigzijn de wind en de golven nu een stuk rustiger waardoor de autopilot een heeleind komt.   Na dat eerste begin van afgelopen nacht was de rest weer subliem, goedmaanlicht, geen squalls en heerlijke snelheden in dit lichte weer met degennaker gehesen. Dit blijft nog wel even zo, de gaande discussie aan boord nuis wanneer de gennaker er weer af kan, schattingen variëren van 2 december tot 4december    Gisteren trouwens nog vergeten te melden dat we weer een mahi mahi aanboord. read more...


30/11/2015

Isabel - Day 8 - No Wind

Monday 12 Noon 30/11/2105 22 2325 N 33 41 44W - daily run circa 145 miles under engine since14.00 hrs yesterday - 1330distance to St LuciaShort Blog - Motoring.Well since the comedy moment of the tiny spinnaker (it was a perfect hoist,one second of satisfaction as it set, then on seeing the size hystericallaughter )we have been motoring at nearly 7 knots. Wind is a steady 10 to12 knots, we hope for more from tomorrow. News aboard - Peter did catch a small Mahi Mahi fish yesterday.The Bimini has gone up to shade the cockpit, it's hot. See four men puttinga tent up for the first time on a rolling boat.As we head west we wind back the clock an hour every couple of days givingus an extra hour to keep in time zones - Paul has come up with new schemefor back home of putting clocks back every. read more...


30/11/2015

Chanto - Blog - Week 1

Chanto Blog - Week 1After a few last minute provision runs and following a great send off from Las Palmas including late night fireworks, brass bands, and hundreds of spectators lining the marina walls we were greeted with overcast conditions and strong winds for the beginning of our Atlantic crossing. With wind speeds consistently pushing 30 knots and waves averaging 4 meters there was little easing into the voyage. Indeed it proved too much for both Andrew and Nicky (Mum), the former (aka the stealth bomber) having to more than once make a sneaky dash to the side of the boat.Although tough on crew the strong conditions were no problem for the boat (Chanto) and we made great progress for the first 4 days averaging over 170 miles a day at an average of 7 knots. The race updates provided. read more...


30/11/2015

Grand Bleu - vrijdag 27, zaterdag 28 en zondag 29

De dagen verlopen volgens een vast patroon, kruisend voor de wind, zo hard en diep mogelijk. Het sturen vergt veel attentie, na ca 30 minuten neemt de concentratie af en wordt er minder diep (door de minder ervaren stuurlieden) gevaren.De plotter registreert de geleverde prestatie van de stuurman/vrouw. Afhankelijk van de verwachting van de wind varen wij koers ca 285 over bakboord  of 235 over stuurboord. De hogere snelheid maakt de extra afgelegde zeemijlen goed.Hemelsbreed is de afstand 2650  maar de gezeilde afstand zal naar verwachting wel 3100 zeemijl zijn.De zeilvoering varieert van genua, genua uitgeboomd of de grote gennaker. Het uitbomen van de grote gennaker leverde niet meer boot speed op. Overdag hebben wij 2 hengels uit: tot nog toe  3 maal een vis van. read more...


30/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 8 – Downwind we go

November 30, 2015 – Yesterday late afternoon, before we started the night shifts, the wind increased slightly. With the code 1 and mainsail up we hand steered instead of using the auto pilot so to catch as much wind as possible. Great sail it is the code 1.  The night was peaceful and steady. Still a relatively flat sea but with some more wind now. We went on average 7 knots in speed and the sky was clear so we could see the moon rising from the sea horizon.  In the early morning we reached our waypoint. From here on we get into the more windy area that we had seen on the grib files and we can move westwards, directly towards Saint Lucia. With this new course (260 degrees) the wind comes from the back, which is perfect for the parasailor. Our 2 previous experiences with the. read more...


30/11/2015

Cookelu meu - reaching the 520nm mark, stable conditions

As we are approaching the ¾  point of our route to St. Lucia (520nautical miles to go) our condition without the 24V alternator have stabilized as we have developed a new everyday routine: we are constantly using our tow generator to produce some electric power – costing us some 10-15 nautical miles a day -, we switched of the fridge so no more cold water and beer but still running our deep freeze at full capacity, we are “fishing” sea water with an modified empty 2 liter water bottle to fill up water for spilling dishes, cooking and flushing the head (normally it uses fresh water ). Now that we are unable to run the water maker we have to conserve our fresh water supply. It seems that the above changes have not affected our morale – on the contrary we find them. read more...


30/11/2015

Shiva - Log day 7 - Flying fish

November 29, 2015 – Today we are getting slightly nervous of the little wind that we have in this part of the ocean. We’ve seen on the grib files (weather navigation files) that a more windy area is 120 miles away from us. And that’s what we are heading towards. Last night we have tried to make as much speed as possible by putting up and down the helm (oploeven en afvallen) but we couldn’t get much faster than 5, maximum 6 knots. With today the same low wind projection we finally decided to put the motor on so we can get faster in the more windy area.  Daan had the 6.30AM morning shift and threw out his fishing line, believing most fish bite when the sun is rising. 1 or 2 hours later he yelled he had a catch and all of us approached him to assist and to take pictures and make a. read more...


30/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - Day 8: sailing with the gennaker

On Sunday the 29th of November we had a very nice leisure sailing with ourrepaired gennaker. Winds around 10 knots and doing 5-6 knots in the sunshine andcalm ocean surface. Since the start, the swells has been settled from 10 – 12down to 3 – 5 feet. Most of us had again a nice swim behind the boat while theboat was doing 3 – 4 knots in the wind drops. We also lay out a fishing line andbate with a small squid lure before dusk.   Johan, crew on HanseSailor. read more...


30/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog Day 9-Report from Sailor Ted

Hi! I am Sailor Ted, the ARC teddy bear that has been crossing the atlanticocean with a family boat for many years now.  This year the kids onboard Friskus won the competition to bring me over.The first day were very bumpy, and I comforted Elise a lot as she was a bitseasick. We have been building a great cottage under the saloontable, and wehave been playing Dora and Boots with the new walkietalkies. We have also beenfishing, and one day we caught a Wahoo! It was a ver long and nice looking fishwith Zeebra stripes. The others had it as a starter before dinner, but I hadblueberries and honey. Øyvind has also made me my own lifejacket that I have towear when I go up on deck. I like it a lot. Christmas is coming soon it seems,so all the kids have been very eager withthe christmas. read more...


30/11/2015

Hejira - Chafe

14 35.541N 054 55.923WMonday 30th November 2015The high winds and big swells continued through the day and with the main and poled out jib, Hejira seemed to relish the conditions and continued to bowl along. The conditions cannot have been to the liking of our similarly handicapped fellow participants because we apparently gained ground on nearly all of them, albeit that some are already well beyond catching. When looking to ‘fine tune’ the auto steering, we failed to find any adjustment beyond 3 settings ‘Performance’, ‘Cruising’ and ‘Leisure’ with no explanation as to what exactly these settings mean. Experimentation selected ‘Leisure’ as the best suited to the conditions and to our current attitude.Having been conscious about chafe, it took Barry to spot fraying of the jib sheet at. read more...


Hejira - Chafe
Hejira - Chafe
Hejira - Chafe
Hejira - Chafe
30/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 9- Settling into life at sea

The last few days have given us much lighter winds and we’re takingadvantage of the calm conditions to get some jobs done, catch up on sleep andcook up some delicious meals.  We’ve tried a variety of sail configurations over the past few days to tryand keep us heading in the general direction of Saint Lucia. Our Parasailor hasbeen up a couple of times when the winds get above 10 knots or so, and inlighter winds we’ve had the code zero out, which served us fairly well. However,we’ve not been able to avoid turning the engine on a few times.   We’ve been heading further south over the past few days to take advantageof the wind angle- what little wind there is- and because our GRIB files showthat there should be a return of the trade winds infilling from the south onTuesday. We. read more...


30/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Monday 30 Nov

Monday 30 NovRace Day 8We’ve made it half way! We have been at sea for 8 days now and our lives have become an endless series of watches followed by a maximum of three hours’ sleep. The night watches are tough to get up for but enjoyable once you are there. Last night we started with a gybe, the rest of the night was broken up by helming, baking bread, eating chilly popcorn and getting costumes ready for the half way party! I swear I saw the skipper passing my cabin with a monkey mask on… No we cannot stop talking about it - the sky scape is phenomenal and thanks to Dave’s SkyWatch app we have been able to identify all the constellations. Orion was laying down and later standing up.  The haze on the horizon meant we were not so far able to see the Southern Cross yet, maybe when we. read more...


30/11/2015

Hera - Bordroutine

Wir haben einen moderaten Passat, der uns mit 6 kn auf dem 16.Breitengradnach Westen bläst. Der phantastische Sternenhimmel wurde vor zwei Stunden vonstrahlendem Sonnenschein abgelöst. Die letzte Wache ist gerade beim Reinschiffnach dem gemeinsamen Frühstück der Crew. Das Schiff wirkt aufgeräumt und sauber; die Bordroutine läuft wiegeschmiert. Schiff und Crew werden allmählich eins. Die Segel sind zu beidenSeiten ausgebaumt und stehen gut. Jetzt kann man langsam darüber nachdenken,eine Skatrunde zusammen zu bekommen, was bei der internationalen Besetzung nichtganz einfach ist. Der noch nicht aufgebrauchte Frischfleischvorrat beginnt aufzutauen, daherist es für das große Angelerlebnis noch zu früh. Im ersten abgeschaltetenKühlschrank wurde noch eine Packung Eiswürfel entdeckt. Damit wäre. read more...


30/11/2015

Rhumb - Day 8 - Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Bewitched because we think we keep hearing things in the quiet of the night, bothered because of the Doldrums, and bewildered because we are at a loss to know what to do. Stuck in the Horse Latitudes, which we are renaming the Porridge Latitudes on account of Tim having porridge two days on the trot. Still, it has prompted a number of discussions about what we should try and what we ought to avoid. It's true what they say, that a mariner's true capabilities come through when in light airs, as much as when in strong winds. No comment!!!All a bit tedious at the moment folks, although spirits were lifted today as we made the most of the calm with a swim in the mid Atlantic. Quite a moment and something not a lot of folks have the privilege to enjoy. Sea temp. according to the instruments. read more...


30/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC - Day 7 - 28/11

Posizione 19°21N 29°42WOrmai sono le tipiche giornate tropicali, caldo, cielo terso, qualche groppo e tanto tanto sole.La navigazione oggi si è contraddistinta per il vento ballerino stile Mediterraneo, girava di 20/30 gradi, aumentava e poi scendeva.Abbiamo provato varie configurazioni con le vele, fino a quando abbiamo scelto di andare al lasco a 120° rispetto al vento, così facendo riusciamo a creare un pochino di apparente e a raggiungere la folle velocità di 6kt.Domani proveremo il Gennaker, e sicuramente andrà meglio, se il vento rimane ancora devole come da previsione.Stiamo scendendo a SUD, dalle carte meteo scaricate all'altezza delle isole di Capo Verde c'è un po' più di vento, forse non è l'aliseo che ci aspettiamo, ma sono circa 15kt che ci andrebbero più che bene.A bordo c'è. read more...


30/11/2015

Calypso - A couple of days after Day 7 - Successes and Sargasso Weed

Saturday and into SundayHigh excitement! a wind hole and a flat (ish) sea.Chuck the dinghy out of the garage, pour copious fresh water into the garage, dry it all out scrupulously, and now we can seal the confounded hatch.Much grunting, squiring into the steering compartment, de-glooping of fingers follows, and then its done. So now we sit and wait for the wind to return, and the sealant to go off - for once we have exactly the wind we need - none, and we bob around for a few hours making all of 2 knots.OK this has to go in the log, a wind hole exactly when we need one, and then back comes the breeze just when we're beginning to wonder how long we'll be drifitng aimlessly. ... Early that evening..."[strange squawking noise I can't even begin to spell]""what is it?""[repeated squawk, now. read more...


Calypso - A couple of days after Day 7 - Successes and Sargasso Weed
Calypso - A couple of days after Day 7 - Successes and Sargasso Weed
30/11/2015

Bluewater Mooney - Tag 7 (2)

Die Taktik geht auf! wir erreichen morgen Nacht den neu abgesteckten Punkt im Süden. Von dort werden wir mehr oder weniger rein West laufen, um direkt St Lucia anzuliegen.Der Wind begleite uns auch an diesem Tag wie von den US Grib vorhergesagt. Ein kleineres Flautefeld, aber im Übrigen ausreichende Winde um zu segeln. Unser Code 0 Spinnaker zieht super.Unser Code 0 ist ein 260 qm Leichtwindspinnacker. Das Tuch ist aus Gewichtsgründen nicht bedruckt. Gefahren wird er mit extra leichten Schoten, und kann mit Windgeschwindigkeiten bis zu max. 18 Knoten gesetzt bzw.stehen gelassen werden. Und, was dieses Jahr besonders wichtig ist, er steht bereits ab 10 Knoten und bringt die Bluewater Mooney bei 12 kn Wind auf6-7 Knoten fahrt, bei dreizehn bis 14 Knoten Wind und ruhigem Waser auf 8-9. read more...


30/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 29 at 10 pm

Albatros update (part 5): the sun has sunk, still very little wind. We just had Dresdner Stollen to celebrate the day - thinking of Christmas when you are in the middle of Atlantic is strange but also fun. We put four cans of beer around it, and opened one, as stand-ins for candles. On board a ship you have to make do with what you have. That's part of the fun. Ah, and we are listening to Udo Lindenberg. Somehow we are in a bit of a melancholic mood. To our left, a massive 4-mast sailing boat is slowly overtaking us, maybe 10 miles away. I wish it would have been closer, that would have been spectacular.. read more...


30/11/2015

Magic - MAGIC May Dog Blog .Saturday 28th/ Sunday 29 November

Saturday 28th/  Sunday 29 November Well this has certainly not been the sort of Sunday we are used to at home.   We have been going a bit more slowly but that means we are making water, which is great for the feeders, as they seem to like showers.   Some of them had a lovely evening listening to opera and hand steering and some of them were a bit frustrated that we were not going faster – we had the slowest 24 hour period yet (who cares?) Tina says it is more important to arrive safely than fast – some of the boys don’t agree!!  They have been mucking around with the clock again with is more feeder oddness – why are they doing that – isn’t the time, the time?  Dinnertime and Poo time and cuddle time – I don’t understand what is going on but we. read more...


29/11/2015

PG Roshni - 29/11 2020 Nearly

14:46.2N 58:55.9WEvening all Is it my old eyes giving in or what - just seems very dark tonight. The stars are out and as fabulous as ever with no light pollution to spoil them but it is dark! We should have the moon by 10 so it'll be fine for helming, in the interim Daisy is on the case and just as well as it is a bit light and sh..e atm.Our friends on El Gato have exotic names for all their sails eg Zoro for their Code 0. Our main now called Colander has another hole appearing in front of the 2nd batten. Had to put one reef in and oversheet the main to protect it in these last 150 miles we have to go... We made possibly our penultimate gybe late this morning to head for the N tip of St Lucia. The technique for doing this with the fancy carbon pole is a bit of a polava which starts by. read more...


29/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 11

A much better nights sail, both wind and waves more cooperative, still rolling and shaking (it sounds much worse down below than on deck) but at least felt we are making some progress and able to appreciate the moonlight.Celebrated 500 miles to go at lunchtime with bacon in fresh baked roll, Steven was not allowed to get any Bimbo (long life bread) I still can't believe they call it that. But it depends which time you are using - we are still on CV time and will have to go back 4 hours before we get to St Lucia which seems a lot.Just using up the last of the bananas, which started off green from the Market in Mindelo, still have a few oranges and limes so should be safe from scurvy for a while yet.. read more...


29/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 10

Nice afternoon weather but had to rush out to reef while Steve doing evening SSB net, one advantage of being 2 handed being that you can go on deck in underwear and lifejacket if necessary.Turned out to be rather a trying night as the spiteful wind was continually varying in strength so impossible to get the self steering set up properly, wind drops she bears away and gybes if you don't stop her then it puffs up so she starts tearing off up wind sails flogging, so not a lot of sleep to be had by anyone.Crossed with NoLimit (on AIS and Nav lights) and spoke on VHF, sounded like they were finding conditions trying as well. Gybed over to head more south, more drama with switching poles on the foredeck, resorted to the torch to hunt for the line to raise the pole at the mast, only to find it. read more...


29/11/2015

Lucky Star - Lucky Star 29/11/2015

Bonjour tout le monde!Ici Lucky star, belote, poulpe espagnole, lou gascoun, petit Clos Hortense2009 ce midi au soleil. Enfin, une journée tranquille !!! Merci Furet!!!Pour suivre notre position vous pouvez le faire par le site directementTeam Lucky Star. read more...


29/11/2015

Team Brunel - Blog 7 - Team Brunel in the ARC

Blog 7 ARC Rally 29th November 2015 Breaking news: Team Brunel out the race, replaced by Team Bnel Last night at 10.07 UTC a well controlled gybe was set up in pitch dark  moonless conditions. We’ve done this numerous times so routinely every  step was executed. Without warning the Mainsail completely ripped in two  horizontally from masttrack till leech line when moving form port to  starboard. Pretty disastrous we might say. Immediately Johnny took the  lead the rescue operations. Jens in charge over the technical job of  getting the mainsail down, Rokas up the mast, all hands on deck, wind  blowing force 6. We got the mainsail down to the 3rd reef position and  were able to secure the bottom half of the sail. Despite the obvious  shock and. read more...


29/11/2015

Mojeka - Mojeka – Transatlantic Day 12

20:41:00 UTC Sunday Nov. 29, 2015Position: 15.226547N, 56.027320WTHE SECRETAfter receiving our award for 2nd place in Group B in Mindelo had dinner at a restaurant. The crew of another boat came in and sat down at the table next to us. One of the crew members came over and joked that they were sitting so close to us to try to overhear our SECRET.We had no idea what he was talking about…..Twelve transatlantic days later we think we have it figured out. It isn´t us, it is Mojeka. The Moody DS54 is simply a fantastic boat. Based on the Hanse 575 hull (known to be a great cruiser) it has an extremely fast hull, which delivers speed at surprisingly low winds. Add to that the Carbon Technora sails and you have a combination that gives this 56ft 31ton boat impressive performance in spite. read more...


29/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 7

Day 7As the last rays of the day burn out in a marvellous sunset and, feeling very satisfied from an awesome Moroccan styled roast lamb leg [thanks to Becks!]; we contemplate another action packed day on board Skyelark.Whilst there has been very little sailing today, we have broken the 1000mile marker and still managed to pack in a day of action. First up, David J managed to catch a flying fish in his life jacket [much to his surprise and excitement!].Lunch saw the end of the big Darado, highlighting the need for another catch.After lunch a spot of mid-Atlantic swimming.I must admit I was a tad nervous of this but it was a blast.Not many people can say they have swam in 3.5mile deep waters!Last but not least, as Becks & I were preparing the evening meal - another excitement from the. read more...


30/11/2015

Vitamina - vitamina update

We have sailed with 25 knots ok wind and waves about 3 metres....we erekeeping happy and with more ilussion to arrive to Santa Lucia. We got fished a huge fish but was lost it..... we are at 600miles from Sta Lucia and we speak with others partners to spendthe Chirstmas holidays together. we have cooked tomato rice, fries eggs....and eggplants withmeat. read more...


29/11/2015

Exody - Days 316 -321: Riding the Agulhas Current

Clad in warm snugs, long pants with foul weather gear at the ready, we are disappointed to be only doing 7.5 knots this sunny Saturday (28th November) heading virtually due west along the bottom of Africa with a Force 6 easterly directly astern!12 miles off Cape St Francis, the mighty Agulhas current has weakened now to one knot and gone offshore beyond the widening continental shelf.Exody is under genny alone since we have learnt that flying the mainsail dead downwind is not conducive to our wellbeing- even at the expense of a bit of speed.Monday evening (23rd) we had joined the general exodus from Durban southwestwards following a forecast weather window, supported by an impromptu seminar with the owner of a German weather routing outfit who just happened to be there on his cat! The. read more...


29/11/2015

Isabel - A laugh a minute!!

Today was a memorable one..All the hype of our second spinnaker (pole flown) came to ahead today as wehoisted it for the first time in light winds (in the hope of sailing downour rhumb line) only to discover that it was REDICULOUSLY undersized.. andbetter suited to a keelboat on The Solent in a round the cans race!Poor Mike (AKA Half Mast Mike) has had a good few hours of abuse todayhaving patiently 'checked sizes', organised with the sail loft and flownwith the kite down from the UK pre ARCAs you can see in the attached photo.. it does not even reach half way downthe mast!!Sadly due to light winds we have resorted to the iron sail (Engine) for afew hours in order to make progress south westUpdates to follow tomorrow where we will hopefully be back underway withsailsJames. read more...


Isabel - A laugh a minute!!
Isabel - A laugh a minute!!
29/11/2015

Bamarandi - Sunday 29th November - Flying fish makes bid for Glens cabin

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29/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - 29/11/15

November 29th Fish Count – Still 1. Waiting patiently. Had a couple of bites, but they escaped. We are getting creative with making fishing lures – bits of pipe, foil, shredded plastic bottle, coloured tape, string, you name it, we’ll stick a hook on it and throw it off the back. Big news today is that following a group meeting with the entire crew and lots of maths we have decided to switch on the engine. After being totally calmed for an hour last night, and almost three days of bobbing around with very little wind, the prospect of extending the trip to what was calculated to be about December 18th was not appealing. We had done our best to head south in search of breeze but with no luck. Those of you tracking our progress on the GPS will have noticed our southerly. read more...


29/11/2015

Meltemi - 8. Tag 1.Advent

Der 1. Advent wird an Bord der Meltimi gebührend gefeiert. Zu I'm dreeming of a white Christmas gibt's Kaffee und selbst gebackenen Kuchen bei strahlendem Sonnenschein und 28° im Cockpit. Der Parasailor zieht uns heute Nachmittag bei 3 Bf mit etwas über 5 kn über den Atlantik. Zum perfekten Glück fehlt jetzt nur noch ein frisch gefangener Fisch. Aber für heute Abend tuen es auch Kartoffelsalat und Bockwürstchen - Klaus steht schon neben mir in der Kombüse und ist fleißig am Schnibbeln. Auch seglerisch läüft's. Gestern haben wir noch vor Mittaernacht die ersten 1.000-Meilen geknackt. Viele Grüsse von der bestens gelaunten Crew der Meltemi, Christian.. read more...


29/11/2015

Weohgi - Starry Starry Night, Paint your palette Blue and Gold!

We have been privileged to have mostly wonderful starry and moon lit nights on this voyage - with the occasional midnight squall - Alan's turn last night! We have had a full moon which is now waning but the stars and shooting stars are brilliant!Hi Ho Silver lining - every where you go! Squally clouds with blue skies, and its getting hotter!Andy and Colin managed at last to get the spare water into the main tank - a sterling effort - filmed by ace cameraman Alan! A riveting watch?Rollin Home! Less than 300nm to go which means we should be there Tuesday day time!!We had one of our fastest sails in the last 24hrs due to the extra large seas!! We are still rockin' and Rollin' along at 8kts!We are playing " Kiss Chase" at the moment as we are being followed closely 10nm by "It started with a. read more...


29/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (?): Closing In

Just checking in......we are abut 220 miles from land. Bright warm sunny day today. Winds are at our back, and swells rolling through. Been eating lots of yummy tuna from our catch on Friday. Boys have been crushing their schoolwork, and being all around good boys. Ahab and I are holding up well, taking turns napping, and watching the miles count down.We had radio contact this morning from a solo sailor (not with our group) who is sailing from Canary Islands to St. Lucia. His autopilot has broken don twice, and we were the first boat he has talked to days, maybe weeks. I cannot even imagine how exhausted that must be.Looks like we get in sometime late tomorrow night, probably after dinner but before midnight. Looking forward to the Yellowshirt ready to greet us at the docks, catch our. read more...


29/11/2015

Lea - Log Day 20 + 21 – Friday + Saturday/Broken pole and potatoes and… paws.

21:30Local Lea Time, Saturday Wehave now logged about 1700 nautical miles, and have about 500 left. So we’re allexpecting palm trees in the horizon any time soon now. It’s come to ourattention that the leading ARC+ boats have already reached Saint Lucia withinthe last 24 hours. Considering we have about 4 days to go, I find that kind ofcrazy but also kind of cool. Go them! In our defense though, they all have thesuperpower of a spinnaker (in addition to being bad ass sailors) and we nolonger have a spinnaker pole (that we use for our sail that isn’t even aspinnaker) because, well, it kind of broke.Thenonstop fun these past few days started Friday afternoon, when Erin was cookingdinner and had baked potatoes in the making. She was on a good roll with thewhole ‘spreading food all over the. read more...


29/11/2015

Albatros - Nov. 29 at 2:30 pm

Albatros update: 24° 20.73 N, 38° 55.11 WThis morning we decided to implement an idea we had a couple of days ago about the broken spinnaker boom. After careful examination we replaced the pin (the part that broke) that clicks into the fitting at the mast with a rope. It was a lot of work and it has become rather warm, the sea now has 26 degrees Celsius, and it was a lot of work, but it worked. We do hope that the spi boom doesn't break off again, as the damage can be pretty bad. For now, we are at finally heading west again, and even though the wind is less than 10kn we do have 5kn of speed.Albatros update (part 2): Guido almost went over board this morning, or rather he did go overboard but managed to catch himself on the outside and climb back in. He didn't even touch the water. On a. read more...


29/11/2015

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Day 8 Of Mice and Men !

It must be Sunday. For we have slipped the surly bonds of earthand dance the waves on laughter silvered wingsA 50 per cent increase in our readers, thank you Elsie Maynard of 4 RailwayCottages, Fawncett, Norfolk Aged 82, Spinster who asked" Can you tell me the difference between a jibe and a gybe, Al ?Must you jybe ? It sounds most unsavoury'.Yes Millicent we must. A jibe pokes fun at something or some one, a barbedcomment. A jybe is how we turn corners when racing downwind, requiring teamwork toperform a myriad tasks. Ross and Sarah can do this on their own but Sarah,sadly is not here so it takes most of us and we did eleventeen last night,some better perfomed than others as Neptune sent some unruly sprite ourefforts to undo.Justin is called from his bed at rude hours to perfom. read more...


29/11/2015

Why Not - Why Not (Richard Anthony)

After replacing the cruising chute with the goose swing (with poled outgenoa and preventer on main) at sunset last night, we had a fairly decent nightsail where we averaged 5-6 knots. We’ve also been a touch jammy with avoidingthe various squalls in the distance – how long our luck will last I’m notsure.   Come sunrise, we got the cruising chute back up straight away, and it’sbeen flying all day. Been another solid day despite the winds being a bit slow,and Keith deciding to make us all coffee’s this morning without actually addingany coffee to the mug’s. Think all this bobbing about is starting to make him abit loopy.  Two more mahi mahi caught today – this time by Catrin and Keith.  Charlie. read more...


29/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 29-11-2015: midway borrel and day after midway brunch

Gisteren en vandaag is het leven aan boord wel iets anders als in mijnvorige blog... gistermiddag de midway party met allemaal een stevige baco met“speciale” Navy Rum. Die gingen er sissend in.Omdat het toch allemaal zo gezellig was, echt het was maar 1 glaasje, werder besloten om vandaag een brunch te hebben. Die is nu net achter de rug, versbrood, tostado’s, jamon iberico, scrambled eggs, zalm EN een lekker flesje wittewijn. Je kan zien dat het eten er nu goed doorgaat, er komen lege plekken onderde vloer. Vooral Nanno en Rodie werken hier goed aan, gelukkig verwerken ze hetook goed.... de boot wordt lichter!  Gisteravond zagen we opeens een schip achter ons, een mijl of 6, en diegijpte precies op onze koers. \Het bleek de carbon 80 ft Advanced 80 te zijn,ddit is het snelste schip. read more...