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27/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - November 27th

November 27th Today there is a tale to tell!! Fish Count “1”; Bought Lures Lost “3”, Hand Made Lures Lost “2” (your lures are safe Rick). Using all of our fishing technical know how we made a new lure out of pipe and cooking foil (well done Mark), and hooked a “Mahi Mahi”, not a big one, big enough to eat, weighing in at around 2 Kg. Tonight it will be cooked in the oven in cooking foil, lemon slices & juice, garlic, olives, courgettes, green pepper, salt and pepper. Our taste buds are watering already. There should even be enough for a whole mouthful each! Yummy Yummy says my tummy! Our skipper’s (Derek) first fish caught in the ARC and he’s taken a photograph to prove it. A Flying Fish landed in. read more...


27/11/2015

Bamarandi - Friday 27th November - New crew member "M" flies in it join Bamarandi

Days Day Date Time Miles to St Lucia Miles in 24hrs towards St Lucia Cum Miles towards St Lucia Ave Miles per day towards St Lucia 1 Wednesday 18th 13:00 2090       2 Thursday 19th 13:00 1901 189 189 189 3 Friday 20th 13:00 1756 145 334 167 4 Saturday 21st 13:00 1605 151 485 162 5 Sunday 22nd 13:00 1423 182 667 167 6 Monday 23rd 13:00 1238 185 852 170 7 Tuesday 24th 13:00 1073 165 1017 170 8 Wednesday 25th 13:00 891 182 1199 171 9 Thursday 26th 13:00 722 169 1368 171 11 Friday 27th 13:00 531 191 1559 173An uneventful afternoon was followed by an uneventful night with a few drops of rain on the 10pm to 2am watch and some heavy black threatening clouds that sent people down for their waterproofs that eventually came to nothing on the 2 other watches through the night. We. read more...


27/11/2015

PG Roshni - 27/11 1415 Clear

14:13.1N 51:41.3WWell we did end up gybing as the forecasts all gave wind coming more NE. This has paid off finally and we are on a direct line for St Lucia eta sometime on Monday...Beer o'clock me thinks.Weather has seemed to have stabilised and we have blue sky and a nice steady 20kn up the chuff to push us along at 9-10kn. After tightening the steering wires the vibration from the port side wheel has stopped but she still feels heavy - I reckon we are dragging a fishing net or something wrapped round the keel. Can't do much about it until we get there as stopping and diving on the boat in 2-3m seas is er..well slightly mad unless you really have to!In other news:A full roach hunt was conducted around the suspicious areas and suitably toxic preventive spray used. Happily nothing more. read more...


27/11/2015

Aliena - viernes 27-11-2015

Hoy hemos tenido un problema con la vela mayor. Se ha roto el grillete que la sujeta. Por eso estamos de camino a Mindelo (Cabo verde, a motor, para repararla y desde alli ir a Santa Lucia. Seran unos dias de retraso pero no pasa nada. Estamos todos bien incluida Aliena.Carmen. read more...


27/11/2015

Ruby Rose - Day 6

Greeting from Ruby Rose,   750 miles from Las Palmas and we spent this morning preparing for a day ofloafing around and reading. we’ve had a couple of lazy days getting us back intosteady sleep patterns..   Firstly, our watt and sea generator isn't working properly. We think its awiring problem, and so we will rewire it tomorrow and see what the news isthere. Its a conduiting job which i hate. Never tried it at sea , so there's funand games to be had there.   In other news: we stupidly took the advice from Tomas from Parasailor aboutour spinnaker halyards. He advocated a crane and block, not our system that hasworked flawlessly for 3 years. So off we trotted to Rolnautic  (AKA therichest man in Spain) and purchased blocks and shackles.  Anyway, wehoisted the. read more...


27/11/2015

Y2K - Y2K - ARC 2015 - Day 5 - 26 Nov

Posizione: 22°11N 27°14W Rotta 230° Velocità 5,5 ktLa giornata passa tranquilla, stiamo navigando verso sud ovest al lasco.Vogliamo scendere ancora perchè siamo davvero stufi del mare mosso.Sicuramente non troverema mai una giornata di calma, e sicuramente ci pentiremo di non avere vento, ma ne abbiamo bisogno, siamo un poco provati e sballottati.Anche adesso, il mare è davvero mosso e ci sballotta, siamo in navigazione a oltre 7 nodi e sembra di essere in una lavatrice.Ci siamo confrontati fra noi e tutti abbiamo bisogno di un po' calma, tanto non regatiamo, se ci mettiamo uno o ue giorni in più cosa cambia ?Oggi abbiamo avuto un incontro molto ravvicinato con una barca Norvegese di nome Nelly 2. La navigazione avviene sulle stesse mura, noi siamo sottovento quindi avremmo il diritto di. read more...


27/11/2015

TWIXX - TWIXX eten aan boord

Eten is zo ongeveer het belangrijkste gebeuren aan boord. Dus voor ieder wat wils. Frank vraagt Rob al een paar dagen waar de hotdogs verstopt zijn. Vandaag gevonden! Voor Frank maakt dit de reis al de moeite waard. Sommige mensen zijn gauw tevreden. Voor de borrel zitten we op een iets hoger eetniveau;). Taart met queso azul en ui en een halve met maanzaad en banaan. Voor vanavond staat er een lekkere curry met groene papaya salade op t menu. 'sOchtends vinden we vliegende vissen aan boord zelfs op het dak, het zijn echte hoogvliegers!Wel erg klein om daar een filet vanaf te halen. Onze voorraad groente en fruit zien er nog prima uit. Mede door alles te verpakken in de longlifezakken van de Hiperdino. Alleen de bananen gaan hard, zelfs de groene tros. Maar dat is ook wat iedereen al. read more...


TWIXX - TWIXX borrelhapje staat vast klaar!
TWIXX - TWIXX borrelhapje staat vast klaar!
TWIXX - TWIXX Frank loves hotdogs...
TWIXX - TWIXX Frank loves hotdogs...
21/11/2015

Taniwha - 21.11 Log

Subject: 21.11 LogDate: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 02:03:44 +1300All's well on the good ship Taniwha!Rotating 3hr shifts between 1900 & 0700 working well.Bigger seas today... 3 - 4m, and gusting to 25... Bill's pancakes for lunch!Cheers--. read more...


TWIXX - TWIXX Paul loves hotdogs to!
TWIXX - TWIXX Paul loves hotdogs to!
TWIXX - TWIXX eten aan boord
TWIXX - TWIXX eten aan boord
27/11/2015

Isabel - Day 5

Thursday 12 Noon 26/11/2105 23 2300 N 30 43 47W - 145 miles daily run - distance to St Lucia 1800Attached "Rock Star" picture of Skipper James on the bow last night. Itwould have been nice to send you a picture of Peter (again) today dressed injust his mincy Gingham shorts, Mrs G don't worry I have checked re suntanand he assures me he has creamed himself all over.Well today is the ARC brochure picture day with sunshine, puffy clouds (notsure what Chris Tibbs calls them) and 10 to 15 knots of breeze pushing usalong nicely. We have the "Bird" up, a full size genneker. Yesterday it wentup at a about 1600hrs in 20 kts of wind which of course then increased togusting 30 kts plus giving us a stonking sail at 10 knots + but comedarkness the fun had to stop so chaps on the foredeck hauled on. read more...


Isabel - Day 5
Isabel - Day 5
27/11/2015

Hot Stuff - Hotstuff blog DAY 5

Hectic Nights - take two!   The last 24 hours have been the busiest of the journey so far. One thing wehave discovered is that this is NOT a holiday. Sarah's oil to make her eyelashes grow will have to stay in the bag for another day. It's funny - when weimagined the Atlantic Crossing we forgot the continuous maintenance that wouldbe required (and we are talking about the boat - not our nails!). Flashing back to the scene yesterday afternoon: The pole was laying down the companionway into the saloon and resting onKaren's head whilst we were performing surgery to try and recover the trip line.The kettle was on the boil to see if we could dissolve some of the saltencrusted on the machinery, together with the old fav' WD40. Thalitta wasrummaging in the first aid kits to find the. read more...


22/11/2015

Taniwha - 22.11 Log

Subject: 22.11 LogDate: Sun, 22 Nov 2015 23:27:08 +1300Mahimahi this morning!... good start to the day!Making good an average 7+ knots and sticking close to the "great circle route".No rain, some scattered cloud, mid to high 20's. Lots of flying fish.Cheers--. read more...


27/11/2015

EH01 - LOG DAY 5 - First Catch

We’ve had a mixed couple of days with still several squalls on Wednesdayand then very light winds especially yesterday and last night. Conditions havebeen a little exhausting for everyone, as we had to keep changing head sails andputting reefs in and then shaking them out on a regular basis. However, theweather seems to be settling now with 15 knots of easterly, north easterly windwhich allows us to run fairly close to our rhumb line After a few hick ups with our kite hoist yesterday, today we have it up,for the first time, and cruising along nicely. It is also getting warmer andwarmer so we have been having regular salt water showers to refreshourselves. Yesterday evening, just before the sun went down, we caught our first fish,a nice Dorado. Paddy and I managed to get it on board and. read more...


EH01 - LOG DAY 5 - First Catch
EH01 - LOG DAY 5 - First Catch
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 9 Our compeleges
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 9 Our compeleges
27/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 9 Our compeleges

During the last few days we had an interestingfight with our competitors; the Spirit, Bepa and Adrienne. We learned to knowtheir crew better during our stay is Las Palmas and Mindelo. All pleasentlydisturbed sailors that act as if they starting a cruise, but when they are atsea they pushed their yachts so hard that damage is unevitable. On the Nixwe only lost the spi boom rail on the mast, the #2 genoa, aspinnaker and the main sail is falling apart due to the big forces that weapply during reefing. Since the Adrienne was only 3 miles ahead, we put on thecarbon blade so the speed cannot fall under 9 knots. Result after 24 hours: a 9mile lead. Thank you Dick, Alexey and Ove for the fierce competition we got onour "cruise". Our simplified watch scheme paid off pretty. read more...


26/11/2015

Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 8 Mak Mee?

The Mahi Mahi we catched served us only one meal.The rest is fed to Mak Mee, the white Herron that landed on the Nix on day 5.Why the bird is called Mak Mee? and why Boris slept a night with the bird isdescribed in the following story that was told by crew memberKarel.   Karel told us that he once got caught in his bedroom by his wife with a beautifull blond naked woman. The explanation hegave her was as follows.   Karel (Carol for his friends) was walking throughthe meadow, when he spotted a big green frog. The frog was looking at him andasked him in frog Dutch ... Mak Mee? Mak Mee?.....(Can I come with you?). Karelwas a moment very surprised but then agreed. They walked through the meadowtill they came to a small canal. Karel jumped over the canal but the frog. read more...


Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 8 Mak Mee?
Nix - ARC+ leg 2 day 8 Mak Mee?
Widago - Twin Tunas!
Widago - Twin Tunas!
27/11/2015

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

Friday. Mid Atlantic.And its a big welcome to all our readers. Its been a bit full on for mesince flying out to Las Palmas so here goes with my first blog. This is thethirtieth ARC as every winter ship loads of Yachties head south to blueskies, Parties, fireworks and Trade Winds.Normally by now Jack Frost has rapped his icy knuckles on the window panesand snow mantles the Highlands. As a result of global warming this has beenthe hottest November in living memory. Property spivs are marketing smallvineyards for development in the Antartic.We are a cosmopolitan crew. A big crew. Plenty of time in a deck chair forlittle old me. Reading a book. Meanwhile Vitaly, our Russo Canadiansinglehandledly sends sails flying up the mast pulled in equally powerfullyby our Croatian, Dinko. Mario from. read more...


27/11/2015

4JOY - KRATKI IZVJEŠTAJ 3

Pozdrav svima koji nas prate. Ušli smo u 6.dan jedrenja.Nažalost nakon 4 dana sa puno vitra,stigao je 5koji nas je malo usporio.Oko 3 u noći vitar nam je pao na 6-7 čvorova,nestabilnog smijera tako da smo bili prisiljeni koristiti motor 8 sati.Dobrastvar je šta sa jednim motorom uspijevamo držati 7 čvorova brzine uz vrlo malupotrošnju.Iskoristili smo malu pauzu da operemo i prekontroliramo brod.Ispalanam je jedna vida na furlexu genove i da to nismo vidili daljnje jedrenje donilobi nam vjerovalno vliki problem sa roll mehanizmom.Isto tako pregledali smojarbol.Sve zasad ok ,osim što nam se podigač glavnog jedra pošeo malotrošiti.Nije strašno ,jer samo će trebati ga skratiti 1 meter ibit će opet ok.neko vrijeme.Vitar je jutros digao na 15 čv. iz smijera N tako da trenutnojedrimo na AWA 130. read more...


27/11/2015

Hanse Sailor - day5: Curry chicken & shower in rain

Enjoyed a very tasting chicken chilli and non chicken for the one and onlyveggie. Some crew members enjoyed a shower in the rain but no photos are allowed tobe published. Clothes washed on the deck all smelling very sweet.   Graham, crew on Hanse Sailor. read more...


27/11/2015

Marisja - Marisja log 27-11-2015: nog steeds west?

Nou, zojuist weer de 24-uurs positie bekeken, en weer een dikke 220 mijlengelogd ondakns het lawaai wat Rob zo vakkundig omschreef (of is het juistvanwege dat lawaai?). Gistermiddag was weer goed rap en in de avond trok de wind weer wat aan watons deed beslissen een rif te zetten voor de nacht. Zeker in het begin was diterg lekker, de boot liep als op rails! Later in de nacht werd het wat minder enhebben we het rif eruit geschud, en in de ochtend de gennaker gezet ipvuitgeboomd fok. Vandaag lopen we lekker koers richting St. Lucia!   Jullie hebben waarschijnlijk al gezien dat we nu al 5 dagen nagenoegwestelijk varen, wat is hierachter de gedachte? We hebben de mazzel dat ermomenteel zo noordelijk als we zitten al een mooie passaatwind staat die onsgoed in de richting van St. Lucia. read more...


27/11/2015

Likedeeler - Kirschblüte

Schwell. Dieser vermalledeite Schwell. Kann der einem doch glatt den ganzen Spaß verderben mit seinem Kotzekurs. Als ob wir in unseren ersten 3 Segelmonaten (s.a. www.tausche-huhn-gegen-moewe.de) nicht schon genug gelitten hätten. Aber nein, dass Paradies muss man sich eben hart erarbeiten. Das öffnet sich nicht einfach so vor einem. Das Paradies. Ich sage Euch: Das nächste Paradies erarbeite ich mir mit ner Apfelschorle aus Äpfeln meines Lieblingsbauern in der Hand sitzend in meinem Garten, die grüne Natur genießend, meine blühenden Kirschbäume bestaunend. Blaue Natur haben wir an Bord ja nahezu überall. Um genau zu sein: für meinen Geschmack viel zu sehr überall. Steigt uns doch gestern ein Wellenbrecher seitwärts ins Boot und schwemmt alles und jeden in der Plicht von seinem Platz.. read more...


27/11/2015

PG Roshni - 27/11 1050 Roaches

14:28.3N 51:2.8WLong debates this morning about when we should gybe as the wind swings consistently E then NE then ESE and makes my angle calcs all a mess :(. As usual the when you don't know what to do - don't do anything so instead of messing with the sails we are living the dream cleaning.I snugged up the steering cables while swabbing out the residual rain and sea water from the laz. Last night while enjoying a quick wee before bed I looked down to my left and horror on horrors I thought I saw a blooming roach looking back at me or what ever it is they do. I picked it up to examine it with the loo cleaning cloth but couldn't swear it was one anyway so being the kind hearted soul I am I crushed it in the cloth and lobbed it into the ogin. So further living the dream checking the. read more...


27/11/2015

Friskus VI - Friskuslog day 6-Christmas Workshop

Dag 6 på havet og bølgene har roet seg litt. Det samme har vinden, noe somhat gjort at det ble litt motorkjring i natt da det begynnte å slå noe voldsomti riggen. Motor er bra- da får vi kjørt watermaker og tatt en etterlengtet dusj.Vi merker at vi kommer nærmere og nærmere tropene. Det er ca 26 C oppe og dermeder skyggen nede kjærkommen. PÅ dagtid er det shorts og t-skjorte-vær, men pånattevaktene kommer fremdeles stillongsen på.   Det var ca 220 båter som startet på sammen tid, men nå kan vi ikke se noenav dem, hverken på AIS eller med øyet. Dere der hjemme kan sikkert se hvor deandre er ifht oss, men det ser ikke vi ; ) Idag har det vært juleverksted her og vi har nå fått 3 fine nisser til åpynte med. Vi tenker på dere der hjemme som snart starter med diversejuletradisjoner uten. read more...


27/11/2015

Challenger 3 - CF361 CH3 Arc 2015 Friday 27 Nov

Friday 27 NovRace Day 5Day 5 here on Challenger 3 and time is starting to get a little warped on board! Ricky and Dave (Skipper and Mate) remain on UT (GMT), whilst the rest of the crew had a 26 hour day yesterday which involved two seven hour watches during the day. This brings us two hours behind UK time to allow for the journey Westward- sunset and sunrise has once more returned to more normal hours. It does mean however that poor Dave and Ricky seem to be eating at most peculiar hours-perhaps accounting for Ricky’s Bake Off at 1am which kept all on night watches happy with delicious brownies.Both the wind and sea started to ease of yesterday. The spinnaker was flown all day and into the night, remaining up as the sun rose this morning. Winds died right off as darkness encroached and. read more...


26/11/2015

Ocean Venture - Blog - Ocean Venture - November 26th

November 26th Fish Count “0”; Lures Lost “3” – but we have plenty left that we bought in Las Palmas Spinaker up,- trim, hold, ease, trim, hold, ease all day long. But that spinnaker is helping make great progress,  Is that a fish?, Yes its a flying fish, well spotted Simon. Two Dolphins sighted by the crew on watch (Susie, James, Regan, Dal and Mark) For the astronomers amongst you, all four moons of Jupiter spotted last night. The temperature is increasing as we go further South, and the sea state is getting calmer, the boat is not bouncing around as much. Yesterdays menu was Fajhitis, salad and cheese – prepared by Susie, Regan and Roy – all the crew enjoyed Awesome. Wait! Wait!, is that the fishing reel I hear being wound in, NO! Its the spinnaker. read more...


27/11/2015

Hejira - Chateau Hejira

13 43.282N 046 11.633WFriday 27th November 2015After a rather downbeat missive yesterday, the new day brought a more positive outlook with sunshine, and no sign of squalls after some early scares. A full main (with preventer) and poled out Yankee proved to be an adequate sailplan and the auto steered to a steady wind angle with aplomb.A notable milestone was reached passing the ‘1000 miles to go’ barrier at noon. We searched the stores for some champagne but could only find a cheap box of Don Simon white wine. Ingenuity abounded as we used our ‘Soda Stream’ to transform it into a very much improved and acceptable sparkling wine. The Soda Stream has been something of a revelation enabling us to make diet coke and slimline tonic in vast quantities so the storage and disposal of plastic. read more...


27/11/2015

Hera - Und immer wieder Delphine

Auf unserem Südkurs zu den Kapverden werden wir immer wieder vonDelphinschulen begleitet, die um unseren Bug spielen und auch mal einengewaltigen Sprung zeigen. Der Wind läßt allmählich nach und es es steht zubefürchten, dass wir kommende Nacht die letzten Meilen bis Mindelo motorenmüssen. Dank der Antibiotika geht es Tim schon deutlich besser. Doch alles weiteremuss ein Arzt beurteilen. Im Augenblick ist völlig unklar, wie schnell wir dieARC von Sao Vincente aus fortsetzen können. Petra hat gerade eineBestandsaufnahme unserer Vorräte gemacht, um diese bei unserem erzwungenenZwischenstopp eventuell zu ergänzen. Der Appetit der Crew scheint von Tag zu Tagzu wachsen, was sicher mit der Anpassung an die Verhältnisse an Bord und dasruhigere Wetter zu tun hat.   Stefan. read more...


Hejira - Chateau Hejira
Hejira - Chateau Hejira
27/11/2015

Starblazer - 27/11/2015 - East London (South Africa not UK!)

We had a fantastic sail for a few hours early on Wednesday morning, averaging over 9 knots.For an hour our speed didn't drop below 10, isn't a favourable current a wonderful thing?Suddenly, soon after 0600, the wind died to next to nothing prior to changing direction from NE to SSW.We had expected the wind shift a few hours later.Though the wind wasn't that strong our speed over the ground added to the apparent wind strength, bringing it up to 20 knots almost on the nose.In wind like that the engine struggles to propel us at 5 knots though the current continued as we headed inshore.The risk with wind over current is that it can kick up steep, nasty seas which tend to stop the boat's forward momentum.Our original anticipated stopover was Port Elizabeth but we decided it was silly to bash. read more...


27/11/2015

Team Brunel - Blog 4

Blog 4 ARC Rally Team Brunel Nov. 26, 2015How did we get on till nowExactly 4 full days have gone by in a fantastic race and we are exactly halfway in mileage to St. Lucia. The averages per helmsman go up, the topspeed remains the same. The bravest of the gang (or the daredevils?) push her ladyship VO65 to 26+ knots, being it day or night, a shift is a shift and we want to push on. The predicted weather versus the end is still the major variable. If the breeze stays on (like around 22kn all the way now) we still might have a chance to equal or beat the mighty 100 Ft Leopard of London record of 8 days- 14 hours- 39 minutes and 59 seconds. This is our challenge in the challenge to arrive before December 1st, 3:24:59 AM on the finish line. And of course sailing as fast as we safely can to. read more...


27/11/2015

Aqualuna - 23:42.417N 26:42.843W

DAY FIVEVARIED DAY Having diminished wind this morning we put the mainsail up and goose winged with this and the large genoa.This was fine to a certain extent but we did get a bit of slamming of the boom despite the preventer holding it in place.Late afternoon we got fed up with the lack of wind and sailing at an average of 6 knots so decided to head south for awhile on a reach, we flew and the wind got up.We are now back on our rhumb line still broad reaching at an average of 8 -9 knots.As the yacht was fairly level this afternoon I did some laundry in the machine so we looked like, as Jonathan’s Father would have called it, a ‘Maltese Bum boat’ with washing hanging everywhere to dry.I cooked the remaining Mahi-mahi (Dorado)in paper and foil wrapped with sliced spring onions, chilli,. read more...


27/11/2015

Firefly - A week at Pangkor Island

Today is Thursday 26th November and at 0800 this morning Firefly departed Pangkor Island Marina after 7 enjoyable days. We did not go far, only about 6 miles to an anchorage on the west side of Pangkor Island that we are now sharing with about 10 other rally yachts. So far Malaysian cruising has not really been about the sailing. Since Singapore the route north up the Malacca Straits has not been very picturesque nor has there been much wind. Therefore, having chosen to do the trip from Indonesia in order to reach Thailand we are very pleased we decided to join the Sail Malaysia Rally as the events we have attended have been great so far.Pangkor is the longest stop on the Rally and we have been looked after exceptionally well here. The Rally fee (which is minimal anyway at $65 Aus for. read more...


26/11/2015

Widago - St. Lucia Leg (6): Sea Turkeys

Happy Thanksgiving from the Atlantic Ocean!WIDAGO and crew celebrate in a somewhat unusual fashion, in that we usually don't get around to pulling together a Thanksgiving Feast until at least Friday. In fact for the past 19 years, we have not made it happen on time, and frankly it takes a lot of pressure off. Especially for the Galley Wench.Since early yesterday, when we formally submitted a request to withdraw from the Multihull Category, and are in the process of transferring to Joel's Motor-sailing category (negotiations are still in arbitrage as our sea lawyer ran out of data on her sailamail account, and needed to top off her credits), WIDAGO has enjoyed the peace of mind that only comes from hearing the warm purr of a Yanmar engine. After the parasailor blew out two days ago, Ahab. read more...


26/11/2015

Sunrise - Tag 1-5. 27.11.2015

Kommen erst heute dazu Daily logs zu schreiben. Der Beginn der Atlantiküberquerung ist sehr viel heftiger und ruppiger als wir vermutet hatten und wir alle Kraft und Konzentration für das Schiff brauchten. Dazu kam noch ein unpässlicherRedakteur. Beginnen wir mit dem Start. Werfen um 12 Uhr die Leinen los und passieren an der 1. Mole die vielen Besucher die uns mit kräftigem Adios verabschieden. Wir bedanken uns mit einer 5 Mann starken stadioreifen laola Welle auf dem Vorschiff. Das Wetterist schlecht, grau in grau, die Ziellinie kaum zu sehen. Mehr als 200 Schiffe kreuzen in diesem Gebiet hin und her. Ein Reff ins Großsegel , Genua voll ausgezogen, 5 Windstärken zunehmend, Kurs 170 *. Ohne den Startschuss gehört zu haben gehen wir mit denanderen um 13 Uhr über die Ziellinie. Der. read more...


26/11/2015

PG Roshni - 26/11 2140 Moonlicht nicht

15:14.2N 49:39.8WEvening allNot much going on really quite benign conditions. Wind E 15-20kn so as expected we gybed and are now being pushed a bit S of our rhum line (and boy will it be rum time when we get there). Sticking with it tonight though on the basis that if we do turn the wind will do the sods law thing again.Might get the kite out tomorrow as the wind is more steady and no squalls today either. Drugs are ready for the use of the forward cabin ...:)In other news:Ali feeling very smug about his sextant reading only being 2.5nm out - I did point out that might not be too helpful if we were near a reef and we could easily miss St Lucia...Both Nigel and Susan also took sights today and the GPS position just in case they were wrong but don't want to tell anyone back home when they. read more...


26/11/2015

Chimo - Reisverslag 8 ARC+

We hebben weer aansluiting bij de ARC+groep. Na 28 uur later vertrokken te zijn uit Mindélo hebben we de eerste twee boten ingehaald. We hebben nog een mijlpaal bereikt vandaag, we zijn over de helft, en nu zelfs bijna onder de 1000 mijl. Het leven aan boord gaat z'n gangetje. Zeilen verwisselen kost ons wel wat tijd op zo'n flink bewegend schip. We zijn de hele ochtend bezig geweest de genneker uit de knoop te halen en netjes in zijn snuffer (soort hoes waarin hij gehesen wordt) te doen. 130m2 spinnakerdoek in de kuip en kajuit. We gebruiken hem alleen bij heel licht weer. We varen nu nog steeds achter twee fokken. Het gaat wat langzamer, maar deze manier van varen zorgt er wel voor dat de stuurautomaat slecht lichtjes belast wordt. Hij doet het nog steeds en we hopen dat hij het. read more...


26/11/2015

Seraphina of Chichester - Officially in the tropics

Daily life onboard Seraphina.Apart from running the ship, sail her, eat and all the routine stuff wealso engage in more serious fun.  We started the day by figuring out when we would cross the Tropic ofCancer. South of this latitude you are officially in the tropics. We had alengthy discussion if it would be dotted or dashed; different globes displaythem differently. We were a bit disappointed when we saw nothing, just open bluewater under a blue sky.  After crossing this imaginary line we suddenlyfound ourselves in the tropics and sure enough the hottest day so far. We werealso lucky that Neptune does not charge for safe passage over this line.  We also needed to figure out where we are on the globe; there are no signposts here, just water. At about 10a.m the sextant. read more...


26/11/2015

Timshel - Cape Verde to St Lucia Day 8

Lovely afternoon for sailing/sun bathing but slow - we had got used to making speeds of 7 kts plus, so only 5 is a comedown.And we saw another boat!The AIS got excited, most of the time it's been asleep, and there was Lea off to port.We had a chat on the VHF, don't think they've seen anyone recently ether and they don't have SSB, but she overhauled us rather quickly I am afraid, with her big genoa poled out.Steve left me a small glass of Limoncello and chocolate for my first watch of the night to celebrate 1000 miles to go.Early morning I thought dark clouds might mean rain (and possibly wind), I got the buckets ready to collect but we only got a couple of drops. Gybed back onto starboard at midday to head back to the rhumb line.Have looked at Great Circles, in fact our chartplotter does. read more...


26/11/2015

Albatros - Albatros Nov. 23 at 12:26pm

Heute Passatsegeln. Vorsegel ausgebaumt. Die erste Nacht war ziemlich ruppig, unsere Wache (Guido, Stefan und ich) hatten die Hundewache von 2-5 Uhr. Ab 5 habe ich dann endlich ein paar Stunden geschlafen. Einige Leute sind seekrank, ich bin bisher verschont, aber es schaukelt schon ordentlich.. read more...


26/11/2015

El Gato - gobble gobble

Happy Thanksgiving to all our American friends and family!We started our day with slow speeds and have gradually ramped it up but not before sending Eric up the mast to retrieve the take down line for the spinnaker snuffer.Without it we'd be in trouble!Last night it was squally squally night and a few boats passed us so we are working hard to reel them back in.Still no auto pilot but we are used to it now.Three drivers and one cook who keeps us fed and happy.Two more days we hope!!!Annie and the cat peopleimage1. read more...


El Gato - gobble gobble
El Gato - gobble gobble
26/11/2015

Sunrise - 26.11.2015 Tag 5

So kann Seefahrt auch sein. Wie ein Bild aus Dantes Inferno. Aber auch mit Regenbogen im Mondlicht über einer unendlich weiten, silbern glänzenden Wasserfläche. Wir lassen uns nicht herunterziehen. Auch nicht dadurch, dass wir noch keinenFisch gefangen haben. Liegt aber wohl daran, dass wir noch nicht geangelt haben. Ein aufmunterndes Zeichen des Meeresgottes gibt uns schnell Auftrieb: Eine große Schule kleiner Delfine oder Tümmler läuft im spitzen Winkel auf uns zu. Um die 70 Tiere springenunentwegt aus dem Wasser, berühren fast unser Schiff und setzen nach einiger Zeit des Mitschwimmens am Bug unbeirrt ihren eigenen Kurs fort. Ein mitreißender Anblick! Dann doch die Angel ausgeworfen. Keine 15 Minuten später erfolgt der Biss. Ein wunderschönerFisch. Gold, blau, grün mit einer sägeartig. read more...


26/11/2015

Skyelark of London - Day 4

Day 4The past 24 hours have been quite eventful.Firstly, Happy Birthday Mike! Probably the most unusual one he is likely to have I suspect. But no birthday should pass without cake and sure enough from the galley at teatime yesterday came another of Dan and Em's culinary delights - an absolutely delicious banana cake. Sadly no candles but I doubt they would have faced up to the 25 knots of wind across the decks!There had also been a noticeable lack of fishing success. Even Doris the demon lure that I bought at vast expense in Las Palmas was a complete disappointment yesterday. We have high hopes for Mavis, Doris` big sister {which Tony paid even more for] later in the trip. But there was great excitement this morning when two Dorado's were reeled in one after the other. This was quickly. read more...