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02/12/2016

Wethomi - //WL2K Big Bang Days

3. December 2016Had the big Parasailor up again in the morning. Wow! Good winds and what a speed. But as well a lot of pressure. So with a big bang again the second mast top block broke. Parasailor in water. Same procedure as yesterday.Now no working halyard left at the mast. What to do? Up the mast and install a new one. So in the middle of the ocean with wind force 4 to 5 and quite some waves: skipper up the mast. That's an adventure for a senior! Managed everything alright. Had a nice view up there.What else happened?That was enough, wasn't it? Caught no fish.480 NM to St. Lucia. read more...


03/12/2016

Numa - Robert´s reiselogg dag 13

Robert´s reiselogg dag 13:Livet er herlig :-)Sist døgn er det beste døgnet vi har hatt, med en gjennomsnittsfart på 7,4 knop :-)Da jeg stod opp i dag morges seilte vi bare med genoa, da det hadde vært litt ruskete på natten og skipperen valgte å berge genaker ved 7 tiden.Ved 9 tiden ble den satt igjen.Jeg var oppe i 11,8 knop da jeg satt "bro-vakt"Bro/brua = der man styrer båtenJanne vant distansekonkuransen i dag, og fikk premie av overstyrmann :-)I dag er det Mona og Pær´en som har byssetjeneste.Dagens meny:Pasta med pestosaus og kylling.Nydelig som alltid :-)I morgen er det pizza...lørdagspizza :-)Under middagen i dag ble det nevnt at vi kanskje skulle ha bananasplit til dessert, siden vi har både bananer og syltetøy, så skipperen har send "recepie request" på iskrem til ARC. read more...


03/12/2016

Shalan - Day 13

15:16N 047:07W@2358UTCBeautiful!Shalan is working well and his dedicated crew! Today the asymmetric spinnaker was flying, we were doing some nice surfs above 14kts, then around sunset a black sky was coming closer and we adapted ourselves to the caprices of mother nature's,the code O was in the air a few minutes later. It is night now, another pitch black night with a perpendicular swell who makes shalan a bit rolling even with full sails up..I think Andrew had his dream fish and now I don't see any lines in the water, that still in our mind that monster tuna! We were thinking to add some tuna in our pizzas but we already turned as a tuna to be honest, tuna steak, tuna tartare X2, pasta and tuna, sashimi tuna, well I think I'd like a beef fillet please!The last 2 days were a bit. read more...


Shalan - Day 13
Shalan - Day 13
03/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - We're here!!!!!

We've arrived!!!I'm pleased to announce that 20:14:04 local time, Endeavour of Cork crossed the finish line - wayhayyyyyy!!!We're all tied up now, and as soon as feet hit the dock the heavens opened and it hammered down rain just to make us feel at home - but only for about two minutes!A nice man just arrived with a tray of rum punch for us, so I'm not going to linger here much longer - but hi to everyone from Rodney Bay, St. Lucia!!!Cheers everyone!From an ecstatic Endeavour of Cork - over and out!!! :) :) :). read more...


02/12/2016

Albatross - 13th day at sea

Dec 2 - All is well. We are 1,264 miles from St Lucia, and Las Palmas is 1,418 miles behind us. There is a high pressure north of us that carries very light wind. The new strategy from the weather router is to have us head south on a 220°course until we reach the trade winds, which are about 150 miles south.Yesterday at 8:00 pm the wind went down to 5 knots, from aft, we switched on the engine and motor-sailed until 2:00 am, sailed for two hours when the wind picked up, and then at 4:00 am went back to motor sailing. Now, at 8:00pm, we are back sailing, a heading of about 210°-220°, with 12 knots of wind coming from about 70°, and making 5-6 knots of speed. Full main, no jib.Today we saw two boats, a sailboat going south, probably to St Lucia, and a 100 ton Cargo going north, which. read more...


02/12/2016

Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWELVE - WIND AND SQUALLS

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} The wind came up at 19.00 last night with the arrival of a couple of Atlantic squalls. These are amazing – very dark clouds, low in the sky, with curtains of rain beneath them. Big wind shifts as the squalls approach – up to 30/40 degrees so the autopilot is steered by the wind vane and we go where the wind takes us. The squalls pass through quickly though in the main, and we revert to the normal heading (285 degs) shortly thereafter. The Bistro Parisien was open on Boni Venti last night – steak, mini roast potatoes and green beans with a great drop of Rioja on the side! Karen’s cooking is superb as always – and we haven’t had the same main. read more...


Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWELVE - WIND AND SQUALLS
Boni Venti - LOG DAY TWELVE - WIND AND SQUALLS
06/12/2016

Bluetangos Two - 03.12

Notte combattuta, "LA MALEDIZIONE DEGLI SQUALLS" il titolo del prossimo libro. Queste formazioni miste di pioggia e di vento sono veramente spiacevoli, si formano in pochissimo tempo, scaricano acqua a catinelle, raddoppiano il vento, non li vedi ma li senti, dopo circa 15/30 minuti se ne vanno e si ricomincia da capo. Fai il tuo turno attentissimo agli Squalls che ti arrivano da dietro, fate sempre attenzione a chi arriva da dietro, controlli con il radar, efficentissimo, non vedi nulla, spegni, to rilassi un poco e continui. Il problema è che sei con il Tangone montato sul Genoa, grande ed efficente armamento ma non immediato nei cambi. Aumenta la velocità, passa da 6/7 a 9 nodi in un attimo, le vele iniziano a sbattere perchè l'angolazione cambia, cosa fare? Le onde aumentano ,. read more...


02/12/2016

Ocean Blue - Ocean Blue - Another brief relationship bites the dust

Alas the fix to the DuoGen didn't last. After a night of fast revolving union, the DuoGen spat out the toilet brush handle early the next morning shattering hopes of a long term fix. However being the tart she is, by early evening she had a new love, this time a far butcher solid 16mm stainless steel one stolen from the rigging spares box. So far this is a longer lasting fix and its more likely the DuoGen will tire first in this relationship.That aside, all is well. We could do with more wind - its looking like our ploy to head north, whilst initially gaining us a lot of ground is not so good. The position reports suggest that the boats that have gone way down South are now in significantly better breeze.Its now warm - well actually its very hot when the sun is out, sun shades are a must. read more...


02/12/2016

New Deal - Log Day 13 -Dieselmotor er en fin tiing når værgudene er vrange

Etter en god del "learning by doing" har vi fått til å laste ned såkalte GRIB-filer over satelittelefonen til PC, fått sw til å funke og klart å tolke disse filene. Dette er værmelding i form av grid-filer som kan legges over draft på kartplotter sw. En må spesifisere utbredelse, oppløsning og tidsspenn i form av en mail med spesielt format. Værkartet viser vindretning og styrke f.eks hver 6. time. Værmeldingen fra ARC er et tekstvarsel for 48 timer relatert tilet noe stort definert rutenett. Denne har vi blitt "lurt av" flere ganger. Den blir for grovkornet. Posisjonsrapporten som vi får fra ARC en gang i døgnet viste at båtene sør for oss hadde mye mer fremdrift enn oss. På det grunnlag fant vi ut at nå måtte pelle oss ned til 18./19. breddegrad snarest. Metrozonisk Institutt hadde jo. read more...


02/12/2016

Ximera - Day twelve - Milestones

14∞08.48 N - 32∞04.48 W --> 13∞58.51 N - 34∞23.50 WWe are always in the middle of something.At 4 o' clock AM we are in the middle of the 13∞ parallel and at 4 o'clock PM we are in the middle of our crazy route from Canary Islands to Caribbean - via East of Cape Verde islands. Half-way point, with 1650 miles to go and 1650 miles already done - unless we decide to say 'hello Venezuela' because we think that there is more wind at the south of the 12∞ parallel... ?But today someone between us is also contemporary on top, and at the end and at the beginning of something else: on top of another personal woman-earth revolution around the sun: today it's Michelle's birthday! The whole day is dedicated to strange blue-water celebrations with streamers, champagne, singing, poems and piano. read more...


Ximera - Day twelve - Milestones
Ximera - Day twelve - Milestones
02/12/2016

Sanya - sanya blog

2016-12-2 20.00 UTCTEAM SANYA VO70Finally tonight we will gain the finish. The routing shows less than 60 miles to the finish at the moment. Our last night at sea was quiet, light winds, the clocks actually showed some info and we had stars, as to compensate for the night before, which was the darkest we had had. Today we averaged around 12,5 knots of boat speed and are gybing our way around the rhumline towards Saint Lucia. There were some big showers this morning, of which some of us, including me, made use of as a natural shower to wash up. So relatively clean, my hair washed, some last pieces of clean clothing on, we are ready for the finish, cold beers and rum cola. People are starting gathering their stuff from all around the boat, flight information is coming in and our adventure. read more...


02/12/2016

Skyelark of London - Day 12

A bit of excitement on the fishing front - we had hooked yet another small to medium Dorado and had iust almost landed, when out of the deep came a big dark blue monster from the deep- we are pretty much agreed it was a marlin- he took our whole fish clean of the line, leaving us some nice gouges on our fishing line.Then , a while later we had a big hit on the fishing rod- this was a BIG fish the way the line raced out- unfortunately, it was indeed  too big for our line - the first time we have experienced a broken line! Now it was getting boring- we later hooked a really nice sized wahoo- which was quickly and expertly dispatched by first mate Richard. We have finally now come into the famed TRADE WINDS! we are now enjoying 18- 20 plus knots of wind, and its actually pushing us. read more...


02/12/2016

Merci Papa - Of the difference between a well-fed crew and a fed-up one

Of the difference between a well-fed crew and a fed-up oneWhen six French sailor embark on a multi-week journey, culinary expectations are not abating for the gourmet crew.Protein bars and instant coffee are not welcome on board Merci Papa – LEVEL 42, a brand spanking new Lagoon 42. Neither for a day trip, nor for a Transatlantic voyage. And low tide is not a concept applicable to the wine cellar.As we put the final touch to the provisioning in Las Palmas, two of the six crew are dedicated to making sure that meals will meet expectations on the supposedly two-week journey ahead of us. Shopping started weeks ago at the Boucherie de Léon (Landes, France) as premium meats from Jerome Turpin, were vacuum-packed and frozen in meal size pouches. Charcuterie and foies gras from the. read more...


02/12/2016

Jasmine - Day 12

More good weather but no wind, Nick and Joxer worked on the ARC weather charts this morning and have hatched a cunning plan to go further south to find the predicted winds so its engine on and heres hoping. In the meantime another dorado was caught by Jox, a fine one. another swim and a big clean boat including bucketing the decks with sea water so now we are ready again. Come on wind .Earlier Bill spotted a pair of seabirds which hung around the boat for quite awhile . He thought they resembled Bermuda long tails but not quite, his best guess was some type of tern . They had a long single tail feather as long as their body . We were visited again by dolphins ,perhaps the same as our dolphin visitors of yesterday.This morning we were 1100 miles from St Lucia .It will be good to get that. read more...


02/12/2016

VAVA-U - Bergfest ? 01.12.16 - 11. Seetag

Irene und ThomasDie Nächte sind mittlerweile so mild, dass wir nicht einmal mehr Jacken oder Schuhe brauchen. Kurz nach Sonnenaufgang kommt endlich der Wind zurück und wir hissen den Spinnaker. (Bild Spinnaker hissen)(Bild Spinnaker ist oben)Danach darf die Morgenwache das erste Türchen vom Adventskalender aufmachen. Schon ein bisschen surreal, so mitten am Atlantik bei morgendlichen 30 Grad. Wir genießen ein ausgiebiges Frühstück und versammeln uns dann auf dem Vorschiff, lassen die Korken knallen und feiern bei einem/zwei Glas Sekt unser „Bergfest“, das irgendwann in der vergangenen Nacht war. (Bild Bergfest)Die Hälfte der Strecke ist geschafft, unglaublich. Beim gestrigen Abendessen wurden die Wetten zu Ankunft und erster Landsichtung abgegeben. Die Tipps gehen vom 8. – 10.. read more...


02/12/2016

Gatsby - Tag 13

Gestern war das erste mal Badetag. Ronny musste an die Kette... Die Crew hat die Abkühlung genossen und es gleichzeitig als Duschmöglichkeit genutzt.Der Wind nimmt zu! Heute morgen konnten wir endlich den Motor ausschalten, was für eine Wohltat! Inzwischen steht der große Spi und die GATSBY läuft mit annähernd 9kn. Die Kniffelduelle steigern sich. Ansonsten wird viel gelesen und entspannt. Die Gourmetsküche wird immer noch gut betrieben und bringt köstliches Essen hervor.Erster fliegender Fisch an Deck. Spannende live Reportage von unseren Bootsvögeln bei der Nahrungsaufnahme. St. Lucia rückt näher. Aus unserem 5er Gespann vom Start in Mindelo vor zwei Tagen sind wir seit gestern früh erster. Inzwischen ist keiner der anderen mehr zu sehen.Mal sehen, was die nächsten Tage noch. read more...


02/12/2016

Endeavour of Cork - ARC+ - The Highs and The Lows

I canvassed everyone earlier today to come up with the high(s) and the low(s) of the trip for them.Everything since we all boarded the boat - over a month ago now!!!(A general high must be that we've all survived together for that long at all, and are still talking!!!)There's still a few miles left to go, so still time for contending experiences (I'm sure crossing the finishing line will top all of our lists when it happens) but as of now, in no particular order as they say......LOWSTop has to be Heads-gate.On only day 3 of our long leg.The prospect of two weeks of bucketing and chuckiting.The horror (only imagined in our case) that Dermot and Conor faced in sorting it all out.Kudos, guys!!!Blowing the cruising chute. Having just sorted it out and discovered its ease of flying, and. read more...


02/12/2016

Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198

Of the difference between a well-fed crew and a fed-up one When six French sailor embark on a multi-week journey, culinary expectations are not abating for the gourmet crew.Protein bars and instant coffee are not welcome on board Merci Papa – LEVEL 42, a brand spanking new Lagoon 42. Neither for a day trip, nor for a Transatlantic voyage. And low tide is not a concept applicable to the wine cellar.As we put the final touch to the provisioning in Las Palmas, two of the six crews are dedicated to making sure that meals will meet expectations on the supposedly two-week journey ahead of us. Shopping started weeks ago at the Boucherie de Léon (Landes, France) as premium meats from Jerome Turpin, was vacuum-packed and frozen in meal size pouches. Charcuterie and foies gras from the. read more...


Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
Merci Papa - on board of Merci Papa nb 198
02/12/2016

Sanya - Slotwoord Janbart

Het slotwoord en tevens mijn laatste tekstje over de Sanya:In de eerste plaats heb ik dit geschreven met een knipoog naar de boot en zijn "onhebbelijkheden". Natuurlijk waren geen van de onderwerpen die ik beschreven heb onbekend, wel heb ik ze voor de eerste keer zelf mogen ervaren en dan nog wel op zo'n bijzondere reis van Gran Canaria naar St. Lucia. We hebben onderweg zo een beetje alles meegemaakt wat er maar mee te maken valt op zo'n trans-Atlantische oversteek.Mijn collega meezeilers (inmiddels vrienden) Marjet - Lotte - Jacob - Michel - Bas - Matt - Klaas - Eric - Sharim en zwager Alrik wil ik bij deze bedanken voor de mega relaxte sfeer en bereidwilligheid voor elkaar wat te doen. Erheeft geen iin incident plaatsgevonden en dat is uniek te noemen als je ervanuit gaat dat niemand. read more...


02/12/2016

Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress Blog 5 - birthdays, birds and all the sail changes

Olympia's Tigress Blog 5 - birthdays, birds and all the sail changesSo we continue to head westwards and are now officially on the Rhum Line. Temperatures are hot, as is the humidity, and it's now common to find at least one of our boys spending their off-watch sleeping on a sail like a beached sea-creature to escape the 'saunas' of the aft cabins. The wind's been variable, resulting at times (and usually at night) in a rather comical number of sail changes. Last night's attempt to swap the J3 for the code zero, and then for the S2, and then for the number 1 head sail were all executed in full, except the actual hoist, within a 30 minute window, much to our poor bowman's dismay. It didn't help that he was then pelted with two flying fish for good measure. We also managed to take in a. read more...


Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress Blog 5 - birthdays, birds and all the sail changes
Olympia's Tigress - Olympia's Tigress Blog 5 - birthdays, birds and all the sail changes
02/12/2016

Sundance - Fish

Goldmakrele gefangen bei 23Grad04Minuten N, 40Grad43Minuten W 130cm, 13kg Fisch für die nächsten 3 Tage! :-)Caught a dolphinfish at 23degrees04minutes N, 40degrees43minutes W 130cm, 13kg Fish for the next 3 days! :-)Sundance_Fish. read more...


Sundance - Fish
Sundance - Fish
02/12/2016

Woifal - Tag 13 Nacht 12

Hallo, da sind wir wieder Wir hatten heute Besuch des Sportreporters Jean Paul Hüber der von Bord berichtet hat. Die Interviews gibt’s dann irgendwann mal zu sehen, wenn wir wieder zurück sind, war eine Mord’s Gaudi. Gestern Abend war es noch ziemlich spannend, weil wir unerwarteter Weise plötzlich in einem Flautenloch gestanden haben und wussten, dass wir aber noch ca. 150 sm südlich müssen, um der sich bildenden Flaute oberhalb 20 Grad Nord zu entgehen. In diesem Bereich wird ab Samstagvormittag kein Wind mehr sein. Wir haben den Motor gestartet sind 2 Std. Richtung Süden gefahren und haben kurz vor Sonnenuntergang wieder Wind gefunden und fahren seither ohne Unterbrechung mit Spinnaker, also auch die ganze sternenklare Nacht hindurch. Im Moment fahren wir mit schöner Windstärke von 15. read more...


02/12/2016

Almagores II - Almagores position by the sun

Dear friends and family,As we are steaming towards St. Lucius at directions of 280 degrees on our compass, we have come to the conclusion that we do not know where we are! Luckily we have a sextant on board and as shown on the picture we are making an attempt of finding the sun. Captain Franz has taught us in the last couple of days how to extrapolate our position using the sextant and the sun. The conclusion until now is loads of sun and no sex……We keep you updated,Almagores IIsexant. read more...


Almagores II - Almagores position by the sun
Almagores II - Almagores position by the sun
02/12/2016

Koco - 12.Tag auf See

Einen Wunderschönen Guten morgen an alle die unseren Blog lesen!. Es hat sich was getan. Wind. Der Mythos über den so lange hier in unseren gemeinschaftlichen Runden gesprochen wurde gibt es wirklich. Gegen 04:00 Uhr können wir das Code Zero fahren und um ca. 08:00 Uhr können wir noch das Groß setzen. Bis dahin war es die Nacht des tanzenden Katamarans. Wir wurden durch die unregelmäßigen aus allen Richtungen kommenden Wellen umher gestoßen wie ein Boxsack. Wir fahren jetzt bei 12-13 Knoten Wind in die Mittagssonne mit ca.7-8Kn. Unsere Ankunftszeit in St.Lucia hat sich wesentlich verkürzt, so das alles wieder im Flow ist. Jetzt die Daumen drücken das der Wind bleibt. Der Tag gestaltete sich relativ arbeitsreich. Reparaturen an der Großbaum Traveller-Schiene, Kontrolle der Rettungsmittel. read more...


02/12/2016

Freedom - Tag 12 - zu früh gefreut

Wir warten den ganzen Tag auf Wind. Nichts tut sich. Wir motoren weiter. Der Tag zieht sich erstmalig in die Länge. Zur Ablenkung mache ich Kaiserschmarrn mit Apfelmus. Dann machen wir ausgiebig Mittagschlaf. Als es in die Nacht geht, ist klar wir müssen auch die Nacht über motoren. Der einzige Vorteil ist, dass wir viel Schlafen konnten. In der Nacht weht kein Lüftchen, zum Frühstück kommt dann Wind aus NO auf. Die Hoffnung auf einen Segeltag wächst!Lg Sabrina+Hermann. read more...


02/12/2016

Peter von Seestermühe - Bergfest

Liebe Peterfans,pünktlich zum Bergfest ist der Skyfileserver von Iridium repariert worden.So können wir einen Lagebericht absetzten. Bekannt ist sicher bereits, dass der Passat es in diesem Jahr etwasruhiger angehen lässt. Mit durchschnittlich 4(in worten VIER) Knoten sindwir also gen Süden gezuckelt bis wir meinten auf Kurs St Lucia gehen zukönnen. Nun haben wir heute glücklich die Hälfte der Strecke nach St. Luciahinter uns gelassen. An Bord geht es uns sehr gut. Alle freuen sich überdie ruhige und komfortable Reise. Das noch niemand den Vorschlag gemachthat den Motor zu benutzen spricht für sich...Der Proviant sollte reichen. Die Bananenwoche geht übermorgen zu ende,dann Haben wir noch 70 Orangen. Fisch fangen wir reichlich und heutekonnten wir sogar 50 Liter Regenwasser auffangen. So. read more...


02/12/2016

Estrella - 11. -12.Tag - jetzt hilft auch kein Schönrechnen mehr

Nachdem wir vorgestern mal wieder segeln konnten und unsschon im Passat glaubten, ist der Wind über Nacht eingeschlafen und hat gesternnachmittag vollends aufgehört. Um Diesel zu sparen können wir uns nur noch mitganz geringer Motorleistung durch die Wellen schieben und so das Schlagen derSegeln auf erträglichem Niveau halten. Vermutlich geht das ab heute auch nichtmehr, weil wir den Diesel zum Laden der Batterien brauchen. Dann ist endgültigFlautenstehen angesagt. Die Boote vor uns scheinen noch mehr Diesel zu haben.Auf jeden Fall machen sie in solchen Phasen Meilen auf uns gut. Auch das kleineBergfest gestern, bei dem Helmut eine Flasche Sekt spendiert hat konnte dieStimmung nicht wirklich steigern. Jetzt hilft auch kein Schönrechnen mehr. Wirwerden nicht am 12. auf St. Lucia. read more...


02/12/2016

Pauline af Skanör - Log day 12 - The night of squalls

Dag 13, kurs 255 grader, fred 2 dec. kl 11.00 Pauline tid (UTC=GMT -3h) hemma 15.00Hej där hemmaVilken natt…… Nu har vi lärt oss en hel del om Squalls. Varje pass inatt har haft 3-5 stycken. En squall är ett regnmoln som går dubbeltså fort som den övrig vinden som finns. Den far fram med en egenvilja, bortkopplad från allting annat. Den kommer alltid från högernär man tittar bakåt i båten (vi seglar ju hela tiden med vinden inaktern ifrån, därav så tittar vi bakåt. En Squall syns oftast påradarn, så det är väldigt spännande att följa dess framfart bakifrånpå radar, och man ser framemot med spänning om den ska träffa osseller inte. En Squall innehåller alltid massa regn som regnar påtvären (här finns en likhet med Skanör), vilket innebär att trots vårasprayhood och Biminitopp (ni får. read more...


02/12/2016

Chance Encounter - Chance encounter elan 434 Arc 2016 - day 11 and 12 Champagne Sailing and Difficult conditions

 The last two days have seen a real mix of conditions for Chance Encounter. When we last checked in Adrian had caught the Dorado and we were settling down to eat it. Poseidon apparently has quite the sense of humour as whenever we set up for a really fancy meal, he sends a series of squalls at us. So for most of Wednesday night/Thursday morning we played "connect the dots" linking breeze from squall to squall (or as Rigs says "squoo" to "squoo"). Our last squoo was a real wet one late Wednesday morning, where the rain was strong enough for Rob to take a full shower on deck - luxury!The rest of Wednesday (Day 11) was champagne sailing again....15-18 knots on a beam reach (wind 90 degrees to the side of the boat)...a very fast point of sail that had us stonking along at 8.0-8.6 knots. read more...


02/12/2016

Challenger 4 - Challenger 4 Entry 12

Only 1200 miles to go…. Another great day at sea on Challenger 4.The sun was shining and almost everyone was out on deck during the day – this evening the sea is more consistent with long rolling swells and it is a starlit night with clear skies.We now have some wind that seems to be settling into a consistent pastern and the spinnaker is flying, and so are we. We should pass the 2000 mile mark tomorrow evening and hope to be in St Lucia on Thursday.Still no fish despite the top of the range lines and lures and the combined efforts of Bruce Malcolm and Tony – our first catch cannot be far off!Our pears were coming to a sticky end so David and Tony made a pear crumble under the direction of our culinary leaders of the day- Alison and Paul. Despite the inexperience of the kitchen staff it. read more...


02/12/2016

Challenger 2 - Challenger 2 Day 11 Entry 2

Another beautiful sunrise started the day as we were pushed west by the steady breeze that seems to have settled aft of the beam. Quite an eventful day that will be remembered for a birthday, a blow out, and a Bolognese.We celebrated Heather’s birthday with great fanfare. By 10am she was sitting in the saloon wearing an ‘I’m 60’ badge, surrounded by cards her family had packed for her. Cakes were baked, songs were sung, and Monkey broke out the fizzy drinks and chocolate bars. The volume of cake being consumed on this trip would make Paul Holiday proud. The quality… he may take issue with.We worked off the cake with a spinnaker hoist that went remarkably smoothly. However, as we gathered in the cockpit for a Monkey moment, fate intervened. Monkey was talking through the douse procedure. read more...


02/12/2016

Sunrise - Report Day 13 - SUNRISE

Liebe Begleiter unserer Reise!die gute Nachricht vorab: Wir haben Wind! Seit gestern Nachmittag sind wir ordentlich - zuerst auf vor Wind Kurs, seit einiger Zeit auf Halbwind Kurs - unterwegs. In den letzten 24 Stunden sind wir unserem Ziel St. Lucia 120 SM näher gekommen. Das aktuelle Wetter ist bedeckt, sehr warm und schwül. Die Tages- und Nachttemperaturen unterscheiden sich kaum. Die Nächte sind extrem dunkel, man erkennt kaum das Gesicht des Wachkameraden im Cockpit. Aktuell rechnen wir mit weiteren ca. 13 - 15 Reisetagen. Wir bereits vorgestern geschildert haben sich unsere Frischevorräte sehr gut gehalten, neigen sich aber langsam dem Ende zu. Während ich diese Zeilen schreibe, riecht es im Salon nach frichgebackenem Brot. Heute ist es ein Milchbrot nach einem Rezept vom Skipper.. read more...


02/12/2016

Fleet II - Log 2nd December: Slapped in the face with a wet fish

As I celebrated yesterday, we now have some wind and enjoyed a good day’ssailing.  We continued to do so this morning, staying north of the stormclouds, the turned our direction towards St Lucia around lunchtime.  Itdoes now feel like we’re on the final straight, albeit still with 400 miles togo.  ETA is now Sunday evening/Monday morning, which gives our wives threedays by themselves there – watch out St Lucia! This morning felt a bit like Bake Off.  Peter is well practiced atbread making, and embellished today’s offering with crunched almonds.  Kimprovided a second instalment of his very successful Pitta bread, while Keith hada go at lemon flavoured almond crunch biscuits, which were exceptional.  Wecontinue to eat very well!  Round two tomorrow? And. read more...


02/12/2016

Diamonds Are Forever - ode to a fish

Fishy smell and no plus daysA flying fish had gone astrayUp and down, while westward weavingMy senses, they were not decievingWhile wandering on the coach roofLooking for more cluesSara found the culpritA mess of fishy bluesNot exactly treasureIt even hit the sailRe-united, undividedOnwards west we sailThe treasure hunt, it was designedTo add some competitionBut as port team lost the gameThere was a new decisionThe penalty was buckets of cold water on the headBut with negotiation, water went elsewhere insteadCold water,felt like 22And while the breeze was lightAli found a new hair dobefore we'd fly the kiteNancys food amazingShe was crowned "Mother Queen"Luna claimed it first timeA cabbage her mouth had seenA quiet 24 hour stintExcept for 2 o'clockPerhaps the crew were practicing Some. read more...


02/12/2016

Nisida - Bread!

Today has seen our first attempt at some baking fresh bread it is out of the oven and yet to be cut but looks good!As far as the sailing goes we had a cracking day yesterday under full main and spinnaker. We dropped the kite just before dark and have spent the night and this morning with full main and poled out genoa.Spirits are high and we have around 20kts of breeze and the sun is shining "Happy Days". read more...


02/12/2016

Challenger 3 - CF416 ARC 2016 CH3 - Blog 2016-12-02

Friday 2nd December A Moment of ReflectionWell yesterday was my Mother watch, leaving ‘C’ watch watch-leaderless, heaven knows what trouble they will be plotting in my absence, but keep up the speed and save me froma dunking (more on this later) ?? Huge thank you to so many of the crew across all watches who helped me with the duties of food preparation, washing up and cleaning.For lunch I cooked pesto-pasta with sun dried tomatoes and olives topped with shavings of parma ham from the hind leg we now have hanging in the galley-- photo on boat camera --As most of my family and friends back home will recall I detest pesto-pasta, but decided to face my nemesis head on. The crew seemed to like it and to be honest I did enjoy it myself, now a changed man.Dinner was chilli con carne plus a pan. read more...



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