Albatros - Day 17, 10. Dec.
Yesterday, monday we were enlightened by watching 2 whales following our boat for about half an hour. This was a real exciting event for us. We tried to capture it on a video, but is was a difficult job. We also ate our second Tuna dinner. It was again deliciously prepared and everyone, who loves fish, got more than enough. There are 2 exceptions in our crew;-)We are now completely in the Passat winds and this brings us to an average of 9 knots. The ETMAL for the last 24 hours was 201 nautical miles, which is a record, since we are on the sea. The swell is impressive and moves our boat in all directions. We are 30tons of weight, what happens with the smaller boats???The strong wind brought us to record speeds of 12knots and more at night. The job on the steering wheel at night was quite. read more...
Albatros - Day 14
Saturday morning tiered on our patience because of low winds. The Blitzer (Genacker) was up and suddenly the wind increased substantially which brought us to a nice speed between 8 to 10 knots. We were quite reliefed catching up speed after hours of 'slow motion'At dec 7th, 1300 UTC, we were at postion 18.24N, 46.30W, dec 8th, 1300 UTC we were at position 17.42N, 49.26W. We heard from home, that we are currently on position 3 within our group.During Saturday afternoon we had again visitors along the boat. They looked like the dolphins we observed in earlier days but they were more than double the size.Sunday morning is great sailing wheather with boat speed of 8knots in average. We are heading around 270degrees towards Saint Lucia.. read more...
Albatros - ALBATROS Day 14 Dec.07
Yesterday's dinner, we enjoyed Manfred's Tuna Dish. Although Nic doesn't favour seafood, he hit the record in Tuna eating. We all enjoyed the fresh fish. We were observing again 6 Tunas following our bug for a long time, We think they said farewell to their brother.We also tried to sail with the spinnaker; when he was up, the wind disappeared and we had to face someEngine hours. Early this saturday morning we then tried to set it up again as a Genacker and see, it worked. Still some low winds, but in the morning hours we were able to make some speed around 5 knots with a pretty low swell, almost like sailing on a lake.The Electrical generator works again after finding the failure. The only thing which doesn't work are the solarpanels because the Power inverter got. read more...
Albatros - ALBATROS Dec.6
Santa Claus arrived today and brought us a few surprises. One of them is a 10kg Tuna which we caught with the handline. Although many people questionned the trollying method, we had quite some success up to today.It is always a special event for the whole crew. By the way it was the birthday gift to Michael. He asked for a Tuna Steak. Early morning at 4am Manfred prepared the fishwith the fishermen assistance ('what a bloody mess') and our crew will have enough food for 2 dinners. Although we are hunting the Tuna, there are 2 Tunas swimming along the boat and seem to have fun.Jupiter and Mars were the 2 attractions on the sky last night. A Planetarium App is a good tool to identify the planets, stars and their formation. The wind was rather low the last 12 hours, based on the. read more...
Albatros - ALBATROS DAY 13
Yesterday´s Xmas market opened at Albatros with some roasted almonds from Urdorf (Switzerland), which everyone enjoyed.We face a good average speed of approx 7 knots during the last 24 hours. For the last 4 days we did not see any other boat.Among of The great things duringthe night shift are the great star formations and the stardust. Orion is constantly above us. It is always a pleasure to observe this planetarium in the sky. Thursday, december 5th we can celebrate Michael's Birthday. Who knows what surprises Neptun will prepare for us.Our thoughts are with you: Sabine, Nina, Monika, Reni, Karin, Carmen, Margit, Edith, Lea !. read more...