Skyelark of London - 500 miles to go
Dear friends and family,As you will remember, I promised you that we will be in St Lucia on the third Wednesday after leaving Las Palmas. As you can see on the Yellowbrick tracker, we are currently NOT in St Lucia, in fact, we have another 500 miles or so to go.Remember to enter our competition for the best prediction on our arrival time and date. The closes time wins a rum punch! (T's & C's apply, prizes cannot be exchanged for cash, prizes must be collected in person from the ARC office in St Lucia before 25 December, competition closes 21 December)Before leaving Las Palmas, I had a list of items that I wanted to see or be able to do during this trip. My list is coming on pretty well!Things that I have seen:1 Dolphins2 Phosphorescence3 Dolphins swimming through. read more...
Skyelark of London - Three quarters
With another night of fine sailing behind us I came on watch with good 22 knot winds at 06h00 this morning. The sea settled down nicely during the day and we are now flying along poled out in true ARC downwind sailing tradition. A lovely sunrise greeted us this morning with no clouds or rain and that stayed for the day and will hopefully last all night as well. Remaining nautical mileage to St Lucia now stands at 690m of the 3100m our route is working out to be, so well over three quarters done. We are all getting quite excited about the prospect of arriving in St Lucia over the weekend and enjoying some rum punch, ice cold beer and whatever else the place offers.Sundowners tonight entailed a taste of Norwegian Aquavit that has been aged while travelling around the world in casks. Very. read more...
Skyelark of London - Write your own blog competition!
After a night of shifting force of winds and a lot of rain we are steadily sailing towards St. Lucia, only 850 nm away. With good winds from north north east we are doing 8.5 kts steadily.Today's wordlist:1. Fast sailing2. Heavy rain3. No fishing4. Big swells5. Honeysuckle6. Meat ballsPut the words together, making a little story about sailing, and send it in to join the sailing story writers challenge.Send it to: Skyelark of London, 13 34.4 N 46 23.4w, Atlantic Ocean.The best story will be published in the galley and the winner will receive a bottle of the finest saltwater from Skyelark's own cellar.Stay fitPrince Myshkin. read more...
Skyelark of London - Breeze is back
At long last a breeze. A long day of motoring in the sun is at an end. But I am getting ahead of myself.Last night a particularly heavy shower drenched the on watch crew makingthem look like drowned rats. Sadly no shampoo was available so the opportunity for a free shower was lost. Sadly also, with the rain went the wind and hence the day of motoring.Further sad news from the fishing team involving a major loss of fishing gear including the lure Gloria. Apparently, according to the fishing team, a monster from the deep, with a mass equal or greater than that of a killer whale, snatched the lure and dived deep, dragging all the line to Davey Jones locker. They were powerless to intervene against such a creature and gloomy faces were the order of the day.Much searching took place during. read more...
Skyelark of London - Stowaway foods, A Skyelark review!
We are entering our final week at sea, and it's fair to say that thesupplies are dwindling, the last of the fresh fruit was eaten this morningand all but the frozen veg is gone. We now look through the fridge onlypicking the most 'ripe & ready' produceto go into today's lunches so thatwe eke out a bit of freshness for everyday.On a yacht that prides itselfon excellent food, and with a hungry and demanding crew-what are we goingto do?Usually we would turn to our stores of pre made and frozen meals, lovinglyprepared in Las Palmas and enroute, or the long life cupboard staples suchas bacon and pesto pasta! This year however we have a new plan, we havekindly been given a supply of pre made, ambient ready meals from Stowawayfoods. Having heard that sailing with Skyelark is all about. read more...