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01/12/2012

Peregrine - Day 6

We have a contender for the ARC award of "Most Embarrassing Injury" ... perhaps!During a particularly vigorous roll, Peregrine threw her first aid kit at the skipper's head, resulting in some blue language and a sticking plaster repair (to the skippers head!) Just another of Peregrine's little 'love bites' ;o)The offending first aid kit now resides in disgrace at the foot of the skippers bunk where it can do no further harm.The sailing is great. We're sailing very conservatively, with just a reefed main up, but that seems ideal for the conditions that we have at the moment and we are making good speed, for Peregrine anyway! We have spent the last 24 hour hand steering (just for the hell of it really) but now Martha (the wind vane) is back on, and time is available to blog.We are heading. read more...


28/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 28th: Day 5. The rain

Well yes, things were slightly different.I don't think that any of us really anticipated that we would encounter rain on this trip. Stupid I suppose, but Canary Islands to Lt Lucia, where's the rain in that? Well if yesterday is a typical example, a lot as it happens.One or two of us hadn't actually even brought anything waterproof, and there was I thinking that I was ill prepared having just my cycling trousers (although my brand new waterproof shell jacket with hood attracted envious looks). Rain arrived around, well to be honest I can't really remember when exactly, but it was somewhere between starting our first shift at 11.00 and ending it at 15.00, still light in other words. But it was the night shifts where it was hardest really. The deck of Milanto doesn't really afford much. read more...


01/12/2012

Albatros - 1 Dezember

Nach einem heftigen Gewitter gestern Freitag Abend, welches wir in voller Ölzeug-Montur hervorragend gemeistert haben, erwartete uns eine ruhige und klare Nacht mit moderaten Winden. Nach unserer ersten Halse am Samstag morgen trägt uns seit heute ein eher moderater Passat-Wind mehr und mehr Richtung St. Lucia. Wir sind sehr zufrieden mit unserer bisher gesegelten Strecke. Da wir tagsüber meist sonniges warmes Wetter haben sind wir in sommerlicher Kleidung unterwegs. Die hervorragende Küche gibt uns jeweils die entsprechende Motivation auch die nächtlichen Einsätze durchzuhalten. Einzig unser Fischerman hat noch etwas Pech, da ihm die Fisch entweder den Silk mit der Angel durchbeissen oder gleich der Silk reisst.. read more...


27/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 27th: Day 4 - Things start going.

So we boarded our 'train' at around 9pm yesterday (Monday) evening. It began life as the casual country variety, which even had halts or two for us to take in the view, but by around 01:30 this morning it morphed into something far more expressive.We , the crew, is divided into two 'watches', each rather neatly I'd say, having one German and one Brit. But what stands each apart, is B Watch's Frenchwoman (will anything ever change!), and our own American who makes up the happy trio that is A Watch, of which I myself am a part; a healthy rivalry has developed pretty quickly, and with each responsible for the others smooth passage during rest time, the stakes are high. The day is split into 7 watches, but there will be plenty of time for that another day, as for now, there is a locomotive. read more...


26/11/2012

Milanto - Nov 26th: Day 3, we start to restart.

However sophisticated weather computer modelling is these days, what you actually wake up to each day retains more than a modicum of mystery, and there is something pretty uplifting about that isn't there. We may have moved on from actively worshiping the sun (although looking along the impressive length of the sun cream display in the Gatwick branch of Boots you could be forgiven for assuming the faith was still going strong), but really we are still on Chapter One of the book of 'What will the sky do tomorrow?' In fact on Milanto, and all our neighbouring boats in the Marina, we are still on the prequel 'What the F*** will happen today?'.So with this in mind, we decided to throw caution to the wind and leave.Once we start we are to go back to where we finished and restart, but our. read more...


Vaquita - Surfing fun on Vaquita
Vaquita - Surfing fun on Vaquita
Vaquita - Surfing Vaquita fast down waves!
Vaquita - Surfing Vaquita fast down waves!
01/12/2012

Milanto - Nov 25th: Day two...

So, we were off then.The 'powers that be' decreed that it was safe for the racers to race, and the cruisers to cruise should they wish.The latter also having the option to delay until Tuesday, we racers having to cross the start line. 'Safe but uncomfortable' is how it was described to us as we made our final preparations, but being in the racing division, we would be disqualified if we were not at the start at 12:45.The wind was coming from the South West, which meant an uncomfortable beat into 4m waves for a day or two.Force 6 with conditions to match is not what we had hoped for, but we were here to sail and that meant we would have an exciting start and a baptism by fire.Whats more, it was what the skipper told us we were to do. Well at least that was the idea... Yesterday the marina. read more...


01/12/2012

Surfing Petrel - Half way there!

The night before last, we were treated to an entire night of squall after squall and plenty of rain (good for rinsing the boat at least), and for several hours the wind held. Eventually though the inevitable happened, and Surfing Petrel got caught in the clutches of a windless void, surrounded by cumulobeasties sucking in any remaining breeze. After some time of going nowhere very fast, life got back to normal. As expected, the trade winds are weaker, and our competition have held onto stronger wind to the north. But the evil little low pressure system just starting to form (and possibly turn into a tropical storm as it heads north) is about to upset the trade winds. In stark contrast, last night was a perfect reminder of why we go to sea. Aperitif in the cockpit before sunset,. read more...


01/12/2012

Vaquita - It has been very wet.... time to dry out

Week one on Vaquita has been horribly wet, so we've welcomed some sunshine and a chance to dry everything out.Andreas20121201_vaquita_1 20121201_vaquita_2. read more...


Vaquita - It has been very wet.... time to dry out
Vaquita - It has been very wet.... time to dry out
Vaquita - It has been very wet.... time to dry out
Vaquita - It has been very wet.... time to dry out
01/12/2012

La Boheme - Log - Day 5 - We caught mahi mahi and tuna!

Only 1995 miles to go. Yesterday, after first losing one mahi mahi because we did not slow down, we were successful in getting another one. It was like this, the fishing line was dragging behind all day and nothing was happening, Greg decided to try our Mizzen ballooner and only just 2 minutes after hoisting it bzzz... we caught the fish. All hands on deck, the ballooner down, genoa furled the yacht slowed down to 2 kn and at the end of the line there was a 82cm mahi mahi.The seas are a bit rolly and it was not comfortable at night but today, the consensus was to fish again, this time we caught a big and beautiful tuna. Our lunch was mahi mahi and a piece of tuna, the rest went into deep freezer for later. The weather is getting warmer and all in fine on board of La Boheme.La Boheme Team. read more...


01/12/2012

Mad Fish - Haircuts and Boat Mending

Today we developed a plan to borrow some M10 bolts from the outboard deck crane to replace the sheared ones from the autopilot. I managed to get the sheared threads out of the stub tiller so we stand a good chance of a satisfactory repair. Saying that we are now used to two hours on and four off hand steering.Ethan had a haircut today. It did not go well so we have promised him that if we saw a hairdressers shop along the way we will stop.2100 miles to go.....Happy days!RussellMad Fish. read more...


01/12/2012

Morpion - Samedi 1er decembre: 25°32N:26°13W

Et voilou, cap plus au sud.Même si c'est peu être à peine trop tôt, nous avons empané ce matin a 11H. histoire de redescendre un peu sur la trajectoire et se rapprocher de l'orthodromie. On ne suit pas trop les classements (c'est pas facile) maisje pense pas que nous soyons encore nombreux la haut et je pense aussi que l'on va descendre maintenant plus vite que les autres ne feront de la route a l'Ouest, bon après, je me trompe peut être :)L'équipage est au top, il fait meilleur aujourd'hui et on commence à réussir à manger "normalement".Si on valide l'option, on va garder ce cap encore un jour ou deux, si je change d'avis, on réapannera assez vite, histoire de ne pas perdre de temps a descendre pour rien !La bise à tous!. read more...


01/12/2012

Selene - Saturday 1st December

It seems incredible that December is here already - I will have to go back to work soonMore milestones today, apart from the date. 1000 miles will be up today and our distance run in the last 24 hours was again over 180 miles, so just 3 Fastnets to go now. We seem to be reasonably close to the other boats, which is encouraging as we are the second slowest boat in the fleet on handicap. We had a close encounter with our very good friends Jason and Judy Payne James on Heartbeat 4 last night. They appeared from behind and to weather of us, sailing higher and slightly faster than us and passed about half a mile ahead. They called up and spoke to Lily on the VHF. I was sleeping and didn't realise until I got on deck for my watch, but we kept them in view right through the watch and I was able. read more...


30/11/2012

Selene - Friday

Another day of winds in excess of 20 Kts. It has been a tough night and we managed a gybe just before dark. The evening watch was very rock and roll with another confused sea state, but earlier I had a superb watch catching 3 or 4 waves on the trot to keep boat speed above 10 Kts for extended periods of up to 30 secs and rarely dropping below 8Kts. Whilst consistency is the key, as racers we can't help but to compete with each other. No sooner had Bob joined the 13 club than the student body raised the bar to an impossibly high 15.87 Kts in one particularly spectacular surf. It seemed this was an impossible target, but I was able to restore the proper order in the boat with an incredible 16.77 Kts. The instruments display Vmax and I feel certain this will endure. Come on Bob!Numbers for. read more...


01/12/2012

Ace - Ace at Sea

Good Morning,My turn! Forgive me if I am redundant but we all agreed that we would not read each others updates until the crossing was over. Another glorious day in the North Atlantic with strong winds and a mix of squalls and sunny clear skies. Ace continues to slide along comfortably and very day it seems we exceed the previous day's fastest speed. This morning Rob was driving during a squall associated blast of air and exceeded 23 knots. That is about 26mph. Have someone drive along in your car at that speed and stick you head out the window, you will get tyne idea. Everyone continues to be healthy and covering each otter in terms of safety. I could not asked for a better group with whom to do this crossing. Everyone pitches in, gets along and we have an abundance of sailing skills. read more...


01/12/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Day 6 at Sea

Date: Sat 1st Dec 2012 Time: 14:00 UTCPosition: 23’07.3N 29’56.1WSOG: 8.0 knotsCOG: 272 approxWeather: Sunny !Wind ESE 20 knots What a day...Pod of Hump Back Whales, Bioluminescence Dinoflagelate, Bouys in the Dark, Flying Fish... The voyage continues. We are now getting to know each other and nicknames have stared to develop,. “Shifty” Jack, “Sneaky” Pete, “Fishfinder” John, “Steering Buoy” Sam, “Texan” Ryan, “Galeleo” Oscar. Only names needed for Jacko and Neil. In the afternoon 50m on the starboard side, two humpback whales were spotted, by three members of one watch. A truly breath taking view, with of course no photographical evidence to back it up. But never the less the story sounds good.  “Galileo” was out on deck with the sextant again, the closing error is. read more...


01/12/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - Day 5 on Maunie - sail changes

We are making steady progress in a WSW direction in very different weather conditions from those being experienced at home. Dianne had a very quick sat phone call to her sister Norma in Hambleton, Lancashire, last night and heard about temperatures of minus 10! It would therefore be childish to tell you about our weather here – ah well, we have 25 degrees, sunshine and we’re all in shorts and shirts! Last night’s Dorado supper was delicious – we brought along some bake-in-the-bag bags so marinated the fillets in butter, garlic, white wine, lemon and herbs and they worked really well (and didn’t fill the boat with fish smells during cooking). Dianne did sterling work in the galley and the serving-up was a team effort in the rolling swell. The wildlife continues to entertain us –. read more...


01/12/2012

Hera - Hera auf Kurs

Seit gestern morgen sind wir auf dem richtigen Kurs unterwegs. Das Wetter passt und Begegnungen mit Delphinen, Schildkröten und sogar einem Wal sorgen für Abwechslung. Wir hoffen unser gestriges Etmal von 150 sm noch verbessern zu können. Stefan. read more...


01/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 1. detsember - Viies päev Atlandil

Viies päev Atlandil algas rooliballeri ülemise laagri kinnituspoltide parandamisega. Sama probleem tabas meid juba Põhjameres, kus purunesid esimesed kaks polti, mille parandasime Borkumi saarel. Nüüd aga läksid katki tagumised poldid, mis olid saiast tehtud Bavaria originaal poltidest viimased. Remondiks võtsime purjed alla ja jäime tormiankru peale triivi. Laagri fikseerisime ära külmkapi alumisest puidust iluliistust tehtud kiiludega, puurisime uued augud ja paigaldasime uued poldid. Nüüd on laager kinnitatud Stella-Marise poolt patenteeritud „parem-kui-originaal“ lahendusega. Homme on plaanis süüdata esimese advendi puhul küünal ja loodetavasti vaaritab peakokk Martin meile selleks puhuks kuningliku õhtusöögi. Atlandilt tervitused Viimsi lihapoe müüjale, kes täpselt kaks nädalat. read more...


01/12/2012

Sunrise - 30.11.2012 4. Segeltag

Und wieder ein Arbeitstag. Unsere Geheimreparatur schreitet wie geplant voran und eine gebrochene Segellatte wurde von unserem Skipper unter Einsatz größten Improvisationstalents repariert.Die Laune ist bestens und die Seekrankheit in Ihren letzen Nachwehen (Andreas war dauermüde), überwunden. Auch unser Speiseplan lässt keine Wünsche offen. Zum Frühstück Baguette mit Seranoschinken, Käse, Rührei,Honig und Marmelade, zur Kaffeezeit süßes Hefebrot mit Butter und Abends leckere Pizza, von der noch ein Rest für morgen Mittag übrig ist. Alles wurde bei ca. 2-3 Meter hohen Wellen und stark geigendem Schiff, mitbestem Appetit unter Deck verzehrt.Nur das Angeln war bisher erfolglos. Nach dem 1. Fisch, der uns beim Anbordziehen von der Angel gesprungen ist, hat uns ein Fisch den Köder in der. read more...


01/12/2012

All-Linn - Dag 4

Det er nå dag fire ute på det store hav og etter nøye telling og litt diskusjon kom vi frem til at det er 1. desember. Dagene blir naturligvis ganske like, så det er vanskelig å holde tellingen. Jeg synest dagene går stadig fortere, og vi savner egentlig ingenting fra livet på land (enn så lenge). Kroppen tilpasser seg stadig bedre bevegelsene på sjøen, noe som merkes ved at jeg får mindre og midre juling for hver gang et ærend på toalettet kaller, men fortsatt er alle daglige gkøremål en kamp, og ganske underholdene for alle andre. Det er litt mindre shorts og bikini faktor, og litt mer seiljakke og bukse kjøring enn først forventet, men vi håper på en endring ettersom antall nautskemil til St. Lucia synker. Solen går ned rundt klokken 19 og titter så smått oppigjen 12 timer senere.. read more...


Katherine - Day 1 Dinner
Katherine - Day 1 Dinner
Katherine - Day one - Busy AIS targets
Katherine - Day one - Busy AIS targets
Katherine - Day 1 not so happy main sail
Katherine - Day 1 not so happy main sail
01/12/2012

Fidelis of London - day 4 Janneke 139 nm pos 22.45n 22.46w

hallovandaag schrijk ik janneke de blog,de golvjes worden eindelijk iets kleiner dus ik kan eindelijk films kijkeen zonder zee ziek te worden (heel belangeijk)en omdat de golvjes iets rustiger gingen dacht lonnie ah een goeir tijd om te douchen dus ze probeerde uit der laa der kleren te pakken maar de laa ging niet open hij zat vast van al die kleren die we in las palmas hadden gekocht toen wegingen shoppen maar een klein stukje broek stook er uit dus die probeedre ze heel hard te trekken en dacht dat ie zo open zal gaan, tiepies lonneke dus we hebben uitgevonden dat lonnnie egelijk blond is !thomas en roberto zij nu aan het vissen op request van papa en ik voor een loup en croute de sel en een tuna shashimi (yummmy) we hebben nu ongeveer 530 mijl gedaan dus nog 2170 te doen! we. read more...


01/12/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Consistent Trade Winds Blowing

We have continued to track West over the last 24hrs with a daily run of 188NM . Ceilidh is now approximately 500NM from land as we head to St Lucia currently along latitude 23N. We continue to have NE F5/6 winds with plenty of sunshine mixed in with some squalls from cloud cover. The winds and weather look to be settled in our area for the next 3 days, thereafter the winds look much lighter and more variable so if any of our armchair navigators can provide details of the synopsis for 7 days ahead in mid Atlantic then that would be very helpful. We have either passed or been in close contact with 4 yachts all who were heading in a more Southerly track than Ceilidh, we are not able to sail directly down wind with around 150 True wind angle our maximum. Having re-read. read more...


01/12/2012

Helia - Running into friends in St Croix

Almost three weeks since many of us arrived in Nanny Cay with the 1500 and a two weeks since the farewell dinner, it was a pleasant surprise to see Otto and Corrine pull up in Black Rose to St Croix Marina in Christiansted.  We had already been in town for a couple days and they were “popping over” for a day before heading back to St Thomas so their friends aboard could fly home.  Already big fans to Helia, Corrine and Otto  secured their rock star status in the eyes of our three girls by giving us the remainder of their bulk package of candy bars left over from the trip from Hampton. Both Helia and Black Rose were still proudly sporting their Caribbean 1500 banners at the first spreader.  We hope to run into more friends from the trip down over the. read more...


01/12/2012

Ailsa - blog 4 - butter still not melted

Position: 20:24.263N 22:48.245WCaptains log; Stardate 2012-12-01 – 12:00 UTCWe are clearly paying the penalty for my comments about Mauritania. We have been ambushed by a Klingon ship which has taken out our generator. They say fire at sea is the worst nightmare well we had smoke in the engine compartment arising from the generator! No flames on this occasion although the fire control team were standing by. Scotty tried to rescue the situation by changing the impellor – a pretty trick manoeuvre in a heavy sea – but the culprit appears to be the generator coil itself??? Outwith the scope of the onboard expertise me thinks. Well we have two alternative supplies of charging – the engine and the solar panels. The latter have had disappointing use to date but there is sun today so that will. read more...


01/12/2012

Baringo - Baringo 5th day

Fifth day at sea and our first belated blog. As by now well reported the start was not as in the brochure! It was cloudy, blustery, squally and as we headed out to sea a big swell developed. Not much has changed! We have been running downwind with wind speeds of about 25-30 knots and a large swell. The boat is rolling all over the place and difficult to keep anything in one place. We have broken our main genoa having inadvertently gybed it several times in strong winds so that the clew ring has nearly parted from the body of the sail. So we are using the smaller genny which is working surprisingly well giving us speeds of about 6 knots or more. But it would be nice to go faster in this wind but steering would be more difficult so perhaps we would be using the smaller sail in any case. We. read more...


01/12/2012

Jus' do it 5 - LOG DAY 4 - a rocky rolly sea

30th November 2012   Position; 21' 18'.055N  , 025' 58'.933W   11am ; 204 miles in last 24 hours  Quite overcast today, a big rolly sea and frequentsqualls. We put a reef in the main which makes breakfast and life ingeneral a lot more comfortable. About 2pm the wind drops and 3/4 hour later wegibe to head more west. Nathan ends up on the wrong side of the sheet durng thegibe and he's lifted off the deck saving himself by hanging on to the stays. Thefishing line is out but Ronnie says we'll never catch anything in this sea state- he's right. Later we find something has taken another of our preciouslures and still nothing to show! There's a lot of heated discussion, mostly fromNathan, about our watch system as he is feeling sleep deprived. However theskipper. read more...


01/12/2012

Ostrea - trade winds

Another day of northeasterly tradewinds passed. We still have 25 knots from the northeast and are still goosewinging our way to our waypoint 20 N 30 W. Cedric caught a couple of Mahi Mahis again and we need to switch to adifferent bait to try and get a tuna on the deck. We had VHF contact with another Dutch boat called Williams who seemed to have the same generator problems as we have been suffering over the passed days (all solved again now). The nights are still cold and we need to wear boots and coats to stay warm. During the day its a different story with mostly blue skies (some minor squalls with some 30 knots of wind and rain) Jan is currently hand steering in rather big seas to save amps and not to have to run the engine for electricity too long a day. The kids are doing well and. read more...


01/12/2012

Seren Wen - Day 4

Friday 30thYesterday we may have spoken a bit too soon. After sending through yesterday’s log we frantically got our things together, closed all the hatches, and stowed the last few things away. We went to put the bathing platform up in order to attach the tender but guess what?! The other hydraulic system that controls the bathing platform also decided to break down! Jon Crouch came back to rescue us once more and 6 hours later we had fixed the problem. We decided to get a few hours’ sleep and then head off at first light the next day.So, we were all up at 5.30 this morning and raring to go! But then at around 6.30am, the fridge decided it didn’t want to work anymore! Luckily we have a fridge out in the cockpit and we weren’t going to waste any more time. The essentials went in the. read more...


01/12/2012

El Mundo - 1st December 2012

At last - brochure sailing at its best!!! Calmer seas, clear brilliant blueskies, F5 trade winds from astern, and the boat keeping to the rhumb lineheading straight for St Lucia. Last night was fantastic - a fullish moonand clear, clear skies - it was almost as bright as daylight. Porridge hasbeen eaten, Mother is baking bread, the fishing line is out the back, andthe crew are either on watch, asleep, or doing their domestics. Prettyperfect really. On perhaps we are just all getting used to and establishinga ship-board routine that works for us. We are now under 2,000 miles to thewaypoint off St Lucia. The boat is holding together well apart from a notworking tricolour and a broken davit line. This morning we have the oceanto ourselves.Last night in the middle of my watch I started. read more...


01/12/2012

Meltemi - 30.11.2012 - 4. Seetag - Von erfolgreichen Anglern und strahlenden Steuermaennern

Position: 26-10N / 027-55WCOG: 245 degSOG: 8,2 knEinen Guten Morgen an unsere geneigten Leserinnen und Leser!Das Nautische des gestrigen Tages ist schnell erzaehlt:Um Mitternacht sind wir per Q-Wende auf anderen Bug gegangen, um der unserer Meinung nach schnellsten Strecke in der Naehe des Grosskreises besser folgen zu koennen.Der geschulte Segler erinnere sich:Kursgleiche/Rhumbline/Loxodrome: Auf einer ebenen Karte in Mercator-Projektion eine gerade Liniezwischen zwei Punkten auf der Karte. ueberall der gleiche Kurs.Grosskreis/Great Circle/Orthodrome: Die kuerzeste Strecke zwischen zwei Punkten auf der Erdoberflaeche, der Faden auf dem runden Globus sozusagen. Sie ergibt auf der Mercator-Karte eine polwaerts gekruemmte Linie, also sich staendig veraendernde Kurse.Der Unterschied. read more...


01/12/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 5 Great Escape 24 24N 26 20W

Day 5We are finally out in the “real” ocean -and away fromthe short and messy waves closer to land – the waves that took half of the crewout ( included our British friends – even though its hard for them to admit,real men as they are).NOW it’s the real Atlantic loooong waves perfect forsurfing and smooth sailing. Great Escapes is “Great” in any ways and a pleasureto sail. We are easily doing 8-9 knots trying to beat our own personal recordsas we go along. Over dinner last night we actually started to discuss“which day is it today?” – 5 days in sea and we are already out of the “phone,email, surfing, TV and red wine life” – amazing how fast you adapt.      I think we agreed that it was Fridayyesterday.Another amazing thing was actually the dinner in itself.My. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 5 Great Escape 24 24N 26 20W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 5 Great Escape 24 24N 26 20W
27/11/2012

Thaleia - Leaving Las Palmas

Painting on the Wall is signed KL03, as this is a replica from 2003, designed by Katja:) Thanks. Certainly brings good luck. kuva Wall painting_1. read more...


Thaleia - Leaving Las Palmas
Thaleia - Leaving Las Palmas
01/12/2012

Katherine - Day 4 - The Art of Sleeping "23:54.89N 29:18.77W"

DAY 4:Sleep suddenly takes on a whole new level of importance when your on four hour shifts and nothing stays still. Our third cabin is set up for passage making and works well with the bunks and lee cloth, but the second rear cabin we knew would present a challenge. So unless you have the grip of a gecko or the reflexes of a startled cat and can propel your leg at the right moment whilst asleep then the safest and most comfortable option has proved to be to wedge oneself between the bed and the wall on a mattress. Then no matter how much we roll you have a chance of sleep! We have developed some games to keep ourselves amused one is to calculate the exact time we cover 640nm each time, that is the distance of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race. After 3 Days and 20 mins we covered the. read more...


01/12/2012

Champagne - ALL IS WELL

Dear Friends.First of all, we are all well, which of course is important. Mainly for us, may be also for you. Secondly, we had our ups and downs, and of that plenty.We actually had a good start. Tactics worked, and we were with roughly 30 others in the front having passed the starting line. The weather was lousy, a lot of wind, but that suits Champagne. Having passed Gran Canaria we turned after a while West. It must have happened after midnight , and we don't know why, but our Genoa developed a cut in the top third , so we have been running with a reef in our best sail, meaning we have the full main out and a hugely reefed Genoa. That makes the boat totally unstable on the run, meaning we take the wind now on the quarter, but for speed and direction it is not optimal. The only luck we. read more...


01/12/2012

Bardeau - Ground Dog Day

True excitement on board this morning. Mr Kennedy was consulting his Mr Norrie's Book of Celestial Navigation when he made a discovery. Today is ground dog day. The clocks go back at mid-day so we can have lunch twice in two hours. It's a double dog and double beer day. Firstly the technical stuff. Last night was tumble dryer night. Our weather guru predicted a night of big waves and turmoil. We had forgotten about that...but we were soon reminded. It seems that in our roller coaster state we hit 12.4 knots wildly surfing down a wave with the Beach Boys playing loudly on the radio. C Dundee and his Moll, Gen, were on watch, and we could here 'Yihaaa' echoing forward from the cockpit. Today is the day that JK gets his present from his former colleagues at the Hampshire fire service. It. read more...


01/12/2012

Coral IV - 1 December

23:58.65N 25:05.58W Da er det lørdag morgen – eller om vi skal si etternatt. Siste døgn har på mange måter vært det vi drømte om. Passe vind, ikke mer bølger enn at det går an å fungere ombord. Solskinn og varmt nok – men ikke for varmt. Med Carl som ansvarlig i byssa, ble det varm, asiatiskinspiret lunsj med papaja som forrett. Båten går som på skinner gjennom tre meter bølger. Vi har ikke endret seilføring eller –trim, og autopiloten har som vanlig fungert perfekt – og den har nå ikke vært av på to døgn. I går hadde vi en fantastisk “måneoppgang”. Vi satt ute og fant stjernebilder. Carl sang den svenske kongesangen. Vi måtte av med capsen og han sto høytidlig. Nydelig baryton. Flere bidro med sine sanger. Carl har som plan at han skal lære oss en sang å synge flerstemt. Våre. read more...


30/11/2012

Johanem - Johanem 30th Nov 2012

30th November Dear Blogosphere,You will be pleased to hear that we are making good progress aboard Johanem; at the time of writing we have completed over 530 miles... meaning that we have just 2211 (approx.) to go...! The sailing conditions laid on by the ARC to aclimatise the crew have been well received - moving from the rain and discomfort of the English Channel... to the same with a little sun interspersed. Glad we brought the full set of waterproofs...... Ah..... :-/So, I hear you ask: "How is the watch system working?".. Good question.... We are working with a 3 watch system - 3 hours per watch. The crew have been divided up ensure that there is no excess skill on any watch..Nick (skipper) + Tony (Whisky + BS department)Boo (Skipper's better half) + Ian (Philosophy/astronomy. read more...


30/11/2012

Poespas - Rally day 4

Rally day 4We are now all full converse with being cradled by the motions of the ocean, and in spite of a rolly night we managed to get some rest.Our watch system seems to work well based on an overlapping dual watch system, with 4 hours on, then 6 hours off.We appear to be getting sufficient rest every day although, depending upon the conditions next week, might go for a more flexible single watch system, once all the crew are used to the complexities of our very French Amel.We are also getting used to spotting squalls early. This afternoon we had reefed in less time than you can say Bob's your uncle before being hit by gusts of up to 36 knots.Until this morning we had been running with poled out genoa and mainsail on a preventer, but we then changed course SSW for our "butter melting". read more...


30/11/2012

Heartbeat IV - Day 6

0400 at watch change gybed to pick up SE - initially sailing about 240 degrees - gradually coming round to about 250. 20-30 knot breeze - rock and rolling between 9 - 12 knots - surfing top speed 17.4k. Main events of today - fresh cheese scones courtesy Judy and Paul - desqueaking of heads by Bogmeister Walker - Mr Magee supervising water re-stowage - Nic and Rog controlling deck - Ian, Trev, Rog, Jason and Russsell doing some helming - repair of safety line, change of chafed genny sheet - now getting ready for chicken in tarragon and mushroom sauce with crushed potatoes with garlic and cheese.Getting used to very long nights - and managing to get some sleep on the two watch system. Expecting another 24h of similar conditions. Passed 1000 miles 30 minutes ago. Another Musto HPX. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Day 6
Heartbeat  IV - Day 6
Heartbeat IV - Day 6
Heartbeat  IV - Day 6

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