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09/12/2012

Salsa af Stavsnäs - Like a retriet

Are you having problems looking at those gadgets, called plotters, instruments, radar, AIS etc etc.Now we have been at sea for amost two weeks and I have found myself looking at that stupid little feature called ETA. It calculates the speed of the boat and instantly gives us an expected time of arrival.With a motor boat I can see that feature work well, but on a sailboat? One moment, that is on a way up a wave it tells me we will be in St Lucia in 45 days-18hrs-3,5 minutes, then we surf down the wave and the wind gets hold of us, we will be in St Lucia in 6 days-3hrs-43 minutes. So there I am staring at that stupid figure, wishing it was true. Relax man! Look at the sea! Let's be philosophical!OK, let's think deep, real deep. - If I start a journey and the GPS tells me we have 4 days. read more...


09/12/2012

Oranda III - 09Dec

Tras una excitante jornada en la mar, despues de abortar el izado del magnifico parasailing debido a la fuerza del viento y crudeza de la mar, nos hemos visto obligados a continuar con la busqueda de las muestras de pesca mientras nuestro Gourmet favorito cocinaba unos fantasticos langostinos estilo "napoleon" acompanados de arroz basmati y unos caldos de la rioja.Continuará.Buena mar y buena proa. Regards,. read more...


Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
Oranda III - 09Dec
09/12/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - andra advent

Dagen var till en början lugn och vi läste och vilade. Vi firade också Anna-Sofia’s födelsedag och  andra advent med risgrynsgröt, glögg, dadlar och tomteskum. GRATTISKRAMAR till Anna-Sofia!Vi upptäckte att något såg konstigt ut runt andra revinfästningen vid mastliket och vi bestämde oss för att ta ner storseglet, vi vill förstå varför och vara säkra på att inget ytterligare händer. Vi låter nu storseglet vila i sin stackpack tills blir lite lugnare, just nu tillåter inte vind och sjögång att vi försöker reda ut detta just nu. Som framdrivning seglar vi nu med spirad genua 3 åt lovart och kutterstagsfocken i lä. Lite saktare går det, men vi tar oss framåt med hyfsad fart 8-9 knop. Vinden är frisk och vi har vågor mellan 2.5 – 3 meter. Några kommentarer till frågor vi fått:*. read more...


09/12/2012

Scarlet Oyster - last 100miles!

Hi all,Looks like we will be into the top of St. Lucia on this stb gybe, whichmakes life simple, having a great last days run in perfect conditions20knots and 155deg TWA, even the waves are being easy to read!What an adventure this race has been! Completely different to last year,from the wind conditions to breakages that nearly ended our race it has beenquite a roller coaster!My team on board have really worked hard together to face and overcome thechallenges presented to us.The first 36hrs of punishing upwind work was probably quite a shock to myteam who had seen brochure shots of blue skies and downwind sailing surfingdown a rolling Atlantic swell! The boat coped well, and I was happy withour route which got us the right side of most the shifts yet kept us out ofthe worst of the. read more...


09/12/2012

Orion - Week 2, Sunday, Dec.9

Again we have got our share of tropical rain during the night, but the wind is more stable now and we can head directly towards St Lucia in a comfortable downwind. The visibility has been low and we used the radar to keep watch. Clouds and rain and lumpy seas, apart from the temperature it reminds me of home. The humidity is high and quite exhausting, especially wearing a special Musto sauna suit. Wet from the inside or wet from the outside, which is preferable? Change of watches today, two people per watch instead of three so I had a marathon 6 hours sleep; bliss. Barbara. A quick tweak of sails after I came on watch this morning and we were surfing at 12 knots down waves after waves, now its dark and phosphorescence is flying as again I am on watch. ( Tim that is gunning it )The last. read more...


09/12/2012

Little Pea's ARC Blogoramma 10 - Sail repairs at sea

18:22.3N  46:30.8W Friday, day 11 at sea.   "Spinnakers were made for man to put up, and God to bring down..."Qu: Laurie Smith (famous racing sailor) It all started with the decision to launch Barbara.  All our sails have names and Barbara (also known as Big Babs) is our big kite.  She is the largest spinnaker in our wardrobe and is a b*tch at the best of times.  Used in the right conditions and handled with respect, she will give us another 2 knots of boat speed.  However, Babs is also moody, temperamental and prone to savage bursts of anger.  Unfortunately, she was is such a frame of mind today and the price we had to pay was high. At 0900 hrs, whilst Mike was on watch, we prepared Barbara for. read more...


09/12/2012

Coral IV - 2. søndag i advent går mot slutten

16:15.08 N 48:23.13 W   Tusen takk for alle hyggelig mailer. Jeg får visst ikke rukket å svare pådem alle. Uansett koselig med livstegn hjemmefra. Er litt rart å skrive bloggflere ganger om dagen å føle at jeg "snakker" mye - men uten direkte respons.Kommer en og annen mail selvfølgelig - men det oppleves likevel ofte som enmonolog.  Vi har det bra. Har akkurat spist middag - selvfisket dolphin fisk - resterfra forgårs. Veldig godt! Tente også adventslys. Sunget og lest dikt. Alt pånorsk. Verken svensken, briten eller iren hadde det som tradisjon. Ivory harkalender fra moren sin. Ellers ikke mye adventsstemning i 28 varmegrader ogregn. Fikk telefon fra Kolbjørn og hele det årlige pinnekjøttlaget i går. Det varhyggelig. Rart å ikke være der.  Det er underlig å sitte å. read more...


09/12/2012

Johanem - daily log

What a strange few days! We have just ended a protracted period of very little wind. The upside is that half the crew had the most amazing swim mid Atlantic and we have managed one whole day without wearing the waterproofs! The "fish" made excellent eating and Tony got his revenge! The night watches saw amazing night skies and shooting stars with Pink Floyd as an accompanient!We'e now heading for New York and not St Lucia as the wind is south easterly not north easterly as forecast! Lightning overhead and our Atlantic experiences continue!We're all well and happy. Not too much Danny Boy you'll be pleased to hear.The good ship Johane. read more...


09/12/2012

Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations

..running out of spare or replacement running rigging - sea state not safe enough for up mast so having to wait for a bit of a lull to see if we can re-rig a couple of halyards. Now currently the 'Atlantic Rig' - #2 poled out with main. Had hoped to be in in under 15 days but not possible as have lost 60 miles in last 2 days. Last night however was superb A5 and main - 8.5 - 13.3 knots - but not after temp halyard blew on 0400-0800 watch (aka the Calamity watch). Followed by genny halyard - so rerouted spin pole uphaul. What japes. Still a nice a selection of charcuterie for lunch with iced coffee and PB currently preparing apple crumble and custard for sups. Pics of Jude trimming assy - Rog helming early Sunday morning and daytime downwind.. read more...


Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat  IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
Heartbeat  IV - Sunday pm - Still Frustrations
09/12/2012

Northern Child - ARC DAY 13

Matt has been asking me whether I had already written today's blog... I guess he is curious as to how I relay events since last night. In short, a royal cluster sh*t night. It all started with a failed attempt to have a small siesta after dinner and before watch. Bad idea. Really bad idea. The boat was rolling and pitching like in the first few days and I was brutally thrown about the bunk for 3 hours, hitting either the ropes keeping me in the bunk of the side of the hull next to my bunk.... Add humidity and closed hatches due to wave and there it goes: by the time I got up to do my watch (10pm - 2am) I was a real raging monster. I felt bruised, boilt, sick and all on the back of 2.5 hours sleep in the last 24 hours. Not a good start to the night. Fortunately Richard and. read more...


09/12/2012

Northern Child - When it rains, it pours.......

Daily Run    221mDTT             197nm Lunch          Pasta Cabonara with extra Bacon and Lardons :-)Dinner          Line caught Mahi Mahi with New Potatos and Tomato Jus Hello again!  So the 2000nm party was sick - Champagne, Caviar, dancing girls and magicians - awesome............  OK so lets be real, there was a Champagne Cocktail, with a Rum kick and the Mahi Mahi was delightful, prepared by Deb and Howard.  It was hard to get a real party going though, as we were racing along at 9-10 knots but none the less it was a big milestone in the journey to the Caribbean. Shortly. read more...


Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay - Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
Islay -  Islay - Wahoo I and Wahoo II
09/12/2012

Stormvogel - Tag 13: Regen, Wind und STORMVOGELs way of fishing

Im Moment regnet es zwar nicht, aber die vergangene Nacht und der Morgen waren die reinste Süßwasser-Orgie.Der Skipper hat die Mannschaft von Deck verbannt und im Regen ausgiebig im Cockpit geduscht. Kaum eingeseift, bleibt der Regen weg...Mist ;-)Seit heute früh segeln wir auch wieder. Zuvor haben wir fast 30 Stunden unter Maschine zurück gelegt. Wir sind alle froh das der Wind wieder da ist. So ein Segelboot liegt einfach besser unter segeln als unter Motor - und es ist natürlich viel leiser!Während andere Crews stolz von ihren Angelerfolgen berichten haben wir an Bord des STORMVOGELs einen eigenen "way of fishing" erfunden.Auslöser für die Erfindung war der Umstand, das wir ja unseren Schleppgenerator hinter uns her ziehen - an einer 30 Meter Leine. Wenn wir da jetzt noch schnöde eine. read more...


09/12/2012

Bardeau - Low on Chocolate

16.31N 043.59WWhat a night. Too wet to sleep on watch. Squall of squall meant snoozing wassimply not an option. The entire watch conversation with motley Daverevolved about the nature of trench foot and rot of the posterior. We bothdecided that what with chafe, and trench foot, and rot...we were not in goodshape. However a bijou mishap made sure that the motleys did not sleep welleither. The autopilot steers bythe wind. When the wind shifts it beeps andflashes to warn you.The cure is to press any button. I confess that such wasmy level of indifference that I did not look at the gauge as I reached topress a button. Within a few minutes I observed to David what a flakey placethe Atlantic was...one minute were doing 7 knots, and the next, 1 knot orless. I looked up at the sails and observed. read more...


09/12/2012

Puddle Jumper - Captains Blog Star Date 09/12

Hi All (& Hey C)  Hansel (or Harry apparently) the Navigator here with another guestblog. FAQ of the Navigator: Where are we? What’s the depth!? What are the skull and cross bones you have put on the GPS?, Charlie veryworried. What happens if I press this button? oh no, too late. How fast are we going? But mostly, are we nearly there yet?   I guess we must be getting there, the taste of the air suggests we are alittle up north and the length of our beards suggests we have been going a longtime.  There are no stars to go by at the moment, in fact no sun and nomoon to sight on as we have clouds all across the sky and a lot of rain. After a Parasail run yesterday we put up the white sails as the windspicked up.  During the night we had a couple of all hands to. read more...


08/12/2012

Mary Jo - Blog Day 13.

Kerry back. After Nick’s profound message yesterday, which summed up his feelings, here’s the abridged/Kerry version. We are right in the middle of the Ocean, unable to influence anything in the world, However, we shattered Nick’s peace yesterday afternoon, by listening to the football on BBC World service. As for the rainclouds, TJ, Nick, & myself took Chris Tibbs advice, & upon the arrival of a squall, stripped naked in the cockpit, and soaped ourselves, awaiting the inevitable downpour. When it arrived, (10 minutes later) we got a cracking shower, but surprised owner Alex, when he appeared in the companionway, for his watch, dressed in full foul weather gear! It is VERY warm here, & the sun extremely strong.We’ve caught some fish, Doradas, big yellow ones, & Nick. read more...


09/12/2012

Capricho - Dia 13 - multiplcacion de peces y pan

Día Nº 13Posición actual : Latitud 17º 40,2 N ~ Longitud 53º 25,0’ W Distancia recorrida del día : 184 MN Velocidad promedio : 7.7 nudosFaltan : 483MN para llegar a Rodney Bay – Saint LuciaSeguimos con viento en popa, soplando del E con pequeñas variaciones deintensidad o fuerza que obligan hacer cambios de velas subir unas, bajarotras, trasluchar; pura actividad que rompen lo que de otra forma seria unatravesía monótona. Cuando se hacen de día, simplemente delicioso ... perode noche, ahh ... con salvavidas puestos, oscuro, peor si hace frio ytienes la armadura puesta, siempre se traba un cabo – por el día no, loscabos saben que tienen que hacer ... pero en la noche, ahí la vaina es aotro precio.Como los vientos están oscilando entre los 18 y 25 nudos, venimos con lasvelas dispuestas. read more...


Murphy - Eagerly awaiting our roast chicken dinner
Murphy - Eagerly awaiting our roast chicken dinner
Murphy's much repaired asymmetric flies again
Murphy's much repaired asymmetric flies again
09/12/2012

Murphy - Hail to the prophet Grib for he is wise......eventually – Log Day 13

Passage notesCareful study of the grib files (pictorial predictions of wind and wave for the next few days ahead) showed yesterday afternoon that we were still some way from the right sort of winds, having tracked south into a bit of a hole, so after several hours of thoroughly enjoyable sailing with the asymmetric up (heading further north again) we decided to bang on the engine and make directly west towards stronger north-easterlies. At 8 am this morning we found them, so since then we have been sailing serenely (at an unhurried 6 knots or so in 13 knots of wind) with poled-out genoa more directly towards St Lucia – less than 800 miles to go.The weather today has been delightful so far, with bright sunshine, blue skies and the occasional white cloud, but thicker cloud seems to be. read more...


09/12/2012

Lancelot II - Day 13

Date: Sun 9th Dec 2012 Time: 13:30 UTCPosition: 15’15.34N 52’02.85WSOG: 9-11 knots With a few moments up to 14.6COG: 285 MWeather: TempestuousWind: All over the place but mainly ENE 18-34 Well – what another night ! Last night on both watches was a repeat of Saturday.  But Captain Jacko and his trusty crew have by now learned to handle the tempests.  Conditions under the line squalls are chaotic, with rotating wind directions, confused seas, and a seeming unwillingness to let the boat go once the tentacles of the Kraken got us.  At night its also v difficult to assess which way the squalls are moving, so avoidance is tricky.  Rain of tropical intensity accompanied all the squalls.  Pity none of us last night had time for shampoo.Conditions during the. read more...


09/12/2012

Skyelark of London - Day 12

9th DecemberAfter having achieved several runs in the high 190s and many a near miss,we celebrating having just done 200 miles noon to noon, a cold beer on deckwas just the reward we needed, and if we continue like this we will set anew transatlantic record for Skyelark.As we approach 500 miles it amazingly feels like we are nearly there!Despite it being just under a Fastnet/ Sydney Hobart race, orcircumnavigation of Ireland! In Atlantic terms were getting close to RodneyBay, we have all started to think of our reasoned or reflex actions when weget there. I interviewed my crewmates to get their opinions:Charlotte - Go for a run, shower and put on my red trousers (a Danishnautical tradition to signify that you have sailed the Atlantic)Malene - Beyond a slow run and a shower, hasn't. read more...


Skyelark of London - Day 12 on Skyelark
Skyelark of London - Day 12 on Skyelark
09/12/2012

Sam III - SAM III Die Wahrheit Teil II

Der Ausdruck'Barfußroute'erklärt sich nicht durch zunehmend schönes Wetterund höhere Temperaturen sondern allein durch die Tatsache,daß keinetrockenen Schuhe mehr an Bord sind. Heute Nacht mußte die SAM III vorübergehend ihre U-Boot Tauglichkeit unterBeweis stellen,da der vor Abfahrt häufig geäußerte Wunsch-immer einehandbreit Wasser unter'm Kiel-flächendeckend auf allen Seiten des Schiffesseine Erfüllung fand. Die 'gemeine Atlantikdorade in der Pfanne'läßt sich in diesen Breiten(ichglaube es geht in Richtung Beringstrasse)auch immer seltener sehen. Der Skipper hat,glaube ich,noch etwas Besonderes mit uns vor,da wir ihnbei der Festlegung des Kurs' häufig murmeln hören:aber Arved Fuchs hat dochauch.......!! Ansonsten ist die Stimmung an Bord sehr gut,wir sehen der nahenden Ankunftmit. read more...


09/12/2012

Coyote 2 - going swimming!

The last days have been very eventful ones… We had a day and a night of constantly raining, after which a lot of our clothes were soaked through. Luckily we woke up to a morning with sunshine. This of course meant that the boat was immediately transformed to a huge dryer for all the wet clothes. After a few hours of poor wind it disappeared altogether. However this in the end was a good thing, because it gave us an opportunity for a small break. Which we used on swimming – in the biggest swimming pool ever! An amazing experience. After all of us got up from the swim we had a visit from two whales, only 25 meters from the boat. Another box checked.Now we are again on the way. We have less than 1.000 miles to go, and most of the time we have good wind and sunshine. But now and again we. read more...


09/12/2012

Ace - at Sea

dear all,our world is composed of pretty basic elements: the shallow bowl of the sea, it's radius determined by the height of the waves and the inverted globe of the sky, it's blue void animated by clouds. endless combinations, permutations, and variations, modulated by the sun and the moon and wind create unique scenes of fascination and beauty.the last 48 hours has seen prototypical trade wind sailing, puffy white clouds, or no clouds at all. chute up all day into the evening as this new sailing experience with the big sail requires a bit more focus on the compass and apparent wind indicator if a bit less of a physical workout. like i said, a beautiful day, too bad Rob spent most of it in the engine room patiently and expertly fixing the diesel, with barely an audible. read more...


09/12/2012

Bristolian - Day 15: So Long, Farewell, Auf Weidersein, Goodbye

Ahoy hoyTouch wood laminate look-alike, we should be in Rodney Bay tomorrow morning most likely around 9 - hurrah!  Go North Paddy will be the sweepstake winner, pirate tattoos and ship polo shirts will be worn, and much champagne quaffed.  Most of us will be meeting up with our loved ones, the voluntary alcohol ban will be lifted and much merriment will follow. The past 24 hours have chugged by with many doing the mental equivalent of Alex Ferguson looking at his watch deep into injury time.  I suspect the next hours  will be quite similar until we see land tomorrow.Mr Big busied himself in the galley this morning cooking a serious breakfast for us all, which went down very well. All the pre cooked meals have now gone so tonight the crew will be spoilt with sausages and beans.Its. read more...


09/12/2012

All-Linn - Hurra for bursdagsbarnet Eirik!

Glad for at vinden er tilbake satset vi på å få en stabil vind som skulleblåse oss rett til St Lucia i god fart. Værmeldingen sa i tillegg at vi skullevære ute av området med det meste av skyer og vind. En lovende start på dagen.Eirik lagde tomatsuppe med egg til lunsj, og Linn lagde biffstrimmler med nudlertil middag. Da kveldingen kom slo virkelig drittværet til. Himmelen såg ut til ådette ned og vi hadde mer vann over, enn under oss. Vinden var fremdelesvariende i både rettning og styrke, som har resultert i mindre fart enn ønskeligde siste dagene. Syndefloden pågikk hele natten i det som ble to harde 6 timersvakter. Tanken på å snart kunne legge seg sjøkøyen holdt motivasjonen oppe. Snart blir det feiring av bursdagsbarnet Eirik på beste Atlanderhavs vis.Etter god innsats i byssen. read more...


09/12/2012

Milanto - Log Day 15

Day 15Not far nowIts now two weeks ago since our restated race.We set out with South inthe back of mind but in the end decided to hedge our bets and go centralto enable us to head north or south depending upon the outlook at thetime.Mixed weather reports gave us an inclination to head south, butwe changed our minds a day or two after setting off southbound and wentnorth. And here we are, on the 'Great circle'.We are well ahead of allthe re-starters and have over taken the first of the first day-ers withtwo more in our sights.The 4 race leaders seem to have an unassailablelead.But this is Ocean racing, and there is all to play for.This morning we decided to go for a tuna again.This time we snaggedone, but it proved to be the one that got away. In fact it got away withthe entire lure.We. read more...


Milanto - Log Day 15
Milanto - Log Day 15
09/12/2012

Selene - Big Blue

14 days into the race and again we are into 25Kts of wind from directly astern surfing 3m swell, making 8+Kts and surfing at up to 12Kts.We seem to be neck and neck with Persephone.The temptation is to push at this late stage, especially as we are so close to Persephone on handicap, but we are trying to stick to our strategy of steady, percentage sailing.That's not to say there is not the occasional rush of bllod to the head as the red mist rises.We had been sailing under Big Blue all day yesterday in 15-18 Kts, just below optimal wind speed for us and although doing OK, we could have done with another 2 or 3 Kts to really light her up.We had supper at 5pm boat time (we have put the clocks back another hour, so are now UTC-4). I had tried to take a nap for an hour before coming on watch. read more...


09/12/2012

Katherine - Day 12: Saturday 6th Birthday Onboard "15:00.47N 55:43.74W"

The focus of today was on Darb’s birthday. Thinking we should spoil him hehad an entire day free of washing up duties. Birthdays don't excuse you howeverfrom watches or sail duties so he still had to put in for that time. Pete andLee set about planning an appropriate dinner which now will see us all joiningweight watchers on our return to Terra Firma. The Menu: Slow Roasted Pork Belly with another special secret sauce on a bed ofRice Crispy Green Salad Chocolate Self Saucing Pudding with Macadamia Ice-cream Accompanied by a bottle of 2005 Cote De Imaz Reserva Rioja Not too bad for a birthday meal nearly two weeks out to sea.  As for the sailing side. The temporary fix to the outhaul clew gave wayagain and needed another set of Dynema lashings made. Looks like the area whereit. read more...


Katherine - Dressed for Dinner
Katherine - Dressed for Dinner
Katherine - Day 12: Saturday 6th Birthday Onboard "15:00.47N 55:43.74W"
Katherine - Day 12: Saturday 6th Birthday Onboard
09/12/2012

Stella-Maris - 8. detsember - 999 meremiili finišini

Laupäev, vist. Nädalapäevad on suhteliselt sassis, sest kõik päevad on üsna ühetaolise rütmiga. „Päevad sarnased kui neegrid kõrbes…“ ütleb tuntud mereteemaline lauluviis. Päike tõuseb meil ikka tavaliselt selja tagant ja täna oli kohe selline teistmoodi ärevus, sest oli lootus minna jäänud miilide hulk saada ühe koha võrra väiksemaks, ehk alla 1000 nm. Kuna tuule nurk lasi eelnevatel öödel sõita pisut liiga põhja, siis tegime halsi ja surusime pisut lõunapoole, mis kahjuks mõjus ka kiirusele. Proovisime küll erinevaid purjede kombinatsioone, kuid kiirus jäi ikka alla keskmise. Kui juba tundus, et tänasest päevast midagi suuremat loota ei ole, hakkas meie landi otsa miski elukas, kes meid meeleheitlikult kursilt välja sikutas. Kuna olime eelmisest kolmest ilma jäänud, siis nüüd läks. read more...


09/12/2012

BRIZO - Red Bull Flugtag 2012

Crew of BRIZO and Anastasia scored VIP passes aboard Nautilus for the Red Bull Flugtag 2012 @ V&A Marina, Cape Town. Great event - we should have entered as Team World ARC...a dingy with wings and a parasailor would definitely have gotten us airborne!IMG00407-20121209-1201. read more...


BRIZO - Red Bull Flugtag 2012
BRIZO - Red Bull Flugtag 2012
09/12/2012

Intrepid Bear - Intrepid Bear - Jack The Bear visits Intrepid Bear

Today was party day! Thea is 7 years old and thrilled to be enjoying her birthday in the middle of the Atlantic - aren't many who can have that claim to fame, let alone at her age. Amazingly, during the night Jack The Bear (aided by Rocio and Gaspar) had visited the boat and left clues to where he'd hidden treasure on board. The kids all dressed up in pirate costumes and the treasure hunt commenced, culminating in a wonderful pile of presents which is now keeping the kids amused. Thea was able to choose the menu for the day so it was a full english for breakfast, tuna pasta for lunch and steak for dinner...yum! Getting a little late to enjoy the apple crumble so that will be saved for tomorrow. Milly was asking whether they could have that for breakfast. When we started this trip, she. read more...


09/12/2012

Sunrise - 08.12.2012 - 12. Tag auf See!

Ludwig, unser kleiner Gast, hat sich in seinem Karton gut erholt und wurde am Abend langsam unruhig. Die Krankenschwestern wurden beschimpft, die Diagnose der auf dem Schiff versammelten tierärztlichen Kompetenz in Frage gestellt und massive Versuche unternommen, den Interkontinentalflug entgegnen den ärztlichen Rat bereits in der Nacht fortzusetzen. Im Rahmen einer außerordentlichen, nächtlichen Visite wurden entschieden, den Patienten bis zum kommenden Morgen mit einem Küchenhandtuch über dem Karton ruhig zu stellen. Eine Maßnahme, die außerordentlich erfolgreich war und daher ins "Bordbuch für die Heilung von Meeresvögeln, Fischen und schwimmenden Säugern" aufgenommen wurde. Am Morgen verließ Ludwig die Krankenstation, um vom Cockpit aus einen Blick in den Himmel zu werfen. Das. read more...


08/12/2012

Sumatra - Log Day 12: Highs, Lows and Happy Birthday

It's been an eventful few days. After gloating atthe prospect of roast pork on Wednesday night, the wind picked up, the seas wentwild and before we knew it we were heeled up and hammering forth with all thehatches battened down to protect against rogue waves. It was horrible down belowdecks; hot, humid and sticky, with sail bags all over the floor and salt-crustedpillows that stick to your face every time you try to turn over. Eugh. This allseemed quite luxurious however when it came time to stand watch. We foundourselves huddled into the corner of the cockpit under a flimsy hood, withdriving rain hammering down overhead, howling wind making the sails buffet andgroan, and water roaring by the stern as the boat rocketed on into theblackness... Thank god for auto pilot! We managed to keep. read more...