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25/05/2005

El Mundo - 26/11 - Day 2 Frustrating winds

After the previous windy day, Tuesday was a lotmore variable. It started well with a sunny morning and good sailing breeze. Bobwas even sun bathing on the stern seat in his 'Tropics' hat! The wind graduallydecreased until we were just rolling around with the rig crashing and the sailsflapping....very uncomfortable and the noise grates on the nerves. Again wemotored for about 2 hours and still only managed to find a gentle breeze but itallowed us to rig the boat goose-winged and head a bit furthersouth. In the meantime, Amanda had great success with theSSB radio, having a long conversation with Juno and joining the ARC SSB net forthe first time. This may not sound like a big achievement but it would appearthat operating an SSB is somewhat of a black art! Dinner was also memorable, as we. read more...


26/11/2014

Exody - Day 15 - November 25th - Plenty Water - No Wind

A promising dawn morphed into an unexpectedly overcast day with near 100% cloud cover.Most squalls missed us until late afternoon when I encouraged all on board to take advantage of the torrential rain for an alfresco cockpit shower.Old fashioned I know in these days of high output watermakers but our own model with a miserly output of 5 litres per hour is strictly for drinking!We refilled our main tank today from the several containers carried on deck and below- so now know we are using about 3-4 litres per person per day as planned.The wind petered out late afternoon so we furled the sail and motored for a spell to maintain progress until it returned after dinner. My crude calcs show that if we drop below 2 knots then the ARC engine hours penalty is worth taking - quite apart from the. read more...


26/11/2014

Celebrate - In Cape Town

Well we have arrived safely in Cape Town and the last two days or so from Mossel Bay were the sunniest and most enjoyable of the passage. The wind came round from the South as we turned the corner so enjoyed some fantastic down wind sailing at last a fitting finale for our Indian Ocean adventure and Peter's time on Celebrate. The view of the Cape of Good Hope from the water was spectacular. We picked a good day to round it, with the wind in the other direction it would not be so much fun. To avoid the shipping lanes into Cape Town we had to stay close to the shore between Hout Bay and Green Point and a range of peaks called the Twelve Apostles. We sped past them as the wind picked up to over 30 knots. Fortunately as we approached Green Point there was a wind shadow giving a gentler ride. read more...


26/11/2014

Exjuvantibus - Zurück nach Las Palmas

Nach einem wunderschönen ersten Tag mussten wir am zweiten Tag unserer Überquerung den Rückweg nach Las Palmas antreten. Der Grund dafür ist ein technischer Defekt an unserem Schiff. Uns dreien geht es aber allen gut. Nun gehts halt zurück, Reparatur wird auch etwas Zeit kosten, so dass es nicht mehr für einen Neustart reichen wird... :-(Euch allen danke fürs mitfiebern und vielleicht machen wir ja irgend wann nochmals einen Versuch. ;). read more...


26/11/2014

Milanto - Milanto log 25/11/14

After a fantastic start when we were surfing at an incredible 11kn. down some big waves the wind died and we got stuck under the island . We had to work all night  by pointing south and pulling sails up and down. Everyone was getting pretty fed up with all the sails flapping, finally the main was dropped and a tiny patch of genoa was left out until finally we found the wind again around 5 am  and the expected 15/20 kn. of wind reappeared from nowhere!So off we go again with the sails' goose-winged' travelling at a healthy 8.5 kn. towards St Lucia. Ships mate Carla has been her wonderful energetic self. Unfortunately the rest of the crew are finding the big waves rather hard to get used to so have disappeared. we wish them well and hope by tomorrow that they have found their. read more...


26/11/2014

Reina - REINA TURNS INTO A PARTY BOAT

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}Happy birthday to Rory Gillard on Reina today. Cake, good wishes and presents. And then quickly back to the helm to keep the boat on the best course. For this occasion we will also make another exception and fulfil Rory’s wish for tonight.What would you like to have on your birthday, Rory? “A big blond!” The birthday boy says.Pardon!? “A big blond with a white collar.” So our chef has put a few trays of Heineken in the fridge. Everybody in the neighbourhood is welcome today between 6 and 7 for drinks and a bite. There is no precise address for that time yet but somewhere on the Atlantic you will hear the crew singing.Arie Blokland image001. read more...


Reina - REINA TURNS INTO A PARTY BOAT
Reina - REINA TURNS INTO A PARTY BOAT
25/11/2014

Vagaris - Settling into day 2

Another brisk day sailing. Winds settling down to between 13 to 23 knots. We've been in contact with our Danish friends in Cygnus Pena, but fear we're now out of VHF reach as we have gybed off in different directions. Only 2 or 3 boats left in visual contact.We did the SSB radio net earlier and heard from many more people so we're all nicely spread out across the seas. We've sailed today on a mixture of white sails and the gennaker. The wind is still from the NE so we've mainly been broad reaching in calming seas. All systems are working well. I've had to run the generator a couple of times to charge the batteries as not a huge amount of sun so far. Water maker working ok and topping us up, but we're still in low usage mode. Cauliflower cheese for supper tonight. Very good. Comms working. read more...


25/11/2014

Lydia - Leg 2 Day 7 - Wallow & Stir

A relatively quiet day today. The perfect wind we had yesterday has dropped a few knots below what we'd really like and so the occasional sail slap breaks the tranquillity of our gentle 5 kt passage. The radio round up was not a great success today with the appointed net controller unable to hear many of the other yachts. From what we could hear (and confirmed subsequently by the 1200 positions email we receive from ARC HQ) we're still at or near the front of our Cruising Division B pack.Lydia's motion continues to test us. As a consequence of it and the fact that the fruit we have suspended from a net in the saloon seems to be shrinking sufficiently to allow some of it to escape periodically and then roll around on the deck. It's amazing how long you can put up with fruit playing saloon. read more...


25/11/2014

Leopard by Finland - DAY 2

Good evening from Leopard by FinlandWe have had a fast few days going nowhere in particular – well nowhere in the direction of where we are supposed to be going which has been quite frustrating – would have been a great course if we were doing ARC plus route!Anyway a few hours ago we finally turned West and we are heading in the general direction of St Lucia, our routing software has an ETA of next Tuesday which is now believable now we are heading in the right direction!Life has not been so tough on board, we have done one solitary sail change soon after the start to our biggest spinnaker and since then we have gybed a couple of times and sitting on around 20 knots plus or minus 5 knots of boatspeed in glorious conditions.Our Chef and stewardess are keeping us very well fed and watered. read more...


25/11/2014

Euphoria - Log Day 2 - Sportfiske

Käraste bloggen,  Första dygnet är avklarat, skiften sitter i ryggmärgen, segelsättningar ochmanövrar sitter bättre, vänskapsbanden starkare. Och samtliga besättningsmän ärkvar ombord. Första nattens glamorösa segling, som nämndes i föregående inlägg,förbyttes mot en kort stund av frustration och framför allt ifrågasättande avsegelkompetens. Nämns 1-2 ms,  2m vågor och skiftande vindriktning vet deflesta som seglat i dessa förhållanden vad vi syftar på; båten får inte fartframåt och därav självförtroendekris som inte blev bättre av att se flera båtarpassera oss för motor! Detta är tillåtet enligt reglerna men något som vi endastavser att tillgripa i nödfall och absolut inte under det första dygnet. Dessutomleder en sådan manöver till ett betydande tidstillägg som beräknas. read more...


Arrayan 2 - sun playing with cliuds
Arrayan 2 - sun playing with cliuds
25/11/2014

Arrayan 2 - Tuesday Nov. 25th 20:30 UTC - ‘This year some records will be broken!’

This year’s preparations for the crossing have been particularly interesting on board of Arrayan 2. When sailing south end of September, we had the ‘honour’ of saving a man out of the water and shortly after encountered engine problems. These turned out to be so severe that the engine had to be totally dismounted; during which it was unclear if all could be taken care of before the start of the race. While all crew flew home and continued their normal lives the Volvo engineers went all the way and dealt with it in an extremely professional and diligent manner, for which we are extremely thankful! After returning, all that had to be done were some test runs. The boat was taken out of the water for some final checks and we were good to go!A local in the harbour told us that on average they. read more...


25/11/2014

Libeccio - day 2

Day 2 dawns and is underway.  We had some nice breezes overnightcorresponding to Kevin's arrival to replace Mike. Unfortunately for Mike he was stuck with the 'iron genny' for most of hisshift.   Kevin, being selfish, decided to take the wind away when Billrelieved him at 0700.  Fortunately that gave Bill time to admire thebeautiful sunrise.   Since Bill wasn't doing anything else Libeccio decided to play some trickson him. First she decide that the autopilot should make sharp turns to port (orthe Left side of the boat- easy to remember because Port has the same number ofletters as left) anytime Bill tried to use it.  You would be smart to thinkit was 'user error' but fortunately it repeated it's behavior with Kevinwatching, since the numerous sharp. read more...


25/11/2014

Libeccio - first blog of the ARC!

First the important bits, we have travelled  60 nm and have a mere  2740  nm to go! You can see our position from the map so we won't bore you with that detail. After many days of squalls and rain showers and a one day delay because of high winds ARC 2014 is underway.   The boat was decorated with flags from Gran Canaria and ARC 2014 as well as a courtesy flag for Spain.  We also hoisted flags for each of the crew mambers native countries – Canada, Australia, and the United States.   Fortunately Mike was out getting bread when our neighbor Paul pointed ou that the Australia flag was upside down.  Kevin and I didn’t see the problem.  It would have looked right from ‘Down Under’. We successfully navigated the tricky exit from the harbor and. read more...


25/11/2014

T&T - 25/11/2014

Des nouvelles du front d'mer en direct : 5  jours de traversée et deja bientot lo meio do camino !Le bateau marche bien, l'equipage est en forme, et l'ambiance à bord est excellente. On file plein vent arriere, les voiles en ciseau par 25 noeuds de vent, les vagues nous portent et nous font faire parfois des pointes à 12 noeuds ! Pour combler l'affaire nous faisons actuellement route quasi direct vers Sainte Lucie grace à notre choix de route nord...c'est la fete !La nuit les grains rodent et nous rendent la tache ardue, ce sont d'abord des masses informes sur l'ecran radar qui s'approchent et nous encerclent, puis une pluie drue et chaude sur le pont avec le  vent qui se dechaine...La nuit derniere le capitaine dormait paisiblement cabine avant et une vague s'est engouffrée. read more...


25/11/2014

T&T - eerste verslag van midden Atlantische oceaan

Beste vrienden,Dit is de eerste keer dat ik een blog kan posten na ons vertrek op woensdag 19/11 vanuit Mindelo.De koers die we tot nu toe volgden verhinderde de satelietverbinding.Ondertussen zitten we echt  midden op de oceaan.Af en toe zien we eens een zeilboot of cargo in de verte of op de radar, voor het overige helemaal alleen !!  De hemel is prachtig, heel veel regenbogen en prachtige wolken - al vrezen we die wel wat gelet op de wind die er meestal in zit.We hebben 2 hele zware nachten achter de rug : de ene squal na de andere, van geen wind naar 50 knopen wind in geen tijd en ondertussen extreem veel regen . Nat tot op je huid, maar niet koudJe ziet nauwelijks de voorkant van de boot.In bed blijven liggen is een kunst op zich, ondanks de doeken die het schuiven. read more...


25/11/2014

T&T - 25/11/2014: 2

Dans l’eau de la claire fontaine, elle se baignait toute nue, une saute de vent soudaine, jeta ses habits dans les nues. En détresse elle me fit signe, pour l’a vêtir d’aller chercher, un monceau de feuilles de vigne, fleurs de lys et fleurs d’oranger. Avec des pétales de roses, un bout de corsage lui fis, mais la belle n’était pas bien grosse, qu’une seule fleur a suffi. Avec le pampre de la vigne, un bout de cotillon lui fis, mais la belle était si petite, qu’une seule feuille a suffi. Elle me tendit ses bras ses lèvres, comme pour me remerçier, je la pris avec tant de fièvre, qu’elle en fut toute déshabillée. Le jeu du plaire à l’ingénue, car à la fontaine souvent, elle s’alla baigner toute nue, en priant Dieu qu’il fit du vent, qu’il fit du vent. Jacques  notre barde nous manque…. read more...


25/11/2014

Makena - Nov 24 - PW Reporting - Meet Todd

November 24, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticNoon Position17° 06.6' N40° 23.6' WIn the wee hours of the morning, while I was still asleep, the wind came up and the crew dropped the main and opened the genoa to port and the staysail to starboard. From the sound of the water rushing by the hull I knew we were going fast, there weren't the usual slams and bangs that are usually associated with that speed. Winds varied between 23 and 28 knots and we glided easily over the waves, occasionally taking off on a surf. This sail configuration is easy on the boat and crew and we were making good time. The contrast was stark. The proverbial wild horses, wave tops breaking and crashing alongside us, whipped by the strong winds versus the easy rhythm of the Lagoon with just. read more...


25/11/2014

Northern Child - blog

First night has passed. Everyone is getting used to thewobbly waters and night shifts. The night proves an excellent opportunity todiscuss different world improvements and other topics which i will not mentionon email.. The weather is great, today we are experiencing 20-25 knots comingfrom astern, no rain and with that it becomes quite comfortable. Getting intothe routine of dinner, sleeping over day all is getting into our DNA. With thatseveral adrenaline rushes, we got the kite up in 20-25 knots of windpushing our beautiful lady to 13 knots, we saw a whale tail up and someturtles. You do not get to see this when you are behind your computer allday. Now getting into the night watches,beautiful sun downer boat easing down the high way, see u tomorrow, we are. read more...


25/11/2014

Makena - Nov 25 - Less than halfway to go!

Dolphins just passed by us here. Normally they would play with our bow waves but we are going too slowly to interest them, I think! Ha! Squalls all around. Nothing to worry about but it just makes for slow going and conservative sailing. We're still having a nice time despite the low "VMG" readings. Ceviche snack time!. read more...


25/11/2014

Arrayan 2 - 1st day at sea

This has been a marvellous moment! All those sails and Gran Canaria island in the background was something we will all remember!We foundthe acceleration zone around the airport as forecast by Chris but we hit the no wind zone south of Gran Canaria, where everybody knows you should avoid, but of course we found ourselves there !This was a very frustating time and we were obliged to roll away the genoa to avoid too much flogging. Eventually a SW wind helped us to get out of the trap!All in all, a marvellous day!M. Yreux. read more...


Blue Waves - Mid Atlantic mast walk by INGE
Blue Waves - Mid Atlantic mast walk by INGE
25/11/2014

Blue Waves - Dzien 1 - spacer po parku

Czy to park łazienkowski w Warszawie czy lódka na środku oceanu?Sam już nie jestem pewny bo za każdym rogiem czaji się jakiś paw. To na dziobie, to na burcie i na rufie też. Rozprzestrzeniła się ta zwierzyna po całym naszym 14 metrowym okręcie.Pierwsza doba po super starcie z drugą pozycją w naszej klasie katamaranów okazała się bardzo pracowita. Wachty są 3 zmieniają sie co 4 godziny i zajmie nam to trochę czasu żeby wejść w rytm a adrenalinki nam nie brakuje. Ja miałem wczoraj tą przyjemność być dziobowym. To chyba jednak nie ze względu na wybitne osiągnięcia w tej materji ale dłógie ręce łatwiej sięgające na czubek bukszprytu dziobowego. A może ze względu na długość dzioba albo częstotliwości  jego kłapania, tam z przodu nic nie słychać jak fale uderzają o pokład ani ci na mostku. read more...


25/11/2014

Hot Stuff - The Tales of Nine - introduction

To all who follow us, stay by our side and share with us our magical carpetride.....   Our tale begins with the gathering of nine innocent maidens drawn togetherby the wicked wizard - the World Wide Web - for a considerable weight ofgold.These maidens travelled from far and wide for an Atlantic adventure on HotStuff's magical carpet ride. There are wee scottish lassies, an american beauty, and a cheeky german Kat- the rest of the Hot Pot is full to the brim of good olde Brittish beef.Adorned with black oversidesed underpants, bindies and bangles galore,after just threedays the nine fair maidens united to the force of one. Theirlate arrival stunned the fleet as their Arabian beauty was revealed.And so began the tales of nine.   So, without further ado - each maiden you must. read more...


25/11/2014

Tanoa - 1. Nacht

Die erste Nacht war anstrengend, weil wir uns erst an Lärm und Bewegung gewöhnen mussten, außerdem hat uns die Flaute gebeutelt. So langsam stellt sich die Bordroutine ein. Momentan segeln wir mit dem großen Spi und haben gerade hervorragend gegessen: Entrecote mit kanarischen Kartoffeln und Petersilienmöhrchen, dazu Joghurt-Knoblauch-Sauce. Hans kocht gerne und sehr gut. Jetzt geht die Sonne unter und wir segeln in unsere zweite Nacht.. read more...


25/11/2014

Sojourner - Day two

Hi Folks,As some may know, the start of the rally was delayed about 22 hours because of high winds at the marina. Would not have been much of a problem at sea but expensive boats bouncing off each other as they maneuvered in tight slips would be a liability issue.We were cheered out of the marina by loud playing music and waving locals.(May be they were glad to see us go after the costume party - all that stuff about the crew of Sojourner dressed in drag and gyrating around a bearded Ali Baba, aka Cathy.) As we went by the reviewing stand, the announcer said "There goes America!Hmm. Wonder what he ment. The start line was very crowded - about 170 boats but by this morning only a couple of boats were visible and now we know they are there only by radio.At sea, you are alone.Well, alone. read more...


Miss Malin - Chasing the sunset
Miss Malin - Chasing the sunset
25/11/2014

Miss Malin - Log day 2 - chasing the sunset

Dear Miss Malin folowers,A picture tells you more than a thousends words. A picture plus a couple ofwords tells you everything.It's day two and the picture is from the first sunset from this transAtlantic crossing. There will most likely be many of them, but I don'tthink it is possible to get tired of such a view in such a setting.Enjoy.. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Dienstag, 25. Nov. 2014

Der erste Tag auf hoher SeeDas war eine harte Nacht. Windspitzen bis 35 kn (WS 8) und lange Zeit Winde um die30 kn (WS 7) bei hohem Wellengang. Dazu stockdunkle Nacht, der zunehmende Mondzeigte uns seine schmale Sichel gerade mal fr etwa eine Stunde. Einzig derSternenhimmel spendete ein wenig Licht. So rauschten wir mit einem Reff im Gross undder Kutterfock mit 9 kn auf Raumschotkursen durch die Nacht. Wir steuerten meist vonHand. Ein brutaler Einstieg fuer den ersten Tag einer so langen Reise. Er stellteunsere Maegen auf eine harte Probe.Erst in den fruehen Morgenstunden gab der Wind immer mehr ab. Jetzt fanden auch dieLeute unter Deck endlich etwas Schlaf. Vorher war man derart in der Kojeumhergeschleudert worden, dass an Einschlafen nicht zu denken war.Anfangs Nacht hatten wir noch. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Montag, 24. Nov. 2014

Was fuer ein Bombenstart!Beim zweiten Anlauf klappt es jetzt doch noch. Das Wetter hat sich einbisschen gebessert. Zwar ist der Himmel immer noch bedeckt, aber derRegen bleibt erstmals seit Tagen aus und auch der Wind haelt sich inGrenzen. Alle Teilnehmer der Cruising-Klasse, und dazu gehoeren auchwir, sind angewiesen, den Hafen nicht vor 10 Uhr zu verlassen. Alsolegen wir kurz danach ab und reihen uns in die Kolonne derSegelschiffe ein, welche am Hafenausgang mit grossem Traritraraverabschiedet werden. Dann fahren wir in unseren Warteraum, einemriesigen, etwas vom offenen Meer abgeschirmten Teil des Hafens undsetzen schon mal unser Grosssegel. Von weitem bekommen wir mit, wiedie Racing-Klasse um 10.30 Uhr gestartet wird. Doch das interessiertuns wenig. Wir spielen noch mal ein. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Sonntag, 23. Nov. 2014

StartverschiebungVoll motiviert für die kommenden Aufgaben sitzen wir am Fruestueck, alsdie Meldung eintrifft, dass der Start um einen Tag verschoben wird.Scheinbar ist der Wind draussen auf dem Meer so stark, dass sichein Auslaufen der Cruising-Klasse nicht verantworten lässt. Nur dieRacing-Klasse will man trotzdem ins Rennen schicken. Doch eine Stundespäter wird auch dieser Entscheid rückgängig gemacht.So kommen wir zu einem zusaetzlichen Tag in Las Palmas. Da die meistenVorbereitungsarbeiten erledigt sind, benuetzen ihn die Crews, umvorzuschlafen, zu lesen oder im Hafen zu spazieren. Die Restaurants undBars sind bumsvoll, und fast könnte man denken, dass diese massgeblichbeim Entscheid zur Startverschiebung mitgewirkt haetten. Es macht sichim Hafen richtige Ferienstimmung breit.Das. read more...


Helen - The island of Hierro
Helen - The island of Hierro
25/11/2014

Little Pea - Arc14 Blogoramma - 24hrs in

26:34.9N 017:43.8W   Daily Stats: Top boat speed - 12.8kts (Ben at thehelm) Biggest gust - 40.2kts Dolphins - 3 Rainfall - nil Chunder - enough to fill a child'sbucket   Hello and welcome to Little Pea's first blog fromsomewhere in the Atlantic Ocean,   Just over 24hrs ago we crossed the startline in LasPalmas, and what a day it's been. The combined events and mix of emotionsover the past 24 hours could fill the entire blog, not just this oneentry! After we last spoke to you Little Pea and her crew stormed down the EastCoast of Gran Canaria and through the acceleration zone where we saw wind speedsconsistently in the mid to high 30s (knots). Whilst bombing down this insidetrack, Little Pea was in her element taking on much larger vessels. We'reone. read more...


25/11/2014

Cheri - Samstag, 22. Nov. 2014

Captain´s dinner im WindkanalDas Wetter nervt gewaltig. Ein richtiges Wechselbad der Gefuehle.Riesige schwarze Wolken, blauer Himmel und zweifache Regenbogen wechselnsich im Viertelstundentakt ab. Man ist gut beraten, immer in derOelzeugjacke unterwegs zu sein. Auch der Wind macht keine Pause.Heute werden noch die allerletzten Unterhalts- und Reparaturarbeitenerledigt. Auch Lastminute-Einkaeufe werden noch getaetigt. Letzte Emailsuns SMS werden verschickt. Morgen muessen wir einen freien Kopf haben.Fuer den Start sind etwa 5 Windstaerken bei Halbwindkurs angesagt. Daswaere schoen, so kaemen wir gut vorwaerts.Am Abend leadt uns der Skipper zum Captain´s dinner in ein Restaurant inder Altstadt ein. Das Restaurant ist leider schon voll, und wir muessendraussen an einem Tisch mitten auf der. read more...


Helen - The 11 o'clock start
Helen - The 11 o'clock start
25/11/2014

Helen - Day 2

Greetings to family, friends and all ARC participants.A great send off, well done to all those involved in the organisation.Great first days sailing, despite falling into the odd wind dead spot, butthis was then followed by a force 7.All on board are relaxed and settling into what will be our routine untilreaching Rodney Bay.Currently passing the island of Hierro and speculating how many other boatswill have passed this island during the current trip, not many we suspect.If you have, let us know.Safe and happy sailingJoe. read more...


25/11/2014

Aretha - Log day 1 - screaming fishing lines, fast sailing and life onboard

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22/11/2014

Folie a Deux - When not landing a fish is a good thing

Check out this video on YouTube:http://youtu.be/Ja9z8zY789I. read more...


25/11/2014

Meltemi - 2.Tag Erster Seetag/nacht überstanden

Der Anfang ist gemacht.Gestern Start bei moderatem Wind, der sich dann aber als durchaus kräftig aufblies.Der MELTEMI gefiel das gut und rauschte mit 16,5 Knoten die Wellen runter.Dann ab Maspalomas wurde alles geboten: kein Wind, Wind aus Sued bis Nord, mal mehr mal weniger.Die erste Nachtwache verlief ruhig.Noch 2521 Meilen zum Bier in Rodney Bay.Rü. read more...


Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 5: Dave and Paul taking microplastic sample for research
Purrr-fect - Leg Two - day 5: Dave and Paul taking microplastic sample for research
Purrr-fect - lunchtime on Purrrfect
Purrr-fect - lunchtime on Purrrfect
25/11/2014

Monomotapa - Monomtapa

Monday 24 NovemberAfter instructions from the race committee we left the marina at just after 09.30 we made our way to the start line together with some 20 other boats in our racing division.The wind was from the north east and the sea state was fair,we encountered some areas of light winds to the south side of Gran Canaria.During the night the wind speed increased to above 20 knots and the wave height increased to 4 metres. the waves on the starboard rear quarter down wind meant that we could surf down them to gain maximum speedTuesday 25 NovemberThe wind and waves decreased during the night and at least the last night watch had some reasonably good sleep. We run two watches on board with three "ordinary" members. The first watch consists of David, Trevor and Giuliano. The second watch. read more...


25/11/2014

Jo - 26:30:89N 17:18:94

Tuesday 25th November First dolphinsighting off the port beam yesterday PM; a pod of about 20 – black with whiteunderbelly? Despite shifting wind patterns, we seemed to keep theboat going through the night by switching on the engine whenever the wind speeddropped below ten knots. This helped us find the wind by taking us out of holesin the wind, whilst also charging the batteries. So far we’ve only motored forjust under 2 hours and managed to cover 170 miles on our first day – notbad! The monster squid lure sold to me in Las Palmas as adead cert for tuna has so far produced ‘nil points’, though it would have to betorpedo like at the speed we are currently travelling (8-9 knots). Last night was both beautiful and frustrating in turns.In between the clouds we saw twinkling, jewel-like. read more...


Jo - 26:30:89N 17:18:94
Jo - 26:30:89N  17:18:94
24/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Leg Two- day 6: research for marine microplastics

We attended a workshop with ARC for research being done in the area of ocean conservation due to the problem of marine micro plastics. Boats and crew were asked to participate in the research by collecting bottles of seawater along our voyage. We were given 6 bottles with labels and directions on the protocol for collecting the seawater samples. We collected 2 bottles enroute from Las Palmas and have done 1 more so far on this leg. All of these sample bottles will be shipped to a lab in the US for analysis when we reach St Lucia. We are pleased to be able to participate in this important research intended to help conserve the ocean and marine life. More information is available at microplastics@adventureandscience.orgToday we kept the double headsail rig up all day and made good progress. read more...


25/11/2014

Easy Rider - Day 6 - Midshipman Neil

Loneliness of the long distance sailor.You would think with 60 boats all heading for the same destination and leaving at the same time there would be plenty of company. Indeed there was plenty of friendly banter on the first few days as we remained in sight and VHF range but now 6 days into the crossing and coming up to half way there is not a ship in sight nor VHF contact, which means there is no one within 20 miles. We've all taken different guesses at which way the wind will blow or gone off routewhile fixing mechanical problems. Whatever the reason...we are alone except for the tenuous satellite link to the rest of the world. However some solitude is good for the soul!A fairly quiet day with not much to report, it started with a sighting of a mysterious plane in the very early hours. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Es geht endlich los.
Bluewater Mooney - Es geht endlich los.
25/11/2014

EH01 - Everything is awesome!

Everything is awesome on the good ship EH01! We had a pretty good start to the race with a great spinnaker run down towards the acceleration zone. The crew performed an excellent drop of the fractional kite and re hoisted our number 2. Our well earned gains were diminished last night as most of our fleet sailed into a bit of a wind hole, creating a bit of a restart amongst everyone! We are now back on the move again with our MH kite up and full main, with 14 knots just below our beam. Its fair to say EH01 is enjoying stretching her legs as we are flying along at 10 knots in a beautiful calm sea state. We have a few boats in front and few behind which is great for everyone's concentration as we try and focus on overtaking the next boat. The crew are working like a full race crew and are. read more...


Lydia - Sargasso Weed
Lydia - Sargasso Weed

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