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12/11/2014

Purrr-fect - Day 3 - Fruit and Veg Inventory

When we left Las Palmas, our order from the fruit man was mysteriously doubled or more. So my order for 3 red peppers became 6. And 2 mangoes became 6. And 1 cabbage became 2 etc. I didn't discover this until after the delivery and I tried to store everything. So I have been trying to find ways to consume as many fruits and vegetables every day as possible. Today we made good progress by having Apple coffee cake for breakfast = 2 apples Snacks =3 oranges and part of melonLunch salad = 1 tomato and 1/2 zucchini and some lettuceDinner = 4 potatoes and 5 carrotsDesert = 4 bananas baked with rum and raisins and walnuts and butter - yum!Well, I guess we won't suffer from scurvy!And, by the way, the wind was light all day so we had to resort to motoring in search of the wind. Yuck!. read more...


Helen - Sunrise over Africa
Helen - Sunrise over Africa
11/11/2014

Magelanus III - LOG 3 - 11NOV14

After a departure in the middle of 51 boats, we decided to go South earlier than most. We were careful not to fall in the “acceleration zone”, but we may not have avoided it entirely as we “flew” down South before experiencing some “shadow effect” later on. We did enjoy the fun and had great first surfs, although carefully, keeping in mind that we do want to get to St. Lucia in good shape. Luís Vilela (father) cooked the first lunch/dinner and we all “devoured” it. Aaaahhh and the Nespresso (what else?) was just G-R-E-A-T!Sunday we realized we were most likely among the last third of the ARC Armada and, with an already slowing wind by mid-day, routine was "sinking in”. Filipe Vilela (son) was looking around for a more comfortable place to sleep, João Blasques hanging on his PC lost in. read more...


11/11/2014

Second Wind - Highs and Lows

Tuesday morning and the last two days have seen the crew of Second Wind in Meteorology Class, reading grib forecasts of high and low pressure systems and wind predictions across the Atlantic, and using junior Geometry to make tactical decisions about our course and direction to minimize the effect of a persistent headwind from the Southwest. Second Wind is a dream to sail off wind, but the trade off is that she is not so good pointing at the wind, and that's where we need to go, so we are motor sailing as quickly East as we can, hoping to catch the easterly trade winds soon. We will have to start sailing again soon, as it's not possible to carry enough diesel to motor all the way to Tortola, and the question is when to use fuel, and when to use sails. And stay East! We all agree that. read more...


11/11/2014

Lydia - Day 3 - Into the Groove

Steady but hardly spectacular progress today. The twin headsail rig has pushed us along at about 5 knots and with a bit of help from the Canaries current we've maintained about 6 knots overall. Our motion is pretty comfortable but occasionally Lydia slips into a series of impressives rolls that reveal the adequacy of our securing for sea. The 1100 round up on the radio seems to indicate that the skipper's decison to go east was a good one and we live in hope that the wind will pick up a little in the morning. Todays noon sight aligned well with our GPS position proving that the skipper's skills with a sextant have not faded.Henry celebrated his 38th birthday by tackling the black water tank that was reluctant to empty. Inevitably we discovered (after a lot of sweating & grunting with. read more...


11/11/2014

Windswept - The finish is near

The finish is nearAfter 8days of sailing we are headed to the finish only 2 days 10 hours to go.We are sailing on a tight beat at 6.5 knots all day and enjoying a great hard over sail.The wind is gusty and we have reefed and unreefed many times per watch what an exciting day.Too rough for fishing and besides what would we do with more fish. Capt,n Sonny. read more...


11/11/2014

Opportunity -

Hi Everybody,After 8 days of sailing only 350 miles left to go! But only if we sail in a straight line, and not the zig-zag upwind path of the last couple of days. The winds have been light to moderate and just lately we have been enjoying a stiff 20 knot breeze, all from the southeast, with lumpy seas, so not the best conditions for getting anywhere fast. But every day has been sunny and warm and every night softly moonlit, we have fresh mahi-mahi on the menu thanks to Duncan, and even caught a few squalls today to rinse away some of the salt from the boat and ourselves! We have sea and sky all around and haven't seen another boat in about three days. All in all a great week of sailing!Willi, Duncan, Geoff. read more...


11/11/2014

GarliX - Noch ca. 560 sm vor uns? ein klasse Tag heute

Obwohl wir erst in zwei Tagen ein Geburtstagskind an Bord haben, wurden wir schon heute be-schenkt. Beschenkt von einem 1A Wetter!!! Sonne, tiefblaues Wasser, leichter Seegang… manchmal zu leichter Wind. Seit heute früh haben wir unser Monstersegel (Genacker) oben, der uns extrem gut durch die Wellen zieht. Letzte Nacht dümpelten wir nur mit rd. 4kn dahin… was sehr störend sein kann, da die Wellen für mehr Wind ausgelegt waren. Unsere "Invalidengang" - Max mit geprellter Schulter und mein Vater mit extrem aufgeschürften Arm sind ganz gut genesen… es kehrt Routine ein an Bord. Alles gut also bisher - bis morgen - Eure GarliXe. read more...


11/11/2014

Hugur - day 2 and 3 , not a sound on the communicaton front SSB or WHF

Day 2. MondayLast night we did sail to close to Gran Canaria and indeed ended up in the windshelter  and made no headway, so we turned on the engine over the night. Today we madesmall progress in light winds and at dawn the wind was dying out again we turned on the engine.We have some leakage of seawater in the engineroom, that we need to monitor can be coming along the shaft .   Our guest the journalist has been seasick. So we have been double handling anyhow. But he is coming along. Now in the afternoon and offered to take my shift since he has had agood sleep today.Otherwise slow day , sunny weather, we had pasta and chili con carne but our guest only tea and baguette.  Mostly no big apertite with the crew.  We have not heard nothing on the whf all along , so I. read more...


11/11/2014

Time Bandit - Special K with Carrots

Whether by design or accident (we suspect the former) the veggie man in Las Palmas managed to increase fruit and veg order by a factor of between 2 and 10. If Anne said 2 please (limes) we got 2 KG. Anne therefore spent an afternoon on the pontoon, in her little hastily constructed vegetable stall selling her wares.She always wanted to be in Eastenders! Last night was interesting. For a while we thought our self steering was kaput as we were unable to hold a straight course. It was only on closer inspection we saw there's some wacky currents boiling around here. I suspect there's some sort of convergence zone as, within a few miles we had current of 1/2 to 1 knot from three different directions. Like the sound of Jura at flood.However, in Las Palmas while looking at another Raymarine. read more...


11/11/2014

Winedown - Into The Wind

Sunday, Day 7Looking at the Yellow Brick at the zig zag of boats along the line to the mark, its clear we are all struggling getting to our destination, some of us more than others.  Seems that this is going to take a little longer than anticipated.  This is disconcerting for me, being new to the provisioning of a boat because we could have used another case of soda, another couple gallons of water and juice which I forgot to include. At this rate,  Its looking like we won’t cross the line until late Wednesday, early Thursday. Its actually a beautiful day for sailing, but because the wind is coming directly from where we want to go it has proven to be a day of little progress.  Since we have 416 nautical miles to go this is a frustrating. read more...


11/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 309; We Make It To Richards Bay After an All Night Ordeal; Monday, November 10, 2014

Joel goes down to sleep at midnight. At 12:33 AM the moon rises, but its mostly obscured by black storm clouds. At 12:56 the Aghulas Current is running at 2.3 knots, and we're 40 miles from Richards Bay. Joel joins me on watch at 1:00 AM, and as I'm down below putting on more layers of clothing he sees a lighthouse on the starboard bow. Land ho! He sees land first...again. At 1:25 AM the current is still 2.3 knots heading to the southwest. At 1:45 AM we increase the engine RPM to our cruising maximum of 2200 and are moving at 7.8 knots. At 1:50 AM Joel smells the land of Africa 18 miles away. At 1:58 AM the Aghulas Current reaches its maximum for us on this trip, 2.4 knots. Its capable of 6 knots, but not tonight. We're 32 miles from Richards Bay. At 2:10 AM the wind changes direction. read more...


11/11/2014

Helen - Start day - 12

We are nearly half way from Lagos to Las Palmas and have had all sortsof weather from Force 7 on the nose to reaches at 9 knots. There do not seem to be any ships or wildlife for a 100 miles, so sorry no photograph.We had a bit of excitement in the dark yesterday evening. A bad squall was coming through so it was time to reduce sail and put the engine on. A member of crew, who will remain anonymous, switched all the navigation equipment off instead of switching the steamer light on!A good exercise for the skipper to helm by compass alone in the middle of a squall while the reason for the electronics failure was sought!Philip. read more...


11/11/2014

Abigail - Vetrans Day update

Good Morning.With any luck this will be our last update from sea.We are about 100 miles from the finish and are on a close reach doing about 8 knots.It's a beautiful, sunny Caribbean morning and everyone is up in the cockpit enjoying the day.Shortly after the last update we repaired the main and got it up.As the wind built at dusk we put a reef in and are sailing in about 15 knots with that reef still in.We are all ready to hit land even though it will likely be in the wee hours of tomorrow morning. After we get cleaned up and catch up on some sleep we'll check in with a final report tomorrow.. read more...


11/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 11th November 2014. Las Palmas

Today a swim in the local pool this morning, followed by work up the mast for Dean this afternoon.Posted by Swiss TonyIMG_9861. read more...


11/11/2014

Lone Star - Day 8 - Heading for the Finish Line

It is 1100 hours on Day 8 (Nov 11th) and we are about 25 miles from the finish line.Sailing last night was perfect in every way except wind direction.Would have had a close encounter with St. Thomas if we kept on sailing this morning.We are motoring East right now in order to properly enter the finish line. The crew of Lone Star has been fantastic in every respect.Thank you Ron, Stacey and Joe.We also ate well and everything was in order thanks to all the work by Jan prior to the start of the rally.She kept us informed on world events (they had an election while we were at sea and our Aggies beat Auburn) and managed themessages from all our adoring fans during the trip.I miss her very much and am looking forward to her arrival on Friday!!Fair winds,Craig. read more...


11/11/2014

GEM - A Most Difficult Night

Yesterday’s wx fcst had us elated.Winds will shift to East and we can sail for next 36 hours.Not to be.The shift started toward sunset yesterday about 12 hours late and only went to E/SE which meant we could not sail.Cat’s don’ point very well, our apparent wind was in the 30’s we needed in the 40’s ideally 50.So we motorsailed on into confused swells and more pounding, we were able to use the main to ease the engines.At about 9:30 last night the apparent wind gusted into the low 30’s and there was another BANG (on Grant’s watch) and the mainsail had pulled the attachment points for the outhaul and the topping lift right out of the boom, tearing the aluminum casting at the top like it was a tin can. We immediately took the second reef in the mainsail (the only reef point remaining) and. read more...


Aelfgifu - 11th November 2014. Las Palmas
Aelfgifu - 11th November 2014. Las Palmas
11/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 308 Supplemental; Projected Arrival in Richards Bay; Sunday, November 9, 2014

We are currently 90 miles from Richards Bay (4:00 PM South African time) and expect to arrive between 5:00 and 8:00 AM Monday morning South African time. We are currently in the Aghulas Current having our usual roller coaster ride. The latest weather GRIB report we have received (from Roger on Free & BrEezy) is that the (dreaded) southwest wind is now scheduled to arrive at 4:00 PM South African time.. read more...


11/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 308; Heading Down the Stretch to Richards Bay Trying to Beat a New Low Pressure System; Sunday, November 9, 2014

Up at 6:45 AM. Turned the SSB radio on and tried to send out emails and log, but no luck. Still no propagation. Relieved Jeremy at 7:15 AM. As I'm coming up the stairs to the cockpit he points out a double ender rainbow to me. Cool. Unfortunately I'm too busy to look at it and 'log' it. I'd already lost my coffee on the way up the stairs as we went thru a giant round up. A cargo ship called the Spar Neptun was 5 miles astern from Saphir and Saphir was trying to talk to the ship about what course they're taking. The ship finally said that they would pass Saphir to their (Saphir's) port. Erling asked the ship for a weather report and got today's weather but not tomorrow's, which is what we all really want. The wind is 16/18 and we're making 6.7 knots over the ground with a .9 current. read more...


11/11/2014

Club Carp - Club Carp: Dueling Objectives

Today appears to be the final day of our Carib1500 voyage.We are currently about 125nm from the finish line with an estimated time of roughly 18 hours.However, the initial race objective has been complicated by a flight departure for one of our crew members at 2pm on Wednesday out of St. Thomas.We now have to make the difficult decision of crossing the finishing line and/or heading to a new destination.The two options that appear most likely are to head straight to Sopers Hole so that our crew mate can get the first ferry to St. Thomas. Alternatively, we can sail directly to Redhook for our crew mate to get a cab across St. Thomas to the airport.  The challenge is that the winds have not aligned with the forecast, and instead of backing to the East, slightly Northeast they have. read more...


11/11/2014

Easy Rider - The Cabin Boy's Log..... Day 2

Day 2 was a slight anti climax as well a needed break after an action packed start. Winds were lighter than expected bringing our lofty hopes of a 4 day passage to a more grounded 5 - 6. That said, spirits onboard were high, fueled by fabulous food (thank you Soy) and more cups of tea than you can shake a stick at.With the weather forecast looking lighter than our initial predictions, we spent the afternoon pondering over GRIB files and watching our fellow sailors on AIS, trying to read their manouvers. Competition was in the air as some boats turned thier AIS to receive only, masking themselves from prying eyes.As the swell calmed and the sun set, we settled into a quiet night of somber sleep and moon lit watches.Max (the cabin boy). read more...


11/11/2014

Reberth - Day 3

All is well on Reberth, but would be even better if we had some wind!! Once again we have turned into a motor boat. Yesterday saw a milestone of less than seven hundred miles to go so chocolate was distributed. As I have just glanced up I see that we are now nearing the six hundred mark so I guess it’s treat time again.Last night was one of those magical evenings, before the moon rose, when all crew went “WOW” when they went on deck. The Milky Way was amazing. I wish I had a better camera to record such things.We are all getting our sea legs now so it may be curry for supper, we’ll see!!. read more...


11/11/2014

Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!

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Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!
Windswept - Waitted all night for the sun rise than it DAWNED on me!
11/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher - Day 3

So here we are, at 0930 onTuesday 11th November.....bobbin' around in the North Atlantic. 'We' are Edd, James, Josh, David, Margaret and Martin, and we make a pretty fair, and happy crew.We got off to a flying start with some incredible downwind sailing. With the wind gusting to over 30 knots we only used the white sails, but were regularly recording 11, 12, 13, and even 14.3 knots over the ground (Maggie on helm).Currently on a port tack with the Parasailor flying, but with scarcely 10 knots of wind, we are only making some 5 knots. At least it isn't uncomfortable.This is the first time we have flown Pandora for anything other than training drills, and she has coped very well. We began using her yesterday, with the strong gusty winds and lumpy seas of Sunday behind us, and flew her. read more...


11/11/2014

Adagio - Fish on!

Finally!!After a couple of Really good "the one that got away" stories (and it is frustrating to them have them shake the hook after wrestling them right up to the boat) we finally landed our first fish. Not really big, but plenty for a fresh ceviche and tasty fillets four four. Yum!!We're still plodding along in a search for favorable winds but, alas, it seems we are to tack out way in for the last few hundred miles.Tradewinds are at last building, but they are out of the southeast, and guess which way we want to go :)Ah well, the beauty of it all is that in just a short while we'll be joining the rest of the rally at Nanny Cay and ~then~ the real story telling can start :)Not much to report, really. Adagio is doing what we ask without complaint. I have photos of our speed at both 10.5. read more...


11/11/2014

Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there

Date                1200 (UTC +11) Tuesday 11 2014                       1400 (UTC+13) local time New Zealand                        Distance run    Last 24 hours 179nm over the ground, 178nm through the waterDistance (OG) covered from start 1022nmDistance to destination 42nm 178nm made in the dayOriginal distance to Opua (direct route) 890nmLeaving our turn towards our waypoint and resorting to full motor meant that we had a decreasing swell to motor into and initially with only a well sheeted in main we made just over 5 knots. read more...


Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
Caduceus of Burnham - New Zealand Day 7 - Land ho New Zealand - Almost there
11/11/2014

Exody - Day 2 - Breeze, Baleines and Breakages

Having motored on and off throughout the light winds of the night, morning brought great trade wind conditions for a good sail in very nearly the right direction. There were two other yachts within sight and we realised at the first radio net this morning how relatively west we were - the wind and a good proportion of the fleet reporting in were further east- and maybe still are as we are motoring once again this evening to keep up the pace - 3.9 knots just wont cut it!Marian spotted a pair of spouting whales at extremely close quarters plus a large area of brown water adjacent - glad we didn't have the watermaker on!It's been a day of gear failure- our chartplotter decided we were doing up to 19 knots and heading in multiple directions - drawing a track on the screen which after a few. read more...


10/11/2014

Lydia - Day 2 - The first update

After a good start winds of 20 knots steadily increased to more than 30 knots through the night and created a swell of more than 4m. Lydia took all this in her stride but left the crew less than enthusiastic about the chefs frozen seafood paella dinner.Opting for the eastern route we headed towards Westerm Sahara overnight. And with the wind calming to about 15 knots by morning the 'swift' rigging of the twin foresail rig was achieved barely two watches later. The mainsail has been furled and the yankee and the newly named hankee are flying superbly carrying us on a swift dead run since.The morning fleet high frequency (HF) radio check gave us an opportunity to exchange updates with others and to throw down the gauntlet to. read more...


10/11/2014

Starblazer - 10/11/2014 –A Brilliant day!

The slightly lumpy seas of Sunday afternoon finally abated and by midnight the sea was quite slight.The moon shone like a beacon, illuminating the sea all around the horizon.There was a slight downside, it was cold! Musto fleece lined mid layers are very good!Some people might consider them a bit OTT for sailing in the tropics but I can assure you it is not tropical here.With a stunning sunrise the temperature rose fairly quickly, the seas became even flatter and what little wind there was veered to allow us to set a course for our waypoint off North Cape, New Zealand.We have been motoring steadily all day, getting a boost from the current occasionally, getting held back some of the time.It is great to see the Distance To Waypoint (DTW) reduce at roughly the same rate as we are. read more...


10/11/2014

Windswept - Easting

EastingDue to strong south winds we were able to do the necessary sailing to the east 65 longitude.The crew is all in better spirits now that the winds turned east and we are heading toward Tortola instead of away.In the past 48 hours we only made 108 Miles good to destination but traveled 300 miles some of today’s sailing was over 7 knots.I cooked up 1 Mia last night it was so large that it fed the crew and we had leftovers.Tonight is Mexican night and the enchiladas / burritos comcomption I made up is finishing in the oven.Our ETA to Tortola is Thursday night.. read more...


10/11/2014

Aelfgifu - 10th November 2014 Las Palmas

Today we had our ARC Safety Inspection.IMG_9854. read more...


Aelfgifu - 10th November 2014 Las Palmas
Aelfgifu - 10th November 2014 Las Palmas
10/11/2014

Aviva - Simple Pleasures

After several days and nights of making the most of moderate to fresh breezes for easting, last night as the winds moderated we decided we could reef a bit more overnight than we might have otherwise, and get better sleep.What a concept, and what a pleasure, walking about the cabin and cockpit sans lurching, and sleeping flat versus pressed into side of the boat.I think we are all feeling refreshed today.  Next in the simple pleasure realm, as the wind dropped below 10 knots, and our speed dropped to 3.5, and the cloudiness of the last few days gave way to full sun, and the temp broke 80 degrees, that blue, blue water started beckoning to us.At Mark's suggestion we hove to and took turns bathing (Joy dish soap laters in salt water!) and cooling off, off the transom.What about. read more...


10/11/2014

Lone Star - Day & - The final push

We are going fast today and nothing could be better.Well, one thing could.We could be heading for the BVI's rather than Puerto Rico.We went through a number of squalls last night and this morning and each had its own weather system.Wind shifts as much as 180 degrees from one side to the other.Even had to tack once and Lone Star does not like to tack.Now all of that is in the past and we are close hauled and making 7.5 knots. If the wind continues like it is we should be in Nanny Cay in the early afternoon of November 11th. It has been seven days since I have had a conversation with Captain Morgan or checked in with my Clash of Clan buds so I am looking forward to landfall.Fair winds,Craig. read more...


10/11/2014

Makena - Nov 10 - Cape Verde leg day 2 sunset report

We covered over 170nm in the first 24 hours but the winds have not been so much fun today, or not fun with the wave direction anyway. We lost a fish who ran off with a favourite lure while sailing under the spinnacker (300m2 of orange and red). The spi got taken down at the start of a squall instead of before it so it was a case of free showers all round, including for baby Kai who was rudely rushed to the flybridge to help those less familiar with the boat to know which line was which. Our 1st cunnignham line got damaged where it turns at the mast but that is at least easy to repair. We have some problems with our square top sail touching the boom topping lift when we have one reef taken unfortunately for the sail. Anyway, that it is not meant to sound all negative at all - we are. read more...


10/11/2014

Easy Rider - Captain's Log......Day 1

WHAT A DAY!! After 11 days in Las Palmas it was marvellous to finally slip the lines & motor out into the bay, ready for the start. We had a lovely breeze & after 40 minutes of going round in circles we powered up & headed for the start. Easy Rider was first over the line, and we set sail down the coast of Gran Canaria with 50 yachts in hot pursuit.As the afternoon progressed, the wind & the seas grew in equal measure & it became necessary to reduce sail.......with winds suddenly gusting up to 40 knots this was easier said than done!!A number of yachts, including ourselves suffered some damage to sails.Our crew for this trip, Neil from Canada, & Max from England, proved to be very competent sailors in what turned out to be some very difficult conditions, which. read more...


10/11/2014

GarliX - Day 1

Ein Tag zum Abgewöhnen und ein blinder Passagier…Gerade sitzen wir alle in der Sonne und genießen und beobachten eine erschöpfte Taube - es ist ein blinder Passagier eingezogen!! Nun, etwas erschöpft waren wir vom ersten Tag auch. Wir hatten von 3 - 35kn aus fast jeder Windrichtung alles, das hat ermüdet und unsere Crew etwas verschreckt. Dummerweise ist Max bei einer Halse in und mit der Großschot gefallen und wurde erstmal mit geprelltem Arm und Schulter in die Koje geschickt. Das allein hätte gereicht - dann hat uns eine riesige Welle im Cockpit besucht… was nicht dramatisch gewesen wäre, wenn ich nicht vorher heimlich eine Luke offengelassen hätte…. alles war plötzlich nass…. selbst schuld!! Jetzt so frisch nach der Mittagsruhe kann man alles vergessen. Wir sind gut vorangekommen,. read more...


10/11/2014

Time Bandit - Wild and Windy

Finally, we're out of Las Palmas and out into the wide blue yonder. Wide and a bit wild.The ARC forecast guru said it would be blowing 20 knots at the start and when we hit the acceleration zone at the airport we would see 30 knots. As we quite like 30 knots from behind we headed for the airport, leaving the bulk of the fleet who mostly headed out to sea. We got our 30 knots and a bit more, gusting 35-40 with big rollers. The wind lasted much longer than the acceleration zone. In fact it lasted till about midnight so we had a great blast down the side of Gran Canaria and offshore regularly in double figures with a top speed from Huw of 12.8. We've 2 1/2 hours to go to our noon position and we've already tucked away 156 miles.And the end of our spinnaker pole which got twisted and chomped. read more...


10/11/2014

Abigail - Abigail - 11-10 Report

Greetings from the merry crew of Abigail.It's a beautiful sunny day and we are headed straight for the finish line with 250 miles to go.That's quite a bit further away than we had hoped at this time, but yesterday was a very difficult day.The day began well enough with the numerous squalls we faced the night before seemingly behind us.But by late morning the squalls returned with a vengeance.  While we were dealing with squalls one of the bilge pumps started to back siphon (ie, put water in the boat instead of taking it out.This was resolved quickly enough, but not before it was the sloshing bilge water shorted out the battery charger and the freezer.This is added to the watermaker that quit working two days ago.This means we are running low on water, but should have enough to make. read more...


10/11/2014

GEM - SE wind woes - thank God for Superman and Garrison Keilor

We have had strong SE winds for several days now and the sea state and winds create a very uncomfortable slow march to the finish line ;-(Crew is tired of beating and being beaten but with 270 miles to go we are motorsailing to the mark with an ETA Wed afternoon.You may have noticed the zig zag in our track last night, we tried to get more east of the rhumb line hoping that the winds would shift to East/SE but as of 10:30 this am that hasn’t happened.Since we have plenty of fuel left (~60 % in both tanks) and are running on one engine we can follow this strategy as uncomfortable as it is.The other boats around us, Lucky Strike, Abigail and Club Carp appear to be tacking.We suspect they are low on fuel.I am confident that we’ll win the ‘Most Motoring” award :-)Yesterday right after. read more...


10/11/2014

Asylum - Rock and Roll

Rock and Roll on Asylum took on a new meaning last night as we sailledthrough the "accelleration zone" of increased wind along the side of Gran Canaria and south of the island. It was quite a ride, surfing and falling off the side of cresting waves. No real injury to bodies or property, so all is good after 26 hours...but lots of issues with balance!. read more...


10/11/2014

Club Carp - Club Carp: Boats life

Following yesterday's Easting, we've reverted to a Southern tack and have been making good headway under roughly 20 knots of apparent wind.It appears, based on some of the other boats that have popped up on our radar (really our AIS for those familiar), that everyone was trying to find the optimal course over the past 24 hours.Those boats that attacked the South, while we were making our Easting, have now crossed back over our course.We can't see Sail Tracker to view the courses of our competitors but I'm thinking something like two skiers coming down an untracked powder slope on opposing slaloms to create a beautiful repetitive figure 8 pattern (skiers will know what I mean...think of any Warren Miller flick).  Over to the daily meal recap (really all we do out here is sail, drink,. read more...


Club Carp - Club Carp: Boats life
Club Carp - Club Carp: Boats life
10/11/2014

Tom Tom - Day 7

This is what ocean rallying is all about - a wonderful night of sailing. After yesterday's thunderstorms, with its 45 knot gusts, conditions are now as close to perfect as they could be - small puffy clouds highlighted by the waning moon - calmer seas, and 10-15 knots of breeze. After beating to the east, we've picked up a south easterly breezy, a little off the nose, but the boat is beautifully balanced and running well as we enjoy the occasional lifts from the wind moving to the east and then the forecast north east trades as we approach Tortola. An honorary mention has been requested by the crew of the exceptional culinary skills demonstrated in the preparation of the freshly caught Mahi Mahi - enjoyed again last night with a little lime, olive oil, butter & soy. read more...


10/11/2014

Crazy Horse - Nov 10,2014

Here we are at the under 200 mile mark. These last couple hundred miles have been very frustrating-as far as the wind.Wind is constantly on our nose-prescisely where we want to go! Southeast southeast! No matter what we do- put up sails, sail to the east, sail to the west, take sails down, no progress is made. One hour we made 2 miles. So finally we have decided to motor sail with one reef in the mainsail. We feel like we are clawing our way uphill to the finish line.We have had lots of squalls the past 2 days. A blanket of darkness comes upon us like the millennium falcon and the rains come barreling down.But don't get me wrong I am not complaining. There are still many great sunsets, cloud sculptures, and fish to see flying by. We are already talking about going to the places we. read more...



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