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Posts from 'Atlantic Crossing'

Today we moved the clocks forward to UTC -1 (UTC stands for ‘universal coordinated time’ and is what we used to refer to as ‘greenwhich mean time’. Pilot’s refer to all UTC times as ‘zulu’). Its 6:12pm as I write this and I just woke up from a nap. I’ve been taking naps pretty much […]

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Jeff Log6

Posted by Jeff on June 9th, 2007

First Mate Phoenix reporting: Personally three days ago was one of the hardest days for me. While the conditions are 100 times better than that first week — good weather, we’re able to sleep, and we’re actually moving in the right direction, and at a good clip. But not being able to read or play […]

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Thursday June 7

Posted by Tni Newhoff on June 8th, 2007

Was it not for the fact that there was not even the slightest suggestion of wind, I would have considered today perfect. The sun is warm but there is a slight crispness in the air. The water is glassier than I have ever seen. Are we on a lake??? I spent the morning whale watching […]

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John Log 5 – A Swim in a Pond

Posted by John Newhoff on June 7th, 2007

A high pressure system moved further south than anticipated and we were stuck in it for the better part of two days. We burned off about half of our remaining diesel supply motoring through these doldrums. Its sure easy to see where sailors in the old days would have found this tough to endure. Glassy […]

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The Stars Are Out Tonight

Posted by Tni Newhoff on June 6th, 2007

I came up on watch at 12AM and a universe of stars awaited me. I don’t think I have seen so many in quite some time. Some are so low on the horizon, I could mistake them for ships. Off in the distance I can make out two ships – two more than we have […]

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Daily Routine

Posted by Tni Newhoff on June 6th, 2007

I am surprised by how quickly the days whiz by. It’s not like we’re busy, but our days are plenty full – what with our position reporting, logging, several daily net chats, a couple of games, reading, and meals, sunset comes along sooner rather than later. We’ve spent the past two weeks on Bermuda time […]

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Repairs on the gennaker yesterday were successful, though we haven’t had any weather yesterday or today where we need to use it. Today has been a pretty relaxing sail overall. We’ve been close hauled all day, but the winds haven’t been too strong and we’ve made 5 to 6 knots towards the Azores all day. […]

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A Simple Truth

Posted by David Newhoff on June 6th, 2007

Something changes the human ear on long passages; it becomes ultrasonic. As a result I’ve had a hard time sleeping. I can hear a wind shift, a slacking jib sheet or even loose parts in one of the lockers. It has come in handy once or twice, but most of the time it just keeps […]

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Jeff Log5

Posted by Jeff on June 4th, 2007

First Mate Hare Herb reporting: You’ve seen a cow chew its cud. It doesn’t compare with sailors talking about the weather. About 25% of the words uttered on this ship refer to the weather and our course. The high point of the day comes at 5pm when we get our daily dose of “Herb stew” […]

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Saturday June 2

Posted by Tni Newhoff on June 4th, 2007

This morning I woke up certain that I had arrived in the Twilight Zone. First of all, I slept REALLY hard and did not wake until after 8AM. As it turns out, I was the last to arise…given that aside from the person on watch, I am usually the first, I was amazed. The reason […]

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Well, we’re still going to end up taking probably more like 18 to 20 days for this passage rather than the originally estimated 14, but at least the last three days have seen us making good progress. We’ve finally managed some beam and broad reach sailing in somewhat lighter winds with the ‘gennaker’ (a combo […]

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Jeff Log4

Posted by Jeff on June 3rd, 2007

First Mate Fish Whisperer reporting: Wrote this sometime during the wrathful waves and rain that characterized most of our first week at sea: “Our blood is merely an evolved form of these very ocean waters that flowed through the single cell bodies of our ancestors 5-6 billion years ago. And yet I’m hypersensitive to how […]

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Friday June 1

Posted by Tni Newhoff on June 3rd, 2007

Not a lot to report today. We continue to try to make northerly progress in hopes of getting above a high pressure ridge that will give us the magical southwesterly winds to send us on our way straight to the Azores. So far this passage has been very all or nothing which is a continual […]

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Jeff Log3

Posted by Jeff on June 2nd, 2007

Dishwasher, First Rank, Golden reporting: Ahhhh… First night of good sleep in a week. Calm seas and no wind meant a night of motoring directly towards the Azores — and no war zone conditions to sleep in. 7 hours total quality sleep for me. Feels good. Fulll moon and Venus on my watch last night. […]

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Thursday May 31

Posted by Tni Newhoff on June 1st, 2007

The dance seemed to have worked, we awoke this morning to blue skies and glassy seas. And though there was only a whisper of wind, I think glee would be the word to best describe the feeling this crew had upon coming on deck this morning. Not only was it dry, but is was also […]

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