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Last report position from station SpiritofLusitania

Date: 2016-12-06 12:30
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 15º 57.70'N:049º 29.90'W
Course: 000º Speed: 6.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-03 18:27
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 19º 11.10'N:044º 04.90'W
Course: 000º Speed: 6.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-02 21:44
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 20º 04.50'N:042º 04.40'W
Course: 000º Speed: 6.00 knots
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Date: 2016-12-01 20:35
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 21º 18.00'N:039º 58.00'W
Course: 000º Speed: 6.00 knots
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Date: 2016-11-30 14:45
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 22º 47.80'N:037º 24.40'W
Course: 200º Speed: 7.00 knots
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Date: 2016-11-29 19:30
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 23º 39.60'N:036º 43.90'W
Course: 255º Speed: 6.50 knots
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Date: 2016-11-28 21:29
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 24º 05.40'N:032º 33.90'W
Course: 268º Speed: 6.30 knots
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Date: 2016-11-25 21:26
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 24º 13.70'N:026º 42.80'W
Course: 264º Speed: 6.00 knots
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Date: 2016-11-14 10:25
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 28º 07.49'N:015º 25.49'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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Date: 2016-11-09 12:11
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 28º 07.49'N:015º 25.49'W
Course: 000º Speed: 0.00 knots
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1 2016-12-06 12:30 Spirit of Lusitania
2 2016-12-03 18:27 Spirit of Lusitania
3 2016-12-02 21:44 Spirit of Lusitania
4 2016-12-01 20:35 Spirit of Lusitania
5 2016-11-30 14:45 Spirit of Lusitania
6 2016-11-29 19:30 Spirit of Lusitania
7 2016-11-28 21:29 Spirit of Lusitania
8 2016-11-25 21:26 Spirit of Lusitania
9 2016-11-14 10:25 Spirit of Lusitania

Reports



Date: 2016-12-06 12:30
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 15º 57.70'N:049º 29.90'W
Author: Augusto and Scott
Location: ocean
Title: Log Day 17


Log Day 17 - 06 December

During this crossing, what do you do when you are not doing what you are
supposed to be doing? This question was posed to the crew of Spirit of
Lusitania.

Augusto - "I race cars. I have several fast ones, and a very fine pit
crew to help me along. However, with the movement of the boat my
steering has become very difficult. I suddenly find myself screeching
into a sharp turn just at the wrong moment, and disaster strikes. I am
afraid my international driving reputation is not improving as a result,
and wrecking my garage will cost me a fortune".

Mark - "I fish. My day starts by cleaning the flying fish that land on
deck. But mostly I like to catch big fish just at sundown. It is best
if the boat is moving about 8 knots, the seas are high and we have pole
out sailing wing-on-wing, just as the crew are fixing dinner. This
allows everyone to get in on the action and have fun. Sails go
flogging, food goes flying, it is humanly impossible to move in other
than a prone position. Great fun for all."

Simao - "I lead an intrepid troop of WWII soldiers, moving far behind
enemy lines to cut off power and disable bridges. I am hoping to be
promoted to Major soon.. I think I deserve it. After all, I did take out
that supply bridge single-handedly."

Patrick - "I practice guitar and am getting ready for my first concert.
I am learning new chords and a few new finger-pick routines off my ipad.
My first piece will be Where Have All The Flowers Gone. Tickets go on
sale this week."

Scott - "I have been saving the Earth. Waves of aliens have been turned
back by my squad and I - but we are ever vigilant. We suspicion a full-
scale attack is coming just before St Lucia, but do not fear.. we are
ready".

As can be seen, one of the significant marine activities aboard Spirit
of Lusitania is - charging laptops and iPads.



Date: 2016-12-03 18:27
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 19º 11.10'N:044º 04.90'W
Author: Augusto
Location: ocean
Title: Log Day 14 - The "Maltese Kitty"



03 December

The "Maltese kitty" - Part One

On all our sailing trips, we usually tend to trawl one or two fishing
lines in our wake. But as we tend to sailing, cooking and other onboard
activities, we seldom watch the lines. So the question was always how
to attach some sort of "alarm" to alert us that we had a strike. I have
experimented with a number of solutions - bunji cords, laundry pins, etc
- but none seemed to work.

On a recent sailing delivery to Malta, I visited my favorite fishing
gear shop to re-stock the traditional lures, so I enquired about this
with them. I have always found it wise to ask the local people what
they normally use. Earlier while walking past the fishing piers, it
sounded like there were Maltese kitties - a breed peculiar to Malta -
with collar bells on them everywhere. Well, as it turns out the local
fishermen place these little bells on the tips of their rods, and when
they get a strike the bells jingle! The little shop carried the bells,
so we purchased several for Spirit of Lusitania and we named them
"Maltese Kitties".

Now, we can go about our activities onboard, knowing our Maltese Kitties
are watching our fishing lines carefully! But we have found a strange
side-effect of having them onboard - stay tuned for part II.



The "Maltese Kitty" - Part Two

On this ARC we have been fortunate to catch several nice sized Mahi-Mahi
for our dinner feasts. That is because an important early-morning crew
task for our Master Fisherman of the day is to set the fishing gear and
ensure the Maltese Kitty is on duty. The curious side-effect of having
the Kitty on duty is, at the slightest sound of jingling the entire crew
scurry to their "battle stations"; one to the helm, another furling
sails to reduce speed, another to the fishing line, another to pull in
the second fishing line, and the last to prepare what we call "The Fish
Square" - our stern step area. This is a deadly team! BUT, one evening
a crewman started playing a video of a previous catch, including sounds,
and at the sound of the bells on the video the entire crew went into
action! Puzzled faces all around as the crew came back below decks - it
was only a recording. Pavlov was right.

Last evening at sunset, just as we were preparing dinner, the "Maltese
Kitty" sounded off with such a frenzy that we dropped everything and the
team went into action. The crew all jumped to our stations, as if we had
springs under our feet. We had a BIG fish on. This one was landed by
the owner of Spirit of Lusitania, but only after a strenuous half-hour
battle on a pitching and yawing deck. We had a nice 1.3 meter, 20kg
Wahoo on board! What a beauty. It was quite late when we finally had
dinner, and obviously the theme of our conversation was the fish. But to
be fair, we owe it all to our Maltese Kitty!

So finally, some advice; if you happen to be walking your bell-collared
poodle near one of the terraces at Rodney Bay Marina, don't be alarmed
by the reaction of a certain crew having a "Piton" there..the "deadly"
team in action is actually harmless. It is definitely true that Pavlov
was right!

"Seas the day"
Augusto

Date: 2016-12-02 21:44
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 20º 04.50'N:042º 04.40'W
Author: Simao
Location: ocean
Title: Log Day 13


02 December

Yeeeyyy we see a boat at the horizon. It is, actually, a boat from ARC!
today we had some good downwind sailing, some failed big figth with some kind of fish, and some wild
ocean life cinema session at the saloon. Now is time for some cook, "febras" e "favas" for dinner!

Parabens Pai! Diverte-te a ED por terra firme, por aqui tudo tranquilo.


Date: 2016-12-01 20:35
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 21º 18.00'N:039º 58.00'W
Author: Scott
Location: ocean
Title: Log Day 11 & 12


Log Day 11 & 12

We have once again been hampered by very light winds - not even enough to keep a
sail full. Our progress is haltingly slow, with short periods of sailing and
long periods of motoring. Nonetheless, we are having a great time and are
enjoying the sunshine, food and friendship. We have been practicing celestial
navigation, taking sextant shots of the sun most every day. We each do our own
shots and sight reductions, then compare notes under the watchful eye of
Patrick, our on-board RYA Yachtmaster instructor. It is quite remarkable how
accurately one can navigate with a sextant and good watch! On top of it all, we
caught another Mahi Mahi today, and Patrick turned that into a wonderful curry
dish for dinner. We were all looking satisfied and more than a little sleepy
after such a feast!

Spirit of Lusitania feels like home after just these few days onboard, and
although our progress is slow, the comfort of this yacht makes up for it all. In
fact, tonight is already feeling like a movie night..

Date: 2016-11-30 14:45
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 22º 47.80'N:037º 24.40'W
Author: Scott
Location: ocean
Title: Log Day 10 continued


Log Day 10 continued


Mark, owner of SoL cleaned the Mahi-Mahi out on the afterdeck stairs, a "hidden"
compartment below a sliding deck door, while our Captain prepared things for a
special cooking. The compartment opens up fully to become a swim step, and is
perfect for landing/cleaning fish without getting blood on the teak decks. At
dinner time we were all famished, made worse by the wonderful smells coming from
the galley. We set the dining table in the cockpit just at dusk, and Augusto
came up with an amazing dish..a Mahi-Mahi "cataplana". This hammered, polished
copper oval shell opened up to reveal our catch of the day steamed and garnished
with fresh vegetables and sliced potato, all simmering in their own juices and
spiced with Piri-Piri sauce, a traditional Portuguese sauce. We acquired this
sauce from a Cape Verdian woman, Bebs, that we met at Puerto Grill in Las
Palmas. She prepared this as a gift for the crew because we had frequented the
restaurant and had always been friendly. This is a common occurrence with
people from "Palops" countries (countries with the official Portuguese
language). Needless to say, there were no left-overs.

Date: 2016-11-29 19:30
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 23º 39.60'N:036º 43.90'W
Author: Scott
Location: ocean
Title: Day 10 - 29 November


Day 10 - 29 November

We have been motoring for 24 hours now, with virtually no wind anywhere. We
spent almost two days struggling to make headway with 3-5 knots of wind, and
ended up heading north more than west. On the positive side, the nights have
been spectacular, with star-studded skies that are simply breath-taking, and the
days have been sunny and hot. Then just as we were sitting down to a nice lunch
in the cockpit..the fishing rod started screaming loudly, peeling off line at a
fast clip. The crew all jumped into action, one slowing the boat, one pulling
in the second fishing line, one on the rod, and another getting the swim
platform down and ready (where we land the fish). After a bit of a battle, we
had a really nice sized Mahi Mahi on the afterdeck - a terrific treat for our
dinner this evening! The crew of Spirit of Lusitania are getting along so well,
it is like we have all been lifelong friends.

Date: 2016-11-28 21:29
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 24º 05.40'N:032º 33.90'W
Author: simao
Location: sea
Title: Log Day 9 - 28 November


Log Day 9 - Tuesday, 28 November
Finally we're having, sunny days. No rain, but no wind L. The sea is glass with loads of flying fish
jumping around. Finally we caught 2 dorados/mahi-mahi, but small ones, so we through them back in
the sea. At night, the sky is full of stars, awesome for some celestial lessons, and get flashed by
thunders from miles and miles away.
Today we are going cook a proper "Cozido E0 Portuguesa" (no English translation possible!!) Sorry, is kind
of a big boiled pot with some nice stuff inside. You better go to "Farnel", in Lagos and ask Sr. Z E9 for a "Cozido E0 Portuguesa. See you soon
Sim E3o
Date: 2016-11-25 21:26
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 24º 13.70'N:026º 42.80'W
Author: Scott
Location: sea
Title: Log Day 6 - 25 November


Log Day 6 - 25 November

We had a slow day today, with squalls and lots of rain. Because the wind was
behind us, the big cockpit dodger (like a windscreen) didn't protect the on-
watch person too well. But we made the best of it by putting on a training movie
sponsored by the captain. The film (okay, movie) was Captain Ron, and is a cult
favourite among yachties. No matter how many times we must have all seen this,
we ended up with a cabin full of laughter.


Date: 2016-11-23 20:08
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Author: Simao
Location:
Title: Birthday party on Board


Today we cooked a nice diner and 2 cakes to celebrate MARK'S BIRTHDAY. Paaaaaartyy.
The cognac bottle is going to wait for us until we get to St Lucia. Woop!

Date: 2016-11-22 14:02
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Author: Scott & Simao
Location:
Title: Log day 3 - Finally some wind



Finally the wind came. We had a good downwind sailing together with some zifius zifius dolphins.
We set up the SSB Radio for the first ARC Net Controllers. It's nice and fun to keep updated about the positions, weather conditions and share some sea stories from other boats on the ARC.
Later in the evening, our "Chef" prepared a very nice typical Portuguese dish; "Feijoada E0 Portuguesa", (beans stew with meat), very tasty, yummie!
Simao

;
The wind was strong and steady throughout the previous
night, often reaching 25 knots with growing seas. Spirit
of Lusitania handled the conditions beautifully, but
sleeping amidst the myriad sounds, squeaks, bangs and even
booms, became difficult. It is funny how some of these
actually start to sound like a person speaking - a squeak
becoming a quick "hi", or a squawk becoming a "what?".
On cold, overcast day like this one, a real treat - in
fact a true bit of self-indulgence - is to take a hot
shower. Spirit of Lusitania is a superbly comfortable
yacht, and this includes being able to have a real stand-
up shower! Yes, sailing is often a challenge and might
include a bit of deprivation, but being clean always feels
terrific and on Spirit of Lusitania it is nothing short of
wonderful.

Scott

Date: 2016-11-21 13:52
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Author: Sim=E3o Dumas
Location:
Title: No wind


We had a calm day, with very little wind in the morning and no wind at all in the afternoon. We had to
build our way, very patiently; no one wants to use the engine, we are here to sail! Good afternoon to
practice some guitar, sing along, asking for some wind, together with a nice and sociable pod of
dolphins. The forecast for tomorrow looks promising, let's see how it goes .. One needs to be very
careful with what he asks for, when out at sea; sometimes it happens.
During the night watches, the wind started again, and we are off..

Date: 2016-11-14 10:25
Station ID: Spirit of Lusitania
Position: 28º 07.49'N:015º 25.49'W
Author: Sim=E3o Dumas
Location:
Title: Finally Sailing


After so many days at Puerto Deportivo de La Luz, in Las
Palmas de Gran Can E1ria, we are going to do some sailing. During all these past days, preparing the boat, meeting
lots of nice people, sharing so many parties and "Sundowners",
it is time to go. Final provisions stored and the last dinner
out with all the crew, and next day is the start. We can even
feel the anxiety and excitement in the air.
Impressive, at least for me, as I am not used to seeing so
many nice looking boats all together, on a starting line. While
appreciating all these sails shapes and colors, all this
movement, suddenly, the first of many sunsets.. and all of these
green and red lights around us. It looks like the shelves of our
galley; red peppers on port and green ones on starboard, always
nice to have some "marine d E9cor" down below.. After our first dinner out at sea all together (remember,
the peppers are only for d E9cor..), first night watches; now the "other ARC" has begun.
We wish all the crews and all the boats fair winds and a
nice crossing. It is all about enjoyment!

"Sea" you soon! .. in the other side.
Sim E3o Dumas

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