Am Freitag den 17. Juli 2015 haben wir unter Spinnaker um 13:07:23 UTC mit Lizard Point die Ziellinie des Trans Ocean Race 2015 erreicht. In unserem Kielwasser liegen 3.050 sm, die wir mit einem Schnitt von 6,8 sm/h in 18 Tagen, 19 Stunden und 7 Minuten bewältigt

Friday, 0500 UTC, July 17- Aphrodite update. We are now motoring east to Cowes and the Isle of Wight having finished last night at 2035. The 24 hours preceeding our finish was marked by some interesting weather and a final punch by mother nature to our sail inventory.

Since the last update we were proceeding under our 3/4 oz chute and following the route drawn out by Sheila our navigator extraordinaire. We needed to find a band of decent wind to keep our sails full and essentially avoid a developing high pressure area between two lows.

Das Seewetter wartete mit allen Facetten einer beanspruchenden Warmfront auf: Horizontaler Sprühregen, frischer Wind von vorne sowie eine üble See, die das Schiff in die Wellen schlagen ließ. Die Crew leistet als Top-Team auch bei ungünstigstem Wetter zuverlässige

Die Natur diktiert das Geschehen und erfordert auf der Zielgeraden des Geduld und Durchhaltevermögen vom Charisma Trans Ocean Team.

Zunächst fordern variable N-Winde aufmerksame Steuerleistungen. Vor Einbruch der Dunkelheit Bergen wir den Spi, in der Nacht nimmt der Wind z

Wednesday, July 15, 1115 UTC. Another gray day with some chance of sun peeking through the clouds. Winds are soft at about 10 knots but we are making decent time with a boat speed of 6 knots. Sheila has done a great job of keeping us in good winds for the entire race.

There were just a few instances of the doldrums and no wind. The delaminated main, so lovingly repaired by the crew aboard, has been giving a little help but with two reefs to prevent some of the major tears below the second reef from spreading yet still supply some drive.

Ein Tief beim Trans Ocean Race haben wir noch und das bereitet viel Arbeit. Bis zur Ansteuerung des Englischen Kanals beschäftigen uns folgende Auswirkungen der Warmfront vor dem Tief: Wechselhafter SW-Wind, Nebel, Sprühregen und diesiges Wetter. In der

Aphrodite continues to plug away toward the Lizard under her trysail in 20 kts true wind on a reach moving along at 6 knots.  We are trying to track a thin line of wind and avoid a developing high/no wind situation to the east.  We will see how that works out.  We are 339 miles from the Lizard and depending on the wind conditions, looking to finish on Thursday then head to Cowes.  Not sure if we will do the coastal race and much depends on the winds.

I have got to confess that after racing 2800 miles across the Atlantic, contemplating a post-finish race from the Lizard (who comes up with these names?!) to Cowes is the very definition of anti-climatic. But here we are, gluttons for sailing.

Well, we lost data connectivity several days back so apologies for the lack of posts from Dragon.

It was probably for the best. My creativity only extends so far in coming up with different ways to describe sitting inside of the same low pressure system. Had I been able to pos

t, the messaging would have inevitably gone along the lines of "Day one million of our occupancy in this low pressure system, and we just received a residency tax bill. It is cold, wet, windy, and an ugly wave state. Send a care package."

05:46:29 UTC
Position: 49d54.64'N / 005d12.1'W
Log: 2,890 nm


With skies misting, 20-25 knots of wind, and Comanche blasting through the fog from astern, CARINA and her crew finished the 2015 Transatlantic Race at 05:46 UTC. There was not much fanfare and we could not even see the famous Lizard Lighthouse marking the north end of the finish line due to the conditions. While this finish may have been somewhat anticlimactic the race was most certainly not! About 1 minute after crossing the finish line the 100' maxi Comanche gave us a show passing 50' to leeward of us at 25kts. That was more like the excitement that this race provided!

Nach einem entspannten Segeltag gestern, hatten wir auch eine entspannte Segelnacht. Das einzige Problem war, dass es stockdunkel war und deshalb ein Instrumentenflug. Die Schwierigkeit besteht dabei, das Boot nicht durch zu heftige Gegenlenkbewegungen aufzuschaukeln. Auf

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