Crossing the Atlantic ocean - ARC photo blog

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean on Aedis was a huge milestone for both us and the boat. We managed to get some great photos along the way. We left from Las Palmas, Gran Canaria with the ARC (Atlantic Rally for Cruisers) on the 18th of November and 22 days later arrived in Rodney Bay, Saint Lucia. The ARC set up a blog on their website which allows us to post photos and words using our Iridium Go satellite link. I have reproduced a lot of that below and also added some extras. It was an amazing crossing with great people and we had a lot of fun. Most photos taken with Panasonic GH5 or stills pulled from video but some in the mix are from the ipad...

 Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...  Fantastic sunrise this morning accompanied by full drop out of the wind as we head SW to try and avoid the low pressure system. Was a very gentle night with full main and spinnaker and has given all onboard some good recovery and peaceful sleep, except maybe in the starboard hull where some crew make more noise when they are asleep...

Aedis - Day 3: Hit the wind hole heading South...

Fantastic sunrise this morning accompanied by full drop out of the wind as we head SW to try and avoid the low pressure system. Was a very gentle night with full main and spinnaker and has given all onboard some good recovery and peaceful sleep, except maybe in the starboard hull where some crew make more noise when they are asleep...

 Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN  This will be a championship to remember. 5 competitors and 45 rounds there will be only 1 champion. Stay tuned for results from the deep blue :)

Aedis - Day 3: No wind... Let the 2017 Atlantic Crossing Mini Connect 4 Championship BEGIN

This will be a championship to remember. 5 competitors and 45 rounds there will be only 1 champion. Stay tuned for results from the deep blue :)

 Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...  Lovely morning on the water today as we continue towards 20N30W. First squall brought some much wanted wind and now we are cruising nicely after a night of light weather. Semi-finals continue, Claire and Dave have been knocked out leaving only 3 competitors. Who will take out the grand prize? In other news, we still have no fish action, regardless of countless lure changes and discussions about which is best in which conditions. Maybe today is the day....

Aedis - Day 4: Aedis Connect 4 Championship continues and still no fish...

Lovely morning on the water today as we continue towards 20N30W. First squall brought some much wanted wind and now we are cruising nicely after a night of light weather. Semi-finals continue, Claire and Dave have been knocked out leaving only 3 competitors. Who will take out the grand prize? In other news, we still have no fish action, regardless of countless lure changes and discussions about which is best in which conditions. Maybe today is the day....

 Aedis - Aedis Blog Day 5: Sunbathing, Guitar Playing, Dorado for Lunch but NO Wind...  Stunning day relaxing in between pulling in some beautiful dorado. Having to chew through some diesel to make any headway but hoping the wind will start to fill in soon. Crew are enjoying a wash off the back deck and starting to get hungry for a big fish lunch. Have named the next 2 waypoints Bert and Ernie. Approaching Ernie over the next few days...

Aedis - Aedis Blog Day 5: Sunbathing, Guitar Playing, Dorado for Lunch but NO Wind...

Stunning day relaxing in between pulling in some beautiful dorado. Having to chew through some diesel to make any headway but hoping the wind will start to fill in soon. Crew are enjoying a wash off the back deck and starting to get hungry for a big fish lunch. Have named the next 2 waypoints Bert and Ernie. Approaching Ernie over the next few days...

 Aedis - Aedis Day 6: We have Wind!!  Good Morning!  Great to finally have some wind come in this morning, albeit SW we are sailing due West as we catch the edge of the low pressure system. Planning to tack and head a little more south if the wind shifts more westerly. Claire is enjoying a mint tea at the helm, a lovely flat place on the catamaran even upwind :) have pulled in some more dorado which will make for a nice lunch. 

Aedis - Aedis Day 6: We have Wind!!

Good Morning!

Great to finally have some wind come in this morning, albeit SW we are sailing due West as we catch the edge of the low pressure system. Planning to tack and head a little more south if the wind shifts more westerly. Claire is enjoying a mint tea at the helm, a lovely flat place on the catamaran even upwind :) have pulled in some more dorado which will make for a nice lunch. 

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 Aedis - Aedis Day 7: A bit rough... Well that was some piece of weather. Upwind sailing in a catamaran is not generally what I would choose to do but it has been a must for over 24 hours now. We are still making headway though it would be nice to start feeling those trades. A few sick crew overnight but they're onto full recovery now as the winds are lightening and the seas reflect less of what it would be like inside a washing machine. On the bright side the captain scored a great size Dorado before the winds really started cranking! Beautiful lunch today, fresh fish and still going on the fresh salad also :) Unfortunately looks like we might be on motor again soon...

Aedis - Aedis Day 7: A bit rough...
Well that was some piece of weather. Upwind sailing in a catamaran is not generally what I would choose to do but it has been a must for over 24 hours now. We are still making headway though it would be nice to start feeling those trades. A few sick crew overnight but they're onto full recovery now as the winds are lightening and the seas reflect less of what it would be like inside a washing machine. On the bright side the captain scored a great size Dorado before the winds really started cranking! Beautiful lunch today, fresh fish and still going on the fresh salad also :) Unfortunately looks like we might be on motor again soon...

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 Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!  Well it has been a mixture of slow motoring or hard upwind sailing but we have been in the trades since early morning now and the forecast looks great! We are finally making good westward miles, flying all the sail we have and moving along nicely. 10-15 knots with a gentle swell is making for relaxing sailing. Dave’s on cooking duties this evening, so who knows what will come out of the galley... the veggies have just about run out and only one small dorado this morning. The crew have properly set into the routine now and we are all really enjoying it :) 

Aedis - Aedis Day 9: phew.... we are in the trades!

Well it has been a mixture of slow motoring or hard upwind sailing but we have been in the trades since early morning now and the forecast looks great! We are finally making good westward miles, flying all the sail we have and moving along nicely. 10-15 knots with a gentle swell is making for relaxing sailing. Dave’s on cooking duties this evening, so who knows what will come out of the galley... the veggies have just about run out and only one small dorado this morning. The crew have properly set into the routine now and we are all really enjoying it :) 

 Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?  The nights had been getting warmer... Claire was not expecting rain and definitely not hail on her watch. Holly was not expecting to feel scales under her toes. Aedis claimed the lives of many flying fish this night passed. A memorial service will be held directly after breakfast and when all scales have been removed.

Aedis - Day 11: Was that hailstones.... ?

The nights had been getting warmer... Claire was not expecting rain and definitely not hail on her watch. Holly was not expecting to feel scales under her toes. Aedis claimed the lives of many flying fish this night passed. A memorial service will be held directly after breakfast and when all scales have been removed.

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 Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!  A whopper of a Dorado was hauled in on Aedis on a competition lure. Each crew member on board carefully selected their lure of choice for the crossing and Holly’s “Crocodog” as in the photo has the current lead with a 9kg Dorado. We had a battle on our hands slowing the boat down enough to wind in about 200m of line. El Capitano gaffed and then straddled the beast on the back step to make sure the catch was secured. We will be eating well for days, the menu has been altered so that all meals are prefixed with fish :)

Aedis - Aedis Blog: Crocodog takes the lead!

A whopper of a Dorado was hauled in on Aedis on a competition lure. Each crew member on board carefully selected their lure of choice for the crossing and Holly’s “Crocodog” as in the photo has the current lead with a 9kg Dorado. We had a battle on our hands slowing the boat down enough to wind in about 200m of line. El Capitano gaffed and then straddled the beast on the back step to make sure the catch was secured. We will be eating well for days, the menu has been altered so that all meals are prefixed with fish :)

 Aedis - Blog Day 15: A paper anniversary on board  Today marked a number of time markers on board. Firstly, we made the call that 40 west would signify our half way mark (it’s a little further than that but it will make the second half go a bit quicker) which we are now well and truly past. Perhaps more importantly today also marks the first wedding anniversary for the captain and first mate, Brenton and Claire. Holly made some beautiful paper cranes which flew gracefully on the front deck. A nice bottle of champagne was had with lunch to celebrate:)

Aedis - Blog Day 15: A paper anniversary on board

Today marked a number of time markers on board. Firstly, we made the call that 40 west would signify our half way mark (it’s a little further than that but it will make the second half go a bit quicker) which we are now well and truly past. Perhaps more importantly today also marks the first wedding anniversary for the captain and first mate, Brenton and Claire. Holly made some beautiful paper cranes which flew gracefully on the front deck. A nice bottle of champagne was had with lunch to celebrate:)

 Aedis Blog Day 16: Sargasso Weed and Showers  We hit the weed today... no not that weed, the Sargasso. It has not made friends with the hydro generator at all. We have also lost any input from our solar panels, it appears the victron energy solar converter box is playing up for some reason which is a shame as we had managed up until now to run the water maker from our renewable inputs. Fortunately, we still have plenty of diesel. Still enjoying “showers” on the back step and that feeling of being “clean”.

Aedis Blog Day 16: Sargasso Weed and Showers

We hit the weed today... no not that weed, the Sargasso. It has not made friends with the hydro generator at all. We have also lost any input from our solar panels, it appears the victron energy solar converter box is playing up for some reason which is a shame as we had managed up until now to run the water maker from our renewable inputs. Fortunately, we still have plenty of diesel. Still enjoying “showers” on the back step and that feeling of being “clean”.

 Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!  This afternoon we were invited to compete in a quiz being conducted by one of the crew of Infinity of Yar. We have been in VHF contact with them for the last few days keeping tally of each other’s fishing triumphs. Also, joining in on the quiz was Talulah Ruby and so with three competitors we began. Much to our dismay the quiz appeared to be heavily biased to having an English heritage and even with an Englishman on board (35 years removed however) many questions we were unable to answer. Our final tally was reasonable, bonus points for wit included, but we still lost out to the Infinity crew and unfortunately lost range with Talulah before the quiz was finished. All in all it was a lot of fun and quite remarkable that three boats which happened to all be on Pontoon L in Las Palmas were able to compete in a quiz after 18 days at sea :) The photo shows Claire handling the quiz on the VHF and Brenton organising a fish curry in the galley. 

Aedis - Blog Day 18: Long distance interyacht quiz!

This afternoon we were invited to compete in a quiz being conducted by one of the crew of Infinity of Yar. We have been in VHF contact with them for the last few days keeping tally of each other’s fishing triumphs. Also, joining in on the quiz was Talulah Ruby and so with three competitors we began. Much to our dismay the quiz appeared to be heavily biased to having an English heritage and even with an Englishman on board (35 years removed however) many questions we were unable to answer. Our final tally was reasonable, bonus points for wit included, but we still lost out to the Infinity crew and unfortunately lost range with Talulah before the quiz was finished. All in all it was a lot of fun and quite remarkable that three boats which happened to all be on Pontoon L in Las Palmas were able to compete in a quiz after 18 days at sea :) The photo shows Claire handling the quiz on the VHF and Brenton organising a fish curry in the galley. 

 Aedis Blog - Day 19: Those moments  We had a couple of unforgettable moments on day 19. Firstly, we hit our best mileage in 24 hours at 209nm :)!!! This was amazing and it looks like we will be having another good 24 hours again. The remaining 500 nm is starting to look quite short and the crew are really starting to dream about many cravings, hot showers, different foods and the ability to walk more than 6 m in a straight line.The photo (a still pulled from video) shows that moment just before you get slapped in the face by a 130cm Dorado fighting to the last. Sorry Jen, had to share this with the world. Again, plenty of fresh fish on board. We have had a very fortunate trip on the fishing front which has provided a lot of entertainment and great meals. 

Aedis Blog - Day 19: Those moments

We had a couple of unforgettable moments on day 19. Firstly, we hit our best mileage in 24 hours at 209nm :)!!! This was amazing and it looks like we will be having another good 24 hours again. The remaining 500 nm is starting to look quite short and the crew are really starting to dream about many cravings, hot showers, different foods and the ability to walk more than 6 m in a straight line.The photo (a still pulled from video) shows that moment just before you get slapped in the face by a 130cm Dorado fighting to the last. Sorry Jen, had to share this with the world. Again, plenty of fresh fish on board. We have had a very fortunate trip on the fishing front which has provided a lot of entertainment and great meals. 

 Aedis Blog - Day 21: Things are getting real...  Wow, today marks 3 weeks at sea ands it’s starting to take its toll. The daily Tiara Cup was won/lost? by the captain, that is had the guess furthest away from the actual nautical miles completed in the previous 24 hours. That person must wear the Tiara over dinner however things are starting to evolve. Brenton has broken out the dress ups and is shown in the photo standing majestically with the wind blowing in his Lacey golden top. Are we there yet...

Aedis Blog - Day 21: Things are getting real...

Wow, today marks 3 weeks at sea ands it’s starting to take its toll. The daily Tiara Cup was won/lost? by the captain, that is had the guess furthest away from the actual nautical miles completed in the previous 24 hours. That person must wear the Tiara over dinner however things are starting to evolve. Brenton has broken out the dress ups and is shown in the photo standing majestically with the wind blowing in his Lacey golden top. Are we there yet...

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  Aedis Blog: See you soon!

Aedis Blog: See you soon!

 It was a huge achievement for the 5 of us first time ocean-crossers and we loved it! The next blog will be photos from our Caribbean adventures, cheers!

It was a huge achievement for the 5 of us first time ocean-crossers and we loved it! The next blog will be photos from our Caribbean adventures, cheers!

Brenton Schoemaker