zero wind. nothing. rien. nichts. nada. niente. res. nichevo. nista. goa nix.

zero wind. nothing. rien. nichts. nada. niente. res. nichevo. nista. goa nix.

jumping dolphins at the bow!

jumping dolphins at the bow!

in 2 days just 150nm, but the important thing is to be underway again. 40 32'N 0...

in 2 days just 150nm, but the important thing is to be underway again. 40 32'N 068 11'W.

wind finally veers to SE. 40 30'N 068 26'W.

wind finally veers to SE. 40 30'N 068 26'W.

just crossed 25m (!) behind (!) a fishing boat in the fog. his AIS was not trans...

just crossed 25m (!) behind (!) a fishing boat in the fog. his AIS was not transmitting.

first 24h since Newport. only 80nm, mainly becalmed.

first 24h since Newport. only 80nm, mainly becalmed.

off Nantucket. fog and very little wind.

off Nantucket. fog and very little wind.

Left Newport, main sail is up. Start to leg 2 of NorthAtlanticFace!

Left Newport, main sail is up. Start to leg 2 of NorthAtlanticFace!

Still overly optimistic, but the Strait of Belle Isle seems to be slightly faster.

Still overly optimistic, but the Strait of Belle Isle seems to be slightly faster.

An overly optimistic routing tells me that I will arrive on July 24. July 30 is...

An overly optimistic routing tells me that I will arrive on July 24. July 30 is more realistic, but I might take the St. Laurent Gulf route. Will decide later. This morning thunderstorm. Now breakfast and last emails, then fuel berth and start to the second leg of NorthAtlanticFace.

Bilge pumps work again, satphone works again, computer works again. One of these...

Bilge pumps work again, satphone works again, computer works again. One of these suspicious days when everything fits. Harbour paid, customs done. Tomorrow morning to the fuel dock and off we go to Greenland. The wind will be weak in the beginning, but I am not in a race anymore.

I hope the ice situation improves within the next 2 weeks. That's very icy.

I hope the ice situation improves within the next 2 weeks. That's very icy.

Last Friday I was awarded the Newport, RI yachting achievement medal.

Last Friday I was awarded the Newport, RI yachting achievement medal.Race Update – Tuesday 9th July | OSTAR 2013ostar.rwyc.orgRace Update – Tuesday 9th July

Sails arrived, sorted out the gas problem (butane is not available over here), t...

Sails arrived, sorted out the gas problem (butane is not available over here), today bilge pumps and alternator should get repaired. I am getting really nervous about the passage to Greenland. Hopefully I will start tomorrow or Thursday.

Today Spirit with Richard and Douwe left Newport. They sail back Jac Sandberg's...

Today Spirit with Richard and Douwe left Newport. They sail back Jac Sandberg's boat, Richard is actually the co-owner. Spirit is little boat to cross the Atlantic, especially upwind. We also refer to it as a mini on steroids. You can follow them on gogospirit.com. I had two entertaining evenings with them and Alex Burgis from the race committee, who sails back Charles Emmett's British Beagle.

Post-race interview by Jill Southwood.

Post-race interview by Jill Southwood.Ralph Villiger – OSTAR 2013 Aboard Ntombifuti | OSTAR 2013ostar.rwyc.orgRalph Villiger – OSTAR 2013 Aboard Ntombifuti

Below Greenland there is a bit of drifting ice. The East Coast is still pretty f...

Below Greenland there is a bit of drifting ice. The East Coast is still pretty full of ice, but we will only be there in a month, so there is plenty of time to melt.Ice situation

Relatively few ice compared to other years around Newfoundland. Depending on the...

Relatively few ice compared to other years around Newfoundland. Depending on the weather I will sail through the St. Laurent Gulf, this might be interesting.Ice situation

Boat is on a mooring now, dinghi and outboarder work. I gradually tick items on...

Boat is on a mooring now, dinghi and outboarder work. I gradually tick items on my job list. Today 4th of July in the USA.

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