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Katerina - The LED team
Katerina - The LED team
26/11/2012

Cheri - Montag, den 26.11.2012

Es ist schon etwas seltsam. Das Wetter hier in Las Palmas ist in den letzten Tagen warm und sonnig, mit nur wenig Wind. Es ist kaum zu glauben, dass unser Start aufgrund schlechter Wetterbedingungen verschoben worden ist. Manch sehnsüchtiger Blick ging hinaus zum Meer und zum Himmel und die nicht gestellte Frage lautete: “War es für uns richtig, den Start zu verschieben?“ Bis in die Nacht vom Sonnabend zu Sonntag haben wir noch verschiedene Wetterseiten zu Rate gezogen und die Anzeigen verglichen. Aber unsere Entscheidung stand. Am Sonntagmorgen ging ich um 08:30 h zum Rally Office und teilte offiziell mit, dass die CHERI erst am Dienstag startet. Dadurch hatten wir die einmalige Gelegenheit, das Auslaufen der startenden Jachten zu betrachten, ihnen von der Mole zuzuwinken und eine gute. read more...


26/11/2012

Albatros - Day -1: Ready to start

Nach einer Woche im Hafen Deportivo Muello sind die Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen. Die Startverschiebung um 2 Tage, erstmalig in der Geschichte der ARC, gab uns die Gelegenheit grosse Wäsche zu machen und die Sundowner Parties zu verstoffwechseln. Dank der profunden Kenntnisse unseres IT-Spezialisten werden wir nun auch unterwegs mit unserem Iridium Phone Blog-Einträge machen können. Wir freuen uns auf den Start morgen Dienstag um 10.45 Uhr. Vielen herzlichen Dank an das ARC-Committee und die Port Authority für die ausgezeichnete und professionelle Betreuung und Organisation.. read more...


Bardeau - A taste of the canaries :-)
Bardeau - A taste of the canaries :-)
Lady Ann - Much praise for our classic lines
Lady Ann - Much praise for our classic lines
Lady Ann - The perfect way to spend the extra day
Lady Ann - The perfect way to spend the extra day
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
26/11/2012

Lady Ann - A good way to spend the extra days

-- Lady Annof AmsterdamSailing Yacht  www.ladyann.nlinfo@ladyann.nl +31 631 976 252 (office)+870 765 091 277 (yacht)  Follow Lady Ann on Twitter:https://twitter.com/syLadyAnn  IMG_5118. read more...


26/11/2012

Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear

-- Lady Annof AmsterdamSailing Yacht  www.ladyann.nlinfo@ladyann.nl +31 631 976 252 (office)+870 765 091 277 (yacht)  Follow Lady Ann on Twitter:https://twitter.com/syLadyAnn  IMG_5114. read more...


Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Drinks for everyone!
Lady Ann - Drinks for everyone!
Lady Ann - Where to stow all the food?
Lady Ann - Where to stow all the food?
Lady Ann - Last amendmends to the main sail
Lady Ann - Last amendmends to the main sail
Lady Ann - Dutch flagged yacht with Sardinian and German input
Lady Ann - Dutch flagged yacht with Sardinian and German input
Lady Ann - Provisioning fresh fruit and veggies
Lady Ann - Provisioning fresh fruit and veggies
Lady Ann - Final check before safety check
Lady Ann - Final check before safety check
26/11/2012

Morpion - Lundi 26 - Départ reporté à mardi

Le comité de course a annoncé samedi lors du Skipper's briefing que le départ pour la catégorie 'cruising' serait reporté à mardi pour cause de météo inconfortable pendant les 48 premières heures. Les bateaux inscrits en catégorie 'racing', eux, sont parti dimanche en nous offrant un beau spectacle: on n'a pas souvent l'occasion de voir naviguer des Swans 80 (pour n'en citer qu'un).Nous partirons donc demain dans une météo plus clémente (vent et vagues dans la même direction...) Le bateau et l'équipage sont plus que prêts... Mais il reste toujours des détails à peaufiner, comme le repos de l'équipage: les trois premiers jours de navigation seront quand même éprouvants  d'après les fichiers météo que l'on a eu aujourd'hui.On s'attend (en moyenne) à 25 nœuds de travers avec 3.5m de. read more...


Morpion - Lundi 26 - Départ reporté à mardi
Morpion - Lundi 26 - Départ reporté à mardi
26/11/2012

Bristolian - Day 2 - sailing south

First full days sail and Bristolian is making good progress, although we are still quite far east.Grand Canaria gave all the boats that decided to go on Sunday a fantastic wave off, marching bands and hundreds of waving spectators. Our start was somewhat delayed by a twisted line which caused problems raising the main sail, but we were shortly underway.We have made good progress in steady winds - not in the perfect direction for us, but we hope to see the desired trade winds before too long.Team are all in good spirits, and looking forward to leaving the african coast for the mid atlanticphoto. read more...


Bristolian - Day 2 - sailing south
Bristolian - Day 2 - sailing south
26/11/2012

Jay Jay - 26/11/2012 Las Palmas and counting down

Today has been all about topping and tailing -- we got a newgas cylinder (at great expense as they don't accept the Calor gas type cylindershere and we had to buy a new one), topped up the medical chest as Debra haddepleted some of the cold medicine over the past couple of days, and we are nowwaiting to hear what time our departure is tomorrow morning. Time to relax a bitand catch up with the admin, hence the blog!Last night on shore for afew weeks, and we might have a couple of beers each to celebrate. No changethere then, we have been celebrating for a few days already!Jay Jay isready, just the water tanks to top up just before we leave, so we will be upbright and early to make sure we are ready.. read more...


Embla - Crew Embla
Embla - Crew Embla
26/11/2012

Bardeau - Delivery crew ready

Another boring day in paradise but we kick off tomorrow. Croc Dundee downing ale at a rapid rate to gather up courage to go up the mast to fit anti chafing material. Must be the stuff I use in my underpants. John K fearful Croc Dundee might come to Grief so he also downing San Miguel at a rate to keep his hands from shaking whilst working the winch. Delivery crew coming in at 11 in morning to take yacht across. Only fair now that I have done all the perilous stuff with some aid from ones motleys. Business class flights booked for all tomorrow with 21 nights at Lattitudes in St.L.Rib booked to deliver us to pigeon Island, take off delivery crew and put us back on. We will then undertake the perilous and hazardous final death defying leg of the tripEl illustrious skipper. read more...


26/11/2012

Poespas - Pre start log

Pre Start Log You are probably aware that the start was delayed until tomorrow , Tuesday, due to a low weather system nearby. Now all looks good for the ARC 2012 to start tomorrow morning ( although the racing fleet started Sunday ) Tuesday 27thOn board Poespas we have , Roger the owner/skipper Dutch and a fixed wing pilot on sabbatical . Mike, first mate from the uk ,ex builder now full time sailor. Axle from Germany now living and working in Spain as a GP and olive farmer. Andy from the uk ex navy navigator and serving police officer. Elle from Poland architect/translator and gdansk tour guideSo you can see we are a mixed bunch from different backgrounds but all have sailing pulling us together. Elle who is the newest to sailing, about two years, did the ARC last year but the rest of. read more...


26/11/2012

Indulgence - Blog 8 Pre Race Preperations

Las Paslmas Pre-Race UpdateD Day minus One, we  are sipping cool cocktails in Club Varade after a refreshing swim.See Ya! JohnOVER. read more...


26/11/2012

Andante - 26.11 - The day before the start

Andante is now fully prepared for the Atlantic crossing. We are really looking forward to the start tomorrow.We will not use this blog because we have our own Yellowbrick where we write our blog. The address to this blog is: my.yb.tl/Andante. We will most probablynot post any pictures on the blog, but we will see;)Andante has 4 persons on board: The captain is Hans Martinsen, his wife is Liv Barstad. Our two great crewmembers are Kristin Brat Bilstad and Lars Sigve Bilstad.-- Liv & HansS/Y Andante. read more...


La Boheme - Anna and Greg at the Flag Parade
La Boheme - Anna and Greg at the Flag Parade
La Boheme - At the Flag Parade
La Boheme - At the Flag Parade
La Boheme - What a show
La Boheme - What a show
La Boheme - The spectators in Las Palmas watching the racing fleet start
La Boheme - The spectators in Las Palmas watching the racing fleet start
La Boheme - Leading racing yachts leaving Las Palmas
La Boheme - Leading racing yachts leaving Las Palmas
La Boheme - Start of ARC Racing Division
La Boheme - Start of ARC Racing Division
La Boheme - Start of ARC Racing Division
La Boheme - Start of ARC Racing Division
La Boheme - Sunday 25 November start of ARC Racing Division
La Boheme - Sunday 25 November start of ARC Racing Division
La Boheme - Band Gran Canaria playing farewell for La Boheme
La Boheme - Band Gran Canaria playing farewell for La Boheme
La Boheme - Spanish Search and Rescue exercising for ARC
La Boheme - Spanish Search and Rescue exercising for ARC
26/11/2012

La Boheme - It is not so bad in water

-- Anna and Gregory HaremzaLa Bohemewww.labohemesailing.com 006105_DSC8542w. read more...


La Boheme - It is not so bad in water
La Boheme - It is not so bad in water
26/11/2012

La Boheme - Our second female volunteer Danusia

-- Anna and Gregory HaremzaLa Bohemewww.labohemesailing.com 006110_DSC8555w. read more...


La Boheme - Our second female volunteer Danusia
La Boheme - Our second female volunteer Danusia
La Boheme - Anna rushing to join the life raft exercises
La Boheme - Anna rushing to join the life raft exercises
La Boheme - La Boheme team, from left Tomasz Holc, Danuta Remiszewska, Anna and Gregory Haremza
La Boheme - La Boheme team, from left Tomasz Holc, Danuta Remiszewska, Anna and Gregory Haremza
26/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W

We continued our preparations on board Ceilidh yesterday and found time totake a sail out of the marina to view the ARC invitation racing classstarts.   This also allowed us to test our steering system in around 18knots ofbreeze with the full main set.   Everything functioned normally so this was a very worthwhileexercise.   It was also great to soak up the atmosphere building from the supportersand brass band as we motored out of the dock.   Well done to the ARC organisers for managing these events and continuing anexten ded social programme to cope with the delayed yachts remaining in Las Palmas.   We will have our genoa back on board today and apart from a few minorequipment and stores organising, we are ready to go to sea.   Here are a few photos from. read more...


Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
Ceilidh of Lorne - 28:09N 15:25W
24/11/2012

Matilda - Durban's Shifting Sands

We made it safely to Durban, a mere overnight hop from Richards Bay. We knew that space was tight here, and so it proved to be. Durban marina had no berths so we had to anchor in a very narrow channel with sand bars on both sides (a little disconcerting to watch a guy fishing in waders near where you are parked). We knew we would have to stay a few nights as the weather window had closed and the Southerly did come with winds of 30 knots and above. Unfortunately Matilda's main anchor (a CQR) does not like the 180 degree swings in this very slippery sand/mud (not great holding) and we found ourselves having to re-anchor and re-anchor with more boats piling in. We were getting to the stage where we were nervous to leave the boat unless we put another anchor down (we have three different. read more...


26/11/2012

Talulah Ruby II - Log 3 Talulah Ruby 11

We are still here!!!!Presently moored in Las Palmas, waiting for our start which is now on Tuesday 27th at 11am. The start has been delayed due to bad weather conditions but Tuesday onwards looks fine for us. This has given us an extra 48 hours to prep the boat and of course socialize with the other crews! The Arc have organised a social event most evenings here so we have partied hard and about burnt out now. We have had friends and family visit us over the last few days  by Lesley, Tila, Pat and Geoff. Then Tila sprung a surprise and Josh flew in from Newquay, so it really has been a wonderful last few days.The race division of the Arc left on their scheduled start time yesterday so we walked down to see the. read more...



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