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21/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w

     So today sees the emptying & re-packing of nearly every locker on theboat... where do you put 60 loo rolls, 500 litres of water, food for 8 peoplefor 3 meals for up to 30 days, 8 people themselves and at least as many bags?Promise we’ll make space for the rest of the crew when they arrive in the nexttwo days!   Niki Dalton  m_IMG_1944[1]. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
21/11/2013

Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy

Pirates ahoyMerlyn's trusty crew under Pirate Leader Captain Christopher Sparrow bemused many as we hustled our 'Middle Eastern' hostage - Jonathan -with our trusty plastic sabres to the ARC Fancy Dress event last night - many thanks to Clare for helping with many of the outfits. This came after a day of uber shopping at El Cortes Ingles where under the direction of Iain, Jonathan and James loaded three giant trollies with a wide variety of local goodies to keep us well fed. Bit bemused to see a fellow yacht crew with a trolly completely loaded with packets of crisps! A separate expedition, with no shortage of volunteers, went to test and buy the wine. Jamesimage.. read more...


Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy
Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy
21/11/2013

Golondrina - The Iberia Experience

When delivering Golondrina to Las Palmas it was discovered that the self steer mechanism needed a longer part which was flown out from the UK via Madrid leaving Gareth with the problem of sending the replaced part back - which was never going as hand luggage.Having spent an hour form filling and drawing numerous diagrams of a Hydrovane self steering KT164 standard shaft and with Stuarts ability to communicate through the power of mime he convinced the Grand Canaria Customs officer that the 2 metre steel tube wasn't a torpedo or weapon of mass destruction and they agreed to courier it back to Nottingham at a mere €126.00.image image. read more...


Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
21/11/2013

Albatros - Log Day -3 Albatros Crew Complete

Albatros crew is complete! Yesterday the last 3 crew members arrived at Las Palmas - just in time to get some preparation work allocated. Besides our Skipper Manfred Kerstan we have Walter (the veteran on board), Christopher (our personal fitness trainer), the 2 Michaels (Michael B. and Michael K.), Clemens (our very experienced youngster), Nic and Reto from Switzerland and finally Alfred. After a full day of preparations work and buying and stowing food and beverages the crew took a day off today to go for a tour around the island. Tomorrow will be another busy day with the sails and other small repairs and prep work.. read more...


21/11/2013

Anettine - 21.november

Første døgnet for oss ble ikke på lang nær som vi hadde tenkt oss. Natten ble tung med mye rulling uten storseil. Vi fikk reparert skaden ut på dagen og har full seilføring igjen. Vi er slitne etter den strabasiøse starten og urolige natten, så vi forsøker å ta det med ro og hvile oss opp igjen. Utseilt distanse første døgnet ble bare 144 nm. Under forholdene vi hadde burde vi seilt 20-25% lengre.Anettine. read more...


21/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle back in the game

After a great start and sleigh ride down between the islands our goose neck decided to give up the ghost. We motored back around the island and arrived back in Mindelo Marina this morning, Kai "the magician" is machining up a new one for us, we should be ready to play catchup by late this afternoon. Many thanks to Kieran who organised Kai for us, very much appreciated.So watch your backs (lol)Crew La Rochelle. read more...


21/11/2013

Hanami II - Cap a l'Ouest

21 XII 2013 - 13:56 UTC16 53 N - 27 22 WJusque la nous avions surtout fait du Sud Ouest en navigation et Haut en Bas du point de vue surprise, la deniere etant de la nuit avant le depart.Mais, bon, ca y est nous voici partis: Marie, Christian, Michel et Marc pour la vraie partie de la transat.12h50 on franchi la ligne pour rejoindre le canal entre les 2 iles et la tout change:De la houle de NE avec des cretes blanches.25 a 40 noeuds de vent au largue ou au grand largue et Hanami qui finalement ne s'en sort pas trop mal car nous arrivons a gratter quelques bateaux et a la barre, meme si je me regale, il y a des moments ou je me demande si je paviendrai a redresser le bateau qui se met en travers de la houle et loffe.Finalement, partis avec "toute la toile" dessus mais avec un solent, pas. read more...


21/11/2013

Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...

For no apparent reason Dave's phone has burst back into life .... Don't you just love technology?Stu's off to the airport today to try and get Iberia airways to courier back to the uk 20 kilos of unwanted metal shaft back to Hydrovane... Bless him, he had a go yesterday however the limit of his Spanish only stretched to " two beers please" better luck today....Having washed all the carrots Nina and Dave then had to wrap them ... Just don't ask..image image image. read more...


Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
21/11/2013

Anettine - Natten begynte med frisk seilas

Natten begynte med frisk seilas. I en ufrivillig jibb røk storseilskjøtet. Vi seiler derfor kun på forseil, men regner med å kunne reparere når det blir lyst.. read more...


20/11/2013

Jambo - Bit of a mixed day!

Thegirls have arrived!First trip to Carrefour...initial shop took over two hours but cracked most of the supplies, then the meat order which will be delivered to the boat on Saturday,vacuumedsealed and frozen.The drinks ordered has also been delivered, fizzy drinks, water litres of it, orange juice, milk, all need to be stored away. Fruit and veg from the market on Friday to bewashed and wrapped before hanging the fruit nets.Then the crew all went to a lecture on the stars and planets that will be seen at sea over the three weeks across the Atlantic, including a comet viewing. Back to Jambo all sails out of the forehead to check them and voila a leak!!!! Help the forepeak locker had two buckets of water in it..,,so tomorrow morning Jambo is to be lifted out and leak sorted!!!!!Carol and. read more...


Golondrina - The workers !
Golondrina - The workers !
Golondrina - The workers !
Golondrina - The workers !
20/11/2013

Golondrina - Another day of maintenance

Gareth was so pleased with Stuarts stripping of a winch he let him do the rest on the boat! Mark was not happy with his change of sleeping accommodation especially when he was told he had to share it with 5 sails and a water maker.Maintenance is progressing well and the local supermarkets are slowly emptying especially with 200 boats and crew all grabbing water, pasta and as many tins of beans as a boat will hold. Everyone is looking forward to the off...... Owain and Mark are at a fancy dress crew party tonight whilst Dave and Stu are washing carrots a the party animals. read more...


20/11/2013

Golondrina - It's a Hartshorn day.

Dave has decided that he will limit his drinking to just one a day, the size however, was never discussed... read more...


20/11/2013

Esmeralda - Vikings are coming to the Fantasy Party

We are in Las Palmas for the ARCand today's Fantasy Party.Lars and Mona Gisaeus, Mats Joenson, Alf Segren and Peter Wistroem.2013-11-20 18.16.36. read more...


Esmeralda - Vikings are coming to the Fantasy Party
Esmeralda - Vikings are coming to the Fantasy Party
20/11/2013

Manali - We have a skipper!

Skipper Pat Milwright arrived from Melbourne via London last night.  Pat spent last week at his new kitchen table pondering, perambulating and passage planning.Skipper Pat passage planning. read more...


Manali - We have a skipper!
Manali - We have a skipper!
20/11/2013

Anettine - Vi er i gang!

Det ble en hektisk start i sterk vind. Vi forventet 10-15 m/s vind, men det ble vesentlig mer. Vi målte 19-20 m/s i perioder, og det var relativt grov skjø. Etter å ha redusert seilføringen maksinmalt har vi nå satt kursen rett mot St. Lucia. Den karaftige vinden er gunstig for de største båtene og har gitt stor spredning av feltet. Vi tror vi ligger omtrent midt i.Anettine. read more...


20/11/2013

Manihi - J-4 - La mer ...

Ca y est, enfin ! Ce matin nous sommes sortis du port pour faire un petittour en mer. Au delà du plaisir partagé de retrouver notre houle préférée, cellequi nous bercera jusqu'aux Antilles, il fallait faire quelques tests desréparations et modifications effectuées. Pas de grosses surprises, justequelques petits réglages supplémentaires à apporter.   Notre confiance en Manihi nous a été confirmé, si on en avait encorebesoin, par la visite de "Jerry the Rigger", l'expert gréement de l'ARC, celuiqui nous a fait la conférence sur le gréement mardi. Après son tour du bateaujusqu'en haut du mât il nous a donné quelques conseils que nous avons appliquéscet après-midi, et sa bénédiction : "Ready to cross, guys!".   Alain - il est flamand avec un prénom français, étonnant,non ? -. read more...


20/11/2013

Merlyn III - State of Preparations

Today has been IT and weather day. We have had the computer expert from Green and Regis on board for most of the day. He has managed to get both our Wifi systems up and running, the Yacht Sentinel system ( which is an alarm system), the Navtext computer download system and a query over our depth sounder. At the same time Discovery yachts have replaced a bilge pump, installed gauges on the black tanks and resolved a number of other minor issues.  We have also been looking at weather and Grib file sites so we can optimise our routing following a useful seminar on the subject. The ARC weather expert predicts an absence of Hurricanes or tropical storms and generally pretty benign conditions (based on current information). The prediction is for fairly light winds at the. read more...


20/11/2013

Ayesha II - Nearly ready for The Atlantic!

Our first blog entry, as with the boat, just to check everything's working! It's been pretty busy on board Ayesha for the past few days, this picture shows one of the Oyster team checking our rigging.image. read more...


Ayesha II - Nearly ready for The Atlantic!
Ayesha II -  Nearly ready for The Atlantic!
20/11/2013

Hera - Startvorbereitung

Unsere technischen Vorbereitungen sind fast abgeschlossen und unsere Backbordrudersäule ist wieder einsatzklar.Gestern haben wir 600 l an Getränken gebunkert. Zusammen mit den 600 l Trinkwasser in den Tanks müßte das reichen. Bis Freitag Abend werden wir alle Vorräte an Bord haben.Heute kommen die letzten beiden Crewmitglieder, so dass wir mit acht Crewmitgliedern plus Skippper gut besetzt sind und 4 Wachen a 4 Stunden Wachdienst gehen können.Spannend bleibt noch die Wetterentwicklung zu unserem Starttermin am Sonntag um 12.45 Uhr.Morgen steht Segeltraining auf dem Programm. Wie jeden Abend in Las Palmas stehen heute noch Sundowner und Crewessen auf dem Programm.Stefan (Skipper der Hera). read more...


20/11/2013

Anettine - 3. plass til Anettine!

I går kveld var alle sammen samlet til festmiddag med premieutdeling for 1. leg. Anettine tok 3. plassen og fikk en fin plakett. Vi legger ikke skjul på at hele mannskapet stortrivdes med oppmerksomheten det fikk. Stor takk til Kai Olav og Anett som supplerte oss med verdifull informasjon underveis.HilsenAnettine. read more...


Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
20/11/2013

Shelduck - Wed 20 Nov: Rigging, Meteors and a Comet

We had our in depth rigging check from ‘Jerry the Rigger’ and weresurprised to find there was one split pin missing at the base of the forestay.The rigging had all been renewed as the boat was 10 years old and it seems theboatyard made a mistake. We had a short list of a few things to do butreassuringly little!   The ARC has a ‘Resident Astronomer’ Dan who gave an informative andentertaining lecture on the stars and the night sky at 20*North. Interestinglywe won’t be able to use The Plough to identify Polaris the North Star as at thislow attitude in line with the bulge of West Africa, The Plough will be below thehorizon! We will use ‘M’ of Cassiopeia instead as the pointer.  The Geminid Meteor Shower will be at its peak on the 13/14 Dec betweenmoonset and dawn.  At their. read more...


Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
19/11/2013

Webster - Captains Blog Stardate Monday 18 November 2013

The big day has arrived, no not start day that's Sunday, but the day we have the new spreaders fitted to the mast which will enable us to go on Sunday. Went down to the riggers to confirm a time for coming to the boat, they had already said it would be today sometime. Arrived just after opening time at 9am and already the queue stretched out of the shop and into the street. Some people were taking ages with lists as long as your arm but it was only a poor young lady handling it all, albeit very knowledgableand everyone wanting an appointment time with the riggers, as was I. An American skipper on a Southerly 42 next to my berth was most concerned that the mast may fall down on top of his and other boats and needed reassuring; he was trying to have me move out, and was going to speak to. read more...


20/11/2013

Hanami II - H-3 et ce fut agite

Il reste donc 3 heures avant le depart et la nuit fut agitee mais on a fait face vaillament et avec entrain a defaut parfois de bonne humeur.Nous avions fini toutes les reparations, l'avitaillement etait fait, restait a aller a la soiree de cloture quand 3 taquets du ponton on saute, dont le notre bien sur.Avec 25 noeuds de vent et un bateau qui bougeait deja beaucoup c'est devenu le grand cirque mais les gens de la marina ont reussi a remplacer les taquets et nous les amarres, tout cela assz rapidement.En fait tous les pontons ou presque ont eu de problemes avec autant de bateaux lourds et de vent.De retour de la soiree, dodo pour tout le monde mais vers minuit 30 nos amarres avant ont lache et le bateau et parti en travers.Branlebas de combat, largage de toutes les amarres et on rement. read more...


20/11/2013

Skook - Skook for Start

Hello AllDie Crew der Skook ist ready to Start. Wir alle sind guter Laune und freuen uns auf die Atlantiküberquerung. Heute geht es um 13:00 los und wir versuchen die Skook zum fliegen zu bringen. See you All in St. Lucia.Markus, Ralf, Thomas, Werner, VolkerSkook-Crew. read more...


Skook - Skook for Start
Skook - Skook for Start
20/11/2013

La Rochelle - Primed and ready

With a much enjoyable stopover in the verdes it's now time for the big one.Having the lightest boat in our division, we are hoping for winds in the 10- 15 knot range so we can give some grief to the big boys. The x boats are the ones to catch ( all 3 of them) . They go like scalded cats and will be hard to beat.We are aiming at 12- 13 days for the crossing (in a perfect world) more likely around 14 days.Fair winds and the very best of luck to all the other crewsCrew La Rochelle. read more...


19/11/2013

Corona Aq - Downwind sailing

Tomas Nilsson on s/y Corona Aq is sailing downwind from Las Palmas to Cap Verde. Kap Verde 1 Kap Verde 1. read more...


Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
19/11/2013

Manihi - J-5 - Journée studieuse !

Si il y a beaucoup de moments de détentes après 18h30, les journées, elles,sont bien remplies ! Nous sommes retournés sur les bancs de l'école aujourd'hui! Nous avons suivi quatre séminaires : prendre soin du gréement et limiter lesrisques, gérer les cas d'urgences, l'approvisionnement, et comment naviguer pasvent arrière dans l'atlantique ... Ca n'était pas inutile ;-) ... et nous avonsmaintenant un peu plus de préparation à faire pendant les jours qui viennent8^)   Bon, maintenant un peu de détente tout de même ! Les Happy Hours dans unedemi-heure, et ce soir le diner des équipages au Royal Yacht Club de Las Palmas,auquel Pascal ne pourra pas participer puisqu'il arrive ce soir vers minuit!   Mais la bonne nouvelle c'est que ce soir nous serons au complet !  Demain matin. read more...


19/11/2013

Merlyn III - Log day D-5: We shall not starve (nor thirst)

We new boys, James Courage and I, joined the crew last Saturday evening, anxious not to upset the prefects by putting their caviar back in the wrong spot or use the showers til they were perfectly perfumed.  Merlyn III is on the furthest possible pontoon in a vast marina - in fact, Las palmas itself is far bigger than expected - 800,000 souls live here on the edge of the trade winds.  Next door to us is a very different craft: a small, fragile-looking catamaran of no more than 20 ft.  A mad young bearded Frenchman is set off on her across the ocean ‘demain’ without visible self-steering gear or food - and with only a tiny pod on which to rest.  He lost his partner on the other pod after an argument last week but he is carrying on alone, none of us having volunteered to take the spare. read more...


19/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Quality time

The Duke and William shared some quality time together with just days to go before his big adventure. The prince surprised his grandfather with a unscheduled visit to say goodbye and goodluck but was just relieved to be away and take a break from his nocturnal nappy duties. The Duke was heard saying... 'Things have changed so much since my day, I wonder where it is all heading......' image.. read more...


Ocean Venture - Quality time
Ocean Venture - Quality time
19/11/2013

Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave

Dave started the day well with planning and direction. A strict rota of maintenance and repairs with his usual attention to detail. Then as the day progressed Dave was told his credit card had been clonned and blocked and later his iphone went blank and will not come back to life... But that's ok becuase he could have reverted to his lap top for all of his contacts however that's being rebuilt in the uk... So in his own words "it's all good".On a serious note Dave has no telephone contact list so friends and family can only contact him on ... Hartshorn359@gmail.com And PLEASE leave your telephone number on the email.So getting away from 'Captain Attention' we move onto Gareth, who had his bank card swallowed in a machine last night.Mark spent most of the day up the mast.. Fantiastic. read more...


19/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log day 1 - One of many!

Finally we have arrived in Las Palmas and the blog is underway. This is our first log so we promise to make the next few entries a little more interesting - we have only been in Las Palmas for 24 hours afterall! Sam has already been here for a good week, preparing Swan Valhalla for our voyage across the Atlantic (and attending a few parties along the way!) Victoria, Haig and I flew Norwegian Airways from London, and after a few navigational issues, managed to get the taxi driver to drop us at Pontoon 21 where Sam was waiting patiently with a very smart looking Valhalla. I think Sam was happy to see some friendly faces and have some company after his first week out here.  Although the weather is not quite as arctic as London, it is certainly not as sunny as promised, hopefully this will. read more...