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09/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 13 To Terciera

4 June We had supper at six o’clock sharp, then prepared the boat for leaving at seven. Cautious at first we put up a reefed main and genoa but soon it was full sails as the wind stayed steady around 15knots. Settling down for the night, David took the first watch but had to wake me a little early as we needed to pole out the genoa to starboard, the wind having veered more to the west. Oh, what a heavenly night, a full moon not seen for many a long night at sea. Voyageur started to accelerate as the wind increased to around 18knots. We were doing 8 knots under genoa alone. But just when it was getting exciting the wind died away as it had been expected to do so it was on with the engine to reach Terceira early the following morning. The seas were still lumpy from yesterday’s. read more...


26/09/2012

Anastasia - A sad day

Yesterday morning was my turn as net controller for the SSB radio roll call.  I dutifully go up at 07:30 local time (we had finished anchoring at about 01:30) to hear a message from Paul (Rally Control) asking us to get more information on the situation with Ciao.  Ciao is a Sweden 45 yacht that joined the rally in Bali.  Apparently Srecko from Ciao had alerted rally control of a problem.  (Actually he called in a Mayday at 05:30 but I didn't know that at this time.) I immediately tried to call Ciao on the SSB but instead got Spirit of Alcides saying they could see that Ciao had a problem and that J'Sea was attempting to assist them.  Linda on J'Sea then came on and informed us that Ciao had hit a submerged object during the night and had a problem. read more...


04/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day 2

Just a quick update about the first 30 hours back on an ocean leg.  The first 20 hours were pretty frustrating after sailing with the slightest of winds over the ‘start line’ with the newly repaired ‘Limey’ spinnaker flying for the first time. Soon after we motor sailed on and off with a frustrating lack of wind for the first night at sea. Pat myself and Murray all stand single night watches with Pat having the best of the sailing last night. Today, Friday things have picked up, with a fairly consistent Easterly wind that has allowed us to sail at between 7 and 8 knots. We have less wind predicted over the next few days so it looks like we will be some 5-6 days at sea, especially as the winds towards the end will turn against us. Nothing really exciting to. read more...


15/11/2012

Enya - INTRODUCTION TO THE ENYA BLOG

The Enya is a 53’ Hallberg Rassey, built in 2002. During 2012 she will sail from Troon, Scotland to Rodney Bay, St. Lucia. The following blog serves to update those interested in following her course, and for crew and friends to make comments regarding the voyage. fred. read more...


14/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE VALENTINE'S DAY MESSAGE

To All OurValentines(You know who you are)??with much lovethe two LonelySailorsofYacht Cleone you'll find us at: 11o30'S37o11'W. read more...


14/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 23C Day 1 & 2 - Going Nowhere Slowly

Two of the most frustrating days ever - and it's Valentine's Day, andwe're all alone....   In the last twenty four hours we have sailed maybe ninety five miles acrossthe surface of the earth, making only eighty miles orso towards Recife.  At this rate, it may take us five days tocover the 400 miles or so, and we may get there on Wednesday or so, in time tomiss the Reception at the Yacht Club, the checking in and the tour ofthe local area.  And to cap it all, our friends from Quasar V, wholeft the anchorage some twelve hours after we did, have already caught usup.  Chatting to the other World ARC yachts, are all reporting similarconditions; wind on the nose, a steep, short head sea that is bringing the boatsto a virtual stop, and, to cap it all, the Brazilian Current, driving ussouthwards. read more...


15/11/2012

Talulah Ruby II - Log 1 - Arrival to Las Palmas

"Talulah Ruby II" is a cruising yacht based in Lanzarote, Canary Islands so our journey is only just beginning. We have 5 adult crew (Paul, Andy, Ronn, Jason and Michelle) and 2 children on board Freddie (13yrs) and Monique (10yrs). We left Puerto Calero at 5pm on the 14th November and had quite a crowd of friends and family to wave us off on our way, as we have all lived on the island for 20 years. There were a few tears as for Paul and Andy this is the beginning of a very long round the world trip - Again! The rest of the crew are participating in just the Arc rally and we are very excited to be involved in such a fun event. The sail across was calm and we managed to sail half the way and had to motor for the rest of our trip,. read more...


26/09/2012

Anastasia - Cocos Keeling

12:05.5S 096:52.9E   We arrived at Cocos Keeling early yesterday morning, at 00:33 local time. Arriving at that time meant anchoring in the dark, but the World ARC provided a set of waypoints to take us through the entrance to the atoll and into the anchorage, plus there was some moonlight which made it fairly easy to see other boats when inside the anchorage. Even so it was a bit nerve racking, with 20 knot wind blowing us sideways as we steered through the boats looking for a place to drop anchor.  It is always interesting after a night anchorage to wake up in the morning and see just how close you got to anchoring on a reef. In this case we were lucky enough to pick a good sandy spot well away from any obstacles, so we do not even have to re-anchor in a better place.. read more...


09/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 14 Ninety nine miles to San Miguel

6 June Today was without doubt the best sailing we have had since we launched on the 2nd December last year in Grenada. It was such a good call on David’s part. As always he studies the weather assiduously and makes a decision based on several aspects. The wind overnight for our intended sail would be over thirty knots, but experience has taught us that more often than not, you add another ten onto that. But the more important aspect was the direction of the wind. If we left tonight we would have the wind forward or on the beam, but if we bided our time until the morning the wind was forecast to veer round the north west, which would give us the wind and the seas coming from astern, an important consideration especially if conditions are going to be a little bit lively. However,. read more...


12/06/2012

Enterprise - Cape Finisterre Approaches

44.22.213N 009.50.075W1830 hrs 12 June 2012  Evening approaches and we have to set the boat up for the night. We are approaching the dreaded Cape Finisterre and the weather is benign despite expectations. I was expecting the worst but it looks ok - so far. I can tell from the Rally Control reports that many skippers - far wiser than I, took their chance and went further inland, inside the traffic separation zone. I will stick to our original plan and go outside the TSS. Longer I know, but this is "not a race" Rally Portugal.  The Rally Organisers have stressed that this is "not a race" but a Rally. Of course we all agreed with this. But I suspect it is like standing outside the exam hall when all your friends are telling you they have not. read more...


31/03/2011

Ariane - Grenada

GrenadaLiebe SegelfreundeDie Besichtigungstour haben wir hinter uns und beschäftigen uns jetzt vor allem mit dem Boot. Da die Dichtungsmanschette an der Welle ausgetauscht werden musste, stehen wir jetzt bei der Grenada Marine auf dem Land. Übrigens ist auch Basia hier; sie warten auf einen Kostenvoranschlag für eine allfällige Reparatur ihres Bootes. Die Versicherung wird dann entscheiden, ob repariert oder abgeschrieben wird. Wir werden so bald als möglich wieder Port Louis anlaufen, um dort noch einige kleine Reparaturen zu erledigen. Dann geht es langsam und gemütlich nordwärts durch die Grenadinen bis nach St. Lucia, wo sich die Flotte in der Marigotbay treffen wird, um einige Tage später gemeinsam in den Ausgangshafen Rodneybay segeln werden. Dann ist ein grosses Fest angesagt! Die. read more...


04/05/2012

Surprise - Day 1 at Sea: Friday 4 May

Both Tony and I had terrific watches last night with good breeze, bright moonlight and good boat speed. I was zoning with Sara Brightman's classics.Cathy was not so lucky with flukey winds, large swells and threatening lightning. Today is warm with a modest breeze from the NE and we are making 6.5-7.5 kts. Our first 24 run will be about 130 nm- not bad considering light wind at the start and the nose for about 4 hrs in the very early morning.CH for Surprise. read more...


24/09/2012

Anastasia - Nearing Cocos Keeling

11:34.2S 097:58.6E 70 miles to goWe should get in at around 3am local time, all being well. Unfortunately we just had the evening SSB radio net and heard that several boats are having problems. Gunvor has a loose spreader and is having to motor the rest of the way in. It is fortunate that they are only 70 miles away from Cocos so they do not have to use much fuel to get there. Let's hope the spreader is an easy fix when at anchor because they will not be able to motor all the way across the Indian Ocean. We are 25 miles north of them, and there are a couple of other boats even closer, so there is assistance at hand if they need it, but currently they have secured the spreader to stop it banging against the mast and they are motoring along fine.Ruby has some kind of loose plate and they. read more...


14/11/2012

Cheri - die Vorbereitung für die ARC 2012

Anne, Leo und Hans bereiten die Cheri in der Marina Las Palmas auf die ARC vor. Bei dem täglichen Sundowner gibt es die ersten Gespräche mit den Crew der anderen Schiffe.Es macht Spass.. read more...


09/06/2012

Luna - Arrival in and visiting Horta, Faial

De sidste par dage på søen blev et kapløb med tiden: Kunne vi nå i havn, før den meldte storm ville indfinde sig på et tidspunkt mellem kl. 3 og 6 natten mellem den 29. og 30. maj? Vi gjorde, hvad vi kunne og satte den store jern-Genoa på, da der nærmest ikke var vind at sejle for.Resultatet blev, at vinden vandt kapløbet. Vi nåede at være ude i ca. 3 timer i stormen, før vi for helt nedpakkede sejl kunne krydse mållinjen i Horta og trætte gå i havn. Hele natten op til stormens begynden havde været præget af småregn og lidt større skyl krydret med en god gang dis, så det var umuligt at se langt og få land i sigte. Men...vi kom jo altså fint i land kl.. read more...


12/06/2012

Enterprise - Designer Sailing

44.15.711N 009.53.379W1930 hrs 12 June 2012  Going below on a yacht pitching and yawing at sea is an experience. First you have to negotiate the companionway steps which must be done with speed but not haste, lest you are pitched into the saloon below, Inevitably you will hit one of those beautifully rounded, but very hard, mahogany corners. the impact on your body which you have honed to perfection by years of desk work will be painful, and provide another lasting memory.  Then you have to remove your lifejacket which is like one of those old parachute harnesses you see on fly boys in the old war movies. Ours are fully equipped with a whistle, a knife, a strobe light and an automatic gas cylinder. The crutch straps have to be stepped out. read more...


13/02/2009

Andante of Mersey - Goodbye Salvador

We were very keen on visiting Brazil and now we arenot too sure.  From a personal security point of view it was most worrying- the fleet experienced  at least six muggings or pick pocket or knifethreatening incidents.  The rubbish collecting services seem to have givenup and even some of the magnificent building looked delapadated.  Howeverwe did hire a car and go on a four night tour, visiting a national park - whichincluded a 1km walk through an immense dark grotto - and some of the off shoreislands.  All very exciting especially the 40km drive along a pot holed, 50% sand 50 % broken tarmac, so called A class road!  All in all I think itfair too say that we are glad to be on our way although the weather is not beingkind to us - headwinds, current against and an unruly sea.  We wonder. read more...


03/05/2012

Cosmic Dancer V - Time to leave the Caribbean

Day 1: Leaving TortolaAfter 3 days of stifling heat and humidity in the Marina at Nanny Cay it was almost a relief to be throwing off the lines and heading out to the start line for the Atlantic Cup. However, if we had hoped to experience instant relief then we were to be disappointed. The usually reliable easterly trade winds had all but disappeared, leaving us feeling just as hot offshore as it had been in the marina.With just 8 boats on the start line there was none of the tense pre-start jostling that had accompanied our start to the ARC 5 months earlier. The remainder of the fleet very generously held well back from the line, leaving us free to pick our spot and hoist the spinnaker unimpeded on the line. For a full 10 minutes Cosmic Dancer had the joy of leading the fleet down the. read more...


31/03/2011

Destiny - "Basia"

Für Samstag, den 26.3., morgens um 9 Uhr, war die Ankunft von ‘Basia’ in der Port Louis Marina von St. George´s auf Grenada angesagt. Doch auch sie hatte wie schon wir drei Tage zuvor wegen der starken Gegenströmung Mühe, den Zeitplan einzuhalten. Erwartungsvoll fuhren wir zusammen mit vier weiteren Beibooten und den Besatzungen fast aller World ARC-Yachten bis weit über die Hafeneinfahrt hinaus in die Bucht, mit dem Plan, den Ankömmlingen mit Nebelhörnern, Pfeifen und Rätschen einen weithin tönenden Empfang zu bereiten. Vorweg kam ‘Eowyn’, und Skipper Graham und seine Crew wurden für ihren Einsatz und die professionell durchgeführte Hilfsaktion enthusiastisch gefeiert. Graham hatte, nachdem er von dem Zusammenstoß der ‘Basia’ mit dem (unbekannten) Frachter gehört. read more...


24/09/2012

BRIZO - Monday 23 Sept 2012

We arrived at Christmas Island Saturday afternoon after a very fast passage from Bali. Unfortunately we arrived at the same time that the Australian authorities had towed in a refugee craft with 70 illegal immigrants. Customs and immigration was busy for several hours processing these guests (as they call them) and couldn't process our entry until the next morning. Seeing 70 souls depart from a small, derelict fishing boat was quite an experience for all of us, especially the girls who wondered about the whole issue of illegal immigration and what would happen with these people. When we were expecting to have our own legal entry processed the next morning (Sunday) we were again postponed because the authorities were processing another 160 illegal immigrants who were rescued at sea by a. read more...


14/11/2012

Katerina - Las Palmas - Signing On!

Here we are in Las Palmas.  For those of you who've only just found out we're off to the Caribbean on Katerina.  We got a late entry on ARC 2012.  Preparations are just about complete so time for some serious partying before the start.  We leave on 25th November so wish us fair winds and calm seas (well not too fair, we do want to go quite fast!).  We will make an effort to keep this blog up to date so keep looking.Scott & Julia  "Katerina". read more...


12/02/2009

Cleone - CLEONE in Brazil - Part 1 Bahia

Salvador - the Durban of Brazil?We're getting a very mixed impression of Brazil. Salvador, the port of our arrival, is superficially a wonderful city. Vast, vibrant, teeming with life it is the old capital of Brazil. The old town itself, perched above what is now quite a decent marina, is quite the most beautiful place you could imagine. 19th Century houses line the narrow and sometimes steep streets, with magnificent churches and other old public buildings. Pleasant to wander around during the day, at night its many busy restaurants will always find room for another table and chairs, even if it means blocking off the whole street. There's a cosmopolitan, party atmosphere, constant music and the Brazilians chat readily. But wander away from this heavily policed area, and you are in. read more...


29/03/2011

Crazy Horse - Grenada

Here Maryann and I sit at La Sagesse Nature Center while Bill and Matt get our work done on Crazy Horse. Crazy Horse is on the hard at Grenada Marine nearby. I feel like a woman without a home. We are staying at La Sagesse which is a wonderful hotel stationed right on the beach within a lagoon that is far from the maddening crowd. My sister and I were stationed at Grenada Beach Resort for a few days too while Bill and Matt were working on Crazy Horse. So we have been touring around the island and seeing what it has to offer in the way of plants, flowers, scenery , shops, and food. Today we are going to Laura's Herb and Spice Center. They grow many of the spices and herbs that are exported from the island and also which are used in the many restaurants here. We have also been swimming. read more...


12/06/2012

Enterprise - Diesel is not a brand

44.58.224N 009.29.112W1237 hrs 12 June 2012  The boat is bowling along at 6kts. The sun is shining I am wondering why the generator starts and then cuts out after 10 mins. with no apology. The batteries are on red alert. I forgot to check them! I went down below after persuading my loyal crew to come back on watch. Opening the engine compartment I am greeted by the sight of my trusty old Volvo diesel. Its much like visiting an aged but distant relation. You know you should visit more regularly, you like visiting but there is always a whiff of something not quite right. Hopefully in the case of your aged relation it wont be the smell of diesel or the pools of oil under them.  Back to the generator, housed in the engine compartment and. read more...


08/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log / Ponta Delgada 8.06.

Hallo an alle,nun haben wir einen Teil der Flotte verabschiedet. Sie sind bei diesigem Wetter Richtung Santa Maria gestartet und werden von dort weiter nach Lagos segeln. Nun wir nicht ... uns ruft der Norden und wir müssen uns langsam auf den Weg machen. Glücklicherweise werden wir nicht alleine fahren, die Pinta und auch die Voyageur haben ebenfalls Nordkurs. Morgen wollen wir los, das Wetter sieht ganz gut aus - jedenfalls für die nächsten 3 Tage. Danach werden wir sehen und merken. Sao Miguel ist eine schöne Insel und ein Urlaub würde sich wohl lohnen. Es gibt viel zu sehen und die Leute sind alle sehr nett und Englisch ist weit verbreitet. Der Yachthafen in Ponta Delgada ist riesig und einen Platz findet man immer. Auch "Via con me" mit Marina, Roland. read more...


03/05/2012

Comocean - Off to Bermuda!

Comocean is off to Bermuda The crew has just prepared Comocean for its trip north as part of the World Cruising Club Atlantic Cup.  Veterans John Hoffman, and Norm Weill, from the Caribbean 1500 Rally in November, have returned and helped prepare Joel Stavana, Joanne’s twin brother, for the trip north.  All have worked diligently to prepare Comocean for the trip. We all attended safety classes two days ago.  This included flare lighting, raft deployment and raft exit and entry from boats and water.  We have enjoyed meeting the members of the other boats skipper and crew and eaten way to many hamburgers and fries (sorry ladies it’s men out of control).  We have enjoyed the great showers of Nanny Cay knowing that short showers at 25% heel lay. read more...


03/05/2012

Brizo - BVI to Bermuda Day -1

Following two weeks in the British Virgin Islands with various friends visiting we have had yesterday and today (Wednesday) to prepare for our trip back into the Atlantic some 840nm to Bermuda. We leave tomorrow at mid day local time 17:00 BST. We are yet to catch up on the BriZo blog and will not now get internet until we are in Bermuda in 5+ days time. Murray joined us late Monday so it will just be three single watches 24 hours a day. We have managed to complete the ‘up mast rig checks’, main engine gearbox service, generator impellor change (it had blown apart again well under its normal hours), provisioning and of course the multitude of other jobs that are needed. The rest we will now do on the way and that includes the passage plan, but essentially we just head. read more...


14/11/2012

La Medianoche - Las Palmas partys and preparations

It'sso good to be back! Medianoche arrived on early Monday morning after a wet and wild ride from Lanzarote. Since, there have been many "hello's", great parties and the good feeling that things are starting now! Now based in the Vela Latina, its a different atmosphere, but nice! Preparations are enormous like always, but in the end it will all work. This weekend my crew will be arriving and I am looking forward to their help. Until then I am working myself through the lists until the Sundowner calls. Thanks to the ARC team for making me feel welcome. Cheers, Mareike. read more...


11/06/2012

Enterprise - Night Watch

47.46.684N 007.627W1210 hrs 11 June 2012  Another night watch and there is only Zulu, my imaginary helmsman, to talk to. It is the good ship Enterprise after all. Jaz served us brie sandwiches for lunch. I had asked for cheese but she thinks she is serving the third course at a dinner party. I suspect that the brie is testing my anti-seasickness tablets to the full. Maybe I should get sponsored by a pharmaceutical company. But then no. They have lost of guinea pigs and rabbits to test their potions on.My mind wanders to the sight of a large rabbit helming the yacht dressed in a smart waistcoat and singing "I'm late, I'm late for a very important date...". I must concentrate on my watch.  It is customary to wax lyrical about sailing - even. read more...


26/03/2011

Basia - A thank you from back home

  Cat Neumann-Nowinski is the other daughter of Michael and Basia Neumann and has sailed on the family boat, also Basia, during previous legs of World ARC. She knows the other Rally crews well and wrote the message below, following the safe arrival of the dismasted Basia, her parents and sister Anna yesterday.I just saw the update on the website and the footage of my Basia's arrival into Grenada.  There are no words that can truly express how grateful I am that my parents are part of such an amazing rally. After hearing of their accident I felt totally helpless being thousands of miles away here in Texas.  However, knowing that my parents were with other rally boats I knew they were in good hands. I cannot begin to express my gratitude to. read more...


23/09/2012

Anastasia - En route to Cocos Keeling

10:57.8S 100:45.3E  290 miles covered, 237 miles to go We are just over half way from Christmas Island to Cocos Keeling.  The start of the passage was a continuation of our arrival at Christmas Is, with good winds and current pushing us along at 11 to 12 knots.  First we lost the current and then the wind died away so now we are plodding along at 6 to 7 knots, due to arrive in the early hours the day after tomorrow. It is actually quite lucky that we have slowed down because yesterday the prop shaft brake on the port engine failed and the prop started freewheeling.  This is only a problem when we are sailing at over 10 knots through the water, when the prop spins rapidly enough to unfold completely and then the transmission starts to complain.  It is. read more...


08/06/2012

Zingara - Zingara auf Reisen

Guten Tag Ihr treuen Leser,weiter gehts....nach drei Tagen auf der schönen Insel San Miguel inPonta Delgada werden wir am heutigen Abend an der Regatta des örtlichen Yachtclubs nach Santa Maria teilnehmen und die 55 Meilen durch die Nacht in hoffentlichordentlicher Zeit hinter uns bringen, unser Sieg von Bermuda nach Horta verpflichtet ! Die Flotte dünnt sich aus, einige Yachten segeln direkt nach Lagos,einige Yachten aus GB oder IRL. treten die Heimreise ebenfalls direkt von hier aus an. Also, immer häufiger heißt es leider, Abschied nehmen. Naja, irgendwann und irgendwo sieht man sich sicher wieder. Unsere Crew hat für den Rest der Tour einen Wechsel erfahren können,Wolfgang aus Schwanheim ist zu uns gestoßen und wird uns auf den letzten. read more...


11/02/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Bahia Beards

Salvador was just unbearably hot,even though we were really pleased to be there. The old part of the city was,buzzing with loud music, busy with tourists, traffic, a million people trying to sell you just about anything, and more than a few ARC yachties being mugged!!!    So we hung around for a few parties and the prize giving and got the hell out. We spent the next few days anchored on some of the small islands in the bay, still managed to be in the vicinity of two near violent fights, so sailed down the coast along with Kealoha, to a fantastically laid back Island of Morro Sao Paulo. What a contrast; sleepy place, just sand roads, great bars and restaurants, so have been able to chill out, sunbath, swim, and read yet more books. Tomorrow we set sail again up the coast for 400 miles to. read more...


09/06/2012

North Point - Ready for the off again

Due to a sudden change of plan we’re leaving at lunchtime. The gales have blown through and it should be all right to go. Falmouth is lovely but we are really looking forward to some heat. I won’t have time to ring you all before we go but hopefully should be able to due some blogging on the way and definitely when we get to Bayona. So, time to start tracking us on the fleet viewer later today.. read more...


23/09/2012

Matilda - Broken Record for my Birthday

Today is the 23rd September and I can no longer claim to be anything less than middle aged. Sadly, it's my 45th birthday... but on the bright side, we broke our all-time 24 hour distance record over night - 181 miles covered to 6am! The crossing from Bali to Cocos Keeling has been fairly uneventful, with good winds out of the South East most of the time. The sea is getting a bit rolly, but when the current is with us by up to 2 knots, we are not going to complain.I finally managed to get some sleep last night after a couple of days without sleep. I still have no idea why I can't sleep on some passages, whilst on others I seem to sleep fairly well. I think I just get used to the 8 hours sleep at night in port and find adjusting to a broken sleep pattern a bit tricky. I had hoped that by. read more...


26/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 268 - Happy Basia Landings!

25 March 2011 Basia and her protective convoy have come home, nine days and over 1000nm since her collision with a ship. We all agreed between us that we would launch our tenders, go out into the bay and welcome home our intrepid little fleet of four, Eowyn, Tucanon, and Jeannius leading in the disabled yacht. The word was that they would arrive around 9am so we set our alarms for 7am, unwillingly may I add. Of course the wind and currents and weather were at odds and their ETA was delayed a few hours. At last by mid morning we started to pick up their VHF radio calls and with Jenny and John we joined in with many of the other boats to go out to meet and greet. What a noisy lot we were with our hooters and horns and whistles. It was a real party atmosphere. From a distance we could see. read more...


02/02/2009

Kasuje - Brazil...!!!

Hi from skipper SteveWe finally arrived in Salvador in the early hours of yesterday. 4 weeks at sea with great company and we laughed, eat and drank all the way. Salvador on first sighting is hot,(in fact b***y hot), sultry, vibrant and noisy. We have just a couple of days here before we catch flights back to the UK and after 35+ degrees even some cold and snow looks attractive.Our passage from Cape Town as I previously stated was slow and without incident and I must greatly thank Bruce, Angela and Nikko for making it so enjoyable and possible. Nikko's humor, Bruces manners and Angela's forbearance made what at first appeared a daunting passage just brilliant. Bruce and Angela have now completed four of the major ocean legs and I could not have been blessed with better sea chums, I thank. read more...


07/06/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 16 Thurs Whales ahoy!

Hi Guys Yes were still going but not far to go now (for this leg!) It appears the brick has not been sending automaticupdates to allow you to track us. Were currently 257 nm west of Horta Faial Azores. Were expecting to arrive Sat pm. Hopefully by 2pm - bets are on..... Weather outlook is good for next few days with WSW winds 10-20kts. Having gone south to avoid the bad weather were now back along the 38 latitude heading on a direct run to the Azores. As we have no meat now (other than cans :-( Marisa is fishing again. Mark is continuing to do an excellent job in the galley and is proud to say that he has not repeated any meal since leaving Ft Lauderdale. Quite a feat! & well done!! Irish stew with last of meatlast night was yummy (remainder I understand will be converted to a curry. read more...


14/11/2012

Morpion - First arrival in Las Palmas

Hello all !The very first of us will be heading to Las Palmas this week-end !I will join Christophe and Julien on Sunday to perform the last communication/information system adjustments.We are all looking forward for the start!CheersAntoine. read more...


01/05/2012

Trillium - Log 2 Atlantic Cup Rally Dresses Up!

Atlantic Cup Rally Preparations The excitement is in the air here on the docks at Nanny Cay Marina on Tortola, BVI! The boats for the Atlantic Cup Rally and the ARC Europe Rally are coming in and hoisting the dress flags. The dock looks wonderful. It is fun to see old friends as they arrive in port. We are one of four Hallberg-Rassy vessels berthed here on A Dock. There are a couple more on other docks so the HR’s are well represented. Two of us are headed to the USA and the others are going to Europe, returning home after a winter of sailing across and then up and down the island chain. We will all rendezvous in Bermuda again before heading our separate ways.  We plan to sail with ARC Europe next year if things go well.   The Rally is such a great way to meet other. read more...


22/09/2012

Anastasia - Christmas Island

10:25.6S 105:40.2EWe are now at Christmas Island, where we have been taking a 48 hour break on our way to Cocos Keeling. We had good wind and current on our last day of sailing which meant that we covered 257 miles in the final 24 hours. This is not as impressive as it seems because of the 1 to 2 knot current helping us along, but still a new record for Anastasia as far as distance covered over the ground.We arrived at 8am local time which meant that after we had cleared customs there was plenty of time to walk around town, check out the supermarkets for provisioning and do some snorkelling in the bay. Christmas Island has world class diving and snorkeling and one of the good snorkel sites is the bay where we are anchored (Flying Fish Cove).Today we went on a tour of the island. It is. read more...


13/11/2012

Satika - in Las Palmas!

Am Samstag 10. November haben wir im Hafen von Las Palmas festgemacht! Die Reise von Gibraltar nach Gran Canaria war zwar schnell, aber sehr beschwerlich! Zuerst mussten wir eine Kaltfront durchqueren und auf der Rückseite wartete eine steife Brise mit hohen Wellen auf uns!Oyster_111001pm_0117. read more...


01/05/2012

Trillium - Log 1 - Time to Rally!

It Is Time to Rally! As I write this blog, I am flying from Munich to Madrid to San Juan to Beef Island, Tortola BVI while Dennis is in the air flying from Detroit to St. Thomas. What one does to be part of the Atlantic Cup Rally! The crew of S/V Trillium will be arriving over the next three days from Ohio, Illinois and Virginia. One of the great things about participating in a sailing rally is making new friends from around the world. Sailors who want to make the trip volunteer to sail with boat owners making the trip easier on all. We will have a crew of five this time so I have to adjust my meal planning slightly. And the cockpit will be a little cozy when all of us are awake and up top. Our crew doesn’t seem to require any food items out of my usual menu of things like Shrimp. read more...


09/06/2012

Seraphina - Finally off? Day 1

Day 1: Saturday 9/6/12 Decide to go or give it a go. Leaving early to miss low coming in Thursday / Friday. Fresh supplies onboard. Hopefully Bayona Thursday. All going well with the SSB radio should be able to supply updates.Ian & Sally. read more...


07/06/2012

Hanami II - Cette fois du vent on en a ...

Agite ici la nuit du 05 au 06: rafales a plus de 35 et 25N au moins de base.  Les ris ont ete pris a la vitesse grand V mais lors de la prise du second ris, dans une rafale sur une crete de vague le bateau s'est mis a contre du vent conduisant a un empanage force. Heureusement la retenue de bome, toujours presente quelle que soit l'allure, a arrete la bome et le bateau c'est mis a la cape.  Bien sur en remettant le bateau dans le vent la voile et ses lattes sont alles se coincer dans les haubans ce qui a oblige a quelques maneuvres pour les degager Ceci fait le vent reste toujours de SW, ca va etre interessant la bascule avec la mer croisee que nous avons. Plus coton est d'eviter les empannages intempestifs (comme celui-ci) dus aux ecarts provoques par les vagues qui. read more...


01/02/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 29 and 30th Jan 09

Thursday 29th January 2009 HURTLING ALONG LIKE A HERD OF SPEEDING TURTLES After yesterday's activities today has been a rather restful day.  We've largely been mourning the temporary loss of the spinnaker, which loss has added about 15 hours on to our ETA in Salvador.  Our sadness has been heightened by the fact that since the "squall incident" we've had light south-easterly trade winds , perfect for the spinnaker but not so perfect for the Twistle rig.  The sails are just too heavy for such light winds and have a tendency to flap and fold in the light winds.  Our speed oscillates between 4 - 6.5 knots.  The momentum has gone. We all turn to our little vehicles for solace.  Lindsey has been making the sails for her ketch (called Cleone) and has made various deck fittings (simply superb);. read more...


26/03/2011

Tucanon - We all reach Grenada

We continue the passage to Grenada. A motley bunch, two of the catamarans with broken mainsails and the other dismasted. Nothing further has manifested itself and Basia appears to be stable. Unfortunately, after the second refueling, one of our crew broke off the AIS antenna so we no longer had the advantage of identifying other vessels. We could also no longer use the standby VHF, available should the main VHF not function, as this was supported by the same antenna. Unfortunately, the main VHF is very poor now with a range of less than three miles, always assuming that the equipment, to which we are communicating, is powerful enough to pick up our transmissions. If sailing within a mile of us, Jeannius can hearus. We cannot pick up intelligible transmissions from Basia unless we. read more...


25/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 267 - Heroes of the high seas!

24 March 2011We heard the news today that Basia and her little band of helpers are due in at noon tomorrow. As with us the currents have pushed them along nicely and so their ordeal is almost at an end. They are real heroes. The leg from Brazil was harder than we had anticipated. We expected more of a beam or broad reach instead of the close reaching. There was none of the 'lazing around reading books in the sunshine stuff', we actually had to 'sail' the boat. We are both very tired indeed but elated to be back in the Caribbean and looking forward to island hopping up to St. Lucia, our penultimate destination, for the remaining three weeks of the rally. Voyageur has done a remarkable job, she has travelled the world with dogged determination and never let us down. These boats are so. read more...


08/06/2012

Enterprise - Pent up in Pendennis

50.09.409N 005.03.452W 1430hrs 7 June 2012 We are still holed up in Pendennis Marina, Falmouth. Nick who is our Rally Portugal minder on the ground has made valiant efforts to raise the spirits. First with a visit to the interesting Maritime Museum where I completed the quiz at the Shackelton exhibit. Q1 If you have pessimists and optimists in your crew who would you leave behind and who would you take if you had to go for help? Q2 If you have 69 men and 27 dogs and were running out of food what would you do? Just as I did at School, I forgot to read the question and answered I would take the dogs and eat the pessimists. In the evening Nick arranged a wine tasting and dinner at Indaba on the Beach Restaurant. I must say that the wine tasting was excellent and was accompanied by a. read more...


06/06/2012

Endo 2 - daily log / Ponta Delgada

Nun sind wir schon fast wieder zuhause -  Europa hat uns wieder. Die Überfahrt von Bermuda zu den Azoren bot ein breites Wetterspektrum von Flaute bis zum Sturm, den wir leider in den letzten 2 Tagen hatten. Wir konnten das schlechte Wetter nicht umgehen, sind einfach zu langsam. Andere hatten mehr Glück, sie waren bereits im Hafen von Horta. Erstaunlicherweise waren wir nicht die letzten und dementsprechend überrascht.  Glücklicherweise hatten wir keine weiteren Schäden zu beklagen und konnten Horta entspannt erleben. Zwischenzeitlich sind wir auf Terceira gewesen (1 Nacht) und heute auf Sao Miguel eingetroffen. Nun werden wir uns erst einmal erholen und uns auf den Törn nach Norden vorbereiten - viel vorschlafen, denn die Nächte zehren an. read more...



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