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21/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

MONDAY 21st MARCH  2011 Right now, it is a beautifull night as I type this blog, The Moon is full in the sky and not a cloud to be seen, the sea is flat, there is little or no wind, so we are motoring our way to Grenada, we expect to pass Tobago today around midday, leaving it ( and any pirates) to port. Its interesting to study the Islands around here with names such as " Pirates Bay " that says it all about the history of the place and the Carribbean in general stretching back hundreds of years, and to think that there are still pirates around today. WOW. If things, like the wind and current do not improve soon, then it looks as if it will be in the middle of the night tonight when we arrive in Grenada, and if things slow down even further, then it could be daybreak. read more...


29/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log for 27.1.09

Tuesday 27th January 2009 CATCHING UP SLOWLY We had an amazing run last night, with winds whipping up to an occasional frenzied 25-30 knots from the ESE.  Quasar creaked and groaned in the darkness, and yawed with the relentless bullying of an increasingly unsettled sea.  At times we were gliding along at 9.5 knots.  By 0400 hrs, the wind had ensconced itself in to a steady groove of 25 knots and so we had no choice but to lower the spinnaker (it's a lightweight sail) and rig the more robust Twistle rig.  At 0400 hrs the usual suspects were lurking around: Malcolm, Linds, Sam and me.  Sam and Malcolm went on the foredeck to wrestle with the spinnaker; given that I was due on watch at 0600 I didn't need a second invitation to return to my bunk, but as long as you guys can manage up on the. read more...


29/10/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - West to Malta

Just testing Ceilidh’s ARC blog link as we are on route to Las Palmas fromour home port of Kos.This morning (11:20 local time) sees Ceilidh 90 NM West of Malta with a WNWF4-5 which is making it difficult for us to make our planned track of 265M, weare currently making 250M.While the sailing conditions are pleasant and sunny, we still have tocontend with a swell running from the West which is slowing our progress.We mainly have had 1 reef in the main and full genoa hoisted, since 09:00we are motor sailing as we have crew arriving today in Malta ( KP &Jenney)and Neil has a flight home tomorrow morning to catch.Currently our eta looks like 02:00 on Tuesday morning.The fridge and the autohelm both decided to pack up this morning so we arehand steering only until we can get some. read more...


12/09/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 30: Take That Jules Verne

The Wind Dancer crew decided before departing Oz, it was necessary to go away from the coast, leave the boat for a few days and explore the outback. The team flew to Uluru (Ayers Rock) to view the infamous red center. We began by sampling a bit of Aussie cuisine and chose the kangaroo, which actually turned out to be quite tasty. Next on the list was a camel ride in the desert with Uluru in the background. This was a fantastic way to see the landscape and really how iron-filled the soil is. The colors of the sunburnt sand, the greenery of the desert shrubs and the blue of the nearly cloudless sky is almost good to be true. And to top the camel ride, we enjoyed and sunset viewing of the rock that evening, seeing it change colors from red to blue as the sun went down, and then found. read more...


04/06/2012

Seraphina - On the move

Today just a short hop from Plymouth to Falmouth - currently Mylor Yacht Harbour awaiting a weather window for the cross Biscay leg. Very little wind to start - nice sail for the last half. Arrived in and we were told one of the Rally yachts was stuck with a fishing pot line around its rudder. Later we saw her being towed in by the lifeboat. Just thankful it was not us! Forecast is for rain tomorrow, strong winds Thursday & Friday - best guess off Saturday.Ian & Sally. read more...


04/06/2012

Freedom Found - Log Day 10 - 12 - Fri -S un- What a difference!

Hi Guys Happy Jubilee - Well done Queeny yesterday 'Id blame the weather on Beryl! Flags are out on Freedom Found!!Sorry to have been quite last 2 days weather not conducive to typing!! After beetling down south we avoided most of TS Beryri but it was still quite rough. We did get some good pictures though. Were all looking after our bruises now. headed north east yesterday and were now back to the best route taking currents into account. A beautiful sailing day here at 41 W blue skys fluffy clouds and just enough wind to make an average 6 kts under full main & genoa. Nice after the calm of last night and rolly-polly seas. Marko is on the mend and served up a Jubilee special breakfast of bacon mushroom & cheese omelet. ETA Horta, Azores is late Sat or early Sun morning. Curently. read more...


04/06/2012

A Lady - Skipper painting the wall in Horta, Faial, The Azores

 The message is ready to be sentwith the following file or link attachments:& BVI' to The Azores094Note: To protect against computer viruses, e-mail programs mayprevent sending or receiving certain types of file attachments.  Check youre-mail security settings to determine how attachments are handled. & BVI' to The Azores 094. read more...


20/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 20

Our position UTC 1435 10 32.N 58 10.WToday the winds came crashing to a halt. We are still attempting to sail with Joshua the larger A sail. There is only 9-11kts of wind from ESE to SE. Our speed over ground is 4-5 kts. We hope the wind will pick up so we don't have to turn on the engine. It is a bit of a point to try to end this last leg with the fewest engine hours we can manage. We also want to give the engine a break since you will remember we have a hose issue which keeps blowing apart in the engine cooling system. So if we can sail we will do it.Our previous lowest speed to sail was under 4 and we are getting pretty close. So we will give the wind a little more time to fill in.On Thursday and Friday we made 199 miles and 208 miles. There were no engine hours and we were feeling. read more...


29/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 11 - Wine Whine

Look, just like in Government, every one makes mistakes.  Y'know I really did believe we could, well not spin it exactly, but convince John P and so on that even though he couldn't read it for himself (sorry John, even if you could've understood the syntax, old CP mates, blah-di-blah), the Pointy Heads of Porton Down did write 20 minutes to Armageddon (oh do shut up Tony.  You're not making history, you're part of it now - GB).  Sorry, wrong disc there, what was I saying?  Oh yes, this Rioja thing.  The Skipper has had more complaints than about anything else put out from this boat.  The Editor has advanced an unconvincing argument that he deliberately let this school-boy error through; he knows perfectly well how to spell Rioja; he only did it as a kind of pollling exercise.  Well I. read more...


03/06/2012

North Point - Change of plan

We’re still in Plymouth but hoping to go to Fowey tomorrow and Falmouth on Tuesday where we will spend a few days. We are obviously disappointed not to be on our way but relieved not to be setting out in such horrible weather. You should still be able to watch us on the fleet viewer where you will see that a few boats have decided to go to France. Will keep up our spirits in the bar later. . read more...


12/09/2012

Wind Dancer - LOG 31: Catch of the Day

With the forecast of little wind to get us from Darwin to Benua, Bali, we filled our tanks with diesel and prepared for the possible 950 nm motor. We started off with enough wind to get the white sails up, but unfortunately it was only strong enough to last the first few hours. With engine on, we pushed north west towards our destination. The upside to not sailing (if we are forced to choose an upside) the batteries stay nice and charged, the showers are really hot and it gives ample time to do boat maintenance. We gave dancer some good TLC and got her back to running a little more smoothly as well as nice and shinny. The second day out, motoring in the flattest of seas, we were passed by Gunvor who informed us on the VHF that they had a bit of luck fishing and had caught five tuna in. read more...


30/10/2012

Poco Loco - 'New' racing yachts arriving in Las Palmas every day now.....

Our new neighbours here on 'The Wall' in Las Palmas must be looking forward to an exiting race  :-)Good thing they have 3 weeks left to clean up.....new competitors ariving in LP009. read more...


29/10/2012

Arctic Queen - Split to Palma de Mallorca

Split to Palma de MallorcaOn October 12 at 17:38 we set sail into the sunset, from our base in Croatia, leaving stormy weather behind us.On our way to Palma we stopped in St Maria De Leuca, Crotone, Le Castella, San Vito, Cagliari, Carloforte and Porto Colom.Our trip to Palma de Mallorca went mainly without any strong headwinds, we managed to avoid them by having closely followed the weather forecast 3 times a day. However, we didn't have a chance to sail much since all the stronger winds were headwinds.Our passage was graced with two nice tunas and one mahi-mahi. Our chef has had them in our plates 20 minutes after we caught them. Priceless.Palma is a big nautical center so we will stay here for a few days and do some regular equipement checking.We are planing to sail off to Ibiza on. read more...


03/06/2012

Seraphina - Change of plans

Due to the deep low forecasted of Cape Finisterre next Thursday the start has been postponed probably until the end of the week. May hop down coast to Falmouth tomorrow. Now likely to leave at end of the week. Due to time constraints Philip our crew has departed to visit his family."Paul Lewis"Huge disappointment Seraphina well prep'ed and ship shape for the seas. Off for a walk today.Ian and Sally. read more...


04/06/2012

A Lady - LOG DAY 31 : Recovery Day.

MONDAY  4th JUNE 2012   Last Friday , our proposed sail in the Whalingskiff's was cancelled and we were dissapointed with that decision,however , there lots of these elegant " Gaff rigged" whaling skiff's out on Saturday, but no offers of a sail for us,, but none the less, we admired the view of themsailing on the bay,  There was 3 of us rafted to the quay wall,  "Sookie " inside us tied to the Quay, then ourselves and outside us we had " Emilija"   ( from Malahide)  They were all great gas and we had plenty of banter between us all, Then Saturday night, the wind got up big time andscreemed through the rigging making lots of noise,AND, And, and WE were all leaving at 06.30hrs onSunday morning, ahhhhh,  06.00hrs   SUNDAY . read more...


29/01/2009

Cleone - Fw: CLEONE Leg 22A Day 4 - Team Beards

Apparently not received by some I'd be grateful if JDA, WRA, AGA and Alastair Wood could let me know whether or not your received this first time round as a check.  Too  many e-mails have gone astray of late! JamesCleone Sent: Thursday, January 22, 2009 1:37 PMSubject: CLEONE Leg 22A Day 4 - Team BeardsThe day dawned cloudily on our first spinnakerless morning. But Cleone did not seem to mind.  She sailed serenely on under full plain sail, with the Genoa poled out familiarly and the miles mounting steadily.  The Skipper, of course, was seen to let a tear or two fall into his morning cup of Earl Grey, but this was only to be expected.  What Scotsman (is he really? - Ed) likes to contemplate a four-figure bill in these straitened times?  Bruce is forecasting lighter winds today, but as. read more...


20/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 263 - Sailing into the sunshine.....

18 March 2011What a difference a day makes. Voyageur is tearing along at a rate of knots. We have had the most fantastic twenty four hours of fast exciting sailing, achieving a 200nm daily run! The day augured well. A liquid moon slowly slid down a western sky finally setting at 5am. Half an hour later a watery sun burst upon the horizon to the east. It was a beautiful sight. Dolphins arrive and perform their early morning aerobics show for us. We call to them and they respond in kind. They sing to us. Oh, it feels so good to be out here. The ocean blue once more, is reflected from a clear blue sky. It really feels and looks like we are heading into the Caribbean Sea. Five degrees north appears on the log sheet. It is like a magic number. We have literally sailed out into the sunshine. read more...


10/09/2012

BRIZO - Tuesday 11 Sept 2012

It is early Tuesday morning, just beginning to get light and we are 143 NM from Bali. As reported previously we have not had much wind on this leg and have consequently motored most of the time. We have been experiencing light-to-moderate trade winds since yesterday afternoon and have been able to do some sailing and some motor-sailing. It was great to have the engine not running for a few hours and we hope for more of the same today.One thing which has been slowing our progress is the marine growth on the bottom of our hull. The anti-fouling paint which was applied last October in Portugal has mostly worn off and we have quite a growth of plant material which is likely slowing us down by one half knot or more. We are planning to have the boat hauled and painted in Capetown but in the. read more...


28/10/2012

Peregrine - Las Palmas

Less than a month now before the start. Peregrine is sitting in the Las Palmas marina waiting for the ARC festivities to start, ready to go, apart from filling the water water and diesel tanks.The journey down from Falmouth was less than straightforward, with two full gales three calms and even the reliable trade winds reversed for us!  Still we made it in 13 days! Tom and myself are now enjoying the sunshine and relaxed marina life.. read more...


28/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 26.1.09

Monday 26th January2009   FINESSING ONESVEHICLES   Even though the wind has been lightening instrength all morning, there appears to be a lethargy amongst the crew.  It?s really spinnaker weather again, butanother sail change?!  No one canbear to change the sails AGAIN.  Iwonder around the cabin and note that everyone?s energy is firmly fixed onfinessing their vehicles.  Ian hasfitted lights, a steering wheel and other such gadgetry on his green race car;Sam?s self propelled water bottle is starting to look more like a car, a sleeklooking bonnet having been fitted; Linds has been working solidly on her sailboat, measuring the rigging, fitting the masts etc.  Malcs is reading his book having tossedhis vehicle aside, disgusted at it?s inability to propel itself ? back to thedrawing board. read more...


20/03/2011

Tucanon - Mayday fo Basia

Three times, during the first three days out of Recife, I spotted dolphins. On one occasion, the dolphins were small with pink bellies. On the two other occasions, the dolphins had white bellies and didn’t frolic out of the water very much at all.One of the white bellied pods had been swimming with us for 15minutes before Bev took over the watch, thus giving her the opportunity to spend the next twenty minutes with her movie camera, filming the beautiful creatures.By the afternoon of the fourth day at sea, we were sailing on a close reach and the only way to make any progress at all was to make passage directly towards the equator, rather than diagonally, NNW. During the night, a strop on the new North Sails mainsail came adrift and fell off and disappeared. The strop had been. read more...


03/06/2012

Gertha 4 - Day One !!

Well, after the drama’s of the previous few days, I’d like to tell you that the day dawned warm and sunny. We set off on our little “jaunt” in shorts, T shirts and sporting rather attractive sunglasses. The truth however is rather disappointing. The Rally start has been postponed for the minute, due to a series of Low pressure systems heading down the Channel, and in particular a rather nasty one which looks like it’ll be making an appearance sometime on Thursday (ish) out in Biscay.So, as things stand we’re still holed up in Plymouth, but trying to find gaps in the weather to see if we perhaps hop across to Northern France and waiting for it all to blow through over there... We are however managing some rather complex passage planning and have decided. read more...


04/06/2012

Hanami II - on quitte les Acores

Apres 6 jours a Horta, dont la moitie ou presquesous la pluie, nous quittons les Acores. Reveil a 7h30 pour liberer GWAWR a couple duquelnous etions. Un peu plus complique que prevu car un OVNI 435 francais c'etaitmis a couple de Hanami, ainsi qu'un autre bateau francais du Havre. A 8h nous quittons enfin le quai pour aller auponton carburant. La il faut attendre 9h que cela ouvre et prevoir de payer encash. 550 litres en cash cela necessite plusieurs retaits au distributeur leplus proche. Au poste gasoil il y a deja 3 bateaux a couple maisnou passerons le premiers. Pendant ce temps un bateau pavillon US vient semettre a couple de Hanami (nous sommes 5 maintenant), ils arrivent de Portsmouthet se sont bien fait secouer en faisant toute la traversee au pres.avec 2 bellesdepressions. Les. read more...


10/09/2012

Matilda - All at Sea Again

After a couple of legs with wind, we have now reverted to norm, no wind and miserably watching the fuel tank being drained to the background noise of "Mr. Stinky", our engine. We now have 320 miles to go to Bali, which means we've covered about 600. They have certainly been 600 of the most frustrating miles we've had to sail so far - sails up, sails down, spinnaker up, motor on, motor off, sails back up again. It seems a lot of effort for very little return.To add to the fun, the sore throat that had been threatening to develop into something more in Darwin turned into a nasty full blown cold, giving me (Heather) a nasty aversion to being upright for more than 10 seconds, turning my nose into a tap and acquiring my own personal climate - a good deal warmer than the already hot and humid. read more...


28/10/2012

Indulgence - Blog 7 - Porto Santo to Gran Canaria

Blog 7 - Porto Santo to Gran CanariaWith a weather system building that looked like it was going to close any passage out of Porto Santo for at least a week the three remaining crew  took the only window available and pushed off on the evening of 25th Oct. In spite, of having permission to stay on for the last leg of the trip from his real boss (the high priestess of his shrine to a mortgage), Stuart flew out from Maderia to, I believe, start preparing his own boat for the ARC ’13.  The other ‘Limey’ Andy (and boy can he suck limes through the neck of a Corona bottle) managed to secure a place on board ‘Rafiki’ for the ARC.  Consequently he was upgraded to a 47.3 for a shakedown to the Canaries.  I bet his new companions won’t frolic naked in the surf, in the early. read more...


03/06/2012

Sookie - Azores Hops Horta to Teceira

After more than a week in Horta we are all desperate to get back to sea and progress to our last destination of Lagos in Portugal.  Day two in Horta Andy and I hired a couple of mopeds along with Des and Martin on board Emilija.  We toured the whole Island in torrential rain but the crazyness of the idea kept us all in high spirits.  What a bunch of eejets..  The views of the clouds we were in were "misty".  Andy went home after a couple of days and took over 24 hours to get there due to the bad weather in Horta.  We Myself Jay and Pip spent the rest of the week drinking recovering and repeating the process.  This is why we are desperate to leave.   Our intention was to leave at 6.00 am but the gale force winds and visibility made us wait all. read more...


20/03/2011

A Lady - Sailing around the World

SUNDAY  20th MARCH    ( Gladys Birthday )  00,00hrs  Distance travelled,...............................  1,687 n miles,              Distance to destination.............................380 n miles Gladys is skippers mother, and is a great age and still in good shape. Happy birthday Mum.  Back to the damaged " Basia", yesterday  morning, Arianne and Jennius transferred about 200L of fuel to Basia, thus ensuring that she will have enough diesel to reach Granada, they are making good progress under the circumstances' Trinadad is a closer place but on the advice of Graham from " Eowyn" ( who lives most of his time in Granada) Trinadad is to be avoided. Piracy is a big problem. read more...


27/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log 25.1.09

Sunday 25th January2009   NO REST FOR THE WICKED   Lastnight, there certainly was no rest for the wicked. Given I was up allnight I feel justified in providing you dear readers with a brief account of thenight's events:   It'sjust turned midnight as we enter the wee dark hours of Sunday 25thJanuary.  Sam makes me a cup of teato stir me in to a state of alert consciousness, for the spinnaker is up and thewind is gusting and it's now my watch, 12 midnight to 2.00am.  Suddenly, I hear a flapping on the deckdeftly followed by an acute stench of fish. A flying fish has misguided its wayon to the deck; with harness donned I went to rescue the poor thing, its wetwings and scaly body leaving an unpleasant residue on my hands.  But I saved afish!   Mywatch unfolds uneventfully after that. The. read more...


09/09/2012

Anastasia - Doldrums again?

10:42.6S 120:59.5E 360 miles to go The sea is the texture of a silk scarf, occasionally slashed by the dragging tails of flying fish as they flee from Anastasia. All very picturesque but not much use for a sailing vessel trying to get to Bali before the diesel runs out. We have enough fuel remaining for about 24 more hours of motoring (about half the remaining distance) and then we will just have to sit around and wait for some wind to come. All day we have had between 2 and 4 knots of wind directly from behind. The forecast was for 16 to 20 knots this afternoon. So much for weather forecasts.  The only positive is that we have steak and chips for dinner. Plus, I guess, it was a warm sunny day, we didn't break anything and we are making reasonable progress towards Bali. read more...


03/06/2012

Ailsa - Delayed in Plymouth

Well........There was me already in my oilskins and lifejacket, with a stern spring set (so that we didn’t bash into the boat behind when we attempted to leave the berth) and Richard came back from the skipper’s meeting to say that the Rally start has been delayed due to strong winds from the wrong direction !! Up to Force 7 from the South West. At the moment it is likely that the rally will depart tomorrow and go as far as Falmouth but we have decided to set off at Midnight tonight to catch the tide through the Chanel du Four and arrive in Cameret tomorrow evening. As I have been writing this, several other boat crews have popped by to say they are going to be doing similar things to us, so it looks like we will not be alone flying the Portugal Rally flag in Cameret. Richard. read more...


02/06/2012

Usquabae of Fife - Rally Portugal

Ready, willing and able!. read more...


19/03/2011

Voyageur - Log day 262 - Into the North Atlantic.....

17 March 2011We are now well on our way into the North Atlantic, passed the 1000nm mark, and crossed the mouth of the mighty Amazon River. One hundred and sixty miles wide it takes twenty four hours to cross. It is advised to give it a clearance of 100nm to avoid all the debris and tree trunks that come spilling out into the sea. We were 220nm offshore so there were no concerns of coming into contact with anything. Last night was a very wet and windy night. When David does his morning rigging check he finds forty nine flying fish strewn about the deck, an all time record. Basia continues to limp towards Grenada. Mike's repair appears to be holding up well but another small leak has been discovered however the bilge pumps and a sponge and bucket keep the water ingress under control. The. read more...


27/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 9 - Water; a Technical Interlude

We have six, no eleven, sorts of water on board In Gibraltar, most houses have both salt and fresh water piped in.  The Rock is short of fresh, and now has to make most of it expensively by Reverse Osmosis.  So everyone flushes with salt water, though goodness knows how their sewage systems work - maybe they just pipe it untreated across into Spanish waters.  Aboard Cleone, life is even more complicated.Unlike most, if not all, of the other World ARC Yachts, we are the only one not to have had a problem with our water-maker; we have not got one.  So we carry quite a lot of Fresh Water with us, normally in three tanks.  One has a hole in it, but that still leaves us with 720 litres under the saloon bunks, nearly three quarters of a tonne.  This sounds a lot, until you imagine it may have. read more...


03/06/2012

Ninfea - Ninfea

Carbonara etc.. 2 giugno 2012  I giorni scorrono senza grandi cose da raccontare, lavori in barca, messa a punto di alcune cose...... niente di particolarmente importante.  Alla sera si va al bar di Peter per la solita chiacchierata ed una birra poi.......a letto. Siamo stati ieri a visitare l'isola con un bus organizzato solo per noi dell' ARC . Gita interessante, abbiamo potuto constatare le qualità dell'isola, il verde ovunque anche perchè qui piove spessissimo, le case modeste, il vulcano che ogni tanto si risveglia, i paesetti molto semplici, chiese ovunque. La guida dice che negli ultimi 40/50 anni ha subito terremoti ed eruzioni per questo molti isolani sono emigrati all'estero. Le coste sono bellissime con paesaggi mozzafiato, il nero della lava. read more...


24/10/2012

Indulgence - Blog 6 Sines to Porto Santo (rb)

Blog 6 Sines to Porto Santo (rb)Following time storm bound in Sines we finally ventured out on our 500 mile passage to Porto Santo (rb). As we left the wind was a favourable northerly so John was able to skilfully navigate through the numerous moored super tankers, whilst Seamus was in heaven below decks acknowledging AIS alarms a plenty.We settled into our watch system, working 2 hours on and 6 hours off, and sailed for a full nine hours before having to start the iron spinnaker ! The first day saw a mixture of sailing and motoring as the wind shifted direction and abated  or strengthened.  At one point a bird landed on the boat and sat on a crew members hand before finding a perch in the shelter of the canopy. That evening however was not without event. As night fell the. read more...


08/09/2012

BRIZO - Saturday 8 Sept 2012

After six weeks in Australia we have departed Darwin for the trip to Bali. So far there has been virtually no wind and the entire fleet has been motoring for hours-on-end, we're all tired of the endless drone of our engines! We are about halfway to Bali, expecting to arrive Wednesday morning if our fuel holds out or if the wind fills in.Our stay in Australia was not nearly long enough to see the country, it is a vast territory with a relatively small population concentrated in a few coastal cities. We stopped in Mackay, Cairns and Darwin; Corinne and the girls spent a week in Sydney when Lew was back in the States for work. We experienced a nice balance of city sights, national parks and wildlife. Most of our time was spent in proximity of the Great Barrier Reef, a very large area to. read more...


24/10/2012

VIA CON ME - Participants VIA CON ME

v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);} .shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);} Participants Sailing Yacht VIA CON ME -  ARC 2012  Melanie   Melanie Marquis, Crew, age 30, License for Sport and Pleasure Yachts inshoreNautical miles: approx. 3480 NM (most Mediterranean Sea)Hobbies: sailing, travelling around, have funProfession: electrical drafterPhilosophy: “exploring the world and enjoy the beautiful lifeTo see a picture of Melanie click here. read more...


02/06/2012

North Point - Ready for the off!

We’ve been to Sainsbury’s for our final shop, learned how to put up our flags and put an outline route into the chart plotter. We enjoyed the Welcome drinks and supper last night – it was good to meet lots of the other participants. We’ve also got a party tonight which will take our minds off the weather forecast for a while. We hope to be blogging on route but if the weather’s too bad you’ll have to wait until Bayona for the next instalment. They will be appearing on both web diaries while we are on the rally.. read more...


19/03/2011

Ariane - Basia - Kollision

Ein spannender Tag, Tag 10 der Überfahrt von Recife nach Grenada Liebe Seglerkollegen Kurzer Rückblick: Der Mittwoch, 16.3. wird dür eine unserer WorldARC-Yachten zum Tag des Schreckens! Es passiert das, was nie passieren soll und von der Wahrscheinlichkeit auch sehr selten geschieht: Basia, ein Katamaran unter kanadischer Flagge segelt früh morgens mit voller Geschwindigkeit in einen vorbeifahrenden Frachter! Der Mast bricht weg und auch die Rümpfe werden beschädigt. Die Flotte empfängt um 9 Uhr morgens das ‘Mayday Relai.’ Zum Glück ist niemand verletzt und der Wassereinbruch ist kontrollierbar, nachdem die Crew der ‘Eowyn’ die Beschädigungen mit einem Unterwasser-Epoxispachtel abzudichten versucht. Die beiden Yachten ‘Tucanon’ und ‘Eowyn’ beschliessen, Basia zu. read more...


17/11/2011

Lady - Passage to Tortola - Day 6

Wednesday November 16th to Thursday November 17th, 2011 At sea Another great day of sailing, even though nothing much has happened.Sailing close-hauled, we had a deep reef in the main yesterday afternoon and overnight, but took it out this morning.Our present wind speed is about 10-12 knots, enough to keep Lady moving at about 7 knots Steve reported that Lady had a nice wash from a squall overnight - Charlie and I slept through it. Although we have no Internet at sea, we can send and receive emails, through the SSB, using our Sailmail account.We receive emails from rally control giving us weather and other information, we also have current subscriptions to a couple of saildocs, which send us the NOAA text forecast for the area and also a grib file showing wind direction in a pictorial. read more...


26/01/2009

Cleone - CLEONE Leg 22A Day 8 - Over Half-Way

Still nearly nine hundred miles to go.Are you a half-empty or a half-full sort of person?  The Skipper's the former.  He says that there are still nearly nine-hundred miles to go.  For the rest of us, we are over half way there, the sun is shining, the sky is blue, the wind is blowing a fresh breeze behind us and there is still cold beer in the fridge.  True, the wind pulses a little now and then, and true it's right behind us, which makes steering quite challenging, and means that we are not going quite as fast as we would if the wind was on our beam a bit more.  But we are on our way to Brazil, and that means the beautiful city of Salvador, cold beers in comfy chairs, showers every day, conviviality, carnival and much more.  But, the Skipper persists in an Eyore-like fashion, ""over. read more...


03/06/2012

Voyageur - Leg 2 - Log 11 Weather on the wild side

29 May – 1 June By late afternoon the weather began to deteriorate. With two loads of washing done Voyageur’s interior was like a Chinese laundry as it all had to be brought inside to dry. We had a surprise visit from Elaine Bunting of Yachting World who is covering ARC Europe for the first time. That evening we attended our first ARC Europe function of this stopover, the “hot stone” dinner. Presented with a platter of pork, chicken, beef fillet, tuna, swordfish, octopus, it was DIY on a hot lava stone. It was a great evening all round, the skipper of Aniare leading everyone in a round of Scandinavian singing.  Overnight the wind started to build. We did not sleep well. By morning gusts of over forty knots swept through the port. We checked and rechecked our. read more...


05/09/2012

Anastasia - En route to Bali

12:08.3S 130:15.9E  We left Darwin at 12:00 and are now on our way to Bali. There is very little wind, and what little there is not in a very good direction for catamarans so we are averaging about 2 knots towards Bali, sitting right at the back of the fleet. Could be a long passage.   When we were staying in Darwin we were in a place called the "Duck Pond", which was a commercial marina (ie full of rusty fishing boats doing maintenance work using jackhammers and angle grinders). The only positive was that the fisherman were friendly and, before we left, they gave us a big Barramundi which we have just had for dinner. "Barra" is a very tasty Indo-Pacific fish. One of those things that are commonplace here down under but that most Europeans have never heard of (holidaying. read more...


03/06/2012

Hanami II - Horta - Les Sab'es d'Olonne.

Hanami II au depart des BermudesCeci devrait etre la derniere partie du voyage de retour. Le depart etait prevu ce matin mais a cause de la depression qui passe actuellement sur les Acores, l'ARC a repousse le depart de 06 heures du matin a ... Plus tard. Un des bateau est parti, A Lady, et a eu ce matin entre 45 et 50N de vent entre les iles. Cela n'incite pas a quitter le port, meme avec la pluie et le vent. Finalement Ian restera avec nous pour le retour jusqu'aux Sables, il avait envisage de trouver un autre bateau pour visiter les iles mais y a renonce. Cela rendra le retour plus cool car nous auron probablement un autre coup de vent en mer mercredi: les gribs de MaxSea donnent 30N avec surement des pointes a 35. Pour essayer de limiter cela nous irons probablement moins au nord que. read more...


02/06/2012

Moonstream - Team Moonstream

Here we are ready to cast off but breakfast first ....and less than 24 hours before the starting gun at 08.00hrs on Sunday 3 June.Did we hear there was some other nautical event going on on the river Thames?  Happy sailing to all participants.Jim, Tim, Ken, Chris, Maureen and Caroline . read more...


05/09/2012

Matilda - We Have Won a Darwin Award!

The crossing from Thursday Island went really well for us. When we could finally be arsed to put up the parasail, we shot off leaving more worthy boats in our wake. For two nights I was cursing the fact that the wind angle for the parasail was sending us North, however, it actually meant we stayed with the wind and made better progress, putting a Southerly bias in our course the next day. When we got to the mouth of the passage into Darwin we took the parasail down just before the accelerated winds (hows that for accidental timing) and then had no wind at all through the tight passage. So we had 17 hours of motor sailing into Darwin itself arriving very early on a beautiful morning, with our passage companions Dreamcatcher and Zoe (who motored in ahead of us). We then spent most of the. read more...


19/03/2011

Crazy Horse - March 19

Our position 1105 UTC 8 39.N 54 31.WI write this on Sat. morning after just getting off my watch. What a beautiful night with the moon shimmering on the ocean. We sailed beautifully going 8-9kts at about 90-120Deg. Our heading was 320. We are just about on the rhomb line to Grenada. We are about 476 miles from Grenada. So far if the winds hold we should be there before my sis. That will give us some time to get Crazy Horse into the marina and figure out if we can pull her out to get some work done there.The excitement is building on many fronts. For one, we are closing in on the last leg of this rally. Second, this is the last of one of the longest legs we have faced. Third, there is the possibility that Basia and the others who are aiding her will all make it to the rendezvous in. read more...


23/10/2012

Indulgence - An Interlude from Seamus

An Interlude from Seamus.We’re heeled well over on the Port tack. The windex is steady at last, a shooting star falls across it’s orange arms. Not to worry the closest point of approach is not registering on the AIS yet. The wind shrieks in the rigging as she plunges and rolls, rolls and climbs. One hand for the ship one for myself, ease the main a little, let her settle, less slamming now. Away to the North there is a stroboscopic display as sheet lightning highlights the black underbelly of fat storm clouds. They have already swallowed the Plough standing up on his sock the last time I looked. A different lurch – I duck as a grape shot of spray slashes across the canopy and the blindfolded outboard. There he stands clamped to his bracket, with his clenched tiller-fist raised in salute. read more...


25/01/2009

Quasar V of Lleyn - Quasar V's log for 24.1.09

24th January 2009 IT CAN NOT BE SIRIUS Said in true John McEnroe style!!  My gosh, I've never seen Sirius looking so colourful.  She sparkled with a brilliance unmatched in the nightsky: red, yellow, blue, green, orange , the belle of the ball.  She certainly had her competitors though:  Rigel and Betelgeuse (stars in the Orion constellation) twinkled in delight; Canopus glistened and flickered.  The backdrop ( the milky way ) was equally stunning as it cast a narrow veil across the sky.  I was in awe of the beautiful night sky, but particularly impressed by Sirius. Did you know that Sirius lies 8.6 light years away and is one of the sun's closest neighbours.  She is the brightest star in the sky, followed by Canopus, which lies 313 light years away.   The only disappointing factor of. read more...


25/01/2009

Talulah Ruby II - Talulah Day 365

2 days ago we celebrated our 1 years anniversary of leaving St. Lucia on Feb.23 2008 on the start of World ARC. It has made us reflect on now much we have done in that year,it's been absolutely brilliant,especially as elsewhere the world seems so full of doom and gloom.So we celebrated in the usual Talulah Ruby style and dressed up,opened some champagne,had a great dinner including a Christmas pudding I found lurking in the bottom of a locker(think its been there 14 months).But the wind is not being kind,and we have been wallowing around for days,we have reached a point where if we motor anymore,we will be disqualified from the race to Bahia,if we don't we might all end up with scurvy. So we shall battle on trying to sail for a couple of more days,if we don't get anymore wind we will. read more...



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