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28/11/2012

Murphy - Wind a plenty - Days 1 and 2

 After a bit of a traffic jam leaving the marina, at 11am on Tuesday 27th November the massed fleet of the ARC 2012 Cruising Division powered across the start line in 15 – 20 knots of breeze – ENE. What a sight.  Worries about wind from the wrong direction, or not enough, were quickly forgotten as we sailed southwards along the coast of Gran Canaria into the wind acceleration zone at the bottom of the island.Through the night we had winds up to 35 knots (consistently Force 7 or 8 – near gale or gale!) and Murphy sailed beautifully with the genoa poled out to starboard and the main on the port side (both well reefed).We all got soaked when a squall came through with torrential rain, but thank heavens for the cockpit bimini.Day 2 things calmed down a bit with a nice warm breeze-. read more...


28/11/2012

Johanem - 28 November

Johanem - 28th NovemberWe have covered over 170 miles in the first 24 hours on a bouncy sea with occasional gusts up to 40 knots! The wind has been in a favourable direction and the outlook remains so. Tony is very upset because he typed the original blog but it disappeared into the ether!! Technology!!We saw dolphins today and Susie and Jim thought they saw a shark during last nights watch. Honestly no alcohol had been consumed!!!All is well and Ian and I hope to see some more stars tonight to continue the astronomy lessons from the last leg down from Lisbon.Nick is being a great skipper and looking after us all very well.. read more...


28/11/2012

Puddle Jumper - First day at sea

After the frustration of an unexpected 48 hr. delay to the start due to strong southerly winds the start was announced as earlier than expected on Tuesday at 11 am. No boats to leave harbour before 10 am. and the marshalling area within the outer harbour left most people wondering if it was possible to get over 200 yachts to sea that way in the time available with no collisions. So we went for an English breakfast to  think about it while John Dixon went to do more last minute shopping! and left harbour just in front of the rush at 9:58! In the end all went well and we had an uneventful start getting away towards the front of the fleet. The wind was up to 30 Knots from the N/NE with big rather confused seas making for a challenging first 24 hrs. We covered 212 miles in the. read more...


28/11/2012

Poespas - The First Twenty Four Hours

Hoorah.... We were off at last, at 1100 on Tuesday and of we went with the rest of the fleet... St. Lucia bound.A windy start with 20 knots of wind and a big swell running, heading westerly to get out from the island and then south keeping far enough offshore to try and avoid the wind acceleration zone south of the airport.... well we tried but the wind was accelerating everywhere....Elle was seasick for the first few hours, as she expected to be, but all good now with no one else suffering in this rocking and rolling. We are all now getting used to the watch system of 4 hours on and 6 hours off in a dual watch system, so there are always two people on watch.Before dark we set the Genoa with pole to starboard and the main out to port on a preventer and then ran just of the wind till. read more...


28/11/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 4 - Above 300

Daybreak came after a quiet clear night we sailed under full main and full Genoa, and a massive almost-full moon  which made life on deck a real pleasure. Steering was easy and we made good progress, but once the sun was out, the first thing in our mind was to hoist the A4 right away.The wind was 15 to 18 knots and it slowly built up to a constant 20 knots by mid-morning. A look at our log suggests we have done about 300 miles on the last 24 hours, give or take a mile or two I would say, but we were very close to that number for sure. Speeds have been quite consistently above 14 knots today and the wind coming up to 29-30 knots when some squalls show their face around in the afternoon, we watch speeds of up to 18-19 and 20 knots. Top speed was 21.9 knots in the early afternoon, and. read more...


28/11/2012

Capricho - Dia 2 - voiles en ciseaux

Posición actual 27ºN ~02,8’ 19ºW~00.1’              Distancia recorrida : 198 MN                      Velocidad promedio :   8+ NudosVientos del : E - NE                                       Velocidad del viento : 15+ NudosEstado de Animo :  AltoParece que la estrategia que diseñamos no ha sido la mejor, nos pasaron varios veleros (normal monocascos de buen tamaño) y algunos catamaranes –ouch-, pero seguimos en a pelea. La. read more...


28/11/2012

Ace - Report Day 1

1st 24 hrs at sea, fair winds, fast sailing all is well. 230miles in first 24hrs!We set off at 1100 yesterday from Las Palmas in 25knots of breeze with moderate following sea, quickly settled into a routine of surfing and showers, followed by a fairly tiring night but all caught up on sleep now, almost…Ace is, as ever, looking after us well, a dry boat, fast and forgiving.Wind has dropped off considerably now, overcast and a bit rolley, a but Peter has his rod is out in hope of sashimi later!On the subject of food; breakfast, lunch and dinner have been expertly prepared by William so far, and I am happy to report that all meals have subsequently stayed exactly where they should be…. within the diners.I have to say that I am mightily impressed how all us rusty sailors have. read more...


28/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape Day 2

 What a night, I don’t think any of us realised we had clicked on the ‘Full on Adventure’ button when we booked the trip. Last night was certainly one to remember, big swells and big winds and surfing down the waves. I think Jan holds the surfing record at just under 12 knots although Stephen reckons he had more than 12 knots at one point. For my part it made for an interesting time on the helm.This morning sees clear skies and most of the crew on deck helping to rig the main sail as well as the head sail. The wind has dropped a bit the boat is more stable and making about 7.5 knots.David and John believe they saw a whale off the port side this morning. Luckily for us it stayed away although John did mention getting the fishing gear out. Hopefully the weather will stay fair and we. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 2 Great Escape 26 51N 17 49W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 2 Great Escape 26 51N 17 49W
28/11/2012

Fabiola - our first 24 hours

Frenetic start yesterday with hundreds of goodbyes to loads of new and old friends. A flash of boobies to the boys on "Open Blue" and hard charging to the start line. Fabulous conditions for quick and close "cruising\racing" as we wend our way through the throng of other ARC boats. Fabiola is charging hard. New speed record was broken by Vince of 16 knots over the ground. The entire crew are loving the proximately of other boats and delighted to finally be off. As we head down the coast of Gran Canaria and into the acceleration zone the wind picked up and we reef the main and genoa. The testing condition's continue so the watches run 2 on watch of four hours on and two hours off, but driving the boat in these conditions is definitely the way forward. This morning as the sun rises weary. read more...


28/11/2012

Coral IV - Sørover i frisk bris og regnvær

26:42.20N 16:36.60W Det er 28. november. Mads fra Frivind har truffet bra med vær, bølger og vind. Har hatt lange perioder med 30-25 kn, men det har også ligget lenge rundt 25. Store bølger. Vi seilte for BB halser til kl 21.30. Da hadde vi gått lenge på kurs 210-220, mens kursen til Mads’ WP var 248. Med god fart - snitt på godt over 8 kn - kom vi derfor endel lengere sør enn vi egentlig hadde tenkt. Kl 21.30 valgte vi å ta ned storseilet helt, (Hadde seilt med to rev nesten hele veien.), pga stadige broacher. Nå går vi kun for kutterseil - og holder likevel ca 7 kn. Mye og rotete sjø. Vanskelig å bedømme høyden, men har nok sett 5 m selv om det stort sett ligger på 3,5.Regner med å holde kurs 252 som vi holder nå - frem til ny melding fra deg.Vind 28 kn på styrbord halser.Barometeret. read more...


28/11/2012

Meltemi - 28.11.2012 - 2. Seetag - Wir sind gestartet!

Position: 26-29N / 018-29W, 235 sm seit dem Start in Puerto de la Luz, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCOG: 270 degSOG: 7,2 kn.. endlich, endlich, endlich, um 11:04 Uhr haben wir die Startlinie passiert. Der Traum von der Atlantikueberquerung wird jetzt Realitaet. Vor uns liegen fast 3.000 sm - nur Wasser! Hinter uns liegen Alltagsprobleme, die jetzt keine Bedeutung mehr haben: Eurokrise, Verkehrsstaus, Business Reports, die eine oder andere private Sorge ... Fuer die naechsten drei Wochen ist nur noch Segeln wichtig.Ich stehe am Steuer, wir haben bis zu 35 kn Wind (Windstaerke 8), und das Schiff laeft in der Spitze bis zu 12 kn. Wir sind im Regatta-Modus!Meine Mitsegler sagen, ich haette ein glueckliches Strahlen im Gesicht - ja, und so fuehle ich mich auch. Um 19 Uhr wird es dunkel und wir. read more...


28/11/2012

Coral IV - Så er vi igang

27:23.59N15:33.31WSå er deførste 6,5 timer bak oss. Vinden kommer rett bakfra, så vi greier ikke holdeønsket kurs. Mellom 20 og 30 (35) kn vind. Vi gjør 8-9 knop. Mye sjø, så det ervanskelig å få gjort noe særlig ombord. Går for storseil med to rev ogkutterseil. Likevel stadige broacher. Nå er det like før GC forsvinner bak oss.En stund siden vi sist så øya. Det skyldes tildels avstand og tildels at det ermye skyer. Periodevis er det noen skikkeligeregnskyll.  Sam harkjøkkenvakt i dag. Han serverte pizza til lunch. SPennende å se hva han diskeropp med til middag. Akkuratnå er det Carl som rorer. Han er godt humør, for han har gjennomført etjobbintervju og fått bekreftet at han får ny jobb.Ivoryhar standby nå. Standby er ment ¨være en passiv vakt, men i dag er det aktivtarbeid med. read more...


28/11/2012

Poco Loco - Dag 1 - 025.31.55N - 017.01.16W Afstand 196 mijl

De wekkers gaan om 7 uur want we moeten om 10:45 starten. We mogen pas om 10:00 de haven uit dus Tony, de buurman maakt een schema om iedereen zo snel mogelijk het kleine (bij)haventje van Las Palmas uit te loodsen. Als de klok 10 uur slaat, vertrekt de eerste cat meteen, soepeltjes varen 18 cats in 10 minuten de haven uit naar de startlijn. Tijdens de start gooien we nog snel een citroen met daarop een USBstick met muziek bij de Ostrea in de kuip. Voor onder weg. De wind is NO 6 en neemt toe, met ruime wind kiezen we een zuidelijke koers (180). Als het donker wordt neemt de wind weer toe tot (35kts) en we besluiten het grootzeil te laten zakken gezien de koers en op genua verder te zeilen, maar tijdens het zakken van het zeil komen de lazyjacks naar beneden. Een blokje geknapt, we. read more...


28/11/2012

Sam III - SAM III abnehmende Welle...

Der Start gestern war sensationell ,über 200 Boote eingefercht in ein engesStartfeld vor dem Hafen und hinter der Startlinie führte zu einer starkenVerstopfung am Hafenausgang.Daher haben wir am Liegeplatz bis 10 Minutenvor dem Start gewartet und sind dann raus,Sgel rauf und haben wie Vetteldas Feld von hinten überrollt.Der Wind war stark aus NO und wir suftren mitbis zu 12,5kn die Welle runter.Südlich von Gran Canaria hatten wir einigeReparaturen:Vorsegelmoter war ein Kabel lose,Besansegel war verklemmt.DieWellen waren ind Nachte sehr hoch und sehr laut.Nachts brach dann am neuenSpinnakerbaum ein Fitting so daß wir iHn einholen mußten.Danach rollten wirdie ganze Nacht sehr.sehr heftig und die Fische wurden gefüttert.Heutescheint endlich die Sonne,Regis hat den Baum reparieren können und. read more...


28/11/2012

Seren Wen - Day 2

Its a good job that we know a good man in Las Palmas, Jon Crouch has saved the day and worked really hard all day to solve the problem. It seems we have 2 hydraulic pipes that have chaffed as they pass through the bulkhead and had holes in them, leaking out all our oil! This was a disaster waiting to happen and although were so sad to return we feel very lucky that this didn't happen half way across. Its a bit crackers, but some of  us ( well, Liz)"talk" to Seren Wen and think she showed us her problem early to keep us safe!New replacement pipe and fittings are being made as we blog and we have high hopes of being away by tomorrow lunch time after a bit of extra provisioning as we keep eating into the stock!!The Marina seems so empty without all the ARC boats and. read more...


28/11/2012

La Boheme - Log Day 1 and 2

We had a great start, thanks to Tom, we were one of the first yachts to cross the starting line. Around the Las Palmas airport the wind increased in gusts to 50 knots. Our first night at sea was far from being comfortable as the sea was choppy and confused with around 6 m waves. The wind stayed up to 50 knots all night. In the morning we saw one yacht blowing her spinnaker only meters from us.We have left the Canary Islands behind. We have done 190 miles in the first 24 hours and we still have 2500 to go. The night was illuminated by the full moon and sailing was unforgettable.La Boheme Team. read more...


28/11/2012

Indulgence - Blog 9 : Nantucket Sleigh Ride and our first night at sea.

Blog 9 : Nantucket Sleigh Ride and our first night at sea. Current Position: N 26o 36" 6 W 18o 04" 82' Exactly 62nm south of Hierro island. Day 1, distance covered : 168 nmCurrent Speed : 7.2knots Distance to Finish : 2510 nm* * * * * "Goodbye, little Robin-MarieDon't try following meMy ship's leaving on a three-year tourThe next tide will take us from shoreWindlaced, gather in sail and sprayOn a search for the mighty sperm whale"The lyrics of Nantucket Sleigh Ride were about to take on a whole new meaning as Dulgie pulled off from the marina at Las Palmas, set for Rodney Bay on the first day of our ARC passage. Aidan liked to remind of us his favourite song the night before as we huddled around an iPad with a failing internet connection singing along. Better make the most of it now.. read more...


28/11/2012

Loupan - Mot Västindien - dygn 1

Nu är det drygt ett dygn sedan vi lämnade hamnen i Las Palmas och efter 24timmar hade vi seglat cirka 220 av ca 2700 sjömilen på vår väg till St Lucia.   Det var en mäktig och lite känslosam upplevelse när båtgrannarna kramade omvarandra och önskade varandra lycka till och att sedan starta seglingentillsammans med ungefär 200 andra båtar som trängdes kring startlinjen.Besättningens nerver dallrade och vi tyckte alla det var skönt att äntligen varapå väg efter en hektisk tid. Vindarna har varit friska mellan 25-35 knop (cirka12-17 m/s) från nordost och vi har seglat med två rev i storen och revad genua 3större delen av tiden. Mot slutet av natten och på förmiddagen har vi bara haftgenua 3:an uppe. Nu är storen uppe igen och vindarna har avtagit till runt 20knop (ca 10/s).. read more...


28/11/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Day 2 at sea

Date: 28th Nov 2012 11;30 UTC Time: 09:00 UTC Position: 25 16.24N 20’10.21W SOG: 8-9 knots COG: 240 approx Weather: Scattered rain, clouds STILL! Wind NW 10-15 knots  Hello all   Well we’ve had an exciting day since last report, with skipper Jacko takingthe surfing speed record, now at 16.6 knots.   Conditions have continued very similar to yesterday, rather grey, cloudy,few passing showers, but with a healthy following wind.  Seas slightlyquartering us, which gives a corkscrew to the motion, but this we expect todisappear as we enter the trades proper. Conditions overnight were especiallygood, and it was deemed appropriate to reef the main this morning at change ofwatch after the wind fairy gave us 35 knots following. (Others less charitablemight see the reef as. read more...


28/11/2012

Scarlet Oyster - Scarlet Oyster Blog First 3 days

Hi All,Sorry for no updates till now, been a bit busy and still am so this will bea little short too!The start was tricky with a fluky wind, the 20knot beat that was promisedactually sounded quite appealing!Everyone seemed to have their turn ofprivate wind (including us on occasion!).Finally the wind reestablished from the promised S direction, a quickinshore race battle ensured with us and our friends on Quokka, with neitherboat prepared to let the other get inshore too far towards the expectedshift of wind to the W. Great fun!Over night the wind finally increased and the bouncy splashy sailing we wereexpecting arrived.Pretty tough way to start a crossing!!!We decided tosail towards Tenerife as I hear it is nice there!We decided to tack forthe S to avoid getting into to much wave action. read more...


28/11/2012

Ailsa - Blog 4 - sailing

Position: 25:01.802N 16:40.112W   Captains log; Stardate 2012-11-28 – 14:00 UTC Klingons We slipped moorings on schedule and started to “boldlygo”.Sure enough a Klingon ship lay in wait off the Airport.In fact there were two – acceleration zone and a squall with heavy rain! Thepristine shorts got soaked and it was back to oilys – I thought we had finishedwith those in Biscay. So the new boots really have come in useful – thanks Obsand Gynae. We are settling into life at sea. The winds have beenmoderately strong and we have covered a little over 200 nm in the first 24hours. The prepared meals will come into their own as we do roly poly. We haveheard from our SSB net and Shelley has abandoned the idea of using the washingline. No other demons yet but we areprepared.... read more...


28/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - Churning Stomachs, Churning Seas

Song of the Day: Meatloaf – Bat out of HellSo on Tuesday at 0330 we left our berth in Las Palmas to restart the ARC 2012, Coyote 2 closely followed behind us and EH01 a few hours behind.After searching around we eventually found our approximate start and turned the engine off and got going, we flew down the island making it to the southern end by about lunchtime. It was a beautiful day as we sat wondering when it would sink in that we had actually left!We saw our first pod of dolphins that followed and played with us for a little while as Penny took the helm. Jackie took to mother duty very well and made sure we were fed and watered and happy. As the sun was just about to set the wind started to pick up so we decided to put our third reef in to make the sail smaller. Unfortunately. read more...


28/11/2012

Surfing Petrel - Wednesday

We only left Gran Canaria three days and already it seems much longer, which means that Surfing Petrel and her crew have settled well into life at sea. When sailing in colder climes and less pleasant conditions, we often dream of endless downwind sailing, surfing down waves, warm sea temperature, sunshine and a night sky full of stars. And right now it is mostly that. There is just the occasional cumulomonster bearing down on us with Surfing Petrel written all over it to remind us that we can't have it all! There are some pleasant differences when racing on a cruising boat (a complete novelty for some of us). There is a fridge and therefore there are fresh vegetables and some outstanding Camembert amongst other delights. Not all meals are freeze-dried. There is a proper interior. There. read more...


28/11/2012

Sunrise - 27.11.2012 Wir starten die ARC

Hallo liebe Sunrise-Blog-Leser,heute klingelte der Wecker bereits um 07:00 Uhr. Nach einem letzten,leckeren Hafenfrühstück haben wir die noch ausstehenden Arbeiten undBesorgungen abgeschlossen. Leider sind die Köder von Pit und Robertverloren gegangen. Sie werden es jetzt vermutlich mit dem offeneLeinenende versuchen. Aber egal, das Ergebnis bliebt das Selbe!Nach einem furiosen Start (wir waren nach 30 Sekunden über die Starlinie)ging es mit Bft. 5-6 und einer 3 Meter hohen Welle inden Tag. Die Launeist bestens und wir werden bisher alle von der Seekrankheit verschont. Diewarme Mahlzeit wird dennoch auf morgen verschoben, wir wollen eben dochkein Risiko eingehen.Das Rudergehen ist mit den schräg von achtern anlaufenden, hohen Wellenanstrengend und an der Technik muss dringend noch. read more...


28/11/2012

Cheri - Die ersten 24 Stunden auf dem Atlantik

Der letzte Abend in der Sailor's Bar wurde für Andrè, Ivo, Eddi und mich etwas länger. Das lag daran, dass wir von zeitweise heftigen Regenschauern von den Tischen auf dem Gehsteig immer wieder in die kleine Bar getrieben wurden. In der Enge und dem Stimmengewirr kamen die Gedanken an die Kojen nicht durch. Leider blieben die Schauer auch über Nacht, so dass wir immer wieder aus den Kojen mussten, um die Luken zu schließen. Um 07:30 h kam dann langsam Leben in die CHERI. Leo kümmerte sich um das Frühstück, Wasser wurde endgültig gebunkert, die Schlüsselkarten abgegeben und die Startanweisung noch einmal gelesen. Zwischen 10:00 h und 11:00 h durften die Jachten die Marina verlassen. Bei der Ausfahrt wurden sie registriert. Leider war die Ausfahrt aufgrund des verschobenen Starts nicht so. read more...


28/11/2012

All-Linn - Dag 1 - Svett i pannen og ny fartsrekord!

Da er endelig ARC 2012 i gang, og for en start! Det var et salig kaos ihavnen med 200 båter som skulle gå samtidig, men det gikk bra, og stemningen varmagisk i minuttene før startskuddet. På kaien før start stilte både Tante liv,Hans Jørgen, Britt og Erik. Det ble en svært hyggelig avskjed, og til Britt& Erik må vi si tusen takk for en herlig pakke med godsaker! Til Tante Livog Hans Jørgen tror jeg vi rett og slett sier takk! Dere er fantastiske! Den bleåpnet ut på kvelden i går når roen hadde senket seg sånn noenlunde. Vi har hattmye vind hele veien, heldigvis i riktig retning. Det har blåst jevnt mellom 20og 30 knop, med kast rundt 40. Maks iht vindmåler 25,6m/s. Det merkes påkomforten, men vi er svært fornøyd med måten vi har taklet første døgnet. Sålangt har vi seilt med 2 og 3. read more...


28/11/2012

Berenice by TWT - Decision making made easy!

What difference 24 hours can make.We left Gran Canaria tacking against a stiff wind that wouldn't ease or veer to allow us to steer a decent route to get away from this depression between us and some favorable winds towards the tropics.During that first night we wondered what would've been like for much of the smaller boats on the ARC fleet and we agreed it was a sensible decision postponing the start of the race for the cruising classes.Wind peaked at about 27 knots and sea conditions were far from comfortable. Lots of squalls made for some fickle winds that first night, but by mid-day Monday wind started veering and we headed to the west. By 8 in the evening we had the wind on our beam and by midnight on Monday night our logbook reads "NICEE!!!"Tuesday has been a great sailing day with. read more...


28/11/2012

Fidelis of London - Day 1 by Lonneke, 157 nm

10 minutes before the start, riggers finished working on our rigging. Wehad some issues in the beginning trying to get the main sail up, but oncewe did, we broke our own speed record! We went 10.8 knots on the main sailwith 2 rifs and the genoa. I´m pretty sure we only went this fast becausewe were surfing on the waves! Later on, we beat this record again and went12.1 knots using only the genoa. We had around 30 knots of wind from NE andrather high waves. It was a bit of a rocky first day for us all. We are alllooking forward to catching the trade winds and being able to sit out inthe sun without using every muscle in our body. The good thing about beingone of the last boats to start, is the view of all the other boats sailingaway.And now in Dutch...10 minuten voor dat we moesten starten. read more...


28/11/2012

Rivendell - Log 3: "Murphy's Law"

27 Nov 2012In America we have a saying - that if it's going to go wrong, it will gowrong (Murphy's Law).It was a beautiful day, it was very crowded as theboats readied themselves for the start.A passing British racing yacht -one of the ladies aboard shouted out "God bless the United States" we had agreat start - I was surprised we led the fleet out of the start out into theAtlantic - we even were way ahead of the catamarans. At one point we werehitting 13.4 knots - Rivendell has a huge rig and despite that we weigh 49tons - it powers her well.Then it happened - a huge rouge wave thatengulfed the entire boat.Schaefer was waist deep, I was down below gettingready to inspect the engine room and enter data into our ship's log which wedo every hour and a half.For a minute all I could see was. read more...


28/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - Blast Off!

What a challenging first 24 hours for Ceilidh and the rest of the ARCfleet.   After the exhilaration of starting and being surrounded by the fleet, wesoon had torrential rain and wind gusting up to 34knots from the NE.   This meant we soon had 3 reefs in the main and some rolls in the genoa asCeilidh blasted along at around 9 knots with a peak of 15.6 recorded.   We also therefore had to hand steer in these conditions with the quartering3metre swell causing Ceilidh to corkscrew badly at times.   However with preventers fitted to the main and genoa, all the watches didextremely well to keep to our track.   This morning we have completed an amazing 202NM 24hour run by our log whichis the best ever total for us!   The wind has steadied at around 20knots this. read more...


28/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 2 Great Escape 26 51N 17 49W

Day 2 What a night, I don’t think any of us realised we hadclicked on the ‘Full on Adventure’ button when we booked the trip. Last nightwas certainly one to remember, big swells and big winds and surfing down thewaves. I think Jan holds the surfing record at just under 12 knots althoughStephen reckons he had more than 12 knots at one point. For my part it made foran interesting time on the helm. This morning sees clear skies and most of the crew ondeck helping to rig the main sail as well as the head sail. The wind has droppeda bit the boat is more stable and making about 7.5 knots. David and John believe they saw a whale off the portside this morning. Luckily for us it stayed away although John did mentiongetting the fishing gear out.Hopefully the weather will stay fair and we can get. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 2 Great Escape 26 51N 17 49W
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 2 Great Escape 26 51N 17 49W
28/11/2012

Maunie of Ardwall - ARC Day 2, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling

We’ve decided that although we left the Las Palmas marina to the sound ofthe ‘Yeo Valley Naturally’ song on the stereo, we should change Maunie’s tune tothe ‘Theme from Rawhide’ as we’re certainly Rolling, Rolling, Rolling now!   The 11.00am start was quite a spectacle, with 200 yachts jostling forposition for a good start; some jostling more competitively than others, it mustbe said, with 2 boats incurring a 3-hour time penalty for being over the linebefore the gun. We got a good start and were soon charging south with boats allaround us. Big rain squalls brought 30 knot gusts so we reefed down (reduced thesail area) and then dropped the mainsail to sail through the night with just theyankee (foresail) up, a safe and still-fast rig. We’ve been averaging close to 7knots and are. read more...


Maunie of Ardwall - ARC Day 2, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
Maunie of Ardwall - ARC Day 2, Rolling, Rolling, Rolling
28/11/2012

Selene - Awesome

Shortly after posting the last blog navigator Bob suggested it would be a good idea to try a kite.The wind had moderated to 12-15kts and it seemed fairly settled.Bob insisted his met was that it was likely to remain calm through the night and that on this angle of wind (150-160 TWA) we would be more stable with the Badger as we call our black and white heavy weather kite. So in glorious sunshine at about 1730 we hoisted the Badger and I must say it wwent rather well, albeit slowly as we took our time to get it right.Thewre was a small issue of chafe of the spinnaker sheet on the bimini frame so we decided to fly it from both guys.This strapped it down quite tightly which made us more stable still and Bob had a glorious hour helming, grinning like Mr Toad and frequently muttering "Badger,. read more...


28/11/2012

Ace - Exciting and tubulent first day at sea!

Today we departed Las Palmas, Gran Canaria heading for St. Lucia.  We left under cloudy skies and a building Northeasterly breeze.   We took a southerly course to avoid the wind shadow of Gran Canaria and now have gybed over onto starboard and are headingwestward!  We left with a single reef in the mail and the cruising jib and have now tucked a second reef into the main to make it comfortable overnight.  Peter held the official high speed record of 19.3 knots for most of the day only to see it fall to Chris with a top of 21.3 knots.  The second reef was taken in shortly after that!!!All is good aboard and we are eating well!  The large seas make for lots of colorful words in the galley but the food is still emerging and we are all enjoying it!  We. read more...


28/11/2012

Katherine - Day 1 - Great Start to Minor Disaster "27:10.5N 18:36.2W"

The first day saw us head out under full Main and Genoa, we quickly foundourselves in the first couple after a few hours and after 3 hrs passed whatappeared to be the last of the fleet Raven.   Not for long - in 30kn + we tore the outhaul webs off the main and foundourselves fighting to manage an untamed main for an hour whilst Andrew sat onthe boom and fashioned a repair.  We contemplated returning to port but were able to fix the main in the 2ndreef position and believe we can repair the webs if we get a calm day so we candrop the main on the deck. Not going to be easy with a furling boom and a sailthis size.   For now we are travelling well but a little underpowered in the 25-35 knconditions a beautiful moon made the conditions nice between the squalls.   Sea state. read more...


28/11/2012

Skyelark of London - First Night at sea

27.11.2012 Around midnight. I will never loose my beginners mind again. Not on this trip. Not ever. I just got on deck, and it is the brightest, moonlit sky, the whitest teeth on the waves and the clearest view of Orion I've ever seen. It could be pushing ones luck to go for rediscovering such a night. But I will definitely have a go! Taking pictures would be waste of memorycard: instead think of an old movie, Probably with Kirk Douglas in it. In a turtleneck sweater at the helm. That is where we are. (Malene). read more...


28/11/2012

Meltemi - 28.11.2012 - 1. Seetag - Von Null auf Hundert

Position: 26-41N / 017-44W, 60 nm suedlich von El HierroCOG: 255 degSOG: 7,9 knHallo ihr da auf der ruhigen Erde!der gestrige Tag war sehr - na ja - es ist eine Menge passiert.Der neue Start sollte um 11:00 Uhr sein, der Hafen durfte aber erst fruehestens um 10:00 Uhr verlassen werden.Ca. 180 Schiffe mussten also in der Stunde durch die sehr schmale Hafenausfahrt,mussten ihre Segel setzen und zur Startlinie draengeln.Man kann sich vorstellen, wie es da zuging.Wir haben es - natuerlich - hinbekommen und sind um 11:04 Uhr über die Startlinie gegangen, bereits im ersten Reff und 2/3 Genua.Wind aus Nordost mit Staerke 6, der im weiteren Verlaufe des Abends und der Nacht auf 8 Beaufort (Bft) anstieg.Aufgrund der damit verbundenen Wellenhoehe von 3,5 - 4 m und den einhergehenden heftigen. read more...


28/11/2012

Ostrea - First night at sea

The start of the ARC was a fantastic sight! We had a lot of wind from theNE sometime gusting in high 30's but most of it was between 27 and 32 knotswith a rolling sea and squalls with heavy rain. Everything in Ostrea'sinterior that could move did move because of the rather big waves. We weremore looking forward to an easy and sunny start but you can't win them all.Our crew is doing well most of the time but we all have to get used toliving like this for a while. Best regards from all of us here on Ostreaand we keep you posted.. read more...


28/11/2012

Peregrine - ARC Blog Day 3

Peter: Day 3Yesterday we were too busy sailing to blog!Making South with two reefs in, but we were finally able to follow the wind round and make some Westing.Managed to shake the reefs out this morning and with the wind Northish Peregrine is loving the beam reach.And the sun is now out :). read more...


28/11/2012

Peregrine - Started

Peter, Hannah Rob & Joy's excellent adventure begins.It was a difficult choice to make, we chose to start today. So far so good! The weather is what Peregrine traditionally has to deal with (as do most boats I think) Too little wind followed by too much wind. We're very happy to be in the cruising division so we could motor through the light patches, and pity the poor racing boats suffering wind from every point of sail in half a mile! The acceleration zones are just that! 25 knots of wind was forecast, and that was just what we got, but the sea state made progress slow. We're happy to be on our way.. read more...


27/11/2012

Berenice by TWT - Day 3 - Decisions [IMN:423592271 REF:251776]

What difference 24 hours can make.We left Gran Canaria tacking against a stiff wind that wouldn't ease or veer to allow us to steer a decent route to get away from this depression between us and some favorable winds towards the tropics.During that first night we wondered what would've been like for much of the smaller boats on the ARC fleet and we agreed it was a sensible decision postponing the start of the race for the cruising classes.Wind peaked at about 27 knots and sea conditions were far from comfortable. Lots of squalls made for some fickle winds that first night, but by mid-day Monday wind started veering and we headed to the west. By 8 in the evening we had the wind on our beam and by midnight on Monday night our logbook reads "NICEE!!!"Tuesday has been a great sailing day with. read more...


27/11/2012

Capricho - Dia 1 - Buena partida!

Posición actual27ºN ~04,0’15ºW~28.5’              Distancia recorrida : 68 MN             Velocidad promedio :   9+ NudosVientos del : NE                                 Velocidad del viento : 20+ NudosEstado de Animo :  Alto La regata partió a las 10:45 la vista, el espectáculo de ver y estar con 200+ barcos en el área de partida es impresionante. Julian y Clemenseau tomaron videos de la situación mientras Romain, Oscar y yo participábamos en las maniobras.  Salimos de segundos, el. read more...


27/11/2012

Seren Wen - Day 1

We were full of excitement, trepidation and happy anticipation as we left the Marina bobbing about amongst 100's of ARC boats, waving to our friends! With winds up to 30 knots and high crashing waves our adventure (and a bit of sea-sickness) had begun and we played "Pirates of the Caribbean"  loudly. Motor off, Main and Genoa up and we headed south.But, just over an hour of racing and we had to make the decision to turn around as we lost the hydraulics for the furling. We tried with manual winches but the process was too slow and is really only to be used in emergencies! So its now 6.00 pm and we are back looking at the Wall! The engineer is coming early tomorrow and hopefully the news will be it can be fixed and we can get back in the rally.. read more...


27/11/2012

Selene -

A much better day today.I had a good night sleeping from 2030 - 2359 then again from 0400 to 0730 so well rested. This morning we have had clear blue skies and a fairly constant wind of 15-20kts from the N initially then veering to NE. We made our first sail change at 1130 and changed from No3 to No1 headsail. As we now have lost the ability to fly the No4 with the loss of our baby stay the furling No1 is more flexible. There is quite a marked northerly swell of 4-6m and we have been able to do some surfing but the wave length and direction are such that the boat has been relatively flat. I was able to take advantage of this and cooked up a spicy chicken hot pot in the pressure cooker. Lily had wanted chicken stir fry but we realised Daddy had gone wrong when he sweated down the onions!. read more...


27/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - The adventure begins! (A little later than planned!)

7 girls, one race and almost 3000 nautical miles of sea to cross from Gran Canaria to St Lucia.  Common objective of the crew: to have fun while sailing across the Atlantic, improve sailing ability and no doubt a bit of self discovery will ensue. The Arcettes Harriet leading the charge this year as skipper of Diamonds, Penny as first mate and the motley crew of Jackie and Sam and the 3 career breakers Clare, Caroline and Cathy.  The week before the race consisted of the 7 us prepping the boat and team building (also known as partying).  Annie rocked up to oversee provisioning, and we were allocated different responsibilities for on and offshore. Sam – dry provisions and daily boat walk to check for chafing of lines, metal wear etcCaroline - wet provisions. read more...


27/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - ARC flying start! 27:39.94N 15:19.47W

After the 2 day delay due to weather, the ARC finally got underway for everyone today and Ceilidh started at 11:00 local time. It was a very exciting start as all boats had been held at their marina berths until 10:00hrs to limit disruption to commercial traffic in the main harbour.So there were close to 200 yachts preparing to cross the start line which was between the harbour outer breakwater.There were lots of supporters and photos taken as Ceilidh had joined the convoy slowly weaving through the marina with Highland Cathedral played more than once through our deck speakers.For the start itself we were well placed and were one of the first 20 or so in the fleet to cross. We had around 18Knots from the NE which soon increased to 25knots. Even with 2 reefs in the main we were surfing at. read more...


27/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape Day One

Day 1 Well, after a delay of two days due to a nearby lowpressure system, we’ve finally departed Las Palmas.  With steep 6m swells on the nose itwould not have been very pleasant! This was in fact only the second such delayed start in the 27 yearhistory of the ARC.  Introductionsare necessary: we are Grigerio from Gran Canaria, Jan and Koori from Norway,David, Graham and myself (John) from the UK, and the important people Steve(mate) and Emily (skipper) also from the UK. It has been a bit on the wild side for the first day,with around 30 knots of wind and some serious rain squalls.  Wet gear is on with warmer gearunderneath and all doing a good job- but where’s the sun??  I think we must have booked theadrenaline package!  It is seriouslygood to get moving. read more...