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Makena - Meet Riki
Makena - Meet Riki
23/11/2014

Makena - Meet Riki

November 23, 2014Onboard Makena, Lagoon 620 crossing the AtlanticNoon position:16.39.0N33.10.9WSqualls to the left of us, squalls to the right...We hoisted Tequila Sunrise at sunrise and flew with her as we made course slightly north of the rhumb line. When the squalls threatened us, all hands to bring her back down. 20 minutes later, back up she went. Repeat, as necessary. We were close to our fellow multihulls and wanted to make some good time down the track. This procedure of hoisting and lowering the spinnaker is not a very conservative method, but it worked. By the afternoon position we had pulled into the leading position. We do have one monhull, Eleanora 2, still ahead of us by 13 miles. The day continued with constant squalls hitting us. Oftentimes, they would pass just north or. read more...


23/11/2014

Juno - Reprieve

This is my third ARC and the second time that the race has been postponed on my watch.  Last night the wind howled through the marina, shrieking in our rigging.  Yachts in the bay outside the marina dragged their anchors and one boat was on the rocks by themorning. In the nearby Santa Catalina hotel a car was crushed by a falling tree. Angry black squalls charge down off the hills and as they hit, they unleash wind and rain that bounces off the sea, whipping up the surface.  Despite our initial disappointmentit’s a great decision to postpone until tomorrow. Early this morning we took our seasickness pills, had our breakfast of mandatory scrambled eggs and settled down to listen to the final ARC radio broadcast on channel 9. I had received a weather update. read more...


Juno - Reprieve
Juno - Reprieve
23/11/2014

Juno - We leave tomorrow

Its the night before the start of the ARC and a gale is blowing through the marina making every one feel slightly jumpy. In fact the forecast for the start is very good with 20 - 25 knots from the NW, slowly veering and decreasing over the next few days.  The elusive Azores high is becoming well established over the mid Atlantic which should bring us those perfect trade winds for the crossing.We are all prepared now and ready to go. The log has been cleaned and is back in the water (thanks Oxie for the reminder).  The food is all on board and our mid cabin looks like a market stall. The boat definitely has a different feel with the girls on board.Last night was the ARC farewell party. We decided to be sensible and have an early night but were awoken by the fireworks which were. read more...


Juno - We leave tomorrow
Juno - We leave tomorrow
23/11/2014

Hera - Doch noch nicht los!

Die ganze Nacht pfiff es in den Wanten, so dass man einen gesunden Schlaf brauchte.Im Hafen gab es bereits die ersten Schäden. So ist auch unsere Backbord Mooringleine gebrochen. Immer wieder öffnet der Himmel sinnflutartig seine Schleusen.Beim morgendlichen Backen und Banken kam auf UKW-Kanal 09 die Mitteilung, dass der Sart um mindestens 18 Stunden verschoben wird.Eigentlich hat die Crew von der täglichen Hafenroutine die Nase voll und will nur noch raus auf See.Aber da von drauussen bereits der erste Seenotruf einging, sind wir ganz froh, noch einen Ganng durch die Altstadt machen zu können, nachdem nach einer letzten Einweisung in die Notrollen alle Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen sind.   Stefan. read more...


24/11/2014

American Spirit II - Day 321; Sailing to Port Elizabeth in the Aghulas Current with a 4.7 Knot Current; Saturday, November 22, 2014

Relieved Jeanine at 6:00 AM. The wind was 3/5 knots and we were moving at 7.4 knots thru the water and 9.3 knots over the land. Low overcast clouds. The shoreline was visible to starboard, 13 miles away. Cliffs or sand dunes. Swells on the port bow. Port Elizabeth is 197 miles away with an ETA of 21 1/2 hours at current speed.At 7:50 AM the sun is shining and the sky is half white clouds and half blue sky. The swells are large, 10-12 feet and really broad. We sail up and then down the large swells. A lot of motion on the boat. The wind is still 3/5 knots and we're moving at 7.1 knots thru the water and 9.5 knots over the land. Ghost hosts the 9:00 AM net. Sweet Pearl, Adela, Nexus and Saphir are on the net with us. Nexus and Ghost say they're trying for Port Elizabeth. Someone says Folie. read more...


Lydia - Emailing: Boom Bodgers at Work
Lydia - Emailing: Boom Bodgers at Work
Defyr - Our crew: Jaakko, Annika, VIlle, Perttu, Mikko, Axel and Ville
Defyr - Our crew: Jaakko, Annika, VIlle, Perttu, Mikko, Axel and Ville
23/11/2014

Defyr - Waiting to GO!!!

I could imagine how it felt in the (really) old days, when the whole family gathered around the radio to listen to news. That is how it felt, when the crew waited for the VHF morning broadcast to start. And what a disappointment it was, when we heard that cruising division will be postponet with at least 18 hours! We had anticipated something like 4 hours or so.Well, if it's postponed, then it's postponed. We decided to enjoy the day. We managed to meet some friends and family, so the day ended being quite nice. We wven managed to get on board of Tosca, the super-beautifull catamaran, skippered and crewed by two frenchman who were going to cross the Atlantic two-handed.We also went to eat and almost the whole crew managed to take part in the Sundowners, for the first time during. read more...


23/11/2014

Bluewater Mooney - Startverschiebung

Startverschiebung auf morgen früh 07:00 Uhr deutscher Zeit wegen Starkwind…Update: Erneute Startverschiebung auf 12:00 deutscher Zeit - hier regnet essinflutartig und es kachelt!!Wir warten ab und hoffen auf besseres Wetter.Starkwind. read more...


Bluewater Mooney - Startverschiebung
Bluewater Mooney - Startverschiebung
23/11/2014

BearBaloo - Tag 1 Verschiebung

Nach einer Nacht mit Wind bis 35 kn und starken Regenschauern ist der Start auf Montag 11:00 verschoben. Heute haben sich Sonnenschein und Regen mit Starkwind im Viertelstundentakt abgelöst, am Nachmittag nur noch Wolken, Regen und Wind. Die Verschiebung war eine gute Entscheidung, wir haben die Zeit genutzt, die Bilder der letzten Wochen zu sortieren. Im Moment regnet es grad wieder, für den Weg zum Sundowner brauchen wir wieder einen Regenschirm. Morgen kann es nur besser werden. Gerd. read more...


Makena - Wahoo!!!! We caught 2 of these at once. Freezer = full!
Makena - Wahoo!!!! We caught 2 of these at once. Freezer = full!
23/11/2014

Rhumb - Log Day Minus 1

We have been treated to a further day in port, as poor weather has put back the rally start to 11am on the 24th. So although an understandable precaution and the right decision given the conditions, a bit of a disappointing day really, to which was added the further frustration of our quality british sausages for our 'bringalongabreakfast' being served to the table next to us. A 'catastrophe' as described by our distraught waitress, but with the saving grace of a free round of coffees.So it's off to a rather nice Tapas bar in the old town once again - tough stuff this sailing lark!!That's all for now folks - John and Rhumb crew.. read more...


Albatros - 23.11.14 Tag 0, Albatros
Albatros - 23.11.14 Tag 0, Albatros
Makena - Jerry at the start line
Makena - Jerry at the start line
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 22 PW reporting

November 22, 2014Makena: Lagoon 620 Crossing the AtlanticPosition at noon17° 08.6' N34° 31.0' WFish On! That was the call late this afternoon. More about that to follow.No grumpy sunrise this morning. Light fluffy cumulus clouds dotted the sky as the sun crested the horizon. Pale orange and yellow greeted us for a great day of sailing. The wind had gone light with lots of 10-13 knots. With the swell that ran from the Northeast, we had the wind blown out of the sail on every wave. The massive main would backwind and slam from side to side, literally shaking the entire boat. We ended up dropping the mainsail and running under maximum sail area forward. The gennaker was sheeted to starboard and the genoa to port. Flying wing and wing, dead downwind we were able to make the slightly. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 21 PW Reporting

November 21, 2014Makena: Lagoon 620Position at noonWe woke up to a grouchy sunrise. As the red and orange backlight filtered between the horizon and the low clouds, we imagined a row of jagged teeth biting at the rising sun. The deepening red lit wispy clouds shooting straight up over thethe sun erupting from the horizon. All around us we saw the dark heavy pockets of rain that marked the uneven rows of squall lines passing through our corner of the Atlantic. The saying “Red sky at night, sailors delight; Red sky in the morning, sailors take warning” would prove it's worth today. By noon, we had close encounters with four squalls, each bringing lots of wind and rain. The moonless night produced the first squall at 0340. Wind gusted to 30 knots and every exposed part of the boat got a. read more...


23/11/2014

El Mundo - 23/11 - Postponement, a strange feeling

After a very windy night, involving a few sleep interruptions to check everything was OK on deck, it wasn’t a huge surprise that a postponement to the start was announced. The forecast reduction in winds turned out to be an increase, with gusts in the marina exceeding 40 knots.The reaction of the El Mundo crew was very different. It was the first time Amanda had smiled all morning, so no doubt about her agreement with the decision. Lincy retired to bow of the boat and had a few minutes contemplation on the bow seat, enjoying a brief sunny spell. Bob seemed to take it all in his stride but was visibly more relaxed. Me…well I just feel strange…wandering around the boat doing a few not so essential jobs, dodging the nasty rain showers.We joined the Juno for a ‘crew morale boostiing’ lunch. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 20 PW Reporting

November 20, 2014Makena Lagoon 620Position at noon16.49.136 N28.12.043 WThe amazing sled ride that we started at sunset last night continued all through the night. As a matter of fact, at about 4:00am we pulled in the first reef, lowered the gennaker and went back to the genoa. We have constant 18-24 knots on the beam. WE ARE LOVING THIS!!!!! We see Outrageous about seven miles ahead. They are sailing brilliantly. We just moved past Easy Rider at dawn, with Lir and Alia Vita right behind then. Off our port beam is Eleanora 2 and off the starboard beam is T&T. We are in good company and I am sure that everyone is really enjoying this ride.Two dorado have taken our lures. Neither made the decision to come onboard with us. Luckily, wedidn't lose too much time and more importantly, we. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 19 PW Reporting

November 19, 2014Makena Lagoon 620Position at noonMarina MindeloAfter several glorious days enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes and hospitality of Mindelo, it was time to turn our attention back to Makena and Leg 2 of the Atlantic crossing. In addition to the local experience, it was great to be able to spend a little time with the crew of some of the other yachts that are sailing in the ARC+. The atmosphere was very supportive and relationships were born that will carry through with many sailors as they continue their cruising. Aboard Makena we hosted a nice happy hour and were very pleased to have had as many as fifty fellow sailors onboard at any one time. The crew made ready the final provisioning, stowed the local fare throughout the boat. A new stowage addition to Makena was the. read more...


El Mundo - 23/11 - Who forgot to postpone the band?
El Mundo - 23/11 - Who forgot to postpone the band?
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 14 - Leg 1 Finish. PW Reporting

November 15, 2014Race to the Finish Just after midnight, we were treated to a spectacular dolphin show. There was just enough phosphorescence in the water to make the dolphins look like little torpedoes. What was really amazing was to see the flying fish, silhouetted in our starboardrunning light as they flew clear of the water. We watched in awe as the dolphin would make incredible course changes and grab the flying fish as they were darting away. Early in the morning, with a steady 15 knots of breeze, we put up Tequila Sunrise to try to make up some time. We sailed pretty deep and were making good speed and VMG. We began to sail a little higher course and really saw our speed increase. The sailing was really exhilarating through the day and into the late afternoon.At twilight, we have. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 9-10 PW Reporting

Report for November 9th-10th, 2014Lat. 25.52.293NLong. 16.56.446WToday we were the first group to start in the ARC 2014. Two departure times for the two groups. Those adventurers with a stop in Cape Verde, depart Gran Canaria today. For the straight line sailors, the departure from Gran Canaria directly to St. Lucia is November 23rd. Good winds for the depart, lots of fanfare with bands playing and many people lining the harbor mouth as we headed out of the Muelle Deportivo towards the start line, just outside of the harbor. Many tankers and container ships entering the harbor or anchored out in the starting area. In addition to looking out for the 50 boats starting, we had commercial traffic everywhere.No collisions at the start. This is good as it is not uncommon to have mishaps when. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 13 PW Reporting

November 13, 2014Life onboard the Lagoon 620, MakenaToday, like all the rest, started with a gorgeous sunrise. A few clouds on either side of the sun with the bright orb climbing quickly between them. Sunrise and sunset have become significant placemarks in our day. As with the previous daybreaks we have set more sail. We made over 180 miles yesterday, with solid wind throughout the day. Slightly less pressure today. We began with the gennaker and staysail wing and wing and a full mainsail. The GRIB files show that we should make a course slightly to the west of the rhumb line. After a few housekeeping chores the crew settled into more introspective time. Books came out and napping on the upper deck were de rigeur. We have passed the 2/3 mark and are homing in on the arrival in Cape. read more...


23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 12 PW Reporting

November 12, 2014Position at midnight21.33.160N20.26.455WWe are now in the Tropics. This morning we crossed the Tropic of Cancer. Looks the same and feels the same, always nice to have milestones to refer to on the open sea.After midnight we saw a slight increase in wind. We went from 9-11 knots to a consistent 13 knots, with occasional 15s. At daybreak we pulled in the genoa and set the spinnaker. With her bright orange belly and red edges, we named her Tequila Sunrise. She allows us to sail deep and make good VMG. We have seen a few pods of dolphin since the beginning of this voyage. None, so far, has approached the boat and stayed to play with us until this morning. Right after setting the spinnaker, we saw a few dolphin in the distance. Within minutes, we had dozens and dozens all. read more...


El Mundo - 23/11 - The crew morale boosting tapas lunch
El Mundo - 23/11 - The crew morale boosting tapas lunch
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 11 PW Reporting

November 11, 2014Position at midnight23.34.808N18.39.661WThe light winds continued through the night and into the day. We sailed a course dead down wind without the mainsail up and slapping. First light brought a gorgeous sunrise with just enough clouds to make the orange pop. The crew is really into the cruising routine. There a quite a few boats around us and occasional course changes bring us to within a few hundred meters of some of the boats. In the dead of night, this seems too close, during the day we are glad to have the fleeting glimpse of other souls. We have some radio contact with a few boats and are surprised that there are so many problems onboard other boats.Light winds for most of the day. We went from wing and wing on the genoa and gennaker to our big orange spinnaker.. read more...


El Mundo - 23/11 - Lincy's reaction to the postponement
El Mundo - 23/11 - Lincy's reaction to the postponement
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
El Mundo - 23/11 - Skippers reaction to the postponement - comparing weather forecasts!
23/11/2014

Makena - Nov 10 PW Reporting

November 10, 2014Position24.56.480N17.47.626WThe day started with 16-20 knot winds. This was perfect sailing conditions for broad reaching under the beautiful, bright orange spinnaker. We were ticking off the miles and rolling through the watches with no problems. By late afternoon we saw a squall approaching from behind. The inevitable happened, as it always does, quicker than expected. With spinnaker and full main up, we went from a consistent 18 knots to 30+ knots before the crew could get on deck and prepare for the take down. Needless to say, the crew on the bow were saltwater wet from below and soaked from the pouring rain from above. We were actuallySpinnaker is stowed and the foredeck crew smells much better now.The effort paid off with an awesome dinner. Sarah had prepared a. read more...


Euphoria - Log Day 0 - Euphorianerna
Euphoria  - Log Day 0 - Euphorianerna
Rhumb - Crew Picture
Rhumb - Crew Picture
23/11/2014

Aislig Bheag - Nosebleeds and cockroaches

Well here we are in Las Palmas with a full compliment of John, Alison, Eilidh, Donald ,Kate, Duncan and Janice.The race has been postponed until tomorrow because of exceptional weather, strong winds, lashing rain and large seas; in other words a bad day in the Hebrides. So much for the swimsuits and sarongs!On a positive note all the food has been stowed which involved washing all the fruit and veg and stripping all tins and packets of cardboard to prevent cockroach eggs. We can report that no cockroaches or spiders were harmed in the process which was a great relief to everyone, especially Janice although Kate did have a nosebleed from cleaning the glue off 60 tins.The 80 bananas which were hard and green yesterday are now resting in their own hammock and have become a variety of. read more...


23/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher Leg 2 Saturday 22nd

It's midnight, ship's time, and I have the urge to write. Josh is on deck, keeping the good ship DreamCatcher off the rocks and out of Davy Jones' locker, while I report in to all our family and friends.Today has been another very good (enjoyable) day, with some good things going on.Firstly, we passed the first quarter distance, giving us the chance to alter the ship's clock back an hour (we need to 'lose' 3 hours by St Lucia) so we kicked off the process on my and Josh's watch. The other two watches will have their go around the half and three quarters marks. Of course, those on watch have to do an extra hour...while those 'off' get that hour as leisure.We also celebrated the milestone with a stop for a swim, after lunch. Great fun, horsing around in lovely clean, clear and warm waters. read more...


23/11/2014

DreamCatcher - DreamCatcher Leg 2 23/11

Hello everyone, I'm happy to share the most important things happened during the last 24h and my personal impressions of this trip.The wind strength is constantly changing, but we are doing a good speed overall. Every few hours we get hit by little squalls, which increase our average SOG up to 8-9 knots.The highlight of every day is dinner, as our routine is being paused for a while. Maggy cooked chicken curry yesterday and it was my most favorite meal so far, very delicious.During my watch, early this morning, a flying fish landed once again on our deck. I've never seen the beauty of this fish species before. The whole back of the fish was dark blue and the other parts of the body shined silver in the intense star light on the ocean.So far I've read three books already and I really. read more...


Lydia - Boom Bangabang Repair - Black Claggy & Webbing Whipping!
Lydia - Boom Bangabang Repair - Black Claggy & Webbing Whipping!
23/11/2014

Monomotapa - monomotapa

Sunday 23 NovemberStart postponed tomorrow morning 10.30.Crew complete and ready to go, we hope to go tomorrow, depending on the weather conditions.. read more...


23/11/2014

Hugur - Hugur ,Sunday showers , fari winds to the ARC starters in Las Palmas today

Sunday 23 november. The big ARC is starting today some 240 sailboats will come our way\, but we have had a good head start so we will hopefully be across to St Lucia before the first of the big rally boats.Some squalls hit last night , nothing serious, I had diminished the sails and flew downwind with good speed for the time the squall lasted, otherwise doing 5,5 up to 7knots on the gooswing.We have also had some showers todaythen the winds down. We have found the contacts in St Lucia and sent them a email regarding our watermaker/Pandaissues.Other wise slow day, reading up on all info we have had , its important to RTFM on beforehand, and sometimes again and again cause you always might have missed something on your first read.9 days to go. 1480 nautical miles left.Aprox 1/3 of the way. read more...


23/11/2014

Easy Rider - Easy Rider....Day 4.....Max The Cabin Boy.

With our screecher set highand hardly a cloud in the sky,we adjurned for some lunchand had a fabulous munch.The wind did not fillgiving us an afternoon to chill,and fill our bellies of lambof which we were all a fan.With the sun on the brinkwe all had a drink,the night watches did run,and no engines did hum.The sun rose over the seaand Soy made us all tea,with wich we did prayfor a little more wind on this day.. read more...


23/11/2014

Meltemi - Tag -0 Schlechtwetter

Start ist auf morgen, Montag den 24.11., verschoben. Im Hafen Las Palmas haben wir Schlechtwetter mit Boeen bis zu 35 kn.Der Rally Leitung ist das Risiko, das ca. 180 Schiffe da etwas durcheinandergewürfelt werden wohl dann doch zu hoch.Jetzt erst einmal Kaffe trinken. Rü. read more...


23/11/2014

Antares - Log Day 1 - delayed

We were ready early this morning and hot-to-trot, however the wind was blowing 25-35 knots (gusting to 45!) and raining, so the ARC committee delayed the start for at least 18 hours.Joe, Bobby, Scott Antares Crew in Las Palmas. read more...


Antares - Log Day 1 - delayed
Antares - Log Day 1 - delayed
Zulú - Dia 0
Zulú - Dia 0
23/11/2014

Svetlaya - Let's start!

Начнем наш блог! Старт через Атлантику будет дан уже через три часа! Let's start our blog! Our division start will be given is three hours already!. read more...


Zulú - Dia 0
Zulú - Dia 0
23/11/2014

Zulú - Re: Zulú Dia -0

Hoy día 23,tras una noche agitada por violentas rachas de viento y algunos chaparrones, nos hemos levantado con el animo dispuesto para toda eventualidad. Un magnífico desayuno, cada uno de acuerdo con sus gustos, ha sido la señal inequívoca de que el día podía ser duro. Acumulábamos fuerzas.., mientras el anemómetro marcaba rachas de 27 y 30 nudos. Hacia las 09.30 hora local, el cielo ha despejado y hemos paseado para comprar el periódico y algún detalle adicional. Juan no ha encontrado la navaja que quería incluir en su kit de supervivencia. El siempre se prepara para todo evento!A las 10.30h nos han avisado de que se posponía la salida de la regata un mínimo de 18 horas para los barcos de crucero. Los de la competición que son unos fieras saldrán algo mas tarde pero seguramente. read more...