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17/12/2013

Starblazer - 17 December - We have arrived

I'm sure everyone following us on SPOT or Yellowbrick are asking "Why is she stating the obvious?". The answer is because I seem to have lost 36 hours!They were not exactly lost, just very busy.Our final day at sea was a little frustrating.The noon run wasthe best ever, 185.7 miles but the rest of the day was a lot slowere.The wind had backed a little and, for most of the night, we were sailing towards the northern end of Martinique.As soon as John got up we gybed the mainsail.Unfortunately this blanketed the genoa, which slowed us down.The seas were quite horrible, and the weather forecast worse.We didn't want to go onto the foredeck to swap the pole to the other side because it was so rolly.Eventually, though, we did roll the genoa away and put the pole away.Crawling along the side. read more...


17/12/2013

Webster - Log 24: Welcome to St Lucia!!!

Monday 16th December: Position Elena's bar St Lucia.Having hand steered all night in all sorts of squalls st lucia was getting nearer by the minute, but a case of so near so far. Everyone was full of anticipation of our arrival but the sailing getting here in those last hours was quite difficult - mostly dead down wind and rolling all over the place. My ipad decided it could fly but hadn't leant to land properly, so there is a casualty I am afraid. About 1500 local time Carl won the Blue Peter Badge and spotted land ahoy. Her also was proud winner of Dick of the Day - he was looking at the plotter for our overnight course made good and decided that we had come far too far north. I disputed this having steered deep all through the night so knew he could not be right, but he was. read more...


17/12/2013

Adina - Adina is in!

Adina without a bit of drama on the finish line - not possible!To start, Skipper decides we must try and fish one last time as we approached land. What happens - we get a fish bite! Watch three men determined this trip will finish with a catch. Pulling it in by hand - it got to the stern and lot's of shouting to secure it - no way was it getting away - Barracuda landed! Tick that box.Duck-winging we wanted to attack the finish line and with our limited manual furler we came up with a new move for gybing. Did it work - don't be sillyof course it didn't! Off we sailed past St.Lucia and once all was recovered we were faced with tacking our way back to the finish line in lumpy seas. Nailing the finish line was hard and we tacked to clear the finishing committee boat who radioed us saying. read more...


17/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 23 - almost there.

The crew is starting to look forward to arrival in St Lucia and the list of things they have missed (beds that don’t move; flush toilets; rooms that don’t rattle and howl with wind; being able to stand upright without holding on and for Sally and Kathy a big hug from their partners) now seem a real prospect again.   With the end in sight, the crew have also been reflecting on their experience of crossing the Atlantic.   Whilst on the trip, Sally has been wearing a badge showing the handprint of Danny Barber.  Danny died in June 2009, aged 24, and donated his organs to save and improve the lives of others.  Danny never got the opportunity to live the life he expected and his mum, Kathy, encourages people to take his handprint on their adventures in his memory. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 23 - almost there.
Blue Dolphin - Day 23 - almost there.
17/12/2013

Shenanigan - Less than 100mnto go!

At 15:04 (UK time) our instruments tell us that we have less than 100nm to go! Our salvaged pole is doing a grand job and we are now confident the shreeded jib will last the course. Speed has picked up in the last couple of days.We see that most of the boats have arrived.We are very proud of our progress especially as we are one of the smaller boats with a small crew! We can't see land yet but hope to arrive in St Lucia in the early hours of 18th Dec.this is good news as it means we will see our friends Trevor and Alison before they return to the UK - get ready to take our lines Trevor (you may have to set your alarm!). read more...


17/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

Contemplating arrival.As I write we are sailing under an azure blue sky with a few scattered white clouds. The tropical sun is bathing the cockpit with warmth and light, tempered by someeighteen knots of breeze coming over the back of the boat. The sea is relatively calm, at least calm enough not to feel like we are travelling in a cement mixer!It's idyllic but for all of us now the focus is on arrival at St Lucia tomorrowmorning exchanging life on board for a sable platform on which to walk and relax. Toilets and Showers where a visit is not comparable with doing ten rounds with a kick boxer! A meal out, not followed by twenty minutes in a dynamic galley washing dishes in cold sea water. Conversations with family and sharing experiences with other crews. A place where the quantity of. read more...


17/12/2013

Duplicat - Tuesday 17

198 to go this could be our last full day and night at sea. After days of nothing apart from a tanker we saw our first yacht for over a week last night.Wind and squalls a nuisance last night but this morning we have 20-25 knots and the crazy boys have put up the spinnaker. We have Barbados and St Lucia on the plotter!Highlight yesterday was the sight of a huge leatherback turtle in the swells going the other way!. read more...


17/12/2013

Arkouda - Getting Closer!

Arkouda12/17/1305:00 UMTPostion:13:37 N54:35 WWe only have approximately 370 miles to reach the northern end of St. Lucia, then its only a few miles around the corner and our Trans Atlantic crossing will be complete!The weather and seas have been a little weird during the night.Instead of the usual steady 20 to 25 knots of wind that we have been having, we are 18 knots one minute, 30 knots for 5 minutes, back to 22 knots for a half an hour.During the day we steer the boat according to the course we want to go, that way we are headed the right direction.This direction does not always make for the smoothest course, so for the last few nights we have steered according to the wind angle, keeping it as close to directly behind us as possible, which makes for a smoother ride.It also makes our. read more...


17/12/2013

Jade - Day 24 - making a wish list

Talk has turned to the things we are going to enjoy when we get to St Lucia. Adam has about 20 things on his list. A few days ago I could only think of a few things like a stable platform and a good night's sleep but slowly things have been added. A current favourite amongst us all seems to be a good old Steak and Chips! Ferne is looking forward to the water, the colours, the marina and of course... Christmas! Festive love to all Michelle and all the crew xxx. read more...


16/12/2013

Aspen - Log 24 Tuesday 17 Dec; A Day at Sea

I thought I would describe what a typical day at sea for us onboardAspen is like.This is how it has been for the past 7 days:0600 - or zero dark thirty as we like to call it.Steve sticks head outof companionway to look for lights and ships. Clipping himself into thecockpit lifeline he then sits in the cockpit surveying the sea state toanswer the question of why we are rolling so much - huge waves areeverywhere and spraying across the cockpit while the wind is actuallywhistling through the rigging.Crawling carefully to the wheel andinstrument panel at the stern of Aspen he reads the 24 hour mileage,wind speed, current heading and wind speed. Looking behind Aspen henotes several more lines of squalls roaring toward us - squalls ofbiblical proportion as one nearby sailboat noted.Crawling. read more...


17/12/2013

Adina - Day 24 St.Lucia is sighted

Good morning from 16 nautical miles (18 land miles) off St.Lucia!Land has been sighted! Crew are all awake and currently trying on their Union Jack waist coats. Susie is making us some bacon sandwiches and fresh coffee is being brewed. Spirits are high. Skip has even deployed the fishing line one last time - perhaps one last drama?Overnight shortly after dinner we put in our final gybe after getting the spinnaker pole out to duck-wing. Gareth had to go forward to manually furl some of the genoa as the Mark V drive belt has now retired. On his last set of trousers, he chose not to take up Susie's suggestion of rolling them up to stay dry and chose instead to drop them. It has been a long trip.Our gybe worked a treat - we were right on line for St.Lucia and have sailed that line all night. read more...


17/12/2013

Aditi - Day 21: Sail review

Big seas, big wind, small appetite - again. Under staysail only, again. Hunted down by another squall, again...darkness now means OK bring it on we're ready...and if we have to go down to the storm jib (looks like a sail stolen off a windsurfer!) then we will take it there. Saw a sail on the horizon today but no contact. Later talked briefly to TA-B catamaran. VHF range seems to be under 5nm in these conditions.But rather not. Tonight's squalls seem mainly about rain but it's only 0100hrs so we will see.After over 4,000 miles we thought we would review our sails:Mainsail, big, powerful & fully battened. Great down Portugese Coast but far too scary for us in the Atlantic winds to set, reef or controlGenoa, great sail, battened, foam luff, let down by the reefing system. Sets OK at 30. read more...


17/12/2013

Starla - We Have arrived

Hello Everyone,We arrived at 23.41 hours UK time.It is a fantastic feeling to be here. The last day was very challenging, especially arriving in the dark.Thanks to my great crew, Colin, Brian and Peter.Thanks to everyone for following out trip and all of the support.The organisers were on the pontoon to greet us, take out lines and give us a bottle of rum punch. Oh yeah! Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake). read more...


16/12/2013

Ocean Venture -over and out

Sorry for late blog...we have arrived and want to thank you all for following us. We managed to sail further south than anyone else and longest route but finished with just the best sailing in the strongest tradewinds and saw a sixteen knot figure on the log. All had a memorable experience for the good and for ten men that didn't know one another too well are now friends for life and will be commenting on the Ocean Venture website. Getting the boat cleaned out and hitting the job list. most fly home today after a wind down in Caribbean rum punch fashion! Duke and friends all happy to be going home for Christmas.. read more...


16/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 22:Today we were able to talk to our friends on Jade on the VHF and we saw them in the distance.It was really good to hear from them, I am looking forward to seeing Noah and Fern again when we all get into port.We made more decorations and Karen showed us how to make Christmas lanterns.More chicken tonight but it was Thai Green Curry so it was ok.I told Mum that the next time we do a long passage she is not to bring so much chicken with us.Day 23:Dad thinks that we should get to St Lucia on Thursday so only a few more days at sea.I can't wait, we all talked today about what we are really looking forward to when we get there.Dad said a beer, Mum said a can of diet coke and Karen said chips with lots of vinegar.Robert wants to go to the beach and I am looking forward to seeing all my. read more...


16/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 22

ARC Tag 22, Montag2013-12-16, 17.00Nach dem gestrigen Rekordsquall hatten wir die, möglicherweiseunberechtigte, Hoffnung in den letzten Tagen von diesen Ereignissenverschont zu beleiben. Denkste!Aber der Reihe nach.Die Nacht verlief zuerst ja so wie die vorigen auch, einreffen, ausreffen,weiter ausreffen, alles wieder wegrollen uswusf.Rechtzeitig zum Wachwechsel um 04:00 ist dann der Wind mehr und mehrentschlummert und wir haben mehr und mehr ausgerefft. Ich hatte gerade dieDagi über die vorherrschenden Bedingungen informiert („alles ruhig“) undwollte mir gerade, wie weiland Johannes Heesters, noch ein Zigaretterlanzünden, da springt der Wind zuerst auf über 30, dann über 40 und weiterauf über 50 Knoten. Das alles in nur ein paar Minuten. Da aber die ganzeMannschaft an Deck ist (weil. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 22
Selivra - ARC Tag 22
Surya - nog eentje met SURYA erbij (en de rumpunch!)
Surya - nog eentje met SURYA erbij (en de rumpunch!)
Surya - een laatste groepsfoto
Surya - een laatste groepsfoto
Surya - Mario, een beetje verwaaid
Surya - Mario, een beetje verwaaid
Surya - de "yellow shirt" volunteers van de ARC
Surya - de
Surya - herenigd 2
Surya - herenigd 2
Surya - herenigd 1
Surya - herenigd 1
16/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 14

We hope this will be our penultimate blog - working on the ETA of Tuesday dawn. Champagne breakfast anyone?It's 7pm on Sunday evening - day 21. The moon's shining beams on the rolling swell are so beautifully overwhelming and we are following them towards the horizon, and towards the end of our epic journey. We follow this path in awe of how breath taking the ocean's night sky can be.We are feeling very blessed to have come this far virtually unscathed, when we know so many of our fellow mariners have had their fair share of problems. We started our day as we have done the last 20 - chatting about food. In fact we think about 90% of our conversations have revolved around our stomachs. We now have the first weeks food and drink on land planned in the minutest detail - from the. read more...


16/12/2013

Adina - Day 22 and 23 - the final approach

Day 22 Sunday, 48 odd hours to go, you want it to be 24 odd hours to go. You're in that time zone where you want time to fly. But here and now you must still deal with big lumpy seas, squalls with big winds and rain that has you sprinting for your jacket. Adina is still a perfectly dry boat but we're all wet from rain. Isn't the Caribbean meant to offer non-stop sunshine?What will life be without having to cling to the steps, holding on one step at a time to get on deck? Or propping yourself up in the kitchen in precarious positions to cook or clean? Never mind using the toilet!Minds are definitely in St.Lucia now. Each of us agrees to a crew member that we've eaten so well on this trip but all eyes are on lobster and chips be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. And a swig of rum.Lot's of. read more...


16/12/2013

George - The End?

Well we have arrived in St Lucia.All I can say is well done George who was certainly flat out constant for last week and kept us going over the 20 days.Thanks to Tim who prepared the boat amazingly and for giving me this life time opportunity. Thanks to all my crew members for a great trip.I am getting choked by even thinking about what we all achieved together and it was certainly together.A great team effort.Thanks MN.We have made it to St. Lucia in one piece, safe and well and all happy. 23.48 UT Saturday (some time in the evening St. Lucian time!).What a trip and what a welcome into St. Lucia by the ARC team and St. Lucian Tourist board, crossing the line in heavy winds and rain and then being presented with a basket of fresh fruit and rum punch cocktail as soon as we stepped onto. read more...


16/12/2013

Calypso - Nearly there (Day 23)

Since Tuesday we have enjoyed (?) largely E/NE F6/7 winds accompanied by squalls with winds up to 40 knots.No problem for "Calypso" but sleeping has been rather like being bounced on a trampoline with a noisy accompaniment in a very warm room.The big positive is that we have been able to get a move on with a best 24 hours run of 155nm on Tuesday and no less than 143nm since then.We are currently 180nm from Rodney Bay and are very much looking forward to meeting up with the girls tomorrow evening.David, Dino, John & Phil16:00 GMT (12:00 Local) Monday 16 December14 22 N57 53 W. read more...


16/12/2013

Jambo - St Lucia in our sights

about 450 miles to go so hopefully will get in Thursday eve if we can keep our speed up which will be a challenge as ARC fever andexhaustion issetting inSkipper getting some stick as now down to tins and my fish cakes look more like fish soup ( told em that floggings will continue until moral improves )it looks like the winds may ease a little as we get near which will mean we can get more sail out but will not take risks with the rig or the rudder as this is nota good place to loose either - some big swelllooking forward to seeing my bunnies--. read more...


16/12/2013

Koala - Dec 16th: Are we nearly there yet?

Well, yes, thank you very much for asking... All being well, we are expecting to get to Rodney Bay early on Wednesday morning. Which is great news. This last few days have been pretty tough. Mainly because of squalls. It is very difficult in squally conditions to set the right amount of sail. Particularly with the main sail, as to take in a reef involves rounding up into the wind. This is not pleasant in 13ft swells and 8 ft waves that we have at the moment and usually involves a soaking. If you do not reef and get caught out by a squall, that is also not good. I had an interesting 20 minutes a couple of nights ago where I was standing behind the wheel heading straight down wind with a 3 reefed main up in 40+ knots of breeze and in front of the boat, I could see nothing apart from. read more...


16/12/2013

Moondancer - Monday 16th December 15.03 (GMT - 4)

So here we areWe can almost smell the CaribbeanOnly 140 miles to go and even we had to motor we would have enough fuel.I'm sure mother nature will give us one last surprise but feeling optimistic slowly chugging towards the finish with our 1 remaining sail at a steady 7-8 knots.So to summerise - We have lost 2 sails including the main,and the lazy jacks. We have something on our prop so we have to keep the gear lever in reverse to stop it from engaging while its off. We lost all our electronics halfway across and our auto pilot but managed to fix them. 5 sail cars and 1 slug, oh and the hydro generator has just come free but is retrieved but not in use.The most important thing is we are all well and not injured and nearly there.Compared to some other boats we are very lucky.Our hearts go. read more...


16/12/2013

Merlyn III - We have arrived

The completion of our voyage arouses a mixture of emotions. Relief that wehave completed it safely; the prospect of reuniting with wives; the pleasure ofanticipation of a hot bath; the prospect of dry land. On the other hand theremust be some regret that our micro world on the boat will be ending.   Our passage time is 18 days 18 hour and 40 minutes. However, as regularvisitors to the Blog will know, this was the ARC of the becalmed and we havearound 140 engine ours to our debit. We are not overly concerned with this as ifwe had not motored we would undoubtedly have arrived several days later, to theconsternation of our spouses.   The lack of wind was hardly ideal but the variety of wind meant we triedmost combinations of sailing rig/strategies which has hopefully improved. read more...


Annabella - The Team - back -Conor, Terry, Peter. Front - Craig, Stephen
Annabella - The Team - back -Conor, Terry, Peter. Front - Craig, Stephen
16/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

If I hear one more Popeye joke the crew concerned will be forced to eat a raw onion just before he greets his wife on the pontoon on Wed. We have plenty of them. Onions, I mean. It started with that daily imperative, fresh bread. With the dough resting and tidy-up underway the olive oil was secured in a bin on non-slip matting. Cue rock and roll, our downwind curse, and as the motion of the boat made us feel like kittens in a tumble dryer cue olive oil bottle sumersaulting over both sinks and landing at just the right angle to spurt its contents over the saloon floor. Cue bread dough and tin cartwheeling across the galley to of course land upside down on the floor. Now, when kitchen roll was provisioned there was much criticism of the amount. We now have one roll left and a beautifully. read more...


16/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 22 -

Another day (and night) of tossing and rolling.   The ship’s bell has continued to clang as wave after wave has knocked the boat over, driving the crew demented - until Carol found a good use for the jumper Kathy brought for the teddy!!   (Insert photo) As Mike was helming the crew pointed out the squall that was fast approaching  -“No it won’t be bad and we definitely won’t need to reef” he said.  Guess what!   The crew refrained from saying “told you so”.  Yet again, Kathy has wet knickers. The mood has lightened as the crew are confident there is only 2 more nights to endure!!!  Sally was finally woken prematurely from a sleep when a huge wave found its way through the crack in her cabin hatch smack into her face.  The. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 22 -
Blue Dolphin - Day 22 -
16/12/2013

Edelweiss - Over and Out

Dear faithful readers -We write our last ARC blog post from our slip in the Rodney Bay Marina.We arrived about 24 hours ago, powering into the marina in the dark with 30 knots of headwind when a strong rain front descended upon us.No trouble for the sturdy crew of Edelweiss.Mason held his post on the bow with the searchlight, Teri and Lyell prepared the boat for landing, and Stuart kept Edelweiss moving along.10 minutes later, we were tied up, drinking a rum punch provided upon arrival by the diligent ARC team.We are now in the process of cleaning up the boat from our adventure, and want to offer special appreciation to all the kind notes, support and encouragement we received from all of you.That support helped us through the challenging moments so that we could accomplish what we set. read more...


16/12/2013

Duplicat - Monday 16 December

No satcoms yesterday, apparently on Saturday night we crossed the boundary between systems and didn't realise we had to reset ours to the American one - but all working fine again.Weather appalling, since Thursday we have had between 22 and 32 knots of wind with some heavy squalls - highest wind speed 42 knots, fastest boat speed 18 knots and all with a little piece of jib up. Boat tracks well down the waves and we feel safe if not a bit battered and tired - just moving around is hard and the catering is a lot less fancy now than earlier in the trip!Biggest swell -estimated at 6m and many near that size yesterday.But 349 to go!!!!!. read more...


16/12/2013

Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie

Wir dankenallen unseren Fans, die die Route verfolgt und unsere täglichen Berichte gelesenhaben. Damit verabschiedet sich die “Hera” von der diesjährigen ARC. Wirwünschen Euch ein Frohes Weihnachtsfest und ein Gesundes Neues Jahr und blickenschon mal voraus auf die ARC 2014, an der die “Hera” wieder teilnehmenwird.                              Stefan PICT4282 (1024x768). read more...


Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Hera - Hera über die Ziellinie
Annabella - Pigeon Island
Annabella - Pigeon Island
Annabella - Water taxi 2 pigeon Island
Annabella - Water taxi 2 pigeon Island
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 1
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 1
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 2
Annabella - Atlantic sunset 2
Annabella - Sun sight by Craig
Annabella - Sun sight by Craig
16/12/2013

Arkouda - Can you hear me now?

13 43. 6 N, 52 43. 8SOG 7 kts, COG 284Sunshine, mostly blue skies, blue water, one sailboat in sight.We must have jiggled one of the wires right!Sean and I were enjoying cooler breezes and coffee, when we heard a voice.Wow, its coming from the VHF main speaker.We can HEAR!Okay, the big test.I ran in and grabbed the mike."This is Arkouda, over"."Good Morning, Arkouda.This is Stella, please switch to 68.""Switching 68"I hold my breath--is this where we lose him?"Good morning, Arkouda, where are you from.?"Yea!It works!It will make it easier when we arrive St. Lucia because I am predicting a night arrival on the 19th.The ARC will show you in, but anchoring sounds good to me!"Stella" is just south of us, left the same day from the Verdes.They are from Germany, and have 6 people on board.They. read more...


16/12/2013

Keoma - Keoma has made it!

Well, after our tour of the West African coast, a brief passing right through the middle of the only navigational obstacle in the whole ocean we eventually found the trade winds for the final week to blast into St Lucia. Everybody fit and well fed, down to last teabags and ran out of gas on last day so good job we in!Fantastic reception here by other competitors, pulled of a cunning overtaking manoeuvre against an Irish boat on the run into the finish, lets face it, we were not racing! Well done everybody -Team Keoma. read more...


16/12/2013

Abraxas - 16/12/13 less than 24hours to go

ETA remains the same asyesterday, early hours of Tuesday am.  We are currently cruising at 7knotsover the ground in approx 25knots of wind having just passed through a squallproducing winds of ore than 30knots.  Gary and Karen are doing the washingup whilst Paul and Drew are recovering from their respective eveningwatches.  Igor as always is busy reading a typing up his own personal account of the voyage –I do not know how he manages in the bow cabin with all that bouncingaround.  As I type, we are 51nm NE of Barbados and 116nm off St StLucia.  The Raymarine auto pilot, who has now become known as the seventhmember of the crew, Ray is at the helm whilst the squall pass.  He is asteady hand and never looses concentration like we all do. read more...


16/12/2013

Jade - Day 23 - the neighbours popped round

When you're out in the middle of the ocean you don't get many people popping round. So imagine our surprise yesterday, when our friends on the boat Millport II came into vision. We radio'd and chatted about the trip (and of course the rum punches in St Lucia)... then they overtook us and we're on our own again :-(We are all fine and feel like we're on the 'home stretch'. Lots of loveMichelle and the crew of Jade xx. read more...


16/12/2013

Magic - Tag 23: Rodney Bay Marina

16.12.2013Pos: 14° 04,4' N, 060° 57,0' W, Steg E27Kurs: ---°Der Yacht ihr Name Magic war Sie trug uns fast ein Zwölftel JahrÜber den Oceanus AtlanticusOhne Bier, ohne Wein, wie ein BusDas Ziel war weit, das Ziel war klarUnd hieß für uns St. LuciaVon den Kanaren windiger LandeFuhr sie uns an karibische StrandeWir die Crew, die magischen ZehnWollten halt mal segeln gehenUnd so fand sich Crew und SchiffDer Passat am Anfang gar nicht pfiffNach Flaute, Wellen, DümpeleiWar dieser Zustand dann vorbeiDen Bug nach West und allen klaram 15.12. waren wir dann da.(Albrecht)Kennzahlen des Tages:Verbleibende Distanz: 0smpünktlich erreichte Flieger: 9 (Rainer bleibt noch 2 Wochen)Das war's also.Wir haben es gewagt, und wir haben es geschafft.Und am wichtigsten: alle glücklich und gesund.Was. read more...



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