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25/11/2013

Pandora of Feock - Pandora

Great start with good wind when, at the south of Sao Antao, we noticed a tear in our mainsail.  Now an intelligent crew would have repaired the sail in the wind shadow south west of the island, but we were more concerned at finding some wind and it was a little rough .   We spent the first night sailing with only a jib and found that most of the fleet had passed us by next morning!  However we had learnt by our mistakes as we repaired our hole in the chute immediately.   On a more positive note we are making better headway with chute in light winds. Fishing  has not been successful as we have returned more fish to the ocean than landed on the boat.   We have seen various birds (which we do not know the names), flying fish and porpoises. read more...


25/11/2013

Golondrina - Message from the crew

The email is up and running (golondrina@mailasail.com) – it’s lovely to hear from family & friends. However if you do send us a message, please don’t add any pictures or attachments as they cause the system on the boat to become blocked, causing us problems! The boat is sailing well, 150nm being notched up in the first 24hours, despite the winds now becoming lighter. Overnight they pulled away from some 20 boats they had been travelling with from the off yesterday.  . read more...


25/11/2013

Mustique - Day1

 Squall start to Arc2013Highlight of the Day -  Leaving the marina with hundreds of wellwishers and brass band Lowlight of the day- Almost being t-boned by Crazy Croatians on start line and last-minute pre start chartplotter gremlins Sea life spotted - The Scartlet PimpeRob Weather - Big squall at start, 25knotsNW, variable in pm, 5/20knots, late pm 15-18knots SW Amazing Facto of the Day- If you shave a tiger he has striped skin!!_ Food.snack of the day - Oreo cookies, Fishy Lasagne!! Awesomeness of the Day- 2 shooting starts at midnight. Half moon rise at 12.10- spectacular Crew Vibe- Praying...for wind!! Crew members who still retain sufficient levels of sanity.... - Fin, Scott, Stefan, Beckie   1662. read more...


Mustique - Day 1
Mustique - Day 1
25/11/2013

Meltemi - 1.Tag auf See - Warten auf Wind

26 Grad 37,5 Min N; 017 Grad 31,3 Min WGestern souveraen, nur mit Genua, die ersten Boote der Racing Kategorie entspannt hinter uns gelassen. Zur Feier des Abends lecker Gulasch a la Renate und Stefan gegessen.Die erste Nacht haben wir bestanden mit gut funktionierenden Wachen, drehenden Winden, faszinierendem Meeresleuchten, klarem Sternenhimmel, Massen an Sternschnuppen und hell leuchtendem, abnehmenden Mond.Heute geniessen wir den ersten Tag auf See und warten auf Wind. Das Füttern der Windmaschine mit vielen 50 Cent Münzen hat hier leider noch keine Wirkung gezeigt.Derzeit geht es allen gut. Wir grüßen die Familien, Freunde und Bekannte und wünschen euch einen schönen Wochenanfang.. read more...


25/11/2013

Avel Biz - J+1 Première nuit

25 novembre 201326°41,1 N16°49,7 WBonjourPremière nuit en merPendant tout l'après midi nous avons longé Gran Canaria sous gennaker. Xavier a du dégager en se servant de la gaffe une contre-écoute qui s'était prise dans un des safrans (Sur un bateau aussi large que le Pogo 30, il y adeux gouvernails). Nous avons fait quelques pointes à plus de 12 nœuds. Arrivés au sud de l'île, toute la flotte s'est éparpillée pour échapper au dévent. Il y avait des bateaux dans tous les sens, les petits au milieu desgrands. Ça a été comme ça toute la nuit, les feux des autres voiliers se confondant avec les étoiles dans la nuit noire. Nous n'avons pas arrêté de passer du génois au gennaker et vice versa. Bref, nous n'avons pas beaucoupdormi.Au lever du jour, nous apercevons encore une dizaine de voilier.. read more...


25/11/2013

Windleblo - Day One

I asked the crew for their impressions of The Start and our first day at sea. Here is some of what they said.The Coach -- "The most emotional time for me was as we were leaving the marina and the brass band was playing and the crowds were waving to us from the north and east breakwaters. That's when I fully realized that we were actually going to cross the Atlantic."John Hoopes - "For me, the start signified the beginning of the end of my passage into adulthood. I see this voyage as the completion of the process of coming of age. When I land in St. Lucia, I will be a man."Turns out both siblings view this voyage as an important moment. Luna could not stop the tears as she cast us off, the sight of Windleblo, her European home, leaving Europe was too much for her. She sees this moment as. read more...


25/11/2013

Shelduck - Mon 25 Our First 24 Hours

Mon 25 @13:00 28:51.095N 15:46.634W Distance travelled 114 miles sincestart 24h ago.   Motoring out to the start we had a great send of from hundreds of peoplelining the walls and breakwaters of the marina and port, bands playing,loudspeaker announcements, etc. Everyone waving.   The Committee Boat marking the line and controlling the start was a SpanishNaval Patrol vessel with a structure that wouldn’t encourage you to go near itin a yacht!  It looked like a stealth bomber on the water.Fresh winds for the start and we went out to sea to avoid the gusts andacceleration zone near the airport and the tip of the island but we now thinkthey wouldn’t have been a problem for us.  Just before the start we got awarning of a floating shipping container towards the Cape Verdes. read more...


25/11/2013

Moondancer - WE ARE OFF TO ST LUCIA

We are finally off after all the waiting and preparations and having never done the ARC before the start was very impressive and livened up even more by a large squall which arrived shortly after we crossed the startline .we roared off along the coast of gran canaria duelling with boats on either side ,rather like a pack of lemmings all chasing the lead guy and hoping he knows where he is going. Then suddenly as evening approached at the lower end of the island the famous acceleration zone became a decelleration zone as the wind just died leaving the whole fleet just floating around flappy sails .we should have rafted up and got the wine out. .today is better and we have found the wind ,currently charging along at 8 knots heading south towards the cape verde islands,. read more...


25/11/2013

Challenger 3 - Departure day

st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }ARC Day 1 We prepped the boat from the start of the day, enjoying the last of the delights of Las Palmas. Crowds were gathering all morning, and we posed for a team photo. We slipped our mooring in the marina at 1100hrs to a bit of a fanfare, and cheers from the shore. We headed out to the inshore start line, between the Spanish Navy vessel and yellow marker for the 1245 start, in a lively Northerly breeze…over we went, and next stop St.Lucia 2700 nm away!As the afternoon progressed, the boats spread out and wind eased, leaving us sailing into the evening with a falling NNE force 3.We tried to avoid sailing too much into the wind shadow of Gran Caneria.  Watches began at 1800, and we quickly settled into our nightime routine-having a. read more...


25/11/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 26:39.01N 15:50.16W - Noon - First 20 hours - Tatt av vinden

It’s raining. No trades. Light winds (16 kn) on the stern. Running the engine. Just one m seas.The night was fantastic. Not very cold. The half moon rised around midnight. We did 3x3 hours watches. After this Eva slept from 0700 to 1000! While she was fast asleep we had two dolphins visiting us for a while. That is always great. We never get tired of looking at them.We were delayed at the start, because Bjørn had a light injury to his right arm some few days ago. It looked as it got wors, so he went to a hospital just in case. He was diagnosed in one hour. Very fast service, probably because we weared the ARC t-shirts. Nothing very serious with Bjørn’s arm, but an inflamation that probably will heal in a few days.  Those boats that were on the starting line in due time were hit by a. read more...


25/11/2013

Adina - Starting, Squalls and Stars

Adina slipped lines at 12.05 on her planned journey across the Atlantic. Onboard are Tom, Susie, Lindsay, Neil and Gareth. Leaving was tremendous fun with crowds lining the marina walls waving, and a band playing, as we joined in blasting our fog horn. Susie touched us all waving to her parents shouting "Bye Mum, Bye Dad!". Then off to the start line and the competitive spirit has not left Skipper Tom as we had a decent crack at the start line followed by some good boat-on-boat action. It felt just like the Round the Island boat race back in England! A squall then treated to us 25 knots of wind and a good soaking - now we were doing the Hamble Winter Series! Up stepped Lindsay Cunningham to the helm and with good winds the 'Guest Record' onboard Adina was shattered as we hit 10.6 knots.. read more...


25/11/2013

XAR - Första dygnet

Första dygnet till ända.Vi har seglat 167 NM i varierande vindar, starten och två timmar framåt var det nästan kuling med spinnaker. Sedan har vädret avvikit helt från de väderfiler som vi laddat ner. Istället för NO upp till 9 m/s har vi haft SO 7 m/s, SV-V 3-7 m/s och stiltje under 3 h natten till måndagen. Positivt är att alla mår bra, ingen sjösjuka. Vakterna är igång med 4 team, var fjärde timme har alla vakter. Enda undantaget är jag själv som är tillgänglig när det behövs. Förutom seglingsvakter så har vi etablerat mat o disk som vart team har var fjärde dag. Slutligen har man också ansvar för städning av båten var fjärde dag.Just nu är det dags för lunch, på menyn (som lagas och serveras av Peter och Lars), Pariserbiff ska bli jättegott. Vinden är fortsatt svag från V och vi styr. read more...


25/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day 2: Settling In

After the start yesterday we are all settling into the passage. A mix of conditions from 20+ knots of wind to close to zero. Blue Ocean is handling the conditions easily with a record top speed so far of over 11 knots. As I write, we are running downwind (wing and wing) at a platry 5kn with a true wind speed to 10kn. I have to make a heartfelt apology to Inge (and all his family reading this log), whom I referred to as Pole in my first log entry. Although he lives in Poland, speaks Polish and is married to a Pole he is, in fact, a thoroughbred Norwegian. This bumps up the number of nationalities onboard to five; almost enough for a small United Nations convention. Vin and I (mainly Vin) prepared the first meal onboard last night – spaghetti and damaged vegetable sauce. Whilst. read more...


25/11/2013

Calypso - On Our Way

We had a good start and fortunately no collisions with any of the dozens of boats at the line.It was soon necessary to don our oilskins as a squall approached and gave us a good shower! Wind was strong but, as predicted by Chris Tibbs the weather guru, we experienced some very strong gusts in the acceleration zone near the airport. We had to put several rolls in the main, and reef the genoa to cope with the gusts which exceeded 30 knots.We enjoyed some ham and tomato baguettes prepared by Phil for lunch and, in the evening, had a delicious Chilli con Carne and rice cooked by Dino. Later, the wind dropped and we were wallowing around making little progress during the night.This morning, the wind has picked up and we are making progress. Cloudy but are warm 22 centigrade.David, Dino, John. read more...


25/11/2013

Edelweiss - Day 1: on our way!

Hello from the Atlantic Ocean! We had a gorgeous start yesterday - warm sun and blue skies. Stuart skillfully navigated us out of the busy marina (where hundreds of spectators were watching along with 2 marching bands, one playing "Happy Birthday" for some reason!) and we were off shortly after the 1pm start gun. Hilarious (though probably not if you were the skipper) to be amongst ALL THOSE BOATS - many of whom are now friends.Within minutes of the start, we had a squall. It lasted just long enough to soak us through, then the sun graciously returned to dry us off. Whereupon the wind just died. So we had a taste of many sailing highlights in just our first day.Premade chicken & rice came in handy for dinner. The first night's watch was uneventful but nice as the half-moon finally. read more...


25/11/2013

Aspen - Log 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas

We were only 8 minutes late for the start! Watching 170 boats in our division ahead of us was a magnificent sight.After sunset we discovered that the acceleration zone was very real with 42 knot winds. That made for an exciting sail!All is well onboard.Steve and MariaLog 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas. read more...


Aspen - Log 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas
Aspen - Log 1; Sunday 24 Nov; Leaving Las Palmas
25/11/2013

Jambo - THE FIRST 24 HOURS

Got off to a cracking start which was fun with sqaulls,rain and sun all happening at once. Got to the acceleration zone by the airport to find the wind backed then dropped down to virtually nothing - resorted to use the engine for a few hours to get us south as we search for the Trade Winds off the Cap Verde Islands.Bumpy old night with little sleep but everyone starting to get into the ships routine - feel like I have been in the ring with Frank Bruno!. read more...


25/11/2013

Dragonfly - Die erste Nacht

In der ersten Nachthälfte schlief der Wind komplett ein und wir haben den Motor gestartet.Leider kommt eine hohe Welle von 3-4 m aus Nord und wirft das Schiff hin und her. Ohne Segel (Wind) fehlt der Druck und wir werden in den Kojen hin und her geworfen. Schlafen geht gar nicht. Das Rigg schlägt und klappert beängstigend und wir versuchen den Baum so gut es geht zu fixieren. Nach ein paar Stunden kommt zum Glück der Wind wieder und ich setze sofort die Segel. Das geht bis 8 Uhr morgens gut, jetzt läuft wieder der Motor. Zum Glück haben die Wellen etwas nachgelassen. Auf dem AIS sehen wir noch eine Handvoll Segler. Weit entfernt am Horizont noch einige wenige mehr. Die "Christobel" und die "Festina Lente" waren die ganze Nacht in unmittelbarer Nähe. Jetzt entfernen sie sich langsam.. read more...


NDS Darwin - sunset in the rally start day
NDS Darwin - sunset in the rally start day
25/11/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer 25 November - A slow start

It is a little daunting, distance to go to St Lucia is 2,657 miles, speed over the ground a paltry 2.5 knots but at least we have the helpful Canary current adding about a knot to our speed. It is even more frustrating whenyou realise that less than half the miles we have covered have been towards our destination. There is a good reason for this. The shortest route would take us on a northerly course, mixing us up with a developing low andsuffering headwinds, not what we came here for! Our southerly course should have predominantly NEly winds until we meet the trade winds about 700 miles further south. It’s not all doom and gloom.We started quite well and made good progress for an hour or so on mainsail alone. The moon is now up, the stars are amazing and we are surrounded by yachts’. read more...


Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Start ARC 2013
Balearia - Balearia Team
Balearia - Balearia Team
25/11/2013

Webster - Log 4: the start and day 1

Have been looking forward to this for ages and now its the Big Day, here at last, the start of Arc 2013. A decent breeze too and sun! The atmosphere in the marine was electric with crew running about with last minute preps. Ken and Albert went off yet again for the supermarket to buy the final final final stuff from the never ending shopping list; Las Palmas must make an absolute killing when the Arc is in town. The band stuck up and visited each pontoon in turn - stood at the end of our boat and blared away. Not sure if my nerves could take it at that volume that close, but it was fun.So, 1145 we slipped lines and headed off for the start. Checked out the start line and meandered about for a while awaiting the 1300 start and put the mainsail up at the last minute. Mistake! Having had to. read more...


25/11/2013

True Colours - First Night Blues

Position 26:37.79N 016:04.20W Fairly decent start – port broad reach ready to launch the A sail.  Had to duck half a dozen starboard boats then off we went, A sail launched, 8 knots.  After 10 minutes A sail down as a squall was coming through and for the next few hours we weere doing 8 knots plus.  Speed record to Doug at 10.0 knots.  40 miles in the first 5 hours.  We stood well out to the west and kept the breeze, while the boats that ha d gone closer to the shore found the wind died on them. And then at about 8.00 it all came to an end.  Wind died, engine on, and for the next 9 hours we motored with about 3 knots of true wind speed.  Then at daybreak the wind increased, genoa unfurled, and currently doing about 6 knots in 12 knots of. read more...


25/11/2013

Ula - Day 2 - 25th November

A frustrating night of light winds forcing us to head too far west in order to maintain any kind of headway. By midnight we resorted to the engine. “Well it’s not a race is it?” (but nobody really believes the sentiment).  Daybreak saw an improvement in the winds and after a short spell of main and genoa we were able to get our renowned “Boris” aloft again and this brought us steady progress in a more southerly direction at 8-9 kts. An approaching squall forced the furling of “Boris” and a return to Main and Genoa in a goose wing formation. Alastair and Julian require a change of clothes having received a thorough soaking on the foredeck.Encouragingly our midday chart plot revealed that we have made about 30 miles more progress in the first 24 hours than in 2011. Ula is constantly. read more...


25/11/2013

Keoma - Day 1

Departed Gran Canaria great send off from the locals, who really seemed to appreciate the crew shirts and hula dancing on the foredeck! Huge warship as a committee boat and lots of spectator yachts too.  Our start at 1300, 10 mins after which a large squall hit from astern, and all scuttled for oilies, and sailed for an hour in drizzle and poor viz, but touching 11.5 kts at times.  Quickly settled into watch system, veg and pork curry for tea. (need to eat more oranges!)  Beautiful first night under our belt, dark at 6, porpoises at 3am and a drop in wind to about 5 kts by dawn, sweepstake for day’s run wide open.....By 0830, only 2 boats now visible, all seeking a bit more breeze.For the technical minded our position at 0800hrs on 25-11-13 is Lat 26 22.38N Long 15 34.10W.. read more...


25/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Day 1

And so it begins, the race started in style with an excellent send off from a brass band and cheering from crowd’s leaving the breakwater. we hoisted the main sail and have headed south to catch the trades. With a top speed of 11.2 Knots helmed by 1st mate Mike.We’ve had our first bit of food down us, cooked superbly by David and Nikki, so far everyone has been happy with the selection of songs from Nikki’s ipod... but it’s still only day 1, and looking forward to Yankee Jan to put his old school collection on !! The night watches have been divided and have commenced, until next time.  Fabio m_PB240829[1]. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Day 1
Great Escape of Southampton - Day 1
25/11/2013

Golondrina - ARC BLOG

Golondrina slipped lines from Las Palmas at 11.37 on Sunday and made a good start to the race crossing as one of the front boats.  Within 10 minutes a squall hit the entire fleet and everyone started the journey got soaked.   Good progress was made and saw the last of Grand Canaria at about 10pm last night.  For the first 12 hours we maintained over 8 knots of speed due to the 28 knots of wind.  unfortunately, this not only dropped off dramatically but also changed direction which forced a sail change and gybe around midnight.  if your watching the yellowbrick track you may be wondering why we are travelling south toward Cape Verde.. this is because there is a weather front of no wind to the west of us and so our plan is to travel around the bottom. read more...


25/11/2013

Idea of London - and we're off

Good afternoon, and good evening (depending of course on where you are)We have finally started. After the a long week of preparations and itching to go sailing, at 12:45 local time this afternoon we finally got our wish. A start signal. BOOM (the race commitee were on quite a large Coast Guard ship, and fired off a Mortar round as our start signal.To regress a little bit the morning started off quite slow. Most every one was up and about by 8am, and tidying up personal gear, looking for breakfast, last showers, etc. At about 8:30 however we had our first crisis of the trip and we hadn't even left the dock yet. In truth it was good thing we were still tied up because the crisis was a shortage of coffee.The provisioning run yesterday apparently didn't get enough coffee for the trip. So. read more...


24/11/2013

Avel Biz - Avel Biz Départ

24 novembre 2013Bonjour à tousQuelle course. Deux heures avant le départ, nous étions en train de chercher un gréeur pour faire une épissure compliquée sur un cordage (un "bout" en langage marin) qui avait glissé pendant notre sortie d'entrainement d'hier. Un jeune navigateur espagnol membre de l'équipe de compétition locale nous a fait ça très bien.Une fois tout rangé, nous avons paradé dans le port devant tous les spectateurs massés sur les quais. Avec une fanfare et des coups de corne de brume partout. C'était sympathique d'entendre tous ces gens vous crier bon vent, avec un petit pincement au cœur quand ils vous crient bon courage...Ensuite départ sous un petit crachin breton. Le bateau comité était un vaisseau de guerre espagnol presque aussi grand que la moitié de la flotte de. read more...


24/11/2013

Hanami II - Apres 1/4 du parcours

24 XI 2013 - 20:53 UTC15 39 N35 02 WNous voici a a peu pres 1/4 du parcours le igne droite.C'est plutot une bonne nouvelle et il faut esperer que nous arderons la meme vitesse, meme si nous ne sommes pas en tete de la flotte, ce qui n'est pas l'objectif.Il parait que le vent doit tomber a partir de demain lundi, la depression venant de l'ouest deplacant la haute pression qui nous pousse.Si c'est vrai, aujourd'hui du vent il y en avait avec des nuages, quelques gouttes et de la mer plus hachee qu'hier, donc le Spi est reste dans son sac en pied de mat et nous avons navigue, comme en 2011 avec la GV et le Genois tangonne croise. La prevision a du changer car le bulletin du matin donnait;TONIGHT(00 GMT): WINDS NE-E 13-18KTS. SEAS 3-4 SWELLS NE-E 4-6FT (4SEC). SKIES MOSTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED. read more...


24/11/2013

Diva -

Aufbruchsstimmung Richtung Westen Aufstehen 7.45h im Hafen ist schon ordentlich was los.Das es losgeht ist überall zu spüren. Ein kleines Frühstück on the fly von Claus unserem Smutje.Die Diva ist bestens mit Proviant ausgestattet und alles ist ordentlich verstaut. 8 Personen finden gut Platz in der X612. Baumpersenning abgenommen und auf die Claudia gewartet die uns in letzter Sekunde noch die Crewkleidung aus Hamburg mitgebracht hat.Nach einer Abschiedsfotosession an Deck noch das Wasser aufgefüllt. Leinen los 10:45h. In der Bucht von Las Palmas noch ein paar Schläge gesegelt, den Spi getestet – alles klar. Den Start um 13:00h haben wir richtig gut hinbekommen. Fast komplett in Lee mit Genua und Groß Richtung Süden. Ein Wal taucht in unserem Kielwasser auf und bläst in die Luft.Nach. read more...


24/11/2013

Windleblo - The Start

Luna cast us off at 11:45 am local time and thousands of spectators cheered us on as we departed Las Palmas harbor, with a brass band adding atmosphere.At the start line, the committee boat was hard to miss. It was a large Spanish navy gunboat! We hove to for a brief lunch, then edged toward the starting line with dozens and dozens of boat jockeying for position. We crossed as the start gun sounded under a broad reach. A squall then enveloped us, cheating us out of our last glimpse of land as the clouds thickened. All the boats are now slowly spreading out, with two groups apparent as darkness gathered. Group 1 is starting to head west around the bottom of the island and Group 2 (the one we're in) is heading south to avoid the island's wind shadow. The forecast calls for 20 knot winds. read more...


Diva -
Diva -
24/11/2013

Nyaminyami II - Sunday 24.11.13 - 1600hrs

By Chris Haworth. Graham Pike and I joined Francis & Jane on Friday 22nd, arrived about 1600hrs big rain shower on arrival – accused of bringing English weather! Fortunately assisted washing fresh vegetables which were spread all over the pontoon before transfer to boat (had to make sure no cockroach eggs on stuff). Went for beers and decided to celebrate arrival – official farewell party at posh sailing club party atmosphere which we felt obliged to join into fully - after all the Merlins fleets reputation was at stake! Saturday was spent uneventfully learning the boat and making final preparations for departure,  Safety and skippers briefings. Restaurant for dinner – all awoke dawn this morning with excited anticipation, there is no anxiousness or fear about the trip, us. read more...


24/11/2013

Sweet Pearl - 1. Tag - Guter Start

Nachdem wir um 13:09 über die Startlinie gebraust sind, wurden wir gleich von einem kleinen Skuoll überrascht, den wir zusammen hervorragend gemeistert haben. Reffen hatten wir ja am Freitag trainiert:). Nach einem exzellenten Fleischteller mit Suppe von Jürg zubereitet, sind wir auf Aufholjagd - aber wir bleiben realistisch. Die ganze Crew ist wohl auf und lässt alle daheim gebliebenen grüssen:).Tom. read more...


24/11/2013

Dragonfly - Der erste Tag

Jörg und Ramin kommen nochmal vorbei um uns zu verabschieden und unglaublich viel Touristen schlendern über die Stege. Ich wollte eigentlich schon ablegen, aber da kommt noch eine Blaskapelle aus Las Palmas über den Steg. Die Stimmung in der Marina ist unglaublich. Der Abschied von Nicole fällt mir schwer, aber wir müssen jetzt raus. Der Wind hat aufgefrischt und bläst mit ca. 25 kn aus Nord. Für den Genaker ist das zu viel und wir machen mit Groß und Genua gut Fahrt. So ziemlich als Letzter gehen wir über die Linie. Ein Regenschauer verdunkelt die Szene. Wir können teilweise nur noch 100 m weit sehen. Der Wind dreht etwas und wir nehmen das Groß rein. Kurz vor 4 schläft der Wind auf unserer Höhe ein. Auch die Schiffe vor uns stehen in der Flaute. Torsten von der Christobel meldet über. read more...


24/11/2013

Manihi - C'EST PARTI ...

27:40.15N 15:24.47W... enfin, c'était bien parti, et puis la trajectoire le long de l'ile s'est avérée un peu décevante ! Vent arrière changeant de direction, on a mis les voiles en ciseaux, grand-voile d'un coté et génois tangonné de l'autre. Au bout d'une heure on s'est retrouvé un groupe à ramer (au figuré !) avec à peine quelques nœuds de vent jusqu'au sud de Grand Canarie. Un aperçu de ce que nous devrions avoir dans deux jours.Le vent s'établi depuis 18h environ. 15 à 20 Nds de Nord. Pourvu que ça dure ! Nous avons pris un cap SW (sud-ouest !), une allure confortable de 3/4 arrière, en espérant que ça ne change pas trop pendant la nuit.Fini les Happy Hours, et les soirées au port !!! ... c'est bien aussi !A demain.. read more...


Surya - donker luchten na de start
Surya - donker luchten na de start
Surya - Uitzwaaiers op de kade
Surya - Uitzwaaiers op de kade
Surya - Surya aan de steiger in Las Palmas
Surya - Surya aan de steiger in Las Palmas
Surya - Surya 4 dagen onderweg
Surya - Surya 4 dagen onderweg
24/11/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - Sephina Day 1 Nothing to Report...

Sephina Day 1 Nothing to Report... Well firstly I thought I would be too seasick to write this and secondly I thought there would  not be a lot to say. The first has proved to be incorrect and the second true. But we are on our way. The emotion seeing friends off at the start was a little hard to bare. I was chocked up and couldn’t say much. This was further compounded by the emotional spectacle of the fleet departure. All in all it made you feel alive. It was a good decision to join the ARC. The start was uneventful apart from trying to miss other boats. We are sailing along at a steady 5 knots and we have reached 8 knots at times. The “Twistle” rig has proved to be easy to handle and effective and with modifications learnt at the seminars it is very efficient.. read more...


24/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Head Start

I could not immediately recall why November 24th had a special significance in my inner diary....then of course I realised.Today is the day we would have been setting off from Las Palmas to cross the Atlantic with the Atlantic Rally had we decided not to take the opportunity to do the trip with a smaller group of 50 boats via the Cape Verde Islands with ARC+.So today we can imagine the scene in Las Palmas as 200 boats set off to sail directly to St. Lucia. I can't help but feel smug as they join us in this magnificent ocean; smug that we have managed to squeeze in our stop to the another amazing archipelago and smug too that we are already 5 days into our voyage.Had you asked me yesterday I would have said that in all likelihood the quickest of the ARCees leaving today would possibly. read more...


24/11/2013

Shelduck - Sun 24 Nov Ready to Go!

Final prep done, securing saloon and cabins from flying objects, ready togo.  Lucas and Ian here to wave us off and they will cycle down thepromenade as we sail to the start line and will wave us off from there. We’ve 15 mins to go before we cast off!  Anticipating it all, a littlenervous but it will be fun!. read more...



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