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Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
19/11/2013

Webster - Captains Blog Stardate Monday 18 November 2013

The big day has arrived, no not start day that's Sunday, but the day we have the new spreaders fitted to the mast which will enable us to go on Sunday. Went down to the riggers to confirm a time for coming to the boat, they had already said it would be today sometime. Arrived just after opening time at 9am and already the queue stretched out of the shop and into the street. Some people were taking ages with lists as long as your arm but it was only a poor young lady handling it all, albeit very knowledgableand everyone wanting an appointment time with the riggers, as was I. An American skipper on a Southerly 42 next to my berth was most concerned that the mast may fall down on top of his and other boats and needed reassuring; he was trying to have me move out, and was going to speak to. read more...


20/11/2013

Hanami II - H-3 et ce fut agite

Il reste donc 3 heures avant le depart et la nuit fut agitee mais on a fait face vaillament et avec entrain a defaut parfois de bonne humeur.Nous avions fini toutes les reparations, l'avitaillement etait fait, restait a aller a la soiree de cloture quand 3 taquets du ponton on saute, dont le notre bien sur.Avec 25 noeuds de vent et un bateau qui bougeait deja beaucoup c'est devenu le grand cirque mais les gens de la marina ont reussi a remplacer les taquets et nous les amarres, tout cela assz rapidement.En fait tous les pontons ou presque ont eu de problemes avec autant de bateaux lourds et de vent.De retour de la soiree, dodo pour tout le monde mais vers minuit 30 nos amarres avant ont lache et le bateau et parti en travers.Branlebas de combat, largage de toutes les amarres et on rement. read more...


20/11/2013

Skook - Skook for Start

Hello AllDie Crew der Skook ist ready to Start. Wir alle sind guter Laune und freuen uns auf die Atlantiküberquerung. Heute geht es um 13:00 los und wir versuchen die Skook zum fliegen zu bringen. See you All in St. Lucia.Markus, Ralf, Thomas, Werner, VolkerSkook-Crew. read more...


Skook - Skook for Start
Skook - Skook for Start
20/11/2013

La Rochelle - Primed and ready

With a much enjoyable stopover in the verdes it's now time for the big one.Having the lightest boat in our division, we are hoping for winds in the 10- 15 knot range so we can give some grief to the big boys. The x boats are the ones to catch ( all 3 of them) . They go like scalded cats and will be hard to beat.We are aiming at 12- 13 days for the crossing (in a perfect world) more likely around 14 days.Fair winds and the very best of luck to all the other crewsCrew La Rochelle. read more...


19/11/2013

Corona Aq - Downwind sailing

Tomas Nilsson on s/y Corona Aq is sailing downwind from Las Palmas to Cap Verde. Kap Verde 1 Kap Verde 1. read more...


Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
Corona Aq - Downwind sailing
19/11/2013

Manihi - J-5 - Journée studieuse !

Si il y a beaucoup de moments de détentes après 18h30, les journées, elles,sont bien remplies ! Nous sommes retournés sur les bancs de l'école aujourd'hui! Nous avons suivi quatre séminaires : prendre soin du gréement et limiter lesrisques, gérer les cas d'urgences, l'approvisionnement, et comment naviguer pasvent arrière dans l'atlantique ... Ca n'était pas inutile ;-) ... et nous avonsmaintenant un peu plus de préparation à faire pendant les jours qui viennent8^)   Bon, maintenant un peu de détente tout de même ! Les Happy Hours dans unedemi-heure, et ce soir le diner des équipages au Royal Yacht Club de Las Palmas,auquel Pascal ne pourra pas participer puisqu'il arrive ce soir vers minuit!   Mais la bonne nouvelle c'est que ce soir nous serons au complet !  Demain matin. read more...


19/11/2013

Merlyn III - Log day D-5: We shall not starve (nor thirst)

We new boys, James Courage and I, joined the crew last Saturday evening, anxious not to upset the prefects by putting their caviar back in the wrong spot or use the showers til they were perfectly perfumed.  Merlyn III is on the furthest possible pontoon in a vast marina - in fact, Las palmas itself is far bigger than expected - 800,000 souls live here on the edge of the trade winds.  Next door to us is a very different craft: a small, fragile-looking catamaran of no more than 20 ft.  A mad young bearded Frenchman is set off on her across the ocean ‘demain’ without visible self-steering gear or food - and with only a tiny pod on which to rest.  He lost his partner on the other pod after an argument last week but he is carrying on alone, none of us having volunteered to take the spare. read more...


19/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Quality time

The Duke and William shared some quality time together with just days to go before his big adventure. The prince surprised his grandfather with a unscheduled visit to say goodbye and goodluck but was just relieved to be away and take a break from his nocturnal nappy duties. The Duke was heard saying... 'Things have changed so much since my day, I wonder where it is all heading......' image.. read more...


Ocean Venture - Quality time
Ocean Venture - Quality time
19/11/2013

Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave

Dave started the day well with planning and direction. A strict rota of maintenance and repairs with his usual attention to detail. Then as the day progressed Dave was told his credit card had been clonned and blocked and later his iphone went blank and will not come back to life... But that's ok becuase he could have reverted to his lap top for all of his contacts however that's being rebuilt in the uk... So in his own words "it's all good".On a serious note Dave has no telephone contact list so friends and family can only contact him on ... Hartshorn359@gmail.com And PLEASE leave your telephone number on the email.So getting away from 'Captain Attention' we move onto Gareth, who had his bank card swallowed in a machine last night.Mark spent most of the day up the mast.. Fantiastic. read more...


19/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log day 1 - One of many!

Finally we have arrived in Las Palmas and the blog is underway. This is our first log so we promise to make the next few entries a little more interesting - we have only been in Las Palmas for 24 hours afterall! Sam has already been here for a good week, preparing Swan Valhalla for our voyage across the Atlantic (and attending a few parties along the way!) Victoria, Haig and I flew Norwegian Airways from London, and after a few navigational issues, managed to get the taxi driver to drop us at Pontoon 21 where Sam was waiting patiently with a very smart looking Valhalla. I think Sam was happy to see some friendly faces and have some company after his first week out here.  Although the weather is not quite as arctic as London, it is certainly not as sunny as promised, hopefully this will. read more...


Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
Golondrina - Team success and then there's Dave
18/11/2013

Windleblo - Preparations Well Along

The Windleblo crew has been working pretty much non-stop (OK, except for the evening sundowner parties) getting the boat ready for departure. Food planning, buying, re-packaging and stowing was today's drill. Tomorrow, we take in ARC seminars on rigging, communications, and  tips for downwind sailing, the return to the boat for sail handling drills. The shot above shows the crew, complete with our ARC polo shirts, assembled after yesterday's Welcome Ceremony where ARC, Las Palmas, and St. Lucia officials formally kicked off ARC 2013. The final countdown is upon us.  . read more...


18/11/2013

Manihi - J-6 - Hier parade et aujourd'hui inspection sécurité

Super parade des équipages hier midi ! On se serait cru faire le tour dustade aux Jeux Olympiques sans les acclamations d'un plein stade. Il y avaitfanfare, discours, hissé des drapeaux. La délégation française était ... disonsdiscrète, pour “euphémiser”. Trois bateaux présents sur 15. Mais nous avonsdignement représenté notre pays ;-) Et c'est MANIHI qui a porté le drapeau!!!   L'après-midi, après une bière et un sandwich au Sailor's Bar, l'annexe,nous avons fait la toilette du bateau ; balai-brosse et grande eau pour enleverdeux mois de pollution du port de commerce de Las Palmas !  Pas de Happy Hours le dimanche. Nous avons diné et attendu Bertrand qui estarrivé un peu lessivé - lui aussi - vers minuit et demi.   Ce matin nous nous sommes préparés pour l'inspection de. read more...


18/11/2013

Manihi - J-6 - Inspection sécurité

Super parade des équipages hier midi ! On se serait cru faire le tour dustade aux Jeux Olympiques sans les acclamations d'un plein stade. Il y avaitfanfare, discours, hissé des drapeaux. La délégation française était ... disonsdiscrète, pour euphémiser. Trois bateaux présents sur 15. Mais nous avonsdignement représenté notre pays ;-) Et c'est MANIHI qui a porté le drapeau!!!   L'après-midi, après une bière et un sandwich au Sailor's Bar, l'annexe,nous avons fait la toilette du bateau ; balai-brosse et grande eau pour enleverdeux mois de pollution du port de commerce de Las Palmas !  Pas de Happy Hours le dimanche. Nous avons dîné et attendu Bertrand qui estarrivé un peu lessivé - lui aussi - vers minuit et demi.   Ce matin nous nous sommes préparés pour l'inspection de. read more...


18/11/2013

Free Spirit - 26th October to 5th November

Day 10 Saturday 26th OctoberToday was a man shopping day – hardware, chandlers and fishing tackle shops.  Then even more excitement to follow – watching football in a sports bar!Day 11 Sunday 27th OctoberWe have hired a car today. We are going to Granada and to the Alhambra Palace, a place I have always wanted to see.  So out of misfortune comes opportunity!  Water is the essence of the Alhambra.  It gushes to greet you in channels either side of the steep shady path leading up to the citadel and when you reach the top you find it waiting there, resting peacefully in pools to reflect the surrounding facades, or dancing in fountains, or thundering deep through underground cisterns only to hide away again to secretly nourish the grass, the trees and gardens of. read more...


18/11/2013

Manali - Parading about in Las Palmas

What a fun day at the parade and opening ceremony.  The kangaroos were exhausted.- Team Manali Atlantic www.manaliblue.com P1000853. read more...


Manali - Parading about in Las Palmas
Manali - Parading about in Las Palmas
18/11/2013

Idea of London - IDEA Log check

This is the team from IDEA checking in - Pls respond if we are live!Thanks Ben. read more...


18/11/2013

Golondrina - The crew have arrived

Sunday 17th saw the first assemble for the first time in Las Palmas.Over 200 boats have now assembled for the race and the marina is the busiest pace in the world ! Today all of the crews took part in a parade led off by brass bands and drum troops.It was amazing how many Welsh crews suddenly gathered around Golondrina's flag carried by our very own man-of-steel...So we now move to Monday - and apart from being Stuarts birthday - yes we all know so stop going on about it ... Its maintenance day on Golondrina and a double check on all the kit. The pics show the parade and the crew, Gareth, Mark, Stu and Dave .... with Owain marked as MIA (missing in action) - last seen the night before in bar dancing to YMCA...image image. read more...


Golondrina - The crew have arrived
Golondrina - The crew have arrived
Golondrina - The crew have arrived
Golondrina - The crew have arrived
17/11/2013

Meltemi - in Las Palmas

in Las Palmas angekommen und ARC geflaggt.2013-11-17 16.17.46. read more...


Meltemi - in Las Palmas
Meltemi - in Las Palmas
17/11/2013

Hebe - Hebe

All crew present and correct and getting into the spirit of the ARC with the opening ceremony todayP1040234.. read more...


17/11/2013

Shelduck - Sun 17 Nov: Opening Ceremony & Electronics

Neil was given the honour of carrying the country flag for Ireland, Brendan carried Shelduck's Irish ensign, Gabby carried Aine's tricolour brought over specially for this. Parading round the port with flags of every participating boat and crew - at least 30 different countries represented, bands playing, drums banging.There are over 200 yachts and 500+ crew here, around 70% of the total, with the rest arriving during this week. Speeches from various Canarian dignitaries and Leo the Port Authority and Cultural Representative from St Lucia who provided us with a tantalising insight into the festivities and activities we can expect when we arrive... looking forward to these!Brendan set up Anne's 'SPOT' GPS locator (& rescue!) device - first message sent out to Neil & Anne's friends. read more...


Hebe - Hebe
Hebe - Hebe
16/11/2013

At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano

We are finally ready to go and the party has already begun! Last night we had a great celebration and toast with 50+ of our friends and family. The evening was complete with an ARC cake. All friends can follow us on www.atlast.xoom.it DSC_0642. read more...


At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano
At Last... - Farewell Party in MIlano
16/11/2013

Hanami II - Mindello: 1 ere etape

16 XI 2013- 12 :15 UTCReste 20 miles et comme je le disais a ARC-Control, on devrait franchir la ligne vers 16 heures UTC soit 15 :00 locale car le Cap Vert est a UTC-1.Journee ensoleillee, apres une nuit un peu grise, pluvieuse sur la fin qui nous a force a changer d'amurres pour la fin du parcours.Ce matin, au lever du soleil, dauphins et poissons volants.Au bout des lignes : rien mais celle de Christian avait du prendre une belle bete dont il ne restait qu'un petit bout de machoire accroche. Dommage.La chaleur est arrivee avec le soleil : 32 degres a 11 :00 au lieu des 22-24 que nous avons eu jusqu'à hier. Comme dit Christian ca change et ca va continuer.19:00 UTC, 18:00 localeEt bien ca y est, nous voici arrives au terme de la premiere etape.Super journee de mer, avec du soleil et. read more...


16/11/2013

Edelweiss - Our first blog

We are sending this out to post to our ARC blog (the one that we'll be using as we cross the Atlantic) as a test and also to let you know we're here in Las Palmas already. We arrived on Friday 8 November and it's been a whirlwind of activities since then! The parties have already started (the boys are loving the daily "Sundowners" with free soft drinks and a chance to play tag with the other kids) and the seminars start later this week. Along with ARC check-in, safety inspections, and boat preparations, it's been hard to find time to sit & eat. More soon! - Teri for the crew. read more...


16/11/2013

Ninfea - Arrival

Arrival! After  almost five days of sailing this morning we will soon be making land in Mindelo, Cape Verde. The days have gone by very fast and quite smoothly. For four days we have sailed at an average speed of 7.8 kn, a remarkable speed for our Amel 53. With a twin poled headsail and a wind speed in the 13-20 kn we have reached speeds exceeding 10 kn for short periods and almost always near or above 8 kn. The last day, however, the wind dropped to a miserable 7 to 10 kn, cutting drastically into our average, which will still be well above 7 kn. Life on board has been very pleasant, good conversation, quiet reading and an occasional hectic moment to change or reset sails. We have kept two rods out always, but the fishing has been modest. Two small dorados (mahi mahi) that have. read more...


16/11/2013

Ninfea - 11 Nov - first day at sea

First Day at sea –November 10Yesterday November 10 at 1.00 pm we left Las Palmas and set sails for Cape Verde. The biggest challenge on the start was to avoid collision with the 45 boats all leaving at the same time through the narrow gate of the start line. We had two hair raising encounter with an onlooker who wanted a somewhat too close look at us and an ARC boat that approached us from downwind, starboard side. She only moved away after I shouted a “what the …” at the skipper at the top of my lungs! That was close!After we negotiated the classic acceleration zone at the southern tip of the island (20-30 kn) we settled on a more comfortable 14-18 kn, which is what we expect for the next 2-3 days. No squalls in the forecast so far.Marianto prepared a. read more...


16/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers

Duke: 'why did the baker have smelly fingers?'Simon 'don't know, why did the baker have smelly fingers'Duke: ' because he kneaded a poo'image1. read more...


Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers
Ocean Venture - Sticky fingers
16/11/2013

Windsurf - ARC activities

Note from WindsurfYesterday was an energy day. In the morning we planted trees, a good workout for the maintainance of the environment of the island of Gran Canaria. From our hand there are 13 windsurf trees. Really beautiful against the hill of a mountain. Come and have a look !In the afternoon all kinds of preparations again. Cleaning the boat once more and do some housekeeping. At night again a nice party sponsored by Rolnautic, the shop who provisioned all the sailors with the technical equipments their boats need... They have earned a lot this week and will earning more in the coming week... Every sailor buys all kinds of needs, expensive needs... His wallet got too empty and his boat will be overloaded...We got a nice party with lots of good music from a live band. Everybody. read more...


Windsurf - ARC activities
Windsurf - ARC activities
16/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - DAY 6 (sssh! whisper it!)

I'm not sure we should even be admitting we are now sailing a sixth day and that what's more we will probably be needing its entirety before we find Mindelo (and thus missing our own welcome party tonight).It was all going so well!Last night the wind dropped and started doing a variable dance ensuring our trusty poled out genoa with alongside jib rig which we had not had to touch since leaving Las Palmas was rendered incapable of the task.At midnight it was decided that what was needed was to drop the jib, un-pole the genoa and put up the mainsail....mission.30 minutes later (be charitable...only two of us onboard remember) mission was accomplished and much neglected full main was put into service along with the full genoa.One vital ingredient was missing from this nocturnal party - the. read more...


16/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle finished

After 5 days and 5 hours we have safely arrived at the verdes.Finally managed to get the weapon out on the last day, the parasailor and what a weapon it isThe breeze dropped out to 10 to 14 knots and up she went.8 knots boat speed at 140 degrees apparent ,sensational. read more...


16/11/2013

Webster - Log 1 - Preparation

Its started! Having delivered the boat to Las Palmas late August with my eldest daughter Jenny and her partner Mark from Madeira it has been time to go home and catch up on a few work related matters and spend a bit of time at home and in the office. "But you are supposed to have retired'?, says Alison my former long suffering secretary, "Go away". Oh well, nice to be made welcome......so back to the boat on 4th November to get most of the prep work for the ARC done before the crew arrive on 16th. Trouble is I had very recently discovered I had developed a hernia and had it operated on almost immediately to allow me at most four weeks before the start of ARC 2013, not long enough really.All was going perfectly well until Wednesday morning, provisions on board, safety check done and. read more...


16/11/2013

Hanami II - Maintenant on est proches ...

15 XI 2013 - 22:1017 55 N - 23 28 WNous avons eu notre premier atterrissage de poisson volant sur le pont.Ca prouve que l'on entre dans des eaux plus chaudes.Il devait faire 15 cm de long et je l'ai remis a l'eau, si ca se trouve il va se faire dévorer par la première dorade qui passe, a moins qu'elle ne morde a une de nos lignes de traine. Patience …Il y en eu d'autre ensuite de même de des groupes entiers qui décollent des vagues sur 50m, chasses par les dauphins qui bondissent par troupe entiere sur les cotes du bateau, sur tribord ce matin.Vers 12 :00 empannage et cap au SW, presque sur la route directe vers Mindello apres avoir chatte sur la BLU avec 2 autre bateaux, derrière nous, qui marchent, eux aussi voiles croisées, vers le Cap Vert. Pour être honnête c'est agréable de savoir. read more...


15/11/2013

Fanny Fisher - Gourmet Sailors

The impossible happened, after all our hassles we made it to the startingline on time where it was like being in a washing machine and we lost one crewmember for two days.Now  have finally got into a good cruising rhythm. Ouronly  “drawback” has been the 75cm /10-15 kg Tuna David managed to lureonto the end of his line. It made for some exciting moments and have since eatenlike kings on tuna steaks and Ceviche! Entertainment has been 2 ships and a podof about 50 dolphins which followed us for 5 hours. Should see Mindelo sometimesat. Cheers all aboard Fanny Fisher. read more...


15/11/2013

Jambo - Getting Jambo ready

Tom and I are working through the list of jobs but new ones come on faster than the old ones go off!!Should be ready for Nick and Carol and Julia on Monday then we can start to load the boat with over a ton of provisions --. read more...



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