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28/10/2013

Millport II - Abandon Ship drills and liferaft practice in Lanzarote!

Last week whilst still in Lanzarote, we took delivery of our new ISO 9650 approved liferaft.  But what to do with our old one?  It was not ISO compliant, so had a negligible re-sale value.  We decided to inflate it and practice "abandon ship" procedures to give the kids a better idea of what a life-raft would really be like and the proper procedure for leaving the boat in case of an emergency.  After the serious bits were over and done with, the poor life-raft became a trampoline - landing pad - floating play house - bouncy castle for the rest of the day.  It gave us a good idea of what would work best in the event of having to leave the boat and also how uncomfortable those floating paddling pools really are!  The day after we disposed of the poor abused. read more...


Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
Millport II - Abandon Ship Drills!
28/10/2013

Jambo - Ready to go !

Well after 5 months cruising we made it to the start!Here is Jambo in Las Palmas having a rest. We will return for a few weeks then return to make the final preparations and enjoy the build up to the startIMG_1103. read more...


Jambo - Ready to go !
Jambo - Ready to go !
28/10/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle leaving gibraltor

The weather window has opened for our passage to the canaries ,should be dream condition s 15-25 knots up the "clacker", should arrive lanzarote Friday afternoon, first real offshore test for La Rochelle having spent all her life in the med, great chance to try all our hardware, as all the crew are now on board.Crew La Rochelle. read more...


27/10/2013

NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna

After 10 days sailing from Islas Baleares, NDS Darwin arrived safe to Las Palmas in Gran Canarias. After the checking in the marina office and with our ARC 2013 early pack we are ready to visit the city. Two day before we arrived, we fished a very nice (90 pound) yellowfin tuna.  A ceviche and sashimi tuna was amazing..!!P1070304. read more...


NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna
NDS Darwin - NDS Darwin arrived to Las Palmas after 1200 nm with a big yellowfin tuna
27/10/2013

Calypso - Checking in!

Calypso left its home port of St Peter Port, Guernsey onMonday 24th June with Phil, John and myself aboard. We split thejourney into 3 main stages, (Guernsey to Povoa de Varzim, Povoa to Lisbon,Lisbon to Gran Canaria), and finally arrived in Las Palmas on Wednesday11th September having visited 17 other ports and covered 1650nm onthe way.   The journey was largely uneventful, mostly motor sailing, andit was only when cruising down the Portuguese coast and crossing from Madeirathat we had some decent sailing. We were back to motoring as we approached LasPalmas.   We now have 4 weeks to complete the final preparations beforesetting off on ‘our voyage of a lifetime’.     Yours aye     David Mitchison (Skipper) Phil Ball Dino Castro John Frankland DSC00266. read more...


25/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 9 Friday 25th October

Day 9 Friday 25th October So Hello Benalmadena! We have found some more people here flying the ARC flag!Chatting to them has been of some comfort in a funny sort of way as they have some major problems too.They are scheduled to leave Las Palmas ahead of us on the 10th November with the ARC plus, which goes via the Cap Verde Islands so they have the additional pressure to get there on time.To-day we have all been busy doing jobs, doing the laundry, cleaning, sorting, tidying.We can truly say that Free Spirit is now totally shipshape!So what next?Well the bottles of Cava here are only 3 euros a bottle........ read more...


20/10/2013

Free Spirit - 20 Oct to 25 Oct

Day 4 Sunday 20th OctoberTo-day was another very calm windless day so motoring all the way with a little help from the sails but lots of activity on board !To-day we fitted and tested the water turbine.Success!The storm gib was taken out and deployment undertaken.Success!The genoa pole was taken out and the most efficient method of using it was worked out.Success!Finally we got Internet access.Success! And thank you everyone who wished us well.We should now be able to get our blog up and running.Today was also a chicken fest because we found we had lots of fresh chicken which needed to be eaten.It was chicken salad for lunch and chicken curry for dinner.Just before dinner we were visited by dolphins but they did not stay to play today.Day 5 Monday 21 st OctoberBecalmed !We all went for a. read more...


Calypso - Checking in!
Calypso - Checking in!
26/10/2013

Starblazer - Starblazer has arrived in the Canaries

From Porto Santo, where we met fellow ARC boats Edelweiss and Tumbledown Wind, we made our way to Madeira, taking advantage of the gentle wind to fly the cruising chute again.We spent one night at anchor because the marina was full, before getting a berth for several days.A hire car is a necessity to get the most from a visit to Madeira.On day one we went for a Levada walk, really gentle and peaceful.Even John said it was a good walk and he doesn't like walking! The second day we visited Funchal then had afternoon tea at Reids Palace Hotel.It was absolutely lovely, I could get used to this gracious living.The Canaries beckoned and we had a fairly frustrating trip Tenerife.Day one we sailed surprisingly quickly in very little wind, again using the cruising chute until the wind came. read more...


26/10/2013

Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria

With Adina now settled in Las Palmas for the big start, we had ourfirst Atlantic crew member, Lindsay Cunningham, come and join us for a week.Lindsay was keen to know how the boat operates and sails before we head off in November. With it being an ocean crossing we did a full front to back walk through of theboat above and below decks and safety briefing. Just that took 7 hours -something to think about! The highlight though was a day of doing a thorough testing of all our MOB kit,including hoisting each other out of the water. It was a really usefulexercise, we got a good understanding of our lifejackets, made some tweaks tolocation of MOB devices on the pushpit, but most importantly it gave usreassurance. We're now back in Las Palmas and off chatting to the butcher inthe local market. read more...


Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria
Adina - Testing our MOB kit in Gran Canaria
25/10/2013

At last... in Las Palmas after 2000 miles

At Last.. , our Jeanneau 53 performance, arrived in Las Palmas at the end of August after 2000 miles. Myself (Roberto) with my wife Jessica and our 3-year son Alessandro left Tunisia on July 26th. We had a great sailing with good wind and we reached Sardinia, Minorca, Maiorca, Ibiza, Formentera, Costa Blanca in Spain and finally we arrived in Benalmadena near Malaga, on August 18th,  Here, Gian Cavaletto (a great sailor and a good friend) joined us. We then left for Ceuta and we passed the Gibraltar strait with good current and wind, pushing us at 9 knots. In 3.5 days of great sailing (and great waves too!) we arrived in Isla Graciosa, Lanzarote. We then spent a week, sailing the Canary Islands and visiting Lanzarote and Fuerteventura. Finally, on August 29th we arrived in Las. read more...


At last... - flying the ARC flag
At last... - flying the ARC flag
At last... - Hi from At Last in the Atlantic
At last... - Hi from At Last in the Atlantic
At last... - Flying to Garrucha
At last... - Flying to Garrucha
At last... - Fast sailing toward Cabo de Gata
At last... - Fast sailing toward Cabo de Gata
19/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 3 Saturday 19th October

Day 3 Saturday 19th OctoberPriority number 1 - where has all the water gone?Could there be a leak?Investigation under boards and tests on valves and pipes revealed that the starboard tank was still full but the water not being drawn whilst the port tank was empty.The decision was taken that we could manage on one tank + water maker to Gran Canaria by directing water from the water maker to the port tank and drawing water from this tank only.Job done we all breakfasted together - Dorset Cereal and orange juice(very healthy) followed by bacon and egg ( not very healthy). The sea was calm after a very rolly rocky night and there was no wind so we gently motor sailed all day.As we came closer to theBalearics we picked up a mobile signal.So we were all busy trying to make calls.I hit the. read more...


25/10/2013

Conquilha III -Sailing from Algarve to Las Palmas

After several months’ DIY hard work on the water and at the boatyard, with new gear installed and tested – radar, solar panel, batteries, saildrive rubber gaskets, twin headsails, … - benefiting the help of good friends from SEAMOUNT and OCEANUS, the CONQUILHA III is finally ready to set sail from Olhão (Algarve/Portugal) to Las Palmas. Today, as soon this depression finally disappear and the northerlies looks to come back, three of the five ARC crew and one innocent guest will start sailing the 650NM south (215T), getting closer to the parties and to the November 24.Fernando, Miguel, Mário, Pedro & VitorCONQUILHA III at the boatyard. read more...


Conquilha III -At the boatyard
Conquilha III -At the boatyard
24/10/2013

Meltemi - auf dem Weg

Wir sind auf dem Weg. Heute morgen von Formentera auf den Weg nach Alicante gemacht.Bestes Segelwetter 3-4 Bft. aus SSW.ETA ist ca. Mitternacht in Alicante.. read more...


Silver Slipper - Flying the Flag
Silver Slipper - Flying the Flag
24/10/2013

Silver Slipper - In Las Palmas

Well the Silver Slipper has landed. We arrived in Las Palmas on Tuesday 22nd October. After 26 different ports, 2650 miles and over 500 hours at sea we finally made our goal to arrive in Las Palmas ready to start the ARC. Our crossing from Maderia promised very light winds but to our delight we sailed most of the way and only used the engine for the last 60 miles on a flat calm sea.We are now moored up on pontoon I so if anyone is in town please drop by to say hello.Over the next four weeks we will be making final preparations and can’t believe that it’s only a month today that we set sail again; this time to visit another continent.Safe sailing and fair winds.Ian, Wendy & Bumble . read more...


24/10/2013

Blue Raven - In the Canaries

Blue Raven in the Canaries Blue Raven is now in Lanzarote after spending August and September on sailing here from Mallorca. We plan to spend the next weeks here and in Fuerteventura before going to Las Palmas in early November. ReinhardSkipper Blue Raven. read more...


18/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 2 Friday 18th October

Day 2 Friday 18th October We awoke to a very calm sea and hardly any windwhich meant motor sailing but this also gave us the opportunity to spend sometime cleaning and tidying so we were all ship shape by lunchtime. Sa;adwith ham, salami and cheese followed by tea and brioche.  We all hadshowers at some point as the water tanks were showing almost full and wegenerated water to replace what we had used.........I turned on the tap......nowater!! The tanks hold 300 gallons - where had it gone? So now we have another problem to resolve but asthe wind got up and there was a lot of motion our dinner was the next prioritybefore we started the night watch.  Chicken with Boursin cheesewrapped in Palma ham with new potatoes and green beans went down well. Nowine as the. read more...


17/10/2013

Free Spirit - Day 1 Thursday 17th October

  Subject: Day 1 Thursday 17th OctoberWe finally left Port Grimaud on Thursday17th Octoober, a day later than planned, butconsidering that we could not get on the boat because of work still being done,until 5.00pm on Tuesday, it was quite an achievement to get away when wedid. The final weeks before departurehave been a total nightmare with every conceivable thing that could go wrong onthe boat doing just that leading to sleepless nights and anxiety that we wouldnot, after all the months of planning and preparation, be able to go!  Isuppose the worst worry was the generator.  For weeks we had beenstruggling to get a new part fitted and when that finally happened it still didnot work.  It's all very involved and complicated but the bottom line wasthat we had to get a. read more...


23/10/2013

Allure - Status 001 trip to Gran Canaria

Allure has arrived in Gran Canaria Thursday 17, 2013 around 12:30. We started our journey on Wednesday September 25. In tree legs we went from Port Napoleon France (near Marseille) to Palma de Mallorca. A week later we took off on Friday October 4. direct to Gibraltar. There we staid 2 nights thus left on Thursday 10, direction Canaries. A short stop to visit friends and finally an easy ride to arrive here. Now we get ready for November 24.. read more...


22/10/2013

Peregrina - we are on the way!

Hi everybody ,we are on the way ,know in barbate near cadiz ,no good wind for the next few days ,we are planing to leave saturday and arrive 4 to 5 days later, enjoying the trip very much ,good fun loads of good moments , the crew fantastic and the boat also ,looking forwad to meet loads of people ,till very soon ,george. read more...


22/10/2013

Ocean Venture - late start from cowes

This could be a tough lesson in leaving it to the last minute to make the dash in one or two hits south. Dia weather forecast for channel and Biscay and the insurance is only good till end of October. I have a feeling this could be the adventurous leg!!. read more...


22/10/2013

Skara Brae - Scott the Skipper!

just thought I would share this with the ARC community - a month ago my 21 year old son Scott, who is going to be crew on our ARC adventure,informed me that he is staying with the boat when it gets to the Caribbean and he will look after her and can sail her to wherever me an the family wish to cruise (he has just finished his studies and decided it was time for a Gap year) - me and his mother were not too enamoured with the Idea and we decided on a cunning plan.I told him that would be nice dream but I couldnt let him be in charge of the boat, as although he has been crew on nearly 3000 miles in the last 2 years - he has never been skipper and he is not qualified to be the skipper of a 42" Catamaran. I told  him that it had taken myself 6 months of hard slog to get my skipper. read more...


22/10/2013

La Rochelle - Final preparations complete

Cruised the med last 6 months, haulout and last preparations in almerimar marina last week. On route to gibraltor for cruise to las palmas ,leaving on the northerlies on Sunday 27th oct,should arrive Sunday 3rd November into las palmasCrew La Rochelle. read more...


22/10/2013

Hanami II - Las Palmas

Hanami II is now on her berth in Las Palmas, waitting for the second time for the ARC start.This time it will be ARC+, that's a bit different from the 2011 ARC as we will sail to Cape Verde first.There are a few thing that don't change: electrial problems are one.One among others but a real pain in the neck as they are sometime difficult to diagnose, may have lots of reasons and are usually expensive too fix.As in 2011 we arrived with a dead alternator, the house bank one. The cause of the failure is a set loose connections that despite a detailled rewiew remained un-noticed before leaving.Lots of people question the need for a spare alternator and prefer to have replace;emy parts. Our experience does prove that spare parts aren't enough as what failed this time could not be fixed by. read more...


22/10/2013

Windleblo - Please Allow Me to Introduce Myself

Hello.Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jack Hoopes, (a.k.a. Captain Jack) and I am Skipper of the Windleblo, a Hallberg-Rassy 40. I hail from Golden, Colorado, where I have made my home for 16 years. My wife, Jocelyn, and I have sailed Windleblo around Europe for the past five seasons, having taken delivery of her at the Hallberg-Rassy Yard in Ellos, Sweden, in 2009. We spend our winters in Golden where Jocelyn practices accounting and I work in the ski industry.  It is now time to sail Windleblo to the U.S. Three characters will join me on the ARC.First, son John.At 23, John graduated Tufts University in 2010 and has become somewhat of a world traveler since. He works for Backroads, an active travel company based out of Berkeley, California, leading. read more...


21/10/2013

Hanami II - A 100 miles de Gran Canaria et du depart ...

20 X 2013 - Dimanche - 08:30 UTC30 30 07 N - 15 47 05 WVoila 11 heures que nous sommes partis (ce sera donc un posting sans photo) , avec peu de vent de facon generale, a part quelques rafales entre 15 et 20 sous les nuages et dans les grains. Nous en avons eu un sympathique cette nuit pendant le quart de Michel. LE changement soudain de vitesse du bateau et du bruit de l'eau contre la coque ainsi que les mouvements du bateau me reveillent avant que la pluie ne se mette a tomber. Le corps agit comme un detecteur en quelque sorte.Pour la journee, cela s'annonce calme et le Navetx donne:---------------------------------------------------------------------SUNDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2013 AT 08:00 UTC.FORECAST VALID FOR MONDAY 21RS.1.- GALE OR WIND FORCE 7 WARNING.NO WARNING.2.- GENERAL SYNOPSIS AT. read more...


18/10/2013

Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas

We left Porto Santo on Saturday 12th October just before midday after giving up on the invisible fuel lorry!  Very light NE wind so relaxed on deck in the sunshine.  Spent the evening with a G&T watching the sun set – a perfect evening at sea.  The wind was still light on Sunday so we enjoyed scrambled eggs and bacon etc for breakfast before hoisting the cruising chute which stayed up until the evening. During Monday the wind began to build finally reaching a southerly 22.3 knots in the evening with roller-coaster waves to match! Quite tricky to steer and avoid gybing (but there were a few!), land was in sight.   We entered Las Palmas at 5am on Tuesday morning not having slept very much but pleased to have arrived, logging 2000 nm since leaving. read more...


Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas
Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas
Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas
Shenanigan - Porto Santo to Las Palmas
17/10/2013

Millport II - Marina Rubicon boat yard

Just had the most amazing service from the marina Rubicon boat yard in Lanzarote.Lift out, power wash, anodes changed and splash back in all in the space of 2 hours!They were ready when they said they would be, the staff were super efficient, the cost was really reasonable and we got an ARC discount!Millport II now has a shiny clean bottom and is ready to go.Quick stop to Tenerife to meet family then Las Palmas here we come:-). read more...


17/10/2013

Silver Slipper - relaxing in Maderia

Well the Silver Slipper has been moored up in Quinta do Lorde Marina, Maderia for over a week now.  My mum arrived and joined us for a week’s holiday and we have enjoyed wonderful days at anchor and hired a car to see the beautiful sights that Maderia has to offer. The marina in Quinta Do Lorde is very quiet and the staff are so friendly. All we now need is some wind to get to the Canaries and Las Palmas; could be a long motor at this rate. Look forward to meeting you all in Las Palmas. Ian, Wendy and Bumble. Silver Slipper.IMGP1276. read more...


Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper relaxing in Maderia
Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper relaxing in Maderia
16/10/2013

Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!

So 711 miles from Portugal, Gareth and Owain have completed their trek and arrived at Las Palmas at 5pm today.  Golondrina is in good shape but some TLC is required and apparently 'Owain will be doing that' !   Dave has since recovered from last night and has equally discovered that his exerimental re-hydration program should not have consisted of so much beer.   Stuart and Dave fly back to the UK tomorrow but for tonight they are enjoying a night of not being bounced around......   Its not really tea! a well earned beer!. read more...


Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
Golondrina - Las Palmas at last!
16/10/2013

Adina - Hitting the Pause button

After 6 months of sailing as a warm-up to the ARC, and now safely settled in Las Palmas preparing for the big one, our latest blog on http://www.yachtadina.co.uk/ gives us time to reflect on where we are, what we've learnt, and what we're looking forward to.. read more...


16/10/2013

Aditi - Rolling towards Canaries

:startAll was going well for a full 24 hours as we glided south under cruising chute in 12 knots wind. At about 3pm yesterday after gybing to keep our course all went completely silent. Not a sail noise, hull sound or rope creak. Silence was not a good thing. We watched with fascination and horror as our cruising chute dropped to the sea beside us. The halyard had chafed through. So started a long arduous recovery of a sea anchor into the cockpit.Now 180 miles to go or 24 hours of rolling under mainsail only. Headsail furling drum still not fully locked & controlled so staying fully furled.:end. read more...


16/10/2013

Golondrina - The last and final leg

Golondrina slipped lines at 3am for the final 94 miles to Las Palmas ending a near 1500 mile passage south.    Gareth will join the building fleet of ARC competitors who have already arrived awaiting the start in November .   With a fair Northerly wind she should arrive around 5pm this afternoon.   Gareth and Stuart are on the first shift with the others joining us later.  After enjoying a stunning meal with a couple of glasses of wine, Dave believes his lack of morning enthusiasm is directly linked to "something he ate" !!!!  . read more...


15/10/2013

Trillium - It Was Great Seeing WCC Friends at the Annapolis Boat Show

Despite the lousy rainy weather, it was still fun seeing former and future crew members and the World Cruising Club staff at the Annapolis Boat Show. Dennis and I were able to get a lot of questions answered about the World ARC by talking with Jeremy and Paul. We are looking forward to working with Mia and Andy during the ARC Caribbean 1500, too. Once we get to Nanny Cay, we will rest up and have family join us for Thanksgiving. Then we are planning to vacation sail our way down to St. Lucia. Hopefully, we will meet a few others who are planning to do the same and we can stay in touch on the way down.  The movers were here today packing up our lives on land. It seems overwhelming at the moment, but I am looking forward to having it all behind us as we cast off for the adventure of a. read more...


Trillium - It Was Great Seeing WCC Friends at the Annapolis Boat Show
Trillium - It Was Great Seeing WCC Friends at the Annapolis Boat Show

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