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22/11/2013

Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!

Preparations continue with a lot of checks and improvements on the yacht. A new inner forestay and gooseneck toggle fitted. (for non-sailors the gooseneck connects the boom to the mast).  Our freezer is now working but we realised it is more of a freezer to keep pre-frozen food frozen rather than freeze the 16 meals Caroline has cooked and placed in foil containers. Melissa and Daniel left the yacht last Saturday having decided that an Atlantic crossing was not for them. We have been joined by a friend of Viv and Steve’s to make up 5 crew in total. He is another Mike and comes from Oxford and has some previous sailing experience. Along with the preparations we have had some fun parties including the 60’s wig party and a fancy  dress party which saw us in a Robin Hood theme. All. read more...


Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!
Golden Spirit of Islay - P & P preparations and party!
21/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Day 2 starts with The Big Fella

Well, what an amazing time we have had in Mindelo, we have all thoroughly enjoyed our time there and had some fantastic meals out in various recommended cafés and restaurants, and met so many lovely people. And what a fantastic surprise when we were awarded with 1st place in the Cruising B division at the crew supper Tuesday night! After provisioning up at different markets and street sellers we crossed the start line near the back of the pack (last minute.com as always!). The wind was certainly howling as we all set off between the islands, in the constant 30s with a sea closely matched, and we watched many boats in front rounding up into the wind and struggling to get back.We opted for mizzen and headsail only knowing how difficult Joy can be reefing the main with inboom furling in. read more...


22/11/2013

Pelican - Day -2

Pelican is all ready to start her 5 arc, an amazing achivement for a boat that has done all but 1 arc since she was built.All the crew are here, the stores have yet to be delivered, this will happen sometime tomorrow.The whole atmosphere here is one of expectation..... still been there done that.Time to go will post more when we are underway.Rob. read more...


Golondrina - The first of 8 trollies
Golondrina - The first of 8 trollies
22/11/2013

Avel Biz - J2

22 novembre 2013Bonjour à tousNous sommes à 48h du départ.Cela fait 4 jours que nous sommes dans la marina de Las Palmas. Véronique est là avec Roland et Annie qui sont venus donner un coup de main très appréciable.Nous courons de tous les côtés pour finir la préparation d'Avel Biz. Pas mal de détails restent à régler mais l'ensemble tourne bien.Xavier nous rejoint dans la journée. Nous attendons les prévisions météo pour la suite.. read more...


21/11/2013

Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!

Sam headed out on Tuesday morning to get some very large croissants as our fuel for the day. He and Haig had various jobs on the boat including fixing the Garmin and starting to fix the boom which according to Haig 'needed a new bush'! Whilst the boys were doing 'blue' jobs Victoria and I went to set up our first blog post in the Sailors Bar which is fast becoming a regular hangout for its speedy wifi connection! In the evening it was our turn (those boats with names beginning L-Z) for our crew supper at Restaurant Embarcadero. We were greeted by a fruity glass of sangria and a heavy downpour of rain before we headed inside to be seated. We sat next to some friendly Dutch men and an American couple who told us that they have lived on their boat for 4 1/2 years - very impressive! We ate a. read more...


Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!
Swan Valhalla - Log 2 - one tequila, two tequila, three tequila...FLOOR!
21/11/2013

Windleblo - Final Provisioning

Today, John Hoopes and I rode our bikes to the best fishing shop in Las Palmas to buy some deep sea fishing gear. John has taken command of provisioning as the voyage's Chief Steward, and he has been doing a marvelous job of ordering food for delivery and going on shopping ventures around town. Now, with our new fishing gear, he promises to augment our diet regularly with fresh sushi.We will soon see if he is able to keep this promise!. read more...


21/11/2013

Golondrina - Shopping for 3 weeks.

Dave and Nina struggled over quite how many packets of crisps to purchase for lunch. This being said, when the food for 3 weeks was assembled Dave decided to remove the labels, for no apparent reason, other than to make the daily meals far more exciting.image. read more...


Golondrina - Shopping for 3 weeks.
Golondrina - Shopping for 3 weeks.
21/11/2013

Idea of London - Gran Canaria, Canary Islands.

Hello hello and welcome back to the world of IDEA.My name is Marc Gentilin I will be keeping you informed of the goings on onboard IDEA as we are once again preparing to embark on a journey across the ocean.For those of you that have followed previous trips this one is going to be slightly different.We are not just delivering IDEA as we have in the past, but will be racing to St. Lucia in the racing division of the Atlantic Rally for Cruisers or the ARC.With us we will have Clint Brooks; Captain as usual, and myself as crew.Joining us for the race will be 9 crew members who will be introduced to over the next few days.The race start is Sunday 24th November.You can go to the event website to explore their information which includes a fleet tracker.Now you'll have dozens of boats to. read more...


21/11/2013

Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!

Aujourd'hui je vais faire court après deux expéditions de provisions. Un premier tour au Carrefour local pour les liquides et une deuxième à Al Campo - Auchan version espagnole - pour le reste. Reste les fruits et légumes mais ça ce sera samedi.Une idée des quantités : 100 l d'eau pour compléter les 30 l qu'on avait déjà à bord, 10 l de jus de fruits, 30 canettes sodas divers, 15 l de vin, 90 cannettes de San Miguel - la bière locale, 4 kg de jambon, 4 chorizos, 6 tortillas, 8 kg de pates, 15 kg de pain sous des formes diverses ... et beaucoup d'autres choses.En plus du transport des 6 jerricans de 20 l de gasoil pour compléter la réserve du bateau, deux heures à Carrefour ce matin, deux heures à Al Campo cet après-midi, et une heure et demi pour ranger tout ça dans le bateau ... Alors. read more...


Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
21/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Well that was Cape Verdes

Yep you guessed it we did arrive too late for the welcome function and yes our corrected time allowed us to attend in mind and spirit, if not in person! Our time in Cape Verdes was some 48 hours shorter than the top half of the fleet but even so we feel we got to know Sao Vicente well and certainly our one day excursion to Santo Antao gave us a real feel for the place. The beauty is that neither Island does mass tourism. We could have stayed in Mindelo another fortnight and would have loved to have cruised the whole Cape Verdes archipelago. From a Rally perspective the WCC team could not have done more. Just having somebody to talk you into unfamiliar marina, onto a berth and fix your bow line is worth a lot - especially in the pitch dark and with 20-25knts of wind. The marina staff,. read more...


Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
Manihi - J-3 - Les courses ... Ca, c'est fait !!!
21/11/2013

Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w

     So today sees the emptying & re-packing of nearly every locker on theboat... where do you put 60 loo rolls, 500 litres of water, food for 8 peoplefor 3 meals for up to 30 days, 8 people themselves and at least as many bags?Promise we’ll make space for the rest of the crew when they arrive in the nexttwo days!   Niki Dalton  m_IMG_1944[1]. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
Great Escape of Southampton - Wednesday 20th 28 07 724n 15 25 511w
21/11/2013

Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy

Pirates ahoyMerlyn's trusty crew under Pirate Leader Captain Christopher Sparrow bemused many as we hustled our 'Middle Eastern' hostage - Jonathan -with our trusty plastic sabres to the ARC Fancy Dress event last night - many thanks to Clare for helping with many of the outfits. This came after a day of uber shopping at El Cortes Ingles where under the direction of Iain, Jonathan and James loaded three giant trollies with a wide variety of local goodies to keep us well fed. Bit bemused to see a fellow yacht crew with a trolly completely loaded with packets of crisps! A separate expedition, with no shortage of volunteers, went to test and buy the wine. Jamesimage.. read more...


Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy
Merlyn III - Log day d-3 Pirates ahoy
21/11/2013

Golondrina - The Iberia Experience

When delivering Golondrina to Las Palmas it was discovered that the self steer mechanism needed a longer part which was flown out from the UK via Madrid leaving Gareth with the problem of sending the replaced part back - which was never going as hand luggage.Having spent an hour form filling and drawing numerous diagrams of a Hydrovane self steering KT164 standard shaft and with Stuarts ability to communicate through the power of mime he convinced the Grand Canaria Customs officer that the 2 metre steel tube wasn't a torpedo or weapon of mass destruction and they agreed to courier it back to Nottingham at a mere €126.00.image image. read more...


Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
Golondrina - The Iberia Experience
21/11/2013

Albatros - Log Day -3 Albatros Crew Complete

Albatros crew is complete! Yesterday the last 3 crew members arrived at Las Palmas - just in time to get some preparation work allocated. Besides our Skipper Manfred Kerstan we have Walter (the veteran on board), Christopher (our personal fitness trainer), the 2 Michaels (Michael B. and Michael K.), Clemens (our very experienced youngster), Nic and Reto from Switzerland and finally Alfred. After a full day of preparations work and buying and stowing food and beverages the crew took a day off today to go for a tour around the island. Tomorrow will be another busy day with the sails and other small repairs and prep work.. read more...


21/11/2013

Anettine - 21.november

Første døgnet for oss ble ikke på lang nær som vi hadde tenkt oss. Natten ble tung med mye rulling uten storseil. Vi fikk reparert skaden ut på dagen og har full seilføring igjen. Vi er slitne etter den strabasiøse starten og urolige natten, så vi forsøker å ta det med ro og hvile oss opp igjen. Utseilt distanse første døgnet ble bare 144 nm. Under forholdene vi hadde burde vi seilt 20-25% lengre.Anettine. read more...


21/11/2013

La Rochelle - La Rochelle back in the game

After a great start and sleigh ride down between the islands our goose neck decided to give up the ghost. We motored back around the island and arrived back in Mindelo Marina this morning, Kai "the magician" is machining up a new one for us, we should be ready to play catchup by late this afternoon. Many thanks to Kieran who organised Kai for us, very much appreciated.So watch your backs (lol)Crew La Rochelle. read more...


21/11/2013

Hanami II - Cap a l'Ouest

21 XII 2013 - 13:56 UTC16 53 N - 27 22 WJusque la nous avions surtout fait du Sud Ouest en navigation et Haut en Bas du point de vue surprise, la deniere etant de la nuit avant le depart.Mais, bon, ca y est nous voici partis: Marie, Christian, Michel et Marc pour la vraie partie de la transat.12h50 on franchi la ligne pour rejoindre le canal entre les 2 iles et la tout change:De la houle de NE avec des cretes blanches.25 a 40 noeuds de vent au largue ou au grand largue et Hanami qui finalement ne s'en sort pas trop mal car nous arrivons a gratter quelques bateaux et a la barre, meme si je me regale, il y a des moments ou je me demande si je paviendrai a redresser le bateau qui se met en travers de la houle et loffe.Finalement, partis avec "toute la toile" dessus mais avec un solent, pas. read more...


21/11/2013

Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...

For no apparent reason Dave's phone has burst back into life .... Don't you just love technology?Stu's off to the airport today to try and get Iberia airways to courier back to the uk 20 kilos of unwanted metal shaft back to Hydrovane... Bless him, he had a go yesterday however the limit of his Spanish only stretched to " two beers please" better luck today....Having washed all the carrots Nina and Dave then had to wrap them ... Just don't ask..image image image. read more...


Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
Golondrina - Dave is in a good place today ... And the carrots are washed...
21/11/2013

Anettine - Natten begynte med frisk seilas

Natten begynte med frisk seilas. I en ufrivillig jibb røk storseilskjøtet. Vi seiler derfor kun på forseil, men regner med å kunne reparere når det blir lyst.. read more...


20/11/2013

Jambo - Bit of a mixed day!

Thegirls have arrived!First trip to Carrefour...initial shop took over two hours but cracked most of the supplies, then the meat order which will be delivered to the boat on Saturday,vacuumedsealed and frozen.The drinks ordered has also been delivered, fizzy drinks, water litres of it, orange juice, milk, all need to be stored away. Fruit and veg from the market on Friday to bewashed and wrapped before hanging the fruit nets.Then the crew all went to a lecture on the stars and planets that will be seen at sea over the three weeks across the Atlantic, including a comet viewing. Back to Jambo all sails out of the forehead to check them and voila a leak!!!! Help the forepeak locker had two buckets of water in it..,,so tomorrow morning Jambo is to be lifted out and leak sorted!!!!!Carol and. read more...


Golondrina - The workers !
Golondrina - The workers !
Golondrina - The workers !
Golondrina - The workers !
20/11/2013

Golondrina - Another day of maintenance

Gareth was so pleased with Stuarts stripping of a winch he let him do the rest on the boat! Mark was not happy with his change of sleeping accommodation especially when he was told he had to share it with 5 sails and a water maker.Maintenance is progressing well and the local supermarkets are slowly emptying especially with 200 boats and crew all grabbing water, pasta and as many tins of beans as a boat will hold. Everyone is looking forward to the off...... Owain and Mark are at a fancy dress crew party tonight whilst Dave and Stu are washing carrots a the party animals. read more...


20/11/2013

Golondrina - It's a Hartshorn day.

Dave has decided that he will limit his drinking to just one a day, the size however, was never discussed... read more...


20/11/2013

Esmeralda - Vikings are coming to the Fantasy Party

We are in Las Palmas for the ARCand today's Fantasy Party.Lars and Mona Gisaeus, Mats Joenson, Alf Segren and Peter Wistroem.2013-11-20 18.16.36. read more...


Esmeralda - Vikings are coming to the Fantasy Party
Esmeralda - Vikings are coming to the Fantasy Party
20/11/2013

Manali - We have a skipper!

Skipper Pat Milwright arrived from Melbourne via London last night.  Pat spent last week at his new kitchen table pondering, perambulating and passage planning.Skipper Pat passage planning. read more...


Manali - We have a skipper!
Manali - We have a skipper!
20/11/2013

Anettine - Vi er i gang!

Det ble en hektisk start i sterk vind. Vi forventet 10-15 m/s vind, men det ble vesentlig mer. Vi målte 19-20 m/s i perioder, og det var relativt grov skjø. Etter å ha redusert seilføringen maksinmalt har vi nå satt kursen rett mot St. Lucia. Den karaftige vinden er gunstig for de største båtene og har gitt stor spredning av feltet. Vi tror vi ligger omtrent midt i.Anettine. read more...


20/11/2013

Manihi - J-4 - La mer ...

Ca y est, enfin ! Ce matin nous sommes sortis du port pour faire un petittour en mer. Au delà du plaisir partagé de retrouver notre houle préférée, cellequi nous bercera jusqu'aux Antilles, il fallait faire quelques tests desréparations et modifications effectuées. Pas de grosses surprises, justequelques petits réglages supplémentaires à apporter.   Notre confiance en Manihi nous a été confirmé, si on en avait encorebesoin, par la visite de "Jerry the Rigger", l'expert gréement de l'ARC, celuiqui nous a fait la conférence sur le gréement mardi. Après son tour du bateaujusqu'en haut du mât il nous a donné quelques conseils que nous avons appliquéscet après-midi, et sa bénédiction : "Ready to cross, guys!".   Alain - il est flamand avec un prénom français, étonnant,non ? -. read more...


20/11/2013

Merlyn III - State of Preparations

Today has been IT and weather day. We have had the computer expert from Green and Regis on board for most of the day. He has managed to get both our Wifi systems up and running, the Yacht Sentinel system ( which is an alarm system), the Navtext computer download system and a query over our depth sounder. At the same time Discovery yachts have replaced a bilge pump, installed gauges on the black tanks and resolved a number of other minor issues.  We have also been looking at weather and Grib file sites so we can optimise our routing following a useful seminar on the subject. The ARC weather expert predicts an absence of Hurricanes or tropical storms and generally pretty benign conditions (based on current information). The prediction is for fairly light winds at the. read more...


20/11/2013

Ayesha II - Nearly ready for The Atlantic!

Our first blog entry, as with the boat, just to check everything's working! It's been pretty busy on board Ayesha for the past few days, this picture shows one of the Oyster team checking our rigging.image. read more...


Ayesha II - Nearly ready for The Atlantic!
Ayesha II -  Nearly ready for The Atlantic!
20/11/2013

Hera - Startvorbereitung

Unsere technischen Vorbereitungen sind fast abgeschlossen und unsere Backbordrudersäule ist wieder einsatzklar.Gestern haben wir 600 l an Getränken gebunkert. Zusammen mit den 600 l Trinkwasser in den Tanks müßte das reichen. Bis Freitag Abend werden wir alle Vorräte an Bord haben.Heute kommen die letzten beiden Crewmitglieder, so dass wir mit acht Crewmitgliedern plus Skippper gut besetzt sind und 4 Wachen a 4 Stunden Wachdienst gehen können.Spannend bleibt noch die Wetterentwicklung zu unserem Starttermin am Sonntag um 12.45 Uhr.Morgen steht Segeltraining auf dem Programm. Wie jeden Abend in Las Palmas stehen heute noch Sundowner und Crewessen auf dem Programm.Stefan (Skipper der Hera). read more...


20/11/2013

Anettine - 3. plass til Anettine!

I går kveld var alle sammen samlet til festmiddag med premieutdeling for 1. leg. Anettine tok 3. plassen og fikk en fin plakett. Vi legger ikke skjul på at hele mannskapet stortrivdes med oppmerksomheten det fikk. Stor takk til Kai Olav og Anett som supplerte oss med verdifull informasjon underveis.HilsenAnettine. read more...


Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
Webster - Broken spreader replacement. Carl up the mast
20/11/2013

Shelduck - Wed 20 Nov: Rigging, Meteors and a Comet

We had our in depth rigging check from ‘Jerry the Rigger’ and weresurprised to find there was one split pin missing at the base of the forestay.The rigging had all been renewed as the boat was 10 years old and it seems theboatyard made a mistake. We had a short list of a few things to do butreassuringly little!   The ARC has a ‘Resident Astronomer’ Dan who gave an informative andentertaining lecture on the stars and the night sky at 20*North. Interestinglywe won’t be able to use The Plough to identify Polaris the North Star as at thislow attitude in line with the bulge of West Africa, The Plough will be below thehorizon! We will use ‘M’ of Cassiopeia instead as the pointer.  The Geminid Meteor Shower will be at its peak on the 13/14 Dec betweenmoonset and dawn.  At their. read more...