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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
15/10/2013

Firefly - Arrived in Lanzarote

We arrived safely in Puerto Calero Lanzarote just after midnight. The last 24 hours of our 600 plus passage from Cascais saw some great down wind sailing both with spinnaker and later goose winged white sails. We sighted land just after 1500 and then surfed down the West coast enjoying a warm 20k breeze (30 at times - this coinciding with Paul cooking). We gradually picked up more details on the land and low flying aircraft approaching Arricife airport.Firefly is lifted out tomorrow for a couple of days , she will get a scrub and antifoul and some extra TLC.The frequency of our logs will slow for a while with just the odd photo post while Paul and Susie have a holiday in Lanzarote and then return home at the end of October, leaving Firefly in the sun. Murray and Peter fly home on Friday,. read more...


15/10/2013

Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis

October 14, the Caribbean 1500 Crew for Keep It Simple met in Annapolis for a day of training and sailing.  We had clear skies, wind 12-15 and temperature in the 70's. The final preparations will be completed over the next 10 day. Keep It Simple will head to Portsmouth, VA on October 26th to join the Caribbean 1500 pre-start activities. K.I.S. 101413 004 K.I.S. 101413 011 K.I.S. 101413 020 K.I.S. 101413 029 K.I.S. 101413 056. read more...


Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
Keep It Simple - Crew Training in Annapolis
15/10/2013

Hanami II - En mer

15 octobre 2013 - 11:43 UTC32 51 N - 16 30 W. Entre les iles.Tiens, on a change de fuseau horaire. On change tousles 15 degres de longitude. A chaque fois nous reculons d'une heure. Cette fois ci c'est la premiere.Hier donc nous avons visite l'ile du Nord au Sud, d'Est en Ouest et de bas en haut (550m).Nous avions loue une voiture et je ne pense pas qu'il reste beaucoup de routes, goudronnes ou pas, que nous n'ayaons pas pris, meme sur le golf dessine par Seve Balesteros et qui semble superbe.Le compte rendu viendra plus tard car nous sommes rentres tard et je ne peux pas envoyer de photos depuis la mer.Avant de partir, hier soir, a la lampe frontale, nous avons laisse la signature rouge et blanche fluo de Hanami 2 sur le mur du quai, signature un peu simple car je n'ai pas eu le courage. read more...


15/10/2013

Hecuba - Hecuba

Hecuba now in Quinta do Lorde Marina in Madeira after a pleasant stay in Porto Santo following a fast passage from LagosAfter exploring here next stop Canaries - probably Lanzarote - en route to Las Palmas.Lawrence Hoskins. read more...


15/10/2013

Golondrina - Lanzarote - more

Tomorrow Gareth and the crew set off to the start point of the ARC in Las Palmas another 94 miles further west. During the trip Golondrina performed very well and an average speed of 7 knots was achieved with a record breaking 174 miles covered on Sunday. Some excellent helming by Owain, a range of culinary delights by Dave who would like to pay a special compliment to Stuart but cannot think of anything positive to say.   More tomorrow - once the Sat Phone is fixed ! Again! . read more...


15/10/2013

Golondrina - Lanzarote

4 days and 620 miles later, arriving at Lanzarote at sunrise Arriving at Marina Rubicon Lanzarote.. read more...


Golondrina - Lanzarote
Golondrina - Lanzarote
14/10/2013

Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard

Good Morning, Topaz is currently moored in Oak Bluffs Harbor, Martha’s Vineyard getting ready for the next hop to Portsmouth, VA. See you all soon,Chuck Burns image001 image002 image003 image004. read more...


Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
Topaz - Topaz at Martha's Vineyard
14/10/2013

Firefly - Rock and roll to Lanzarote

Since arriving yesterday the NE wind has held at around 15 to 20 knots. This is now much more like trade wind passage making - goose winged, running in a swell of about 2 to 3 metres and rocking, rolling and surfing. Firefly is handling it well and making about 6.5 to 7 knots. Being designed specifically for this kind of sailing Firefly is able to manage the conditions well and having a wide aft cockpit means that its all relatively comfortable - although a catamaran would probaly be better!Paul (and Susie's) previous ocean passage, ARC 1989, was aboard a centre cockpit Westerly Seahawk (about 35ft long) and that one rolled like a pig. The Seahawk was a good boat, but quite a voluminous and the cockpit was high up and in similar conditions to today it was like a fairground ride, plus,. read more...


13/10/2013

Firefly - The dolphins are back

After few days absence the dolphins are back; 5 in total. They seem to enjoy the company of the water generator impeller - maybe they think its a relative!We are now 190 nautical miles from Lanzarote. The day started with very little wind but as forecast it has been building all the time. First the gennaker came out but as the North Easterly hit 20 knots this was furled and we are now sailing goose winged under white sails. With the jib boom Firefly sits very comfortably down wind - this is good news as we expect to be doing a lot of this on our Atlantic and subsequent ocean crossings.The technical name for Firefly's special spar (the big white horizontal thing on the foredeck) is a Hoyt jib boom and the previous owner, Andrew Bray, Rob Humphreys the designer, Carbospars and Hood all. read more...


13/10/2013

Hanami II - Quand tout s'accelere ...

12 Octobre 2013 - 22:37 UTC33 28 N15 43 WA 40 miles au NW de Porto Santo.Et bien, contrairement a avant hier, aujourd'hui c'etait une journee SANS.SANS, ce que l'on peut raduire par AVEC beaucoup de problemes mais toujours sans poisson bien sur.Il y a 2 ans, lors de l'ARC 2011, nous avons eu des problemes d'alternateur et de charge de batteries. Cette fois ci toutes les precautions ont ete prises pour eviter de telles mesaventures. Sur cette base, ecrivant une mise a jour pour notre Blog Anglais de l'ARC j'ecrivais les lignes suivantes:In 2011 we sailed straight to LP after a week lost in A Coruna were we had to stop to fix electrical issues that were not totally fixed as we did experience issues during the full crossing and had to change all batteries when reaching Ste Lucia and. read more...


12/10/2013

Firefly - Light winds off Morocco

So far we have been very fortunate with the weather with winds higher than expected, unfortunately, now they are less than forecast down below 7 knots so this morning we resorted to the motor to keep on track. Neither was there much sun for our mid day sun sight making it somewhat of a challenge! However the resulting calculated latitude was very close to what the chartplotter recorded so clearly our astro navigation is improving.These light winds give us a chance to catch up on some sleep and jobs either left on the list when we left Salcombe or new issues that need to be dealt with, most of these are down to Paul (whose head has been under the sink commissioning the water maker) but Murray and Peter now have diplomas in Gennaker furling and all the ships stores are fully recorded and. read more...