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27/11/2012

Seren Wen - Day 1

We were full of excitement, trepidation and happy anticipation as we left the Marina bobbing about amongst 100's of ARC boats, waving to our friends! With winds up to 30 knots and high crashing waves our adventure (and a bit of sea-sickness) had begun and we played "Pirates of the Caribbean"  loudly. Motor off, Main and Genoa up and we headed south.But, just over an hour of racing and we had to make the decision to turn around as we lost the hydraulics for the furling. We tried with manual winches but the process was too slow and is really only to be used in emergencies! So its now 6.00 pm and we are back looking at the Wall! The engineer is coming early tomorrow and hopefully the news will be it can be fixed and we can get back in the rally.. read more...


27/11/2012

Selene -

A much better day today.I had a good night sleeping from 2030 - 2359 then again from 0400 to 0730 so well rested. This morning we have had clear blue skies and a fairly constant wind of 15-20kts from the N initially then veering to NE. We made our first sail change at 1130 and changed from No3 to No1 headsail. As we now have lost the ability to fly the No4 with the loss of our baby stay the furling No1 is more flexible. There is quite a marked northerly swell of 4-6m and we have been able to do some surfing but the wave length and direction are such that the boat has been relatively flat. I was able to take advantage of this and cooked up a spicy chicken hot pot in the pressure cooker. Lily had wanted chicken stir fry but we realised Daddy had gone wrong when he sweated down the onions!. read more...


27/11/2012

Diamonds Are Forever - The adventure begins! (A little later than planned!)

7 girls, one race and almost 3000 nautical miles of sea to cross from Gran Canaria to St Lucia.  Common objective of the crew: to have fun while sailing across the Atlantic, improve sailing ability and no doubt a bit of self discovery will ensue. The Arcettes Harriet leading the charge this year as skipper of Diamonds, Penny as first mate and the motley crew of Jackie and Sam and the 3 career breakers Clare, Caroline and Cathy.  The week before the race consisted of the 7 us prepping the boat and team building (also known as partying).  Annie rocked up to oversee provisioning, and we were allocated different responsibilities for on and offshore. Sam – dry provisions and daily boat walk to check for chafing of lines, metal wear etcCaroline - wet provisions. read more...


27/11/2012

Ceilidh of Lorne - ARC flying start! 27:39.94N 15:19.47W

After the 2 day delay due to weather, the ARC finally got underway for everyone today and Ceilidh started at 11:00 local time. It was a very exciting start as all boats had been held at their marina berths until 10:00hrs to limit disruption to commercial traffic in the main harbour.So there were close to 200 yachts preparing to cross the start line which was between the harbour outer breakwater.There were lots of supporters and photos taken as Ceilidh had joined the convoy slowly weaving through the marina with Highland Cathedral played more than once through our deck speakers.For the start itself we were well placed and were one of the first 20 or so in the fleet to cross. We had around 18Knots from the NE which soon increased to 25knots. Even with 2 reefs in the main we were surfing at. read more...


27/11/2012

Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape Day One

Day 1 Well, after a delay of two days due to a nearby lowpressure system, we’ve finally departed Las Palmas.  With steep 6m swells on the nose itwould not have been very pleasant! This was in fact only the second such delayed start in the 27 yearhistory of the ARC.  Introductionsare necessary: we are Grigerio from Gran Canaria, Jan and Koori from Norway,David, Graham and myself (John) from the UK, and the important people Steve(mate) and Emily (skipper) also from the UK. It has been a bit on the wild side for the first day,with around 30 knots of wind and some serious rain squalls.  Wet gear is on with warmer gearunderneath and all doing a good job- but where’s the sun??  I think we must have booked theadrenaline package!  It is seriouslygood to get moving. read more...


Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape Day One
Great Escape of Southampton - Great Escape Day One
27/11/2012

Surfing Petrel - Trade winds located!

After a distinctly un-trade-wind-like start to proccedings, including some rather vigorous slamming into waves as Surfing Petrel ploughed her way upwind,the breeze slowly turned north and apart from some parking in the lee of the island of Hierro, we are now enjoying proper trade wind conditions. The crunchy upwind conditions were a thoroughly good test for a new boat, and as the builder and designer are both crew members, any minor gremlins have been swiftly ironed out!Heavy spinnaker, one reef in the main, sunshine, occasional small squall monsters (mostly avoided so far, but it's daylight and they like to wait for night for maximum effect...).Sightseeing so far: a night rainbow (moonbow?) - appears white rather than coloured, and numerous whales south of Hierro very close to the. read more...


27/11/2012

Lancelot II - Lancelot II - Day 1 at sea.... for us!!

Date: 27th Nov 2012 Time: 11:00 UTC Position: 26’35.4N 16’56.8W SOG: 8.0 knots COG: 240’ Weather: Scattered rain, clouds Wind NW 15-29 knots   Hello all   well we are on our way again! it was really hard sat in the marina knowingthat 2/3rds of the fleet where on their way to St. Lucia and we where satwaiting however after leaving again all is much better. We are now sailing deaddownwind, breeze very much up and down as the rain squalls come through butmaking good progress towards the finish.   The crew seem to be settling in well, helming has been going very well withsome strong helms on both watches... more important than that though is wecaught our first Tuna!!!whilst sailing upwindthrough the last of the acceleration zone at the bottom of Gran Canaria wecooked it up and. read more...


Bardeau - Under starters orders
Bardeau - Under starters orders
27/11/2012

Bardeau - Chocks away

45 mins to go. No delivery crew. Blast. Looks like we will have to do the easy bit and take the old tub to St LuciaJon K just shouted up what sounded like 'anyone for G&T ' sadly the G was a mishearing. Well looks like we are offEl skipper (I want mummy)Sent from my iPhone. read more...


27/11/2012

Katherine - Ready to Roll - "28:07.71N 15:25.49W"

With Men at Work playing Land Downunder we have every thing stowed and areready to go.Roll on ten am so we can kick off the lines for 10:45 start. Lookingforward to our cruise to St Lucia biggest paddock we’ve ever crossed. We’ve met some great people over the last two weeks from all walks of lifeand nationalities. The ARC team here at Las Palmas along with all the localshave been incredibly helpful definitely an area to return to and spend time incruising – next time.... LB of Katherine . read more...


27/11/2012

Rivendell - Log 2: "Final Day of Preparation"

26 Nov 2012Last year aboard "Glass Slipper" (an Oyster 53) there was quite a bit to do,but on "Rivendell" an Oyster 82 there is even more to do - the added numberof feet add additional responsibilities.So we spent time going over allthe critical functions of the boat and making sure that everyone understoodtheir responsibilities.Inspection of the engine room and all theelectoronics, safety systems were in order.Also the realization that nowwe would be at sea and that you cannot take long showers due to limitedwater supplies and you cannot leave the lights on in the cabins we will notbe plugged into the dock, but running off our batteries.We do have twoCummings generators (one is a back-up) but, you must still maintain goodenergy management.The watches have been assigned - we will each. read more...


27/11/2012

Proteus of London - Pre-sail blog

Saturday 24th NovemberAfter an eventful crossing from Gibraltar via Lanzarote, Proteus of Londonarrived in Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, with the Skipper (Tosh), Chief Engineer(Oli) and Chef/Chief Stewardess (Bryony) on board.The rest of the crew (Richard and David) joined the yacht at just the righttime on as all the hard work preparing the boat had been done (good timing).We were all suitably spoiled by Oyster at their reception evening onThursday and would like to thank them for their generous hospitality.Last minute preparations were well under way with the race due to start intwenty four hours when we discovered the race start was delayed untilTuesday.Sunday 25th NovemberAll feeling a little deflated whilst watching the racing division start atthe original scheduled time.Monday 26th. read more...


Proteus of London - Pre-sail blog
Proteus of London - Pre-sail blog
27/11/2012

Poco Loco - We zijn er klaar voor.....

Nog een laatste duikin de zee en dan is het morgen los met die trossen. Om 10.45 klinkt hetstartschot en dan mogen we gassen..We zullen elke dag een updateproberen te geven op onze website via de sateliet telefoon. Ook kunnen jullieons volgen via de website van de ARC: www.worldcruising.com/arc. Daar wordenonze daily blogs ook gepubliceerd en via de fleet viewer kun je "live" zien waarwe ons bevinden op dat moment op de oceaan en natuurlijk ook de andere schependie meedoen. Facebook zal helaas niet geupdate worden omdat onze webmaster aanboord zit .Als er een dag niet ge-update wordt wil dat niet zeggen dat er iets gebeurd isof zo, maar misschien lukt het gewoon niet zo midden op zee. Over15 dagen hopen we op een wit strand te zitten met palmbomen, een pina colado inelke hand en. read more...


Poco Loco - We zijn er klaar voor.....
Poco Loco - We zijn er klaar voor.....
27/11/2012

Ailsa - Ailsa Blog 3 28:07.734N 15:25.575W

Captains log; Stardate 2012-11-27 – 06:51 UTC T - 0 – Countdown has restarted; 13:00 UTC The storm troopers have battled gamely and now the meremortals are about to depart. Will it be a case of the Three Hundred against theAtlantic Waves? The weather forecast actually looks good for fast passage to 19N 20 W (just north of Cape Verde) before we turn west. This way the footsoldierswill miss the worst nature has to put in our way but we will still make goodtime I managed to squeeze the last widget out of Rolnauticand another six eggs were sneaked aboard -until that is the cockroach policeprevented the shopping bag from coming below and to my embarrassment I was foundout, my punishment that I will have to sail for the next five days with thesafety line wrapped tightly round my neck – no bad. read more...


26/11/2012

Selene - The first 24 hours

Well, after all the drama of delaying the start for the cruising division until Tuesday and one of our crew getting the jitters from all the dock talk, the start itself was very frustrating. The wind was fresh as we left the dock at 11.00 with enthusiastic waves from our neighbours, most of whom had decided to delay until Tuesday.What a great community spirit and feeling of camaraderie.There was even a Spanish Bass band playing some rousing tunes. Selene bent to her purpose ands seemed to enjoy the 20 kts we saw in the bay for an hour pre-start shakedown.Then the wind dropped to 2-3 knots for the start.We lost steerage way after the 5 minute gun and had luckily made a call to rig the Code zero and keep the number 3 up in view of our depleted numbers.A great call as it turned out and we. read more...


27/11/2012

Thaleia - Provisioning aid

Provisioning: done. Thank you Hiper Dino and El Corte Ingles!Hiper Dino. read more...


Thaleia - Provisioning aid
Thaleia - Provisioning aid
27/11/2012

Thaleia - Sunday leisure

An upside from postponing the start was our Sunday trip to Las Palamasmountains. Delicious lunch at a wonderful 100 years old restaurant, bythe fireplace.Sunday lunch. read more...


Thaleia - Sunday leisure
Thaleia - Sunday leisure
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Job N to do

Still a lot of finetunig left, despite the two extra days.Job to do. read more...


Thaleia - Job N to do
Thaleia - Job N to do
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Still provisioning

Better not go shopping hungryShopping hungry. read more...


Thaleia - Still provisioning
Thaleia - Still provisioning
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Meanwhile in Finland...

By the way, the weather forecast in Finland is rather different from us. Good.Weather in Finland... ;). read more...


26/11/2012

Thaleia - Start

On Sunday we had the rare occasion to watch our own start from the shore.Finnish crowd. read more...


Thaleia - Start
Thaleia - Start
26/11/2012

Thaleia - Refill

The good thing about potponing the start was that we were able torefill Thaleias wine cellar on Sunday.Provisioning. read more...


Thaleia - Refill
Thaleia - Refill
Murphy - Hendricks and Fever Tree - G&T perfection
Murphy - Hendricks and Fever Tree - G&T perfection
Murphy - Our 5 a day
Murphy - Our 5 a day
Murphy - Baby squid - yummy
Murphy - Baby squid - yummy
Murphy - I'm doing the washing - Get me out of here!
Murphy - I'm doing the washing - Get me out of here!
Murphy - It's a long way down, Jeff
Murphy - It's a long way down, Jeff
Murphy - Murphy's racing No.
Murphy - Murphy's racing No.
Murphy - Our 5 a day
Murphy - Our 5 a day
26/11/2012

Murphy - Here we go (almost) - Day Minus 1

  We’reready; we’re eager; we’re raring to go. Literally nothing is left on our to dolist that we need do before the morning of the start – i.e. tomorrow (Tuesday27th) at 11.00. Today we had Jeff up the mast in a bosun’s chair,stickingspreader patches on the mainsail; Lucinda down in the cockpit locker, putting ona wash; Jake spring cleaning the boat’s insides and Andrew ..... supervising(truly mentally exhausting).   Lucinda(with a little encouragement from her friends) tried baby squid for the firsttime at the Sailor’s Bar and pronounced it delicious. Lucinda (and John fromafar – many thanks) treated us all to dinner at Pier 19, a restaurant that notonly does great food (e.g.baked provolone with tomato chutney – just to diefor), but also makes the most spectacular Hendricks. read more...


26/11/2012

Skyelark of London - Pre start preparations

After a short delay we finally started the last preparations. Everybody had a quite lazy day yesterday, but today the boat and the harbour is buzzing again and you can feel that everybody is getting ready. Skyelark has been hosed down and is now clean and ready to go as are the crew. After the preparations we celebrated with a bit of banana cake and a cup of tea (I guess that's the proper way to celebrate in Britain). The start will be at 11:00 (which is 12:00 in DK) from the harbour, a bit unusual and probably quite chaotic to get 220 or so boats out of the marina in time for the start.(Charlotte). read more...


26/11/2012

Bardeau - Deviation no repetition

A lynching has nearly occurred. I only mentioned over the final gourmet Chinese feast in the marina that I wanted to divert via Cape Verde to pick up some London Radio podcasts on my 3G iPhone. them things turned nasty. I have reset the compass deviation so that the motleys wlll not express shock when we skim down the verde coastline and Ishow flaber and gastas to how this happened and perhaps we have won the ARCEl illustrious skipper. read more...


26/11/2012

Capricho - Diario dia 2 - Zarpe listo!!!

Las Palmas, Gran Canaria.  Zarpe listo!!!    La salida es el 27.XI.2012 a las 10:45 hora de Gran Canarias = Zulu = GMT    ... y con muchas ganas, ansiosos, de partir. Solo me hace falta hacer pipi cada media hora y creería que estoy en una Marathon! Como No-Miembros de la Comunidad Europea nos toco, a los colombianos, hacer un procedimiento especial de emigración. Llenar el formulario. Visita a la Policía Portuaria a cargo de Fronteras. Llegamos y ni bolas le pararon : “Cuando zarpáis?”. “Mañana”. “Venga tío, esos pasaportes para sellarlos y que tengan una buena travesía, buen viento y buena mar”     ... uno queda desinflado porque no hay problemas! Hemos mojado prensa, regado tinta, usado las ondas electromagnéticas de la radio. read more...


26/11/2012

Sunrise - 26.11.2012 Letzter Tag vor der Abfahrt

Gestern haben wir den Grund für einen starken Chlorgeruch in unserm Salon gesucht. Nachdem wir alle Reinigungsmittelflaschen geprüft hatten und diese kein Leck aufwiesen, haben wir entdeckt, dass unsere Batterien unter Wasser standen und sich Chlorgas im Schiff ausbreitete. Pit hat, ganz alte Schule, sofort den Finger in die Brühe gehalten und festgestellt, dass es sich um Salzwasser handelt. Den Grund für den Wassereinbruch war, dass wir zuviel Gewicht (unsere gesamten Wasservorräte, Alkohol ist nur in geringen Mengen an Bord) nahezu vollständig im hinteren Bereiche des Schiffes gestaut hatten und deshalb Wasser durch den Ruderschaft eindringen konnte. Also haben wir Wasser geschöpft, die Getränke umgestaut und danach beruhigt geschlafen. Leider waren die Batterien unter Wasser und. read more...


Sunrise - 26.11.2012 Letzter Tag vor der Abfahrt
Sunrise - 26.11.2012 Letzter Tag vor der Abfahrt
26/11/2012

Easy Rider - Log 2 - Getting to the Starting Line

Day 1: Cartagena to Mazarin (depart November 3rd) totaldistance covered 15 miles. resting overnight in Mazarin due to adverse weatherconditions! Day 2 Set off for Gibraltar. As we entered the straightsof Gib we had gale force winds (50 knots over the boat). Advised by our weatherguru to take shelter in Gibraltar. Parked after very difficult maneuvers(avoiding air strip) in front of fuel station. The next day, due to timeconstraints three crew members departed. Stuck in Gib for five days waiting fora weather window and for crew to return (one new crew member Tim!) Musicalcrew. Departed gib Nov 7th @  13:00 hours with sunshineand great glee! For a short while! Two days out of Gibraltar we encountered more stormyweather lasting 36 hours. While putting 2nd reef in mainsail, with both. read more...


25/11/2012

Selene - Drama before the start

Just when we thought all was calm and relaxed we have been thrown a curved ballUnfortunately one of our crew members has had second thoughts about the crossing and vanished in the night - who knows where, but I suspect he may have flown home to England.So now we are 5 with more food to eat!Sadly we will not be able to sail as fast with just 5 but there are couples doing this trip double-handed so I am certain that we can handle whatever the ocean throws at us and Selene is a good strong boat in which to cross an ocean.Pity Chris couldn't have told me himself he was not up for the trip, but I would prefer him to leave now than to be a problem in the middle of the Atlantic. I think we are all a little anxious as we contemplate the voyage ahead, but some are managing their anxieties better. read more...


26/11/2012

Meltemi - 26.11.2012 - In freudiger Erwartung...

Position: 28-07N / 015-25W, Puerto de la Luz, Las Palmas de Gran CanariaCOG: 000 degSOG: 0,0 knNachdem nun unser fuer Sonntag geplanter Start wegen des zu erwartenden Schwerwettergebietesverschoben wurde, blieb uns ausreichend Zeit, den Racern (oder solchen, die es gerne seien wollen...), die termingerecht starten durften, bei der Ausfahrt von der Mole aus zuzuschauen.Allerdings entwickelte sich im Laufe des Nachmittags ein ganz neuer, uns bisher unbekannterWettbewerb - Racer Income Rallye!Von den gestarteten Yachten kam eine nicht unerhebliche Anzahl mit gut gelaunten Crews wieder in den Hafen zurueck und legten an.Das zu erwartende Wetter war wohl doch nicht allen geheuer.Im Laufe des Tages erhielten wir aber dann doch noch eine gute Nachricht.Nach heftigster Intervention unseres. read more...


Katerina - The LED team
Katerina - The LED team
26/11/2012

Cheri - Montag, den 26.11.2012

Es ist schon etwas seltsam. Das Wetter hier in Las Palmas ist in den letzten Tagen warm und sonnig, mit nur wenig Wind. Es ist kaum zu glauben, dass unser Start aufgrund schlechter Wetterbedingungen verschoben worden ist. Manch sehnsüchtiger Blick ging hinaus zum Meer und zum Himmel und die nicht gestellte Frage lautete: “War es für uns richtig, den Start zu verschieben?“ Bis in die Nacht vom Sonnabend zu Sonntag haben wir noch verschiedene Wetterseiten zu Rate gezogen und die Anzeigen verglichen. Aber unsere Entscheidung stand. Am Sonntagmorgen ging ich um 08:30 h zum Rally Office und teilte offiziell mit, dass die CHERI erst am Dienstag startet. Dadurch hatten wir die einmalige Gelegenheit, das Auslaufen der startenden Jachten zu betrachten, ihnen von der Mole zuzuwinken und eine gute. read more...


26/11/2012

Albatros - Day -1: Ready to start

Nach einer Woche im Hafen Deportivo Muello sind die Vorbereitungen abgeschlossen. Die Startverschiebung um 2 Tage, erstmalig in der Geschichte der ARC, gab uns die Gelegenheit grosse Wäsche zu machen und die Sundowner Parties zu verstoffwechseln. Dank der profunden Kenntnisse unseres IT-Spezialisten werden wir nun auch unterwegs mit unserem Iridium Phone Blog-Einträge machen können. Wir freuen uns auf den Start morgen Dienstag um 10.45 Uhr. Vielen herzlichen Dank an das ARC-Committee und die Port Authority für die ausgezeichnete und professionelle Betreuung und Organisation.. read more...



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