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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...


Bardeau - A taste of the canaries :-)
Bardeau - A taste of the canaries :-)
Lady Ann - Much praise for our classic lines
Lady Ann - Much praise for our classic lines
Lady Ann - The perfect way to spend the extra day
Lady Ann - The perfect way to spend the extra day
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
26/11/2012

Lady Ann - A good way to spend the extra days

-- Lady Annof AmsterdamSailing Yacht  www.ladyann.nlinfo@ladyann.nl +31 631 976 252 (office)+870 765 091 277 (yacht)  Follow Lady Ann on Twitter:https://twitter.com/syLadyAnn  IMG_5118. read more...


26/11/2012

Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear

-- Lady Annof AmsterdamSailing Yacht  www.ladyann.nlinfo@ladyann.nl +31 631 976 252 (office)+870 765 091 277 (yacht)  Follow Lady Ann on Twitter:https://twitter.com/syLadyAnn  IMG_5114. read more...


Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Sorting out the fishing gear
Lady Ann - Drinks for everyone!
Lady Ann - Drinks for everyone!
Lady Ann - Where to stow all the food?
Lady Ann - Where to stow all the food?
Lady Ann - Last amendmends to the main sail
Lady Ann - Last amendmends to the main sail
Lady Ann - Dutch flagged yacht with Sardinian and German input
Lady Ann - Dutch flagged yacht with Sardinian and German input
Lady Ann - Provisioning fresh fruit and veggies
Lady Ann - Provisioning fresh fruit and veggies
Lady Ann - Final check before safety check
Lady Ann - Final check before safety check
26/11/2012

Morpion - Lundi 26 - Départ reporté à mardi

Le comité de course a annoncé samedi lors du Skipper's briefing que le départ pour la catégorie 'cruising' serait reporté à mardi pour cause de météo inconfortable pendant les 48 premières heures. Les bateaux inscrits en catégorie 'racing', eux, sont parti dimanche en nous offrant un beau spectacle: on n'a pas souvent l'occasion de voir naviguer des Swans 80 (pour n'en citer qu'un).Nous partirons donc demain dans une météo plus clémente (vent et vagues dans la même direction...) Le bateau et l'équipage sont plus que prêts... Mais il reste toujours des détails à peaufiner, comme le repos de l'équipage: les trois premiers jours de navigation seront quand même éprouvants  d'après les fichiers météo que l'on a eu aujourd'hui.On s'attend (en moyenne) à 25 nœuds de travers avec 3.5m de. read more...


Morpion - Lundi 26 - Départ reporté à mardi
Morpion - Lundi 26 - Départ reporté à mardi
26/11/2012

Bristolian - Day 2 - sailing south

First full days sail and Bristolian is making good progress, although we are still quite far east.Grand Canaria gave all the boats that decided to go on Sunday a fantastic wave off, marching bands and hundreds of waving spectators. Our start was somewhat delayed by a twisted line which caused problems raising the main sail, but we were shortly underway.We have made good progress in steady winds - not in the perfect direction for us, but we hope to see the desired trade winds before too long.Team are all in good spirits, and looking forward to leaving the african coast for the mid atlanticphoto. read more...


Bristolian - Day 2 - sailing south
Bristolian - Day 2 - sailing south
26/11/2012

Jay Jay - 26/11/2012 Las Palmas and counting down

Today has been all about topping and tailing -- we got a newgas cylinder (at great expense as they don't accept the Calor gas type cylindershere and we had to buy a new one), topped up the medical chest as Debra haddepleted some of the cold medicine over the past couple of days, and we are nowwaiting to hear what time our departure is tomorrow morning. Time to relax a bitand catch up with the admin, hence the blog!Last night on shore for afew weeks, and we might have a couple of beers each to celebrate. No changethere then, we have been celebrating for a few days already!Jay Jay isready, just the water tanks to top up just before we leave, so we will be upbright and early to make sure we are ready.. read more...


Embla - Crew Embla
Embla - Crew Embla
26/11/2012

Bardeau - Delivery crew ready

Another boring day in paradise but we kick off tomorrow. Croc Dundee downing ale at a rapid rate to gather up courage to go up the mast to fit anti chafing material. Must be the stuff I use in my underpants. John K fearful Croc Dundee might come to Grief so he also downing San Miguel at a rate to keep his hands from shaking whilst working the winch. Delivery crew coming in at 11 in morning to take yacht across. Only fair now that I have done all the perilous stuff with some aid from ones motleys. Business class flights booked for all tomorrow with 21 nights at Lattitudes in St.L.Rib booked to deliver us to pigeon Island, take off delivery crew and put us back on. We will then undertake the perilous and hazardous final death defying leg of the tripEl illustrious skipper. read more...


26/11/2012

Poespas - Pre start log

Pre Start Log You are probably aware that the start was delayed until tomorrow , Tuesday, due to a low weather system nearby. Now all looks good for the ARC 2012 to start tomorrow morning ( although the racing fleet started Sunday ) Tuesday 27thOn board Poespas we have , Roger the owner/skipper Dutch and a fixed wing pilot on sabbatical . Mike, first mate from the uk ,ex builder now full time sailor. Axle from Germany now living and working in Spain as a GP and olive farmer. Andy from the uk ex navy navigator and serving police officer. Elle from Poland architect/translator and gdansk tour guideSo you can see we are a mixed bunch from different backgrounds but all have sailing pulling us together. Elle who is the newest to sailing, about two years, did the ARC last year but the rest of. read more...


26/11/2012

Indulgence - Blog 8 Pre Race Preperations

Las Paslmas Pre-Race UpdateD Day minus One, we  are sipping cool cocktails in Club Varade after a refreshing swim.See Ya! JohnOVER. read more...


26/11/2012

Andante - 26.11 - The day before the start

Andante is now fully prepared for the Atlantic crossing. We are really looking forward to the start tomorrow.We will not use this blog because we have our own Yellowbrick where we write our blog. The address to this blog is: my.yb.tl/Andante. We will most probablynot post any pictures on the blog, but we will see;)Andante has 4 persons on board: The captain is Hans Martinsen, his wife is Liv Barstad. Our two great crewmembers are Kristin Brat Bilstad and Lars Sigve Bilstad.-- Liv & HansS/Y Andante. read more...


La Boheme - Anna and Greg at the Flag Parade
La Boheme - Anna and Greg at the Flag Parade

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