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08/10/2013

Firefly - Arrived Portugal

We made a brief stop over in Nazare yesterday, as you can see from Yellowbrick we are making greatprogress down the coast, unfortunately we were short of wind for most of yesterday so the engine was working hard. We arrived in time for supper and found a great shellfish restaurant, crab from the shell followed by a shellfish stew of lobsters, mussels, clams of various shapes and sizes and all washed down by a bottle of cold Vinho Verde, our on board meals are working well but this was the gastronomic highlight so far. Nazare looks a bit tired but is popular stopping off port with possibly the best shelter along this coast, good laying up facilitiesand many boats use it as a stop over for the winter. We are now on a day sail to Peniche and then to Cascais. Its getting warmer all the. read more...


08/10/2013

Adina - Day 4 Good winds and fresh bread rolls

A similar pattern to day 3 onboard Adina as we head to Las Palmas. Overnight we sail with a reefed main and full jib; can't keep the rhumb line but good winds keep us moving. Around 11am, when the winds start to die, up goes the Parasailor and we helm back down towards the rhumb line. Some stiff winds and we blew a shackle on one of the blocks, quickly replaced with a spare. On the domestic front, scrumptious homemade bread rolls were served for lunch! Tiffany the sparrow left only to be replaced by Timothy. A lot more confident, strutting around the boat, he found Tiffany's apartment on the fenders but then left after sunset! Day 5's challenge is to test the watermaker. Also plan to get the fishing rod going as pre-cooked meals have now run out. Looking good for arriving Las Palmas just. read more...


07/10/2013

Silent Wings - under the Runway!

After a lovely couple of weeks along the south east coast of a Madeira,Wings is in Agua da Pena boatyard...the yard is immaculate and Wings is thelargest boat they have ever hauled out...despite a force 7, Mario and Elmanodid an amazing job and Wings is now safely chocked up and getting a nicecouple of coats of anti fouling before we head south to Las a Palmas.photo. read more...


Silent Wings - under the Runway!
Silent Wings - under the Runway!
07/10/2013

Firefly - Parasailing down the Portuguese coast

Monday 7th of October is an other gloriously sunny day and its getting warmer as we plough on South.Yesterday (Sunday 6th) the wind was not as good as predicted and we were switching from sailing along at over 8 knots with the Gennaker and then having a light spell to contend with. At 1600 the Gennaker was packed away and as the wind was right behind us the Parasailor(the big yellow thing on one of our photos)came out to get its first real test.Initially with 6 knots of wind we struggled to get the 'spinnaker with a hole in it' to fly in a stable fashion - but as the breeze increased to 8, then 10 and sometimes 12/15 knots we were off, managing a top speed of 8.4 knots. We found the 'ram air' spinnaker designed and made by Istec (one of the world's leading Paraglider companies)to be very. read more...


07/10/2013

Adina - Day 3 Tiffany Joins Adina

Day 3 of our crossing from Gibraltar to Las Palmas was a good one. At the beginning of the day we were getting depressed at the thought of gybing all the way there but decided to hoist the Parasailor. We're getting better at our hoisting, trimming and dropping techniques and must admit we're loving it! We were hitting our rhumb line and breaking speed records; 7/8 knots on average and we topped 10 knots for the first time ever - not bad for a 21 tonne 46 footer! A sparrow has joined us - Tiffany has taken up quarters sheltered in the fenders at the stern of the boat. Food has been offered but all we've seen is a little poop on the aft deck! Routine is underway: porridge ("full monty" with banana, raisins, honey) at 10, lunch at 2, nibbles at 7, and dinner at 9. 2 sightings of dolphins,. read more...


06/10/2013

Shenanigan - Varzim - Lisbon 20.09 - 07.10.2013

Update…. Brian returned to Povoa de Varzim on 20th September followed on 25th by Christopher. By this time Brian had mended the leaky loo stop cock and plumbed in the water maker. Bad weather held them in Varzim until 30th September when they left in 15-18 knots of wind directly from the south so motored to Leixoes.  Further storms kept them there until 2nd October when they ventured on to Figueira da Foz.  Again wind from the south so more motoring in warm overcast weather until last hour for entry into Figueira when the wind picked up to 25 knots with thunder and lightning, torrential rain and huge seas pushing them into the narrow port entrance.  The torrential monsoon like rain continued all night.  Leaving the berth the next morning they experienced cross. read more...


06/10/2013

Firefly - Round Finisterre

Firefly passed Cabo Finisterre at 0610 CEST at about 7.5 knots in the long awaited North Easterly wind. Paul was on watch at the time enjoying sailing along in the starlight. Paul, Peter and Murray were all delighted to have reached this milestone.Yesterday (Sat 5th) was light and sunny and from Vivero we were generally motor sailing. At 1600 the wind reached 8 knots from the stern quarter and up went the Gennaker for 3 hours as we ghosted along at 5 to 6 knots. Peter cooked up a potato and sausage casserole and as we ate we enjoyed a bottle of Devon beer (shared 3 ways)as the sun set and a few dolphins came to look at our big white, red and black sail. The wind dropped away with the light and overnight we motored on a glassy sea until the wind filled in from the NE at about 0500 today. read more...


06/10/2013

Adina - Day 1 and 2 Gib to Las Palmas

Adina left Gibraltar at 7:35am Friday. The Straits of Gibraltar proved entertaining as we tried to stay inshore and avoid the constant west to east tide. We could hear two American boats talking to each other saying they had never seen anything like it. Day 1 was light winds and upwind but come the afternoon the promised north westerlies kicked in although with less wind than expected. We took Day 1 easy getting back into the general swing of sailing. Day 2 and out came the toys. The parasailor was hoisted and helped us keep more downwind in light winds. It came down at sunset just as the wind strength increased - good timing! The seas have been lumpy overnight and on the beam which resulted in Tom's leisurely reading spot being moved with speed to the cockpit floor - bruises in place!. read more...


05/10/2013

Firefly - Back on passage along the Ria Altas

We left Vivero this morning and are continuing our passage first a little North to round Cabo De Bares and Cabo Otegal. Then we head South, the wind should now be in our favour so we are planning to keep going for a couple of days. The coastline is very dramatic and beautiful helped by clear blue skies and sunshine (sorry if its still raining where you are). It was a useful stop in Vivero with yesterday (Friday) spent working on various jobs on Firefly and getting her more sorted out in terms of stowage - every void is filled with something. The town of Vivero was a quite lively yesterday evening and we enjoyed beers in several of the bars. The local custom in this area, called Galacia is to provide tapas in the bar, with the waiter coming around the tables every 15 minutes or so with. read more...


05/10/2013

Moondancer - Moondancer lisbon to las palmas

we are currently about 40 hours sailing from Las Palmas running nicely in front of a 13 knot northerly breeze in beautiful sunshine ,exactly how this part of the trip was meant to be when we planned to do it in the last week of september ,however it was rather naively ALL meant to be like this , it didnt include 4 days marooned in lisbon by force 9 winds and lashing rain from the south , then when it calmed a bit a day of thick fog when to begin with you couldnt see more than 50 metres. In the end we had to go as soon as the weather cleared , to try and meet our schedule and to cure the crews shore fever getting out of control. So off we went ,lovely 48 hours beating into force 4-6 , rob described the first night as trying to sleep in a car crash .Moondancer of course took it all in her. read more...


04/10/2013

Firefly - Firefly safely in Viveiro

Our first long passage is complete and we made pretty good time considering the weather. The yellow brick track does not tell the whole story but gives you a good indication of the route and where we tacked to avoid the weather. Thank you for all your messages they are very appreciated by all three of us. But please do not have sleepless nights over us or get too addicted to the computer screen, we have gone off sailing to avoid this so it would be ironic if we passed it on! if it helps we are getting lots of sleep in; the rolling watch system is working well, although we all had a late rise to day. We are spending the day in Viveiro on jobs and plan to set off to La Coruna tomorrow.Paul, Murray and Peter. read more...


03/10/2013

Silver Slipper - Santo Porto

Well we are finally leaving Santo Porto tomorrow for Madeira. On our way down direct from La Coruna our throttle cable broke.  3 weeks to get a spare sent here but a big thank you to fellow ARC yacht S/Y Eventyr, Anders and Elisabeth who lent us their spare cable. Two days of re-engineering and we are now ready for the off to Madeira where my Mums joins us for a week of R&R and then we are off to Las Palmas.It’s so nice to see the ARC spirit in action and our very sincere thanks to Anders for his unselfish help. We owe them both a few drinks in Las Palmas.All the best.Silver Slipper Ian McLaren-MorrisTel: 077522 10223. read more...


03/10/2013

Adina - Attempt No.2!

Attempt two of our sail from Gibraltar to Las Palmas is about to commence! We now have a new gearbox installed; the engineers unfortunately damaged our drip less stern gland so we now have a new one of those too! So after two weeks of continual chasing, pleading, fighting, pushing, Adina is back in the water and together with our friends on Millport II we are...Ready to GO!!!Our Yellowbrick tracker will be on. Adina and Millport II depart La Linea Friday am Oct 4th. Fair winds, fingers crossed.. read more...


03/10/2013

Firefly - Arrival in Spain

Firefly and crew now safely in Spain;Viveiro one of the Ria Altas just East of La Coruna. We arrived around 10.AM this morning. Last evening our long beat turned into a broad reach as the wind came round temporarily from the East giving us a pleasant broad reach along the coast. The wind has now come back to Southerly with a vengeance so we are glad we are now tucked up in shelter. We will wait until the Northerly's set in before rounding Finistere and continuing our journey South.Strange but we picked up a bird yesterday;an exhausted Stonechat took a while to land on deck, sadly despite lots of TLC our first stowaway did not make it through the night. We are anchored off a beach on the West side of the Ria to sort out our 'plumbing' problems, these are now resolved thanks to Paul's. read more...


02/10/2013

Trillium - We are Homeless and Soon to be Unemployed!

We have sold our home and will move out on October 20th. Dennis will retire on October 31st and Sherry retired in May - so we are going to be homeless and unemployed! Whoopee!!!  This makes us ready to set sail and head off first with the Caribbean 1500 to Tortola and then down the island chain to meet up with the World ARC 2014. We are looking forward to both adventures. The whole ordeal of getting ready for such a lifestyle change has been overwhelming. It is only knowing what great experiences await us that keeps any sense of sanity.  Sailing with the World Cruising Club Rallies also makes it so much more enjoyable. We are looking forward to getting back to sailing and reconnecting with our sailing friends and meeting new ones. We are planning to take time away from the. read more...


Trillium - Sherry at the Helm
Trillium - Sherry at the Helm
Trillium - Dennis always working
Trillium - Dennis always working
Trillium - Trillium on the Atlantic Cup startline
Trillium - Trillium on the Atlantic Cup startline
02/10/2013

Hecuba - some great cruising through Spain and Portugal

Hecuba and crew enjoyed some great cruising through Spain and Portugal after an initial long beat Falmouth to La Coruna at end July.We are now in Lagos preparing to depart to Porto Santo w/c 7th October and then cruising Madeira and Canaries en route to Las Palmas with planned arrival 10th November.Lawrence Hoskins. read more...


02/10/2013

Firefly - Day 4 on the long beat

It seems ages since we passed Ushant and sailed into Biscay, unfortunately the wind went to South and its been beating ever since. For those watching us on the Yellow Brick tracker you will see we have tacked into the bay to avoid most of the wind however we have had our fair share. Thanks to John White's help getting the SSB radio functioning we have been downloading regular weather files so we know what's coming and try to sail round it if possible. Early Tuesday morning we saw gusts up to 30kt as a front passed through - causing a bumpy ride and it stopped progress for a while. As it cleared we saw the wind veer and moderate and we cracked along close hauled all day Tuesday. We allowed ourselves to get gradually headed and now, 0900 on Wednesday we have tacked and are close hauled. read more...


02/10/2013

Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien

Endlich ist die Neue Crew angekommen Etwas Verspaetung gabs, da Susanne noch einen Geschaeftstermin versabelt hatte.Die ganze Liegewoche in Palermo war herrlichstes Segelwetter, nur mein Skipper hat sich mit unserem Leichtmatrosen jeden Vormittag und Abend auf der riesigen Spielwiese vor dem Hafen mit anderen Hunden vergnuegt.Egal endlich gings weiter Richtung Westen. Die Wettervorhersage ging zwar von Westwinden aus, d.h ein ganz schoener Kreuzkurs Richtung Sardinien. Denkste. Kreuzkurs ja aber bei Windstärke 8 - 9 kein Honiglecken fuer die beiden Crewneulinge. Dann noch die Nachtschlaege. Mein Skipper hat dann enstschlossen doch ein zweites Reff einzubinden und mich nur mit gerefftem Groß und Kutter auf der hohn Kante Richtung Sardinien laufen zu lassen. Ging dann eigentlich ganz gut. read more...


Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Selivra - Palermo - Sardinien
Firefly -
Firefly -
30/09/2013

Firefly - Day 2 entering Biscay

At Firefly's departure, Paul's great friend Barney arranged for the new Lady Vicar of Kingsbridge to give Firefly and her crew a blessing for the forthcoming voyage around the world. Not wanting to tempt providence but so far the 'Big Fella' is looking after us well and we are doing 7 knots close reaching on port tack towards Finisterre. We are expecting the wind to veer later today and then we plan to tack and head into the Bay of Biscay to avoid some stronger winds that are forecast on the rhumb line. After such a great send off the first night arrived very quickly. We enjoyed Barney's delicious prawn curry and then got into the watch system. This is working well so far helped by a pod of up to 6 dolphins joining us to play, diving in and out of our phosphorescent sparkled wake, they. read more...


29/09/2013

Firefly - And we're off

At 4.00PM Firefly left Salcombe to the hooting of horns and clinking of glasses. Thank you to everyone who gave us a great send off, next stop SpainPaul, Peter and Murray. read more...


27/09/2013

Silent Wings - Silent Wings in Madeira

We are both loving our anchorage in Machico although the weather has been challenging at times.They are so welcoming here and the town is so pretty.We are moving on to Quinta de Lorde marina on Monday ....apparently lots of other ARC boats there and a pontoon party happening Monday evening...not sure I should be advertising that!Steve and Sally.. read more...


27/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in Porto Santo

Well the Silver Slipper is moored up in Porto Santo.  Our departure from La Coruna was delayed as we waited for some spare parts to arrive from England but we still had a decent weather window for the crossing.  We arrived on Tuesday after 6 days and 10 hours from La Coruna to Porto Santo. First 5 days were magnificent. Bit lumpy on leaving La Coruna but once pass the shipping lanes we settled down to some great downwind sailing averaging some 140 miles a day.  Day 6 changed all that, wind went into SW and we spent hours tacking back and forth with constant wind shifts, we sometimes only made 2/3 miles towards our destination. Wind was anything from 2/3 and then 6/7. Great sailing but never getting very far, very quickly.Throttle cable broke on passage so very limited use. read more...


EH01 - Monkey business for the Global Yacht Racing crew in Gib
EH01 - Monkey business for the Global Yacht Racing crew in Gib
24/09/2013

EH01 - The Glamour of St tropez

Global Yacht Racing's Beneteau 47.7 set off from Cowes at the end of August on her annual journey in to the Med and then on to Las Palmas for the start of the ARC race 2013. Crew member Kate Loveys has joined the yacht as a Performance Yacht Racing trainee and is taking part in a ten month long traineeship where she will learn to become a commercial yacht skipper. Here Kate describes her journey from Cowes to Gibraltar and is revelling in the differences between her new life and the desk job she left behind. It’s two weeks into my traineeship and I’m still grinning like an idiot at the thought of the next ten months. Week one was spent in the Cowes’ sun converting EH01 from race to cruise mode. I serviced winches, went up the mast, fixed stuff, cleaned stuff and stowed a lot of. read more...


24/09/2013

Aditi - Aditi in Gibraltar

We are having an extended stay in Gibraltar (La Linea) after our exhaust system from the turbo through to the exhaust hose fell apart on entry to the Gibraltar Straits a couple of weeks ago. We drilled, wired, wrapped and strapped the exhaust together and crawled at tickover for the last 40nm to Gibraltar, anchoring at Tarifa to wait for a renewed tide. Of course the exhaust would fall apart on entry to busy shipping lanes, on a spring tide, just at the point the wind dies uptide of the only shallows in the Straits, with no further winds forecast for 3 days ahead. Hope to get going again early in October.GOPR2520. read more...


Aditi - Aditi in Gibraltar
Aditi - Aditi in Gibraltar
21/09/2013

George - Safe in Las palmas!

George has arrived safely in Las Palmas after sunrise this morning (Saturday) after a 4.75 day passage, which is not bad going.Great, stress free trip down here although the wind died in the last 15 hours which was a pity.The marina is already getting ready for the ARC with lots of ARC boats arriving by the day.A kind and efficient welcome by the marina staff although we advise all to take your own loo paper with you to the toilets!!Cleaning the boat up now for a rest for 6 weeks before we return for the ARC itself.. read more...


20/09/2013

George - (no subject)

Captains log 200913 supplemental...It was with great relief after many days at sea, with all deprivation and sacrifice, to see finally in the dawn gloom .... of the cabin .... Mason doing the washing up! I have been worried for a number of days that Mason was suffering from Rabies, John said he was sure he wasn't as he had seen him drinking water a couple of days ago. But I must feel some pride in launching Mason on to the path of self reliance... which will enrich his and his family life in many ways.... not forgetting his extensive country music collection!. read more...


20/09/2013

George - Land Ahoy!

Goerge is approaching the Canaries and and this morning greeted us with sight of the northern tip of Lanzarote, at least we hope it is Lanzarote!Yesterday we were treated to a whole afternoon of entertainment from various species of Dolphins.They got so common in fact that they were not even pointed out unless mid air acrobatics were involved.We have had fair winds and moderate sea conditions that have seen a steady 7-8 knots of boat speed for most of the passage.We should make Las palmas by tomoro early hours of the morning.George and her owner Tim have been great hosts and have both behaved themselves extremely well during the passage, although Tim's choice of music continues to cause curiosity and concern, especially as he has a whole terabyte of the stuff to listen to during the. read more...


19/09/2013

Firefly - Keeping in touch

Communications on board Firefly took a major leap forward this week; we got the SSB radio working, the Yellowbrick tracker set up and if this log goes through we can send emails via our SSB and modem. Many thanks to John White for helping us set up and lead us through the systems. All the stuff we take for granted at home is proving a challenge and there's no email help line out at sea. Now to brush up on the semaphore flags!Peter ic coms. read more...


19/09/2013

Adina - Time to head to Las Palmas!

Enough of waiting for good winds - Tom and Susie onboard Adina set sail tomorrow! Gibraltar to Las Palmas, Canaries. Will be our longest passage to date - 6 to 7 days. Very light winds forecast so going to be slow! Hoping to see some other ARC boats enroute. Www.yachtadina.co.uk.. read more...


18/09/2013

George - Progress towards Gran Canaria

Hello from George,We are making good progress towards the Canaries and hope to be parked up in Las Palmas sometime on Saturday.Wind eventually kicked in from the NW and ranges from 7 knots to 16. In the latter we can easily do 8 knots and in the former we are very slow.Weather good and sea conditions quite kind. Sextant and fishing gear have been deployed a few times already.Changing the subject, how many songs did Abba record I hear you ask?80 is the answer.How do I know this, because Tim made us listen to them all yesterday....four and a half hours is the answer to the next question you are asking yourselves.See you in the Canaries.. read more...


18/09/2013

Silent Wings - Daily Blog Silent Wings

Departure Portugal Povoa de Varzim imminent.Bound for Porto Santo.A great amount of maintenance jobs now complete and looking forward to moving on. Steve and Sally. read more...


17/09/2013

Jambo - Jambo approaches Madeira

Fantastic sail down to Madeira and Jambo and crew all happy- as she has been a good girl we have arranged for Jambo to have her bottom scrubbed with new anti fouling- met some other folk on their way down to the start so its starting to feel real.PhilipIMG_1029. read more...


Jambo - Jambo approaches Madeira
Jambo - Jambo approaches Madeira
17/09/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper

Well the Silver Slipper plans to leave La Coruna tomorrow, 18/09/13 and head directly to Porto Santo. 5/6 days at sea but some good downwind sailing is promised. We have been in La Coruna for over two weeks now. Much longer than anticipated but we had to have a new alternator and then waiting for spare parts for the autopilot. It’s also nice to see more ARC yachts. Everyone is making their way south and La Coruna has been the meeting point for many of us. In our two weeks here we have met 9 new yachts who are doing the ARC or ARC plus this year. Many new friends and we are all very excited.I’d like to also thank Lorena who works in the office in Marina Coruna. She has been a star and deserves special recognition and thanks for making our stay so enjoyable even under the enforced. read more...


16/09/2013

George - On our way to Canaries

George is now sailing (motoring!) towards the Canaries having just got through the Gibraltar straights this afternoon.The sun has just gone down and we are playing dodge the tanker.On board are Tim, Mason and John.The wind is annoyingly on the nose at 15 knots as we head SW. We are expecting the wind to go north and give us nice reaching conditions in the next 6-12 hours and we can have some piece and quiet!Unfortunately we have flights to catch next weekend back to the UK so have no choice but to hurry with the donker on!This is the first time we have tried the SSB to send emails to the WCC in anger, so hoping it works.Will experiment with photos in due course.See you at Gran Canaria in 6 ish days!. read more...


Tamsel - fishing triumph
Tamsel - fishing triumph
13/09/2013

Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!

Heute um 06:30 Ortszeit sind wir gut am Fuße des Ätnas angekommen. Die Gewitterfronten der letzten Nacht haben uns verschont, nur der Wind war mehr als launenhaft. Aber kein Wunder bei dem Wetter das sich nördlich von uns abspielt.Gestern hat mein Skipper sogar einen Thunfisch an der Angel gehabt, nur leider nicht lange, dann war er wieder weg. Schade. Die Crew hat sich schon auf ein üppiges Abendessen gefreut.Wir sind nicht nach Catania gesegelt, sondern liegen etwas nördlicher im Hafen von Riposto zwischen Catania und Taormina. Wunderschöne Marina - typisch Italienisch - nichts ist wirklich fertig.Morgen gehts weiter nach Taormina und dann wird uns leider Klaus verlassen. Mit der restlichen Crew mache ich mich auf Richtung Palermo, wenn das Wetter passt und die Sturmfronten. read more...


Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!
Selivra - Sizilien - wir kommen - nein wir sind da!