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Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
Manihi - J-1 - Prêts pour le départ !
23/11/2013

Ninfea - Ninfea

We spent our time in Cape visiting the two islands of St. Vincent and St. Antoan. This last one is truly spectacular, all ridges end precipitous drops, sparsely populated by hardy mountain people. We saw more goats than people! Of the two island St. Antoan is the one that receives abundant water which justifies the qualification of Verde (Green) much more than St. Vincent, which is truly arid. The landscape reminded us of the Andes in Peru.We also spent time doing minor repairs to Ninfea, like replacement of a block on the main halyard and few other small things.We started again navigation on the 20th of November with a hair raising race in front of winds up to 35 kn and large waves helping to push Ninfea up to 11 kn. The first night was, like so many other departures from islands,. read more...


Sunrise - Tag 0 - 23.11.13 - Ready to sail!
Sunrise - Tag 0 - 23.11.13 - Ready to sail!
23/11/2013

Shine - Departure Day-1.

Eight supermarket trolley loads of food an drink now safely stowed away, soEl Corte Inglais staff have no been officially stood down until November 2014.It would appear that or final crew member(Steen) has just landed at the airport , and BA have kindly delivered his baggage to Guatamala.A naked Steen for two weeks is probably a little more than we can bear, soassume Giles has marched him into Decathlon to collect some appropriate replacement clothing.Boat in great shape, crew likewise, so all we have to do now is hit the Argentinian restaurant , eat our body weight in steak,drink a gallon of Malbec and get to the start line for 13:00 tomorrow.. read more...


23/11/2013

Idea of London - A final meal before we're off

Hello and Good day everyone.The count down is now less than 24 hours until race start.All thelast minute details are seen to.IDEA is packed, stacked and ready togo as is the crew.One last meal ashore, a good nights sleep, andwe're off.Several of us have been studying the weather charts and it seems thatdreams of breaking the record may be off.It's a dynamic picturethat's continually changing and evolving so we may yet get thefavorable weather pattern back as we go.Starting in on the crew introductions today (in no particular order)we have: Lucas Bertrand of the famous Americas Cup Bertrands.Lucasis on this trip with us taking a vacation from his Digital mediacompany.Trying to one up the old man who apparently has not crossedan ocean he is currently taking bets on how long his last meal. read more...


23/11/2013

São Francisco 4 - test log - on dock

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São Francisco 4 - test log - on dock
São Francisco 4 - test log - on dock
23/11/2013

Diva - Letztes check up & Klar Schiff

Letztes Check up & Klar Schiff Nach gestrigen Crewabend im Velero Muelle 1906 einem Hafenrestaurant mit dem unfreundlichstem Personal ever und trotzdem viel Spass haben wir heute die Medikamente die Eilert aus Hamburg mitgebracht hat einsortiert. 600 Liter Trinkwasser in Flaschen, einiges an Bier (Menge geheim), 120 Liter Milch und Kleinkram gebunkert.Claus Uwe macht noch einige Besorgungen, da die Vermutung es könnte nicht langen deutlich zugenommen hat.Sicher ist sicher. Gero ist mit Krause beim Skippermeeting und checkt uns alle mit den Reisepässen aus.Javier erledigt noch Kleinigkeiten am Boot.Gegen 13Uhr kommt die letzte Ladung Proviantin Form von Obst und Gemüse an Bord.Der Vorrat an Klopapier wurde von Javier auf 48 Rollen kalkuliert. Wir haben noch einmal nachgerechnet – da. read more...


23/11/2013

Adina - Adina set to GO

We're as set as we can be! BIG THANK YOU to all the ARC crew in Las Palmas - you've been simply fantastic. Muchos Gracias. Last blog before we go is up at http://www.yachtadina.co.uk/.. read more...


Diva - Letztes check up & Klar Schiff
Diva - Letztes check up & Klar Schiff
23/11/2013

Firefly - Early morning rain

One day in and all is well. Its been a very comfortable re-introduction into passage making aboard Firefly, the sea state being slight. Despite fairly changeable conditions we managed a day one run of 153nm and are pleased that we have placed ourselves a good distance south of the ARC which we believe started from Gran Canaria at noon today.The 'yellow peril' parasailor is up and while it was a bit unstable in less than 10 knots of wind, we now have 13 knots and the boat speed is reaching 7 knots.As we passed South East of Fuerteventura we had several night time visits by dolphins, visible due to the phosphorescence. While Paul was on the midnight to 0200 watch a small dolphin did a couple of leaps of about 4m height. The moon is still quite large although waning and once it rose the. read more...


23/11/2013

Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!

At T-2 (2 days to departure!), Team HADA – Capt. Stuart Starkey, along with Anton Webre, Ed Tobin, Terence (TJ) O’Malley, plus myself, André Wolper, have been here for a couple of days and are busily prepping for the big adventure.    HADA is a brand new Hanse 505, and started her journey in Greifswald, Germany on Wednesday, Oct 9th. Captain Tim Heinrichs piloted her down for us, and arrived here in Las Palmas, Gran Canary Island, on Tuesday, November 19th, at 00:20.    Because the journey from the Baltic Sea down to Las Palmas took 41 days - longer than expected due to some stops along the way - our preparation days have been crunched to an absolute minimum.  To make up for it, Team Hada is working 15 hr days since with everyone doing their very best to get. read more...


Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!
Hada - T-2 - Getting Ready!
23/11/2013

Blue Ocean - Day -1: Preparations

Blue Ocean created quite a spectacle by drying out on the slipway next tothe ARC office.  But our saildrives are now fixed, we have most of our food stowed (stillwaiting for the fruit and vegetables), and are otherwise ready for thestartline.  Our crew comprises four Belgians, three Poles, one American and me, thelone Brit.   . read more...


23/11/2013

Anettine - 23.11.2013, Morgen

Vi avsluttet gårsdagen med middag i cockpit ca. 2000, ordentlig oppdekket med duk og det hele.  Vår Cruise and Sale Manager begynner å like det alkoholfrie ølet som serveres til middagen.  Det er veldig spesielt å sitte til bords å spise middag når Anettine lenser i 7-8 knop i mørket. Det er bekk mørkt og vi ser ingenting utenom båten.  Vi spiser i T-skjorte og shorts.  Det er første kvelden/natta som det ikke har vært nødvendig med ekstra påkleding. Ut på natta klarner det opp, månen kommer frem og det blir lyst og fint.Begge har sovet godt og lenge i natt. Skippern våknet lenge etter soloppgang og startet dagen med bad i Atlanteren. Ikke så lett når C&S Manger insisterer på at båtfarten skal opprettholdes. Vi jibber og setter spinnaker, deretter spiser vi. read more...


23/11/2013

Miciadue - Fast fertig zum Starten

Den Sicherheitscheck haben wir erfolgreich absolviert. Vorgestern Getränke eingekauft und gestern Lebensmittel. Heute Diesel gebunkert und noch restliche Dinge gekauft. Probleme hatten wir mit dem SAT-Telefon. Aber die sind nun auch soweit gelöst. Morgen kann es nun endlich um 13 Uhr losgehen. Heute werden noch alle Lebenmittel verstaut und Kleinigkeiten an der Miciadue gecheckt. Alle sind wohlauf und freuen sich auf den Start.--. read more...


23/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - Ambling Along

In many ways just another day at sea. Moderate rather than good progress with a NNE / E wind at 10-15 knots. This can be, at times, a tad frustrating (particularly if we examine the boat position report closely). However, the night was firstly very black, then the cloud lifted to reveal more stars than can ever be seen on land (the only source of light pollution here is our small mast-head light) and we have just had the most spectacular sunrise.To compensate for the lack of progress we had a very busy dog watch: Gilly-mate removed all forms of alien life from the bottom of the fridge, did some fresh vegetable weeding and I set to with some tidying up on deck and gave the engine a check over before washing the kitchen floor - which for those non nautical readers I should point out. read more...


23/11/2013

Keoma - Log day -1 Final Preparations

Keoma is now pretty much up and running and eager to get started! Just waiting for last minute fresh food to arrive then final top up with Dieseland Water.  All systems working, watermaker and Satphone in particular ifyou can read this!  We have done our emergency steering and opted for thedrogue system as it is easier to deploy and seemed to suit the boat, hopefullywe won’t have to use it.  We have so much food on board and Tyronne is busypreparing his awsome looking rod so we are expecting some big fish! Hopefully we can send a picture soon. Best regardsNick.. read more...


23/11/2013

Free Spirit - 17/11/2013 -23/11/2013

Las Palmasde Gran Canaria 17/11/2013 -23/11/2013 (Richie’s log) It’s so great to be here! The feeling of excitement is buildingdaily! One of the first things you notice when you arrive at the marina in LasPalmas, apart from the huge number of boats (including a few very impressive,serious-looking, massive racing yachts!) is the quayside wall! It is covered inwall art (graffiti) left by boats’ crews over the years as they prepared tocross the Atlantic ocean! We just had to add our own contribution to the mass offantastic tags left by sailing folk from all corners of the world, we‘democratically’ decided to leave the Liver bird as oursymbol. Our relatively small boat is berthed next to a boat calledAlbatross which is skippered by a German fella called Manfred who is taking 9fee-paying crew. read more...


23/11/2013

Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start

Endlich sind alle Arbeiten am Schiff beendet. Am Donnerstag hätte ein ausgelutschter Spibaumbeschlag beim Segeltraining fast die ersten Verletzten beschert. Zum Glück konnte Selden innerhalb eines Tages einen neuen Beschlag liefern, so daß wir gestern erfolgreich unser Spitraining durchführen konnten.Heute wurde die Wacheinteilung und damit auch die Belegung der Kammern bekannt gegeben.Wir haben inzwischen schon ausklariert und in einer Stunde findet das abschließende Skipperbriefing vor dem Sart statt.Vorhin gings noch kurz in den Mast, um die Salinge mit Neopren abzupolstern und so das Scheuern des Großsegels zu verhindern.Die Großkreiskarte für den Atlantik liegt bhereits mit eingezeichnetem Kurs auf dem Kartentisch und die Crew fiebert voller Erwartung dem großen Ereigtnis. read more...


Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start
Hera - Einen Tag bis zum Start
23/11/2013

Pelican - Saturday 23 Nov

Meat an veg arrived today so everything is all ready to go!! Pelican. read more...


23/11/2013

Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !

After several attempts of uploading, downloading, reconfiguring, re booting, 2 software reloads, a change of hard drive and 3 SIM cards the Sat Phone eventually burst into life when Gareth resorted to merely shouting at it in Welsh. If all goes well we can not only send but receive e-mails as well. The e-mail address for the boat is ..... Golondrina@mailasail.com...... It's up and running now so feel free to use it.Also the 'fleet tracker'or 'fleet viewer for Golondrina has been turned on so you can see how we're doing .. You may have to load up some software by 'yellowbrick' to do this ... Or you could just shout at your computer as that seems to work quite well.At the moment you will notice that we are shown as being in collision with about 100 other yachts mainly because we're all. read more...


Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
Golondrina - The Sat Phone lives !
23/11/2013

Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....

Test sail yesterday was worthwhile, tested emergency steering with drogue.Just off for final shop.Mike20131121_182211. read more...


Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....
Keoma - Log Saturday - Final shopping....
23/11/2013

Alayat3 - ALAYAT3

Hello every bodyone day left before departureALAYAT3. read more...


23/11/2013

La Rochelle - Day 1

Managed to have our gooseneck repaired and got under way at 7 pm. The pressure has dropped since yesterday, but we were still slipping through the water under full main and poled out headsail in the mid 7's. The breeze overnight swung quiet a lot and we ended up doing 3 jibes. In the morning the breeze settled into 60 degress 12-15 knots and out came the "weapon", high 7's all day under the expert helming of louvre, Kite down at sunset and back to poled out headsail and full main plus staysail, breeze in the 13- 18 knot range giving us low 7's, very except able.Pretty much on the rhumb line and should have similar conditions today. Pretty much given up fishing, have lost 10 lures since the canaries for 0 fish, but plenty of flying fish on the deck at night, one flying fish "flew "through. read more...


23/11/2013

Ocean Venture - Countdown to start

So it's less than 72hrs away from starting our Atlantic race. Eight crew on now and last two arrive Friday.(it is Friday and have arrived), interesting bunch including a retired director of NHS intensive care, commodities dealer, retired policeman, and a few chancers.Quite a palpable buzz in the air around the place as first timers take on the challenge.Just spent a £1000.00 on the shopping ( ten people,twenty days ),and packed it away in a couple of hours including getting it from van to boat we questioned why wives make such a big deal on the matter!Still, we feel particularly blessed to have had such a light workload of jobs compared to others that have had rigs out, leaks to find and plenty more to keep crews busy. We like to watch the hubbub of life around us and enjoy much. read more...


Ocean Venture - Countdown to start
Ocean Venture - Countdown to start
23/11/2013

Hanami II - De la toile, encore de la toile

23 Xi 201316 30 N - 30 58 WBeau temps aujourd'huiDu soleil et pas trop de houleDu vent, juste comme il faut pour tester le Spi Symetrique.Envoye a 11h45 nous le garderons jusqu'a 17h environ.Il fautreconnaitre que cela fait gagner 1 ou 2 noeuds de facon reguliere avec un vent qui oscille entre 15 et 20 noueds maxi, venant par l'arriere a 160 degres sur tribord.Avec Christian et MArie tout c'est bien passe, envoi, utilisation et affalage, meme si quelques ajustements ont ete necessaires pour l'envoi.Bonne journee en somme ou nous avons barre sous spi.Pas d'utilisation du pilote et BArry a ete mis en vacances jusqu'a ce que le Spi soit affale.Nous avons remontes quelques bateaux grace au Spi et en ce moment nous doublons Pandora of Feock par babord.Seule ombre au tableau, et de taille,. read more...


22/11/2013

Anettine - Daily Log

Endelig begynner ting å fungere for oss igjen.Vi har reparert skaden og kan nå seile med full seilføring. I natt har vi seilt med spridde seil, og logget 7-9 knopp hele tiden.Nå på morgenen kan vi konstante at vi har kontakt med feltet igjen etter å ha seil oss opp fra 29. til 18. plass.Vi har sovet godt begge to, så forholdene ligger til rette for en fin seildag. Siden vi startet har vi logget 288 nm.Hilsen Anettine. read more...


22/11/2013

Golondrina - Another day another €300

Dave and Mark spent most of the day trying to crowbar 3 weeks food into Golondrina.As long as everyone doesn't mind sleeping with 15 bags of pasta or 12 large tins of tomatoes we should be ok... Strange as it seems but Dave's double room with en-suite facility appears spacious and comfortable.Gareth is on good form and looking forward to the off, he's being interviewed tomorrow by BBC Cymru and will be broadcast on Monday as he is the only Welsh speaking skipper on the rally. Owain has been found.... Apparently he was doing charity work in the local area and was tied up. Stop press, the Satellite phone on the boat is now working the first inbound e-mail was a job offer for Dave to be Chief Instructor for Seafarer based in Greece and then winter teaching in the BVI's - guess who is mr. read more...


Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
Golondrina - Another day another €300
22/11/2013

Resolute of Thames - True Blue (with a dash of panic)

As Colin mentioned in yesterday's Log Blog we are settling nicely and resting well (albeit in 4 hourly bursts) after the bitter sweet Mindelo experience.If the first Leg to Cape Verde was disappointing from the blue water sailing perspective (more like grey water)then Leg 2 is certainly delivering. The sky today is almost cloudless and the sea is deep blue and silver dazzled by the sun as it moves relentlessly...seemingly pushing us onwards.Not such an idyllic picture last night however when we were gleefully whizzing along under full main and genoa when the Autohelm (automatic steering system)failed.Gilly-mate's peaceful watch was rudely interrupted by alarms and instrument messages.Skipper was unceremoniously woken and hand steering commenced. In the inky blackness (needless to say. read more...


22/11/2013

Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...

C'est dans deux jours maintenant. Les gros travaux- si on peut dire - sontterminés et aujourd'hui était la journée de fignolage ! En extérieur, leremplacement et "scotchage" des goupilles sur les filières pour éviter de seblesser et de faire des accrocs sur les voiles, préparation et essai dugréement de la trinquette - deuxième voile d'avant ; en intérieur mise enplace d'un filet suspendu dans le carré pour y stocker les fruits et légumes(ils ont besoin d'être à l'air et au sec pour se conserver ... nous aussid'ailleurs ...), changement des joints du WC arrière ... (ça peut servir !),et affichage des menus et surtout de la "carte" des provisions !!! Elles ontété rangées en 15 endroits différents (plancher, banquettes, dossiers,placards ...). Pour éviter de tout ouvrir pour chercher une. read more...


Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...
Manihi - J-2 - Derniers préparatifs et questions météo ...
Jambo - Provisions for 3 weeks
Jambo - Provisions for 3 weeks
Jambo - Getting fruity
Jambo - Getting fruity
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper
Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper
22/11/2013

Joy of Shamrock Quay - Fish for Supper

Sunrise this morning brought a beautiful sunny day with a very calm sea and little swell, and another brief dolphin display as they chased flying fish with rocket speed.We took the opportunity to make some garlic mayonnaise and bake bread rolls for lunch, and then had a bite on the rod.An amazing yellow dolphin fish graced our lure with its splendid colours, and it didn't put up too much of a fight when we reeled it in.A change to the planned supper of lamb cutlets, now barbecue fish with home made chips and salad, lush. Graham made radio contact with Easy Rider today giving them and one other yacht the weather forecast as they had been unable to download. We had overheard a radio conversation last night from Easy Rider saying that they are sailing with main alone having shred their. read more...


22/11/2013

Firefly - Departure from Lanzarote - Blowin' in the Wind

Firefly is now back at sea again. Unlike our departure from Salcombe, there were no fanfares and flotillas to see us off at Puerto Calero on the first ocean passage of our adventure. We did not slip out completely un-noticed a nice Irish lady took a picture of us and wished us a good and safe voyage. Not sure what she made of Grateful but he is now an important member of the team so needed to be in the picture. We have left behind some great memories of a very friendly and hospitable Puerto Calero- this was heightened last night by our invitation to an RC 44 racing keelboat after racing drinks party (they are having their world championships here). No expense was spared, drinks were flowing and after a 'few' we had to make an early retreat to finish jobs and keep a clear head for our. read more...


22/11/2013

Tronko - mail de prueba y preparativos

Ya esta casi todo terminado.. esta tarde se estiva los productos frescos.. y a ver que tal va todo...R-48En el próximo mail subiré alguna foto a ver como funciona... read more...


22/11/2013

Rosa Fascia - wonderful life ...

It is yet another glorious day and we are all feeling relaxed and enjoying the sunshine after a good nights sleep. We were joined yesterday by a school of dolphins who stayed with us for quite some time and had a a steak pie which turned out ok considering the size of our oven!! Our day today will consist of some sunbathing, reading and catching up on our emails as we now have our internet working again. How wonderful is this life?Amanda XX. read more...


22/11/2013

XAR - Blog XAR

Lunch on Friday at the Club and testing the blog.  DSC_0304. read more...


XAR - Blog XAR
XAR - Blog XAR
22/11/2013

Xirene - Ready to Go !

Na dagen van klussen zijn we nu toch echt bijna helemaal klaar voorvertrek! Ook de Yellowbrick is geïnstalleerd dus zijn we live te volgen. Groet namens gehele crew, David  . read more...