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01/08/2013

Resolute of Thames - Resolute speaks to Low Profile

On the advent of the pre-ARC Radio Net we transmitted from our marina mooring in Santander and listened hard and expectantly....and out of the ether came the voice of Low Profile in the Algarve!It works.......but where was everyone else?Do two boats talking to each other constitute a 'net'?Resolute left Stavanger in Norway on 24th May and after having some improvements done in UK , made it across the Bay of Biscay last week and she is now loving the sunshine and heat of the North Spanish coast and looking forward to even more southerly climes.Colin and Gill on Resolute are also occasional bloggers at: http://resoluteenvoyage.wordpress.com .Gill. read more...


01/08/2013

Happy Days - our boat blog site

www.larshappydays.wordpress.com . read more...


30/07/2013

Skara Brae - is once again at Las Palmas

Skara Brae is once again at Las Palmas waiting to start the ARC - we were supposed to go last year, but due to biz commitments we had to cancel at the last minute. We have spent the last month sailing around the Canary's visiting seven of the islands - the sailing has been great and we were welcomed everywhere we went. The highlights were anchoring at Graciosa, La Gomera and Fuerteventura  the only island we missed was Hierro as we ran out of time.During our trip we had visits from our family and friends, our Artist friend Dermid painted our boat on the wall, and Dermid along with another pal Kendal and myself managed to busk our music on a couple of the islands!We are part of "Dermid and the Fandangos" a Scottish celtic acoustic band, we hope to entertain all the ARC. read more...


Skara Brae - meet the Fandangos!
Skara Brae - meet the Fandangos!
Firefly - New toy
Firefly - New toy
29/07/2013

Firefly - Shakedown Cruise

Firefly’s crew preparation for the World ARC took a major leap forward this weekend with a shakedown cruise to Cawsands (Plymouth ) and Fowey. Hardly a long trip from Salcombe but our original plans to sail to Alderney were scuppered by the weather. We tested lots of gear and crew procedures (the new parasailor got an airing) Our capacity to eat and drink were also tested; enjoying the culinary delights of master chef Barney Greenhill (pictured far right). We will be well fed on this trip. Also pictured from left are Paul Ellis (owner and skipper), David Raeburn, (Pacific leg) Murray Palmer (Atlantic and Indian Oceans). Not in the picture are Susie Ellis and Peter Sandover. The core team will be Paul, Susie, Barney and Peter with David and Murray helping us on the ocean. read more...


Firefly - Shakedown Cruise
Firefly - Shakedown Cruise
Skara Brae - close up of our wall painting
Skara Brae - close up of our wall painting
Skara Brae - Dermid leaving our mark in Las Palmas
Skara Brae - Dermid leaving our mark in Las Palmas
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The "steady Crew"
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - No contact fears from the beginning
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - No contact fears from the beginning
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The moon says finally hello!
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The moon says finally hello!
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San and Butz in teamwork
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San and Butz in teamwork
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Butz and Koni killing fishes
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Butz and Koni killing fishes
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Dondi in the "Coconut-test"
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Dondi in the
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San drinks "milk"! ;-)
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - San drinks
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Captain's fish plate ;-(
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Captain's fish plate ;-(
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Koni with funny lifejacket
Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - Koni with funny lifejacket
21/07/2013

Boingo alive! - 06-07/07/12 - The Casting

The second step of our procedure was the most important move to get the project rolling: We wanted at least two “steady crew” for the entire project. And this for our timeline critical step developed smoother than we ever thought. In short time and without advertisement we’ve got two keen, “absolute beginners” ;-) on the hook.Shortly after we felt the wriggling of the two adventurers we checked the compatibility of the team by organising a “Casting” in Koni’s alpine shack about 1’800 meters above sea level. This “Casting” was great fun leaving only winners behind. A competition was our programme guide, in which the “beginners” did so well, that the “offspring Skippers” Koni and Dondi could not outperform them. At the end of this experience session high up there was no need for a formal,. read more...


Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - A toast to the commitment
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - A toast to the commitment
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Kurt "Captain Wolf" Iseli
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Kurt
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Dominik "Dondi" Perreten
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Dominik
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Konrad "Koni" Zeller
Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - Konrad
21/07/2013

Boingo alive! - 28/05/12 - The Commitment

After almost one year since the formal start of the project it is about the time to begin the blogging.It started all with the commitment of tree skippers from the Region of Gstaad/Switzerland. After being in charge as project leader of tree Swiss participations in circumnavigations with WCC in the 90-ies, starting with a clean win on the first ever Leg of “WARC’s” (“Europa 92” – Gibraltar to Las Palmas) with “Oingo Boingo”, I always kept in my dreams/goals to do this again but as a/the Skipper, which was the Original plan anyway and since the start of the idea in the late 80-ies. However, it needed a long time to come to the point again and, unfortunately, an entire project being the Skipper is still not possibleL. Luckily I found share Skippers just around the corner in my beloved. read more...


Boingo alive! - April 2013 - "Boingo alive" in Corse on her way to South France with Koni @ the helm
Boingo alive! - April 2013 -
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - The Skippers and the steady Crew from left: Koni, San, Butz, Dondi, Wolf
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - The Skippers and the steady Crew from left: Koni, San, Butz, Dondi, Wolf
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - Article in "World Crusing" of May 1991
Boingo alive! - April 2013 - Article in
21/07/2013

Boingo alive! - April 2013 - ARC 13 & World ARC 2014-15 / The Story of "Boingo alive"

The “Boingos” are back! Background:It was in the later 80-ies as a group of four sailing friends from the Bernese Oberland in Switzerland were fed up of sailing on my Moody 33 or on charter yachts not nearly fulfilling our desires and decided to purchase an own boat. A new Gib’Sea 442, “Oingo Boingo” named after a Californian Rock band, was the right boat at the time and we immediately started to sail longer distances in the Med, normally with “not sailors at all” Crews generated from our social surrounding. We quite liked these long travels and suddenly we learned that in 1991 there will be the start of a Circumnavigation Rally for Cruisers called “Europa 92”. All of us were excited about the idea to participate and after a feasibility checkup it was a quick decision that we can. read more...


15/07/2013

Aditi - Aditi in Brittany

Aditi has set sail from the Solent and spent the first night dueling mid-Channel with ARC yacht Merlyn.Now sliding down the Brittany coast either under power or at about 2 to 3 knots under a sunny summer high. Heading for Camaret.. read more...


09/07/2013

Edelweiss - Edelweiss on the water and online

The crew of Edelweiss is hard at work testing every piece of gear and preparing for the sail to the Canary Islands.  The details will be regularly updated on our blog at http://www.readtrek.blogspot.com.  Looking forward to all the activities in Gran Canaria!. read more...


05/07/2013

Merlyn of Poole - Seven days and counting!

Merlyn has been limbering up in the Solent, enjoying the sunny weather, as well as some good breezes. We are still aiming to slip our lines on Saturday, 13th, heading for Roscoff as our first stop. Next stop will be La Rochelle, followed by northern Spain and Portugal. We're then heading across to Madeira, before we finally make landfall in Gran Canaria.Our crew - other than the two of us - are Mike, Jonathan's old university friend and sailing guru, and Mike's son Josh, who has just passed his engineering degree with flying colours. We couldn't be in better company! A last-minute battery panic hit us hard in the wallet yesterday, but we are now the very happy owners of six new batteries, which should stand us in good stead for both the Atlantic and World ARC.We have been very much. read more...


03/07/2013

Free Spirit - New Sail

A clean bottom and a new sail! photo (11). read more...


Free Spirit - New Sail
Free Spirit - New Sail
02/07/2013

Adina - Shaking out in the Med!

Last time we contributed to the ARC blog back in April, Adina (www.yachtadina.co.uk) had crossed Biscay and settled in Bayona. Our plans before starting the ARC were to have a shake-out in the Med over the summer before heading to the Canaries. Two reasons - one being to get to know our boat well and secondly to iron out any teething issues. To date, it's certainly been a wise strategy.  We enjoyed sailing down the Portuguese coast with Lisbon and Porto being highlights. Porto has a new marina offering discounts to ARC boats and we'd highly recommend it being close to the city and with friendly staff - indeed, fresh bread rolls were delivered to the boat each day! While in Lisbon, we sailed up the Rio Tejo to the north of the city - it's a long way and next time we'd berth at. read more...


01/07/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in the Sun

Silver Slipper is now moored up in Camaret in hot sunshine. We have finally left the wind and cloudy weather of the English Channel. Today spent our time doing general boat maintenance and catching up on the washing in the sun.  Last night was the first night that the crew did not ask for a hot water bottle.  LOLWe have now met three Arc 2013 yachts but none of them were flying the rally flag.  What a shame as we have met so many nice people and made new friends as the ARC is something so many sailors dream of doing. We strongly recommend you fly the flag whenever in port as you never know who you will meet and who your new friends could be. The ARC is always a start of a new conversation.Our plans is to hang around the local area to catch up with some old friends in a few. read more...


30/06/2013

Sephina of Beaumaris - ARC 2013 Day Minus 147

The house is nearly packed up. The jobs list is now less than a page and we are due to move onto Sephina in a week or so. Most of the recent jobs have been adding the communication systems and I am hoping there are no more cables to be run. My electronics contractor thinks the boat is worth its weight in copper! It was great to fire up the Satellite system and download an Atlantic GRIB weather file in seconds. I have decided to go with both a Parasailor and twin head sails as the latter seems to have a lot of supporters especially for its ease of reefing for a squall. Sephina will leave Deganwy in North Wales at the end of July via SW Ireland and Portugal. She will meet up with two other ARC participants, Gozwoz and Kika before setting off for Gran Canaria in September. The crew is now. read more...


28/06/2013

Serendipity - Serendipity - Operation Save the Treacle Miners

After suffering engine failure and very little wind on a lee shore off Cape St Vincent on the last leg to Lagos the Treacle Miners on Serendipity wish again to thank all the boats in the ARC Portugal for the tremendous efforts to help get us alongside safely. The suggestions for technical solutions to our engine issues, weather and sea state information from ahead and practical advice on creating a good tow were invaluable. This is exactly why we chose to do this trip with WCC so that we were surrounded by experienced and helpful fellow sailors. The level of seamanship within the fleet is why we are tied up in Lagos Marina safe and sound.A special thanks go to the crew of Ocean Trilogy who arrived in minutes and very professionally took a tow to take us away from the cape and into more. read more...


Quirine - Re:
Quirine - Re: <Baionna > <Quirine ready for crew change>
Quirine - Leviathan and Abraxas fighting for first to arrive in Oeiras
Quirine - Leviathan and Abraxas fighting for first to arrive in Oeiras
Quirine - Re:
Quirine - Re: <Leg 7 > <Quirine crew of leg 7 awaiting prize giving results>
Quirine - Re:
Quirine - Re: <Leg 7 > <Henk Bothof behind the wheel of Quirine>
Quirine -
Quirine - <leg 8 > <Quirine finally gets the genaker to work>
28/06/2013

Quirine -

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27/06/2013

Starblazer - The final leg

As predicted, the final day's sailing was a disappointment, but not without incident. We had been 'serenaded' by the crews of Serendipity and Leviathan II until about 0100 so the 0530 alarm was not welcome! Just before we started getting ready to slip lines I found that we had run out of water, the gauge had stuck and we didn't still have three quarters of a tank. We started refilling while we got everything ready then, at about 0610, we slipped our lines and set off towards Lagos, into rolly seas with no wind so it became a motor boat race.During the morning the wind picked up a bit so we pulled out the genoa and cut the engine. A bit later we rolled away the genoa and pulled up the cruising chute for the first time since Biscay, other than to dry it while we were in the marina at. read more...


27/06/2013

Webster - Log 10 Sines to Lagos - the last leg!

Well this is it the last leg on our trip South to Lagos which was to take us around cape St Vincent, the notorious cape off which Nelson fought his great battle at Trafalgar. We were warned of wind speed increases of three Beaufort scales and big seas so Kate was spooked before we had even started. However, the forecast was for light winds on the nose and as this was going to be the longest leg, 75nm, it was going to be a motoring job for all. So up at 5am for a 6am start and we were off under engine which was a bit disappointing given the fantastic sailing conditions we had enjoyed the past few legs but never mind. Put full main up to balance the boat and that's how we went some 55nm down to the Cape. However, boats were already going round and reporting 28 knots from the East (on the. read more...


27/06/2013

Farfelu - All done and dusted

The party is over, the morning after celebrating our arrival in Lagos.There's a feeling of achievement on Farfelu - roughly a thousand miles under her keel - we've made the distance and, apart from losing our ensign half way, no major incident to report.Well, that's not strictly true.There was a nasty moment when yours truly decided to tension the main halyard whilst sailing about five miles offshore.We were bombing along quite merrily, in contention for a decent position for a change and it seemed like a good idea at the time to try to improve the sail shape.When the rope broke and the sail started to fall I knew I had made a blunder.Karen was remarkably calm about it, we clipped on harnesses, put the boat into the wind and did battle with the flappy falling thing for over an hour.We. read more...


26/06/2013

Merlyn of Poole - Sixteen days to go!

Our departure from Hamble is scheduled for Saturday, 13th July at 13.00 - weather permitting. Getting very excited and finishing last jobs on the boat, as well as passage-planning in earnest!. read more...


25/06/2013

Webster - Log 9: Oeiras to Sines 23rd June

Later start today to Sines scheduled 55nm. Very impressed with Oeiras but have to leave to head further South. Lovely day again, with wind N/NE so downwind again all the way. Poled out the jib again and went really well down to Cabo Espichel just under half way there and we sailed into a hole just off the cape and stayed at under 2 knots for half an hour or so. A bit surprised as supposed to blow harder around these points. The wind had been at some 15knots plus but soon returned from NW and increasing. We had already shaken out our reef earlier on but kept full rig up and were hitting 9 and 10 knots at times. Getting the pole down at the end was an issue again but managed it a little better this time by laying the boat across the wind again. Finished at 1522 first in class A again so we. read more...


25/06/2013

Silver Slipper - Silver Slipper in Roscoff

Well is been two weeks since we left our home port of Brixham. We are now moored up in the new marina in Roscoff and very pleasantly surprised. The crew are all happy and enjoying the life of "boat bums". Weather is all ready getting warmer with more to come.  Plan to visit L’Aber Wrac’h tomorrow then round the Chanal du Four to Camaret before heading slowly down the coast before we cross Biscay to Santander.Flying the ARC flag with pride and making lots of new friends along the way. . read more...


24/06/2013

Starblazer - A successful day's sailing

Sunday dawned sunny and windy! The wind was not as strong as it appeared. Today's leg from Oeiras to Sines started at 10.00 a.m. for the 50+ nautical miles including Cabo Espichel where we might expect a wind acceleration zone. Some boats headed off to the west while others sailed inshore, both groups hoping for favourable winds. We steered a middle course, watching the west bound group disappear in the background. Sadly for us, the inshore group crept ahead of us, especially Idefix, a Belgian boat flying a bright pink spinnaker. Their advantage was to be short lived however because they all sailed into a wind hole close to the cliffs! The first 14 miles were very slow however the wind picked up in the afternoon and we sailed on, wing and wing (mainsail pulled out one side and secured. read more...