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13/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Day 3 of our world ARC 2015

A great sail yesterday afternoon, then in theevening the winds started to build until by midnight it was approx 25 to 30knots from pretty much dead astern, interesting. Since the boat was oftenrounding up in the waves we put a third reef in (for those not into sailing thisis reduciing considerably the area in the big sail at the back). Thisimmediately made the boat a lot more stable and didnt siginificantly reduce ourspeed. We have had between 1.5 and 2 knots of tide with us, joy, but later todaywe will probably have the tide against us as we turn a bit more south to go downthe Columbian coast for approx 160 miles. We have just made our coursecorrection to go to Santa Marta, but we are staying a bit further out than weneed to since the forecasts indicate the wind going a bit north of. read more...


13/01/2015

Luna Quest - Tuesday, 12 Jan. 2015

Noon Position: 13.10N 68.25WDaily run: 155 milesThe wind has picked up to over 30kn and Luna Quest is bowling along at speeds in excess of 8 knots, but yesterday was a great day for resting. The rig was firmly set and the 20kn of wind kept a steady course westwards under a cloudy sky, but no squalls of any note were experienced. A few flying fish landed on the deck, but otherwise the decks were dry. We may be one of the last boats in the fleet on our way to Santa Marta (Colombia), but we should make it before the fleet sets off again Tuesday next week for the San Blas Islands (you can find the itinerary of the World ARC 2015 on the web site of the World Cruising Club). We expect to arrive either Saturday or Sunday, just in time for a shower, a meal ashore and taking on fresh water. The. read more...


13/01/2015

Pentagram - Leg 1 Rodney Bay, St Lucia to Santa Marta, Colombia.

?0440, Tues 13/1/15 - 23nm N.E of ArubaWe arrived in Rodney Bay slightly later than we would have liked due to the "Christmas Winds", blowing 45 knots in Barbados & around the islands. Oh well, there's worse places to get stuck, could have been Skeggy!A warm welcome greeted us when we finally arrived by both the World Cruising Club team & a cheery "Ahoy Pentagram!", as we cruised past to our berth from John, Stella & Brian on Exocet Strike. We had met them in September in A Coruna, Northern Spain. Our first landfall after leaving the UK. It was great to see some friendly & familiar faces.The start of the first leg went well & we crossed the start line in around fifth place with two reefs in the main & a full genoa. Not too shabby a start as there are just the two. read more...


13/01/2015

Juno - Chafed sheets

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Juno - Chafed sheets
Juno - Chafed sheets
13/01/2015

Celebrate - Unexpected Anchoring & Odes to Passage on the way to St. Helena Island from Cape Town, South Africa!

Odes by Jay AilworthCape Town is now in our pastCelebrate is leaving Table Mountain astern very fast.Our boat heeling and heaving to a beam sea.Deep dark Africa slipping away in our lee.Auto Von Driver is at the helm on a day cool breezy and sunnyWhen from below the mate calls:"I smell something funny".Auto Von Driver has rolled over and died The apparent victim of electrical suicide.A well found ship CELEBRATE has a spareAn island is up ahead and we will make repairs there.Now steering by handWe make our way to this tiny speck of land.Behind a rocky windswept point lies a smallSheltered bayWe will soon have our repairs underway.Our anchor now safely down we takeA moment to look around.Small buildings, a pier and a tall red and white Striped lighthouse are the only sights around.Out of. read more...


13/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 372; No. 3 Green Flash Sunrise, Our 26th So Far; We Catach a Fish; A Manta Ray Jumps; and a Whale Blows; Sunday, Januaryt 11, 2015

I wake up at 5:00 AM, after 4 hours and 50 minutes of continuous sleep. A rarity on a wildly bouncing boat. Sleep in the aft cabin like flying in a plane in weather. When the plane goes up, you get positive g forces on your body; when it goes down, you get negative g forces, like weightlessness. Unless you're really tired, its sometimes hard to sleep when you keep going from negative to positive to negative... g's. Isn't sailing fun?! Because its still dark out, I know the sun hasn't risen yet, so I get up and go to the cockpit in my long underwear and socks. Once I convince myself that the sun isn't rising for a little while, I go below and get dressed and come wait for the sunrise.At 5:58 AM the sun rose, and I saw my 3rd Green Flash Sunrise; Jeanine saw her first; and now we have a. read more...


13/01/2015

Nexus - Good sailing night, light wind morning

Still sailing but only making 5-6kts in very light winds from behind. The wind picked up yesterday afternoon and we were enjoying several hours of 10kts on a beam reach but it's now shifted behind us and dropped. Just above my 5kt threshold of pain...we're resisting the urge to motor and get there as the sailing is peaceful and we have a beautiful day. So we've turned our attention to fishing and enjoying this beautiful day, we'll see if the wind comes up later as it did yesterday! 1180 miles to go and all is well.Russ and Laurie on NEXUS 08:45 1/13/2015 at 27 22.0'S;11 23.4'E. read more...


13/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 3 - St. Lucia - St. Martha / Kolumbien - Halbzeit

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm - jetzt HalbzeitWir schaukeln uns durch die Karibische See; es ist etwas unangenehmer als über dem Atlantik. Wir haben mehr Wind und höhere Wellen, die ungleich der Windrichtung sind. In den letzten zwei Tagen hatten wir Etmale (zurückgelegte Strecke in 24h) von rund 200sm. Das ist richtig viel, wenn man dann bedenkt, dass wir z.B. in der ganzen letzten Nacht nur mit zweifach gerefften Großsegel und ohne Vorsegel durch die Nacht geschossen sind. Wir haben Ostwind 18-25kn; in Squalls höher. Nur um die Geografiekenntnisse aufzufrischen…. - wir segeln vorbei an Venezuela (links), und rechts an Puerto Rico, Dominicanische Republik, HaitiEin mittleres Problem hatten wir auch noch…. der obere Blog von der Fock hat. read more...


12/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 4. Tag - Mal schneller, mal langsamer

Mal haben wir mehr Wind, mal weniger, mal segeln wir schneller, mal langsamer. So ist das eben. Das Wetter ist aber sehr gut (das heisst blauer Himmel und Sonne) und wir relaxen gut:-). Cheers, Tom. read more...


12/01/2015

Luna Quest - Monday, Jan.12, 2015

Noon Position: 13.14N 65.43WDaily Run: 122 milesThe sail trim we had so studiously set up in the Easterly trade winds the day after our departure took us too far south when the winds backed to the Northeast. The sail set became untenable in the rising winds and if left unchanged for the night, we would have been set uncomfortably close to the coast of Venezuela. At 3.30pm we decided to reverse the poling out of our foresails. The genoa that had been poled out to starboard was poled out to port and the staysail on the opposite side. Our mainsail remained securely inits stack pack. At 5.40pm the new sail configuration lifted our speed to over 7 knots and enabled us to sail a course well north of west. A truly exhausting exercise, but completed 20 minutes earlier than the 2 hours it had. read more...


12/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Monday 12th Jan 2015

Another day, lots of squalls and lots of wind. Notthe most pleaseant sailing, but very fast. Had a line jam in the furler earlierso we couldnt furl the genoa, found out just before a 35 knot squall hit, notfun. Took an hour to sort that ot, then we gybed, since the wind had gone southof east and it would take us to our planned position (waypoint). We took a whileworking out all the ropes etc, then as soon as we gybed we needed to back again,total time spent / lost was approx 2 hours. Currently the wind is a bit shiftybut its between 25 and 31 knots, bit full on, twoo reefs in the main and thegenoa half furled. More anon.. read more...


12/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 372; We Leave Cape Town for St. Helina & See our 24th Green Flash; Saturday, January 10, 2015

After 2 hours sleep, Jeanine is off to the airport to see if our bag arrived on the 7:05 AM flight from London. Joel and I get up at 7:00 AM. Breakfast on the boat consists of eggs, cut up potato cooked in olive oil with spices, and pear halves. Jeanine passes on breakfast after returning from the airport without the bag. At 9:34 AM I depart for the supermarket, as I just realized that we have only 2 rolls of paper towels left on the boat. I return at 9:55 AM.At 10 AM we start the engine, and leave our wharf at 10:05 AM. All the other boats are getting under way, also. We make it thru the bridge opening at 10:15 AM. The leg starts at 11:00 AM; a racing start. We're 2nd across the line, but in a preferred position on starboard tack, while most of the fleet is on port tack. There is 3 to 5. read more...


12/01/2015

American Spirit II - Day 371; Last Full Day in Cape Town, South Africa; & British AirwaysStiffs Us; Friday, January 9, 2015

Up at 6:00 AM. Jeanine and I departed for the airport at 7:45 AM to pick up the 'delayed' bag. Once we got there, no bag. And the bag wasn't on the next two flights either, at 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Gross incompetence by BA.Joel went to the Skipper's meeting at 9:00 AM; and I got there around 9:30 AM. Went over details for the leg to St. Helena, 1,700 miles and then on to Salvador, Brazil; another 1,900 miles. Lot of crime in Brazil, so be careful. Don't walk around with an SLR Camera, or wear expensive jewelry and watches. Two crew were mugged last rally due to walking in an area they were told to avoid. Apparently, you can be walking down a 'main drag,' and everything is great; but go one block the main drag and your in a neighborhood you shouldn't be in. St. Helena is the only stop on. read more...


12/01/2015

Celebrate - Goodby to Charming Cape Town, South Africa!

A cheerful rally party sent us off feeling great about our time spent in Cape Town and was a good mark for our new beginnings for the New Year and heading off for Brazil via St. Helena. Thank you Joel and Johnny!We look forward to seeing you in Brazil!Also, the party was a nice way to introduce our new crew person and friend, Jay, to other rally people.Jay also took the photo of Celebrate that is hanging in the main salon.We feel special because his photos show up as magazine covers and now we have another photoof his with our boat in front of Table Mountain.To new beginnings...Charlie, Cathy & Jay. read more...


12/01/2015

Juno - World ARC start

Well this is it. Today is the start of the World ARC 2015: a circumnavigation of the globe, twenty yachts sailing from East to West along the trade wind route, around 26,000 miles in all. Crewed mostly by couples of our age and their friends, from every nationality, sailing in company. A life-long ambition for most. Years of planning for everyone just to get to the start line and today at midday we depart St Lucia on the first leg, heading for Santa Marta in Colombia.It has taken many years of preparation for us as well – quite literally. The brochure of an Oyster 55 that nestled in the drawer of my office desk for twenty years, now rather dog eared in its new home in the chart drawer on Juno, was my periodic reminder that those early morning commutes were a means to an important end.Or. read more...


12/01/2015

Nexus - Day 3 becalmed on a beautiful day

We had a beautiful day sailing in variable winds yesterday, with the full mix of sailing experiences! We started our day sailing on white sails and decided it was time to pull out the Gennaker as the wind went lighter and aft. Our Gennaker was just repaired by the folks at Ullman Sails and returned loosely wrapped on the furling line. As we were raisingit I said to Mike "I don't like how loose that is, this is going to end badly". an observation I should have listened to. We ended up with a world class gennaker hourglass wrap and had to pull the whole sail off the line, wool it and re-launch it again.We were rewarded with a perfect opening and the winds picked up aft, so we were surfing along at 10-17kts with the wind puffs and caught up again with the rest of our small group of boats.. read more...


11/01/2015

Free & BrEasy - St Helena Here We Come

We are already 200 plus miles out of Cape Town on the 1700 mile passage to St Helena, which is North West of our current position in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. As has become our habit, we left the day before the rest of the fleet (who are already catching us up!) so that we stand a chance of arriving at St Helena with everyone else. Departure was the mirror image of our sunrise arrival, as we left at sunset which lit up the Cape Town water front with Table Mountain standing majestically behind. Soon the glow of the city was far behind us as we left Robben Island, and watched transfixed, each with our memories of a wonderful port.Our big news is that we have lost and gained crew. Alejandro has left Free & Breasy to sail with Luiton who will be sailing from Brazil directly back. read more...


Juno - World ARC start
Juno - World ARC start
11/01/2015

Ayama - AYAMAS first blog

WORLD ARC 2015 Yacht Ayama's Blog11/1/15 Well here we are about 180 miles from St Lucia sailing wing on wing doing about 8+ knots in quite rolly seas.We had a busy 2 days after Per and i arrived in St Lucia on Thursday.Stefan and Anna - who own Ayama- were expecting their daughter Sofia to arrive at the airport just after us.Unfortunately her flight was canceled so she was stuck in Chicago for another day.Friday morning Stefan dropped Anna and I off in the dinghy and we went and did a final stock-up shop.Per and Stefan went to the skipper's meeting.Anna and i had a good shop and found almost everything we wanted but then had 2 taxi drivers fighting over us: it nearly came to fisticuffs and we had visions of all our bags of groceries being torn in half by them.Girl power won and our lady. read more...


11/01/2015

Makena - World Arc 15-16 Day 2: En route to Columbia

In our first 24 hours we put down 180+ miles which is a great rate. We have just family aboard now having said goodbye to the lovely Rikki and Chiara on the quay in St Lucia. Kai has all his grandparents aboard: Daniel, Francoise, and David. They are just rebuilding their sea legs this trip so we are trying to take things as easy as possible - right now we are flying just one sail and going with the waves for maximum comfort. For those more used to passage making this is a particularly pleasant one and people are reading, watching movies and just relaxing in the sun. Everyone has been together for all meals so that will tell you that the ‘mal de mer’ is not too bad. The waves are up to 3 meters and ‘plentiful' as my Dad says! They are non-threatening - helpful even! During the first 24. read more...


11/01/2015

Exody - Day 1 - The big C begins with a record days run.

"I got to 7.6 knots" said Marian coming off a night watch - sounded pretty good but she meant down to 7.6 from 8's 9's and even 10's ! We ended up with a noon run to 11th January of 180 miles from the St Lucia start - but we do have to acknowledge the helpful assistance of the equatorial current to the tune of 12-20 miles - that's why this first 815 mile leg to Santa Marta Colombia is to be a quick one!The rainy squalls of the last few days abated at Rodney Bay to give good conditions for the start, delayed by 10 minutes as the Police Launch committee boat was running late. This absence of the committee boat did not appear to deter one of our number who we think started anyway as per the original timings.We are a relatively intimate fleet of just 14 boats - so intimate that two boats we. read more...


11/01/2015

Luna Quest - Sunday, Jan. 11th, 2015

Position: 13.13N 63.19WDaily Run: 125Our preparations for the start of the Rally at 12 noon, yesterday, were compromised by a sudden and apparent failure of our fridge. Julia had to hold an order for vacuum packed meat on standby in case we would have to set off without a fridge, but a local engineer said that the fridge would be all right and so we put our trust in him and left the marina at Rodney Bay in great haste to be on time for the start. We were the very last to leave the marina at 11.40am. Just 13 boats were already jostling at the starting line and when I heard the gun shot at twelve, we were the first to cross it. Alas, when I looked round five minutes later, I realised that I had started before time! Never mind, we carried on, but soon the big boats in the fleet were. read more...


11/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Second day, great downwind sailing

After our great start it all went a bit slower, andwe were overtaken by several boats who all opted to go pretty muchdownwind, we went a bit higher, but all we were doing was losing ground anddistance to the finish, so we put up the spinnaker pole and went wing onwing. For those not in the know, this is having themainsail (biggest white flappy thing at back) on one side and the genao (secondbiggest white flappy thing at front) on theother side with the pole attached to the free corner, with the wind nearly deadbehind, some do go with it 180 deg behind but that can lead to problems, we tryfor about 160 to 165 degrees which is much safer.   Our dinner was a salad with pork pie, none of usfelt too hungry, but it went down well.   Overnight was great 18 to 23. read more...


11/01/2015

Nexus - First day underway to St Helena

Well we started the rally with a whimper, no wind, then a rush of 30+kts with some urgent reefing, and now we have pretty steady 15-20kts aft and lumpy seas. Beautiful sailing with one whale spotted and we're loping along staying amongst the faster boats rather than running of on our own. The new sails are great, hold shape well and we've been keeping pace with more reefs than we usually have. The crew is familiarizing well, and we're all looking forward to a smooth run to St Helena at this point! Cape Town and Table Mountain were beautiful as we sailed away, we'll miss them.All is well!Russ and Laurie on NEXUS at 12:00 01/11/2015 at 31 44.37'S;15 35.4'E. read more...


11/01/2015

Exocet Strike - First day

Much better weather today, lots of sun and not muchrain. Got a great start, either first over or, justsecond but the other boat was sitting on the line without any speed so we soonwent flying past. Had a great tussle with our friends on Garlix and Makena the62 foot cat, they both just got to the turning mark ahead of us, but not bymuch. The fleet have now split up, we can still see 5 onAIS but I expect by morning we will be on our own. Currently 563 miles to our next waypoint, just offa headland that is between Venezuela and Colombia, and its 845 miles to ourdestination. John. read more...


10/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm Leute, es ist losgegangen!!! Wir sind um 12:10 Ortszeit (16:10 UTC) mit der World ARC 2015/2016 in St. Lucia gestartet!!! Unser Ziel ist, im April 2016 wieder hier zu sein und einmal rund herum zu segeln. Immer noch ist es uns fremd über dieses ambitionierte Ziel zu reden… das machen doch nun echt immer „nur die Anderen“ - eine Weltumsegelung!!! Unglaublich - also - es ging los!!Mit uns sind 13 weitere Schiffe gestartet, darunter 2 Katamarane. Auf einem Katamaran - MAKENA(62ft) segelt das jüngste Crewmitglied der Flotte mit. Kai wird am 17. Februar 1 Jahr alt. Zwei Boote schließen sich uns in Santa Martha an, so dass dann offiziell 16 Boote an der World ARC teilnehmen. Leider haben drei Boote in der letzten Woche. read more...


10/01/2015

GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta

Strecke: Rodney Bay / St. Lucia - Santa Martha / Kolumbien, ca. 815sm Leute, es ist losgegangen!!! Wir sind um 12:10 Ortszeit (16:10 UTC) mit der World ARC 2015/2016 in St. Lucia gestartet!!! Unser Ziel ist, im April 2016 wieder hier zu sein und einmal rund herum zu segeln. Immer noch ist es uns fremd über dieses ambitionierte Ziel zu reden… das machen doch nun echt immer „nur die Anderen“ - eine Weltumsegelung!!! Unglaublich - also - es ging los!!Mit uns sind 13 weitere Schiffe gestartet, darunter 2 Katamarane. Auf einem Katamaran - MAKENA(62ft) segelt das jüngste Crewmitglied der Flotte mit. Kai wird am 17. Februar 1 Jahr alt. Zwei Boote schließen sich uns in Santa Martha an, so dass dann offiziell 16 Boote an der World ARC teilnehmen. Leider haben drei Boote in der letzten Woche. read more...


GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta
GarliX - Tag 1 Start World ARC - Start- St. Lucia - Santa Marta
10/01/2015

Celebrate - Awesome Adventure on "THE FORGOTTEN ROUTE" Train to Karoo with Winery & Brandy Tasting Visits!

Jeanine on American Spirit masterminded a great train, winery and brandy tasting tour into the hinterland of South Africa along with fellow travelers Tim, Tracey, Brian & Lucy from Folie a deux and Finn from Nexus.The scenery from the all day train ride was terrific and our stop for the night at the charming and historic outpost of Matjiesfontein on the plains of the Great Karoo was wonderful.It was easy to see the uniqueness of South Africa and the way it used to be.Mixing stories of the early diamond rush with the Anglo-Boer War and the Cape-Colonial Railways the visit was a step back in time!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


10/01/2015

Sweet Pearl - Kapstadt --> St.Helena - 2. Tag - Guter Start

Nach einem schönen Abschiedswinken von Carmen, Hannes, Boris und Achim sowie weiteren ahnungslosen Touristen, haben wir uns gestern auf den Weg nach St.Helena gemacht - 1703 Seemeilen, ungefähr 12 Tage. Bis jetzt hatten wir sehr guten Wind und wir hoffen auch weiterhin davon zu profitieren, obwohl er womöglich in 3 oder 4 Tagen einfallen wird.Wir sind alle gut drauf und sind froh dass es wieder weiter geht:-).Cheers, Tom. read more...


10/01/2015

Allegro - SEXTA-FEIRA 09 DE JANEIRO DE 2015 - 2

Esta é a semana antes da partida para a Volta ao Mundo, para a World ARC.Domingo dia 4 de Janeiro foi "um dia fantástico"!! Fizemos o check-in para a World ARC, no "office"do World Cruising Club, com a Suzana!Um marco importante - tudo ficou a parecer mais perto e mais real. Finalmente, está prestes a começar!O Rui, que fora com a Anne Marie no dia 31 de Dezembro para a Martinique, para passar o Ano a bordo do Magelanus, regressou no dia 07 à noite.Ontem, finalmente, chegaram o Ricardo e a Margarida - a tripulação está agora completa!Durante a semana, tivemos os afazeres habituais nesta altura - últimas limpezas do barco, últimos arranjos, lavandaria, aprovisionamento, etc. Tivemos que nos organizar para fazermos tudo os dois, e correu muito bem.Durante a semana trocámos de dinghy (o. read more...


10/01/2015

Allegro - Log 1

Bom dia!  O Allegro parte hoje de Rodney Bay, St Lucia, com o resto da frota da World ARC no primeiro trecho desta circumnavegacao.. read more...


10/01/2015

Makena - The world tour starts tomorrow!!!

Cannot believe that we are going to leave St Lucia tomorrow with firm plans to return in April 2016 after a circumnavigation. !!! . read more...


10/01/2015

Wayward Wind

Communications system up and running. First log from Wayward Wind coming soon!. read more...


08/01/2015

Exocet Strike - Start day looms

Welcome all, this is the first of hopefully manylogs from us. Saturday is the start of our great adventure, weare really looking forward to being out on the ocean again, and anticipatinggetting to Santa Marta in Columbia. Hope you will enjoy our blogs and following us onyellow brick tracking, plus our own tales on facebook, ie exocetyachts, John. read more...


09/01/2015

Wayward Wind - SMS from 881632548295@msg.iridium.com

This is a test submission from Wayward Wind. Please advise when received. Thanks Mindy. read more...


09/01/2015

Firefly - The Great Barrier Mussel Festival

Firefly arrived at Great Barrier Island on 2nd January and we have spent a week anchored in Forestry Bay within Port Fitzroy. On arriving there we had no intention of staying quite so long but it was such a beautiful spot and great weather, good company and the forthcoming Mussel Festival meant the anchor stayed firmly on the bottom.From the Mokahinau Islands we initially went to a bay called Miner's Cove and it was not the best choice. It was open to the south and that was where the wind came from. Not strong enough to cause a problem but it did mean Firefly rocked and rolled all night. Port Fitzroy was chosen as the next destination as it was so well enclosed and Firefly would remain steady. It was actually incredibly busy when we arrived on Saturday 3rd January. Great Barrier is. read more...


09/01/2015

A Plus 2 - ...2...1....start to Columbia !

Last year an "amel friend" (hello Max) sailing from Ste Lucia to Panamatold me : "Don't miss a stopover in Santa Marta - Columbia, people areso friendly and all arounds are so historical and beautiful(Carthagene)... and it was a dream.This year, the dream comes true and World Arc makes it : so thanks tothe Worldcruising team and happy new and successful year !. read more...


07/01/2015

GarliX - Tag - 4 Kurz vorm Start… alles ist fertig

Wir beginnen unser größtes Abenteuer… in vier Tagen startet die Word ARC 2015 - 2016. Wir - die GarliX - Crew - kommen aus Deutschland und sind seit Juli 2014 unterwegs. Wir sind von Juli bis Ende Oktober ’14 über Südengland, Spanien, Portugal, Madeira zu den Kanaren nach Las Palmas gesegelt. Hier sind wir am 9. November mit der ARCplus über Kapverden nach St. Lucia gesegelt. Weihnachten haben wir mit unseren Söhnen in der Karibik verbracht. Wer sind wir? Wir - Jens (49) und Dagmar (46-ich) sind typische Ostseesegler …. Stockholm, Oslo, Kristiansand waren bisher unsere weitesten Urlaubsziele und unser Heimatrevier ist der Greifswalder Bodden. Im November 2013 haben wir entschieden, dass wir aus unserem „Hamsterrad - Leben“ ausbrechen wollen und konnten uns für zwei Jahre eine. read more...


GarliX - Tag - 4 Kurz vorm Start… alles ist fertig
GarliX - Tag - 4 Kurz vorm Start… alles ist fertig
06/01/2015

Free & BrEasy - Home from Home

Home from Home The World ARC fleet is gathering in Cape Town for the start of the last leg across the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday 10th January. Many of the fleet stayed in Cape Town to celebrate Christmas and New Year in the wonderful Marina. By all accounts the firework display in the harbour was a spectacular way of ushering in the New Year. Roger and Annabelle stayed in Cape Town to supervise fitting the new boom on Free & Breasy, hauling out to repaint the hull with antifoul, replace zinc anodes that protect steel from rusting and a host of other jobs including repairing and testing both hydraulic ram units that have caused problems with the autohelm. Amazingly, they also found time to visit Victoria Falls, the West Coast National Park (with Eve’s footprints), drive around the. read more...


05/01/2015

Celebrate - Welcome to our Very Experienced Crew, Jay Ailworth, joining in Cape Town, South Africa!

A huge, warm welcome to our new crew member and former neighbor near Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, Jay Ailworth!We are so happy that Jay is able to join us from Cape Town to Salvador, Brazil via St. Helena Island.He is retired from the US Coast Guard and a long time sailboat racer who has also owned sailboats of his own.Jay will arrive on the morning of January 6th and begin helping us to prepare for our Brazil passage staring on January 10th.We are really looking forward to having Jay on board and we want to thank his wife, Laurie, too, who is a very special friend!Charlie & Cathy. read more...


04/01/2015

Celebrate - New Year's Eve Progressive Fleet Party, Christmas Dinner at Folie a Deux & Charlie's Fleet Birthay Dinner at Mondiall Restaurant!

Christmas Dinner at Folie a Duex was extra special with a fun comraderie of games, conversation and wonderful food!The party started at 2pm in the afternoon until we finally dragged ourselves away at 9pm.One of the best!Then, Charlie had a great early birthday dinner & drinks with an All-American hamburger theme at the Mondiall Restaurant for the fleet.It was fun to see all the boats at the party that were in port: the Sweet Pearl, Polaris and Folie a Duex families, along with Saphir, Ghost, Jeanine from American Spirit & Peter from Adela.In all, 26 people and the table was jam packed! The last party of the year, but not the least by any means was the New Year's Eve Fleet progressive party.Welcome drinks at Celebrate, hearty appetizers at Polaris and the main course at. read more...


01/01/2015

Firefly - Arch Rock Cove, Mokohinau Islands, NZ

On New Years Day we left our mooring in Whangerei at 0700, the early start being required as the estuary is very tidal and shallow in places. We fueled up at Marsden Cove Marina and headed out to sea expecting good weather and a light to moderate breeze. Our intended destination was Port Fitzroy harbour, also called 'Smokehouse Bay' on Great Barrier Island.Christmas and the New Year celebrations had been great fun but it was good to be on the move again as Firefly had been moored off Wakianga Beach for 8 days. The mooring being provided by the owners of Seaview Cottage, the property Barney and Juanita had rented for the festive season. Having the boat in such close proximity had been really useful and we had enjoyed sleeping on the boat but having the land based amenities close at hand.. read more...


29/12/2014

Magelanus III - Yes, we did it!

Yes, we did it! Foi o primeiro pensamento que me ocorreu quando avistei ao longe o perfil de Santa Lucia. Foi o Tiago quem primeiro avistou a ilha. Não gritou “TERRA!”, é rapaz de carácter reservado. Mas terá, porventura, tal como eu e certamente os outros companheiros de travessia, gritado para si próprio. Mas ouvi o silêncio. Ver terra depois de duas semanas e meio de mar, é um momento de emoção de difícil descrição. Chegáramos ao fim da “nossa” aventura. Mais tarde, já de noite, ao chegarmos a Rodney Bay, tal como à chegada de Cabo Verde, os “ Yellow Shirts” indicaram-nos com destreza, por VHF, como chegar ao nosso local de amarração. E, de repente, a voz da Niúsca fez-se ouvir… momento mágico para mim nessa noite (thank you guys!).A recepção, na Marina de Rodney Bay. read more...


Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic
Argalleiro - Pictures Argalleiro ARC Atlantic

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