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Shenanigan - Another tiring trip to the supermarket!
Shenanigan - Another tiring trip to the supermarket!
12/10/2013

Shenanigan - Porto Santo

Quick update... arrived Porto Santo late last (10.10.13), a few photos attached. Leaving for Gran Canaria today. Met up with Mum's cousin also sailing ARC and had birthday (his!) drinks with him last night.. read more...


11/10/2013

Hanami II - Rencontre du bourgeon et des fleurs ...

11 octobre 201320:00 UTC35 06 35 N13 34 79 wEn route vers Madere, il nous reste 170 miles a couvrir et le vent nous laisse un peu tomber, si bien que depuis 17h nous avancons surtout au moteur.A 1500 tours avec la GV et le Genois nous filons entre 5 et 6 noeuds, c'es correct. Correct mais moins bien que les 6 ou 7 noeuds sous spi pendant la journee.Christian a fini par trouver le bon reglage du nerf de chute et de la sous-barbe di SPi assymetrique ce qui permet de tirer tout le parti possible de cette voile que j'avais tres peu employee jusq'a present, lui preferant le Genaker. En fait le Spi est plus facile a envoyer et ramener avec la chaussette et a 3 ca n'a pas pose de probleme jusqu'a maintenant.Au jourd'hui le ciel est redevevu gris depuis ce matin et ce soir, a part quelques. read more...


11/10/2013

Firefly - On passage to Lanzarote

We made great progress last night under white sails with the 13 knot wind coming from the North West - we were rigged up and sailing within minutes of leaving Cascais yesterday afternoon. Unfortunately (Friday morning) it went North and dropped to about 8 knots and even with the Parasailor up our progress was slipping so around noon time we put the engine on for a while to charge the batteries and get back on track. 45 minutes later the wind picked back up with a little more West in it so we now have the Gennaker up and with Peter at the wheel I just saw 8.1 knots on the chartplotter although its surprisingly shiftly - just like Salcombe Harbour. Since passing Spain we have generally seen a Southerly current which has been very nice. However since passing South of Cabo St Vincent we have. read more...


Starblazer - Starblazer's wall painting
Starblazer - Starblazer's wall painting
11/10/2013

Starblazer - Heading south

Starblazer left Lagos on Saturday 5th October just on midday, heading towards Porto Santo.Our ETA was about 3 days and 6 hours.The first hour there was very little wind so we motored then the wind picked up, but so did the swell.Starblazer sped onwards, but it was quite an uncomfortable ride, making a little over 8 knots.At dusk we rolled away a lot of the genoa but only lost a half a knot of boatspeed and had a far more comfortable ride.Sunday the wind had dropped a bit but we didn't increase sail because we wanted to avoid a night time arrival.Sunday night we tried to reduce speed even more, eventually overshooting our waypoint by several miles to waste time!You can see we are not out and out racers.Our timing was perfect, arriving off the port of Porto Santo at 0800, the marina office. read more...


11/10/2013

Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura

The crew for the last leg assembled in Vilamoura last night.  A hearty breakfast was had by all and they set off just before midday.  It’s 600 miles to Grand Canaria, so they hope to arrive by Tuesday next week.  They plan to sail directly with the coast of Morocco to the Port side.    Let's just hope Gareth stops losing kit over the side !!!!    The Crew Golondrina before leaving Vilamoura Leaving Vilamoura. read more...


Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
Golondrina - The last breakfast in Vilamoura
11/10/2013

Hanami II - Devos en mer, enfin presque ....

10 Octobre, entre Cascais et Madere22:000 heure locale, 20:00 UTC36:28 N12:08 WLes jours se suivent et ne se remblent pas totalement.Aujourd'hui etait un jour 'avec' donc un jour 'sans' et bien ce 'sans' il va falloir fair 'avec' car c'est un bon 'sans'.Bon sang, mais c'est bien sur!Ca pourrait etre du Devos ...Sans veut dire 'sans probleme majeur', avec un vent modere et une mer calme sous un beau soleil. Un jour 'avec' donc.Sans poisson egalement, mais cela ca ne change pas en depit de nos 3 lignes de traine. Pour compenser nous avons encore eu la visite des dauphins qui sont venus jouer devant l'etrave et sauter autour du bateu. Le spectacle est toujours superbe.Le barometre remonte lentement (1013), esperont qu'il restera dans ces valeurs.Navigation vers le sud ouest a 5-6N de. read more...


11/10/2013

Hanami II - Des ronds dans l'eau a Cascais

09/10 octobre 2013Au large de Cascais.13:00 heure localeBon, et bien nous voila partis apres avoir fait les pleins d'eau de de gasoil (cuves et 4 jerycans de 20 litres). Ca nous a permi de calculer notre consomation moyenne sur le dernier trajet: 3.8 litres heure.Nous avons du racheter un pavillon national francais car le notre est parti, hampe et pavillon ensemble, naviguer avec un autre equipage. En clair on nous l'a 'pique'. celui la est plus petit et, faute de hampe, il est fixe sur la pataras tribord.Le dernier fichier meteo a ete charge a partir de MaxSea pour 11 jours et le module de routage nous fait arriver le 13 soit lundi prochain.Avant le depart nous sommes alles faire des reglages de pilote.Trois phases pour cela.1 - Mesure du cap donne par le compas du bord et celui du. read more...


10/10/2013

Firefly - Leaving Portugal

We have just left Cascais heading out now on our longest leg to Lanzarote. Our stay here has been brief but we managed to do some exploring; its has a very impressive and well managed marina stacked out with super yachts. The town is attractive, full of traditional streets and squares and a bustling nightlife. After a traditional Portuguese supper last night we succumbed to an Irish bar and toasted absent friends and the next leg of our journey. We filled up with fuel and water in Peniche and this morning stocked up with fresh food at the local Jumbomarket including the delicious custard tarts. So after lunch we were ready to go heading off at 3PM local time. The wind is blowing from the West at around 15 knots so we are making a good start but expect the wind to go round to the North. read more...


10/10/2013

Golondrina - The Final Push

 After a long wait in Vilamoura, Gareth and Golondrina are hoping to start the final leg to Gran Canaria and arrive in Las Palmas early next week.  A few crew changes have taken place since leaving the UK and for the final leg Dave and Stuart will be joining Gareth and Owain who have been in Portgual so long they’re starting to become local residence.   The repaired Satellite phone was collected this morning from Mailasail, Wimbledon and after Stuart managed to crowbar into an already stuffed suitcase it’s hoped that we can start making use of the blog site on way to the Canaries.  Hopefully more news tomorrow when Stuart and Dave arrive in Faro and the Satellite phone gets plugged in.   Vilamoura.. read more...


Golondrina - The Final Push
Golondrina - The Final Push
Golondrina - Golondrina at home in Neyland Yach Haven
Golondrina - Golondrina at home in Neyland Yach Haven
10/10/2013

Free Spirit - On the threshold

So here we are on the threshold of something big.  We are about to cross the vast emptiness of the Atlantic Ocean on our sailing boat “Free Spirit”.  The thing is - I am not really a sailor; at least, not a proper ‘salty-dog’ sort of sailor with anchor tattoos, and thousands of sea-miles to my name. And, as the day of departure draws near, I am perturbed by trepidation just as much as I am invigorated by excitement. Getting out of one’s ‘comfort zone’ is surely what the quest for true adventure is all about and, if this is the aim, it must be something to be accepted or even welcomed.  However, ‘getting out of one’s comfort zone’ is not a concept that has much appeal for Carole, my long-suffering wife of 45 years, and I am amazed and overjoyed that she has overcome her fear of the. read more...


09/10/2013

Firefly - Arrived in Cascais

We have arrived safely from Peniche after a very pleasant downwind sailing day. We had the large reaching spinnaker up for much of the way but as we approached the coast and Cabo Roca we heeded Meredith's advice and furled it in with the wind quickly rising over 20 knots. Now safely tucked into the marina. Tomorrow we head to the supermarket to stock up for the trip to Lanzarote.Paul. Murray, Peter and Grateful. read more...


09/10/2013

Adina - Day 5 Adina in Las Palmas

Day 5 dawned breezy for us so sadly we agreed to leave the parasailor in its bag. Looking at the wind forecast it was due to back and be up our 'chuff' so we headed south of our rhumb line in order to come back up when the wind shifted. Of course that didn't happen! The wind built and bought some lively seas that we now had to tackle coming back to the rhumb line leaving things feeling like being in a washing machine at one stage. With good winds we were making fast progress and had to reef to slow down preferring a daylight arrival. Tested the water maker - it works! No fish so Susie knocked up our favourite crossing dish - Burmese curry. We have a recipe book onboard that guests each contribute to and friends Roger and Judith came up with this easy and tasty dish specifically for the. read more...


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...


19/11/2011

Sialia

What a difference a day makes! Shortly after I sent yesterday’s blog entry I went for a nap.I woke up to find 15 knots of wind on a broad reach.It was sunny, not a cloud in the sky and the ocean was that aquamarine blue you only ever find in post cards and photoshoped pictures.  All hands, on duty and off, were in the cockpit soaking it up so we decided to go find the jenniker and see what we could do with it. Wow. Just Wow! We got it rigged and then pulled the snuffer.It is a crispy new North Sails red, yellow and blue…. And its just got the nicest shape.It exceeded our expectations in just about every arena.We flew it for almost two hours – curling and trimming – the whole crew smiling and listening to the surf.Then the wind crept closer to 20 and we. 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...