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20/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 27. Tag - Der Geruch von St. Lucia

Wir riechen schon förmlich den Geruch von St.Lucia. Zuerst müssten wir aber noch Barbados zu unserer Linken sehen...das kommt bald. Sonst läuft alles hier.Dann gab es bei uns an Bord noch eine Umfrage. Hier die Ergebnisse:a) Ich fühle mich gerade wie...Fritz: im Urlaub!Sandra: in der Hängematte!Tom: ein Faultier in der Sonne!b) Das Erste was ich in St.Lucia machen werde, ist...Fritz: Duschen!Sandra: Rhum Punch trinken!Tom: kaltes Banana-Milchshake trinken!c) Das Zweite was ich in St.Lucia machen werde, ist...Fritz: etwas Gutes essen gehen und ein schönes kühles Bier trinken!Sandra: Duschen!Tom: den ETA-Gewinner definieren!:-)Bitte beachtet dass das Wettbüro heute um 18:00 Lokalzeit schliesst. Der Gewinner wird in unserem Blog auf www.umdenglobus.com verkündet:-). Tom. read more...


20/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter

Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter Time to reflect on what can only be described as an epic voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. The sense of achievement is overwhelming - we have come so far. Las Palmas to Rodney Bay is such a vast distance it is hard to put it into perspective - but all nine of us have also taken our own epic journeys physically, mentally and emotionally and are still standing to tell the tale. That in itself is enough. We couldn't have had a better ending to our epic story. Thank you to everyone who met us on the dock, to the boys of 'z pontoon' for driving out in their half sinking dinghy with a crate of beer in tow, and to the ARC organisers for making it such a smooth entry. What followed after that is a little hazy but let's just say we did it. read more...


Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter
Hot Stuff - Fairies of the lost ARC - The final chapter
19/12/2013

Shenanigan - We made it!

03:05:10 Local time (07:05:10 UK Time) 18th December 2013After 23 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds we crossed the ARC finish line, beating into the wind as we tacked round Pigeon Island with a big lean to port, arriving in Rodney Bay, St Lucia on a windy moonlit night.We had battled our final squall a couple of miles out with winds of 37 knots and high seas giving us good speed as we headed towards the island. As we neared St Lucia we heard on the radio the boats ahead of us arriving and it was good to hear ARC Rally Control informing the finish line of our position and that we were the next expected boat.It was a very welcome congratulations received from the finish line.We took our sails down and headed for the marina.As we entered the cut we were thrilled to hear. read more...


20/12/2013

Shenanigan - We made it!!!

03:05:10 Local time (07:05:10 UK Time) 18th December 2013After 23 days, 18 hours, 5 minutes and 10 seconds we crossed the ARC finish line, beating into the wind as we tacked round Pigion Island with a big lean to port, arriving in Rodney Bay, St Lucia on a windy moonlit night.We had battled our final squall a couple of miles out with winds of 37 knots and high seas giving us good speed as we headed towards the island. As we neared St Lucia we heard on the radio the boats ahead of us arriving and it was good to hear ARC Rally Control informing the finish line of our position and that we were the next expected boat.It was a very welcome congratulations received from the finish line.We took our sails down and headed for the marina.As we entered the cut we were thrilled to hear cries of. read more...


Shenanigan - We made it!
Shenanigan - We made it!
19/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 24 - Blue Dolphin arrives in St Lucia

After 23 days and 9hours the crew crossed the finishing line in Rodney Bay.  The 1st land they had seen since leaving Las Palmas on 24 November.  They were met by the crew of HEBE who came out on their tender.  Sephina were on the dockside cheering them home and the crew’s families were waiting for a long awaited hug.   It was a tough trip, much harder than any of them had anticipated but they had made it!!!  Time for a rum punch – in the pouring rain. Awards as follows:Best cook  - KathyAce provision manager (and treat dispenser)– SallyMr fix-it – MikeMember of crew most relied on – George It was an experience of a life time that none of them would have missed and will never forget.  As skipper of the boat, Carol says a big, big, thank. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 24 - Blue Dolphin arrives in St Lucia
Blue Dolphin - Day 24 - Blue Dolphin arrives in St Lucia
19/12/2013

Arkouda - Land So Close I Can Smell It!

Position 14 03N, 60 05WThe land is so close that I can smell it...well, not really...the wind is still coming from Africa so any imagined scents are just that, my imagination.We have about 51 miles to go, although the last few hours have been frustrating beyond belief!This afternoon the winds became much lighter, and the seas more manageable--so much so that we finally unzipped that sail bag and put up the main.It is hard to believe that we have not used it since before our last landfall in Cape Verde.We had another fantastic afternoon of sailing--a good breeze, blue skies, great music and company.The winds were even allowing us to "go to" our waypoint set on the chart plotter.When I went to bed there was a fantastic sunset.A few hours later I came up to check on Sean, and he was basking. read more...


19/12/2013

Aspen - Log 26 Thursday 19 Dec; Heading for the Barn!

Ok, day 25 now and we are letting ourselves look ahead a wee bit.As Isaid yesterday, Aspen is sensing something very special not too farahead of us.The sea is rushing past Aspen's salt stained hull with even moreferociousness than ever before.The ocean spray sparkles like diamondsas it is flung high into the air when Aspen heels, quickly snaps backand rushes headlong toward the distant western horizon.Maria and I see nothing but the deep dark blue ocean with streaks ofwhite foam topping the endless waves.Yet hopefully soon, very soon, weshould see our beloved Caribbean once again.At least if the captain'scalculations are correct and that is not always the case he has been told :)Aspen has seen so many wonders and fought so many battles since we firstpurchased her from the Island Packet. read more...


19/12/2013

Aditi - Day 23: It's a Miracle

The 'I'm not working beyond 200 miles offshore'headsail furling system decided to operate again at 230nm off St Lucia! Perhaps the catastrophic mechanical noise that I was hearing was an airlock at a 1,000 psi or whatever the pressure is. Still taking it carefully...Last night we switched to staysail as it got dark and awaited the arrival of the Beast like a small village shaking in fear in a horror movie. The Beast was 4 miles to port and also to starboard so waited to be engulfed having sacrificed good speed. 18.00 hrs, nothing. 21.00 clear skies, nothing. 0300 hrs and surely it's coming...0600? A clear night for the first time in days.Sailing conditions were excellent this am with 15-22kn E so we removed and packed away the staysail.Darkness descended and clouds built. The Beast is. read more...


19/12/2013

Tatt av Vinden - 14:04.48N 60:57.01W Rodney Bay

Tied up. We are here!. read more...


Adina - ARC finish line kit!
Adina - ARC finish line kit!
18/12/2013

Duplicat - Wednesday 18 December

Land ho!1030 local time we saw the peaks of the north end of St Lucia.Much nicer winds 22 -25 knots on our approach so code zero up and a sprint finish to the top of the island.Thanks to all the friends and family who have emailed us - it's so good to hear from you when you haven't seen a boat for days.ETA to finish line 1500.. read more...


18/12/2013

Windsurf - Windsurf Finished in the Carib

Saturday, 16th December, 2013.The Windsurf is still on the Ocean.  Big squals, heavy showers and lots of wind are coming over the Windsurf. It is called Passage Trade Winds, but I didn't know that those winds are soo heavy. More than 40 knots of winds. How can you survive on your boat. Everything makes a lot of noice, falls on the ground and gets dirty. For your own safety : Sit down...do not do too much... Only drink enough and eat simple things.In the night the squals were more heavy. There was a full moon, so the squals were easily recognized against the clear sky. Black clouds and suddenly a lot of wind and rain...Tuesday, 17th December, 2013.Finish in the Marina of St. Lucia. We are sooooo glad we feel a steady ground under our feet.. We finished !!!  A warm welcome from. read more...


18/12/2013

Arkouda - 24 hours or so to go!

It is bittersweet that the end is in sight.This journey was so many years in the making--the dreaming, the planning, the scheming, and now our first major ocean crossing is nearing completion.We continue to move along forward, ever amazed at the changing sea and sky, and in awe of how strong boats are really made.We are looking forward to seeing land in the distance, and looking forward to seeing family and friends.We are a little concerned at only having three days to ready the boat for our departure, but we have a good list in hand, and have now done it so many times that it should go very quickly.It is bittersweet that our time together, without any distractions except keeping the boat moving forward, is nearing an end.The good news is that Sean never did decide to throw me. read more...


18/12/2013

Webster - Log 25: A final ditti

An ARC tale 2013 - Ken BaynesLas Palmas to Rodney Bay 24/11-16/12/13We left the CanariesA sight just to beholdThe scent of adventureAnxiety if truth be toldThe race began and winds were strongAccompanied by lots of swellWondered what the future heldOnly time would really tellFollowed advice by heading SouthThe Grib was read with careForecasts were for lightish windsBefore the Trades turned fairMother nature was so fickleAs wind we tried to huntFailed to find a single breatheWhich was just a challengeThe winds then blew oh so strongWith gusts of 8 or 9Time to change the underpantsI seemed to have soiled mineFishing off the back of boatSo sure of a spinnerNot so long before a catchGrilled fish for our dinner?We changed the lures to tempt the fishBut this I have to stateThe little blighters. read more...


18/12/2013

Windleblo - Day Twenty Two

They told us later that the wind was the most wicked Sunday night. Like a hurricane, they said. They worried about us all night long.Out on the Windleblo, we were oblivious. Yes, the seas were rough. Yes, the winds were strong. We surfed down big waves, the knot meter reading 25.7 at one point. (OK, this must have been an instrument glitch, but the 13.7 was certainly legit.) But this was the "new normal" and we thought nothing of it.I took the 8 to 10 a.m. watch, UTC. At just past 60 degrees west longitude, the sky was still very dark. They had told us in Las Palmas that the eastern shore of the Windward Islands can be difficult to see at night because the lights of all the towns are on the leeward western side of the islands.But then, out of the gloom, I thought I saw a light.At first,. read more...


18/12/2013

Aspen - Log 25 Wednesday 18 Dec; Our Fleet Report

In the pre-dawn darkness it was a special time today.A time when the full moon had just set and the stars struggled to shine before the beautiful sun blazed away in the eastern sky.The sea had been awake long before and it was once again becoming extremely agitated with the coming of a new day.I was preparing my fleet report for the admiral.Translated that means I was sitting behind Aspen's wheel, figuring out what to tell Maria about our current conditions as I watched the wind indicator flash 28, 30, 27 knots (that is apparent speed because I never tell Maria the true speed which is much higher as you know.In this case that would have been 34, 36, 33 knots.Maria prefers the smaller numbers I rationalized and besides our speedo quit working long ago to give us true speed anyway).I was. read more...


18/12/2013

Sweet Pearl - 25. Tag - Bergfest vom Bergfest

Heute gegen Mitternacht sollten wir die Marke der 500 verleibenden Seemeilen erreichen. Puhh, dann müssen wir wohl alle wieder feiern...puhh. Wir werden sehen...Alles läuft weiterhin gut; der Wind lässt ganz ganz langsam ein bisschen nach, uebrrascht dann aber mit Böhen, damit wir nicht einschlafen;-). Wobei, Sandra hat gestern Nachmittag einen neuen Highspeedrekord aufgestellt; in einer Welle ist sie mit uns mit sage und schreibe 14.1 Knoten (sagt sie) runtergesurft und glaubt sogar die Schallmauer durchbrochen zu haben. Fritz und ich haben nichts gehört und als wir mit dem Fotoapparat zur Stelle waren, waren wir wieder bei 7 Knoten...hmmm. Und wir wurden gestern von 2 Walen verfolgt; alle 2-3 Stunden haben wir sie in unserer Heckwelle dicht unter der Wasseroberfläche gesehen...sie. read more...


18/12/2013

Aditi - Day 22: Squall Fever

Nurse(N): Doctor, Doctor, the patients are showing some signs of lifeDoctor (D): Ja? You zink?N: Ja, I mean yes, they are responding to a little music and are taking some fluidsD: Good, good, zo, they have suffered a trauma of post-ARC stress disorderN: They have been squalled out for over a week, no sleep and on staysail for over 3 days?D: Ja, it is the right dose for the level of squall fever zey have. Are zey delusional?N: They mumble something about 'got to get to Vegas'…D: And zis morning zey took a little genoa?N: For the first time. And there was some communication amongst them, a little nourishment was taken, they look squalid.N: Doctor, Doctor, a patient is asking for a winch handle at all times? He is blubbing furl, unfurl, furl, unfurl over and over?D: Zis is a serious defect. read more...


17/12/2013

Shelduck - Tuesday 17th December 2013

Tuesday 17th December 14:04.477 N 60:56.980 W   Distancetravelled 154 miles.   Finished in Rodney Bay at 15.08.59 GMT,   11.08.59 local St,Lucia time.   Dropped the poles and rolled up the genoas 5 miles from the finish in 25knots of wind and were doing nearly 5 knots without sail. Set the No,4 on theinner forestay and speed increased to over 7 knots. Set the main when we gainedsome shelter from the land, with 2 reefs, 2 miles out. Francis Williams and Jane came out in Nyaminyami II to see us finish.   Thank you to my crew: Anne Kenny for keeping us all in order. Brendan McGarvey for superb deck work. Gabby McGarvey for help with the blog.   We sailed 3026 miles from Las Palmas to Rodney Bay in 23 days.   Goodbye from Shelduck to Newbury home. read more...


17/12/2013

Koala - Dec 17th: The last night.. hopefully!

The countdown is on... ETAs are bit confusing as we are operating on UTC and I am not completely sure what local time is, but hey, we'll be in some time early tomorrow with a bit of luck. Last night on night shift, it seems that Julia had a nice relaxing time, and then handed over to me for the hourly soakings and squalls. Nicely done. By the time daybreak came around, trench foot was my biggest concern. Fortunately the sun came up and dried everything out, and all was fine again!As thoughts turn to our first rum punch, we had a reminder that it is not over until the fat lady sings this morning. We had two large whales going in the opposite direction pass us about a boat-length away. Nice to see them, but I prefer to see them frolicking playfully at a distance and not flashing by in the. read more...


17/12/2013

Starblazer - 17 December - We have arrived

I'm sure everyone following us on SPOT or Yellowbrick are asking "Why is she stating the obvious?". The answer is because I seem to have lost 36 hours!They were not exactly lost, just very busy.Our final day at sea was a little frustrating.The noon run wasthe best ever, 185.7 miles but the rest of the day was a lot slowere.The wind had backed a little and, for most of the night, we were sailing towards the northern end of Martinique.As soon as John got up we gybed the mainsail.Unfortunately this blanketed the genoa, which slowed us down.The seas were quite horrible, and the weather forecast worse.We didn't want to go onto the foredeck to swap the pole to the other side because it was so rolly.Eventually, though, we did roll the genoa away and put the pole away.Crawling along the side. read more...


17/12/2013

Webster - Log 24: Welcome to St Lucia!!!

Monday 16th December: Position Elena's bar St Lucia.Having hand steered all night in all sorts of squalls st lucia was getting nearer by the minute, but a case of so near so far. Everyone was full of anticipation of our arrival but the sailing getting here in those last hours was quite difficult - mostly dead down wind and rolling all over the place. My ipad decided it could fly but hadn't leant to land properly, so there is a casualty I am afraid. About 1500 local time Carl won the Blue Peter Badge and spotted land ahoy. Her also was proud winner of Dick of the Day - he was looking at the plotter for our overnight course made good and decided that we had come far too far north. I disputed this having steered deep all through the night so knew he could not be right, but he was. read more...


17/12/2013

Adina - Adina is in!

Adina without a bit of drama on the finish line - not possible!To start, Skipper decides we must try and fish one last time as we approached land. What happens - we get a fish bite! Watch three men determined this trip will finish with a catch. Pulling it in by hand - it got to the stern and lot's of shouting to secure it - no way was it getting away - Barracuda landed! Tick that box.Duck-winging we wanted to attack the finish line and with our limited manual furler we came up with a new move for gybing. Did it work - don't be sillyof course it didn't! Off we sailed past St.Lucia and once all was recovered we were faced with tacking our way back to the finish line in lumpy seas. Nailing the finish line was hard and we tacked to clear the finishing committee boat who radioed us saying. read more...


17/12/2013

Blue Dolphin - Day 23 - almost there.

The crew is starting to look forward to arrival in St Lucia and the list of things they have missed (beds that don’t move; flush toilets; rooms that don’t rattle and howl with wind; being able to stand upright without holding on and for Sally and Kathy a big hug from their partners) now seem a real prospect again.   With the end in sight, the crew have also been reflecting on their experience of crossing the Atlantic.   Whilst on the trip, Sally has been wearing a badge showing the handprint of Danny Barber.  Danny died in June 2009, aged 24, and donated his organs to save and improve the lives of others.  Danny never got the opportunity to live the life he expected and his mum, Kathy, encourages people to take his handprint on their adventures in his memory. read more...


Blue Dolphin - Day 23 - almost there.
Blue Dolphin - Day 23 - almost there.
17/12/2013

Shenanigan - Less than 100mnto go!

At 15:04 (UK time) our instruments tell us that we have less than 100nm to go! Our salvaged pole is doing a grand job and we are now confident the shreeded jib will last the course. Speed has picked up in the last couple of days.We see that most of the boats have arrived.We are very proud of our progress especially as we are one of the smaller boats with a small crew! We can't see land yet but hope to arrive in St Lucia in the early hours of 18th Dec.this is good news as it means we will see our friends Trevor and Alison before they return to the UK - get ready to take our lines Trevor (you may have to set your alarm!). read more...


17/12/2013

Second Wind - Message from Chris Diggins

Contemplating arrival.As I write we are sailing under an azure blue sky with a few scattered white clouds. The tropical sun is bathing the cockpit with warmth and light, tempered by someeighteen knots of breeze coming over the back of the boat. The sea is relatively calm, at least calm enough not to feel like we are travelling in a cement mixer!It's idyllic but for all of us now the focus is on arrival at St Lucia tomorrowmorning exchanging life on board for a sable platform on which to walk and relax. Toilets and Showers where a visit is not comparable with doing ten rounds with a kick boxer! A meal out, not followed by twenty minutes in a dynamic galley washing dishes in cold sea water. Conversations with family and sharing experiences with other crews. A place where the quantity of. read more...


17/12/2013

Duplicat - Tuesday 17

198 to go this could be our last full day and night at sea. After days of nothing apart from a tanker we saw our first yacht for over a week last night.Wind and squalls a nuisance last night but this morning we have 20-25 knots and the crazy boys have put up the spinnaker. We have Barbados and St Lucia on the plotter!Highlight yesterday was the sight of a huge leatherback turtle in the swells going the other way!. read more...


17/12/2013

Arkouda - Getting Closer!

Arkouda12/17/1305:00 UMTPostion:13:37 N54:35 WWe only have approximately 370 miles to reach the northern end of St. Lucia, then its only a few miles around the corner and our Trans Atlantic crossing will be complete!The weather and seas have been a little weird during the night.Instead of the usual steady 20 to 25 knots of wind that we have been having, we are 18 knots one minute, 30 knots for 5 minutes, back to 22 knots for a half an hour.During the day we steer the boat according to the course we want to go, that way we are headed the right direction.This direction does not always make for the smoothest course, so for the last few nights we have steered according to the wind angle, keeping it as close to directly behind us as possible, which makes for a smoother ride.It also makes our. read more...


17/12/2013

Jade - Day 24 - making a wish list

Talk has turned to the things we are going to enjoy when we get to St Lucia. Adam has about 20 things on his list. A few days ago I could only think of a few things like a stable platform and a good night's sleep but slowly things have been added. A current favourite amongst us all seems to be a good old Steak and Chips! Ferne is looking forward to the water, the colours, the marina and of course... Christmas! Festive love to all Michelle and all the crew xxx. read more...


16/12/2013

Aspen - Log 24 Tuesday 17 Dec; A Day at Sea

I thought I would describe what a typical day at sea for us onboardAspen is like.This is how it has been for the past 7 days:0600 - or zero dark thirty as we like to call it.Steve sticks head outof companionway to look for lights and ships. Clipping himself into thecockpit lifeline he then sits in the cockpit surveying the sea state toanswer the question of why we are rolling so much - huge waves areeverywhere and spraying across the cockpit while the wind is actuallywhistling through the rigging.Crawling carefully to the wheel andinstrument panel at the stern of Aspen he reads the 24 hour mileage,wind speed, current heading and wind speed. Looking behind Aspen henotes several more lines of squalls roaring toward us - squalls ofbiblical proportion as one nearby sailboat noted.Crawling. read more...


17/12/2013

Adina - Day 24 St.Lucia is sighted

Good morning from 16 nautical miles (18 land miles) off St.Lucia!Land has been sighted! Crew are all awake and currently trying on their Union Jack waist coats. Susie is making us some bacon sandwiches and fresh coffee is being brewed. Spirits are high. Skip has even deployed the fishing line one last time - perhaps one last drama?Overnight shortly after dinner we put in our final gybe after getting the spinnaker pole out to duck-wing. Gareth had to go forward to manually furl some of the genoa as the Mark V drive belt has now retired. On his last set of trousers, he chose not to take up Susie's suggestion of rolling them up to stay dry and chose instead to drop them. It has been a long trip.Our gybe worked a treat - we were right on line for St.Lucia and have sailed that line all night. read more...


17/12/2013

Aditi - Day 21: Sail review

Big seas, big wind, small appetite - again. Under staysail only, again. Hunted down by another squall, again...darkness now means OK bring it on we're ready...and if we have to go down to the storm jib (looks like a sail stolen off a windsurfer!) then we will take it there. Saw a sail on the horizon today but no contact. Later talked briefly to TA-B catamaran. VHF range seems to be under 5nm in these conditions.But rather not. Tonight's squalls seem mainly about rain but it's only 0100hrs so we will see.After over 4,000 miles we thought we would review our sails:Mainsail, big, powerful & fully battened. Great down Portugese Coast but far too scary for us in the Atlantic winds to set, reef or controlGenoa, great sail, battened, foam luff, let down by the reefing system. Sets OK at 30. read more...


17/12/2013

Starla - We Have arrived

Hello Everyone,We arrived at 23.41 hours UK time.It is a fantastic feeling to be here. The last day was very challenging, especially arriving in the dark.Thanks to my great crew, Colin, Brian and Peter.Thanks to everyone for following out trip and all of the support.The organisers were on the pontoon to greet us, take out lines and give us a bottle of rum punch. Oh yeah! Regards,Starla Crew(written by Steven Crake). read more...


16/12/2013

Ocean Venture -over and out

Sorry for late blog...we have arrived and want to thank you all for following us. We managed to sail further south than anyone else and longest route but finished with just the best sailing in the strongest tradewinds and saw a sixteen knot figure on the log. All had a memorable experience for the good and for ten men that didn't know one another too well are now friends for life and will be commenting on the Ocean Venture website. Getting the boat cleaned out and hitting the job list. most fly home today after a wind down in Caribbean rum punch fashion! Duke and friends all happy to be going home for Christmas.. read more...


16/12/2013

Millport II - Ted's Diary

Day 22:Today we were able to talk to our friends on Jade on the VHF and we saw them in the distance.It was really good to hear from them, I am looking forward to seeing Noah and Fern again when we all get into port.We made more decorations and Karen showed us how to make Christmas lanterns.More chicken tonight but it was Thai Green Curry so it was ok.I told Mum that the next time we do a long passage she is not to bring so much chicken with us.Day 23:Dad thinks that we should get to St Lucia on Thursday so only a few more days at sea.I can't wait, we all talked today about what we are really looking forward to when we get there.Dad said a beer, Mum said a can of diet coke and Karen said chips with lots of vinegar.Robert wants to go to the beach and I am looking forward to seeing all my. read more...


16/12/2013

Selivra - ARC Tag 22

ARC Tag 22, Montag2013-12-16, 17.00Nach dem gestrigen Rekordsquall hatten wir die, möglicherweiseunberechtigte, Hoffnung in den letzten Tagen von diesen Ereignissenverschont zu beleiben. Denkste!Aber der Reihe nach.Die Nacht verlief zuerst ja so wie die vorigen auch, einreffen, ausreffen,weiter ausreffen, alles wieder wegrollen uswusf.Rechtzeitig zum Wachwechsel um 04:00 ist dann der Wind mehr und mehrentschlummert und wir haben mehr und mehr ausgerefft. Ich hatte gerade dieDagi über die vorherrschenden Bedingungen informiert („alles ruhig“) undwollte mir gerade, wie weiland Johannes Heesters, noch ein Zigaretterlanzünden, da springt der Wind zuerst auf über 30, dann über 40 und weiterauf über 50 Knoten. Das alles in nur ein paar Minuten. Da aber die ganzeMannschaft an Deck ist (weil. read more...


Selivra - ARC Tag 22
Selivra - ARC Tag 22
Surya - nog eentje met SURYA erbij (en de rumpunch!)
Surya - nog eentje met SURYA erbij (en de rumpunch!)
Surya - een laatste groepsfoto
Surya - een laatste groepsfoto
Surya - Mario, een beetje verwaaid
Surya - Mario, een beetje verwaaid
Surya - de "yellow shirt" volunteers van de ARC
Surya - de
Surya - herenigd 2
Surya - herenigd 2
Surya - herenigd 1
Surya - herenigd 1
16/12/2013

Hot Stuff - Fairies of the Lost Arc - Chapter 14

We hope this will be our penultimate blog - working on the ETA of Tuesday dawn. Champagne breakfast anyone?It's 7pm on Sunday evening - day 21. The moon's shining beams on the rolling swell are so beautifully overwhelming and we are following them towards the horizon, and towards the end of our epic journey. We follow this path in awe of how breath taking the ocean's night sky can be.We are feeling very blessed to have come this far virtually unscathed, when we know so many of our fellow mariners have had their fair share of problems. We started our day as we have done the last 20 - chatting about food. In fact we think about 90% of our conversations have revolved around our stomachs. We now have the first weeks food and drink on land planned in the minutest detail - from the. read more...


16/12/2013

Adina - Day 22 and 23 - the final approach

Day 22 Sunday, 48 odd hours to go, you want it to be 24 odd hours to go. You're in that time zone where you want time to fly. But here and now you must still deal with big lumpy seas, squalls with big winds and rain that has you sprinting for your jacket. Adina is still a perfectly dry boat but we're all wet from rain. Isn't the Caribbean meant to offer non-stop sunshine?What will life be without having to cling to the steps, holding on one step at a time to get on deck? Or propping yourself up in the kitchen in precarious positions to cook or clean? Never mind using the toilet!Minds are definitely in St.Lucia now. Each of us agrees to a crew member that we've eaten so well on this trip but all eyes are on lobster and chips be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. And a swig of rum.Lot's of. read more...


16/12/2013

George - The End?

Well we have arrived in St Lucia.All I can say is well done George who was certainly flat out constant for last week and kept us going over the 20 days.Thanks to Tim who prepared the boat amazingly and for giving me this life time opportunity. Thanks to all my crew members for a great trip.I am getting choked by even thinking about what we all achieved together and it was certainly together.A great team effort.Thanks MN.We have made it to St. Lucia in one piece, safe and well and all happy. 23.48 UT Saturday (some time in the evening St. Lucian time!).What a trip and what a welcome into St. Lucia by the ARC team and St. Lucian Tourist board, crossing the line in heavy winds and rain and then being presented with a basket of fresh fruit and rum punch cocktail as soon as we stepped onto. read more...



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